Raila calls for sobriety, warns leaders spreading hate

first_imgODM party leader Raila Odinga has called on the police and other relevant authorities to reign on politicians preaching division and incitement.Speaking after a meeting with Maa community leaders from Kajiado, Raila made a strong appeal to Kenyans to stand for one united country and against those preaching war and issuing threats to fellow Kenyans.His remarks come in the wake of the arrest and subsequent arraignment in Court of Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ng’eno who is facing criminal charges of hate speech.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi is also on the National Cohesion and Integration Commission watch list after the MP made unsavory remarks towards President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Sudi has been on the receiving end from a majority of elected leaders who have termed his remarks as retrogressive and uncalled for.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauRaila said, “This Country deserves peace and unity now more than ever, beating drums of wars will not work.”He said that together with the President they have the interest of the marginalized communities like the Maa at heart especially in revenue allocation.“We have gone to war before because of politics no one should try to take this Country back to war because of politics.” He said.Also Read  Kalonzo applauds Senate for ending revenue stalemateRaila said he hopes that in the not so distant future, the Country will open up and pave way for wider political consultations ahead of 2022.He said they have agreed that there is need to move with speed to conclude th process of BBI.last_img read more

Disney’s Elsa Gets a Girlfriend in Frozen 3

first_imgDisney’s Frozen 2 is not out yet and we are already talking about Frozen 3.It appears that Elsa is getting a girlfriend in the third installment.Disney wanted her to have a girlfriend in the sequel but were afraid that some countries would ban the movie if they did.There was six years between Frozen 1 and Frozen 2 so clearly Frozen 3 is down the road.The hope is by the time Frozen 3 comes around Elsa having a girlfriend and being a lesbian won’t be perceived as a controversial topic anymore.Parents, get ready to do some explaining to your kids when this movie hits theaters.last_img read more

Benjamin Sports/Fitness outfits nine FACC cyclists

first_imgOWNER of Benjamin Sports/Fitness and former National cyclist, Wilbert Benjamin, continues to give back to the sport he loves.This time the former National cycling champion made a generous donation of cycling uniforms to nine cyclists of the Flying Ace Cycling Club (FACC) of Berbice at a simple presentation at his business establishment Lot 220 Courtland Village Corentyne, Berbice.Benjamin said, “I hope with this donation it can motivate the guys.”Meanwhile, coach of FACC, Randolph Roberts, expressed his gratitude to Mr Benjamin for making such a timely donation. Roberts said, “This will benefit our cyclists and I hope to see more cyclists come on board with FACC,”. He went on to say that more support is needed in the area of cycling in the Ancient County.Benjamin then emphasised, “Fitness is important and persons should adopt a healthy lifestyle.”last_img read more

Hockey riding unbeaten streak

first_imgKRIS UGARIZZA/Herald photoFor its first seven games of the season, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team couldn’t find a victory. But the Badgers’ fortunes have turned as of late, as they are currently riding a five-game unbeaten streak following a tie and win against Minnesota-Duluth over the weekend.The three points have catapulted Mike Eaves’ team into third place in the WCHA standings, something he said the players have taken note of.“I know, just in the feedback of the kids, that now they look at the standing board when they walk by it, and they see where we are and where we’ve come from and what we’ve done here recently,” Eaves said in his press conference Monday. “There’s some good feelings. They’re excited, and they’re starting to believe in themselves. I think that’s something that when you come to practice now, we’re going to be able to hopefully continue on the path if we as coaches do our job and keep getting better and better.”UW and UMD tied 3-3 Friday in Duluth as Blake Geoffrion scored twice in the third period to give Wisconsin a short-lived 3-2 lead. The Badgers picked up the victory Saturday by a 4-1 margin — their fourth win in five games.“We’re really encouraged by the things we did on Saturday on the road in a tough building against a good opponent,” Eaves said. “The points are big because they’re conference play, and we just want to keep building on that.”Eaves’ team was able to weather the early storm of tough road games against ranked opponents. Wisconsin opened the year against Boston College, New Hampshire, Denver, Minnesota and North Dakota. It took the team’s seven freshmen awhile to get adjusted, Eaves said, but he believes they’re finally understanding the concept of WCHA hockey.“The beginning of the season, and especially in college athletics, you’ve got a whole bunch of new kids coming in that haven’t played together before. You’re trying to figure out after six practices what you have and where you’re going to go,” Eaves said. “With the schedule that we had, we just didn’t know what we had. We weren’t sure where we were. We had lots to work on. Now I think we’re just starting to get our feet underneath us.”“It’s like that old saying: you’ve got to crawl before you walk and walk before you can run. Well now we’re getting off our knees. We’re starting to walk, and hopefully soon here we’ll be running and even sprinting.”Home on the roadAdding to UW’s early adversity has been the fact that just four of its first 12 games have been played in the Kohl Center. The Badgers are again on the road this weekend when they travel to St. Cloud for a two-game series against the Huskies.Eaves and his team have had no choice but to adjust to life on the road.“You talk about the road trips, and I don’t know who made the schedule, but they certainly had a diabolical mind in their headset when they made this for us,” Eaves said. “I think it’s almost that you become comfortable playing on the road. You become comfortable adapting to hotels, the food, the rinks.”Wisconsin will again have to adjust to a difference in rink sizes. After playing at Minnesota Duluth’s DECC rink — 190 feet by 85 — the Badgers will be skating on a bigger sheet at St. Cloud State’s National Hockey Center — 200 by 100.“Now we go from a rink that was 185 [feet] in length to a rink that’s Olympic-sized,” Eaves said. “It will be a challenge for us, but going on those road trips early probably toughened us up. We talked about quite a bit that from toughness comes character. We’re developing a little character to win on the road.”No update on StreetSenior co-captain Ben Street suffered a leg injury in the second weekend of the season against Denver and hasn’t played since. He had surgery last week on the leg, but it is still uncertain whether he will return this year or seek a medical redshirt and attempt to play against next season.“That’s totally dependent — as I understand it — on his rehab. Everybody’s a little bit different,” Eaves said. “As soon as Ben can start rehabbing and doing the things that he needs to do, that will be the indicator of telling us what’s going to happen in the future.”last_img read more

Versatile freshman Michael Phillips falls just short of national team

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on February 12, 2019 at 10:53 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.educenter_img The first 6,500 meters were no problem for Michael Phillips.It was 65 degrees in Tallahassee, Florida, and familiar to Phillips, who competed at the same course while running for Chiles (Florida) High School. The freshman remembers hearing his calculated exhales and the sound of his feet, interrupted every so often by Syracuse head coach Brien Bell’s voice reminding Phillips what place he was in. But by the 6,500-meter mark, the freshman running his first ever 8-kilometer race began to slow.“It got pretty tough, and I started to struggle,” Phillips said.Phillips finished in eighth place at the USA Track & Field Junior Cross Country Championships with a time of 24:56.70, just over 10 seconds shy of making the national team for the World XC Championships. Two weeks earlier, Phillips ran at Cornell then went to the John Thomas Terrier Invitational the next week, lowering his mile time by 15 seconds. Only one other runner — fellow freshman Matthew Scrape — competed in all three races. Phillips has pushed himself since arriving at SU, hoping to match his versatility with improved stamina.Performing in indoors was Phillips’ primary focus going into the new year, but the junior championships had been in the back of his mind all winter. As a senior in high school, he attended the USATF Championships and was struck by the talent before him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When I watched the men’s 10K,” Phillips said, “It was super professional the way they were running times. I never even ran a 5k in high school, and they were doing it twice.”When Phillips returned to Tallahassee to run the event this year, both Scrape and him ran the 8k, the longest possible distance for the U20 Junior Championships on Feb. 2. Phillips committed to SU mainly for his 1600m and the 3200m. The 8000m seemed out of his element, but Bell believed Phillips was driven by a chance to compete on the U.S. national team.“His fitness showed that he would have the opportunity to compete up front,” Bell said.So Phillips traveled back home and used the opportunity to visit friends and family. Scrape was already going to compete, giving Phillips a fellow freshman to be there with him. In the fall, Phillips readied himself with voluntary 7:30 a.m. runs with his cross country team.Senior teammate Simon Smith viewed Phillip’s performance as impressive — not because of his place, but because of his versatility. On Jan. 25, Phillips ran a 4:02.57 mile at the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Invitational, finishing 10th.Since the competition, Phillips has returned his focus to shorter distances in preparation for the ACC Indoor Championships later this month. But, the extra meets will ready him for bigger races to come.“I didn’t quit,” Phillips said, “As it got closer to the end I realized I wasn’t going to make it, but that didn’t stop me. I know what I have to give.”last_img read more

D’Tigress Retain FIBA Women’s Afrobasket Title in Dakar

first_imgBut like D’Tigress did two years ago in Mali, Evelyn Akhator and her teammates rose up to the task to once again deliver devastating blow to the Senegalese.After dispatching Tunisia, Cameroon and DR Congo on the way to the final, Senegal made real good attempt to end Nigeria’s dominance of the continent.Though the hosts began slowly, but surely had an improved defence to curtail D’Tigress, thereby forcing the Nigerian girls to making fouls. Akhator was worse culprit, registering six fouls in all.At a point midway, Nigeria Head Coach Otis Hughley Jr had to introduce Aisha Balarabe. The physical game plan of the hosts was expected as the only way to match Nigeria’s sleek play.D’Tigress too played solid defence and forced Senegal to turnover the ball and make easy buckets on the other end of the court.Bintou Dieme had two fouls inside three minutes of playing time which was cause for worry for Coach Sarr who looked rather disturbed at his bench for help.With Nigeria leading all first three quarters 14-10, 18-14, 16-13, Senegal took the battle as matter of life and death and came out smoking in the last quarterAdrenaline rose with the few Nigerians in the Arena and those watching on television edgy with anxiety.Nigeria was in foul trouble with 5:41 to play in the last quarter. Senegal therefore started using this to their advantage in this game full of emotions from both sets of players.What do you tell your team during a timeout with 58.8 seconds on the clock in the last quarter when you’re leading 57-54? Nigeria’s Otis knew only carelessness from his ladies will throw this fourth title in the kitty aware and so dug deep to psyche them up.At the final buzzer, Nigeria danced to the ultimate prize of this edition with scores standing at 60-55.Meanwhile, African champions D’Tigress have been drawn with Mozambique and DR Congo in Group A of the African Qualifiers for the Pre-Qualifying Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.The official draw ceremony featured FIBA Vice-president Hamane Niang, newly elected FIBA Africa President Anibal Manave, FIBA Africa Regional Director Alphonse Bile, members of the FIBA Africa Central Board and National Federations.Top six teams at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket in Senegal will play at this tournament. The teams include: the two Finalists, hosts Senegal and the reigning champions Nigeria, Mozambique, Mali, DR Congo and Angola.The D’Tigress of Nigeria have been drawn with Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo in Group A while Senegal will face Mali and Angola in Group B.The African Qualifiers for the Pre-Qualifying Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from November 14-17 at a country yet to be determined.Teams will play a round-robin format in their specific groups with the winner of Group A facing the second team in Group B while the winner of Group B will come up against the second ranked team in Group A in the Semi-Finals.The two winners of the Semi-Finals will not play a Final as they will automatically advance to the 16-nation FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) where teams will be divided into four groups in February 2020.The top three teams from each of the three WOQTs will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Prior to this format, the winner of the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket automatically qualified for the Summer Olympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s D’Tigress won the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket title yesterday in Dakar, defeating host Senegal 60-55 to retain the trophy they won in Mali two years ago.It was not an easy road to the title as the hosts backed by nearly all the fans inside the 15,000 seating capacity Dakar Arena stood solidly behind the Cheikh Sarr coached teamlast_img read more

BiH defeated Greece 3:1

first_imgBiH football team defeated tonight at Bilino polje stadium football team of Greece with 3:1 and in doing so Bosnian Dragons made a huge step towards qualifying to World Cup in Brazil in 2014.After initial attack of BiH, Greeks started playing very defensively, but in 29th minute Edin Džeko scored the first goal for BIH which created a shockwave of joy throughout the stadium.Few minutes later, a penalty was awarded to BIH team, and Zvjezdan Misimović shot, and although he did not score, Vedad Ibišević took the ball and scored for 2:0 lead.First serious shot for Greeks happened in 39th minute, but there were no goals. The first half-time ended with 2:0.In the second half-time BiH team threatened again, and in 54th minute Džeko scored the third goal for BiH.In the last minute of the match, Gekas scored the only goal for Greeks for the final result 3:1.BiH is now first team of group G with 13 points, before Greece with 10 points, Slovakia with 8, Lithuania with 5, Latvia with 4 and the last place is Lichtenstein with 1 point.last_img read more

NFL playoff picture: Projecting the seeds & matchups for AFC, NFC brackets

first_imgNo. 1 seed: Baltimore RavensGames remaining: at Browns, vs. SteelersBaltimore can lock itself into this seed with a simple Week 16 victory in Cleveland, a win we’re projecting in our picks with the road team being a 10-point favorite. If the Ravens clinch the top seed this week, chances are they’ll rest quarterback Lamar Jackson and other key starters in Week 17. Including the first-round bye in the playoffs, that would make for a two-week resting period for the best players on the NFL’s best team.(UPDATE: The Ravens clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC with their win over the Browns on Sunday.)No. 2 seed: New England PatriotsGames remaining: vs. Bills, vs. DolphinsWe picked the Patriots to beat the Bills this week, a victory that would give New England another AFC East title. The Chiefs with a win over the Bears this week would still be alive for the No. 2 seed, but the bad news for Kansas City is New England hosts Miami in Week 17. The Pats aren’t going to slip in that game as long as a first-round bye is on the line.No. 3 seed: Kansas City ChiefsGames remaining: at Bears, vs. ChargersAs long as the Patriots win their next two games, the Chiefs are stuck with this seed at best. And because we like them to beat the Bears this week and take care of the Chargers in Week 17, they’ll keep the No. 3 seed over the Texans and host the Steelers in the wild-card round.No. 4 seed: Houston TexansGames remaining: vs. TitansWith their win over the Buccaneers on Saturday, the Texans clinched the AFC South title. Because they’re a full game behind the Chiefs and because we don’t see Kansas City losing over the final two weeks, though, the Texans will stick in the No. 4 spot and host the Bills on wild-card weekend.No. 5 seed: Buffalo BillsGames remaining: at Patriots, vs. JetsBuffalo is locked into the playoffs, but it needs to beat New England in order to win the division and avoid a wild-card position. We think the Bills will drop their Week 16 game against the Patriots, which would lock them into the No. 5 seed. Of course, Buffalo should welcome a matchup against Houston in the wild-card round.(UPDATE: The Bills are locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC after their loss to the Patriots on Saturday.)No. 6 seed: Pittsburgh SteelersGames remaining: at Jets, at RavensMore than anything, this projection is about the brutal schedule ahead of the Titans, the Steelers’ primary competition for the No. 6 seed. Tennessee has to play New Orleans and Houston to end the season, and Pittsburgh draws a bad New York team before a game against Baltimore in which the Ravens likely will rest their key starters.MORE: How Steelers can earn wild cardNFL playoff picture: NFC projections Current NFL playoff pictureBack to reality. Here is how the NFL playoff picture looks in Week 16.AFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Baltimore Ravens13-2No. 1 seed; division; playoff berth2.New England Patriots12-3Division; playoff berth3.Kansas City Chiefs11-4Division; playoff berth4.Houston Texans10-5Division; playoff berth5.Buffalo Bills10-5Playoff berth6.Tennessee Titans8-7-In the hunt: Steelers (8-7), Raiders (6-8)NFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.San Francisco 49ers12-3Playoff berth2.New Orleans Saints12-3Division; playoff berth3.Green Bay Packers11-3Playoff berth4.Dallas Cowboys7-7-5.Seattle Seahawks11-3Playoff berth6.Minnesota Vikings10-4Playoff berthIn the hunt: Eagles (7-7) MORE WEEK 16:Complete playoff picture | Clinching scenariosThat No. 1 seed in the AFC is one of several we feel comfortable projecting with the final NFL playoff picture still two weeks away from completion. In the NFC, of course, the race for the top overall seed and/or a first-round bye is a dandy.Here is our latest projection for the seeds and matchups in the NFL playoffs, followed by a look at the current (and real) playoff picture entering Week 16.NFL playoff picture: AFC projections (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6a/fb/jimmy-garoppolo-120819-getty-ftrjpg_jovd9abeub9314arravgv4iwb.jpg?t=-410812858&w=500&quality=80 No. 1 seed: San Francisco 49ersGames remaining: at SeahawksBecause the 49ers took care of the Saints and the Packers earlier this season, they simply need to win out in order to steal back the No. 1 seed. Their win over the Rams on Saturday was a good start, and that victory sets up a division championship game against the Seahawks. We like San Francisco’s chances in Seattle.No. 2 seed: New Orleans SaintsGames remaining: at Titans, at PanthersIf our predictions for this week are proven correct, the Saints will beat the Titans, and the Vikings will beat the Packers. That would allow New Orleans to jump to the No. 2 seed, and with both teams on the road against lousy opponents in Week 17, we like the Saints’ chances to stay at No. 2.No. 3 seed: Green Bay PackersGames remaining: at Vikings, at LionsA win over the Vikings would keep the Packers in play for a first-round bye, but we have them losing in Minnesota in Week 16. That would move Green Bay back to the No. 3 seed, where it would play Minnesota yet again in the wild-card round.No. 4 seed: Dallas CowboysGames remaining: at Eagles, vs. RedskinsSimply put: If the Cowboys beat the Eagles on Sunday, they will clinch the NFC East title and lock themselves into the No. 4 seed for the playoffs. That’s exactly the result we’re predicting for the Week 16 game in Philadelphia. Dallas in our projection would host Seattle in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.No. 5 seed: Seattle SeahawksGames remaining: at Cardinals, vs. 49ersAssuming the Seahawks take care of the Cardinals this week, this projection is all about their Week 17 game against the 49ers. For now, we like San Francisco to win that game and force Seattle into a road trip to Dallas in the wild-card round yet again.No. 6 seed: Minnesota VikingsGames remaining: vs. Packers, vs. BearsThe Vikings clinched a playoff spot when the 49ers beat the Rams on Saturday. They technically could jump to the No. 5 seed or even beat the Packers to win the NFC North, but neither scenario is likely.MORE: Playoff seeding scenarios for Vikings As Week 16 arrives, nothing is set when it comes to NFL playoff seeding for the AFC and NFC postseason brackets. But based on our game picks for this week and how they will impact the playoff picture, we can project the final brackets and matchups for the postseason.Based on the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 16, one of the No. 1 seeds could be locked in by the time Sunday’s early afternoon games end. The Ravens only need to beat the Browns in order to secure the top seed in the AFC and clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. And even if they lose, they still could take the No. 1 seed with some help elsewhere. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cc/39/lamar-jackson-112519-getty-ftrjpg_8gquwpsi7o5p1xw30dbu26got.jpg?t=-1547830282&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Nora Springs man faces 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography possession

first_imgNORA SPRINGS —  A Nora Springs man has pleaded guilty in federal court to child pornography charges. 36-year-old Aaron Olson made the guilty pleas to two counts of possession of child pornography, including depictions of pre-pubescent children. At a plea hearing in US Federal Court in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Olson admitted that between 2017 and 2018 that he knowingly possessed the porn on a computer and a memory card. As part of a plea agreement, Olson agreed to be sentenced to 40 years in prison, but a sentencing hearing will be held after a pre-sentence report is prepared. Olson remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.last_img read more

Oly Town Artesians Host Olympic Force to Kick Off New Season

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Oly Town ArtesiansThe 2016-2017 Oly Town Artesians season kicks off on Saturday night when they play host to the Olympic Force at 6:00 p.m. at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. The Artesians will pay tribute to teammate Austin Kelley, who passed away tragically in September, with a pregame ceremony. Fans in attendance will receive an AK memorial patch sticker (while supplies last) and are asked to wear their AK patch t-shirts. Fans with AK t-shirts will have a portion of their ticket price donated to the Kelley family. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12 years old and are available at the door.The Artesians will feature a strong mix of veterans and newcomers to their roster this season. All-time Artesians goal leader Willie Spurr returns for his third season with the team. The Evergreen alum scored six goals in just four games last season and has 16 career goals with Oly Town FC. Jake Sanford also returns after posting a team high in points last year with five goals and five assists, and Artesians Defensive Player of the Year Brett Stallworth is back to patrol the backline. Andy Hyres leads the way for the newcomers after scoring three goals in the Western Indoor Soccer League Preseason Tournament.A tough opponent comes calling for the season opener. Last season the Olympic Force advanced to the WISL Championship game before falling to Bellingham United. They posted a 9-1 record in the regular season and were led by the 21 goals of Gustavo Bermudez, who returns to the Force this season. Another returner is Enrique Hidalgo, who finished fifth in the WISL with 13 goals for the high powered squad from Bremerton.The WISL will feature six teams for their third season. The Vancouver Victory elected to sit out the season leaving the Artesians, the Olympic Force, Bellingham United, Sporting Everett, Snohomish Skyhawks and the Tacoma Stars Reserves to battle it out in this highly competitive circuit.First kick on Saturday at The Pavilion is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:15 and pregame ceremonies will start at 5:50, so please plan on arriving early. Stay up to date with the Artesians all season long by visiting olytownfc.com, follow us on Twitter (@OlyTownFC), or like us on Facebook.last_img read more