7 Nov


first_imgPETE’S PLAYGROUND Football commentators used to say that Wally Lewis knew every blade of grass on Lang Park. His consistent knack of terrorising opposition defences with uncanny kicks that would take outrageous bounces and turns confirmed the belief that only a ‘King’ knowing every inch of his kingdom could conjure such magic. Just as Lang Park was the `King’s’ backyard, thirteen-year-old Surfers Paradise student Peter Norman has a similar affinity with Owen Park Southport, the home of Gold Coast touch. When Peter Norman runs out as a member of the Queensland U 15 Schoolboys team next Tuesday in the opening round of fixtures in the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament, The Southport School (TSS) Year Eight student will be relying on more than just a little knowledge of the hometown surface. The son of former Australian Open Touch Representative Greg, and ATA Hall of Fame member and current Australian Open Women’s Coach, Kerry Norman, Peter has spent more night’s at Owen Park than most of us have had hot dinners. For the Touch community, the familiar sight of the baby blonde tyro riding his tricycle around Owen Park, resplendent in a fluorescent yellow Tigers Touch club jersey was confirmation you were at the home of Touch on the Coast in the early `90’s. Greg and Kerry, who have always been heavily involved in playing, coaching, refereeing, and administration, would dress Peter in the fluoro shirt, so he’d be easy to keep an eye on. Wednesday night touch at the Coast wasn’t the same until you heard Gold Coast Administrator Henry Lesniewski over the PA system making his weekly impassioned plea for “Peter Norman to please come to the canteen, your parents want to go home.” Everyone would laugh and Pete would amble in eventually, usually with a sheepish grin, mostly with his shirt now fluoro dirt and minus the shoes, often with the remains of a banana paddle pop on his face, and always with a thousand stories to share about his adventures in `Pete’s Playground’, the biggest backyard in the world that seemed to belong to him. Peter was inspired by the speed, fun, and skills on display and took up the challenge of playing by beginning in the Gold Coast junior competition with a bunch of friends when he was five years old. He has grown quickly from a small boy climbing trees and playing with his `brother’ (his Bart Simpson doll, who incidentally, still covets the top bunk in Pete’s room) riding skateboards and clocking the asteroids machine in the Gold Coast club house, to a young man who is considered by many to be one of the brightest young talents in our sport. In a short time, Peter impressed his early coaches as a player with great vision, good basics, and excellent commitment in defence. With those sorts of credentials it wasn’t long before representative touch would call his name. Firstly at South Coast schoolboy level, and for Gold Coast in the QTA Junior State Cup team. Peter represented Qld at Primary school level for three successive years from 2001-2003, firstly as a ten year old, then captaining the team last year in his final year at Primary school. Previously, only one Queensland Schoolboy Touch player, former Qld Rugby League State of Origin star, PJ Marsh has been successful in gaining selection in the Qld U 15 Schoolboys Touch team straight out of Primary school… That was until Peter Norman came along. He produced such a mature and outstanding display at the Qld U15 Secondary championships in Ipswich in June that Coach Danny Parker and selectors had no choice but to pitch the Gold Coast Falcons Division One player into the State U 15 Schoolboys team for the Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament. The hard working middle has no reservation in saying his selection in the U 15 State team is the best moment of his short career “It’s pretty awesome, no way was I expecting to be selected. There are so many good players in the Qld team, I’m just happy to be there” the typically modest Norman added. “The PJ Marsh thing is pretty special, but it won’t mean much if I don’t get out there and do my job for the team.” Norman believes a training camp in the recent September holidays went a long way to bonding the team and sorting out a running style of touch that will prove to be fun to play and execute. He believes the calibre of players in the Qld side under the shrewd coaching of Dan Parker will allow the Queenslanders to mount a strong charge for the National crown against arch enemies and defending champions NSW. Both his parents have coached Peter at various stages of his career and in various teams, though they try to avoid the scenario as much as possible to allow Peter to experience other coaching ideas and skills and to enable him to make his own pathway in the sport. “Occasionally, we’d have a few bumps, more so when he was younger, he would think that that’s Mum or Dad talking, not the coach, and he’d react like a son, not a player, and we had to bring him into line a few times…maybe you are harder on your own kids as well, and that’s probably been tough for him on occasion,” Greg said. Greg recalls refereeing Pete in his early days, when both Kerry and himself would send their son for substitutions because he would argue with their calls. Kerry believes Pete is a good student of the game and has been impressed with his willingness to listen and apply new knowledge from his coaches and mentors of late. “He’s learnt plenty from Danny already and Corey Foster has been fantastic for him at Falcons, taking him under his wing and helping bring him along – Pete just respect him so much.” “It’s good because he can play with the Division One players at the Coast Wednesday, then still go up and play with his mates in the BMTA junior competition Thursday night and really have fun still.” Peter is also very appreciative of the guidance his parents have given him and reckons he inherited his Mum’s talk on the field and good defensive skills, and his Dad’s flamboyance in attack. “They’ve been good, not pushy or anything – they just say try your hardest, listen to the coach, have fun and be a good team man.” Greg jokingly offered that each parent contributed the following to Peter’s development, “Peter received good looks from his Dad and his temper from his Mum…” “Kerry’s brain and speed, and from me – creativeness in attack,” he was quick to add. Both parents have been fully supportive of Peter’s Touch career, but not to the exclusion of anything else. Greg believes giving Peter the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities has been a big factor in the balanced approach Peter has towards life. He is a budding beach flags champion and trains on the sand to help his speed and technique. At school this year he performed with distinction in Cross Country, Athletics, and Swimming, and was awarded Best Back for Rugby in the U13 age division. Being a Coast kid, `Normo’ as his mates call him, loves body boarding and spends a lot of time with the boys from Touch and school at the beach or kicking back at the movies. Oh, and did I mention that he made the Dean’s list at TSS for academic excellence? Typically modest, I had to dig deeper than Damian Martyn on a dodgy pitch at Chennai, to get that piece of information out of him. So next Tuesday, when the Queenslanders run out onto the Owen Park fields in the U 15 Boys, look for Peter Norman- he’s not wearing fluoro yellow anymore, but he’ll be sporting the # 3 on his Maroon back, a tribute to his Touch hero Corey Foster, and hopefully he’ll keep his shoes on long enough to have his name over the PA system for giving defenders the slip in the race to the scoreline, not his parents. Games at the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament will be played in two age divisions U 12 and U 15 Girls and Boys respectively, featuring State teams from all over Australia from Tuesday 26th October at Owen Park through to finals day on Saturday 30th October. Written by Karley Banks, SQBD Development Officer, 19th October 2004last_img
26 Oct

Januzaj blames ‘long ball’ for Man Utd struggles

first_imgAdnan Januzaj has suggested that a penchant for “long ball” in the Premier League and a lack of faith from Louis van Gaal are to blame for the struggles he endured at Manchester United.The Belgium international appeared destined for a bright future in England when bursting out of the Old Trafford academy system under David Moyes.His early showings were, however, to be as good as things got for the now 24-year-old winger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Januzaj quickly fell out of favour at United and took in forgettable loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland before securing a permanent switch to Real Sociedad in 2017.He has rebuilt his reputation in Spain, telling The Telegraph of his current standing and how he got to this point: “It’s been a good move.“I had other options but I really wanted to come and play in Spain. I also looked at how the team was … they love football and they love to play the beautiful game – that’s the most important thing in football and why you play.​“La Liga suits my style. It is much more technical, players are much more skilful. The positioning of the players is really clever.“In England, it’s a bit more physical, a bit long ball, more direct. In Spain, most of the teams try and play from the back. It’s great to have players around you who are comfortable on the ball, too, because it helps you. It makes attacking easier, it makes the difference.”​Adnan Januzaj Louis van Gaal Manchester UnitedJanuzaj believes his progress at United was stunted by the arrival of Van Gaal, with the Dutch coach placing little trust in his enigmatic talents.“I grew up there [United], I was really happy until one year I had a bit of a struggle with the manager and that slowed me down,” he said.“I always knew I had all the qualities to turn things around. The problem was, I was not playing and, then, every time I came in, it was difficult to change the game or make something happen, so, obviously, then imagine playing for a year like this? It makes it more difficult for you.”​Januzaj’s cause was made all the more difficult as a creative midfielder.He added: “Exactly, because you are the one player who can make the difference, score goals and you can imagine if he [the manager] does not give you the confidence to take your opponent on, it gets even more difficult for you because you don’t know what to do: to attack or to play simple.“I came in for a lot of criticism but, for me, it’s not a problem because I never look back on it. I just keep doing my stuff and now I’m in another league, I’m happy, I played in my second World Cup, I scored against England, too, so I showed to people that against an English team, who all play in the Premier League, I can still make the difference. It was a good moment.”​Januzaj netted against England during a group stage encounter at the 2018 World Cup, with the Red Devils then going on to edge out the Three Lions again in a third-place play-off. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

25 Oct

Watch: Bollywood adds glamour to India’s cricket obsession

first_imgOther Videos from In Da Club 26:28 Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Watch: Saif Ali Khan’s Laal Kaptaan gets lukewarm response 21:20 Fri, 18 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra to Anushka Sharma: Bollywood stars celebrate Karwa Chauth 22:44 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Watch: Alia Bhatt to star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi 22:58 Wed, 16 Oct, 2019 Jennifer Aniston makes Instagram debut 23:50 Tue, 15 Oct, 2019 Watch: Akshay Kumar goes bald for Housefull 4 21:06 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Watch: Akshay Kumar’s Bala Challenge goes viral, Shah Rukh Khan praises Vijay’s Bigil trailer 22:00 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 WATCH| Amitabh Bachchan turns 77: A look at his illustrious Bollywood career Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

25 Oct

Vinod Rai on ICC vs Dhoni: Believe in conforming to rules of the game

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 20:39 IST MS Dhoni celebrates with teammates (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSThe controvery surrounding MS Dhoni’s gloves refuses to die downBCCI has written a letter to ICC explaining the situationVinod Rai said that the BCCI believes in conforming to ICC norms and rulesThe controversy surrounding Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni donning an Indian army insignia on his gloves during India’s opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, doesn’t seem to be dying down. In the latest news, BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai today (June 7) told reporters that the Board will conform to the ICC norms regarding on-field attire.Rai also stated that the BCCI has written a letter to the world body stating that Dhoni’s ‘Balidan’ badge doesn’t break any of ICC’s rules but reiterated his faith in the latter saying that if required, BCCI will seek permission as they did earlier this year when Team India sported military caps in an ODI against Australia.”We are convinced that the ICC rules say that any insignia worn by the players should not have any religious, military or commercial significance and it should conform to the ICC rules. In this particular case, that insignia has none of those connotations. So we’re going to tell the ICC that it need not be removed but in any case, if they feel we’ll take permission from ICC like we had done when the team wore camouflage caps in Ranchi because we believe in conforming to norms of the game,” said Vinod Rai.Rai clarified that the letter was sent in the morning of June 6 and he is waiting for ICC’s response before taking further action.”We have already sent the request for ICC permission today morning saying that if you people feel that permission is required, we’ll seek it,” said Rai.advertisementOn the matter of whether the CoA or BCCI had a word with the legendary wicket-keeper, Rai replied in the negative,, saying “CoA has not spoken with Dhoni”.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rain forces India to cancel practice ahead of Australia clashAlso Read | MS Dhoni adamant on army badge but ICC unlikely to change stance: SourcesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Team IndiaFollow MS DhoniFollow World Cup 2019 Vinod Rai on ICC vs Dhoni: Believe in conforming to rules of the gameBCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has said that the Board has written a letter to the ICC regarding the situation but believes in following the norms set by the world’s governing body of cricketadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

25 Oct

Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer to split India A captaincy duties in 5 one-dayers vs South Afria A

first_img Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 22:34 IST Shreyas Iyer was impressive with the bat in the recent ODI series vs West Indies (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShreyas Iyer recently hit back-to-back fifties in the final two ODIs in the West IndiesManish Pandey played all three T20Is in the West Indies which preceded the ODI seriesIndia A vs South Africa A one-day series will be played in Thiruvananthapuram from August 29Middle-order batsmen Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey will lead the India A teams in the five one-day matches against South Africa A starting later this month in Thiruvananthapuram, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement on Monday.The senior selection committee of the board met here to pick the India A squads for the upcoming five-match series. Pandey will lead the team picked for the first three matches, while the team for the remaining two games will be led by Iyer.The one-day series will be played at The Sports Hub, Thiruvananthapuram, starting August 29.Delhi Capitals skipper Iyer, 24, recently hit back-to-back fifties in the final two ODIs in the West Indies to help India clinch the three-match series 2-0 after the first match got washed out.Pandey, who played in all the three T20Is in the West Indies which preceded the one-dayers, failed to impress with the bat.The players who have been picked for all the five matches include Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Nitish Rana, Ricky Bhui, Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur.India A team for the first three matches: Manish Pandey (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Nitish Rana, Ricky Bhui, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed.India A team for the last two matches: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Shubman Gill, Prashant Chopra, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Nitish Rana, Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande, Ishan Porel.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow shreyas iyerFollow Manish PandeyFollow India A vs South Africa A Next Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer to split India A captaincy duties in 5 one-dayers vs South Afria AManish Pandey will lead India A for the first three one-day matches against South Africa A, while the team for the remaining two games will be led by Shreyas Iyer.advertisementlast_img read more

24 Oct

Very Few in Western Shelters

first_imgThe number of persons in shelters across western Jamaica is decreasing, as most of them are returning home, following the passage  of Hurricane Sandy. Checks with Disaster Preparedness Co-ordinators in the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James and Trelawny have revealed that at mid-day today (October 25), the number of persons in shelters has dropped from 295 to just 14. JIS News was informed  that most of the persons going into shelters did so as a precautionary measure. The parish of St. Elizabeth had five  persons in shelters  all of whom were still occupying those facilities; while Trelawny had 28, with nine remaining today. Westmoreland  had 88 persons occupying shelters, Hanover  158 and St. James 16, all of whom have returned  home. The Disaster Co-ordinators in all five parishes reported minor infrastructural damage.  In Trelawny there were reports of two land slippages, with vehicular traffic reduced to single  lane in both areas, one on the Lowe River main road and the other on the Joe Hut main road. Motorists are being advised to proceed with caution on those roadways, and to follow the instructions of flagmen                                                       In St. Elizabeth,  there are reports of challenges in  navigating  several  roadways,  because of several downed trees and other debris. The main problem experienced in Hanover was downed power lines. In St. James, Mayor of Montego Bay, Glendon Harris, has urged  motorists to approach the Spring Mount and Tangle River roads with caution.last_img read more

24 Oct

Spotted: Giant Cranes in La La Land

first_imgThe Port of Los Angeles shared these images of new gantry cranes travelling down the LA main channel in the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 1.Guided by the Los Angeles Port Pilots, heavy load carrier Zen Hua 19 trasported two new gantry cranes destined for West Basin Container Terminal.The cranes cleared the Vincent Thomas Bridge by approximately six feet.West Basin Container Terminal, a joint venture established by China Shipping, Yang Ming, and Ports America in 2002, is the terminal operator of Berths 100-102 and Berths 121-126 in the Port of Los Angeles.WBCT currently has 272 acres of terminal space, with berth space spanning 4,500 feet. With three vessel calls each week the terminal handles over 800,000 container moves per year.WBCT’s equipment inventory currently includes 13 post-Panamax ship to shore cranes, 19 transtainers, 39 tophandlers, and more than 170 yard hustlers.last_img read more

23 Oct

Songa Bulk Considering Tap Issue to Buy More Ships

first_imgzoom Norway-based shipping company Songa Bulk ASA is contemplating a tap issue in order to use the net proceeds for the acquisition of additional dry bulk vessels.The target amount is USD 18 million in the senior secured bond Songa Bulk ASA 17/22 FRN USD C, with a maturity on June 13, 2022.The current outstanding amount is USD 120 million and the borrowing limit is USD 150 million.Following a successful tap issue, the company said it will not carry out any additional tap issues.The company revealed it is also in the process to dispose of one of its Supramax vessels. When concluded, the sales proceeds will be used for further vessel acquisitions, Songa Bulk said.Songa Bulk has recently bought a number of second-hand vessels, prompted by attractive prices in the dry bulk sector. Earlier this week, Songa Bulk entered into an agreement to acquire a 2012-built Kamsarmax. The latest acquisition brings the company’s fleet to 15 vessels, which resulted in an investment worth USD 279.6 million.last_img read more

12 Oct

Facebook opens UK engineering hub to fight harmful content

LONDON — Facebook is opening an engineering centre in London that will build tech tools aimed at keeping harmful content off its site.The U.S. social network’s announcement Wednesday comes as governments put more pressure on the big tech companies to better police their platforms.The company said in a statement it will add more than 500 new tech jobs, including 100 in artificial intelligence, for the new hub by the end of the year.It said “a significant number” of the new jobs will be in the company’s community integrity team, which works on stopping spam and abuse and addressing violence and personal safety.One of the team’s responsibilities is building advanced software and artificial intelligence systems to detect and remove harmful behaviour such as malicious content and fake accounts.The Associated Press read more

8 Oct

Sri Lanka confident of being removed from EU list

Last week the European Union (EU) had included Sri Lanka in a new list of 23 third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks. For each country, the Commission assessed the level of existing threat, the legal framework and controls put in place to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing risks and their effective implementation. The Commission also took into account the work of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international standard-setter in this field. (Colombo Gazette) Dr. Harsha De Silva said that the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has been working on the issue and Parliament has already approved amendments to the necessary legislation on the Trust Ordinance, etc. The Government says it is confident of being removed from the European Union’s “dirty money” list over the next couple of months.Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha De Silva said that the EU is likely to remove Sri Lanka from the list during its next review as Sri Lanka has taken steps to rectify any shortcomings. read more

7 Oct

Profs part of librarys spring author series

Brock University professors Carmela Patrias and Larry Savage will talk about their latest book, Union Power: Solidarity and Struggle in Niagara, as part of the Spring author series on April 3 at the Welland Public Library.The book traces the evolution of early industrial development and the working conditions in Niagara.The talk starts at 7. Admission is free.

25 Sep

Strippers admit blackmailing rugby star Danny Cipriani after he failed to support

first_imgDanny Cipriani of EnglandCredit: Dan Mullan – RFU Danny Cipriani of England Danny Cipriani at Westminster Magistrates' Court The court heard the 29-year-old Wasps fly-half and Ms Murphy were in a casual relationship in the early part of 2015.Prosecutor Wendy Hewitt said: “The story starts in the first half of 2015 when Mr Cipriani was befriended by Ms. Murphy on Facebook.”They began what can be said as a casual relationship. They met up a couple of occasions when they had sexual relations.”The court heard the pair did not want a committed relationship and throughout their WhatsApp messages Mr Cipriani was described as being “courteous and gentlemanly towards her”.It was in July, however, that Ms Murphy revealed she was pregnant to the rugby star and told him she was not going to be keeping the baby. Former England rugby star Danny Cipriani was blackmailed for £15,000 by two strippers after failing to support one of them after she aborted his child, a court heard.Lisa Murphy, 39, and Violet Smith, 29, both admitted trying to extort money from the former England player between September and October 2015.The pair were due to stand trial on Monday at Kingston Crown Court but changed their plea after the judge indicated they would not be sent to prison if they admitted the charge.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. His response was, “Hi baby. That’s a shock to me too,” and the prosecution said he repeatedly offered her support.Ms Hewitt said: “Mr Cipriani first brings up the subject of money and asks how much it will cost on the basis he would pay for it all.”Murphy says as far as she understands it is all free and on the NHS.”The news came while the pair were discussing other matters including Cipriani’s disappointment at not being selected for the England rugby squad.The court heard things “started to sour in the middle of September 2015” when Murphy began to struggle financially following the abortion.In a message to Cipriani she said: “I didn’t want to ask because I’m so independent. It’s been five weeks off work and still not at work.”She added: “Is there any way you can help me as I’m self employed and I have got bills to pay.”He asked if she wants £1000 but she clarifies she actually wanted £5,000.The prosecutor said: “Cipriani seems to have a change of heart at this stage. She sends a message ‘are you getting funny with me?”He replied: “Not going funny. I didn’t expect you to ask me to pay for your salary. That’s quite different.”The prosecutor said: “He then says he will try and get some money.”The court heard she became quite agitated and repeatedly text messages the rugby player for the money and many times without reply.Ms Hewitt said: “She is clearly upset. In her text messages she repeatedly referred to the procedure she has undergone and referred to losing the child on a number of occasions.”It was in October Murphy recruited her friend Smith, who she worked with at the gentlemen’s club called Junction 9, in Bedfordshire.She began to text Cipriani using Murphy’s phone to try and get money from him. In one message she said: “My name is Violet Smith –  I’m a friend of Lisa’s.”She has just been taken to hospital because the abortion of your baby has caused her life threatening problems. I just thought you would like to know, Mr Cipriani.”He responded: “I’m going to help her out but I can’t physically be there.”The court heard that Murphy told him she worked as a promoter, not a stripper. She wept and turned away from the judge as the details of the case were read out.The prosecutor said: “It was during the course of these messages the prosecution say that Violet Smith tells him Murphy works as a stripper.”Smith asks him for £1,500 to cover the cost of the abortion procedure. Then on October 12 Murphy then demanded Cipriani give her the number of his publicist.Smith and Murphy continued to message Cipriani and his publicist about the money.The prosecutor said: “There is discussion about how much they can get.”Smith then messaged him saying: “Just wanted you to know I have told Lisa to go to the papers with all of this.”The pair negotiated with The Sun newspaper for an exclusive story with reporter Jonathan Reilly, while Smith continued to talk with Cipriani’s publicist.The court heard Smith told Murphy she hoped to get £12,000 from The Sun but added: “I’m trying to get £15,000 from the publicist.”In the messages Murphy said she wanted money for “loss of earnings, loss of the baby and trauma to her mind and body”.It was also revealed Murphy had undergone chemotherapy following a cancer scare.The court heard by the end of October Cipriani went to his agent, then the police after The Sun contacted him telling him that they were going to publish the story.Earlier in the day Hannah Duncan representing Murphy said: “The offence was an irrational act on behalf of both women.”There is a the report that says her hormone levels were very high. This has led people to behave in an irrational and out of character manner.”She added: “It was an act of desperation on very very particular and unusual facts.”Murphy, of Northampton, and Smith, of Slough, Berkshire, were both bailed to be sentenced on Tuesday morning. Danny Cipriani at Westminster Magistrates’ CourtCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraphlast_img read more

25 Sep

A 17yearold boy is arrested on suspicion of murder after teenage girl

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenage girl was found dead inside a Wiltshire home.The victim died at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics – who called police to a residential street at around 3.15pm.Officers arrived at the house in Calne, a town of 7,000, and arrested the teenager a short time later in nearby Chippenham.Police are currently holding the male, thought to be known to the victim, as pathologists prepare to carry out a post mortem.Residents claimed the victim had recently began learning how to drive – and could often be seen practicing in the area.Kier Pritchard, Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, said: “My thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic event.”It’s such a tragic and early loss of life. All family members and the wider community will be absolutely devastated.”Thank you to all police officers, staff and wider partners for your professional response.”Meanwhile, Superintendent Conway Duncan offered the family of the victim his condolences as he promised ‘a robust response’.He said: “This investigation is still in its early stages but I would like to reassure the local community that a robust police response was launched yesterday and will continue in the days to come. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The thoughts of everyone at Wiltshire Police are with the family of the victim at what must be a devastating time for them.“They are receiving support from specially trained officers and we will continue to do everything we can to help them come to terms with what has happened.“People in Calne are likely to see a significant police presence in the area over the weekend as our enquiries progress.“If anyone in the local area has any concerns, please approach one of the officers on patrol or at the cordon and they will be happy to answer your questions if appropriate to do so.” read more

22 Sep

Dead heat between Balic and Karabatic on Facebook

← Previous Story Cup EHF: Metalurg with 14, Brest with 16 players!? Next Story → Lino Cervar won’t be a coach of Macedonia NT Two best handball players of this decade, Ivano Balic and Nikola Karabatic, except on the handball court, fighting on the Internet also. If you still have doubt, who is better between them, this information won’t help to resolve this dilemma. In number of fans on FB, Ivano Balic lead by just 600 fans, but when you have more than 100.000 people who like that page, size of difference is minimal.Ivano Balic has 108.309 fans by Nikola Karabatic’s 107.720. Dead heat continues. handball players on facebookIvano BalicNikola Karabatic read more

22 Sep

RK Cimos Koper goes to history

← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 Draw: France in Pot 2! Next Story → Five new players in RK Vardar Pro – Timur Dibirov is coming! Bad evening and missed chance to qualify for the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, isn’t the only problem of Slovenian handball right now. Last year EHF Champions League TOP 8 team, also Challenge Cup winner and SLovenian champion from 2011, RK Cimos Koper annonuced yesterday that club will stop to exist due financial collapse! Financial problems began earlier this year, but at the end they totally destroyed the succesful team from Slovenian seaside. Club’s management tried to make agreement with the players, which got offer to resize their incomes for 25%, but at the end,there were no deal between two sides.After a few weeks of uncertainty, Cimos Koper goes to history definitely as some previous serious handball project in Slovenia – RK Prule or RK Gold Club. Handball bankruptRK Cimos KoperSlovenian handball read more

15 Sep

Two men shot in Davie barber shop fight

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police said a fight at a Davie barber shop, Friday, ended with two men being shot outside.Police said the fight began inside then spilled outside, where shots were fired.Two men were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Their condition is unknown.The shooter took off but police said the victims know who he is.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

15 Sep

Paws 2 Care Coalition hosts Valentines Daythemed fundraiser

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – The nonprofit Paws 2 Care Coalition brought the community together for a Valentine’s Day-themed gala to raise funds.The fundraising event on Saturday served to help provide emergency medical care for abused and mistreated dogs.The shelter’s founder asked attendees to make a difference in a dog’s life this holiday season by volunteering, donating or adopting.7’s own Christine Cruz attended and spoke at the event.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

11 Sep

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between October 11, 2018 and October 17, 2018:Thursday, October 11Philip P. Perry (63, Wilmington) was arrested for OUI Liquor (2nd Offense); Marked Lanes Violation; and Failure To Signal. (9:26am)Friday, October 12Erick J. Benson (41, Worcester) was arrested on a warrant. (9:26am)Saturday, October 13Giovannie Williams (30, Dorchester) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License (Subsequent Offense) and Speeding In Violation Of A Special Regulation. (2:22am)Sunday, October 14NoneMonday, October 15NoneTuesday, October 16NoneWednesday, October 17None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issue 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

3 Sep

AL begins illpolitics Fakhrul

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at a discussion meeting at the National Press Club on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Saturday alleged the Bangladesh Awami League-led (AL) government has begun “ill politics”, as it did during the 2014 general elections.“The government has begun doing whatever needs to keep BNP away [from the elections],” Mirza Fakhrul told a discussion at the National Press Club in the capital.BNP-led 20-party alliance partner Bangladesh Kalyan Party organised the discussion marking the tenth founding anniversary of the party.“What do you [AL] want to bring through this ill-politics? Do you want to hold an election like that of 5 January 2014? You’ve started doing whatever is required to keep the 20-party alliance as well as BNP away [from the elections],” said Mirza Fakhrul.Warning the AL government against any move to hold 5-January like elections once again, the BNP spokesperson said, “The people of Bangladesh will never allow elections like that of 2014. Don’t underestimate the people of Bangladesh. Don’t think that they will tolerate everything.”Dwelling on the prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina’s allegation that Zia family has siphoned money to Saudi Arabia, Fakhrul said, “We’ve enquired about the allegation. We’ve talked to ambassadors. It has no basis. This is unfounded.”About the disappearance of Kalyan Party general secretary Aminur Rahman, the BNP leader said, “Even the general secretary of a political party has been forced to disappear. His whereabouts remain unknown over the last 97 days.“Former ambassadors are being picked up from their cars. MPs, university teachers, physicians, engineers, our leaders Ilias Ali, [city corporation] commissioner Chowdhury Alam and numerous people have been forced to disappear.“Where will you go? They will make anyone who differs from their [AL] views disappear. Can we call this party [AL] democratic? This party struggled to establish democracy in the past. Its original character, that is fascist character, is exposed whenever it comes to power,” Fakhrul added.    Kalyan Party chairman Syed Muhammad Ibrahim told the discussion that the AL-led government with all its power is hatching conspiracies to silence the 20-party alliance.last_img read more

3 Sep

Indonesia quake kills 2

first_imgResidents gather outside their apartment blocks in Jakarta on early 16 December 2017, following a strong earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. AFPAt least two people have been killed following a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said Saturday.The quake struck at a depth of 91 kilometres (56 miles) just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java island late Friday, the US Geological Survey said.The tremor was felt across the island including in the capital Jakarta, some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the epicentre.A 62-year-old man in Ciamis and an 80-year-old woman in Pekalongan city were killed when the buildings they were in collapsed, national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.“Several hospitals in several areas have also been damaged and patients had to be evacuated,” Nugroho said.A hospital in Banyumas suffered damaged ceilings, cracked walls and leaks to oxygen pipelines, forcing about 70 patients to be moved to temporary shelters.At least a hundred houses were damaged across West Java and Central Java provinces, the national disaster mitigation agency said.The agency was still evaluating the impact of the disaster and urged people to be cautious and stay alert.Jakarta resident Web Warouw, 50, was on the 18th floor of a building in the capital when the quake struck just before midnight local time (1700 GMT).“Suddenly, we felt dizzy… We then realised it was a quake and immediately ran downstairs,” Warouw told AFP.Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.Some 170,000 lives were lost when a 9.1-magnitude quake and tsunami struck Aceh in December 2004, which also hit coastal areas as far away as Somalia.An earthquake struck the country’s western Aceh province again in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.last_img read more