Protesters attack police over visit

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEXICO CITY – Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City on Tuesday, attacking riot police with concrete blocks, metal bars and firecrackers and tearing down barricades to protest the visit of U.S. President George W. Bush. Mexican police responded with tear gas, pepper spray, and baton charges, throwing back rocks and clubbing demonstrators down. Several protesters were arrested or injured, one with blood pouring from his head. The demonstrators burned U.S. flags and waved banners with slogans against the U.S. president such as one which said “Bush you are not welcome in Mexico. Go to Hell.” Bush was hundreds of miles away in the southeastern city of Merida meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on the last stop of his tour of Latin America. The vast majority of Mexicans oppose the war in Iraq and many also blame Bush for tough anti-immigration policies. “We are in disagreement with the war policy” of Bush, said craftswoman Guadalupe Fernandez, 64, who was marching but not involved in the violence. A group of about 30 masked protesters clad in black led the attack on the thick lines of riot police defending the U.S. embassy. The protesters ripped away a section of metal barricade and attacked the officers, unleashing a constant barrage of concrete they had ripped from the street and using metal fences as battering rams. They also attacked officers with sticks, metal bars and blow torches made out of spray cans. last_img read more

Gallery: Cape Town’s busy harbours

first_imgCompiled and photographed by Bongani Nkosi Cape Town’s harbours are hives of activity, with ships arriving and heading out to sea around the clock. Freighters from overseas drop anchor soon after they get here, while passenger liners often cruise the coastline and visit tourist hotspots like Robben Island. Although Cape Town is the second busiest container port after Durban, it’s the country’s number-one tourist drawcard.  The South African Maritime Safety Authority keeps a hawk eye on all activities that happen in the sea waters surrounding the city, as it does throughout the country’s marine space.• Read the full storyClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image More galleries: South Africa’s new ape-man species World Cup stadiums 120 days to kickoff The People’s Bus World Cup gets Beetle mania Brand South Africa at Davos Zuma’s UK state visit Soccer City Stadium Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Football Fridays launch Welcome to Joburg! 2120 Fifa World Cup Jacob Zuma’s inauguration A twinkling nest of treasureslast_img read more

Mission Olympics: Indian boxers eye rich haul

first_imgBefore going to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vijender Kumar was a little-known boxer. But he gave a good account of himself, clinched a historic bronze medal and shot into stardom. Four years later when he readies for the London Games, the expectation of his fans has increased manifold.Vijender acknowledges this and wants to live up to his fans’ expectations by striving for a bigger medal. “Last time it was a bronze; now I will try my level best to win either a silver medal or a gold,” Vijender said at the send-off ceremony for the Indian boxers here on Thursday.Seven men and one woman are headed to the Olympics. While the men’s team will have the likes of Asian Games gold medallists Vikas Krishan and young sensations Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan, five-time world champion MC Mary Kom will be the lone woman.Vijender, who is like a mentor to his teammates, says he feels more responsible to win as the spotlight is on him. But he doesn’t feel much pressure as the attention will be shared by a few others.”I alone would have borne the burden of expectations had Mary Kom not be in the team. Then there are young talented boxers like Shiva, Devendro and Sumit, who are also in the reckoning. I think expectation is shared and that is giving me the time to focus more on my preparation,” he said.The Indian team will have a training camp in London before the Olympics start on July 27. Mary Kom, who will be playing in her first Olympics at 29, will have a small field of 12 in the 51kg category. For someone who was beaten in the pre-quarterfinals of the lone Olympic qualifiers – the World Championships – she booked her ticket to London by sheer luck.Mary Kom considers draw as a crucial factor in winning a medal. “I am preparing my level best but the draw will also play a role. I want to give 100 per cent and achieve my dream of an Olympic medal,” she stressed. National coach Gurbux Singh Sandhu says going by the boxers’ progress in the last four years, they should improve upon their Beijing tally of one bronze.advertisement”That one medal in Beijing changed the attitude of Indian boxers and now they are more eager to win. Even the youngsters have fared well in the Olympic qualifiers. They can do what no Indian has ever done at the Olympics and that is to reach the finals,” said Sandhu. Assistant coach Jaidev Bisht, who is accompanying the boxers, said the boxers can end India’s gold drought at the Olympics because they have the motivation and skill to deliver. “The best motivating factor they now have is fame and money, if they win a medal. Apart from that they are well prepared and have delivered in major events and that brightens their chances,” he said.Jai Bhagwan (60kg), who will make his Olympic debut in London, said the boxers have got individual attention and they can translate it into success. “During the camp, we were given the individual training which means we got more time to identify our mistakes and iron them out. It also gave us enough time to polish the best aspect of our game. Now the aim is to utilise that preparation and win a medal for the country,” he said.CASH INCENTIVESMonnet Ispat group, which is the main sponsor of the Indian Boxing Federation, announced a cash incentive for those who win Olympic medals. If someone wins the gold medal, he/she will get Rs 51 lakh, Rs 21 lakh for every silver medal and the bronze will be worth Rs 11 lakh.last_img read more

Knicks’ Enes Kanter to skip London trip, fearing Erdogan reprisal

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kanter will stay in New York while the Knicks travel to face Washington at The O2 arena in London on Jan. 17. He says he can’t travel anywhere except the U.S. and Canada because “there’s a chance I could get killed out there.”“Sadly, I’m not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president,” Kanter said. “It’s pretty sad that all the stuff affects my career and basketball, because I want to be out there and help my team win. But just because of the one lunatic guy, one maniac, one dictator, I can’t even go out there and do my job. It’s pretty sad.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionKanter has been a vocal critic of Erdogan for years, once referring to him as “the Hitler of our century.” Kanter’s Turkish passport was revoked in 2017, and an international warrant for his arrest was issued by Turkey.Kanter is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric accused by Turkey’s government of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, center, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, and guard Lance Stephenson defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks’ upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Kanter announced his plan Friday night after the Knicks’ 119-112 win over the Lakers. The Knicks later said Kanter also won’t make the trip because of a visa issue.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kanter said it would be “easy” for an attempt on his life to be made in London.“They’ve got a lot of spies there,” he added. “I think I can get killed there easy. It would be a very ugly situation.”Kanter’s father, Mehmet, was indicted last year and charged with “membership in a terror group.” The former professor lost his job after the failed military coup even though he publicly disavowed his son and his beliefs.“People often ask me why I continue to speak out if it’s hurting my family,” Kanter wrote in a column for Time magazine last year. “But that’s exactly why I speak out. The people Erdogan is targeting are my family, my friends, my neighbors, my classmates. I need to speak out, or my country will suffer in silence.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Paul George fires 37, Thunder hold off Blazerslast_img read more