first_img Written by November 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Female MMA fighter dies from brain injury sustained during bout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailVeronika Ryabova/iStock(LONDON) — An amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter has died after suffering a brain injury during a fight in the U.K.Saeideh Aletaha, 26, was taking part in a “Fast and Furious Fight Series” event in the city of Southampton on Saturday when she sustained a life-threatening brain injury.An ambulance was called to the city’s Central Hall venue shortly before 9 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET), responding to a report that a participant at the event had collapsed.Aletaha was taken to Southampton General Hospital but died the following day, Hampshire police said in a statement.Lookborai gym, where Aletaha trained, said in a Facebook post that she was “a lovely character with a beautiful soul. Her dedication to the sport was 110% traveling miles every day just to train.”“This news comes as a devastating blow to us all at the gym and the whole community. Our thoughts and [prayers] go out to her family.”Members of a Crossfit gym, of which Aletaha was a member, posted an online tribute, saying “well-liked doesn’t do her justice.” It added that 30 friends had visited her in hospital before she died.The event’s organizers said their “thoughts of course go out to all family, friends and team mates,”“All competitors [are] prepared that they may be injured and this is something not expected to happen 99.9% of the time.“But, it can and … we make the environment as safe as possible with pre and post medicals from a doctor.”They asked anyone who needed support as a result of Aletaha’s death to contact them.Hampshire Police said in a statement: “We were called shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday 17 November by colleagues at Southampton General Hospital informing us of a woman who was being treated in hospital for a life threatening brain injury.The woman, aged 26, died in hospital later that day.”Police said investigations into events surrounding the death were ongoing.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

first_imgJournalist and historian Diane McWhorter decided to re-issue her prize-winning book, “Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution,” after she discovered new materials on the subject, and after she visited the Buchenwald concentration camp with her two children.In a presentation on Wednesday as part of the Colloquium Series of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, where McWhorter is a Caperton Fellow, she recounted her moving visit to the notorious death camp. She was particularly affected by photographs of civilians from the neighboring town of Weimar, who were bused to the camp after the war to be confronted with the atrocities.In observing the denial and willful amnesia of some of these residents, McWhorter said she was forced to look at her own attitudes growing up in a prominent family in a segregated Birmingham.“Carry Me Home” was first published in 2001, chronicling the attempts at Civil Rights reform and their violent repression in Birmingham in 1963. These efforts and the clashes that followed led President John Kennedy to intercede and were a crucial step in the demise of segregation in the American South. McWhorter characterizes this episode of American history as “the Gettysburg of the second American Revolution.” Her book received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, as well as the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize from Harvard’s Nieman Foundation and the Columbia University School of Journalism.Coming of age in Birmingham in the 1960s, McWhorter described her own received attitudes toward race and toward the rioting and violence in her hometown. In her criticism of her own attitudes, and those of her family, she described her suspicions of her own father’s evening disappearances to attend “Civil Rights” meetings. She now suspects that these meetings were for organizing Ku Klux Klan and other vigilante resistance to integration. In her self-described country club milieu, she was inadvertently in the center of collusion among the city’s elites, including the government, industry, and law enforcement, to sabotage the integration movement, attack Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and other leading black clergymen, and harass aid groups such as the Freedom Riders.In a new afterword for the re-issue of “Carry Me Home,” she will discuss new materials that indicate that the collusion between powerful political interests and industry was even deeper and more pervasive than initially portrayed in the book, and included the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the media.McWhorter’s fresh perspective is also deepened by her experience visiting Buchenwald and research conducted on a Holtzbrinck fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin in 2007.McWhorter’s work-in-progress as a fellow at the Du Bois Institute is on rocket inventor Werner von Braun. The German Von Braun, who had used Nazi slave labor to build the first V-1 and V-2 rockets to bomb Britain during World War II, was whisked away from the advancing Russian army at war’s end to land in Huntsville, Ala. There he pioneered American rocket technology and became the father of the Apollo/Saturn Space Program that put an American on the moon.McWhorter said the American South, and Alabama in particular, in 1945 was a receptive environment for the scientist’s views on race. The working title for her next book is “Moon of Alabama: From Nazi Germany to Tranquility Base, via the Segregated American South.”McWhorter also worked on this project as a Mildred Londas Weisman Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study last year.Upcoming at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute is the Nathan I. Huggins Lecture Series, which will feature George Reid Andrews Oct. 2-4 at 4 p.m. Titled “Envisioning Afro-Latin America,” the three-part series will be held in the Thompson Room at the Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of African and African American Studies and Harvard University Press.last_img read more

first_img Comments Published on March 7, 2019 at 11:45 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder BUFFALO — While everyone on her team stood on or near the bench, Lindsay Eastwood was at the edge of the center ice circle looking at the scorer’s box. To her right lay hats thrown by the traveling Syracuse fans. Eastwood had just completed her hat trick, but the officials were reviewing the goal.“I’m just making sure that they can’t take that one away,” Eastwood said. “I was right there, saw it go in, so I was right there telling them what I saw at least.”As one referee picked up the hats, another came back onto the ice with one arm straight in front of him. Good goal. Syracuse led Mercyhurst, 4-3, a score that held to the final horn.In two of the last three years, the Lakers (15-14-5, 12-6-2 College Hockey America) knocked out the Orange (12-21-3, 10-8-2) in the conference tournament before going on to win the championship. On Thursday night at the Harborcenter in downtown Buffalo, SU “put the icing on the cake,” taking the season series 3-2, Eastwood said, and advancing to the CHA championship game. On Friday, it plays Robert Morris at 4:30 p.m. in the same arena, attempting to win the CHA crown and earn its first bid to the NCAA tournament in program history.“It was our turn,” Eastwood said. “And third time’s the charm I guess.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Tuesday, SU head coach Paul Flanagan said the Orange knew what has made them successful, which centered around playing “smart” and not turning the puck over. For the majority of the first period, Syracuse did the opposite. It resembled how the Orange played in their winless nonconference slate.Mercyhurst got to loose pucks first, Syracuse struggled to clear the puck out of its defensive zone and Allie Munroe stretch-passes were cut-off in the neutral zone and taken back the other way by the Lakers. “You gotta get a bounce,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said on Tuesday, and that’s what happened.A Lauren Bellefontaine backhand was handled awkwardly by Mercyhurst goalie Kennedy Blair, and Eastwood swooped in to finish the chance. Throughout the season, Flanagan wanted weakside defenders to jump into the rush, which is what Eastwood did.“I stopped at the net, which is key,” Eastwood said. “… I was in the right place at the right time.”Mercyhurst’s relentless pressure finally caved the Orange defense with under a minute to play in the opening 20 minutes. Goalie Ady Cohen saved her defenders multiple times during the game, but after making an initial save, she was rendered helpless in the crease as Emma Nuutinen slotted the rebound home.Flanagan started Bellefontaine, Abby Moloughney and Emma Polaski in the second period, and it helped Syracuse regain momentum. But a Summer-Rae Dobson goal took that away. A Mercyhurst power play unit that threatened to score multiple times on its first opportunity converted on its second try. About a minute-and-a-half later, the Orange responded.On a delayed penalty, Kelli Rowswell’s drop pass put the puck on a tee for Eastwood to one-time. Blair seemingly didn’t even see the puck until it was past her and into the top corner of her net.“It’s definitely up there,” Eastwood said. “I’ve never sniped top corner without someone tipping it, so it was nice to see that go in.”Courtesy of SU AthleticsThen, after a successful penalty kill by the Orange, Munroe sprung Anonda Hoppner, who was coming out of the box, for a breakaway. The Mercyhurst goalie tried a diving poke check, but while being hooked, Hoppner flipped the puck over the sprawling netminder to give SU a 3-2 lead.Mercyhurst again pulled even with a Maggie Knot wrister from the blue line on the power play. Just over a minute later, Eastwood secured her hattrick and the final Orange lead of the night.“This is getting over the hump, beating a nemesis that always beat us in the playoffs, for one,” Flanagan said. “When I got to their coach, I said, ‘First time for everything.’”The season has ebbed and flowed, Flanagan said, and the Orange showed resilience to come off a 10-game losing streak and go 6-4-2 in conference play. They peaked at the right times, Eastwood said. It happened time and time again as the season wore older. SU “dug deep” to beat Lindenwood in the penultimate home game, securing third place in the conference and giving them a chance to fight for first in an away series at Robert Morris the following weekend.That didn’t happen, and the Orange lost twice to Robert Morris in the closing weekend of the regular season. Syracuse had to “move on,” Flanagan said, and refocus for the CHA tournament. And again, it showed it can make big runs in must-win situations. Lindenwood grabbed the early lead in the quarterfinal of the conference tournament on Wednesday, but the Orange scored four unanswered in the middle frame to secure a date with Mercyhurst.In facing an opponent that has dominated the CHA tournament for years, winning the first nine renditions and 12 total, Syracuse was counted out, Munroe said. Everyone thought it would be Robert Morris and Mercyhurst in the final for the second year in a row, she added. So one more time, SU played its best hockey when it needed to. It didn’t let a slow first period overcome them like it had during the 10-game losing skid. It didn’t let Cohen’s heroics at the back go in vain like in 1-0 loss to RIT on Feb. 15.This time, the Orange had an answer.“We’re doing it for each other, and that means a lot,” Eastwood said. “When you’re playing for each other, everyone seems to go a little harder, and I think that’s what’s going on here: We’re really putting our hearts on the line here.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more