Women’s World Cup| FIFA says it was wrong to remove fans wearing Iran slogan T-shirts

first_imgFIFA says it was wrong to remove fans from a Women’s World Cup match for wearing T-shirts calling for Iranian women to be let into football stadiums.Two fans were removed during Canada’s 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday because their T-shirts carried slogans.However, FIFA has now said the message was “social, not political” so not against its rules.The governing body added it “will do its best to ensure similar situations do not occur at future matches”.The Open Stadiums movement has been campaigning for women to be allowed access to men’s sporting events in Iran after a 40-year ban.In March 2018, 35 women were detained for trying to watch a football match in Tehran, but in October a select number of women were allowed access to a friendly match between Iran and Bolivia.FIFA has been working with Iran to try to end the ban.The incident in Grenoble last Saturday was witnessed by Australian fan Petr Kuzmin, who said the couple wearing the T-shirts, which also had a message about hijabs – headscarves worn by some Muslim women – on the front, did not resist.But Kuzmin said he was “incensed” by what he saw and described it as an “insane irony”.“The main message (on the T-shirts) was about allowing women access to stadiums and to have it censored like this seemed ridiculous,” he told BBC Sport.“I’m glad FIFA made the right decision to formulate the right response, even if it took three days, and I think it’s a good sign that they are interested in promoting women’s access to stadiums in Iran.”FIFA said in a statement it “believes that the message to allow women into football stadiums in Iran is a social, not political, matter and so the message on the front of the T-shirts worn by two fans is not against FIFA rules, which always need to be applied with a sense of proportion”.The world governing body added: “As such, in this specific case, the fans should not have been asked to remove their T-shirts or to leave the stadium by local security, even if there were other messages on the back of their T-shirts.“FIFA will do its best to ensure that any similar situations do not occur at future matches during the competition.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Residents of Trump Plaza Palm Beach donate food to local food bank

first_imgThe residents of Trump Plaza of the Palm Beaches have been collecting food to donate to the Palm Beach County Food Bank.Residents have been working together all week to collect bags of food for those in the community that have been affected by the pandemic.The Palm Beach County Food Bank is scheduled to be pick up the denotations at Friday at 5:00pm.  During the pick up, residents plan to stand on their balcony and cheer.last_img

Inside Conditions–The Ostrich Syndrome

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEThe Ostrich Syndrome is defined by urbandictionry.com as: A peculiar condition marked by the person making absolutely nonsensical statements displaying pure stupidity and lack of common sense, see if this makes sense.According to the espn.com page 2 mailbag the following are the top ten sports scandals ever. The list is ranked according to the number of letters received.1. 1919 Black Sox Scandal.2. Soviet Union beats United States in 1972 men’s Olympic basketball final.3. SMU Football receives the “death penalty.”4. Roy Jones Jr. loses decision after pummeling South Korea’s Si Hun Park in light middleweight final at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.5. Pete Rose betting-on-baseball scandal.6. Danny Almonte Little League age scandal (26 letters).7. Skategate I, starring Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.8. University of Minnesota hoops academic cheating scandal.9.1993 Florida State football “free shoes” scandal.10. Jim Thorpe loses his pentathlon and decathlon Olympic gold medals.[The “dishonorable mentions” were:1. Skategate II: Canadian pairs and Russian pairs end up sharing gold medals.2. Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvin Hagler.3. Brett Hull’s skate in the crease as Dallas beats Buffalo in 1999 Stanley Cup finals.4.  Tank Black-Florida scandal.The New England Patriots/Bill Belichick “spygate” scandal did not even merit a mention? Did espn.com or any other sports news outlets receive negative feedback from readers, listeners and viewers and toss those “letters of dissent” into the nearest trash can as a part of the “editorial process?”Who knows, I darn sure don’t but this is some weird sh–.  Let’s kick off the analysis of yours truly regarding the so-called “worst scandals” beginning with  10. Jim Thorpe loses his pentathlon and decathlon Olympic gold medals.One of the people that submitted letters to the espn.com mailbag was Steve Averett  of Charlotte, N.C., who had this to say about the Jim Thorpe travesty. Tough choice, but I’m going with the Jim Thorpe scandal. Thorpe was systematically and maliciously discriminated against entirely because of his ethnic background. I consider him to be the greatest athlete in U.S. history. If Thorpe’s medals had not been stripped, he would have had a more illuminating legacy and would have certainly opened the door for a greater number of American Indians to achieve their dreams. The message that was sent at the time was heard loud and clear: American Indians will not be allowed to win, even when they’re the best.  Perhaps our country would have had a Lakota Nobel Prize winner, a Sioux World War II general, or a Cherokee congressman had Thorpe gotten the respect he deserved. Instead, White America chose to stain his image and paint him as a “cheater,” merely because the man played a few games of minor-league baseball. Why should doors have to be opened for American Indians or any other group have to be opened in order to be treated equitably and for them just to function normally within our society? This country was forcibly taken from Native Americans, who would be foolish or naive enough to even consider that they (Native Americans) would ever be treated fairly in the world of sports, business, medicine or any other segment of American society by the now White minority.   How can anyone in their right mind whine about the “Black Sox” scandal which happened about 95 years ago but whisper in hallowed tones regarding the biggest cheaters uncovered.When Brady changed a play at the line of scrimmage based on deciphering stolen defensive signals he was just as guilty as Bill Belichick and the other participating “masterminds” and “videographers and film makers” who devised and carried out the scheme in the first place.  If you and your friends go to a “Mickey D’s” to grab a “Big Mac” and they decide to rob the bank next door and you drive them home, you are going to presumed to be just as guilty as they are.On May 16, 1994 Sports Illustrated published an article written by Sonja Steptoe and E.M. Swift titled  “Anatomy Of A Scandal” regarding certain members of the Florida State football team receiving various “illegal” gifts and favors. The subtitle read: Florida State won the 1993 national football championship, but because of unsavory agents; rule-breaking players and its own lack of vigilance, it ended up a loser. The most brazen episode was a midseason, two-handed, shelf-clearing, 90-minute shopping spree by members of the Florida State team that would go on to win college football’s national championship.Running shoes galore. Team jackets of all colors. Dozens of hats, t-shirts, shorts and gloves. Winter coats that the players could wear to South Bend for the big game against the Fighting Irish. Some $6,000 worth of merchandise in all, armloads and armloads, large cartons crammed full, every item purchased on the credit card of Raul Bey, a Las Vegas businessman who was in a loose partnership with a street agent named Nate Cebrun.The article described the incident a “brazen episode.”  What could be more brazen than illegally stealing your opponents’ defensive and offensive signals, game after game, season after season and year after year. These young athletes were not “legally” paid one dime yet the Patriots prospered from their ill gotten gains.Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

Virat Kohli reveals what’s the biggest lesson he’s learned in 2 super over wins…

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement qqder4NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsdjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Es( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tqWould you ever consider trying this?😱foafh4Can your students do this? 🌚l68Roller skating! Powered by Firework Team India has been on the pinnacle of performance and bringing out back to back Super Over wins in the last two T20 matches against New Zealand. In a bizarre reiteration of New Zealand ending their chase in equal runs with India, thanks to tremendous dead over performance from Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur. Add to that the swashbuckling knocks from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the super overs, India is on an unbeatable run in the series, currently leading 4-0. Experience gained? Captain Virat Kohli speaks.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIYesterday in the post match interview, Virat Kohli shared the biggest lesson he gathered from the nail biting victories in the last two matches.“There’s something new I’ve learnt in the last couple of games: when the opposition is playing well, you stay calm till the end and try to come back,” Kohli told reporters.Advertisement These were the first super over experience for Kohli and the squad, and they still were able to clinch out two victories out of two highly tensed matches.“We couldn’t have asked for more exciting games, we’ve never played Super Overs before and now we’ve won two. It shows the character of the team,” he added.Advertisement Usually coming in 1 down in the batting order, Kohli headed to the 22 yards in yesterday’s super over at the Wellington Regional Stadium, replacing opener Sanju Samson, who was brought in place of Rohit Sharma in the first innings.The 31 year old also credited Rahul’s stormy super over strikes of one boundary an one over boundary, before losing his wicket against Tim Southee: “His (Rahul’s) two strikes were crucial and then you knock the ball into the gap and take your team over the line.”The skipper also praised the Men in Blue’s young pacers: “We have a young bowling attack and, it is tough, when you haven’t won and you play against a quality opposition in India, give them a sniff and make it tough for yourselves.”The Man of the Match Shardul Thakur picked up two wickets, while also contributing to India’s score with a quick 15-ball-20 in the late overs. Yuzvendra Chahal secured one wicket, and the superstar Jasprit Bumrah picked one in Kiwi’s chase and one in the super over.Also read-The Brighter Gem? : Is Rohit Sharma a better batsman than Virat Kohli?See why Virat Kohli said that New Zealand deserved to win the 3rd T20 International Advertisementlast_img read more

TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH TO RETURN HOME TO SANTA ANITA ON THURSDAY; BAFFERT TRAINEE TO FLY FROM LOUISVILLE TO ONTARIO VIA TEX SUTTON CHARTER

first_imgLAW ENFORCEMENT TO ESCORT CHAMP FROM AIRPORT TO SANTA ANITA’S BARN 5 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 15, 2015)–Twelve days after providing one of the most dramatic moments in racing history, Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah will return home to Santa Anita on Thursday, June 18. Owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat and trained by Santa Anita-based Bob Baffert, American Pharoah is due to arrive from Louisville via Tex Sutton charter at Ontario International Airport at approximately 10 a.m., and he will then be vanned with a six-unit law enforcement escort to The Great Race Place, with an estimated time of arrival of 11:30 a.m.“Along with the rest of the country, we were in awe of American Pharoah’s performance in the Belmont last Saturday and we’re honored to be able to welcome him back home here to Santa Anita,” said Keith Brackpool, Santa Anita Chairman. “We’d like to congratulate Mr. Zayat, Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza on winning America’s first Triple Crown in 37 years and we want to thank them for sharing this magnificent horse with all of us.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, the 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile won Santa Anita’s Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 27 and was subsequently sidelined due to a foot injury, causing him to miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1.Headquartered at Baffert’s Barn 5 over the fall and winter, American Pharoah began his assault on the elusive Triple Crown with his first recorded breeze on Feb. 4, a crisp three furlong move in 36.20. Under Baffert’s stewardship, “Pharoah” would go on to register a total of six Santa Anita works prior to taking the Grade II Rebel Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths at Oaklawn Park on March 14.In all, American Pharoah had eight works at his Santa Anita base in advance of winning the first leg in the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, on May 2.“From day one, we couldn’t miss any time with him,” said Baffert this past Wednesday morning. “We went three eighths, three eighths, five eighths…We hit every mark and he just thrived. The timing of everything was perfect.”American Pharoah will be greeted by his trainer and jockey, along with an anticipated throng of invited media at the Baffert Barn upon his arrival Thursday. It is also expected that the Triple Crown Champ will parade for the public on Santa Anita’s main track between races on June 27.last_img read more

Dutch Utility Reinvents Its Mission

first_imgLaunching other servicesEneco has several other ventures in the works. One of them, called Jedlix, is an app for charging electric vehicles that takes advantage of a surplus of low-cost wind power at night. Eneco says that the user decides the time at which he or she wants the vehicle to be fully charged, and the app “takes care of the rest.”Eneco says partnerships with Tesla and Microsoft allowed it to create a flexible app just as interest in electric vehicles is on the rise.There’s also Luminext, a monitoring system for outdoor lighting as well as solar panel repair. Its sizable investments in wind energy help attract customers who want to buy their electricity from clean sources, and it helped Eneco land a 10-year contract with Google for clean energy at a data storage center opened in the northern part of the country last year.A program called “CrowdNett” is designed for Eneco customers who already own solar panels. The utility encourages these customers to install a battery, like the Tesla Powerwall, and then dips into the stored electricity to even out loads on the grid as needed. Participating customers get €450 a year (about $530) for their trouble. While still in its infancy, the program is appealing to customers who would like to see an end to the use of fossil fuels. Vermont Utility Makes (Another) Efficiency OfferUtilities Should Stop Driving With the Brakes OnNew York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasVermont Utility Expands Heat Pump Program Which Utilities Sponsor the Best Energy Efficiency Programs?Energy Efficiency Costs Less Than New GenerationWhy a Vermont Utility Welcomes Solar The start was slowEneco’s foray into new ventures was slow at first. The utility began by promising to distribute an energy monitor called the Toon (see Image #2, below) to several dozen homes. But the manufacturer didn’t supply enough of them, and some of those that were placed in customers’ homes didn’t work. Eneco went back to collect the Toons, but they found that some customers didn’t want to give them up. If the device itself had some problems, the idea that customers could monitor their own energy use was clearly a hit. RELATED ARTICLES More than 300,000 Toons have since been installed, and Quby has agreed to supply them to utilities in Belgium and Spain.Customers pay €3.50 (about $4.12) per month for the Toon. By monitoring energy use, customers should be able to reduce consumption by about 10%, according to Quby, but some customers have reported savings much greater than that.Like the Nest and similar smart thermostats sold in the U.S., the Toon allows customers to change heat settings with a smartphone app. The device has displays to show how much electricity and natural gas are being used, and it can provide weather forecasts to help customers use power efficiently. The Toon also has helped Eneco retain customers: the number of those who jump ship for a competing provider of electricity has fallen by 60%.As The Times reports, selling less electricity might seem like an odd goal for an electricity retailer, but the company says that it more than makes up for the lower sales with the growth of its service businesses. Plus, customers say they like the idea they are doing something positive for the environment by consuming less power, and the Toon helps them do that. After concluding that selling electricity as a commodity is no guarantee of business success, a Dutch utility has developed a variety of services to attract new customers and guarantee its survival in an era increasingly dependent on renewable energy.What began as a bungled attempt to introduce energy monitors to a few Dutch households has since blossomed into a suite of new programs: charging electric vehicles, repairing solar panels, and tapping into energy stored on the home batteries of its solar customers. Along the way, Eneco has turned its energy monitor into a big success story.The business approach, described in an article in The New York Times, is designed to give the company a more stable future as well as help transition its customers to a clean-energy future. Eneco executives adopted the plan after realizing that getting into price-cutting wars with its competitors for electricity and natural gas sales wasn’t going to take them very far.“We said ‘we have to create an increasing customer loyalty by doing something different,’” said Hans Valk, chief executive of Eneco subsidiary Quby and formerly the leader of Eneco’s consumer business. “What we are trying to do is switch from selling a pure commodity to selling energy as a service.” Some similarities hereMany U.S. utilities are using more conventional business models, and resisting a wider use of renewable energy by consumers, particularly rooftop solar, by seeking curbs on net-metering reimbursements. But in Vermont, Green Mountain Power has shown some of the same flexibility and willingness to experiment as Eneco, and utilities elsewhere are using a mix of efficiency programs and new business approaches.In May, GMP began offering Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries and Tesla GridLogic software to customers, in part to lower demand on the grid at peak times. The utility said that it would be able to shave 10 megawatts off peak load, the same as taking 7,500 homes off the grid. By late June, the company said that it had requests for the battery from almost 1,000 customers.GMP, a Certified B Corp, also began offering a Nest thermostat and an Aquanta water heater controller for 99 cents per month. The deal, like the Powerwall program, helps consumers save money, but it also gives the utility some ability to reduce demands on the grid by rescheduling when the water heaters will run. GMP also offered no-money-down deals on ductless minisplit heat pumps, and a $10,000 price break on a Nissan Leaf Flyer electric car.In California, the Public Utilities Commission has approved pilot proposals to increase the use of electric vehicles, according to a post at Utility Dive. The $1.3 billion program to tap into the state’s investor-owned utilities would use a variety of means to boost electric vehicle use, including school and transit buses.Con Edison in New York has used efficiency programs, neighborhood solar and other innovative measures to head off threatened power shortages and avoid spending $1.2 billion on a new electrical substation. The measures together cost $200 million.New York energy chief Richard Kauffman said ConEd’s plan could be used elsewhere. “It’s not only an evolution of processes, thinking, and culture,” he said, “it’s also a gradual change in business models, evolving away from ‘programs’ to these activities being integral to the business itself.”last_img read more

Lonwabo Tsotsobe charged with match fixing by Cricket South Africa

first_imgFormer South Africa bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been charged with match fixing and has been suspended immediately after a lengthy investigation, Cricket South Africa said on Monday.The 33-year-old, who played five Tests and 61 One Day Internationals but has not played for more than a year, faces charges relating to the South Africa domestic Twenty20 Series in 2015. Six other players have already been banned for their part in attempting to fix the outcome of games.Tsotsobe is charged with contriving to fix or improperly influence a match or matches in the 2015 T20 Challenge Series and seeking to accept, accepting or agreeing to accept a bribe, a statement said.Gulam Bodi, Jean Symes, Pumi Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati, Thami Tsolekile and Alviro Petersen were prevously banned for between two and 20 years for their part in the affair, although the CSA has long held that no actual matches were fixed.last_img read more

10 months agoIreland fear West Ham utility Rice lost to England

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ireland fear West Ham utility Rice lost to Englandby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland have moved for West Ham utility Declan Rice.Rice recently met with new Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and his assistant Robbie Keane to discuss whether he’d resume his Ireland career but the Irish Independent says it appears he’s veering towards a switch to his homeland of England.England manager Gareth Southgate is believed to be increasingly hopeful of the 19-year-old coming aboard.Unless he applies to FIFA in the next week to switch allegiance, Rice would not have his international transfer completed in time to make his England debut in their Euro 2020 qualification opener against Czech Republic in late March. last_img read more

Private Sector Encouraged to Get More Involved in Vocational Training

first_img Opposition Spokesperson on Finance and Planning, Mark Golding, says the private sector should get more involved in the design and execution of vocational training programmes.Making his contribution to the 2019/2020 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 12, Mr. Golding cited as an example, the Associate Degree in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Management that was introduced by ItelBPO at the Trench Town Polytechnic College in 2018.The college commenced the training in early September as part of their Associate Degree programme, in partnership with the Montego Bay-based ItelBPO Smart Solutions, which is the largest home-grown BPO entity in the region.Mr. Golding said this type of collaboration will more effectively prepare students for the world of work in the kind of jobs that the Jamaican economy is producing, and on better terms of employment.Meanwhile, he recommended that more attention be given to rural development, driven by a national policy for the development of agriculture.“Jamaica has a competitive advantage in several agricultural products. Our coffee, cocoa, ginger and Sea Island cotton are rated among the best in the world,” he added.Mr. Golding suggested that estates and traditional crop lands, which are no longer viable, should be redirected into areas where Jamaica enjoys significant competitive advantage. Opposition Spokesperson on Finance and Planning, Mark Golding, says the private sector should get more involved in the design and execution of vocational training programmes. The college commenced the training in early September as part of their Associate Degree programme, in partnership with the Montego Bay-based ItelBPO Smart Solutions, which is the largest home-grown BPO entity in the region. Story Highlights Making his contribution to the 2019/2020 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 12, Mr. Golding cited as an example, the Associate Degree in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Management that was introduced by ItelBPO at the Trench Town Polytechnic College in 2018.last_img read more

Cosco Shipping Leasing to Raise Cash for Loan Repayment

first_imgzoom China-based Cosco Shipping Leasing is looking to raise CNY 2.02 billion (USD 318.2 million) through the issuance of asset-backed securities.The company plans to use the proceeds from the proposed issuance to repay its loans.The securities, which will be listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, will be divided into senior and subordinated classes, according to a release by the company’s parent, Hong Kong-listed Cosco Shipping Development.The senior classes would be in the principal amount of not more than CNY 1.86 billion, which will account for 92.04% of the proposed issuance and will be issued to qualified investors in the PRC, while the subordinated class would be in the principal amount of not more than CNY 161.1 million, or around 7.96% of the proposed issuance and will be subscribed by Cosco Shipping Leasing.The securities will have a term of not more than four years and will be backed by the creditor’s rights and collateral interests of Cosco Shipping Leasing pursuant to certain finance leases.The completion of the issuance is subject to, among other things, the obtaining of the no objection letter to be issued by the Shanghai Stock Exchange.last_img read more