Creativity brings economic growth

first_imgPerformance art in South Africa is burgeoning.(Image: African Creative Economy Conference)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kim Peters Congress Secretariat+27 21 674 0013.• Judy Bryant Media Liaison, Judy Bryant Communications+27 83 286 7168.Lorraine KearneyThe creative industries are among the most rapidly expanding sectors across the globe. According to the United Nation’s (UN) Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), the sector has a growth rate of 13.9% in Africa, beaten only by the Middle East, where the rate is 17.6%. By contrast, North and Central America post a growth rate of just 4.3%.And in 2011, the world export of creative goods reached $441-billion (R4405-billion). These figures were bandied about at the African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC), being held at the Cape Town City Hall from 7 to 10 October. The second day of the conference was given over to discussions on culture and sustainable development, with particular reference to the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Framework.The ACEC intention is to unlock the continent’s creative industries’ potential and leapfrog into emerging high-growth sectors of the world economy, say the organisers. Africa’s share of the global creative economy is currently less than 1%, and in 2011 its arts exports was just $2.2-billion (R219-billion). North Africa has the best performance in terms of exports, led by Egypt, followed by southern Africa, led by South Africa. These exports are predominantly design, followed by arts and crafts, and publishing.“Culture has huge potential for growth and jobs,” said Nils Jansons, the deputy head of the European Union (EU) delegation to South Africa. “It is the beginning and end of development. It is important to social fabric and it enhances self-esteem, improves dialogue and a sense of community and belonging. It helps fight fanaticism and xenophobia.”It could contribute, he emphasised, to poverty reduction. The EU promoted the conservation of cultural diversity and had earmarked $200-million (R2-billion) for arts and freedom of expression in Africa. In South Africa, in particular, it was working on research with Arterial Network on gathering data on trade in cultural goods and services.Millennium Development GoalsThe euro zone promoted culture as a contributor to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and in the post-2015 framework it wanted to include culture as necessary for good governance and building growing, inclusive and sustainable societies.Carolina Quintana, the networking and partnerships officer at Unctad, pointed out that post-2015 the world needed a new people – and a planet-sensitive agenda. “We must design new products, adapt what exists, improve eco-efficiencies. The creative industries are well-placed to be a part of this as some of the most dynamic sectors in the global economy.”The United Nation’s Conference on Trade and Development was actively promoting the creative economy, particularly in Africa, as it had high levels of talent and creativity that could be tapped for economic growth, poverty reduction, economic diversity and job creation. Driving this growth were global demand, technology and tourism. However, Quintana and several other speakers pointed out that a crucial element for the creative economy to flourish was the protection of intellectual property rights.Also key to driving the creative economy were intellectual property rights and technology, and the protection and promotion of cultural diversity, said Rochelle Roca Hachem, a programme officer in the section on the diversity of cultural expressions at Unesco, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which had seven internationally binding cultural agreements. The most important of these was the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. There were 172 parties to this, 70% of which were in Africa.Promoting growthThe UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization had two tracks for promoting the creative economy worldwide: funding and technical assistance, which included a ‘train the trainer’ programme, through which 32 people from 25 African countries were being trained and will help their own and other countries with policy development.Its International Fund for Cultural Diversity had 61 beneficiaries in 40 developing countries to bring change through capacity building, business models, partnership and policy development. The organisation’s goals were to strengthen governance for culture in developing countries and establish legal and institutional frameworks and policies for national cultural sectors.The third Unesco creative economy report, Widening Development Pathways, would be published on 14 November in Paris. It would focus on the creative economy at a local level, specifically in developing nations, and at how the creative economy could be practically promoted on the ground.In addition to money, the creative industries promote diversity, esteem, community, social cohesion, identity, individuality and the possibility for exchange. But the obstacles to its growth include lack of capital, entrepreneurial skills and infrastructure.Voice of dissent“The African creative economy does not exist,” said Christiaan de Beukelaer, a PhD researcher from the United Kingdom’s University of Leeds. “This is not because there is no cultural production, but because there is no conceptual clarity.” De Beukelaer’s research focuses primarily on the role of culture and cultural industries in international development. He has spent the past eight months in West Africa researching in the field.There was universal agreement on the growth potential of the creative economy, but some dissent on the necessary preconditions to drive it in Africa. De Beukelaer said it was difficult to create a cultural capital. Cities that had traditionally been strong in the sector retained these positions. “If there was consensus on what these preconditions were, we would be implementing them, not talking about them,” he said.For Jansons, it was more an issue of access to financial resources and the right, flexible education. Hachem echoed his words, speaking about the importance of arts education, access to finance, and better infrastructure. “But in Africa, there are such vast differences between places that there is not one single answer.”Links with science, technology and innovation were crucial. Culture was the source of creativity and innovation, she said. Quintana added that the creative economy was a process in the making. Africa had assets in terms of high levels of talent and creativity. It needed to harness technology to get this to a wider market. In its favour was its young population: young people would be more influenced by technology and so were important in developing a creative economy on the continent.The conferenceThe ACEC brings together some of the continent’s leading thinkers, academics, cultural producers, and experts in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, heritage and museums, design, fashion, craft, festivals and cultural events, film, literature, and stand-up comedy. It also attracts entrepreneurs, politicians and funders whose interests lie in expanding the creative economies across the continent. The conference focuses on the creative industries not just as economic drivers, but also considers how the creative sectors can eradicate poverty. The conference takes place each year in a different city. In 2013, more than 300 delegates from about 40 countries participated in Cape Town, South Africa.last_img read more

Of romance, love and chocolate…

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Romance and love are in the air. Let’s not forget about chocolate! Nothing says valentines like chocolate, conversation hearts and flowers. More than 58 million pounds of chocolate will be sold in leading up to that special day in February. Chocolate delivers a powerful punch in each bite. Last month we talked about comfort foods and how chocolate contains serotonin. It is mood lifting and plays a starring role as a comfort food. The natural compound of phenylethylamine in chocolate turns it into a stimulant. One thought is that chocolate stimulates short-lived feelings similar to when you are “in love” therefore giving it a nickname of the “love drug.”A gift of chocolate this February will not only shower your sweetheart with a gift of love and comfort but delight his/her heart as well. The anatomical heart, that is. February is also Heart (Health) Month. Believe it or not, a growing number of studies show that chocolate can be a heart healthy choice. That’s right, chocolate! It’s the ingredient of flavanols in cocoa that is so beneficial. The Mayo Clinic states that this flavanol component produces an antioxidant effect that can help reduce cell damage in heart disease, lower blood pressure and improve how your vessels and heart system work.The secret to chocolate that’s good for your heartFirst choose the darkest cocoa powder and chocolate you can find. It has the highest amount of these beneficial flavanols. Stop! This is not a license to eat chocolate candy like it’s an after Halloween sale! Most chocolate that is consumed is in the form of candy. Most chocolate candy and baked goods have added sugar and fat, which decreases the health benefit of the good cocoa. Chocolate candy, even dark should be eaten in moderation. Cocoa powder is where the goodness lies.A few months ago, I had the pleasure of stowing away with Paul on a business trip to the Netherlands. One of our excursions was to a historic windmill village called Zaanse Schans, where we smelled cocoa in the air. Our guide gave us a crash course on Dutch cocoa. It is believed that the Aztecs in Central America discovered cocoa and cherished this sacred plant, using it as “money” as well as creating the amazing chocolate drink we love. The scientific name for chocolate translates into, the much deserving “drink of the gods.” Cocoa came to Europe in the 15th century but it wasn’t until the late 18th century that Amsterdam became a major player in the world of chocolate. The Dutch discovered the way to remove the fat from the cocoa bean and create cocoa powder as we know it today.Dutchcocoa.com states that cacao is grown in the warmest part of our planet, which is the equator give or take 20 degrees. About 60% of the world’s supply is grown in Africa. Commercial cacao trees grow 13 to 26 feet high. Under a canopy of long, thin, dark green leaves, green pods grow out from the trunk and lower branches. It takes five to six months for them to be ready for harvest. Crack open the nine-inch yellow or red pods and you’ll find 30 to 40 cocoa beans, surrounded by white, spongy pulp. The cocoa beans are then roasted and pressed to separate into cocoa butter and cocoa “cake.” The “cake” is turned into cocoa powder where cocoa butter is used in chocolate making.Americans consume 11 pounds of chocolate a year. Although this is less than the Swiss at 20 pounds, that’s still a lot of chocolate. Next time you reach for chocolate, choose dark and enjoy a healthy chocolate valentine’s treat. Your heart and sweetheart will thank you!Eat well & healthy!ShellyAvocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding cleaneating.com (This is the source, not an endorsement. I made this and it’s good. I know it sounds weird, but I double dog dare you to try it!) 1 1/2 bananas, very ripe1 avocado, ripe, pitted and peeled1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder3 Tbsp pure maple syrup1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, optional1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, optional  To a food processor, add banana, avocado and cocoa powder. Process until just a few chunks remain, about 1 minute. With processor running, pour maple syrup through feed tube and process until completely smooth, scraping down bowl as needed, about 1 minute. Add vanilla (if using) and cinnamon and process until combined, about 10 seconds. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until completely chilled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Nutrition Information per 1/3 cup: 171 calories, 28 g carb, 8g fat, 6g fiber “Hot Chocolate” Banana-Nut Oatmeal foodnetwork.com 2 cups milk 1/4 tsp pure almond extract 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract Kosher salt 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 2 Tbsp. unsweetened dark cocoa powder 2-3 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar 1/3 cup toasted and chopped walnuts Pinch ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips 2 fully-ripened large bananas (1 1/2 diced and 1/2 thinly sliced crosswise) Bring the milk, 1 3/4 cups water, the diced bananas, and pinch of salt to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Stir in the oats, cocoa powder and 1 ½ tablespoon of the honey and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until the oats are fully cooked to desired consistency, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in almond and vanilla extracts. Transfer to 4 bowls, top with the sliced bananas, walnuts, the remaining 1 tablespoon honey, cinnamon and chocolate chips and serve. Makes 4 servings.Red Wine Chocolate Lava Cakes eatingwell.com  4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided2 tablespoons red wine, divided2 large eggs1 egg yolk1 teaspoon vanilla extract¼ teaspoon salt6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar5 tablespoons all-purpose flour1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder  Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 6 cups of a muffin tin with cooking spray.Place 3 ounces chocolate and 4 tablespoons butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving, if needed, stirring every 15 seconds, until completely melted. Let cool slightly. Whisk in 1 tablespoon wine, eggs, egg yolk, vanilla and salt. Sift confectioners’ sugar, flour and cocoa over the batter and whisk until smooth. Divide the batter evenly among the 6 prepared muffin cups, using about ¼ cup each.Bake the cakes until the edges look dry and puffed but the centers still look soft and gooey, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack until firm, about 2 minutes. Place a cutting board on top of the pan and invert the cakes out onto it. If they stick, run a knife around and under them to loosen.Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 ounce chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving, if needed, stirring every 15 seconds, until completely melted. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon wine. Using a thin spatula, transfer the cakes to serving plates. Drizzle the cakes with the chocolate sauce, about 1 teaspoon each. Serve warm. Chocolate Sauce www.Health.com 2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed1 teaspoon instant coffee granules1 cup hot water1/4 cup agave syrup2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract  Combine first 4 ingredients (through coffee granules) in a food processor. Process until finely ground (about 1 minute).In a small saucepan, stir water and agave syrup together; bring just to a boil over medium-high heat. With the food processor running, add the syrup mixture, then vanilla. Continue processing until sauce is smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until chilled (at least 2 hours). Stir before serving over fruit, ice cream, or banana bread.last_img read more

6 Lies About Success

first_imgThere are many lies about success. It’s easy to believe these lies, and doing so will distort your perception of what real success is.It’s all about the money. Success isn’t all about the money, even though that is what some people believe success to be. It isn’t about money, even though that is how the media portrays success. There are plenty of people with money that aren’t successful when measured on any other scale. No one would call Mother Theresa or Gandhi failures, even though they wouldn’t fare well on this scale. It’s not money.It’s not about not having money. If success isn’t only about money, money is a scorecard of sorts. It is a reflection of the value that you create. Money provides you with security, experiences, and choices. Money also allows you to give back at a greater level. Not having any money doesn’t guarantee that you are successful, and there are plenty of people with no money who also aren’t successful on any other scale. It’s not about not having money.It’s about being popular. Some people with a measure of fame are perceived to be successful. And on that one measure, you might believe that they are successful. But fame is no indication of success either. Many of the people with names that are well-recognized are not successful when measured another way. It’s not fame.It’s about being beautiful on the outside. There are people who are beautiful on the outside that are hideous on the inside. Time destroys physical beauty. Time destroys one’s athletic prowess, too. But time can never destroy true success. It’s not physical beauty.It’s about being smart. Some of the smartest people you will ever meet will also be horrible to other human beings. They might have parchment, prizes, and awards for their intellectual prowess, but none of those prove success outside of a very, very narrow measurement. It’s not intellect.It’s about natural talent. Talent is no sign of success. Many of the most talented people never do anything with their talents, and many people with far less talent do more with what little they have. It’s not about having talent.The truth about success is that it is defined by each of us individually. My success is not the same as your success.My success is about living up to my potential, making the contribution I am here to make, and doing something meaningful with my life.Your success is about living up to your potential, making the contribution you are here to make, and doing something meaningful with your life.last_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE aims big after ‘disappointing’ run last season

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next But from the rubble of the past season is where Pumaren hopes the Red Warriors will come out of as they aspire to go deep this time around.“It was a really disappointing season for us last year,” Pumaren said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are looking forward for a better performance this coming season and we’re hoping that the guys I’m relying on to deliver will deliver this time,” he said.Pumaren is putting Alvin Pasaol under the spotlight as the 6-foot-3 forward will be front and center in UE’s charge this season after a promising showing last year SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UE Red Warriors156 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coach: Derrick PumarenLast Season: 3-11 (7th Place)Holdovers: Alvin Pasaol, Philip Manalang, Mark OlayonAdditions: Mark MalolesKey Losses: Bonbon Batiller, Edgar Charcos, Paul VarillaUniversity of the East had a failed campaign last year, finishing at the bottom of the standings with only three wins to show.ADVERTISEMENT “I expect him to carry the load for our team. He will be our leader for this season. He played well last season. In the first three to four games, he was still adjusting, but this season, I expect him to have a full blast right from the start,” he said.But it’s not just about Pasaol as the Red Warriors will also have guard Philip Manalang and team captain Mark Olayon giving Pumaren enough reasons to think that his team would be no pushover.“We are there. We’re getting there. As I’ve said, of course I’d be lying if we are not looking at the Final Four. We’re not just there for participation, but the objective right now is to better our performance last season because we disappointed the UE community,” he said.“That’s what I’m looking forward. And the team knows that. We are looking forward and hopefully, we’ll just play hard and compete with other teams.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UAAP Season 80 Preview: Sablan vows different UST Tigers will show up LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

TNT import Rice ejected early in Game 4

first_imgPBA IMAGESEmotions got the better of TNT import Glen Rice Jr. on Sunday and was ejected in the first quarter of TNT’s all-important Game 4 tussle against Ginebra.The high-scoring reinforcement threw the ball to a fallen Kevin Ferrer with 1:41 left in the opening frame with the KaTropa leading, 35-23.ADVERTISEMENT After the Gin Kings called timeout, Rice continued to trashtalk with the Gin Kings bench as TNT personnel tried to restrain him.He was then attested with a flagrant foul penalty one and a technical foul, ending his stint in Game 4 quickly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRice had two points, three rebounds, five assists, and a steal in his 10 minutes of play for the KaTropa.He is averaging 31.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 5.3 assists for the conference. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Gamescenter_img Ateneo sweeps first round, outlasts La Salle Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio escorted him back to the team’s dugout, but quickly left the Big Dome midway through the second quarter.TNT, which has its season on the line, is still on the driver’s seat, 66-52, against Ginebra at halftime. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Ain Rasheed Khan presents Calcutta’s Muslim population in stark socio-economic terms

first_imgMuslims at namaaz in A Seventh ManA Seventh Man Produced by the West Bengal GovernmentScript, music and direction: Ain Rasheed KhanGhazals, courtesans, costumes and chandeliers – such is the make-believe stuff on which the Muslim theme in the Indian cinema is generally built. From Pakeezah to Umrao Jaan, it is,Muslims at namaaz in A Seventh ManA Seventh Man Produced by the West Bengal GovernmentScript, music and direction: Ain Rasheed KhanGhazals, courtesans, costumes and chandeliers – such is the make-believe stuff on which the Muslim theme in the Indian cinema is generally built. From Pakeezah to Umrao Jaan, it is the same sickening tale of misrepresentation of a community as stereotypes in the entertainment industry.M.S. Sathyu’s Garm Hawa, made in the ’60s, was the first major deviation from the beaten trail. But it was a flash in the pan that gleamed in isolation until this year, with Sagar Sarhadi’s excellent film, Bazaar.However, the handling of the Muslim theme in documentary cinema does not suffer from such handicaps. Ain Rasheed Khan, who is a former chief of the detective department of Calcutta Police, has made this moving anthropological study of the Muslims in Calcutta with the relentlessly scrutinising eye of an investigator trying to discover a pattern in a random mosaic of cases.The compact-as-a-sonnet 40-minute documentary presents the city’s Muslim population in stark socio-economic terms, without the addition of any artistic frill. With 14.6 per cent of the city’s population, every seventh man in Calcutta is a Muslim. And, mostly rotting away in their ghettos, they are possibly a half of the urban poor.Imperious Contempt: Khan’s searching camera finds curious textures in the weather-beaten faces of Muslim workers slogging away at tailoring workshops, bakeries, eating houses, automobile garages and printing works.It pans across scores of historical paintings – of Attkins and Doyley, Daniel and Zofany – to zero in on the ubiquitous Mohamedan slave-boy, the khitmutgar, the odd man in a fez cap – drawn in appropriately reduced size to express imperious contempt – who had the temerity to challenge the company’s rule and, hence, bore the brunt of retribution.advertisementFrom the squalor of the Muslim slums of Rajabazar, Khan loops backward to history, and shows Calcutta as a stifling graveyard of Muslim power. Wajed Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Oudh, found refuge in Calcutta after the British had annexed his kingdom. Tipu Sultan’s children were interned and kept in the city. For the nawabs of Dacca, Bogra and Murshidabad, Calcutta was the inevitable last destination.Maybe Khan wanted to portray a 200-year-long process of decline, but his cameos of present-day Calcutta Muslims raise quite a few unanswered questions. It shows the Muslims as some sort of an atavistic group, a community that has nearly lost its power to adapt itself to changes in social attitudes and technology.The Muslim boatman in Khan’s film does not know how to combat the challenge of steam barges; the Muslim bangle-maker cannot switch over to mechanised plastic moulding; the zari-maker is unable to re-employ his craftsmanship in other areas when popular taste changes.The film comes to life in a few neatly-shot sequences of frenzy, such as at the soccer field when the Mohammedan Sporting Club enthrals its supporters; at the Muharram celebration with its deep undertone of guilt and violence; and at a qawwali show where a fanatic hysterically gyrates to the tune of ‘Allah-hu-Allah’.It avoids going deeper into the quake-prone zone of Hindu-Muslim relations, but provides in exchange an eminently credible hypothesis that communal harmony can be achieved only at work-places and that human sweat is the best glue that can keep communities together.The film achieves a fast editing pace, almost like a sitar rhapsody, but never lets attention flag. It does not ‘fake’ a single shot, which is the best compliment that can be paid to any Indian documentary.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea midfielder Mason Mount: We must do better at set-pieces

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount: We must do better at set-piecesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mason Mount admits they need to do better at set-pieces.Chelsea were undone by Liverpool due to set plays.Mount said: “It is set-pieces that are causing some trouble. Liverpool scored two and when you go 2-0 down then it is quite tough to get back into the game. I thought we were at the end but if you switch off at set-pieces at this level then you get punished.“It happened twice so that’s something we will look at and we have been looking at. We need to keep working on it.“I thought they didn’t create much in open play. So I think we just need to be concentrated when the ball goes out of play so we are switched on and ready for anything to happen.” last_img read more

UK Supreme Court rules suspension of Parliament was illegal

first_imgJohnson, who is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, has refused to say whether he will resign if he is found to have broken the law, or will seek to shut down Parliament again.The decision followed three days of hearings last week before a panel of 11 judges.The court rejected the government’s assertions that the decision to suspend Parliament until Oct. 14 was routine and not related to Brexit. It claimed that under Britain’s unwritten constitution, it is a matter for politicians, not courts, to decide.The government’s opponents argue that Johnson illegally shut down Parliament just weeks before the country is due to leave the 28-nation bloc for the “improper purpose” of dodging lawmakers’ scrutiny of his Brexit plans.They also accused Johnson of misleading the queen, whose formal approval was needed to suspend the legislature.Johnson and Parliament have been at odds since he took power in July with the determination to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a divorce deal with Europe.___Jill Lawless reported from New York. LONDON — In a major blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s highest court ruled Tuesday that his decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks in the crucial countdown to the country’s Brexit deadline was illegal.The unanimous Supreme Court ruling declared the order to suspend Parliament “void and of no effect.”Supreme Court President Brenda Hale said the suspension “was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.”She said the court’s decision means Parliament was never legally suspended and is technically still sitting.In this nation without a written constitution, the case marked a rare confrontation between the prime minister, the courts and Parliament over their rights and responsibilities.It revolved around whether Johnson acted lawfully when he advised the queen to suspend Parliament for five weeks during a crucial time frame before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline when Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union.last_img read more

Soccer team faces pair of Big Ten foes

The Ohio State men’s soccer team has had success thanks to great play from its goalkeepers, especially from redshirt freshman Matt Lampson. “He has been playing very well lately,” coach John Bluem said. “I think Matt has taken the position now, it’s going to be his and he is going to try and hold onto it.”The freshman stepped up early in the season and helped guide OSU to its best start in school history.A week ago, the Big Ten named Lampson the conference’s defensive player of the week because of his stellar play against Michigan State.On the season Lampson has three shutouts and .93 goals against average.But Lampson is not the only goalkeeper OSU has on its roster, and Bluem is confident in every one of the young keepers. The Buckeyes have three solid goalies who could potentially take the starting job.Other then Lampson, the Buckeyes have redshirt sophomore Ryan Dalton, who has been seeing more and more play time because of his solid play.OSU also has a true freshman in Alex Wimmer, who is ready to go when his number is called. Had Wimmer not been injured at the beginning of the season, he would have challenged for the starting spot.Coming into the season, Bluem worried his team might be inexperienced at goalie.“No worries anymore,” Bluem said. “Wimmer is ready to go if we need him, Dalton has played really well in the times we used him and Lampson is in really good form right now. I am very pleased at the way they have been playing.”The Buckeyes, however, are in the middle of a tough stretch of games.The team has lost its last two games, 3-0 to Akron and 1-0 to Northwestern. After the Northwestern loss, Bluem questioned the team’s level of effort.“It’s a tough stretch. Hopefully we can address some things and come out with a more intense effort,” Bluem said.With a full schedule ahead, the team wants get back on the field quickly and perform better. OSU is hoping that is the case when they face Cleveland State on Friday.Cleveland State (3-4-3) comes into the game struggling on offense, scoring only one goal in its last three games.But with 11 seniors and the entire defense returning, the Buckeyes will have to be ready.Friday’s match will be played at 5 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Buckeye seniors instilling values skills in underclassmen future of the program

As the Ohio State men’s Lacrosse team trotted off the field following Saturday’s win against Hobart, each player beamed from ear to ear. Amid pats on the back and laughter, one could detect a sense of appreciation and gratitude from the younger members of the team toward the upperclassmen on Senior Day. The team, at first glance, seems to be dominated by youngsters, as much of the glitz and glamour is cast toward the statistical leaders on the team. Sophomore Logan Schuss leads the team in scoring, trailed by classmate Jeff Tundo. The team’s leader in assists is freshman Tyler Frederick, and freshman goalkeeper Greg Dutton has been nothing short of spectacular in the cage this season. The seniors, however, have been critical in their roles for the team. Aside from their four years of contributions on the field, which include a conference championship in 2008, shepherding the young players’ development has been key. “I think it’s our role to show our experience and let them know how things are in Division 1 lacrosse,” senior middleman Paul Beery said. “A lot of them have stepped up and played an integral role, so I would say we’ve been successful.” Even with 12 seniors on the roster, looking over such a large quantity of young players can still be difficult, senior middleman Scott Lathrop said. “It’s tough when you’ve got 45 guys and they are at all different age levels,” Lathrop said. “You’re trying to funnel them all into one focus.” Lathrop said he approaches the job by consistently working hard and leading by example for the younger players. He also said he will sit down and talk with the players if they need it. Beyond the seniors’ job in helping with the younger players, Lathrop sees a bond that has developed among the seniors over four years. “We all came in at the same time, and we’ve seen several different shades of this program,” Lathrop said. “We’ve been through tough times together and good times together. We have shared a special experience here.” With the season well past midpoint, and graduation quickly approaching, the seniors will begin to mull over their future beyond lacrosse. Lathrop plans to embark to Europe on a two-month internship, and Beery plans to pursue a degree to become a Certified Public Accountant. Senior captain Bryce Woodson has a more laid-back approach to his pursuits after college for the time being. “I’m just going to take a little time off and enjoy life a little bit,” Woodson said with a smile. Though Senior Day is over, there is still much at stake to add to the memories for the seniors. A shot at the Eastern College Athletic Conference still exists, and there are four games left in the regular season. “I’m very happy for these seniors right now,” OSU coach Nick Myers said after the team’s win against Hobart. “We’re going to keep taking it one game at a time, though, and continue to improve.” One game remaining is the Showdown in the ‘Shoe, in which the lacrosse team will face Fairfield in Ohio Stadium before the Spring Game on April 23. Lathrop said this game is particularly exciting. “Playing in the ‘Shoe gives you chills every time,” he said. “It will be a special experience. Hopefully we can get as many people out there as we can.” As the seniors’ careers wind down, Lathrop, Beery and Woodson say they plan on staying in touch with their teammates. “I’m going to try my best,” Lathrop said. “These guys are my best friends.” read more