Berhampur launches drive to ‘cure’ trees

first_imgUsing the knowledge of senior botanists, nature lovers initiated an experimental effort in Odisha’s Berhampur on Sunday to cure trees affected by human activities by using traditional ingredients. Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) chairperson Subash Moharana, Forest Department officials, city MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Behera, environmental activists and several botanists took part in the initiative started by Sabuja Bahini, Anchalika Vikash Parishad and other organisations.For the past one week, efforts are on to remove metal nails, wires and publicity materials from the trunk of the trees in and around Berhampur as they are the reason behind the slow death of trees. Posters on tree trunks“It was seen that toxic metallic oxides produced through corrosion had started to damage the internal parts of these trees. Fungal infection caused by posters nailed on tree trunks was a major problem. So, it was decided to take up some measures to heal the wounds,” said Mr. Behera.Traditional methodsSenior botanists — Prof. Sachidananda Padhi and Prof. Brahmabihari Panda — were consulted to provide remedial measures. “As plants have great self-healing power, we decided to provide natural remedies to them which would help them heal the wounds by themselves,” said Prof. Padhi. “So, we decided to experiment with a concoction comprising turmeric, neem leaves, gobar [cattle dung] and clay collected from ponds,” said Prof. Panda. No chemical ingredients like modern pesticides or fungicides were used in the mixture.In the concoction, turmeric and neem serve as disinfectants for the wounds and fungal infections while gobar and clay help the plant cells to regenerate. On Sunday morning, environmental activists along with the DFO, local MLA, BeDA chairman and botanists filled up the wounds found on the tree trunks with the concoction.Sibaram Panigrahy of Sabuja Bahini said that as the process involved no costly materials, the general public should start saving the trees in their area through this process in future.Chyau Patnaik, a physician, said he got involved in the medical treatment of plants for the first time.Dr. Patnaik said in the coming Assembly session, he will try to bring a private member Bill to save trees in urban areas from getting damaged by human interventions.The Super Cyclone of 1999, Phailin of 2013 and the Hudhud in 2014 had uprooted several big trees in Berhampur. Efforts are on to save the trees and provide them longevity, said Mr. Moharana.last_img read more

Nash Racela rues poor finish in TNT loss to Phoenix

first_imgTNT head coach Nash Racela cited his team’s poor endgame execution as the major reason for its heartbreaking loss to Phoenix on Wednesday night.The KaTropa were up by three with less than two minutes to go but were unable to protect their lead after going 0-of-3 from the field and failing to make defensive stops to finish the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next “We talked about execution in the end. On both ends, specifically on defense, we weren’t able to execute in the end,” said Racela after giving his players a long post-game talk inside the Mall of Asia Arena dugout following a 74-72 defeat.“I was asking them what went wrong. I just wanted to hear it from them. We showed them the clips of the last two possessions of Phoenix.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela was pertaining to the instances where the Fuel Masters’ tied the game on a 3-pointer by Matthew Wright with 44.1 ticks left and got the lead for good after a baseline bucket by Doug Kramer with exactly three seconds remaining.With the loss, the KaTropa dropped to 4-4, tied with the Fuel Masters in fifth place. Racela, however, doesn’t seem worried with his team’s current position. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “If you study our conferences last year, we were always in the middle of the pack, and we just made a good push toward the playoffs and in the playoffs, so it’s still the same plan,” he said.“Hopefully with what we have now, we can still have a good run towards the playoffs. It will be a tough last three games for us, especially with Gilas coming up. I think we’re going to miss the three guys in at least one game, so it would’ve been nicer if we won today.” Dani Ravena sees mistakes against NU as learning experience AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

NBA: Chauncey Billups was aware of Irving’s trade request while in interview with Cavs

first_imgFormer NBA player Chauncey Billups  DONALD MIRALLE/Getty Images/AFPMost NBA fans were completely blindsided by news of Kyrie Irving’s displeasure with the Cleveland Cavaliers and his demand to be traded elsewhere.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Although he anticipated it to happen sooner than later, the 40-year-old player-turned-analyst admitted he remained baffled by Irving’s decision.“That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him because if it’s all about winning—I mean, man, you got a chance to win every single year,” he said.“And not only that, you’re getting everything you want. You’re getting the shots you want. You’re playing for a great coach who’s letting you go to work,” he said.“The game’s on the line, they coming to you. You playing on (national) TV every week. To me, I don’t get it,” he added.Billups, on the hand, turned down the Cavs’ GM position, which was recently awarded to Koby Altman.  Khristian Ibarrola. /raADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ RELATED STORIES:NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—reportIrving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate DellavedovaLeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, retired NBA player Chauncey Billups said he knew it was coming.The former NBA Finals MVP, who was interviewed for the then vacant Cavaliers General Manager position last month, said he was aware of the brewing “trouble in paradise” in the Ohio-based franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It didn’t really surprise me,” Billups said of Irving’s wish to play for a different team.“Obviously I knew. As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know,” he said during a recent appearance on the Vince Lombardi Show. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT MOST READlast_img read more

3 days agoBlind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Blind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utdby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax veteran Daley Blind admits it’s been painful to see Chelsea doing better than Manchester United.United sit 14th in the English top flight – just two points above the relegation zone – following Sunday’s draw with arch-rivals Liverpool.And Blind says it has been difficult to watch the plight of his former side this season.”Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment,” the 29-year-old told a press conference on Tuesday. “I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see.”Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back. They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see. “From that perspective, it’s good. But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course.” last_img read more

Football Ohio State survives a scare from the Wildcats picks up 2420

OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber runs through Northwestern tacklers for one of his two touchdowns on Oct. 29, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWith question marks surrounding the playoff hopes of the No. 6 Ohio State football team following a loss to Penn State, the Buckeyes were able to earn a 24-20 victory against Northwestern. However, Buckeyes fans might still be feeling uneasy with the performance put out on Saturday.With a relatively easy opponent at home on the schedule following a two-game stretch on the road, OSU was looking to capitalize and bounce back in convincing fashion. But it took the Buckeyes most of the game to put away the Wildcats.Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett enjoyed a much more stout pocket than in weeks past, but still struggled to connect with his wide receivers. Overall, Barrett finished the day 21 for 32 with 223 yards, but connected with wide receivers on less than half of those completions.Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber played an integral part in the win for the Buckeyes, picking up a pair of touchdowns after failing to score against Penn State and Wisconsin. He finished the day with 14 carries for 87 yards.On defense, a potent offensive attack for the Wildcats kept pace with OSU, matching the Buckeyes step for step throughout the contest. Anytime Urban Meyer and company found a way to break open a lead, Northwestern came firing right back.“It’s great to be home and get a W, a hard-fought W against a good team that had a lot of momentum,” Meyer said. “A lot of respect for Coach Fitzgerald.”The biggest proverbial thorn in the side of OSU was the ability of the Wildcats to pick up third downs, namely in long yardage scenarios. Northwestern finished the game eight for 16 on third-down conversions. The Buckeyes scored a touchdown on their first offensive drive of the game for the first time this season. The offense got the ball on its own 6-yard line, and moved the ball with ease down the field, spreading it out to four different players.After that, things reverted back to the way they were against Penn State, as OSU failed to string together plays. Although the pocket held for Barrett throughout the contest, there was little in terms of down-the-field passes and long, gashing runs.After receiving just 10 touches compared to last week, the involvement of junior H-back Curtis Samuel was a hot topic. Meyer said following the team’s loss last Saturday the Buckeyes did not get the ball to their No. 1 playmaker enough, and needed to fix that. Samuel’s workload increased to 14 touches, and he delivered in a big way. He picked up 99 total yards, and even found the end zone on a dive up the middle.“I love the way he runs the ball,” Meyer said.Wildcats’ redshirt sophomore quarterback Clayton Thorson averaged more than 240 yards per game passing coming into the contest. Against an OSU secondary that surrendered multiple chunk plays in the past few weeks, the Illinois native had a field day, hooking up with senior wide receiver Austin Carr eight times for 158 yards.“We had a gameplan going into the game of doing and we didn’t necessarily get it communicated properly on the field,” redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said.The Big Ten’s leading rushing, Northwestern junior running back Justin Jackson, had a relatively slow game. Rushing the ball 17 times for 76 yards, Jackson did not make any game-changing plays that propelled the Wildcats.OSU’s defense enjoyed an effective pass rush, putting pressure on Thorson for most of the game. Redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis picked up a sack, while the rest of the unit flushed the Northwestern quarterback from the pocket on multiple occasions. In a do-or-die kind of scenario, OSU found its back against the wall early in the fourth quarter with the game knotted at 17. The Silver Bullets stood tall, forcing a three-and-out from Northwestern, resulting in punt that gave the Buckeyes good field position.“I feel like this is one of the better teams in the Big Ten,” redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to come out here and just walk a walk. We knew it was going to be a dogfight this whole week.”OSU finally took advantage, moving the ball down the field with ease and scoring on a Samuel touchdown run from in close. The play was set-up by a 34-yard reception for redshirt freshman K.J. Hill.The second-year receiver said even with the scrutiny his unit has received, things remain the same in the wide receivers room while the team stays hard at work.“It (hasn’t) been nothing new,” Hill said. “We’ve just been trying to work hard and get everyone off our back really. That’s all we can do is try and get better each and every day in practice.”Hill’s involvement came after redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell was injured while blocking on a run play. Campbell got rolled up, and appeared to hurt his ankle on the play. He did not return. Northwestern’s final offensive drive pushed the Buckeyes all the way to the south end zone student section. A key holding call against the Wildcats and stout coverage limited the damage, as OSU only surrendered a field goal. From there, OSU chewed the clock before a 35-yard rush and a powerful Weber run effectively sealed the game for the Buckeyes.OSU returns home next Saturday to face No. 7 Nebraska in Ohio Stadium at 8 p.m. read more

Columbus Crew draw English Premier League team Crystal Palace FC

The Columbus Crew hosted English Premier League team Crystal Palace F.C. in an international friendly at Crew Stadium Wednesday and a game with unlimited substitutions resulted in a 2-2 draw between the American and British sides.Forward Adam Bedell drew first blood for the Black and Gold on an arching assist by defender Eric Gehrig in the 15th minute, but the opposition was not deterred as Palace’s Glenn Murray equalized with a 36th minute strike.The final 10 minutes of the first half saw the visiting Eagles engage a tighter defensive stance of contesting for possession, likely inspired to battle after their forward evened the game for them.“From the start, they sat back a little bit. That’s just the way that they, that’s just their game plan,” Bedell said after the game, speaking to what the Premier League squad did differently from the Major League Soccer defenses the Crew face every week. “A good block of eight, good defending … MLS teams, when the game’s 0-0, you just play. You don’t see that, that block of eight very often so I think that was the big difference.”Another Crystal Palace goal by substitute midfielder Jake Gray in the 70th minute of play occurred following a scuffle in the box, during which Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson pled his case for having been interfered with on the play. The goal stood to give the guests the 2-1 lead after they had been threatening in transition for the majority of the evening.One of the Crew’s three defensive halftime substitutions saw a homegrown player from Bexley, Ohio, in Ross Friedman get his first career action in a Black and Gold kit when he came in for fellow defender Chad Barson.Friedman, 22, had been playing for the USL-PRO affiliate Dayton Dutch Lions but got the call to suit up as a Crew reserve against a top-flight international team.“I think going out at Dayton and trying to do the little things right — not slacking in any way — you know, prepares me for situations like this,” Friedman said. “This opportunity proves to show we can get called at any point. Situations happen and you’ve got to be ready. So I felt happy with my preparation and I’m ready to build off of it.”Columbus notched an 80th minute goal, however, to tie the game once more.Crew center midfielder Agustin Viana delivered a lofting assist from 35 yards away and his attacking counterpart, Daniel Paladini, fought to contact the ball in midair for the equalizing header. The tie game endured through two minutes of second-half stoppage time.“Adam (Bedell) was fantastic. He had a great header and Danny (Paladini) made a nice run trying to get midfielders running into the box. I was pleased over all,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said.Berhalter, who played as a defender for Crystal Palace from 2001-02, added that “the defending could have been a bit better.”The game marked the first of three stops on Crystal Palace’s American tour before the Premier League season kicks off in August.The Crew are slated to resume MLS play when they travel to Foxboro, Mass., to take on the New England Revolution in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup Saturday.Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. read more

Ibrahimovic – AC Milan betrayed me

first_imgIn his autobiography, Zlatan Ibrahimovic admitted to feeling betrayed by Milan when they sold him to PSG for €20 million in 2012.According to reports, Ibrahimovic is going back to San Siro, where he never wanted to leave.The 37-year-old Swede revealed details in his new book titled ‘I am football’. He gave an insight regarding his experience with former Milan CEO Adriano Galliani.In excerpts from the book were published by La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Ibrahimovic wrote: “Galliani told me: ‘Ibra, you have nothing to be worried about, we won’t sell you.’“A few weeks later, I was in my holiday home in Vaxholm. I had just returned from water skiing and saw there were five missed calls on my phone from Mino Raiola.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I’d made him swear not to call me during my vacation, so I knew something was going on. ‘We have to talk,’ he told me. ‘Leonardo will call you.’“I wondered who this Leonardo was, then put it together. Leonardo… the director of sport at PSG. ‘Listen, I don’t want to talk to him. There’s nothing to talk about, seeing as Galliani promised I wasn’t for sale.’“Raiola replied: ‘Well, see, in reality, they’ve already sold you…’ ”last_img read more

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer Camp

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA — The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) will be able to expand its capacity by as many as 100 cadets this summer thanks to a $23,000 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced on Wednesday.“Nearly 1,200 youngsters have applied to YPSA this year, and the continuing success of the camp comes from our terrific partnerships with our fellow law enforcement and government agencies,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Thanks to the Baker Administration and EOPSS, we will be able to hire two extra counselors and purchase the additional equipment necessary to accept 100 more cadets over the course of the summer. This grant will make a real difference in the lives of these youngsters who may not otherwise be able to attend YPSA.”This marks the second consecutive year the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) has been awarded the grant through the Commonwealth’s Law Enforcement and Youth Partnerships Summer Day Program. The initiative, administered by EOPSS, is designed to support summer recreational and educational learning opportunities with local law enforcement.“We are honored to partner with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to allow more young people to take part in this valuable program,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco. “Creating strong, positive relationships between law enforcement and the community is a priority for us and one that is clearly shared by Sheriff Koutoujian and his team.”YPSA is a week-long camp designed for children ages 8-12 who live in Middlesex County. Cadets spend the week with MSO staff as well as police officers and firefighters from their hometown, forming important bonds with their local law enforcement officials. Cadets also participate in classroom and practical activities designed to teach them important public safety skills including a simulated fire safety trailer offered by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, a challenge course held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica, and demonstrations offered by the MSO and partner agencies.The Academy is run at the MSO Training Academy in Chelmsford, with transportation, breakfast and lunch provided for each cadet. YPSA runs for six, one-week sessions each summer. Spots remain available for cadets in several communities including, but not limited to, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Cambridge, Hudson, Maynard, Natick, Newton, Waltham and Watertown. Families can register their children by going to https://www.middlesexsheriff.org/ypsa.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAttorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Awarded State Grant To Help Support Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Ferdousi Priyabhashini no more

first_imgFerdousi PriyabhashiniFreedom fighter and noted sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini passed away at a hospital in Dhaka on Tuesday.She was 71.Priyabhashini was undergoing treatment at the coronary care unit (CCU) of Labaid Hospital following a cardiac arrest.She had been suffering from multiple complications, including kidney and heart diseases.Officials at the hospital said Priyabhashini was admitted to the hospital on 23 February. She was then suffering from kidney complications.Ferdousi Priyabhashini was born in Khulna on 19 February 1947. During Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971, she was tortured by the Pakistani military.For her sacrifice during the freedom fight, the government awarded her the Independence Award, the highest civilian award of the country in 2016.last_img

Iran denounces US and Saudi sanctions against Hezbollah

first_imgAn image grab taken from al-Manar TV on May 14, 2018, shows the leader the Lebanon`s Shiite Hezbollah movement Hassan Nasrallah giving a televised speech at an unknown location on May 14, 2018. Photo : AFPIran’s foreign minister on Thursday lashed out on Twitter at the US and Saudi Arabia for imposing sanctions on leaders of its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.”Israeli snipers shoot over 2,000 unarmed Palestinian protestors on a single day,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet referring to protests and clashes in the Gaza Strip that killed some 60 people this week.The “Saudi response, on eve of Ramadan? Collaboration with its US patron to sanction the first force to liberate Arab territory and shatter the myth of Israeli invincibility. Shame upon shame,” he said.The United States and six Gulf Arab states announced sanctions Wednesday on the leadership of Hezbollah, as Washington seeks to step up economic pressure on Iran and its allies in the region after president Donald Trump withdrew this month from the 2015 nuclear deal.The US and Saudi-led Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center said the sanctions were aimed at Hezbollah’s Shura Council, the powerful Lebanese group’s decision-making body, led by its secretary general Hassan Nasrallah.Nasrallah, Hezbollah deputy secretary general Naim Qasim, and three other Shura Council members were listed under the joint sanctions, which aim at freezing vulnerable assets of those named and blocking their access to global financial networks.At the same time, the six Gulf members of the TFTC — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates — declared sanctions on another nine individuals and firms part of or linked to Hezbollah that were already blacklisted by the US Treasury.Hezbollah is a key player in Lebanese politics, and it maintains its own arsenal of weapons and fighting force.The group is fighting in Syria alongside president Bashar al-Assad’s military, and it has trained Iraqi Shiite militias which participated in retaking territory from the Islamic State group.The sanctions by Gulf states follow two US moves this month to put pressure on Iran’s financial networks, including sanctions announced Tuesday aimed at an alleged financial pipeline that moved “hundreds of millions of dollars” from Iran’s central bank through an Iraqi bank to Hezbollah.The European Union has viewed Hezbollah’s armed wing as a “terrorist” organisation since 2013.In 2016, the six Arab Sunni powers of the Gulf Co-operation Council — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman – designated Hezbollah a “terrorist” organisation.last_img

Teachers Report Stressed Anxious Students In The Age Of Trump

first_imgThis past spring, a history teacher in North Carolina was giving a lesson about Christopher Columbus. He covered how Columbus and his men enslaved and otherwise mistreated the native people of the island of Hispaniola.One white student piped up: “Well, that’s what needed to happen. They were just dumb people anyways like they are today. That was the purpose, that’s why we need a wall.”Multiple students agreed. An argument ensued. After class, two Latina students came up to the teacher and said: “He doesn’t need to be saying stuff like that in class. We are worried for our well-being. We’re worried about things not going good for us.”The anonymous anecdote was collected as part of a new UCLA survey. In it, teachers report that in the current political climate, some of their students fear for themselves and their families. Others reported that students seem more “emboldened” to express racist and derogatory views.Even as the first lady spent time this week touring schools to promote caring and inclusion, many are ready to chalk up a new incivility in schools to the Age of Trump.Previous surveys we’ve reported on, including one from the Southern Poverty Law Center, also found increases in school bullying related to overheated political rhetoric.The UCLA survey, unlike those, relies on a nationally representative sample: 1,535 teachers at schools whose demographics reflect those of U.S. schools as a whole, rather than pulling from self-selecting volunteers. Also, the survey was conducted after President Trump took office. Along with the survey, researchers at the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Accessconducted 35 follow-up interviews by phone.Here are some of the key findings:79 percent of teachers reported that students have expressed concerns for their well-being or the well-being of their families because of what is in the news. Most commonly mentioned was immigration, but the list also included the much-publicized travel ban, restrictions on LGBTQ rights, threats to the Affordable Care Act and threats to the environment.51 percent of teachers reported more students experiencing “high levels of stress and anxiety.”44 percent of teachers reported that students’ concerns were affecting learning. In interviews, they spoke about students who seemed stressed, distracted and who were contributing less to class discussion for fear of drawing attention to themselves.41 percent of teachers reported that students were more likely than in previous years to introduce unfounded claims in class discussions, such as from Facebook or talk radio.27 percent of teachers reported an increase in students making derogatory remarks about other groups during class discussions. This included sexist as well as racist and anti-Muslim comments.20 percent of teachers reported heightened polarization on campus and incivility in their classrooms.These last two figures were higher for teachers at predominantly white schools, says John Rogers, lead author of the report and a professor at UCLA’s graduate school of education. He noted that teachers in eight states used the word “emboldened” to describe some white students’ increasingly racist and offensive behavior.The report is not comprehensive, and there’s no easy way to compare its results with those during any previous administration. But it speaks to an ongoing national discussion about civil discourse and civic engagement inside and outside the classroom.White nationalists like Richard Spencer are coming to college campuses purporting to embody free speech, even as their supporters commit violence.Former President George W. Bush, and retiring Repubican Sen. Jeff Flake, each in a recent speech drew a line between the rhetoric that flies on Twitter and television, and what students in school are learning about the bounds of acceptability.“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children,” Bush said. “The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”“It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are,” said Flake.Ron Avi Astor, who researches school climate at the University of Southern California, follows Rogers’ work closely. He cautions that teachers may have a “really different” view of what is going on in their schools than students do.A high school teacher, for example, may have 200 students in the course of a day, Astor explains. And if she sees problems happening with one or two of them, that doesn’t necessarily generalize to every student in a school.However, he says the results of this survey conform with what he has been seeing in the field and hearing from administrators and teachers.Astor says he has seen schools in Los Angeles, where he lives and does research, taking steps to protect students who are worried about immigration crackdowns.“You don’t need a big study to know that kids turn on the TV and they see and hear the nastiness that’s going on,” he says.UCLA’s Rogers says the survey suggests that the political climate may be chilling classroom debate. “Teachers said they avoided talking about topics they otherwise would discuss, or had lessons that were more controlling and less engaging than in the past.”One teacher said, “I’d been trained to bring all different student perspectives into the discussion, but I don’t quite know what to do when it creates a threat for other students or undermines a sense of community in my classroom.”Teachers told the UCLA researchers that they wanted more professional development and more leadership from their administrators on how to balance these concerns. “It would be troubling,” says Rogers, “if the lesson was that schools need to back away from civic and political life.” Sharelast_img read more

Memories of home

first_imgRedefining the idea of home when all is lost and when borders are etched between lands and people, this is what Sheba Remy Kharbanda and William Charles Moss’s documentary is all about. To be screened from 14 to 21 November in India Habitat Centre, Five Rivers: A Portrait of Partition is  a documentary in Cyclorama featuring a video art installation by these multi-disciplinary artists.  The documentary illustrates the intimate complexities of ‘home’. Staged inside a traditional Indian wedding tent, this cycloramic screening marries culture-bridging conventions of storytelling to the stimulation of a sculptural installation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Projected footage occupies conducting a blend  of five synchronized films that craft the narrative of Amrik Singh, a Punjabi/Afghani Sikh who at age nine left his childhood home to migrate alongside millions across the Indian Subcontinent in the months preceding the Partition of India in 1947. Singh’s introspective recollections carry an  invitation for participants to trace his turbulent journey to redefine home across the sudden and stark borders created by the establishment of Pakistan and India as independent states. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixClearly visible on the white textile of the tent from both inside and outside the structure, these  interviews, landscapes, and historical documentation are fostered by a pervasive soundtrack of contemporary punjabi and urdu poetry, testimony, and speeches that imbibe the space with a strong sense of the memory.The artiste, Sheba Remy Kharbanda is a metaphysician, filmmaker and storyteller born in London to immigrants from the Punjabi. In 2005, she launched the Foreign Land Project, a documentary film and online oral history archive that chronicles the stories of elder women from the Punjab, who, after partition of India, left for England in search of work and a new home. In May, 2014, her essay entitled, A Lesson in Love was published in the anthology, Her Name Is Kaur: Sikh American Women Write about Love, Courage, and Faith. With Five Rivers, Kharbanda seeks to weave threads through questions of identity, displacement and memory – questions she continues to grapple with and which she feels are her ancestral inheritance.William Charles Moss is a photographer and cinematographer who began in the feature film industry almost twenty years ago, before discovering the world of documentary film, which has since become his passion. Together with Kharbanda, he runs Callejero Films, a Brooklyn-based video production company. When: 14-21? NovWhere: India Habitat Centre Timing: 5.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

Blend of art and commerce

first_imgIndian textiles and fashion-wear has been receiving accolades from all over the world, since the ancient times. To give the foreign exporters a closer experience of the same, Greater Noida saw an elaborate arrangement for domestic textile manufacturers to showcase their art, this weekend. A two-day mega exhibition was organised by Surat Dreams at the Expo Mart to promote Indian textile. The motto of this event was to uphold Indian textiles in the foreign market and as well as throughout the country as a contribution to PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ mission. With 108 exhibitors from all over the country participating in the event, a perfect blend of art and commerce took place at the Expo Mart this weekend. Over 3300 domestic and international buyers from UK, USA, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and the Gulf countries were present, who helped in generating an estimated amount of Rs 700 crore MOU. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition enabled manufacturers to reach their target sellers for women’s wear and spread their creation worldwide without the menace of middlemen. The collection exhibited were all women’s wear, from stylish dresses to bridal wear; every woman’s dream wardrobe collection was presented for the domestic and the international buyers. The exhibited fashion clothing was not only ethnic but also had some western wears. Traditional lehengas, suits, sarees and fusion dresses were also for display. The exhibition served as a great platform for all the manufacturers and buyers to exchange ideas and discuss the latest trends and styles. This platform had been a meeting of dealers, traders, exporters as well as fashion designers.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition also showcased high profile fashion shows featuring top models endorsing the latest ensembles from the ethnic couture presented by 30 textile manufacturers in the two-day event.One of the four co-founders of Surat Dreams, Hitesh Jain said, “This is the first time that we are doing our textile exhibition at Greater Noida, and the splendid response from the foreign buyers made it the most successful event of Surat Dreams. With this exhibition we hope to create history in the coming years of fashion industry by going a step ahead to promote export of textiles.” Similar events had been structured by the company since 2010 but the first event in Greater Noida has proved to be splendidly effective.last_img read more

Deutsche Telekom has launched a new iPhone app cal

first_imgDeutsche Telekom has launched a new iPhone app called Shair that enables users to discuss shows they watch with Facebook contacts, as well as the possibility to make comments on shows in real time.The Shair app enables users to access synopses and other background information about shows as well as information on directors and actors. The app can currently identify shows on 15 channels carried by Telekom’s IPTV service including services from ARD, ZDF, RTL and ProSiebenSat.1.Telekom cited a recent study by Bitkom showing that about 50% of TV viewers use the internet to obtain additional information at the same time via laptops, smartphones or tablets.last_img