Pages out of time

first_imgStudents, here’s today’s assignment: Write a paper that weaves together a slab of trilobite fossils, a Polaroid camera, a Bedouin coffee urn, and an 18th-century pocket watch the size of a duck egg.Actually, Sara J. Schechner has already done that. She and a few friends have assembled a multivenue exhibit called “Time & Time Again.” Through the lens of such craftily juxtaposed artifacts, the exhibit jars viewers into thinking about how time is measured and how conceptions of it change across cultures and epochs.In the exhibit, which will run through Dec. 6, viewers start in the second-floor Science Center gallery at Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. They can follow “time trails” by map or app to four other venues within Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Despite its 30-plus stations in five buildings, the exhibit conveys just a few basic messages: that time is not just about clocks, that measuring time through the ages has been arbitrary, and that time measures the social as well as the practical.Time “is not just about science and mechanisms,” said Schechner, the collection’s David P. Wheatland Curator. Conceptions of time vary across cultures, she said. Time has ties to the worlds of work, worship, music, memory, and to conceptions of life and death. Some time markers come from human artifice, and others from nature.Illustration for the “Sunwatch,” a portable sundial that never needs winding, Ansonia Clock Co., New York, c. 1930. Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments/Harvard UniversityTrilobites are index fossils that help geologists to measure deep time. In this case, they serve as markers of the Middle Cambrian Period 510 million years ago. The Polaroid camera, Edwin Land’s personal “Swinger” model, illustrates how people have attempted to preserve time, especially since the invention of the photograph and the phonograph. The Bedouin coffee urn reminds viewers that despite the press of time, people have learned to break from it, too.Then there is that 1724 pocket watch, 2 inches thick. It’s a reminder that along the way humankind moved gradually from measuring time by the sun and the moon to measuring it by mechanical means. (Weight-driven clocks appeared in the 13th century, domestic timepieces around 1400, and pocket watches for the rich in 1575.)Time was the province of the circadian, the celestial, and the seasonal, since earlier agricultural ages looked to the heavens for temporal reliability. Then, beginning in the 13th century, time became a thing measured by weights and springs and gears — though whimsically decorated pocket sundials remained in vogue. Today, time is measured with astonishing precision by atomic clocks. (The exhibit includes a hydrogen maser clock, circa 1960. It’s the size of a water heater.)The idea behind the exhibit was “to tell a more interesting and fuller story” of time, said Schechner. Hence the juxtapositions she had so much fun arranging in the last year. The trilobites, which measure geological time, are in a glass case near Sioux amulets, each containing a dried umbilical cord. Given to children to guard against evil, the amulets represent time as measured by rites of passage, like birth, puberty, marriage, and death. Not far from a line of pocket watches are examples of how nature tells time: tree rings, whorls on a turtle shell, or lines on a clam shell — the slow-growing housing for creatures that can live 500 years.Beaded, turtle-shaped umbilical amulet worn by a young Lakota Sioux girl to mark a rite of passage, late 19th to early 20th century. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology/Harvard UniversityMore will be added to the exhibit over the next eight months or so. A series of time-related lectures, panels, and concerts is planned.“The bottom line is: I want people to think of time differently,” said Schechner. “I hope to challenge people in a positive way to re-examine the way they experience time in their lives.” What comes from nature, and what comes from culture? What do other cultures do that is different or the same? She pointed to a 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablet on which a Sumerian brewer listed monthly expenses for barley.Nearby were timesheets filled out during work on an 18th century canal. “You keep your books — that hasn’t changed,” said Schechner, who counts among her specialties the myriad world of sundials. (Harvard has the largest collection in North America.)“Time & Time Again” is a celebration of material culture. It echoes “Tangible Things,” a 2011 multi-venue exhibit at Harvard that revealed history through resonant objects — and that was paired with a related Gen Ed course. (Look for another, on time, this fall.) In both exhibits also, other Harvard museums were collaborators.Why the theme of time this time? “We were trying to find a topic that would reach across to other museums,” said Jean-François Gauvin, Director of Administration for the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.To get to time artifacts at the other Harvard museums, exhibit visitors use either the exhibit’s printed map or an app from Google or iTunes. (It was developed by Juan Andres Leon, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the History of Science and the collection’s digital projects manager.)The exhibit provides material lessons in how plastic the idea of time has been. To North American Indians, time had no beginning or end. To early farmers, time was simply cyclical, marked by the seasons. With the rise of cities in the 14th century, time was increasingly seen as an unstoppable line, a finite entity that was not to be wasted.The exhibit also shows how time is the creature of politics. In 45 B.C., Julius Caesar revised the solar calendar devised by Egyptians 3,000 years before. He moved the start of the year from January to March and named a month, July, after himself — giving it 31 days. Not to be left out, the Roman Emperor Augustus went on to do the same, naming one month August and stealing days from February to get his 31 days.Some reforms stick fast, like July and August. During the French Revolution, days were ruled to be only 10 hours long, with each hour divided into 100 minutes.No matter how you measure it, the exhibit reminds viewers, time comes to end. Some artifacts depict versions of religious apocalypse, and others lament the finitude of personal time. In “Death and the Standing Naked One,” a 1547 engraving, a young women is grappled by a skeletal figure of death. At her feet is an hourglass.Nearby is a page from a Houghton Library emblem book. It reads, “Live ever mindful of thy dying, for time is always from thee flying.”Time as a reminder of death: Painting of the end of time by Beatus of Liébana in “Commentarius in Apocalypsin.” Visual Collections/Harvard Fine Arts Librarylast_img read more

CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Jamaica, Bahamas, Guyana drawn in Group A

first_img(DIGICEL Sportsnax) The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) yesterday conducted the draw for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Bahamas 2017, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral, Florida, USA.The draw, which determined the groups and match schedule for the tournament that kicks off on February 20, in Nassau, was opened with welcoming remarks from Philippe Moggio, CONCACAF general secretary and Anton Sealey, president of the Bahamas Football Association. The event was conducted with the assistance of Bahamas national team players Gavin Christie and Leslie St Fleur.Tournament hosts Bahamas, who were seeded into Group A will face Jamaica, Belize and Guyana. In Group B, defending CONCACAF Beach Soccer champions Mexico were joined by Guatemala, Canada and Guadeloupe, while United States, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua & Barbuda and US Virgin Islands make up Group C. El Salvador will be in Group D with Costa Rica, Panama and Turks & Caicos Islands.The Malcom Beach Soccer Facility will host all group, quarter-final, semi-final, third-place and final matches.The champions and the runners-up of the competition will join hosts Bahamas as the three CONCACAF representatives in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017. In case Bahamas (host of the World Cup) and/or Guadeloupe (Non-FIFA member) reach the final match, the World Cup spot(s) will be allocated to the next best placed team(s).In an effort to further develop Beach Soccer, the sixteen participating member associations are guaranteed to play six games, with all competing for final tournament placement, until the last match date.For the draw, the Participating Member Associations were separated into pots of four balls according to the Beach Soccer World Wide Ranking dated September 2016. The draw started by selecting from a separate pot, which contained the five teams with the same ranking (38). These teams were drawn and placed into Pots 3 and 4 respectively to complete the distribution of the teams into those Pots. The teams were then drawn into the four groups, from those final pots of four teams each.CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Bahamas 2017Group ABahamasJamaicaBelizeGuyanaGroup BMexicoGuatemalaCanadaGuadeloupeGroup CUnited StatesTrinidad & TobagoAntigua & BarbudaUS Virgin IslandsGroup DEl SalvadorCosta RicaPanamaTurks & Caicos IslandsCONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Bahamas 2017 Schedule*Kick-off times TBCMonday, February 20, 2017Guatemala v CanadaMexico v GuadeloupeTrinidad & Tobago v Antigua & BarbudaUnited States v US Virgin IslandsJamaica v BelizeBahamas v GuyanaTuesday, February 21, 2017Costa Rica v PanamaEl Salvador v Turks & Caicos IslandsGuadeloupe v GuatemalaCanada v MexicoGuyana v JamaicaBelize v BahamasWednesday, February 22, 2017US Virgin Islands v Trinidad & TobagoAntigua & Barbuda v United StatesTurks & Caicos Islands v Costa RicaPanama v El SalvadorBelize v GuyanaBahamas v JamaicaThursday, February 23, 2017Canada v GuadeloupeMexico v GuatemalaAntigua & Barbuda v US Virgin IslandsUnited States v Trinidad & TobagoPanama v Turks & Caicos IslandsEl Salvador v Costa RicaFriday, February 24, 20174B v 4D4A v 4C3B v 3D3A v 3C*TBC v TBC – Quarter-Final #1*TBC v TBC – Quarter-Final #2*TBC v TBC – Quarter-Final #3*TBC v TBC – Quarter-Final #4Saturday, February 25, 2017Loser Match 25 v Loser Match 26Winner Match 25 v Winner Match 26Loser Match 27 v Loser Match 28Winner Match 27 v Winner Match 28Loser Match 29 v Loser Match 30Loser Match 31 v Loser Match 32Winner Match 29 v Winner Match 30SemifinalWinner Match 31 v Winner Match 32Sunday, February 26, 2017Loser Match 33 v Loser Match 34 – 15th Place MatchWinner Match 33 v Winner Match 34 – 13th Place MatchLoser Match 35 v Loser Match 36 – 11th Place MatchWinner Match 35 v Winner Match 36 – 9th Place MatchLoser Match 37 v Loser Match 38 – 7th Place MatchWinner Match 37 v Winner Match 38 – 5th Place MatchLoser Match 39 v Loser Match 40 – 3rd Place MatchWinner Match 39 v Winner Match 40 – Final*The top two teams from each Group will advance to the knock-out phase. The quarter-final match-ups will be decided by a draw. Group winners will be matched up randomly with the second-place teams.last_img read more

Boino retires in style

first_imgBoino out ran his younger country men by three metres to the finish line at the BSP Stadium.PNG dominated the men’s event, winning all three medals on offer.The Pacific Games record holder with a time of 50.96 seconds ran in lane three, and had to make up yards to catch the start leader Gime at the final 150 metre mark.Turning the bend,  Boino came powering over the hurdles, using is legs and arm to take him home with a winning time of 52.51s.And Peniel Joshua (53.14s) and Wala Gime (53.70s) of PNG finished second and third respectively.Boino ends his carrier at the track where he started and dominated the 400m hurdles for the last 20 years.last_img read more