US heptathlete gay shoe pride flaps in Qatar

first_imgView comments Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees If anything does happen, “I’ll be on the first flight out.”British race walker Tom Bosworth, who came out publicly in 2015 and proposed to his boyfriend at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, has been critical of the anti-LGBTQ laws in Qatar. He put out a statement last week saying he would respect the laws of the host country and make no political statements while he was there to compete. He races Friday.Bougard started dating her girlfriend about a year ago and wants to be an advocate for people struggling with sexual identity.“I feel like we have a voice, us as athletes, because more people look at us to perform,” said the 26-year-old who competed at Mississippi State. “It’s important because I feel like people hate people for loving who they love. Some people don’t believe in it, which is totally fine. I wanted to show my side and put the symbol on my shoe.”Bougard wasn’t concerned about any sort of fallout after completing the first four of seven heptathlon events in a competition spread out over two days. In fourth place going into Day 2 on Thursday, she’s in striking distance of a medal as she trails teammate Kendell Williams by two points. The long jump, javelin and 800-meter run remain.ADVERTISEMENT By slipping on the high-jump shoes Wednesday night, she stepped into a touchy subject that organizers for the track world championships and the 2022 World Cup here have tried to avoid.IAAF president Sebastian Coe ducked the issue when asked about anti-LGBTQ laws on the eve of the championships. Dahlan Al Hammad, the head of the local organizing committee, said Qatar would comply with international laws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Bougard said she didn’t know all the background.“But I’m not afraid of the consequences,” Bougard said. “I feel like I’m well protected.” “Hopefully I do get a lot of praise (on social media),” Bougard said. “I hope I don’t get bashed a lot.”She’s glad people took notice.“I honestly didn’t think about it because it was already on my shoe,” she said. “I put the flag on my shoe and people noticed it, I guess.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’center_img Erica Bougard, of the United States, clears the bar during the high jump in the women’s heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)DOHA, Qatar — American heptathlete Erica Bougard says she wasn’t trying to make an international political statement against Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ policies. She was just wearing her favorite high jump shoes.She has worn the shoes, with a rainbow flap across one foot to symbolize gay pride, all season. She didn’t consider how that would be taken in Qatar, a conservative Muslim nation, where homosexual acts are illegal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Liverpool, Barcelona dig out wins in Champions League Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

City’s Milner agrees to join Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000James Milner celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Stoke City. He has agreed to join Liverpool.LONDON, June 4- Liverpool announced on Thursday that they have agreed to sign England midfielder James Milner from Premier League rivals Manchester City on a free transfer, subject to a medical examination.The 29-year-old, capped 53 times by his country, will join Liverpool on July 1 after his City contract expires. Liverpool have not disclosed the length of his contract. “Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce they have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City’s James Milner, subject to a medical,” Liverpool announced on their website.A graduate from Leeds United’s youth academy, Milner played for Leeds, Newcastle United and Aston Villa before joining City in 2010 in a deal reported to be worth £26 million ($40 million, 35.3 million euros).The versatile, hard-working player, who can operate right across midfield, has won two Premier League titles with City, in 2011-12 and 2013-14, as well as the 2010-11 FA Cup and the 2013-14 League Cup.Milner, who will officially join on the day long-serving captain Steven Gerrard leaves for the Los Angeles Galaxy, is Liverpool’s first signing of the close season.Manager Brendan Rodgers is attempting to rejuvenate a squad that finished sixth in the Premier League this season, eight points off the Champions League places, having narrowly only missed out on the title in 2014.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Do ginseng, flaxseed work?

first_imgCHICAGO – The first scientific tests of some popular alternative medicine products hint that American ginseng might lessen cancer fatigue and that flaxseed might slow the growth of prostate tumors. But a big study proved shark cartilage worthless against lung cancer, and doctors said people should not take it. The research was reported Saturday at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference. The ginseng and flaxseed studies are small and preliminary, and specialists warned against making too much of them because the substances tested are not the same as what consumers find on store shelves. But the results suggest that some herbal remedies eventually may find niches for treating specific cancers, symptoms or side effects. Americans spend millions on these products, which are not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, even though no good studies confirm the benefits they tout. “One of the most common things patients ask me is about these things they have snookered away in their purses” and medicine chests, said Dr. Bruce Cheson, a cancer specialist at Georgetown University Hospital. “They’ll come in with big bags of this stuff.” Some “natural” remedies such as laetrile or high doses vitamin C proved not helpful and even harmful for cancer patients once they were scientifically studied, he noted. Some keep chemotherapy from working as it should. “Just because it is a vitamin or a leafy green does not ensure it does not have some harmful effects,” Cheson said. Herbal products vary widely in their purity and the amount and type of active ingredients. These three federally funded studies used standardized compounds so they could say with some certainty whether they have any effect. Debra Barton, a research nurse at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., tested powdered, four-year-old Wisconsin ginseng root, which is different from Asian ginseng and other varieties commonly sold, to treat the extreme tiredness that most people suffer from cancer or its treatment. She randomly assigned 282 people with breast, lung, colon and other forms of cancer to take either 750, 1,000 or 2,000 milligrams of ginseng or dummy capsules daily for eight weeks. Neither the participants nor the researchers knew who received what. One-fourth of those on the two highest doses said their fatigue was moderately or much better, compared with only 10 percent of those on the low dose or dummy pills. Results are promising, but it is too soon to recommend that people use ginseng, Barton said. A better idea is exercise – the one treatment already shown to help cancer fatigue, she said. The flaxseed study was aimed at fighting prostate cancer, not treating a side effect. The edible seed has been used for hundreds of years in cereals and breads and is high in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and in lignan, a substance that can affect hormone levels and perhaps squelch their cancer-promoting effects. Four groups of about 40 men who were scheduled to have their prostates removed three weeks later were assigned to get either 30 grams of powdered flaxseed, a low-fat diet, both or neither until their surgery. After the men’s prostates were removed, researchers found that tumors had been growing 30 to 40 percent slower in the two groups taking flaxseed, based on how quickly cells were multiplying. Low-fat diets had no effect on this, said Wendy Demark-Wahnefried of Duke University Medical Center, who led the study. “Our findings are compelling but they’re preliminary,” she cautioned. But several doctors said flaxseed is nutritious and seems to have little downside other than a sawdust-like consistency.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Three years after Taft shooting, he embraces life, bright future

first_imgPaul Herzlich sat in his wheelchair under his favorite tree during lunch hour at Taft High School on Friday with his girlfriend, Molly Clark, on his lap. It didn’t look like the kids were talking about food. Molly was giving Paul a hug and a kiss, and he was returning the favor with a smile that could have lit up half the DWP power grid in Los Angeles. All in all, it was another beautiful day in the life of an 18-year-old who has put some dark days behind him. Paul was one of the students standing at the bus stop in front of Taft High in Woodland Hills after school on Sept. 9, 2003 – six days in to the new school year – when three gangbangers drove by and fired a semiautomatic weapon. Three students were injured, Paul the most seriously. He spent more than three months in the hospital and missed a full year of school. The other two students recovered from their wounds and have already graduated. The bullet that creased Paul’s spine took away his ability to walk, but it didn’t touch his heart. That’s working just fine. In fact, better than fine. Paul is graduating from Taft in a few weeks as an honor student and is headed for college at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He’s glad to be alive, in love, and has a bright future – a heck of a lot brighter than the gangbangers who are in state prison right now for putting Paul in that wheelchair. Two of the gang members were sentenced to 120 years to life in prison after being found guilty of attempted murder. A third pleaded guilty, testified, and got a 15-year sentence. “I don’t think about them or that day any more,” Paul said Friday, giving Molly a hug. “No flashbacks, nothing like that. “When I woke up after surgery and found I was still alive, that’s all I cared about. Obviously, you know it’s a bad situation, but when you think about it, the only thing that changed about me was physically. “I’m still Paul, just in a wheelchair now.” Nearby, Paul’s mother, Linda Herzlich, and Taft Principal Sharon Thomas, shake their heads. If it was them in that wheelchair – the victim of a violent crime – there would be more than a little anger mixed in with all that optimism, both women said. “Allan (Paul’s dad) and I sometimes would ask him how he stays so positive and never gets angry or depressed. Most people, myself included, would still be carrying around some anger,” Linda says. “Paul just smiles and shrugs his shoulders. That’s our son.” It was a little strange at first, coming back to school after so many months in the hospital and rehabilitation, Paul says. He wasn’t sure how the other students were going to react when he wheeled himself into the classroom for the first time. He needn’t have worried. They reacted like friends should react. They cheered and clapped. Then they walked over and gave him hugs to welcome him back. The gangbangers’ bullet had hit their friend’s spine, not his heart. He was still Paul, smiling and laughing. Just in a wheelchair now. “Paul’s return helped the whole school finally move on from that tragic day,” Thomas said. “The students saw him and said if he can come back and move on, they could, too. “Two of his teacher who had classrooms on the second floor moved to ground-level classrooms so Paul could be in their class. Everybody likes and admires that kid.” And when it came time last week at the school’s award banquet to announce the winner of the “Attitude Is Everything” scholarship, well, Taft High School once again cheered and clapped for Paul Herzlich. Sometimes, out of the most negative situations, something positive happens, Paul says. Had he not missed that year of school, he would have graduated last year and never met the girl sitting in his lap Friday. He and Molly met in biology class and became instant friends – hanging out together, doing their homework and going to movies together. “It just kind of blossomed from there,” she said, giving him another hug. “What can I tell you? He’s just a wonderful, warm, funny guy.” When I left Friday, the two were still sitting together under that tree in Paul’s wheelchair talking and laughing. I don’t think they ever got around to lunch. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Smartening up

first_imgIF you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s the lesson that’s finally sinking in among officials at United Teachers Los Angeles. After years of bitterly fighting the expansion of charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the union is taking a new tack: trying to organize teachers at charter schools. And that changes everything. After all, the union can’t exactly continue to be anti-charter if charters are where teachers want to work because the experience is more rewarding. And there’s nothing about charters that the union need oppose. Charter schools exist to give teachers more autonomy, higher pay, more parental support and less bureaucratic interference – goals the union has claimed to want for decades. Charter schools offer the best hope for reform and progress in the LAUSD. That’s something teachers – and their union – should naturally support. Besides, some charters are already unionized, such as Green Dot Charter Schools teachers, who are affiliated with the California Teachers Association, rather than the UTLA. The UTLA needs to make a change in philosophy at union headquarters and win broad support among its members. To do that, the union needs to start working cooperatively from the bottom up, instead of trying to dominate from the top down. The political climate in L.A. has changed. The public is growing impatient for school reform. Last month’s elections proved how futile the UTLA’s old way of doing business had become. And so the union has joined the reform party, perhaps a little late, but happily welcomed nonetheless.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Give UTLA President A.J. Duffy credit. He had the good sense to realize the charter battle was lost. Despite the union’s dogged resistance, charters have only grown in popularity these last few years among students, parents and teachers themselves – many of whom left traditional public schools and gave up their UTLA membership to work at charters. Then there was the school board election last month when anti-charter, UTLA-backed candidates lost to pro-charter, reform-minded opponents. Clearly, the union’s knee-jerk hostility was costing it support from a public thirsting for change in the way schools are run. And Duffy is savvy enough to know that alienating the public is no way to run a union. So rather than fight the charter movement, the UTLA hopes to become part of it and is looking into representing charter-school teachers. It’s a smart move – one that lets the union have a say in the future of education in L.A., rather than watch from the sidelines. last_img read more

Fire cause probed at cricket farm warehouse

first_imgVAN NUYS – Authorities today probed the cause of a blaze that broke out in a cricket farm warehouse storeroom where firefighters found reptiles, including snakes, being housed. The fire was reported at 9:18 p.m. Monday in the 6900 block of Hayvenhurst Avenue, officials said. Summoned by a passerby, firefighters arrived to find smoke showing from the roof of a two-story industrial building. Forcing entry, crews made their way to a warehouse where they found intense flames in a storeroom. Firefighters found exotic reptiles, including snakes, in the building. During the attack on the fire, a mezzanine collapsed. It took 87 firefighters 25 minutes to douse the flames. There were no injuries to the firefighters or the reptiles. Damages were estimated at $150,000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Status of U.S. ambassador to Armenia questioned

first_imgWASHINGTON – Members of California’s congressional delegation are questioning reports that the U.S. ambassador to Armenia is being recalled because he referred to the 1915 massacre of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as a genocide. In separate letters sent to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena and Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, demanded answers about Ambassador John Marshall Evans’ status. Both strongly opposed recalling him. Schiff said he reiterated that message last week in a closed-door meeting with State Department officials. “I expressed my opposition to any disciplinary action being taken against the ambassador for speaking the truth,” Schiff said. “I made it very clear I thought any action taken against him would merely compound the erroneous policy of the administration.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 A State Department spokesman insisted that Evans has not submitted his resignation nor told to return. That, however, hasn’t quelled persistent rumors in California’s sizable Armenian-American community. “It’s a big issue here. It’s very concerning and very upsetting,” said Zaku Armenian, a member of the Armenian National Committee’s board in Glendale. “The word that we have is pretty clear that this is in the works,” Armenian said about Evans’ recall. “It’s clear that the State Department is bowing to pressure from Turkey.” Evans attracted wide attention in Armenian-American communities last year when he unequivocally called the massacre of Armenians in post-World War I Ottoman Turkey a genocide. “I think it is unbecoming of us as Americans to play word games here,” Evans said in February 2005 during a stop at the University of California at Berkeley. “I will today call it the Armenian genocide.” In doing so, Evans became the first U.S. administration official to use the loaded word in an Armenian context. The Bush administration, like its predecessors, refers to the killings as a massacre and a tragedy, but never genocide. “It felt like a breakthrough moment,” Armenian said. “It felt like we were getting somewhere.” Armenians contend the Ottoman Empire began a centrally planned slaughter in 1915 under cover of World War I in which about 1.5 million Armenians were killed. Turkey, a key U.S. and NATO ally, strongly opposes the genocide label. Tuluy Tanc, minister counsel at the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., called the killing and deportation of Armenians “terrible events.” But, he said, it was precipitated by Armenians taking up arms in eastern Anatolia and siding with invading Russian troops. “For genocide to occur, there has to be a plan to annihilate a people based on their ethnicity. That was not the case at all,” he said. Tanc called Evans’ comments “personal views” and not a reflection of U.S. policy. He said he did not have any knowledge about Evans being recalled. But Aram Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, said the State Department already is quietly vetting a new ambassador to replace Evans in late spring or early summer. “I think it’s pretty clear he’s being ushered out the door,” Schiff said. Evans, for his part, has sidestepped questions about his tenure in Armenia. In response to a query during a press conference last week, he replied, “I serve at the pleasure of the president. Period.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CONFIRMED! FA reject Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho’s red card appeal

first_img The Brazilian will serve a four-match ban 1 Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has failed with an appeal against the red card he received in Monday’s match against Burnley, the Football Association has announced.Brazilian Fernandinho was dismissed for a third time in six appearances in a match that City won 2-1 after goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero.He was ordered off for a two-footed lunge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson, and receives a four-match ban rather than the usual three games as it was his second Premier League dismissal of the campaign.His other red came in the Champions League against Borussia Monchengladbach.In a statement released by City, the FA said: “Fernandinho will serve a four-match suspension with immediate effect after his claim of wrongful dismissal was rejected today following an independent regulatory commission hearing.”last_img read more

Lakers’ Lamar Odom’s son dies

first_imgEL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers player Lamar Odom’s 6 1/2-month-old son has died, a spokesman for the team said Thursday. Jayden Odom died Wednesday night, apparently suffocating while sleeping in his crib in New York, according to John Black. “Lamar is very distraught,” Black said. “Both he and the baby’s mother are asking that people respect their privacy at this time.” Jayden was born Dec. 15. Odom has two older children _ a son and a daughter. The 26-year-old Odom came to the Lakers two years ago in the trade that sent Shaquille O’Neal to the Miami Heat. Odom averaged 14.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 80 games for the Lakers last season and 19.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in their first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – The Whittier Police Department has begun a monthly testing schedule for applicants. The first test date will be 8a.m. Aug. 12. Those interested can review applicant requirements and print out an application from the department’s Web site at For more information, call (562) 945-8250. Night Out event at Michigan Park WHITTIER – The 23rd annual National Night Out will be held in Michigan Park from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 1. The theme of the event is “Give Crimes and Drugs a Going Away Party!” The goal is to increase drug and crime awareness, promote the Neighborhood Watch Program, and strengthen police and community relations. Raffles and giveaways will take place at the event, as well as a K9 Team and Tactical Entry Team demonstration, ride-alongs with officers, children’s fingerprinting and more. There will also be music and a bounce house. Michigan Park is located at 8230 Michigan Ave. For more information, call (562) 945-8250. SCAN seminar set for hospital WHITTIER – A SCAN health plan seminar and continental breakfast will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. July 25 at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Flo & Frank L. Scott Conference Center, 12401 Washington Blvd. Teresa Aguilar, a SCAN representative, will be the presenter. For more information, call (562) 698-0811. Ext. 2444. Pet vaccination clinic at City Hall PICO RIVERA – Pet owners have one last shot at having their dog or cat vaccinated against rabies this year during the city’s final rabies clinic from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the City Hall parking lot, 6615 Passons Blvd. Rabies vaccinations will be administered at $6 each. New licenses as well as renewals and tag replacements will also be available at the clinic. For more information, call (562) 801-4319. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Mariachis and classic rock will be featured in the upcoming Whittier Concerts in the Parks series. “Mariachi Divas,” a multicultural ensemble, will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday at Parnell Park, 15390 Scott Ave. “The Answer” will bring the nostalgic classic rock sounds of the Beatles, Tom Petty and the Rolling Stones to music lovers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 24 at Central Park, at the corner of Washington Avenue and Bailey Street in Uptown Whittier. Concertgoers may bring lawn chairs or blankets. Vendors will have food and beverages for sale, or residents may bring picnic suppers. For more information, call (562) 464-3430. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Blood pressure screenings offered MONTEBELLO – Free blood pressure screenings are being offered at various locations throughout the month of June. Screenings will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 2 at Pico Rivera Senior Center, 9200 Mines Ave.; also from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 11 and 25 at the Montebello Town Center, on Montebello Boulevard; and from 10 to 11 a.m. July 21, Aug. 11 and 25 at the Montebello Senior Center, 115 S. Taylor Ave. For more information, call (323) 725-4333. Police department to test applicants last_img read more