Chilean Government Delivers 60,000 Copies of Mistral and Neruda Anthologies

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2009 Santiago de Chile, June 11 (EFE). – Today the Chilean government delivered 60,000 copies of books by Nobel Literature Prize winners Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral to the libraries of all colleges, elementary schools, and high schools for the nation’s next bicentennial. The main characteristic of Antología Popular by Pablo Neruda and Antología, Selección de la Autora by Gabriela Mistral is that both poets renounced their copyrights so these works would benefit the students. The Bicentennial Commission complied with the wish that both Mistral and Neruda expressed regarding their anthologies: that “most readers could have access to them.” Hence, the copies were not put on sale, but were all distributed free to the libraries of municipalized, subsidized, and independent educational institutions. In 1972 Neruda, who was seriously ill, prepared his Antología Popular, and asked President Salvador Allende to print a million copies to offer his poetic legacy to all Chileans. However, the poet’s project was sabotaged by the 1973 coup d’etat that made the dictator Augusto Pinochet the country’s ruler, and most of Neruda’s books were destroyed. Meanwhile, in 1941, Gabriela Mistral made a selection of her favorite poems. The author’s wish was to encourage the students in her country, particularly the children from her hometown of Montegrande, located in northern Chile; therefore, she renounced her copyrights. The Minister of Education, Mónica Jiménez, praised the publication of these anthologies as “a way of representing what we have become after 200 years of independence. They are a way to extol our stamp of identity, associated since the times of La Araucana to poetic exaltation.”last_img read more

Australia’s new campaign is encouraging residents to take vacations within the state to recover from the post-fire crisis

first_imgThe main message is: We are open for business! Holiday here the year!  The total cost of the campaign is $ 20 million and calls on local communities to leave passports at home and travel locally to support the tourism industry of the country affected by the fires. A fine example of excellent and timely communication, right after the rain finally put out the huge fire that engulfed much of Australia. They decided on this move at a time when domestic and international bookings are falling by as much as 35 percent. According to the Australian Export Tourism Council, they have already fallen by 40 per cent, which with this calculation will eventually lead to losses of billion dollars. Given that the Australian tourism industry has been hit by a 40 per cent drop in overseas bookings, this campaign seeks to encourage locals to show their support for the affected areas by booking, planning and using holidays within the country. The campaign is also aimed at promotion at the state level, reflecting the aspect in which Australia is ready to welcome tourists. The tourism official added that this is only the first step, despite the fact that this campaign is aimed at domestic audiences, and that they are anxiously awaiting the next phase of the recovery campaign, which will focus on restoring the Australian brand to an international audience. The director of the Australian Tourist Board, Phillipa Harrison, said tourism is the lifeblood of many communities in Australia, and it is crucial that the industry gets back on its feet as soon as possible. She added that this is why they are asking domestic visitors to rest in their “own neighborhood” this year.center_img The Australian Tourist Board has launched a campaign called “Holiday Here This Year“(Rest here this year) inviting Australians to take a holiday at home. To cope with the loss, the tourism department is now encouraging Australians to prioritize holidays within the state, provide support in rebuilding fire-affected cities and help communities recover from lost income. Source / photo: Travel and Tour World; Australia.com RELATED NEWS: AUSTRALIA’S GOAL TO ATTRACT BRITISH TOURISTS WITH AN EXCELLENT CAMPAIGNlast_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Briton Dan Evans to reach Dubai final

first_imgDUBAI: Stefanos Tsitsipas won his eighth match in a row on Friday (Feb 28), defeating Briton Dan Evans 6-2, 6-3 on Friday to reach the final at the Dubai Championships.The Greek second seed who lifted the trophy last Sunday in Marseille, returned to the final in the emirate after finishing runner-up here a year ago to Roger Federer.Tsitsipas could not fault his victory in 83 minutes over the 37th-ranked Evans in a first-time meeting.”I managed to stay solid throughout the whole match, I didn’t have too much stress, I stayed quite calm and played well,” he said. Tsitsipas, winner of 16 of his last 17 sets, won his 10th career match at the Aviation Club against two defeats. AgenciesAlso Read: Stefanos Tsitsipas to battle Felix for Marseille Open titleAlso Watch: CJM Court Kamrup Metro sent Former JNU student Sharjeel Imam to 4 day police custodylast_img read more

New coach Valverde’s poise to be tested by Barcelona pressures

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Luis Enrique wasn’t far off with his nine over the past three years, while Tito Vilanova also won La Liga with a club record 100 points in his only season in charge in 2012/13 before having to resign to due ill health.Indeed, the only time Barca went against the grain of appointing someone from the outside in Gerardo Martino in 2013/14, it resulted in the Catalans’ only trophyless season in the past 10 years.That mistake could have been avoided if weren’t for Valverde’s loyalty.Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was keen to hire his former teammate when Vilanova was forced to resign weeks before the new season.However, in keeping with Valverde’s character he felt he couldn’t turn his back on Athletic having just been hired weeks before.His second spell with the Basque giants came to an end just last week and has once again proven his credentials as a boss capable of maximising the return from the resources available to him.Valverde’s only major silverware has come in two spells in charge of Greek champions Olympiakos.Yet, he has inflicted pain on his new employers in the past.Athletic thrashed Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate to win the 2015 Spanish Super Cup.And even his former connections at cross-city rivals Espanyol couldn’t dissuade the Barcelona board despite the fact he was the coach when they famously denied Barca the title with a last-minute equaliser in 2007.Valverde’s calm is what they believe is needed to ease some of the tensions that bubbled between a star-studded squad and Luis Enrique in his final year in charge. Madrid, Spain | AFP |  In the worst kept secret in European football, Ernesto Valverde was officially named Barcelona coach on Monday.Valverde follows in a long and famous line of former Barcelona players to manage the club.However, unlike two of his more recent predecessors, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, Valverde is little known outside of Spain having had a far less distinguished playing and managerial career thus far.Central to Valverde’s candidacy is the fact he played for Barcelona under Johan Cruyff, winning a Cup Winners’ Cup and a Copa del Rey in his two seasons at the Camp Nou from 1988 to 1990.That was the highlight of a playing career that also took in spells at now dissolved Basque club Sestao, Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao and Mallorca.Cruyff is still revered in Catalonia as the patriarch of Barcelona’s style that has made them world renowned even 21 years since the Dutch great, who died in 2016, left as coach.One of the sticks with which Luis Enrique was beaten during his third and final season which only delivered the Copa del Rey was his insistence on making Barca a more direct, counter-attacking force.That was in an attempt to get the best out of a star front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.However, that came at a cost of losing control in midfield, a key tenant of Cruyff and Guardiola’s principles.– Emphasis on youth –Restoring balance to the Barca midfield will be one of Valverde’s most important tasks, as will another of Cruyff’s legacies in ensuring there is once more a steady flow from the club’s youth academy into the first-team.“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” said president Josep Maria Bartomeu, announcing the appointment.The youth element is a fundamental part of the job in Bilbao as the club only fields Basque players.And Valverde has proven adept at harnessing young talents such as Inaki Williams and Aymeric Laporte into the first team over the past four seasons during which Athletic have qualified for Europe every year.Knowing what you are getting yourself in for when it comes to the unique pressures put upon a Barca coach is key to being successful in the role.Guardiola showed that better than most in winning 14 trophies in four years.last_img read more

England score ‘fantastic’ win over Spain

first_img10 May 2015 England score ‘fantastic’ win over Spain England scored a convincing 19-11 win over Spain to regain the Seve Ballesteros Trophy at the end of the two-day mixed international at Burnham & Berrow.The team built on yesterday’s four-point lead with a steady foursomes performance – sharing the morning points – and a runaway success in the singles, winning six of the matches and halving two more.The result extends England’s outstanding record in the biennial match, which started in 1985. The team lost last time – at El Prat in 2013 – but in total now have 14 victories to Spain’s two – and have never been beaten at home.“It’s a fantastic result,” said Graham Walker, the England men’s captain. “The welcome we have received from the members and staff at Burnham and Berrow, has really played a part because it has made it feel like a real home venue.”This is the first time that women have been included in the team and they certainly played their part. Gemma Clews, like Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen, won all four of her matches and in the final day’s singles the women won 2½ matches out of a possible four.Steve Robinson, the women’s captain, said: “I am really proud of how they have worked this week, how they have risen to the challenge of playing what, on paper, was a very, very strong Spanish women’s team. Every player has played their part this week.“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity of coaching a small group of players at a venue like this and I feel it’s been massively beneficial to the women’s squad to have been invited to play in this match.”The day began in relatively calm conditions and England produced a fighting performance to share the foursomes, thanks to a last gasp half from the final pair, Nick Marsh and Michael Saunders, who had been three down after 12 holes but managed to halve their game.England’s two wins were provided by Gemma Clews and Hollie Muse; and by Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen, who set off at high speed, with five birdies in the first eight holes and who won on the 14th.In the afternoon, with the wind steadily strengthening, the Spanish started strongly in the women’s games and were ahead in three of the four until the turn. Nuria Iturrios, playing in the first match against Alice Hewson, provided one of the talking points of the afternoon when she drove the 369-yard second hole and sank a 6ft putt for eagle.However, Gemma Clews was always in front and put England’s first point on the board; Bethan Popel turned the tide in her match to win; and Alice Hewson steadily pulled back from two down after 12 to halve her game.Jimmy Mullen was the first of the England men to claim his point with a comprehensive 6/4 win which resulted from immaculate play: just one bogey, two birdies and a string of pars. Ashton Turner was another big winner, with a 5/3 result, which included a magical spell of scoring: 3, 3, 2 or birdie, eagle, birdie from the third hole.Sean Towndrow was in front throughout his match and his highlights included driving the 370-yard third hole, with his ball finishing about 8ft from the cup – and he wasn’t required to putt.Ashley Chesters, the double European Champion, trailed by two holes towards the turn, but he was back on level terms with a birdie on 10 and a par on 11. He got ahead for the first time with a par on the 15th and held on to the slender advantage to win one up (pictured below on the final green)Nick Marsh was also battling. He was two down after eight holes, despite being one-under par – and then lost the 10th to a birdie to go three down. However, he steadily pulled his way back, helped by a birdie on the par three 14th, and was all square after 16. Both players parred the 17th and, after adventurous progress down the 18th which included deep rough and a bunker, they shared the hole for a sporting half.Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar For Olympia

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0 Last week was a relatively quiet one for events.  Instead of our regular weekend event calendar, we posted a super list of all the major events and festivals that happen in Olympia.  You can find dates for the beloved Pet Parade, very popular Procession of the Species, and the action packed Sand in the City weekend.  Start filling in these weekends now.  ThurstonTalk promises loads of coverage of all the awesome events happening in our community.  You can find the 2013 Festival and Major Event Calendar by clicking here.Even though we are months away from Spring Arts Walk, which kicks off the event “season,” keep ThurstonTalk’s event calendar handy so that you can plan your activities with family and friends.Here are some highlights for what is happening this weekend in Olympia.Fearless razor clam diggers will brave the weather to capture clams.  Tides occurring all weekend.  Info on this family friendly activity  can be found here.It may feel like Spring is a long ways off but baseball leagues are organizing youth teams now.  Capitol Little League is holding their first of two in-person registration days on Saturday.Marchetti Wines is opening it’s tasting room in downtown Olympia.  Celebrate on Saturday between 1:00 – 7:00 pm.Many of us will be glued to our TV sets on Sunday, watching the Seahawks battle the Falcons.  Read about four Olympia residents that perform with the Sea Gals.Finally, if you are looking for some additional motivation to stay on top of those New Year’s goals, read this post which summarizes all of our health and fitness content that was published this month.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more

‘We train for so long’: Former Temple fencer reacts to Summer Olympic Games postponement

first_imgAs of Tuesday, the U.S. has more than 360,000 cases of coronavirus and 11,000 deaths and Japan has seen more than 4,600 cases and 80 deaths, the Times reported. In Tokyo, there are more than 1,000 cases, according to Nippon.com. “I was not fortunate enough to be smart enough to get a home gym before all this happened,” Thompson said. “So I’m getting really creative about different exercises I can do. It’s a little frustrating because I feel like I’m downgrading my training but with the situation, you can only do what you have.” “I think a year definitely helps to change the momentum of what’s going on,” Thompson said. “With the Olympic trials, a year also gives me more time to work on my weaknesses, work on my strengths and get some more experience.” Thompson was supposed to compete in three Olympic qualifiers to determine if she would have made the U.S. national team. When President Donald Trump announced a travel ban for 26 European countries on March 11, all the qualifiers were postponed.  Because she is unable to fence, Thompson has to stay at home and work on exercises that are not directly related to fencing. As a result, Thompson is preparing for the games by working on her cardio and exercises like squats and lunges that help her fence better. When all of the qualifiers were postponed, Thompson was not surprised about the Olympics being postponed. Kamali Thompson, a 2012 biology alumna, competes at the 2017 New York Women’s Sabre World Cup. Thompson fenced for Temple from 2008-12. | DEVIN MANKY / COURTESY Thompson, a former Temple sabre and 2012 biology alumna, had been training for a spot on the United States fencing team for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, but the games were postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic. Thompson fenced for Temple from 2008-12 and finished her career with a record of 175-48. Thompson held the program record for most career victories by a sabre until this year. Seniors Kerry Plunkett and Malia Hee finished their careers with 235 wins each. Thompson usually trains at the Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York City. However, due to COVID-19, the gym has been closed indefinitely. Even though COVID-19 is a global pandemic, Thompson believes the Olympics will be the first event that brings the whole world together after the Coronavirus is contained. Globally, there are currently more than 1 million cases of coronavirus and more than 75,000 people have died from the virus as of Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times reported. Thompson’s first competition was supposed to take place in Belgium at the end of March; the other two were scheduled in St. Louis, Missouri, and Seoul, South Korea. The Olympics were originally scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 24 to August 9. They will now take place July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. “It was a little upsetting to say the least just because we train for so long, or I’ve been doing it for so long to compete in the summer hopefully,” Thompson said. “But in the end, it’s better postponed than canceled so I’m still pretty happy.” Thompson believes having an extra year to train will be beneficial, depending on how much the virus is contained so gyms can be opened up again, she said. The top four fencers from each of the three weapons qualify for the Olympics. Thompson is currently ranked fourth in sabre, she said. With dozens of sports leagues postponing their seasons amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Kamali Thompson expected the Olympics would be postponed too. “First and foremost, the Olympics are about bringing everyone together,” Thompson said. “I think that when the Olympics do happen because we are experiencing a pandemic right now, this will be the first time that the world will be able to come together, everyone will be healthy and it will be a really exciting moment.”last_img read more