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Ruby Godfrey

first_imgRuby Marie (Weist) Godfrey, of Milan, was born May 10, 1927, the only child of John and Erma (Bidner) Weist. Ruby was born and grew up on the Manchester, Indiana, farm that had been in the Bidner, Weist, and Godfrey family for close to 100 years.  While attending Manchester Township School, Ruby participated in the local 4-H program. She was a very active member and claimed the Grand Champion award in Dress Review for two consecutive years. Ruby also showed a talent for music at an early age, learning to play the piano, the accordion, and electric organ.Besides the Manchester farming community, Ruby was also an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church. It was here that she was baptized on May 29, 1927, and later confirmed on June 1, 1941. She shared her musical talents with her church as a part-time organist for Sunday church services and was a teacher during the Sunday School hour.  Ruby also donated her time to the community as a den mother for the local Cub Scout troop.After graduating from Aurora High School in 1945, Ruby went to work for the Aurora State Bank, followed by Stedman Foundry. She was one of the first employee’s hired for the American Electric Power’s Tanners Creek Power Plant during its start up in 1951. Ruby was a dedicated employee of the company for 44 years, seeing them grow and transition to Indiana and Michigan Power.   After retiring from I&M, she continued working at Tom Tepe Auto Center and later, the Argosy Riverboat Casino.   During these later years, Ruby moved from her beloved community of Manchester, to Lawrenceburg, and recently to Ripley Crossing in Milan. She quietly passed away in the early morning hours of April 29, 2017.Ruby’s memory will be cherished by her son, John Kenneth Godfrey, and his wife, Claudia Burgess Godfrey, of Incline Village, Nevada.   Ruby was preceded in death by her beloved parents.Friends may visit with Ruby’s family at Zion Lutheran Church, 10629 State Rd 48, Manchester, on Wednesday, May 3, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will continue until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Susan Socha of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Milan, will officiate the funeral service. Following the service, Ruby will be laid to rest beside her parents in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.Memorial donations can be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church or the Zion Cemetery Association. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ruby Godfrey.last_img read more

Women umpires to make history in Adelaide

first_imgMysuru: Umpires Eloise Sheridan and Mary Waldron are on the verge of making history as they will be the first female duo to officiate in a men’s first grade premier (club) cricket match, this weekend.Sheridan and Waldron will stand in a match between Tea Tree Gully and Northern Districts in Adelaide featuring Australia’s vice-captain Travis Head.For Sheridan, officiating in a men’s cricket match is not something new as she stood as an umpire in a South Australian Premier Cricket first grade game 18 months ago.Earlier, she and NSW umpire Claire Polosak officiated in a Women’s Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars to be the first female pair to officiate a professional match in Australia. Walsdron will be officiating in her first men’s grade match. She played for Ireland in last year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup and was also a professional football player. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

BAMBOOZLED!| India take T20 series

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – India sealed the T20I series in Lauderhill to throw open the possibility of experimenting when the two sides meet in the third and final match in Guyana on Tuesday. Unlike Saturday where both sides scrapped on a sluggish surface, this was a more even contest, India throwing more punches with the bat to clinch a seesaw battle brought to an end by streaks of lightning.Rohit Sharma’s contribution – a 51-ball 67 – left the biggest mark on the game; an innings where he once again showed T20 batting was as much about timing and finesse as it is about the big hits. His sparkle allowed India some legroom despite a middle-order wobble.A blaze of sixes towards the end from Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja lifted them to 167 for 5, which looked good enough for the first six overs of West Indies’ chase. Then, Rovman Powell announced himself as India’s bowlers briefly switched off.He raised a 30-ball half-century to keep West Indies in the hunt, even as Nicholas Pooran’s struggle for timing proved to be an obstacle. Then they lost both Pooran and Powell in the same over to Krunal. This double-strike threw West Indies 22 runs behind the DLS par score when lightning stopped play with the score on 98 for 4 in 15.3 overs.Contrasting fortunes of India’s openersThere was some moisture and early-morning swing for the fast bowlers, but Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas struggled for rhythm. Rohit put the first ball to the fine-leg boundary and looked to carry on his World Cup form. He trusted the pace and bounce to hit Cottrell for two boundaries in the fourth over: first a walk-across flick over midwicket and the second a lofted inside-out hit over extra cover.At the other end, Shikhar Dhawan struggled for timing in front of square. As a result, he was largely trying to use the pace to pick runs behind the wicket. Occasionally, he was beaten for pace looking to uppercut. He couldn’t generate power while hitting through the line and run scoring seemed a struggle.However, Rohit’s blazing form – he became the most prolific six-hitter in T20Is – allowed Dhawan to play himself in. India still had a firm footing as the Powerplay brought them seven fours and a six; they raced to 52 for no loss. Dhawan fell out of desperation in the eighth when he was bowled while attempting a hook across the line to a full Keemo Paul delivery.Krunal, Jadeja’s slobberknocker of a finishShikhar Dhawan was bowled for 23 © Associated PressVirat Kohli kicked on seamlessly, but Rishabh Pant did not give himself an opportunity to make a splash in the end-overs, picking out short third man attempting a cheeky upper cut off his fifth delivery. Manish Pandey, perhaps batting out of position – a bulk of his T20 success has come batting in the top four – was out playing a ugly heave soon after.West Indies suddenly were looking at restricting India to 150. Job well done, yes? Krunal had other ideas. On 7 off 9 and struggling to adjust to the slower variations, Paul presented him with a juicy full toss which he flicked over deep midwicket for six. With his confidence restored, he used the depth of the crease to convert an attempted yorker into a half-volley to muscle the next ball over long-on. Jadeja then ended the innings with a flourish – the final over being nailed for 20 – when he bisected long-on and deep square for the third six. India had an above-par score.The Powerplay stifleWest Indies were walking on a tightrope, denied any room to cut or pull. Bhuvneshwar Kumar cleverly stuck the ball into the wicket with his slower variations and had Evin Lewis jabbing one that he brilliantly held on his followthrough in the second over. West Indies’ decision to take a leaf out of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ book and promote Sunil Narine also came a cropper as he was deceived in flight to be bowled by Washington Sundar, not before he’d consumed 12 balls for his four. After four, they were tottering at 9 for 2.The Powell musclePowell displayed brute force and utter disregard for the bowling, perhaps with little option left. A batting strategy that can sometimes border on the reckless brought him rewards as he cleared the short straight boundaries effortlessly to give two rookies Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini the jitters. Saini, Man of the Match on debut on Saturday, was taken for 27 off three wicketless overs. As Powell blazed past fifty, West Indies had begun to mount a serious threat, needing 85 off 42.Up until this point, Pooran struggled to rotate strike and bring out the big hits, pottering to 19 off 31. He had to go for broke, he tried and fell in the process as Pandey made the pop up boundary catch look coolly nonchalant. Two balls later, Powell played all around a full delivery and was stone dead. As the weather closed in, West Indies didn’t do themselves any favours. Not even the presence of Pollard and Shimron Hetmyer meant much from there on.last_img read more

Letter of intent: How a note drafted by a few SU players divided a team, led to an infamous season

first_img Published on April 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm For the Syracuse men’s soccer program, one moment in time encapsulated a year of discord — the team’s worst season since 1971. On March 25, 2009, at 8:49 p.m., a file was created on Elliott Townsend’s computer. The file would become a letter. Townsend, a former Orange forward, said the letter was written by himself and ‘a couple of upperclassmen with the support of the whole team.’ It was addressed and intended for SU Director of Athletics Daryl Gross.Signed ‘Respectfully, The Syracuse Men’s Soccer team,’ it called for the removal of former SU men’s soccer coach Dean Foti five months before the season began. Foti was eventually fired that fall, following the completion of SU’s 3-15 season in 2009.‘We have dedicated years of our lives to arrive at this point, only to be greeted by underachievement and failure,’ the letter — obtained by The Daily Orange — reads. ‘In response, we have taken it upon ourselves to see that our concerns are, at very least, heard. We hope that you will kindly consider our appeal.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe creation of the file was just the beginning of a tumultuous path for Syracuse. Metaphorically, it would set the tone for the dismal season to come. Some players who supported the letter reneged, Townsend said. Support for an organized coup was never finite. Factions formed within the team, said Melvin Andujar, a rising sophomore midfielder. Some underclassmen and alumni pointed the blame at Townsend and those who supported the letter. (Townsend, a contributing writer at The Daily Orange, declined to provide specifics concerning which of his teammates joined him in drafting the letter.) Because of it, Andujar said, the team was split. One side for keeping Foti and the other against it. On the field, the effects were obvious. The ability for the team to inwardly motivate was nonexistent. ‘I think the team wasn’t very united from the beginning,’ Andujar said. ‘We had two different groups. I mean, obviously we were a team and we all were friends and that obviously you could see there wasn’t any chemistry on the field. So I think that played an important part as to why there wasn’t any motivation at all.’  *** The letter never got to Gross.‘No, I have not seen a letter,’ Gross said in a telephone interview Monday morning. ‘It’s symbolic and more than anything confirms the pulse that we were feeling.’But on Nov. 10, 2009, he made the decision some Orange players had hoped for anyway. Foti was fired after 19 seasons and a career 141-171-33 record coaching the Orange. He left with just one Big East tournament win (1999) and zero trips to the NCAA tournament. In the three years before the letter was drafted, nine players voluntarily left the program, according to the letter. Ian McIntyre, the former head coach at Hartwick, was hired as Foti’s replacement on Jan. 6, 2010. Foti did not return several phone calls and messages left at his home.‘The progress I was looking for wasn’t occurring,’ Gross said. ‘And that’s what does it if you look back at the moves I’ve made over the years. … The expectations are high and we want to have leadership that carries those expectations and change the culture to make sure we have those expectations, so that’s what it’s all about.’ Aside from the lack of continuity within the team, though, signs of Foti’s departure surfaced early in the 2009 season and followed the coach throughout the year. The team lost eight of its first nine games and only secured two wins against Big East opponents. Syracuse was ranked 170th in the country (out of 196 teams) in scoring offense. On defense, Foti’s specialty, the Orange ranked 176th in goals-against average. The problems on the field were evident. Off the field, things weren’t any better. *** After getting wind of the letter that was drafted, Foti decided to take time out before practice one day last spring to address the issue, both Townsend and rising sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Jones said. He drew the team together first and then met with each player individually in regard to the letter.‘He met with everyone right after the meeting individually and asked, ‘Where do you stand, do you support what was associated with this letter? Or do you wish to disassociate your names with the claims that were made,” Townsend said. Jones, who would later come out against the letter, said the team decided to ‘move on’ and put the incident behind it. Clearly, the rift between Foti’s supporters and dissenters were made apparent. ‘The coaching staff handled everything from there,’ Jones said. ‘I think Dean handled that pretty professionally.’In the weeks prior to drafting the letter, things were different, Townsend said. He made sure to run his ideas, and the ideas of the others in support of firing Foti, by the rest of the team. So, Townsend and a handful of other players opened up their houses to the rest of the underclassmen for several meetings pertaining to the letter.‘Last spring the group had gotten together,’ Townsend said. ‘Seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen and I talked about all of the things we wanted done, and basically we came to the realization that the things Dean was doing were not in the best interest of the program. We had a few informal meetings at upperclassmen’s houses.’As Townsend recalls, those meetings provided unity among the players regarding the drafting of the letter. ‘The first few times (we met) people seemed fully behind it,’ Townsend said. ‘It was really put into motion by the upperclassmen.’But from there, things quickly started to unravel. Not soon after, numerous players — including Jones — withdrew their backing of the letter.Jones said only a handful of players were behind it, making the letter a case of misrepresentation.‘I know for a fact that the whole team did not approve of it,’ Jones said. ‘And that was the thing where the people that did approve it should have signed their names rather than saying that it was from the Syracuse men’s soccer team.’***When Ezra Prendergast visited Syracuse for the annual SU alumni game last April 25, he could sense that something was different. Around the watercooler for that alumni weekend, Prendergast noticed the current players talked less and less about the good and more about the bad.‘I got a bit of feedback from the players,’ said Prendergast, who now plays semipro soccer in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn for Olympic 78 FC. ‘I sensed a lack of taking responsibility amongst the players, lack of desire to take responsibility.’Prendergast and former SU defender Pete Rowley — who last played professionally for three teams in 2009 — said Foti was never the root of the problems within the team. Prendergast, a midfielder who last played for SU in 2005, and Rowley, who played at SU from 2004-08, place the blame more on the leaders of the 2009 team for what transpired. They place the blame on the seniors. ‘I respect the shit out of Dean Foti,’ Rowley said. ‘I now know the game better than 90 percent of people in the soccer community having played for Dean. You cannot question his knowledge or anything like that.’A year after Prendergast returned for that alumni game, as SU prepares for its first alumni game under head coach McIntyre this Saturday at 10 a.m., Prendergast doesn’t mince words.He puts the blame for a lack of on-field motivation and communication on the players he got a bad vibe from last year. Not Foti. And he wishes the same confidence and passion they put into that letter for Gross was brought to the field.‘I realized the issues about separation, and again a lack of responsibility amongst the players,’ Prendergast said. ‘I then heard about it (the letter) and when I first heard about it, I thought it was a bold move on the players’ part. I wish that same strength they had to get someone fired they had on the field. … Forming like a lobbying group within the team, that takes a lot of courage, and if they had the same courage on the field I think this would be a lot different of a team.’Tom Perevegyencev, a departing senior whose relationship with Foti was notoriously negative, even came to the realization that not all the blame could rest on the coach. The last time the two spoke was Syracuse’s last game — a 2-0 loss to St. John’s on Nov. 1. And in that time since, Perevegyencev has had time to consider the situation. He said motivation comes from the top, and for that Foti needs to take responsibility. At times, Perevegyencev felt ‘there was a lack of motivation to even motivate.’ But part of him also feels that he and other players in leadership roles failed. ‘I failed,’ Perevegyencev said. ‘I failed at motivating the other players and a bunch of the other guys did, too. It was just all the leadership. Every leader on the team failed to motivate each other. We weren’t winning. We weren’t focused. The leadership wasn’t there. It was all basically out together and it just didn’t work.’***At 8:49 p.m. on March 25, 2009, the file that was created was a last-ditch attempt to create some kind of unity. Some kind of team. Weeks after it was written it was apparent the letter failed, and it never reached the intended target.Fourteen months after it was written, with the team licking its wounds from one of the worst seasons in program history, it is clear the team failed, too.March 25, 2009, was a flawed attempt at a new beginning. A new beginning that didn’t come until some of the authors had already left.Said Jones: ‘(The letter) could have been a little bit of foreshadowing of the whole situation.’ Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MFM Coach Targets Final Phase as League Restarts Saturday

first_imgZENITH WOMEN’S BASKETBALLThe Head Coach of Mountain of Fire Women Basketball team, Adewunmi Aderemi is targeting the final phase of the Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League which enters second phase this weekend in four centres nationwide.Aderemi, popularly called Coach Owolo, is optimistic that his girls would maintain the impressive run recorded in the first phase. MFM Coach Aderemi Adewunmi The MFM ladies won all matches to emerge tops in the Akure Centre tagged South East centre with Delta Force, IGP Queens, Coal City Queens, First Deepwaters and Sunshine Angels also on parade.“We are ready for the second phase. It is going to be as tough as ever but I am optimistic we are going to win again. Our target is the final phase in Lagos and we will make it,” he said.After the Technical Committee meeting and arrival of teams today, the jump ball at the four centres takes place on Saturday September 7.Other centres are South West (Ibadan), North West (Zaria) and North Central (Abuja).In Ibadan, the Indoor Sports hall of the Liberty Stadium will host First Bank, Dolphins, Oluyole Babes, Ogun Babes and Ekiti Angels.Zaria is the base of the North West centre which hosts Taraba Hurricanes, Kebbi Angels, Adamawa Angels, Zamfara Babes, Exousia Angels, GT 2000 Queens, Nigeria Army Amazons and AHIP.North Central base is Abuja with Nigeria Customs, Benue Princess, Plateau Rocks, Nasarawa Amazons, Blackgold Queens, Air Warriors Babes, FCT Wings and Kanem Queens of Borno competing for honours.According to the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), the second phase will end on September 12 as teams are expected to depart on September 13.Defending Champions First Bank, Dolphins, MFM and Nigeria Customs are some of the teams yet to lose any match so far in the 2019 edition of the annual competition.The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, has urged all participants to be of good conduct in the competition“Discipline is very key in sports and so we expect a keen contest with good conduct from the players who should be a role model to the young ones in the game,” Onyeagwu said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Scout Gaming launches Betflex ‘DFS Player Odds Sportsbook’

first_imgShare Scout Gaming rolls out €1m fantasy Premier League prize pool July 27, 2020 Related Articles Andreas Sundal – Scout GamingStockholm-listed B2B fantasy sports supplier Scout Gaming advances its wagering capacity announcing the launch of ‘Betflex’ its proprietary built ‘player odds sportsbook’ function and ‘cross-selling tool’ on partner website to advance partner cross-sell opportunities with traditional betting engagements, Scout Gaming launches its Betflex vertical a player odds sportsbook which allows customers to bet on players individual fantasy points collected during DFS games.“Players are able to bet on the outcome of a player duel based on their collection of fantasy points during the game as well as over or under a certain level of a given fantasy point amount. This is complementing the traditional match odds sportsbook and widen the markets.” – Scout Gaming details in its press update.In addition, partner cross-sell opportunities are enhanced by Betflex, which will allow customers to wager on the outcome of specific tournaments, single game and event formats, with Scout Gaming referencing player datapoints to set odds pricings.Debuting Betflex on, Scout Gaming Chief Product Officer Andreas Sundal states that the company has delivered a further ‘true player experience’, where individuals can wager on a players ‘overall performance during the game as a complement to the traditional sportsbook offer within the operators’“We are working intensively with player related games where we combine and use our in-house stats and pricing towards both traditional wagering-related games and pool betting. Betflex is our tool for connecting the related games to each other and provide the user with tailor suited bets based on his selections and predictions.”“Clients will be able to use the tool for a multiple of cross-selling opportunities both within our own product offering as well as other connected supplier’s” comments Scout Gaming’s CPO, Andreas Sundal. Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich takes blame after another loss: ‘I’ve got to do a better job’

first_imgThe Spurs have faced deficits by margins of 30 points or more in back-to-back games for the first time in coach Gregg Popovich’s tenure as head coach after San Antonio fell to Houston 136-105 Friday. Popovich admitted after the loss that he has to find a way to do a better job of coaching this team.  NBA wrap: Grizzlies outlast Nets in double-overtime behind Jaren Jackson Jr.’s career-high 36 points “It’s a game where you try to continue to get better at all aspects,” Popovich said (via ESPN). “We’re obviously discombobulated on offense. So a lot of that has to do with me. I’ve got to do a better job there. I think defensively, we’ve obviously got to shore up our effort and our wisdom at that end of the court. So we’ve got a lot of work to do.”Several players shared Popovich’s frustration after yet another rout, with guard Patty Mills saying the team feels “embarrassed and deflated.” Related News “It’s the big picture. It’s who we represent when we put these jerseys on,” Mills said. “It’s who we play for. It’s much bigger than that, and we need to understand that we are here just for a short time amongst this organization that will be here for a lot longer than we are. We’ve got to take pride in that.” Friday’s loss dropped the Spurs to 10-12, and they now rank 14th in the Western Conference. San Antonio hasn’t ranked in the bottom two spots in the conference standings this late in the season (after 20 games) since the 1996-97 campaign, ESPN notes.”Our frustration definitely just comes from losing the way we did, but in no way, shape or form is it going to break us or anything like that,” guard DeMar DeRozan said.The Spurs have a day off before facing the 13-9 Trail Blazers on Sunday.last_img read more

(Updated Tuesday) Irene Josephine Ybarra, 88, Wellington: March 19, 1928 – April 30, 2016

first_imgIrene YbarraIrene Josephine Ybarra, loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother, died on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at her home in Wellington at the age of 88.Irene was born the daughter of David and Eusebia (Ramirez) Jaramillo on Monday, March 19, 1928 in Somerville, Texas.On April 19, 1952, Irene and Paul Ybarra were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 64 years of marriage.Survivors include her husband, Paul Ybarra of Wellington; daughter, Veronica Triana of Wichita; daughter, Paula Campa (Casimiro) of Wellington; son Stephen Ybarra (Florence) of Wellington; brother, Robert Jaramillo of Wichita; brother, Andrew Jaramillo of Wichita; sister, Rosa Jaramillo of Wellington; sister, Carmen Jaramillo of Wichita; grandchildren: Stephanie Hopper (Joe) of Colwich, Janelle Triana of Seattle, Washington, Ricki Camargo (Jamie) of Austin, Texas, Nick Ybarra of Wellington, Natalie Santonil (John) of Park City, Nathan Ybarra (Jodi) of McKinney, Texas, Noah Ybarra of Newton, Carlos Moran of Wichita; great-grandchildren: Joshua Hopper of Colwich, Samuel Hopper of Colwich, Braeden Ybarra of Wellington, Olivia Hopper of Colwich, Knox Santonil of Park City, Leo Santonil of Park City and Graciella Camargo of Austin, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her son: Eddie Ybarra and her brothers Leo, Salvador and Jesus Jaramillo.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016.Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church, Wellington. Funeral services for Irene will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 5, 2016 at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church, Wellington.Interment will follow at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington.A memorial fund has been established in her loving memory to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Black women challenge NFL on domestic violence

first_imgElsie ScottWASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the National Football League continues to grapple with its policies on domestic violence and sexual assault, Black women have stepped forward to ensure the NFL gets it right this time.Since footage surfaced of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious, the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), a civic engagement consortium, has closely watched the NFL’s domestic violence policy scandal unfold.On September 15, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the appointment of a small council to advise the league: the appointees were Lisa Friel, former head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the New York County District Attorney’s Office; Jane Randel co-founder of national advocacy group, NO MORE; and Rita Smith, former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.All three appointees are White in a league that is 66 percent Black.“We saw that all the people accused and arrested were Black men, yet the victims we always see put on TV are White women. We don’t want to see the league take the approach that their only obligation is to turn players over to the criminal justice system,” says Elsie Scott, director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University, and BWR member. Scott has also developed domestic violence trainings for both the NYPD and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).Members of the Black Women’s Roundtable look on as Teresa C. Younger of Ms. Foundation for Women (at podium) expresses her support of the campaign urging NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to get it right by adding Black women to his advisory team. during a press conference held during the CBCF Annual Legislative Conference in DC. (PHOTO CREDIT: Paulette Singleton)Following the advisory panel announcement, the BWR penned an open letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to point out the glaring omission, and to request a meeting with him to strategize on domestic and child abuse and “other diversity issues” within the league. The group also launched a campaign to “elevate Black women’s voices” in this discussion via an online petition calling for the immediate inclusion in the advisory group; a social media campaign around the hashtag, #NFLGetItRight; and a letter-writing campaign.“When we first went [to the meeting], we had to establish that we’re not coming to bash the NFL. There are so many women in our group who love football,” Scott says, citing BWR member Barbara Williams Skinner for example, a former chaplain for the Washington Redskins. “But we want the NFL to know, this is not going to be a ‘get past this’ thing. It has to be a long term approach for changing the league, owners, and players.”Since then, the league has added Beth Richie to the panel. Richie, who is Black, serves as director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy and professor of criminal justice, and gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to hiring Richie, the league has pledged to strengthen ties with domestic violence organizations and provide more resources to owners and team leadership.“We’re really happy to have her there, and she’s a great representative and has a long history of working for women of color, but we also would like to see practitioners who work directly with Black women victims of assault,” Scott says, highlighting that Richie is primarily a researcher.(The Roundtable has created a list of recommended expert practitioners for the NFL to consider; this list will only be released directly to the Commissioner).The league responded to BWR’s request by offering a meeting with vice president of social responsibility, Anna Isaacson, and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent; the organization accepted the meeting on the condition that it would be a lead-in to the originally requested meeting with Commissioner Goodell.“We were very impressed with Vincent,” says Scott, one of the BWR members chosen to attend the meeting. “He’s a Black man, former player, and he felt that Black women should be engaged with this process, as well as Black men. We felt he was very serious and was going to go back with some of the recommendations we put forth.”Some of those recommendations included improving diversity within the league’s ranks, trainings for owners and league professionals, and reformative help for players who have victimized others.“What kind of help [is the NFL] providing for these people? We know a lot of people have grown up in violent settings,” says Scott. “We don’t feel society should write off [such players] and tell them they can’t play football anymore, but if you’re using them to make millions of dollars, you have the obligation to enrich them and help them grow and invest in them.”The BWR also received confirmation that there would be a meeting with the commissioner within 45 days. The group still plans to continue its campaign. On Twitter, its #NFLGetItRight hashtag generated close to 1,000 Tweets in a few hours, and the online petition, hosted at, stands at more than 5,600 signatures.At a press conference for the campaign launch (which took place prior to the meeting), several BWR members and affiliates took turns articulating the organization’s concerns. Some chose to share their personal experiences coupled with data. Scholar and former director of the National Council for Negro Women, Avis Jones-DeWeever, shared that as a Black woman survivor, there are racial considerations the panel should be able to address. National Bar Association president, Pamela Means called for diversity in life experience as well as race, and shared that as a teenager, she lost an older sister to domestic violence. And corporate diversity expert René Redwood took a broad view approach, expressing that the systemic problems should be the real focus of the NFL’s effort.“We want to make sure that Commissioner Goodell, the NFL, and the nation realize that this is not a matter of just the criminal justice system. This is a public health issue. This is an issue where we need to address the individuals, both the men and the women, and the children, in a way of compassion and caring,” she said. “Commissioner Goodell, the owners, and leadership of the NFL teams have an obligation and responsibility to look at their own culture, to look at their own attitudes, and how they perpetuate the violence.”last_img read more

Abreu confesses that he offered Luis Suárez to sign for Nacional

first_imgIn a interview on Uruguayan radio 890, the one who was a player of the Uruguayan Defender, of the Sports of La Coruña , of River Plate Argentine or Mexican Monterrey, among many others, confessed that he thought that “had possibilities complete, real “to be National coach when the then coach, Álvaro Gutiérrez, resigned in December 2019.“And when in those days, after December 18Luis (Suárez) was to come and there I tell him: ‘Look, Lucho, it’s not anything concrete, but there may be a possibility… how is your theme? What do we do? ‘”Abreu explained about the idea of ​​Suarez returning to the Uruguayan club from which he left for Europe. The player and Boston River manager, the former Uruguayan international Sebastián “Loco” Abreu, acknowledged this Friday that offered his compatriot Luis Suarez, Barça forward, sign for the National if he became coach of the “tricolor”. “To me I have six months left, but if you get to be, let me talk to sofi, talk about the family. I always told you that if you were a technician could return“pointed out the” Loco “that Suárez replied. According to Abreu,” the fact of returning to Nacional “and that he was his coach” was something that generated motivation, it was a nice challenge“However, the Boston River player described as “correct” the decision of the ‘tricolor’ club to sign Gustavo Munúa as coach because, he indicated, after his time on the bench ‘bag’ (2015-2016), “left a feeling very good of what the team showed on court “.center_img He Uruguayan former international, than train by second time in his career, after passing through the bench of the Salvadoran Santa Tecla, he has the Guinness record since 2017 as the footballer who has played in more clubs professionally.In addition to several Uruguayan teams, like the Defender and the National, the athlete has played for clubs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Greece, Israel, Mexico and Paraguay. That of Boston River is his 29th club jersey, thirtieth adding that of the Uruguay team.last_img read more