Two women arrested for trafficking girls to pay bond for family member

first_imgTwo women have been sentenced, and a man already in jail is facing additional charges, after officials found that the group trafficked underage girls in an attempt to raise money for the man’s bail.The incident occurred in the Western District of North Carolina.According to the report, Zerrell Fuentes, who had been jailed in a hit-and-run case, arranged for his wife Brianna Leshay Wright and his mother Tanya Fuentes to raise money on his behalf by trafficking young girls. Officials say Fuentes reportedly recruited the girls while he was in jail and his wife and mother executed the plan.Prosecutors say Zerrell contacted the three girls via phone and arranged for the girls to meet his wife and mother. Fuentes drove the girls to an area in Myrtle Beach and paid for their lodging. While Wright arranged for them to meet clients and posted advertisements on the internet.The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced sentences for both women Monday. Wright was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking a minor, while Fuentes was been sentenced to two years for conspiracy.last_img read more

Teenage trio set for Portugal

first_img Teenagers Gabriella Cowley, Amber Ratcliffe and Dulcie Sverdloff will represent England Golf in the Nations Cup event at this week’s Portuguese ladies’ championship at the Montado Golf Resort from 30 January-2 February. Gabriella Cowley, 16, (Brocket Hall) and Amber Ratcliffe, 17, (Royal Cromer) are just back from the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, where they represented Team GB in the golf championship, taking fifth and eighth places respectively. Both were members of England’s winning teams at the ladies’ and girls’ Home Internationals in 2012. Dulcie Sverdloff (Garon Park) will celebrate her 18th birthday the day before the championship starts. She is the English schools’ champion and the 2012 winner of the British Colleges Sport national title. Dulcie and Gabriella were both members of the Essex team which won last year’s English Counties’ Championship. 28 Jan 2013 Teenage trio set for Portugal last_img read more

England Golf trio ready to blossom in Rose Ladies Series

first_img Lottie Woad has admitted it will be a thrill to kickstart her 2020 season by competing alongside many of her golfing idols in the first event of the Rose Ladies Series.The England Girls’ squad player (pictured above left) is one of three amateurs taking part in tomorrow’s 18-hole professional event at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club in Hampshire.England Golf ambassador Justin Rose is sponsoring eight such events between now and August.England women’s squad player Mimi Rhodes (pictured above centre) – winner of the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship in Portugal last year – has also been invited to the star-studded tournament.Under 16 international Louise Burke (pictured above right) from Dorset is the third England Golf representative in the field of 51 players.This is the first post-lockdown event for players predominantly earning a living on the Ladies’ European Tour.It’s an exciting return to action for the women’s game – with stars such as Charley Hull, Meg Maclaren, Alice Hewson and Dame Laura Davies top of the bill.The 2013 US Open winner and reigning Olympic champion Rose has sponsored the seven-event series and grand final with backing from retail outlet American Golf. Sky Sports will provide TV coverage.Woad has spent the past few months practising solidly in her garden eagerly anticipating the day when she could return to competitive golf.The fact that her comeback is in such a landmark event just makes the prospect even more exciting for the 16-year-old from Surrey.“It’s my first ever pro event and my first competition of the year,” admitted Woad.“I’ve not played an event since October when England took on Ireland at Hunstanton.“I read on Twitter that these ladies’ events were starting up and I got in contact with the organiser, LET player Liz Young,  to ask about amateurs being involved.“Then Justin Rose came on board as a sponsor and last Thursday I heard back that I was one of three amateur invites.“It’s a brilliant way to start the season and I found out on Monday that I was paired with Meg Maclaren which is really exciting.“Meg (pictured below) was speaking to England players during an online session a few weeks ago and it was great fun and very helpful so I’m looking forward to getting the chance to now play with her.”As with all sporting events during the COVID-19 outbreak, the safety of the players, staff and organisers is of paramount importance with no spectators allowed and appropriate health checks and social distancing rules all in place.Although there may be some butterflies on the first tee for the England trio, Woad is just eager to get back on the course with a card in her hand.“I won’t overthink things and just try to play my own game and not get caught up in the event itself,” added Woad who will have dad Nick on the bag.“I was down at Brokenhurst at the weekend to play a practice round – its less than an hour’s drive from where I live so really easy to get to.“It’s a beautiful course and we even had a herd of deer join us on one of the holes!“I feel my golf is in good shape as I’ve spent most of lockdown practising. My GCSE exams were cancelled, but fortunately I had good mocks to fall back on.“I was playing at Farnham Golf Club the first day golf was allowed back and birdied the first hole and shot two-under which was a good start.”Woad also made a splash on Twitter with regular posts of her attempting a flop shot in her back garden. Her exploits were picked up by the LET, Sky and The R&A and showcased skills that Rose himself (pictured above) would be proud of.“If I need to hit a flop shot then I should be ok,” joked Woad who last year became the youngest ever winner of the Surrey Ladies’ County Championship.“I started hitting over a fence, then progressed to hit over a netball stand into a bowl. There’s no grass left in that bit of the garden now!”Good luck to Lottie, Mimi and Louise for this event with more exciting golf to follow in the course of the Rose Ladies Series.Check out England Golf’s social media platforms and website for news of Thursday’s tournament.After the Brokenhurst Manor event, the series moves to the following venues:June 25: Moor Park Golf ClubJuly 2: Buckinghamshire Golf ClubJuly 9: Royal St George’s Golf ClubJuly 16: JCB Golf and Country ClubJuly 23: Bearwood LakesJuly 30: The Shire, LondonGRAND FINALAugust 6: The Berkshire Golf ClubAugust 7:  Wentworth Golf Club (West Course) Tags: Lottie Woad, Louise Burke, Mimi Rhodes, Rose Ladies Series 17 Jun 2020 England Golf trio ready to blossom in Rose Ladies Series center_img Main Photograph credit: Leaderboardlast_img read more

Thai-French Petanque Club hosts charity tournament

first_imgFriends of Avenin Daniel pose for a group photo during the charity pentanque tournament held in his memory.The Sai Sam Thai-French Petanque Club on Pattaya Third Road hosted a charity tournament earlier this month in remembrance of Avenin Daniel, who was a former member of the club and passed away two years ago.  Present for the occasion was club president Somya Boonpan and over 100 friends of Avenin Daniel.The tournament was particularly dedicated to raising funds for charity, but apart from that the players were also promoting the petanque sport and honing their playing skills.  The tournament was not played for any major title, but simply to meet new friends and help raise funds for a good cause.16 teams of three took part with registration fees set at 1,000 baht per team.  All players were entitled to a buffet and beverages supplied for the occasion by the club.Coming in first place was the Colus team while the first and second runners-up were team Loui and team Pastis respectively.  The top three teams were awarded trophies and cash prizes of 2,000, 1,500 and 1,000 baht accordingly. The tournament managed to raise a grand total of 10,000 baht for charity and was handed to the family of Avenin Daniel to help with their daily expenses.last_img read more

MMA on the rise as crowds witness thrilling event in Bangkok

first_imgA spectacular MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) event was held in Bangkok on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Insanity Nightclub on Sukhumvit Road:Cambodia’s Thai Rithy takes on Filipino Richard Corminal at the MMA fight night in Bangkok, Saturday, September 10. (Photo/Singaporemaven)Fight promoters Full Metal Dojo also announced that, as part of their support of the new Thailand Mixed Martial Arts Federation (TMMAF), they will be holding an all-amateur tournament for Thai MMA fighters across four regions of Thailand from January next year, under the banner – Made in Thailand.The winners in the various weight categories will then represent Thailand at the prestigious 2017 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) World Championships, part of the UFC’s annual International Fight Week in Las Vegas.In Bangkok, a 10-fight card featured some of the toughest, most closely-fought MMA wars of attrition ever seen in the Thai capital. In the main event, American Emilio Utturio (8-4) edged a split decision win over Brazilian Daniel Hortegas (3-3) in a blood, sweat and tears contest.  Utturio proved his well-rounded skills against the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt practitioner and finished in the ascendancy, although both fighters showed incredible heart to keep up the frenetic pace.But the fight-of-the-night saw Iran’s Masoud Ranjbar (3-0) from AKA Thailand, Phuket, force a verbal tap-out of the promising British brawler Jamie Sloane (6-3), who dominated the Iranian with his boxing, but was worn down and unable to continue at the end of the second round.  This was a memorable battle, where Sloane had Ranjbar in all kinds of trouble, almost knocked-out on his feet, but the courageous Iranian found the strength to land crucial take-downs and fatal ground-and-pound, which eventually exhausted the brave Brit.Another man who was dominant on the feet, but lost the war on the ground was the ever-popular 18-year old Cambodian Thai Rithy (5-2) who scored some heavy bombs on Filipino Richard Corminal (4-1), but was impressively taken down and finished via ground-and-pound in round two.  Both fighters showed their fighting heart, swinging wild punches at each other, yet the grappling advantage was held by Corminal as he proved his worth against fan favourite Rithy, also winning some new fans of his own.FMD founder and host, Jon Nutt, saved the day by stepping into the cage on one day’s notice as a last minute stand-in, and had a brief, but memorable minute in the Dojo with ripped Brazilian heavyweight Marcelo Tenorio (4-1), as they traded kicks and punches before Tenorio forced Nutt to tap-out via head-lock.Elsewhere, a performance-of-the-night contender was Bangkok’s Settawut “Ben Ten” Nemthanorm, who landed a thunderous head-kick to Chiang Mai’s Nat Natchayangkul in the first round, before sinking in a textbook rear-naked choke, forcing the tap-out in the second stanza.Dominant displays came from two high-flying Thai prospects who were both trained up in the Muay Thai tradition, before transitioning into MMA, and now fighting in both disciplines.  Thanonsaklek “Top Noi” TigerMuayThai (2-1) notched his second win in the Dojo with a swift and brutal win over Anton Larsson (2-1).  Yodkaikaew “Y2K” Fairtex (3-1) from Fairtex Gym, Pattaya, also destroyed Jirawat “Machida” Anujai with his superior stand-up skills.last_img read more

Guide to purchasing a yacht in Thailand – Part 5

first_imgYacht SurveyorsThe way to find the best surveyor in your area is to ask people who know and are willing to give you an honest answer.  Insurance agents, company claim offices and yard managers are in a good position to know which surveyors know their business.  If you want a good surveyor, choose your surveyor carefully.The next most important consideration is to make sure that the surveyor has adequate time to do his job, along with good working conditions.  The surveyor can’t do a good job if he’s being hustled by a seller.  Nor can he do a good job if too many people are present on the boat.  As the buyer, you should accompany the surveyor so that you’re available to see things first hand.  Sea trials should be conducted in open water not restricted waterways.  A brief run up a river or the Intracoastal, interspersed with no wake zones won’t do.  If weather conditions don’t permit an open water run, be prepared to reschedule another day.  It’s extremely important to give the vessel a good run. After the survey, avoid letting a broker rush your decision.  They all say that if you don’t sign today, they got someone who will tomorrow.  It’s the oldest con in the book.  Surveyors need time to consider their findings, and the survey is not really finished until he has written his report.  Most surveyors get their reports done in a day or two, so give him adequate time to finish his job.Purchase AgreementsMake sure that your purchase agreement allows you to cancel the deal if the vessel does not meet your standards.  Include a stipulation that the sea trial must be conducted in open water for a minimum of two hours.If the seller warrants that he will repair any defects, make sure that you get that in writing, preferably with a maximum dollar amount attached.  It is not wise to allow the seller to repair deficiencies himself.  The reason should be obvious, but many buyers overlook the possibility that the repairs that the seller makes may not be satisfactory.  Indeed, they often aren’t.  The best procedure is to negotiate a dollar reduction to the sales price and make the repairs yourself, even if there is an element of uncertainty as to cost.  Of course you should get cost estimates on deficiencies, and better still a contract price.If you can’t get away from the seller making repairs, at least stipulate in the contract that the repair firm must be mutually agreeable to both buyer and seller.  What you’re looking to avoid is the shade-tree mechanic who doesn’t do the job right.Remember that the broker represents the seller, not you, the buyer.  If you want to believe their representations, make them put it in writing.  That way you have a contract, not just a sales pitch.Concluding the DealDon’t be too quick to condemn an otherwise good boat that has a major problem such as a bad engine.  If you’ve done your homework and have researched more than just a few boats, you know what is available and at what price.  The old saying that the devil you know is better than the one you don’t applies.  If you can get serious defects repaired well within economic range, you’ll probably end up with a better boat than the next one you look at.  The reason is simple: if the problem has manifested, it has become known.  When you’re looking at boats of comparable age, chances are those boats are also well on the way to having similar problems.  Therefore, the more problems that can be discovered and repaired, the better off you’ll be.In Summary:Make quality a major consideration. Don’t try to get the largest vessel that your budget will allow. Better to take a step down in size and a step up in quality.If size is a major consideration, seriously consider used versus new as a means of staying within your budget.Look beyond glamorous interiors, luxurious upholstery and racy designs: the beauty may only be skin deep.Calculate the full cost of ownership, including depreciation, interest, insurance, dockage, fuel and repairs. Figure maintenance as an annual percentage over the period of ownership.Once you’ve decided on several possibilities, take a tour of a marina or boat yard and see how the products of those builders hold up over the years. Talk to their owners and see what they have to say.Consult a surveyor before you buy. Most surveyors will be glad to help you make a choice.Take the time to find the best surveyor in your area.Make your purchase decision only after you’ve read the survey report.Consider the advantage of getting major machinery or parts overhauled or replaced based on a reduction in price.Now I know what to buy, What next?Now that you have chosen your boat, there are still two major options.  The first, buying your boat overseas or a new boat and having it imported and the other is buying a boat that is already local in Thailand.  Let’s take a look at both scenarios.Import your boat:It’s ‘easy’ when you know how but persons intending to import and/or register a boat in Thailand are advised to seek competent professional advice.A pleasure yacht (power or sail) can be imported into Thailand with Customs Duty at zero percent.  The only tax applicable is VAT, currently set at 7%.  VAT will be calculated on the CIF value (Cost + Insurance + Freight) of the boat.For the purpose of calculating VAT, the boat is valued at its purchase price.  However, the Customs Officer must agree that value stated is a fair market price.  If the Customs Officer believes the stated value is too low, he will research the price on and may reject the importer’s own valuation, even if backed by a Bill of Sale/invoice/receipt etc.The above applies to both new and pre-owned boats.  In the latter case, there is room for negotiation on value depending on the boat’s condition.Procedures, and the documentation required, are complicated.  Employing a professional agency such as Gulf Charters Thailand will remove a lot of the frustration.Buying local:When transferring registration of a Thai registered boat, the Harbour department charges a stamp duty of 0.5% of the purchase price to make the transfer.  He or she will also need a valid address in Thailand to reference in the yacht registration book.The immigration office facilitates this by issuing a letter stating that you have provided them with proof of a residential address.  To do this you need to attend a brief meeting with the immigration office and provide them with such proof, a lease or the like in your name.  You will also require a passport photo and a copy of your passport showing the data page, the page showing your current visa and the a copy of the arrival card.Please note that this letter is only valid for the duration of your visa, if you do not have sufficient time left on your visa  for the registration transfer to take place (minimum two weeks) you may be required to provide a new valid letter to the Harbour department before they will issue the registration book.After having received all documents complete, the Harbor Department will issue an official number to be clearly displayed on the left and right sides of the hull.  Photographs of the vessel with the official Harbor Department number (2 photographs each on the left, on the right and the front) must be submitted to the Harbor Department who will then make a final detailed inspection and issue official registration papers and a permit to operate the vessel in Thai waters.  If all documentation is correct, it will take 3 – 5 days.For more information and advice about purchasing a new or used yacht/pleasure boat in Thailand, contact Gulf Charters on Tel. 038 237 752.last_img read more

Inaugural SE Asia Games at Regents a resounding success

first_imgRegents’ acting principal, Grant Gillies, was clearly impressed, not only with the standard of play, but with the camaraderie and team spirit apparent.  At the Gala Dinner he selected a few highlights from the weekend which included Regents pupils filling in for a Northbridge team and playing with passion against their own team!  He also congratulated the boys and girls for their courage and commitment, as many had travelled away from family for the first time, to represent their schools.The results for the tournament were as follows:Basketball:Girls – 1st St Andrew’s Bangkok; 2nd BIS Ho Chi Minh City; 3rd Regents Pattaya; 4th Northbridge; 5th BVIS HanoiBoys – 1st BIS Ho Chi Minh City; 2nd St Andrew’s Bang­kok; 3rd Regents Pattaya; 4th Northbridge; 5th BVIS HanoiTee-Ball:Girls – 1st St Andrew’s Bangkok; 2nd BIS Ho Chi Minh City; 3rd Regents Pattaya; 4th Northbridge; 5th BVIS HanoiBoys – 1st BIS Ho Chi Minh City; 2nd St Andrew’s Bang­kok; 3rd Regents Pattaya; 4th Northbridge; 5th BVIS HanoiBritish Vietnamese International School Hanoi girls Tee-Ball squad strike a pose.Regents bat on their way to taking the bronze medal in boys Tee-Ball.British International School Ho Chi Minh take on BVIS at basketball.A Regents player hits a home run.Quick reactions from the Regents Tee-Ball fielders v St Andrews.BIS Ho Chi Minh girls took the Tee-Ball silver medal.Regents boys basketball squad earned a well-deserved bronze medal. Five teams, three countries, over 100 Year 5 and 6 children with a love of sport and a desire to compete – that was the successful recipe for the inaugural Nord Anglia South East Asia Games, held over the weekend Nov. 26-27 at Regents International School Pattaya.Over 100 students took part in the inaugural Nord Anglia South East Asia Games held over the weekend Nov. 26-27 at Regents International School in Pattaya.The schools represented at the tournament were Regents International School Pattaya, St Andrews International School Bangkok, British International School Ho Chi Minh City, Northbridge International School Cambodia and British Vietnamese International School Hanoi.Organised and run by the thoroughly dependable Regents PE staff, led by Andrew Crush and Roslyn McConnell, the tournament saw boys and girls competing in Tee-Ball and Basketball.  It was wonderful to see Nord Anglia Education schools from Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia come together in what, for most of them, was the first competitive international sports fixture they had experienced.While winning medals for their respective schools was the ultimate goal, the many other rewards for the competitors were obvious as they learnt firsthand about teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship.  It was a delight to see the teams making friends with each other, and these new, cross-cultural friendships were very apparent on Sunday night when the teams met for a Gala Dinner at the Colchan Resort where they had been staying for the duration of the tournament.British International School Ho Chi Minh City students enjoyed a great sports day at Regents.last_img read more

Proud Dinka warrior…Manute Bol was a ‘special blessing’

first_imgHUMANITARIAN—Former NBA basketball star Manute Bol poses for a photograph at the Sunrise Sudan headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas, June 9. by Armon GilliamFor New Pittsburgh Courier Without question the most memorable teammate from my 14-year pro basketball career was the late Manute Bol, affectionately known as “Nutie” by his teammates and friends. Although his 7-7 stature made him stand out in any crowd and his presence inside the lane instantly commanded attention, it was his humanitarian efforts, unique background, humor and intelligence that I came to admire most.Manute was a man of humble yet noble beginnings. Bol Nyuol, Manute’s great-great grandfather, was a chief of the Tuic Dinka tribe. His grandfather was also a very wealthy tribal chief who was said to have had 40 wives and 80 children. Although Manute’s father was not a tribal chief nor did he inherit the family wealth, he was a well-to-do tribe member. His father was said to have had 150 cows and held the honored position of tribal elder. IMPOSING PRESENCE—In this Jan. 26, 1993 photo, New York Knicks Patrick Ewing, right, is blocked by Philadelphia 76er Manute Bol during an NBA game at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Manute’s date of birth is believed to be in the fall between the years of 1961 and 1963. The exact date is not known as a result of the practice of his tribe not using birth certificates. Instead Dinkas relied on the memory of elders to approximate a birth within the tribe.I was curious to know more about African culture so I would ask Manute many questions about his life in Sudan when we were teammates from 1990 to 1993 on the Philadelphia 76ers. Out of those long conversations, what really stood out for me was the manhood rite rituals. The Dinkas subjected all their teenage boys who were candidates for manhood to a barbaric face and head scarring custom and the candidates had six teeth forcibly extracted. After watching other candidates go through this bloody and painful tribal custom, Manute rebelled. In fact, when Manute was identified by the elders as the next candidate for the ritual, Manute ran away on several occasions. Eventually, he was poignantly told by tribal elders that he had to go through the ritual or he would not be a Dinka. Manute acquiesced and endured the very painful demands of the manhood rite ritual. He visibly bore the markings of this ritual on his head and face the rest of his adult life.Dinka manhood candidates also had to learn animal husbandry. Animal husbandry involved candidates learning about the birthing, care, sale and protection of cows. I was amazed by the requirement of having a 13-year-old manhood candidate kill a lion. At the tender age of 13, Manute was charged with the duty of killing an adult lion with a spear. Then he had to cut the mane off of the lion’s neck and carry it to the tribal chief. According to Manute he accomplished this feat by going into the bush and spotting a sleeping lion. He claimed to have stealthily come up behind the lion, raised his spear high in the air and deeply injected his spear into the lion’s neck. He claims that the lion roared and struggled but quickly died. A couple years after completing all the manhood rite rituals, Manute started playing basketball when his cousin from Khartoum, Nyuol Makwag Bol, suggested he take up the sport. Eventually Manute traveled to the town of Wau and played on their local police team. Manute’s father objected and was quoted as saying that “basketball was not good work for a Dinka.” Manute did not heed his father’s warning but chose to spend hours on a local court shooting, dribbling and working on layups. One day Nyuol asked Manute “why don’t you try dunk?” Manute took one dribble and went up for a dunk. Manute often said when telling this story: “When I came down I hurt my teeth in the net.” In other words, Manute had a tooth extracted by the net. In 1979 Manute earned a spot on the city’s Catholic team where he joined his cousin Nyuol. Khartoum, however, was not an ideal place for Bol. Its very large Arab population harbored a very intense hatred of Christians and Blacks. “I did fight a lot in Khartoum,” Bol said. “I was bad. I don’t take anything. Sometimes I can say we Dinkas are crazy.”Manute was seen by several American coaches during his time in Khartoum and was invited to come to the USA. Eventually, he came to the states with the intent of playing for Cleveland State. The details were never finalized so Manute looked for other options. He eventually enrolled at the University of Bridgeport, a Division II school, where he played during the 1984-1985 season.Manute’s pro career started when he was drafted in the fifth round by the San Diego Clippers in 1983. Later that year the N.B.A ruled Manute had not been eligible for the draft and declared the pick invalid. He was drafted again in 1985 in the second round by the Washington Bullets. As a rookie he set the N.B.A record of 5 blocked shots per game. Manute was among the blocked shot leaders most of his career but only led the league during his rookie campaign 1985-86 and in the 1988-89 season. He was also named to the All Defensive team in 1986. He played a total of 10 years in the N.B.A for four teams—Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.In 1987, the Bullets drafted a 5-3 point guard from Wake Forest named Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues. This draft placed the tallest and shortest players in the history of the N.B.A on the same roster for one season. Sadly, many in the media turned the pairing of the two into a bit of a circus act. Manute and “Muggsy” were made the butt of many insensitive jokes on the TV night show circuit and even by standup comedians like Woody Allen. I had the occasion to play with “Muggsy” on the USA team that went on to win a gold medal and I played with Manute for three years on the 76ers. Based on my experiences of playing with and against these players for many years, I can say they were competitors that were very serious about their professional careers.Being made the butt of many jokes was the least of Manute’s worries. His native country of Sudan had been engulfed by bloody civil wars since 1983. The heart of the conflict has pivoted on the Muslims desire to control and/or exterminate Christians although animist and non-Muslims were also targets of persecution. As such, the Muslims enacted the extreme measures of cold-blooded murders and forced slavery against non-Muslims for decades in Sudan as a method to impose their will on the opposition and country. The religious hostility was so severe that Manute claims to have lost 250 family members during the civil war. Manute was not the type to remain neutral in the face of such oppression and violence by Muslims. Instead he was known to fight against the oppression in various forms. “In the United States they call Black people nigger, you know, that thing. In my country, the Moslem people call us Abid (Arabic for slave). Really, I don’t like. If they say it to somebody, not even me, I fight them,” Manute said in a Washington Post article.Manute, whose name means “special blessing” in the Dinka language, also used more sophisticated measures of fighting. He was credited with championing a cause that sought and eventually was successful in unifying the warring factions in Sudan. He took part in peace talks, visited refugee camps, protested outside several embassies, giving millions to support a rebel group, the 2006 Sudan Freedom March, appearing before Congress on behalf of his tribe and starting the Ring True foundation. “Manute gave his life for his country in all kinds of aspects,” said Bol’s friend, Tom Prichard, executive director of the humanitarian organization Sudan Sunrise.Manute literally and figuratively gave all he had to help his tribe survive Muslim persecution. It is reported that he gave most of his N.B.A. earnings, a good portion of his time and even contracted the deadly Steven-Johns syndrome which eventually claimed his life while in Sudan on a humanitarian effort. “I can’t think of a person that I know of in the world that used their celebrity status for a greater good than Manute Bol. He used it for his people. He gave his life for his people,” said Sen. Sam Brownback of KansasOn June 19, Manute’s life was prematurely taken by complications from Stevens-Johnson syndrome which caused acute kidney failure. Manute’s funeral was held June 29 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He is survived by two concurrent wives and 10 children.The proud Dinka warrior who fought hard to overcome poverty, for his people’s survival and in the N.B.A is no longer with us but his legacy lives on. Well done my friend and rest in peace.last_img read more

Line judge Eastin makes history in NFL

first_imgDETROIT (AP)—Shannon Eastin used her left hand to tuck her pony tail under her cap after the national anthem and got ready for work.She seemed to do her job, which ended by helping to separate St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions players after some shoving, pushing and shouting broke out following the final play. Eastin became the first woman to be an official in an NFL regular-season game, working as the line judge in the Rams-Lions matchup Sunday.“It’s a great milestone,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said after his team beat St. Louis 27-23. “But we didn’t think about it all during the game.”That’s probably just the way she—and the league—liked it.Eastin is among the replacement officials hired by the league while the regular officials are locked out. Replacement officials are working games for the first time in 11 years.She became the first female official to work an NFL preseason game last month as the line judge when Green Bay played at San Diego. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has the hat and whistle she used during that preseason game, and they  are expected to be displayed in Canton, Ohio.The 42-year-old resident of Tempe, Ariz. has worked as a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference—college football’s second-highest level—and has 16 years of officiating experience.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said having Eastin on the field is a great opportunity for her and the league.“She’s well prepared for it, and I think she’ll do terrific,” Goodell said last month. “So we’re excited about that.“And there are more coming, by the way. We’ve been working along this path to try to properly train and prepare a female official, and now we have the opportunity.”Pittsburgh Steelers line­backer Larry Foote believes it is good for the game to have female officials, even though he worries about her safety working alongside some of the world’s biggest, strongest and fastest athletes.“Women are more honest and fair than men and they know how to catch a man cheating,” Foote said. “I hope she’s just a line judge. Don’t want her to get hurt.”Eastin, who is originally from Worcester, Mass., started officiating high school games before moving up to colleges. She owns a company called SE Sports Officiating, which trains officials in football and basketball.“I’ll be working even harder, to show I am capable and I am where I should be,” Eastin has said.She is joining a small group of women to break into officiating ranks at the highest levels of sports. Violet Palmer, one of Eastin’s inspirations, started officiating NBA games in 1997 and is still in the league.Kathy Babiak, co-director of SHARP, a partnership between the Women’s Sports Foundation and the University of Michigan, said Eastin’s accomplishment is encouraging.“It shows the strides women and girls in sports have been making since Title IX was passed 40 years ago,” Babiak said. “Before Title IX, these kinds of opportunities for women and girls were not even imaginable. It shows that women and girls have a desire, interest and ability to work in sports at all levels—even men’s professional sports.“Some girl will be watching Sunday and say, ‘Hey, I want to do the same thing!’”last_img read more


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