Unrest grows in crisis-hit Lebanon amid coronavirus lockdown

first_imgTRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese security forces have fired more volleys of tear gas at rock-throwing youth in the northern city of Tripoli amid outrage over the country’s coronavirus lockdown and the government’s inaction in the face of growing poverty. The violence in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city and the most impoverished, marked a serious escalation in protests that began on Monday and continued for three straight days into Wednesday night. Dozens of young men have been taking part in the nightly protests throwing rocks at security forces and in some cases torching vehicles. The violence has left a 30-year-old man dead and more than 220 people injured.last_img

Audra McDonald & Will Swenson Welcome Baby Girl

first_img View Comments The new addition to Eggfartopia has arrived! Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald and her hubby Will Swenson have welcomed a baby girl to their family. Named Sally James McDonald-Swenson, she was born on October 19 at 11:16 PM. “Our hearts are bursting,” Mcdonald tweeted.McDonald discovered she was pregnant while appearing in Broadway’s Shuffle Along and thus postponed her West End debut this summer in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.The couple married in 2012. While this is their first child together, McDonald is mom to a daughter, Zoe, and he is dad to two sons, Bridger and Sawyer, from their previous marriages.McDonald won her history-making sixth Tony in 2014 for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day, a role she recently reprised on screen for HBO. She also garnered Tonys for her work in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Master Class and Carousel. Upcoming screen credits include the live-action Beauty and the Beast and film adaptation of Hello Again. Swenson received a Tony nomination for Hair. His additional Broadway credits include Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, 110 in the Shade, Lestate and Brooklyn: the Musical. He starred in The Pirates of Penzance this summer as part of Barrington Stage Company’s 2016 season.Congratulations from all of us here at Broadway.com to the entire McDonald-Swenson clan! .@thewillswenson and I are overjoyed to welcome Sally James McDonald-Swenson, born last night at 11:16pm. Our hearts are bursting. pic.twitter.com/6JJYASkHq5— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) October 20, 2016center_img Audra McDonald & Will Swenson(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

The Latest: Serie A decides to reduce player salaries

first_img Associated Press Smolov wrote on Instagram that because of the closure of borders “I have found myself obligated to return to Russia to be closer to my family.”Smolov says he is “very grateful to Celta for its support and I want to emphasize that I informed the club about every step.”Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Smolov published photos on Instagram in January showing him and Yumasheva together on vacation.Smolov says he is abiding by an “obligatory” quarantine and remains in constant contact with Celta’s coaching staff to follow team protocol. He says he will return “as soon as the club requires.”___ April 6, 2020 Proceeds will go to the community response fund. The fund aids area food banks and provides resources to health care providers and front-line responders.Beane praised the work being done by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery-store workers and others for putting their health at risk to serve the community.___Dutch national team players, the country’s national soccer association and the sport’s main sponsor will contribute to an 11 million euro ($12 million) fund to support clubs in the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic.The Dutch soccer association says players on the men’s and women’s national teams are contributing to the fund to help amateur clubs that have been closed across the country. ___Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.Fans who make a donation to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund between Monday and April 17 will be eligible to win seven Bills-themed experiences or prizes.The prizes include joining Beane on the phone when the GM submits Buffalo’s first draft pick. Other prizes include a one-on-one Zoom interview with Beane, lunch with the GM, four tickets to Buffalo’s home opener, and a jersey autographed by quarterback Josh Allen. Serie A has been suspended since the government ordered a nationwide lockdown nearly a month ago. Twelve rounds remain along with four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. The Italian Cup semifinals also were interrupted after the first leg.At least 15 players have tested positive for COVID-19.___FIFA is providing global coordination with competition organizers to provide flexibility to ensure coronavirus-derailed seasons can be completed with as little financial turmoil as possible.FIFA does not set the dates of domestic or continental club competitions but does oversee the implementation of two transfer windows during the year. The Italian soccer players’ association has not yet signed off on the deal.The league says in a statement that the guideline measure was agreed on by 19 of the 20 clubs. Juventus already reached a similar deal with its players.The league says the agreement is “a common line of action to contain” salaries for “players, coaches and members of first squads.”The reduction is equal to four months of salary but would be reduced to only two months if the current season is completed.The league adds “it remains understood that the clubs will define the agreements directly with their members.” The country’s 3,000 soccer clubs have 1.2 million players but have seen income such as bar proceeds dry up amid the health crisis.___Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia.Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. The club could not be immediately reached to confirm whether it had authorized the player’s departure.Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths. ___World Cup champion France has sent support to hospital workers engaged in the fight against the coronavirus.Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba were among the stars in a video released by the French soccer federation expressing their gratitude to the country’s under-pressure health workers.France has been severely hit by the virus with more than 8,000 dead and about 100,000 known infections.Mbappe says “we sing and clap for you.” The Latest: Serie A decides to reduce player salariescenter_img The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans.The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date.The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team.The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics. Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak.The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.___Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups. England coach Gareth Southgate has agreed to a 30% pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak.Southgate has a reported salary of 3 million pounds ($3.6 million) per year.English Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham says the organization’s highest earners will take a temporary pay reduction of 30% and others in the senior management team have agreed to a 15% cut.Bullingham says the total financial impact on the FA is currently forecast to be around 100 million pounds ($120 million) because of the postponement of England internationals, FA Cup matches and other events at Wembley Stadium. He says the cost could rise to more than 150 million pounds ($180 million) depending on the length of the crisis.All FA employees earning 50,000 pounds ($60,000) or more per year will take a temporary pay reduction of 7.5% and the British government’s furlough scheme is being looked at as a contingency plan. ___A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus.Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.”Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years. A FIFA task force has been exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and has backed flexibility in shifting the transfer windows and extending player contracts to allow seasons to be completed.A final decision will be made by the FIFA Bureau. That body includes the presidents of the six regional confederations.UEFA has already determined that competitions in Europe can run beyond the June 30 cut-off for player contracts.Cost-cutting is underway at many clubs and federations to deal with the financial impact of games not being played.___ Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions.___Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021. Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.”German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff.No German league games have been played since March 8.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Serie A says it has unanimously decided to reduce player salaries by a third if the season does not resume.last_img read more

Former CIA Analyst: Intelligence Agencies on High Alert After ISIS Leader’s Death

first_imgPresident Trump’s Sunday morning announcement that Islamic State leader Al-Baghdadi is dead raises the question about the future of ISIS.According to local former CIA analyst Lisa Ruth, U.S. intelligence agencies are on high alert following the news.She says of Al-Baghdadi, “He’s completely ruthless. He’s the one who started the beheadings and burning people alive.” Al-Baghdadi led the group since 2014. President Trump told the nation in a televised address that Al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in Syria.Ruth adds, “His death is very important symbolically. It does mean ISIS is no longer what it was.” On the other hand, “Frankly, the risk potential right now over the next several months is fairly high because ISIS is in a position where they’re going to want to prove that they remain relevant.”last_img read more

Two killed in London Bridge terror attack, suspect shot dead

first_imgTwo people were killed, and three others were injured after a terror attack was carried out on the London Bridge in England on Friday.As of Saturday, UK counterterrorism police are searching for clues into how a man imprisoned for terrorism offenses before his release last year managed to stab several people before being tackled by bystanders and shot dead by officers.The suspect 28-year-old Usman Khan was attending a program that works to educate prisoners when he launched Friday’s attack just yards from the site of a similar terror attack, which occurred in 2017, according to London’s police counterterrorism chief.British police said they were treating the stabbings as a terrorist attack and were not actively looking for other suspects.Click here to learn more.last_img

Broward Officials Announce Plans for New Building at MSD High School

first_imgOfficials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland unveiled on Thursday their plans for a new building to replace Building 12, where 17 people died and another 17 were injured during the February 14, 2018 shooting.According to Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, the building will be ready in August of this year, just in time for the 2020-21 school year.“Our goal is to make our buildings the safest in the country,” he says.Photo courtesy: Broward County School DistrictRuncie adds that there is still no firm date as to when the 1200 building will be demolished. That decision is up to the state attorney, as a result of the pending trial of suspect Nikolas Cruz.“Anything that we do on this campus certainly will require a substantial about of community input and direction,” Runcie explains.He also outlined security updates to all the district’s campuses, including more security guards, more security cameras that live feed video to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, as well as an intercom system that can be heard all over the campuses.last_img read more

FL Supreme Court Upholds Amendment 4 “Fines and Fees” Restriction for Ex-felons

first_imgThe Florida Supreme Court on Thursday confirmed the voting status for ex-felons, ruling that they must pay all fines, fees and restitution before having their right to vote restored under Amendment 4.In an advisory opinion that came after a request from Governor Ron DeSantis, the court ruled that Amendment 4’s language stating that “all terms of sentence” needed to be completed before voting rights would be restored “can only reasonably be understood to similarly encompass ‘the ultimate sanctions imposed,’ including ‘costs.’ … [Or] the phrase encompasses ‘all obligations’ or ‘all matters.’”The amendment was passed by 65 percent of voters in the 2018 election, while its implementing bill was passed last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature.DeSantis tweeted following Thursday’s decision: During the 2018 campaign, proponents for the amendment had acknowledged that fines and restitution could be considered as part of “all terms” that needed to be completed before a former felon’s rights were restored.As the 2019 legislative session began, language in some drafts of an implementing bill mentioned additional civil and private fees.That additional language was ultimately not included in the final version, although the situation led some Amendment 4 proponents to argue more strongly that fines or fees should not be considered part of “all terms.”Several Democrats also referred to the requirement as a “poll tax” that is banned by the Constitution.Lawsuits by groups such as the Florida League of Women Voters and the ACLU against the fines and fees requirement are still pending.Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga dissented partially from his colleagues, writing that although he agrees that the “all terms” language included fines and fees, he does not believe that the language was “unambiguous” and had an “ordinary meaning that would have been understood by voters.”last_img read more