Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) 2009 Abridged Report

first_imgInnscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2009 abridged results.For more information about Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw)  2009 abridged results.Company ProfileInnscor Africa Limited manufactures and markets fast-moving and durable consumer products in Zimbabwe and exports to international markets. The company is primarily involved in maize milling and the production of stock feeds, edible oils, baker’s fat and pork products; as well as poultry, table eggs and day-old chicks. A subsidiary division manufactures and markets a range of plastic carry bags, televisions, refrigerators and other general household appliances and consumables such as rice, dairy, candles and beverages. Innscor Africa Limited was founded in 1987 and its operations comprise National Foods Holding Limited, Colcom Holdings Limited, Irvine’s Zimbabwe (Private) Limited, Bakeries, Appliance Manufacturing, Natpak (Private) Limited, Profeeds (Private) Limited and Probrands (Private) Limited. Innscor Africa Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgEquity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug)  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileEquity Bank Limited is a financial conglomerate offering banking products and solutions to individuals and small-to-medium enterprises in Uganda through its subsidiary company, Equity Bank Uganda Ltd (EBUL). Its product offering ranges from savings and current accounts and fixed deposit accounts to social institutional accounts, credit products, treasury, trade finance and bank guarantee services. EBUL offers solutions for Internet banking, money transfers, merchant acquiring, point of sale and mobile banking services. Equity Bank Uganda Limited was formerly known as Uganda Microfinance Limited and changed its name to Equity Bank Uganda Ltd in 2008 when the microfinance institution was purchased by Equity Bank Limited. The financial conglomerate operates in six countries in the African Great Lakes Region, including subsidiary banks in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania. Equity Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Autumn Internationals: England v New Zealand preview

first_imgEngaging: hooker Codie Taylor signs autographs during an All Blacks visit to the Twickenham Stoop (Getty)“However, for us it’s about making our own statement. To do that, we’ll need to bring our own intensity and accuracy to an even higher level throughout the game. It’s a great opportunity to assess where our game is at.“Having two playmakers (Barrett and McKenzie) makes it a lot harder for England to shut us down. It also takes away the frustration of that person who is shut down, because you have someone else taking a bit of the heat.”The game falls on the centenary remembrance of Armistice Day (see details below) and Hansen added: “Whenever we play with the poppy the stories of why it’s there are talked about. It does give it an extra emotional hit. When you get these big Test matches you don’t need too much of a wind-up to be ready, but it is significant.”Any interesting statistics?* England have lost all but one of their previous 15 meetings with New Zealand, the exception being the stirring 38-21 victory of 2012.* The countries have played each other 40 times, with 32 wins to the All Blacks, seven to England and one draw. The most recent Test was in November 2014 at Twickenham, which the All Blacks won 24-21. George Kruis made his England debut that day.* Locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock will be playing their 49th Test together, equalling the All Blacks’ starting locks partnership record set by Robin Brooke and Ian Jones.* The teams will be contesting the Hillary Shield for the tenth time. The trophy, named in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary, was introduced in 2008.What time does it kick off and is it on TV?The match at Twickenham kicks off at 3pm UK time on Saturday and is live on Sky Sports. There will also be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.The referee is Frenchman Jérôme Garcès, who sent off Sonny Bill Williams during the second Test of the 2017 New Zealand-Lions series.His assistant referees for this match are Jaco Peyper (South Africa) and Marius Mitrea (Italy), with South Africa’s Marius Jonker fulfilling TMO duties.In charge: Jerome Garces (centre) during the England-Wales match at Twickenham in February (Getty)What are the line-ups?ENGLAND Elliot Daly; Chris Ashton, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Jonny May; Owen Farrell (co-capt), Ben Youngs; Ben Moon, Dylan Hartley (co-capt), Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Brad Shields, Sam Underhill, Mark Wilson.Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell.NEW ZEALAND Damian McKenzie; Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Karl Tu’inukuafe, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, Kieran Read (capt).Replacements 16 Dane Coles 17 Ofa Tuungafasi 18 Nepo Laulala 19 Scott Barrett 20 Matt Todd 21 TJ Perenara 22 Richie Mo’unga 23 Ryan Crotty.Armistice centenaryThis weekend marks the centenary of the end of World War One. The 131 international rugby players who lost their lives in the Great War included 27 England and 13 New Zealand players and they will be remembered on Saturday.The teams will wear poppies on their shirts and, as they take the field, they will cross the spot where soil from former England captain and centre Ronnie Poulton’s grave at the Royal Berkshire Cemetery in Belgium was buried before the Army v Navy match in May. The spot is now permanently marked and is unveiled this week to coincide with the centenary.Paying tribute: the Rose and Poppy Gate at Twickenham in 2016. This weekend will be even more poignantThe official match-day charity is the Royal British Legion (RBL). During the day England Rugby will be supporting the RBL ‘Thank you’ campaign which will appear on the LEDs and big screens, with a video shown at half-time. Poppies will be on sale around the ground.New Zealand’s Reserve Bank has minted an Armistice Day edition of the 50-cent piece, one of which will be used in Saturday’s coin toss.A Moment’s Silence, remembering all who served and died for their countries, will be introduced before kick-off by Lewis Moody, the RFU’s Great War Commemoration Ambassador, and The Last Post will be sounded by a Rifleman from The Band and Bugles of The Rifles.Two of the England mascots on Saturday are descendants of players who died during the war: Max Garnett (age ten), whose father, James, is a descendant of Ronnie Poulton, and Jack Davis (nine), whose grandfather, Richard Slocock, is the grandson of Lancelot (Noel) Slocock, the lock who captained England against Scotland in 1908. High shot: Brodie Retallick tackles Jonny May during New Zealand’s 24-21 victory in 2014 (Corbis/Getty) All you need to know about the Test between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Autumn Internationals: England v New Zealand previewIt’s four years since England met New Zealand, and for much of the intervening period the two sides have occupied the top two places in the world rankings.The long delay for Eddie Jones’s first crack at the All Blacks as England boss is down to financial wrangling, with a bid to put the fixture on last year stalling because the RFU were unwilling to offer the NZRU half of the revenue.Ireland, now No 2 in the world, tackle New Zealand next week but the sides met twice in 2016. For England, this weekend’s match ends the longest wait to face the Kiwis since 1991, when their World Cup pool meeting followed a six-year hiatus. It’s why this is the hottest ticket of the autumn.After the captivating 12-11 defeat of South Africa last weekend, the pressure on England has eased. Few people really expect them to win this one.Scrum dancing: England’s nail-biting win over South Africa gave the Quilter series a flying start (Getty)England’s back-to-back successes against the Kiwis in 2002-03 are a distant memory as the world’s greatest rugby nation has reasserted itself in the fixture. Even the one blip, in 2012, occurred after a debilitating virus had swept through the All Blacks camp.When Jones received his World Rugby Coach of the Year award in Monte Carlo in 2017, he said: “I must admit I feel a bit embarrassed. We’re not the number one team in the world. Steve Hansen should be up here but someone has judged it another way. Until we’re number one we’ve got nothing to crow about.”Hansen’s men head to Twickenham on the back of a sixth Rugby Championship title in seven years and last weekend’s ten-try saunter against Japan in Tokyo. The last time they were at Twickenham for a capped Test was to retain the World Cup.If England can win on Saturday, they will certainly have something to crow about.You’re the man: Eddie Jones has wasted little time installing Chris Ashton in his side (MB Media/Getty)What’s the big team news?Chris Ashton makes his first England start since the 2014 tour to New Zealand. The Sale wing, who returned to the Premiership this season from France in order to be eligible for selection, replaces Jack Nowell and will relish the chance to build on a significant impact off the bench last weekend. Ashton has scored 19 tries in 40 Tests.“You watch that last 15 minutes of the Springboks game,” said Paul Grayson on 5 Live, “and Chris Ashton could have scored a hat-trick if other people had understood where he wants to end up getting the ball. His support lines are a joy to behold. He’s got some frailties but if you’re going to pick a man to score you a try, Ashton is very high on the list.”Ben Moon, also impressive against the Boks, starts ahead of Exeter team-mate Alec Hepburn, while Tom Curry’s ankle injury opens the door for Bath’s Sam Underhill to fill the seven shirt.Underhill’s chop-tackle expertise will be a welcome addition to the mix after England failed to prevent South Africa winning the gain-line battle emphatically.Courtney Lawes has recovered from a back injury and gets a place on the bench at the expense of Zach Mercer, who can consider himself unlucky.Among those with plenty to prove is Elliot Daly, who makes his fifth consecutive start at full-back. He may be a British Lion but he was unconvincing under the high ball last week and made some poor decisions in attack, twice failing to pass to the man in space. An improved performance would be opportune.Bazooka of a boot: full-back Elliot Daly kicks a 49m penalty against the Boks (Visionhaus/Getty Images)Regardless of how Daly fares against Beauden Barrett’s kicking game, the absence of Alex Goode from the squad remains an enigma. Chris Pennell, one of the best 15s of recent years, said on BT’s Rugby Tonight on Tour show: “Alex has been the in-form full-back for the last three seasons. His change of pace, his footwork, is outstanding.“His background as a fly-half earlier in his career means he’s got so much time on the ball and he picks the right option 99 times out of 100. I just think he’s class.”New Zealand make seven changes to the side that beat Australia in Tokyo a fortnight ago. Their only hiccup is the loss of loosehead Joe Moody after he sustained a lacerated eyelid during a lineout lift in training. Karl Tu’inukuafe, the find of the year, deputises.Cause for concern: Steve Hansen looks on anxiously as Joe Moody receives treatment for his eye injuryElsewhere, the gloriously exciting Damian McKenzie gets another opportunity at proving he warrants the No 15 shirt permanently, while Sonny Bill Williams partners Jack Goodhue in midfield for only the second time.That means Ryan Crotty must settle for a place on the bench, where his comrades include hooker Dane Coles, whose run-out in Tokyo last Saturday was his first Test outing for a year following a knee ligament rupture and other issues.What have the coaches said?Eddie Jones said: “The expectation for Saturday is no different to any other Test match. We want to be at our best, better than we were in the previous Test match, and we want to play with pride and passion which ignites the fan.“It’s been a good week; the players have recovered well, trained well on Tuesday, exceptionally well on Wednesday. We don’t think we’re underdogs. We don’t look at the bookmakers. All we know is that we can beat New Zealand.“I think playing against them suits Chris Ashton – it’s just a gut feeling. He can sniff a try. He’s great at running inside support lines and there might be a few opportunities there.”New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said: “There’s huge anticipation at what lies ahead. We know we’ll be up against a very determined and well-coached English side. They’ll have gained a lot of confidence from their win over South Africa and be keen to make a statement in front of their passionate Twickenham home crowd.center_img New Zealand’s military services are represented by All Black mascots Logan and Eva Till, aged nine and five respectively. Their father, Squadron Leader Ben Till, is a serving New Zealand Air Force officer whose forebears served in World War One.Laura Wright will sing Keep the home fires burning at half-time and a special World War One display is running in the refurbished World Rugby Museum in Twickenham’s South Stand. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Volunteer awards campaign launched

first_imgVolunteer awards campaign launched Howard Lake | 25 May 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The posters, which will be distributed to libraries, hospitals, town halls and other public buildings, feature three images of volunteer models and accompanying statistics:4.8 million people give their time freely to help everyone enjoy sport5 million over-50s volunteer, including running homework clubs and helping with IT skills2 million people give their time freely to improve and protect the environmentNominations forms can be accessed online and must be submitted by 18 July 2005. Volunteers can be nominated in five categories: Commitment, Impact, Inspiration, Innovation and Partnership. A poster campaign has been launched to encourage members of the public to propose volunteers who they feel deserve a Year of the Volunteer medal.The ‘Who will you nominate?’ campaign will urge people to think about someone they know who gives their time for free. Nominees could win one of 2005 medals produced for the Year of the Volunteer Awards.CSV’s Jason Tanner, spokesman for the Year of the Volunteer, said that the awards gave everyone a chance to recognise a volunteer they know – and to say ‘thank you’. Advertisementcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Awards Volunteering  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

NSPCC launches digital platform for regular giving

first_img Tagged with: Digital payment Melanie May | 11 July 2019 | News  405 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis48 NSPCC launches digital platform for regular giving “We couldn’t fund our vital services without the generosity of supporters. We know that lots of people want to support good causes but life can get in the way, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible to set up a regular gift by introducing recurring monthly PayPal and card payments.“Charities can’t operate in a bubble. Our supporters already use recurring payments via card and PayPal in their daily lives, for example to pay for streaming services and have control over their payments. They appreciate the ease, security and convenience it brings. I believe charities need to embrace this technology for donations, too.”  404 total views,  2 views today The NSPCC has unveiled a new digital wallet to give supporters the ability to make recurring donations using their preferred payment method.Initial A/B tests of the digital wallet have already shown a significant uplift in conversion rates, as well as an increased average gift value.Working with digital agency partner WPNC, the charity is aiming to make regular giving easier. Harnessing PayPal technology, the wallet offers NSPCC’s donors, alongside Direct Debit, additional ways of signing up for regular giving via their preferred payment method. Apple Pay and debit and credit card options will be added in the coming months.By offering more user-friendly donation options, the NSPCC aims to benefit from an increased conversion rate for regular gifts via its website, and to increase the overall number of donors giving regularly. It is also hoped that the popularity of digital payments among younger people will encourage a new, younger audience to donate regularly. The recurring payment system is built on goDonate Enterprise, part of a suite of platforms built by Addition – the digital product studio of WPNC. Vicky Reeves, Deputy Group CEO and Digital MD, WPNC, said: “Charities must keep pace with people’s preferred ways to donate. It’s vital that they think outside the sector norms and not be afraid to embrace this future thinking rather than only offering Direct Debits – especially when many banks have stopped printing account details from debit and credit cards, making it harder to recall these details despite wanting to donate.”Louise Corden, Lead Digital Producer, NSPCC, added: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis48 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

WWF-UK launches monthly subscription product

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 5 December 2019 | News Tagged with: Subscriptions WWF WWF has developed Amazing Planet in partnership with Kids Industries, an insight, strategy and creative agency that specialises in the family market.It is available to buy via the WWF website with subscriptions costing £10 per month, or a one-off payment of £100 for the year. Subscribers will receive 12 packs in total, after which time they will have the option to become an ongoing WWF donor.Kerry Blackstock, Director of Relationship Marketing at WWF, said:“We know that young people really care about environmental issues and we hope that Amazing Planet will inspire a life-long passion for nature and wildlife, creating future advocates and change-makers that will join us on this monumental fight for our world.”WWF-UK has also recently launched its first tribute fund website, and announced late last month that it had created three virtual events in a week in collaboration with Open. Advertisement WWF-UK has launched a premium monthly subscription product aimed at families with children aged 6-11.WWF‘s Amazing Planet provides fun facts and features about the natural world, combining products with immersive digital content.Each month, subscribers to Amazing Planet will be able to explore a different part of the world, from the Arctic to the Amazon. The themed packs will contain bitesize information, activities, collectible cards and a free gift, alongside an interactive map and app – bringing children closer to the wonders of the natural world through the power of augmented reality. The app will also include regularly updated film clips, images, quizzes and interesting nature sounds, designed to engage and inspire children.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 WWF-UK launches monthly subscription product  289 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2last_img read more

Independent journalist freed a year ago gets new prison sentence for “illicitly” taking handkerchief signed by Fidel Castro

first_img Organisation August 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent journalist freed a year ago gets new prison sentence for “illicitly” taking handkerchief signed by Fidel Castro News Receive email alerts RSF_en News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas May 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Cuba October 12, 2018 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information October 15, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas News Alberto Santiago Du Bouchet Hernández, an independent journalist who was released a year ago, has been given another prison sentence for allegedly stealing a handkerchief signed by Fidel Castro from an elderly woman who was once a pro-Castro activist. He is still free, pending the outcome of an appeal. RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today on learning that Alberto Santiago Du Bouchet Hernández, an independent journalist who was released in August 2006 after spending a year in prison, was given another jail term by a Havana court on 15 August for allegedly stealing a handkerchief signed by Fidel Castro from an elderly woman who was once a pro-Castro activist.“We are outraged by the way the authorities continue to persecute Du Bouchet,” the press freedom organisation said. “Imposing a heavy sentence on him for the supposed theft of a handkerchief is grotesque and disgraceful. His trial was as summary as the one in 2005, and relied on evidence that could well have been obtained under threat. We call for him to be acquitted on appeal.”A municipal court in Plaza (a district of Havana) sentenced Du Bouchet on 15 August to two years in prison plus an additional two years of work in a prison environment and another two years under judicial control for “illicitly” taking a signed handkerchief which Castro gave in 1957 to María Encarnación González Guerra, an active member of the then-underground 26 of July Movement (a pro-Castro movement created four years earlier).Du Bouchet insists that González gave him the handkerchief and believes the political police pressured her to testify against him. For the time being he remains free pending the outcome of the appeal he has filed.A reporter for the Havana Press agency, Du Bouchet was sentenced on 9 August 2005 to a year in prison for “civil disobedience” and “resisting the authorities” at the time of his arrest. The trial was conducted in a summary fashion and he was not defended by a lawyer.Meanwhile, cases of intimidation of journalists and those close to them are on the increase. Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, a correspondent for the Payolibre and Nueva Prensa Cubana websites and the US government-funded Radio Martí, recently reported that the political police are constantly pressuring his relatives to stop providing him with accommodation.Released in May after 22 months in prison (of which 19 without trial), Guerra has health problems as a result of the hunger strikes he staged in prison and he fears he could end up homeless if his relatives yield to the pressure. He has threatened to go on hunger strike again in protest. New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Councillast_img read more

Campaign grows to name new Derry bridge after John Hume

first_img WhatsApp Newsx Adverts A campaign is growing in Derry to have the new bridge linking Ebrington and the Cityside named after John Hume.Assembley work on what has become known as the “Peace Bridge” has been underway for over a week, with local SDLP politicians saying the awarding of the title “Ireland’s Greatest” to their former party leader strengthens the campaign to have the new structure named the John Hume Peace Bridge. In a statement this morning, the SDLP Leader Margaret Richie lent her voice to thje debate, saying the new bridge should be named after the one man who has done the most for his city and country, as voted by the people of Ireland.She says she first made that call on the day she launched the plans for the bridge as Social Development MInister, and she reiterates that call once again.Ms Richie says John Hume went about his way with a determination and dignity, serving the people. He was humbled by his recognition on Friday and would be humbled by the naming of the peace bridge after him.She says that knowing John Hume as she does, he is probably a little embarrassed by it all, but that is no reason not to do it. In copnclusion, Ms Richie asks what better metaphor than a bridge would encapsulate the message of hope and reconciliation espoused in John Hume’s work? Campaign grows to name new Derry bridge after John Hume Facebook Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleGaa – Termon Win Dramatic Ulster TitleNext articleLYIT may be about to acquire 10 acres for car parking News Highland By News Highland – October 25, 2010 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown accused of rape in lawsuit

first_imgSeptember 11, 2019 /Sports News – National New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown accused of rape in lawsuit FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was cut just days ago by the Oakland Raiders after a host of disciplinary problems, has been accused of rape in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Florida. Britney Taylor, who worked as a physical trainer for Brown, alleges that the NFL Pro Bowler sexually assaulted her twice in June 2017 while they were working together, and a third time after a night out in Miami in May 2018.“He used manipulation and false promises to lure her into his world, and once there, he sexually assaulted and raped her,” the lawsuit says of Brown. “These heinous acts have inflicted severe and dramatic damage on Ms. Taylor, irreparably harming her.”Although ABC News does not typically name alleged victims of sexual assault, Taylor’s attorney revealed her identity in statements to the press and also confirmed that Taylor filed the suit in her own name.Brown’s lawyer flatly denied the allegations.“Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, said in a statement. “He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”Heitner said any sexual relationship between the two was consensual.“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives,” officials with the New England Patriots said in a statement Tuesday night. “We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstances does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”Brown’s representatives said Taylor approached Brown in 2017 and asked him to invest $1.6 million in her business project, but he turned her down after learning she allegedly intended to pay off a tax lien on her home and cut off communication with her. She approached him again in 2018, though, and the two engaged in “a consensual personal relationship.”Heitner also says the 28-year-old woman stayed at Brown’s house after one of the alleged assaults and continued contact with him throughout 2018 and posted photos of the two on social media.The lawsuit lays out a May 20, 2018, incident in which Taylor says Brown “forced her down onto a bed … and forcibly raped her” despite trying to resist him and repeatedly screaming and crying throughout.Brown’s lawyer said Taylor invited herself to a strip club with him and his friends and later invited herself to join him in his hotel room, where the two had consensual sex.The two have known each other since 2010 when Taylor was a freshman gymnast at Central Michigan University and he played for the football team.The lawsuit lays out detailed information of the pair’s relationship and includes graphic text messages Brown allegedly sent to her. She is asking for a jury trial.Brown, 31, has been in the news almost constantly for the past month as he apparently tried to force his way out of Oakland, where he had been traded in the offseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to deal the discontent receiver just months earlier.He missed time with frostbite on his feet due to a cryotherapy mishap, petitioned the league to be able to use a now-banned helmet and repeatedly — and openly — battled with Oakland general manager Mike Mayock on social media. He was fined multiple times and eventually forced his way off the team by asking for his release on Instagram last week.The Raiders voided Brown’s $30 million contract when they released him.The defending champion New England Patriots signed the receiver over the weekend. Much of the contract is not guaranteed, and incentive-based. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Snow Women’s/Men’s Soccer, Each Advance to SWAC Championship Matches Saturday

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHERRIMAN, Utah-The 10th-ranked Snow College women’s soccer team registered a 4-0 victory over Southern Nevada in the semi-final round of the Scenic West Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament.Snow got off to a quick start when Chloe Martin found the back of the goal just over four minutes in to the game. Just over seven minutes later Sydney Bushman gave the Lady Badgers a 2-0 lead off a header from a corner kick from Kylie Stevens. Kim Martinez completed the first-half scoring with the team’s third goal of the half at the 28:43 mark. Kate Schemer put the exclamation point on the victory with a goal with 4:43 left in the game.The Lady Badgers will next take on No. 5 Salt Lake C.C. in the championship on Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m.Men’sSophomore Kade Jorgensen scored with just 8:30 remaining to give the Snow College men’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Southern Nevada in the semi-final round of the 2019 Scenic West Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament. With the win, the Badgers will take on third-ranked Salt Lake C.C. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. for the championship. Written by November 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Snow Women’s/Men’s Soccer, Each Advance to SWAC Championship Matches Saturday Tags: Snow soccerlast_img read more