Thousands march in France to condemn ‘domestic violence’

first_imgAround 35,000 people participated inthe march in Paris, police said. PARIS – Tens of thousands of peopletook to the streets in this capital and other French cities on Saturday toprotest against domestic violence, after over 130 women were believed to havebeen killed by their partner or ex-partner in France this year. The #NousToutes association, whichorganized the protests, estimated the turnout much higher around 100,000 inParis and 150,000 across France. The demonstrations took place two daysbefore the government is due to publish the results of an investigation intodomestic violence.  center_img Demonstrators carry signs to protest “femicide” and violence against women in Paris, France on Nov. 23. REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN Other marches took place in Frenchcities such as Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, and Lille.(Reuters)last_img read more

Hughes wants permanent Ireland deal

first_imgMark Hughes hopes midfielder Stephen Ireland will join Stoke on a permanent basis. Hughes said: “He’s done very well for us and we’re pleased with what he’s producing. “He’s out of contract at the end of the season and it’s fair to say I don’t think Stephen thinks his future lies at Aston Villa. He will be moving somewhere, ideally it would be to us.” Asked whether talks had taken place, Hughes said: “Only in passing, there’s been no official talks as yet. “Stephen’s enjoying his time here and it’s up to him to keep on playing well and impressing everybody here, which he has done up to this point.” Ireland will be ineligible when Stoke meet Villa at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, and Hughes faces being without both of his first-choice centre-halves. Robert Huth is definitely out while captain Ryan Shawcross picked up a slight groin problem during Wednesday’s Capital One Cup defeat by Manchester United. “Ryan hasn’t trained yet,” said Hughes. “We’re going to give him as long as we can. He’ll get a fitness test in the morning. “We’ve got lots of games coming up and if it means he just misses this one and we have him for the full Christmas period and beyond then so be it.” The former Manchester City playmaker is at the Britannia Stadium on a season-long loan from Aston Villa, where his contract runs out at the end of the season. Ireland has impressed in spells so far, particularly with a goal and an assist in this month’s 3-2 victory over Chelsea. Huth had initially been ruled out for three or four weeks following minor knee surgery at the start of this month but Hughes revealed he will definitely miss the whole of the Christmas period. The Stoke boss said: “He did really well the first couple of weeks. His progress has slowed a little bit this last week so we’ve just got to make sure we’re going at the right pace and we’re not going to push him too hard. “We need to make sure the knee is responding well to the work that we’re giving him. Marc Wilson’s come in and done really well so we can afford Robert more time than possibly we thought.” If Shawcross is unavailable, either Marc Muniesa or Geoff Cameron is likely to join Wilson in the centre, while strikers Peter Crouch (groin) and Jonathan Walters (ankle) are both slight doubts. Villa sit a point and two places ahead of Stoke in mid-table, with both teams struggling to find the net. Coincidentally, the sides have both failed to score in three of their last four games, winning the other one 3-2. Christian Benteke was the key figure in Villa’s successful fight against relegation last season with 23 goals but he has not scored for three months. Hughes said: “It’s maybe second-season syndrome. It’s probably a consequence of him bursting onto the scene and not too many of us knew too much about him. “He’s an outstanding football player and it’s taken a little bit of time for everybody to come to terms with his ability and what you do to try to stop his effectiveness. But he’s a quality player and at some point he’ll start scoring again. “I think there was some suggestion that he might be dropped but I wouldn’t put too much stall by that. He’s pivotal to how they want to play, he’s a focal point, and even if he’s not scoring, he’s certainly still of value to Aston Villa’s team.” Stoke have picked up five points from three games since a 4-0 thrashing by Everton and are unbeaten at home in the league since September. “It’s an important game for us,” said Hughes. “We were disappointed in midweek to go out of the League Cup obviously but there’s games one after the other and we’ve got an opportunity to get over the disappointment. “We want to keep our decent run going in the Premier League and keep our home form going.” Press Associationlast_img read more

FB : Freshmen Broyld, Smallwood no longer part of 2011 Syracuse roster

first_img Published on July 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+ The Syracuse football team will enter its 2011 season with two fewer freshmen than anticipated. Quarterback Ashton Broyld and running back Tyree Smallwood will not be a part of the Orange this season, SU head coach Doug Marrone said in a statement through SU Athletic Communications Tuesday.SU Athletics would not comment on whether Broyld and Smallwood are expected to join the SU program next year, stating that they both ‘have some work to do.’Neither Broyld nor Smallwood are listed in the Syracuse University Directory System. The other 19 freshmen joining the Orange this fall are in the directory, as they began SU’s ‘Summer Start’ program on Tuesday.Broyld, a quarterback from Rush-Henrietta High School in Rochester, N.Y., has been in the news the past few months for his legal troubles. Broyld pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct violation last Thursday that stemmed from an incident of public lewdness during a playoff basketball game in March.Broyld’s legal issues were not a part of the reason for his absence from the Orange this fall, according to SU athletics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBroyld planned to move to SU this past weekend to start summer classes and conditioning, according to an article in The Post-Standard on Thursday. Phone calls and messages left for Broyld, Rush-Henrietta football coach Joe Montesano and Rush-Henrietta Athletic Director Tom Stewart were not returned at this time.Smallwood, a running back from Cornwall Central High School in New Windsor, N.Y., said in a phone interview Tuesday he is expecting a call from Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone this week. Smallwood said he had not heard from Marrone as of Tuesday morning, but had talked to Syracuse wide receivers coach Rob Moore last week.Smallwood said there was one class, a creative writing course, he wanted to take during the summer before coming to Syracuse in August. Instead, he may attend Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., this fall before enrolling at Syracuse in the spring.Smallwood said he still plans on ending up at Syracuse.‘I want to go to summer school and just to go up in August,’ he said. ‘But if not I have to go to Milford for a couple of months and then go to Syracuse.’Milford Academy has been a stepping stone for Syracuse players in the past. Two freshmen who joined the Orange last spring, linebacker Dyshawn Davis and wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena, were originally part of SU’s recruiting class of 2010 before spending last fall at Milford. Orange defensive end Mikhail Marinovich also attended Milford before coming to SU.Smallwood said that he would take the creative writing course and play football at Milford if he isn’t a part of Syracuse in 2011. Phone calls to Milford Academy head coach Bill Chaplick were not returned.Broyld was named the New York State Class AA player of the year in 2010 after leading Rush-Henrietta to a state championship and an undefeated season. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback led the Royal Comets to the state championship victory in the Carrier Dome, rushing for two touchdowns, passing for a third, and coming up with a key sack on defense in a 40-28 win over Troy High School.Smallwood ran for 962 yards and 10 touchdowns in his senior season at Cornwall Central. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound back had a sensational junior year in which he ran for over 1,500 yards, leading to offers from BCS programs Maryland, Rutgers and Cincinnati, in addition to [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more