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Sterling: “Racism in football has become something normal”

first_img“I cleaned the bathrooms of the hotels where my mother worked to help as much as we could with my sister” 7 How was it and how is Nadine?My mother is the person who gives me the greatest motivation, someone whom I see as the definition of hard work. He has taught me to fight for what I want and for what I need, so he is the first person I can think of when I think of motivation.What does he say now that he is a top player?It is a vital influence, especially at the beginning of my career, when I wanted it to be closer to the goal. It’s something I always used to ‘stick with’. She is brutally honest with me and that is the most important thing in football today, having people who tell you the truth and not what you want to hear, who tell you exactly the way things are. And that is what my mother does.You and your sister helped you by cleaning the bathrooms of the hotels where you worked.Then we saw our mother working and we saw nothing strange, it was part of our daily lives and we tried to make her life as easy as possible. We tried to help her as much as we could. He was a mischievous boy and they passed him from normal school to the Vernon House Special, where there were three teachers for six boys. One of the teachers, Chris Beschi, told him with ten years that if he continued like this at 17 he would be in jail or playing for England. In the end he was right …I wouldn’t say exactly to jail, but you could see with the behavior that over time one thing leads to another. Although at that time I was not in a very bad place, if you continue to be like that, little by little, in a couple of years, that is the direction you are going, so it was a bit of a wake-up call for me. But, I say it once again, having the opportunity to play football helped me greatly … Especially in London, which is a place where you can get distracted because many things happen, but I always had football to get me out of trouble and keep me as I shouldWhat was the worst thing you did?In a game in which I was expelled, I was throwing stones at the field and did not play in a couple of weeks. I definitely think that was the worst.I have read many things, so … How many children do you have?That is one of the things that people usually speculate about, but I have a daughter and two sons.What do they represent in your life and in your career?Football takes up a lot of your life, but at the end of the day, when things get tough or hard, they are the ones that make you happy. Seeing your children is possibly the most important part of your day. They put aside everything that is happening outside and you can block it, so when you go home everything seems perfect. Now my son Thiago is three years old and when I finish a game and I don’t say it, he tells me and explains exactly who has done it, so I have to make sure to score because otherwise my son will remember me for the next four hours. “The problem is not that I bought in Primark, but that everyone knows what I earn and says that I am not allowed to buy where I want” “My daughter likes to joke and sing Salah’s songs”center_img Raheem Shaquille Sterling (Jamaica, 25 years old) He speaks in this second installment of his talk about Madrid-City with AS in Manchester about his difficult childhood, his family, racism or the harsh criticism of the media. The girl is a fan of Liverpool and Salah.(Laughs). He has my personality and likes to joke and sing the songs of Mo Salah. He knows the rivalry between Liverpool and City, so he’s always singing his songs and trying to sting me, but it’s because it’s his personality.He has shown great commitment in the fight against racism, something he has suffered from the stands and even the media. Is it something you’ve even got used to?Yes, today is one of those things that has become normal in football. It is more than normal now to see a player leave the field. It’s sad to see it, but it’s something that I don’t think is being taken seriously enough. People say yes, but you can see it every month, it’s the same on all sides. I think that if it were other issues, such as people talking about the sexuality of others, it would be taken much more seriously than if you talk about someone’s skin color.He has been criticized even for buying in Primark …Exactly, but the problem is not that I bought in Primark, but you can’t let everyone know what I earn and say that I am not allowed to buy where I want because I earn that. They are surprised and start talking about where I buy. Why the “Shaquille” in your name?When my mother was giving me the name, my grandmother tried to have that one by Shaquille O’Neal. My grandmother lived in the United States and wanted me to be called like him.Your father was shot in Jamaica when you were two years old. How has this event influenced your life?It is something difficult whenever I remember it, but at the same time it is something I can always come back to and that motivates me to keep giving everything and keep fighting for the best. With five years you do not know what is happening, so when you grow up you start asking questions and your mother explains everything that happened. There you understand how hard it must have been for her, my brothers and sisters.Did football help you overcome it?Football is one of those things where I could get distracted and have fun, laugh, sweat and, regardless of the weather, it was something I could do, love and appreciate. Did you even dream of playing at Etihad or Wembley, a stadium very close to your childhood home?Playing in those stadiums was a dream in my beginnings. These are things you can only dream of, look at Wembley and think that hopefully one day you will have the opportunity to play there. Playing in Wembley was my first dream and my first love.last_img read more

DeRozan scores 35 points as Raptors beat Bulls

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DeRozan had 35 points, Delon Wright set career highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 124-115 on Wednesday night.DeRozan came up big again after scoring a franchise-record 52 points in a win over Milwaukee on New Year’s Day. He was particularly good in the third quarter this time, scoring 18 points after being held to nine in the first half. DeRozan also shot 5 of 8 on 3-pointers and converted all 10 free throws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWright had his first career double-double and hit four 3s to lead a big effort by the bench. He scored 12 in the second quarter and eight more points in the fourth to help Toronto pull away for its ninth win in 11 games.Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry scored 16 apiece for Toronto. Fred VanVleet, from nearby Rockford, added 13 points, and the Raptors’ reserves outscored Chicago’s 54-39. “We were coming out and jacking up contested shots with zero or one pass,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “And you can’t have that. So again, that second unit’s been pretty darn good for us. Tonight, we struggled with it.”PULLING AWAYChicago was leading 92-90 early in the fourth when Toronto went on a 16-2 run. Lowry hit a 3 to make it 106-94 with 6:39 remaining, and the Raptors remained in control the rest of the way.LAVINE UPDATEThe Bulls hope to decide on a return date for G Zach LaVine early next week.LaVine will travel with the team to games at Dallas and Indiana on Friday and Saturday. Hoiberg said the two-time slam dunk champion will meet with doctors, trainers, management and coaches after the Bulls return home.LaVine averaged 18.9 points in 47 games for Minnesota last season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The Bulls acquired him along with Kris Dunn and Markkanen in the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto had dropped six straight at Chicago. … The Raptors were 19 of 19 at the foul line. … Wright hit 10 of 15 shots.Bulls: Markkanen has led the Bulls in rebounding 13 times and has eight double-doubles. He is averaging 21 points over his last four games. … C Robin Lopez had 12 points and a career-high six assists. … Mirotic has scored 20 or more in eight of his 15 games. MOST READ UP NEXTRaptors: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.Bulls: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lady Chiefs start title defense with drubbing of Lady Cardinals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “They’ve been great for us all year,” DeRozan said. “We come out slacking. The bench always picks us up, and vice versa. Tonight, the bench did what they’ve been doing all year, got the energy going. We fed off that, and got back in the game.”He’ll get no argument from coach Dwane Casey.“The bench really saved us tonight,” he said. “They gave us energy. We just couldn’t get our mojo going with the first unit, but Delon came in and had a career high. I really liked the way he was going after rebounds. His overall game sustained us.”Justin Holiday led Chicago with 26 points, and Lauri Markkanen added 22 points and 12 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic scored 20, but the Bulls dropped their third straight.The Bulls looked sharp early on, with a 10-point lead after the first quarter. But they couldn’t sustain their edge on defense and were impatient on offense — particularly the second unit.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Justin Holiday (7) as Denzel Valentine (45) and Robin Lopez watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Chicago. The Raptors won 124-115. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — All that DeMar DeRozan wanted to talk about was the lift Toronto’s bench provided. As for his recent scoring tear?“I don’t think nothing of it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Child Immunization Critical to Liberia’s Economic Growth

first_imgThe Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP) has emphasized that child immunization is critical to Liberia’s socio-economic growth, development and progress.This assertion was contained in a statement by the chairman of LIP, Mr. George Stewart, at the opening ceremony Monday of a one-day seminar on community mapping of 10 communities in Montserrado County.Chairman Stewart also urged the LIP participants, mainly community leaders, health workers and critical public service providers to be diligent in their work.The seminar, organized under the theme, “Improved Routine Immunization Project Training”, brought together 30 participants and highly qualified professionals as presenters.According to the organizers, the seminar is being carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW).It may be recalled that the LIP leadership has organized and recruited 22 civil society groups intended to advocate meticulously for the immunization of Liberian children and child bearing mothers.Making the first presentation, LIP’s Secretary General James B. Ballah provided a synopsis on “Leadership: A Framework for Thinking and Acting.”He reminded participants that as community leaders and critical health providers, they should strive to solve critical challenges and problems through dialogue and consultations and act as leaders with solid negotiation skills.Mr. Ballah also disclosed that through a project proposal MOHSW has provided US$21,500.00 for the current community mapping initiative in Montserrado County.Of this amount, Mr. Ballah indicated that the MOHSW has advanced US$16,000.00 for the current mapping exercise in 10 communities and health facilities in Montserrado County.Initially, the immunization coverage for Montserrado County had risen to 85% due to the sustained immunization initiated by the MOHSW and its critical health partners.But immunization coverage has declined to 61% in Montserrado County and other areas in Liberia as a result of the Ebola virus spread in the country, said Mr. Ballah.Asked why the immunization coverage in Montserrado County continues to decline, the LIP secretary general noted that it is due to the huge population growth over the years in Liberia.Another presenter was the data clerk on the Expanded Program Immunization (EPI) of the MOHSW, Madam Alice Peters who urged the participants to work with all child bearing mothers in order to ensure the effective immunization of all Liberian children.She provided an outline on EPI vaccines and schedules as they relate to the programs being designed by the Ministry of Health.   For her part, LIP project coordinator Karla Roberts spoke on the Mapping Tools and Exercise and called on participants to make maximum use of the tools at their disposal in their assigned areas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Granger to Jagdeo: “temper your language”

first_imgPresident David Granger is calling on Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to refrain from divisive statements following comments made in New York about Government’s discrimination against Indo-Guyanese and other Guyanese who are supportive of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition.Former PresidentBharrat JagdeoSpeaking on this week’s television programme, The Public Interest, the Head of State remarked that the Opposition Leader should “temper his language” as he responds to calls from commentators and various sections of society for Government to engage the indo-community more.The President outlined that “crass” remarks such as those made by Jagdeo create divisiveness. “The language use by the Leader of the Opposition could be divisive and I would urge him to restrain his comments,” Granger stated.The Head of State pointed out that Guyana is multi-religious community and his Administration does not want to religious extremism to exist here, having witnessed the damage it does in other parts of the world. Similarly, he posited that there is no room for ethnic extremism since that would pull the country apart.Granger went on to say that his coalition Administration is pushing for a more cohesive society and has been reaching out to all section of the population.“To suggest that Indians being persecuted does not necessarily call on the Government to reach out, we have! We are a multiethnic coalition; I would say we are more multiethnic than any other Government in the history of Guyana and we have reached out to all of the communities in Guyana but there will be extremists to continue to speak in divisive terms and this is what you need to put an end to,” Granger posited.President David GrangerHe went on to say that the actions and comments of the Leader of the Opposition is working against the cohesive society that his Administration is working towards.Jagdeo at a meeting with the Diaspora in New York two weeks ago said “Guyana needs a spirit of community to ensure that we defend our people through these dark times. There is an assault on democracy, on the people of Indian origin and there is an assault on the supporters of the PPP…”In fact, Government had even released a statement condemning his remarks but the Opposition Leader had maintained his stance, noting that the Jagan-founded PPP will continue to defend the rights of Guyanese people.Jagdeo said he was surprised Government would respond to comments he made overseas when he only repeated things that he would have said numerous times at home during press conferences and on the campaign trail of the recently concluded Local Government Elections (LGE).“Despite the charges made, my record on bolstering racial harmony and advancing equal development across the country, regardless of race, speaks for itself. That is not a position I need to defend. However, I have spoken out and will continue to speak out about the injustices against our people,” he outlined his in statement.Moreover, the Opposition Leader posited that the Government-issued statement seems to be orchestrated by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.“I am inclined to believe that the Nagamootoo-styled statement has more to do with the reception given to me by thousands of people, representing the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – in contrast to the small crowd and protest actions that greeted him.”On the other hand, Government in its statement accused the Opposition Leader of race baiting and calling his remarks “irresponsible, hateful, and malicious fabrications.” It said that the statements were made at a time when the nation is focused on the efforts to foster closer relations and achieve a greater level of social cohesion.The Government said that it considers Jagdeo’s statements as reprehensible, which are aimed at “sowing seeds of division, discord and race hate”.Nevertheless, several other politicians, social activists, including some sympathetic to the APNU/AFC Administration and even trade unions have all condemned the Government’s mass dismissal of hundreds of personssince it took power back in May 2015, most of whom are either of Indian origin or supporters of the PPP.last_img read more

Course change reviews mixed

first_imgAnd many appreciated being able to get back and forth on the Red Line. “I’m very happy,” said Lee Gluckman of Redondo Beach, who followed his wife during the race by hopping on and off the subway, which followed the course for much of the way. “There’s no way I’d be able to do this driving.” Another welcome sight was people cheering the runners on, although there were few people lining the streets at the start or in East L.A., two of the new changes to the route. “Koreatown was great,” said Tina Sarafa of Manhattan Beach. “Some kids gave me high fives and that was worth its weight in gold.” Others enjoyed the view. “I liked all the landmarks – the Hollywood Bowl, the Coliseum and coming over the bridge on Sixth Street, you really got a nice view of the skyline,” said Steve Olear of Lakewood after his 12th L.A. race was delayed when he helped a couple of friends get aid from the heat. “This was more interesting than previous courses.” It was an interesting day, too, for Will Campbell of Silverlake. And a long one. He rode in the bike race at 6 a.m. and then walked the marathon, but was disappointed that the shuttle bus that in years past had taken riders from the finish of the bike race in Exposition Park to the start of the marathon had been scrapped. He had to scramble to change, ran to the Red Line and got to the start about 20 minutes late. “It was like a marathon within a marathon,” he said. (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! LOS ANGELES – The decision to have the Los Angeles Marathon start and finish in different places for the first time in the race’s 22-year history drew mixed reviews from the masses. Some runners said they liked the convenience of being able to park close to the start near Universal Studios or spend the night at a downtown hotel near the finish. center_img Others, though, were not so thrilled. Several runners said they didn’t know the race started in the Valley until they arrived downtown Sunday morning, and added if such a notice was in the runners’ packets it wasn’t noticeable enough. “I’ll never do L.A. again,” said Cory Coder of Hermosa Beach, who was running in his third Los Angeles race and 20th marathon. “There should be a shuttle. “To have to get here two hours before the race is ridiculous.” Many complained about the heat and said the starting time should be moved from about 8:30 to at least 7:30, although the presence along the course of many fire trucks, whose firefighters used their hoses to cool off runners, drew praise. last_img read more

Take a Mental Health Day with Northern Health

first_img“We’re going to be providing general education to people that attend,” Case Manger for Metal Health and Addiction Services, Stefanie Conn said. “So, some of the trivia questions we have are more focused on mental illnesses, where some of the activities we have are more focused on things everyone can do.”An example of these everyday exercises Conn’s team will  provide is engaging in breathing exercises using bubbles in effort to teach attendees how to property induce deep breathing.This part of the week is taking place throughout Monday at the Totem Mall.- Advertisement -Conn adds, “On Monday, there’s a video being put on by the B.C. Schizophrenia Society at 7:00 p.m. in the Lido and it’s free.”The video Conn eludes to tackles all aspect of mental illness, which will conclude with a live Skype session with its producer.The awareness initiative will also make its way to Northern Lights College, the Salvation Army and the hospital in an effort to really spread their message.Advertisement “Any community member can be involved by just raising awareness,” Conn said while explaining the importance of a support group. “Employers [can] promote acceptance to be able to say ‘yea if you’re having a bad day, give me a call me and let me know, and you can take a metal health day’, rather than just a sick day.”‘Take a Mental Health Break’ officially kicks-off Wednesday, October 8 2014.Mental Illness Awareness Week runs October 5 – 11, and is a national campaign working towards breaking the stigma associated with mental illness.Conn concludes by encouraging anyone who may need support while going though any form of mental illness to contact the Mental Health and Addiction Community program, no matter how small or large it may be.Advertisement Their number is 250 263 6080.last_img read more

Arsenal spank Milan to reach Europa quarters

first_img0Shares0000Welbeck added gloss with a late close-range header but the hard work was very much done for the Gunners by then.London, United Kingdom, Mar 16 – Danny Welbeck was accused of diving to win the penalty that inspired Arsenal to book their place into the Europa League quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over AC Milan on Thursday.After taking the first leg 2-0 in Milan last week, Arsene Wenger’s side were in danger of blowing their lead when Hakan Calhanoglu put the Italians ahead in the first half at the Emirates Stadium. But Welbeck turned the last 16 second leg back in Arsenal’s favour moments after Calhanoglu’s goal as the striker appeared to dive to win a penalty that he converted himself.Welbeck’s theatrics were condemned by pundits, while Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson was slammed for being tricked by the play-acting.“It’s a definite dive,” former Arsenal defender Martin Keown told BT Sport, while ex-Tottenham star Jermaine Jenas said: “Welbeck doesn’t feel any contact apart from his own feet connecting with themselves and he goes over.“The referee and assistant referee completely buy it.”Danny Welbeck scored a controversial penalty to help Arsenal into the Europa League quarter-finalsWith their nerves steadied, Arsenal eased through 5-1 on aggregate thanks to second half goals from Granit Xhaka and Welbeck.Following on from Sunday’s Premier League victory over Watford, Arsenal’s third successive win in all competitions provides a measure of breathing space for Wenger after a miserable run sparked fresh calls for his dismissal.Looking certain to miss out on a top four finish in the league, Arsenal must win the Europa League to qualify for next season’s Champions League — a target that seems essential for Wenger to avoid the sack.They remain on course but as usual it wasn’t all plain sailing.Gennaro Gattuso was mocked in some quarters for deploying former Liverpool striker Fabio Borini at right-back, but the Milan boss was proved right in the opening seconds.Borini made a good run before whipping a cross towards Andre Silva, who should have done better than fire into the side-netting.Arsenal’s anxiety levels were rising when captain Laurent Koscielny limped off after taking a blow to his back.– Dubious circumstances –Time to celebrate: Arsenal players congratulate Danny Welbeck after scoring his controversial penaltyThe Gunners were vulnerable and Milan took advantage to snatch the lead in the 35th minute.When Ricardo Rodriguez slipped the ball inside to Calhanoglu, the Arsenal defence backed off just long enough for the Turkey midfielder to rifle a blistering 25-yard strike past David Ospina.But crucially Arsenal were able to draw level in dubious circumstances four minutes later.Welbeck’s run took him past Rodriguez into the six-yard box and he threw himself to the turf after the slightest contact from the Milan defender.It was enough to persuade Eriksson to point to the spot and Welbeck, back on his feet, calmly stroked home the penalty for his first goal since January.Arsenal supporters had stayed away from the Watford game in their droves in protest at Wenger, prompting the manager to admit he was worried about how they would win back the absentees.But there were far fewer empty seats in the 60,000-capacity arena and more vibrant mood undoubtedly helped Arsenal maintain their momentum.Wenger’s side went close to a second goal as Henrikh Mkhitaryan headed just wide from Welbeck’s cross before Jack Wilshere’s blast was repelled by Gianluigi Donnarumma.Needing two goals to advance, Milan were committing more bodies forward and Suso was just off-target before the visitors had a penalty appeal turned down when Silva was bundled over by Hector Bellerin.But Arsenal put the result beyond doubt in the 71st minute thanks to a mistake from Donnarumma.Xhaka’s long-range effort should have simple for Donnarumma, but instead he somehow pushed the ball into his own net.Rubbing salt into Milan’s wounds, it was Welbeck who finished them off with a close-range header in the 87th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

RCMP Statement on the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – The RCMP have released more details about the murders of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck.  Below is a copy of the full statement released by the RCMP.Statement by Assistant Commissioner Kevin HackettThank you all for attending today. My name is Kevin Hackett I am the Assistant Commissioner and Criminal Operations Officer in charge of Federal, Investigative Services and Organized Crime in British Columbia.As per the commitment made six weeks ago, I am here today to provide an overview of the triple homicide investigation in northern BC, and the subsequent search for the accused suspects.- Advertisement -From the time we first received the call about the suspicious deaths of two individuals south of Liard River Hot Springs on July 15th to the day we located the two deceased suspects almost 3,000 kilometres away in Manitoba 23 days later, significant work has been done to answer the many questions that we the police, the families of the deceased, and many members of the public had.Over the course of the investigation and search for the two accused, the BC RCMP dedicated a large number of resources and specialized units to this complex and fast moving investigation. There were up to 160 police officers working extended shifts on this investigation until the deceased suspects were ultimately located. The RCMP received over 1500 tips from the public through the dedicated phone tip line, reports to 911 call centers, front counter reports to police detachments and Crime Stoppers. Between July 16, 2019 and August 4, 2019, nineteen judicial authorizations were executed to further the investigation. An extensive amount of CCTV video was collected during the investigation and thousands of hours of recordings were reviewed and analyzed.During the investigation a number of Partner Agencies assisted the RCMP. This included American and Australian Police Agencies, the BC Prosecution Service, the Canadian Border Services Agency, the Coroner Services in British Columbia and Manitoba, Conservation Officers, Search and Rescue and the Canadian Military.Advertisement I would like to thank our RCMP colleagues in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for their support as well as all of the other Law enforcement agencies that offered assistance. In particular, I would like to once again acknowledge the RCMP in Manitoba who lead an exhaustive and challenging search in that province. I would also like to thank the public, whether it was the hundreds of individuals who came forward with information, the individuals, businesses or agencies who assisted our investigators on the ground in Northern BC and the other communities that were directly impacted. We would like to also acknowledge and thank the greater Canadian public at large who showed vigilance and patience as we worked diligently to advance the investigation.We know this file had impacts provincially, nationally and internationally. Many have been affected, but none more so than the grieving Fowler, Deese and Dyck families. We are hopeful that the release of the public report and our investigative findings provides greater clarity into this investigation and search.Thank you.Deese Family StatementNo one ever wants to be a victim or wishes that for their loved one. Our beloved Chynna was a ray of sunshine, and for her to be taken has made the world feel a bit darker. The impact of such horrendous crimes was felt rippling throughout many communities and we would like to express sincere gratitude to the general public for their empathy and aid during the investigation and manhunt. Many thanks to the men and women of uniform for their tireless efforts as a piece of justice has been served in knowing the conclusion of this case. The overwhelming contribution of time and resources offered over the past few months is a testament to the dedication to service of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.The loss we continue to endure is shattering, but Chynna’s memories are a benediction to her genuine happiness and intense love of life. Throughout this tragedy, along with the help of many, they serve as our reminder of the good nature and peace humanity has the capacity to show. We hope Chynna’s legacy continues to grow and her spark allows us to build each other up. We also politely ask that media respect our privacy at this time. We have taken the totality of the investigative findings – including a review of all digital and physical evidence, statements, tips and forensic examination reports – and have compiled a public report that we are issuing today.While we have been able to gain greater clarity on the movements and actions of the two accused, we respect that the answers have not reduced the trauma and grief experienced by the families of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck. We ensured that the victims’ families were made aware of the information that we would be releasing publicly and we continue to provide them with support. We also continue to support the families of the accused.The report does address a number of areas and specifics in greater detail, but I would like to highlight and confirm the following:We uncovered no information that predicted or forecasted the homicides that took place in northern BC. Based on the firearms lab results, crime scene examination, timelines of suspects and suspect recorded admissions, we believe that no other suspects are responsible for the three homicides or are involved in anyway. The murders appear to be random and crimes of opportunity.Advertisement The investigative theory is that McLeod and Schmegelsky came across Lucas Fowler’s van and targeted Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese for unknown reasons. They shot and killed the couple before continuing up into the Yukon.The two returned to BC days later because they were having vehicle issues and came across Leonard Dyck outside of Dease Lake and shot and killed him.The suspects then burned their vehicle to cover up evidence and delay police before stealing Mr. Dyck’s vehicle, money and a number of personal items – all of which facilitated further escape ultimately toward Eastern Canada.Once they reached Manitoba they again burned the stolen vehicle and attempted to continue foot, before they realized their efforts were failing. It is believed that McLeod shot Schmegelsky before shooting himself in a suicide pact.Two rifles were found with the two deceased suspects. These rifles were examined by the firearms lab and were determined to be the same weapons used in the Fort Nelson and Dease Lake homicides, as well as their own deaths. One of the two guns was determined to be same gun legally purchased by the suspects at Cabela’s, outdoor equipment store, in Nanaimo on July 12th.Advertisement A digital camera belonging to Mr. Dyck was also discovered. It contained six videos and three still images. In the videos, the suspects took responsibility for all three murders. They indicated no remorse for their actions and their intentions to potentially kill others. They also described their intent to commit suicide and their wish to be cremated.These videos do not contain any information regarding the motive behind their actions nor do they provide specifics regarding the murders.While a number of additional facts and findings are being released today, the RCMP has chosen not to release the videos recovered.The RCMP Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) conducted a review of the videos and was concerned with a behaviour called “identification”, which is considered a “warning behaviour” in the context of a threat assessment.The videos may influence or inspire other individuals to carry out a targeted act of violence, essentially creating copycat killers. In BAU’s experience, those who commit mass casualty attacks or similar acts of violence are heavily inspired by previous attackers and their behaviours.It is believed that the suspects may have made the video recordings for notoriety. Releasing them would not only be disrespectful to the families of the deceased – who are also concerned about the impacts of the release – and it could sensationalize the actions of the suspects. By not releasing the videos we want to mitigate the potential of other individuals being inspired to commit similar acts of violence. For these reasons, the videos will not be released to the public by the RCMP.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ex-England captain Terry retires from football

first_imgNow the Birmingham club reportedly want him to join their coaching staff as part of a new-look set-up, with Thierry Henry in the running to take over as manager at Villa Park after Steve Bruce was sacked earlier this week.“After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time to retire from playing,” Terry said in a message posted on his Instagram account.Terry, capped 78 times by England, recently rejected a chance to play for Spartak Moscow, saying a move to Russia was not right for his family.His last game as a professional was Villa’s 1-0 Championship play-off final defeat by Fulham in May — a loss that denied Villa a return to the Premier League.But his club career will be best remembered for his time at Chelsea where he won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, as well as the Champions League and Europa League, although he did not play in the two European finals.– ‘Best decision’ –“As a 14-year-old, I made my best and biggest decision: to sign for Chelsea Football Club,” added Terry, who also thanked his family for their support.“Words will never be enough to show how much everyone at the club means to me, in particular the fans…I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband.”John Terry in action for Chelsea, the club he represented for most of his career © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODHe also referenced his time at Villa by saying: “It was a privilege to represent such a renowned football club with great fans.“I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead.”Terry made 717 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 67 goals, and was widely regarded as one of the best English centre-halves of his generation.But in 2011 he was accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, the brother of Terry’s England central defensive partner Rio Ferdinand, during a west London derby against Queens Park Rangers.Terry was absolved of criminal charges during a 2012 court case.But the Football Association, who had stripped Terry of the England captaincy while they waited for the case to be resolved, subsequently imposed a four-game ban and fine on the defender.The decision by the FA, English football’s governing body, to pursue disciplinary action after the court case led to Terry’s retirement from international football.Meanwhile Terry was widely ridiculed when, after Chelsea beat Bayern Munich to win the 2012 Champions League final, he appeared in full playing kit for the post-match celebrations despite not taking part in the game because of suspension.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Terry captained Aston Villa last season as they lost to Fulham in the Championship play-off final © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Former England captain John Terry announced his retirement from football on Sunday with the 37-year-old central defender now set to pursue a career in management.Terry, who spent the bulk of his career with Chelsea, captained second-tier Aston Villa last season.last_img read more

Premier League Cult Hero XI 2014-2015: What a team this would be!

first_img 11 11 Centre-midfield: John Obi Mikel – continue to find out the next cult hero in our team – Mikel once triggered a fierce bidding war for his services between Chelsea and Manchester United, and the defensive midfielder has now been at Stamford Bridge for nearly a decade. Jose Mourinho rates him, so I guess we all should. 11 11 Goalkeeper: Steve Harper – click right to find out the next cult hero in our team – The Geordie shot-stopper spent two decades at Newcastle, where he built a reputation as the finest backup goalkeeper in the league. He didn’t seem to mind playing second fiddle to Shay Given for so long. Centre-back: John O’Shea – click right to find out the next cult hero in our team – Another multiple Premier League winner, O’Shea set the benchmark for versatility – even playing in goal once for Manchester United. He’s now plying his trade with Sunderland and was instrumental in the Black Cats survival exploits this season. 11 Centre-midfield: Lee Cattermole – click right to find out the next cult hero in our team – The man to plump for if you’re into your yellow card spread betting. Cattermole equalled the record for number of cautions in a single Premier League season this campaign, but he is another player who was pivotal to Sunderland’s survival bid. Right-back: Tony Hibbert – continue to find out the next cult hero in our team – Hibbert was reportedly signed as an attacking right back, but those traits appear to have deserted him. Instead, he is a robust and reliable defender who has served the Toffees admirably down the years. Striker: Carlton Cole – continue to find out the next cult hero in our team – West Ham fans created one of the best football songs in history to pay homage to Cole, who has technically had two spells at Upton Park in his career. Shone as a youngster at Chelsea, but never really fulfilled his potential. 11 Left-back: Paul Konchesky – continue to find out the next cult hero in our team – A true silver fox, Konchesky is a former England international who excelled at Fulham before a poor spell at Liverpool. The 34-year-old showed few signs of ageing legs this season, playing 29 times for Leicester. 11 Striker: Bobby Zamora – click right to find out the next cult hero in our team – Zamora emerged as a somewhat surprising key figure in a dismal season for QPR, pitching in with valuable goals and developing a decent partnership with Charlie Austin. Perhaps harshly associated with a chant resonant with wayward shots at goal. Google’s definition of ‘cult hero’ reads as follows: a writer, musician, artist, or other public figure who is greatly admired by a relatively small audience or is influential despite limited commercial success.There are numerous Premier League footballers who fall into that category, subjected to levels of adulation and acclaim that the sport’s elite players can only dream of.From one-club legends to Premier League journeymen, the English top flight boasts a variety of iconic figures who provide moments of true joy, despite perhaps lacking in star quality.As a result, talkSPORT thought it was appropriate to pay homage to some of the stars of the 2014/2015 season; call it an alternative team of the year. 11 11 Centre-back: Kolo Toure – continue to find out the next cult hero in our team – A double Premier League winner and a member of the Arsenal ‘Invicibles’ side, Toure has endeared himself to so many English fans. In the twilight of his career, he is better known for his infamous chant and some hilarious memes. 11 11 Centre-back: Paul McShane – click right to find out the next cult hero in our team – Another right back built on the tough-tackling and reliable mould, McShane has spent seven years at Hull. He scored at Anfield once in his career, but was released on the back of the Tigers’ relegation to the Championship. Striker: Peter Crouch – Crouch embodies the people’s player; he represents the ‘average joe’ in a footballer’s body. He’s built a fine career too, and has the most headed goals in Premier League history.last_img read more