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Thailand shooting: Soldier who killed 20 shot dead in shopping mall siege

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first_imgPolice have identified the suspected shooter as 32-year-old soldier Jakrapanth Thomma.The killings began at around 3 p.m. (0800 GMT) on Saturday when the soldier opened fire in a house before moving to an army camp and then to the mall, posting messages on Facebook as he went.Thai media said the suspected shooter had worked at an army base close to Nakhon Ratchasima, which is about 250 km (155 miles) from the capital Bangkok. Before the attack, Jakrapanth had posted on his Facebook account that he was out for vengeance — but he did not say for what.A provincial health official told a news conference that a total of 20 people had been killed and 42 wounded, revising down an earlier figure of 21 dead given by other officials. “We don’t know why he did this. It appears he went mad,” Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanit told Reuters.Overnight, soldiers and police stormed into the mall and escorted hundreds of trapped people to safety.”It was frightening because I could hear the occasional gunshot…we waited a long time for the police to come and help us, many hours,” said Suvanarat Jirattanasakul, 27, her voice trembling after she emerged.The mall was busy with shoppers on a long weekend for the Buddhist Makha Bucha holiday.CCTV footage from inside the mall posted on social media showed the gunman dressed in black and wearing a mask, his gun slung over his shoulder with no sign of other people around.Facebook said it had removed the suspect’s account.”There is no place on Facebook for people who commit this kind of atrocity, nor do we allow people to praise or support this attack,” a Facebook representative said in a statement.Major shootings are rare in the Southeast Asian country other than in the far south, where a decades-old insurgency persists.  Thai security forces on Sunday shot and killed a rogue soldier who went on a rampage in a shopping mall in a northeastern city, ending an overnight siege after a series of attacks that left at least 20 people dead.Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul confirmed the soldier had been shot dead at the Terminal 21 mall in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima.”Thank you police and army for ending the situation. Shooter shot dead!!!” Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a post on Facebook. Police and the army also said he had been killed.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Eagles Reaction to the Lesotho’s Goal was Magical, Says Rohr

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first_imgAFCON 2021 QUALIFIERFemi Solaja with agency reportStill smarting from the 4-2 away win on Sunday night in Maseru, Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, has said that he is contented with Super Eagles’ conceding first so far the end result is positive for his team.The Franco-German gaffer was reacting to Eagles come back after conceding an early goal against Lesotho in Nigeria’s AFCON 2021 qualifier against the southern African nation. Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr Just like it happened in the opening match last week in Uyo against Republic of Benin, Super Eagles had to dig deep to overcome the Crocodiles of Lesotho.Right hailed his players for showing that his team is a force in football.He said he saw only the positives whenever his side conceded first.“Some matches, you score the first goal and in some matches you concede first,” he said.“We scored first against Brazil and Ukraine but we didn’t win, so I prefer to concede first and win the match.“This has proven that my players have a good spirit because they never give up.“They continue to play well and do not panic. We have a very young team and what I like is the enthusiasm to play football.”He is also full of praises for the Super Eagles for putting up a brave performance despite arriving Maseru a few hours before the game.“We know that it’s difficult to win in Lesotho especially when you concede the first goal. They played very well in the beginning but we had to take the game in our hands,” Rohr continued.“We had a long travel by night and you can see that at the beginning, my players were not fully concentrated.“In the second half, we changed our organisation a little bit and it was better and better. I feel that my players have fun when they play football and that is most important.“We won but congrats to my colleague, he has a good team they gave us a lot of trouble.”Having won their two games, Nigeria top Group L with six points. They host Sierra Leone in their next match on August 31, 2020.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Men’s hockey: Wisconsin heads to Massachusetts for thrilling non-conference lineup

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first_imgAn exciting and challenging weekend awaits the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team as they head out east to take on Boston College and Merrimack.The Badgers are off to an exciting start this season, managing to earn a 2-1-0 record thus far this season, but what is perhaps one of their biggest challenges this season still lies ahead of them. This weekend will not only be about showing how great Wisconsin hockey is, but also showcasing the major differences between East coast and West coast hockey, as three powerful teams hit the ice to determine which coast truly has the best hockey.Men’s hockey: Intense weekend ends in draw for Badgers and BuckeyesIt was a strange weekend for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team as they earned their first win and their first Read…Wisconsin, the representative for West coast hockey, certainly has a lot to show this weekend as they enter Massachusetts currently ranked No.10 in the nation. Their first opponent of the weekend, Boston College, is currently ranked No.13 and is looking to move into the top ten in the NCAA.While it might sound like Wisconsin has the slightest of edges this weekend, there are many things that actually favor Boston College this weekend. While the Eagles might be at No.13 this week, Boston is managing to hold on to this ranking despite only having a 0-0-1 record so far this season.Wisconsin has been having a hard time moving up in the rankings, despite the fact they have a better record than six of the teams that are higher than them in the NCAA rankings. One reason for this is the fact many critics of Wisconsin hockey were not impressed with the fact the Badgers only managed to pull out one win against Ohio State this past weekend.The Badgers have a lot to prove this weekend if they want to move up in the polls, and the first step to do that is going to be to have a good game against Boston College. After that, Wisconsin will come head to head with Merrimack, who is struggling this season and has yet to earn their first win of the season.What to expect from Men’s hockey this seasonThe 2016-’17 season was a huge success after Tony Granato resurrected the team to a winning season finishing with 12 Read…If Wisconsin can head out East and make some waves, there is no doubt it will be harder for critiques to keep overlooking this team. First thing is first, the Badgers need to defeat Boston College.Fans who want to watch the game can head over to ESPN3 Friday night at 6 p.m.last_img read more

The Point After: NFL should consider expansion to London

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first_imgWhile I was gladly able to enjoy my fall afternoons binging “Red Zone” and watching my fantasy football team ascend to the highest peaks, my experience with this year’s NFL Playoffs was far different than anything I had previously encountered. The most impressive aspect of British sports culture is the passion its fans have for teams and cities that are located thousands of miles away. Whether it’s rooted in their historical interest in soccer or attraction to the fast-paced, high-impact game of football, fans of all teams hark back to one unifying concept of fandom: loyalty. Through thick and thin (and fans of the six-time London host Jacksonville Jaguars have seen a lot of the latter over the past year), these fans remain absolute in their devotion to a single team. As a Florida native, my love for the Ravens came first from family but second from watching the likes of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed terrorize offenses on Sundays. The Londoners I met shared a similar story in which they were drawn to the familiarity of team sports like soccer or rugby but fell in love with the personalities and generational talents of American football. As an American, I was initially rather skeptical of this seemingly unnecessary song and dance put on by the league. Not only did the International Series come off as, at best, a cheesy exhibition akin to the MLB opening seasons in Japan, it even struck me as an incredibly destructive force in a team’s schedule that often knocked two teams outside of playoff contention further off course. As a massive fan of the Baltimore Ravens, I was not happy when they were chosen to play in September 2017. After waking up at 6 a.m. PST for kickoff, I was even more upset when they lost 44-7, the largest margin of defeat in the franchise’s history. As a student in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, I was afforded the opportunity to spend my spring semester in London. As exciting as it is to travel the world and immerse myself in a culture vastly different from that of Southern California, I have still sought out ways to remain in touch with the beautiful sport of (American) football. The results have been nothing short of eye-opening. Whether the NFL will find success in officially planting its flag in the British capital remains to be seen. The money, travel logistics and television rights certainly make it a more difficult venture than most. But if anything is certain, it’s that the fans in this city are ready for professional football. There is hardly anything more American in this world than the combination of wings, beer and football. What this interest traces back to is often not exactly clear: Was it the high production quality of the game? The 81,000-plus screaming Europeans at Wembley? The 131-yard output from Giants running back and future Super Bowl champion Brandon Jacobs? Whatever it was, the League and Brits alike were intrigued by what they saw on that October afternoon. In the decade since, the NFL International Series has only grown in size, frequency and popularity. The NFL’s initiative to schedule games in the United Kingdom has yielded a passionate group of fans in London. (Photo from Twitter) In recent years, the rhetoric coming from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggests that there is not only an interest in putting a football franchise in London, but that it is one of the league’s top priorities.center_img Featuring pre-game acts from the likes of Calvin Harris, Train and Ne-Yo, the series has scheduled at least one game in London every year since 2007, growing to as many as four games in 2016, with another four slated for 2019. By the end of next season, the Green Bay Packers will be the only team that hasn’t kicked off on the Queen’s turf, as the league has sought to not only showcase the game and league as a whole but also ensure that all franchises are given the opportunity to present themselves abroad. And sometime in the not-so-distant future, wings, beer and football may not be strictly American. Most Sundays throughout the fall, millions of Americans like me crowd around our television sets around 1 p.m. EST and begin the three to eight-hour long odyssey of drama and intrigue, success and failure that occurs around the nation. Coming across the pond, I was truly expecting the worst. I assumed people would be completely incapable of understanding the game’s rules. As it turned out, I was wrong. Since the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins in a sleepy 13-10 game on a particularly rainy day at London’s Wembley Stadium in October 2007, the NFL has not just retained but expanded on a particular interest in bringing the sport and the NFL brand to audiences in the U.K. For the Ravens wild-card round playoff game against the Chargers, I decided to head to what was labeled as an “NFL” pub and found 30 people decked out in purple and blue jerseys. While the crowd certainly included a few Americans, I had the opportunity to talk to locals and understand how their fandom developed. In a lot of ways, the stories they shared weren’t all too different from mine. Even walking around the city, it is obvious that the NFL has made a lasting impact on British sports fans. Whether it be the Jaguars, Seahawks, Eagles or even the lowly Buccaneers, locals have shown a serious interest in the sport. Jimmy Goodman is a junior writing about current events in sports. His column, “The Point After,” runs every other Tuesday.last_img read more

GFA pursues Globacom for $2.12 million GPL sponsorship debt

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first_imgThe GFA have resumed legal proceedings against Telecommunications giants, Globacom over a 2.12 million dollar debt owed the association.The Nigeria-based company, with operations in Ghana, signed a 5 year deal as headline sponsor of the Ghana Premier League in 2009 but still owe the GFA sponsorship fees for that deal 11 years later.The deal was worth 3 million dollars per season but Glo opted out of the deal in 2013, having only paid 1.9 million dollars.In December last year, GLO paid another 1 million dollars but now the GFA wants the rest of their money.The Daily Graphic reports that the FA had asked its lawyers to help them retrieve the money, plus interest, from Glo.The GFA President Mr. Kurt  Edwin Simeon- Okraku has already stated that the clubs desperately needed the money from GLO to boost their finances  which has been hit hard by the suspension of competitions occasioned by the COVOD-19 pandemic. “Given the big impact of COVID, this is the time GLO should have shown concerns to support our football industry.” Mr. Okraku stressed“This would have gone a long way to help the clubs.” He added.The Ghana Premier League was suspended on March 15 in line with directive by President Nana Addo-Dankwa  Akufo-Addo to suspend social gatherings and sporting events to help prevent the entire spread of the virus.The entire football season was subsequently cancelled by the FA which is currently putting on safety measures and protocols to ensure football returns in the safest environment possible when the suspension on contact sport is lifted by the government.last_img read more

Super Bowl 53: Patriots star Tom Brady not giving Rams QB Jared Goff ‘any advice’

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first_imgTom Brady isn’t planning to help Jared Goff.The Patriots star, who is set to play in his ninth Super Bowl on Sunday, was asked what advice he wanted to give Goff ahead of their championship matchup this weekend. Brady declined to provide the Rams quarterback with any pointers. “I’m not giving him any advice,” Brady joked during Super Bowl 53 opening night Monday. “They’ve got a great team. … They’ve got a great defense. Best D-line in the league. A couple of the best interceptors probably to ever play in this game. So, I’ve got my work cut out for me.””I’m not giving him any advice.” 😂 #SBLIII📺: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/7T3lMPVOW4— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019Goff said he’s “gotten some good advice” about preparing for his Super Bowl debut. Related News Tom Brady says there is a ‘zero’ percent chance he retires after Super Bowl 53 Super Bowl 53 odds: Patriots solidify stance as favoritescenter_img If @JaredGoff could ask Tom Brady for one piece of advice heading into his first @SuperBowl…📺: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/XhYiR3ZWx6— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019Goff, a third-year veteran, completed 64.9 percent of his passes and threw for 32 touchdowns, along with 12 interceptions for the Rams during the regular season.The Rams and Patriots will matchup in Super Bowl 53 on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in Atlanta, Georgia. “Just trying to figure out what to make important, how to prepare this week and how to avoid distraction,” Goff said. “The best thing (I’ve been told) is to try and keep your routine the same.”last_img read more

NBA GMs expect Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to win Rookie of the Year

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A majority of NBA general managers believe Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will win Rookie of the Year, according to an annual NBA.com survey of GMs that was released on Wednesday.Ball, drafted second overall out of UCLA, received 62 percent of the preseason votes, while Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons – the top pick in 2016 who sat all of last season with injury – received 24 percent.However, the long-term confidence is less overwhelming.  Asked which rookie would be the best player in five years, only 14 percent voted for Ball, placing him behind Phoenix’s Josh Jackson (24 percent), Philadelphia’s Markelle Fultz (21 percent) and Boston’s Jayson Tatum (21 percent).Twenty-two percent of GMs said Kyle Kuzma, drafted 27th overall, was the biggest steal of the draft, behind only ninth-overall pick Dennis Smith Jr.last_img read more

B&H Flag in Sochi

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first_imgThe ceremony of raising the B&H flag was held today at the Olympic village in Sochi at 14:00 ( local time).Deputy Mayor of Olympic village Aleksej Nemov, a legendary Russian athlete and four time Olympic champion in gymnastics welcomed the B&H team.Nemov and the Head of the Mission of the B&H team Said Fazlagić exchanged presents at the “Mountain Cluster Village Rosa Khutor”. Nemov wished a lot of luck and success to our team at the XXII Winter Olympic Games “Sochi 2014”.The opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games will be held tomorrow at 20:14 (local time), or at 17:14 Central European time at the Olympic stadium “Fisht”.Žana Novaković will hold the B&H flag at the festive parade of the opening ceremony, announced the B&H Olympic Committee. (Source: Fena)last_img read more

Schedule of Games for European Championship Qualifications

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first_imgAfter the opponents became known in the draw for the qualifications in the European Championships, which will be held in Ukraine next year, the schedule of games was announced. The B&H team will open the qualifying games in the most difficult group. They will play against Great Britain on 13 August.A game with Iceland will take place four days later, followed by a seven-day pause. Then they will host Great Britain, and on 27 August the last game in the group against Iceland is scheduled. The game will take place in Iceland.The biggest star of Great Britain Luol Deng announced his return to the national team. At the last match with B&H, he made 38 points. The situation has changed drastically since then and the B&H team has much higher quality and better players, which will bring them a placement to another great competition.(Source: KSBIH)last_img read more

Belle Plaine, Conway Springs ready for CPL football season

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first_imgOct. 31Chaparral, home by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Belle Plaine has itself a new football coach, while down the road, Conway Springs is aiming for another state championship. So is life in the Central Plains League.Jason Jinkins replaces Brian Seba after three seasons at the helm of the Belle Plaine Dragon football program. He has his work cut out for him. Belle Plaine is slated to finish seventh in the VYPE magazine and eighth in the Wichita Eagle.The Dragons have their usual juggernauts on the schedule, you know Monster A and Monster B to the west. Then there is Wichita Trinity which is supposed to be that much better. The Dragons travel to Cheney and Haven which won’t be easy. And the district schedule ends with Douglass and Chaparral. As far as Conway Springs is concerned, the team is still getting state-wide respect. But not THE statewide respect as a couple of years ago. It was picked outside the top five this year in the Wichita Eagle poll and is slated as the underdog against Garden Plain to finish second in the Central Plains League according to both preseason publications. 4. Cheney4. Cheney CPL 2013 football predictions Sept. 27Bluestem, home Offense: Belle Plaine will be running a multiple set offense. The potential starters are:Quarterback — Steve Happy.Running back — Chase Curl, Tyler Lowers, Adam Scheerger, Justin Pickens.Wide receivers — Harry Busick, Nathan Schneir.Offensive line from left to right — Tanner Balsters, Matt DeShazer, Tone Heath, Brett Kelly, Thaie Goebel. Sept. 20Garden Plain, home Belle Plaine season outlook:Belle Plaine opens at Cheney and then will have Wichita Trinity and Garden Plain. The Dragons could be 0-3 going into an important home contest with Bluestem.On the tail end, it doesn’t get much easier in district play. Conway Springs, Douglass and Chaparral are all on Belle Plaine’s schedule. All are predicted to finish higher than the Dragons.Jinkins said one of the keys to a turnaround is getting the support of the community.“We need the belief that we can be successful to be successful,” Jinkins said. “The athletes of Belle Plaine put in a lot of time on the practice field, in the weight room, attending contact camps and playing 7 on 7. Parents, players, athletes, coaches, faculty and community members all play a role in a successful program.” Oct. 31Douglass, home. 8. Independent8. Belle Plaine Sept. 27Cheney, away 9. Bluestem9. Bluestem 10. Medicine Lodge10. Medicine Lodge 1. Garden Plain1.Garden Plain Oct. 11Independent, away Team weakness: Depth. Defense: Belle Plaine will be running a 4-4 defense. The potential starters are:Defensive line — Levi Turney, Kody Jones, Tanner Balsters, Brett Kelley.Defensive linebackers — Harry Busick, Tone Heath, Justin Pickens, Chase Curle. Oct. 18Conway Springs, home Others to Watch#20  Alex Gillespie TE/DB 6’1” 190 lb.  Senior#25  Luke Fisher FB/LB 6’0” 175 lb.  Junior#30  Hunter Huff RB/DB 5’8” 150 lb.  Senior#31 Luke Ebenkamp RB/LB 5’8”  160 lb.  Junior#42  Drake Kreifels FB/LB 5’8” 225 lb.  Junior#55  Dustin Martin OL/DL 6’0” 230 lb.  Junior#77  Michael Ramirez OL/DL 6’0” 215 lb.  Junior#86  Bryce Davis TE/DE 6’0” 200 lb.  Senior#88  Jacob Koch SE/FS 6’0” 160 lb.  SeniorSeason outlook: Conway Springs returns several key players especially on the offensive line for the 2013 season.The Cardinals will have inexperience in the skill position, especially at running back. Losing Tanner Wood, who is now at Kansas State can not be understated.Conway Springs has a favorable schedule to start off the year and develop its new varsity lineup. Caney Valley, which is listed in the “others” along with Conway Springs in the Wichita Eagle poll, will come to Conway. The Oct. 4 contest at Wichita Trinity in week 5 could be a tough one. Some are saying Trinity could break into the Conway Springs-Garden Plain stranglehold in the Central Plains League.Garden Plain comes in to Conway Springs the next week. The district schedule for Conway Springs should not be a problem. 2. Conway Springs2. Conway Springs Sept. 13Wichita Trinity, away Sept. 13Caney Valley, home Sept. 20Independent, homecenter_img Oct. 25Douglass, away Sept. 6Cheney, away Oct. 4Haven, away Oct. 18Belle Plaine, away Team strengths: Speed and experience in the offensive skill positions. Oct. 25Chaparral, home 6. Douglass6. Douglass Oct. 4Trinity, away Key Defensive Players#3   Alec Stanley RB/LB 6’0” 180 lb.  Senior#5   Dakota Finstad RB/DB 6’0” 175 lb.  Senior#10 Alec Brozovich RB/DB 5’6” 150 lb.  Senior#22 Travis Wood TE/OLB 6’3” 175 lb.  Junior#66 Logan Creek OL/DL 6’4” 275 lb.  Junior#73 Thomas Berntsen OL/DL 6’2” 260 lb.  Junior#79 Ethan Roth OL/DL 6’1” 250 lb. Senior The following is a synopsis of both Sumner County teams: Oct. 11Garden Plain, home 5. Chaparral5. Chaparral 7. Belle Plaine7. Independent VYPE Magazine Wichita Eagle 3. Wichita Trinity3. Wichita Trinity CONWAY SPRINGS CARDINALS:Head coach: Matt Biehler. Record last year: 9-2. 2012 finish: Regional Runner-up.Overall record: 45-5. Years as coach: Fifth.Assistant coaches: Fred Cottrell (17) Brent Martens (10) Gregg Hullinger (18), Ryan King (6) and Darrin Seiwert (3).Returning lettermen: 21. Returning offensive starters: 6. Returning defensive starters: 6.Total players: 48.Key Offensive Players#3   Alec Stanley RB/LB 6’0” 180 lb.  Senior#5   Dakota Finstad RB/DB 6’0” 175 lb.  Senior#22 Travis Wood TE/LB 6’3” 175 lb.  Junior#66 Logan Creek OL/DL 6’4” 275 lb.  Junior#73 Thomas Berntsen OL/DL 6’2” 260 lb.  Junior#79 Ethan Roth OL/DL 6’1” 260 lb. Senior BELLE PLAINE CONWAY SPRINGS BELLE PLAINE DRAGONS: Head coach: Jason Jinkins. Record last year: 2-7, no playoffs.Number of returning starters: six offense, six defense.No. of returning lettermen: 18.Key returning starters:Chase Curl – RB/LB; Harry Busick WR/LB, Tone Heath OL/LB, Justin Pickens WR/LB.Number of players: 38 — 11 seniors, 8 juniors, 10 sophomores, 9 freshmen. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. 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