Sydney, Aug 22 (AFP) A leading Australian media personality sparked controversy today after lashing out at the nation’s Muslim community, saying they “share no common interest” with the rest of the country.Sam Newman, a former Aussie Rules football player who co-hosts the popular “Footy Show” on commercial television, was reacting after two leading Muslim players embraced in a show of solidarity before a game last weekend.Richmond’s Bachar Houli and Essendon’s Adam Saad hugged in a planned silent protest during the coin toss after Australian politician Fraser Anning used a speech in parliament to urge “a final solution” to immigration.Anning, who represents Queensland for Katter’s Australian Party, also called for a return to the White Australia policy that favoured “European Christians”.He was widely condemned, but Newman said the Australian Football League (AFL) was playing with fire by allowing political debate to creep into Australia’s most popular spectator sport.”Keep out of our minds… let people go to the games and not be lectured on politics by the AFL, the NRL the basketball or anyone else,” he told his Sam, Mike and Thommo podcast this week.But he also took aim at the Muslim community and said “70 percent of the people would agree with (Anning’s) sentiment”.”There are 600,000 Muslims in Australia, they share no common interest with what we’re on about,” said Newman, who has previously courted controversy over his views.”They have no common values, they preach to a different deity, they don’t generally nationalise, they colonise, and this has been a huge problem in Europe and is becoming a huge problem in America.advertisement”I don’t necessarily agree with what Fraser Anning said but there’d be a significant number of people in this country that would absolutely agree with what he said.”Why would the AFL think they’re being virtuous by getting those boys to shake hands? They’re being divisive.” His comments sparked a backlash on social media.”How much longer will you give this dinosaur airtime?” asked one person on Twitter, while another said: “He adds no value to the Australian or AFL communities.” Geelong Cats fan Renne-Poe-Munro said Newman’s “vile, racist vitriol” must have consequences, and Melbourne FC supporter Veronica Caramel urged the club to ban its players from appearing on his show.”It’s mortifying to see @melbournefc players that I otherwise respect appearing alongside someone as bigoted as Sam Newman. Please think about the message it sends,” she said.Anning’s comments were condemned from all sides of politics, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who said Australia was one of the world’s most successful multicultural societies.(AFP) AMSAMS
I’m afraid Jimmie Tramel’s amazing story on Barry Sanders got a little bit lost in the Bullets this morning so I wanted to highlight some of the more amazing parts of it and implore you to read the entire thing.First, this incredible story about how the 5’8″ Sanders once leaped over a football teammate for a dunk in a basketball game.Kenny Ford, a reserve quarterback during the Heisman season, recalled that Sanders “jumped over me” to dunk during a pickup game. Pressed for confirmation, Ford said the dunker could have been another Cowboy football player. But Ford, who shared a suite with Sanders and two other players, is absolutely sure Sanders “could nail a basket on a Nerf goal from anywhere around the room.”Leonard Hamilton confirmed No. 21’s hops.“He’s only 5-foot-10, but I’d use him to jump center,” Hamilton said, citing Sanders’ leaping ability. “We’d run an alley-oop play and we’d be assured of at least two points. I wish I had him. I’d find some a place for him to play.”There are also great stories involving the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, Tom and Jerry, and President Bush (41).Go read it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Klopp anticipating Spurs thriller after Man Utd snoozefest Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 01:18 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Premier League After a stifling draw against the Red Devils last week, the Reds boss believes his side will face more welcoming hosts in Tottenham Jurgen Klopp is relishing an attacking battle against Tottenham as Liverpool return to Premier League action for the first time since a sleepy goalless draw with Manchester United.English football’s most fabled fixture failed to live up to pre-match billing for the second season in a row at Anfield as the sides played out a cagey 0-0 draw.Liverpool 25/1 to win 3-2 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Reds perhaps worked out some of their frustrations in hammering Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.And Klopp believes a battle with Mauricio Pochettino at Wembley ought to leave fans with greater value for their entrance fee.”That’s a nice football game,” Klopp told a news conference. “It’s a game I think the supporters can look forward to.”Both teams don’t hesitate with any effort, any investment, stuff like this. Both teams are always spot on and want to do the best.Wembley awaits, and here’s what Jürgen had to say about returning there.Watch live and free: https://t.co/gAkx6HF3sl pic.twitter.com/ByswMN70Rn— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 20, 2017″So far Tottenham did better than we did results-wise but I’m sure they can play better than they played so far. We can play better than we played so far, so it’s a really interesting game. So far we did well but that’s all, nothing else.”Klopp added: “We have a challenge when we go there, they know it will not be an easy game so let’s play and see what happens.”I’m really looking forward to this game, you don’t have a lot of these games where both teams are going for everything.”It’s always against City like this and against Tottenham it is like this and that’s it pretty much.”Liverpool’s much-maligned defence kept Premier League top scorer Romelu Lukaku quiet last weekend, with Harry Kane providing another stern test on Sunday.Klopp pegged the England star as one of the world’s premier marksmen, while also pointing out the numerous other threats available to Pochettino.”Apart from [Kyle] Walker this year, nobody left,” Klopp said. “That’s a big job they did so far and will be a big challenge for them in the next few years because Harry is not only one of the best strikers in Europe, he’s one of the best strikers in the world 100 per cent.”Everyone knows that and Dele Alli as well and [Christian] Eriksen as well, not strikers but midfielders – they’re in good moment as a club.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Purdue football superfan Tyler Trent has become one of the best stories of the college football season.Trent was a freshman at Purdue this fall, until his battle with cancer forced him to leave school. His health has allowed him to make games over the last few weeks, though, and he was a big focus during Purdue’s dramatic blowout win over Ohio State in West Lafayette a few weeks ago.During that morning’s College GameDay, Tom Rinaldi profiled Trent, and he was interviewed again during the game from a box at Ross-Ade Stadium. After the win, he was let down to the field. The whole thing made for an amazing moment.Last weekend, hosting Purdue, Michigan State fans did a “cancer sucks” chant in honor of Trent.Tyler Trent is back at Ross-Ade Stadium for today’s Purdue football game against Iowa, and he led an awesome gesture.At the beginning of last season, Iowa fans began an awesome tradition called the “Kinnick Wave,” where fans at home games wave to the children watching from the hospital that overlooks Kinnick StadiumThe tradition has traveled a bit. Opposing fan bases have done it during games against Iowa, and Hawkeye fans even brought it to New York City for last year’s Pinstripe Bowl.Last year, Trent was in Iowa for the Kinnick Wave during Purdue’s game there. He called for Purdue fans to do it today.@TonyTrent10 and I had the honor of taking part in the wave last year and it is an experience I am forever thankful for. The least we can do is have @RossAdeStadium and the @rossadebrigade wave this Saturday. #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/cfI8UEV0Vu— Tyler Trent (@theTylerTrent) October 31, 2018Purdue played a message from Trent explaining the wave on the video board, and Boilermaker fans made it happen.We’re pleased to have @TheTylerTrent lead us in joining @HawkeyeFootball in the Kinnick Wave from West Lafayette. ??? pic.twitter.com/RXYtmBHzK3— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 3, 2018After @theTylerTrent’s message on the video board, fans at Ross Ade wave toward Iowa Children’s hospital in honor of the tradition started at Kinnick Stadium by the Hawkeyes. pic.twitter.com/Kumcrr2rW4— atreya verma (@atreya_verma) November 3, 2018.@BoilerFootball and @HawkeyeFootball play at @RossAdeStadium. Both sides come together in the battle against cancer by supporting @theTylerTrent and @uiowa Children’s Hospital for the famous wave. #tylerstrong #cancersucks pic.twitter.com/22VqeeQs2F— Alice Kang (@AliceMyNBC5) November 3, 2018Purdue is having another great season under head coach Jeff Brohm, and Tyler Trent’s continued presence has made the program one that every across the country can support, even fans of Big Ten rivals.Purdue leads the Hawkeyes 21-10 in the second quarter.
IPL 2019: AB de Villiers wants RCB batsmen to step up in home game vs MIIPL 2019: AB de Villiers also opined that bowlers are always going to find it tough in batting-friendly conditions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Royal Challengers Bangalore host Mumbai Indians at the venue on Thursday. advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 23:06 IST IPL 2019: AB de Villiers struggled to fire for RCB in their opener in Chennai on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe wicket at M Chinnaswamy Stadium is more often than not good for the batters: AB de VilliersAB de Villiers said RCB batsmen need to take more responsibility in their home game against MIRCB were bowled out for 70 in their IPL 2019 opener against Chennai Super Kings on SaturdayJasprit Bumrah may be one of the finest T20 bowlers going around but on a batting friendly track at the Chinnaswamy aided by short side boundaries, it ccouldput any bowler under pressure, feels AB de Villiers.Bumrah’s participation is doubtful due to his shoulder injury but RCB’s senior-most batsman said that even if MI fields their strike bowler, there are no guarantees of a sure shot result.”No one is perfect and yes Bumrah is a very good bowler but he is also not supposed to get it right all the time. Here the ground is not very huge and the wicket is more often than not good for the batters. For that matter, all the bowlers are under pressure here,” he told reporters on the eve of RCB’s first home encounter of the season against Mumbai Indians.Up to the batsmen to play a good game: De VilliersResponding to a dismal start to the IPL, De Villiers said the team need to play better cricket than the last game, especially the batsmen.”It is up to us batters to play a good game in the next match, assess the conditions well. Whichever wicket we are getting we need to play better cricket than the last game,” he said.RCB had a poor start to their IPL 2019 campaign after they were bowled out for a lowly 70 on a slow and turning track in Chennai.De Villiers said conditions were difficult but conceded his team should have still batted better than they did.advertisementDe Villiers said Bangalore did not have the luxury of having seamers and spinners that Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had at his disposal.”Dhoni had seamers but he also had spin back up. We did not have that luxury but I thought we had a fantastically balanced team that can play cricket on any wicket in the world. Obviously, looking back after the ball turned two meters, you want to play on a different wicket but no one was expecting it,” he said.Also Read | Chris Gayle’s body and energy don’t suggest he’s nearing 40: KL RahulAlso Read | Friends are making fun of me: KL Rahul on catch celebration vs RajasthanAlso Read | With World Cup in mind, KL Rahul promises to be more disciplined in IPL 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow RCB vs MIFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow M Chinnaswamy StadiumFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow AB de VilliersFollow MS DhoniFollow Jasprit Bumrah
Kolkata: State Power minister and MLA from Rashbehari Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay spent the night at a slum on Kabir Road on Friday. This is a part of the Janasanyog Yatra, a venture of the state government to build and develop contact with the masses.Following Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s instructions, all the legislators have taken part in the mass contact drive. Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, who is an MLA from the Kolkata Port area, had spent the night in the house of a party supporter last week. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee has asked the leaders of the party to build intimate contact with the people and listen to their grievances. “Go to the tea stalls and talk to the local people and try to find out from them what they want from us. People feel happy if we listen to their grievances,” she had directed. Chattopadhyay, who is a very popular figure in the areas under Rashbehari constituency, went to the venue at 8, Kabir Road and talked to the local people and party supporters. He is associated with Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaythe local clubs and takes part in all the movements that take place in the area like Safe Drive Save Life or Save Green Stay Clean. It may be mentioned that the mass contact drive has already become very effective. Didi Ke Bolo is the most popular programme now and the Chief Minister has personally looked after the complaints lodged by the people and addressed them. In North Bengal, party leaders like Gautam Deb, Rabindranath Ghosh and Arpita Ghosh have also taken part in the programme to develop contact with the masses. Trinamool has fared poorly in the last general election in Jangalmahal and North Bengal, where the party does not have a single MP. The mass contact drive has helped the party regain its strength in the grassroot level to a great extent.
New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail and challenging a lower court’s order sending him to judicial custody saying the case against him was “political vendetta” as the charges against him do not even make an economic offence nor was there any loss to the exchequer nor was it a bank fraud. In his application before the court, Chidambaram has argued that no public funds were involved in the case (INX Media case) and it is also not a case of bank fraud of taking money out of the county or defrauding depositors or stealing money from a company. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “In fact, in the present case, Rs 305 crore has come into INX Media (i.e. the investee company) as FDI, well within the approval percentage of 46.21 per cent of equity. Out of this Rs 305 crore, Rs 26 crore was invested in an Indian subsidiary company (namely INX News),” said the petition which went on to claim that the Foreign Investment Promotion Board was chaired by the Secretary, Economic Affairs and included four other secretaries (industry, commerce, external affairs and overseas Indian affairs) and the secretary of the administrative ministry concerned. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The petition said that the minister (Chidambaram) approved the file on the recommendations of the FIPB and secretary, Economic Affairs. The petition said that in CBI custody, Chidambaram was confronted with the then Under Secretary R. Prasad, OSD P.K Bagga, Director Prabodh Saxena, Joint Secretary Anup Pujari and Additional Secretary Sindhushree Khullar, all of whom were involved in processing the FIPB file. “All of the aforesaid persons have affirmed the correctness of the approval granted to INX Media. Neither of them has alleged any illegality in the approval. Further, neither of them has alleged that the Petitioner (Chidambaram) had given them any directions regarding processing of the file pertaining to INX Media,” said the petition. The petition also said that Chidambaram cannot tamper with the evidence as all the files are with the government and claimed that he was the victim of political vendetta.
MONTREAL — A prominent federal Green party candidate told an internet radio show Tuesday he wants Quebec to separate from Canada as soon as possible.Pierre Nantel, who won his riding south of Montreal for the NDP in 2011 and in 2015, said if a Quebec independence referendum were held, he would vote yes.The NDP expelled him in August after they learned he was courting at least one other party.Green party leader Elizabeth May confirmed later that month that Nantel would run under the Green banner in the same Longueuil-Saint-Hubert riding he has represented for the New Democrats.Nantel’s comments about Quebec independence came during a conversation with host Benoit Dutrizac of QUB radio about the province’s new secularism legislation, which forbids some public sector workers from wearing religious symbols on the job.May has criticized the bill but said she would accept “dissension” within party ranks on the issue. Nantel said he made sure before joining the Greens that he could openly support Bill 21, adding that he had told May she needed to “defend the nationalism of Quebecers in Ottawa.”Following that statement, Nantel said: “Let’s separate as fast as possible. But as long as we are here, let’s defend Quebec in the Canadian context.”Dutrizac seemed surprised by the comment, asking Nantel him why he hadn’t join the sovereigntist Bloc Quebecois. Nantel replied, “If I wanted to organize for Quebec independence, I would have gone into provincial politics. We’re talking about federal politics here.”A representative from the Green party was not immediately available for comment.The Canadian Press
Retired NBA Coach Phil Jackson is offering the chance for one lucky fan to spend the day with him in Los Angeles, learning the “Zen Master’s” basketball coaching secrets.Jackson has teamed up with online fundraising company Omaze to create this opportunity and raise money for the American Indian College Fund (the Fund).Donors must complete entries for a chance to meet Mr. Jackson via the Fund’s Facebook page or web site. Airfare and hotel are included in the trip, and donations are not required to enter for a chance to meet Mr. Jackson. The campaign is currently slated to end on Feb. 8.As part of the campaign, Mr. Jackson, a longtime supporter of the Fund, will show game tape of past championship series and explain how he prepared champion players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Mr. Jackson will also talk about how he developed his well-known Triangle Offense and other strategies that helped him win 11 NBA championships, the most in basketball history. Mr. Jackson retired from coaching in 2011.“The American Indian College is delighted that Mr. Jackson has donated his time and energies to illustrate the need for financial support for American Indian college students,” said Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “Not only is Mr. Jackson helping to raise money for scholarships, but he is also providing Native students with the valuable knowledge that he believes that with an education, they are all winners.”
Actor Stephan James and model Winnie Harlow may have careers that have led them far away from home, but their connection to Toronto is stronger than ever. In our cover story, shot on the streets of Little Jamaica, we find out what it takes to walk a path of your own creation and go up against the odds and win.WINNIE HARLOWWinnie Harlow is striding down Eglinton West in Toronto’s Little Jamaica like she’s on a runway in Paris. She’s wearing a floor-length houndstooth Chanel coat and not much else. Traffic has come to a halt as our photographer orbits her, and people passing by are scrambling for their phones so they can capture the moment. And this is definitely a moment. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is voicing optimism before he meets with representatives from China for trade talks Thursday.But Trump says “No final deal” will be made until he sits down again with Chinese President Xi Jinping “in the near future” to discuss “some of the long standing and more difficult points.”U.S. and Chinese negotiators on Wednesday opened two days of high-level talks aimed at settling a trade war that has weakened both economies.Trump tweets the meetings are “going well with good intent and spirit on both sides,” even though the odds seem stacked against any substantive resolution.Trump has set a March deadline for increasing tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.He says: “All of the many problems are being discussed and will be hopefully resolved.”The Associated Press
MOSCOW — Venezuela’s vice-president is visiting Russia, voicing hope for stronger ties with Moscow amid the U.S. pressure.Delcy Rodriguez said after Friday’s talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Venezuela will rely on supplies of food and medicines from Russia as it faces a U.S.-led blockade and hold the door open for more Russian investments.Lavrov reaffirmed strong support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and criticized the U.S. for waging a “cynical campaign aimed at ousting the legitimate government of Venezuela.” He strongly warned Washington against military intervention.Lavrov accused the U.S. and its allies of using economic sanctions and assets freezes to provoke a humanitarian crisis in the country.He said that Russia has delivered a humanitarian aid shipment to Venezuela and will provide more such assistance.The Associated Press
The government appealed the decision to the Federal Court and Justice Paul Crampton accepted its objection.“A group of people who have decided to travel to Canada on a particular ship,” is not “fundamental to a person’s basic humanity,” wrote Justice Crampton, and did not qualify as what are called “refugees sur place,” meaning those not refugees when they leave their homeland but become refugees through the circumstance of their case. In both, the men had been accepted as refugees under claims that publicity connecting the ships to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam placed all passengers at risk in their homeland by mere association. The court’s rejection of the claim could impact other cases still pending. The second case involves a 24-year-old Tamil who arrived aboard the MV Ocean Lady, which officials identified as a rebel arms smuggling ship. The claimant’s testimony, that he had previously been questioned by Sri Lankan officials about possible links to the LTTE and released, is evidence that the government knows he is not a hardcore member of the LTTE, the judge said.His case was sent back to the IRB for a fresh hearing.Justice Crampton made his decision Nov. 19 but it only disseminated publicly on Monday. The outcome contrasts with another IRB decision made Oct. 16 but released only last week. In the Sun Sea case, the IRB had accepted the 26-year-old Tamil man as a refugee even though he was not believed to be involved with the LTTE; just being on the ship could lead to persecution, the board said. IRB adjudicator Trudy Shecter accepted him as a refugee on the same grounds that Justice Crampton rejected.“If he were to return to Sri Lanka, he is afraid that the government would know or quickly learn, possibly from the Canadian government, that he travelled on the Ocean Lady and he would be subject to torture, death, and having his body thrown into the river,” her decision says.She found no evidence he was involved with the LTTE. The Federal Court of Canada has overturned the refugee status granted to a passenger aboard a smuggling ship linked to Tamil rebels, just as the refugee board extended protection on the same grounds to a Tamil passenger of a second smuggling ship, highlighting the difficulty in handling the two highly publicized mass arrivals.The overturned decision involves one of 492 Sri Lankan Tamil migrants who arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea in 2010; the newly granted asylum decision involves one of the 76 aboard the MV Ocean Lady in 2009. “I find, however, that the claimant’s profile changed when he chose to board the Ocean Lady, a ship that has been suspected of carrying LTTE members into Canada,” she wrote.The government is reviewing the IRB’s decision, said Alexis Pavlich, spokeswoman for Jason Kenney, Minister for Citizenship and Immigration.The seeming disconnect between the two cases highlights the difficulty in handling the many passengers found aboard the two boatloads of Tamils fleeing the conflict in Sri Lanka when they arrived in Canadian waters.The Sun Sea arrived Aug. 13, 2010, carrying 380 men, 63 adult women and 49 children. As of last week, 50 have been accepted as refugees, 63 have had their claims rejected and 23 claims were withdrawn.Deportation orders have been issued against 25; another 16 had admissibility hearings but were not ordered deported, with three non-deportation cases under appeal by the government.Of the 25 people ordered deported, 14 were members of the ship’s crew and involved in people smuggling, according to the IRB.Eleven were found to be members of a terrorist organization; two of those were also found to have committed war crimes. One man remains in immigration detention.The Ocean Lady carried 76 males, one a minor, when it arrived Oct. 17, 2009. As of last week, 15 had been accepted as refugees and 15 have had their claims rejected. One claim was withdrawn. Three have been issued deportation orders.Some on each ship also face criminal charges in B.C. for human smuggling — four from the Ocean Lady and six from the Sun Sea. (National Post)
The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit advance in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets also moved higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 127.35 points at 16,277.14.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 264.76 points at 26,150.77. The S&P 500 index was up 34.75 points at 2,923.43, while the Nasdaq composite was up 114.14 points at 8,010.13.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.29 cents US compared with an average of 75.27 cents US on Friday.The October crude contract was up 77 cents at US$55.58 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down 2.3 cents at US$2.18 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$12.30 at US$1,511.30 an ounce and the September copper contract was up 1.05 cents at US$2.61 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has received a $90,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to help with conservation work being done in Norfolk County.The foundation presented the award at a public celebration on Friday morning in St. Williams.The grant is being used to purchase a boat, which will help NCC continue its work controlling the phragmites found in wetlands in the county.The boat will help them reach locations where the plant is growing that are not accessible by land. It will also be used to transport staff and contractors between lands NCC owns around Long Point.“Phragmites has been identified as Canada’s worst invasive species, and it has had to beat out quite a few nasty plants and animals to deserve that title,” said Kristen Bernard, the NCC program director for southwestern Ontario.The plant has taken over many parts of Norfolk, but the lack of general knowledge regarding phragmites is a large concern.“Those of us here realize this incredible threat from phragmites, it truly is a monster,” said MPP Toby Barrett. “My challenge is to continue to raise awareness at Queen’s Park and to stress the importance of continuing to put resources into this battle.”The Ontario Trillium Foundation Grand River team covers Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk. It is their job to decide who receives the available grant money.Helen Schultz, a member of the OTF grant review committee, said the application was “unanimously received.”The NCC has received a total of $1.3 million in Trillium grants since 2013.“That’s a testament to the great work that they’re doing, not only bringing awareness to the general public about how ecosystems are essential to us all, but also encouraging all of us to be more ecologically sensitive,” said Schultz.Friday’s event at the St. Williams Community Centre included representatives from Bird Studies Canada, Long Point Region Conservation Authority, Long Point Fish and Game Club, Long Point Biosphere Reserve Foundation, Long Point Basin Land Trust, Norfolk Alternative Land Use Services, Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance, St. Williams Community Conservation Reserve Council.firstname.lastname@example.org
The United Nations estimates that between now and 2050, the number of older persons will rise from about 600 million to almost 2 billion. Commenting on the upheaval this transformation will cause, Mr. Annan said older persons are likely to lose traditional family support and social networks. “The shrinking size of the working population means older people are even more at risk of having to make do with inadequate pensions and medical attention,” he noted.Given these challenges, the international community must redouble its resolve to build a society for all ages, the Secretary-General said. “By helping families promote the active participation of their older members in society and development, we can ensure that older persons’ invaluable gifts and experience are put to use, and give them the opportunity to continue learning throughout life,” he said, adding that families can also serve to strengthen the bonds among generations and combat abuse, violence, disrespect and discrimination against older people. Mr. Annan emphasized that the elderly are a source of wisdom and experience. “Older people are intermediaries between the past, the present and the future,” he said. “They enrich the lives of younger generations, and are crucial in binding the family structure together.”
In the latest violence, Mayi Mayi Sheka fighters attacked Pinga, in North Kivu province, but left after a 30-minute gun fight with the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC), the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC (MONUSCO) reported.Around 1,000 civilians sought refuge during the confrontation near the UN Mission’s base in Pinga, but only 90 remained there today, the others having returned home.Briefing the Security Council yesterday by video link from Kinshasa, the DRC capital, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, warned that the positive atmosphere that prevailed last month following the defeat of the M23 rebel group has “vanished” and the region is going through a period of renewed turbulence.This has been marked by deadly attacks in eastern DRC by another rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the ongoing crisis in Central African Republic (CAR) and the eruption of fighting in South Sudan.The Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, signed by 11 nations last February, remains “the best chance” to achieve sustainable peace, security, cooperation and development in the Great Lakes Region, she said.In the same briefing Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for DRC Martin Kobler called the Framework a major milestone, along with the creation of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, which put all armed groups on notice that “we have the will and the means to take robust action at any time.“In the coming weeks, we will finalize the review of our military deployment across eastern Congo. We will then have a more flexible force. We need it to be more agile, ready to deploy when it is needed and where civilians are threatened, to take on the threat,” he added, also noting that peace in eastern DRC can only be durable if its root causes are addressed. “Restitution of State authority alone is not enough. Only regional cooperation and good governance will provide the peace dividend the population is expecting.” Today he strongly condemned the latest attack and sent his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and the Congolese people, stressing that MONUSCO will continue to work to consolidate the recent military gains.The DRC has been torn apart by civil wars and factional fighting since it became independent from Belgium in 1960, but with the support of a series of UN missions a measure of stability has been restored to much of the vast country over the past decade.But fighting between the Government and a variety of rebel and sectarian groups has continued to devastate the eastern regions, particularly North and South Kivu provinces. In March, the Security Council authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO, based in North Kivu province with a total of 3,069 peacekeepers, to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without FARDC, against armed groups threatening peace in eastern DRC.
Senior libero Valeria Leon goes through her service routine during a match against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Oct. 14. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorNearly 15 years ago, 7-year-old Valeria León and her older sister, Karina, were on their way to volleyball practice in their hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico. León’s grandfather took them to practice, as he did every day. León started to develop a passion for the sport of volleyball, and she began to sleep with her volleyball at night. She had no idea she’d be holding a place in Ohio State history just a handful of years later.Last week, senior libero León grabbed the title for most career digs in the women’s volleyball program during a match against Michigan State, but her journey to the top hasn’t always been easy. In fact, it’s been her against the world in many cases.León’s love for volleyball continued into high school at Colegio Sagrado Corazón De Jesús, where she was recruited by OSU coach Geoff Carlston. He said she stood out to him for a lot of reasons, but it was her determination that won him over.“She made hard stuff look easy and easy stuff look easy, but really I gravitated to her competitive aura and how she played the game,” he said. Coming to the United States for college wasn’t León’s first choice, but she said her mother wholeheartedly believed in her talent as a player and encouraged her to give it a try. “My mom used to tell me, ‘Just try it and if you don’t like it, I’ll be the first one to buy you a ticket to come back,’” León said. On her official visit to OSU, she immediately committed. She said she was blown away by the campus’ atmosphere. “I had other options, but I felt like Ohio State – it was the perfect one for me,” she said. At the time, León spoke little English, being a native Spanish speaker back in her Puerto Rican home. Everything was different in this new environment – communicating, learning and even some aspects of the game she had come to love were different. “I was dealing with so many outside things, like the language,” she said. “I had to go to tutoring for like eight hours every day because I couldn’t do the homework by myself.”Her team remembers it well. Being homesick while at college is one thing, but being homesick when your home is in another country is another. “She missed her family a lot. She missed home a lot. We all did, but it was different – she was in a completely new environment,” said senior middle blocker Kylie Randall. The team tried to support León in any way it could. Teammates walked her to classes, ordered food for her and took care of her like a sister, even though she had only been part of the OSU volleyball family for a short time.León could have given up and went back home where things were more familiar and comfortable, but she said when she finally decided to stick with it, she was thinking about more than just herself. “I had people behind me. They were excited and believed in me every single day, so I thought not giving up would make them proud,” she said. “People like my parents and my grandpa – he would go and drive me every single day to practice, and he never asked me for anything in return.”León also had her Buckeye family to rely on. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said she, Randall and fellow freshman Maggie Heim spent nearly every weekend with León during that first year, and they were able to bond outside of St. John Arena. Through the constant support of those close to her, León stayed with the program, and with time, she developed into one of the team’s strongest assets and a powerful leader. “She made it a point to make sure her voice was heard, even if she couldn’t say what she wanted to say,” Sandbothe said. Carlston said that, from a coach’s perspective, León is what holds the rest of his team together. “She does the maintenance. (She’s) the glue,” he said. “She does a lot of things for us.” León’s journey soared to a new level on Oct. 22 of this year when she broke the 12-year-standing record for most career digs in OSU women’s volleyball history with 1,586, a record set by National Player of Year Stacey Gordon. She said to see herself come this far is something she would never have dreamed of. “When you sign here and come here, you never think about stuff like that (breaking records),” she said. “Those are maybe goals or dreams someone has, but it won’t actually happen.” Grabbing the title was even more sweet for León because her family in Puerto Rico was able to see her do it. “What really hits me the most is that in that game (against Michigan State), my family was together back home watching. Bringing my family together is something really special for me,” she said. León’s mom and dad are able to come to the U.S. three or four times a year to watch her play. When they can’t, they watch her games online along with the rest of her extended family – which, she said, could be up to 25 people at one time. León isn’t the only Buckeye receiving international support. Freshman outside hitter Bia Franklin hails from Rio de Janeiro. León said she shares a special connection with Franklin because when she looks at her, she is able to see herself three years ago. “I love talking to her and telling her my story because, for me, it’s really important that she stays here and doesn’t give up,” León said. León’s team said that she is an inspiration to everyone she touches, and her journey has transformed her into not only a stronger volleyball player, but a stronger individual. Sandbothe said, “Seeing her accomplish these kinds of things … makes me trust in the journey and trust in the process and know that if you have people in your corner, you really can do anything.”León said she wants to see other players learn from her story. Carlston attributes that quality to her selfless and humble personality.“For me, it’s really important once I leave, I want (the underclassmen) to know how Buckeye volleyball does it,” León said. When her days donning the Buckeyes’ libero jersey are over, León hopes to keep playing the game she loves – but closer to those who inspired her to push through tough times. “One of the reasons why I want to play professional is my other family members who haven’t gotten the opportunity to watch me play,” she said. “They can watch me play (in Ponce), especially like my grandpa, he means the world to me.” There’s one thing Sandbothe said she has taken away from knowing León, and it’s the belief in achieving the seemingly impossible.“Someone who can have so many things against them and just being in really low points where you didn’t know if you could see the light or when it was going to get better, and she never gave up,” she said.
Nikolaj JakobsenRhein Neckar Lowe German handball powerhouse Rhein Neckar Lowen showed satisfaction with a work of the Danish coach Nikolaj Jakobsen by extension of contract until 2017 (previous was until 2016). Former coach of Danish Aalborg survived the toughest six months at the start of his Bundesliga career, keeping the chances for big results in two most important competitions – DKB Bundesliga and VELUX EHF Champions League.Successor of Gudmundur Gudmundsson maintained the level of high performance from the last few seasons in situation of making a new roster after era of Icelander in Mannheim.– Nikolaj doing a fantastic job and it looks as if he has always been here. After we determined our team for the future, it was also important for us to provide continuity on the bench, says Rhein-Neckar Löwen-director Lars Lamade to the club’s website.Nikolaj Jacobsen praised situation in RNL:– I feel very comfortable in Löwen, conditions here are impressive. I sense a lot of support for my work through the whole environment in Löwen, so for me it was not a question if I should extend my contract, says Dane. ← Previous Story SEHA statistics: Antl TOP scorer, Mikler best goalkeeper Next Story → Ivano Balic – coordinator for men’s handball in Croatia from June
Sporting director Michael Zorc is adamant that Jadon Sancho will be at Borussia Dortmund next year, despite the growing interest from rival clubsThe 18-year-old winger’s stunning rise to stardom since completing an £8m transfer from Manchester City to Dortmund in 2017 has earned him plenty of suitors.Sancho is a regular member of the BVB squad leading the Bundesliga this season and his exploits in Germany saw him being handed a call-up to the England national team.But Dortmund, who have an unfortunate history for selling their star players to rivals, have no intention of letting Sancho go right now.“Jadon knew it would be an unusual step to move here but it has been totally the right one. Courageous, too,” Zorc told ESPN.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He’s an outstanding talent and a big part of our future. We are convinced that we are the best option for him to keep developing.“He’s not finished yet. Not by a long stretch. And he will certainly play with us next year, come what may.”Sancho has managed seven goals and 10 assists in 24 appearances across all competitions this season for Dortmund.The teenage star is contracted at Signal Iduna Park until June 2022.