Miley Cyrus concert ban blamed on ‘morals’

first_imgNZ Herald 22 August 2014The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a September 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.That’s less than a month before Cyrus is due in New Zealand on her Bangerz world tour, at Vector Arena on October 8.The commission said in a statement that it took the action because Cyrus often “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law”.Tickets ranging from US$27 to $370 for the concert in the capital have been on sale since July.Critics have declared Cyrus’ onstage antics, including twerking, crotch-grabbing and occasional drug references, as vulgar.Her upcoming New Zealand show in October has been branded as “porn” by Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie.“Parents should save their money, protect their children and expose them to the far more positive messages of celebrating their achievements, their personality and their uniqueness,” he said.Cyrus has hit back at criticisms, saying her show is empowering for fans.“The sexual aspect of our show isn’t targeted at men … It’s what women think is sexy and cool and strong,” she told NZ Herald supplement TimeOut. First slams Miley’s ‘pop porn’ NZ tourOneNews 22 August 2014Family First has taken aim at Miley Cyrus’ upcoming Bangerz music tour – encouraging parents to bar their children from seeing the “pop porn” princess’s show in October.The singer has announced she will play one show at Auckland’s Vector Arena on October 8.However, Family First Director Bob McCoskrie says that Miley’s focus is clearly on distancing herself from her days as teenage television icon Hannah Montana.He says there have been numerous reports of the singer using foul language and highly sexualised imagery, as well as normalising drug use, and he believes parents should take heed of how their children could be influenced.“This is not freedom and power as claimed by Miley – it is simply porn and the promotion of drug use dressed as pop,” says Mr McCoskrie. family group says Miley’s show is ‘porn’Sky 22 August 2014Miley Cyrus’ show is porn and the promotion of substance abuse dressed up as pop music, says a New Zealand family advocacy group.Family First’s Bob McCroskrie is urging parents to protect their kids from the 21-year-old singer following an announcement she’ll play an Auckland show in October.Cyrus’s show features a hotdog and a tongue slide – but there have also been reports of her wearing an outfit covered with pictures of cannabis leaves and of her miming oral sex on a dancer wearing a Bill Clinton mask.Reviews of the Bangerz tour she’s bringing Down Under indicated it featured foul language, highly sexualised imagery, and normalised drug use, Mr McCroskrie said.Mr McCroskrie said part of the former Disney star’s show advised parental guidance – and he thought parents should take the guidance in advance before buying tickets.‘Parents should save their money, protect their children and expose them to the far more positive messages of celebrating their achievements, their personality and their uniqueness.’–porn-.htmllast_img read more

Christians captures 100th IMCA Stock Car win

first_imgChristians put his Victory Chassis on the cushion and pulled away from the field. A caution with three to go set up a dash to the checkers but no one had anything for Christians as he went uncon­tested en route to his 100th IMCA feature win. Wendt had his best run of the season to place second, Andy Kleczka rallied late to place to take third. By Edward Anschutz Jeremy Christians won for the 100th time in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career at Outagamie Speed­way on Aug. 14. (Photo by Joe Slack, Tyler Wendt paced the opening circuits of the Stock Car feature. Wendt locked in up top as Chris­tians quickly worked his way to the runner-up position using the low groove and slipped by for the lead on lap four. Jayden Schmidt took the lead from Travis Rhoades with five laps remaining to score the win in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Rhoades had to settle for second and Brady Harshberger was third.center_img “Fast” Eddie Muenster picked up his first IMCA Modified feature of the season. Muenster took the lead on the opening lap and never looked back, leading all 20 laps on his way to a clean sweep of the night. Kurt Moeller had his best race of the season to place second while Lu­cas Lamberies raced from row eight to place third. SEYMOUR, Wis. (Aug. 14) – Horicon’s Jeremy Christians celebrated another milestone in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars with his 100th win Friday night at Outagamie Speedway powered by EWSC. Jake Peters was victorious in the Mah-1 Sport Compacts.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports July 18, 2020 Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to take pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix. It’s Hamilton’s second straight pole this season and record-extending 90th of his Formula One career.He was 0.107 seconds quicker than Bottas and 0.93 faster than Racing Point driver Lance Stroll.Hamilton has won seven times at the Hungaroring. The veteran British driver needs one more to equal F1 great Michael Schumacher’s single-track record of eight wins, when the French GP was held at Magny-Cours.HORSE RACING-HASKELLDr Post wins Haskell States Rahm shines while co-leaders struggle at MemorialDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The fast greens were to Jon Rahm’s liking Saturday as he took over the Memorial lead at Muirfield Village.Rahm began play one shot back before carding a 68, while previous co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Tony Finau (FEE’-now) shot 73. Rahm now enjoys a four-shot edge heading into Sunday’s final round. He took control with four straight birdies on the back nine before closing with consecutive pars.Danny Willett is alone in fourth place, six shots back and one ahead of Jason Day and Henrik Norlander. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSCanada won’t give Blue Jays exemption to play in TorontoUNDATED (AP) — There will be no Major League Baseball action in Canada this year. The Canadian government has turned down the Blue Jays’ request for an exemption that would have allowed them to play regular-season games in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic. .Major League Baseball needed an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The team had previously been given clearance by city and provincial governments to play regular-season games at Toronto’s Rogers Centre but needed approval from Canada’s federal government.In a statement, Canada’s immigration minister said the government determined that the cross-border travel required for regular-season play “would not adequately protect Canadians’ health and safety.”The team’s alternate site for home games is its training facility in Dunedin (duh-NEE’-dihn), Florida, one of the states hardest-hit by the virus. Players have said they preferred to play in Toronto.The team said it is in the process of finalizing a home location for the season. Tiger Woods shot a 71 after barely making Friday’s cut. He’s 10 strokes back.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNFL tells teams training camps will open on timeUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has informed teams their training camps will open on time.League executive Troy Vincent sent a memo to general managers and head coaches on Saturday informing them rookies are to report by Tuesday, quarterbacks and injured players by Thursday and all other players should arrive by July 28.center_img The league and the NFL Players Association are still discussing testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols. Union leadership expressed several concerns in a 90-minute conference call with reporters Friday.However, under the collective bargaining agreement, the NFL can impose report dates.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has confirmed that Eric Bledsoe tested positive for COVID-19, and remains cautiously optimistic the veteran point guard will be ready for the restart of the season. The coach’s comments came one day after multiple reports indicated that Bledsoe said he had tested positive but was asymptomatic.— The first exhibition games of the NBA restart will go a little more quickly than usual as players become acclimated to competition following the suspension of the season. The NBA is tweaking the rules for those initial matchups, going with 10-minute quarters instead of the usual 12 minutes. Bubba Wallace wrecked out of the race after he was turned from behind by Michael McDowell as they raced nose to tail with William Byron. An irritated Wallace was later seen walking away after the damaged bumper was deposited at McDowell’s team hauler.McDowell’s team retrieved the bumper and the driver put it in an on-line auction to raise money for Motor Racing Outreach, a Christian ministry. The bid price was over $15,000 by Saturday afternoon. — Edmonton Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones says he tested positive for the coronavirus before training camp. Jones said he completed his 14 days of isolation before camp started, but was held out of main sessions for the first three days as he tried to get himself back up to speed. Toronto’s Auston Matthews is the only other NHL player to acknowledge a positive test in a media interview.— Arizona has three positive coronavirus tests among 83 football players still on campus for voluntary offseason workouts. Two were asymptomatic and all three entered department protocols for self-isolation. Arizona has performed 366 test encounters including PCR, antigen and antibody testing among the players already on campus before the school paused bringing additional student-athletes to campus earlier this month.— There will be fans in the massive grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend. Sunday’s race will be the first major sporting event in Texas in more than four months to allow spectators. It could be one of the largest gatherings of any kind in the state since the start of the pandemic. A state-approved plan would allow 50% capacity Sunday at the track with about 135,000 seats, but the crowd is expected to be closer to the 20,000 that attended this week’s All-Star race at Bristol.F1-HUNGARIAN GPHamilton takes Hungarian GP pole position ahead of Bottas OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Dr Post surprisingly took the lead at the start and held off a late challenge by Ny Traffic to capture the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park.Ridden magnificently by Joe Brave in his first ride on the colt, Dr Post covered the 11/8 mile Grade 1 stakes in 1:50.46. The win was the third in four starts this year for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt, with his only loss coming against Tiz the Law in the Belmont Stakes last month.Odds-on favorite Authentic finished a disappointing third in failing to give trainer Bob Baffert his record-extending ninth win in the event.RUSSIA-FIGURE SKATER DEATHFormer world junior skating champion Alexandrovskaya dies In other MLB news:— Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) isn’t sure if he’ll be ready for Thursday’s season opener after missing much of preseason camp because of a positive coronavirus test. LeMahieu finally reported to camp this week after testing positive at his home in Michigan last month. The three-time Gold Glove winner participated in his first practice Friday.— Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has rejoined the Orioles after missing the start of summer camp following a positive test for the coronavirus. Smith hopes to be ready to play in Baltimore’s opener at Boston on July 24. He tested positive when camp opened early this month. — Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is going on the 45-day injured list because of a strained right forearm. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the right-hander doesn’t need surgery and could return at the end of this abbreviated season. He went 1-13 with a 6.91 ERA last year and has struggled to stay healthy while with the Tigers.PGA-MEMORIAL SYDNEY (AP) — Former world junior pairs figure skating champion Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya has died. The Australian Olympic Committee says the 20-year-old died Friday in Moscow. The cause of death wasn’t disclosed. Alexandrovskaya obtained Australian citizenship and competed for her adopted country in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics with skating partner Harley Windsor. The pair won the 2017 world junior title.NASCAR-WALLACE-BUMPERWallace bumper auctioned off by rival driverFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A charity will become the benefactor of a wreck during NASCAR’s qualifying race for Wednesday’s All-Star event at Bristol.last_img read more

Syracuse’s ‘X-factor’ is Maxwell professor and volunteer assistant Len Lopoo

first_img Published on March 29, 2018 at 9:46 am Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman The ball landed on the line, and Syracuse volunteer assistant coach Len Lopoo was sure of it. But the umpire called it out of bounds.Lopoo, a coach who prefers to not be in the spotlight, jumped from his seat and yelled at the top of his lungs.“Are you kidding me?” Lopoo said to the umpire. “That was right on the line. That was really right on the line.”Sophomore Miranda Ramirez, who was up 4-2 in the first set of her second singles match, threw up her hands in shock but let Lopoo do the talking. After the one-sided shouting continued for almost a minute, the umpire told Lopoo to “chill out.” The call stayed in favor of Wake Forest’s then-No. 88 Eliza Omirou.Associate head coach Shelley George’s husband turned his body away from the altercation and faced the crowd.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve never seen him that mad before,” he said with a smirk to nearly 30 people watching at Drumlins Country Club.After the two cooled down, Ramirez flashed a smile in the direction of Lopoo and grabbed the ball to hold serve.“He had my back,” Ramirez said after the match, “… like he always does.”Courtesy of SU AthleticsLopoo, who declined to be interviewed for this story, has become No. 34 Syracuse’s (12-3, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) “X-factor” — as head coach Younes Limam put it — during home matches and behind the scenes. His instincts with in-match decisions and willingness to compete alongside players during practice set him apart from other volunteer coaches, Limam said.A teenage Lopoo played tennis at Catholic High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he eventually ranked nationally as a top-20 junior player. After four team and three individual state championships in high school, Lopoo joined the tennis team at Louisiana State University, per Lopoo’s bio page.Following the end of his collegiate tennis career, Lopoo received his master’s and PhD at the University of Chicago. He’s been a professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs since 2003. In 2011, he joined the SU’s women’s tennis team as a volunteer coach. But he isn’t an ordinary volunteer coach, Limam said.Limam was hired as head coach in 2014 to change the culture of Syracuse’s program. One of the first things he did when he arrived at Syracuse was get lunch with Lopoo, who had spent the last two seasons coaching SU.The two met at Pascale Italian Bistro, a restaurant connected to Drumlins Country Club, the site of the Orange’s home matches. They talked about everything: family, team philosophy, expectations and changes to recruiting strategy. Limam didn’t know any of the players he would coach entering the 2015-16 season, so he asked Lopoo to analyze each of their playing styles to get a better sense of his new team.Limam left that conversation with a good feeling.“I knew we saw eye-to-eye on a lot of things,” Limam said. “It was not a question to keep him on our coaching staff.”Now four years into his partnership with Limam, Lopoo puts his tennis skills to use in morning practices. Two to three times a week, Lopoo will play several sets of singles and doubles against players, including Ramirez.“He’s a bit tricky,” Ramirez said, “He doesn’t play like anyone else on the team. (He) slices his backhand a lot, has a kick serve, plays baseline-to-baseline. It’s usually a pretty even match between us, but it helps a lot.”Lopoo points out subtle strategic adjustments to the players he competes with in practice, but while coaching them, his demeanor adapts to specific situations.“He has the instinct to know what players need,” Limam said. “Usually it’s a quick decision, it’s natural.”For Ramirez, the player Lopoo most often shadows during matches this season, positivity and reinforcement help her get to a “perfect mental state,” she said. In tight positions, like her third-set tiebreak against Omirou on March 18, Lopoo insists that Ramirez is the better player on the court and convinces her to trust her shots and instincts, she said.On gameday, each of SU’s three coaches generally hones in on a specific doubles and singles match. While Lopoo is just a volunteer assistant, Limam trusts his decision-making and game plan “100 percent.”“He helped me when I first got here,” Limam said, “and now he helps (the players) a lot. He’s a big part of what we do here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pass interference non-call robs Cardinals of extra play against Bucs; NFL fails again with PI review

first_imgThe NFL made clear through nine weeks of the 2019 NFL season it would use its newfound power to overturn pass interference calls or non-calls via replay review only in egregious scenarios that resemble the infamous error in last year’s NFC title game.The missed pass interference on the last play of the Buccaneers’ 30-27 win over the Cardinals on Sunday was not quite Saints-Rams bad, but it was egregious in its own right. With 10 seconds to play and down three points on his own 38-yard line, Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray launched a Hail Mary-esque pass to Pharoh Cooper, who was waiting near Tampa’s 20-yard line. The receiver, though, didn’t have much of a chance to catch the pass thanks to Bucs corner Jamel Dean’s early arrival with his defense. (Watch Cardinals general manager Steve Keim’s reaction to the play; he’s the one in the dark suit in the video below.)Pretty sure Cardinals GM Steve Keim thought it was PI.— Dan Hanzus (@DanHanzus) November 10, 2019Coaches are not allowed to challenge pass interference calls or non-calls under the 2-minute mark in each half, so the Cardinals and coach Kliff Kingsbury were left hoping the league would initiate a review of the play.It did not.ESPN’s Kevin Seifert brought up the NFL’s stance on PI calls relating to Hail Mary plays when asked on Twitter why no flag was thrown and new review was initiated. (There supposedly is a higher standard for PI on such plays.) While this was not a classic Hail Mary attempt into the end zone, a pass interference call would have set up the Cardinals for a makeable field goal attempt to send the game into overtime.Yet this was not an example of a receiver trying to manipulate a defender in an attempt to draw a flag. Cooper went up to catch a jump ball, and to use the NFL’s terminology, Dean “significantly hindered” the Cardinals receiver’s ability to make the catch.The NFL’s officiating Twitter account, which the league often uses to explain calls and non-calls, had not addressed the Cardinals-Bucs play as of early Sunday evening. Kingsbury did not criticize the officiating after the game, saying when asked about the last play, “That was a tough play, but there were a lot of plays before that.”He would have been justified in doing so. This is yet another example of the NFL’s new pass interference replay initiative, supposedly installed to prevent the kind of error seen Sunday in Tampa Bay, being at best disingenuous and at worst a complete joke.The Cardinals on Sunday were robbed of an extra play and, potentially, a win.last_img read more