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first_imgGINGER BREAD HOUSE — The students in Mrs. McMonagle’s homeroom in Midtown Community School used the design process to create and build their Ginger Bread House. Some were successful and some were not, but everyone had fun trying to build a house. ×last_img

Freedom in motion

first_imgAfter nearly two decades under house arrest at the hands of Burma’s military regime, pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi — now a member of the burgeoning democratic nation’s parliament — is in the midst of a long-awaited visit to the United States. At Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) on Thursday, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and international icon outlined her first goal for her country’s future: educating Burma’s people in how “to be citizens of a free society.”“We have just started on the road toward shaping our country into the kind of nation that we want it to be,” Suu Kyi told a packed hall. “We want to start out by creating a responsible society. … Freedom and responsibility are different sides of the same coin.”In 2010, Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, where she had spent 15 of the previous 21 years imprisoned as a result of a crackdown on the country’s 1988 mass demonstrations. Earlier this year, she was elected to the lower house of the Burmese Parliament, and now serves as chair of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).“Despite imprisonment and intimidation, confinement and surveillance, she has stood always for nonviolent opposition, for unity in the face of adversity, for lasting freedom from, in her own words, ‘the enervating miasma of fear,’” said Harvard President Drew Faust, who introduced Suu Kyi. Throughout her time in the international spotlight, Faust added, Suu Kyi has displayed “a serene tenacity that continues to be a defining feature of her leadership.”That commanding presence was on full display at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, where a rapt crowd gathered to hear Suu Kyi deliver the 2012 Edwin L. Godkin Lecture, the most prestigious endowed lectureship at HKS. In her talk, she detailed the next steps for Burma, where many citizens have no experience of democracy.“When you’ve lived under a regime for so long, you do not know what it’s like to live in a free society,” she said. “The best way to be a truly responsible citizen in a free society is to act as though you are already a free citizen in a free society.“You cannot wait for everything to be done for you,” she continued. “We have had to teach our people in a very practical way” to take responsibility for their actions and choices, she said.That process began with the 2012 by-elections, where the NLD ultimately won 43 of 44 contested seats. Suu Kyi and the NLD had just six weeks to campaign and to educate distrustful and fearful voters in mostly rural districts.“We took a simple message to our people,” she said. Surprisingly, turnout reached 70 percent. “They had learned the lesson very well that they had to take part in the voting process if they wished to be considered responsible citizens.”Now that the NLD is able to govern, she said, the party is focusing on small projects, such as well-digging in rural villages, that give citizens a sense of ownership in their communities.The country still faces impediments to healthy democracy: human rights violations against religious minorities, the lack of a strong independent judiciary, and the absence of rule of law. For Burma to sustain its democracy, it must address those issues and focus on improving health and education among its citizens, Suu Kyi said.“Democracy and democratic values have to be embedded in our education system,” she said.Suu Kyi described her own struggle against the long-ruling military regime in no-nonsense terms. Though she was given a chance in 1998 to end her house arrest if she left Burma, her decision to stay was an easy one, she said.“I never thought of leaving Burma,” said Suu Kyi, who just this year was able to formally accept the Nobel Prize she received in 1991. “I always thought that as long as there was one person in Burma who still believed in democracy, I had to stay with that person.”Despite her determination over the past 24 years, Suu Kyi balked at the label of icon.“I’ve always thought of myself as a politician,” she explained, describing the hard work and discipline required to stay up-to-date on politics during her years of confinement. “From my point of view, icons do nothing except sit there.”Still, she appeared moved when audience members, many of them international students, said they were inspired by her example (one HKS Mason fellow told Suu Kyi, during the evening’s question-and-answer session, “You are more Pakistani than you realize”).“It has been a wonderful discovery, this sense of oneness,” Suu Kyi said.The feeling among forum-goers was mutual. In the words of the event’s moderator, HKS Dean David T. Ellwood, “You may not be an icon in your own words, but you sure are an inspiration.”last_img read more

This week in Esports: Mountain Dew, KOTK, OpTic and Telefonica

first_imgRead the full article here.OpTic Gaming partner with TwitchOpTic Gaming has signed an exclusive broadcasting deal with livestreaming platform Twitch. The esports organisation is best known for its prowess in FPS titles on console, and has one of the biggest social media followings in all of esports. The deal will see OpTic players stream on Twitch rather than any other alternative platforms. “First and third-person shooters are what jump-started competitive online gaming as a phenomenon and are a catalyst in making esports what it is today,” revealed John Howell, VP of Global Partnerships at Twitch in a press release. He continued: “In the last year alone, we have seen shooter-game tournaments set viewership records and contribute to the meteoric rise of new FPS/TPS games on Twitch. By partnering with OpTic Gaming, an acclaimed fixture in the competitive shooter scene, we are able to ensure our large community of shooter game fans don’t have to go far to see the best the genre has to offer.”Read the full article here. In esports terms, it has been a fairly quiet week. There’s not been one story that has grabbed the headlines this week but nonetheless there’s been news aplenty. Mountain Dew, the PepsiCo owned brand has established partnerships with three large esports organisations. Additionally, Telefonica has opened a “sports center” in Madrid to be home to the Movistar Riders esports teams. In other news, OpTic’s “Green Wall” has a new live streaming home as the hugely popular esports org has exclusively partnered with Twitch and finally, Daybreak has made a move in the world of esports revealing a series of KOTK tournaments with up to $1 million in prize money. Mountain Dew establish three esports partnershipsMountain Dew has announced that it has established partnerships with three large esports organisations in Team Dignitas, Splyce and Team SK Gaming. It’s not PepsiCo’s first foray into esports and dare we say it won’t be the last either. The new partnerships will ‘provide gamers around the globe with exclusive content and access to some of the best gamers and esports celebrities in the world via the Mountain Dew Twitch channel.’Manos Spanos, Global Senior Marketing Director, Mountain Dew commented: “We are excited to expand our support of esports through these partnerships with three world-class teams. Industry-first partnerships and authentic integrations that align with core Mountain Dew values and resonate with gamers and DEW Nation will continue to inspire us as a business.”Read the full article here.Telefonica open esports centre in MadridTelefonica has opened an esports centre in Madrid which will be the official headquarters of its Movistar Riders club. The centre spans 1,000 square metres and is open to the community. It’s dubbed a “sports city” that has the purpose of becoming a hub for video games and esports. The centre houses four training rooms and an arena which will seat 70 people. Movistar Riders is home to rosters under seven different titles. League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA, Hearthstone and Clash Royale are all titles in which Movistar compete. There’s no shortage of telecommunication companies busy in the Spanish space. Orange signed a deal last year to see the LVP (Liga de Videojuegos Profesional) renamed to Superliga Orange and Vodafone has held a partnership with the Spanish G2 team for a while now. This is yet further expansion from Telefonica and Movistar as the Spanish scene continues to grow. Read the full article here.Daybreak announced KOTK circuit with $1 million prize moneyDaybreak Game Company, the developer behind H1Z1: King of the Kill (“KOTK”) has announced an esports circuit with $1,000,000 on the line. It comes as Daybreak look to establish King of the Kill, a survivor based shooting game, as an esport. The tournament series, dubbed the “H1Z1 Elite Series” will bring together the top performing players around the world to create a large professional circuit. The Elite Series will be competed across four regions, with the first taking place at DreamHack Atlanta on July 21st. The four regions are North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America and each region will have $250,000 up for grabs.Each tournament will have a solo bracket as well as a five versus five bracket, and the $250,000 prize money will be split across the two. Four teams: Obey Alliance, World Best Gaming, Denial Esports and CLG have been confirmed for the DreamHack Atlanta tournament whilst other teams will need to qualify in preliminary rounds which will be run on site out in Atlanta. last_img read more

BCCI refunds 30% of franchise fees to RR, CSK

first_imgCOMMENTS RELATED Published on BCCI_logo_2182237f COMMENT CSK, Rajasthan Royals banned from IPL for 2 years BCCI has refunded 30 per cent of franchise fees paid for IPL 2016 by suspended franchises, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), amounting to Rs 11.4 crore and 8.4 crore respectively.Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd, that owns and operates the southern franchise, was last month refunded the first instalment of Rs 1,141,14,000, that amounts to 30 per cent of the franchise fees paid to BCCI, according to information put up on the BCCI website.Similarly, Jaipur IPL Cricket Pvt Ltd, that owns and operates Rajasthan Royals, had been paid Rs 8,40,18,000, constituting 30 per cent of the franchise fees paid by it to BCCI.Both these franchises, which have been suspended for two years from playing in IPL by the Justice Lodha committee as punishment for their owners indulging in betting, had paid the franchise fees under protest.CSK and RR had moved the Bombay High Court in April, against the levying of franchise fees by the BCCI.The BCCI had decided for an out of court settlement by waiving the annual franchise fees to these two teams during their suspensions at its working committee meeting held in New Delhi last month.The BCCI also rewarded the Hyderabad Cricket Association with a cash prize of Rs 28.75 lakh for providing good wickets and outfield for IPL 2016. SHARE SHARE EMAIL × September 29, 2016 cricket BCCI_logo_2182237f SHARElast_img read more