Vanishing Values

first_imgA young college student aspiring to study abroad enrolled to volunteer for an NGO in the hope that it will look good on her resume`. After her first day at the NGO, she returned home with a sense of gratitude, that she was privileged to get a decent education, and the least she could do was to help others less privileged. This change in her thought and attitude resulted in her continuing to volunteer for three years continuously. It was no longer about an ‘extra curricular’ activity on her resume`but wanting to bring a positive change in her students’ lives. The rapport with her students built over the period, sensitized her to the challenges faced by them. This in turn made her feel more grateful for her circumstances, which led to her not taking anything for granted in her life. This young lady has demonstrated her values through her actions. Selflessness, Gratitude, Generosity, Discipline, Integrity, Perseverance, Commitment, Honesty, Accountability to mention a few.All of us have a sense of right and wrong, albeit it differs in each of us. Values are a set of beliefs specific to individuals which guide them in their day to day interactions with people. These are very often instilled in childhood and also unconsciously adopted by children through the environment they live in. Values tend to become ingrained in individuals as it is something they have grown up with since the beginning of their social awareness. The culture in which they are brought up also influences their values. So we see that there are multiple influences on the value system of an individual. The strength of each influence varies, depending on the depth and intensity of relationships shared with the ‘influencers’ as well as the quality of time spent with them.We hear of different kinds of values like family values, professional values, moral values, spiritual values and so on. I think the individual values are more important as they would in turn influence all other values. It is manifested in the way we behave with others and the kind of decisions we take. So no matter what you say, your behavior becomes a direct measure of your value system. This is reflected in every aspect of our life- family, professional, spiritual and so on. A child brought up in a strong value system will continue to abide by them even when he or she is away from the direct influence of the family. Hence, parenting plays a major role in instilling the right values in children.The measure of a ‘civilized’ nation is not dependent on just the literacy level or GDP, but what kind of a value system its citizens possess. We read about all kinds of crimes being committed and this prompts one to wonder the reason behind such acts. The antecedents of such behaviours are as important as the consequences to them. Most often, we focus only on the consequences instead of on the root of the problem. As parents, as citizens we need to look into the why, so that it can be ‘nipped in the bud’ and not allowed to grow.Spending quality time with our children, listening to them with an open mind, understanding their priorities, meeting their friends to understand their influences and more importantly, giving them space to just ‘let them be’ could help build trust. Each parent would like to hand down the same values that they were brought up with, as they treat them as a legacy. But we also need to be aware that if a child questions why something should be done, we should be patient enough to explain and not just insist with a ‘because I told you so’! This can happen only when we begin to see the child not just as an extension of our self, but as a separate individual with an identity of its own. It is something to appreciate and celebrate that the child has a curiosity to know ‘Why’? And giving the right answer to the ‘why’ will make the child believe in you and trust you. The next time you say something,  your child  would probability listen more readily.In my school, we had ‘Value Education’ or Moral values’ period once a week where short stories were narrated to demonstrate the importance of values. Jataka Tales, Panchatantra tales, Akbar-Birbal stories, Aesop’s Fables, Siṃhāsana Dvātriṃśikā (popularly known as Simhasan Battisi) apart from mythological stories from the epics Ramayana and Mahabhararta and even Hans Andersen’s tales were narrated. Nowadays story telling is confined to electronic gadgets and the human touch is lost somewhere. Moreover with the freely available information, more often the wrong kind is accessed which has an adverse impact on impressionable young minds. As they grow older and their interaction with the society increases at multiple levels, the core values come into play. Smoking, consuming alcohol and drugs, indulging in irresponsible social behaviors have become more rampant.Today, the onus of instilling values is put on educational institutions….not just in school, but also in higher education.Today’s youth will be expected to be responsible citizens of tomorrow with a duty towards their country. Unless the youth are instilled with right values, they would not be of any use to their country.last_img

Real Madrid’s exotic structure doesn’t guarantee success

first_img CEST But Madrid’s title has another curiosity, that is to do with their exotic structure: they’re the only club capable of winning titles of this magnitude without a sporting director. Or better said: with a president that is, at the same time, their sporting director, a plenipotentiary figure without comparison in the world. In 21st century football, complete structures with sporting directors, CEOs, scouts and all types of roles of a more modern corporate structure have spread like wildfire. The fascinating thing about Madrid is that they live in a parallel reality, unconnected from the world’s advances, from Bernabeu to Florentino, always in the hands, as is their tradition, of a one-man, absolutist president.  As the years pass, Real Madrid’s 11th Champions League will become a case worthy of study at the Universities of Football of the future. This success, unexpected a few months ago, has the peculiarity of having been conquered by a manager with just 145 days in charge, who we still know nothing decipherable about as a coach other than his undoubtable results: his most clear concept, taking a chance on Casemiro, is not even his own idea, but Rafa Benitez’s, his predecessor who was marginalised and sacked.  01/06/2016 One of the intrinsic characteristics of Madrid is to have achieved a polite media atmosphere, controlled and with little criticism, which allows them to be safeguarded in the face of a crisis: it’s one of the advantages of authoritarianism. The coming weeks will be vital in understanding how the galaxy will evolve and how the media will react to their victory. Madrid transformed a crisis into the Champions League in record time. But watch out, because we have seen several times how the bad management of success can also lead to failure.center_img Upd. at 10:40 Ernest Folch So much so, that Madrid know nothing of their other directors, who are appropriately hidden behind the president’s curtains: they’re never seen in the media, they don’t talk nor do they have a face, as if their presence could make their majesty uncomfortable. Of course, the victories strengthen their self-esteem, but they also deepen their defects. And the undecima looks to have aggravated further the presidential tics in the White House. last_img read more

Anna’s Anzac connection

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows As the descendant of reknown Anzac author Patsy Adam-Smith, Anna Whelan has always had an interest in…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Henry De Bromhead bids for further Galway Plate success

first_imgHenry De Bromhead chases his third Galway Plate in four years next week and has put together a formidable team of seven horses for the summer’s chasing highlight, now an evening card at Ballybrit on Wednesday, August 1. Further down the handicap, Calino D’airy, twice a winner at Galway in October of last year, has 10st 11lbs while Conrad Hastings has 10st 7lbs.Gordon Elliott has put one more than De Bromhead into the race with his 2016 winner Lord Scoundrel on 10st 10lbs among his eight, double his entry of last year. With 11st 1lb, Jury Duty has the most weight of the Elliott brigade. With a 10lbs rise in the ratings for his success in the Midlands National Handicap Chase at Kilbeggan last Friday night, Timiyan is on 9st 12lbs.Willie Mullins has 13 horses in the race with Alelchi Inios and Ballycasey, second and third to Lord Scoundrel two years ago, on 11st 1lb and 10st 13lbs respectively. Patricks Park, a winner at the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival and at the Punchestown festival, has 10st 7lbs, 2lbs higher than stablemate Blazer.Both Jessica Harrington and Noel Meade have made five entries. Neverushacon was a winner on the final day of last year’s Galway festival for Harrington and will carry 10st 11lbs after his runaway victory at Limerick earlier this month. Road To Riches gave Meade his sole success in the race when winning in 2014 and has 10st 6lbs while the classy Snow Falcon is on 11st.Last year’s third, Slowmotion (10st 8lbs), is one of four entries for Joseph O’Brien while Supreme Vinnie (9st 13lbs) could yet represent trainer Denise O’Shea after his success in the Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase at Limerick earlier this month.There are five entries from Britain with Nigel Twiston-Davies, David Pipe, Harry Fry, Neil Mulholand and Dr Richard Newland all bidding to emulate Paul Nicholls who sent over Oslot to win in the hands of Ruby Walsh in 2008.The total entry of 58 horses is an increase of 11 on last year and up 18 on the 2016 figure.Michael Moloney, General Manager of Galway Racecourse, said: “We are very excited about the 149th running of Galway Plate in its new evening slot and we are thrilled with the number of entries received for this great race. While we have strong teams entered from Irish trainers like Henry De Bromhead, Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, it is great to see the entries from across the Irish Sea. It takes a lot of hard work to win a Galway Plate and no doubt it will be another great horse that will win the 2018 renewal.”CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO ENTRIES WITH WEIGHTSprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Balko Des Flos and Davy Russell winning Galway Plate.Galway Festival.Photo: Patrick McCann 02.08.2017center_img A winner with Shanahan’s Turn three years ago, and subsequent Cheltenham Festival Ryanair Chase hero Balko Des Flos last year, the County Waterford trainer’s entry is headed by early top-weights Sub Lieutenant on 11st 10lbs and Valseur Lido which has been allotted an early weight of 11st 5lbs.last_img read more

UIW Rallies in Final Seconds to Defeat Nebraska, 74-73

first_imgFreshman Jontrell Walker got the comeback started with a three-pointer to answer Petteway, but they still trailed 71-66 with 33 second left after a free throw by David Rivers.  Traylin Farris cut it to three points with a lay-up and then Shawn Johnson (Gretna, LA/Alief Hastings HS) stole a pass and was fouled attempting a 3-pointer.  He made 2-of-3 to cut the lead to one point.  UIW quickly fouled the Cornhuskers (5-3) and Shavon Shields knocked down a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left. In a game that could have gone either way, the ball bounced the way of the Cardinals (6-1) a few times in the last moments of the game.  UIW was down 67-60 after a Terran Petteway 3-pointer with 2:32 remaining in the game, but never gave up.  “Our guys really hung in there together especially after Denzel (Livingston) fouled out,” said UIW head coach Ken Burmeister.  “It is a great win for UIW, Dr. Agnese and the city of San Antonio.” UIW 74, Nebraska 73LINCOLN, Neb. – Kyle Hittle’s baseline jumper with 3.2 seconds quieted the 10,586 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena and  capped off a huge upset victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night, 74-73. On the ensuing possession, Johnson was once again fouled on a three-point attempt.  He made the first free throw, missed the second and knocked down the third to make it 73-72 Nebraska with 6.7 seconds left.  The Huskers could not get the ball in bounds and threw it away without anyone touching the ball.  Hittle got the ball off the in-bounds play for UIW, took a dribble to the baseline, rose up and knocked down a tough 13-footer with 3.2 seconds to play.  Petteway’s desperation three-pointer was off the mark for Nebraska. This was the second of seven consecutive games on the road for UIW.  The Cardinals are now off for a week before heading to Grand Canyon University next Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game.center_img The Cardinals shot 48.1 percent from the field, made 8-of-24 from three-point range and were 16-of-22 at the foul line.  Walker led the team with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting.  Hittle finished with 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and Johnson added 13 points.  Denzel Livingston added 12 points, six rebounds and five steals before fouling out in the final minute.  Farris came off the bench to score 12 points in just 16 minutes.  Those five players scored every pointfor the Cardinals. The Huskers, an NCAA tournament team in 2013-14, shot 42.3 percent from the field, made 5-of-17 from three-point range and were 24-of-32 at the charity stripe.  Shields had 19 points, nine rebounds and was a perfect 9-for-9 at the foul line.  Petteway added 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.  Nebraska had 10 more rebounds than the Cardinals, but also committed two more turnovers. The win was the first ever for the Cardinals against a power conference school.  Even though they started the game slowly falling behind 8-0, they led by one point at the half.  There were a total of five ties and three lead changes in the game.  The Huskers led by 10 points with 12:59 remaining in the game.last_img read more

Rafters win second half, head to playoffs

first_imgFor the City TimesMEQUON – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (23-13) topped the Lakeshore Chinooks (16-20) 7-6 on Aug. 11, to win the second-half Great Lakes West Division Championship and clinch a spot in the Northwoods League Playoffs.Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Roman Trujillo and Aidan Huggins drove in runs to put the Rafters on top 2-1. Lakeshore answered with a pair in the bottom of the third, but the Rafters came storming back one inning later.Wisconsin Rapids posted four runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Noah Thigpen doubled to tie the game and Trujillo and Richie Schiekofer each tallied an RBI single. Anthony Galason capped off the inning with an RBI double to make it 6-3 Rafters.Huggins scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to add to the Rafters lead and the Chinooks rallied to make it a one-run game heading to the ninth, but Brayden Bonner closed out the game and sealed the big Rafters win.Izzy Fuentes gets the win with 3.1 innings of relief work, striking out four batters. Brayden Bonner fanned four in 1.2 shutout innings of work out of the bullpen to earn the save. Lakeshore’s Bailey Vuylsteke is credited with the loss.The Rafters will take on the Madison Mallards at Witter Field on Aug. 12 at 7:05 p.m. for game one of a best-of-three playoff series. For more information, visit or 521 Lincoln Street, Wisconsin Rapids, or call 715-424-5400.last_img read more

Debashis Das upsets 2nd sed Aleksandrov Aleksej of Belarus to stay in hunt

first_imgUpsets continued at the 10th Parsvnath International Open Chess tournament as Debashis Das shocked second seed Grandmaster Aleksandrov Aleksej of Belarus in New Delhi on Thursday.However, there was no change to the positioning of Philippines Grandmasters Oliver Barbosa and Gomez John Paul, who maintained their lead with sixand- half-points.World u-18 bronze medallist Das rattled the Belarusian by using his queen and knight combination to good effect in the middle game. The Orissa youngster was not overawed by his experienced opponent and displayed great composure to plot his downfall. Playing with black pieces in Semi-Slav variation, Das took his opponent’s queen for rook and bishop in 32 moves.In another important result, IM K Rathnakaran held top seed and tournament favourite Sandipan Chanda in a seventhround encounter while Russian GM Andrei Deviatkin beat Uzbekistan GM Marat Dzhumaev and Evgeny Gleizerov and Mark Paragua got the better of Ashwin Jayaram and Zeng Chongsheng respectively. Five players, including Das and Rathnakaran, are sitting on second spot.last_img read more

Title run just perfect for NU

first_imgArgentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Torre assured of Asian Seniors Chess crown Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Lady Bulldogs, powered by do-it-all star Jaja Santiago, dumped the Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, to capture the title via a historic nine-game sweep at FilOil Flying V Centre.With Santiago enjoying top-notch support in Risa Sato, Jorelle Singh, Aiko Urdas and Jasmine Nabor, NU made it back-to-back in the league’s college edition in a mighty show of force for the coming season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It was great feeling, we were able to sweep all our matches,” said Santiago in Filipino. “Maybe we have already achieved the maturity that we need to achieve and we didn’t become overconfident.”The Lady Tamaraws missed their team captain Bernadeth Pons—who was on a beach volleyball duty—in the best-of-three finals series. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img As expected, Santiago ran away with the Most Valuable Player Award for her third straight MVP honor in the league.Earlier, Marck Espejo steered Ateneo to a sweep of Far Eastern University for the men’s title.Espejo fired 20 points for the Blue Eagles, who fashioned out a 25-21, 25-22, 25-16 triumph in Game 2 of their best-of-three title series.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups National University completed a perfect run all the way to the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference championship Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd U23 coach Wood: Brandon Williams must learn from red card

first_imgMan Utd U23 coach Wood: Brandon Williams must learn from red cardby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Under-23s boss Neil Wood says Brandon Williams must learn from his red card in victory over Fulham.Williams is the Under-23s’ captain but his evening at Leigh Sports Village ended disappointingly as he was shown a second yellow card for a mistimed challenge in the closing stages.The 18-year-old had earlier been booked after an altercation with Fulham striker Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Wood said he needs to learn from his mistake.”He was really good [up until the sending off],” Wood told the Manchester Evening News. “He’s got a red card, a one-game ban and his little retaliation, he’s going to have to learn.”He had a little flare-up with the lad (Taylor-Crossdale) earlier and got his first caution, but it’s something he’s going to have to learn from. He’s old enough and mature enough to know he let himself down a little bit but I’m sure he’ll learn from the experience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd post scout to watch Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias

first_imgMan Utd post scout to watch Benfica centre-back Ruben Diasby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United remain interested in Benfica’s young centre-back Ruben Dias.Record says AC Milan, Wolves and United are among clubs that have been identified as possible destinations for Dias.And United have posted a scout to Portugal to study the Benfica defender.Dias is regarded highly across Europe, but chose remain with Benfica this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more