first_imgAt 17, Laila Ali flipped on a Mike Tyson fight and was hooked, not by the heavyweight champion, but by the two women who entered the ring to box before the main event. Following in the footsteps of her legendary father, Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali became a world champion boxer and in the process helped redefine a sport traditionally dominated by men. Now a fitness and wellness expert with a lifestyle blog and podcast, she continues to push for equality for women in sports. Ali, set to deliver the keynote address at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s conference “Game Changers: Sports, Gender, and Society” on April 7, spoke with the Gazette about boxing, being a role model, and not backing down from her famous father.GAZETTE: How did you get interested in boxing?ALI: I was at a friend’s house and we turned on the TV to watch a Mike Tyson fight, like many people did back then. I wasn’t this big boxing fan but I watched the big fights. So when these two women come into the ring — Christy Martin and Deirdre Gogarty — I was surprised, excited, had no idea that women even fought, and these two women slugged it out. It was a bloody fight and I was like, “I want to do that.”I remember my friend’s dad saying at the time “Laila you can’t do that, those women will take your head off.” And I thought, “No, I could do it.” The seed was planted, but I think it took me about eight months to actually start training and it kind of just took off from there.GAZETTE: Do you think your instant attraction to the sport was influenced by your father’s career?ALI: Obviously I knew my father was a boxer and he was one of the greatest, but I never wanted to do it because of him. I never even thought about being a fighter until I saw women’s boxing on television.GAZETTE: How did your father react to your decision to become a boxer?ALI: He was definitely concerned. He would have rather me not. But he soon found out that not fighting wasn’t an option for me. He said: “What are you going to do if you get knocked down, or if you get knocked out? The whole world will be watching. Won’t you be embarrassed?” That’s my dad, that’s the type of teacher he is; he brings up every negative thing that could possibly happen, gets you to try to imagine that, and then he says, “Do you still want to do it?” My answer to him was basically, “You got knocked down, you got back up. Hey, that’s what I am going to do if it happens.”He didn’t believe that women should fight. My dad was kind of a male chauvinist, one of those guys who thought, “Women shouldn’t do this and women shouldn’t do that.” And I would say that over the course of my career I changed his view on that. He started respecting women’s boxing as a sport. So that was a big win for me.GAZETTE: What was it like to know you changed your dad’s mind?ALI: I was glad that he was honest with me and with himself and was able to say: “I was wrong.” I think that’s important for anybody.GAZETTE: How do you think the sports landscape has changed for women?ALI: In my work with the Women’s Sports Foundation, Billie Jean King’s organization that she started so many years ago, I’ve realized there’s still a lot of inequality as far as the participation. The amount of money in collegiate sports set aside for men and women is so different. We need to have more equality there; the same with female coaches. They are getting paid a whole lot less money than the male coaches. And the pay gap between men and women’s professional sports needs to narrow. Girls aren’t encouraged to participate in sports when they feel like they are not going to be able to make money.I’ve seen, over the years, women in every single sport now, every single sport we play, down to football. That really changes these young kids’ minds and opens their minds up to think, “Wow, women are strong, women can play just as well as men can play.” I think we are moving in the right direction. Still, a whole lot needs to be done.GAZETTE: What does it feel like to be a role model for the next generation of young female athletes?ALI: I think it’s important. I don’t wake up thinking about it. What I do is I focus on the decisions that I have to make on a daily basis that have to do with business, that have to do with my public persona. And I always take that into consideration. There are things that I will not do just because of how it will come off. I am really into fitness, health, and wellness. You are not going to see me in McDonald’s commercials. I just think it’s important for me being a public person to always watch what I say, how I act, how I dress, all those things, because young girls are watching. And you want them to see someone they can aspire to be like. That has her clothes on. That they can still stay, she’s pretty, she’s attractive, but she’s also smart, she’s strong, and she’s successful and confident. And it’s OK to be confident, it’s OK to be ambitious, it’s OK to feel like the sky is the limit. I try to be that person, to lead by example.GAZETTE: What do you think your father, who died last June, would say about you today?ALI: My dad’s proud of me. He was proud of me, he is proud of me. … I think he was happy with the ways things turned out. I didn’t embarrass him. I didn’t tarnish the family name [laughs]. I think he was very happy with the way I carried myself and that I am raising my children in a way that he would approve.I am different from my dad. I told him at a very young age that I didn’t want to be Muslim, which caused some rifts between us. I was his youngest daughter and I knew enough at a young age that I didn’t want to follow his religion. This is a man who put everything on the line for his religion and now you’ve got your youngest telling you “no.” I had the courage to stand up to Muhammad Ali as a kid [laughs]. So he knew there was something different about me. He knew from then on, “OK, I’ve got my work cut out with this one.”last_img read more

first_imgFlixBus supports domestic manufacturers and uses its wide network of bus lines to represent domestic manufacturers. Hand-prepared and processed chocolate melted with home-made ingredients such as lavender, honey or flower salt awaits domestic travelers in FlixBus, as well as tourists who find themselves on the road.  Ruby chocolate, the newest type of chocolate in the world that appeared for the first time in Croatia thanks to Vrsna chocolates, along with milk and dark chocolate will be in the selection of chocolate delicacies.  Thus, on European roads you can meet FlixBus buses with motifs of Croatian cities, choose, plan and book excursions while driving thanks to cooperation with Combis, while this weekend it will be possible to try chocolates from the domestic producer of chocolate delicacies of the Reizl family from Sesvete, Excellent chocolate. Thanks to Fran and the Reizl family, owners of a private production of chocolate delicacies in Sesvete called Vrsna čokolade, FlixBus passengers will be able to taste some of the best homemade chocolates this weekend, March 2nd and 3rd.  ˝We are glad that with FlixBus, in addition to many beautiful destinations, we will take everyone who tastes our products and introduce them to the fine world of carefully selected Croatian chocolates and the flavors they bring with them. In addition to being able to try some of our chocolates, travelers will also be able to order their chocolates immediately through online sales˝ said Fran Reizl, production manager of Vrsna chocolate.  ˝Given that we are a global brand, but with the influence of the region in which we operate, it is in our interest to use this wide European network of lines with many passengers and tourists for local promotion of our destinations, but also the promotion of Croatian domestic products. It was in this combination that we found ourselves with the Reizl family, which will offer the finest chocolates from domestic production to travelers for tasting, and thus to foreign tourists who find themselves on a bus in the direction of Zadar and Split.˝ said Petra Milanović, head of public relations at FlixBus. After cooperating with Combis and promoting Croatian tourist destinations in FlixBus, the largest bus carrier in Europe with over 120 million passengers and a network of bus lines of 2000 destinations through 28 European countries, have taken a step further and with their activities seek to exploit through the promotion of domestic destinations and domestic products.  On the one hand, we encourage and promote Croatian products, the local small business and the promotion of our tourist offer, and on the other hand, FlixBus passengers have added value. Great cooperation and win win situation. RELATED NEWS: COMBIS AND FLIXBUS THROUGH A NEW DIGITAL SERVICE ENABLE THE PURCHASE OF EXCURSIONS DURING TRAVELlast_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 16 April 2013Government officials have backed off plans to delete the terms “bride” and “bridegroom” from marriage certificates if Parliament votes tomorrow to legalise gay marriage. Internal Affairs spokesman Michael Mead said the department had reconsidered an early draft which would have used only the gender-neutral heading “Particulars of parties to marriage” on the marriage certificate, and now intended to provide several options.Labour MP Ruth Dyson, who chaired the select committee on the gay marriage bill, has also written to Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain, after the Weekend Herald reported that the words “bride” and “bridegroom” might disappear from the forms, to say the committee wanted terms such as bride, groom, wife and husband to be “maintained wherever possible and appropriate”.The potential deletion of the terms was signalled in a departmental briefing to Ms Dyson’s committee which asked for a delayed implementation date in the bill to allow for amending marriage forms and certificates. “This includes, for example, changing the headings on the notice of intended marriage form to allow for parties of the same-sex (i.e., removing headings of bride and bridegroom),” the department said. A draft of the actual marriage certificate, also provided to the committee, simply deleted the headings “Bride” and “Bridegroom” which appear under the main heading of “Particulars of parties to marriage”.But Mr Mead said the department’s plans had changed. “The department has since relooked at the removal of the terms ‘bride’ and ‘bridegroom’ from marriage forms,” he said. “Our emphasis is on identifying suitable options to expand people’s choices, not replacing ‘bride’ and ‘groom’.” He said the additional options would have to be implemented through a new regulation signed by the Cabinet and published in the Gazette 28 days before the bill became law.If the bill passes tomorrow and is signed by the Governor-General in the next few days, it will become law in August. Mr Tremain said he also intended that the terms bride and bridegroom “will remain as an option”. read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm Contact Byron: [email protected] Courtney Brosnan laid still on the field with her head down. She was in complete disbelief. Maddie Dano had curved in her corner kick toward the right back post. Brosnan positioned herself perfectly, yet the ball sailed over her outstretched hands.When Brosnan stood back up, she glanced at the scoreboard. Bucknell, a pre-game underdog, took a 2-0 lead over the undefeated Orange.“The wind took it a little bit,” Brosnan said. “I thought I was under it but I just couldn’t get there. We don’t want to be giving balls off of corners.”The Orange’s defense deflected five shots in the first half and prevented Bucknell from shooting on net except for once. Within a five-minute span, the Bison scored twice.Syracuse was not ready to let its undefeated season disappear. Senior Stephanie Skilton rushed back to midfield to put the ball back in play. One minute later, Eva Gordon quickly dribbled the ball deep into Bucknell territory. She came to a halt, switched the ball to her right foot, and rocketed it toward the goal from about 25 yards out. It curved immediately to the right and flew over goalie Jessica Ratner.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHowever, the comeback was short-lived. Despite a few other opportunities in the last 10 minutes, SU (3-1-1) came up short against Bucknell (4-0) to end its undefeated start with a 2-1 loss at home on Thursday afternoon. Bucknell remained undefeated by capitalizing on chances in the box.“We didn’t play as a team today,” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “Our passing was off. We had three or four players that played well. You can’t survive at this level if only a few play to their potential.”The Orange had dominated possession and outshot the Bison, 6-2, by the end of the first half. Two near-goals that touched the goal-line were called off. In the 17th minute, Carolin Bader lasered a shot over the top of Ratner. It hit off the top of the post and bounced right on the goal line before being caught by Ratner.Syracuse trotted back to midfield, celebrating the goal. However, when the Orange turned around, Ratner had thrown the ball right back into the play. The referee ruled no goal.“I thought it was in,” Wheddon said. “Our players thought it was in. But you can’t control that, it’s the referee’s call.”Ratner was spectacular for the Bison. She faced a herd of attacks from the quick-starting Orange offense early on. Ratner came up with four big saves during the first half to keep the game tied entering halftime.The tide changed to Bucknell’s favor at the start of the second half. After failing to seriously test Brosnan in the first half, the Bison started to create more opportunities.In the 68th minute, a Bucknell midfielder passed the ball through two Syracuse defenders. Junior Kendall Ham burst ahead, settled the ball, and found herself one on one against Brosnan. Ham calmly kicked the ball past her to end Brosnan’s three-game shutout streak.“Some of these teams are opportunistic with passing long balls forward,” Wheddon said. “They can get in behind you.”After last Sunday’s win over Albany, Wheddon told reporters that he thought his team needed to do a better job at playing a full 90 minutes. When asked if they improved on that this game, Wheddon gave a firm no.“For some of the first half we connected passes,” Wheddon said. “When we did that, it was very difficult for Bucknell to play with us. But in the second half we struggled to get it going. We had opportunities that may have gone in but you can’t rely on chance.”Syracuse outshot Bucknell 11-7 but was unable to finish off its four-game homestand with a perfect record.“We just have to keep improving,” Brosnan said. “We’ve had a lot of focus on keeping the ball at the back so we can build up to our attack. We didn’t do that enough today.” Commentslast_img read more