Concern about the fate of four cyberdissidents two months after their arrest

first_img Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the fate of four cyberdissidents who were arrested on 13 August 2004 when police broke up a demonstration. Mohamed Zaki, Ahmad Didi, Fathimath Nisreen and Naushad Waheed are being held in conditions described as “inhumane” by the Maldives human rights commission. Receive email alerts October 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about the fate of four cyberdissidents two months after their arrest Organisation RSF_en July 15, 2020 Find out more September 12, 2018 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Reporters Without Borders expressed concern about four cyberdissidents who were arrested on 13 August 2004 as police broke up a pro-democracy demonstration.The worldwide press freedom organisation said it was especially worried about their prison conditions and called for their immediate release.Those who were arrested were: Mohamed Zaki, Ahmad Didi, Fathimath Nisreen and Naushad Waheed.The organisation also called on the European Commission to put into effect a resolution passed by the parliament in mid-September on freezing all financial aid to the Maldives.”President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom continues to rely on hypocrisy in his dealings with the international community. He has indeed just lifted the state of emergency, but most of the demonstrators who were arrested on 13 August are still being held.””We particularly fear for the life of Ahmad Didi, who is currently in the emergency room of the government hospital” in the capital Malé, said Reporters Without Borders.Didi, who suffers from heart problems, is reportedly in a critical condition. He has been beaten several times and was held in solitary confinement at Dhoonidhoo prison. His wife has been able to visit him only once and in the presence of police officers.Fathimath Nisreen is also imprisoned in Dhoonidhoo. Her mother, the only person who has been allowed to see her, said that she had been ill-treated but declined to give any further details.Mohamed Zaki was put under house arrest on 6 October after spending a month at Maafushi prison and several weeks in hospital. Naushad Waheed was initially held at Malé police station but then transferred to Dhoonidhoo.The official Maldives human rights commission has said after visiting them that the prisoners ‘treatment was “inhumane” and their families say they have been unable able to find any lawyers prepared to defend them. The state of emergency declared after the demonstrations was only lifted on 10 October, under pressure from US and European delegations. Nevertheless, the European Commission has until now refused to apply sanctions recommended by the parliament – freezing of all aid and putting out a warning about the situation to tourists planning to visit the archipelago.Several thousand demonstrators gathered in the capital on the evening of 12 August to call for democratic reform. The peaceful demonstration was brutally suppressed the following day on the orders of President Gayoom. He also ordered a curfew and cut Internet access throughout the archipelago for two days. The four cyberdissidents, who had been placed under house arrest shortly beforehand, nevertheless managed to take part in the demonstration.The regime of President Gayoom is one of the world’s most repressive countries in terms of press freedom both on the Internet and for traditional media. British firm Cable & Wireless manages the Internet service on the archipelago.Mohamed Zaki, Ahmad Didi, Ibrahim Lutfy and his assistant Fathimath Nisreen were arrested in January 2002, for their work on Sandhaanu, an email news bulletin that exposed human rights abuses and corruption in the Maldives.They were charged with “defamation” and “attempting to overthrow the government”. Zaki, Lutfy and Didi were sentenced to life imprisonment on 7 July 2002. Fathimath Nisreen, who was only 22 at the time of the trial, was sentenced to ten years. Lutfy managed to escape from prison on 24 May 2003 and now lives in Switzerland.The painter and political dissident Naushad Waheed was also arrested on 9 December 2001, for sending an email to Amnesty International. He was sentenced on 12 October 2002 to 15 years in prison pour committing “an anti-government act”. He has been tortured on several occasions. MaldivesAsia – Pacific Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist Follow the news on Maldives News News News to go further MaldivesAsia – Pacific April 23, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

GOL Takes Anti- Corruption Fight Seriously

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) of Government’s continuous support in carrying out its work.Speaking last Thursday at a Partners’ Round-Table Discussion hosted by the LACC, President Sirleaf said corruption has continued to undermine national development and   impoverish its citizens. She noted that the Government of Liberia takes the fight against corruption seriously and would do everything possible to facilitate the work of the LACC.The president then called on partners, foreign governments and financial institutions to continue to fulfill their commitment to the LACC so as to help the Commission achieve its mandate.The Partners’ Round-Table Discussion was intended to look at the three-year Strategic Plan of the LACC as a way of mobilizing necessary assistance for its implementation.Also making remarks at the occasion, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, Madam Karin Landgren and the Head of Delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Tiina INTELMANN pledged the support of their organizations to the work of the LACC in helping it realize its goal. Earlier, the Commission’s Executive Chairperson, Cllr. James N. Verdier Jr. highlighted progress made by the institution in the areas of education and prevention as well as investigation and prosecution.  He however spoke about challenges facing the LACC, particularly the absence of some laws intended to strengthen its work and inadequate funding to recruit more investigators and set up regional offices. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberal Bias Detected in Science Media

first_imgIncredible as it sounds, the science news media seem to have a liberal bias.  This is astonishing, considering the vast majority of science professors in academia are Democrats (12,02/2004, 12/5/2010).  The following examples illustrate this trend that came to light around 1859.Nature against abstinence:  Last month, the editors of Nature (480, 22 December 2011, p. 413, doi:10.1038/480413a), excoriated President Obama for backtracking on his promise to bring more “integrity” to science (meaning, acquiescing to the views of the scientific establishment).  What, in particular, were they complaining about?  They were appalled that he would cave in to pressure from conservatives to backtrack on plans to distribute the “morning after” pill to schoolgirls under 17.  “It certainly is inconvenient, on the cusp of an election year, in what is at heart a deeply conservative country, to acknowledge that young adolescents can and do have sex, and that they may not have thought out the potential consequences in advance,” they wrote.  “So inconvenient, apparently, that the work of the scientists, who spent long hours weighing risks and benefits for the public good, must be thrown under a bus.”  The views of many conservatives against the pill as a form of abortion without parental knowledge did not appear relevant to the editors.NCSE goes climatic:  The news media uniformly supported the NCSE’s decision to add climate skeptics to their targets, along with evolution skeptics.  New Scientist portrayed Eugenie Scott’s organization that fights for Darwin-only education as “US science education advocates,” ignoring the fact that Scott has not only interfered with the voice of the people through their legislatures for years, but has also praised the institutions that have destroyed careers of evolution skeptics.  Nature News, naturally, gave Scott good press, noting her “reputation for doggedly defending the teaching of evolution in US classrooms,” and portraying the NCSE decision to “expand its mandate to include the politically charged issue of global warming.”  Where she got that “mandate” was not stated; the NCSE is a private organization whose agenda has never been voted on by the public affected by her actions (primarily conservatives and evolution skeptics).Huffington Post:  What’s a science news site doing reporting a decision by the Huffington Post, the anti-conservative website, to go French?  PhysOrg did not warn its readers about the political bias of Arianna Huffington.  It only called her a “US socialite blogger” who has become an “Internet multimillionaire” for her “gossipy mix of celebrity, political and lifestyle stories”.  If anyone has an example of a science news site celebrating the success of a conservative enterprise in such glowing terms, it would be an interesting search.Defending corruption:  Last month, PhysOrg told about a psychologist who wrote a paper about “Why do people defend unjust, inept, and corrupt systems?” The examples provided were about alleged failings during the Bush administration, with liberal slant evident on positions about government funding for education and fair salaries between the sexes.  Psychologist Aaron C. Kay of Duke University got a one-way megaphone to portray those not wanting “social change” as victims of irrational, psychological forces.Sicko evolution skeptics:  PhysOrg gave its microphone to David Haury at Ohio State, who has a patronizing view of evolution skeptics as hapless pawns of gut feelings instead of rationality.  “Research in neuroscience has shown that when there’s a conflict between facts and feeling in the brain, feeling wins,” he opined, speaking of those who have not yet gained the enlightenment that leads to “acceptance of evolution.”  Strangely, he did not consider the power of gut feelings to influence his own beliefs about evolution.  Looking at students as his lab rats, he proposed ways to overcome their brutish beliefs with more nuanced methods that might trick their guts into accommodating the “greater knowledge of evolutionary facts” available.  This “researcher” was empowered to promote his views with funding from the National Science Foundation.Sicko people of faith:  “Are religious people better adjusted psychologically?” Medical Xpress asks, expecting a “no” answer.  Once again, “psychological research” was granted uncritical authority to weigh in on the question.  Some German researchers noted that many previous studies seemed to indicate that faith is good for one’s sense of well-being – but now, the but  – “On average, believers only got the psychological benefits of being religious if they lived in a country that values religiosity.” This according to their “new study” published in Psychological Science.  “In countries where most people aren’t religious, religious people didn’t have higher self-esteem.” This assumes that people embrace their faith only for what they can get out of it.  It also assumes their highest value is self-esteem.  If self-esteem happens to be low on the priority list among the millions of persecuted believers around the world, many who have been willing to die for their faith, these psychological experts did not seem to be aware of it or concerned about it.Undermining traditional values:  It is well known that conservatives support traditional marriage and abstinence from sex outside marriage.  They don’t get very good press among science reporters, who seem to be on a campaign to portray alternative lifestyles as blessed by science.  Some recent examples:“Same-sex marriage laws reduce doctor visits and health care costs for gay men,” reported Medical Xpress.  “Gay men are able to lead healthier, less stress-filled lives when states offer legal protections to same-sex couples, according to a new study,” the article continued, begging the question whether a stress-free life is the arbiter of morality.  An assumed expert from Columbia got this statement in: “These findings suggest that marriage equality may produce broad public health benefits by reducing the occurrence of stress-related health conditions in gay and bisexual men.”  What does “marriage equality” imply?“Study finds few well-being advantages to marriage over cohabitation,” reported PhysOrg this week.  Well; if a “study finds” this, that settles it; traditional marriage has no legs.  Again, a psychologist got to state a strong anti-conservative viewpoint without any conservative rebuttal, saying, “our research shows that marriage is by no means unique in promoting well-being and that other forms of romantic relationships can provide many of the same benefits.”  Readers were not warned that this amounts to pragmatism – the end justifies the means – a philosophy, not a science.  It also presumes that societal decisions about marriage are to be made entirely on the well-being of those choosing to engage in “other forms of romantic relationships,” while ignoring the well-being of children, family members and society as a whole – points conservatives would undoubtedly rush to express, had they the reporters’ ear.Pushing cohabitation:  Live Science was even more militant in its coverage, calling the study on the blessings of cohabitation “extremely valuable.”  Experts were quoted describing those holding to traditional marriage as having “an extremely naïve view.”  Marriage was portrayed as passé.  With no hint of desire for balanced reporting (such as giving time to the Family Research Council or Focus on the Family), the article ended, incredibly, with blatant advocacy: “Pass it on: Cohabitation may be just as good as marriage in promoting happiness and well-being” (italics theirs).Get thee to a nunnery:  Imagine the impact on traditional Catholics of this headline on Live Science: “Catholic Church Should Offer Nuns the Pill, Researchers Say.”  Well, if “researchers” say it, the Vatican should genuflect. With no attempt at getting the Church’s response to a “study” by two Australian “researchers” speaking with the imprimatur of science, the article ended with this promotion: “Pass it on: The pill may reduce the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer in nuns, researchers argue” (italics theirs).Many scientists and science reporters, as these examples show, betray a liberal bias.  Let us count the ways: (1) never giving equal time or emphasis to conservatives, (2) portraying conservative viewpoints, if even acknowledged, as out of step with the times, (3) portraying conservatives (especially those of religious faith) as irrational pawns of psychological urges, (4) using loaded words, (5) employing unargued assumptions embedded in suggestive euphemisms (like “marriage equality”), (6) assuming that “researchers” are infallible, (7) assuming that any scientific “study” is authoritative, (8) rushing to sanctify the liberal viewpoint with the authority of “science,” (9) considering all sciences, including psychology, as equally authoritative, and (10) never dealing with thorny issues of philosophy of science – i.e., what science is capable of knowing, proving, or preaching.We welcome readers to rebut this evidence of liberal bias among scientists and science reporters with counter-examples.  Good luck.Exercise:  Choose one of the stories above and report it in a politically-neutral way as best you can.  Search for any verifiable, observational evidence; strip out any interpretational bias, then recast the story in a scientifically neutral way, allowing both liberal and conservative interpretations to be expressed without favoritism.   Follow-up discussion:  How would Darwinism and “climate change” fare if reporters did balanced reporting?(Visited 105 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Azkals draw Yemen, stay unbeaten in AFC Asian Cup qualifier

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – It was a bittersweet homecoming for national team veterans Phil and James Younghusband last Tuesday night. Returning to the stadium where they represented the Philippines for the first time as teenagers, the Younghusband brothers scored a goal each to salvage a 2-2 draw against Yemen in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying here. ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa But Yemen always proved dangerous on the break and the visitors pulled ahead again in the 55th minute with a well worked counter attack completed by Abdul Al-Matari. James snatched another equalizer with a header off a Manny Ott delivery in the 71st minute as the Azkals grabbed a share of the points. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments UP appeals to overturn UAAP ruling on Ouattara’s eligibility LATEST STORIES For all the talk on their struggles of traveling and finding difficulty with the weather conditions here, the Yemenis looked likely to score each time they counter. “We’re satisfied with the result considering the difficult conditions of playing here,” said Yemen coach Abrham Mebratu. “Traveling here was tough and I have to give my players credit for fighting hard until the final whistle. We would have loved to get three points and take top spot in the group, but the Philippines also showed why it is one of the top teams in the group. We’re happy with our position now and we can be proud with the performance because the players have not played in this kind of weather.”The Azkals increased their haul to seven points from three matches for top spot in the group with Yemen two points behind. The two sides face off anew in Doha on Oct 10.Mudir Al Radaei gave Yemen a shock lead in the 27th minute with a diving header off a corner kick, stunning the crowd atPanaad. But Phil levelled three minutes later with a trademark free kick, scoring from 30 yards out – a goal similar to his strike against Tajikistan last June and Indonesia last December in the Suzuki Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ The result at Panaad Stadium was enough to keep the Azkals on top of Group F, although the Filipinos feel slightly disappointed not to make the most of home advantage against a team that had a difficult time reaching this football-loving city. “We’re a bit disappointed not to get three points, but the team fought hard until the end,” said Phil Younghusband who jacked up his tally to 47 international goals. “We can still take a lot of positives from this game. We’re still top of the group and hopefully get a better result next time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m happy with the 2-2 and being in first place in the group,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We didn’t get three points but a point is still good. The players gave their all.”Phil equalized with an exquisite free kick in the first half, before James made sure there was no heartbreak for the Azkals with a second half header. last_img read more

Martina Hingis to retire again after WTA Finals

first_imgFILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, kisses the women’s doubles championship trophy next to partner Chan Yung-Jan, of Taiwan, not pictured, after beating Katerina Siniakova, of Czech Republic, and Lucie Hradecka, of the Czech Republic, in the women’s doubles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Martina Hingis announced Thursday, Oct. 26 that she will retire from tennis for the third time in her career at the end of the ongoing WTA Finals. The Swiss initially confirmed the news on Twitter and Facebook after winning her quarterfinal doubles match.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)SINGAPORE — Martina Hingis announced Thursday that she will retire from tennis for the third time in her career at the end of the ongoing WTA Finals.The Swiss initially confirmed the news on Twitter and Facebook after winning her quarterfinal doubles match. The top-seeded pair, Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan of Taipei, defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In 2013, Hingis returned to tennis as a doubles-only player. She won 10 of her Grand Slam doubles titles since coming out of retirement in 2013.“I’m looking forward to the things ahead of me, and tennis will always be a part of my life,” Hingis said, adding that “the travel will definitely be one thing I won’t miss anymore.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 This year, Hingis has won nine women’s doubles titles, including the U.S. Open with Chan. She also won the Wimbledon and U.S. Open mixed doubles trophies with Jamie Murray.Hingis won last year’s WTA Finals doubles title with Sania Mirza of India.Hingis first walked away from tennis in 2003 because of injuries.She returned to the sport in 2006, but after testing positive for cocaine during the 2007 Wimbledon tournament she left the game again. Despite having already retired, in 2008 she was sentenced to a two-year ban from tennis for the positive drug test.“The previous times (I retired) I always had things in the back of my head that I might be able to, singles and then doubles, might be able to do that,” Hingis said. “I think now it’s definite. Before I was thinking I might come back.”ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES “I told Latisha (Chan) from the start (of the year), ‘Hey this will probably be my last year,” Hingis said. “Probably people think after a season like this (to continue) but I think it’s perfect timing because you want to stop on top.”“I couldn’t ask for a better finish.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 37-year-old Hingis amassed five Grand Slam singles titles, 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, and seven Grand Slam mixed doubles titles during her stop-start career.Overall, she has won 43 singles and 64 doubles titles, and was one of six players to hold the No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles at the same time in her career. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Coach Luke Walton: It ‘would be silly’ to tinker with Lonzo Ball’s shooting stylelast_img read more

Tim Cone sees his former players in Tey Teodoro: ‘He just caught my eye’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “There’s a little bit of pressure because I didn’t expect that I would have this kind of performance,” said Teodoro. “Right now I’m just thinking of putting numbers in quality minutes.” Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel PLAY LIST 02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:22Sotto to Albayalde: Implement dismissal order vs Pampanga ‘ninja cops’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “He plays with a kind of Johnny Abarrientos type personality where nothing rattles him,” said Cone. “I’ve been watching him since he was with JRU and I saw him in a couple of games with JRU and I was impressed. Then, I saw him in the Maharlika league two or three times where he was just completely dominating.”Cone also likened Teodoro to his former players Poch Juinio and Merwin Castelo, whom he drafted fifth and sixth overall in the 1994 PBA Rookie Draft, and also Phoenix forward Alex Mallari.“He just caught my eye. I remember Merwin Castelo was a guy that caught my eye and Poch Juinio was a guy who caught my eye, guys that in the past that I just get kind of enamored with. Alex Mallari was another guy when I first watched him play,” said Cone.“Teytey is one of those guys who just caught my eye so I’ve followed him ever since thinking that he would fit in with what we do,” added Cone.As for Teodoro, the kind words Cone said about him are going to be added source of motivation as he tries to make a name for himself in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Teodoro scored four points in seven minutes of play in the Gin Kings’ 90-79 win and he was surprised head coach Tim Cone already trusted him to play in the team’s first game of the season.“I was super happy because this is just our first game and I’m already playing,” said Teodoro, who checked in late in the first quarter, in Filipino. “I never expected that I would enter the game that early.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was surprised but I kept myself ready because I’m always watching their games and whatever plays they ran. And I think being a fan helped me,” added Teodoro.Cone said that he saw big things in Teodoro despite the husky guard failing to earn a contract with Columbian—the original team that drafted him in the third round of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft. View comments LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Read Next MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Tey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Teytey Teodoro’s basketball  has come full circle.From watching Barangay Ginebra as a fan, the gunner out of Jose Rizal University, eventually donned the Gin Kings colors and got his own moment under the limelight in the PBA season opener against TNT Sunday at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Undersized TNT makes most of it has vs Ginebra giants in loss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Surging Rangers Clout Columbus, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Rangers keep on winning, even without Henrik Lundqvist. They are just using different methods without their No. 1 goalie.Martin St. Louis scored two goals and added one in the shootout for the Rangers, who blew a three-goal lead but won for the ninth time in 12 games by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in a shootout on Feb. 22.“We talk all the time about trying to find ways,” St. Louis said of the Rangers, 3-5 in shootouts. “Obviously, up three goals, it’s not the way you are trying to get two points. We should have pulled away and closed it out.”Cam Talbot had been 0-2 in shootouts this season, having allowed four goals on five shots before stopping two of three against Columbus.“We don’t want to give up any points to the other teams, but to get a win in the shootout was big for us,” said Talbot, who lost in the tiebreaker to Vancouver on9. “The guys bailed me out huge.”St. Louis scored in the first and second periods as he appears to have broken out of his slump. After going 15 games without a goal, the veteran forward has four goals and two assists in the past four games.Kevin Hayes added a goal in the first, Derek Stepan had two assists, and Talbot made 27 saves for the Rangers, 9-1-2 in their past 12. St. Louis scored in the first round of the shootout, and Rick Nash had a third-round goal. Talbot then poked the puck away from Cam Atkinson to seal it.“They’re a very hardworking team and they’re never going to give up,” said Talbot, 6-1-2 since Lundqvist’s injury. “Even though we got a good lead on them in the beginning of the second, you can never let a team like that back in the game.”The Rangers are only two points behind the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders. They are well aware of their position, they just aren’t dwelling on it.“We’ve got the standings up in the dressing room, so it’s hard not to see it,” Nash said. “We’re worried about ourselves, worried about our game and our process and our game plan.”Defenseman David Savard forced overtime by scoring the tying goal — his ninth overall this season — with 4:19 left in regulation on a shot that deflected in off Talbot’s stick.Marko Dano and Artem Anisimov had second-period goals for Columbus, which went 2-2-1 on a five-game trip. Curtis McElhinney stopped 34 shots through overtime.Columbus fell behind 3-0 just 1:24 into the second period on St. Louis’ second of the game, but needed only 53 seconds more to begin its comeback.St. Louis slammed in a pass from defenseman Ryan McDonagh at the right post for his 18th goal. The Blue Jackets then got within 3-1 when Dano netted his second of the season and first in four games since returning from the minor leagues.Columbus made it a one-goal game with 1:49 left in the second as Anisimov jammed the puck inside the right post. His fourth of the season was upheld by video review. Anisimov, who scored in each of the first two games this season, has two goals in the past six games.Talbot, who had started eight straight games in place of the injured Lundqvist before getting a rest in New York’s 3-1 win at Buffalo on Feb. 20, was tested early.He denied Anisimov, after the former Rangers forward got behind the defense 2:15 in, and then stopped a deflected drive by Alexander Wennberg just under a minute later during a power play.The Rangers then jumped out to a 2-0 lead.Hayes got it started with help from Carl Hagelin, who made a strong play to keep the puck in at the blue line. Hagelin chipped it to Hayes, who wristed in a rising shot from the high slot at 5:57 for his 11th goal.St. Louis doubled the lead at 8:06 when he was left alone at the left post. Stepan carried the puck behind the Columbus net and found his linemate unguarded for a stuff shot.“Not a great start, not a great first period, but still we found a way to work back into it with two great periods by the guys,” McElhinney said. “That’s a really good sign. It’s something to be proud of.“Of course you want two, but down 3-0 on the road, to fly home with a point, that’s not so bad.”(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yanks End Skid, Beat O’s, 7-0

first_imgBALTIMORE — For a change, the New York Yankees did just about everything right.Mired in last place and riding a six-game losing streak, New York got a sharp outing from CC Sabathia in a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on May 4.Sabathia kept the Orioles in check over seven innings to help the Yankees improve to 9-16 and avoid their worst skid since April 2007. The left-hander was backed by a defense that turned three double plays, and he received ample support from New York’s sputtering bats.Playing in his 1,000th major league game, Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-3 with two walks and Brian McCann drove in three runs for a lineup that started the day tied for last in the AL in runs.“We had some tough losses, and to be able to come out here tonight and get a win and score some runs felt good,” Sabathia said. “We needed a win. It’s been a tough start to the season for us, so hopefully we’ll get on a little roll now.”Sabathia (2-2) turned in his best performance of the year at a time when New York desperately needed a victory. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out six.After giving up three runs in each of his first four starts, the 35-year-old Sabathia craftily used a variety of off-speed pitches to earn his first win in nine tries at Camden Yards since 2011. “The change-up was good, the two-seamer was good,” he said. “It was just making pitches when I need to.”Sabathia retired the side in order only once — in his final inning — but permitted just one runner past second base.“His velocity is obviously not where it used to be, but he knows how to pitch,” Orioles slugger Chris Davis said. “You don’t stay in this game that long not knowing how to pitch.”Sabathia outdid Tyler Wilson (1-1), who took a one-hitter into the sixth before the Yankees took a 3-0 lead.New York added four runs in the eighth against the Baltimore bullpen. “Something like this can get a team going,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “Hopefully it does.”Ellsbury opened the game with a double and was thrown out trying to score on a grounder. His one-out single in the sixth, however, ignited the uprising that brought the Yankees out of their ugly slide.Ellsbury stole second, advanced to third on a single by Brett Gardner and scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Beltran. McCann followed with a two-out RBI single, and another run scored on a throwing error by Wilson.McCann’s two-run double was the big hit in the eighth.Before the game, the Yankees put designated hitter Alex Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Despite a .194 batting average, A-Rod started the day tied for the team lead with 12 RBIs.That’s a tough loss for a struggling offense. In this game, however, one run was enough.Despite allowing a hit in each of the first five innings, Sabathia kept the game scoreless. After Baltimore put runners on the corners with one out in the fifth, he struck out rookie Joey Rickard and retired Manny Machado on a liner to center.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

24 days agoEx-Inter Milan striker Eto’o: Balotelli gave us only 10% of what he can do

first_imgEx-Inter Milan striker Eto’o: Balotelli gave us only 10% of what he can doby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o says Mario Balotelli could’ve been a worldbeater.Eto’o was still with Inter as Balotelli, now with Brescia, was breaking through as a teenager.He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Mario loves me like a little brother, but he never showed even 10% of his qualities.”The Mario I saw in training when he wanted to, I never saw the same in a game. “Too bad, in some moments he knew how to mark the hearts of those who watched him, but he could have marked them every day for twenty years…” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img