O’Driscoll cited for stamping

first_img A brief statement issued by tournament organisers confirmed that independent citing commissioner Aurwel Morgan has decided the incident warranted further scrutiny. The date and location for O’Driscoll’s hearing has yet to be announced. Brian O’Driscoll has been cited for stamping on Simone Favaro in Ireland’s 22-15 RBS 6 Nations defeat by Italy on Saturday. Press Associationcenter_img O’Driscoll was sent to the sin-bin for only the second time in his 14-year professional career in the first half of the match at the Stadio Olimpico. The 34-year-old lifted his right leg and brought it down on to the chest of Favaro, the Italy openside, who yelled out in pain and writhed around on the turf. The act was out of character for O’Driscoll, who has a fine disciplinary record, and was evidence of his frustration as Ireland slumped to a first Six Nations defeat by Italy. However, he was lucky to have escaped a red card for an incident that clouded what is thought to have been his 125th and final Test in a green shirt. The recommended suspension for a low end stamping offence is two weeks, the mid range five weeks and top end nine weeks, up to a maximum of one year. While the offence was serious, O’Driscoll’s lack of previous disciplinary issues will count in his favour. It will be hoped by his province Leinster that he is available for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wasps on April 5 and for as much of their RaboDirect Pro 12 title push as possible. A statement issued by the Six Nations read: “Brian O’Driscoll, the Ireland centre, has been cited by the independent citing commissioner for an alleged stamping or trampling on an opponent, contrary to Law 10.4 (b), in the RBS 6 Nations match between Italy and Ireland on Saturday 16th March 2013. Details of the Hearing will be announced later.” last_img read more

Vermont, Pilypaitis upset UW in NCAA tournament opener

first_imgFreshman Taylor Wurtz and the Badgers mounted a second-half comeback, but it wasn\’t enough, as Vermont ended UW\’s season.[/media-credit]SOUTH BEND, Ind. — As a reward for their first NCAA tournament berth since 2002, the Wisconsin Badgers earned a No. 7 seed and the program’s first ever matchup with the No. 10 Vermont Catamounts in the first round.Unfortunately for Wisconsin, a second-half comeback fell short as Vermont played beyond its seeding to upset the Badgers 64-55 at the Purcell Pavilion Sunday afternoon.Led by a duo of senior guards from Ontario, the Catamounts began the game strong and posted a 33-25 halftime lead. Behind 6-foot-1 Courtnay Pilypaitis and 5-foot-10 May Kotsopoulos, who scored 25 and 14 points, respectively, Vermont shot 40.4 percent from the field. Wisconsin, meanwhile, was led by junior guard Alyssa Karel and junior forward Lin Zastrow who both scored 13.“It was a war of systems,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “I thought [Vermont] did a very nice job in their handoffs and scissor action. We were late at times and needed to bring some help. I thought we did after halftime. We came out in the second half outstanding defensively, rebounded the ball hard and got some good shots. It was a little bit of catch up.”As the nation’s No. 24 scoring defense, the Badgers knew they would face tough opposition against the Catamounts, who boasted the No. 21 scoring defense this year. Coming out of halftime down eight, Wisconsin responded with a 12-0 run to open the second half and regain a 37-33 lead with 14:40 remaining. Over the next five minutes, the two squads matched possessions until Vermont used a 7-0 run to take a 41-39 lead with 9:05 left on the clock. The Catamounts would end up holding the lead for the remainder of the game.“We took the lead, but [Vermont] made some good shots down the stretch,” Stone said. “They ended up having a lot of will and … they spread the court when we tried to foul them. It is a smart, veteran club.”After a Karel 3-pointer brought the Badgers to within two with 6:38 remaining, the Catamounts put together a 6-0 run and led 52-44 with 4:11 to go. Wisconsin eventually came within five again, as a 3-pointer by Teah Gant brought the score to 60-55 with 26 seconds remaining. However, it was a case of too-little-too-late for UW as the Badgers were forced to foul to stop the clock. Vermont hit its free throws down the stretch, and finished the game 19-for-27 from the charity stripe.All day long, the Badgers struggled with Pilypaitis and Kotsopoulos who both shot at least 50 percent from the field, as Pilypaitis made 8-of-14 and Kotsopoulos 5-of-10.“I guess the game shows that she is a great player,” Gant said of Pilypaitis. “I don’t know, I think I played well against her but she made some hard shots. I give her all the credit for that.”On the offensive end, Wisconsin enjoyed a scoring attack that was even more balanced than usual. Six players scored at least five points and the Badgers finished the game shooting 36.1 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the arc.But Vermont went to the line 18 more times than UW did, as the Badgers went 6-for-9 on free throws.“Vermont works hard,” UW forward Anya Covington said. “They work hard; they played good defense on us, but I still think that we could have got other options on offense. We’ve got to keep up with one another, but Vermont was a solid defensive team.”For Wisconsin, the upset marks the end of a surprising season that saw the Badgers defy the expectations of Big Ten coaches and media who picked them to finish 10th and seventh in the conference, respectively. UW ended the season with a 20-11 overall record and a 10-8 conference record.“We shared some tears for our seniors because this is their last game, and it’s sad to see Teah Gant and Rae Lin D’Alie go because they left such a huge mark on this team,” Covington said.last_img read more

Deal believed to be agreed between Mourinho and United

first_imgAlthough the club have yet to make a formal announcement to the New York Stock Exchange, it’s believed that Mourinho has agreed the terms of a contract with the club following a meeting with Ed Woodward. The contract length and terms have yet to be revealed, with United believed to be preparing to make an official statement today.last_img

Duquette promises Orioles will work “harder and smarter” to compete

first_imgDan Duquette did as well as you could reasonably expect in his introductory press conference after the public-relations disaster that was the Orioles’ general manager search over the last few weeks.The new vice president of baseball operations — a Massachusetts native — recalled his days of imitating Brooks Robinson and the 1966 Orioles in his backyard as a child. In fact, the Hall of Fame third baseman was the first major league player Duquette met many years ago during a trip to Fenway Park.In laying out his vision for returning the Orioles to the glory days, he referenced the philosophy of Harry Dalton, who served as general manager during Baltimore’s most prosperous time from 1966 through 1971.“Aggressive scouting will build you a winning ball club; aggressive international scouting, I believe, will build you a championship ball club. You weave that in with a sound player development operation.”It sounded heartwarming — even a little romantic — before the familiar warning signals that we’ve heard time and time again from others who’ve tried and failed in turning around an organization stuck in baseball purgatory for the last 14 years.Duquette stopped short of repeating the infamous “grow the arms, buy the bats” mantra of former front office head Andy MacPhail, but the former Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox general manager made it clear the development of pitching would remain the organization’s top priority. It’s a fair and prudent strategy, but much like his predecessor, Duquette couldn’t resist referencing the “behemoths” of the American League East in what’s become a tired excuse for those wanting reasons to believe in the Orioles again.Denouncing the inflated payrolls of your divisional opponents might be tolerable if you were being left at the altar every season with 85 to 90 wins, but it smells of excuse-making when you’re not even allowed in the church after failing to approach the 80-win mark in seven years.But that critique aside, Duquette’s stated commitment to improve scouting and player development is a much-needed strategy for an organization poor in both areas. Despite what many will tell you, finding and developing your own talent and spending money at the major league level do not have to be mutually exclusive. The latter, of course, is dependent on majority owner Peter Angelos, which won’t instill much faith in anyone with ties to the Orioles.“When you don’t have the resources that the top two clubs have, you have to work harder and you have to work smarter,” Duquette said. “You have to do a better job in scouting and you have to do a better job in player development. If you can build up the inventory of your farm system and you’ve got core players coming to your major league team, you’ve got something to talk about. The team that has the best farm system is the team that competes, year in and year out.”Working harder and smarter than the competition sounds great, but how much can the organization really improve with holdovers such as John and Dave Stockstill entrenched in the front office with no track record to support it?And that’s overlooking the fact that Duquette hasn’t worked in a major league front office in nearly a decade. Though claiming he’s maintained contacts throughout the game, how “wired in” will he be to the everyday happenings of baseball circa 2011?With the ever-increasing dependence on statistically-based talent evaluation — more commonly referred to as sabermetrics — how far has the Orioles’ head man fallen behind during his absence from Major League Baseball since 2002?“Your [former] manager here, Earl Weaver, knew the value of on-base percentage way ahead of the sabermetricians,” said Duquette, who added that Weaver’s book on baseball strategy will be required reading throughout the organization. “In fact, I would call that the groundwork for today’s stats. [Weaver] knew the value of scoring a run. He knew the value of how precious each out is, and he was able to impart that on his ball club.”For Duquette, there’s little time to get acclimated to his new surroundings as he must balance finding a scouting director and a minor league pitching instructor with a thin free-agent market that opened for business last week. It’s not exactly an easy task for a man who’s just now moving into his office at the Warehouse.Continue >>>last_img read more

GambleAware publishes breakdown report on problem gambling costs to UK Government

first_img StumbleUpon Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit Marc EtchesIndustry charitable trust GambleAware has today published an official report which ‘outlines the estimated cost that problem gambling has on the UK Government’. The report estimates that the figure is between £260 million and £1.2 billion a year. Working in-conjunction with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), GambleAware breaks down cost impact to the UK government by sector relating to public health, welfare and employment, housing and criminal justice.Presenting the report Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware commented on the research undertaken“Problem gambling is an issue which affects millions of people across Britain each day. We’re working hard to raise awareness of the issue and to help people see the true cost of gambling addiction. GambleAware is keen to put problem gambling on the public health agenda, as it’s no different to any other kind of addiction. It’s our job to raise awareness of the issue and to let people know that there is help available. We fund treatment centres across the UK and urge anyone who thinks they or a loved one has a problem to get in touch, or call our national gambling helpline for free, confidential advice”GambleAware specifies that despite the cost undertaken by the government, it believes that between 0.4-1.1% of the UK adult population are considered problem gamblers. The breakdown given by GambleAware is as follows;Health:hospital inpatient services (£140 million–£610 million)mental health primary care (£10–£40 million)secondary mental health services (£30 million–£110 million)Welfare & employment:JSA claimant costs and lost labour tax receipts (£40 million–£160 million)Housingstatutory homelessness applications (£10 million–£60 million)Criminal justiceincarcerations (£40 million–£190 million)Issuing its report, GambleAware further notes that certain environmental or social factors such as unemployment or mental health issues often play a significant role too. Report demographics including certain ages, genders, and incomes all show correlations between the likelihood of someone developing a gambling problem. GambleAware points to the following factorsthose who are aged 16-24 are the least likely to gamble, but, within that age bracket, those who do, are more likely to be problem gamblersmen are five times more likely to develop a problem than womenthose who are in the lowest income bracket are less likely to gamble than those in the highest but more likely to have develop a problem, andgambling prevalence is higher in those who are unemployed, homeless, black and Asian.Craig Thorley, research fellow, from IPPR, commented on the research“For many, problem gambling is a hidden addiction. IPPR’s research shows the scale of the challenge for Britain’s public services for the first time. This should be a wakeup call to government. We need a proper strategy to deal with this issue, just like we’ve had for other public health issues such as alcoholism.”“This strategy must make sure that effective services are available to help those affected, and also consider whether we have the right regulations and prevention strategies in place to stop those at risk of problem gambling from being pulled over the edge.”last_img read more

Isaac Dogboe could make a return to the ring in December

first_imgFormer WBO Super Bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe is likely to make his return to the ring in December against Irish boxer Michael Conlan.According to ESPN, the bout would be on the undercard of WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford fight against Egidijus Kavaliauskas.Dogboe embarrassingly lost his WBO Super Bantamweight title to Emmanuel Navarette in December 2018, and again lost the rematch in May, prompting strong retirement talks from his camp.Instead, the 24 year old has gone on to replace his coach Paul Dogboe, his father, bringing in American trainer Freddie Roach.The bout with Conlan however remains tentative, as reports suggest that there is also a chance that the Irishman could face former featherweight world title challenger Genesis Servania on December 7th.last_img

PHOTOS: The sporty, stunning ladies of the 2016 Joy Sports Invitational

first_imgJoseph Conrad once said that “being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.” Looking around at the El Wak Stadium on Saturday, one wouldn’t have noticed any difficulty for the women there gathered for the 2016 edition of the Joy Sports Invitational.The ladies were well-represented, with their numbers matching their male counterparts boot-for-boot in everything from basketball to charged, chanting jama sessions!Of the 14 Chief Executive Officers present to spur their teams on, one dominant face was that of Tracy Boamah. Nugget Engineering’s CEO gave a ready smile to everyone, pumped her fist and screamed herself hoarse in the jama sessions of her troops.In fact, she actually nearly scored a goal in the CEO’s center-to-goal competition!Among the list of final winners on the day were some remarkable women. Juliana Aryee from Unirob totally blazed her competition to win the 50m dash, while the Sapholda Ventures female team raced to win the Ladies Penalty Shootout in some style. Nestle Ghana won the Team Spirit award, which was essentially a competition for the company with the loudest and most creative jama songs. And as expected, the ladies were in the thick of events.Joy News David Andoh was there to get shots of how the ladies made the event brighter, and better.HERE WE GO!When Stephen Eku won the CEO center to goal competition, the trophy was held aloft by his Adlene and displayed to the gathered crowd!  Juliana Aryee from Unirob (below), makers of Polar Ice Gel, bamboozled the struggling pack to win the 50m dash in 8s.…while the rest struggled to catch up!”Hey, did you see that?” These MGL ladies spot a light moment during the day.  The event was a chance for some companies to sell a product or two… EMIGOH Ghana, makers of Yomi Yoghurt, won two trophies on the day, ably supported by their women… GHACEM pride themselves on being the nation builders. Clearly, no nation can stand without powerful ladies……and she knows it! Marilyn Ofori (middle, below) from Nestle was the boss lady all day, coordinating the company’s participation at the event.From the administrative side, the indefatigable ladies of the Multimedia Group were everywhere, serving particpants with helpful information and assistance. From left: Hitz FM’s Anita (in purple and yellow), Joy News’ Elleisha (in red), Joy Sports’ Baba Tandoh (in black) and Offeibea (MGL Events, in white armband)GHACEM Ladies be like: “We’ll finish these teams here, easy!”. Sadly, they couldn’t win anything. When you see them, you know ’em. Best Western Premier Hotel’s ladies added colour to the El Wak Stadium……and had plenty smiles to go round!While there were many smiles, many also could not bear the scorching sun, and they didn’t hide it…Sun or no sun, these ladies were determined to have the best of the wonderful atmosphere…Among the 14 participating companies, Tracy Boamah of Nuggets Engineering was the only female CEO at Saturday’s event. Here, she’s congratulated by CEOs (from left to right: GHACEM, EMIGOH, Unirob, and GTP) after she narrowly missed her center-to-goal shot. *The 2016 Joy Sports Invitational (JSI 2016) was a well-patronised event that continued a rich, decade-long tradition of bringing corporate Ghana together to ease off the working stress in a productive way.There were 14 companies present, taking part in eight different disciplines.*READ: And Nestle won – how 14 teams’ jama dominated the JSI 2016CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF JSI 2016 WINNERS [+ PHOTOS!] CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF THE CEOS AND BRANDS WHO MADE THE EVENT A SUCCESS*Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Sugar Bears Fall to USC in NCAA Tournament

first_imgThe fourth set saw the Sugar Bears and Trojans play to a 3-3 tie, before Southern California used a 15-4 run to close out the set, and the match. Central Arkansas hit .000 in the fourth set, collecting just nine kills on 32 swings. Nash collected five of those kills, and Samantha Anderson added two.For the match, Central Arkansas hit .226, led by Allen, who hit .550 with 12 kills and two blocks. Nash, UCA’s lone senior this season, made the most of her final match for the Sugar Bears, matching Allen to tie for the team-high in kills while hitting .348 and collecting three blocks. Beaton chipped in with nine kills and Tippett had eight and a team-high 13 digs as Elizabeth Armstrong handed out a match-high 41 assists. Amanda Dimon finished the match with 11 digs and Emily Doss had 10.”We couldn’t get Savanah the ball enough,” said Chatman. “I’m so proud of her. Since she’s come back from her injury, her mentality has just gone to the next level. She hasn’t looked back. I remember talking about her after the Southland Tournament and saying the same thing. She’s arrived from a mentality standpoint; there is still some fine-tuning with her skill set, but I love that she’s finally gotten to this point mentality-wise, because it’s really exciting.”The loss brings to a close a season that saw Central Arkansas reach the 20-win mark for the seventh time in the last ten seasons and the first in three years under Chatman’s direction. The Sugar Bears won their third Southland Conference Tournament Title, led the SLC in wins on the year, and saw junior Samantha Anderson named the league’s Player of the Year, the seventh time in 12 seasons as a Southland member that the honor has gone to a Sugar Bear.”I think this year started at the end of last year, when we won seven of our last eight matches, we played Texas A&M-Corpus Christi better than anyone else in the tournament last year, and we knew this spring was going to be important for our development,” said Chatman. “Kudos to the staff to get the team to buy into what it was we were trying to do from both of those angles and to the team for buying in. We had a great spring, some good competition, and we carried that through into the non-conference portion of our schedule and then just kept going. We never had to remind the team of what we we’re supposed to be doing, they just knew and were ready to do it. I’m just so proud of this group. They knew at the end of the season last year that this was going to be a special season, they knew what it was going to take, and they did it. I’m just really proud of them. There are a lot of teams tonight that lost in singles digits or lost in three sets, and we battled with the number ten team in the country. We looked really impressive at times. I think we played really well tonight, and I’m very proud of how we represented our conference and our university.” “I thought we played some really good volleyball,” said UCA head coach Jeni Jones Chatman. “We knew we needed to play our best, we didn’t need to be perfect, but we needed to play our best. I thought we came out very strong with that tonight. Our service pressure was on point, I thought we were passing the ball very well tonight, especially in set one, and Elizabeth did a great job of running our offense; we weren’t a one-hit wonder just setting one person, I thought she ran a really diverse offense. That kept their block in a bit of a scramble, created some holes, and created some opportunities for us to do some positive things offensively.”While the first set saw seven ties and just one lead change, the second set featured 12 ties and four lead changes as neither side was able to take a lead larger than four points. The teams would play to a 4-4 draw before Central Arkansas used a 7-3 run, highlighted by a pair of kills from Beaton, to open up an 11-7 lead and force a timeout from the Trojans. USC would come out of the stoppage with a run of its own, taking eight of the next 10 points to take a 15-13 lead and cause Chatman to take her first timeout of the set. Central Arkansas would also make adjustments out of their timeout, taking the next two points to tie things up at 15-15. USC would take retake the two-point lead, and the Sugar Bears would again even things up starting a dance that saw the Trojans take the lead and the Sugar Bears tie it six times over the remainder of the set, until USC again broke a tie, this time at 23-23, to take the set and even the match at 1-1. Central Arkansas continued its hot hitting in the set, turning in a .396 clip with 14 kills on 28 swings. Allen added four kills to her tally, while Megan Nash picked up three.The third set continued the trends from the first two sets, featuring nine ties and a pair of lead changes. The teams would trade points early one, playing to an 11-11 tie before the Trojans used a 7-1 run to open up an 18-12 lead and force a Central Arkansas timeout. UCA would take another timeout after the Trojans took two more points to push the lead to 20-12, and would prove able to make the adjustment this time, using kills from Tippett, Beaton, and Allen to cut the Trojan advantage to 21-18. That would be as close as the Sugar Bears could get however, as USC used a 4-0 streak to close out the set and take a 2-1 lead in the match. Central Arkansas hit just. .139 in the set, getting three kills from Nash, and two each from Allen, Tippett, and Beaton.Dropped 2nd set 23-25. Tied 1-1 and ballin’.— bradley widding (@bradleywidding) December 2, 2017 LOS ANGELES – The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears made their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night, taking on the tenth-seeded Southern California Trojans USC’s Galen Center. The Sugar Bears, who were making their first NCAA appearance since back-to-back trips in 2012 and 2013, earned their first-ever NCAA set win, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the match by taking the first set 25-22, before the Women of Troy rallied to take the next three sets 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.Central Arkansas (27-5) found itself in an early hole, as Southern California (23-9) built a 5-2 lead, but the Sugar Bears would take three straight points to even the set at 5-5. The Women of Troy would again open up a three-point lead on kills from Khalia Lanier and Brittany Abercrombie, but UCA would respond again, reeling off five consecutive points to grab a 14-12 advantage and force USC to take the first timeout of the match. The Sugar Bears and Trojans would continue the battle, trading points until the set was tied at 21-21, before Central Arkansas went on a 4-1 run to take the set 25-22 and earn a 1-0 lead in the match. Central Arkansas hit .378 as a team in the set, with Savanah Allen hitting .625 and tallying five kills, Haley Tippett matching her with five kills while hitting .444, and Amanda Beaton added four kills on a .500 attack percentage.Yup— bradley widding (@bradleywidding) December 2, 2017last_img read more

Devance on Ginebra-Meralco rivalry: ‘We hate each other’

first_imgTNT coach Racela says Ginebra rookie Ferrer best player of Game 4 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody “If we thought [the TNT series] is gonna be a battle, this next series is going to be a battle. We’re full aware of the challenges that they’re gonna present to us, so we’ll see what happens.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up PBA IMAGESAsk, and you shall receive.That’s exactly what Joe Devance has to say for Jared Dillinger as Ginebra and Meralco meet for the second straight time in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Channelling his inner pro wrestler, the Gin Kings forward only has one thing in mind in response to the Bolts slasher being repeatedly vocal in his desire to have the rematch.“I’m a heel,” Devance said, alluding to the pro wrestling parlance of a bad guy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’m gonna hit Dillinger. I’m gonna punch him right in the stomach,” he joked.Devance knows that as much trash talk players from both teams fire on social media, they are all aware that it’s all fun and games as they all look forward to silencing each other on the court. “I’m just playing. You know, it’s all in good fun, good sportsmanship. You know it’s competitiveness. You know we’re just gonna come out and fight, whatever team wants it more is gonna get it,” he said, sharing that he’s good friends with a lot of Fil-Am players on the other camp.Meralco has been aching to get back at Ginebra after its runner-up finish in last year’s Governors’ Cup Finals, where it lost in heartbreaking fashion in Game 6.Devance knows how motivated the Bolts will be, and is hoping that emotions won’t spill out of the court just like what happened in the Gin Kings’ semifinals series against TNT.Being the last two teams standing from the rival companies, Devance admitted there’s bad blood between Ginebra and Meralco.“I don’t want to say we hate each other, but we hate each other. I mean with MVP and Mr. Ang, it’s just how it is,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Russia jails Pussy Riot members for World Cup pitch invasion

first_img0Shares0000One of the Pussy Riot feminist punk group protestors being escorted by stewards from the pitch during the World Cup final © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 16 – Russia on Monday jailed four members of Pussy Riot feminist punk group for 15 days after they invaded the pitch during the World Cup final dressed in police uniforms.A Moscow court sentenced Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova and Pyotr Verzilov to 15 days in police cells and also banned them from visiting sports events for three years, Mediazona court news site reported. They were found guilty of “grossly violating the rules for spectators’ behaviour” and given the maximum punishment possible under the charge.Verzilov is the founder of Mediazona website, which reports on trials of rights activists.The four ran onto the pitch at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday and briefly halted play in the second half of the match between France and Croatia, watched by President Vladimir Putin and world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron.Pussy Riot immediately posted messages on social media claiming responsibility for the protest and issuing a list of six political demands.“Let all political prisoners free,” said the first.Others included an end to arrests at peaceful rallies and to “allow political competition in the country”.Pussy Riot is most famous for performing an anti-Putin protest song in a central Moscow church in February 2012.Three of the group’s members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” at a trial that attracted global media attention and drew protests from rights groups.Group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released after serving 22 months of their two-year sentences. The other convicted member Yekaterina Samutsevich was given a suspended sentence.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more