20 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukic

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Newmans Own Foundation Honors Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole For Their Longtime

first_imgNewman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, honored Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole for their commitment to public service and especially their devoted leadership and support of veterans.An announcement was made at a special reception held in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC and attended by members of Congress, veterans, and organizations supporting veterans.In honor of the Doles, the Foundation is committing $6.7 million in support of military men and women, veterans, and their families. With this pledge, the total support for veterans from Newman’s Own Foundation and Newman’s Own exceeds $18.5 million since 2010.“The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as Americans cannot be taken for granted. The men and women of our military, veterans, and their families deserve our enduring gratitude and support,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Executive Chairman of Newman’s Own, Inc. “Today we pay tribute to these men and women, and the nonprofit organizations and volunteers who provide special services and support to them. No two individuals better exemplify in their public and private lives this spirit of service and common good, especially for our veterans, than Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole. It is a very special privilege for us to honor them for all that they have done and continue to do.”Senator Bob Dole served our nation both on and off the battlefield. He is a decorated veteran of World War II and the recipient of numerous awards for his commitment and service to veterans. Senator Elizabeth Dole has helped military caregivers through the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, focused on supporting military caregivers and bringing crucial resources to help these hidden heroes.Newman’s Own Foundation is providing grants to 26 nonprofit organizations around the country that assist veterans and their families. These organizations provide a wide variety of support to veterans, including education, career development, mentoring, guide dogs, adaptive vehicles, and other services.The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is one of the grant recipients. Funds will help support the creation of the Dole Caregiver Fellow Professional Development Training Program. A special grant is also being provided to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation for the training of guide dogs and the placement of these dogs with blind veterans.“Paul Newman volunteered to serve in the United States Naval Air Corps in World War II, and we are pleased to continue our longstanding support of military service organizations in his honor,” said Forrester, who served in Vietnam as an Army officer.The 26 nonprofits receiving grants as part of the $6.7 million commitment from Newman’s Own Foundation are listed below:Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute (Bridgeport, CT) 
Bunker Incubator NFP (Chicago, IL) 
Caring for Military Families The Elizabeth Dole Foundation (Washington, DC)
Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (Hartford, CT) 
Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) 
Farmer Veteran Coalition (Davis, CA) 
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (Wilton, CT) 
Head Strong Project, Inc. (New York, NY) 
Help Our Military Heroes (Easton, CT) 
IVMF at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) 
Operation Opportunity Foundation – Warrior-Scholar Project (Washington, DC) 
Patriot Boot Camp (Denver, CO) 
Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) 
Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) 
Rodale Institute (Kutztown, PA) 
Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (San Ramon, CA) 
Service to School (San Francisco, CA) 
St Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) 
Jonas Project (Laguna Woods, CA) 
The Posse Foundation (New York, NY) 
UCLA Foundation – Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (Los Angeles, CA) 
University of Connecticut Foundation – Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (Storrs, CT) 
University of Minnesota Foundation (Minneapolis, MN) 
Veterans Healing Farm (Hendersonville, NC) 
Women’s Business Development Center (Chicago, IL) 
Work Vessels for Veterans (Noank, CT)For more information about the Foundation’s support of veterans programs, click here.last_img read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball drops Big Ten opener in 5 sets to

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle before a game against Minnesota on Sept. 23 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-2.Credit: Sarah Mikati / Lantern PhotographerOn Wednesday evening at St. John Arena, the No.12 Ohio State women’s volleyball team opened Big Ten play with a loss at home, falling to No. 21 Minnesota in five sets (22-25, 12-25, 25-23, 25-19, 11-15).Both OSU (11-2, 0-1) and Minnesota (9-2, 1-0) came into the game on extended winning streaks. The Buckeyes had not lost since their opening match against Wyoming and the Golden Gophers came into the game having won eight straight matches.Minnesota won the first two sets of the night as it attempted to win its eighth straight game without dropping a single set. Minnesota gained leads of 4-1 and 15-2 in the first and second sets, respectively, forcing the Buckeyes to play from behind. OSU did not hold a lead at any point until midway through the third set.But OSU battled back, winning the hotly contested third and fourth sets before ultimately falling in the fifth.“We fought back and for as bad as we were the first two sets, we could have rolled over and died, but we didn’t. So, I’m proud of my team for that,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said, finding a positive in the loss.However, Carlston said he was disappointed that the Buckeyes fell behind by such a wide margin early, a hole they were unable to recover from.“We almost had them. We’re better than they are. And we’re at home and we’ve got to show some more pride in how we go about things,” Carlston said.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell led OSU with 22 points, including 18 kills. However, she said she sees room for improvement.“I think we made a lot of mistakes. Just little things like being in the net or serving the ball into the net or out of bounds. So, if we can control our aspect of the game, I think that we can play a little bit better,” Campbell said.Carlston noted the errors at crucial points in the game as the reason the Buckeyes could not complete the comeback in the fifth set. The Buckeyes were called for a net violation late in the fifth and final set which gave the Golden Gophers an 11-9 lead that they held onto, ultimately winning 15-11.The Buckeyes are next set to face their fifth ranked team of the season on Sunday when they’re slated to host No.16 Wisconsin. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

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Ohio State to be awarded with Capital One Cup at ESPYs

The OSU men’s volleyball team pose with their second consecutive national title trophy alongside James DeSantis, nine-year-old super fan. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOver the past year, few athletic programs have accomplished as much as Ohio State. And for that success, the Buckeyes’ men’s athletics program will be rewarded Wednesday during the ESPYs with the Capital One Cup, an award given to both a men’s and women’s group of athletes that demonstrated consistent success over a variety of sports. The Stanford Cardinal women’s athletics program won the women’s Capital One Cup.The award is earned on a points basis, with different point values being assigned to either ranking within the Top 10 of a certified poll, or placing in the championships of any given sport. The Ohio State men’s athletic program received 111 points, narrowly edging out two-time cup champion Florida who came in second with 105 points.To the athletes and alumni, this award takes on a special meaning.“It says that you’re one of the best,” said Eddie George, former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner. “For us to finally hoist up a Capital One trophy to say, ‘OK, our athletic program as a whole is the best in the land,’ says a lot.”For its victory, Ohio State will receive not only the trophy, but $200,000 to be put towards student-athlete scholarships.And though Ohio State ranked third in highest-grossing athletic programs according to Business Insider, George said the school can benefit from the additional source of funding.“Anytime that you can get money for student-athletes to get more opportunities to come, it’s just that added bonus,” George said. “It’s saying that you don’t have to go out and fundraise as much. That goes right toward the bottom line, and it allows for student-athletes to get scholarships, not just for football, but for all sports. It gives someone a chance to foster their dream and to get a great education.”Winning an award such as this requires a well-oiled machine of athletics and someone at the helm who knows how to run it, George said. As a result, George believes a great deal of credit belongs to Smith for the work he has put into Ohio State athletics to put the program in a position to function as well as it has. “It just goes to show you the great job that Gene Smith has done for Ohio State as our athletic director,” George said. “(He) is very adamant and persistent about equality in all of our sports and supporting all of our sports.”George said that Smith and the rest of the athletic department have worked hard to bring Ohio State to the point of where it is no longer just viewed as a football or basketball school, but a university with widespread success across all different sports. He added that winning an award like this one sends a message to any potential incoming recruits that the program as a whole is committed to bringing together all the pieces required to drive a championship-caliber team.“It says that we’re hiring the best coaches, we’re giving the best mentorships, we’re doing everything we can as a university to put our athletes in the best position both athletically and academically,” George said. “It says that you’re coming to a program that believes in winning championships, that’s getting recognition, the best of the best.”George will officially bestow the honor to his alma mater during the presentation of the award, handing the trophy to fellow Ohio State alum and member of the 2016 National Championship-winning men’s volleyball team Miles Johnson.The former standout running back said he did not know how he was chosen, but that as soon as they called to offer him the position, he immediately accepted.“When they asked me to do it, I didn’t hesitate,” George said. “And to honor Ohio State for winning their first-ever Capital One Cup trophy is pretty amazing, so I’m honored to do it.”The ESPYs will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and will be aired on ABC. Point Breakdown:Lacrosse: 36Volleyball: 20Football: 15Gymnastics: 12Wrestling: 12Tennis: 8Fencing: 6*Rifle: 2**The rifle and fencing team received double the listed total, but since both teams are mixed genders, the point totals had to be split with half going to men’s athletics and the other half allotted to women’s athletics. read more

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Mexico Keeper Ochoa would love a move to Napoli

first_imgGuillermo Ochoa could be lining up a switch from Standard Liege in Belgium to last seasons runners-up in Serie A – according to his agent. Ochoa received worldwide acclaim for his performances for Mexico during the 2014 World Cup and is currently on duty in Russia for his national side, starring in their opening game victory against Germany.Speaking to CalcioNapoli24 as reported by Football Italia today, the goalkeeper’s representative Jorge Berlanga had this to say: “He’s played for many teams, he’s now at Standard Liege and he’s a leading light for the Mexican national team at the World Cup, like he showed against Germany.”“Who wouldn’t like to play in the Champions League? Still, no offers have arrived regarding this.”“On the other hand, he would be very happy to join Napoli and be coached by Carlo Ancelotti.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0. Para que estemos motivados este lunes. ??¡A seguir trabajando duro, Incondicionales! ⚡#NadaNosDetiene | #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/bWzg1L5nYT— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 18, 2018Mexico will be hoping to build on their huge victory over the reigning world champions in Russia, with their next game against South Korea scheduled to take place this coming Saturday.last_img read more

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Luis Enrique aims to continue the work of Lopetegui Hierro

first_imgIn his first official press conference as the new Spain boss, Luis Enrique outlined his aim to “continue the work” that both his predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Fernando Hierro accomplishedRFF president Luis Rubiales announced the appointment of Enrique over a week ago, in what he had described as a “unanimous” decision by the federation.It will mark the first time Enrique has been in football management since his departure from Barcelona in 2017.Having been previously been linked with the managerial vacancies at Arsenal and Chelsea, the 48-year-old surprisingly took up the challenge of taking charge of the Spanish national team following their disastrous World Cup campaign that had seen head coach Lopetegui fired on the eve of their first game and Hierro only being able to take the side past the group stages.“The aim is to continue the work of Lopetegui and Hierro,” said Enrique, according to Football-Espana.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We have been analysing everything and we believe the foundations are in place to continue to carry on and re-find success for the team.“Both men worked extremely hard in their roles and we thank them for everything but football is a continuous cycle and winning trophies is not easy.“At Barcelona we had similar ideas of evolution, taking decisions based on ideas of winning more matches and more trophies.“I know what this job entails, and I am fortunate enough to have the trust of the president, whom I thank, and I hope I can impress in the role.“I am very excited for the big challenges that await.”last_img read more

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Solskjaer reveals what he told his squad

first_imgThe Manchester United caretaker had to tell his team to not “feel sorry for yourself” after they lost 2-0 at home against PSG.Paris Saint-Germain came to Old Trafford and went back to France with a 2-0 victory over hosts Manchester United.The game was part of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.And in his first defeat after being assigned caretaker of the club, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to his players.“Don’t feel sorry for yourself,” Solskjaer was quoted by the Manchester United official site.“This is something you’ve got to learn from. This is a level up from what we’re used to. They were experienced, they bought some fouls – things like this, this is just part of their learning as players.”“Many of our players are very young. It’s the first time Jesse and Marcus will play a proper Champions League game at Old Trafford. So, learn from that. You can’t feel sorry for yourself,” he added.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We have to bounce back,” he said. “At this club, you have to bounce back. In a tournament like the Champions League, it’s going to be difficult whoever you play against but our bread and butter is the league and we’ve got the FA Cup against Chelsea as well.”“We have to look forward. We’ve got Chelsea and Liverpool in the next two games. Whoever is feeling sorry for themselves they will not play, probably, against Chelsea,” he commented.“We’ve got so many games to play for, so no. You can see the reaction in the changing room, they’re disappointed but there is some determination and desire there to put it right.”“When we go to Paris we’ll give it a go. Of course, it’s a difficult mountain to climb but it’s not impossible if we get to half-time with a 1-0 lead, that’s what we’ve got to look for,” he concluded.🔴⚪️⚫️ #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 13, 2019last_img read more

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ABC suspends Firewater Saloons alcohol license in Oceanside

first_imgFacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img September 25, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – Agents of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) have posted a Notice of Suspension at the Firewater Saloon located at 406 Pier View Way in the city of Oceanside.  The business is prohibited from serving, selling or allowing consumption of alcohol indefinitely. The owner must transfer the license to another person or persons within the next 180 days or the license will be revoked.The suspension is the result of an investigation conducted by the ABC and Oceanside Police Department related to disorderly activity as defined by California Business and Professions Code Section 25601.From December 2016 through July 2018, police responded and took action numerous times for incidents such as fights, assaults, public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. Because there were so many calls for service this created a law enforcement problem and a drain on police resources.ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s LEAD training online or in a classroom setting to help achieve higher compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. LEAD stands for Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs.To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm and potentially save lives visit https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/programs_PE.html. ABC suspends Firewater Saloon’s alcohol license in Oceansidelast_img read more

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From comics to militant den

first_imgAhmed Azwad Imtiaz TalukderHe had just finished his O Levels. Young Ahmed Azwad Imtiaz Talukder was looking for a role model in his father. But that place was soon taken up by a terrorist named Ashikur Rahman Jilani. Ashikur, son of Colonel Mashiur Rahman who was killed during the BDR carnage, later died in Syria while fighting for the IS.Police arrested Azwad at Chandina in Comilla on 8 March, carrying two bombs to Dhaka from Chittagong along with two accomplices. Each bomb weighed around 4 kilograms, Azwad told police during his remand.Azwad went missing on 1 March 2016, around the same time when some other youths, including the three who carried out the attack on the Holey Artisan bakery, went missing. Most of them have either been killed in ‘gunfights’, or arrested by the law enforcement agencies.This correspondent recently spoke to a number of police officials who had quizzed Azwad. The young boy has narrated his harrowing tale of getting involved with militancy and how they developed a network.Introduction to militancyAzwad was the only child of his parents. He yearned for their love and care, to be like his peers and watch cartoons or movies with his parents. He could tell his father and mother didn’t get along well and that his father often lied. His parents separated, leaving Azwad to split his time between his maternal grandfather’s place and his father’s place.His mother was also ill-tempered, often asking him to leave home. His friends started going to parties and taking drugs. He sought solace at the mosque. One day he was sitting there long after the prayers and Ashikur came and spoke to him.Ashikur, a student of the Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), introduced him to some other young people, including Rohan Imtiaz who led the Holey Artisan attack.Azwad requested his father to replace his private tutor with Ashikur, to which his father agreed. They now started discussing Syria, Iraq and Palestine issues at home besides watching IS videos and lectures of Zakir Naik. Ashikur told them they should join Jihad (holy war) and do Hijrat (move from one place to other).Ashikur suddenly left, but kept in touch with Azwad through different mobile apps. Now Azwad also decided to leave home, thinking it would teach his parents a lesson.Used to playing war video games and reading DC Comics, leaving home was like an adventure where he was a super hero like Batman or Spiderman.Around a year after Ashikur had left home, Italian citizen Cesare Tavella was killed and the Imambara Hossaini Dalan came under attack, with IS claiming responsibility for both the incidents. It made Azwad realize that the militant groups have been on the rise. He communicated with them, expressing his interest to join up.One day in December 2015 or early 2016, Azwad was asked to meet a certain person around Dhanmondi Lake. That man told Azwad that they had been fighting for Islam. He said Azwad would be informed after a month whether he was qualified to join the militant groups.On 1 March, his much-anticipated call came. Police said that same person spoke to Rohan as well. However, they did not reveal his identity.Bubbles burstAzwad wrote a letter to his parents before leaving, urging them not to inform police. He also smashed his mobile phone set. He then went to Mohammadpur where someone greeted him and told him to follow. They took a bus to Mirpur Shah Ali Market where another person gave made him wear strong powered glasses. Later he realized that he had to use these so he couldn’t see which road they were taking. Their rickshaw roamed around a few streets before stopping in front of an old building. Inside the stark flat, there were around five to seven boys of his age.He was told that he should not reveal his identity to anyone. At the same time, he cannot ask anyone about his identity as well. His new name here was Haider. They were shown a video where someone who left Al-Qaeda was brutally killed. The message was clear, one would have to suffer the same fate if he tries to escape.Once he finished his ‘course’ at Mirpur, he was given the task to translate different leaflets of IS. He thought he would be given an AK-47 as soon as he joined them and he would kill them right away. Instead, another boy named Nafis was given operation duties.From Mirpur, Azwad and Nafis were sent to Pabna. Azwad was given a notebook while Nafis was given a laptop. Nafis used to keep contact with the top bosses while someone named Alam was tasked with the responsibility to look after their hideout. Alam disappeared after a month and the top management ordered them to return to Dhaka fearing that Alam might leak information to the law enforcement.With Holey Artisan Café attackersWhen Azwad was in a Mirpur hideout, he came to know an operation would be conducted soon on Eid. He also met Holey Artisan Café attackers Nibras Islam and Rohaz Imtiaz in the hideout.Before the Holey Artisan Café attack, it was decided that most of the hideouts in Dhaka city would be wrapped up. Rashed and Azwad were sent to Sylhet’s Subidbazar. They knew about the Holey Artisan Café attack from internet.After the attack, both Azwad and Rashed were sent to a hideout in Shewrapara. A certain Akash, his wife and children were there at the hideout.After the Kalyanpur raid on 26 July 2016 that killed nine militants, Azwad and Rashed were again sent to Sylhet from their Shewrapara hideout.On their way to Sylhet, Azwad and Rashed met Tamim Chowdhury in Narayanganj. Tamim’s interpretation of Islam in Bangla and North American accent motivated Azwad more towards jihadist beliefs.Azwad met Major (retd) Zahidul Islam in the Narayanganj hideout. He also saw two men there. One of the two used to speak in Mymensingh dialect, who was said to have informed law enforcers about Tamim’s den.Thinking of fleeingAzwad and Rashed moved on Sylhet’s Jhalopara via Narayanganj. A certain Mahbub was staying there before them. He told Azwad to roam around entire Sylhet and was given Tk 15,000 and a cell phone.Azwad’s parents, then, started sending him emails requesting to return home. But, Azwad could not answer the mails in fear of being caught.Azwad sent a letter to his parents, saying he wants to return home. But, he had a fear of being arrested by law enforcement agencies while returning home.Arrested while carrying bombsAzwad had contact with militant leaders even after the Kalyanpur raid. But he lost all contacts with them after the RAB-police joint raid in Gazipur.After the Kalyanpur raid, Azwad and Rashed received an SMS, directing Azwad to go Chittagong’s Patia.Azwad, on many occasions, carried bombs to several places from Patia.Farhad, a leader of the outfit, sent Azwad and his associate Hasan with bombs to Dhaka from Mirsarai. Police arrested them on their way in Comilla’s Chandina.Asked about the Holey Artisan café attack by law enforcers, Azwad said he now does not support any such attack.Azwad’s parents now live together and sometimes visit him in jail. *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan and Imam Hossain.last_img read more

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WATCH GOP House Candidate Charged With Assault Of A Reporter

first_img Share House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling on the Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election for Montana’s congressional seat to apologize in the alleged assault on a reporter. Voters are deciding in the special election whether Republican Greg Gianforte or Democrat Rob Quist will fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to join President Donald Trump’s Cabinet as secretary of the Interior Department. Gianforte, who has tried to align himself with Trump, defended himself as the criminal charge was announced Wednesday, saying the reporter was being aggressive and grabbed him by the wrist in their exchange at his campaign office. Quist has declined to comment on the charge. Though Ryan called on the candidate to apologize, he would not say if Gianforte should be barred from joining the House GOP conference if he wins Thursday’s election. “I’m gonna let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative,” Ryan said. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Gianforte “a wannabe Trump.” “That’s his model, Donald Trump,” she said. It’s not clear how the last-minute curveball will affect the race, which was partly seen as a referendum on Trump’s presidency, in part because more than a third of the state’s registered voters cast absentee ballots before polls opened Thursday. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin made the announcement shortly before midnight Wednesday in a written statement, about six hours after the attack on reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian. Gianforte would face a maximum $500 fine or 6 months in jail if convicted. The statement added that Jacobs’ injuries did not meet the legal definition of felony assault. Gianforte was in a private office preparing for an interview with Fox News when Jacobs came in without permission, campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/25115711/US-Pelosi-Ryan-CR.mp400:0000:0001:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the Republican candidate in Montana’s special House election to apologize after allegedly attacking a reporter. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also called Greg Gianforte a “wannabe Donald Trump” (May 25). The Fox News crew watched in astonishment as, after Jacobs pressed him on the GOP health care bill, “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna wrote in an article . She added that Gianforte then began to punch Jacobs. In an audio recording posted by The Guardian, the reporter asks the congressional candidate about the GOP’s health care bill, which was just evaluated hours earlier by the Congressional Budget Office. “We’ll talk to you about that later,” Gianforte says on the recording, referring Jacobs to a spokesman. When Jacobs says that there won’t be time, Gianforte says “Just–” and there is a crashing sound. Gianforte yells, “The last guy who came here did the same thing,” and a shaken-sounded Jacobs tells the candidate he just body-slammed him. “Get the hell out of here,” Gianforte says. The Gianforte campaign Wednesday night released a statement blaming the incident on Jacobs. It contends he “aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face and began asking badgering questions” before being asked to leave. Gianforte asked Jacobs to lower a phone that was being used as an audio recorder, then tried to grab it, the campaign said in a statement. Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte’s wrist and both fell to the ground, Scanlon said. The 45-second recording does not contain a request from Gianforte that Jacobs lower his phone. Acuna, the Fox News reporter, wrote that “at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.” The sheriff’s office said Gianforte has until June 7 to appear in court on the charge. Jacobs told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that he never touched Gianforte. He said of the politician’s account “The only thing that is factually correct … is my name and place of employment.” Three of Montana’s biggest newspapers pulled their endorsements of Gianforte but did not endorse an opponent. “We are also sick and tired — of Gianforte’s incessant attacks on the free press,” the Helena Independent Record wrote. Gianforte, a wealthy businessman, lost a race against Montana’s Democratic governor in November while Trump won the state by 20 points. In the congressional race, Gianforte has been boosted by visits from Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump, Jr. Hours before Wednesday’s assault, the Gianforte campaign sent out a last-minute fundraising appeal to its supporters, saying the outcome “will determine whether we pass Donald Trump’s America First agenda or if the fake news media and the national Democrats will win, keeping Obama’s reckless policies in place.” Democrats were hoping an upset would send a message to the GOP that Trump’s souring approval ratings could damage their political fortunes even in deep red states. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it would launch as many Facebook ads as possible about the assault, targeting Montana Democrats who might not otherwise vote Thursday. The Committee called for Gianforte to quit the race. Scott Sales, the Republican president of Montana’s state senate, unsuccessfully vied against Gianforte for his party’s congressional nomination. On Wednesday evening, he said he could not understand why the scuffle took place. “There’s always two sides to a story, but this doesn’t look good,” Sales said. “It’s not what you want to see happen on the eve of an election.” Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/25115642/US-Montana-Candidate-CR.mp400:0000:0001:48Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Republican candidate for Montana’s US House Seat, Greg Gianforte, is charged with misdemeanor assault of a reporter, hours before polls open, on May 25th, 2017. Jacobs, who works for The Guardian, recorded the sound of his confrontation with Gianforte.last_img read more

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