RSF opens “The Uncensored Library” – The digital home of Press Freedom within a global computer game

first_img“We need to reach the next generation in order to change the future!”Nguyen Van Dai, democracy activist and bloggerMinecraft is an open world game where players can explore an intentionally blocky, pixelated world. Here they can discover and extract raw materials, craft tools, build structures and cooperate with other players. The game’s creative mode is often described as “digital Lego” and is being used in educational environments. Part of Minecraft’s gameplay is gathering and crafting items, such as books. Minecraft books have 100 pages and can be written freely. Other players can read them but cannot change the content of the books on the server. “We need to defend press freedom every day.”Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of Jamal Khashoggi“In many countries around the world, there is no free access to information. Web- sites are blocked, independent newspapers are banned and the press is controlled by the state. Young people grow up without being able to form their own opinions. By using Minecraft, the world’s most popular computer game, as a medium, we give them access to independent information.“Christian Mihr, Managing Director Reporters Without Borders Germany Although not at war, Mexico is one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists and even surpasses Syria. Collusion between officials and organized crime poses a grave threat to journalists’ safety and cripples the judicial system at all levels. Journalists who cover sensitive political stories or organized crime are warned, threatened and often gunned down in cold blood. Others are abducted and never seen again. Inside the Uncensored Library visitors can read articles from Javier Valdez. He was a journalist and founder of the newspaper Riodoce, a weekly dedicated to crime and corruption in Sinaloa, one of Mexico’s most violent states. He was also the author of several books on drug trafficking. Valdez was killed on May 23, 2017 by gunmen. He was 50 years old. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News to go further In many countries, free information is hard to access. Blogs, newspapers and websites are censored. Journalists get arrested and have to fear for their lives.Such censorship lets many young people grow up in systems with almost no access to independent press. Their opinions become heavily manipulated by governmental disinformation campaigns.But although the youth in those countries differ from ours, they do what young people all around the globe do: play video games. Minecraft is a favourite – one of the world’s most successful computer games, with more than 145 million active players every month. Here communities can build entire worlds out of blocks, experience the freedom of an open world. Its creative mode is often described as “digital Lego”. In these countries, where websites, blogs and free press in general are strictly limited, Minecraft is still accessible by everyone. Minecraft offers unlimited freedom even in countries where there is no press freedom. “The Uncensored Library is a bold use of Minecraft. It really encapsulates everything that is great about this game and the community it has created”James Delaney, Managing Director BlockWorks, Architect of the Uncensored Library VietnamSaudi ArabiaMexicoRussiaEgyptAsia – PacificMiddle East – North Africa AmericasEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expression Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Censored articles become uncensored books within Minecraft. June 2, 2021 Find out more Press freedom NGO, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), creates a loophole to overcome censorship by building a safe haven for press freedom. Where? Within one of the world’s most successful video games, Minecraft. Testing the limits of Minecraft. Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom RSF_en Minecraft is one of the world’s most successful computer games, with more than 145 million active players every month. First released in 2009, Minecraft‘s phenomenal success is still growing 10 years later. The game is played around the world, attracting a wide range of ages across both sexes. Egypt RSF World Press Freedom Index:163rd of 180 countriesEgypt is one of the world’s biggest jailers of journalists. Most of the media is now controlled directly or indirectly by the state. More than 500 websites are blocked, and more and more people are getting arrested because of their social network posts.Inside the Uncensored Library visitors can read articles from Mada Masr. Since 2013 the news portal has reported about corruption and security issues in a manner that is often critical of the government. It is the last professional news website that reports independently and is one of the most important sources of quality journalism in Egypt. Since May 2017 the website has been blocked in the country. Why Reporters Without Borders (RSF) use Minecraft to reach young people: News Censored articles from five different countries and various journalist got republished in Minecraft books.center_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) used this backdoor to build “The Uncensored Libra- ry”: A library that is now accessible on an open server for Minecraft players around the globe. The library is filled with books, containing articles that were censored in their country of origin. These articles are now available again within Minecraft hidden from government surveillance technology inside a computer game. The books can be read by everyone on the server, but their content cannot be changed. The library is growing, with more and more books being added to overcome censorship. News The design of the library is a neoclassical architectural style. Derived from the traditions of ancient Roman and Greek architecture, neoclassicism is a style often used in the design of public buildings around the world such as museums, galleries and libraries. It is an architectural style that is often used to represent culture and know- ledge. BlockWorks used this style to design a building that represents freedom of knowledge and the power that truth has over oppressive government authorities and regimes.The Uncensored Library is accessible through Minecraft with the server address:visit.uncensoredlibrary.comThe launch of the server is accompanied by the Microsite including the launch film, a 360° walk through experience of the library including books, a making-of film and the full Uncensored Library Minecraft map as a down- load to be shared and experienced offline.Additional to banned articles from journalists, visitors of The Uncensored Library can find the RSF World Press Freedom Index and reports on the current press freedom situation of 180 countries in the world.An open library inside an open world game to overcome censorship. Help by sharing this information VietnamSaudi ArabiaMexicoRussiaEgyptAsia – PacificMiddle East – North Africa AmericasEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expression Reporters Without BordersFor freedom of information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the world’s biggest NGO specializing in the defence of media freedom, which they regard as the basic human right to be informed and to inform others.In 2019 alone 39 journalist and 10 citizen journalists got killed and currently there are 228 journalists and 120 citizen journalists imprisoned. These are alarming numbers. At the turn of the 21st century, nearly half of the world population still lacks access to free information. Deprived of essential knowledge and manipulated by disinformation, they are prevented from living in a political system in which factual truth serves as the basis for their life choices.Where governmental media censorship and disinformation campaigns are on a rise globally, RSF fights for freedom of information and for the truth to be known. June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation The Uncensored Library raises awareness for the importance of press freedom. However the end goal is to empower the next generation to stand up for their rights to information and to give them a powerful tool to fight oppressive leaders: knowledge. Mexique RSF World Press Freedom Index: 144th of 180 countries June 2, 2021 Find out more “The only real way of fighting censorship is sharing and spreading what has been censored.”Yulia Berezovskaia, editor in chief of grani.ruFind more information on the microsite: uncensoredlibrary.comPlease use this link to share our launch film: #TruthFindsAWay March 11, 2020 – Updated on March 18, 2020 RSF opens “The Uncensored Library” – The digital home of Press Freedom within a global computer game Journalists from five different countries, despite having been banned, jailed, exiled and even killed – now have a place to make their voices heard again. Their articles have now been republished as Minecraft books in English and the articles’ original language and are available in countries that censored their works.Reporters Without Borders worked together with the creative agency DDB Germany, the design studio BlockWorks and the prodution company MediaMonks to realise the project. Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of Jamal Khashoggi supports the project, alongside international acclaimed journalists like Nguyen Van Dai and Yulia Berezovskaia. News The Uncensored Library was built in collaboration with  BlockWorks, an internationally acclaimed design studio and consultancy using Minecraft. The library was built over 3 months, and is made from over 12.5 million blocks. It took 24 builders from 16 different countries over 250 hours to design and create the library. The library’s main dome is nearly 300 metres wide, which would make it the second largest in the world. On March 12 – the World Day Against Cyber Censorship – the Uncensored Library will open its doors, giving young people around the world access to independent information, through a medium they can playfully interact with. The campaign runs under the hashtag: #TruthFindsAWay Russia RSF World Press Freedom Index: 149th of 180 countriesSince the widespread protests in 2011/12 the Russian leadership tightened the grip on critical journalists. Each year dozens of people are sentenced to prison because of their online activities. Even a “like” can put someone in jail. The state has been building the infrastructure for systematic mass surveillance and wants to prevent anonymous or encrypted communication. With Russia’s sovereign internet law, the government is attempting to gain control over the infrastructure of the web and, if necessary, be able to cut off the Russian internet from the worldwide web.Yulia Berezovskaia is editor in chief of one of Russia’s many blocked websites. She is collaborating with the Uncensored Library to republish articles from, a news source for protest activities, politically motivated trials and civil society activism. On March 13, 2014 was blocked by the Russian government.Saudi Arabia: RSF World Press Freedom Index: 172nd of 180 countriesSaudi Arabia permits no independent media. Despite his talk of reform, Mohammad bin Salman has intensified the repression since his appointment as crown prince in June 2017. The number of journalists and citizen journalists in detention has tripled since the start of 2017. Everyone censors themselves, and authorities keep Saudi journalists under close surveillance – as the case of Jamal Khashoggi illustrated.Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian journalist and his articles can now be read in the Uncensored Library. Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia in September 2017 and went into self-imposed exile. In the U.S. he worked as a columnist for The Washington Post. Khashoggi was a sharp critic of some of the policies of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. On October 2, 2018, Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.Vietnam: RSF World Press Freedom Index: 176th out of 180 countriesAs Vietnam’s media all follow the Communist Party’s orders, the only sources of independently reported information are bloggers and citizen journalists. The level of terror has risen sharply in the past three years, with many citizen journalists being jailed cyberwarfare department, which is tasked with defending the Party and targeting dissident bloggers.Inside the Uncensored Library visitors can read articles from Nguyen Van Dai. He is a Vietnamese human rights lawyer, democracy activist and blogger. In 2006 he  founded the Committee for Human Rights in Vietnam, to fight for civil empowerment through legal means. In April 2018 Dai was sentenced to 15 years of prison with an additional 5 years of house arrest but got later released and exiled to Germany. His blog is blocked in Vietnam. 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Landgraf appointed vice chair of transportation committee

first_img WhatsApp Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Pinterest TAGS  Landgraf appointed vice chair of transportation committee Brooks Landgraf, state representative-elect for Texas’ 81st district takes questions during a town hall meeting April 18 at Odessa College’s Jack Rodgers Fine Arts Center. Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen appointed Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, vice chair of the House Committee on Transportation. The committee is responsible for oversight of the critical infrastructure development for the state including state highways. The committee also has jurisdiction over agencies like the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Transportation Commission. “An increase in oil and gas production is always a good thing for Texas, but with it comes a significant increase in traffic on Permian Basin highways creating challenges to local infrastructure,” Landgraf said in a press release Wednesday. “I will continue to take the lead to improve safety on our highways and keep West Texas open for business.” Landgraf was also appointed to the House Committee on Business and Industry, which is responsible for oversight of industry and manufacturing and has jurisdiction over the State Office of Risk Management, the Risk Management Board and the Division of Worker’s Compensation of the Texas Department of Insurance. The 86th Texas legislative session is underway and will run through May 27. Previous articleSecond Tuesday SalonNext article062818_West_of_the_Pecos_rodeo_03 Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook Local News WhatsApplast_img read more

JGLS Becomes First Law School To Commence Online Classes For Over 1,500 New Law Students From Sept 1

News UpdatesJGLS Becomes First Law School To Commence Online Classes For Over 1,500 New Law Students From Sept 1 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK31 Aug 2020 9:36 PMShare This – xJindal Global Law School has commenced its academic session 2020-21 from today onwards, i.e. September 1, 2020, in an online mode. Notably, JGLS is the first leading law school to begin classes for this academic session with over 1,500 new students (from 25 different States and Union Territories of India and International students) who have joined six different academic degree…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginJindal Global Law School has commenced its academic session 2020-21 from today onwards, i.e. September 1, 2020, in an online mode. Notably, JGLS is the first leading law school to begin classes for this academic session with over 1,500 new students (from 25 different States and Union Territories of India and International students) who have joined six different academic degree programmes at both UG and PG level in the law school. This is when most of the law entrance exams are yet to be conducted in the country and admissions process in law schools are showing no sign of starting. The law school has recorded a 70% increase in Student Enrolment this year and it has also recruited over 90 new full time faculty members, which will take the total strength of full-time faculty members at JGLS to over 400. This was possible as the JGLS took a historic decision early this year and LSAT-India 2020 was made a fully online test in an artificial intelligence-enabled and remote-proctored format. JGLS also introduced a new JSAT-Law Exam conducted by Pearson VUE for its 3-year LLB, LLM and BA (Hons.) Legal Studies programmes. It is conducted on a rolling basis in the AI-Enabled and Remote-Proctored mode and will continue till the end of September. Key Highlights of the 2020 JGLS Admissions: Entrance Exam LSAT–India gone Online for the first time and a new Law Admission Test JSAT-Law was launched; Classes commence on 1 September for all Six undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes; Over 1,500 new students start classes on 1st September witnessing a stupendous 70% increase in student enrolment in 2020; Over 90 new full time faculty members to join JGLS this semester; Over 400 full-time faculty members of the JGLS to teach online using latest technology; Students join from all over India, 90% Students from outside the home state of Haryana; Students from many remote towns and cities from every part of the country; Female students surpass male students in the 5-year law and LLM programmes; International students from eight different countries, e.g. USA, Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, and UAE; Graduates of leading international universities in the USA, UK, Hong Kong, and Abu Dhabi. joining 3-year LLB programme; New programmes i.e. BA Legal Studies and LLM (Blended Learning) well received by students across India; Students from 10 different National Law Universities join the LLM programme; 100% increase in LLM programme applications and enrollments. The Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and the Founding Dean of Jindal Global Law School, Professor (Dr.) C Raj Kumar observed: “The astounding success of the 2020 JGLS Admissions process could be attributed to the fact that JGLS has acquired a national and international reputation that provides world class legal education. The outstanding faculty, innovative and interdisciplinary teaching pedagogy, multidisciplinary research ecosystem, wide-ranging international collaborations, active research centres, dynamic mooting and advocacy opportunities, effective clinical legal education and experiential learning, and the impressive physical infrastructure and vibrant intellectual environment at JGLS is par excellence. As a testament to our institution building efforts, in March 2020, JGLS was ranked as India’s Number 1 Law School by the coveted QS World University Rankings 2020 By Subject and was also ranked among the top 101-150 law schools in the world. Notably, O.P. Jindal Global University in which JGLS is one of the nine schools was ranked as India’s First Ranked Private University by the QS WUR 2020. I am particularly delighted that JGLS has helped in an effort to transform the landscape of Indian legal education providing opportunities to our students to purse world class legal education in India.” Professor Anand Prakash Mishra, Director of Law Admissions and Associate Dean of Jindal Global Law School said, “Despite the tragedy and challenges of COVID-19, Jindal Global Law School has once again attracted an outstanding group of students from India and abroad to study law. The diversity of the student body is truly inspiring. It is a mini India this year on our campus representing almost every state and union territory.” Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), the first school of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), offers a 5-year BA/BBALLB (Hons.) programme, a 3-year LLB programme, a one-year LLM Residential & Non Residential programme and the two new degree programmes launched this year i.e., LLM in Corporate and Financial Law (Blended Programme) and B.A. (Hons.) in Legal Studies programme. Next Story read more

Russia: CF Starts Recruitment of Crews for Newest Corvettes Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich

first_img November 5, 2012 View post tag: CF Share this article View post tag: Sviyazhsk View post tag: recruitment View post tag: Grad View post tag: Corvettes View post tag: Crews Russia: CF Starts Recruitment of Crews for Newest Corvettes Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich View post tag: newestcenter_img View post tag: Uglich View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Caspian Flotilla started recruitment of crews for newest corvettes Grad Sviyazhsk and Uglich; construction of the ships is being completed at…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, November 5 2012; Image: Mil View post tag: starts Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: CF Starts Recruitment of Crews for Newest Corvettes Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich View post tag: Naval Industry newslast_img read more

News story: New café funded by LLWR proves huge success

first_imgFunding of £4,000 from LLW Repository Ltd (LLWR) for a pilot project to launch a beach café on the seafront at Silecroft has paid dividends.The project has proved a great success since its launch in August 2017, creating one full time job and attracting visitors from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States, who have sampled the food and drink on offer.“The reaction has been so positive,” said Sal Millar, a member of the Whicham Community Interest Company (CIC) Beach Group, made up of local people who have got the project off the ground.“People have been saying a café was needed for years in that location, but without LLWR we would not have got started. Their injection of cash at the start made us press ahead.“The bulk of our visitors come from within a 10-mile radius, but we also get a lot of holidaymakers.”LLWR initially gifted £2,000 to the CIC to enable them to buy a container unit that had been used on a building site.It was painted, decorated and had kitchen facilities installed. But it had to rely on a generator for power until LLWR gave another £2,000 to ensure it provided mains electricity.Silecroft Beach Café remained open throughout the winter and has enjoyed booming trade during the warm summer months.Expansion is now on the cards, with a second container unit planned, courtesy of Copeland Community Foundation, including wheelchair accessible toilets.The long term aspiration is for a permanent café on the site, though the Beach Group are happy with their progress to date.“The café’s popularity has amazed us,” Sal said. “Next to the sea and the mountains, people love it.”last_img read more

Check Out Alexis Michelle’s Best Musical Moments Before RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9

first_img View Comments “Somewhere That’s Green”As you can gather from the aforementioned tugboat, costumes change and levitation, Alexis is a queen who relishes an attention to detail. For instance, when she sang Little Shop of Horrors’ “Somewhere That’s Green” in West Hollywood, she went for a full Audrey look, complete with a black eye and cast. No one ever said drag wasn’t painful. Alexis Michelle After teasing us on #LiveatFive with the possibility of a turn on RuPaul’s Drag Race, favorite Alexis Michelle is confirmed to compete on the ninth season of Logo’s acclaimed reality competition. Michelle promises to serve “body, curve, swerve, glamour, class, a little touch of prostitute, and of course this mug” on the show, but we fully expect to see some nods to the Great White Way as well. After all, she’s a Broadway baby through and through. She idolizes Bernadette Peters and Alice Ripley; she just played a sold-out show at Feinstein’s/54 Below (and will return next month); she even painted mugs (out of drag as Alex Michaels) for’s Gotta Dance! series with photographer Matthew Murphy.Take a look at just some of our favorite Broadway-infused performances from Alexis Michelle below. Break a leg, girl, and don’t f**k it up! Wicked MedleyHere’s a tip: if you’re going to perform “Defying Gravity” as a drag queen, you better damn well fly. While competing in New York’s So You Think You Can Drag, Alexis took to the rafters of New World Stages to dare gays to look to the Western sky (you know, toward Hell’s Kitchen). But wait a minute—that’s not Idina Menzel. Is that…is that a recording of Lindsay Mendez?! Kudos.center_img Tribute to Barbra StreisandQueens impersonating Barbra is a long-celebrated facet of drag and queer culture, including Jim Bailey performing as Ms. Streisand at the Superbowl Halftime show in 1978. Alexis gives her own interpretation in a one-two punch, serving both Yentl and Funny Girl realness in one megamix performance. And you better believe she had a tugboat. Into the Woods Rap/”Gorgeous”Not only can Alexis slay a lip sync, but she can also provide live vocals. Watch her deliver the Witch’s rap from Into the Woods, and then launch into a stunning costume change that elicited a cacophony of “YAAAAS”s. William Ivey Long, eat your heart out. “The Ladies Who Lunch”For more of Alexis’ vocal stylings, check out her take on “The Ladies Who Lunch” at Feinstein’s/54 Below. How often do you see a drag queen tackle Sondheim with equal parts zing and nuance? We’ll drink to that.last_img read more

Comfort Strengthens Partnership With Jamaica Following Successful Medical Mission

first_imgBy Seaman Brendan Fitzgerald / U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command November 13, 2019 Kathryn Wheelbarger, acting assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs of the U.S. Department of Defense, visited U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort and was a guest speaker at the closing ceremony in Jamaica following the completion of the ship’s 11th medical mission in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, November 1.“I want to highlight some of the senior leaders in the [U.S.] Department of Defense perspective and the reasons on how important Jamaica is to our security interests,” said Wheelbarger. “It’s very important for us to be here today to not only celebrate and honor the great mission that the Comfort has done in the last few days but also to again acknowledge and represent the strength and partnership between the U.S. and Jamaica.”During the Comfort’s six-day mission in Kingston, 800 medical professionals of the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Public Health Service alongside five partner nations, provided care for 6,511 patients at two separate shore-based medical sites, and performed 100 surgeries aboard the ship.“The medical mission represents one of the largest and most sophisticated medical missions to come to Jamaica,” said Dr. Nicole Dawkins-Wright, director of emergency disaster management and special services at the Jamaican Ministry of Health. “Many Jamaicans who were able to have surgical procedures completed are happier and in a better position because of this mission.”The Comfort’s mission is accomplished through the efforts of medical and non-medical personnel. The entire Comfort team is comprised of military and civilian personnel from the United States and partner nations, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Peru, as well as several nongovernmental organizations creating a dynamic team capable of delivering a variety of services.“We discussed the whole process about what was going to take place during the procedure and the risks that were involved, so that way I could understand everything,” said Steve McKrieth, who came to Comfort for surgical repair of torn ligaments and a broken foot. “I almost feel like I want to join the U.S. Navy and be a doctor myself! Everyone is so jovial and friendly and smiling. I feel like [Comfort] has saved the day.”This marks the Comfort’s third visit to Jamaica and the seventh to the region since 2007. At each of the missions, the embarked medical teams provided care aboard the Comfort and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants.last_img read more

Thousands of Nigerians have fled to northern Cameroon in fear of…

first_imgAt least 45,000 Nigerians are now living as refugees. After a series of attacks by Boko Haram, families have sought safety in camps in northern Cameroon. CCTV’s Kathryn Ogunde has more.last_img

Klopp demands Liverpool produce unique display against Napoli

first_imgLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp has called on Liverpool to produce “something special” when they face Napoli in a do-or-die Champions League showdown on Tuesday.Klopp’s side must beat Napoli at Anfield to stand any chance of progressing from their group into the knockout stages.A 1-0 victory or any two-goal win will see the Reds through.Liverpool have a long history of success on big European nights on their own ground, dating all the way back to the memorable European Cup quarter-final win over Saint-Etienne in 1977 that kick-started their continental reign.That gives Klopp hope as he prepares to face a major test against Napoli, who are second in Serie A and unbeaten in Champions League Group C, having defeated Liverpool 1-0 when they met in Italy in October.The Italian side have continued to look strong despite losing manager Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea in July, with Carlo Ancelotti taking over and Klopp knows Liverpool will have to produce one of their most dominant displays to advance.“We really need to make sure we are ready for Napoli. It’s difficult to come in after a successful coach such as Sarri and make changes but they are so good,” Klopp told reporters on Monday.“We know the result we need, and it’s difficult because Napoli are dangerous on the counter attack and good defending.“They are a typical Italian team. But if something special is possible, then it’s here, and we will try that.”Liverpool go into Tuesday’s match in good spirits, having gone top of the Premier League on Saturday when they won 4-0 at Bournemouth and previous leaders Manchester City lost 2-0 at Chelsea.Klopp, however, is certain that his players will not get carried away, either in the Premier League or in Europe, given the defeats they have suffered in their group this season.– Confident –“We will not get carried away. We know how difficult it is,” he said. “We are not the most experienced side but we know our way and which way we will go all the time.“The league is not important at the moment because tomorrow we play Napoli. We were confident before the away games in Napoli and Belgrade, and that didn’t help.”Klopp, meanwhile, has commended former Liverpool player Raheem Sterling for the way he dealt with alleged racist abuse directed towards him while playing for Manchester City at Chelsea on Saturday.Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police are investigating the allegations after a video was posted on social media that showed the England winger being shouted at by Chelsea fans as he collected the ball behind the goal.On Sunday, Sterling published a post on Instagram saying that British newspapers are helping to “fuel racism” because of the way they portray young black footballers.He also wrote in the post that he “had to laugh” when he heard the alleged racist remarks during the game because he expects “no better”.“I watched the game and I think I saw the situation when he went for the corner and I saw a few guys shouting,” he said.“I didn’t hear, I’m not sure if it was possible to hear what they shouted, but I already thought his reaction was just brilliant.“You saw his face. He gave the right response, not to react for these people.“They don’t deserve any reaction, they don’t deserve any respect.“I am obviously not surprised that things like this still happen but I like the fact that we put the finger on it and say: ‘You cannot say what you want, it is not possible.’”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Clairton wins 3rd straight title with 35-19 win

first_imgThe victory was the 47th straight for Clairton, the longest active high school football winning streak in the nation.Clairton finished the season 16-0 for the second straight season. The Bears lost their season-opening game in 2009 to Laurel, but won the remaining 15 games that season.Southern Columbia, which won a PIAA record five straight Class A championship games from 2002 through 2006, finished its season at 14-2.Webb opened the scoring with an 88-yard pass from Thompson — a PIAA Class A championship game record — just one play after a Southern Columbia punt with 3:55 to play in the first quarter.The play ignited a scoring battle between the two teams, which have nine PIAA Class A football championships between them. Southern Columbia made it 8-6 on a 5-yard run by Tyler Levan at the 5:57 mark of the second quarter, but Webb responded with 65-yard score from Thompson exactly one minute later.Southern Columbia closed to 14-12 on the first of two scores by Matt Moore, a 5-yard run with 1:47 to play. But a 55-yard run by Boyd to the Southern Columbia 1 set up a 1-yard score by Reuben Kelley with 29 seconds left in the half.That enabled Clairton to carry a 21-12 lead into the half.Southern Columbia closed to two points, 21-19, on Moore’s 5-yard pass from quarterback Brad Fegley on the final play of the third quarter. But Boyd’s scoring runs of 78 and 68 yards in the game’s final six minutes secured Clairton’s victory.“The coaches just wanted me to make a play, and the ball was coming my way,” said Boyd. “(Southern Columbia) is a lot like us, coming in undefeated with all of these state championships. But we wanted them to know we weren’t intimidated by their success.”Clairton compiled 436 yards of offense, including 218 yards rushing on 14 carries by Boyd, a junior. Thompson was 4 of 9 passing for 165 yards.The Clairton defense sacked Fegley eight times for 55 yards.Moore rushed 16 times for 136 yards for Southern Columbia.“This is obviously devastating for our kids,” Southern Columbia head coach Jim Roth said. “But (Clairton) is a very talented team. I’m proud of the way we matched their level of play for most of the game.” STATE CHAMPIONS—Clairton players celebrate with the trophy along with an oversized chocolate bar after defeating Southern Columbia 35-19 in the PIAA Class A high school state football championship game, Dec. 16, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) HERSHEY, Pa. (AP)—Two long touchdown passes from Capri Thompson to Terrish Webb and two late touchdown runs by Tyler Boyd led Clairton High School to its third straight PIAA Class A football championship Dec. 16 with a 35-19 triumph over Southern Columbia at Hersheypark Stadium.last_img read more