PM Modi urged us to take an active part in COVID-19 activities: P.T.Usha

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Legendary India athlete P.T.Usha on Friday said the video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was well timed and has given all a big boost.“The PM was seeking our help and support to go public to spread the awareness of the need of following the guidelines that has been issued to curb the spread of it. All of us did say that they are already doing it and he said that it should continue. All agreed to it,” said Usha often referred to as the “golden girl’.When her time came, Usha said that she was unable to speak to the PM as at that time there arose connectivity issues.In the interaction, Usha was one of the 49 sports personalities who were present at various locations. IANSAlso Read: Actress Neetu Chandra keen to do P.T. Usha biopicAlso Watch: Quick Shoppe in Guwahati takes precautionary measures against the spread of Coronaviruslast_img

Finding a Home Outside the Bridge

first_imgOla AinaAfter failing to pin a regular shirt at Stamford Bridge, Nigerian international, Ola Aina was last season loaned to Championship side, Hull City. With another loan spell to Torino, the defender seems to have finally found a home outside of the Bridge with regular playing time with his new Serie A clubOla Aina was one of the key performers for his club as he was on for full 90 minutes in Torino’s 0-0 away draw against AC Milan in their Serie A clash at the Giuseppe Meaza Stadium, Milan on Sunday and thanked the club’s fans for their unflinching support. “Another point for the team. Thank you to our fans for bringing the energy as usual,” Aina tweeted on his Twitter handle.Aina, who is on loan at Torino from English Premier League club, Chelsea, has made 13 Serie A league appearances for the Turin – based club this season but is yet to find the back of the net.The Torino defender is however delighted with his new environment and the opportunity to hone his skills in Italy after he joined Walter Mazzarri’s men temporarily for the 2018-19 campaign after extending his contract with Chelsea to 2021 last month.After spending the majority of his career in England which included a season-long spell with Hull City last term, the 21-year-old highlighted differences between the two countries.“I really like Turin. It’s not as big as London, but it’s a bit more relaxed and relaxing, a bit like me. In England, we train a lot in the morning, here it’s more the afternoon. I’m getting used to it though. Everyone is adapting to me, and obviously vice-versa. My teammates have made me feel good from the beginning, I thank them because it made it much easier for me to settle in,” Aina was quoted as saying by Football Italia.“Serie A is very different from the Premier League, the football in England is more physical and fast.It’s slower here and there’s more time to think, but you need a very different, more intense, attention to tactics.That’s good for me because that’s exactly what I need to improve.“I chose Torino because of the coach Walter Mazzarri, I talked to him and I got the feeling he wanted me and wanted to help me grow. I also felt he wanted me to work for him, that I could be important for his cause.Then, of course, Torino have a great history and the Italian league is one of the best, so I couldn’t say no.”The 21-year-old believes he has started brightly this season and looks to continue to make a good impression on the first team.He said: “I have started very well this season, thanks also to my teammates and to the coach, when there are challenges I always face them openly because I believe in my potential.”He went on to praise Mazzari’s tactics and team set up, emphasising how he likes to be given the freedom to attack as well as defend.Aina joined Torino on loan from Chelsea and has suddenly become a vital part of the team.Aina while speaking in an interview with Forza Italian Football said he has set a target to learn the language by December.“I’ve been enjoying it so far. I’m enjoying training and the games, and all the challenges as there are some top sides here. I’m settling in just fine. My Italian was good but it’s dipped a little. I’m back on the lessons though and have given myself the target of Christmas to have a full conversation.”“The difference is a lot,” Ola Aina said. “The level is a lot higher, the concentration and tactical side of things are a lot higher than the Championship. For me, that is what is key for me this season. Right now, the squad are just focusing on each other, and to take each match as it comes. We want to play good football and get as many points as possible and win games. So if we can focus on this, then who knows.”Normally placed on the right side, Aina has been operating on the left, though he admitted it makes no difference where he plays.“Both right and left are the same,” Aina continued, “the only difference is you have to use your other foot. Simple really.”He was born in the London and was raised by two Nigerian parents, he was also one step away from participating in the last World Cup in Russia: he was in fact included in the preliminary list, but was not chosen in the final 23.A few years ago, when Josè Mourinho was still the manager of the Blues, he spoke highly of the player and his efforts. Aina won a number of titles with the youth team at Chelsea which forced the Special One to say “He has great potential and I believe that he will represent the future of the club.”After Mourinho left, Aina was mentored by Conte and with the Italian Aina played in the 3-4-3 and on 3-5-2 systems and knowing Mazzarri, a young player that knows how to play in a system with three defenders is ideal.Aina said, “I only arrived in August, but I immediately got along well with my new teammates, I tied up with Meite, Ferigra, Edera, but also with many others.“I feel at home and for this I thank them. I started this season very well thanks to my teammates and to the coach. When there are challenges I always face them openly because I believe a lot in my potential.“Chelsea allowed me to be here because they know that this is an excellent championship and an opportunity to improve even tactically, I chose Torino because I talked to the coach and he immediately made me feel important for this team, and then because this club has an important history.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s blowout victory over Eastern Michigan

first_img Published on December 19, 2016 at 11:38 pm Beat writers Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson discuss the ramifications of Tyler Lydon’s injury, SU’s depth and more. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text After losing to Georgetown on Saturday — the fourth nonconference loss of the season — Syracuse (7-5) had its way in a dominating 105-57 victory over Eastern Michigan. The Orange set season highs in assists (34) and 3-pointers made (15) in the win.MORE COVERAGE John Gillon on Twitter trolls: ‘If I really suck, we can meet up any time and play one-on-one’Syracuse shreds Eastern Michigan’s familiar 2-3 zone with ball movement and 3-pointersWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 105-57 victory over Eastern Michigan Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

EPL Preview: Mourinho has complete faith in JT, Rooney to return

first_imgIt’s a new weekend of Premier League football.Get all the action via Joy Sports on air, on TV and online. Follow Joy Sports on Twitter and Facebook: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports –Jose Mourinho has backed John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic amid reports claiming Chelsea will wait until the New Year before deciding whether to offer the pair new contracts.Terry was dropped for the 4-0 Champions League win against Maccabi Tel Aviv in midweek and was also substituted at half-time in the 3-0 loss to title rivals Manchester City last month.But Mourinho has thrown his weight behind Terry, insisting he has complete faith in his club captain.”Last season he played every minute, before that he didn’t,” Mourinho told reporters ahead of Saturday’s visit of Arsenal. “He’s a player of my total confidence. I trust him always and he’s one of my men. Just because he’s on the bench one game or I take him off he’s still one of my men.”Despite complaining about the form of defenders Gary Cahill, Terry and Ivanovic before Chelsea’s game at West Brom last month, Mourinho said public criticism of Ivanovic had not come from him and was the work of others.”You don’t see me being critical of him,” he said. “So I don’t think it is a question for me because I am not making an individual analysis or trying to isolate individual players from the context.”The Portuguese also dispelled recent reports of disharmony in Chelsea’s squad before launching a cryptic broadside at the media.”I don’t have any problem with any one of my players,” Mourinho said. “Normally when bad results happen the first thing that comes into your laptops, iPads and pens is to find a dramatic story: ‘Somebody punched somebody in the dressing room’, ‘The manager doesn’t want to speak with this guy’.”‘Diego Costa fought with John Terry and before they start the fight they brought a translator for them to understand each other in the fight, because Diego cannot speak English and John cannot speak Spanish’.”‘They organise it like a Wild West duels: ‘At this time we are going to fight, bring a translator to help us’.”You (the media) always go in this direction, which is funny. The other direction you don’t go is the direction which is real. “You lose matches, you are affected, you lose confidence, you don’t want the ball.”The Chelsea boss confirmed Willian will be unavailable for the London derby with Arsenal and said fellow attacking midfielders Oscar and Pedro are also doubts for the game. Striker Radamel Falcao is also an injury concern for Chelsea.Rooney to returnManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed Wayne Rooney is fit to start against Southampton on Sunday. Rooney missed the 3-1 win over Liverpool last weekend and Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven after injuring his hamstring in training.The United captain’s return in the clash at St Mary’s is a welcome boost for the club after England left-back Luke Shaw suffered a broken leg in the Champions League Group B opener in the Netherlands.Van Gaal revealed central defender Phil Jones is also nearing a return to action after missing time with thrombosis.  Speaking to reporters at his press conference, the Dutchman said: “Shaw’s injury is a big loss but Rooney is fit to play against Southampton and Jones has trained with the group.”Shaw is expected to return from to Manchester on Saturday after undergoing a second operation on his broken leg in Eindhoven on Friday.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Haney’s OT winner completes Border Bruins comeback over Nelson Leafs

first_imgDylan Haney scored with time running out in overtime to spark the Grand Forks Border Bruins to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Tuesday night in the Boundary City.Haney’s goal completed the comeback as the Bruins rallied from a 2-0 deficit, moving Grand Forks to within a point of second-place Nelson in Murdoch Division standings.The loss was the third straight for the struggling Leafs, playing the game with only 15 skaters. Sawyer Hunt scored twice in the game to give Nelson a 2-0 lead after one period.Nelson continued to enjoy the lead until Garrett Brisebois scored his first of two on the night in the third period, getting the puck past goalie Devin Allen in the Leaf nets.Brisebois scored his second later in the period to force overtime.Nelson out shot the Bruins 41-38 in the game. Anthony Galliart was in goal to register his fifth win of the season for Grand Forks.The Leafs, 8-7-0-0-2, return home to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Bruins, which has now won two straight games, hosts Spokane Saturday at the Grand Forks Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

West Ham delete tweet saying ‘see you Saturday Jose’ ahead of Spurs clash

first_imgWEST HAM have deleted a tweet aimed at Jose Mourinho ahead of the Hammers’ clash against Tottenham on the weekend.The Special One – who was appointed Spurs boss this morning following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino – will be in the dugout for the London derby on Saturday.West Ham deleted the Mourinho tweet but the internet never forgets 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Z6XzCEqecS— xPopeGamingxTTV (@DoAHasekRoll) November 20, 2019 2 Jose Mourinho has replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs bossCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd the Hammers will be hoping their tweet doesn’t come back to haunt them after they attempted to troll the 56-year-old.The East End outfit posted a video on social media featuring clips and audio from various West Ham wins over Mourinho during his time with Chelsea and Manchester United.Captioning the post, the Twitter admin said: “See you Saturday, Jose.”But after less than two hours, the tweet had been deleted, with fans joking that the post is sure to backfire.One commented: “Have we really gone and deleted the Mourinho tweet before I got a chance to see it? Needed a good laugh this morning knowing it come back to bite us after we lose 4-0 on Saturday.”Another said: “West Ham really deleted that tweet about Mourinho? FFS football is about banter, if it backfired who the f*** cares.”A third added: “Seriously, who the f*** is (in) charge of our social media? Playing like we are and then you tweet this? This WILL backfire massively.”West Ham sit two places behind Spurs in the table, but can leapfrog their rivals with a win in Saturday’s early kick off.THE CLUB HAVE DELETED THE JOSÉ TWEET. pic.twitter.com/uUl6Wd0ZXs— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) November 20, 2019 ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onecenter_img LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer2Mourinho – who is believed to be earning £15million-a-year at Spurs – lost on his last visit to the London Stadium.The ex-Real Madrid gaffer could bring back the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier to the starting XI with Tottenham looking to win their first league game since September 28.And with January around the corner, Mourinho is sure to strengthen his side.Tottenham appoint Jose Mourinho as new manager less than 24 hours after sacking Mauricio Pochettinolast_img read more

Mario Suárez: “I would not care to play in July, but with the fans”

first_imgEPIDEMIC Mario Suárez, 33, punctually goes to his phone appointment with AS, worried about this situation that we are now experiencing. In the background you can hear their little ones, who want to play Frozen. Having time for yours is, without a doubt, the most positive thing about confinement.-How is your day to day?-This situation is incredible: it looks like a horror movie in which we are the protagonists. We don’t leave home, but we don’t get bored. Children are my alarm clock from eight to nine, we have breakfast together, I do my exercise hour and the rest of the day I spend with them, doing homework, drawing, inventing games, reading … When they fall asleep we can have a more quiet time my woman and me.-And it gives you time to study your Master in Sports Management …– Captain Alberto did it and I found it interesting. I go to the Garrigues Study Center on Thursday afternoons and now we continue online. There are also the president of Zaragoza, Cristian Lapetra; the general director of Albacete, Jorge Buergo; former soccer players Leo Franco, Juanjo Camacho and Borja Fernández; player Amanda Sampedro; the Olympians Silvia Soler, Jorge Díaz … The first thing is my career, I still have several years left, but it is good to train and grow.-What physical and nutritional plan have been imposed on you?-The club has sent us a schedule and a bicycle for those who did not have it. In addition, I have rented a treadmill and materials such as dumbbells, rubbers, a bosu … Nutritionally, we must eat vegetables, fruits and salads, reduce the intake of carbohydrates … “This teaches us to value more what we have” -And would you play without an audience?-We play for and for our people. We have a hobby behind that has paid its subscription for the whole year and doing it without an audience is nonsense. In addition, if there is a risk for viewers, there is also a risk for us, although less. I guess that decision will ultimately depend on Health and the Government.-These days talk about ERTE and salary cuts.-We have not been asked either one or the other. If LaLiga is suspended and Rayo has losses, I understand that it would also affect us players. It would be logical. But this now is talk for talk. Rayo is a viable club. They put it to us as an example of economic viability in my course.-Sport is showing solidarity in this great crisis.-I want to highlight the initiative of our fans, which raised almost € 35,000 for the Infanta Leonor Hospital. It is admirable. That speaks highly of our country, our society and our hobby. They give everything for us and we must give it for them, for the neighborhood and for the shield. Vallecas goes out of its way for the others. The club has also manufactured and donated material for the toilets. Any help is appreciated. “Vallecas goes out of its way for the others” -Who do you have contact with?-The mister called us all, also the doctor and the delegate. We have a team chat in which we talk about how we are doing and we each take it. There is a very good wardrobe. Hopefully we’ll see you soon.-Do you have a close case of coronavirus? The other day on Twitter he asked for measures …-The closest thing has been the death of Lorenzo Sanz because I have a very good relationship with his sons Fernando and Paco. On Twitter, I show my concern, I am not talking about politics or anything like that. I want this to end as soon as possible, that people stop suffering and dying and that the measures that have to be taken, even if they are difficult, are taken.-You played in China and Italy, other epicenters of the pandemic.-I spoke to the president of the Guizhou in China and a couple of translators and they had a very bad time. From Italy, with Valero, Godín and El Chacho before he came. There they had become very serious already, they only went out to buy and to the pharmacy. We had that example, we could have gone ahead and skipped steps. It is a complicated situation for us and for those who must make decisions, but we will come out and make it stronger.– Will LaLiga resume? -It’s all in the air. The main thing is health. Hopefully all this happens and we can finish the competition, fight for the playoff and move up with Rayo. I would not care to lose vacation and play in July. We are privileged and, if I have to sacrifice days, I would. SOLIDARITY -He launched a question from a Curro Canete book that I ask him today: What is life trying to teach me at the moment?-To value what we have, to enjoy each moment and our loved ones, not to worry about nonsense or things that do not depend on us … To think about the present, without looking beyond. It’s a shame something like this has to happen to figure it out.-And what about 2019-20?-The first lap was below expectations and on the second we started well. We must go to the top in what remains and win, we have not yet chained three victories. There have been positive things, like the three months without losing and that we do not fit much. The negative is that it costs us to score, we need many occasions.-How have you seen yourself?-I missed the preseason due to a soleus injury. I came back with the ankle without being or performing well, so we decided to stop. Then I have picked up the rhythm and now I feel good. The coach brings me closer to the area and, for the moment, I have three goals and one assist. I try to help the team, leaving my skin for this shield.-He’s already one of the captains.-With Alberto’s injury and Embarba’s departure, Trejo, Tito and I were left. We are proud to wear the bracelet. I feel loved by the club, the fans and the dressing room. Here I have lived things that I never lived. Lightning is special.last_img read more

Fire erupts after lightning strikes HJ studio

first_imgA major catastrophe was averted on Thursday after lightning struck the Hits and Jams Studio, causing a fire to erupt in the transmission room.The incident occurred sometime around 10:35h at the Lance Gibbs Street, Queenstown, office of HJTV and 94 Boom FM.Staff members of Hits and Jams studio outside the building following the Thursday morning fireAccording to reports reaching Guyana Times, during the heavy downpour on Thursday morning, lightening struck the company’s signal tower causing a spark inside the building.However, staff members were quick to take action, turning off the main power and containing the small blaze in the transmission room while the fire service was on its way.Speaking briefly with reporters, Director of Hits and Jams Kerwin Bollers explained that when the lightning struck the tower, it sent a surge of electricity to the systems in the television station’s transmission room. This resulted in the equipment being overpowered, as such, a fire broke out.At the time, Bollers said it was too early to assess the extent of the damages incurred.“Hopefully there is not much damage… we’re trying to assess it and determine, pretty much, what are damaged and what can be repaired… we have some technicians coming over to check the equipment out,” he told reporters at the scene on Thursday.At the time when the fire broke out, there were about a dozen persons in the building, including popular radio broadcaster Feliz Robertson who was on air at the time. She recalled that they heard a loud explosion before her DJ noticed smoke in the building.“When that (explosion) happened, I was stunned and so my DJ pulled down the mics so that no one can hear us scream or panic, and we started to unplug whatever we can,” she told this newspaper. Robertson went on to say that they then started to douse the fire which was at the time on the ceiling of the transmission room. She noted that they managed to contain the blaze with a fire extinguisher. The broadcaster continued that they then gathered everyone out of the building and managed to take with them small pieces of equipment. She noted that shortly after a call was made to the fire service and fire tenders arrived on scene and took charge of the situation.last_img read more

‘Marginalizing Women Stalls National Progress’

first_imgOne of Ghana’s respected authors, Madam Ama Ata Aidoo, recently said that women’s marginalization can delay or cripple the development of any nation.Madam Aidoo is the author of “Dilemma of the Ghost,” an inspirational African novel connecting Western to African culture by means of the marriage of a black man and a white woman.Addressing several young females as the guest of honor on the occasion marking the 5th Anniversary of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) held at a local resort in Sinkor, the acclaimed author said feminism is an ideology for life that should not be misconstrued.“We women are not weak vessels as construed by many people, even including our fellow women. Therefore, it is counted upon your shoulders to prove the ultimate power you have that can transform your community, country and the world,” she said.Madam Aidoo said it is important for women to recognize the power they possess.Madam Aidoo, who served as Ghana’s Minister of Education, said African cultures have been misapplied in most cases and this has led to men seeing women as subjects rather than partners in progress.“There are still practices in our African homes that are very ugly. Women cook chicken, for example, and men have the best share while they who prepare go malnourished due to lack of protein,” Madam Aidoo noted.Geographically, she said, Africa is the center of the world and as such “we need to transcend the ancient systems of survival and develop our civilization that will not be in conflict with others and neither ridicules us as a people.”Madam Aidoo expressed her gratitude to African women who have stood firm over the years to provide many other African women the opportunity to be heard and respected by their struggles for peace, justice and tranquility.Also speaking at the Feminism Lecture Series titled “Herstory,” one of Liberia’s renowned female activists, Madam Etweda Cooper, said women are the rulers of the world, because men, in most cases, obey their orders.“Be reminded that men don’t want to be disempowered and because they have such fear, they are fond of constructing ideologies that will always suppress us. Therefore you must be firm in defeating the fear of not engaging them meaningfully and constructively on issues of national concern as well as in your own homes,” Madam Cooper admonished young females aspiring to help society succeed in its development agenda.She said the African proverb “Children seen but not heard” needs to be re-examined and improved upon for the good of society.“Children, mainly girls, have a lot to offer to growth and development both at home and beyond. Please give them the chance to explore the means that will allow them to contribute to positive change,” the female activist admonished.For her part, the founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation (GPFA), Nobel Peace Laureate Madam Leymah Gbowee, said women should respond to what they are capable of doing and not their gender.“Knowing that feminists are aware of the challenges they have to encounter daily, they must rise and live above the status quo of life,” Madam Gbowee noted. “You have to know that you are not second class citizens and have the confidence that you can do better.”The Nobel Peace Laureate said her struggle for the emancipation of women from what she called ‘evil treatments’ and the establishment of peace in her home country, the rest of Africa and the world, is for the benefit of generations unborn.“Even though we experience the results of our works today in so many different ways, it is for the sake of our unborn children we labor,” she said. The three-day event, which took place at three separate venues, including the Monrovia City Hall, brought together nearly two hundred women and men from many sectors of the society, and included dance, lectures and a walk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man claims he plotted Cole, embassy attacks

first_imgWASHINGTON – A Yemeni portrayed as an al-Qaida operative and a member of a terrorist family confessed to plotting the bombings of the USS Cole and two U.S. embassies in Africa, killing hundreds, according to a Pentagon transcript of a Guantanamo Bay hearing. The transcript released Monday was the fourth from the hearings the military is holding in private for 14 “high-value” terror suspects who were kept in secret CIA prisons before they were sent to the U.S. facility in Cuba last fall. Last week, Waleed bin Attash said he helped plan the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 200, according to the transcript. He also said he helped organize the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in which suicide bombers steered an explosives-laden boat into the guided-missile destroyer, killing 17 sailors. “I participated in the buying or purchasing of the explosives,” bin Attash said when asked of his role in the attacks. “I put together the plan for the operation a year and a half prior to the operation, buying the boat and recruiting the members that did the operation.” Also alleged to have been Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard at one time, bin Attash is in his late 20s and is a Yemeni who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, authorities have said. Said to be an al-Qaida operational chief, bin Attash is known as Tawfiq bin Attash or Tawfiq Attash Khallada or simply Khallad. He was captured in 2003. U.S. intelligence documents allege that bin Attash is a “scion of a prominent terrorist family” that includes his father, Mohammed, who was close to bin Laden, and younger brother Hassan, who has been held at Guantanamo since 2004, arriving at the age of 17. Several brothers attended al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan in the 1990s and two have been killed, one in a 2001 U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan, the U.S. says. Bin Attash told a March 12 hearing that he met with the man who did the embassy bombings just a few hours before the operation took place, according to the transcript released by the Defense Department “I was the link between Osama bin Laden and his deputy,” Abu Ayyub al-Masri, bin Attash said. Al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, took over the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq after its leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in a U.S. airstrike last June. Bin Attash also said he was with bin Laden when the Cole was attacked while refueling in Yemen’s port of Aden. Legal experts have criticized the U.S. decision to bar independent observers from the hearings, called combatant status review tribunals. Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor, said “legitimate criticisms can be raised” about the confessions coming out of the hearings. “Of course, no one’s there to know, other than what we see from the transcripts and what the hearing officers hear,” Tobias said. “The claim has been that some of the confessions were extracted by torture or other activities that are inappropriate, and (there are) doubts about whether the detainees are telling the truth,” he said. Many have questioned the confession of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, also known as KSM, who claimed responsibility or partial responsibility for nearly three dozen plots including the 9-11 attacks on the U.S., according to transcripts of his March 10 hearing released last week.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