2 killed in Central Florida during New Year’s party shooting

first_imgOrange County Sheriff’s responded to a scene at a club in a shopping plaza north of Orlando after a shooting occurred that left two men dead.According to reports, over 250 people fled the scene after the shots were fired.Security was at the event but appeared to be outside when the shooting broke out.“We are told some security guards were outside at the time of the shooting, but investigators say they don’t believe they screened or searched any of the party-goers before entering,” Jamie Hoffman of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.Officials say they are still looking for a suspect.last_img

Racing action at Limerick Junction

first_imgThe first of two listed races is the 5 furlong Kilfrush Stud Abergwaun Stakes at 5.35 with four English-trained runners taking up the challenge. The home defence is led by Tipperary trainer Tom Hogan’s talented filly Dikta Del Mar.The Coolmore Stud Canford Cliffs Stakes at 6.35 is the second listed race on the card.The action at the Limerick Junction track gets underway at 5.05.last_img

Racing Post moves to acquire ANZ Bloodstock News.

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Submit Matthew Camacho – Racing Post BloodstockHorseracing media firm the Racing Post has confirmed that it has moved to fully acquired Bloodstock Media Limited, the media owner of ANZ Bloodstock News.The media acquisition sees Racing Post takeover all Bloodstock Media assets, the leading news authority for the Australasian bloodstock industry.Racing Post management stated that it would begin to combine the resources of its Racing Post UK assets with ANZ Bloodstock.Matthew Camacho, Racing Post Bloodstock Director, said: “We are really excited to be extending our global bloodstock footprint with the acquisition of ANZ Bloodstock News.“The Australian racing and bloodstock industry has been a growing global success story for some time. It is impossible not to be impressed. ANZ are the number one source of news and information for the bloodstock industry in Australia and New Zealand, so the acquisition made perfect strategic sense for us.“At the same time, the bloodstock markets between Europe, US, Asia and Australasia are increasingly intertwined and complementary, which also gives the Racing Post a natural opportunity to leverage our own expertise.“Bloodstock is a key growth area for Racing Post and we look forward to reinforcing our position as the leading source for bloodstock information worldwide.”Racing Post Bloodstock is the largest racing and bloodstock media business in the world, serving the industry for over 30 years. The ‘Post’ sets the standard for bloodstock editorial and is recognised globally as the leading source of racing, breeding and sales coverage, with an unrivalled blend of incisive reporting, essential features and a vast, comprehensive database.last_img read more

Yasiel Puig has a memorable night in Dodgers’ 7-1 win

first_img“At the point I am in my career, I’m just trying to make pitches,” Beckett said. “I want to keep it close, give it a chance to win. I’m not really bearing down in the second inning with nobody on thinking these guys aren’t going to score. These guys are going to hit.”Combined with a loss by the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers (22-19) pulled within 3 1/2 games of first place in the National League West.The sixth inning made all the difference.With one out, Dee Gordon stretched a routine-looking ground ball into right field into a double, using a head-first slide to beat a one-hop, off-line throw from Giancarlo Stanton. The next five batters didn’t leave as much room for suspense.Puig drew a four-pitch walk. Hanley Ramirez doubled into a vacant left-field corner, scoring Puig and Gordon to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Adrian Gonzalez pulled a double down the right-field line that scored Ramirez. Kemp singled into left field, scoring Gonzalez and forcing the Marlins’ bullpen into another early entrance.Turner needed only 52 pitches to get through the first five innings, allowing four hits and no runs. The right-hander threw 21 pitches in the sixth inning while recording just one out.With left-hander Dan Jennings on the mound, Crawford sent Kemp to third base with a single. Justin Turner was robbed when Stanton ran down his fly ball to deep right field, but Kemp tagged up and scored, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead. For once, it was more than enough run support for Beckett. Prior to Tuesday, he had been receiving the least run support of any Dodger starter, 2.86 per game. As a result, he began the season with no-decisions and a loss. The Marlins rallied for a run in the seventh inning against Beckett and Chris Perez was summoned from the bullpen to record the final two outs of the inning. The run was unearned by virtue of a passed ball charged to catcher Drew Butera.Brandon League and Jamey Wright pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively.Puig would have given the crowd what they came for regardless of his performance. It was his first-ever bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium. “It came out nice,” Puig said, “but I think it looks like Uribe.” Under the circumstances it would have been a shame for Puig to play poorly in a 7-1 Dodgers win over the Miami Marlins. Instead, he extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a 2-for-3 performance.“He had an incredible night,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He seems to be growing up before our eyes.”Puig doubled in one run and scored another as the Dodgers scored five times in the sixth inning against Marlins starter Jacob Turner (0-1) to break open a 0-0 game. Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford both finished 2 for 4, and the Dodgers collected 12 hits as a team.That allowed Dodgers starter Josh Beckett (1-1) to win his first game since Sept. 30, 2012, ending a streak of 14 starts without a victory. The veteran right-hander didn’t allow an earned run in 6 1/3 innings, lowering his earned-run average to 2.59.Beckett walked three and struck out six. With a runner on third base and one out in the fourth inning, he whiffed Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jones to preserve the scoreless tie. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img There were moments Tuesday when Yasiel Puig looked super-human. In the seventh inning, Puig threw a strike to home plate from roughly 300 feet away, albeit an instant too late to throw out Garrett Jones attempting to score from third base.But the Dodgers’ right fielder produces a lot of super-human moments on a baseball field. It was more special, and a unique moment in Puig’s career, when his mother threw the ceremonial first pitch. For the announced crowd of 50,349 in attendance at Dodger Stadium, it was Puig at his most human.“I felt really happy about my mom throwing out the first pitch,” he said. “It was great to play a great game for her — not only for her, but for all the fans.”last_img read more

Lakers’ Luke Walton will likely change lineups throughout season

first_img“Players have habits,” Walton said. “I think when you get tired and fatigued, you fall back on what you naturally do.”To break up that monotony, Walton put together a nearly two-hour practice that mostly involved scrimmaging. He will also give the players off on Sunday. Once the Lakers return to work on Monday, they will have finalized their opening day roster.Although Walton spoke with his staff and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on Saturday, it appears unlikely the Lakers will determine how to cut their 17-man roster down to 15 until before the NBA’s deadline at 2 p.m. PT on Monday. The candidates will include Metta World Peace, Thomas Robinson and Yi Jianlian, all of whom practiced on Saturday. Loving touch Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The pre-game ritual involves more than just film study and an impassioned speech. Tom Herman, the University of Houston’s football coach, will also kiss his players on the cheek. “I’m not going to kiss any of our guys, but I like leading by love. But I had hippie parents,” said Walton, referring to his Hall of Famer father (Bill) and his mother (Susie). “That’s to be expected. That’s the way I was raised.” Walton has not always maintained his normally laid-back demeanor during training camp. During the Lakers’ exhibition loss to Golden State this week in San Diego, Walton could be heard talking to his players in a stern tone during timeouts. “It’s still about holding them accountable,” Walton said. “I don’t think you’re doing any of the ones you love any favors, if you’re not telling them what they need to hear when they mess up. But I’m not a big fan of embarrassing people and screaming them at some of people. If it’s something I need to talk about, you can do it in private.”Still, Walton noted that none of his coaches yelled at him at University of Arizona (Lute Olson), the Lakers (Phil Jackson) and the Cavaliers (Byron Scott). That explained why he “loves basketball so much.” “If we’re being lazy, he’ll get on us pretty good,” Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. said. “Luke’s the kind of coach that like you just don’t want to disappoint. It sounds weird saying it. But it’s almost like a parent. They don’t have to yell or scream or anything like that. But there’s the fear of disappointing him.”Injury updateAfter missing Friday’s preseason finale against Phoenix, Mozgov practiced on Saturday. Lakers guard Jose Calderon sat for the past week (left calf), but is expected to return for the season opener against Houston. center_img The eight-game slate concluded with Lakers coach Luke Walton telling his players he felt pleased with both their progress and effort. But that hardly left him satisfied. The Lakers enter their season opener against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday at Staples Center with a litany of issues he hopes to address. Although the starting lineup will likely feature D’Angelo Russell, Lou Williams, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov, that lineup is far from definitive amid the team’s slow starts. “I’ve gotten a pretty good feel for the second unit group, but we have to figure something out with the starting group,” Walton said. “Until we get that under control, those lineups are probably going to change.”Walton also wondered if the Lakers will get their fouling under control. They have averaged 24.5 fouls per game, sixth worst in the NBA. Walton attributed those numbers on delayed rotations, gambling and reaching. last_img read more

Chris Paul says he’s ‘excited’ to play for Thunder after Rockets trade

first_img Thunder’s Sam Presti, Billy Donovan receive death threats over recent moves “So thankful to the city of Houston for all your generosity and kindness toward my family and me these past few years!” Paul wrote. “I’m truly blessed to have amazing fans who continue to support me throughout my career.“I’m excited to be joining (the Thunder) next season and for this new opportunity to compete alongside my Thunder teammates. I started my NBA career playing in Oklahoma City with the New Orleans Hornets and I look forward to returning!” Related News Russell Westbrook is ‘the most important player’ in Thunder history, Sam Presti says NBA trade rumors: Clippers inquired about these stars before dealing for Paul George So thankful to the city of Houston for all your generosity and kindness toward my family and me these past few years! I’m truly blessed to have amazing fans who continue to support me throughout my career. I’m excited to be joining @okcthunder next season and for this new opportunity to compete alongside my Thunder teammates. I started my NBA career playing in Oklahoma City with the New Orleans Hornets and I look forward to returning!A post shared by Chris Paul (@cp3) on Jul 24, 2019 at 3:57pm PDTPaul, a nine-time All-Star, struggled with injuries and had a down season in 2018-19, but he’s still a valuable floor leader and scorer, despite his massive contract (three years, $124.1 million).Oklahoma City was reportedly looking to flip Paul and had some initial discussions with the Heat, but no deal materialized, and he is expected to begin the season with the team.center_img View this post on Instagram “Getting a player of Chris’ caliber gives us another experienced playmaker and leader, while the additional draft picks continue to allow us to further commit to the long-term vision that we are embarking on for the Thunder,” general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. “We welcome Chris back to Oklahoma City where as a member of the Hornets he helped to pave the way for the Thunder’s arrival in OKC.”The Thunder are expected to enter a major rebuild after moving Westbrook, Paul George and Jerami Grant in July. Chris Paul is ready for his new opportunity.The 34-year-old guard was sent from the Rockets, along with multiple draft picks, to the Thunder this month as part of the Russell Westbrook trade. Paul — who briefly played in Oklahoma City at the beginning of his career when the Hornets were displaced by Hurricane Katrina — addressed the move in an Instagram post Wednesday.last_img read more

On 8-7 vote, Iowa Senate panel approves death penalty in limited cases (AUDIO)

first_imgDES MOINES — Eight Republicans on a state senate committee have narrowly approved a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for people convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a child in Iowa.Senator Jake Chapman, a Republican from Adel, said polls show Iowans support the death penalty in these cases. “We’re talking about the most heinous acts that can happen here in Iowa,” Chapman said. “There isn’t anything much worse than what we’re discussing.”Senator Kevin Kinney, a Democrat from Oxford, is a retired Johnson County Deputy. He investigated the 2005 kidnapping, rape and murder of 10-year-old Jetseta Gage of Cedar Rapids — and Kinney said he’s visited the cell of Roger Bentley, the girl’s killer who was sentenced to life in prison.“He is living a deplorable life…If we kill him, that would be a gift to him,” Kinney said. “…I want him to sit in there and rot for the rest of his life.”Senator Jason Schultz, a Republican from Schleswig, said the death penalty is about justice for victims.“I believe the death penalty is pro-life because I’m worried about the victim. I’m not worried about the perpetrator,” Schultz said. “I think the perpetrator made his own decisions.”Senator Rob Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids who joined all Democrats in the committee in opposing the bill, quoted from the Bible.“‘Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they would turn from their wickedness and live,’” Hogg said. “If you kill somebody, that person has no opportunity to repent.”Senator Schultz responded by quoting from Genesis.“‘If a man sheds blood, then his blood shall be shed by man,’” Schultz said. “…It is for this reason that government bears the flaming sword — to implement justice.”Senator Tony Bisignano, a Democrat from Des Moines, said the death penalty is about vengeance.“Any murder is heinous, but we’re a civilized society and I think life in prison without parole truly is a punishment,” Bisignano said. “I think, to me, it’s more punishing.”And Bisignano raised the specter of wrongful convictions that have lead other states to execute the innocent. Senator Julian Garrett, a Republican from Indianola, responded.“We can be pretty sure when we’ve got DNA evidence that we’re going the right thing,” Garrett said.The Senate’s Republican leader has not indicated whether the bill will be scheduled for debate in the senate. The bill has 20 Republican co-sponsors, but 26 “yes” votes are required to pass bills in the senate.AUDIO of Senate Judiciary Committee debate of bill, 27:00last_img read more

South Sound Reading Month at The Sweetest Things

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Sweetest ThingsThe Sweetest Things, a local artisan gift boutique that empowers women in business and the community, is partnering with the South Sound Reading Foundation during the month of August. The South Sound Reading Foundation aims to get kids reading through reading workshops, summer reading programs, and other literacy resources.The Sweetest Things is doing a baby board book drive during the month of August. Bring by your gently-used board books to The Sweetest Things during store hours throughout the month of August and get 10% OFF any purchase! We’re also accepting any parenting books for moms!For more information about how you can help in August, be sure to follow our Facebook page. Learn more about South Sound Reading Foundation on their website.The Sweetest Things, LLC is a gift boutique that opened in September of 2017 and a partner location of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes. Located in the Lacey Fred Meyer complex off exit 108 between Koibito Japanese Restaurant and 9-1-1 Driving School.last_img read more

UFC obliging troubled Greg Hardy’s desire for 2nd chance

first_imgYes, his Twitter handle @greghardyjr was printed underneath his name to let fans know how to find the hulking heavyweight on social media. UFC enthusiasts and social media pundits had already pounced on the disgraced former NFL defensive end:— “he can beat up women that’s for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— “why is this woman beater in the UFC?”— “which woman fighter is he gonna beat up?” FILE – In this Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, file photo, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy arrives prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy says he is “haunted” by his high-profile domestic violence past and wants to prove he has changed as he makes his debut in UFC, a promotion that hasn’t hesitated to embrace fighters with legal or drug problems. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)NEW YORK — Greg Hardy’s eyes popped as he saw his name in bold print on the oversized placard that identified him as a UFC fighter.“That’s dope! It’s got my Twitter thing on it,” Hardy said with a laugh.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. His debut comes one month after UFC allowed Jon Jones to compete following a positive drug test, moving an entire fight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles because Nevada regulators wouldn’t license the troubled superstar. It’s also several months after Dana White, UFC’s president, condemned Conor McGregor for his criminal act of throwing a wheeled cart at a bus full of fighters, then turned around and used the video footage to hype up an October megafight between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, a bout that itself ended in a melee.Scrutiny of Hardy’s ascent grew among fans when he was placed on the same card as flyweight Rachael Ostovich, who is fighting Paige VanZant. Honolulu police arrested Ostovich’s husband, Arnold Berdon, who pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and is accused of punching his wife in the head, face and ribs, fracturing her eye socket.White has defended having the two intertwined fighters on the same card and said he had Ostovich’s approval to book Hardy.“From the minute I called her, there was never a situation,” White said. “She didn’t know who Hardy was. She didn’t know anything about it. She said, ‘His situation isn’t my situation. They’re completely different. I don’t even know the guy and I’ll have no problem with any of this.’”Ostovich said in New York that she talked to Hardy this week to “squash whatever might be happening.”“Let’s work together and use this to help other people from both sides,” she said. “It wasn’t bothering me. It was just something that was on my mind and on my heart that I wanted to go in and meet with him.”Hardy appreciated the chat.“She’s a phenomenal person,” he said. “It shows greatness that she went through what she went through and came here to kick butt.”Ostovich was pulled from her fight against VanZant because of the severity of the injuries suffered in her attack, only to insist she could compete as she saw other fighters clamor for the marquee spot.She had earned her spot in Brooklyn and, once medically cleared — she wanted to clear the slate with Hardy. View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Jhack Tepora spearheads PH fighters in Pacquiao-Broner undercard Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Keep scrolling and scrolling and the majority of the 240-character sentiments strike similar opinions: Hardy doesn’t deserve a chance to fight for UFC.Hardy understands those who want to wash their hands of someone arrested for assaulting a woman. While still playing football, Hardy was convicted in July 2014 of assaulting and threatening a woman who contended the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder threw her in a bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. He appealed, and prosecutors in North Carolina eventually dismissed domestic violence charges in February 2015, saying the accuser in the case couldn’t be found. The court heard the woman had reached a civil settlement with Hardy.“I do revisit the past at night,” Hardy said Thursday. “I’m haunted and I am a broken man. But at the end of the day, I’ve got to build myself back up.”Hardy wants to show he has changed as he makes his debut in UFC, a promotion that hasn’t hesitated to embrace fighters with legal or drug problems. His co-headline spot in a heavyweight bout Saturday night comes at a key moment for the MMA giant, its first show in its $1.5-billion contract with ESPN.Hardy played 12 football games in 2015 under a $13.1 million deal with the Cowboys before turning to professional fighting, where his rise has been rapid. The 30-year-old breezed through six fights — none lasting past the first round — and won a contract through a UFC reality show.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “If I was pulled from the card because of my situation and being at home just recovering and thinking about it, I would have been at home Saturday night watching my fight and just be so crushed,” she said. “It feels so much better to be here than not.”Hardy feels similarly about a new lease on life as an athlete. He was cheery — downright happy-go-lucky — and did not shy away from answering questions about his past, even as he was light on specifics.And he’s already made a great impression on the new boss.“The guy is gifted. He’s a great athlete. He looks good so far,” White said. “When he hits people, they go down.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I felt like that was the right thing for me to do,” he said. “I totally get it. I understand why people would have a hard time grasping the whole situation and why things happen. But I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe we can change our surroundings for a positive thing.”Hardy has had few positives since he had 15 sacks for the Carolina Panthers in 2013 when he was picked for the Pro Bowl. He was arrested on a cocaine possession charge in a Dallas suburb in 2016.“I’ve grown in every way possible and the people around me have helped me do that,” Hardy said. “Everything’s changed as far as the sport, the venues and myself. Please keep watching and find out for yourself.”Hardy hopped down the stage after the ceremonial staredown against Allen Crowder and gave White a big bro hug.But not all observers backed UFC’s decision to sign Hardy.“It’s quite offensive. It’s gross,” said Kiersten Stewart, director of public policy at Futures Without Violence, a national group that works to prevent domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. “It’s about making money off domestic violence. It really minimizes the harm that domestic violence does.”Stewart said Ostovich had every right to fight at Barclays Center with Hardy, but raised the question: “Why was she put in this position?”White said it was a moot point.“These are two UFC fighters and eventually they would have ended up on the same card anyway,” White said. “It could be this fight or it could be 10 fights from now.”Win or lose, Ostovich knows she’ll end her combat in the cage in tears. She’s been publicly stoic in the face of probing questions about her abuse and Hardy’s presence and is ready to let her emotions out once the bell rings. Through all the adversity, there was nowhere else she wanted to be but New York.last_img read more

Nation’s Road Network Needs Urgent GOL Attention

first_imgMany Liberian socio-economic and political commentators have repeatedly reminded the government that a good road network should be one of the nation’s top priorities.These pundits have also stressed that 99 percent of what Liberians do in terms of movement, interaction and economic activity, depend the country’s roads.They have continually emphasized that a safe and modern road network would help boost vibrant economic and political activities throughout the country. Something everyone in the nation hopes for through 2014 and beyond.  Liberians of all walks of life have endured deplorable road conditions for years.Urban markets, supermarkets and restaurants depend on locally produced commodities from rural Liberia to enhance profit and meet the demands of Monrovia’s population of 1.2 million.Education & Impediments:One commentator said that better roads would make it possible for better equipped schools could be built in rural Liberia. However, if the road leading to that school’s surrounding community is in a poor condition, monitoring and supervision become illusive. Several community colleges have been established in some strategic parts of Liberia in order to deter urban migration by the nation’s youth in search of education.Reports gathered from those community colleges continue to emphasize the difficulties these institutions face in the timely provision of educational materials.If such conditions exist with large institutions, then what will become of a small school placed in the remote village of Boutou, in Nimba County?Health & Medical Provision:The Liberian Government and its support and development partners have constructed many medical facilities in hard-to-reach communities in both urban and rural Liberia.The intents and purposes of these facilities— according to health authorities— are for Liberians and foreigners to have access and affordable medical care at any given point in time at any place in the country.A nurse assigned at a health post in Lukasu, Lawou Kazarku told the Observer that they see their supervisors and others   associated with the health center ‘once in a blue moon.’ A situation owed to the terrible condition of the road. This state of affairs is only made worse during the Rainy Season.Ms. Kazarku underscored the need for sustained and uninterrupted services to such remote parts of the country in order to ensure the safety and protection of rural Liberians.Nurse Kazarku concluded by urging the Liberian Government and its support partners to prioritize the building of the roads for the sake of all Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more