High school wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks displayed ‘character,’ his parents say

first_imgEric Fehrenbacher/iStock(BUENA, N.J.) — The parents of the high school wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a match say they’re overwhelmed by the support their son has received.Charles and Rosa Johnson released a statement through their lawyer, saying their son Andrew has been dealing with the aftermath of the controversial incident.“Wrestling has taught Andrew to be resilient in the face of adversity. As we move forward, we are comforted by both the strength of Andrew’s character and the support he’s received from the community. We will do all that we can to make sure that no student-athlete is forced to endure what Andrew experienced,” his parents said in the statement.Johnson, who is black, was told he could not compete with long hair at a meet in Atlantic County on Dec. 19. He was given 90 seconds to decide, according to his family’s statement.Johnson was wearing his usual headgear and covering his hair, but the referee said it was not in compliance with state rules. He then gave the teen the ultimatum of cutting his dreadlocks or forfeiting the match.Dominic Speziali, an attorney who is representing the family, argued that the referee should have raised any concerns during the pre-match weigh-in. And though the referee missed the weigh-in because he was late to the meet, he “failed to raise any issues with the length of his hair or the need to wear a head covering.”After Johnson went out to compete, an athletic trainer then cut his dreadlocks.“As the trainer is cutting Andrew’s hair in the middle of the gym, the referee is behind them directing her to keep cutting until he was satisfied with the length,” Speziali said in the statement.The family defended the athletic trainer and their son’s coaches.“As this matter is further investigated, the family wants to be clear that they are supportive of Andrew’s coaches and the team’s athletic trainer,” Speziali said. “The blame here rests primarily with the referee and those that permitted him to continue in that role despite clear evidence of what should be a disqualifying race-related transgression.”The referee is not identified in the family’s statement, but Philadelphia ABC station WPVI identified him as Alan Maloney.Maloney did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. Speziali’s statement notes that the family is awaiting the results of an ongoing inquiry into the referee’s conduct by the N.J. Division of Civil Rights.Meanwhile, the teen’s parents said in the statement that Andrew has received a “thunderous outpouring of unsolicited support — including from an Olympic wrestler, leading civil rights advocates, and elected officials.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Relax, Just Do It: Stress Reduction For Everyone

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreYou probably have a routine for when you get home from work. You might go through your mail, change out of your work clothes, spend a few minutes checking in with your spouse or maybe grab something to drink. You get the idea.You basically have a handful of automatic responses designed to help you physically and emotionally recover from your day. And it requires no thinking on your part. Unfortunately, because of the increasingly complex and demanding lives most of us are choosing to live, these automatic responses are not enough. They should be. They could be. But to keep living life in the fast lane, they’re not. So what can you do about it? For starters, recognize that your body needs to learn how to achieve a state of relaxation in order to function properly. The quickest, easiest technique is proper breathing. Here’s one version:   • Direct your attention to your breathing. • Slowly inhale through your nose.   • Hold this breath. • Then slowly exhale through your mouth. • And hold. • Repeat the entire breathing cycle at your own pace. Taking no more than a few minutes each day to focus on your breathing can significantly reduce stress. And when combined with proper nutrition and physical exercise, this simple shift is sure to have a noticeable positive impact to your well being. Need more of a challenge? Practice tension reduction exercises before getting out of bed in the morning and before going to sleep at night. While in a reclining position, tense your right foot for 3-5 seconds and then release. Repeat with your left foot. Moving slowly up the body, make sure to target your calves, thighs, buttocks, stomach, chest, arms, hands, neck and head areas. Five to ten minutes of alternating between tensing and relaxing leaves your body, when done properly, feeling like Jell-O.Going DeeperMaybe you are looking for a lifestyle change and want more than just stress reduction techniques. You can start by objectively looking at where you have been and where you are going. Carve out enough time in the next week to spend some alone time reflecting on your life choices and honestly ask, is this what I want? Maybe it is but maybe it isn’t. And how will you ever know until you slow down enough to ask? The vast majority of the world, by not taking the time to self reflect, basically says, “go ahead and give me the autopilot option.”  Sometimes the autopilot option turns out just fine but a lot of times you get to a place where you wish life would have turned out differently. And that’s okay because it is these moments when we pause, that new ideas are likely to surface.Regardless of whether you like your current life and just want to be healthier or you find yourself at a place where you want to make some changes, relax and just do it!    Michelle Ellwanger is a licensed professional counselor trained in meditation.  She owns and operates a private practice on 25 acres “off the beaten path”. For more information, go to: www.resthealgrow.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Derrick Henry: Alabama’s 200-yard man

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:ffa5a0beb17e967ceae24c97 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-376088-4613428430001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning 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 CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry ran for 200 yards for the third time this season as he went for 204 and two scores in Saturday’s 31-6 win at Mississippi State. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Waite Park City Council Looks to Approve Pickleball Court Plans

first_img 360p Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 720p HD WAITE PARK — Waite Park residents will be albe to play Pickleball games as soon as this fall.During last (Monday) night’s city council meeting, the council approved plans for six pickleball courts to be built at River’s Edge Park.Waite Park Public Works Director Bill Schluenz says with the approval they will now begin collecting bids for the project, which is estimated at $470,000. About Connatix V56892 The courts are part of Phase 3 of improvements to the park and will be built just south of the Splash Pad at the corner of 3rd Street and 10th Avenue.Schluenz says they have a bid date of June 30th and if all goes well construction will begin this summer with completion expected by September or October.center_img 1/1 1080p HD Auto (360p) About Connatix V56892last_img read more

After Messi mauling Liverpool face reunion with Benitez

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, (Reuters) – Shaken by the brilliance of Lionel Messi and a 3-0 Champions League defeat in Barcelona, Liverpool know that anything but a Premier League win at Newcastle United tomorrow would leave their dreams of honours this season in tatters. The second-leg of their semi-final with Barcelona awaits at Anfield on Tuesday with Juergen Klopp’s side needing a comeback of Istanbul proportions if they are to reach the final.If the scoreline in Spain felt a harsh reflection on Liverpool’s efforts on the night, there is a similar feeling about their Premier League campaign.Klopp’s side have lost just once all season but unless leaders Manchester City slip up in their final two games – at home to Leicester City on Monday and then at Brighton and Hove Albion – the Merseysiders will have to settle for second place. “We’ve obviously got to bounce back first for the weekend, pick ourselves up again after this disappointment,” said Liverpool midfielder James Milner.“But I think we’ve all seen the heart in the dressing room before and the drive, the team spirit. We will be ready to go at the weekend. Hopefully we can get the result and get a bit of positive feeling going into the second leg,” he added.Liverpool fans may draw on the collective memory of their comeback from three goals down to beat AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul, but the man who masterminded that famous victory will sit on the opposition bench at St James’ Park tomorrow. Spanish coach Rafa Benitez has kept Newcastle in the top flight for another season and has created a team with a solid defensive structure that should provide a challenge even for Liverpool’s prolific attack.Mohamed Salah (21 goals) and Sadio Mane (20 goals) should be reunited with Roberto Firmino, who missed the 5-0 win over Huddersfield and started on the bench in Barcelona.Another former Liverpool manager could have a say in the title race this week with Brendan Rodgers leading his Leicester City side to the Etihad to face City. Rodgers was in charge of Liverpool during their ultimately doomed title run-in five years ago and is back in the Premier League after enjoying success in Scotland with Celtic.Leicester showed signs of progress under Rodgers in beating Arsenal 3-0 on Sunday but City are in steely mood, as they illustrated in a hard-fought 1-0 win at a resilient Burnley.In the relegation battle, Cardiff City must beat Crystal Palace tomorrow and hope that Brighton are beaten at Arsenal a day later. Neil Warnock’s side are four points behind 17th-placed Brighton with two games remaining.Huddersfield and Fulham have already been relegated to the second tier Championship.last_img read more

Bertram Allen and Hector storm to runner-up finish in Rome’s €350,000 Rolex Grand Prix

first_imgHome  »  General  »  Bertram Allen and Hector storm to runner-up finish in Rome’s €350,000 Rolex Grand Prix 27 May 2018, 15:07 Bertram Allen and Hector storm to runner-up finish in Rome’s €350,000 Rolex Grand Prix Wexford’s Bertram Allen has recorded one of his best results of the season, taking runner-up spot in today’s (Sunday) €350,000 five-star Rolex Grand Prix at the Italian Nations Cup show held in the Piazza Di Siena, Rome.Rolex testimonee Bertram Allen and Hector finished second in the Rolex Grand Prix of Rome Riding the 11-year-old stallion Hector Van D’Abdijhoeve, owned by Noel Delahunty, Allen was one of 13 riders who made it into the second round jump-off which also included Mayo’s Michael G Duffy with The Irish Sport Horse Lapuccino. Duffy would go on to finish 10th after finishing with one fence down against the clock in 50.40 seconds. Video Playerhttp://www.horsesportireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/V11T26.mp400:0000:0001:39Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Watch Bertram Allen and Hector’s jump-off round from the Rome Rolex Grand PrixAllen and Hector had the plum draw as last to go and were chasing a target of clear in 45.37 which had been set by Italy’s Lorenzo De Luca with Halifax Van Het Kluizebos.A brilliant effort from the Irish pair saw them jump clear and crossed the line in 45.97, fractionally behind De Luca who lifted the winners trophy in front of his home fans. Bertram Allen’s runner-up finish saw him pocket €70,000 in what was a fitting result for the Wexford rider who is also a Rolex testimonee. Tags:last_img read more

NPFL: AFCON Winner Egwuekwe Joins Rivers United (AUDIO)

first_imgUnsettled Super Eagles defender Azubuike Egwuekwe has joined Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Rivers United on a one-year deal.The former Warri Wolves centre-back, who was part of Nigeria’s 2013 AFCON-winning squad, teams up with Stanley Eguma’s men from Libyan outfit, Al Nasr Benghazi.“He (Egwuekwe) has a burning desire to work under me,” Rivers United coach Eguma said of the 30-year-old defence stalwart. “And I see him too as a player who will bring a lot of experience to the team.Download Audio“We are parading a lot of rookies in this team and I need somebody that will impart that needed experience to boost the team, their morale and psychology. So, Azubuike is one of those players who fall within that range.”The towering central defender was an unused substitute as Rivers United was forced to a 1-1 draw by CAF Champions League campaigners, Enyimba in friendly in Aba on Monday morning.The former KuPS of Finland and SuperSport United of South Africa player has been capped 35 times by Nigeria, and also represented the Super Eagles at the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup and the 2014 World Cup both in Brazil.Relatedlast_img read more