Audience walk out on Anna Fendi’s translated Union talk

first_imgA large proportion of the crowd walked out during Anna Fendi’s talk at the Oxford Union last Friday due to the event over-running, and the Union not publicising that she would be speaking Italian with a translator.One student also told Cherwell that she was invited to meet Fendi before the event but could not ask any questions as her translator was not there.Many students attended Fendi’s talk, hoping to hear her speak about her rise to fame as an Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur. Fendi created the luxury fashion house Fendi with her sisters and was the first Italian woman to win the IWF Hall of Fame Award.A large proportion of the crowd walked out towards the end, after Fendi’s speech overran by 20 minutes. Her translator told her to conclude her speech when the event was supposed to end.This meant that many of the crowd left before the Union President asked if anyone had any further questions. Speaking to Cherwell, students said that it was “unfair” that no one told her to stop her speech sooner.Students leaving the event early were also angered that Fendi spoke entirely in Italian. The Union did not publicise this fact beforehand on their event or on their term card. Although there was a translator, there were short intervals of silence in order for her translator to translate her speech.One student who attended the event told Cherwell that the use of a translator, “made it harder to focus. I wouldn’t have gone if I had known, because it wasn’t particularly a relaxing break!”The Oxford Union has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Maggie Morrison gives Syracuse a lift off the bench in postseason

first_imgEvan Jenkins | Staff Photographer Published on March 21, 2016 at 10:01 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Related Stories Syracuse advances to program’s first-ever Sweet 16 with 76-59 win over AlbanyBria Day steps up as ‘MVP’ in 76-59 win over AlbanyBrittney Sykes turns in vintage performance launching Syracuse into 1st-ever Sweet 16Gallery: Syracuse beats Albany, 76-59, in NCAA tournament Round of 32 matchup Albany’s defense was playing a zone, as expected. But that zone extended aggressively out to the 3-point line and Syracuse’s shooters. On the Orange’s ball screens, defenders would run over top and take away the immediate 3-point shot as first priority. When the Orange would cycle the ball around the arc, the Great Danes’ defenders would often be there to try to tip a pass away or pressure a shooter before she even caught the ball.Not only did Syracuse not get close to 50 3s, it didn’t even reach its average of more than 30 attempts per game, finishing with 27.“They really extended out,” Hillsman said. “They took some shots away that we would normally get. They really got good rotations in the defense … they really were tremendous on defense.”What did work for getting shooters open was Peterson, Morrison said. The point guard would dribble through double-team traps near the half-court line and hit the player that was left often with a pass.Morrison’s last 3 of the day came on a cycle around the edge of the 3-point line that she shot as soon as she caught. Albany’s Imani Tate crashed into Morrison sending her back a few steps, but she was still able to get the shot to fall.The basket gave the Orange an 18-point lead, its biggest lead of the day, in the closing seconds of the third quarter.This wasn’t like the Duke game when Morrison came in and hit seven 3s on her way to a game- and career-high 25 points. But it was the small boost off the bench that SU needed.“We need to have someone who can come in and make plays and do good things for us,” backup center Bria Day said. “And I think that she really did that.” Commentscenter_img Syracuse didn’t hoist at least 50 3-pointers as head coach Quentin Hillsman predicted, which would have been a program record. It didn’t make the 14 or 15 that he said would’ve put it in a good spot to win, but it also did better than the four made 3s that, he said, likely would’ve meant a loss.The promise didn’t do much, but it did do one thing: it gave Maggie Morrison the assurance needed to let shots fly.Coming off one of her worst shooting performances of the year against No. 13 seed Army on Friday, Morrison rebounded to be the most efficient player from behind the arc on Sunday. She shot 3-of-5 from 3-point land and finished with 11 points. In Syracuse’s win over 12th-seeded Albany on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in team history, Morrison paced its 3-point shooting. She was a viable threat off the bench for the fourth-seeded Orange (27-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) on Sunday and will be when SU heads to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to face first-seeded South Carolina (33-1, 16-0 South Eastern) on Friday.“I think I went 1-for-whatever, which is pretty bad,” Morrison said of her 1-for-13 showing in the Round of 64 against Army. “(Hillsman) said it in the press conference. ‘We’re shooting 50 3s today, so just let it fly’ and you know that puts a lot of confidence in us to shoot out of our slumps.”In the opening quarter, Morrison stood open on the right wing behind the arc before point guard Alexis Peterson found her and Morrison launched a shot that hit nothing but net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe next time down the court, Peterson hesitated near half court as Albany’s press closed in, then jumped and threw an over-the-head pass across the court from left to right to Morrison, who was standing in the same spot. She got off the quick shot again and made it.In two shots, Morrison turned Syracuse’s five-point deficit into a one-point lead with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter. She erased the Great Danes’ final lead of the game.“Maggie Morrison hit some tough shots for us,” Hillsman said. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Liverpool’s Suarez to talk to Arsenal

first_imgLuis Suarez will be allowed to hold talks with Arsenal but Liverpool have no intention of selling their striker until his £50m-plus valuation is met.Arsenal’s club-record bid of £40m plus £1 was firmly rejected by Liverpool but Suarez now wants to hold talks with the north London club.The approach triggered a clause in his contract that means he has been told of the bid and can now talk to Arsenal.But Liverpool will not sell him until Arsenal up their offer significantly.On Wednesday Suarez made his first appearance for Liverpool since his infamous bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s arm last season, coming off the bench in an 18-minute cameo during the Premier League club’s 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory at the MCG.With Liverpool 1-0 up, the Uruguayan laid on the Reds second for new signing Iago Aspas late in the match.After the game Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: “There’s nothing new to report, he [Suarez] is very much a Liverpool player and over the course of the next couple of weeks we’ve got to get him up to speed.” Rodgers did, however, remind Suarez of the debt he feels the player owes the Liverpool fans who have stood by him after two seasons of controversy.“The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled,” Rodgers added.“In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him like a son and really looked after him. Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it’s something you can never forget.”Liverpool have now turned down two offers from the Gunners, who are keen to boost their attacking options, while Real Madrid, now managed by Carlo Ancelotti, also remain interested in the player but have yet to make a formal offer.Following Arsenal’s most recent approach, a post on Liverpool owner John Henry’s Twitter page read: “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”It is unclear whether Henry is talking about Arsenal’s attempts to sign Suarez or their valuation of the player. While Liverpool remain determined to keep Suarez, who scored 30 goals for the club in 44 appearances last season, their resolve is likely to be tested if the bids continue to rise. Should Arsenal persist and have an improved bid accepted, it would more than double their previous highest initial outlay on a transfer.The Gunners, whose first offer for Suarez was £30m, paid £17.5m to Sevilla for Jose Antonio Reyes in 2004.Suarez wants to leave Anfield to play for a Champions League club despite only signing a new long-term deal last summer.Speculation has grown about Suarez’s future since he was punished with a 10-game ban at the end of April for biting Ivanovic.The striker still has to serve six games of that suspension and was also banned in 2011 after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax in January 2011 in a £22.7m deal.last_img read more

Anderson seeks place among South Africa sport legends

first_imgNew York, United States | AFP |  Kevin Anderson is one victory from joining a select group of South African sports champions by capturing his first Grand Slam title in Sunday’s US Open final against top-ranked Rafael Nadal.Golfing compatriots and major winners Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen watched him win Friday on the New York hardcourts to reach the brink of a breakthrough win at 31.“I’m trying really hard to be able to join their ranks,” Anderson said. “It was really nice that they came out and watched me.”Anderson has history with four-time major golf champion Ernie Els and South Africa’s two-time Rugby World Cup championship side.“Just being on the road a lot, I know there are so many great South African sportsmen,” Anderson said. “I haven’t been able to mix with too many.“There have been times I was with the South African rugby team a few years ago. A lot of the golfers from South Africa live close to us (in Florida). I’ve spent time with Ernie Els.”Now he has a chance to claim a Slam trophy on the same Arthur Ashe Stadium court where boyhood idol Pete Sampras captured the last of his 14 major crowns in 2002.“My biggest idol was Pete Sampras growing up and right behind him watching (compatriot and 15-time ATP champion) Wayne Ferreira growing up,” Anderson said. “From a South African standpoint, he was definitely somebody I looked up to.”Anderson, the first South African in the US Open final since Cliff Drysdale in 1965 and the first in any Slam since Kevin Curren in 1984, won his three career ATP titles at the 2011 South Africa Open, 2012 Delray Beach Open and 2015 Winston-Salem Open.His groundbreaking charge on the New York hardcourts came after a run to last month’s Washington final in a season where a hip injury forced major rehabilitation work to avoid surgery, causing him to miss January’s Australian Open.“It took a lot of work, I mean several hours a day over almost two months,” said Anderson. “Even after that, another couple months of rehab. The biggest plus is when all the work you do really pays off.”Anderson has also worked upon his mental skills after often finding his own faults.“Some of the challenges have been to trust my ability a little bit more. I have always been very critical about myself,” Anderson said.“I feel like I’m just being a bit more patient with myself. I feel like that’s been a big change I have implemented in the last few months.”It has paid off in a fist-pumping style that bolsters his self-belief.“I feel like it allows me to play better tennis,” Anderson said.“Everybody talks about how important the mental side is… when you’ve played a good point and sort of acknowledging that also has a lot of positive effect that increases your confidence level.“It took me a little while, but as I’ve been playing more and more matches, it feels more and more comfortable. I feel like I’m putting more out there and I feel like it allows me to play better tennis, and it’s something I am definitely going to look to continue.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more