How Black protest may be key to finally ending racial violence

first_img Facing the denial of American racism The fire this time As public protests against the police killings of George Floyd and other African American men and women continue in all 50 states and hundreds of other countries, scholars are looking to place this moment in the context of the historical struggle for social justice. On Tuesday, “Black Lives, Protest, and Democracy,” an online discussion hosted by the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, reached from the roots of institutional racial violence into its current manifestations, particularly in education and public health.Moderated by Megan Ming Francis visiting associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School, the panel brought together Rhea W. Boyd, M.D., M.P.H. ’17, FAAP, a pediatrician as well as a medical educator; Kaneesha Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in government; and Leah Wright Rigueur, RI ’18, associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School. The discussion may be viewed on YouTube or the Ash Center site.In what she called “a defining moment in history,” Francis opened the discussion with an overview of the nation’s long history of institutional racial violence that goes back to Reconstruction. She noted that after the Civil War, most Southern states passed racially biased laws “to entrap Black people,” and “practiced discriminatory policing” that included the use of violence and increased incarceration, a pattern that would spread through the South and the rest of the nation.,“Blacks have been fighting for the right to live … forever,” she said, citing the history of attempts by the NAACP and other activist organizations to pass laws to protect Blacks against lynching and mob violence, followed by years of protest against entrenched inequities. “It’s not just about police violence. It’s about so many different institutions in this country that have failed Black people.”Rigueur elaborated, providing a larger cultural context for the roots of contemporary Black protest.“The protests we see now are about the overlapping failures of America,” she said. Citing the failures of capitalism (“George Floyd was in Minneapolis looking for work when he was murdered”) and the health care system (“George Floyd had COVID-19 in his lungs when he died”), Rigueur said that Floyd’s death, while tragic, is far from unique.“Every single aspect of the American state has failed Black people and failed Black people repeatedly,” said Rigueur, the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research in 2018. “Black protest makes the point quite clearly that the state is illegitimate. The social contract, which governs our lives, has historically failed Black people and continues to fail them. The safeguards that we envision when we think of American democracy have failed Black people.”,In this context, “Black protest actually represents our best chance at a true democracy for all people because it highlights the ways in which democracy doesn’t work for very many,” she said.Johnson took a deeper dive into American policing, tracing it back to the slave patrols and Indian constables of the 18th century. It was not until the mid-19th century that the modern model of the police began to emerge, she said. Since then, it has grown exponentially, absorbing state and city monies at the expense of social programs and, increasingly, being exported by the U.S. to other countries.“We’ve seen policing increasing,” she said. “We’ve seen school punishment increasing as we see social welfare systems slashed.”Boyd spoke about the intersections of pandemic, policing, and protest. Noting the “alarming disparities” in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths between white and Black patients, she said that media coverage has highlighted the physical reasons behind the increased susceptibility of populations of color while engaged in what she called “the ritual forgetting of why Black people suffer from poverty and underlying health issues.”Such vulnerability, she explained, comes not only from generations of poverty and insufficient resources but also from police violence. “Police kill people,” she said, noting number of people killed each year by police — 1,098, according to mappingpoliceviolence.com — and calling it out as a public health problem. Relating those numbers to the pandemic, she pointed out people who witness violence, either in person or on social media, suffer repercussions.“For kids,” she said, post-traumatic stress from witnessing violence can lead to “headaches, changes in sleep habits, increased isolation.” Throughout the population, “chronic exposure to stress shifts how the human body develops, increases risks of heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and depression.”“You can’t say increased rates of COVID are simply because of underlying disease,” said Boyd. “We have to make that connection.”,So what steps can society can take next? The answers ran the gamut. While Rigueur stressed that real change will take enormous time and commitment, she joined Johnson in the call to defund the police. In particular, Johnson pushed for reallocation of funding from the police to community organizers. “We need to take the money out of these systems and pass it onto these community organizers, who know how to redistribute it to make these communities safer.”Boyd advocated for more inclusive health care and for police-free schools. “We need to promise our kids that we will give them a learning environment that is free of the violence and surveillance of the police.” Related Racism, coronavirus, and African Americans Radcliffe Institute panel explores its social roots and explores ways to raise awareness Panel discusses long-festering wounds of racial inequities and possible steps forward Lawrence D. Bobo dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope Waiting for someone else to speak out Harvard expert says ‘bystander effect’ emboldens toxic culture of police violence Illustrating Boyd’s point, Francis recalled her own years at a public high school, where the police presence was constant, but there was only one guidance counselor for 450 students.Looking ahead, panelists found cause for hope in the diversity of the current movement. While young people have taken the lead, Johnson noted the movement’s intergenerational component, while Rigueur commented on its multiracial makeup. “It does give me optimism to see white people really questioning the role they can play and the harm they have done in the past and what they can do to rectify it,” she said. “Sustaining this will be crucial to any long-term movement.”But Boyd acknowledged her fear of backlash to the current movement — or of “hitting the wall” with progress. Nevertheless, she said, “I feel grateful for this space right here.”last_img read more

No. 1 beach volleyball prepares for Pac-12 title defense

first_imgFresh off of hard-fought dual victories over Cal Poly and crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday, the No. 1 USC beach volleyball team will look to defend its title as reigning conference champions this weekend when they compete in the second annual Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championships in Tucson, Ariz.With the regular season now behind them and a 60-match winning streak in tow, the undefeated Trojans (30-0) will make their first-ever appearance at Bear Down Beach in the tournament, hosted by the University of Arizona, with double-elimination team bracket play beginning on Thursday. The conference will crown a team champion on Friday and then play an 18-pair single-elimination tournament to crown a pairs champion on Saturday.Two Trojan duos have crossed the 30-win plateau this season, with senior All-Americans and reigning Pac-12 pairs champions Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes boasting a 35-1 overall record this season and a 29-1 mark in dual matches at the top court. At the bottom of the lineup at No. 5, juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer are 30-4 overall with a 26-2 dual record, and they reached the 30-win mark after an exciting three-setter against UCLA on Saturday.Following right behind is the No. 3 pair of junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin, who own a 28-7 overall record and 25-5 mark in duals together. USC’s No. 2 pair of seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler (17-5 overall, 16-4 duals) and No. 4 pair of sophomore Abril Bustamante and freshman Joy Dennis (16-5 overall, 15-5 duals) will look to crack the 20-win threshold over the weekend.The Trojans are eager to defend their conference title in Tucson against largely improved competition from last year, and they hope to finish the season out strong.“The team is really excited,” Kremer said. “We really want to win another Pac-12 Championship. There is going to be some great competition, and we’ve been waiting all season for these last two tournaments — Pac-12s and NCAAs — so we’re ready for that final push.”This year’s conference field includes three teams ranked in the AVCA Top 10, with No. 1 USC(30-0), No. 2 UCLA (26-3) andNo. 8 Arizona (15-8) at the top. Pac-12 rivals Arizona State (12-14), Washington (7-5) and Stanford (12-8) also received votes in this week’s AVCA poll.In the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament held at Merle Norman Stadium last season, the Trojans picked up 5-0 wins over Oregon and California in the quarterfinals before posting a 3-2 victory over UCLA in the semifinals. USC was then crowned the first-ever league champion with a 3-0 sweep over Arizona in the finals. The Trojans could potentially meet the Bruins and the Wildcats again this weekend in the team bracket, although USC owns a perfect all-time record against both schools.As the top seed in the team bracket, No. 1 USC will kick off its tournament on Thursday at 1 p.m., taking on the winner of the de facto play-in match between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds. Should the Trojans advance, the quarterfinal matchup will begin at 6 p.m. The semifinals of the tournament begin on Friday at 9 a.m., with the Pac-12 team title match is scheduled for later in the afternoon at 1 p.m. Finally, the pairs championship will begin on Friday and run until the final at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

Public urged to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah strikes

first_imgDonegal County Council is urging the public to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah passes across the western seaboard today and into this evening.Met Eireann has issued a status OrangeWind warning for Donegal and all counties along the western seaboard from 9am today until 6am on Monday morning and a Yellow weather alert for rain in Donegal valid until 6pm this evening. Earlier today Met Eireann increased the warning status for Kerry to red.Donegal County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team is currently monitoring the advice from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) and weather forecasts from Met Éireann and the Council remains in a state of readiness to deal with any incidents arising from the storm. However to date there has been no storm related call outs for the Fire Service in Donegal and reports of only a small number of fallen trees that Council crews have responded to.The Council is urging the public to keep up to date with the weather forecasts and to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and protect property during this weather event.Keep up to date on Council services by registering at www.mapalerter.com/donegal or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook @donegalcoco or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil .During office hours you can contact theCouncil on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency call 074 91 72288. Public urged to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah strikes was last modified: December 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Starry-eyed under a Shared Sky

first_imgThe same stars shine down on South Africa’s Central Karoo and parts of Western Australia. But over thousands of years, different eyes have watched these shared skies, and woven the bright points of light and the darkness between into the lyrical creation myths of the first peoples of both continents.There is the story of the Girl Who Threw Ashes into the Sky to make the Milky Way – or what the !Kung people call the Backbone of the Night. This same girl threw up a root, white when young and red when old, to make the stars. Then there is the story of the children who threw an old man with the sun in his armpit up into the sky to light the day.From across Indian Ocean, there are more tales, fables and heavenly instructions, like when the shadow of the Great Emu looms, to tell the Yamaji people when to collect emu eggs. The formation comes from the Yamaji seeing beyond the stars, to the dust clouds and matter between the heavenly bodies visible to the naked eye; a scientific subtlety lost on even later science-focused civilisations.These stories explaining the universe – this indigenous astronomy – have now been gathered and depicted in a series of quilts that went on exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery in Perth on 30 September 2014, where they will remain until 2 November. The show, Shared Sky, is an “ingenious collaboration between science and indigenous art’ and runs concurrently with the SKA Engineering meeting in Perth. The meeting brings together the teams from around the world who are working on the design of the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array telescope, to be built from 2018 in South Africa and Australia.South Africa SKA director Bernie Fanaroff believes that science and art have much in common: “They are both about beauty and aesthetics – most science is beautiful, and so is most art. The quilts, are really beautiful in themselves – colourful and dynamic; science is like that too.”The Shared Sky exhibition brings three artists from the First People group at the Nieu- Bethesda community arts centre in South Africa’s Eastern Cape together with Australian artists descended from or connected to the Wajarri people who lived on the land that is now the site of the Australian SKA.This land is 700km north-east of Perth, at Boolardy Station in the mid-west region of Western Australia.The Aboriginal artists are from the Yamaji Art Centre, which is a “strong advocate for social justice and the promotion of respect and awareness of Yamaji culture’. The centre is 100% Aboriginal-owned and operated.First PeopleSandra Sweers is the lead artist at First People group. She prefers to work with textiles, is also a printmaker, and sometimes works in stained glass. She facilitates drawing at the centre and often participates in shows at the centre as an actor, clown, dancer and singer. Sweers, like all the artists at the centre, is a recovering alcoholic from a difficult background. In her younger years she identified as Coloured, but now also embraces her Xam Bushman heritage, which she depicts strongly in the Shared Sky works. Gerald Mei, also of Xam heritage, works with stained glass and mosaics and has a special fondness for painting with oils. At 18, he is the youngest artist at First People and having overcoming his shyness and getting used to working with mostly women, is an enthusiastic quilt maker.The exhibitionBoth sets of art, South African and Australian, have an organic feel; swirl motifs, recurrent soft geometrics, the ochred colours of the arid lands the artists live on, all combine to create vivid tapestries imagining the dawn of humanity, and the stars above. The Shared Sky exhibition is scheduled to arrive in South Africa early in 2015.SAinfo reporter, SKAlast_img read more

A corn market rally is hard to justify

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThere are so many negative factors affecting the corn market right now, it’s difficult justifying any market rally. Weather is always a wild card for the market in either direction especially this early in the season. The funds have a record short position right now, but farmers are really long, so a rally isn’t guaranteed. While no two market years are ever the same, I find it’s helpful to review historical trends to gain perspective or insight.From this point forward in the year the market has eventually seen a nice rally over the last 4 years:2018 — December corn posted a low on 4/20, then rallied 27 cents until 5/242017 — December corn posted a low on 4/21, then rallied 38 cents until 7/112016 — December corn posted a low on 4/25, then rallied 70 cents until 6/172015 — December corn went 20 cents lower from 4/20 until 6/15, then increased 70 cents by 7/11Finishing up my final 2017 Cash SalesLast August I still had 35% of my 2017 crop, stored at home but hedged with sales against the September futures. Instead of setting basis at -.43 picked up on the farm last summer, I continued to store my grain at home and collected market carry, hoping for better basis in the spring. To capture the carry, I “rolled” the futures I had sold against the September to December futures and captured 15 cents of market carry. Then in late November I rolled those sales forward again to July ‘19 futures, picking up another 27 cents of market carry profit.Last week I discussed how I made a basis sale at -.28 against the May. Instead of applying that sale to the ’18 crop I’m actually going to apply it to what I had left of the ’17 crop.With the basis sale being against the May futures, I need to account for rolling the spread from July back to May, which was at a 9-cent spread. Because the market is in a carry, it means the 9-cent spread between the July where my futures were hedged and May futures in which the basis was set against will show up as a loss in my hedge account. Was it more profitable to sell my grain this spring compared to last summer?Basis Profit: -43 cents vs. -28 cents = +15 centsMarket Carry: 15 cents + 27 cents = +42 centsMarket Carry Loss: = -9 centsTotal Profit = +48 centsBut there are additional costs to hold the grain that long. CapacityI have to have more than 100% bin space capacity at home to do this. Currently I can get a 7-year bin loan that costs 25 cents per bushel per year on the type of bins I have recently built. Handling, shrink and fumigationStoring and handling the corn for more than one year requires that I run the fans on the bin in the late summer and fall to keep the corn in condition. My shrink factor is minor because I can blend overly dry corn from one bin with slightly wetter corn in another. If I couldn’t blend, I would have to add the cost for shrink loss on the dry corn and/or the discounts of loading out wet corn. Insects could be an issue affecting grain quality too, and there could be fumigation costs that need to be considered. InterestThe interest cost to not pay down my operating note from the sale of grain on September 1st last year also needs to be considered.My corn’s cash value last September was: $3.20Current operating interest rates: 6%Cost per bushel per month to not pay down the operating note: 1.6 centsTime spent holding grain in bin (September to Mid – April): 7.5 monthsTotal interest cost to wait: 12 centsConclusion: Storing grain more than 1 year was MORE profitableNet Profit from Trade: +48 centsBin Ownership Costs: -25 centsHandling Costs: -4 centsInterest Cost: -12 centsProfit: 6 centsThis was my second year of having extra bin space to make this type of trade. It was also the second year in a row that I have made money holding some of my grain from one marketing year to another. While the bin cost is reducing my profits this year it allows for me to build equity on the ownership of more than 100% bin capacity on my farm. Once those bins are paid off that cost becomes a huge profit potential for me over the life of that bin.The market usually pays for corn to be stored forward in time, so owning a grain bin is the best return on investment on my farm. And while storing grain longer than 1 year can increase corn quality risk, a little bit of management goes a long way to reduce potential issues. For me the increased profitability and flexibility on-farm storage provides outweighs its disadvantages. Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

Intel launches modular Compute Card at CES 2017

first_imgFollow the Puck Each part of a computer has a different lifespan, but all too often once one part breaks, the entire unit needs to be scrapped for the newest model. Intel wants to change that, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 it announced the Compute Card, a modular computer that fits inside your pocket.The Compute Card comes with a CPU, GPU, RAM, flash storage, and wireless connectivity inside, enough to power most household machines. Intel wants it to be the computer that powers smart TVs, fridges, and other smart home appliances of the future.See Also: Intel burned by Basis Peak users’ burnsInstead of inserting the computer via HDMI, Intel has created a new USB-C extension that gives direct access to USB and PCIe buses. The Compute Card can also connect and control HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, giving it a wide variety of functionality.Intel Compute Stick set to retireIntel plans to retire the predecessor to the Compute Card, the Compute Stick, sometime in 2018. It will start working with consumer and commercial partners to build backdoors to remove the Compute Card from devices, without breaking the entire machine.We don’t know the performance of the Compute Card, but Intel has said it will provide performance options ranging from Intel’s low-power Atom range to the Core i5 and i7 processors found in high-end laptops and desktops.Intel also didn’t announce a price for the Compute Card. It said there will be more information on specifications, availability, and pricing in June 2017. The chip maker is working with partners to bring the Compute Card to as many devices as possible—the partners include Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Sharp.The Compute Card could improve the lifespan of smart home devices, which would otherwise need to be replaced every two to three years. For the low-power devices, it may cost less than $100 to keep the device going for another half decade, if the Compute Card proves an easy upgrade. Tags:#CES2017#Compute Card#Intel#Internet of Things#IoT#smart home David Curry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Not gathering dust

first_imgTheir muse is their mission. Their prized possessions- the collectables they’ve compulsively and so lovingly gathered over the years-remain their pride and joy. They are the heritage collectors of Chandigarh. Take a tour of their heritage Meccas displaying rare antiques. Opinder Kaur SekhonOpinder Kaur SekhonMini PatialaAntique aficionado Opinder Kaur Sekhon,Their muse is their mission. Their prized possessions- the collectables they’ve compulsively and so lovingly gathered over the years-remain their pride and joy. They are the heritage collectors of Chandigarh. Take a tour of their heritage Meccas displaying rare antiques.Opinder Kaur SekhonOpinder Kaur SekhonMini PatialaAntique aficionado Opinder Kaur Sekhon grew up admiring Punjab’s rich rural heritage. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before she started preserving it for future generations. “I’ve always been very connected to my roots. But my passion for antiques bloomed once I got married to a family having a royal connect,” says Opinder, whose husband’s grandfather served the Maharajas of Patiala. The 49-year-old’s collection today is a Mecca of Punjabi antiquity.Sekhon’s home in Chandigarh is a living museum of all things that the royal Patiala of yore has been famous for- from Punjabi juttis and khosas procured from Muktsar, Fazilka, Malout, Rampura and Patiala to intricately woven covers of pettis and sandooks and antique jewellery to 20 pieces of baagh phulkari. But her most valued collection includes 75-year-old Patiala salwar-suits, achkans and rainbow hue ghagras with 75 creases on each of them.The piece de resistance, however, is the ‘gold suit’ that belongs to her husband’s grandmother. She is presently authoring a coffee table book on her collection.Karishma Aggarwal has a collection of 100 Barbie dollsKarishma AggarwalThe Barbie girlWith almost mathematical precision, 13-year-old Karishma Aggarwal enlists the contents of her closet-that stacks around 100 Barbie dolls. “There are Barbies wearing long, flowing gowns, sporting short dresses, some decked up in lehenga cholis or salwar kameez, a Snow-White and even a Britney Spears. Though a few were gifted , I’ve picked most from in and around Chandigarh,” says Karishma. Karishma also possesses a staggering volume of fashion accessories.From laced-up boots, slip-ons and wedges, purses, hats to glittering little tiaras and necklaces, she has it all. She washes, irons and puts on the new dresses on the dolls every evening.”One day, my elder sister Kudrat was reading aloud an article on an American Barbie-collector with 4000 Barbies. I felt an urge to have such a whopping collection too,” elaborates the class seven student of Bhavan Vidyalaya.Gurshinder AulukhGurshinder AulukhNothing is scrapPreserving bits and pieces of Punjabi heritage is an all-consuming passion of 62-year-old Gurshinder Aulakh. Thanks to the collector’s painstaking efforts, her private collection titled Sarmaya- occupies a spacious corner of her resort Aura Vaseela. Besides interesting bric-a-brac that Gurshi’s collected from her various travels across Punjab, the collection also features family heirlooms handed over to her by her mother and mother-in-law. “I was always fascinated by traditional utensils being used in my village,” informs Aulukh, whose love for Punjabi heritage intensified after marriage. “My husband, an I.P.S. Officer, was posted in the Gujarat cadre when we got married. Travelling with him across the state exposed me to its rich heritage,” says Aulukh.She observed that in Punjab people were were trading the golden past for modern stainless steel. The scrap dealers were selling the rich traditional items by their weight at the rates of metal, without realising their worth.The heritage lover’s sensibilities goaded her to make efforts to preserve her culture for the future generations. She started looking around homes, scrap shops and villages. Today, her collection boasts of a rare antiques collected from Bhatinda, Muktsar, Kangra, Jagadhari, Morinda, Kalka, Roopnagar, Sangrur, Pinjore and Kharar. “My favourites include camel kaathees, charkha, a hand pump and a 100-year-old angeethi” says Gurshi, who is encouraging new artistes in varied fields.Gitanjali GillGitanjali GillSilver streakAll that glitters at Gitanjali Gill’s farmhouse in Zirakpur is not gold, but refreshingly silver. Beams the social worker and bauble-lover, who possesses more than 200 antique silver trinkets. “It all started around 11 years back when I was on a vacation in Dalhousie. I came across a local woman wearing unique kanthasand jhumars in silver. This triggered off an interest in silver jewellery,” informs Gill, adding, “These women do not sell their jewellery directly as selling off their ancestral jewellery for financial reasons was a taboo; lest they bring a bad name to the family. Most of these women were selling their jewellery to local goldsmiths and jewellers, who further melted it to make more modern designs.” And so, Gitanjali set off on a collector’s trail, hunting for jewellers who’d sell antique pieces to her. After two years, the lady could boast of more than 180 exquisite pieces: 50-year-old anklets, jhumars, swirling neckpieces, kanthas and rani haars. “There’s even an antique hairclip and an ear cleaner in pure silver, sourced from Banikhet in Chamba,” avers the proud collector.Imranjyot SinghImranjyot SinghMan of coinsHis love and ongoing efforts for collecting coins from around the world is all-consuming. But, perhaps, documenting history runs in the blood of 16-year-old Imranjyot Singh. Son of Opinder Kaur who’s been relentlessly collecting bits and pieces of Punjab’s glorious past, the medical student from the Lawrence School Sanawar, has 250 antique coins dating back to 1776. Imranjyot has a wide range of rare coins from almost parts of the globe-U.S.A, Canada, UK and Mauritius. His collection also include a wide range-Files of Jorden, Dines, Cents and quarter Dollars from USA-dating back to 1776, Devtsche Mark, Republique Francise, Canadian and Sri Lankan cents, Malasian Sens and Bahrains, Australian Florin and South African Rands. Imran’s most valued collection includes Indian one Rupee coins dating back to 1907. Recalls Imranjyot, “It all started at a very young age, when I was sitting with my maternal grandfather and watching a programme on coin collection on Discovery Channel,” smiles the young collector.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Are we at the edge of fast?

first_imgLast year about this time I wrote a lengthy piece showing how OSU’s snap speed had progressed over the years since Gundy took over. This year I wondered, despite the deficiencies in maturity on offense (seemingly a quality you’d need for going fast), whether or not OSU would continue to aim for more.I even implored John Helsley to ask the question at OSU’s media day on [email protected] The goal has always been go faster on offense than the year before. Still the case?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 2, 2014I’m pretty sure he (or somebody) did because Kyle Fredrickson wrote about it here and there seems to be a bit of confusion among the team about what the goal is.On one hand you have some veteran offense guys saying things like this.Offensive lineman Brandon Garrett: “Fast is our game and that’s how we win.”Wide receiver Jhajuan Seales: “With all the talent and speed that we’ve got, it’s going to be much faster this year.”But then you have younger guys and, ahem, the head ball coach saying stuff like this.Gundy: “We want to play as fast as possible, but we also don’t want to extend ourselves out there and make ourselves vulnerable if we’re not capable of playing as we really need to.”Ra’Shaad Samples: “We’re going to go at the pace we need to go to win games.”Interesting.I wanted to look at what Seales was talking about, though. Just how fast was OSU going last year compared to other years and how much faster is this offense capable of going?The numbers I’m about to throw at you are simply this: total time of possession on offense divided by total plays. Passing teams are sometimes helped by this because the play clock stops for them on incompletions…though if you’re throwing that many incomplete passes, you likely have bigger issues.The reason these numbers might seem inflated is because a team holds the ball for a while when it punts, has turnovers, and commits penalties. I didn’t include these as offensive “plays” because, well, those are all things that slow an offense down and I don’t feel like they should be added to artificially enhance these numbers.Total time/total plays2005: 24 seconds per play2006: 26 seconds per play2007: 23 seconds per play2008: 26 seconds per play2009: 28 seconds per play2010: 22 seconds per play2011: 20 seconds per play2012: 21 seconds per play2013: 21 seconds per playSo it would seem as if OSU has sort of hit a wall in terms of speed on offense. Will a team every know the book better than that 2011 team with Weeden and Blackmon? Doubtful, and even if they do I’m not sure anyone will ever be as efficient as Weeden was in running that offense.I was actually pleasantly surprised to see last year’s mark so low with the QB merry-go-round and Legoman at the helm. Under 22 seconds isn’t a joke — only 60 teams have done it since 2007 (out of 849) including OSU in each of the last three years.Speaking of, here are the 10 fastest teams in that span.10 fastest teams 2012Houston18.15 2012Louisiana Tech19.13 2013BYU19.44 2012Marshall18.74 Team 2013Baylor19.80 2013Wyoming19.56center_img Seconds/Play Year 2009Houston19.56 2012Arizona19.38 2013Texas Tech19.53 Baylor was so impressive last season. You know what’s even more impressive, though? Baylor ran a play every 17.5 seconds against OSU in Stillwater and OSU was deep enough (and opportunistic enough) to crush them.This year, though. This year will be different.It might actually work to OSU’s disadvantage to go as fast as humanly possible. I’m not sure that’s a rhythm you want to put JW Patton in and with the lack of depth on defense I’m not sure you want to be giving Baylor and OU (not to mention FSU) 90 plays a game.Gundy always seems to press the right buttons, though, and this is something I’ll be taking a look at as the year wears on.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Vale Bob Sfeir

first_imgOn behalf of the Touch Football community, Touch Football Australia wishes to extend its condolences to the family of Bob Sfeir, who passed away on Tuesday. Bob Sfeir was the father of Australian Men’s Open assistant coach and Australian Men’s 20’s coach, Paul Sfeir and was also involved in Touch Football himself for many years. Rest in peace – Bob SfeirRelated LinksVale Bob Sfeirlast_img