Fighting for Justice in Authoritarian Regimes

first_imgBy Leigh Hartman / ShareAmerica February 20, 2020 World Social Justice Day encourages people to recognize the importance of basic rights and human freedom.As the world celebrates Social Justice Day on February 20, here’s a look at some of the injustices that authoritarian regimes in China, Iran, and Venezuela inflict on their own people.ChinaThe Chinese Communist Party has interned more than 1 million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in internment camps since 2018. Inside the camps, prisoners are forced to renounce their religious and ethnic identities and swear allegiance to the Communist Party.In China, the government also has imprisoned more reporters than any other country in 2019, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.IranThe Iranian Constitution stipulates all laws and regulations must be based on “Islamic criteria” and an official interpretation of Sharia. The regime targets those who dissent from state-sanctioned policy and beliefs, including members of unrecognized religious minorities. In 2018, authorities arrested at least 40 members of the Baha’i faith and more than 300 Sufi dervishes.The Iranian regime has funneled tens of millions of dollars to terrorist organizations while Iran’s economy has shrunk and inflation has shot up. This makes it harder for ordinary Iranians to make ends meet.VenezuelaNicolás Maduro and his cronies continue to plunder Venezuela’s gold reserves, threatening to leave the country bankrupt, while Interim President Juan Guaidó works alongside supporters of democracy to rebuild the nation.The Pemón, an indigenous community of 30,000 people who live in a part of Venezuela that potentially holds great wealth, have come under attack from the army and other armed groups as they attempt to defend their lands against illegal miners and loggers as well as against corrupt and brutal soldiers.last_img read more

Levittown Man Charged With Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk when Nassau County police said he struck and killed an 81-year-old man in Levittown early Tuesday morning.James Taggart of Levittown was driving his Chevrolet Geo Prism on Hempstead Turnpike when he hit Robert Chapman Sr., who was walking southbound across the roadway just west of Gardiners Avenue at 5:45 a.m., police said.The victim was pronounced at scene.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the suspect’s vehicle for safety inspections while the investigation is continuing.Taggart was charged with driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

Tioga Downs Racetrack to close in October if state doesn’t let it open

first_imgNICHOLS (WBNG) — Tioga Downs Racetrack, LLC says it will close by Oct. 1 if not allowed to reopen by the state, according to a manager with the company. The WARN notice was issued on July 13. A WARN notice filed with the New York State Department of Labor says more than 600 employees would be affected by the closure if it happens.center_img The letter states “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19” as the reason for the possible closure of the business.last_img

League-by-league guide to the return of football around Europe

first_imgSix positive cases for coronavirus were detected at three English Premier League clubs, including Watford defender Adrian Mariappa, following tests of players and staff ahead of this week’s return to socially-distanced training in small groups.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said on Friday that he is “as confident as we can be” that England’s top flight will return in June.The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said on Wednesday that it has pushed back the end date for the current season to August 20, with matches not to be played before June 14.On Tuesday Serie A clubs were given the all clear by the Italian government to resume group training. However sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says clubs will have to wait until Thursday to know if the season can resume.Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he needs “more guarantees” before the green light could finally be given for football to resume.Other hoped-for restart dates include:Romania — May 27Poland — May 29Greece – June 6Switzerland — June 20– Season over –The Netherlands was the first European country to bring an early end to the season on April 24 as the Eredivisie was cancelled without a champion being crowned.France then followed suit on April 30, ending the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed.The season was not voided, though, with Paris Saint-Germain confirmed as champions, European places dished out and relegation and promotion between the top two divisions maintained on a two-up, two-down basis.Belgium has also ended its season, with Club Brugge champions, after the Belgian government announced it was suspending all sporting competitions until July 31.In Scotland the season had already been called early in the three divisions below the top flight and the Premiership followed suit on Monday, with Celtic being crowned champions for the ninth year running.Luxembourg and Cyprus also called an end to their seasons but without naming a champion.However in Cyprus European places were attributed with Omonia Nicosia entering the qualifying rounds of the next Champions League.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester United players in a training session though it’s not yet clear whether the Premier League will resume despite a green light being given for back to training in small groups.Paris, France | AFP | With the German Bundesliga on its second weekend back following the two-month coronavirus shutdown and La Liga given the green light by the Spanish government to return next month, AFP Sport casts a glance at the situation for football leagues across Europe:– Leagues restarting –On Friday the Bundesliga started its second matchday since returning from its virus hiatus last week, with all matches going ahead behind closed doors.It was not the first European league to return, however. That honour went to the Faroe Islands, which resumed its league a week earlier. Not forgetting Belarus, which was the only European country where football carried on throughout the last two months.On Saturday Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said La Liga could return in the week of June 8, meaning league chief Javier Tebas’ desire to restart on June 12 should now become reality.Here are confirmed restart dates elsewhere:Czech Republic — May 23Denmark — May 28Serbia — May 30Austria — June 2Portugal — June 4Slovenia — June 5Croatia — June 6Turkey — June 12Norway — June 16Russia — June 21Finland — July 1– Still awaiting green light –England and Italy both remain hopeful of completing the season but ongoing concerns about the health crisis mean nothing is set in stone.last_img read more

Booker, Warren score 35 apiece, Suns beat Timberwolves

first_imgA 19-4 run to end the third quarter and start the fourth gave the Timberwolves a 94-87 lead on Shabazz Muhammad’s basket with 9:47 to play. But the Suns scored the next 10 to go up 97-94 after Warren’s 17-footer with 6:53 left.Minnesota responded with a 9-0 spurt and Jeff Teague’s 3-pointer put the Timberwolves up 103-97 with 4:46 to go. Minnesota went four minutes before its next score.Neither team had a double-digit lead all night with the Timberwolves, who never trailed in the first half, up 60-57 at the break.Chriss sank a 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half to tie it at 61 and, after Chriss’ block of Karl Anthony-Townes’ shot led to Warren’s breakaway dunk, Phoenix led 83-75 with 4:06 to play in the third.Minnesota called a timeout, then went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter to lead 88-85 entering the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives on Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson. APPHOENIX — Devin Booker and T.J. Warren scored 35 points apiece and the Phoenix Suns snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-110 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Booker scored nine in the Suns’ decisive 21-7 run over the final 3:50.ADVERTISEMENT View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ BUDDIESAnthony-Towns and Booker are friends and former teammates at Kentucky. They also are the top two scorers out of the 2010 draft. It’s one of four draft classes in NBA history where the top two scorers were college teammates. Towns had 17 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Minnesota hadn’t played since a loss at Golden State on Wednesday while Phoenix was playing on back-to-back nights. … The Timberwolves swept the three-game series with Phoenix last season. … Minnesota lost despite a 19-7 advantage on the offensive boards.Suns: Tyson Chandler played after missing the previous two games with back spasms. … Phoenix improved to 1-3 on a season-long six-game homestand. … Tyler Ulis started at point guard for first time this season, replacing Mike James. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Murray scores career-high 32 as Nuggets beat Magic Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points and Jimmy Butler had 25 in Minnesota’s second straight loss after a five-game winning streak.In a back-and-forth second half, Phoenix took control with a late 14-0 burst.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 shutoutBooker scored seven points in the streak and capped the outburst with a pass to Marquese Chriss, who sank a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Suns a 111-103 lead with 51.2 seconds to go.Chriss was the only other Phoenix scorer in double figures with 13 and blocked five shots. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

PSG midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak to join Lokomotiv Moscow

first_imgParis Saint-Germain defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak is closing in on a move to Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow on a season-long loan with an option to buy, according to ESPN FC.Krychowiak, 28, who was part of the relegated  Premier League side West Bromwich Albion while on loan at last season, does not feature in Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Parc des PrincesAccording to the source, Krychowiak will join Lokomotiv for the campaign that will start at the end of this month — and Yuri Semin’s men will then have the option to make the Poland international’s stay at RZD Arena permanent for around €10 million when the term ends.Lokomotiv Moscow will pay an initial loan fee, said the source, taking the total amount that PSG could make on Krychowiak to nearer €15m and the option at the end of the loan could ultimately be paid in installments.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Krychowiak was part of the Polish side that was eliminated in the group stages at this summer’s World Cup, where he registered a goal against Senegal in their first group game.Krychowiak’s form has dwindled since he left Sevilla for PSG in 2016 after winning two consecutive UEFA Europa League titles.The source also added that Krychowiak, who played for Reims and Bordeaux before Sevilla in 2014, was recommended to Lokomotiv by fellow Pole Maciej Rybus, who left Lyon for Russia last year.last_img read more

New Udinese signing wants be clubs revelation

first_imgOne of Udinese latest signing Darwin Machis wants to “be one of the revelations of this season” at the Dacia Arena and in Italy.Having already scored one goal in the Coppa Italia, the 25-year-old Venezuelan has already made his Serie A debut in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Parma.“Coach Julio Velazquez already knew of me from my time playing in Spain, but I still have to work hard in order to earn his faith all over again. Nobody comes here guaranteed a starting spot,” he said in a Press conference via Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I didn’t expect such a strong start to my season, but that is my way of playing. I hope to have a great campaign and to be one of the revelations of this season.“I’m quick, I like to play the ball to feet and hope to improve all the various aspects of my game.”last_img read more

Novo discusses return to football pitch after heart attack

first_imgRangers hero Nacho Novo opens about his return to the football pitch since suffering a heart attack.Novo will run out at Rugby Park for his first football game since suffering that heart attack in January which heralded a nightmare year of torment.The former Rangers man collapsed while playing in a legends tournament in Germany, and has undergone heart surgery, suffered a stroke months later while also battling depression.However, Novo admits there would still be fears at the back of his mind when he plays for a Rangers European select of former players which includes Michael Mols, Sasa Papac and Pedro Mendes against Kris Boyd’s Kilmarnock side.Novo was quoted according to Daily Record saying:“I’ll be nervous about it – and that’s always going to be there but I need to put that out of my mind and try to enjoy myself because I miss playing. A lot.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“So I’m available for selection, although how long for I don’t know because I get tired every now and then. This will be my first 11-a-side game since my heart scare so I need to take it easy.”Kilmarnock are using first-team players during the first half so I won’t be on for that!“I’ve only had two five-a-side matches since coming out of the hospital so I need to take things slowly and build up my fitness levels. As soon as I start to feel tired I’ll come off but my problem is that I can’t control myself.”“When I suffered my heart attack during that fives game in Germany, I could feel it coming on just as I was tackled by this German defender.”“He smashed me against the wall and, even though I could feel the pain growing, I started to chase the player until I caught him!”“After that, I was flat out but that’s my problem – I’m competitive and I just love the game. But the big thing for me is to be part of Kris’ big day because he deserves it. He’s a good pro and he’s one of the greatest goalscorers in the Scottish game.”last_img read more

SeaWorld announces new roller coaster for 2020

first_img Posted: January 7, 2019 January 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SeaWorld San Diego has unveiled their new roller coaster coming 2020 Mako.SeaWorld said this new roller coaster will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.The park describes the ride will climb to 153 feet, passengers feet will dangle in the air, riders will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.Riders will also experience inversions, barrel roll, Immelmann loop,  hammerhead turn and flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track, according to SeaWorld.Each of the floorless ride cars are said to hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows.SeaWorld said the dive coaster will be located adjacent to Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park in an area that is currently a parking lot. FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img SeaWorld announces new roller coaster for 2020 Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more