Prof launches petition to change Clan team name at Simon Fraser University

first_imgVANCOUVER – For more than 50 years, Simon Fraser University’s sports teams have played under the name The Clan, to honour the Scottish heritage of the school’s namesake.But now, amid violent neo-Nazi marches in the United States, some professors and students are sounding the alarm that the name evokes a very different clan — the Ku Klux Klan.Philosophy professor Holly Andersen has launched a petition to persuade the university to change the name, saying the word “clan” sounds the same spelled with a “C” or a “K” and is associated with a horrible history in the U.S.She said SFU is the only Canadian school to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a league dominated by American teams, and it’s disrespectful to competitors, especially African-Americans, to force them to play against a team named The Clan.“It is not that the term clan is itself racist. The issue is the context: in Canada that term is neutral, but in the U.S. it is as bad as a pretty bad swear word. Quite literally, it is a term that silences normal conversation,” she said in an email.“U.S. teams know we don’t mean that Klan. But they also know that we know what it means in the U.S., and choose to play under that name anyways, which makes us look quite naive and disrespectful.”The university was founded in 1965 and named after Simon Fraser, who explored the Pacific Northwest in the early 19th century. The school embraced Fraser’s Scottish roots with a pipe band and by adopting the nickname “Clan” for its athletic teams.SFU spokesman Kurt Heinrich said the concern about the team name is not new, but it has been given new impetus by recent events in the U.S. The university is sensitive to the issue, especially given its commitments to equity and diversity, he said.“We will be reviewing the situation in light of recent events, and will consider what further steps, if any, might be taken to avoid possible misunderstandings relating to the use of this name by our athletic teams,” he said in a statement.Andersen said a name change could be a positive thing that recognizes the Scottish heritage of the school. She suggested the Tartans, the original name of the student newspaper, or the Pipers, since the pipe band consistently rates among the top few in the world.The word “clan” in the Scottish tradition means a kinship group, such as the Clan Fraser.Student wrestler Aliocha Perriard-Abdoh said the name used to represent family and sisterhood to her, but after reading the petition she sees that it’s insensitive and potentially hurtful to African-American competitors.“It’s a luxury for us to say, ‘That’s not how we mean it,’ but without taking into account someone else’s feelings,” she said.Perriard-Abdoh said she’d like the university to poll student athletes, or students in general, about whether the team name poses a problem. Then there should be a discussion about a strong name that would unify and inspire players, she said.More than 300 people have signed the online petition. One commenter wrote that when she hears The Clan, she immediately thinks of the KKK, and as a black SFU student, she didn’t think that was fair.Another said they were a former student athlete and their team resorted to calling themselves “The Clams” to avoid embarrassment.But at least one signatory had a different view: “This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” he wrote.Heribert Adam, a SFU sociology professor specializing in comparative racism and multiculturalism, suggested the school do a better job of communicating the meaning of the name rather than change it.He also said a more relevant debate would be a discussion of the role of Scottish settlers in Canadian colonialism.“A petition is useful to create a debate and more knowledge about history,” he said. “If the word ‘clan’ leads to a discussion about racism in both countries, then it’s useful.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

DavidsTea board to scrutinize cofounders slate of director nominees

first_imgMONTREAL – The chair of DavidsTea’s current board says it’s carefully reviewing a slate of director nominees submitted by a 46 per cent shareholder that has indicated an interest in taking the chain of tea shops private.DavidsTea chairman Maurice Tousson — who isn’t one of the shareholder’s nominees — says in a statement that the current directors are committed to ensuring all shareholders are fairly represented on the board.Rainy Day Investments Ltd. is controlled by co-founder Herschel Segal, who indicated in February that RDI is exploring the possibility of taking the company private. Segal resigned from the board effective March 5.Rainy Day announced Monday that it’s nominating Segal as one of eight proposed directors. The other nominees include Lorenzo Salvaggio, another former director of DavidsTea, and Emilia Di Raddo who remains on the current board.The company’s statement on Thursday said the board hasn’t received a formal proposal from Rainy Day Investments and Tousson said the board is working to ensure the management team of DavidsTea stays focused on improving operations.DavidsTea has only been publicly traded since June 2015, when it listed on the Nasdaq stock market as part of an expansion plan. It currently has 236 tea shops across Canada and the United States.Companies in this story: (Nasdaq:DTEA)last_img read more

Lok Sabha elections this time will bring mahaparivartan Akhilesh Yadav

first_imgDeoband (UP): Accusing the BJP-led NDA government of creating more rifts in the society than the British during colonial rule, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Sunday said this time, the Lok Sabha elections are to bring a “mahaparivartan”. Kicking off a joint campaign of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance here in western Uttar Pradesh, Yadav asked the BJP leaders to resolve not to lie during the auspicious occasion of ‘Navaratri’. Referring to the 2014 parliamentary election, the Samajwadi Party chief said, “He (Modi) came as a chaiwala (tea-seller) and we all believed (him) for the sake of ‘achche din’ and crores of jobs. But now, when elections have come again they say they are chowkidar (watchmen).” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “This time, we all will together snatch the ‘chowki’ (seat) of every single chowkidar,” he said. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi coining an acronym ‘SARAB’ (alcohol) from the initial letters of the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party tie-up, Yadav said, “Our alliance is being termed ‘milawat (adulterated) alliance’, but those who talk about SARAB are intoxicated by power.” He accused the BJP of having forgotten its promises and asserted that the SP-BSP-RLD alliance aims to give the country a new government and a new prime minister. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Samajwadi party chief stressed that the dreams of socialist thinkers Ram Manohar Lohia and Kanshi Ram will be fulfilled by the alliance. “The coming election is for ‘mahaparivartan’ (grand change)… this is the alliance of giving a new government and a new PM,” he told the gathering. On the prime minister washing the feet of sanitation workers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, the SP president said, “Everyone saw on TV when feet were being washed, but at the same time, jobs of the minorities and others were washed off.” The promise of ‘achche din’ (good days) has turned out to be ‘burey din’ (bad days). They (BJP)… brought GST, which benefitted big businessmen but the small ones remained harassed, he alleged. Taking a dig at the prime minister for making claims of all-round success, Yadav said, “The prime minister is making claims, but statistics prove the country is going backwards in all areas… They created walls within society, when what was required was that progress be made with the help of schemes.” He asked the BJP leaders to resolve never to tell lies, and said, “I have taken the same resolve this ‘Navaratri’.” “They created more rifts in society than the British,” Yadav said, and alleged that the BJP wanted to create rift within the society and end the legacy of former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. Lamenting that the country’s boundaries were “still not safe” and jawans were being killed, the SP chief held the BJP responsible for these. “The coming elections are for bringing change, establishing brotherhood, pulling down the wall of hatred,” he said. Asserting that the ruling BJP was afraid of the alliance, Yadav said not a single vote should go in waste and also attacked the Congress for fielding candidates against the alliance. “The policies of the Congress and the BJP are same… The Congress does not want to bring change but rather want to strengthen itself in Uttar Pradesh,” he alleged. Lauding the works done by the SP and BSP governments in the state in the areas of road, power, laptop distribution, pension, Yadav said, “Those making tall claims on the power sector must know that the BSP and SP governments had done more work compared to the five years of BJP at the Centre and two years in Uttar Pradesh. Not a single megawatt power has been generated by the BJP.”last_img read more

Get ready for theatre relay

first_imgAlong day theatre festival, ‘Thespis 3’ – the third season of the National Micro Drama Festival will be organised by Vriksh the theatre, for the theatre lovers on April 21, at Kamani Auditorium.It is going to be the first time in the history of world theatre that forty plays will be performed on a single day with a maximum duration of ten minutes and awards are offered for 10 categories like Best Production, Script, Direction, Actor, Actress, Technician, will also be given. The event will be inaugurated by ‘Kanpur- e- Kashmir’ directed by Vijay Kapoor, the winner of last year. Further the festival would be followed by plays in English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Urdu including ‘Hukum Malik’ by Rajiv Kohli; ‘Chand Ka Pinjra’ by Deepu Sood; ‘Natrang’ by Sumit Nair, ‘The Red String café’ by Pratibha and Ananya Sharma; ‘Shatabdir Byadhi’ by Prithwijit Chowdhury; ‘Aattam’ by M Shaji, to name a few. This year’s objective of the theatre group is to spread the idea of ‘Art for Humanity’, through different plays, different stories which will be shown. The festival has been organised from three years, in the name of Greek artist ‘Thespis’ – who is believed to be the person first to appear on stage. Not only the festival has entertained the audience, but also to its credit, this celebration of abundance has also bagged ‘Best of India Records’ for the last two consecutive years. Due to its unique nature, questions related to this festival have found a way into competitive examinations for bank recruitments and Civil Service prelims preliminary.last_img read more

Video Sergio Ramos Mohamed Salah meet again

first_imgSergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah met each other for the first time on Thursday night since May’s Champions League finalSalah was forced to leave the pitch in Kiev in tears back then after Ramos dragged him to the floor in the first half of the game.The Real Madrid captain caused damage to Salah’s shoulder ligaments and the Egyptian king was then forced to watch Liverpool lose 3-1 from the bench.The incident between Salah and Ramos caused a huge uproar with many fans setting up petitions demanding that FIFA and UEFA punish the latter for his challenge.As a result of the injury, Salah’s participation in Egypt’s first World Cup campaign in 28 years was limited to a restricted role with the national side exiting the tournament in the group stages without a single point.On Thursday evening, Ramos was named the 2017/18 Champions League defender of the season.Upon receiving the award, Ramos walked back to his seat and tapped the shoulder of Salah – who had been seated in front of the Spaniard.In the video below, Salah seems to refuse to acknowledge Ramos at all.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Remember me?” ? pic.twitter.com/U4ZVhZ7PAW— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 30, 2018Ramos made sure that Salah was not out of his sight throughout the entire evening.Ramos: “How’s the arm?”Salah: “I don’t want to talk about it…” pic.twitter.com/2hlb9JQ4fl— Dale O’Donnell (@ODonnellDale) August 30, 2018last_img read more

Clough insists Burton got their pride back

first_imgBurton Albion manager Brian Clough has credited his team for restoring their pride after limiting Manchester City to just a goal in their second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final tie.With City already securing a place in next month’s final after their 9-0 victory in the first leg two weeks ago, it was damage limitation for Burton as they looked to avoid the biggest losing margin in League Cup history.But an impressive display limited Pep Guardiola’s men to few chances, while Burton caused the Premier League champions problems in the other direction.“We were close two or three times but I’m very pleased with how we played,” Clough told Sky Sports.“We got our pride back. We did everything we could. Being at home, the pressure was off as the tie was over but we put in a good performance against top players.”“We were brave on the ball, played it when we could and we caused them problems.”Nottingham Forest v Leeds United - Sky Bet ChampionshipRemembering Brian Clough and his most memorable quotes Boro Tanchev – March 10, 2019 “Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I wasn’t on that particular job.”  – a quote from one of the most controversial and self-confident managers in English football, Brian Clough.“I watched the last few Premier League games and we caused them as many problems as Wolves and Huddersfield did.”“The youngsters will learn so much from being on the same pitch as these magnificent players. Their attitude, everything.”“Hopefully we have made a few quid from the run but it’s more about the experience.”last_img read more

Local Law Enforcement HISD and HMAC Work Together On Project Safe Start

first_imgPhoto: HISD via Twitter / @HoustonISDHISD Police Chief Paul Cordova (center at podium) said during the launch of the 2018 edition of ‘Project Safe Start’ that the recent mass shooting at the Santa Fe High School is “weighing heavy on our hearts.”Once again, local law enforcement agencies, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Houston Ministers Against Crime (HMAC) are working together on ‘Project Safe Start’ and this year the recent mass shooting at the Santa Fe High School is in the minds of the people involved in the initiative.Coinciding with the end of the school year and local students starting their summer vacation, ‘Project Safe Start’ entails increased law enforcement patrolling around schools and neighborhoods, especially near the so-called hot spots where trouble may arise because of, for instance, simmering feuds that some students might want to settle.The initiative, which has been going on for more than 20 years, covers mostly HISD’s middle and high schools.“You have some students who may be interested in settling scores or maybe interested in causing problems,” commented HPD Assistant Chief Sheryl Victorian during a press conference held on Tuesday to announce the launch of the 2018 edition of the initiative.References to Santa Fe“We could not come to this without the burden and the concerns of the Santa Fe situation,” noted Reverend F.N. Williams, II, from the Antioch Baptist Church church and a member of HMAC.Paul Cordova, Chief of HISD’s Police Department, also made a reference to the mass shooting and said that “it is weighing heavy on our hearts and we know how serious this is and we have our full attention on the matter.”Chief Cordova also commented his department is forming an Emergency Response Team that will be able to be deployed “rapidly,” although he didn’t provide details.The Police Department of Texas Southern University also takes part in ‘Project Safe Start’. Sharelast_img read more

Texas To Receive Funds From New Round Of Restoration Grants From BPs

first_imgGerald Herbert/AP FileFour Gulf states will receive another $280 million in restoration grants from the BP oil spill of 2010. Texas will get $19 million.Four Gulf states will receive another $280 million in restoration grants from the BP oil spill of 2010. Texas will get $19 million, including $6 million to protect some 575 acres of coastal habitat.The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation said that Louisiana –which suffered the worst damage– is getting about $161 million to restore barrier islands.Alabama and Florida are the other states receiving money.The money is from criminal damages paid by BP PLC and drilling company Transocean Deepwater Inc.The grants announced this week are the sixth round and bring the total so far to $1.3 billion. Sharelast_img

Lightintensity exercise beneficial for older adults

first_imgFive hours a week of light-intensity exercise provide significant health benefits for people over age 65, suggests a new research.An easy walk, slow dancing, leisurely sports like table tennis, household chores and other light-intensity exercise may be nearly as effective as moderate or vigorous exercise for older adults, the study said.”You get a nice array of health benefits by doing five hours of light physical activity per week,” said co-author Brad Cardinal, professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Light exercise is more appealing to people over 65, and such activities do not generally require the approval of a physician. The researchers examined data from the 2003 to 2006, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Older adults who participated in light-intensity exercise activities for 300 minutes or more were 18 percent healthier, overall, than peers who did not log that much light activity.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'”These results highlight that, in addition to promoting moderate-intensity physical activity to older adults, we should not neglect the importance of engaging in lower-intensity, movement-based behaviours when the opportunity arises,” said author Paul Loprinzi, an assistant professor of exercise science and health promotion at the University of Mississippi.”For the average every-day person that is a much more palatable message than the current guidelines that emphasize moderate to vigorous exercise,” he said. The study was published in the journal American Journal of Health Promotion.last_img read more