Somalia’s new bill allows child marriage

first_imgThe bill also weakens protections for victims of sexual violence, she said. JOHANNESBURG – An outcry is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl’s sexual organs mature and would allow forced marriage as long as the family gives their consent. The new Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Bill “would represent a major setback in the fight against sexual violence in Somalia and across the globe” and should be withdrawn immediately, the United Nations special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Pramila Patten, said in a statement Tuesday. Students wearing face masks walk in a Mogadishu neighborhood on March 19, 2020 in Somalia.AFP/GETTY IMAGEScenter_img The bill is a dramatic reworking of years of efforts by civil society to bring forward a proposed law to give more protections to women in one of the world’s most conservative countries. Already more than 45% of young women in Somalia were married or “in union” before age 18, according to a United Nations analysis in 2014-15. (AP)last_img read more

More golds for WV in National PRISAA

first_imgCindy Joy Diasnes MANILA – Western Visayas continued with its gold medal haul in the PRISAA 2018 National Games with strong performances in taekwondo, athletics and table tennis in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.Cindy Joy Diasnes spearheaded WV’s campaign in taekwondo with three gold medals in secondary girls individual b poomsae, team poomsae and mixed pair with Shiela Tungala on Wednesday.John Patrick Palonpon also bagged a gold medal in secondary boys individual b poomsae before settling for silver with Xyrus Andrei Desierto in the team poomsae event.WV also got golds in kyorugi from AJ Diasnes Horlador III in secondary boys, 51 kg; Angela Bermejo in secondary girls finweight; Czarylle Faye Dinero in secondary girls and Jieben Lark Recabar in secondary boys, 49 kg. The Blue Barons taekwondo jins also had silver medals from Desierto in individual a poomsae, and secondary kyorugi players Mary Grace Belisario (46 kg), Dyne Lisao (52 kg), Jotham Gancero (open weight), and Shaianne Hojilla (48 kg).WV continued to rake gold in athletics courtesy of Joyme Sequita in the 400 meters hurdles, Rowill Derecho in 200 meters, Renzy Gemolaga in discus throw and javelin throw and bronze in shot put.It also swept the secondary table tennis team golds with J Allan Gayoso, Den Importante, John Baria, and Joshua Chavez winning the boys and Jan Ashley Vicencio, Ann Nicole Oliva, Thalia Gomez and Levee Marie Oliva ruling the distaff side.WV also had one gold and two silvers in secondary boys tennis with Marco Macalintal finishing first in singles, and Jon Dreve Jemenea and the duo of Nikhel Nowlakha and John Benedict Santiago in doubles./PNlast_img read more

UWF men’s golf takes top spot at Jay Jennison Memorial

first_imgFINAL RESULTSSeptember 22, 2015 ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Sophomore Henry Westmoreland (Wacissa, Fla./Florida State University School) shot a third-round score of 66, good for 6-under, to finish first overall at the Jay Jennison Memorial hosted by Flagler College. Westmoreland finished 9-under for the tournament, giving him a four-stroke first place cushion over second-place finisher Brady Hollenbacher of Mount Olive. UWF as a team shot a final-round score of 289 to finish the tournament 12-under and claim the top spot in the field of 15. Westmoreland’s single round score of 66 is his career-best and it sealed his first win. The third-round score is tied for third best for a single round in UWF men’s golf history, with his 6-under being tied for second lowest in program history. Westmoreland’s 54-hole score of 207 is good for seventh best in UWF men’s golf history. As a team, on day one UWF posted a first-round score of 279, a Jay Jennison Memorial record, and a mark good for fourth-best in program history. The team score of 12-under is the second best score against par, tying the 12-under score the Argonauts posted at the 2007-08 Argonaut Invitational. In the second round, UWF tied Young Harris and set a Jay Jennison Memorial second round record team score of 289. Freshman Bryce Geraghty (Gulf Breeze, Fla./Gulf Breeze HS) finished tied for 11th, shooting an even-par for the tournament. Sophomore Chandler Blanchet (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) and junior Esteban Castro (Bogota, Colombia/IMG Academy) finished their opening-tournament efforts at 1-over, good for a tie of 14th place overall in the tournament.  Senior Talin Rajendranath (San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago/Naparima)        shot an even par for the third and final round of the tournament, giving him a final score of 6-over for the tournament. Argonauts men’s golf heads to Lorton, Virginia, to take part in the Patriot Intercollegiate hosted by George Mason University at Laurel Hill Golf Club. The tournament will start on Sunday, September 27 and conclude the following day. For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS# Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Trevor Bauer’s Response to Baseball’s Bat-Flip Controversy is Spot On

first_img Casey Drottar Major League Baseball had an old problem resurface this week. What said problem actually is depends on how you view it.By now, you’ve likely heard about Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson getting plunked during Wednesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals. You’ve also surely heard the reason he got beaned was because he had the gall to flip his bat after a home run.The king of swag 😤— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) April 17, 2019More than a few people around the league side with the Royals on this, claiming Anderson deserved what he got. Others, like Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer, had no problem with the bat flip, claiming players should be allowed to celebrate their accomplishments.In my opinion, Bauer is 100% right. This idea of players getting punished for showing emotion is absurd, and baseball truly should be embracing celebration as opposed to outlawing it.Bauer shared his thoughts on MLB Network Radio yesterday, noting that he was “very much on the side of showing more emotion” in baseball. His reasoning is simple – baseball is hard. If you’re able to do something like hit a home run, you should be allowed to enjoy it.Per Bauer, he doesn’t see something like a bat flip as “showing someone up,” it’s just a well-earned chance to celebrate. He went on to say doing so was good for the game, and is something the fans want to see.Yet, there are still many who side against Anderson. There are those who see the concept of a bat-flip as a player rubbing it in the face of his opponent. Not only is this “disrespectful,” it also makes it OK for a pitcher to throw at said player the next time he comes to the plate. After all, he deserves it.That there are still this many people who feel this way about the concept of celebrating in baseball blows my mind. A player who flips a bat shouldn’t automatically earn a fastball to the body. Getting fired up about hitting a home run shouldn’t be seen as some sign of disrespect.As Bauer said, this sport is not easy, especially the part involving hitting a ball over a fence 400 feet away. When you’re able to do that, you should be allowed to soak it in.Sure, there’s still a line. Bauer made a point to say this situation is different if the batter is making things personal, aiming his antics directly at the pitcher.Still, that’s not what Anderson did. All he did was flip his bat towards his Chicago’s dugout to get his team fired up. Or, based on how some viewed it, Anderson committed a crime.Another great point Bauer made was the simple fact nobody seems to get upset when an entire dugout celebrates a home run. The guy who hit it flips his bat, and he’s suddenly a marked man. His teammates go over the top in a location slightly off the field, nobody says a word.Bottom line – this thought process of “oh he’s showing me up, he’s earned some chin music” is archaic. It suffocates fun from a sport which is ironically having trouble resonating with a younger audience. It promotes a message that baseball is where the concept of enjoying yourself goes to die.It’s also incredibly dangerous.How’s a hitter supposed to defend himself? A pitcher who can throw a plus-90 fastball is wielding a weapon. He’s also unleashing said weapon because the hitter he’s throwing at had the gall to…look at a home run longer than an unwritten rule stipulates.Despite this, too many people still view beaning a player who caused no physical harm beyond hurting someone’s ego as a “punishment fits the crime” situation. One would think this concept is easy to understand, yet here we are, hearing Bauer explain why celebrating in baseball is OK to an audience which wholeheartedly disagrees with him.The idea that baseball players are supposed to be mindless drones, or that celebrating a home run is a serious offense and not just someone enjoying their accomplishments is absurd. It creates a message that says, “you can enjoy yourself while playing this game, as long as you know you’ve earned a four-seamer to the skull.”This is the kind of thinking that hurts the game, not the belief that bat-flips should be illegal. Bauer gets it, and considering the fact pitchers are the ones who take the most offense from celebrating, I’d like to think his words would resonate more than most. Related TopicsCleveland IndiansfeaturedTim AndersonTrevor Bauerlast_img read more

Alaska Corrections Industry Grew by 40% in the Past Decade

first_imgEconomist Neal Fried with the State Department of Labor studied the issue for the June edition of Alaska Economic Trends. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s Corrections industry is now being described as a significant driver of the state’s economy, employing a rapidly increasing number of the state’s workers. Fried: “In the last ten years, that grew by about 40%, which is five times as fast as other state government employment and over a third of the new jobs in state government in the past decade were created in corrections alone.” Fried: “And of course one of the reasons why it’s grown rapidly is the rapid growth in the inmate population, and that’s particularly true here in Alaska, not only because we’ve had a general strong growth in that population, but because a lot of prisoners were brought home between 2013-14, so that caused even a bigger increase than most other places. In the last decade we’ve seen a 58% increase.”center_img Fried says there were some clear reasons the industry grew, and others which were less visible… But that could change with SB 91, written by North Pole Senator John Coghill. If signed by the Governor, the bill would change many of the state’s sentencing guidelines and funnel more Alaskans into treatment and parole programs.last_img read more

Kasai places seventh in next-to-last event of season

first_img KEYWORDS PLANICA, SLOVENIA – Noriaki Kasai was seventh in his 501st World Cup event in his penultimate outing of the season Friday.Kasai had his back to the wind and uncharacteristically wavered in his first attempt, settling for 216.5 meters. But he adjusted well for the second to leap 224 meters for a total of 415.5 points at the K-200, 225-meter hill. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Noriaki Kasai center_img Slovene Robert Kranjec claimed his second win of the season on home soil with 447.6 points, followed by compatriot Peter Prevc with 440.5.“Both jumps weren’t bad. It’s all down to getting good winds and that’s luck,” Kasai said. “I felt being pushed down around above the K point (on the first attempt), and could have gone a bit further but for that.”Planica’s flying hill holds special meaning for the 43-year-old. He was third in the overall standings heading into the 1992-1993 World Cup’s final event on the hill, with the title still within his reach, but crumbled.“I bowed to pressure (that time) with my second jump, failed, and finished 27th. That was the most frustrating event of my career, but I still feel I want to go back there.” GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Chelsea stay hot while Spurs continue to struggle

first_imgChelsea have got used to winning back-to-back games. Tottenham haven’t.Shortly after in-form Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scored to give Chelsea their sixth straight Premier League win against Crystal Palace yesterday, Spurs extended an unwanted record in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.Tottenham have not won consecutive games since April, but hoped to change that after beating Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday.Spurs’ inconsistent form is one reason for the pressure on manager Mauricio Pochettino, but the league table is damning for last season’s Champions League finalists. Tottenham are17 points off leaders Liverpool, but just seven ahead of last-place Norwich.Meanwhile, Abraham has been on strong scoring form all season, and now Pulisic has joined him.After Palace kept the game goalless in the first half with solid defending and more than a little luck, Chelsea did their job in the second to win 2-0.Abraham scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season in the 52nd off a neat back-heel pass from Willian, and Pulisic made sure of the win in the 79th, heading in a looping, deflected shot from Michy Batshuayi.“In the first half, we started well, then allowed our tempo to drop, but when we came out in the second half with the intent that we did, we won the game relatively comfortably – a nice, solid win with a clean sheet,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said.That leaves Chelsea five points off Premier League leaders Liverpool, which play Manchester City today. City are also the next opponents for Lampard’s Chelsea on November 23.Son Heung-min scored for Spurs, but he wasn’t originally meant to be playing at all. RED CARD OVERTURNED Son was due to be suspended after a red card in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton for a challenge which led to Andre Gomes suffering a broken and dislocated ankle.Son left the field in tears after that incident, but his red card was overturned a day later on appeal. He followed up by scoring twice in the 4-0 win over Red Star.Sheffield were frustrated when John Lundstram hit the post and the video assistant referee ruled out a goal for David McGoldrick because of an offside in the build-up.VAR was kinder to Sheffield when George Baldock’s cross ended up in the net at the far post in the 78th. A video review found Chris Basham hadn’t been offside as the ball flew past his head.Everton travelled to struggling Southampton on the verge of the relegation zone but eased the pressure with a 2-1 win.Everton now enjoy a six-point cushion over 18th-place Watford, while Southampton are 19th and winless in their last seven league games.Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1, while Burnley turned around a run of three defeats with a 3-0 win at home to West Ham.last_img read more

‘I was there in 2006, so tonight was special’ – Uren

first_imgA nine-year-old Uren watched from the Memorial Stadium terraces as Strange sunk the Cherry and Whites in November 2006. And the Academy graduate made his own mark on the fixture early in the second-half on Friday night, capitalising on Luke Morahan’s sweeping break and Charles Piutau’s deft offload, to fire Bristol to a first league victory over Gloucester in 11 years.“I’m massively emotional,” he said. “Funnily enough, I was actually at the Memorial Stadium when we beat Gloucester with Jason Strange’s drop goal. So, watching from the stands back then and now playing in the game and winning, it’s so pleasing for me and my family. “I was really happy with my performance and with the try, but Mozzer (Luke Morahan) went straight through and gave it Charles (Piutau), and then it was fairly easy for me to get in the corner. So, fair play to them for making it happen, I was just lucky to finish it off.”Uren also paid tribute to the power and physicality of his side’s defence, as well as the electric atmosphere at Ashton Gate, as Bristol withstood a late Gloucester surge to earn a fifth league win of the season.“The forwards really stepped up tonight. They put some big shots in, as did the backs, and they really carried us over the line, especially when it came down to it at the end.“The atmosphere was unbelievable – the last time we had an atmosphere like that was Bath and we won that as well. It really carried us there and we’re grateful for all of the support.“We said at the start of the season that we wanted to be top six and now we’re only a few points away from it, so we’ll keep pushing for that.” “Funnily enough, I was actually at the Memorial Stadium when we beat Gloucester with Jason Strange’s drop goal. So, watching from the stands back then and now playing in the game and winning, it’s so pleasing for me and my family.” Andy Uren, scrum halflast_img read more

Jacksboro man charged with 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

first_imgSheriff Robbie Goins (green shirt) praised CCSO and JPD investigators on the way they conducted the investigation.JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Main Street at Jacksboro near the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office was blocked off for a while Wednesday afternoon as traffic was diverted.  Just before 4 pm,  a search warrant was executed as sheriff’s investigators and the Special Weapons and Tactics team of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office as well as officers of the Jacksboro Police Department converged on a home.The home of 21-year- old James Noah Cooper (VERY TOP PHOTO) at 650 Main St. in Jacksboro was the focus of the warrant.  The search warrant was a joint operation with Jacksboro Police and investigators of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.Only a street separates the Cooper home and the sheriff’s department.Upon execution of the warrant, investigators detaiedl that a quantity of marijuana along with various items of drug paraphernalia including scales and baggies commonly used in the distribution of illegal narcotics was found.  Cooper allegedly stated to investigators that he had been selling to high school aged children.Jacksboro Detective Sergeant Cody Chapman said, “We’ve had lots of complaints about this home the past few months.  There was traffic in and out of there all the time.”CCSO Corporal Travis Bostic and K-9 Santo were part of the team inside the home.  Santo located the marijuana.  CCSO Chief Deputy Jeremy Goins said, “Santo led us to the pot, and we would not have found it without him, because it was way back up under a cabinet.”CCSO Corporal Travis Bostic and K-9 Santo played a key role in the investigation.The investigation led officers to more than marijuana.  Investigators discovered evidence of at least 17 separate counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.Cooper is currently being housed at the Campbell County Jail on charges of 17 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Possession of Schedule VI for Resale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of a Drug Free School Zone.This investigation is ongoing as CCSO and JPD  investigators are looking further into sexual crimes involving children.  Chapman said, “You can’t beat the sheriff.  He’s so good to work with everybody.”  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/18/2019-7PM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE JPD AND CCSO)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Reese Dismukes wins Rimington Trophy, named Walter Camp All-American

first_imgAUBURN — Reese Dismukes rarely got the attention he deserved.The four-year starter and two-year Auburn captain was an integral part to the Tigers offense in each of his years on the Plains.Dismukes was honored for his excellence on Thursday, winning the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center.“We do go unnoticed, we don’t score a lot of points,” Dismukes said on ESPNU’s Red Carpet Show at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida Thursday night. “But we do touch the ball first on every play. It’s all good, we don’t really have to get a lot of attention.”A repeat finalist for the Rimington, Dismukes beat out Oregon’s Hroniss Grasu, Michigan State’s Jack Allen, Georgia’s David Andrews, Kansas State B.J. Finney and Boston College’s Andy Gallik.“I am extremely excited to accept this prestigious honor of the Rimington Trophy,” Dismukes said in a statement. “I am very thankful because I would not be in this situation if not for a lot of people. I appreciate those who have helped me along the way, especially my family, coaches and most of all, my teammates.”Dismukes, who has 49 career starts, made all the offensive line calls in helping lead the Tigers to an SEC Championship and the runner-up finish in the BCS National Championship in 2013. He was easily the most irreplaceable member of Auburn’s Hurry-Up, No-Huddle offense last season, with no established center on the roster behind him.“With what we do, our center is like another quarterback,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “He makes all the calls up front. Everything is on him, especially when you go pace. The center directs everything.“He’s a very good athlete. He’s a tough guy. He’s been our leader. He’s been one of our leaders around here for a long time.”Dismukes played 864 snaps this season and had 61 knockdowns to help Auburn lead the SEC in rushing for the second straight year.“There is nobody more deserving of the Rimington Trophy than Reese Dismukes,” Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes said in a statement. “The number one thing I look for in a player is consistency, and there’s no one more consistent day-in and day-out in practice and in games than Reese. He’s taken nearly every snap in his four years and never had a bad game, let alone a bad play. I’ve coached a lot of really good centers in my career, and I’ve not had one like him. He is a warrior and the most intelligent players I’ve ever coached, and I couldn’t be more proud of Reese and his accomplishments.”The winner of the Rimington Trophy, which was won last year by Florida State’s Bryan Stork, is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from three All-America teams (Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America). Dismukes was named the First Team center on the Walter Camp Foundation All-American team, which was announced Thursday.The first Auburn player to win the Rimington, Dismukes will be recognized as the 16th winner of the trophy, which is presented by the Boomer Esiason Foundation in honor of college football Hall of Famer and former Nebraska All-American center Dave Rimington, at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Jan. 17, 2015.“We are thrilled to have such an outstanding young man represent the Rimington Trophy while we celebrate 15 years,” Rimington said in a statement. “He has excelled not only on the football field, but also in the classroom and is well-respected by teammates and coaches alike. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for him and wish him the best of luck.”Dismukes was also a finalist for the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman, which was won by Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff.The Spanish Fort native was named First Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and the conference’s coaches earlier this week and recently accepted an invite to play at the Senior Bowl.last_img read more