Round-up: QPR plan Chery talks, Furlong loan, Conte on transfers and Traore, Ouseph wins

first_imgQPR plan to approach Tjaronn Chery about a new contract after the transfer window closes, West London Sport revealed today.Chery is due to enter the final year of his contract next summer and Rangers are keen for him to commit his long-term future to the club.Meanwhile, R’s youngster Darnell Furlong has joined Swindon on a season-long loan.Many QPR fans on Twitter reacted with dismay to Furlong’s previous loan moves, but the reaction to this one has been largely positive.So too was Rangers’ Under-23 side’s start to the season – they won 2-0 at Barnsley this afternoon.Chelsea’s Bertrand Traore has also left on a season-long loan – his move to Ajax was confirmed today after the 20-year-old forward signed a new three-year contract at Stamford Bridge.Blues boss Antonio Conte has insisted that Traore is part of the club’s long-term plans, and also believes Chelsea need to show patience in what the Italian has described as a “crazy” transfer market.Fulham have made another purchase, completing the signing of Jozabed Sanchéz from Spanish club Rayo Vallecano.And in badminton, Feltham’s Rajiv Ouseph got his Olympic Games campaign under way with a comfortable victory over Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea Owner Abramovich Launches Anti-Semitism Campaign

first_imgChelsea owner Roman Abramovich has launched an anti-semitism campaign at the club.He rarely speaks to the fans however the Russian felt the need to launch the campaign personally as he wrote in a statement featured in the club’s Matchday programme against Bournemouth on Wednesday night.The Bournemouth match happened to be the first since the Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27 and Abramovich called on Chelsea fans to do their part in the campaign to tackle anti-Semitism.In his words, Abramovich wrote that: “It has always been important to me to create a club that is welcoming to everyone.”“We actively celebrate cultural and religious diversity and deliver programmes to promote equality and tackle discrimination. However, we are all too often reminded there is more to be done.”He went on to dedicate the match to Holocaust Memorial Day and describing as ‘a crime without parallel in history.“This evening I am proud to launch an initiative to raise awareness of and to tackle antisemitism in all its forms, and hope to have your support for this work.” he said.“This is the start of an important journey and we all have a part to play. We can all do something to challenge discrimination at our club as well as within the world around us.“With your help, Chelsea can play a leading role in this vital area of work and demonstrate to everybody that we are a club open to all.” he concluded.The campaign was prompted by the controversial chants Chelsea fans made about their Spanish player Alvaro Morata.Relatedlast_img read more

Dwarfs hold Eleven Wise to a draw

first_imgCape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs played a determined game to hold Premier League side, Sekondi Eleven Wise to a 1-1 draw in a friendly soccer match played at the Robert Mensah Stadium, Cape Coast on Wednesday.Dwarfs parading their newly signed on players including Ekow Ghansah and Edward Agyaglo of Hearts of Oak and Osam Nsiedu of Liberty Professionals matched Wise squarely until the 36th minute when their midfielder, John Ghansah scored the opener for Wise.Ghansah after collecting a midfield pass weaved through the porous defence of Dwarfs to score the opener.Back from the recess, Dwarfs took control of the match and got the equalizer through Agyaglo in the 55th minute.Dwarfs nearly carried the day but Ekow Ghansah failed to make good use of some begging chances that came his way in the dying minutes of the game.Source: GNAlast_img read more

Suspect in murders of four Pennsylvania men had 40 prior encounters with police

first_imgCredit: Bucks County D.A.’s Office(BENSALEM, Pa.) — One of the suspects charged in the slayings of four young men in southeastern Pennsylvania had at least 40 prior encounters with local police in recent years, officials said.Police in Bensalem Township said they have had contact with Cosmo DiNardo 40 times since 2011 when he was 14 years old. But that total includes inconsequential contacts such as when DiNardo happened to be at his family’s home when the burglary alarm went off, according to Fred Harran, director of public safety with the Bensalem Township Police Department.“We document everything,” Harran told ABC News in a telephone interview Thursday.The majority of the police contacts with the now 20-year-old DiNardo, a Bensalem resident, involved calls about: concerns over his mental health, domestic incidents, DiNardo’s alleged improper riding of an ATV, and traffic citations. Other police contacts with DiNardo included when there was a report of a suspicious vehicle and disturbance at his high school and DiNardo, who was allegedly behaving in a loud and disorderly manner on school grounds, was asked to leave, according to Harran.But none of these prior encounters resulted in any arrests of DiNardo, police said.DiNardo’s first arrest came Monday, July 10, the same day that authorities investigating the disappearances of four young men executed a search warrant at a vast Solebury Township property owned by DiNardo’s parents.DiNardo was arrested that day on a charge stemming from illegally possessing a shotgun and ammunition back in February. The following day, July 11, he was named a person of interest in connection with the men’s disappearances but was released from jail after meeting bail.The day after that, July 12, DiNardo, facing accusations that he had taken the car of one of the missing men, Thomas Meo, was taken back into custody.Subsequently both DiNardo and Sean Kratz, 20, of Philadelphia, who was also arrested, were charged with criminal homicide in the July 7 deaths of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township, Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township, and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg.Investigators found the bodies of the three men Wednesday in a roughly 12-foot-deep grave on a sprawling property in Solebury Township owned by DiNardo’s parents, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.DiNardo is also accused of killing Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, on July 5, and burying him in a single grave elsewhere on the same property.Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.According to court documents obtained by ABC News, DiNardo told detectives he used a backhoe to dig both graves.Patrick went missing July 5, while Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis all disappeared July 7. All four men were shot and each victim has been positively identified. Their family members have been briefed on details of the case, according to the district attorney’s office.Court documents show DiNardo and Kratz also face multiple counts of conspiracy, robbery and abuse of a corpse.DiNardo and Kratz have each provided statements to investigators, and DiNardo has described Kratz as his cousin, according to the district attorney’s office.At a July 14 news conference, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said he made an “agreement” with DiNardo that allowed investigators to locate Patrick’s body, which was buried as far as a half-mile away from where the three other bodies were found. The agreement includes not seeking the death penalty, Weintraub said.When asked about a motive, Weintraub told reporters, “I don’t know that, and I’m not sure we’ll ever know.”DiNardo and Kratz were arraigned July 14 before Magisterial District Judge Maggie Snow of Buckingham Township. Neither were able to post bail. They are scheduled for a July 31 preliminary hearing before Snow.Harran also said there was no way to have known from DiNardo’s prior contacts with law enforcement that he would later be accused of horrific murders.The public safety director added, however, that the police department had not been aware of DiNardo’s prior, court-ordered mental health treatment.“The lack of coordination on mental health is a problem in this country,” Harran told ABC News.“There’s no database to tell us he was 302’d,” he added, using a Pennsylvania legal term for court-ordered mental health treatment. “There are [others] walking all over the streets. I’ve got six more like him.”In hindsight, Harran said, “Maybe [DiNardo] should have been in for a little bit longer than he was in for, as far as mental health.”Regardless, Harran said it’s crucial for law enforcement to be made aware when someone they’ve received calls about repeatedly is evaluated for potential psychiatric issues. In DiNardo’s case, Harran said there were clues that “the guy’s got problems” but police did not know enough to realize he may later be charged with killing.“There’s a gap,” Harran told ABC News. “And we’re always the ones holding the bag. We’re out here dealing with people. People are always afraid of information police are going to learn about them. It’s not like we open up a phone book and start running people. We don’t have time for that. We only look at it when we need it.”One of DiNardo’s defense attorneys, Paul Lang, told reporters last week that DiNardo confessed to killing the four men and gave authorities the location of the bodies.The motive for the killings will come out in time, the lawyer said.DiNardo felt “deep remorse” and is “very emotional,” Lang told ABC News. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Wellington City Council meeting: May 16, 2017 – AUDIO ENHANCED!

first_imgFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Had to laugh · 169 weeks ago They must have lost their minds! Now people will know what is lurking around the corner for them. I predict more executive sessions. Politicians prefer unknowing citizens. It cuts down on chit chat. They must have found some funds they hadn’t plundered yet to be able to enhance the audio. Report Reply 0 replies · active 169 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Anything but simple, Arvada Center’s ‘Twelfth Night’ is an easy crowd…

first_imgFor a comedy, William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” poses a number of fairly serious questions about excess, just as it leaves a few unsettling issues by the close of its final scene. Penned sometime in the late 16th or early 17th century, the piece stands apart from more straightforward comedies like “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or “A Comedy of Errors.” While many of the standard Elizabethan comedic structures come into play (a pair of separated twins, a long list of romantic confusions, the complex fallout from disguises and mistaken identity), the piece offers somber undertones and deeper questions about indulgence and virtue.That basic tension finds a central place in the production of “Twelfth Night or What You Will” currently running at the Arvada Center’s Black Box theater, a first-of-its-kind co-production with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Director Philip Sneed and a stellar cast find dynamic and compelling ways to neatly balance the deeper, philosophic issues of the piece with its more whimsical and romantic elements. Even as the characters fall in love, don disguises and reunite with long-lost family members, they also present weighty questions about excess and temperance, celebration and refrain.While physical pratfalls and Shakespearean wordplay form a big part of the humor, this production’s most notable impact comes in its subtle touches. Sneed gives the action a contemporary feel and a sometimes bawdy flavor, all while remaining faithful to the multi-faceted brilliance of the text. A female character is disguised as a man and is secretly in love with a Duke; a countess falls for the twin brother of the woman disguised as a man. Such roundabout plot twists offer chances to explore the deeper romantic and sexual meaning of the text.Following an old dramatic tradition, this production switches the order of the first two scenes of the comedy, starting on the windswept shores of Illyria (present-day Albania) and a shipwreck. Viola (Kate Berry) has survived the wreck and, believing her twin brother Antonio (Josh Robinson) to be dead, she heads to the nearby court of the duke Orsino (Geoffrey Kent) to serve as his young page. Here’s the twist: Viola decides to disguise herself as a man, taking on the name of Cesario and aiding the Duke in his desperate courting of the countess Olivia (Rachel Fowler).At Olivia’s court, a subplot involving her head steward Malvolio (Timothy McCracken), her uncle Sir Toby Belch (Logan Ernstthal), his companion Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Ian Anderson) her gentlewoman-in-waiting Maria (Leslie O’Carroll) and her servant Fabian (Jamie Ann Romero), raises some of the show’s deeper questions. Malvolio becomes the target of an elaborate prank cooked up by Belch, Maria, Aguecheek and Fabian. The comic subplot pits Malvolio – who personifies staid dignity and reason – against a group in love with drink, music and abandon. The game becomes cruel – a resolution that sees almost every couple happily paired off in proper Shakespearean tradition leaves Malvolio abused and bitter. Feste, Olivia’s jester played by Jake Walker, plays the standard role of a Shakespearean fool, telling the truth where no one else can through music and wit.The staging doesn’t shy away from the comedy’s more uncomfortable elements and conflicts. While Ernstthal, Anderson, O’Carroll and Romero deliver brilliant moments of physical comedy and wordplay, McCracken’s intensity as Malvolio gives the troupe’s pranks a heavier dimension. Similarly, the main romance involving Viola, Orsino and Olivia takes on urgency with the cast’s heartfelt performance. Kent’s Orsino is emotionally earnest and complex and Berry’s Viola suffers under the weight of a dual identity.“Twelfth Night” is a complex comedy that demands more than simple pratfalls and deft delivery. The collaboration between the Arvada Center and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival finds those deeper issues behind Shakespeare’s standard devices and brings them to the fore.Reach reporter Adam Goldstein at or 720-449-9707“Twelfth Night”May 1 to May 27 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., ArvadaTickets start at $253 and a half out of 4 starsInformation: 720-898-7200 or ‘Twelfth Night’ runs May 1 to May 27 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada (Photo supplied) The struggle between revelry and reason can leave some pretty ugly casualties.last_img read more

Panthers on top of ladder

first_imgBy Nick Creely VICTORIAN PREMIER CRICKET ROUNDS 7 AND 8 Dandenong’s rollicking start to the season continued on the weekend,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Growth heads east

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Draft plans for a new suburb in Pakenham’s east have been released. The new neighbourhood, yet to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Selkirk Saints pull off weekend exhibition sweep of UVic Vikes

first_imgForwards Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill and defenceman Austin Seaman are entering their second season of BCIHL play with UVic, which opened the scoring in the two gamesSelkirk concludes the BCIHL exhibition season with a 3-3-1 record.The Saints open the 2015-16 BCIHL season Friday at the Castlegar Arena when Trinity Western University Spartans come to the Sunflower City.The teams play the second game of the weekend set Saturday in Castlegar. Puck drop for both days are at 7 p.m.The Saints will raise the 2015 Championship Banner during a special pre-game ceremony.UVic travels to Eastern Washington outside of Spokane to begin the regular season.The BCIHL was launched in 2006 and now includes five member teams: Eastern Washington University, Selkirk College, Simon Fraser University, Trinity Western University and the University of Victoria. The Selkirk Saints tuned up for start of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League by sweeping a pair of exhibition games against the University of Victoria Vikes this weekend at the NDCC Arena.The Saints opened with a 6-3 win Friday before closing out the two-game set by defeating the Vikes 5-3 Saturday.Dallas Calvin, of Beaver Valley Nitehawk fame, led the scoring for three-time defending BCIHL champs with goals in each of the two games.Three former members of the KIJHL Nelson Leafs are on the roster for UVic.last_img read more

Key road to Rio 2016 Olympic venues inaugurated

first_imgThe coastal Elevado do Joá road, which has now been officially inaugurated, has been expanded with a new 3.1 mile two lane elevated section. It has been built parallel to an existing two level road which runs by the Atlantic Ocean with two tunnels dug as part of the project.The road connects the Barra Olympic Park to the Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana areas of Rio de Janeiro – all major tourist spots.Congestion on the Brazilian city’s roads is a major problem but the 60 per cent figure has now been quoted by the Rio Government.It is claimed traffic capacity on the route will increase by 30 per cent, with around 85,000 vehicles currently using the route every day between Barra and central and southern Rio.Two lanes of the road will become “Olympic Lanes” between July 31 and August 22, which will be reserved exclusively for accredited personnel, athletes and officials.The news comes after it was revealed that a key extension to Rio’s subway line would not open until four days before the Olympic Opening Ceremony on August 5.Improvements to Metro Linha 4, which will link the Games hub at Barra with the city centre, is seen as a key legacy project.However, it will now launch with just a “soft opening” – for athletes, media, fans with tickets and accredited personnel only.The extension of the line, westwards beyond Ipanema Bay, is designed to improve the commute for more than 300,000 people a day.It is also envisaged as the main way in which thousands of spectators will travel between the city centre and the Olympic Park during the Games, taking pressure off a road system which is already a bottleneck in rush hour.The project has been plagued by delays, however, with concerns peaking in February when a leaked email sent by Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) warned of a “high-risk” it will not be ready in time.last_img read more