Hearing, seeing principles of dance

first_imgTwitter Email Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleNo cry for this EvitaNext articleSuicide patrol gets in the picture at charity exhibition John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebookcenter_img Print Linkedin DANCE Limerick is hosting a series of talks aimed at performers and audiences interested in creating, enjoying and appreciating the art form. Talks will be held in the Daghdha Space, former church of St John of the Cross, in John’s Square and are a modest fiver to access.Next week’s talk, ‘Creating Work Outdoors’, by movement artist and researcher Sandra Reeve, is aimed at creating work in outside spaces, and audiences interested in understanding the concepts behind site specific performances.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Reeve will open the discussion with some of her experiences and with examples of her own environmental performances on Tuesday February 25 at 7.30pm.For those with an interest in contemporary dance and who would like to learn more about how to appreciate and engage with  performances, Brigitte Moody, course director of the Graduate Diploma and Masters in Dance at UL, is leading the second talk. Her ‘Seeing Dance’ is on Tuesday March 4 at 7.30pm.Ms Moody’s talk will illuminate some of the seminal choreographers in dance history, as well looking at the work of Irish choreographer, John Scott, whose new work ‘Magnetic’ comes to the Daghdha Space in early April. See www.dancelimerick.ie NewsHearing, seeing principles of danceBy John Keogh – February 19, 2014 497 last_img read more

China’s Development Projects Export Environmental Devastation

first_imgBy ShareAmerica December 03, 2020 The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) state-owned companies are destroying the environment in countries around the world, one corrupt infrastructure project at a time.The PRC is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and mercury pollution and the leading consumer of illegal wildlife and timber products. And the PRC’s state-owned companies are exporting the Chinese Communist Party’s disregard for the environment through the often-corrupt infrastructure projects of the regime’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative.“In recent years, Chinese-backed projects on several continents have displaced local populations, negatively affected water quality, polluted adjacent land, and spoiled fragile ecosystems,” the U.S. Department of State said in a September 25 fact sheet on China’s environmental abuses. “Many planned Chinese infrastructure projects worldwide would do similar harm.”A May 2018 study published in Nature Sustainability warned OBOR projects could lead to “permanent environmental degradation.” And in November 2017, the World Wildlife Fund found OBOR projects could affect almost 265 threatened species, including antelopes, tigers, and giant pandas.Beijing’s OBOR initiative promises new infrastructure to developing nations, but projects — often marred by corruption — lack adequate oversight and deliver shoddy work. Labor abuses and unsustainable debt are also common, according to numerous reports. In Latin America, Chinese infrastructure investment may be linked to increased wildlife trafficking.The program’s lack of clear environmental guidelines can leave countries facing the consequences of projects that failed to meet international standards.In South Sudan, PRC state-run companies, including the China National Petroleum Corporation, have financed oil consortia that polluted water and soil with toxic chemicals, the Associated Press (AP) reports. Residents living nearby have suffered an alarming number of health problems, including birth defects.One PRC-supported oil consortium also has engaged in corruption, using funds earmarked for development to support lavish lifestyles of senior politicians, the AP reported, citing a September 2019 report from the The Sentry, a watchdog group based in Washington.On September 15, the United States sanctioned the Union Development Group Limited (UDG), a PRC state-owned company, for its role in corruption surrounding the development of a multibillion-dollar resort in Cambodia.U.S. officials say UDG falsely registered as a Cambodian-owned entity to lease the land before reverting back to PRC control. The company, through a senior Cambodian general sanctioned for corruption by the United States in 2019, used Cambodian military forces to clear out land for the project by force, devastating the environment and hurting the livelihoods of local residents.last_img read more

New normal in virus-hit China: High-tech tracking and fever checks

first_imgConstant temperature checks, a “no mask, no service” ethos, and high-tech people-tracking: welcome to the new normal in China, where reminders of the country’s national mobilization against the coronavirus lurk around every corner.China appears to be coming to grips with the virus, which emerged late last year and has infected more than 80,000 people and killed nearly 3,000 in the country, but has slowed markedly in recent weeks.But that has come at the cost of new preventive policies that have turned life upside down and are not likely to be swiftly abandoned. The changes wrought by a contagion spread by humans and their travels is particularly felt when trying to move around within China, as AFP journalists discovered during recent trips from Shanghai up to the borders of the viral epicenter of Hubei province.Reminders of the virus begin as soon as one leaves home, with masked cab drivers in white gloves quick to admonish any passengers who forget to wear masks.Some drivers are going even further. In the city of Wenzhou, about four hours by train from Shanghai, AFP reporters jumped into car called via Didi Chuxing — China’s answer to Uber — in which a clear plastic barrier was stretched over a makeshift frame to separate driver and passengers.Didi Chuxing piloted the project in a handful of hard-hit cities and plans to spend 100 million yuan ($14 million) to expand it. Topics : ‘Sold-out’ trains Travellers booking tickets aboard the country’s efficient high-speed rail network lately are surprised to find that, despite travel being depressed by virus fears, popular booking apps like Ctrip invariably list most trains as “sold out” or with only a handful of seats left.But one such Wenzhou-bound train was full of empty seats. That is because only a fraction of tickets are being made available to prevent travellers sitting too close to each other.”We are sorry for the confusion, but China’s high-speed rail systems are contributing to the patriotic hygiene campaign. We hope you find this convenient,” said a young female train attendant.With the government calling for an all-out “People’s War” against the virus, tech champions like Alibaba and Tencent have rolled out digital mobile-phone apps that use big data to track a traveller’s movements going back as far as a month.Users are rated as green, yellow or red based on whether they visited any high-risk zones.Showing one’s code to security personnel is now compulsory in a number of cities to exit train stations, or use public transport.In Wenzhou, cab drivers, hotels, and virtually any business will ask to see the color code before letting someone pass.The system has fuelled new grumbling on China’s internet over previous accusations that the big tech firms were doing the Communist Party’s surveillance work.But most complaints seem to involve “green” ratings inexplicably turning “red”, which can result in mandatory 14-day home quarantine.The pervasive measures attest to the one-party state’s ability to marshal huge resources — financial, material, and human — for mass campaigns couched in 1950s Communist rhetoric.Red banners hang throughout now largely shut-down cities like Wenzhou, lauding the “War of Resistance Against Pneumonia”, and declaring that “Everyone Must Contribute to the Patriotic Hygiene Campaign.”  Elbow bumpHotel check-ins have become mini health inspections by masked staff who measure guests’ temperatures by aiming hand-held sensors at foreheads and forearms and record the result.”Have you experienced any fever, felt unwell or visited Hubei recently?” a Wenzhou front-desk clerk asked.The temperature obsession can be taken to absurd lengths, with some hotels re-measuring guests who had stepped out only minutes earlier. On one day, an AFP reporter moving around Wenzhou had his temperature taken a dozen times, including by cab drivers, restaurant owners, convenience-store clerks, hotel security, front-desk staff and a final late-night knock on the door by a female hotel employee.”Do not walk forward! Be still please,” she snapped, before a light beep announced the result.”It’s normal. Enjoy your evening.”Beijing is pushing a long-term fight and local governments will no doubt be fearful of letting up even slightly anytime soon and being blamed for a new outbreak.That means even some of society’s most time-honored practices are on hold.When an AFP reporter presented a business card to a government liaison officer in Wenzhou, she recoiled and asked that it be placed on a table.And when it came time to shake another official’s hand, the man refused, laughing nervously.”For safety, we don’t really shake hands at the current time,” he said, instead sticking forward the crook of his arm for an “elbow bump.”last_img read more

Women’s basketball: UW defense looks to step up against leading scorer in nation

first_imgComing off three straight losses, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team will look to get back to winning ways Thursday night at the Kohl Center, yet faces an offensively explosive Ohio State team led by freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell.Mitchell, the No. 1 recruit in the nation in some rankings, has not disappointed in her first season. She leads the nation in scoring, averaging 25.9 points per game, and also leads the country in three-pointers made (75).“We’re gonna try to just get it out of her hands,” Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “Not trapping her or anything, she’s too fast, she’s too quick. A scorer like that? Hard to stop. Let hope she’s off and she’s missing.”This past Sunday, the freshman phenom poured in 37 points, with 31 coming in the second half or overtime period in the Buckeyes’ 79-71 OT win at Purdue. She made four three’s and was 13 of 14 from the free-throw line.“We’re gonna mix it up,” Kelsey said of her team’s defensive game plan. “I don’t think we can do one thing the whole game … It’s just identifying where she is and kind of gang-guarding her.“The girl can just flat out score. And she’s left-handed, that’s even worse.”The performance led her to earn her second straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, as well as Big Ten Player of the Week honors. It was the second time this season she’s won both distinctions in the same week, and was the fifth time she’s been named conference Freshman of the Week.Junior Ameryst Alston, who averages 20.8 points per game, joins Mitchell in the backcourt as another formidable scoring threat for the Buckeyes. Freshman forward Alexa Hart leads Ohio State in blocks (3.8 per game) and rebounds (8.3 per game).For Wisconsin, the three junior guards will look to continue to their recent offensive success. Dakota Whyte has scored in double figures in her last six games, while Nicole Bauman and Tessa Cichy both set new career-high point totals in the Badgers 77-71 loss at Michigan State Sunday, with 23 and 15 points, respectively.“It gave me a lot of confidence that I know I can hit my shot,” Bauman said of her career-high day. “My teammates will hit me when I’m open, and vice versa, and just trusting one another, and getting more into the flow of a game, rather than an individual game.”Bauman said it will be important for the Badgers to not fall into shooting dry spells, which allows the opposition to pull away.“There are certain times in the game where we have a lapse, where we just can’t get the ball to go in the hoop,” Bauman said. “Then the other team will get up by like 10 points and then we can’t seem to fight out of that hole.”Whyte said that there is still more room for improvement on the offensive end, however.“It’s somewhat where I want it to be,” Whyte said of her performance this season thus far. “I don’t wanna be a 20-point scorer every game. I’d rather have more assists.”Wisconsin will have to be better than the 60.9 points it averages per game if it wants to have a chance of beating Ohio State, which averages 81.0 points per game. In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes have scored 79 points or more in five of their last eight games, while Wisconsin has eclipsed 79 points once the entire season.In the last two games though, Wisconsin has scored 72 and 71 points.“I don’t think that offense is the problem,” Whyte said. “I think that we are capable of scoring, everyone on our team, especially the starters, but I think that defense is something we really need to work on.”Whyte, Cichy and Bauman have seen increases in their scoring numbers from a year ago. Bauman (+6.8), ranks fourth in the Big Ten among most improved scorers, while Cichy (+6.2) and Whyte (+4.2) rank sixth and ninth, respectively.“We’re capable,” Kelsey said. “We just have to play some defense.”Who: Ohio State vs. WisconsinWhere: The Kohl Center, Madison, WisconsinWhen: 8 p.m.TV: Big Ten Network (BTN) with Eric Collins and Sherry TillRadio: The Mic 92.1 with Jon AriasLast Time: Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 82-71 on Feb. 2, 2014.All-time series: Ohio State leads 47-17, including a 17-12 mark in Madison. The Buckeyes have won 21 of the last 23 meetings dating back to 2001.WisconsinProbable Starters: G Dakota Whyte (10.4 points per game), G Nicole Bauman (12.9 ppg), G Tessa Cichy (8.0 ppg), F Jacki Gulczynski (9.1 ppg), F Cassie Rochel (6.1 ppg)Key Reserves: G/F AnnMarie Brown, G Cayla McMorris, F Malayna JohnsonKey Injury: Michala Johnson (torn ACL)Ohio StateProbable Starters: G Kelsey Mitchell (25.9 ppg), G Cait Craft (7.9 ppg), G Ameryst Alston (20.8 ppg), G Asia Doss (5.6 ppg), F Alexa Hart (10.5 ppg)Key Reserve: G Shayla Cooper (10.4 ppg)last_img read more

The good, the bad and the dirty in the week of boxing

first_imgWell, with future Hall of Fame trainer Buddy McGirt in his corner for the first time, Kovalev showed he can still be one of boxing’s best in routing Alvarez to an easy decision victory to become a three-time light heavyweight champion.The impressive thing was the fact Kovalev stayed composed. He didn’t overcommit on his punches and didn’t expend useless energy whenever there was a tie-up. In turn, that helped Kovalev when he got to later rounds as he was fresh as a daisy. The flicking of the jab setup his combinations, which still had pop in later rounds when he rocked Alvarez in the final minute of the 10th round.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe win resurrects Kovalev’s career and puts him back in the thick of things at 175 pounds. You have WBA titlist Dmitry Bivol, IBF titleholder Artur Beterbiev, and WBC champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk that are on the table.As long as the 35-year-old keeps McGirt around and listens to what he tells him to do, we could see “The Krusher” version 2.0.- Teofimo Lopez passes his first real test: Lopez had made the first 11 fights of his career look pretty easy. He had never gone past the sixth round and won nine of those fights via stoppage.Diego Magdaleno was supposed to be the litmus test to see how Lopez was progressing. Lopez aced it with flying colors, running through the former two-time world title challenger to win by seventh-round knockout. The only bad thing on this night was Lopez didn’t need the excessive post-fight celebration when he stood next to Magdaleno and did a mock sweep up, but he will learn to cut that type of nonsense out as time goes on.Is he ready to take Vasiliy Lomachenko by the end of 2019? I don’t know, but it would be fun to see the charismatic rising star give it a try and attempt to knock off one of the sport’s elite.The 21-year-old, yes he’s only 21-years-old, checks off all the necessary tools to be one of the premier fighters in the sport. He possesses excellent speed and power. Ultimately, it’s up to Lopez. If he can continue to grow inside and outside the ring, Lopez can become a superstar.- Richard Commey wins gold: The native of Ghana was very close to his first world title back in September 2016, when he lost a razor-thin split decision to Robert Easter Jr. Many boxing pundits felt Commey had done enough to earn the IBF belt. Then, in his next time out, Commey lost another split-decision to Denis Shafikov.Losing back-to-back fights usually signals long road back to title contention. To Commey’s credit, he fought his way back with three impressive victories in a row to earn another crack at the IBF title against Isa Chaniev.Commey didn’t waste too much time, as the 31-year-old sent Chaniev to the canvas with a vicious straight right hand with 25 seconds remaining in the first round. Commey made sure Chaniev didn’t make it out of the second when he blasted Chaniev with a hard left hook to send him to the mat one more time. Somehow Chaniev got up, but Commey put him away with a barrage of shots and the referee finally waved it off for the first title win in Commey’s career.The win earned Commey a shot at Lomachenko on April 12 in a title unification bout. If Commey shows the type of ability we saw on Saturday, then we could see an upset.The Bad- Abner Mares out of his scheduled bout with Gervonta Davis: Last week, Mares pulled out of the bout due to an elbow injury.But during an appearance Sunday on “Inside PBC Boxing,” the three-division world champion revealed that he really had to bow out of the fight because he suffered a detached retina in his right eye at a sparring session on Jan. 23. Mares had surgery last Wednesday to repair the eye.The injury is career-threatening, but Mares feels like he will return someday. He’s going to leave the decision up to his doctors.This is the second time Mares has suffered the injury. It happened in 2008, but Mares won four world titles in three different weight classes since then.But at 33-years-old and having this issue happen again definitely raises some issues whether he should continue on. Long-term health is more important than continuing inside the ring and potentially making the matter worse. You would rather be able to see out of two eyes and live a full life instead of only having one functional eye.The Dirty- Referees need to start looking out for the safety of fighters: The three undercard fights leading up to Alvarez-Kovalev ended by stoppage. And in those instances, the referees failed to stop them in a timely manner.In the Commey-Chaniev fight, Chaniev was out like a sack of potatoes and anyone with any boxing knowledge would have seen Chaniev struggling to get up. But the referee let it go to only see Chaniev get battered and dropped one more time before calling it off in the second round.Then, in the Oscar Valdez-Carmine Tommasone bout, Tommasone got sent to the canvas for the third time in the sixth round. You could see Valdez had the fight well in hand and Tommasone had no shot at winning, but once again, the ref let it go a round too long, as Tommasone got knocked down in the seventh round and the fight was finally stopped.To cap the absurdity off, in the Lopez-Magdaleno fight, Lopez dropped Magdaleno nearly head first with a right hand to the body followed by a short left hook. It should have ended there, but the madness continued into the seventh when Lopez wound back with a brutal left hook. Seeing Magdaleno standing there ripe for the picking, Lopez put everything he had into his last shot and threw a scintillating left hook with evil intentions to violently send Magdaleno’s head bouncing off the mat.  It was a roaring week in boxing. Here are the highs and lows of the week.The Good- Sergey Kovalev is back: Kovalev had a lot to prove heading into his rematch with Eleider Alvarez. He blamed his performance on overtraining when he got stopped by Alvarez in August. He also used the same reasoning in the first and second loss to Andre Ward. What would be any different this time around? Kovalev was always a quick starter, but would fade down the stretch. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearPeople will say the corners are there for a reason. In theory, they’d be correct. But the corners want their fighters to win. Part of the referee’s job is to protect the fighters and they failed horribly.Every fighter has a different pain threshhold, but with concussion issues running rampant in sports, safety is of the utmost importance. You see a fight well out of hand and a fighter absorbing too much punishment — stop the fight. That’s your job. Fortunately, no one was hurt. But next time, it could be a different story.last_img read more