Exhibition on LGBTQ issues in Goa

first_imgGoa-based Museum of Goa (MoG) Foundation will hold a “colourful flying exhibition” to celebrate the recent Supreme Court decision of scrapping section 377 of the India Penal Code , from November 10 to 30.Celebrated Goan artist and sculptor Subodh Kerakar, Director of MoG, told presspersons here that the exhibition, based on the theme “Freedom is in the air”, will be held in collaboration with Hamsafar Trust and Goa Livelihood Forum(GLF), at MoG museum in Pilerna in North coastal Goa.The Foundation has invited entries from artists from across the country to present works of art on LGBTQ issues.last_img

Obama Honors Two Indian-Americans For Community Service

first_imgTwo Indian-American were honored by Asian Chronicle USA TV Channel with the 2016 Asian-American humanitarian/community service award and President Barak Obama’s volunteer service medal of honor. Related Itemslast_img

Snow Queen: Kim dominates to take gold in women’s halfpipe

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. So is her riding.Competing in front of her extended family, a group that included her Korean-born parents and her South Korean grandmother, and apparently on an empty stomach — she actually tweeted during the competition that she was “hangry” after failing to finish her breakfast sandwich — Kim put on a show that delivered on her considerable pre-Olympic hype. She put together a 93.75 during her first run, one that included just one 1080, not the two that have become her trademark. No matter. The perfection-flirting third run provided a cathartic exclamation point.“I knew that I did put down a really good first run, but I was also like, ‘I can do better than that. I can one up myself,’” Kim said.She’s the only one.Liu Jiayu took silver with an 89.75 to become the first Chinese snowboarder to medal at the Olympics. Gold, who pondered retirement last summer, overcame a dislocated shoulder suffered during training to edge teammate and three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark for third.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises PH bet Tio, Swedish star Kappel top kiteboard Boracay leg Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next She’ll figure it out as she goes.“The one thing I learned was just give everything a shot,” she said. “You don’t want to live in regret. I feel like no regrets is the best way to go.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kim’s parents were born in South Korea and moved to the United States, putting their daughter in an interesting position heading into her first Olympics.While she understands the urge to build a narrative around her that turns her into a connective tissue of sorts between the host country and the one she calls home, it’s one she has politely sidestepped. She views herself as just a kid from Torrance, California, who likes music, the mall, ice cream and, oh, by the way, putting down the kind of gravity-escaping, physics challenging runs that have made her a dominant force in her sport.Kim would have made the Olympic team with ease four years ago, only to have the calendar get in the way. She was 13 at the time, too young to make the trip to Russia. She entered the quadrennium between the games with the kind of expectations reserved for the Shaun Whites of the snowboarding world. She has exceeded every one.Standing atop the hill at calm and brilliant Phoenix Snow Park — a stark contrast to the windy mess that turned the women’s slopestyle final into an ugly, borderline unsafe and crash-filled mess 24 hours earlier — Kim looked down at the crowd that included her parents, three sisters, three aunts, two cousins and her grandmother Moon Jung ae and proceeded to waste little time while turning the final into a global coming-out party.She drilled her opening set, throwing in a 1080 — basically, three twists high above the pipe — before following it with a pair of flips (or “corks”). Kim celebrated at the end, pumping her fists as “USA! USA!” chants rained down. When her score flashed, she clasped her hands atop her head and drank in the moment.Kim’s teammates made serious bids to give the Americans only their fourth-ever Olympic podium sweep.Gold, who dislocated her right shoulder during training for the Sochi Olympics and didn’t compete then barely made the 12-woman final, brushed off a fall during her first run and stomped an 85.75 on her third run. Clark, the 2002 Olympic champion still going strong at age 34, couldn’t quite catch Gold with an 83.50.Liu came the closest to providing Kim with a serious threat. She threw down a 89.75 during her first set to take the lead, only to watch Kim top it during her first run moments later.Liu then washed out on her last trip down the longest Olympic halfpipe since the sport made its debut in 1998, turning Kim’s last run into a victory lap. Rather than playing it safe, she went for it.Her No. 1 bib soaring into the South Korean sky, she put on a display that left the rest of the field and the thousands packed near the finish roaring their approval and vaulting her to a level of stardom she’s not quite sure she’s prepared for. Kim is well aware she’ll become a role model for other Korean American kids whether she wants the role or not. AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Chloe Kim, of the United States, celebrates winning gold in the women’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Gold medal already in hand and Olympic dream fully realized, Chloe Kim could have turned her third and final run in the women’s snowboarding final into a victory lap.Only she didn’t. She couldn’t. Gold medals are nice and all, but to the 17-year-old star, the journey is the point, not the destination. It’s about proving something. Not to quiet whatever doubters may remain in a sport where she’s stamping herself as an all-time great as a teenager, but to herself.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers So she went for it. She had no choice.“I knew that if I went home with a gold medal knowing I could do better, I wasn’t going to be satisfied,” Kim said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat shouldn’t be a problem. Kim turned her coronation into an exclamation point, stomping a pair of 1080 spins (three complete turns), then practically diving into a hug with American teammate and bronze medal winner Arielle Gold to seal a moment four years in the making.“I don’t really know what’s happening and I’m actually feeling a little anxious right now,” Kim said. “I’m a little overwhelmed. But this is the best outcome I could ever ask for and it’s been such a long journey. Ahhh, just going home with the gold is amazing.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Calvin Abueva’s defensive grit helps keep Fuel Masters unscathed

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Phoenix took an 83-77 lead with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter after Wright’s jumper over Galanza.READ: Matthew Wright on Phoenix’s 4-0 start: Nothing to brag just yetAlthough the Fuel Masters allowed the Road Warriors to score five unanswered, Abueva’s grit was able to save them.“Coach always tells us to focus especially in the end game because that’s what really matters,” said Abueva who finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks.“We can keep a steady pace in the first three quarters but the fourth really is the most crucial and that’s the time where we really want to show our mentality.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The defensive play started when Justin Chua deliberately stepped on the sideline to get a delay of game warning that allowed the Fuel Masters to read the Road Warriors’ offense, giving the chance for Abueva to pounce. PBA: Phoenix stays hot, escapes NLEX for 5-0 start LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Calvin Abueva after his block on Galanza to preserve Phoenix’ 83-82 win over NLEX and also to keep their unbeaten start that has now stretched to 5 wins. | @BLozadaINQ #PBA2019 pic.twitter.com/E6fr4qbBsb— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) February 8, 2019MANILA, Philippines—It may have looked like a spur of the moment defensive play but Calvin Abueva’s game-winning block on Bong Galanza was the culmination of a well-thought, calculated moved.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAbueva’s block not only gave Phoenix the 83-82 win, but it also preserved the team’s unbeaten start in the PBA Philippine Cup that has now stretched to five wins.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calvin Abueva’s crucial block saves Phoenix. PBA IMAGES“I helped because my teammate was already beaten and we all knew the offense would go through Larry [Fonacier] so when Galanza got free I just forced myself for the help defense instead off allowing him to take the shot,” said Abueva in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Fonacier was pinned down in the screens and Galanza was able to free himself for the three,  but Abueva was there to help out on Alex Mallari who was also trapped in the picks.READ: PBA: Phoenix stays hot, escapes NLEX for 5-0 startBut it wasn’t just Abueva who displayed the tenacity down the stretch since it was the credo that Phoenix head coach Louie Alas instilled in them.The Fuel Masters trailed by as much as 11, 56-45, early in the third quarter but slowly clawed their way back and tied the game at 77 after Matthew Wright’s triple with 4:15 remaining in the game.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

SEA Games venues for basketball, volleyball in Manila get a downgrade

first_imgGymnastics was also changed from SMX Convention Center to Rizal Memorial Coliseum, another venue that the PSC owns.Even eSports competitions are left without a venue after Marriott Hotel in Pasay after the Phisgoc, Suzara said, backed off because of the price.“The SEA Games has a limited budget so we’re looking at other venues that the organizing committee can afford,” said Suzara in the radio interview.Suzara also admitted that Congress has yet to approve for the organizing committee’s budget further clouding the Philippines’ hosting of the regional multisport spectacle.“The budget has yet to be approved in Congress,” said Suzara. “Despite these delays, we’ll continue to move forward and make sure the venues are ready and confirmed.”ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Ramon “Tats” Suzara, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) executive director, revealed in a radio interview with Judith Caringal of Radyo Pilipinas 2 the apparent swerve in scheduling.Suzara admitted that the sudden change of venue was due to the difficulty in reserving a slot at either MOA Arena or Smart Araneta Coliseum since these stadiums are privately-owned and the dates from Nov. 30 to Dec.11 may have been booked before Phisgoc got a chance to do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s hard to secure bookings if the confirmation takes a long process, but we have a backup plan and we’re able to find a solution,” said Suzara in Filipino.Basketball wasn’t the only sport to change venues with volleyball getting bumped to PhilSports Arena, a venue that belongs to the Philippine Sports Commission, from Smart Araneta Coliseum. MANILA, Philippines—Basketball games of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games have been moved from Mall of Asia to Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao teams up with Ringstar to co-promote Dasmariñas-Demecillo boutcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more

Looking to cash in on promise of charity, PBA All-Star game sets scoring records

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess North All-Stars. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, PANGASINAN—Paul Lee threw a three-pointer, then turned around and sprinted back on defense without checking on his shot result, ala-Steph Curry.Japeth Aguilar had a dunk over June Mar Fajardo. He dribbled from the perimeter and leapt over the five-time MVP from San Miguel Beer. It was a dunk both players shook hands on before the game, Aguilar admitted. But its effect on the crowd was like it were unscripted, even if Fajardo clearly lowered his head to allow Aguilar an unimpeded slam.ADVERTISEMENT The records were so smashing that LA Tenorio’s triple-double was nearly overlooked. The Barangay Ginebra quarterback had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. The PBA’s newest Iron Man also had the best +/- at plus-40.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, several All-Star marks were reset at Calasiao Sports Complex here.The 185-170 victory of the North all-stars over their South counterparts was a three-way record: Highest winning score, highest losing score and highest combined scores.Paul Lee attempted a record 25 attempts from beyond the arc. He took zero attempts inside it and drained a record nine triples.The North squad made 29 triples in all, another new mark, off a record 107 attempts. And throw in the 16 of the South squad, whose 83 tries from beyond the arc could have been the most had it not been for their opponents jacking up triple after triple, that added up to a record 45 combined three-pointers by both squads.The 45 dunks and 37 triples combined for 82 wheelchairs to be donated by the promoting Double V Productions.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Perhaps the crowd would have cheered on anyway even if they knew it was choreographed. They did, after all, erupt when legend Benjie Paras upped the dunk count by slamming one home with a little help from Fajardo, his defender, who lifted him up for the jam.Everyone was dunking or shooting threes Sunday night, a result of a promise by the promoters of the PBA All-Star game here that every three and every slam would be the equivalent of a wheelchair donated to the Alagang PBA foundation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It adds another meaning to the game,” said commissioner Willie Marcial. “The players are having fun and the crowd is enjoying but now, it’s also for a cause.”And it certainly helped add points to the scoreboard, resulting in a record scoring night for the annual classic. View comments Kevin Belingon, Bibiano Fernandes get automatic ONE title rematch Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

Virat Kohli-led Test side can regain top spot in rankings: MS Dhoni

first_imgMS Dhoni emphasised on the fact that the Indian Test side led by Virat Kohli can regain the top ranking Tests when they play 13 Tests against New Zealand, England, Australia and Bangladesh in India in the coming season.According to the limited-overs captain, the Indian team is working well under the new skipper Virat Kohli and the fact that fast all bowlers are fit and playing well, will really help India’s cause on the upcoming Tests.”I think the Indian Test team is shaping up well. It seemed we were more settled in T20 and ODI but now our team had a good batting experience. If you notice, for the last 2 and a half years, we had the same batting unit, barring one or two changes. So you learn a lot. Test remains the ultimate format,” Dhoni told reporters after the 2nd T20I was washed out on Monday. (Also read: 2nd T20I: Rain denies India victory as West Indies clinch series 1-0)”On top of it, one plus point is that all our fast bowlers are fit now and the way they are bowling. We have 10 proper fast bowlers and it’s an asset. Now we will be playing a lot of matches, so we can rotate our fast bowlers if we want to,” he observed.Dhoni also expressed his happiness about the fact that all the talented players are now performing a well.”As far as performance is concerned, the talent and experience of the team has started to get reflected in the performance and in the times to come, this season we will be playing 13 Tests and I think by the end of it if everything goes well, touchwood, we will be the number one team in the world and the gap between the first and second team will be substantial,” he added.advertisementTalking about the T20 series, Dhoni said that the additional spinner in the second game paid off against the World T20 champions as they were bowled out for less than 150 after scoring a blistering 245 in the first T20 at Florida. “I don’t think the wicket changed a lot. It is same as the last wicket. It is the exposure that they had in the last game, it gave them the ability to go back and think about their own game plan and often when there is no break between two matches, it actually helps the bowlers to quickly go back and plan. It is the execution that matters and I think it was great. Addition of a spinner also paid off well. Mishra bowled really well. I felt it was the whole bowling unit who could restrict them to 140, it was a brilliant effort,” said the 35-year-old from Ranchi.PLENTY OF POSITIVES TO TAKE AWAYDhoni said there is plenty of positives to take away from the short series.”There is plenty to take away. The way we chased down 244 odd (245) and came close in the last game was a difficult one. The reason being once you have so many runs to chase, it puts you under pressure to score right from the start and the batsmen did it pretty well,” he said.”When it comes to bowling, the first game was tough for the bowlers but the way they came back in the second game, it was fantastic, it showed a lot about the character of the bowling unit. We have a more experienced unit. They have played a lot of Test cricket and also have the experience of playing at IPL and shorter format.”As a unit, the bowlers are looking good. As a batting unit, it was slightly different from the World T20 team, it was a chance for a few youngsters to come and grab the opportunities. The biggest was the way Rahul batted yesterday. Of course, the result didn’t go in our favour but overall a lot of positives. (Also read: Lokesh Rahul joins Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma in elite company)”The concern for me was the fact that quickly we have to adapt to the shorter format and most of the guys were playing Test match before this so the transformation had to be great and I think all the team members responded well to that.”Dhoni also gave a positive response to the idea of hosting more cricket matches in the USA.”This is a good journey not only for India but also West Indies, they are closer from here. We can always come back and play a series. Unfortunately, today there was thunderstorm but otherwise the weather was good. It suits cricket,” he said.advertisement”Overall, when you play cricket, one is player’s passion and the other thing is host broadcaster, they want to make money, the fans want to come and watch live cricket. Overall it seemed a good product. (Also read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants more T20s in United States)”The timing suits broadcaster. It is good for the fans. Overall it is a win-win scenario. But it will cramp our schedule but I don’t think many players will complain, we are used to it.”If it becomes too busy, some players may opt out but as far as the other things are concerned, if it fills in all the gaps then I think it is a good venue and we would like to comeback and play cricket,” he added.(With PTI Inputs)last_img read more

Wayne Rooney scores on return as Manchester United close in on Manchester City

first_imgWayne Rooney scored on his return to the Manchester United starting-line up as Jose Mourinho’s side enjoyed a 2-0 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday to close in on the top four and extend their unbeaten league run to 23 games.Rooney, who last started a game on March 4, was given the start for only the second time in 2017 in the absence of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and with Mourinho opting to start with in-form 19-year-old Marcus Rashford on the bench.  (Christian Benteke earns Crystal Palace 2-1 win on return to Liverpool)Wayne Rooney: “Thursday will be two great teams playing. Its always a massive game for the city and its a fight for the top four” #BURMUN pic.twitter.com/8f9uNcwKMR- Premier League (@premierleague) April 23, 2017It was his French strike partner Anthony Martial though who opened the scoring at Turf Moor in the 21st minute, breaking from midfield and then finishing in style after a swift exchange with Ander Herrera. (Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1 to reach FA Cup final with Chelsea)”Fantastic!”Hear from a proud Jose Mourinho as he tells #MUTV what pleased him the most about today’s win… #MUFC pic.twitter.com/jCoYv3YKbW- Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 23, 2017Rooney made it 2-0, with his 251st goal, in the 39th minute, reacting well to poke home from close range after Burnley keeper Tom Heaton failed to hold on to a low shot from Martial.last_img read more

Sushil Kumar set to represent India in the 2018 Commonwealth Games

first_imgSushil Kumar emerged triumphant in trails conducted for selection of India’s wrestling representatives for 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday.The two-time Olympic medallist will now be representing India in the Commonwealth Games next year, to be held at Gold Coast, Australia, in April.Sushil defeated Jitender Kumar 4-3 in the final qualification round for 74kg category at the KD Jadhav Stadium in New Delhi.He has previously won two gold medals for India in the Commonwealth Games — in 2010 in New Delhi and 2014 in Glasgow.After the Glasgow Games, Sushil suffered injuries and even missed the 2016 Rio Olympics.In a controversial battle with Narsingh Yadav, Sushil Kumar fought hard, both through legal ways and otheriwse, asking for trails to be conducted.Sushil eventually failed to win the battle against Narsingh but the latter was caught in a doping controversy ahead of Rio Games, which spoilt his chances in the mega event.He returned to action at the National championships last month, and had recently won gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg.Meanwhile, in an incident which should have been avoided, alleged supporters of Sushil and his opponent Parveen Rana clashed at the stadium.The scuffle allegedly broke out after Parveen bit Sushil during a trial match.”It’s very unfortunate and highly condemnable what has happened today at the stadium. I do not support anyone who gets violent in between sportsmanship. My aim is to fight and win for my Nation like a true sportsman and not to win against any group or individual #JaiHind,” Sushil tweeted reacting to the incident.advertisement(Courtesy: ANI)last_img read more

Ashes 2017: Australia crush England by innings and 123 runs at Sydney to clinch series 4-0

first_imgAustralia wrapped up a 4-0 series victory by winning the fifth and final Ashes Test by an innings and 123 runs on Monday.England captain Joe Root eventually succumbed to illness and the lower order could muster little resistance after lunch on the fifth day.Josh Hazlewood took the final wicket to dismiss the hosts for 180, as Joe Root’s battling half-century after being released from hospital and allowed to resume batting Monday briefly gave the embattled tourists hope of salvaging a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground.England’s slip toward a humbling 4-0 Ashes series defeat hastened quickly on the final day, as Pat Cummins blew away the lower order after lunch with pace and short pitched bowling to finish with 4-39, with spinner Nathan Lyon taking 3-54.Australia’s bowling attack – the potency of which has been one of the main points of difference between the two sides – mopped up the last four batsmen at the cost of just 36 runs after the break at Sydney Cricket Ground.Paceman Pat Cummins removed Jonny Bairstow (38), Stuart Broad (4) and Mason Crane (2) to finish with figures of 4-39, while Nathan Lyon (3-54) had taken the only wicket of the opening session as he continued his dominance of Moeen Ali.Josh Hazlewood performed the coup de grace when he had James Anderson caught behind for two.Australia’s batsmen also played a full part in the return of the coveted urn, with Mitchell Marsh, his brother Shaun and Usman Khawaja all getting into three figures as the hosts made 649 declared in their reply to England’s first innings 346.advertisementFIGHTING SPIRIT(AP Photo)England managed only three centuries to Australia’s nine over the series, with home skipper Steve Smith alone matching their tally.The tourists will, however, take pride from refusing to buckle despite being outclassed in four of the five tests and Root’s determination to bat on Monday while clearly unwell typified their fighting spirit.The 27-year-old was 42 not out with England 93 for four – still 210 runs from forcing Australia to bat again – at close of play on day four but experienced diarrhoea and vomiting overnight and was taken to hospital for treatment.England initially said he was treated for severe dehydration but later revised the diagnosis to viral gastroenteritis that had nothing to do with Sunday’s high temperatures at the ground.The skipper reached the ground in time for the start of play but out-of-form Moeen went out to bat in his stead, making 13 before almost inevitably falling lbw to Lyon.Off spinner Lyon dismissed the all-rounder seven times in nine innings over the series with four of those leg before decisions.Root received an ovation when he came out to resume his innings and had soon secured his 37th test half century with three runs to fine leg.He suffered a recurrence of the symptoms during the lunch break, though, and Tom Curran, who finished the day 23 not out, came out to bat in his place for the second session, leaving Root retired hurt for 58.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

A-Roid Ain’t Talkin’ Ste-roid

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8 1/2 minutes about his season-long drug suspension.But on his first day back with the team since September 2013, he never said why he resumed the use of performance-enhancing drugs, never explained what he did and avoided getting into any specifics.“I cringe when I look at some of things I did,” Rodriguez said, surrounded by about 40 reporters on the sidewalk outside the Yankees minor league complex.“No mistake that I made has any good answer, no justification. It’s unexplainable, and that’s on me. I’ve dug a big hole for myself. Paid a price.”New York asked him to hold a pre-spring training news conference at Yankee Stadium, but Rodriguez declined. The Yankees told them they didn’t want him holding one at Steinbrenner Field, where they felt it would be a distraction.So Rodriguez improvised.Wearing a green University of Miami sweatsuit, he arrived at Steinbrenner Field on Feb. 23d morning for his physical, three days before the first workout for Yankees’ position players. Shortly before 1 p.m., he showed up at the minor league complex, a little less than 1 mile away, carrying what appeared to be a tan bat box.After changing into Yankees’ shorts, a T-shirt and a spring training cap, Rodriguez worked out for about an hour. He hit six home runs in 71 swings and took grounders at shortstop.Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and General Manager Brian Cashman say Chase Headley will be their starting third baseman and Rodriguez will compete for at-bats at designated hitter.Rodriguez called Headley an “excellent addition” to the team. Rodriguez did not take grounders at first base.“I’m willing to try,” he said. “When Joe needs me, I’m going to be ready. I’m here early, trying to get a jump-start. It’s a process. It’s going to take time.”Suspended for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez apologized to team officials during a meeting at Yankee Stadium on Feb. 10 and to fans in a statement last week. His handwritten statement to fans offered no details.“I’m fortunate for a lot of people, especially the commissioner’s office, the players’ union, the Yankees to give me an opportunity to play the game that I love,” he said.Asked whether he thought the Yankees’ organization was on his side, Rodriguez said he didn’t know.“You’d have to ask them,” he responded. “I created a big headache for a lot of people. So, I don’t blame whoever is mad at me.”When asked if at any point he would address specifics regarding his mistakes, Rodriguez answered: “Right now I’m just focused on making this team. Obviously, it was a rough year.”Before speaking with reporters, Rodriguez spent 10 minutes signing autographs for a group of around 50 fans, who all cheered him.Rodriguez stopped his SUV near the complex entrance, got out and walked toward the fans, who surged forward and semi-surrounded him. He also posed for photos with many of them, interacting with questions like “Where are you from?”When he was done, Rodriguez turned to the group of reporters and said, “Let’s keep this nice and short.”He said he has no plans to address Yankees teammates as a group.“I have a lot of good relationships in there,” Rodriguez said. “Stayed in touch with a lot of them. I feel welcomed back.”Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, has not played a full season since 2007 because the suspension, operations on both hips and other injuries.“I don’t know. … We’ll see,” Rodriguez said about his body holding up. “If I stay healthy, I can do good things.”He admitted in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03 while with Texas. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Rodriguez for 211 games in August 2013, citing conduct from 2010-12 uncovered during MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic, which was based in Coral Gables, Florida, not far from Rodriguez’s home.Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced the penalty to the 2014 season, finding “clear and convincing evidence” Rodriguez used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct baseball’s drug investigation. The suspension cost Rodriguez just over $22 million of his $25 million salary last year.Rodriguez said it’s not for him to say if the penalty was fair.“There’s a system in place,” Rodriguez said. “I paid my penalty. I’m moving on.”Rodriguez also sued Major League Baseball, the players’ association and the Yankees’ team physician, then dropped the cases.He is owed $61 million in the final three seasons of his $275 million, 10-year contract. A marketing agreement signed at the time of his contract provides for five $6 million bonuses he could earn for historic achievements; the Yankees told him they don’t plan to pay those.When asked what he would have done differently the past two years, Rodriguez responded by saying: “I don’t have time for that.”(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sevilla’s Ben Yedder sends Manchester United crashing out of Europe

first_imgManchester United The truth was that if Sevilla had taken their opportunities United would have been in serious strife as the second half kicked off. As it was they stared down the barrel because of the away goal rule, knowing if Montella’s team scored they would need two, which United had not managed against Spanish opposition since 2003, home or away in the competition.Yet, the rot continued. Correa produced a scare when he was found in space in front of De Gea. As he went to shoot Bailly swooped and made a crucial tackle to clear the danger.United’s problem was as obvious as their inability to solve it: a lack of composure despite Mourinho having the interval to put this right. Quick guide Manchester United player ratings Read more This elimination of Manchester United from the Champions League was deserved. José Mourinho’s team barely raised a whimper against a Sevilla side who finally took their chances through the substitute Wissam Ben Yedder.The best context to place this in is Vincenzo Montella’s team are fifth in La Liga with a goal difference of minus six and had won only two of their six Champions League group games. Share via Email Read more Sevilla Show Share on LinkedIn Barney Ronay Sergio Rico Good save to prevent Fellaini scoring on one of few occasions when United broke through. 7Gabriel Mercado More troubled by Young’s runs down the left than Sánchez. Dealt with Rashford in second half. 6 Simon Kjaer Initially seemed likely to be bullied by Lukaku, ended up standing up to him quite well. 7Clément Lenglet Some important blocks, particularly from Sánchez and Lukaku. Strong defensive leader. 8Sergio Escudero Solid shift at left-back, mostly managed to keep Rashford quiet until he crossed to other wing. 6Steven Nzonzi The usual mix of deft touches and effective defensive screening and one or two optimistic shots. 7Éver Banega Industrious midfield presence, covered a lot of ground as busy foil to Nzonzi’s more languid style. 8Pablo Sarabia Set up opportunity for Muriel in first half. A couple of balls into box deserved better finishing. 8Franco Vázquez Could not profit from a couple of early half chances, passing wayward at times, but always a threat. 8Joaquín Correa Early chance from Banega corner but headed over bar. Promising runs but diffident finishing. 7Luis Muriel Narrowly wide with good chance to open the scoring in first half. Only half chances after that. 6Subs Ben Yedder (for Muriel 72) Only took a couple of minutes to provide the finish that Sarabia’s prompting had been crying out for. 9, Pizarro (for Vazquez 88) n/a, Geis (for Correa 89) n/a Topics Share on Facebook Show Thank you for your feedback. Vincenzo Montella changed two players, too. The cup-tied Miguel Layun plus Nolito, who was a reserve, were excluded for Simon Kjaer and Joaquin Correa.At the start United’s tempo was good, though this also suited their opponents. After pressing Mourinho’s men Éver Banega delivered a first corner for Joaquin Correa to glance a header that just cleared De Gea’s bar.Further uncertainty ensued when Antonio Valencia hesitated, mishit a punt out of his area and Franco Vázquez blasted wide. Later Eric Bailly gave the ball to Vázquez, Luis Muriel pulled the trigger and United were relieved when his radar proved awry. Hide ‘This has happened at United before’: José Mourinho plays down limp exit Quick guide Sevilla player ratings center_img Share on WhatsApp Banega outshines Fellaini and shows Mourinho what he’s missing Edin Dzeko sends Roma through against Shakhtar and into last eight Lingard did manage a shot on target, which Rico turned away for a corner. From this Rashford eventually whacked the ball across goal and found no one. Now came a rare flash of Alexis Sánchez brilliance as he skipped away from three black shirts and curved the ball to Rashford but the forward could only smack the ball into the stands. Mourinho had seen enough and on the hour sent on Pogba for Fellaini.Disaster was about to strike via Sevilla’s substitution, bringing on Ben Yedder, who has a knack of scoring against English sides. He was Sevilla’s saviour in the autumn, scoring three against Liverpool across their two drawn group games.After the opener Mourinho threw on Mata for Valencia and Anthony Martial for Lingard but Ben Yedder headed a second – his eighth for the season in Europe – and United were heading out. For Mourinho the inquisition now begins. David de Gea Quiet until Ben Yedder came on, will not enjoy replays of the scramble that led to the second goal. 6Antonio Valencia Did not manage to get forward as much as usual, had his hands full trying to keep Correa quiet. 5Eric Bailly Lucky to get away with early error, made up for it with superb tackle to prevent Correa scoring. 7 Chris Smalling Found it hard to keep track of Vázquez’s movement, good block on Ben Yedder late in game. 5Ashley Young Was having a decent game until he lost Ben Yedder at the far post from a corner for second goal. 7Marouane Fellaini Not easy to see why he was preferred to Pogba, yet created United’s best chance of first half. 6 Nemanja Matic Quiet game, missed his chance to intercept move that led to first goal, assist for Lukaku goal. 6Jesse Lingard Confident running on and off the ball, found himself coming ever deeper in search of possession. 6Alexis Sánchez Dangerous but too many of his ideas failed to come off, resulting in lost possession. 6Marcus Rashford Mostly isolated on the right, better on left, made some powerful runs when ball came his way. 7Romelu Lukaku Barnstorming opening followed by a quiet first half. Emphatic finish for goal. 7Subs Pogba (for Fellaini 60) Made no difference Gave ball away with one of his first touches, passed straight into touch in stoppage time 5, Martial (for Lingard 77) n/a, Mata (for Valencia 77) n/a Was this helpful? Already this had the feel of a long night for Mourinho’s men. An inability to slow the contest down and retain possession was the issue. An illustration came when Young hit a hopeful 40-yard pass to Lukaku that went to Clement Lenglet when a short ball to a nearby team-mate was required. The contest was bypassing United’s midfield in the hope that Fellaini or Lukaku could make something happen from a hail Mary dropping on them from the Manchester sky.Any trickery there was came from the Spanish side. Marcus Rashford was the next to cede the ball cheaply and in a trice United were turned and Muriel was beating De Gea with a shot that rolled wide of his left post. When Rashford did discover subtlety with a chip into the onrushing Lukaku, the No 9’s touch was non-existent. This showed how uneven United were. As the first half neared the break it had been akin to a rough and tumble Championship affair of little rhythm.United were missing Pogba and it was uncertain if he would be introduced at some point to try to turn the tie.Fellaini then drilled a left-foot effort that warmed Sergio Rico’s fingers: it was about as good as United’s first half got. Thank you for your feedback. Mourinho’s failure to guide his team into the quarter-finals is further compounded by how the maligned David Moyes did take United through to the last eight four years ago.Ben Yedder had only just been introduced yet the space the Frenchman luxuriated in for the opener meant the forward could hardly fail to score from Pablo Sarabia’s pass. His second was as scruffy as United were slipshod as he beat Ashley Young to a header which was touched on to the bar by David de Gea, dropped down and after one bounce spun over the goalline.Romelu Lukaku grabbed one back minutes from time but this dismal defeat that had Old Trafford emptying before the final whistle means United can realistically now claim only the FA Cup.Mourinho made two changes from Saturday’s win against Liverpool, replacing Scott McTominay with Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata with Jesse Lingard. Following a thigh injury Paul Pogba was kept on the bench and whether he was fit to start was moot and his absence would prove telling as Fellaini and Nemanja Matic never controlled the contest. match reports Share on Twitter Read more Hide Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Champions League Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

How to be a football coach: Amy Lawrence swaps her laptop for the pitch

first_imgShare via Email Amy Lawrence coaches from the sidelines at the Douglas Eyre sports centre in Walthamstow, north-east London. Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi/Guardian The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Pinterest Share on LinkedIn features Share on Twitter Topics Footballcenter_img With the potential sale of Wembley falling through, and its projected short-term windfall for grassroots, the FA must continue its quiet push to increase the number of qualified coaches working with football-mad youngsters in parks, recs and indoor halls. An estimated 17,000 new coaches will pass their Level One this season. At the turn of the millennium, less than 1% of grassroots teams had a qualified coach. In 2018 there are around 70,000 teams nationwide and 89% are led by a qualified coach. The target is 100%, and the FA recently modernised the course to try to strike more chords with people it regards as the lifeblood of grassroots. “When Level One was introduced 18 years ago, the big debate was should the resource be on VHS or DVD. Now so much is done in the digital world via mobiles and tablet – the workplace is changing all the time – and we aim to reflect that,” an FA spokesperson says.The most obvious change is taking so much of the learning on to the pitch. Absorbing practical experience is at the heart of it all. “I want you to be the coach you want to be. I don’t want you to be me. Find your coaching identity,” says our tutor Dr Colin King, a wise observer of human behaviour who filled our course with a mix of thought-provoking questions and wisecracks about Crystal Palace.Our group was a mixed bunch – 14 men and five women, with a range of accents including Sudanese, Iranian, Bulgarian, Italian and Vietnamese. Among us was a coach driver, a mortgage adviser, an IT guy, a former banker, a tennis coach, a student, a terrible stand-in five-a-side goalkeeper and one person who answered the question: “What do you do?” with a vaguely dazed: “I am still finding out.” Dr King asked how much sleep we had and whether we took on any fluids and breakfast. A smattering of hands went up. Twitter Share on Facebook The course also helps coaches with essential challenges off the pitch, with modules about safeguarding children and an introduction to first aid. There was a lot packed in and at the end, armed with a qualification, we felt ready and motivated to do our bit for a new generation who love playing football.The number of active footballers in England who play on a regular basis is 11 million. Some three million of them are youngsters. The London Leopards programme is an example of how local football associations are keen to encourage more female coaches by supporting them through the Level One and shadowing professional coaches.Our group came into Level One from a variety of places: Charlie just couldn’t let go of football once he stopped playing. Steve was helping out with his son’s under-seven team and hoped to understand how to develop players better. Kayo was there because he wanted to help young people in his community. Caroline had ambitions as a potential career path but was equally open to volunteering in the park. Stefano used to play semi-pro but had to retire through injury. Nicky gave up a high-pressure job and wanted to start a franchise.The impression Level One made was clear when Dr King asked how many of us wanted to take Level Two. A good show of hands, and a smile from our tutor, said it all. According to FA records, since 2010 it has processed 200,574 coaching qualifications from Level One to the Uefa pro licence. In terms of the ratio of players to coaches, England remains on catch-up compared with the European countries held up as the great success stories. Whether it is Iceland, which insists on at least a Uefa B standard coach to guide young footballers from the age of 10, or the production lines from the recent World Cup winners France, Germany and Spain, there is an awareness that grassroots coaching in England needs attention.So here we are half an hour into our course in Walthamstow, paired up with a partner and given a few minutes to plan a session to deliver to the rest of the group. Suddenly we are nervously laying out cones and bibs and trying to explain the aim of our game. One of the aspiring coaches came up with a drill with a warning: if you don’t reach five consecutive passes you must do 10 press-ups. Dr King’s face was a picture. Positive messaging is a big thing in the FA’s current coaching philosophy. “What does it do for a player if he is punished for making a mistake or not being able to do the task?” he asks.Over the five days, the standard of coaching and confidence levels grew. Improving players, encouraging players and prioritising their needs rather than your own fancy ideas as a would-be Pep is fundamental. The England DNA is a theme that keeps coming up. There is a strong feeling the FA wants to create a culture of coaching that starts right at the first young kicks of grassroots. Facebook To coach elite child footballers, size – not age – matters Share on WhatsApp Turning up for a Football Association coaching course with a fractured hand damaged during an ill-fated stint in goal was never going to be a good look. Luckily, the FA’s Level One coaching course was surprising enough that even the appearance of being utterly ill-suited to it did not turn out to be a massive disadvantage.There were a few preconceptions about the learning experience walking into the Douglas Eyre sports centre in Walthamstow, north-east London. Tables and chairs laid out, a learning journal and pen awaiting us, a projector and a much-needed urn of coffee heating up. It looked as if we were in for a series of lectures. But Level One has gone through a transformation. After a quick introduction it was time to get thrown in at the deep end and head straight for the pitch. You want to coach? Get out there and do it. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

NH10 opens for Sikkimbound traffic rain affects NH55

first_imgDarjeeling: With 8 days of incessant rainfall, the Kurseong Darjeeling stretch of the National Highway 55 has been affected. However, the National Highway 10 to Sikkim opened up on Friday evening.Meanwhile, a land slip occurred below the Thoteykhola culvert on National Highway 10 at Tung around 8 km from Kurseong. The culvert has stated sinking as a result. Heavy vehicles have been stopped from plying owing to this and the road is open to one-way traffic for light vehicles. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersVehicles plying from Darjeeling to Kurseong are taking a detour via Dilaram, Bagora, Chimney and then to Zero Point, Kurseong. From Kurseong to Darjeeling, light vehicles are plying through Tung. Debris was cleared at Setijhora, opening up NH-10 to Sikkim to vehicular traffic at around 6:30 pm. The NH-10 had been closed down since Wednesday afternoon. The Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang had to take a detour via Darjeeling while returning to Sikkim on Friday afternoon. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTwo detours were open for vehicles plying to Siliguri from Sikkim and Kalimpong before NH-10 opened up. The routes are Kalimpong-Teesta Bazar-Peshok-Jorebungalow-Kurseong-Siliguri and Kalimpong-Algarah-Lava-Gorubathan (Pandara More)–Damdim–Odlabari-Mongpong-Coronation Bridge-Sevok-Siliguri. A Sikkim vehicle plying from Rongpu via Birikdanra, Lanku to Siliguri met with an accident at 3:30 pm in Birikdanra. There were 8 persons in the vehicle, including the driver. The condition of 3 is reported to be critical. All were taken to Rambi primary health centre, from where the 3 were referred to Siliguri. Meanwhile the body of Aman Garg was fished out of River Teesta at Gajoldoba in Jalpaiguri district.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral welcomes start of Somali reconciliation meeting

Urging that efforts are continued to ensure the broadest participation possible in the process, he “commends the determination of the National Governance and Reconciliation Committee and the Somali delegates to proceed with this important event in the face of many obstacles,” according to a statement released by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban also condemned the recent violent incidents and threats intended to thwart the Congress, and called on opposition groups – both within and outside Somalia – to renounce violence and participate in the Congress to further the cause of reconciliation.Stressing that this Congress is the beginning of the consensus-rebuilding process, he pledged the UN’s support for continuing “all-inclusive efforts at national reconciliation and greater international assistance to help bring peace and stability to Somalia.” 13 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he wishes a “successful beginning” to the National Reconciliation Congress set to begin this weekend in the Somali capital Mogadishu. read more

Cannabis store sales add up to 43 million in first two weeks

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says sales at cannabis stores in the two weeks after legalization totalled $43 million.The agency started collecting data for in-store and online sales from cannabis retailers as of Oct. 17, when fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds became legal for recreational use in the country.The first set of data released Friday as part of the agency’s broader monthly retail trade figures only encompassed two weeks, but will reflect a complete reference month in the future.Efforts underway to convert 10 Coffee Time shops into cannabis stores in Ontario‘Consolidate, or get left behind’: Aleafia scoops up Emblem in first significant cannabis merger since legalizationUse cash, not credit, Privacy watchdog warns legal cannabis buyersStatistics Canada says different retail structures in each province and territory affected cannabis availability across the country.The agency says retail figures will vary as new stores continue to come on line and the marketplace evolves.Recreational pot supply shortages have been a persistent problem since legalization with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently calling the supply shortfall the biggest challenge associated with the change. He noted, however, that he expects the problem to disappear within a year.Edibles have yet to be allowed to be legally sold, but Health Canada released draft regulations Thursday for the sale of edibles. They will become legal no later than Oct. 17, 2019.The regulations, which ask for public input until Feb. 20, would restrict the sale of cannabis-infused booze, and packaging or labelling beer or wine products together with cannabis.Packages of edibles won’t be permitted more than 10 milligrams of THC, while extracts and topicals could not exceed 1,000 milligrams of THC.The regulations propose restrictions on ingredients that could make the products more appeal to children, as well as requiring plain and child-resistant packaging that displays a standard cannabis symbol with a health warning. read more

UN mission in Sudan says AU will increase security to allow humanitarian

After several instances of armed men looting humanitarian assistance in the troubled Darfur region of western Sudan, the African Union (AU) has agreed that its peacekeeping forces will increase security in designated areas, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said today.The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator, Manuel da Silva, travelled to Geneina on Monday to discuss with the Government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the AU ways to curtail the security violations that are seriously affecting humanitarian operations in West Darfur.“An agreement was made with the African Union to increase security along the main routes and efforts are expected from government authorities to improve the operating environment for humanitarian work in the area,” UNMIS said.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner agencies have distributed about 96 metric tons of food as part of its assistance to 7,689 people affected by floods in Damazine, Blue Nile state, the mission said. In the areas worst affected by the floods, 2,728 people received two months of half- rations, while about 4,961 people in locations less affected are receiving a half-month ration, it said.In another complication, nearly a third of Sudan, Africa’s largest country, is suspected of being contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO) – landmines, bombs, ammunition – but lack of capacity, the size of the country, weather conditions and difficulty of movement have inhibited clearance activities, it said.Due to lack of survey capacity and an effective victim reporting system, especially for south Sudan, the exact number of landmine/UXO victims remains unknown. “In terms of victim statistics, we have 1,789 casualties reported to our offices and recorded in the database,” UNMIS said, quoting the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).In south Sudan, meanwhile, four attacks on isolated villages near the town of Torit, East Equatoria State, have been attributed to Sudanese-based Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), but the identities of the attackers have not been confirmed, the mission said.The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) will begin repatriating thousands of Sudanese refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of the year, it added. read more

UN Liberia mission opens two renovated courthouses

The buildings in Kakata, Margibi County, and Gbarnga, Bong County, were renovated through the UN Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) Quick Impact Projects.During Friday’s ceremony marking the opening of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Kakata, the Officer-in-Charge of UNMIL said improving the judicial infrastructure is an essential part of strengthening the justice system and re-establishing the rule of law in Liberia.“It is incumbent upon all members of the judiciary, the prosecution and the public and private defence bar to play their part by performing their duties and functions in a manner characterized by dignity, fairness, transparency and integrity,” said Luiz Carlos da Costa.Later speaking at the Gbarnga Judicial Circuit Court, Mr. da Costa said the equal treatment of all persons, whether rich or poor, would engender greater public confidence in the system.“The principles of equality before the law and due process of law must be upheld,” he said. “There is no place in the justice system for corruption and discrimination.”He also urged the review of several laws, including the bail law, to make them more effective.“The issue of bail for very serious offences is of grave concern and is a clear and present danger to an effective judicial system,” said Mr. da Costa.The development challenges facing Liberia were one of the “Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About” released by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) earlier this year. read more

Ohio State senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr Losses embarrassing for Buckeyes

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) drives to basket for a shot during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70, in overtime.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAt first, it was easy to push Ohio State’s four-game losing streak under the rug like a lump of dust.The Buckeyes beat Illinois, 62-55, Jan. 23 to get a taste of winning back in their mouths, but after yet another loss — a 71-70 overtime setback to Penn State (11-10, 2-6) Wednesday — a big question sits in their minds. What is missing from this team?“Toughness. Character. Camaraderie. Leadership,” senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said after the loss. “And I take full responsibility for that. I gotta get back to what we need and pick guys up and try to do my best, even better job to try and carry this team this year as a senior.”Smith Jr. finished with 15 points for the Buckeyes (16-5, 3-5), but missed a free throw in the final 30 seconds of regulation and another in overtime, helping let a win to slip through his team’s fingers.A disappointed, disheveled and seemingly lost Smith Jr. sat next to fellow senior guard Aaron Craft during the postgame news conference, both trying to pinpoint where things went wrong.“This is, this, this is the … I can’t even talk,” Smith Jr. said, his voice cracking as he fended off tears. “This game, this hurts the most out of every game since I’ve been at Ohio State.”“We weren’t the tougher basketball team. We have the ball, chance to go up three, and we turn the ball over,” Craft said. “They go down, they got guys that wanna make plays, and they did it.“So, hats off to them. They’re excited, they did it, they did what they needed to do.”Smith Jr., staring off into space as reporters asked him questions, shook his head continuously as he spoke about the mood of the locker room.“We beat Illinois and everything was back to normal, everybody was happy. We act like we didn’t just lose four games in a row,” Smith Jr. said. “As a team, I don’t think we care enough.“These losses don’t hurt enough — this is embarrassing. Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now.”OSU has dealt with rough stretches early in the season before, dropping three out of four games during a stretch in February 2013 and then three of five through a period in February 2012. But in both of those seasons, the Buckeyes were able to bounce back to make a tournament run, advancing to the Elite Eight last season and the Final Four the year before that.But this time around, it feels different.“It does (feel different) because of the position we were in to win the basketball game,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “This was more than a winnable basketball game … but it just, it’s one of those things we got to, we gotta be a tougher physically and tougher mentally basketball team.”The five losses in six games likely will drop the No. 24 Buckeyes out of the top 25 rankings when they are announced early next week, and Wednesday proved that maybe they don’t deserve to be there.“Prior to (the Illinois) game, we lost everything. Our toughness, our team chemistry, our heads were down,” Smith Jr. said. “Once we got one win, we felt like we were winners again and reality, we lost four games and just ‘cause you win one it doesn’t … In this league, if you don’t come ready to play every night you’re going to lose as you see tonight. Their second win? Top 25 teams at home, don’t lose these games. And we lost.”The free fall of a program that was once ranked No. 3 in the country after ripping off 15 straight wins to open the season is evident, and even if Nittany Lion redshirt-junior guard D.J. Newbill’s jumper over Craft with 1.9 seconds left didn’t go through the net to finish off OSU, the team’s problems were still evident after it blew an 11-point lead with 7:58 left in regulation.“Obviously, I don’t like the position we’re in, but it’s the reality of it,” Matta said. “With what we put ourselves in, the position we’ve put ourselves in and we’ve got to fight our way out of this.”Things are not likely to get any easier for the Buckeyes as they continue to make their way through the Big Ten conference schedule. Up next, OSU is set to travel to No. 14 Wisconsin (17-4, 4-4) Saturday. Tipoff is slated for noon, as the Buckeyes look to get things back to normal in what are Smith Jr.’s and Craft’s final games at OSU.“Definitely my senior year, this is not what I had in mind. But I’ll never give up on my team, and I know that when we get a cause and we get hungry for wins, and we stick together and we become a team again, I’ll take us against anybody in the country,” Smith Jr. said. “But right now we gotta find what we’re missing.” read more