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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Aragonés' Spanish reprieve appals anti-racism activists

Spain's football federation and courts yesterday came under fire for undermining the work of anti-racist campaigners after the judiciary overturned a decision that had criticised the national team manager, Luis Aragonés, for "conduct which could be considered racist". Aragonés's offensive comments about Thierry Henry to José Antonio Reyes were widely televised in October 2004, leading to a £1,900 fine from the Spanish football federation for unsporting conduct. That was upgraded to a racism charge by the government-run Spanish Committee for Sporting Discipline, a verdict which both Aragonés and his employer challenged in the Madrid courts. They ruled in his favour yesterday, with the Spanish federation saying in a statement: "The court found that the Spanish Committee for Sporting Discipline had incorrectly evaluated the evidence.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

New local race set to begin long run in June

Thus, with the help of fellow triathletes Ian Linnaberry and John Wadlington, along with city of Loves Park, Winnebago County and state officials, the RockmanTri, a half-Ironman distance race of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bicycle trek and 13.1-mile run, was born. The race, which will amount to the longest set-distance event in the area, is set for Sunday, June 10, at the Olson Lake area of the park. Entries have been open since the first of the year and Griffen said more than 100 entries representing nine states and Canada already have been received. We already have several people who will be doing this as their A race for the year, Griffen said, but we also have some people who will be doing it as a precursor for competing in Ironman Lake Placid or Ironman Madison.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Think racism is gone? Think again

Today is the first day of Black History Month, or African-American History Month if you are partial to being politically correct. This means we'll see a few more black movies and documentaries on TV and a few more photos of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.Fortunately, I have learned throughout the years that black history is much deeper than the typical, generic displays of celebration that we see during the month of February. This year, Black History Month has a much fuller meaning to me, though. I, like much of black America, have experienced discrimination before. However, almost six months ago the evil head of ignorance peeked through my door and really hit close to home. After my daughter, Taylor, and I moved out of Georgetown to embark on what we call another adventure, I developed an even greater pride in being black in America.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Australia: A1 Team Pakistan Race Preview - First Time for Ali

A1 Team Pakistan will continue its campaign in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport this weekend, at the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia. Nur Ali will make his seventh appearance for his country, racing for the first time at the challenging circuit on the outskirts of Sydney. The Eastern Creek circuit is yet another demanding track on the A1GP calendar. The track is tight and twisting, with changes in gradient which make it similar to the Brands Hatch circuit in the UK, where A1GP will race later in the season. While many of the A1GP drivers and teams have experience of the track from last year's race, Eastern Creek will be another learning curve for Ali and his team. “Unlike Taupo, most teams in the paddock have data and information from last year's race here, whereas it will all be a new experience for us.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Pupils in racism row find new high school

More than 50 West Coast pupils have been accommodated at a new school after they refused to return to Vredenburg High, where they claim to be victims of racism. The pupils have missed out on more than five days of school. They are now being accommodated at Weston High, the only other high school in Vredenburg, which is located in a predominately coloured residential area. But Gert Witbooi, spokesman for Education MEC Cameron Dugmore, said this was a short-term solution. The pupils had been referred to Vredenburg High because of overcrowding at Weston High, which has more than 1 700 pupils and is filled to capacity. Vredenburg High, with 1 110 pupils, has ample space to accommodate pupils. .

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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Town Series ski race scheduled

The Auto Service Co. Subaru Skiathlon, the final race in this year's Flint Hills Resources Town Race Series, is scheduled for Saturday at the Birch Hill Recreation Area. The event is scheduled to get under way at 11 a.m. on the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails. The Flint Hills Town Race Series provides a competitive forum for skiers of all ages beginning with pre-schoolers. More than 200 entries are anticipated. Entry is free for all school students from kindergarten through high school. School students must be entered through their school club or team. The entry fee for adults is $5 for members of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, and $10 for all others. Race entries close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Competitors can pick up and drop off entry forms at Beaver Sports, Raven Cross Country or Goldstream Sports.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Archbishop speaks out over racism

The Archbishop of York yesterday joined the condemnation of racism on the TV reality show Big Brother. Adding the Church's voice to the diplomatic row caused by the housemates' bullying of the Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, Dr John Sentamu said it revealed an 'ugly underbelly in society only too ready to point the finger at the foreigner, or those who might not fit in'. The Ugandan-born archbishop, who last year rejected an invitation to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, compared racism in society with the hospital superbug MRSA in the human body. He cited recent examples including an incident at Exeter Crown Court where judge Paul Darlow scorned a racial abuse prosecution as 'nonsense' and said the alleged victim, an Asian police doctor, should have let the insult 'roll off his back'.

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