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first_imgOver the past decade, scientists have produced a flurry of studies exploring the role of genetic (nature) and environmental factors (nurture) in youth depression, but there has been little consensus on how depression is jointly impacted by specific genes and external factors, such as poverty, abuse, and negative family relationships.The lack of a clear understanding of how genes and environments both contribute to childhood depression led Erin Dunn, postdoctoral research fellow and recent graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and her colleagues to do a comprehensive review of studies that tested for gene-environment interaction in youth depression. Their goal was to systematically identify these studies, examine the methods used, and summarize findings to guide future studies. The review was published December, 2011 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP). Read the abstract.Dunn, a former Richmond Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, has had a longstanding interest in children’s mental health ever since teaching in early childhood and elementary school settings, where she saw students with a variety of mental health issues.last_img read more

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first_imgThe indoor track and field season continues this weekend as USC competes in the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas. The 17th-ranked men’s team and seventh-ranked women’s team seek to continue their good form. Last weekend, the Trojans battled their opposition and the high altitude as they competed in the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque. They overcame those challenges to secure four wins — a shotput sweep, men’s triple jump, women’s 4x400m relay — a school record in the women’s 4×400 relay and several personal bests.The events in Fayetteville will kick off Friday with the women’s mile run. Junior Destinee Brown, who placed sixth in this event’s finals last weekend, will be joined by sophomore Deanna Hill, who placed fifth in the same event, Gabriella Cantrell, a sophomore who narrowly missed out on last weekend’s 60m finals, as well as sophomore Ky Westbrook and senior Alexis Faulknor.The men’s 60m dash will include freshman Dominic Davis, senior Just’N Thymes and sophomore Adoree’ Jackson, who placed fourth overall in last weekend’s 60m final. Sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr, redshirt freshman Zyaire Clemes, Thymes and sophomore Jadon Joyner, who posted a time of 22.10s alongside Jackson last week, will represent USC in the men’s 200-meter dash this weekend.The women’s 200m dash will involve seven Women of Troy — all of the 60m dash competitors as well as Jasmyne Graham and Jaide Stepter. Hill will look to get first place this time around, as she was beaten out for it by a mere 0.003 seconds in Albuquerque. Cantrell will try to improve the already great time of 23.65s she posted in the finals last weekend.Stepter will hope to win again in the women’s 400m dash, after she posted a new school record at 52.30s in the finals. The Trojans must have liked Albuquerque’s banked track because right behind her were junior Amalie Iuel, with a second place time of 52.73s and sophomore Kendall Ellis, in third place, with a time of 53.42s. For the men’s 400m dash, USC will be sending Clemes and sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr., who managed a sixth place overall in the New Mexico Classic’s 400m finals.The Trojans were competitive in last week’s 4x400m relay races and will try to be once again. The men and women’s squads will both feature one change from last week’s successful squads. The women’s roster will include Ellis, Iuel, Stepter and Cameron Pettigrew, who will be replacing  Hill. The men feature Clemes, Morgan Jr., Jackson and Robert Ford. The women’s one-mile race will feature seniors Katerina Berdousi and Jenna Tong, who placed 3rd and 7th respectively last weekend. The pair will also compete in the women’s 3000m run alongside sophomore Rebekah Ent. Freshmen pair Nicolaus Jakowec and Trent Rule will compete in the men’s 3000m.Ford and Jordon Wallin, two sophomores, will participate in the men’s 800m race, while as many as four Trojan women — redshirt sophomore Rebekah Ent, freshman Rachel Glynn, Pettigrew and freshman Mikaela Smith  — will compete in the women’s 800m.Hurdlers to look out for include sophomore Marquís Morris, who narrowly missed out on last weekend’s 60m HH finals, and freshman Graham, who placed seventh in the women’s 60m HH finals, which only included three college athletes. Iuel and freshman Lyndsey Lopes will join Graham in the 60m HH this weekend.The Trojan long jumpers will comprise of Faulknor, Iuel and Margaux Jones for the women, while Jackson and Eric Sloan will represent the men. The high jump event will include one USC athlete: sophomore Randall Cunningham. The triple jump competition will feature Dominic Smallwood, who placed seventh last weekend, and Sloan, who jumped a personal best last weekend to claim first place in an impressive display of athleticism.Last but not least, USC’s shot-putters will try to sweep the event once again. Last weekend redshirt sophomore Nick Ponzio and senior Tera Novy won the men’s and women’s events, respectively. Freshman Nathan Bultman managed a third place throw in the men’s event, while junior Tanya Sapa secured second place in the women’s with a personal best throw. Talented Freshman Matthew Katnik will compete alongside Ponzio and Bultman this weekend.The Trojans have two more competitions left in this year’s indoor season: the MPSF Championships later in the month and the NCAA Indoor Championships in early March. These precede USC’s first outdoor competition in mid-March: the Trojan Invitational.last_img read more

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first_imgIt was full steam ahead for Wainfest 2019 as Cathaoirleach Nicholas Crossan, along with pupils from St Eunan’s Primary School Raphoe launched this year’s programme at Oakfield Park on Tuesday.Wainfest is Donegal’s Children’s Arts and Book Festival, which is developed each year by the energetic and inspirational team at Donegal County Council’s Culture Division.This year’s festival takes place from 5 – 13 October where schools and families can “Expect to Connect” with 54 family events and 105 school events in over 30 locations over an 8-day period. Donegal County Council Cultural Services staff pictured at the official launch of Wainfest in Oakfield Park yesterday. L-R Rita Chapman, Denis McGeady, Sinead McLaughlin, Rory Gallagher, Donna Cavanagh, Kevin McCaul, Noelle Sandilands, Aideen Tighe and Belinda Glackin.Speaking at the launch, Donna Cavanagh from Donegal Library Services explained how the festival had transformed since its inception in 1996 into “a festival which has proven its ability to engage, enlighten and involve children in high quality cultural events in their community.”She added “this year we are delighted to announce a visit from best-selling children’s author, Holly Webb, who has published well over 100 books and has agreed to happily answer any questions our budding young authors might have. We have magic with award winning magician Jessica Harkin, lego animation workshops, circus skills workshops, film screenings, virtual reality in the museum, YouTube workshops, yoga, beautiful theatre productions, sensory events and a range of events for babies and toddlers.”Donna Cavanagh, Senior Executive Librarian with Donegal County Council Cultural Services speaking at the official launch of Wainfest yesterday.Perrin the Elf entertaining pupils from St.Eunan’s N.S, Raphoe at the official launch of Wainfest yesterday.Launching the programme, Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan commented on the wonderful opportunities for the young people of this county to connect with culture and creativity first-hand and making it an accessible and welcoming event.“This year’s festival has a range of events for children on the Autism Spectrum, in fact 20% of the programmed events are ASD Friendly this year. This has been made possible by The Dormant Accounts Fund, for libraries to support marginalized, socially excluded and disadvantaged communities, and I hope that this will become a stepping stone to the development of an ASD-Friendly Library Service in Donegal, over the coming years”. Cllr Crossan also endorsed the partnerships which have been key to the success of Wainfest over the years saying “I am delighted to see a strong collaborative approach continue in 2019. Without partners like Eclipse and Century cinemas, Oakfield Park, Inishowen Maritime Museum and An Grianan Theatre and more we could not provide such a comprehensive programme. It is this sort of commitment, ingenuity and collaboration that emphasises the important role local authorities play as providers and enablers of culture and creativity.”Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan pictured at the official launch of Wainfest with Professor Peartree, Perrin the Elf and pupils from St. Eunans N.S, Raphoe. Also pictured are Eileen Burgess, Donegal County Librarian and Donna Cavanagh, Senior Executive Librarian, Donegal County Council Cultural Services.Pupils from St Eunan’s Primary School, Raphoe were treated to a ride on the steam train and stories from Perrin the Elf and Professor Peartree – a taste of what to expect from Wainfest 2019.For the second year running, Oakfield Park has partnered with Wainfest Arts and Book Festival for a special Harry Potter Experience. Taking place across two weekends (Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th and Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October), this not-to-be-missed event for Harry Potter fans will include a host of magical and exciting events.To see all that’s on offer in 2019 visit wainfest.ie or pick up a programme from your local library or Council office.It’s ‘full steam ahead’ for Wainfest 2019! was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:wainfest 2019last_img read more

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first_img10 July 2006The number of personal computers in use in South Africa will pass the 5-million mark for the first time in 2006, according to a new study by technology research firm World Wide Worx.“PC Users in South Africa 2006”, a study of the installed base of computers in South Africa, shows that the 4.5-million mark was reached at the end of 2005, and it is expected to grow by 17% to 5.3-million by the end of 2006.Conducted by Kirsty Laschinger and Arthur Goldstuck, the study moved beyond conventional counting of computer sales to establish how long PCs, laptops and servers remain in use once they are in the market, and how many are in active use.According to World Wide Worx, this has provided a clear picture of the size of the PC user base in South Africa for the first time.“We found that PCs have a life span ranging 3 to 6 years, while laptop computers tend to be used for only up to three years,” says Laschinger, who interviewed most of the country’s major PC manufacturers and distributors for the project.‘Second life’ for old PCs“It was an eye-opener how many vendors of computers expect all users to replace their PCs every two to three years, when the reality is many users ‘sweating their assets’ to get maximum value from the purchase.”The result, according to the study, is that booming sales in PCs means not only more people than ever before using new PCs, but also that PCs already in the field will remain in use for a longer period, further boosting the user base.However, this trend may change once laptop computers overtake desktop PCs in popularity – a real possibility in the coming year or two.“Laptop computers cannot be upgraded as easily or as cheaply as desktop PCs, so they have a shorter useful life,” says Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx. “You can upgrade a PC bought more than five years ago to accommodate current software, but it’s unlikely you could do that with most laptops.“The result is that old laptops are more likely to be discarded than passed on, while old PCs are more likely to have a second life once the user upgrades.”Factors driving growthThe net result, according to the study, is that booming laptop sales will not have the same cumulative effect on the total user base as do PC sales. Nevertheless, growth will continue, but at a slower pace, in subsequent years.Factors that will drive this growth, according to World Wide Worx, include:Continued strong economic growth;The emergence of the black middle class;Improved education levels, including computer literacy;The evolution of the distribution channel;Improved affordability of PCs, both as a result of cheaper product and new financing options;Convergence of voice and data;Technology improvements; andDemand for more server/storage capability to meet higher levels of corporate governance requirements.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_img7 November 2008Ntshieng Mokgoro, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama 2009, is a born storyteller.The 35-year-old mother of three has already made a profound mark on South Africa’s drama scene, having developed a number of community-based projects into professional productions staged on various national platforms.Mokgoro graduated from Alexandra Technical College in Johannesburg 1992 with a diploma in cosmetology, which she says she hated!“Luckily, I got a job as an assistant librarian, and part of my job description was to do storytelling for primary school kids,” she says. “I would ask the kids to dramatise the stories we read, and that’s where the passion for drama came from.”Mokgoro finds inspiration from observing the life of people in the township. “From seeing a dirty little girl playing on the pavement in the township, to an old woman selling vegetables and chicken intestines at the side of a road, to a teenage girl who is screaming for help in the middle of the night. Township life, rural life.”She loves writing about myths of women, birth, arranged marriages, and the death of women.When asked about the actors she would like to work with, she says she is particularly impressed with Reshoketswe Sebotsane, who played in the television series Death of a Queen. “I’m impressed by women who have presence, grace and power on stage, and who really know what they are doing.”Mokgoro’s production Umdlwembe, which she wrote and directed for the Barney Simon Young Directors Festival, was awarded a professional season at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre in December 1999, and was funded by Standard Bank to go to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2000.In 2000, Moroko’s play Eyes of Truth was directed by Sello Maake Ka Ncube for the Barney Simon Young Writers Festival.Ntshieng has also tried her hand successfully at scriptwriting for television and film. In 2001 she was a script contributor for Gazlam 1, a drama for SABC 1 that explored the theme of HIV/Aids through the experience of two young people. The series also looked at the hard reality of young people growing up in Yeoville and trying to make it in the music business.In 2004, she was a trainee director for the controversial movie about the Rwandan genocide, Hotel Rwanda.In 2005, she wrote and directed a residence project at the Market Theatre Laboratory which was nominated for a Naledi Award in 2006.In 2007 she wrote and directed Thursday’s Child, which won an award at the Market Theatre’s Zwakala Festival and was performed at the Youth Festival in Vienna.Mokgoro is currently director of the Publik Kreativity Drama Krew, based in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, where she lives with her husband Mothusi and her three sons Karabo, Boitumelo and Bogosi.“I’m looking forward to using this opportunity to promote myself and my work to be recognised as one of the few female black directors in South Africa,” says Mokgoro.“It is also an opportunity to learn and to gather all the knowledge and skills that, in future, I will impart to female directors who are also struggling to make a mark, or have their voice heard, in the industry.”The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstownlast_img read more

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud computing#Product Reviews#web sarah perez Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Gladinet, a desktop software program aimed at connecting users to their online storage, is fast becoming the go-to program for Windows users looking to map desktop drives to their favorite web services. Already, users of the software have been able to add network drives that connect to Amazon’s S3, Box.net, and Windows Live SkyDrive, among others. Additionally, the program makes cloud to cloud backup and migration between services as easy as drag-and-drop. Today, the company is announcing the addition of Google Storage, a service nicknamed “GDrive” among Internet users, to its lineup of supported options.Accessing Google Storage from your DesktopAlthough Gladinet previously supported Google Docs, Google’s online office suite, they did not yet provide an option to connect to Google Storage. This additional online storage space is provided to Google users who need more gigabytes than is provided for free via Google’s programs. Specifically, Google Storage is shared between Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, and Google Docs. Affordably priced starting at $5.00 for an extra 20 GB per year and going up to 1 TB and beyond, Google Storage users have access to some of the most reasonably priced cloud storage available on the net today. And with the recent change to Google Docs, which now allows any file type to be uploaded, the storage space is more valuable than ever. With the additional support now provided by Gladinet, you can drag-and-drop your files from your desktop to Google Storage using Windows Explorer. Once installed, the software allows you to map a virtual drive in Explorer to your online sites and services. Why Bring the Cloud to the Desktop?While some may scoff at such a hybrid approach to cloud computing – after all, the whole purpose of the cloud is to move away from desktop-based software – Gladinet is an incredibly valuable tool for both transitioning to the cloud and for managing cloud-to-cloud backups. For those of us who have collected multiple gigabytes of files over the years, using the various cloud services’ own uploading tools can be tedious at times, even painful, especially when attempting the initial upload to a new service. With Gladinet, though, you can upload everything you own with just a few clicks. That makes the final move from desktop to cloud much easier for those ready to make the change for good. Additionally, since multiple services are supported, Gladinet lets you backup your online files from one cloud storage provider to another. For example, you can backup your Google Docs to Amazon S3, EMC Atmos, Box.net, Windows Live SkyDrive, among others. Gladinet even allows you to automate this cloud-to-cloud copying procedure.The backup feature and its related automation procedures are only available in the paid editions of the software. However, the basic drive mapping abilities are supported in the free version of the program which runs on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 2003 computers only. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgHow IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Related Posts Silicon Valley has been the epicenter of all major tech advancement in the past decade, but when it comes to self-driving, Detroit could snatch that the title away.A new report from Navigant Research shows two of the ‘Big Three’ Detroit auto companies, Ford and General Motors, ahead of auto and tech rivals based in Silicon Valley and Germany.The researchers used 10 different criteria, including strategy, manufacturing, distribution, staying power, and execution, to mark 18 companies currently working on self-driving tech.Ford and General Motors were named ‘leaders’ in the report, alongside Renault-Nissan and Daimler. BMW, VW, Tesla, Waymo, and Volvo were all placed in the ‘contenders’ category, as seen in the graphic above.In the rundown of the rankings, Waymo, the first Silicon Valley company, is ranked seventh. Baidu, nuTonomy, and Uber, three other tech firms, are ranked in the ‘challengers’ category, clearly showing that being an automaker or having a partnership gives a major advantage.It should be noted that Navigant Research takes the entire deployment into account, so the rankings do not reveal the sophistication of each company’s self-driving tech.General Motors and Ford have both made billion-dollar investments to bolster each company’s self-driving talent. GM bought Cruise Automation for $660 million and has invested $500 million into Lyft, a ride-sharing service. Ford spent $1 billion to acquire Argo AI, a young tech startup with high-profile founders.The two American automakers also have the advantage of experience and scalability, two things that Tesla was ranked down on.See Also: Industry split on when first commercial self-driving vehicle will be readyRenault-Nissan, ranked third, have made a few announcements in the past six months to excite investors. It has not made any major investments into self-driving startups however, instead working internally to build its systems.The news might prompt further investment from Michigan into self-driving tech. The state has already created an organization to build a 331-acre fake town for automakers to test driverless vehicles. Tags:#automakers#autonomous cars#Detroit#driverless#featured#Michigan#Navigant Research#Self-Driving#Silicon Valley#top center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

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first_imgPerhaps the greatest wrestler that India has ever produced, Sushil Kumar’s journey to sporting glory started in a small village on the outskirts of New Delhi.Sushil took up wrestling after watching his father and uncle sweat it out in the mud-pits or akharas of his village. His enormous talent was spotted at a very young age and the family made a number of sacrifices to nurture his dreams. Sushil’s uncle even gave up wrestling so that the family could support and fund the youngster’s training.Soon Sushil was creating waves on the international circuit. As a junior he won a number of tournaments and got his first taste of the Olympics at Athens 2004, where he finished in the bottom half but gained valuable experience.In the years to follow, Sushil collected many medals at various international events and capped these performances with a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The medal spurred Sushil to aim even higher and he built on the success of Beijing to capture gold medals at the world championships and the Commonwealth Games in 2010.Sunday’s silver medal at the London Olympics has been a culmination of years of effort put in by Sushil and his family. He has entered the history books as the only individual athlete to win back-to-back medals at the Olympics.last_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Reyes believes the Philippines can get it done this time.“Angola, although, they’re a very strong team, is beatable the way we were able to beat Senegal before,” he said. “And Italy will be tough, but I don’t think they’re as strong as Argentina or Greece. I think we have a chance against Italy.”“Serbia, admittedly, will be very, very tough. They’re like Croatia before during our time but then we took Croatia to overtime so you can’t really tell.”Reyes is convinced Gilas can win two games in the first round and advance to the next.“We have proven before that we can compete and with this team now, with the players that we have, with coach Yeng’s system, and with Andray Blatche in shape, there’s no reason for us not to improve on that previous one win in 2014 and I think if we get to two wins, that might be enough to get us to the next round.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Reyes is well-acquainted with the World Cup competition having steered the country to its first win in the tournament in 40 years after Gilas Pilipinas edged Senegal in overtime five years ago in Spain.“I’m very optimistic about our chances,” Reyes said on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“First of all, all the teams are tough. But at least there’s only one top 10 team in the world in our group unlike in 2014 when there were three top 10 teams in our group and we went side by side with them so that’s one,” he added.READ: Yeng Guiao: Gilas Pilipinas ‘overwhelming underdog’ in Group D Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img The Philippines is in Group D with Italy, Angola, and Serbia. Reyes was referring to Serbia, which is ranked No. 4 in the world.The Serbians also finished second in the 2014 World Cup after losing to the US in the gold medal match.In 2014, Gilas was joined by world powers Greece, Croatia, and Argentina as well as a dangerous squad in Puerto Rico and Senegal in the same group.Despite the overwhelming odds, Gilas nearly pulled off major upsets against Argentina and Croatia.READ: Yeng Guiao on facing Italy, Serbia in World Cup: ‘A miracle can happen’ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Chinese basketball probes ‘racial abuse’ of former NBA player Google Philippines names new country director Former national team coach Chot Reyes feels confident about the Philippines’ chances to at least make the second round of the 2019 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgTo Hell with HockeyThe Life Story of OlympianAslam Sher KhanAllied PublishersPrice: Rs 40; Pages: 89″Victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan.” That was an American President, John F. Kennedy, on international crises, but he could as easily have been referring to the vagaries of Indian sport, so,To Hell with HockeyThe Life Story of OlympianAslam Sher KhanAllied PublishersPrice: Rs 40; Pages: 89″Victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan.” That was an American President, John F. Kennedy, on international crises, but he could as easily have been referring to the vagaries of Indian sport, so aptly does the description fit. But perhaps no other sport has demonstrated the truth of that statement as forcibly as hockey, India’s solitary and sporadic claim to international fame.Till the late ’60s, when Indian hockey was riding the crest, nothing was too much for the national hockey team and everybody remotely connected with the sport hopped nimbly onto the bandwagon.Then came the slump in Indian hockey and suddenly the champagne rat flat, the roses wilted and the players were more akin to pariahs. The same story repeated itself with the Indian World Cup win in Kuala Lumpur in 1974 when the heady feeling again proved momentary and the witch-hunts and buck-passing once again took precedence over the actual sport.Though by now an all-too-familiar litany, the seamy side of Indian hockey has never been stripped so naked as in the autobiography of Aslam Sher Khan, former hockey superstar and architect of India’s 1974 World Cup win.Sher Khan in Kuala Lumpur in 1975: Treading on toesKhan’s is the kind of rags-to-riches story that probably holds true for most of the country’s hockey stars, but he is the first to feel so powerfully about the injustice and the wheeling-dealing that governs the sport to put it into a book. In purely literary terms, that perhaps is an error of judgment. The passion and anger is too strong and too overpowering to make for any literary pretensions.But that, in the final analysis, is probably the only way that a book of this type could have achieved some impact. Though crudely crafted, it is nonetheless a straight-from-the-gut, no-holds-barred account of the struggle of a highly talented athlete to claw his way to the top of the heap, and the pitfalls and politics that eventually dictate his every move.advertisementDaring Revelations: Starting with Khan’s baptism into hockey, when he was dropped from the Bhopal team in the nationals because he refused to go to bed with the 55-year-old coach of the team, the author takes the reader on a sordid and sweat-stained sojourn into the tortured maze that represents the state of sports in this country.The politics of the selection process – Khan was the first Muslim hockey player to play against Pakistan, 27 years after Independence; its fickleness – he was dropped from the team immediately after a match-winning performance; and its illogicality – he is perhaps the only Olympian to have played as a full-back, a wing-half and a forward, all in the same tournament.Khan dismisses the selectors as “chauvinistic bastards” for their petty parochial interests and cites some telling instances of the depths to which hockey officialdom is capable of unabashedly plunging. In fact, Khan’s book, for all its slim look, is not just a side-swipe at the powers-that-are but a constant barrage of literary body-blows.Those looking for lengthy descriptions of historic matches and revelations on the finer points of the games will be disappointed. Only at one point does Khan make the significant observation that “we are taught to dodge and dribble but no great emphasis is ever placed on scoring”. For the rest.To Hell With Hockey is essentially a personal testimony to the dark side of Indian hockey, a side that few people have so far had the courage to expose. Aslam Sher Khan is certainly never going to get a government-sponsored job or that of a coach in this country; he has stepped on too many sensitive toes for that.But if the sordid revelations in To Hell With Hockey make even the most miniscule impact on the way the game is run, it will be Aslam Sher Khan’s greatest contribution to the game.last_img read more

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