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MLB umpire apologizes for threatening tweet over Trump impeachment inquiry

first_imgOctober 25, 2019 /Sports News – National MLB umpire apologizes for threatening tweet over Trump impeachment inquiry Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — A Major League Baseball umpire apologized for threatening to buy an AR-15 if President Trump is impeached.Rob Drake said in a statement to ESPN on Thursday he especially wanted to apologize “to every person who has been affected by gun violence in our country… I never intended to diminish the threat of violence from assault weapons, or violence of any kind.”Drake tweeted Tuesday he “will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL (sic) WAR!!! #MAGA2020.”In his apology, he said he was “going to learn from this.”The tweet and the ump’s Twitter account have since been deleted.The MLB said they were looking into the incident, while the umpire’s association appeared to stand by Drake.“Rob is a passionate individual and an outstanding umpire. He chose the wrong way to convey his opinion about our great country. His posting does not represent the view of the MLBUA or reflect those of the umpires we represent,” the statement by the umpire’s association statement read. “The MLBUA supports all of the umpires who ensure fair play in the greatest game on earth. We are a group of individuals with diverse opinions and beliefs, united in our desire to continue our excellence officiating MLB games.”Drake has been with the Major Leagues since 2010, according to his umpire profile.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

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first_imgPlaying a worm in a hill of dirt as a 3-year-old, Julie Peters fell in love with theater. Peters, the inaugural Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, still speaks about the stage with the charisma and wide-eyed ebullience of a kid.Remembering a Shakespeare festival in her native Portland, Ore., Peters recalls how, as a youngster, she not only treasured the performances, but the replications of Elizabethan theater and its sweeping period accoutrements: “I loved the chess pies, the madrigals, the dancing on the green.…”Even now, that sense of time and place drives Peters in her teaching and scholarship at Harvard. In love with the theatrical texts, yes — of notables such as William Shakespeare — but enthralled also by the period’s backdrop and its implications, Peters considers herself a cultural historian, an artistic anthropologist.“I grew out of my love for acting fairly quickly,” she said. “I was too restless. Literature was very much in my skin, part of who I was. I always wanted to talk about the text and the history behind it.”Peters also had a longstanding interest in legal history and culture. To deepen her interdisciplinary work, she attended Columbia Law School years after receiving an A.B. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She even took the New York State Bar exam.According to Peters, law and theater share an intrinsic kinship. “Law is, of course, one of the great old performance forms through which culture expresses itself, power works itself out, conflict is negotiated,” she said. “In law, the way people choose to act out a text always has direct consequences. At the same time, while we all know that law is a performance medium, it derives its legitimacy partly from disavowing its theatricality. So it’s also a place where you can see how powerful the ambivalence about theatricality has been in culture: the seduction by theater, and the suspicion of theater.”Taking a class with Peters involves hitting the books, but also diving into a veritable artistic aquarium. “I always do performances in my classes,” she said. “Students learn things through their bodies as well as through textual and scholarly analysis.”This semester, she staged two mock trials inside her law and drama course, titled “Crime and Law: Drama, Film, and Performance.” One of these, a student-devised exercise in how guilt or innocence is determined, sparked “a very profound discussion on decisionmaking,” which she plans to write up with the students for a collection of essays on pedagogic experiments. In another course, the students staged a performance of a Hans Sachs carnival play, “The Calf-Hatching,” with a student director, dramaturg, designer, and costumer, which turned out so well that she hopes to perform it for a wider audience.These are just a few of the ways that Peters is infecting Harvard with her magically hands-on approaches and vivid plans for the future. Since arriving at Harvard in September, she already chairs the Committee on Dramatics (which runs the Dramatic Arts Program), collaborating with a coterie of likely suspects — Diane Paulus of the American Repertory Theater, for example — and unlikely suspects: David A. Edwards, the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering and founder of Le Laboratoire, a Paris-based space where artists and scientists conduct collaborative experiments.Peters is engrossed in the ways that drama, theater, opera, dance, film, digital culture, and other multimedia or multisensory performance forms exist in a continuum. She believes they should all be vehicles not only of knowledge but of collective experiment. She is striving for a new legion of courses at Harvard that “transcend traditional designations like acting and directing, and help us to rethink the disciplines of theater and performance.”“Harvard has always, I think, been more open than other places to people who are involved in creative activity in conjunction with more traditional scholarly pursuits —sometimes the quirkier and more unusual the better. Its renewed commitment to the arts means that it’s a very exciting place to be right now,” she said, “and I’m eager to see what will develop here.”For Byron and Anita Wien, whose names adorn the new professorship, their gift reflects an abiding love of theater and a longstanding desire to establish a named professorship of drama, which is the first in Harvard’s history.“While I concentrated in science as an undergraduate, I enjoyed Harvard’s vibrant theater scene,” said Byron R. Wien ’54, M.B.A. ’56. “The theater has been very important to me throughout my life, and Anita and I believe that this professorship will greatly expand Harvard’s scholarship in the dramatic arts.”Peters, who said she had numerous college majors while at Yale because she wanted to do everything, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 for a book on obscenity and theatrical modernism. Peters has more books in the works, including one on theater, anthropology, ethnographic spectacle, and global performance culture between the 18th and early 20th centuries, and a collection of essays on law and performance.She is whirlwind busy. Yet Peters said, smiling broadly, “I’m having a great time.”last_img read more

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WAFA U-16 to play against Valencia and Red Bulls in Next Generation tournament

first_imgThe U-16 side of Ghana Premier League club WAFA has been drawn against the American club Red Bull and Spanish side Valencia CF.The tournament is being held in Salzburg, Austria.WAFA will face Spanish side Valencia CF in their opener and then play New York Red Bulls.All matches will be played on Thursday, 8 August 2019.The format of the tournament includes a game against each opponent in the assigned group.Each half is only 25 minutes and the top two teams in the group advance to quarterfinals.This is the fifth time WAFA will be participating in the tournament and are currently the defending champions triumphing over the likes of Chelsea, Southampton, and Bayern Munich in the previous edition.last_img read more

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