As the official statistics continue to conceal the coronavirus epidemic’s real impact in Iran, the Iranian authorities are stepping up their harassment of journalists who are providing independent coverage of the spread of the virus and, in particular, the real number of deaths. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alerts News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more “Misinforming and harassing journalists who are providing information about the real situation in Iran will not help to combat the coronavirus epidemic, quite the contrary,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran desk. “The authorities must respect the public’s right to full, independent, diverse and quality news reporting, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To protect the population, information needs to circulate properly.” Hamzeh Zare, the deputy prosecutor of the holy city of Qom, announced on 5 March that the person who shot clandestine video footage in the city’s morgue had been arrested and charged. The video, which has circulated widely on social media, showed the bodies of around 30 coronavirus victims, although the official number of deaths in Qom was much lower. News Organisation News In the capital, Tehran, four journalists who are active on social networks, including Mostafa Faghihi, the editor of the Entekhab news website, and the documentary filmmaker Hussein Dehbashi, were summoned by intelligence ministry officials and the prosecutor’s office for publicly casting doubt on official informational about the epidemic. Fardin Moustafai, the editor of a news channel on the Telegram instant messaging app, was summoned by the judicial authorities in Saqqez, in Kurdistan province, on 6 March and was charged with publishing figures contradicting official information about the epidemic’s progress in the province. Help by sharing this information Iran is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. March 13, 2020 Iranian journalists hounded for disputing official coronavirus figures Two days later, the head of the judicial system in Qom, Ali Mozafari, announced the arrest of a nurse in Qom who had posted information on Instagram about the real number of deaths and the lack of equipment in the hospital. He was released provisionally three days later. Follow the news on Iran RSF_en These latest cases of judicial harassment follow those already reported by RSF in February. RSF also already condemned the concealment of the facts about the spread of the virus in Iran. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further News In almost all parts of the country, journalists and citizen-journalists have been summoned for questioning by ministry of intelligence officials or Revolutionary Guards after reporting information that contradicted official statements about the COVID-19 epidemic, and some have been charged with “spreading rumours.” IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersViolence March 18, 2021 Find out more In Rasht, one of the cities that has been hit worst by the epidemic, two journalists were summoned for questioning by Revolutionary Guard intelligence officials for publishing information about the chaotic situation in the city and the number of victims. One of the officials told them: “The country is at war and the publication of this information amounts to collaborating with the enemy.” IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersViolence February 25, 2021 Find out more
As if things weren’t going to be hard enough next season for the UW men’s basketball team, the Big Ten just got a bit more competitive.While the Badgers will have to overcome the losses of departed seniors Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor, they will now also have to deal with a new face in the conference. And I’m not talking about highly touted recruit Eric Gordon — he could play for either Indiana or Illinois.I write of Minnesota’s new head coach, Tubby Smith. It might not be an immediate Kelvin Sampson-like impact, but Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan is going to have his hands full with his border rival.For starters, the Gophers are not going to be the underachieving team they have been for the past eight years during the Dan Monson era. While Minnesota may not be NCAA tournament-quality next season, it will be easy to see the impact Smith will make right away as he will be working with basically the same lineup interim head coach Jim Molinari did in 2006-07.Over the past 14 years, Smith has won 20 or more games as a head coach so there’s plenty of reason to believe Minnesota won’t finish as badly as it did this past season (9-22, ninth in the Big Ten).”There’s already a new confidence there and we haven’t even practiced yet,” freshman guard Kevin Payton said in a University of Minnesota release. “Just from him being in the room talking to us and the history he has made is incredible, so it’s great having him.”But the way in which Smith is going to impact the Big Ten the most — especially from Wisconsin’s perspective — is recruiting.Just by namesake alone, Smith should be able to hold down state recruits, which isn’t exactly music to Badger fans’ ears. Wisconsin’s been snatching recruits from the Land of 10,000 Lakes for the past couple of years.First it was Kammron Taylor, next season it will be incoming recruit Jon Leurer, a top-ranked power forward. Furthermore, Ryan has already received verbal commitments from Minnesota natives center Jared Berggren and guard Jordan Taylor (no relation to Kammron) for 2008.Don’t expect too many more Minnesota recruits coming to UW with Smith at the helm.”We have a few Minnesota players on the team now,” Smith said at a press conference last Friday. “But the key is making sure we keep the best players in the state and in the surrounding areas here.”However, Smith’s move to Minnesota is rather puzzling. While he was certainly on the outs at Kentucky after failing to reach the Final Four since 1998, why bolt to a school that has failed to recover from its academic scandal that got head coach Clem Haskins fired nearly a decade ago?If Smith were to pick any open Big Ten coaching job, the obvious choice would seem to be Michigan. Like the Gophers, the Wolverines haven’t exactly recovered from scandals of their own. Still, Michigan is in somewhat of a better position than Minnesota; Tommy Amaker could recruit — coaching was his only downfall.Nevertheless, Minnesota is a good fit for Smith. He won’t have the pressure of high expectations like he did at Kentucky. Somehow, a national championship and 10 straight trips to the NCAA tournament wasn’t enough for Wildcat fans. The most losses Kentucky ever had under Smith’s belt was 13, but the UK bluegrass gave him the nickname “10-loss Tubby” since he had double-digit losses in half of his seasons in Lexington.At Minnesota, Gopher fans would be extremely satisfied with that sort of production.While Smith is sure to have an impact on the Big Ten, he’s only the first wave of some new head coaches in the conference.Michigan will be looking for a big name to replace Amaker and match Minnesota’s signing of Smith. Washington State’s Tony Bennett, UNLV’s Lon Kruger, West Virginia’s John Beilein, Xavier’s Sean Miller and ESPN analysts Rick Majerus and Steve Lavin are being discussed as possible candidates, according to ESPN.com’s Andy Katz.Also, a shake-up from Steve Alford’s mediocrity will help Iowa. While he made a completely lateral move by going to New Mexico, a change should help both sides.All of this will make for a much more difficult Big Ten season next year for Wisconsin; like the Badgers really want to hear that after losing one of its most successful duos in Taylor and Tucker, following their disappointing second-round upset loss.Michael is a senior double majoring in journalism and communication arts. Any questions or comments can be sent to [email protected]
Facebook386Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of TumwaterLooking for free fun for the whole family? Join Tumwater Parks & Recreation for “Screen on the Green” outdoor movies, Friday evenings in August.Each August, Tumwater Parks and Recreation brings four movies to our outdoor cinema at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course (4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater WA 98501). Movies are shown on the first four Friday evenings in August. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Movies begin at dusk. This event is fun for the whole family, and admission is FREE. Come early and enjoy dinner on the patio at the River’s Edge restaurant or bring your own picnic (park rules apply). Low-backed chairs are allowed, but grills, umbrellas, and pets are prohibited.Please call the Parks & Recreation office for more information: (360) 754-4160. We look forward to seeing you on the GREEN!2014 Screen on the Green movie line-up:Friday, August 1 “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (PG-13)Friday, August 8 “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” (PG)Friday, August 15 “Star Trek Into Darkness” (PG-13)Friday, August 22 “Frozen: The Sing-Along” (PG) & Root Beer Float Bar (see below for details) Root Beer Float Bar – Friday, August 22 (Sponsor: Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce)At this year’s final SOTG movie, you will be treated to a free Root Beer Float while enjoying the Sing-Along version of “Frozen.” Root beer floats courtesy of the Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsors Puget Sound Energy and South Sound Foursquare Church. For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreat.
Jules Chopin of Kaslo and the Simon Fraser University Clan have advanced to the final four of the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over host Regis Rangers Sunday in Denver.The Clan travel to Evans, Ga. for the NCAA Division II semi final December 5 against Carson-Newman of Jefferson City, TN.Unlike the quarterfinal when SFU needed a late goal and a shootout conversion from Chopin, the Clan put this game away early scoring in the first seven minutes of the game and late in the half.Ryan Dhillon and Colin Jacques scored in the first half before Carlo Basso (51), Alexander Kleefeldt (83) and Jovan Blagojevic (85) completed the rout.Brandon Watson faced eight shots to record the shutout.SFU, 17-2-2 now travel to Blanchard Woods Park inEvans, Ga. for the Final Four.The other teams remaining are Southern New Hampshire University and Rockhurst of Kansas City. Kaslo’s Jules Chopin kicks SFU Clan into NCAA Elite EightFirst there was Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz powering University of BC to the gold-medal in the CIS men’s soccer tournament last Sunday.Now, another Nelson Youth Soccer player has tasted stardom on the university circuit — this time in the USA at the NCAA level.Jules Chopin of Kaslo scored in the sixth round of shootout (watch penalty kick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YVde4AfljQ) to spark Simon Fraser University Clan to a win over the University of California, San Diego Tritans to clinch the program’s second straight NCAA West Region title and a trip to the Elite Eight.The Clan tied the game with four minutes remaining as Jovan Blagojevic scored to even the game at 1-1.After overtime settle nothing, the teams went to the sixth round of shootout before the Tritans missed and Chopin converted the winner.This is the second season on the Clan squad for Chopin, who toiled in the NYS system before heading off to play in the Lower Mainland while attending Burnaby Mountain Secondary.Chopin Graduate of SFU High School Soccer Academy in 2011 and played for U18 CMFSC MetroLast season as a freshman, Chopin played seven games for the Clan.This season he started 11 of the 15 games this season for SFU.The win clinches the Clan’s second straight NCAA West Region Championship and sends SFU to the “Elite Eight” where they will face the host Regis University Rangers. The Clan’s match Sunday against Regis will begin at 1 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at athletics.sfu.ca.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday held a meeting of the Trinamool’s core committee, and directed senior leaders to be present at party offices daily. Ms. Banerjee drew up a roster of leaders who would have to attend the party headquarters.She assigned responsibilities at the party’s new socio-cultural unit to key leaders. While Ministers Bratya Basu and Indranil Sen would be in charge of the Jai Hind Bahini, Kakoli Ghosh Dasidar, MP, was tasked with oversight of the Banga Janini Bahini for women.Meanwhile, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said two berths for West Bengal in the Union Ministry was less than what the State leadership had expected. He told reporters that a few persons had been arrested for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in the Bhatapara area of North 24 Parganas. “Earlier also a few people were arrested but could not be kept in prison as there is no law for which anyone can be jailed for chanting Jai Shri Ram,” Mr. Ghosh said. Ms. Banerjee would hereafter be greeted with chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ wherever she went, Mr. Ghosh asserted.Two berths for 18 MPs The State BJP president also said that two berths in the council of ministers for 18 Lok Sabha MPs from Bengal was a little less than what the State leadership had expected. Mr. Ghosh said that he had informed BJP leader Ram Lal about this. However, he said that this was the beginning and more MPs may be inducted in the Council of Ministers later. “Many others would also be inducted in future,” Mr Ghosh said. “It is a continuous process. Our responsibility was to send maximum number of MPs from Bengal and provide sufficient support so that Modiji becomes the PM,” he added.
Live results from day two of the State of Origin series as they come to hand:Division wins: NSW 8 – Queensland 5.Game three:Men’s openNEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Robert Nakhla 2, Tim Good touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 1 (Drumayne Dayberg-Muir touchdown). HT: NSW 2-0. NSW won division 2-1.Women’s open:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Louise Winchester 2, Sarah Peattie, Yasmin Meakes, Hannah Dyball touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Peta Rogerson, Shenae Ciesiolka, Marikki Watego touchdowns). HT: NSW 4-1; NSW won division 2-1.Mixed open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Emma Haines 2, Tim Glazebrook 2, Adam Pryde 2, Sebastian Rey, Michael Baartz, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Daniel Stone 3, Patricia Michaelopoulos 2, Luke Tonegato, Cameron Nicholls, Simon Lang touchdowns). Drop-off. FT:8-8; HT:3-3. QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 4 (Lucy Botten 2, Ashleigh Kearney, Michaela Jacks touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Chloe Cheney 2, Rachelle Davis touchdowns). HT: QLD 4-3; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Gabrielle Rose 2, Belinda Grech, Kristi Miller, Melissa McCall, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Katie Shaw, Kate Barker, Jessica Pulley touchdowns). HT: NSW 5-1. NSW won division 3-0.Women’s 35s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Tracy Williamson, Tracy Upton, Wendy Evans touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Dominique Bruce, Kristie Mosely touchdowns). HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Lisa Wilkes, Shanie Singleton, Julia Simons touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Jodie Gair touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 2-2; HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 6 (Cormac Hoch 2, James Baartz, Dylan Doak, Michael Fallon, Sam Carmody touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Lincoln Little 2, Patrick Coelho, Mitchell Wickham, Christopher Williams touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-3; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Manu Wakely 3, Michael Stone 2 touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Aaron Jones 2, Scott Prince touchdowns). HT: NSW2-1; NSW won division 2-1. Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Darren Reynoldson 2, Nathan Martin, Dean Murphy, Steven Sopher, Brad Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Joshua Woo, Tristan Mana, Mark Henricksen touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW won division 3-0.Men’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Corey McLeod 3, Lars Hanson, Chris Benfield, Jason Toby touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Hookey, Adrian Lam touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 45s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Shane Cooper, Michael Lennon, Edward Fong touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Frank Beer, Ian Smith touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-0; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl, John Samin, Amir Ayoub, Scott Collins touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Steve Womersley, Michael Boyd, Peter Feldman touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 3-3; HT: QLD2-0. NSW won the division 3-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 4 (Frank Stampa, Ian Kerr, Trevor McPhillips, David Baulch touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 2 (John Cattell, Gary Newman touchdowns). HT: 1-1.Game two:Men’s open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Shaun Francis 6, Michael Law, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, Justin Otto touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Stephen Roberts 2, Terry Deegan, Scott Buckley, Matthew Prowse, Tim Good touchdowns). HT: QLD 3-2; Division tied 1-1.Women’s open:QUEENSLAND 8 (Sarah Spacie 2, Brooke Walker, Catherine Sargent, Hayley Maddick, Kim Sue See, Jemma Mi Mi, Kate McCarthy touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Samantha Rodgers, Kristin Boss, Louise Winchester touchdowns). HT: 2-2; Division tied 1-1.Mixed open:NEW SOUTH WALES 10 (Tom Maher 2, Cameron Nicholls, Daniel Stone, Luke Tonegato, Michael Singh, Kylie Hilder, Trent Touma, Claire Moran, Patricia Michaelopoulos) def QUEENSLAND 9 (Greta Doherty 3, Adam Pryde 2, Sean Hooper 2, Rebecca Lapraik, Tim Glazebrook touchdowns). HT: NSW 8-7; Division leads 1-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 8 (Ashleigh Kearney 2, Katherine Stevens, Toni Wells, Georgina Friedrichs, Georgina Rackerman, Laura Gleeson, Tavla Rosin touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Logan Flanagan, Laura Coleman, Tayla Clifford, Zara Nichols, Abbey Papenhuyzen, Lily Goodchild touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 7-7; HT: 3-3; Division tied 1-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Trish McCarthy 2, Amanda Burdett, Melinda McMah, Gabrielle Rose, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 0. HT: NSW 3-0; NSW leads division 2-0.Women’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Kirstie Wakely, Kristie Mosely, Nicole Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Natalie Leicht, Tracy Upton touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1. Women’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Sue Ginns touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 1 (Lynda Davis touchdown). HT: 1-1; QLD leads division 2-0.Men’s 20s:NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Josh Rozario 3, Lincoln Little 2, Alex Nicholls, Jonathan Huskins, Christopher Williams touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 7 (Lachlan Hoch 3, David Richards 2, James Baartz, James Western touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-2; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Josh Sparke, Michael Stone, Todd Liubinskas touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Boston, Michael Watson touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-0; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 9 (Steven Sopher 2, Nathan Martin, Darren Reynoldson, Garry Sonda, Christopher Jonson, Brad Mitchell, Ahmad Daizil, Adam Fahim touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Stephen Prince 2, David Walsh, Joshua Woo, Robert Powley touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 9 (Clynton Wastell 3, Craig Scharer, Troy Morgan, Adrian Lam, John Linden, Kevin Eckersley, Matthew Barclay touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Jack Jardim, Christian Browne, Lars Hanson, Wayne Gleeson, Tony Eltakchi, Corey McLeod, David Roberts touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-1; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 45s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Owen 2, Neville Norris touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Derek Duguid, Brandon McDonald touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1. Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl 2, Scott Collins, Andre Andrews touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Ron Keleher 2 touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Hawes, Ian Kerr, Brian Prove touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 1 (David McLean touchdown), HT: NSW 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. 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Try scorer for the Indigenous All Stars in game two, Watego was instrumental and sentimental about the week that was.â€œI identify with the Yugambeh people of Beaudesert and they are who I am representing in this great event,” she said.”It’s a great opportunity to be picked for this team. There are a lot of indigenous players that would love to have this opportunity, so we’re very honoured to be picked and compete.”It’s great to see some young talent coming through and even more players to represent our people and our culture. We’re really proud and lucky to have this opportunity. And as always with matches of some significance, winners are grinners;- no bigger grin than on the face of Manly All Star, Danni Davis.”I was really excited coming into this week and with the result.”This is my first time playing and it’s exciting to compete against the very good Indigenous team but also to play with the boys from the Australian Menâ€™s side; they are the top team in the world and I really enjoyed mixing it with them.”Our team looked sharp all week; we have girls and boys that are used to playing mixed, and a lot that arenâ€™t, but I was confident that we would all do our jobs and come together against a great Indigenous team. For the record, the games were typically of the highest level and intensity and fittingly finished in the very typical drop-off format to split the teams and spoils.Game one went to type and down to the wire with the All Stars edging out the two time winners 7-6 in a four-on-four stoush at Wallsend Touch HQ. only a try to the mercurial Pete Norman separated the two combatants. By @JulianTFACommunity and culture. Connection. Respect.The simplicity of the message was no less powerful as the symbolism. The messenger no less significant too; straight from the lips of one of the proudest and most prodigiously talented NRL players to ever lace on a boot of any colour, lands or creed.For Kangaroos, Queensland and Cowboys (and one time Touch Football) star, Jonathan Thurston, a leader among his Harvey Norman All Stars’ clan and Touch Football equivalents in Newcastle, this week is as important as those illustrious colours he proudly and regularly wears for club, country and the big ‘Q’ on the big stage through the regular season.‘JT’ to his friends and foes, captured better than anyone the mood, the vibe, and that connection to the Harvey Norman Indigenous v World All Stars week featuring both codes and pathways. It was a reflective JT before his upcoming master-class display on Friday evening in a News Ltd (The Australian) piece to mark the start of this most culturally important week in Australian sport. “This game means a lot to all the boys who play in it. Weâ€™re representing our culture and giving back to the game that gives us so much,â€ he said.â€œThe game is the showpiece but itâ€™s what we do in the community throughout the week that makes it so special. These weeks have made me have a deeper connection with my heritage and made me feel a lot more comfortable in my skin.â€For the third year in succession the Australian Touch Football contingent have joined JT and his friends from near and far and been an integral part of the week through on and off field celebrations; and pivotal to the cultural celebration.This has afforded the best Touch Football talent on the planet the opportunity to wear their respective star spangled colours and reflect on their own connections to community and culture. To country. Nation.Traversing the stadiums of Gold Coast, Brisbane and now Newcastle, the positioning of the six-a-side mixed format shifted to a new and lofty level in 2017. Game three of a close fought tri-series the curtain raiser to the main Rugby League fixture on Channel Nine, effectively kicking off the 2017 NRL premiership. The spirit and significance of this week and event was not lost on two key Indigenous Touch Football figures who figured very prominently through the series and in their respective communities. For Australian Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s representatives, Scott Bundy and Marikki Watego it is about so much more than what goes down inside the stripe.”This tournament is a great opportunity for all the indigenous people to come out and showcase their skills, have a good performance in front of a big crowd, enjoy the game and have some fun. I’m representing my mob from Northern New South Wales and so proud of that fact,â€ Bundy said.”The other All Stars team did their homework and put on a good performance. They brought in a new coach (Tony Trad) and a couple of new players. But we had a good team and a couple of new faces and all gelled together well – full credit to the All Stars guys on their win.” Game two in a reduced format and on the McDonald-Jones Stadium in Newcastle saw both teams’ trade blows and go end to end, with Rebecca Mi Mi scoring for the indigenous team and followed by the game breaker in game one, Pete Norman.A great ball right from Hennessey to Hayley Maddick pushed the All Stars team ahead and inched them closer to their historic first series victory with eight minutes on the clock remaining.Two minutes left and 2-1 down, one last shot for the indigenous team went begging and with the clock winding down so too were the Indigenous team’s chances.Game three was effectively a dead rubber but with pride on the line and in front of the building stadium crowd, anything was possible.Buoyed by their series win for the first time, the All Stars went up a gear but so too the indigenous side. In a see-sawing battle they both saved their best till last with an awesome spectacle and 4-all draw to close out the series.At tournament end All Stars and Australian Men’s Open captain, Nick Good channeled the great Thurston and offered his own thoughtful perspective from across the fence.”The All Stars is such a great concept,” Good said at the close of a great week.”It allows the elite in the mens and womens to join on the one field and the opportunity to play with girls who you wouldnâ€™t be able to play with usually, along with being able to recognise our history as a country and culture and celebrate that too. “Irrespective of the result, as an All Stars team we are really proud of our (country’s) indigenous culture as well as our other cultures, we have people from all over the world, so for us its also about recognising where our parents and families are from. “And where we’re all from.”Connection and respect. Unity. To see all the action and behind the scenes images from the event, click here.Related Files2017_harvey_norman_all_stars_team_announcement-pdfRelated LinksAll Stars Shine
Napoli coach Carl Ancelotti warns against January signingsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carl Ancelotti doesn’t expect any January signings.Ancelotti is satisfied with the quality of his squad.He said, “An extra player would result in problems for management. No-one will leave, unless somebody gets stuck in front of the gate at our training complex because they want to be sold.“At the moment I see a compact and happy group. If I said I liked Pavard then that would be a lack of respect for Hysaj, Malcuit and Maksimovic, who I’m very happy with.“The market doesn’t interest me much right now. My experience of Serie A as an outsider was different.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
PARIS — Several hundred women wearing yellow vests have marched through Paris in a bid to restore a peaceful image to the grassroots protest movement, a day after demonstrations veered once more into violence.Some women carried yellow balloons during Saturday’s march from the Place de la Bastille to the Opera Garnier. At one point, they fell to their knees in a minute of silence for the 10 people killed and many others injured since the movement began in mid-November.Women also marched in other cities around France.The movement is losing wind with repeated violence at weekly demonstrations.Some women tried to rebrand the movement as peaceful through signs reading “I am your daughter” or “I am your Grandma.”Protesters wear fluorescent yellow safety vests required in French cars.The Associated Press
Kolkata: Saumitra Khan, a former Trinamool Congress leader who is now contesting the Lok Sabha election from Bishnupur (SC) constituency after he joined the saffron brigade in January, has been under the scanner of the Election Commission for not vacating a government guest house. As per the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), nobody can occupy a government guest house following the notification of elections particularly when he/she is contesting the elections. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) may seek a report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan in this regard. The district TMC leaders have recently registered a complaint with the Returning Officer of Durgapur saying that Khan has allegedly been staying in a government-owned guest house and had held a press conference there. In their complaint, the TMC leaders pointed out that Khan has been staying at the guest house in Durgapur flouting the ECI norms. They alleged that a candidate who is contesting the election cannot stay at a government guest house following the notification. After the matter came to light, the Commission has taken cognizance. The election officials will examine the report submitted by the DEO. In another development, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer has sent a report to the ECI regarding the controversial statements made by Sayantan Basu who is contesting the election from Basirhat with a BJP ticket. The CEO office had earlier served a show-cause notice to Basu and sought a video of his derogatory speech. The CEO office is awaiting instructions from the ECI.