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Noma-Reischauer Prizes awarded in Japanese studies

first_imgThe Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Kodansha Ltd. Publishers hosted the 16th annual Edwin O. Reischauer/Kodansha Ltd. Commemorative Symposium and the 15th annual awarding of the Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies on Oct. 15. The event, held in Belmont, Mass., at the former home of Edwin O. Reischauer, marked the centennial of Reischauer’s birth.The Noma-Reischauer prizes are given annually by Kodansha Ltd. for the best essays written by Harvard students on Japan-related topics. This year, Marie Kodama ’10, social studies, won the undergraduate prize for her essay “Within and Beyond Traditions: Contextualizing Japan’s School-based Peace Education in Classical Japanese and Western Trends.” Wei Yu Wayne Tan, Ph.D. candidate in Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, won the graduate prize for his essay “Blind Monks for Hire: Making Music and Money in Medieval and Early Modern Japan.”The deadline for submitting essays for the 2011 Noma-Reischauer Prize is June 20, 2011.  For more information, call the Reischauer Institute at 617.495.3220 or visit the institute’s website.last_img read more

Nadal reigns in clash of former US Open champs as Zverev exits

first_imgRafael Nadal came through his stiffest test so far at the US Open against Marin CilicNew York, United States | AFP | Rafael Nadal ramped up his quest for a fourth US Open title Monday with an impressive win over 2014 champion Marin Cilic to advance to the quarter-finals while Alexander Zverev slumped to a four-set defeat.Second seed Nadal — the winner at Flushing Meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017 — produced some electrifying moments of brilliance to end the challenge of Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.After barely breaking a sweat in reaching the last 16, a run that included a second-round walkover, Nadal stared down his stiffest test so far to surge into a quarter-final meeting with Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman.The Spaniard exchanged the first two sets with Cilic but grasped control by breaking for 3-1 in the third, a series of dazzling winners drawing an animated fist-pump from golf legend Tiger Woods at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Nadal reeled off nine games in succession across the third and fourth sets and 12 of the final 15 to nail down a 40th Grand Slam quarter-final appearance, nine of which have come at the US Open.“The emotions I have when I play here are impossible to describe. I love the sport and feel very lucky to still be playing tennis here. Eight years ago I didn’t think that would happen as my body was suffering badly,” Nadal said.“It’s a huge honor playing in front of all of you and playing in front of Tiger is a very special thing. I always say I don’t have big idols but one idol is him and I always try to follow him.”Nadal’s path to the final sees him take on Schwartzman next after the 5ft 7in (1.70m) Argentine chopped down sixth seed Zverev.“He is playing amazing, nothing new, he’s one of the players with best talent on tour,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion said of his upcoming opponent.“It will be a big challenge. I have to play my best. I’m happy for him. He’s a close friend and I hope to play a great match.”– Berrettini, Monfils win –Zverev rolled through the opening set against Schwartzman under the roof on Ashe during a rainy afternoon session, but he lost his way to go down 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.The German was enjoying his deepest run in New York but committed 17 double faults and 65 unforced errors and received a point penalty for swearing as Schwartzman advanced to a second US Open quarter-final in three years. “Generally my season so far has not been the best,” said Zverev, who has reached just two quarter-finals in 18 Grand Slam appearances.Zverev said he was hindered a “very swollen” back and right hip following a fall in his previous match.“I had a lot of chances which I didn’t use early in the match. He kind of ran away with it.”Zverev lost his serve three times during the second set but appeared to have steadied himself when he moved a break ahead at 3-2 in the third, only for Schwartzman to wrest the momentum back in his favor after a lengthy sixth game.“It was tough because I was feeling I had the chance to win this and I had a few break points I could not take,” Schwartzman said. “He was up a break and then I recovered really quickly and I felt great after that.”Matteo Berrettini became just the second Italian man to progress to the US Open quarter-finals, 42 years after Corrado Barazzutti’s run to the last four in New York.Berrettini, the 24th seed, eased to a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win over Russia’s 43rd-ranked Andrey Rublev to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time.“It’s something really crazy. I cannot believe it right now. I need a few hours to understand what happened,” said Berrettini, 23, who goes on to play French 13th seed Gael Monfils.“I’m just happy. Seeing my team and family here and crying, for me it’s unbelievable.”Berrettini went one step further than his run to the last 16 at Wimbledon in July, where he was beaten by Roger Federer.Monfils, a 2016 US Open semi-finalist, crushed the 33-year-old Andujar’s bid to become the oldest player in the Open era to reach his first Grand Slam singles quarter-final with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 rout.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Woman Shot After Dog Jumps on Gun in Truck

first_imgAn Oklahoma woman was shot in the leg, after a dog jumped on a gun inside the pickup truck in which the woman was riding, according to police officials.Officers in the city of Enid responded on Thursday afternoon to a report that a woman had been shot. The driver then put his belt around the woman’s leg in an attempt to stop the bleeding.Police also spoke with the woman, who gave the same statement. They do not suspect foul play.The woman was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries. They spoke to the driver, who told them that she had stopped the vehicle for a passing train. He said the dog jumped from the back seat onto the center console, causing the man’s pistol to fire a round into his passenger’s thigh.last_img

Dougherty hails trio at England Golf Performance Awards

first_img NICK DOUGHERTY has praised the outstanding contributions made to England Golf by the award winners at the 2019 Performance Conference.Dougherty – who went on to become a three-times winner on the European Tour and is now lead presenter on Sky Sports Golf – excelled as an England amateur international after making his debut as a 15-year-old in 1997.Returning to Woodhall Spa for the first time since his amateur days, Dougherty insisted it was a privilege to present awards to three stalwarts who have devoted their time and expertise to either develop the next generation of golfers or lead senior teams to success at international level.Yorkshireman Graham Walker has been named as 2019 coach of the year.Walker is recognised as a leading expert in short-game teaching and over the years has worked with European Tour winners such as Danny Willett, Paul Waring, David Horsey as well as Ladies’ European Tour winner Holly Clyburn.Currently, Walker coaches world number 10 Tommy Fleetwood and passes on his knowledge to all the England Golf performance squads.Walker has been on the staff at England Golf since 2011 and his coaching continues to be of huge benefit to aspiring players looking to fulfil their potential.England Senior Women’s manager Debbie Richards – who unfortunately could not be present on the night – was recognised as volunteer of the year for 2019.Richards – a former senior international and Surrey county player – enjoyed three seasons in the role as senior women’s manager and led the team to European Senior Ladies’ gold in 2019 before announcing her retirement earlier this year.The final award winner was Cheshire’s Roy Smethurst – a legend of the amateur game in England.Smethurst’s contribution to senior golf over the decades has been nothing short of astonishing.Among his many honours as a player, Smethurst claimed four English Senior Amateur titles as well as a European Senior Amateur crown.The former Cheshire and Nottinghamshire county player has continued to enjoy success as a team manager leading the England Men’s Senior squad to three Home International titles in the last four seasons.The 2019 campaign also saw Smethurst lead England to the gold medal at the European Senior Men’s Team Championships.The ovation Smethurst received on the night was testimony to the high esteem in which he is held by his colleagues.Dougherty paid tribute to all the winners saying: “The success enjoyed by all the England performance squads over recent times wouldn’t be possible without the excellence in coaching and management that all the teams receive.“I know from my time representing England at amateur level just how crucial it was to have a good grounding in the game before making the move to the professional ranks.“I made my debut for England aged 15 and my heart was bursting through my shirt.“It remains a huge honour to represent England – something which you don’t really have the chance to do when moving into the professional ranks.“You only have to look at the numbers of English players currently making their way in both the men’s and ladies’ games to see that the work being done at grassroots levels and then with the performance teams as they move through the age groups is bearing fruit.”The 2019 performance conference was held under the banner ‘2020 Vision’ as England Golf strives to make improvements for the new season.Coaches and managers from all the regions gathered to listen to seminars on varied topics such as health and nutrition in golf, the World Handicap System and governance as well as enjoying practical coaching and strength and conditioning demonstrations.Photograph credit: Vicki Head 28 Nov 2019 Dougherty hails trio at England Golf Performance Awards Tags: Cheshire, England team, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Yorkshirelast_img read more

BREEDERS’ CUP ANNOUNCES INFIELD COUNTRY MUSIC EXPERIENCE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BOOTS ON STAGE

first_imgIn addition to the live musical acts, fans will be able to enjoy Southern Californian BBQ and bites from a variety of local food trucks, as well as refreshing beverages from 40 craft brewers. Fans can also play complimentary lawn games and learn how to line dance with Gone Country Promotions. A mechanical bull, giveaways and prizes, a photo booth, and shopping opportunities with local merchants will complete the experience. Tickets to Party at the Park can be purchased at breederscup.com/concert Country Music Acts Add to Entertainment at Santa Anita Park for the 2016 World Championships Party at the Park will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 5 in the infield at Santa Anita Park, and will offer fans the incredible opportunity to listen to country music as they enjoy world championship racing. The line-up will include country’s hottest new acts, including Tyler Rich, Smithfield and Southern California’s own Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide as well as Eli V. “Musical entertainment is one element of the enhanced experience the Breeders’ Cup offers, and every year we make a concerted effort to showcase local and emerging talent,” said Bryan Pettigrew, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sponsorship at the Breeders’ Cup. “By collaborating with Boots On Stage, we’ve been able to tap into the best local talent and we are looking forward to offering fans the ultimate country music experience.” LOS ANGELES (October 14, 2016) – Today Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, announces Party at the Park, a festive country music experience in partnership with Boots On Stage, Southern California’s premier country music marketing company. Set to take place on Saturday, November 5, Party at the Park will bring some of country’s best new acts to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will further elevate the fan experience with a host of activities, local food trucks, prizes and more. Media Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512, [email protected] Hayley Karlan, Nike Communications, 646-654-3445, [email protected] Kaye, Boots On Stage, 310-402-3921, [email protected] Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 (grade I) races with purses and awards totalling $28 million, will be held Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. About Boots On StageBoots On Stage is a promotions and marketing company for country music in Southern California and surrounding markets. Boots On Stage directly markets to the country music consumer through the use of their official social media platform, radio partners, local showcases, on-site brand activations, tastemakers and influencers as well as local and national media. As Boots On Stage continues to grow, they have become a resource for Artists, Management Companies, Labels and Publicists to reach their core demo in the market(s). For more information on Boots On Stage, please follow up on our social media channels including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and on www.bootsonstage.la. -30-last_img read more

Is he all that? Carragher argues with Man United fans over Arsenal target

first_img Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 1 Pundits on television these days have a tough time as punters scrutinise their every musing, ready to pounce on any mistake.Jamie Carragher knows this all too well and wouldn’t have been surprised to see Manchester United fans pick up on his thoughts that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar wasn’t a top level striker, despite the Dutchman netting Schalke’s leveler against Chelsea.Soon several Red Devils supporters were discussing the Dutchman, who has been a target for Arsenal, and his scoring record, which the Liverpool legend deemed insufficient for him to be classed as one of the best in Europe.Huntelaar has played for the likes of Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan in career which has had highs and injury-caused lows, netting more than 250 goals along the way, but Carragher still wasn’t budging.Check out the ex-Liverpool defender’s debate below and don’t forget to tell us your thoughts on Huntelaar…last_img read more

No teams have called Kaepernick since workout, report says

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Colin Kaepernick has been waiting by the phone for a week, but it’s all been in vain.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, no NFL team has called Kaepernick in the week since he participated in a workout intended to draw interest from teams and end his three-year exile from the league.Of course, the lack of interest may have little to do with how the former 49ers star looked on the field in Atlanta. Kaepernick and his …last_img

Mighty Mite and Spider Gymnast: Arachnids Inspire Scientists

first_img(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 We have a new land speed record.  You’d have to run 1300 mph to keep up with this critter at its scale.Mite Racing GoldA tiny mite has just whizzed past the previous record-holder for fastest land animal.  In terms of body lengths per second, Paratarsotomus macropalpis (a tiny desert mite found in Southern California deserts), “runs 20 times faster than a cheetah and the equivalent of a person running 1300 miles per hour,” according to Science Daily based on a press release from the Federation for the American Societies for Experimental Biology.  At 322 body lengths per second, this mite easily outpaced the Australian tiger beetle, previously called the fastest land animal on earth, which tops out at at only 177 body lengths per second.  A cheetah, by contrast, only hits 16 body lengths per second, and the fastest human, currently Usain Bolt, tops out at 6.2 bl/sec according to a blog.  The mite, about the size of a sesame seed, can average 192 bl/sec, still faster than the tiger beetle’s top speed.The new world record was discovered by Samuel Rubin, a college student at Pitzer College in California, who also noticed that the mite can withstand “temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), a temperature significantly higher than the upper lethal temperature of most animals.”  According to the press release, “The mites also are adept at stopping and changing directions extremely quickly, attributes the researchers are investigating further for potential insights that may be relevant to bioengineering applications.”  Rubin sees gold ahead: “looking deeper into the physics of how they accomplish these speeds could help inspire revolutionary new designs for things like robots or biomimetic devices.”Science Magazine agrees, adding another amazing tidbit: “Future studies of these mites (which pick up and put down each foot about 135 times a second) could help engineers develop superfast, superagile robots.”Spider Gymnastic GoldSpeaking of arachnids, a larger one—a spider—displays gymnastic prowess.  A press release from the Senckenberg Research Institute tells about Cebrennus rechenbergi, a nocturnal spider found in Morocco, that can catapult itself along with a series of flic-flac jumps (also called flipflops by gymnasts).  This gives it a speed boost when escaping predators or descending hills: “At almost 2 meters per second, the flic-flac jumps allow the spider to move twice as fast as in simple walking mode.”  This spider’s coordinated movements are also leading to engineering advances:Prof. Dr. Rechenberg was so inspired by the flic-flac spider’s ingenious mode of locomotion that he developed a 25cm long model of a spider robot. The Tabbot, named after “Tabacha” (the word for spider in the Berber language), can move by walking as well as by turning somersaults. “This robot may be employed in agriculture, on the ocean floor or even on Mars,” according to its inventor.Beetle Hunting Gold, and Darwinist DrossWhile not an arachnid, the tiger beetle, having lost to the mite in the speed category, may still win gold in the floor exercise or steeplechase.  A press release from Cornell University describes how its high-speed seemingly-random trajectories while chasing prey actually give it the optimum strategy for reaching its target.  A Cornell biologist, Jane Wang, found that the beetle’s turns follow a mechanical law, which she attributed to evolution:From an evolutionary point of view, the sensing and moving are intimately connected, Wang continued. Some of the hundreds of thousands of neurons that function for sight are directly connected to the machinery for locomotion, which is directly related to the animal’s instinct to survive – that is, eat. Thus, studying how animals move can provide insight into how they sense their environment, and vice versa, she said.But what would a professor of mechanical engineering and physics know about blind, unguided processes?  The two clauses of that opening sentence above do not seem to bear an intimate connection.Evolutionary speculations in design articles are like wood alcohol poured into your tea.last_img read more

Silver Spirit’s epic trek on TV

first_imgCar meets lion on a Zambian road. (Image: Silver Spirit Adventure) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris StevensSilver Spirit Adventure+27 11 883 0398 or +27 82 783 4920 • Cheryl le RouxSA Direct marketing manager +27 11 275 0366 or +27 83 229 5082RELATED ARTICLES • Rollsing from Cape to Cairo • Adventurer spreads his nets wide • Boundless Southern AfricaJanine ErasmusThe adventures of South African septuagenarians Mike and Jeanette van Ginkel, who undertook an ambitious trans-Africa journey that would have daunted many a younger person, are to debut on international television in September 2009.The 10-part series, titled Silver Spirit – An Epic African Adventure, shows in the UK on Southern Africa Direct on Sky channel 270, starting at 19h30 UK time. The first episode can be seen on Wednesday 9 September, with successive episodes following on a weekly basis.The series is also accessible via internet streaming on the Southern Africa Direct website. South African viewers will have to add an hour to the UK screening time. SA Direct has said that it is working towards getting the series onto local television stations.For those who don’t have access to Sky or a fast internet connection, the series may be purchased on DVD – enquiries may be emailed to SA Direct.Age no barrierThe elegant couple, who have been married for 53 years, decided towards the end of 2007 that age was no barrier to a life of excitement, and began to envision the ultimate road trip – a journey in their 1981 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit from Cape Town to London, via Cairo.This would be the first time a Rolls had ever made such a journey and although she only had 100 000km on the clock, a few modifications, such as a raised suspension and reinforced undercarriage, would still be necessary.Six months in the planning, the adventure took to the road at the end of March 2008. On 29 May they reached London, having negotiated 17 800km through 12 countries.Adventure clearly runs in their blood: in 1969 and 1972 the van Ginkels won the prestigious State President’s Air Race, a double win that has not been repeated. Mike ran a flying school in George for many years, while Jeanette in 1977 became the first licensed hot air balloon pilot in South Africa. Around the same time the couple started the Pioneer Balloon Club.For the epic overland trip Mike and Jeanette recruited a host of experts. For planning, support and backup they turned to veteran explorer Roger Pearce, mechanic Steve Pickering and paramedic Marc Campbell-Gibson. Filmmaker and cameraman Koos Roets, who directed the 1991 South African comedy The Angel, the Bicycle and the Chinaman’s Finger, among other productions, came on board to capture the trip on film.A trial run over the Sani Pass, the road that connects Lesotho with KwaZulu-Natal province, proved successful. Normally the Sani Pass is accessible only to 4×4 vehicles, unless with prior approval from the administrator.Having obtained the necessary permission and made the modifications, the team set off, and the Rolls took the treacherous road in her stride, proving that she was capable of tackling the cross-continental journey.Cape to UK in 60 daysThe goal was to make the trip, which ran up the eastern side of the continent, in 60 days. The expedition set off from Cape Town on 30 March 2008, taking four days to pass through Stellenbosch, the small Victorian town of Matjiesfontein in the Klein Karoo, Kimberley, and Johannesburg.The team left South Africa on 3 April, crossing into Botswana at the border post of Groblarsbrug and spending a night in Francistown before driving to Kazangula Ferry to cross into Zambia. Here they spent a couple of days, and enjoyed a stay at the Mutinondo private game lodge in the north of the country.From Zambia the team crossed into Tanzania at the Mbeya border post. From Mbeya they travelled to Morogoro, then to Arusha in northern Tanzania – without catching a glimpse of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, as she was clouded over – and from Arusha to Nairobi in Kenya.From Nairobi they drove to the Sarova Shaba Lodge on the periphery of Shaba National Reserve, where they spent a few days. Sarova Shaba was at one time the home of renowned conservationists George and Joy Adamson.Still in Kenya, next they travelled to Marsabit and then to Moyale, on the Ethiopian border. After just 17 days, they were already halfway across the continent. The team spent about a week in Addis Ababa, an unfortunate delay while waiting for Sudanese authorities to approve their visas but an opportunity to explore Africa’s fourth largest city.While travelling through the Ethiopian highlands on the way to Sudan, the team recorded a record high altitude of 3 109m above sea level, higher even than the Sani pass. Soon after, they crossed the Nile river, and from the ancient city of Gondar in northern Ethiopia, they headed for the Sudanese border.By that stage the Silver Spirit was taking some strain and suffering from a leaky radiator and loose engine mountings, among other glitches. But she pushed on and they made it to historic Khartoum, where they spent five days having the car repaired – and enjoying some South African fare in the form of fast food chains Steers and Debonairs.Heading for EuropeOn day 29 it was back on the road, heading for Wadi Halfa, on the Egyptian border, via Dongola. They encountered another delay getting into Egypt, as the cars were held back for an extra few days, and they were forced to spend some time in Aswan.Finally the cars were released and they hit the roads of Egypt, driving along the Nile to the ancient city of Luxor and from there to Port Ghalib on the shore of the Red Sea, Hurghada, and finally Cairo – 42 days after setting out.Once there they met Cairo governor Abdul Azim Wazir and presented him with a letter of goodwill given to them by then Cape Town mayor Helen Zille, now premier of the Western Cape.After a few days’ rest in Cairo it was off to Alexandria, where the cars were loaded into containers for the ferry crossing to Naples. The team travelled back to Cairo and flew to Rome, where they were able to spend a few days sightseeing in Naples, Pisa, Florence, Capri and Pompeii before the arrival of the cars.The cars were finally good to go on day 55 and the drive straight across Europe began. From Naples the team drove up to Maranello, then Cannes, over the world’s highest bridge at Millau, through Arras and Calais, and finally arrived on schedule in Goodwood in south-east England, the modern home of Rolls Royce. After 60 thrilling days the historic trip was over, and it was time to relax.The team arrived back in South Africa on 26 June, day 89, after travelling around the UK and Wales and attending an annual rally with over 1 000 other Rolls Royces.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Record price-tag never affected me

first_imgLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Record price-tag never affected meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says his world record transfer fee has never weighed on him.Van Dijk left Southampton a year ago for Liverpool in a £75m deal – a record for a defender.The Dutchman told AD: “Quite frankly, it does not do much for me. I can also do very little with it. It is, at most, something that people will start with when you play a lesser game. “But that amount … I know it works like that in football.”De Vrij also said: “I am the proud captain of my country. I play everything at Liverpool, in the international matches with the Oranje squad we all have an excellent feeling. But it goes on and on. We play football in England every three or four days. There is little time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more