Steve McNair was dozing on his sofa in his Nashville condo one weekend when his 20-year-old girlfriend shot him four times. McNair was married with four sons. Police say the woman, Sahel Kazemi, was “spinning out of control” and suspected McNair was seeing someone else. The carnage did not end there. Kazemi turned the semiautomatic pistol on herself.McNair was 36 and had left the NFL a year earlier. He spent 13 seasons in the league and was the heart of the Tennessee Titans. His closing drive in the 23-16 loss to St. Louis in the 2000 Super Bowl was one of the most riveting finishes in the history of the title game. He was a Pro Bowl player four times. He shared the MVP award in 2003. McNair was fierce on the field and generous off it.“I’m going to miss you, No. 9,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.Vernon Forrest grew up in Georgia and fought in the 1992 Olympics with Oscar De La Hoya. He became a three-time champion and was the first to beat Shane Mosley. His manager said he was at a gas station when approached for money. Atlanta police said the 38-year-old boxer exchanged gunfire with two robbery suspects and was shot several times in the back. In a sport where bravado rules, Forrest had been known for his modesty and keeping the volume low.“I viewed Vernon as a great competitor in the ring and an even greater man outside the ring,” De La Hoya said.Weeks earlier, Alexis Arguello was found dead at his home in Managua, the city where he was elected mayor a year earlier. Investigators said a single gunshot wound to the chest pointed to suicide. Arguello was dead at 57 after a career in which he galvanized boxing fans. He won titles in three divisions. His two bouts with Aaron Pryor in the early 1980s were pulsating, brawling tests of will.“Those were great fights we had,” Pryor said. “This was a great champion.”Boxing is brutal every year, but especially so this time. In July, former champion Arturo Gatti died at 37 at a Brazilian resort. Police initially suspected his wife but later determined Gatti hanged himself. Months later, in a grisly parallel, Darren Sutherland, who won a boxing bronze medal for Ireland at the Beijing Olympics, was found hanged at his home.The sport also lost Ingemar Johansson at 76. The Swede jolted boxing by knocking out Floyd Patterson to win the heavyweight title in 1959. Greg Page, another heavyweight champ, died at 50 of complications from a brain injury during a 2001 fight. Jose Torres, the inspirational light heavyweight champ from Puerto Rico who became a writer, died at 72.Chicago Bulls fans had a rough day on Feb. 26. They learned of the deaths of former coach and broadcaster Johnny Kerr at 76 and Norm Van Lier, 61, one of NBA’s best defensive players in the 1970s.Randy Smith, a blindingly fast guard, died at 60. Marvin Webster, the shot-blocking “Human Eraser,” was gone at 56. College basketball coach Kay Yow’s gallant fight with cancer was over at 66. The NBA said goodbye to two owners: Bill Davidson of the Pistons and Abe Pollin of the Wizards, whose name he changed from the Bullets because of the ties to violence.Wayman Tisdale, the former Oklahoma All-American who spent a dozen years in the NBA before shifting rhythms and becoming a jazz musician, died at 44.“He was the nicest man in the world with the biggest heart and an even bigger smile,” former Pacers teammate Reggie Miller said.In football, Jasper Howard and Chris Henry didn’t see old age. Howard, a 20-year-old cornerback for Connecticut, was stabbed during a fight outside a school dance. Henry, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver, died at 26 near the year’s end, falling from a pickup truck during what police said was a dispute with his fiancee. by Fred LiefAssociated Press Writer Sports in 2009 looked down the barrel of a gun.From Tennessee to Georgia to Nicaragua, gunfire crackled in July. The causes differed—a romance gone wrong, a robbery botched, a self-inflicted wound—but the outcome did not. A gun was the weapon of choice, and all were dead: a former star quarterback and two ex-boxing champions. Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair looks for a receiver during the Titans’ 22-16 playoff win over the Buffalo Bills in Nashville, Jan. 8. McNair, 36, was killed in July 2009, a year after he left the NFL.
13 April 2012 South Africa is a major receiving state for refugees and asylum seekers, currently handling around 3 500 to 4 000 new applications a month. The Department of Home Affairs has identified a huge backlog in its review of asylum refusals, but is working hard to clear it. The department has roped in the police to help with queue management, appointed a document management company, and will extend working hours as part of efforts to clear the backlog, Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said on Thursday.Audit uncovers massive backlog After a recent audit, it was found that there was a backlog in the review of decisions by the Refugees Appeal Board and the Standing Committee on Review Affairs. Apleni explained that if a person’s application for asylum was judged to be unfounded, he or she could appeal the decision with the Refugees Appeal Board. If an application was found to be manifestly unfounded, the decision was automatically reviewed by the Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs. Apleni said the department had identified backlogs in reviewing unfounded applications by the Refugees Appeal Board in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Marabastad, the Pretoria Showgrounds, and Musina. The backlog currently stands at 87 602. A backlog of 68 740 in the review of manifestly unfounded applications by the Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs was also found in these regions. Apleni was hopeful that the backlog would be cleared within the next four monthsLonger hours, extra hands, tight schedule “Having acknowledged the immense challenge we face in finalising applications for asylum, we have taken a number of steps which will be effective from Monday, 16 April,” he said. As of Monday, working hours at Home Affairs offices will be extended, with the offices operating from 7.30am to 5pm from Monday to Friday. In addition, Refugee Reception Offices will be opened on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm until the backlog has been resolved. The department will put in place a schedule which will see asylum seekers from specific regions being attended to on allocated days. Those from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries will be attended to on Mondays and Tuesdays; from East Africa on Wednesdays and Saturdays; from West Africa on Thursdays; and those from Asia and other countries will be attended to on Fridays. Since Wednesday, members of the SA Police Service have been assisting Home Affairs with queue management. Immigration officers will also be deployed to help the police and existing security teams at Refugee Reception Offices. Source: BuaNews
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to request Pakistan to revise the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries and remove the clause which requires devotees to carry passport to access the Kartarpur Corridor. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Badal also sought simplification of the documentation and verification process. He said lakhs of Sikh pilgrims wanted to visit Kartarpur Sahib but the cumbersome procedure and the requirement of passports were coming in the way of their visit to the holy site. “Instead of 5,000 pilgrims slated to visit Kartarpur Sahib, the figure is in few hundreds as majority of devotees who want to go on the pilgrimage do not have passports. The devotees are demanding this clause be struck down,” Mr. Badal said according to a statement released here. ‘Not being stamped’As per the MoU, a passport is required to undertake the journey even though it was not being stamped, he said. “A passport is also not needed because restricted access is being given to pilgrims confined to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib only,” he pointed out. Mr. Badal said there were “confusing signals” from Pakistan on this issue. “Though Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that a passport was not required for pilgrims, the military establishment has asserted that this is a pre-condition and only pilgrims with valid passports are being allowed,” he said.
Guardiola insists Man City not ready to win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks his team is still not ready to win the Champions League.It is no secret that two-times defending Premier League champions City want to win Europe’s biggest club competition.But they have failed in the early knockout rounds for several seasons in a row.And Guardiola believes their profligacy in front of goal will cost them in Champions League matches.”We miss a lot of chances in the final third [during a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday] and we have to do that to be clinical. When the people say about the Champions League being the target, we are still not ready,” he told reporters.”We create a lot and we don’t concede, but we can still improve. We are a team in the last two seasons who score a lot and create a lot. I don’t have doubt about that, but still we have to keep going and work on that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
The constitution provides that a period of public emergency can be declared by a proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person or body of person in such a nature and on so extensive a scale as likely to endanger public safety. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared a State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. James effective Thursday, January 18.The Prime Minister made the announcement this afternoon (January 18) at a press conference held at Jamaica House.“Crime and violence in particular murders have been escalating in the parish of St. James. I have been advised by the security forces in writing that the level of criminal activity experience continued and threatened, is of such a nature and so extensive in scale as to endanger public safety”, said the Prime Minister.The Governor General signed the Proclamation to bring into the effect the state of public emergency. The Proclamation has also been gazetted.The constitution provides that a period of public emergency can be declared by a proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person or body of person in such a nature and on so extensive a scale as likely to endanger public safety.Last year, 335 murders were recorded in St. James, which is twice the number of any other parish.Prime Minister Holness outlined that under the state of emergency the security forces will have extraordinary powers and some rights will be suspended. He noted, however, “This does not mean that use of these extraordinary powers can be arbitrary or are beyond review. The security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and protect the dignity and safety of all”.The security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, access to places and to detain persons without a warrant.In addition, all persons using all roads leading in and out of St James will be subject to vehicle and personal search. In various areas of city and township, there will be joint static and mobile patrol. Persons may also be stopped at various checkpoints.Meanwhile, Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montaque made an appeal to the citizens of St. James for their full cooperation during the period. He acknowledged usual activities may be curtailed. However, he assured that the operations to be carried out by the security forces will be targeted at the criminal elements and their facilitators.“Any information you have, we need it. We need your full cooperation in moving forward in restoring peace and order so that the good people can continue to contribute to the well-being of Jamaica”, said Minister Montaque.If persons have any information to assist in the crime fighting effort, they may call crime stop, 311.A special hotline has also been set up to be manned by the Jamaica Defence Force for persons to give information. The number is 830-8888. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared a State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. James effective Thursday, January 18. “Crime and violence in particular murders have been escalating in the parish of St. James. I have been advised by the security forces in writing that the level of criminal activity experience continued and threatened, is of such a nature and so extensive in scale as to endanger public safety”, said the Prime Minister. Story Highlights
SCF Group’s newest LNG-fueled Aframax oil tanker has been named in South Korea. The naming ceremony for the 114,000 dwt Mendeleev Prospect was held at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) shipyard.Honoured to participate at the naming ceremony of SCF Group new tanker “Mendeleev Prospect” in S.Korea. Proud for the Chamber’s Member-Company to be introducing this new generation tankers. The result of an effort to make the #ShippingIndustry even more sustainable & “Greener”! pic.twitter.com/4LPUYR2HSy— Thomas Kazakos (@ThomasKazakos) November 20, 2018With a length of 250 meters and a width of 44 meters, the newbuilding has a capacity of 132,100 cbm. Mendeleev Prospect currently has a market value of USD 44.11 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Following the deliveries of Gagarin Prospect and Lomonosov Prospect, Mendeleev Prospect is the third in a series of six Aframax tankers designed to operate on LNG as the primary fuel. The company’s ‘Green Funnel’ Aframax tankers set a new standard of navigation safety as switching to cleaner-burning LNG fuel allows them to significantly reduce the impact on the natural environment. This is particularly important for ships in high-traffic areas such as the Baltic and North Seas where these ‘Green Funnel’ tankers will primarily operate.The Russian shipping company expects to have all six tankers in operation by Q2 2019.In September 2018, Sovcomflot ordered two similar LNG-fueled Aframax tankers from Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, both of which will then be time-chartered to Rosneft for 20 years respectively.World Maritime News Staff
APTN National NewsThe spring sitting of the Yukon legislature ended this week as it began, under a cloud of protest over development in a protected area.APTN National News reporter Luke Smith explains.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress candidate from Howrah Prasun Banerjee and his personal assistant Indranil Chatterjee were injured when Central Force jawans lathi-charged on them outside a booth in Howrah’s Baltikuri on Monday.Banerjee who is contesting from Howrah Lok Sabha constituency lodged a complaint against the Central Force jawans at Shibpur police station following the incident. The Election Commission has sought a report from the District Election Officer. Banerjee has received injuries in his hands and shoulder during the incident. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”A report has been sought. We are verifying the complaint against the Central Force jawans. The decision will be taken after a review is conducted,” a senior official of the Election Commission said. It was learnt that Banerjee went to Baltikuri area on Monday morning to inspect the situation. He was talking to some people outside the booth when a heated altercation broke out between Banerjee and a few Central Force personnel following which he was allegedly attacked without any intimation. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen Banerjee’s assistant Indranil came to his rescue, he was also beaten up. The incident triggered a chaos outside the polling booth. Trinamool Congress supporters protested against the high-handedness of the Central Force jawans. Banerjee alleged that they had stopped him when he was trying to enter the booth. The jawans allegedly tore apart his identity card when he showed it to them. A Central Force jawan was seen on television camera alleging that Banerjee was trying to forcibly enter the booth. Trinamool Congress leaders alleged that the Central Force jawans forced the people to cast their votes in favour of BJP in various places including Sankrail. Meanwhile, BJP candidate from Bongaon Santanu Thakur sparked a controversy after he stepped into a polling booth in Thakurnagar to cast his vote with a scarf with the party symbol on it. The Election Commission has served a show-cause notice to the Presiding Officer. A report has been sought from the District Election Officer of North 24-Parganas in this regard.
OSU sophomore Colin Zeng is a 5-time Big Ten Diver of the Week for the 2015-16 season. Credit: Courtesy of OSUCoach Justin Sochor took over an Ohio State men’s diving team in 2013 that was laden with juniors and seniors. That meant Sochor had one year of recruiting to revamp the Buckeyes after an exodus of talent.“I wasn’t trying to change an old team,” he said. “I was trying to build a new one.” Sochor said he wanted talented students who would make good teammates to represent the diving team, as well as the university, positively. He found that in sophomore diver Colin Zeng.Zeng, a Fujian, China, native, started to dive after his parents suggested it at a young age. He said he discovered early on that the diving training in China was very strenuous.“I didn’t do a lot of competition,” Zeng said. “It’s very intense. We (train) at least six hours a day, seven days a week.”Then, in 2010, Zeng came to the United States to focus on developing his diving skills even further. “I was at the training camp at Stanford,” Zeng said. “After I got my student visa, I started to focus more on competing.”According to DiveMeets, Zeng finished first in all of the competitions he competed in during high school. The sustained dominance made him a hot target for collegiate programs across the nation. This led him to start looking at colleges in his junior year, he said. OSU proved to be a good fit. Sochor agreed.“A lot of Colin’s traits were what I was looking for,” Sochor said. “He’s got a high skill level, he gets along with his teammates, and he is smart.”Zeng came to OSU looking to succeed in what the coach called one of the most prestigious conferences in the nation.“Physically, diving-wise, experience with his training, he will stack right up with the divers in the Big Ten,” Sochor said. “He is a potential champion, but so are they. There are a lot of potential champions in (the conference), and he’s on the same dance floor as them.”Zeng has proved that this year. A five-time Big Ten Diver of the Week award winner, Zeng has finished first in all but three events in the 2015-16 season. In the trio of events he didn’t win, he was close, claiming second place each time. OSU sophomore Colin Zeng dives during a meet. Credit: Courtesy of OSUHe said he looks to continue his success at the Big Ten Championships, in which he will compete in three events: the 1-meter, 3-meter and the platform. After that, the NCAA Championship in late March is on the docket for Zeng.Like any competitor, he said he wants to win, but rather than setting his sights on those sorts of accolades, his plan is to just become the best diver he can be.“I’m just trying to focus and get more consistent on my dives,” Zeng said.Despite his success athletically, Zeng places a great deal of emphasis on excelling in the classroom too, his coach said. “The majority of his focus is academics,” Sochor said. “Training just happens in the part of the day we can get him. Once he gets into that Big Ten meet, there is no more tutoring and study table hours… It’s all diving.”As the conference championships approach at the end of February, Zeng is fine-tuning his dives to make them as perfect as can be. The biggest thing, he said, is just becoming as comfortable and consistent as possible. Sochor said he thinks that his star diver is ready to go and show the Big Ten what he is all about.“Colin gets pretty mean when he is competing,” Sochor said. “He is not going to be easy to beat.”
OSU then-sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) during a game against VMI on Dec. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team entered Charlottesville, Virginia, marching into new territory in two ways. Wednesday night was the first time the Buckeyes had visited Virginia since 1981, and the team went against the No. 6 Cavaliers with confidence from a 6-0 start to the season.OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle attempted a contested, potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired that came up short, as the Buckeyes hit a roadblock against the Cavaliers, suffering its first defeat of the season, 63-61. OSU led by as much as 16 in the first half.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate paced the Buckeye offense with 14 points and nine rebounds. Lyle scored 12 points but turned the ball over eight times in the loss.Coach Thad Matta’s team took a 12-point lead into halftime, but that was quickly erased by the defensively opportunistic Cavaliers. Virginia used a 15-2 run through the first four minutes and 15 seconds of the second half to get back into the game. Virginia senior guard London Perrantes buried one of his four 3-pointers to take a 39-38 lead, Virginia’s first of the night.Perentes led the Cavaliers with 19 points. Virginia made its first seven field goals of the second half. OSU sophomore guard C.J. Jackson hit a contested 3 at the other end to put OSU back on top. It was one of his three 3s on the night.For the next 15 minutes of the game, the teams traded blows until Virginia pulled away late in the game.With the game tied at 57, OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle lost the ball on a drive to the hoop. Perrantes then found junior forward Marial Shayok on the other end of the floor for an easy layup and the lead, 59-57.Virginia junior forward Isaiah Wilkins had a breakaway dunk on the next possession and got fouled on the play for a chance to push the lead to five. Wilkins missed the free throw and Lyle was able to convert two free throws on the other end to trim the deficit to 63-61.Shayok was then fouled by OSU redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, but missed both free throws giving OSU a chance for the tie or the win. After a timeout by Matta with 6.5 seconds left, Lyle couldn’t find an open man as the nation’s No. 1 defense clamped down on the Buckeyes and ended the upset bid.OSU had 20 turnovers and shot 50 percent from the floor.OSU fell to 6-1 as Virginia moved to 7-0. The Buckeyes return to the court on Saturday in Columbus against Fairleigh Dickinson.