Demands to fire SF police chief reach crescendo – he’s out

first_imgUpdate: Chief Suhr was fired on 5/19 after the SFPD killing of another Black person that morning, a 27 year old woman.May 16 – As the Frisco 5 ended their 17-day hunger strike, which had the sole demand to fire San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, the campaign morphed into the Frisco 500. The Frisco 500 took over City Hall on May 6, when 33 people were arrested. This was followed by a 12-hour picket, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., around City Hall on May 9, with hundreds participating.That evening, an independent three-judge “Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement” announced scathing preliminary findings after a year-long study of the San Francisco Police Department. The panel was launched by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon after last year’s revelations of racist text messages among SFPD officers. The panel’s findings were coupled with publication of more accusations of racist slurs by SFPD officers.All this led to declarations by five San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 11 that San Francisco needed a new police chief. All sides are closing in on Chief Suhr with a resounding crescendo!Cops’ racist practices revealedSignificant findings in the panel’s draft release of May 9 to the San Francisco Examiner include:“The department engages in controversial ‘stop and frisk’ practices and there is a disparity when it comes to black and Latino citizens.”“Use of force practices and policing, which are undergoing major mandated changes, which include a federal review, following the Dec. 2, 2015, killing of Mario Woods, were found to be in dire need of updating. What’s more, the department’s internal data collection on use of force incidents is done in a way that discourages auditing and review from outside parties.”“There is no transparency in the disciplinary process … the disciplinary guidelines are outdated and there is little tracking of the outcome of discipline.”Investigations into police misconduct allegations by the department’s watchdog, the Office of Citizen Complaints, “rarely result in disciplinary consequences, and when they do, the discipline imposed is almost always mild.”Additional findings were reported during a panel presentation that evening (48hills.org, May 9):“Overall, the report shows, the department allows rogue officers to operate with impunity and there’s a profound lack of accountability at all levels.”“We find that the SFPD is, in fact, influenced by the [Police Officers Association] and the POA’s influence has been an impediment to open dialogue and sustained reforms.”Michelle Park Chiu, of the office of Morgan Lewis, said, “[The SFPD] ‘does not collect enough data to see if the use of force disproportionately impacts minority populations.’”“The discipline imposed by the chief of police is almost always mild, mostly just admonishment. There has not been one sustained complaint sent to the Police Commission (which can impose discipline of more than 10 days’ suspension) since 2012.”SF officials called for Suhr’s removalThe SFPD released details about another officer accused of racial slurs, which the Examiner reported on May 9. “Sgt. Lawrence Kempinski, a 17-year veteran who most recently worked in the Bayview Station, allegedly made the remarks in front of other officers who reported the incident. Kempinski allegedly said he only transferred to the station to ‘kill n—-rs,’ according to a source in the department.”This is on top of a Los Angeles Times report on May 7 that Gascon has thus far “identified 3,000 criminal cases that could have been affected by perceived bias by 14 officers” because of revelations of their racist, sexist and homophobic texts. “The texts,” the Times reported on April 3, “were exposed in a court filing during the trial of former SFPD Officer Ian Furminger, who was convicted and sentenced to 41 months in prison for corruption pending an appeal.”On May 11, Suhr’s dominoes were falling as four of 11 San Francisco supervisors, one by one, publicly announced their support for a new police chief. Supervisor Jane Kim called for a new police chief just before noon, reported the Examiner. Supervisors Dave Campos, John Avalos and Jane Kim called for Suhr to step down, reported 48hills.org at 3:30 pm. Finally, less than half an hour later, Supervisor Eric Mar joined the call for Suhr to resign.The community continues to pressure for Suhr’s removal. A press conference was held by the Frisco 5 on May 12, with three of the four hunger strikers. (Cristina Gutierrez, still recovering from fasting, was unable to attend.) A “Black and Brown Community Meeting” was held on May 14 to “unite and move forward with our goals for justice.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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AsIAm and SuperValu Online Seminar Series continues with ‘Covid-19: Structuring an…

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Advertisement LimerickNewsAsIAm and SuperValu Online Seminar Series continues with ‘Covid-19: Structuring an Unstructured World for Adults’By Meghann Scully – April 9, 2020 85 Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live AsIAm’s online seminar ‘Covid-19: Structuring an Unstructured World for Adults’, sponsored by SuperValu, will launch on their website tomorrow, Wednesday 8th April.The seminar is part of an ongoing series of seminars which offer support and useful information to the Autism community.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The community support events, proudly sponsored by SuperValu, previously ran in communities around Ireland but are now hosted online and shared on AsIAm and SuperValu’s social channels.The support seminars are driven by the autism community and delivered by autism experts and now focus on the changes that have arisen as a result of Covid-19.The next online seminar focuses on helping and supporting autistic adults who might be finding the current situation difficultThe ‘Covid-19: Structuring an Unstructured World for Adults’ online seminar will be given by Occupational Therapist Susan Madigan and will focus on tips for adjusting to life during Covid-19 including daily planning, self-regulation and organisation within the home and minding yourself.The seminar will finish with a Q&A session with questions submitted from the autism community in advance.Susan works in the Disability and Support Department at Dublin City University and specialises in the areas of student support services, neurodiversity and mental health.The seminar will be available from 7pm on Wednesday 8th April on the AsIAm website and on the AsIAm and SuperValu social pages.Commenting on this Adam Harris, CEO of AsIAm said “AsIAm delivers Community Support Seminars across Ireland with the kind support of SuperValu.“These seminars previously happened in different communities each month but are now available online. The online seminars focus on issues our community will find challenging arising from changes related to Covid-19.” he said.“Routine and structure are vital supports for autistic people, and we are all presently faced with major changes to our daily life from where we learn to who and how we keep in touch.“This is especially hard for the autism community and so our next seminar looks at how adults in the community can adjust to the changes.“Susan Madigan is an expert in neurodiversity and mental health, and we are grateful to bring her expertise to our community at this critical time.” he added.Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director said, “As sponsors of the community support seminars we are delighted these seminars are now online to support the autism community. Now more than ever we need to continue to support the autism community.” he explained.SuperValu is committed to raising understanding and awareness of autism among its customers and staff.With over 50,000 families in Ireland living with autism, those affected face barriers to inclusion because of the attitudes of people who may not have first-hand experience of autism.This programme is supported by SuperValu Ireland. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Previous articleIrish Social Business Campus offers support to social enterprises during the Covid-19 crisisNext articleLockdown puts wedding bells on hold Meghann Scully Email Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSAsIAmCoronaviruscovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostSupervalu Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApplast_img read more

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Class studies homelessness

first_imgFor many Notre Dame students, the concept of homelessness in America may only represent a social problem far removed from their lives, but senior Emily Salvaterra said she confronts the reality of the issue on a weekly basis. As students in Professor Benedict Giamo’s American Studies course, titled “Confronting Homelessness in the U.S.,” Salvaterra and her peers commit at least three hours per week to volunteering at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. “The whole idea of this class is to bring a national social issue into a local perspective,” Salvaterra said. “The experiential learning component is really important to understanding homelessness, and you don’t get the chance to do things like this in every class.” The course, which Giamo has taught since his arrival at Notre Dame in 1990, examines the conditions of extreme poverty and homelessness within the context of American culture and society. It studies the issue from historical, sociological and economic perspectives. However, Giamo said the experiential learning aspect of the course is crucial to students’ grasp of homelessness as a real issue. “I think it’s very important for students to account for homelessness as an academic area and as a real, living presence in contemporary society,” Giamo said. “Homelessness is still very much a social problem, and it has not been ameliorated.” Students sharpen their skills in integrating theory and practice by writing journal entries about each volunteer experience at the Center for the Homeless. They take on various service roles in their work at the Center, including tutoring, overseeing children’s activities, working at the front desk or in the kitchen and participating in after-school programs for children. In general, Giamo said he encourages his students to interact with homelessness as much as possible. “I want students to encounter and put a face on homelessness,” Giamo said. “The more students interact with the homeless, the more they will be able to understand individual stories of homelessness.” Salvaterra said she brought her previous experience as a summer intern at the Center for the Homeless into her academic and practical understanding of the issue during the course. “I’ve always been interested in issues of homelessness, so I went out of my way to take the class because I wanted to connect my academic pursuits with volunteering,” Salvaterra said. “Literally confronting homelessness at the shelter causes you to confront your own biases and learn about people in ways that you can’t in a regular class.” Academically, the course covers the issue of homelessness from the late 19th-century to the present day, highlighting the social and economic changes that contributed to shifts in patterns of homelessness in the U.S., Giamo said. He said he wanted to give his students a sense of the history of homelessness by studying the issue from its initial identification as a social problem. For this reason, the first half of the course focuses on poverty and homelessness in New York City and other urban areas from the turn of the century to the 1970s. “The social and economic forces of the Civil War helped create conditions of urban poverty after the war,” Giamo said. “At the end of the century, social investigators encountered the poor and homeless in slums and tenements, and they wrote about it for a middle-class American audience.” Giamo said he covers homelessness from 1980 to the present in the second half of the course. According to Giamo, the importance and effectiveness of the experiential learning aspect of the course comes through in students’ documentary accounts of their experiences, which “forces them to integrate the objective, ethnographic dimension of the experience with the subjective dimension — their own feelings and impressions about homelessness.” Giamo said students who have experience with the issue from their time studying abroad in London and Dublin now have intercultural ideas about homelessness. “It’s interesting because homelessness is a global problem in advanced industrial countries,” Giamo said. “Local microanalysis is at the center of this course, but we are aware that homelessness is a national and global phenomenon.”last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— The head of the Tokyo Olympics says 80% of the facilities needed for next year’s games have “basic approval” to be used. But organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori says “there are also venues that already have reservations from other users for next year.” Organizers say that two of the largest venues needed for the Olympics have not yet been secured. They are the 5,000-apartment Athletes Village and the Tokyo Big Sight. That is the venue for the main press center. Organizers are also still unable to say what the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost and who will pay. At other schools, coaches and players have organized team-wide voter registration efforts, marches and rallies.The protest were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes.The NCAA did not mandate a day off for athletes on election day, but instead encouraged schools to assist students in registering to vote and give them a day off from athletics.CINCINNATI-SCHOTT’S NAMEWhat’s in a name? Cincinnati grapples with Marge Schott Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-COLONIALVarner takes early 1-shot lead over SpiethFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — One spectator tried to sneak into Colonial on Friday, and it was hard to blame him with all the birdies and big names in contention during the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge. Harold Varner III opened with a triple bogey and still managed a 66 for an early one-shot lead. Right behind was Jordan Spieth (speeth). Rory McIlroy bogeyed the last hole and still shot 63. He was two shots behind, with Xander Schauffele (ZAN’-dur SHAWF’-lee) and Justin Thomas in the mix. Bryson DeChambeau had the hot hand in the afternoon and surged to -10, one shot off the lead and tied with Spieth.The PGA Tour has returned after three months because of the pandemic. And if the opening round felt like the first day of school, Friday was a small step toward normalcy, even without fans.AMERICA PROTESTS-TEXASTexas athletes: Rename buildings, drop ‘The Eyes of Texas’AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A group of University of Texas football players and athletes across several sports called on the school Friday to rename several campus buildings, change the traditional school song and donate a percentage of athletic department revenue to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. — The Kentucky Derby Festival won’t have any large-scale events this year, including the highly popular Thunder Over Louisville air and fireworks show that leads off the run-up to the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Oaks for fillies and 146th Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thunder Over Louisville was rescheduled for August, but Festival organizers announced last night that the air show and events such as the miniMarathon and Pegasus Parade are off.— Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have been canceled because of issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The sport’s governing body says it still hopes to deliver up to 18 races in the rearranged 2020 season. The first eight have already been confirmed and they start with a double-header in Austria in early July. The races in Azerbaijan and Singapore use street circuits and require long lead times to construct them. The Japanese Grand Prix was canceled because of ongoing travel restrictions during the pandemic. That was scheduled for Oct. 11.— The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has dismissed appeals by two Swiss soccer clubs who wanted to complete their league season despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Swiss soccer association voided the seasons of all leagues below the second division and scrapped promotion from the third division. Third-division league leader Yverdon Sport asked CAS to approve its promotion and both Yverdon and second-place Rapperswil-Jona appealed to the court to order the season restarted. The court says the Swiss soccer body did not violate its rules and dismissed the appeals one day after a fast-track hearing was held Thursday.— The Romanian soccer league’s first match following a three-month suspension has been postponed because a medical staff member at third-place club Botoşani tested positive for the coronavirus. Botoşani was to play at second-place Universitatea Craiova on Friday but the match has been called off. The league is now scheduled to resume on Saturday when Voluntari hosts Academica Clinceni. Another of the seven games scheduled for this weekend in empty stadiums was also postponed after a staff member of Dinamo Bucharest tested positive ahead of the team’s home game against Chindia Targoviste on Saturday.— English Premier League jerseys will feature “Black Lives Matter” instead of player names for the first 12 games after the competition’s shutdown ends on Wednesday. The movement’s campaign logo will then feature elsewhere on jerseys through the July 26 conclusion of the pandemic-delayed season as players decided to highlight racial injustice following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. The Premier League also announced it would support players taking a knee at matches. Players have insisted they receive 100% of their prorated salaries, the terms the sides agreed to in March. But MLB told the union that playing in empty ballparks without gate revenue would cause a loss of $640,000 for each additional game played and that teams can’t afford 100% prorated pay. The union has said it doubts MLB’s figures but has not received sufficient financial disclosure to make a full evaluation.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NBA has given teams a more definitive timetable for the restart to the season. It includes required coronavirus testing that is set to begin this month and mandatory individual workouts in early July before training camps. The league is still working on completing the health and safety protocols that will essentially become the rulebook for the restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. Talks with the players’ union on those matters are continuing.—The University of Houston is suspending all voluntary workouts for its athletes after six tested positive for COVID-19 with symptoms. Houston announced it was shutting down workouts due to “an abundance of caution” and an increase of positive tests in the greater Houston area over the last week. The school said the athletes, who were not identified, have been placed in isolation and medical staff is conducting contact-tracing procedure.— An unidentified Boston Bruins player has tested positive for COVID-19. General manager Don Sweeney says the player had not been a part of informal workouts with his teammates. The Bruins say the player was tested as a requirement to enter the team’s practice facility and came up positive. The player has not shown any COVID-19 symptoms. The Bruins say the player has since tested negative twice for the disease. The law goes into effect in July 2021. By then, both the NCAA and Congress could have national legislation in place to lift restrictions on college athletes being paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Florida is the third state, joining California and Colorado, to pass a law targeting current NCAA rules that restrict college athlete compensation. Florida’s law goes into effect 18 months earlier than the other two.NCAA-ELECTION DAYNCAA encourages day off from college sports on election dayUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is encouraging its 1,100 member colleges and universities to give athletes the day off from sports on election day.In response to nationwide protests of police brutality and racial injustice, Georgia Tech announced earlier this week it was giving nine fall sports teams a day off from athletic activities on Nov. 3 so athletes can vote in person. UCLA followed with a similar announcement. Associated Press MLB offers players 80% of prorated salaries, 72-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has offered players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule starting July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season. That’s according to details of the proposal obtained Friday by The Associated Press.Players would get 70% of their prorated salaries during the regular season and the rest for completion of the postseason. The players’ last offer was for an 89-game regular season at full prorated pay.MLB proposed that players be guaranteed about $1.25 billion in salaries, earn an additional $200 million if the postseason is completed plus a $50 million postseason players’ pool even if no tickets are sold.The union’s proposal would guarantee players $2.2 billion. Before the new coronavirus caused opening day to be pushed back from March 26, salaries had been set to total $4 billion. CINCINNATI (AP) — Marge Schott’s slurs and other offensive comments while she owned the Cincinnati Reds have organizations in her hometown reconsidering the use of her name on facilities that benefited from her donations.Schott died in 2004, but her name is still prominent in the community. Most of her estate went to a foundation that funds a wide range of philanthropic ventures. Her name is featured on many facilities, from the Cincinnati Zoo to a baseball stadium on the University of Cincinnati’s campus.Calls for racial justice following George Floyd’s death have renewed questions about how to remember Schott, who was repeatedly suspended and ultimately ousted by Major League Baseball over her slurs and praise for Adolf Hitler.A Catholic high school this week became the first to remove her name from facilities.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS June 12, 2020 The letter said it was sent on behalf of the Longhorn “student athlete body.” It said the football team will participate in all required team activities ahead of the upcoming season, but players would not aid in recruiting future players or participate in alumni events.The two-page, unsigned note posted on social media accounts of dozens of Longhorns athletes noted the school’s motto of “What starts here changes the world.” It said the group was moved to issue its call for campus changes after protests erupted nationwide following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESFlorida governor signs college athlete compensation billTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that would allow college athletes in the state to earn money from endorsement deals.last_img read more

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Two small businesses feted by government

first_imgArcata Associates, founded in 1980, operates in 11 states and has 320 employees, 111 at Dryden. A provider of engineering, information technology and multimedia services, its customers include the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy as well as NASA and the General Services Administration.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe awards were part of the SBA’s 2006 National Small Business Week, an annual event honoring excellence among small business, corporate and government entities. “It’s great that both firms have been recognized by the SBA as Regional Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year,” said Robert Medina, Dryden Small Business specialist. “This tells me that Dryden has two of the 10 best federal government prime small-business contractors this year, a first for the center.” At an April 13 breakfast meeting of honorees, AS&M President Jalaiah Unnam and his wife, Vijaya, chief executive officer, were introduced to President George W. Bush. AS&M Inc. was established in 1983 with five employees. It now has more than 180 employees, about 60 of them at Dryden. In addition to NASA, the firm provides engineering and technical services to customers including Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, Goodrich and General Electric. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Two companies that do work for NASA at Dryden Flight Research Center were among more than 100 small businesses honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Hampton, Va.-based Analytical Services & Materials (AS&M) Inc. was named the National Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year. Las Vegas-based Arcata Associates was named Prime Contractor of the Year for California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. NASA Dryden officials nominated the two companies for excellence in the quality of their work at the center. last_img read more

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Azkals Eye 1st Asian Cup stint

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Antonio shares Italy lead; Torre rises Read Next A victory against Nepal will guarantee progress to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, a first for the country.“I think this is as good as any chance for us to qualify so I’m not even thinking about the possibility of us not qualifying,” said Younghusband, who has four goals so far in the qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSitting on top of Group F with eight points, the Azkals still have one more game against Tajikistan at home.“This is perhaps one of the most important matches in our history,” said team manager Dan Palami. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Having enjoyed his first trip to Nepal five years ago when the Philippines reached the AFC Challenge Cup semifinals for the first time, Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband is hoping to achieve a bigger, more important goal this time.When Younghusband leads the Azkals out at ANFA Stadium against the host country in Kathmandu on Tuesday, the team will be carrying the dreams of a nation that has so long been aching to play with the elite.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Everyone in sport must be accountable: Manisha Malhotra

first_imgManisha MalhotraThe recent controversy over teaming up tennis icons Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi for the London Olympics is symptomatic of what ails Indian sport. While the former partners went to town about not setting foot on court together, what surprised a lot of people was the All India Tennis,Manisha MalhotraThe recent controversy over teaming up tennis icons Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi for the London Olympics is symptomatic of what ails Indian sport. While the former partners went to town about not setting foot on court together, what surprised a lot of people was the All India Tennis Association (AITA) openly taking sides. This is nothing new. Inept handling of ace players is prevalent in all sports in the country.While the federation was confident that it would convince both Mahesh and Leander to bury the hatchet once again (it has intervened several times in the past), its intention was suspect. Was it doing things in the best interest of the players, country or itself? Neither player wanted to play with the other. So putting in a duo that has been to the last three Olympics without any success and who have openly said they cannot win with each other is not exactly in the best interests of the country. Of course, AITA couldn’t have been questioned excessively because this is the best team on paper, and had they paired up and failed (again), no one in India would have cared about accountability anyway.This should change. The country should come first, then the system, and players should really not be able to dictate their terms and conditions to either. However, there is a huge disconnect between all three in our nation, which could really be why we fare so poorly in the medals tally.The Government of India is the biggest funder of sport; it has the highest number of facilities and yet, at the end of the day, it has no say. The federations, who take the “we are autonomous bodies” stand while availing of government funds, still call all the shots, and then come the players. Does this bode well for sport? Absolutely not.Federations in India have the benefit of being in a position where they can do as they please without any accountability. It could be decades without medals and still it’s status quo. Even players mistrust the federations, which is why they are sometimes not willing to listen to them and at other times listen only under duress of disciplinary action. The players know that in every federation the people calling the shots are not experts and therein lies the problem. The selection committees consist of ‘yes men’ or cronies of the people in power. The federations are also not working towards the best interests of players. Most federations don’t even have a logical and transparent system which leaves the window for last-minute politicking wide open. Is this because they don’t know how to come up with a successful system or because they don’t want to? The federations really need to realise that they exist to serve the players.advertisementThe Government is also to blame. It has been trying to rein in federations and reprimand them while its own Sports Authority of India (sai) is in a shambles, being run by people who have no idea about sport. SAI has ‘advisers’ with very little credibility. It does have foreign experts for almost all the priority sports, yet the experts’ opinions are never taken. Instead, it is the ‘government observer’ who has the say. So we can go to the Olympics and not win a single medal and still everything would be fine.Then there are the players. The Indian athlete has metamorphosed from the ‘poor soul’ to someone who has a voice. The handful of successful athletes are first to say they are all products “in spite of the system”  and not because of it. They now use their success as a bargaining chip to coerce both the Government and the federations. Any decent result (even a South Asian Games medal) and the athletes are eager to cash in. After the 2010 Commonwealth Games, athletes only started practising in March 2011 because they were busy going from felicitation to felicitation, sometimes for as little as Rs 5,000.It is not hard to come up with a system; there are specialists available the world over to help with this. Until we can come up with a system that is best for the country, we will keep dealing with ineptitudes and get nowhere. The system has to be bigger than any one factor and be answerable only to the results that it achieves. Everyone in sport must be accountable and until we are bound by nothing but results, we will never achieve the dreams we all have for sport in our country. advertisement-A former tennis champion, Manisha Malhotra is CEO of Mittal Champions Trustlast_img read more

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Chelsea run riot against Everton, Stoke shock Man City at home

first_imgChelsea hammered Everton 6-3 to take the top spot in the Premier League standingsChelsea showed off its new-found attacking sparkle in a 6-3 win over Everton on a day Manchester City lost its cutting edge to slip to a surprise first defeat in its Premier League title defense.City’s 1-0 home loss to Stoke on Saturday was exacerbated by its title rival’s wild victory at Goodison Park, in which Spain striker Diego Costa scored in the first and last minutes to continue the superb start to his Chelsea career.Another big-money arrival in English football, Angel Di Maria, made a promising debut for Manchester United but its 0-0 draw at promoted Burnley left Louis van Gaal’s side with just two points from three games – despite a spending spree of 130 million pounds ($215 million) this summer.Chelsea has no such problems, with a third straight win leaving the team top of the early standings on goal difference from surprising Swansea.In Costa, Chelsea also has arguably the standout player so far this season with four goals already since joining from Atletico Madrid.”He’s literally got everything,” Chelsea captain John Terry said. “He’s been brilliant, and he’s off to a flying start.”With Costa in such electric form and Cesc Fabregas picking up two more assists, Chelsea has an attacking swagger it lacked last season.”I want the team to play the way we did, to be positive,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. “We were killers in attack.”Goals by Costa – after just 34 seconds – and Branislav Ivanovic put Chelsea 2-0 ahead inside three minutes, only for Kevin Mirallas to reduce the deficit for Everton just before halftime.advertisementSeamus Coleman’s own goal in the 66th minute sparked a rush of five goals in a chaotic 11-minute spell during which both defenses were carved open to the dismay of the team’s managers.Steven Naismith made it 3-2, Nemanja Matic regained Chelsea’s two-goal lead in the 74th but Everton came back again through Samuel Eto’o’s header on his debut, against the club that released him in the summer. Ramires put Chelsea 5-3 ahead and Costa wrapped up a madcap second half with a low finish after a back-heel from substitute Didier Drogba.In an all-action display, Costa was booked for a tussle with Coleman, and then goaded the defender provocatively after the right back’s own goal – sparking a melee with Everton’s American goalkeeper Tim Howard.”There are certain players who come to the Premier League who need to understand the ethics and the culture,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said.Swansea is tied on nine points with Chelsea after beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0 thanks to two goals from Nathan Dyer and another from Wayne Routledge.Also Saturday, Wilfried Zaha scored an injury-time equalizer on his second debut for Crystal Palace in a 3-3 draw at Newcastle, Southampton won 3-1 at West Ham and Queens Park Rangers also earned a first win of the season by beating Sunderland 1-0.City and United had hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of attacking talent on show in the third round of the Premier League but couldn’t muster a goal between them.A flat display by City, five days after its impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool, was punished when former United striker Mame Diouf ran 70 meters in the 58th minute in a solo effort that was capped by a finish between goalkeeper Joe Hart’s legs.Stoke City shocked the reigning champions Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad stadium”I tried just to stay on my feet and keep on going,” Diouf said. “We will enjoy this win – it is a big one.”It was Stoke’s first-ever goal at the Etihad and earned the team a first win of the season under Mark Hughes, the former City manager.City failed to score at home for only the second time in 71 Premier League games, even with Argentina striker Sergio Aguero back in the lineup after regaining full fitness.”It’s a surprising defeat because we don’t expect to lose against Stoke but these games sometimes happen,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “Really we were not very creative, we did not find the space and that is credit to Stoke.”Di Maria made his first start for United after his British-record move from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) and showed enough signs that he will be a success at Old Trafford.He still couldn’t inspire Van Gaal’s team to a first win in any competition this season, with United lacking a cutting edge despite fielding Di Maria, Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in an exciting front four. Van Persie was denied twice with United’s best chances.advertisement”When you have two points, that is not good enough and that is disappointing,” said Van Gaal, whose team lost 4-0 to third-tier MK Dons on Tuesday in the League Cup.”At the moment it’s certainly not a world-class team, but we have to wait, and have belief that it will come.”last_img read more

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Australia Wins Fifth World Cup Division

first_imgThe Men’s Open team has won a thrilling encounter against New Zealand this afternoon, winning 7-6. With a player sent for a period of time for the final two minutes of the match, things could have ended differently, but Australia dug deep and defended strongly to take out the match and the title. The Women’s Open team, after conceding the first touchdown, didn’t look back, to take the 5-3 win over New Zealand. The Mixed Open team came back from an early 3-0 deficit to eventually take the game 10-7.The Men’s 30’s were 18-2 winners over England, while the Men’s 35’s were 11-6 winners over South Africa. In the earlier game, New Zealand beat Australia 5-4 in the Men’s 40’s division.Australia has also lost its Senior Mixed final in a drop off, 7-6.More to come. Stay tuned to the website for all of the latest news and information.last_img read more

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10 months agoPorto midfielder Yacine Brahimi interesting Everton

first_imgPorto midfielder Yacine Brahimi interesting Evertonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto midfielder Yacine Brahimi is interesting Everton.The Mirror says they sent a scout to watch the 28-year-old Algeria international in action during his club’s 3-1 victory over Nacional on Monday night.And Brahimi enhanced his reputation by scoring twice as Porto moved six points clear at the top of the Portuguese League.Brahimi is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, so could be available at a knock-down price.Born in Paris, the attacking midfielder started his career with Rennes in France before moving to Spanish club Granada in 2013 following a loan spell there the previous season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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