Boost for childcare

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Clarifying Kissoon’s misconceptions

first_imgDear Editor,Not all those who shout “dialectics, dialectics,” shall enter into the kingdom of philosophy.Mr Kissoon revealed the dialectical interconnection with his observation on Mr Deon Abrams, asking the question, “Was Freud at work there, Mr Kanhai?”Absolutely, Mr Kissoon. Freud was/is at work, here, there, and everywhere, even though he is no longer physically present. That is the nature of the dialectic, which also is at work, here, there, and everywhere. Like gravity, nothing escapes its grip, even when we are free-floating in outer space, imagining ourselves to be weightless – we are still caught in the iron grip of gravity, despite gravity being the weakest of the fundamental forces of nature.Albert Einstein gave us an explanation for gravity as being the geometry of space in his General Theory of Relativity. It is not an external force as propounded in Newtonian physics, but manifests itself in the nature of matter. It cannot be separated from matter, being part of the definition of matter itself. As Einstein claimed, Space, Time, and Matter were a Holy Trinity.I make this fundamental point in response to Mr Kissoon’s quote: “If Mr Kanhai claims to understand Marxism, then he must be familiar with how Hegelian dialectics work. Thus, he would know the dialectics have left his idol, Roopnaraine behind, or to put it another way, Roopnaraine chose to leave the dialect behind. After all, as a Marxist, Kanhai should remember one of the most profound observations by one of history’s most profound Marxists, Jean Paul Sarte – “Man makes the dialectic just as the dialectic makes him.”Mr Kissoon treats philosophy as ahistorical or supra-historical, raising himself above the crowd. He ties in “Hegelian dialectics” to Sarte’s dialectic, oblivious that the two dialectical moments cannot be the same, because one is historically located within the other, sublimating it. Secondly, to claim that anyone can choose to leave dialectics behind is similar to the claim that one can escape the effects of gravity.Several years ago, Mr Kissoon had a eureka moment when he claimed that he had found a fundamental flaw in Marx’s thesis that “being determines consciousness”. Mr Kissoon claimed that it was “consciousness that determines being”, standing Marx on his head. Mr Kissoon had confused the “ontological being” with the “epistemological consciousness”, an error in his argument to which he remains oblivious.Mr Kissoon, in recent times, claimed that the German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s book, <<>> was one of the greatest works of philosophy, a view shared by many philosophers. Heidegger is accredited with restoring the human content of philosophy, as compared to the philosophy of Marx and Hegel which dealt with world systems, supposedly reducing the individual to the will of the world spirit. Heidegger’s philosophy had its roots in Edmund Husserl, his teacher, and is closely linked to Phenomenology and Existentialism. Sartre is located somewhere between the Marxian/Hegelian camp and the Phenomenological/Existentialist one, having written his philosophical treatise, “Being and Nothingness” in response to Heidegger’s “Being and Time.” The role of the individual is given primacy over the system. I would leave it to Kissoon to locate himself in the realm of philosophy.Mr Kissoon’s attempt to label me is sterile, since he displays a profound ignorance of my philosophical groundings. His attempt to brand me a Marxist/Leninist reveals a dogmatic understanding of the word on his part. For his elucidation, let me “Ponty-ficate” on one ‘adventure of the dialectic (Merleau-Ponty),’ taken from a Marxist web-site.“Lenin’s work Materialism and Empirio-criticism played a decisive part in combating the Machist revision of Marxism. It enabled the philosophical ideas of Marxism to spread widely among the mass of party members and helped the party activists and progressive workers to master dialectical and historical materialism.”Ernst Mach was a brilliant scientist, whose name is immortalised in the “Mach’s Principle”. The term Mach speed/number is named after him. To ascribe to me an ideological label that does not grasp the immense scholarship noted above is rather misleading on the part of Mr Kissoon. Furthermore, it was Lenin who read Hegel during the revolutionary days to grasp the meaning of events unfolding around him, in order to formulate Government policies.Henri Poincare’s name is associated with Einstein’s theories of relativity. Professor Peter Galison noted that Poincare never understood his own theory, even though it was explained by Einstein with greater clarity. Poincare treated relativity as a quirk of nature, unlike Einstein who treated it as a fundamental law of nature, and this proved to be the critical difference.Einstein did the same with Max Planck who studied black body radiation, a stumbling block in physics which was resolved with “Planck law”. Einstein convinced Planck that the constant was a fundamental law of nature, enabling it to usher in the era of Quantum Dynamics.My point is that sometimes even the founders of scientific knowledge do not grasp their own theories. It is amusing when lesser mortals claim to understand them, casting names of philosophers and theories around like pearls to swine, with the intent not to enlighten but to obfuscate.Archimedes said, “Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.” He was defining the law of the lever. In philosophy, where we stand define the view of the world that we see. A slave sees the world very different from the master, a point Hegel noted in his chapter on the master/slave dialectic. Both views describe the realities as experienced by each individual. Like a chess game, objectivity is defined not from any single player’s point of view, but from a point of view that encompasses both players, defined as a god’s eye view. The problem is that it is an individual who claims this role of being the embodiment of a trinity.Hegel noted that just as the possession of hands does not make us artists, likewise having a brain does not make us thinkers. He also informed us that the man and the boy both utter the same prayers to God, the former on the basis of his life’s experience, the other mere rote. This was not a condemnation of the boy, but an understanding of the stages of development, of both individuals and society. It is a natural law that “nature abhors a vacuum.” The human mind is not an empty vessel to be filled by knowledge. It is always filled with one set of knowledge, only to be replaced by another set in an ever-recurring process.The movies – “The Time Machine”, “Back To The Future”, The Butterfly Effect” and “Sound of Thunder”, etc, remind us that time is irreversible. Were we able to make one change with the past, the future would be fundamentally altered, sometimes beyond recognition. The problem is that we have no way of knowing it. The “What If” scenario is speculative in a meaningful sense of the word, in that it makes us conscious of the immense power we have in the present to determine the future. Use it or lose it!Kissoon only understands the present because it is the direct result of actions taken in the past. This is how life unfolds, even though we try to “reverse engineer” things. We are the architects of our destiny. To quote Marx, “men make history, not as they please, but dependent upon historical circumstances directly transmitted from the past… we wear the costume of the past…the dead weighs like a nightmare upon the living…” etc. We fail to recognise our handiwork when confronted by it.Let me close by asking Mr Kissoon which event in the history of the WPA helped or hindered the removal of the PNC in 1992? Which event in the history of the WPA helped or hindered the removal of the PPP in 2015?Finally, would Mr Kissoon kindly tell us what is his philosophical standing?Sincerely,Rohit Kanhailast_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, September 25

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are locked in a battle to sign Anderlecht’s Mile Svilar, the 15-year-old Belgian goalkeeper tipped to be the next Thibaut Courtois. (Daily Mail) Midfielder Marco Reus, 25, is refusing to enter into contract negotiations with Borussia Dortmund as Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal prepare to make bids at the end of the season . (Daily Express) Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has played down the possibility of making a loan move to bring Sunderland’s 27-year-old ex-Molineux striker Steven Fletcher back to the club. (Sunderland Echo) Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has identified Valencia’s former Chelsea and Manchester City target Nicolas Otamendi, 26, as the man he wants to reinforce the Red Devils’ defence in January. (Daily Express) And here are the latest transfer tales…Exclusive – Man United WILL purchase a top class defender in January, claims BosnichExclusive – Welbeck needs to improve his finishing, claims Arsenal legendReal Madrid’s interest in Liverpool star Sterling is ‘very real’, claims CrossExclusive – Clyne deserves England call-up, claims former Southampton starExclusive – Koeman is a ‘perfect fit’ as Southampton manager, says former Saints starExclusive – Hughton itching to make managerial return amid Fulham linksExclusive – Steve Clarke says he would welcome talks with Fulham over manager’s jobAston Villa desperate to tie down Vlaar as Arsenal and Man United circleChelsea and Man United chase goalkeeping starletThe £100m worth of talent Man United needArsenal target to discover fate very soon, claims PSG bossSampdoria star rubbishes Manchester United transfer rumourlast_img read more


first_imgIT’S been a part of the way of life in Rathmullan for years.And now the famous ice cream shop in the seaside town has had a makeover – and more!Once owned by the Gallen family, the ‘Litl Belles & Shells’ shop overlooking Lough Swilly has been pulling in new customers over the bank holiday weekend with its new decor and scrummy ice cream. It is now owned by the good people who run the town’s equally famous ‘Salt ‘N’ Batter’ fish and chip shop and restaurant.And it is now serving superb roasted coffee and a range of other treats for locals and visitors alike this summer.If you get fed-up building sand castles, there’s always the pool tables inside. ICONIC SEASIDE ICE-CREAM SHOP GETS MAKEOVER AND MORE! was last modified: June 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ICONIC SEASIDE ICE-CREAM SHOP GETS MAKEOVER AND MORE!last_img read more


first_imgThe annual search for a young woman to represent Donegal in this year’s Rose of Tralee International festival has begun.Last year’s Donegal Rose, Fionnuala Nic Giolla Bhain from Fanad, said being selected to represent her county in the competition was a ‘huge honour’.“I never thought of entering the Rose of Tralee, but after some encouragement and applying at the last minute, I’m so glad that I did. “It has been a fantastic year, and looking back, the friendships that I’ve formed with the other Roses and Escorts have definitely been the highlight,” she said.Donegal winning the Sam Maguire made being the Donegal Rose even more of an honour, said Fionnuala.“I was lucky to attend RTÉ’s Up for the Match show and the GAA all-star awards, as well as the final match itself.“A group of Roses will be heading over to New York now for St Patrick’s Day to parade down 5th avenue, and I will be very proud to wear that Donegal Rose sash one more time.” The festival is also looking for escorts, so if you would like to be the Donegal Rose or participate as an escort you can find all the necessary information on or by calling Elaine on 0879148427 or by emailing SEARCH STARTS TO FIND DONEGAL’S ROSE OF TRALEE ENTRY was last modified: February 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalRose of Traleelast_img read more

AT&T may soon offer TV services

first_imgAT&T is expected to launch its video service at the end of the year or early next year. It will initially be offered to about 60 percent of the community, or about 32,000 households. A company spokesman would not define the expected service area boundaries or how much the service would cost, but said the company eventually wants to serve all customers “in their territory.” “We want to be priced competitively,” said Gordon Diamond, an AT&T spokesman. “We can’t say the cost, we’re not actually providing service in California yet, so it’s premature to speculate on what pricing will be.” Under the plan, AT&T would route programming through its existing phone network, which the company is upgrading. A Time Warner representative said the company will continue to court customers with competitive prices and investment in the community, like sponsorship of the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. SANTA CLARITA – Cable TV customers may soon get a choice between AT&T and Time Warner under a deal being negotiated by city officials. Lawyers for AT&T and the city have not yet sealed the deal, but officials have given the go-ahead for a three-year contract. “For the first time, residents will have multiple choices for TV services. They won’t be limited to one cable company or satellite,” said Kevin Tonoian, the city’s technology services manager. Before Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp. consolidated their systems Aug. 1, each company served cable customers in designated parts of town. “We welcome competition,” said Deane Leavenworth, a spokesman for Time Warner. “Satellite is a strong competitor and we compete with the phone company on our cable modem service and with our phone service.” In the fall, Time Warner Cable will offer digital cable, high-speed Internet and digital phone services – each for $44.95 a month – and discount packages for bundling a pair or all three. Comcast is the largest cable operator in the country and Time Warner is the largest in Southern California, with 1.9 million subscribers in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Nevertheless, the Greater Los Angeles Area has the highest satellite subscription rate in the country. The two major satellite providers in Santa Clarita are Dish Network and DirecTV. Heather Black, a spokeswoman for Dish, said in an e-mailed statement that the company has no comment on AT&T’s entry into the market. DirecTV officials acknowledged the competition. “Exclusive programming like NFL Sunday Ticket, CD USA, (and) advanced services that include interactive content, like the upcoming features for the U.S. Open telecast, DVRs and expanded (high-definition) programming create what we in the industry call extremely sticky customers,” Robert Mercer, a DirecTV spokesman, said via e-mail. He noted the company may offer a nationwide broadband service as well as bundled offers. State law requires cable competitors to serve the same territory as existing providers. Usually, cities negotiate 15- to 20-year franchise contracts with cable operators. Time Warner has signed a franchise agreement with the city, but AT&T’s short-term deal is different. It allows the city to opt out if pending legislation stipulates more favorable terms. A bill now in the Legislature would regulate telecommunication providers like AT&T and Verizon through a statewide franchise. Assembly Bill 2987 must be passed by Aug. 31 or the process would need to start over in December, said Michael Murphy, the city’s intergovernment relations officer. If the law is adopted, it could take effect Jan. 1. In the meantime, Santa Clarita City Council members approved the three-year deal with AT&T to fill the gap between AT&T’s service launch and the time when the measure’s terms could go into effect, Tonoian said. The city has not taken a position on the bill, but the League of California Cities, a statewide group that advocates public policy on behalf of local governments, opposes it. A league representative said opposition centers on three areas: The bill would allow providers to pick and choose which areas they service, potentially leading to discriminatory practices; cities would no longer be able to negotiate the number of public access channels and the amount paid for them; and the bill could allow current cable providers to walk away from their contracts with cities. “We’re not against competition,” said Jennifer Quan, a league spokeswoman. “Under the current paradigm, AT&T can go to the city and negotiate a franchise agreement. Our concern is under 2987, they’re bypassing local process and not addressing the three issues.” But Diamond said the agreement does not specify how the system will be built out, and that public access provisions should be comparable. “We certainly are looking forward to providing customers with a new choice for video,” he said. “They haven’t really had much of a choice. That’s evidenced by the fact that cable rates have gone up 86 percent in the last 10 years.” (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Benjamin Mendy trains with Man City teammates for first time on Monday

first_img1 Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is closing in on his first appearance for the club after training with his new team-mates for the first time.Mendy has been suffering with a thigh injury since his £52million summer move from Monaco and missed City’s opening 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton on Saturday.But the Frenchman took part in a training session in Catalonia on Monday ahead of his side’s friendly match against La Liga new boys Girona on Tuesday night.Mendy spent one season at Monaco before being snapped up by City and jetting straight to the United States to join his new club on their pre-season tour.His progress may give boss Pep Guardiola hope that Mendy could yet be in the frame to make his competitive debut for City against Everton next Monday night. Benjamin Mendy last_img read more

False gods

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.– Henry J. MagidResedaAnother stupid ideaRe: “Council ponders hiring a pro” Aug. 9):So Dennis Zine has come up with another stupid idea (the first was the day-laborer lounge at the Canoga Park Home Depot). The answer to all of the council’s problems is to create another job for some overpaid political hack and staff. Instead of a professional listener, how about paying attention at the public meetings? First you arrive on time. The cell phones are shut off. You stay in your seats. And the business at hand is listening and hearing from us and basing your decisions on our input. The reason there are gadflies and the like is because you ignore us. The only time we have your attention is at election time. Perhaps you should set aside one evening a week, say from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. just to hear from us, your employers. Or are we just a nuisance?– Darene SutherlandReseda Save L.A.Re: “Garcettis take heat over plan” (Aug. 9):We don’t need term limits. Fire our elected officials every election and replace them with someone new. Most of these people (Dennis Zine excluded) were never successful in the real life where you and I live, so why should we keep re-electing them as though they are accomplishing something worthwhile for us as politicians? These people spend their life on glorified welfare, accountable to no one for their pathetic performance.Every minute this city gets worse in most every way. Obviously the Garcettis and their compadres aren’t doing the job. How much money and time are they spending trying to overturn term limits? What a sham. Get rid of them and save L.A.– Patrick WeirChatsworthA housing social crisisRe: “Band-Aid ban” (Our Opinions, Aug. 9):In reference to Councilmen Alex Padilla’s and Bill Rosendahl’s proposal that the city place a moratorium on condominium conversions, the Daily News may have it right in criticizing “the city’s lack of planning.” The editorial called the proposed moratorium “the wrong response.”However, because of the escalation of housing prices, builders and investors have found a gold mine in rehabilitating or demolishing apartment buildings and replacing them with expensive condominiums. The result is the eviction of low-income tenants at an unprecedented rate and a growing scarcity of affordable housing. Thousands are being evicted and faced with no acceptable price-range housing available. Such wholesale evictions present a frightful social crisis. The editorial ignored these facts. Padilla and Rosendahl should continue to press for the moratorium.– Clifford KennySylmarMaking us criminalsRe: “L.A. panel backs reporting law on missing guns” (Aug. 8):The proposed ordinance to make criminals out of anyone who does not report a stolen gun within 48 hours is unnecessary and will make instant criminals out of hundreds of innocent people who don’t realize a gun was stolen from them within the 48-hour limit.Most thefts happen when people are not home and as anyone who has been robbed can tell you, the process of discovering what has been stolen is rarely over in 48 hours. When guns are stolen by someone who knows where they are kept, the theft might easily go unnoticed for a year or longer just as often happens with other valuables like coin collections.– Scott YollisGranada HillsBerman’s nextRe: “Lieberman loses primary race” (Aug. 9):Now that Americans have fired one pro-Iraq-war Democrat in Joe Lieberman, will the voters of the San Fernando Valley now dispose or theirs? In March 2003, our very own Rep. Howard Berman banged his war drum at the UCLA International Institute. “Do not kid yourself about whether or not (Saddam) has weapons of mass destruction. He has chemical and biological weapons in large quantities.”Once Berman was proven dead wrong, he could have saved face by voting for a timetable for troop withdrawal in June, but he, like Lieberman, refused. Meanwhile, American taxpayers continue to pay for a miserable war in Iraq that is nothing less than a quagmire. On Nov. 7, Valley voters should send him a message and send him packing.– Shawn ColvinSherman OaksTime to actRe: “Cool down, Arnold, on warming” (Viewpoint, Aug. 6):Jill Stewart must have been musing from an icy cold office space when she wrote her recent opinion piece “Green governor needs to cool it.” How else during record high heat could she suggest that there is no consensus on global-warming science, blame China for California’s smog and advise to go slow on solutions to global warming?Sure, global warming and air pollution are not confined to geopolitical borders. But in the absence of federal action, California must lead on global warming as we have done on air pollution. Stewart cites the law of unintended consequences as rationale for nitpicking with historic legislation to curb our greenhouse-gas emissions in California. Fortunately, the same Public Policy Institute of California poll that she cites shows that two-thirds of Californians want state action on global warming. It’s time for a little less conversation and a lot more action on global warming by passing AB 32 and SB 1368 this summer.– Virgil WelchEnvironmental Defense– Ann NotthoffNatural Resources Defense CouncilPolitically left concertRe: “Over-the-hill hippies” (Your Opinions, Aug. 7):After waiting some 30 years to see a Santana concert and $180 for tickets we walked out in the middle of the show because of the political rhetoric being spewed about, not only by Santana himself but also our illustrious mayor of Los Angeles.If I wanted to hear this kind of rhetoric I would live in Berkeley. I didn’t want to hear it in the ’70s, nor do I want to hear it now when I am paying for concert tickets that cost me half a week’s wages. Thank you, Jeff Clarke.– Rhonda BartulskiWest HillsBoohoo for animalsFact: In just three years, two young elephants and one chimp dead from negligence. And for this, taxpayers are going to reward the L.A. Zoo with a lot of money for an elephant exhibit “updo”? Take the money, buy up the golf courses surrounding the zoo and turn them into reserve-like land that’s elephant-foot friendly, so children can see them living healthy, close-to-normal lives in captivity.Better yet, retire the poor elephants to sanctuary, and use the money to hire up-to-date, young, competent, animal professionals. Boohoo for the animals at the L.A. Zoo.– Dyan KaneSanta Monica160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! False godsRe: “Council ponders hiring a pro” Aug. 9):The Los Angeles City Council giveth themselves another four years and taketh away our free speech; blessed is the name of the … oops, wrong deity. What’s all the fuss; nothing’s changed. Twenty years ago the council president, John Ferraro, was close to falling asleep during public comment; he seemed unaware that Councilman Marv Braude was running in and out of the meeting. Nor did he object to Councilman Joel Wachs reading the newspaper during the same period. What about Councilman Hal Bernson on the telephone during public input and the vote?How about Councilwoman Joy Picus ignoring the public while in deep conversation with Jim Dawson, her planning deputy or Councilwoman Ruth Galanter visiting with friends? We don’t count; they ignore us all the time … maybe they are deities.last_img read more

Rivalries renewed: Historic WVC teams placed into same division in VFA realignment

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Valley Football Association has undergone a big change for the upcoming high school season.The combination of Fox Valley Association and Wisconsin Valley Conference teams, including Marshfield High School, began play as the VFA in 2011 after Merrill left the WVC for football only to play in the Great Northern Conference due to its shrinking enrollment.In 2016 Wausau East decided it had enough of the VFA as well after finishing winless the past two seasons. East will play an independent schedule this season.After reaching the WIAA playoffs in 2011 and 2012, East went just 2-26 the past four seasons in the VFA and views it can no longer compete with the number of much larger schools in the conference. However, included in its 2017 schedule are games with Wisconsin Rapids and crosstown rival Wausau West.The VFA, which consisted of two eight-team divisions the last six seasons, has now moved to three five-team divisions. Marshfield has been placed in the VFA West with its traditional Wisconsin Valley Conference rivals D.C. Everest, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, and Wausau West.The North Division will be comprised of Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, Kaukauna, and Kimberly, and the South will include Fond du Lac, Hortonville, Oshkosh West, Oshkosh North, and Neenah.In addition to playing the four teams in its respective division, each school will play crossover conference games with teams from the other divisions based on enrollment size. This will be re-evaluated every two years after home-and-home series are completed.This season Marshfield, as the smallest school in the West, will play the bottom two enrollment schools in the other divisions. The Tigers host Appleton West in Week 2 and Kaukauna in Week 4 from the North Division and will play at Hortonville in Week 3 and at Oshkosh North in Week 7 from the South Division.Marshfield opens its season with a nonconference game against another VFA South school, playing at Oshkosh West on Aug. 18.“We were behind the eight-ball with East leaving so late in the process,” Marshfield Athletic Director Nathan DeLany said. “We were originally going to play a nonconference game at the dome in Marquette, (Michigan,) but had to change things with the new schedule.“This fall we will already be talking about the 2019 and 2020 schedules. With 15 teams, there are one to three teams (each week) that will have a bye to make it work, leaving you to find a team to match up with.”DeLany said he is happy Marshfield will have the opportunity to play all four of the other natural Wisconsin Valley rivals again and to remain at eight conference games, allowing for teams to make the WIAA playoffs with .500 (4-4) records.While there has been a backlash from a lot of Fox Valley Association fans to the new conference, DeLany said he thinks it has worked out for the best and that realignment was a necessity for the central Wisconsin teams, especially now with Wausau East leaving.“Yes, there has been some resistance (from FVA teams), but rightfully so,” DeLany said. “They have a 10-team conference all basically within an hour of each other. But at the same time, we work very well together to try to find the best in the circumstance that we are in. If you look at how far teams (from the VFA) have made it, going deep in the playoffs on a year-to-year basis, it kind of speaks for itself on what a good conference it is.”Marshfield Tigers 2017 football scheduleFri., Aug. 18 *at Oshkosh West (Titan Stadium) 8:15 p.m.Fri., Aug. 25 APPLETON WEST 7 p.m.Fri., Sept. 1 at Hortonville 7 p.m.Fri., Sept. 8 KAUKAUNA 7 p.m.Fri., Sept. 15 at Stevens Point (Goerke Field) 7 p.m.Fri., Sept. 22 WISCONSIN RAPIDS 7 p.m.Fri., Sept. 29 at Oshkosh North (Titan Stadium) 5 p.m.Fri., Oct. 6 at D.C. Everest (Stiehm Stadium) 7 p.m.Fri., Oct. 13 °WAUSAU WEST 7 p.m.Home games in CAPS, at Beell Stadium, Marshfield Middle School*Nonconference°Homecominglast_img read more

A South African inspiration returns

first_img29 October 2008Musical genius and beacon of South African pride Abdullah Ibrahim will again perform for his loyal local fans. With a history of world-class concert appearances and a worldwide fan base, Ibrahim is returning home to inspire.The pianist and composer will perform his new solo piano piece, entitled “Senzo”, meaning “ancestor” in both Chinese and Japanese, at the Artscape in Cape Town on 1 November, at Durban’s Jazz Centre on 5 and 6 November, and at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg on 7 November.“‘Senzo’ is a journey through sound – striving towards our individual and collective home,” says Ibrahim.Longtime followers of Ibrahim will find themselves amply rewarded with his live show. Built around the Abdullah Ibrahim Trio that has been breathing life into the performer’s repetoire for the past 12 years, the show features Ibrahim on piano and New Yorkers Belden Bullock and George Gray on bass and drums respectively.The shows will give Ibrahim’s fans a chance to see him perform the solo piano concerts that have drawn rapt responses when performed in the most important venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican in London and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.Other unique solo piano concert venues have included the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, Japan – a first ever performance at the historic monastery and a tribute to the importance of Zen philosophy and the martial arts in Ibrahim’s life. The latter has seen Ibrahim earn a “Menkyo Kaiden” (an 8th degree black belt and a licence to teach) through his 40 years study with Great Grand Master Soke Tonegawa Sensei in Japan.An African musical geniusBorn in Cape Town in 1934, Ibrahim has been described as a South African icon, an African genius and an internationally revered piano player by critics.As a child, Ibrahim remembers listening to traditional African songs, religious music and jazz – all of which are reflected in his music. He received his first piano lessons in 1941 and became a professional musician in 1949 playing for the Tuxedo Slickers and, later, the Willie Max Big Band.In 1959 he met alto saxophonist Kippi Moeketsi, who convinced him to devote his life to music. His international music career blossomed in 1962 when the Dollar Brand Trio (with Johnny Gertze on bass and Makaya Ntshoko on percussion) toured Europe.What followed was a marathon tour of Europe, the United States and Japan with appearances at major music festivals of the world in Montreux, North Sea, Berlin, Paris and Montreal.MannenbergIn the mid-1970s, Ibrahim came back to South Africa. In June 1974, Abdullah Ibrahim, with Robbie Jansen, Basil Coetzee, Monty Weber, Morris Goldberg and Paul Michaels, recorded what was to become a beloved anthem in South Africa – Mannenberg.The album was recorded against a backdrop of forced removals as the apartheid government finalised its destruction of District Six in Cape Town, evicting coloured families from homes throughout the city. The title-track, “Mannenberg”, fused Cape jazz with African marabi to produce a melody that became a beloved anthem of hope and resistance for many South Africans.In 1976, Ibrahim returned to the United States because of the unfavourable political atmosphere in South Africa during that time.Returning to South Africa in 1990, Ibrahim embarked on numerous music projects, including a symphonic piece at the renowned Herkules Saal in Munich, Germany, and a premiere of “Cape Town Traveller”, a multi-media production at the Leipzig music festival in 1999.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more