Ian Botham is contesting Meghalaya elections, so is Kennedy

first_imgIan Botham is contesting the Meghalaya Assembly polls. So are Frankenstein, Kennedy and Nehru.If you are thinking cricket — or monster, or global leaders of the last century — think again.Ian Botham K. Sangma is the National People’s Party (NPP) candidate for the Salmanpara seat. He is being billed as the prime challenger to the Congress incumbent who lived up to his name — Winnerson D. Sangma — in 2013.NPP, which former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma had acquired from a Manipur-based regional party, is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party-helmed North East Democratic Alliance.If Ian Botham Sangma is a newcomer, fellow-party leader Frankenstein W. Momin is a veteran contesting the Mendipathar seat. Mr. Momin had last won the seat as a Congress leader in 2008.Miles away, to the east of Mendipathar, is the Mawphlang constituency which another veteran — Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem — seeks to retain for the Congress. Not far away in the Pynursla seat is Nehru Suting of the regional United Democratic Party (UDP), who has a formidable opponent in sitting Congress MLA Prestone Tynsong.Mr. Suting is not the only Nehru contesting the polls. There’s Nehru D. Sangma, an independent for the Gambegre seat.“Many in Meghalaya have fancy names, perhaps to sound different,” said former bureaucrat Toki Blah, agreeing the names some candidates have are attributes often not associated with politicians.Instances are Innocent Shadap, the regional Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement candidate for the Nartiang seat; Rightious N Sangma of the Nationalist Congress Party, contesting the Salmanpara seat; and Probety Nongpluh of NPP, contesting from Pynthorumkhrah.Some candidates flaunt the names of major cities around the globe. They include Boston Marak of People’s Democratic Front (Salmanpara), Holando Lamin of Congress (Amlarem), Polanding Sohphoh of BJP (Mawkyrwat), Chris Kabul A. Sangma of UDP and Dilliram G Marak, an independent (both Selsella).Some candidates exude lineage in their names. Examples are Wellborn Bynnud, an independent (Shella), Hispreaching Son Shylla of NPP (Nongkrem), Good Leaderson Nongsiej of PDF (Nongstoin).A few are strength personified, such as Sounder Strong Cajee of NPP (South Shillong) and Pillarson G. Momin of PDF (Mawshynrut).Others radiate confidence or are at ease with the poll process. Just ask Comingone Ymbon, NPP’s candidate for Raliang, Hopeful Bamon (NPP, Sutnga-Saipung) and Comfort Dolloi, an independent whose rivals in Jirang include Witness Day Sancley of the Congress.Then there are the seemingly dangerous Bomber Sing Hynniewta (Independent, Mylliem) and Mafiara T Sangma of Garo National Council (Mahendraganj).Also in the fray are Couple Stone Shllya, Moonlight Pariat, Firstborn Nongtdu, Highlander Kharmalki, Predecessor Rumong, Process T Sawkmie, Firstborn Nongtdu, Eureka FP Lyngdoh, Councellor Singh Wahlang, Blandingstar Warjri and Morningstar Mawsor.If you find some of these hilarious, you have probably never heard of Hilarius Pochchen, the PDF candidate for the Nongkrem seat.last_img read more

Kolkata Test, Day 1: India lose initiative despite Pujara, Rahane fifties

first_imgGutsy fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane helped India reach 239 for seven in the second test against New Zealand after a see-saw opening day on Friday.The touring side claimed three wickets in the first session and four in the third but the Indian duo forged a 141-run partnership for the fourth wicket to leave the match evenly poised.Wriddhiman Saha was unbeaten on 14 with Ravindra Jadeja yet to score when bad light stopped play at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.Earlier, New Zealand paceman Matt Henry (3-35) celebrated his test return with a two-wicket burst to wreck India’s top order and lift the mood in the Kiwi camp. (SCORECARD)Beaten comprehensively in the series opener in Kanpur, New Zealand’s bid to level the three-test series suffered a body blow when skipper Kane Williamson was ruled out due to illness with Ross Taylor taking over captaincy.India captain Virat Kohli’s decision to bat in his country’s 250th home test gave the Kiwi pacemen an opportunity to extract whatever life was available from a green-tinged track and the tourists did not disappoint.Opener Shikhar Dhawan failed to capitalise on his recall to the side for the injured Lokesh Rahul, chopping a Henry delivery on to his stumps to depart for one.Henry struck again in his sixth over with a beautiful delivery which angled into Murali Vijay (nine) and seamed away, kissing the shoulder of the bat before nestling in wicketkeeper BJ Watling’s gloves.Henry had just been warned for running on to the pitch and the change of angle worked well for the bowler. (DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS) advertisementTrent Boult dismissed Kohli for nine to peg the hosts back further but Pujara (87) and Rahane (77) joined forces to halt the slide, both playing with characteristic caution. Pujara brought up his third successive fifty in the series, while Rahane notched up his ninth test half-century as they batted through the afternoon session.Neil Wagner broke the partnership when he had Pujara caught at short cover, ending the right-hander’s 219-ball vigil which included 17 fours.Jeetan Patel, replacing injured off-spinner Mark Craig, dismissed Rohit Sharma and Rahane. Ravichandran Ashwin made a quick 26 before Henry trapped him lbw.last_img read more

Day-night Ashes Test under discussion

first_imgDiscussions over whether Australia will host England in a first day-night Ashes cricket Test next year are taking place but nothing has been decided yet, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday.England head Down Under next November for the 2017-18 series and local media reported on Thursday that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had agreed in principle to play one of the matches under lights.A CA spokesman, however, said there had not been an agreement yet and the tour itinerary was still being finalised, though a day-night Test was part of the discussions.”Ongoing scheduling of day-night tests in the Australian summer is a natural progression,” the spokesman said.”The Ashes is a great contest and attracts huge audiences both at the ground and on television, but nothing has yet been confirmed for next summer.”CA have hosted two day-night Tests under lights over the last two seasons, both of which have been a commercial success with large numbers attending the matches against New Zealand and South Africa.While both games were at the Adelaide Oval, making it favourite to host a day-night Ashes Test, Brisbane’s The Gabba will host its first pink ball Test later this month when Australia play Pakistan.England are to host their first day-night Test next August at Edgbaston against West Indies.COOK AGAINST DAY-NIGHT ASHES TESTAlastair Cook, the England captain, said earlier this year he was against playing an Ashes Test under lights in comments echoed by Australian counterpart Steve Smith.advertisementBoth felt the traditional rivalry, the oldest in world cricket, generated enough interest.However, CA chief executive James Sutherland, a major proponent of pink-ball cricket, said the success of the two Adelaide Oval games indicated the desire for at least one day-night Test.”The scheduling of day-night Tests has been driven by a desire to make test cricket more accessible, so it is wonderful to see the format resonate with so many of our fans,” Sutherland said after the South Africa game ended on Sunday.Smith also told local media on Thursday he felt pink ball cricket was here to stay, particularly given the way lessons learned from last year’s match against New Zealand had been applied.The inaugural day-night Test lasted just three days with the twilight drastically affecting the movement of the pink ball, while batsmen also said they found it hard to see under lights.The match against South Africa lasted four days and an improved ball did not move around as much in the evening session, nor get scuffed up by the pitch.”I’ve always said we need to get the product as right as we can and the ball in as good a shape as we can and I think they’ve made some good improvements with that,” Smith told Australian Associated Press.”This year’s game was outstanding. Slightly less grass than the year before and it was almost the perfect test wicket. There was enough in it for everyone; both bat, ball, the ball spun.”I think it’s certainly here to stay.”last_img read more

Verstappen, Ocon clash on and off track at Brazilian GP

first_imgSao Paulo, Nov 12 (AP) Max Verstappen pushed Force India’s Esteban Ocon after the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday following a collision on the track when the Red Bull driver was leading the race.Verstappen was later ordered to perform two days of public service at the direction of motorsport governing body FIA within six months.Verstappen finished second in the race, which was won by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.The collision happened on lap 44 at Interlagos when backmarker Ocon was trying to overtake to unlap himself.Moments after crossing the line second, Verstappen said over the radio to his team: “I hope I can’t find him (Ocon) in the paddock now” and the Dutchman then added a couple of expletives.Verstappen cut off his post-race interview to confront Ocon.The Frenchman pushed Verstappen’s hand away, but Verstappen appeared to shove Ocon in the chest twice as the Force India driver seemed to beckon to his mechanics for help.As Ocon grinned and seemed to say something, Verstappen pushed him hard again in the chest and walked off, before turning around and pointing a finger.At a news conference later, Verstappen said he insulted Ocon to his face and said it was fair that the Frenchman received a stop-go penalty after the incident.Ocon did not apologise in an interview after the incident.”What really displeases me is his behavior afterward, coming to see me and then violently shoving me,” Ocon told Canal Plus television. “To behave like a lunatic clearly isn’t right and not sporting.”advertisement Red Bull team principal Christian Horner defended Verstappen’s actions, saying that “Ocon has to take responsibility. He’s cost him a Grand Prix victory today.” AP BSBSlast_img read more

Boston Christmas Tree Suggestions Wanted

first_imgNova Scotians can begin Christmas tree shopping this summer, and help continue a decades old tradition. People are invited to help choose the province’s Christmas tree gift to the city of Boston for the next few years by finding great examples and then telling the Department of Natural Resources. “The Boston Christmas Tree is a special tradition so we want to plan ahead a few years,” said Minister of Natural Resources Charlie Parker. “That’s why we’re asking Nova Scotians to join the selection process and help us assemble a good list of trees that could become our gift to Boston this Christmas, and in years to come.” In the aftermath of the 1917 Halifax explosion, Boston sent much-needed medical personnel and supplies to help the devastated city cope with the injured. Nova Scotia has been sending Boston a huge Christmas tree every year since 1971 to remember that city’s generousity to the province. Boston lights up the Nova Scotia tree before a crowd of thousands in a televised, outdoor ceremony. “Anyone who has a suitable tree could become part of the Boston Tree tradition and help continue Nova Scotia’s annual expression of gratitude to the people of Boston,” said Mr.Parker. For the past 30 years, department officials have annually searched for an ideal tree to be the gift to Boston. Now, they are opening the search to include suggestions from anyone who spots a potential candidate and reports its location or from a property owner who has a suitable tree and would like to donate it. “We would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who knows of a suitable Balsam fir, or a white or red spruce, that is 12 to 15 metres tall (40-50 feet), in good health and with good colour, density, symmetry, and easy access to a road,” said Tim Whynot, co-ordinator of the project. The Boston Tree requirements are online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/christmastrees/bostontree.asp . People with information or photographs of a suitable Boston Christmas tree may contact Tim Whynot at 902-424-3615 or any local Department of Natural Resources office. A list of office locations is at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/staffdir/offices.asp .last_img read more

Fire Departments Emergency Responders Receive Equipment Funding

first_imgThe province is helping more than 50 fire departments and emergency response organizations keep Nova Scotians and their homes safe with new equipment bought through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. Pam Birdsall, MLA Lunenburg, on behalf of John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, announced funding for 12 projects in Lunenburg and Queens counties today, Sept. 17. “These funds provide support to our fire departments and first responders and helps them protect communities across the province,” said Ms. Birdsall. “We are making life better for Nova Scotians by making sure emergency responders can perform their duties safely and effectively.” The Emergency Services Provider Fund is a $500,000, application-based program that provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000 for approved projects. Projects include the purchase of essential equipment such as jaws of life, self-contained breathing apparatuses, ice rescue equipment, communication equipment, thermal imaging cameras, and pumps, hoses, and nozzles. “We certainly appreciate the funding provided by the province,” said Blair Lantz, fire chief, New Germany Volunteer Fire Department. “These funds will help us upgrade our communications equipment and allow our members to better respond to fires and emergencies in the community.” A list of funded projects can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/espf/ .last_img read more

Changes to Better Protect Children at ChildCare Centres

first_imgEducation and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey is taking steps to ensure the protection of children at regulated child-care centres across the province. Ms. Casey will introduce regulations that will give the minister the authority to ensure no child-care staff would be allowed to work with children at any time if they did not have their child abuse registry and criminal background checks in place. This is in response to information the minister recently received from staff indicating over the past two years there were several regulated child-care centres in Nova Scotia that were in violation of their operating license. The centres had allowed staff to be hired, or continue to work with children, without the proper checks in place. “It is my job to ensure the protection of children at child-care centres and this practice is unacceptable,” said Ms. Casey. “The day-care regulations I will be introducing shortly will ensure the protection of children in regulated child-care centres throughout the province.” New regulations being introduced to the Day Care Act will ensure no staff members working at regulated child-care centres can work with children unless they have up-to-date child abuse registry and criminal background checks in place. Until the new regulations are introduced and approved, Ms. Casey has asked that all child-care operators ensure no child is left unsupervised with any staff member if the child abuse and criminal background checks are not in place. The minister issued a memo with this information to all child-care operators to remind them of their obligations under the act. She has also asked staff to increase inspections at child-care centres that are in noncompliance over the next few weeks to ensure children are protected. “This is a very serious matter and as soon as it was brought to my attention, I asked staff to take steps to address it,” said Ms. Casey. “I expect child-care operators to comply immediately to ensure children are protected at all times.” Currently, when a child-care operator has a licence violation on their file, including criminal back ground and child abuse registry checks violations, they are given 30 days to comply. Based on information from recent site inspections, as of today, Aug. 28, there are five child-care centres with nine staff in violation in relation to criminal records checks or child abuse registry checks. Department staff will be following up with each centre to ensure immediate compliance. Ms. Casey expects to have the new regulations in place in early fall. A copy of the memo sent to child-care operators can be found at http://www.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

OGC introduces regulations to reduce methane in BC Oil and Gas industry

first_imgThe Province wants to reduce methane emissions by 45 percent by 2025. The Federal Government has a similar reduction target of 40 to 45 percent.Maximilian Kniewasser, director of the B.C. clean economy program at the Pembina Institute, said the regulations do not live up to the B.C. climate plan. “While B.C.’s draft methane regulations are a step in the right direction, they represent a missed opportunity to ensure the oil and gas sector does its fair share — at low cost — to help achieve B.C.’s climate targets by curbing methane pollution. By leaving cost-effective emissions reductions on the table, the proposed methane regulations do not live up to the spirit of B.C.’s ambitious new climate plan, CleanBC.Several environmental groups have said methane pollution is a problem in the Oil and Gas Industry in B.C. Their studies suggested in 2018 that 47 percent of active oil and gas wells in the study area were found to emit methane-rich plumes.The information released by the OGC on Wednesday said the changes include enhancements to requirements for leak detection and repair, designed to ensure leaks are detected and repaired quickly. Additionally, the industry will be required to increase data management and reporting requirements to ensure transparent reporting of industry actions are under development.For more information on the changes announced by the OGC, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has introduced new regulations for methane.The new regulations will come into effect on January 1, 2020. The Oil and Gas Commission says the new regulations will reduce methane emissions by 10.9 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over a 10-year period. The OGC says that is equivalent to removing 390,000 cars off the road each year.The regulations will focus on the primary sources of methane emissions that include pneumatic devices, equipment leaks, compressor seals, glycol dehydrators, storage tanks and surface casing vents.last_img read more

Annan urges agreement on participation in Myanmars constitutional convention

A statement issued by the spokesman for the Secretary-General said Mr. Annan was disappointed to learn that an agreement has not been reached to allow the National League for Democracy (NLD) and some other ethnic nationality parties to participate in the national convention due to begin Monday.The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Razali Ismail, was in Myanmar most recently in March to try to move forward the national reconciliation process between the military-led Government, the NLD and other ethnic nationality groups, as well as secure the release of NLD leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.“[The Secretary-General] believes that the opportunity represented by the national convention should not be missed,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “He therefore urges all parties concerned, even at this late hour, to make every effort in the next two days to reach an agreement, taking into account suggestions made by the NLD and by other political and ethnic nationality parties, and to move the democratization and national reconciliation process forward.”Mr. Eckhard said the Secretary-General also reiterated his call for the removal of all the remaining restrictions imposed on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her deputy, U Tin Oo, and the reopening of NLD offices, “so that the national convention can be reconvened in an all-inclusive manner with all political parties, including the NLD and ethnic nationality parties.” read more

Serious challenges remain to stop enforced disappearances in Pakistan – UN experts

“We acknowledge the security challenges faced by Pakistan,” said the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances at the end of an official visit to the country.It added, “However, according to the 1992 Declaration for the Protection of All Persons Against Enforced Disappearances, ‘no circumstances whatsoever, whether a threat of war, a state of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked to justify enforced disappearances.’”The Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1992. Among its articles, it states that “any act of enforced disappearance is an offence to human dignity,” and it condemns such actions “as a grave and flagrant violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”The Working Group was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives. It seeks to establish a channel of communication between the families and the Governments concerned to ensure cases are investigated.According to a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), two of the five members of the Working Group – Olivier de Frouville and Osman el Hajjé – recently completed a ten day visit to Pakistan, during which they held meetings with State authorities, civil society organizations and relatives of disappeared persons in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar. The experts noted that while cases continue to be reported to authorities, there are controversies surrounding both the figures and the nature of the practice of enforced disappearances. The Working Group also welcomed the judiciary’s role in shedding light on the whereabouts of missing persons. However, they expressed their concern that relatives of victims reported that even when clearly identified by witnesses, perpetrators have so far not been prosecuted and convicted. “The relatives of the disappeared persons have the right to know the truth about the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones,” they said. “It is the responsibility and the duty of the State to thoroughly investigate all allegations of enforced disappearances and bring the perpetrators to justice.”The experts underlined the need to reinforce the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, as well as to ensure the oversight and the accountability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and to provide protection for victims and witnesses.“Other important challenges that Pakistan needs to overcome are the absence of a provision qualifying enforced disappearances as an autonomous crime, and the lack of reparation measures and social assistance programs for the relatives of the disappeared,” they said.The Working Group will prepare a report with the information gathered during the visit, which will be presented to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council next year. In addition to Mr. de Frouville and Mr. El-Hajjé, the Working Group’s other members are Ariel Dulitzky from Argentina, Jasminka Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jeremy Sarkin from South Africa. read more

Beside The Points For Thursday Dec 14 2017

emily:what omgalso there’s usually way more yelling in curlingandrea:is this our way of returning to the topic of a curling podcast?(please)Predictions NFL ella:huh NBA College Football See more college football predictions Oh, and don’t forgetJeremy Kerley blames ghost We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions See more NFL predictions Things That Caught My EyeWe figure out the Super Bowl favorite SundayNew England plays Pittsburgh this Sunday. They’re the two top seeds in the AFC, and the game will set the pair up for the postseason. A win for Pittsburgh locks their first round bye and, per the FiveThirtyEight Elo predictions, increases their chance of winning the Super Bowl from 17 percent to 22 percent. A loss would mean New England has only a 60 percent chance to score that first round bye, but for the Patriots a win gives them a 30 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl, up from 22 now and 16 percent if they lose. [FiveThirtyEight]Lifetime banSix Russian women’s hockey players — Inna Dyubanok, Ekaterina Lebedeva, Ekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Ekaterina Smolentseva and Galina Skiba — recieved lifetime bans from competing in the Olympics as part of the continued fallout from the doping scandal that has prevented the Russian team from competing in the forthcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. [The Ice Garden]Input no longer requestedBeginning in 2018, the USGA will no longer allow viewers at home to call in penalties for players competing. A professional will be doing that now. Call-ins have historically affected tournament outcomes in significant ways. Now you can enjoy golf without having to obsess about the minutiae of the rule book, which I actually think may suck a bunch of the enjoyment out of golf for the people who enjoy golf. [USA Today]Oh, well, that answers that questionTurns out that Yu Darvish was accidentally tipping off his forthcoming pitches to the Astros’ batters in the World Series, as he had a rather simple tell that was easy to decode. The pitcher made it through 10 outs in two starts. [Deadspin]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Blocked and reportedThe Golden State Warriors have 8.68 blocks per game which trails only the 1985-86 Washington Bullets historically. In the past three games, the Warriors blocked 12.0 blocks per 48 minutes. Coupled with the fact that Golden State is really good at scoring points off of those blocked shots, it’s yet another instance of the Warriors being even better than their perception as “ridiculously good.” [FiveThirtyEight]Nick Foles to the rescue?Carson Wentz tore his ACL, devastating Eagles fans and sucking the air out of one of the most electric seasons the franchise has ever had. His backup is Nick Foles. So, how do backup QBs of wonderful teams do in the postseason? There have been seven quarterbacks who won at least 10 games for their playoff-bound team who were unable to start in the playoffs. Their backup quarterbacks, in five of the seven cases, lost the team’s first game in the playoffs. In one of the cases — Mike Tomczak taking over for Jim Harbaugh in Chicago in 1990 — their team won the first but lost the second game of the playoffs. But one time, the team went 3-0, when Phil Simms backup Jeff Hostestler took the 1990 New York Giants to a Super Bowl win. [FiveThirtyEight]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number62.8 percentLe’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown will finish the season with a projected 62.8 percent of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ total yards of scrimmage this year, beating out their previous combined record, 58.2 percent in 2014, when the pair notched 3,926 of 6,749 Steelers yards of scrimmage. Either way, they’re the best RB/WR duo in NFL history. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: All newsletters read more

Shaft sinking almost complete at Caledonias Blanket gold mine in Zimbabwe

first_imgCaledonia Mining says it has now reached a depth of 1,150 m at its Central Shaft project, within the Blanket gold mine in Zimbabwe, with the shaft set to be commissioned in mid-2020.The deepening of the Central Shaft at Blanket is aimed at increasing group production to 80,000 oz/y of gold.On announcing the company’s 2018 financial results – a year when Blanket produced 54,511 oz of gold – CEO Steve Curtis said: “The Central Shaft has reached a depth of 1,150 m – only 54 m from the planned shaft bottom.”He said work was focused on horizontal development of the loading station and he expected the shaft sinking to be completed by the end of June. After this, the shaft would be equipped prior to commissioning, scheduled for mid-2020, he said.Work on the Central Shaft has been adversely affected by power outages and insufficient foreign exchange, Caledonia said. “These factors have resulted in less development being achieved than planned, which will result in a slower production ramp-up,” the company said.Production is now expected to be around 75,000 oz in 2021 increasing to approximately 80,000 oz in 2022.The company added: “Further progress on the Central Shaft depends on the continued availability of sufficient foreign currency.”The extension of the Central Shaft will add two further production levels on 34 (1,110 m) and 38 (1,230 m) levels, in addition to the two levels that are already planned on 26 (870 m) and 30 (990 m) levels.last_img read more

Column We need to start talking about sexual dysfunction in an open

first_imgIT IS PRETTY much impossible to bring up the subject of premature ejaculation (PE) in conversation without provoking a cringe or a giggle, or both. We’ve all heard the one about the man suffering from PE – he’s ok now but it was touch and go for a while.However, PE is no joke for the one in five men who suffer from this common male sexual dysfunction. PE affects more men than erectile dysfunction (ED) yet it has traditionally received far less attention than ED, perhaps because of a historical lack of understanding. It also affects men of all ages, despite sometimes being associated with young men. Last week saw something of a first in Irish society – the launch of the new campaign to highlight the condition and encourage men to talk about it.Before thinking about solutions, it’s worth considering the issue in a wider societal context. There is no doubt that ‘good’ sex is commonly and misleadingly represented by the mainstream media and porn as requiring lengthy periods of penetrative sex. This leads to rather skewed societal definitions of sexual pleasure and glosses over the fact that many men will last a matter of minutes between penetration and orgasm.Pornography creates a lot of problemsThat being said, in my practice as a psychotherapist, my work involves therapy for sexual and intimacy difficulties and over the past ten years both myself and my colleagues have seen a growing number of young people – sometimes even teenagers – presenting with sexual dysfunction.Pornography addiction has been a significant factor. We are seeing complex developmental sexual responses in people of all ages, with ensuing complicated effects on relationships. Orgasms release oxytocin, the attachment hormone and unlike print pornography, the interactive qualities of internet porn and its multi-sensory connections give the user a more intense experience and immediate sense of personal connection, thus leading to addiction. People can end up having relationships with their laptop, smartphone or tablet and find it difficult to respond physically and emotionally to a real person.So if sexual dysfunctions in general are on the increase and if PE is the most common sexual dysfunction, it stands to reason that there is a greater need than ever for openness and accurate information. Here goes.Share your sexual worries with your partnerTriggers for PE include feeling anxious about ‘performance’, lack of confidence which can arise from not having had sex for a while, being with a new partner or in a novel sexual experience. Some of these are situation specific and can resolve themselves in a relatively short time. A good rule of thumb is that if the male partner regularly ejaculates before or within a short time of starting sexual intercourse and before he would like to, then PE may be the root cause.If a man thinks he has a problem, above all he should try sharing his sexual worries with his partner. Practicing mindfulness and meditation may also help him feel less anxious. There are also numerous physical self-help techniques which may help.If none of the above prove effective and if the situation is creating frustration for either partner within the relationship or consistently eating away at a man’s confidence, speaking to a GP or healthcare professional is the best next step. Disclosing our most private selves to another human being is never easy but it is the most responsible next step to address anything that undermines sexual intimacy, which is fundamental to overall well being.The job of intimacy is not to focus on your own inadequaciesSelf esteem plays a huge part in our sexuality.  If you do not like yourself, it is difficult to expect others to find you attractive. The job of intimacy is not to focus on your own inadequacies but to immerse yourself in the other person’s body using all your senses – this allows you to get your attention off yourself and enjoy the experience.People have an idea that they need to ‘fix’ themselves before they can be in relationships but my experience is that being in relationship is such a healthy thing to do that it forms part of the whole self development task. When we love, we are more open, more human and compassionate with others and with ourselves.As adults, we need to start talking about sexual dysfunction in a responsible way. If you believe that you’re affected by the issue, take the initiative. If you’re in a relationship already, raise it with your partner. Inform yourself properly, talk about it and if you need help, seek it out. You’ll be happier for it and your relationships will improve.Trish Murphy is a psychotherapist specialising in couples counseling and sexual intimacy therapy. She is also Chair of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland. For more information on PE, see takecontrol.ieRead: Google Glass app allows you to see what your partner sees during sexColumn: Having ‘the’ chat with your children… how to talk about sex and pubertylast_img read more

Women scientists call out Discoverys dudefest advertising

first_img We’re hooked on a feeling #TheWorldIsOurs pic.twitter.com/oMx50Pdvv5— Discovery (@Discovery) April 1, 2019 Share your voice Half of women in STEM jobs experience discrimination, says Pew Female scientists making headway in kids’ imaginations Comment Tags McAnulty refers to the Discovery ad as a “macho-man display of science.” She told CNET she furiously texted and Twitter-messaged her colleagues and within 36 hours had the response video together. “They got in their waders, went to their field sites, gloved up, and lip-synced their hearts out,” she said. Women in science Now the scientists are wondering if Discovery is listening. Discovery didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Science communicator Ashley Gary, an aspiring wildlife host, took part in the video. She said she was inspired by watching nature documentaries on Discovery as a kid and calls the Hooked on a Feeling ad “disappointing.” “So many girls and women look to that channel for not only entertainment, but information about our world, but yet we weren’t included,” Gary told CNET. “If no one else will promote us and our work, we’ll be our own cheerleader and promote ourselves.”jessphoenixEnlarge ImageVolcanologist Jess Phoenix participated in the response video. Video screenshot by CNET Volcanologist Jess Phoenix has appeared on Discovery and Science channel shows. The networks have footage of her on active volcanoes, hiking through jungles and working with locals in Tanzania, Ecuador and Indonesia. She said she was “understandably frustrated” by the promo.”When members of my team have pitched me as a show host to Discovery and other networks, we’ve been told that their audiences won’t believe I’m a scientist.” Phoenix said.Phoenix is also the founder of research and education nonprofit Blueprint Earth, which conducts field research with participants that are mainly women and people of color. “Seeing major networks continue to overlook the enormous pool of talent out there in traditionally under-represented scientists does a tremendous disservice to both scientists and the public in general,” she said. Women in science aren’t taking this lightly. A cross-discipline group of researchers and science communicators, including a herpetologist, paleontologist, conservation biologist, volcanologist and ecologist, participated in a response video set to Eve’s Let Me Blow Ya Mind. Sarah McAnulty, a biologist specializing in squids and founder of the nonprofit Skype a Scientist, led the video effort. “Discovery made a choice about how to represent science,” she tweeted. “We know that the world is, in fact, much bigger than that. We want to remind you all that science is for everyone.” Sci-Techcenter_img Powerful women of the Marvel universe Now playing: Watch this: The Discovery ad features the tagline “The World is Ours.” Video screenshot by CNET Discovery unleashed a brand video on Monday featuring footage of the types of subjects it’s best known for: a pyramid in Egypt, wildlife in Africa, experiments, fishing, a shark and a bunch of men who host shows on the network.The ad builds up to the tagline “The World is Ours” and is set to the peppy strains of Hooked on Feeling. But women scientists aren’t feeling it. Discovery made a choice about how to represent science.We know that the world is, in fact, much bigger than that.We want to remind you all that #ScienceIsForEveryone@Discovery pic.twitter.com/Zkgip9gxtp— Sarah McAnulty (@SarahMackAttack) April 4, 2019 3:04 1 Yo, @Discovery what is this tone deaf, hyper-masculine nonsense? 😳👎🏽 The only woman in your reel is in a bikini being led through a jungle. What!! It’s 2019. Do better. Sincerely, Dr. Johnson, a scientist, adventurer, and woman. #ItsOurWorldToo— Dr. Ayana E. Johnson (@ayanaeliza) April 3, 2019 Marine biologist Ayana Johnson left one of many responses to the video on Twitter: “Yo, Discovery, what is this tone deaf, hyper-masculine nonsense? The only woman in your reel is in a bikini being led through a jungle. What!! It’s 2019. Do better.” McAnulty points out the work of neuroscientist BethAnn McLaughlin, who is leading the #MeTooSTEM movement advocating for women scientists in the battle against sexual harassment. “These groups make me feel hopeful for the future women in STEM, even if it feels depressing from the trenches right now,” McAnulty said.The Let Me Blow Ya Mind response is fierce and funny. “These women turned one more negative in a long line of exclusionary nonsense into a funny, light-hearted, defiant reminder that women in science are not going anywhere,” McAnulty said.last_img read more

We Thought He Was a Goner The Flash Came Back the Very

first_img It’s been a long summer without new episodes of The Flash, but it’s back and so is Barry Allen. I would have liked to see what a Wally West-focused Flash would be like, but that wasn’t the point of this episode. Instead, we got to see exactly what Team Vibe/Team Kid Flash had to do in Barry’s absence. It’s not pretty. It took Iris in the lab, Vibe and Kid Flash working in perfect coordination, plus Joe with a well-timed taser to take down Peek-A-Boo. The chase that begins the show is a whole lot of fun, and makes me so happy that the CW superheroes are back. Still, Peek-A-Boo isn’t exactly Central City’s toughest villain. The fact that it took all that to capture her without Barry doesn’t inspire confidence. Nor does the fact that most of the rogues they have managed to catch have escaped.This episode was all about digging The Flash out of the hole season three left. It would have been nice to spend the season premiere on something a little more exciting, but the sooner the show cleans up its mess, the better. The cool thing was we got to see Iris take more of a commanding role. In Barry’s absence, she’s spent all her time pushing forward to distract her from the fact that he was gone. She’s a competent leader of the team, and I hope she stays that way. It’s fun watching her figure out how to catch villains. Especially after last season had her waiting around to be saved or killed.By the end of the episode, this season already has a different feel to the last one. The optimistic, lighter tone is back, but the show had to go through some places to get there. Thankfully, those were handled well too. The emotional moments early on make you feel for Iris and the difficult position she’s in. She’s forced herself to believe that Barry’s never coming back, but the way he left prevents her from really moving on.Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)But Barry has to come back. A powerful Samurai appears, threatening to destroy the city unless the real Flash faces him. He’s too strong for Vibe and Cisco to defeat. In Barry’s absence, Cisco even has trouble coming up with good villain names. (Although, “Samurai Jackass” is much better than “Samuroid.”) They need Barry back and Cisco has been working on a plan ever since he left. To accomplish it, they need one more missing member of the team. Cisco finds the surprisingly un-Killer Frost Caitlin working at a bar, and convinces her to come back. The team is back together!It’s when they manage to pull Barry out of the Speedforce (replacing him with a genetic placeholder), that things get interesting. For Barry, it’s been much longer than six months. He comes out of the Speedforce changed. He impulsively scribbles a strange alphabet on the walls that Cisco can only translate as “This house is bitchin’.” He also keeps repeating lines from his past. Except for one. Remember, time flows differently in the Speedforce. It’s entirely possible he saw events from his past and future played out over and over again. “Your Honor, I’m innocent. I didn’t do this! I didn’t kill anyone!” he says. Could season four see an adaptation of “Trial of the Flash?” Also, Barry looks kinda good with a beard. I was almost a little sad when Joe shaved it.Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Candice Patton as Iris West and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)In the end, it’s Iris who brings Barry out of his funk. After a conversation about faith with her dad, she realizes she needs to believe Barry will come back to save her. She allows herself to be captured by the Samurai. Hearing that Iris is in danger is enough to snap Barry out of it and save her. The fight, as fights often do on this show, comes late in the episode, so it’s very short. (That’s how they save money on action scenes.) It’s still really cool. There’s just something satisfying about watching someone get hit by a propeller. It’s the best scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, it’s the best scene in Titanic, and it’s the best part of this episode. Saving Iris did more than bring Barry back to the way he was, though. It seems to have given him closure. All the trauma and darkness he was dealing with last season is gone. Yes, it comes way too easy, but I’ll take anything that gets this show out of last season’s dark and brooding phase. Even if it’s a huge plot convenience. It may not be great writing, but it gets the job done. Getting The Flash back on track this early is smart. It lets us know that the show will get back to what made us love it in the first place. It may have been a clunky solution, but it got us there. I’m now so much more excited about season four than I was when season three ended.They also set up some great potential storylines for the season to come. Barry’s back and not angsty anymore, but the show still needs to address what he went through in the Speedforce. Whether he really is all better or not is sure to provide an interesting point of tension in episodes to come. Same with Caitlin. As we saw in her final scene, Killer Frost isn’t gone. She now comes out when someone makes Caitlin angry enough. Yeah, she’s basically Ice-Hulk now. She even says, “Don’t make me frosty. You wouldn’t like me when I’m frosty.” Hey, at least they know. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how all that plays out. Especially since she had to leave some pretty scary-looking people to rejoin Team Flash.(Via The CW)Let’s talk about that ending, before we go. We have now met our big bad for the season, and thank all that’s good and holy in the world; it’s not another speedster. I can’t believe it took us until season four to get here, but we’re here. That’s all that matters. In the end, it turns out the Samurai was actually a robot created for the express purpose of drawing The Flash out. (Thinking about it, that’s a perfect metaphor for this entire episode.) The robot was created by The Thinker. The Thinker sits in a futuristic chair in an unknown location. His cap, which he invented gives him incredible mental powers. In the comics, The Thinker was the name of a few villains who fought multiple DC superheroes over the years. Judging by his appearance alone, because we haven’t seen much else, this version looks to be a combination of all of them. He has the cap of his first incarnation, but the futuristic look of the hologram version that fought Wally West in some more recent comics. He’s probably not a hologram or a computer simulation, but we’ll have to wait until we find out where exactly that lair is. In the comics, the thinking cap gives him powers of telekinesis and mind control, neither of which is a stretch for this series.Most exciting about this choice is that he’s not someone Barry can just outrun. He’s a much more mental threat. To even fight him directly, Barry will have to find him first, and that alone will be a formidable challenge. It’s so much more interesting at this point to have a villain Barry has to out-think. Barry’s criminology skills should be put to the test this season, and I can’t wait to see what kinds of stories a new kind of villain brings out of this show.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis last_img read more

Pineapples caused Major Sensations and Odd Behavior when they were Introduced

first_imgAfter Pearl Harbor, the Dole pineapple plantation is the most visited tourist attraction in Hawaii, according to Smithsonian. Americans use pineapple in a variety of ways; people eat fresh pineapple, canned pineapple, pineapple upside down cake, pineapple juice, pineapple in salad, pineapple on pizza, brown sugar and pineapple glaze for ham, pineapple in sweet and sour dishes – it goes on and on.A field of pineapples in Maui, Hawaii. Photo by USDAgov CC BY 2.0Hawaii is the only US state where pineapples are grown. Unlike some fruits, pineapples are picked when they are fully ripe as they don’t continue to ripen once picked. Part of the Bromeliaceae family, they grow on succulent plants about four feet tall and the fruits are handpicked. It takes 15 to 20 months from planting to produce a pineapple. The fruit produces organic compounds — carboxylic acid esters — which are used for fragrance in cosmetics, perfumes, and synthetic flavorings.Pineapple in the starting stage. Photo by Ramesh NG CC BY-SA 2.0The history of pineapples is a fascinating study in how exotic fruits can create a craze to those who have never seen or tasted them before. Nowhere was this most evident than in Victorian England. Where the introduction of pineapples literally caused a sensation with people using them as decorative pieces for their houses and upper class status symbols. People would walk around holding pineapples as if they were the family pet.‘De verbelende ananas self’, brush drawing by Cornelis Markée, circa 1763It is believed that pineapples were first found in Brazil. Christopher Columbus and Sir Walter Raleigh were the first Europeans to refer to pineapples, having found them in the Caribbean island of Guadalupe. In about 1502, Portuguese sailors took pineapples to the island of Saint Helena off the coast of Africa in the South Atlantic Ocean.The departure of Vasco da Gama to India in 1497, by Roque Gameiro, circa 1900They also took the plants to Africa and India by 1550. Presently they are grown in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Brazil, Thailand, Columbia, Mexico, and China. Since the 1990s, pineapple has become the second biggest export of Costa Rica, after coffee. According to Mental Floss, Europeans tried, unsuccessfully, to grow pineapples until they realized they must be grown in a tropical location.Because of this, the only pineapples they could acquire were badly beaten up on the sea voyage. A few hothouses would grow pineapples, and they were extremely expensive. Wealthy rulers such as Catherine the Great, Louis XV, and Charles II had pineapples brought to their court which earned the fruit a reputation for extreme luxury.Charles II is presented with the first pineapple grown in England – 1675 painting by Hendrik DanckertsIn America, pineapples were quite rare as they were imported from the Caribbean islands. One pineapple could cost the equivalent of $8,000 today. By the 1700s, pineapples were not just to eat but were displayed in the home as a symbol of wealth and hospitality.Related Video: Artist Brings Animal Skulls To Life With Celtic EngravingsMerchants would even rent pineapples to people who would carry them around to show they could “afford” the fruit. After rental, the pineapple would be sold to wealthier customers. The fruit also began to appear in art, architecture and on household items.Fresh ripe pineapple laid on a table. Studio shot on wooden background.In 1900, James Dole planted pineapples in Hawaii to sell to the world market. The venture paid off with more than 75 percent of the world’s pineapple crop being shipped from his business, which eventually became the Dole Food Company and branched out into other fruit production.Read another story from us: Hawaiian Pizza was Invented in Canada by a Greek Restaurant OwnerToday, anyone can enjoy the sweet taste of pineapple no matter what your economic status thanks to Mr. Dole and the advent of safe canning procedures.last_img read more

Ladies gather for embroidery lessons

first_imgA group of ladies gathered at the Crown Hotel today (August 24) to learn more about their embroidery machines and making useful projects.Embroidery lessons have been taking place for four days now at the Crown Hotel, which saw women from all over KwaZulu-Natal and as far as Dubai taking part.“This event is hosted annually and it is filled with fun and fellowship,” said Monica, who is an embroidery dealer and also one of the event organisers.The ladies were seen enjoying their machines and putting together beautiful garments, pillow cases and much more. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | December 11, 2012 Devicor Announces FDA Approves Mammotome revolve Biopsy System Featuring patented DualVac technology and patented specimen management system Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more read more Related Content Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems December 11, 2012 — Devicor Medical Products Inc. (Devicor) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Mammotome revolve, a dual vacuum-assisted biopsy system, for use on patients.Mammotome revolve is the next generation breast biopsy system, leveraging the clinician and pathologist valued benefits of the original Mammotome system to provide high quality tissue specimens, now enhanced in the new system with innovative features to provide further procedural efficiency and ease of use. Mammotome revolve features an advanced specimen management system capable of collecting and organizing high quality individual tissue samples in numbered, specimen radiograph and pathology-ready chambers that preserve tissue integrity. The system also features patented DualVac vacuum technology that gives clinicians the ability to secure larger contiguous tissue samples.These features in combination with a physician controlled variable aperture allow clinicians to confirm or adjust sample acquisition in response to procedural situations to confidently access and acquire challenging lesions. An additional benefit is the efficiency of pre-biopsy planning time.”Mammotome has always given great quality samples — that’s the most important thing,” said Teri-Ann Gizienski of Magee-Womens Hospital of Cranberry. “Mammotome revolve takes efficiency to a whole new level while giving beautiful samples. It’s able to easily sample dense breast tissue, and the speed is remarkable. I was able to capture three great tissue samples from the same location, which was nearly impossible before. The collection system keeps the samples organized and so easy to manage, even for the specimen radiograph. This is ideal for physicians and facilities who are very busy, but who still want great tissue. It’s a phenomenal system.”Devicor President and CEO Tom Daulton believes that larger core samples and reduced procedural time mean a faster and less traumatic experience for the patient, and samples coming back from pathology are likely to have a more definitive diagnosis. Says Daulton, “Mammotome revolve uses breakthrough technology that offers peace of mind for clinicians and the patients they treat.  With this new product, clinicians can be confident that patients are more likely to have a less painful and traumatic experience.””The success of our recent new product innovations demonstrates why Mammotome is the undisputed worldwide leader in the field of vacuum assisted breast biopsy,” says Daulton.In 2011, more than 1.4 million women in the United States underwent a biopsy procedure with approximately 40 percent of those undergoing vacuum-assisted breast biopsies. VAB procedures are growing in popularity with clinicians because they are less invasive than surgery. Over four million women worldwide have had successful breast biopsies using the Mammotome Biopsy System since 1995.Mammotome revolve is currently available in limited market release in the United States, Canada and Europe. Mammotome revolve is expected to be available in full market release by spring of 2013.For more information: www.devicormedical.com, www.mammotome.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology.last_img read more

Santanas pursuit of grace helped redefine parameters of rock

first_imgA trade ad that appeared in the Dec. 25, 1971 issue of “Billboard” magazine ahead of the album Santana III. Courtesy of Columbia Records/Wikimedia Commons At least as important as Metatron was Clive Davis, the veteran pop tastemaker and power broker. Davis drove the concept of pairing Santana with vocalists who had more contemporary appeal. After years of instrumental jamming, Santana found the commercially viable discipline invigorating.“When I play [instrumental] melodies, I feed myself with a shovel; I don’t need to care how long — 15 bars, 16 bars, just go,” he says. “On the radio, you have to be only 4:15 or 3:30 or whatever, and you only have so much space between you and the singer. You complement all the time — not compare or compete — and when it comes to doing your solo, do it in such a way that if Jimi Hendrix was alive, he would go, ‘Hey man, that was a nice solo.’ “The melody for the song with Matthews, “Love of My Life,” is appropriated from a passage by Brahms, which was the first music a grieving Santana heard when he turned on the car radio, tuned to a classical station, shortly after his father died in 1997.In 2007, Santana and his wife of more than 30 years, Deborah, divorced. They have three adult children. In 2010, Santana married esteemed jazz drummer Cindy Blackman, who played briefly in his band. He proposed to her on stage that year, after her drum solo on “Corazón Espinado” — which means “pierced heart” and is one of the hits from “Supernatural.” In Las Vegas, he is active in local charities, not just writing checks, but also visiting the city Rescue Mission to meet residents. His Milagro Foundation reports having given $5.6 million in the United States and abroad, mainly to help vulnerable children.Since “Supernatural,” the collaborative approach has yielded three more top 10 albums, pairing the guitarist with singers as diverse as Steven Tyler and Placido Domingo. Now he is at work on a project with a Latino accent, partnering with Juanes, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Romeo Santos and others.Yet he’s still the sonic voyager, releasing instrumental music on the side, notably the “Shape Shifter” disc last year. Say what you will about angels, the track “Metatron” is sublime, or, as Rolling Stone said in the album review: “This largely instrumental debut release on his own label has moments of s—-hot playing (see the smeared runs on ‘Metatron’).”Santana saunters onstage in a long black leather coat with his purple guitar, and the 1,300 fans packing the intimate House of Blues start to scream.“I have been listening to Santana since I was 11,” says Angelina Gallegos, 45, from the Seattle area. Now she and her daughter listen. “He’s got some songs that touch your soul.”John Senger, 70, of Kelowna, British Columbia, says that he has cancer and that when he and his wife of nearly 50 years, Claudette, got to Vegas and realized they could see Santana, he added the show to his bucket list. After a few songs, his eyes are brimming with tears.The band has 10 players, including two vocalists, two horn players and three percussionists. Periodically, Santana moves to the side or the back of the stage, sharing the pedestal.“Most artists who have reached this level of success in the music industry, when they perform, it’s generally all about them,” trumpet player Bill Ortíz said earlier. “One of the great things about him as a bandleader is he really values the input of his side people.”Santana sheds the coat to reveal a black T-shirt. He has put on a few pounds since Woodstock, but his fingers seem as nimble.Each song is a mini-drama. Even the radio-ready hits are expanded for a live workout. The sound builds, subsides, resolves in catharsis. At the emotional center of a tune — “Europa,” “Incident at Neshabur,” “Corazón Espinado” — Santana plants himself at the front of the stage, wringing his guitar. He looks up, sees something through the ceiling, closes his eyes, like a man who appears to have found it, a state of grace.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Carlos Santana frowns. The look is so uncharacteristic, because this whole afternoon his expression runs consistently from beatific to boyish and back. He riffs amiably about receiving inspiration from angels and discloses secrets about his quest for the “universal tone,” about how he learned to distill longing and joy in a single note — that pristine, piercing Santana sound that’s instantly recognizable from San Francisco to Singapore.But now he’s standing on a hotel balcony 43 stories up, where a photographer has just asked him to climb onto a table, the better to pose against the neon skyline.The guitar player balks: “Why do I have to be put on a pedestal?”Awkward pause.Santana winks. He’ll do it, on the promise that the effect will not be pedestal-like.At 66, he has an uneasy relationship with the pedestal — the one that he at once covets, disdains and sometimes doubts he deserves. The one that people want to place him upon — except when they don’t, during those dispiriting droughts when the music-buying public all but forgets him.He certified himself a contender for the guitar-hero crown almost from the start, in a band that took his last name, at Woodstock in 1969. His frenzied solo on “Soul Sacrifice” went old-school viral, thanks to the film of the hippie music festival.There followed a series of pioneering albums that almost single-handedly invented pop world-beat music. The congas, timbales and Afro-Latin guitar and organ rhythms on smash covers such as “Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen” and “Oye Como Va” redefined the parameters of rock-and-roll. The guitar player knew what notes not to play, savoring the magic of a simple melodic line. But he grew restless, and he embarked on a decades-long quixotic musical and spiritual journey. He explored jazz and new-age horizons and, for several years, followed the guru Sri Chinmoy. Santana commanded the admiration of elite musicians but not radio programmers.“I don’t consider myself a guitar player as much as I am a seeker who wants to manifest his vision through that particular instrument,” he said in 1978.Then, seemingly out of nowhere, his 1999 album, “Supernatural,” won nine Grammys, posted astronomical sales and lodged Santana in the download queue of a new generation. On nearly every track, his guitar accompanied — shared the pedestal with — a trendier singer, such as Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Everlast and Lauryn Hill. He has used that formula on several more albums and has alighted on a concert residency at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay casino resort.“I’m not a seeker anymore,” he says. “I’m a finder now. It’s more fun to just will it to happen, than to hope for somebody to sort of come, part the ocean or the sky, and give it to you.”He steps down from the makeshift pedestal. Curly black locks billow beneath a black fedora, which covers a balding pate. He’s wearing a purple shirt printed with a picture of John Coltrane. Carrying his purple guitar, he enters a private room that the House of Blues has trimmed in purple. Which puts him in the mood to play “Purple Haze.”He jams meditatively, loses the Jimi Hendrix lick for a second — “Where is that thing?” — finds it.All the while, he’s working out how he feels about this latest pedestal, the one they’re erecting in Washington. “I don’t mind committing career suicide once in awhile and playing music that only musicians maybe understand,” he says. “I’m not a poodle who you just throw a little bone or a biscuit to, and I dance for you, man. That’s why, perhaps, when they’re celebrating this Mexican, Carlos Santana, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, it’s a big canasta [that is being honored]. Canasta is like a basket, with not just a guitar [inside], but a person who loves uplifting consciousness.”He deems the Kennedy Center’s history of having rarely honored Latinos to be typical of so many U.S. institutions trapped in an Anglo-European thrall. Yet he considers it no favor to be cast in the self-limiting role of one of the two Latinos (along with opera singer Martina Arroyo) being honored this year, to help correct that record. True, he was born in Autlán de Navarro, Mexico, and honed his guitar chops in the streets and dives of Tijuana. But the identity that matters most to Santana — his artistic and spiritual self — is bigger, embracing roots from Mali to Haiti to Cuba to the Mississippi Delta.“I’m more than just a Mexican with a blower on the presidential lawn at the White House,” he says. “I represent a whole bunch of other people.”The aspect of this accolade that really awes him? It’s the promise of being ushered onto the same platform as jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock, who is also being honored.Hancock is among a select list of artists, living and dead, whom Santana reveres. Hendrix, Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Bob Marley, Babatunde Olatunji, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Harry Belafonte, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Gabor Szabo. He jammed with as many as he could and tried to learn from the rest.Even though he has recorded and toured with Hancock and Shorter, a little, insecure part of Santana has always worried that he couldn’t keep up with such aces.“I’m still learning the difference between respect and fear,” he says. “They all say the same thing to me: You’re one of us. But as soon as I’m in the room, and they start playing, I’m like, oh, damn. Because they’re so — I’ll say it like this: They are an ocean. I’m a big lake. Someone else is a swimming pool. I’m somewhere in the middle.”***José Santana was a professional violin player who taught his son Carlos the instrument. The boy learned the emotional power of even a simple melody in classical pieces, Mexican folk tunes and pop standards such as “Fascination.” But when he heard U.S. rhythm-and-blues, he set aside the violin and picked up a guitar. Barely a teenager, he supported himself with a gig accompanying dancers in a strip club.“You learn how to strip women,” he recalls. “Yet at the same time, exalt, like ‘Ave Maria.’ It’s the same energy.”The family immigrated to San Francisco, and by the late 1960s, Carlos Santana had co-founded a band with a rare integrated lineup of Latinos, whites and an African American. They earned coveted invitations to play at the Fillmore and then Woodstock.“This was no peace, love, hippie thing. The band was like a street gang, and its weapon was music,” drummer Michael Shrieve recalled when the original Santana band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In a recent interview with The Washington Post, he elaborated: “This band was very serious and rehearsed every single day. … If you messed up, you’d be called on it in no uncertain terms. It was like there was a mission behind the whole endeavor.”One day after rehearsal, Shrieve asked Santana if he wanted to see a movie. Recalls Shrieve: “He stops in his tracks, and he looks at me and he says, ‘Man, what would I want to go see a movie for? I want to be the movie.’ “A seminal moment for Santana came when he first saw B.B. King play guitar, in 1967, when Santana was about 20, two years before Woodstock. The bluesman knew how to coax maximum ecstasy out of a single note. What caught Santana’s attention was not King’s fretwork but his transfigured expression.“I needed to see B.B. King because once I saw his face, I said, ‘Oh, it’s not the amplifier, it’s not the guitar,’ ” Santana recalls. “It’s where he went. He metaphysically went into a place in his head beyond his mind to get that tone and that note.“After that, my mom would always ask me, ‘Mi hijo, [my son], where do you go when you look up at the ceiling and you play differently?’ I told her it’s a place where everything’s memorable, there’s no more time, there’s no more distance, there’s no more fear. It’s called a state of grace.”From that foundation, his music took flight.“He loves Africa and African music, so he’s always bringing those fundamental colors, flavors and rhythms to mainstream pop culture,” says drummer and producer Narada Michael Walden, who has produced Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Steisand and Elton John. “You can revolutionize music by doing that over and over again, and that’s what he’s done — be it through pushing on the jazz side, the rock side, the blues side, the Spanish-Mexican side, even pushing into the top 10.”The top 10 had become elusive after the early hits, until an angel and a record company executive intervened, according to Santana. The result was “Supernatural.”“I’m not afraid to say it was an angel called Metatron that came around,” he says.Metatron is a figure in medieval mystical writings. Santana attended seances and learned from Metatron: “You will be placed on the radio like you’ve never been before,” he recalls. “And I’m like, I haven’t been on the radio since ’72.”In return, Santana would be expected to use that platform “to invite people to create their own masterpieces of joy.” And he would have to disclose for the first time publicly that he had been sexually molested as a child, by a man outside his family, in order to help other victims heal. Santana kept his side of the bargain in interviews after “Supernatural” was released.His intention, he says now, was to “invite other people who have been molested sexually when they were children to look at themselves in the mirror and say, ‘I am not what happened to me. I am still with purity and innocence.’ ” By discussing it, he says, “I became totally free from it. I was released.”center_img Carlos Santana finds that inner place during a 1978 concert. 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first_img5. Find a good place to eatDon’t forget to eat. Sounds obvious, but when you are dashing between shows, being bombarded by flyers and street performers, and enjoying another pint, you may forget to get a decent meal in. During the day you’ll have plenty of choice, from greasy burger vans, to quirky cafés, or full slap-up meals in one of the city’s many restaurants. There are still some great options late into the night; stop by the chippy for a fish supper with Edinburgh favourite ‘salt n’ sauce’ or head to Bar Napoli in the New Town for the best pizza you’ve ever had at 3 o’clock in the morning. For more on Edinburgh’s finest cafés, pubs and restaurants, take a look at our full round-up. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 12 of the most beautiful villages in the UKSettle down for tea, cake and charm in Dorset this summer! Best free attractions in BritainWhether you’re wondering what to do on a bank holiday, or simply looking for a wallet-friendly day out, this essential guide is a reminder that the best things in life really are free.14 of the best castles in the UK for fun days outGet your Game of Thrones fix from remote ruins in Scotland this summer, spring or winter. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Where to stay during Edinburgh FringeYou’ve probably heard all about rocketing accommodation prices during August, as hotels make the most of visitors in need of convenient rooms. Don’t worry though, there are ways around the costs. Remember to check out our guide to Edinburgh’s hotels for some top recommendations!Self-catering accommodation in EdinburghRenting a room or apartment is a good option for Edinburgh, as you can eat at home instead of pricey Royal Mile restaurants and often grab a place right near the centre of the action. Add the advantage of rooming with locals who’ll likely give you insider tips on the shows that everyone’s talking about this year, and you’ll be off to great start to experiencing all the festival has to offer. Look out for rooms in residential areas like Marchmont, near The Meadows park, or Bruntsfield, on the Southside of Edinburgh, for easy walking distance to venues like the Underbelly George Square, Gilded Balloon at Teviot Row House and the Assembly George Square Theatre. Check private listings websites like Air BnB and Gumtree, or go for something a bit more upmarket like Nicholson Apartments, on the same street as the Festival Theatre.Hostels in EdinburghHostels are are also likely to hike up their prices for the Edinburgh Festival, but with good locations near Waverley Train Station (St Christopher’s Edinburgh) and Leith Walk (Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel), it’s worth checking them out if you just want somewhere to throw your bag down at the end of the day.Hotels in EdinburghThe rules are the same for accommodation in any big city – the further you’re willing to travel, the lower the cost. However, with Edinburgh’s good value bus service, it’s worth considering staying outside the city bounds – you’ll also get the bonus of getting a good night’s sleep with no Fringe revellers outside your window at 4am! Try Minto Street for affordable B&Bs, which is actually the same long road that eventually becomes Nicholson Street and then North Bridge in the city centre. Also consider staying in Leith: this rapidly gentrifying area by Edinburgh’s docks has a plethora of hotels from two starred guesthouses like A-haven Townhouse Hotel to plush harbourside hotels like Malmaison Edinburgh. The area that once inspired Trainspotting is now home to a growing selection of craft ale pubs, Michelin-starred restaurants and brilliant brunch places like Mimi’s Bakehouse where you can recover from the previous day’s Fringing – and fuel up before hitting the city streets again! Now for the planning tips…When to book tickets for Festival Fringe showsThis year’s Edinburgh festival dates are 5th to 29th August 2016. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme comes out on June 8th this year. The full programme will be on sale at this point although many acts release their tickets at various points from as early as January. People will start booking the big name comedy acts and theatre shows as soon as the programme’s out, so it’s worth spending some time on the website or ordering a copy of the Fringe guide to be sent to you in the post, so that you can have a good look through in advance – although you can pick up a free copy at venues throughout the city once you arrive. Try to book a few unmissable shows throughout your trip itinerary to avoid disappointment and have a little structure to work around for everything else.Tip: Don’t plan too much!Yes we are contradicting ourselves, but to really get the full experience you have to be spontaneous. Don’t organise your trip on a tight schedule, leave yourself some gaps between shows to do something completely unplanned. Whether it be eating from an interesting looking fusion-cuisine van you find off the Royal Mile, or going to a show “that starts in five minutes round the corner”, it’s ll part of the fun. You may discover that the free-show was free for a reason, but these stories will become gold-dust when you’re swapping anecdotes with fellow Fringe-goers in the pub.Where and how to book tickets for Fringe showsThe easiest way to book tickets for Edinburgh shows is to go on the Fringe website, where you can search by venue and artist or browse genres from comedy to dance and physical theatre. You can also ring up the Fringe Box Office from June 8th (0131 226 0000) or the venues themselves. If there are no longer tickets available for a show on edfringe.com, try the venue directly as there may be some available there. Note that booking fees apply if you pay by card over the phone or on the website, but you can avoid this by paying cash at one of the box offices in Edinburgh. You can have your Fringe tickets posted out to you to save time on the day, or simply collect them from the box offices and selected venues throughout the city. Be aware that the collection point will not always be the same venue where the show is, so double-check when you book! Tip: Buy your Fringe tickets at off-peak timesOnce you’ve arrived in Edinburgh, you can buy tickets in person at the Edinburgh Fringe box offices at 180 High Street (Royal Mile) Edinburgh, EH1 1QS, or from The University of Edinburgh Visitor Centre, 2 Charles Street, EH8 9AD. Avoid lunchtimes and evenings, as this is when the locals will be grabbing tickets outside of work, and go as early as you can. For a last-minute bargain, head down to the Half Price Hut at The Mound Precinct. Look for the scrolling board which will tell you which shows are selling half-price tickets for that day – another good reason for leaving windows in your schedule! 6. Stop off in an old Edinburgh pubYou won’t go thirsty here! Edinburgh has the most pubs per square mile in the world, from historic drinking dens such as Greyfriars Bobby and Deacon Brodie’s, to modern cocktail bars such as Tiger Lily and Amicus Apple. Then there are the delightfully dingy but cheap student haunts, like The Hive – you can’t say you’ve gone drinking in Edinburgh during the Fringe without experiencing ‘the Hive ’til 5′! Many beer gardens also pop up around the city that offer the best atmosphere for the festival goer. The Spiegeltent in George Square, Underbelly (a giant floating purple cow!) and the Gilded Balloon are the best spots to get a true feel for the Fringe spirit, all around the University and the Bristo Square area of the city centre. Want to escape with the locals? Try pubs tucked away in the closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town, like The Jolly Judge off the Royal Mile, or walk out of the city up to the Golf Tavern on Bruntsfield Links. For more tips, read this and discover Edinburgh’s best unknown pubs and watering holes. RelatedHow to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on a budgetHopping from show to show, catching the buzz in a pop-up beer garden, spotting your favourite comedian/children’s TV star/D list celebrity on Princes Street: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is worth every penny. All those tickets and meals out don’t come cheap though, so if you’re Fringing frugally this August, arm…12 unmissable Edinburgh Festivals experiencesThe Edinburgh Festival Fringe may be over, but Edinburgh has many more exciting festivals coming up!Guide to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010Despite increasing global competition, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is still by far the largest arts festival in the world. Before we get stuck into planning your trip to Edinburgh, a bit more about the festival that calls itself The Fringe…What is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe?Originally starting in 1947 as a slightly rebellious, alternative festival on ‘the fringe’ of the official Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Fringe has expanded every year, with plenty of household names like the Monty Python team, Stephen Fry and the League of Gentlemen performing there in their early careers. To the hoards of visitors who swarm the Scottish capital each year, it’s become the main attraction, although the summer months also see the Edinburgh International Book Festival (12-28 August 2017), the Edinburgh Art Festival (27 July—27 August 2017), as well as the world-class music and theatre of the original Edinburgh Festival. Confused? No matter: come to Edinburgh in August and you can dip into all three! Here are a few Edinburgh Fringe survival tips for you…1. Be prepared for the weatherScotland has a funny way of showcasing all its seasons in one day. You can leave the house in shorts and shades, only for the heavens to open two hours later and then the sun reappears once you’ve been soaked to skin and forced to buy a tartan umbrella from the gift shop. Our tips? Wear layers. Keep a waterproof rolled up in your bag, and leave the stilettos and winkle-pickers at home in favour of those oh so comfy trainers. You’ll thank us later when you’re dashing up and down those windy, cobbled streets to get to the next venue.2. Get around Edinburgh the smart wayVenues all across the city take part in the festival and plenty are lurking out of sight in pub basements and community theatres, so don’t try and find them ten minutes before your show is due to start. Get yourself a Venue Map (there are Festival maps available at the edfringe shop and at venues throughout the city) mark out the places you need to be and find out how long it takes to get between them. It is also worth noting that certain venue names can cause confusion. The Assembly rooms on George Street share a similar name to the Assembly Production Company that operate in the venues on George Square. To make matters more confusing, George Square is a good 20 minute walk away from George Street – not ideal if you realise you’re at the wrong venue just before your show is due to start. When in doubt, ask a local – they’re the ones in work clothes looking grumpy.3. Download the Fringe appGone are the days when you had to keep a copy of the (rather hefty) Fringe guide about your person at all times; you can now check show times, book tickets and even browse the Half Price Hut discount shows on the Edinburgh Fringe app for smartphones. It’s also brilliant for on-the-go planning, as you can keep a diary of your upcoming shows. Available to download from July.4. Get flyeredRemember we mentioned not to book yourself up with too many shows in the planning stages? Walk up the main section of the Royal Mile between the two bridges (North and George IV) in August and you’ll soon see why. Hundreds of acts are out in force to show you a preview of their show, from comedy sketch troupes to bizarre performance artists and serious luvvies. You’ll get well and truly ‘flyered’ on this manic stretch of road, but go with it, the atmosphere’s worth experiencing, even if you have to go lie down in a darkened room afterwards. Collect a handful of promos, watch a man do a skit with a Doc Marten boot strapped to his face, then tuck yourself away in a nearby pub to sift through your haul and Google the show’s reviews on your phone. 7. Escape the crowds once in a whileCriss-crossing the city centre from 11am ‘til midnight is exhausting stuff. No matter how much you’d like to squeeze in that amazing Argentinian drag show, a healthy Fringe diet should consist of no more than three to four shows a day we reckon, for the sake of your own sanity if not your wallet! Besides, Edinburgh has a lot of beauty to show off outwith the Fringe, from the seaside at Portobello to the city’s famous hills. Holyrood Park is big enough to lose the crowds, even during Festival time, and volcanic peak Arthur’s Seat is worth the sweaty hour-long climb for spectacular views across to the Pentlands National Park. Liked this? Read about more amazing events and attractions around the UK this summer!last_img read more