Man throws feces at Miami-Dade judge before acquittal

first_imgMiami-Dade court officials say a man charged with burglary defecated during his criminal trial and then threw his feces at the judge.Dorleans Philidor, 33, was sitting in a wheelchair next to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh and allegedly yelled “It’s protein! It’s good for you!” during the incident.The suspect’s excrement did not hit the judge.Witnesses say dozens of corrections officers responded immediately.The trial was then moved, and the courtroom was sanitized.Shortly after, jurors acquitted Philidor of the burglary charge.No jurors were present during his outburst.Philidor reportedly still faces another trial in a grand theft auto case.It is unclear at this time whether he will face any charges involving the feces.last_img read more

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Mixed fortunes for Tipp clubs in UBL

first_imgKolio Hifo scored two tries for Ormond with Anthony Grey and Derek Corcoran getting one a piece.Mike Walsh kicked two penalties and a conversion while Hifo also added a conversion. Cashel went down 20-18 against table-toppers Banbridge.Despite leading for a good proportion of the fixture at Spafield the home side couldn’t avoid a second defeat of the season against the Down team.Nenagh Ormond eased their relegation worries by beating Skerries 30-15 at Holmpatrick.last_img

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ESI Super Forum – Understanding sponsorship in esports

first_imgThere’s now less than a month to wait until the Esports Insider Super Forum takes place at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge in London on March 22nd. One of the hot topics will be on sponsorship in esports, and exactly how it should (and shouldn’t) be done.Esports sponsorship is on the rise, which shouldn’t be surprising giving the increasing exposure of esports to the ‘mainstream’ which has had the inevitable repercussion of companies and brands quickly opening their eyes towards the industry. It’s predicted to be worth over $1 billion by 2020 (according to Newzoo) and is a huge source of entertainment for the brand favourite millennial generation, which is exactly why it’s turning heads.Speaking at the Sponsorship in esports and why brands must play a different game panel – in which there will be six panels throughout the day – are the following:Frederic Weil, Partnerships Manager of FnaticTomek Borowka, Esports and Marketing Manager of Super Evil MegacorpThe panel will be moderated by Duncan McMonagle, SVP & GM of Minute MediaThe trio will each provide some unique insight on the intersection of sponsorship and esports, providing key do’s and dont’s. Those who work in a company that is interested in esports but hasn’t quite made the leap will should find this panel particularly helpful, acting as something of a blueprint on how to effectively enter the industry.While some companies – think HyperX, Red Bull, Razer, Intel – have been in the esports for quite some time, sponsorship for teams and players has only sped up over the last few years. Companies that want to get involved in esports aren’t just related to the industry any more: take Liongsate, for example. They’ve just partnered with Overwatch League franchise Los Angeles Valiant to promote the latest series of Ash vs Evil Dead.Renault has just entered esports too, teaming up with Team Vitality to compete in the Formula 1 Esports Series. Pringles, the crisp brand owned by Kellogg’s sponsored ESL One Hamburg, its first big play in the scene, and then signed a long-term commitment with ESL to ensure it stays in the industry. As you can see, sponsorships are becoming more and more unpredictable, and big brands are making the leap. It’s not just gaming brands who want to invest in the industry now.Esports sponsorships may be taking a page from traditional sports in other ways too, with localised esports teams now becoming more and more common. The Overwatch League has partnered with organisations to create localised franchises that are tied to their specific cities, so we may just see local sponsors – as we do with lower-league football clubs – becoming the norm. At the recent Esports BAR conference in Cannes, ESL CEO Ralf Reichert commented on the fact that he says localised partnerships becoming a new major source of revenue for teams. Over in Australia, Gfinity’s Elite Series is due to start soon, and they’ve gone with the city based approach in a bid to create rivalries, and stories and a closer relationship with a potentially far greater number of fans. The thinking here is that average Joe or Jill may not care about Fnatic vs NiP but they’re far likelier to care about Sydney vs Melbourne . And in turn, the more people that care, the more sponsors will pay attention. London Spitfire is reportedly in talks with Tottenham Hotspur, so that shows the scale that these partnerships can reach! Localisation allows for an instant connection between a team and people who inhabit the area they’re representing, so it’s easy to see why local companies may want to get involved with said teams going forward.Some teams are already well-versed in obtaining partnerships and are home to some of the biggest sponsorships in esports, proving big companies are willing to invest. Fnatic is an ideal example, boasting partnerships with an eclectic set of partners in Deezer, Monster Energy, AMD, and OnePlus. Another big European org, Astralis, is another with some cool sponsors on board; Audi, Coco Fuzion, Turtle Beach, JACK&JONES and Panzer Glass. It’s clear there will be plenty of other amazing sponsorship opportunities in esports when other companies catch wind of the growth the scene is experiencing. If you’re free on March 22nd, and are keen to learn more about this, and mingle with those in the know, consider attending the ESI Super Forum. Find out more and secure tickets here.Reach out to info@esportsinsider.com with any questions. Sponsors and Partners of the ESI Super Forum include Abios, RewardMob, Qwatti eSports Agency, Ali Quantum, and SpecialEffectlast_img read more

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AFCON 2015: Mohammed Polo cautions Black Stars ahead of South Africa showdown

first_imgDribbling magician, Mohammed Polo is preaching caution ahead of Ghana’s decisive Africa Cup of Nations group C game against South Africa on Tuesday.The two countries go at each other faced with a must-win situation to progress to the quarter-finals.The Black Stars have suddenly been buoyed by their memorable 1-0 win over favourite Algeria to advance to the last eight of the tournament.South Africa themselves, bottom of the group, have a realistic chance of qualifying if they can negotiate win against the West Africans.Former Hearts coach Mohammed Polo has urged the team to eschew complacency ahead of the crucial decider.“We cannot afford to be complacent at this time. We cannot say that the fact that they (South Africa) lost to Algeria and we beat Algeria, we will automatically beat them,” he said “Football is not mathematics. It doesn’t work that way. We must go out there with a renewed spirit and mind ready to die for the nation.“I am confident we can win but the win will not come on a silver platter. The South Africans are playing fantastic football and will cause many problems for us.“We must be careful to adhere to our strategy.”last_img read more

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NSA Board Chair rubbishes Ghana’s 2019 AFCON bid talks

first_imgNational Sports Authority Board Chairman, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang has cautioned Ghana against bidding for the hosting rights of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon were stripped off by the Confederation of African Football(Caf) last week. Caf explained that its decision was because of delays in the progress of Cameroon’s preparation for the tournament, due to start in June.They have since opened a fresh bidding process for countries interested in hosting the tournament. And since the announcement, there have been calls for Ghana to put in a bid after successfully hosting this year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations from November 17 to December 1. However, Agyeman, a former Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, has dismissed those calls and insists government remains focused on hosting 2023 All Africa Games. “Ghana is not ready to host a 24-nation tournament,” he said. “Just a few days ago, we were done with the 8-team AWCON. I am not saying we don’t have the needed facilities. But when you look at the timeframe and the facilities that are at our disposal now, there is a lot of work to be done.”“We should bear in mind that, there is a bigger platform that is available for Ghana in 2023, that is the All African Games. If we have any planning or any spending or any expenditure or any development of our facilities, that is what I think we should be looking at not just rushing to grab anything,” he added.Morocco have been touted as potential hosts with South Africa reportedly interested in hosting the tournament.last_img read more

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Five things we learned in the Bundesliga

first_imgBerlin, Germany | AFP |  Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich needed two late Robert Lewandowski goals to seal a 2-0 win at Werder Bremen to preserve their 100 percent record, but Borussia Dortmund stayed top after two games on goal difference.Goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nuri Sahin sealed Dortmund’s 2-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin, while Hamburg and Hanover are the only other clubs in Germany’s top flight with two wins from two.RB Leipzig roared back from a poor first half with four unanswered goals in their 4-1 win over Freiburg to get their first points of the campaign.Here are five things we learned from the second round of matches:Badstuber’s joySome 2,822 days and five operations since his previous Bundesliga goal, bad-luck victim Holger Badstuber scored the winning header in VfB Stuttgart’s 1-0 win against Mainz.The Germany international was a regular at Bayern Munich when he last scored in the Bundesliga back in December 2009.But back-to-back serious knee injuries, torn ligaments and a broken ankle in the last seven years and 265 days threatened to end his career.Both Schalke, who took him on loan in January, and Bayern refused to give Badstuber a contract for this season, so he joined newly-promoted Stuttgart in a bid to rebuild his career.Badstuber roared with joy after his 53rd-minute header.“It was nice to get all the emotion out, it did the team and myself a lot of good,” he said.Dortmund eye DolbergOusmane Dembele has left for Barcelona, but Borussia Dortmund are already eyeing a replacement — Danish youngster Kasper Dolberg.The 19-year-old forward is set to follow Borussia head coach Peter Bosz from Ajax.“We have to see if everything works. I think it will, but nothing is 100 percent sure,” Bosz told Sky.Dortmund brushed off the loss of Dembele with Christian Pulisic dazzling on the right wing in the win over Hertha.Wrath for the VARThe video assistant referee (VAR) is being trialled in the Bundesliga, but controversial decisions still abound.Bayer Leverkusen director Rudi Voeller was fuming after Mark Uth’s equaliser for Hoffenheim stood in their 2-2 draw, even as replays showed he fouled Benjamin Henrichs in the process.“What were they doing in Cologne? He was probably sleeping in front of the television,” ranted Voeller, with VAR decisions being made from a centre in Cologne.“If you can’t see something like that, then we don’t need video refs.”Likewise, Augsburg coach Manuel Baum was livid after his team’s 2-1 defeat on Saturday when the video referee failed to spot a handball by Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Jannik Vestergaard early on.“I don’t know why the video referee didn’t intervene, you can’t say that was a penalty 100 percent, it was more like 1,000 percent,” quipped Baum.Hoewedes mulls Juve moveHaving been stripped of the Schalke captaincy by Schalke’s new coach Domenico Tedesco, 31, Benedikt Hoewedes was again on the bench for Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Hanover, amid rumours of a possible move to Juventus.German World Cup-winner Hoewedes has a Schalke contract until 2020 and Juventus have reportedly made an offer of 15 million euros ($17.8m).“Juventus made contact and Benedikt told me on Thursday that he can imagine leaving the club in the direction of Turin,” said Schalke director Christian Heidel.Bremen’s new recordWerder’s defeat to Bayern was a league record 16th straight loss to the Bavarian giants, who they last beat more than a decade ago.“It’s a real pity. We’d have liked to have given our fans something worthy after such a barren run,” said Bremen coach Alexander Nouri.After losing their first game 1-0 at Hoffenheim, Bremen are now bottom of the early table, but giant Nigerian striker Paul Onuachu, at Danish side FC Midtjylland, is reportedly on Bremen’s radar. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Steelers to unveil new offense against Broncos…Can they outscore Manning?

first_imgHaley’s job is to transform the offense into a more productive unit in the red zone. Meaning simply instead of having to settle for field goals or not scoring at all they put the ball in the end zone for seven. Many believe this is improving the running game, especially in short yardage situations, but actually it means scoring 7 points by any way they can.The Steelers had big offensive numbers last season with starting wide receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown compiling more than 1,000 yards each through the air, thus leading to Ben Roethlisberger amassing over 4,000 yards. But with all these numbers they finished 22nd in scoring, which is the most important number. Much of the blame was put on the offensive line, so this year they went out and fixed that too.The first and second round draft picks were offensive linemen. Even though neither were expected to start this season, both expected to see a lot of time as backups, especially when one of the starters were injured which happened a lot last season. But all that changed with the injury to David DeCastro, the first round pick, during the pre-season. He may or may not play this season, but will definitely miss the first half of the season.The first thing they did was sew up the blind side with two veterans, by moving starting tackle Willie Colon to left guard and resigned veteran Max Starks to handle the left tackle slotOn the right side will be newcomer Ramon Foster at guard and second year player Marcus Gilbert at tackle, with All Pro Maurkice Pouncey manning the center position. Mike Adams, the second round draft pick, will backup both tackles, with fellow rookie Kelvin Beachum adding depth. With the injury to DeCastro, Doug Legursky will be the first backup at center and guard until he comes back. Trai Essex was cut.This year’s line appears to be the best they’ve had in years. Now if Ben does what he’s told, and that’s get the ball out of his hands quickly they should not only be able to do a better job of protecting him and opening holes for the runners but stay healthy.Speaking of running, with Rashard Mendenhall hurt the Steelers have compiled a stable of outstanding runners starting with Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Barren Batch, and rookie Chris Rainey. So look for the running game to be much more productive this season in the area of yards per run, as well as running a little more. I said a little more because the Steelers have Roethlisberger, Wallace, Brown and Heath Miller so they are going to pass the ball 60-40.Even though Wallace pulled one of the dumbest things a player could do by holding out during the pre-season thus missing much needed time learning the new offense as well as working on his timing with Ben, his blinding speed will keep defenses awake, while his partner, Brown, will continue to demonstrate why he just may be the best in the NFL. If not he should be among the top five, with Miller continuing to be “Mister Consistency” at the tight end spot.As great as the starters are, the Steelers may have the best group of receivers in the league with Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery at wide receivers; and tight ends Leonard Pope and David Paulson ready to step in whenever they are needed. If Sanders can stay healthy this season look for a big season out of him as the third receiver, which may make Wallace expendable.Barring any major injuries and if the key players execute the way the new coordinator has taught them, look for the offense to become one of the most productive units in the NFL. Ben could lead the league in yardage, touchdowns, and quarterback ratings, with Wallace and Brown establishing themselves as the best duo in the game.Notice I said touchdown passes, because without the 7s, all is for naught.For now the Steelers decided to keep Charlie Batch as their third string quarterback with Byron Leftwich as the backup to Roethlisberger.The Defense next week.The Steelers face the Denver Broncos this weekend with their new quarterback Peyton Manning. Even though he missed all last season with a neck injury, Manning has been the best quarterback in the NFL the past 10 years and if he’s only 80 percent, this would make him better than most. However, the Broncos have beefed up its running game with 1,000 rusher Willis McGahee joined by Chris Gronkowski, Lance Ball, Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno.But nobody runs on the Steelers, so the bottom line will be the passing game which should be far better than last year. But even with Manning, the Bronco receivers are big question marks. Eric Decker and Demarylus Thomas are nowhere close to the quality he had at Indianapolis but he will make them better.The Broncos had an outstanding defense last season which helped them defeat the Steelers in the playoffs, but they shouldn’t be able to contain the new Steelers offense. READY FOR DENVER—Mike Wallace jokes with Emmanuel Sanders during pre-game warm ups Aug. 30 at Heinz Field before the Steelers took on the Carolina Panthers. (Courier Photo/William McBride) by Ulish CarterCourier Staff Writer Last season the Steelers had the best defense in football but one of the least effective offenses with the result being an early exit in the playoffs. Well new offensive coordinator Todd Haley was brought in to change all that, and if he’s successful the Steelers will be in the Super Bowl for the 9th time.last_img read more

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Commissioners Approve Big Changes to 2017 Gopher Review Process

first_imgFacebook100Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersLast week, Thurston County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the 2017 gopher review process for permit applicants. This year’s process is different from previous years in several significant ways. In order to meet Federal Requirements associated with the Endangered Species Act, this process is the result of a collaborative effort between the Commissioners and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), with the objective of benefiting Thurston County residents by streamlining the review process.These significant updates include:Reducing the maximum number of on-property visits from three to two. In past years, projects on habitat more likely to sustain gophers were subject to three visits.Adding more flexibility to the timing of visits. In previous years, final visits were required in September or October. This year, the final visit can occur as early as August, and in some cases even sooner.Expanding the list of project types and site conditions that may no longer be subject to multiple site visits. The County considers these conditions to be less likely to impact gopher habitat.Adding more biologists to conduct on-site reviews. USFWS agreed to send more of their biologists to help the County keep up with demand and reduce the backlog.Eliminating the third site-visit. Instead, if there is no evidence of gophers, applicants on more-preferred soils will be asked to sign an affidavit before the County issues an approval. Landowners will also be responsible for informing USFWS if they find the federally protected species prior to or during project construction. This will be required because the County’s site review process has changed but federal Endangered Species Act regulations have not.Other changes include prioritizing project-related permit applications over non-project reviews when scheduling site visits. In 2015, the County began offering low-cost gopher-only reviews of full properties to curious land owners, even if they did not apply for a building permit. The County will no longer offer that option, but County officials say anyone with a non-project application already in the queue can convert to a project application by Friday, June 30, 2017.County officials also noted that land-owners who want to know if they have gophers on their property can hire private biologists for a review. However, reviews by private consultants do not meet USFWS requirements.The rest of the 2017 process is similar to last year’s with site visits from County staff and USFWS biologists between June 1 and October 31. The County is asking permit applicants scheduled for gopher reviews to mow Scotch broom and heavy grasses right away, or immediately after they submit an application that is flagged for gopher review. Overgrowth slows review teams and creates a need for additional visits.The Gopher Review Process is only for those who submit an application to Thurston County’s Permit Assistance Center (PAC). The County does not perform gopher reviews on properties that do not have an active application or that are not on mapped gopher habitat.The purpose of County gopher reviewThe County conducts on-site reviews of properties before issuing building permits to help residents comply with state and federal endangered species laws, and to protect the County and its permit holders from liability under those laws. The Mazama pocket gopher – a species found in parts of Thurston County, was listed under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2014.Only about 10 percent of permit applicants get gopher reviewsGopher reviews are only required for projects proposed within mapped gopher soils. That means the County only reviews a fraction of the roughly 4,000 construction permit applications received in a typical year. Most applications for projects like interior remodels and projects outside of the mapped gopher soil areas do not require review. You can check your Thurston County property on a County soils map online to see if your property is within mapped gopher soils.Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)County officials say the seasonal gopher review could be a thing of the past if the County adopts a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that would lead to an Incidental Take Permit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With an HCP, the County could issue permits year round without requiring gopher reviews. Implementing such a plan could speed up the permit process and help permit applicants comply with state and federal species protection laws.The plan isn’t final yet, but County Commissioners are working closely with federal officials to negotiate the best options for the community. A draft of the plan could be available for public review early next year.To learn more, visit the Thurston County website and select ‘Gopher Review Process, ’Habitat Conservation Plan’, or subscribe to the County’s Long Range Planning department email list.last_img read more

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SPSCC Renames The Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) announced this week that the art gallery within the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts will be renamed the “Leonor R. Fuller Gallery” in a dedication event on January 24, 2020.At their December meeting, the SPSCC Board of Trustees passed a resolution to honor the work of retiring trustee Leonor R. Fuller, an advocate for arts and education. The dedication event will take place on January 24, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts (Building 21, First Floor, SPSCC Olympia Campus).During her 17 years on the board, Trustee Fuller helped guide and support three presidents, worked collaboratively with 11 different Trustees, and chaired the board from 2004-2006 and 2017-2018. Notable college projects that were completed or underway during her tenure include the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts building, the purchase of 54 acres of property for the Center for Continuous Learning at the Hawks Prairie Center, the Health & Wellness Center, and the Craft Brewing & Distilling Center.last_img read more

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Trail Allstars fall to 1-2 after Day three BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships

first_imgTrail staged a rally scoring three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Nelson’s Bryce Sookro and Darren Issel each crossed the plate twice for Trail.DeWitt took the loss on the mound for Trail but finished the game with two RBI’s.Trail rebounded Sunday by outlasting Victoria Beacon Hill Allstars 20-14.Trail jumped out to a 11-0 lead after two innings before the Island squad staged a comeback, and led the game 14-13 entering the bottom of the sixth.That’s when Trail pushed across seven runs to secure the victory.Sookro registered the win on the mound with Will Doerksen, Sam McLaren and Issell leading the way offensively, each finishing with two hits and three RBI’s.Connor Stainer, Sookro and Kelton Forte of Nelson each had two RBI’s.Trail outhit Beacon Hill 15-9 but committed four errors that helped the Victoria offence.Seamus Boyd is the other Nelson Baseball Association player on the Trail roster.Trail returns to the diamond Tuesday against Highlands.In other games, Hastings meets Beacon Hill and Dunbar faces White Rock. The Trail Allstars are 1-2 after Day three of the BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships.The Trail Allstars lost 11-1 to White Rock in five innings Monday at Andy Bilesky Park in the Silver City.Nelson’s Noah Quinn drove home the only run for Trail with an RBI in the fourth inning.White Rock scoreed two in the first inning before blowing the game open with three runs in the third and four in the fourth.Brayden DeWitt took the loss for Trail.Kai Cuminskey was the winning pitcher for White Rock.Trail opened the tournament Saturday with a 12-7 loss to Hastings Allstars of Vancouver.Hastings scored five runs in the second inning to erase a 1-0 deficit. Hastings, finishing the game with 11 hits, added a single in the third frame and four in the fourth to open a 10-1 lead.last_img read more

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