Champs Windward Road make early move at INSPORTS Junior High Championships

first_imgDefending champions Windward Road Primary and Junior High lead the overall points standing after five finals on day one of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High School Athletics Championship at Stadium East yesterday.Windward Road also lead the girls’ section with 35 points, while John Mills are in front in the male category on 17.50 points.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road won two finals yesterday to accumulate 52.50 points and lead ahead of main rivals John Mills, who won one final and have amassed 47.50.Whilby described the day as a very good one, noting that his team exceeded expectations after winning two five finals.Michaelia Wilson took the girls’ Class One high jump with a leap of 1.54 metres, while Kishuana Smith took the girls’ shot put open with a throw of 9.63 metres. They also took silver in the Class Two girls’ high jump and Class Three boys’ long jump.Calabar’s Kevin Smith won the boys’ Class Two high jump with 1.69 metres and Braeton’s Mickel Wilson won the Class Three long jump with 5.05 metres.”We had some good results and some valuable points are on the board, so it was a fairly decent first day,” said Whilby. “Tomorrow (today), we anticipate another good day; there will be 21 finals, and we expect to be out front again tomorrow.”They (John Mills) are in many finals, and we are also in most finals with two athletes, so it’s going to be a straight shoot-out between us and John Mills and may the best man win,” he stated.John Mills’ only finals success on the day came from Shella Hamber (4.32m) in the Class Three girls long jumpHowever, coach Ransford Spalding was pleased with his team’s performance on the opening day.”All in all, I am satisfied with the performance of my team; we are just four points behind and they are giving a good account of themselves,” he said.Twenty-one finals are scheduled for today’s second day, with the first event set to begin at 9 a.m.last_img read more

Parchment upbeat ahead of 110m hurdles

first_img “I am not 100 percent as I would like to be but I’m not worried by that, I just want to go out there and compete and give my best. I’m just focused on staying confident though and trying to go out there and have some fun,” said Parchment during a sit down interview yesterday. “I’m not sure what kind of shape I’m in to be honest because I have not done much testing but I believe that once I put my mind to it, I believe I have the qualities to race well. Once I focus and put my mind on the goals I need to achieve then I will achieve them,” Parchment continued. “Where injuries are concerned, I have probably made some bad decisions and I need to work on this going forward but I want to get more focused and be a bit more in tuned with what I’m doing to ensure that injuries are not my problem for me going forward,” he said. Parchment’s last race was a 13.08 second place effort at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships in late June but despite admitting that he is not at 100 percent, Parchment told The Gleaner that he is still backing himself to do well here. The towering Jamaican ran a blistering 12.94 in Paris last year to set a new national mark but has been beset by injury setbacks since then. The athlete is not shying from his role in his slowdown, but with the 110m hurdles pack so tightly bunched together and with his 13.08 mark leaving him as the sixth fastest in the world, Parchment certainly seems to like his chances and with good reason.   BEIJING, China: Its been almost two months since Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment’s last race but the national 110m hurdles record holder remains positive about his chances heading into the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. “I’ve always had the confidence, I try to keep that and remember the instructions of the coach. I don’t worry about anything or anyone else when I am on the track, the focus is how best am I going to execute today and how far I can win by,” said Parchment. Nobody will argue against that. “The objective is to aim high, to aim for the top, thinking about the best execution possible and I think that if I can execute like my coach has asked me to then I believe I can come out the winner in this championships,” he added. – Andre Lowelast_img read more

Ateneo’s Team Azul 14-U bags Milcu championship

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters (Sitting from L-R) Juancho Villaflor, Jan Cataluna, Jyoji Itabashi, Luis Basilio, Eiller Cervo, Gian Hombre, Oliver Amazona, Joaqui Riego de Dios. (Standing L-R) Head Coach Patrick Borjal, Jake Madamba, Earl Tanedo, Enzo Buenaseda, Organizer, Ian Espinosa, Deangelo Astorga, Mickey Pile, Seigel Nunez, Adam de Guzman, Miguel Casais, Coach Ron Camara, Sean CorralThe Ateneo Team Azul bagged the championship in the recently concluded Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Gotskills Premier league 14-Under division.The fourth seeded Ateneo defeated the top seed Adamson University last Saturday to set up a match-up against La Salle Antipolo in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Members of the team are Ian Espinosa, Sean Corral,Mickey Pile Jyoji Itabashi, Enzo Buenaseda along with Eiller Cervo, Jan Michael Cataluña, Earl Tañedo, Luis Basilio, Seigel Nuñez, Joaquin Riego De Dios, Miguel Casais, Adam De Guzman, Jake Madamba, Oliver Amazona, Deangelo Astorga, Juancho Villaflor, and Coach Ron Camara.“It was a total team effort. The boys refused to lose, even we’re down by five with 30 seconds left on the clock. I give all the credit to these boys, who fought until the very end,” Ateneo Team Azul head coach Pat Borjal said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lim powers UE to crown LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Experts outline how golf can be part of a fitness regimen

first_imgImage: monkeybusinessimages/ via AFP RelaxnewsA new consensus statement published on Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that many people could be boosting their health by taking up golf.Led by Dr. Andrew Murray at the University of Edinburgh, the consensus is one of the first of its kind in sport and comes ahead of the world famous Ryder Cup, the biennial golf tournament between Europe and the United States, this year taking place Sept. 28 to 30 in France.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UAAP beach volleyball: Tigresses open 3-peat bid with rout of Lady Maroons The statement draws on a systematic review of 342 eligible studies and includes survey responses and discussions among an international panel of 25 experts, including public health and golf industry leaders.The experts identified 79 scientifically supportable statement items from the literature reviewed, including what is currently known about the health benefits of golf, what influences people to take up, or not take up the sport, and recommendations on how golfers, clubs, industry leaders, and policy makers can promote the health benefits and encourage a wider participation of the sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFrom the review the evidence shows that playing golf regularly is a good form of moderate intensity physical activity and is associated with a wide variety of health benefits including a reduction in the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, improved strength and balance for older players, and a longer life.Perhaps unsurprisingly these benefits are greatest for those who opt to walk around the course rather than take a golf cart, with the experts also recommending that players aim for at least 150 minutes of golf per week, or combine golf with other sports. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Tiger Woods is back, and golf is better for it17 million ways to love one’s countrySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The experts also agreed that although the risk of injury from golf is moderate compared to other sports, an appropriate warm up and cool down before and after play can help minimize this risk. The statement also recommends taking appropriate precautions to stay safe in the sun, as golfers may be putting themselves at a higher risk of skin cancer due to spending more time outdoors.In addition to physical health benefits, golf can also improve mental health, as well as overall health of those with disabilities. The panel also agreed that golf is a sociable sport that encourages people to get outside and connect with nature.However, despite these health benefits and a recent increase in public interest relating to golf, the sport still fails to appeal to the masses, with players tending to be middle aged to older men, of white European heritage, relatively well off, and living in North America, Europe and Australasia.Those who fall outside this profile often believe that the game is not for them, something which needs to change according to the statement, with the experts calling for the sport, clubs, and professionals and players to be more inclusive and welcoming towards people from all backgrounds and walks of life; and encourage “practices that prioritize diversity, healthy societies, connection with, and care of, the environment, environmental integrity and health and wellbeing.” JBRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Winners Inc. Presents Festive Gifts to Orphans

first_imgIn support of giving back to Liberians in this festive Season, Liberia’s biggest sports betting company, Winners Incorporated has identified witha little over 100 orphans at Love a Child Orphanage Home situated along the Robert International Airport (RIA) Highway.The company, on Friday December 26, 2014 presented to the home 100 bags of 25KG rice, 100 3gallons of vegetable oil and 17 cartoons of assorted biscuits.Making the presentation on behalf of Winners Inc., the Marketing Manager of the company, Randall Kaybee, said the gifts were part of the company’s way of identifying with Liberians, especially children who are orphans and do not have other means of survival.He said the company started its operations in Liberia since 2010 and has been involved with giving back to Liberians as part of it’s cooperate social responsibility, with special emphasis on needy Liberians,  like the orphans, disabled and blind.Winners will never relent in living up to its commitment to give back to Liberians as a means of buttressing the government’s efforts to help successfully implement the  Poverty Reduction Strategy  (PRS),” said the Winners executive.He pointed out that Winners had over the years identified with several vulnerable institutions in the country.Mr. Kaybee urged the administrators of the home to use the donated items wisely.At the same time, Winners marketing manager encouraged the children to focus on their education and take their lessons seriously,  adding that education is the most powerful gift that a child can boast of.He averred that while it is true that the kids are orphans, “yet  the future looks bright for you, provided if you listen to your teachers and caretakers and give them the greatest respect Do not lose hope; those taking care of you are also mothers and parents.  They know just what is good for you and your survival since you are here striving for your better future.” he advice.Receiving the donated items on behalf of the home, Mother Rebecca Brooks Wreh extolled Winners Inc. and said since the establishment of the institutionin March 4 of 1998, Winners is the first company to have make such a huge offer.The orphanage receives no direct support, she said, adding, “Support has been coming from humanitarians and philanthropists like Winners but not as compared  to the current Winners donation.” In the same vein, Mother Wreh is calling on other well meaning Liberians and philanthropists to emulate the good example of Winners in making sure that the children  survive.Mr. Kaybee was accompanied to the orphanage by the company’s Administrator, Beyan Flomo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Obstructions Minimized on Somalia Drive

first_imgA weekend tour of the Somalia Drive road by Daily Observer roving reporter observed that the occasional obstructions of commercial drivers have been minimized.But, the old Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) light poles remain and are yet to be removed.Two weeks ago, the LEC’s Public Relations Director, Winston Bedell, told the Daily Observer that plans were afoot to remove the old light poles as requested by the Japanese road construction company.Bedell did not give specific details as to when the poles would be removed.During the tour officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) were seen at various locations cautioning truck and other commercial drivers to observe safety rules.The Daily Observer was told that officers are posted on a rotational basis to monitor and ensure compliance of vehicles not obstructing the road construction work.Area residents expressed delight that the road and bridges are being reconstructed.Robert Beamen, 44, said, he was happy that the Liberian government in partnership with the Japanese government have begun work on the road.Teacher Thomas Chorlu, 68, of Stephen Tolbert Estate said developing the city would come with pains and anger, as many people had their properties removed to make way for the road construction.“Our people that were affected will continue to make endless demands for money,” Chorlu noted.According to the Ministry of Public Works, the Somalia Drive Road project is a US$50,000,000 grant from the Japanese Government through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), under its bilateral and technical assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Profiles of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A look at some of the victims killed in the Virginia Tech massacre: Ross Abdallah Alameddine Alameddine, 20, of Saugus, Mass., was a sophomore who had just declared English as his major. Friends created a memorial page on that described Alameddine as “an intelligent, funny, easygoing guy.” “You’re such an amazing kid, Ross,” wrote Zach Allen, who along with Alameddine attended Austin Preparatory School in Reading, Mass. “You always made me smile, and you always knew the right thing to do or say to cheer anyone up.” Alameddine was killed in the classroom building, according to Robert Palumbo, a family friend who answered the phone at the Alameddine residence Tuesday. Alameddine’s mother, Lynnette Alameddine said she was outraged by how victims’ relatives were notified of the shooting. “It happened in the morning and I did not hear (about her son’s death) until a quarter to 11 at night,” she said. “That was outrageous. Two kids died, and then they shoot a whole bunch of them, including my son.” ___ Christopher James Bishop Bishop, 35, taught German at Virginia Tech and helped oversee an exchange program with a German university. Bishop decided which German-language students at Virgina Tech could attend the Darmstadt University of Technology to improve their German. “He would teach them German in Blacksburg, and he would decide which students were able to study” abroad, Darmstadt spokesman Lars Rosumek said. The school set up a book of condolences for students, staff and faculty to sign, along with information about the Virginia shootings. “Of course many persons knew him personally and are deeply, deeply shocked about his death,” Rosumek said. Bishop earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in German and was a Fulbright scholar at Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. According to his Web site, Bishop spent four years living in Germany, where he “spent most of his time learning the language, teaching English, drinking large quantities of wheat beer, and wooing a certain fraulein.” The “fraulein” was Bishop’s wife, Stephanie Hofer, who also teaches in Virginia Tech’s German program. ___ Bishop’s personal Web site: ___ Ryan Clark Clark was called “Stack” by his friends, many of whom he met as a resident assistant at Ambler Johnson Hall, where the first shootings took place. Clark, 22, was from Martinez, Ga., just outside Augusta. He was a fifth-year student working toward degrees in biology and English, and a member of the Marching Virginians band. “He was just one of the greatest people you could possibly know,” friend Gregory Walton, 25, said after learning from an ambulance driver that Clark was among the dead. “He was always smiling, always laughing. I don’t think I ever saw him mad in the five years I knew him.” ___ Daniel Perez Cueva Perez Cueva, 21, from Peru, was killed while in a French class, said his mother, Betty Cueva, who was reached by telephone at the youth’s listed telephone number. Perez Cueva was a student of international relations, according to the Virginia Tech Web site. His father, Flavio Perez, spoke of the death earlier to RPP radio in Peru. He lives in Peru and said he was trying to obtain a humanitarian visa from the U.S. consulate here. He is separated from Cueva, who said she had lived in the United States for six years. A spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Lima said the student’s father “will receive all the attention possible when he applies” for the visa. ___ Kevin Granata Granata, a professor of engineering science and mechanics, served in the military and later conducted orthopedic research in hospitals before coming to Virginia Tech, where he and his students researched muscle and reflex response and robotics. The head of the school’s engineering science and mechanics department called Granata one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy. “With so many research projects and graduate students, he still found time to spend with his family, and he coached his children in many sports and extracurricular activities,” said engineering professor Demetri P. Telionis. “He was a wonderful family man. We will all miss him dearly.” Granata was known worldwide for his research into how muscles accomplish complicated movements, said Stefan Duma, another engineering professor. “He liked to ask the big questions,” Duma said. “When we had students defending their Ph.D., and he kept asking, ‘Did we have the total solution?’ He was really interested in whether we answered the big questions. That’s really a sign of a great scientist.” ___ Caitlin Hammaren Hammaren, 19, of Westtown, N.Y., was a sophomore majoring in international studies and French, according to officials at her former school district. “She was just one of the most outstanding young individuals that I’ve had the privilege of working with in my 31 years as an educator,” said John P. Latini, principal of Minisink Valley High School, where she graduated in 2005. “Caitlin was a leader among our students.” Minisink Valley students and teachers shared their grief Tuesday at a counseling center set up in the school, Latini said. ___ Emily Jane Hilscher Hilscher, a freshman majoring in animal and poultry sciences, was known around her hometown as an animal lover. “She worked at a veterinarian’s office and cared about them her whole life,” said Rappahannock County Administrator John W. McCarthy, a family friend. Hilscher, 19, of Woodville, was a freshman majoring in animal and poultry sciences. She lived on the same dorm floor as victim Ryan Clark, McCarthy said. A friend, Will Nachless, also 19, said Hilscher “was always very friendly. Before I even knew her, I thought she was very outgoing, friendly and helpful, and she was great in chemistry.” ___ Jarrett Lee Lane Lane, 22, was a senior civil engineering student who was valedictorian of his high school class in tiny Narrows, Va., just 30 miles from Virginia Tech. His high school put up a memorial to Lane that included pictures, musical instruments and his athletic jerseys. Lane played the trombone, ran track, and played football and basketball at Narrows High School. “We’re just kind of binding together as a family,” Principal Robert Stump said. Lane’s brother-in-law Daniel Farrell called Lane fun-loving and “full of spirit.” “He had a caring heart and was a friend to everyone he met,” Farrell said. “We are leaning on God’s grace in these trying hours.” ___ Liviu Librescu Librescu, an Israeli engineering and math lecturer, was known for his research, but his son said the Holocaust survivor will be remembered as a hero for protecting students as the gunman tried to enter his classroom. Librescu taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years and had an international reputation for his work in aeronautical engineering. “His research has enabled better aircraft, superior composite materials, and more robust aerospace structures,” said Ishwar K. Puri, the head of the engineering science and mechanics department. After surviving the Nazi killings, Librescu escaped from Communist Romania and made his way to the United States before he was killed in Monday’s massacre, which coincided with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. Librescu’s son, Joe, said his father’s students sent e-mails detailing how the professor saved their lives by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman before Librescu was fatally shot. “My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Librescu’s son, Joe Librescu, said Tuesday in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. “Students started opening windows and jumping out.” ___ G.V. Loganathan Loganathan was born in the southern Indian city of Chennai and had been a civil and environmental engineering professor at Virginia Tech since 1982. Loganathan, 51, won several awards for excellence in teaching, had served on the faculty senate and was an adviser to about 75 undergraduate students. “We all feel like we have had an electric shock. We do not know what to do,” his brother G.V. Palanivel told the NDTV news channel from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. “He has been a driving force for all of us, the guiding force.” ___ Daniel O’Neil O’Neil, 22, was a graduate student in engineering and played guitar and wrote his own songs, which he posted on a Web site, Friend Steve Craveiro described him as smart, responsible and a hard worker, someone who never got into trouble. “He would come home from school over the summer and talk about projects, about building bridges and stuff like that,” Craveiro said. “He loved his family. He was pretty much destined to be extremely successful. He just didn’t deserve to have happen what happened.” O’Neil graduated in 2002 from Lincoln High School in Rhode Island and graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., before heading to Virginia Tech, where he was also a teaching assistant, Craveiro said. ___ Mary Karen Read Read was born in South Korea into an Air Force family and lived in Texas and California before settling in the northern Virginia suburb of Annandale. Read, 19, considered a handful of colleges, including nearby George Mason University, before choosing Virginia Tech. It was a popular destination among her Annandale High School classmates, according to her aunt Karen Kuppinger. She had yet to declare a major. “I think she wanted to try to spread her wings,” said Kuppinger, of Rochester, N.Y. Kuppinger said her niece had struggled adjusting to Tech’s sprawling 2,600-acre campus. But she had recently begun making friends and looking into a sorority. Kuppinger said the family started calling Read as news reports surfaced. “After three or four hours passed and she hadn’t picked up her cell phone or answered her e-mail … we did get concerned,” Kuppinger said. “We honestly thought she would pop up.” ___ Associated Press writers Zinie Chen Sampson, Dionne Walker and Dena Potter in Richmond, Va., Vicki Smith in Blacksburg, Va., Leslie Josephs in Lima, Peru, and Matt Moore in Frankfurt, Germany, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Moderate Muslims join the fight

first_imgHe’s handsome, young and a devout Muslim. He is also his country’s leading pop star. But would it surprise you to learn that one of his songs, a tune that topped the charts, is called “Warriors of Love”? Ahmad Dhani, Indonesia’s counterpart to Justin Timberlake, has called his song a “musical fatwa against religious extremism and violence.” The lyrics are derived from the Koran and Hadith. (Sample: “If hatred has already poisoned you/Against those ? who worship differently/ Then evil has already gripped your soul/ Then evil’s got you in its damning embrace.”) Dhani is a soldier in the culture war within Islam. With 190 million people, Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country – but its religious culture is far more tolerant and humane than that of Saudi Arabia and many other Muslim lands. A former president of Indonesia, H.E. Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid (popularly known as Gus Dur) has co-founded an organization, LibforAll (, that aims to contend with the radical Islamists on the extremists’ own chosen turf – the true meaning of Islam. Gus Dur denies that normative Islam is the faith of the torturers and suicide bombers, of the Taliban and al-Qaida, and of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He finds within Muslim sources the ideas of tolerance, respect for others and humility. Islam is meant to be a “blessing for all the world,” he reminds his listeners. On the other hand, of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims, 85percent to 90 percent are traditional, nonradical believers. They are the target audience. LibforAll is hoping to translate “Warriors of Love” into Arabic, Urdu and other languages and distribute it to as wide an audience as possible. They are also launching educational, research and grass-roots activities, including translating the work of moderate Indonesian imams into other languages. In the 16th century, radical Muslims attempted to impose their radical version of Islam on the island of Java. For a hundred years, the island was riven by conflict. But in the end, a Sufi Muslim named Senopati ing Alogo was able to defeat the extremists and inaugurate an era of religious tolerance and quiet spirituality. That’s the inspiration. The spadework remains. Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Her e-mail address is local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Is this a mere pebble in a waterfall? That is very hard to gauge, particularly for outsiders. To us, it often seems as if the entire Muslim world is a roiling mass of barely contained hatreds and easily sparked violence. We’ve seen very few Muslim leaders brave enough to denounce the jihadists, and a cottage industry has sprung up in the West to supply books and articles arguing that Islam is by nature violent, cruel and hopelessly rigid. This interpretation has always seemed shallow to me. I simply cannot imagine that a religion based only on hatred and bloodshed could gain and hold more than a billion adherents over 14 centuries. In addition to his position as former president of Indonesia, Gus Dur is also revered as the leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim organization, with nearly 40 million members. He’s been described by The Wall Street Journal as “the single most influential religious leader in the Muslim world.” Gus Dur has asked members of his group to protect Christian churches from Islamist attacks, and they have done so, at the risk of their lives. He and LibforAll co- founder C. Holland Taylor, an American former telecom entrepreneur who speaks fluent Indonesian and is very familiar with Islam, have launched what they hope will be a worldwide effort to counter radical Islam by enlisting moderate Muslims. Not all of the moderates are from Indonesia. Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, an Egyptian Koranic scholar who had to flee his home country, holds a Ph.D. from Cairo University. In 2007, LibforAll sponsored a conference on religious tolerance in Bali to counter the Holocaust denial conference Ahmadinejad convened in Tehran. Gus Dur called Ahmadinejad “my friend” but then forthrightly declared that the Iranian president had “falsified history” by claiming that the Holocaust was a myth. Taylor believes passionately that we can affect the internal war now being waged for the soul of Islam. Admittedly, the extremists have a big head start. The Saudis have spent roughly $70 billion over the past 30 years to propagate their Wahhabi form of Islam (Question: What do you call an imam in a Mercedes? Answer: a Wahhabi.) And the threat the jihadists pose is dire for the Muslim world and for the West. last_img read more

Done deal? Real Madrid vice president drops huge hint about identity of head coach

first_img Rafael Benitez Real Madrid vice-president Eduardo Fernandez de Blas has dropped a huge hint about Rafael Benitez’s arrival as the club’s new head coach with an offhand comment.Benitez is widely expected to replace the departed Carlo Ancelotti after confirming that Sunday’s match against Lazio will be his last as Napoli coach.And De Blas, speaking at a club event on Saturday evening, gave the game away as he praised the outgoing Ancelotti.“I’ll tell you one thing, Carlo Ancelotti is a real phenomenon,” he said in comments reported by Spanish newspaper AS. “We give our thanks to him. Until three days ago, he was, for me, the best coach in the world, just as two years ago it was Jose Mourinho, and as from this week will be Rafa Benitez.”The Madrid-born Benitez has a glittering resume, having led Valencia to two Primera Division titles, back-to-back appearances in the Champions League final and a UEFA Cup crown.He also steered Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005, when his team staged a major comeback in the final to stun an Ancelotti-led AC Milan.Benitez also won the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup while at Liverpool. 1last_img read more

Which Premier League side has been the most direct this season?

first_imgEvery fan wants their side to play free-flowing attractive football…provided it gets results.For fans of Manchester United, watching their side under Jose Mourinho has seemingly become a bit of a chore. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 8 The Red Devils drew their first home Champions League game of the season against Valencia to a chorus of boos on Tuesday night.And at home, their Premier League leaves a lot to be desired. They find themselves already nine points behind rivals City and out of the Carabao Cup thanks to Frank Lampard’s impressive Derby County side.But how does their style of play compare to the rest of the division?Thanks to the Premier League’s official website, we know exactly how many long balls each side has played in their seven games this season. Marouane Fellaini is often the focal point of Manchester United attacks when they require a goal Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars GETTY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury But where does your side rank and just how direct are they? Scroll down to find out.20. Manchester City – 301 Sean Morrison’s incredible aerial ability make him a handful in the opposition’s box 19. Bournemouth – 34718. Chelsea – 35217. Liverpool – 37416. Arsenal – 417 8 Harry Kane has mastered the lone striker role to successfully bring other players into play Newcastle United and Leicester City are not afraid to go long, as was evidenced in their clash against St James’ silverware shining With Aubameyang and Lacazette up front, the Gunners prefer to play into feet Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 8 REVEALED Christian Benteke is the focal point of Palace’s attacks Ederson’s piercing kicks surprise teams and can set Sergio Aguero up for 1-on-1 opportunities Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 8 9. Fulham – 4418. Cardiff City – 451 15. Leicester City – 41814. Everton – 42313. Wolverhampton Wanderers – 42512. Tottenham Hotspur – 431 3. Huddersfield Town – 5082. Watford – 5101. Burnley – 556 11. West Ham United – 43610. Crystal Palace – 440 8 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED 8 8 huge blow gameday cracker no dice 7. Manchester United – 4586. Brighton and Hove Albion – 4665. Southampton – 4724. Newcastle United – 476 Latest Premier League News 8 Ashley Barnes is a more than willing runner for the Claretslast_img read more