Colin Kaepernick kneeling timeline: How protests during the national anthem started a movement in the NFL

first_imgAlmost four years after he began protesting racial injustice and police brutality in America by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games, Colin Kaepernick remains out of a job.Kaepernick, now a 32-year-old free agent quarterback who hasn’t played in the NFL since the last week of the 2016 season, ended up spending six years with the 49ers before his peaceful protest led to his apparently getting blackballed by the league’s team owners. He remains a polarizing civil rights activist to this day even though he is no longer granted the platform of NFL quarterback. Colin Kaepernick https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/dc/f1/colin-kaepernick-111419-ftr_1l37w1bd67cpm1uujdpx115fax.png?t=1791063838&w=500&quality=80March 18, 2017 — The signings of lesser QBs in NFL free agency contribute to the suspicion that Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams. Bleacher Report publishes a story on how NFL front-office types still want nothing to do with him after his protests during the national anthem.June 5, 2017 — The Seahawks, a team that was interested in signing Kaepernick, instead add Austin Davis to the roster. “Colin’s been a fantastic football player and he’s going to continue to be,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll says a couple days prior. “At this time, we didn’t do anything with it. We know where he is, who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more so. He’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”July 31, 2017 — With his team considering signing Kaepernick, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti asks people to pray for his franchise. “I know that we’re going to upset some people, and I know that we’re going to make people happy that we stood up for somebody that has the right to do what he did,” Bisciotti says. “Non-violent protesting is something that we have all embraced. I don’t like the way he did it. Personally, I kind of liked it a lot when he went from sitting to kneeling. I don’t know, I’m Catholic — we spend a lot of time kneeling.”Baltimore coach John Harbaugh confirms the team has been in contact with Kaepernick.Aug. 25, 2017 — A year after Kaepernick’s first protest, hundreds of his supporters stage a rally outside the NFL’s headquarters in New York. “We believe that the NFL has been complicit in the ostracization of Colin Kaepernick,” says Symone Sanders, a Democratic strategist and CNN political analyst. “And today, it is time for the NFL to take a stand.”Sept. 22, 2017 — Trump tells a group of supporters in Alabama that players who protest during the national anthem should be fired: “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.”Trump wishes NFL owners would tell anthem protesters “get that son of a bitch off the field right now” pic.twitter.com/gq4EH3lNoY— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 23, 2017Sept. 24, 2017 — A couple days after Trump says players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired, players from numerous teams protest en masse, with members of several teams remaining in the locker room while the anthem is played. That same day, Trump encourages fans to stop going to NFL games until players “stop disrespecting our Flag & Country.”Sept. 26, 2017 — As protests during the national anthem continue at NFL games, President Trump says Goodell should have suspended Kaepernick, who remains unsigned. Trump also tweets the following: “The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!”Sept. 26, 2017 — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones locks arms and kneels with players before the playing of the national anthem on a Monday night in Arizona. He and the players then stand for the actual anthem.#FootballIsFamily pic.twitter.com/otMlQjqnnr— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 26, 2017Oct. 8, 2017 — Vice president Mike Pence attends a Colts vs. 49ers game in Indianapolis but leaves after players protest during the national anthem. “(President Trump) and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence tweets, later adding, “At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us. While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem.”Oct. 8, 2017 — Kaepernick confirms to CBS he still wants to play in the NFL and is working out every day in preparation of an opportunity.Oct. 15, 2017 — Kaepernick hires attorney Mark Geragos and files a grievance under the CBA for collusion against NFL owners. The filing states that NFL team owners “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”Geragos says the grievance was filed “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”Dec. 6, 2017 — Beyonce makes a surprise appearance to hand Kaepernick the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year ceremony. “With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people,” Kaepernick says.March 15, 2018 — Another free agency period opens and plays out without Kaepernick receiving an offer to sign with a team.April 18, 2018 — With Kaepernick present, his attorneys depose Goodell at the NFL’s headquarters. Also sitting for depositions at various points in the grievance process are high-profile NFL names like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Broncos general manager John Elway and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.May 2, 2018 — After Reid goes through the first waves of free agency unsigned, the NFLPA files a grievance on the safety’s behalf. Reid is being represented by Kaepernick’s attorney.May 23, 2018 — The NFL announces a new rule against kneeling during the national anthem. It gives players the option of staying in the locker room, instead. “We want people to be respectful to the national anthem,” Goodell says. “We want people to stand. That’s all personnel, and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. We have been very sensitive in making sure we give players choices, but we do believe that that moment is important and one we are going to focus on.”A day later, Trump praises the league’s new anthem stance.President @realDonaldTrump: “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” https://t.co/syjhxsoPzO @foxandfriends pic.twitter.com/60ai9J0GqH— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 24, 2018Aug. 3, 2018 — Users realize Kaepernick’s name has been edited out of a song on the soundtrack of EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 19,” evidently for the second year in a row. His name is eventually added back to the song in the game.Aug. 9, 2018 — The NFL releases a statement that announces players will not be disciplined for protesting during the national anthem despite the league’s policy: “The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans. While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem. “Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL’s policy regarding the national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.”Aug. 30, 2018 — The NFL’s request for a summary judgment dismissing Kaepernick’s grievance is rejected by an independent arbitrator, allowing the case to move forward to trial.Sept. 3, 2018 — Nike uses Kaepernick as the face of an ad campaign. The reactions range from applause to burning shoes.Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/SRWkMIDdaO— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018Sept. 27, 2018 — Kaepernick congratulates Reid on being signed by the Panthers. “Congratulations to my brother, an All-Pro safety who should have been signed the first day of free agency, who has signed a football contract,” Kaepernick writes on Instagram. “He has was the FIRST person to kneel alongside me. Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his wife, two beautiful daughters and communities in need.”Feb. 15, 2019 — Kaepernick and Reid reach settlements in their collusion grievances against the NFL. “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” attorney Mark Geragos and the NFL say in a joint statement. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”March 21, 2019 — The Wall Street Journal reports the NFL paid less than $10 million to settle the grievances of Kaepernick and Reid.Aug. 8, 2019 — Kaepernick sends message to NFL teams when he tweets an intense workout video. “Five a.m. Five days a week. For three years. Still ready,” he says in the tweet.5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. pic.twitter.com/AGczejA1rM— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2019Aug. 9, 2019 — Asked about Kaepernick’s message the day before, Trump claims he would “love to see” the QB back in the NFL. “Only if he’s good enough,” Trump says. “If he was good enough, they’d hire him. Why wouldn’t he play if he was good enough? I think if he’s good enough, I know the owners – I know (Patriots owner Robert) Kraft, I know so many of the owners — if he’s good enough, they’d sign him. I know these people. They would sign him in a heartbeat. They would do anything they can to win games. So I’d like to see it.”Oct. 9, 2019 — Citing Kaepernick, Rihanna confirms she turned down a chance to be the Super Bowl 54 halftime performer. “I couldn’t dare do that,” she tells Vogue. “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”Nov. 13, 2019 — ESPN reports the NFL has arranged a workout for Kaepernick so teams can assess his “readiness” and “level of interest” in a potential return to the league. Kaepernick receives word of the workout in Atlanta just a few days ahead of time, but he expresses his excitement “to see the head coaches and GMs” who might attend.After the league apparently reverses course on sending Kaepernick a list of team officials would attend the workout, Reid among others becomes suspicious of the NFL’s motives. “It’s disingenuous,” Reid says. “They want the appearance of giving Colin a chance, but they give him two hours’ notice and tell (him) it has to be on a Saturday when they know decision-makers are traveling. So is this real? We’ll see.”Nov. 18, 2019 — On the morning of the workout, Kaepernick and his representatives decide to move the location on short notice. Kaepernick’s camp says it changed venues because the NFL was not allowing for full transparency (specifically, media access and suitable video recording) at the Falcons’ facility. Kaepernick also objected to the non-standard injury waiver the league wanted him to sign. Only some of the team representatives who came to watch Kaepernick follow him from the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., to the field at Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga.”I’ve been ready for three years. I’ve been denied for three years,” Kaepernick says after the workout at the new location. “We all know why. I came out there and showed it today in front of everybody. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.” Colin Kaepernick made a 90 second statement before leaving pic.twitter.com/QlH2RTnLp5— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 16, 2019May 29, 2020 — Kaepernick defends protests after George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. “When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick says. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in power George Floyd.”May 30, 2020 — The NFL releases a statement on the death of Floyd and the ensuing global protests, and the league winds up with heavy doses of Kaepernick in its mentions, with many of the reactions in the vein of, “You could have led the fight against police brutality and racial injustice four years ago, but instead you worked against peaceful protesters like Kaepernick.” The 49ers get a similar reminder when they participate in Black Tuesday.June 5, 2020 — Goodell offers another statement, this time via video, after the NFL is called out by a group of star players requesting a more sincere response. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” Goodell says. Many criticize Goodell for not specifically mentioning Kaepernick’s name. Which is why Kaepernick’s name was immediately referenced when the NFL recently released what was digested as an empty statement on George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. Similar responses came when Kaepernick’s former team made its own statements on injustice amid global protests of Floyd’s death.Four years ago, however, Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem were much more of a societal wedge than similar demonstrations are today. In the days, weeks, months and years after Kaepernick first explained why he was protesting, trenches were occupied. Some understood and applauded Kaepernick’s efforts. Others failed to separate the cause of the protests from the method of protest and repeatedly chastised the quarterback.Below is the timeline from then until now, an outline that details a crossfire of praise and ridicule aimed at Kaepernick over the last four years. It begins with the night his previously undetected protesting was noticed by a reporter.MORE: Why did Colin Kaepernick kneel?Colin Kaepernick kneeling timelineAug. 26, 2016 — Kaepernick, who at the time is entering his sixth NFL season, all with the 49ers, sits on the bench during the national anthem before San Francisco’s preseason home game against Green Bay. It’s not the first time he has sat during the anthem, but his action is noticed by reporters.”I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick tells NFL Media after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Aug. 27, 2016 — The 49ers and the NFL issue statements on Kaepernick’s protest the night before. From the team: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”From the league: “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”Aug. 30, 2016 — Former Seahawks player and Green Beret Nate Boyer writes an open letter to Kaepernick from the perspective of a supportive military member. The two meet in person a day later, and Boyer talks Kaepernick into changing his method of protest from sitting to kneeling during the national anthem out of respect.”We sorta came to a middle ground where he would take a knee alongside his teammates,” Boyer tells HBO. “Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.”Thanks for the invite brother… Good talk. Let’s just keep moving forward. This is what America should be all about pic.twitter.com/LgjPpjk173— Nate Boyer (@NateBoyer37) September 2, 2016Sept. 1, 2016 — Kaepernick proceeds with his new method of protest, kneeling rather than sitting, before the 49ers’ final preseason game, a road contest against the Chargers. This time he is joined by San Francisco safety Eric Reid. This becomes the duo’s method of protest for the entire season.Sept. 1, 2016 — After the Chargers game, Kaepernick pledges to donate $1 million of his 2016 salary to organizations he believes can help his cause. “The media painted this as I’m anti-American, anti-men and women of the military, and that’s not the case at all,” he says. “I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee. So I have the utmost respect for them. …”The message is we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with. We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equal, given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about, to be brought to life, and we need to fix those.”In 2016, @Kaepernick7 was asked if he or his protests could be seen as un-American.This was his answer: pic.twitter.com/0ATDqYUehC— ESPN (@espn) June 9, 2020Sept. 3, 2016 — First-year 49ers coach Chip Kelly gives Blaine Gabbert the starting QB job over Kaepernick, who is still recovering a pair of offseason surgeries (thumb, knee) on top of the shoulder surgery that ended his 2015 season. “I think (Gabbert’s) grasp and command of what we’re doing, I think he’s a good fit for what we want to get accomplished,” Kelly says. “I have a lot of confidence in what he can do with us offensively.”Sept. 5, 2016 — President Barack Obama defends Kaepernick’s protest. “He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” Obama says at a news conference during the G20 summit in China. “I think there is a long history of sports figures doing so. I think there are a lot of ways you can do it when it comes to the flag and national anthem.”Sept. 7, 2016 — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell breaks his silence and issues his first public comments on Kaepernick’s protests. “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing,” Goodell says, adding, “I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”Sept. 11, 2016 — On the first Sunday of the 2016 season, many NFL players follow Kaepernick’s lead and protest racial injustice during the national anthem before their games.Roundup of #NFL players participating in protests on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/ToDpZYod7z— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) September 12, 2016Sept. 12, 2016 — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says Kaepernick and other players protesting during the national anthem should leave the country. “You know, you are talking about a major sport, maybe the major sport, and when you see that and it leads to a lot of other things,” Trump says. “I think it’s a great lack of respect and appreciation for our country and I really said they should try another country, see if they like it better. See how well they’ll be doing. See if they are going to be making $20 million being a second-string quarterback.”Sept. 22, 2016 — Time Magazine puts Kaepernick on the cover of its Oct. 5 issue.Sept. 27, 2016 — Kaepernick responds to Trump’s claim that the protests are “a lack of respect” for the United States. “He always says make America great again,” Kaepernick says of the presidential candidate. “Well America has never been great for people of color. That’s something that needs to be addressed. Let’s make America great for the first time.”Oct. 7, 2016 — Kaepernick agrees to restructure his contract with the 49ers. The new deal eliminates his guaranteed money for 2017, voids the last three years of the contract and gives Kaepernick the right to opt out after 2016. Prior to the renegotiation, Kaepernick protects himself with a $7.5 million loss-of-value insurance policy.Oct. 11, 2016 — Kelly announces Kaepernick will make his season debut as the 1-4 49ers’ starter in Week 6 against the Bills. He completes only 13 of 29 passes in a 45-16 loss but remains San Francisco’s starter the rest of the season.Nov. 8, 2016 — Kaepernick chooses not to vote in the 2016 presidential election. “It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” he says of Trump and Hillary Clinton. “Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point … you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil.”Dec. 4, 2016 — Kaepernick gets benched by Kelly in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Bears that drops the 49ers to 1-11. He starts again the following week against the Jets.March 1, 2017 — Kaepernick’s agents tell NFL teams he will opt out of his contract with the 49ers. The move comes two months after Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke were fired by San Francisco and eventually replaced by new coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch. Previous reports had indicated the 49ers planned to release Kaepernick had he not opted out. (Getty Images)last_img read more

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Ex-Iowa governor urges Reynolds to rethink COVID-19 policies

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is urging Gov. Kim Reynolds to back off policies that he says will force employees to be in unsafe workplaces that have had coronavirus outbreaks.Culver says in a letter to Reynolds that workers shouldn’t have to risk illness or death or face the loss of their unemployment benefits. He warned that her policy choices “will affect Iowans’ quality of life for generations to come.”Culver, a Democrat who served from 2007 to 2011, said the Republican governor’s policies have created an appearance “that the state’s most powerful business owners have exerted undue influence.” He cited her push to keep open meatpacking plants that have been sources of community-wide outbreaks.Culver said a policy that would deny unemployment to those who are afraid of catching the virus puts budget concerns over people’s well-being.“Any such ill-conceived scheme that deprives them of choice and forces those hard-working, yet vulnerable, employees to report to unsafe workplace environments, while the positive incidences of COVID-19 infection are on the rise, is not merely penny-wise and pound foolish – it is just plain wrong,” Culver wrote.He urged Reynolds “in the strongest possible terms to reconsider and realign” her approach to give workers more protections.last_img read more

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Gilas with two injured big men as next Fiba window nears

first_imgMOST READ “I was told that Andray will be ready by February 1, so we’ll see if he can make it,” said Guiao. “That’s going to give us around three weeks to prepare with him but if he’s in shape when he gets here that’s going to be a big help.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ONE: Robin Catalan dominates Indonesian bet for unanimous decision win Almazan is nursing a sprained left ankle while Rosario suffered a broken nose during a tune-up game with NLEX right before the New Year.Rain or Shine’s center expressed his regret that he’s on the sideline with an injury instead of being in top shape for Gilas.“It’s disappointing because I was given a new chance to represent the Philippines and now I’m injured,” said Almazan. “I just hope I make it back in time.”Almazan stepped on Norbert Torres’ foot in practice and that fall aggravated his previous injuries on the same ankle.Guiao added that he can still change the pool of players for the next Fiba window especially now that he has the option of taking Andray Blatche.ADVERTISEMENT Big men Raymond Almazan and Troy Rosario are both sidelined due to injuries without concrete timetable for return, putting their participation in the national team’s crucial game against Qatar in Doha in peril.National team head coach Yeng Guiao knows they have to settle things quickly since their next game on Feb. 21 could very well determine if Gilas, who holds a 5-5 record and are in the fourth seed of Group F, advances to the World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“There’s some things we need to settle, first is the injury to Raymond and we have to know exactly what his medical situation is including Troy,” said Guiao after his club team NLEX lost to Rain or Shine, 96-87, in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.“We have to determine if they can make it because if no, we have to think of replacements.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—Ahead of a crucial stretch in the Fiba Basketball World Cup qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas is looking at a few bumps in its preparation.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

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Shaki Kamara’s Body Returned in Ruins

first_imgSixteen-year-old Shaki Kamara, who sustained fatal injuries during the West Point rioting on August 20, was laid to rest over the weekend, his family told the Daily Observer.The Kamara family said Shaki died as a result of losing blood after being shot in both of his legs with live ammunition by the AFL.According to Shaki’s uncle, his nephew’s body was ruined. “We didn’t touch it at all. His body was swollen and the leg that was shot was really bad off,” he added.The teenager, who was a Muslim, was buried in the Old Road Community Muslim cemetery by male relatives.“After days of pleading with the government to give us his body, they did; so we buried our son. We don’t know why they really took his body, but they gave us his body back in the same condition it was in when it left the hospital, but bloated. We couldn’t even touch it at all,” Shaki’s uncle disclosed.Shaki was still alive at the time of his admission at the Redemption hospital on August 20. His corpse, however, was seen being whisked away by heavily armed security accompanying the Deputy Defense Minister for Operations, St. Jerome Larbelee, on August 22.According to Shaki’s sister, Evon Kamara, who said she was unaware of the removal of his body, the government was given the authority over his body by their mother.“She never informed us, but later told us that the commissioner of West Point was mediating between the government and family,” she said.Shaki’s grandmother Mrs. Eva Kamara, has confirmed to the Observer that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the family in West Point and openly apologized for the boy’s death.“She told us sorry but didn’t give us anything. Ma Ellen said that she will get back to us later though, but that’s all,” added the sad grandmother.According to Shaki’s grandmother, the late Shaki was everything to her, and that he is being greatly missed.“That boy was my everything. He washed for me, cleaned, cooked and helped me with my cold water and soft drinks that I sell. I’m hurt that Shaki is gone away from me.”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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58-year-old Berbice woman raped by intruder

first_img…accuses Police of shaming herA 58-year-old woman is accusing Police in New Amsterdam of causing her great shame after she was allegedly raped by a home intruder.The upset woman told Guyana Times on Saturday that the man broke into her home and raped her but when she reported the matter, the Police Officers referred to her as a “junkie” and a beggar, saying that no one would want to rape her. She said that as a result, the Police at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Central Police Station refused to carry out an investigation. In tears, the woman said she was not taken to the hospital but made to sit at the Police station.The door which was broken by the intruder to gain access to the houseAccording to the mother of three, the attacker had been stalking her for five nights prior to April 6, 2018, when the attack was carried out. She said the man, who is a vendor at one of the schools in the area, came to her door and told her to open it.She claimed that he left but returned later and ripped apart the front door of the old house.The woman explained that when he entered the house, he used a broken bottle as a weapon, forcing her to have intercourse with him.She added that she opened a window and screamed but to no avail. She claimed that the following morning at about 07:00h, she arrived at the Police station. Later, a brief report was taken and she was told that she would be taken to be medically examined.“They take a short report till about nine o’clock. One of the Policemen ask me if I work and I told them I am a beggar without a permit.”However, as officers started to arrive at work for the day, the woman said she was referred to as “junkie” and a beggar.When she inquired why she was not being taken to be medically examined, she was told that there was no vehicle available. The woman said she remained at the CID department until midday but left after no one was forthcoming.The woman added that she now lives in fear and has since been spending the nights at places she feels are more secure.last_img read more

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Rape trial ends in hung jury

first_imgLeslie Castello, who was indicted at the Sexual Offences Court for raping a child under the age of 16 nearly six years ago, will have to face another trial after his current case ended in a hung jury.Castello was accused of sexually penetrating the child between November 1 and 30, 2012, in the county of Demerara.However, on Thursday, after considering the evidence presented throughout the trial, the jury in deliberations could not arrive at a formal verdict as the proportion recorded was 8-4. Justice Jo-Ann Barlow presided over the matter while State Counsel Abigail Gibbs appeared for the prosecution.last_img

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Whittiers marathon man set to hit the road again

first_imgThen he says he “got hooked” and decided to give the L.A. Marathon a shot. One of his fondest recollections of that initial marathon was seeing his wife, Lucy – who at the time was pregnant with the couple’s third son Matthew – and his sons, David and Ralph, cheering him on in person as he ran by. “My wife was so worried that I wasn’t going to make it that she kept pace with me for two blocks,” Garay said. “I told her, `You’re pregnant, you shouldn’t be running.”‘ The support he’s received while running the 26.2-mile course has been a great motivation for Garay to keep going. “My family has been at each one of the marathons to see me run. That’s special,” he said. “As I reflect back on all the marathons, I think about all the people along the route cheering us on. It’s so pleasurable to see all those people come out and show their support. It’s like a big block party.” Garay, a Los Angeles High School and Cal State Los Angeles graduate who also served in the United States Army, ran the 2006 marathon in 5:31:12. His best time was four hours and 30 minutes, accomplished back in the early 1990s. While many of the runners have participated in other marathons, Garay has run only in the L.A. Marathon. Because of his status as a legacy runner, he has earned a permanent bib number. “They’ve always treated us legacy runners as something special,” Garay said. “After 10 years, they gave us a nice luncheon. There was something like 600 of us then. “It’s those little incentives that give me that push,” said Garay, who trains on what he says is a “scenic route” through the streets of Whittier. His yearly marathon training begins each autumn. “Every year it’s harder and harder and more challenging, but I just push myself. It’s such a good event,” he said. “What I get out of it is a sense of accomplishment. When you cross that finish line and you’re handed a medal, you feel like a real athlete. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be doing it this long, but now I’m committed. I can’t miss it.” chris.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Rafael Garay vividly remembers how he felt after running the inaugural Los Angeles Marathon in 1986. “It was grueling,” he said. “I was sitting there hurting, very sore, and said, `Never again will I do this.”‘ But one year later, he did run it again – and he’s kept on running it ever since. In fact, now the 57-year-old grandfather from Whittier finds himself in a very exclusive club heading into Sunday’s race. Garay is one of the “Legacy Runners” – those who have participated in and finished all 21 L.A. Marathons. It’s a group that dwindles each year, having numbered 270 following the 2006 event. “I feel great to be part of this club. You can’t join the club. It’s very elite. Membership is closed forever,” said Garay, a biomedical engineer at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. “I’ve made it through all of them, whether it’s jogging it, crawling, whatever it takes to get past the finish line. I have to finish or I lose my legacy.” Garay’s running career began when he made a New Year’s resolution in 1985 to get in shape and lose weight. He started running at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. “I’d run four or five laps around the lake,” he said. “I thought I was hot stuff.” last_img
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Zamalek claw back into CAF Confederation Cup title race

first_img0Shares0000African giants Zamalek of Egypt got back into contention for the CAF Confederation Cup title with a 1-0 win at Petro Atletico of Angola Sunday. © AFP / Yasuyoshi CHIBAJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Mar 3 – African giants Zamalek of Egypt clawed back into the CAF Confederation Cup title race Sunday with a 1-0 victory at Petro Atletico of Angola.Desperate for three points after a poor start in Group D, the Cairo White Knights achieved their objective thanks to Moroccan striker Hamid Ahaddad. He netted after 27 minutes at the Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda to lift Zamalek from the bottom of the table to second place, one point behind leaders Gor Mahia of Kenya.Gor, who have won away only once since 2009 in Africa, face NA Hussein Dey of Algeria in Algiers later Sunday.Zamalek are the joint third most successful club in CAF competitions with nine titles, including five CAF Champions League triumphs.But they have not lifted an African trophy since 2003 when they defeated Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the CAF Super Cup match.They were rated among the favourites to win the Confederation Cup, especially after slamming seven goals past ASCOT of Chad in the first leg of a qualifier.But Zamalek struggled in the group phase, conceding four goals when losing at Gor, then only drawing at home against Hussein and Petro.Having dropped seven points in three outings, victory in Angola became paramount if the Egyptian outfit were to have a realistic chance of a top-two finish and a last-eight place.They are away again next Sunday, at Hussein, and complete a six-match schedule by hosting Gor on March 17.Zambian clubs Nkana and Zesco United fared badly in Group C, conceding three goals each in away defeats that left them third and fourth in the standings.– Crumbled –Overnight leaders Nkana trailed after only four minutes in Kumasi and crumbled 3-0 to nine-time CAF competition finalists Asante Kotoko of Ghana.Fatawu Satiu sowed the seeds of destruction with the early goal and Emmanuel Gyamfi and Martin Antwi netted within four minutes midway through the opening half.Kotoko eased the pressure after half-time, mindful that they must host new table-toppers Al Hilal of Sudan and visit Zesco by mid March.Hilal took advantage of sloppy goalkeeping by Zesco captain Jacob Banda en route to a 3-1 win in the 33 degree celsius (92 fahrenheit) heat of Omdurman.Mohamed Eldai and Waleed Hamid, with his third goal of the Confederation Cup campaign, gave the Sudanese a two-goal advantage that was halved by Lazarous Kambole before half-time.But Banda allowed a long-range shot from Hilal captain Abdellatif Saeed bounce in front of him and fly into the corner of the net on 65 minutes.Hilal have seven points, Kotoko and Nkana six each and Zesco, seeded to win the group, just four with two rounds remaining.Salitas of Burkina Faso failed to score for the fourth consecutive Group B match when held 0-0 at home by record three-time Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.Another Tunisian challenger, Etoile Sahel, have seven points, Sfaxien six, Enugu Rangers of Nigeria four and Salitas three.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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AFTER THE BIG CHILL, THE BIG SHOP…AND THE BIG TRAFFIC JAM!

first_imgLetterkenny Chamber Chief Executive Toni ForresterTHERE was traffic chaos in Letterkenny yesterday as the people of Donegal finally got to go Christmas shopping – and there will be of the same when shops open this Sunday afternoon!After a fortnight of hell, traders were reporting huge trade throughout the county – in Donegal Town there was also gridlock at times. Shopping fever replaced cabin fever across the county thanks to the thaw – and temperatures of +10C…25 degrees higher than on some nights last week.Letterkenny chamber boss Toni Forrester had predicted a sales boost – and it is being helped by the slide of the Euro as more people choose to shop at home in Donegal this year.Our reporters did witness some road rage incidents in Letterkenny yesterday as tempers became frayed in the two-mile tailbacks.But thankfully there were Gardai at the busiest junctions to prevent more selfish drivers from blocking traffic. They will be on duty again today. In the new Dunnes, there was evidence of panic-buying as shoppers loaded trolleys with turkeys, brussel sprouts and booze.Predictions of the return of the Big Chill next week also had thousands of shoppers queuing to buy presents at many stores on Main Street and in the Retail Park.Peckish customers also formed queues at MacDonalds!And there were tailbacks to Letterkenny General Hospital from the town’s Shopping Centre. “Christmas shopping has been delayed this year so we expected to see an influx of customers to Letterkenny this weekend,” said Toni Forrester.“People were stuck at home and haven’t been able to  get out as much as they should so we hope to see plenty of shoppers this weekend catching up on that all important Christmas shopping.  As usual Letterkenny  has all the brands and fantastic value across the board.” AFTER THE BIG CHILL, THE BIG SHOP…AND THE BIG TRAFFIC JAM! was last modified: December 12th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BISHOP DALY URGES PEOPLE TO SHOP LOCAL

first_imgThe retired bishop of Derry Dr Edward Daly has called on people to shop local, saying it was the “christian thing to do” at Christmas.The Bishop was speaking about the recession yesterday at the Foyle Hospice Mass – broadcast live on Highland Radio.Dr Daly said his message was about supporting local businesses in villages, towns and cities – where many business people were suffering. endsBISHOP DALY URGES PEOPLE TO SHOP LOCAL was last modified: December 20th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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