Protestors gather in support of traveller communities in Oxford city centre

first_img“The definition of a Gypsy or Traveller in planning terms requires proof of travelling – without that people are not assessed as needing a pitch or get planning permission, but will essentially be prohibited from travelling by the new law – effectively outlawing a centuries old way of life.”“Stand Up To Racism, along with many other organisations, believe the government is stoking racism and people’s ability to protest against this with the PCSCB, and this is why we are supporting the next national day of action on April 17th against the bill by joining other groups to protest in Bonn Square at 2 PM.”During the second reading of the bill in Parliament, several Conservative MPs defended the bill’s measures against Traveller communities. Sir Paul Beresford, the MP for Mole Valley, said at the debate on the 16th March:“My constituency has a number of legitimate Traveller sites. The relationship between the settled communities and the so-called Travellers on official sites is generally harmonious. Surrey County Council and Surrey District and Borough Councils are in the process of setting up a transit site, with facilities, for Travellers. All this is very different from the frequent illegal Traveller invasions. Surrey has had hundreds of these incidents, and my constituency has more than its fair share. Over recent years, the numbers of these illegal land-squatting camps have increased.”“If access is inhibited by barriers, gates or any form of obstruction, they are broken down or removed, and generally damaged. The Travellers then squat on-site regardless of the ownership, be it common land, parkland, farmland, private land or even a school playground. I note that a number of Members are opposed to change and would prefer that this remained a civil matter. That approach has been an absolute, abysmal failure, with considerable financial loss to the local community or landowners. The legislative change criminalising this type of illegal camping is exceptionally welcome and has been long awaited. It is for the protection of local people – my constituents.”Christian Wakeford, the conservative MP for Bury South also spoke at the same debate: “Traveller encampments, especially the unauthorised ones, cause distress to residents such as those on Kingston Road in Radcliffe in my constituency, who often thought that the encampment had more rights than they did. They saw extreme antisocial behaviour such as their fences being used as a toilet or being stolen for fires, and they actually feared for themselves. I went and met them several times during the summer, because there was not just one encampment; there were two. It is about time we supported our residents and said that we are not against Travellers, we are just against unauthorised Traveller encampments.”Image Credit: ceridwen / Bonn Square and war memorial / CC BY-SA 2.0 A protest was held in Oxford City Centre on International Romani Day, on the 8th of April, to highlight the impact of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on Traveller communities. Organised by the group Oxford Stand Up to Racism, the protest took place in Bonn Square, opposite Westgate shopping centre.The group claims that “The new bill will make trespass a criminal offence, and give police new powers to seize Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller homes and possessions. Courts will have new powers to impose fines and imprisonment for trespass when there are not enough sites provided for people to stop legally.”Julie Simmons, a spokesperson for Oxford Stand Up to Racism said to Cherwell: “Thursday 8th April was International Romani Day and Stand Up To Racism was organising events around the country to draw attention to the challenges and discrimination Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities face, and how this will be worsened by the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The measures outlined in the PCSCB will further compound the inequalities experienced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, needlessly pushing people into the criminal justice system.”“The bill will make it nearly impossible for families without a site to live on to, for example, keep their places at school or to attend medical appointments. Already Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities have life expectancies between 10 and 25 years shorter than the general population. This bill will further exacerbate the inequalities.”“An enforcement approach to addressing the number of unauthorised encampments overlooks the issue of the lack of site provision – there is an absence of places where Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers are permitted to stop or reside. There are other solutions to managing unauthorised encampments, such as negotiated stopping, whereby arrangements are made on agreed permitted times on stopping and to ensure the provision of basic amenities such as water, sanitation and refuse collection.”last_img read more

BLOG: This Winter, Stay Warm With Home Heating Assistance

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: This Winter, Stay Warm With Home Heating Assistance February 01, 2016 By: Ted Dallas, Secretary of Human Servicescenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Human Services,  The Blog,  Weather Safety As winter weather continues to hit our state, I would like to take the opportunity to remind Pennsylvanians that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is here to help with energy bills.LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that kicked off the season on November 2, 2015. I encourage anyone who needs help with their heating bills to apply before more winter weather arrives.Because the fall was unseasonably warm for much of our state, many applicable Pennsylvanians may not have thought to apply for home heating assistance at the start of the LIHEAP season.Luckily, applications for this program are accepted through April 1, 2016.LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. LIHEAP assistance is available to both renters and homeowners.LIHEAP is a tremendous asset to people in the commonwealth who are struggling to pay their energy bills. The program helped approximately 400,000 Pennsylvania households stay warm during last winter, including hundreds of thousands of homes with older Pennsylvanians, children, and individuals who live with a disability.Online applications can be completed by visiting compass.state.pa.us. Paper applications are still available through local county assistance offices, or interested applicants can download and print an application from the department’s website.For more information on the LIHEAP program visit dhs.pa.gov.last_img read more

Wellington’s Taylan Lamkin at 195 pounds finishes 6th at state wrestling tournament

first_img145 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Austin Hughey of El Dorado2nd Place – Patrick Weaver of Hugoton3rd Place – Jared Fiscus of Chanute4th Place – Jacob Durossette of Fort Scott5th Place – Lane Lassiter of Holton6th Place – William Holland of LaCygne-Prairie View1st Place MatchAustin Hughey (El Dorado) 26-2, Sr. over Patrick Weaver (Hugoton) 32-5, Sr. (Maj 9-1).3rd Place MatchJared Fiscus (Chanute) 39-7, Sr. over Jacob Durossette (Fort Scott) 29-4, Jr. (2-OT 2-1).5th Place MatchLane Lassiter (Holton) 37-5, Sr. over William Holland (LaCygne-Prairie View) 40-14, So. (Dec 3-2). 126 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Dustin Reed of Colby2nd Place – Bryce Morgan of El Dorado3rd Place – Adam Cole of Chanute4th Place – Jerad Heckman of Fort Scott5th Place – Jonah Lutz of Holton6th Place – Andrew Fix of Parsons1st Place MatchDustin Reed (Colby) 47-0, Sr. over Bryce Morgan (El Dorado) 37-2, Sr. (Dec 7-3).3rd Place MatchAdam Cole (Chanute) 33-4, So. over Jerad Heckman (Fort Scott) 37-14, Jr. (Dec 7-2).5th Place MatchJonah Lutz (Holton) 31-14, So. over Andrew Fix (Parsons) 35-10, Jr. (Pin 2:20). 120 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Hunter Price of Holton2nd Place – Junior Morgan of Abilene3rd Place – Tyler Mies of Andale4th Place – Kaden Kretzer of McPherson5th Place – Jon Pratt of Baldwin6th Place – Blake Cusick of Mulvane1st Place MatchHunter Price (Holton) 39-5, Sr. over Junior Morgan (Abilene) 36-3, Sr. (Dec 7-4).3rd Place MatchTyler Mies (Andale) 35-5, Jr. over Kaden Kretzer (McPherson) 28-7, Sr. (Maj 13-1).5th Place MatchJon Pratt (Baldwin) 31-16, So. over Blake Cusick (Mulvane) 31-11, Jr. (Maj 11-2). 182 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Levi Eck of Andale2nd Place – Colton Cooper of Goodland3rd Place – Jake Bradley of LaCygne-Prairie View4th Place – Matt Lofing of Osawatomie5th Place – Armando Sandoval of Ulysses6th Place – Beau Brown of Colby1st Place MatchLevi Eck (Andale) 39-2, Sr. over Colton Cooper (Goodland) 33-14, Jr. (Pin 1:35).3rd Place MatchJake Bradley (LaCygne-Prairie View) 42-5, Sr. over Matt Lofing (Osawatomie) 34-16, Sr. (Dec 4-1).5th Place MatchArmando Sandoval (Ulysses) 33-11, Sr. over Beau Brown (Colby) 32-14, Sr. (SV-1 4-2). Class 4A team points: 1. Holton 104.5 2. Colby 96.0 3. Andale 90.5 4. Bonner Springs 90.0 5. LaCygne-Prairie View 84.0 6. El Dorado 78.0 7. Pratt 62.0 8. Fort Scott 59.5 9. Chanute 59.0 10. Tonganoxie 54.5 11. Augusta 51.0 12. Lindsborg-Smoky Valley 49.0 13. Abilene 45.51 3. Baldwin 45.515. Columbus 43.0 16. Pittsburg 42.0 17. Spring Hill 37.0 18. Concordia 35.0 18. Meriden-Jefferson West 35.0 20. Hugoton 32.5 21. Buhler 32.0 22. Hoyt-Royal Valley 31.0 22. Osawatomie 31.0 24. Winfield 29.5 25. Mulvane 29.0 26. Goodland 28.0 26. Ulysses 28.0 28. Iola 24.0 28. Paola 24.0 30. Wamego 19.5 31. McPherson 18.0 31. Rose Hill 18.0 33. Kansas City-Sumner Academy 17.0 34. Atchison 14.0 35. Basehor-Linwood 11.0 36. Clearwater 10.5 37. Coffeyville-Field Kindley 9.0 37. Parsons 9.0 39. Wellington 8.0 40. Chapman 7.0 41. De Soto 5.0 41. Garnett-Anderson County 5.0 43. St. George-Rock Creek 3.0 44. Frontenac 2.0 44. Independence 2.0 44. Perry-Lecompton 2.0 47. Kansas City-Piper 1.0 47. Topeka-Hayden 1.0 49. Altamont-Labette County 0.0 49. Carbondale-Santa Fe Trail 0.0 49. Eudora 0.0 49. Hesston 0.0 49. Larned 0.0 49. Ottawa 0.0 49. Topeka-Highland Park 0.0 56. Clay Center Community -3.0. 220 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Justin Scott of Meriden-Jefferson West2nd Place – Stephen McDonald of Iola3rd Place – Gershom Avalos of Pittsburg4th Place – Austin Gates of Pratt5th Place – Otto Orosco of Ulysses6th Place – Thomas Miller of Tonganoxie1st Place MatchJustin Scott (Meriden-Jefferson West) 39-0, Jr. over Stephen McDonald (Iola) 24-4, Sr. (Pin 1:34).3rd Place MatchGershom Avalos (Pittsburg) 35-7, Sr. over Austin Gates (Pratt) 31-10, Sr. (Pin 1:17).5th Place MatchOtto Orosco (Ulysses) 31-9, Jr. over Thomas Miller (Tonganoxie) 38-11, Sr. (Dec 5-0). 285 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Joe Pomatto of Paola2nd Place – Matt Kellerman of LaCygne-Prairie View3rd Place – Zell Bieberle of Colby4th Place – Josh Horn of Winfield5th Place – Cooper Zeller of Holton6th Place – Will Divine of Chanute1st Place MatchJoe Pomatto (Paola) 38-5, Sr. over Matt Kellerman (LaCygne-Prairie View) 34-8, Sr. (Maj 10-2).3rd Place MatchZell Bieberle (Colby) 39-6, Sr. over Josh Horn (Winfield) 33-4, Sr. (Pin 4:00).5th Place MatchCooper Zeller (Holton) 36-7, Jr. over Will Divine (Chanute) 33-11, Sr. (Dec 4-3). The final state results for the Wellington wrestlers are as follows:2013 KSHSAA 4A Championships Results for Wellington160 – Jason Haydon (20-7) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Spencer Bird (Lindsborg-Smoky Valley) 40-5 won by decision over Jason Haydon (Wellington) 20-7 (Dec 9-3)Cons. Round 1 – Zack Roark (Columbus) 19-9 won in sudden victory – 1 over Jason Haydon (Wellington) 20-7 (SV-1 8-6) 152 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Jonathan Blackwell of Bonner Springs2nd Place – Jake Gehring of Buhler3rd Place – Taylor Watkins of Columbus4th Place – Tanner Ogden of Hoyt-Royal Valley5th Place – Lawson Fiss of Hugoton6th Place – Mitchell Baird of Pratt1st Place MatchJonathan Blackwell (Bonner Springs) 35-1, Sr. over Jake Gehring (Buhler) 42-1, Sr. (Dec 5-3).3rd Place MatchTaylor Watkins (Columbus) 36-6, So. over Tanner Ogden (Hoyt-Royal Valley) 41-5, Sr. (Dec 1-0).5th Place MatchLawson Fiss (Hugoton) 34-9, Sr. over Mitchell Baird (Pratt) 29-13, Sr. (TF 16-1). 195 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Skyler Hittle of Concordia2nd Place – Gavin Houser of Columbus3rd Place – Derrick Gates of Andale4th Place – Julius Coats of Tonganoxie5th Place – John Metcalf of Fort Scott6th Place – Taylon Lamkin of Wellington1st Place MatchSkyler Hittle (Concordia) 39-3, Jr. over Gavin Houser (Columbus) 31-10, Sr. (Dec 7-3).3rd Place MatchDerrick Gates (Andale) 26-7, Sr. over Julius Coats (Tonganoxie) 35-6, Sr. (Dec 5-0).5th Place MatchJohn Metcalf (Fort Scott) 39-7, Sr. over Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 24-19, Jr. (Dec 2-1). 132 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Kaleb Konitzer of LaCygne-Prairie View2nd Place – Kyle Wilson of Wamego3rd Place – Jake Wilson of Rose Hill4th Place – Clayton Himpel of Tonganoxie5th Place – Justin Rieschick of Holton6th Place – Trevor Smith of Winfield1st Place MatchKaleb Konitzer (LaCygne-Prairie View) 34-2, Jr. over Kyle Wilson (Wamego) 34-2, Sr. (Dec 5-2).3rd Place MatchJake Wilson (Rose Hill) 34-5, Jr. over Clayton Himpel (Tonganoxie) 40-6, Jr. (Dec 4-2).5th Place MatchJustin Rieschick (Holton) 28-12, Fr. over Trevor Smith (Winfield) 28-13, Fr. (I-D 0:00). 113 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Cesar Regalado of Pratt2nd Place – Reno Hughey of El Dorado3rd Place – Zane Baugh of Abilene4th Place – Justus Seaton of Bonner Springs5th Place – Jeremiah Jones of Pittsburg6th Place – Nick Ornelas of Chanute1st Place MatchCesar Regalado (Pratt) 31-3, Jr. over Reno Hughey (El Dorado) 29-8, Fr. (DQ).3rd Place MatchZane Baugh (Abilene) 34-8, So. over Justus Seaton (Bonner Springs) 32-7, Sr. (Dec 5-1).5th Place MatchJeremiah Jones (Pittsburg) 37-8, Sr. over Nick Ornelas (Chanute) 31-13, Fr. (I-D 0:00). 160 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Aaron Puckett of Bonner Springs2nd Place – Kyle Armstrong of Andale3rd Place – Spencer Bird of Lindsborg-Smoky Valley4th Place – Tyler Harris of Atchison5th Place – Andrew Rieschick of Holton6th Place – Quade Woofter of Colby1st Place MatchAaron Puckett (Bonner Springs) 41-0, Sr. over Kyle Armstrong (Andale) 38-4, Sr. (Maj 8-0).3rd Place MatchSpencer Bird (Lindsborg-Smoky Valley) 40-5, Jr. over Tyler Harris (Atchison) 31-6, So. (Dec 2-0).5th Place MatchAndrew Rieschick (Holton) 40-6, Jr. over Quade Woofter (Colby) 29-8, Sr. (I-D 0:00). 170 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Trevor Whittaker of Lindsborg-Smoky Valley2nd Place – Andrew Taylor of Colby3rd Place – Kolby Fennewald of Mulvane4th Place – Blake Hampton of Spring Hill5th Place – Darick Jones of Clearwater6th Place – Christian Ogden of Hoyt-Royal Valley1st Place MatchTrevor Whittaker (Lindsborg-Smoky Valley) 40-1, Sr. over Andrew Taylor (Colby) 38-6, Jr. (Dec 6-3).3rd Place MatchKolby Fennewald (Mulvane) 41-2, Sr. over Blake Hampton (Spring Hill) 40-5, Jr. (Dec 1-0).5th Place MatchDarick Jones (Clearwater) 38-7, Jr. over Christian Ogden (Hoyt-Royal Valley) 38-10, Sr. (UTB 5-4). Finalists per weight division in Class 4A: 106 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Jake Goldenstein of Augusta2nd Place – Josiah Seaton of Bonner Springs3rd Place – Case Pemberton of LaCygne-Prairie View4th Place – David Mainus of Colby5th Place – Trae Foreman of Pratt6th Place – Levi Kester of Pittsburg1st Place MatchJake Goldenstein (Augusta) 39-0, So. over Josiah Seaton (Bonner Springs) 34-3, Jr. (Dec 2-0).3rd Place MatchCase Pemberton (LaCygne-Prairie View) 29-6, Fr. over David Mainus (Colby) 38-5, Jr. (Dec 3-2).5th Place MatchTrae Foreman (Pratt) 32-6, Jr. over Levi Kester (Pittsburg) 23-16, Jr. (Dec 4-3). by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Taylan Lamkin, a 195 pound wrestler for Wellington, finished as a sixth place state placer at the Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament in Salina.The Wellington junior completed a very busy Saturday, going 2-2 for the day, after splitting the first day matches at 1-1. He would finish 3-3 for the two days, scoring Wellington all of its eight points in the tournament. He finished the 2013-14 year with a 27-22 record.This morning, Lamkin opened with a 6-1 decision victory over Bradley Campbell of Hugoton, his second consecutive victory of the tournament. That thrust him into the consolation quarterfinals with an opportunity to qualify as a state placer, the first Wellington wrestler to do so since Dray Meridith did it in 2010. Lamkin would pin Cody Howell of Chanute at the 3:34 mark of the match. That placed Lamkin in a tough rematch with Derrick Gates of Andale, who had won the 4A Regional in Augusta. Gates had pinned Lamkin at 1:44 in the first round of the Augusta Regional a week earlier. This time around, though, Lamkin was a much more tenacious opponent. Lamkin was down 6-3 late in the third when Gates finally pinned the huge underdog at the 4:28 of the match.That sent Lamkin to the fifth place match. He would fall to John Metcalf of Fort Scott 2-1 to finish sixth for the day.Lamkin was one of two Wellington wrestlers who qualified for the state tournament held Friday and Saturday. Jason Haydon was eliminated Friday – losing in two matches. See story here. For Lamkin it has been a remarkable run. As stated before, he opened his post season losing to Gates, but he came back and pinned Colby Willis of Augusta at the 3:58 mark – a wrestler he lost to during the regular season. He would then pin Manny Martinez of El Dorado at the 1:35 mark to qualify for state. He finished the night in regional getting pinned by Diego Maravilla of Ulysses 1:18.Interestingly, Lamkin pinned Howell who had eliminated Maravilla 3-1 in the previous round… One never knows in these state tournaments.Because of Lamkin’s run, Wellington placed 39th place. Holton won Class 4A with 104.5 points. 138 ResultsGuaranteed Places1st Place – Bryce Shoemaker of Baldwin2nd Place – Corey Spader of Spring Hill3rd Place – Victor Hughes of Fort Scott4th Place – Lucas Lovvorn of Holton5th Place – Andrew Cannon of Osawatomie6th Place – Kossivi Esse of Kansas City-Sumner Academy1st Place MatchBryce Shoemaker (Baldwin) 45-2, Sr. over Corey Spader (Spring Hill) 39-8, Sr. (Dec 7-0).3rd Place MatchVictor Hughes (Fort Scott) 44-7, Sr. over Lucas Lovvorn (Holton) 35-7, So. (Dec 1-0).5th Place MatchAndrew Cannon (Osawatomie) 18-5, Sr. over Kossivi Esse (Kansas City-Sumner Academy) 34-7, Jr. (Dec 1-0). 195 – Taylon Lamkin (24-19) placed 6th and scored 8.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Gavin Houser (Columbus) 31-10 won by pin over Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 24-19 (Pin 0:36)Cons. Round 1 – Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 24-19 won by decision over Zack Carter (Basehor-Linwood) 21-16 (Dec 3-2)Cons. Round 2 – Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 24-19 won by decision over Bradley Campbell (Hugoton) 18-9 (Dec 6-1)Cons. Round 3 – Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 24-19 won by pin over Cody Howell (Chanute) 31-16 (Pin 3:34)Cons. Semi – Derrick Gates (Andale) 26-7 won by pin over Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 24-19 (Pin 4:28)5th Place Match – John Metcalf (Fort Scott) 39-7 won by decision over Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 24-19 (Dec 2-1) Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down R.U. Serious · 389 weeks ago Its not a coincidence that Holton won football and wrestling. If you want better, more aggresdive and physical football players get them in the wrestling room during winter. Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down John J. Holt · 389 weeks ago Congrats to Jason and Taylon. Proud of both of you. I’m honored to have watched and known both of you through the years. Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…. · 389 weeks ago Amen, you’ll think this is crazy, but swimming is also a great conditioning sport. I know that my boys have won matches from the endurance level you build from swimming. It makes a differnce if you still have some lungs left in the thrid period and your opponent is sucking air. Lets just look at it this way, idle hands do the devils work. That alone is a reason for them to get envolved in any after school program sports or otherwise. Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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HBO ‘Hard Knocks’ schedule 2020: How to watch, stream training camp with Rams & Chargers

first_imgThere will be no NFL preseason games in 2020, but there will still be another season of “Hard Knocks.” Despite new safety measures in place for NFL training camps because of COVID-19, NFL Films’ documentary series is back for a 15th television season on HBO.This time, for the first time, two teams will be featured — the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. The two teams’ L.A. training camp stories will share the spotlight ahead of the teams starting play in their new joint venue, SoFi Stadium, for the 2020 NFL regular season. So “Hard Knocks” is going bigger, but will it be better? On the surface, the Rams and Chargers are far from the league’s most compelling teams as borderline playoff contenders. With the entire preseason schedule wiped out, however, “Hard Knocks” will be the NFL’s only televised action before the Week 1 opener, helping their cases.The Rams have lost some star power since their Super Bowl 53 run. Their most intriguing camp battle on the field is at running back, where rookie Cam Akers is trying to succeed Todd Gurley. They also have one huge defensive presence in Aaron Donald and a huge defensive personality in Jalen Ramsey. Coach Sean McVay’s smart-talking offensive mind also should provide a few gems.The Chargers are undergoing a quarterback transition with their coach, Anthony Lynn, as Tyrod Taylor takes over from Philip Rivers with rookie first-round pick Justin Herbert waiting closely in the wings. They have some good offensive skill around QB, but like the Rams, their two brightest stars are on defense, Joey Bosa and Derwin James.The “Hard Knocks” film crew and editors will need to figure out how to get the best out the 18-time Emmy-winning series over the next several weeks. Who will get more screen time, the Rams or the Chargers? NFL reality TV fans will be most interested to find out:’Hard Knocks’ schedule 2020Episode 12: Tuesday, August. 18Air time: 10 p.m. ET (HBO) The latest season of “Hard Knocks” begins Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. New episodes arrive once a week every Tuesday night during NFL training camp. Check back for weekly reviews for each episode before watching the new one.EpisodeAir dateChannel/StreamEpisode 1Aug. 11, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO MAXEpisode 2Aug. 18, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO MAXEpisode 3Aug. 25, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO MAXEpisode 4Sept. 1, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO MAXEpisode 5Sep. 8, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO MAXHow to watch Hard KnocksTV channel: HBOLive stream: HBO Max”Hard Knocks” airs exclusively on HBO, so you will need to subscribe to the service through a cable provider ($14.99 per month) in order to watch each episode live. HBO’s rebranded streaming service, HBO Max, also carries each episode and offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers. ‘Hard Knocks’ in review: Episode 1 of Rams-ChargersHard Knocks Episode 1(original air date: Tuesday Aug. 11, 10 p.m. ET on HBO)The show introduces us to as many 2020 Rams and Chargers as it can in one hour. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn opens with the first of several Zoom meetings featured in the episode, delivering an impassioned speech about how his team will handle the challenges of the coronavirus and win big this season. At his home, Lynn shares the story of how he met his wife, Stacy, while showing off his grilling skills. Rams coach Sean McVay then gets his turn in his own mansion, where he quarantined comfortably with his fiancee Veronika and his dog Callie. McVay shares how he coached Callie to do ball tricks around the pool a la Air Bud.McVay’s new star wideout, Cooper Pupp 🐶#HardKnocks pic.twitter.com/Ls7EzkAjG6— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) August 12, 2020Cut to the team facilities for player COVID-19 testing, where Chargers cornerback Casey Heyward Jr. has a more difficult time than his teammates and Rams tackle Aaron Donald isn’t a huge fan of blood draws. McVay is introduced to a plastic face shield and is amused by using it and mocking himself for it. He makes sure his team is aware of the Marlins’ mistakes and calls on the Rams to stay within their “ecosystem.”Narrator Liev Schreiber says this “training camp is unrecognizable” as we see Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen fully black masked. Lynn talks about game-planning for COVID being more difficult than game-planning for the schedule.Rams cornerback Donte Deayon explains how he’s trying to get to the “suburbs,” making the team with his own fancy locker, a status enjoyed by Pro Bowl position mate Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey then gets his ‘Hard Knocks’ version of a hype video as a “money player” before he gets annoyed by local media asking him about his contract negotiations on Zoom.Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is seen signing his lucrative new deal. In a emotional moment, Bosa sheds a few tears when opening up about what it was like to share the news with his father John, a retired NFL player.Cut to the establishment of the Chargers’ quarterback “battle”, where Tyrod Taylor is the presumed starter over rookie first-rounder Justin Herbert. Herbert comes in fresh faced with a lot to learn. He is then seen acing some “target practice” with his throwing arm.Lynn tells Chargers team clinician Dr. Herb Martin how he tested positive for the coronavirus in the offseason. Lynn experienced soreness and body aches, but didn’t think he might have the virus until he saw a golfer pull out of a tournament with the same symptoms. Lynn admits it made him “feel like an outcast.”After Lynn gives his players the freedom to react to the national anthem however they want this season, some join a Zoom call with assistant coaches and an outside consultant to better learn about social justice initiatives.Discussions like these happening all across the league. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/TsFJtselAp— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) August 12, 2020The first player from either team to test positive for COVID-19 is Rams rookie linebacker Terrell Lewis. He is forced to quarantine away from the team facility for 10 days.As the Rams and Chargers start making cuts to get down to 80 players, Lynn and Chargers general manager Tom Telesco are surprised by tight end Andrew Vollert’s profanity-laced reaction to his release, despite the fact he was a clear odd man out on the depth chart. Lynn jokes with Telesco that the thought of “you ain’t Antonio Gates” crossed his mind. After a few more relatable Zoom shenanigans from both teams, the episode ends with McVay’s unwavering policy on proper port-a-potty etiquette.How have HBO’s featured teams fared?The Rams are being featured on ‘Hard Knocks’ for the second time since 2016. The Chargers will become the 11th new NFL team featured on “Hard Knocks” over 15 seasons. Of all the individual teams appearing on “Hard Knocks” in any given year since 2001, only five have followed up by making the playoffs that season. Here’s how each team’s season went after its appearance on the show.YearTeamRecord2001Baltimore Ravens10-6*2002Dallas Cowboys5-112007Kansas City Chiefs4-122008Dallas Cowboys9-72009Cincinnati Bengals10-6*2010New York Jets11-5*2012Miami Dolphins7-92013Cincinnati Bengals11-5*2014Atlanta Falcons6-102015Houston Texans9-7*2016Los Angeles Rams4-122017Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-112018Cleveland Browns7-8-12019Oakland Raiders7-92020Los Angeles Rams?????2020Los Angeles Chargers?????*Made playoffslast_img read more