WNBA players in Turkey safe after Istanbul attack – coach

first_imgA handful of WNBA players, including Essence Carson, Chelsea Gray and Jantel Lavender of the Los Angeles Sparks, were next door to a deadly shooting in a nightclub in Istanbul early yesterday.Sparks coach Brian Agler confirmed to The Associated Press that Carson had texted him to say that the three players were OK. The WNBA later told the AP that all of its players in Turkey were accounted for.”The attack at Reina in Istanbul was tragic and we send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims and their families,” WNBA President Lisa Borders said in a statement. “The WNBA was in contact with our players in the region after the incident. We are thankful each one of them is safe and accounted for.”An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, leaving at least 39 people dead in what the province’s governor described as a terror attack.About two dozen WNBA players are in Turkey during their off-season playing in a league there.Carson had tweeted earlier in the evening that she was “stuck inside of the club because of ‘terror’ shooting in Istanbul. Praises to the Most High”.The incident occurred a week after the WNBA started offering to its players a phone application to assist them in trying to stay safe while traveling overseas.The league has partnered with LiveSafe, a safety communications platform, to provide a mobile security app to its 60-plus players competing in Russia, Turkey, China and other countries this off-season.last_img read more

‘Vote for Passionate Leader’

first_img“If you put old wine in a new bottle, it will burst,” said Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson in his remarks on July 23, during the dedicatory ceremony of the medical center built by Representative Jeremiah Koung in Ganta.Senator Johnson, who was specific in his approach, urged the citizens of Nimba to “shine their eyes” and vote for someone who has a passion for Liberia.He said there are many who are coming to contest the 2017 general elections, but may not have the passion for the country, therefore it is time that the citizens make a sound decision by “shining their eyes” to elect the right person.Senator Johnson further noted that peace is the path to development and without peace there would be no development.“The good developments we are carrying on are because of the peace we are enjoying today,” he added.The dedicatory program held in Ganta was attended by government officials, including Vice Present Joseph N Boakai, Speaker Alex Tyler, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Education as well as officials from Nimba County and beyond.Senator Johnson, who was very candid in his remarks, said Liberia has been exploited for over a century, with several mines in Liberia depleted, including Bomi Hill, Mano River Mountain, Bong Mines, to name a few.He did not squarely name any former leader for being responsible for Liberia’s exploitation, but admonished the citizens to “shine their eyes.”Nimba County remains one of the battlegrounds for those who will be seeking for the nation’s highest position, the presidency.Nearly all those bidding for the presidency, including VP Boakai, Cllr. Brumskine, Dr. Mills Jones, Mr. Alex Cummings, among others, are fighting very hard to win the minds of the citizens by frequently visiting the voter rich county and making donations to institutions as well as to some opinion leaders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mash Day drunk driver fined $7500

first_imgMichael Beharry was on Thursday last handed a $7500 fine and licence endorsement after he admitted to driving his PFF 1028 motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.When the charge was read to the defendant at the Wales Magistrate’s Court, he agreed with the prosecution’s facts that on February 23, 2018 at La Grange Public Road, West Bank Demerara, his breath alcohol level exceeded the prescribed limit, being 71 micrograms.However, Beharry said that he was not driving alone at the time. Magistrate Rushell Liverpool informed the defendant that if he defaulted on paying the fine, he would spend one week in jail.last_img read more

Accused gold chain thief remanded

first_imgAn accused gold chain thief was on Monday remanded to prison for allegedly stealing a $50,000 gold chain from a woman in the vicinity of Commerce Street, Georgetown on May 21 last.But Marlon Williams, 31, of Lot 266 “B” Field, Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara (ECD), denied that he robbed Dharshanie Ramsook.The charge was read by Magistrate Judy Latchman.The court was told that Ramsook was walking in the vicinity of Commerce Street, Georgetown when she was approached by Williams, who ordered that she be quiet.He then proceeded to remove her chain, after which he made good his escape.An alarm was raised, and he was allegedly captured shortly after the incident.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore objected to bail being granted the defendant based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offense.Bail was denied. The case will continue on June 25.last_img read more

Farmers getting boost from Province

first_imgAnyone with questions about farm classifications is encouraged to contact the Prince George regional office for BC Assessment at 1-800-757-9766 or 250-562-7215. Farmers in the Peace River region are receiving support from the Province.Many local farmers have been suffering for the past three years due to local drought conditions.- Advertisement -To aid these farmers, the Province is waiving farm income and production requirements for the 2011 property assessment, says Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Stephanie Cadieux.Cadieux says the waiver is to ensure farmers are not severely burdened with high tax levels associated with residential properties. The burden could exist for some farmers if they haven’t been able to produce a specific amount of agricultural revenue, which could mean a property might have its farm status revoked.The Province has invoked section 6.1 the standards for classification of land as a farm regulation means that cabinet can temporarily suspend income requirements for farms.Agriculture Minister Ben Stewart says invoking the section shows that the Province is paying attention to the problems facing Peace River farmers.Advertisementlast_img read more

King’s actions speak loudest

first_imgThen King walks in the door. “Hello,” she whispers. That’s right, whispers. There’s soft-spoken and then there’s LaJoyce King. We’re talking church-mouse quiet. And forget about the big and bad, too. “She’s probably a size-zero-minus, if there is such a thing,” CSUN coach Staci Schulz said. “As far as strength-to-weight ratio though, she’s off the charts.” The Matadors are leaving for the BigWest Conference Tournament in Anaheim later in the day, so King is dressed in travel sweats, but her hair is neatly pulled back, she’s wearing hoop earings and obviously found time to put a little make-up on this morning. This is LaJoyce King? This is LaJoyce King! On the court, the CSUN senior has got all the mean and snarling you envision for such a tenacious rebounder. She’s plays like she’ll die if she doesn’t get every single rebound or loose ball within five feet of her. Of the court, she’s a girly girl. A fashion design and merchandising double-major who reads Vogue and sews dresses. Her favorite show? “Project Runway” of course. “I don’t what I’d call myself. Maybe a `junk player,”‘ she joked. “That sounds bad, but that’s pretty much it. I just get the rebounds, play defense, go my hardest and hustle.” CSUN would be nowhere without her. The No. 4-seeded Matadors (13-15, 9-5) open the conference tournament against No. 5 seed Cal State Fulllerton this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center. King led the team in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (11.2rpg) during conference play. She ranks 10th in the nation for rebounding (10.7 rpg). “She’s been our most consistent player this year,” Schulz said. “I’m glad she’s finally getting recognition for that.” Earlier this week, King was honored as a first-team all-conference selection. She also won the conference’s Best Hustle Award. She deserves all of those awards, but players like King don’t often get individual honors. She’s the kind of player that gets under your skin. The kind of player who embarasses big, bulky post players by sliding around their box-outs and gives point guards nightmares by trapping them along the sidelines. She takes charges and fights for loose balls, she dives on the floor and jumps into the stands to save the ball. “A lot of people say I should wear knee pads or something, but that’s kind of the fun of it,” she said. “To see all my scars.” She’s always been this kind of player, mostly out of necessity. King played her high school ball at perennial power Lynwood High, alongside stars like Sade Wiley Gatewood (Tennessee/Maryland) and Sade Cunningham (UNLV). In order to get on the court, she had to be a role player. And the role Lynwood had an opening for was at the “Do All the Little Things” spot. “From the start, I just had to do the little things, the dirty work just to get on the court,” she said. “I just kept doing it I guess.” Ironic, huh? The girly girl who mastered the art of doing the dirty work. And yeah, she’s quiet. So quiet that sometimes you have to just nod your head and pretend you heard what she just said. Then again, what’s left to say? Her play has done plenty of talking. ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! You expect a lot of things before you meet LaJoyce King. You expect her to be big and bad with a little snarl and bark. center_img The Cal State Northridge women’s basketball roster claims she’s 5-foot-10, but in women’s basketball they don’t list weights so you start picturing a 200-pounder with thick shoulders and flying elbows. After all, this is a player who pulled down 21 rebounds in a game this year and four times has grabbed more than 15. She averages a double-double. You don’t get to be that kind of rebounder without some mean and nasty to you. last_img

Water quality baseline project information shared at Charlie Lake meeting

first_imgThey also said sampling and analysis have to be completed on a yearly basis, from mid-summer to early fall. The plan should be carried out for at least 10 years, according to the study.Recommendations that came from the report were focused on the province mainly. Of note, they recommended that the province be encouraged to share with the public, any new water information in a timely manner.They also suggested that the BC Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources be asked to create regulations that characterize and monitor the movement of water in the intermediate zone between depths of 500 and 2,000 metres.The full report is expected to be made public next week.Advertisement CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District hosted a meeting last night in Charlie Lake to go over the results from a water quality baseline project done by GW Solutions.There were a few primary objectives to this study. One was to build a regional database for all physical hydrogeological data and water quality across the PRRD.That would allow the sourcing of spatial information (e.g. well locations and water quality monitoring points) and time series data to be collected.- Advertisement -The second objective, according to the presentation given, was to create a visual reference for the groundwater system. To do this, they use software that allows them to create 3 dimensional models that integrate data into visually compelling representations of the subsurface.The key questions the company took into consideration while conducting the project were:How can water quality data be integrated and analyzed within a single frame?Was is the status of both surface water and groundwater quality in the Peace Region?Are there locations where we should be concerned about water quality?Is the water quality getting better, or is it getting worse?GW Solutions said that it was hard to access data on surface water and groundwater in the PRRD. GW Solutions also said that a proper surface water and groundwater monitoring plan is urgently needed.Advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA bans Brazilian federation chief over graft

first_img“As a consequence, Mr Del Nero is banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level,” the statement said.“Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF (Swiss francs) 1 million (835,880 euros) has been imposed on Mr Del Nero.”The sanction, handed down by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics watchdog, comes as the latest twist in FIFA’s years-long probe into graft following revelations of widespread corruption revealed in 2015.The FIFA statement said the investigation into Del Nero, which was opened in November 2015, referred to “schemes in which he received bribes in exchange for his role in awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to various football tournaments, including the CONMEBOL (South America’s footballgoverning body) Copa America, the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores and the CBF Copa do Brasil”.The investigation found that Del Nero also violated rules governing conflicts of interest, loyalty, and general conduct, FIFA said without elaborating.FIFA added that the ban took effect immediately and that Del Nero had been informed of the sanction.In November, FIFA’s ethics committee slapped similar lifetime bans on several other football executives who were named in a sprawling US Justice Department probe into football corruption.Their names were among the 42 officials and marketing executives who have been indicted by the justice department in relation to the US investigation, which came to light in May 2015, unveiling the largest scandal in the history of world football.Later that year former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter was ousted and banned from the sport over corruptuon charges.Blatter was president of FIFA from 1998 until June 2015 when he quit days after winning re-election for a fifth term as the magnitude of the FIFA graft scandal emerged.He was later banned from football by FIFA for eight years over a payment to Michel Platini, his former friend and ally. The sentence was later reduced to six years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marco Polo Del Nero has been banned from football for life for corruption © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDAPARIS, France, Apr 27 – Football’s world governing body FIFA said Friday it had banned the head of the Brazilian football federation, Marco Polo Del Nero, for life following a graft probe.FIFA said in a statement that the probe revealed that Del Nero had violated multiple articles of the body’s ethics code including those relating to bribery and corruption.last_img read more

Klopp defends Mane after Guardiola ‘diving’ claim

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp attends a press conference at Anfield on the eve of their Champions League match against Genk © AFP / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Nov 4 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s allegation that Sadio Mane is a diver ahead of next weekend’s clash between the Premier League title rivals.Mane was booked after failing to win a penalty and then provided an assist before scoring the winner in a last-gasp 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday. Guardiola, whose side also scored late to beat Southampton, said of the Senegal international: “Sometimes he’s diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute.”Klopp, preparing the European champions for their Champions League clash against Genk on Tuesday, brushed it off, saying on Monday: “I am not 100 percent sure if he spoke about Sadio or us in general. “I didn’t hear Sadio’s name or know how we could have known so quick about any incident in the game.“I can say Sadio is not a diver. There was a situation in the Aston Villa game where he got contact and went down. Maybe it was not a penalty but there was contact, it’s not as if he jumped over a leg and went down.”Klopp also refused to countenance talk about next Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with City, currently six points behind his side in second place, with the tie at home to Genk to negotiate.Liverpool are second in Group E on six points after three matches, one behind Napoli.“I am absolutely not in the mood today to talk about Man City,” said Klopp.Asked if he was banning the words Manchester City until after Tuesday’s match, Klopp said: “You can say the words Man City, you just cannot think about it.“I don’t have to tell them that City is on Sunday, tomorrow is Genk.“I don’t doubt my players at all. I would feel a bit embarrassed if I had to tell them ‘Don’t think about Man City already’.”Liverpool have earned themselves a reputation for scoring late goals.Saturday’s win at Villa Park prompted midfielder James Milner to post a jokey health warning, stating: “If you suffer from anxiety or heart problems it’s not advisable to support LFC.”Klopp apologised for the emotional rollercoaster but stressed things usually worked out fine for the Premier League leaders.“All my family and friends tell me the same, they try to enjoy our games but it is more nervy and exciting in their opinion,” he said.“To be honest it (Villa) was not that intense heart attack-wise. We have to accept if you are really good you should win the game.”“But I can imagine it is really hard to follow us and I am sorry for that,” he added. “But at least at the end most of the time there is some relief.”0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Watford 0-3 Arsenal: Gunners see off Hornets with a clinical second-half performance

first_img1 Alexis Sanchez A deadly 12 minutes helped Arsenal to make it five wins out of their last six Premier League games when they won 3-0 at Watford.Arsene Wenger’s side followed up the 3-0 victory over Manchester United with the same scoreline at Vicarage Road, but it did not reflect Watford’s performance.The visitors started brighter, but Quique Sánchez Flores’ men grew into the game and they were unlucky not to be leading at the break. They came out buoyed in the second half, but once Arsenal broke the deadlock, the flow of the game changed.The Gunners, who netted in quick succession in the win over Louis van Gaal’s men before the international break, took the lead through Alexis Sanchez, who has been with the Chile squad.Substitute Olivier Giroud soon doubled their tally, before Aaron Ramsey added another for Arsenal’s third goal in just 12 minutes.Arsenal nearly took the lead after a promising start. Ramsey crossed from deep, but Theo Walcott’s header was tame, allowing Heurelho Gomes to get down well to make the save.Gomes was on hand again minutes later, this time denying Sanchez, who arrowed a dipping shot from 20 yards.Watford attacked at pace, with Petr Cech making a good stop at the other end to prevent the lively Troy Deeney from getting onto the scoresheet. The Hornets captain had started well, displaying a tireless work-rate by closing down Arsenal players.The striker had another chance to open the scoring as the ball fell to him in the box after 17 minutes, following good wing play by Ikechi Anya, and Deeney hesitated before Laurent Koscielny closed him down.As Watford grew into the game, another fast attack saw their front two through on goal, with only Koscielny to beat en route to goal. Deeney tried to play it across the box and the French defender made a vital interception to deny Ighalo.  Ighalo could have netted soon after, as he dragged a shot wide when he was virtually through on goal. He tried to make amends by sliding a pass across the box, but Hector Bellerin cleared.Arsenal pressed for an early second-half goal, with Mesut Ozil bursting down the left of the box, squaring across the six-yard box but Sebastian Prödl was well placed.Vicarage Road started to sense the game was there for the taking and they got behind the Hornets as the tempo of the game increased.Arsenal broke the deadlock shortly after the hour mark, when Ozil looked to be through before he was blocked and the ball fell fortuitously to Chilean Sanchez, who coolly dinked the ball over Gomes.The Gunners soon doubled their lead, Giroud converting moments after replacing Walcott, after Ozil crossed, with the Frenchman coolly volleying into the roof of the net with his right foot.  It took just six minutes for Arsenal to net a third, when Bellerin made a dangerous run inside from the right, laying off the Welshman in the box, who coolly slotted past Gomes, albeit with a slight deflection.Stopper Gomes was on hand to stop a dangerous header by Giroud late on, but Arsenal’s three strikes took the sting out of the match, as they now turn their attention to Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.last_img read more