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first_imgDuring the meeting, Sen. Hailey Robertson also tabled her proposed pro-consent reusable cup project, which she requested funding for at last week’s meeting. Robertson hopes to develop a more substantive campaign before presenting it to the Senate for a vote. “There’s certain things that UCLA was doing about sustainability or just in general [in] their campus climate that contrasted a lot from USC, either people being in general more well-informed or even we saw they have a way bigger budget for service organizations,” Johnson said.   SLAC hosted a conference at UCLA Sunday with 51 student government representatives from 15 institutions, including USC, Stanford University, Occidental College and Pitzer College. Participants deliberated on administrative differences between student governments, issues of administrative transparency and efforts to increase student engagement, USG Senior Director of Communications Truman Fritz said. “As our mission mentions, it’s [important] to share best practices, share insights, and share things and problems and solutions that we found at other institutions that we can bring back home and really enhance the student experience here,” Fritz said.  “We’re exploring other alternatives, like maybe getting other organizations involved, as well as creating a more cohesive campaign that can be more meaningful and impactful,” Robertson said. “It was very insightful to understand how they are structured and the influences that their overall institutions have on that, particularly like differences between public and private institutions,” Johnson said.  Sen. Emily Johnson said she appreciated learning about the different structures of the participating student governments during the conference. She was particularly interested in how  student governments are funded and the role the Senate branch plays within the academic institution.  SLAC will host another conference in January. Undergraduate Student Government proposed a resolution at Tuesday’s meeting to continue its involvement in the Student Leadership Association of California, an organization of 15 student governments dedicated to collaboration between student leaders at universities. SLAC’s opportunities for collaboration have brought forth results in the past. In June, USC and UCLA representatives released a joint statement on campus sexual assault, which condemned the lack of transparency and accountability from administrators concerning incidents of sexual assault and reaffirmed their commitment to improving campus climate. Student government leaders from USC, Stanford, UCLA and Yale, including USG President Trenton Stone, also co-authored an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times in August concerning their schools’ involvement in the college admissions scandal. The writers argued that there are systemic barriers to higher education that must be addressed to help less privileged students have equal opportunities. Fritz, who acted as the interim chairman for the SLAC Board of Directors, said representatives also discussed formalizing SLAC as an association by instituting an ancillary organizational structure. USC, Occidental and Pitzer initially established SLAC in 2018 to connect student governments from across California and had 10 attendees at the first conference. Undergraduate Student Government senators proposed a resolution to continue participating in the Student Leadership Conference Association of California conference at a Tuesday meeting. (Karla Leung | Daily Trojan) Johnson also said she found herself reflecting on how to improve the way USG functions and learned about certain initiatives at different universities that could be implemented at USC.  Robertson anticipates that the cups will available for the USC vs. UCLA football game Nov. 23.last_img read more

first_img Published on March 6, 2016 at 10:19 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Trevor Cooney is not even looking to see if they go in.As each jump shot leaves his hands, the reaction in the Carrier Dome tells him the result. But it’s not a full crowd, or any crowd at all. Just a small group of coaches and managers standing under the rim, gathering his rebounds and feeding passes into his chest.When he hits one, they say, “There it is.”When he misses, they say, “Make the next one.”It’s a few minutes after 3 p.m. on Jan. 12 and the outlook of Cooney’s final college season is grim. Three days ago Syracuse fell to North Carolina and dropped to 0-4 in conference play. Cooney scored a season-high 27 points that felt somewhat hollow in the loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOne day later, the Orange will beat Boston College to start an 8-1 run that sidesteps another empty season. And now, thanks to that stretch, Syracuse is in range of the NCAA Tournament as it heads to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for a make-or-break ACC Tournament opener against Pittsburgh. All that’s left in Cooney’s five-year career is postseason basketball, one last chance to untangle a complicated legacy and disprove the blanket statements that have followed him for four seasons.That he’s one-dimensional. That he doesn’t hit the big shots. That he loses steam at the end of every year.I know that the better year I have this year and however far we go and how many games we win, that’s what I’ll be remembered as. That’s why this year’s so big and you just want to play well and win a lot of games because that’s what’s going to stick.Trevor CooneyBut for now Cooney warms up an hour before a light Boston College walkthrough with a full-speed workout. All that’s important is his next jump shot. That’s the future he sees.He dribbles hard around an invisible screen, his dry-fit shirt soaked in sweat, and bricks a mid-range jumper. His response is animated, a hop into the air that cuts through the rhythm of the drill. He catches the next pass on the move and sinks a 3 from the left wing. His response is subtle, a light nod at the rim as if to say, “Thanks for letting that one through.”It goes on like this. There it is or make the next one. Make the next one or there it is.The two phrases echo throughout the empty stadium. They start to sound like words to live by. After all, this is Cooney’s life.,• • •Trevor Cooney is, more often than not, placed into one of two categories.At times unstoppable: 33 points on nine 3s against Notre Dame in February 2014, 28 points on seven 3s against Florida State in January of 2015, 19 points in the first 10 minutes at Wake Forest on Jan. 16.And at others unbearable: two points on six shots in a loss to Dayton in the 2014 Tournament, the two times he’s been held scoreless in 25 or more minutes, the three times he’s shot 1-of-8 from 3 in a Syracuse loss.The euphoric highs and painful lows have made Cooney a polarizing player in central New York, but there’s a lot in between.He was on the floor when Syracuse lost to Michigan in the 2013 Final Four and hasn’t left it since. He’s a rare three-year starter in the era of one- and two-and-dones, helped the Orange to a 25-0 start in 2013-14 and was a stabilizing presence while NCAA sanctions mired much of SU’s last two seasons. He’s been a rock in the 2-3 zone and made himself comfortable atop the ACC steals leaderboard. If he gets hot in the postseason, he could finish with the second most 3s in Syracuse history. He’s on pace to finish his career with close to 1,400 points, more than 200 assists and more than 200 steals.Jim Boeheim continually comes to Cooney’s defense, suggesting that fans don’t see Cooney’s whole effect on games. After SU’s loss to Florida State on Saturday, Boeheim was asked about Cooney’s struggles and said “I’m tired of that same old story.” On Feb. 29, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said “Trevor Cooney is one of the toughest kids I’ve ever competed against.”All of that puts him in the thick of elite company. So why is there so much reluctance to call Cooney elite?“If you went through the country and found all the players who can make five 3s in the league in one game, who can make 5?” SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “Trevor’s made nine. He’s broken records. And if he doesn’t it’s like, ‘Woah, what happened?’“And so I think that whenever you reach the pinnacle of your profession everybody is trying to knock you down a bit.”When Cooney got to Syracuse in 2011 — in the same class as future NBA players Michael Carter-Williams and Rakeem Christmas — he was wanted but not needed right away. The coaching staff worried that redshirting the 65th ranked recruit in the country would present problems. Players of that caliber usually expect to play right away, and they didn’t know if the lights-out shooter from Sanford (Delaware) High School would react.But whenever Hopkins walked through the Carmelo K. Anthony Center that first year, he’d see Cooney running around the court. Sometimes with SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara, other times alone. There were 5 a.m. wake ups. Long days in the weight room. A jump shot to perfect: feet shoulder-length apart, a quick bend at the knees, the slightest hitch before releasing the ball, then …Swish. Again. Brick. Again. And so on.There are a lot of expectations with shooters. I remember coming into school and being labelled as that and then wanting to work on my shot a ton. … And look, people think we shooters should make every shot, and sometimes I have those games and sometimes I don’t. But you can’t get caught up in it. It comes with just playing, you block it out.Trevor CooneyHe started as the third guard in a tight backcourt rotation, shot 26.7 percent from 3 and went into his sophomore season as the shooter who needed to shoot better. He fine-tuned the other essentials of his game — the angles of the zone, ball-handling and spacing the floor for his teammates — but was, and still is, only as good as his last jumper.So he tirelessly worked to make sure that shot went in. When it didn’t, he shot more. It helped him mentally to physically work the kinks out of his game, but it also started to slow him down.“If you struggle in any way, all you do is what? You have to work harder. That’s how he’s built,” Hopkins said. “But sometimes you also have to work smart. Sometimes you can work yourself to a detriment, especially when you’re playing as many minutes as he is and you’re a shooter.”,• • •Trevor Cooney is sitting in the corner, smacking a towel against the floor and laughing uncontrollably.Practice wrapped up 20 minutes ago, Syracuse is two days away from its Feb. 11 meeting with Florida State and three Orange walk-ons are playing a half-court game against a group of teenagers from military families. Cooney is providing color commentary from the baseline, and his analysis is laced with playful jabs at his teammates and bellowing celebrations when the wide-eyed teenagers score. When the game dies out, Cooney slumps into a folding chair by the court and signs team posters while giving out his Snapchat name.A year ago, he couldn’t finish practice without making a certain number of jump shots. Even if Syracuse played on Saturday and had another game Monday, he’d put in the extra hours before and after practice. McNamara once had to kick him out of the gym altogether.But there was gradual wear on Cooney’s body, notably a back injury at the end of last season and lots of miles on a shooter who depends on his legs. Two years ago Cooney scored in double-figures in one of Syracuse’s last 10 games. Last season he hit more than one 3 in just one of the Orange’s last six contests. His numbers have even dipped in the final weeks of this regular season, as he’s shot 5-of-30 from deep in SU’s last four games and missed a game-tying 3 in Saturday’s loss to the Seminoles.“The last few years, and I don’t think this is the perfect word, but his legs have burned out a little bit toward the end of the season and we’ve been looking for a reason why,” said Matt Cooney, Trevor’s brother who has trained him over the years. “One of the things we landed on was that maybe he was burning himself out during the season with huge workouts after practice and things like that, and I know he had to dial it back a little bit.”That’s been met with other changes to his overall approach. The Cooney who had to make a certain number of shots before leaving the gym was also driven by strict routine. On game days he always ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, had to get to the Carrier Dome at a certain time with certain people and take a certain number of shots in a 20-minute window.Now he’s not as interested in a rigid approach as he is about getting his mind in the right place. He doesn’t do peanut butter and jelly sandwiches anymore, and instead frequents Mom’s Diner off Westcott Street for a bacon egg and cheese sandwich on game days. He then rests before a light workout in at the Melo Center, usually focused on his core, and arrives at the Dome three hours before tip off with a less-regimented pregame plan.It’s all designed to shake his late-season reputation. He leaves the gym after practice some days and instead takes jump shots in his head, closing his eyes to visualize the mechanics of a make and the miscalculations of a miss. He’s done worrying about the things he can’t control. He feels settled.When he’s made shots, we’ve been a better team. As far as the legacy goes, you can’t define it yet. I think the bigger thing is you have to let it play out and see how it ends up.Gerry McNamaraWhile Cooney watches from the sideline as the Syracuse managers start a post-practice scrimmage, one of the teenagers from earlier sheepishly walks up to to him.“Hey Trevor, you should play for the Knicks next year,” the teenagers says. “They really need a shooter.”“Yeah? Well if they want me you tell them to call me, OK?” Cooney answers, smiling at the thought. “I have a little more basketball to play here, though. Then we can talk.”,• • •Trevor Cooney is used to hearing it. From opposing players, opposing coaches, announcers. From everyone.“You’re still in college? You haven’t graduated? How old are you?”These jokes are low-hanging fruit, but Cooney’s been at Syracuse for half a decade. He’s played with four different starting point guards in four seasons. He’s joining a guys-who-played-forever group that includes former Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft, current Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono and current Kansas forward Perry Ellis.“I think Robbie Hummel actually was in college for six years,” Cooney added, referencing the former Purdue forward who stretched his college career to the limit. “I mean that’s just awesome. How cool is that?”It’s clear that Cooney isn’t ready to leave. He still hasn’t hit every diner in Syracuse. He doesn’t have to tell the barbers at The Shop on Erie Boulevard how he likes his hair cut. Then there’s the basketball, and those nights when the Carrier Dome is filled to the brim and it feels like he’ll never miss another jumper again.“I’ve done a lot of growing up here, just been through a lot and just learned a lot about myself and it’s definitely going to be tough to leave,” Cooney said. “… But I definitely have plenty of time, time to go out as a winner, as a guy who left it all on the floor. I would love to be remembered as that.”How long Cooney has is, in part, up to him. There may be no way to straighten out his twisted legacy. Not now. Not this late. His career numbers, impressive as they are, could be mere footnotes of his career if this final stretch doesn’t tilt in his favor. That’s basketball. That’s life.And all he can do is keep shooting and doing the little things that go unnoticed. He has to clear his mind, find the last ounces of strength in his legs and confidently toss the ball toward the hoop. Then watch and hope.Because if his last shot rolls off the rim, he’ll never have a chance to make the next one.“That last one I take, you’re going to have that taste in your mouth forever really,” Cooney said, and his eyes seemed to trail toward one of the Melo Center baskets.“You have to make it and give it your all and make sure you don’t regret anything. I guess it’s that simple.”,Banner photo by Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff Photographer Commentslast_img read more

first_imgMans like Joshua can have my left overs!— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 4, 2017World Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua responded to Khan’s claims in a subtly hilarious tone, posting a snippet of Shaggy’s “It Wasnt Me” song on his tweeter handle.He then tweeted: “Bantz aside, I hope you guys can resolve your situation or this is a hack as we have never even met! Plus I like my women BBW #ItWasntMe”Bantz aside, I hope you guys can resolve your situation or this is a hack as we have never even met! Plus I like my women BBW #ItWasntMe— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) August 4, 2017Faryal Khan has also responded to her husband’s accusations, calling him a “cheater” and an “adulterer” in a series of Twitter rants. Left my family and friends for this Faryal. I’m not hurt but another fighter. I’m making it public. You getting the divorce #Golddigger— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 4, 2017 British boxers, Amir Khan and Anthony Joshua are caught up in a social media bust-up as Khan claims his wife cheated on him with Joshua.In a series of tweets from Khan official tweeter handle, the former Light-Welterweight world champion announced splitting with his wife, Faryal, saying she “always mentioned to me how much she wanted to be with another guy, from all people another boxer @anthonyfjoshua.”center_img Relatedlast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Tough to say. We’ll see,” Bryant said. “So far, I’ve been pretty cool about everything. I’ve been very thankful about everything. I’ve been very happy about everything. It hasn’t really hit me yet. We’ll see if it does.”Ever since making his pending retirement official in late November, Bryant anticipated the finality of his career would eventually strike him. Oh, Bryant has embraced opponents. He has reflected on his 20 NBA seasons that has entailed five league championships and third place on the all-time scoring list. He has waved to the home crowds that always loved him and to the opposing fans that previously booed him. Yet, Bryant maintained he has yet to fully process he will soon stop playing. He believed it has become hard to do since his farewell tour has taken place while he is still playing.So Bryant has said he will stick to his usual pregame routine that will involve resting, icing, stretching and massage therapy. Bryant then plans to report to Staples Center several hours beforehand for more shooting and treatment.During that buildup, Scott conceded he will likely think about coaching and watching Bryant play basketball one last time. Yet, Scott initially sounded skeptical on if he will become teary-eyed.“I can’t. I’m a man’s man,” Scott said. “I’m not going to be crying there and all that. I don’t think.”Moments later, Scott admitted he will likely sit in his office for a prolonged time after the game thinking about Bryant’s career. “I’m going to have so many emotions that will go through my body and through my mind,” Scott said. “Because of him and 20 years I’ve known him. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”Scott had more clarity on how he will handle Bryant for his last game.After nursing major ailments for three consecutive seasons, Bryant logged only 28 minutes per game in the 2015-16 campaign and appeared in 65 out of 81 games. Instead, Scott said Bryant will play an unspecified minutes that could exceed his season-high 37 minutes he played Nov. 20 against Toronto.Scott also plans to play Bryant between 10 minutes to 12 minutes in the first quarter. “When that quarter is over, I’ll talk to him again,” Scott said. “It’ll probably be at halftime when I see how he’s feeling. That will determine the minutes he’ll play in the third quarter and fourth quarter.”Somewhere in between the intrigue surrounding Bryant’s final appearance and the festivities surrounding it, the Lakers have a game to play. The Lakers have struggled to do that for most of the 2015-16 season. They will end with their worst record in franchise history. They will miss the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive year. They will enter the offseason riddled with questions surrounding their future.Hence, Bryant’s farewell tour has provided the Lakers a temporary distraction from those problems.“The fans deserve it. They’re paying a lot of good money for Kobe’s jersey and for the tickets for years and years,” Lakers forward Metta World Peace said. “The NBA got a billion-dollar TV deal and a lot of it had to do with Kobe. He’s a superstar. They deserve to see this.”Scott argued Bryant deserves to see this, too. “His competitive nature and the way he went about his business gained him a lot of respect around the world. This farewell tour was something that was much needed,” Scott said. “He’ll look back and really appreciate the way the fans treated him on the way out.”Before that happens, Bryant will do something that has become so customary for two decades.He will play basketball, try to win and provide a memorable performance.“I feel really excited and very happy, ” Bryant said. “I’m looking forward to lacing them up one more time.” Vivid Seats, a secondary ticket broker, tabbed the median ticket price for Bryant’s last game at $2,100 each.The Lakers recently issued a fraud alert, forewarning fans about the potential dangers of purchasing tickets for Bryant’s last game through third-party vendors. Scott also chuckled when he shared he has refused to grant friends any extra tickets other than the four he already has set aside for family members.“There’s going to be tons of people in the stands and they’re going to be on the streets,” Scott said. “The ones that couldn’t get into the game will be on the streets hoping to get a glimpse of Kobe coming out.”Will those fans see Bryant maintaining the same steely persona that has mostly defined his 20-year NBA career? Or will Bryant show a vulnerable side after projecting his indestructible image for so long?center_img The video tribute will likely play longer. The notable celebrities will likely become larger. The endless cheers will likely sound louder. The private gifts will likely become grander. Yet, as Kobe Bryant has inched closer and closer toward playing his last game in a sport he has forever loved, the Lakers’ 37-year-old star insisted he has avoided becoming emotional about it. He has done so mainly because he has forced himself not to think about that moment.That moment has come. In what Lakers coach Byron Scott predicted is “going to be bananas,” the Lakers (16-65) will host the Utah Jazz (40-41) on Wednesday at Staples Center. That will mark Bryant’s final game and what Scott called “the end of an unbelievable basketball player.” The atmosphere could arguably mirror an NBA Finals game, if not grander.The Team LA story at Staples Center will sell exclusive Bryant merchandise beginning Wednesday morning.last_img read more

first_imgThis Easter is the beginning of a new life for me. I wanna take a second to thank all of you for all the prayers. They have worked. I know they have. When they opened me up, I had an abnormal vein.. maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one We chose. He had seen it before and written a paper on it. That’s truly God’s work. The prayers for my family, I’m beyond thankful for. A six hour surgery went to 12 hours and although they were anxious and scared, your prayers got them through. Thank you. Thank you so much. Now I am home and learning my new norm. It’ll take some time, but I really just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers. It means more than y’all will ever know. #cupscrewA post shared by Kelly Stafford (@kbstafford89) on Apr 21, 2019 at 4:35pm PDTThe Staffords, who met while attending the University of Georgia, married in 2015. They have three daughters. View this post on Instagram Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick by the Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft, has 38,526 career passing yards and 237 touchdowns. Kelly Stafford, wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, is back home after undergoing 12 hours of brain surgery on Wednesday.She made the announcement via Instagram Sunday, saying, “This Easter is the beginning of a new life for me. I wanna take a second to thank all of you for all the prayers. They have worked. I know they have.” Kelly Stafford, who announced earlier this month that she had a benign brain tumor, had been told to expect about six hours of surgery. But after the operation began, the surgeon discovered an abnormal vein. She noted on Instagram that such a situation may be “abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one we chose. He had seen it before and written a paper on it. That’s truly God’s work. The prayers for my family, I’m beyond thankful for.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook151Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bridget Parent, Olympia Food Cooperative Meat Department Manager for Olympia Food Co-opThe Olympia Food Co-op’s Meat Department would like to introduce you to the four food groups of Winter 2018 – chicken, beef, fish, and buffalo!  Ok, there are other food groups, but we’re biased in the Meat Department. Our membership counts on us to research and support individuals who are good stewards of their animals and the environment. We’re proud to present four Co-op vendors whose missions and visions align with ours.The Colvin Ranch near Tenino has been raising quality beef for four generations. Photo courtesy: Olympia Food Co-opColvin Ranch is a fourth-generation family ranch dedicated to raising high quality, grass fed beef. Located near Tenino, the ranch is protected with an agricultural conservation easement through the USDA which means it will always be used for farming, never developed. Fred and Katherine use sustainable grazing practices that allow native and endangered plants to thrive on their prairie. Their cows have ample room to roam and Fred explained to me that they keep their cattle’s stress level down by designing corral areas that follow the animal’s instinctual movements. Taking advise from Temple Grandin, Fred says he gets down to their level to see what they see. We sell their ground beef, round steak, sirloin tip, top sirloin, and soup bones. You can also find them at the Proctor Market in Tacoma and order from them directly.Golden Catch is owned and operated by Gene Maltzeff. He fishes for our salmon in Bristol Bay and the fish are processed in Naknek, Alaska. Gene sets his standards high and it shows in the quality of our salmon. Gene believes the most important part of his job is respecting the fish. He adheres to best practices when catching and handling the salmon. They’re not thrown about, they’re bled right away and cooled quickly. It’s a pleasure doing business with Gene and he’s always excited to talk about salmon. You’ll find frozen salmon, sockeye fillets and cod portions in our stores. For more information, email Beringssea@yahoo.comChris, Hanna, and John Hagara of Chehalis Valley Farm. Photo courtesy: Olympia Food Co-opThe Chehalis Valley Farm started in 2013 in Elma, Washington. John Hagara raises chickens and pigs with the help of paid interns, Hanna and Chris. Their first year, John raised 50 birds; this year they processed 2,000 birds, in their own WSDA certified facility, and they have 40 pigs they will sell this November. They sell to the Co-op and Spuds Market and at The Olympia and Proctor Farmer’s Markets.  Their pigs and chickens are well cared for and fed non-GMO grain grown here in Washington.  John believes in the importance of local; his products will never travel further than 200 miles. You’ll find whole birds, livers and hearts in both our stores.Wild Idea is located in South Dakota. Not local, no, but this company is outstanding. The Cheyenne River ranch is just west of the Badlands national Park and north of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Dan and Jill O’Brian started Wild Idea in 1997 with preservation in mind.  “Our bison graze like their ancestors did, eating nothing but the grass beneath their feet. The nutrient dense grasses produce a delicious healthy red meat rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Unlike most buffalo on the market today, Wild Idea buffalo are never feedlot confined or finished on GMO corn. Additionally, our buffalo restore the wildlands agrees to a greater level of biodiversity.”  Dan has been a rancher and wildlife biologist for more than 30 years. He’s also a falconer and writer, with several books published, including Buffalo For The Broken Heart which explores the history of the ranch and their conversion from beef to buffalo. Jill has owned several restaurants and a catering business, creates recipes for the Wild Idea test kitchen.  She takes the photos and operates an eco-tourism business. You can find ground buffalo, stew meat, and soup bones in our stores.These, and other fine companies we support may carry products we don’t stock at our stores, but are available for special order. Please contact bridget@olympiafood.coop, meat manager at the west side or adam@olympiafood.coop, meat manager at the east side Olympia Food Cooperative.  We’d love to hear from you with questions, concerns, or ideas.For 40 years, the Olympia Food Co-op and our membership have supported local producers in our community. With low mark-ups for local products, every time a purchase is made from our stores, the vendor gets most of the sale.  Everybody is welcome to shop. We have two locations, and both stores are open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgANTONIO RUDIGER claims he was made to feel like a “monkey” and a “liar” after Tottenham and the police dropped an investigation into alleged racist chants against him.The Chelsea centre-back launched a searing indictment of the probe’s results and revealed its devastating personal effects.3 Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger looks on in the infamous match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December when he reported racist chantsCredit: Reuters3 Referee Anthony Tayor pointed out to players where the alleged racial abuse came fromCredit: AFP or licensorsRudiger complained of abuse during Chelsea’s 2-0 away win last December but Spurs insist “extensive reviews” of CCTV and help from lip readers failed to uncover the chants.Now Rudiger says he is dumbfounded and sickened by the outcome as “racism won”.The Germany star, 27, told Der Spiegel: “I ask myself, ‘how is it possible that nobody of the 60,000 people in this stadium realised anything about it?'”So, I stand there [accused] as a liar. I have the feeling that I’m expected to shut my mouth. But I have a message: I won’t do that.”I felt as if I wasn’t a human being, but an animal. A monkey.”I think if you haven’t lived such situations you can’t imagine how I felt. Against Tottenham I felt incredibly lonely.”I told Harry Kane ‘you don’t have to apologise’. But he wanted to do it as a sign that his club doesn’t think like that.Antonio RudigerRudiger also said Tottenham striker Harry Kane apologised to him afterwards.He added: “I was grateful for the gesture from the England captain.”I said, ‘it’s absolutely not your fault, you don’t have to apologise’.”But he wanted to do it as a sign that his club doesn’t think like that.”Tottenham have always insisted they “fully support” Rudiger’s actions but could find no evidence to support the allegations.Many Spurs fans, however, booed him as Chelsea won the Premier League return 2-1 at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago.After finally halting their investigation, Tottenham said: “The club and the Metropolitan Police have now exhausted all avenues of investigation.3 Rudiger made a monkey gesture during the game at Tottenham in DecemberCredit: PA:Press Associationmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes”There is no evidence to corroborate or contradict the allegation and as such neither ourselves nor the police are in a position to take any further action.”We are fiercely proud of our anti-racism work and our zero tolerance of any form of discrimination.“This is one reason why we have attributed so much time and resource to investigating this matter.”Antonio Rüdiger accuses Spurs fan of making monkey chants after Son sent off for kicking Chelsea acelast_img read more

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t believe it, says the “Financial Fair Play” project leader monitoring hundreds of clubs’ accounts since 2011.“Certainly FFP is not dead and we will, for sure, reinforce the rules going forward,” Andrea Traverso told The Associated Press at UEFA headquarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Luxury taxes and salary caps once dismissed as unworkable in Europe are again talked about. UEFA could start evaluating club debts and make competitive balance a formal goal.“We have continuous dialogue with the clubs. They are all aware of the rules,” Traverso said, noting Champions League regular Porto was sanctioned last month. Kevin Durant arrives in India as NBA tries to grow game Recent Milan spending outweighs its 217 million euro ($254 million) revenue in 2015, according to a UEFA review of club accounts.However, UEFA cannot stop clubs buying, while Milan can use August and January trading periods to balance its books.“Milan will not be an exception to Financial Fair Play, because no club enjoys an exception,” Traverso said. “All clubs are free to operate on the market but then they might face consequences if they do not operate according to the rules.”Milan’s case is unusual because it had no FFP assessment for three years. A Europa League qualifying match on Thursday was its first UEFA game since March 2014. New club officials will meet UEFA in October to explore a “voluntary agreement” on financial targets.It continues Milan’s interesting history with the UEFA project. In 2009, then-UEFA President Michel Platini cited lobbying by owners, including Milan’s Silvio Berlusconi, to limit clubs spending only what they earned.Critics said it protected elite clubs with global income, and blocked ambitious clubs with wealthy owners.When UEFA rules took full effect in 2014, Qatar-owned PSG and Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City were hardest hit. Both had 20 million euros ($23.4 million) deducted.By 2015, Milan was slumping when UEFA offered to be sympathetic with clubs which had an affordable business plan. This helped clubs to woo buyers, including Chinese investors who now own Milan and city rival Inter.As the $800 million Milan sale was sealed in April, PSG and Man City completed periods of stricter UEFA monitoring. Both clubs are high in UEFA’s revenue-earning list with more than 460 million euros ($540 million), and are major transfer market players.PSG’s chase of Neymar could double the world-record price Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba. GENEVA — In another European summer of lavish transfer deals, it can seem that UEFA has given up trying to curb clubs’ excessive spending.Skeptics question AC Milan’s 200 million euro ($240 million) spree and how Paris Saint-Germain could squeeze a 220 million euro ($258 million) pursuit of Barcelona’s Neymar by the UEFA rules.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube UEFA never barred PSG or Man City from the Champions League, as Platini warned could happen to a top club.Instead, clubs like Dynamo Moscow, Galatasaray and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, the 2015 Europa League runner-up, have missed one season in the second-tier competition.UEFA points out that losses across European top-tier clubs totaled 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion) in 2011 and are now about 300 million euros ($352 million).Juventus is a model club. It won six straight Italian titles, reached two Champions League finals, and funded a new stadium to raise income and close the gap on Spanish and English clubs’ huge global earnings.UEFA’s Traverso insisted: “FFP is definitely not over.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Porto overspent on first-team budget targets, UEFA deducted 700,000 euros ($820,000) prize money and limited the squad to 22 instead of 25 senior players in this season’s competition.UEFA’s independent club finance panel praised the 27-time Portuguese champion’s “realistic financial and business plan,” and expects compliance by 2020.Still, do clubs ignore the scrutiny that goes with entering UEFA competitions?Milan’s new Chinese owners, who needed American equity fund cash, spent heavily on players after six years without a Serie A title.“I’m so upset at UEFA. 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first_img0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba insists racist abuse only makes him stronger © AFP / Lindsey ParnabyLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 25 – Paul Pogba says he is ready to fight against racist abuse after the Manchester United star and his team-mate Marcus Rashford were subjected to social media taunts following their penalty misses.Pogba was the target of racial slurs on Twitter when his penalty was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio in Monday’s 1-1 draw. Then United striker Rashford suffered racist abuse online after hitting the post with a penalty in Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Reading’s Yakou Meite were also recently targeted by social media trolled and World Cup winner Pogba has had enough.The 26-year-old insists he will use the jibes as fuel to step up the fight against racists.“My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football,” Pogba wrote on his Instagram account on Sunday.“Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation.”During the Palace match at Old Trafford, United fans unveiled a banner reading ‘United against racism’.Rashford had tweeted in support of Pogba after the Wolves games, saying: “Enough now, this needs to stop Twitter. Manchester United is a family. Paul Pogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all.”United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer condemned both incidents involving his players.“It’s the same we spoke about before the weekend. It’s unheard of and we need it to stop, it needs to stop,” Solskjaer said.“I’m just lost for words if it keeps going. We keep having all these campaigns ‘No to Racism’ and it keeps hiding behind fake identities. It’s just crazy that we talk about this in 2019.”Pogba’s message was accompanied by a photograph showing him holding his baby alongside portraits of his late father Fassou Antoine and civil rights activist Martin Luther King,Marcus Rashford became the latest player to become the target of racist trolls after missing a penalty kick © AFP / Lindsey ParnabyTwitter said on Wednesday that they will meet with United, Kick It Out (anti-discrimination organisation within football) and any other civil society stakeholders to discuss the problem.Twitter claim to have already permanently suspended a series of accounts as a result of the racist posts.Anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out have also called for action.“The vile racist abuse on social media continued today. This problem will not go away and needs decisive action – that’s what we’ll be making clear to Twitter when we meet,” Kick It Out said on Saturday.“Without immediate and the strongest possible action, these cowardly acts will continue to grow.”0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgOver the coming weeks Donegal Daily will partner up with Údarás na Gaeltachta to showcase some of Donegal’s most successful Gaeltacht based businesses.Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development scheme assists entrepreneurs by encouraging new investment in Gaeltacht areas, nurturing already established businesses, and enhancing the skill base of those living in Gaeltacht communities. They also offer financial and non-financial support, as well as supplying business facilities at a competitive price to businesses in various different sectors.Over 7,000 people are employed thanks to the Údarás na Gaeltachta scheme! One such company involved in the scheme is Kilcar based Studio Donegal, who produce artisan hand-woven goods.Studio Donegal has expended into new and niche markets and now supplies authentic Irish Handwoven Bed Covers, Blankets and Cushions to UK and European Boutique Hotels and Apartments.Studio Donegal was founded by the Donaghy family in Cill Charthaigh nearly 40 years ago with the aim of maintaining and preserving the long running tradition of hand-weaving in south-west Donegal. The company was set up by Kevin Donaghy, an innovative designer weaver/spinner and his wife Wendy Donaghy, who both moved to Cill Charthaigh from Tullamore in Co. Offaly.Studio Donegal has developed into an international supplier of authentic, Irish handwoven clothing and upholstery fabric for markets in Ireland, the UK, Japan, Demark, France, Germany, Italy and the USA.Tristan Donaghy, son of Kevin and Wendy, continues to follow in the footsteps of his parents and is responsible for the company’s growth.Studio Donegal has established itself in a niche market of supplying boutique hotels and apartment chains in the UK, Europe and Japan with handwoven bed covers, blankets and cushions.Tristan DonaghyTristan said; “In recent times we have expanded on our product offerings. We now have ongoing contracts for hotel groups in the UK, The Hague and throughout the rest of Europe.”“Our bed covers, blankets and cushions are now the preferred choice for many boutique and apartment hotel chains in the UK and Europe, a niche which now accounts for 30% of our exports.” “We have also seen an increase in demand from a younger generation of Japanese entrepreneurs who have a preference for authentic Irish handwoven, clothing and accessories.”“We are getting more orders for our handwoven clothing and accessory label from mainstream boutique shops and mail ordering catalogues in Japan.”The company employs 15 people and until recently focused mainly on supplying craft shops and tourist outlets with handwoven and hand-knitted products under its own Studio Donegal clothing label.“I think the fact that our studio, mill and workshop are open to visitors and tourists who are invited to tour our facilities and observe our hand-weavers at work Monday to Friday is an added attraction.” “There they see firsthand how and where everything is made. Our shop sells a full range of our tweed throws, men’s and women’s clothing, hats and accessories as well as Donegal Yarns knitting wool and a selection of contemporary and traditional knitwear.”“Our genuine handwoven tweed sells all over the world in exclusive top end craft shops. Everything with the Studio Donegal label is handwoven and made in Kilcar.”“We have maintained our brand ethos of being the only genuine hand- weaving mill in Ireland and that will always be our hallmark. We still use some homespun yarn, which we produce on an early Victorian spinning mule.”“We also use other yarns, produced in Kilcar by Donegal Yarns, who continue to produce a superb range of quality wool and yarns”.“With support over the years from Údarás na Gaeltachta for areas such as equipment, marketing and training, we have been able to access new markets to promote our label and expand our product portfolio.”“We hope to expand our workshop in the future to accommodate additional equipment that will lead to an increase in production and employment”.“We are currently working on increasing our brand awareness globally by upgrading our website, and we expect that an increase in online purchases will increase our turnover and lead to additional employment and secure the existing jobs into the future”, concluded Tristan.To find out more about Studio Donegal you can visit;Website: www.studiodonegal.ieFacebook: Studio DonegalTwitter: @StudioDonegalTo learn more about Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development scheme you can visit their website!All photography by Paul Doherty.Údarás na Gaeltachta assist Studio Donegal’s expansion into niche markets worldwide! was last modified: September 18th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:hand wovenstudio donegalÚdarás na Gaeltachtaweavinglast_img read more