Malaysia’s ‘Phoenix’: hijab-wearing wrestler breaking barriers

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer This picture taken on July 10, 2019 shows the hijab-wearing Malaysian wrestler known as Nor “Phoenix” Diana tying her headscarf before a training session in a gym in Kuala Lumpur. – A hijab-wearing, diminutive Malaysian wrestler known as “Phoenix” cuts an unusual figure in the ring, a female Muslim fighter taking on hulking opponents in a male-dominated world. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)A hijab-wearing, diminutive Malaysian wrestler known as “Phoenix” cuts an unusual figure in the ring, a female Muslim fighter taking on hulking opponents in a male-dominated world.Dressed in flame-patterned trousers, a black and orange hijab and top, Nor Diana uses sophisticated moves to throw and pin down her larger rivals in front of hundreds of cheering spectators.ADVERTISEMENT Vital Malacañang meeting up for PSC, Phisgoc “As soon as she became popular, we received a lot of messages from fellow hijabis who inquired about joining wrestling as well,” Ayez Shaukat Fonseka, her coach and fellow fighter, told AFP.“She kind of broke the barrier and just proved to them that if she can do it, they can do it too.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Like WWE, the Malaysian version is as much theatre as sport, as participants compete against one another with matches ending in a pre-determined outcome.Nor Diana, a pseudonym as she prefers not to reveal her true identity, seems an unlikely wrestler — outside the ring, she is shy and soft-spoken, and her day job is working in a hospital.But when she puts on her wrestling gear, she transforms into the fearsome Phoenix.“As Phoenix, I’m a totally different person. She may be small, but she can do things that people can’t imagine,” Nor Diana told AFP at a wrestling gym in Puchong, outside Kuala Lumpur.“When she’s in the ring, she’s fast and always wants to win,” she explained.ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Benefits of township living MOST READ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Growing popularityNor Diana first started training as a wrestler in late 2015, following her teenage dream of becoming a fighter, and made her debut a few months later.More than 60 percent of Malaysia’s 32 million people are ethnic Malay Muslims and, while the form of Islam followed is generally moderate and tolerant, society can still be conservative.Many Muslim women in the country wear the traditional headscarf and loose-fitting clothing in line with Islamic requirements for females to dress modestly.“In the beginning, it was always hard for me, because a lot of people said I can’t wrestle because I’m a Muslim and I wear the hijab,” she said.But she has soldiered on, with her family’s full support, and enjoyed her greatest success so far in early July, defeating four men to be crowned Malaysian wrestling champion.Initially, she competed wearing a mask, to reduce the chances people would recognize her. But after losing a match last year she removed it and has been competing without one ever since.She remembered being fearful about the reaction — but her popularity has only increased since, with thousands now following her on social media, helping to boost wrestling’s profile in Malaysia.While it is growing in popularity, wrestling remains relatively small in the Southeast Asian country. There are about 30 fighters and matches take place every two to three months in front of a few hundred supporters.Nor Diana is one of just two women wrestlers. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Standing just 155 centimeters (five foot, one inch) tall and weighing 43 kilograms (six stone, 10 pounds), her speed and agility make her a match for almost any opponent.And far from being criticized by conservatives for throwing herself into wrestling, the 19-year-old has become a hit on social media and spurred the interest of other headscarf-wearing women.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Even though I am Muslim, and I wear the hijab, nothing can stop me from doing what I love,” she said in the ring after winning a recent fight.She takes part in local outfit Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW), which has similarities with hugely popular World Wrestling Entertainment from the United States. View commentslast_img read more

Confronting history

first_imgFortunately, the Foreign Affairs Committee had the will to reject Turkey’s lobbying efforts to kill the resolution. The panel stood its ground even though the 27-21 vote approving the resolution caused Turkish lawmakers to threaten to cut off U.S. access to a Turkish air base that supports U.S. operations in Iraq. One has to wonder why a nonbinding resolution would spark such threats. America’s values drive our policy of encouraging democracy and human rights in the Middle East. We water down those values when we allow the deniers of past genocides to prevail. If now is not the right time to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, it’s only because that time came long, long ago. REP. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, contends that now is not the right time for Congress to pass a resolution affirming that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide. But when, exactly, would be a good time, after the next genocide? Harman, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution, now says: “We should avoid taking steps that would embarrass or isolate the Turkish leadership.” Like President George W. Bush, she says Turkey is playing a constructive role in the Middle East. That is true enough for the most part. But failing to recognize the horrors of history tarnishes America’s image as a moral force in the world. How can we have the resolve to label the situation in Darfur for what it is – genocide – and then soft-pedal the first genocide of the 20th century? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Debate on commission

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventLackey said his concerns were not about Dino, whom he believes has fit in nicely in the post. “It’s worth discussing,” Lackey said of the selection process. “This is a very critical function in the planning process.” Mayor Jim Ledford said he still believes it is in the city’s best interest to continue with the policy enacted in June 2004 to appoint planning commissioners by district. Ledford said that prior to the district system, the Planning Commission had been heavily weighted toward the city’s west side. “I think the system works,” Ledford said. “It’s equitable. It provides for representation throughout the city. In the past, I think the east side got short-shrifted.” Councilman Steve Hofbauer said he also favors the current system, noting the past leanings toward west-side residents and times when the panel was dominated by people from the real-estate industry. Hofbauer said he was opposed to having each council member make his or her own appointments to the commission, which is the system used by the city of Lancaster. “It politicizes the process. The planning commissioner won’t make a decision until he calls his council member,” Hofbauer said. The council will only discuss the issue and there will be no vote tonight to either uphold or change the system. The council will meet at 7 tonight in the council chambers, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B. In June, the City Council will decide on whether to reappoint or replace three commissioners – Dino, District 1 representative Spencer Berg and District 2 representative Fred Thompson, because their terms of office are expiring. The commission approves or makes recommendations on proposals and environmental issues involved in land development; makes recommendations on maintaining land-use regulations through zoning ordinance amendments, zone changes and General Plan amendments; determines consistency of the capital-improvement program with the General Plan; and makes recommendations to the City Council on land use and environmental policies and programs. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – As time draws near for the selection of three members to the Planning Commission, the Palmdale City Council will take up debate tonight on how commissioners should be chosen. For the past two years, the Planning Commission has been comprised of four commissioners appointed by district and one commissioner selected citywide or at-large. Concerns were raised over the process in January when only one qualified applicant, Vincent Dino, applied for the District 4 post. Two others had applied for the post, but one lived outside the city and the other lived outside the district the seat represents. “To me that was disappointing,” Councilman Tom Lackey said of the low turnout. “When a city is left with one choice, it calls attention to the process.” last_img read more

New Congress urged to change stance on mass killings of Armenians

first_imgLA CA?ADA FLINTRIDGE — Setrak Sheytanian died long ago, the victim of a mass killing spree that many consider the first true genocide of the 20th century.For decades his family tried in vain to collect on his life insurance policy, issued by New York Life nearly 100 years ago in Eastern Anatolia, modern-day Turkey. They finally prevailed last year, capitalizing on a California law that allows heirs of Armenians killed by the Ottoman Turks during World War I to sue for unpaid insurance claims. No such law exists at the federal level, partly because Washington has never said the mass killings perpetrated against the Armenians constituted genocide. But that stance may soon change because of the shift in power on Capitol Hill. We now have a speaker-elect who supports recognizing the Armenian genocide, said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, who along with San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi has co-sponsored legislation that would officially label the killings as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Turks. That is a tremendous ally to have. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The legislation, along with a similar bill sponsored by Schiff, was moved forward last year by the House International Relations Committee. Neither of the bills ever made it to the House floor because of strong opposition from other members of Congress, including outgoing Speaker Dennis Hastert.But the stalled legislation has suddenly been infused with new life, with Pelosi at the helm of a new, Democrat-controlled Congress. Ms. Pelosi has pledged to support the resolution again in the 110th Congress, said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for the San Francisco congresswoman. However, no resolutions on Armenia are included in Pelosi s list of top priorities for the first 100 days of the new Congress, he added.Armenians contend that up to 1.5 million of their countrymen died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks between 1915 and 1923.An official government recognition of the Armenian killings is long overdue, said Martin Marutian, Sheytanian s nephew. It is very important because we are recognizing genocides in Africa, the Nazi Holocaust, but not the Armenian genocide, which was the first one, said Marutian, 91, of La Ca?ada Flintridge. Newspapers, including the New York Times, wrote about the genocide at the time. But it seems like today the U.S. and Turkey have amnesia. Marutian recounted the story of his uncle, who he said was killed along with his wife and two small children when the Turks stormed their small town of Kharpet in 1915. Marutian s mother had left Turkey a year earlier for the United States to join her husband, and Sheytanian had given her his policy to take with her.For years, New York Life ignored the policy. But last year, a group of lawyers — including high-profile attorney Mark Geragos — reached a$20 million settlement with the company on behalf of scores Armenian families, including the Marutians. Geragos said federal recognition of the Armenian genocide might open the way for similar suits over claims outside of California. Hypothetically, if it were to happen federally, there are a number of legal options that could open up, said Geragos, who has also recovered $17 million for claimants from European insurance giant AXA. He linked the AXA settlement with the recent action by the French Parliament to formally recognize an Armenian genocide.Geragos, who is of Armenian descent, also believes that federal recognition of a genocide could eventually lead to the United States acting as a mediator between Turkey and Armenia on the issue of land and monetary reparations.But others doubt that federal recognition of a genocide would lead to any substantial results, let alone an about-face by Turkey on the issue. Vartkes Yeghiayan, another of the lawyers in the New York Life case, believes passage of the Schiff and Pelosi resolution would be primarily symbolic. The House of Representatives passed resolutions in 1974 and 1985 on the genocide and President Reagan mentioned the genocide in 1981. And what happened? Nothing, Yeghiayan said. The important thing is for Turkey to recognize the genocide. I don t care who else in the world recognizes it. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgRobbery team terrorized stores around the Midwest.United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today the sentencing of two men convicted of robbing cell phone stores in the Midwest.  Jeffrey A. Kemp, 41, Dolton, Illinois, was sentenced to 384 months (32 years) and Lawrence D. Adkinson, 28, Hazel Crest, Illinois, was sentenced to 346 months (over 28 years) before U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. The defendants were found guilty at a jury trial in August 2017, of conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to brandish a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, robbery, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.“This group used violence to terrorize retail store employees around the Midwest,” said Minkler.  “Putting the safety of shoppers, employees and law enforcement in jeopardy will never be tolerated. They will many years in the Bureau of Prisons to contemplate their actions.”The investigation began when a T-Mobile store in Clarksville, Indiana, and a Verizon store in Lexington, Kentucky, were robbed at gun point on successive days in July 2015. The investigation led by the FBI and a coalition of state and local law enforcement agencies and offices determined that Kemp and Adkinson led a group of ten men who committed armed robberies of cell phone retailers in various cities and towns in Illinois, including Orland Park, Joliet, Bloomington, Batavia, and DeKalb, and in St. Louis, Missouri, and Waterloo, Iowa, in addition to those in Clarksville, Indiana, and Lexington, Kentucky.  The defendants were ultimately arrested in Iowa, while still in possession of phones stolen from many of the other locations.The robberies were violent in nature. The robbers often held firearms to the faces of the victims before ultimately restraining them in the back rooms of the retail stores.  Kemp and Adkinson, as the leaders of the group, provided all the vehicles, guns, and other instrumentalities of the robberies, selected all of the stores to be robbed, and decided who would rob each store. The other eight defendants have all pled guilty for their roles in the offenses.“These men victimized the Midwest over the course of four months, traumatizing employees who were simply trying to do their jobs and had no idea their ‘customers’ were really violent criminals out do to them harm,” said W. Jay Abbott, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division. “This conviction is a testament to the dedication of our agents and our partners whose hard work on this investigation ensured this group is no longer a threat to the community.”According to Assistant United States Attorneys Bradley Shepard and Pamela Domash who prosecuted this case for the government, both defendants face 3 years of supervised release after serving their sentences.last_img read more

Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrests Two Drug Dealers

first_imgDeputy Baker also received an additional tip in regards to the whereabouts of Johnnie T. Sizemore Jr., who had an active arrest warrant.SizemoreInformation led Deputy Baker to a residence in Austin, Indiana.With the assistance of Austin Police Department, Sizemore was taken into custody without further incident. Sizemore was arrested for DEALING IN COCAINE OR NARCOTIC DRUG – AT LEAST ONE GRAM LT 5 GRAMS, and DEALING IN COCAINE OR NARCOTIC DRUG – AT LEAST ONE GRAM LT 5 GRAMS. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office continues to target and arrest alleged drug dealers in Scott County as the jail records show. Sheriff Goodin’s philosophy of quit dealing, move out of the county or go to jail policy is sending a direct message to the drug culture that Scott County will be a Drug Free Community. Smith was arrested on an active warrant and taken into custody without further incident.Smith was arrested for DEALING SCHEDULE I, II, III CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE – AT LEAST ONE GRAM LT FIVE, DEALING SCHEDULE IV CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE – AT LEAST FIVE GRAMS LT TEN GRAMS, DEALING IN MARIJUANA WEIGHING B/T 30 GRAMS & 10 POUNDS, MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE, and POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA. Two men were arrested by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department for dealing drugs – one from Austin and one from Tampico in Jackson County.Deputy Joe Baker received a tip in regards to the whereabouts of Keith Smith.SmithThe information provided led Deputy Baker to a residence in Tampico, Indiana.last_img read more

Kilty takes silver at Junior World Championships

first_imgBy Taylor MillerUSA WrestlingTRNAVA, Slovakia – Macey Kilty collected a silver medal at the 2018 Junior World Championships, after making her second World finals appearance of the summer.“I think throughout this year, I’ve made a big jump in my wrestling and my training,” Kilty said. “Just the pressure I put on my opponents and staying in good position has jumped levels for me, even since Croatia. I’ve seen a big difference. I’m just grateful for the opportunities I’ve had this summer and getting to compete.”Kilty, who won a Cadet World title in July in Zagreb, Croatia, faced off against reining Junior World champion and two-time Cadet World champion Khanum Velieva of Russia in the 68 kg finals.Velieva scored first on a takedown, but moments later picked up a takedown on the edge to take a 3-0 lead into the break over the American.In the second period, the three-time World champion scored on a throw-by for a takedown. Her final two points came in the form of a step out and a caution and one to take the gold medal with a 7-0 victory.Kilty wrapped up her first Junior World tournament with her third-career World medal. The Stratford native won Cadet World bronze in 2016 and added Cadet World gold this summer.last_img read more

Federal Scientists Join Lawsuit Protesting New Financial Disclosure Rule

first_imgOutraged over what they see as an invasion of privacy, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NASA have joined a lawsuit to block a law enacted in April that will require agencies to post financial reports for high-level government employees on the Internet. The law will make it even harder to recruit academic scientists to the government and could drive some researchers to leave, they say.The protest targets the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, intended to prevent insider trading by members of Congress. The law also covers 28,000 senior staff members in the executive branch who are required to file a financial report known as an OGE-278 describing their assets and nonfederal income, as well as those of their spouses and dependent children (details here). The OGE-278 filers include about 600 senior staff members (not all scientists) at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, according to Holli Beckerman Jaffe, director of NIH’s ethics office.NIH researchers are already held to stringent limits on owning drug company stock, put in place 7 years ago. Their OGE-278 forms—which are reviewed by ethics officials—can be released to the public upon request. But the Stock Act mandates that starting 31 August, these forms will also be publicly posted on Internet. 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In a complaint and motion filed in federal court yesterday, the Senior Executives Association and other plaintiffs, including a group called the Assembly of Scientists representing 45 NIH and other federal researchers, argue that they and the public “will suffer immediate and irreparable harm from the online disclosure of Plaintiffs private financial information.” The employees say that making the forms easily available to anyone could make them vulnerable to identify theft or even kidnapping.”The invasion of privacy of scientists who are trying to do their job is wrong,” says plaintiff Joshua Zimmerberg, a biophysicist and lab chief at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), speaking as a private citizen. In a declaration in the lawsuit, Zimmerberg says the disclosures could also “poison relationships” with family and friends, affect salary or job negotiations, and even influence peer review of his work by stirring “jealousy.” The policy will also harm NIH, Zimmerberg writes:There is no question that the Stock Act will impact the ability to recruit capable scientists to public service. … I am already aware of individuals that have resigned positions or refused to apply for positions that include a Stock Act disclosure obligation. This directly harms the United States’ unimpaired ability to conduct research into critical areas not covered by commercial interests.Another researcher on the suit, Phil Skolnick, who left Eli Lilly in 2010 to head a drug development division at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, says that “if I had known this [form] would be publicly posted, I would never have come here.” And NASA Chief Engineer Michael Ryschkewitsch testifies in the suit that some of his employees have asked to move down the federal pay scale to avoid falling under the Stock Act. The suit seeks a preliminary injunction to block the posting requirement.Yesterday, the House of Representatives and the Senate approved a temporary reprieve: They delayed the date for posting the OGE-278 forms by 30 days. (The bill granting the delay has not yet signed by President Barack Obama.) Lawmakers said they need time to revise the law to protect national security—several former high-level federal officials have warned that it could harm the safety of defense, foreign service, and intelligence officials abroad. But Zimmerberg hopes the delay will also allow for “public discourse” about researchers’ concerns.The Assembly of Scientists has signed up more than 60 new members since the lawsuit made headlines yesterday, says the president of the group, reproductive health researcher Florence Haseltine, who retired from NICHD earlier this year and now has emeritus status (which means she must still file an OGE-278). The group is separate from an existing body known as the NIH Assembly of Scientists that pushed for adjustments to NIH’s new conflict of interest rules several years ago. Ethics rules now constrain what that group can say publicly, explains Zimmerberg. The independent Assembly of Scientists “is completely separate” but has many members in common, he says.last_img read more