State newspaper editor fired for criticising president

first_img Follow the news on Sri Lanka Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific to go further Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News Receive email alerts October 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State newspaper editor fired for criticising presidentcenter_img News RSF_en News News Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the unfair dismissal of Sunday Observer editor Rajpal Abenayaka, reportedly because of a column he wrote on 8 October about comments that President Mahinda Rajapakse made to Sri Lankan diplomats.”The well-known editor of a state-owned newspaper has been fired just after an international press freedom mission went to Sri Lanka and, among other things, called for the state media to be allowed more editorial independence,” Reporters Without Borders said.”This kind of sanction shows to what degree the state media are under the thumb of the government,” the press freedom organisation added. “Instead of sidelining critical editorialists, the president should concentrate on taking measures to resolve the serious crisis sweeping Sri Lanka and to ensure the safety of the media, which have repeatedly been the target of violence.”The management of the state-owned ANCL press group asked Abenayaka to submit his resignation as the English-language weekly Sunday Observer editor in writing on 10 October. After he refused, a new editor was appointed and Abenayaka was offered the post of consultant.He told Reporters Without Borders: “This is a wrongful termination of my post as the editor. Tomorrow I am going to formally inform the management that I will not accept the post of consultant which they have offered me now.”Abenayaka, who is also a lawyer, left the privately-owned Wijeya Newspapers press group after Rajapakse won last year’s presidential election.The editorial that caused offence, headlined “A state demoralizing its ‘troops’, when it needs to inspire them,” can still be read at this address on the newspaper’s website: Sunday Observer July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

CLC identifies concerns and goals

first_imgDuring this semester’s first meeting of the Campus Life Council (CLC), members discussed their hopes for increased collaboration between different groups on campus this year. Student body president Pat McCormick invited members to present their most immediate concerns and goals for the year. “CLC is designed to be a forum where all of the stakeholders in the University could come together and discuss the most pressing issues,” McCormick said. “We can have a tangible impact on student life and the life of the community as a whole.” Judicial Council president Susanna Sullivan said she hopes CLC can foster a better relationship between students and the Office of Residence Life and Housing (ORLH). “I want to facilitate a greater respect for the [disciplinary] process and also bring about a greater transparency to it,” she said. Diversity Council representative Alexa Arastoo said she hopes to increase awareness of diversity on campus, especially now that over a quarter of the student population are considered minorities. “As the percentage of students who identify as a minority grows, my goal is to see if Notre Dame can graduate more people who have an openness to those kinds of issues,” she said. “I hope that we can see a greater integration between minority students and the rest of the student body.” Farley Hall rector Sr. Carrine Etheridge said she would like to see CLC work on reducing student apathy on important issues. “I think we could do better on helping to form authentic community,” she said. “It would be great if the same atmosphere in the Stadium on Saturday carried over to Monday morning.” Etheridge said she hopes CLC will focus on accomplishing practical goals, rather than attempting to tackle sweeping policy changes. “I’d like to see us do practical, doable things,” she said. “Things that would improve the quality of life for students.” McCormick said he believes CLC can have a profound impact on student engagement and greatly enhance student life at Notre Dame. “It’s exciting for us to have this opportunity to think through how we can work through these issues,” he said. “We have the ability to utilize each facet of the student union well.”last_img read more

Liverpool, C-NS girls swimmers battle to meet wins

first_imgFrom there, Testone went on to win the 100 freestyle in 59.38 seconds and finish second in the 200 freestyle in 2:11.60. Thompson, in 27.02 seconds, was runner-up to teammate Delaney Gellert in the 50 freestyle as Gellert won in 26.43 seconds.Emerson Gellert got a title of her own in the 100 butterfly, holding off Oswego’s Sydney DeLapp, 1:04.12 to 1:04.93, with Thompson second in the 500 freestyle (6:02.81) and Winn the runner-up in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.31 as Nicole Testone finished third.Liverpool went 1-2-3 in the diving competition to pile up points. Sophia Recuparo won with 194.70 points, just ahead of Macy Moore’s 190.60 points as Aija McIntyre (167.60) got third place. Sophia Russo joined Thompson and the Gellert sisters to go 4:05.35 in the 400 freestyle relay, with Jessica Testone joining Russo and the Gellerts for a time of 1:49.98 in the 200 freestyle relay.Two nights later, Cicero-North Syracuse went to New Hartford, where it improved to 6-2-1 on the season by recording a 95-88 victory over the Spartans.In the first two races, Kate Gucciardi won twice, getting the 200 freestyle in 2:08.43 to the 2:08.45 for New Hartford’s Julia Ficano after helping Brittany Wood, Alayna Harbaugh and Bryn Myers go 2:01.33 to edge the Spartans (2:02.02) in the 200 freestyle relay.Much later in the meet, Gucciardi pulled away to take the 100 backstroke in 1:06.45 as Myers got a sprint sweep, going 26.17 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 58.33 seconds to fend off New Hartford’s Nikolette Nesci (58.51) in the 100 freestyle.Kaitlyn Carroll won her latest diving duel with Madeline Thorne, earning 254.20 points to Thorne’s 251.15 as the Spartans’ Isabella Kolb earned 249.10 points.And though Wood finished second in the 200 IM (2:29.36) and 100 breaststroke (1:20.97), she did pair with Myers, Gucciardi and Harbaugh to go 1:47.63 to claim a close 200 freestyle relay over New Hartford’s 1:47.81.Other than Liverpool’s meet at Baldwinsville next Tuesday, both the Warriors and C-NS would mostly practice during the week before Friday’s Salt City Athletic Conference championships at Nottingham.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story In the most technical of terms, the Liverpool girls swim team’s meet at Oswego Tuesday night was not a long road trip since was using the pool at Fulton’s Granby Elementary School for its home meets this fall.Whatever the circumstances, it still proved successful for the Warriors, who defeated the Buccaneers 92-86 in its lone meet last week.To get things going, Liverpool had its 200-yard medley relay team of Megan Winn, Samantha Walker, Jessica Testone and Kaitlyn Thompson earn first place in two minutes, 6.56 seconds.center_img Tags: C-NSliverpoolswimminglast_img read more

Verstappen beats Hamilton to Malaysian GP win

first_imgRed Bull’s Max Verstappen took a dominant victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead with second place.Hamilton’s title rival Sebastian Vettel recovered impressively from the back of the grid in his Ferrari after engine problems in qualifying to finish fourth and minimise the damage to his title hopes.But the German has slipped to 34 points behind the Mercedes driver with five races to go and a maximum of 125 points still available.Hamilton could do nothing about Verstappen but, despite expressing concern about his car’s lack of pace, was pleased to gain ground on Vettel on a difficult weekend for Mercedes.An easy win after a difficult yearVerstappen has had a torrid season, a series of strong results being lost to reliability problems and driver errors, but he was in control of this grand prix from very early on. With Raikkonen out of the way, the Dutchman, who turned 20 on Saturday, fended off an attack from Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the first corner and then tracked Hamilton closely in the opening laps before diving down the inside into Turn One at the start of lap four.Verstappen quickly pulled away, building a seven-second lead within 10 laps and, despite problems with his neck muscles in the closing laps on this demanding track, was always in control.last_img read more

XFL scores Week 1: Final results, highlights from Sunday’s games

first_imgThe first week of the 2020 XFL season finished with two upsets on Sunday.The Tampa Bay Vipers were blown out 23-3 by the New York Guardians, and the Dallas Renegades were toppled at home by the St. Louis BattleHawks and former Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu. 2:08 p.m.: Guardians get the ball first after the kickoff is returned to near midfield.WE LOVE #XFL KICKOFFS📺 @FOXTV🖥— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 20202:06 p.m.: Something to remember with the new XFL: Betting is made fan-friendly. Vipers are 3.5-point-favorites over the Guardians, and the over/under is 52.5 points.1:50 p.m.: It’s about that time. …Ten minutes until #XFL day two starts— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 2020 The Houston Roughnecks beat the Los Angeles Wildcats 37-17 on Saturday, followed by the D.C. Defenders beating the Seattle Dragons 31-19. Sporting News provided live updates, results and highlights from Sunday’s games:XFL COVERAGE:Rules | Schedule | Uniforms | RostersXFL salary breakdownXFL names you’ll recognizeWhat does the XFL stand for?St. Louis BattleHawks at Dallas Renegades score, highlights(All times Eastern.)Final: BattleHawks 15, Renegades 97:51 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, RENEGADES. The Renegades got the ball with 40 seconds left down by six, falling on their own muffed punt, but then throw a game-ending interception. The upset is [email protected] with the game SEALER!! 💪#ClearedToEngage x— St. Louis BattleHawks (@XFLBattleHawks) February 10, 20207:44 p.m.: Two-minute warning. St. Louis is still in possession.7:36 p.m.: Dallas goes three-and-out and punts with four minutes remaining.7:32 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, BATTLEHAWKS. A third-and-9 sack stops the BattleHawks’ drive in its tracks. St. Louis hits a 48-yard field goal, though, to extend its lead. 15-9, BattleHawks.7:29 p.m.: St. Louis gets possession back and is right away moving the ball on the ground. The team is averaging 5.5 yards per carry in this contest.7:16 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, BATTLEHAWKS. Ta’amu throws a strike to the back of the end zone on third-and-goal. The St. Louis one-point conversion attempt is no good. 12-9, BattleHawks.BACK 🔛🔝[email protected] finds Alonzo Russell for his first career TD pass! 😤#ForTheLoveOfFootball x #ClearedToEngage— St. Louis BattleHawks (@XFLBattleHawks) February 10, 2020Third quarter: Renegades 9, BattleHawks 67 p.m.: Oops! A perfect punt is negated by this gaffe.Perfect punt:— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 10, 20206:57 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RENEGADES. Another drive stalls, but Dallas is nonetheless able to take the lead. 9-6, Renegades.6:56 p.m.: On third-and-goal, Nelson tries to scramble but is popped behind the line of scrimmage.6:50 p.m.: Dunbar breaks a big 20-yard run into St. Louis territory.6:38 p.m.: The second half is underway.Halftime: BattleHawks 6, Renegades 66:24 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RENEGADES. Dallas settles for a field goal after a penalty brought back what would have been a first down inside the 10. 6-6.6:20 p.m.: Cameron Artis-Payne has a huge run wiped away by a holding call.6:15 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, BATTLEHAWKS. The underdogs are ahead. Keith Ford takes a pitch 16 yards for a score. A conversion attempt from the 5-yard line is no good. 6-3, BattleHawks.Keith Ford BARRELS his way into the end zone for the first tuddy of the game📺 @espn🖥— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 20206:06 p.m.: Two-minute warning.6:03 p.m.: This has been a real defensive battle. Neither team has eclipsed 150 offensive yards.6 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, RENEGADES. After getting the ball back via punt, Dallas runs into a wall on fourth-and-short in BattleHawks territory, giving the ball back to St. Louis with about six minutes left in the first half.5:45 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RENEGADES. Dallas is on the board with a 32-yard kick. 3-0, Renegades.5:40 p.m.: Nelson drills a pass to Freddie Martino just beyond the grasp of a diving defender, and the Renegades move into field goal range.First quarter: BattleHawks 0, Renegades 05:32 p.m.: FUMBLE, BATTLEHAWKS. St. Louis coughs up the ball and Dallas recovers. A big takeaway for the Renegades at the end of the first quarter.5:29 p.m.: Ta’amu showing off his wheels by scrambling for the long first down. The BattleHawks are out past the 50-yard line now.5:27 p.m.: BattleHawks’ drive is extended after a defensive holding call on Dallas. St. Louis is driving at its 16-yard line.5:22 p.m.: Dallas facing fourth-and-less-than-a-yard but the Renegades aren’t risking it at their 39. Punt upcoming.5:21 p.m.: Renegades back at it after the teams trade punts. Dallas will take over at its 29.5:16 p.m.: BattleHawks getting a couple big plays to get out from the shadow of their own end zone. They’re driving past their 40-yard line now.5:12 p.m.: Not a bad first drive by Dallas, but the BattleHawks hold tough and force a punt at their 36 on fourth-and-18. The Renegades kick a 33-yard punt, however, giving St. Louis a long field ahead of them.5:10 p.m.: Just a few plays in and you can already see this Renegades offense will feature lots of Air Raid philosophies. Nelson is letting it fly out there.5:08 p.m.: Nelson completes his first pass for a 22-yard gain out to Flynn Nagel. Not a bad start.5:06 p.m.: Welcome back to coaching, Bob Stoops. Renegade will take over at their 25-yard [email protected] checked in with @CoachBobStoops before kickoff— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 2020Tampa Bay Vipers at New York Guardians score, highlights(All times Eastern)Final: Guardians 23, Vipers 3Recap: The Guardians put together an excellent defensive performance en route to the 23-3 win on Sunday, allowing just three points — and forcing three turnovers — on Vipers red zone trips. In all, Tampa netted 394 yards of offense, but scored zero touchdowns and turned the ball over five times (including two turnovers on downs). Murray struggled mightily for the Vipers, going 16 of 34 for 231 yards and two interceptions (including one in the end zone). His backup, Flowers, didn’t fare much better: He completed 1 of 2 passes for 37 yards, adding 34 rushing yards on five carries. Their Guardians counterpart, McGloin, completed 15 of 29 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. He also added a rushing touchdown to account for both of the Guardians’ offensive touchdowns. The third touchdown, appropriately, was a fumble return for a touchdown by Summers.4:51 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, VIPERS. Absolutely abysmal red-zone offense by Tampa results in another turnover inside the 20. Flowers rolls out but throws the ball in the dirt as he’s tackled. The kicker? Tampa scored a touchdown off a Flowers keeper that was negated due to a false start penalty.4:44 p.m.: Flowers throws a beauty of a ball to Williams for a 37-yard gain to the 2-yard line. Now, can they finally punch it in?4:38 p.m.: Vipers force a three-and-out and get it back at their 43 with 3:43 left in the game.4:32 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, VIPERS. Murray tries to hit Horn at the goal line, but he can’t haul it in. Guardians will take over at that should do it.4:31 p.m.: Murray comes in on third down and is immediately sacked. That’s his third sack of the day.4:29 p.m.: Flowers takes the next two plays and gets the Vipers first-and-goal from the 8-yard line. Need a touchdown — not a field goal _ here.4:28 p.m.: Wow, Murray keeps his team’s hopes alive with a lucky catch by Daniel Williams. Murray threw it too far inside on the comeback route, and the defender undercut it too far. But it gives Tampa a new set of downs at the New York 21-yard line.4:26 p.m.: Tampa faces fourth-and-4 on its ensuing drive, but this is four-down territory from here on out.4:21 p.m.: Fascinating stuff watching the replay booth review the play in real time on the telecast. Both the fumble and spot stand as called on the field. The Vipers keep the Guardians out of the end zone on the ensuing 1-point conversion, but it’s 23-3 New York with 11:54 remaining.4:18 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, GUARDIANS. That should do it. Truesdell takes the slant, advances it a few yards and fumbles the ball. It’s recovered by Jamar Summers, who returns it 20 yards for the touchdown. It’s under review, both the fumble and the spot Summers was brought [email protected] Took it allllllllll the way back and put his body on the line to finish the TD📺 @XFLonFOX🖥— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 20204:14 p.m.: Woof. McGloin had Horn wide open on the square-out route, but threw it behind him and forced him to contort his body. Horn completely missed it.4:11 p.m.: McGloin hits Victor out of the background; he makes a man miss and takes it 15 yards to the Vipers 48-yard line. Not devastating, but not ideal for Tampa.Third quarter: Guardians 17, Vipers 34:08 p.m.: Guardians facing third-and-6 at their 37 the start of the fourth quarter. A big-time play coming up if Tampa wants to stay in this.4:01 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, VIPERS. The Guardians hang tough, getting a tackle for loss and forcing two incompletions. Tampa Bay elects for the easy field goal to make it 17-3.3:58 p.m.: And the Vipers have driven to the Guardians 4-yard line with Flowers injecting some life into this offense. Worth remembering, however, that they threw an interception from the 6 on the first drive of the game.Quinton 🌸s is in and providing a spark for the @XFLVipers📺 @XFLonFOX🖥— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 20203:55 p.m.: Flowers back in at quarterback for the Vipers. He shows off his wheels on a 6-yard gain off the zone read. Then Murray comes back in. So it looks as if Tampa is willing to mix it up with these two.3:49 p.m.: Vipers do a good job forcing a punt on the Guardians’ ensuing drive. They’ll take over at their 18.3:36 p.m.: Murray comes in on third-and-long and is immediately strip-sacked. Vipers recover but half to punt now. Guardians will take over at their 24-yard line.3:45 p.m.: Seems like the Vipers have seen enough from Murray today. Backup Quinton Flowers (from South Florida) is in at quarterback. A notable dual-threat quarterback.3:42 p.m.: Something to remember as the Vipers take over at their 31 to start the half:┳┻|┻┳|┳┻|┻┳|┳┻|┻┳|┳┻|┻┳|┳┻| _┻┳| •.•) 17 points is┳┻|⊂ノ a two score game┻┳|— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 2020Halftime: Guardians 17, Vipers 03:30 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, GUARDIANS. Wow, tough sequence for Tampa there. McGloin hits Pearson wide-open down the sideline, allowing Matthew McCrane to hit a 49-yard field goal as the half expires to make it 17-0 Guardians.3:27 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, VIPERS. Welp, that didn’t matter. Murray threw his second interception of the day to Bryce Jones. Tough debut for Murray here today.ANOTHER ONEThe @XFLGuardians pick up their second interception of the first half 😤🔒— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 9, 20203:25 p.m.: Uh-oh. Soroh is called for unnecessary roughness on a first-down converting catch by Horn, but replay shows a pretty clean hit. That’s a big penalty with the Vipers now in field goal range.3:24 p.m.: Ryan Mueller and Cavon Walker combine for the sack on Murray two plays later — at least, they would have if the defense hadn’t had 12 players on the field. Vipers have it third-and-5 at their 47.3:20 p.m.: Nick Truesdell gets the Vipers out to the 42-yard line with a nice catch. He bobbles it with one hand and brings it in with the big hit incoming.What. A. Catch. by Nick Truesdell.📺 @XFLonFOX🖥— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 20203:17 p.m.: Guardians get a nice drive going but stall at the Vipers’ 45-yard line with 1:44 left in the half. Tampa has one last chance at getting a scoring drive going before halftime.3:10 p.m.: Aaaaand we have our first ejection in XFL history. Ricky Walker threw a punch and is ejected with 2:25 remaining in the first half.3:04 p.m.: Vipers and Guardians trade punts, the latter of which will take over at their 15 with 4:37 remaining in the second quarter.2:52 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, VIPERS. Tampa squanders its second scoring opportunity, missing a 50-yard field goal attempt just left from Andrew Franks. The score remains the same.2:50 p.m.: Murray finally gets something going on offense, hitting Jalen Tolliver for a 44-yard gain all the way to New York’s 31-yard line. Lots of action early in the second quarter.2:46 p.m.: And one play later, McGloin hits a wide-open Colby Pearson in the end zone. Cook scores another extra point on the 2-yard gainer. It’s now 14-0 Guardians with 13:29 in the second [email protected] putting DBs in the dirt with that footwork! 👌📺@FOXTV🖥 | #ForTheLoveOfFootball— New York Guardians (@XFLGuardians) February 9, 2020🆙, 🔄 and ⬇️ in the end zone— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 20202:45 p.m.: Some beautiful footwork and pocket presence by McGloin on that play, who hits Mecale McKay 45 yards down the sideline for a big first down. McGloin’s 5 of 10 for 84 yards so far. Guardians have it first-and-10 at the 12-yard line.1. Beat your man.2. Lay all the way out.3. Bring it in.— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 20202:42 p.m.: Guardians to take over at their own 45-yard line after the punt.First quarter: Guardians 7, Vipers 02:38 p.m.: Vipers on to punt after the initial 14-yard run by Smith. That will be the first play of the second quarter.2:35 p.m.: Smith rushes for 14 yards on the first play of the drive out to the Vipers 30-yard line.2:33 p.m.: Three plays later, the Guardians punt.2:30 p.m.: Darius Victor with a nice 22-yard gain off left tackle to get the Guardians a first down at the 42-yard [email protected] is a TOUGH man to bring down 💪💪💪📺 @FOXTV🖥— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 20202:28 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, VIPERS. And one play later, Murray throws a duck into the end zone. It’s batted down by D’Juan Hines and intercepted by Andrew Soroh. Guardians will take over at their 20.END ZONE TIP DRILL📺 @FOXTV🖥— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 20202:27 p.m.: Murray fits the ball into a tight, tight window on third-and-12 to Reece Horn down to the 6-yard line.2:21 p.m.: Vipers running back De’Veon Smith gets a nice 14-yard carry, but fumbles. Thankfully for him his teammate recovers it, netting Tampa Bay 10 yards and a first down.2:19 p.m.: Now it’s the former Bulldogs star’s turn. Murray will lead the Vipers from their own 37 with 9:45 in the first quarter.2:14 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, GUARDIANS. And there you have the first touchdown in New York Guardians history: a 1-yard quarterback sneak by McGloin. Running back Tim Cook III takes the pitch right for a 2-yard 1-point conversion to make it 7-0 Guardians.QB1 (@McGloinQB11) with the FIRST-EVER Guardians touchdown!📺 @FOXTV🖥 | #ForTheLoveOfFootball— New York Guardians (@XFLGuardians) February 9, 20202:12 p.m.: McGloin with another beautiful throw on second down. He hits Joe Horn Jr. — son of Saints receiver Joe Horn — to get down to the 6-yard line.If you call on him, @Joehorn_4 will answer 📞📺 @FOXTV🖥— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 20202:10 p.m.: New York goes for it on fourth-and-4 on the opening drive of the game, and McGloin hits Jake Powell for the conversion. Guardians driving at the Vipers’ 27-yard line now.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Begins Valley Season at Evansville

first_img Drake Game Notes ESPN+ Senior Nick Norton has helped lead the way in assists as he has a 58-to-11 assist-to-turnover ratio in the last nine games. That average as upped in its last outing as Drake scored 98 points and had 28 assists, the fifth-most in program history. It also marked the fourth time this season Drake has had 20 or more assists in a game and the Bulldogs rank 14th nationally in assists with 18.0 per game. Story Links Evansville is 6-7 this season under first-year head coach Walter McCarty with all six wins coming at the Ford Center.center_img Live Stats Live Audio Evansville leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs by a 27-23 margin after the two teams split last season’s meetings with each winning at home. Print Friendly Version The Drake University men’s basketball team takes to the road to open up its conference season Wednesday evening at Evansville. Tipoff for the Missouri Valley Conference opener is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN+The Bulldogs make their annual trek to southern Indiana with an 11-2 record and have the program’s most wins ever before the start of conference play. The Drake offense has averaged 104.0 points in its last two games and leads the MVC with 81.5 points per game this season. last_img read more

Vanguardia rues Rice’s 3rd quarter explosion in Phoenix loss to TNT

first_imgAriel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia couldn’t help but watch Glen Rice Jr. put up hotter flames than the Fuel Masters could muster when they lost to TNT, 110-103, Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup. Rice scored 38 points to lead the KaTropa but eviscerated Phoenix for 20 points alone in the third quarter and that explosion helped TNT take an 86-79 over the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We put multiple defenders on him, and we forced him to drive because we know that he can shoot,” said Vanguardia at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “But today he was on attack mode and we weren’t able to a good job when he attacked.”Rice went 1-of-3 from beyond the arc and just one attempt from mid-range, and the he converted 13 of his 20 shots from inside the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd if Rice got trapped inside, his next move was to kick out to open teammates for jumpers.Vanguardia said they could’ve held on to their slim lead after the first half, 49-46, if they managed to at least slow Rice and TNT down in the third quarter. Read Next MOST READ Phoenix import Brown: ‘We’re not a well-respected team’ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Phoenix did score 30 points in the penultimate period, a highly respectable mark, but the KaTropa put up 40.“TNT scored 40 points on the third and if not for that explosion in the third quarter it would’ve been better for us because we were leading in the half,” said Vanguardia whose team now sits with a 2-6 record, and riding a six-game skid. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctor

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver (in vault in London),” Maroney wrote.Maroney posted her statement with the #MeToo hashtag, the campaign encouraging women to denounce experiences of sexual abuse that has swept across social media in the wake of the wave of allegations targeting Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.“Everyone’s words over the past few days have been so inspiring to me,” Maroney said in the statement on her Twitter account @McKaylaMaroney.“I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal, because it’s happened to me too,” she said.‘Not just happening in Hollywood’Maroney is the most high-profile US gymnast to speak out so far about sexual abuse by the former team doctor.ADVERTISEMENT More than 350 gymnasts were reportedly abused according to an investigation by the Indianapolis Star.In a statement, USA Gymnastics praised the “courage” of  Maroney and others “who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse.”“Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions,” USA Gymnastics said. “We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.“We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”USA Gymnastics added that it was “strengthening and enhancing our policies and procedures regarding abuse” and was committed to working to “keep our athletes as safe as possible.” /cbb Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES “Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving ‘medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,’” Maroney wrote.“It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated,’” she said.She said the abuse even occurred during the London 2012 Olympics, where Maroney was a member of the “Fierce Five” US squad which won the team gold medal. Chicago Bulls ban Portis 8 games for breaking teammate’s jaw US Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mckayla Maroney (left) revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, that the team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar (right), molested her from when she was 13 years old until she left the sport in 2016. AFP FILE PHOTOSWASHINGTON, United States — Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast McKayla Maroney, inspired by the “Me Too” movement, revealed on Wednesday that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.Maroney, 21, said in a statement on Twitter that Nassar, who is facing trial on more than 20 counts of sexual assault, began molesting her at the age of 13 and it continued throughout her gymnastics career.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next “People should know this is not just happening in Hollywood,” Maroney said. “This is happening everywhere.“Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be a potential for abuse,” Maroney said.“I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting,” she said.Maroney, from Long Beach, California, said one incident of abuse occurred during the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.She said Nassar gave her a sleeping pill “and the next thing I know I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’”“I thought I was going to die that night,” she wrote, adding that she hoped her statement would encourage others to speak out.“Silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it’s time to take our power back,” she said.Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country’s gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games.His case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny last year.Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations. 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11 days agoBen Hirsch’s incredible journey from Clifton Hill to Getafe

first_imgBen Hirsch’s incredible journey from Clifton Hill to Getafeby Chris Sermeno11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt’s game day, and you’re dressed from head to toe in team apparel, thinking of the game that lies ahead… The team bus is pulling into the stadium while crowds of fans mob the entrance, clamouring over each other with cameras and phones in hope of catching a glimpse of their idols through the windows. After a briefing in the change rooms, you lace up your brand new, personalised boots and take to the lush green pitch with your teammates, standing side by side while the adoring public chants and cheers, the spotlights flood the stadium with a brilliant white light for the game that awaits.What would it be like to be a world class footballer? We dream of what we would do with the money, the fame, the global outreach and the millions of adoring fans.While football is enjoyed by millions across the world, few really understand the hard work, career deciding choices and life altering sacrifices that’s required to make it to the professional scene. Australian footballer Ben Hirsch experienced the tough side of football that many of us don’t see. His stories from the humble suburbs of Melbourne to the cutthroat nature of the Spanish system has changed my views of becoming a professional footballer.-I was lucky enough to sit with Ben Hirsh for nearly two hours talking all things football. Apart from being a humble person, his insight and experience was rather unique, and relatable for a lot of young footballers.Ben was a reserved teen playing for Clifton Hill in the lower state tiers of Australian football. Granted, it’s better than your average Sunday league, but hardly of substance for those wanting to make huge leaps and bounds in the world of football. Ben was playing as a reliable left back for his side when he was scouted to train and play at a football academy in Madrid. As with any young player, a move to Europe for football sounds like a dream. In Ben’s case, the dream wouldn’t wait, he was asked to board a plane just a few days later.The two years that would follow had it all, the facilities, the first team treatment, the nerves and challenges of experiencing a new country that he wasn’t familiar with, injuries, and everything you can possibly imagine with being a pro footballer. His introduction to Spain was, in true Spanish fashion, rather direct and blunt. His chauffeur had nothing to go by but a picture of Ben, and they were unable to communicate due to the language barrier. His nerves were high as the driver took him to meet his agent.”Ready to train?”Sure enough, straight off a long flight to Madrid, an unfamiliar cab ride and he was still expected to come dressed to his first training session. There was no sympathy for jet lag, or culture shock. As an aspiring athlete you aren’t afforded such luxuries as a break like the international players.Ben recalls fond memories of his time at the academy, where his teammates welcomed him as one of their own. The share housing filled with aspiring footballers from around the world and local footballers trying to work their way up the Spanish system.”A few of them spoke English so I got to know them pretty well. It was like a family, we’d train together, eat together, live together. Everyone was always on the path for the same goal, to become a professional footballer and we all encouraged each other to keep playing our best and striving for more.”Language was one of the first barriers to overcome. Having come straight from Australia, Ben had no time to pick up any lessons or study beforehand, and it was lucky for him that some of his academy mates were able to converse with him, and make life a little more welcoming for the Aussie expat. The academy held a unique element of unity, which is something Ben was grateful for. Having been baptised in a myriad of uncertainty and unfamiliarity, his teammates were all very understanding of Ben’s disposition. Fortunately, private tutoring helped him to pick up the language and he was able to adapt to his surroundings a little more.I shifted the conversation slightly, and asked Ben “¿Todavía entiendes español?” (Do you still understand Spanish?)As it turns out his Spanish is still very good, we had a short exchange in another language. It’s almost funny how language, like sport, has the power to unite people.On the tactical side of things, Ben needed some time to adjust to the Spanish way of football. Stylistically, it flows much quicker, players are required to control the ball the same way in any scenario. The pace is highlighted by the understanding of both the system that was implemented and the players to execute the plan, regardless of their position or physical ability. “I felt like a fish out of water, at first not knowing much Spanish, then having to try and fit into a new team culture and system. “It took me a while to get used to, training up to 5 times a week doing tactics, drills, running and game play all on different days, as well as match days. There was no resting, or time to absorb the local culture when I first got there.”His teammates and opposition came from reaches around the world, however Ben humbly expressed how well he performed against some players that had taken to the international stage. “There were some internationally capped players, one in particular from the Republic of Congo who had a lot of fanfare about him. I marked on him for a game, and I almost had a laugh to myself about how this kid from Clifton Hill was playing against an international youngster, and did a pretty damn good job too.”Ben’s time with the academy was slowly coming to an end, and he was under the impression he would be jetting back to Australia with some overseas experience under his belt. As football takes its twists and turns, it was around the same time former Copa del Rey runners up Getafe CF came knocking.His parents joined him in Madrid for a few days, unbeknownst to all that he was about to be offered a 2 year contract with the La Liga outfit that same week. He signed a 2 year senior contract on the day of his late uncle’s birthday, which struck an emotional chord for him as his uncle was a passionate sports fan.”It felt like a dream, I had my parents in Spain with me, I got a shirt with my name on it, I couldn’t really believe this was happening for me. It felt like such a huge shift from the state leagues in Victoria to be training in Spain, then signing for Getafe.”From his academy and his roommates, he was thrust into his first professional environment at Getafe. He details the things that made it feel like the dream had become reality.”It’s the things like walking through the change room, getting treated by first team medical staff, stuff like that which makes you feel like you’re a part of something big.”We trained on top of the hill at the training grounds, and down below you could often see the first team training. Sometimes we’d be lucky to finish early and watch them train, and it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. “They’d come up to us later, knowing we were the reserves and take time to say hello and get to know us a little bit.”As most footballing careers sound dreamy, this is where the hard yards kicked in for Ben.Unlike his time at the academy, Getafe is a professional outfit and the expectations were much higher. In terms of the team chemistry, Ben recalls it being a much harsher environment than his academy teammates. “It was much harsher. They weren’t exclusive or anything, but there’s this element of competition for places because for these guys, it was their career they’d worked hard for, or it was their means of making a living. They weren’t going to give up their spot without a fight.”As for many La Liga sides, their reserves play in lower tiers of the Spanish football pyramid. Ben tried as he might to get into the first team but stumbling blocks along the way slowly dissolved his love for the game. The difference in the culture and environment was easily the biggest difference, despite the academy and Getafe both being based in Madrid. The weight of expectation slowly began to play on his mental health. He credits his relationship at the time being one of the stable elements of his life during his footballing career. “This is the main reason I wanted to get my story out there. I didn’t realise until later on how much this was playing on my mental health. I was anxious, had bouts of depression because week in, week out you’re pouring in your blood, sweat and tears, only to find out you weren’t on the team sheet. But you’d do it all again the following week.”I played a few minutes in a game, maybe once a month if I was lucky. It was so tough, putting in all this effort for the chance to be involved. My girlfriend at the time was probably the best thing about my life. She was able to help me through some of the feelings and emotions I’d gone through, and if it wasn’t for her I probably would’ve had some sort of break down or gone home earlier, who knows.”It was an injury that lead to Ben questioning his future. A hamstring injury put him out for the better part of a few weeks, in which time he could finally relax and enjoy his surroundings, something he had lacked while living the tough life of a professional athlete. “The physio spoke English and she was really nice, it felt good getting treated by the first team doctors and being around the first team facilities. I wasn’t training for a while, so I got to go out and experience the city a little more.”I was wearing my Getafe tracksuit, and an older man saw me in the street, and he was thrilled to meet me. He asked how my leg was, said that I’ve got some talent and he can’t wait to see me play. It’s those sorts of moments that take away the hard yards a little bit and make you feel like a pro.”Ben made the most of his injury and took his first trip back home to Melbourne since leaving for the academy. Spending time in the unforgiving but glorious Australian summer, he realised what was most important to him, which was taking care of his mental health and spending time with his loved ones.”I simply couldn’t do that if I were to pursue being a footballer abroad. My mental health was suffering, and I didn’t realise until I’d spent time with family and realised what I was missing back home.”I went back to Madrid soon after and the manager agreed to let me go out on loan, but my mind was decided. I was ready to return home. My experiences were amazing, and I’m forever grateful for them, but evaluating what I truly believe to be best was to be back home.”After a long and arduous 2 years in Madrid, Ben finally returned to Melbourne. His life and career experiences have helped to shape him as a mentor as he manages Manningham’s under 16 side in the state leagues of Victoria, the same leagues he once played in at a similar age.”These days I love coaching and developing the next wave of players. Given my experience in Spain, I can play that big brother role for some of these younger guys, telling them what it takes to play in Europe and helping them to be the best they can be.”These days, Ben works in the family’s business of a winery, while continuing to manage and be involved in football at a coaching level. He hopes to one day move up in Victoria’s footballing world as a manager, but for now he’s content with life, and continues practicing his Spanish.Que viva la vida. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris SermenoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more