Wang Leehom visits Oxford Union

first_imgLast Sunday afternoon, Wang Leehom, an American born Taiwanese singer-songwriter, spoke at the Oxford Union to a crowded debating chamber.Leehom, 36, arrived amongst loud excited cheering and clapping. He focused his talk on how the east and west need to understand each other better and build a stronger relationship “like roommates”. He stressed the idea of generating a novel global music culture called “world pop”.Leehom spoke of his mixed experiences growing up in New York and the difficulties that he faced as a minority there. Leehom stressed the importance of music in integrating different cultures. “It breaks down walls’, he said, “helping to build bridges, allowing people from different backgrounds to connect”.He began his speech with a minute silence to pray for the victims of the Chinese Sichuan earthquake and the Boston Marathon bombings.Leehom moved to Taiwan in his late teens. He learned to play many traditional Chinese instruments and learned what made the Chinese audience connect with “certain structures, melodies and rhythms”.  Thus, Leehom began to fuse his western pop/R&B music with these traditional Chinese song elements and became a pioneer in combining eastern and western soundscapes to create his novel sounds: world pop.In his talk, and the subsequent Q&A, Leehom strongly emphasised how the east and the west should make more efforts to understand one another, to allow for “more cross cultural exchanges” in order to “break down stereotypes” and remove misunderstandings”.He said that popular culture can have an “enormous influence on how we think, interact with others, behave and understand one another.“It is not only pure entertainment”, he said, but it can profoundly shape dialogues, “define values across the globe”.last_img read more

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THE UGLY, UGLY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

first_imgRaging Moderate by Will DurstOh dear. Not pretty. The upcoming presidential campaign is ugly now and destined to ratchet up to epic uglier as soon as Bernie Sanders decides to bow out. Which is imminent. Not soon enough for Hillary Clinton, but not long.The Vermont Senator has turned into that drunken cousin who hasn’t noticed he’s been the last guest for over an hour, cracking open another beer while threatening to put his cigarette out in the kids’ wading pool. Starting to channel Hotel California. “You can check in any time you like, but you can never leave.”How ugly will the race get? Think randomly-shaved, rat-terrier with a fourth premolar infection, mange and a lazy eye… ugly. Naked Sumo mud-wrestling ugly. If this campaign were a baby, you’d have to tie pork chops to its ears to get the dog to play with it. Even the rat-terrier of which earlier we spoke.The hard part is the timing on both sides. Has the public had its fill of Hillary bashing? She’s been taking the hits and shaking them off since first becoming a mote in the national public eye back in 1991.You remember what Republicans said about Hillary? “She’s a liar, a thief, a lesbian. She cheated widows and orphans and murdered Vince Foster. With her bare hands. And then ate him.” And that’s when she was First Lady.Now, as opposition nominee, the kid gloves are coming off. “Alien Space Queen Vampire: here to suck dry our precious bodily fluids. Originally the Clintons had 3 children but sold two to a Bangkok brothel. To which Bill makes twice yearly visits.”On the other side, if you don’t think the Clinton Machine has had at least a dozen investigators devoted to opposition research for months, you are probably extremely confused by the dampness on days when it rains. They undoubtedly have dug so deep, they know which way Trump’s small intestine turns, 30 feet in.In his patented gracious style, Trump christened his upcoming opponent, “Crooked Hillary,” and that’s the tame end of the ugly stick. He calls it counter punching, but flick him with a fly swatter and he’ll drop your with an elephant gun. Ask any elephant.The Aerodynamic Coif responded to accusations of his own randy behavior by calling Hillary an enabler of Bill’s infidelities. But he needs to tread carefully or risk sharing a crying towel with her 2000 US Senate opponent, Rick Lazio. Who? Exactly.There’s two ways of looking at it. Either Hillary has more baggage than the first United flight out of O’Hare after a freak spring blizzard, or there’s no meat left on her scandal bone. Like a single sardine tossed over a stone-wall into a cat sanctuary.And conversely, it should be fairly easy to uncover evidence of the Donald’s extra-marital shenanigans and voluminous shady deals and suspicious deaths of folks who opposed him. Oh, come on. We’ve all seen Law & Order: there’s a New York developer knocking off enemies and depositing them in the foundations of soon-to-be-erected condominiums every other episode.The only difference is, with Trump’s supporters, that’s not necessarily a negative. Be afraid. Be very afraid.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Cornelia Fondren and Alexis Peterson propel Syracuse to the ACC championship with 80-75 win against Louisville

first_img Published on March 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cornelia Fondren’s eyes locked on the rim and didn’t waver. She was nervous, standing at the free throw line with 18 seconds left and her team ahead by just one point, but also confident.The first one glided through the net and the second one followed. Though Fondren was shooting under 60 percent from the line on the season and was 2-for-6 in the first three quarters, she made the two biggest free throws in one of the biggest games in program history.When the final buzzer sounded, Fondren and point guard Alexis Peterson jumped into a hug at half court and bounced up and down three times.“Don’t doubt me. Don’t doubt us as a team at all,” Fondren said. “You can probably call me a bad free-throw shooter, but at the end of the day I’m going to have to make those.”Guided by its two point guards in Peterson and Fondren, No. 3 seed Syracuse (25-6, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) pulled off the improbable, 80-75, upset against No. 2 seed Louisville (25-7, 15-1) to advance to the ACC championship game. Peterson had 19 points and Fondren had career-highs with 18 points and 13 rebounds to hand Louisville just its second conference loss of the season. The duo combined for 46 percent of the team’s points and each one was on the floor more than anyone else for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSix weeks ago, the Cardinals came into the Carrier Dome and embarrassed SU with an 18-point win— SU’s second double-digit drubbing in a row at the time. But since then Syracuse has won 11 straight games. It’s upset then-No. 16 Miami, then-No. 10 Florida State and now No. 7 Louisville.Syracuse will face No. 1 seeded and No. 2 ranked Notre Dame (30-1, 16-0) at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Evan Jenkins | Staff Photographer “This is a dream season,” Fondren said.  “We wanted this from the beginning. It’s amazing. Words can’t really explain.“We had a Debby downer in the middle of the season, losing two games back-to-back, struggling the next game. Just to back it up in the ACC tournament …,” she said before letting out a sigh of relief.In the Jan. 25 meeting between the two teams, SU scored just six points in the opening quarter. On Saturday, Peterson had nine points by herself.She hit two layups in a row to put the Orange ahead by seven and force a timeout from Louisville head coach Jeff Walz.Peterson pounded her chest and sprinted to the Syracuse bench before waving her arms up and down at the six rows of SU fans in front of her in the stands.“Peterson just set the tempo of the game right off the bat,” Walz said. “She pushed that thing right down our throat, attacked us. She got to the rim. … Peterson was just a difference maker.”The last time they played, Syracuse couldn’t drive into the lane, pass it to a big or get open outside shots. Its players would get pushed out on drives and take contested jumpers.On Saturday, though, Peterson and Fondren muscled the ball inside for baskets and fouls. They swung around double screens at the top of the key and took advantage of the conference’s best player in forward Myisha Hines-Allen.Syracuse moved its forwards out of the paint and let it two guards penetrate.When Louisville took its first lead since the opening two minutes with a minute and a half left in the third, Fondren responded with an and-one layup to tie the game going into the final quarter. Hines-Allen picked up the foul.“Big baskets. Big drives. Big rebounds,” Peterson said. “To have 18 (points) and 13 (rebound) as a guard is incredible. … We don’t win that game if she doesn’t do those things.”The two point guards turned SU’s 25.8 shooting performance in the first matchup into a 42.5 percent one on Saturday. They helped SU outscore Louisville 40-34 in the paint and win without its usual bread and butter of at least 10 3s and 25 caused turnovers — the Orange had just six 3s and forced only 16 turnovers.“We knew we could play off the bounce a little bit and get to the rim whether we were making 3s or not,” Hillsman said. “… We got the floor open and they made some plays in the paint.”In the press conference after the loss to Louisville, Hillsman compared his team to a wounded animal. He said it didn’t compete. It wasn’t ready to play. For a rare time in his 10-year coaching tenure, he was upset with his team’s effort.“What did I say?” Hillsman asked on Saturday, recounting how he finished his outburst. “‘You’re never going to see that team again,’ and we haven’t lost since then, have we?” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Jordan Ayew has won 17 points for Crystal Palace; they’d be in relegation battle without his goals

first_imgJordan Ayew has been Crystal Palace’s saviour for much of this season and the stats back this fact.His goal on Saturday in the 1-0 win over Watford is not the first time this season that the Ghanaian striker has won points for Palace this season.In fact, the player has won a total of 17 points for the Eagles this season.Aside from five match-winning strikes, Jordan has also scored the point-earning equaliser in two games this season.The Ghanaian was on the scoresheet earlier in the season, netting the only goal in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa in August 2019.Jordan celebrates winner over West Ham in OctoberIn October, Jordan scored the last winner for Palace against West Ham – a 2-1 win before scoring the equaliser with a header in their 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates two weeks later.Jordan Ayew heads home against ArsenalHe then scored another magnificent 90th-winner against the Hammers in December.Sakho celebrates with Jordan after magnificent winner over West HamJordan was on target against the Gunners yet again in the new year, scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on January 11.Jordan scored leveller for Palace against Arsenal in JanuaryJordan then scored the only goal in last weekend’s 1-0 win at Brighton, a crucial goal in the battle against relegation.Jordan AYew scores only goal of the game against BrightonAn on Saturday, the Black Stars forward found the net with a brilliant finish against West Ham in the first half, a goal that turned out to be the only one of the game, giving Palace their second win in as many games.Jordan Ayew scored for Palace against WatfordJordan’s goals have basically kept Palace out of the relegation dogfight.Palace are currently 11th with 39 points, 22 points above the relegation zone.Without the Black Stars striker’s goals, Palace would be down in 14th place, just five points above the relegation zone in the Premier League.And, given Palace fans’ reactions to the player after recent weekends, they know just how crucial Jordan’s fine form this season has been for their survival.Games Ayew has won points for Crystal Palace in this seasonCrystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa (Scored Winner)West Ham 1-2 Crystal Palace (Scored Winner)Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace (Scored Equaliser)Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham (Scored Winner)Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal (Scored Equaliser)Brighton 0-1 Crystal Palace (Scored Winner)Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford (Scored Winner)last_img read more

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