Trump, US race violence leave Trudeau at loss for words

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared at a loss for words Tuesday, pausing for 20 seconds when pressed for this thoughts on US President Donald Trump’s threat of military mobilization against violent US protests.”We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States,” he said finally.Now “is a time to listen, it is a time to pull people together and a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades,” he added. Trudeau was responding to a CBC reporter who also asked the prime minister for his views on police using tear gas to clear protesters from outside the White House so Trump could pose for photographs at a nearby church damaged during civil unrest, and why Trudeau at times seemed reluctant to criticize Trump.Usually quick on his feet, Trudeau’s pregnant pause during his daily COVID-19 briefing, televised live nationwide, spoke loudly.The two leaders have had a rocky relationship since Trump walked out of a G7 summit in Quebec in June 2018, but they appeared to have mended fences last year at the conclusion of North American free trade negotiations.As he has done in recent days, Trudeau chose to focus on Canada in his answer and reaffirmed that there was still a lot to do to fight racism in this country.  He also cautioned against drawing comparisons between Canada and the United States, or concluding “that we are much better here.””Canadians [must] recognize that we too have our challenges, that black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day,” he said.”We need to see that not just as a government and take action, but we need to see that as Canadians. We need to be allies in the fight against discrimination.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Football: What ‘Being a Badger’ means to graduating seniors

first_imgIn a 2018 study conducted by the NCAA to find the estimated probability of competing in professional athletics, it was found merely 1.6% of all Division I football players in the United States have the chance to make it to the NFL. Even for a football program as successful as Wisconsin’s, many Badgers will enter into post-college life as something other than a professional athlete. Many media personalities, bloggers or reporters will use this statistic to boost their claim that student athletes should be compensated for their play. The harsh reality of this realization is the vast majority — approximately 99.4 percent — of Division I and II football players will not be able to pursue a career in the sport they love and have committed countless hours to. Football: 2020 recruiting class best for Badgers since 2001While Wisconsin has been one of the most dominant teams in college football over the past ten years, their biggest Read…The University of Wisconsin boasts one of the top football programs in the nation, yet this harrowing statistic is still true even in Madison. While players such as Jonathan Taylor, Zach Baun and Tyler Biadasz have begun to look to the National Football League for their career prospects, many other Badger seniors have begun to construct their future lives outside of the two white lines. In a number of heartfelt tweets posted to Wisconsin football’s Twitter account Dec. 13, the program took time to recognize their many unsung heroes who have propelled Wisconsin to the forefront of the college football world within the past four years. One of these players, offensive lineman David Moorman, earned Academic All Big-Ten Honors in both 2016 and 2018. The Northville, Michigan native is majoring in Communication Arts and is going to pursue a career in software sales. When asked him how being a Badger has shaped him, Moorman looked back very fondly on his experience as a Badger and praised both the professional and personal skills these past four years have given him. “Being a Badger has not only made me a better person, but has also taught me skills like resiliency, toughness, and most importantly how to be a good teammate and friend,” Moorman declared. What Moorman honed in on is an idea many casual fans of college athletics are completely unaware of. Specifically, the immense levels of discipline and organization required to excel in college athletics as well as furthering one’s education. Not only does a student athlete have to be in peak physical and mental shape to perform on game day, but they also must remain eligible by maintaining good grades within the classroom. Football: How 2020 Badgers need to build off 2019 successThe 2019 University of Wisconsin football team finished their year off with a bad taste in their mouth after losing Read…Another senior who relayed a very similar sentiment to Moorman’s is David Pfaff, a six-foot-two defensive end from Mequon, Wisconsin. After UW, Pfaff plans on working in the nonprofit sector for organizations such as Team Rubicon or American Family Insurance. “Being a Badger has shown me how much I can endure and challenge myself,” the Homestead High School alumni said. “It has taught me how to be a better man, friend, brother, and teammate. Most importantly, it has shown me the same love that I have given it these past five years.”Another member of the 2019 graduating class of Badgers is safety Eric Burrell, whose solid season filled the holes sophomore Scott Nelson left when he announced his season-ending leg injury earlier this year. Burrell was a crucial member of the Badger defense who ranked as one of the top in the nation. The Severn, Maryland native recorded 34 solo tackles, two forced fumbles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups in his final season with the Badgers. Burrell, who is a personal finance major, plans on attending graduate school at UW in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Program. “Being a Badger has shown me how to create lasting, meaningful relationships,” Burrell said. “The people I have met here will continue to be in my life long after I leave Madison. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be a Badger!”Football: Look at Jonathan Taylor’s draft stock before NFL DraftRunning back Jonathan Taylor has been a crucial piece of Wisconsin’s offense for the past three seasons, making the decision Read…There is little doubt each player mentioned is an incredibly talented football player. Simply making it on and contributing to the Badgers is an extremely impressive feat to have accomplished. Yet, not everyone will make it to the league. Instead, many will build upon their experience as a Badger both in the classroom and on the field to make a positive impact on their communities. No matter what the graduating seniors plan on doing with their future careers, it is quite clear the time they spent in Madison shaped them into becoming the best person they could possibly be, both personally and professionally. The memories and lessons they learned here will last them a lifetime, and the state of Wisconsin and Badger fans worldwide thank them for the many exciting moments they have delivered to them over the past three years.last_img read more

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Mandzukic fires Juventus into Champions League last 16

first_imgTurin, Italy | AFP | Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal as Juventus eased into the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Valencia in their Group H clash.Cristiano Ronaldo provided the assist that allowed the Croatian to tap in just before the hour mark in Turin.The win for the Italian champions, who only needed a point to ensure qualification, combined with Manchester United snatching a late 1-0 win over Young Boys at Old Trafford means Valencia crash out of the competition.Massimiliano Allegri’s side will now have to wait to see whether they top the group when they play their final group game mid-December in Bern against Young Boys.Juventus have 12 points from five games with Manchester United on ten.“We’ve grown from last year,” said Allegri, whose side were knocked out in the quarter-finals last year by Real Madrid.“We have become faster in playing the ball, then of course, there is Cristiano Ronaldo … but we made some mistakes and we did not get a second goal, we have to improve.“Ronaldo gives us a sense of security and confidence, but the team is essentially the same as last season.”Ronaldo came out firing on all cylinders after his controversial red card during his first Champions League game for Juventus in Valencia back in September, which Allegri’s side still won 2-0.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was in top form in the Allianz Stadium with chances in the first three minutes, including a powerful drive straight at Valencia’s Brazilian goalkeeper Neto. Juventus controlled the game with Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi masters of the midfield with Dybala up front flanked by Ronaldo and Mandzukic.Miralem Pjanic and Giorgio Chiellini had penalty calls waved aside, with Ronaldo again skimming the post after 25 minutes.A clever Leonardo Bonucci backheel flip was picked up by Joao Cancelo whose curling effort flew past the post to the frustration of Ronaldo who had been position for the pass.However the hosts could thank goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for going into the break 0-0 when his one-handed save stopped Mouctar Diakhaby’s searing header.Juventus piled on the pressure after the break with Neto denying Ronaldo from a free-kick.But Mandzukic broke through in the 59th minute as Ronaldo shook off Gabriel with some fancy footwork and flashed a low shot across the face of goal that found the Croatian forward, who just had to finish off.Valencia thought they had scored two minutes later but Diakhaby’s header was ruled out and the defender penalised for handball.The Spaniards could thank Neto for limiting the damage, clearing a curling Dybala shot and a late Ronaldo header.“We should have been sharper going for the second goal,” said Allegri.“Valencia proved they are in good shape, have the best defence in La Liga and it’s not easy to score against them.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Courier All City Sports Awards Luncheon adds Track & Field Stars

first_imgCLEARING THE BAR—Will Graham of Allderdice cleared the High Jump bar at 6’ 5” to win the event. Graham also won the Triple Jump. The annual Luncheon will take place at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, located at 7310 Frankstown Ave. in the Homewood section of the city. More than 100 boys and girls athletes will be honored for football and basketball, in addition to the new Track and Field category.Perry seniors Greg McGhee and Ray Taylor will be honored as the Offensive and Defensive MVPs of City League football. Bill Gallagher garnered Coach of the Year honors for the 2011 champion Commodores.Allderdice swept the boys and girls titles in basketball; thus, they took the Most Valuable Player awards, as well. Junior guard Justin Dobbs topped the boys’ list and Senior Janay Bottoms will represent the girls.Carrick’s Walt Malinski ousted the coaches of the top two programs in the City League as the top vote getter for the boys basketball Coach of the Year honors. As for the girls, there is an even split for top honors, as Westinghouse’s Phyllis Jones and Allderdice’s Dave Walchesky were named Co-Coaches of the Year.This year’s keynote speaker will be former Pitt Basketball star Jason Matthews. He distinguished himself on the court from 1987-91 as the all-time leading three-point scorer (259) and led the Panthers in three-point percentage (.457). He is now an entrepreneur in several ventures around Pittsburgh.Charles Sanders Charities is the Platinum (Presenting) Sponsor for this year’s event. Other sponsors include H. J. Heinz Co., Trolley Station Oral History Center and Jim Rice Enterprises (McDonald’s).Tickets for the event are priced at $25 for the guests and family members of the athletes. To make reservations, contact 412-481-8302 ext. 136. by Malik VincentThe New Pittsburgh Courier has added something new this year to it’s 2011 All-City Awards Luncheon. The June 4 event will now include and honor all of the winners of the City League Track and Field championships that were held on May 14.Schenley swept the boys and girls overall titles this year led by Elizabeth Rose, Kaleah Rose, and DeAndre Black who combined to win eight events for the Spartans.last_img read more

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