‘It can always be better’: Binghamton Police respond to downtown protest

first_img“You can’t group in the entire 800,000 police officers in the country for the actions of one. I know there’s plenty of other cases, but it’s a small percentage of bad police officers,” said Zikuski. “I hope moving forward we can have open dialogue not only here but around the country.” Some of the officers took a knee with the protesters as a sign of solidarity. One sergeant with the department hugging one of the protesters. Chief Zikuski says his officers have a right to express these actions. “We’re very progressive here at the Binghamton Police Department…always training our officers with diversity,” said Zikuski. “It can always be better. They can be better. We can be better. I think it’s time for an open dialogue in which people sit down and, you know, none of this is going to change overnight.” In addition, he says the only act of vandalism was on Main Street with spray paint on a business. However, after the protests are over and people post phrases and images of support on social media, many people are asking what happens next. 12 News asked Chief Zikuski the same question. Zikuski went on to say he does not side with the Minneapolis officers now charged in George Floyd’s death.center_img Tuesday night’s protest in downtown Binghamton ended peacefully when protesters left and then the officers left right afterward. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — In response to the Black Lives Matter protest downtown, Binghamton’s Police Chief speaks out on what he hopes for moving forward. Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski says while the majority of the protest was peaceful, he says some protesters were yelling into officers’ faces while others were trying to stop it. Zikuski says shortly before 1 a.m., protesters left the downtown area. He says there were no arrests, acts of violence, or injuries reported in that night.last_img read more

Indonesia forms team to probe recent shootings in Papua, but state rights body excluded

first_imgTopics : The government has formed a joint fact-finding team (TGPF) to investigate the recent killings in Intan Jaya, Papua, including the shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Hitadipa district.Established under a ministerial decree signed by Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Minister Mahfud MD on Thursday, the team comprises ministry officials, members of other state institutions, intellectuals as well as several Papuan figures.Noticeably missing, however, are members of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM). “This team has two weeks, starting from the issuance of the decree, to report the results [of the investigation] to the ministry,” Mahfud said in a virtual press conference on Friday.In addition to Yeremia’s death, which occurred on Sept. 19, the team will also investigate other deaths that took place around the same time in September, including the shooting of a civilian named Badawi and TNI soldiers, Chief. Sgt. Sahlan and First Pvt. Dwi Akbar.Read also: Churches union condemns shooting that killed pastor in Papua, urges Jokowi to take actionMahfud said the government had received recommendations from many parties, including church unions, to investigate the incidents transparently under the law and to form an investigation team.center_img The security chief minister was in charge of the TGPF, with the ministry’s secretary Tri Soewandono appointed as the chief of the steering committee, whose members include several deputies and an expert staffer from the ministry, a deputy from the Executive Office of the President, an executive from the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) and a Papuan public figure.Meanwhile, Benny Jozua Mamoto from the National Police Commission (Kompolnas) has been appointed to lead the unit for its investigation in the field, which comprises members from different institutions, including the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) and several universities, the National Police, the Military Police, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK).At least four Papuan community figures are also in the unit.Over the past few weeks, the government has been under pressure from civil society groups and members of the public to investigate the recent shootings in Intan Jaya. Mahfud said an armed criminal group (KKB) was responsible for the incidents. Read also: Intan Jaya pastor third churchman allegedly killed by security personnel, church saysThe PGI has alleged that the slain pastor, Yeremia, was killed by a TNI soldier, which the military denies.Komnas HAM commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara said Mahfud’s office had invited the commission to discuss the issue and the position of each relevant agency and ministry.However, Beka said, they agreed to not include Komnas HAM in the TGPF in order to maintain the position of the state rights body — which usually spearheads investigations into alleged human rights abuse cases — as an independent state institution.“We have started our own investigation and will be discussing the results with the ministry. In addition, we will also monitor the work of the joint team formed by the ministry,” Beka told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Beka said he respected the government’s initiative to form the joint team, hoping that it was a sign from the government of its commitment to resolving issues in Papua consistently.last_img read more

Black Stars ‘disrespected’ Prez Mahama – Afriyie Ankrah

first_imgFormer Youth and Sports Minister, Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has confirmed that the Black Stars players disrespected President John Dramani Mahama during the World Cup competition in Brazil.According to Afriyie Ankrah, President Mahama had wanted to talk to the team via Skype at one of their technical meetings in Brazil but they ignored the President.Speaking in a televised interview on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana with Paul Adom Otchere on Sunday, Mr Afriyie Ankrah said the incident happened on the day of the match with Germany.”We had arranged and we were going to put the President on Skype at the hotel. They had their last technical meeting and we went in there and they had just finished the meeting.””We were just about to connect and they started leaving and one particular player ….this is the President can you just spare us a few minutes, he said no no, dressing room, dressing room and then he added I hope he doesn’t speak for one hour.”When the host asked whether the players knew it was the President on the line, Mr Afriyie Ankrah said the coach was supposed to have told them and that in any case when he (Elvis) got there, he told them. He said that was absolutely disrespectful, “we are talking about the President of the land, the commander in chief. Under no circumstance…”The former Youth and Sports Minister who said he was disappointed in the conduct of the players refused to name that particular player, except to say that when he gets the proper forum, he will do so.He said there were a lot that went wrong and that when he get the requisite platform, he will make it public.”Remember I have not briefed my bosses yet,” he added.Asked whether he did chastise the player, he said no because there was a match at hand immediately and that he didn’t even immediately inform anybody until afterwards. He said the President eventually spoke with the players later on in the dressing room and that it was Ben Dotse Malor who called him (Elvis) on phone, he put it on speaker and the President inspired, motivated and encouraged them.last_img read more

Colorado Avalanche goalie Adam Werner records shutout in NHL debut

first_imgThe Colorado Avalanche walked out of Winnipeg with a 4-0 victory in the most unlikely of circumstances.Just 31 seconds in, the Avs lost starting goalie Pavel Francouz following a collision with Mark Scheifele in the crease. Francouz laid motionless on the ice for a while before being helped to his skates and assisted off the ice by a trainer ADAM WERNER. WOW. #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/sBTrQLqjvb— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 13, 201940 shots. 40 saves.A shutout in his first career NHL game for Adam Werner. #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/ElVGBM3UnI— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 13, 2019The 22-year-old recorded his first NHL win and his first NHL shutout in a spectacular effort, blocking all 40 shots he faced through 59:29 of action against the Jets.The Avs have now won their last three games after suffering through a five-game skid in which they went 0-4-1. On the flip side, Winnipeg had been on a tear lately, going 4-0-1 in their last five games before meeting Werner in the opposing net.Colorado was brutally out-shot 40-25, but the goalies made the difference. Werner outplayed five-year vet Connor Hellebuyck for his first win and his first shutout on Tuesday.Congrats, Adam Werner!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/68Cb8kLKaK— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 13, 2019 Warning: the content in this video may be disturbing for some audiences.Pavel Francouz/Mark Scheifele collision.Hope Pavel is all right. Took him a few minutes to get on his feet. #GoAvsGo #GoJetsGo pic.twitter.com/BtatTwpgAB— Josh Tessler (@JoshTessler_) November 13, 2019When play resumed, it was not Philipp Grubauer, who is currently dealing with a lower-body injury, between the pipes. Instead, Colorado’s 2016 fifth-round pick Adam Werner saw the first NHL action of his career.MORE: Gabriel Landeskog’s injury could shake up Central DivisionHe fit in nicely.last_img read more

Five things we learned in Bundesliga

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp The rumour mill says Nagelsmann, who is under contract until 2021, will go to Bayern in 2019 for around five million euros ($5.9m).However, his agent Marc Kosicke says there is no release clause in his contract.“I usually don’t comment on the details of a contract, but in this case I’ll make an exception, because I am not aware there is a release clause in his contract,” Kosicke revealed to Germany daily Bild.“Julian will definitely stay in Hoffenheim for the next two years.”Keita sees redLiverpool-bound Naby Keita brushed off a groin injury to play in Leipzig’s 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Moechengladbach, but was sent off for kicking Christoph Kramer in the face.Keita challenged Kramer for the ball, but his out-stretched leg made contact with the Germany international’s face.“I didn’t expect the foot to come in so high,” said Kramer. “It looked worse that it was, the lip was hit, but no teeth.”Keita is now suspended for Tuesday’s match away to Augsburg.Ultras walk out at HanoverHanover’s victory over Hamburg put them top of the table for 48 hours — the first time since September 1969 – but few of their hardcore ‘Ultra’ fans saw the final whistle.Hanover’s Ultras are annoyed that president Martin Kind wants a controlling interest in the club.Cries of “Kind out!” were heard throughout Friday’s win and the Ultras block was virtually empty on 90 minutes.“What I found really stupid is that the Ultras left the stadium while the boys were celebrating in front of our fans,” fumed Hanover coach Andre Breitenreiter.“That is a clear signal against the team.” Robben’s post-match comments were a clear message in Ancelotti’s direction: Ribery and Mueller must play and not left on the bench.“I am proud to played alongside Franck for eight years,” explained Robben. “He does the club a lot of good and we need him to win titles.“Thomas was the key to our success, when he is on, we have a lot more movement in our game.”Nagelsmann rumoursThere are rumours that Bayern’s next manager will be Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann.center_img Bayern players celebrating after scoring against MainzBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich silenced their critics with a 4-0 hammering of Mainz and goal-scorer Arjen Robben had a clear message for Carlo Ancelotti.Only quick-thinking from VfB Stuttgart’s team doctor saved the life of captain Christian Genter in their 1-0 win over Wolfsburg.Liverpool-bound Naby Keita earned a red card in RB Leipzig’s 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach while newly-promoted Hanover 96 went top of the league for 48 hours, but most hardcore fans left early.Here are five things we learned from the fourth round of German Bundesliga matches:Gentner’s horror injuryStuttgart captain Christian Gentner is unlikely to play again this year after fracturing his eye-socket, nose and upper jaw in a horror collision which could have ended in tragedy after he swallowed his tongue.Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels smashed his knee into Gentner’s face while challenging for the ball on 85 minutes.The ex-Germany midfielder swallowed his tongue, which was pulled out of his throat by Stuttgart’s quick-thinking team doctor.“I came out (of the goal), looking at the ball,” said Casteels. “Unfortunately these things happen. My left knee came up when I jumped for the ball and 99 percent of goalkeepers do the same.”Robben’s clear messageBayern looked impressive in their 4-0 home romp against Mainz, but tensions are still bubbling.Thomas Mueller scored their early first goal before Arjen Robben tucked away their second on 23 minutes.But Robben chose to celebrate with substitute Franck Ribery, ignoring coach Carlo Ancelotti, who benched Mueller in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Anderlecht.last_img read more

Single dad adopts 13-year-old boy abandoned at hospital by adoptive parents

first_imgA North Carolina foster dad adopted a 13-year-old boy who was abandoned by his adoptive parents two years ago.According to Fox 35, Peter Mutabazi has been fostering kids for three years. Mutabazi shares his experiences as a foster dad through his Instagram: fosterdadflipper.One of the children he fostered was a boy named Tony.  Tony had originally been adopted by a Oklahoma couple when he was 4, and the couple abandoned him when he was just 11 years old.Mutabazi fostered Tony for only a weekend, but after learning his story, he decided to adopt him.Fox 35 reported that on Nov. 19, the adoption was finalized and the pair were officially father and son.“ADOPTED TODAY!!! I was chosen, I was wanted, I was cherished, I grew in his heart, I was the missing piece and I’m loved today despite of my short coming,” Mutabazi wrote on Instagram. “‘Little souls find their way to you, whether their from your womb or someone elses.’ I found my little/big soul today!”last_img read more

Deaf golf in the Brabazon spotlight

first_img Deaf golf will come into the spotlight this week when the Brabazon Trophy gets underway at Seaton Carew in County Durham.The competitors at the event – one of the Majors of amateur golf – include 18-year-old Paul Waring of Felixstowe Ferry in Suffolk, who has been profoundly deaf from birth.The host club also includes a group of deaf golfers among its members and its plans for a new practice area will include facilities for deaf golfers and those with other disabilities.  Seaton Carew treasurerJim Cockburn remarked: “Everyone and anyone is welcome here, we include everyone.”Paul is a scratch golfer who secured his first appearance in the Brabazon – the English men’s open stroke play – with a two under par score and a share of second place in the Southern Qualifier.This week’s championship will be just the beginning of a high-profile month for Paul, who will go on to represent England Deaf Golf in the World Deaf Championships in Michigan, USA, from July 12-18.He is already the European Deaf Champion and his schedule reflects his ambition:  “to be a successful amateur and then to play on the European Tour.”Paul’s route to the top of the game puts an extra emphasis on communication. He explains the issues created by being deaf: “It makes learning more difficult as communication with your coach has to be different, for them and you. And, if you can’t hear the difference in a good and bad strike, or how a bunker shot should sound, you have to rely on the feel of the shot.”That means lots of practice and a good relationship with the coach: “Both my previous coach, Kevin Lovelock, and my current coach Graham Walker (the England Golf men’s coach), have been brilliant with me,” said Paul.There’s also the issue of communicating with playing partners. Paul uses a combination of lip reading, signing if appropriate, and gestures.He encourages other deaf people to play golf, remarking: “Why not? It’s great fun and you get to meet lots of new people.”Paul started playing golf when he was 12, encouraged by his father, and has represented Suffolk at every level from U14 upwards. He’s been a regular at England Golf boys’ events and at other prestigious junior competitions and this year, is playing more men’s tournaments.He has an impressive record in deaf golf. As well as his European individual title, he helped England win the team event in Finland and, also last year, he won the England Deaf Golf Open, the Spring and Autumn Tournaments and the Order of Merit.Meanwhile, Paul’s focus is on the Brabazon, which starts on Wednesday and continues until Saturday. “I’m very much looking forward to it, I want to play in the best tournaments I can, and this is one of the best.”For all the championship news, reports and pictures please click here.England Golf is committed to increasing the number of deaf and disabled people playing golf. If you are interested in getting started then click here to contact England Golf. 23 Jun 2014 Deaf golf in the Brabazon spotlight last_img read more

Ref Leroy Richardson’s road to the NBA started in the Navy

first_imgIn this March 26, 2016, file photo, referee Leroy Richardson signals during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks in Auburn Hills, Mich.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) Leroy Richardson got caught up in a bit of basketball politics when he was in the U.S. Navy. He had just transferred from the USS Yellowstone to a shore facility in Virginia, was looking to play for one of the intramural teams there and eventually got told that all the available spots had been taken by members of another command.So he decided to start refereeing.Almost 30 years later, he’s still in the NBA.Veterans Day — which was observed Sunday in the U.S. though federal agencies were closed Monday — carries obvious additional significance for people like Richardson and fellow NBA refs Rodney Mott and Matt Boland. All three served their country in the military; Richardson was a Navy man for 12 years, Mott for three years and Boland was in the Connecticut National Guard from 1987 through 1995.Richardson knows how lucky he is. If he was picked for that intramural team, he probably wouldn’t have started officiating. If he hadn’t started, he wouldn’t be in the NBA.“Everything was sort of preordained,” Richardson said.Mott feels the same way. He had a chance to accept a basketball scholarship in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, but decided to pursue a military career first. He went to San Diego State after leaving the Navy in 1979, got a degree in aeronautical engineering, landed a job at McDonnell Douglas and stayed in the game through a bit of coaching.Someone approached him and said he’d make a good referee. Before long, Mott — who spent a lot of time in Southern California playing with NBA guys like Michael Cage and Randy Smith and eventual Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn (who was an excellent point guard before turning his energy toward baseball) — was learning the ref trade in a camp run by then-NBA ref Hue Hollins.“The rest is history,” Mott said. “I’m happy with the choice that I made. Very happy. Refereeing has been very good. It’s kept me close to the game. I could play, but I’m a better referee than I was a player.”Richardson and Mott have heard “The Star-Spangled Banner” countless times before games over the years.It never gets old. To them, the anthem still resonates.“It’s special,” Richardson said. “I’m proud, not to be recognized but to have represented. When I hear that anthem, you realize that you were part of something that’s held in reverence. I look around the arenas, there’s a lot of times where they recognize all veterans and ask them to stand, and I’m proud to be standing as well.”THE TRADEJimmy Butler going to Philadelphia, a deal that becomes official on Monday, means the 76ers might have three All-Stars in the same season — something they haven’t had in more than 30 years.Butler, fellow returning All-Star Joel Embiid and probable All-Star Ben Simmons are expected to be headed to Charlotte this February for the league’s midseason showcase. The last time Philly sent three to an All-Star Game was when Julius Erving, Charles Barkley and Maurice Cheeks went in 1987.A little bit has changed since then:— That game was in Seattle, which no longer is in the NBA.— The league had 23 teams, as opposed to the 30 it has now.— That was also the last season where every NBA team averaged at least 100 points per game. This season, the league is on pace for that to happen again.DONCIC WATCHIt’s not fair to anoint someone rookie of the year less than a month into the season, though Dallas’ Luka Doncic certainly looks the part.Only three other rookies whose first NBA games came as teenagers — LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant — finished their debut seasons averaging at least 20 points. Doncic, the Mavericks’ 19-year-old budding star, might have a shot to join that very exclusive club.So far, he’s averaging 20.3 points, along with 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists. The only three players who finished their rookie seasons with those averages in all three categories are Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson.“My opinion is that he doesn’t have a limit,” Mavs forward Maxi Kleber said. “Luka can do whatever. You can already tell now because of the way he plays and how efficient he is. You can tell that he’s a very special talent.”Doncic is fully aware that he’s already in top-rookie conversations. He’s trying not to listen.“Yeah, of course it would be special, but for me it’s always for the team,” Doncic said. “Of course I want to enter the playoffs first. That’s my goal, and later the individual stuff.”THE WEEK AHEADSomething to watch for every day of this week …— Magic at Wizards, Monday: Washington has way, way too much talent to be off to a 3-9 start.— Hornets at Cavaliers, Tuesday: Charlotte already has a 32-point win over Cleveland this season.— Pistons at Raptors, Wednesday: Toronto fans will do the right thing and warmly greet Dwane Casey.— Warriors at Rockets, Thursday: The clubs’ first meeting since the 2018 Western Conference finals.— Kings at Grizzlies, Friday: Too early to know if either team is for real, but they’ve started off well.— Jazz at Celtics, Saturday: Gordon Hayward won’t be subjected to boos during warmups in this one.— Lakers at Heat, Sunday: LeBron James makes his lone 2018-19 trip to Miami, where he won two titles.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Soccer Quest Co-Ed Finalists

first_imgThe Diamonds breezed through the Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament this week, defeating The Midget Pinkies 5-2 to claim the title. The annual Co-Ed tourney attracted eight teams to the Soccer Quest Indoor Facility.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute The Diamonds and The Midget Pinkies with Co-Team of the Week honours.Member of both teams are pictured, starting at the back row, L-R, Marlesa Manson, Samadhi Bouchard, Alexi St-Jean, Meghan Morrison, Jan Williams, Heather Stewart, Taylor Stewart, Tayler Anderson, Nick Diamond, Emmanuel Huva and Reed Bambrick.Front, Laura Waterer, Josiah Mori, Sachi Del-Sniveli, Dallas Sauer, Jordan Micheaux, Andy Galewitz, Taylor Russel and Nick Davis.last_img

Giants buzz: Kikuchi sweepstakes, plan for Posey, A’s trades

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The Mets shipped out top prospects for All-Star closer Edwin Diaz and veteran hitter Robinson Cano. The Nationals shelled out $140 million for free agent starter Patrick Corbin. The St. Louis Cardinals completed a massive trade, acquiring Paul Goldschmidt in exchange for three prospects from the Diamondbacks.So what are the Giants waiting for?CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing the photos on your mobile device.That’s a loaded question that can’t be answered succinctly, …last_img