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Creation of first independent journalists’ union against a background of repression

first_imgNews February 3, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders welcomed the creation of Hurriyat (Freedom), the first independent media watchdog in Syria on 9 May 2005 and urged the authorities to officially recognise it.”Hurriyat could play a key role in the liberalisation of the media and the decriminalisation of press offences which we have been demanding for years,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.The new centre has been founded by a number of journalists and human rights activists, such as cartoonist Ali Farzat, writer and political commentator Michel Kilo and lawyer Anwar Bunni. “Since the promulgation, in September 2001, of a new press law, the Syrian authorities have stepped up a crackdown on the media. Recent events confirm this total control of the press and the need to create a Syrian press freedom organisation such as Hurriyat,” Reporters Without Borders said.The latest incident of censorship was on 11 May, when the May issue of the privately-owned financial monthly al-Mal (Money) was seized for dealing with sensitive issues. They included an interview with the former finance minister, Issam Zaïm, headlined, “The new direction of the link of the Syrian pound to the dollar is worrying”, a letter sent to President Bashar al Assad by an entrepreneur whose business was seized by the ruling Baath Party in the 60s and an article about corruption in the private sector.In another case, the Syrian authorities halted a series of four programmes about the Syrian press put out by US Arabic-language television al Hurra (The Free One). The day after the first programme was broadcast live from Damascus on 19 April, al-Hurra announced that it was cancelling the rest of the programmes following “harassment” of its team in the capital. On the first programmes guests freely discussed “press legislation and the red lines not to be crossed”.Elsewhere, on 5 May, a defamation trial opened against journalist and writer Hakim Al Baba after he wrote several articles criticising Imad al Shuaibi, a doctor of political science known to be an unofficial government spokesman. The complainant is seeking five million Syrian pounds in damages (around 100,000 dollars).The Syrian secret services have already several times summoned al Baba who regularly writes articles in various Arabic newspapers, using humour to criticise the Syrian political system. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders welcomed the creation of Hurriyat, the first independent media watchdog in Syria on 9 May 2005 and urged the authorities to officially recognise it, against a background of repression. The May issue of the privately-owned financial monthly al-Mal was seized for dealing with sensitive issues. In another case, the Syrian authorities halted a series of four programmes about the Syrian press put out by US Arabic-language television al Hurra. Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News News March 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Creation of first independent journalists’ union against a background of repressionlast_img read more

Billie Jean King sends off class of 2011 at UVM’s 207th commencement

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Tennis legend Billie Jean King served up three pieces of advice to grads at Sunday’s commencement ceremony: No. 1: Learn how to learn. No. 2: Relationships are everything. No. 3: Be a problem solver.”Study history,” King said, elaborating on her first point. “The more you know about history, the more you know yourself.” One of Life magazine’s 100 most important Americans in the 20th century, King changed history when, in 1973, she beat former champion Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes, sending a strong message for gender equality at a time when, King noted on Sunday, women couldn’t get their own credit cards.On her second point — relationships are everything — King told graduates, “You’ll never know how you’ll touch another person’s life or how they’ll touch yours.” As an example, she told the story of meeting Elton John. Although both were initially too shy to say hello (a fact that seemed impossible to King, who idolized the musician), they were introduced when they attended the same party weeks before King’s fateful match against Riggs and became close friends, remaining so today.Celebrities and stars aside, King said, everyone needs “she-roes and heroes,” adding that professors, parents, siblings and coaches are among the most important people in our lives.  Toward the end of her remarks, King cited Nelson Mandela as an example of how to live life as a problem solver. Visiting his cell on Robben Island, said King, who has herself worked on behalf of social change and equality for women and those in the LGBT community, was among the most profound experiences of her life.Closing out her time at the podium, King pulled out a racket, and with Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom” playing on the speakers — a song he dedicated to her — she lobbed more than a dozen tennis balls to the crowd.Approximately 8,000 people gathered to celebrate this year’s commencement, the 207th in the university’s history. Originally scheduled to take place on the University Green, the ceremony was moved inside to the Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex — not, as board chair Robert Cioffi quipped in his opening remarks, to make King feel more at home on the indoor tennis courts, but because record rainfall this spring had left the Green too soggy to accommodate the event.In his comments, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin noted this year’s extreme weather in Vermont — from a long, cold winter to this spring’s historic flooding of Lake Champlain — as a palpable reminder to students of the “responsibility and obligation of dealing with climate change.”President Daniel Mark Fogel’s remarks celebrated the student efforts that have made UVM what it is today, from a fledgling recycling program 20 years ago to student activism that “pushed the campus toward levels of diversity that some would have never thought possible.””Hold on,” Fogel said, “to what you feel now — the optimism and energy, the open mind and sense of possibility of a new college graduate.”At this year’s ceremonies, approximately 3,097 graduates received diplomas, including 2,475 bachelor’s, 392 master’s, 97 doctoral and 111 M.D. degree recipients, in addition to 22 post-baccalaureate certificates. Degree recipients hail from an estimated 43 states and 19 countries. Approximately 1,235 graduates are from Vermont. The graduating class includes an expected 229 African, Latino/a, Asian and Native American (ALANA) and bi/multi-racial students.In addition to King, the university conferred honorary degrees on seven other individuals who have had a positive impact on the state, university and nation: Letitia C. Biddle, Major General Michael D. Dubie, Bruce Lisman, Keith M. Miser, Dr. Thomas J. Sullivan, Professor Emerita Marion Brown Thorpe, and Simon Pearce. Read full bios of each of the degree recipients.During the ceremony, the UVM Alumni Association presented the annual George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching to Stephanie Kaza, professor of environmental studies. Kaza, who has been actively engaged in campus sustainability initiatives to reduce waste, conserve energy and promote environmental values, teaches courses with a focus in the environmental humanities.Three faculty members were added to the ranks of University Distinguished Professor: Jerold Lucey, professor of pediatrics; Brooke Mossman, professor of pathology; and Susan Wallace, professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. The distinction, begun in 2009, carries with it rights to use the title for the duration of their careers at UVM; an annual stipend for scholarly pursuits; and service as an informal advisory board to the university administration.Eight students were honored with five university awards. Claire Chevrier won the Mary Jean Simpson Award, honoring the senior woman who exhibits the highest qualities of leadership, academic competence and character; Bryce Jones won the F.T. Kidder Medal, honoring the senior man ranking first in character, leadership and scholarship; Jason DePatie and Kimberley Davy won the Class of 1967 Award, presented to seniors who best exhibit leadership, academic competence and character, and who have earned the respect of faculty and fellow students; Briana Martin and Kofi Mensah won the Keith M. Miser Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding service to the university; and Gregory Herman and Haylley Johnson won the Elmer Nicholson Achievement Prize, recognizing the greatness of the students’ UVM experiences and the expectation that they will make a major contributions in their fields of interest. Source: UVM. 5.23.2011last_img read more

UK betting commits to new ‘five core’ safer gambling measures

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Chief Executives from a number of UK betting companies have signed up to a new package of safer gambling commitments, which will place a focus on mitigating the associated risks of gambling. The CEOs from Aspers, bet365, Caesars, Flutter Entertainment, Genting, GVC Holdings, Playtech, Rank Group, Sky Betting & Gaming and William Hill have all committed to the new set of measures which is hoped to support the UK Gambling Commission’s National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. Peter Jackson – FlutterCommenting on the announcement, Peter Jackson, Chief Executive of Flutter Entertainment, said: “These commitments are an important step forward for the sector in their own right and also signal a genuine desire to ensure that acting responsibly is at the heart of our businesses.”The five core safer gambling commitments will hope to deliver long-term and fundamental changes in how gambling companies are run in the UK and how they empower, protect and support their customers.The commitments are driven by the mandate of –  ‘preventing underage gambling and protect young people; increasing support for treatment of gambling harm; strengthening and expanding codes of practice for advertising and marketing; protecting and empowering our customers and; promoting a culture of safer gambling’. Support for the safer gambling commitments comes on the same day that a new representative body for the UK’s betting and gaming industry formally launches. The ‘Betting and Gaming Council‘ will represent betting shops, online gaming businesses and casinos, and has been established in response to calls for the industry to work together to guarantee an enjoyable, fair and safe betting and gaming experience for all.Brigid SimmondsBrigid Simmonds OBE, Chairman of the Betting and Gaming Council, added: “The Betting and Gaming Council welcomes these commitments from the chief executives. This is a major step towards preventing underage gambling and addressing harm. “Working together as an industry we will create a culture of safer gambling – increasing the competency of professionals who educate young people, increasing support for treatment, strengthening and expanding codes of practice and empowering consumers.“These are commitments that the BGC will champion and drive forward to build public and institutional trust in our industry.”As of today, GamCare and Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) will also help support a new four-year national education programme tailored towards supporting young people, families and the youth professional workforce to improve awareness and understanding of the risks associated with gambling. Lee Willows, Founder & Chief Executive of YGAM explained: “In collaboration with GamCare we’ll deliver a national education programme to raise awareness of the risks of gambling as well as help build digital resilience among young people.  The transparent way in which this programme will be reported on and evaluated is helpful to aid public understanding of its impact and further raise awareness.”Chief Executive of GamCare, Anna Hemmings, said: “The commitment to meet GamCare’s Safer Gambling Standard and to work towards achieving our Advanced Level accreditation will drive a step-change in industry standards.  “We are also delighted to be working alongside YGAM to deliver our shared aspirations for youth education around gambling and the harms it can cause.  Education is essential in ensuring that young people understand the risks of gambling and are able to make informed decisions about their participation in these activities and think critically about them before doing so.”In a bid to improve transparency and accountability, the CEOs have also committed to regular and public checks with an independent monitoring and evaluation process consistent with the best practice approach used by public bodies, including the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), HM Treasury and UK Evaluation Society. The announcement comes off the back of a recent interim report published by the Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) which has called for further action from the Government and the UKGC to combat problem gambling.Tim Miller – UKGCThe cross-party group argued that there is no justification for online slot games to have stake levels above the £2 limit which is currently in place across retail venues, with the APPG highlighting ‘the disparity in content controls and stake and deposit limits between online and offline games.’Showing his support for the new commitments, Tim Miller, Executive Director of the UKGC, concluded: “Through the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms we have been clear on the important role for greater collaboration and partnership working across the industry, alongside robust regulatory action by us. “We have been encouraged by moves across the industry in recent months to work together on player protection and hope that this programme marks another step forward by gambling companies in delivering on the ambitions in the National Strategy.” Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Fraser-Pryce chasing history

first_imgThe women’s sprints are exploding with speed. Last year, a 16-year-old American, Candace Hill, broke 11 seconds for 100 metres. New names have emerged here in the form of Elaine Thompson and Natasha Morrison and in Holland through Dafne Schippers. Africa has the dynamic duo of Blessing Okagbare and Murielle Ahoure. Britain has an entry into these high speed stakes in the form of 2014 World Junior Champion Dina Asher-Smith. These are just some of the women who stand between Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and a unique place in athletics history. At present, two Americans – Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers – other than the little Jamaican have won the Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres. Tyus’ form dipped in between her gold medal runs in 1964 in Tokyo and in 1968 in Mexico, but that is perhaps understandable. Back then, there were no World Championships to chase. Devers was World Champion in 1993, when she won a squeaker over Jamaican icon Merlene Ottey. That narrow win came after her 1992 Olympic success over Juliet Cuthbert in Barcelona and before another heartbreaker over Ottey in the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. Athletically, gold at the World Championships equals gold in track and field at the Olympics. Power of tradition However, the Worlds started only in 1983 and still lack the lustre of the Olympics. That’s the power of a tradition that started with the first Olympics in 1896. So even though she is already the most successful 100-metre sprinter, the 29-year-old Kingston native ‘needs’ to win an unprecedented third Olympic gold medal to become the undisputed Queen of Speed. Last year, she won her third World title despite easing off early to celebrate. This year could be harder. Schippers will fully focus on sprinting for the first time and Thompson will likely campaign in both the 100m and the 200m. Nigerian Okagbare and Ahoure, the ace from the Ivory Coast, could be back to the form that gave them medals at the 2013 World Championships. Asher-Smith, who took the British record under 11 seconds last season, could move forward again and the American World bronze medal winner, Tori Bowie, is certain to threaten. There is one other challenger. Veronica Campbell-Brown, the World 100m champion in 2007, is chasing her own piece of history. Fruitful career In a long and fruitful career, she has twice won the Olympic bronze medal in the 100 metres. At 33, she is older than Shelly, but her surprising 21.97-second run for third in the World Championships 200m final came after a season troubled by leg ailments. A win in the 100m might be enough to win VCB the undisputed title of best Jamaican female sprinter of all time. With the 2020 Olympics a further four years away, this is probably her last chance. The field is fabulous as all mentioned herein have broken 11 seconds, with Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson and Carmelita Jeter, all Olympic silver medal winners in the 100m and long jumper-sprinter Tianna Bartoletta, appearing as respected outsiders. However, on the strength of her dominating 2015 season and her consistent speed in big meets, Shelly-Ann is on course to make history. Mathematically, any medal will pull her away from Tyus and Devers, but that won’t be enough to settle the arguments. The gold medal is the big prize. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

Chelsea v Hull: Costa starts

first_imgDiego Costa returns to the Chelsea starting line-up for the game at Stamford Bridge.Willian drops to the bench. John Terry, who has served a one-match ban, is not in the Blues’ matchday squad.Hull’s recent signings Omar Elabdellaoui and Evandro start for the visitors, who are without Robert Snodgrass.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Ake, Zouma, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.Hull: Jakupovic, Robertson, Maguire, Davies, Huddlestone, Hernandez, Clucas, Elabdellaoui, Dawson, Mason, Evandro.Subs: Marshall, Meyler, Maloney, Diomande, Niasse, Tymon, Bowen.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders stop Lions at the 1-yard line, win 31-24

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — The Raiders celebrated their homecoming with a yard to spare Sunday, with Karl Joseph breaking up a Matt Stafford pass in the end zone to preserve a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions at the Coliseum.With the game tied 24-24 after Derek Carr’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow, Stafford drive the Lions from their own 23 to the 1-yard line, as Nick Morrow and Lamarcus Joyner stopped a 13-yard …last_img

Hurricane Sandy Tests Wireless Infrastructure, Forces Carriers To Collaborate

first_imgRelated Posts There is nothing like a disaster to bring people together. In a rare show of decency, AT&T and T-Mobile have teamed up to provide their networks to people affected by Superstorm Sandy this last week. How long will the partnership last and what does it mean for the future of cellular collaboration – during natural disasters and otherwise?AT&T and T-Mobile will combine networks to offer non-roaming calls and data on whichever network happens to be available in a given area of the Sandy-ravaged East Coast. Consumers will not notice the difference as the service will be managed by AT&T and T-Mobile on the back end. All consumers of T-Mobile and AT&T need to do is dial out, and the carriers will take care of the rest. AT&T and T-Mobile can achieve this temporary integration because the carriers share a common standard for their 2G/3G cellular services. Both are built on the ubiquitous GSM/UMTS standard and their networks are very similar from a tower and spectrum standpoint. Those similarities are one of the reasons that AT&T bid $39 billion to take over T-Mobile in 2011 before the Department of Justice and Federal Communication Commission expressed reservations and AT&T withdrew its offer. Something Needed To Be DoneAccording to the FCC, a quarter of cell towers in 10 Mid-Atlantic to North Eastern states from Virginia to Massachusetts were knocked out due to Sandy. Some were damaged by wind, while others, such as several from Verizon in New York City, were affected by flood waters. For its part, Verizon has deployed four Wireless Emergency Communication Centers in New York (on Staten Island) and New Jersey. Verizon also has several mobile “stores on wheels” in the area. The company is offering device charging and free domestic phone calls to local residents. Verizon said that as of this afternoon that 96% of its service sites in the area of Sandy are operational.The collaboration between AT&T and T-Mobile could present a blueprint for how mobile carriers handle future natural disasters. Verizon and Sprint also share a common cellular standard and could team up when needed to strengthen network coverage during emergencies. A Painful Case StudyHurricane Sandy provides an interesting case study in how the cellular infrastructure of the U.S. can withstand disaster situations. The good news is that most of the carriers’ towers and infrastructure survived – providing a semblance of coverage for most people. In addition, the carriers have mobilized quickly to repair service outages. The collaboration between T-Mobile and AT&T shows that, for at least a couple of days, the carriers can put aside their differences for the common good.The bad news is that the parts of the carrier’s networks that did not go down, quickly became congested with voice and data transmissions. So even many people with serve got  “circuits busy” messages or loss of data connections during and after the storm.It is hard to imagine a storm much worse than Sandy, stretching out over such as wide and populated area. If there was truly a storm to test the carrier’s capability to provide service during times of distress, Sandy was it. Images courtesy of Anton Oparin / Shutterstock.com. dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Carriers#hurricane sandy#mobile The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Urgent call: Make it Pacquiao vs Matthysse

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Meanwhile, Bob Arum has declared Pacquiao vs Matthysse an impossibility.“I see Manny has talked about fighting Matthysse,” Arum told Boxingscene. “But that’s not gonna happen.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting For the record, Pacquiao has not bothered to comment directly on Arum’s choice of Alvarado.Yesterday, veteran sportswriter Nick Giongco reported Pacquiao has bared his choice of a next opponent.“I want Matthysse,” Giongo said Pacquiao told him during a break in the Senate Tuesday afternoon.Giongco said Pacquiao believes his own aggressive style and Matthysse’s penchant for toe-to-toe combat would make for a very compelling bout.Matthysse took the WBA 147-lb belt with a stoppage of Thailand’s Tewa Kiram last month. His record is 39 wins, 4 losses, one draw with 36 KOs.“Matthysse is the fight that I like, a fight fans would also like to see,” Giongco quoted Pacquiao as declaring.Trainer Freddie Roach has himself said he would love Pacquiao to face Matthyse next.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Teng feeling like a rookie again in reunion with Jarencio at GlobalPort Veteran promoter Bob Arum made a promise to provide something unique (and nice) for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight. After a long wait, it turned out the unusual opponent Arum meant was former world title-holder Mike Alvarado.Top Rank Inc. has announced that the Pacquiao-Alvarado bout would be featured side-by-side with the WBO welterweight title defense in April of Australian Jeff Horn against the unbeaten Terence Crawford of Omaha.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Alvarado is a banged-up warrior who got seriously crushed in a losing title defense against Ruslan Provodnikov in October 2013. He was stopped in 10 rounds.As noted by Philboxing.com founder and chief editor Dong Secuya, Alvarado next lost by decision to Juan Manuel Marquez in May 2014, before being stopped by Brandon Rios in three rounds in January 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was in the last Rios loss that he seemed out of it,” Dong Secuya said.It’s a bit puzzling, but if there’s anything unique Arum has found, it could be Alvarado’s four-straight wins (against unranked foes) since his return to the ring. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

Warriors sputter at times, fall in Game 1 of NBA Finals

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The Warriors shot 44 percent, turned the ball over 17 times and fell to the Toronto Raptors 118-109 in the series opener. Going back to the 1975 finals, the Warriors had won Game 1 of the title matchup in each of their last five appearances in the series. The last time Golden State lost a Game 1 of the finals was 1967.Golden State was playing for the first time in 10 days, and trailed for nearly 43 of the game’s 48 minutes. The Warriors trailed by 10 at the half, marking the fourth consecutive game where Golden State faced a double-digit deficit at some point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the last three of those contests, Golden State rallied to beat Portland.Toronto didn’t fold and let this one slip away. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts in front of Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Maybe it was the rust. Maybe it was the Raptors.Either way, Golden State’s offense was not at its usual high-octane level on Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals — and for the first time in this era of Warriors basketball, they face a 1-0 deficit in the title series.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Raptors draw first blood, thump Warriors in 1st NBA finals appearance View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 16 field goals; the rest of the Warriors combined for only 18. Draymond Green, who did have a triple-double, shot 2 for 9. Andre Iguodala was 3 for 7, missing all four of his tries from 3-point range.This is a matchup of offense vs. defense, the freewheeling Warriors against a Toronto team that has now peeled off five consecutive wins since falling behind Milwaukee 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals. The Raptors turned that series around by clamping down at the defensive end, particularly against Bucks star and likely MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.This time, it was against everyone.Golden State’s two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP in Kevin Durant isn’t expected back for Game 2, either. The Warriors have said he won’t play until he can return to a full-fledged practice, and earlier Thursday coach Steve Kerr said it was unlikely that Durant participates in a practice before the team heads home to the Bay Area to prepare for Game 3 on Wednesday night.So if something is going to change on Sunday when the finals resume in Toronto, it won’t be with Durant aiding the cause.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

Six-a-side football format set to grow in India: Bhutia

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 9 (PTI) Star footballer Bhaichung Bhutia, who was today roped in as the League Mentor of the Hyderabad Football League (HFL) six-a-side tournament, said the new format is set to grow in India.The third season of HFL six-a-side tournament, to be held at different venues here, will begin on November 26 and conclude on January 27, 2018. It will feature 135 matches.”Six-a-side format is a great format to play…its a sports which is really growing. I think this is a format which is going to grow in India.”Small format–small-sided-games have always been fascinating. South Americans have now picked up small-sided- games like five-a-side, six-a-side and seven-a-side games,” Bhutia told reporters here.”I think this format allows kids to get contact with the ball much more. This format has been encouraged a lot in South America. I think in India, this year onwards the All India Football Federation is trying to introduce small-sided- games,” the former captain of Indian football team said.According to Bhutia, six-a-side tournament is a fast and exciting game and keeps one always on the move. “I think not only kids but players, who have retired like me would also enjoy playing it. It is a wonderful format to play.”To a query on his role as League Mentor, Bhutia said, “I am here to mentor and advise the organisers in terms of format and towards taking it in different states to popularise it.”To another query, Bhutia said, “Six-a-side has nothing to do with the AIFF (the apex Indian football body). It is a new kind of format and a new kind of a game and I dont think federation or anybody will object to it.”advertisementHFL chairman Murad Jasani said the long-term vision of the league is to have 12 permanently registered teams and players who are on contracts with the teams by the next season and replicate similar leagues in eight more cities within the next three years. PTI VVK RSY RDSlast_img read more