Rachael Wong: Misogyny – it’s not just boys and men to blame

first_imgNZ Herald 8 November 2013This week the Roast Busters sparked outrage across the globe. When I heard about the group of young Auckland boys who sought gratification and entertainment by luring drunk girls – some of them underage – into group sex and then bragged about their conquests on Facebook, I was saddened and disgusted. I was unfortunately not surprised.A misogynistic culture in our society has spawned the perfect breeding ground for this type of behaviour, but the blame does not lie solely with boys and men. There is a constant stream of explicit sexual images, not to say filth, which bombards them from every angle, for which we as a society must take responsibility.It starts with daily media exposure to the sexualised female images used to sell anything from fast food to fast cars, normalising the objectification of women. When All Black Dan Carter appears stripped down to his underwear on giant billboards, at least the fact that he is wearing only underwear is relevant to the product being sold.Some misogyny is custom-made for young men. The enormously popular Grand Theft Auto 5 video game portrays women pornographically and makes ridiculing and sexually harassing them part of the fun.The latest Bond movie, Skyfall, where Bond sleeps with one of the female protagonists directly after finding out she is a victim of sex trafficking is a poignant example of contempt for women. This was one of the most misogynistic movies I have ever seen, and yet where was the outrage?http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11153339last_img read more

Dawson hoping for England recall

first_imgTottenham captain Michael Dawson hopes his recent good form will earn him a “dream” recall to the England squad. Andre Villas-Boas made Dawson available for transfer last summer, but he chose to rebuff QPR’s overtures and stayed at Tottenham, where he has since broken back into the first team. Reports on Wednesday morning suggested Dawson could be included in the Three Lions squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. The 29-year-old has not played for England for almost two years and admits he would love to earn a recall. “It would be a dream (to be recalled),” the centre-back told TalkSPORT. He added: “I got asked this question when I first got back in to the Spurs team. Then, I just had to concentrate on staying in the Tottenham team. “Now I’m playing regularly for Tottenham…Fingers crossed. It would be nice to get that England call-up.” Villas-Boas recently admitted he made a mistake by letting Dawson speak to QPR, and the player himself is grateful to the Portuguese for giving him a second chance at Spurs. “The gaffer has been very honest with me from day one,” the former Nottingham Forest man said. “I spoke to him after pre-season and he told me there might not be as many opportunities as I would have liked. It was my decision to stay and fight for my position. “I was out there every day training hard and thankfully the manager has seen that and he has put me back in. “As a player you can only ask for honesty. The manager has been great. I’m glad to be back playing.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fourth annual Bowling for Scholars raises $6,800

first_imgELLSWORTH — Seventy-one bowlers comprising 14 teams descended upon Eastward Lanes to participate in the Ellsworth High School Alumni Associations’ 4th annual Bowling for Scholars event on Saturday.Bowling one string, participants received coupons from Wendy’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Mortons Moo. They turned in more than $4,600 which, coupled with our business sponsors, brought the total proceeds to more than $6,800.“This was the most successful Bowling for Scholars to date,” said the association’s president, Michael Povich. “The association was particularly pleased to see the participation of three student teams, one of which was the EHS National Honor Society.”Wayne Gaspar, the owner of Eastward Bowling Lanes, did not charge for the use of the bowling alley or for the rental of bowling shoes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe endowment fund, which now stands at $613,000, awards scholarships to EHS graduating seniors and alumni. In 2015, $17,000 in scholarships was awarded.last_img read more

Malik blasts Pakistan to ODI series win

first_img…second consecutive century form Babar AzamSHOAIB Malik’s fireworks and a second career-best show in as many matches from Babar Azam helped Pakistan to a 59-run win over West Indies and an one-day international series victory.Babar had scored 120 – his maiden international 50-over ton – in the first match of the series, but went even better on Sunday once again in the familiar surrounds of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, scoring 123 as Pakistan racked up an imposing 337-5.Despite the 21-year-old’s impressive efforts, the undoubted star of the innings was Malik, who smashed six sixes in an 84-ball 90 – including one which deposited Windies spinner Sulieman Benn out of the ground.In response, West Indies could only manage 278-7 from their innings, as three run-outs stifled their attempts to pull off the chase.Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision quickly justified as he and Sharjeel Khan took opposite number Jason Holder’s second over for 22 runs.Ali and Khan fell in the space of three balls, but Babar and Malik were imperious in their wake.Having taken 11 overs to combine for 50 runs, the pair began to press the accelerator – Malik especially – and the 27th over was truly sensational as the veteran all-rounder obliterated Benn, his last of three maximums travelling 103 metres on its way onto the street, requiring retrieval from a brave fan.Malik fell short of a ninth ODI century when he played on, but Babar was not to be denied, reaching three figures with an easy single and celebrating the milestone with a maximum from his next ball.Sarfraz Ahmed grabbed 60 runs from 47 balls to take the hosts well beyond 300, a figure the Windies have never chased in 50-over cricket.A stabilising second-wicket partnership between Darren Bravo (61) and Kraigg Brathwaite(39) gave West Indies’ big-hitters a chance and Marlon Samuels’ 52-ball 57 may have frayed Pakistan nerves in frantic unions with Bravo and Denesh Ramdin (34).Wahab Riaz (2-48) bowled both Samuels and Ramdin to turn the tide firmly in Pakistan’s favour, with the powerful Kieron Pollard (22) and Carlos Brathwaite (14) unable to drag out something miraculous.(Omnisport.com) PAKISTAN InningsAz. Ali lbw b Holder 9Sh. Khan c Holder b Joseph 24B. Azam c C. Brathwaite b Joseph 123S. Malik c Da. Bravo b Narine 90S. Ahmed not out 60I. Wasim b Holder 11M. Rizwan not out 6Extras (lb-2 w-12) 14Total (for 5 wickets, 50 overs) 337Fall of wickets: 1-40 Az. Ali,2-40 Sh. Khan,3-209 S. Malik,4-282 B. Azam,5-320 I. WasimDid not bat: M. Nawaz, W. Riaz, M. Amir, H. AliBowling: J. Holder 8 – 1 – 51 – 2(w-1),A. Joseph 10 – 0 – 62 – 2(w-6),C. Brathwaite 8 – 0 – 60 – 0,S. Narine 8 – 0 – 39 – 1(w-1),S. Benn 8 – 0 – 61 – 0, K. Brathwaite 3 – 0 – 18 – 0,K. Pollard 5 – 0 – 44 – 0.WEST INDIES InningsJ. Charles c Wasim b Amir 2K. Brathwaite run out (Nawaz, S. Ahmed) 39Da. Bravo run out (H. Ali) 61M. Samuels b Riaz 57D. Ramdin b Riaz 34K. Pollard c Malik b Wasim 22C. Brathwaite run out (Riaz) 14J. Holder not out 31S. Narine not out 1Extras (lb-8 w-9) 17Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 278Fall of wickets: 1-3 J. Charles,2-92 K. Brathwaite,3-127 Da. Bravo,4-194 M. Samuels,5-209 D. Ramdin,6-231 C. Brathwaite,7-273 K. PollardDid not bat: S. Benn, A. JosephBowling: I. Wasim 10 – 0 – 62 – 1,M. Amir 9 – 0 – 49 – 1(w-2),H. Ali 9 – 0 – 56 – 0(w-1)W. Riaz 10 – 0 – 48 – 2(w-3, S. Malik 5 – 2 – 16 – 0M. Nawaz 7 – 0 – 39 – 0(w-2)last_img read more

Five teams record victories in GFA’s STAG Premium League

first_imgAFTER two days of competition, five teams have recorded victories in the Georgetown Football Association’s (GFA) STAG Premier League, which got underway last Sunday at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground with a triple-header and continued on Monday with a double-header at the same venue.In the latest set of results, hosts GFC secured a walkover from Flamingo while Santos brushed aside Northern Rangers 3-0.The goalscorers for Santos were William Europe who netted a brace in the 22nd and 31st minutes and Orin Yarde who slotted home one goal in the 47th minute.When the tournament got underway on Sunday, Beacon defeated Black Pearl 4-1, Camp[town edged Pele 2-1 and Police scored a 4-1 win against Riddim Squad.In the Beacon versus Black Pearl encounter, Deron Bowen found the opposition’s net in the 25th and 45th minutes, while his team mate, Quacy McAulay netted a brace as well in the 32nd and 50th minutes.Jason Clarke pulled one back for Black Pearl in the 56th minute.Richie Richards scored a double for Camptown in the 52nd and 62nd minutes against Pele, while Lloyd Anderson netted for Pele in the 85th minute.In the feature game last Sunday, Kester Dundas, Dwayne Jacobs, Shemar Fraser and Travis Jones scored one goal each for Police in the 31st, 37th, 41st and 90th minutes respectively, while Amos Ramsay pulled one back for Riddim Squad in the 76th minute.The tournament will continue on Friday at the same venue with a double-header and continue on Sunday with a triple-header.On Friday, Police are down to play Flamingo from 18:00hrs and Northern Rangers come up against Camptown from 20:00hrs. On Sunday, GFC will take on Black Pearl from 16:00hrs, Riddim Squad will oppose Beacon from 18:00hrs and Pele face Santos from 20:00hrs.last_img read more

The Latest: Georgia St plans to reopen athletic facilities

first_imgThe Latest: Georgia St plans to reopen athletic facilities May 29, 2020 The team says net proceeds from the sale will go to the response fund, which supports nonprofit organizations and agencies offering help with the coronavirus crisis. The White Sox and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls also committed $200,000 to support the fund in March.___The French soccer league says teams can play friendlies in July with a view to starting the new season in August.The remaining matches in men’s and women’s soccer this season were canceled.The French league said in a statement on Friday it expects the new season “will be able to start as anticipated in August with friendly games to prepare in July.” Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but Delbos said the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected.___The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention.The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2. NBA teams have allowed players back at their training facilities for voluntary sessions since May 8, with more than half of the league’s franchises having already taken advantage of that opportunity.The NHL, which is ironing out details to resume its season by jumping straight to a 24-team playoff format, released a memo this week saying it is targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol. It includes the opening of practice rinks and allowing small, voluntary group workouts on and off the ice.___The Minnesota Twins are planning to continue paying all of their minor league players through Aug. 31, despite the decreasing likelihood of a minor league season due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The Twins are one of at least 11 major league franchises that have informed minor leaguers they’ll continue to provide allowances after the expiration on Sunday of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-prompted policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The Twins, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners have said they’re promising payments through August. Other clubs have committed through June. The plan calls for athletes to follow measures such as self-quarantining or wearing a mask in public for at least a week before returning. It outlines testing protocols while requiring athletes and employees to wear masks inside facilities when it’s difficult to follow social-distancing practices.“We’re in lockstep with the campus plan,” athletics director Bubba Cunningham told The Associated Press. “We are hopeful that we’ll have spectators in the fall but we don’t have a home game — at least a home football game — for 3½ months. So while we’re scenario-planning for those events, we’ll have to roll that out at a later date.“This is just to give some clarity to our staff, our coaches and our students of, ‘Here’s a timetable that you can count on to come back.’”___Arizona will begin allowing student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15. The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9.The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.___French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts.Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone conference call. Associated Press The Twins also said Friday they don’t plan to release any minor league players, as several major league parent clubs have reportedly done this week.— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis___Pocono Raceway will hold its NASCAR weekend without fans.The Cup Series is scheduled to race June 27-28 and Truck and second-tier Xfinity races also will be held that weekend. Pocono says in a message to fans “it will certainly miss your passion, laughs, cheers, and smiles as the green flag drops in the Pocono Mountains.” The New York City baseball-themed bar Foley’s has closed for good.Owner Shaun Clancy made the announcement.“With everything that’s going on, there’s just no way that I can see that we can do it,” he said in a video posted to Twitter.Foley’s, filled with baseball memorabilia, opened near Madison Square Garden in 2003 and closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bar was named after former New York Daily News baseball writer Red Foley.___ St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place Basel trails by five points.Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that competition in August after domestic seasons end.The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to 12 failed to pass.___The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19. Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic.One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19.Each tournament will feature six men and six women and there will be 200,000 euros ($222,000) in total prize money available.Thiem, Zverev and Kyrgios will be joined by Jannik Sinner for the men’s events. Two more players will be announced later.Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic will be in the women’s events. Two places are still to be confirmed. The phased re-entry will begin with football players, followed by athletes in fall sports and select athletics staff.All student-athletes and staff members will follow elevated safety protocols for testing, tracing and treatment.The Pac-12 Conference announced earlier this week it would allow member schools to begin holding on-campus voluntary workouts on June 15.___Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he had the coronavirus and compared its effects to how he felt climbing Kilimanjaro. The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Pocono says it will expedite a refund or account credit.Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which is under a yellow designation. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said earlier this month that if the county moved to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races with no spectators present and guidelines followed to keep competitors safe.___The White Sox are using a pair of Chicago-themed T-shirts to raise money for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.The limited-edition shirts are on sale on the team website. ___The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17.The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12.The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later. The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short time later decided to push them back.The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.___The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums.J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference. The league added it was working on how to allow fans back into stadiums when the season starts.___North Carolina has issued a timeline for athletes, coaches and athletics staffers to return to campus in stages through June and later into the summer.The plan announced begins with facilities staffers arriving Monday to prepare for the first athletes and coaches to arrive June 12. That group will consist of coaches and staff for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, along with the first group of football players.The schedule runs through early August. Rodgers says he fell ill “a week or so” after the English season was suspended on March 13 and later tested positive for the virus. He says he felt the effects of it for three weeks.Rodgers says “the strangest thing was losing your smell and the taste. You lose your strength. You could hardly walk 10 yards. I felt it was similar to the time I was climbing Kilimanjaro. When you get to a certain point at altitude, you walk and really suffer.”The former Liverpool manager is still being tested twice a week according to the Premier League’s coronavirus protocols.Rodgers says “it’s not the case that now I’ve had it, I wouldn’t test. You just never know.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Georgia State will begin to reopen its athletic facilities on Monday. ___Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s five professional sports teams — the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and Revolution — can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6.But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are developing.The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state, CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, he outlined the next phase of reopening of club facilities, which can begin Monday. Matches will have a super tiebreaker replacing the third set. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court.The event replaces a WTA tournament in Berlin which was set for June but called off.___Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19.Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel.A new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27. A maximum of 64 football players will be allowed to voluntarily return to campus. The workouts will be limited to groups of no more than eight players and two members of the strength and conditioning staff per group.Georgia State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, says it will re-evaluate its policies in two weeks to possibly increase the size of workout groups and player-led drills conducted on the practice field.All players will be subject to daily screenings for the coronavirus.“We have put in place a flexible plan to safely start the return of some of our student-athletes to campus for voluntary activities,” athletic director Charlie Cobb said. “Three months ago, we could not have guessed the challenges that we have faced, but I am very proud of our coaches, staff, and student athletes. We are taking a cautious approach to hopefully build towards sports in the fall semester.”___ The Czech Athletics Federation has responded to loosened lockdown restrictions by organizing 173 meetings across the country in a single day — Monday.All age categories will participate, and three of the meetings will include the country’s elite athletes, including two-time Olympic javelin champion Barbora Spotakova and three-time indoor world 400-meter champion Pavel Maslak.The initiative has been celebrated by World Athletics president Sebastian Coe.“It’s a really powerful template for all our other member federations,” Coe said in a conference call with Czech media on Friday. “A template how you engage the athletes, younger people, and the fans.”Gatherings of up to 300 people are allowed in the Czech Republic, which hasn’t been hit hard by the pandemic compared to some in Europe. The top two soccer divisions have already restarted, and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won this week in the first of a series of tennis tournaments organized by the Czech Tennis Federation for local players.last_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Michael Essien trains with AC Milan

first_imgWatch pictures of Michael Essien’s first training session with AC Milan at the Milanello Training complex. Michael Essien introducing himself to his team colleagues first day at trainingMichael Essien taking part in the  cone work Michael Essien and Mario Balotelli.Michael Essien controls the ball.Michael Essien and Ricardo Kakalast_img

OFFICIAL: Konadu to lead Ghana against Uganda and Togo

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (CAF) has confirmed coach Maxwell Konadu will be in charge of the Black Stars remaining two AFCON qualifiers against Uganda and Togo this month following the delay in appointing a substantive coach. Konadu has so far picked up four points from two games in the qualifiers following the sacking of Coach Kwesi Appiah.Even though, the GFA’s search committee has completed its task of interviewing prospective coaches, the Ghana FA and Ministry of Youth and Sports are yet to finalise arrangements for a new coach. “Maxwell will be in charge of the two games unless something dramatic happens or something new happens, he is in charge and will name the squad for the two matches,” Ibrahim Saani Daara revealed.Ghana will play Uganda in Kampala on November 15 and face Togo at home on November 19.last_img read more

NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers one win away from Golden State Warriors rematch

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers moved one victory away from setting up a repeat of the 2015 and 2016 NBA Finals with a 112-99 win over Boston Celtics.The Cavs now lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.Golden State Warriors have already completed a 4-0 sweep over San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals.They were crowned NBA champions in 2015 but were defeated last year as Cleveland’s 52-year wait for a major sporting title came to an end.Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for 76 points at home to the Celtics, who were without the injured Issaiah Thomas on Tuesday.Game five takes place in Boston on Thursday evening (01:30 BST on Friday).last_img

Ivana Ninković is the best Ambassador of Trebinje

first_imgThe Mayor of  Trebinje, Slavko Vučurević has organized a welcoming ceremony for the swimmer from Trebinje and the best B&H female swimmer Ivana Ninković. The Mayor of  Trebinje said that she is the best Ambassador of this city.” Ivana’s success is not only her personal success, but the success of the city of Trebinje. She is our best Ambassador and we will, despite all financial difficulties, try to give her our full support”- said Vučurević.Ivana Ninković, who is a member of the swimmers’ club ”Olimp” from Banja Luka, expressed her disappointment because of leaving her hometown, but she also promised to work hard and represent Trebinje in the best possible ways through her sport success.last_img