Japan Sumo Association to consider opinions on female ban

first_imgThe sumo ring, or dohyo, is considered sacred in the male-only sport. Women are banned from entering it because they are seen as “ritually unclean.” ABRELATED STORIES:Sumo in uproar as women first responders ordered out of ring
Japan female mayor battles men-only sumo ruleJapan female mayor loses fight to speak from sumo ringADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The association came under fire in early April when it ordered female first responders to leave the ring as they attempted to revive an official who collapsed at an event in northern Kyoto.The 67-year-old mayor of the city of Maizuru collapsed during a ring-top speech, and two women, apparently medical experts, rushed in and started performing first aid. When two more women entered the ring trying to join the effort, a sumo official demanded that the women get out of the ring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe mayor, a man, was then taken to a hospital and survived what was diagnosed a stroke.Amid worldwide attention, the head of the Japan Sumo Association apologized, saying the official at the Kyoto event made an “inappropriate response.” Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Win-or-leave home? LeBron facing extreme Game 7 vs. Pacers P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In this Nov. 11, 2017, photo, a Shinto ceremony is held to pray for the safety of sumo wrestlers before the start of the Kyushu Grand Sumo tournament in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan. Image: Kyodo News/APTOKYO (AP) — The Japan Sumo Association says it will consider outside opinions from experts and the public over its much criticized policy of banning women from entering the sumo ring.The association held an extraordinary meeting of its board on Saturday. It did not reach a decision regarding the ban on women but did clarify that women can enter the ring in times of an “emergency” as an exception, Kyodo News agency reported.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Red Force, Jaguars in top-of-the-table clash

first_img2018 CWI Regional Super50 Championships…By Clifton RossBoth the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Guyana’s Golden Jaguars have been playing like champions, with the Red Force slightly edging out their opponents after winning four on the trot, having recently disposed of the Windies ‘B’ team by 70 runs.Leon JohnsonThe Jaguars also have their tails up, having secured a 93-run win over the defending champs Windward Volcanoes in their last game. This makes today’s clash even sweeter.The Jaguars will back their batting order, now firing; but as seen in the last game, Windies ODI selectee Chandrapaul Hemraj made way for hard-hitting all-rounder Ricardo Adams. The move prompted another Windies selectee in Sherfane Rutherford to be used as a makeshift opener, and it paid off, as the pugnacious all-rounder carved 69 from 60-odd balls.Denesh RamdinAgainst a more seasoned Red Force side, it will be interesting to see if Hemraj, with a masterful ton to his name in the last game he played, could make his return, and where he bats, if so. Opener Trevon Griffith is fresh off a 50, while the veteran Chris Barnwell will be looking for that 100 which eluded him by a run a few games ago. The all-rounders in Raymon Reifer and Romario Shepherd will be tasked with the utility roles.A slight concern for the Jaguars will be the form of their skipper Leon Johnson, who has been short of runs but could tap into his rich form demonstrated in the recent domestic competition, as he will be itching to make a significant score.The Red Force are also in brilliant batting form, led by the dangerous wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran, who made consecutives scores of 89, 75 and 66 to his name. The veterans have also been peaking over the recent matches, with skipper Denesh Ramdin, opener Lendl Simmons and Jason Mohammed all smashing fifties in their last match. Experienced all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard have also been playing cameos, and could be x-factors come Saturday.When it comes to the bowling aspect, both teams will rest east, as they possess a star-studded battery of operators in that department.Ravi RampaulSpin will be a key factor in the game, as the Jags as well as the Red Force would want to unleash their slower bowlers, which have been getting them success over the recent games. Guyana will bank on Veerasammy Permaul and Ramaal Lewis, who shared 7 wickets in the last game, while pacer Clinton Pestano, Shepherd, Reifer and Barnwell will lead the seam attack.Chris BarnwellThe Trinidadian spinners have been in immaculate form too, with superstar Sunil Narine back to his old wicket-taking ways, along with spin-twin Kharry Pierre, who remains a big player. The pace unit will be led by the experienced pair of Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit and Bravo, with Pollard coming in handy if needed.The Jaguars, thanks to their rampaging win over the Volcanoes, shot up to second place with 15 points, trailing the leaders Red Force by 3, with the winner of today’s clash possibly securing a spot as the number one team in Group A. Action is set to get underway from 11:30h at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium.last_img read more

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Manchester City are a ‘wounded animal’, warns West Ham midfielder

first_img1 Manchester City West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has warned his team-mates they must be prepared to face a ‘wounded animal’ when they play a disheartened Manchester City side on Sunday.The Premier League champions have seen any dreams of a title defence shattered in recent weeks and may have to turn their attentions instead to fending off Liverpool’s attempts to usurp them in the race for Champions League qualification.Manuel Pellegrini’s side have four defeats in their last six games, including a crushing 4-2 defeat in the Manchester derby on Sunday, but Kouyate issued a reminder of who the Hammers’ opposition is in Sunday’s encounter.“Anything is possible in football, but we mustn’t forget who we are up against. They are a wounded animal because they need points so they have to wake themselves up to win,” the Senegalese international told www.whufc.com.“A team like Manchester City can’t afford to make mistakes, so for us it’s a good time to face them, but we mustn’t underestimate them, there’s life in them yet.”West Ham have experienced their own malaise in recent months with just one win in all competitions since January, but Kouyate insists the incentive is just as strong for the Hammers to cement their position in the Premier League’s top half.He added: “We need the points as well, because we want to remain in the top 10. It is not going to be easy because we will be up against one of the best teams in the country and last year’s champions of England.“If we are going to get anything there, we have to enjoy it and really play as a team and work as a team.”talkSPORT will bring you live and exclusive coverage of Manchester City against West Ham this Sunday from 1.30pm.last_img read more

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Emergency shelters to be open longer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant But the city’s $4 million general fund allocation to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency was sufficient to keep 820 year-round beds open only through March 15, when the season program for 620 additional beds ends. LAHSA officials said they needed $1.7 million more to extend the service providers’ contracts through June, and Los Angeles County agreed on Monday to split the cost with the city. The city’s portion will be drawn from its Housing Trust Fund, with the intent of replacing those funds in the future. However, officials warned that $6 million would be needed in the upcoming 2006-07 budget – a $2 million increase – to ensure that the emergency beds can be available year-round. Council members vowed to continue working on long-term solutions. “The homeless don’t just suddenly, when it’s warmer weather, have another place to go,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. “This is their opportunity for the transition, to have a place to stay while they figure out what their next step will be.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Faced with the prospect of turning 820 homeless people out on the streets, the City Council on Tuesday approved spending $880,000 to keep the city’s year-round emergency shelters open through June. Homeless activists urged the council to fund the shelters through the end of the fiscal year, rather than closing them March 15, when the cold-weather shelters usually shut down. “It’s clear and well-documented that this program is capable of saving lives,” Councilwoman Jan Perry told the panel. “We need to identify the funding to fill the gap.” The program funds 1,500 emergency beds for the city’s 48,000 estimated homeless, officials said. last_img read more

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first_imgHEALTH: Shocking figures reveal that 66% of Irish men are considered overweight or obese.We all know your health is your wealth and the stark truth is obesity can lead to increased risks of many illnesses including: heart diseasehigh blood pressurestroketype 2 diabetesmany surgeons won’t operate on people with a BMI in the overweight rangeThe good news is, help is available!This years Men’s Health Week led by Letterkenny CPD coincides with Fathers Day and the Donegal International Rally.It is running from 14th to 18th June with plenty of information on men’s health and wellbeing.So if you are worried about yourself or a man in your life you can find out more by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/slimmingworldindonegal/ or come along to the Letterkenny Shopping Centre this Friday or Saturday and talk to a Slimming World consultant about how you can ensure your loved one doesn’t become one of these statistics. SHOCKING FIGURES REVEAL 66% OF IRISH MEN ARE CONSIDERED OBESE was last modified: June 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeatureshealthLetterkenny CDPMen’s Health WeeknewsSlimming Worldlast_img read more


Lott Named MVC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgLott and the rest of the Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday at Nebraska at 4 p.m.Print Friendly Version SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University’s Ben Lott was named Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the second time this season, the league announced on Tuesday, April 12. Lott won his only match for the week as he led the Bulldogs to a dominating 4-1 victory over Wichita State and extended Drake’s MVC winning streak to 23 matches. Lott was the first singles match to finish, beating Miroslav Herzan 6-3, 6-4 and gave Drake a 2-0 lead. He previously earned MVC Player of the Week honors on March 1.last_img read more

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Volleyball Opens MVC Season At Home Against UNI

first_img Live Stats ESPN+ Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team returns to the Knapp Center to start Missouri Valley Conference play against in-state foe and preseason MVC favorite, UNI, Friday night at 7 p.m. Tickets for the MVC opener for both teams are $6 and the contest will be broadcast on ESPN+ Last season, Drake assembled a 12-6 MVC record with two of those losses coming to UNI. However, the Bulldogs have won four-straight MVC openers, dating back to 2014. The Bulldogs begin conference action with an 11-3 record, but have dropped their last two matches to a pair of perennial NCAA Tournament teams in Kansas and Missouri. The team’s only other loss came to Iowa as the Bulldogs have won three of the four non-conference tournaments they appeared in and finished second in the fourth. Buy Tickets UNI is 6-6 this season, but has faced a schedule that featured five matches against top-15 teams. The Panthers earned wins over No. 13 Creighton and No. 5 Kentucky to bolster the MVC’s non-conference resume. Drake vs. UNI Match Notes Drake’s early season success has included the defense holding opponents to just .134 hitting, the eighth-best average in the nation and best in the Valley. The team also leads the league in blocks per set (2.46). Following Friday’s match, Drake continues conference play against Evansville Monday, Sept. 24, in the Knapp Center at 7 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Home comforts again for Donegal as 2018 Championship draw is made

first_imgDeclan Bonner’s Donegal have been handed a home draw in the 2018 Ulster SFC.Donegal have been drawn to face Cavan in the preliminary round.The draw, conducted this evening live on RTÉ, has been kind to Donegal, given that they are on the opposite side to Tyrone and Monaghan – who are paired together in a quarter-final. The winners of the Donegal-Cavan game will face Derry in a quarter-final with a semi-final against Down or Antrim the reward.The draw also means that there won’t be a renewal of rivalries with Rory Gallagher unless both Donegal and Fermanagh reach the Ulster final.Gallagher, who stepped down as the Donegal manager after this year’s Championship, has taken over his native Fermanagh, who have been drawn against Armagh.This evening’s draw, giving Donegal a home game in Ballybofey again, continues a remarkable sequence of home ties. In the last 20 years, Donegal have played 24 Championship games in Ballybofey.Donegal have played a home Ulster SFC game in ten of the last 11 years, the exception being in 2014 when they defeated Derry at Celtic Park in a quarter-final.Donegal reached six consecutive Ulster finals from 2011-2016, winning the Anglo Celt three times (2011, 2012 and 2014).This year was the first time since 2010 that Donegal didn’t reach the Ulster final.Their Ulster hopes evaporated following a nine-point loss to Tyrone in a semi-final that finished 1-21 to 1-12, while they bowed out of the All-Ireland SFC following a 4-17 to 0-14 hammering by Galway in a round 4 qualifier at Markievicz Park. 2018 sees the Super Eight series come into being, when the All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals will be played off in a new grouped format.The Ulster and Leinster champions will be in group two, along with the Connacht and Munster runners-up or the teams who beat them in round four of the qualifiers. The Ulster runners-up will be in Group Two alongside the Munster and Connacht champions and the Leinster runners-up.“Our ambition is to be competitive and we have to aim for the Super Eight,” Bonner said following his appointment.“The easiest way to get in there is by winning the Ulster Championship. Ulster will be a minefield again. It’s going to be a tough one.” 2018 ULSTER SFCPreliminary roundDonegal v CavanQuarter-finalsDerry v Donegal/CavanFermanagh v ArmaghTyrone v MonaghanDown v AntrimSemi-finalsFermanagh/Armagh v Tyrone/MonaghanDown/Antrim v Derry/Donegal/CavanHome comforts again for Donegal as 2018 Championship draw is made was last modified: October 21st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2018 All-Ireland SFC2018 Ulster SFCDeclan Bonnerlast_img read more

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Europa Joins the Geyser Club

first_img(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Hints of watery plumes have been detected on Europa – like Enceladus, at its south pole, too.Judging from its surface, Europa should have activity.  It resembles the known active surface of Saturn’s geysering moon Enceladus.  Europa has numerous ridges bounded by parallel mounds that suggest water from its inferred subsurface ocean has gushed out of linear vents many times.  No activity has been detected, though, till now.  The Hubble Space Telescope detected blogs of hydrogen and oxygen near the south pole, best explained as plumes of water vapor.  Planetary scientists are excited (see Hubble Site, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Nature News, Science Now, BBC News, National Geographic, New Scientist and Space.com).The data are indirect and preliminary.  No plumes have been imaged; only concentrations of hydrogen and oxygen that suggest ionization of water has occurred.  The concentration of hydrogen, moreover (imaged in ultraviolet light) varied during the orbit, becoming strongest when Europa was farthest from Jupiter.  Planetary scientists announcing the find at the AGU meeting said the data are best explained by watery plumes 200 km high (125 miles) – higher than Mt. Everest and higher than Io’s volcanoes, but not as high as Enceladus’s geysers.  According to the estimates, 7 tons of material is escaping per second (most of it falling back on the surface), at supersonic speeds of 700 meters per second.  As for a mechanism, “The frictional heat of ice rubbing against itself might melt parts of the icy crust and feed the plumes,” Nature News said.  If so, the material does not necessarily tap into the subsurface ocean.It’s possible many more plumes exist.  The south polar plumes were best seen against the blackness of space; others would have been harder to discern against the bright surface.  This initial observation is sure to be followed up by more attempts.  Since no proposed Europa missions could reach the moon till the 2020’s or 2030’s, most observations will require Earth-based observations, although America’s Juno mission to Jupiter (arriving in 2016) might be able to sense the plumes remotely.None of the articles addressed the age question.  All of them except Science Now suggested that the presence of water might mean life exists there.Update 12/18/14: Cassini scientists could not find signs of plumes in their data from the spacecraft’s flyby of Jupiter in 2001 (see JPL press release).  Either the plumes are intermittent, or the Hubble Space Telescope saw something else.  The Hubble team is going to look some more.Since the observations are indirect, it will take time to corroborate the conclusions that water or water vapor is indeed erupting at Europa, but the possibility is intriguing and will be fun to watch.  It should be quite a surprise to those believing the moons are billions of years old to find another one popping off – at its south pole, too, just like on Enceladus.  What is it about south poles that generates activity?  One would expect the equators to be the most active.  The active zones may just be the latest in a long series of eruptions that produced the ridges on both moons.  It shouldn’t be too hard to estimate upper limits for activity.  Given that small bodies should freeze solid in short order, it’s likely the scientists will struggle now with Europa’s activity like they have with Enceladus, Io, Titan, Triton, the Moon, Earth, etc.Science reporters are so predictable.  They completely ignore the age issue.  Instead, hearing the word “water,” they go into robotic mode.  They turn off their minds and quack the L-word Life like programmed rubber ducks (see hydrobioscopy in the Darwin Dictionary).last_img read more

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Benni McCarthy hangs up his boots

first_img7 June 2013South African footballer Benni McCarthy announced his retirement on Wednesday after a successful career that took him from South Africa to the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and England before he returned home to finish his career with Orlando Pirates.McCarthy also earned 80 caps for Bafana Bafana during which he became South Africa’s all-time leading international goals scorer.He was at his best in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1998, making his mark with a four-goal performance against Namibia, with those four goals coming in the space of only 13 minutes. He finished the tournament with seven goals and was named in the team of the tournament as South Africa made it to the final where they were beaten 2-0 by Egypt.McCarthy was also a key player in the Bafana Bafana team that became the first South African side to play in the Fifa World Cup in 1998, and netted the team’s goal in a 1-1 draw with Denmark.‘Blessed’“I have been so blessed to have enjoyed a remarkable career that took me from the township fields of Nyanga Stadium, to winner’s medals in the Uefa Champions League and World Club Cup – the highest levels that a player can achieve in club football,” McCarthy said in a statement on Thursday.“I retire having represented my country at senior level 80 times and scored a record 31 goals. Two World Cup Finals, in France and Korea/Japan, an Olympic Games and a u-20 World Cup Finals will be memories that live in my heart forever.“And to have come home to South Africa for a final chapter, and to have won the treble with Orlando Pirates [in 2011/12] was the type of finale that only dreams are made of,” he said.Surpassed expectations“It has been a 17-year professional career that surpassed even my own expectations and I’ve been privileged to have played under many great coaches, including the very best, Jose Mourinho.”McCarthy’s most successful club years were spent in Portugal with Porto and in England with Blackburn Rovers, but before he played for those teams he turned out for Ajax Amsterdam and Spanish club Celta Vigo, having started his career with Seven Stars in Cape Town.In 2002, he starred for Porto, under Mourniho, while on loan from Celta Vigo, netting 12 times in 11 matches. When the Portuguese club sold fellow striker Helder Postiga to Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho pounced and signed the South African striker to a permanent contract. McCarthy repaid that investment by topping the Portuguese League goal scoring charts the following season.Uefa Cup, Champions LeagueHe won the Uefa Cup with Porto in 2002-03 and the following season went on to lift the Champions League title with the Dragons. McCarthy played a crucial role in the team’s run, netting twice in a vital 2-1 victory over Manchester United in a round of 16 clash.Those two European successes turned Mourinho into the hottest property in coaching and he was soon signed by big spending English outfit Chelsea.McCarthy stayed on at Porto, scoring 34 goals in 74 matches, before being signed to a four-year contract by Blackburn Rovers in 2006.English Premier LeagueIt proved to be an inspired decision for the English club as McCarthy finished his first season as the second top scorer in the Premier League with 18 goals and 24 in all competitions. His league tally was bettered only by Didier Drogba and tied with Cristiano Ronaldo.An injury early the next season and the arrival of striker Roque Santa Cruz led to fewer playing opportunities for McCarthy.In February 2010, the South African signed with West Ham. Unfortunately, on his debut for the Hammers he suffered an injury that kept him out of action for six months. He ended up playing sparsely for the club and was released in early 2011.McCarthy then returned to action in South Africa with Orlando Pirates where he finished his career at the age of 35.He has indicated that he wishes to stay involved with football and will be working towards getting his coaching badges. He has previous experience working on television and hopes to do more TV work too.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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