Students chronicle minority experience

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series about the Call to Action movement and the experiences of minority students within the Notre Dame campus community.   For sophomore Demetrius Murphy, the hour-long drive separating his home in Gary, Ind., from Notre Dame’s campus meant much more than some time behind the wheel.   The transition to college was relatively smooth, Murphy said, but the range of questions friends in Keenan Hall and at Notre Dame asked about his African-American identity quickly made him realize most of his peers did not come from diverse backgrounds. Murphy said he found the explaining the customs of African-American communities to his peers to be challenging. “That can be a heavy burden to bear because whenever you say something you have to be very conscious about what you’re going to say,” Murphy said.  “You are representing the whole race with that one comment you’re about to make.” Murphy, a native of Gary, Ind., spent two years at the Indiana Academy, a boarding school on Ball State University’s campus in Muncie, Ind. His encounters there with students of many different backgrounds enabled him to better answer his friends’ questions, Murphy said.  “If I came to Notre Dame straight from Gary, [Ind.], this would have been a completely different experience,” Murphy said. “I don’t know that Notre Dame would’ve been the place for me.”    Singled out Some moments in Murphy’s college career have been stark reminders of racial prejudice, he said. When a friend discovered some of his food was missing and decided to find out who had taken it, Murphy remembered his shock at another student’s response. “When he asked who ate his stuff, I said I didn’t do it,” Murphy said. “Then he asked the kid who actually ate it, and he said, ‘I didn’t do it, I’m not the black kid in the room.’ I looked around thinking there had to be another black kid in the room, he can’t be talking about me because I wouldn’t take anything, I always ask first. “This wasn’t [because I went] in there and took stuff all the time. This was ‘Oh, Demetrius is the only black kid in the room so he has to be the thief.’” Murphy said he responded by telling that student exactly why his accusation was groundless and why he found it offensive to be singled out.   “I also told him that another thing I don’t like is that every time I’m around, the conversation has to be about black people,” Murphy said.  “It’s almost like they practice their black jokes on me to see if they can say them in mixed company, like they save up all the weird questions [about black culture] they’ve ever wanted to ask in life for when I walk into the room – the conversation always becomes racialized when I walk in.” Sophomore Amanda Peña [Editor’s note: Peña is a columnist for The Observer] had also experienced a wider range of diversity in the community around her home in Los Angeles. She had never felt like a minority until arriving on campus for freshman orientation, she said, and then she became very aware that her Mexican heritage made her different. “I got here, and I felt like a minority,” Peña said. “I can’t really describe how that feels, you really just feel like you stick out. From a racial standpoint, [during freshman orientation] you notice when the guys go to sing to the girls, they don’t serenade the minority girls.   “At first I wondered if it was my weight, if it was because I’m brown or if it was because I’m not outgoing enough – you get really self-conscious and try to assess why people view you a certain way and why other people are indifferent [to you] because they don’t know how to interact with you.” While walking to the College HAS Issues presentation with some friends she met during Spring Visitation Weekend who were also minorities, Peña said she was shocked by a passing remark directed her way. “One of my black friends was walking with a white girl, and they came up to us and as I said hi to them, the [white] girl just stared at us,” Peña said.  “Then she just stared at us and in this sarcastic tone looked at us, kind of smiled and said, ‘Oh you guys are minorities, right?’ … My [black] friend sarcastically replied, ‘No we’re Caucasian.’ And she said, ‘Oh, I’m a sophomore and I can say these things.’ “That was my first impression of people [at Notre Dame.]” A new culture, a new conversation Junior Denver Lobo joked with his roommates upon arriving to Notre Dame that his first impression of the campus and freshman orientation was distinctly similar to the world portrayed in “American Pie,” he said. But as the antics of Frosh-O subsided, Lobo said he was excited by the chance to immerse himself in a culture less restrictive than in his home, Kuwait. “Kuwait was a lot more conservative … The real reason for shifting from Kuwait to the freedom of America was the glass ceiling you hit when you’re in a business,” Lobo said.  “You can only go up to a certain point and then you have to be Arab or Kuwaiti to move forward, but [in America] if you’re good you go forward.” Lobo said he loved meeting people at Notre Dame from different cultures and sharing information about his home. “When I meet a person from a different culture, I love to learn more about their culture [and] I love allowing people to ask questions about my own,” Lobo said.  “I love it and completely eat it up. “I know I’m a minority here but there’s not one time I felt that was a downside to me,” Lobo said.  “I always felt it was an upside because people were more interested and inquisitive about my different culture and I’m more than willing to tell them about it.” Though she wanted to engage her peers in conversation, sophomore Secilia Jia said she struggled to find common threads connecting her Chinese home to the lives of her American peers. “I didn’t know what to talk about with the girls in my dorm [during freshman orientation],” Jia said.  “They would start a conversation and when I say I’m from China the conversation just stopped.  They didn’t relate themselves to a country far away, they don’t know much about it or how to continue the conversation.  That’s the biggest problem I faced when I came here, because I didn’t know too much about this country and its different regions and places.” Jia said she found Notre Dame’s Catholic character an added challenge in a new place. “I knew I was going to have a culture shock,” Jia said. “I am an international student from China and I’m not Catholic, I don’t have any religion. It was definitely frustrating at the beginning, but it got better as I learned more about [American] culture.  I feel like I tried to learn more about the culture here, and that [while I] did that [my hall mates] learned about what I did as I grew up too.” Sharing her life with her hall mates and learning more about their lives helped her to begin to settle in at Notre Dame, Jia said. “I tried to watch more TV with them so I would know what their daily lives are like and what they did in their spare time, so we had more talking points and something to share,” Jia said.  “There are more Chinese Festivals that they don’t have, and I will explain to them what a spring festival is and what we eat for that – I feel like it’s a two-way experience.” Lobo said continually engaging in these conversations helps to bring the focus deeper than racial differences. “When you keep a conversation going, it [shows] two levels of diversity,” Lobo said.  “One is the racial, ethnic level and then there is the deeper level of diversity where you’re thinking at different capacities and that’s when I think people could care less about your ethnicity, your color, your race – it’s about the thought process.” Finding a home Peña said she also believes encouraging personal conversation between students will help to institute a change in racial attitudes at Notre Dame. “I would tell my [freshman self] to stand up, to say something, because those things aren’t okay,” Peña said.  “I know that if I talk to someone I can touch them personally, but I don’t know if these people at the top levels can be effective at making changes unless they personally talk to students – changing it at the ground level first is the most important thing.” Empowering minority students from Day One to address discrimination will allow them to alleviate the pressure on themselves to educate their peers about their culture, Peña said. “If we were told the first week of school that race is an issue here, that these are things students feel but we want you to know that you can talk to any person about these things even if it’s not racial discrimination, even if it’s just because someone looked at you a certain way and you wonder, ‘Was it because I’m brown?,’ even if it’s not to get someone in trouble – say something.” If his Keenan Hall peers had spoken on his behalf in uncomfortable situations, Murphy said he would have felt more at home in this community. “It would have completely changed the dynamics of the situation if someone had come to my defense or even just asked him if that was really how he felt,” Murphy said. As a minority student, Murphy and others face challenges at Notre Dame – from unknowing and unconscious prejudice to  stereotyping. But he still said he is grateful to attend Notre Dame. “I can paint this picture [of Notre Dame] very positively, and not be lying,” Murphy said.  “But I can also tell you it was a struggle and it’s a struggle to go to Notre Dame and be a diverse student.”last_img read more

I am the very model of a modern arbitration clause

first_imgHappy Wednesday, Credit Union Compliance World. As you know, on July 10th, the CFPB finalized its rule on arbitration agreements. We blogged about the basics of the rule and the epic hero’s journey that is trying to identify its scope. On Monday, thankfully, the CFPB released its Small Entity Compliance Guide regarding the final arbitration rule. While the amount of footnotes involved in discussing the scope should be a clue to the Bureau that the rule is painfully technical, it is nice to have a version written in Standard American English.Thanks to the Equifax breach and the breathtaking cascade of bungled responses in its aftermath, arbitration provisions are back in the limelight. If your credit union is seeking to help assist members affected by the breach, visit NAFCU’s Equifax Data Breach Resources webpage. If you’re angry, know that your feelings are valid and shared. We’ve written to Congress, the CFPB, the FTC and NCUA to ask them to take action to protect credit unions and their members. In the meantime, perhaps this is a good time to take a deeper look at the arbitration rule’s language requirements.From Agreements to Delegates, In Order CategoricalNAFCU has gotten a few questions about when it is appropriate to use the nine different model clauses included in the rule. Below is a breakdown of the various clauses in the rule and when and how they can be used. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Evidence plentiful of a pending pandemic

first_imgWebster RG, Govorkova EA. H5N1 influenza–continuing evolution and spread. (Perspective) N Engl J Med 2006 Nov 23;355(21):2174-7 [Full text](CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Certain recent new stories may have sown confusion about whether the threat of pandemic influenza still exists, and whether the world needs to continue to prepare. A New England Journal of Medicine article published last week provides the antidote, and the answer: It does, and we do.Reknowned avian flu expert Robert G. Webster, PhD, and colleague Elena Govorkova, MD, PhD, enumerate several factors that support the conclusion that the situation is worsening, not abating.These factors include an increasing number of countries affected [add link to graphic], ever increasing genetic differences within H5N1 “clades” (subgroups of the deadly form of avian flu virus), antiviral drug resistance, lack of adequate disease control in developing  countries, imperfect poultry vaccinations, and continued infection in waterfowl.Webster and Govorkova point out that H5N1 originated in Southeast Asia, similar to the origin of the last two pandemics in 1957 and 1968.The authors also explain how the H5N1 virus has emerged into two clades (clades 1 and 2) or genetically distinct viruses, the latter of which is further divided into three subclades. Unfortunately, these H5N1 categories differ enough genetically that a vaccine against one is unlikely to provide protection against the others.The authors do suggest that protection offered by a vaccine against one clade may offer some benefit against death if the pandemic is caused by other clades or subclades. Thus, they believe that it is “worth stockpiling” pre-pandemic vaccines, which differs from recent advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).Another obstacle to stopping the spread of avian influenza has been resistance to antivirals such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The authors point out that most of the clade 1 viruses are resistant, while most clade 2 viruses are not. Adding to the problem has been a delay in administering antivirals to patients with H5N1 infection in many instances, which may further promote natural selection of resistant strains because of high levels of virus in the patient’s body.The article also points out that, although controlling H5N1 influenza through culling and quarantining domestic poultry has worked for some wealthy countries such as Japan, that hasn’t been the case in poorer countries such as Thailand. Of note, in the past week, (The authors also mention South Korea’s success, but just within the past week it reported two separate H5N1 outbreaks in domestic poultry, calling into question the long-term effectiveness of Korea’s approach.)In addition, the authors do note that the effort to vaccinate uninfected poultry in conjunction with quarantine and culling by China, Indonesia, and Vietnam has failed, because the poultry vaccines are of poor quality, do not provide sufficient immunity, and promote genetic changes in the virus that may aid its spread.Webster and Govorkova point out that since Vietnam adopted a strategy of vaccinating all poultry with an inactivated (dead-virus), oil-emulsion H5N1 vaccine, there have been no additional cases in humans and no reported H5N1 infections in chickens.But in September 2006, H5N1 was reported to have emerged in ducks and geese in Vietnam, the report says.”Thus, H5N1 influenza vaccine seems to protect chickens, and indirectly, humans, but probably not waterfowl,” the writers state. The pair hypothesize that this could be the reason why H5N1 is not under control in China.”Clearly we must prepare for the possibility of an influenza pandemic,” the article concludes. “If H5N1 influenza achieves pandemic status in humans—and we have no way to know whether it will—the results could be catastrophic.”Comments from the Editor-in-Chief:Over recent months the No. 1 question that I am asked by many in the media and the general public goes something like this: “So, we don’t have to worry about that bird flu scare anymore . . . do we?” This perspective article by Webster and Govorkova should be required reading for each one of these questioners. It very clearly details why we should be even more concerned about the possibility of H5N1 causing the next pandemic than we were several years ago. It is a straightforward, balanced assessment of the current situation and is written so that every CEO can understand the message.last_img read more

Great Interest for Hockey Tournament B&H-Turkey

first_imgGreat interest has been expressed for the hockey tournament between B&H and Turkey, which will be held on 8 February in the Olympic Hall ‘Juan Antonio Samaranch’ in Sarajevo.The friendly match begins at 19:00, and tickets are already available for sale at all retail outlets of kupikartu.ba in Sarajevo.The B&H hockey team is a true sensation, because B&H does not have an ice hall, and a rink for training and matches are available only every three times a year’’, announced the B&H Hockey Association.Organizers of the game expect that the seats will be full, and a fiery atmosphere because a large group of BH Fanaticos announced their arrival.(Source: Fena)last_img

Man fatally shoots friend with rifle he thought was unloaded

first_imgA Florida man is now facing a manslaughter charge after he pointed what he thought was an unloaded rifle at his friend and shot him in the chest, police said.Officials say, Shea Michael Harkins was in a bedroom of his house on Thursday night when he picked up a Colt M4 rifle that he had been customizing and pointed it at his friend, Sean Cook, 26, who was playing video games.Pinellas County Sheriff’s investigators said Harkins, 26, told deputies he pointed the gun at his friend as a joke. He told investigators that Cook said, “What are you going to do, shoot me?”He pulled the trigger, thinking the rifle was unloaded. However there was a round in the chamber, deputies said.The bullet struck Cook in the chest, investigators said.Cook was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.Harkins was arrested, and remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday morning.last_img read more

Unemployment Rates Reach Unprecedented Numbers

first_imgTo support the staff for the time being, Salt Creek Grille representatives organized a GoFundMe page for hourly staff members. It has raised over $10,000 to date, which Bidgood said is a credit to his staff. This article originally appeared in the April 23rd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Now, millions of Americans are jobless during this scary and uncertain time. Companies all over the country are taking huge financial hits and are facing layoffs in the wake of the pandemic. Unemployment rates have far surpassed the rates surrounding the Great Recession. Some local employers are also finding ways to support their staff members who have been laid off. That includes Salt Creek Grille co-owner Steve Bidgood. He shared that it was not easy laying off employees of the Rumson-based establishment; some of them have worked there since its opening over 20 years ago. In the meantime, she has been writing cards and making special videos for members of those facilities, wishing them well and letting them know she is thinking of them. The response has been very positive, and she’s looking to take it a step further. DaPrato plans to reach out to the facilities she performs at to see if they would be interested in having her perform while practicing social distancing. That could mean performing on the outside of a building for 15 minutes on each side, allowing residents to open up their windows and hear her perform. “It’s kind of difficult because they’re my second family. It’s tough. I didn’t think it was going to last this long. I didn’t think it was going to be as bad as it is,” said Bidgood, who has been with Salt Creek Grille since 1996. The restaurant industry is a hard industry as it is. And when businesses get “kicked in the legs” financially as they have been from COVID-19, reopening may not be a possibility for some, he said. It will be costly to reinvest and open in good shape. Tourism is down and traveling is down, which is also not good for business. And should there be a second wave of the virus, it will be a nail in the coffin for others. Just over 45 days ago, the U.S. economy was booming with high wage growth and record low unemployment rates. That quickly changed with the rapid spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the non-profit has handed out about 200-to 300-plus grab-and-go meals six days a week since March 16. According to McCarthy, a monthly comparison of March 2020 to March 2019 shows demand has increased about 31 percent. And about 30 to 100-plus people each day receive groceries from the organization six days a week. “I would definitely bewilling to do that and noteven charge for this,” shesaid. “I really miss it. I missthe people.” DaPrato will also be taking this downtime for projects she has been meaning to start but has pushed off recording a “Christmas with Cathy D” CD, as well as working on some new material for her shows. According to Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-13), who represents several towns in the Two River area, he and his office have spoken to an overwhelming number of callers complaining of backlogged unemployment claims far more calls than after SuperStorm Sandy in 2012, he told The Two River Times. He credited the issue to personnel shortages and outdated computer systems at the NJDOL. Middletown resident Cathy DaPrato is one of those self-employed workers. As a musician and the owner of Cathy D Entertainment, DaPrato finds herself “help-less” as she is unable to perform at her typical venues. DaPrato is a regular at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult daycare centers across New Jersey. Before the virus struck, she was scheduled to perform about 160 gigs this year. “I have people who come and celebrate every holiday with us,” he said, adding that some customers emailed him to say they were “devastated” about not being able to spend their Easter at the restaurant for the first time in 21 years. However, Burke plans to bring everyone back on as normal, whenever the businesses are allowed to reopen. He will need all who were laid off as well as summer staff. But some businesses won’t be as fortunate, he believes. He also said he is waiting for the CARE Act to kick in, which will allow his staff to be paid, including their tips. The staff was also encouraged to file for unemployment if they wanted to so that they could have some kind of cash flow coming in, Bidgood added. According to Scharfenberger, state staff members of various departments are being transitioned and reassigned, for the time being, to the NJDOL to free up some of the backlogging. He also noted that the department is operating on the decades-old COBOL computer programming language, which he called “archaic.” center_img COURTESY LUNCH BREAK / FACEBOOK Lunch Break volunteers Jennifer Anderson and board president John Klein recently delivered food to homebound clients. Representatives of the nonprofit are reporting significantly higher demands from community members compared to last year. “Some come to our facility, are students of the Red Bank Charter School and others such as the homebound and residents of the Pan American motel in Eatontown, receive deliveries. We have increased the number of times we deliver,” said McCarthy. “I just love it and I feel sohelpless right now because Ifeel like I can’t do anythingto help these people,” saidDaPrato. In New Jersey alone, there have been hundreds of thousands of unemployment claims each week since March 1. In the most recent data released from the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL), there were 141,420 claims made during the week of April 5 to 11. During the week prior, from March 29 to April 4, there were 214,836 claims. Lunch Break, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides basic necessities to people in need, has also seen “many” new people since the COVID-19 pandemic started, said Ellen McCarthy, communications and public relations coordinator. Last week alone, the organization gave 77 new people groceries in one day, she said, and new grocery clients are up 50 percent since March, compared to last year. “When something like this happens, systems like that are so easily over whelmed,” said Scharfenberger. On April 20, the assemblyman wrote to New Jersey State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio, asking that she withhold his salary “until every one of my constituents’ state unemployment claims has been fulfilled.” Currently, members of the state Senate and General Assembly receive an annual base salary of $49,000. “We were off to a great start this year. We were really rolling,” said Burke, between Drifthouse and its adjoining Nauti Bar. But now, the bar is closed and Drifthouse is offering curbside pick-up and delivery only. The financial strain called for the layoffs of most employees. She also estimated that about 85 percent of the SB-DC’s calls recently have been small business owners wondering what they should do to help their employees at this time. Typically, the SBDC focuses on helping businesses employ people. This is “the first time ever” they are helping businesses guide their employees to unemployment, she said. The restaurateur decided not to offer curbside pickup or delivery to area customers, as many other businesses have in the Two River area. He cited a concern for his staff’s safety and well-being as one of the deciding factors to close, as well as the costliness of cooking with mesquite wood, which the restaurant uses. According to Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes, regional director of the Monmouth/Ocean Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Brookdale Community College, there is a high percentage of self-employed individuals and freelancers who will not be eligible for unemployment from the state. Because of that, for the first time ever, they have been guiding those individuals on how to apply for pandemic unemployment. “With those orders, we can put a few more people back to work,” he said. “It’s a little something and it’s working out nicely.” Similarly, most staff members of Drifthouse by David Burke have been laid off; there are currently only two or three people still working, Burke shared with The Two River Times. Normally, there would be about 35 employees in the off-season and about 60 during the summer months. To support his staff members for the time being, Burke has kickstarted a “Feed the Heroes” campaign, where he takes donation money and buys food with it to be prepared and delivered to local heroes. In doing so, he is also putting his employees back to work. Last week, he was able to make a sizeable food donation to Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center, he said. By Allison Perrinelast_img read more

Barcelona’s unbeaten season ended by five-star Levante

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho scores hat-trick but to no avail as Barelona’s unbeaten record comes unstuck © AFP / JOSE JORDANMADRID, Spain, May 13 – Philippe Coutinho hit a hat-trick but could not save Barcelona’s unbeaten season as the Catalans were left stunned by an extraordinary 5-4 defeat to Levante on Sunday.Ernesto Valverde rested Lionel Messi for his team’s penultimate match of the campaign but it was a defensive horror-show that allowed Emmanuel Boateng to score three times and Enis Bardhi twice at the City of Valencia Stadium. The La Liga and Copa del Rey champions trailed 5-1 after an hour and still came within a whisker of a sensational comeback as Coutinho’s second and third goals, and a Luis Suarez penalty, set up a grandstand finish.But Levante held on for a thrilling victory, which ends their opponents’ hopes of becoming the first ever club to finish a 38-game La Liga season as invincibles.After drawing at home to Real Madrid last weekend, despite playing the second half with 10 men, and thrashing Villarreal, Barcelona sat just two games away from the historical feat.It was 1932 when the last side, Real Madrid, went unbeaten in the top-flight but even that was across only 18 matches, in a 10-team division.This was Barcelona’s first league loss since slipping up against Malaga on April 8 last year and while it has minimal impact on the table, Valverde will have questions to answer, not least with regards to leaving out Messi.“We are angry not to have come through this game and not to have the opportunity to finish unbeaten,” Valverde said.“But in a season some matches go your way and some don’t. I think this result was harsh in all respects but at other times this season, like in Seville, we could also have lost.”This defensive collapse was reminiscent of their Champions League meltdown against Roma, which has soured an otherwise successful campaign. The unbeaten record was supposed to help atone for the European failure.“Obviously we wanted to finish the league undefeated,” Sergio Busquets told beIN Sport.“But this does not take away everything we have done otherwise this season – everything we have achieved in league, the run we managed across two seasons – but, it is a shame.”For Levante, this is their eighth win in 10 matches under new coach Paco Lopez, who took charge with the club in danger of relegation but has overseen a remarkable transformation. They move up to 15th.Paco’s players exploded out of the blocks and pulled ahead in the ninth minute when Boateng nipped in at the near post after Jose Luis Morales’ weaving run down the left.Bardhi hit the woodwork with a lifted finish over Marc-Andre ter Stegen but Barca failed to heed the warnings and Boateng made it two after half an hour, latching on to Sasa Lukic’s threaded ball through.Coutinho pulled one back with a rasping shot before half-time but three Levante goals in 10 minutes after the interval sent the home fans into delirium.Bardhi’s blistering shot restored the two-goal advantage before Boateng completed his hat-trick as Barca’s defence was ripped apart again on the break.Another counter just before the hour ended with another crisp Bardhi finish, as Barca were now staring at a four-goal deficit.The game looked dead but Coutinho scored twice in six minutes, the first a close-range finish after Ousmane Dembele’s shot spilled loose, the second an instinctive shot from the edge of the area.When Boateng brought down Busquets in the area and Suarez drove the penalty down the middle with 20 minutes left, it felt inevitable Barca would find a fifth.But without Messi even to bring on, Levante withstood the late onslaught and should even have scored a sixth only for Ruben Rochina to prode wide after a dreadful backpass by Busquets. It was the final mistake of an error-strewn display.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Black challenges locals to make shots, help Durham

first_imgCone braces for tough Meralco in Game 3: ‘They have a lot of punches left’ The three-point shot has been a huge weapon for Meralco this conference it’s been a different story in the final. The long balls have been largely absent as they shot 8-of-24 from beyond the arc in Game 1 and further plummeted to a 5-of-23 sniping in Game 2.“Ranidel (de Ocampo) is not making his threes. Jared (Dillinger) is not making his threes. We’re not getting that spacing that we need around Allen to be able to have him successful. We’ve had that the entire conference but in this series, in the first two games, we haven’t been able to knock down our outside shots,” lamented Black.Black is not ready to give up with another game set on Wednesday.“We just didn’t finish the game very well today. But until they win four games, we’ll be out there fighting.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Hope is still not lost and Black knows no lead is insurmountable in series after San Miguel Beer came back from a 0-3 hellhole to win the 2016 Philippine Cup.“There are instances when teams were down 0-3, came back, and won. We saw San Miguel do it recently, so it is possible,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut if Meralco wants to make it a series, the team must start focusing on the little things first as Black hopes the Bolts will be able to regain the deadly form they had back in the elimination round all the way to the semifinals.“They’re not performing right now at the level that we performed at during the eliminations, in the quarterfinals, and in the semifinals. I would imagine Ginebra has a lot to do with that because they’re also playing very good basketball. But no question, my locals need to step up a little bit to support Allen (Durham) and make some shots. That’s really the problem right now,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Norman Black. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Meralco down 0-2 in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, coach Norman Black acknowledged that Game 3 on Wednesday is a must-win for the Bolts.“We know what it’s like to be down 0-2, and most of the time, the teams that were down 2-0 did not bounce back to win a championship,” Black said in the aftermath of the Bolts’ 86-76 Game 2 defeat to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Former SL cricketer Aravinda de Silva emphasizes on making Sehwag bowl more

first_imgEvery cricket fan remembers Aravinda de Silva for being arguably the greatest batsman Sri Lanka ever produced.He didn’t have the leadership qualities of Arjuna Ranatunga, the fear factor of Sanath Jayasuriya, the mental fortitude of Kumar Sangakkara or the natural class of Mahela Jayawardene, but his tenacity and allround strokeplay was pivotal in the development of the country’s cricket.The less memorable aspect of de Silva’s career was his handy part-time off-spin, with which he claimed 135 international victims- 29 in 93 Tests and 106 in 308 One Day Internationals.And the 46-year-old legend has a word of advice for India- start using Virender Sehwag’s off-breaks more often. “I don’t know the reason I don’t see him bowling his off-breaks more often. Sehwag is more than a handy off-spinner.The advantage to have a bowler like Sehwag is that he does not think like a part-timer. He is someone who thinks like a specialist off-spinner,  which is very important,” de Silva said when asked about Sehwag’s utility to the Indian team, amidst the debate over his batting form.Asked why India should use Sehwag, de Silva, a great player of spin bowling, bluntly replied, “I have not seen the Indian spinners try out different things. I felt that they were pretty flat and against sides which have good players of spin, this will be a problem.The Indian bowling attack does not have much variation in either spin or pace. On Sri Lankan pitches which are slow and offer some turn, one needs to mix it up. Whatever I have seen so far in this tournament, the Indian bowling attack seems to be weak.”advertisementSo which team is he backing to lift the World Twenty20 trophy? “Sri Lanka are one of the top contenders,” said de Silva, who was man of the match  for his century when Sri Lanka beat Australia in the 1996 ODI World Cup final in Lahore.The key for the hosts, according to de Silva, will be Ajantha Mendis. “Ajantha is fresh in his mind after his comeback (from injury), and that is the reason for his success. If one analyses Ajantha’s international track record, only the Indians have been able to read him well.Any batsman who plays Ajantha for the first time will find him difficult to negotiate,” he said. De Silva left the game after the 2003 World Cup.He believes in the case of players like his contemporary Sachin Tendulkar, it is the state of the body not the age that should determine the time of retirement. “Retirement is an individual decision and Sachin has the right to decide about his future.The decision does not depend on age but more on how your body responds to rigours of international cricket at that point of time,” de Silva said.last_img read more

21 days agoMan City rival Man Utd, Arsenal for Norway midfielder Odegaard

first_imgMan City rival Man Utd, Arsenal for Norway midfielder Odegaardby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are rivaling Manchester United and Arsenal for Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard.Winger Odegaard has impressed at Real Sociedad this season, where the 20-year-old is on loan from Real Madrid, and it emerged this week that the Red Devils and the Gunners are considering a swoop.Now City are the latest European giant to show interest, with manager Pep Guardiola keen to find a long-term successor for Silva, 33, who is expected to leave the Etihad at the end of the season after a glittering nine-year spell in Manchester, says El Desmarque.The City boss has been keeping tabs on the midfielder’s development in La Liga and has been impressed. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more