PROFESSIONAL footballers in England and Wales are to boycott social media for 24 hours today, to protest against the way social networks and football authorities respond to racism.It follows a number of high-profile incidents in domestic and international matches this season.Earlier this week, Manchester United captain Ashley Young was racially abused on Twitter. And Watford captain Troy Deeney said “enough is enough”.“On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players – or anyone else – whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football,” said Deeney, who disabled comments on his Instagram after abuse earlier this month.“The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism.”HOW IS FOOTBALL TACKLING RACISM ON SOCIAL MEDIA?Racist chanting was directed at several England players including Danny Rose during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month – the Spurs defender later said he “can’t wait to see the back of football”.“I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career,” said Rose. “Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse.”The #Enough campaign, organised by the Professional Footballers’ Association, starts at 09:00hrs BST today and runs until 09:00hrs BST tomorrow. Players have been encouraged to post a #Enough graphic on their social media platforms before the boycott.Manchester United defender Chris Smalling added: “The time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income.”The PFA said the boycott was the “first step in a longer campaign to tackle racism in football”.“The boycott acts as a show of unity by the players, and a call for stronger action to be taken by social networks and footballing authorities in response to racist abuse both on and off the pitch,” the PFA said in a statement.Young was abused after United’s Champions League exit to Barcelona on Tuesday. Accounts identified in this case as violating Twitter’s abusive behaviour policy have been prevented from posting again until the offending tweets have been removed.INCIDENTS OF RACIST ABUSE IN 2018-19December: Banana skin thrown on to the pitch during the north London derby at Emirates Stadium, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for ArsenalDecember: Raheem Sterling suffers alleged racial abuse during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea. Sterling later says newspapers are helping to “fuel racism” by the ways in which they portray young black footballersMarch: Chelsea lodge a complaint with UEFA over racist abuse aimed at Callum Hudson-Odoi during the second leg of their Europa League win at Dynamo KievMarch: England report racist abuse of players during their 5-1 win over Montenegro in PodgoricaApril: Juventus’ 19-year-old Italian forward Moise Kean suffers racist abuse from the stands during a match at Cagliari – with team-mate Leonardo Bonucci’s suggestion that Kean was partly to blame called laughable by Raheem SterlingApril: Derby winger Duane Holmes and Wigan defender Nathan Byrne are targeted by the alleged racist abuse in the ChampionshipApril: Deeney and Watford team-mates Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele receive racist abuse on social mediaApril: Young targeted on Twitter. (BBC Sport)
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Saina Nehwal was shocked by Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in the first round of Denmark Open as the Indian lost 15-21, 21-23 in just 37 minutes to crash out of the tournament on Wednesday.Saina has now lost in the first round for the third straight tournament after she was ousted in the Round of 32 at the China Open and Korea Open as well. This is the second straight time that Saina has lost to the Japanese. Takahashi and Saina had last met in the Thailand Open, where the Japanese had prevailed in three games.The match started on an even note with both the players battling for each point but Takahashi picked up pace after 7-7 and then went into the break with an 11-8 lead.After the break, Takahashi continued to keep Saina under pressure and picked up points at ease to race to game points at 20-13. Saina managed to save two game points before the Japanese took the game.The second game followed the same tight pattern where Saina and Takahashi traded blows before the Japanese took an 11-9 lead to the break.Takahashi then raced to a 15-10 lead before Saina fought to make it 15-13. However, the Japanese did not panic and stuck to her game plan to earn four match points.Saina fought from there to win four straight points to make it 20-20 but could never muster a game point before the Japanese wrapped up the match.Earlier in the day, Sameer Verma and the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy won their first round matches to advance in the tournament.While Pranaav-Sikki registered a 21-16, 21-11 win over German pair of Marvin Seidel and Linda Efler, Sameer thrashed Japanese Kanta Tsuneyama 21-11, 21-11 in just 29 minutes.Ashwini Ponappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy did not take the court as their Chinese opponents Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping received a walkover. Ashwini PonnappabadmintonBWF World TourDenmark Open First Published: October 16, 2019, 6:42 PM IST
Soybean Leadership College attendees of all ages came to the annual conference in St. Louis to learn how to communicate and be a better advocate for agriculture.Agriculture trailblazers of all ages from across the country attended ASA’s 17th annual Soybean Leadership College (SLC) in St. Louis this week to debunk GMO myths, network and learn more about being an impactful communicator and leader.Soybean Leadership College provides current and future agricultural industry leaders with training to effectively promote the soybean industry, communicate key agricultural messages and work to expand U.S. soybean market opportunities domestically and internationally while fostering networking between growers from across the country.Quint Pottinger, of Kentucky, (left) chats with SciBabe Yvette d’Entremont (right) after her presentation “10 Blankety-Blank Arguments Against GMOs – Why Science Rocks Agriculture.”The 2017 Soybean Leadership College opened with the session, “10 Blankety-Blank Arguments Against GMOs – Why Science Rocks Agriculture”- with Yvette d’Entremont AKA the SciBabe, an analytical chemist turned science blogger, who has proven that a few jokes and a little bit of sass can shake up the way people talk about all things agriculture. She has traveled the world busting pseudoscience and speaking to the importance of only trusting proven science, especially in agriculture and food consumption.D’Entremont gave tips on how to communicate affectively, using relatable language without bombarding with figures and graphs.Ally Perry from the Center of Food Integrity (CFI) offered perspective on why consumers are so concerned about their food and don’t trust the food industry. She encouraged ag leaders to share their values, embrace skepticism and put the “why” before the science in conversations.To kick-off the second day of the program, Wixted & Company presented a communications workshop with tips for interviews, followed by a sustainability and pollinator panel led by ASA Director Wayne Fredericks, Bayer Crop Science’s Iain Kelly and BASF’s Gary Schmitz.Soybean leaders enjoyed a dinner of create-your-own stir-fry before trivia.Farmers and social media gurus Jenny Rohrich, Dave Walton and Quint Pottinger provided insight on how those in the ag industry can affectively use different social platforms to tell their stories and share the truth about where food comes from.Soybean leaders enjoyed a dinner of create-your-own stir-fry before trivia.Rounding out the program were sessions on financial management, diversity in agriculture and an opportunity to ask ASA grower leaders questions about the association. Participants got the chance to make new friends and win prizes during the Soybean Leadership College Trivia Night and Dinner. Teams got into the competitive spirit as they shared their knowledge of history, sports, soybeans, music and more.(From left to right) SciBabe Yvette d’Entremont , Jenny Rohrich and Dave Walton prepare to discuss agriculture, science and communication in a live chat on Facebook.Crystal Dau, a Kansas State University senior studying agronomy, said she left Soybean Leadership College with some new perspectives and tips.“It’s been really refreshing to meet different soybean leaders from across the U.S. and come together to be further educated on how to share views about ag and what we’re doing and be the face for farming for consumers,” she said. “My favorite part has been meeting people because our experiences with soybeans are different across the U.S. and our farming practices vary –and I’m excited to go back into the industry after graduation and use some of the things I’ve learned here and incorporate the information to make better recommendations for farmers.”Special thanks to Soybean Leadership College sponsors:Corporate Partners:BASFBayer Crop ScienceBungeFarm Credit CouncilState QSSB Sponsors:Arkansas Soybean Promotion BoardDelaware Soybean BoardIllinois Soybean AssociationIndiana Soybean AllianceIowa Soybean AssociationKansas Soybean CommissionKentucky Soybean BoardMaryland Soybean BoardMichigan Soybean Promotion CommitteeMinnesota Soybean Research and Promotion CouncilNebraska Soybean BoardNew York Corn and Soybean Growers AssociationNorth Carolina Soybean Producers Association, Inc.North Dakota Soybean CouncilOhio Soybean BoardSouth Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion CouncilTennessee Soybean Promotion BoardVirginia Soybean BoardVIDEO: Click here to see the SciBabe’s chat with farmers/ASA social media panelists Jenny Rohrich and Dave Walton.See more photos of SLC 2017 on Facebook!