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3 storylines to monitor with Orlando Magic’s wing options ahead of training camp

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3 Storylines To Monitor With Orlando Magic’s Wing Options Ahead Of Training Camp
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The Orlando Magic have plenty of questions entering the 2022-23 season, which will tip off against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 19.

Their training camp, which starts in one week at their new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center, should help provide answers.

The Magic’s 2½ weeks between the start of camp and the regular season, which includes five preseason games, will provide insight on their plan for their wings (combo players who can slot in at shooting guard or small forward).

Orlando’s wings include Gary Harris, Caleb Houstan, Chuma Okeke, Terrence Ross and Franz Wagner.

Forwards Kevon Harris and Admiral Schofield also are signed to two-way contracts with the Magic, while Joel Ayayi will be included on Orlando’s 20-man training-camp roster after signing an Exhibit 10 deal.

Here are three storylines to monitor once camp starts:

1. Wagner’s usage

Wagner exceeded expectations by playing at an elite level for a rookie most of the season.

He averaged 15.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.7 minutes (79 starts in 79 appearances), being named to the All-Rookie first team and finishing fourth (two third-place votes) for Rookie of the Year that was awarded to Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes.

When asked to do more, Wagner stepped up in multiple facets — especially as a defender, pick-and-roll ballhandler, driver and playmaker.

He was a high-level cutter and off-ball threat offensively.

The questions surrounding Wagner entering his second season are not only about how he’ll build off last year but also his usage.

Wagner may not be relied upon as a ballhandler as much.

Forward Paolo Banchero, the No. 1 pick in June’s draft, and Markelle Fultz, who returned from a torn left knee anterior cruciate ligament, likely will carry a significant load.

That’s in addition to guards Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs — Orlando’s starting backcourt for most of last season.

Wagner took steps forward as an on-ball creator, especially as a pull-up shooter, with the German men’s national basketball team in EuroBasket 2022. How much he’ll be able to show that growth will depend on how he’s used by coach Jamahl Mosley with this team.

Mosley thinks Wagner is versatile enough to be a primary ballhandler and values his decision-making, both on and off the ball.

“It’s not necessarily the ballhandling, it’s more the decision-making,” Mosley said on the Magic’s official podcast, Pod Squad. “You feel comfortable with a guy who can make decisions. That’s what we’re asking all of our guys to do: How can they be better decision-makers? When Franz first started summer league it was ‘look at how well he cuts.’ That’s a decision-maker.

“That’s what we work on with all our guys, not just with the ball in my hands. Franz will have the ball in his hands some. If you’re out there with four other decision-makers, you’re looking at a pretty good team.”

2. Harris’ injury

Harris, who signed a 2-year, $26 million contract extension to return to Orlando before free agency officially started July 1, had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 31 to perform a meniscectomy in his left knee after tearing cartilage.

Tony Wanich, an orthopedic surgeon at the HSS Sports Medicine Institute, told the Orlando Sentinel an arthroscopic meniscectomy isn’t an invasive procedure and involves “removing the torn or unstable portion of the meniscus (or cartilage).”

Even with the Magic’s other guard/wing options, Harris’ on-court contributions will be missed depending on how long he’s sidelined.

He was one of the Magic’s most consistent 3-and-D contributors in 2021-22, averaging 11.1 points on 43.4% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting on 3s for a 53.9% effective field goal percentage — a formula that adjusts for 3-pointers being worth more than 2-pointers.

“Typical rehab/recovery is about six weeks for a full return to activity,” Wanich added. “The good thing about meniscus surgery is it’s not a very invasive procedure. After surgery, patients are able to move around right away but they’re limited as far as running or jumping usually for that first six weeks.”

A 6-8 week recovery period would give Harris a tentative return time frame for mid-to-late October.

Orlando plays seven games in the opening month, so Harris shouldn’t miss too much of the season — if he misses any. He’ll likely be limited for most of training camp, which starts Sept. 27.

“The first thing we focus on during that recovery process is getting back full range of motion,” Wanich said of the recovery and rehab from an arthroscopic meniscectomy. “Any time you do any sort of knee/joint surgery, there’s a risk for scar tissue formation, which would lead to loss of motion and stiffness in the knee. Focusing on making sure they recover their range of motion is important.

“The other part is making sure the knee has enough time to adapt to this new situation. What I mean by that is you’ve got this knee where it’s lost a little bit of a cushion. Every time you do run and jump, there’s more impact that gets put on that bone. The body adapts to that, but this is why you’ve got to worry about rushing players back too quickly. If the bone doesn’t have enough time to adapt and adjust, that could delay the recovery because it’s putting too much impact on the bone.”

3. Crowded house

With the Magic drafting Banchero, re-signing Mo Bamba and Bol Bol and Jonathan Isaac’s expected return to the floor, it’ll be a battle for playing time in the frontcourt — especially as the 4/power forward.

What’ll be the impact on the rest of the roster?

Will Okeke, who’s mainly played the 4, play more as the 3 in lineups?

Will Ross, who’s entering the last season of a 4-year, $54 million contract, play more as the 2/shooting guard after mostly being used as the 3 in 2021-22?

Where does Houstan, the No. 32 pick in June’s draft, fit in the wing rotation, especially after Harris returns?

The Magic have options they’ll use camp to sort through.

This article first appeared on Email Khobi Price at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.


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Cynthia M. Allen: When this high school banned cellphone use, it saw remarkable changes

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Cynthia M. Allen: When This High School Banned Cellphone Use, It Saw Remarkable Changes
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FORT WORTH, Texas — There’s something noticeably different at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth this year.

It’s not new uniforms or facilities. It’s the absence of something that accounts for what principal Oscar Ortiz calls a remarkable cultural shift.

There are no cellphones in use during the school day.

Students are required to keep them in backpacks inside their lockers.

If students are caught using their phones, the devices are confiscated and must be retrieved by a parent or guardian after a small fine is paid.

To a home-schooling parent like me, this doesn’t seem a novel or even particularly harsh policy.

Aren’t smartphones almost always prohibited in places of learning?

According to federal data, close to 77 percent of schools in the U.S. reportedly ban cellphone use in schools.

But practice looks different than policy.

Before this year, Nolan had a no-cellphone policy in place. But as Ortiz explained, when such policies don’t take into account what that means for teachers in the classroom, they are difficult to enforce and make other rules seem arbitrary.

That isn’t just the case at Nolan.

A friend who has taught at an area public school for nearly a decade laughed when I asked about his experience with cellphones in the classroom.

The school had a policy, he said, but kids were on their phones anyway and there was nothing he could do about it.

“I would teach to the two or three students who actually came to learn,” he said.

Ortiz, though, has seen previous cellphone policies implemented successfully. At Nolan, he wanted to be intentional about “creating a space where children can learn the right way,” free from distraction.

Thus far, this more robust policy seems to be working.

Ortiz estimates the school has minimized cell phone use by 85%-90%.

In the first seven weeks of school, teachers and administrators have collected only 12 devices, compared to last year’s 12-15 a day.

Device denial is a difficult adjustment at first, but teachers report that students are already more engaged, livelier and more attentive.

But what’s truly extraordinary about the policy is the effect it’s had on student culture.

“For the first time in a long time, (the students) can actually have friendships again,” Ortiz said. “Real conversations in the hallways and lunch rooms. Real human interactions.”

It seems that when kids are allowed to use their devices during the school day, they ambulate the hallways like extras on the set of “The Walking Dead,” barely lifting their eyes, never acknowledging each other.

Now, they greet adults in the hallway.

Even their posture has changed. Now, they look up.

Parents are reporting that the positive behavioral changes extend beyond the classroom and into the home, Ortiz said. Family dinners are more engaging. Conversations are more frequent. Cell phone use in the home is now comparatively minimal.

It’s a throwback to a simpler time, before the ubiquity of smartphones changed the way we interact with the world around us, frequently for the worse.

There is a bounty of data which suggests that smartphone use — social media apps in particular — is a primary factor driving teenage anxiety and depression.

Smartphones allow for constant communication, but they also expose kids to a litany of vices and dangers, from prolific online pornography and sexting to cyberbullying and online predators.

Being off their phones during the school day won’t eliminate those dangers, but it certainly reduces the number of opportunities for kids to be exposed to them.

“Most schools are already dealing with issues regarding porn and (cyber) bullying,” Ortiz said. “We have not this year.”

Protecting kids from online dangers, keeping them focused on academic work and allowing them the freedom to “be kids again” without the sense that every interaction could end up circulating through school in a social media post — all are positive outcomes of cell phone policies like Nolan’s.

But for Nolan, which is a Catholic institution, the cell phone policy also serves a higher purpose. It creates an atmosphere conducive to pursuing what is true, beautiful and good.

“We don’t want our children changing their behavior only due to external factors,” Ortiz said.

Prohibitions help reduce distractions, but motivating kids to want to do good for its own sake takes something a bit more, something a bit harder to pinpoint.

But if Nolan’s cell phone policy success is any indicator, the school is well on its way to achieving that goal.

Cynthia M. Allen is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Her email address is [email protected]

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French feminist rabbi captivates multi-faith crowds with thoughts on mortality

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As Paris was locked down for Passover, a rabbi began holding weekly Zoom chats about Jewish texts. Thousands of people tuned in to hear his thoughts on death. “He’s my rabbi,” said an atheist.

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Ravens rookies take center stage more quickly than expected with injuries to key veterans mounting

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In the seconds after Marcus Peters cradled the ball within inches of the sideline, Kyle Hamilton let loose a roar from deep inside. A “primordial scream” Ravens coach John Harbaugh called it.

Hamilton had spent the previous week answering for his football sins, mental and physical, in a Week 2 collapse against the Miami Dolphins. When the rookie safety saw New England Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor break free on a potential go-ahead scoring drive in Week 3, he knew he could not let it happen again. So Hamilton chased Agholor down, and with a violent swipe of his arm punched the ball Peters’ way. It turned out to be the decisive blow in a hard-fought 37-26 road victory.

“That’s a play not too many people make,” Harbaugh said a day later.

If Hamilton, the first player selected in the Ravens’ 11-member draft class, goes on to a decorated career in Baltimore, this forced fumble might go down as his opening statement. It was a loud moment in a collective story that’s gaining momentum as Ravens rookies leap into the deep end of the pool a few weeks into their NFL careers.

Center Tyler Linderbaum, defensive tackle Travis Jones, offensive tackle Daniel Faalele and punter Jordan Stout could all start Sunday against the mighty Buffalo Bills, with Hamilton, tight end Isaiah Likely and cornerback Damarion “Pepe” Williams also expected to play significant roles. Cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis could also play, though he was pulled after a rough start against the Patriots. Only injured outside linebacker David Ojabo and tight end Charlie Kolar and practice squad running back Tyler Badie will not factor in the Ravens’ game-day calculus.

If the Ravens build on their promising start and return to the playoffs with serious ambitions for the Super Bowl, first-year players will carry a significant load. The team’s decision-makers saw this 2022 draft class, which included two first-round picks and six fourth-round picks, as a major part of their plan for building a roster around quarterback Lamar Jackson, who’s about to become very expensive. But the process has accelerated more quickly than they could have anticipated because of injuries to veterans such as left tackle Patrick Mekari (ankle), nose tackle Michael Pierce (torn biceps) and cornerback Kyle Fuller (torn ACL).

Faalele, for example, had not played a single snap at left tackle at Minnesota and was regarded as a developmental prospect — albeit a historically massive one at 6-foot-8, 380 pounds — on the other side of the offensive line. On Sunday, he suddenly found himself protecting Jackson’s blind side against a Bill Belichick-coached defense.

His afternoon did not start out well. Twice on Faalele’s first two series, Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. whipped around his left shoulder as if the rookie was stuck in concrete. Jackson seemed in peril, as did an offense that had been humming around him.

“It was definitely a different experience — baptism by fire,” a grinning Faalele said Wednesday.

So he practiced his sets on the sideline, trying to redial his perspective so he would be in tune with Jackson’s silent snap count and feel as comfortable on the left side as he had on the right. He’s a calm guy by nature, and by the start of the second half, he looked like a different player, one prepared to keep his quarterback off the ground.

“He hasn’t had snaps at left tackle; he’s been a right tackle all his life,” Jackson said. “And for him to get in and do an amazing job like that, when we need him, where it counts, it’s tremendous to see.”

“Yes, I feel calm,” Faalele said, looking ahead to a possible start against the Bills and the great Von Miller. “Especially when we prepare as much as we do here. I feel like I’ve seen every situation. I feel good about going against everything. I trust my teammates and my coaches. I am a calm person because of that.”

Faalele had at least played in an NFL game. Jones, the 6-4, 334-pound powerhouse from the University of Connecticut, missed the first two weeks as he recovered from a knee injury suffered in the preseason. He was active for the first time Sunday. Then Pierce tore his biceps, and Jones had to step in for 29 snaps. He made just one assisted tackle but looked like he belonged.

“Travis Jones played great,” veteran defensive tackle Calais Campbell said. “He’s a talented guy. His biggest thing is going to be experience. It’s not going to take him long; I think he’s just so gifted, and he’s going to make a lot of plays. But he’s going to get a whole lot better and in a hurry, hopefully. Obviously, there is going to be mistakes — everybody makes them; even 15-year vets make them — but he makes them big [in] the right way. If he doesn’t know what he’s doing, he blows stuff up, which you can appreciate.”

Likely received the most hype of all the rookies going into the season because of his steady stream of highlight catches in training camp and his overpowering performance in the Ravens’ second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. His introduction to the regular season proved rougher. He caught none of the four passes thrown his way and committed a holding penalty in the opener. After he bounced back with four catches in Week 2, he hurt his groin and caught just one pass for 8 yards against the Patriots.

“We’re throwing a lot at him; there’s a lot on his plate,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. “He’s had to do some dirty work as a young rookie in some of these games, but there’s nothing but a bright future for him in every sense.”

The team’s No. 3 cornerback spot has been the busiest center of rookie activity thanks to the season-ending knee injury Fuller suffered and more temporary health setbacks for starters Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey. Armour-Davis played 38 defensive snaps in Week 2, suffering his share of coverage defeats, and lasted for just nine against the Patriots after he allowed a pair of big gains by DeVante Parker. Williams, picked 22 slots after Armour-Davis in the spring, was beaten on Agholor’s crossing route that ended with Hamilton’s forced fumble. But he has generally played more consistently than his rookie classmate and now seems the likeliest candidate to play with Peters and Humphrey going forward.

CBS NFL analyst Charles Davis said the hiccups in the Ravens secondary — their pass defense is ranked last in the league, just like it was last season — are inevitable given injuries and the inexperience of players such as Armour-Davis, Williams and Hamilton.

“Younger players equal more mistakes. I don’t care who they are, where they come from, what their pedigree is,” he said. “You’re learning on the fly. You’re learning at a faster rate of speed. You’re learning against guys who are going to make bigger plays against you than 99% of the guys you faced in college. … They’ll evolve. They’ll learn. They’ll grow. If we talk about this in about six weeks, I don’t think we’ll see the same errors.”

Conversely, Linderbaum has been the source of zero drama, at least since he returned from a foot injury that kept him out for part of the preseason. The Ravens expected their second first-round pick to start from Day 1, and he has done just that. Despite a few rough pass-protection snaps against New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams in Week 1, Pro Football Focus graded Linderbaum the seventh best center in the league through three weeks. Like any standout offensive lineman, he’s good enough that we rarely talk about him.

Asked if his new center plays with acumen that belies his years, Jackson said: “He does. We watched film, and he was doing things — passing off blocks, going to the next ’backers, to the safeties. He was looking like a pro. You’ve got to watch the film; I can’t even describe how intense it was out there for him and how high he was performing. It looked incredible — just to see a rookie out there doing what he’s doing. It looks like he’s been here before.”

Hamilton, the first name the Ravens called in the draft, has taken more grief from fans than the rest of his classmates because of obvious mistakes in the preseason and the loss to Miami. He played just 16 defensive snaps against the Patriots, down from 38 the week before, but made the most of them, contributing to the Ravens’ excellent performance out of their dime packages and forcing the decisive fumble from Agholor.

Pro Football Focus graded Hamilton the seventh-best safety in the league through three weeks, and though that’s misleading, given that teammates Chuck Clark and Marcus Williams play every snap while he does not, he’s making a positive impact, critics be damned.

“Obviously, [he] had a learning experience the week before, as a lot of young guys did and do, especially on the back end,” Harbaugh said. “So, he worked hard all week, he had a sense of urgency to try to become a little bit better of a player this week than he was last week, and he became a much better player. To see him come up and make that play in that critical moment was kind of a reward for that.”

Asked to grade himself, Hamilton said his performance against the Patriots was his most consistent to date. “I’ve just got to stack them now,” he added. “Five games from now, we’ll probably forget this even happened.”

Spoken like a young veteran.

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Furious conscripts go after commander: Senior officer ‘beaten after saying ‘you’re all cannon fodder”

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Furious Conscripts Go After Commander: Senior Officer 'Beaten After Saying 'You'Re All Cannon Fodder''
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A senior Russian officer reportedly had his face shattered in a scuffle with furious conscripts after telling them their lives were going to be wasted on the front lines in Ukraine.

The mobilized recruits turned against the Russian lieutenant colonel after he said bluntly: “You are all cannon fodder, you are going to be slaughtered”.

The high-ranking officer had his face ‘smashed’ and facial bones shattered in a fight in which ‘everyone of them was drunk’, according to reports.

Many reservists – among hundreds of thousands thrown into the war under a decree by Vladimir Putin – were left devastated after learning they would die at the front.

However, the commander was probably right that Putin’s appeal will lead to mass deaths of untrained reservists sent to the front.

This is just the latest story of chaos, fighting and drunkenness among newly mobilized Russian conscripts, with reports that many have been sent to the front with little or no training while being told to buy their own supplies and equipment.

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A senior Russian officer reportedly had his face shattered in a scuffle with furious conscripts after he told them their lives would be thrown on the front lines in Ukraine -MailOnline have been unable to verify whether these images capture the moment

The Scuffle Took Place At Moscow's Rubin Sports Palace In The Russian Town Of Penza, Where The Men Were Stationed In A Makeshift Barracks Before Being Sent To Fight In Ukraine.

The Scuffle Took Place At Moscow's Rubin Sports Palace In The Russian Town Of Penza, Where The Men Were Stationed In A Makeshift Barracks Before Being Sent To Fight In Ukraine.

The scuffle took place at Moscow’s Rubin Sports Palace in the Russian town of Penza, where the men were stationed in a makeshift barracks before being sent to fight in Ukraine.

After A Counteroffensive By Ukraine This Month Caused Heavy Setbacks For Moscow's Forces On The Battlefield, Putin Called On 300,000 Reservists To Join The Fight.

After A Counteroffensive By Ukraine This Month Caused Heavy Setbacks For Moscow's Forces On The Battlefield, Putin Called On 300,000 Reservists To Join The Fight.

After a counteroffensive by Ukraine this month caused heavy setbacks for Moscow’s forces on the battlefield, Putin called on 300,000 reservists to join the fight.

Russian officers – often conscripts themselves – advised new recruits to bring their own sleeping bags, tourniquets, medicine and mats.

Video shows a punch, but it’s unclear if it was the scuffle in which the officer was punched in the face, or just another scuffle between disgruntled grunts.

The recruits turned to the senior officer at the Rubin Palace of Sports in the Russian city of Penza, where the men were stationed in a makeshift barracks before being sent to fight in Ukraine.

Later reports said the face of the unnamed lieutenant colonel was “all shattered” with broken bones.

The brother of a conscript said: ‘My brother messaged me just now.

‘There was a lieutenant-colonel walking among [the newly-mobilised]telling them: “You are all cannon fodder, you are going to be massacred”.

“There was a fight, the Colonel’s face was shattered.

“They could barely separate them. A person fell ill [after the cannon cannon fodder threat].

“Two ambulances rushed there within an hour. Many people felt sick, many were in tears.

“One tried to escape, they caught him. It’s a fucking nightmare what’s going on there.

‘There were 1,080 people there now, in Rubin [sports palace]. They will end up in knife fights, it’s a complete mess there.

“They are all drunk. Each of them.’

Meanwhile, another footage showed what appeared to be a female quartermaster talking to new recruits and advising them to bring tampons.

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A Russian soldier claiming to be already in a fox hole in Ukraine says he and his comrade (right) have been left without food or water and are bombarded

Sanitary products can be used to plug gunshot wounds and stop bleeding in the absence of a medical kit, the woman tells new recruits.

“They won’t give it to us?” asks one of the new recruits.

“It’s all up to us boys,” the woman shouts back. “You will receive a uniform and armor, nothing else.”

Yet other videos have emerged showing a newly recruited tank commander who was told he would deploy to the Kherson front line in just two days without even firing a shot at a training range.

Other footage shows two soldiers sitting in a field in Ukraine complaining that they were abandoned by their commanders without food or water, and that they had better fight for the other side.

These are just the latest examples of poor morale and preparedness in Russian ranks after Putin’s army was exhausted in seven months of war in Ukraine.

In images posted online, the tank commander says: “Officials told us that there would be no training before we were sent to the conflict zone.

Our commander has officially confirmed that we will be sent to Kherson on September 29. Make your own decisions on what to do with this moving forward…

“There was no training – no shooting, no theory training…nothing. F***.’

Mark Krutov, a journalist with Radio Free Europe, managed to track down the commander and confirmed that he was in a barracks called Kalininets in Moscow.

The man said he was a night shift worker from Moscow who was sleeping at home when soldiers knocked on his door and ordered him to the front.

Asked to elaborate on his complaints, he replied, “I can’t speak now, things have changed drastically, hopefully for the better”, and lost contact.

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A newly enlisted Russian tank commander complains that he and his crew were told they would deploy to Kherson within two days of not receiving any training

Meanwhile, other footage showed two men claiming to be Russian soldiers sitting in a foxhole in a forest, allegedly in Ukraine.

“We are here in the forest,” the man says to the camera as his comrade sits behind him.

“We were just shelled, they hit us from meters away. We were left in the forest… Like cannon fodder sent to the fucking forest.

‘What [are our commanders] mess with this army that just doesn’t work? It’s worse than working in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

‘F***ing f***ers… And none of our team commanders are here, they all fucked up, they were the first to go. Now it’s just us, the “entrepreneurs”.

“There’s nothing on our machines, no supplies, no electronics. No binoculars, no thermal cameras, nothing at all. Machine gun and ammunition. And the bayonet. But there’s nothing screwed up Here we sit, waiting. Let’s see what will happen.

“At night, we sit on the battlefield, in the front line. It’s just across the field. Those bastards left us with no fucking water. No food. Let’s see what will happen next.

In an attempt to solve Russia’s chronic manpower problem, Putin ordered what he called the “partial mobilization” of Russian military reserves on September 21.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of men have been rushed to military bases where they have been hastily outfitted and given minimal training before being rushed onto the battlefield.

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How Raymond Antrobus’ Spoken Poetry Offers a Variety of Sounds: NPR

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Album cover for The first time I wore hearing aids.

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Raymond Antrobus was born deaf. When it came to poetry, much of his work was built on the history and foundations of poetry slams and spoken word performance.

“I really felt a lineage of poets in music, poets in voice, poets in performance,” says Antrobus.

Author of two collections of poetry – The Perseverance and All given names – Antrobus has just released a spoken word album titled The first time I wore hearing aids. It was produced by Grammy-winning music producer Ian Brennan.

Brennan had read poems by Antrobus before, but it wasn’t until a few months ago – in June this year – that he heard the poet perform on stage. “It was such a beautiful night,” he said.

Realizing that he and Antrobus were both going to be at a festival in London the following month, he wrote to the poet to collaborate. And Antrobus was excited about that.

“I came to poetry thanks to so many poets who also record their work,” says Antrobus. The poet played some of Brennan’s past works to his then 10-month-old son, who responded well. “I wanted to be part of this company with this album and with my poetry.”

Antrobus’ poems often reflect a person’s experience of hearing sound in different ways. Brennan – whose own sister was born with Down syndrome and is deaf in her left ear – became interested in these dimensions.

“[Music] was always one of the things she was most connected to, and certainly more sensitive than others who had full hearing,” Brennan says of her sister. I don’t have the same sound for Raymond as for another individual or vice versa.”

In July, when Brennan and Antrobus met to record his spoken word album, they recorded enough to fill two discs.

“Most of what’s out there is Raymond,” Brennan said. “So even the sound elements you hear are Raymond, it’s his voice.”

Of the 16 tracks that make up the album, some – like the track “Closer Captions” – recreate sound as it is experienced by the hearing impaired.

“We were at a festival and that meant I had a limited load on my hearing aids,” says Antrobus. “And there were times when between takes I had to take off my earpiece and sort of sit down – not quite silence, but kind of a quieter, muffled sound.”

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The artists recorded most of the tracks in one take. This meant that Brennan sometimes played music in the background. Speaking of the track “Captions & a dream for John T Williams of Nuu-Chah-Nulth tribe”, the producer recalls a special moment from the festival. He had met a musical group the day before the recording of the album by the artists.

“[The group’s] luthiers built me ​​a Ndzendze. It’s a very rare instrument – ​​a two-sided guitar. So it’s eight strings, four strings on each side,” Brennan says. “I could kind of play it intuitively because it’s a string instrument.”

Here is an excerpt from the poem:

He fell in front of the policeman,
four bullet holes on the left side of his body,
hands holding a block of cedar wood
and a three inch blade he used to whittle
canoes and faces in totem poles.

(announcing that it’s not over)

The policeman said:
I yelled at him to drop the knife.

(sound of something left out)

It took five seconds to shoot.

“The poem is about a deaf individual killed by the police who was a sculptor, who lived by the water and carved canoes,” Brennan says. “And I play this instrument that was handmade and carved by someone who carves canoes.”

Antrobus, who is Jamaican-British, often captures the experience of police brutality in his work.

“The boundaries of identity are so heavily guarded, guarded and patrolled,” Antrobus says of these poems. “And look how dangerous it is for some people when we cross those borders. You could literally end up with a gun in your face, a bullet in your back.”

He also often writes about how this experience can be particularly traumatic for deaf people, who, without trained interpreters, stand a high chance of being misinterpreted by law enforcement.

“That’s why so many elements of the record are Raymond’s voice, but Raymond’s voice changes — maybe double-track or triple-track,” Brennan explains.

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Other sound elements on the album include sounds recorded underwater, such as on the track “Miami Airport Immigration”.

“When you think about the amount of land covered in water, that’s perhaps the majority of the soundscape on the planet,” Brennan says. “Yet this is something largely unknown to many people.”

To this, Antrobus adds that the human body is made up mostly of water, which then creates an atmosphere where we wonder exactly what we are made of. “Where do we belong? What is really being questioned? What are the real reasons for this confinement of identity, of language, of experience, of ideas?”

The artists hope that bringing listeners to these questions with the album will show them that the experience of sound – like most experiences – is not binary.


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Democrats blame climate change for Hurricane Ian at odds with science, experts say

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Democrats Blame Climate Change For Hurricane Ian At Odds With Science, Experts Say
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Several experts contacted by Fox News Digital argued that there was not enough evidence to suggest that climate change caused Hurricane Ian or any individual natural disaster.

The expert comments come as a slew of media, Democrats and progressive commentators continue to blame the hurricane on man-made global warming. Hurricane Ian slammed into southwest Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, knocking out power to more than a million residents and prompting stern safety warnings from Florida officials.

“What they’re trying to do is politicize the pain and suffering of these people to promote their green agenda,” Gregory Wrightstone, executive director of climate policy think tank CO2 Coalition, told Fox News. Digital in an interview. “Well, their policies and program promoting renewable energy will result in far greater economic destruction for the country and for Florida.”

In the past few days, news outlets including The New York Times, Associated Press, Politico, NPR and Axios have run stories reporting that climate change is behind Hurricane Ian and the intensifying fast from the storm. A Time magazine article said “the science is well known” that climate change created the conditions for Hurricane Ian.


The city of Naples, Florida is pictured during Hurricane Ian on Wednesday.
(City of Naples)

Also, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., appeared to suggest that Americans should vote for Democrats to avoid future hurricanes during an interview Tuesday. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., tweeted Thursday that “the rapidly intensifying storms we are seeing with Hurricane Ian will become more common and more dangerous” as the climate changes.

And a string of progressive commentators and climate activists have taken to social media to similarly link the hurricane to global warming.


“Ian is a climate change hurricane,” Pam Keith, a former Democratic Senate candidate and founder of the left-leaning Center for Employment Justice, tweeted on Wednesday.

“[Hurricane Ian] is a classic example of the impact of climate change on people,” added Nina Turner, senior fellow at the progressive think tank Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy. “Climate change is not politics, it is reality.

However, Wrightstone and the other experts contacted by Fox News Digital dismissed those arguments, arguing that individual storms cannot be linked to climate change.

“If you read this [the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)] said about hurricanes, there just isn’t enough data,” Steve Milloy, senior legal officer at the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, told Fox News Digital.

“There is nothing to back up what they say,” he continued. “There were about 16 major hurricanes between 1916 and 1965, but only six since 1965. So clearly major hurricanes are happening with lower levels of carbon dioxide. That doesn’t matter to them.”


A NOAA study last reviewed in July concluded that its models and analysis did not support the idea that greenhouse gas-induced warming is driving a sharp increase in the number of tropical storms or hurricanes. in the Atlantic. The study, authored by NOAA senior scientist Tom Knutson, added that it was “premature to conclude with great confidence” that the increase in human-made greenhouse gases had an impact on the world. hurricane activity in the Atlantic.

Jamie Rhome, acting director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, echoed the study’s findings in an interview with CNN on Tuesday, pushing back against presenter Don Lemon’s argument that Hurricane Ian’s intensification is related to climate change. Rhome said he would “warn against” associating a storm with climate change.

A Satellite Image Of Hurricane Ian Approaching The Florida Coast.

A satellite image of Hurricane Ian approaching the Florida coast.
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“Trying to blame global warming for Hurricane Ian not only defies scientific evidence – the clear weight of scientific evidence – but it is a despicable politicization of a real tragedy that requires our attention and focus on those negatively affected. “, James Taylor, the president of the conservative think tank Heartland Institute, said in an interview with Fox News Digital.

“These types of hurricanes existed before the invention of SUVs and coal-fired power plants,” Taylor added. “In fact, they were much more frequent and severe before coal-fired power plants and SUVs.”


Wrightstone, who is also an expert reviewer for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), added that the number of hurricanes this year has actually been lower than in previous years.

“The IPCC sees no correlation between warming temperatures and more hurricanes,” he told Fox News Digital. “And we’ve seen it this year. Until this hurricane, which is massive, the number of hurricanes was almost historically low.”


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