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Werder Bremen admit flying a drone over Hoffenheims training ground

first_imgWerder Bremen confirmed that a drone was flown over Hoffenheim’s training ground on Tuesday before their 1-1 Bundesliga drawThe drone was spotted by Hoffenheim staff at the club’s base as the team underwent their final training session before Wednesday’s clash.Local authorities were alerted by Hoffenheim as flying a drone over people in Germany is illegal.Bremen CEO Frank Baumann confessed the drone was from them and added that they had someone in the area.Now the German side have released a statement announcing that Baumann, coach Florian Kohfeldt and analysts were the ones behind it.“Werder Bremen briefly brought a drone into action last Tuesday during TSG Hoffenheim’s training,” read the statement on the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“This is the result of a conversation between Werder CEO Baumann, head coach Kohfeldt and employees of the analysis department.”Baumann accepted full responsibility in a press conference on Friday.“We discussed everything internally. I take responsibility for this,” said Baumann.“If the action in Hoffenheim led to a certain uncertainty on the training ground, then we would like to apologise for that.“A drone was flown for a short period, but didn’t fly over the pitch their team was training on. There was no threat. Everything has been resolved with Hoffenheim.“We have done nothing illegal. That would go against our club principles. We apologise to Hoffenheim if the incident has unnerved them. This is all we have to say on the matter.”last_img read more

Poway synagogue suspect pleads not guilty to federal hate crime charges

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Poway synagogue suspect pleads not guilty to federal hate crime charges Posted: May 14, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man accused of opening fire inside a Poway synagogue, killing a woman and injuring three other people, pleaded not guilty today to more than 100 federal hate crime charges alleging he acted out of hatred toward the Jewish and Muslim communities.John T. Earnest, 19, is accused not only of the synagogue shooting but also of an earlier arson fire at an Escondido mosque. He is being charged by both federal and state prosecutors and faces a possible death sentence in both cases. Neither office has made a decision regarding whether they will pursue the death penalty.Earnest, of Rancho Penasquitos, is accused of carrying out the shooting at Chabad of Poway on April 27 — the last day of Passover — killing Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, who was shot twice in the synagogue’s foyer and died at a hospital.The congregation’s rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, 57, lost an index finger in the shooting. Two other people — Almog Peretz, 34, and his 8-year-old niece, Noya Dahan — were also injured.Earnest is also accused of setting a March 24 fire at an Escondido mosque — a crime to which Earnest allegedly confessed in an online manifesto he posted prior to the synagogue shooting.Following his initial appearance Tuesday afternoon, he’s slated to return to court May 28 for a preliminary hearing. He remains held without bail.He was charged last Thursday with 109 federal hate crimes:— 54 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs using a dangerous weapon, resulting in death, bodily injury and attempts to kill;— 54 counts of hate crimes stemming from the synagogue shooting inviolation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; and— one count of damage to religious property by use of fire.Each of the 54 hate crime and obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs counts apply to a person who was inside the synagogue during the shooting, Brewer said. Among those people, 12 of the congregants present were children, he said.Earnest is due back in federal court May 28.Earnest is also charged in state court with murder, attempted murder and arson. His next court hearing in the state’s case is a readiness conference set for May 30.Kaye, a longtime member of Chabad of Poway, was at the temple with her physician husband and daughter the day of the shooting to honor her mother, who recently died. The rabbi, Goldstein, lost his right index finger in the shooting. Peretz was shot in a leg while shepherding children to safety. His niece was struck by shrapnel in her face and leg.An off-duty Border Patrol agent working as a security guard was inside the temple when the shooting began, and he opened fire as the suspect fled, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said. The agent did not strike Earnest, but did hit the suspect’s car, authorities said.Police said Earnest called 911 at around 11:30 a.m. and said he had been involved in the shooting and was armed.According to the federal complaint, Earnest told a dispatcher, “I just shot up a synagogue. I’m just trying to defend my nation from the Jewish people … They’re destroying our people … I opened fire at a synagogue. I think I killed some people.” He allegedly added that he shot up the synagogue “because the Jewish people are destroying the white race.”A San Diego police officer who had been en route to the synagogue spotted the suspect’s vehicle and pulled him over at 17051 W. Bernardo Drive, less than two miles west of the synagogue, Deputy District Attorney Leonard Trinh said.Earnest got out of his vehicle with his hands up and was taken into custody without further incident, according to police.In the “open letter” that authorities say Earnest posted online shortly before the shooting, the author espouses flagrant anti-Semitic sentiments and a need to protect the “European race.” He wrote that he spent four weeks planning the attack, citing his “disgust” for Jews and a desire to kill them, and expressed admiration for the Australian white nationalist who attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, killing 50 people.The writer also claims responsibility for the March 24 fire set at the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque, also known as Islamic Center of Escondido. The 3:15 a.m. fire was quickly extinguished by people inside the mosque. Graffiti left on the building made reference to the mosques attacks in Christchurch.Surveillance footage allegedly captured a suspect arriving at the mosque in the same type of vehicle in which Earnest was captured on the day of the synagogue shooting. May 14, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Wilmington Pediatrics Announces Addition Of Dr Gaya Nene

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Pediatrics recently announced that Dr. Gaya Nene will be joining their practice in November.A Massachusetts native, Dr. Nene attended Tufts University and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, then completed her residency at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.“We think Dr. Nene will be a great fit to our team and are excited to have you meet her,” the announcement read.Dr. Nene will be replacing Dr. John Maddox, who is leaving Wilmington Pediatrics after 18 years for Pentucket Medical Associates in Haverhill. Maddox lives in Haverhill and serves as an advisor to the school district.If patients would like to follow Dr. Maddox to Haverhill, they can contact Pentucket Medical Associates’s Registration Center at 857-282-7800. Dr. Maddox can be emailed questions at jmaddox@massmed.org.If patients would like to remain at Wilmington Pediatrics, they can be seen by Dr. Nene or any of the practice’s other pediatricians. Contact Officer Lia Benoit at 978-988-6203 or lbenoit@wilmingtonpedi.com with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDr. John Maddox To Leave Wilmington Pediatrics This Fall After 18 YearsIn “Business”Wilmington’s Cumberland Farms Launches 8th Annual Cups For Kids FundraiserIn “Business”OBITUARY: Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Qunun escape sparks rare criticism of Saudi guardianship laws

first_imgFactfile on what we know so far about the 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun who was detained at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok and is now being helped by UNHCR. Photo: AFPA Saudi teen’s live-tweeted asylum plea has cast a renewed spotlight on women’s rights just months after women won the right to drive, and sparked rare criticism of restrictive “guardianship” laws — from men.Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, arrived in Thailand at the weekend after fleeing what she called an abusive family in the deeply conservative kingdom and staved off deportation after her tweets drew global attention.Qunun’s impassioned cry for help set off a media frenzy, prompting angry denunciations and death threats from many in a kingdom where guardianship laws are still widely supported.But the incident sparked a rare online debate as several young Saudis — including men — implored authorities to dismantle the guardianship system.Seen as a form of gender apartheid, the system means Saudi women are often only as free as their male “guardians” — husband, father and other male relatives — allow them to be. The men in their lives have to give formal permission for the women to study, get married or even renew their passports.”Guardianship gives men the ultimate authority over women,” a young Saudi medical student named Bandar said in a video monologue posted on Twitter.”He can control her, slap her, beat her, do whatever he wants and no (government) agency can stop him.”This is causing women to dream about living elsewhere, away from where they were born and raised. Why? Because living here suffocates them.”As tweets by Qunun, now in the care of a UN refugee agency in Thailand, went viral, a new hashtag gained traction in Saudi Arabia: “Drop guardianship or all of us will migrate”.”Saudi society, in general, has utterly failed to come to terms with the reality that women have an equal desire for self actualisation,” tweeted another Saudi man, Ahmad Nasser al-Shathri.”The notion that a women’s innate desire is to be a homemaker is crippling our societal growth.”‘Repressive’ systemThe backlash follows a wide-ranging liberalisation drive spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that is aimed at transforming the conservative petro-state, long criticised for its treatment of women.His reforms include the much-celebrated decision overturning the world’s only ban on female motorists last June, allowing women to attend soccer games alongside men and take on jobs that once fell outside the narrow confines of traditional gender roles.Catalysed in large measure by what experts call economic pain owing to a drop in oil prices, the reforms have introduced a series of firsts in the Saudi labour market, where women have a miniscule presence.In recent months, Saudi media has championed the first woman restaurant chef, first woman news anchor and even the first woman racing driver.For the first time, women are seen alongside men in music concerts and social gatherings, amid the waning influence of the once-feared religious police, which strictly segregated the genders.But while transforming the lives of many women, this reform drive will be cosmetic for many others until the kingdom abolishes a system that gives men arbitrary authority over their female relatives, critics say.”The social reforms in Saudi Arabia are very much real and they will improve the everyday lives of women,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.”But the guardianship system remains repressive and hinders women’s rights and mobility.”Lightning rodWomen’s empowerment is a potential social lightning rod in the deeply traditional society of Saudi Arabia.Officials close to the government say they are seeking to dismantle the system piecemeal to prevent any backlash from arch-conservatives.Meanwhile, horror stories regularly surface.Women inmates are often reported to be stuck in prisons after completing their terms because they were not claimed by their guardians.One Saudi woman told AFP how she was stuck in limbo, unable to even renew her passport, when her father, her only male guardian, slipped into a coma after an accident.Many Saudis condemned Qunun for what they described as dishonouring her family.But as she galvanised international support in a Twitter-led campaign, many others voiced solidarity — especially after the Saudi charge d’affaires in Bangkok was caught on tape telling Thai authorities they should have confiscated Qunun’s cellphone.”It is challenging for the crown prince to completely dismantle guardianship laws because of religious conservatives who have a vested political interest to remain relevant in a changing Saudi Arabia,” said Momani.”That said, social pressure from young people like Rahaf, who find the reforms glacially slow … may prove more of a political challenge than the religious conservatives.”last_img read more