Clashes at mass Paris protest over black man’s death in custody

first_imgTopics : Some 20,000 people defied a ban in Paris on Tuesday to protest the 2016 death of a young black man in French police custody, some clashing with police and using slogans like those used in the demonstrations raging in the US.The protesters rallied outside a Paris court despite a coronavirus ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, before clashes erupted involving tear gas, rubber bullets, burning barricades and projectiles.They were protesting after the release of two differing medical reports into the cause of Adama Traore’s death, whose case has long been a rallying cry against police brutality in France. “There were some incidents on the sidelines of the banned protest and security forces are intervening,” the Paris police prefecture tweeted. The police estimated that around 20,000 people attended the protest.Earlier in the day Traore’s elder sister Assa spoke to the large crowd. “Today we are not just talking about the fight of the Traore family. It is the fight for everyone. When we fight for George Floyd, we fight for Adama Traore,” she said.”What is happening in the United States is an echo of what is happening in France.”Protests were held across France, with 2,500 protesters attending a rally in the northern city of Lille, 1,800 in Marseille, and 1,200 in Lyon. Many of the protesters drew inspiration from the protest movement in the United States over the police killing last week of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, brandishing viral slogans in English such as “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe”.The protest started in the late afternoon outside the court in northeast Paris, before projectiles were thrown and the police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, which scattered into the surrounding streets, AFP journalists witnessed.Sporadic clashes broke out near the ringroad that encircles Paris, with stones thrown at the police, who responded by firing rubber bullets.Barricades were erected in some streets. center_img Dueling medical reports The Traore case has long been controversial in France.Following a dispute over an identity check, Traore, 24, was apprehended in a house where he hid after leading police on a 15-minute chase in 2016.One of the three arresting officers has told investigators that they pinned Traore down with their combined bodyweight.Traore lost consciousness in their vehicle and died at a nearby police station. He was still handcuffed when paramedics arrived.On Friday, French medical experts exonerated the three police officers, saying that Traore did not die of “positional suffocation” but from “cardiogenic edema” linked to his poor health. The findings, the third official report to clear the officers, dismissed a medical report commissioned by the young man’s family that said he had died of asphyxiation.But on Tuesday a new probe commissioned by the Traore family said that his death was caused by the arrest technique used by the officers.The dueling medical reports also echoes the case of George Floyd, whose preliminary autopsy said he died from pre-existing heart problems, while an autopsy arranged by his family found he died of asphyxiation from sustained pressure. Floyd’s official autopsy then confirmed he died in a homicide involving “neck compression”. ‘Not violent, nor racist’ Paris police chief Didier Lallement, who banned the protest, earlier on Tuesday wrote a letter to police officers defending their conduct.He said he sympathized with the “pain” officers must feel “faced with accusations of violence and racism, repeated endlessly by social networks and certain activist groups”.The Paris police force “is not violent, nor racist: it acts within the framework of the right to liberty for all,” he insisted in an email to the city’s 27,500 law enforcers.Several French officers have also been investigated for brutality against members of the public at long-running “yellow vest” anti-government rallies, and more recent anti-pension reform strikes.Scores of protesters were maimed by rubber bullets or stun grenades, some losing an eye or a hand.On January 3 this year, a 42-year-old man suffocated to death after being pinned face down to the ground during an arrest in Paris.Last week, a 14-year-old was badly injured in one eye during a police operation in Bondy, one of Paris’s northern suburbs, sparking protests.last_img read more

Supreme Court cuts graft sentence of former Dems chief

first_imgThe Supreme Court has reduced the graft sentence of former Democratic Party chair Anas Urbaningrum to eight years from the initial 14 years after a recent case review.“[The court] sentences defendant Anas Urbaningrum to eight years in prison, in addition to a fine of Rp 300 million [US$20,164], which, if not paid, will be replaced with three months’ imprisonment,” the court’s ruling on Wednesday read, as quoted by Jakarta Corruption Court initially sentenced Anas, who served as party chair from 2010 to 2013, to eight years in prison in 2014 for his involvement in the high-profile Hambalang Sports Complex graft case, a lighter sentence than the prosecutors’ demand of 15 years. The Supreme Court increased the punishment to 14 years in June 2015 after an appeal. Despite the reduced prison sentence, the court still required Anas to pay Rp 57.5 billion and $5.26 million in restitution. He was also stripped of his right to run for public office for five years after serving his sentence.Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro, who was a member of the bench, said the court had approved Anas’ reasoning of “judicial error” in the previous sentence. In particular, Andi said the judges had convicted Anas under the wrong article of the 2001 Corruption Law.Anas is one of many officials involved in the major corruption scandal surrounding the development of the Hambalang Sports Complex in Bogor, West Java, which reportedly cost the country about Rp 2.5 trillion.In 2016, Jokowi insisted on moving forward with the graft-ridden project, promising to recoup resources lost to corruption. However, as of last year, the barren construction site has remained untouched, with no signs of ongoing development. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Midfielder Arthur Melo ‘praying’ for Neymar

first_imgRio de Janeiro: Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo has expressed the hope that Brazil teammate Neymar will return to the Catalan club, less than 18 months after his world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).Neymar has scored 44 goals in 49 matches for the French side but there has been speculation that the 26-year-old is unhappy and angling for a return to the Camp Nou.“Personally, I’m praying that he comes because he is a great player,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Brazil’s Uol news portal on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.“That’s unquestionable. The more top qualify players we have, the better [for Barcelona]. But only he knows. I don’t how if there are negotiations and possibilities of him coming back. He is a personal friend and a footballer who I admire a lot. I’d be really happy if he came back,” he added.Neymar won two La Liga titles, a Champions League title, three Spanish Cups, a Spanish Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in a four-year spell at Barcelona. He became the most expensive footballer in history when he joined Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros in August 2017. (IANS) Also Read: Don’t Compare Me with Neymar: Rodrygolast_img read more

Unexpected veteran presence Evan Molloy steadies Syracuse depleted defense

first_img Published on February 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ What now constitutes as “experienced” on Syracuse’s defense is less than a year spent as a starter.Evan Molloy, a backup 10 months ago, now barks orders from the net as a grizzled guru. Injuries and graduation have forced the redshirt senior into the leadership position on a defense with a former fourth man, a fresh-faced sophomore and transitioning long-stick midfielder. Molloy has an approach manicured over years of goaltending: Be really, really loud.“I make my voice really deep,” Molloy said, speaking normally. “It doesn’t sound like this. I’m yelling at people. It’s intense.”Syracuse’s current defense — Tyson Bomberry, Marcus Cunningham and Scott Firman — combined for one start at their positions entering the year. But it’s the group Syracuse must roll with after preseason All-American defender Nick Mellen, who started all but one game last season, needed season-ending surgery.Albany exposed Syracuse’s new defensive line last Saturday like Siena never could with skip passes and quick rotations. Now, No. 6 Syracuse (2-0) needs Molloy to be the antidote for inexperience by preparing and directing teammates for when Army (2-1) visits the Carrier Dome on Saturday at noon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(Molloy) is very local, which helps our defense play well as a unit,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He’s like a quarterback out there. Communication is important. … He’s been the strength of our defense.”The coach now heaping high praise passed on starting Molloy last season but reversed his decision after eight games. Immediately, Desko noticed, defensive communication improved. The fluidity of slides, second slides and recovers increased. Syracuse’s clearing improved from 88 percent to 93. “He really turned some things around for us,” Desko said.Molloy transitioned into the larger role midseason, leaning on senior stalwarts Jay McDermott and Brandon Mullins. This season, roles reversed.“I love playing for Evan,” redshirt sophomore Cunningham said. “He bails you out all the time and he’s very vocal. …. Even though usually we are in a good spot, he’s always reminding you where you need to be.”Molloy, though, cannot communicate what he does not see. But therein lies his strength as a goaltender, he said. Because Jamie Molloy, his father, introduced him to lacrosse in Manhasset, New York, at age 5, Molloy said he often recognizes offensive sets and angles.He compares it to playing football and walking to the line of scrimmage. You can’t exactly explain how you know the defense will blitz, but you yell to alert your teammates anyway. The confidence to direct as Molloy did last season as a career backup comes from Jamie. His father holds the career saves record at SU and still says, according to Molloy, that he could play wide receiver in the NFL. Projecting unfailing confidence has been passed down and now signifies one of Molloy’s strongest traits.“It’s just my IQ,” Molloy said of his strength in net. “I’ve been playing the game since I was 5. … I’m just a good leader inherently. I’m in the net and (defenders) hear my voice, their ears perk up. ‘He’s telling me something I got to do.’ Then they realize someone’s wide open in the crease.”The vocal and fundamental soundness reminds ESPN lacrosse analyst Mark Dixon of other great Syracuse goalies, such as John Galloway and Jay Pfeifer. The 6-foot, 176-pound redshirt senior’s frame, read-and-react style and steadying influence fit the archetype.The Orange needs a calming presence now more than ever. The experience has already hurt Syracuse two games into the season with struggles against Albany. When SU faced a 6-1 hole against the Great Danes, Desko shifted lineups by rotating Austin Fusco and Andrew Helmer at long-stick midfielder and even subbed off Cunningham for true freshman Nick DiPietro in long spurts. The defense clamped down and didn’t allow a goal in the next 30:38 en route to a 10-9 win. But Desko credited Molloy and his four second-half saves to cool a scalding offense and play SU back into the game.The result didn’t surprised teammates. And Molloy even less. But they know it’s only the beginning of the defense’s transition. Impromptu adjustments require time to normalize and, until then, Molloy will push Syracuse forward with direction from behind.“I have the best view because (defenders) are all focused on their men,” Molloy said. “Their back might be turned, but I’m in the net. I can see everything.” Commentslast_img read more

FA Cup replay action

first_imgCambridge United travel to Old Trafford to take-on Manchester United after holding the Premier League giants to a goalless draw in their first meeting.Meanwhile, Fulham will host Sunderland at Craven Cottage and Sheffield United will take-on Preston.Those three matches will all kick-off at 19:45.last_img

Obaje Vows to End Season as Top Scorer

first_imgBy Uchenna IyokeWikki Tourists top striker and NPFL leading scorer, Godwin Obaje has sets his sights at scoring more goals this season to help his club land the 2016 title. Obaje spoke to shortly after helping Wikki Tourists regain the pole position on the log after a 2-0 defeat of visiting Abia Warriors in a Match-day 28 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.The big striker scored the second goal and his 14th of the season. Obaje’s impressive scoring abilities have seen him earn a call-up to the NPFL All-Star camp preparing for an international friendly tour of Spain for the Carranza LaLiga World Club Tournament.The NPFL All-Star  are billed to play three pre-season friendlies against Malaga CF, Valencia CF and Atletico Madrid CF.Obaje said the invitation has offered him an opportunity to team up with the best players in the Nigerian elite league, pledging that he will make sure the opportunity counts.Obaje had failed to score a league goal for over a month and said his return to scoring form wasa great delight.“I am happy to have scores again today after many games without a league goal. It has not been a result of me but it is the efforts of all my team mates. So i dedicate the goal to the entire squad”.To score the goal, Obaje had intelligently displaced Emmanuel Olowo of Abia Warriors before slotting home perfectly to seal the win for Wikki . The former Mighty Jets striker would not want to place a goals target and reasoned that goals can be scored as the opportunity calls.He continued by saying that scoring against Abia Warriors has renewed his run of goals in the current season and reiterated that he wouldn’t be setting any goals’ target.“I do not like to set a goal target and like I said earlier, I just want to keep scoring as the chances come. Many people are keen to know why Obaje have not been scoring but it’s absolutely nothing. Most times i tried but it did not work out, so I thank God that I got back today”, enthused Obaje.He is now looking forward to continue the scoring form in their game against Akwa United on Match Day 29 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIFA Confirms Next World Cup in Qatar to Hold Nov/Dec 2022

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe in MoscowFIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place between November 21st and December 18th.FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, confirmed Friday at the final Press Conference on the 2018 World Cup in Russia that football leagues around the world had been informed on time for them to adjust their calendars to suit the tournament. The World Cup has always been hosted from June till July when the European football league season has ended, but this time it will be in the run up to Christmas break.“Leagues around the world have been informed already, and of course they will have to adapt,” Infantino said.“The World Cup in 2022 will be played from November 21 to December 18: the idea is to involve 48 teams.”“We have agreements and a contract with Qatar, but it’s still too early to know if there will be 32 teams or more.”“For now, anything is possible. With 48 teams, many ‘regional’ tensions would be solved so I don’t want to close the door to this opportunity.”The implication of a winter World Cup would mean several European leagues will have to break for several weeks before the tournament to allow national teams to have time with their players in the build up to the tournament and for several weeks after in order to give them a break.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton stunned by viral video of Ghanaians celebrating his win

first_imgBritish racing driver Lewis Hamilton has been stunned by a video of Ghanaians celebrating his recent Formula 1 victory. In the video trending on social media, Ghanaian Formula 1 fans are seen jubilating after Hamilton staged a thrilling fightback to catch and pass Max Verstappen for victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.The video was taken at Formula 1 Ghana viewing party at the Multichoice head office in Accra on Sunday and shared on their page.However, Hamilton reposted on his Instagram page, Tuesday, with a heartfelt caption. He wrote; “I woke up this morning to this video and it brought tears to my eyes. I honestly never knew I had fans like this in Ghana but I am so grateful. The love is so appreciated and I’m sending you love right back. Thank you #teamlhghanafor supporting me and being with me on this journey. One love and blessings to you all. #medaase #ghana#teamlh #grateful” The video has also been shared by the Formula 1 on their official feed. The posts were also shared by Mercedes AMG, for whom Lewis Hamilton races, and the official F1 Instagram page, too.Big names such as Serena Williams and Kevin Hart weighed in on the champion racer’s post.This is huge boost for the sport’s following in Ghana which, until recently, was not done in an organized way. Vertical Limit Productions has been leading a silent revolution of gathering F1 fans in the country over the past two years, and Sunday’s viewing was one of a series of events on the racing calendar.The event was held at the offices of DStv, who are partners in this venture to make F1 a mainstream sport in Ghana with a dedicated fanbase.Joy FM has been a pioneering media partner as well, with a regular F1 segment now present on the station’s Saturday sports show, the JoySports Link.Together with brands such as Heineken, A1 Raceway, and Starbites, the racing experience is seeing clear and present growth.The F1 community in Ghana are working at being at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to bring the excitement closer to their teeming fans.last_img read more

Judge denies request to block football suspension for teen making White Power sign

first_imgBlair Van Staalduine, right, is pictured next to his parents Jerry and Cathy Van Staalduine prior to a court hearing at the Marshall County Courthouse Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. The family is seeking a temporary injunction for a football suspension the student received from Marshalltown High School for what was perceived as a “White Power” gesture with his hands. (AP Photo/The Times-Republican, Andrew Potter)MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) – A judge has denied a Marshalltown teenager’s request to temporarily block a three-game football suspension that was imposed as punishment for the display of what administrators called a white power sign.District Court Judge Steven Oeth on Tuesday denied the temporary injunction request by 17-year-old Blair Van Staalduine, The Marshalltown Times-Republican reported ( ).Administrators at Marshalltown High School suspended Van Staalduine after discovering a photo of him making a “W” sign with his hands. The teen argued the sign only reflected his white clothing, but Activity Director Craig Huegel testified Van Staalduine and other students involved acknowledged it signified white power.Van Staalduine denied he made that admission to Huegel, but in his decision Oeth wrote, “The athletic director’s testimony is more credible on this issue.”Oeth stated in his ruling that administrators control what is appropriate speech in schools. “The speech involved in this matter is not immunized by constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech and schools have the authority to determine appropriate speech in the particular school environment.”Van Staalduine’s father, Jerry Van Staalduine, had testified that missing three games could hurt his son’s chance of getting a college scholarship.Oeth stated that players often miss games and still receive scholarships.Marshalltown school Superintendent Marvin Wade testified that after a racially charged fight in 2011, the school developed a culture where racist signs weren’t tolerated.___Information from: Times-Republican, http://www.timesrepublican.comlast_img read more

Guyana: love at first visit

first_imgDear Editor,Like most Americans, the only thing I knew about Guyana was that a very tragic event transpired some 40 years ago in the jungle that featured a megalomaniac preacher. There is a saying that we in the US can’t locate a country on a map until our military bombs it.Among all the things I learned over the past few years is that Guyana has a sizable Hindu population. Thankfully, attending the annual Hindu Mandir Executive Conference in Trinidad some four years ago resulted in a serious offer to visit. The trip would be sponsored by a few Guyanese along with my advocacy organisation, The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), where I sit on its National Leadership Council (HAFSITE.ORG). Though the A in HAF specifically indicates “America,” as in “the United States of…” the Board and staff agreed that we must not dismiss such sizable populations in close proximity.The scenery in Guyana is awesome but it is the people that really make the lasting impressions. I was immediately overwhelmed with great kindness and hospitality.The 1st few of my 9 days were spent at The Social Services Centre of Excellence in Woodley Park, WCB. This was founded by Pandit and educator, Ram Rattan, who currently spends most of his time in Florida but continues to maintain a presence in Guyana. This is truly a jewel of a place, offering classes for social and individual improvement. Sri Ramji was kind enough to provide me with a room and all meals when he learnt the purpose of my trip.  He even joined me for several of the lectures I gave in that general area.Since so many Indians who became indentured in Guyana were from Utter Pradesh, my experience allowed me to sample new tastes—seven curry on lotus leaves.One breath-taking trip was the ferry from Parika to Essequibo. Everything about it—the water, passing the beautiful islands, and the wonderful breeze, all contributed to a feeling of great content.Guyana has absolutely stunning homes. What impresses most is the originality of the designs and architecture. All the houses are unique, unlike our dull subdivisions.  I know that Guyana is not a “rich” country, but everyone in the US with whom I shared my photos would like to visit. I saw many inspiring temples outstanding among which was the one at Gay Park, overseen by female Pandita, Srimati Maraj. Our guide for the day, generous and always willing to help, Rudy (back shop) Rampersaud, made sure that we visited the site where indentured servants first landed in 1838.I would encourage Hindus from the US and India alike to take a lesson from the way pujas and yagnas are conducted in Guyana. We spend too much time in rituals that few can understand but in the land of endless summer, the rituals are briefer. There is always an accomplished harmoniumist and percussionist. The power of bhajans create an atmosphere of true bhakti. The kathas delivered by the pundits are the centre of attention. Drawing from the stories of the Ramayana (mostly) they engage the devotees in a way that I don’t often see in standard American Hindu temples. There are exceptions here, but they are rare.At US temples people overindulge in socialising.    No matter if it is a church, synagogue or mosque, members have to be constantly told to stop talking.  However, at a yagna with over 500 in attendance at Hampton Court on the Essequibo Coast, all eyes and ears were on presiding Pandit Lalaram from the Bath Settlement, Berbice. They were also very kind to me when I was asked to speak.Visiting and staying with Swami Aksharananda allowed me to speak for an entire day to the students at Saraswati Vidya Niketan, a private Hindu School at Cornelia Ida. The behaviour of the children, their rigorous schedule and the quality of the teachers, all contributed to its status as one of the best in the country.  If we could import that level of academic professionalism to the US we would have a greater nation.  Fixed in memory is a trip to the Stabroek Market, where I was able to purchase a beautiful gold necklace from the most venerable jewellery merchants in Guyana. I was warned that this was not the safest place for a white foreigner, but I was fortunate to have Swami with me.The purpose of my trip was to investigate the challenge that the Hindu community is dealing with what we call predatory conversion. While acknowledging the sanctity of a person’s decision to move from one religion to another, we know that some religious groups use methods on individuals and communities to persuade them to adopt a religion they wouldn’t normally join if not for pressure. This coercion can come in the form of bribery, medical aid, professional gains, etc.  It was thought that a white American who did, in fact, leave his birth religion of his own accord to embrace Dharma might have a positive impact on the devotees who have to deal with ideas of superiority that the European explorers took with them to their colonies. In my conversations with retired lawyer and Guyanese-Canadian writer, Ram Sahadeo, we discussed a lecture tour I completed back in 2005 when I crisscrossed much of India’s northeast states, speaking at local temples, schools and public venues in an attempt to resist the rampant predatory conversion practices there. There seemed to be much interest in our mission in Guyana. Several good connections were made and many ideas were discussed but much more coordination is needed to combat this problem using the Gandhian principle of Ahimsa.Anyone interested in a more detailed report can contact me at Fred@hafsite.orgSincerely,Fred StellaMember,NationalLeadership CouncilHinduAmerican Foundationlast_img read more