Day: January 4, 2018

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah wins African footballer of the year – The Guardian

He scored five goals in six games in the decisive qualifying round as Egypt sealed their place at the World Cup in Russia. Salah scored both goals, including the injury-time winner, in the 2-1 win over Congo in October that sealed Egypt’s place in Russia.

He has had a stunning first half of the season at Liverpool with 17 goals in 21 league games and 23 in 29 in all competitions, justifying Liverpool’s decision to break the club’s transfer record and pay £36.9m to buy him from Roma in the summer.

Although Egypt lost in the Africa Cup of Nations final to Cameroon, the team were back in the tournament after seven years without qualifying. Salah was a pivotal part of the revival.

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has been an instant success at Liverpool since joining last summer.
Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah wins African footballer of the year

Liverpool and Egypt forward Salah wins prize for first time

Sadio Mané was second with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang third

Mohamed Salah won African Player of the Year, a reward for success on all fronts in 2017 for the Egypt forward after he inspired his country to a long-awaited World Cup place and had a phenomenal start to his spell at Liverpool.

Salah’s victory capped a clean sweep of the three main African football awards for Egypt. They won team of the year and their manager, Héctor Cúper, Africa’s coach of the year.

Falcons and Jermaine Dupri create ‘Welcome to Atlanta’ remix on Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof –

The Brotherhood doesn’t just apply to the players who suit up on Sundays, however. It’s a call to the shared bond that the city has felt over the years. Through the triumphs and the agony, the city of Atlanta has only grown closer and stronger in its resiliency.

It’s also become part of the fabric of the Falcons.

Dupri’s connection to Atlanta runs deep, and he’s had a hand in helping the city move to the forefront of the rap and hip-hop industry. The versatile music mogul shaped the musical landscape of the country by introducing acts like Kriss Kross and producing for artists such as Usher, Nelly and Ludacris, among many others.

Welcome to Atlanta, where the players play.

What, they thought we quit?
They don’t understand our daily existence.
We’re from the Kingdom of Resilience.

CBS News Political Director Fired After Allegations of ‘Inappropriate Behavior’ – Newsmax

CBS News has not yet named a replacement for the political director position.

“As a result, CBS News has severed ties with Mr. Chaggaris for violating company policy, effective immediately.”

According to a report from CNN, CBS staffers were informed of Chaggaris’ departure Wednesday. The report also states that CBS employees have been encouraged to report instances of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior since the firing of “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose in November.

Other media men to have been accused in recent months include Mark Halperin, PBS host Tavis Smiley, and New York Times White House reporter Glenn Thrush.

“In the last two weeks, accounts of inappropriate behavior by Steve Chaggaris were brought to our attention and were immediately investigated,” CBS said in a statement provided to Variety Wednesday.

Chaggaris’ exit is the latest in a series of media figures who have been accused of sexual misconduct of varying natures. Variety exclusively reported the accusations of inappropriate behavior from several women against Matt Lauer.

California says it will defend legal cannabis despite Sessions’ threat of crackdown – Sacramento Bee

“By attacking the will of the American people, who overwhelmingly favor marijuana legalization, Jeff Sessions has shown a preference for allowing all commerce in marijuana to take place in the black market, which will inevitably bring the spike in violence he mistakenly attributes to marijuana itself. He is doing the bidding of an out-of-date law enforcement establishment that wants to wage a perpetual weed war and seize private citizens’ property in order to finance its backward ambitions,” Rohrabacher said.

California voters in 2016 overwhelmingly approved Proposition 64, which allows adults 21 and older to purchase marijuana for recreational use and grow up to six plants at home. California anticipates collecting $1 billion in tax revenue this year from cannabis.

The response came after Sessions issued a memorandum Thursday morning rescinding an Obama-era directive that allowed a fairly hands-off enforcement of federal laws that classify marijuana as a dangerous drug in states that have legalized cannabis. California is one of eight states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana.

“We’ll continue to move forward with the state’s regulatory processes covering both medicinal and adult-use cannabis consistent with the will of California’s voters, while defending our state’s laws to the fullest extent,” Ajax said.

Outside of California, Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee held a press conference to announce that his state would defend its legalization of cannabis, and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said he’d suspend nominations of Justice Department officials unless Sessions steps down. Their states were the first to legalize recreational cannabis.

The Obama administration’s “previous issue of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal and federal enforcement partners to carry out this mission,” Sessions said in a statement, writing that his new guidance “directs all U.S. attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis and thwart violent crime across our country.”

Instead of going after drug cartels, and violent crime, and major traffickers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after recreational marijuana users. That’s not being smart on crime.

Becerra, whose office filed 24 lawsuits against the Trump administration in 2017, wouldn’t say Thursday whether California is preparing a lawsuit or other legal action.

This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation. With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states.

Sears closing 103 more stores, four in Texas – Dallas News

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Sears closing 103 more stores, four in Texas
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Sears continues to close stores. The struggling retailer told employees on Thursday that 64 Kmarts and 39 Sears stores will be closing sometime between early March and early April. One Kmart in the batch is located in Portland, Texas. Three of the

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Florida legal issues to watch in 2018 – St. Augustine Record

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Florida legal issues to watch in 2018
St. Augustine Record
WATER WAR: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a long-running water battle between Florida and Georgia. The crux of the issue: Florida contends that Georgia is siphoning too much water in northern parts of the Apalachicola

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Local 2018 races could bring big change to Tallahassee, Leon County – WCTV

“I believe in government, I believe government can make a difference. But, I also believe if you take a dollar out of tax payer’s wallet. You darn well make sure you spend it carefully,” said Lotane.

Erik David, an army veteran and college student, is also running.
His priorities are increasing the minimum wage, reforming the criminal justice system and focusing on renewable energy.

According to him, those issues include the crime rate, a lack of high paying jobs, ethics and a need for stronger communities.

The races come at a time where a cloud looms over the Capital City. This, following an ongoing FBI investigation into development deals, the recent resignation of the City Manager amid an ethics investigation, and efforts to reduce a high crime rate.

“People want a reset. People need a reset at City Hall,” said Minor. “We have a lot of issues in the City. I love Tallahassee. It’s a great town. But, there are a lot of serious issues we need to deal with.”

Paul Pierce: Isaiah Thomas tribute shouldn’t be on same night of jersey retirement –

Thomas said he didn’t think he would infringe on Pierce’s night with an in-game tribute.

Pierce said Thursday that he would prefer the Celtics not run their planned in-game tribute video for Thomas’ on-court return Feb. 11, the same night the Celtics will send Pierce’s jersey to the rafters following a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics had planned to run a tribute video for Thomas when the Cavaliers visited the Garden on Wednesday, but Thomas, who sat out the game after returning to action for the first time in seven months on Tuesday night, asked if the team would wait until February so he could be on the court and bring his family to Boston for the moment.

“I’m not saying Isaiah shouldn’t get a tribute video … but on Feb. 11, the night I get my jersey retired, I’m not sure I want to look up at the JumboTron and see Isaiah highlights,’ Pierce said Thursday during an appearance on ’s The Jump.

Pierce did playfully offer one compromise for how the Celtics could run a Thomas tribute video that night: “You could Instagram it.”