Catalogue of ‘same-sex marriage’ entrapments

first_imgWND Faith 4 June 2015Here’s a list of cases in which Christians have been accused of violating non-discrimination laws for following the dictates of their faith, “gay” advocates have refused to do business with Christians, or homosexuals have retaliated for a business owner’s Christian stance:The bistroThe Daily Signal reported that Gortz Haus Gallery and bistro owners Betty and Richard Odgaard decided to close down their business after reaching a $5,000 settlement with a homosexual duo.Their business, a former church, had offered wedding services, but they declined, because of their Mennonite faith, to host the alternative sexual lifestyle event when asked. They knew they would be targeted by regulations in their state of Iowa if they continued, so they shut off wedding services, and their business dried up.“We can’t pretend it’s going to get better,” Betty Odgaard said. “There wasn’t enough business.”They’re hoping the Gortz Haus eventually will be a church again“That would be the most wonderful option,” Betty saidThe mechanicWND reported when a business that previously was targeted with “‘mere’ death threats” for the owner’s public opposition to homosexual behavior was vandalized.According to a report in USA Today, Dieseltec owner Brian Klawiter of Grandville, Michigan, said in a Facebook post. “Well, folks, as we predicted, it didn’t take long for the ugly face of the homosexual movement to present itself.“What started out with ‘mere’ death threats against myself and my family and homosexuals spamming my Facebook page with gay porn shots, has escalated to physical violence,” he wrote.He cited slogans spray-painted on his business, on his pickup truck, and on a garage door, and a rock thrown through a window.Klawiter had stirred the pot of social values a week earlier when he posted a note he would decline to provide service to openly homosexual customers.Two judgesWND reported when two magistrates in North Carolina were ordered to perform same-sex “weddings” or resign, and now are suing their state over the reported violation of their constitutional rights.Thomas Holland and Gilbert Breedlove have sued in Wake County Superior Court over direct orders, and threats, from the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.They want the state to follow its own constitution and return them to their jobs with an acknowledgment that they are not required to perform weddings for same-sex duos.The North Carolina office for the court system had said, “Magistrates should begin immediately conducting marriages of all couples presenting a marriage license issued by the register of deeds. … A failure to do so would be violation of the U.S. Constitution under the federal ruling and would constitute a violation of the oath and a failure to perform a duty of the office.”Penalties? Possible suspension, removal from office and criminal counts, the office warned.But the state constitution protects who live by their faith, their case notes.Former pastor Joshua FeuersteinThe case of Cut the Cake in Longwood, Florida, is a case where the bakery, which had advertised on LGBT sites, refused to sell a cake with a biblically based message on it.The cake had been requested by former pastor Joshua Feuerstein, who made a video of the exchange. He took it down when requested, but Sharon Haller of Cut the Cake later reposted.He had asked for a cake that said, “We do not support gay marriage.”Feuerstein said in the video, “For me, this is not about gay people; it’s about religious freedom.”He continued, “I wanted to see if it was actually a double standard; if a gay-friendly bakery and one that advertised themselves as so on pro-LGBT wedding sites would actually bake a cake that went against their principles.”Feuerstein later told WESH 2 Television, “You know what, I actually believe that Cut the Cake has every right as an American to refuse to print that on a cake.”Haller complained of “nasty” phone calls and “negative gestures.” She said she lost money and she was investigating her legal options, and said the recorded phone call is illegal in Florida.Memories PizzaFamily-owned Memories Pizza in Indiana came into the crosshairs of homosexuals when an owner was interviewed by a local TV station in the aftermath of the adoption of the state’s religious freedom law.Responding to a reporter’s question, the owner said that while her restaurant serves gays, her Christian faith wouldn’t allow her to cater a “gay wedding.”The restaurant immediately became a focal point of outrage toward the law, with threats of death and and destruction, causing the owners to shut down their business.In response, however, an Internet campaign raised more than $840,000 for the family in just a few days.Owners Kevin and Christie O’Connor said they eventually planned to reopen their doors.Ocean Grove Camp Meeting AssociationThe Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association was begun in 1869 to provide a place for Christian meetings and assemblies, and it still operates as one of the more popular destinations for such events on the East Coast.It houses one of the world’s 20 largest pipe organs and there are both traditional and contemporary worship programs all summer long that have featured speakers such as Billy Graham, Norman Vincent Peale, Robert Schuller, Billy Sunday, D. James Kennedy and Charles Stanley.But the location no longer is used for weddings, because a lesbian duo was denied permission to use it, and a state discrimination complaint was filed.The ACLU reported in 2012 that the ruling from an administrative law judge found the Christian group was guilty of discrimination for refusing to grant Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster access to its property for their ceremony.Solomon A. Metzger of the state’s Office of Administrative Law found that in March 2007, when Paster and Bernstein filled out a reservation form, the pavilion was a public accommodation. The judge determined that the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association breached its agreement to make the pavilion available to the public on an equal basis.Liberty Ridge FarmThe owners of a Christian farm in upstate New York recently were fined $10,000 and assessed $1,500 in damages for not allowing a lesbian duo to use their land and home for a wedding.Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm near Albany, had allowed others to use their land for birthday events and a few weddings. But when Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin asked for access, the owners said they would allow a reception but not a wedding, because of  their religious beliefs.The state said the couple’s religious beliefs were of no account.Administrative Law Judge Migdalia Pares said the Giffords’ home is a place of public accommodation and, therefore, is subject to the New York Human Rights law.The judge ruled, “The fact that the Giffords also reside at Gifford Barn does not render it private.”Masterpiece CakeshopThe case developed when homosexuals demanded a Christian baker provide a wedding cake for their event, and he declined on the grounds it would violate his Christian faith.The Colorado Civil Rights Commission eventually ordered the baker, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, to use his artistry to celebrate homosexual unions in violation of his Christian beliefs, but the case is on appeal in the courts.A state commissioner, Diann Rice, likened Christians to slaver owners and Nazis.Her words: “I would also like to reiterate what we said in the hearing or the last meeting. Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust, whether it be – I mean, we – we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to – to use their religion to hurt others.”There was no claim in the case that the homosexuals were unable to get a cake, only that they were unable to get it from Masterpiece.Hitching Post Wedding ChapelThe Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is under fire.The city is demanding the Christian ministers at the chapel perform same-sex weddings in violation of their faith, and WND reported recently the case is headed back to court after negotiations between the parties failed.“The government can’t tell ministers they must perform same-sex marriages under threat of jail time and crippling fines,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.“That’s exactly what the city did to Pastor Knapp and what the ordinance allows the city to do to others. In the absence of a settlement agreement, we look forward to vindicating our client’s freedom in court.”Arlene’s FlowersIn Washington state, florist Barronelle Stutzman already has been penalized $1,001 for declining to support a same-sex wedding with her floral talents.And the judge ruling in the case has opened her savings, personal possessions and even home up as a target for the homosexuals who wanted her artistic talents and now are claiming her assets as damages.Alex Ekstrom, the judge, said Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, must pay $1,001 to the state prosecutors who charged her with discrimination.But the Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Stutzman warned that the precedent, not the dollar figure, is the problem.Kristen Waggoner, ADF senior counsel, said the award to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson boils down to a government threat to Christians: “Surrender your religious liberty and free speech rights, or face personal and professional ruin.”Stutzman was sued even though the man who filed the complaint was referred to several other willing florists and even was offered free flowers.Ekstrom’s latest order also said the “defendants and their officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and those persons in active concert or participation with them … are permanently enjoined and restrained from violating the Washington Law Against Discrimination.”Ekstrom also said the homosexuals, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, “are entitled to an award of actual damages,” but he reserved determination of the amount until after any appeal has been exhausted.Benham BrothersThe Benham brothers were en route to a new HGTV television show when homosexual activists made an issue of their belief in biblical marriage.The network canceled their real estate show, which was to be called “Flip it Forward.”Jason and David, who just weeks ago began writing an exclusive WND column, posted on Facebook a video supporting the Indiana law.:The video explains: “So the RFRA is a shield, not a sword. It doesn’t get offensive and promote ‘hate’ as the hype said. But it’s a shield to protect companies, like, for instance, a Jewish-owned jewelry. It keeps the state from forcing him to create rings with the Nazi symbol on it. Or a Muslim-owned apparel company. It prevents the state from forcing him to maybe make T-shirts with the cross over the crescent.“Or even a gay-owned apparel company from creating T-shirts that say Leviticus 18:22. Homosexuality is a sin.”Very simply, “the state should never force business owners to promote a message or an idea that conflicts with their beliefs,” David Benham states.Elane’s PhotographyIn a New Mexico dispute, courts ordered that a photographer could not refuse to use her talents to memorialize a homosexual wedding.Elaine Huguenin, co-owner with her husband, Jonathan, of Elane Photography, had declined to provide her artistic talents to Vanessa Willock.Willock, who found another photographer for the event, filed a complaint with the state under its anti-discrimination law. The state Supreme Court said the photographer had no right to not be forced to express statements through her work that violated her Christian beliefs.Giving up one’s religious faith, the court said, was “the price of citizenship.”An Oregon baker also was caught in the same fight, as well as several other venue owners, and there’s even the same conflict in the United Kingdom.Brendan EichThen there was the case of Brendan Eich, the chief executive officer of Mozilla, the company best known for creating Firefox.He was attacked by homosexual activists and eventually lost his position for donating $1,000 to support the 2008 Proposition 8 marriage-definition initiative that was approved by the majority of voters of progressive California.According to WND CEO Joseph Farah’s commentary on the issue, “Apparently, according to this new litmus test of the ‘tolerance’ police, anyone who supported the popular proposition no longer deserves to work in California.”Eich was described as a tech prodigy, “having invented the programming language Javascript and co-founded Mozilla.”Aloha Bed & BreakfastThe Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Hawaii, a Christian business, was forced to “accommodate” two Southern California lesbians after a judge ruled the B&B violated state law when the owner told Taeko Bufford and Diane Cervelli she wasn’t comfortable having them stay together in her home due to her religious beliefs. Aloha has since been ordered by the state “to provide a room to any same-sex couple that wishes to stay there.”WaldersIn Illinois, Christian B&B owners Jim and Beth Walder are being sued by homosexual activist Todd Wathen, who demands monetary damages, attorneys’ fees and “an order directing [the Walders] to cease and desist from any violation” of the state’s Human Rights Act.Wildflower InnVermont’s Wildflower Inn paid a settlement and shut down its wedding reception business after the ACLU won a $10,000 civil penalty for two lesbians. The settlement also requires the inn’s owners to place $20,000 in a charitable trust for the lesbians.Sweet Cakes by MelissaGresham, Oregon bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein were forced to close their storefront, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, in 2013 shortly after a lesbian couple filed a civil rights complaint against them. The Kleins declined to bake a cake for the same-sex “wedding” due to their religious beliefs. At that time, same-sex “marriage” wasn’t legal in Oregon.In April 2015 an Oregon administrative law judge ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 in fines to the lesbian couple for “emotional, mental, and physical suffering.” The severe ruling is an attempt to “rehabilite” and “re-educate” Christian businesses.Just CookiesThe owners of Indiana’s “Just Cookies” were charged with “discrimination” under the city’s “sexual orientation” law for refusing to fill a special order for “rainbow cookies” for an LGBT group.Victoria’s Cake CottageIowa’s “Victoria’s Cake Cottage,” whose owner, Victoria Childress, refused to provide a wedding cake for a homosexual couple out of “convictions for their lifestyle.”Fleur CakesOregon’s Fleur Cakes joined Sweet Cakes in refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and is being boycotted by homosexual activist groups.All OccasionTexas’ All Occasion Party Place, a Fort Worth venue, refuses, on religious grounds, to rent out a banquet hall for same-sex wedding receptions.T-shirtsA Christian T-shirt maker in Kentucky was targeted by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission for refusing to print “gay pride” designs for a local homosexual group.Twilight Room AnnexChris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex bar in Portland, was fined $400,000 under the Oregon Equality Act for excluding transsexual men who, dressed as women, had been alienating other customers by using the women’s restroom. According to the Seattle Times, 11 people – calling themselves the “T-girls” – “will get the money, with awards ranging from $20,000 to 50,000.”Phil RobertsonThe “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, an evangelical Christian, faced a firestorm of protest after he told GQ magazine he believed homosexuality is a sin. A&E, the show’s creator, said it was suspending him indefinitely, but then a massive public backlash forced the network into retreat and he was reinstated.Craig JamesFox Sports Southwest broadcaster Craig James was fired after a GOP debate tape showed him expressing Christian beliefs in opposition to “homosexual marriage” surfaced. read more

State Launches Financial Literacy Program, Online Magazine

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – State officials are launching a new program focused on improving Hoosier’s financial literacy and protecting investors from scams.Secretary of State Connie Lawson said Indiana MoneyWise is an expanded program that will put areas of emphasis on smart money management skills aimed at key demographics.“As I travel around the state presenting on the topic of financial literacy, it is clear more Hoosiers want help making smart money decisions beyond just investing,” said Secretary Lawson. “When Indiana Investment Watch was launched, it was limited to spotting and avoiding scams.  Now we have broadened our focus and introduced our newest resource, the Indiana MoneyWise e-magazine.”The centerpiece of the upgrade is the first-ever Indiana Secretary of State e-magazine.  This magazine is available electronically for smart phones, tablets and computers.  Throughout the magazine, there are tips and links to resources to help Hoosiers make wise money decisions. In the “Fraud Stoppers” section, readers can learn more about investment fraud scam artists recently brought to justice by the Secretary of State Securities Division.To view the online magazine, please visit read more

Cricket News Pakistan fans pick 1999 Chennai Test win against India as greatest of their national team

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Karachi: Pakistani cricket fans have voted their country’s nail-biting 12-run win over India in Chennai in 1999 as the national team’s greatest Test match victory.The match in which a half-fit Sachin Tendulkar scored a brilliant hundred but could not prevent a Pakistan win was voted as the greatest Test win in Pakistan’s 432-Test history.To highlight the launch of ICC’s World Test Championship from August 1, the Pakistan Cricket Board last week started a poll asking fans to vote for Pakistan’s greatest Test win.The list of four matches given by the PCB for the polling included the Chennai Test, the 1987 Test win over India in Bangalore, the 1994 Test win over Australia in Karachi and Pakistan’s famous win over England in the 1954 Oval Test.From July 26 to 29, PCB ran a poll regarding Pakistan’s greatest Test win on its official Facebook page and Twitter handle in which 15,847 fans cast their votes.An overwhelming 65 per cent of votes went to the 1999 Chennai Test, while the 1987 Bangalore Test, the 1954 Oval Test and the 1994 Karachi Test received 15 per cent, 11 per cent and 10 per cent votes respectively.The Chennai Test was played from January 28 to 31 with Pakistan coming back from behind to win back-to-back matches on the Indian soil.According to a PCB press release, the poll received nearly 109,000 impressions on Twitter and reached of 1.02 million users on Facebook.Pakistan’s campaign in the much-awaited championship will kick off in October when they host Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series. last_img read more

Syracuse’s offense can’t finish opportunities in 0-0 tie against Boston College

first_img Published on October 26, 2018 at 9:45 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez Hendrik Hilpert stood inside Manley Field House this past Thursday and confidently predicted that Syracuse’s matchup against Boston College wouldn’t be his last home game. The four-year starter knew a win against the Eagles would be a critical step for the Orange to secure a home match in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. After Friday night’s game, after the scoreboard read zeroes for the fourth time, and both teams spilled onto the field, cold, disappointed, and ultimately, tied, Hilpert had the same mindset.“This was not our last home game,” Hilpert said. “We will go into the NCAA Tournament with a good ranking.”He may be right. The Orange has a mathematical chance to host another game this season, but it’s unlikely. No. 20 Syracuse’s (7-5-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) 2018 is one of inconsistency. It’s hung with top teams and dropped points against conference basement dwellers. Friday night was no different. SU wasted a chance against Boston College (4-7-4, 2-5-1) in a 0-0 double-overtime draw at SU Soccer Stadium. It dominated nearly all areas of the game, outshooting BC 24-9. Despite four more corner kicks than the Eagles, the Orange couldn’t convert. In the only category that mattered, Syracuse failed.SU’s home and away disparity — 4-2-2 at home, 3-3-2 on the road, — heightened the pressure of the matchup. It had three chances of the last two weeks to make Friday night’s contest less crucial to its conference tournament hopes. It went up two goals on the road against Louisville, a team it’s never beat on the road, and conceded two quick goals to earn a draw. A road game against North Carolina State was a 1-1 stalemate. And last Tuesday’s 3-2 loss was to a Clemson team that hadn’t won a conference game before SU rolled into town.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe BC game represented a chance to salvage another disappointing ACC season. Despite near inverted records, Boston College thrived in the games that meant more, earning more points and having a better chance to host a tournament matchup. “We lacked quality in front of goal tonight,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We created some chances, put some pressure on them, put a lot of balls in areas, but it was our final quality tonight.”SU utilized its midfield to control possession in the first half, which turned into chances. Jonathan Hagman found Tajon Buchanan streaking behind the backline, running off the right centerback’s outside shoulder. Buchanan was taken down and the ensuing free kick by Hugo Delhommelle tricked the crowd into thinking the Orange scored.As would become a first-half trend, Syracuse couldn’t capitalize. A long ball to Ryan Raposo yanked BC goalkeeper Antonio Chavez Borrelli off his line. The netminder cleared the ball with his head out to Buchanan in midfield. As Buchanan’s prayer arched and plummeted toward Earth, the crowd noise built. Fans were silenced as two Eagles players collided and knocked it away. Two more ricochet shots were blocked and the threat ended with a wide shot by Raposo.“They were sitting back pretty deep,” junior transfer Massimo Ferrin said. “They were just letting us have the ball. Sometimes that can be difficult to break down when a team sits back and you have to beat almost all 11 guys.” Midway through the first, as Hilpert corralled a weak shot, McIntyre clapped his hands and screamed, “Forward, forward.” Seconds later. Another Raposo strike was deflected near the six-yard box. Hagman’s second-chance was again stopped by Chavez Borrelli. Syracuse’s last quality shot in the half was spoiled by Buchanan. A cross-field pass from substitute Julio Fulcar connected with Raposo who whipped it into SU’s best-finisher. The sophomore scissor-kicked the ball and pushed it wide right. Flat on his back, feet inches from the goal line, Buchanan stayed on the ground and held his face in his hands.Chavez Borrelli faced six shots and held strong, keeping Syracuse in the hunt for the tournament-shifting goal.Ferrin said the offensive plan was to generate quick shots around the 18-yard box. With the Eagles sitting back, Syracuse forwards couldn’t generate the space needed for long shots. McIntyre said after the game they needed to “work” Chavez Borrelli more. BC opened the second half creating pressure. Ronaldinho Diniz’ shot in the 50th minute froze Hilpert who watched it sail high. SU responded with launching its backline forward, a tactic it’s used earlier this season to unbalance opposing defenses.The tactic worked and the second-half shot total rocketed. Ferrin broke free on the left wing and pushed a shot high after getting a pass from a center back. Hagman laid a pass off to Hilli Goldhar’s left foot which curled too much.“It’s coming, boys,” An SU fan from yelled. “It’s coming.”Moments later, as if fate decided to joke, Goldhar was a step slow on an aired through ball and was an inch away from chipping the keeper. Ferrin had another chance in the 75th minute after gliding to the top of the box and struck the ball wide.SU tried it all, low-driven shots, through balls, crosses and finesse attempts, to no avail.Each squad traded the ball in the final 10 minutes of the fourth quarter. In another impressive defensive performance at home, the defense held. It limited BC to five shots in regulation while graduate-student Len Zeugner watched his second game in the last week from the sidelines.When the clock trickled under five minutes on regulation, the crowd started a “Let’s go Orange” chant. They stomped on bleachers, shook under layers, and watched SU head into an extra period with 22 shots, zero goals and a chunk of missed opportunities.SU earned a corner kick in the second minute of overtime, but the ball sailed higher than a leaping Sondre Norheim. BC’s only shot of the frame, a mis-hit floater by Callum Johnson, drew a laugh from fans in the crowd. The Eagles outshot the Orange 2-1 in the initial extra period but no quality chances preserved the stalemate.With two minutes left in the game, Syracuse was inches away from a ‘W.’ Delhommelle knocked a corner into the box, and Ferrin headed it off the crossbar. For a second, the ball teetered above the goal line. McIntyre threw his hands in the hair as it was cleared and a pocket of fans groaned. “Another day that one nestles in the bottom corner, and we’ve won the game,” McIntyre said. “But it wasn’t to be tonight.” Postgame, McIntyre refused to call the matchup a “must-win.” A victory wouldn’t have secured a home game next week, but a loss certainly eliminated the possibility. Heading into Wednesday’s postseason kickoff, SU will have one lone victory — a 2-0 upset of then-No. 1 Wake Forest on Oct. 5 — in the last two years of conference matchups. McIntyre said he’s not scoreboard watching and will wait to hear where his team is playing when records are finalized tomorrow night. After Friday night’s showing, at least he knows SU will be traveling. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Africa XI beats World XI 4-2 in Essien’s Charity Game of Hope

first_imgAfrica XI beat a select side from World XI best footballers 4-2, in Michael Essien’s game of hope at the Accra Sports Stadium.The game which is to raise funds for charity events by the Michael Essien Foundation saw an array of some of the greatest football talents around the world.Former German captain, and Chelsea midfielder, Michael Ballack, Ricardo Carvalho, Djibril Cisse were among players who paraded for the World XI whilst Ghana’s own Michael Essien, Jayjay Okocha, Adebayor, all the Ayew brothers and their uncle Kwame Ayew featured for the Africa’s Nathan Gadugah watched the game from the Accra Sports Stadium and gave the following live updates:The atmosphere is gradually building up; a great weather so convenient for football.The Stars have just a while ago returned to the dugout after a short warm up. They will soon be making a return to begin friendly hostilities. The Stars are back on the pitch and after brief pleasantries, hostilities have begun.The game is being played at such a slow pace and its quite understandable- it is a friendly game with nothing at stake, just the fun of it.Stephen Appiah, Sheyi Adebayor and Jayjay Okocha have shown glimpses of individual brilliance and dexterity.Africa XI wins a penalty, a controversial one I must say. Michael Essien steps up to the challenge and bang, he scores.Adebayor was deemed to have been fouled by Jamal Blackman in post for the World XI. Its one all now, courtesy Djibril Cisse former Liverpool striker. The French man placed the ball beyond the reach of Richard Kingston in post for the Africa XI and guess what, he does the Azonto with panache. .But oo Africa XI are back in front and it is Ghanaian born Dutch international George Boateng who restores the lead with a sublime volley beyond the reach of Blackman.Jayjay Okocha increases tally for Africa XI and credit to Adebayor who dummied the goal keeper and eith an empty net, he invited Okocha to kick it in.Its 3-1 now.Stephen Tonado Appiah is out and he receives a thundrous applause. The game is now on recess and its highlife sensation Kwabena Kwabena who is dishing out some of his greatest tunes. Awilo Logomba has taken over wiggling his waist to some of danceable tunes.The second half begins.Nothing much has changed, except Adebayor and Okocha who are up to one trick or another. The fans love their skill and cheer every stepover.But it is the World XI side who nearly got a goal. Cisse sent delivered an inch perfect ball which whisked just wide.World XI pulls one back to make it 3-2. Haminu Dramani’s superb goal increases tally of Africa XI to 4-2. game over.last_img read more

Marrakech 2014: Ghana’s 4x100m relay team grabs silver with fastest time

first_imgGhana’s 4x100m relay team ran the fastest ever time by a Ghanaian team in the history of the African Athletics Championship after winning a silver medal in a time of 39.28s at the ongoing Confederation of African Athletics Championship in Marrakech, Morocco on Tuesday.The relatively inexperienced team, which was made up of three debutants, including a 400m runner, gave Nigeria a run for their money before claiming silver in a pulsating race.400m runner Daniel Gyasi gave Ghana a good start before Solomon Afful ran a brilliant back straight, handing over to Emmanuel Dasor who ran a splendid curve to pass the baton on to Tim Abeyie.But a strong finish by Nigeria’s Mark Jelks denied Team Ghana the ultimate prize.Nigeria won the very competitive event in a time of 38.80, followed by Ghana in 39.28 while Algeria clinched third place in 39.89.The quartet of Daniel Gyasi, Solomon Afful, Emmanuel Dasor and Tim Abeyie eclipsed the previous performance by the national relay team at the last African Athletics Championship in Benin, where Ghana ran 39.40 to win a bronze medal. Tim Abeyie, the only surviving member of that last 4x100m relay team of 2012, commented about the team’s performance.“Good. It’s better than the last time in Benin when we came third and the time is an improvement over the time in Benin.The German based sprinter added that his performance in Morocco is better than the last Championship in Benin saying, “It’s better than Benin. I made the final in the 100m and now we have silver in the relay. It’s good.”Sprinter Emmanuel Dasor, who was making his debut appearance on the senior relay team could not hide his joy. “It is very good. This is my second time, running for my national team. I’m so grateful and happy. I thank almighty God for this.”400m runner Daniel Gyasi added, “I’m very surprised because this is my first time running in the 4x100m relay team.” Solomon Afful expressed his joy at winning his first senior medal, “It is a great honour to run for the nation. This is my second time running for the national team. I think we did marvelously well. It is good.”Ghana has participated in 18 editions of the African Championships since 1979 and the 4x100m quartet wrote their names into the history books as one of the best teams with their splendid display.The old record stood in the name of the 2010 4x100m relay team which recorded 39.31 at the 2010 African Championships in Kenya.last_img read more

Mexico plans 2026 World Cup bid

first_imgMexico has throw its hat into the bidding ring for the 2026 World Cup, along with CONCACAF rivals Canada and the United States, Mexican federation president Justino Compean told reporters earlier this week during a CONCACAF sponsor event.The United States was the last country to host the World Cup, back in 1994.”This country [Mexico] also deserves a third World Cup and the competition is good. We are going to have United States, Mexico and Canada giving it a good fight,” Compean told reporters.Canada has never hosted a World Cup while Mexico’s last World Cups were in 1970 and 1986 and CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said the region would look to bring the event to the Americas.”A total of 32 years have passed since CONCACAF hosts a world cup. That is why I am certain that 2026 will belong to CONCACAF,” Webb told reporters.”We have the right to raise our hand and we have one of the best ambassadors in Jeffrey Webb,” Compean said.  Mexico will host the 2016 FIFA World Congress.last_img read more

New Lakers guard Quinn Cook grew up rooting for the team

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He brings the best out of everybody,” he said. “And I know I saw that with my team with him in Cleveland for a little bit. He made me such a better player in two months, and to have a full season with him, I can only imagine the type of player I’ll become in this season.”In his two seasons with Golden State, Cook felt like he matured in ways that will give him value to a contender (which the Lakers are expecting to be). He is familiar with the regular-season challenge of taking on an opponent’s best effort every night. He’s used to the postseason grind into June, and how to handle increased scrutiny and stakes.He also will be immediately close to two of his teammates. He played with DeMarcus Cousins last season and said he’s excited to see how the 28-year-old center handles a full summer to return to his former All-Star self. He also is reuniting with former teammate JaVale McGee, who was his neighbor in the Warriors’ locker room during the 2017-18 season. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed In the picture, the jerseys are splayed all over the floor. Kobe. Shaq. Wilt. Jerry.Quinn Cook and his family owned an impressive collection of Lakers gear when he was growing up, one the 26-year-old has shared old photos of over the last week on Instagram. Now, the 6-foot-2 guard will get to add his own name to the collection – something he could have only dreamed of as a diehard fan growing up in Washington, D.C.“When I was born that’s really all I knew,” he said. “When I grew up, when I started to really watch and understand basketball, that’s when the Lakers were winning. … Obviously, I was all the way in D.C., but I was obsessed with the Lakers and I felt that my dad really instilled it in me.”The sharpshooting point guard was one of the additions from last weekend in free agency, and the veteran of two NBA Finals runs with the Golden State Warriors is expected to bolster depth for a backcourt that is almost entirely new. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCook didn’t expect to be on the move. As a restricted free agent who started his career struggling to find a foothold in Cleveland, Dallas and New Orleans, Cook thought his production with the Warriors (7.7 ppg, 41.8 percent from 3-point range) would justify a return to Golden State. The Warriors extended a qualifying offer that Cook was prepared to sign, but following the trade for D’Angelo Russell, the team rescinded the deal while scrambling to stay under a hard salary cap.Cook had a few teams interested in him, he said, but on the Lakers, he had a powerful patron: LeBron James. The 34-year-old four-time MVP (who is close with Mike Krzyzewski, Cook’s coach at Duke) apparently stumped to Rob Pelinka on Cook’s behalf, helping clear the way for a deal to Los Angeles. Cook played with James as a rookie in 2015 in training camp and is eager for a reunion.Related Articlescenter_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “When he found out I signed with the Lakers, he sent me a nice text, a little funny text,” Cook said. “That’s how our relationship is. That’s probably his relationship with everybody, he’s one of the best teammates you could have. And it was cool I saw his mom the next day in Vegas. Our moms are tight, so it’s going to be fun getting to spend another season with him.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Monday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday:MondayTuesday•Wellington at Collegiate, basketball.Wednesday•Financial aid meeting in auditorium, 6:30 p.m.ThursdayNothing scheduled.Friday•Circle at Wellington, basketball.•Wellington wrestling at Rossville, 5 p.m.Saturday•Wellington wrestling at Rossville tournament, 9 a.m.Monday’s lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garden Spinach Salad, Garlic Bread Stick, Chilled Pears, Peas and MilkTuesday lunch: Fajita wrap, romaine and tomato, Spanish Rice, baby carrots, peaches.Today’s News*Attention Stu-co members:  There will be a Stu-co meeting Wednesday morning in Room 107 at 7:15.  Please bring your homecoming ideas.*Seniors: The Local Scholarship application is due this Friday, January 9.*Cowley County Community College will be here to enroll students for Spring college classes on Friday, January 9th.*A financial aid representative will be at Wellington High School on January 7th at 6:30 p.m. to provide students and parents with general financial aid information.*Beginning 2nd Semester, double lunch entrees will go from $1.00 to $1.50. Some ala carte items will also increase in price. The Grab N Go has been discontinued.*ATTN. SENIORS: Remember in order to be eligible for the Crusader Website “LAPTOP” give-a-way at Class Night in May, 2015 – you have to complete a LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION through the Guidance Office. Those completed applications are due no later than Jan. 9, 2015.”*Dancing with the Teachers will be held on January 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Sign-up sheets are in the office.*Students wanting college credit for the Southwestern College classes they are taking need to turn in their pre-enrollment form and money by January 16.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Trevor Bauer explains what 70 percent of MLB pitchers are doing that’s ‘a bigger advantage than steroids’

first_imgThis is a number he’s used before, most recently in an article for The Players’ Tribune.”But eight years later, I haven’t found any other way [to increase the spin on my fastball] except using foreign substances,” Bauer wrote. “Baseball will never address that problem unless it has to, though, because I would guess 70 percent of the pitchers in the league use some sort of technically illegal substance on the ball. It’s just that some organizations really know how to weaponize that and some don’t. So the Astros are super advanced analytically and they know how to weaponize it.”Bauer echoed those sentiments to HBO in Tuesday night’s episode of “Real Sports.””It needs to be talked about more because it affects every single pitch. And it’s a bigger advantage than steroids ever were,” Bauer says. “Because if you know how to manipulate it, you can make the ball do drastically different things from pitch to pitch at the same velocity.”Pitchers using pine tar isn’t exactly a secret. As Bauer points out in this HBO piece, opposing managers won’t call it out because their pitchers are likely doing the same thing. Some batters have even said in the past they don’t mind pitchers using pine tar because it gives them better control of the ball, meaning less hit-by-pitches.MLB rules deem pine tar illegal; Section 6.02(c)(4) of the rulebook states: “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” Section 6.02(c)(7) adds, “The pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.”Yet, even when a pitcher gets blatantly caught using a substance, typically, nothing is done about it. Bauer says pitchers can sneak these substances in by putting it in their glove, hat or inside their belt buckle. But the point Bauer is making is that pitchers can use these substances to add extreme spin to their balls. There’s using pine tar for better control of your pitches, and then there’s using pine tar (or other illegal substances) to enhance your pitching. Bauer says he doesn’t use these substances because he has “morals,” according to HBO.In 2018, some speculated that Bauer may have used pine tar in a single inning to prove that using pine tar helps pitchers with spin rate. In the first inning of his start vs. the Rangers on April 30, 2018, Bauer’s spin rate jumped by about 300 rpm — the same number that Bauer said spin rate can raise to when using a sticky substance. Bauer’s spin rate lowered back to his average after the first inning.In addition to all of the foreign-substance talk, Bauer spoke about his career in general. He said he’s good at two things: pitching, and pissing people off. While many in the baseball community are discussing cheating in the eyes of the Astros sign-stealing scandal, Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer wants to discuss a different type of cheating that’s rampant in MLB.Bauer, appearing on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” explained his frustrations with how pitchers are using pine tar. This is a subject Bauer has discussed in the past, and it’s something he spoke with Sporting News about in 2018. Speaking to HBO, Bauer says he believes about 70 percent of pitchers are cheating. “I’ve had coaches along the way that actively go out of their way to make sure that I don’t succeed,” Bauer says. “They don’t like me.”Bauer has a unique way of training because he believes that’s what works best for him. When coaches tell hiim to use more traditional methods such as icing your shoulder after a start, or run a mile for conditioning, Bauer says no, because he feels it’s a waste of time.”Ice your arm, after a start, pitchers will put the ice bag on their elbow and their shoulder. Makes no sense,” Bauer says. “It makes a lot more sense to do isometric activity, movement based recovery than to just put your arm in ice. I just won’t do it.”last_img read more