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RHONJ's Luis Ruelas Applauds Joe Gorga as a "Good Human Being" Amid His Feud With Teresa, Recalls First Meeting as Teresa Responds

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Teresa Giudice may be in the midst of a public feud with her brother, Joe Gorga, and his wife, Melissa Gorga, but her new husband, Luis Ruelas, who she wed in August, had good things to say about Joe during an appearance on Teresa’s podcast on Wednesday.

Months after the Gorgas were noticeably absent from his wedding to the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member, Luis shared his thoughts on who Joe is “at the core” as he looked back at their initial encounter and Teresa weighed in.

“I met Joe through coincidence with Teresa and it was very humbling and settling,” Luis revealed during the November 30 episode of Namaste B$tches, via Page Six. “The first moment I met Joe, I would even say both of us became very vulnerable within the first 10 minutes of the conversation.”

“[I] talked about my work as a man, working through sh-t and all that stuff, like, you just like open up to him. Joe’s the kind of guy you can do that to, or with,” he continued.

According to Luis, he and Joe first crossed paths at Joe and Melissa’s beach house.

“We went down for the day and it was beautiful. There was no complaints at all,” he recalled.

“Joe at the core, really, your brother, honestly, at the core … your brother really is … a good human being,” Luis said to Teresa.

And Teresa agreed, saying, “When you first met him, everything was good, right?”

But since then, as RHONJ fans have surely heard, things between the group have taken a major turn for the worse, reportedly after Teresa brought up claims that Melissa had cheated on Joe with their family friend, Nick Barotta, amid filming season 13.

“At this point, I just don’t know what else to say. I’m tired. I’m tired of talking about this for 13 years,” Joe told Page Six in October at BravoCon. “I’m 48 years old, and I’m happy that I woke up this morning and happy that I have healthy kids, a beautiful wife, a beautiful life, and I just want to be happy, man. This kind of drama is ruining my life.”

The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 13 is expected to begin airing on Bravo sometime in early 2023.

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Jan Karski has a vitally important story to tell for anyone willing to listen.

A member of the Polish underground resistance during World War II, Karski traveled around Poland observing Nazi atrocities, including inside the Warsaw Ghetto and the Belzec death camp. He then traveled to report on what he witnessed directly to people such as the British foreign secretary and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. They heard what he said but seemed not to heed it.

Now actor David Strathairn, an Academy Award nominee for “Good Night and Good Luck,” tells Karski’s story at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in the solo show “Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski.”

“He’s exemplary of someone who accepted the civic responsibility of speaking truth to power, bearing witness to the events firsthand, being a courier of information critical to survival of states and nations and people — a man who exemplified in his life a real deep sense of duty and sacrifice for others,” Strathairn says. “From what we learned from people who knew him and had him as a teacher, he was an extremely humble, gracious person whose deep faith put him on a path of bearing witness for humanity.”

It’s a story that Karski himself kept quiet about for decades while he taught as a professor at Georgetown University.

“He became a teacher after feeling that he had failed in his attempt to bring the horrors of the Holocaust to the West,” Strathairn says. “Roosevelt gave him a meeting and didn’t really ask any questions about the Jewish situation. Justice Felix Frankfurter, himself a Jew, said, ‘I do not believe you. I don’t say you’re lying, but I do not believe you.’ He felt that he had done everything possible to bring what was happening in Europe at the time to the highest levels of power in the world, and they did nothing. And then he became silent for 35 years.”

But once he started talking about it in Claude Lanzmann’s 9½-hour documentary “Shoah,” Karski’s account was unforgettable.

“I met him, so to speak, when I saw ‘Shoah’ in 1985 when it was released, and I remembered his testimony. It just stuck with me. Many years later, Derek Goldman, who I’d worked with before on an evening celebrating Studs Terkel, called me and said, ‘Would you be interested in participating in this celebration of Jan Karski?’ I remembered him immediately and said yes.”

“Remember This” is a production of Georgetown’s Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics, directed by Goldman, the university’s performing arts chair, who cowrote the play with Georgetown alum Clark Young. It began in 2014 as an ensemble play at Georgetown to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Karski’s birth and was later streamlined into a solo show. And Strathairn has been there playing Karski every step of the way.

A San Francisco native who grew up in the city and in Marin, Strathairn has performed locally in several plays at American Conservatory Theater (“The Tempest,” “Scorched,” “Underneath the Lintel,” “Chester Bailey”). He starred in Berkeley Rep’s 2020 radio play of “It Can’t Happen Here” early in the pandemic, joining much of the original cast of the company’s 2016 world premiere stage version.

A run of “Remember This” was briefly announced for this February at San Francisco’s Presidio Theatre but was soon canceled due to COVID concerns.

The play has also been recently adapted into a film that has made the rounds of several festivals, including the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival this July.

Strathairn feels Karski’s story is one that must be heard, maybe now more than ever.

“We’re in a critical time worldwide with the rise of nationalism and fascism, the breakdown in trust and rising indifference and denial and partisanship,” Strathairn says. “He tried to make it a better world by telling the truth and giving the most vital information to the most important people. That’s why we’ve chosen to tell his story. It’s not just a historical document. We feel that it can be used as a way for people today to interrogate and reckon with all the critical issues that they’re being faced with: allyship and racial disparities and climate change. All these things that need somebody to bear witness to.”

Contact Sam Hurwitt at [email protected], and follow him at Twitter.com/shurwitt.


‘REMEMBER THIS: THE LESSON OF JAN KARSKI’

By Clark Young and Derek Goldman, presented by Berkeley Repertory Theatre

When: Dec. 2-18

Where: Berkeley Rep’s Peet’s Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley

Tickets: $20-$94; 510-647-2949, www.berkeleyrep.org



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened House Democrats ushered in a new generation of leaders on Wednesday with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries elected to be the first Black American to head a major political party in Congress as long-serving Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team step aside next year.

Showing rare party unity after their midterm election losses, the House Democrats moved seamlessly from one history-making leader to another, choosing the 52-year-old New Yorker, who has vowed to “get things done,” even after Republicans won control of the chamber. The closed-door vote was unanimous, by acclamation.

“It’s a solemn responsibility that we are all inheriting,” Jeffries told reporters on the eve of the party meeting. “And the best thing that we can do as a result of the seriousness and solemnity of the moment is lean in hard and do the best damn job that we can for the people.”

It’s rare that a party that lost the midterm elections would so easily regroup and stands in stark contrast with the upheaval among Republicans, who are struggling to unite around GOP leader Kevin McCarthy as the new House speaker as they prepare to take control when the new Congress convenes in January.

Wednesday’s internal Democratic caucus votes of Jeffries and the other top leaders came without challengers.

The trio led by Jeffries, who will become the Democratic minority leader in the new Congress, includes 59-year-old Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts as the Democratic whip and 43-year-old Rep. Pete Aguilar of California as caucus chairman. The new team of Democratic leaders is expected to slide into the slots held by Pelosi and her top lieutenants — Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Democratic Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina — as the 80-something leaders make way for the next generation.

But in many ways, the trio has been transitioning in plain sight, as one aide put it — Jeffries, Clark and Aguilar working with Pelosi’s nod these past several years in lower-rung leadership roles as the first woman to have the speaker’s gavel prepared to step down. Pelosi, of California, has led the House Democrats for the past 20 years, and colleagues late Tuesday granted her the honorific title of “speaker emerita.”

“It an important moment for the caucus — that there’s a new generation of leadership,” said Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., ahead of voting.
While Democrats will be relegated to the House minority in the new year, they will have a certain amount of leverage because the Republican majority is expected to be so slim and McCarthy’s hold on his party fragile.

The House’s two new potential leaders, Jeffries and McCarthy, are of the same generation but have almost no real relationship to speak of — in fact the Democrat is known for leveling political barbs at the Republican from afar, particularly over the GOP’s embrace of former President Donald Trump. Jeffries served as a House manager during Trump’s first impeachment.

“We’re still working through the implications of Trumpism,” Jeffries said, “and what it has meant, as a very destabilizing force for American democracy.”

Jeffries said he hopes to find “common ground when possible” with Republicans but will “oppose their extremism when we must.”

On the other side of the Capitol, Jeffries will have a partner in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as two New Yorkers are poised to helm the Democratic leadership in Congress. They live about a mile apart in Brooklyn.

“There are going to be a group, in my judgment, of mainstream Republicans who are not going to want to go in the MAGA direction, and Hakeem’s the ideal type guy to work with them,” Schumer said in an interview, referencing Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

Jeffries has sometimes been met with skepticism from party progressives, viewed as a more centrist figure among House Democrats.

But Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., a progressive and part of the “squad” of liberal lawmakers, said she has been heartened by the way Jeffries and his team are reaching out, even though they face no challengers.

“There’s a genuine sense that he wants to develop relationships and working partnerships with many of us,” she said.

Clark, in the No. 2 spot, is seen as a coalition builder on the leadership team, while Aguilar, as the third-ranking leader, is known as a behind-the-scenes conduit to centrists and even Republicans.

Clyburn, now the highest-ranking Black American in Congress, will seek to become the assistant democratic leader, helping the new generation to transition.

The election for Clyburn’s post and several others are expected to be held Thursday.

Jeffries’ ascent comes as a milestone for Black Americans, the Capitol built with the labor of enslaved people and its dome later expanded during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency as a symbol the nation would stand during the Civil War.

“The thing about Pete, Katherine and myself is that we embrace what the House represents,” Jeffries said, calling it “the institution closest to the people.”

While the House Democrats are often a big, diverse, “noisy family,” he said, “it’s a good thing.” He said, “At the end of the day, we’re always committed to finding the highest common denominator in order to get big things done for everyday Americans.”
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Associated Press writer Michelle L. Price in New York contributed to this report.
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Nyali Golf Club Daniel Nduva beat Muthaiga’s Greg Snow in a three-hole play -off to win the third leg of Safari Tour golf series at the par 72 Vipingo Ridge in Kilifi County.

Nduva and Snow had tied on two over par 290, with Nduva having birdied the 18th for the day’s three under par 69, while, Snow who started the day at the top with Muthaiga’s Mutahi Kibugu and Uganda’s Ronald Rugumayo, missed his birdie at the 18th to finish on two under par 70, to tie for the first place with the long hitting Nduva.

During the play off, Nduva hit a perfect three iron and an approach shot, where he birdied the hole against Snow’s par, to take an early lead. The two levelled the par three- 17th, and again the halved the 18th with bogeys, for Nduva to emerge the winner.

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Kim Kardashian to Get $200K a Month in Child Support and Kanye’s Home Next Door as They Settle Their Divorce, Details Revealed

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Nearly two years after Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West, the stars are finally settling.

The child custody agreement reportedly calls for equal access to the children, and the Keeping Up With The Kardashian exes will split expenses on their kids’ security and education.

After the settlement, Kanye was spotted picking North up from school, before taking her to the mall. Security was present both at the mall and the school.

A source told TMZ that Kim will have the children more, even though the settlement states “equal access.” Kanye has expressed she’s already with the kids 80% of the time.

The settlement reportedly says Kanye will pay Kim $200,000 each month for child support. Sources told the outlet that he’s not required to pay the full bill over child support; $200,000 is simply his share of it.

The outlet also reports that Kanye will give Kim ownership of his $4.5 million house – which he recently purchased, and is located next door to her – as per the settlement. The house is 3,650 square feet, and has five bedrooms.

Kim will be responsible for each expense concerning the property. It is speculated she’ll tear it down, adding to her acres of land, rather than putting money into fixing it up.

Kayne will still own his $60 million house on the Malibu beach, as well as 300 acres of Calabasas, two Wyoming ranches, his childhood home in Chicago, and another house in Belgium.

Kim will get to keep the couple’s $60 million estate in Hidden Hills, as well as her property in Idaho.

The stars were reportedly set for trial in December – before the settlement was hammered out.

Should there ever be a future dispute concerning kids, the exes agreed they’ll use mediation, said the outlet. However, should one of the parties fail to participate in mediation, the other will hold the power to decide what’s best in that dispute, according to TMZ.

The $200k is allegedly due at the first of every month, and will be wired into Kim’s account.

The division of property assets will follow the guidelines of their prenup, which apparently states neither side has rights to spousal support.

The insiders allege Kim has been walking a tightrope throughout this last year, as Kayne was out of control, and unwilling to resolve their divorce. “Kim’s patience was tested, but she handled things calmly and ultimately Kanye came around,” said one of the sources.

The outlet claims the secret weapon for their settlement was Laura Wasser, who went to both sides to resolve their lingering issues.

Meanwhile, Page Six reported that the Kardashian family was captured in photographs Monday evening – the same day the divorce was settled – at Travis Barker’s records studio, in what appeared to be a family meeting.

Kourtney departed from the studio hand-in-hand with Travis, her husband.

The meeting seemed to last hours. The family was spotted entering the studio at daytime, but left when it was dark.

According to reports, Kanye and Kim have not spoken since finalizing the divorce.

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In the summer of 1997, Jill Sterkel retreated to her parent’s California home to recover from the Epstein-Barr virus that had forced her to take a break from her job as head coach of the University of Texas women’s swim team.

“I basically took the summer off from coaching,” Sterkel said in a recent phone interview. “I don’t think I got out of my pajamas.”

By that summer Sterkel had been a fixture in American swimming for more than 20 years: a teenage member of an iconic giant-slaying Team USA relay that had upset a heavily favored East German quartet for the gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, a member of four U.S. Olympic teams, a two-time national college swimmer of the year at Texas.

Yet it was a lonely summer.

“The one person that reached out to me to see how I was doing was Teri McKeever,” Sterkel said. “I mean I will never forget that. It was like wow, that’s pretty cool. Somebody reaching out, trying to help me. I had a lot of other coaching friends but none of them reached out to me, you know. It’s very isolating.”

A quarter-century later, Sterkel is trying to return the favor to McKeever.

Sterkel, now retired from coaching, is one of 48 people who, according to McKeever’s attorney, have sent letters supporting McKeever to University of California officials as attorneys hired by the school investigate allegations that McKeever has routinely verbally, physically and emotionally abused swimmers throughout her 29-year career at Cal.

McKeever, the only woman to serve as U.S. Olympic swim team head coach, was placed on paid administrative leave by the university on May 25, a day after the publication of a Southern California News Group report in which current and former Golden Bears swimmers alleged that McKeever has bullied athletes on an almost daily basis for parts of four decades, and that Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton and Jennifer Simon-O’Neill, senior executive associate athletic director and the coach’s longtime close friend, and other Berkeley officials ignored or dismissed multiple allegations of the coach’s misconduct.

More than 40 current or former Cal swimmers and divers, 17 parents, a former member of the Golden Bears’ men’s swimming and diving squad, two former coaches, a former Cal administrator and two former Cal athletic department employees have told SCNG that McKeever routinely bullied swimmers, often in deeply personal terms, used embarrassing or traumatic experiences from their past against them, used racial epithets, body-shamed and pressured athletes to compete or train while injured or dealing with chronic illnesses or eating disorders, even accusing some women of lying about their conditions despite being provided medical records confirming their illness or injury. Swimmers and parents also allege McKeever revealed athletes’ medical and personal information in violation of federal and state law and university policies.

But in their letters to Cal officials, McKeever’s supporters portray her as a groundbreaking coach who is the victim of a gender bias and of athletes who don’t want to be held accountable for their shortcomings in and out of the pool.

“It has been so distressing to have my coach, my idol, and a mother figure taken away so quickly and wrongfully targeted by girls I used to call my teammates and friends,” Alicia Wilson, a current Cal swimmer and Olympic Games finalist for Great Britain, wrote to Knowlton.

Wilson’s letter was one of 17 provided to SCNG by Thomas Newkirk, McKeever’s attorney.

The letters are part of a campaign coordinated by Newkirk to show support for McKeever. Among those sending letters are former Cal swimmers, including Olympic medalists, ex-college coaches, parents of former Golden Bears, a college teammate of McKeever’s at USC, and members of the swimming community she has encountered during a career in which she has guided Cal to four NCAA team championships.

“Having known Coach McKeever for so long, I truly believe there is far more information that needs to be uncovered with regard to the allegations made against her,” said Robin Fiene Anderson, a college teammate of McKeever’s at USC. “Unfortunately, this will probably unveil a history of aforementioned problems of athletes who have never been held responsible for their choices, nor been confronted to show proof of why they claim they cannot fulfill their personal responsibilities associated with the stipulations of maintaining their scholarship and team status.”

While 15 of the 17 letters provided to the SCNG are addressed to Knowlton and the letters’ authors said they believed they were writing to Knowlton, Newkirk said he sent the letters to the university’s counsel.

“Whether Jim got them after that I have no idea,” Newkirk said.

McKeever’s supporters said they have not heard from Knowlton or anyone else from the university.

Cal assistant vice chancellor Dan Mogulof said Knowlton has not received any such letters.

“I can also convey that the Athletic Director always acknowledges every message, email, or letter that is sent to him,” Mogulof added.

Mogulof said the university has “no comment regarding information or correspondence sent to our legal counsel office.”

The letters supporting McKeever come against the backdrop of an August letter to Berkeley chancellor Carol Christ and the UC system’s board of regents in which 27 Cal swimmers, including an Olympic and World Championships gold medalist, and 21 parents of swimmers wrote that “widespread university leadership” since the 1990s “has failed to take action” on repeated and credible allegations that Golden Bears women’s team head coach Teri McKeever has bullied and abused athletes.

With that letter and yet another letter from Cal swimmers from the first decade of McKeever’s career in Berkeley more than 60 former Golden Bears swimmers from the 1990s to this decade, representing the entirety of McKeever’s career in Berkeley, have complained to Berkeley officials about McKeever’s alleged bullying and criticized Cal’s handling of those allegations, SCNG has confirmed.

The supporters write about what they refer to as McKeever’s innovative coaching methods, her support of them as athletes or coaches, and in some cases how she continues to impact their lives years after they last swam for Cal. A swimmer from the late 90s recounted in a letter addressed to Knowlton that she “had to have a hard conversation with Teri about an unplanned pregnancy and subsequent abortion.”

“Teri listened to me,” the woman wrote, “asked me what I needed and how she could support me, and let me know that there was at least one other woman on the team that had gone through the same thing and could be a valuable resource if I felt as though I needed it.”

Newkirk asserted that the letters undercut the allegations against McKeever and expose what he and the coach’s supporters have characterized as a pampered generation of female college athletes and a double standard in how female and male coaches are viewed and judged.

“It is a trend for a handful of disgruntled student-athletes to complain about a coach and accuse the culture of being toxic, when in reality, the other 90% are perfectly happy,” former Purdue head coach Cathy Wright-Eger wrote in a letter addressed to Knowlton. “ Unfortunately, the small handful, along with their parents and unprofessional reporters are being louder and ruining the careers of many coaches. It is happening every day in collegiate athletics and I would be devastated to see this happen to Teri McKeever.”

But none of the letters Newkirk provided the SCNG contradict the allegations against McKeever or even address the specifics of them.

Sterkel in her letter addressed to Knowlton referred to SCNG’s reporting and the university financed investigation of McKeever as a “witch hunt.”  But she acknowledged in an interview that she has not spoken to any of the swimmers making the allegations or was aware of specific incidents.

“I feel awful for both sides. I didn’t really read them in depth,” Sterkel said in the interview, referring to the SCNG reports. “I know there’s been some disgruntled athletes feeling that maybe things didn’t go their way. And I feel like you can’t tell people that the feelings that they have are wrong because feelings are feelings. The way I look at it and I probably look at it from a higher view is that you know it’s a balancing act with everything. You’ve got a lot of different personalities on your team. You as a coach have been asked to get every drop that you can get out of each kid. It’s a Division I athletic and academic program. So you know there’s a lot of stress. I feel like when I heard and read a little about what’s going on, it’s just like, you know there’s a lot of people who feel like, probably feel the same way at a lot of programs. I try to balance everything.

“Teri is a wonderful person but I think people who know Teri know she’s not, and I don’t want this to sound bad, but she’s not warm and fuzzy. She’s kind of a rock, which isn’t bad. That’s just her personality. A lot of times swimmers are looking for things that maybe coaches can’t give them because that’s not the kind of coach they are. And I think one of the reasons the recruiting process is important is that you could try and wade through some of that, figure out is this where I belong? And this is not disrespecting any of the people who are on the other side of this issue. I would venture to guess (that) on any swim team in the country including all the teams headed by male head swim coaches, you’re going to find a sampling of the same thing.

“… I haven’t really followed everything with this because I’ve pulled myself way out of swimming. I’m like a foreigner almost.”

In the letters provided to the SCNG, no one was more forceful in their defense of McKeever than former  Princeton head coach Susan Teeter, another longtime friend of McKeever’s and a staff member for two U.S. Olympic teams.

Teeter, in her letter addressed to Knowlton, also presented the Cal coach as a victim of vengeful swimmers and jealous male colleagues within swimming and the media.

“As a women’s coach, I have seen years of immature athletes who take on the role of “mean girls” and become toxic and hateful, which is what I believe you have on your hands right now,” said Teeter, who coached at the NCAA Division I level for 45 years, 33 at Princeton before retiring in 2017.

“This generation of athletes seems to think if they don’t get their way, they will create a way to deal with whoever stands in their way. Not only athletes, but many of our male colleagues who are jealous about Teri’s success and ability to coach women to the Olympics, when they, as coaches, can’t seem to get the job done. integrity. I don’t know what this reporter and this group of ‘mean girls’ have on their agenda or why they want to tear Teri’s reputation down, but it is mob mentality at its best. Teri McKeever is no monster. There is not a coach in any sport, male or female, that hasn’t uttered a word or words they wish they could reframe, but nothing like what these women are accusing Teri of saying. Might she have said something in a private meeting once, yes, but on a daily basis and as a bullying mantra, I would bet my house and reputation on the answer being no.

“ … Being in the position you are in as Athletic Director at Cal, and in previous positions, I’m sure you’re aware of the things people have said about you. You only have to lose 1 football game at Cal for people to want you to get fired. This is the same shameful behavior we’re watching these women take on Teri. I have never seen any of the behavior they claim and would never be friends or colleagues with anyone who acted that way. I hope you can see through these young women’s accusations. They have ruined Teri’s reputation and broken her heart. Teri has been nothing but a loyal and outstanding representative of Cal. I hope that Cal will not only stand by her, but restore the reputation these women and this reporter have taken from her.”

But Teeter in a telephone interview also admitted, “so I don’t know what kind of complaints you have and I don’t know who they are except for the ones who have been printed in your articles. I know some of the context in some of the situations that you wrote about but I wasn’t there and I don’t know the whole context.”

Newkirk and McKeever’s supporters maintain she is not only the victim of gender bias with the double standard in which female coaches are judged compared to their male colleagues and how female athletes socialized from a young age to react to coaching and to report stress, injuries and frustration differently than male athletes.

Newkirk said Knowlton and Cal chancellor Carol T. Christ, Simon-O’Neill and other top university officials were not only aware of McKeever’s coaching methods but have rewarded her.

Cal gave McKeever a two-year contract extension in January 2020. The contract expires on April 30, 2024. The contract has an annual base salary of $242,000 and includes an additional $55,000 in potential bonuses.

“I absolutely subscribe to that,” Sterkel said of Newkirk’s gender bias argument. “I was a female coach for a long time. I got the crap beat out of me too. People just talking because I was a female. Assumptions that were made that were completely false, And it’s hard, it’s hard. You’re out there completely by yourself. You’re almost on an island.”

Sterkel said she gained an even greater understanding of implicit bias when she became the mother of a Black son.

“I’m a white female raising an African American son and I had no clue of what racial bias was, implicit bias until I started raising my son,” Sterkel said in an interview. “And then it hit me smack dab in the face and it was like holy cow. And I think I felt that in coaching as well, being a female coach, you’re, I feel like the lens that people look at you is different than the lens they look at male coaches through. And I don’t think it’s right but I think that’s sort of what’s out there. You yell at a kid or talk to a kid harshly and you’re a bitch. A male coach does that and he’s coaching. That’s how you coach. So I try to keep that balance and yet I understand the other part of it.

“I don’t want to dismiss how people feel. Because I don’t think that’s right either. I think one of the things we get ourselves in trouble with in society today is this …. if I’m right, you’re wrong.

“I know it sounds like a pile of crap. I get it. You don’t know until you experience it, it’s really hard. I was trying to give you an example of raising my son and the different things I’ve seen and felt and like just in disbelief a little bit. Because you hear about it but until you feel it and you see it happening I think it’s hard for people to understand. They just feel like it’s a cop out, ‘yeah, right.’”

Teeter said she also routinely encountered gender bias.

“I’ve experienced it and there’s not a female colleague that I know that hasn’t experienced it, gender bias comments, like, well you know she’s just an aggressive bitch,” Teeter said. “I’ve been called a bitch by so many men in this sport that it’s difficult not to think that you are one at some points,

“So I think the hard part is without a doubt there’s gender bias. It’s shocking the things that get said to us. Recruits will say, ‘Well I’m not sure I can swim for a woman and you’re like, ‘I’m sorry aren’t you a woman?’ And they’ll be like ‘Yeah, but I don’t know if I can swim for one.’ So I’m, ‘Do you plan on having a job when you graduate?’ ‘Well of course I’m going to have a job.’ ‘And what would you think if the people who work for you say, ‘Oh, I can’t work for you because you’re a woman?’ And they’re like, ‘Oh.’

“The kids don’t even realize what they’re saying sometimes when they’re doing it.

“One of the lawyers asked me the question, ‘What’s the difference between a coach saying that was a piece of (expletive) effort and you’re a piece of (expletive). I said, ‘Oh, that’s easy. A guy hears the first one and the woman hears the second one. My point is if you say that was a piece of (expletive) effort, a lot of women, Okay, a lot of women will hear I’m a piece of (expletive). That’s how they interpret it. That’s almost a given.”

The letters also echo a conspiracy theory pushed by some McKeever supporters that Cal men’s head coach Dave Durden, the 2020 U.S. men’s Olympic team head coach, has had designs on McKeever’s job for years and is somehow behind the controversy.

Cal in August named Durden the acting director of swimming and diving, placing both the men’s and women’s programs under his leadership.

“I am glad you are doing a thorough review of the program,” Mike Stromberg, a Colorado Springs swim coach, wrote in a letter to Knowlton. “I also think you should the same thorough review of the men’s program too.”

Cal declined to make Durden available for comment.

“For the record,” Mogulof said in an email, “Jim Knowlton asked Dave Durden to become our Acting Director of Swimming & Diving, and he is grateful that Coach Durden accepted his offer to oversee both our men’s and women’s program on an acting basis.”

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Oscar Okaron has been appointed as Homeboyz RFC head coach after one round of Kenya Cup matches.

The former Kabras and Western Bulls player Okaron has replaced Oscar Ayodi and will lead the team in the remaining 2022/2023 season.

Okaron led Koyonzo high school to win the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association in Nakuru but failed to shine at the East Africa championships in Arusha, Tanzania.

Last season, the Dejaays completed the season in 4th position in the national sevens circuit and finished eighth in kenya Cup.

His first assignment will be playing against Strathmore Leos on Saturday.

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Meghan Markle Reveals Whether She Would Join RHOBH as Andy Cohen Calls Not Booking Her for WWHL Was the “Biggest Blunder in 13 Years”, Plus Does She still Watch the Show?

Could the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, have ended up being on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?

Bravo boss, Andy Cohen, recently had the honor of joining Meghan on her podcast, Archetypes, for an episode titled, “Man-ifesting a Cultural Shift,” where Meghan and guests discussed the impact men in the entertainment industry have on the labels and stereotypes put on women. Of course, the conversation veered into ‘housewives’ territory as Meghan revealed she used to be an avid fan of the Beverly Hills iteration of the franchise and Andy’s own show, Watch What Happens Live.

Meghan told Andy that she tried to get on WWHL for years after she joined Suits, but it never came to fruition.

“I never could get booked!” she exclaimed.

Andy called the missed opportunity the “biggest blunder in the 13 years of the show.”

Meghan said she used to watch the show all the time and was a “huge fan” but opted to stop watching after she married husband, Prince Harry, because she had too much “drama” going on in her own life to be weighed down by watching other women’s problems.

Andy asked Meghan, “I guess, the million-dollar question is, do you still watch Housewives?

Meghan responded honestly explaining, “Well, I will tell you the truth. I stopped watching The Housewives when my life had its own level of drama that I stopped craving.”

The Duchess does recognize how much of a cultural impact the show has had on pop culture and reality television and understands why the show has resonated with so many people over the years.

“I get why it was such a huge, huge part of pop culture. And when it began, because you began with Orange County and I’m from California, at least it felt remotely like a world that I knew, but still felt so foreign,” she said.

After marrying into the Royal Family, Meghan discussed how she became tabloid fodder and entertainment to people. Andy agreed and said people love to watch other people’s problems and “judge human behavior.”

“But I mean, I would say almost every one of my friends still watches it and I go, ‘Why are you watching that? There’s so much drama!’ And it’s because it’s entertainment. It’s entertaining to them,” she added. “And it’s also I think it’s so familiar because it’s been on for so long. You’ve created an empire.”

Still Meghan is “conflicted” about the stereotypes and limitations that The Housewives sets on women and pitting them against one another.

“Because as we grapple this season with what archetypes are and how limiting they are, on the flip side of that, is are we exploring giving women the space and allowance to be exactly who they are? As complicated, layered, challenging, funny, silly, etc. Or, in a franchise like Housewives, are we fueling the fire of archetypes by creating caricatures of women?” she said in a voiceover of the episode.

After Meghan and Prince Harry moved to The United States, Andy revealed to Meghan that many Bravo fans wanted Meghan to appear on the RHOBH. Meghan laughingly said, “I never heard that!”

She jokingly asked Andy, “You mean really that this is my audition for Real Housewives of Montecito? Is this the moment?”

Andy laughingly responded telling Meghan no audition was necessary and that he would “build the show around [her.”

Don’t get your hopes up though, Meghan said reality television is not in her future.

“There will be no reality show. But I think it’s so funny. No, I never heard that. I never heard about the Beverly Hills of it all.”

Though no Bravo cameras will be following Meghan around, She and Harry do have a Netflix docuseries debuting in December.

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Donnie Baseball is heading north of the border. Yankees’ legend Don Mattingly is back in the American League East as bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, the club announced on Wednesday.

“It was great getting to know Don throughout this process and we are very excited about the experience he brings with him, from the variety of roles he has had over the years,” manager John Schneider told MLB.com. “The organization and I are looking forward to his impact on the players and staff, as we look ahead to an exciting 2023 season.”

Mattingly has spent the past seven seasons as manager of the Miami Marlins where he compiled a 443-587 record. The two parties agreed to mutually part ways after last season

“I am proud and honored to have served as manager of the Marlins for the past seven years and have enjoyed my experiences and relationships I’ve developed within the organization,” Mattingly said. “I look forward to spending time with my family in Evansville [Indiana], and to any future endeavours.”

“We are fortunate to have had Don Mattingly leading our team on the field over the last seven years,” said Marlins’ owner Bruce Sherman. “He has represented the Marlins, our players, our fans, and the South Florida community with unmatched dignity and pride.”

Mattingly was named 2020 NL Manager of the Year — the first Marlins manager to win the award since Joe Girardi — when he led his club to the postseason during the shortened COVID season. The 61-year-old has 12 years of managerial experience as he spent five seasons with the Dodgers from 2011 to 2015.

The former first basemen spent his entire 14-year playing career with the Yankees. Mattingly won nine gold gloves, three silver sluggers, one batting title and took home the 1985 AL MVP award. The Evansville, Ind., native also began his coaching career with the Yankees. He was the Bombers’ hitting coach in 2004 before joining the Dodgers organization in 2008.

Now, Mattingly will be behind enemy lines as bench coach for the young Blue Jays.

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Doping, infrastructure and talent Development are top agenda for the incoming Sports Principal Secretary Jonathan Mueke.

The former Nairobi City County deputy governor while being vetted today outlined his vision for the country where many things are not going the right direction in sports.

“We will conduct a massive communication exercise to show the world that the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Kenya is not funded by the government,” Mueke said.

“It has to be a global campaign because our athletes are the biggest brand we have and it will be very sad if we are banned from international competitions.”

He said that he will work with sports stakeholders in sports to pass policies that promote and develop sports.

“We shall benchmark with the countries so that we can build on what others have done,” he said.

He added that Kenyan schools have fields that are not developed to be sports grounds.

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