No-jail offer for Knicks’ Felton in NY gun case

first_imgIn this Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, center, leaves Manhattan Criminal Court after his arraignment, in New York. Felton is expected to plead guilty in a felony gun possession case in exchange for a no-jail sentence, prosecutors said Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is expected to plead guilty to a felony in his gun possession case in exchange for a no-jail sentence, prosecutors said Monday.Felton was in court as the Manhattan district attorney’s office outlined the agreement, which would resolve a gun case that arose amid the breakup of his marriage. He’s expected to admit June 30 to at least one charge, attempted criminal possession of a weapon — he won’t have to come to court to do so — and get a $5,000 fine and 500 hours of community service.“I want to thank the DA for being fair to me in this whole situation,” Felton said outside court, also thanking his family, friends and fans “for supporting me and understanding who, the person, I am.”His lawyer, Jim Walden, said the plea would allow Felton to “continue his career without interruption.”The DA’s office had no immediate comment on the agreement.Felton was arrested in February, turning himself in shortly after a Dallas Mavericks-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. Authorities said his estranged wife’s lawyer had brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct, saying it was Felton’s and she wanted it out of their house. His wife, law student Ariane Raymondo-Felton, had filed for divorce the week before.Her lawyer didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about Felton’s planned plea.Felton was charged with offenses including a weapon-possession offense that carries the potential for up to seven years in prison; it outlaws large-capacity ammunition magazines, under some circumstances. The gun in Felton’s case had a magazine that could hold about 20 rounds, prosecutors said.His lawyer said Felton never used the gun to threaten anyone.The NBA has said it’s monitoring the case. The league usually waits until criminal cases against players are resolved before deciding whether to impose any fine or suspension.The former University of North Carolina star, who turns 30 on Thursday, was the fifth pick of the 2005 NBA draft. After five seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats, he had stints with the Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers before returning to the Knicks for the 2012-13 season.Felton averaged a career-low 9.7 points last season as the Knicks went 37-45 and missed the playoffs. The point guard missed 17 games while battling injuries, and team president Phil Jackson recently denied a report that he had told Felton he planned to try to trade him this summer. Felton is set to earn $3.8 million next season and has a player option that would pay him $4 million in 2015-16.Felton is among a few pro athletes who have gotten into trouble with New York’s strict gun laws. Then-New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was arrested in 2008 after accidentally shooting himself in a Manhattan nightclub. He pleaded guilty to an attempted weapon-possession charge and served about two years in prison.Fighter Robert Guerrero was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport last year after he presented a locked gun box containing an unloaded handgun during check-in. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a $250 fine and complete 50 hours of community service.___AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this report.___Reach Jennifer Peltz on Twitter @ jennpeltz.last_img read more

JAAA ponders legal action for JA athletes implicated in doping allegations

first_imgJamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) could seek legal recourse against those responsible for leaking confidential dope testing information from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), should the reputation of any Jamaican athlete be sullied by those unauthorised disclosures to the media.JAAA president Dr Warren Blake also lashed out at the fact that the name of Jamaica’s World and Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt appeared in media reports about doping when the athlete has never failed a test for banned drugs or produced a suspicious test result.”We will look at our options and along with the IAAF to see what redress we can get for our athletes if this happens, because they would be unfairly tainting somebody’s name,” said Dr Blake on Tuesday at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, where LIME Jamaica and Flow announced a two-year $28-million agreement to be the exclusive media partner of the JAAA.Suspicious resultsMerely weeks before the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, the Sunday Times newspaper in the United Kingdom and German Broadcaster ARD contracted scientists to examine the results of an estimated 12,000 blood samples collected from about 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012. Those scientists concluded that the data, reportedly leaked by someone within the IAAF, suggested that a large number of athletes had produced “suspicious” results.The IAAF rejected the reports as being erroneous.”The published allegations were sensationalist and confusing: the results referred to were not positive tests,” track and field’s governing body noted in a statement issued early Tuesday.The IAAF also stated that the data on which the reports were based were not “secret”, having published a detailed analysis of these data more than four years ago.”Ethically, I deplore public comments coming from colleagues on blood data that has been obtained and processed outside of the strict regulatory framework established by WADA which is designed to ensure a complete and fair review of ABP profiles,” said Professor Giuseppe d’Onofrio, one of the world’s leading haematologists, on the IAAF website iaaf.org Tuesday.”There is no space for shortcuts, simplistic approaches or sensationalism when athletes’ careers and reputations are at stake.”Jamaican athletes could be among those whose reputations are at risk. If that is the case, Blake said his association would be prepared to act on their behalf.”It is interesting to note that when the media that reported the leak spelt it out they never said ‘positive’ tests or ‘failed’ tests, they said ‘suspicious’ test results,” Blake said.”Now, I don’t know what those media outlets expected, because you cannot prosecute people based on suspicions. You do not have a case.”So if you get suspicious results, the only option open to the IAAF is to keep the information confidential and monitor the athletes closely to see if they are, in fact, cheaters or if it was just a suspicious result.”He added: “I find it also ironic that someone went out of their way to look to see if Usain Bolt was there, because if Usain Bolt had a suspicious result, he would have been found guilty and the entire Jamaican programme could have been condemned. I really can’t support that sort of behaviour,” Blake said.last_img read more

Relegation fights highlight KPL Round 31

first_img0Shares0000Mount Kenya United’s Timothy Wanyonyi celebrates his goal during a past match Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – While Mount Kenya United will be automatically relegated from the Kenyan Premier League if they fail to show up against Sony Sugar in Machakos on Saturday afternoon, three other teams will be in action as they seek to release themselves off the snares of the chop.Mount Kenya have already given two walkovers – to Mathare United and Gor Mahia – and according to regulations a third walkover will automatically see the relegation axe wielded on them. The players who have not been training have vowed not to show up for the match as they are yet to get their dues.“As at now (Friday evening) the position still remains that we will not honor the match. The players had said if at least they would help us pay our house rents, then we can consider, But they have not said anything so we will just stay at home,” one of the players told Capital Sport.Mount Kenya sit bottom of the table with a meagre 18 points off 30 matches and even if they honor their match against Sony and lose, they will be officially relegated with three matches left.Mount Kenya are 10 points adrift 16th placed Zoo Kericho and 11 away from safety.Sofapaka striker John Avire wheels past Vihiga United’s Collins Kisuya during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on January 13, 2019. PHOTO/SofapakaVihiga United are placed 18th in the standings with 25 points, three behind the play-off 16th slot and four behind assured safety. Mike Mururi’s men play Tusker FC at the Mumias complex with their focus primed at three points to keep their promotion hopes alive.A win for Vihiga might potentially  take them above Zoo who play away to bandari FC in Mombasa. Zoo on their end will be looking for maximum points against a Bandari side that has won thrice on the trot and are in good form.If Zoo pick victory, then they can move as high as 14th if both Posta Rangers and Chemelil fail to win. Rangers face Kakamega Homeboyz in Machakos on Sunday while Chemelil will be at home against Ulinzi Stars on Sunday.Meanwhile, Kariobangi Sharks and KCB will face off for the second time in less than a week when they duel at the Kasarani Stadium on Saturday afternoon.The two sides clashed last weekend in Machakos in the semi-finals of the Football Kenya Federation Shield with Sharks coming off 1-0 winners courtesy of a Bolton Omwenga own goal.KCB head coach Frank Ouna shouts instructions from the touchline during their Kenyan premier League fixture against AFC Leopards at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKCB boss Frank Ouna will be out to lay some revenge as he looks to leap his side into the top eight.“It was a different ball game altogether and if you look at that game keenly, it wasn’t one with clear cut chances and we had some good opportunities to win. We will go in for victory and to show that we are also a good side,” Ouna said.He added; “This season our target was to avoid relegation and so far so good I am almost certain we have passed that bridge. Now the focus is to finish the season well and pick points in the four games remaining.”Meanwhile in Bungoma, third placed Sofapaka will look to pick maximum points against Nzoia and move back to second in the standings. Bandari skipped over them after hitting Tusker on Thursday and Sofapaka can briefly re-take their position.They will be boosted with the return of striker Umaru Kasumba who will look to extend his goal tally as he hunts for the golden boot while midfielder Brian Magonya also returns after missing last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Gor Mahia in Kisumu.“It will be quite a tough game for us because Nzoia is not a pushover. They beat Gor Mahia in midweek and will come here with confidence. But we know our focus and we know that we want to finish second now that the league title is gone,” Baraza stated.KPL weekend fixtures:Saturday: Mount Kenya United v Sony Sugar, Posta Rangers v Kakamega Homeboyz (Machakos), Kariobangi Sharks v KCB (Kasarani), Nzoia Sugar v Sofapaka (Bungoma).Sunday: Western Stima v Mathare United (Kisumu), Vihiga United v Tusker (Mumias), Chemelil Sugar v Ulinzi Stars (Chemelil), Bandari v Zoo Kericho (Mombasa), AFC Leopards v Gor Mahia (Kasarani)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND WOODWORK MACHINERY SHOW AT W.H.RAITT

first_imgRobert O’Connor demonstrating expert woodturning today at the exhibition at W.H. Raitt.A section of the large crowd that attended the Robert O’Connor demonstration at W.H. Raitt this morning.Michael and Patrick Callaghan from FESTOOL. Paul Wenlock from Trend at the exhibition earlier this morning. A large crowd is expected to descend on W.H. Raitt this weekend for the Woodwork machinery and woodturning show which kicked off earlier this morning. A big crowd was in attendance for the demonstration by special guest Robert O’Connor from Gorey, Co.Wexford.All exhibitors will have experts on hand daily, offering special prices, and advice on all products.There will also be various demonstrations from each exhibitor, throughout each day.The exhibition continues until 7pm tonight, and kicks-off again tomorrow from 9am to 1pm.   HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND WOODWORK MACHINERY SHOW AT W.H.RAITT was last modified: August 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessexhibitionExhibitorsFeaturesGuestnewsRobert O’ConnorW.H. RaittWoodwork MachineryWoodwork showlast_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011

first_imgLENNONThe death has taken place at Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, of Mary Lennon, Dreenan, Ballybofey. Removal from Gibson’s Funeral Home, Broad Path, Convoy tomorrow, Monday, at 8pm going to St Mary’s, Sessiaghoneill at 8.30pm to repose overnight. Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining CemeteryCHAMBERS The death has taken place at her residence of Sarah Chambers, Monreagh, Burnfoot. Funeral from there on Tuesday at 10.15am, going to St Mura’s Church, Fahan for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011 was last modified: November 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAYNOVEMBER 27last_img read more

MAN SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER LATE NIGHT INCIDENT IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgA young man has been rushed to hospital in Dublin with serious injuries after suffering a fall in Letterkenny in the early hours of this morning.The man, who is in his 20s, was believed to be outside a takeaway on the Port Road when the incident happened.It is understood there was an altercation around 3.30am and the man fled the scene. However, as he ran away it is believed he may have fallen and suffered serious injuries.It is not believed the man was involved in the altercation or was attacked.The man was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital but has since been transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin.It is understood the man suffered head and spinal injuries. Gardai say they are not looking to interview anybody in relation to the incident.However they are viewing CCTV footage from the area. MAN SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER LATE NIGHT INCIDENT IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fallinjuriesletterkennyPOrt Roadlast_img read more

DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL PLAY DURING HALF-TIME OF THE IRELAND V TURKEY MATCH

first_imgThe children of 5th and 6th Class of SN Glasáin, Creeslough, played at half-time in the Aviva Stadium yesterday during the Ireland v. Turkey game. The school received the exciting news on Wednesday evening after one of the parents, Patricia Browne, was informed that she had won a competition that she had entered with Aviva Insurance. Another 5th class boy Danny Toye received his first call for Donegal, and took part in the Mini Sevens at half-time in Celtic Park during the Donegal v. Derry game.The whole school community would like to congratulate all the children who participated, and may they have many happy memories of playing a part in such big sporting occasions in the years to come.Olé Olé agus Dún na nGall Abú!!DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL PLAY DURING HALF-TIME OF THE IRELAND V TURKEY MATCH was last modified: May 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:home-page featuresnewsSportlast_img read more

Making Android Pay: One Click To Sell Your App Around The World

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The idea is to make your app contextually relevant to the locations where it is available. That is why Google chose an agency-based (human, not machine) model for its new app translation service in the Google Play Developer Console. It is also why Google has redone the backend payment system for Google Play to allow for direct-carrier billing and gift cards along with the standard credit card payments. Different countries have different standards of payment and Google is trying to accomodate that with as little pain to the app publisher as possible.“If you think about where the next million apps are coming from, they are probably not going to be made in the U.S. They are probably going to be made by developers in Brazil, Russia, India et cetera,” said Ellie Powers, product manager for Google Play. “Those folks may have a very different set of users but some of them may go global. So having to understand what is happening globally is really important.”See also:5 Tips To Topping The Charts On Google PlayChecking Out The New Tools In Google PlayHow Google Is Wooing Developers To Make Apps For Android FirstGoogle Is Making Life Easier For Android DevelopersTop image courtesy Flurry. This post is the fourth and final installment in the ReadWrite series Making Android Pay, focusing on the opportunities and challenges that mobile developers face trying to make money from Android Apps.Android is truly a worldwide platform. If you are a developer trying to make money with Android apps, that global presence could be your biggest asset – or a tremendous headache.The smartphone installed base in the United States is near 224 million, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry. Android’s slice of U.S. smartphones, depending on what stats you trust, lies somewhere between 40% – 50%, or about 90 -110 million devices. Throughout the world, Android devices have been activated 900 million times, according to Google’s Android head Sundar Pichai, speaking at the Google I/O developers conference keynote address earlier this month. It’s Not About The U.S.Hence, if your Android development and distribution strategy is centered in the United States, you are leaving out most of your potential customers.Google realizes this and has worked to give Android developers more tools and tips to be able to hit the international market. “One thing we heard very clearly from Android developers was that they want to take advantage of the international footprint,” said Purnima Kochikar, director of Google Play apps and games, in an interview with ReadWrite.When Google updated its developer tools in its Google Play Developer Console at Google I/O, it gave particular weight to international distribution. Included was the ability to translate your app to a variety of languages, analytics by region and optimization tips based on that data. For instance, Google might recognize that your app is doing well in Central America and recommend that you translate it into Spanish.The Android Google Play app store is now available in 134 countries where Google can process payments. Kochikar said that Google wants to provide the type of infrastructure for Android app development where it becomes an egalitarian platform where, “with one click you can present your app to the entire world.” Think Globally, Act LocallyMobile developers often have a “rip it and ship it” type of mentality. Get the app done, make sure it works and get it out the door. That type of mentality can work for some (Facebook, for instance), but loses the nuance and thoughtfulness that can be the difference between just another app and a successful mobile business.Different countries have different behaviors when it comes to smartphone behavior. For instance, did you know countries around the equator are really, really big into gaming? Or that the Japanese really like productivity apps (and karaoke)? “Ecosystems are built locally,” Kochikar said. “The ecosystem is locally relevant content distributed on a global scale.”Flurry has highlighted some of the differences in behavior in varying geographical regions. It separates the world into six categories, based on 20,000 apps in the 30 heaviest app-using countries:Mobile Pioneers (U.S, United Kingdom, Singapore etc.) with the highest app usageConnected Asia (Hong Kong, South Korea)ChinaJapanEquatorial Pacific (Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam etc.)Lumbering Giants – countries with the potential to be heavy mobile users but for one reason or another have not kept pace with mobile adoption in other countries (Brazil, France, Russia, Spain, Turkey etc.)Be Local And Contextually RelevantFlurry’s analysis doesn’t dig very deep, but it reveals some interesting trends. When it comes to games, the Equatorial Pacific Region leads in terms of adoption rate, while the Japanese tend not to be big gamers.  The Chinese and Lumbering Giant countries tend to be heavy into entertainment apps. Sometimes, smartphones and tablets are the only place where users in those countries can get foreign entertainment or a wide selection of music. Tags:#Android#Android app development#app developers#app development#google io2013#Google. monetization#international#Making Android Pay center_img dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

How To Create A Stunning Custom Title Sequence + Free Ink Splashes

first_imgWhether it’s for a trailer or the opening sequence of a film, these assets can help you create attention-grabbing text slates or character introductions.Any filmmaker or editor needs the proper skill-set and assets to create engaging graphics. You can use slate-style graphics for a number of different things, whether it’s to introduce a character, display some text on screen for a trailer-style edit, or reveal photos or elements of a story (like a documentary subject) in an interesting way.One of the easiest ways to create motion graphics like this quickly (and, frankly, have a lot more fun doing it) is to use some practically and organically pre-shot elements to enhance the design. Rather than spending time painstakingly masking objects and adding textures to achieve a certain look, with a little bit of know-how, you can drag and drop some stock assets and make them work for you.In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use some elements from RocketStock’s new Hisan Ink Splash Elements pack to create some really cool and iconic motion graphics similar to ones you’ve seen in Guy Ritchie movies, movie trailers, and commercials.Hisan — 50+ Ink Splash TransitionsThe Hisan Ink Splash Transition pack is a great library of over 50 ink elements organically captured in 6k with a RED Epic (and finished out and released in 4k). There are a lot of different styles to choose from, including ink splats, ink spills, and some really stylish mirrored-style ink transitions. These elements will give your graphics and videos a visceral and unforgettable look.If you want to give these elements a try and follow along with the tutorial, the download link below includes the necessary assets from the Hisan pack as well as a project file and the footage from the video.Download the Free AE Project and Ink Splash AssetsClick the button below to download the free After Effects project file, footage, and ink splashes.DOWNLOAD NOWYou can check out the whole pack in this video from RocketStock.Setting Up Your After Effects CompositionTo get started, you need to set up your sequence with a still shot where you want to freeze your character. To do this, you’ll navigate to the part of your shot where you want to add the graphic, make a cut, and then scroll back one frame and select the export frame button. Select the .jpeg option, and make sure that “import into project” is selected. Next add that jpeg frame in the space that you created between the end of the shot and the front where you made your cut.Next, you need to add a mask around your character so that you can isolate them from the background and start adding textures and elements behind them. While this part can sometimes take a while, it’s worth it to make sure that your mask is razor sharp around the character in order to properly sell the effect. Make sure to mask out any areas inside the main mask that should also have transparency (such as the areas around the character’s arm in the example above).Start Adding Elements And ColorsNow is the fun part. This is where you can start taking your elements and adding them behind your character to customize your look. You can use the ink elements to reveal your texture of choice by putting the ink element layer above your texture and, in the track matte drop-down menu, selecting Luma Matte Inverted. This will take the luminance values of your ink layer and apply them as a track matte or alpha channel on your texture layer.Once you have your elements revealing appropriately, you can start to add color. The easiest way is to add a Hue/Saturation effect to your texture layer — and make sure to select Colorize. This allows you to alter the hue, saturation, and lightness options to dial in the colors that you want to use.Adding Text And FinalizingThe thing that’s great about using pre-shot elements to create graphics is that you can really enhance normal things like text and shape objects by using them for your reveals. In this case, we used some big bold text and allowed one of the ink spill transition elements to reveal the entire thing. In most cases, once you have created your text element, you’re just a few clicks away from making a really interesting text animation. Just add the ink element above your text, and again, select Luma Matte Inverted for your track matte option in the dropdown.To finish out your graphic, you may choose to add a grow animation to the whole thing. To do this, you’ll need to make a new Null Object layer and parent every layer (aside from any grain overlays or adjustment layers) to it, and using the Scale property and some keyframes at the start and end, scale up by about 10% over the course of the animation. You can also add some flashes using solid layers, or add some new color correction to tie everything together using an adjustment layer. How you finish it out is mostly up to you.Once you’re done getting everything how you like it in After Effects, if you’ve done everything properly, once you go back to Premiere, you can keep editing, and your graphics work should appear in your timeline just as you left it in After Effects. Now you can move on the next character introduction or graphic.Thanks for our friends at RocketStock for providing the free ink splashes. Be sure to check out their site for incredible video assets and more AE tutorials.last_img read more

UEFA to ‘Examine’ Turkish Footballers’ Military Salute During Euro 2020 Qualifier

first_img albaniaEuro 2020 qualifierfootballmilitary First Published: October 13, 2019, 11:54 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Rome: European football’s ruling body said Saturday that they will “examine” reports that Turkey footballers performed a military salute in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania to mark their country’s widely-condemned armed offensive against Kurds in Syria.”Personally, I have not seen this gesture, which could be considered a provocation,” UEFA’s press chief Philip Townsend told the Italian Ansa news agency. “Does the regulation prohibit references to politics and religion? Yes, and I can guarantee you that we will look at this situation.”The salute was made after Cenk Tosun’s winning goal for Turkey in the game in Istanbul on Friday.After the match, a photo was also posted on the official Twitter account of the national team. In it, the players are seen making a military salute with the tweet indicating the players “have dedicated their victory to our brave soldiers and fellow martyrs”. In Turkey, it is common for celebrities, including footballers, to show their support for the security forces after attacks or during military operations.The Turkish offensive began on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border area of north-east Syria.Meanwhile, at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Turkey’s Ibrahim Colak made a military-style salute on the podium after winning gold in the men’s rings event.It was not known if the gesture was linked to the military campaign. last_img read more