Sex-Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts Now Surpass 81,000

first_imgTerry McKiernan, the president of, a watchdog group that tracks abuse in the Catholic Church, said more than 9,000 victims had come forward over the years, although he believed that number represented only a small fraction of those who suffered abuse in the church.Frank Spinelli was 11 years old on Staten Island when he joined the Boy Scouts in 1978. He said his scoutmaster, a police officer named Bill Fox, began to groom him, taking him out for ice cream, pressing to have Mr. Spinelli sleep at his home and turning their conversations toward sex. It ultimately led to three years of sexual abuse, Mr. Spinelli said. But even in the organization’s early years, abuse files maintained at the Boy Scouts headquarters detailed troubles. In 1935, the organization described having files on hundreds of “degenerates” who had served as scout leaders, according to a New York Times article from the time.Lawyers, including Mr. Mones, later pressed to release some of those files in a case in Oregon, where a 2010 jury verdict held the Scouts liable for $18.5 million in punitive damages. The Oregon Supreme Court later ordered that the case records be made public.Although many of the abuse cases occurred in decades past, some states in recent years have passed laws giving older victims a chance to pursue accountability in the courts. That includes New York, which approved a one-year window that opened last year, prompting a stream of new lawsuits with defendants from organizations such as schools, the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts.- Advertisement – From an early age, young scouts learn about obedience and loyalty, reciting an oath to stay “morally straight.” The organization has said that some 130 million Americans have gone through its programs over the years, including the likes of John F. Kennedy, the astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Civil Rights icon Ernest Green and the film director Steven Spielberg.While the Boy Scouts count some 2.2 million current members, those numbers have been on the decline from a peak of around five million in the 1970s. In 2017, the organization expanded to allow girls to participate, although that effort has frayed relationships with the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Messi, Ronaldo still aren’t on Pele’s level claims World Cup winner

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still haven’t reached Pele’s level according to Brazilian legend Tostao. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football since their respective debuts and are regarded as two of the greatest ever. However, World Cup winner Tostao was quick to explain why the Barcelona and Juventus forwards can’t compare to Pele quite yet. He told per IBTimes: “I think Pele was better than all of them. For me, there’s no comparison. Pele was far more complete. He had every quality that a forward could have. He didn’t have one defect. Loading… “Messi’s spectacular, but he doesn’t head the ball like Pele did, he doesn’t shoot as well with both feet, he doesn’t pull off the moves that Pele did. Cristiano Ronaldo is an exceptional player, but he doesn’t have the ability that Pele had and he doesn’t pull off the incredible passes that Pele did. “If you take the qualities of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, put them together, then you’d have a player to compare to Pele!” The former midfielder also addressed Diego Maradona’s standings in the ‘GOAT’ debate. “Maradona was spectacular, but he wasn’t on Pele’s level physically, he didn’t score the numbers of goals Pele did,” he explained. Read Also: Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle “We cannot forget about Zico, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo while in Europe, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff. “Now, it’s not my fault, but I think Pele was better than them all.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img When Pele himself was drawn into the Messi vs Ronaldo chatter, he opted for Ronaldo as he is “more consistent”. “Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Pele told YouTube channel Pilhado per Daily Mail. “I think he’s the best, because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.” Despite his glowing praise of the duo, Pele still arrived at a simple conclusion when deciding who is the best of all time – himself. “It is a question that is difficult to answer,” he begun when asked who is the best. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe6 Natural History Museums That Have World’s Greatest CollectionsMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconiclast_img read more

Shohei Ohtani to make MLB history with pitching debut

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error OAKLAND — Shohei Ohtani made his debut Thursday, but he’s going to make history Sunday.Ohtani is scheduled to start as the Angels pitcher in a 1 p.m. game against the Oakland A’s, after starting as their designated hitter Thursday.He will be the first player in nearly 100 years to start as a pitcher and a non-pitcher within the first 10 games of a season. Joe Bush of the Boston Red Sox and Clarence Mitchell of the Brooklyn Dodgers did it in 1920.The last time a player started as a pitcher and non-pitcher any time in the same season was 1988, when New York Yankees pitcher Rick Rhoden started one game at DH. “There is more to pitching than throwing 100,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday. “He will have plenty of velocity.”Ohtani may also have been affected by his adjustment to the slightly different baseball used in the majors, compared to Japan. Also, the air in Arizona is thin and dry, which makes the ball feel even slicker. It also makes it more difficult to throw a splitter, which is one of his best pitches.Ohtani, who has thrown bullpen sessions this week at Dodger Stadium and the Oakland Coliseum, said he can already tell a difference from Arizona.Ohtani also didn’t show any signs of frustration at his results, seemingly as aware as a major league veteran that spring training statistics don’t count.Now, he’s going to be pitching in front of the world — including a live broadcast in Japan, where the game will begin at 5 a.m. Monday morning. All of the velocity and movement and spin of his pitches will be available for analysis and scrutiny by the general public. A full lineup of major league hitters will be taking swings against him.Ohtani said he doesn’t mind having so many eyes on him.“I am somewhat happy about it,” he said. “It’s better to have attention than not have attention. But what I have to do does not change. I would like to continue what I had been doing in Arizona.”With the circumstances providing ample pressure, Scioscia downplayed the Angels’ expectations.“We feel Shohei is going to go out there tomorrow and give us a chance to win a game,” he said. “That’s all we expect from all our starting pitchers.”center_img Once Ohtani takes the mound, the novelty of the milestone will quickly be replaced by curiosity about how well he will be able to perform.Even Ohtani wonders.“I think there’s a lot of things that I will find out when I pitch in the actual game,” he said in Japanese. “I think that I need to learn every time, but I hope to be able to produce what I have.”In spring training, his results bore little resemblance to the pitcher who was a dominant ace in Japan. Ohtani pitched five games in spring training, allowing 15 earned runs while recording 13 innings worth of outs (some innings were stopped short of three outs to manage his pitch-count). He struck out 24 and walked eight.The Angels insisted all along they were unconcerned with those stats, instead focused more on the raw measurements of his pitches. Although velocity readings are sporadically available in spring training, where the ballparks aren’t equipped the same as major league parks, the Angels said they were satisfied. Various scouts at his outings had his fastball ranging from 91-98 mph.last_img read more