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first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images(DETROIT) — Julisa Abad said she’s one of the more fortunate transgender women in Detroit’s Six Mile and Woodward area.The 34-year-old said she’s never worked in the sex industry, but she understands why many others feel as if they don’t have a choice.“When I first moved to Detroit, despite everything that I brought to the table, I couldn’t find employment,” Abad told ABC News. “I hated that the social stigma, especially within the area that I lived in, was that all trans women are sex workers.”Abad eventually landed a position as a victims’ rights advocate with the Fair Michigan Justice Project, a program that assists in solving serious crimes targeting members of the LGBT community. Most of the organization’s cases involve transgender women of color subjected to violence from straight men, often an intimate partner.The Human Rights Campaign has tracked at least 136 deaths of transgender people since 2013 due to fatal violence, with most victims being black transgender women, but the organization said the violence is hard to track due to misgendering and transphobia. The actual number of killings could be much higher.One of the most-recent victims, 22-year-old Muhlaysia Booker, was fatally shot in Dallas last week, just months after she spoke out against a gang of men who brutally attacked her while yelling transphobic slurs.“She was always full of life, the life of the party and a jokester,” Booker’s aunt, Lakeitha Lemons, told ABC News. “She knew the things she would have to face. She knew about the violence, the backlash and the criticism that she would receive, but she didn’t care. She would die for her cause.”Police are investigating to see if Booker’s murder was a hate crime, or if it could be linked to two other attacks that targeted black transgender women in the area. Brittany White, 29, was fatally shot inside her car in southeast Dallas in October 2018 and another transgender woman was nearly stabbed to death in April.Experts and advocates point to these violent attacks as examples of why the U.S. needs stronger anti-discrimination policies and legal protections for transgender people.In many states, including Michigan, discrimination laws do not include protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity, leaving transgender people more vulnerable to job discrimination and more likely to resort to illegal activity to earn a living, according to LGBTQ rights advocates. It also makes them prime targets for violence and abuse.In 2018, advocates tracked at least 26 U.S. murders involving transgender victims, with black trans women representing an overwhelming majority, according to Human Rights Campaign, which considers itself the “largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.”At least five transgender people have been killed so far this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign. All five were women of color.Many of the reported cases involved clear anti-transgender bias. In others, the victim’s transgender status may have put them at risk in other ways, such as forcing them into unemployment, poverty, homelessness or sex work, according to HRC’s research.“While the details of these cases differ, it is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color, and that the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia conspire to deprive them of employment, housing, healthcare and other necessities, barriers that make them vulnerable,” HRC said in a statement. “Many of these victims are misgendered in local police statements and media reports, which can delay our awareness of deadly incidents.”Rebecca Williams, a humanities professor at Essex County College in New Jersey and adviser to the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance program, said she expected to see more outrage in response to such “epidemic” violence.“Those particular incidents where these black trans women have been murdered, they haven’t been met, as far as I can see, with as much outrage as they should be met with,” Williams told ABC News. “Violence is a problem in our society, but we have to pay particular attention when vulnerable members of our society are murdered and when acts of violence are committed against them.”“Even though we have our civil rights and marriage equality, and laws against discrimination, there is still violence and there’s still hatred and there’s still harassment going on,” she added.Williams, a former city councilwoman and current freeholder of Union County, New Jersey, said a lot of the violence stems from rigid religious beliefs and a lack transgender visibility. That’s an issue her county is working to change.“Governors and mayors can issue proclamations, as we did here in Union County, stating that their municipalities are a safe space for LGBT people. It shows that violence and harassment won’t be tolerated,” Williams said. “They can also host training for city officials and residents to help them understand how to create positive interactions with LGBTQ folks.”Jamie Powell Horowitz, who serves as the special prosecutor for the Fair Michigan Justice Project, said her organization focuses on LGBTQ awareness and training. The project started by training local police departments on the proper ways to talk to members of the LGBTQ community, and how to make them feel comfortable.“Unfortunately, yes, you do have to tell people how to talk to people,” Horowitz said. “Basically, the point of the project is bridging that gap between the community and law enforcement, so that when they are targeted, we can actually address it and prosecute those crimes.”Now, nearly three years later, the organization said it has a 100% conviction rate.“Today, we’ve had 26 cases that we’ve done, and I would say half, about half, of that caseload has involved biased-based crimes against transgender women of color,” Horowitz said. “The whole community is changing their attitudes towards law enforcement. Now, victims are starting to report and come to court.”“I think that it helps to keep the community safe because people who go there to rob, to rape, to kill, or take advantage of them now know that they’re they’re going to report and that the police are going to show up immediately,” she added.Horowitz said she couldn’t disclose specific details about pending cases involving transgender victims, but she said a lot of past cases dealt with transgender prostitutes who were involved with married, straight men who would “rather kill them” than be “caught” with them.“The majority of the cases that we have involving trans women of color, they involve women who are doing sex for survival work,” she said. “Something will happen — they’ll have a dispute over money, something will go wrong — and they’ll get rough with the girls, and rather than being in a position of getting caught with them, these men kill them.”Abad, who currently serves as Fair Michigan Foundation’s director of transgender outreach and advocacy, said a lot of transphobic violence stems from the social stigma attached to being with a trans woman.She said there’s support groups for just about everything except for men who are attracted to trans women.“They are struggling with it internally because society — their families and community — says it’s not right, and they can’t talk to their homeboys about it because of the stigmatization,” Abad said. “So when you combine all these layers, we — trans women — end up with a higher rate of mortality and violence.”“We need to change the way things operate, educate people and give these men a safe space to articulate their feelings,” she added. “Society shouldn’t demonize them or try to take away their manhood because they like trans women.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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first_img View post tag: Force View post tag: Bulgaria Training & Education Ships of Black Sea Joint Task Force Left Trabzon Heading for Varna, Bulgaria View post tag: Navy View post tag: Left View post tag: Task View post tag: Black August 25, 2011 View post tag: Joint Ships of Black Sea joint task force BLACKSEAFOR sailed off Turkish port Trabzon on Aug 23 and set a course for Bulgarian port Varna.When being in Trabzon, the crews not only conducted various drills and protocol activities but visited cultural and historical sites of the Turkish city.The multinational task force consisting of Bulgarian, Russian, Romanian, Turkish, and Ukrainian warships will perform numerous underway drills, such as control over surface situation, sailing in formations, tactical maneuvering, signaling and communications, observation over civil ships and airplanes, transshipment, interception and search of a “violator” vessel, organization of air defense, etc.Current BLACKSEAFOR activation will finish on Aug 29; after that participating warships of Black Sea states will return to home bases.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, August 25, 2011;center_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Ships of Black Sea Joint Task Force Left Trabzon Heading for Varna, Bulgaria View post tag: Varna View post tag: ships View post tag: Heading View post tag: Trabzon Share this article View post tag: sealast_img read more

first_imgThe Transport Secretary has today (21 August 2018) announced the appointment of Declan Collier as his preferred candidate for the role of Chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) following an open competition. The former airport chief executive demonstrated an outstanding range of skills and a distinguished record in delivering for transport users following a high-flying career in aviation.Following standard parliamentary procedures for a public appointment, the Transport Select Committee will hold a public scrutiny hearing with Mr Collier later this year. The final decision on the appointment will be subject to the outcome of that hearing and he is expected to start work as Chair on 1 January 2019.Mr Collier will succeed the current chair Professor Stephen Glaister who steps down at the end of 2018 after 3 years, and will return being a non-executive director on ORR’s board.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 It has been a pleasure and privilege to steer ORR as Chair over the last 3 years. In that time we have seen many changes and challenges in the rail industry: a period in which ORR has played its full part. This continues with the 2018 Periodic Review, which will set Network Rail’s price control from 2019. We have also matured our monitoring of Highways England as the company has progressed from its new beginnings. I am pleased to welcome Declan at this important time for both rail and road. His background will bring significant experience to the organisation and ensure we remain a strong, independent economic and safety regulator that protects the interests of passengers, freight customers, road users and taxpayers. The ORR performs an important role as the rail regulator and roads monitor for England and I look forward to Declan Collier taking up this position. Declan brings a wealth of transport sector knowledge, and I am confident he will be able tackle the diverse range of issues that the regulator covers. I would like to thank Stephen Glaister for his work, he has played a distinguished role as Chair, bringing important leadership during the 2018 periodic review process, which will set the regulatory framework and funding for Network Rail for the next 5 year control period”. ORR is the UK’s independent rail regulator and strategic roads monitor for England. Accountable to Parliament, it protects the interests of rail and road customers through its regulation of railway safety, and the performance and value for money of the rail and road networks, where government remains committed to major investment to improve outcomes for users.To assist with his induction into the role, the Transport Secretary expects to appoint Declan Collier as a non-executive member of the board for a brief period before he takes up the role of Chair. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Declan Collier has recently stepped down as CEO of London City Airport, a role which he held since 2012, and prior to that he was CEO of Dublin Airports Authority for 7 years. He is currently a non-executive board member of The Royal Schiphol Group and TCR International NV. He has broad experience in transport and business and has served as President of the World Association of Airports, Airports Council International (ACI); Deputy Chair of the Airport Operators Association (UK); and as Director of London First; Allied Irish Banks Ltd, and The Dublin Theatre Festival. Mr Collier has declared that he has undertaken no political activity in the last 5 years.ORR Chair Stephen Glaister said: Rail media enquiries Switchboard 0300 330 3000last_img read more

first_imgIn 1994, Rwanda lost a huge portion of its male population when the ruling Hutu government murdered 500,000 to 1 million of its citizens, including an estimated 77 percent of the Tutsi population. The genocide left an enormous void, widened by the number of Rwandans who had fled or been imprisoned — and women stepped up to fill it.Nearly a quarter century later, the country’s leadership is overwhelmingly female. Rwanda has more women parliamentarians than any other nation in the world, and almost half of its judges and presidential cabinet members are female. In the same short time, Rwanda has forged progressive health, education, gender equity, and environmental policies.That new body politic can help explain an emerging trend. Across the globe, the number of women running for office has increased dramatically. In the United States, for instance, more than 70 women are exploring runs for governor this year, and a record number of women have declared their intentions to run for other elected positions, from seats in Congress to local school boards. As this wave of civic engagement grows, the rise of Rwandan women through all levels of their government merits closer observation.And it has had that, from former U.S. ambassador Swanee Hunt, Harvard Kennedy School’s Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, founder of the Women and Public Policy Program, core faculty at the Center for Public Leadership, senior adviser at the Carr Center for Human Rights, and the author of “Rwandan Women Rising.” She spoke with the Gazette ahead of Wednesday’s Lowell Lecture at Harvard Extension School, where she will reprise those lessons learned in her talk “Women Rising, Here and Abroad.”Q&ASwanee HuntGAZETTE: We seem to be at a crucial point in history, with adults and even young people becoming more vocal and politically active. What have you learned about the importance of civic engagement that you did not know before your work in Rwanda?HUNT: Rwanda provides a compelling model for the rest of the world. After the 1994 genocide, civic engagement grew organically, driven by newly emboldened women. The chaos had cracked open the culture and women surged into the breach. Before, they weren’t allowed to speak in public if men were present. Afterward, many traumatized men couldn’t function well, but women saw no choice but to immediately start rebuilding their communities.That social and political will turned into an unstoppable force. Within months, new widows joined wives of jailed alleged perpetrators. They did what women do: Together in one kitchen, they cooked for orphaned children, and at the same time for the men who made those children orphans. Women persisted, organizing 15,000 female-only village councils. They had representatives on the commission to draft a new constitution that established a provision that all government bodies would include at least 30 percent women. Today, Rwanda boasts the highest percentage of women legislators in the world, around 60 percent. The country is vaulting up the development indices, increasing literacy and combatting AIDS and malaria, establishing compulsory ninth-grade education for girls as well as boys, and many other advances.It’s a fascinating lesson, told in my book through the voices of scores of women (and a few smart men). As one example, Annonciata Nyirabajiwabo’s husband and parents were murdered in the upheaval. She escaped certain slaughter, carrying her 18-month-old baby on her back while eight months pregnant, giving birth alone, hiding in a doghouse. After the cataclysm, Annonciata stepped forward to join the civic groundswell. She said, “There is no other way of living than to be close to one another.”Here in the U.S., we’re hoping it won’t take a full-blown catastrophe to get people off their couches, into the streets, lined up at voting booths, or — even better — onto ballots. I’m especially encouraged that young people are building their power at a crucial moment. We see it all around us: the tenacious leaders of Black Lives Matter; speakers at the women’s marches; courageous champions of immigration reform; out-there #MeToo witnesses; inspiring gun-control activists from Parkland; and a swell of female candidates entering political contests at all levels. I used to regret that my children had missed the ’60s, an era that helped define Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton, and so many others my age. Now my three kids and their children are part of the greatest movement in half a century.GAZETTE: You’ve had almost 24 years to reflect on the events of the genocide and what came after. What parallels do you see between the rise of Rwandan women and the increase of women in America seeking public office today?HUNT: Women rise because it’s necessary. In Rwanda, following the carnage, about 800,000 imprisoned men awaited trial, with about 50 surviving lawyers to represent them. Drawing on a tradition for mediating disputes, women instituted a community-based justice system called gacaca. It helped the entire nation unify and move beyond mass trauma.Imagine: A man is brought forward to face the villagers where he has lived. Some of the women are judges. (That’s new.) Even as the majority of victims are female, the majority of the witnesses are as well. The say what they saw the man do; they know him extremely well, and they testify to his character. The whole case costs $30. At the same time, the U.N. tribunal is hearing cases against people who allegedly plotted the genocide — at $2.6 million per defendant.In the U.S., women have had it with malfeasance, misbehavior, misogyny, and malevolent policies that harm them and their families. The “Year of the Woman” in 1992 was the last time we increased our numbers in Congress significantly. It came on the heels of unheeded accusations of sexual misconduct during Anita Hill’s testimony against her former employer, Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That spectacle unfolded in front of the all-male Senate Judiciary Committee — and on live television, where it outraged millions of women (and men).In dozens of contexts around the globe, I’ve observed what happens when women aren’t at decision-making tables. As U.S. ambassador to Austria, I bore devastating witness to the havoc and suffering caused by war next door in the Balkans, where nearly 150,000 people died. In 1994, I hosted 14 days of peace negotiations, but it wasn’t until I walked into the signing of the agreement at the White House that I noticed the sea of gray suits and realized no other women were among the dozens of delegates. Women’s disparate knowledge and perspective was missing. Without an inclusive accord, the agreement was badly flawed, and the country has been unable to move forward appreciably. Now we have compelling research: When women are significantly involved in a peace talk, there’s a much greater chance for lasting stability.Dean Joseph Nye, who brought me to Harvard two decades ago to establish and lead the Women and Public Policy Program, saw women’s inclusion as a natural extension of his idea of “soft power.” In short, political influence is increased through persuasion rather than only coercion, focusing on shared values and civilian elements of security such as education, health care, and economic development. I’ve taught the doctrine of inclusive security to a generation of Harvard students, and I imagine some of them are behind the landmark Women, Peace, and Security Act passed by Congress last fall.,GAZETTE: According to a Time Magazine article from earlier this year, more than 70 women are exploring runs for governor in the U.S. and overall a record number of women are running for office in 2018. What are their biggest challenges? How can they overcome them?HUNT: I’m glad you asked. Some years ago, I established a nonprofit program, Political Parity, to study these barriers. In a few weeks, we’re releasing a primer for students and practitioners, drafted by researchers who have delved into the data. One formidable challenge is that women candidates, particularly Republicans (God bless ’em), haven’t managed to get through their primaries. Women have been disadvantaged by infrastructure, with insufficient PAC, donor, and party backing.They’re misperceived as less ideological than men, though our analysis disproves this. But we also know that women, however dogmatic, co-sponsor more legislation across the aisle. So if we’re going to break gridlock, we need more Republican females in place of their male counterparts. Happily, since the 2016 election, in what I think of as a Trump after-quake, thousands of women (on both sides of the aisle) are stepping up to run at all levels and gaining the support once so hard to find. It’s a seismic shift.GAZETTE: Inclusive Security, the institute you founded, is looking for impactful ways “to transform decision-making about war and peace.” What are some of the lessons you’ve learned that could help a world that seems to be in constant conflict?HUNT: First, don’t buy into the “constant conflict” motif. That’s a prescription for paralysis.Second, we’ve obviously got to use 100 percent of our talent pool. But a more nuanced answer is that women, along with other excluded groups, can make a powerful difference in waging peace. For one thing, they bring in a wider range of voices. In Colombia, it was women in the peace talks who insisted that victims be at the table. They understood that when those who are directly affected enter negotiations, it’s messier, but peace is possible. Aloisea Inyumba, a tremendous leader who did so much to unite Rwandans, said, “We women have to be agents of peace. We can’t just wait for it to be delivered to us on a plate.”However imperfectly, reconciliation has happened in (literally) decimated Rwanda — and elsewhere around the world — between people who have fought much more viciously than Americans will ever know. The equivalent in our country would be 32 million Americans slaughtered this winter. Actually, hacked to death. People despairing at the current state of our politics need to realize: This is not Gettysburg.So be bold. It’s up to you, not just me. Let’s get in there and fix it.Hunt’s speech, which is open to the public, will take place Wednesday (March 7) at 7 p.m. at Emerson Hall 105, 25 Quincy St., Cambridge.This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.last_img read more

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen Hazel Wetzstein holds a tiny Georgia plume plant, she’s not just tending a future shrub. She’s keeping a native species from becoming extinct.“Georgia plume is one of the rarest native shrubs or small trees in Georgia,” said Wetzstein, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s currently known to exist only in about three dozen locations in 19 counties.” Many of these plants are growing on unprotected property, she said. What makes the shrub even more rare is the fact that Georgia is the only place in the world where the plant can be found. First discovered by William Bartram in 1773, the plant is so rare in nature that no wild populations were known from about 1875 until it was rediscovered in 1901. Today, Georgia plume faces the added challenges of habitat loss due to forest cutting, agricultural land conversion and urbanization. But those are just some of its issues. It also “appears to suffer from reproductive problems,” Wetzstein said. “Seed set is low or nonexistent. Seedlings have not been found in the wild, indicating serious consequences in the future.”Georgia plume doesn’t propagate well using conventional cutting methods. To date, Wetzstein has produced 400 new plants using the tissue culture method.“Using tissue culture, we grow small pieces of plant tissues in culture media under sterile conditions,” she said. “By incorporating hormones, vitamins and nutrients into the media, we can induce the development of new plant shoots.”In the summer, Georgia plume is topped with white plume-like flower clusters that give it its name. Each year, the flowers become harder to find as plant numbers decline, at least outdoors. But now that UGA researchers have successfully grown the plant in greenhouses, they’re testing the Georgia plume in the fresh air of its native habitat.This fall, Wetzstein, her lab staff, Master Gardeners, college students and collaborators Martha Joiner and Carolyn Altman at the Georgia Southern Botanical Garden and Gail Lutowski at the Warnell Forest Education Center planted tissue-culture-regenerated Georgia plume plants in Statesboro and Effingham County.They used different types of treatments such as organic matter and fertilizer on the plants. And they outlined the plots with rebar and draped netting to keep the deer out. They’re trying to see what methods work the best for maximum survival and growth. In a few months, they’ll return to southeast Georgia for a spring planting.Besides trying to reestablish Georgia plume in the wild, Wetzstein is also gathering samples from plume populations in the state to establish in culture in her laboratory. If the Georgia plume plant becomes extinct, the genetic material will be preserved in Wetzstein’s laboratory in Athens. “We’re using this as a safeguarding method,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dr. Craig Spencer (Facebook)A Manhattan doctor who returned seven days ago from treating Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive for the virus Thursday, marking the first case of the deadly disease in New York.Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was taken directly to an isolation unit, after reporting symptoms of fatigue and a fever with a temperature of 103 degrees. New York City health officials said they quarantined his fiance, two friends and an Uber taxi cab driver who drove him home Wednesday from The Gutter, a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which has since closed as a precaution.“We were hoping that it didn’t happen, but we were realistic; this is New York,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters at a news conference Thursday night. “Our best information is that for the relevant period of time, he was only exposed to a very few people partially because he knew what the illness was all about and he was taking precautions.”The case is the fourth confirmed in the United States since a Liberian man became the first in Dallas before he died of Ebola on Oct. 8. He infected two nurses who treated him, one of whom has since recovered. The other, Nina Pham, is being treated in a special isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.Those three prior cases come amid the largest Ebola outbreak in world history that has claimed nearly 5,000 lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where Spencer had volunteered for the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders, which has been working to stem the crisis.Spencer was taken to Bellevue by specially trained first responders in Haz-Mat suits, like the thousands—including many on Long Island—that have been training for just such a case.Related: North Shore LIJ to Build Biocontainment Unit for Infectious DiseasesBesides the four Spencer contacts in quarantine, disease detectives are working to track down anyone else who may have come in contact with the doctor—a task that could prove difficult since he rode the A, 1 and L subway trains. But, health official cautioned that it is “extremely unlikely” that there is a risk of contracting Ebola from riding the same subway as Spencer because he was not sick enough to be contagious at the time he took the trains.The jetliner on which Spencer arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 was reportedly taken out of service for cleaning as a precaution. His apartment has been isolated as well.Although it claims the lives of half those who contract it, officials urged New Yorkers not to panic, reiterating repeatedly at the news conference that the only way to contract the virus is through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected Ebola patient, not casual contact. Ebola is not airborne, officials repeated.“Being on the same subway car…does not in itself put someone at risk,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed. Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract.” The case was confirmed just as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced it began 21-day monitoring of hundreds of daily air travelers who arrive in the nation from the four Ebola-stricken countries. Some are calling for anyone who arrives from those countries to be quarantined for that time. That rhetoric was particularly rampant, given the New York case was confirmed in the height of campaign season.“JFK must be shut now to passengers originating from Ebola designated nations,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican gubernatorial challenger trying to unseat Cuomo, the Democratic incumbent. “This was avoidable.”The governor, who last week designated eight of the about 200 hospitals statewide as Ebola treatment centers, noted that three of the four Ebola patients in America so far have all been medical professionals who had been in direct contact with the disease.“I know it’s a frightening situation,” Cuomo said. “But, the more facts you know, the less frightening this situation is.”last_img read more

first_img Share 17 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews UWP stages peaceful protest while National Budget is being presented by: – June 29, 2011 Share UWP supporters at this morning’s peaceful protest outside the House of Assembly.This is what it looked like outside the House of Assembly as supporters of the United Workers Party demonstrated against what they say is the failure of government to make provisions for Voter ID Cards in this morning’s budget presentation which is currently underway.Leader of the UWP Ron Green told party supporters that his members of parliament will continue to boycott until they get what they want.“What the prime minister has to do is provide the resources so that they could be implemented. National ID Cards avoids the issue of voter ID cards…” he said.Reports reaching Dominica Vibes News also indicated that Mr. Herbert Sabroache was arrested this morning, however it is not clear why he was arrested. He was escorted from the Parliament grounds this morning.Dominica Vibes News will bring you more from this mornings proceedings.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgIn September 2013, Matthew decided to focus more attention on swimming and joined the winter swim club in the Silver City — Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX).“My coach (Bill Park) told me do my best and not focus on time too much, instead focus on race do my best, working hard and let my talents show.”The six-podium finishes in the pool for Matthew came with silver medals in 200-meter boys Individual Medley and 800-meter freestyle and bronze in 100 meter Breaststroke, 400-meter boys IM, 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter breaststroke.“Definitely my best races are in the Individual Medley and Breaststroke events so I wanted to win those races,” said Matthew, who will not take time away from the pool to concentrate on training for his next love, cross country racing.“In the 200 Breaststroke I got my age group national time. So that was good.”The National age group Breaststroke time is something Matthew has been pushing toward most of the season, missing his goal by one-tenth in one race and two-tenths in another.To qualify for the championships, swimmers must achieve at least three National times during the swim season.“The National age group championships are in Winnipeg this year,” said Matthew, who admits to loving the competitve edge sports brings to him.“Next year I hope to qualify as a 15-year old when the Championships are in Montreal. I’m looking forward to going there to compete.”Plus Coldplay is my favourite band and I understand they’re supposed to be playing in Montreal next year at the same time I’m there swimming so that should help my focus.”The Kootenays finished sixth overall in team standings at the BC Summer Games with 23 medals, meaning Matthew won one-quarter of the hardware for the zone.Even though Matthew was unable to find a spot on the top of the podium, the 5’8” swimmer feels six medals is still a pretty good BC Games result.“It was a honour to go up every time me name was called,” Matthew said. “I didn’t mind that (getting presented with a medal) at all.” Samuel Matthew made the long trek to Vancouver Island not knowing what to expect at the B.C. Summer Games.A few days later the Nelson swimmer needed to put in a call to the local freight company for a quote on moving a trunk load of metal back to the Heritage City following an amazing six-medal performance in the pool in the Hub City.“I have to say I was very surprised at my overall results this weekend,” the 14-year-old Matthew said from Nanaimo.“It was a very good feeling to win,” Matthew added. “I always try to do my best.”Matthew said initially he didn’t think the results would add up at the start of the swimming sport at the BC Games.For some reason the son of Anita and Graham Matthew didn’t bust his way off the starting blocks during the morning swims.But that all changed when finals arrived.“I wasn’t expecting a whole lot,” he said. “But I’ve always been a lot better final swimmer since my younger days. I thrive on the pressure of finals and just don’t like letting the swimmer in the next lane beat me.”Matthew has been a mainstay at Nelson and District Aquatic Centre since he was five years of age when he joined the Nelson Neptunes Swim Team.Last summer Matthew traveled to Castlegar to compete with the Aquanauts after the NDCC Pool was closed for renovations after some ceiling tiles dropped into the water.last_img read more

first_imgThe 20th Annual Yass Valley Knockout Tournament will be held at Walker Park, Yass on 26-27 January, 2008. The hugely popular event will be conducted across Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed categories in A and B divisions with $ 12,000 in prizemoney up for grabs. For full details of the 2008 Yass Valley Knock-out including nominaton form, tournament rules, and accommodation options please open the below attachment.Closing dates for nominations is 11 January, 2008.For further details Contact Rod Wise on 02 62262824 or Phil Jarrett on 02 95589333.Related Files2008_yass_valley_touch_knockout_form-pdflast_img

first_imgPirlo backing Juventus move for Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrea Pirlo is backing Juventus’ move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Wales international is being linked with a Bosman move to Juve.And Pirlo believes the Welshman would be an ‘excellent’ signing for the Bianconeri.“Ramsey would be a great buy,” he told Sky Sport Italia.“Juventus are preparing to pull off another excellent deal. He’s a good player and he could do very well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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