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first_imgANTONIO RUDIGER claims he was made to feel like a “monkey” and a “liar” after Tottenham and the police dropped an investigation into alleged racist chants against him.The Chelsea centre-back launched a searing indictment of the probe’s results and revealed its devastating personal effects.3 Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger looks on in the infamous match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December when he reported racist chantsCredit: Reuters3 Referee Anthony Tayor pointed out to players where the alleged racial abuse came fromCredit: AFP or licensorsRudiger complained of abuse during Chelsea’s 2-0 away win last December but Spurs insist “extensive reviews” of CCTV and help from lip readers failed to uncover the chants.Now Rudiger says he is dumbfounded and sickened by the outcome as “racism won”.The Germany star, 27, told Der Spiegel: “I ask myself, ‘how is it possible that nobody of the 60,000 people in this stadium realised anything about it?'”So, I stand there [accused] as a liar. I have the feeling that I’m expected to shut my mouth. But I have a message: I won’t do that.”I felt as if I wasn’t a human being, but an animal. A monkey.”I think if you haven’t lived such situations you can’t imagine how I felt. Against Tottenham I felt incredibly lonely.”I told Harry Kane ‘you don’t have to apologise’. But he wanted to do it as a sign that his club doesn’t think like that.Antonio RudigerRudiger also said Tottenham striker Harry Kane apologised to him afterwards.He added: “I was grateful for the gesture from the England captain.”I said, ‘it’s absolutely not your fault, you don’t have to apologise’.”But he wanted to do it as a sign that his club doesn’t think like that.”Tottenham have always insisted they “fully support” Rudiger’s actions but could find no evidence to support the allegations.Many Spurs fans, however, booed him as Chelsea won the Premier League return 2-1 at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago.After finally halting their investigation, Tottenham said: “The club and the Metropolitan Police have now exhausted all avenues of investigation.3 Rudiger made a monkey gesture during the game at Tottenham in DecemberCredit: PA:Press Associationmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes”There is no evidence to corroborate or contradict the allegation and as such neither ourselves nor the police are in a position to take any further action.”We are fiercely proud of our anti-racism work and our zero tolerance of any form of discrimination.“This is one reason why we have attributed so much time and resource to investigating this matter.”Antonio Rüdiger accuses Spurs fan of making monkey chants after Son sent off for kicking Chelsea acelast_img read more

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t believe it, says the “Financial Fair Play” project leader monitoring hundreds of clubs’ accounts since 2011.“Certainly FFP is not dead and we will, for sure, reinforce the rules going forward,” Andrea Traverso told The Associated Press at UEFA headquarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Luxury taxes and salary caps once dismissed as unworkable in Europe are again talked about. UEFA could start evaluating club debts and make competitive balance a formal goal.“We have continuous dialogue with the clubs. They are all aware of the rules,” Traverso said, noting Champions League regular Porto was sanctioned last month. Kevin Durant arrives in India as NBA tries to grow game Recent Milan spending outweighs its 217 million euro ($254 million) revenue in 2015, according to a UEFA review of club accounts.However, UEFA cannot stop clubs buying, while Milan can use August and January trading periods to balance its books.“Milan will not be an exception to Financial Fair Play, because no club enjoys an exception,” Traverso said. “All clubs are free to operate on the market but then they might face consequences if they do not operate according to the rules.”Milan’s case is unusual because it had no FFP assessment for three years. A Europa League qualifying match on Thursday was its first UEFA game since March 2014. New club officials will meet UEFA in October to explore a “voluntary agreement” on financial targets.It continues Milan’s interesting history with the UEFA project. In 2009, then-UEFA President Michel Platini cited lobbying by owners, including Milan’s Silvio Berlusconi, to limit clubs spending only what they earned.Critics said it protected elite clubs with global income, and blocked ambitious clubs with wealthy owners.When UEFA rules took full effect in 2014, Qatar-owned PSG and Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City were hardest hit. Both had 20 million euros ($23.4 million) deducted.By 2015, Milan was slumping when UEFA offered to be sympathetic with clubs which had an affordable business plan. This helped clubs to woo buyers, including Chinese investors who now own Milan and city rival Inter.As the $800 million Milan sale was sealed in April, PSG and Man City completed periods of stricter UEFA monitoring. Both clubs are high in UEFA’s revenue-earning list with more than 460 million euros ($540 million), and are major transfer market players.PSG’s chase of Neymar could double the world-record price Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba. GENEVA — In another European summer of lavish transfer deals, it can seem that UEFA has given up trying to curb clubs’ excessive spending.Skeptics question AC Milan’s 200 million euro ($240 million) spree and how Paris Saint-Germain could squeeze a 220 million euro ($258 million) pursuit of Barcelona’s Neymar by the UEFA rules.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube UEFA never barred PSG or Man City from the Champions League, as Platini warned could happen to a top club.Instead, clubs like Dynamo Moscow, Galatasaray and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, the 2015 Europa League runner-up, have missed one season in the second-tier competition.UEFA points out that losses across European top-tier clubs totaled 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion) in 2011 and are now about 300 million euros ($352 million).Juventus is a model club. It won six straight Italian titles, reached two Champions League finals, and funded a new stadium to raise income and close the gap on Spanish and English clubs’ huge global earnings.UEFA’s Traverso insisted: “FFP is definitely not over.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Porto overspent on first-team budget targets, UEFA deducted 700,000 euros ($820,000) prize money and limited the squad to 22 instead of 25 senior players in this season’s competition.UEFA’s independent club finance panel praised the 27-time Portuguese champion’s “realistic financial and business plan,” and expects compliance by 2020.Still, do clubs ignore the scrutiny that goes with entering UEFA competitions?Milan’s new Chinese owners, who needed American equity fund cash, spent heavily on players after six years without a Serie A title.“I’m so upset at UEFA. It’s a joke,” Roma president James Pallotta told the AP about Milan’s offseason. “They don’t have the money.”ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ View commentscenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? 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first_img0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba insists racist abuse only makes him stronger © AFP / Lindsey ParnabyLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 25 – Paul Pogba says he is ready to fight against racist abuse after the Manchester United star and his team-mate Marcus Rashford were subjected to social media taunts following their penalty misses.Pogba was the target of racial slurs on Twitter when his penalty was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio in Monday’s 1-1 draw. Then United striker Rashford suffered racist abuse online after hitting the post with a penalty in Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Reading’s Yakou Meite were also recently targeted by social media trolled and World Cup winner Pogba has had enough.The 26-year-old insists he will use the jibes as fuel to step up the fight against racists.“My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football,” Pogba wrote on his Instagram account on Sunday.“Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation.”During the Palace match at Old Trafford, United fans unveiled a banner reading ‘United against racism’.Rashford had tweeted in support of Pogba after the Wolves games, saying: “Enough now, this needs to stop Twitter. Manchester United is a family. Paul Pogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all.”United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer condemned both incidents involving his players.“It’s the same we spoke about before the weekend. It’s unheard of and we need it to stop, it needs to stop,” Solskjaer said.“I’m just lost for words if it keeps going. We keep having all these campaigns ‘No to Racism’ and it keeps hiding behind fake identities. It’s just crazy that we talk about this in 2019.”Pogba’s message was accompanied by a photograph showing him holding his baby alongside portraits of his late father Fassou Antoine and civil rights activist Martin Luther King,Marcus Rashford became the latest player to become the target of racist trolls after missing a penalty kick © AFP / Lindsey ParnabyTwitter said on Wednesday that they will meet with United, Kick It Out (anti-discrimination organisation within football) and any other civil society stakeholders to discuss the problem.Twitter claim to have already permanently suspended a series of accounts as a result of the racist posts.Anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out have also called for action.“The vile racist abuse on social media continued today. This problem will not go away and needs decisive action – that’s what we’ll be making clear to Twitter when we meet,” Kick It Out said on Saturday.“Without immediate and the strongest possible action, these cowardly acts will continue to grow.”0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgOver the coming weeks Donegal Daily will partner up with Údarás na Gaeltachta to showcase some of Donegal’s most successful Gaeltacht based businesses.Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development scheme assists entrepreneurs by encouraging new investment in Gaeltacht areas, nurturing already established businesses, and enhancing the skill base of those living in Gaeltacht communities. They also offer financial and non-financial support, as well as supplying business facilities at a competitive price to businesses in various different sectors.Over 7,000 people are employed thanks to the Údarás na Gaeltachta scheme! One such company involved in the scheme is Kilcar based Studio Donegal, who produce artisan hand-woven goods.Studio Donegal has expended into new and niche markets and now supplies authentic Irish Handwoven Bed Covers, Blankets and Cushions to UK and European Boutique Hotels and Apartments.Studio Donegal was founded by the Donaghy family in Cill Charthaigh nearly 40 years ago with the aim of maintaining and preserving the long running tradition of hand-weaving in south-west Donegal. The company was set up by Kevin Donaghy, an innovative designer weaver/spinner and his wife Wendy Donaghy, who both moved to Cill Charthaigh from Tullamore in Co. Offaly.Studio Donegal has developed into an international supplier of authentic, Irish handwoven clothing and upholstery fabric for markets in Ireland, the UK, Japan, Demark, France, Germany, Italy and the USA.Tristan Donaghy, son of Kevin and Wendy, continues to follow in the footsteps of his parents and is responsible for the company’s growth.Studio Donegal has established itself in a niche market of supplying boutique hotels and apartment chains in the UK, Europe and Japan with handwoven bed covers, blankets and cushions.Tristan DonaghyTristan said; “In recent times we have expanded on our product offerings. We now have ongoing contracts for hotel groups in the UK, The Hague and throughout the rest of Europe.”“Our bed covers, blankets and cushions are now the preferred choice for many boutique and apartment hotel chains in the UK and Europe, a niche which now accounts for 30% of our exports.” “We have also seen an increase in demand from a younger generation of Japanese entrepreneurs who have a preference for authentic Irish handwoven, clothing and accessories.”“We are getting more orders for our handwoven clothing and accessory label from mainstream boutique shops and mail ordering catalogues in Japan.”The company employs 15 people and until recently focused mainly on supplying craft shops and tourist outlets with handwoven and hand-knitted products under its own Studio Donegal clothing label.“I think the fact that our studio, mill and workshop are open to visitors and tourists who are invited to tour our facilities and observe our hand-weavers at work Monday to Friday is an added attraction.” “There they see firsthand how and where everything is made. Our shop sells a full range of our tweed throws, men’s and women’s clothing, hats and accessories as well as Donegal Yarns knitting wool and a selection of contemporary and traditional knitwear.”“Our genuine handwoven tweed sells all over the world in exclusive top end craft shops. Everything with the Studio Donegal label is handwoven and made in Kilcar.”“We have maintained our brand ethos of being the only genuine hand- weaving mill in Ireland and that will always be our hallmark. We still use some homespun yarn, which we produce on an early Victorian spinning mule.”“We also use other yarns, produced in Kilcar by Donegal Yarns, who continue to produce a superb range of quality wool and yarns”.“With support over the years from Údarás na Gaeltachta for areas such as equipment, marketing and training, we have been able to access new markets to promote our label and expand our product portfolio.”“We hope to expand our workshop in the future to accommodate additional equipment that will lead to an increase in production and employment”.“We are currently working on increasing our brand awareness globally by upgrading our website, and we expect that an increase in online purchases will increase our turnover and lead to additional employment and secure the existing jobs into the future”, concluded Tristan.To find out more about Studio Donegal you can visit;Website: www.studiodonegal.ieFacebook: Studio DonegalTwitter: @StudioDonegalTo learn more about Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development scheme you can visit their website!All photography by Paul Doherty.Údarás na Gaeltachta assist Studio Donegal’s expansion into niche markets worldwide! was last modified: September 18th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:hand wovenstudio donegalÚdarás na Gaeltachtaweavinglast_img read more

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 13 August 2012South Africa’s Burry Stander made a valiant attempt to claim a medal in the men’s cross-country mountain bike race at the Olympic Games on Sunday, but came up just short with a fifth place finish after a gruelling race.Hadleigh Farm sounds like a pleasant enough place, but the mountain bike track, with its twists and turns and ever changing elevation, including plenty of climbing, is a real challenge, especially when the world’s elite cross-country competitors are duelling one another and racing it at their maximum pace.After a furious start to Sunday’s race, Stander found himself 15 seconds down on the leading trio of Jaroslav Kulhavy, the overall 2011 World Cup champion, Nino Schurter, the winner of this year’s Pietermaritzburg World Cup and three other World Cup events, and the Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana after the first lap.Slip on lap fourThe South African star then put in consecutive fastest laps to haul in the leaders. A small slip on lap four, however, saw him dropped once again as the front-running trio piled on the pace. Stander and Spain’s Jose Antonio Hermida, the winner of the 2010 World Championships, became the closest chasers to the men in medal position.There appeared to be a slight slowing by Kulhavy, Schurter and Fontana on the penultimate lap as they prepared themselves for a tactical, lung-bursting showdown on the seventh and final lap of the course, but it wasn’t enough to let Stander and Hermida close the distance.Czech ace Kulhavy snatched a vital inside line on the last sharp climb before the finish to edge ahead of Schurter for the victory. Fontana, meanwhile, lost his saddle on the last lap, which allowed the two chasers to close the gap on the bronze medal winner. Hermida then sneaked in front of Stander on the finishing line, just four seconds behind Fontana, to take fourth place.Stander’s finishing time of 1:29:37 was half-a-minute behind the winner, Kulhavy, his team-mate in non-Olympic action on Team Specialized.Five seconds off the podiumAfterwards, Stander told reporters: “Fifth, being 10 seconds off the podium [he was actually only five seconds behind Fontana] you can’t be disappointed with that.“Obviously you’re here for a medal, but I gave it my all. I prepared as much as I could and put absolutely everything I could into this year. It was just 10 seconds too slow, I guess.“With two laps to go on that steep climb the guys absolutely smashed it. I was on my max and there’s nothing you can do.“It’s a very fair sport, you give what you’ve got, and if you don’t have it you don’t have it, and the top three guys deserved it today.”Fellow South African Philip Buys suffered a fall at the start of the race, which left him in last place on the first lap. It was a tough break and the going from there was tough. He eventually finished in 35th place, just over 11 minutes behind the winner.Just how tough was the competition? Consider the case of France’s Jean-Christophe Peraud. He raced for AG2R La Mondiale at the recent Tour De Franc where he finished in 44th place overall out of the 153 finishers. At Hadleigh Farm, he was the 29th of 42 finishers.Men’s marathonThe only other South African representatives in action on the final day were Lusapho April, Stephen Mokoka and Coolboy Ngamole in the men’s marathon.April was the highest finisher of the three, clocking exactly two hours and 19 minutes to finish in 43rd place. Mokoka claimed 49th place, less than a minute later, while Ngamole failed to finish.Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich raced to victory in 2:08:01 to win his country’s first medal since John Akii-Bua captured the 400 metres hurdles title in Munich 40 years ago in a world record time.last_img read more

first_imgPhotos and Video:Your booty awaits. Photo courtesy of LostSailRsX marks the spot! Photo courtesy of LostSailRsThe view from GZ. Photo courtesy of LostSailRsYarrrr better be privy to all the muggles! Photo courtesy of LostSailRs [vsw id=”7ZLpRhBTxds” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]Geocache Name:LostSailRs: Uncharted Waters (GC55CDQ)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:3/1Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Getting creative with a new geocache hide takes some skill. Whether that’s just learning the art of how to hot glue camouflage without burning yourself or a bit of woodworking. Or you could take it a step further, like the cache owner of this geocache did and teach yourself HTML 5 and create an immersive geocaching video game experience. The time, effort and creativity that went into the puzzle, the game and the geocache itself are a perfect example of what makes a GREAT geocache.What the geocache owner, LostSailRs, has to say:“I love designing puzzle caches and try to put a lot of thought behind each one.  Some of them are fairly complicated, others, not so much.  But I try to do something slightly different each time.  Currently I am on summer vacation and decided it was time I taught myself something new.  I started to watch hours of YouTube teaching myself HTML5 game design and began implementing the basics into some of my other video-game based caches.  Since I started teaching myself how to make games I had my eyes on doing something to satisfy puzzle cachers of all ranges: Strategy, logic, skill, dexterity, etc… This took about 6 weeks from start to testing.  Every few days I would get it to a playable stage and tell my wife, the Lost in LostSailRs, that it was done, but would wake up the next day and start learning something new and adding it to the game.  Towards the end I started writing and recording the background music and sound effects, and put the finishing touches on some of the graphics.  I sent out a request to our local geocaching society and got some great replies.  After another week or so making changes and fixing bugs it was ready to release.   The idea for the multi-stage final came late in the stage, once I received the containers.  I thought they were so perfect and wanted to make use of the bulk amount I received.  So I added a very simple puzzle/riddle that will take the person straight to the final.  I chose the location because of it’s scenic view and isolation during the weekends.”“We are so grateful to be part of this amazing community of cachers who have warmly welcomed us into the fold this past year.  On Sunday, July 6th, my wife and I celebrated our 1 year cache-aversary.  In that year we have found some amazing hides, clever containers, and friends-for-life.  We can’t wait to see what’s in store for year number 2.”What geocachers are saying:“Really enjoyed this cache. The puzzle was well done and just enough work. Made it to GZ and spent a few minutes thinking through the hints. Thankfully, my daughter made the last connection that allowed us to find the cache.” – PowerDime“Marvelous game, well played from start to finish! …Not having read the logs, though, I was very pleasantly surprised when I arrived this afternoon and found that there was more adventure to be had! I love it when there are unexpected twists and journeys! This one gets a favorite for the concept, a favorite for the game, a favorite for the twists, a favorite for the… WHAT? I can only award ONE?!!! So be it.” – GoldenStateBoy“This was fun, I like it when someone really puts out a clever cache and this is definitely a cache that will get many favorite points. I don’t believe I have done any other caches of yours but I sure will now. Thanks for an adventure.” – oldwood What new skills have you learned because of geocaching? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedConnecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”The name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 10, 2014In “Community”Auburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

first_imgSong not fitting into your edit? Not a problem. Use the Remix feature in Adobe Audition to automatically rearrange any song to fit any duration.Top image via ShutterstockFinding the perfect song for your video project can be a challenge. Even more frustration can arise when you find yourself struggling to make that perfect song fit into your edit. Luckily, Adobe Audition includes a Remix feature that can make the process incredibly easy and fast. The Remix feature will analyze the song, identify loops, and detect beats before automatically cutting the song into something more manageable and appropriate for your edit.If you’re one who rarely works in Audition (and rarely moves projects from Premiere to Audition and back), then you’re going to like the simplicity of this process.Decide on your song and your clips and go to Edit > Edit in Adobe Audition > Sequence. Then select “Send through dynamic link” for the Video Option.Step 1. Enable RemixAs you can see above, once you hit Enable Remix, Audition will analyze the song clip in its entirety. Once analyzation is complete, you can drag the song clip to fit whatever time you need to. Audition will cut the song to the nearest 5-second mark.Step 2. Change Duration of SongAfter you’ve set the clip at the appropriate time you need, Audition offers a few more tweaks that can be incorporated into the remixed song.Step 3. Add Adjustments to New Song Edit Length allows you to add or subtract fragments of the song that Audition has remixed. The lower you set the bar, the more fragments are added to the song.Features tells the algorithm to favor rhythmic beats or harmonic sounds such as orchestral segments. For more electric fast music, move the bar over to Timbre.Minimum Loop notifies Audition to tighten up transitions that might seem odd due to the algorithm that sets the transition. If a segment of the song sounds off for some reason, toggle this Advanced option around to see if it helps it flow better.Maximum Slack sets the remix duration to as close to the target duration as possible (since it auto-sets the duration in increments of five seconds). Adobe suggests that adjusting this parameter can lead to better sounding remixes.Step 4. Send Back to Premiere ProTo send the remixed song back to Premiere, mute any other audio channels currently in Audition (as you only want your song to be sent back to Premiere). Go to Multitrack > Export to Premiere Pro and check “Stereo File” under the Mixdown Stereo option. Then, hit Export. This will open Premiere and you’ll be able to add the song right into your timeline!Note: This step of the process will only work if Premiere and Audition are both current and fully updated.If you’re looking for more Audition action, we’ve got you covered.Have you used Remix in the past? Did it work out like you had hoped? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgA jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million on Monday in her lawsuit against a stalker who bought a hotel room next to her and secretly recorded a nude video, finding that the hotel companies and the stalker shared in the blame.After a full day of deliberations, the panel said the stalker was responsible for 51 per cent of the blame and the two hotel companies would share the rest, which comes out to nearly $27 million.Andrews, a Fox Sports reporter and co-host of the TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” wept as jurors announced the verdict. She hugged her attorneys and family, who have supported her inside the courtroom throughout the emotional trial.Jurors heard directly from Andrews, who testified that she was humiliated, shamed and suffers from depression as a result of the video, which has been viewed by millions of people online.Andrews’ parents described for jurors the terror they and their daughter felt after learning of the video but not knowing who took it, where it was shot and if someone was still watching their daughter.An FBI investigation would later reveal that Michael David Barrett shot videos in hotels in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, and posted them online. The trial focused on the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt and video.On Friday, Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Hamilton Gayden found Barrett at fault. It was only up to jurors to decide if the hotel owner, West End Hotel Partners, and former operator, Windsor Capital Group, should share in the blame. The hotel is a franchise and Marriott is not part of the trial.advertisementAttorneys for the companies argued that while what happened to Andrews was terrible, the convicted stalker should be solely to blame because he was a determined criminal. The attorneys also suggested that Andrews’ rise in her career shows she did not suffer severe and permanent distress.Andrews said Barrett’s arrest and imprisonment did not make the nightmare go away. She broke down on the stand repeatedly, saying she continues to suffer because people are still watching the videos and taunting her about them.”This happens every day of my life,” Andrews said tearfully. “Either I get a tweet or somebody makes a comment in the paper or somebody sends me a still video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands and I’m right back to this. I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed.”Barrett pleaded guilty to stalking Andrews, altering hotel room peepholes and taking nude videos of her. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison.Andrews has maintained that someone at the hotel gave out her room number to Barrett and honored his request to be placed near hear. She said no one ever told her that he asked to be in an adjoining or connecting room. Had she known that, she said she would’ve called police.Barrett was a Chicago-area insurance company executive who frequently traveled around the country when he took the video of Andrews at the Nashville hotel in September 2008. He shot about 4 1/2 minutes of nude video of her while she was inside a room that was in an alcove off a main hallway.Barrett didn’t show up for the trial. In his videotaped deposition, he said that he alone was to blame. He said he correctly guessed that she would be at the hotel – it was the closest one to the Vanderbilt football game Andrews was covering – by calling and pretending to be in a group with Andrews and asking for confirmation of the reservations.He said he used an in-house employee phone to learn her room number, and made a request to be in the room next to Andrews.During closing arguments, one of Andrews’ lawyers said Barrett tried to take all of the blame because he holds a grudge against her over his conviction and doesn’t want her to win any money.Barrett said he posted the recordings online after celebrity gossip website TMZ refused to buy them. The only reason he picked Andrews, he said, was because she was popular and he saw that she was trending on Yahoo.ALSO READ:FBI, Apple begin inquiries into celebrity nude photo leaklast_img read more

first_imgUsain Bolt is the fastest man on earth and on Wednesday, he proved that he could be the fastest in space as well.Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion boarded a special Airbus Zero G plane, which simulates what it’s like to be in zero gravity. Bolt challenged two of his fellow passengers to a foot race and won it comfortably in the end.French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy and CEO of Novespace and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle, who were onboard with him, tried their best to match up to Bolt but they failed.And after the win, he celebrated it in style by doing his trademark celebration and by opening a bottle of champagne — Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar — which was made to allow astronauts to drink bubbles in space.”I was nervous but as soon as the first one (parabola) goes you kind of go ‘oh my God, what’s happening’. But after the third one I was like ‘yeah, it’s crazy’,” Bolt told Reuters TV.Running in Zero Gravity @GHMUMM. #DareWinCelebrate #NextVictory St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) September 12, 2018The bottle was designed by champagne-maker Mumm in order to capitalise on the advent of space tourism.”The tourists will be enjoying the view of the earth, the view of space, weightlessness, and they will celebrate. So maybe there is not a market for a lot of bottles in space, but there is a market for some bottles,” said Jean-Francois Clervoy.Changing the game @GHMUMM. Celebrating life by drinking @GHMUMM in Zero Gravity #DareWinCelebrate #NextVictory St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) September 12, 2018Billionaires Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon Inc, Richard Branson and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk are locked in a race to send wealthy tourists into suborbital space, high enough to see the curvature of the planet.Taking a break from his efforts to become a professional soccer player, Bolt said he felt like a “kid in a candy store” after spending about four minutes floating and joking around in near-weightless conditions. Usain Bolt defeated an astronaut in a foot-race in space-like conditions (AP Photo)Bolt is currently taking a break from his efforts of becoming a professional football player. He is currently practicing with Australian side Central Coast Mariners and made his debut on the left wing in a trial match.However, he made little impression in a 19-minute cameo in his team’s 6-1 win over a Central Coast select side.last_img read more

first_imgNational Action Network Convention 2015 – Bernie Sanders Plenary Session – photo by: Aaron J. / NAN / Democratic U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont will returns to Sioux City this weekend.Sanders will hold a rally at the Orpheum Theater at 6th and Pierce Streets this Sunday evening, May 5th at 6:30 p.m.Organizers say the event is free and open to the public and no tickets are required.Those attending are encouraged to RSVP through Sanders’ campaign website and entry is provided on a first come, first served basis.last_img read more