Forces beyond nations

first_imgIn February, Jason Beckfield was named a full professor of sociology at Harvard, where he had labored in the junior faculty trenches for five years.“It was a relief you cannot imagine,” said Beckfield, a modest, rangy 35-year-old and the father of two, “an instantaneous lowering of blood pressure.”Beckfield got his introduction to sociology at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), where his favorite professor barked out brilliant lectures and often showed up in class still dressed for duck hunting. Said Beckfield of Harvard, “This is not the place I expected to land.”Yet his academic path was remarkable and lucky, said Beckfield, beginning with the public schools in his native Joplin, Mo. “At every grade,” he remembered, “I was fortunate to have very good teachers.” Most of all, there was the steadying influence of his parents — the late Albert Beckfield, an accountant, and his wife Cathy, a bank loan assistant.Despite solid academics in Joplin, Beckfield was a freshman in college before he had heard of sociology. He took a memorable survey course taught by Jack Mitchell, the duck hunter. “He was extremely intimidating,” he said of the man who was to inspire a life’s work. “He was big man — gruff, severe, and a compelling lecturer.”Beckfield sampled English, biology, astronomy, anthropology, and journalism. But the siren call of sociology won. Mitchell left his young student with a senior-year gift: intensive seminars in classic and contemporary social theory that gave him an exceptional grounding for the Ph.D. program at Indiana University. “I still have those notes,” said Beckfield.He spent one of his seven doctoral years helping his adviser, Professor Art Alderson, complete an intensive social network analysis of selected cities around the world. “It was a very important moment in graduate school,” said Beckfield. “It completely changed the way I thought about globalization.”Social network analysis is the complex, data-driven study of how nodes (individuals) and ties (relationships) relate to one another. Conceptually, this key analytical tool dates to the 1930s, but it only took off in the ’90s, when computing power could finally cope with massive data sets. Beckfield is a fan of the technique’s fluid intersections with physics, neuroscience, statistics, and other disciplines.The complex equations and fulsome quantitative data of social network analysis underlie his chief research: regionalization initiatives like the European Union (EU). Entities like the EU are increasingly common – new economic, political, and social hybrids of national and global ties. In a book he will finish writing this year, Beckfield wonders: Does the EU, for one, create patterns of inequality?“The political and economic fates of a large number of people are increasingly bound up in regions,” he said. “We should be paying a lot more attention than we are.”It’s all so new. Beckfield called regional unions like the EU “supranational entities” that are “completely fascinating society-building experiments.”Among those EU-like experiments are the Common Market of the Southern Cone, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Economic Community of West African States. The one anomaly is the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Beckfield, since it is based on “economic integration without political integration.”While regional models of interchange knit together fresh alliances, the old order of nation-to-nation interchange is unraveling. “The factors that influence people’s lives are less coupled to the nation-state than they were before,” said Beckfield, describing a global sea change that Columbia University sociologist Saskia Sassen calls “denationalization.” (She and Beckfield were colleagues at the University of Chicago, where he first taught.)In the face of these changes, it’s important to conceptualize “what regionalized forms of social organization look like,” said Beckfield, and to understand what it means for “a nation-state to be integrated into something that exists above it.”The idea of globalization helps us understand grand patterns, said Beckfield. But it is more accurate to think of the world as a place of multiplying supranational regions: densely woven networks of social, economic, and political ties that exceed national boundaries.The world is not the globalized “flat world” popularized by writer Thomas Friedman, said Beckfield. “The metaphor I like better — it’s not my own — is that the world is ‘spiky,’ increasingly fragmented and increasingly unequal.”last_img read more

Ghana Squad Numbers for AFCON 2013

first_imgGhana Black Stars jersey numbers for AFCON 2013 in South Africa which starts from 19 January – February 10.1. Daniel Agyei (GK) – Liberty Professionals (Ghana)2. Richard Kissi Boateng (DF) – Berekum Chelsea (Ghana)3. Asamoah Gyan (FW) – Al Ain (UAE)4. John Pantsil (DF) – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)5. Mohammed Awal (DF) – Maritzburg (South Africa) 6. Anthony Annan (MF) – Osasuna (Spain)7. Christian Atsu (MF) – FC Porto (Portugal)8. Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (MF) – Udinese (Italy)9. Derek Boateng (MF) – Dnipro (Ukraine)10. Albert Danquah-Adomah (FW) – Bristol City (England) 11. Rabiu Mohammed (MF) – Evian (France)12. Larsen Kwarasey (GK) – Stromgodset (Norway)13. Jerry Akaminko (DF) – Eskisehirspor (Turkey)14. Solomon Asante (MF) – Berekum Chelsea (Ghana)15. Isaac Vorsah (DF) – Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) 16. Abdul Fatawu Dauda (GK) – AshantiGold (Ghana)17. Emmanuel Clottey (FW) – Esperance (Tunisia)18. Richmond Boakye Yiadom (FW) – Sassoulo (Italy)19. Jonathan Mensah (DF) – Evian (France)20. Kwadwo Asamoah (MF) – Juventus (Italy) 21. John Boye (DF) – Rennes (France)22. Mubarak Wakaso (MF) – Espanyol (Spain)23. Harrison Afful (DF) – Esperance (Tunisia)last_img read more

Alex Peters is England’s top woman golfer for 2013

first_img14 Sep 2013 Alex Peters is England’s top woman golfer for 2013 International Alex Peters has won a nip-and-tuck race to top the England Golf ladies’ order of merit, sponsored by the golf tour operator Lorrin Golf.Alex, from Notts Ladies’ (image © Leaderboard Photography), has claimed the title of England’s top woman golfer by a tiny margin from fellow international, Sarah-Jane Boyd of Cornwall.The two players were neck-and-neck over the closing stages of the competition. Sarah-Jane took the advantage after the British stroke play championship – where she tied seventh – but Alex snatched back the top spot in the penultimate event when she tied third in the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy.Third place went to Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, while Georgia Hall, the British amateur champion from Dorset, was fourth.“I’ve had a good year and I’m really pleased to have won the order of merit,” said Alex, 19, who thanked Lorrin Golf for their support.“It’s a big thing to win because it shows that all my hard work has paid off. I’ve been steady throughout the year and it proves that you don’t need to win, but you do need to be consistent to get to the top.”David Kelly, the managing director of Lorrin Golf, commented: “Lorrin Golf would like to congratulate Alex Peters on her fantastic golf throughout 2013. As winner of the England Golf order of merit we wish Alex all the very best for her new challenges in 2014.”Alex, who has represented England since she was 14, was runner-up in both the English amateur and Welsh stroke play championships. She also reached the last 16 in the British amateur championship.Other highlights of her year included representing GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe. She was the only GB&I player to win her singles on the second day.Now she plans another year in amateur ranks and will be targeting a place in the 2014 Curtis Cup team.Women’s Order of Merit, sponsored by Lorrin GolfLeading final places:1 Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies)2 Sarah Jane Boyd (Truro)3 Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough)4 Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak)5 Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall)6 Rachael Goodall (Heswall)7 Charlotte Thomas (Singapore)8 Emma Tayler (Saunton)9 Samantha Fuller (Roehampton)10 Charlotte Thompson (Channels)last_img read more

Looking for a live band? Don’t miss this Icebreakers showcase

first_imgDonegal band Icebreakers are hosting a special showcase event in House Wine Bar and Tap Room on Friday the 24th of May. This is a unique opportunity to see the band perform in one of Letterkenny’s most intimate venues, over prosecco and canapes. Icebreakers are one of Ireland’s most exciting live bands, specialising in playing weddings and events. The band will be playing a set of covers on the night and this will be a fantastic opportunity for couples searching for their wedding band to see Icebreakers perform. WHEN: 9pm – 11pm, Friday 24th May 2019 WHERE: House Wine Bar and Tap Room – Voodoo VenueIcebreakersIcebreakers are highly energetic and professional live covers band with an ability to pack dancefloors and thrill audiences with their upbeat and diverse setlist. Icebreakers are also fortunate to have a sound engineer (and multi-instrumentalist!) among them and their individual experiences on the cover band circuit have readied them to provide a personalised service to each client. Knowing how to adapt the set list to every room and making each show memorable is the band’s speciality. The band would love to welcome friends old and new to the showcase. It’s a perfect night for those on the search for their wedding band. Refreshments will be provided, head over to Facebook to see more about the event. Icebreakers look forward to welcoming you to House Wine Bar and Tap Room on Friday the 24th of May – all welcome!Check out Icebreakers on Facebook and Instagram, or head over to Looking for a live band? Don’t miss this Icebreakers showcase was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:house wine baricebreakersMUSICshowcase eventwedding bandlast_img read more

SS Mendi bell resurfaces

first_imgThe bell from the ill-fated SS Mendi, the ship that took more than 600 South Africans to their watery graves, has surfaced.The bell of the SS Mendi is left for BBC reporter Steve Humphrey on 15 June 2017. (Image: BBC)Priya PitamberIn a scenario that’s akin to the plot of a historical thriller, BBC reporter Steve Humphrey received an anonymous phone call instructing him to be at Swanage Pier in England in the early morning of 15 June 2017.There, Humphrey found a large bell, with the word “Mendi” on it. It was sealed in a plastic bag.The bell is believed to originate from the SS Mendi, the ill-fated ship that sank off the Isle of Wight in 1917 and more than 600 men from the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC) lost their lives. They were on their way to France to help Britain in World War 1. This year, South Africa marked the centenary of the tragedy.World exclusive: Bell from SS Mendi resurfaces- passed to me for safe keeping. @BBCSouthToday— Steve Humphrey (@stevehumphreytv) June 15, 2017SS Mendi bell in temporary safe-keeping with Southampton Museums. Plan to display at Sea City soon. @BBCSouthToday— Steve Humphrey (@stevehumphreytv) June 19, 2017Maritime archaeologist John Gribble told the BBC the bell was most likely genuine.“The bell has never been reported found, but given the extent to which the site was stripped of non-ferrous metals in the past I’d be very surprised if the bell was still on the wreck,” Gribble said.“The bell looks right. It’s the right sort of size for a bell of that period.”The bell from the #SSMendi has been found! Don’t miss the @BBCSouthToday coverage tonight.— UK in South Africa (@UKinSouthAfrica) June 19, 2017Its importance to South AfricaSouth Africa’s interest in the SS Mendi arises from the fact that it was the country’s worst maritime disaster of the 20th century, wrote Kathy Munro, an honorary associate professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, on the Heritage Portal website.“We have remembered the men of the Mendi in wreath-laying ceremonies, in the refurbishing of old memorials and the installation of new ones.” There were commemorations in South Africa, France, and Britain earlier this year.In 1995, Queen Elizabeth II and Nelson Mandela unveiled a memorial to the Mendi victims in Soweto.The wreckageMunro said the wreck of the ship was first discovered by Martin Woodward in 1974. He founded a museum, Arreton Shipwreck Centre (formerly the Bembridge Maritime Museum), where numerous objects from the Mendi were put on display. “Visitors can view the brass bridge telegraph, a porthole, a wheel boss, engine parts, and a brass saloon window amongst other objects.”But Munro noted that many divers did not treat the artefacts with such respect. “Other divers it would seem were far less scrupulous than Woodward,” she wrote. “Following its identification, the Mendi wreck became a recreational dive site and the location was included in various wreck catalogues and dive guides to the south coast of England.”An anonymous note“If I handed it in myself it might not go to the rightful place,” reads a note that was left with the bell, addressed to the BBC’s Humphrey. “This needs to be sorted out before I pass away as it could get lost.”The author did not provide his or her identification.Munro said the letter was strange, describing it as “something of a confession and redemption of a troubled conscience… an anonymous person wishes to return an item that he clearly considers belongs elsewhere before departing this life.”Current locationThe bell has been moved to Southampton’s museum service for now, and will go on display at the SeaCity Museum, also in Southampton. No decision has been reached regarding its final destination, but the South African government has been informed because it is attempting to recover artefacts from the ship.Sources: BBC and The Heritage PortalWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Meetup Listens to Users’ Outcry, Rolls Back Some Changes

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#news#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last week, we wrote about the virtual user rebellion over at social organization site Meetup. The site had unleashed a drastic redesign that many users said they never saw coming and these selfsame users came out in droves to complain in the site’s feedback forum. In less than 24 hours, nearly 4,000 users came out to vote that the site “give organizers the ability to restore the old format.”While the company hasn’t completely rolled back the redesign, it has come out with a blog post explaining the changes, apologizing and vowing to fix them.One of the big comlaints, as RWW alum Adrianne Jeffries notes on The New York Observer, was that the redesign messed with the existing hierarchy on the site. “Some of the changes made organizers feel like Meetup had taken some of the control over the groups they had carefully cultivated, sometimes for years,” explains Jeffries. CTO Greg Whalin addresses this idea directly, saying that “We in no way set out to indicate that we are devaluing Organizers. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. […] I completely recognize that in some cases, we made mistakes that may have made it feel like this wasn’t the case. For that I apologize.”According to Whalin, the site has already rolled back a number of changes over recent days. Some, he makes frank admissions about, saying that the change should never have been made. “These should never have been removed, and honestly, it was a bit of an oversight that they disappeared,” Whalin writes in regards to user roles and titles on the RSVP list. For the full list of changes, you can read Whalin’s post, but we wonder – will they be enough? Can you really fault a company if they listen to user feedback and respond? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Biles Sets New Record As US Wins World Gymnastics Team Gold (Video)

first_imgSTUTTGART, Germany — Simone Biles won a record 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships on Tuesday as the United States retained its women’s team all-around title.It was Biles’ 15th career gold and broke a tie with Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals overall by a woman at the world championships. She’s now two short of Vitaly Scherbo’s all-time record of 23 among men or women.“Every year it feels better and better just because we’re adding to the legacy,” Biles said. “I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country.”The U.S. team scored 172.330 points to beat second-place Russia by 5.801 points and win its seventh consecutive team title at an Olympics or world championships.Team U.S.A. listens to the national anthem after winning the gold medal in the women’s team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Left is team Russia who won the silver medal, right is team Italy who won the bronze medal. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)The reward for winning was a battery-powered medal that lights up when it senses movement. Biles called it “the sickest medal we’ve ever had.”Biles posted the best individual scores on the vault, balance beam and floor.“I think if I do the routine that I did tonight I’ll be more than happy” in Thursday’s individual all-around final, she said. A fall for Sunisa Lee on balance beam in her world championship debut and a fumbled routine from Grace McCallum on the uneven bars left the U.S. with room for improvement, though both were strong on other apparatus.“It’s just so surreal to come out here and end up on top with the strength of the team that we have, even after having a couple falls out there,” Biles said.Russia became the first team to get within six points of the U.S. since China at the 2015 world championships, something which pleased Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova.“We’re happy that we got second because we can’t battle the Americans just yet, but today the gap was significantly lower than at the last few world championships,” Melnikova said.Biles said other teams were “most definitely” closing in on the U.S.“All of the teams have improved their difficulty over the last quad, and I think that’s really exciting to see the strength that they have.”Italy ended its 69-year wait for a women’s team medal with bronze, as China failed to make the podium for the first time since the 2003 world championships.China was fourth after a tough day for Liu Tingting, who fell twice on the uneven bars and again on the balance beam.A fall on the beam mount by Italy’s last gymnast, Elisa Iorio, made for a tense finish but she recovered to score enough to stay ahead of China by 0.536 points.It was a big recovery for Italy, which qualified in last place for the final.“The goal for today was just to do better than qualification and how it goes, it goes,” Italian gymnast Giorgia Villa said through a translator.By: James Ellingworth, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more