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first_imgAnson Chan outlined her hopes for her country on Thursday during remarks that included both harsh criticisms of China and what she called its “potential to be a force for tremendous good in the world.”Chan, the former chief secretary for administration for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, delivered the Rama S. Mehta Lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Chan, who earned the moniker “Iron Lady” of East Asia during her government tenure, has long been a champion of democracy and gender equality. (She was one of the first two women to join the Hong Kong civil service in 1962.) During her talk, she criticized a number of China’s programs and policies, including its 1979 one-child procreation policy, an initiative she said fostered the country’s “deep-seated prejudice for male children,” and led to “a dangerous gender imbalance.”“My first hope,” said Chan, “is that all Chinese women and girls will soon enjoy the rights and benefits and opportunities available to their wealthier, urban-dwelling sisters,” and that the “birth of a baby girl will be celebrated as warmly as that of a boy.”While many countries, including the United States, worry that China’s rapidly expanding economy is also “driving growth in its military power,” Chan said she hoped future U.S.-China relations would be characterized “more by trust and less by suspicion.”“The fact that China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. securities should not be seen as a threat,” she said. “It speaks for China’s confidence in U.S. government institutions, and the long-term reliability of the U.S. dollar as the world’s leading convertible currency.”Chan called for “constructive engagement” between the nations, founded on strong cultural and economic ties. She pointed out that the United States is China’s second-largest trading partner after the European Union, and the thousands of Chinese graduate students studying in U.S. universities have become important contributors to “post-graduate research in many fields.”Chan urged the two nations, the world’s leading producers of greenhouse gases, to combat global warming. We need “enhanced, bilateral cooperation to protect the environment,” she said.But Chan acknowledged that her pride in China, and its commitment to “hard work” and inherent “entrepreneurial spirit,” hasn’t blinded her to the country’s troubling social and political record.Greed and corruption are rampant in local and regional government, she said, and while the booming economy has lifted millions out of poverty in recent years, the gap between rich and poor continues to widen.Harsh limits on freedom of speech and severe punishments for dissent are the norm, and power rests firmly in the hands of a few hundred privileged families, said Chan.“One of my most cherished hopes for my country is that, over time, China can evolve peacefully to a nation where basic human rights are guaranteed and where every individual has an equal right and opportunity to influence how and by whom he or she is governed,” she said.Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen (from left) speaks with Anson Chan and Harvard President Drew Faust prior to the lecture.Part of that evolution includes fostering close economic and cultural ties with democracies. Hong Kong, with its rule of law, independent judiciary, freedom from arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, and zero tolerance for corruption, can and should be an example for China, said Chan.Chan addressed the concern of many Hong Kongese who fear that officials in Beijing will take an increasingly hard line in the administrative region. The area has operated under a “one country, two systems” agreement since 1997, when Great Britain relinquished control to China. Since then, Hong Kong has maintained a significant degree of autonomy, including control of its own economic and political systems.Recently, however, Beijing has tried to impose stricter reforms, including a failed attempt to implement a national education program in Hong Kong’s primary and secondary schools last year. Young students and concerned parents took to the streets and protested by the hundreds of thousands, successfully blocking the initiative, said Chan. “They do not wish their children to be brainwashed and indoctrinated in schools, because, in their view, education is the last line of defense.”Chan said she trusts that spirit would prevail as Hong Kong pushes for universal suffrage in 2017, a move that she hopes will inspire greater openness in China.“There is no doubt in my mind that Hong Kong can play a key role in helping to chart a course toward a more democratic government on the mainland,” she said.The annual Mehta lecture, established by the late Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith and his wife, Catherine, brings to campus “outstanding women leaders in the arts, public affairs, or science, who possess a deep understanding of the problems faced by women in the developing countries,” said Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen, who introduced the talk.last_img read more

first_img Sherwood made it four wins from a possible five in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday when his Tottenham team beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane. Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead, but it was Toronto-bound Defoe who ultimately settled the match, firing home from inside the Palace box 15 minutes after his introduction as a second-half substitute. Dembele admits Spurs need to up their game in the coming weeks against better opposition if they are to maintain their push for Champions League qualification. The Belgian said: “Against other teams we would have lost the game. “It’s difficult to know why we started so slow. We were not good in the first half. “We played sloppy balls. We weren’t concentrated. In the dressing room the gaffer told us (at half-time) we needed to concentrate more and work harder and I think we did.” Still, with Spurs having dropped just two points from their five league games under Sherwood, Dembele thinks Tottenham are looking good in their quest for Champions League football. This week has been the first time that Sherwood has had five days to get his ideas across to his players because of the hectic nature of the festive period. Dembele has been impressed with the 44-year-old, whose only previous experience in management came with Tottenham’s development squad. “He gives us a lot of confidence,” Dembele said of Sherwood. “Everyone likes this. “We didn’t have a lot of time to train too much together because of the amount of games but you can see already that our style is good. “He tells us to attack more but not with too much risk. “But we still need to do better first half and if we do that then we can do some great things in the second half of the season.” While Tottenham’s win kept them in touch with the hunt for a top-four place, Palace slumped to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table. Results and performances have improved under Tony Pulis, though, so Yannick Bolasie is confident the south London club will avoid the drop. “We have been at the bottom of the table before and the boys are not discouraged,” the winger said. “Our next game is at home against Stoke – the gaffer’s former team – so I am sure he will be fired up for it and the boys will be as well.” Bolasie also backed Puncheon to get over his terrible penalty miss. “Jason is all right,” Bolasie added. “He doesn’t really get down. I think he will be quickly back to himself again.” Mousa Dembele admits Tottenham will miss Jermain Defoe when he leaves, but the midfielder is confident that the north London club are set for a strong finish under Tim Sherwood. Spurs confirmed on Friday that Defoe will leave White Hart Lane for Toronto FC at the end of February. The 31-year-old, for whom Toronto will pay over £8million, has been a peripheral figure at Tottenham this season, but Dembele is still not looking forward to seeing the player depart. “For us he’s very important. I think everyone knows his quality and of course we will miss him, for sure,” the midfielder said. “It was nice for him to score, though. We are happy for him.” Spurs looked unlikely to claim what turned out to be their fifth home win of the campaign after a poor showing in the first half. Palace should have gone ahead in the eighth minute when Dembele clattered into Marouane Chamakh inside the Spurs box. Referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot, but Jason Puncheon failed miserably from 12 yards, blasting his effort high and wide of Hugo Lloris’ goal. Palace continued to dominate for the remainder of the first half, and they were unlucky to come away from the game with nothing. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img“We don’t feel like any team is better than us. We feel asthough we are as good as or better than any team in the conference.” This is the attitude surrounding the 2007-08 men’s tennisteam, voiced by assistant coach Evan Austin as it heads into the Big Ten IndoorChampionships this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., concluding the fall and,essentially, exhibition season. In its latest warm-up, the five-day long ITA Regional inMinneapolis, three Badgers reached the quarterfinals — seniors Jeremy Sonkinand Nolan Polley and sophomore Moritz Baumann — and the tandem of Sonkin andLuke Rassow-Kantor reached the semifinals. It was arguably Wisconsin’s best performancethis fall. Last year, the Badgers’ tennis team had one of their bestseasons in the program’s history, finishing No. 32 nationally and fourth in theBig Ten with a 16-11 record. They beat eight ranked opponents throughout theseason. Looking ahead to the spring season, however, the team willface a difficult road. It will play 14 teams from the FILA Collegiate TennisRankings. Out of those ranked teams, eight of them come from the Big Ten,including last year’s Big Ten champion, No. 3 Ohio State.”It’s going to be physical and every match is going to be a grind for us,”Austin said. “We have to prepare now to get the mindset that every match isgoing to be tough, and if you take a day off, then you are going to lose.”So what makes this team different from the previous few seasons? Coach Austindescribed it in one word: leadership.Led by Sonkin and Polley, the diverse Badger lineup is one of intimidation anddiligence. “The whole dynamic with the team has really changed. In previous years, the attitudewas in no way like the team we have this year,” Sonkin said. “The guys areready to go that extra length to be where we should be.”We are going to be a dangerous threat to any team in thecountry.”Sonkin and Polley are both previous MVPs of the team and have had great successat singles in both the Big Ten and NCAA. Polley concluded the season ranked No.101. Also, Baumann came out of nowhere to make a name for himself by finishingat No. 49. His ranking placed him among the top five in the nation forfreshmen.”A lot of our focus has been getting the guys on the same page,” Sonkin said.”Knowing that we are strong in our singles and doubles, our team has been ableto bring a lot of really great aspects to every practice and we have beenworking to get the best out of every practice we have.”The official season doesn’t open up until Jan. 26 against UW-Green Bay at theNielsen Tennis Stadium, but Sonkin and company are already eagerly anticipatingits arrival. They have high expectations, despite having never gotten past theround of 32 in the NCAA Tournament in school history, and want to put them tothe test. “Anything less than the quarterfinals in the NCAA tournament and No. 1 or 2 inthe Big Ten would be a disappointment with the talent on this team,” Polleysaid.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka midfielder Mike Oduor vies for the ball against Ulinzi Stars defender Oliver Rutto. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Dec 29 – John Avire scored for Sofapaka with seven minutes left on the clock as Sofapaka bounced back from a slump to draw 2-2 with Ulinzi Stars at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Saturday evening.Sofapaka had gone ahead via a first half Dennis Odhiambo goal, but two quickfire goals from Enosh Ochieng saw Ulinzi grab the lead before Avire headed Sofapaka level to grab a point. In other matches played on Saturday, defending champions Gor Mahia were stunned by Kariobangi Sharks for the second time, the holders losing by a similar 1-0 margin to the one they suffered early this month in the KPL Super Cup.At the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, AFCF leopards’ search for a first league victory continued in vain as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Vihiga United while in the early kick off, KCB also remained winless after being blanked 3-1 by Tusker FC.Mount Kenya United also continued in their struggle after losing 2-0 to Chemelil Sugar while in Mombasa, Bandari and Western Stima remained unbeaten after drawing 1-1.But it was at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru where the weekend’s most intense action was left at with Ulinzi and Sofapaka clashing.Batotoba Mungu who have won only one match this season looked a hugely improved side in the opening half of the game bossing possession and passing the ball comfortably.Odhiambo broke the deadlock on the half hour mark with a delightful finish, a first time volley unmarked on the left when he raced to a Cliff Kasuti cross from the right which found the Ulinzi defense sleeping.Prior to the goal, Sofapoaka had chances to score but once again, what has hampered them entire season, finishing, seems to have stuck on their backs like a tick.Sofapaka FC midfielder Cornelius Juma vies for the ball with Ulinzi Stars left back Oliver Rutto during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium on December 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAfter a quiet opening 10 minutes, Sofapaka knocked on the door in the 12th minute of the game when Odhiambo rose at the edge of the six yard box to link up to a Cornelius Juma cross, but the header went over.Five minutes later, Titus Achesa clipped the upside of the crossbar with his freekick from the right curling over the wall.The visitors had two brilliant back to back chances that should have otherwise been planted inside the net.In the 22nd minute, Mike Oduor broke into the box from a deep cross and controlled it well with keeper James Saruni off his line. However, the midfielder could not lift the ball beyond the shot stopper. Six minutes later, Avire had a chance.The striker off a swiftly executed counter attack broke into the box but his shot was saved by Saruni. He raced on to the rebound and appeared to have been clipped as he tried to execute a second shot but the ref waved play on.A minute later, Stephen Waruru had a chance to claw his former employers when a cross from Elli Asieche found him at the edge of the six yard box, but he couldn’t get a strong impact on the shot.The blushes were wiped though when Odhiambo broke the deadlock.Five minutes to the break, Avire should have surely had a goal of his own when he broke the offside trap to race to a Kasuti cross, but his first control let him down as it took him off target and the defense raced back to cover.Batoto ba Mungu had a flurry of chances in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but once again, they could not hit the target with Asieche and Juma delivering dicey crosses that were not executed.The misses seemed to have inspired Ulinzi as they began to attack more and in the 55th minute, Richard Aimo produced a brilliant one-handed save to turn behind Daniel Waweru’s freekick for a corner.Sofapaka FC midfielder Stephen Waruru vies for the ball with Ulinzi Stars left back Oliver Rutto and midfielder Bernard Ongoma during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium on December 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSofapaka head coach Melis Medo then made a change, pulling out Waruru for defender Willis Ouma. With this change, Ouma slotted into right back while Kasuti moved up to right wing.And just like it has happened in all their other previous three matches, Sofapaka conceded just after making this particular change. Enosh Ochieng scored the first of his two with a header inside the box off a cross from the left.Four minutes later, he doubled his tally with a brilliant volley inside the box after being picked out by a Waweru corner.The tide had suddenly changed for Batoto ba Mungu. Medo made another change bringing on youngster Telvin Omutere for his debut while he rested goal scorer OdhiamboSofapaka pushed in the final minutes to get their lead back and they had some hope in the 83rd minute when Avire beautifully looped a header over Saruuni.Twice, Avire should have won the game for Sofapaka but he wasted brilliant chances. Just two minutes after scoring, he controlled a cross well at the edge of the six yard box and with two of the chasing defenders down, he failed to beat the keeper blasting the ball over.He had another chance again when he burst into the box, but his low shot with the keeper at his mercy went wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more