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CARICOM weighs in on treatment of St Vincent ambassador by New York police

first_img Tweet Share Camillo Gonsalves. BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Chairman of the United Nations CARICOM Group, Delano Bart, who is also St Kitts and Nevis permanent representative to the United Nations, has accused the New York City Police Department of “flagrant violation” of the rules of diplomatic immunity and privileges by aggressively arresting the ambassador of St Vincent and the Grenadines.Reuters news agency reported that, in a letter to US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, Bart said the incident occurred on Wednesday after St Vincent’s envoy, Camillo Gonsalves, stepped out of his car. Gonsalves is the son of the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves.Bart said in the letter, which was obtained by Reuters on Friday, that Gonsalves walked past a police barrier to take the elevator to his office.“On his way to the elevator, he was shouted at and confronted by a police officer, who rudely questioned his action and then grabbed him by the neck and shoulder, displaying undue physical harassment against the ambassador,” Bart wrote.Under international agreements, the United States commits to recognizing diplomatic immunity from arrest and prosecution for accredited foreign diplomats.Ambassador Gonsalves said in a statement last week that he was returning to his office after lunch and stepped out of his official car, through a barricade in front of the building — as he has done for the past five years — when he was confronted by a New York City police officer, who shouted: “What do you think the barricades are there for?”Gonsalves said he walked to the elevator and the officer ran into the building, “grabbed me by my neck and shoulders, spun me around and said, ‘Didn’t you see me talking to you’.”Gonsalves said he replied: “You couldn’t have been talking to me.”He said the officer then demanded identification. “I said, `Why? Am I under arrest?’ He said, `Well you are now.”“At that point he handcuffed me, with assistance from other officers he called as a backup,” Gonsalves said.He said other ambassadors with offices in the building — including the envoys of Gambia, Dominica and St Lucia as well as his own staff — came into the lobby and began to tell the officer he was in the wrong.The New York Police Department presented a different version of events.The New York police countered by saying that Gonsalves refused to identify himself after pushing past a security barrier intended to protect Israel’s diplomatic headquarters in New York City from attack.Paul Browne, an NYPD spokesman, said Gonsalves stepped out of his car in front of a double police barrier in front of the building where his office is located. The Israeli mission and consulate are housed in the same building.Gonsalves moved the barriers and walked through, ignoring orders from a police officer not to move the barriers and to stop, Browne said. Gonsalves refused to stop or to identify himself. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and handcuffed near the elevators inside the building.“He was subsequently identified and released at the scene,” Browne said.The police ramped up security at Israel’s diplomatic headquarters in New York this month after a deadly attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. The police did the same for synagogues and other Jewish institutions across the city. Caribbean News Now Share 33 Views   one commentcenter_img LocalNews CARICOM weighs in on treatment of St Vincent ambassador by New York police by: – April 2, 2012 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img

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Cesc Fabregas denies rebel reports and backs under-fire Mourinho

first_img The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was the subject of speculation after a claim from a BBC reporter that one unnamed first-team player would rather lose than win a game for Mourinho. The Portuguese’s position is under scrutiny after nine losses in 17 games in all competitions this season, but Fabregas backed his boss, who has continually insisted his players are behind him. Fabregas wrote on Twitter: “I would like to clarify that contrary to a few reports from some online websites, I am extremely happy at Chelsea and have an excellent relationship with the manager. “There may be certain individuals from the outside trying to destabilise this club, but I strongly believe that we will bounce back and come good again.” Chelsea play Dynamo Kiev in Champions League Group G on Wednesday night and at Stoke in the Premier League. The Blues are 15th in the Premier League, with six losses from 11 games. Mourinho will serve a one-match stadium ban at Stoke unless an appeal is submitted against the sanction imposed on Monday following his half-time dismissal at West Ham on October 24. Fabregas sparkled during the first half of last season, but has struggled for form of late. The Spain playmaker was dropped for last Saturday’s 3-1 loss at home to Liverpool. Cesc Fabregas has taken to Twitter to proclaim his support for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, refuting reports he is the leader of rumoured dressing room unrest. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ellsworth softball team geared for success in 2018

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) 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 — The Ellsworth softball team ended the 2017 season on a roll. Ten months later, the team likes its chances to go on another.In Dottie Cameron’s first season as head coach last season, Ellsworth continued its run of success in recent years with a 12-7 record and berth in the Class B North semifinals. Despite losing a few notable contributors from that team, the players returning for the Eagles in 2018 have the team prepared to make some more noise come June.“I think there are going to be high expectations for us this year,” junior Mackenzie Chipman said. “There’s a bit of pressure because of that, but we all know we can go back out there and pull it off again.”Chipman, the team’s primary pitcher last year, will return on the mound. As a sophomore last season, she earned eight wins and struck out 42 batters as part of a one-two pitching duo that also featured then-senior Sammy Mason.Ellsworth’s Hannah Sargent takes a swing during batting practice April 9 at Ellsworth High School. Sargent was one of the PVC’s top hitters last year, finishing tied for sixth in the conference in total hits. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHannah Sargent, Katelynn Bagley, Ellie Clarke and Mariah Young are back to lead an Ellsworth team with plenty of contributors at the plate. Each of those players ranked near the top of the Penobscot Valley Conference in at least one major offensive category for the Eagles, who scored 11 runs or more in 10 of their 19 games.The Eagles will have to replace Mason as well as Leah Stevens and All-PVC catcher Callie Hammer. Yet with an abundance of talent and a strong senior class, the team is in good shape to make up for those departures.“Those players meant a lot to the team, but you’re going to lose good players just about every year,” Sargent said. “Every one of us is really excited about the season and knows what we can achieve. You can see that every day at practice.”Although the Eagles started the 2017 season 4-4, that record didn’t tell the whole story. Three of their losses came by a combined six runs, and they also won by scores of 20-0 against George Stevens Academy, 18-6 against Washington Academy, 13-4 against John Bapst and 3-1 against an Old Town team that was defending a state title and would go on to win another.Shelby Cote chases down a fly ball during softball practice April 9 at Ellsworth High School. Cote is one of four Ellsworth seniors this season along with teammates Katelynn Bagley, Mariah Young and Hannah Sargent. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAfter winning six of its final eight games to end the regular season, Ellsworth beat Nokomis in the Class B North preliminary round. The Eagles then posted a 6-2 win over No. 1 seed Gardiner, which had lost just once all season.“We were so excited we were all crying after the game,” Sargent said of the Eagles’ quarterfinal win over Gardiner. “It was definitely one of the most exciting games I’ve ever played in during my time here.”Whereas the Eagles had lost many of their close games early in the season, they were able to win those games in the latter half. With that trend having reversed itself, the Eagles were tough to stop.“I think that just gave us a lot of that confidence going forward,” Sargent said. “Even when we had those losses there at the beginning, we were right there in most of them. When we started to turn one or two of those losses into wins, that was something we were able to keep going.”With the new season just around the corner, Ellsworth is hoping that late-season success will carry into 2018. The Eagles are scheduled to host defending Class C champion and perennial powerhouse Bucksport to open the season at 2 p.m. next Thursday, April 19.That game could mark the beginning of another memorable year for the Eagles. For the team’s four seniors, it will also be the start of one last season wearing the Ellsworth colors.“For us, it’s going to be the last chance to play here,” Sargent said. “It’s going to be sad when it’s over, and that’s why we want to make it last as long as it can.” Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

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The Latest: Stoke says manager O’Neill positive for virus

first_img June 10, 2020 The second-division club says the 50-year-old O’Neill had tested negative in five previous rounds of testing but the positive result came from a test administered on Monday.Stoke says O’Neill will “follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation.” Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training.Stoke is scheduled to play Reading when the Championship resumes on June 20.The Premier League returns to action with two matches on June 17.___ The Latest: Stoke says manager O’Neill positive for virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___English soccer club Stoke says manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for COVID-19.center_img Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Okpekpe Race Organisers Give Timeline for Registration of Athletes

first_imgOrganisers of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have given Tuesday, May 1 and Saturday, May 5, 2018 as the closing dates for registration of athletes for the sixth edition of the race which holds on Saturday May 12 in Okpekpe near Auchi, Edo State.The race’s Director of Organisation, Zak Amodu, said yesterday that the first deadline of May 1, 2018 is for the international elite athletes while the second is for the local elites as well as others who will either be running for fun or for charity.“The registration for international elite athletes will close on Tuesday May 1, 2018 and registration for this set will be done by their various managers. The same date also applies to those we will be inviting for the race as we want to tidy up logistics for the administrative and technical organisation of the race very early,” said Amodu who believes many elites athletes will register for the race because of its elevated status as an IAAF Silver Label event, the first in Nigeria nay West Africa. Amodu also explains that the second deadline of May 5 is for the registration of elite athletes including those that will be done by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for Nigerian elite athletes.“Entry form and other documents must be received by the deadline date and entries mailed after the deadline date will not be accepted,” warned Amodu.Meanwhile, registered athletes are expected to start arriving from Wednesday May 9 to begin the processes of screening and accreditation.“Like the five previous editions, we will still insist that athletes must complete the authentic application forms with duly certified medical report before confirmation can be given. We will also carry out own medical tests on all the athletes before accepting them to run,” Amodu revealed.The race top official also revealed that the number card (bib) pick up will also start on Wednesday, May 9, at Yak Hotel in Auchi.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race will be the first IAAF Silver Label 10km race of the year. It will hold a day before the IAAF Gold Label Tata Consultancy Services World 10K in Bangalore, India.The race is the only road race recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and it is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Both Alpena County sheriff candidates feel betrayed by each other

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Reporter Kevin Hodge sits down with Alpena County sheriff candidates Steven Kieliszewski and Terry King before voting day on Aug. 4. See the full interviews with each candidate below.    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski, Terry KingContinue ReadingPrevious Increased patrol on highways M65 and M33Next An Alpena man faces charges for abuse with a minorlast_img read more

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We want to bow out with grace – Black Princesses midfielder

first_imgGhana’s Black Princesses are out of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on-going in Japan but midfielder Beatrice Sesu says the team plans to make their bow in grace.The Princesses will face China in their last group game in Saitama on Monday and the former Black Maidens skipper told GNA Sports the team is preoccupied with picking a decent result in the encounter.“It is very bad that we do not have even a point yet. It will be worse if we go home with zero point. We are determined not to let that happen and that means fighting all the way against China.“Our aim was to go all the way but things have not turned out as expected. The least we can do for the country and ourselves is fight to at least restore the little pride left.”Asked if this turnaround in hunger was not borne out of the fact that losing their first two games has deprived them of their 2000 dollars winning bonus, Sesu answered in the negative.“No, the bonus has nothing to do with our desire to win at all cost. It is down to our decision to fight and not go home empty since that will be very bad for all of us.” Ghana exited the last competition in Germany in 2010 in the first round as debutants and hoped to avoid a repeat at this competition that house the Princesses in Group D alongside Germany, USA and China.The Princesses lost their group opener 0-4 to the United State of America before losing their second a further 0-1 to Germany which they held for most part of the duration.last_img read more

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Milo who? A confused nation with no sense of direction

first_imgWe are back again! Back to base. An ignominious return to the foreign-local coach banter all over again. Only this time we have decorated the monkey and given it a new name-technical advisor- instead of the head coach we all know.Who are we deceiving? Who is the FA deceiving? Nobody but ourselves!!!The talk about a new technical advisor to the Black Stars head coach only confirms a confused nation with no badge of honour and dignity, no sense of direction; no plan. The only plan is the plan to fail and failure beckons with alacrity.According to the FA, Kwasi Appiah is not competent. Sorry, they didn’t say that. They suggested it by coming up with this new monkey of a technical advisor position. And who are they considering- Milovan Rajevac and one other nonentity Flemming Serritslev if the information by the Graphic Sports is anything to go by.How sick can we be as a country? And there is supposed to be a three-man committee in place shopping for this new monkey of a position.Milo who? Our fascination with Serbia managers knows no shame. And our obsession for Milovan Rajevac is insanely dishonourable.Milovan Rajevac was a nobody knew. We picked him up, changed his diapers and made him so-called World Class coach and what did he do, he dumped us, like a heartless woman would do to her man, and picked up the highest offer from the highest bidder just a day after resigning his position from the Black Stars. That was purely sentimental. I know. Because no matter how i despise him, he still did a good job for the Black Stars while at post.But what happened to Milo after he left Ghana? He went to Saudi Club of Al Ahli. He spent barely a year over there and was fired for non performance.In February 2011 he was appointed as coach of Qatar and was sacked in August of that same same year. He spent barely six months at post. Milo lost to India and Vietnam, two countries never known to playing football let alone winning a game.Qatar was embarrassed, in fact humiliated and sent Milo packing back to his native Serbia. He had since been unemployed. In September 2011 he applied for the job of the manager of the Egyptian national team. He was shortlisted together with Bob Bradley. The Egyptian FA settled on Bradley and left Milo who is still without a job.Today he is being considered as a technical advisor to coach Kwasi Appiah. What…!!!! I nearly wrote nonsense.Let’s look at this scenario. Egypt knows a good coach when it sees one. The north African country selected Bradley over Milo and the former had a stupendous World Cup qualification campaign until it met Ghana.They had never lost a match until they met Ghana. And they never lost against Ghana either. They were humiliated and annihilated in a 7-3 aggregate scoreline by a Ghana coach who was considered inferior by his own people ahead of that game.Appiah qualified Ghana to the world cup with panache; scored over 20 goals in that campaign and conceded just six, a qualification record that surpassed what his two predecessors- Ratomir Dujkovic and Milovan Rajevac- had done. Fast forward to the World Cup in Brazil and I am first to admit that Appiah made some fundamental mistakes in the game against US which we lost by 2-1 but i had no doubts in my mind that Ghana would qualify for the next stage of the competition if the men at the FA and at the Ministry had done their elementary jobs.And I state emphatically that those mistakes did not include the use ofKwadwo Asamoah on the left side of defence. Many have attempted to explain the difference between a left full back and a left wing back position and why Asamoah was fit for a wing back position and not a full back position. But the fact still remains that unlike Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010, our infamous left back debacle was no longer a problem inBrazil 2014. Kwadwo Asamoah had played that role so well, created two goals of the four we scored at the World Cup and defended so well, better than any of the so-called defenders we had taken in previous tournaments.If Appiah had to take the flak for that so be it but the point is in the game of football the comfort of some players in specific positions are and can be sacrificed for the good of the team and we have seen that in Essien for Chelsea, Valencia for Manchester United and many others. Why not Asamoah?Why Appiah used Daniel Opare in the US game and kept him for the entire duration; why he brought on Albert Adomah were fundamental mistakes i struggle to understand.He corrected those mistakes in the game against Germany and what was the result? That game was the most talked about game in Brazil and adjudged as the most competitive. Ghana should have won that game but Germany were lucky to snatch a point from the jaws of defeat. It was the only point dropped by the eventual winners. Ghana needed to win against Portugal to qualify to the next stage and what happened. We all know that don’t we? The FA chairman was accused of fixing matches; the ministry had not paid the players their appearance fees. There was fisticuffs; players had turned against management members. It was complete anarchy in camp- one that Appiah had no control over.How in the world was he to lead a team like that to beat Portugal and to qualify to the next stage? He needed a miracle to do so. He was only a man. If he had just the same support Dujkovic had in 2006 or Rajevac in 2010 I bet the story would have been different in 2014.If the FA thinks in spite of the circumstances Appiah should have met his target of a semi-final birth at the World Cup, they are free to sack him instead of this huge insult of getting him a Milovan Rajevac caliber of a technical advisor. I feel insulted by that disgusted all the more at the mention of Flemming Serritslev. He is like a gold digger, a pauper looking for a pot of gold. And guess what he may be handed the pot of gold and given all the support, because he is a foreigner.Check out his CV. His best was an assistant coach of the Danish National Team. He had stints with the Danish U-21 national team and with a club inIran which he failed to impress.That is the caliber of person we are going to pay thousands of dollars to in the name of a technical advisor position.last_img read more

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Brewing Morris brothers ‘storyline’ is fine with Doc Rivers, Clippers

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “Maybe Marcus could get some of the game plan?” Rivers joked. “Or the other way? You know it’s funny — ‘the game plan’ — I always laugh. By Game 2, everybody knows the other team anyway.”“It’d be a storyline right?” Marcus said. “All media is good media.”TRICKY SCHEDULINGAfter opting to cancel the Jan. 28 game between the Lakers and Clippers in the aftermath of Kobe Bryant’s death, the NBA announced Friday that it had rescheduled four April games to put the Clippers-Lakers game back on the calendar.The game now will be played at Staples Center on April 9, and be the last of three consecutive Lakers home games. For their part, the Clippers now will play three games in four nights that week, with an April 4 home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and another on April 7 at the Utah Jazz. The game against the Bulls, on April 6, falls on what’s typically an off-night for the NBA on account of the NCAA men’s national championship game.Rivers said there was no easy solution, but the initial decision to postpone the game was sound.Related Articles Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “Lawrence called me 1,000 times over the All-Star break,” said Rivers of Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations. “That’s way too much, and by the end of it I honestly I just said, ‘Yes, this is fine, let’s just play the darn game and let’s get it on.’ That’s the way I looked at it.“I thought both teams did the right thing with not playing the game. I don’t think that game was even playable in my opinion and we both knew the repercussions that it would be a tough date no matter with scheduling, it was just going to be hard. The date they came up with was the best that the league could do.”center_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers said, no, he would not have a problem with Marcus and Markieff Morris living together — if Markieff joins his twin brother in L.A. by signing with the Lakers, as reports indicate he is poised to once he clears waivers Sunday after agreeing to a buyout with the Detroit Pistons.Nope, no issue at all, Rivers insisted. Even if L.A.’s two NBA teams collide in the Western Conference Finals.“I wouldn’t care about that; let us be in the West Conference finals first,” Rivers said before Saturday’s 112-103 defeat to the Sacramento Kings. “I think they’ve been through a lot together — I mean they’re twins, for god sakes. Even if they didn’t live together, they would probably go to dinner every night.”Marcus Morris mentioned the possibility of rooming with his twin when asked Friday how he’d feel about his brother joining the Lakers. “That’s my brother, man,” said Marcus, who has a career record of 5-9 against Markieff — and 92-93 with him during their time together in Phoenix. “If he goes to L.A., then (shoot), I’m gonna be in Staples Center all the time. I think maybe to y’all it might be weird that I’m going to all his games, but that’s what’ll probably happen. And we’ll probably get a house together.”They’d likely even commute together to those Lakers-Clippers showdowns, Marcus said Saturday.“Probably gonna ride to the game together, that don’t bother us,” Marcus added. “We’re pros, and both of us are gonna go hard and both are gonna do the best we can do for our team. It doesn’t bother us. At the end of the day, we’re both really competitive. So for us to be together, it’s just icing on the cake.“It’ll probably be the first time where two players from two different teams are actually working out together. That’s gonna be cool.”Know what would really be cool, at least from Rivers’ perspective? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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BH Basketball Representation to open Eurobasket 2015

first_img(Source: sportsport.ba) The basketball representation of B&H will open this year’s Eurobasket. The first match to be held will be against Poland on September 5th at 15:00 o’clock in Montpellier.On the same day, Serbia will play its matches in Berlin, against Spain at 18:00 o’clock.At the same time, a derby between Macedonia and Greece will take place in Zagreb while at 21:00 o’clock the match between Croatia and Slovenia will be held.Eurobasket 2015 is the 39th competition of the best European representations organized by FIBA. The competition will be held from September 5 to 20 in Berlin, Zagreb and Riga.The country to defend the title is France.last_img read more

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