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    A migrant who came to the UK by boat and claimed to be a child so he could stay is actually in his mid-20s, and even joined an over-30s dating group, before he was caught out by his grey hairs and stubble. Aria Ibrahimi, who is now believed to be 25, posed as a 16-year-old and got taken into care by Kent County Council as a minor before social workers' suspicions began to grow. Ibrahimi, who is from Iran, arrived unaccompanied in the UK in May 2020 and claimed to be 16, which was not disputed by the Home Office. Aria Ibrahimi, who is now believed to be 25, posed as a 16-year-old and got taken into care by Kent County Council as a minor before social workers' suspicions began to grow He is now facing deportation following testimony by social workers in a Home Office hearing, The Sun reports. One said they believed he was aged late 20s or early 30s and noted Ibrahim 'had a few grey hairs'. It was also said that his 'facial features were set and...
    A group of 110 migrants from Central and South America was found inside a tractor-trailer that was headed towards Mexico’s border with the United States. Security forces were discovered Thursday during a checkpoint on Federal Highway 57 in Galeana, a municipality in the northeastern Mexican state of the Nuevo León. Immigration agents and municipal cops instructed the driver to pull over near a toll both to conduct the inspection when they heard voices emanating from the freight container, the National Institute of Migration said in a statement. Footage released by the agency showed the migrants sitting and standing alongside each other inside the cargo box before they were escorted out. Security forces in Mexico found 110 migrants hidden inside a tractor trailer that was stopped Thursday near a toll booth station on a highway in Galeana, a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León A total of 96 Guatemalans, seven Ecuadorians, five Salvadorans and two Hondurans were discovered inside a tractor trailer Thursday in Galeana, Mexico RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Sex on the...
    For the second week in a row, a San Ramon Valley football player is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week. John Ben Pau Mendoza received 14,635 votes (43.66%) by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to capture this week’s honor (Sept. 12-17). Menlo School cross country runner Landon Pretre finished second and Moreau Catholic football player Dean-Taylor Chapman placed third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Mendoza follows teammate Luke Baker to give San Ramon Valley back-to-back athletes of the week. The junior scored three touchdowns last Friday to help the undefeated Wolves roll past Las Lomas 41-17. Mendoza carried only six times and finished with 88 yards as San Ramon Valley improved to 3-0 heading into its game Friday at Liberty. To nominate an athlete for next week’s poll, email [email protected] by Monday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. Please include stats and team results. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Sept. 5-10:...
    Piedmont Hills volleyball player McKenzie Bell is the Bay Area News Group’s girls high school athlete of the week for Sept. 12-17 after she received 19,176 votes (41.34%) by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. Bell finished a few percentage points ahead of Aragon volleyball player Hunter Kwan, who finished second with 18,007 votes (38.82%). Valley Christian golfer Joyce Zhang finished third. The senior libero was a force to be reckoned with in Piedmont’s matchup against Lincoln. Bell had 23 kills on 53 attack attempts, and had 18 digs too as Piedmont won 3-1. Related Articles High School Sports | Bay Area high school football 2022: Week 5 preview, schedule High School Sports | High school football officiating crisis: What it takes to referee games High School Sports | Bay Area News Group high school football predictions: Week 5, 2022 High School Sports | East Bay teacher, coach was hired despite criminal background that included prostitution sting. Now he’s accused of sexually abusing girls High School Sports | High school football rankings Week...
    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is rapidly approaching and the draw has been completed ahead of the tournament. This will be the final time we witness a 32-team World Cup before it expands to 48 nations in 2026. 4The Qatar World Cup will be the first-ever winter World CupCredit: Getty It will be the first time football's most prestigious tournament has been held in the winter which will mean a break in the Premier League. When is the World Cup draw and when does the tournament start? Group stages for the Qatar World Cup will start on Sunday, November 20. This was moved a day earlier than planned in order for Qatar to play in the opening fixture. Second-round fixtures will be played between December 3 and 6. The quarter-finals take place on December 9 and 10. Semi-finals are set for December 13 and 14. The final of this year's World Cup will be on December 18, just one week before Christmas. Read more on World Cup 2022QAT'S OUT THE BAG Inside Qatar World Cup where England...
    US Soccer has come under scrutiny for not being vocal on Qatar's human rights - but the body has signaled its intent to join the UEFA Working Group, according to reports. Human rights atrocities have occurred in Qatar ahead of the flagship tournament in November and workers' rights are a major issue. But the United States Soccer Federation has been criticized for its 'deafening silence' on human rights, according to The Athletic.  Human Rights Watch condemned the lack of public action by US Soccer and also fears for the 2026 World Cup, hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. 'Where are the comments from the World Cup hosts for 2026: the United States, Mexico, and Canada?,' director of global initiatives Minky Worden told The Athletic. US Soccer has come under scrutiny for not being vocal on Qatar's human rights  But the body has reportedly signaled its intent to join the UEFA Working Group 'Their silence is deafening. The fear is that there will not be binding agreements on workers' rights for the next World Cup.' An investigation by Sportsmail last year...
    All men who eat meat should be banned from having sex, according to an animal rights group which claims that scoffing sausages is a symptom of 'toxic masculinity'. The German branch of animal rights group Peta claims that men contribute significantly more to the climate crisis than women, primarily through their meat consumption. It cites research published in the scientific journal PLOS One last year, which found that men emit 41 per cent more greenhouse gases than the female population with their eating habits. It suggests that women should 'go on sex strike to save the world', and even proposes preventing carnivorous men from having children. Research published in the scientific journal PLOS One last year found that men emit 41 per cent more greenhouse gases than the female population with their eating habits Peta Germany suggests that women should 'go on sex strike to save the world', and even proposes preventing carnivorous men from having children Meat and dairy accounts for 57% of greenhouse gas emissions released through food production  Meat and dairy accounts for 57 per cent of food-based...
    All Americans adults under the age of 65 should be regularly screened for anxiety, a leading panel of U.S. doctors said Tuesday. The U.S. Preventative Service Task Force published a draft guidance recommending doctors to screen patients even when they do not show symptoms. While the document will be open to public comment until October 17, it is like likely the group will affirm the guidance. The group had been exploring guidance regarding anxiety screening since before the COVID-19 erupted in early 2020, but the pandemic - and the surge in mental health issues across America that came as a result of it made them even more relevant to the moment. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health complaints, affecting about 40 percent of U.S. women at some point in their lives and more than one in four men, Lori Pbert, a task force member and co-author said. The Anxiety & Depression Association of America estimates that nearly 20 percent of American suffer from an active anxiety disorder with women and people under the age of 45 at most...
    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 by the NBA for his use of homophobic language in an Instagram video the league has announced.  The guard took to social media earlier this month to post the clip from his car, in which he zooms in on a group of shirtless men on the sidewalk. Commentating over the top of the clip, Edwards can be heard saying 'Look at these queer a** n****s, man. Look at the world I came to.' President of League Operations, Byron Spruell, confirmed on Tuesday that the NBA had issued the fine to Edwards for 'using offensive and derogatory language on social media'. The brief statement also revealed that the 21-year-old has acknowledged that his actions were inappropriate. Edwards issued a groveling apology shortly after the clip was posted and had circulated on social media.  Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 by the NBA for his use of homophobic language in an Instagram video Edwards posted a clip on his Instagram of himself filming a group of shirtless men, in which he...
    WITH the World Cup just FOUR months away, the line-up for the biggest tournament in football is almost complete. But plenty of big names saw their World Cup dream end, including Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah, whose Egypt team fell in qualifying. 2A best XI of players NOT going to the World Cup 2Salah failed to guide Egypt to back-to-back World Cup finalsCredit: AP And here SunSport have formulated a best XI of players who will be watching this year's World Cup finals from home... or the beach. Leading the line for the best XI not at the World Cup are Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland and AC Milan man Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He might be one of the most prolific strikers on the planet, but Haaland's Norway could only finish third in their qualifying group. Captained by Arsenal man Martin Odegaard - another to make the XI of stars not going to the World Cup - Norway finished behind both the Netherlands and Turkey. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLFORTUNE TELLER Supercomputer predicts England XI to start World Cup clash vs Iran And...
    COLLEGE students have figured out the best time to buy winning lottery tickets, racking up $48 million, and eventually quitting their day jobs. A group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used an unlikely characteristic in the Cash WinFall lottery back in 2005 to turn a profit from the game. 1College students won millions from the Cash WinFall lotteryCredit: Mississippi Lottery Unlike most lottery games, the Cash WinFall jackpot was capped at $2 million. If no one won the jackpot once it reached this high, it would be redistributed or "rolled down" into smaller prizes. This made those smaller prizes five to 10 times bigger than they normally would be. Matching five of the six numbers drawn in Cash WinFall would typically win you $4,000, but the prize could go up to $40,000 during a rolldown week, The Tech reported. Read more on lottoNUMBER’S GAME I won lotto jackpot using bizarre method after strange coincidence on TVWINNER WINNER I researched numbers used by previous lotto winners - 'hot or cold' numbers The MIT students would buy as...
    Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from Sept. 12-17. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. But please note: Votes by email are not counted. Scroll to the bottom for the poll. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected] We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: Nate Bell, Liberty football: In a 37-13 victory over Monte Vista, the senior accounted for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions improved to 3-1. Bell completed 12 of 21 passes for 132 yards and a TD and ran for 174 yards and two TDs in 13 carries — the second time this season he...
    Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from Sept. 12-17. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. But please note: Votes by email are not counted. (Scroll to the bottom for the poll) Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected] We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday.  We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: McKenzie Bell, Piedmont HIlls volleyball: The senior libero was a force in Piedmont’s matchup against Lincoln. She had 23 kills on 53 attack attempts, and had 18 digs too as Piedmont won 3-1.  Lauryn Caguyong, Deer Valley water polo: The Wolverines put it on Antioch in a 24-3 blowout win last week, and Caguyong could not be stopped....
    After causing a 'humanitarian crisis' and being shipped from the elite enclave of Martha's Vineyard to Joint Base Cape Cod, the 50 mostly-Venezuelan migrants who made headlines last week after arriving at the Massachusetts island are comfortably bunking dorm-style at the nearby army base. Following the media and community uproar that was the result of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's (R) move to transport 50 illegal migrants from Texas to the coastal vacation destination, Martha's Vineyard and the greater Massachusetts political class has been scrambling to figure out what to do with the migrants. Now the group has been taken to Joint Base Cape Cod, where 125 members of the state's National Guard have been dispatched and the state's Emergency Management Agency has been activated to help the men, women and children who have become national emblems for the illegal immigration issue facing the US. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) said that his 'administration has been working across state government to develop a plan to ensure these individuals will have access to the services they need going forward, and Joint Base Cape Cod...
    NBC Girl Named Tom The Voice “The Voice” sibling trio Girl Named Tom won the show at the end of season 21 alongside their coach Kelly Clarkson. The group is made up of siblings Josh, Bekah, and Caleb Liechty. They recently performed at an arena in their hometown. “First taste of arena life,” the group wrote alongside a video of themselves running around an arena, which they returned to after originally having to cancel their performances due to COVID-19. According to NBC 4 in Columbus, Ohio, the group returned to the state for a total of six concerts, the first of which was on August and the last of which takes place on October 16.The Group Marked a Milestone in July 2022 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Girl Named Tom (@girlnamedtom) In an Instagram post on July 19, 2022, the group, which is made up of siblings Josh, Bekah and Caleb Liechty, showed off the amount of streams that their song “Helplessly Hoping” has amassed, which, at that time, was over 1 million....
    GREAT British Bake Off viewers are over the moon that the show has finally returned to our screens for the thirteenth time this year. And fans will be excited to know that fan favourite Selasi Gbormittah has lifted the lid on what goes on behind the scenes while filming for the Channel 4 show. 2Great British Bake Off star Selasi Gbormittah has revealed what the bakers really get up to when the cameras aren't rollingCredit: BBC 2Season seven stars Rav Bansal, Val Stones, Tom Gilliford, Selasi, Kate Barmby, Lee Banfield, Candice Brown, Benjamina Ebuehi, Michael Georgiou, Louise Williams, Andrew Smith and Jane Beedle with judges Paul Hollywood and Mary BerryCredit: BBC Selasi, 36, who works as a banker for his 9-5, shot to fame on the seventh series of the competition in 2016 while it was on the BBC. When the contestants weren't busy baking in the tent, the bakers had time to wind down in the green room and eat snacks. But Selasi and the rest of the gang were partial to a sing-along in between filming....
    Deputy Moulay El Mehdi Fatimi, a member of the Socialist Committee of the House of Representatives, raised an oral question to the Head of Government on behalf of the aforementioned parliamentary committee, questioning Morocco’s ranking in terms of human development. In his question, MP Ittihadhi highlighted Morocco’s decline from 122nd in 2020 to 123rd in 2021 on the Human Development Index, out of a total of 191 countries worldwide. Behind the question, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Ukraine, Iran and Qatar, some of which are experiencing particularly critical situations and situations. Member of Parliament, Member of the Socialist Group Since the 1990s of the last century, the UN agency UNDP has been publishing annual reports indicating the Human Development Index of the entire countries of the planet. Basically depends Classification and evaluation based on three essential criteria and additional data related mainly to the projected average age (life expectancy), education and demographic status, and of course, purchasing power. Moulay El Mehdi Fatimi about this, the decline recorded in the said ranking can be explained...
    A BRIT tourist was left in a coma with a blood clot the size of a tennis ball after reportedly being the victim of a vicious attack at a nightclub in Magaluf. Joshua Pesticcio, 24, from Cardiff, director of a structural steel fabrication company, was allegedly set upon by the bouncer at a nightclub on the Spanish island of Majorca. 6Brit Joshua Pesticcio was left in a coma after he was allegedly assaulted by a bouncer in MagalufCredit: Steven Pesticcio 6He suffered a broken cheekbone, nose, and jaw following the attackCredit: Steven Pesticcio 6Joshua had travelled to Magaluf with his father and friends in June He needed emergency surgery following the alleged assault and suffered a broken cheekbone, nose, and jaw as well as a bleed on his brain. The Brit also spent two to three days in an induced coma following the attack. He has since returned home but says he still suffers from memory issues as a result of the alleged assault. Joshua's father Steven, also from Cardiff, claims the shocking attack came after his son's friend spilt...
    EX-Man United stars Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs enjoyed pre-match beers before tackling the Three Peaks challenge. Butt, 47, posted pictures on Instagram showing the group enjoying a pint, joking that Guinness and lager were “maybe not the right fuel”. 1Butt, 47, posted pictures on Instagram showing the group enjoying a pint Best mate Giggs, 48, sat to the right of the group and kept a low profile under a woolly hat. The challenge sees hikers walk 26 miles and ascend 9,843ft on Ben Nevis in Scotland, England’s Scafell Pike and Snowdon in Wales. Last week Giggs posed with fans outside the Railway pub in Hale, Gtr Manchester, near the home he shares with partner Zara Charles, 33. He faces a retrial over allegations of assault and coercive and controlling behaviour towards his ex Kate Greville, 38. READ MORE ON RYAN GIGGSA NEW PAGE Robert Page hands Wales huge World Cup boost as he signs four-year deal as boss Most read in The US SunFAMILY MOURNS Three children killed in horror accident while older sister was babysittingDADDY TIME Scott Disick...
    by Julie Kelly   The long-awaited trial of the most high-profile January 6 case will begin later this month. Five members of the Oath Keepers, an alleged “militia” group involved in the Capitol protest, face charges of seditious conspiracy and other serious felonies. It is the first trial in a multi-defendant prosecution that has dominated the attention of the Department of Justice, the January 6 select committee, and the national news media. Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the group, along with Thomas Caldwell, Kelly Meggs, Kenneth Harrelson, and Jessica Watkins will face a highly biased D.C. jury pool—the government so far has an undefeated record in January 6 trials composed of Washington, D.C. residents—as they attempt to avoid life in prison for the seditious conspiracy count. (Meggs, Harrelson, and Watkins have been detained in the D.C. gulag denied bail since spring 2021.) At least a dozen other members of the Oath Keepers currently await trial for their nonviolent participation in the events of January 6. But one person won’t face trial. In fact, it appears this chief instigator isn’t...
    TV might be replete with spoiled rich kids, but in Los Espookys, Saturday Night Live writer Julio Torres plays the one twerp to rule them all. Has Chuck Bass ever successfully asked the moon to “go full” so he can recover a lost earring? Because Torres’ silk-pajama enthusiast Andrés has. The earring, by the way, serves as his totemic reminder to reject any and all accountability for his actions. After a long hiatus, HBO’s most delightfully bizarre comedy returns Friday for a six-episode second season. The series follows a group of horror-loving friends who brand themselves “Los Espookys” and start a production company. The company’s gigs this season include: staging a fake Shakira appearance to save a bad sculpture artist; pulling off a convincing ghostly group resurrection in a graveyard; and helping a politician win an election by any means necessary. (You could call them “odd jobs.”) Los Espookys debuted its first season in 2019, but fans will find the wait is well worth it; these new episodes demonstrate that creators Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen’s writing has become...
    Are you a 49ers fan heading to Sunday’s home opener? Better arrive early — and hungry. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and its hospitality partner, Levy, on Thursday unveiled more new food selections starting with the game against the Seattle Seahawks and announced the official opening of The Faithful, a pub that is taking over the space formerly occupied by Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak & Pub. Tony Gemignani’s Gold Rush Pizza, topped with pepperoni and applewood-smoked bacon, gold and red peppadew peppers and ricotta, is unveiled at a media preview at Levi’s Stadium. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)  Three vendors — artisanal Mexican restaurant Puesto; local favorite Psycho Donuts; and Cream + Sugar Ice Cream — join the lineup of already announced purveyors. Fans will find booths from Sandi’s Food for the Soul, Konjoe Burger Bar, ChurWaffle, Tony G’s Slice House, Hula Truck, The Shop by Chef Baca, Smoking Pig, Super Duper Burgers, Starbird and The Chairman — a lineup that shows a clear emphasis on chefs with local roots. (Learn more about these previously announced menus in our Kickoff...
    Newark Memorial volleyball player Malia Navarro is the Bay Area News Group’s girls high school athlete of the week for Sept. 4-10 after she received 9,596 votes (51.33%) by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. Navarro finished ahead of Castro Valley water polo player Isabelle Nicole, who finished second with 4,943 votes (24.03%). St. Francis volleyball player player Havannah Hoeft finished third. Related Articles High School Sports | East Bay teacher, cheerleading coach arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting girl, sending obscene video High School Sports | Bay Area high school football 2022: Week 4 preview, schedule High School Sports | California mother must pay $9,000 for telling daughter to hit sports opponent High School Sports | Pittsburg vs. Folsom football preview: ‘Pirate Stadium is going to be rocking’ High School Sports | Bay Area News Group high school football predictions: Week 4, 2022 Navarro played in four sets and put up some impressive statistics against Moreau Catholic. In the attacking category she had 14 kills, and as a server, the...
    San Ramon Valley quarterback Luke Baker has been named Bay Area News Group boys high school athlete of the week for Sept. 5-10 after he received 16,405 votes (45.21%) by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. Acalanes football player Trevor Rogers finished second and Archbishop Riordan football player King-Njhsanni Wilhite placed third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Baker, a 5-10, 180-pound junior, was spectacular in a 35-28 victory at home over Elk Grove. He completed 28 of 41 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns as the Wolves improved to 2-0. In a season-opening 41-7 win over Vintage, Baker threw for 208 yards and two TDs on 14-of-17 passing. To nominate an athlete for next week’s poll, email [email protected] by Monday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. Please include stats and team results. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Aug. 28-Sept. 3: Luke Llabres, Willow Glen water polo Aug. 22-27: Mikhail Popov, College Park water polo Related Articles ...
    The Vern Riffe Center for the Arts (VRCFA) at Shawnee State University will present HarpOhio, a harp ensemble for pre-college and college-age students, on Sunday, Oct. 16. The group’s performance will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be held in the Eloise Covert Smith Theater of the VRCFA. This concert is part of the VRCFA’s 2022-2023 Performing Arts Series. HarpOhio was created to provide training for young harpists, not only as soloists, but as performers in mixed ensembles such as orchestras, symphonic bands, and accompaniment for choirs. The ensemble’s director and founder, Jeanne Norton, is the principal harpist and soloist with Columbus’ ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, associate harpist for the Columbus Symphony, and harp instructor at Ohio State University. The group’s repertoire spans music from the Baroque to the Modern Era, and features solo, duo, and ensemble work. Teyha Hazelbaker, a Scioto County resident and student at Portsmouth West High School, will be performing with the group, and has been a member of HarpOhio for the past four years. Tickets for HarpOhio are available online at www.vrcfa.com or at the McKinley...
    The 1931 Philadelphia Phillies were not a particularly compelling baseball team. They had a record of 66-88-1 in the franchise’s last of 14 straight losing seasons. Their leader in innings pitched, James Elliott, was nicknamed Jumbo. Thanks to their predecessors, that team holds a major league record. The 1930 Phillies posted a collective 6.70 ERA, the worst in American and National League history, and the next year’s club improved on that mark by 2.12 in its mediocre campaign. Since earned runs became an official stat in 1913, no team has improved its ERA from one year to the next by more, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The 2022 Orioles rank second on that list. Through a combination of key acquisitions, improved game-planning and players’ applications of the team’s resources, Baltimore has built the majors’ most improved pitching staff of the past nine decades. In the two full seasons before this one, the Orioles had their two worst team ERAs since arriving in Baltimore in 1954. But a pitching staff largely composed of second-chancers has unexpectedly steered them into the...
    Radio transmissions between members of the fringe militia group the Oath Keepers show how they reacted in real-time as former President Donald Trump tweeted for rioters to respect police during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. As the building was ransacked by a pro-Trump mob during the certification of the 2020 election results, Trump tweeted, “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” The tweet was posted hours after the mob entered the building. Some members entered and stood around. Others called for the hanging death of then-Vice President Mike Pence. According to federal prosecutors, the Oath Keepers were on site to carry out a civil war, as members believed the election was stolen from Trump. Audio released by the House select committee investigating the Thursday attack shows how group members engaged with one another as some were inside the building. The Select Committee has obtained a recording of communications over a walkie-talkie app among Oath Keepers who were inside the Capitol and others who were sharing intelligence from...
    EUROPE'S second-tier cup competition is well underway and teams will be chasing automatic Champions League qualification with a side of money. Eintracht Frankfurt pipped Rangers to a Europa League final win via the penalty shoot-out route last season. 1Frankfurt lifted the Europa League trophy last season at the expense of RangersCredit: Reuters And the German outfit were rewarded a substantial amount of money for their success. But how much exactly do the Europa League winners get? How much do the Europa League winners get? Last season, Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt both pocketed a sum of £4.2 million just for reaching the final. But the German outfit collected an extra £3.6million for lifting the trophy - almost doubling their initial earnings. Read More on Europa LeaguePINK PANTHER Ronaldo poses in pink sunglasses ahead of Europa League clash against SheriffCHEEKY DEVIL Watch Ten Hag finally make Ronaldo laugh with star set for Sheriff start Full breakdown: Winner - £7.8m Runner-up - £4.2m Semi-finalist - £2.5m Quarter-finalist - £1.6m Round of 16 - £1.1m Knockout round play-offs - £446,000 Group winner -...
    The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the franchise is disappointed in Anthony Edwards after the NBA star posted a homophobic video on his Instagram.  The guard took to social media last week to post the clip from his car, in which he zooms in on a group of shirtless men on the sidewalk. Commentating over the top of the clip, Edwards can be heard saying 'Look at these queer a** n****s, man. Look at the world I came to.' The franchise has now apologized for the offense Edwards' actions have caused, insisting the team is committed to inclusivity.  'We are disappointed in the language and actions Anthony Edwards displayed on social media,' the team said in a statement attributed to team president Tim Connelly that was released Monday.  'The Timberwolves are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming organization for all and apologize for the offense this has caused to so many.'   Minnesota Timberwolves announced the franchise is disappointed in guard Anthony Edwards (pictured) after the NBA star posted a homophobic video on his Instagram Edwards posted a clip on his Instagram...
    A proclamation of 'God Save the King' was met by boos in Edinburgh this morning but heckling was soon drowned out by jubilant cheers as Charles was proclaimed King. Crowds had gathered in the capital city to hear the Lord Lyon King of Arms, who is responsible for overseeing state ceremonial in Scotland, formally announced the Queen's successor. Similar announcements of the new monarch took place simultaneously in towns and cities across the UK and the Commonwealth. But amongst the hundreds of royal fans who had turned out to watch the ceremony in Edinburgh, a small number took the opportunity to make clear their disapproval of the new monarch. Spectators remained silent for the main declaration but as the Lord Lyon King of Arms Joseph Morrow ended his proclamation by saying 'God Save the King' there were audible boos. They were soon drowned out by chants of 'God Save the King', before trumpets started playing the national anthem.  Crowds had gathered in Edinburgh today to hear the Lord Lyon King of Arms formally announced the Queen's successor King Charles III...
    An infamous green skateboarding bench has gone missing again after Philadelphia skateboarders lifted it from New York City's Tompkins Square Park, and moved it to Philadelphia's Cecil B. Moore Station Plaza under the cover of night. The bench had been placed in the Plaza, a popular skateboarder hangout near Temple University, last week before university police were contacted by the rightful owner of the bench and assisted in returning it.  The bench has had a reputation for moving around since skater Anthony Van Engelen introduced it to the skating world in a 2003 video. Van Engelen says he doesn't know its current whereabouts.  An Instagram post on Thursday seemingly showed that the bench had made its way to Virginia, as it was pictured near the James River in Richmond with the caption 'the saga continues.' View this post on Instagram A post shared by @ave_bench The bench has had a reputation for moving around since skater Anthony Van Engelen introduced it to the skating world in a 2003 video. Van Engelen pictured competing at the Maloof Money Cup on June 5,...
    (CNN)Two members of the Proud Boys who founded an online group named "Murder the Media" pleaded guilty on Friday to obstructing the certification of the electoral college vote at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.Nicholas Ochs -- an "Elder" in the Proud Boys who founded the group's Hawaii chapter -- and fellow Proud Boy Nicholas DeCarlo traveled from Texas to Washington DC the day before the riot, which they participated in together, according to the plea agreements.Nicholas Ochs (l) and Nicholas DeCarlo at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Taken from a US Justice Department filing."We're not supposed to be here, this is beyond the fence," Ochs told DeCarlo as they arrived on the West Front of the Capitol during the attack, according to court documents."(W)e're all felons, yeah!" DeCarlo said.According to the plea agreement, both men threw smoke bombs at a line of police officers -- though DeCarlo said he forgot to pull the bomb's pin -- before traveling inside the Capitol, smoking cigarettes in the Crypt and later meeting up with Proud Boys sergeant-at-arms Ethan Nordean,...
    Willow Glen water polo player Luke Llabres is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Aug. 29-Sept. 3 after he received 8,645 votes (51.74%) by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. St. Patrick-St. Vincent football player Josiah Jones finished second and Miramonte football player Luke Duncan placed third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Llabres scored 11 goals and assisted on two others in a 17-5 victory over Lynbrook. The previous week, he had seven goals and two assists in a 15-6 win over Atascadero. Willow Glen began this week 3-2 on the season. To nominate an athlete for next week’s poll, email [email protected] by Monday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. Please include stats and team results. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Aug. 22-27: Mikhail Popov, College Park water polo May 23-29: Jacob Ponce, Dougherty Valley golf Related Articles High School Sports | Bay Area News Group girls high school athlete...
    Menlo School volleyball player Lily Kautai is the Bay Area News Group’s girls high school athlete of the week for Aug. 29-Sept. 3 after she received 33,730 votes (45.03%) by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. Kautai finished ahead of Berean Christian volleyball player Rebeca Freitas, who finished a close second with 29,979 votes (40.02%). Archbishop Mitty field hockey player Adea Nunes finished third. Kautai may only be a sophomore, but she was one of the standouts at Spikefest last week. She had 12 aces, 67 assists and 13 kills over 11 sets. To nominate an athlete for next week’s poll, email [email protected] by Monday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. Please include stats and team results. Related Articles High School Sports | Highly-touted Tennessee commit cleared to play this weekend for Clayton Valley Charter High School Sports | Historic California heat wave postpones Menlo School and Amador Valley football game High School Sports | Bay Area high school football 2022: Week 3 preview, schedule High School Sports | Did St. Francis do more than...
    I WAS queuing for lunch at my East London school when the headmaster walked in and said: “It has just been announced that the King has died.” It did not mean anything to me and I just carried on getting my food. 7You just had to wait for her to smile, but that amazing smile would light up the whole roomCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 7Like me, millions will feel lucky that she was our QueenCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 7The Queen lived through recessions, wars and personal heartache and every time she bounced backCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Three or four months later, we were all marched up from our school in Stepney to Whitechapel to see the young Queen driving past. It was my first sight of our new monarch, the lady I would be destined to spend a lifetime photographing. I was 11 when the Queen came to the throne in February 1952, and for the vast majority of people today, she was the only monarch they had ever known. They will mourn her passing with great...
    Sept. 7, 2022 "Two constables, four police chiefs and over 3,000 other Texans were members of the Oath Keepers, report says" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. More than 3,000 Texans — including four police chiefs, two county sheriffs, two constables and two county commissioners — have been members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right extremist group that played a prominent role in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, according to an analysis of leaked membership rolls. The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism published a report Tuesday after reviewing more than 38,000 names on a massive cache of documents from the Oath Keepers that was leaked to transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets and released last year. The documents included chat logs, emails and membership rolls...
    by Ben Wheldon   The conservative Landmark Legal Foundation (LLF) has asked the IRS to audit the second-largest teachers union in the United States for allegedly misreporting its political spending. In a letter to the IRS, which the Washington Examiner obtained, the group alleges that the American Federation of Teachers inaccurately claimed that it did not “engage in direct or indirect political campaign activities on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office” on their Form 990s from 2016-2019. The group checked the “no” box on the form all four years, according to the LLF, indicating it had not engaged in political activity. “On its four most recent, publicly available tax returns, the AFT reports that it does not use general treasury revenue to fund political activities,” LLF wrote to the IRS, per the Examiner. “AFT also reports that it made no transfers to any related political organization.” The AFT, however, is a prominent supporter of left-wing political causes and candidates. The LLF pointed to specific events in 2020 during which the union “mobilized the public to vote for identified...
    Up to 20 people, including five children, remain missing in Venezuela after going on a spiritual retreat led by a woman who says the Virgin Mary told her the world was about to end.  Rosa García, 57, is said to have initially persuaded as many as 40 people in the Táchira town of La Grita to join on her trip to Juan Pablo Peñaloza National Park on August 22, according to La Nacion newspaper. García allegedly told the group that they would be having a spiritual encounter with God or the Virgin Mary at an unknown area in the park that is located along the border of the western states of Táchira and Mérida. They were expected to return Thursday and were reported missing later that day after they failed to show up at their homes. Authorities in Venezuela are searching for more than a dozen people who have been reported missing after a 57-year-old woman in La Grita, Táchira convinced them to join her on a spiritual retreat. She apparently told her followers that the Virgin Mary told her...
    Kateryna Onyshchuk | iStock | Getty Images If you get your health insurance through the public marketplace, you may want to keep an eye out for a check from your insurer. Insurance companies are distributing $1 billion in rebates to 8.2 million policyholders, beginning this month. Of those, the majority — an estimated $603 million — will go to people with a health plan through either the federal health exchange or their state's marketplace (if it has one), according to an estimate from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The average rebate for marketplace enrollees is $141 per eligible participant. While not everyone who gets coverage that way will receive a rebate, it's worth being sure not to ignore mailings from your insurance company (or your insurer in 2021, if different). More from Personal Finance:These steps can help you tackle stressful credit card debtYou may qualify for over $10,000 in climate incentivesAmericans now less likely to tip generously for takeout Those rebates — which can happen yearly, depending on the insurer — often arrive in the mail, said Cynthia Cox, a vice...
    ASIA is filled with many astute and versatile business moguls who have created jobs for citizens in some of the most populous countries in the world. However, the battle for the coveted title of the richest man in Asia seems to be between two individuals in India. 2Gautam Adani addresses delegates during the Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata, India April 20, 2022 Who is the richest man in Asia? In recent months, the coveted title of the richest man in Asia has been between two Indian business moguls - Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani. However, Gautam Adani is currently the richest man in Asia as of the time of writing. According to Forbes, Gautam even surpassed Bill Gates in the month of July, after he donated $20 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read More on The US SunROCKS & A HARD PLACE Brit pensioner, 76, paraded in hood after massive drugs bust in IndiaSWEPT AWAY India flash floods kill 40 as bridges collapse & homes washed away by mudslides Gautam Adani was born on June 24,...
    President Joe Biden has made a fiery return to the campaign trail with less than two months until the November midterm elections President Joe Biden clarified his verbal attacks on MAGA Republicans yet again on Tuesday, insisting they were separate from the 'mainstream' GOP lawmakers he's worked with in Congress. The White House has been under a barrage of criticism from the right since late last month when the president compared Donald Trump and his supporters' beliefs to 'semi-fascism.' It was further intensified after Biden's impassioned address outside of Philadelphia's Independence Hall on the battle for the 'soul of the nation.'  'I want to be clear: Not every Congressional Republican is a MAGA Republican. I know because I’ve been able to work with these mainstream Republicans,' Biden posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday. 'But an extreme set of MAGA Republicans in Congress have chosen to take us backwards. Together, we can choose a different path.' It follows nearly identical remarks during a speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to mark Labor Day.  Early on in his address, Biden preached the need...
    Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from August 29 to September 3. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Votes by email are not counted. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected] We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: (Scroll to the bottom for the poll) Alyssia Byrd, Pittsburg water polo: Byrd was a consistent threat to score in Pittsburg’s two games last week. Against Castro Valley, Byrd found the scoresheet three times, and versus Tracy, the senior bagged seven goals and dished out one assist. Jessica Cortez, Yerba Buena volleyball: The senior standout had seven of the team’s 24 kills in their win over Oak Grove last week. She also had eight aces and four digs...
    In 1967 a young surfer and musician from California faced a lifechanging choice - fight in the jungles of Vietnam or move 11,000km to live by the beach in Australia. Dan Doeppel took the second option and moved to Byron Bay on the NSW far north coast, all expenses paid by his staunchly anti-war mother, Esther. A Christian real estate agent from Los Angeles, Esther took 'thou shalt not kill' literally and didn't want her son shooting at Viet Cong, so she paid for her musician son Dan - and his entire band - to travel to Australia to avoid being drafted into the army. At the time, Byron was a tough industrial town best known for waste and sewage from a whaling operation, a meatworks and a piggery 'colouring the sea and washing on the shore'. The surf was great, even if the water was so putrid from blood pumped into the ocean, which had the added consequence of attracting sharks.  A new book has charted the roots of Byron's alternative culture not from hippies, but from American surfers, who...