Several states elect Muslims for the first time, making history

first_imgIman Jodeh as the first Muslim lawmaker in Colorado’s state historyAnother first for both Muslims and Muslim women was the election of Iman Jodeh to the Colorado House of Representatives. Jodeh, a community activist, educator, and daughter to Palestinian immigrants will represent Colorado’s District 41 as the state’s first Muslim lawmaker. – Advertisement – x Democrat Madinah Wilson-Anton became the first Muslim to be elected to the general assembly in the state of Delaware, getting more than 70% of the vote. She will represent District 26 as a member of the Delaware House of Representatives. Not only is she the first Muslim to be elected to the state’s general assembly but she is also the first Muslim woman to ever be elected to office in Delaware’s history.“There is a stereotype that women that cover, that are Muslim are oppressed, are quiet, aren’t free to be themselves, and I don’t know how anybody can look at a 27-year-old Black woman who covers and ran for office and won as somebody who’s oppressed and doesn’t speak her mind,” she told ABC News.Her platform focuses on a number of issues including education funding reform, affordable housing, and accessible child care.- Advertisement – When asked about why she ran, Jodeh told The Colorado Sun, that running to be the first was never her intention. “I’m running because I feel like my lived experiences have the ability to influence progressive policy and move the needle in a positive and progressive way.” She added that although the state has had inadequate Muslim representation, she is proud to live there and that her election wouldn’t just be about representing Muslims, but an ally and voice for identities “across the board.”“I think it’s important that we do honor our democracy and not squander the voice of the people,” she told The Colorado Sun. “Women fought for a very long time to have a voice and a vote. People of color fought for even longer.” Samba Baldeh as the first Muslim elected to the Wisconsin State AssemblyNot only did Samba Baldeh become the first Muslim elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, but Baldeh is also the first Black man to represent Dane County in the legislature. Baldeh, who ran in Wisconsin’s District 48, defeated Republican Samuel Anderson with 80% of the vote. As a Muslim who immigrated from Gambia to Madison, Wisconsin, Baldeh told HuffPost he hopes his win is an inspiration to both Muslims and children of color.“Being the first Muslim to ever be elected at the state Assembly is really exciting, but also an opportunity that I am thankful for,” he said. “I am looking forward to the challenges, but obviously I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve District 48, but also to represent, not only my constituents but my Muslims, Africans, and constituents of color.”Christopher Benjamin as the first Muslim to be elected to any state office in Florida Christopher Benjamin made history in Florida by becoming the first Muslim American to be elected to any state office. Benjamin, a lawyer and South Florida native, will represent District 107 in the House of Representatives. His platform focuses on criminal justice reform, expanding Medicaid, and speaking up on issues that affect the Muslim community.“This election has been a great journey. I’ve been preparing for this type of office since I was an undergrad at Florida Memorial University, a private historically Black university, where I majored in political science. This is a great completion of that cycle, and to make history on top of it, is almost overwhelming.” Nida Allam as the first Muslim woman to serve the state of North Carolina Nida Allam was elected Tuesday onto the Durham County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina. She will serve as one of the five women, all Democrats, who were elected onto the Durham County Board of Commissioners. Allam’s historic win coincides with the country’s decision to elect its first all female board. Prior to this, she was elected as the first Muslim to serve on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Democratic Party in 2017.“Growing up Muslim American I never thought running for office let alone winning and making history would ever be a possibility,” Allam said.Allam was inspired to go into politics following the death of her close friends, three Muslim students who were killed in Chapel Hill in 2015, Deah Barakat, Razan Abu-Salha, and Yusor Abu-Salah. All three students were shot in their home by a neighbor, yet the incident barely received any media coverage or attention nationwide.“How can I be content with all the blessings I have been given in this world when there is so much to do to fight injustice, uplift one another and to make our communities healthier,” she said in a statement on her website. “I’m fighting for a better nation so that others don’t have to suffer the pain my community did.”x Abraham Aiyash elected to the Michigan House of RepresentativesAbraham Aiyash was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives to represent District 4 on Tuesday. The seventh of eight children, Aiyash was born in Michigan to immigrants from Yemen. According to his campaign, he believes in hard work, giving back, and commitment to service.Aiyash’s platform focuses on a number of issues including criminal justice reform, anti-Black racism, education, and healthcare. “We can reimagine a politics of the possible if we’re willing to engage ordinary citizens in our democracy,” a statement on his website read. xWe did it.To my family, our incredible staff, volunteers, thousands of supporters, and the Aiyash Champions across Hamtramck and Detroit – thank you.You believed in a politics of the possible. The fight for social, economic, and environmental justice continues. Onward.— Abraham Aiyash (@AbrahamAiyash) November 4, 2020Omar Fateh elected to Minnesota State SenateOmar Fateh will represent District 62 in the Minnesota State Senate. He defeated Sen. Jeff Hayden in the August primary and believes in bringing “people power” in the form of community to the capitol to solve issues. His platform heavily focuses on affordable housing and partnering with community organizations.  Minnesotans “should be able to access the folks that are representing us and make sure that they’re partnering with the community,” Fateh told The Appeal. The child of Somali immigrants, Fateh hopes to “bridge the gap” between immigrant communities and American culture. xWe won this race tonight. We couldn’t have done it without the surge of grassroots support that came from south Minneapolis. This is what it looks like to hold power to account. This is what it looks like to win for change.— Omar Fateh (@OmarFatehMN) August 12, 2020Fady Qaddoura as the first Muslim to serve in the Indiana SenateBeating incumbent Republican state senator John Ruckelshaus, Fady Qaddoura was elected to the Indiana Senate Tuesday. He will represent District 30. Qaddoura’s win gives hope to Democrats of eventually regaining their position in the Senate.“We did it! Only in America can someone immigrate to this country, work hard, and earn the trust of tens of thousands of voters to become the first Muslim State Senator in Indiana’s history. I will work hard every day to represent all Hoosiers—including the ones who did not vote for me,” said in a statement posted to Facebook.Zohran Kwame Mamdani elected to New York State Assembly as the first South Asian and second Muslim serving in the AssemblyZohran Kwame Mamdani was elected to represent District 36 in the New York State Assembly on Tuesday. He will serve as not only the first South Asian but the first elected Ugandan in the state. Additionally, he will also be the second Muslim to serve on the state assembly.Indian-Ugandan New Yorker Mamdani announced in October that he was running for New York State Assembly District 36 comprising the Astoria, Ditmars-Steinway, and Astoria Heights neighborhoods in Queens. Prior to his campaign, he worked as a housing counselor for immigrant families. His campaign centers on three emerging issues: housing for all, justice for all, and energy for all.“This election isn’t about a single candidate—it’s about a movement. As a democratic socialist, I know that we’ll never win the rights we all deserve—rights to healthcare, housing, education, nutrition, childcare, and public power—without a grassroots movement of the working class rising up to demand them. Another world is possible, but only if we fight for it together.”xLast night, @DemSocialists candidates won in diverse communities across the country.The Democratic establishment takes these communities for granted. We don’t.They don’t organize in them. We do.And we won’t stop until the working class prevails.— Zohran Kwame Mamdani (@ZohranKMamdani) November 4, 2020Data last compiled in 2015 by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that only three state legislators identified as Muslim, with the growing number of diverse Muslims running for office the number is now unclear. Not only did the Muslim community see historical wins and run for office, but Muslim Americans also turned out in record numbers to cast their vote. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, approximately 1 million Muslims voted in this election with 69% choosing Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden as their pick for president. “The Muslim community’s significant ability to impact the results of numerous races across this country—including the presidential election—was recognized nationally by candidates and the media,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said.Following Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and xenophobia policies these wins, no matter how big or small, are noteworthy and beyond cause for celebration. “Muslim American representation isn’t just about winning an election, having a seat at the table, or even power. It’s about reclaiming the American narrative. It’s about making sure that the little Ayshas, Ahmeds, and Maryams sitting in their classrooms experiencing life different from everyone else, see political ads, text messages, literature, and mainstream media covering people that look like them, sound like them, and pray like them—in places of power,” Mohamed Gula, national organizing director of Emgage, told Daily Kos. “It’s about having an example and being able to dream. That’s what running while Muslim is about.”This list is not exhaustive; if you know of a candidate who has not been mentioned please comment below. Here’s some of them:Madinah Wilson-Anton as the first Muslim woman to be elected to the general assembly- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

The private life of Ray Wirta

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Rohr gets date to pen Super Eagles contract extension

first_imgNigeria Football Federation (NFF) has disclosed that Gernot Rohr will pen a new contract next week after all details have been put together. Collins and Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr The 66-year-old Rohr has been in charge of three-time African champions Nigeria since 2016. The former Niger and Gabon coach qualified the country to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2019 AFCON staged in Egypt. Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can ResistWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth “The executive committee mandated the general secretary to liase with Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, with a view to concluding all matters around his new contract within the next one week,” according to a release by the NFF.center_img Read Also: Video: Inter Milan celebrate Obafemi Martins goals Interestingly, the new contract extension will be for a further two years during which time Rohr is expected to qualify Nigeria for seventh World Cup appearance and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisementlast_img read more

Zadran, Afghan fifties move Afghanistan closer to victory

first_imgTEENAGE opener Ibrahim Zadran scored 87 on debut as Afghanistan put themselves in a strong position to win their one-off Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram.Replying to a first-innings total of 342 from the tourists, Bangladesh added just 11 to their overnight score and were all out for 205 after just 17 minutes of play on day three when Rashid Khan completed his second five-wicket haul in Tests.Seventeen-year-old Zadran and Asghar Afghan (50) enhanced Afghanistan’s lead with a 108-run stand for the fourth wicket and the tourists were 237-8 and leading by 374 runs when bad light stopped play after a power failure at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.Mohammad Nabi (3-56) clipped Taijul Islam’s off stump with the third ball of the day and Bangladesh’s first innings ended when Nayeem Hasan was unsuccessful with a review after being trapped leg-before by Afghanistan skipper Rashid.Shakib Al Hasan (3-53) got the hosts off to a strong start when Afghanistan batted again, removing Ihsanullah (4) and Rahmat Shah (0) off successive balls in the first over.Afghanistan were 28-3 when Hashmatullah Shahidi (12) fell to Nayeem. However, Afghan and Zadran steadied the ship, the former registering a half-century for the second time in the match, before clipping Taijul (2-68) to Shakib at leg slip.Bangladesh spilled three chances to remove Zadran and they were made to pay as the youngster racked up six fours and four maximums in a thoroughly impressive display.Mominul Haque eventually pouched him in the deep off Nayeem (2-61) and Nabi’s final Test innings with the bat – he will focus solely on white-ball cricket after this match – saw him add just eight runs.Rashid scored 24 off 22 deliveries, finding the ropes six times in an enjoyable cameo, while Afsar Zazai (34 not out) and Yamin Ahmadzai (0no) were in the middle when stumps were called with Afghanistan very much on top. (Yahoo Sport)AFGHANISTAN 1st innings 342 BANGLADESH 1st innings (o/n 194 for 8)Shadman Islam c Afsar Zazai b Yamin Ahmadzai 0Soumya Sarkar lbw Mohammad Nabi 17Liton Das b Rashid Khan 33Mominul Haque c Asghar Afghan b Mohammad Nabi 52Shakib Al Hasan lbw Rashid Khan 11Mushfiqur Rahim c Ibrahim Zadran b Rashid Khan 0Mahmudullah b Rashid Khan 7Mosaddek Hossain not out 48Mehedi Hasan b Qais Ahmad 11Taijul Islam b Mohammad Nabi 14Nayeem Hasan lbw Rashid Khan 7Extras: (b-4, lb-1) 5Total: (all out, 70.5 overs) 205Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-38, 3-54, 4-88, 5-88, 6-104, 7-130, 8-146, 9-194.Bowling: Yamin Ahmadzai 10-2-21-1, Mohammad Nabi 24- 6-56-3, Zahir Khan 9-1-46-0, Rashid Khan 19.5-3-55-5, Qais Ahmad 8-2-22-1.AFGHANISTAN 2nd inningsIhsanullah lbw Shakib Al Hasan 4Ibrahim Zadran c Mominul Haque b Nayeem Hasan 87Rahmat Shah c & b Shakib Al Hasan 0Hashmatullah Shahidi c Soumya Sarkar b Nayeem Hasan 12Asghar Afghan c Shakib Al Hasan b Taijul Islam 50Afsar Zazai not out 34Mohammad Nabi c Mominul Haque b Mehedi Hasan 8Rashid Khan b Taijul Islam 24Qais Ahmad lbw Shakib Al Hasan 14Yamin Ahmadzai not out 0Extras: (b-4) 4Total: (eight wkts, 83.4 overs) 237Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-4, 3-28, 4-136, 5-171, 6-180, 7-210, 8-235.Bowling: Shakib Al Hasan 16-3-53-3, Mehedi Hasan 12-3-35-1, Taijul Islam 24.4-5-68-2, Nayeem Hasan 17-2-61-2, Mominul Haque 10-6-13-0.last_img read more

10 things we learned at UFC 239

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearUFC 200 was supposed to be a grand celebration. McGregor was pulled from card after butting heads with the promotion, and two days before the event, Jon Jones was forced off the card after testing positive for a banned substance, scuttling his rematch with Daniel Cormier.UFC 213 was initially scheduled to be headlined by the grudge match between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw and after it was scrapped a rematch in the women’s bantamweight division was elevated in its place. However, on the morning of the show, Amanda Nunes was forced out of her bout with Valentina Shevchenko, leaving Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero battling for the interim middleweight title to close out the show.And last year, featherweight titleholder Max Holloway was deemed unable to compete after giving a stumbling, slurring interview a couple days before he was scheduled to defend his title against Brian Ortega.But this year, this year everything went off without a hitch.Sure, a couple bouts got moved to other locations in the run-up to Saturday’s event and a pair of fighters were pulled from preliminary card bouts, but there were no last-minute changes — no one disappeared from the card on Wednesday or Thursday or Saturday morning.The five bouts that made up the main card at the start of the week were the final five bouts to hit the Octagon inside T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night and it was glorious.Here’s a look at what transpired at UFC 239 and the impact those results will have going forward.1. Jon Jones squeaks out split decision win over Thiago SantosIt was a lot closer than most people anticipated, but Jon Jones walked out of the Octagon with the light heavyweight title still wrapped around his waist, pulling out a split decision win over dangerous Brazilian Thiago Santos. #AndStill the undisputed UFC LHW champion of the world! #UFC239 @JonnyBones || B2YB Nemiroff— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2019 Early in the bout, Santos was the more aggressive, more effective of the two, landing more strikes and having the more effective offense than Jones. But then he tweaked his knee and his effectiveness started to wane, which coincided with the champion starting to press forward and implement his offense a little more.Down the stretch, both men were cautious, with Santos landing the harder shots and Jones countering with greater volume while dictating the terms of engagement. Neither man really stomped on the gas in the championship rounds, sticking to their respective game plans and waiting to see how the scores came out.When the tens and nines were tallied, it was Jones who landed on the happy side of the split, with Santos becoming the first fighter to edge out the long-reigning champion on a scorecard to date.2. Amanda Nunes finishes Holly Holm, cements GOAT statusIf there was any question about Amanda Nunes’ place in the pantheon of all-time greats, “The Lioness” answered those questions in amazing fashion, blasting Holly Holm with a high kick late in the first round of the UFC 239 co-main event. TONIGHT IS UNREAL!@Amanda_Leoa KOs Holm in round 1! #UFC239— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2019 Nunes had already positioned herself as the top female fighter of all time before this contest in the eyes of many, but there is no question now. But this is more than the best run by a female fighter — it’s one of the most impressive stretches by any fighter, period.She’s won nine straight, including wins over the three other women to hold the bantamweight title, two over the reigning flyweight titleholder and featherweight queen Cris Cyborg. Nunes has finished seven of those nine victories, with Valentina Shevchenko the only one to survive to the bell, and six of those stoppages have come inside the first five minutes.This was an incredibly poised, measured performance and a testament to the work Nunes has put in over the last several years to reach her full potential and then blow past it to become one of the greatest fighters of her era.3. Jorge Masvidal crushes Ben Askren with fastest knockout in UFC historyJorge Masvidal and Ben Askren bumped gums at each other all week leading up to their highly anticipated welterweight clash at UFC 239. Standing across the cage from each other as they were being introduced, the jawing continued, and as soon as the fight started, Masvidal went airborne and knocked out Askren with a perfectly placed flying knee. OH MY GOD MASVIDAL STARCHES ASKREN IN 5 SECONDS!!!#UFC239— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2019 Officially stopped five seconds into the fight, it was over in two, as Askren dipped in for a takedown and Masvidal caught him flush.This was a statement win for the ages from Masvidal, a fight game lifer who has been a pro for 16 years and underrated for the majority of that time. After blasting Darren Till in March and adding “three piece and a soda” to the MMA lexicon, his profile skyrocketed and Saturday night, “Gamebred” may have earned himself a title shot by re-writing the UFC record book and registering the unquestioned clubhouse leader in the Knockout of the Year race.4. Jan Blachowicz scores massive knockout win over Luke RockholdThroughout the build-up to Saturday’s other main card light heavyweight matchup, I made sure to acknowledge that Jan Blachowicz was a tough test for Luke Rockhold’s divisional debut — a durable, seasoned, sturdy veteran who was on a four-fight winning streak before running into Thiago Santos in February.After staggering Rockhold with a high kick that grazed his head at the close of the first round, the Polish contender detonated a left hand on the former middleweight champion’s chin just over 90 seconds into the middle stanza, bringing the fight to an instantaneous end. JAN BLACHOWICZ!!!! #UFC239— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2019 This was a no-doubt shot that had to feel good for Blachowicz, as Rockhold talked all kind of junk in the buildup to the fight and seemed to already be targeting a championship opportunity before ever competing in the division. He looked completely comfortable from the outset and capitalized as soon as Rockhold gave him an opening, securing the biggest win of his career and vaulting himself back into the thick of the title chase in the process.5. Michael Chiesa mauls overmatched Diego SanchezMichael Chiesa has looked like a force since moving to welterweight, following up his second-round submission win over Carlos Condit with a one-sided mauling of Diego Sanchez in the opening bout of Saturday’s main card. While the uncommonly durable Sanchez failed to relent, Chiesa was in control from start to finish, out-muscling and out-working the veteran in every position, in every round.Chiesa looked considerably larger than Sanchez and spent the entire fight having his way with the first man to enter the fraternity of “The Ultimate Fighter” winners. Every time Sanchez tried to mount some offense, the TUF 15 winner shut it down, rolling through every scramble and returning to a dominant position. Heavy shots landed by Chiesa in round 2! #UFC239🇺🇸🇬🇧— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2019 People will want to chalk this up to the 37-year-old Sanchez being washed and entering the fight without any coaches in his corner, but that’s unfair to Chiesa. This move to welterweight was long overdue and he’s finally starting to show the full compliment of his skills. He’s an outstanding grappler and proving to be an intriguing new addition to the 170-pound ranks. It will be interesting to see where he goes after another outstanding effort.6. Arnold Allen shines in dominant effort against Gilbert MelendezThere have been a number of featherweights who have risen up the ranks and garnered a great deal of hype and acclaim in recent years, but one who has surprisingly stayed under the radar is 25-year-old Brit Arnold Allen. Despite a 5-0 start to his UFC career and a seven-fight winning streak heading into Saturday, the Tristar Gym staple has remained an unheralded member of the emerging class in the 145-pound ranks.Saturday night should change that as Allen walked into the Octagon and put on a clinic against former lightweight standout Gilbert Melendez.From the outset, Allen was the quicker, more powerful fighter, dictating the terms of engagement and largely having his way with the 37-year-old veteran. Throughout the fight, the surging youngster from Suffolk boxed up Melendez, landing at will and slipping out of range as “El Nino” looked to counter. He stayed within himself and kept the pressure on Melendez throughout, piling up the damage rather than chasing a finish. Showcase win for 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 @ArnoldBFA! #UFC239— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2019 This was a standout showing from Allen and the kind of fight that should elevate him into the conversation as one of the top up-and-coming talents not only in the featherweight division, but the UFC as a whole.7. Strong response and submission win for Marlon “Chito” VeraMarlon Vera was supposed to face Sean O’Malley on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but after “Sugar Sean” was forced from the card due to residual issues from his previous positive drug test, “Chito” got paired off with newcomer Nohelin Hernandez. It’s one of those situations where an established fighter can stumble and for a couple minutes in the middle of the contest, it seemed like that was going to be the case.After a strong start that included a beautiful back-take and multiple submission attempts, Hernandez reversed the position and went on the offensive, carrying that over into the opening moments of the second round. But when the newcomer gave Vera a chance to get back to his feet, the 26-year-old bantamweight took full advantage, charging forward and dropping Hernandez with a knee before swiftly climbing on his back and lacing up the choke. Wow!@ChitoVeraUFC turns the tables in round 2 and gets the submission win! #UFC239— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2019 Vera has been in the UFC for nearly four years now, but he’s still just 26 and starting to come into his own. This was his fourth consecutive victory and gives him seven wins in his last nine outings. While there are younger, newer names making waves at bantamweight, Vera is a young veteran who shouldn’t be overlooked.8. Song Yadong soon to be a ranked bantamweightFacing the toughest test of his career, Song Yadong delivered his most impressive performance to date, knocking out veteran bantamweight Alejandro Perez in just a shade over two minutes.The duo was originally slated to fight in March, but the 21-year-old Yadong was forced out of the pairing with a knee injury and replaced by Cody Stamann. Saturday night, he made up for lost time by blistering “Turbo” with a clean right hand counter that laid out the TUF: Latin America product, pushing his record to 4-0 inside the Octagon while extending his winning streak to seven. 360-degrees of perfection 😲#UFC239— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2019 Team Alpha Male leader Urijah Faber has been telling everyone Yadong is a future superstar and thus far, he’s justifying Faber’s high praise. The young bantamweight should earn a place in the Top 15 after this performance and seems poised to be the latest “one to watch” in the loaded, competitive 135-pound weight class.9. Edmen Shahbazyan is the goodsEveryone says they’re better than their opponent in every area and that they’re going to run through their next opponent — it’s just how this works — but very seldom do people actually deliver. It’s even less frequent that the one doing the steamrolling is a 21-year-old wrapping up his rookie campaign in the Octagon.Edmen Shahbazyan said he was going to dominate Jack Marshman and on Saturday night, the unbeaten young middleweight dragged Jack Marshman to the canvas and went to work. He started by slinging heavy leather and after passing to side control, Shahbazyan climbed on the Welsh veteran’s back and quickly secured the fight-ending choke. It only took 72 seconds! @EdmenShahbazyan improves to 10-0 at #UFC239 with the first round stoppage!— UFC (@ufc) July 6, 2019 Now 10-0 as a professional with nine of those victories coming inside the opening three-and-a-half minutes, Shahbazyan is quickly proving himself to be a problem in the middleweight division. It’s impossible to forecast where his ceiling lies at this point because every time you think he’s going to be tested, “The Golden Boy” aces his latest exam and shows another wrinkle to his expanding game.With three wins in his rookie campaign (and four in the last 12 months), Shahbazyan is undeniably one of the top newcomers in the division and one of the brightest prospects on the entire roster.10. An excellent debut for Julia AvilaJulia Avila turned in a dominant effort in her UFC debut, outworking recent TUF finalist Pannie Kianzad in the opening bout of the evening.After a back-and-forth first round, the Oklahoma native cranked up the intensity midway through the second, stinging Kianzad with a powerful combination that backed her into the fence. In the third, Avila dropped the Iranian-born veteran, following her to the canvas where she controlled the action for the remainder of the frame. The annual International Fight Week pay-per-view in Las Vegas is always positioned to be one of the biggest events of the year, but it hasn’t always worked out that way. In fact, more often than naught, something funky has happened to alter the lineup, usually at the 11th hour.Five years ago, Stefan Struve was pulled from the event just prior to his fight after having a panic attack in the dressing room, resulting in UFC 175 featuring a four-fight main card. A year later, Jose Aldo was forced out of his highly anticipated, heavily promoted featherweight title fight with Conor McGregor less than two weeks before the event. Dropped! #UFC239— UFC (@ufc) July 6, 2019 While there were little experience miscues along the way, this was an excellent performance for a UFC rookie. Kianzad is a tough out who has faced very good competition throughout her career and Avila outclassed her from start to finish. With a couple more fights, some more seasoning and further improvements, the 31-year-old newcomer could work her way into contention in the bantamweight ranks.last_img read more

Florida Woman Fatally Shot By Deputies Was a U.S. Army Veteran

first_imgThe unidentified man told investigators Drowne hit him during an argument about his teenage daughter.Drowne’s ex-husband told the Orlando Sentinel that she was struggling recently. Mina adds that the two deputies are on leave pending an investigation. A woman who authorities say was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies in Central Florida this week after a confrontation with a neighbor, was a veteran of the U.S. Army.Orange County Sheriff John Mina says his deputies shot Tracy Drowne on Tuesday afternoon, when she pointed a gun at them.They were investigating a battery call involving an incident with her neighbor.last_img


first_imgAs I sit here at my computer on this very dreary Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I am in a semi-fog in regards to the importance of wins and losses in the sports world. There is a tragedy, an almost unimaginable tragedy that has occurred in the Western Hemisphere. Yes I am talking about the almost “genocidal” non-response to the “army” of “grim reapers” that has invaded the small impoverished Afro-Caribbean country to the south of America, Haiti. The monumental loss of life is a burden unto itself and overwhelming but the response by the African-American community, particularly affluent Black athletes in the NFL, MLB and the NBA has been very “underwhelming.” The Afrocentric athletes from other countries and cultures take the economic and social impact of games and sports, very seriously.Everyone, at least a significant percentage of Black folk seem to be going “Lady Gaga” over a few “insensitive remarks that the CBN right-winger and so-called preacher and part-time politician Pat Robertson made in response to the horrific situation in Haiti.Robertson said in a nutshell that “something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. Napoleon the Third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you get us free from the prince.’ True story.” And so the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.” They kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other and desperately poor.That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle, on the one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island.Because there are no living Haitians to confirm their country’s alleged past pact with the devil it is difficult to corroborate or dispute Robertson’s statement.Please indulge me for a few moments while I kick it seriously with you, ladies and gents.One of the prime reasons that Haiti sits on the bottom of the economic pyramid in the Western Hemisphere is because they lack basic commodities of value that they can sell and they rarely take advantage of any opportunities that may be occasionally available to them. However, the most visible commodity exported from the Dominican Republic is baseball players.There was an article published on titled “Baseball: a Dominican cash crop.”It said “In this impoverished country the single-minded dedication to sports has paid off for many like native Dominican Sammy Sosa and Dominican-American Alex Rodriguez.“There are a lot of things we don’t produce in this corner of the Caribbean,” said Enrique Emilio Cordova, a local baseball historian. “We don’t produce much grain, we don’t have much industry. But every year we have a harvest of excellent ball players.” Dominicans outnumber any nationality other than U.S. citizens in the Major League system. Baseball not only is the national pastime, it’s an important bragging point, a crucial economic activity and a strong component of Dominican nationalism.”“The government is strongly linked to the sport of baseball,” said Cesar Cedeno, the cabinet-level secretary of sports. “What our baseball stars do to uphold and promote the country’s image, if we had to pay for that, the price would be immeasurable.”Have the Dominicans sold their soul to the devil so that a few of their young men can become rich and prosperous?Why aren’t more Black athletes giving back more of their time and money to urban America and why aren’t they trying to create and maintain positive public images as opposed to shooting themselves, and bringing guns into locker rooms?In 2009-2010 the collective payroll of the NFL was more than $6 billion (CBS The percentage of Black athletes in the league in the last few years has hovered around 75 percent. Based on the number of players in the league and their salaries, theoretically at least Black players should reap around $4.5 billion of the windfall. If they put just 10 percent of those dollars back into the community, our inner cities could possibly benefit to the tune of between $250-300 million. I don’t even want to get into the salaries of Black players in the NBA and MLB. We do not have enough space here.On Dec. 31, 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder the late, great Roberto Clemente, died in a plane crash in route to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. His body was never recovered but he died honorably attempting to help others.In times of need Black athletes and Black people must get up, put up and shut up. We must stop being the borrowers and become the lenders because the best commodity that we have to offer to the world is ourselves. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: read more

Player of the Week: Assist leader Banchero has best scoring game for Aces

first_imgChris Banchero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot only does Chris Banchero creates scoring opportunities for his teammates, he also gets his points among other things he does so well for Alaska.Banchero is leading the league with 9.3 assists per game this conference and his knack to get his teammates involved was on full display against Columbian last Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title WATCH: Iranian women attend soccer match after ban on female attendance lifted Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum He edged Meralco’s Cliff Hodge and Chris Newsome and San Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross and Christian Standhardinger for the weekly citation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Fil-Italian guard, who earned the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honor (Oct. 15-21),  dished out 11 assists on top of 10 points and seven rebounds to help the Aces beat the Dyip, 104-94.The 29-year-old Banchero then, showed his offensive prowess when he set a career-high with 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field in a crucial 116-109 win over Blackwater on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: Harris, Banchero push Aces past Elite for share of top spotBehind Banchero’s efforts and prolific import Mike Harris, the Aces found themselves among the top teams in the league with a 7-2 record. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more


first_imgMissouri River levels are still expected to stay high throughout summer and into fall.Hydrologist Kevin Stamm of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, says they’re revising up all estimates for the Missouri due to unusually high mountain snowpack run-off.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..”of average” :11June run-off into the system above Sioux City was about 300-percent of normal.Joel Knofczynski, senior hydraulic engineer in the Corps’ Omaha office, says there’s still room in the reservoirs upriver to hold back very large quantities of water.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..”capture run-off” :15Knofczynski says releases from Gavins Point Dam near Yankton are already strong and they’ll increase substantially over the next few days.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………flows recede” :10The Corps expects to maintain the high flows into the fall to get the upstream reservoirs down to ideal winter levels.Radio Iowalast_img read more