On Pilgrimage for Racial Justice across Virginia, Episcopalians confront horrors…

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Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Alexandria, Virginia] In the heavy, humid evening air, dozens of people streamed through the gates of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery in Alexandria’s Old Town district on Aug. 16 for the first event of the Pilgrimage for Racial Justice. Organized by the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Britain’s North American colonies, the two-day pilgrimage featured a series of memorials, marches and services across the state, from Alexandria (just across the Potomac from Washington, D.C.) to Abingdon (deep in the heart of Appalachia, near the border with Tennessee).These graves at the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery were once covered over by a gas station. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceThis journey of remembrance and healing began where the journeys of many victims of the slave trade ended. As its name suggests, the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery is not a typical graveyard. In fact, until 2007, it was the site of a gas station and office building. But it contains the remains of about 1,800 African Americans who fled to Union-occupied Alexandria during the Civil War to escape slavery. Considered “contraband of war” by the Union, they found freedom in Alexandria but endured squalid living conditions in makeshift refugee camps. Already weak and sick from lives of hard labor, thousands died.People examine the list of burials in the cemetery. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceToday, the cemetery is an open field, with some of the graves marked with stones saying simply “GRAVE OF AN ADULT” or “GRAVE OF A CHILD.” A memorial with a statue and a wall containing some of the names of those buried there stand in the center. The recently re-dedicated cemetery embodies the theme of the pilgrimage itself: unearthing a painful history that has lain beneath the surface, and restoring the sacred dignity of those who were dehumanized by a belief system that survives in different forms to this day.The pilgrimage was organized by the Rev. Melissa Hays-Smith, canon for justice and reconciliation ministries of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, who wanted to commemorate the arrival of the first slaves in Virginia in late August 1619. But the landing site near Jamestown is far outside her diocese.The Rev. Canon Melissa Hays-Smith speaks at the cemetery. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News Service“Being in the mountains of Virginia, we don’t have Jamestown, we don’t have a lot of places from the early history” of slavery, Hays-Smith said. “But then we soon realized that the land where we are played a very significant role in this forced migration of African Americans.”The Diocese of Southwestern Virginia contains a long stretch of the Slavery Trail of Tears, described as “the great missing migration” by Smithsonian magazine. In the half-century before the Civil War, about 1 million slaves were forcibly moved from Maryland and Virginia, where the tobacco industry was waning, to the Deep South, where they were sold to work on cotton and sugar plantations. The Slavery Trail of Tears was 20 times larger than its namesake, the Native American removal campaign of the 1830s, and the slaves were often forced to walk over 1,000 miles in chains.The Rev. Joseph Thompson addresses the crowd at the cemetery. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceHays-Smith and the clergy of her diocese reached out to African American communities and churches along the route to put together the Pilgrimage for Racial Justice, and the response was enthusiastic. Though the stops on the pilgrimage were geographically linked by the Slavery Trail of Tears, the events they commemorated spanned centuries of racial injustice, from slave trading to lynchings to “urban renewal” projects that destroyed black neighborhoods, highlighting the fact that systemic racism in America did not end with emancipation or the civil rights movement.The Rev. Kimberly Banks Brown sings a hymn in front of the memorial statue at the cemetery. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceThat’s why the icon of a labyrinth was used as a logo for the pilgrimage, Hays-Smith explained at the first stop in Alexandria.“As we’ve been talking about this, we recognized that this pathway to reconciliation is very much like a labyrinth. And unfortunately, history has repeated itself, and that’s why we can focus on so many different events,” she told the crowd at the cemetery, during a program that included song, prayer and reflection.One of the other speakers that evening, the Rev. Kim Coleman – newly elected president of the Union of Black Episcopalians – touched on that theme as the crowd prepared to march through the streets of Alexandria.“We march, remembering the reality that the vestiges of slavery we thought had long passed away are ever-present. … Some ask the question, Do black lives matter? We march because black lives do matter, tomorrow, today and yesterday,” she said to shouts of “Amen!”Marchers file out of the cemetery. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceAfter singing “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” the crowd silently marched through Old Town, their faces illuminated by the LED candles they held and the red and blue lights of police escorts. People in the restaurants and bars that line Washington Street gazed out at the procession as it made its way to the building where Isaac Franklin and John Armfield – “the undisputed tycoons of the domestic slave trade,” according to Smithsonian – had their offices and slave pens. Franklin and Armfield sold about 20,000 slaves through those slave pens, according to Alton Wallace, who spoke that evening. Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA By Egan MillardPosted Aug 20, 2019 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Marchers walk through Alexandria’s Old Town. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceAt the Franklin and Armfield Office, the crowd shared a moment of prayer and sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” sometimes called “the black national anthem.” It was too dark for those without candles to read the sheet music they’d been given, but it didn’t matter. They knew this one.Marchers sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at the Franklin and Armfield Office. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News Service‘We remember and we repent’It was even hotter the next morning, Aug. 17, in the picturesque town of Staunton in the Shenandoah Valley, but that didn’t stop a large crowd from showing up, excited to march through the downtown streets. They gathered in front of the old Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, the first church established by African Americans west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.The Rev. Shelby Ochs Owen speaks to the crowd near the old Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Staunton, Virginia, during the second day of the Pilgrimage for Racial Justice on Aug. 17, 2019. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News Service“I’ve often wondered about those black folks who remained here in Dixie when the war was done,” said the Rev. Edward Scott, pastor of Allen Chapel. “But they stayed just the same, and in an act of faith, which is the substance of things hoped for in the evidence of things certainly not seen, they established a church. … They built this fortress to secure their prosperity, and to honor the God who troubled the waters to dissolve bondage.”Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Leaders from Allen and the local Episcopal church led the crowd in a responsive litany that traced the long history of systemic racism in America, from slavery to the Ku Klux Klan to Jim Crow to present-day voter suppression and unequal policing of neighborhoods. After each prompt, the people responded in a loud, clear voice, “We remember and we repent.”Marchers walk into downtown Staunton. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceThen the crowd marched into downtown Staunton, a district full of well-preserved 19th-century architecture. But not all of the city was considered worth preserving. The march became a tour of what was once a black neighborhood north of downtown, razed in the mid-20th century to make room for a mall that was never even built. Historians and senior citizens pointed out the sites of former black businesses and homes, where there is now a row of banks, parking lots and a Domino’s Pizza.Marchers walk into downtown Staunton. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceA hundred or so people participated, representing a diverse mix of ages, races and religious backgrounds. Stephanie Johnson, an elderly member of Allen Chapel and a descendant of its first pastor, wheeled her oxygen tank behind her as she walked.“We are all people – doesn’t matter what color you are, what church you go to,” she said. “Today has been great. I’m satisfied.”Katherine Low, who brought her 5-year-old daughter on the march, is a chaplain and professor at Mary Baldwin University, a racially diverse liberal arts college in Staunton. She said she came to support the community, but also to learn.Staunton Vice Mayor Ophie Kier speaks to crowd about black neighborhoods that were destroyed in the name of “urban renewal.” Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News Service“It’s important for me to understand the systems that my students face that I have the privilege of not having to face,” said Low, who is white.While spirits were high in Staunton, the next event, in Roanoke, was somber and sobering: a service of remembrance for the victims of two lynchings in 1892 and 1893. The service took place in the garden of a Lutheran church near the sites of the lynchings of William Lavender and Thomas Smith.Lavender and Smith were both accused of assaulting white women, but they were hanged and riddled with bullets before they could ever stand trial.From left, the Revs. Melissa Hays-Smith, Lyle Morton and David Jones bow their heads in prayer at a memorial service for lynching victims in Roanoke. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News Service“We come in remembrance of those whose lives were sacrificed on the altar of racism, hatred, bigotry, but ultimately because of fear,” the Rev. David Jones, a Baptist pastor, said in the invocation. “We come because we serve and celebrate a God who still transforms victims into victors.”Jones urged those in attendance to look on the lynchings not merely as historical events, but as dire warnings.“Today, let us be illuminated, motivated and even infuriated, if necessary, so that no one can say that they were ignorant of the evil that still percolates just beneath the surface of our well-practiced civility,” he said.The Rev. Lyle Morton speaks at the memorial service for lynching victims in Roanoke. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceAfter historical accounts of the lynchings were read, the Rev. Lyle Morton, a Methodist pastor, vividly recalled being warned about the price he could pay simply for looking or moving a certain way.“I, being a black man growing up in Prince Edward County, was taught to walk so that I wouldn’t become a fruit,” he told the crowd, a reference to the “strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees” in the song “Strange Fruit” made famous by Billie Holiday.To Radford and AbingdonThe fourth event on the pilgrimage was held in a park in Radford on the wide New River, which slaves in Franklin and Armfield’s chains had to ford at great peril while their masters crossed in boats. Today, a high bridge carries the Lee Highway over the river, and clumps of teenagers floated by on inner tubes as the service began with the Negro spiritual “Wade in the Water.”The featured speaker in Radford was Wornie Reed, director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center and professor of sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech. Reed, a distinguished scholar who in his youth worked with Martin Luther King Jr., is renowned for his lectures, which showcase his encyclopedic knowledge of African American history.But his remarks in Radford were different. As he began to speak, his voice trembled.“I’m still a little emotional,” he said, from hearing “Wade in the Water.”Wornie Reed speaks at Bisset Park in Radford. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News Service“The song is very meaningful to me,” he went on. “A lot of memories came back as we sit here and look out at the river and the green trees and all of that. I’m reminded of the day that I was taken down to the creek to be baptized in McIntosh, Alabama. And that’s the song they sang.”Among the founders of the church that baptized him was his great-grandfather, a former slave.In his prepared remarks, Reed recounted the horrific conditions on the Slavery Trail of Tears and its lingering consequences: economic injustice and voter suppression.“There are some communities where you can still see the scars,” he said. “So this is, as we said earlier, not a happy time. But it’s a time to recognize and to realize some things that happened that brought us to today.”The pilgrimage concluded with a “Communion Service of Lament, Reconciliation and Commitment” at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Abingdon, another town whose main street still looks much as it did when the Slavery Trail of Tears ran through it.People greet each other with the sign of peace at the Communion Service of Lament, Reconciliation and Commitment. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceThe service was celebrated by the Rt. Rev. Mark Bourlakas, bishop of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, with the assistance of several black clergy members from nearby churches. Congregants from the various churches led a Litany of Repentance and Commitment similar to the one used in Staunton. Two members of the federal 400 Years of African-American History Commission spoke. But perhaps the most moving aspect of the service happened during Communion, when the invited pastors offered healing prayers for all, embracing those who approached them and anointing them with oil.The Rev. Sandra Jones, right, offers healing prayers. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceBy the time everyone had returned to their seats, several people remarked that the atmosphere in the church seemed different – that something had changed.“I believe that this is the beginning,” said the Rev. Joseph Green Jr., who gave the sermon. “This is a moment in time that we can use to propel us into the next generations.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Hopkinsville, KY last_img read more


President George W. Bush urged to call for press freedom during his middle east visit

first_img United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Related documents Letter to G W. BushPDF – 124.76 KB May 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President George W. Bush urged to call for press freedom during his middle east visit Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders has written to US President George W. Bush urging him to raise the issue of censorship on his 13-18 May visit to counterparts in the Middle East. “It is essential that the United States, through its president, reminds its allies in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel of the importance of the right to information and persuades them to increase the scope for free expression,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said in its 7 May letter. to go further Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more “ Reporters, bloggers, and citizen journalists are crucial witnesses to the events occurring throughout the region. A vigorous press capable of informing their people and of holding those in power accountable is crucial to the future of the peace talks and to the welfare of the entire region” said the organization’s Secretary-General Robert Ménard. In its letter, Reporters Without Borders urges the US president to press for the release of Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer, who was sentenced to four years in prison on 22 February 2007 for “inciting hatred of Islam” and “insulting President Hosni Mubarak” on his blog. A state of emergency declared in Egypt after the 1981 assassination of President Anwar al-Sadat is still in force and the authorities constantly harass journalists, often using the courts to bring the media to heel. Ibrahim Issa, editor of the independent weekly al Dustur, was sentenced to six months in prison on 26 March for publishing “false news, damaging the country’s interests and national security”. Live broadcasts have been banned on public television in Saudi Arabia since February 2008 to prevent viewers from airing their grievances. The country also has one of the world’s most filtered Internet networks. Moreover, without any legal framework to defend freedom of expression, Saudi journalists never challenge the government and self-censorship is the rule. The authorities control over the news led to the arrest of blogger Fuad al Farhan, on 10 December 2007, for discussing the “advantages and disadvantages” of being a Muslim on his blog. He has spent five months in prison for exercising his right to free expression online.The worldwide press freedom organisation also urged President Bush to seek more information about the circumstances of the death of Reuters cameraman Fadel Shanaa, killed in the Gaza Strip on 16 April in a “mistaken shooting” by an Israeli tank. “The Israeli Army must clearly identify those responsible for the shooting and punish them. Israeli soldiers, who are guilty of negligence or responsible for deliberately shooting at journalists, have been exonerated by superiors on several occasions in the past. These practices are unacceptable in a country that purports to apply democratic principles”, the organisation added.The Israeli Defence Forces feature on Reporters Without Borders’ list of press freedom ‘predators” released on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. Several journalists are injured every year by real or rubber bullets, or by shards from stun grenades or teargas grenades fired indiscriminately by the Israeli Army. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel (outside Israeli territory) are ranked respectively 148th, 146th and 103rd on Reporters Without Borders worldwide Press Freedom Index which keeps a watch on a total of 169 countries. center_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders has written to US President George W. Bush urging him to raise the issue of censorship on his 13-18 May visit to counterparts in the Middle East and to obtain guarantees on freedom of information for their citizens.“We believe it is imperative that the United States of America, through its President, remind its key allies in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel, of the importance of the right to inform and to be informed, and do everything it can to promote a greater freedom of expression in those countries,” the worldwide press freedom organization said in its May 7 letter. June 7, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more


Ice sheet retreat from the Antarctic Peninsula shelf

first_imgSide-scan sonar and sub-bottom acoustic profiler data and sediment cores reveal the processes that controlled sediment transport and deposition on the continental shelf of the Antarctic Peninsula Pacific margin off Anvers Island, during deglaciation over the last 11,000 years or more. Glacial flutes and striations mark the flow of low-profile ice streams draining the interior, across the middle and outer shelf. Most probably, ice sheets were grounded to the continental shelf edge along this margin during the last glacial maximum. Iceberg furrows overwrite the ice sheet record in areas between 500 and 350 m water depth, and reflect calving from a retreating ice shelf front. Cores show open marine sedimentation replacing diamicton deposition close to the grounding line during this retreat, which rapidly cleared the outer and middle shelf shortly before 11,000 years BP (from AMS14C dates on organic carbon). The shallower, scoured and largely sediment-free inner shelf cleared later, probably before 6000 years BP. Open marine sediments on the middle and outer shelf include a pelagic biogenic component and suspended sediment from modern glacier tongues, supplemented by resuspension of older sediment in shallow shelf regions (by currents and by grounded icebergs). Sedimentation is too slow to be able to fill in the concave-up profile of the continental shelf during a full interglacial, confirming the intense glacial-interglacial cyclicity of sedimentation on the continental slope inferred from seismic reflection profiles. The observed rapid deglaciation of the middle and outer shelf supports published numerical model results that the Antarctic Peninsula’s narrow interior and broad continental shelf make the ice sheet sensitive to imposed eustatic sea-level change. A low-profile marine-based ice sheet over the continental shelf during glacial maximum would have made a major contribution to that sensitivity, in the early stages of deglaciation. It follows that the Antarctic Peninsula ice sheet, and probably most others, are not so sensitive today.last_img read more


Bouyon Champions WCK celebrating 25 years

first_imgLocalNews Bouyon Champions WCK celebrating 25 years by: – January 26, 2012 54 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share WCK original logo, photo credit: dominicadevelopmentgroup.comBouyon Champions “WCK” band will celebrate its 25th year of existence this year.Windward Caribbean Kulture affectionately known as “WCK” which was formed in 1987 has been credited as the pioneers of bouyon music which originated in Dominica. The WCK band which is also based in Dominica has earned its place at the top ranks in the entertainment industry due to its unique blend of the islands traditional music and dances namely Belle, Quadrille, Jing Ping, Mazouk and Cadence calypso. This blend has been labeled “Bouyon” a genre they had credited for creating. WCK representative Jael Joseph highlighted the accomplishments of the band at the Dominica Festivals Committee’s weekly press conference on Wednesday.WCK representative, J.L Joseph“WCK or CK for short has managed to bring back the traditional sounds of Dominica through technological advancements and the use of state of the art musical instruments thus enhancing and revitalizing a sound once thought to be dormant.”According to Joseph the group hits include; “One more sway” in 1990 and recorded the second album “Culture shock”, “Forever”, “Volah Voleh”, “Conch Shell”, “To show to flam”, “Balance Battay”, “Hold dem”, “Super Band”. Joseph noted that the Band has to date “produced over nineteen albums all highly acclaimed and continues to capture the hearts of multiple generations of music lovers, not only Bouyon music, but with a diverse repertoire both live and at protection level”. The band has received several awards over the years and these include;• Best album, Culture Shock, Dominica Fame awards, 1991-1992• Dominica road march for “Conch Shell” 1993• Best participating band Festival de musica del Caribe in Columbia in 1994• Best Album “To show to flam” in Dominica fame awards 1995• Best album original “Hold dem” Dominica fame awards 1996• Song of the year Bouyon in St Lucia RCI 1996• Best album “Too many cooks” Dominica Fame awards in 1997Joseph says “now approaching its twenty-fifth anniversary, WCK is unanimously, with resilience going against the present norm of one hit wonders. The band intends to live up to its duty to satisfy the current fans and attract new ones”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


After tough UCLA loss, USC plays in Pac-12 Tournament

first_imgLing Luo | Daily TrojanRaking up points · Sophomore forward Nick Rakocevic drives in for a layup against UCLA. He’s averaging 7.5 points per game off the bench.The USC men’s basketball team fell short by double-digits in its season finale against UCLA last Saturday at the Galen Center, 83-72. A 34-point performance from UCLA All-Pac-12 junior guard Aaron Holiday propelled the Bruins to their fourth consecutive victory over the Trojans. “We just needed to be more locked in and play better defense,” said USC senior guard Jordan McLaughlin, who was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team Monday. “We’ve watched the tape [from the UCLA game], and we’re aware of what we need to do better going forward.” Yet despite the loss, the Trojans did finish the 2017-18 regular season in second place in the Pac-12 conference standings. The second-place conference finish is the highest for the USC basketball program since 2002. By finishing near the top of the Pac-12 regular season standings, USC clinched a first-round bye in this week’s Pac-12 Tournament, which will be held in Las Vegas from March 7 to 10. The Trojans will take on either Washington, a No. 7 seed in the tournament, or No. 10 Oregon State in the quarterfinal round on Thursday. “It’s a great accomplishment for us to finish second-place in the Pac-12,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said, “And getting that bye is really helpful for our team.[Having the bye] helps save some of our guys’ legs, and it should build up our confidence to play well on Thursday.”Regardless of the opponent, USC is familiar with both Washington (20-11 overall, 10-8 in Pac-12) and Oregon State. In its Pac-12 season opener on Dec. 29, USC lost to Washington at the Galen Center, 88-81. The Trojans swept Oregon State (15-15, 7-11) in the regular season series between the two teams. USC topped the Beavers at the Galen Center on Feb. 17, 72-59, in a game that saw USC senior guard Elijah Stewart score 28 points. “Whichever team we play, they’re both very physical, have great guard play and have really put together some solid seasons,” Enfield said. In the eyes of many, the Trojans’ regular season-ending loss to UCLA (20-10, 11-7) put a sting into USC’s hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive season. Despite being a second place team in the Pac-12, many NCAA Tournament bracket projections have USC as a current bubble team when it comes to qualification. In the March 6 version of ESPN’s Bracketology, USC is projected as a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament and is slated for a play-in game against Texas. Trojan players and coaches alike feel that the team has already proven itself worthy of qualification for the NCAA Tournament. “We can only control what we do on the court,” Enfield said. “We’re very proud of our team and where we are right now: 21 wins, second in the Pac-12 and a chance to go out and compete in Vegas this week.” Junior forward Chimezie Metu thinks a strong performance in the Pac-12 Tournament will be essential. “I think second place in the Pac-12 should be enough to get you into the NCAA Tournament,” said Metu, who was also named to the All-Pac-12 First Team on Monday. “All that last four in, first four out, whatever. We’re not worried about that. We’re worried about what we have to do.” Should the Trojans come away with a victory against either the Huskies or Beavers on Thursday, they will advance to the Pac-12 Tournament semifinal game, which will be held on Friday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.last_img read more


ITTF Upgrades Nigeria Open for 2019

first_imgImpressed with its organization coupled with its global status, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has upgraded the annual Nigeria Open in 2019 to Challenge Plus, which offers more prize money, world ranking points, better playing conditions and TV production.With new nine cities joining the Challenge Series, the Nigeria Open alongside North Korea, Oman, Portugal, Paraguay and Canada Opens. Nigeria Open was rewarded for its exceptionally strong Challenge Series events over the past few years and the tournament has been allocated a Challenge Plus status.The 17 events for 2019, includes nine cities that have never hosted a Challenge Series event and will be split into two tiers for the first time, with the top tier being called Challenge Plus which offers more prize money, more world ranking points, better playing conditions and TV production. The Challenge Series is the Tour below the premier ITTF World Tour, with its goal of providing players from around the world valuable playing opportunities to get the experience and world ranking points to take the next step to playing ITTF World Tour events.ITTF CEO Steve DAINTON stated: “The increased amount of ITTF Challenge Series events shows the increased interested in organizing table tennis events and the proven success of the change of our world ranking at the start of 2018. These 17 events added to our 13 ITTF World Tour events means that we have 30 tour events in 2019, which provides our players with immense value and fits in with the ITTF’s strategy of having a fully professionally run global tour by 2021.”Mexico is one of the new names in the second tier of events together with fellow newcomers Morocco, Turkey, Serbia and Indonesia. Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Thailand, Poland and Belarus all successfully retain their status as Challenge Series hosts for 2019.ITTF Head of World Cup & Challenge Series Zena SIM added: “It is great seeing the immense interest from so many countries around the world to host a Challenge Series event. Challenge Series events are a perfect platform for new hosts to organize a world-class event, and a good platform for new players to get their first experience playing at international level.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Chelsea Lose FIFA Transfer Ban Appeal

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says it will be “not be easy” to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City next season, after an unsuccessful appeal against FIFA’s transfer ban.The Blues are banned from signing players during the next two transfer windows until the end of January 2020.It followed an investigation into their signing of foreign under-18 players. Chelsea said they were “very disappointed” and will now appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.“It’s very difficult to cover the gap at the moment; we need to work, probably we need to do something from the market,” said Sarri.“So it’s not easy, because the level of the top two is very, very high.”Sarri says the club need to buy two players this summer.“I think that we have to buy only one, two players, otherwise it’s very difficult to improve immediately,” the Italian added.“I think we are a very good team, so we need only one, two players, no more.”The only change to the original FIFA ban is that the Blues can sign under-16 players from the UK during the suspension period.“The FIFA appeal committee has decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea,” FIFA said in a statement.“This ban applied to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and did not prevent the release of players.”FIFA said it found breaches in 29 cases out of the 92 investigated.Chelsea’s fine of £460,000 by world football’s governing body also remains.The Football Association (FA) was also fined £390,000 by FIFA when it issued the ban and English football’s governing body was told that it must “address the situation” regarding the international transfer and registration of minors.“Chelsea categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Appeal Committee,” the club said in a statement.Chelsea have a number of high-profile players out on loan that they can call on, including Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa), Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Victor Moses (Fenerbahce), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Kenedy (Newcastle), Tiemoue Bakayoko (AC Milan) and Kurt Zouma (Everton).They also have dozens of youth players out on loan.“Every month I have a report on every player on loan; we have about 45,” Sarri said.“There are two or three players who have been out on loan this season who are interesting. I do not want to name names now. But the level they have been playing at must be considered.”Based on documents from Football Leaks, French website Mediapart claimed in November that 19 Chelsea signings had been looked at during a three-year investigation.Mediapart alleged that 14 of those signings were under the age of 18.It was first reported in September 2017 that Chelsea were being investigated.Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore – who now plays for Ligue 1 club Lyon – signed his first professional contract at Chelsea in 2013 at the age of 18 but was not registered until January 2014.Mediapart claimed FIFA found evidence that Chelsea had misled them over the dates, while Traore was found to have made 25 appearances for the Blues (under-16, under-18 and first team) despite not being registered by the FA.Chelsea admitted they paid his mother £155,000, as well as a further £13,000 to the club she chaired – AJE Bobo-Dioulasso – in April 2011 to allow them first refusal over his signature.That deal, it is alleged, was for four-and-a-half years, despite the limit for under-18s being three years.In addition, it is also claimed Chelsea paid for Traore to attend the £20,000-a-year Whitgift School in Surrey.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both received bans for breaching rules over the signing of minors in early 2016, while fellow Spanish club Barcelona were given a 14-month ban after breaking rules for signing international under-18s in 2014.However, a Barcelona appeal saw their punishment pushed back a year, allowing the club to sign Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Jeremy Mathieu, Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.FIFA bans the transfer of under-18s to different countries unless they meet strict criteria. It brought in the rules to help protect children from exploitation and trafficking.Under-18s can only be transferred abroad if:§ The player’s parents move to the country in which the new club is located for non-footballing reasons.§ Both clubs are in the European Union or European Economic Area and the player is aged between 16 and 18. Even then, the buying club must meet more criteria relating to education, training, living conditions and support.§ They live within 100km of the club.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Maurizio Sarri last_img read more


Reggae Girlz lose at the death

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):Jamaica remained winless in the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship after twice squandering leads to plunge to a 3-2 defeat to Costa Rica.Playing at the Grenada National Stadium on Sunday, Jamaica led 1-0 on 22 minutes and 2-1 at the 34th, but could not hang on to their advantage. They did appear on course for a share of the points before Maria Paula Salas struck in stoppage time to crush their hopes.The points were Costa Rica’s first of the tournament and they now sit third, while Jamaica remain rooted at the bottom of Group B.In the other game, the United States edged Mexico 1-0 go on top with six points from their two outings.Looking to atone for their heavy 8-1 defeat to the US on Friday, Jamaica started positively when Ebony Clarke capitalised on a defensive error to put the Caribbean side ahead in the 22nd minute.Del Campo penaltyThe Central American unit drew level from the penalty spot in the 29th minute through Valeria Del Campo, after Erin Mikalsen brought down Gloriana Villalobos in the box.However, Jamaica once again restored their lead when Tarania Clarke scored with a firm right-footed volley in the 34th minute, after being teed up by Ebony Clarke.Up 2-1 at half-time, Jamaica suffered a major setback when Alyssa Julien was sent off in the 70th minute, but their hopes of a maiden win in the competition remained, when they still led with 14 minutes left.Things fell apart, though when Merilyn Alvarado headed in the equaliser in the 76th minute and Salas then found the nets at the death to hand Costa Rica a dramatic victory.last_img read more


Giants add right-handed bat, designate Ferguson for assignment

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–The Giants are poised to begin the season with a pair of Rule 5 draft picks on their Opening Day roster.They just aren’t the same two players the club envisioned would make the team when spring training started.The Giants acquired utility player Connor Joe from the Cincinnati Reds Thursday in exchange for pitcher Jordan Johnson and cash considerations. To make room for Joe on the club’s 40-man roster, San Francisco designated Rule 5 draft choice Drew Ferguson for assignment. …last_img


Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day — Pirate’s Quest Stolen Treasure (GC28T4Y) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedArrrrrrr you fan of Pirates? — Nashuan’s First Cache (GC1D56C) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 28, 2013In “Community”NaGeira’s Treasure – GC6EDE – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 22, 2012November 21, 2012In “Geocaching with Kids”Auburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” The journey be treacherous, tis not fer the faint o’ heart! Photo by geocachers TEAM DESERT EAGLEAhoy mateys, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so all of ya landlubbers best be arrggghhh-ing, knockin’ back some grog, an’ searchin’ for me treasure—lest ye walk the plank and be stowed away in Davey Jones’ locker. For those of you who don’t speak Pirate, here’s that translated into normal English: Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. It’s a great day to search for geocaches, especially the Geocache of the Week.Geocachers doing their best ARRRRGGGGG faces. Photo by geocacher northwing65Endlessly searching for “treasure,” a vocabulary of strange words, wooden legs—there are numerous similarities between geocachers and pirates. Well, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. Pirate’s Quest Stolen Treasure (GC28T4Y) takes you on an epic, 10-stage, pirate-themed multi-cache adventure through Michigan’s Newaygo State Park. At each stage, geocachers will find an artifact like those in the photos, as well as a clue to where the next stage is located. The time, effort and craftsmanship that the geocache owners, photobug2, put into each stage is incredible and a great example of top-notch geocache placement.So far, nearly 160 geocachers have earned their smiley and 90 of them added a Favorite Point. After making the find, geocacher potterteam said, “We planned a camping weekend at Newaygo to tackle more of the amazing caches here and this one was first on our list. WOW – what an amazing multi-cache. We were astounded at the creativity, planning and work that was put into every stage. We had so much fun doing this cache and are giving it a well earned favorite point, wish we could give it more than one!!!”Another geocacher who made their way through the forest to earn their smiley is 2xArcher, who said, “This is the best multi that I have ever done. I can’t believe the amount of time and work that went into making and placing this cache. Awesome!!! I will be talking about this one for a long time. This is a favorite for us.”Logbook? Nope, logribs. Photo by geocacher northwing65While searching for a special pirate-themed geocache to feature today, I came across tons of great pirate caches. Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments. (Answer in pirate-speak, please.)Editor’s Note: If Newaygo State Park is sounding a little familiar, it’s because its also home to another Geocache of the Week. This park sounds like a geocacher’s paradise!Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] with your Friends:Morelast_img read more