Adjunct-Surgical Technology

first_imgRequisition ID: req3031Job Title: Adjunct-Surgical TechnologyDepartment: Vet., Imaging & Surgical TechLocation: Columbus CampusEmployment Type: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorEmployment Status: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorBargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining UnitFLSA Status: ExemptCompensation Type: ContractCompensation: $52.88Schedule: Hours vary depending upon course assignment; day,evening, or weekend hours.Job Description:The CollegeCommunity colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforceneeds and make higher education an affordable reality. There hasnever been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s nobetter place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus onstudent success and a partnership mindset have established ColumbusState as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, anda premier community college that is changing the nation’s educationand workforce landscapes.With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at severalregional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is thenation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream(ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and aparticipant in The Right Signals Initiative through the LuminaFoundation. Columbus State employees at all levels benefit from anengaging, collaborative, and supportive culture that rewardsinnovation and vision. We provide competitive compensation,comprehensive benefits, and professional development opportunities.We are dedicated to ensuring that the diversity of Columbus Statefaculty and staff reflects that of our students and region. We areproud to be a central part of a community that embraces differencesand celebrates the many cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles thatdefine Central Ohio.The CityC olumbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State Universityand more than 30 other colleges and universities as well as theheadquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one ofAmerica’s fastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of culturalexperiences, dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, andmore. That’s why Central Ohio residents find living here sofulfilling, both professionally and personally.To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able toperform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilitiesto perform the essential job functions described in this positiondescription. Since every duty associated with this position may notbe described herein, employees may be required to perform dutiesnot specifically spelled out in the job description, but which maybe reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing oftheir duties just as though they were actually written out in thisposition description.Position SummaryThe Adjunct – Surgical Technology position provides qualityinstruction and maintains a positive learning environment in theclassroom, with major emphasis placed on teaching, supporting andevaluating students. The Adjunct role provides instruction andmonitors teaching/learning effectiveness in courses assigned by theDepartment Chair, or other leadership members. The incumbent mustexhibit strong organizational skills and the ability to multitaskwhile engaging large groups of people with complicatedmaterial.Core Competencies RequiredProfessionalism, Managing Work, Continuous Improvement,Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration, Quality Focus,Communication, Guiding Interactions, Positive Approach, Planningand OrganizingESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSInstruction and Student learningTeaches assigned courses as scheduled and assumes primaryresponsibility for and exercises oversight of the curriculum inconjunction with the Department’s policies, ensuring both the rigorof programs and the quality of instruction. Considers individualdifferences of students in order to design and support a range ofappropriate learning activities. Participates in the identificationof students with academic or other needs and responds by utilizingan appropriate resource.Uses technology in a manner appropriate to the nature andobjectives of courses and programs and communicates clearly tostudents the expectations concerning the use of such technology.Keeps accurate and appropriate records in accordance withdepartmental policies.Maintains attendance records, determines and submits grades timely,and in accordance with established policies and procedures of theCollege, and communicates progress feedback as well as otherrelevant information to students throughout the semester.Distributes and maintain accurate syllabi that incorporatesdepartmental, college, cross-college, and instructor requirements.Conducts classes punctually and in accordance with the prescribedmeeting schedule. Employs appropriate assessment techniques tomeasure students’ performance in achieving course goals andobjectives. Engages in periodic meetings with the department, LeadInstructor, and Chairperson relative to teaching duties andprofessional development.Student Engagement and AdvisementCreates a positive classroom atmosphere that encourages active andcollaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, studentand faculty interaction, and support for learners. Maintains postedoffice hours in accordance with departmental and policies of theCollege. Uses technology to assist in communication with students.Encourages a sense of community among students for learning bothinside and outside the classroom.Advises potential or current students within the discipline aboutthe program, career, or transfer options available to assist withdegree completion. Refers students to appropriate student andacademic support services available at the College or in thecommunity.Other Duties and ResponsibilitiesAttend all department meetings and required trainings. *Regular,predictable, and punctual attendance is required.Usual Physical RequirementsWhile performing duties of this job, the employee regularlyexhibits digital dexterity when entering information into computer.The employee regularly sits, stands and walks for extended periodsof time. Employee converses verbally with others in person and bytelephone. Employee occasionally reaches with hands or arms, climbsor balances and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls. Employeeoccasionally lifts or exerts force of up to 10 pounds.Working ConditionsSupervises students at various hospitals and surgical sitesthroughout central Ohio. Works with students in mock OR set ups aswell as live operating room procedures to provide safe patient careand evaluate student’s skills.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: in class andonline instruction techniques and methods; Microsoft Office;Blackboard; internet research; online communication andrecord-keeping. Skill in: providing quality instruction; learningtechnologies and the use of multi-media technology to enhancestudent learning; instructional planning and presentation;incorporating critical thinking, effective communication and othergeneral education outcomes in course content; effective timemanagement; online communication and record-keeping. Ability to:effectively communicate and use interpersonal skills; createengaging learning environments that respect a wide variety ofviewpoints; be sensitive to the needs and concerns of a diversestudent population, including socio-economic, cultural and ethnicbackgrounds and students with disabilities; work independentlywithout ongoing direct supervision; meet deadlines; evaluatestudent learning outcomes; maintain confidential and sensitiveinformation, including FERPA.Minimum Qualifications: Associates Degree. CertifiedSurgical Technician from the National Board of Surgical Technologyand Surgical Assisting (CST) credentials. Operation Room Training.State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or demonstrable ability togain access to work site(s).First Aid CPR Certification.Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Nursing orhealth related field. Previous teaching experience.last_img read more

Four questions to ask your next strategic planning facilitator

first_imgWhen strategically planning your financial institution’s future, credit unions and banks often bring in outside facilitators to help them. It is too difficult to navigate potential pitfalls and you never want one person to dominate the meeting. There is just something magical about having an outside perspective help you facilitate your strategic planning process.However, successful planning is not just having anyone facilitate your session. Successful planning is having the right person that matches your unique situation.Many times, a potential partner will ask you several exploratory questions to learn more about your institution. It’s best if you turn the tables and ask them some questions as well. However, rather than focusing on traditional inquiries like price and testimonials, you should make some deeper level queries.Here are four questions you should ask any potential strategic planning facilitator:What book are you currently reading?—This quickly tells you if they are spending time learning. You want a facilitator who is familiar with current business models and strategies. You can also follow-up by asking what blogs they consistently read. If the stumble on these questions or if they throw out books from 10 years ago, that’s a red flag. A great facilitator is a reader. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Lady Cardinals Basketball Results

first_imgThe 7th and 8th Grade St. Louis Lady Cardinals took on Batesville Middle School.The 7th Grade Lady Cards come up a little short with a score of 12-9.Scoring for SLS were Emma Weberding with 4 pts, Lilly Wonnell with 3 pts, and Alyssa Wanstrath with 2.  All the girls played hard on offense and defense, but just fell short of the win.  Nice game ladies.The 8th Grade Lady Cards lost against BMS with a close game also of 24-22.These girls were down 10 at the half and used the second half to work hard and come back within two points.  Scoring for SLS were Lauren Gutzwiller with 9pts, Grace Eckstein and Lilly Wonnell with 4 pts each, Betsy Harmeyer with 3 pts, and Pam Meneses with 2 pts.  These girls worked hard on offense and defense also and almost pulled off the win.  Way to stay positive and keep with it.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.The St Louis 5th Grade Lady Cardinals picked up their fourth consecutive victory defeating the St Paul’s-New Alsace Muskies 26-7 on Monday evening.A well balanced effort by the Lady Cardinals was highlighted by defensive play of Isabelle Fitzgerald and Leah Cossentino.  Offensively, the Lady Cardinals were led by Kate Weber and Rhea Miller with 6 points while Izza Wonnell, Claire Saner and Madison Wanstrath all added 4 points followed by Lilly Schebler contributing 2 points.The 5th Grade Lady Cardinals are now 4-2 on the season and will play again on Thursday (2/9) at home against the Greendale Bengals.Courtesy of Cardinals Coaches Saner, Schebler, and Streator.last_img read more

Miami-Dade Mayor’s Protective Message: Assume Everyone Has Coronavirus

first_imgGimenez added the approach is similar to what Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has done with the state’s EOC.The mayor also emphasized that residents should be taking the proper measures, which include keeping social distancing, constantly washing hands and avoiding touching one’s face.“The 2.8 million residents that live in in Miami-Dade need to assume that everybody that they’re in contact with is infected,” he says. “If you do that, you’ll take measures that will protect yourself and will protect others. That’s the way we beat this virus.” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is currently in self-quarantine at his home due to the outbreak of coronavirus.Although a test he took last week came back negative, the mayor noted that sometimes symptoms can take longer to show up and out of an abundance of caution, he decided not to interact with others and to spreading the virus.On Saturday night, Gimenez tweeted that the Miami-Dade Emergency Management will begin operating at a Level II due to the ongoing concerns over the threat of COVID-19.“It’s an activation of our EOC (Emergency Operations Center),” Gimenez explained during an appearance on Miami television station WPLG. “That means it’s open 24 hours a day, so that if anything happens, we will have somebody there.”Sunday the @MiamiDadeEM will begin operating at a Level II as it monitors the health threat posed by COVID-19. I urge you to verify the sources of your information to avoid overreacting. I outline the next steps Miami-Dade County will take in this video:— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) March 15, 2020last_img read more

UW looking for statement wins against Nebraska, Iowa

first_imgAfter falling to Purdue 3-2 this past weekend, the No. 13 Wisconsin volleyball team (18-6, 7-5 Big Ten) is looking to rebound in a pair of crucial matches against Big Ten rivals No. 8 Nebraska and Iowa this weekend.Although UW fell behind 2-1 against the Boilermakers (16-7, 7-5 Big Ten), junior outside hitter Ellen Chapman said she was pleased with the way her team battled back and put up a fight until the end.“In the past we usually crumbled in those situations and just laid down and lost, but I think we did a really good job of fighting,” Chapman said. “Even though we didn’t come out on top that match, it was a matter of a couple of points in the fifth set, which is not a lot.”Overcoming adverse situations will be key for the Badgers Friday night if they want to take out a tough opponent in Nebraska (17-4, 10-2 Big Ten), which sits in second place in the Big Ten after four straight wins. Earlier this season, UW fell to Nebraska 3-2 on the road in a closely contested battle. First-year head coach Kelly Sheffield praised Nebraska for being well coached and building its strength around senior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson, a potential candidate for National Player of the Year.“They’re a team that I’m not sure has any weaknesses,” Sheffield said.To prepare for this weekend’s matches, redshirt junior middle blocker Dominique Thompson emphasized Wisconsin’s efforts in studying the strategies of both their weekend opponents. Thompson also noted that learning from mistakes made against Purdue and working to improve them — including serving and blocking — will be crucial to their success moving forward. Against Purdue, the Badgers were out-blocked 13-8.When setting expectations for any given match, Chapman prefers a level headed approach to avoid complacency.“I treat every match the same and never think we need to ‘show up more’ for one match more than we do for another,” Chapman said. “We need to not really worry about their side, but more about our side and coming together as a team.”Coming together has been one of the biggest improvements for the Badgers, whose last season finished with just five conference wins. Sheffield also believes the team has regained their competitive edge.“One thing we’ve gotten really good at, which used to be considered a weakness, is our ability to embrace the battles,” Sheffield said. “I think we really enjoy it when things get tight and the pressure is on.”Junior outside hitter Courtney Thomas credited some new additions to this Badger team with contributing to their success. Thomas complimented the efforts of two freshmen, setter Lauren Carlini and middle blocker Haleigh Nelson, and also recognized the impact made by sophomore transfer Taylor Morey as a defensive specialist.When looking ahead to Sunday’s matchup, Sheffield noted the importance of not overlooking a “hungry” Iowa team (10-14, 1-11 Big Ten), which will be in search of an upset victory after losing its last four matches. Back on Oct. 2, the Badgers came from behind to overtake the Hawkeyes in Iowa City 3-1 after dropping the first set.As the Badgers enter their toughest stretch nearing the end of the season, Sheffield hopes his team will continue to improve and finish as a stronger team than they started. He believes the mindset of the team is the most important factor at this point of the season.“We don’t talk necessarily about wins and losses, but we talk about going into practice everyday with an intent to get better at a higher level than our opponents,” Sheffield said.Sheffield also addressed how the season can wear players down after a certain point, but he plans to keep his team in top shape when practicing, preparing and maximizing the potential of every player.Both upcoming matches for Wisconsin will be in front of the home crowd at the Wisconsin Field House. The match against Nebraska on Friday begins at 7 p.m. while Sunday’s showdown with Iowa match begins at 1 p.m.Friday’s match is the official student night where students will receive free admission.last_img read more

Afcon Group C all square after openers

first_img22 January 2013Champions Zambia were held to a 1-1 draw by Ethiopia despite the Wayla Antelopes having goalkeeper Jemal Tassew sent off in the first half of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations clash at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Monday.Nigeria and Burkina Faso also drew 1-1 in the match that followed at the same venue, leaving the four teams in Group C on equal footing with two more group games to play.The two Group C draws took the tally of draws to five in six matches. Only Mali, which defeated Niger with an 84th minute strike by captain Seydou Keita in a Group B clash, has enjoyed the taste of victory.After the clash between Zambia and Ethiopia, Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard paid tribute to goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene for his performance, which included saving a penalty taken by Salahdin Said. “Today we have to thank our goal keeper because without Kennedy Mweene maybe it could have been a very bad result. I think we deserved today what we got,” he said.Struggling for formConsidering that the Zambians are the defending champions and Ethiopia is playing in the Afcon finals for the first time since 1982, that is quite some statement to make. The Zambians, though, have not been in good form leading up to the Afcon finals.Since beating South Africa 1-0 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in November, they have lost to Tanzania and Angola, and drawn with Morocco.Afcon 2013 should be an ideal opportunity for the Zambians to defend their title. Many of their players are with South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs, while many others have used the PSL as a stepping stone to a move overseas. They know the conditions, but desperately need to find a spark to ignite their campaign.One man who could provide it is Collins Mbesuma, who scored their goal against Ethiopia. He was a sensation with South African glamour side Kaizer Chiefs before moving abroad. He has since returned to South Africa, and is currently with Orlando Pirates. His form appears to be on the up.Sucker punchZambia’s Chipolopolo had the better of the game after the dismissal of goalkeeper Tassew for an appalling challenge, but the Ethiopians caught them out with a sucker punch when Adane Girma netted in the 65th minute.Saladine Said, despite his penalty miss, was the Antelopes’ best player and posed a strong threat on the attack. He should be a familiar face to South African fans: he scored Ethiopia’s oal in a 1-1 draw with Bafana Bafana in June 2012, which proved to be coach Pitso Mosimane’s last game in charge. He was subsequently replaced by Gordon Igesund.A large number of passionate and loud Ethiopian fans, probably about 20 000-strong, also made their support known, and it’s something that could really boost the Antelopes’ campaign.Nigeria and Burkina Faso shared a 1-1 draw too, thanks to a goal at the death by Alain Traore, which earned the Stallions a share of the spoils.The Nigerians enjoyed the better of the contest, but the sending off of Efe Ambrose with 15 minutes to play, after he picked up a second yellow card, gave Burkina Faso a one-man advantage.The Super Eagles led 1-0 after an Emmanuel Emenike goal in the 23rd minute and it appeared that the two-time champions were on their way to the top of the Group C standings.Last kick of the gameFour minutes of time were added on at the end of regulation time and with the very last kick of the game, Traore netted for Burkina Faso. Godfrey Obobona, who up until then had been very solid at the back, had a chance to clear the ball, but made a mess of his effort and Traore capitalised on the defender’s mistake to score.John Obi Mikel starred for the Super Eagles in the midfield, starting attack after attack with his incisive passes, while goal scorer Emmanuel Emenike, who played only an hour, also showed up well, as did substitute striker Ikechukwu Uche, who lifted the energy of the Nigerian attack.Jonathan Pitroipa, who set up Traore for the equaliser, was Burkina Faso’s best player, industrious and creative. Florent Rouamba excelled on defence, while substitute Wildred Sanou provided good width and crosses. Goal scorer, Alain Traore, a 65th minute substitute, also impressed with his movement and interplay.Waiting for a sparkAfcon 2013 is yet to take off, though, as the tournament is waiting for a team to stamp its authority on the tournament.The Group B clash between Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday provided excellent entertainment, but no team has yet thrust itself forward as a potential champion. That could change on Tuesday when Cote d’Ivoire, the highest ranked team in Africa at 14th in the Fifa world rankings, takes on 77th- ranked Togo.The Ivorians are loaded with big name players, and the tournament needs some of these players to show why they are big names for Afcon 2013 to take off. Five draws in six games is a so-so showing so far.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Finding our way again: South Africa’s Aids journey

first_imgAs South Africa prepares to host the International Aids Conference for the second time, it’s worth reflecting on the massive strides the nation has made in combatting the pandemic in the last 16 years – and the challenges we still face, writes Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, co-chair of the South African National Aids Council. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president and co-chair of the South African National Aids CouncilSixteen years ago an 11-year-old South African boy, tiny for his age, stood alone on a huge stage. He had a microphone in his hand and a smile on his face. And he spoke truth to power.“I hate having Aids because I get very sick,” he said. “I get very sad when I think of all the other children and babies that are sick with Aids… Babies are dying very quickly…”The occasion was the 13th International Aids Conference, held in Durban in July 2000. The boy was Nkosi Johnson. He died just a few months later.This year, as South Africa prepares to host the International Aids Conference for the second time – in Durban again, from 18 to 22 July – it’s worth reflecting how different Nkosi Johnson’s story would have been today.Since then, South Africa has done much to tackle HIV, rolling out the world’s largest treatment programme to its citizens and improving primary healthcare. Sixteen years ago HIV infection was a death sentence, particularly for the poor and vulnerable – and especially children. In 2000, in South Africa, the lifetime risk of dying of Aids was as high as 50%.Today HIV is a chronic condition, controlled as many chronic conditions are – such as diabetes – with medication. Children like Nkosi Johnson, infected at birth, now live, flourish and grow into healthy adults.This progress, and the lives saved, is borne out by South Africa’s life expectancy. After years of steady improvement in the late 20th century, it suddenly dropped to a low of 51.7 years in 2005. At the same time countries such as India and Brazil continued their steady rise.Thanks to our HIV treatment programme, life expectancy has begun to rise again. Today, Statistics South Africa puts our life expectancy at 60.6 years for men and 64.3 years for women.Why the change? What happened in 2005? In 2005 South Africa embraced the problem with energy, rolling out a massive antiretroviral treatment programme through its public health system.Today our response to HIV is framed by broad global policy – including our own National Development Plan, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals – to vigorously provide comprehensive treatment and care to as many as possible.We know treatment alone is not enough. Our policies and programmes also aim to change risky behaviour and find solutions to the social and economic conditions that make people vulnerable to HIV infection.In 2010, the fight against the epidemic was ramped up with the launch of the world’s biggest programme to test for infection, the HIV Counselling and Testing campaign. Within 18 months of the launch of the campaign, which is ongoing, a full 18 million South Africans, over a third of the country’s population, had tested and knew their HIV status.Today, about 10 million South Africans take the test every year. Testing is a major weapon in the fight against HIV. Simply knowing they are HIV-positive makes people far less likely to risk infecting others.The fruits of South Africa’s decade-long fight against HIV can also be found elsewhere. Aids-related deaths have declined from 345 600 in 2005 – when the disease claimed half of all deaths in the country – to 151 000 in 2014, when 29.2% of all deaths were Aids-related.Significantly, the transmission of the virus from mother to child during or after birth has dropped from 70 000 babies in 2004 to fewer than 7 000 in 2015.In 2000, when South Africa hosted the International Aids Conference for the first time, people living with HIV had no access to treatment and the country was under attack by the global community for its stance on HIV and Aids.Today, we have more than 3 million people on publicly funded antiretroviral treatment. We aim to have 4,2 million people on treatment in the next two years.But HIV is a powerful enemy. There are still problems to be unearthed and tackled. One is a worrying prevalence of new HIV infection in adolescent girls and young women. It is estimated that some 2,000 young women aged 15 to 24 are infected by HIV in South Africa every week. This is by far the highest rate of infection in any age or sex category – and one of the highest infection rates in the world.HIV thrives in conditions of ignorance and poverty, and in situations of gender inequality. This infection rate is intertwined with other critical social problems directly experienced by South Africa’s young people: high rates of teenage pregnancy, high school drop-out rates, widespread sexual violence and high youth unemployment.In an effort to tackle the problem, in late June 2016 South Africa launched the National Campaign for Girls and Young Women. This aims to fight practices that put adolescent girls and young women at risk of HIV, such as unsafe sex, destructive behaviour, and drug and alcohol abuse.Another goal is to build adolescent girls and young women’s confidence and resilience, and give them greater economic opportunities. It will also target men, encouraging them to help effect the crucial, fundamental change in South Africans’ sexual behaviour.Working with NGOs and local Aids councils, the new campaign will encourage men – both young and older – to use condoms, stick to one sexual partner and not prey on young girls and women. It will task men with joining the call for safer sexual behaviour and an end to violence and the abuse of women.The project is supported by over $140 million in funding from the US and German governments and the Global Fund. It will be rolled out over the next three years to 51 municipalities with the highest incidence of new HIV infections. At its core is the principle that our best weapon in South Africa’s new battle against HIV and Aids is knowledge and education.It is clear that having the largest treatment programme on the planet isn’t enough. As we welcome the world to the 21st annual International Aids Conference on 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day – we must remember that it is only through education that we will find our path towards an Aids-free generation.last_img read more

Legendary wrestler and actor Dara Singh succumbs to illness

first_imgFriends recall him as the gentle giant. The world hails him as the original machoman – Rustam-e-Hind of wrestling and Bollywood’s first action hero, who gave the mythological Hanuman a He-Man twist.Deedar Singh Randhawa – Dara Singh to the world – became a phenomenon long before stars created by crafty marketing strategy came into vogue.His ability to balance the two unrelated spheres of wrestling and films is what makes Singh unique in our pop culture.He passed away on Thursday at his residence in Mumbai after a cardiac arrest. The 83-year-old was hospitalised last Saturday after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness. With little chance of recovery and keeping with his family’s wishes, Singh was shifted to his residence on Wednesday. The last rites were performed on Thursday afternoon.A file photo of Dara Singh with his wife at an event.Bollywood’s fondness for the big man with a bigger smile is evident from the galaxy of celebrities – Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor and Raza Murad – who came to mourn his death at the funeral.Bachchan, who played Dara Singh’s son in Manmohan Desai’s 1985 blockbuster Mard, aptly defined him as “an entire era of celebrated presence”.Singh’s debut film saw him essay a prop role in the 1952 Dilip Kumar-Madhubala drama, Sangdil. He was last seen on screen as Kareena Kapoor’s grandfather in the 2007 hit, Jab We Met.The intervening years saw him constantly redefine his charisma. He brought alive Hanuman twice – once in the sixties’ film, Ramayan, and then again in the eighties when Ramanand Sagar cast him in the role in his superhit serial on the epic. He also played Bhimsen in the 1965 screen adaptation of Mahabharat.advertisementAs a wrestler, his bouts were nothing short of spectacles. Along with Australian champion King Kong and Canadian ace Flash Gordon, Dara Singh created the first template of the entertainment sport that has today become a TRP topper in its various avatars such as WWF, WWE and TNA wrestling. A famous fight where Dara lifted King Kong above his head and flung him to the ropes is stuff that legends are made of in the wrestling world.Given his 6-foot, two-inch frame, wrestling glory was only expected. But Dara had a far bigger challenge to overcome when he entered Bollywood.Not many leading film-makers were willing to cast a wrestler stud as hero in an era when intense drama ruled. Dara chose to carve his niche in smallbudget Hindi and Punjabi action films of the fifties and the sixties, in the process turning the genre into a peculiar kitschy art form.With little script or cinematic finesse to offer, films such as Sikander-E-Azam, Jagga Daku, Toofan, Do Dushman, Daku Mangal Singh, Aandhi Aur Toofan, Jawaan Mard, Faulad, Tarzan Comes To Delhi, Tarzan And King Kong, Samson and Hercules found a fiercely loyal fan base riding solely on his brawn power.He went on to direct a few films too, notably Rustom with Tanuja and Sohrab Modi in 1982 and the 1978 film Bhakti Mein Shakti that also featured Bharat Bhushan.Singh was a true star, revered by die-hard fans as the larger-thanlife demigod he normally played on screen. So much so, many in his ancestral village of Dharmoochak near Amritsar reportedly refused to believe he was no more. For these fans, their Hanuman will remain immortal forever.He was born here in November 1928 to Balwant Kaur and Surat Singh Randhawa and it is here that he first learnt the ropes of wrestling.Soon after the villagers learnt about his death, the residents of the village, including some of his contemporaries, gathered outside his house to reminisce about their lost gem.Dara was affectionately called Balwanji (wrestler) in the area. No wonder then that the village has come to be known as Balwan da pind (wrestler’s village) – but not solely owing to his fame. Village lore is replete with tales of Singh’s philanthropy.– Inputs from Vikas Kahol in Chandigarh.last_img read more

Costly citrus Floridas decimated crops could send prices climbing

first_imgVANCOUVER – The price of a mimosa at brunch or bag of oranges at the grocery store may jump in the coming weeks, experts say, after hurricane Irma left some of the state’s citrus producers completely depleted.“If you take a big chunk out of our supply, it means that prices are going to go up,” said Michael von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph.Hurricane Irma led to dozens of deaths in the Caribbean and southeastern United States, and left more than one million homes and businesses without power in Florida.“It is devastating. It has decimated our industry,” said Adam Putnam, the state’s commissioner of agriculture, at a Florida citrus commission meeting last week.“The path of this storm could not have been any worse for Florida agriculture and Florida citrus, specifically.”In the state’s south-west, about 70 to 100 per cent of orange crops were lost, he said.Before the hurricane, the Florida Department of Citrus expected more than 75 million boxes worth of oranges on the trees this season, said executive director Shannon Shepp in a statement.Now, she said, they have “much less.”Last year, Canada imported nearly nine-million kilograms of oranges worth more than $10 million from Florida, according to Statistics Canada. The country also brought in about $39 million worth of orange juice, according to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.So far, Joe Siegal has been ordering oranges from California for his company Hilite Fine Foods Inc., a Toronto-based wholesale produce supplier.But in about two to three weeks, Siegal said, he would typically start ordering the fruit from Florida and that’s when he expects citrus prices will rise.“Once we need them, then the problem will start.”Von Massow estimates the price hike will be more than five pre cent, but is likely to happen gradually.Companies won’t want to bump prices too much and tempt budget-conscious consumers to switch to other alternatives — like apples or apple juice, he said.Once people shift to another product, it’s hard to bring them back even if prices eventually fall, said von Massow, who teaches University of Guelph’s food, agricultural and resource economics department.It could be even tougher considering orange juice has been falling out of favour as a beverage of choice for some time now, he said, as lifestyle changes, for example, mean fewer people sit down for a traditional breakfast most days.Also unclear is for how long oranges and orange juice will be more expensive, as the full extent of the damage is still unknown.“We don’t know what the long-term damage to these trees (is),” said von Massow.If farmers have to replant trees, the supply shortage could extend well beyond one season, he added.For Siegal, one thing is clear as the world grapples with climate change: “The produce industry is really going to be changing.”More produce will be grown under glass, he said, adding he’s increasingly asking his tomato grower to build more greenhouses. Produce grown in greenhouses provides the peace of mind of nearly guaranteed supply and quality, Siegal said, rather than fighting volatile climates.“We just can’t keep going on like this.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Nenshi sides with Notley on AlbertaBC pipeline dispute

first_imgFor the first time, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is weighing in on the latest dispute between Alberta, British Columbia and the Trans Mountain expansion project.Premier Rachel Notley has promised economic or legal action against B.C., which announced plans this week to ban increased shipments of bitumen off its coast until it can determine if shippers are prepared to deal with a spill.Nenshi said the B.C. government needs to do a better job of reviewing the federally approved project.“I would strongly encourage the British Columbia government to actually read the N.E.B. ruling that talks, in great detail, about what they claim to be concerned about, about the risk of bitumen spills. I will also remind them that when you fill up your gas in the lower mainland where do you think that gas came from? It came from the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline,” said Nenshi.He’s happy with Notley’s decision.“What the province of British Columbia has done on Trans Mountain is a stunt, it is a dangerous stunt. It is absolute political pandering of the worst kind,” said Nenshi. “I am strongly behind Premier Notley on whatever she does to push this. It is time for us to show our strength and I’m also calling upon the federal government to come together and assert their responsibility and their jurisdiction on this matter.”Nenshi said without the pipeline, oil would be shipped by tanker into Burnaby, B.C., adding that transporting product by pipeline is not only safer, but it also keeps coastal gas prices lower.last_img read more