VP Mike Pence doesn’t want peace for Koreas

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMartin Luther King Jr. was killed shortly after he made his famous speech declaring the United States the greatest purveyor of violence throughout the world. I recalled those words as Mike Pence sat resolutely unmoved while the rest of the audience cheered the peace efforts of North and South Korea walking out, under one flag, for the Winter Games.Vice President Pence sat pouting like a spoiled child with the dashed hopes of spilling the blood of 25 million people and the chance to display to the world our military might. After all, we just threw another $700 billion at our Department of War — “all dressed up with nowhere to go?” But he can rest assured that the extreme sanctions we have imposed will bring about the starvation of an estimated 60,000 North Korean children.Perhaps Flint, Mich., should have come up with the idea of building a nuclear weapon. They could have used it as a bargaining chip for clean drinking water.Deborah KrolFultonhamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Controversial nude dating show Naked Attraction is back on TV

first_imgStuff co.nz 12 July 2018Family First Comment: You have been warned. Free-to-air TV can not go any lower. And partly funded by the taxpayer!! Controversial reality show Naked Attraction is set for another airing on TVNZ 2.The Broadcasting Standards Authority received 13 complaints about the first two episodes of the show’s first season when it aired in 2017.None of those complaints were fully upheld but the BSA did warn TVNZ Naked Attraction required a stronger warning.The new season of the show, which begins on Friday, will air a warning at the end of every ad break. It will screen at 9.30pm and carry and Adults Only (AO) rating.In its decision earlier this year, the BSA found Naked Attraction was acceptable to broadcast at 9.30pm, but took TVNZ to task for warning viewers only about the show’s nudity and not its sexual nature.That decision was attacked by conservative Christian lobby group Family First, which had previously opposed Naked Attraction.Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the group had been “swamped” with complaints about the show.“Naked Attraction is saturated with full-frontal nudity. The show degrades human relationships to animalistic instinct, and promotes voyeurism and a porn culture which is harming our society. It is shocking that a state broadcaster is trying to outdo sites like PornHub and porn magazines,” he said.Contacted for comment on Thursday, McCoskrie said he stood by those earlier comments.Family First also wrote to broadcasting minister Claire Curran asking for the show to be removed from TVNZ. Curran said she was unable to intervene in TV networks’ programming decisions.In its letter, Family First pointed out that the nudity in Naked Attraction was not “an occasional glimpse”. “According to a review of the first show of series, the episode included a total of 282 shots of male genitalia and 96 female – an average of almost six penises and two vaginas every minute!” the letter said.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/105446244/Controversial-nude-dating-show-Naked-Attraction-is-back-on-TV?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

Carr sticks with Magpies

first_img Press Association Chief scout Graham Carr is to stay at Newcastle after being reassured over his role under new director of football Joe Kinnear. However, Pardew eventually signalled his intention to fight on and now Carr has followed suit – for the time being at least – after holding talks with Ashley. The news emerged on the same day as a report which suggested the two men had been at odds for some time over recent signings and future targets. Newcastle were not commenting on the matter on Friday as they attempted to restore calm after a turbulent few days. Charged with the task of finding emerging talent and competitive prices, the vastly experienced Carr has scoured the European market to allow Newcastle to snap up the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye at knock-down prices. All three have been linked with big-money moves away from Tyneside since their arrival, although last season’s difficulties have seen their prospective valuations diminish somewhat. Carr’s success saw him rewarded with an eight-year contract last summer, three months before Pardew’s future was similarly secured. However, Kinnear’s controversial appointment has established a new tier of management above Carr and Pardew, and the resignation of managing director Derek Llambias has taken away a key element of the team which conducted the club’s transfer business. The three men now face the task of joining forces to identify targets, negotiate deals and assimilate signings into a squad which drastically under-performed last season. center_img Press Association Sport understands the highly regarded talent spotter has agreed to remain in his post after being given the go-ahead to continue his work to identify the players to take the club forward after a week of uncertainty on Tyneside. The futures of both Carr and manager Alan Pardew were thrown into doubt at the weekend when it emerged that Magpies owner Mike Ashley had installed 66-year-old Kinnear above their heads in a bid to address last season’s failings. last_img read more

Mayers unbeaten 121 pulls Barbados Pride out of trouble

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Kyle Mayers closed in on 500 runs for the season with his second hundred of the campaign to lift leaders Barbados Pride out of trouble and help them dominate Thursday’s day one of their sixth round match against Windward Islands Volcanoes.Sent in at Kensington Oval, the hosts were tottering on 132 for five after lunch before recovering to reach 357 for seven at the close, with the left-handed Mayers unbeaten on a splendid 121.He faced 135 balls in 3-¼ hours and struck 16 fours and three sixes. Ironically, his first hundred of the season – the maiden one of his first class career – also came against Volcanoes at Arnos Vale last month.Mayers, in his first season for his native Barbados after spending several season with Volcanoes, received support from all-rounder Kevin Stoute who made a breezy 46 and tail-ender Kemar Roach who struck a cavalier 41.Justin Greaves chimed in with 38 while opener Shayne Moseley got 36 and Test batsman Shamarh Brooks, 33.The day, however, belonged to Mayers, who carried his tally for the season to an impressive 498 runs.He featured in two key partnerships, putting on 96 for the sixth wicket with Stoute and adding a further 92 for the seventh wicket with Roach.Stoute faced 68 balls and struck five fours and a six while Roach belted half-dozen fours and a six off just 52 deliveries.Arriving at the crease with Pride fighting back on 128 for four, Mayers was unbeaten on 14 at tea to help the hosts move to 153 for five, and brought up his half-century off 77 balls with an all-run four off speedster Josh Thomas.Mayers eventually raised three figures off 124 deliveries with a gentle drive for a single to cover off leg-spinner Keron Cottoy with the close beckoning.He found an ally in Jomel Warrican (10 not out) late in the day to post 37 in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership.Pride had earlier made a stuttering start even though Moseley put on 40 for the first wicket with struggling Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite who managed just five.Thomas, who finished with two for 57, removed both in the space of five overs. Brathwaite perished for his fifth single digit score this season, caught at second slip defending while the left-handed Moseley played around a good length ball and had his off stump hit.Stumbling on 47 for two, Greaves stabilised the innings in a 50-run, third wicket partnership with Brooks before putting on a further 31 for the fourth wicket with Shane Dowrich (12).Pride were beginning to take control of the game when Both Greaves and Dowrich fell in successive overs with just four runs added, to leave Mayers and the lower order with the task of reviving the innings.last_img read more

French Open: Djokovic, Nadal Reach Third Round

first_imgNine-time winner Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic both won in straight sets to reach the third round at the French Open.Nadal, the fourth seed from Spain, looked at his very best in outclassing Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1 6-4 6-3. Serbia’s Djokovic, the second seed, beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1 6-4 6-3 in two hours and seven minutes.Djokovic goes on to face Argentine Diego Schwartzman while Nadal takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi watched Djokovic once again, having taken over as the 30-year-old’s coach on a temporary basis.“I think the first two sets went very well, the third was was more difficult,” said Djokovic after beating the world number 59.“Generally, I felt better than the first round, so that’s exactly what I wanted.”Nadal finished his match with a tally of 33 winners and only 13 unforced errors.The 31-year-old is bidding to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam event, having lifted the trophy from 2005-2008 and 2010-2014.His only defeats at Roland Garros were against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.Nadal has been in formidable form on clay this year, winning his 10th titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona as well as his 30th Masters title in Madrid.Meanwhile, Defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza survived a scare to beat world number 99 Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2 and reach the third round.The fourth seed was a set and a break down but recovered to win in two hours and eight minutes.The 23-year-old will now play Yulia Putintseva, seeded 27.The women’s draw is wide open, especially after world number one Angelique Kerber and British hope Johanna Konta went out in round one.“I was expecting this kind of match because I played her recently, and I saw her a little bit in the few tournaments before,” Muguruza said of Kontaveit.“She was just playing good, a lot of confidence. I knew it was going to be a battle out there.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Barkley’s future tough not to ponder

first_imgLet’s admit the obvious: Junior quarterback Matt Barkley is in an awkward position.“One more year, one more year,” several hundred USC fans echoed in the moments following the Trojans’ 25-point rout of Colorado on Friday night.Barkley exited the field with a wide grin, with “Conquest” blaring, and a fan base pleading with him to stick around.If the third-year starter eventually declares for next April’s NFL draft, where he could be a top-10 overall pick, his college career won’t last much longer than three more weeks.It won’t end with a New Year’s Day celebration in Pasadena. There won’t be fireworks. There won’t be new hardware added to the Heritage Hall lobby. It’ll end at the Coliseum on Thanksgiving weekend and that’ll be that.He’ll be a millionaire. He’ll be scouring for real estate in Denver, or Indianapolis, or Seattle. He might even get to play in the postseason — imagine that.But with USC in the midst of what could in terms of wins, be its best season since 2008, Barkley insists the NFL hasn’t crossed his mind.“I don’t even think about it,” he said at the post-game press conference Friday.It’s hard to gauge where this USC program stands at the moment. With Barkley back next August, USC could very well be ranked in the top-10, as a national title contender or a Rose Bowl favorite.Without Barkley, the dropoff could be steep — no matter how fast, how skilled sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods or freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee are. A .500 season could be on the horizon, just as USC starts to feel the burden of scholarship restrictions.Fellow juniors, left tackle Matt Kalil, defensive end Nick Perry and safety T.J. McDonald might also opt to follow suit and head to the professional ranks — all could be first-round selections as well.It could potentially be in Barkley’s best interest to move on. It’s been a terribly long three years, and he’s certainly done enough for the university at this point. Maybe it’d be for the best; leaving would be understandable. It’d be hard to begrudge him.Questions remain nonetheless, even months before any decision is made: Is this the end? For a quarterback who arrived with the promise of hoisting a crystal ball in January, is his lasting legacy going to be: quarterback of the sanctioned era?It never should have been, but that’s the situation that appears to be presenting itself with three games remaining this season.Barkley put on his best poker face following the game, deflecting any and all talk about the coming months.“It could be one more year,” he said, refraining from giving any sort of indication as to his future plans.He tried to avoid any further discussion. He conducted the band. He hugged his parents, his family, his friends, reveling in a record-setting performance of six touchdown passes. He wanted to soak Friday night in — nothing more, nothing less. He certainly didn’t want to talk about the NFL. Who could fault him?But the a subject is becoming increasingly difficult to gloss over. Fans and media want to know whether there will be a final act. Are we ever going to find out how good Barkley and USC coach Lane Kiffin can be together?They’re better than most have been willing to admit: at last a near-consensus top-25 caliber team. But with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck set to graduate and an Oregon program whose fate still hangs in the balance thanks to the NCAA, the Trojans could also find their ceiling lies higher than most think.There have been limitations these last couple of years, no doubt. A postseason ban, for one, won’t give USC a chance to face a 10-win team from the Big 12 or the Big Ten in December. For now, the last measuring stick will be a trip to Autzen Stadium on Nov. 19 against Oregon.But every touchdown pass thrown this season begs the question of whether they can do this when a trip to the Pac-12 title game or a BCS championship is on the line.It’s almost unfair to ask Barkley to come back and return USC to national prominence. He didn’t sign up for this. Nobody ever told him he had to “rescue” USC. He arrived during better times.He’ll graduate in May, and he’ll likely be a top-10 draft pick.There is still one quarter of the season left, granted, but it’s hard not to wonder whether this is in fact the last chapter. “The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. To comment on this article email Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Badgers look to take down Buckeyes in regular season finale

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will take on No. 15 Ohio State in the final series of regular season this weekend. The Badgers swept the Buckeyes in their first face-off this season, granting hope to secure a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament playoffs, improving prospect of NCAA Championship selection.Wisconsin (9-12-1, 12-6-0 Big Ten) is second in the Big Ten coming into the final chapter of the regular season, even after splitting a win and a loss with No. 11 Penn State last weekend.Though Wisconsin’s three core offensive players, sophomore Luke Kunin, freshman Trent Frederic and junior Cameron Hughes had scoreless games against the Penn State Nittany Lions, UW head coach Tony Granato has faith that the team’s leading scorers will prevail in the upcoming OSU games.Men’s hockey: Badgers remain No. 2 in conference after Penn State splitThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team suffered their worst defeat of the season to Penn State, squandering an opportunity to Read…“Penn State did a nice job on how they played against them,” Granato said. “We won on Friday for a reason, and those guys were a big part of that victory whether they scored or not. It’s not something to worry about that since they played well for us all year.”The last time Wisconsin took the ice with OSU (18-10-6, 9-8-1 Big Ten) the Badgers swept with a 3-1 victory in Columbus and a 3-2 win in overtime in New York.“The two games we played them at Madison Square Garden were the most exciting games of the year,” Granato said. “They’ve got an exciting group of players to watch, and we’ll have to be ready and respect the fact that we’ll have to be our best this weekend.”At the Super Saturday game in January, the Badgers played a strong defensive game, but the Buckeyes were able to surpass the goaltenders, making two pivotal plays at the end of the third period and bringing the clock into overtime.Men’s hockey: No. 16 Badgers square off against No. 11 Nittany Lions in final road seriesThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will head to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on the No. 11 Nittany Read…Going into the OSU duals this weekend an unyielding defense will be an integral component of the Badgers’ strategy to combat the Buckeyes’ highly capable offense. As a forward, Kunin is a top point-producer, as well as blocker.“You go back in the season, whether it be game one or game 10, didn’t matter the score or situation, if there was a chance for him to block a shot, he would put his body on the line to make sure he blocks it,” Granato said. “That sets the tone and the example of what being a Badger is and what a captain is supposed to be.”Though the rankings for the Wisconsin-Ohio matchup have changed since their first encounter this season, both teams remain resolute in playing in the 2017 NCAA Championship.“I know we’ve been climbing all year, and that’s a positive thing,” Granato said. “If we can continue to climb one more weekend, we’ll be in really good shape.”Men’s hockey: Frederic continues to impress in sweep of MichiganUniversity of Wisconsin men’s hockey freshman standout Trent Frederic had another impressive series this weekend as the Badgers swept Michigan Read…The puck will drop under the lights of the Kohl Center at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Senior Night, as well as a 40th anniversary celebration for the 1977 NCAA Championship team, will be held Saturday.“I love to see guys get recognized when the season is over with, but I’d rather our team get recognized for something special,” Granato said. “That’s what these guys are all about.”The Wisconsin Channel will televise the game Friday, and it will be featured on the Big Ten Network Saturday.last_img read more

BH Footbal Players Arrived in Cuiaba

first_imgOn Thursday afternoon, BH players left Guaruja, and after that they arrived at the airport in Sao Paulo from which they will travel with charter flight to Cuiaba.“The mood in our team is great regardless of weather conditions, and team members who will in a few days to celebrate birthdays, Asmir Begovic and Sead Kolasinac, said their biggest birthday wish is to win the upcoming match against Nigeria (on 21st  June) and Iran (on 25th June) “ announced the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.The official training of the BH team will be held on Saturday at the Arena Pantal at 19:30  on local time, followed by a press conference. (Source:Fena)last_img read more

Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie again merges cryptocurrency with his NBA future

first_imgThat’s quite the flex by Dinwiddie in assuming any team would take him. He has been a fine player for Brooklyn, but could, say, the Clippers make cap room for him? But that’s getting way ahead of ourselves. First, the fans need to come up with a huge bag: $24,632,630 (or 2625.8 BTC).As they like to say on Twitter, we have questions. Let’s start with these four: Why $24,632,630? Why now, when the league is bracing for big revenue dips into 2021? Would the league even allow it? Why do it at all?Dinwiddie offered some answers in a statement posted by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium:Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) says he will sign a one-year deal with the NBA team fans decide if they reach Bitcoin target of roughly $24,632,630 on a GoFundMe. Dinwiddie’s statement: pic.twitter.com/oebwkoFBEO— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 16, 2020Dinwiddie has kept a sharp eye on Bitcoin and blockchain technology over the past several years, as he described in a clip posted on Coindesk.com’s Twitter feed. He was listed as a speaker at Consensus: Distributed, a five-day cryptocurrency and blockchain seminar that ended Friday.The answer to the NBA question is “Maybe, but with reservations.”The league took a dim view of Dinwiddie’s other crypto-based product last fall: Investors would purchase up to 90 SD8 coins totaling about $13.5 million (or about $150,000 per coin) as a business loan. That total is more than his $10.6 million salary for this season, the first in a three-year, $34.4 million contract.The NBA’s main issue, according to Forbes.com in January, was that Dinwiddie was dangling the possibility of investors scoring big if he were to opt out of the third year of the contract ($12.3 million) next July and receive a big bump in salary in his next contract. Dinwiddie told Forbes the NBA threatened to terminate his contract over that. “Pretty much what they said was that the player option was gambling, and that would’ve been cause for termination,” Dinwiddie told Forbes’ Shlomo Sprung. Dinwiddie eventually withdrew the player option portion in exchange for being able to go through with the initial offering. Spencer Dinwiddie is trying to get fans to invest in him again.This time, the Nets guard is asking them to put up a large (and highly specific) amount of money in Bitcoin as part of a GoFundMe campaign. The “reward” is that Dinwiddie will sign a one-year contract with a team of the fans’ choosing when he becomes a free agent, which could happen as early as July 2021. (UPDATE: CBSSports.com laid out all the ways Dinwiddie’s GoFundMe violates NBA salary cap rules, in both letter and spirit.)  Dinwiddie, 27, became a starter for the Nets this season because of Kyrie Irving’s shoulder injury. He’s averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists, both career highs. If the GoFundMe campaign falls short, Dinwiddie says, then he will donate the proceeds to charity (he was up to $479 as of midnight Friday).last_img read more

Controversy in Seville over the intervention of the VAR in the tie of Espanyol

first_imgThe meeting between Seville and Espanyol has been involved in the controversy over the use of VAR in the tie of Espanyol, although finally the intervention of the video arbitration system has been correct and falls within the established assumptions.It was the 32nd minute when Sergi Gómez knocked Caleri out of the area. The referee, Cordero Vega did not indicate the action and the VAR advised him to review the action when considering that it could be the direct red for the Sevilla defender, one of the assumptions by which the VAR can act, so the intervention was correct although at first there were many doubts about it.After the review the referee decided that it was indeed a foul but not a red card, but a yellow card. In the subsequent launch of foul, made by Embarba, came the Spanish tie. There are two antecedents in which the VAR was used for the same reason, on day 9 of 2018/19 in a Huesca-Espanyol. Didac Vila kicks Musto when Granero hangs a ball to the Huesca area. The VAR warned of the kick, which could mean an expulsion and Prieto Iglesias went to the monitor to see the play. The referee considered that he did not deserve expulsion and enough yellow.The second case, on day 14 of the same season, during a Levante-Athletic. Unai Núñez makes an entry about Roger. Jaime Latre only points out foul, but from the VAR they warn him that it could be a play of red. At the end it only shows the yellow one after seeing the repetition on the monitor.This season the recommendation is to go more to the monitor for plays related to red. In 24 days they have already gone 12 times; Last season, at 38, they were only nine times.last_img read more