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Museums of Native culture wrestle with decolonizing

first_img First-year student, a Native American, promises herself to blaze trail for others Related Growing up in Maine as a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Chris Newell used to visit the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, which showcases the history and culture of the Native peoples of Maine. But he remembers being struck by the way the institution told the story of his community.“As a young Native person walking into that museum, I can you tell you that the voice of the museum would speak to me, a Passamaquoddy child, as if I didn’t exist,” said Newell, who in February became the first member of the Wabanaki Nations, which comprises the Maliseet, Micmac, Penobscot, and Passamaquoddy, to run the 94-year-old Abbe. “That’s an experience I don’t want my children to have. I want the living Native voices of our peoples to be there as well.”A leading advocate for decolonizing museums, Newell spoke at a Wednesday discussion, “Reimagining Museums: Disruption and Change,” presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the Harvard University Native American Program, and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.Museums have long been colonial institutions, but over the past decade, academics and activists have called for them to change their practices, embrace a more inclusive, honest, and morally complex narrative of history, and become agents of social justice. The calls have become stronger and more urgent amid a national reckoning over race and a racial justice movement, said Castle McLaughlin, Museum Curator of North American Ethnography at the Peabody Museum, who moderated the event.Panelists stressed the importance for museums to undo their legacy and the narratives most of them still use in telling the stories of Indigenous people as if they are “a thing of the past,” which contributes to the dehumanization of Native peoples and helps render them both voiceless and invisible. “As a young Native person walking into that museum, I can you tell you that the voice of the museum would speak to me, a Passamaquoddy child, as if I didn’t exist.” — Chris Newell,Lorén Spears, a member of the Narragansett Nation and the executive director of the Tomaquag Museum in Rhode Island, spoke of how European and American colonization, driven by greed and entitlement, led to museums becoming places to “preserve the past” and play the role of gatekeepers, choosing which stories to tell and how they were going to be told. In many cases, Spears said, museums embedded in Euro-centric values told stories that were inaccurate, perpetuated misconceptions and stereotypes about Native cultures, and lacked Indigenous voices.At the Tomaquag museum, Rhode Island’s only Indigenous museum, exhibits are presented from a first-person perspective and don’t follow a linear timeline to stress the fact that Indigenous people are still present in the lands they and their forebears have occupied for centuries. “We didn’t just die off in 1675,” said Spears. “We’ve been here all along.”But the effort to create equity in representation within museums and give voice to communities to tell their own stories is hard, said Spears. “I’ve even had people come to me saying, ‘Oh, you’re rewriting history,’” she said. “No, we’re not rewriting history. We’re including the history that was already there but that has been erased in the sanitized history we were given.”This year’s racial and social justice movements make Spears and Native activists feel hopeful. Many have been invited to join the boards of cultural institutions to make them more inclusive and representative.At the Peabody, founded in 1866 with a mandate to chronicle the cultural history of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, efforts to rethink the role of the museum are already in place under the concept of “ethical stewardship.”“We are stewarding collections rather than owning collections,” said Jane Pickering, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum, during the panel. “And we’re making that idea foundational to everything that we do both behind the scenes and in our galleries and programs. We are intentionally trying to recognize the rights of all the heritage stakeholders, descendant communities, indigenous communities, and building relationships with communities.” “We are stewarding collections rather than owning collections.” — Jane Pickering, director of the Peabody Museum Staying grounded For Native Americans, COVID-19 is ‘the worst of both worlds at the same time’ For Native Americans, a duo representscenter_img Law School students want to blaze trails for those who will follow As part of that effort, the Peabody Museum recently launched the virtual exhibit “Listening to Wampanoag Voices: Beyond 1620,” in which tribal members reflect on collections spanning the 17th to 20th centuries at the institution.Pickering also talked about the colonial legacy of the Peabody and how it is trying to transform itself to respond to demands for equity and inclusion.“It’s really a time of profound change for all museums, as we grapple with being colonial institutions,” said Pickering. “We’ve benefited enormously from imperialist and colonial activities. We can see that colonialism has driven what was collected, how we collected, the language we use in our database to document collections of past exhibitions, and how collections were used in teaching.”Pickering noted that tribal museums such as the Abbe and the Tomaquag represent an inspiration to other institutions as they fundamentally rethink their purpose and adopt a change of focus from collections to communities. Virus takes disproportionate toll on tribes’ health and economy, Harvard experts say The value of a tribal museum is that it’s “unapologetically Native,” said Newell, and offers a “home within a home” to Native peoples in Maine. But other museums need to update their 19th-century model to help empower Indigenous communities and ensure the well-being of all citizens.“What I always tell people is that no matter what happened in history, as hard as some of it is, it is how we got here,” said Newell. “If we do not learn those lessons, we’re not going to do well going forward. We’re all here now, and we all have to figure out how to steward this land, especially in the state of Maine. We’ve got to learn how to steward that land together so that it’s sustainable, so we’re here for the next 12,000 years.”last_img read more

Alabama has no excuses for Iron Bowl loss to Auburn — only next season to prepare for

first_imgUltimately, no excuses will do for an Alabama team that was still talented enough to beat Auburn. The Tigers earned the win, though the Iron Bowl serves as a microcosm for a frustrating, self-defeating season for the Crimson Tide — one that will see them miss the College Football Playoff for the first time ever. That might seem hyperbole for a team that went 10-2 in the regular season, but Alabama doesn’t hold to the same criteria for success as most other teams.MORE: How Alabama loss to Auburn affects Playoff race”I know our fans are disappointed, but I can promise you that our players are disappointed, and we’re all very, very disappointed,” Saban told reporters after the game. “It’s my responsibility to get our team to do these things better, and that certainly will be the goal in the future.”It must be, after Auburn capitalized on Alabama’s many miscues in every phase of the game.On offense, backup quarterback Mac Jones — who may lead the Tide next year — faced a Herculean task against a seemingly indomitable Tigers defense at Jordan-Hare Stadium, on the short list of college football’s most intimidating venues.To his credit, Jones completed 26 of 39 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns. He also didn’t take a single sack. But he threw two pick-sixes, the first a simple overthrow of Jerry Jeudy and the second from first-and-goal at the Auburn 2. That’s a potential 28-point swing that can’t be discounted in a rivalry as vicious and unpredictable as the Iron Bowl.On special teams, it’s easy to point to kicker Joseph Bulavos’ missed field goal that would have tied the game with two minutes remaining. That continued the Crimson Tide’s kicking struggles this season, which has seen them complete 12 of 18 attempts. But Auburn defensive back Christian Tutt returned the Crimson Tide’s first punt of the game to the Tide 32. Auburn scored three plays later on the short field.Speaking of defense, Alabama allowed true freshman quarterback Bo Nix and sophomore running back JaTarvious Whitlow to extend drives and make big play after big play after big play. Those two combined for 331 of Auburn’s 354 yards on Saturday, which is actually well below their season average of 427 yards per game.But nothing cost Alabama more than its 13 penalties against Auburn. Those not only resulted in 96 negative yards, but also were a record for a Saban-coached Alabama team. Nowhere was that more evident than when Auburn lined up fourth-and-4 to punt the ball back for one last potential game-winning drive for Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s punt team was called for substitution infraction, giving Auburn a game-winning first down with 1:06 remaining.Saban said that was part of an unfair move by Gus Malzahn, but it’s on him to make sure his team has the right personnel on the field. Never before has Saban’s team been more vulnerable to self-inflicted wounds, and that showed more than ever on Saturday.MORE: Scores, highlights from wild Iron BowlSo what’s next for Alabama? A berth in either the Orange Bowl or Sugar Bowl is most likely, but it’d be a surprise if the Crimson Tide fielded a full-strength team in either scenario. The Tide can use that as a springboard into the 2020 season like its 2010 team did against Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. Or excuses can be the dominant storyline again, much like the Tide’s 2008 team that lost to Utah in the Sugar Bowl. Alabama can blame whoever and whatever it wants for its 48-45 loss to Auburn on Saturday.It can blame the fact its defense — ravaged by injuries all season and down four key contributors against the Tigers — is the youngest and most inexperienced ever under Nick Saban. It can blame the fact it was without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was lost for the season against Mississippi State. It can blame a controversial last-second Auburn field goal before halftime, which proved the final difference in a wild Iron Bowl. The real question is what moves Saban makes this offseason, either voluntarily or necessitated by an exodus of coaching and player talent. Saban doesn’t rest on his laurels after seeing so many correctable mistakes, and he saw plenty in an undisciplined season in which his team commited more than any of his previous teams, perhaps since 2007. His 2019 team was talented enough to overcome those errors in its 10 wins, but they cost the Tide dearly in single-possession losses to LSU and Auburn.Some of that, of course, isn’t Saban’s fault. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game. Young, inexperienced players will inexorably make mistakes in high-pressure situations (of which Jordan-Hare definitely qualifies). That they occurred so prominently this late in the season, however, is an issue that must be addressed.In that sense, Alabama’s loss to Auburn was only a symptom of the Tide’s season-long woes.last_img read more

West Ham pay for rejecting Southampton’s Austin in English Premier League

first_imgLONDON (AP):Southampton forward Charlie Austin exacted sweet revenge on a club which once questioned his fitness as West Ham lost their fourth straight English Premier League game yesterday.Austin’s goal and assist at the Olympic Stadium gave Southampton a 3-0 victory over a team whose top official had said he wouldn’t sign the player due to the state of his knee.In August 2015, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan told an unofficial club podcast: “They say he (Austin) has no ligaments in his knee, who knows?”But Austin proved his worth for Southampton, scoring his fifth goal in four games in all competitions to dispel any doubts about his physical condition or ability.Having seen his side score more than one goal for the first time in the Premier League this season, Southampton manager Claude Puel praised Austin’s clinical play.”He can score very nice goals and I think he scored with his first chance,” said Puel. “This shows a striker’s confidence.”The win means mid-table Southampton have eight points from six matches, while West Ham are struggling in the relegation zone with three points from six games.West Ham conceded three or more goals for the fourth consecutive league game. Coach Slaven Bilic said the players were low on confidence but hinted that he wanted players to be harder on each other.”Heavy defeats against Watford and West Brom started the situation with the confidence,” said the former Croatia manager. “The players are good with each other – they are maybe too good with each other.”There were pre-match fears over crowd trouble following violence during the league match against Watford. Off the pitch at least, the game passed more peacefully for the hosts this time. While a significant minority of West Ham fans again chose to ignore pre-match warnings over persistent standing at the club’s new stadium, the stewards appeared to take a more lenient approach.last_img read more

James Harden’s 41 helps Rockets beat Thunder

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Harden has scored 30 points or more in a career-high seven games in a row, marking the first time a player has done that since Russell Westbrook had eight consecutive 30-point games in November 2016. He has scored at least 35 in his last five, which is the longest such streak since Carmelo Anthony did it in six games in April 2013.The Rockets won just one of their first six games this season and were 11-14 after a three-game skid in early December. Since then, powered by Harden’s dominance, Houston has lost just once to improve to 18-15 and move a season-high three games above .500.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We’ve had that confidence all year,” Harden said. “Our record isn’t where we want it to be, but it’s getting there. And we’ve got to continue to work hard every day, continue to get better and grow. We’re preparing for a postseason. We’re not going to be at our tip top right now.”A 3-pointer by Paul George with less than two minutes left got Oklahoma City within 4 before Harden missed a 3. Westbrook missed a shot for the Thunder, but George stole the ball from Harden and was fouled by him. Kyrie Irving scores 40, leads Celtics’ win over Sixers MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We’ve got a lot of guys playing at a high level right now,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “So many guys contributed (Tuesday).Clint Capela had 16 points and tied a season high with 23 rebounds.The Rockets were up by 6 with about four minutes left when Rivers, whom they signed on Monday, hit a 3-pointer to make it 107-98.Grant scored five straight points for the Thunder, highlighted by a 3-pointer, to get Oklahoma City to within 107-103, but Rivers made another 3 to push the lead to 7 with two minutes left.“Everybody here has welcomed me so it has been a very easy transition,” Rivers said. “So my whole focus has just been to play hard and just try to help them in any way I can.”Houston had a 1-point lead in the fourth when Harden re-entered the game and found Capela on consecutive possessions for dunks to make it 100-95. Eric Gordon had a layup seconds later to push the lead to 7.Harden continued the run after the timeout with a driving jump shot before the Thunder scored their first basket in more than three minutes on a layup by Grant to cut the lead to 104-97.The Thunder were up by 8 at halftime, but Houston scored the first eight points of the second half to tie it at 60 with about nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. Danuel House and P.J. Tucker made 3s in that stretch to lead the Rockets.Oklahoma City was up by 2 later in the third when the Rockets scored five quick points with a 3 from Harden to take a 73-70 lead.But George hit a 3 for the Thunder soon after that to tie it up again. That basket started a 10-2 run for Oklahoma City, which included another 3 from George that made it 80-75 with about three minutes left in the third. View comments George made both free throws to get the Thunder within 2 with 43.6 seconds left. Harden then drove past George and into the lane for a layup to make it 112-108 with 20.4 seconds left.Westbrook made 1 of 2 free throws to cut it to 3 with 15 seconds left, and Austin Rivers made a free throw with 7.4 seconds left to secure the win.George had 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder, and Westbrook added 21 points with nine rebounds and nine assists.“We had some bad bounces which got them a couple of extra possessions which got them some open 3s,” George said.Harden became the first player to score 40 or more points on Christmas since Kevin Durant had 44 for the Thunder in 2010. Harden’s latest big game came as the Rockets played without Chris Paul, who missed his second straight game with a strained left hamstring. The 9-time All-Star is out for at least the next two weeks with the injury suffered Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Houston trailed by 4 after two free throws by George late in the third, but the Rockets scored the next six points, capped by a 3 from Harden, to take an 86-84 lead with less than a minute left in the quarter.The Thunder led 88-86 entering the fourth.TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook received a technical in the second quarter for yelling at an official when he thought he was fouled on a 3-point attempt. … Steven Adams had 17 points and seven rebounds. … The Thunder made nine of 30 3-pointers.Rockets: Rivers scored 10 in his Houston debut. … James Ennis missed his seventh straight game with a strained right hamstring. … Gordon had 17 points.THEY SAID ITCapela on his big rebounding day: “I just told my teammates I had to make a statement that we are going to win the rebound battle.”UP NEXTThunder: Visit Phoenix on Friday night.Rockets: Host Boston on Thursday night. 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(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden is on a roll and it’s helping the Houston Rockets get on track after their terrible start to the season.Harden scored 41 points and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Tuesday for their seventh win in the last eight games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

IAAF allows 21 more Russians to compete as neutrals

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments However, with just eight days before the European indoors start in Glasgow, Russia says they won’t have time to get British visas.“They’re all obviously happy to get neutral status and the theoretical chance to compete at the European championships, but for objective reasons our athletes have to turn it down,” head coach Yuri Borzakovsky said in a statement. “They just physically can’t manage to sort out all the organizational issues in such a short time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe federation said this affects six athletes including Sokolova and decathlete Artyom Makarenko who meet the qualifying standards. Another 11 Russians who already had approval will compete led by two-time world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene.The IAAF said it had not been told of any visa issues before deciding the athletes’ cases and that Russian officials told its staff they wanted to send Makarenko to the championships as recently as Tuesday. Ferrari shows good pace, reliability in 1st week of F1 tests LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. They are race walk silver medalist Sergei Shirobokov, who traveled to a remote part of Kyrgyzstan to work with a banned coach, and the high jumper Daniil Lysenko, who is charged with failing to make himself available for three drug tests.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award To get neutral status, Russian athletes have had to show they’re clean by providing information about their drug-testing history to an IAAF panel.The approvals are the first granted since the World Anti-Doping Agency started analyzing data from the Moscow laboratory last month. The IAAF said it has yet to receive any of the data.A total of 64 Russians have neutral status for 2019, of which 45 had the same status last year. A large number of cases have yet to be heard ahead of the world championships in Doha, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 6.Seventy-three Russians had the status at some stage last season, according to Russian officials, who said they sent 192 applications for this season.Even with the neutral-status system in place, there have still been doping-related embarrassments for the IAAF and Russia. Of the six Russians who won world championship medals as neutrals in 2017, two have since been stripped of that status.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying FILE – In this file photo dated Thursday, June 6, 2013, Russia’s Yelena Sokolova competes in the women’s long jump event at the Golden Gala IAAF athletic meeting, in Rome’s Olympic stadium. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, FILE)MOSCOW, Russia—Russia’s officially neutral track and field team swelled in size as the IAAF approved 21 more athletes on Thursday to compete internationally — but Russia says it’s too late for next week’s European indoor championships.The IAAF ruled Yelena Sokolova, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in long jump, can return to international competition for the first time since Russia’s team was banned in 2015 over widespread doping. Triple jumper Irina Gumenyuk has her approval extended from last season.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

MTN to up African music offering

first_imgCCA’s vast catalogue includes recording labels such as AS Entertainment, Godfather (specialising in Nigerian content), Al Records (East and West Africa content) and Soulistic Music, which features top DJs like Black Coffee. “With Africa’s mobile penetration now at approximately 50% of the 1-billion population, MTN sees a huge opportunity in music content being delivered on people’s mobile handsets via our www.mtnplay.com digital content portal.” Christian de Faria, MTN’s senior vice president for innovation, says there is a growing demand for digital content in Africa: “More and more people in Africa and in the developed world are going online for entertainment content,” he said in a statement earlier this month. CCA has a substantial catalogue of African musical content by artists in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya – among others. It also has rights to exclusive video content featuring a host of popular African artists, including Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti and Busi Mhlongo. Growing demand for digital content Vast catalogue of African music “Connect Africa is passionate about music from our continent,” said CCA managing director Antos Stella. “We have always strived to be ahead of the pack when it comes to representing African music, offering our artists and labels a bouquet of services from content to marketing, sponsorship and digital management. Through its deal with CCA, MTN will offer a wide selection of music content, which will be available either as full tracks or caller tunes. He explained that the African consumer, with an estimated spending power of US$1.4-trillion by 2020, has become highly aspirational with a taste for world-class goods and services over the last few years. “We are delighted to work with MTN Play to deliver this content to the rest of Africa.” Pan-African mobile operator MTN has teamed up with Content Connect Africa (CCA), an aggregator and provider of on and off-portal content, to offer a wider variety of African music to its customers across the continent. 23 June 2011 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Trump tweet, NFL response escalate drama of Sunday games

first_img“I know our players who kneeled for the anthem, and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone,” Ross said. “They wanted to start a conversation and are making a difference in our community, including working with law enforcement to bring people together. We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Baltimore Ravens players kneel down during the playing of the US national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo by MATT DUNHAM / AP)The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump’s suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem.The statements, including those from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, contrasted a morning tweet from Trump and further escalated the political drama of the league’s game day, which was expected to be one of the most-watched for non-sporting reasons in years.ADVERTISEMENT Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Bisciotti said he “100 percent” supports his players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem. At least seven of them did, joined by more than a dozen Jacksonville Jaguars, before the teams played at Wembley Stadium in London.Other players linked arms – and Jaguars owner Shad Khan joined them, standing between tight end Marcedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith. He called it a privilege to do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKraft, who has been a strong backer of the president, expressed “deep disappointment” with Trump and said politicians could learn much from the unifying spirit of a competitive, team-oriented enterprise like football.“Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful,” Kraft said in a statement. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired’,” he said to loud applause.Again in a Sunday morning tweet, Trump urged his supporters to take action: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin followed up Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” defending Trump, saying the NFL has many rules governing what players can and cannot do.“I think what the president is saying is that the owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem,” Mnuchin said. “They can do free speech on their own time.”Trump’s remarks provoked team owners and the NFL to stridently defend the sport and its players. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has taken heat for Kaepernick’s struggle to find a team, quickly condemned Trump’s comments.“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month,” Goodell said. “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”At least seven team owners donated $1 million each to Trump’s inaugural committee. But Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos , Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank , New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, Tennessee Titans’ controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York were among the league power brokers who issued condemning statements through their clubs.“The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for,” York said. “Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world.”Added Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy: “We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”This weekend’s games were sure to bring more protests, with Tampa Bay receiver Desean Jackson promising to make “a statement.” View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam wrote that they didn’t want to let “misguided, uninformed and divisive comments from the President or anyone else deter us from our efforts to unify,” and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team wouldn’t be on the field when the anthem plays before the Steelers game in Chicago.He doesn’t want his players to be divided between those who kneel and those who stand, he said.“We’re not going to be divided by anything said by anyone,” Tomlin said. “We’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.”Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, refusing to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest the treatment of black people by police. Kaepernick became a free agent and has not been signed by a new team for this season.Without identifying Kaepernick, Trump aimed a Friday talk at a Huntsville, Alabama, rally at those players who have knelt for the anthem.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Indian athletes shine at Special Summer Olympics for Mentally Retarded in US

first_imgThe winners display their medals:Overcoming heavy oddsWhere there is a will, there is a way. Few have demonstrated the truth of this cliche better than the four young athletes of the Indian team that participated for the first time in last month’s Special Summer Olympics for the Mentally Retarded in,The winners display their medals:Overcoming heavy oddsWhere there is a will, there is a way. Few have demonstrated the truth of this cliche better than the four young athletes of the Indian team that participated for the first time in last month’s Special Summer Olympics for the Mentally Retarded in Louisiana in the US.The triumphant team – all mentally retarded children – from Bombay, returned with a bag of four medals. Sulochana Rodrigues, 19, captured two golds in the 50 m dash and Softball throw. Pramod Khadye, 17, won a silver in the long jump event, and Kennedy Sutare, 16, a bronze in the Softball throw. Shivaji Gholape was the fourth member.Earlier this year, the Association for the Welfare of Persons with Mental Handicap organised its annual sports meet for mentally handicapped children in association with the Lions Club. Of 28 winners, four were selected to undergo intensive training at camps in Delhi and Nhava Sheva, in preparation for the international meet.Special training programmes were formulated to meet the specific needs of the sports events, where children were pitted against other children with similar average performances, which are arrived at after calculating already set records of speed and distance of each child. This provision, according to Jagdish Rana, one of five coaches who trained them, enabled the athletes to participate at their “best levels”.Tough Odds: The training certainly paid off, as the medals won by the young athletes show. But each child has had tremendous odds to overcome: Rodrigues, an orphan, had to be shifted to the S.P.J. Sadhana School, a special institution, as according to Sr Rosie Brigette of the St Anthony’s Home, her concentration and memory “did not develop in the normal process”. However, according to her new Principal Rukmini Krishnaswamy, “she has potential”.advertisementFor Khadye, an eye defect adds to his difficulties. But, as his proud Principal Sr Josephine Terrezi says: “Despite the handicap, Pramod is very neat with his footwork.” Their enthusiasm for sport and their distinction in it has added to their confidence. Says Sr Maria Dolores, principal of the Dilkush School where Sutare studies: “Ever since Kennedy has taken interest in sports, he is much better at his academic work.”With their victory in the prestigious international sports meet, these young athletes have clearly proved that a handicap cannot come in the way of determined effort.last_img read more

OnePlus 5 to be first phone with Snapdragon 835 processor in India, June launch almost confirmed

first_imgFor now no one outside OnePlus knows when the company’s flagship OnePlus 5 will launch. Although the rumours of the June launch have been there. In fact, India Today Tech too has learned of either a mid-June launch, or if there is some delay, then early July launch of OnePlus 5 for India. Now, the company has seemingly confirms it. On Thursday, it said that the OnePlus 5 will be India’s first phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, hinting at an imminent launch. Although OnePlus stops short of providing the launch, the company is actually using the information that Qualcomm has about the impending India launches of phones with the Snapdragon 835 to make an assertion that OnePlus 5 will be the first phone in India to use Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor.   Earlier, Qualcomm via a tweet and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau in a blogpost had confirm the OnePlus 5 would be powered by its latest processor – Snapdragon 835. While nice to hear, it is also just a confirmation of what was an open secret. The Snapdragon 835 powers most of the flagship phones and hence it is quite obvious that the OnePlus 5 too will use it. Some other flagship phones such as Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 6 and HTC U11 that were announced recently also run on the same processor. Although in India, the Galaxy phones come with Samsung’s own Exynos processor.  Qualcomm on Wednesday via its official twitter handle shared a post which stated — #OnePlus5 is coming soon and we couldn’t be more excited that it’s powered by #Snapdragon 835. The post is followed by an image that includes Qualcomm’s logo alongside the OnePlus brand logo.advertisement#OnePlus5 is coming soon and we couldn’t be more excited that it’s powered by #Snapdragon 835. https://t.co/Q4srf6LrqC pic.twitter.com/DP41b2jtcq- Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) May 24, 2017Later, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau notes in a blog post, “We’re proud to announce the OnePlus 5 will feature the Snapdragon 835 processor, which sets the foundation for smooth, powerful, and efficient performance. With graphically-demanding apps, for example, you’ll notice how fast they load and how well they run.” With this, we are now left with no doubt that the upcoming flagship phone — OnePlus 5 — will be the fastest one among all OnePlus phones.”We also wanted to improve the overall feeling of smoothness,” notes Lau. In order to achieve this goal, OnePlus engineers have reportedly added a feature to OxygenOS to better manage the way apps perform. “The apps you use most are ready to go when you turn on the OnePlus 5. Apps you rarely use are deprioritized and kept from affecting performance.””When we began developing the OnePlus 5, we envisioned a smartphone with flawlessly smooth performance. To illustrate how we made it happen, we’d like to share a bit about our process,” Notes Lau. OnePlus states that with OnePlus 5, the company is focusing on improving its touch latency.Also Read: OnePlus 5 to sport fingerprint scanner and 3.5mm headphone jack, confirms CEO and Co-founder”Our engineers tested why scrolling occasionally differed between phones. There wasn’t a lot of precedent for them to work with – no benchmarks, no industry case studies to learn from. So we used a special high-speed camera to track screen movements and measure input speeds. As a result, apps respond quickly to your touch for a seamless user experience.”Apart from confirming the launch time frame and the processor, Pau also accidentally confirmed that the OnePlus 5 would come with fingerprint scanner, which would be located at the front panel of the device. After OnePlus CEO confirmed the coming of a fingerprint scanner, company co-founder Carl Pie confirmed that the upcoming OnePlys 5 would not ditch the 3.3mm headphone. He confirmed the same on his Twitter account. Further, he also highlighted that the headphone jack on the OnePlus 5 would be placed at the top, unlike the OnePlus 3T that has the audio jack on the bottom edge of the handset.Also, India Today Tech few days ago confirmed that OnePlus 5 will sport dual camera at the rear.OnePlus has a lot of expectations from the OnePlus 5 and is working hard towards making it a perfect smartphone ever by them. With OnePlus 5, the Chinese smartphone manufcaturer is expected to bring the best camera, battery, processor and more. “We’re driven to perfect even the smallest aspects of our products. And when you get your hands on the OnePlus 5, we hope you’ll notice the difference,” says OnePlus.last_img read more