‘Corona criminals’ prey on Europe’s virus fears

first_imgCriminals are finding burglary and drug smuggling difficult due to the coronavirus – so they are going online. AFP PARIS – From trafficking dodgy surgicalmasks to peddling counterfeit medicines and running internet scams, criminalsare finding ways to profit from the coronavirus crisis, European police warn. With billions of people under lockdownin their homes and borders shut, police chiefs say criminals are finding ithard to make money out of “traditional” activities like burglary and drugsmuggling.center_img Instead they are preying on people’sfears of the COVID-19 pandemic to sell them substandard protective goods ortrick people out of their cash online, warned Europe’s police agency Europol. (AFP)last_img read more

Game Management

first_imgWhat a difference the 3-point shot has made in basketball.  This, coupled with the North Carolina State NCAA Championship Game when they fouled the opposition and made up a huge margin to win the game at the buzzer, has led to a total change in how you play the 4th quarter or second half of a ball game.  Before the 3-point shot, most coaches knew by the 4-minute mark to the end of the game how many points they needed to secure the win.  If you could get as much as a 6-point lead, you could slow the game down enough to make this hold up.  Today teams will not allow you to do that.  They will foul you and force you to give up the basketball and then will bomb threes on their end of the floor.  Most of you probably can’t remember a game in which a team may be forced to make 15-20 free throws in the last 4 minutes of a game to hold a lead.  This basically means that no lead is ever truly safe in basketball.  Before the North Carolina State incident, no one thought of fouling that much to get back into the game.  How many remember South Dearborn making up a 30-point deficit on East Central a few years back?  I do not have any statistics to back this up, but I would be willing to bet that 90% of the time this doesn’t work.  All it does is add 15-20 minutes to the 4th quarter, upset the referees, and drive the fans batty.  Most of the time an 8-10 point deficit becomes a 20-point deficit before it is over but there is always that 10% that keeps coaches trying.last_img read more

Drogba ‘not surprised’ after Ivorian federation presidency snub

first_imgRead Also: No excuse for Lampard at Chelsea after spending spreeDrobga also has the backing of the association for the former and its current players equivalent and has five days to appeal the decision.He is standing against FIF’s former third vice-president Idriss Diallo, as well as the current vice-president of the national body and president of the League Sory Diabate.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was not surprised by the electoral commission of the Ivory Coast Football Federation’s (FIF) rejection of the former striker’s presidency bid, his staff said Thursday. FIF’s election has turned into a soap opera marred by incessant infighting, attracting international attention with FIFA telling the body to cancel the vote. “Drogba’s staff isn’t surprised by this decision to reject the bid. But we remain unfazed. We will react to conform to the texts which surround this election,” Mahamadou Sangare, a member of Drogba’s team, was quoted as saying to AFP.Advertisement Loading… An official document seen by AFP said: “The electoral commission (…) rejects the candidacy of Mr Drogba, Tebily Didier Yves.” The text also claimed Drogba was ineligible to run for the position held by Sidy Diallo with the ex-Elephants captain having only received the official support of two of a required four Ivorian clubs. Promoted Content7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Absolutely Unique Facts About KanyeBest Car Manufacturers In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planetlast_img read more

Allen races close to home, collects Kennedale checkers

first_imgChase Allen led start to finish in winning the IMCA Modified feature, and $2,500, at Kennedale Speedway Park’s Showdown special. (Photo by Karen Davis)KENNEDALE, Texas (Oct. 7) – A wet weekend forecast in Kansas convinced Chase Allen to race closer to home.That decision proved to be good for $2,500.Despite battling brake issues much of the way, Allen led all 25 laps of the Saturday main event for IMCA Modifieds at Kennedale Speedway Park’s Summit Racing Equipment ShowdowThe Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory came ahead of Chris Elliott, Chad Melton, Josh McGaha and Chris Bragg.“I was just the glad the car was turning so good,” said Allen, who built up a sizable advantage before the last caution waved with four laps to go. “We changed our plans to race at Fall Nationals (at RPM Speedway in Hays, Kan.) because it’s hard to drive past a track that’s 15 minutes from your home. I didn’t get to race here as often as I would have liked this year but Kennedale is a track I know pretty well.”Rain the previous weekend had forced rescheduling of the fall special at Kennedale.Fifteen hundred dollar feature winners were Marcus Thomas in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Jay Bransom in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and J.C. Howell in the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Thomas, the national champion and a seven-time winner at Kennedale during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season, led all 20 circuits in the Sprint Car feature.Thomas stuck to the higher line until after midway, then moved to the bottom following what proved to be the final caution, with seven laps to go.2015 national champ Chad Wilson finished three car lengths behind. Kyle Jones, Anton Hernandez and Coly Wilson made up the rest of a very fast top five.Bransom opted for the inside row two spot for an early restart, caught Dan Day for the lead a couple laps later and stayed in front to the finish of a Stock Car feature that ran green the rest of the way.Working lapped traffic to perfection, Bransom took the checkers ahead of Day and Benji Kirkpatrick. Rounding out the top five were Dillon Smith and Damon Hammond.Howell prevailed in a three-wide battle, getting the lead and the win on the last lap of the Southern SportMod main. Those checkers came in a self-built Smiley’s Racing Chassis ride that had also put Howell in victory lane at Kennedale two weeks ago.“I’ve been busy with business and that was just the third time we raced this year,” he said. “We got a break in the job and got back into dirt trackin.’”Jason Nabors, Jake Upchurch, John Freeman and Michael Martin were next across the stripe.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Chase Allen; 2. Chris Elliott; 3. Chad Melton; 4. Josh McGaha; 5. Chris Bragg; 6. P.J. Egbert; 7. Marvin Skinner; 8. Jay Bransom; 9. Dillon Pike; 10. Matt Guillaume; 11. Danny Rodgers; 12. William Gould; 13. Jake Henderson; 14. Justin McCoy; 15. Tom Earl Jr.; 16. Cody Shoemaker; 17. Tommy Williams Jr.; 18. Austin Gooding; 19. Pat McGuire; 20. Chris Morris; 21. Dane Burington; 22. Nicholas Littlejohn; 23. Matt Martin; 24. Jason Hunter.Sprint Cars – 1. Marcus Thomas; 2. Chad Wilson; 3. Kyle Jones; 4. Anton Hernandez; 5. Colby Wilson; 6. Lucas Scherb; 7. Logan Scherb; 8. Claud Estes; 9. Jason Howell; 10. J.D. Fry; 11. Jimmy Gardner; 12. D.J. Estes Jr.; 13. George White; 14. Tyler Russell; 15. Corby Scherb; 16. Lindell Jenkins Jr.; 17. John Ricketts; 18. Jeb Sessums; 19. Weston Gorham; 20. Britney Bryant.Stock Cars – 1. Jay Bransom; 2. Dan Day; 3. Benji Kirkpatrick; 4. Dillon Smith; 5. Damon Hammond; 6. Tyler Muirhead; 7. Craig Moss; 8. Jason Schoenberger; 9. Aaron Benedict; 10. Caleb Crenshaw; 11. Steven Orebaugh; 12. Randall Kahanek; 13. Jerrett Bransom; 14. Colton Obregon; 15. Travis Norman; 16. Blake Clark; 17. Roman Garcia; 18. Jason Riddle; 19. Justin Bruce; 20. Brad Ekstrom; 21. Don Chamblee; 22. Kirk Martin; 23. Ronnie Ellis; 24. Dennis Bissonette.Southern SportMods – 1. J.C. Howell; 2. Jason Nabors; 3. Jake Upchurch; 4. John Freeman; 5. Michael Martin; 6. Kyle Wisdom; 7. Tyler Muirhead; 8. Karl Rupp; 9. Bobby Ortega; 10. James Skinner; 11. Kevin Manning; 12. Kaden Honeycutt; 13. Casey Brunson; 14. Devin Burgess; 15. Will Fritchen; 16. John Rabozzi; 17. Danny Cavanagh; 18. Bobby Parker; 19. Gary Fox; 20. Justin Shaw; 21. Edmund Goff; 22. Joseph Doremus; 23. Kirk Williams.last_img read more

Twisters Baseball Results

first_imgOA at LawrenceburgOA          000 10                  1   1   2L              101 54                   11 7   2For OA:Patrick Thompson 1-2; Andrew Oesterling 0-1, bb, run; Michael Hoff 0-2, reached base by error; Riley Schebler 0-2, reached base by error; Andrew Oesterling  3.2 IP, 6 runs, 2 earned, 2 hits, 5 bb, hbp    Loss; Riley Schebler   1 IP, 5 earned runs, 4 hits, 2 bb, hbp; Hunter Sullivan 0 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit.Varsity record: 1-1. Next game: April 5 at Rising SunOA at Waldron, 4/2/19OA  (12) 03 10                    16   11  0Wa    000     00                   0      1    4OA pitcher Chris Hautman got the win holding Waldron to just one hit and struck out 11 walking three and hitting 1 batter.  Collecting hits for OA were: Andrew Oesterling – double, 3 runs, walk; Adam Huber – 1-2, 2 bb, stolen base, rbi; Chris Hautman 2-4, rbi; Michael Hoff 1-2, bb, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Race Carle 1-1; Matt Sedler 2-3, bb, run, 4 rbi’s; Riley Schebler 1-2, sac fly rbi, run; Hunter Sullivan , 1-3, run, stolen base; Jordan Stenger 1-2, walk, run; Pros Moorman scored 3 runs as courtesy runner and had one stolen base.OA varsity record 1-0. Next game is Wednesday at Lawrenceburg.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

Mancini honoured to have faced Ferguson

first_img Mancini’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium in December 2009 has coincided with a resurgence in the rivalry between City and Ferguson’s Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League. “For me, it has been a great honour and pleasure to compete against Sir Alex for three years,” Mancini said. “It was a great honour to beat him in Old Trafford and I wish him good luck for his future. I don’t know for which reasons (he has retired). “Everyone can have his opinion but one manager who stays for 27 years in the same club and won every trophy for 27 years – it is an incredible situation. “I don’t think there will be another manager like him. It is difficult to say Sir Alex is the best (ever) but he is the best in the last 27 years.” Ferguson’s retirement will leave a big hole for his replacement David Moyes, the current Everton boss, to fill but Mancini knows he cannot expect the balance of power to shift back in City’s favour. The Italian said: “I don’t think this. At a top club, a big club like United, you can change the manager. Sir Alex built this team but it is a big club with a big history and I don’t think it will change something.” Mancini, who added that he had sent Ferguson a message since he announced his decision, will now need to get the better of Moyes, a task he has struggled with when up against Everton. Moyes’ Everton sides have beaten City six times in their last eight meetings while the pair were also involved in a touchline scuffle three years ago. Mancini, who is preparing his side for this weekend’s FA Cup final against Wigan, said: “It is better we can talk about this if we can play the Community Shield against United next year.” Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims it has been an honour to compete against Sir Alex Ferguson – the best manager of his generation – over the past three years.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pardew wants to eradicate trouble

first_img Unsavoury incidents in Palace’s last two home games have seen missiles thrown towards opposing players, with Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini caught on the face in his side’s 1-1 Premier League draw last week. Both Palace and Newcastle boss John Carver condemned the actions, but another misdemeanour is reported to have occurred during Saturday evening’s FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Liverpool. A commuter attempted to board a train at Richelieu-Drouot Metro station on Tuesday but was pushed back more than once by what appeared to be a group of Chelsea fans travelling to the Parc des Princes to watch the Champions League tie against Paris St Germain. There were also audible chants of ”We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” from the same group after the incident was filmed by a fellow Metro user – with the video soon spreading due to sites such as Twitter and Facebook. And Pardew wants the same technology to be used to combat any further missile throwing, with the club’s reputation at stake. “The incident with Chelsea in Paris gives you the strength of social media,” he said. “So if any fans are next to someone (behaving inappropriately) then film them. Let’s have a picture of them and we’ll try and do our best to find them. “We represent society at all levels we get all types of our society here and we can’t control their behaviour to a degree. “All we can do is put on the best environment and most children-friendly environment we possibly can and we’ve got the best atmosphere in the country and we don’t want to lose that with silly little incidents that have come, and I don’t want to keep going on about it. “Those few citizens that are letting us down, we need to reel them in and point them out to us.” The spotlight will be on the behaviour of home fans when Arsenal visit Selhurst Park on Saturday and Pardew does not want to see any further repeats after the club insisted they would ban anyone caught in the act. “We take a zero-tolerance approach to this sort of behaviour and, if the perpetrators are identified, they will be banned indefinitely from the stadium. If they are season ticket holders their cards will be made void without a refund,” a club statement read. And Pardew echoed such comments when questioned during his press conference to preview the visit of the Gunners. “It is a big concern for the football club because you don’t want it,” he said. “But for me, the manager, I just want to prepare the team so it is not high on my agenda. I hope it stops because it’s something we want to take out of the game. “We’ve had two incidents and we need to stamp it down and that’s what the officials at this football club will try and do. “Absolutely (a ban is justified). I think the first time a coin is thrown is maybe the heat of the moment but to do it twice is stupid and we can’t accept that at any level. Pardew hailed the impact social media played in highlighting the behaviour of a number of Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro on Tuesday night. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has called on the club’s supporters to use social media to name and shame anyone caught throwing coins – allowing him to focus on picking a team to beat Arsenal on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rory McIlroy shines in Turkey after close call with floodlights

first_imgAvoiding the floodlights provided the spark for Rory McIlroy to reignite his challenge for a fourth win of the year in the Turkish Airlines Open. McIlroy was level par for the day after 10 holes, dropping his first shots of the week by three-putting the third and 10th, the latter mistake prompting the 26-year-old to throw his putter at his bag – and appropriately miss. A birdie on the par-five 11th improved the Northern Irishman’s mood and a towering four iron from 229 yards on the 13th set up an eagle from just four feet. “I couldn’t see the pin,” McIlroy said. “I picked a line and had to go a little bit right of one of the floodlights. I just had to make sure I missed the floodlight and I knew it would be an okay shot. “It was probably partly luck and partly a good shot. It’s tough to stop it where that pin is, but to be able to make three there I thought was a big bonus. And to birdie the hole afterwards was nice as well. That definitely turned the day around a bit.” McIlroy also birdied the 18th for the first time this week after previously scrambling for pars, adding: “It was nice not to hit it in a bush or not hit it somewhere where you have to hit it left-handed. I thought for a second it was going left again and thankfully it just caught the right side of the slope for me. “It was nice to make four at the last and nice to get another shot towards the lead. I got off to a bit of a slow start. I don’t know why. I just felt very lethargic out there today and couldn’t really get any energy. To finish the way I did was very pleasing because I needed to dig in deep and finish the round off well, which I did.” Asked if another 67 and 20-under-par total would be enough to win the title, McIlroy added: ” I’ll go out there with the mindset that I need to beat that to have a chance to win. “The 67s I’ve shot this week have all been a little different and I feel like I’ve played within myself for all of them. So I feel there’s a low round out there for me and hopefully it’s tomorrow.” McIlroy has targeted at least one victory from his three events in the Final Series as he looks to win the Race to Dubai for the third time in four years. And the world number three will go into Sunday’s final round just a shot off the lead shared by Ryder Cup team-mate Victor Dubuisson and South African Jaco van Zyl after a third consecutive 67 at M ontgomerie Maxx Royal. Dubuisson’s sole win to date came in the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open in 2013 and he has struggled to repeat such form in 2015, recording just two top-10 finishes. “My long game has been really, really good since the beginning of the year, but my short game was just really, really bad,” Dubuisson said after seven birdies and two bogeys in a round of 65. “I changed my putter a month and a half ago and today was a great performance. I made just two mistakes today but made some great putts on the back nine. “This is a course I feel great on. I t’s similar to a course I practise on when I’m not playing a tournament.” Van Zyl played his first 28 holes in 16 under and the following 26 in level par, carding a third-round 70 in pursuit of his first European Tour title. “It was kind of a sl ow day out there today,” said the 36-year-old, who has led since an opening 61 on Thursday. “I did what I needed to do on some holes and let a couple opportunities slip on the back nine. “O bviously Thursday was something special. I didn’t miss any shots and the putter was really hot. The last two days I’ve been hitting it nicely, so can’t really complain there. “At the end of the day, it’s an honour to be in this position. I’ll go out there and see what the golfing gods have got in score.” Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat was alongside McIlroy on 15 under after a 66 marred by a solitary bogey on the 18th, with England’s Chris Wood 13 under alongside BMW PGA Championship winner Byeong Hun An, whose 65 was the lowest score of the day. Press Associationlast_img read more

Former PBSO Deputy Charged with Looting His Own Charity

first_imgA former Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy is on the other side of the law, after authorities say that he stole money from a charity he was supposed to be running.Robert Simeone is accused of stealing $49,037.38 from Children of Wounded Warriors. That accounts for 66 percent of the charity’s total donations.He would transfer money from the charity’s bank accounts into accounts that were in his and his wife’s names, according to the arrest report.Children of the Wounded Warriors is a foundation that gives grants to the children of military, law enforcement and firefighters, according to its website.“It’s egregious your honor what the facts are alleging in this case,” Assistant State Attorney JD Small told a judge late last week.The Palm Beach County State’s Attorney Office says Simeone, who is a commercial pilot, was arrested Thursday night at the Fort Lauderdale Airport.“He had another flight this morning to go to the Bahamas so we’re asking he surrender his pilot’s license,” adds Small.The judge also asked Simeone to hand over his passport and revoked his bond from previous charges of patient brokering when prosecutors pointed out that 16 money transfers allegedly occurred after Simeone’s arrest in March of 2017.Simeone is being held without bond from the 2017 case and had a bond for the new charges set at $160,000.He faces grand theft, money laundering and fraud charges on the alleged charity offense.last_img read more

Anirudh Thapa can play in Europe: Henrique Sereno

first_imgNEW DELHI: 22-year-old Anirudh Thapa has already made himself indispensable to both his Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC and the Indian team. Thapa was part of the 2017/18 Chennaiyin side that went on to win the ISL title and Henrique Sereno, who played in the team as a defender, has said that Thapa has the ability to play in Europe.”We had so many players. Even the players who didn’t play a lot like Keenan (Almeida), (Fulganco) Cardozo, they had amazing skills but they didn’t get many chances but they were good in the training,” Sereno said in a live Instagram chat with Chennaiyin fan group Super Machans. “That was the key to success. We had many good young players as well like Anirudh Thapa. He can play in Europe. He is a very good number 10 and has very nice skills. We also had Jeje (Lalpekhlua) who is a great striker.” He however said that the best player he ever played with at Chennaiyin was Raphael Augusto. “Raphael Augusto for me was the best Chennaiyin player. He was very skilful. He could have played for any team in Europe but he chose to play in India. For me, he was the best I had played at Chennaiyin FC,” he said. (IANS) Also watch: #NewsMakers: Youth sensation Ashish Chanchlani in an exclusive conversation with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more