David Pocock suspended after choking Chiefs number eight

first_imgTuesday Apr 5, 2016 David Pocock suspended after choking Chiefs number eight Brumbies forward David Pocock has been suspended for three weeks for a dangerous bit of play againt the Chiefs at the weekend. Pocock was cited and has since pleaded guilty to the charge, after he basically put Michael Leitch in a choke hold in a maul. Pocock was cited following the match after the Citing Commissioner deemed the incident, in which he was effectively strangling Leitch, to have met the red card threshold for foul play.SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Cassleden accepted a guilty plea from Pocock during the disciplinary hearing after he was charged with having contravened Law 10.4(e) Playing a player without the ball is dangerous play.Pocock got his arm around the head of Japanese captain Leitch during a maul late in the game, and despite Leitch’s clear protestations and ‘tapping out’, Pocock wouldn’t realease him.Leitch had to spend some time recovering, and while the referee checked with the TMO to see what had happened, they didn’t spend long enough looking at the footage, so missed it.Pocock has been suspended for three weeks. Due to the fact the Brumbies have a bye in Rd 7, Pocock will miss Rd 8 and Rd 9 of Super Rugby, in effect making it a two match sanction.APOLOGY UPDATEPocock has issued an official apology via his website. In it he stated the following:“Yesterday I faced the judiciary for the first time in my rugby career. I am incredibly disappointed with my actions. I endeavour to play the game I love in a way that reflects the kind of toughness and decency I think rugby can teach us. “On Saturday night I did not live up to those standards, placing Michael Leitch in danger by binding on his neck in a maul. It was not my intention to hurt Michael, but in these sorts of circumstances it is not intention that matters. I am grateful that World Rugby and SANZAAR are concerned about making the game safer for all of us. “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to Michael. And to apologise to the Chiefs, Brumbies and all those who follow rugby. I’d also like to apologise to my team mates who I will let down over the next few weeks while suspended.”ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Concern about state broadcaster’s decision to fire two employees

first_img Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Kosovo News KosovoEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns a decision by Kosovo’s leading state-owned radio and TV broadcaster director-general, to fire newsroom editor Arsim Halili and RTK union president Fadil Hoxha for allegedly posing a “threat” to RTK and causing “serious damage” to its image. Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage KosovoEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information June 14, 2018 Find out more August 18, 2017 Find out more Organisation June 29, 2020 Find out more to go further April 4, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about state broadcaster’s decision to fire two employees Their dismissals coincided with the start of a parliamentary debate on management problems at RTK.RTK director-general Mentor Shala fired Halili and Hoxha on 26 March after they denounced cases of censorship and other irregularities on behalf of the RTK union. In recent months, they had also called for RTK to be “returned to the public” and to stop following a political agenda.“We strongly fear that the sole aim of these two dismissals is to silence criticism of RTK’s management and, in particular, criticism of censorship within this public broadcaster,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said. “We urge RTK’s board of governors to rescind these dismissals. Halili and Hoxha drew attention to censorship and other practices that deserve a thorough investigation, one that could call in to question Mentor Shala’s right to continue in his current position. In this light, the grounds he gave for the dismissals seem spurious.”Defending the dismissals, Shala claimed that Hoxha posed “a potential risk of causing serious damage to RTK” and had “repeatedly violated the rules of material and disciplinary responsibility, by failing to fulfil the duties specified in his contract of employment.”He also accused Hoxha of “trying to create a negative impression” of RTK in unauthorized public statements and of “damaging the image of the RTK, which constitutes a grave violation of discipline.”Shala accused Halili of “public attacks in unauthorized statements (…) presenting untruths and causing harm to the image of RTK (…) violating the rules for material and disciplinary responsibility and ignoring written requests from his immediate superior.”Insisting that the two employees had, on the contrary, been trying to repair RTK’s damaged image, the union has organised so far several demonstrations to demand their reinstatement.Their dismissals were announced on the day that parliament was due to begin debating the situation at RTK and the management problems raised by the union, which had asked parliamentarians to insist on a change of direction.Parliament finally adopted several recommendations on RTK yesterday, including a request to the board of governors to “examine” the dismissal of Halili and Hoxha.Lack of independenceKosovo’s biggest public broadcaster, RTK has a 10-million-euro annual budget that is voted by parliament. In its 15 years of existence, it has repeatedly avoided covering many of the country’s endemic problems including in the first place organized crime, corruption and government mismanagement.The 400-member RTK union – the public broadcaster’s biggest union – asked parliament to investigate mismanagement at RTK last year after the board of governors released contradictory figures about income and debts, with discrepancies of 3 million to 5 million euros. As a result of this request, Hoxha appeared before parliamentarians.Halili, who is also the RTK union’s deputy president, was one of a group of 12 deputy editors who publicly criticized RTK’s editor in chief and another deputy editor in early March, accusing them of putting political pressure on their colleagues. The renewal of their contracts last month triggered a wave of protest within RTK, with the result that the board of governments finally rescinded the renewals.Kosovo is ranked 87th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.(© Photo : KOHA) RSF_en News Concern about investigative reporter’s disappearance in Serbia News Kosovar investigative journalist assaulted in Pristinalast_img read more

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Sr. Norma Pimentel reflects on the immigrant experience in Center for Social Concerns lecture

first_imgNotre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns hosted its 2020 Annual Rev. Bernie Clark C.S.C lecture virtually Wednesday evening, highlighting justice in the world. The event, entitled “Justice at the Border: The Dignity of Human Life at the Core of Our Faith,” welcomed Sr. Norma Pimentel who shared her personal experience as an immigrant.Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2020,” Pimentel is a sister with the Missionaries of Jesus and a licensed professional counselor. Devoted to service, she is the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Real Grande Valley, leading various programs that benefit the lives of those in need. Her efforts to make a difference in the community brought her acknowledgement as a recipient of the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. “Keep the Dream Alive” Award from Catholic Charities USA and a nomination for “Texan of the Year.”Pimentel is an immigrant from Mexico, and crossed the border into the U.S. while her mother was still pregnant with her. Her father believed that bringing his family to the U.S. would give them better opportunities.“My dad as a young father, like many other parents [came] to the United States in search of an opportunity to provide a dignified life for his family,” Pimentel said.Growing up, she traveled back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico with citizenship in both countries, always face-to-face with the reality of immigration. Pimentel explained how “it has been a blessing to have the richness of two cultures defining” who she is. Her personal experience as an immigrant influenced her to help families arriving at the border, she said.“I heard many horrific stories of the atrocities that we as a nation were contributing with our own technology,” Pimentel said. “This is when I began to better understand the injustices that our nation was a part of.”She noticed many children traveling to the border by themselves, in very poor conditions, as their parents could not afford to go with them. After being granted access into the U.S., the immigrants had no necessities or guidance. They were alone, hungry and fearful. Pimentel recalled working to alleviate their suffering through border control.Immigrants still face hardship today, Pimentel said, and she stressed the need for policies that prioritize human life over political conflict. She believes that it is the responsibility of the people to address the humanitarian crisis and initiate change.“It is disheartening to see so many people suffering, people who are hurting, and those who can make a difference are not taking action to do so,” Pimentel said.Pimentel asked the audience to be open to hearing the stories of refugees, and to make an earnest attempt to understand their struggles. She said she believes that people can make a difference in the lives of those who suffer at the border, underscoring that it is America’s responsibility to help refugees, instead of rejecting them with inhumane policies.To inspire the audience to participate in solving this refugee crisis, Pimentel shared a quote from Pope Francis.“By coming together, we can accomplish a lot of good,” she said. “Collectively, we can make a difference. It takes all of us to build a better tomorrow for everyone.”Tags: border, Center for Social Concerns, Immigration, immigration crisis, Refugees, Sr. Norma Pimentellast_img read more

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Man charged with multiple drug-related felonies following raid

first_imgThe Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force says 42-year-old Demetrius Drummond of Binghamton was charged with three criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (sub 1) and one count criminal possession of a controlled substance in the in the 3rd degree (sub 12), both felonies. Police say 62 grams of fentanyl, two grams of cocaine and drug packaging materials were found in the residence. He was also charged with three counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a misdemeanor.center_img (WBNG) — Authorities charged one person Wednesday after the execution of a narcotics search warrant on Tremont Avenue in Binghamton.last_img

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Lakers’ LeBron James hints at NBA ownership in his future

first_imgBut James, who has three more years remaining on his contract, insisted there’s time left for his team ownership ambitions. He also has hopes for playing with one or more of his sons (oldest son LeBron Jr. is in the eighth grade), and as one of the league’s leading scorers and assist men, his production suggests retirement is some time off.James loudly trumpeted that sentiment.“I got a lot more game to play – I got a lot,” he said. “A ton more years to play this game and suit up and be in a Lakers uniform. Once we get to that point, we’ll cross that path. Hopefully, I can sit up here and answer questions as a player for a long time.”KUZMA QUICKLY BOUNCED FROM SKILLS CHALLENGEFor all the buckets he scored the night before, Kuzma could not get a key one as he was knocked out of the eight-man Skills Challenge by Dallas’ Luka Doncic in the first round on All-Star Saturday night.It was easy-come, easy-go for Kuzma, who scored 35 points in an MVP performance in the Rising Stars game on Friday.“The practice round, I didn’t miss,” Kuzma quipped. “But that doesn’t count for the real thing.”The contest was won by Boston’s Jayson Tatum, one of Kuzma’s rivals from the 2017 draft class. The Skills Challenge is the least prestigious of the three contests. Brooklyn’s Joe Harris won the 3-point contest, while Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo won the Slam Dunk in a total rout, with a highlight of dunking over Shaquille O’Neal.Kuzma said he was pleased to have concluded his second straight All-Star Weekend, and teased that he has bigger ambitions for next season.“It’s been very, very fun,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of this and can’t wait till next year.”NBA, FIBA ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR PRO LEAGUE IN AFRICAThe NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa.The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is among those who are expected to have direct involvement with the league’s plan to keep growing the game in Africa through the league and other initiatives.The scope of what Obama’s involvement will be remains unknown, and it’s yet to be determined which existing club teams will be part of the league. Qualification tournaments will be held later this year to determine those clubs, with teams from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia expected to be among those taking part. No nation will have more than two teams in the league.“As we’ve been talking about this concept over the last several months, there’s been a tremendous reception from many of our NBA team owners … and in addition, several of the partners of the NBA have expressed a strong desire to work with us in Africa,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.Silver said Pepsi and Nike’s Jordan Brand – Charlotte owner Michael Jordan was among the owners in the room where Silver made the announcement – are among the partners who have reached out to the NBA and said they want to be part of the Africa league. Silver also said that Obama, an enormous basketball fan, has told him he wants to “be directly involved with these activities in Africa.”Silver said talks between the NBA and Obama are ongoing. Obama spoke on a video that was shown during the event where Silver announced the league.“I hope you know through sport, that if you put in effort, you will be rewarded,” Obama said. “I hope you learn through sport what it means to play as a team, and even if you are the best player, your job is not just to show off but your job is to make your teammates better.”The NBA and FIBA’s involvement will include financial support and resources toward continued growing of the game on the continent, as well as providing training for players, coaches and referees and some infrastructure for the new league. Silver said there are 438 companies in Africa that generate more than $1 billion in revenue annually, but that sport there has not seen the same growth – yet.The NBA has held three games in Africa since 2015, all of them selling out – two games in Johannesburg, the other in Pretoria. Many of the league’s current players and coaches, along with several legends and Hall of Famers, have been part of those trips.“I went with them last year,” Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said. “The NBA reaches out across the world.”Thirteen players who were born in Africa were on opening-night NBA rosters this season. The league also built an academy in Senegal that opened nearly two years ago.The NBA says more details about the new league will be released in the coming months.News services contributed to this notebook. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James, team owner?It could happen. But James isn’t looking for it to be anytime soon.All-Star weekend has laid fertile ground for comparisons between Michael Jordan, the NBA’s star of the past, to James, the league’s star of today. Both have won multiple championships. Both have won multiple league MVP awards. And both are high on the league’s all-time statistical lists, with James poised to pass Jordan on the scoring list this season if he can stay healthy.The next natural step to be like Mike would be team ownership. Jordan is the principal stakeholder of the Charlotte Hornets, the hosts of this year’s All-Star Game, and is the most prominent former player who is now an owner. Grant Hill owns a stake of the Atlanta Hawks. James has expressed keen interest recently, saying there was “no maybe about it” in an interview with the Athletic.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDuring Saturday’s All-Star media availability, he had put the idea at least temporarily on the backburner.“It’s not that it’s intoxicating to me, and I don’t think about it on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “I was asked a question and I answered it how I felt at that point in time. I believe if I wanted to, I could own a team or be part of a basketball team. I know I got so much knowledge of the game that I don’t want to – once I stop playing – (want to just) get away from the game.”In November, Forbes estimated that James has a net worth of $450 million, and money is always a key piece of team ownership. He also has a minority stake in Liverpool FC in the Premier League, so ownership would not be a totally new game.There’s a special kind of reverence for what Jordan has accomplished. No other former player is a majority owner, and there have been only two African-American owners in league history, including Jordan. It represents a type of power that is out of reach for nearly all of the NBA’s stars, millionaires that they are.“Just getting there is probably the hardest part,” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “Then putting on top of that is being an African-American owner, which is almost unheard of. You never see no type of African-American owner in any sports and almost never in the business world.”last_img read more

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