Denver’s Lumineers ride folk rock wave to Grammys

first_img“Every good character in a movie or play is either running toward something or running from something,” Schultz said. “I think it was pretty apparent I was running from New York. I was pretty upset with my experience.” Unable to focus on music because of the number of odd jobs it took to survive in the city, they fled to Denver where they found cellist Neyla Pekarek on Craigslist. Yes, Craigslist. And it couldn’t have worked out better. The scene there was thriving and diverse, full of contacts who helped them find gigs and hit the road where they honed their songs and their sound. “I can tell you that when we play live and when we sometimes go out in the audience, the reaction to just playing your instruments without any help, without any amplification or tricks, that surprises people in kind of a funny way because you’d think that most people would assume you could play your instruments and how it would sound,” Schultz said. “But they’re caught off guard, I think. People are used to things that are overproduced or slick or glossy, and this isn’t any of that.” No apologies necessary, especially when it comes to The Lumineers. Schultz and longtime friend and bandmate Jeremiah Fraites fled Brooklyn a few years ago. The Denver-based The Lumineers, from left, Jeremiah Fraites, Neyla Pekarek and Wesley Schultz is nominated for two Grammy Awards, including best new artist. (AP Photo)NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Even the members of The Lumineers are puzzled by the success of their song “Ho Hey” and their sudden rise to fame after years on the road. The song has long legs and is not only getting played alongside Nicki Minaj and Maroon 5 on the radio, it’s been ruling Spotify and working its way into popular culture. The soundtrack “really sort of pierced through our teenage films, and especially for Winston and I, I think that became kind of an obsessive record for us and also opened avenues for us to explore artists like Emmylou Harris and also like Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss, and then through those guys really the OCMS guys … so they were like our gateway into sort of Americana really.” It’s been two years since producer Ken Ehrlich and the Grammy Awards reintroduced the world to folk rock, pairing the dazzlingly handsome young bands Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers with Bob Dylan for a rocking rendition of “Maggie’s Farm.” The acoustic movement was always part of the general fabric of music, but it’s moved out of the neighborhood park and small club and into the arena since that segment aired. “Country” Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons joked in an interview last year that he turned to the banjo for more practical reasons: “Not many play it in London so it’s much easier to get a gig. And once you’ve got the gig there’s not much competition, so you stick around.” Flash forward and the London-based Mumford & Sons are platinum-selling artists who draw 10,000 at a pop and are among the six top nominees at the Feb. 10 awards show in Los Angeles with six nominations, including album of the year for “Babel.” A few years ago, singer Wesley Schultz said, hearing The Lumineers’ brand of all-acoustic folk rock on a Top 40 countdown would have been pretty unthinkable. Now his band’s caught up in a wave that could crest at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, and he says he’s still trying to sort out why. “The last time I was in Brooklyn, somebody said, ‘Hey, you can’t go to any club here without hearing the banjo,’” Old Crow Medicine Show manager Norm Parenteau said. “So I had to apologize to the whole borough of Brooklyn: ‘Sorry if we had anything to do with bringing banjos to Brooklyn.’”center_img Call it folk. Call it roots rock or Americana. Almost anywhere you go these days you can hear the lonesome sound of the banjo — even in Brooklyn, now overcrowded with former hipsters turned would-be pickers trying to catch a ride on the wave. “There was a lot of music I loved that year, but I particularly loved the Avetts and I loved Mumford and I wanted a way to get them on,” Ehrlich said. “And to be honest with you, not many people knew about either of those things until we put them on. But the way I wanted to put them on was to frame them. Again, it goes back to where did they come from? They came from Bob Dylan, you know?” They did not aim for pop music stardom in their songwriting, preferring a raw sound they never figured would lead them down a red carpet and into the Staples Center. It’s more of a lifestyle choice for many of the acoustic-leaning acts on this year’s list. “I see it more on a social level,” Old Crow fiddler Ketch Secor said. “I see it as a reaction to Walmart parking lots and Applebee’s, O’Charley’s and country music. It’s very much a reactionary kind of sound. That’s something we arm ourselves with in this line of work. When you strap a banjo on you’re making a choice.” Folk music was a novel sound the band turned to after hearing the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack produced by T Bone Burnett. The like-minded Lumineers, whose self-titled album shot to No. 2 last week on the Billboard 200 — 10 months after its release — have two nominations, including a coveted spot on the best new artist list alongside spiritual cousins Alabama Shakes. The Avetts are back in the Americana category. The Civil Wars, Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are aboard, too, among others. They’ve echoed those sounds back at a new generation, one that seems open to sad songs that resonate deeply — like “Ho Hey.” The song has surpassed 70 million global listens on Spotify and incongruously, Schultz said, it’s been showing up as a first-dance song in weddings. It was a big bang moment, mixing the authenticity of Dylan with the scruffy, intense earnestness of the young acts. The show immediately made the music accessible for millions of fans. “And that’s not where it came from,” he said. “The feelings that made it come out were not necessarily about finding love, but losing love or missing love. I think that’s what’s interesting about songs. You can come from a dark place, but people see light in there and they can identify different parts of it.”last_img read more

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Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

first_imgLOS ANGELES | These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags.Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work is becoming mainstream as animal lovers look to further pamper their pets. For some owners, it’s a statement; for others, it’s a way to match man’s best friend; and sometimes it’s simply about keeping animals warm this winter. But it’s clear the number of dressed-up dogs and cats jumps significantly once holiday photos need to be taken.“We have gone from the kind of cute reindeer gear or ugly sweater to more functional clothing,” said Lauren Darr, founder of the International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals in New York City. “Before it was for a cute picture, now it’s more practical. It takes it to a different level, going from being a novelty to understanding how things can be used in everyday life.”Pet fashion got a leg up after American Eagle Outfitters received an outpouring from its April Fool’s Day joke this year. To raise money and awareness for an animal welfare group, the popular retailer introduced a fake fashion line called American Beagle Outfitters. But the joke was on the Pittsburgh company.“Our customers were very clear about their desire for this product to become a reality,” company spokesman Michael Leedy said last month when welcoming the pet line for real. Its tiny puffy jackets, sweaters and hats sell for $12.95 to $39.95.The move made strides for the pet clothing industry, insiders say.“When a company like American Eagle starts getting into pet fashion, it really puts a spotlight on it and brings visibility to it,” Darr said.For some pet owners, clothing plays into a luxury lifestyle. Dog Fashion Spa in New York sells doggy and mommy bathrobes, a matching fad that comes as many spas and salons are building hers and “furs” facilities — one side to pamper the woman and the other to treat their dogs, CEO Elena Volnova said.Pampering and style is one thing, but function is also important. Karine Ng, the owner and designer at Central Park Pups in New York City, has developed several step-in coats with hidden harnesses that help pets get dressed without the hassle. Dogs walk right into the coat, so they don’t have to put their head through it.Her pieces are among the many that feature a pouch or pocket to hold unused bags for scooping up pet poop.Ng’s “city chic” styles, which sell online and at boutiques for $60 to $65, aim to reduce aggravation for pets, but she warns: “Never make a dog wear clothing if it doesn’t want to.”On the other hand, you might want to start dressing your cat now, Darr said. She predicted huge growth in feline fashions as retailers from 99-cent stores to high-scale boutiques carry more cat clothing.“I am seeing more pieces that are tailored for cats. It’s still a small proportion, but it is growing,” Darr said.The movement comes as more owners teach their cats to go for walks. Plus, “a lot of cats in colder climates have learned to rely on sweaters, coats and vests,” Darr said.Other trends she saw this year that she expects to grow in 2015 include clothing decorated with LED lights to make pets more visible at night, T-shirts for pets of sports fans and still more ugly sweaters.Online:— www.petfashionprofessionals.com— www.dogfashionspa.com— www.centralparkpups.com— www.ae.comlast_img read more

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De Ligt provides clarity on his future

first_imgAdvertisement 3hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8yenWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyk8tg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xix6Would you ever consider trying this?😱4iuvCan your students do this? 🌚59m4jRoller skating! itfSee more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See moreyfmBody tricks that only special people can do pt-18n2bHow though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkies1o77rA visualization of how Karma works 6wgewlrzmqfPowered by Firework Europe’s hottest property Matthjis De Ligt has every club at his feet vying for his signature after his dazzling performances in the Dutch first division and the Champions League but De Ligt is unfazed by the clamouring and believes he will make his own decision at its own time and could even stay at Ajax.Advertisement ‘My decision will be based on what would be best for my career,’ De Ligt told NOS.Advertisement ‘Where can I develop myself the best way? Where do I get to play the most? I will base my choice on that.‘I don’t know when I will make my decision but I prefer to start pre-season with my new club, or Ajax. As long as I have a contract at Ajax, there’s definitely a chance I will stay.’Advertisement On whether Barca are his dream club, he added: ‘No. I don’t have a dream club apart from Ajax.‘The only dream I had was to play for Ajax. I know there is a lot of interest but I don’t rule out staying.’He continued: ‘A lot is being written and said. That has been true for the whole year. It doesn’t make me crazy, so I have no problem there’s being so much written.‘Frenkie de Jong already made his decision and I haven’t, that’s the way it is. ‘You look at what’s the best for you, you need to make your own decision. Several clubs are interested, that’s right.’    Advertisementlast_img read more

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Connacht Rugby Unveils Jarrad Butler As New Captain

first_imgHis appointment was announced at a fan event held in Elverys on the Headford Road last night.Following his unveiling, he spoke to William Davies who first asked him when it was he got the news…Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/JARRAD%20BUTLER%20NEW%20CONNACHT%20CAPTAIN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The 27-year-old Butler joined Connacht from the Brumbies in 2017 and had a superb first season for the province, earning the respect of his team-mates with consistently hard-nosed performances across his 19 appearances. Connacht Rugby has unveiled Jarrad Butler as their Captain for the upcoming season. Butler, a native of Wellington in New Zealand, has now been handed the opportunity to lead the province as they embark on the new Andy Friend era.center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Rockets dominate shot put at Jersey Shore Relays

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer Raritan’s girls seem poised to continue their throwing domination in track and field. Led by previous state champions Kelly Robinson and Amanda Harmata, the Rockets have been a powerhouse, winning numerous relay and individual crowns the last few years. It doesn’t looked like much has changed in Hazlet, if this year’s Jersey Shore Relays are any indication. Led by Ashley Gallo, the Rockets owned the girls shot put relay, placing five throwers in the top eight at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan on Dec. 28. Gallo finished first in the Small School competition with a throw of 32-6 1/2. That toss topped the winning mark of 32-3 from the Large School competition by Howell’s Anna DiPaolo. Val Carney was third overall at 26-8 1/2 for the Rockets, just ahead of teammate Courtney Settle (25-6). Jackie Wood (25-2) and Shannon Boyce (24-9) were seventh and eighth overall for Raritan. Not to be outdone, Raritan’s boys were just as impressive in the shot put relay. The Rockets’ Rick Jaeger finished first overall with a throw of 46-8 3/4 that was just a quarter-inch short of topping runner-up Paul Zarella of Asbury Park (41-9) by five feet. Like Gallo’s mark, it was the best of the competition, besting Large School winner Jeremy Gaudet of Brick Memorial, who reached 43-1 1/4. Starting with Colten Cloonar (31-7 1/2) in sixth place, it was all Raritan for the rest of the top 10. Ryan Campbell (31-1 3/4), Anthony Cascio (30-10), Pat Zibro (29-10) and Kevin Yorks (29-7 1/4) rounded out the top 10. In the Small School boys high jump relay, the Rockets’ Mike Bucceri had the best jump, 5-10. Raritan also won the girls 4×800 in 11:14.6. The Jersey Shore Relays were a tune-up for the Monmouth County Relay Championships that jump-start the New Year and the indoor track and field championship season. The county relays are Sunday at the Jersey City Armory starting at 10 a.m. The individual Monmouth County championships are also at the Jersey City Armory, on Jan. 15. — Tim Morris BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

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What’s brewing… coffee or a storm?

first_imgAfter an indifferent campaign by their standards last season, I had expected that for Apoel normal service would have been resumed and that it would have been Apollon who struggled this season after coming so close and failing to win the Championship or the Cup in 2017/18.How wrong I was in my thinking! Firstly congratulations to Apollon who took a brave decision not to sack their manager Sofronis Augousti and they have been rewarded with a fine start to the season both in the domestic league and the Europa League. I must admit that I don’t always agree with their decisions as I considered Ton Caanen to be a quality coach who should have been given more than six games as manager.Anyway back to Apoel. Although they scrambled to the title last season, this season has been a very different story as they have all too quickly dropped out of the Champions League and the Europa League and a fortunate scoreline against Nea Salamina was then followed by a totally unexpected and inexplicable 5–2 loss to Doxa and a Super Cup loss on penalties to AEK.Clearly Apoel will never be an easy club for anyone to coach as not only will they be expected to win from the off but also to play in a style dictated by the directors and supporters and consequently the manager will only ever be three games from the sack. Could Apoel be suffering from the recent Liverpool ‘Steven Gerrard syndrome’? Players like Stathis Aloneftis, George Efrem and George Merkis have been top performers in recent years for Apoel and in particular the very influential Nuno Morais. When Morais and the others decide to step down there will be big boots to fill.At present AEL sit proudly at the top of the league under the guidance of new manager Dusan Kerkez who can do no wrong for the moment. I guess though after a few good results the pressure and expectation is about to increase dramatically for Kerkez as AEL face first Alki at the weekend before a trip to Nicosia to face Apoel.I am reminded of a conspiracy theory held amongst AEL supporters that when Christakis Christoforou was manager he was still on the payroll of Apollon, which seemed to be the only logical conclusion to explain the dismal performances and the departure of Esteban Sachetti.Afterwards came Bruno Baltazar who was another AEL manager to woefully underachieve, with his tactics and substitutions resembling the National Lottery as he appeared to pull numbers at random out of a hat. So what on earth possessed Apoel take him?Apollon, AEK, AEL and Omonia have shown signs of improvement in early-season matches so could they now pose the main threat to Apoel? OK a couple of results can change everything but many questions will be asked and answered in the coming weeks. Will competing in the Europa League group stage have a detrimental effect on the league fortunes of Apollon and AEK? Can AEL and Omon ia sustain their promising starts in the league? Can teams like Doxa, Nea Salamina, Ermis and Paphos take points from the bigger clubs?On a sour note, spare a thought for Ronny Levy who dragged Anorthosis from mediocrity into Europe with skills more akin to a magician than a manager, only to be sacked after four games. Surely he deserved better.last_img read more

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Harden, Rockets beat Jazz to improve to 4-1 at home

first_imgMOST READ “I knew where he was going to be,” Harden said of the pass. “That’s the kind of chemistry we’re trying to build, to knowing where guys are going to be at so everything works easy and it’s fluent.”Eric Gordon added 20 points and fellow reserve Nene added a season-high 16 as the Rockets won for the third time in their last four games and improved to 4-1 at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentRockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Capela is growing more comfortable and confident on the floor every game.“He had a monster game, and I don’t think he did anything that he can’t keep repeating,” D’Antoni said. “As long as he runs the floor and screens and rolls, we have guys that will find him.” We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK The Rockets took advantage of Utah’s smaller lineup by outscoring Utah 52-46 in the paint and shying away from the 3-point line a little more than usual. Houston entered the game leading the league with 13.7 3-pointers made and 36.5 3-pointers attempted per game (37.4 percent), but made 12 of 32 against Utah.“I think we were flat on both ends in the first half,” Gobert said. “We did not attack them on the offensive end and had too many mistakes on the defensive end.”Houston led 55-44 at the half and maintained the 11-point lead through the third quarter, entering the fourth with an 81-70 lead.TIP-INSJazz: Lyles started in place of veteran Boris Diaw (rest) ahead of the team’s trip to Denver on Sunday, Utah’s fourth back-to-back of the season. … Derrick Favors missed his second straight game with a left knee bone contusion, while George Hill (sprained right thumb) missed his seventh straight game.Rockets: Backup PF Montrezl Harrell was out with a left calf contusion. … Harden passed Robert Reid (8,823 points) for seventh on the franchise’s career scoring list. … Patrick Beverley had five points, six assists and three steals.REVENGE REMATCHCapela recalled playing against Gobert in France and being overwhelmed by his talent as a 16-year-old just getting into basketball. Gobert, 24, is two years older than Capela, 22, who got a late start at the sport. The two conversed in French throughout Saturday’s game, with Gobert even sending Capela a friendly warning at one point.“He told me to never try to dunk on him again,” Capela said with a grin. “I just told him, ‘Next time I go to dunk, just get out of the way.’”MAD MAX Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH The injury-plagued Jazz dropped their third straight game following a 6-2 start to November. Besides Gordon Hayward, the four other Jazz starters had a combined seven years of NBA experience.Rodney Hood led Utah with 25 points and Trey Lyles had 21. Rudy Gobert added 12 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.Harden shook defender Dante Exum and buried a 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining to give Houston an 11-point lead and put away the game for good.Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Harden is “doing everything,” and seems to be a great match with D’Antoni.“Clearly, he has taken it upon himself to help them execute the way coach D’Antoni wants,” Snyder said. “They are very, very good.”ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports As part of the ongoing celebration of the franchise’s 50th season, the Rockets honored former shooting guard Vernon Maxwell after the third quarter with a video tribute. Maxwell, who played on both of Houston’s championship seasons in 1993-94 and 1994-95, was given a standing ovation following the video.ZERO TURNOVERSHarden became the first Rockets player since Sleepy Floyd in Orlando on April 8, 1990, to have at least 30 points, 10 assists and zero turnovers. Prior to Saturday, the last Rocket to record at least 10 assists without a turnover was Jeremy Lin at Golden State on Feb. 2, 2013.UP NEXTJazz: Travel to Detroit on Monday night.Rockets: Visit Denver on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Investigation into Russian doping still splits sports world Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND James Harden. Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — With the Utah Jazz attempting a late comeback, James Harden casually tossed an alley-oop to Clint Capela from just inside the halfcourt line for a thunderous dunk.Harden had 31 points and 10 assists, and Capela scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-102 victory over the Jazz on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise View commentslast_img read more

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2 PH Gilas teams loom

first_imgThe proximity and overlapping schedules of the Fiba Asia Cup and the Southeast Asian Games might force the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to form two Gilas Pilipinas teams.SBP executive director Sonny Barrios raised this possibility once the Asia Cup on Aug. 15 to 27 pushes through as scheduled and runs in conflict with the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Maroons Gunning for UAAP Season 80 Final four finish Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “We’re waiting for the response of Fiba Asia,” said Barrios.The Gilas Cadet will have PBA rookies Mac Belo, Jio Jalalon, Mike Tolomia and Kevin Ferrer, among others.They also formed the core of the gold-medal winning squad with Kiefer Ravena and naturalized center Marcus Douthit during the 2015 Singapore Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFilipino have been SEA Games champions since 1989. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ View commentslast_img read more

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Father’s Day

first_imgLike most of the “days” that have now become de rigueur for families to commemorate, “Father’s Day” is another American gift to the world. Not surprisingly then, its commemoration was driven by commercial concerns – in this case, the neck-tie industry. This year, in the US spending on “Dad” is expected to reach an all-time high – exceeding US billion – but while “clothing” as a category is just behind greeting cards as a gift for “father”, the figures on ties have not been disaggregated. In Guyana, while there have not been any surveys done, from anecdotal evidence, Father’s Day is more of a private occasion with, at most, a special meal prepared for “Dad” or adult children possible visiting “the old Man”.Mother’s Day, of course, is much more widely commemorated, and maybe this tells a story that may be unconnected to the American experience where Mother’s Day official recognition in 1914 preceded calls for Father’s Day to be recognised. It was not until 1972, after all that US President Nixon declared the event an “official day”. In the Caribbean with our experience of slavery being the foundational fact of our societal creation, the secondary role of fathers in the family might have something to do his historical peripheralisation.The arrival of the indentured servants after slavery would coincide with the governmental policy to encourage stable families to reduce expenditures on quelling disorders. The nuclear family where “the man was the head of the house” and “father knows best”, was now the official policy even though structural continuities ensured in a wide swathe of African Guyanese families where this was more an ideal than a reality. The father was oftentimes a peripatetic visiting figure, nor very encouraging to acts of filial piety, such as having a special day observed in his honour.But even in an era in which the “patriarchal oppressive” nature of the “traditional” nuclear family has been sharply criticised by feminists, it is generally acknowledged that single-parent families – which generally means a single mother – is not the ideal institution for raising future generations. And this has remained the major function of mothers and fathers in spite of communal proposals from Plato in the 500BCE to Skinner in the 20th century.Rather than throwing out the mother and father with the bathwater, the emphasis in the present has to be placed on both of them playing roles in which family responsibilities are equitably shared. Too often, the “father”, even when present in the Guyanese family, sees his role as to bring home a “pay-packet” and leaving all other responsibilities on the mother. Before commemorating Father’s Day, we must be very clear about what a “father” is supposed to be – apart from the very obvious biological procreative role.He would still remain as a “breadwinner”, even as he accepts that in a supposedly ever-changing world, women are returning to the workplace in as great a percentage as occurred during slavery and indentureship. Many have evidently forgotten that in those historical working relations, very little distinction was made between men and women, save in the type of tasks assigned. The point being that if at one stage of our history we were able to move from equal participation of women in the workforce and then change to the latter’s sequestration in the homes (where their work was given no value), then we can reverse that process. Obviously sufficient thought has to be given so as not to endanger the proper development of the children.As implied earlier, if there are two “breadwinners” in the new world being created within the home, there will have to be a reassignment of roles away from what is now thought to be “women and men’s work”.In the wider society, the State will have to make more accommodations for the welfare of the child during the work day – for instance standardising “creches” at workplaces.Happy Father’s Day!last_img read more

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Mexico boss fired after punching TV man

first_imgHerrera, who has yet to comment on the decision, claims he simply shoved the commentator in question Christian Martinoli.However, his version was contradicted by several eye witnesses and left the federation with no option but to sack him.“We have taken the decision to relieve national coach Miguel Herrera of his duties,” said federation president Decio de Maria.“Our values and principles must be maintained regardless of results.”De Maria did not name a successor.“Sacking Herrera was a tough decision,” said De Maria.“However, violence has no place in society, in the family and even less so in our sport.“I believe that Miguel perfectly understands the reason for this decision… all this has made him suffer a lot.”Herrera, a former no-nonsense defender who earned the nickname ‘the louse’, had been in charge since October 2013 when he took over with Mexico struggling to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Philadelphia (United States), 27/07/2015.- Mexicos’ head coach Miguel Herrera gestures during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match between Mexico and Jamaica at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA, 26 July 2015. PHOTO/AFPMEXICO CITY, July 29- Mexico coach Miguel Herrera was sacked on Tuesday following allegations of an assault against a television journalist, just two days after guiding them to their seventh Gold Cup trophy in the United States.The combative 47-year-old — who also coached Mexico to the last-16 penalty shootout loss to the Netherlands at the World Cup last year — is alleged to have attacked the journalist, a virulent critic of the coach, at Philadelphia airport hours after Mexico had beaten Jamaica.last_img read more

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