September 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State’s Rashid Shaheed Named As Big Sky Player of the Week Tags: Big Sky Conference/Player of the Week/Rashid Shaheed/Weber State Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Monday, Weber State football return specialist Rashid Shaheed was named as the ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference special teams player of the week after his heroics in a 45-28 win over Northern Colorado Saturday.The sophomore out of San Diego commenced the second half with an electrifying 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to help revitalize a stagnant Weber State offense at the time.All told, Shaheed had two kickoff returns against the Bears for 127.5 yards (63.5 yards per return) and added two receptions for 63 yards in the game, including a 46-yard scoring reception in the 1st Quarter.This is Shaheed’s second career Big Sky player of the week honor and of the nine kickoff returns for touchdowns in school history, he has two of them now. Written by Brad James
Looking for a not-so-light summer read? In July and August, the Gazette will showcase recent books by Harvard authors.Everything is for sale: It’s a refrain we hear time and again, the lament of anti-consumerist free spirits and the taunt of crusading capitalists.It’s also increasingly true. From the right to pollute to a spot at the front of an amusement-park line, or even advertising space in jails and public schools, nearly every aspect of everyday life now comes with a price tag.“These days there are fewer and fewer things that money can’t buy,” says Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. What Sandel asks of readers of his new book, “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets,” is a fuller examination of the consequences.The issue is nothing if not timely. Nearly four years after the financial crash that set off a global economic downturn, Americans have largely avoided a serious public discussion about the rules and the ethics of our free-market society, Sandel argues.“When the financial crisis hit, there was a widespread sense that markets and morals had somehow become detached,” he says. “The striking feature of the aftermath of the financial crisis is that it has not brought a fundamental rethinking of the role of markets in our society.”Like “Justice” — Sandel’s best-seller based on his enormously popular Harvard course of the same name — his latest book aims to make heady philosophical debate accessible to a broad audience.Using examples both mundane and extreme, he asks readers to consider the often-blurry line between a harmless transaction and one that undermines professed values. For instance, many Americans wouldn’t balk at the idea of ticket scalping for New York’s Shakespeare in the Park series, where line-standers will camp out to obtain free tickets they can sell for a hefty profit. But what about allowing lobbyists on Capitol Hill to hire professional line-standers, to ensure their access to lawmakers? Should free public theater be put up for sale, but not a chance to influence the workings of government?Then there are more abstract forms of line-jumping, like concierge medicine, a system where patients pay out of pocket for immediate access to an on-call physician, while the rest of us wait for appointments at the convenience of our doctors’ overbooked schedule. Are there ever situations where the wealthy shouldn’t be allowed the opportunity to jump ahead?Sandel poses such questions not to vilify the rich, but to prompt his readers to examine how they feel about a world where the rich and the poor live separate lives.“In a society where everything is for sale, life is harder for those of modest means,” he writes. “The more money can buy, the more affluence (or the lack of it) matters.”He calls it the “skyboxification” of American life. “We live and work and shop and play in different places. Our children go to different schools,” he writes. “It’s not good for democracy, nor is it a satisfying way to live.”Today, we have fewer and fewer civic spaces where citizens from different walks of life encounter one another, an “example of the way market values can crowd out moral and civic values,” Sandel says. “Market incentives sometimes work, but they can also undermine social cooperation.”In an era of extreme market faith, he says, many economists have developed “imperial ambitions to explain all human behavior,” from questions of personal choice — whether to get married, how many children to have — all the way up to how to educate children, allocate health care, or protect the environment.“Many [economists] assume that economic explanations are self-sufficient as social science and don’t presuppose any particular moral or ethical assumptions.” One goal of the book, Sandel adds, is to suggest that “we need to reconnect economics with its roots in moral and political philosophy.”Still, Sandel isn’t exactly a crusading outsider with an ax to grind. In fact, he had planned to study economics as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford in the 1970s.“I was intrigued by the idea that here was a clear, rigorous scientific way of understanding human society,” he says. “There’s something intoxicating about that promise.”But as he delved deeper into moral and political philosophy, he began to feel there were many questions of social life and choice that couldn’t be answered by the purely rational models of his chosen field. “The more I studied, the more I realized that economics was not and could not be the value-neutral discipline or science that many economists understand it to be,” he says.His interest in the ethical dimensions of economics remained. Although the book was in part prompted by the financial crisis, Sandel says, he had been working on the idea — and “collecting massive piles of interesting examples” — for 15 years. After refining the book’s concepts in Harvard classrooms for more than a decade, Sandel is spending much of the summer on a four-continent book tour, addressing free-market societies both old (an overflow crowd at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London) and new (his outdoor appearance before an audience of 14,000 in Seoul looked more like a rock concert than a lecture).“I think there is a great hunger in market societies throughout the world for serious public debate about these questions,” he says.To hear Sandel read from the audiobook of “What Money Can’t Buy” (Macmillan Audio), click here.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating two armed home invasions eight hours apart last week, including one case in which a victim was pistol whipped, authorities said.In the first case, two masked men kicked in the side dor of a Tanyard Lane home in Huntington, where one of the assailants brandished what appeared to be a shotgun at the victim inside at 4:31 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, police said.Then at 12:46 a.m. the next morning, three men knocked on the front door of a Gould Road home in Centereach, where one of the assailants hit the man who opened the door with a handgun, police said.The attackers stole cash before fleeing the scene in both cases. There were neither any arrests nor descriptions of the suspects involved. Detectives are continuing the investigations.
The weather delayed second round will be completed at the Porsche European Open this morning – ahead of the third round getting underway in Hamburg later.Paul McBride’s three-under with five holes of his second round left while Paul Dunne is one-under with two holes left to play this morning.Ashley Chester will take a one-shot lead into round three at nine-under.Only two Irishmen have made the weekend at the Senior Open.Des Smyth and Mark McNulty are both back this morning from 13-over with five players – including 2014 winner Bernard Langer – sharing the lead at one-over. Photo © – Tipp FM Seamus Power is six shots off the lead into today’s third round at the Canadian Open golf.The Waterford man is six-under with Martin Flores holding a one-shot lead over the field at 12-under.Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell both missed the cut.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said there is “no chance” of him selling midfielder Niko Kranjcar to QPR.Rangers have enjoyed a good relationship with Spurs and have spent previous transfer windows waiting to discover which players Redknapp is willing to part with.But he says he is not looking to offload Kranjcar, who also played under him at Portsmouth.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Twitter
26 October 2011South African internet users have embraced social media as a core pillar of their online activity, a new study finds. MXit and Facebook have the most user numbers, while Twitter has seen the most dramatic growth in social networking in the past year.The study, entitled “South African Social Media Landscape 2011”, was released this week by social media monitoring firm Fuseware and researchers World Wide Worx.“The question of how many South Africans use each of the major social networks comes up so often, it became a priority for us to pin down the numbers,” Fuseware MD and report co-author Michal Wronski said in a statement this week.“The data was collected through a combination of Fuseware’s analysis of social network databases, information provided directly by social networks, and World Wide Worx’s consumer market research.”Personalities driving Twitter growthAn analysis of Fuseware’s extensive database of Twitter usage, in conjunction with World Wide Worx’s consumer market research, shows that there were 1.1-million Twitter users in South Africa in mid-2011 – a 20-fold increase in a little more than a year.“One of the drivers of growth of Twitter is the media obsession with the network,” said World Wide Worx MD and report co-author Arthur Goldstuck. “Most radio and TV personalities with large audiences are engaged in intensive campaigns to drive their listeners and viewers to both Twitter and Facebook.“The former, coming off a very low base, is therefore seeing the greatest growth.”As in the global environment, not all Twitter users are active users, with only 40% tweeting, but probably as many simply watching, following and using it as a breaking news service.MXit remains most popularMXit remains the most popular social network in South Africa, with approximately 10-million active users. Its demographic mix runs counter to the popular media image of MXit as a teen-dominated environment, with no less than 76% of the male user base of MXit and 73% of female users aged 18 or over.A surprising finding emerged from analysis of Facebook data, which shows that of approximately 4.2-million Facebook users in South Africa (by August 2011), only 3.2-million had visited the site in the year-to-date.“This is partly a factor of many users moving on once the novelty of the site had worn off, as well as a result of the fickle nature of the youth market,” said Wronski.The study also found BlackBerry Messenger to be the fastest growing network in South Africa in the second half of 2011.“Once BBM picked up significant traction in private schools, for example, many teenagers who had previously flocked to Facebook opted for BBM’s greater immediacy.”Business owners using LinkedInWhile LinkedIn, aimed at professional users, also reached the 1.1-million mark, it came off a far higher base – but still saw 83% growth of South African users from 2010 to 2011. Of these, 112 000 or 10% are business owners.Consumer research analysed in the report revealed that future intention of usage of most social networks is strongly related to age – the younger the user, the greater the intention of usage.“This is only one of many micro-trends shaping social networking,” said Goldstuck. “MXit, Facebook and BBM statistics illustrate, for example, that as social networks become more mainstream, their penetration within all age ranges deepens.“This, in turn, will result in the continual flattening of the age curve as social networks mature.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says in addition to the Maroon Peace Treaty celebration on January 6, the Ministry will provide maximum support to two other significant milestones this year.They are the 180th anniversary of full freedom, emanating from the 1834 Abolition Act; and the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the labour riots of 1938, when the working class of Jamaica clamoured for better working conditions and wages.Miss Grange made the announcement at the Accompong Town Maroons anniversary ceremony in St. Elizabeth on January 6.She argued that the event, which marked the truce between the Accompong Town Maroons and the British in 1738, after decades of hostilities, was “the first of three major activities within the history of Jamaica, which have been responsible for the assertion of Jamaican cultural identity and image”.“The second celebration that we are going to give all the support – technical and financial – is the 180th anniversary of full freedom,” the Minister said.“Recall that 1834 saw the enactment of the Abolition Act, and the English provided the planters, as part of their compensation, with four additional years of African enslavement called apprenticeship. As such, it was in 1838 that full freedom was established by the resolute determination of the African population to abandon the plantations. So, we must celebrate the 180th anniversary of our enslaved ancestors getting full freedom,” Miss Grange said.She noted that the third milestone to be celebrated (the labour riots of 1938), led to the formation of Jamaica’s first trade union.The Minister said that those signature celebrations should ensure that the island’s “young people will recognise the struggles of our ancestors”.Ms. Grange said the Accompong Town Maroons celebration was an appropriate start to the year, as “our forefathers fought unflinchingly for their human rights”.“It is fitting that we start with the achievements of Captain Cudjoe and his warriors here in Accompong, where it all happened. As such, we move forward this year in the spirit of Captain Cudjoe, fiercely determined not to give in, but rather to achieve the ultimate goal of sustainable prosperity for our people,” she said.The Minister pointed out that the year will end with the celebration on December 27 of the Sam Sharpe war. “That event of meticulous organisation and flaming passions led to the final decision by the English Parliament to end the horrible system of slavery in the British Empire,” she noted.“Again in the spirit of Sam Sharpe and his band of followers, we must not retreat or surrender, but engage fully in the national project of reconciliation and peace, which was the ultimate dream of our ancestors,” the Minister said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says in addition to the Maroon Peace Treaty celebration on January 6, the Ministry will provide maximum support to two other significant milestones this year. She argued that the event, which marked the truce between the Accompong Town Maroons and the British in 1738, after decades of hostilities, was “the first of three major activities within the history of Jamaica, which have been responsible for the assertion of Jamaican cultural identity and image”. Ms. Grange said the Accompong Town Maroons celebration was an appropriate start to the year, as “our forefathers fought unflinchingly for their human rights”. Story Highlights
Sean Payton, the suspended New Orleans Saints coach who had his contract voided, is allowed to negotiate a new contract with the team, according to a report by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.The newspaper reported that, while Payton’s suspension for his involvement in the bounty scandal forbids him from speaking with the organization, he and the Saints are permitted to speak in regards to his contract situation.ESPN Sunday reported that a previous contract extension between Payton and the Saints was voided by the league. Should the two sides be unable to reach agreement on a new deal, Payton would be a free agent.Saints quarterback Drew has no doubt he’ll be reunited with Payton in 2013.“I absolutely believe he’ll be back,” Brees said after Monday night’s win over Philadelphia.Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said he hadn’t seen or heard Sunday’s report and didn’t want to comment, but added, “This team loves Sean, and Sean loves this team. This city loves Sean, and Sean loves this city. I think that’s a tough combination to beat.”New Orleans safety Roman Harper said he sees no reason for Payton to leave New Orleans, especially after being linked to the bounty case.“Why would he not come back? He’s got something to prove,” Harper said. “There’s nothing like having a man with a chip on his shoulder. This is just another way the NFL is trying to get at us. We just have to keep our minds on things we can control, and that’s playing football.”With Payton’s earlier ties to the Cowboys and close relationship with owner Jerry Jones, there has been speculation he could replace Dallas coach Jason Garrett.Jones denied such talk Sunday while Garrett said his sole focus remains on getting his 3-5 Cowboys to the playoffs.“There’s a lot of stories that circulate around our game,” Garrett said Monday afternoon. “So certainly some people bring those kinds of things to my attention, but again, we’re (focusing) on what we need to do. We had heck of a challenge (Sunday night) in Atlanta, trying to play an undefeated team, so that’s where our attention was.”