The Vanity Deal

first_imgIt took Mumbai-born, London-based entrepreneur Sanjiv Mehta five years to buy the East India Company (EIC), a 400-year old brand and possibly the world’s first multinational trading giant. The United Kingdom-based EIC, which was founded around the year 1600, is believed to have laid the foundation of British rule in the Indian subcontinent. In 2003, when the management of the EIC first approached Mehta, a 49-year old diamond dealer-turned beverage distributor and manufacturer of oral care products, it was to ask him to supply pre-packaged tea under the EIC brand. Two years later, Mehta bought EIC’s branded tea business. He went on to purchase all of EIC’s intellectual property rights (which had been dormant for over a century) from private investors for an undisclosed sum. He then invested around $33 million to turn EIC into a luxury brand and in August 2010, launched its flagship luxury food shop in the Mayfair district of London.According to Mehta, EIC’s storied lineage creates a significant connection between the brand and consumers. Mehta is hoping EIC, which has a range of products including tea, coffee, spices, chocolates, furniture, leather goods, fabrics and housewares, can compete against global luxury establishments like Louis Vuitton, Pinault-Printemps-Redoute and Richemont. “We could be the fourth luxury group and the first from the East to be truly global,” he says. Mehta’s next move is to launch a line of gold biscuits and coins in partnership with the Royal Mint of England.Meanwhile, in January, Anand Mahindra, vice-chairman and managing director of Mumbai-based auto to IT conglomerate the Mahindra Group, acquired a minority stake in EIC. Mahindra is believed to have invested more than £20 million (approximately $30 million) for his stake in the company. According to Mehta, the Mahindra Group, which entered the retail sector in 2009 with Mom&Me, an infant and mother-care line, will help roll out the EIC brand in furniture, real estate, health and hospitality, and other businesses in India and globally.The moves by Mehta and Mahindra reflect a growing trend among Indian companies for making major acquisitions that in many cases have little connection with their existing operations. The purchases are often a way for the buyer to gain a presence in the global arena. And in that sense, Indian companies are only playing catch-up with counterparts in countries including China and Japan, who have been making such acquisitions for years. But experts warn that, when considering such purchases, firms must be careful to choose “trophy” buys that will enhance shareholder value.Another prominent recent acquisition was when Pune-based poultry company Venkateshwara Hatcheries (better known as Venky’s) about a year ago acquired the Blackburn Rovers, an English Premier League (EPL) soccer club for £43 million pounds (around $69 million). Venky’s became the first Indian company to own an EPL team. Following the announcement of the purchase, Venky’s chairperson Anuradha Desai said her firm planned to “focus on leveraging the global influence in establishing Blackburn Rovers as a truly global brand.” Since then, Venky’s (which has also made forays into filmmaking) has been trying to get Rovers to play in India. It is also on a search to discover the league’s first Indian player.Other companies, too, have considered investments in soccer. Two years ago, EPL team Manchester United approached the Sahara India group, which has business interests in diverse areas including real estate, finance, media and retail, for a sponsorship. The deal did not materialize, but it whetted the appetite of Subrato Roy, managing worker and chairman of the group. When the Liverpool team was looking for new investors last year, Sahara India was one of the initial contenders (the firm later pulled out.) Also rumored to have been in the race, though he denied it, was Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani. Earlier, Mukesh’s younger brother, Anil Ambani, who heads the Reliance ADA group that operates in sectors ranging from power and entertainment to telecom and finance, was also rumored to have eyed a possible £260 million takeover of the Newcastle United soccer club.Hotels are another favorite with Indian companies. Earlier this year, the Sahara India group made its first foreign hospitality acquisition with Grosvenor House in London’s Mayfair district. “London will be the gateway for Sahara to introduce some of its new business ventures internationally,” Roy said in a statement soon afterward. Smaller firms are making similar moves. The hospitality arm of New Delhi-based aviation company the Bird Group, for example, has snapped up the 48-room Royal Park luxury hotel in London.A Buyer’s MarketUnlike in earlier times, when M&A activities were fueled by a booming stock market and readily available financing, the current round of acquisitions are a byproduct of business affordability, a natural fallout of the global economic downturn. For instance, three years ago, Grosvenor House, then owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was valued at more than $1.5 billion. Sahara bought the property at half that price — $726 million.“Bottom fishing is where the value is, and a turnaround is possible,” says Krishnamurthy Subramanian, a professor of finance at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. Sanjeev Krishnan, executive director heading the M&A practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in India adds that rather than going in for top-dollar deals, many companies are making purchases that “create significant impact and bring quick rewards.”The wealth of opportunities for Indian companies in the overall M&A market is reflected in the numbers. According to consulting firm Ernst & Young, in the past year, 263 outbound deals with an aggregate value of $32.4 billion catapulted the outbound share in the total India M&A pie to 47%, a 9% increase over the previous year. There was a sprinkling of vanity deals, too. But Ashok Wadhwa, CEO of Ambit Holdings, a Mumbai-based investment banking and portfolio management company, says, “There are no trophy deals, only game changers.” Wadhwa refers to the Venky’s soccer deal as “following their passion.”Passion, symbolism or otherwise, there are a host of reasons why companies covet particular assets. Most often, the deals are strategic and in sync with the firms’ core businesses. Even so, the market reaction can still be adverse. Take the case of Tata Motors acquiring iconic brands Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) for $2.3 billion in 2008; Tata Steel’s buy-out of Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus for $12 billion or Mumbai-based aluminum and copper company Hindalco Industries’ acquisition of Atlanta-based aluminum sheet-maker Novelis for $6 billion. All of those deals were considered “trophy” buys initially, but concerns about the high acquisition price and profitability adversely affected the share prices of the Indian companies.It’s a different story today. Riding on improved performance and a good product mix, JLR helped Tata Motors’ consolidated profits increase four-fold to $2 billion in the fiscal year that ended in March. The robust performance of Corus’s European operations saw a turnaround in Tata Steel’s bottom line, with a $2 billion profit after tax in the same period. The Novelis turnaround in fourth quarter earnings in May lifted Hindalco shares. Even so, Ambit’s Wadhwa says that Tata’s and Hindalco’s initial struggles have made other Indian companies cautious about similar buys.The ‘Olympic Syndrome’With abundant cash on hand, companies are faced with two options: Reward the shareholders, or look for opportunities to invest. “Many managers believe that they are better off investing the extra cash instead of giving it back to the shareholders, as managers never, ever want to shrink companies,” notes ISB’s Subramanian. According to S. Rajeev, a professor of corporate strategy and policy at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, investing in vanity buys is one way companies hedge their bets. “In an environment where currencies are plunging and the rupee is strong, companies tend to … buy overseas assets instead of [holding onto their] cash and getting hit by inflation,” he says. “It’s … an Olympic syndrome where companies acquire to announce that they’ve arrived, or a late entrant into a category may want to make a splash.”Anil Ambani’s Reliance Big Entertainment is a prime example. A late entrant into the entertainment industry, Reliance Big Entertainment made global headlines in 2008 when it entered into a joint venture with Hollywood director Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios. Ambani paid $325 million for a 50% stake in DreamWorks and the exclusive distribution rights for India. Since then, the studio has had four international releases and three more are in queue. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, Reliance announced deals with the production companies of eight Hollywood actors, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.Vijay Mallya, whose businesses range from liquor to airlines, has also made such purchases. In addition to strategic acquisitions in his core businesses, Mallya has invested in fancy boats, thoroughbred horses, a game lodge in South Africa, and small newspapers in the San Francisco Bay area.Not all acquisitions have to be strategic, notes Sanjay Bhandarkar, managing director of investment bank Rothschild. “Indian promoters are classic entrepreneurs, more like private equity players. They may like a particular idea or a business, which has its own glamour and benefits,” he says. Adman Prahlad Kakkar agrees that acquisitions are not always purely about business. Talking to a news channel about Mukesh Ambani’s reported interest in Liverpool, Kakkar said: “It is not just a business deal. It is also a branding exercise. Mr. Ambani is very well known in the [Indian] subcontinent. Some people know him internationally. But everyone from Russia to Timbuktu knows Liverpool. Suddenly, if the ownership of the club changes hands to an Indian, then the Indian becomes center stage. He becomes a world personality.”Global ambitions are clearly key drivers in these trophy acquisitions. When Anand Mahindra bought a stake in EIC, he noted on his group’s website that EIC’s stature reflected his organization’s goals. Mahindra wrote, “EIC had a profound impact on the development of international trade. This immense vision and scope finds a parallel with our own global aspirations to think beyond its size.” Venky’s Desai had a similar logic for the Blackburn Rovers buy: “As the VH Group globalizes, sets up feed plants and hatcheries around the world, the Venky’s brand will get an immediate recognition.”Creating Shareholder ValueWhen it comes to scale and intent in global acquisitions, Indian businessmen are way behind their Japanese and Chinese counterparts. In the 1980s — well before India even started on its liberalization journey — affluent Japanese individuals rushed to buy key pieces of the American landscape like New York’s Rockefeller Center and Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. China’s hunger for global resources has resulted in Beijing — both government and private firms — investing across continents, with technology and consumer markets as focus areas. According to Hong Kong-based deal tracker Dealogic, China has spent $122 billion for outbound M&A deals since 2009 and Japan spent $118 billion. India, on the other hand spent just $38 billion. “In comparison to others, Indian companies have been more restrained,” notes H.V. Harish, a partner at global accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton.One big challenge is funding. “If a [business owner] is funding a deal with his own personal wealth, then it is nobody’s business,” PwC’s Krishnan points out. “If not, the shareholders will hound him.” Koushik Chatterjee, group chief financial officer of Tata Steel adds, “Nobody can do trophy deals, because at the end of the day you have to create shareholder value.”That can be a challenge because, in many cases, companies don’t have much experience in the industry where they made the acquisition. “Sports is a good business to be in, but the question is do these companies have the capabilities to pull it off?” ISB’s Subramanian asks.IIMB’s Rajeev offers different perspective: “People experiment. If it’s rational, it’s a bet worth taking.” Related Itemslast_img read more

UST claims 5th UAAP beach volleyball title

first_imgBernadeth Pons’ final attempt turned out to be UST’s winning point as the ball careened off the line as Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray celebrated the school’s fifth beach volleyball plum.Cherry Rondina won her third MVP award to go with her third sand court trophy.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 Golden Tigresses completed a nine-game sweep of the season. In Game 1, UST also pounced on FEU’s late errors for the a 21-16, 22-20 victory. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Durham admits Bolts came out ‘lazy’ in Game 1 loss Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ University of Santo Tomas retained its position atop the sand courts after humbling Far Eastern University in the finals of the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament Saturday at SM Sands by the Bay.The Tigresses completed their dominance over the Lady Tamaraws with 25-15, 25-19 win in Game 2.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Famous apps, videos and news from the web world

first_imgTweet tweetWinning FormulaThese headlines topped the Twitterverse on July 16:The top trend had people tweeting about their favourite music albums-from 21 by Adele to The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.People discussed telltale signs when someone is lying. Answers ranged from ‘When your pupils are dilated’ to ‘When,Tweet tweetWinning FormulaThese headlines topped the Twitterverse on July 16:The top trend had people tweeting about their favourite music albums-from 21 by Adele to The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.People discussed telltale signs when someone is lying. Answers ranged from ‘When your pupils are dilated’ to ‘When your occupation reads politician’.Netizens tweeted about the ‘typical Indian mentality’ in assuming that engineers were the smart ones and calling a girl who drinks, one with ‘loose morals’.Jaswant Singh being the unanimous choice for vicepresident of the BJP-led NDA camp created ripples. Fans of actor Katrina Kaif wished her on her birthday on July 16,causing her name to trend.Viral videoThis week, a video showing ‘Cookie Monster’ from the popular TV show Sesame Street singing to Call Me Maybe; an advertisement depicting the relationship between child Olympic athletes and their mothers; and The Dark Knight Rises trailer narrated by the American comic fictional characterPee-wee Herman went viral.App alertTop of the Lot This week’s app round-up is for those who are single, ones who are organised and those who love sport. Make your smartphone smarter with these apps.BBC Olympics will give you information on the 2012 London Olympics, including live streaming and results.Brewster will take your contacts from across various social networks and bring them under one folder.Relation Book tells you which of your Facebook friends are single, to help you make the first move.Lakshmi RebeccaStar of the weekTea Break Lakshmi Rebecca, 31, host of the online chat show Chai with Lakshmi, gives the world positive stories on a weekly basis. The Bangalore-based host interviews celebrities and entrepreneurs and calls her show “urban, sensible and insightful”. The former researcher with Discovery and BBC started her show in March 2011, and has over 2,00,000 fans.advertisementInter talesBoy TalkChickipedia, a new web series on YouTube, claims to teach you everything about relationships.Produced by Disney UTVBindass, the series is aimed at “helping men understand women”. Each episode features a nameless boy and a girl and portrays a variety of situations-from the girl who wants to change her boyfriend, to the girl who has marriage on her mind.Although the show comes across as sexist, it already has over 5,00,000 viewers.News nowWhat caught the attention of people on the World Wide WebMarissa Mayer, 37, an engineer, has been appointed Yahoo’s new CEO after a 13-year tenure at Google.The number of administrators managing Wikipedia has come down to eight,from 67 seven years ago.WeirdonetBob Russell, a 66-year-old American who lost an Austin-Healey 3000, his favourite car, in 1967, found it on eBay, the online auctioning site, after 45 years.French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has launched a limited edition eyeshadowpalette inspired by Facebook.The colours include bright blue, white, black and lavender-grey.Web tipsWant more Twitter followers than Lady Gaga? Follow these tips and that might just happen:Tweet at regular intervals and engage your followers.Tweet about things that matter.Nobody cares about what you ate for breakfast.If you are serious about tweeting, add your username on your business card.last_img read more

FIFA 2014: Suarez apologises, Chiellini forgives for the ‘bite’

first_imgGiorgio Chiellini complains after Suarez ran into his shoulder with his teeth Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has finally apologised for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match and vowed there would never be a repeat of the incident.After initially denying that he bit Chiellini, Suarez issued a carefully worded statement on Monday admitting his offence.”The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me,” Suarez said in a statement published on his Twitter account.His admission came days after he was expelled from the World Cup and banned for Uruguay’s next nine competitive international matches and from any involvement in football for four months by FIFA.Suarez had steadfastly denied biting Chiellini and wrote a letter to world soccer’s governing body saying he had simply lost his balance and fallen on the Italian.But FIFA ruled that he acted intentionally and promptly handed him the longest ban ever imposed on a player at the World Cup, prompting fury in his South American homeland, where he was given a hero’s welcome on his return.FIFA later explained that Suarez was given a heavy punishment partly because he had twice before been banned for biting but also because he had shown no remorse.”After several days of being home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect on what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June,” Suarez said in his statement.advertisement”For this: I deeply regret what happened; I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family; I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like (that).”The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) has notified FIFA that it intends to appeal against Suarez’s punishment.Shortly after Suarez apologised, Chiellini replied: “It’s all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension.”Uruguay now have until next Sunday to submit their written reasons for the appeal.The appeal will be handled by FIFA’s Appeal Committee, which is chaired by Larry Mussenden of Bermuda and which is a separate body to the Disciplinary Committee.last_img read more

MCD set to host thousands of people on IYD tomorrow

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) Nearly 15,000 people are likely to participate in the yoga events to be held by the three municipal corporations on the occasion of International Yoga Day tomorrow.Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma will be part of the function held by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) at Khatu Shyam Stadium starting 7.30 am.North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) will host a mass yoga session at Ajmal Khan Park in Karol Bagh. The event scheduled to commence from 7 am will be attended by around 5,000 persons, a senior municipal official said.A joint yoga performance will be attended by thousands of people at Yamuna Sports Complex under the aegis of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA).The programme is likely to be attended by over 5,000 persons including schoolchildren from municipal schools and employees of the civic body, he said.The event will start from 7 am, he said. PTI VIT KNDlast_img read more

Sergio Aguero, David Silva and John Stones ruled out of Crystal Palace game

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero, forward David Silva and defender John Stones will miss Saturday’s Premier League home game against Crystal Palace due to injury.Aguero injured his groin during City’s 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough last weekend, meaning Brazil international Gabriel Jesus, who has only recently recovered from a broken foot, will lead the line.”No (Aguero is not fit),” Guardiola told a news conference on Friday. “Hopefully, next one but this game no.”Gabriel was important for the last two weeks. I would have liked to play him and Sergio together because of our lack of goals in the season.”Silva is back in training after injuring a hamstring in last month’s FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal, He is expected to return to action before the season ends along with Stones, who has an abductor problem.Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s campaign is over, however, due to a calf injury he sustained against Manchester United last month.City are fourth in the table, three points behind third-placed Liverpool, who have played a game more, and Guardiola is counting on the fact that three of his team’s four remaining games are at home.”Definitely, I prefer to play at home rather than away,” he added. “It is still in our hands….You know if we win all four games, we will definitely be in the Champions League, maybe in the third position. It depends on us.”City must get past Palace, a team who are fighting for survival and have developed a reputation for punching above their weight recently with wins over Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.advertisement”I know how tough Crystal Palace are – they were able to win against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool as well as Leicester – the last champions – and West Brom,” Guardiola said.”Palace, in the way they play with their manager Sam Allardyce, have huge quality in their strikers. Allardyce is a top coach.”last_img read more

Japan basketball players suspended after buying sex

first_imgTokyo, Aug 29 (AFP) Four Japanese basketball players kicked out of the Asian Games for paying prostitutes for sex will be suspended for a year, officials said Wednesday.Japan Basketball Association chief Yuko Mitsuya told reporters the players would be barred from official tournaments for a year, adding their action “damages the honour and trust of Japan’s sporting world”.They would be allowed to take part in training, however, Mitsuya added.The players were spotted in a notorious red light district of the Indonesian capital Jakarta wearing their national jerseys and were promptly sent home in disgrace.The expulsion of Yuya Nagayoshi, Takuya Hashimoto, Takuma Sato and Keita Imamura came as a major embarrassment for Japan, which is gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”I deeply apologise for our careless actions that have brought disgrace on not only basketball fans but also all Japanese people,” Sato told a news conference last week after the four returned to Tokyo.They were believed to have been solicited by a pimp to go to a hotel with women but a reporter for Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper spotted them and broke the story.At the last Asian Games in 2014, Japan officials were forced to send home swimmer Naoya Tomita after he was caught on video stealing a journalist’s camera from the pool deck.It is far from the first case of sexual misconduct at major multi-sport events, which typically draw thousands of athletes, officials and fans from around the world.At the 2014 Asian Games, an Iranian official was kicked out for the verbal sexual harassment of a female volunteer, and a Palestinian footballer was accused of groping a female worker at the athletes’ village.advertisementIn April, at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, a Mauritian official was accused of sexually assaulting a female athlete during a photo shoot. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Talking Horses: Monday’s tips plus our latest trainer form table

first_imgShare on Twitter Thank you for your feedback. Hide Hide Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Show Quick guide Our latest trainer form table Talking Horses features On Sunday, Dennis expressed concern that Cyclop’s current handicap rating could prove a problem at Lingfield. “A rating of 120 makes life difficult for him,” the Worcestershire-based trainer said. “But he is a very good stayer, certainly handles testing ground and if he can get into a rhythm I’m sure he’ll run well.” Two other factors can help Cyclop (3.50). As of Monday morning, Dennis had three wins from eight stable runs in the last fortnight, so is definitely in form. The horse’s regular rider, Trevor Whelan, is claimed by Neil King to ride The Boss’s Dream in the same race, but Dennis has booked Aidan Coleman, who has also won on Cyclop previously and has previously ridden a Surrey National winner. Bookmakers made Fleminport an odds-on favourite earlier on the card. Jonjo O’Neill’s novice hurdler is again ridden by Coleman after the pair won at Hereford in soft ground three weeks ago. The recent form of runners from the O’Neill stable continues to be very inconsistent, however. The trainer is highly capable of staging a big revival in the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival but, for now, his charge looks worth opposing with Clash Of D Titans (3.15). Warren Greatrex’s runner should be suited by this longer trip after staying-on into third place in a two-mile contest at Leicester last month.At Carlisle, Lucinda Russell saddles Haul Us In (4.05) and the trainer could have an improving staying hurdler on her hands. Haul Us In appears well weighted, and is proven in heavy going. Photograph: Tom Jenkins Share on Facebook Monday’s best bets, by Chris CorriganCyclop – a horse with two eyes, despite his name – is on a National trail again. Not the Aintree one, but Monday’s Surrey National at Lingfield. David Dennis’s seven-year-old was a specialist at this pursuit in 2017, winning the Lincolnshire National at Market Rasen on Boxing Day, after finishing second in the Southern National at Fontwell in November, second in the Cambridgeshire National at Huntingdon in March, and second in the Somerset National at Wincanton in January. Carlisle 2.00 Le Drapeau 2.30 Glingerside 3.00 Swing Hard 3.35 Blottos 4.05 Haul Us In (nb) 4.40 Bako De La Saulaie 5.10 Windsor Avenue Kempton Park5.20 Queen Moon 5.50 Give Him Time 6.20 Mansfield 6.50 Magic Mirror 7.20 Luna Eclipse 7.50 Oud Metha Bridge 8.20 Ardamir Lingfield Park1.45 You Raised Me Up 2.15 After Aspen 2.45 Arquebusier 3.15 Clash Of D Titans (nap) 3.50 Cyclop 4.25 Le Musee 4.55 Man Of Steel  – Was this helpful? Was this helpful?center_img Horse racing Share via Email Support The Guardian Quick guide Horse racing tips for Monday 19 February Horse racing tips Topics Thank you for your feedback. Show Share on Messenger Fergal O’Brien 45% (11) Sue Smith 40% (10) Dr Richard Newland 38% (8) Emma Lavelle 30% (10) Kerry Lee 29% (7) Alan King 26% (31) Ben Pauling 25% (24) Warren Greatrex 25% (20) Ruth Jefferson 25% (8) Colin Tizzard 24% (29) Charlie Longsdon 23% (13) Peter Bowen 22% (9) Nicky Henderson 21% (34) Nigel Twiston-Davies 20% (30) Nick Williams 18% (11) Neil Mulholland 17% (29) Donald McCain 17% (18) Tim Vaughan 17% (12) Dan Skelton 16% (37) Lucinda Russell 16% (19) Oliver Sherwood 15% (13) David Pipe 14% (21) Venetia Williams 14% (21) Nicky Richards 14% (7) Paul Nicholls 12% (34) Ian Williams 9% (22) Tom George 9% (11) Gary Moore 8% (36) Kim Bailey 8% (12) Philip Hobbs 6% (16) Evan Williams 0% (23) Jonjo O’Neill 0% (16) Harry Fry 0% (11) Brian Ellison 0% (4) Rebecca Curtis 0% (3) Chris Cook: Quite a few yards are showing a useful strike-rate, with Cheltenham just three weeks away. In addition to Fergal O’Brien, who tops our table for the second week running, it’s interesting to see powerful yards like Alan King and Ben Pauling back above 20%. Of those with fewer recent runners, Sue Smith appears to be flying, while Dr Newland has had three from eight in the past fortnight, including one at Ascot on Saturday. It’s good to see Ruth Jefferson up at that end of the table, too, and there will be a lot of goodwill towards anything she runs this season.Venetia Williams had a couple of winners over the weekend and it was notable that her Yala Enki was the only one who could raise a gallop by the end of Haydock’s Grand National Trial. Perhaps the Ross yard is turning a corner.Paul Nicholls is lower in this table than he’d like to be, though I haven’t had many concerns about the way his horses have been running. He won a Grade Two at Ascot on Saturday and was third in the Grade One.Trainers like Dan Skelton and Tom George are going through a relatively quiet patch after being busy in the earlier part of the season. It’ll be interesting to see if they can punch their weight again at the spring festivals. Jonjo O’Neill and Philip Hobbs are much more in need of a revival.Each Monday through the core jumps season, we’re monitoring the relative success of 35 major jumps stables. The percentage figure is their win strike-rate for the last fortnight, while their total number of runners in that time is in brackets. Read more Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Odds fixed against novice bettors at racecourses, claims bookmaker Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Luke McGrath shines as Leinster romp to runaway win over Wasps

first_imgEven by their usual high standards Leinster could not have launched their defence of the Champions Cup in more emphatic style. This runaway eight-try win over a depleted Wasps represented a major statement of intent and the Irish province have now equalled their best-ever run in Europe with 10 successive victories.By any standards this was a horribly one-sided rout, with Wasps receiving a brutal reminder that this competition is a step up on the Premiership. By the final quarter Leinster were delivering a virtual masterclass, with a back-flipped pass through his own legs by Johnny Sexton to create his side’s fifth try merely one highlight among many. European Champions Cup news: Maro Itoje returns for Saracens Read more Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Twitter Pinterest Share on Pinterest By the end there were a pair of tries apiece for the scrum-half Luke McGrath and wing James Lowe, fitting reward for a totally dominant team display. Leinster used to have an average record against Premiership opposition but have now registered seven straight wins over English clubs in Europe. This was also Wasps’ heaviest defeat in their long and eventful tournament history.Even taking into account the absence of several key figures, this was as sobering a Dublin night as Wasps have ever endured. It was in this same city 15 years ago that they enjoyed one of their finest hours, beating Munster in a humdinger of a semi-final, but that era feels an increasingly long time ago.“We fell away badly in the last 20 minutes,” said Dai Young, Wasps’ director of rugby. “If you give them the ball they’re really going to hurt you.”If a fit Joe Launchbury, Dan Robson, Jake Cooper-Woolley and Jimmy Gopperth and an available Nathan Hughes would have helped, few teams in Europe would have found an answer to the questions Leinster are posing. Their strength in depth is beginning to verge on the ridiculous, with even proven Lions such as Sean O’Brien and Jack McGrath making only the bench. Even after Dan Leavy was forced to withdraw shortly before kick-off, they were still able to boast 14 Ireland internationals in their starting XV and almost three years have passed since their last home defeat in Europe. Read more Leinster Wasps were again entitled to a degree of sympathy, with replays showing Cronin’s deflected pass was clearly forward before Sopoaga touched it. On the flip side, the half-time stats revealed Leinster had enjoyed 74 % territory and had forced their opponents to make 139 tackles. To describe Wasps as unlucky to be 14-3 down at the break would be stretching it.Barely a minute into the second half the point was swiftly underlined, Sexton feeding a charging Lowe with a smart inside ball to send the Kiwi weaving through the scrambling cover from almost 50 metres out. Sexton’s third successful conversion further extended the gap and Wasps, for all their rearguard defiance, were never going to close it. Topics Share on WhatsApp match reports Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share via Email Champions Cup … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Wasps With Tadhg Furlong producing a marvellous one-handed offload to send the ebullient Lowe away for the bonus-point score, the only question was whether Leinster would hit 50 points. Jordan Larmour and Henshaw both collected eye-catching scores and, sure enough, Jack McGrath collected his side’s eighth try in the last minute. It is going to go take a monumentally good team to stop the champions enjoying another all-conquering campaign.Leinster: R Kearney (Tomane, 54); Larmour, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Sexton (Byrne, 70), L McGrath (McCarthy, 63); Healy (J McGrath h/t), Cronin (Tracy, 56), Furlong (Porter, 56), Toner (Fardy, 64), Ryan, Ruddock, Van der Flier (O’Brien, 57), Conan.Tries: Cronin, L McGrath 2, Lowe 2, Larmour, Henshaw, J McGrath. Cons: Sexton 5, Byrne.Wasps: Le Roux; Bassett, De Jongh, Le Bourgeois, Daly; Sopoaga (Searle, 77), Simpson (Hampson, 69); Zhvania (Harris, 54), Taylor (Cruse, 59), Brookes (Stuart, 54), Rowlands (Myall, 59), Gaskell, Shields, Young, Carr (Johnson, 59).Pen: Sopoaga.Sin-bin: Sopoaga 40.Referee: R Poite (France). Despite conditions in Dublin being significantly calmer than on the opposite side of the Irish Sea, this was never going to be a serene evening for the visitors. Willie le Roux is used to daunting environments, having lined up against the All Blacks in Pretoria last Saturday, but the South African full-back was given scant opportunity to ease himself back into the club fray. Inside six minutes the home hooker Sean Cronin surged clean through a hole around the side of an attacking ruck on Wasps’ 22 and no one, Le Roux included, was able to catch him. Cronin’s starting point did not appear entirely legal but the officials awarded it regardless.With the territory and possession stats also lopsided from early on, Wasps needed someone in place of Hughes and Launchbury to make some hard carrying yards. For that to happen, though, they had to keep hold of the ball for a decent period, not an easy task against such settled, organised opponents. With the breeze at the visitors’ backs, a solitary penalty for Sopoaga in the opening 40 minutes was a distinctly meagre return.The hosts might also have had more points, failing to capitalise on a couple of long-range breaks from Lowe and Robbie Henshaw. Wasps’ defence was proving spirited and committed; the question was how long could they keep it up? Their prospects were further diminished when Sopoaga was sent to the sin-bin for a deliberate knock-down in added time just before the interval, offering Leinster a chance to surge forward again and create enough space for the alert Luke McGrath to wriggle over. Share on Facebook Facebook Seán Cronin of Leinster breaks through the Wasps defence on his way to scoring his side’s first try. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Rugby union Reuse this content Girvan Dempsey knows Irish have the advantage over English clubs Since you’re here…last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: We need balance in January transfer window

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: We need balance in January transfer windowby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri has admitted Chelsea will need to cull their squad in January, and hinted about the position of any new arrivals.The Blues suffered a shock defeat to Leicester City at home on Saturday.Cesc Fabregas made a rare appearance in the Premier League as a substitute and Sarri suggested this was because of the excessive size of his squad.”At the moment we are too many. We have 28 players and it’s impossible to use all of them. I think 25 is the right number,” the Italian said.”We have a lot of offensive midfielders and we have only [N’Golo] Kante as a defensive midfielder, so it’s not easy now for the midfield to have the right balance.” last_img read more

Irish heap pressure on Britain on postBrexit border

first_imgLONDON – Ireland’s European commissioner on Sunday pressured British Prime Minister Theresa May to change course on Brexit talks to solve the issue of the post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland so stalled negotiations can move forward.Phil Hogan said the border problem can easily be solved if May drops her plans to take Britain out of the European Union customs union and the single market when it departs the 28-nation bloc in 2019.Failing that, he told The Observer on Sunday, the government should allow Northern Ireland to remain in these entities so no hard border would be required because there would be no trade barriers and no need for customs enforcement.“If the U.K. or Northern Ireland remained in the EU customs union, or better still the single market, there would be no border issue,” he said. “That’s a very simple fact.”Britain’s international trade secretary, Liam Fox, quickly rejected this approach. He told Sky News the resolution of the Irish border issue will have to wait until details about future trade relations have been worked out.“We don’t want there to be a hard border, but the U.K. is going to be leaving the customs union and the single market,” he said.The Irish borders issue — along with the “divorce bill” Britain has to pay for leaving the bloc, and the rights of EU citizens affected by Brexit — are key obstacles slowing negotiations between Britain and its estranged EU partners. EU leaders won’t allow talks to move into critical trade areas until “significant progress” has been made on these issues.May’s government insists Britain will leave the customs union and single market when it leaves the EU. At that point, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will become a dividing line between Britain and the EU — and a new arrangement will be needed to monitor the flow of people and of goods.Hogan argues this “hard border” won’t be needed if Britain, at the very least, allows Northern Ireland to remain in the customs union. But his approach has been rejected by Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionists, a Northern Ireland party that is using its votes in Parliament to prop up May’s minority government.Foster told her party conference Saturday that the party would not back any agreement that “creates barriers” between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, in effect ruling out special status for Northern Ireland in the post-Brexit era.EU leaders said Friday that Britain must show progress on the problem issues by Dec. 4 in time for a mid-December summit to allow the talks to progress to the next phase, which will involve substantive discussion of the future trading relationship between Britain and its former partners.last_img read more

Swiss Expert Warns of Repercussions of Aid Embezzlement in Tindouf on

Geneva  –  The embezzlement of humanitarian aid sent to Tindouf by Algeria and the Polisario separatists represents a “source of conflict” and casts a shadow on peace in the Maghreb, Swiss regional expert on MENA region, Jean-Marc Maillard, said on Monday.The embezzlement of humanitarian aid “is reflective of a sad reality that can only be a source of conflicts,” he was quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) as sayong.While expressing “concerns regarding peace in the Maghreb,” he deplored that the humanitarian aid is perpetrated in full connivance between the “Algerian regime and its polisario henchmen.” Maillard pointed out to the disclosure of a report by the European Anti-Fraud office (OLAF) which laid bare the “fraudulent diversion” of humanitarian aid by Algeria and the polisario leadership to the detriment of the population held against their will in the camps of Tindouf.The Swiss expert also raised questions about the repercussions of the fall in oil prices on the Algerian financial resources and its hydrocarbon-based economy, saying that “the opportunist practices, that were denounced in the OLAF report, reflect a lack of vision with regard to the future in the Algerian regime and the impasse in which it is currently trapped.”The 2007 OLAF report, which was made public last week, slams the Polisario leadership and Algerian authorities for organized embezzlement of aid which is diverted from the port of Oran.MWN with MAP read more

New technologies artificial intelligence aid fight against global terrorism

Co-organized by Belarus and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), “Countering terrorism through innovative approaches and the use of new and emerging technologies” concluded on Wednesday in Minsk.The internet “expands technological boundaries literally every day” and AI, 3D printing biotechnology innovations, can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Vladimir Voronkov, the first-ever Under Secretary-General for the UN Counter-Terrorism Office.The Co-Chair’s Summary issued at the end of the @BelarusMFA & @UN_OCT Conference stresses the urgent need to strengthen international cooperation to tackle terrorist abuse of #NewTechnologies & share innovative approaches to counter this threat— United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (@UN_OCT) September 4, 2019 But it also provides “live video broadcasting of brutal killings”, he continued, citing the recent attack in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, where dozens of Muslim worshippers were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist. “This is done in order to spread fear and split society”, maintained the UNOCT chief, warning of more serious developments, such as attempts by terrorists to create home-made biological weapons. He pointed out that terrorists have the capacity to use drones to deliver chemical, biological or radiological materials, which Mr. Voronkov said, “are even hard to imagine.”But the international community is “not sitting idly by”, he stressed, noting that developments in this area allow the processing and identification of key information, which can counter terrorist operations with lightning speed.“The Internet content of terrorists is detected and deleted faster than ever”, elaborated the UNOCT chief. “Fifteen to twenty minutes is enough to detect and remove such content thanks to machine algorithms”.Crediting quantum computing coupled with the use of AI, he explained that accelerated information processing enables terrorist tracing. Mr. Voronkov added that the use of blockchain registration – a growing list of records, or blocks, that are linked using cryptography – is also being explored to identify companies and individuals responsible for financing terrorism.“It is necessary to increase the exchange of expert knowledge on technologies such as 3D printing, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, robotics, the synthesis of the human face and autonomous weapons”, he underscored. “This will help to better identify and respond to risks before it is too late”.The two-day conference was divided into three themed sessions that focused at global, regional and national levels on the misuse of new technologies and AI by terrorists; approaches and strategies to counteract terrorist propaganda; and the misuse of scientific innovations. read more

AP Top 25 Podcast Bowl preview from Cure to Sugar

Get ready for the bowl season with a preview from the Cure Bowl to the Sugar Bowl.On the latest Top 25 College Football Podcast, AP poll voter Matt Brown from The Athletic joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to run through the bowl schedule.Like offence? Try the New Mexico Bowl, the Birmingham Bowl and the Camping World Bowl. Prefer defence? The Boca Raton Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl and Outback Bowls should be for you.Brown chooses the most intriguing matchup of each day and quick picks on every game — except the College Football Playoff. A preview of that will come later.___Follow Ralph D. Russo at and listen at AP college football: and D. Russo, The Associated Press read more

The 2128 Native American Mascots People Arent Talking About

When Samuel Henry was a kid growing up in D.C. in the late 1950s, he and his friends were devoted Washington Redskins fans — they had the jerseys and knew the lore. And as the lore had it, the “reddish-brown tint” of paint on the team’s downtown D.C. headquarters came from the blood of Native Americans. “When I was a kid, me and my friends, we really thought that they had captured and killed Native Americans and pasted them all over the building,” Henry said. “We were just kids, we didn’t know any better. But we really, honestly believed that.”Now, almost 60 years later, the Redskins are enmeshed in a debate about whether their name is a racist epithet and should be changed. Advocates for keeping the name reference its origins: In 1937, owner George Preston Marshall changed the team name from the Braves to the Redskins. Marshall said the change was in honor of the head coach at the time, William Henry Dietz, who claimed to be part Sioux (although that claim is suspect). Critics including Henry say its origins are irrelevant and that the name is racist and demeaning. “I’d love to see a boycott of all things Redskins,” he said.Dan Snyder, the current owner, purchased the team in 1999, when it was fighting its first legal battle over the name. The lawsuits have continued, and earlier this year, the Trademark Trials and Appeal Board canceled the franchise trademark because “a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be disparaging.” Snyder has faced mounting pressure to change the name, even from President Obama and George Preston Marshall’s granddaughter. But Snyder plans to appeal the trademark decision and says he will “NEVER” change the name. Polling suggests Snyder has the backing to ignore the calls; most NFL fans (and Redskins fans in particular) oppose a name change.What’s considered an outrage in the NFL is embraced or at least tolerated all over the country. While we’ve been consumed by the debate about the Washington Redskins, we’ve overlooked thousands of team names and mascots depicting Native Americans, often stereotypically. These teams are not feeling the kind of pressure that Snyder is. To understand the Washington Redskins, we have to understand the Estelline Redmen, the Natick Redmen, and the Molalla Indians, too.Terry Borning, the proprietor of MascotDB, has kept a database of the nation’s mascots since 2006. He gathers his data from a variety of sources, including state high school athletic associations, websites and local newspapers. Borning’s database doesn’t have every high school, college and pro team in the country, but it does have 42,624 of them. Looking at MascotDB is as close as we can get to understanding how prevalent Native American team names and mascots are across the country. “There were a lot of interesting mascots where I lived growing up,” Borning said. “But those have mostly fallen by the wayside. Some of those things of the past were definitely offensive, but also more interesting than the generic mascots we have now.”I searched the database and found 2,129 sports teams that reference Braves, Chiefs, Indians, Orangemen, Raiders, Redmen, Reds, Redskins, Savages, Squaws, Tribe and Warriors, as well as tribe names such as Apaches, Arapahoe, Aztecs, Cherokees, Chickasaws, Chinooks, Chippewas, Choctaws, Comanches, Eskimos, Mohawks, Mohicans, Seminoles, Sioux and Utes. (Not all teams with the names “Raiders” and “Warriors” are referencing Native Americans, but we spot-checked 20 schools with each name and a majority of each did.)Some 92 percent of those 2,129 team names belong to high schools (the rest were college, semi-pro, pro and amateur league teams). Of all the active high schools in the database, 8.2 percent have Native American team names.I reached out to about a dozen of those high schools, and most didn’t want to comment on a controversy that hadn’t yet arrived. But the conversations I did have suggested that the way communities regard their teams’ Native American names and mascots depends on the makeup of the communities themselves.Estelline High, home of the Redmen, is located in a small town in South Dakota, 24 miles west of the Minnesota border. South Dakota has the third-largest Native American population share in the country, but Estelline hasn’t seen the kinds of protests directed at the Washington Redskins. The town has experienced little, if any, controversy over the Redmen name.The mascot dates back to sometime between 1915 and 1920, when a local newspaper referred to the Estelline athletic team by the color of its uniforms — “the men in red.” The name wasn’t officially adopted, but the team soon became known by its unofficial moniker, the Redmen. According to Estelline superintendent and high school principal Patrick Kraning, the association with Native Americans didn’t come until around 1930. Estelline followed with its own depiction of a “Redman” as a stereotype of a Native American chief wearing a headdress. Events such as the annual naming of a “Moon Princess” and “Big Chief” at homecoming became part of the tradition.“There’s been very little controversy over the team name,” Kraning said. “In the ’90s there was some discussion about changing the name for a series of schools [throughout southeastern South Dakota] that still referred to themselves as ‘Redmen.’ But in the end, a lot of us — Estelline included — decided to keep the name and just keep away from any Native American imagery associated with it.”Since then, the only symbol associated with the Estelline Redmen is a logo of an E with two feathers attached. Kraning believes that this change, combined with the fact that Estelline doesn’t have a significant Native American population, is why there hasn’t been much local debate on the topic.“There’s a community feeling that since the origin of the nickname was not a Native American reference, there’s not a desire for change,” he said. “If there were a discussion, most people would probably view it as going against 80 or 90 years of tradition.”Natick, Massachusetts, did go against tradition. In 2007, the school board dropped its high school mascot — also the “Redmen” — after an alumna of Native American descent came to the board and said she was offended by the activities surrounding the team she had experienced at Natick High School. The historian for the local Nipmuc tribe told me that the logo and mascot used by the school depicted a “stereotypical northern Native with a headdress,” but that depiction bore no resemblance to the actual indigenous people who lived in the Natick area. Nevertheless, protest groups soon sprouted up, claiming that the Natick Redmen honored Native Americans and were an important tradition.Soon after the change, school board meetings and a town-wide referendum turned the issue into a much broader discussion. The main critique came from the Redmen Forever Committee, a self-described grassroots effort that sought to influence the non-binding referendum. “We added a question to the referendum asking if townspeople wanted the Redmen name restored,” said Erich Thalheimer, co-founder of the Redmen Forever Committee. “It won overwhelmingly, but the school committee didn’t abide by the town’s wishes.”“If it were decided by popular vote, we would have the name,” said Anne Blanchard, a member of the Natick School Board. “But we had to take into account our nondiscrimination policy, as well as minority and majority interests.”The Redmen Forever Committee says it won’t give up the fight. “We chose the name of our committee very intentionally, very purposefully,” Thalheimer said. “This is our town. We’re going to live here until we die. We will forever try to re-establish the Redmen name.”While the controversy in Natick stemmed from a decision that affected one school, several states have taken a grievance from a single school and used it to forbid Native American mascots. One of the more sweeping bans so far was implemented with the help of Samuel Henry, the man who grew up earnestly believing that the Washington Redskins had painted their downtown D.C. headquarters with the blood of Native Americans. Henry is currently the chair of Oregon’s Board of Education, which instituted a statewide ban on Native American mascots and team names in 2012.The story goes back to 2006, when Che Butler, a member of the Siletz tribe and a student at Taft High School, raised the issue before the board. Butler said he was offended by the stereotypical and inauthentic manner in which the mascot of a rival school, the Molalla Indians, portrayed Native Americans. He and fellow Taft student Luhui Whitebear, a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Tribe, made a presentation at a board meeting asking for a statewide ban on mascots that “misrepresent” Native people, who instead “should be represented with true honor and respect.”According to Henry, the board agreed that “having Native American mascots did not seem like a good idea,” but decided to defer the decision.The grievance was taken up again six years later, when the director of public instruction decided to put it back on the board’s agenda. This time around, after some member turnover, the board agreed to ask its chief attorney to draft a proposal for a ban on the use of Native American mascots in public schools. The only dissenting vote came from a woman who claimed that it was too selective, and that devils and saints should be banned as well.As in Natick, one of the major arguments against the ban came from people who said that the mascots didn’t disparage Native Americans, but honored them. Many of these opponents knew little of Native American culture, Henry said. “I asked one of the students who made that argument what the name of the local Native American tribe was, and she didn’t know,” he said. “To me, that indicated that her reliance on saying that they were honoring Native Americans — that the support for that argument was pretty thin at best.”For high schools, a statewide ban is about as sweeping as it gets. Graduate to the next level, though, and schools have broader authorities to answer to. In 2005, the NCAA implemented its own de facto ban1The NCAA was careful not to implement an outright ban because the board didn’t feel it could. The language of the ban intentionally provided a lot of loopholes so that it didn’t infringe on schools’ institutional autonomy. on Native American mascots for all NCAA colleges.2In my survey of MascotDB, 4.9 percent of the Native American mascots and team names did belong to colleges, but almost all of those colleges did not belong to the NCAA. The ban focused on a specific list of schools whose mascots were deemed “hostile or abusive,” and precluded them from participating in postseason play if those nicknames or mascots appeared on any team uniforms or clothing.The NCAA had already taken a stand on a similar issue: the use of Confederate flags. In 2001, the organization banned arenas in South Carolina and Mississippi from hosting postseason championships because the Confederate flag flew proudly on their statehouse grounds. After that decision, the president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota asked the NCAA to impose a ban on Native American mascots.The NCAA called on 18 schools (out of 1,046 total member schools at the time, or 1.7 percent) to drop their mascots.Not all of the targeted schools felt that their nicknames or mascots were “hostile or abusive,” and the ban was followed by a surge of criticism.“I must have gotten 2,000 emails from people just complaining about it,” the NCAA’s executive committee chairperson at the time, Walter Harrison, said. Even almost 10 years later, he still remembers one persistent caller. “He, or she, I don’t know if it was a man or a woman, would call my office phone at four in the morning and just play their school’s chant until the answering machine cut off,” he said.But the more serious backlash came in the form of appeals. One came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its Fighting Illini. The Fighting Illini were portrayed at halftime performances by a student dressed in full Lakota regalia, including face paint and a headdress. He went by the name “Chief Illiniwek,” and became the focus of the university’s fight against the ban.Controversy surrounding Chief Illiniwek predated the NCAA’s ruling by decades. The university’s board of trustees had been quietly in the process of considering a potential mascot change since 2001, and the publicity surrounding the nationwide ban reignited already-existing tension among students and alumni. Lawrence Eppley, who was the chair of the university’s board of trustees at the time, said he received hundreds of comments from foundations and alumni organizations threatening to withhold donations. He and the rest of the board figured the only option was to strike a compromise to keep both sides — passionate students and alumni and the NCAA — happy.Through its appeal, the school was allowed to keep its team name, but not its mascot. Chief Illiniwek portrayers, who had been a part of an official student organization called the Council of Chiefs, could continue the tradition as long as the group no longer had any official affiliation with the university. “One of the things that made it tough to retire it was making sure the fans knew that, if you loved the chief, that was nothing to feel guilty about,” Eppley said. “It’s just that times change, and there’s not much we can do about that.”Ivan Dozier, who currently portrays Chief Illiniwek, said that officially retiring the mascot was the wrong way for the university to respond. He believes that Native American mascots are a way to reach and educate an audience that wouldn’t normally be knowledgeable about Native American culture or history. “What concerns me is if you eliminate all references to Native American culture, people aren’t asking questions anymore,” he said. “Sports fans here are the vocal majority. They’re the ones who need this information the most, and now they have no way to go about getting it.”Eight of the schools on the NCAA’s list secured vocal support from local Native American tribes to successfully appeal and retain their team names and mascots. Eight others have changed their names and one dropped the use of a mascot entirely. Carthage College changed its team name from the Redmen to the Red Men and dropped all Native American imagery, which satisfied the NCAA’s requirements. Turning the Washington Redskins into the Red Skins is unlikely to appease the team’s critics, though. Given that the name is racist by definition and no tribe has come out in support of Snyder, it probably wouldn’t pass the NCAA’s grounds for appeal, and it certainly doesn’t pass in the court of Native American opinion.But even if the Redskins became the Red Skins or the Red Flyers or the Red Snyders, there would still be thousands of other teams that reference Native American imagery. Whatever happens with the Redskins, there will still be the Estelline Redmen, Chief Illiniwek, and the West Texas Comanches, each upholding the questionable legacy of Native American sports names. read more

RTÉ and TG4 join forces to show every game of this years

first_img 46 Comments Image: DARRYL DYCK Short URL By Ben Blake Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 12:40 PM The US team lift the World Cup trophy in 2015. THIS SUMMER’S FIFA Women’s World Cup will be shown in its entirety on free-to-air Irish television. RTÉ and TG4 have struck up an agreement to share broadcast rights of the tournament, which takes place in France from Friday, 7 June.TG4 have 29 games including the opening fixture (France v South Korea), one quarter-final, one semi-final and the third-place play-off, while RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player will show 23 matches — among them are three quarter-finals, one semi-final and the final on Sunday, 7 July.“RTÉ are delighted that alongside TG4 we can, for the first time ever, bring the Fifa Women’s World Cup in its entirety free-to-air to Irish viewers,” Declan McBennett, RTÉ Group Head of Sport said.“It is particularly fitting to be making this announcement exactly six months on from the launch of the 20 x 20 initiative to create a cultural shift in our perception of girls and women in sport.” Apr 16th 2019, 11:40 AM center_img Share95 Tweet Email2 RTÉ and TG4 join forces to show every game of this year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup The two networks have reached an agreement to broadcast the tournament to Irish viewers. Rónán Ó Coisdealbha, Head of Sport TG4 added: “TG4 has been a proactive supporter of Women’s Sport for many years. This new collaboration is another step in the right direction and ties in well with the very important 20×20 campaign.“It is also a great example of how Public Service Media outlets can collaborate to bring the best of television content, free to air, to loyal audiences.”The US are current holders, having lifted the trophy for the third time in 2015, while the Republic of Ireland have never qualified for the finals. Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: The US team lift the World Cup trophy in 2015. Image: DARRYL DYCK Subscribe 13,640 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Poison Ivy Black Canary Cheeta and Catwoman Kick Ass in Injustice 2

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Right on time for #GalentinesDay, NetherRealm Studios has released a brand new trailer for Injustice 2 that introduces some of the game’s female combatants kicking ass and taking names.Black Canary, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Cheetah spout clever one-liners while performing some of their signature attacks. As you would expect from a game based on the Mortal Kombat engine, the fighting is visceral and brutal. We not only see the girls wailing on each other, but also beating the crap out of characters like Blue Beetle, Swamp Thing, Robin, and Atrocitus. We also get a brief glimpse at some of their stages — including a Poison Ivy level filled with dangerous plants!Injustice 2 picks up where the first game left off. It features alternate reality takes on classic DC superheroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Supergirl, Aquaman, Harley Quinn, and more. Battles take place in cities like Gotham, Metropolis, and Atlantis. The game is basically the perfect medicine for those who felt disappointed by Warner Bros’ DC films (which is pretty much everyone).Injustice 2 features a loot system similar to that of RPGs. The “Gear System” gives each character armor that alters their stats. Strength, speed, defense, and health are all affected by gear. Some gear can even unlock new moves. There are over 1000 options for each of the gear categories (capes, shields, gloves, boots, chest armor, etc.). This means that you can have two Supermen fighting each other who look nothing alike.Injustice 2 is set to release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16. On top of the standard edition, there will also be a Digital Deluxe edition that comes with three DLC characters. The Ultimate Edition includes nine DLC characters and a number of character skins and shader packs. Those who pre-order the game will get Darkseid as a playable character. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Crews begin spraying Miamis new Zika zone

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Crews began spraying for mosquitoes in the newest Zika zone in Miami, early Monday morning.The spraying in Miami’s Little Haiti area started around 1 a.m. It was supposed to continue until 5:30 a.m. but was stopped because of rain.The new Zika zone includes Little River, Little Haiti and Liberty City. The boundaries are between Northwest 10th Avenue and Miami Avenue and between Northwest 79th Street and 63rd Street.The mosquito-borne illness is especially dangerous for pregnant women and has been linked to serious birth defects. The CDC has issued a travel advisory for pregnant women to avoid the Zika hot Zones in Miami-Dade County.If a mosquito carrying Zika does bite, it can take up to two weeks to cause symptoms like:feverheadacheskin rashjoint painconjunctivitis, which causes red, irritated eyesThe State Surgeon General has activated a 24-hour Zika hotline in Florida to answer questions and concerns. That number is 855-622-6735.Pregnant women can receive a free test at the Health District Center, located at 1350 N.W. 14th St. in Miami. For more information, call 305-324-2400. last_img read more

King tides flood Brickell other parts of Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Residents in Miami encountered tidal trouble in their neighborhoods this weekend.Video released by the City of Miami shows king tides leaving streets in Brickell and other parts of Miami underwater.Residents braved ankle-deep water after the high tides rolled in and flooded their neighborhoods.An advisory for king tides in coastal communities remains in effect until Monday afternoon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Over 100 Broward MiamiDade grads awarded college scholarships at Davie event

first_imgSince it started, the program has awarded almost $4 million to South Florida students entering college.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 2019 Salute to Education Scholarship Awards luncheon. #stescholarship @wsvn— Vivian Gonzalez (@VivianGonzalez7) June 1, 20197Weather meteorologist Vivian Gonzalez co-hosted the event, now on its 25th year. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – More than a hundred South Florida high school graduates were awarded scholarships, thanks to a special program.The Miami-Dade and Broward students were the big winners at this year’s Salute to Education Scholarship Awards held in Davie, Saturday morning.The program, created and funded by South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers and the Ford Foundation, bestowed more than $160,000 in scholarships and laptop computers.“It’s exciting. It’s really exciting, ’cause I need the money to pay for college,” said recipient Esan Millet, “and having a laptop computer is really a necessity for me because I haven’t had one in so long and haven’t been able to afford one on my own, so this scholarship is like really a blessing.”last_img read more