The Sox beyond Fenway

As the Boston Red Sox look to build on their strong start this season, the team’s work off the field, including its efforts to support inner city children and to confront racism, took center stage at a panel discussion Friday at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez and others speakers at the forum highlighted the unique responsibilities of professional sports teams in their communities and how the Red Sox in particular have tried to step up to the plate to be a positive force for their region.“In Boston, probably more than everywhere else, it’s easy to see baseball as a social institution,” said moderator Shira Springer, sports and society reporter for WBUR radio. “The organization is woven into the cultural and social fabric of the city, of New England, in a way I think creates a sense of belonging and a sense of community, both inside and outside Fenway Park.”How the Red Sox embrace that special role was the focus of discussion among Martinez and fellow panelists Sam Kennedy, president and CEO of the Red Sox, and Rebekah Salwasser, executive director, Red Sox Foundation. WBUR senior political reporter Anthony Brooks introduced the panel.Kennedy spoke of the Red Sox’ recent efforts to combat racism, including its request — recently approved by a Boston commission — to rename Yawkey Way because of its connection with former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, perceived by many to have overseen a racist legacy.Citing the team’s “shameful past with respect to race relations,” Kennedy said, “We were the last team to integrate, we had a poor record of hiring not just on the field but off the field. Diversity was a huge issue for us.” But he said that renaming Yawkey Way, the street in front of Fenway Park, was “really about people and people’s feelings.”In speaking to community leaders, employees, and players, Kennedy said, the team consistently heard the refrain that “ ‘We never knew Tom Yawkey… But that symbol had been a reminder for many people that Fenway was not always the most inclusive, welcoming environment.”“It’s just one step — it’s a symbol, it’s a street name. We don’t fool ourselves and think it’s going to change things overnight,” he added. “We still need to walk the walk and do the right thing with respect to making Fenway welcoming to everyone… It should be everyone’s team.”,Kennedy also spoke of how two incidents at Fenway Park last year, in which a visiting player reported being taunted with racial epithets, and a fan uttered a racial slur regarding a Kenyan woman singing the national anthem, spurred the team to take action against lingering racism.“For us as an organization, I think it was a wake-up call,” he said.He said the team chose to take on the issue directly, joining with Boston’s other professional sports teams on an initiative to combat racism, including by forbidding hate speech at their venues.Martinez, who spent seven seasons with the Red Sox and is now a special assistant for the team, said he has not been personally touched by racism in the city.“For me it’s really difficult to go deep into those details because I’ve always been treated right, I’ve always been treated with class.”Salwasser, a former professional soccer player for the Boston Breakers, said being hired to head the foundation in January was “a dream come true” because “I know the power of sport” and the impact the foundation is making, including through a college scholarship program and an inner-city baseball initiative that also promotes positive decision-making.,Reflecting on his own extensive charitable work in his native Dominican Republic and locally, Martinez said it is rooted in the extreme poverty he experienced growing up.“I’ve been there… I know what it’s like to need something and not have it,” he said.The ace pitcher wants to be remembered not for his baseball accomplishments, but “as a sign of hope, as a sign of opportunity for other to follow,” Martinez said, “because if I can do it … they can also do it.”Martinez said  young players need to understand that particularly in today’s social media culture they need to always be “responsible and accountable” for their actions, both inside and outside the ballpark.“My advice would be to really pay attention  to those little details and understand that everything they do means something to someone,” he said. read more

Blame Canada: Arctic Front to Plunge Long Island into Deep Freeze

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Get ready for another deep freeze, Long Island.An arctic front passing through the region is bringing cold air from Canada—yes, you can blame our friends up north—resulting in single-digit temperatures Thursday evening and wind chill values between zero and 5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.The brutal cold will hang around through Friday morning, meaning temperatures will be in the single digits before the mercury rises to a high of 23, forecasters said.It’ll be cold, but not record-breaking cold, said David Stark, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Upton. The previous record for Feb. 5 was in 1996, when the thermometer dipped to a bone-chilling 1 degree.The weather service is warning drivers that patchy black ice is possible as temperatures take a dramatic dive Thursday.As for Thursday morning’s flurries, Stark said the Island saw less than an inch of snow in most areas.Forecasters are keeping their eye on a potential storm beginning Saturday night and lasting through Tuesday. The weather service said, as of right now, the potential exists for 8 or more inches of snow.Stay tuned, folks. And stay warm.last_img read more

The Masters: Tiger Woods makes ominous start with bogey-free 68 at Augusta | Golf News

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ECE appoints Hawkpoint to find a merger partner

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New Zealand mosque shooter to represent himself at sentencing

first_imgAt a pre-sentencing hearing on Monday, High Court judge Cameron Mander allowed Tarrant’s lawyers, Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, to withdraw from proceedings at the request of their client.However, the judge ordered “standby counsel” to be available next month in case Tarrant — who appeared in the Christchurch court via video link from an Auckland prison — changes his mind.New Zealand Muslim Association president Ikhlaq Kashkari questioned Tarrant’s motives, saying victims could be re-traumatized if the gunman were allowed to spout far-right rhetoric from the dock.”My first concern when I read this was ‘Oh my God, what’s this guy up to, is he going to use this as a platform to promote his views and thoughts?’,” he told AFP. Topics : ‘He wants attention’ In March 2019, Tarrant gunned down Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers at two Christchurch mosques, live-streaming the killings as he went.His victims included children, women and the elderly.The former gym instructor unexpectedly reversed his not-guilty plea in March this year, removing the need for a lengthy trial.The terror and murder charges all carry life sentences, setting a minimum non-parole period of 17 years while also giving the judge power to imprison without the possibility of release. New Zealand does not have the death penalty.Survivors and the families of victims will be present during the three-day sentencing hearing and Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand spokeswoman Anjum Rahman said many would not want to hear from Tarrant.While she did not want to speculate on Tarrant’s motive for representing himself, she said: “He has shown in the past that he likes to get attention and he wants attention.”I feel this is all part of that mindset.” “A lot of people are still going through trauma and this was seen as one of those events that would give them closure. I hope it’s not going to be something that will trigger more pain instead.” The gunman behind New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque shootings sacked his lawyers Monday and opted to represent himself, raising fears he would use a sentencing hearing next month to promote his white-supremacist views.Australian national Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced on August 24 on 51 murder convictions, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism arising from last year’s massacre, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s modern history.He has pleaded guilty to the charges.last_img read more

Euthanasia Flyer is Misleading and Biased

first_imgMedia Release Euthanasia-Free NZ 20 July 2020Family First Comment: Andrew Little (Minister of Propaganda) is up to his tricks again – this time on the euthanasia referendum. Shocking.“The government’s summary misrepresents the End of Life Choice Act. It oversimplifies one of the eligibility criteria and overstates the protections against pressure.”“The Government’s official information on the End of Life Choice Act referendum is misleading and biased,” says Renée Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ.“The government’s summary misrepresents the End of Life Choice Act. It oversimplifies one of the eligibility criteria and overstates the protections against pressure.”Euthanasia doesn’t need to be a last resortThe flyer identifies one of the eligibility criteria as, “experience unbearable suffering that cannot be eased”.“This statement is misleading, because it implies that a person would be eligible only if no treatment exists”, says Ms Joubert.In reality, the Act states that an eligible person needs to “experience unbearable suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner that the person considers tolerable”.“The Act would allow an eligible person to receive a lethal dose if they refused treatment. A person can refuse treatment that would relieve their suffering. The person would not even need to try the treatment. They would only need to say that they don’t consider it tolerable,” says Ms Joubert.“Under the End of Life Choice Act, euthanasia doesn’t need to be a last resort.”Weak protections against pressure“The government flyer overstates the protections against pressure and does not use the wording from the Act”, remarks Ms Joubert.“The flyer uses the heading, ‘Making sure the choice is freely made’. This phrase is not impartial nor factual, because the Act does not use this phrase and makes no such guarantee.“Whether the Act’s clauses are sufficient to ‘make sure the choice is freely made’ is a matter of personal opinion, not fact,” she says.The flyer goes on to state, “The doctor must do their best to make sure that a person’s choice to ask for assisted dying is their own.” This is an overstatement of what the Act actually requires.The Act requires only one doctor to only “do their best to ensure the person expresses their wish free from pressure from another person”.“What might ‘do their best’ mean to a busy doctor? It’s a subjective requirement that cannot be measured or enforced,” she says.“The doctor doesn’t need to have met the person before and doesn’t need to speak to the person face-to-face. During an online consultation the person’s abuser could be sitting in the same room and pressuring them to request assisted dying without the doctor being aware of it.”“The word ‘decision’ has a wider meaning than ‘express their wish’. A person could ‘express their wish’ free from pressure, even if their ‘decision’ to request assisted dying was influenced by pressure or abuse that occurred earlier. As many victims of psychological abuse know, a skilled manipulator can make a victim mistakenly believe that something is their own choice.”Unlike the Australian, US and Canadian laws, the End of Life Choice Act does not require any independent witnesses.No independent witnesses are required when the person expresses their wish; when they confirm their wish by signing a form; or when they receive the lethal dose.“If a health professional put pressure on the person, their guilt could be impossible to prove. The only witness may be dead”, warns Ms Joubert.The doctor is required to check for pressure by speaking to “health professionals who are in regular contact with the person” and to family members who are “approved by the person”.“This is a very weak safeguard, considering the fact that many adults do not have regular contact with health professionals and do not live with family members.  Pressure from a boyfriend, girlfriend, caregiver, employer, friend, flatmate or neighbour could easily remain unreported.”Only if the doctor or nurse practitioner suspects that a person is not “expressing their wish free from pressure from any other person”, do they need to stop the process.“The only pressure acknowledged in the Act is pressure from another person. Nobody would be required to check for pressure coming from a group; or pressure due to poverty, homelessness, loneliness, depression; or pressure due to a lack of timely access to medical care or assisted living support.”Ms Joubert laments, “A person who lacks the support they need will not be making a free choice.”Conclusion“The government’s summary does not represent the End of Life Choice Act accurately”, warns Ms Joubert. “We encourage the public to also read the Act for themselves.”“This referendum is not about our personal views on whether euthanasia or ‘assisted dying’ should be legal in principle. We are not voting on a concept.“We are voting on the details of a specific piece of legislation. Regardless of our personal views, each one of us needs to decide whether we support the finer details of this particular Act.”ENDSlast_img read more

Lionel Messi to return to Barcelona training on Friday

first_imgSpanish radio stations Cadena Ser and Cadena Cope both outlined the news on Thursday evening to allay concerns that the Argentine star had an injury concern worse than first feared.The 32-year-old did not train with his Blaugrana teammates on Wednesday or Thursday and has instead been working on an individual training programme in the club’s gym facilities, as highlighted by Diario Sport.There had been fears that the Argentine star’s fitness issue may be worse than first feared and could have come at the worst possible time, with the club set to play their final 11 rounds of league action in a condensed timeframe.Read Also: Man City, Inter waited for Messi to signify he wanted Barca exitMessi is the top scorer in La Liga this campaign with 19 goals to his name (averaging one goal per 99 minutes) and is five strikes clear of Karim Benzema (14) in second place.Barcelona lead Real Madrid by two points at the league’s summit ahead of La Liga returning next week.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lionel Messi will return to first-team training with Barcelona on Friday after two days of individual work in the gym.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowShocking Robots That Exist And Function Very Similar To HumansWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

Djokovic crashes out of US Open

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Novak Djokovic’s left shoulder was aching, his chances were fading in the fourth round against Stan Wawrinka and, soon enough, the US Open’s defending champion and No 1 seed was out of the tournament, leaving to a chorus of boos. Djokovic shook his head as he walked over to the chair umpire to say he was retiring from the match because of that shoulder while trailing 6-4 7-5 2-1 and being thoroughly outplayed on Monday. “The pain was constant for weeks now,” Djokovic said. Perhaps confused by the sudden turn of events, and likely disappointed in the brevity of the show they got to watch for their expensive tickets, some spectators jeered as Djokovic walked off the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium to head toward the locker room, his two equipment bags over his other shoulder. He responded with a thumbs-up. “I’m sorry for the crowd. Obviously they came to see a full match, and just wasn’t to be,” Djokovic said at his news conference. “I mean, a lot of people didn’t know what’s happening, so you cannot blame them.” The 32-year-old Serb explained that he had been “taking different stuff to kill the pain instantly; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.” Djokovic had won 36 of his past 37 Grand Slam matches, and four of the last five major titles, in one of the most dominant stretches the sport has seen. That pushed his Slam trophy total to 16, moving within four of Roger Federer’s record 20, and within two of Rafael Nadal’s 18.Tags: Novak DjokovicRafael NadalStan Wawrinkalast_img read more

FIFA U17 World Cup: Eaglets eye early ticket to Round of 16 after Buhari’s pep talk

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available The camp of Nigeria’s U17 National Team, Golden Eaglets, in Brazil has been much energised by the words of love and encouragement by President Muhammadu Buhari and the players are looking to qualify for the competition’s Round of 16 when they play Ecuador on Tuesday evening in Goiania.The President on Sunday congratulated the boys for the 4-2 lashing of Hungary in their opening match on Saturday, which put them at the top of Group B on goals difference ahead of Ecuador, 2-1 winners over Australia.In a statement released by presidential aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari, under whose watch as Nigeria’s leader the Golden Eaglets won the first of their five world titles (as military Head of State in 1985) and their most recent one (as civilian President in 2015), expressed confidence in the ability of the Eaglets to win a sixth title in Brazil.The statement said: “It was a wonderful display that I am very proud of. You showed that there is nothing that cannot be achieved with determination and perseverance. I have followed your journey leading to your arrival in Brazil for the competition. I have equally noted your determination and confidence throughout your preparations.“I have no doubt in my mind that you are determined to win the competition for an unparalleled sixth time.”Indeed, perseverance, persistence and determination characterized the Eaglets’ 4-2 win over Hungary, as they pushed and pushed until they got three goals in six minutes in the second half to turn the game on its head.Tuesday’s top-of-the-table clash with Ecuador at the same Estadio Olimpico, starting at 9pm Nigeria time, promises to be explosive, with both teams aware that victory would mean an early slot in the championship’s Round of 16.Captain Samson Tijani on Monday said: “We are very happy to have seen the congratulatory messages by Mr. President. Our morale has been lifted even higher, and we will go into the match against Ecuador with greater determination to win.”—  Tags: Pep talklast_img read more

Pardew clarifies 4-0 ‘joke’

first_img Press Association Fans have voiced their dismay over Pardew’s comment in the wake of Sunday’s 2-1 win at QPR, which secured the club’s Barclays Premier League status, that he did not care if they lost 4-0 to the Gunners at St James’ Park on Sunday. However, the 51-year-old has moved to assure them he was joking and that nothing could be further from the truth. Pardew told the club’s official website: “I know people will have picked up on my comments about not caring about the result against Arsenal, which were, of course, a joke. It is definitely not the case that I would be happy for us to lose 4-0 against Arsenal on Sunday. I simply want our players and fans to be able to enjoy the game without looking over their shoulders.” He added: “Even though we are now safe, we will be putting in the same effort that we would for any other Premier League game. “Our last two results at St James’ Park – against Sunderland and Liverpool – have been nowhere near good enough, and Sunday gives us the chance to put that right. “We want to end the season on a positive, to finish in as high a position as possible and to give the fans something to cheer about on the final day of what has been a frustrating season. “Arsenal will be doing everything they can to try to achieve a Champions League spot and we won’t make it easy for them, make no mistake about that. “This is a game everyone at this football club wants to win.” The Magpies’ last two home games have been nothing short of dismal – arch-rivals Sunderland left with a 3-0 victory on April 14 and Liverpool ran out 6-0 winners a fortnight later with Pardew’s team in utter disarray. However, a hard-fought draw at West Ham and the 2-1 win at Loftus Road on Sunday steadied the ship and ensured they will be playing top-flight football again next season. center_img Alan Pardew has insisted Newcastle will be going all out for victory in the final game of the season against Arsenal.last_img read more