Margibi Battle Nimba for 3rd Place

first_imgAfter conceding defeats in their semi-final matches of the ongoing National County Sports Meet, Margibi and Nimba Counties will today face each other in the 3rd place playoff of the tournament at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Margibi on Tuesday lost to Montserrado County 5-3 in a penalty shootout, while Nimba were on Wednesday edged out by Maryland in a 2-0 encounter at the ATS.The last time the two teams met in the finals of the competition was in the 2011 when Nimba defeated Margibi and 2012 when Margibi defeated Nimba two goals to nil to clinch the trophy.Also in kickball, Grand Bassa will go against Montserrado for the third place at the ATS.Bassa were on Wednesday defeated by Margibi in the their semi-finals match 2-1 to overcome them by three to two points, while Montserrado were on Tuesday beaten eight to one by defending champions, Nimba County. The third place play bronze medal game or consolation game is a single match that is included in many sporting knockout tournaments to decide which competitor or team will be credited with finishing third and fourth.In another development, ahead of Sunday’s finals between Montserrado and Maryland Counties, the coach of Montserrado, Samuel Sumo has expressed confidence of his capturing the trophy against the Marylanders.According to Coach Sumo, his boys are fully prepared finals and will use his same system that qualified his side to the finals.The last encounter between the two sides in the second group stage of this year’s edition ended in a one-all draw.According to records, the last time the two met in the final was in 1956 when Maryland won the trophy and did not reach the finals until 2017.Montserrado, this will mark the fifth time the county has appeared in the finals, but are yet to win the trophy.It is now a challenge for Coach Sumo of Montserrado to end the county’s record of losing in finals and also a huge task for Maryland’s Coach Emmanuel Baffoe to make a historic win for Maryland after 61 years. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Belling the trolls

first_imgWe have always known that the proof of the pudding lies in the eating. And the pleasure with which it is savoured. This month, we saw its online avatar. Barely had Maneka Gandhi launched the Twitter hashtag #IAmTrolledHelp than the trolls were all over it. Trolling with all their might.,We have always known that the proof of the pudding lies in the eating. And the pleasure with which it is savoured. This month, we saw its online avatar. Barely had Maneka Gandhi launched the Twitter hashtag #IAmTrolledHelp than the trolls were all over it. Trolling with all their might. Abusing both Gandhi and textile minister Smriti Irani, thereby proving her point: that something needs to be done about the unending stream of online abuse that women face every day.Online abuse – specially against women – is like one of those rapidly-mutating viruses that resists all antibodies. It’s everywhere, in many different forms. I’m not talking about the everyday sexism that’s our daily bread. That we deal with. I’m not talking about androcentrism, or the assumption that men, and male experience, are at the centre of the universe. That we live with, constantly rolling our eyes in our heads.I’m talking rape threats. Gang rape threats. Graphic gang rape threats with vivid descriptions of postures. Death threats. Those, in my view, are not free speech. They are a call to arms, incitement to violence. Especially when it’s an invisible cyber-army behind the threats, backing each other up, preying on a woman. Wilding. Trying to break her. Trying to humiliate her. Trying to get her to shut up, out of the misplaced notion that only men have the right to air their thoughts and opinions online. In a public space.In one of her essays, Egyptian writer Fatima Mernissi introduces the concept of ‘trespassing in the nude’ to explain how men in Morocco think of public spaces-as a men-only zone. Social norms dictate that Moroccan women not seek to be part of public space; women who break that rule are seen to be trespassing. But women who dare to step into public spaces without their veils-that’s even worse. That’s trespassing in the nude. And trespassing, of course, demands punishment.advertisementOn the internet, women who speak out are seen as trespassers. And women who speak about things men consider their preserve are seen to doubly trespass. Or trespass in the nude. As British writer Laurie Penny famously said, “A woman’s opinion is the short skirt of the internet.” It is an excuse to harass.The women on Morocco’s streets were punished by stoning, as are the women who loiter on the streets of the internet. Online abuse is as good as stoning someone who has an opinion with words. When journalist Swati Chaturvedi got massively harassed last year, she wrote about her experience: “Journalists, specially women, are hunted for sport, abused, slandered and hounded by trolls who hunt in hyena-like packs. The problem is that you have an opinion and are behaving like a journalist, not a cheerleader.”Little wonder than that Chaturvedi, like many other women online, have welcomed Gandhi’s initiative to curb online abuse. As do I. I’m writing this in the middle of conducting a digital security workshop. At lunch, one of the participants described how she can’t bear to be on her company’s social media feed for more than an hour each morning. It’s just an endless stream of filth. And something needs to be done about this filth if we want a #SwachhBharat.Many women have tried ignoring online abuse. It continues. Others have tried fighting back. It continues. Some have tried humour, including the Peng Collective’s brilliant Zero Trollerance campaign. The trolls march on, undeterred, like Tolkien’s orcs. Of course, it’s important to distinguish between trolling and abuse, but sometimes when you’re facing the shitstream, there’s just so much semantic jugglery you can take. No matter what you call it, you just want it off.And that’s where Gandhi’s initiative makes sense, as one more pathway to a #SwachhBharat, since we now live both on and offline. But one that’ll work only if she can take on her party’s trolls. Who are now trolling her too. Yes, cybercells and cops do exist, but that route doesn’t always work. Social media platforms make promises to their users, but they are rarely kept. “Not a single tweet that I’ve ever reported has been taken down,” says Rohini Lakshane of the Centre for Internet and Society, who’s helping us with our digital security workshop.This is not only about safety. It’s about digital citizenship. Women are neither interlopers nor outsiders online. We belong there just as we belong here. We intend to loiter online full-throated. We’re not content with a purely offline #SwachhBharat that cleans rivers and ponds. We want online #SwachhStreams too.advertisementThe author works on gender and sexuality in digital spaces and runs a non-profit in Mumbai, Point of Viewlast_img read more