La Liga, Barca, Girona Ask Spanish FA for Permission to Play…

first_imgBarcelona, Girona and La Liga have asked the Spanish Football Federation for permission for the two Catalan clubs to relocate a match to the USA.The game, Girona’s ‘home’ match, would be held at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on 26 January at 19:45 GMT.A compensation package for Girona season ticket holders has been agreed. RFEF, the US Soccer Federation, UEFA and CONCACAF need to give permission for the game to go ahead.The President of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, has previously spoken out against the US game.The Spanish players’ union (AFE) has also opposed the match and following a meeting with La Liga on Monday, it said the players would have the “final say”.La Liga, Spain’s top flight, has agreed to play one game a season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevent.Girona is in Catalonia, about 60 miles north east of Barcelona. The club says the match represents a chance for expansion and growth, both for the club and the region.La Liga is planning to subsidise travel and accommodation for fans affected by the relocated match.For Girona season ticket holders, there will be 1,500 free flights to Miami, with a choice of staying overnight for the weekend, or coming straight back after the match.For those who do not want to travel, there will be 5,000 free tickets to the away game against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on 23 September and 20% off their season ticket. Fans who cannot do either would get a 40% discount on their season ticket.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Last time they played: No. 24 Syracuse uses strong 2nd half to upset No. 6 North Carolina

first_img Published on January 11, 2014 at 12:39 am Facebook Twitter Google+ It was a game of runs, and Syracuse’s best blow was too much for North Carolina to overcome.Already on a 17-1 run to start the second half Wesley Johnson received a swing pass from Andy Rautins at the top of the key. He then hoisted a shot that presented two possibilities: A make would all but seal a gritty Orange win. A miss would allow the Tar Heels to hold on by a thread.Johnson nailed it and sent a dejectedly defeated North Carolina team into a timeout.“We definitely realized it,” Rautins told The Daily Orange, referencing the team’s second-half dominance. “The momentum in the crowd you could feel it shift every ten minutes or so and you know, it was a great atmosphere to play in.”On the heels of its best stretch of the game, No. 24 Syracuse (4-0) upset No. 6 North Carolina (4-1) 87-71 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 20, 2009. The win crowned the Orange 2K Sports Classic champions in front of 15,552 fans, and was its best win of a moderately tough nonconference schedule.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo future first-round NBA draft picks led their respective squads in the contest. Johnson paced the Orange with a game-high 25, shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 4-of-8 from 3. Ed Davis collected a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.After an 8-0 start by the Orange, UNC clawed back into the game to a 15-12 advantage behind strong play by Davis and point guard Larry Drew II.“We started great but they came right back at us,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We had another good spurt, they came right back and took the lead at halftime.”The beginning of the first half was a microcosm for a back-and-forth frame.But then Syracuse used halftime to springboard itself to a gutty win. Seconds into the second half Brandon Triche tied the score at 39-39. Then a sharp run, highlighted by post buckets by Arinze Onuaku, pushed SU’s run to 10-1.Then another Triche basket put the run at 15-1 minutes later. The final push was on.“At one point, we were maybe up 19 or 20 and then you tell yourself, well we got this game in the bag,” forward Kris Joseph said.The Orange would get through its nonconference slate unscathed, not losing a game until its second Big East contest against Pittsburgh.Notable nonconference wins against UNC, Florida and California, coupled with a strong showing in the Big East and tough play on both ends of the floor throughout the season, turned into a 30-5 season for Boeheim and Co.Said Rautins: “It’s very tough for teams to beat us when we play aggressive as we do.”compiled by Jesse Dougherty, asst. sports editor, [email protected] Commentslast_img read more

Voyages to Degradation

first_imgTourism normally entails travel for relaxation or leisure, to some scenic spot or a place celebrated for its cultural heritage — and generates some splendid literature. But there are also contrarians who go to the other extreme — visiting the world’s most polluted areas, or where fruits of globalization have conspicuously turned sour — and present vivid but disturbing accounts of what unbridled “development” and rapacious commercial interests seeking to serve the global consumer society’s insatiable demand are doing to the planet and luckless communities.These unlikely tourists cover a wide spectrum — from journalists to a stand-up comic/political satirist.Mark Thomas, who teamed up his ability to make people laugh with making them aware of things sought to be hidden such as loopholes in Western laws which enable rogue states obtain arms in As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela: Underground Adventures in the Arms and Torture Trade (2006), seeks to investigate stories the world’s most well-known drink doesn’t mention in its iconic advertising campaigns in Belching Out the Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola (2008).This venture takes him to eight countries across four continents — beginning from its corporate headquarters in Atlanta to Colombia, Turkey and Ireland to meet trade union leaders alleging victimization, El Salvador, to investigate issues of child labor on sugar plantations which supply the company, India, where the cola faced various charges including rampant ground water depletion in Rajasthan, exposing workers (and communities around) to toxic chemicals in Kerala and of harmful residues in the product and Mexico to probe claims of unfair trade practices and pollution. And also the nearly surrealistic experiences in seeking responses from company officials.Sweatshops in developing countries producing iconic brands and other products for affluent — mainly western — societies had evoked quite an outcry and led to “ethical consumerism”. Named after Britain’ Ethical Consumer cooperative, this venture, which includes such agencies as Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance, seeks to enable buyers with a social conscience choose products meeting standards concerning treatment and earnings of the workers/raw material producers, environmental impact and so on.Does this make any difference on the ground is what Conor Woodman seeks to find out. In Unfair Trade: The Shocking Truth Behind ‘Ethical’ Business (2011), the former financial analyst travels to a number of developing countries and his seven case studies uncompromisingly reveal the inequity of the global market regardless of certification.In Nicaragua’s Miskito coast, Woodman meets lobster hunters who supply to the American market and make hazardous deep dives to catch lobsters, instead of trapping them as the US companies want to boas. And these people cannot afford to eat lobsters themselves.Among other places he visits are China’s Pearl River Delta — the hub for assembling electronic gadgets coveted by people worldwide — to see what effect the mind-numbing, repetitive work has on young workers and their desire for education, and over the border to Laos, where a large province has been effectively handed over to the Chinese for sprawling rubber plantations and the people moved out.Then it’s to war-torn Congo, which produces minerals needed for mobile phones and computers, to see the primitive way they are mined and the dodgy way they are exported. The next is Afghanistan and its opium and Woodman lucidly explains why the crop is chosen for farmers as well as a viable solution.Ethical certification is revealed to be mostly a marketing tool for most big corporations costing them quite less as commodity prices set are below global prices. There are also exceptions where companies can be competitive and profitable and yet be fair to the third world.American journalist and film-maker Andrew Blackwell’s Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Place (2013) is self-obvious.Apart from the radioactive zone around the Soviet-era reactor in Ukraine, these include Canada’s Alberta province where oil extraction from tar sands has left the terrain like a lunar landscape, the oil refineries of Port Arthur in Texas, a permanently smog-shrouded Chinese town and one where old computers and mobiles are broken down for components (including by eight-year-olds), the former forests of Amazon basin where soya farming is under way (and a Greenpeace deal with a MNC did not leave local environmentalists satisfied), a garbage patch in the North Pacific and finally, the Yamuna river in and around Delhi.What makes Blackwell’s lighthearted account effective is compassionate, nuanced portrayal of local residents while not treating their story as a mere human vs nature battle but something more complex.All these writers make a credible case against the needless consumerism characterising most modern societies, though most products are not necessary for any extra quality of life. 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