Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Demagoguery won out in New Hampshire Tuesday, with real estate mogul Donald Trump riding a wave of xenophobic and anti-establishment hysteria all the way to the top of the ballot in the first-in-the-nation primary.The bombastic billionaire trounced the other competitors seeking the Republican presidential nomination, buoyed by two-thirds of GOP voters there who expressed support for his plan to ban all non-US citizen Muslims from entering the country.Trump’s proposal came shortly after the attacks in San Bernardino in December that killed 14 and injured more than 20 people, and several weeks after 130 people were murdered in Paris.Exit polls conducted at New Hampshire polling sites Tuesday indicated large support for such a prohibition on an entire religion—a religion that’s represented by 1.6 billion people worldwide but makes up less than 1 percent of the US population.Nayyar Imam, a pharmacist and the first-ever Suffolk County police Muslim chaplain, said he’d think twice about traveling if Trump secures the nomination and eventually moves into the White House.“It’s a scary situation,” he said, noting that most Muslims in the United States are immigrants who often travel to their homelands or Saudi Arabia for religious pilgrimages.In a previous interview with the Press after Trump initially called for the ban, Habeeb Ahmed of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury became emotional when contemplating a future in which he’d be barred from coming home.“If he was president, I may not be allowed back in this country,” Ahmed said, his eyes welling up. “And then suddenly, I’m a homeless person.”Muslims have not been the only population caught in the political crossfire, however. The deep-pocketed presidential contender—and frontrunner for the GOP nomination—has also targeted Mexicans, whom he referred to as rapists and criminals while promising that his administration would pressure Mexico to solely fund the construction of a “beautiful wall” at the southern border.Trump has stood firmly behind his proposal to ban Muslims, while also condoning torture, and even suggesting he’d use techniques far more brutal than waterboarding on prisoners. Waterboarding and other torture techniques were previously used on detainees nabbed during the Bush administration’s War on Terror, but a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation later found that torture was an ineffective intelligence-gathering tool.Amid anti-refugee sentiment, Trump also said he’d stare into the face of a Syrian child and tell them they’re not welcome in the United States. Syrian refugees have been fleeing their war-torn country by the thousands in large part due to the merciless killing of Muslims and people deemed apostates by the apocalyptic terror cult ISIS.“They’re chopping off heads of Christians and many other people in the Middle East,” Trump said. “They’re chopping heads off, [and] they laugh at us when they hear we’re not going to approve waterboarding, and then they’ll have a James Foley and others where they cut off their heads.”Muslim-advocacy groups—and even President Obama—have directly linked the verbal assault on Muslims by presidential candidates to real-life attacks on Muslim Americans.Trump is not the only GOP contender accused of making inflammatory remarks toward Muslims, but he is the loudest and the most persistent.Both Democrats and Republicans have condemned his remarks—which have prompted comparisons to Hitler. Despite the backlash, a large segment of the electorate is energized by anti-immigrant proposals, and they showed it in New Hampshire by heading to the polls in droves.Muslims throughout the country have condemned atrocities committed in the name of their religion, which they say has been hijacked by bloodthirsty murderers. Locally, the Islamic Center of Long Island created an interfaith institute to promote tolerance between people of different faiths. Long Island Muslims have received widespread support from other religious leaders, who hope their actions could help breakdown dangerous stereotypes.Imam, SCPD’s Muslim chaplain, questioned whether Trump voters who support his ban proposal have ever previously come in contact with a Muslim American.He told the story of customer at his pharmacy baffled to learn he was Muslim because he’s “such a nice guy,” insinuating that all Muslims are bad.Asked if he would travel if Trump became president, Imam said: “I would try to avoid it.”Imam said interfaith efforts aren’t enough to combat Islamophobia because it often feels like religious leaders are “preaching to the choir.” He wants Muslims to be more involved in the community and get to know their neighbors. Only then, he suggested, would people have a truer understanding of the religion.(Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
Published on October 14, 2015 at 11:17 pm Contact Liam: [email protected] Virginia huddled around its starting center, Jackson Matteo, looking for words of encouragement. The Cavaliers found themselves in a 17-0 hole against Boise State Sept. 25 and 7:53 remained in the first quarter.“(Matteo) was the first person to get the team together and say, ‘Hey, we got to be better right now, do it for the man next to you,’” UVA wide receiver Ryan Santoro said. “That’s a testament to the way he’s stepped up.”Matteo has become a leader on the offensive line this season for Virginia (1-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) after an offseason transformation from the player he once was. After maturing and prioritizing his fitness, Matteo has left the recruited walk-on label he once carried far in the past and carved out a role as a regular starter for UVA.“It means the world to me (to be contributing this season),” Matteo said. “I’ve always been happy to do whatever was asked of me, but it’s good to be taking on a role on the field with everything else.”Out of high school, Matteo accepted a scholarship to play football at Temple from a host of other offers. But as signing day approached, he decommitted and took an opportunity to join Virginia as a recruited walk-on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe center came out of spring practice in 2013 as a redshirt freshman listed as the No. 1 center on the depth chart. Then-offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim was so impressed with his play through that offseason that he was awarded a scholarship.A lack of what Matteo termed “maturity” and a bevy of more experienced linemen, each of whom understood the offense, better plagued his chances to hold onto the starting spot. After playing tackle in high school, he needed time to adjust to playing center — the lineman position which mentally requires more than any other.One start aside, Matteo found himself seeing mostly reps with the special teams unit in the 2013 season.“I was focused on me,” Matteo said. “… I didn’t do the things I needed to do in order to play regularly.”The 2014 season looked more promising, Matteo said, with a year of the Cavaliers offense under his belt. He started once at center and once at left tackle, through the team’s first five games.But in the fourth quarter of the sixth game against Kent State, Matteo felt a pop in his foot on an otherwise normal play. He finished the game, but postgame x-rays showed he had broken the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.“You never want to sit out and watch your guys go out there without you,” Matteo said. “… But it motivated me going into this season.”The injury motivated Matteo to make drastic changes to jumpstart his offseason workouts and bolster his fitness. He didn’t have to look far for how to do it as his roommate and star wide receiver Canaan Severin had dropped 20 pounds the past summer.The pair ate chicken, spinach and rice for dinner every night and cut out all fatty foods. Santoro, who also lives with Matteo, said that it led to the center shedding four percent of his body fat.“Matteo dropped a tremendous amount of body fat,” said head coach Mike London. “He’s got a great mindset, so he takes this thing seriously and it’s paid off for him in his ability to perform.”Matteo said that in order to play like a leader, he needed to act like one in the offseason and he would often help the captains lead offseason workouts.Upon returning home some nights during the summer, Santoro would find an empty house upward of five hours after conditioning sessions had ended. Matteo, along with Severin and the fourth roommate, starting quarterback Matt Johns, would still be at the team’s facility watching film.The newfound leadership has come with playing consistently, but started with the attitude accompanying the offseason work.“He’s the kind of dude who doesn’t like to get beat,” Santoro said. “It’s obviously tough for him to be on the sideline not playing all that time, but he had plenty of time to think of how to get on the field.“Jackson just went out and made it happen finally.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
As we hit the long Easter weekend there’s no better time to summarise another busy week of esports news. Esports juggernaut Fnatic secured $7 million (£5.64m) in investment from investors including sporting giants AS Roma and the Boston Celtics. Staying with the sporting theme and Finnish football club SJK have added a CS:GO team to their ranks, whilst Swiss team FC Lausanne-Sport have gone further with CS:GO, Hearthstone, Overwatch and Rocket League all part of their new esports push. Furthermore, the owners of the first Vegas esports arena Millennial Esports secured $2 million (£1.61m) in funding whilst a 30,000 square foot arena has been announced at the Luxor in Las Vegas. Fnatic secure $7 million fundingIn arguably the biggest news this week, one of the most established brands in esports, Fnatic, announced that they had received a staggering $7 million of investment. According to the announcement, the funding will be used for an array of purposes. It ranges from the personnel side such as: coaches, analysts and psychologists all the way to facility infrastructure and academy teams, and even products and apparel. Sam Matthews, Founder of Fnatic commented: ““We’re incredibly excited by the opportunities available within esports, and having world class investors and advisors only enhances our ability to address these opportunities and continue to innovate.”Read the full article here.FC Lausanne-Sport acquire Qualitas Helvetica and re-brand to LS EsportsSwiss club FC Lausanne-Sport didn’t take the gentle route into esports with just a FIFA player. Quite the contrary, in fact, with the acquisition of existing esports brand Qualitas Helvetica and its immediate rebranding to LS Esports. The club will now house teams in CS:GO, Hearthstone, Overwatch and Rocket League. According to the press release, LS will be looking to provide training for young gamers aiming to make their way in a tough to crack esports world. In the same press release, the club expresses its desire to ” develop the Lausanne-Sport brand, to attract a young audience to the Pontaise and the new complex of La Tuilière in the summer of 2019.”The Pontaise refers to the Pontaise Stadium in Lausanne, Switzerland which is FC Lausaunne’s home turf. Read the full article here.Finnish football club SJK expand into CS:GOThe football related news doesn’t stop there as Finnish club SJK added CS:GO to their existing FIFA esports offering. The roster is five Finnish players who have achieved fairly good results in the local scene at local tournaments. This article from Finnish publication Ilta Sanomat suggests that the team have practiced for the first time under the SJK banner. The team is set to complete in a multitude of online tournaments, yet are unlikely to don the shirts of SJK and compete in an offline tournament until June or at Kajaani’s tournament in July.Read the full article here.Allied Esports & Esports Arena to develop an esports arena at the Luxor in VegasAllied Esports and Esports Arena have announced plans for a new dedicated esports venue to be developed at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.The new Esports Arena Las Vegas is scheduled to open in early 2018 will become the first permanent esports venue on The Strip. It will be the centre of Allied Esports’ growing global network of esports properties which spans North America, Europe and China. The centre looks set to be a major venue for esports with a 30,000 square foot space and some major investment going into ensuring it is the best of the best. The space in the Luxor is currently home to a 30,000 square foot nightclub. Esports Arena is working with Luxor and design firm YWS Design & Architecture to transform the space into a ‘multi-level arena complete with a competition stage, LED video wall, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, a robust food and beverage offering, and state-of- the-art streaming and television-quality production studios’. Read the full article here.Millennial Esports secure $2m in fundingIn other Vegas news, Millennial Esports, the company that brought Vegas’ first dedicated esports arena to fruition has announced that it has received $2 million in investment. Millennial Esports is best known for “thE Arena”, Las Vegas’ first permanent esports arena and studio. It’s a 15,000 square foot facility located on Fremont Street at the Neonopolis in Downtown Las Vegas. It recently played host to an EA Challenger sanctioned Madden 17 event and opened with the NA Halo World Championship qualifier at the beginning of March.The additional investment secured is great news for Millennial who have already made bold moves into the esports space. As Downtown Vegas continues its regeneration, esports could yet play a big part and with further investment secured, Millennial look well placed to take advantage. Read the full article here.