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Lights for Liberty: Hundreds in Ithaca protest conditions at U.S. border

first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — “This land was made for you and me,” a crowd sang Friday evening at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons. The well-known song was sung in this instance as a protest of the detention of undocumented immigrants and the separation of families at the southern border. Calvin Marnell, who is six and a half years old, holds his candle during the vigil. “Nobody living can ever stop me,As I go walking that freedom highway;Nobody living can ever make me turn backThis land was made for you and me.” Attendee Sara Ferguson said she came to the rally with her family to stand in solidarity with those who are illegally detained at the border. She said she felt the need to do something when she heard about the situation. The event included a variety of speakers and musicians, including Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano, and Carlos Gutierrez of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center. Volunteers set up tables where attendees could register to vote and another table with information to contact Congressman Tom Reed with concerns. After the speakers and musicians finished their speeches and songs, the crowd lit their candles and had a moment of silence. The rally concluded with the song, “This Land is Your Land,” by Woody Guthrie. Local organizers Una Moneypenny and Alison Christie said they decided to create the event after hearing about Lights for Liberty through a daily podcast by Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin. Becky Mehorter “Maybe I shouldn’t be shocked, but I’m absolutely shocked,” she said. “It’s the 21st century and yet there are once again concentration camps at the border. I cannot believe it, and I’ll do whatever I can to stop it.” Jen Jacoby volunteered to monitor the crowd at the rally. She said she signed up to help as an individual as a way to protest treatment that she said is against basic human rights. Hundred gathered to protest the conditions of the detention centers at the southern border. Vigil attendee Sara Ferguson said people should educate themselves on the issue and call their representatives to demand the end of family separations and detention centers at the border. The Ithaca rally was one of over 700 vigils organized by Lights for Liberty that occurred July 12 throughout the United States and around the world. Lights for Liberty describes itself as a “loose coalition of grassroots activists.”center_img Christie said she was motivated to put on the vigil because government officials are not listening to what their constituents want. “The treatment of the families in the detention centers needs to end,” Jacoby said. “They’re not being treated fairly and it’s important that we come out and talk against it.” Christie said that there is more to come in the future and that the vigil was only the first step. Moneypenny echoed the sentiment. She said change will happen from the ground level and that there is a moral imperative to take action when things are this bad. “We’re in it, and we’re in it until it’s over,” Moneypenny said. Becky Mehorter is an intern at the Ithaca Voice. She is a rising senior at Ithaca College with majors in journalism and Spanish. More by Becky Mehorter Over two hundred people did come out to protest the conditions of the detention centers. Many waved signs protesting the infringement of human rights and the government administration that allows such atrocities to occur. The crowd sings through the well-loved verses before stumbling through a section that most had never heard before: Vigils were planned to raise awareness about the reports that show conditions at the detention centers at the southern border are inhumane, resources are exhausted and families are being separated. Journalists have talked to children held in the centers to see what the conditions were like. All of this news prompted the coalition Lights for Liberty to organize a worldwide vigil in honor of the detainees. A few hundred people gathered July 12 on the Commons at a Lights for Liberty Vigil to End Concentration Camps. It was one of hundreds planned across the nation ahead of ICE raids expected Sunday. “A lot of people are asking where is the leadership? Why can we not get these concentration camps shut down?” she said. “(The government actions) are being done in our name, with our money, and we need to make it stop.” last_img read more

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first_imgUpdate on the latest sports-UPDATED Elsewhere in the majors:— The Toronto Blue Jays put shortstop Bo Bichette on the injured list, a day after he strained his right knee in a suspended game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Manager Charlie Montoyo said Bichette had hurt himself while stretching before an at-bat and is undergoing testing, including an MRI. Bichette is batting .361, second-best in the American League.— Reds players and staff were tested for COVID-19 again as Major League Baseball tried to determine if more than one Cincinnati player has been exposed to the coronavirus. The last two games of a series between the Reds and Pirates were postponed Saturday after the player tested positive. The Pirates worked out Sunday at Great American Ball Park and returned to Pittsburgh, where they will start a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. The Reds expect to get results of their latest tests on Monday.NBA-JAZZ-CONLEYJazz guard Mike Conley leaves bubble for birth of son The American won her first LPGA Tour title in nearly three years along with a confidence boost ahead of the British Open. The 35-year-old Lewis took a swig of champagne beside the 18th green on Sunday after securing a 13th victory on the LPGA Tour. It’s her first win since the birth of her first child, Chesnee, in October 2018. F1-SPANISH GPNo worries: Hamilton wins Spanish GP for 88th victory in F1MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has coasted to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix to extend his championship lead. Hamilton clinched his 88th career victory on Sunday to move within three wins of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record. The talk before the race was whether Mercedes’ tires would be vulnerable in the searing summer heat of Spain, after experiencing problems in the last two races at Silverstone. But there were no such issues as Hamilton finished a sizable 24 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen, who has eight podiums in the past nine races. Hamilton leads Verstappen by 37 points. Valtteri Bottas placed third to fall further behind Verstappen in the standings. QB Alex Smith activated by Washington, cleared for practiceUNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Alex Smith has been activated off the physically unable to perform list by Washington’s NFL team. It is the latest step in a remarkable recovery after his right leg was broken in two places during a game nearly two years ago. Sunday’s move means that Smith now is allowed to participate in Washington’s padded practices when the team can move to that phase of training camp Tuesday. It could make for an interesting dynamic at QB, where Washington also has Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen. The 36-year-old Smith is signed through 2022. He hasn’t played since November 2018.In other NFL news:— The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran Chris Hogan to boost their banged-up wide receiver corps. Hogan spent last season with Carolina but caught just eight passes for 67 yards in seven games while missing a large chunk of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The Jets were in need of a veteran receiver with rookie Denzel Mims missing the first few practices with a hamstring injury and Vyncint Smith also sidelined Sunday. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Utah Jazz said guard Mike Conley left Walt Disney World on Sunday to return to Columbus, Ohio, for the birth of his son.The sixth-seeded Jazz begin a first-round playoff series against No. 3 seed Denver on Monday. Players who leave the bubble are subject to a quarantine upon their return, though the length won’t be determined until then. It’s a blow to a Jazz team already missing Bojan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vich), who underwent right wrist surgery in May. Denver and Utah are also scheduled to play Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.The 32-year-old Conley is averaging 14.4 points and 4.4 assists in his first season with Utah. He was acquired as part of a deal with Memphis on July 6, 2019.NFL-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEIslanders beat Capitals 2-1 in OT, take 3-0 lead in seriesUNDATED (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored 4:28 into overtime, lifting the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Sunday. — Max Kepler hit a two-run homer to support another strong start from Randy Dobnak, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2. Dobnak, the surprise right-hander who was promoted four levels last season before making a postseason start, continued his impressive run in 2020 with two runs allowed, both on solo homers, in 5 1/3 innings. Dobnak gave up just three hits, while his ERA rose from a majors-best 0.90 to 1.42. Alex Avila doubled, walked twice and scored a pair of runs for Minnesota, which has won four of six after being swept in Kansas City last week.— Brandon Lowe hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to keep up his power surge and lift the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in the completion of a suspended game. Saturday night’s game was halted in the fourth inning because of rain with the Rays leading 1-0. The Rays and Blue Jays were to follow Sunday with a seven-inning game. Lowe homered in his fourth straight game, connecting for a tiebreaking drive off Jordan Romano.— Kyle Tucker hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 for their fourth straight win. Tucker drove a 96-mph fastball from Erik Swanson deep to right for his first career game-ending homer. Houston also got a terrific effort from its bullpen in its fifth win in six games overall. The Astros won for the 24th time in their last 26 games against the Mariners.— Jon Gray struck out seven over a season-high seven solid innings and was backed by a 14-hit attack as the Colorado Rockies beat the Texas Rangers 10-6. Gray was roughed up in his previous start but allowed just three hits on Sunday, including two homers. He retired 11 of his last 12 batters following Joey Gallo’s solo homer in the fourth and ended his day with a strikeout of Derek Dietrich. The Rangers had the tying run at the plate in the ninth after two bases-loaded walks by Jairo Diaz but Carlos Estevez came on for his first save. — Max Scherzer struck out 10 over seven innings, and the Washington Nationals scored an unearned run in the eighth to break a tie and squeeze past the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Sunday. Washington got the decisive run after Scherzer blew a four-run lead during an up-and-down performance in which he gave up a pair of solo homers to Anthony Santander and a three-run shot to Pedro Severino. With the score 5-all, Juan Soto drew a one-out walk from Travis Lakins and took second on a groundout. Kurt Suzuki followed with a two-out grounder to third baseman Rio Ruiz, whose throw bounced past first baseman Renato Núñez, enabling Soto to score NEW YORK (AP) — Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) has tested positive for COVID-19 and will pull out of the tune-up tournament at Flushing Meadows that starts next week. The 2014 U.S. Open runner-up is withdrawing from the Western & Southern Open but he did not say what his plans are for the Grand Slam tournament that begins Aug. 31.LPGA-LADIES SCOTTISH OPENLewis wins Ladies Scottish Open title after 4-way playoffNORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Stacy Lewis holed a long birdie putt to see off three rivals at the first playoff hole and win the Ladies Scottish Open. Testing of athletes will need to increase when competition begins. The availability and turnaround times of COVID-19 tests is still a problem in parts of the country. Hainline told CNN: “Right now, if testing stays at it is, there’s no way we can go forward with sports.”The NCAA has no jurisdiction over major college football, so the conferences have been left to make their own calls. At the highest level of college football, four conferences — including the Big Ten and Pac-12 — have postponed fall sports and are hoping to make them up in some fashion in the spring. Six leagues, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big 12, are moving forward with plans to play in the fall.On Sunday a group of Big Ten football players including Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields posted an online petition on Twitter asking the Big Ten to reinstate the schedule the conference released six days before it pulled the plug. Player parent groups from Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska have sent letters to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren asking for the conference to reverse course.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NISHIKORI2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori tests positive for COVID In other racing news:— When IndyCar officials gave each car a boost of horsepower leading into Indianapolis 500 qualifications, the Honda-powered cars took off. The Chevrolets did not, and the large gap led to Honda sweeping the front row of the starting grid and claiming 11 of the top 12 starting spots in next week’s race. But the disparity already may be shrinking. During the first two days of practice, without the power boost, the two engine manufacturers were more competitive and it happened again in Sunday’s practice following the second and final day of qualifications for next weekend’s race. INDYCAR-INDY 500An Andretti wins first Indy 500 pole for family in 33 yearsINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti has won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in a lightning-fast first step toward snapping the infamous “Andretti Curse” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti logged a four-lap average of 231.068 mph in qualifying, and an Andretti now will lead the field to green for the first time in 33 years. Mario Andretti won his third and final pole for the Indy 500 in 1987, when his grandson Marco was an infant.The third-generation driver was greeted by his Andretti Autosport teammates, then shared a strong embrace with his father, Michael, the team owner. Mario Andretti scored the only Indy 500 win for the family in 1969; Michael Andretti fell short in 16 tries and the Aug. 23 race will be Marco Andretti’s 15th attempt. August 16, 2020 Associated Press — The Carolina Panthers have signed tight end Andrew Vollert and wide receivers Tommylee Lewis and Marken Michel. Vollert earned national attention when he was shown on “Hard Knocks: Los Angeles” telling Chargers coach Anthony Lynn to his face “you’ve got to be (expletive) kidding me” after learning he was being released on Aug. 1. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSNCAA’s top doctor: COVID-19 testing needs to improve to playUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA’s chief medical officer says there is a narrow path to playing college sports during the coronavirus pandemic and if testing nationwide does not improve, it cannot be done.Dr. Brian Hainline told CNN late Saturday that “everything would have to line up perfectly” for college sports to be played this fall. Elsewhere in MLB:— The Chicago White Sox tied a major league record with four consecutive home runs, all against reliever Roel Ramirez in his major league debut, and went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2. Ramirez is the first pitcher to allow four straight homers in his debut. Yoán Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, José Abreu and Eloy Jiménez connected during a six-run fifth inning. Ramirez took the mound in the fifth with Chicago leading 1-0. He struck out Luis Robert to start, but things went south quickly. After two singles, a caught stealing and a walk, Moncada smacked a three-run homer to right.— -Keston Hiura and Orlando Arcia homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 for their third straight win against the NL Central leaders. Arcia had three hits and scored the go-ahead run on Ryan Braun’s seventh-inning single off Jason Adam. Hiura belted a tying three-run drive in the third for his fifth homer. Eric Yardley, the first of four Milwaukee relievers, pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Josh Hader got three outs for his fifth save.— Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-2 and complete a three-game sweep. McCutchen entered the game in left field after starter Jay Bruce was injured. The Phillies had tied the game at 2 in the seventh. McCutchen went deep off starter Rick Porcello for his first home run of the season. Zack Wheeler gave up two runs and struck out four over seven solid innings to earn the win for the Phillies.— The Cleveland Indians beat Detroit for the 20th straight time, nearing the major league record for most wins by a team over a single opponent, as Franmil Reyes hit two home runs to defeat the Tigers 8-5. Baltimore holds the mark with 23 consecutive wins over Kansas City in 1969-70. The Indians can match the record when they host Detroit in a three-game series next weekend. The Islanders are up 3-0 in the series, putting Washington on the brink of being eliminated in the first round for the second straight year after hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2018.New York’s Anders Lee broke a scoreless tie late in the first period. Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NET’-sahv) pulled the Capitals into a tie with a power-play goal early in the second.Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stopped 22 shots for the sixth-seeded Islanders. Braden Holtby had 32 saves for the third-seeded Capitals.Game 4 is Tuesday night.In other playoff action: The Sweden native was off to a career season when he was diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. He completed radiation treatments July 2 and weeks later signed a $9 million, three-year contract extension.Lindblom turned 24 on Saturday and a day later he received a rousing applause from the Flyers hours before they prepared for their playoff game against Montreal. Lindblom had 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games this season.MLB-SCHEDULEMarkakis’ 3 RBIs help Braves beat Miami 4-0 to take seriesUNDATED (AP) — Nick Markakis drove in three runs and five pitchers combined on a two-hitter to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 and tighten the NL East race. Atlanta took two of three games from the first-place Marlins and trail them by only percentage points. The Braves haven’t lost a series to their division rivals since 2017, and are 31-10 against Miami over the past three seasons. Markakis’ RBI single in the sixth off Nick Vincent gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead. The Braves added three runs in the seventh, and Markakis’ two-run double made it 4-0. —Dallas scored 16:05 into overtime after Joe Pavelski forced the extra period by completing a hat trick in the final seconds of regulation and the Stars beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Sunday to even their Western Conference playoff series. The series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 Tuesday. Pavelski recorded the first playoff hat trick since the Dallas franchise moved from Minnesota in 1993. Tobias Rieder tied an NHL record with his third short-handed goal of the playoffs. Calgary got one in a third straight game against Dallas for a 4-3 lead.NHL-NEWS-FLYERS-LINDBLOMLindblom joins Flyers for playoffs after cancer treatmentTORONTO (AP) — Oskar Lindblom has joined the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL playoff bubble in Toronto. Lindblom is with the team for the first time since he was diagnosed with bone cancer in December. There is no timetable for a return to the lineup. MLB-NEWS-YANKEES-LEMAHIEU Yankees’ LeMahieu on injured list with sprained left thumbNEW YORK (AP) — American League batting leader DJ LeMahieu was placed on the 10-day injured list by the New York Yankees because of a sprained left thumb, joining Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on the sidelines. Miguel Andújar was recalled from New York’s alternate training site at Scranton. LeMahieu was hurt during an awkward swing in the fourth inning of Saturday night’s 11-5 victory over Boston and left the game two innings later. LeMahieu broke the same thumb in 2018 while with Colorado.last_img read more

Mikel: My Russian Wife Will Kill Me if Eagles Fail to…

first_imgThe former Chelsea midfielder who switched to Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League last January, told FIFA.com yesterday that qualifying the Super Eagles for Russia 2018 is a task that must be accomplished for personal fulfillment.“My wife is Russian and many of our relatives and friends are from Russia. They are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup Russia is hosting. I think they will kill me if I fail them,” joked the 30-year old Mikel who returned to the game after recuperating from the surgery he had several weeks ago.Nigeria with six maximum points from two games is already four points clear of second-placed Cameroon and five ahead of Zambia and Algeria. The Super Eagles are billed to take on the Indomitable Lions in a must win double-header clashes in Uyo and Yaounde on September 1 and 4 respectively.Mikel believes Eagles will triumphed over the current African champion, Cameroon.“We are in a very good position in our group. We have two wins from two games, and in our last game we beat Algeria at home. We have a very good young team and the players play good football. If we can win our next match (at home to Cameroon September 1) it will edge us closer to qualification. I think we can go through,” observed the Eagles captain.He however warned his colleagues in the Super Eagles and Nigerian football fans not to take the Lions for granted.“As everyone knows, they (Cameroon) are a very good team. They are strong and they play with confidence. We must get ourselves well prepared for this game and try our best to get on top against them. It won’t be easy but these are important matches. If we win both, we will be almost there,” reasoned Mikel.The former Blues midfielder is upbeat about their prospects of topping the table and claiming the section’s sole spot to Russia 2018.Mikel has figured prominently in Nigeria’s qualifying campaign thus far. Notably, he scored one and set up for another in their most recent triumph: a 3-1 win over Algeria in November. However, injury sidelined him for over two months, causing concern for supporters of both club and country.“I had maintained good form until this injury,” recalled Mikel. “So it was a shame. But this is part of the game and now I am focusing on recovery and on coming back stronger. I will do whatever I can to get fit to play for Teda and my national team.“This Nigeria team look up to me for advice. My team-mates miss me and they need me. As the captain, I want to fulfil my role and help them with my experience.“I am glad with what I have done,” he said. “But at the same time, I am not satisfied. I want to achieve more, so I must push harder. The next World Cup in Russia will be a fresh chance for us but, first, we have to make it there. Then the next challenge will be to make sure we enjoy an even better tournament in Russia than we did in Brazil,” concludes Mikel who led Dream Team six to win Nigeria’s solitary bronze medal of the Men’s football at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA WORLD CUP Hopeful Nigeria will win double-header against CameroonDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi has introduced a new dimension to why Nigeria must qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, stressing that he cannot afford to fail his Russian wife by not leading the three-time African champions to the Mundial.last_img read more

NBA free agency news: Danny Green focused on joining winning team, maximizing dollars

first_imgDanny Green isn’t one of the marquee names on the free agent market this offseason and he knows it.But his goals are the same as Kevin Durant’s, Kawhi Leonard’s or Kyrie Irving’s — he wants to win and he wants to get paid as much as he can. Green, who was part of the deal that sent Leonard to the Raptors last offseason, had an effective lone season in Toronto averaging 10.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting from the floor and 45.5 percent from 3-point range. He dealt with a bit of a shooting slump in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bucks but bounced back in the NBA Finals with 16 made 3-pointers in the six-game [email protected]_14: Cool guy pic.twitter.com/NrclWxs1yX— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 17, 2019Now 32 years old and a two-time NBA champion, Green is looking to cash in on his experience and impact as a spot-up shooter and first-rate defender.“Obviously, I want to maximize on the dollar, but I also want to maximize on the situation. I know I’m not an All-Star or star player, but I want to be remembered as a great role player who won a lot of games and leave my mark in the league,” he said. Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Wing ‘has interest in being’ Lakers’ third star Kyrie Irving free agency rumors: Lakers ‘swinging for the fences’ in trying to land star LeBron James sends out cryptic message amid number change, Lakers’ free agency speculation “For me, my biggest thing, my biggest mantra, is winning. I want to be in a situation where I can play, be effective and win,” Green said in an extensive interview with Hoops Hype. “I want to be in an organization that is a contender, so I’m looking at a lot of places that have a really good foundation.“If Toronto brings everyone back, I think we have a really good shot of coming out of the East again. So why would I not want to be there? But things change and things move. [If the Raptors can’t bring everyone back], there are going to be other teams who are in the running and I want to see what those situations are.” Related News Green said he’d prefer a four-year deal and that he’s had initial conversations with the Raptors about re-signing but added “I’ll have to wait for some guys to make a decision,” indicating he may not sign with Toronto if Leonard doesn’t return.If Green ultimately leaves Toronto, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the 76ers would be a team interested him if JJ Redick leaves during free agency.last_img read more