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Who do you think will top tonight’s RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards?

first_imgWho do you think will top tonight’s RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman awards? Lenroy Stewart:Usain Bolt for sure. It’s a given that Bolt will win, he is the best always. Swimmer Alia Atkinson will win the Sportswoman of the Year for me. She has been making waves in her sport.Oshane Green:I would definitely give it to Usain (Bolt). Alia Atkinson did a great job but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been consistently delivering. I would give the Sportswoman title to Shelly.Clive Carr:No doubt in my mind, Usain Bolt is the greatest. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the big lady for me. She always rises to the occasion.Vanessa Madden:Usain Bolt will win the Sportsman of the Year title because he is the best. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is my pick for female sportswoman of the year because she always wins her races.Lisa Hall:I pick Usain Bolt because he has done things which have never been done before at the World Championships. For the women’s award I will pick Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, as she is a champion.Heather Frampton:Usain Bolt deserves it, as he has performed well. For the women I think Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce will win. She is the clear leader.last_img read more

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Newton’s sexist remark sours yogurt sponsor deal

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Newton also has endorsement deals with Under Armour, Gatorade and Beats by Dre.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody View comments How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hamilton fastest in rain-hit practice for Japanese GP (FILES) This file photo taken on September 30, 2017 shows Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers looking on during the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.Yogurt maker Dannon said October 5, 2017 it will no longer work with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the wake of a sexist remark by the NFL star to a woman reporter. Asked by Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue about teammate Devin Funchess and the way he runs pass routes, Newton said, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.” The stinging backlash came quickly, with Dannon’s Oikos brand dropping Newton as a spokesman. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Maddie MeyerYogurt maker Dannon said Thursday it will no longer work with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the wake of a sexist remark by the NFL star to a woman reporter.Asked by Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue about teammate Devin Funchess and the way he runs pass routes, Newton said, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The stinging backlash came quickly, with Dannon’s Oikos brand dropping Newton as a spokesman.Dannon signed Newton to endorse the brand in 2015, the same year he led the Panthers into Super Bowl 50 where they lost to Denver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We are shocked and disheartened at the behavior and comments of Cam Newton towards Jourdan Rodrigue, which we perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women,” said Michael Neuwirth, Dannon’s senior director of external communications.“It is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to fostering equality and inclusion in every workplace. It’s simply not OK to belittle anyone based on gender. We have shared our concerns with Cam and will no longer work with him.”last_img read more

Belingon ‘100 percent confident’ vs Fernandes in ONE title unification fight

first_imgKevin Belingon and Bibiano Fernandes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSINGAPORE — Filipino MMA star Kevin Belingon didn’t even last a round inside the cage against Brazilian champion Bibiano Fernandes the first time they fought in January 2016.Don’t expect the same result on Friday night when the two premier ONE bantamweights duel anew in a title unification fight in the main event of ONE: Heart of the Lion at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT A lot has changed since for Belingon, who has won his next six fights since that submission defeat at the hands of Fernandes.“I’m more confident this time compared to the last time we fought,” said Belingon, who beat Martin Nguyen on points last July to become the interim bantamweight champion, during a star-studded press conference attended by MMA superstars Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez on Wednesday at Marina Sands Bay Convention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I respect Bibiano, I respect his skills, but I trained hard for this match especially with my wrestling and grappling,” he added. “I’m 100 percent confident for the fight and I’m very hungry for this fight. I’m ready.”Fernandes has ruled the bantamweight division since he unified the title in 2013. He hasn’t been beaten in the ONE stage with a 9-0 record. The 38-year-old Fernandes is determined to keep it that way.“He has improved. I’ve watched his last three to four fights but I am ready for him,” Fernandes said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Standhardinger leads PBA Best Player of Conference race Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Inviting Turkish Manufacturing: How Serious Are We?

first_img“It is our resolve to shift from simply exporting raw materials to being a manufacturing nation.”        These were the words of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when last week she received the letters of credence from Turkish Ambassador Senturk Uzun.  She told him she was inviting Liberia’s partners, “including Turkey, to direct their investments [to] the manufacturing and service industries.”The question is, how serious are she and her government?In advancing any pleas and challenges to partners, one has to know these partners well enough.  Does the Liberian government know Turkey?  It is a very serious country, which is fast becoming industrialized.    It is also self-sufficient in agriculture.We understand that most of the steel rods which are imported into Liberia come from Turkey.Yet Turkey has no iron ore.  So how does she produce enough steel rods for local consumption and export?  The poor Liberians would not believe this: and when we say poor, we have no intention of ignoring the fact that yes, we are desperately poor, yet we are vastly rich in mineral and agricultural resources.  So what is it thatLiberians would not believe? Turkey produces its steel rods from scrap metal that it imports!  It then manufactures them as well as steel plates and other products, then ships them to iron ore rich Liberia.  That is why we ask the question, how serious is our President in inviting Turkey to help lead us into manufacturing?Does the government recall   the golden opportunity we   missed just two years ago when a Chinese steel manufacturer put in a concession bid for the Western Cluster mines?  Yes, then Lands, Mines and Energy (LME)Minister Eugene Shannon, reputed to be one of our brightest sons, joined others in shortsightedly rejecting this Chinese company, brought in by President George Bush’s brother, Jeb, former governor of Florida.  The reason:  Shannon and company found every excuse to reject that Chinese company, including that it could not raise enough   money to engage in the Western Cluster mining!  Now here are two things about that decision that will make All Liberians cry!  First, the Chinese company told the government they were willing to establish a steel plant in Liberia.  Here was a golden opportunity not simply missed, but REJECTED!The second thing that will make Liberians cry is something they already know only too well, especially since this newspaper, the Daily Observer, wrote repeatedly  about but we, too, were ignored and rejected: Elenilto, the Israeli scrap metal company that the LME and the President’s Ministerial Council declared as having “won” the bid for the Western Cluster mines, HAD ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE IN MINING OPERATIONS.  They were only scrap metal dealers and financial speculators.And Elenilto knew that only too well.  So, realizing they had no experience in mining, before they even signed the concession agreement with the Liberian government, they sold 49% of it to the Indian steel company SesaGoa!  And months after Elenilto’s signing of the concession agreement, they sold to Sesa Goa the remaining 51%!Here you had the whole sovereign government of Africa’s oldest independent republic taken for a ride by scrap dealers!  This is why we ask, how serious are the President and her government in inviting the Turks to engage in manufacturing?  For clearly, to have allowed itself to be taken for a ride like that by Elenilto, rejecting a company that was committed to building a steel here, makes one wonder whether those engaged in these negotiations do not take their work seriously, are incompetent, or just plain unpatriotic.Now, after barely two years of operation, Sesa Goa has informed GOL that it has scaled down 80% of its operations.   That is apart from the outrageous proposal they recently put to GOL to transport its iron ore by truck through the already heavily congested Duala traffic to the Free Port of Monrovia!  This means that the deal Elenilto led GOL into and GOL willingly accepted for reasons GOL has  never explained to the Liberian people, is now at a standstill.We suggest that GOL investigate the possible breach of this concession agreement, cancel it and reopen the concession bid for the Western Cluster.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Darfur deserves attention of Jews

first_imgJews see with ancient eyes and hear with ancient ears. Not long ago, we swore over the cremated bodies of our fathers, mothers, and children in the ovens of Dachau, Treblinka, and Auschwitz and cried, “Never again.” We dare not shut our eyes or our mouths or our ears. Who are the people of Darfur to us? They are us. Why is Darfur our problem? Suad is a young pregnant mother of two. Last month when she went with her 10-year-old sister, Halima, to collect firewood, she saw the Janjaweed approaching. Suad allowed herself to be caught so that young Halima could escape. Suad endured a beating and gang rape by seven Janjaweed militiamen. Why is this our problem? Because we were slaves in Egypt; because we were expelled from Spain; because we were ashes in Auschwitz; because we are free today. They are us. PASSOVER commemorates the exodus and freedom of the Israelites from ancient Egypt. But as Jewish people sit and reflect on their ancestors, they must remember that there is another people who are still in the desert, dispossessed of their homes, belongings, food supplies and security. Since 2003, more than 400,000 Darfurians have been killed by the Janjaweed militia. The Arab Muslim Janjaweed have been given free rein by the Sudanese government to destroy villages, kill, rape and abduct the black African Muslims in Darfur. More than 2.5 million people are now in refugee camps scattered throughout Darfur and Chad. The Jewish community through Jewish World Watch has taken on Darfur as an advocacy campaign. People ask us why the Jewish people should care about another group that is far away and not of our own faith. As we commemorate our own survival and freedom from oppression during Passover, we ask the following four questions. Who are they to us, those people in Darfur? To whom are you loyal? Are you essentially a Jew or a human being? Compassion and justice are not like pieces of pie from which you cut a slice for yourself and by so doing take away from the other. The moral choice is not either/or. The Jewish response is “both/and.” Genocide of any fabric is the ultimate blasphemy to the image of godliness and must not be endured. By speaking out against genocide in the world, we give voice to the message of outrage from our murdered out of the ovens of Treblinka and Auschwitz and Dachau. They are us. What can I do? Elie Wiesel noted, “The wise child asks, `What are our responsibilities, as Jews, to the oppressed people of Darfur?’ The wicked child asks, `Why should we care what happens to people thousands of miles away?”‘ We are mandated to love the stranger because we were strangers in the bondage of Egypt. Egyptian midwives disobeyed Pharaoh’s decree to slaughter first-born Jewish males. It was their commitment to preserve human life that saved Moses and the children of Israel. The strangers are us. These questions must be asked. Slaves don’t ask questions. They are muted. We are no longer slaves. We ask questions so that others will no longer be slaves. Harold M. Schulweis is rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue in Encino and the founder of Jewish World Watch.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

American Muslims beginning to fear that ‘Islamophobia’ is gripping the U.S.

first_imgAnd some worry that could lead to broader problems. Marginalized Muslims in France rioted two years ago, bombed subways and buses in London, and bombed a train in Madrid. “Islamophobia is a root cause of radicalization,” said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council. “As we are trying to counter extremism, we are coming up on Islamophobia as a major barrier to integration of Muslim Americans into the larger society.” Biology digression At CSUN last month, biology lecturer Haig Kopooshian had been talking about evolution when he digressed into discussing religious perspectives on science. An Armenian Christian who lived most of his life in Lebanon, Kopooshian said his discussion of humans as the “most complex animals” caused him to unconsciously refer to Muslims as animals. “I don’t know what the problem is. You are an animal and I am an animal,” he said, adding that he immediately apologized in case he had offended anyone in the class. While Kopooshian said he harbors no ill feelings toward Muslims, plenty of Americans do. In the film “Borat,” a Virginia rodeo organizer asks Borat, whom he thinks is a Kazakh journalist, whether he is Muslim. “I see a lot of people,” the organizer says, “and I think, `There’s a dadgum Muslim. I wonder what kind of bomb he’s got strapped to him.”‘ Prejudicial feelings It’s an uncomfortable moment because while Borat is a film character, John Saunders, the rodeo organizer and assistant director of the Salem Civic Center, is a real person. Last summer, a USA Today/Gallup Poll found that 39 percent of Americans have “at least some feelings of prejudice against Muslims” and 34 percent said Muslims living in the United States were “sympathetic” to al-Qaida. “There are elements of truth (to that),” said Daniel Pipes, a Middle East expert and visiting professor at Pepperdine University. “That is not to say it is a broad-brush indictment of all Muslims. But there is a segment of Muslims who are alienated from the United States. “Were Muslims unequivocal and consistent in condemning not just terrorism but the perpetrators and the ideology that support terrorism, the American public would feel much more confident.” The term “Islamophobia” was coined in 1997 by the British think tank Runnymede Trust. But before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it had little use in the American lexicon. Kevin J. Hasson, president of the Washington-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said growing suspicion of Muslim Americans isn’t surprising. “It isn’t surprising people were fearful of Japanese-Americans in World War II, and it isn’t surprising they decided to put them in internment camps,” he added. “But it’s still appalling.” Media voices blamed Muslim leaders blame Islamophobia on voices in the media such as syndicated columnist Ann Coulter and politicians such as Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Virginia, who criticized Ellison’s use of the Quran for taking the oath of office. “The underlying issue is the growing anti-Islamic sentiment that is being fueled by the industry of hate in America,” said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an organization that has been accused of having links to terrorist groups, most recently in The New Republic. “It’s an industry that benefits financially and otherwise from policies of war, policies of division and policies of demonization of American Muslims.” But Ayloush also added: “America has its way of eventually accepting and integrating all segments of the population. It is just a matter of how long it takes. We are, as American Muslims, fully committed to integrating through dialogue and creating trust, no matter what attacks we are subjected to.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The incident last month, which CSUN is investigating, illuminates a broader concern among the United States’ estimated 5 million Muslims. With increasing frequency, Muslims are talking about an “Islamophobic” culture that is inciting violence and discrimination – more than five years after 9-11. In February, a hacker entered the Web site for the council that oversees Southern California mosques and wrote a hateful obscenity aimed at Muslims on the mosque-finder page. Three times in the past two months, the Islamic Center of Upland in San Bernardino County has been vandalized. And in December, Keith Ellison, who was about to be sworn in as Congress’ first Muslim, was widely criticized for wanting to take the oath on the Quran. Hate crimes against Muslims have constituted about 11 percent of religious-bias incidents since 2002 – after spiking to 26 percent in 2001 from only 2 percent in 2000, according to the FBI. But religious-discrimination complaints filed with Muslim organizations have been climbing. NORTHRIDGE – The Muslim university student was listening to his biology professor when the lecture sharply digressed from evolution. “Don’t talk to Muslims about religion,” the California State University, Northridge, teacher reportedly said. “Because they turn to a different animal.” The unidentified student reported the incident to CSUN’s Muslim Student Association, which sent a letter to university President Jolene Koester, demanding that the teacher apologize and that the university conduct sensitivity training. “The school needs to provide a safe environment for our students’ education,” said Zabie Mansoory, Muslim association president. “It is a biology class, for God’s sake. Religion shouldn’t be anywhere close to a biology class.” last_img

Jermain Defoe MUST be in the reckoning for Euro 2016 spot, Darren Bent says

first_imgDarren Bent says Jermain Defoe MUST be in contention for a spot in England’s Euro 2016 squad.The striker has enjoyed an excellent campaign for Sunderland, scoring 15 Premier League goals to help the club secure survival against the odds.He has not played international football in almost three years, winning the last of his 55 caps against Chile in November 2013, and is approaching 34 years of age.But Bent believes Defoe’s fine form this season demands that Roy Hodgson seriously considers him for a recall for this summer’s finals in France.The Derby County striker, who boasts four goals from 13 Three Lions appearances, told talkSPORT:  “Defoe has been one of the main reasons why Sunderland have stayed up this year.“Every week you look on the TV, he has got one, he has got two, he has got three – and not just goals when they are losing games. He is getting important winners, he is getting them points.“He has got to be in the reckoning. People are not even talking about him and it is strange.“You talk about forwards and hitting form, well he is probably the most in-form striker in the country at the moment.”last_img read more

CLLR FRANK McBREARTY’S INCREDIBLE WEIGHT LOSS

first_imgFrank tried on the trousers from a suit he wore as Mayor just over a year agoFrank says he has lost it! He sure hasHE’S literally a shadow of his former self.Cllr Frank McBrearty has been taking part in an incredible weight loss programme.And here he is…an astonishing 35 pounds lighter. CLLR FRANK McBREARTY’S INCREDIBLE WEIGHT LOSS was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Frank McBreartyweight losslast_img read more

49ers by the numbers: Figuring out season’s highs and lows

first_imgSANTA CLARA — In the spirit of an Advent calendar, here are the numbers to watch counting down to the 49ers’ season finale Sunday against the host Los Angeles Rams:1,228: George Kittle‘s receiving yards, the 49ers’ most since Terrell Owens‘ 1,300-yard output in 2002 and a record for franchise tight ends.1,327: NFL record for tight end receiving yards, set by New England’s Rob Gronkowski in 2011 and also threatened this year by Kansas City’s Travis Kelce (1,274).SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: …last_img read more