“The river and the watering holes were where we spent a lot of time growing up, swimming and canoeing, fishing, of course, and seeing the cows all over the place just grazing. “All great memories.”Ray White Rural Queensland agent Rob Wildermuth, who is marketing the property with Peter Douglas, said the beloved property could be just as important to a new family.“Bonnie Doon offers a chance for families to give their kids an idyllic escape from the city,” he said. The Numinbah Valley farm at 2325 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd has been in the Yaun family for more than 110 years.THE Gold Coast’s last family-owned dairy farm in Numinbah Valley could have a new owner for the first time in more than 110 years within a matter of weeks.The 173ha property on Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, known as Bonnie Doon, will go under the hammer on August 2.Brothers Peter and Barry Yaun reluctantly decided to sell the property their family has farmed for five generations because they could no longer make a living off the land.They attributed the deregulation of the dairy industry in 2000, which led to an almost instant drop in milk prices, and drought to the farm’s demise.Peter Yaun said it was “hard enough to break the tradition” in 2007 when they ceased dairy farming. Farmer Peter Yaun said it was going to be an emotional goodbye.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFive things to consider when buying into a regional area01:35 MORE NEWS: Could this be the quickest sale of the year? They have done anything necessary to keep the land profitable since, including using it for a quad-biking business and looking after neighbouring cattle.“It’s a difficult time,” he said.“We’ve just about reached that stage where we’ve got no other option.“Probably the most difficult part will be seeing other people walk on the property after it is sold.”The rectangular block is split by Nerang Murwillumbah Rd with Lamington National Park on one side and Springbrook National Park on the other.Mr Yaun has fond memories of growing up on the farm, as did his children.“It’s a great life for kids,” he said. MORE NEWS: Why more buyers want to rebuild It was run as a dairy farm until 2007.
Loading… Former Manchester United midfielder, Quinton Fortune, has described his spell playing in Spain as the lowest point of his career and his life. The South Africa international was picked up by Tottenham as a youth player spending his formative years in North London, but he made his senior football breakthrough in Spain. Fortune signed for Atletico Madrid as a teenager and would spend four years in Spain before joining the Red Devils. The midfielder says that when he was loaned out to Mallorca immediately after signing for Atletico, he experienced racial abuse at the hands of a teammate. Fortune detailed how he felt stranded and isolated in a strange country, and the management of the club offered him no support at all. “The lowest point of my life was in Spain, not just as a football player but as a human being,” Fortune told Sky Sports. “I was signed for Atletico Madrid, and they loaned me out to Mallorca, and my own teammate racially abused me in training. “Not just that, because I didn’t know what to do, I was 17-18 years old, didn’t know who to turn to. I was on my own, didn’t speak the language. On top of that, the manager didn’t communicate with me. I had no support – I was just being told to sit to the side of the pitch. “I prayed so much, I don’t think I’ve prayed so much in my life just to get away from that club. “I’m sure many players went through a worse experience than me. But that for me was the lowest point because I had no mum or dad or brothers or anyone to turn to and help me. “This guy, he is a senior player in the team, and he is saying all these things to me, and it was like wow! Lucky for me, I got out of there and went back to Madrid. I was so happy just to get out of the environment, and I made some very good friends in Madrid and kind of carried on my football. I’m sure many players went through worse, but you need support, and it needs changing.” Fortune would go on to earn a Premier League winner’s medal with United in 2003 while also playing in two World Cups for South Africa. read also:Fortune amazed at Greenwood’s ability to use both feet Since retiring from the game, Fortune has gone into coaching with Manchester United helping him earn his badges. He counts himself among the growing number of players who are coming forward to reveal the extent of racism in professional sport and has encouraged others to speak openly about their experiences. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Paul Lambert is now being rewarded for his bold gamble in blooding so many youngsters in his first season as Aston Villa boss. Yet, somehow, Lambert managed to stabilise the situation. Losing just five of their last 14 games last term, Villa secured their top-flight status with a game to spare. This campaign the improvement has continued. And, while Christian Benteke has not hit the form of 12 months ago, Villa host United on Sunday just two places and three points behind the ailing Barclays Premier League champions. For that, Moyes feels Lambert deserves plenty of credit. “Paul Lambert introduced a lot of young players in his first year or so,” the Scot said. “That was always going to be a hard task for him. “At times young players can make mistakes or not be as consistent as you would like. “Paul has got through the worst of that. It was a brave decision to do it and he has some exciting players now.” Moyes and Lambert share a bond through both spending time at Celtic during their playing days. Asked to slash the Villa Park wage bill by owner Randy Lerner, it looked for a long period last term as though Lambert would take them sliding into the Championship. A desperate Christmas saw them concede 15 goals and score none in three games, and the following month they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup semi-finals by League Two Bradford. Yet any personal friendship has to be cast aside as United seek to avoid suffering a third successive Premier League defeat following losses to Everton and Newcastle. The positive comes from the knowledge Villa Park has been one of the Red Devils’ most productive venues of the Premier League era. They have won 11 and drawn six of their 17 encounters at the stadium since the infamous ‘you’ll never win anything with kids’ visit in 1995, when United were beaten 3-1. The intervening period also includes some famous cup triumphs, both against Villa and in FA Cup semi-finals, including one of the most famous of all. “I have been told Villa has been a great venue for United,” Moyes said. “My memory goes back to Ryan Giggs’ goal against Arsenal. That was one of my great memories of Villa Park. “I have always enjoyed going there. “We will go there and try and pick up the league form.” Rather than address talk of whether United still have a chance of retaining their title, or even if they can finish in the top four, Moyes is taking a blinkered view of the next few weeks. He knows results must be pieced together, and confidence gained from the unbeaten run United were on before their world started to collapse. “We see this game as an opportunity,” Moyes said. “There is a long way to go in league, but we can only take one game at a time. “Football is like that. Let’s see what happens and maybe then we can talk about it later in the season. “At moment we can’t because we are too far away. We want to get closer and we will do everything we possibly can to do that.” Moyes must plot the path without influence of Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie, who will be out for four weeks with a thigh strain, and Michael Carrick, who is still a fortnight away from recovering from an Achilles problem that has already ruled him out for a month. Press Association
Press Association Munster warmed up for their Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon with a bonus-point 32-23 victory over provincial rivals Connacht. The hosts had led 8-7 early on with a neat back-line move sending Matt Healy over in the left corner in response to Conway’s 17th-minute opener. Eoin McKeon and Danie Poolman crossed for Connacht in a scrappy second half, but in between Butler burrowed over in the 72nd minute. An eye-catching charge from prop David Kilcoyne initially got the Munster attack in motion and the impressive Conway twice had to be closed down on his right wing. Paul O’Connell was prominent up front but, despite their lion’s share of possession, Munster fell behind in the 15th minute when Miah Nikora left-footed a long-range penalty through the posts. Poor defending from Connacht allowed Munster to hit back just over a minute later. An 8-9 move from a scrum saw Duncan Williams feed Conway on an angled run and he slipped by Willie Faloon to race in under the posts. After Ian Keatley converted, Connacht returned the favour in scoring off set-piece ball. They swung scrum possession wide to the left, using two decoy runners in the middle, as crisp passes from Eoin Griffin and Darragh Leader released winger Healy for the corner. The try went unconverted and the tit-for-tat scoring continued as Keatley clipped over two successive penalties, punishing Faloon for not rolling away and then rewarding an advancing Munster scrum. Leader and Robbie Henshaw took up the baton for Connacht, both carrying forcefully before Nikora’s cross-field kick almost led to a try for leaping winger Poolman. Andrew Conway, Gerhard van den Heever, Denis Hurley and man of the match Paddy Butler all touched down at the Sportsground as Munster moved back into second place in the RaboDirect PRO12. Rob Penney’s men established a flattering 27-8 half-time lead, squeezing in two late tries from a Van den Heever intercept and Hurley’s breakaway score via a cheap Connacht turnover. Munster struck a killer blow five minutes before the break, though, as Van den Heever gobbled up Henshaw’s pass to run in an intercept effort from the 10-metre line. Connacht were desperately unlucky to leak a third try in the 38th minute, the match officials missing James Downey’s high no-arms tackle on Poolman and turnover ball saw Williams collect his own chip and send Hurley sprinting away for another seven-pointer. CJ Stander was adjudged to have lost the ball forward as Munster pressed for the opening try of the second half, which Connacht eventually scored in the 53rd minute. Number eight McKeon was sent over in the left corner by league debutant Conor Gilsenan following some patient build-up play. The westerners reduced the arrears to 27-16 thanks to a Nikora penalty as Munster butchered a couple of opportunities from close-in lineouts. Henshaw and Poolman scrambled well to deny Conway in the left corner, however the visitors made certain of their five-point return when Donncha O’Callaghan won a turnover on the deck and number eight Butler muscled over from a ruck. Munster emptied their bench with Conor Murray getting some game-time in the out-half position, with their usual back-up number 10 JJ Hanrahan currently nursing a groin injury. Connacht gained some late consolation when Poolman picked off a loose pass and cantered clear for a deserved score which Dan Parks converted.
Macau: Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario scored the final spot-kick as Inter Milan beat Neymar-less Paris Saint-Germain on penalties in Macau. With their want-away Brazilian superstar left out of the trip to the former Portuguese colony, PSG were seconds from victory on Saturday before Samuele Longo’s injury-time equaliser made it 1-1. Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic saved from Adil Aouchiche and then Arthur Zagre before Mario stepped up to slot the winner for Inter, who edged the penalties 6-5. The win for Antonio Conte’s side comes just days after they lost to Italian rivals Juventus on penalties in a friendly in China. Neymar, linked with a move back to his former club Barcelona, remained in China’s Shenzhen, PSG’s previous stop on their Asian tour, while his team-mates flew to gambling enclave Macau. During a scrappy game in sweltering Macau, Inter were quicker out of the blocks forcing three fine stops from PSG’s Alphonse Areola in the first 10 minutes. New signing Stefano Sensi and Ivan Perisic was instrumental in the early Inter attack, producing quick probing passes and causing problems behind the PSG defence. In Neymar’s absence, it was French World Cup-winner Kylian Mbappe who drew cheers from the 8,800-strong crowd with his driving runs, although he was often let down by his final touch. Just before halftime Mbappe was brought down by Milan Skriniar and new signing Pablo Sarabia floated a free-kick which a climbing Thilo Kehrer glanced into the net. Inter leapt into the attack in the second half, with Perisic jinking his way into the box to force another fine save from Areola, before sending the rebound soaring over the bar. Inter continued to squander chances, and the heat added to their frustration, with Perisic seeing another chance creep over on 78 minutes. But in the last minute of injury time substitute Longo picked up a bobbling pass trickling through the PSG box to drive the ball into the bottom corner, past the otherwise rock-solid Areola, who thumped the ground in frustration. ‘Target practice’ Penalties went to sudden death after PSG’s Adil Aouchiche’s effort was stopped by Handanovic, but Antonio Candreva’s cheeky attempt to chip Areola backfired and glanced off the crossbar. It was up to Handanovic to make another fine stop from Arthur before Mario calmly buried the crucial kick. “We can play much better than we played today,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. “The conditions were difficult, of course… but we didn’t have a good structure, which was disappointing,” he said, referring to the heat that saw the referee call several mini-breaks so that players could rehydrate. Next week PSG will take on Rennes, and seek payback for their cup final loss last season. For that fixture “we need to be better organised… and we need to do some target practice,” Tuchel said. Inter’s battling performance was “an important step in preparing” for the upcoming Serie A season, said their boss Conte. Asked whether Romelu Lukaku would be leaving Manchester United to come to Milan for the campaign, he responded cryptically. “He’s a great player… but it is very difficult for me to tell you anything.” Neymar sat out of the match against Inter Milan.Neymar is reportedly been linked to a move to FC Barcelona.Inter Milan won the match 6-5 on penalties. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights
“If we want to get back to the ballpark and get life back to life as normal this is a simple step,” 49ers CEO Jed York said about wearing masks.___Organizers of the Cancun Challenge are moving this fall’s Thanksgiving week college basketball tournament to the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.They’re hoping the new venue will help keep athletes, coaches, staff members and fans safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage. The arena is located six miles from Kennedy Space Center and seats approximately 1,500 fans.Last fall organizers announced the field would feature men’s teams from Clemson, Illinois State, Mississippi State and Purdue on Nov. 24-25 and women’s teams from Florida State, Houston, Iowa, Northeastern, Purdue, Toledo, Southern California and VCU on Nov. 26-28. Tennessee was added to the women’s field later. ___The San Francisco 49ers and Giants are teaming with a health care company to distribute hundreds of thousands of cloth masks throughout the Bay Area to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.The two teams announced the plan Thursday to work with Dignity Health and their flagship radio station KNBR on the initiative to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign advocating wearing masks in public.The teams will each produce masks co-branded with Dignity Health’s logo that will be distributed at no charge to fans, workers on the front lines of the pandemic and community organizations. The Giants masks are currently being distributed with the baseball season scheduled to start next week. The 49ers masks are set to be distributed starting next month.The initiative will start with 200,000 masks and could reach 500,000 if there is demand. There was no mention of whether the game could be rescheduled. The league is scheduled to finish its season next Wednesday.Sochi last month won a game 10-1 against FC Rostov after a virus outbreak forced Rostov to send a team of youth and academy players. Another club, FC Orenburg, forfeited two games following an outbreak at the club and has since been relegated. Another game was postponed last month after three virus cases among Dynamo Moscow players.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The University of Northern Colorado has suspended athletic workout activities after a spate of positive cases of COVID-19, including among football players who have been advised to quarantine. There is no timeline for when the student athletes will be allowed to return to voluntary workouts at the campus about an hour north of Denver.The university on Thursday declined to identify those who tested positive for the virus, citing patient privacy and Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment regulations.The school is working with local health officials on contract tracing to notify anyone who came in close contact with the student athletes who were infected.___The West Coast Conference will delay the start of fall competition in all sports until Sept. 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Gov. Lamont has done a tremendous job leading our state through this difficult time,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “We will continue to consult with his team and follow the guidance of state and public health officials to find the best path forward.”___Michigan State University is temporarily reducing salaries for athletic department employees under contract who make at least $100,000 to cope with the loss of revenue related to the COVID-19 pandemic.The move announced Thursday will cost Hall of Fame basketball coach Tom Izzo just under $250,000 and football coach Mel Tucker a little more than a quarter million dollars based on a 7% cut in pay for employees making at least $500,000.Michigan State athletic Bill Beekman will reduce his $750,000 salary by 10%. Athletic department employees who make $100,000 to $149,999 will have their salaries reduced by 2%. The pay cuts will begin Sept. 1 and will end Aug. 31, 2021. Final details about hotels, travel packages, teams and schedules have not been finalized, organizers say, and fans are being asked to wait to book trips until more details are available.___The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has suspended fall sports, becoming the third Division I league to postpone its football season.Following fellow FCS conferences the Ivy League and Patriot League, the MEAC announced it would not have competition in the fall and consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester.The MEAC is comprised of 11 historically black colleges, though its membership is in flux. Earlier this year, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman announced they would be leaving the MEAC and joining the Southwestern Athletic Conference next year. MEAC-power North Carolina A&T has announced it will be moving to the Big South in 2021. ___The Mid-American Conference will delay the start of its fall Olympic sports, including men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, to Sept. 3. The conference football season is also scheduled to begin that day. The conference said the decision will provide more time to provide for a safe return to competition.___The Cancun Challenge basketball tournament for men and women has been moved from Mexico to Melbourne, Florida, because of the coronavirus.The games will be played at Eastern Florida State College. Details on the fields and schedule will be released later. Last year’s event was held in late November. “It is critical that the local public health status of COVID-19 be considered when determining if professional sporting events should take place in the jurisdiction, with or without spectators,” Juliano wrote. “We all want to see our teams back on their respective fields, but, frankly, this should not come at the expense of the health and safety of the people in their organizations and our community.”The coalition includes the top health officials from 30 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, including virtually every major league city. It noted that testing should not replace the quarantine of those diagnosed with COVID-19, and recommended that players and staff cooperate with contact tracing. Teams should report clusters of three or more positive cases that occur within a two-week period.___Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he’s reluctant to allow UConn’s football team to travel to states with high coronavirus infection rates this fall.UConn, which is scheduled to play its first season as an independent after leaving the American Athletic Conference has road games scheduled at Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and San Jose State. Lamont said should the team travel to a state where infection rates remain high, Husky players would be subject to Connecticut’s 14-day quarantine rule upon their return to Storrs. July 16, 2020 Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, one of the NBA players who tested positive for COVID-19, says he has been wearing a mask at practice for two reasons: To help get in shape and to make his teammates comfortable he won’t spread the disease.Brogdon was a late arrival in Orlando, Florida, after announcing June 24 that he had a positive test. He returned to practice for the first time Wednesday and intends to wear the mask until games start.“I feel really good,” Brogdon said. “My conditioning is not where I want it to be, of course. It’s not NBA shape. But I’ve heard people say I look more in shape than they thought I would. I will definitely be in shape by the time games start.”Coach Nate McMillan said the decision is entirely up to Brogdon.“He doesn’t have to do that,” McMillan said. “But we haven’t really thought about it (spreading) because of all the testing we have go through.” More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Power Five conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — have been working toward a minimum standard for testing throughout major college football. Though the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week that they would play only conference games this football season to help minimize potential disruptions caused by COVID-19, other FBS conferences have not yet decided on scheduling formats for the coming season, which appears to be in peril because of the surging pandemic. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the testing protocols will apply throughout the regular and bowl seasons. More operational protocols are still being finalized, as are testing protocols for other sports. ___A top-division Russian soccer game has been called off after nine people at FC Sochi tested positive for the virus.The Russian Premier League says Sochi’s game against Tambov will not take place as scheduled on Thursday. The league hasn’t said how many of the nine are players. The Latest: Northern Colorado suspends sports workouts ___The Miami Dolphins say they’re prepared to play with or without spectators this season, but they will not allow fans to attend their home preseason game or training camp, and there will be no tailgating during the regular season.The changes were made because of the coronavirus and announced Thursday.Stadium capacity for regular-season games will be determined later. Social distancing will be required if spectators are allowed, and fans and stadium employees will be required to wear masks when not eating or drinking.“Things are changing week to week, and we are still more than two months away from our first scheduled regular-season home game,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “So we’ll wait and work with local authorities, and make the determination about fans or no fans based on the data as we get closer. … We’re ready for any scenario.” Wisconsin’s renovation of the Kohl Center is on a different timeline and hasn’t been delayed at this point.___The Big East Conference has joined several other leagues in deciding to play only conference opponents during the fall sports season, if it’s able to play at all.The basketball-focused conference announced the decision Thursday. The Big East still hasn’t decided whether it will conduct a fall season and championships.The league said in the coming weeks, it will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in Big East communities and will provide further updates on dates and formats “as appropriate.” All decisions regarding fall conference competition will be guided by health and safety concerns and will be made in accordance with NCAA actions and policies. ___Wisconsin is delaying its renovation of the south end-zone seating area inside Camp Randall Stadium due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic.The project was scheduled to begin after the 2020 football season and completed by the start of the 2021 schedule.“We are obviously operating in a time of great uncertainty,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Given our construction timeline and the timing around when decisions had to be made, we felt it was best to be prudent and delay the project for a bit.’’The renovation includes enhanced seating options such as loge boxes and club seats as well as access to indoor and outdoor hospitality clubs and climate-controlled amenities and premium food offerings. The sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, volleyball and field hockey. The Big East’s plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons remain unaffected at this time.The Big East’s members, located in eight of the country’s top 36 largest media markets, are Butler, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.___The American Athletic Conference will require all its schools to test football players for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before competition.The announcement Thursday by the American comes ahead of the expected release of recommendations from the NCAA. Associated Press Brogdon also is coming back from a torn quad muscle in his thigh he suffered March 4. The Pacers had listed Brogdon as week to week when the season was suspended in mid-March.He also says he intends to carry a message on the back of his jersey though he declined to say what it will say.___A coalition of health department leaders in major American cities cautioned Major League Baseball to avoid risky behavior when the season resumes next week.In statement issued by Executive Director Chrissie Juliano, the Big Cities Health Coalition made some recommendations about procedures to follow when the baseball season resumes July 23. They range from proper handwashing stations to only traveling on charter flights. The league said Thursday that the affected sports are cross country, soccer and volleyball. The decision doesn’t apply to sports which aren’t sponsored by the league, including BYU and University of San Diego football.Training and practices can be conducted at the discretion of each school.Sports that are played in the spring won’t participate in any fall competition before Sept. 24, which includes baseball, beach volleyball, golf, rowing, softball and tennis.Men’s and women’s basketball, which are scheduled to start Nov. 10, aren’t affected.___
The USC Middle East Studies Program held a panel to discuss the political situation in Turkey, which experienced an attempted coup in July, Monday in the Von KleinSmid Center. Assistant Professor Mehmet Sinan Birdal of Isik University’s department of international relations and Assistant Professor Veli Yashin of USC Dornsife’s department of comparative literature led the discussion, which included an audience consisting of students, faculty and alumni. While both professors connected their thoughts to the topic of the coup, which was carried out by a faction within the Turkish military, both provided different angles on Turkish politics. Yashin read his latest paper on political trends in Turkey as an introduction, while Birdal used photographs to illustrate the methods that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using to consolidate his power. “The biggest question, I think, right now, is who represents the people — the parliament or the president,” Birdal said. “More specific is the question of whether the office of the presidency is an executive office or a symbolic office. Even though Erdogan has a hold of the masses, that does not mean that he is the masses.Birdal gave a bit of background on Erdogan’s role in power and how it affected Turkey’s current state. According to Birdal, Erdogan’s rise to power was a compromise between two evils — the alternative of which was complete warfare between the two conflicting groups of elites.“If the rivalry between two groups of elites is so fierce that without a strong hand things would get out of hand … then you need a single person to rule over the factions,” Birdal said. “And Erdogan was this person who took this position.” Yashin spoke about the complexities involved when different factions within Turkey compete for their individual interests. The most well-known of these is the ongoing conflict in Southeastern Turkey between the government and Kurdish rebels, who aim to establish an independent nation. “One thing you have to understand is that the western media frames everything happening in Turkey as a conflict between secularists and Islamists,” Yashin said. “But when one contemplates the Turkish coup, much of the coup roots itself in what’s happening in the Kurdish region, and there are also other external factors, but the western media doesn’t really cover that.”Yashin said that although the coup attempt in July was meant to topple Erdogan, it actually served as a tool for him to gain more power because it provided him with an excuse to strengthen his hold on the country. Since the event, Erdogan has carried out “purges” of government officials, university professors and others that he sees as potentially dangerous to his regime, claiming that these people were involved in the attempted coup.“The idea that the specific actors of the coup attempt are being punished is a fiction,” Yashin said. “This coup attempt was a ‘gift of God,’ as Erdogan put it. It was only used to intensify what was an ongoing process of Erdogan trying to unite Turkey against the Kurds.”Both Birdal and Yashin agreed that Turkey’s current situation is in a crisis. The military had previously toppled Turkey’s government in 1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997, but Birdal said that Erdogan’s determination to jail and detain those he claims are responsible for the most recent attempt are undemocratic.“Half of the Turkish government graduated from the Ankara University, where I studied political science,” Birdal said. “So they know everything that I know. That’s why I’m not sure why the state of the government is like this because they all know it will fail in the end.” Yashin pointed out that there is no clear solution, but that the steps the Turkish government has taken in response to the coup attempt have been counterproductive. “In many ways, Turkey is facing a constitutional, foundational crisis,” Yashin said. “We don’t know yet if it is going to survive this process, or if a new Turkey is going to emerge. The government needs to somehow redefine itself, but what has happened so far does not look promising.”
After a few clicks and a short Google Maps search later, it’s easy to see how far Saginaw, Mich., is from Taft, Calif.To measure it in miles (2,304), however, wouldn’t quite tell you how far USC men’s basketball’s newest and youngest starting backcourt — freshmen Bryce Jones and Maurice Jones — have come to form an on-court bond that is bound to raise eyebrows from naysayers and skeptics alike.In September 2009, while headlines of a falling football dynasty were swirling around USC, first-year basketball coach and top-notch recruiter Kevin O’Neill was putting into motion what would become his first class of incoming freshmen.Recruiting visits are typically mundane, standard and trite. When Taft High School standout Bryce Jones made the nearby trek to USC’s athletic facilities for the first time, he was greeted by the unfamiliar yet welcoming face of Midwest recruit Maurice Jones.Maurice Jones, who played at Arthur Hill High School — the same high school as two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Jason Richardson — is mild-mannered, reserved and lacks the vocal presence of the traditionally loud-mouthed, boisterous point guards in the Pac-10.But though he might possess the subtle shyness that often accompanies an 18-year-old still trying to find himself thousands of miles away from home, it is on the court where Jones’ identity is most clearly defined.A speedster and sensational distributor by nature, Maurice Jones’ cross-country trip to USC last September was not as clear-cut as his future running mate’s, who had already gained regional recognition for his high school exploits as an explosive offensive threat both on the perimeter and on the boards.But encouraged by his high school coach Greg McMath — who just happened to be a close friend of O’Neill’s — the 5-foot-7 point guard was convinced into taking the recruiting trip for one reason: a chance to play in a big conference right away.Although playing time was a motivating factor in the Midwesterner’s decision to start his collegiate career across the country, what ultimately drove his decision to don the cardinal and gold came from a sense of belonging that was fostered by his preliminary opportunity to bond with Bryce Jones and fellow newcomers Garrett Jackson and Curtis Washington.“When I came on my initial visit, everybody on the team was cool, you know. We all hung out,” said Maurice Jones. “That was good for me to see who else was coming in with me if I decided to come here.”For local-star Bryce Jones, the words “distributor” and “team player” were about as far from the 6-foot-5 shooting guard’s vernacular as Saginaw and Taft are in distance when he first met his future teammates. As an athlete who admitted last year that he was “selfish” and focused too often on competing for points with high school teammate DeAndre Daniels, a weekend with Maurice Jones, the Wolverine State’s premier, selfless floor general, seemed like a precarious situation on paper.But just as championships are not won on paper, neither are the relationships.From pickup games and taking in a USC football game to hanging out and sharing stories of future aspirations, it didn’t take long for Taft’s marquee talent to realize the two had a lot more in common than a surname.“We all got along great,” Bryce Jones said. “During pickup games we played well together, so I kind of felt like we were all going to be here.”Now, more than a year later, the gem of O’Neill’s 2010-2011 recruiting class isn’t just running the wing with his quickly forming partner in crime out on the hardwood — he’s living with him.This summer the two freshmen trained together, played in tournaments together, ate pizza together, fawned over the formation of the Miami Heat’s new Big Three together, and, most importantly, matured together.Their three months of unified growth is the type of bond that will instantly pay dividends between the black lines of the Galen Center, regardless of the academic year in which they are entering.Although their biographies will tell a story of two separate individuals, raised in two separate backgrounds, driven on a court by two distinctly separate skill sets, it’s the component you can’t see which makes the pair an instant threat in the Pac-10.Instinctive cohesion.“It’s like no matter what, we always know where the other one is going to be on the floor,” Bryce Jones said.With the influx of inexperienced players USC has seen prior to its 2010-2011 campaign, the No. 6 label that conference voters placed upon the unfazed Trojans’ last week is reasonable to say the least.Although from an outsider’s point of view the upcoming season could result in a feast or famine-like outcome, the much-anticipated answer will likely be found in the youthful glue which holds together the Trojans’ continuous development: the Jones Boys.Though even the most fortuitous prognosticator can’t be quite certain where this mixture of ability will be on the proverbial dance floor when the hands of time strike March, keeping up with the Joneses’ intangible connection might be a lot tougher for teams who make the mistake of measuring the Trojans’ backcourt simply by the numbers.“For The Love Of The Game” runs Wednesdays. 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We’ve seen great sibling athletes before: the Mortons (Johnnie and Chad), the McKeevers (Marlin and Mike), the Boones (Bret and Aaron), the Floreses (Ron and Randy) and the Jensens (Luke and Murphy).Making their case for a spot on this list are senior Riley and sophomore Maddison McKibbin, two brothers on the undefeated USC men’s volleyball team.Renee Cohn | Daily TrojanHailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, the brothers have seen each other grow and develop in the sport since they first touched a volleyball.“We’ve come a long way from playing in the backyard,” Riley said. “It’s kind of funny that we’re both playing together again.”Volleyball doesn’t often get the acclaim of football, baseball or even tennis.But if it did, the McKibbin brothers would be a superstar duo.The McKibbins play two different positions — Riley is a setter, Maddison is a hitter.They don’t look alike, either.Riley has a mop of dark brown hair reminiscent of John Travolta in Grease, while Maddison sports a cropped blond ‘do that is consummate Wall Street.Their approaches to the sport are distinct as well.“Riley comes in just doing his thing, and Maddison wants to know why he’s doing [certain] things,” said USC assistant strength coach Brent Metz.Still, despite their differences, the brothers add a special dynamic to the court.“It does bring this cohesiveness,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “Not only are you teammates, but you’re a third of the six guys out there.”A perfect assist by one McKibbin creates the perfect kill for the other.“I try to take as much pressure off our hitters, including Maddison — actually sometimes especially Maddison,” Riley said. “I don’t want him to look bad and I want him to play well.”It’s family instinct.That’s not to say they aren’t competitive.“Sometimes he’s hard to play with,” Maddison said. “I’m sure I’d feel the same way that every time he sets me, he kind of cringes and hopes I put it away.”Four other brother duos have been a part of USC volleyball history. Curt and Kent Caldwell were on the same team in 1972, Bryan and Pat Ivie in 1991, Beau and Omar Rawi in 1999 and J.T. and Marcus Gilmour in 2002.What makes the McKibbins different is their opportunity to excel together.USC was 3-7 overall in 1972, Bryan was the much better Ivie and Marcus Gilmour was plagued with a knee injury for most of his college career.Riley and Maddison seem to resemble the Rawis pair most, except that Beau and Omar Rawi were both hitters.Instead, the McKibbins share the limelight with their collaborative highlights.“Volleyball is such a sport where you really have to rely on the other people around you to make plays for you,” said senior opposite hitter Murphy Troy. “When you’re that close to someone like they are, they can count on each other to make plays.”It’s simply the connection they have.Both graduated from Punahou High, where Maddison and Riley won six total state championships, two of which they won together in 2006.Maddison made the Junior Olympics All-Tourney teams three consecutive years, from 2006-2008.Riley won a gold medal at the AAU Junior National Beach Volleyball Championships in 2007.Last year alone, Maddison made the 2010 MPSF All-Freshman team and Riley made the MPSF All-Academic.Maddison called his brother the team’s silent leader.“I just try to be as supportive as I can,” Riley said.Riley, however, was anything but silent when praising his younger sibling.“He’s come a long way,” the senior McKibbin said. “He’s grown up so much, he wasn’t always as confident and aggressive as he is on the court.”Riley and Maddison aren’t the only McKibbins to leave their mark in USC volleyball history.The duo’s uncle, Owen, lettered at USC, and their aunt, Claudia, was a part of the Women of Troy’s national championship run in 1980.“Sharing the court, playing with a sibling is something very few people get to do and it makes the experience all that much better,” Maddison said.Supportive, competitive and combative, the McKibbin brothers have helped the Trojans to a 6-0 start this season.Must be that brotherly love.
Ibiza has been quick to react to a video that has gone viral in which several of its ball collectors show a racist attitude against Christian Joel, Sporting B goalkeeper. The club has issued a statement condemning the recording, in which you can see these young people calling “immigrant” to the goalkeeper of the Asturian team while they show his shirt.This is the one that Ibiza’s full statement:“Ibiza strongly disapproves of the behavior of the ball boy who have sent a video in which they dedicate racist and disrespectful messages to goalkeeper Christian Joel and the club in which he plays, Real Sporting de Gijón B. How could it be otherwise, our club will expel these boys from the Academy in a fulminating way. The Ibiza is a sports entity formed by people from very different backgrounds, languages and beliefs. In this house we work so that football is a meeting point and a place of coexistence in which, obviously, this type of behavior must be persecuted, denounced and eliminated at the root.From Ibiza we have already contacted Christian and Sporting to apologize for these unfortunate events. “