Why Is Transgender An Identity But Anorexia A Disorder?

first_imgThe Federalist 27 June 2016Family First Comment: This is a very good question.   “The contradictory desire in transgenderism is similar in hopelessness as the desire in anorexia. The goal is to be thin, and one is never thin enough until one is dead. The goal is to be a sex other than one’s biological makeup, and one cannot alter one’s chromosomes and genetic makeup.”The furor over the “bathroom bill” in North Carolina has given the trans movement the perfect kindling to continue fostering their campaign of nationwide acceptance. It has also sparked a semi-hysterical “transphobic” backlash of self-righteous traditionalists. I do not consider myself in either camp. I approach this topic with a wrenching awareness of what it feels like to be disconnected from your body, to hate with every fiber of your being the way you look in the mirror, and to be willing to undergo great feats of self-mutilation to achieve a vision that is always just out of grasp. My perspective on the matter, however, probably would not go over well among most LGBTQ individuals. As a person who has struggled with anorexia nervosa since puberty, the transgender anguish resonates with me. The similarities between the two illnesses are striking. Yet one is an identity, and the other is a disorder. Why?At the heart of gender dysphoria is a paradoxical desire to be characterized as something one simultaneously declares is ineffable (i.e. gender roles are illusory cultural constructs, but I yearn to concretely embody that illusion). The contradictory desire in transgenderism is similar in hopelessness as the desire in anorexia. The goal is to be thin, and one is never thin enough until one is dead. The goal is to be a sex other than one’s biological makeup, and one cannot alter one’s chromosomes and genetic makeup.If a man wants to wear makeup, dresses, even get breast implants, who are we to stop him? If he wants to legally change his name to Maureen, great! But language policing, the implication that by misusing a pronoun we are savaging a person’s very core, is untenable. Using “he” instead of “she” may very well hurt someone’s feelings, but that is a level of sensitivity on par with agoraphobia (fear of crowded or enclosed public spaces). The onus is on the person to find ways of coping. The world cannot be responsible for validating a confusing, opaque issue that has been too quickly transferred from “disorder” to “condition,” from irrational to heroic.READ MORE: http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/27/why-is-transgender-an-identity-but-anorexia-a-disorder/last_img read more

Blurton scores convincing URSS win at Ernie DeCroce Memorial

first_imgBYERS, Colo. (July 30) – Twenty-four United Rebel Sprint Series teams from Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado made the trek to Colorado Motor Sports Park for the first annual Ernie DeCroce Memorial and when the checkered flag fell it was Zach Blurton picking up his second national point win of the 2016 campaign.Blurton had used a lap seven restart in moving up to second and was starting to reel in leader Austin Mclean as lapped traffic started to come into play.Blurton finally used the high side to take the point on lap 17. Jed Werner and then Luke Cranston also made their way forward to second and third, respectively.The red flag flew on lap twenty when Cris Muhler came into contact with and infield tire and got upside down to end his night.On the restart, Blurton again jumped out to the lead with Werner, Cranston, Mclean and Patrick Bourke comprising the top five. Bourke took over fourth on lap 25.Slower cars didn’t prove to be a problem for Blurton as he wove his way to the white flag with a couple lapped cars as a cushion. When the checkers fell it was Blurton taking his third feature win of the season.The Saturday show was the only Colorado Region stop on the 2016 Myers Racing Engines URSS na­tional point schedule.Feature results – 1. Zach Blurton
; 2. Jed Werner
; 3. Luke Cranston; 
4. Patrick Bourke; 
5. Austin McLean
; 6. Darren Berry
; 7. Brian Herbert
; 8. Bob Schaeffer
; 9. Mark Walinder; 
10. Scott Rhoades
; 11. Justin Medlock
; 12. John Webster
; 13. Scott Cochran
; 14. Keven Schramek
; 15. Chris Crowder
; 16. Cris Muhler; 
17. Nic Sutton
; 18. Tara Jo Christie; 19. Jaime Trengove; 
20. Brad Wasson.last_img read more

Williams wins URSS Night Four, Richards is Summer Sizzler champ

first_imgLEXINGTON, Neb. (July 9) – Ty Williams capped off Summer Sizzler Week with the United Rebel Sprint Series as he topped the Sunday feature at Lexington Raceway.With his eighth place finish, Terry Richards earned the $1,000 champion’s share of the four-race Summer Sizzler Tour. Williams, Steven Richardson, Darren Berry and Zach Blurton rounded out the top five in points and got checks for $700, $500, $300 and $200, respectively.Williams inherited the lead for a lap 13 restart. Second running Nick Nichols started putting pres­sure on Williams as Stuart Snyder moved into third.Nichols made a last-lap charge and got to Williams bumper coming off turn four but settled for runner-up and the best finish of his short IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car career as Snyder, Richard­son and Blurton completed the top five.Twenty-fourth starting Darren Berry finished sixth, earning hard charger honors.Richardson also pocketed an additional $200 for the overall hard charger bonus after passing 27 cars during the tour and won the $100 drawing for drivers competing all four nights. Williams picked up an additional $100 for longest tow.Feature results – 1. Ty Williams; 2. Nick Nichols; 3. Stuart Snyder; 4. Steven Richardson; 5. Zach Blurton; 6. Darren Berry; 7. Kaden Taylor; 8. Terry Richards; 9. Keefe Hemel; 10. Patrick Bourke; 11. Jed Werner; 12. Scott Cochran; 13. Mike Taylor; 14. Nate Berry; 15. Tracy Hill; 16. Shane Sundquist; 17. Howard Van Dyke; 18. Aaron Ploussard; 19. Craig Jecha; 20. J.D. John­son; 21. Jake Martens; 22. Brian Herbert; 23. Bob Schaeffer; 24. Mark Walinder.last_img read more

Munster maintain home run

first_imgMunster beat Benetton Treviso 14-3 to maintain their 100% home record in this season’s RaboDirect PRO12 and climb back into second place in the standings. It was a first half to forget for Rob Penney’s men at Thomond Park, the only saving grace being Keith Earls’ 37th-minute try which put them 7-3 ahead at half-time. The performances of Johne Murphy and man-of-the-match Felix Jones stood out in a dour encounter that was decided by James Downey’s second successive try for the Irish province. Treviso felt Hanrahan’s pass had gone forward but television match official Dermot Moloney and referee Leighton Hodges ruled otherwise, and Hanrahan converted for a four-point advantage. A second missed penalty from Berquist added to the Italians’ frustration and Munster restarted with the bit between their teeth, winger Murphy just being held up after a frantic spell of attacking. Munster also upped the ante in the scrum, winning a series of penalties in the Treviso 22, and the pressure told when repeated early pushing led to Maistri being yellow carded. Back-pedalling Treviso somehow won a relieving penalty at the next scrum and then Earls knocked on as Laulala attempted to put him over in the right corner. But the hosts moved 14-3 clear when Hanrahan passed for big centre Downey to duck under Christian Loamanu’s challenge and score by the left corner flag. The increasingly influential Hanrahan then nailed his most difficult kick of the night from the touchline. Treviso blundered in their attempts to respond as Michele Campagnaro knocked on in a promising position and Berquist’s touchfinder from a penalty went out on the full. Munster were relatively untroubled as they saw out the win, with head coach Penney already stoking the fires for next Saturday’s interprovincial showdown by suggesting it is Munster against ‘the Six Nations champs’ – given the number of Leinster players selected by Joe Schmidt during Ireland’s successful campaign. Press Association Downey scored while Treviso hooker Giovanni Maistri was in the sin-bin and a heavy rain shower spoiled any hope of further tries in the final quarter. The result saw Munster get back to winning ways ahead of next weekend’s crunch Aviva Stadium clash with leaders Leinster. Treviso managed to beat Munster at home earlier in the season and they took a third minute lead here thanks to a 35-metre penalty from Mat Berquist. Ireland captain Paul O’Connell was pulled out of the hosts’ line-up before kick-off due to a ‘slight shoulder niggle’, although he did appear on the pitch at half-time with the Six Nations trophy. Italian international Angelo Esposito was prominent during Treviso’s promising start and the visitors held onto their lead as JJ Hanrahan pulled a 20th minute penalty wide. Misfiring Munster threatened the try-line for the first time when Casey Laulala kicked through for fit-again winger Earls, who was making his first appearance since January – but Esposito was alive to the danger. Hanrahan uncharacteristically sent a second kickable penalty to the left and wide after Manoa Vosawai collapsed a maul. Berquist slid a long range penalty wide before Munster conjured up a timely opening try. Out-half Hanrahan broke through the middle and he fed Earls for a smart finish past the covering Ludovico Nitoglia. last_img read more

Springers gymnasts win big at YMCA regional championships

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — For years, mid-May’s regional championships have been the culmination of an entire season’s work for Springers Gymnastics. This weekend, the team accomplished a feat it have never achieved before.Springers produced three all-around champions for the first time in program history at the YMCA’s Northeast championships at Kents Hill School in Readfield. The program represented the Down East Family YMCA in the three-day tournament, which began Friday morning and concluded Sunday night.“This has definitely been one of our better years,” team coach Doug Springer said. “We took 38 girls and finished strong as a team, which is our goal every year. … This is our big meet.”DEFY’s first all-around championship went to Level 8 contestant and Ellsworth High School junior Maddie Nida, who placed first in the 16-plus division. Nida scored 9.15 on vault 8.5 on bars, 8.625 on beam and 9.45 on floor Friday for an all-around score of 35.725.Springers Level 3 gymnast Mollie Birdsall of Penobscot displays her medals and first-place trophy after winning the all-around championship in the 6-7 age group at the YMCA Northeast regional championships May 11 at Kent Hills School in Readfield. DOUG SPRINGER PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter winning state and regional titles in 2017, Nida was forced to miss last year’s championship events as she nursed an ankle injury. Being able to claim the regional crown she was unable to defend a year ago made this win all the sweeter.“It felt great to be back out there and at full strength,” Nida said. “My goal was to just get up on the podium once, so to take first place was pretty awesome.”The week couldn’t have been much busier for Nida, who also competes on the Ellsworth varsity track team. Her championship win Friday was sandwiched in between the Eagles’ second home track meet of the season Thursday, in which she ran the 100-meter dash, 300-meter hurdles and second leg of the 4-by-100 relay, and the school’s prom Saturday evening.“It can definitely be a lot to handle just balancing track and gymnastics alone, but all my coaches are really understanding about it,” Nida said. “I just do my best and try to give it my all in everything I do.”Nida wasn’t the only Level 8 contestant to win an all-around title for DEFY as Riley Crowley won the age 13 crown in the classification. Crowley scored 9.025 on vault, 9.775 on bars, 9.55 on beam and 9.0 on floor Friday to total 37.35 points.Six years ago, Crowley won the all-around championship in the 6-7 age group as a Level 4 gymnast. On Saturday, history repeated itself as another 6-7 gymnast, Mollie Birdsall of Penobscot, finished with 36.1 points in the Level 3 competition to become the team’s third all-around titlist of the weekend.DEFY also delivered a strong team performance overall with the Level 6 squad taking home a best-ever finish of third place in the 36-team field. Top Level 6 performers included Aerie Yin (35.675 points in the 14-15 age group), Aliyah Washburn (34.95 points in the 12-13 age group) and Eliza Levin (34.9 points in the 10-12 age group).Overall, Crowley’s score of 37.35 was DEFY’s team-best mark. Emma Astle (37.1 points in the 11B age group), Stephanie Gualtieri (36.4 points in the 10A age group), Jocelyn Wilson (36.125 points in the 10B age group) and Birdsall (36.1) rounded out the team’s top five with Nida’s 35.725 coming in sixth.“Our girls did well at every level,” Springer said. “This is an enormous meet with hundreds of gymnasts in each session, and you have to prepare very well. I couldn’t be more proud of them.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Postslast_img read more

FA hear from Ferdinand in Terry inquiry

first_imgQPR’s Anton Ferdinand today gave the Football Association his account of the incident involving Chelsea’s John Terry in the recent west London derby at Loftus Road.The FA are investigating accusations that Ferdinand was racially abused by the Blues captain. Terry strongly denies doing so and has pledged to prove his innocence.In a statement released by his club, Ferdinand said: “I have very strong feelings on the matter, but in the interests of fairness and not wishing to prejudice what I am sure will be a very thorough inquiry by the FA, this will be my last comment on the subject until the inquiry is concluded.AdChoices广告“I would like to thank the club, [chairman] Tony Fernandes, [vice-chairman] Amit Bhatia, [manager] Neil Warnock, the supporters and my fellow professionals for their unwavering support.”last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019 rumors: Patriots, Packers, Bills all exploring moving up

first_img NFL Draft 2019 rumors: Kyler Murray ‘would be shocked’ if he wasn’t picked No. 1 The Patriots could use a pass rusher and if someone like Montez Sweat falls, he could be their guy.The Packers have two first-round picks including the No. 12 selection. The draft is also full of talented offensive lineman so if a lot go off the board early, the Packers could move up to get the likes of Andre Dillard or even Dalton Risner.Update: The Packers moved up from No. 30 to No. 21 and took defensive back Darnell Savage. Just because the 2019 NFL Draft doesn’t start until 8 p.m. ET doesn’t mean teams aren’t already trying to move around.The Bills, Packers and Patriots have all discussed the possibility of moving up in the draft, according to a report from NFL Network. Who wants to move? Sources say the #Bills have explored possibly moving up in the draft — maybe for a top defensive lineman. Meanwhile, the #Patriots and #Packers (at 30) are teams who could move up in the latter part of the draft for the right player.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2019Buffalo in particular has a desire to move up as NFL Media has reported the team is trying to get into the top five.​The Bills are hoping to pick up one of the high-quality defensive linemen in this class. If they were to move up into a top five selection, they could bolster its line with talent in Alabama’s Quinnen Williams or pass rushers Nick Bosa and Devin White. Related Newscenter_img As for the Packers and Patriots, it’s unclear who they would want to get with a high selection. NFL Draft 2019: Tom Brady sends future players inspirational messagelast_img read more

Ottawa Senators’ Anthony Duclair scores hat trick vs. Columbus, shows John Tortorella he ‘knows how to play’

first_imgAnthony Duclair picked the perfect day to score his first hat trick with the Ottawa Senators.The 24-year-old forward was dominant for the Sens on Saturday, scoring three of his team’s four goals to help Ottawa earn a 4-3 overtime win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. Duclair notched a pair of goals in the first period before sealing the game in OT with a power-play marker. “I don’t think he knows how to play,” Tortorella said of Duclair on Feb. 19 — four days before the player was traded to Ottawa. “It seems to me he’s like a player that just feels he can get the puck because he’s tremendously skilled. He can skate. I just think he thinks he can do whatever the hell he wants to on the ice. He can’t do that in the National Hockey League.“Here we are on his fourth team with another coach pissing and moaning about him, scratching him, benching him. . . . For me right now he’s off the rails. I’m not so sure if we’re going to spend a lot more time trying to get him on the rails.”The Blue Jackets did not spend much more time trying to get Duclair back “on the rails,” but the subsequent change of scenery has done wonders for the sixth-year player. Scoring three goals against the coach that publicly ripped him 10 months ago is surely the cherry on top of what’s turning into a career year for Duclair. ANTHONY. DUCLAIR. HAT. TRICK.An @Enterprise hatty for @aduclair10 and a beauty at that. 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/mErAxKdWWv— NHL (@NHL) December 14, 2019Saturday’s performance pushed Duclair to 18 goals on the season, which leads the Senators through 33 games. He’s also his team’s points leader with 25, and is on pace to easily smash his career highs in goals and points (22 and 44, respectively).Needless to say, the Pointe-Claire, Que., native is having himself a very good year.MORE: Is Tortorella among the head coaches now on the hot seat?What makes Saturday’s hat trick performance extra special is the fact that it came against Columbus — his former team — and head coach John Tortorella. Duclair spent two-thirds of the 2018-19 campaign playing under Tortorella with the Blue Jackets, where their fiery coach was not shy about calling out the left winger for a perceived lack of effort.last_img read more

Building at 107 W. Lincoln has been deemed an ‘immediate hazard’ by the council

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (18) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Bill · 210 weeks ago The name of the hospital in Wellington is Sumner Regional Medical Center. Yes, moral should be up the employees received at least a 3% raise. Report Reply 1 reply · active 209 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 210 weeks ago Looks like our 2 local Vets had better get ready because the humane society site needs to be built and offer lower cost services than they charge. One is really outrageous, I know it cost to have a business but some things have to change for the better of the community. Report Reply 1 reply · active 209 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 210 weeks ago Again, beating the dead horse. Why is the city giving our tax dollars to a non-profit organization when they own land that could be sold to fund what they are asking for???? WHY? Report Reply 6 replies · active 209 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Phyllis Todd · 210 weeks ago Once again, I will point out that the Wellington Humane Society will NOT offer a low cost spay, neuter or vaccine clinic from our facility for public use. This is a false assumption. We do expect low cost for our own use in rehoming pets, but we are NOT looking to compete with the local veterinarians and their clients. As far as the idea that a non -profit would be competing with local businesses, it should be noted that the homeless pet problem is a CITY problem that , we the Humane Society as volunteers with our own personal money and time have taken care of as best we could for 18 years, without profit. Now we have through generous donations of individuals accumulated a million dollars to build a facility we can be proud of. It is time the city takes on a small portion of the responsibility via $25,000 a year for 3 years to help us hire a director to get this building up and running. It is a small request in return for the good we have and will continue to doing for this community. Where would the homeless and abused pets be without us? Report Reply 1 reply · active 209 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 209 weeks ago Does the city own the building on Lincoln? I thought I remember reading in a previous article that the owner lived on one of the upper levels? Report Reply 1 reply · active 209 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Mick Jones · 209 weeks ago If the city can give the golf course a quarter of a million dollars for a sprinkler system so which only about 10 percent of the people in Wellington use, the city can come up with a few bucks for help taking care of a few unfortunate animals. Jesus people, grow a heart. Not helping abused animals is a sin in Gods eye’s. Report Reply 0 replies · active 209 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down boomer · 209 weeks ago Has red beards moved to a different location? Does anyone know if Spencer is still cutting hair somewhere else? Report Reply 0 replies · active 209 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Kaitli · 209 weeks ago So if the hospital has made money when will they start paying their bill to the city? Report Reply 0 replies · active 209 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council declared the building at 107 W. Lincoln an “immediate hazard” at its meeting Tuesday. The building that housed Redbeard’s Barber Shop on Washington and Lincoln Streets, has been roped off for a couple of weeks after the building’s owner got an engineers report that showed the building”  is in very bad condition.Building at 107 W. Lincoln.The city will hire a Wichita company to stabilize the building, using steel posts and plates. Wellington city building official Richard Jack estimated it could cost $3,000 to $5,000. The city is waiting to receive another engineer’s report that will give them more specific information.Mayor Shelley Hansel said she hopes the building can be saved.Jack said the building is an immediate hazard. He said it is not likely to fall down in the next day or two, but it could within a month’s time if stabilization measures are not taken. He said the entire building is not damaged. It is just the southeast corner, but that has damaged the structure enough to make the three-story building weak enough to fall down.The building could fall on itself, and crumble, and that would be a best case scenario, he said. It could also fall causing damage to nearby buildings, so they don’t want to just let it fall.Jack told the council he wants to keep the building from being destroyed, and added it would cost between $50,000 and $100,000 to demolish the building. Because of its size there is no company in Wellington, or Sumner County, that could handle the job.———Upcoming meetingsAugust 8. Work session on raw water issue.August 16, Regular meeting with budget hearing.August 22. Work session with the Humane Society.———Humane SocietyThe council had a fairly long discussion with Linda Stewart, who was representing the Wellington Humane Society. The organization is planning on building an animal shelter for the county, and it has the land and most of the money it needs. The city has pledged $25,000 for the 2017 year for the society to hire a director. That council could approve the release of the money when the Humane Society is ready to hire a director.Several questions had been raised though, and there is apparently concern among local veterinarians as to whether the shelter will create competition for their businesses. Currently, local vets take care of all the animals, and most agree a shelter is needed.It is possible the shelter could have an office where a veterinarian could rent and take care of animals. If the center ran a lot of low-cost spaying and neutering services, that would have an effect on local veterinarians.Council members had encouraged her and the veterinarians to talk more, and they have, and a work session has been scheduled to talk more about the issue.There is also whether the city should give money to a non-profit organization that would provide services that compete with local businesses.Stewart said” grocery stores don’t complain when the food bank gives away food, and she” didn’t see a difference in that and the humane society’s situation. It was pointed out the city doesn’t directly support the food bank. Council members expressed support for the humane society.———Hospital ReportSouth Central Regional Medical Center board member Terry Deschaine gave an update on the hospital and his report was positive.“I feel real good about morale at the hospital and in the community. It was not that way a year ago,” he said.He said through the end of June the hospital has shown a net profit of $228,000. By comparison, in the first six months of 2015, the hospital lost $1.6″  million and there were fears the hospital might have to close.He said the hospital still struggles to have cash on hand, but it is getting better. A big issue has been billing and that has been resolved to some degree.“The hole is not getting deeper, like it was a year ago,” he said. “œI think we are going in the right direction.”He said the hospital has been having trouble getting nurses, and that is a problem for rural hospitals in the area.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

South Africa shock Nigeria in CAN qualifier

first_imgGuinea-Bissau, shock qualifiers for the 2017 Cup of Nations, edged past Namibia thanks to a Jerson goal on 24 minutes in the other Group K fixture. Share on: WhatsApp Cameroon and Malawi both won in Group B. Reigning champions Cameroon pipped Morocco 1-0 in Yaounde while Malawi beat the Comoros by the same scoreline in Blantyre.In Group I, the Zebras of Botswana lost 1-0 to Mauritania in front of their fans in Francistown after they failed to put away many chances.This gutsy contest was decided on 78 minutes when substitute Abdoulaye Soudani controlled a long ball before firing past the Botswana goalkeeper.Hosts Burkina Faso won the other Group I tie against Angola 3-1 with big striker Aristide Bance bagging a brace.Burundi beat South Sudan 3-0 in Group C with Mali fought back from a goal down to beat Gabon 2-1 in Bamako in the other group game.center_img Football: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Zambia suffer shock lossesAbuja, Nigeria | AFP | Former African champions Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Zambia all lost at home Saturday on a day of upsets in the first qualifying round for the 2019 Cup of Nations.Three–time champions Nigeria lost a competitive game against South Africa for the first time when they fell 2-0 in the southern Nigerian town of Uyo in Group E.While in Group H the Ivory Coast, who had vowed to win in memory of former team-mate Cheick Tiote, who collapsed and died in China this week, slumped 3-2 to fellow west Africans Guinea in Bouake.Zambia, champions in 2012, fell 1-0 at home to a daring Mozambican side in Group K.New South Africa coach Stuart Baxter labelled his team the underdogs going by their poor head-to-head record against Nigeria.But goals by Tokelo Rantie and substitute Percy Tau in the second half sunk the home team and the visitors were unlucky not to have scored more goals in the Group E clash.“My young team tried their best, there was a mistake for the first goal and the second goal was a gift,” admitted Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.Libya top Group E after a 5-1 spanking of Seychelles on Friday in Cairo, Egypt.In Bouake, the Elephants of Ivory Coast went down to Guinea despite a brace by Seydou Doumbia.Germany-based striker Naby Keita fired the winner for Guinea in the 79th minute.Zambia also got off to a losing start on the road to Cameroon 2019 when they lost for the first time to Mozambique at home.Stanley Ratifo grabbed the last-gasp match winner when he stabbed home a low cross.Before then, Chipolopolo goalkeeper and captain Kennedy Mweene had to pull off a point-blank save to deny the visitors.last_img read more