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Protests over George Floyd’s death expose raw race relations worldwide

first_img“If you want to believe that we in the Netherlands do not have a problem with race, you should go ahead and go home,” Jennifer Tosch, founder of Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours, told a crowd in Amsterdam, from where the Dutch West India Company operated ships estimated to have traded 500,000 slaves in the 1600s and 1700s.Tosch and others drew a comparison between Floyd’s death and the treatment of slaves centuries ago. “We have seen this image before as white persecutors and enslavers held down the enslaved and branded them with an iron.”In London, a protester held a placard reading “The UK isn’t innocent,” while in Berlin around 2,000 people protested outside the US embassy and two Bundesliga soccer players wore “Justice for George Floyd” shirts on Monday.A similar message came from Dominique Sopo, president of French NGO SOS Racisme, which organized a small protest outside the US embassy in Paris on Monday. Topics : “This issue of police racism is also, albeit with a lower level of violence, an issue that concerns France,” he said.Police in northern Paris fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse demonstrators protesting over the 2016 death of a young black Frenchman in police custody – an incident that has drawn parallels with Floyd’s killing.Adama Traore’s family have blamed excessive force used during his arrest, when the 24-year-old was pinned down by three gendarmes. Successive pathology reports have reached conflicting conclusions over whether his death two hours later resulted from asphyxiation or other factors including pre-existing conditions.Amid a coronavirus lockdown, French activists also say there have been a number of police brutality cases in low-income neighborhoods where many originate from Africa.Clashes in turkeyIn Istanbul, more than 50 people clashed with police officers minutes after beginning a protest over Floyd and what they called police brutality in Turkey.At least five people were detained after scuffles with officers holding shields, after which other protesters gave speeches denouncing lethal police force and bans on demonstrations in Turkey during the pandemic.In Nairobi, protesters at the American embassy held signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop Extrajudicial Killings”.Organizer Nafula Wafula said violence against blacks is international and cited the killing of prisoners in Kenya.“The system that allows police brutality to happen in Kenya is based on class. In America, it’s race and class.”Protests are planned in coming days in Gambia, Britain, Spain and Portugal.In Spain, protesters will mark the death of Floyd and “all sisters and brothers who have died at the hands of institutional racism on our streets,” the African and Afro-descendant Community CNAAE said.Portugal’s gathering will address “the myth that Portugal is not a racist country”.But not all in Europe side with the protesters.Spain’s far-right Vox party and the Netherlands’ anti-Islam Freedom Party called those protesting Floyd’s death “terrorists” and backed US President Donald Trump.”Our support for Trump and the Americans who are seeing their Nation attacked by street terrorists backed by progressive millionaires,” Vox wrote in a Tweet.In the Netherlands, the Freedom Party’s Geert Wilders tweeted: “White House under attack. This is no protest but anarchy by #AntifaTerrorists.”Even amid such racial division, Linda Nooitmeer, who heads the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy, drew hope from Monday’s protest in Amsterdam.”We don’t have the history of the civil rights movement in Holland, so what occurred yesterday was really something new. It is the start of real dialogue.” center_img Images of a white police officer kneeling on the neck of African-American George Floyd, who then died, have sparked protests from Amsterdam to Nairobi, but they also expose deeper grievances among demonstrators over strained race relations in their own countries.With violent clashes between protesters and authorities raging in the United States, anti-police-brutality activists gathered by the thousands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in various European and African cities.Peaceful protesters highlighted allegations of abuse of black prisoners by their jailers, social and economic inequality, and institutional racism lingering from the colonial pasts of the Netherlands, Britain and France.last_img read more

‘No solution today’ for Tokyo Olympics as Bach announces re-election bid

first_imgBach also came under fire for reinstating the Russian National Olympic Committee after the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics despite failed drugs tests there.He is credited, however, with having put in place the Olympic Agenda 2020, reforms aimed at cutting costs and streamlining bidding processes to better attract potential host cities.But the German lawyer and businessman could well have his biggest challenge ahead of him, in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Beijing scheduled to host the 2022 Winter Olympics just six months after the proposed Tokyo Games.The IOC Session also saw Sebastian Coe, the head of World Athletics, voted in as an IOC member after being turned down several times.Coe, the two-time Olympic 1,500 metres champion for Britain who became head of track and field’s world governing body in 2015, was blocked from membership as recently as December over a conflict of interest.But Coe changed his role at the marketing company he is currently running as managing director to a passive position, thus paving the way to IOC membership.Coe’s belated entry into the IOC club is significant because he has been mentioned as a potential future president of the Olympic movement.“Thank you to all of you who voted for our sport, our federation today,” said Coe. Bach said the scenario of holding the Games without spectators was one that had been examined, although he stressed that he was opposed to the idea. “It’s one of the scenarios we have to look in to because the debate has to do with travel restrictions and quarantine. “It’s too early to tell (if there will be no spectators). It’s not what we want. We want stadia full of enthusiastic fans.” Tokyo 2020 organisers said Friday they had secured all the venues needed to hold the Olympics next summer, clearing a major hurdle to hosting the event. They added that refunds for ticketholders unable to attend the rescheduled games will begin in late 2020. – Influential – Bach was elected an IOC member at the age of 37 and went on to play a series of influential roles within the organisation before being elected its ninth president. Under his reign as IOC chief, Bach has had to grapple with several political challenges, and has notably overseen the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2016 Rio Summer Games, both perceived as the most troublesome in recent years. He has also been a key player in the ongoing Russian doping saga, although the IOC came in for criticism from some quarters for not issuing Moscow with a blanket ban over its state-sponsored doping system. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee Loading… Read Also: Lampard cautions Chelsea stars to forget revenge talk against Man Utd“I look forward, our whole sport looks forward, to working even more closely with all of you in reforming and building all sports because at this time, of all times, the need for community in elite sport to thrive and flourish is probably never more important.”As Coe signed his IOC oath, Bach let slip a telling greeting: “Finally, welcome!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Thomas Bach said Friday he will stand in 2021 for a second term as president of the International Olympic Committee, admitting however there is “no solution today” to the challenges posed by coronavirus to the postponed Tokyo Games. The 66-year-old German was elected for an eight-year term as Olympic chief in September 2013, taking over from Belgian Jacques Rogge. Bach will be eligible for a second and final four-year term. Speaking at an IOC Session held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bach said: “If you, the IOC members, want, I am ready to run for a second term as IOC president and to continue to serve you and this Olympic movement we all love so much for another four years.” The IOC presidential elections are slated to take place in Athens in June 2021. Bach, who won gold for West Germany in the foil fencing team event at the 1976 Olympics, claimed a large number of IOC members had recently approached him asking if he would seek re-election. “I am grateful and deeply touched by the many words of encouragement and confidence,” Bach said. Turning to the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed in March until July 2021, Bach expressed hope that they could be “a unique milestone for the entire world”. “They will be the first worldwide gathering after coronavirus.” But Bach warned that the unprecedented health situation meant multiple scenarios were being considered in planning the format for Tokyo. “There is no solution today, it is too much (to be) expected,” he said. Thomas Bach said he wanted Olympic venues like the National Stadium in Tokyo to be full of spectatorslast_img read more

KO in Pacquiao-Floyd bout unlikely, says trainer

first_imgWell-respected boxing trainer Ronnie Shields doubts the May 2 super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Maweather Jr. will end in a knockout, even though members of both camps insist that a stoppage is possible.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, told On the Ropes Boxing in a recent interview that he believes the “Pacman” will win by knockout.”I don’t have a round, but the thing is, we have to break him down first, and I think in the later rounds, I believe Manny will knock him out,” Roach said.Meanwhile, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe guaranteed that the American – known for his defensive wizardry – will go for a knockout if the opportunity presented itself.”A lot of it will play out on how both fighters come out from the opening bell, but if Floyd sees the opportunity, I know for a fact that he will finish him off,” said Ellerbe during Mayweather’s open workout Tuesday in Las Vegas.Shields is not so convinced, however. “I don’t think so,” he answered when asked by On the Ropes Boxing if fans will see a knockout come May 2.”I think Floyd’s defense is too good, and I don’t believe Floyd punches hard enough, because of his hands, to knock Manny out,” he explained.He believes the bout is more likely to end on a cut than on a knockout.Shields is favoring Mayweather in the bout because the American “knows how to win, he knows how to pull out victories.””Pacquiao, he knows how to lose,” Shields said. “Floyd is a very intelligent fighter, and when you look at it, he picks you off very quickly. Once he does that, he’s a very difficult guy to fight.” Pacquiao has more power than Mayweather, Shields conceded, but is at a disadvantage because he is the smaller fighter. At the same time, Shields doubts Mayweather can knock out the “Pacman” because the American has “bad hands.””Everyone in boxing knows Floyd has bad hands,” he said. “At the same time, when he hits you, he can sting you, but he knows how to put combinations together that really take effect.””Once Floyd gets the judges to really watch him land solid punches, then I just think that Manny is not going to be able to overcome it,” he added.Nevertheless, the fight will be close, Shields said.”I really think it’s going to be a good, close fight. I don’t think one guy is going to dominate the other guy for 12 rounds, because Manny is such a good fighter,” said Shields. “But I just feel the edge is going to be to Floyd, because Floyd knows how to pull out victories. Manny has tried in a lot of fights, but in a lot of fights, he’s lost,” he added.last_img read more

For new Angels coach Keith Johnson, surprise call-up was a major role reversal

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter For Johnson, it was his second assignment to the Angels’ major league staff. He became the team’s player information coach in the wake of Jerry Dipoto’s resignation midway through the 2015 season. Johnson began that year as a roving infield instructor.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.With the exception of 2015, Johnson had been the manager at Triple-A Salt Lake every season since 2011. Johnson knew his last major league assignment was temporary.“This time has a pretty good feel to it,” he said. “Half my team’s up here. A lot of guys, it’s their first major league call-up, where in the past we had a club full of minor league free agents, up and down and whatnot. Definitely has a different feeling to it.”The elephant in the room, of course, is what the switcheroo means for Chavez and Johnson beyond this season. Angels manager Mike Scioscia has spent part of the last three days downplaying reports that he plans to retire once his contract expires at the end of this season.Chavez has been rumored as a potential successor, along with special assistant Brad Ausmus and bench coach Josh Paul. Perhaps now the Angels can also take a closer look at Johnson, 47, the epitome of an “organizational soldier” since his first coaching assignment in 2004. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Keith Johnson looked at his phone. Billy Eppler was calling. Johnson, the manager of the Angels’ top farm team in Salt Lake, knew that could only mean one thing: someone was getting called up to the majors.Johnson wasn’t wrong.“Little did I know it was going to be me this time,” he said. “It’s a moment I’ll never forget.”On Sunday, the Angels made a surprising switch by adding Johnson to their major-league staff and replacing him with Eric Chavez, an assistant to Eppler. It was the first long-term managerial assignment for Chavez. That year, Johnson was the hitting coach of the Angels’ affiliate in the rookie-level Arizona League. The team featured a 17-year-old Martin Maldonado at catcher and future Angels reliever Jose Arredondo at shortstop. A 20-year-old Howie Kendrick passed through. Led by Casey Kotchman, Jeff Mathis and Ervin Santana, the Angels’ system was ranked third overall by Baseball America at the time.After moving up twice as a minor league hitting coach, Johnson took his first managerial assignment in 2008 with Class-A Cedar Rapids. He has witnessed an entire franchise’s talent pool rise, shrink, then rise again since his last season as a player in Salt Lake in 2003.“Down there it’s not necessarily about wins and losses,” Johnson said, “but when guys come up here and you see them, all the work that you put in to see them flourish and show up here, it’s just a great feeling.”While minor-league managing is no longer the prerequisite it once was, Johnson’s ease working with young players and his reputation as a player-friendly mentor fit the mold of a modern field general.When rookie catcher Jose Briceño snuffed out a double-steal attempt by the Seattle Mariners in July, Scioscia was quick to credit Johnson and his staff for reinforcing those details long before Briceño arrived in the big leagues.“When you’re the manager in Triple-A, a hitting coach or pitching coach, you’re an extension of the major league staff,” Scioscia said.For Johnson, that feels more real than ever.JEREZ UP, TROPEANO LANDS ON DLLeft-handed reliever Williams Jerez got his first major league call-up, and right-hander Nick Tropeano was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.For Tropeano, it’s his second trip to the DL for the injury this season. He allowed one run over five innings Monday before leaving the game, having thrown just 62 pitches.Jerez was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on July 30 along with right-hander Ty Buttrey in the Ian Kinsler trade. In 36 Triple-A games this year (34 with Pawtucket and two with Salt Lake) he was 2-1 with six saves, a 4.62 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 54-2/3 innings.Jerez will become the 30th different pitcher the Angels have used in 2018. The club record is 31, set in 2014 and 2017.OHTANI UPDATEShohei Ohtani will begin throwing off a mound on Saturday, Scioscia said.The decision was announced one day after the Angels’ pitcher/designated hitter made his first dry throws off a mound since receiving a stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injection in June. Ohtani continues making progress in his long-toss program as well.Though Ohtani will throw to a catcher in a crouch, Scioscia said his bullpen session “will not be full gorilla.”ALSOPitcher Matt Shoemaker will throw another bullpen on Wednesday, his second this week. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since April. … In his first minor league rehab game with Class-A Inland Empire, Rene Rivera served as the 66ers’ designated hitter and singled in his first at-bat. He also grounded into a couple outs and struck out. Scioscia said that Rivera’s rehab stint is expected to last seven or eight days. … Four Angels were included on Baseball America’s midseason Top 100 prospects list: Double-A outfielder Jo Adell (11), Triple-A pitcher Griffin Canning (48), Class-A outfielder Brandon Marsh (89) and Triple-A pitcher Jose Suarez (90).ON DECKAngels (RHP Jaime Barria, 6-7, 3.84 ERA) vs. Tigers (LHP Blaine Hardy, 4-3, 3.25 ERA), Wednesday, 1 p.m., Fox Sports WestRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more