COLUMN: Successful hockey boycott is promising

first_imgOn Monday, the U.S. women’s hockey team reached the semifinals of the World Championships, knocking out Finland 5-3 to earn a top seeding. The win wasn’t necessarily a surprise for the Americans, who entered ranked No. 6 in the world against their unranked opponents. But its occurrence so close to Equal Pay Day was a moment of symbolic resonance that didn’t go unnoticed by the team or its fans.On the heels of a historic boycott at every level of the entire women’s hockey program, the victory was another symbolic step forward for a team that has long lived in the shadow of its male counterparts.The team announced its intention to boycott the IIHF Women’s World Championship in early March after failing to agree to an increase in player salaries with the governing body of USA Hockey. The decision was bold and risky, especially for a group of players who barely make a sustainable income off paltry salaries from their spots on national and NHWL teams.But it was a risk that the team felt was necessary. After 13 days, and only three nights before the first game of the world championship, USA Hockey released a joint statement detailing a new compromise. The deal might seem insufficient to some — salaries were raised from $1,000 a month to only $4,000 a month — but it was a far cry from the former stubbornness of USA Hockey in regard to equal treatment of its female players.The ultimate lesson of the players’ boycott was simple — equality of treatment comes quickly with solidarity in protest.The solidarity of the movement started with the women. Every single American women’s hockey player refused to suit up for the world championship. Starters, benchwarmers, third-stringers — not a single player broke rank. USA Hockey approached members of youth squads, reaching out all the way to the U16 athletes. Even the youngest stolidly refused to participate.This level of cooperation in a boycott was shocking. It was quickly followed by other staples of women’s athletics in America, with legends like Billie Jean King and Mia Hamm lending their support. But the most surprising and moving support of the movement came from the men’s side.Within a week, statements released by the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB stood behind the women’s team. Mike Eruzione, the famous captain of the “Miracle on Ice” squad that won the 1980 Olympics, defended the players, demanding that USA Hockey provide all of its players with livable wages. Twenty U.S. senators signed a letter in support of the team. And in a final back-breaking movement, starting members of the men’s team threatened to join the women in their boycott of the world championships if changes weren’t made.It was a stunning show of support, one that is rare in the discussion of equitable wages between men’s and women’s teams. When the U.S. soccer team launched similar efforts last year, members of the men’s team openly voiced their distaste for the movement in interviews and social media posts. The reaction to the hockey team’s boycott was starkly different and displays the importance of cross-program and cross-sport support for any type of movement toward equality.Perhaps it’s a sad reflection of the fact that male voices often echo more loudly. Or maybe it just fits the hierarchical importance of men’s and women’s sports, with the men’s hockey team bringing in significantly higher revenue than the women’s team. But nonetheless, the support given by male athletes and organizations helped to drive the women’s movement home, benefiting a team that has struggled for decades.Without the national popularity that women’s sports such as soccer and gymnastics are afforded, women’s hockey is typically relegated to the back burner of American attention. Because of this, most Americans aren’t aware that players are forced to pick up part-time jobs to pay the bills and buy equipment, since the team doesn’t receive enough funding to buy sticks or gloves.But the attention the team earned in the last two weeks is an important move forward in creating equal opportunities for female hockey players. The boycott’s hashtag (#BeBoldForChange) became a rallying cry for feminists throughout the country, and its results will lay the groundwork for a continuation of support for women who want to play the game.And by standing with the women’s hockey team, each of these male organizations put itself on the right side of history. It’s a pattern that should serve as an example for the future. Female athletes have battled for the right to play for generations, and they will continue to move mountains in their fight for equality. But when athletes stand together, male and female, in the fight for progress, change will be made more swiftly and athletics as a whole will continue to grow and flourish.Julia Poe is a sophomore studying print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs on Wednesdays.last_img read more

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FDJ states B2B ambitions by acquiring Sporting Solutions

first_img Related Articles Submit FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Xavier Etienne – FDJ Gaming SolutionsMoving to strengthen its B2B capacities, French state-owned gambling group Française des Jeux (FDJ) has acquired industry sports betting trading systems and software supplier Sporting Group.Issuing a market update, FDJ confirmed that its B2B subsidiary FDJ Gaming Solutions will move to take control of Sporting Solutions, expanding FDJ Group B2B sports betting B2B provisions.“This acquisition strengthens FDJ Gaming Solutions existing B2B business by adding market-leading pricing, trading and risk management capabilities to the Group,” the company confirmed.Xavier Etienne, Chief Executive Officer of FDJ Gaming Solutions, stated that by acquiring Sporting Solutions assets, FDJ would significantly expand its industry B2B position, gaining market-leading services for risk management, best-in-class market algorithms, trading optimisation tools and Sporting Solutions expert trading team.He added: “We are very pleased to have completed this acquisition, which underlines FDJ’s ambition in the B2B sports betting sector. FDJ recognizes the excellence that Sporting Group has in pricing and trading. That is why this operation is key for our B2B international development.”FDJ also stated that Sporting Solutions will remain an ‘independent provider of pricing and trading solutions to third-party technology’, with current partner and supplier relationships continuing unaffected.Simon Trim, Chief Executive Officer of the Sporting Group, said: “We are thrilled to be joining FDJ, and becoming a part of FDJ Gaming Solutions. It is clear we have a shared vision on the future shape and evolution of the industry, in particular the important role that expert risk management and price differentiation will play going forward.“The acquisition allows us to continue delivering our world-leading B2C spread betting proposition and B2B trading services, and we look forward to delivering exciting new products and services as part of the enlarged business.”last_img read more

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TENNIS:Djokovic appoints Boris Becker as head coach

first_imgWorld number two Novak Djokovic has appointed six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker as his head coach.The 26-year old Serb, who has also won six major titles, will start work with Becker before the Australian Open, which starts on 13 January.Djokovic’s long-time coach Marian Vajda will continue as part of his team.”I am proud Novak invited me to become his head coach. I am sure we can achieve great things together,” said former Wimbledon champion Becker, 46.Defending Australian Open championDjokovic has been with Vajda since 2006 but other coaches have come and gone on a regular basis during that period.”Boris brings a fresh approach and together with Vajda he will make a winning combination,” said Djokovic. “Boris is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge, and his experience will help me win new trophies, Grand Slams and other tournaments.”He is a great person too, and I am sure he will fit in our team in the best possible way. The team is now strengthened and we hope for maximum results.”My goal for 2014 is to play my best tennis and to get in shape for the grand slams and Masters 1000. These tournaments have the most weight in our sport, and I want to prove my worth at them.”Becker first shot to prominence by winning Wimbledon as an unseeded 17-year-old in 1985.During a 15-year professional career, the German won 64 ATP Tour titles, including three Wimbledon singles crowns. Djokovic will be hoping to reclaim his world number one spot from Spain’s Rafael Nadal in 2014.Vajda, who has worked with Djokovic since 2006, will attend events in Indian Wells, Madrid, Toronto and Beijing as part of his scaled-back role, but welcomed Becker’slast_img read more

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BiH tennis players will play in group with the UK, Portugal and Hungary

first_imgWomen’s tennis team of BiH will participate in a tournament of First group of Euro-African Zone which will be held in Eilat, Israel from 6 to 9 February, reports FENA.BiH tennis team: Jelena Simić, Jasmina Kajtazović and Anita Husarić. The confirmation of participation of Jasmina Tinjić is being expected. The coach of the team is Jelena Stanivuk, said the Tennis Association of BiH.,Group draw was held in the headquarters of ITF; and BiH team will play in group B with UK, Portugal and Hungary.last_img

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Elderly man attacked in Hollywood after asking suspect not to park in space

first_imgAuthorities are currently searching for the suspect who attacked an elderly man after the elderly man asked him not to park in a reserved parking space.The incident took place on May 24th near South Surf Road and Foxglove Terrace in Hollywood, Florida.According to the victim, he asked the suspect who was driving a red or burgundy Ford Mustang not to park in the parking space. Moments later he was attacked by the same suspect.Surveillance video from the scene shows the suspect strike the elderly man several times before a woman runs over and seemingly stops the assault.The suspect then walks away from the scene.It is said that the vehicle’s tag began with an “E.”If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.last_img read more

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Organisers pleased with participation in Kingston City Run

first_imgKINGSTON:THE speed is not quite like that taking place at the annual ‘Champs’ now taking place at the National Stadium.However, the competition was just as intense at the Kingston City Run, where thousands of patrons turned out for the fourth staging on Sunday, with runners and walkers participating in the 10K, 5K, and half marathon through the streets of the Capital city. Plus, there was ideal weather.”I was encouraged by the number of entries,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, president, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, conceptualisers of the event that attracted close to 4,000 participants. “In fact, we almost reached the limit that we could accommodate.”Troy Pennington made the most of the lovely early-morning conditions and won the men’s title in the 10K, in 36 minutes, 48 seconds.On the female side, Heather Facey shone brightest, landing the 10K in 47 minutes and 55 seconds.Olivia McKoy, the former Olympian, showed that she’s still on top of her game in winning the women’s 5K, in 23 minutes and 26 seconds; while Shawn Pitter, who has had a number of successes on the circuit, took the men’s 5K in 16 minutes and 41 seconds.Pauline Murphy was the leading female in the half marathon, clocking one hour, 37 minutes and 49 seconds to claim the top female spot; while in the men’s equivalent, Kemar Leslie reigned supreme with victory in one hour, 16 minutes and 49 seconds.Many of the competitors spoke highly of the organisation, marshalling, and convivial atmosphere, which helped to make the event enjoyable for all ages. The morning inspiration was brought by both Edna Manley dancers and drummers and members of the Campion College drum core.Most entrants were local, but some participants came from overseas, including a group of friends from Belgium, who started planning a two-week vacation to Jamaica, then heard about the Kingston City Run and in a moment decided to extend their vacation by another week.”We kept hearing about Kingston City Run. It was a chance to experience the beauty of Jamaica and also see some of the historical sites,” said Sam Clusters, theatre manager for Kinepolis.”After being here for two weeks, partying in Montego Bay and Port Antonio, we knew it would be really nice to see Kingston in a different way. We have been here a couple of days and we really love the vibes in Kingston,” admitted Clusters.Madden-Greig said: “Whatever your nationality, age or ability, the Kingston City Run is about getting everyone active while having fun and raising as much money for charity and the local community as possible. Everyone, whether here in Jamaica or overseas, looks forward to experiencing Kingston in a way that has been described as eye-opening and beautiful by our participants.”last_img read more

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‘Fake Bond’ Lawyer Escapes

first_imgReliable information reaching the Daily Observer say that the lawyer who used a “fake bond” that released a Portuguese national from the Monrovia Central Prison has gone into hiding.Charaf Khaled was arrested in November last year, between Liberia and Guinea, in the Ganta area; he was attempting to escape the country, after relieving a Guinean businessman, Mohammed Bah, of US$138,500, it was alleged.Police later retrieved US$110,200 of the stash and charged him with theft of property.But, on November 26, 2013, Khalid’s lawyer (name unknown) had him released him on bail, after being held at the Monrovia Central Prison for a week.The bail was intended for his day-to-day appearance in the court, following final disposal of the matter.Unfortunately, when the Monrovia City Court scheduled the case for hearing, neither defendant Khaled nor his lawyer could not be found in court—or anywhere else.The defendant is believed to have escaped the country; and court officials admit that they have not been able to locate his lawyer.The question now is what becomes of Bah’s money?That was when, after looking a bit farther, the prosecution discovered that the bail, believed to have come from Medicare Insurance, had been “faked.”But the insurance company has so far denied issuing the bail, claiming that it is a “false bail.”They, however, refused to comment further on the matter. They did say, however, that they were considering doing whatever it takes to ensure that the court produces the lawyer.Before a bail is issued to release a criminal from prison, it is always approved by another court: Criminal Court ‘A,’ which usually hosts the grand jury for Montserrado County.“In recent years, the use of bail bonds and pretrial release rates have been raised in the country,” a judicial expert told the Observer.The judicial expert explained that that has been the regular practices at the Court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sophia man slapped with manslaughter charge

first_imgA 31-year-old labourer accused of killing 26-year-old Seon Harry was on Tuesday hauled to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he faced a manslaughter charge before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The charge against Darrius Barrington of Lot 634 A Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, stated that on October 18, 2018 at South Sophia, he unlawfully killed Harry.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that on October 18, 2018, the now deceased man and the accused were involved in a heated argument, which escalated into a scuffle. According to the Prosecutor, during the scuffle, Harry dealt the accused three chops about the body. In retaliation, the accused, who was also armed with a knife, inflicted one stab wound on Harry. Both men were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where Harry was pronounced dead.Defence Attorney Lawrence Harris, in a bail application, told the court that his client was not a flight risk, further stating that his client was attacked by the now deceased, which resulted in him being fatally stabbed. However, the Chief Magistrate remanded the father of three to prison. The case will continue on November 5, 2018.Guyana Times had previously reported that on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the now dead man had borrowed the accused’s bicycle, which he returned after midnight. This resulted in the two having a brief but heated exchange of words.The following day, October 18, the now dead man armed himself with a cutlass and dealt the accused several chops while he was hanging out with his friends. The accused sustained chop wounds to his head, abdomen and arm. In retaliation, the injured man dealt the deceased one fatal stab to his body.last_img read more

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Local racer earns bronze in Red Deer at Spartan Canadian National Series

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local obstacle course racer, Morgan Burdock, was in Red Deer over the weekend for the Spartan Canadian National Series.Burdock competed in the Spartan Sprint 5 km and ran a Burpee Free Race managing to earn third place in the 25 to 29 years age group.According to Burdock, when it comes to obstacle races, the Spartan Race is the most challenging as it involves heavy physical penalties, climbing and about 20 obstacles per every 5 km race.- Advertisement -“The spartan races are one of the most challenging OCR races as you are penalized 30 burpees for any failed obstacles. Some obstacles include 15’ rope climb, monkey bars, 8’ walls, monkey bars and rings, barb wire crawls and many more. On average there are about 20 obstacles per 5k race, obstacles increasing as distances increase.”Burdock says she plans to attend at least three more Spartan Races this year, with a 20 km Beast in Kimberly and another 5 km Sprint and a 10 km Super in Calgary.Burdock will be taking part in the Vertical Slam Challenge this Saturday, June 8.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Moroccans bitter over World Cup 2026 flop

first_imgIn a tweet, Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani saluted the “seriousness and professionalism” of Morocco’s bid committee, which itself warmly congratulated the winners.On the streets of Rabat, nearly deserted during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, 49-year-old Abdelmula was less diplomatic.“It was Africa’s turn, but (the vote) was biased because Morocco is part of the Third World and the powerful may have conspired against it,” he told AFP.Said, 62, blamed the African kingdom’s loss on US pressure.“Unfortunately, we can’t help it. Things turned political when President (Donald) Trump threatened those who were going to vote for us,” he said.– Trump ‘threats’ –During the bidding process, Trump had threatened that nations that did not support the North American bid should not expect US support on other issues.If FIFA, world football’s governing body, had been “impartial, it would have disqualified the North American bid after the threats from Donald Trump”, said Driss Abis, a sports commentator and former coach.While some on social media were outraged by Morocco’s loss, others questioned its capacity to host the tournament.“We must be realistic, we do not have the infrastructure it takes, our stadiums exist only on paper,” said 28-year-old Sufyan.Moroccans had held out hope until the last minute, with Wednesday morning newspaper headlines reading “Morocco believes it” and “Decisive day for the dream”.Even after the results were announced, the local press congratulated Morocco on its bid but said the outcome had come as a “cold shower”.“I was sad when the winner was announced,” said former Moroccan footballer Abdelkrim El Hadrioui.“At the same time, I wasn’t surprised because Morocco went up against the American giant, which mobilised in recent weeks to influence voters,” Hadrioui said.Morocco’s bid was its fifth failure, after setbacks in 2010, 2006, 1998 and 1994.– ‘Knives in the back’ –Saudi Arabia, Morocco’s long-time ally, “led an all-out campaign” in favour of the North American trio’s World Cup bid, according to local press.And while the Arab League in April announced its support for Morocco’s bid, seven Arab countries voted for the “United 2026” candidacy.“God protect me from my friends, my enemies I can deal with,” Moncef Belkhayat, an ex-sports minister and a member of the kingdom’s bid committee, quipped before the vote.Samira Sitail, head of public broadcaster M2, tweeted: “The United States has a new state. It is Arab and Muslim, easily exploitable, and it loves to put knives in friends’ backs.”Morocco had hoped the location and geography of the kingdom, at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, would make it a strong candidate, as well as its passion for football.But a FIFA task force deployed to rank potential venues had given Morocco an average mark of 2.7 out of 5, just above the required minimum of 2 for candidates.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The president of the Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa, presented the unsuccessful bid to host the 2026 World Cup in Moscow © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVRABAT, Morocco, Jun 13 – The award of the 2026 World Cup to North America on Wednesday was met with bitter disappointment in Morocco, after its fifth failed bid to host the tournament.The joint ticket of the United States, Canada and Mexico won 134 votes, compared to 65 for Morocco, at a FIFA Congress in Moscow where this year’s World Cup kicks off on Thursday.last_img read more

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