Local Lawmaker Steps Down, Apologizes to Opponent for Gay Slur

first_imgJacquet released a statement Tuesday afternoon, which reads in part, “In the heat of the moment, I said something I should not have said,” Jacquet said. “I apologize for my words that have offended some of my colleagues.”However, Hardy tells The Palm Beach Post he rejected the apology because, “This was an attempt to, in my opinion, to cover up the ugliness in himself that he revealed on Friday.” A local state lawmaker stepped down Wednesday as a ranking member of the House Democrats’ Rules Committee, after a Facebook Live video showed him using a homophobic slur that was directed at his political opponent.Representative Al Jacquet discusses various topics in the video, which he posted last Friday, before he focuses on the upcoming primary and his opponent, Lake Worth Beach Commissioner Omari Hardy.“I hear they got sleepy Hardy!” Jacquet says in the clip. “That’s all good. That’s their union boy, their (expletive), union boy.”The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council had asked the Florida House of Representatives to censure Jacquet or remove him from office before he gave up his role during a House Democrats caucus meeting on Wednesday.According to Samantha Gross, a South Florida newspaper reporter:Jacquet says he got passionate and heated and said the wrong thing.“Nothing I said was an attack on any group … I should not have used the word … it’s like saying ‘I love you’ but instead saying ‘I love your big head.’”— Samantha J. Gross (@samanthajgross) February 19, 2020 Hardy says, “I was disappointed. I was appalled, and I was offended. I ask that my fellow electeds condemn the Representative’s use of this slur, and I ask that the Representative apologize for using it.”He adds, “While I am not gay, I was raised in a same-sex household by my two mothers, and I am offended for them and for the broader LGBTQ community here in Palm Beach County, where I serve.”My opponent for Florida House District 88 referred to me using a gay slur. While I’m not gay, I am offended for our LGBTQ community in Palm Beach County and across the state of Florida. His bigoted rhetoric has no place in our politics. https://t.co/Baok2u6elW— Commissioner Omari Hardy (@OmariJHardy) February 18, 2020last_img read more

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Water polo promotes new co-head coach

first_imgTwo brains are better than one · After leading the men’s water polo program solo for 21 seasons, Jovan Vavic is promoting long-time assistant and former player Marko Pintaric to a co-coaching position. Daily Trojan file photoThe men’s water polo team has consistently been a dominant force in the pool and is now adding a second head coach to their ranks. Marko Pintaric, recently named co-head coach of the men’s water polo program, adds to this intense atmosphere, joining head coach Jovan Vavic by the pool.During the spring, Pintaric was in full control of the men’s team. While head coach Jovan Vavic would most likely be yelling at the women’s team he also coaches, Pintaric, nicknamed “Pinta” by his players, would be ripping a male athlete, even though they won’t play a game until September. This shows a fundamental aspect of the program: Even during offseason, it is still important for each player to give 100 percent during practice.“During the offseason, all the guys enjoy Pinta’s style just as much as Jovan’s, and we are all eager to get better and get ready for the upcoming season,” junior James Walters said.Though Pintaric may yell, he also brings an aura of understanding to each practice, as he has been on the receiving end of all the yelling himself. Before Pintaric was on the coaching staff, he played collegiately for the Trojans in 1997 and 1998. He scored an iconic buzzer beater goal from half the length of the pool to win the 1998 National Championship and was named National Player of the Year. He graduated with a degree in communication and went on to pursue a master’s degree in the same subject.Pintaric, who hails from Zagreb, Croatia, explained that one of the biggest benefits of playing under Vavic is the connection he has with the international players. Only someone who has been a student athlete at USC can understand the difficulty of the task. Since he has experienced both sides, Pintaric has picked up little shortcuts that can help players succeed  in school and water polo.“You face adversity being a student athlete at USC,” Pintaric said. “You are competing with the best kids in the world in the classroom and in the pool. You have to not only be eligible, but you’re also working to win a national championship.”Another perk of playing under Vavic was how much Pintaric learned from him about his coaching philosophy. Pintaric said that Vavic is the most diligent coach he has played for and he has picked up on many of his habits. Vavic is not known to let any pass — let alone practice — slide without scrutiny, and his contagious work ethic was passed along to Pintaric.“Pinta, as a coach, is very good at ironing out all the kinks, especially the little things that we don’t see,” Walters said. “He helps us see things in new ways, like with shooting, passing and different variations of defense.”Since Pintaric began coaching in 1999, his specialty has been coaching the goalies, even though he himself never played the position. The first goalie he coached was still a close friend, as they were on the team together the previous year.“Coaching goalies was completely unknown to me,” Pintaric said. “The position has taught me to look at water polo from a different angle, which has helped my learning curve in any aspect of the game, not just coaching the goalies.”In this year’s Olympics alone, Pintaric has three goalies who he has previously or currently coached participating, representing the United States, Australia and Brazil. In 2012, he had four who represented the United States and Australia.Pintaric tells his players that they must have the right combination of willingness to work hard and love for the game. He encourages them to correct their mistakes and to remember their goals. Pintaric is also constantly looking for new ways to improve his players. He finds that watching endless games of water polo and talking to great goalie coaches has helped him find a technique that works for him.“Their goals are constantly there during training, not just to do well at USC, but to better themselves as humans and to do the best they can,” Pintaric said.Though Pintaric is now co-head coach, he says that Vavic is still the ultimate coach. The program has a meticulous, efficient formula for how the coaching is delegated and it would be unwise to tinker with it too much. However, Vavic has always asked his assistant coaches questions and been open to their advice.Between editing film for the team to watch and administrative responsibilities such as recruiting, Pintaric has proved his ability as a coach. Pintaric said that though this title change will not have many tangible effects, it means that Vavic fully trusts him and thinks he is ready to lead the team.“Being a co-head coach is a very great honor for a prestigious university like USC,” Pintaric said. “My contribution to the team will be more standing time and involvement in the athletics of the game.”The former Trojan knows where his loyalties lie.“I will always consider myself a Trojan,” Pintaric added. “I have been here for 18 years as a water polo player, a graduate student, a graduate assistant, an assistant coach and now as co-head coach.”last_img read more

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The Final Word: Syracuse defeats Hobart, 21-13, for 4th-straight win

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on February 29, 2020 at 12:31 am Behind five-goal performances from Brendan Curry and Tucker Dordevic, No. 3 Syracuse (3-0) continued its undefeated start to the 2020 season and defeated No. 19 Hobart, 21-13. Missing senior close defensemen Nick Mellen for the third-straight game didn’t prevent the Orange from limiting the highest-scoring team — the Statesmen (3-0) — in the country (23 goals per game) to just 13.It’s the first time since 2016 the Orange have started 4-0, and their seventh-straight victory in the annual Kraus-Simmons Trophy matchup.Here’s what our beat writers had to say following Syracuse’s win.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Official: Milan sign Bojan

first_imgBojan Krkic is now officially a Milan player after completing his loan from Roma. “I chose Milan for many reasons.”The young Spaniard arrived yesterday, on his 22nd birthday, but the contract was only signed after today’s medical.“I chose Milan for many reasons,” said the former Barcelona starlet.“It is a great club and the team is made of an historic group of players. I want to thank the Coach, who wanted me so much, by playing at my best.”A presentation Press conference will be held on Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

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Bursaspor terminate Tagoe’s contract by mutual consent

first_imgTurkish giants Bursaspor have confirmed reaching a mutual agreement with Ghana striker Prince Tagoe to terminate the player’s contract.The 26-year-old has been fighting the club over his playing time at the Turkish side just one season into his contract.A deal has been reached now for the Ghanaian to leave with some financial compensation over the remainder of his contract.“Ibrahim Kas and Prince Tagoe have had their contracts terminated by mutual agreement,” a club insider said.Tagoe joined the Turkish top-flight side in 2011 from TSG Hoffenheim for a transfer fee of 1.5 million euros.But the 26-year-old failed to impress at the club where made 11 appearances and scored one goal. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Saudi side Ittifaq where he scored one goal in 8 appearances.last_img read more

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Chiefs expected to sign RB Charcandrick West, report says

first_imgThe report noted that West’s previous experience with the team and knowledge of their playbook helped him seal the deal.The Chiefs also had a “really good” visit with fellow rusher C.J. Anderson, but opted to go with the player who would have the easier transition. The move comes after Kansas City cut Kareem Hunt after video emerged of him shoving and kicking a woman in Cleveland in February. Hunt also is being investigated for a separate incident in which he allegedly punched a man in the face in June.West, 27, signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in May 2014. He logged 26 carries for 999 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons with the team before being released in August.He signed with the Jets two days after he was cut, but was released just over a week later. Kansas City is recruiting a familiar face to fill its backfield void.The Chiefs are expected to sign running back Charcandrick West after he visited with the team over the weekend, NFL Media reported, citing sources informed of the decision. Former Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt speaks for first time since releasecenter_img Related News Kareem Hunt being investigated over separate punching incident, report sayslast_img read more

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Virat Kohli recounts playing against Kane Williamson and Steve Smith in the 2008 ICC…

first_imgImage Courtesy: CricnWin/ICCAdvertisement eNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2adlWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eecpt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9v3aWould you ever consider trying this?😱bqo5pCan your students do this? 🌚9urRoller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli, who is the inevitable part of Team India and Test cricket’s success in recent history, had his start in 2006 as a member of the Indian under 19 squad for the ODI tour of England. Two years later, Kohli captained the youth team on road to success at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, and lifted the trophy in Malaysia. Recalling his early days, the skipper named the two players as the most impressive in that tournament, and it was none other than the Aussie superstar Steve Smith and the New Zealand icon Kane Williamson.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CricnWin/ICCKohli, who was 19 at the time of the tournament, had impressed the fans, veterans and cricketing pundits, with his physical approach to a consistent performance. Featured in a recent ICC broadcast, the 31 year old was quoted saying: “The ICC U19 World Cup was a very important milestone in my career.”Virat Kohli had a marvellous spell in the tournament. In the Group B match against West Indies, the hitter scored an amazing 100 off 74, and even picked two wickets in the semi final face off against New Zealand.Advertisement He continued: “It helped us get a good platform to build on and make our careers from thereon, so it holds a very important place in my mind and heart. It is very important to understand and respect the opportunity it provides to you.”However, he also shed all the appraisal at Smith and Williamson, the latter who Kohli faced in the semis. In the video, Kohli spoke positive about the Black Caps skipper.Advertisement “I remember playing against Kane (Williamson). He was someone who always stood out in the team, his batting ability was very different from the other players who were around.” Kohli was noted saying.The 2008 under 19 world cup saw the rise of another big name in cricket, the legendary Steve Smith. Although not playing a direct match against him, Kohli remembered the marvellous performance of the young Aussie icon in the tournament.“It is good to know that so many people from that batch, like Kane and Steve Smith, have played for their respective countries,” the Royal Challengers Bangalore leader added.Kohli, who has earned an astounding 242 ODI caps for the Men in Blues, has scored a monumental 11,609 runs for the international squad. In 2008 alone, the youngster from Delhi scored 235 runs with a batting average of 47 in the game format.Also read-Even Virat Kohli can’t believe his 10 Year transformation challenge!Virat Kohli ends 2019 as the number 1 batsman in the ICC Test rankings Advertisementlast_img read more

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Olympic Torch relay gets Pelé’s approval

first_imgReaching the town of Santos on 22 July, the torch was passed to the “king of football” himself at the Pelé Museum.The three-time world champion appeared on the balcony, displaying his Medal of the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee.”I want to thank you because not everyone has this opportunity,” Pelé said. “Let’s go Brazil!”Before reaching Santos, the relay passed through the town of Itu, where Rogério de Brito, former Olympic boxer who started out collecting paper from the streets, was among the torchbearers.“I started with athletics but it was through boxing that I travelled the world and saw myself among the best,” he said.“I never imagined I could reach the Games but I ended up competing in two.”Diving coach Fernando Ribeiro, who competed at Melbourne 1956, also carried the torch through the town while Magic Paula, one of Brazilian basketball’s legends, took the flame through Jundiaí.“I thought I had lived through everything but I was thrilled again,” Paula said.“I started crying when I got off the bus. I started playing basketball in earnest here in Jundiaí and it was here that I was called up for the national team. It means a lot to carry the flame here.”On Friday, 22 July, the relay took to the skies above São Vicente on the town’s famous cable car before silver medalist judoka Leandro Guilheiro received a standing ovation as he carried the torch through Vila Belmiro.Meanwhile, shooter Felipe Wu took a day off from preparations for Rio 2016 to carry the torch in Guarujá.“The key is repetition. I believe in my chances of getting a medal for Brazil,” he said.Passing through Guarulhos, São Caetano do Sul and Santo André en route to São Bernardo do Campo on 23 July, the torch was carried by some of the biggest names in Brazil’s Olympic team.Arthur Zanetti, Olympic and world champion on the rings, was the first Latin American to win an Olympic gold in any of the artistic gymnastic disciplines.And Diego Hipolito, who was the only Brazilian artistic gymnast at Beijing 2008, carried the torch in São Bernardo do Campo.Along the route, there were sports activities and cultural performances for the public before the flame arrived in São Paulo city, the last state capital before Rio de Janeiro.Crowds gathered to welcome the flame at the Ipiranga museum, before passing the monument to Brazilian independence.Known as the Neymar of archery and silver medalist at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Marcus Vinícius d’Almeida, 18, was one of the athletes to carry the torch through the city and he had only one thing on his mind.“Our group has one target: do the best. And our best has a great chance of winning a medal,” he said.“Now, with 12 days to go, the emotion is going. Archery has to be prepared to do the best and get a good result for Brazil.”The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay has three Presenting Partners: Worldwide TOP Partner Coca-Cola, which continues its longstanding support for Olympic torch relays, and local Partners Bradesco and Nissan. For further information, please visit the Rio 2016 website.last_img read more

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365 goals in six days of daCosta Cup – Top teams begin to make their move

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: A total of 365 goals were scored in week one of the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition, with the fancied schools already beginning to show their clout, while those of lesser quality continue staking a claim in their bid to wear the ‘upsetters’ tag for this year. Lennon High have scored 13 goals so far, the most by any school, with marquee teams such as defending champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) 12 goals and Vere Technical 11 goals occupying the next two places. Teammates Romeo Wright and Jovoney Brown of STETHS have each scored four goals (hat-tricks included) to lead the scorers’ table. Also with four goals are two Vere Tech players, David Duckworth and Ronaldo Thomas. Michael Heaven of Cornwall College has three. STETHS, along with last year’s defeated finalists Dinthill Technical and several other teams including a host of former winners including the Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis-coached Clarendon College, Rusea’s, the always dangerous Glenmuir, Vere Technical, Godfrey Stewart and Cornwall College all seemed primed for making a deep run into the next stage of the competition. BELOW THE RADAR Then there are those flying just below the radar in the likes of Lennon, Manchester, Spalding, Petersfield, Paul Bogle, Frome Technical, Kemps Hill and Garvey Maceo, anyone of which could become real threats this year. Each has looked good so far, with the competition’s second week about to get underway this afternoon with a full slate of matches scheduled. Here is how they actually stand in each zone after week one. Zone A: Cornwall College (six points) lead on goal difference over second place St James High (6). Green Pond (4) and Irwin (1) are next, while Maldon and Anchovy remain without a point at this stage. Zone B: Frome (3) lead on goal difference over Rusea’s (3), Green Island and Knockalva High are yet to log points. Zone C: Herbert Morrison (5), after three matches, lead Spot Valley (4), Cedric Titus (4), Muschett (4), William Knibb (2) and Holland (1). Zone D: Petersfield (6) lead on goal difference over Godfrey Stewart (6), Little London (5), Grange Hill (4), Manning’s (4) and Maud McLeod yet to secure a point. Zone E: STETHS (6) lead on goal difference over Lacovia (6), Munro (1), Newell (1), Maggotty and Black River yet to score a point. Zone F: Manchester (6) lead on goal difference over BB Coke (6), Mile Gully (6), Belair, DeCarteret and Cross Keys without any points at this stage. Zone G: Spalding (9) lead over Holmwood (6), Christiana (3), Bellefield (3), Alston (3) and May Day High (3). Zone H: Lennon (6) lead on goal difference ahead of Clarendon College (6), Edwin Allen (3), Thompson Town (3), Knox and Claud McKay (0) point. Zone I: Marcus Garvey (6), Steer Town (4), A. Gallimore (3), Browns Town (3), York Castle (1) and Ocho Rios (0) point. Zone J: Iona High (6), Horace Clarke (5), Tacky High (5), St. Mary High (4), Brimmervale (2) and St. Mary Tech (1). Zone K: Dinthill (6) lead ahead of Ewarton (6), McGrath (3), Charlemont (1), Guys Hill (1) and Bog Walk (0) point. Zone L: Port Antonio (6), lead on goal difference over Fair Prospect (6), Oracabessa (3), Titchfield and Happy Grove (0) points. Zone M: Glenmuir (6) lead on goal difference over Garvey Maceo (6), Denbigh (6), Foga Road, Porus and Winston Jones are yet to log a point. Zone N: Vere Tech (6) lead on goal difference over Kemps Hill (6), Central High (3), Old Harbour (3), Bustamante (1) and Tacius Golding (1). Zone O: Paul Bogle (9), Seaforth (7), Robert Lightbourne (6), Morant Bay (2), St. Thomas Tech (1) and Yallahs (0) point.last_img read more

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Twice the Pain, It was bad enough watching her sister slowly die. But nothing…

first_imgMiriam Kamara had always wanted a family of her own. After meeting her boyfriend and finally finding the love that she fantasized about; Miriam was ready to have their first child together.Unfortunately, her elder sister Satta, who supported her financially, was diagnosed with stomach cancer.“My sister suffered before and after she was diagnosed. There was no medicine to take away her pain,” Miriam stated.Satta ran a cook shop that Miriam was able to use to feed her family and also buy things for her expected child.“The cook shop pretty much fed our entire household, and also helped in sending all of my sisters to school,” Miriam added.After falling sick, Satta and her family were told by every hospital they visited that she had only three months to live.Sattah eventually died in July of 2013 amongst all of her relatives who dearly loved her, just as the doctor had predicted.“My sisters death hurt my entire family, and even divided a lot of us,”According to Miriam, her sister’s husband decided to take another wife months after the late Sattah’s death. Instead of finding a new location to take Bendu, his newly-wed, he moved her into the house Sattah and himself had built together.“That hurt our family a lot, and because of that, we decided not to speak to her at all. And almost everyday we had arguments and fights. Malice,” Miriam said.Furthermore, Miriam and her boyfriend had decided that they both would keep distance from Bendu, who had a family of her own living in the house.According to Bendu, the Kamara family despised her not because she married their late sister’s husband, but because they felt Bendu was the cause of Sattah’s death.“They say I played witch to have my husband to myself, and poisoned Sattah. Cancer is a white man’s sickness, it had nothing to do with African sign,” she defended.Meanwhile, Miriam was well into her six-month pregnancy when Sattah passed, and struggled to take care of herself while no one else seemed to care.“It was hard going for check-ups at the local clinic and identifying certain things about my health that only Sattah understood. She had 10 children before she passed away and knew a lot about pregnancy,” Miriam sadly added.As for Miriam’s boyfriend Malachi, he was unemployed and hardly stayed at home. Being a native of Sierra Leone, he spent all of his time trying to blend in with the Liberian culture and people.“I love my girlfriend, but this is my first time really being in love and living with a woman. There are things I don’t know and still need to learn,” he admitted.Miriam had reached into her last month of pregnancy and began staying indoors all day. She had no one to turn to for advice in what to do when her delivery time were to come. At that time, no one in the house was speaking to one another.According to her cousin who asked not to be named, Miriam made the decision of not talking to anyone in her yard.“She kept away from all of us and that’s bad, especially when you’re pregnant. We didn’t even know if she was in labor or not,” her cousin added.In October of 2014, at around 11pm, Miriam felt an unexpected pain in her groin area. Instead of waking Malachi who was asleep in the same room, Miriam managed to wrap the new lappa the late Sattah had given to her, in panic.“I was so confused from the pain, and thought I would die. I wasn’t thinking straight at the time, but could hear Sattah’s voice in my head telling me to go to the mid-wife she had taken me to before she died,” Miriam recalled.According to Miriam, after managing to get dressed and grabbing a few extra things, she silently but with a struggle, managed to leave the house.“I can’t recall how I managed to make it to the other side of the community, but I remember bending over the whole time as I walked. As I got closer to the streets, I couldn’t see any cars or anything because by then curfew had already set in,” she remembered.Miriam says she fought to decide her next move while sitting on the edge of the sidewalk, and that’s when she realized she was in labor.“I could feel a large bone or something between my legs, and at the same time I wasn’t able to walk again. So I decided to crawl across the street because the mid wife’s house was on the other side of the street. Not too far away,” she narrated.What happened next is very graphic and upsetting.According to Miriam, she did breathing exercises that she was told to do if she were to ever enter labor. And as she crawled slowly from off the sidewalk unto the street, she could feel her baby coming out of her vagina.“I cried very loudly but no one came to my rescue, and then I saw it. Bright lights coming from down the street. I thought it was an ambulance that someone had called for me, so I gradually crawled back to get closer to the sidewalk. I didn’t know that I had pushed the baby all the way out until the car lights came closer,”With a loud crushing sound, the head and parts of the newborn baby’s body was mashed completely flat by the moving vehicle. The car never made an attempt to stop to ask the crying mother her problem, but instead took speed.“ I screamed and screamed when I realized that a baby – my baby – was lying in front of me covered in blood. A man came out of his house to see my problem, and that’s when he took the lappa from in my plastic bag and started spreading it over the baby’s parts,”Meanwhile, Miriam’s family is stunned and sad at her situation and has been gradually consoling her, for she has refused to eat for days.While weeks have passed since the accident, the family has begun to speak out and make aware those in their community of the dangers of not communicating.“What happened to Miriam happened because we all cut off speech, we should have been there for her. The sight of the blood and things in the street that morning frightened everyone, and we’re sad she had to experience that,” added Malachi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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