Nice-Marseille paused due to homophobic banners

first_imgThe Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille on Wednesday was paused after homophobic banners were displayed.Two signs including homophobic language were seen in the crowd at Allianz Riviera, leading referee Clement Turpin to stop the game.A delay of around five minutes followed before the match got back under way, with Nice player Wylan Cyprien critical of the interruption. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “We can’t stop a game every time that stupid people act like that,” he said to Canal+. “I am against every discrimination, homophobia or racism.”But we can’t stop games for that. It’s ridiculous.”Referees in France have been instructed to stop matches if homophobic banners are displayed, or homophobic chanting is heard, during the 2019-20 season.The Ligue 2 match between Nancy and Le Mans on August 16 was the first to be temporarily suspended, while a referee threatened to do the same during the meeting of Monaco and Nimes in the top flight on Sunday.The controversy at Nice came in the week British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe completed his long-awaited takeover. Nice Olympique MarseilleRatcliffe is the president of petrochemicals company INEOS, which this year bought the cycling outfit formerly known as Team Sky.INEOS already owns Swiss Challenge League side Lausanne Sport, which it acquired in November 2017, and the company will remain on as Nice’s main sponsor for the 2019-20 season.The club lost their first match of the campaign on Wednesday, with Marseille finishing as 2-1 winners away from home.Marseille originally took the lead in the first half on a goal from Dario Benedetto before Cyprien levelled the match from the spot in the 66th minute.However, a Dimitri Payet penalty in the 73rd minute sealed the match for Marseille, who picked up the club’s first win of the season having amassed one point from their first two matches.Next up for Nice is a visit to Rennes on Sunday while Marseille visit Saint-Etienne on Sunday as well.last_img read more

Morse is MVP as West beats East at Freedom Bowl Classic

first_img Subscribe Today meg.wochnick@columbian.com QUOTABLE“I’ve been wanting to run the ball all week. … It was fun. It was really good to be back there.” — Union’s Josh Barber, who had six carries for 20 yards. It was the first time Union’s defensive tackle ran the football since freshman year, he said. All of Barber’s yardage came in the second half. (360) 735-4521 Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Morse had a final game to remember at the Freedom Bowl Clssic. He scored the game’s only touchdown in the fourth quarter and also forced two fumbles and a sack to end the first half in a 6-0 victory by the West at McKenzie Stadium.“To be honest, I didn’t think I was conditioned for this,” he said. “But I think it was mental. I was prepared to just get into my zone.”Morse will play baseball next spring at Mt. Hood Community College, and held the annual Freedom Bowl Classic’s Most Outstanding Player award with high regard.Saturday’s score was the lowest combined points in the game’s 17-year history of the charity event featuring recent Southwest Washington graduates. The game raises funds for Shriners charities. Players visited Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland earlier this week. “It’s not just for us,” Union’s Josh Barber said, “it’s for the kids, too, so it’s a great way to not just represent our school, but all of Southwest Washington.The Classic started off like it could be a classic in a game featuring a much-larger East team up front against a speedier West team. But through three quarters, defense took control and offensive drives weren’t sustained. Neither team reached the red zone in a scoreless first half that featured more turnovers on downs than first downs.The eventual game-winning drive came with 7 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the game for a quick six-play, 49-yard drive when Naselle quarterback Cole Dorman found Morse in the back of the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown reception.Key momentsIt was over when … The West tripped up Barber of Union from behind at the 35-yard line as time expired. The East team’s final drive began at its own 41 with 21 seconds remaining trailing 6-0. Evergreen duo earns MVP honors — Trent Hemann (running back) and Josh Leckie (defensive linemen) were workhorses all game. Hemann had 53 yards rushing and Leckie had one of the East team’s five sacks.Key numbers19 — The number of teams represented on both rosters. Twelve different schools — from far away as Toledo and Naselle — were West players.2 — It’s the first time in Freedom Bowl Classic two state championship teams are represented. Seven players from 4A Union and 2A Hockinson were on the rosters.1 — An interception made by Mountain View’s Michael Bolds, the school’s single-season leader interceptions. He had nine in 2018. Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer First-half zeros — Neither team reached its own red zone the first 24 minutes. The West team, highlighted by Taj Muhammad’s (Seton Catholic) five first-half catches, got the West team down to the 26-yard line with his first-down catch and run. The first play of the third quarter, the East stopped the West team at the 2-yard line for a turnover on downs.Defensive stop leads to game-winning drive —The game-winning Dorman-to-Morse came after the West team’s Tyrehl Viavao (Columbia River) stopped Evergreen quarterback Ryan Blaize 1 yard short of a first down for a turnover on downs. The West got the ball back at its own 49.Top performersTOP PERFORMERSCole Dorman, Naselle — Dorman played 8-man football for the Comets, but thrived splitting time under center with Columbia River’s Dawson Lieurance. Dorman went 8 for 14 for 106 yards and the touchdown pass to Morse to earn team offensive MVP honors.Makani Schultz, Ridgefield — The future Eastern Oregon player made an impact for the West as the team’s defensive MVP honors. He registered six tackles. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. East All Stars’ Trent Hemann (6) attempts to get past West All Stars’ Carter Morse (13) during the first quarter of the Freedom Bowl Classic at McKenzie Stadium, Saturday, July 13. Photo Gallery By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: July 13, 2019, 10:28pm GO Morse is MVP as West beats East at Freedom Bowl Classic Bay graduate scores only touchdown in 6-0 victory Carter Morse played his final high school football game Saturday for more than himself.He honored his mother, Nicole, who died of complications from acute liver failure when Morse was 12. His father, Aaron, was diagnosed in September with throat cancer and is in the hospital, Morse said.He found his zone, he said, a level he wasn’t sure he had until he kept going.“It came from my grind,” Morse said. “There was a time in there, I was playing both sides the whole game, and I told myself I can’t give up. I have to do it for my family. That’s what kept my fire going.” @MegWochnick Share: 12 Photoslast_img read more

Avoya Travel Introduces Avoya Infinity As New Consumer Vacation Planning Journey

first_imgAvoya Brand Growing and Winning Loyalty By Promoting Value of Independent Vacation Planners  Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – June 30, 2017 – Avoya Travel®, the travel industry’s most innovative brand, introduces Avoya Infinity™, a pioneering consumer-focused model to deliver the best vacation planning and booking customer experience. Avoya Infinity will accelerate Avoya’s continued growth and power the company’s commitment to create the industry’s best cruise and vacation planning experience by placing Independent Vacation Planners in the Avoya Network™ at the center. Avoya Infinity is the next phase for Avoya in delivering on its brand promise of Reimagining Vacation Planning™. It expands on Avoya’s unique value proposition of combining powerful online search with the expertise and professionalism of Independent Vacation Planners in the Avoya Network, and providing exclusive offers and values to help customers plan and book better vacations. Recognizing that the customer vacation planning and booking journey is no longer linear, Avoya designed the Avoya Infinity model as a fluid and endless infinity loop with the important relationship between a customer and their expert Independent Vacation Planner™ located at the center – known as the Connect phase. Avoya Infinity also encompasses all the other stages of planning and taking vacations like Dream, Discover, Book, and Enjoy, all the while promoting the continued value of the Independent Vacation Planners in the Avoya Network. Avoya Infinity is driving advancements and innovation to make Avoya’s customer journey the best experience at every phase. Avoya continues to invest in new technologies and strategies to better understand what consumers want and position the brand as the best solution, to elevate the role and value of the Independent Vacation Planner, and to connect with a new market of travel customers. This combined with a more powerful website experience, added personal touch points, and enhanced pre-trip experiences are just some of the developments the company has implemented to power Avoya Infinity. As a result, Avoya is sourcing better customer leads (Live Leads™) and connecting even more travelers to Independent Vacation Planners in the Avoya Network matched to create more memorable cruises and vacations than ever before. “Avoya Infinity provides the ideal framework for creating the best vacation planning experience through Avoya Travel’s unique combination of technology, human touch, and value,” said Brad Anderson, President of Avoya Travel. “Consumer-focused companies win, and Avoya Infinity will power Avoya Travel’s continued innovations and advancements to create incredible vacation experiences and memories for our valued customers.”  About Avoya Travel:Avoya Travel is a family-owned company with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years, and their largest seller of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. Cruise lines and travel partners recognize this, as Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Today, Avoya is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with support offices throughout the United States. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-357-2261 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.last_img read more

President sacks Justice Minister on request made by UNP

President Maithripala Sirisena has removed Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe following a request made by the United National Party (UNP).Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said he accepted the decision of the President and UNP leadership. UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said in a statement yesterday that Rajapakshe was given time till Monday by the UNP leadership to rectify a statement he had made against a cabinet decision. The UNP had officially informed the President to remove Rajapakshe from his post over comments he had made against a cabinet decision. Rajapakshe had made statements critical of the cabinet decision on the Hambantota port agreement with China. (Colombo Gazette) However Rajapakshe had failed to do so and as a result the party has now decided he must be removed from his cabinet post.Hashim also said that Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe continued to make statements critical of the UNP and Government decisions. read more