Kompany enjoying extra competition


first_img Press Association And, despite the impressive results since, City are still recruiting. They spent £32million to sign defender Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia last week and continue to be heavily linked with Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin de Bruyne. City captain Kompany said: “That is one of the reasons we have started so strong. “You can’t really afford to do anything wrong during the week leading up to the game. Then, during the game, you can’t do anything wrong either as there is always someone looking over your shoulder, waiting, who is just as good as you. “If they are in a better moment and they deserve a chance, they will take your place. “You have got to be at the top of your game. This is what you are seeing – a group of guys who know that they need to perform. If they don’t, someone else will do it.” Kompany, 29, is likely to be feeling the competition as keenly as anyone. The Belgium skipper fell below his own high standards and last season and consequently reported back early for pre-season training to get ready for the new campaign. His performances have suggested he is back to his best, but with Otamendi arriving to boost central defensive ranks that also include Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis, he cannot ease off. City have started the season in blistering fashion, winning their opening three Barclays Premier League games without conceding a goal and scoring eight. After a frustrating 2014-15 campaign the squad was bolstered over the summer, chiefly with the signings of Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph. Vincent Kompany feels standards have been driven up at Manchester City by increased competition for places. He said: “It shows on the pitch that I feel good and I feel happy with myself. I just don’t want to miss any opportunities to have a good game or have a good season. Every game counts for me. That’s when I need to perform. “The extra competition is good, really good. You don’t play for a top team unless you have that.” City’s defensive solidity so far this season is a source of great satisfaction for Kompany. He said: “It is as equally as important as the goals we score. As long as you don’t concede you are still in the game. From that moment, anything is possible.” last_img read more

Assault prevention needs to begin earlier


first_imgCountless sexual assault cases have been in the news recently, especially those which lead to university investigations and Title IX violations. The problems that have been high-profile in the campus sexual assault arena are not only issues that exist within higher education, but are  also prevalent within our general society.Little has been done to combat it. The failure of primary and secondary schools to address sexual harassment and assault in grades K-12 mirrors the failure to address it in society as a whole. However, California’s new sexual health education law, designed for grades 7-12, requires schools to address troubling attitudes about gender and power, which experts say contribute to sexual harassment and even assaults on college campuses. Moreover, this important law will provide schools with the opportunity for students to have an open and meaningful conversation about healthy relationships and body image, and fosters a curriculum that positively affirms gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.This new law has the power to confront previously unaddressed sexual harassment and assault incidents in K-12 schools, which are the training grounds for college sexual assaults. While some people may think that harassment does not begin until students reach late teens or adulthood, in a 2011 national study conducted by the American Association of University Women, 48 percent of 2,000 seventh to twelfth graders surveyed experienced some form of harassment based on their gender during the school year. Examples of the harassment experienced included unwelcome sexual comments and gestures, being touched in an unwelcome way and being forced to do something sexual. Students who engage in such behavior are likely to have issues with gender and power, which may include a personal or cultural belief that men should hold a dominant position over women in society, or a conviction that gender roles must be strictly defined. Those beliefs, according to researcher Dorothy Espelage from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are “associated with higher rates of sexual harassment.”Ideas about power and gender come to the forefront in middle school when students take note of their relative status as social and sexual beings. According to the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Espelage surveyed 1,000 fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students, and found that the combination of high bullying rates and high rates of homophobic name-calling was a predictive indicator of which middle school boys were more likely to sexually harass other students. These findings may not imply that bullying directly leads to rape, but certainly suggest the need for schools to explicitly address and forbid sexual and gender-based harassment.Sexual harassment and assault is against the law in federally funded schools under Title IX, yet most people associate this piece of legislation with sports, and do not know that it also applies to sexual assault and harassment. As noted by Brett Sokolow, executive director of the Association of Title IX Administrators, enforcement of Title IX in K-12 schools is poor. Sokolow estimates that about 85 percent of school district nationwide are out of compliance with the law. Yet, schools are obligated to act if they are aware of an act of sexual violence, and must take immediate action to address the harassment or assault, prevent its recurrence and acknowledge its effects. Currently, about 90 Title IX sexual violence investigations are underway nationwide in elementary and secondary school districts, including seven in California. Examples of these Title IX complaints filed between 2012 and 2015 at various California schools include a high school girl describing a male putting his hand down the front of her shirt, a middle school parent’s statement that when her daughter alerted the principal to unwanted sexual touching, the principal asked her what she was wearing, and perhaps most shockingly, the account of a fifth grade boy following two female students around the playground while shouting comments about their bodies and what sexual acts he would perform on them.This new California sexual health education law would allow schools to be a place where teachers, administrators, and staff could discuss with students in age-appropriate ways about gender equality, sexual harassment and how to give consent. This new piece of legislation, in conjunction with another new law requiring curriculum affirmative consent to be taught to high school students as part of a health class for a graduation requirement, addresses the growing need for conversations about gender and power in K-12 classrooms. These pertinent discussions are key ways to confront troubling attitudes about gender inequality and sexual harassment and assault that are part of the underlying causes of sexual violence in K-12 schools and college campuses.Julia Lawler is a senior majoring  in history and social science education. Her column, “Get Schooled,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Rob Manfred apologizes for ‘piece of metal’ remark, explains why players were granted ‘blanket immunity’


first_img“You are 100 percent correct that I could have set a new precedent here,” Manfred said when questioned about that during his availability at Tuesday’s Cactus League Media Day. “I felt and continue to feel that the best thing we can do for our fans, is to give them the facts, put them in a position to make their own judgment as to what happened in 2017, what the significance of that particular World Series is.“I also, and I’ve said this before, we’re very concerned about opening the door to altering results that took place on the field. There are a lot of things that have happened in the history of the game that arguably could be corrected. And I just think it’s an impossible task for an institution to undertake.”Manfred did acknowledge “I made one mistake – at least” and that was his description of the World Series trophy as “a piece of metal” during an interview on ESPN. He apologized for that mistake, which Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, in particular, had both taken issue with.“In an effort to make a rhetorical point, I referred to the World Series trophy in a disrespectful way,” he said. “I want to apologize for that. There’s no excuse for it. I made a mistake in trying to make a point but I should have made it in a more effective way and, again, I want to apologize for it.”Under questioning Tuesday, Manfred did confirm that the MLB investigation found the Astros had used their trash can-banging system to steal signs and signal them to hitters during their 2017 World Series victory over the Dodgers despite their recent denials. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “Garbage-can signaling went on in the postseason,” Manfred asserted. “There was conflicting evidence on that point. But, you know, in an investigation you often have conflicting evidence and it was my view that the more credible evidence was that they continued to use the trash-can system.”This only confirmed what the Dodgers suspected going into the 2017 World Series, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.“We had heard trash can. We had heard other ways – first name, last name, whistling,” Friedman said. “We’d heard a lot of different things. We weren’t exactly sure how they were doing it, but we had suspicions going into the 2017 World Series – a lot of scout chatter.“We didn’t know it unequivocally or we would have been stronger with it (precautions). It was more speculation.”If not a vacated title, a lot of players around both leagues have been upset that a scheme described in the commissioner’s report as “player-driven” did not result in any discipline of those players. Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis, speaking earlier Tuesday, said he believed the commissioner had completely mishandled the situation and that “every single guy over there deserves a beating.”Manfred said he had “never seen the kind of commentary from players about other players” before – and then pointed out the irony of players criticizing other players for getting immunity that the players’ union demanded.Related Articles “Our early efforts were not particularly successful in terms of making progress with the investigation,” Manfred said. “My office then contacted the MLBPA to request player cooperation. We wanted players to submit to interviews. The MLBPA asked if we had a disciplinary intention. I think the response was, that we could not rule that out. The union indicated to us that that would be a problem.”The union told MLB, Manfred said, that the players would only cooperate if they received “blanket immunity.” MLB agreed, for lack of a better alternative.“I’m not being critical of anyone, but the fact of the matter is the union wanted an immunity agreement to protect their members,” said Manfred, who also pledged Tuesday to protect Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers, the former Astros pitcher who became the whistleblower when he went public in November to The Athletic. “And, you know, that’s how we got there.”Discussions are now ongoing between MLB and the union, Manfred said, about restricting players’ access to video during the game.“It just has caused a lot of problems, and I think a really across-the-board restriction on that video will help send the kind of message to our fans,” said Manfred who is expected to announce the findings from an investigation of the 2018 Boston Red Sox soon. “It’s really important for this institution right now that we’re serious about cleaning this up.”center_img SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It has not been a good few days for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.Possibly the best player in the history of one sport (Mike Trout) called the sign-stealing scandal surrounding the Houston Astros “sad” and said the punishment wasn’t enough.Possibly the best player in the history of an entirely different sport (LeBron James) piled on, calling the commissioner out on Twitter on Tuesday to do something about the “disgusted, mad, hurt, broken” players in his sport – many of whom have called for him to vacate the 2017 championship.But don’t expect Manfred to change anything about the punishment he doled out in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal or announce that the 2017 World Series title has been vacated. 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