Harvard professor recognized with portrait

first_imgA portrait of Orlando Patterson, the John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard, is now among the University-wide collection.To date, 17 portraits (including Patterson’s) have been commissioned and hung throughout the Harvard as part of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations’ Portraiture Project, which ensures recognition of the diversity of individuals who serve the University with distinction. They can include — but are not limited to — persons of African-American, Asian American, Latino American, Native American, and European-American backgrounds.The unveiling was held in the Leverett House junior common room on Wednesday.“When I left Jamaica for Harvard 47 years ago, arriving in January in the middle of a typical New England winter, my first reaction was to count the days before I could decently board a plane back home,” Patterson said during the ceremony.“Fortunately, several older colleagues and mentors urged me to think of Harvard as a glorious intellectual response to the challenges of its environment. The warmer the climate of one’s upbringing, they mused, the greater would be the response. That was quite persuasive and I remembered it each time I slipped on the ice, which I took some time to learn how to walk on.”Harvard Foundation Director S. Allen Counter noted that Patterson has not only served Harvard as a professor, but has also been the Allston Burr Senior Tutor in Leverett House.Professor Orlando Patterson thanked Professor S. Allen Counter and the committee of the Harvard Foundation for the honor. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerPatterson thanked Counter, the Harvard Foundation, and Faculty Deans Howard and Ann Georgi “for their very gracious agreement to have my portrait” there.“Imagine … my absolute delight in being informed that my portrait would be hung in the junior common room of Leverett, the House that trusted me to head the tutoring of Harvard’s largest student body at a critical moment in history, that taught me the social and cultural underpinnings of our great University, the House where I came to know and admire the life of our extraordinary students outside the classroom,” said Patterson.In thanking artist Stephen Coit ’71, Patterson noted that Coit captured an “image of me that is at once unusually flattering yet passably truthful. Only someone of great patience and artistry could have pulled it off.”Mandela Patrick ’18 paid tribute to Patterson as he helped unveil the portrait.“Dr. Patterson is one of few tenured faculty from the Caribbean, so he’s really an inspiration to us students here from the Caribbean,” Patrick said. “On a personal note, it’s really easy for me as a black Caribbean student to sometimes feel that I don’t belong here, that I don’t deserve a place here at Harvard. However, seeing the success Dr. Patterson has had here, the impact he’s had on campus, back home in the Caribbean, and even on the global scale, it’s hard not to feel inspirited and motivated.“Dr. Patterson, your success has given me confidence and belief that I, too, as someone from the Caribbean, can make my mark on this world.”Orlando Patterson with his daughter, Kaia (left), and wife, Anita. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerA historical and cultural sociologist, Patterson’s academic interests include the culture and practices of freedom, the comparative study of slavery and ethno-racial relations, and the cultural sociology of poverty and underdevelopment. He has also written about the cultural sociology of sports, especially cricket, according to his bio.In addition to Harvard, Patterson has held academic appointments at his alma mater, the University of the West Indies and the London School of Economics, where he earned his Ph.D. He also served as special adviser for social policy and development to Prime Minister Michael Manley of Jamaica.Among Patterson’s numerous honors are the 1991 National Book Award for nonfiction and the Ralph Bunche Award for the best book on pluralism from the American Political Science Association; his next book is a treatise on the cultural aspects of poverty among disadvantaged African-American youth. He has also received honorary degrees from several schools, including the University of Chicago, Northeastern University, and the New School.The Harvard Foundation’s Portraiture Project has included portraits of Chester Pierce, an emeritus professor of education and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Rulan Pian, professor emerita of East Asian languages and civilizations and of music at Harvard; and Fred Jewett, dean of Harvard College.last_img read more

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Suffolk Cop Facing Upgraded Hate Crimes Charges for Allegedly Targeting Hispanics

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-Suffolk County police sergeant has been accused of stealing from Hispanic driversA former Suffolk County police sergeant has been indicted on upgraded hate crimes charges for allegedly pulling over Hispanic drivers under the pretense of traffic violations and stealing their money, authorities said.Scott Greene, a 25-year veteran who retired after his arrest in January, pleaded not guilty Monday at Suffolk County court grand larceny as a hate crime, petit larceny as a hate crime and seven counts of official misconduct.Prosecutors said six witnesses positively identified the 50-year-old cop after having been either drivers or passengers victimized by Greene, who allegedly sought out Hispanic drivers with out of state license plates, since 2010.“This defendant has used the authority of his badge purely for a thief’s motive,” Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota told reporters during a news conference at his Hauppauge office. “That is as an opportunity for him to steal. He’s brought discredit and shame to the badge that he once wore, but he will never wear again.”Victims allegedly told investigators that Greene told them he was searching their vehicles for contraband when he stole cash in $50 or $100 increments.The hate crimes charges were added because it is apparent that Greene specifically targeted only Hispanics, he added.Ten victims have come forward since prosecutors announced that Greene was caught in a sting in which he stole cash from an undercover Hispanic officer that he had stopped. Authorities announced the charges a month after the county settled a federal investigation into the police department’s handling of hate crimes complaints from Hispanic Long Islanders.Advocacy groups, particularly Make the Road New York, have been instrumental in helping to ensure additional alleged victims come forward without fear despite their immigration status. Investigators are also tracking down alleged victims in Ecuador, Honduras, and Mexico.Greene faces up to seven years in prison for each charge of grand larceny as a hate crime.Authorities urge anyone with information on this case to call 631-775-2077 or to contact Irma Solis at Make the Road New York 631-512-1587.last_img read more

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Betgenius: AFCON delivers ‘European summer’ boost for African sportsbooks

first_img Related Articles Betgenius: Spare change… how will the increase to five subs affect football trading? June 4, 2020 Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Submit DOWNLOAD: BtoBet’s report on East Africa betting potential May 27, 2020 Starting in Egypt this week, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will take place in Europe’s summer for the first time, having been moved from its traditional January/February slot.We caught up with Will Westcott, Head of Business Development – Africa at Betgenius, to discuss what impact this change might have on African sportsbooks, what betting behaviour to expect across the four-weeks of action, and his 10/1 pick for tournament glory.SBC: The 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will take place in the summer for the first time. What impact will this have on the continent’s sportsbooks?Will Westcott: African sportsbooks will have welcomed CAF’s decision to move the tournament to the summer months with open arms. Without the all-consuming Premier League to compete against, the tournament will have the opportunity to hog the spotlight with prime TV slots and blanket media coverage. Fixtures are scheduled every evening and on the weekends, and there are more football superstars in the competition than ever before, such as golden boot winners Salah and Mane.The decision to expand the tournament to include more teams and matches should also provide a major boost to turnover. Competitions like the Africa Cup of Nations are scarce, so fan fatigue won’t be a factor and engagement should be high with every match.SBC: Based on the current sports betting landscape in Africa, what trends in bettor behaviour will we see this summer?WW: Traditionally, major tournaments deliver goals by the hatful. At last summer’s World Cup, there was only one 0-0 draw. So in Africa, where bettors have a tendency to bet on goal-based markets already, the overs on goal lines will be popular. The old-school accumulator will continue to be a major source of turnover as the tournament unfolds however, similar to the 2018 World Cup, I expect innovative same-game multiple products like BetBuilder to remain in high demand. Several of our African customers have integrated this product and it will form an important part of their offering during AFCON. Products such as this are an exciting way for a sportsbook to maintain engagement all the way through to the final whistle on 19 July. With the opportunity to bet on multiple outcomes on a single game, like Mane to score, over 2.5 match goals and a penalty to be awarded, customers can enjoy generating their own customisable long-odds accumulators even when the games don’t come as thick-and-fast.SBC: What action can African operators take in terms of trading to maximise their revenue?WW: Football fans love to get behind their own country in international tournaments, even if their chances are slim. Home-team bias has been prevalent in outright betting in the lead up to the tournament, and this will continue to be the case on a match-by-match basis thereafter. More often than not, these types of bettors are not price sensitive so having the control over your trading book to raise margin on certain market-types will prove a great way to boost profits.Thanks to blanket TV coverage of every match, in-play will be massive, too. African sportsbooks can expect in-play to make up a growing proportion of turnover this summer, so offering a low friction live betting product with engaging markets, fast settlement and few suspensions is vital.Then because many African stars are gaining plaudits on the global stage, player performance markets relating to these individuals will also generate great activity. By gamifying outcomes like the number of shots or whether a card will be shown for a single player, these types of markets create engaging micro storylines which adds to the viewing experience.SBC: Large scale attempts at customer acquisition are a mainstay in the build up to major tournaments like AFCON. What is the key to ensuring results?WW: Tournament punters are a high-value demographic so it’s no surprise that sportsbooks invest heavily in acquiring new football customers. Local tournaments generate a digital media buzz, with the locals checking their smartphones and social media to stay up-to-date.For sportsbooks, there is a huge opportunity to exploit these channels in order to increase their brand exposure to a highly receptive audience. By having access to specialist technology which harnesses real-time audience behavioural data, sportsbooks can run targeted marketing campaigns that also integrate live football performance stats and real time odds to maximise engagement. Over a decade of running these campaigns has enabled us to develop a proven strategy that delivers the lowest cost of acquisition for the highest number of new customer sign-ups.SBC: And finally, we can’t leave without asking – who wins the tournament?WW: With the standard of African football so high and the draw so competitive, that isn’t a straight-forward call. I’ve already set out how Nigerian sportsbooks can win this summer and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Nigerian national team followed suit, unlike the under 20 side who disappointed at the 20’s World Cup last month. I like the chances of the Super Eagles at 10/1.But irrespective of the champions, it’s set to be an exciting summer for African fans and sportsbooks alike. Once we’re underway, anything can happen. Just look at Zambia in 2012.last_img read more

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WATCH: South Africa’s 2017 budget speech

first_imgFinance minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2017 budget speech promises to steer South Africa clear of the rocks. Find out just how he will do that in this live stream of the speech from Parliament.Economists anticipate finance minister Pravin Gordhan to announce tax hikes and cost cuts at this year’s budget speech. (Image: Flickr, World Economic Forum)Finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, will deliver his budget speech to Parliament this afternoon at 14:00.Watch the live stream of the speech below:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Girona FC beat Kerala Blasters 5-0 to win La Liga World tournament

first_imgKerala Blasters FC were handed a lesson in football by Girona FC as the Spanish top division side thrashed the Indian Super League outfit 5-0 to win the inaugural LaLiga World tournament in Kochi on Saturday.Blasters looked a much-improved side, starting the final fixture with a 4-4-2 formation, and tightening the defence with their wingers sitting deep.On the other hand, Girona’s strategy was no different from their first game as they looked to attack from the word go.The home side managed to hold fort till the half hour mark, making all the necessary interceptions and keeping Girona forwards at bay. The Spanish side kept pressing with more possession through the first half, but the defensive formation worked well for David James’ side.Three minutes before half time, a rare defensive lapse by the Blasters backline led to Eric Montes scoring the first goal of the match, amazingly against the run of play. The Spanish right back made a run down the right to find the back of the net from a very tight angle.Homes del Partit i del Torneig…#GironaFC @TYLLW2018 @LaLiga #LaLigaWorld pic.twitter.com/fJvM6iQYJpGirona FC (@GironaFC) July 28, 2018The second half saw the home team start with three men at the back with Mohammad Rakip and Prasanth K operating as wing-backs.Girona FC’s midfield kept improving as they played some spectacular one-touch football and created chances. The constant attacking play finally paid off for the La Liga side and the lack of communication between the Blasters goalkeeper Naveen Kumar and defense saw Girona winger Pedro Porro easily push one into the open net to make it 2-0 in the 53rd minute.advertisementREAD – La Liga stars from Girona FC swap football for chess in friendly tournamentCongratulations @GironaFC on winning the @TYLLW2018!#KeralaBlasters #Congratulations #GironaFC #ToyotaYarisLaligaWorld pic.twitter.com/W4VUiUm13uKerala Blasters FC (@KeralaBlasters) July 28, 2018Four minutes later, Girona skipper Alex Granell scored the third as Yhoan Many made a superb run down the left to go past Prasanth and cut one in to his unmarked skipper, who made no mistake in putting the ball behind the Kerala goalkeeper.The Kerala defence, which had a firm command on the game in the first half, was nowhere close to their best in the second. Blasters kept losing possession in the midfield that led to Girona making the counter runs and unsettling the Kerala defence at regular intervals.In the 61st minute an impressive free-kick from Blasters’ Ghanaian import Courage Pekuson almost them their first goal, but for a brilliant save by Girona’s goalkeeper.It was business as usual then as Aday Benitez’s left footer took Blasters’ defenders deflection to find the back of the net in the 73rd minute. Kerala goalkeeper could hardly do anything with the slight deflection.To add to the home team’s woes, Blasters conceded a penalty in the added time. Aleix Garcia smartly placed the ball into the bottom right corner.Eusebio: “Aquest torneig a lÍndia ens ha permès viure una experiència nova, anar agafant el punt de forma i assimilar conceptes tàctics.#GironaFC #AcceptemElRepte #OrgullGironí pic.twitter.com/Hif0Wt6CGEGirona FC (@GironaFC) July 28, 2018″Playing against a team that features in the top 3 leagues of the world is in itself a big feat. We managed to keep things pretty tight in the first half, the final score line definitely doesn’t suggest the same but I think we looked a much improved side today from the first match,” Blasters coach David James said.Blasters were drubbed 6-0 by A-League side Melbourne City FC in the tournament opener.”There are a lot of positives that we take from this tournament, we have a long preseason coming up ahead of us and with some fantastic young players in the squad I think we will be a force to reckon with once the ISL season begins,” added James.Eusebio Sacritsan, manager of Girona FC, who stunned Real Madrid in the last season, said, “I am happy with the way we have kick started our pre-season, we focused on the technical aspects and have been training hard from the past three weeks.”This tournament was a learning experience for us as we got to play in a completely different weather from what we usually play, the crowd was fantastic and I would like to congratulate all the people who turned out for our matches.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Prime Minister Says there is Strong Confidence in Economy

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says there is strong confidence in the economy from the business community and the rest of the country.He noted that this “unyielding strength of confidence” has been reflected in the latest Business and Consumer Confidence Indices, which show that “business confidence remains firmly entrenched above the crucial 100-point mark.”The Prime Minister was speaking at the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union’s Triennial General Assembly, at Wolmer’s High School for Boys in Kingston, on July 15.Mr. Holness informed that further confidence in the economy has been reflected in the number of loans made to the private sector and other individuals from financial institutions.“Overall, the loans to the private sector have increased by over 30 per cent at February 2017 versus February 2016. People are borrowing to invest and the banks are lending for investments again. There is a shift happening from consumer to investment lending,” he said.The Prime Minister added that loans to the manufacturing sector increased by 22 per cent, loans to the construction and land development sector increased by 15 per cent and loans to the tourism sector accelerated by 31 per cent.“This is good. This shows that the engine of our economy is starting to turn. Business people are willing to take risks again and banks are willing to lend again…this is a sign that the economy is cranking up again,” noted Mr. Holness.He also informed that approximately 22,000 more persons were employed at the end of January 2017 when compared to the end of January 2016. This has resulted in an increase in the employment rate from 12.7 per cent to 13.3 per cent.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister indicated that more skilled Jamaicans are needed for certain areas where Chinese investments are present within the country and require these labourers to be trained, certified and disciplined.Mr. Holness informed that through dialogue with the Chinese, a training component must be added to future development plans, which will see the HEART Trust/NTA certifying local workers whether in “technology or new practices.” Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says there is strong confidence in the economy from the business community and the rest of the country. Story Highlights The Prime Minister added that loans to the manufacturing sector increased by 22 per cent, loans to the construction and land development sector increased by 15 per cent and loans to the tourism sector accelerated by 31 per cent. He noted that this “unyielding strength of confidence” has been reflected in the latest Business and Consumer Confidence Indices, which show that “business confidence remains firmly entrenched above the crucial 100-point mark.” last_img read more

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Canada urges release of Venezuelan political prisoners

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada is urging the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro to end its campaign of repression and respect the country’s existing political institutions.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is also calling for the release of jailed opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma, saying their detention is proof of the Maduro regime’s “dictatorial intentions.”Maduro has just pushed through a contested election of a constituent assembly that will rewrite the country’s constitution, a move widely condemned internationally.The United States has called the vote a sham and Freeland says the existing national assembly is the only legitimately elected representative body in Venezuela.She says Maduro must accept the assembly’s authority and restore its full powers.Freeland says Canada is gravely alarmed by the unlawful detention of Lopez and Ledezma.“Canada calls on the government to respect the democratic rights of Venezuelan citizens and enter into meaningful negotiations to restore constitutional order in Venezuela,” she said in a statement.In July, the Venezuelan supreme court placed Lopez under house arrest after he had spent three years in prison for his role in anti-government protests in 2014. Ledezma was placed under house arrest in 2015 after being imprisoned on charges of leading an alleged coup against Maduro.Economic troubles and months of political turmoil on the streets have rocked the South American country.Maduro remains determined to reshape the political system to solidify his socialist government’s hold.Freeland said she commends the courage of those struggling for their democratic and human rights.“Canada stands with the brave Venezuelan people as they struggle to preserve the future of their deeply threatened democracy,” she said.last_img read more

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Selftaught Syrian newcomer 10 a piano star

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Eahem said Marcel taught himself how to play by simply listening to music and figuring out how to replicate it. Sometimes it’s hard to get her son’s fingers off the keys, she said.“It’s really like the piano is part of Marcel,” she told CBC News.Marcel’s 12-year-old brother, Eilia, said it goes even further than that.“He’s, like, inside the piano,” he said. “When I see him playing I think It’s like he’s thinking about nothing.”Marcel Ward’s family fled Syria in 2012, stopping in several other places before settling in Hamilton. (Submitted by Ward family)Just a few months after Marcel began discovering the beauty of music, the sounds of war arrived at his family’s door. The Wards fled Damascus for Dubai and would spend the next few years moving the family, and that little keyboard, around.Manar Ward, Marcel’s father, described the next few years as turbulent.“We moved after the war started in Syria,” he said.“We settled in Dubai and we tried to live there because all my family got attacked from so many rebels. My sister got shot there. Then we settled in Dubai for the (next) three years.”It was during those years in the United Arab Emirates that Marcel’s parents really noticed his gift. “I remember the first time he played some pieces and we showed it to some experts in piano. They were shocked,” Ward said.“They said we need two years of training to play that. It was so hard. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement In Syria, five-year-old Marcel Ward’s first love was a small plastic keyboard.Now his family, who fled the violence in Damascus, calls him “Mini Mozart.” And he’s got the skills to prove it. Eahem Ward said she never imagined that small red keyboard would change her son’s life, but it was one of the few possessions they took with them when they left Syria in 2012. Marcel kept playing it throughout his family’s journey to Dubai, Lebanon, the U.S. and finally, Hamilton, Ont. Twitterlast_img read more

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How Screwed Are The Eagles With Mark Sanchez As Their Starting QB

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Houston Texans on Sunday, bringing their record to 6-2 — good for sole possession of first place in the NFC East. They also moved up two slots in our NFL Elo rankings; at the moment, their 1584 Elo rating ranks eighth among all NFL teams.But it wasn’t all good news for the Eagles on Sunday. The team’s starting quarterback, Nick Foles, suffered a “cracked” collarbone on the final play of the first quarter, necessitating an appearance by backup Mark Sanchez. While Sanchez played reasonably well in the victory, tossing a pair of touchdowns and posting a Total QBR of 53.4 (the NFL average for QBR is 50), there’s no small degree of trepidation among Eagles fans about the prospect of moving forward with Sanchez as the team’s starting QB for the next six to eight weeks.Anytime a team loses its starting quarterback, there’s a clear drop-off in performance. To quantify that decline, I went back and gathered data from every NFL game since 1978 in which a team was missing its regular starter at quarterback (defined as a QB who started at least 10 of 16 games for the team during the season). According to the Elo ratings going into those 1,585 games, which ostensibly assume the regular starter is playing, the starter-less teams should have expected to win 46 percent of the time. In actuality, they only won at a 37 percent clip.Essentially, a group of teams with an average pre-game Elo rating of 1478 played like they collectively deserved a 1419 rating. If the Eagles followed the same formula, we might surmise their “true” Elo rating without Foles would drop similarly to 1525, effectively making them the 18th-best team in football instead of the eighth-best.Making matters worse for Philadelphia, the numbers say that Foles is better than the typical starting quarterback — and that Sanchez is far worse. Since his NFL debut in 2012, Foles has been the sixth-most efficient passer in the league, according to adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A). Meanwhile, over the years in which Sanchez was the New York Jets’ starting quarterback (2009 to 2012), he posted the worst ANY/A in the NFL among QBs with 800 or more attempts.But when we look at the aforementioned dataset of backup-quarterback games since 1978, the post-game shift to a team’s Elo rating doesn’t bear any relationship to the disparity between the career ANY/A rates of the starter and the backup. In other words, the Eagles’ Elo rating is likely to decline with each successive game in which they are forced to start Sanchez instead of Foles, but it’s hard to say how much the difference between Foles’ career resume and Sanchez’s resume matters.Besides, there’s also evidence that Foles’s passing isn’t even the reason the Eagles have been winning this season. The team’s defense and special teams have been among the best in the NFL, while the team’s offense has underwhelmed. Although Foles’s numbers were otherworldly in 2013, his passing efficiency has been average at best in 2014 thus far, in no small part because the incredibly low interception rate he posted in 2013 has (predictably) regressed to the mean.There’s no question that the Eagles are worse off because of the injury to Foles, and it makes a material difference to their playoff odds going forward. But things may not be quite as dire for Philadelphia as they seem. read more

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