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Unity and pride

first_imgThey walked onto the podium wearing black socks and no shoes, to symbolise black poverty, and the badges of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. As the Star Spangled Banner began to play in honour of Smith’s victory, the pair turned to face the Stars and Stripes being hoisted to their right. Each then closed his eyes, bowed his head and raised a single, black gloved hand into air for the duration of the anthem. Neither reacted to the increasingly loud booing of the 70,000 strong crowd at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario. The pair left the arena in silence, stopping only to once more raise their gloved hands just before exiting. It was a symbolic gesture of genius. During the Olympic victory ceremony, signifying the pinnacle of fair play and equal, honest competition, as the two best known symbols of the United States were simultaneously unfurled, the protest of two men representing the US delivered an awesomely powerful statement that in the US fair play and equal, honest competition were not at work to an audience of 400 million people around the world. Smith’s performances throughout the event had been outstanding. He broke the Olympic record in his first heat, and, after Peter Norman had pushed down the record further, posted another quickest ever time during the third round. In the final, he demolished both the rest of the field and the world record. Despite raising his arms in triumph metres from the finish, he crossed in 19.83 seconds, becoming the first man under 20 seconds and posting a world record that would hold for more than a decade. Carlos and Norman crossed in 20.0, completing the fastest 200m race in Olympic history. The bravery of Smith and Carlos’ protest is hard to fully appreciate today, without an awareness of the hostility of the sports establishment (and much of US society in general) to their cause. Racial tension in sport was fierce in 1968: that year Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing the draft and the Olympic Project for Human Rights (of which Smith, Carlos and other prominent Olympians were members) had seriously considered a black boycott of the games. In view of this, US track coaches Payton Jordan and Stan Wright repeatedly issued statements declaring that there would be “no trouble whatsoever”. Smith and Carlos’ action saw them suspended from the US team and expelled from the Olympic village on the charge of bringing politics into sport. Once home, they faced widespread criticism from sections of the media (the Los Angeles Times described their action as a “Nazi-like salute”) and even death threats. We can be thankful that today, Smith and Carlos are commended, not ostracised for their actions. In 1998, the pair were honoured to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of their protest. Other accolades have poured in: Smith was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1978, Carlos in 2003; Smith is now a university professor, while Carlos received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater. But their actions should serve as a reminder that sporting events are not isolated from the world around them. This remains as relevant today as it was in 1968, with cricket tours to Zimbabwe and the Beijing Olympics. One can only hope that Smith and Carlos’ actions will inspire some of their successors to attempt to make the same impact they had.Thirty seven years ago last Sunday Tommie Smith and John Carlos created one of the proudest moments in the history of sport. Their spectacular silent protest during the medal ceremony for the 200m sprint at the Mexico Olympics became the most recognisable symbol of the Civil Rights movement in the US. Smith and Carlos had gained the attention of the world with athletic performances of true champions, and they used the platform they had won to make the most positive impact they could on their society, despite the greatest opposition the world’s sporting administration could muster. So significant was the event that in her recent book ‘Not the Triumph but the Struggle’ Amy Bass argued it was a defining moment not only in the Civil Rights movement but in the whole history of the African-American athlete. Smith and Carlos’ protest was exquisitely carried out.ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005last_img read more

Trey Anastasio & Dave Matthews To Perform Gala Honoring Manager Coran Capshaw

first_imgBoth Dave Matthews Band and Phish have worked under Red Light Management, a company headed and founded by Coran Capshaw. On November 2nd, Trey Anastasio, Dave Matthews, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Joseph will all travel to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, for the 2017 Spirit Of Life Gala dubbed Music, Hope & Healing, where Capshaw will receive City Of Hope’s Spirit Of Life award. You can check out more information on the event here.All Of Phish & Dave Matthews Band Joined Forces On Stage, On This Day In 1994While the event has not yet announced whether Anastasio and Matthews will collaborate at the gala, it would not necessarily be out of line for the duo. Dave Matthews and Trey Anastasio have previously performed together in the past, with Dave Matthews Band securing a rare support gig for Phish in 1994. As individual musicians, Trey Anastasio previously toured with Dave Matthews & Friends in 2003 and 2004, plus Anastasio sat-in with Dave Matthews Band on August 14th, 2007, at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, New York.After owning Charlottesville venue Trax, Coran Capshaw went on to manage Dave Matthews Band regularly seeing the group during their weekly gigs at his venue. Following Dave Matthews Band’s ascent to become a prolific, world-renowned act, and Capshaw and his company Red Light Management picked up a number of other beloved bands including Phish, Primus, Ween, Lionel Richie, and more. Capshaw also helped found Bonnaroo and has picked up a number of additional honors over the years, including Billboard’s Humanitarian Award and three Personal Manager Of The Year awards.[Photo: Danny Clinch; H/T Jambase]last_img read more

Lecture discusses memorials

first_imgJust hours after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, photos and other media began to collect in commemoration of the tragedy that had just occurred. On Monday, University of Regensburg German professor and author Ingrid Gessner described these remembrances as “digital humanities” and discussed their impact on the way the nation grieved after the attacks. “An unofficial record of immediate responses should not be lost or disregarded,” Gessner said. “Spontaneous memorials at Ground Zero bared a sacred quality of standing with the dead. Also, missing person fliers represented another form of spontaneous memorial. At the moment they were put up, they became expressions of prayer and hope.” The New York Times recognized this unconventional type of memorial and began dialing the numbers on posters, compiling stories and publicizing each one. “They promised that all profiles will remain on their website indefinitely,” Gessner said. “The portraits have become a memorial of virtual presence.” Eventually, permanent memorials were constructed both locally and internationally. These memorials all used similar structural plans but reflected different concepts. “Memorials should not enshrine any particular interpretation of the past, but invite visitors to use their memory,” Gessner said. “Memory can assume an active role and allow for renewal and healing. There is no shared narrative about 9/11 itself, so there is a lack of a definite interpretation.” Certain aspects of memorials allow for such individual interpretation while still encompassing the collective experience of the event. Names, empty space, trees, walls, light and water are among the most common attributes of memorials, Gessner said. “Emptiness allows a descent into memory and is a primary design element,” Gessner said. “Trees display liberty, rebirth, possibly even resistance. Water is the most common feature, and the two cascading sunken pools in the Ground Zero Memorial encompass the footprints of the two towers.” The New York Ground Zero Memorial features all of these elements, the most iconic being the annually-lit 88 searchlights outlining the building footprints, creating two vertical columns of light in place of the towers. Although New York is home to the largest and most famous memorial for 9/11, other countries have created off-site memorials. The Donadea 9/11 Memorial is located near Dublin, Ireland, and specifically honors a firefighter from the area who died in the aftermath of the attacks. “Donadea built a scaled replica of the Twin Towers, carved in blocks of limestone,” Gessner said. “They are surrounded by newly planted oak trees and contain all the names of the New York firefighters and policemen and women [who died].” Similarly, Moncalvillo, Spain, built a 9/11 memorial to commemorate a member of its community who worked in the financial district of New York and perished on 9/11. “There is a contextual relation by remembering 9/11 through the tragic death of individuals who had ties to these specific hometowns,” Gessner said. Other off-site memorials are located in Oberviechtach, Germany; Seoul, South Korea; Padua, Italy and Jerusalem, Israel. Nearly all of these memorials contain actual pieces from the building, creating a physical tie to New York. Each memorial reflects the transformation of the Twin Towers into icons through the media coverage following the events. “This contains a transformative potential,” Gessner said. “Change is only possible in a certain continuation of form. Minimalist structures function as the most effective form of memorials.”last_img read more

Spain ready to send in troops to trace resurging coronavirus

first_imgSpanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday that troops would be made available to help regions overcome a resurgence of the coronavirus, following Spain’s worst week for infections since the epidemic’s peak in late March.He also said regional administrations could make decisions themselves on how to handle the fight against the epidemic rather than have the central government take charge.The government would support requests by regional leaders to declare localized states of emergency, Sanchez said. “The pandemic data curve is worrying and has to be contained. We have to be calm and vigilant,” Sanchez said after the first cabinet meeting following the summer recess.Spain’s cumulative tally of coronavirus cases – already Western Europe’s highest – hit 412,553 on Tuesday, but new infections, at 2,415 in the past 24 hours, appeared to have ebbed after a surge last week when over 7,000 cases were registered for four days in a row, Health Ministry figures show.The daily numbers can be updated retroactively.Infections have risen sharply since Spain lifted a three-month state of emergency and lockdown in late June, but daily deaths have been much lower than in March-May. With 10 new deaths logged on Tuesday, Spain’s total toll stands at 28,924. “Regions that do not have enough tracers can count on the support of our country’s armed forces,” Sanchez told a news conference, pledging an initial 2,000 troops would be made available.Regional authorities have brought back some restrictions that were lifted along with the national lockdown, butt some regions, including hard-hit Madrid, have complained about a lack of legal measures or concerns about how to use those available.Following concerns from parents and teachers over a lack of clarity on government and regional plans for the safe reopening of classrooms in about two weeks, Sanchez said:”I guarantee to the fathers and mothers and teaching staff that educational centers will be safe from COVID, and that they will be much safer than many other environments where our young ones have been in the past few weeks.”Both Madrid and Catalonia announced they would carry out mass testing of students and hire more staff to ensure smaller class sizes when the new term begins.Topics :last_img read more

EIOPA repeats call for supervisory follow-up to IORP stress test

first_imgWith respect to Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs), the “vulnerabilities” identified in the 2015 stress test of the occupational pension sector “need further supervisory response”.Gabriel Bernardino, chairman at EIOPA, said: “Insurers and IORPs need to use robust risk-management practices to manage the ongoing macroeconomic challenges.“With Solvency II, the risk culture in the insurance sector is significantly reinforced. In the IORPs sector, prudential regimes are not sufficiently risk-sensitive and thus might underestimate the risks.”In April, EIOPA argued that occupational pension funds should be required to carry out risk assessments based on a standardised framework, and Bernardino referred back to this opinion in his comment on the financial and macro-economic risks facing IORPs.EIOPA’s report also highlights the funding situation in the occupational pension sector, noting that, based on preliminary data, “cover ratios seem to have dropped” among those countries reporting data for last year.This, it says, creates additional pressure for the sector.Complaints or warnings about the impact of the low-yield environment and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) quantitative-easing policy have become a fairly regular feature among pension funds in recent times, including references to funded pension systems as “collateral damage” or to ECB policy as “a train-wreck in slow motion”. In today’s financial stability report, EIOPA points out that its 2015 stress test exercise for IORPs “underscored that current heterogeneous national prudential regimes are often not entirely sensitive to market price changes,” and warns this could lead to the underestimation of risk.It says it also makes it harder to gauge consistently the impact on pension schemes across countries.According to EIOPA, its risk assessment has largely identified the same key concerns as those held by national supervisors – the key risks and challenges for the insurance and pension sectors “remain broadly unchanged”.It sees, however, a shift away from investment in fixed income toward other asset classes, which “might evolve over time as a response to the low-yield environment”.This has the potential to constitute “excessive ‘search for yield’ behaviour”, which national supervisory authorities must watch closely “to ensure all risks are properly managed”.It says this applies in particular to life insurers.However, it also notes that, among IORPs, the UK sector continues to shift toward fixed income, although at a slower pace than in recent years.“A few other countries also reported increased investment allocation to equities due to the low interest rates,”  EIOPA says.“The monitoring of this trend is recommended, as, in case it persists, it has increased exposure of the [occupational pension fund] sector to market risk.”According to EIOPA figures, the average rate of return on assets for IORPs dropped from 8% in 2014 to 3% in 2015, attributable to the “low performance of the equity and fixed income markets during the second half of 2015”.“The current low-yield environment,” it adds, “also puts additional pressure on the overall performance of occupational pension funds.” The European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority (EIOPA) has called for “further supervisory response” to the “vulnerabilities” identified in its stress test of European pension funds.In its financial stability report for the first half of the year, the supervisory authority warns that the macro-economic and financial environment remains “extremely challenging” for insurers and occupational pension funds, and concedes that yields are likely to remain low for a prolonged period of time.It also acknowledges that a “double-hit” scenario – involving a drop in the risk-free rate used to calculate liabilities combined with higher risk premia – cannot be ruled out.EIOPA says it will factor in the problem of low yields and the double-hit scenario as part of its stress test of the European insurance sector later this year.last_img read more

Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library releases long-range plan

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Recently, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library released objectives included in their long-range plan. The development of a long-range plan is required by the Indiana public library standards.Future goals include:Continue to provide and improve programming for all agesPromoting materials, which includes the physical materials available at Greensburg, Westport and on the Bookmobile. It also includes digital materials, specifically OverdriveCompare the library collection with the needs of the community. If a patron has input please notify a library workerContinually provide access to technology and providing technology educationSolicit more input from the community about different services and programs that could be providedProvide educational and training opportunities for library staff to learn how to better serve patronsExplore ways to collaborate with local schools, businesses, organizations and other libraries.The Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library mission statement continues to be:The Greensburg-Decatur County Contractual Public Library is committed to serving the public by providing for the lifelong informational, educational, recreational and cultural needs of the community.last_img read more

Dodge City title chases begin with Saturday’s season opener

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – The time has finally arrived with Dodge City Raceway Park set to kick off a blockbuster 2016 season of racing action this Saturday night, April 2.Saturday’s tilt will be the first of 17 nights of heated racing competition atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.Action that goes green at 7:30 p.m. will mark the first round of championship chase action for the track’s five featured classes including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.It will also be the first of three April events at the state-of-the-art DCRP facility with the $1,200-to-win fourth annual Modified Stampede to follow on April 9 and another round of championship chase action on April 23.  All five divisions will be in action during all three April events.Tickets to Saturday’s season opener featuring all five championship chase divisions are $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanying a paid adult.last_img read more

IAAF Diamond League expands into Africa

first_imgZurich, March 3: The General Assembly of the Intertiol Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meeting has decided to include Rabat, Morocco, as a new host city for the prestigious global series of one-day athletics meetings, it was announced on Thursday.The meeting replaces New York, US, with immediate effect for the 2016 season, reports Xinhua.Launched in March 2009, the IAAF Diamond League — which features the world’s best athletes competing across 32 individual track and field disciplines — has for its first six competition seasons (2010-2015) included host cities in Asia, Europe, and North America.With the addition of Rabat, the series of 14 meetings — which annually takes place from May to September — now includes a fourth continent, Africa.Rabat first applied for membership of the IAAF Diamond League in 2014 and has since undergone a rigorous evaluation process to confirm its organisation, facilities and services were of a high enough standard for inclusion into athletics’ top-tier intertiol invitatiol circuit.Sebastian Coe, IAAF President and Chairman of Diamond League AG, said: “We are pleased to be able to take our premier athletics series into a new continental area. The IAAF Diamond League offers the best athletics entertainment to the world outside of the IAAF World Championships and the Olympic Games.”2016 IAAF Diamond League calendarMay 5 – Doha, QatarMay 14 – Shanghai, ChiMay 22 – Rabat, MoroccoMay 28 – Eugene, United StatesJune 2 – Rome, ItalyJune 5 – Birmingham, BritainJune 9- Oslo, NorwayJune 16 – Stockholm, SwedenJuly 15 – MocoJuly 22-23- London, BritainAugust 25 – Lausanne, SwitzerlandAugust 27 – Paris, FranceSeptember 1 – Zurich, SwitzerlandSeptember 9 – Brussels, Belgium. IANSlast_img read more

Brigadier Patrick West to head GNRA

first_imgBRIGADIER Patrick West has been elected to the post of president of the Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA) following the annual general meeting recently with all other office-bearers re-elected.Brigadier Patrick West is new president of the GNRA.Former president Brigadier Mark Phillips, who did not seek re-election, and Brigadier George Lewis were also made life members of the Association, joining Major General Norman McLean, Major General Joseph Singh and Mr Neville Denny.The proceedings were called to order and chaired by Mr Mahendra Persaud, since former president Brig. Mark Phillips was unable to attend.The Minutes of the previous meeting were then confirmed by the members, followed by the presentation of reports from both the Fullbore and Smallbore captains, treasurer and the honorary secretary who focused on the management and operations of the association over the last year.Executive decisions made at the monthly Statutory Council meeting, guided the Association in promoting the sport of shooting.In early 2016, a plan of action was drafted for the development of the Timehri Rifle and Pistol Ranges. This comprehensive developmental plan is a collaborative effort with the Guyana Defense Force with the range being expanded from 14 targets to 24.The whole area for the target mechanism has been re-engineered along with a safety area. The area for the administration of the hosting in October of the West Indies Fullbore Championship and the 150th Anniversary celebrations will also be renovated with a new absolution block.A large area will also be prepared to house tents for the Admin office, medical, cafeteria, and relaxation area.The small bore range will see berms being erected to facilitate four stages of shooting taking place simultaneously.This new improvement will benefit the Guyana Defence Force and Guyana Police Force along with other entities who utilise the ranges. The major work on the range should be completed by May.The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) has contributed $1.5M towards the training of our shortlisted shooters for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.The Association’s performance over the year included the Fullbore Team defence of the Short Range trophy, which now means that they have won it in all the shooting territories in the West Indies.Mahendra Persaud was second with Lennox Braithwaite third in the Grand Aggregate in the X class Division, while Sherwin Filicien won the O Class title.The team also won the four-man Waddali Cup with their demoralising performance against the other teams dropping only four points at two ranges.The presiding officer of the elections was Attorney-at-Law Leslie Sobers who ensured that all voting was transparent.last_img read more

Rahul, Gayle guide Kings XI Punjab to second IPL win

first_imgKINGS XI Punjab picked up their second win of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL), with KL Rahul’s unbeaten half-century guiding them to an eight-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians.Having beaten Rajasthan Royals in their first match but then come up short against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI chased down a target of 177 with eight balls to spare to make it two wins from three.Mumbai posted 176-7 in their 20 overs, Quinton de Kock (60) making the most significant knock, while Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen and Murugan Ashwin took two wickets apiece.In Kings XI’s reply, Chris Gayle (40) smashed four sixes and three fours in a brisk opening partnership with Rahul (71 not out), who received good support from Mayank Agarwal (43) and David Miller (15 not out)After a bright start from Rohit Sharma (32) and de Kock, Kings XI were able to halt Mumbai’s progress by dismissing the Indian opener and Suryakumar Yadav in quick succession.de Kock eventually brought up his 50, his first of this year’s IPL, with a slog to long on that narrowly missed Agarwal and bounced once before clearing the rope. Just as it looked as if the South African would kick on, hitting a wonderful six over square leg, he was gone, trapped lbw by Shami.Yuvraj Singh was the next to fall, picking out Shami at square leg off Ashwin’s bowling, while Agarwal took a wonderful catch on the boundary to dismiss Kieron Pollard before Hardik Pandya helped propel his side to 176-7 with a hard-hitting 31 off 19 balls.After surviving a pair of early speculative lbw shouts, Gayle fired Kings XI towards their target with a volley of sixes before holing out off Krunal Pandya’s bowling.With Rahul playing a watchful innings at the other end, the onus was on Agarwal to pick up where West Indies veteran Gayle left off and he struck a series of boundaries before being brilliantly caught-and-bowled by Krunal Pandya.The 28-year-old’s dismissal roused Rahul, who upped the tempo and soon brought up his 50. With Miller providing support at the other end, the target was ultimately chased down with time and wickets to spare.SPIN DOES THE TRICKJust as it looked as though Mumbai could be on for an imposing total, with de Kock well set and Yuvraj finding his range, the two Ashwins, Ravichandran and Murugan, were able to slow up the run rate effectively, with the latter ending with impressive figures of 2-25.Losing wickets in clusters slowed down the run rate effectively. Mumbai then subsequently failed to threaten when bowling and this ultimately led to their defeat.KINGS XI VARY THE PACEDespite his eventual match-winning knock, Rahul struggled to get out of the traps and it seemed as though the run chase was passing him by.However, he was fortunate to have batting partners who were willing to take the pressure off him, with Gayle and Agarwal happy to take on the role of aggressor.last_img read more