Local artisans near northeast India’s Kaziranga National Park say their wildlife-inspired woodcraft is an expression of nature-friendly values, and counters stereotypes of tribal people as antagonistic to conservation.Small, locally owned workshops face competition from big-city businesses who control prime retail locations and can undercut their prices.Carving a fast-growing local wood by hand, sculptors say theirs is a green craft, and should be promoted and supported by the government. Sitting on a wooden plank on the floor of his tiny workshop, Kushal Das meticulously uses his chisel and gouge to give the finishing touches to the rhinoceros he’s spent over an hour carving out of a 20-centimeter (8-inch) slab of wood. He pauses for a moment, inspecting his handwork with a critical eye, before making a few final adjustments and handing the sculpture to his assistant, Deepak Bora, who is responsible for dyeing it in bright colors.Das, 48, and Bora, 19, are among some 100 woodcraft artisans running workshops and selling handmade art pieces — mostly wooden replicas of various animals — near Kaziranga National Park in northeastern India’s Assam State. The park is the global stronghold of the greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), the species Das’s latest statue depicts. According to a 2018 census, 2,413 rhinos live in the park, around two-thirds of the species’ total population.Woodcarver Kushal Das (right) and his assistant Deepak Bora at work in Das’s woodcarving workshop-cum-shop at Rajabari, Kaziranga. Image by Sumit Das.Kaziranga National Park attracts a massive tourist flow, with the 2017-2018 tourist season recording 177,431 visitors. Wood-carvers like Das and Bora rely on these tourists to keep their business afloat.“The wildlife tourists visiting the park like to buy souvenirs from Kaziranga and their most obvious choice is traditionally crafted rhinos,” says Das, whose carving workshop and stall, in the village of Rajabari, is close to the Agaratoli range of Kaziranga National Park and sits by a national highway that connects Assam with the neighboring northeastern states of India. “We have our peak selling season during the months the park is kept open for tourists. For the rest of the year, our customers are primarily the people from different parts of Assam and the neighboring states who ply by the national highway.”According to Das, approximately 100 families around the park depend on wood carving for their livelihoods. Many of these families belong to different local tribal communities, such as the Mishing, Karbi and Adivasi, or so-called “tea tribes.” Marginalized in the state’s politics, these groups have also been portrayed as detrimental to conservation. Even official conservation discourses have accommodated such views: a 2005 UNESCO-IUCN-WII technical report described Karbi and Mishing communities as antagonistic to the park’s values, saying they were “still to come to terms with the creation/declaration of the additional areas of the park.” In 2017, a poster used for conservation communication in Manas National Park, a protected area in western Assam, racially profiled Adivasi communities and portrayed them as encroachers on the park’s land. The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) later apologized for the poster. In 1994, an article in the journal Pachyderm tended to only discuss tribes like the Karbi or Bodo as threats to wildlife and conservation efforts.The wood-carvers from these communities stand in stark contrast to such negative portrayals: they practice an eco-friendly art through which they express conservation nuggets.The tools of a woodcarver: chisels, gouges, hammers and a hacksaw. Image by Sumit Das.Wood carving and its potentialsWood carving is a traditional art form of Assam, once patronized by the Ahom kings of eastern Assam. As such, the practice even today doesn’t involve the use of any sort of machinery. Everything is done manually. “Being a handicraft, it’s a green art,” Das says. “The woodcraft we practice is completely eco-friendly.”Kaziranga’s carvers work with Gambhar wood (Gmelina arborea), locally known as gomari gos, from a fast-growing deciduous tree that occurs naturally throughout Assam and other parts of India. The wood is sourced from nearby villages, where the trees grow in abundance. Depending on its size and quality, a dried trunk costs anywhere from 1,800 to 8,300 rupees ($24 to $112), Das says.There are two kinds of people employed in a wood-carving workshop: the artisan, or mistiri, and the assistant, or jogali. The artisan is often the owner of the workshop, while the assistant is a semi-skilled daily-wage laborer employed by the former. While the artisan’s income depends on the amount of finished products he can sell, the assistant gets a fixed daily wage of around 350 to 430 rupees ($5 to $6 per). “If you are lucky enough to work with a good mistiri there could also be incentive per carving. However, that depends a lot on experience and age as well,” says Bora, who has worked as Das’s assistant for over two years.“Till date the highest sale I’ve recorded on a day is about 26,000 [$350]. That was in the peak season earlier this year,” says Das, who puts his average monthly income at 29,000 rupees ($390).Woodcarvings of rhinos crafted by Das and Bora and ready for sale in Das’s stall. Image by Sumit Das.Artisans maintain that business has improved in the last couple of years. While Das is a relatively new entrant into the trade, starting his shop in 2008, Anup and Khajan, who run the neighboring stall, have been in the business for 15 years. Now both in their late twenties, they started working in woodcraft after dropping out of school in 2003. “The business has seen an uptick in the last couple years with more and more tourists visiting Kaziranga and dropping by to buy our works,” they say. “Also, locally, people’s buying power has improved over the years. They are now more interested in buying decorative items than they used to be 10 years ago.”However, there has not yet been any concerted effort to link wildlife tourism and conservation to the handicraft industry in Kaziranga, says Deep Jyoti Gurung, a doctoral researcher at Tezpur University, Assam. “It’s a fact that ensuring decent alternative livelihoods for local forest-dependent communities helps a big way in earning their support for conservation initiatives,” says Gurung, who co-authored a study on Kaziranga’s handicraft industry and wildlife tourism. “If we succeed in creating a stable market tapping on the huge wildlife tourist inflow Kaziranga draws every year, the handicraft industry around the park has tremendous potential to create livelihoods.”The woodcarving workshop run by Anup and Khajan at Rajabari, Kaziranga. Now in their late 20s, the men have been in the business for 15 years. Image by Sumit Das.But little has been done so far, Gurung says. One problem is the lack of a regulation or standard price rates in the handicraft market. As a result, cheap imported items flooding the market make it hard for local artisans to compete. Locals also have little access to the prime spots for attracting potential buyers. The stalls closest to major tourist hubs are owned by big businessmen from outside Kaziranga who don’t run workshops and instead sell items sourced at a low price from disadvantaged artisans, Gurung says.The industry is also lacking in proper promotion, says Gurung. “There’s little online promotion and selling of Kaziranga’s handicrafts,” he says. “The industry has to tap into what the internet has to offer. And while promoting, an emphasis on the fact that Kaziranga’s handicraft is a sustainable green art anchored on a local tradition could attract more international buyers.”A theatrical scene of Kaziranga National Park, crafted in bamboo by amateur artist Golap Kutum. Image by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya.Conservation nuggets through handcrafted artDespite the challenges, Kaziranga’s artisans continue producing handcrafted works of art, not only to make a living but also to express their opinions and concerns about conservation issues.“See, this is my handmade Kaziranga National Park,” says Golap Kutum, displaying a photograph on mobile phone. It shows a tableau of various life-size wild animals as well as a forest guard, all crafted from bamboo cane. In the middle of this art installation is a heap of ashes of an effigy of a rhino poacher, burned by villagers celebrating rhino conservation and condemning poaching. This theatrical installation of bamboo-made figures was Kutum’s creation, which he handcrafted on the occasion of the Assamese festival of Magh Bihu in January this year.“In the installation, I wanted to show how important conservation is and that the local communities have a stake in conservation efforts. It’s time local communities were duly acknowledged,” says Kutum, a resident of Baligaon, a village in Golaghat district abutting Kaziranga National Park. Kutum is a not a professional artisan; rather, he uses his bamboo craftsmanship to express his opinions and messages on a range of social issues, including those related to conservation and the environment. He drives an electronic rickshaw near Kaziranga for a living.A Karbi youth, dressed in traditional Karbi tribal clothes, holding a jambili athon totem pole. Image by Angtong Engti Kathar.Some of the stalls near Kaziranga sell a type woodcraft known as jambili athon, a traditional art from the Karbi, a local tribe inhabiting fringe villages of Kaziranga National Park.Considered a sacred totem of the Karbi, and made of bengwoi ke-er (Wrightia coccinea) wood, a jambili athon consists of a central axis and a whorl of four branches, all with beautiful carvings on them. Carved birds, symbolizing the various clans of the Karbi tribe, perch on the tips of the branches and atop the central axis. It is forbidden for the Karbi to kill the species of birds that embellish the jambili athon.“The very fact that we use birds to symbolize our different clans in the jambili athon totem poles shows that the Karbi worldview is intrinsically rooted in nature,” says Lindak Hanse, a veteran baroi — one of the specially skilled Karbi artists who are entitled to carve jambili athon. Hanse says he believes these nature-friendly values behind the traditional Karbi woodcraft of jambili athon should be included in conservation discourses.In Kaziranga, wood-carvers believe that, in addition to earning them a living, their works serve the cause of conservation. “The keepsake animal replicas we make help people [enhance] their appreciation of the wildlife — or at least make them familiar with species they haven’t seen in reality,” Das says.Kushal Das carving an eight-inch one-horned rhinoceros. It takes Das about one and a half hours to complete the carving. Image by Sumit Das.‘We carve rhinos, don’t kill them’The tribal artisans like Kutum, a Mishing; Hanse, a Karbi; and Anup and Khajan, Adivasis, near Kaziranga damn the stereotype of tribals as detrimental and antagonistic to conservation efforts and Kaziranga National Park’s values.Pointing to a half-carved rhino replica in his workshop, Anup says: “You see this piece. It takes a lot of effort to make this rhino replica. In comparison to the efforts put, the money we get is meager. We keep clinging to this painstaking business just because we love Kaziranga and these animals.”“If one or two members of a particular community go astray for some reasons, or go against some decisions of the park, will you hold the entire community responsible for that? Definitely you won’t,” says Hanse. “Therefore these gross negative portrayals of tribals as ecological villains are apparently fallacious.”Kutum says that since time immemorial the tribals have nurtured the forest and have in turn been nurtured by it in an age-old symbiotic relationship. “In Kaziranga, we carve rhinos, don’t kill them,” he says.A rhino woodcarving of six inches made by Das. Image by Sumit Das.Banner Image: Kushal Das at work in his woodcarving workshop at Rajabari, Kaziranga. Image by Sumit Das.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Isabel Esterman Animals, Archive, Biodiversity, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Environment, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Peoples, Mammals, One-horned Rhinos, Poaching, Rhinos, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
The new KGU Chairman joined the Kenya Golf Union in the year 2013 as an Executive and later served as Hon Treasurer in 2016 and 2017 before becoming the Vice Chairman in 2018.In his maiden Speech the new KGU Chairman thanked all the golfers for exuding confidence in him and promised to dedicate his services to the Union at his best. He promised to put more synergy on Golf development as well as searching and developing golfing talents across the country.During the same meeting Ben Omuodo (Royal Nairobi Golf Club) was elected as the Vice Chairman while Limuru’s Vincent Wang’ombe and Sigona’s Peter Kiguru were elected as the Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer respectively.Other Executives that were elected includes; Ndiga Kithae (Thika Sports Club), Karugu Macharia (Windsor Golf Hotel and country club), George Gathu (Kenya Air Force), Njani Ndiritu ( Vetlab Sports Club), Philip Ochola (Muthiaga Golf Club), Fr.Peter Kimani ( Ruiru Sports Club).The Regional Representatives will be co-opted after the 1st KGU Board Meeting which will be held in June. The regions are – Mt. Kenya, Central Rift, North Rift, Western and Coast Region.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Karen’s Murage elected new KGU chairman.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – Karen Country Golf Club’s Anthony Murage was elected the new chairman of Kenya Golf Union for the year 2019/2020.He was voted in during the Kenya Golf Union (KGU) Annual General Meeting held Friday at Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi to take over from Lucas Marang’a who will continue sitting in the KGU board as the immediate Past Chairman.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card That the Cuban baseball team had previously been here for a 1996 Atlanta Olympics and for a series in Baltimore apparently mattered not. That the embargo has ultimately proved effective as a parka in the North Pole, apparently has been lost on every administration since Eisenhower. Note to Washington: It’s been almost 50 years, and Cuba is still Communist. But we’re not supposed to feed the Cuban coffers – so stop all that online Havana cigar ordering before there’s a knock at your door – and U.S. Treasury Department at first rejected a waiver for the Cuban baseball team to participate in the inaugural WBC. This caused all sorts of interesting reactions, the primary one being: If powerhouse Cuba doesn’t come, then it’s really not a world championship. Puerto Rico, which is scheduled to host Cuba in a first-round pool series, threatened to pull out of the tournament if Castro’s kids couldn’t come. That they weren’t until Friday left the World Baseball Classic suffering from understandable angst and gave us yet again all the insight we can handle on the lovely political process. See, the Bush Administration was sticking to this embargo thing. The International Baseball Federation said it would not sanction the tournament without Cuba. Even Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, linked an American bid for the 2016 Olympics to a Cuban boycott. Then Cuba said it would donate any proceeds to the Katrina Hurricane relief, and belatedly – the tournament starts in just 41 days – it received a license to permit those dastardly Cubans entry. The Cubans are coming! The Cubans are coming! Cuban-born Preston Gomez, three times a manager in the major leagues and currently a special assistant to Angels GM Bill Stoneman, said it’s nothing but positive news. “I think it’s good for baseball,” Gomez said. “I don’t think politics should be involved. Eventually it could help between the U.S. and Cuba, and hopefully one day they open up and both sides to get together. “Sometimes, baseball can do more than any politician in the world.” Now that the Cubans are coming everybody can relax, aside strangely, perhaps Cuba. “We’re not afraid of anything,” Castro said. “It’s very difficult to compete against us in any area. Not even in baseball do they want to compete with Cuba.” Understand, they take their baseball very seriously on the island. They have a rich baseball tradition, and are extremely good at it. So good that in three of the four Olympics that have included baseball, the Cubans took home gold. So good that their best players can steal away on a row boat, show up in Florida and the next day become a millionaire in Yankee pinstripes. But if the haughty Cubans think they’re about to show up the world, particularly the U.S., and waltz through this tournament, then they’re about to be hit with the stiffest dose of reality since Hurricane Dennis. The Cubans open play in Pool C, which also includes the Netherlands, Panama and host Puerto Rico. The top two teams out of each of the four pools advance into the second round, and although Cuba is heavily favored to move on, it’s no lock. Puerto Rico – which can call on Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, Pudge Rodriguez – figures to battle Cuba tough, and Panama – with a roster that could include Carlos Lee, Bruce Chen and Ramiro Mendoza – figures to be competitive. Almost half of the 400 players on the 16 rosters are players under contract to Major League teams, and none of them will represent Cuba. When the Cubans were flexing their muscles on the international scene, it was against teams lacking players from the majors. That all changes now. But Gomez said despite defections from previous Cuban national teams, and despite the upgrade in the level of competition at the WBC, it is best to take Cuba very seriously. “Whatever team they’re going to bring from Cuba – because most of those players are playing in a series there right now – is going to be in good shape,” Gomez said. “You read in the paper how good the team the U.S. is going to have and the Dominican, and they should be the favorites, but in a short series, anything can happen. “I guarantee you, Cuba will be in great physical condition and ready to play. In a short series, pitching is going to dominate. And Cuban teams always have good pitching.” It’s uncertain how well the U.S., Dominican, Puerto Rican and Venezuelan teams that rely on MLB players will be ready to play nine innings. They will report to the individual team camps, and then come together only four days before their first game in Phoenix. Conditioning could play a factor, but then so should the likes of Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Roger Clemens. At least all those questions get to be answered in earnest now. On Friday they put the world back in the World Baseball Classic. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They have a genuine world baseball championship now. Everyone can stop their protests, cease the uproar, plan a different demonstration. The Cubans are coming! The Cubans are coming!
Tomorrow is apparently Take Your Pet to Work Day . . . but according to a new survey, there are plenty of people who don’t need some made-up holiday to bring their dog or cat to their job. The survey found that HALF of dog owners who work at pet-friendly places bring their dog in at least once a week . . . and 20% bring it in pretty much daily. 19% of cat owners also bring their cat in pretty much every day.
Severe weather events, like the recent “Bomb Cyclone” along the Eastern seaboard, can negatively impact organizations disrupting productivity and derailing employees’ ability to get to their jobs. However, employers who utilize effective workflex practices can help alleviate many of the problems and stresses caused by weather emergencies.For example, some of the recent When Work Works (WWW) Award winners with worksites located along the East Coast experienced minimal disruption of business continuity. These organizations had already implemented effectual workplace policies and reported little impact on work productivity while keeping employees safe.BlumShapiro, based in New England, saw very little impact from this weather event, because it had invested in technologies allowing most employees to work remotely.“Years ago our firm instituted workflex polices with the technology to support them,” said Sara A. Bell, CHRO, BlumShapiro, West Hartford, CT. “In some cases, firm members have jobs that are unable to be done remotely, so they can use a weather-related time code in place of using PTO.”EisnerAmper LLP employees in affected offices were instructed to take computers and necessary work home in case they could not travel safely.“Although our offices stayed open, we told people to use their judgment and not come in if weather posed dangerous travel conditions,” said Nancy Greenfader, Director, EisnerAmper, New York, NY. “If an employee is unable to work remotely due to their job responsibilities, they can charge an “inclement weather” code, so their paid time-off is not affected. We expect employees to communicate with their team and complete work whether in the office or at home.”Greene Resources in Raleigh, NC, implements workflex practices allowing employees to address unexpected life events no matter the situation. Workplace flexibility is part of the firm’s culture every day.“We want our employees to feel safe above all, so it is important that they are fully informed about how to plan for weather situations,” said Mikio Anderson, SPHR, SHRM-CP, CPC, CTS, Vice President of Human Resources, Greene Resources, Raleigh, NC. “Our company culture prioritizes understanding, empathy, and effective communication to ensure our employees have the support and flexibility they need in times of crisis, while also ensuring business goals and objectives are met.”Greene Resources’ employees across North Carolina experienced hazardous travel conditions. However, the firm did not have to adjust policies because of a thorough inclement weather plan already in place. Hallam-ICS also did not experience disruption at their Raleigh worksite due to workflex practices.“Our North Carolina leadership is proactive and encourages employees to work from home, take time off or flex their hours when the weather is expected to be bad,” said Linda Kronoff, HR Generalist/Recruiter, Hallam-ICS, South Burlington, VT.With more extreme weather events likely, organizations that embrace workflex practices can proactively address employee needs, minimize disruption, and promote productivity. To learn more and see additional When Work Works Award winning best practices visit www.whenworkworks.org. The WWW initiative is a project of SHRM grounded in results and based on data from NSCW and the National Study of Employers.
?uestlove, Anthony Tidd and Larry Gold of the Philly-Paris Lockdown(L. Whitaker for GPTMC) The rehearsal became a who’s who of Philly’s creative scene, as many were intrigued by the idea of blending all three musical styles. So, if you want to see what everyone’s been buzzing about, get your tickets today!And, check out the free PIFA Underground After Show Party with ?uestlove, Rich Medina and DJ AfroDJiak. Philly 360⁰ Exclusive: Questlove Breaks Down Sunday’s Philly-Paris LockdownFor those of you who have been waiting for more of the scoop on The Philly-Paris Lockdown, Philly 360⁰’s got the lowdown. Some of today’s most talented musicians collaborated to bring a sensational hip-hop/jazz/classical mash-up performance to the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Philly 360 Creative Ambassador ?uestlove, Keren Ann, Philly 360 Creative Ambassador James Poyser, David Murray and others rehearsed for the first time yesterday after working on the piece virtually for over a year. The Studio was yesterday’s hot spot as several media outlets came to watch these musical gems put a new spin on Parisian classics. It was—well, you had to be there! Actually, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out the pictures below. And watch the video to see Questlove breakdown the lockdown.
Wearable health IT devices have been a hot topic for the past year or so. To find out more about the promise of patient generated health data and what CIOs need to be thinking about, Intel Health & Life Sciences General Manager Eric Dishman sat down with Dr. Andrew Litt from Dell, Dr. Bill Crounse from Microsoft, and Dr. Graham Hughes of SAS to discuss the advent of new wearable health IT devices and the potential impacts on patient care.The above video is the third clip in a series from this conversation. See the other clips on making health IT data actionable and the benefits of health IT analytics.What questions do you have about health IT wearable devices?
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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir displayed acute leadership skills in the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by guiding his team all the way to the title. But more than that, the left-hander showed that India have a viable alternative to MS Dhoni ahead of the T20 World Cup.By cornering glory in the most prestigious club championship of T20 cricket, that too against Dhoni’s feared Chennai Super Kings, Gambhir has done his credentials no harm. In fact, Gauti has always risen to the occassion, be it for KKR, his Delhi Ranji team or even the Indian national side in one-day cricket.Making Gambhir’s case stronger is perhaps Dhoni’s recent struggles at the international level. The IPL aside, MSD has seemed short of ideas in Tests, one-dayers as well as T20 cricket. Till now, the selectors seemed to have little option but to persist with Dhoni, but Gambhir now could bring the much-needed freshness in leadership and perhaps do for India what he has done for KKR.The T20 World Cup 2012 will be played in Sri Lanka later this year. The hosts take on Zimbabwe in the first match on September 18, while India play their first match against Afghanistan the next day.
news ‘I never thought it would be me,’ says Dina Asher-Smith after 200m world gold – video 0:56 Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Athletics Since you’re here… Elsewhere Jake Wightman was the best of the three British men in the 1500m, running a personal best of 3:31.87 to finish fifth behind Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot, who bombed away to take gold.In the long jump, which was won by Germany’s Malaika Mihambo with a leap of 7.30m, Britain’s Abigail Irozuru came seventh with 6.64m with Shara Proctor 11th on 6.43m.Meanwhile, Asher-Smith has confirmed that she is likely to skip the world indoor championships in Nanjing in March to give her more time to recover from her exploits in Doha. “Tokyo is next July and this championships is late so it makes the turnaround quite condensed,” she said. “It cuts into our off season which no one is happy about. I doubt I’ll be running indoor but you never know.” And while Seb Coe might believe that she is one of the 10 most marketable athletes in the world, Asher-Smith has promised that success would not go to her head.“I want to keep running fast, having fun, be me,” she said. “Go as fast as I can. Keep being me on track. Whether that means eye liner, lipsticks, scrunchies, smiling, being clumsy, having to do kisses and twirls when we walk out. I will keep being me. If that means great things happen then it does, it doesn’t then hey-ho. I have always been about running fast.” “Women’s sport is motivating young women but the drop-out rate is very high,” she warned. “When I left high school the girls who still did PE there was only about five of us; that’s just not good enough.“I hope we can motivate young women come through to take part. Just imagine in 10-20 years there’s no one doing it and this legacy will go to waste.”Asher-Smith agreed, saying: “From what I’ve seen it’s getting better but with Olympics, women’s World Cup, Serena Williams, in the past few years we’ve definitely seen an trend in women wanting to play sport.”There was not much room for optimism on the final night as Britain failed to win a medal. However it took some time to be sure in the women’s 4x400m. Amid farcical scenes, the team of Zoey Clark, Jodie Williams, Emily Diamond, Laviai Nielsen initially finished fourth – only to be bumped up to bronze after the Jamaicans were disqualified for lining up in the wrong place. Two more appeals followed. Before finally, with the IAAF officials clearing out their timing equipment, Jamaica got the nod. Reuse this content Play Video Share on LinkedIn Read more Sebastian Coe admits he has not read report which led to Salazar’s ban In the meantime she intends to paint her living room purple. Given her regal behaviour in Doha, it would be a suitable colour. “I have my flat,” she said. “I have been there for a bit. I have done no decorations. That would be a good idea to get on with.” Dina Asher-Smith hurtles to historic treble as GB win relay silver in Doha Topics Dina Asher-Smith Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Despite a week in which Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson hit the very highest notes, the British team have left these world championships in Doha with their worst medal tally since 2005.Five medals – two below the target of seven to nine set by UK Sport – has further turned up the pressure on the British Athletics performance director, Neil Black, 10 months before the Tokyo Olympics. Share on Twitter Dina Asher-Smith shows off her three medals. Photograph: Mustafa Abumunes/AFP via Getty Images Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest World Athletics Championships Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on WhatsApp Facebook The fact that the organisation is also fighting on a second front after the US Anti-Doping Agency banned Alberto Salazar, a former coach to Mo Farah and consultant to British Athletics, for doping offences, will increase the unease. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Farah or Black.“There’s a lot to feel really, really good about,” insisted Black. “There’s a lot to feel really, really positive about. But the reality is the medal tally is not that which we would have wanted and expected. It could be better, it should be better.“We’ll obviously be talking with UK Sport. It’s about reviewing, planning, what have we learned, what are we going to do about it, how do we convert the nearlies into medals.”At least Asher-Smith left Doha on a bounding high having accumulated a haul of gold in the 200m, sandwiched by silvers in the 100m and 4x100m. Next stop for the 23-year-old will be a holiday, before she starts preparing for Tokyo 2020 and returns to spreading the gospel of sport in schools.She already has an answer to the question she expects to receive more than any other. “When kids say they want to be like me I’m like: ‘No you don’t, you want to be better than me,’” she says. “It’s true. It’s a compliment but don’t aim to do what I do, aim to do better.”Four of the British team’s five medals at these Championships were won by women, the most one-sided split since 2007. And Ashleigh Nelson, who took home a 4x100m relay silver medal, believes that the success of the British women in Doha must create a sustainable legacy.