A Double Dose Of Gold For Brazil In Volleyball

first_img The bitter dispute between Brazil and China for overall leadership in the medals table at the 5th Military World Games serving as a dramatic backdrop in the battle for gold in volleyball on Saturday, July 23. In the women’s, the Chinese went ahead. But the Brazilians re-took the lead in the second set, paving the way for a quick victory in the men’s team 3 sets to 0. Undefeated during the Games, the men’s and women’s volleyball teams proved their superiority before a 10,000 fans packed at the Maracanãzinho. Before going to the winner’s podium, the athletes celebrated the victory with military honors. Once Alexander Marczewski, sealed the win for Brazil, the team captain, Sergeant Anderson de Oliveira Rodrigues, led the formation of two teams in traditional calisthenics by executing 10 push-ups. Relieved after the victory, the coach of the women’s team, Helio Greiner, acknowledged that the pressure to win the gold affected the team’s performance until the middle of the second set. “We got very tense, with the pressure for the gold medal, and the medal race with China for overall leadership. I myself had never coached a Brazil team before a packed house of this size,” said Greiner. After dropping the first set 27-25, the Brazilian players secured the top spot after winning the following three sets (25-16, 25-17 and 25-12). The game on the men’s side was less stressful as they swept their opponent in all three sets with scores of 25-16, 25-15 and 25-15. “I was wondering how the stadium would sound with everyone shouting,” said Soldier Paulo Vitor da Silva, whose performance thrilled the audience. Brazil will compete in the World Military Volleyball championships in Iran in 2012, but coach Flavio Marinho, said it was too early to tell if he would bring the same team. Beach Volleyball In beach volleyball, the Brazilian duo also dominated the event, winning gold and bronze in the male and female category. On Saturday morning, Sergeants Angela and Val defeated the Chinese team of Liu and Fan by 2 sets to 0. The scores of 21-10 and 21-7 showed a dominant display. “Although we made the game look easy, the Chinese are a quality opponent,” said Angela, voted best player of the tournament. The bronze went to Rachel and Camilla. In the men’s, another meeting between Brazil and China and another victory for the hosts. However, Jan and Bernardo had a little more trouble with Liu and Zhou, winning 2-0, but with scores of 22-20 and 21-18. “The atmosphere was great,” said Jan, voted best player of the tournament and the brother of Sergeant Rogerio Para, who won bronze alongside Roberto and announced his retirement from competition. By Dialogo July 24, 2011last_img read more

Woman Testifies Hempstead Clerk Sexually Harassed Her

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaA video showing Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla repeatedly touching the arm of an employee he’s accused of trying to coerce into dropping a sexual harassment complaint against him was played in court Tuesday.Ariel Davis, now a former employee, testified on the second day of the trial that she filed a complaint with the town’s Human Resources department after Bonilla allegedly made suggestive remarks and touched her inappropriately. She said she stopped dressing up and started wearing baggy pants after he told her to wear dresses and heels to “sell herself.”“I thought someone would take my outfit as a way to sexually harass me,” she told the court while being cross examined by Adrian DiLuzio, Bonilla’s Mineola-based attorney.DiLuzio argued that Bonilla made a typical request, noting that “good looking, attractive people” are highly valued in politics.She also said when Bonilla heard there was an office rumor that the two were having sex, Bonilla told her: “Let them think that. If its not hurting anybody, so be it.”Davis confirmed that that she received a promotion as a full-time employee upon filing the complaint and DiLuzio questioned Davis’ intent by suggesting that she saw an opportunity to take advantage of Bonilla, which Davis denied.She testified that Bonilla had referred to her as his “right-hand girl” and told her that he “needed to come before everyone else” and “prove herself” to him in exchange for favors, such as extra money in her paycheck.Davis testified that Bonilla sought “inappropriate photos” of her from her ex-boyfriend, also a former employee, in an attempt to discredit her.“Do not trust Ariel, she’s a bad person,” Davis recalled Bonilla telling her ex-boyfriend upon asking for the photos, a request that she deemed inappropriate. “Make sure you have something on her.”She said that she was not aware of the exact photos in question, but that they were “personal, private photos,” that she shared with her ex-boyfriend while they were seeing each other.According to Davis, she and her ex-boyfriend, who is also expected to testify, made the decision to give Bonilla a blank compact disc to give her ex-boyfriend “some time to figure out what he actually can do to keep his job,” under the belief that Bonilla would fire him if he did not hand over photos.Bonilla, a Republican who pleaded not guilty to coercion and misconduct charges last fall, has refused to step down as town clerk despite numerous calls for his resignation.The trial resumes Wednesday afternoon before Judge Sharon Gianelli at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

College Football Pick’em: Week of 9/21

first_imgSat12:00 PMWest VirginiaMaryland100%0%-21 Sat4:00 PMTexas A&MArkansas43.29%56.71%2.5 Sat09:00 AMNebraskaSouthern Mississippi75.24%24.76%-10.5 Sat12:30 PMIowaNorth Texas99.65%0.35%-20.5 Alright, Pac-12, this week is our moment in the spotlight. Week 4 is shaping up to be a weekend to showcase all the potential our wonderful west coast teams have to offer in the postseason (Assuming we don’t eat each other alive during conference play). To be fair, Pac-12, you’ve got a tough week to follow. Week 3 was full of upsets (I’m still in shock about the Bama-Ole Miss game and that happened five days ago) and close endings (Sorry not sorry, Texas, I consider last weekend as a very roundabout form of karmic retribution for 2006).Though we aren’t the only region with interesting games this week. The Big-12 has a game that could end up with a score so high it makes the guys who toss people in the air after every touchdown sore just looking at it. And last but not least, Auburn has another opportunity to try and convince us that it actually deserves a spot in the Coaches Poll or any poll for that matter.Quick note about the model: It’s still holding at 78% accuracy week over week (better than NFL pundits) so at least that is something to cheer about. Without further ado, here are this week’s predictions! Sat10:00 AMBoston CollegeNorthern Illinois16.32%83.68%13 Thu04:30 PMMemphisCincinnati81.19%18.81%-13 Sat05:00 PMNorthwesternBall State82.55%17.45%-13.5 Fri07:00 PMOregon StateStanford26.5%73.5%9 Sat5:00 PMHoustonTexas State99.27%0.73%-20.5 Sat4:30 PMKentuckyMissouri82.6%17.4%-13.5 Sat05:00 PMWisconsinHawaii97.19%2.81%-19.5 Sat12:30 PMOld DominionAppalachian State40.06%59.94%3.5 Sat11:30 AMLouisiana TechFlorida International84.72%15.28%-14.5 Sat1:00 PMAlabamaLouisiana-Monroe99.07%0.93%-20.5 Sat06:00 PMIdahoGeorgia Southern5.57%94.43%17.5 Sat12:30 PMKent StateMarshall60.17%39.83%-4.5 Sat04:00 PMTexas-San AntonioColorado State28.26%71.74%8.5 Sat5:00 PMArizonaUCLA48.2%51.8%0.5 Sat12:30 PMMinnesotaOhio37.53%62.47%4.5 Sat12:30 PMFloridaTennessee73.89%26.11%-10 Sat12:30 PM12:30 PMEast CarolinaVirginia Tech10.89%89.11%15.5 Sat9:30 AMWake ForestIndiana1.58%98.42%19center_img Sat07:30 PMSan Jose StateFresno State4.44%95.56%18 Sat3:00 PMEastern MichiganArmy37.98%62.02%4.5 Sat12:30 PMPenn StateSan Diego State97.16%2.84%-19.5 Sat04:00 PMCharlotteFlorida Atlantic0.35%99.65%19.5 Sat12:30 PMOhio StateWestern Michigan99.59%0.41%-20.5 Sat12:30 PMNotre DameMassachusetts98.54%1.46%-20 Sat4:00 PM4:00 PMMississippiVanderbilt99.16%0.84%-20.5 Sat4:00 PMToledoArkansas State51.64%48.36%-1 Sat12:00 PMWyomingNew Mexico65.67%34.33%-7 Fri05:00 PMVirginiaBoise State31.93%68.07%7 DayTimeHome TeamAway TeamHome Team OddsAway Team OddsSpread Sat4:30 PMAuburnMississippi State6.87%93.13%17 Sat2:00 PMWashingtonCalifornia42.52%57.48%2.5 Sat7:30 PMArizona StateSouthern California27.71%72.29%8.5 Sat12:00 PMBaylorRice98.21%1.79%-20 Sat1:45 PMTexas TechTexas Christian84.67%15.33%-14.5 Sat5:30 PMOregonUtah85.44%14.56%-15 Sat09:00 AMRutgersKansas4.97%95.03%18 Sat12:30 PMWestern KentuckyMiami (Ohio)91.56%8.44%-17.5 Sat5:00 PM12:30 PMTexasOklahoma State15.72%84.28%13.5 #3 TCU at Texas Tech (Spread -14.5)As the defenses of both teams prepare for the game this weekend, I want to make a plea to both teams. Think of the poor college students who decide to toss their friend in the air. I want you to think of how exhausted they’re going to be when the score is 56-42 and TCU just scored another touchdown. How is that poor student going to get homework done the next day when his arms are so sore from the night before? So play some defense, please. Do it for your fellow student.If you couldn’t tell from that last paragraph, both of these teams have high-powered offenses and porous defenses. Lest you think I am exaggerating, here are some stats. This season Texas Tech has averaged 399 passing yards per game (2nd in the nation) and scored 54.3 points per game (3rd in the nation). Pretty impressive, right? Until you realize that they’re playing against a TCU team that has averaged 367 yards per game and scored 49.7 points per game. Once you also consider the fact that last year TCU won 82-27, the fact that our model predicts Texas Tech as a 14.5 point favorite seems a little odd. But, as last week has shown, anything can happen in college football.Mississippi State at Auburn (Spread: 17)I know what you’re thinking — both of these teams are unranked and Mississippi State is a big favorite according to our model. But what makes this game particularly interesting from a prediction standpoint is that Auburn is the Vegas favorite. This is not only surprising because of their performance against LSU last week, but also because Sean White is replacing Jeremy Johnson at quarterback. Though with 6 interceptions in three games, this might be a good call. From our perspective, this game could either be an uneventful Mississippi State steam roll or a chance for Auburn to remain relevant.#9 UCLA at #16 Arizona (Spread: 0.5)Arizona and UCLA will be opening up Pac-12 play in what is predicted by our model to quite a close game.UCLA’s seemingly invincible quarterback is actually human, which is pretty understandable when you remember that last year he was a senior in high school. Despite Rosen’s lackluster performance last week with 106 yards, 1 TD, and 3 INT, UCLA was still able to hold off BYU and stay undefeated.While everyone has been obsessing over Rosen, we feel that Paul Perkins hasn’t gotten enough appreciation. Though it hurts to say, Perkins is arguably the best running back in the Pac-12 with 26 carries for 219 yards and one touchdown last weekend against BYU. Note the only 26 carries. Even if Rosen still has some growing pains, UCLA’s got plenty of other weapons to lean on.Arizona’s offense has racked up some impressive numbers. Returning quarterback Anu Solomon has thrown 10 touchdowns and has yet to give up an interception (Knock on wood, Arizona fans.). Nick Wilson adds to the Arizona’s offensive threat with five rushing touchdowns and seven yards per carry.To add to the drama, UCLA’s linebacker Myles Jack is out for the season after sustaining a “significant knee injury”. Meanwhile, Arizona’s linebacker Scooby Wright might be back from injury this weekend. His presence alone could completely reshape Arizona’s defense and change the course of the game. This Pac-12 opener is going to quite an interesting matchup to watch.#19 USC at Arizona State (Spread: 8.5)Last weekend was definitely a bummer for both our football team and for our model. Sure we hung with Stanford through most of the game, but our inability to stop their run offense ultimately led to our demise. Our loss combined with several upsets in our favorite conference (C’mon, you should know I’m talking about the SEC by now) meant it was a tough weekend for everyone. But you know, last year Ohio State made it into the College Football Playoffs with one loss and that turned out pretty well for them so there is hope yet for our Trojans! But that was last week, let’s see what this week has in store.Good ol’ Arizona State. Last time we played the Sun Devils, we lost in a last-second hail mary and two years ago, Lane Kiffin was fired on the LAX tarmac after losing to ASU. I think it’s a little early to start putting Sarkisian in the hot seat, but nonetheless our history with ASU and our current situation makes this an important game.Our defensive struggles last weekend do not bode well, especially since we are going up against an ASU team who’s returning the same quarterback that threw five touchdowns against us last year in our last minute, heartbreaking loss. If we want to win the Pac-12 South and maybe – just maybe – get into the playoffs, the Trojans are going to need to bring their A-game this weekend in Tempe.Data provided by cfbstats.comTeam logos courtesy of sportslogos.netlast_img read more

Clogged Drainages Flood Red Light Market

first_imgHundreds of marketers close to the Kakata bound side of the road in Paynesville Red Light could not easily find their way to sell after being driven by flood, caused by heavy downpours of rain last Saturday, June 3.The cause of the flood in that upland area is attributed to dumping of dirt in the drainages along the road; drainages on the road have been filled with garbage that water does not freely flow.As the flood rose and the marketers lost space to sell, some men were compelled to get into the drainage with long sticks to remove the objects blocking the free flow of water.At the same time, others were seen in the flood trying to locate the blocked hole on the other side to allow the water to flow.Since parts of Monrovia began experiencing floods this rainy season, this is the first time the Red Light market has encountered flood that caused marketers to be forced out of their selling spots for hours at a time.As a result of the flood, sellers took to the main road to continue their business activities.Vehicles collecting passengers from Red Light bound for various locations including the hinterland could not easily find their way out as marketers took the entire road with their goods.Red Light is one of the filthy areas near Monrovia where street vendors and residents randomly and recklessly dump dirt on the main road without regard for passing vehicles and people.As the Chinese road construction company, CICO repairs the road and makes a concrete trough on the right side to allow free flow of water; marketers still dump dirt in the waterway thus halting the flow of water.Besides, vendors spread their goods right by the side where vehicles are supposed to park or people should pass.The Liberia National Police officers assigned there occasionally try to restrict the vendors from selling near the road, but they (police) are challenged while some reportedly receive money to relax the restriction.Meanwhile, the government of Liberia with support from the Sirleaf Market Women Fund has begun constructing a market complex in the Omega Community to relocate Red Light marketers.When completed, it is certain that vendors at Red Light will have a place to sell as they have always dwelt on lack of space for relocation as a reason for being intransigent to government’s removal order.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more