Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., finally — and thankfully — recognized he really had no choice but to resign as Congress’ longest-serving member in the face of mounting accusations from multiple women that he had sexually harassed them.His is the first departure as Congress confronts issues of sexual harassment.Surely it won’t be the last — not if Congress is serious about putting an end to workplace abuse and sexual misbehavior. Conyers, 88, on Tuesday announced from a Detroit hospital where was being treated for a stress-related illness that he was immediately giving up the seat he has held for 52 years.It was sad to see the storied career of the longest-serving African-American in congressional history and an icon of liberal policymaking end so gracelessly.Having tried to delay the inevitable, he was defiant in his refusal to acknowledge any wrongdoing and selfish in seeking to anoint his son as his successor. Voters, not legacy, will decide who represents the Detroit-area district. Meanwhile, Conyers’ departure hopefully will serve as an example with lessons to be learned.Foremost to women who have been victims of sexual harassment and who saw themselves until recently as powerless to fight back and get justice.The women who stepped forward with credible claims of mistreatment were heard and believed, and there was an appropriate reckoning. Some credit for that goes to the Democratic Party, which worked to force Conyers out of office after determining the allegations had merit.Seemingly first working behind the scenes and then publicly calling on him to resign, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made clear after some initial hesitation that the party will not tolerate sexual harassment.It’s a message that has been reinforced with Pelosi’s demand that another Democrat, Rep. Ruben Kihuen, Nev., accused of propositioning his campaign finance director, resign, and with Democratic party leaders welcoming a Senate ethics committee inquiry into allegations that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., groped women at public events. Republicans, sad to say, are sending a very different message.It was recently revealed that Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, used $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim against him from his former spokeswoman.The woman, as detailed by Politico, saw her life upended.But there has been no call for Farenthold’s resignation from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., even though he was quick to want Conyers gone in the wake of similar allegations.Does Farenthold’s offer to pay back the $84,000 really set things right? Where’s the outrage?We gather it’s in the same place Republicans parked their principles when they decided that helping elect an accused child sex predator to the Senate — or giving a pass to a president who boasted about assaulting women — was OK because it served their political purposes. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jan 2020 4:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link150Shares Advertisement Gabriel Martinelli scored his first Premier League goal at the Emirates for Arsenal against Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)He wrote: ‘Gabi’s gonna be a superstar. Not because of the goal, because of the attitude Energy and mindset.’Aubameyang, meanwhile, will also miss the upcoming London derby against Chelsea and FA Cup fourth tie against Bournemouth after Arsenal failed in an attempt to get his ban reduced.‘I really didn’t mean to hurt Max Meyer with that challenge,’ wrote Aubameyang in his programme notes on Saturday. ‘I hope he gets well soon and I feel bad about it. It was a mistimed challenge.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I feel really bad towards my teammates and the club and also of course to Max.‘Hopefully he will be back playing soon. My intention was to get the ball and I got it wrong. I’m sorry.We were really going for the win, and as you have seen in our games recently we are working hard when we haven’t got the ball to win it back as soon as possible but this time I challenged too hard.’MORE: Layvin Kurzawa drops Arsenal transfer hint on social mediaMORE: Thomas Tuchel reacts to Arsenal’s transfer move for PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains why Gabriel Martinelli will become an Arsenal superstar Advertisement Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring for Arsenal against Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is convinced Gabriel Martinelli has the attitude and talent to take him to the very top.The Arsenal captain was forced to miss Saturday’s Premier League match against Sheffield United through suspension following his red card against Crystal Palce last weekend.Martinelli, an unheralded summer signing from Brazilian club Ituano, has impressed largely in cup competitions this season but was promoted to the starting line-up in the absence of Aubameyang.The 18-year-old missed Arsenal’s best chance of the opening half early on when he diverted Nicolas Pepe’s cross wide of the far post, but repaid manager Mikel Arteta’s faith on the stroke of half time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMartinelli demonstrated all of his goalscoring instinct by escaping the usually diligent Blades’ defence and prodding home Bukayo Saka’s cross at the far post, prompting Aubameyang to make a bold prediction. Comment
Everton have agreed a deal to sign out-of-contract Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on a five-year-deal. He has previously worked with Everton manager Roberto Martinez during a season-long loan at Wigan in 2010-11 and the Spaniard is a known admirer of the England international. “Everton have agreed a deal to sign Tom Cleverley when his contract expires at Manchester United on July 1,” said a statement on evertonfc.com. “The 25-year-old England midfield player will arrive on a five-year contract, becoming the first signing of the summer by manager Roberto Martinez.” The Everton manager believes they have signed a player who is entering the peak of his career. “We are extremely delighted to be welcoming Tom to Everton and I can think of many reasons as to why our fans will enjoy Tom representing our football club,” said Martinez. “The most important one is that he is a perfect fit for what we are trying to build here as he has so much experience of playing in the Premier League and he still has his best years just ahead of him. “At the age of 25 and a player who is representing his country, Tom has experienced winning trophies and having big roles in demanding teams. “Having worked with him previously, I know the type of character he is and I know that, with the Everton fans’ support, we will get a very special footballer joining our already exciting team. Press Association “It says a lot also, when someone like Tom is available on a free transfer and he can pick his next club out of many options home and abroad, that he has chosen to play for our football club. That’s the perfect start to his career here at Everton.” Martinez was keen to bolster his midfield and the capture of Cleverley at the second attempt will do that, although the Toffees boss is in the market primarily for a number 10 who can play behind the striker. He also needs another centre-back after the departure of veteran Sylvain Distin following the expiration of his contract. Youngster Brendon Galloway will provide back-up in that position after making his first-team breakthrough, although Martinez wants him and the 21-year-old Tyias Browning to go out on loan to gain valuable experience in the Championship and the target is for each to play around 20 matches – ideally in the first half of the season. The 25-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the month and the Toffees have moved quickly to secure his services. Cleverley spent last season on loan at FA Cup finalists Aston Villa after a deadline-day move to Everton collapsed last summer.
Last Updated: 13th December, 2019 13:24 IST Late Fightback Keeps Tiger Woods’ US In Hunt At Presidents Cup Tiger Woods’ US team staged a stirring late comeback to stay in the hunt at the Presidents Cup on Friday after the tournament appeared to be slipping away SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 13th December, 2019 13:24 IST Press Trust Of India Written By Tiger Woods’ US team staged a stirring late comeback to stay in the hunt at the Presidents Cup on Friday after the tournament appeared to be slipping away. The US went into the alternate shot or foursomes format on day two trailing 4-1, after Ernie Els’ Internationals enjoyed their best start to the biennial matchplay event since 2005. They ended it 6.5-3.5 behind after clawing their way back against from Els’ young unit, who had looked to be closing on the Internationals’ first victory since 1998.READ | Former NBA Commissioner Stern Has Emergency Brain SurgeryAt one point the Internationals were ahead in all five matches, but Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay both drilled huge putts on the 18th to clinch narrow victories for a US team that desperately needed points, with playing-captain Woods leading wild celebrations. Els, who has been meticulous in his planning, played in the Internationals’ lone triumph 21 years ago and showed his team video highlights to instill how much it means to win. They again responded admirably, winning two, losing two and halving one on a pulsating day.READ | Saudi Arabia To Stage First Women’s Pro Golf EventWith 30 points at stake over the week, they need another nine from Saturday’s eight matches and the 12 singles on Sunday for a famous victory. The omens looked good for the Internationals in a heavyweight opening clash that pitted former world number one Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar against the experienced Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott. They started well, clinching the opening hole with Johnson driving off the tee then draining a birdie putt. Oosthuizen then missed a simple putt to hand the US a two-up lead by the fifth, before the International pair began clicking to win the sixth and eighth. They turned the screws as the crowd roared them on to win at the 11th, 13th and 14th and whip the dejected Americans 3 and 2.Reed digs inBehind them Canada’s Adam Hadwin gave his team a lead on the first hole after a beautiful approach shot from young Chilean Joaquin Niemann against Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay. In a see-sawing tie, the advantage kept changing hands before Cantlay stepped up to sink a massive pressure putt on the last to get the US team on the scoreboard. Inspired, Woods and Justin Thomas, the only US pair to win on Thursday, matched the exploits.READ | New York Jets Vs Baltimore Ravens Highlights: Lamar Jackson Steals The Show In 41-25 WinWoods missed a birdie putt on the first but found his range and he and Thomas raced two-up through five against Hideki Matsuyama and An Byeong-hun, before the Internationals incredibly won three in a row to be one-up by the eighth. In a close match, it went to the wire where Thomas held his nerve to drain a long and difficult putt to secure the match, with Woods fist-pumping and hugging his teammate. Patrick Reed was met with boos again on his opening hole after his penalty for improving his lie in the Bahamas last week.He appeared unfazed, making a birdie on the first with partner Webb Simpson before Australia’s Marc Leishman and impressive Mexican Abraham Ancer hit straight back on the second. The Internationals then took control, hitting the lead at the fifth and never relinquishing it to win 3 and 2, with Reed finally responding to barracking from fans, cupping a hand to his ear and making a digging motion with his putter at the 11th. Australian debutant Cameron Smith was rested on Thursday after calling Reed a cheat over the incident in the Bahamas, and he was greeted with cheers by the partisan crowd. He sunk a monster birdie putt to put himself and partner Im Sung-jae one-up at the first against Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler. They also claimed the second hole and hung on until the 17th when the Americans levelled to claim a valuable half-point. READ | Lapitov’s Indiscretion Lets NE Rhinos Escape To Vital Victory FOLLOW US
African champions Nigeria will have to overcome fatigue and the absence of key attackers when they face Kenya in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier.The Super Eagles are under pressure to win in Nairobi as they lead Group F only on goals scored from Malawi, who could capitalise on any slip by winning their game against Namibia.But Nigeria’s preparations have been far from ideal, as they will have clocked about 22,000 air miles by the time they land in Kenya just 24 hours before they face the Harambee Stars.After a 2-2 friendly draw with with Mexico last Friday in the United States, Nigeria returned to a training camp before flying to Nairobi via Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.In addition to the effects of travel weariness, Nigeria will be without key strikers Emmanuel Emenike, Kalu Uche and Victor Moses.With goals hard to come by in the group – only seven have been scored in six matches – Nigeria’s task has been made even more difficult by the trio’s absence. “The travelling will definitely have an effect,” said Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi. We may not have time for a proper practice session in Kenya.“We need every training session that can be arranged because we must a correct a few problems that cropped up during the match against Mexico.“The game against Kenya will resemble a cup final. It is never easy to win away in Africa and we have to prove worthy champions.”Keshi said midfielders John Ogu and Ogenyi Onazi and striker Ideye Brown took knocks against Mexico, but he expected the Europe-based trio to be available.Also joining up with the squad are midfielder John Mikel Obi and striker Ahmed Musa, who helped CSKA Moscow win the Russian Double at the weekend. Kenya may have struggled at home against Nigeria in the past – they have never beaten them in their own capital – but there was no inferiority complex from Oman-based Jamal Mohammed after a training session.“If we defeat Nigeria no one can stop us and the team can start thinking realistically about the World Cup in Brazil next year,’ the midfielder told reporters.However, Mohammed admitted the absence of goalkeeper Arnold Origi and striker and skipper Dennis Oliech through suspensions was a double blow to the hosts, who will also be without midfielder McDonald Mariga.Meanwhile, Malawi coach Edington Ng’onamo has admitted he would rather be playing on Saturday, when the game was originally scheduled for before the Group F matches were switched because of Nigeria’s participation in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.“I am not happy that the games have been moved because it mean most of the supporters will not come to support the national team,” Ng’onamo told BBC Sport. But he issued a rallying cry to his side to get maximum points and turn the screw on Nigeria.“We will play attacking football against Nambia from the first whistle to the last whistle. The boys will be flat out and they are going to sweat blood,” he added.“I don’t know what will happen with Nigeria. in their matches but our aim is to beat Namibia, and then Kenya next week, to move on to 11 points.”Ng’onamo has recalled midfielder Dave Banda and equally experienced striker Chiukepo Msowoya for the match, which will be played on the artificial pitch at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.“The aim is to win the game on Wednesday because we have home advantage and we must make use of it,” he said. “My players are more used to this pitch than any other while rivals tend to struggle because of the surface.” Namibia will be without several of their South Africa-based players, including strikers Rudolf Bester of Orlando Pirates and Henrico Botes from league runners-up Platinum Stars.