Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Violence and fear are an integral part of the lives of many Latin American radio programme hosts, who are sometimes even at risk within their studios. Local radio stations are particularly exposed, especially those that are far from major urban centres.Radio stations are often hounded by government officials, politicians and organized crime. Of the 17 journalists murdered in Latin America in 2016, no fewer than ten worked for radio stations. Hernán Choquepata Ordoñez, a Peruvian journalist working for Radio La Ribereña, and João Valdecir de Borba, a Brazilian journalist with Rádio Difusora AM, were both shot dead in mid-broadcast last year.Two programme hosts working for the same Mexican radio station, Tu Un Ñuu Savi, were killed within the space of three months. Marco Bonifacio Sánchez, a Peruvian journalist with Turbo Mix Radio y Televisión, was attacked ten days ago by masked men who tried to cut his tongue out.“On World Radio Day, we hail the courageous work of radio stations from Mexico to Patagonia, which play a key role in promoting freedom of expression and opinion and actively participate in the democratic lives of their countries in often deplorable security conditions,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“As a matter of urgency, Latin America’s government must reinforce protection for these radio stations and their journalists and guarantee their ability to operate and to be viable.”In countries such as Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Honduras, minorities and other sectors of the population that are disadvantaged and marginalized have been using community radio stations for decades as a tool for promoting education, fundamental rights and identity-based demands.Many indigenous communities still use their radio stations to defend their lands and denounce discrimination by their big-city neighbours. This is the case with La Voz de Zacate Grande in Honduras and Voces de Nuestra Tierra and Nasa Estéreo in Colombia. Radio is often the only link with the outside world for communities in some remote Amazonian regions.Although community radio stations play a vital social role, their work is complicated by the fact that they receive no support from most Latin American governments, which make little effort to promote pluralism.Legislation in Guatemala and Brazil, for example, makes it very difficult for community radio stations to obtain or renew broadcast frequencies and obstructs their development.They are therefore forced to operate illegally, leaving them even more vulnerable to violence and persecution by the authorities, who do not hesitate to carry out raids, confiscate their equipment and prosecute them. Help by sharing this information News RSF_en News Receive email alerts to go further MexicoBrazilGuatemalaHondurasPeruColombiaParaguayAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionUNESCO Follow the news on Americas Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is marking World Radio Day today by spotlighting both the importance and the fragility of Latin America’s community radio stations, which play a key social and democratic role but are still very vulnerable. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies February 10, 2017 Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists MexicoBrazilGuatemalaHondurasPeruColombiaParaguayAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionUNESCO Reports Organisation May 13, 2021 Find out more
Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website HerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News The Sheriffâ€™s Department Wednesday said that 45 home burglary victims from Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties are getting their property back after their homes were burglarized using stolen Los Angeles Times vacation hold delivery lists.Hundreds of phone calls have kept sheriff’s detectives busy returning valuables to their owners after extensive media coverage about the arrests of a San Gabriel Valley-based burglary ring, according to a news statement.“Valuable items being returned to owners include a collection of Elvis Presley art as well as a numbered Thomas Kinkade print,” said Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau Lieutenant Kent Wegener.“Yet many people have also been able to recover personal possessions of great sentimental value. One granddaughter was grateful to find out her grandfather’s irreplaceable WWI military deployment records had been recovered,” Wegener said.Hundreds of stolen property items valued at over $100,000.00 were recovered when the arrests were made, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau detectives are continuing to return property to their rightful owners, according to the statement.In speaking to callers, Sheriff’s detectives have identified 20 additional people who they believe were victimized by the burglary crew. The additional victims include residents of Arcadia, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and West Covina in Los Angeles County, as well as Redlands and Ontario in San Bernardino County.Sheriff’s investigators have contacted many people whose identifications were found in the stolen property but who have not yet had the time to review the stolen property in person. Sheriff’s investigators are also still returning calls to the hundreds of people inquiring about their stolen property.Due to the overwhelming response from the public, investigators may be working to identify victims and return their property to them for months.Those who were burglarized after calling the Los Angeles to place a vacation stop on their paper delivery and have a police report detailing the stolen property are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau atÂ (562) 946-7893. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Business News Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS News Feature Stories Burglary Ring Used Stolen LA Times Vacation Hold Delivery Lists to Burglarized Homes Published on Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 12:33 am
Lance Armstrong welcomed an investigative report into the murky past of cycling’s governing body and said he hopes it can help the sport move on from an era that will always be remembered for the doping by himself and others.The report turned up no evidence to sustain previous allegations that Armstrong paid the UCI to cover up a positive doping test back in his heyday, yet it explains in great detail how the UCI acted favorably toward Armstrong — a rider dubbed “cycling’s pop star.”The Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) was requested by Brian Cookson, the current UCI president. Its report examined how the doping culture during Armstrong’s era was allowed to fester under the previous UCI leadership of former president Pat McQuaid and predecessor Hein Verbruggen.“I am grateful to CIRC for seeking the truth and allowing me to assist in that search. I am deeply sorry for many things I have done,” Armstrong said in a statement. “It is my hope that revealing the truth will lead to a bright, dope-free future for the sport I love, and will allow all young riders emerging from small towns throughout the world in years to come to chase their dreams without having to face the lose-lose choices that so many of my friends, teammates and opponents faced.”Armstrong is trying to overturn a life ban imposed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He was stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping on every one of his wins from 1999-2005.Armstrong’s attorney, Elliot Peters, said Armstrong “cooperated fully” with senior investigators over two days, answering all questions “without any restrictions” and providing “all documents requested to which he had access.” In their affidavits provided to USADA — whose scathing report in 2012 exposed systematic doping by Armstrong and others — former U.S. Postal teammates Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis declared that Armstrong had told them separately that he tested positive for the performance enhancer EPO at the 2001 Tour de Suisse.Landis claimed that the test was hushed up as a result of a financial agreement with Verbruggen.Armstrong was tested five times during the 2001 Tour de Suisse. Three samples were tested for EPO and they came back negative, although there was a “strong suspicion” that two of the “A” samples did contain traces of the banned blood booster, the CIRC report said — adding that it deemed inappropriate the fact that “Armstrong and his entourage were informed by the UCI of these suspect test results.”A year later, Armstrong sent Verbruggen a letter containing a check for $25,000 as a donation toward the fight against doping. Although CIRC has “not found any indication of a financial agreement” the report said the “UCI did not act prudently in accepting a donation from an athlete” already under suspicion.The collusion between Armstrong and the UCI’s leadership features strongly in the 227-page report. Armstrong’s lawyers were allowed to draft parts of a supposedly independent report, which sought to debunk French daily L’Equipe’s claims in 2005 that Armstrong’s samples at the 1999 Tour later tested positive for EPO.The independent report into the ’99 allegations, which was led by Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman, was heavily criticized because it “specifically excluded an examination of the EPO test,” meaning it deliberately avoided addressing whether Armstrong used the substance. The Vrijman report coincided with an agreement between Armstrong and the UCI that he would donate $100,000 for the purchase of a Sysmex blood testing machine. This prompted allegations that his latest donation to the UCI’s anti-doping cause was an indirect payment to help fund the Vrijman report and quash L’Equipe’s story.The CIRC did not find “any evidence to corroborate” such allegations but said the UCI acted improperly “in soliciting and accepting donations from an athlete” under increasing suspicion.The close-knit relationship helped Armstrong on the ’99 Tour when he tested positive for a banned corticosteroid. Armstrong did not declare pre-race that he was using medication — even though the argument he used for using a corticoid cream was to treat saddle sores. Rather than start disciplinary proceedings, the UCI accepted a backdated prescription and cleared him. Armstrong, having retired after the 2005 Tour, was also cleared by the UCI to make his comeback at Australia’s Tour down Under in 2009 — despite not being eligible because he had not been in the UCI’s doping testing pool for a six-month period beforehand.McQuaid first wrote to Armstrong, firmly telling him he could not race. But two days after that, McQuaid informed him that he could compete. The same day, Armstrong told McQuaid that he would race in the 2009 Tour of Ireland, which McQuaid was keen to promote in his homeland.In one email sent to McQuaid, written at the time of USADA’s impending investigation, a UCI consultant refers to Armstrong as “cycling’s pop star” and states clearly that for the sake of its image the “UCI has an interest that LA is acquitted.”
Participants pose after the opening of the IMS training workshop organized by LiMA.The Government of Liberia through the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) in partnership with Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF) on Monday, April 29, 2019 embarked on week-long national training workshop on Oil Spill Incident Management System (IMS) for marine environmental specialists.The event, which brought together representatives from LiMA, Environmental Protection Agency, National Port Authority, National Coast Guard, will provide Liberia with the opportunity to have an effective Incident Management System that will strengthen its national oil spill preparedness and response system.Daniel Tarr, LiMA Director for Marine Environmental Protection, told participants at the opening of the IMS workshop that the event will provide a complete overview of the incident management process with the opportunity to test the learning through an exercise.“The exercise should allow the delegates to validate their new skill set and exercise the country’s national incident management plans,” he said.Mr. Tarr, who is also the National Focal Point, said GI WACAF was launched in 2006, between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, to enhance the capacity of partner countries to prepare for and respond to marine oil spills.He said the mission is to strengthen the national system for preparedness and response in case of an oil spill in 22 West, Central and Southern African Countries in accordance with the provisions set out in the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation, 1990 (OPRC 90).To achieve its mission, Mr. Tarr told the participants that GI WACAF project organizes and delivers workshops, seminars and exercises, that aim to communicate good practice in all aspects of spill preparedness and response, drawing on expertise and experience from within governments, industry and other organizations working in this specialized field.He said to prepare and implement these activities; the project relies on the project’s network dedicated government and industry focal points.“Promoting cooperation amongst all relevant government agencies, oil industry business units and stakeholders both nationally, regionally and internationally is a major objectives of the project during these activities,” he added.Mr. Tarr said that GI WACAF operates and delivers activities with contributions from both the IMO and seven oil company members of IPIECA, namely BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Eni, Shell, Total and Woodside.Ms. Emilie Canova, GI WACAF project coordinator, who spoke on behalf of IMO and IPEICA, the global oil and gas association for environmental and social issues welcome participants to this year’s national training on IMS in Monrovia.“Today it covers 22 countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. Since its inception, significant progress has been made in improving spill response capabilities by raising awareness through national and regional workshops and training,” she said.Ms. Canova acknowledged the engagement of Liberia in the GI WACAF project.She said the collaboration between the Liberian government and GI WACAF is not new by any means, and “I would like to recall a few steps taken together because the attendance of GI WACAF regional conferences by the national focal point, in 2010, a first National Workshop for the Development of the National Contingency Plan was organized; and more recently in 2016 a National Workshop on Contingency Planning and Sensitivity Mapping was held in Monrovia, which recommend to further include IMS in the NOSCP.”Ms. Canova said the present workshop will focus on the planning aspects of the IMS. “We will thus build upon the advancements already achieved by the Government of Liberia and consolidate the knowledge acquired in recent years.”She told the participants that the workshop is currently being facilitated by two consultants who are experts in the field of oil spill preparedness and response, namely Richard Sims and John Tulloch from Ambipar.Ms. Canova therefore encouraged participant to interact with experts as much as possible during the workshop. She also thanked the Liberia Maritime Authority for facilitating this workshop.LiMA’s Deputy Director, Cllr. Charles A. Gono, who gave the keynote addressed on behalf of Dr. James F. Kollie, said the principles of IMS organization were developed in the 1970s by the fire service as management method for clarifying command relationship and making use of mutual aid for large scale incident involving multiple stakeholders.Although originally developed to address fires, the IMS concept is now applied to many other types of emergency events or incidents, including oil spill response.Mr. Gono said IMS is absolutely important because many incident happen with little or no advance warning, and require and immediate response by the industry operator and supporting response organizations.According to him, major incidents, which are rare, may require a response involving many organizations, including governmental entities across multiple jurisdictions and experts from many disciplines.Such incidents, he said, may also involve numerous parallel activities such as search and rescue, ensuring the safety of the public and responders, source control, fire suppression, protecting the environment, securing property and infrastructure from damage, and providing timely communication.Therefore, an IMS is an essential tool for overcoming many of these challenges; it provides clarity in command and control, improves resource coordination and communications, and facilitates the cooperation and integration of responding organizations.Mr. Gono said an effective and successful response requires a clear set of objectives. The objectives should be based on ‘SMART’ principle and they should be Specific, Measurable, Action oriented; Realistic; and Timely.The event, which started yesterday April 29th, will be climaxed on May 2nd, 2019 at the Monrovia City Hall.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SAN FRANCISCO – Cheerful roars could be heard a block away from the downtown ballpark Saturday, and it had nothing to do with a Barry Bonds homer. The enthusiasm poured from thousands of Christian youths who had gathered – in one of the most permissive corners of the nation – for a rally to call for moral change and to decry homosexuality. Despite the strategic location for the two-day BattleCry event, the evangelical fanfare continued its final day Saturday without any fierce clashes. “I think we’ll just be able to do our thing today,” said Jeanine Rhoden, a spokeswoman for Teen Mania, the Texas-based ministry behind the extravaganza. Indeed, protesters were nowhere in sight Saturday as Christian rock bands and religious speakers roused the audience at AT&T Park, bringing them to their feet in song and prayer. Not surprisingly, however, passing motorists gave no signs of support – or car honks – as rally participants held up a large banner decrying “Homosexuality is sin” on the busy street outside the stadium. “People are welcome to come to the city to celebrate whatever, but I think they’re dead wrong,” said Thom Lynch, executive director of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. “And I feel sorry for some of the youth there that they’re being inculcated with a religious belief that doesn’t allow for any variances … at all.” The rally could have almost passed as any modern-day lollapalooza for teens – complete with entrepreneurs hawking “BattleCry” baseball caps and activists seeking signatures for a petition to support the First Amendment, namely the “freedom of religion.” But the impromptu prayer circles and arms raised in praise from church groups entering the stadium stood in contrast to the glamorized sex-and-drug culture that event organizers say are harming today’s youth. One rallygoer, Edward Sanares, the leader of a church youth group from Sunnyvale, found the spiritual rally uplifting. “It’s showing choices teens have to make in this society and that they should choose God,” he said. More than 20,000 people were registered to attend the two-day rally. It was BattleCry’s second appearance in two years. Last year’s inaugural event in the city known for its ultraliberal politics and gay marriages did spark some protests. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors had even passed a resolution condemning the “act of provocation” by an “anti-gay,” “anti-choice” organization that aimed to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.” This year, Lynch said, “it’s live and let be. After all, that’s what San Francisco is all about.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tags:#conferences#web While the Kodak Theater in Hollywood typically plays host to actual celebrities at the annual Academy Awards, last week’s 140 Characters Conference in Hollywood brought together a different set of notable names: the Twitterati. Jeff Pulver’s first event in a series taking place around the world drew together entertainment folks, journalists, poker players and even police chiefs, all talking about how they use Twitter to spread information, market themselves and connect with a new audience.In some ways, it’s a miracle that anyone had a face-to-face conversation at the event, which was organized as a quick-fix series of 15-minute panels, what with everyone firmly looking down, typing and texting away to record the two-day event in real time.But I’ll play along. In the spirit of the event, here are a few of my favorite 140 characters from the day:This guest post was written by Laura Hertzfeld.From Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush (@billybush), who warned against tweeting and driving and drunk tweeting (dweeting?):FTR, I did not get $ 2 speak at #140conf. Was a cool opp to meet amazing folks like @rumford, @dom, @kim, @adventuregirl, @bing. I m a peaThere was something of a Kumbaya feeling among the Twitterati. Conference founder Jeff Pulver (@jeffpulver) summed it up:Thank you to everyone who is part of my twitter mornings. Thanks to YOU, I have a daily reminder of humanity and serendipity.And in this crowd, you didn’t have to be George Clooney to get outed as a celeb, as conference-goer @ciaobella50 gave her take on some of presenters:Celebs I met yesterday.. @billybush…(hottie),,,Pres of CNN (amazing)…Arianna Huffington (brilliant) ..Annie Duke (Sweet)@eriksundelof shared a smart train of thought upon seeing Arianna Huffington’s panel on the future of news:Arianna seems to be talking about community funded models at the LA 140 conf. Both Allvoices and Spot.Us are great models here. #140confFitting for the location, here is the response of AMC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff (@amcnews) to Gawker’s Richard Rushfield on how covering the Oscar nominations has changed.#140conf @richardrushfield: Death, Oscar noms “typical thing is get reactions.” Now everyone tweets feelings so job is chasing social media.And how can you not love a conference where someone says, “I can haz cheezburger” with a straight face? Here’s the video of Cheezburger Network CEO Scott Porad conveying his words of wisdom on social media:Next up for Pulver is London on November 17th and New York City on June 16th and 17th.Guest author: Laura Hertzfeld is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. In addition to writing for ReadWriteWeb, she is managing editor of EconomyStory.org, a Public Radio Exchange (PRX) project aggregating public media coverage of the economy. guest author 1 Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president NBA: Warriors to repeat as champs, LeBron to win MVP, GM survey says Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is perhaps best known for two things: his daredevil drives to the hoop and his penchant for rocking multiple hairstyles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 29-year-old Asian-American point guard recently unveiled his boldest choice yet—a set of bushy dreadlocks, which is most often sported by African-American athletes.ADVERTISEMENT Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games His choice of new hairstyle caught the ire of retired NBA forward Kenyon Martin who accused the Harvard graduate of “wanting to be black.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Lin quipped back with a reverent response, claiming he did it out of respect for the black culture and also pointed out Martin’s tattoo bearing Chinese characters.In a video uploaded by TMZ, the 14-year NBA veteran apologized to Lin, but claimed his new hairdo still looked ridiculous.He also explained that his comments were supposed to be light-hearted, but was eventually blown out of proportion by some netizens.“This was never meant to be racial. It was thought of as what would’ve been done in our locker room,” Martin said in a separate report from Sports Illustrated. “It would’ve been jokes. We would’ve been making jokes.”The one-time NBA All-Star added that Lin is a grown man who could style his hair whichever he pleased.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “He has the right to rock any hairstyle he wants. It got out of control. It wasn’t meant to be anything more than banter,” he explained.“Jeremy is an athlete and I would hope he understood that this was in fun and not to offend and as long as he’s not offended that’s all that matters. I wish him well.”Martin added that he already reached out to Lin personally, but continues to receive negative comments from people online.“People were sending messages to my son. Like, no. Say whatever to me and about me. I have thick skin. I know what my intentions were,” Martin said. “But then those are the things that are coming across. You n**ga this. Your n**ga that.”Aside from his Player’s Tribune piece about cultural appropriation, Lin also detailed the matter further to Brooklyn Nets reporter Anthony Puccio. Khristian Ibarrola /raJeremy Lin spoke extensively about Kenyon Martin’s comments after the game: pic.twitter.com/JaDH1Du8V0— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) October 6, 2017
The 32nd Annual New South Wales Touch Association Vawdon Cup commenced Friday night 20 July 2007 at the Tempe and Bankstown venues across 10 highly competitive divisions.The action in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League was fast and furious with some high quality clashes punctuating opening night in Sydney’s elite affiliate based competition.In the Men’s Premier League, Easts Roosters and the Parramatta Eels played out a gritty 1-1 draw at Bankstown at 7.00pm.Both teams were understandably rusty with the combatants trading blows without being able to land the knockout punch to swing the game in their favour.The return of Troy Malcolm was a big boost to the Eels and the gifted playmaker was Paramatta’s best along with Daniel Barton.Chris Hill gave his all for Easts who settled for a share of the competition points with a promise of better things to come.In the 7.50pm clash, 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand finalists the Canterbury Bulldogs flexed their muscles in a 6-3 victory over a committed Manly Sea Eagles combination that never stopped trying.The Doggies raced to a 2-0 lead at half time and kicked on to go 4-0 up midway through the second half before Manly got on the board.Harry Berryman and veteran Brett Gillard were best for a Manly side that found some late combination to breath respectability back into the scoreline.2007 Australian World Cup Men’s Open star Joel Willoughby was in cracking form for the Dogs having a hand in four touchdowns, whilst winger Nick Athas, and debutant Michael Petrie set a great foundation for Canterbury’s victory.In the match-up of the round at 8.40pm, new kids on the block the Hornsby Lions, got their season off to the best possible start with a 6-4 win, shocking 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Penrith Panthers at Bankstown.The experienced Dave Roberts guided the Lions around the park and the mercurial Dylan Hennessey provided the knockout blows, terrorizing the Panthers’ defence close to the line. In the nightcap game at 9.30pm, 2006 NSWTA State Cup champions Wests Magpies got home with a hard fought 6-4 triumph over a very willing Cronulla Sharks outfit at Tempe.The two clubs battle annually for the Mc Donald-Russell Shield and there was a lot of emotion surrounding the season opener. The game was preceded by a minute’s silence for former Lebanon, Mets, and Wests Manager Matthew Essey who lost a brave battle with cancer in May 2007. The inspired Magpies came out on fire, crossing for a touchdown after only 35 seconds for a 1-0 lead.Both sides struggled to find rhythm, but settled down to business and traded touchdowns without either team really consolidating decisively.Cronulla hit the front 4-3 midway through the second half, courtesy of some great work from Australian Mixed Open general Matt Tope who was leaving it all out on the park for the Sharkies. With an upset looming, Wests’ Australian Men’s Open World Cup aces Daniel Rushworth and Jason Stanton stepped up their game and combined to put on 3 unanswered touchdowns, providing Wests with a 6-4 victory, the McDonald-Russell shield, and a fitting tribute to Matthew Essey.In opening round action in the Women’s Premier League, perennial big guns the Canterbury Bulldogs sent an ominous warning out to the rest of the competition with a 9-1 pasting of Manly Sea Eagles at 7.00pm at Tempe.Bulldogs Australian Women’s Open star Kelly Woods began the Vawdon Cup season with three slashing touchdowns for the 2006 State Cup champions.Louise Winchester showed the sort of form that swept her to the 2006 NSWTA Women’s Player of the Year at the Blues Dinner on Saturday night, and kid sister Clare and Kate Fitzsimmons chimed in to help engineer the 9-1 demolition.2006 Premiers Easts Roosters opened their title defence with a comfortable 5-2 win over competition newcomers, the Wollongong Devils.Easts were wary of the worthy challenge that the speedy Wollongong young guns would provide and were on their game to avert the potential threat.The Tri-colours produced a solid team effort punctuated by some star turns from 4-time World Cup winners Amanda and Kristy Judd who controlled the game as only they can.2007 Australian Mixed Open gun Stephanie Sorrensen and Nadina Teskera also performed well for Easts, whilst Mel Mc Call and Rachael Beck showed the way for the Devils. The young pups from Wollongong had their opportunities and acquitted themselves well against the benchmark team of the competition and will give the competition a real nudge when they find their feet and adjust to the step up of speed and standard as the season unfolds.In the 8.40pm clash at Tempe, Wests Magpies got their season off to a flyer with a comfortable 6-1 win over Cronulla Sharks.Jess Howe tried hard to lift a rusty Cronulla, but Wests had too much fire power with standout Australian 20 Years Women’s squad member Nicky Albery carving up the Sharkies to spearhead her team to a comfortable victory.In the 9.30pm battle at Bankstown, the Central Coast Dolphins had a tidy 3-0 win over Penrith Panthers to complete the first round of games in season 2007.This week in the Men’s Premier League, Cronulla will take on a chastened defending premiers Penrith at 7.50pm at Bankstown, whilst Easts Roosters will battle with Wests Magpies at 7.50pm at Tempe.Hornsby Lions will look to continue on their winning way against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 8.40pm, and the Canterbury Bulldogs will square off against the Parramatta Eels at Tempe at 9.30pm.In Women’s Premier League games Cronulla, looking for a better second up performance meet Penrith at 7.00pm at Bankstown. Premiers Easts Roosters will clash with Wests Magpies at Tempe at 7.00pm.The red hot Canterbury Bulldogs will have a tougher time against the young Wollongong Devils line-up at Tempe at 8.40pm, and the Central Coast Dolphins will test their mettle against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 9.30pm.Second round action in Division 1 and 2 Men’s and Women’s, Mixed 1 and 2, and Men’s Seniors and Masters will continue as teams look to shake off opening night jitters and settle into the ten week competition which promises to increase in quality right across the board as the season progresses.TFA will bring you all the news and views from Round Two of the 2007 Vawdon Cup.
Juventus to offer Benatia to Arsenal for Ramseyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are ready to setup a swap deal with Juventus for Aaron Ramsey.The Wales midfielder has already agreed Bosman terms with the Bianconeri, though could move to Juve immediately for the right deal.La Stampa says that could include Morocco defender Medhi Benatia.Benatia has not travelled with Juve to Jeddah for the Supercoppa and is keen on leaving this month.And with Arsenal in the market for a new centre-half, he is being offered to the Gunners in a straight swap for Ramsey. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Werder Bremen coach Kohfeldt: Grujic chase just about…by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWerder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt admits their interest in Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is over.The Serb chose to sign on-loan with Hertha Berlin this summer ahead of Werder.And Kohfeldt concedes: “You cannot rule out anything, but that would be pure speculation to think about it.”The coach also said: “He is a very good player, but he is now a player from Hertha and in the summer probably will again be a Liverpool. “This is not an issue for us now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say