Radisson pumps new life into Liverpool

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China says US protests show ‘chronic disease’ of racism

first_imgChina said Monday unrest in the United States highlighted its severe problems of racism and police violence, and exposed Washington’s double standards in supporting Hong Kong’s protesters.”Black people’s lives are also lives. Their human rights must also be guaranteed,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing, referring to the death in custody of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.”Racism against ethnic minorities in the US is a chronic disease of American society,” Zhao added. “The current situation reflects once more the severity of the problems of racism and police violence in the US.”Chinese diplomats and state media have seized on the violent unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd to accuse the US of hypocrisy and compare American protesters with pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.Beijing has long been infuriated by criticism from Western capitals, especially Washington, over its handling of the protests that shook Hong Kong last year.Zhao on Monday said the US government’s response to protests at home was a “textbook example of its world-famous double standards.” “Why does the US lionize the so-called Hong Kong independence and black violence elements as heroes and activists, while calling people who protest against racism ‘rioters’?” Zhao asked.China has insisted that “foreign forces” are to blame for the turmoil in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protesters — described by Beijing as rioters — have marched in the millions since June last year and often clashed with the police.Beijing sparked outrage and concern earlier this month with a plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong that it said was needed to curb “terrorism”. It was condemned by pro-democracy activists and Western nations as another attempt to chip away at the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also took aim at Washington.”I can’t breathe,” she said on Twitter, with a screenshot of a tweet by US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus that had criticised China’s policy in Hong Kong.Hua was quoting the words Floyd was heard saying repeatedly before his death — after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.Topics :last_img read more

Spotted: Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze Cut in Half for Stretch Treatment

first_imgItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri has cut Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze in half as part of a process that will see the cruise ship lengthened by a total of 25.6 meters.Fincantieri is expected to complete work on the transformation by early 2020, with Star Breeze scheduled to sail from Barcelona to Lisbon on February 20, 2020, and celebrate re-inaugural activities in North America at the Port of Miami on March 19, 2020.In addition to being “stretched,” as it is referred to in the cruise industry, Star Breeze (and sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride) will also receive new engines to ensure a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly operation.“The USD 250 Million Star Plus Initiative is the most complex and comprehensive small ship lengthening, engine replacement, and renovation project undertaken in cruising, and we are very proud to be working with Fincantieri, the leader in major cruise ship renovations,” John Delaney, Windstar Cruises President, commented.This is the first of three new mid-ship sections to be constructed and inserted as part of Windstar’s Star Plus Initiative, which is committed to the expansion and transformation of the cruise line’s three Star-class vessels.The mid-section will also welcome most of the 50 new suites. This means that Star Breeze will now be able to accommodate 312 passengers, having previously been capable of accommodating 212 guests.All three Star-class ships are expected to be lengthened at Fincantieri’s Shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, by late 2020.Image Courtesy: Fincantierilast_img read more

AFN Chief Blasts NOC over Illegal Meeting

first_imgA top member of the board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has said that the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) lacks the power to convene a meeting of the board of the federation and revealed some members have threatened to boycott the meeting scheduled for Thursday inside the conference room of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development inside the Federal Secretariat in Abuja.The letter, dated June 3, 2019 and signed by NOC Secretary General, Olabanji Oladapo made it mandatory for all board members of the AFN to attend the meeting without stating any agenda.“The NOC does not have the power to convene a meeting of the AFN neither does it also have the power to interfere in the internal affairs of the AFN,” said the AFN board member who pleaded not to be named. “What the NOC is doing is trying to assert an authority that does not exist because the body thinks Nigerians are naive and ignorant of the rules governing international sports.”“The AFN, for the avoidance of doubt is only answerable to its parent body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) who has acknowledged the decision taken by the AFN board on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 asking the President, Hon. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau to step aside following allegations of gross misconduct and misappropriation of funds levelled against him.”“The IAAF in an email sent to the federation on Friday, May 31, 2019 by Jee Isram, a senior manager in-charge of Governance, Member and International Relations and who is also head of protocol acknowledged the fact that a panel has been set up to investigate the allegations against Hon Gusau,” revealed the top AFN member.The email reads inter-alia: “Dear Secretary General, We acknowledge the receipt of your email regarding the suspension of the president of your federation. With regard to the contents of your email, we understand that a committee has been set up to investigate the allegations levelled against the president.“However, for our files, can you please forward to us the convening notice of the AFN board meeting held on 28 May as well as the minutes of that meeting.”The AFN chief revealed the federation has sent the necessary documents (notice of meeting and minutes) to the IAAF regarding the decision of the AFN board on May 28.“The IAAF is on top of happenings in the federation. I think the suspended president of the federation is trying to use the NOC to perform an illegality on Thursday by going against the constitution of the federation and international best practice to reinstate Gusau who is yet to clear himself of the allegations levelled against him.“As far as we are concerned, the IAAF have spoken and until something to the contrary comes from Monaco, Gusau remains suspended,” concludes the influential AFN board member.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Angels top prospect Jo Adell is on the doorstep of the big leagues

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousAngels outfield prospect Jo Adell ascended through three levels of the team’s minor league system in 2018 and is considered one of the most promising all-around talents in the sport. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell takes live batting practice on the lower fields during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell takes a break during live batting practice on the lower fields during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels prospect Jo Adell warms up during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels manager Joe Maddon has been impressed by his first spring-training glimpses of top prospect Jo Adell. “I saw what everybody’s talking about,” Maddon said. “He got loud. He’s going to get loud for many years.” (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels prospects Jo Adell, left, and Brandon Marsh head to the lower fields during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Jo Adell #59 of the Los Angeles Angels during a MLB spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Jo Adell #59 of the Los Angeles Angels during a MLB spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Angels outfield prospect Jo Adell ascended through three levels of the team’s minor league system in 2018 and is considered one of the most promising all-around talents in the sport. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell takes live batting practice on the lower fields during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell takes live batting practice on the lower fields during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandTEMPE, Ariz. — This time last year, Jo Adell was in his first big league camp, essentially just to get a taste.Now he’s back, but this time with an outside chance to make the team.“I feel more relaxed,” the Angels’ top prospect said. “I think guys are more comfortable with me. I’m more comfortable. I’m just getting in and getting to work… I’m going to go get after it, and whatever happens is going to happen.”Adell, 20, is coming off a rollercoaster season, one that began with an injury in spring training that cost him two months, followed by an ascent from Class-A to Double-A to Triple-A. He finished up with a stint in the Arizona Fall League and then a spot with Team USA in an Olympic qualifying tournament. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros The Angels, of course, have higher aspirations for Adell, who is listed as high as No. 2 in all of baseball in prospect rankings. He is the best prospect to come through the Angels system since Mike Trout.Manager Joe Maddon said a recent live batting practice session against Dylan Bundy demonstrated Adell’s potential.“He really squared some stuff up, right on it,” Maddon said. “I saw what everybody’s talking about. He got loud. He’s going to get loud for many years.”Asked how far Adell is from being ready for the majors, Maddon said: “Not far. I gotta see it in games. Practice is one thing. The game exposes exactly what needs to be worked on.”General manager Billy Eppler has several times referred to the difficulties Adell experienced after he got to Triple-A last summer as evidence that he might need a return visit to iron out some issues.Adell hit .308 with a .944 OPS last season at Double-A, before hitting .264 with a .676 OPS at Triple-A. He was not credited with any homers at Salt Lake, although he hit two in a game that was rained out before it could become official.Adell said it took him some time to adjust to the higher quality of pitching.“There’s nothing that’s going to be laying there over the plate,” Adell said. “They are going to nitpick around the zone. Don’t miss a fastball. Don’t miss those pitches that you can drive. Capitalize on those mistakes. They are only going to make a couple, so you gotta make do with them.”The speed with which Adell makes those adjustments will determine when the Angels bring him to the big leagues.There has been speculation that the Angels would be sure to keep Adell in the minors at least 15 days, because that’s the amount of time would get them another year of control before Adell is eligible for free agency.However, it’s worth noting that there will be a new collective bargaining agreement after 2021, and the rules may change. Also, the Angels didn’t take the opportunity to manipulate Shohei Ohtani’s service time in 2018. He had a terrible spring, and no one would have questioned if they’d started him in the minors, but they put him on the Opening Day roster.Adell said he’s trying not to think about any of that.“I can’t have an expectation for something that I can’t really control,” Adell said. “It’s out of my hands.”ALSOShohei Ohtani threw off a mound on Sunday, a small step toward preparing to pitch this season. Ohtani is not scheduled to pitch in regular season games until mid May. The Angels are limiting his innings this season and they’d prefer to have him available at the end than the beginning…Anthony Rendon rejoined the team on Sunday after being away for the birth of his daughter. Rendon may be able to play in his first Cactus League game as soon as Tuesday, Maddon said.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Adell was the star of Team USA, hitting .394 with three homers in 33 at-bats in the tournament in Japan.“It was busy, man,” Adell said. “It was good. Playing with Team USA is pretty awesome. You can’t really give that experience up.”Adell said the atmosphere was electric in Japan, and also he enjoyed the urgency of a tournament.“It was all about the winning,” he said. “It wasn’t about individual performances. It was like playing postseason baseball.”The team failed to qualify for the Olympics. They’ll have one more chance in a tournament next month in Arizona, although Adell still isn’t sure if the Angels will let him play in such an event just days before Opening Day. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30, 2014

first_imgSaturday, March 29, 2014•9:11 a.m. Rachel D. Ferguson, 33, Wellington was served a summons to appear for dog bite violation.•9:17 a.m. Ronald S. Freeman, 25, Wellington was served a summons to appear for dog bite violation.•2 p.m. Non-Injury accident on private property in the 1100 block N. U.S. 81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Danette J. Jacobs-Guinn, 46, Wellington and Esther Burr, 78, Wellington. Wellington Police Notes for Friday to Sunday, March 28 – March 30, 2014Friday, March 28, 2014•On March 25, 2014 at 1:10  a.m. Officers investigated harassment by telephone of a known suspect in the 2000 block Madison, Wellington.•9:23 a.m. Kendall Roberson, 20, Wellington was served a notice to appear charged with criminal damage to property.•1:21 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 500 block N. B, Wellington involving an unknown driver and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Ronald S. Rogers, Wellington. Sunday, March 30, 2014•2:05 a.m. Injury accident in the 1800 block N. B, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Christopher D. Pruett, 27, Wellington and parked and unoccupied vehicles owned by Debra K. Hartman, Wellington, Ashley B. Eller, Wellington and Christopher J. Norris, Wellington.•2:10 a.m. Officers investigated a known suspect driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, failure to stop at accident, failure to report an accident and driving while license is suspended.•7:46 a.m. Travis R. Cunningham, 30, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.•1:53 p.m. Eric D. Haskin-Ybarra, 24, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property.•4:27 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 600 block N. C, Wellington.•7:33 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block S. H, Wellington.•8:46 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity by a known subject in the 500 block W. Harvey, Wellington.last_img read more

Kenyan 7s rugby players jailed 15 years for gang rape

first_imgKenya national rugby 7’s team members Alex Olaba (L) and Frank Wanyama stand in the dock as Milimani Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku (R) reads out their sentences during their trial for gang rape in Nairobi courthouse on August 16, 2019. PHOTO AFPNairobi, Kenya | AFP |  A Kenyan court on Friday sentenced two rugby players to 15 years in prison for the gang rape of a female singer at a birthday party last year.The international rugby sevens players Frank Wanyama, 24, and Alex Olaba, 23, were earlier this month found guilty of the rape in a case which highlighted what some activists refer to as a tradition of “rape culture” in rugby.Milimani High Court Martha Mutuku handed down the sentences of 15 years imprisonment saying “a deterrent sentence is necessary.”The trial was held in-camera, so details of the evidence provided were not made public.Mutuku declined a request from the defence lawyers that their clients be allowed to avoid jail time due to their youth and the fact that they had shown remorse.Wanyama and Olaba, who were both university students when the rape took place, play for the Nairobi Harlequins club and have played for the national sevens team in global tournaments. Wanyama captained Kenya’s second sevens team to win the Victoria Sevens tournament in Zimbabwe in March last year, while Olaba has played as a winger for both the sevens and 15-aside national teams.Both were suspended from playing when their trial began.Last year after a series of allegations against rugby players, gender violence activist Nafula Wafula created a petition urging the Kenya Rugby Union to take measures to address accusations of sexual assault, including giving mandatory training to players.“The rape culture that is ingrained in the sports industry must be dealt with accordingly,” she wrote in the petition which gathered just over 10,000 signatures.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

UCLA’s offense looks for answers

first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: Bruins hope to improve after a lackluster victory last week against BYU. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER SALT LAKE CITY – UCLA’s offense scored five touchdowns, accumulated 624 yards and, basically, moved the ball at will in the season opener. But the Bruins’ offense was dormant last week against BYU, and because it felt eerily reminiscent to the 2006 offense, which felt an awful lot like the 2004 offense, skeptics abound. The questions are recited nearly daily: Do the Bruins have a big-time tailback? Can quarterback Ben Olson fulfill his enormous promise when he was a prep icon? Is the offensive line physical enough? Can the offense succeed? Anything but a strong display for No. 11 UCLA (2-0) today at winless Utah (0-2) and those questions will grow exponentially, and the players already hear the grumbling. “It’s time for us to show everybody who we are as an offense,” UCLA right tackle Brian Abraham said. “I keep hearing all these questions about us not being able to score points. It’s time to show everyone and remove all that doubt from everyone’s mind.” That was UCLA’s plan from the outset, but Jay Norvell’s first two games as UCLA’s offensive coordinator brought more of the same questions. Namely, whether this complex version of the West Coast offense can succeed in college, where, unlike the NFL, practice time is limited. Sure, the Bruins scored 45 points against hapless Stanford, but history proves that was an anomaly. It was the most points UCLA scored since the 2005 Sun Bowl. In the high-scoring world of college football, the 20 points the offense was responsible for against BYU would not put the Bruins in the nation’s top 80 teams if it were on a per game basis, and the execution against the Cougars was sloppy. “We need to play at a higher level,” Norvell said. “We wanted to move the ball consistently. We wanted to score when we had the ball in red zone. We just didn’t sustain drives and convert on third down. “We wanted to be more effective on first down and we didn’t throw the ball at the level we wanted to.” Although UCLA players and coaches say BYU was an isolated instance in which passes were dropped, Olson didn’t play his best and the running backs missed holes – not to mention people may be underestimating the Cougars’ defense – the production is similar to past seasons. A year ago, UCLA topped the 27-point total twice – against Utah and Stanford. “There’s no doubt (BYU) was a good defense, but at the same time, after watching film we messed up ourselves,” UCLA left guard Shannon Tevaga said. “Every play, there was one person, going down the row, messing up.” Said Abraham: “We have to focus all the time, execute and play fast. We do that and we’re going to score a lot of points, no matter what.” Part of the blame falls on Olson’s broad shoulders. In UCLA’s offense, which is predicated on the short passing game, coaches strive for a 65 percent completion rate. Olson is 29-for-57 (50.9 percent) in two games, although he was victimized by five dropped passes against BYU, several of which created second-and-long and third-and-long situations. “We’ve got to play at a higher level in the passing game,” Norvell said. “That’s not up to our standards. We had dropped passes, and had people that had opportunities (to make plays), and you can’t have that kind of (in)consistency and be effective in the passing game. It sputters your offense.” While part of the dramatic swing in UCLA’s offensive production through two games correlates to the talent level of each defense, Norvell said the style of defenses was also a factor. “The first game there was a very aggressive defense, took a lot of chances, overran plays,” Norvell said. “(BYU) didn’t move. They just stood there. It was a complete opposite in contrast. Guys have to be able to adjust to different game experiences.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

McKinleyville edges Eureka to earn first Big 5 victory

first_imgMcKINLEYVILLE >> Both McKinleyville and Eureka volleyball teams entered Thursday’s match looking for its first Big 5 win of the young season. By the way the game went, it was apparent that both teams wanted the win — very badly.But it was the Panthers (1-1 Big 5, 8-11 overall) who walked away with the win in a back-and-forth, best of five match in McKinleyville over the Loggers (0-3 Big 5, 10-12 overall) at 25-21, 13-25, 25-19, 20-25 and 15-13.“It feels great,” McKinleyville head coach Diana …last_img read more

Tigers out for more history

first_imgStanding in the … The Arcata girls basketball team has been defying the odds all season.Most people didn’t think the Tigers would win a competitive Big 5, but they did, clinching the title for a fourth straight year.They then went on to win a record sixth straight Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament, a remarkable feat that may never be equaled.So why not do it one more time and add another notch to an already accomplished legacy by winning a first ever North Coast Section championship?last_img read more