FIFA advisers: ‘Danger’ for gay fans at World Cup in Russia

first_img“British and German fans’ groups have asked FIFA if they are OK to raise a rainbow flag inside the stadium,” Powar said. “FIFA has not really responded so far to say if this is something the security services will allow.”FIFA diversity head Federico Addiechi said he has seen no written request from fan groups on whether gay pride flags can be unfurled.“There’s nothing in the regulation from FIFA that prevents anyone from entering the stadiums with non-political messages,” Addiechi said.FARE has also has long-standing concerns about the reception black and ethnic minority fans will face around games in Russia.“Do go to the World Cup, but be cautious,” Powar said. “There are two elements to it — one towards people of color and other element is far-right nationalism. Far-right extremist groups have had around 300 people banned from attending the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT As fans prepare their trips after Friday’s World Cup draw, the FARE network said it will produce a guide spelling out the threats to be prepared for in Russia.“The guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBT community,” FARE executive director Piara Powar said. “If you have gay fans walking down the street holding hands, will they face danger in doing so? That depends on which city they are in and the time of day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The guide will also include some detailed explanations of for example the actual situation of the LGBT community in Russia. It is not a crime to be gay but there is a law against the promotion of homosexuality to minors. Issues relating to the LGBT community are not part of the public discourse. Gay people have a place in Russia which is quite hidden and underground.”FARE, which monitors FIFA fixtures for discriminatory behavior, said it is unclear whether fans will be allowed to display rainbow flags inside stadiums. 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People walk past a huge poster promoting the upcoming soccer World Cup 2018 tournament in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The World Cup will be played at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW — FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay soccer fans going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia that displays of affection could be met with an aggressive response from intolerant locals.Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains strong and intensified after a law was introduced in 2013 prohibiting dissemination to minors of “propaganda” legitimizing homosexuality.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Spartak was also fined for discriminatory chants against fans from Russia’s North Caucasus in a domestic cup game last month.Anti-discrimination observers will be deployed at the June 14-July 15 World Cup where matches can bestopped or abandoned if racism persists after warnings inside stadiums.“The World Cup must be inclusive, respect human rights, must respect the rights of everyone including minorities,” Addiechi said. “We have the assurance from the Russian organizing committee and the Russian authorities that everyone will feel safe, comfortable and welcome in the country.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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PPP pickets President’s Berbice visit

first_img…calls for Agricultural Minister’s resignation…as Police arrest drivers taking protestersThe Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) on Friday picketed President David Granger as he made his way to the Corentyne in East Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).However, some of the protesters were detained by the Police as they were making their way to the picket line.The protesters were voicing their concerns about a number of issues affecting the country, including the dismissal of thousands of sugar workers, the high crime rate, and unilateral appointment of GECOM chairman Justice James Patterson, 84, on October 19 by President David Granger.Speaking to the media on Friday, Regional Party Chairman Zamal Hussain said the PPP is upset over the unilateral decision taken by the President in appointing the new GECOM Chairman. Last month, the party picketed Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, and had vowed to dish out the same treatment to the President whenever he comes to the region.“We are very concerned about this unilateral decision by the President to appoint the GECOM Chairman, and it should be rescinded because this is unconstitutional. In fact, we are against this constitutional dictatorship attitude of the President, whereby he has appointed this 84-year-old man to take up that position at GECOM. This action is a recipe for rigged elections, and we are here to protest against the dark days coming back to Guyana, and this is something we are trying to stop. The GECOM Chairperson is the key in how the 2020 elections will be run,” Hussain said.Hussain spoke on behalf of some ex-estate workers who were present at the protest. Their severance, he said, should be the full payment, and not 50 per cent. Hussain called on the Government to provide transportation for children in the various areas whose parents are now jobless.The opposition regional councillor, during the protest, called for Agricultural Minister Noel Holder to resign, claiming that he is responsible for what is happening in the sugar industry.The party is also demanding that the dismissed workers get water and electricity subsidy to cushion the impact of their unemployment.He explained that it was Minister Holder’s “incompetence” in handling the sugar workers’ severance pay issue, and more importantly, in handling the issues surrounding GuySuCo.“We are also here to show our discomfort with the spiralling crime rate in Guyana,” Hussain told Guyana Times.Hussain expressed disappointment over the fact that some colleagues of the sugar workers could attend the exercise. He explained that the minibus, which was taking some of the protesters, was stopped at Lewis Manor village and taken to the Albion Police Station, where one of the drivers was charged for having a sticker on the back of the bus which has the name of the bus service and a telephone number. The other bus allegedly had a sign which read ‘private’ on the dashboard.Both drivers are expected to make a court appearance. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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BC Hydro formally apologizes to members of Treaty 8

first_imgBC Hydro has apologized for drilling in an important Treaty 8 Tribal Association archaeological site.Last July, members from the Site-C team were conducting geotechnical investigation work in the area.Spokesperson David Conway says the team changed locations at last minute, in an effort to reduce environmental impact. Conway says the team did not check the mapping correctly, and accidently drilled in the archaeological zone.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=1585|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=82e35a3d2e3399abc4b6c0c387f81623-Conway 1_1_Pub.mp3]He says the team immediately stopped working as soon as they realized they were drilling in a culturally sensitive area. They also notified members from Treaty 8 and the archaeological branch in Victoria.Then,  BC Hydro hired an archaeological firm to conduct a study on the extent of damage. Conway says the study concluded that no scientifically important archaeological artifacts were found at the site.Advertisement Now, BC Hydro recently met with members from Treaty 8 to issue a formal apology.[asset|aid=1586|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=82e35a3d2e3399abc4b6c0c387f81623-Conway 2_1_Pub.mp3]He says it was also an opportunity for the Site-C team to hear directly from Treaty 8, in regards to the importance of the archaeological sites to First Nations.In a Treaty Eight Tribal Association news release, Chief Liz Logan calls the apology “An important first step, to acknowledge our Treaty Rights in the area.”Advertisement She also says Hydro outlined steps taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.They include the appointment of on-site external environmental managers and archaeologists, who have authority to stop any Hyrdo work, in the area.last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, October 20

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed speculation linking the Spanish giants with a move for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling. (Daily Mail)Ancelotti has also told Manchester United to forget about re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo. (The Sun)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal hopes to blow Arsenal and Chelsea out the water with a MEGA contract offer for Germany World Cup winner Sami Khedira. (Daily Star)Manchester United are also planning a £15m bid for Torino full-back Matteo Darmian. (Daily Express)Manchester United target Arturo Vidal insists he is “100% committed” to Juventus despite being left out of the squad for their clash with Sassuolo at the weekend. (Daily Star)Dani Alves is continuing negotiations with Barcelona over a new contract but the club want him to take a wage cut.The Brazilian was reported to have agreed a pre-contract with Manchester United but no deal is in place. (Daily Mail)Liverpool, Everton, Swansea, Hull and West Ham are all keen on Marseille forward Andre Ayew. (Daily Mirror)Neil Lennon is hoping to bring his former Celtic strike star Gary Hooper to Bolton. The new Trotters boss has identified the Norwich City forward as the man to help lift the Championship side away from the relegation danger zone. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘We’re not at our best, but we’re getting there’, Liverpool boss Rodgers tells talkSPORTExclusive – Arsenal are only fighting for third or fourth, claims ParlourExclusive – Arsenal MUST be more disciplined in defence, says Gunners legendExclusive – Higginbotham: Sunderland players gave up in 8-0 mauling at SouthamptonMUST WATCH: No wonder Man United reportedly want this Dutch starlast_img read more

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What does your cell phone say about you?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Boys and men think of them as tricked-out cars: leather cases and chrome bumpers or sports-inspired skins. “For many people, their phones are near and dear to them,” said Art Navarro, West Coast spokesman for Cingular. “They want to make a statement. When people whip out a cell phone to use it, it has got to make a bold statement.” With 70 percent of the nation wired in to cell phones, it’s natural that customers want to personalize, said Dan Roy, national sales manager for Motorola. He sees it as another form of pop culture. Five years ago, ringtones became a hit. Industry leaders said retail sales of ringtones reached about $500 million in the U.S. last year, up from $245 million in 2004 and $68 million in 2003, according to BMI, the performing rights organization that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers. Even the makers of Motorola’s sleek RAZR are selling skins or stickers to press on to the bodies of the phones. WOODLAND HILLS – Monique Bonilla’s Sidekick cell phone sparkles, like the braces on the teeth of many of the teenagers at Taft High School. “It’s just too plain when it comes out of the box,” the 15-year-old said of her electronic toy, accessorized in pink and white rhinestones in the shape of a heart. “So a lot of people, when they get these, they want some style to it.” It’s all about personalization, say those in the industry. It’s about pulling out a cell phone and being the talk of the town. All over Los Angeles, it seems cell phones and Sidekicks, iPods and BlackBerrys are getting makeovers. For girls and women, these little technological toys are the new Barbie: the cell phones come out of the box, as plain and simple as can be, then are rushed over to a speciality cart in the middle of a mall and bejeweled with rhinestones or dangling charms. “Customization is everywhere,” Roy said. “I think that phones are now so prevalent, it’s not so special to have one. The next step is people want to accessorize them. As electronics go, cell phones are not that expensive.” Roy said he sees the trend more in California than anywhere else. “The West Coast tends to adapt to these things faster than the rest of the country,” he said. “The idea isn’t quite exciting to the rest of the nation as it is here.” Sprint offers its own accessories as well. The latest are geared toward men: wallpaper of sports heroes and hip-hop stars. “We launched Sprint faceplates and charms,” said spokeswoman Kathleen Dunleavy. “I think it’s great. It’s a great way for our customers to express their individuality. Everyone’s got a cell phone, but what personalization says is, Guess what? You don’t have a cell phone like the one I have.” At the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park, Tina Dokko caught the accessory fever about a year ago. She operates Powercell, a small cart where a cell phone or Sidekick or any other pocket-size electronic can get an extreme makeover. For $60 to $200, she and her colleague Ivy Kim will stick on high-end rhinestones by hand, with symbols as simple as pink hearts or initials, to more elaborate designs such as swirls. “Sometimes, people will buy and activate a phone at a shop, then bring it straight over here,” she said. “They want the phone to look good. They want to show it off. They want someone to look at the phone and say, Wow!” “I’m always into what looks different,” said Lena Smith, 30, of Woodland Hills, who stopped at Dokko’s cart. Some of the pink and clear crystals had popped off, a result of a little lack of love and tender care on her part, she said. “It’s definitely a trendy thing,” Smith said. “I like things that sparkle and people expect to see me in something that sparkles.” The allure is lost on a few, though. “I think these are people who are lonely, or something happened in their life to where they need that attention,” said 20-year-old Dana Nazery of Northridge. “You’ll never see a guy with rhinestones on his phone.” “They’ve got too much time on their hands,” agreed 16-year-old Sharona Harir of Woodland Hills. Her friend Anna Patrosyan, 18, of Canoga Park said she would rather buy a new phone than decorate an old one. “I wouldn’t do it, but if people like it, they like it,” she said. “I’ve seen beautiful covers with flowers and rhinestones.” At Taft High School, friends Phillip Bull and James Darby IV, both 17, flipped open their cell phones to reveal plain faces. No wallpaper, no skins, and definitely no rhinestones. “It’s mainly girls that do that,” Phillip said of the decorating. “I just don’t need that. I’m trying to get my grown man on.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN APPOINTED DIRECTOR AT ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST ART GALLERIES

first_imgA Co Donegal man has been appointed as the new director of one of Australia’s biggest art galleries.John Cunningham, left, has received a prestigious appointment.McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, has made well-known Ardara man John Cunningham its new director.Cunningham replaces outgoing director Robert Lindsay. Lindsay announced that he would be stepping down from the position in February.Cunningham brings a wealth of Australian and international experience to the role.At present, he is the director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery.John is well-known across Donegal where his previous roles include deputy director of the Regional Cultural Centre in Ireland and manager of the Letterkenny Arts Centre. He also has a keen interest in the intersection between art, science and locale.During his four-year tenure at Warrnambool, the gallery garnered its highest audience numbers, with a huge 73 per cent jump in visitors.  Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/john-cunningham-appointed-director-of-mcclelland-sculpture-park-and-gallery-20150430-1mwq25.html#ixzz3Yq3K5AQDDONEGAL MAN APPOINTED DIRECTOR AT ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST ART GALLERIES was last modified: May 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ardaraart galleryAustraliadonegalJohn Cunninghamlast_img read more

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WOMAN GETS €45,000 FOR FALL AT DONEGAL SHOPPING CENTRE

first_imgA woman who injured her ankle after her foot caught on an uneven footpath as she left a Donegal shopping centre has been awarded €45,000 in damages.The High CourtMs Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon said carer Helen Flynn suffered a severe injury to her ankle after the fall at Letterkenny Shopping Centre. The High Court heard she was in plaster for six weeks as a result of the accident.Ms Flynn (51), Rannyhill, Gortnavern, Kerrykeel, had sued Harcourt Developments Ltd, owner of Letterkenny Shopping Centre, as a result of the accident on July 7th, 2009.She claimed she was caused to trip and fall in a hole on a broken footpath near the entrance to the shopping centre. There was a failure to cordon off the area where the footpath had been damaged, she claimed.Harcourt Developments had denied liability.Making the award, Ms Justice O’Hanlon said Ms Flynn was a credible person who had established her case in negligence.WOMAN GETS €45,000 FOR FALL AT DONEGAL SHOPPING CENTRE was last modified: February 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DamagesfallHelen FlynnHIGH COURTKERRYKEELlast_img read more

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Newcastle boss asked to do Spain World Cup job

first_img How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? gameday Benitez led the Magpies to 10th last season Newcastle were sounded out about the possibility of loaning manager Rafael Benitez to Spain for the World Cup finals.It is understood the Spanish Football Association contacted the Magpies after sacking manager Julen Lopetegui just two days before his side were due to launch their campaign in Russia following an announcement he was to leave his post after the tournament to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. Enrique is the new Spain boss How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Benitez currently finds himself in limbo as he waits for a significant breakthrough on the transfer front having to date added only Martin Dubravka and Kenedy, who were both on loan at St James’ Park during the second half of last season, to the squad and replaced departed midfielder Mikel Merino with Ki Sung-yueng.He is desperate to add a proven striker to the mix, but has already missed out on Nice marksman Alassane Plea to Borussia Monchengladbach, while West Brom’s Salomon Rondon has so far stayed beyond his grasp with the club seemingly unwilling to activate a £16.5million release clause in his contract.The situation appears to have reached something of an impasse with owner Mike Ashley unwilling to invest heavily in a manager who has just a year remaining on his contract and is yet to agree an extension, while Benitez does not want to commit himself until the club show they share his ambition, and that includes investment in the academy and training ground. who plays? 3 Fans who are never very far from open revolt over Ashley’s methods are starting to fear a season of struggle – the Magpies ended the last campaign in 10th place in the Premier League after mounting a concerted fightback after the turn of the year – if the squad is not improved, and in turn that that could ultimately cost them a manager who has captured their imagination during his time to date on Tyneside.Managing director Lee Charnley is trying to do the deals which will satisfy Benitez as the August 9 transfer deadline fast approaches, but the manager has hinted that his first and second choice targets have already eluded the club as they work their way down his list. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ALTERED However, sources on Tyneside have indicated their interest never went beyond that initial enquiry and it was former skipper Fernando Hierro who eventually took temporary charge.Spain were dumped out of the competition in the last 16 by hosts Russia and have since appointed former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique on a two-year contract.Benitez, 58, has admitted in the past that the national job could appeal one day, although he remains focused on Newcastle during what has been a difficult summer.Asked at the club’s pre-season training camp at Carton House in Ireland if he could have taken charge of his country at the World Cup finals, he told the Chronicle: “There was maybe a chance, but still I am here and I am happy to be here. There was a chance. There were rumours about that.” Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Ashley is reluctant to invest NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? predicted possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 3 smart causal Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 3 highlights last_img read more

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Tottenham fans allowed first glimpse inside new stadium at test day

first_img gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The stadium is not far away from completion 6 6 Fans explored the concourse Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Food vendors got a test run A group of Tottenham fans have been given a look inside their new stadium.The supporters were allowed into the ground as part of an ‘orientation day’ prior to the start of the new Premier League season. They were also shown to the seats outside Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED 6 REVEALED targets ALTERED no dice They were offered a match day experience and allowed employees to undergo a test run of a operations during a typical league match.Spurs are scheduled to play their first game at the new stadium against Liverpool on September 15.They will play their first official home game of 2018/19 at Wembley against Fulham on August 18.The club uploaded the following images on their various social media pages. gameday 6 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 6 possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Young fans got the first view of their new home Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Latest Tottenham News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card They also tested out the turnstiles Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa 6 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal punished last_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Returns To Knapp Center To Host Green Bay Sunday Afternoon

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team returns to the Knapp Center Sunday afternoon to host Green Bay. Tipoff with the Phoenix is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast online on The Valley On ESPN3. Drake holds a 6-1 overall record after dropping its first contest of the season Thursday night in Vermillion, S.D. to South Dakota. The Coyotes edged the Bulldogs, 92-87, in overtime after Drake junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) nailed a clutch three with less than a second in regulation to send the game to extra time. The teams swapped points earlier in overtime before the Coyotes pulled away for their 17th consecutive victory at the DakotaDome. Wendell, who earlier this week received her third Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week award, scored a game-high 26 points with a season-high five three-pointers. Senior Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) had a career night against South Dakota setting new highs in points (15), rebounds (10) and blocks (6). Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) added 18 points and six rebounds. Drake’s offense is off to a blazing start this season averaging a league-best 81.6 points a game, having scored 73 or more points in every game. The Bulldogs will look to get back on track with their rebounding as they allowed a season-high 54 boards by the Coyotes, which led to 17 second chance points for South Dakota. Green Bay is off to 3-2 start with wins over Marquette, Vanderbilt and Tulane, and neutral court losses to Rutgers and Virginia at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands last week. The Phoenix are led by head coach Kevin Borseth, who is in his fourth season in his second stint at Green Bay. Borseth won over 200 games in nine seasons with the Phoenix before departing for the same position at the University of Michigan. He returned to Green Bay in 2012 after five seasons as head coach of the Wolverines. Tesha Buck (14.2) and Kaili Lukan (14.0) are one-two in scoring for the Phoenix, who average 62.8 points a game. Green Bay owns a slight advantage, 3-2, in the all-time series against Drake. Following Sunday’s game, the Bulldogs have a break before welcoming William Penn for the annual “Pack the Knapp” game on Dec. 11 at 11 a.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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