School Board Meeting Postponed

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The meeting on Jan. 25, will be at 5:30 p.m., in the Boardroom at the EVSC Administration Building, 951 Walnut Street, Evansville. The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation School Board meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan 11, has been postponed until Monday, Jan. 25, due to the icy, snow-packed road conditions and the below freezing temperatures that may make roads treacherous.last_img

Sharma dents West Indies

first_imgA BLAZING final spell from Ishant Sharma – where he took three wickets in three overs – broke West Indies’ resistance on the second day of the first Test in North Sound.From 174 for 5, Ishant singlehandedly reduced West Indies to 179 for 8 – tilting a see-sawing day in India’s favour. Ishant also picked up his ninth five-wicket haul in the process, finishing the day with 5 for 42.It wasn’t his only contribution on the day. Ishant’s crucial 19 runs, part of a 60-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja in the morning, also set up India’s 297.West Indies batted two full sessions on the day – losing three wickets after lunch and a further five after tea. At stumps, they were 108 runs behind but with only two wickets in hand.They began their innings positively, however, with John Campbell and Kraigg Brathwaite. They saw off the new-ball spell from Ishant and Bumrah without much trouble, with Campbell, in particular, looking aggressive.He found the boundary four times in the first seven overs, which forced Virat Kohli to bring in Shami, who struck right away, finding Campbell’s stumps via the inside edge with a yorker.Over the next ten overs, Brathwaite and debutant Shamarh Brooks consolidated, but not quickly enough, scoring only 12 runs. Ishant’s inswingers kept them both in check, while Jadeja’s accurate deliveries dried up the runs.When Ishant bowled full in the 18th over, Brathwaite tried to drive him straight back, but a turning bat forced the ball to pop up, knee-high, for Ishant, who was composed enough on the follow-through to hold on to a catch.Ishant Sharma holds on in his follow-through. (Associated Press)The debutant Brooks looked mature in the middle, but he fell trying to cut Jadeja shortly before the tea break. At 50 for 2, he failed to pick the arm-ball and made room to cut a ball that was too close to him.It found the outside edge, only to lob off the wicketkeeper’s thigh to first slip. Those two wickets brought two new men in Roston Chase and Darren Bravo, and they had to rebuild.Bravo, though, took the aggressive route despite the three early wickets. Two fours set the tone for his innings, and a lofted six over long-on made it appear that he was not going to waste balls that were there to hit.But he was trapped lbw on 18 by Bumrah, steaming in from around the wicket. The length ball wobbled in the air before landing on off stump and Bravo missed on the flick. His review on the lbw decision was unsuccessful.Chase looked the most efficient West Indies batsman on the day, finding the gaps off the fast bowlers and unafraid to take on Jadeja. He smacked the left-arm spinner over long-on and even pinched seven runs off a Bumrah over.An exquisite cover-drive off Shami seemed to break Chase’s shackles in the 42nd over, but the very next over saw his downfall. Trying to flick Ishant through midwicket, Chase – on 48 – guided a shot straight to short midwicket, where the alert Rahul completed an instinctive catch.At that stage, West Indies were 130 for 5, trailing still by 167.West Indies’ long batting order – Hope and Hetmyer were part of this team’s lower order – briefly appeared handy.The No.7 Hetmyer survived a vicious over from Bumrah, where he nearly edged a catch to slip, but soon found his footing. He sliced Jadeja over mid-off for a four, while his partner kept the runs ticking. Searching for a wicket, Kohli introduced part-timer Hanuma Vihari to deliver some off-breaks, but both batsmen – good against spin – thwarted his efforts.Following a brief rain delay, play continued but Hope was soon dismissed trying to defend a full ball off Ishant, Hope failed to notice the sideways movement away and edged behind. Pant did well to dive forward, given that the cross-seamed delivery was constantly dipping. It ended an ominous-looking 44-run sixth-wicket stand.Holder walked in late in the evening, and together with Hetmyer looked to see the day off. But Ishant wasn’t done. Offering Hetmyer a full-pitched delivery, the batsman’s drive came shin-high for Ishant, who dived marvellously forward, falling into the pitch, and successfully completing a second caught-and-bowled dismissal.That exposed West Indies’ tail and they were further dented when Roach fell three balls later, edging Ishant’s cross-seamed delivery to Kohli at second slip. Ishant’s fifth wicket was West Indies’ eighth.He could’ve had a sixth scalp when Holder top-edged in the direction of third man, but Vihari, racing in, failed to reach there in time. As play ended, India walked off the happier side, but it was a day of missed opportunities for West Indies. Each of their batsmen went into double digits, but no one managed a fifty.Earlier in the day, Jadeja and Ishant frustrated the hosts – with the bat – for most of the first session. Their effort helped India to nearly cross 300, as they added 94 runs to their overnight total having started on 203 for 6.last_img read more

NBA: Things to look forward to ahead of the upcoming 2019-20 season

first_img FOLLOW US 10 months ago Dream11: DAL vs LAC NBA pre-season predictions, squad updates & news Suraj Alva COMMENT 10 months ago Lakers, Clippers set to star in wide-open NBA season 10 months ago Addressing growing fan behavior problem top priority for NBA Written By LIVE TV First Published: 21st October, 2019 19:42 ISTcenter_img Last Updated: 21st October, 2019 19:42 IST NBA: Things To Look Forward To Ahead Of The Upcoming 2019-20 Season NBA teams have already made their moves in the summer to sign some blockbuster deals and bring in new players to stand a chance to win the coveted championship. SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago NBA 2019-20 Milwaukee Bucks profile: Roster and season schedule The pre-season games are over and its time for the regular season to start on Tuesday. The teams have already made their moves in the off-season to sign some blockbuster deals and bring in new players to bolster their chances of success.Here are some of the things to watch out for this season -NBA regular season: Toronto Raptors’ title defense With Kawhi Leonard gone, the Raptors have a huge void to fill in order to keep the title. In his first and only season, Leonard helped the Toronto side win their maiden NBA crown and was also the finals MVP. The upcoming season looks to be more challenging, but with Pascal Siakam and the experience of Pau Gasol and Kyle Lowry, the Raptors will look to fight it out to keep the title in Toronto. NBA regular season: Brooklyn Nets land blockbuster signingsThe Nets have landed blockbuster deals ahead of the new season with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan set to don the jersey as they look to challenge the title. Durant won’t be available for Brooklyn Nets this season as he continues his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon.Also Read: NBA 2019-20: All About The Eastern Conference Sides This SeasonNBA regular season: Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers fight for bragging rights  The Clippers will have services of Kawhi Leonard from the reigning champions Toronto Raptors and Paul George from Oklahoma City Thunder. The revamped Clippers will look to upset their city rivals Lakers as Los Angeles’ top team, although the LeBron James-led Lakers won’t be easy to overcome after the arrival of former New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Kyle Kuzma and newly arrived Danny Green.Also Read: NBA 2019-20: Golden State Warriors’ Profile And Season PreviewNBA regular season: Houston Rockets ready to fire While troubles seem to be following Houston Rockets off the court, the team has made some good signings to challenge for the title. Russell Westbrook will be reuniting with his 2018 MVP James Harden, his former Thunder teammate, who was traded to the Rockets in 2012. Apart from Westbrook, the team from Houston did manage to bring back key players in Danuel House, Austin Rivers and Gerald Green, in addition to signing veterans Tyson Chandler, Ryan Anderson and Thabo Sefolosha, while locking in veteran Eric Gordon with a 3-year extension worth $54 million.Also Read: NBA 2019-20 Milwaukee Bucks Profile: Roster And Season ScheduleNBA regular season: Tough road ahead for Golden State Warriors With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson ruled out for the first half of the season after knee surgery, the Golden State Warriors’ shot at another title looks to a lot tougher. Also Read: Addressing Growing Fan Behavior Problem Top Priority For NBAAll eyes will be on experienced duo of Steph Curry and Draymond Green as they look to take the new team forward. The GSW, in addition, has added D’Angelo Russell to their ranks, which will boost the offense of the side big time. 10 months ago Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng retires from the NBA after 15 yearslast_img read more

Fulham v Aston Villa: Sidwell is recalled

first_imgFulham midfielder Steve Sidwell is restored to the starting line-up for the game against his former club, with Pajtim Kasami dropping to the bench. Youngster Lasse Vigen Christensen is among the substitutes for the first time.Aston Villa are without skipper Ron Vlaar and Antonio Luna, who are both injured.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise; Dejagah, Parker, Karagounis, Sidwell, Kačaniklić; Berbatov.Subs: Stockdale, Zverotic, Richardson, Kasami, Duff, Ruiz, Christensen.Aston Villa: Guzan, Herd, Baker, Clark, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke.Subs: Steer, Lowton, Helenius, Albrighton, Bowery, Sylla, Tonev.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The abundant Nguni herds

first_imgSo you think a cow is a cow is a cow? Think again. South Africa’s indigenous Nguni cattle, long the mainstay of traditional Zulu culture, are possibly the most beautiful cattle in the world, with their variously patterned and multicoloured hides everywhere in demand.Their beauty and the lore and terminology that has become associated with them in Zulu culture is celebrated in a richly illustrated coffee table book called The Abundant Herds, which has fast become a worldwide bestseller.imatshoNgoye – the stones of the Ngoye forestFirst published in November 2003, the book was sold out by the end of the year. The reprint of June 2004 was entirely snapped up by September of that year, and it was printed again in November 2004. The third reprint appeared in December 2005.The Abundant Herds: A Celebration of the Nguni Cattle of the Zulu People is an appreciation of the creative imagination and linguistic versatility of the Zulu people. Written by acclaimed author Marguerite Poland and social anthropologist David Hammond-Tooke, it is an overview of the history of the Nguni cattle and their economic, social, political and spiritual importance to the Zulu people, both past and present.There are two species of cattle in the world: Bos taurus, or European cattle, are the more familiar brown-and-black breeds such as Jersey and Holstein. Bos indicus, on the other hand, are found mainly in India and Africa, and include more unusual creatures such as Zebu, Sanga and Nguni cattle. They are characterised by their enormous horns and magnificent hides.inkampu – of cutting in twoWith beautiful oil and watercolour paintings and sepia drawings by artist Leigh Voigt, The Abundant Herds examines the role played by cattle and cattle-related imagery in the oral tradition of the Zulu people – how cattle terminology can form part of the worldview associated with Zulu culture.For hundreds of years, the well-being of the herds and the Zulu people have been so closely connected that cattle have become a part of the people’s spiritual and aesthetic lives.inkomo eyezindlu – the beast which is housesThe poetry of namingThis has given rise to a poetic and complex naming practice. The Abundant Herds explains that the fine and subtle nuance of the isiZulu language captures the delicate interrelationship between cattle terminology and the natural world, where the colour and pattern of a hide or the shape of a pair of horns is linked to images in nature.In a chapter called The Poetry of Naming, Poland discusses this colour-pattern terminology, its origins and its metaphorical associations with natural phenomena such as birds, animals and plants. Animals with specific colours and patterns on their hides are given unique Zulu names, which translate as follows:The eggs of the lark – a creamy coat spotted with fine rust speckles.The gaps between the branches of the trees silhouetted against the sky – a deeply dappled animal.The hornbill takes to flight – a dark beast which shows a flash of white beneath its flank when its walks.What stabs the rain – the upright points of a young steer’s horns.While these terms form the core of a fascinating system of classification, cattle imagery also abounds in Zulu oral history and poetry; in tales, proverbs, riddles and the praises of individual beasts, celebrated by their owners for their fertility, their vigour and their character and which subtly reflect the changing fortunes and social concerns of the Zulu people.engabantubegulile – like old peopleAlthough cattle terms continue to be used today among peasant farmers in rural communities throughout Africa, for the younger, urban generation this knowledge is fading. Despite the resurgence of interest in the economic importance of Sanga-Nguni cattle in South Africa today, there is a real danger that a precious branch of indigenous knowledge will disappear.The aim of this work is not only to record something of this heritage for posterity but also to celebrate the richness of Zulu linguistic versatility and the creative imagination of the Zulu people. imaqandakahuye – the eggs of the larkThe authorsDr Marguerite Poland is a distinguished writer, having published 10 children’s books before turning to adult fiction. She has received the Percy Fitzpatrick Award and the Sankei Honourable Award for Children’s Books for the Japanese translation of The Mantis and the Moon. In May 2005, at the Literary awards, she was presented with a Lifetime Achievers Award in English by Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan. The Abundant Herds is based on research for her doctoral thesis at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, awarded in 1997.The late Professor David Hammond-Tooke was Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at Wits University. He conducted extensive research among South African groups, especially the South Nguni and North Sotho, and his theoretical interests included kinship, local government, religion, folklore, indigenous symbolic systems, historiography and comparative ethnography.inala – abundanceLeigh Voigt is an internationally acclaimed artist, known particularly for her paintings of birds and wildlife. She has illustrated eight books and has exhibited in South Africa, Europe, Great Britain, Canada and the US, where her work is represented in numerous private and public collections. Lulu Phezulu: Leigh Voigt’s African Album, her autobiographical account of life in the bushveld, which she both wrote and illustrated, won the prestigious BookData Booksellers’ Award in 2000.The Abundant Herds: A Celebration of the Nguni Cattle of the Zulu People (ISBN 1 874950 69 5) is published by Fernwood Press.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A first for Africa: graduating with an indigenous knowledge degree

first_imgIt’s Africa Month so we take a look at the degree in indigenous knowledge systems offered at North West University. The first batch of students graduated in April.From left to right, Baatile Mamabolo, Morapedi Mohohlo, Vinolia Setshego, Nkhumisang Kekana, Thelma Molokwa, Monica Bhuda, Kgothatso Mafiri, Tshepiso Ndhlovu, Olefile Mogotsi and Lesley Mashego graduate on 24 April 2017 with degrees in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), a first qualification of its kind, from North West University. (Image supplied)Priya PitamberKgothatso Mafiri and Peter Tshepiso Ndhlovu are two of the 12 graduates from the first cohort of students studying for a degree in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) at North West University (NWU).“I have learnt that IKS is everywhere and it is not stagnant,” says Mafiri, who attended the graduation ceremony on 24 April 2017.“IKS can help with the many problems that humankind is faced with in recent times, such as sicknesses, climate change, poverty, and many other things.”During her studies, Mafiri says, she learnt a lot about who she was, both as a South African and as an Africa. “I have learnt to appreciate all the different cultures of the world and understand that none is more important than the other.”Ndhlovu has decided to continue his studies and will do a Masters degree. He says it is an opportunity to study something relevant to his identity. “Indigenous knowledge is one of the most undermined disciplines across the community and among other students so I [took the chance] to be one of the few to make a difference in studying the concept of livelihoods in the context of Africa.”#Indigenous knowledge systems could be a model for #ClimateChange mitigation:— UN Environment (@UNEP) January 22, 2016What is indigenous knowledge systems?The IKS course is interdisciplinary in nature and takes four years to complete, says lecturer Dr George Sedupane, a phytotherapist by profession. The modules cover four areas: arts and culture, health, science and technology, and agriculture. The students are guided by academics and knowledgeable members of the community.In its simplest terms, the course streamlines local knowledge as a curriculum.Watch:Sedupane uses the example of food indigenous to South Africa, of which many crops grow easily with minimal maintenance.“There is no reason for so many people to be having anaemia when indigenous greens such as amaranth thepe has 12 times the iron found in cabbage,” he says. “Pumpkin leaves have more than 22 times the iron found in cabbage.”But cabbage is associated with modernity and so is more likely to be consumed. “We are now buying Chinese cabbage and goji berries for their touted health benefits, as if we do not have our own God given greens and berries.“The indigenous knowledge qualification seeks to help us take pride in what we have and to use it. It makes economic, agronomic and nutritional sense.”He says IKS “will aid Africans in using the vast cultural, scientific and natural resources to address the pressing economic, health and food security challenges facing the continent, as well as aesthetic needs”.There are more than 50,000 flowering plants in sub-Saharan Africa, which many people don’t realise, Sedupane says.“Some of these plants have been used for various purposes, including medicine. In my own practice I have used certain indigenous plants to treat recalcitrant conditions that had not responded to conventional treatment. I believe that we have only scratched the surface.”Watch this to learn more about indigenous knowledge:Importance of indigenous knowledge systemsFollowing the establishment of the IKS Centre at the NWU, other countries have shown an interest in setting up similar initiatives. The university is providing advice, says Sedupane.The knowledge held by African people, he says, has either been denied, denounced and ignored or siphoned, exported and repackaged as other people’s expertise.“Thus the IKS qualifications were initiated to recognise and celebrate the value, validity and utility of African knowledge. Indigenous knowledge is a very important driving force for sustainable living and economic development.”Such a course is the perfect antidote to recent discussions on decolonising education, he says. “It is essential for propelling Africa into the 21st century, not merely as a consumer but as a producer of knowledge.”Starting outSedupane has always loved an indigenous lifestyle. Despite growing up in Montshiwa, in the city of Mahikeng, his family would visit his parents’ villages, Mareetsane and Khunwana, every year.“I loved the sights, sounds and activities of rural African life. The bellowing of beasts, their pasturing and milking, decorating with their dung — all had an enigmatic charm on my mind.”Qualifying as a phytotherapist allowed him to combine his interests in agriculture, nutrition and medicine. He lectured in phytotherapy for eight years at the University of the Western Cape. When he returned to his home town he was approached to become involved in the IKS centre.Africa’s history and knowledge“Much of Africa’s story has been told by people who saw it through a Eurocentric lens and thus it has been distorted to a large degree,” says Sedupane.As tools of cultural change, the media and education have a role to play in updating mindsets. “So indigenous knowledge needs to be embedded in curriculums from Grade 0 all the way to matric. Programmes that highlight, celebrate and teach indigenous knowledge need to be produced. Just as strenuous efforts have been made to make people gender sensitive, similar efforts can be made to make people indigenous knowledge or Afro sensitive.A student noted in his final year research project that South African museums had an opportunity to portray a full picture of African life. “So in his Masters research he is exploring how Afrocentricity can be infused in South African museology. This is just one of the ways we can promote our culture,” says Sedupane.Going forwardNdhlovu would like to share the knowledge he has gained with others, including the government, and people living in urban areas. “[I’d like] to show people from the cities that it is possible to know your livelihoods,” he says.Community upliftment and education are close to Mafiri’s heart and is already taking part in projects that “educate the African about who she truly is and the worth of her knowledge”.Ideally, she’d like to return to her home town in Limpopo to empower people because, she says, there is a high rate of unemployment. “I would like to implement projects that will teach people to be financially stable and be able to sustain themselves and their families on a long term basis.”She’s also thinking about furthering her studies.For his part, Sedupane would like to expand the course to include ethno-economics, ethno-politics and ethno-botany.The programme, he says, would be greatly enriched by students from other countries. “So our arms are open to students from Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, Mauritius, Seychelles, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This, however, does not exclude any other students from anywhere in the world.”Revolutionising education“It would be great if many of the mainstream universities could actually consider offering the course as we are being faced with a youth that is concerned with the African renaissance and revolutionising the education system,” Mafiri says.“We are the first of our kind and it is only a matter of time before we are recognised and start making a difference in our little corners.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Azhar’s son Ayazuddin continues to be critical

first_imgThere is no change in the condition of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin’s son. Ayazuddin, who was involved in a road mishap, continued to be very critical on Wednesday.”Mr. Ayazuddin has remained unconscious and his neurological status (following hypoxia due to cardiac arrest prior to arrival at the hospital) continues to be a cause of grave concern,” Dr Hari Prasad, CEO, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, said.Prasad added, “He is being continuously monitored by a multi-specialty team round the clock. His vital parameters are being maintained with supports and he continues to be on the ventilator. His status remains to be critical.”Ayaz crashed his sports bike on Sunday morning near a toll gate. Both he and his cousin were taken to hospital in an unconscious state. Ajmal was later declared dead.Ayaz is the youngest of the two sons of Azharuddin from his first wife Naureen, whom the latter divorced to marry actor Sangeeta Bijlani.last_img read more