Theatre arts can aid social cohesion – Ron Robinson

first_imgActor, director and veteran broadcaster Ron Robinson believes that the performing arts can influence theRon Robinsonprocess of social cohesion in Guyana and thinks that should writers move in train, this could be achieved.Robinson was part of a three-member panel on TVG’s “The Factor”, where he, along with Al Creighton, Head of the Confucius Institute at UG and Director of the National School Of Drama; and singer-songwriter Dave Martins, examined the role of the performing arts in aiding the process of social cohesion.The local performing arts have moved beyond musical performances and drama to encompass “spoken word”, “slam poetry” and dance.According to Robinson, who has been active in numerous local plays, he has been seeing behavioural changes as a result of the plays put on locally.“I think theatre now is playing a much more meaningful role in the lives of people, especially when plays like the ones coming out of the two recent drama festivals. There have been changes, but the link has been primarily satirical, people come and life… we reflect,” the theatre veteran said.He said the performing arts (including music) could be a good tool to use to realise social cohesion. He said, however, as it was now, too often there have not been many playwrights going deep enough to actually produce change, both behaviourally and socially. He said often many of the plays were too light and the message was not strong enough.“We have not rightfully addressed play writing as an art form that could foster behavioural change … even without consciously trying, there have been changes as a result of the Link Shows.”He said on the other hand, there were a few instances where they were seeing playwrights going much deeper in their work, doing work that was now creating debate at places like Queen’s College and other secondary schools. He said prior to this, people only enjoyed the satire and went for night outs.However, Dave Martins said while the performing arts could have some effect on social cohesion, he was yet to see it. “It is a matter of degree. I believe that the arts could spur people and make them think. Whether it can actually change direction in society is another issue,” Martins said.He said while there would be some impact, it would not be enough to change people’s position on fundamental things they have been doing for years.“I don’t believe that most writers come to a position to say that I’m going to write something to effect that… they are not looking to effect change,” Martins posited.He added what some persons were seeing as a change happening as a result of the arts was a change that has been happening on its own.Meanwhile, Creighton, who said he was still to grasp the concept of social cohesion as being sought after by Government, said writers may not know how to get to the issue in their scripts. “They reflect things; they don’t craft a play that would direct the audience to solutions. There is a lot of focus on social ills, and that has gotten their attention. How do you handle the social ills put in a drama? Do you subtly put things that would influence the audience? It has to do with technique and how you handle the problems you show on stage.”last_img read more

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Bodies of dead fuel dealer, Venezuelan wife awaiting PME

first_imgEteringbang Landing murder-suicide…The body of the 36-year-old fuel dealer, Munishwar Ramkellawan, who was found dead with a suspected gunshot wound to his head on Friday afternoon, has been transported to Georgetown and is awaiting a post-mortem examination (PME).Commander of F Division (Interior locations) Kevin AdonisMeanwhile, the body of his reputed Venezuelan wife, 26-year-old Marianny Martinez, remains in Eteringbang, Cuyuni (Region One).This is according to Commander of F Division (Interior locations) Kevin Adonis, who on Sunday told this publication that the dead woman’s body is also awaiting a post-mortem examination (PME) but had to remain in Region One since she is a Venezuelan national.He stated that her relatives had been contacted and would have arrived in the country where preparations are ongoing to have the PME conducted and then have the body transported back to Venezuela for funeral arrangements.Commander Adonis noted that the police are treating the matter as a murder/suicide case and it is believed that Ramkellawan shot his wife to her head once before turning the gun on himself moments after the couple had a dispute in their Eteringbang Landing, Cuyuni River home.Reports are that the couple had been involved in a common-law relationship and operated a fuel business from their residence along the Eteringbang Landing.According to eyewitnesses, on Thursday last, at around 15:00h, Ramkellawan and his wife were seen imbibing alcoholic beverages at their residence, and this continued into the wee hours of Friday morning.This publication was told that after some hours of imbibing with each other, persons observed the man and woman engaged in a heated argument.Their row is said to have lasted quite a while before they eventually retreated to the inside of their home together.Shortly after the duo had entered their residence, persons in the area heard two loud noises, which sounded like gunshots, but could not ascertain from which direction they came.However, it was not until late Friday afternoon, around 17:50h, that Ramkellawan and Martinez were both discovered lifeless in their home lying next to each other.It was an employee who worked for the couple that made the gruesome discovery when he turned up at the residence/business and did not locate his bosses.According to the police, the bodies of Ramkellawan and Martinez were found dead on their bed.Ramkellawan was discovered bearing a single suspected gunshot wound to the right side of his head while his wife bore a single suspected wound to the left side of her head.Additionally, a 9mm Taurus pistol along with eight live rounds were found on the bed between their two bodies and two spent shells were discovered in the room.Investigations into the matter continue.last_img read more

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A ‘scary’ triumph for Lava Man

first_imgARCADIA – It was only fitting that on John Henry Day at Santa Anita, another popular gelding made history of his own in the 70th running of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday. Lava Man joined John Henry and Milwaukee Brew as the only horses to win two Big ‘Caps – all three horses won in consecutive years – when he held off Molengao by three-quarters of a length in 2:02.11 for the mile and a quarter in the second-slowest running of the race in the past 31 years. Malek won in 2:02.26 in 1998. “I think we were all pretty worried when he didn’t kick away from them on the turn like he usually does,” Steve Kenly said. But Lava Man did not become the best claim in racing history by wilting under pressure. He took a half-length lead at the head of the stretch and held off all challengers in an eight-horse field that was reduced by one when Arson Squad became a morning scratch because of a popped abscess on the top of his foot. “This was definitely a little more scary than last year,” David Kenly said. It might have been a bit more ugly than most of the other 12 victories he’s scored since being claimed for $50,000 in August 2004 at Del Mar, but it counts just as much and the winner’s share of $600,000 raised his career earnings to $4,679,706. He’s won 13 of 24 races and banked $4,306,103 since the claim. “He is just a tremendous animal,” said winning jockey Corey Nakatani, who has won nine of the 11 races he’s ridden the gelding. “Doug O’Neill and his team have him spot on every time he runs. I think he will move forward off this race because he did get a little tired at the end and the weight didn’t do him any good.” This victory, Lava Man’s ninth in his past 10 starts dating back to January 2006, was a little scarier than most. Unexpected slow fractions of 24.06, 48.27 and 1:12.65 meant Lava Man had to exert a little more energy than normal in the stretch. Many in the on-track crowd of 43,024 may have been concerned when the 6-year-old son of Slew City Slew failed to make his customary move at the three-eighths pole and open up on his opposition, but none more than owners Steve and David Kenly and Jason Wood. center_img Nakatani said he waited a bit longer before making his move because of the track condition. “Today I waited and didn’t make that standard run of his because the track has been so heavy all day,” he said. Lava Man came into the race off a two-length victory in the Sunshine Millions Turf on Jan. 27. That was at a mile and an eighth, the same distance he might run next if he comes out of the Big ‘Cap in good order and the connections decide to send him to the $5 million Dubai Duty Free on March 31. Lava Man went postward as the 3-5 favorite and returned $3.20. Molengao, the 7-1 second choice, was 11/2 lengths clear of third-place finisher Boboman, and it was a nose further back to McCann’s Mojave. art.wilson@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2103 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Witness in abuse case tells of rage

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A man who claims that as a boy he was molested by now-retired priest Michael Wempe testified Wednesday that he reacted with rage when he heard that charges against the clergyman were dropped due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision and he saw news pictures of a smiling Wempe leaving jail. “I broke things at the house. I was very upset. I did a lot of crying and I did a lot grieving,” the witness identified as Greg J. testified in Wempe’s trial on new molestation charges involving another alleged victim. In testimony Tuesday, Greg J. told the Superior Court jury how Wempe bonded with him, particularly while the priest was his golf coach at Paraclete High School in Lancaster. Returning to the stand Wednesday, the 39-year-old man said that after the priest left him, “I was very confused about whether I was homosexual” and at the age of 18 he became an alcoholic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card He said he tried suicide a few times and then began violently abusing himself. “I would viciously punch myself in the face, head and neck and I was drunk almost all the time,” he said. On cross-examination by defense attorney Leonard Levine, the witness said, “I continue today to have problems with anger and rage.” But he said he is seeing a therapist who has helped him. Wempe was once charged with molesting 13 boys in the 1970s and ’80s. Those charges were dismissed after the Supreme Court struck down a California law that allowed retroactive prosecution of decades-old sex crime charges involving children. Wempe is now being tried on allegations made by a man who came forward later to say he was molested by the priest in the 1990s. The prosecution began its case, however, by calling some of the men who made the now-dismissed allegations, including Greg. J. Wempe’s defense attorney does not contest that he committed many molestations in the 1970s and ’80s, but does deny that Wempe molested the alleged victim in the case now on trial. Greg J. testified Tuesday that Wempe told students in his Paraclete High School class that masturbation was “God’s gift to relieve sexual tension” and demonstrated how to do it with hand motions. After golf games, Greg J. said, Wempe gave him massages which turned into masturbation and he tried to perform oral copulation on him. Asked why he didn’t tell anyone, the witness said, “I didn’t want to disappoint him or God.” He said Wempe lured him with speeches about “how I was special in God’s eyes and in his eyes.” When the intimate touching began, Greg J. said, “He reminded me what he had taught us about God’s gift of masturbation. … He told me if it was not OK in God’s eyes, God would not allow him to be a priest.” Greg J. said it was Wempe’s stature among his peers that convinced him he must be telling the truth. He said he wondered: “How could somebody who was so well liked do something wrong?” Greg J. testified after other men said Wempe trapped them in a web of sexual molestation that began in their childhoods and shadows their lives today. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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FUNERAL OF LITTLE JOSHUA TAKES PLACE TODAY

first_imgThe funeral takes place today of a 22 month old toddler killed by a van at his home in Letterkenny.Tragic Joshua Coyle who was killed on Friday.Little Joshua Coyle will be buried in Conwal Graveyard after funeral mass at St.Eunan’s Cathedral at midday.The little boy, the youngest of four children, died after he was struck by a van driven by a family friend on Friday evening last. The dead boy’s grandfather has said his family hold no ill will towards the man and have welcomed him to come to the boy’s funeral.“It was a complete accident and we hold no ill will against this man. He is suffering his own pain too.“He is part of the grieving process and we hope very much that he will attend little Joshua’s funeral,” said Alan.Little Joshua’s remains are being waked at his home at Crieve Glebe where hundreds of people have been calling to sympathise with his parents Alex and Suzanna. Local priest Fr Eamon Kelly said he was happy that local people were able to come and see Joshua at the wake before the funeral ceremony.“We are lucky in Donegal that we still have wakes because they are declining throughout the country.“I think wakes are a positive thing because it allows people to grieve instead of large number of people visiting a family in a short space of time during a viewing.“We have no words of comfort or wisdom for Alex and Suzanna and their family. All we can do is to be there for them at this time,” he said.FUNERAL OF LITTLE JOSHUA TAKES PLACE TODAY was last modified: September 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deathdonegalfuneralJoshua Coyleletterkennyvanlast_img read more

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DDTV – COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: DERRY WILL PRESENT US WITH A MASSIVE CHALLENGE – MCFADDEN

first_imgDDTV: Donegal star Hugh McFadden spoke to Charlie Collins ahead of their Ulster SFC semi-final with Derry this Saturday. McFadden enjoyed a hugely impressive league campaign for Donegal and was introduced as a second-half substitute against Armagh last time out.The Killybegs man is a player with a bright future in the game and may well play a big part on Saturday night.To hear what the affable McFadden has to say simply click play on the video above.Thanks to Donegal TV for the video. DDTV – COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: DERRY WILL PRESENT US WITH A MASSIVE CHALLENGE – MCFADDEN was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVdonegaldonegal tvGAAHugh McFaddenlast_img read more

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TechStars Boston Hosts Invite-Only Mini-Camp on Jan. 5

first_imgRelated Posts chris cameron Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Startups in the Boston area considering applying for TechStars Boston 2010 should bite the bullet and fill out that application today in order to receive an invitation to tomorrow’s special meet and greet with TechStars mentors.The event, dubbed TechStars For A Day, will be held in Cambridge, Mass. and will provide startups with the opportunity to find out more about the TechStars program while getting some early networking under their belts. While it isn’t possible to make a definitive correlation between TechStars’ events and nation’s VC funding climate, the cities TechStars is based in – Boston, Boulder and Seattle – is where the money is flowing. In December, the Wall Street Journal reported that six out of the eight venture-backed companies that went public in 2009 were from outside of the Valley – two of which were from Massachusetts, one of which was from Seattle.In attendance will be Shawn Broderick, the executive director of TechStars Boston and founder/CEO of TrustPlus, TechStars founder and CEO David Cohen, as well as many other Boston mentors.The deadline for startups to apply for TechStars Boston 2010 is midnight, Jan. 11. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Dell’s Private Little Company Is Crazy… Like A Fox

first_imgbrian proffitt Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Charles Foster Kane dreamed of Rosebud; Michael Dell yearned for his old company back. Yesterday, one of them got his wish, when it was announced that Dell Inc. shareholders would be returning the company to Dell’s ownership on Nov. 1.Seven months, $25 billion and dealing with Carl Ichan may seem like a lot to pay for a company that primarily makes PCs in a market that is seeing a dwindling of PC sales—especially the Icahn part—but by convincing Dell’s shareholders to sell their stock back to him and his investor partner Silver Lake Partners, Dell may have done the best thing to keep his company alive.That may not seem readily apparent if you listened to Dell CFO Brian Gladden’s remarks in yesterday’s call announcing the news. Gladden stated that Dell Inc. would pretty much stay the course, start to invest more heavily in enterprise software and services, such as cloud computing, and keep on making PCs and “other end-user computing devices”—what we call tablets.On first pass, it sounds like Dell Inc. wants to become more like competitors Hewlett-Packard and IBM (though the latter sent its desktop business off to China’s Lenovo years ago). Which sounds a little nuts. Even if you put aside the heavy competition that these companies will bring to Dell (and, really, you can’t), Dell is focusing on a sector that is at best in flux right now, as consumerization of enterprise IT continues apace, and at worst in some peril, as trust issues regarding cloud computing are still being sorted out by companies in the wake of the NSA leaks.But on further review, it may be that Dell is in the best shape moving forward precisely because of those potential hurdles.The truth is, selling to the enterprise is no longer an easy game of checking off an order with “how many servers do you need?” and “You want desktops with that order?” IT is changing at a deep fundamental level, and IT administrators in the enterprise (and nearly every size of business, for that matter) are trying to figure out what to do.Because of that uncertainty, you see software and hardware companies forced to adjust to market conditions at a pace that some would consider break-neck at times. That’s because, as mostly public companies, they must do everything they can to make money or stem the flow of losing money.Public companies, because of their responsibilities to their shareholders, can only afford to take a certain amount of risk before they have to cut their losses and move on to another plan. This is why we see drastic moves like Microsoft becoming a “devices and services” company and more subtle moves like Google’s infamous Fall and Spring cleanings to axe cloud services that people might love but aren’t making the company any money.But, as a private company, Dell may very well be in a position to take those risks and stick with them. Here’s one hypothetical: if everyone in the hardware market wants to put their eggs in the tablet basket (Dell included), they can, but if tablets somehow fail in the enterprise sector, then the public companies would likely drop their tablet products like hot potatoes. Dell, in theory, could stay the course, slowly and steadily filling orders for businesses that can make business use of the tablets, and innovating their tablet line to something that gets it right.This example might play out, because for public companies, the definition of failure is usually “it’s not making us truckloads of money right now.” Public companies have less patience, because their shareholders do. A private company could take the risk and go for the longer play.It may not be in tablets; it might be in PCs. In fact, I think ultimately PCs will be a good run for Dell Inc., as I remain convinced there will be a bottom to this PC decline, if only because some people have to get some work done. In their quests to bringing in the bucks, Dell’s competition might let their PC efforts slide, leaving more chances for Dell to capture more of a market that will never truly evaporate.Whatever it is, Dell should be able to take its time and figure it out.Is going private the be-all-end-all for Dell Inc.? No, because they could still make bonehead moves and drive themselves into the ground. But with more time and freedom to plan, they may have a better shot to react to this IT market than their competition. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#dell#PCs#tablets last_img read more

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How to win in the booming China babytech market

first_imgMatthew Ryan Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Thanks to the relaxing of the single-child policy in 2016, China is predicted to be heading towards a baby boom, with the number of newborns predicted to reach 18 million by 2018. As a result, the countries already crazy annual spending on baby products is set for 15 per cent year-on-year growth, rising to RMB 969 billion ($147.4 billion) by 2020. Chinese born in the ’80s and ’90s are fearless tech lovers, with a recent survey finding that 60% of the population consider themselves early adopters. Babytech sales are already strong, and these changing demographics paired with a growing urban middle class are set to See also: Is smart baby tech a parent’s dream or worst nightmare?A number of babytech devices have already created a furor in China. In particular Moodoo, a smart fetal monitoring patch which managed to raised more than $4.3 million in five minutes. Other successes have been smart milk formula mixing machines, like NicePapa and the number of smart thermometers and monitoring devices. We spoke to Liang Du, CEO of Mommy Knows, an OEM/ODM company that focuses on Smart Diapers, Oscar Chan of Bimado, a foreign owned, but Chinese based baby tech manufacturer and Lucas Wang, CEO of hardware collaboration platform, HWTrek. They gave us the info on what overseas companies need to succeed in this flourishing smart product market. Consider the Chinese family as a wholeA difficult recent history and rapidly changing social milieu have created complex sets of consumer demands that are distinct from the US. Young Chinese parents are some of the savviest, early adopters in the world and make, informed, research-driven tech consumption decisions. Unfortunately, the situation is not as simple as marketing strictly towards this demographic. Grandparents commonly take the role of raising children, while parents work long working hours. According to Liang Du, creators of babytech devices “Always have to consider three factors. First, the user (baby), then the person purchasing the device (the parents) and finally the operator (grandparents).” Older generations of Chinese mostly grew up poor, in a country that was technologically behind the rest of the world and are confused by complex features. They also hold a number of folk beliefs that are incomprehensible to non-natives. For example, Bimado found at the testing stage, that many older Chinese believe that the correct treatment for a child with a fever is to wrap them in as many layers as possible, making it impossible for their device to get accurate temperature readings. Oscar Chan recommends that overseas companies in the babytech field in China, “study the overall preference of the whole Chinese household, rather than thinking about consumers individually.” You need to make the device simple enough for this generation to use, while still being technically advanced to attract parents. Being foreign is no longer enoughChina has changed. The catchment of buying a product from the West is fading and consumers are starting to prefer Chinese electronics brands. This is especially true of IoT and smart products, where China is widely perceived as having a competitive advantage. The ecosystem for smart products in Shenzhen and the rest of China is so advanced, that it is almost impossible for overseas companies to compete on features. Oscar Chan, recommends that it’s better to concentrate on branding, industrial design, and product safety: “Many Chinese products have really strong features but feel cheap or look ugly. Foreign companies can really add value and be competitive through telling a story…. branding, industrial design, swish UI and safety certification.” These views are echoed by Lucas Wang: “For more simple functioning hardware you can’t differentiate on hardware because that is easily replicated, the real value for Chinese consumer is in services and user experience.”Companies need to be special. The market is much more mature than the West and consumers have seen a lot before. Just adding BlueTooth, Wifi, and an app to a traditional toy, is not enough to woo consumers. According to Liang Du, If you do want to go down that path of adding technical features to a familiar baby product, then “make sure that every last bit of your design is as good as the traditional product.”Find a local partnerMao Zedong said “Women hold up half the sky,” but in modern Chinese households, the mother now has an even greater share of the decision making process. As Liang Du explains, “The role of the father in shopping has been reduced to only suggestions. It’s useless selling a babytech product on features or techy spec stuff that men like. You need to use more feminine trigger words in your branding like “natural” and “environmentally friendly.”To meet the demands of the China market, it is best to work with a Chinese partner. The supply chain in Shenzhen and the rest of China is pretty complete, from sensor manufacturers to specialist babytech design houses. Foreign companies who base themselves in China, can take advantage of this ecosystem and get both the edge on the local market and the global one. As Oscar Chan explains that “Shenzhen has become so international. The company I work with has a Swiss designer. Shenzhen had a good downstream ecosystem and now they have upstream as well. Everything is here.”Lucas Wang adds: “Working with a local design house or manufacturer, means that you are able to meet the rapidly changing preferences of local consumers. The preferences of Chinese parents change so quickly and without a local partner, you are fumbling around in the dark.”center_img Tags:#baby#babytech#China#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Netanyahu discusses ways to improve farmers’ lives with Adityanath

first_imgThe visit to the Taj Mahal may have been the highlight of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s short visit to Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, but he also discussed some important issues with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.At a meeting in Agra, the two leaders discussed collaboration to improve the lives of farmers in India’s most populous state. Among the issues raised were the two centres of excellence for horticulture and food processing coming up in Basti and Kannauj districts with Israel’s support, drinking water management in urban areas and solid waste management, a government spokesperson said.The critical subjects of water conservation, water recharging and drip irrigation were also discussed in context of the depleting water table in the drought-prone Bundelkhand. Mr. Adityanath said the talks were “extremely positive”, and would pave the way for exchange of technical knowledge in future. Exudes confidence“I have faith that through the exchange of technology and in the interests of farmers in mind, the talks will move forward. We will try to bring a smile to the faces of farmers through the use of technology,” he said. The signs of new collaboration between the State government and Israel come months after a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Jal Nigam of Uttar Pradesh and Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources on water utility reforms.last_img read more

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