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Charlie’s Safari Wins Best Birthday Party In South Sound Magazine

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Kurt Kageler, Charlie’s SafariCharlie’s Safari – The Family Fun Center just received the Best in South Sound Magazine for the Best in Birthday Party’s.We are your birthday party headquarters!   Like us on Facebook – we have specials running all summer long.Our online party reservation system is up and running for your convenience 24 hours a day at www.charliessafari.com. Of course we still make reservations over the phone or as always, you are welcome to come in and visit us. We are open 7 days a week for fun to the general public. We aren’t just a party place!Also don’t forget about our summer camps this year.  If you register on-line at www.charliessafari.com you will receive a $100 discount on our camp registration!  You can see all the wonderful things that we are offering for our camps on our web site.Thank you to all who voted us Best Birthday Party location of South Sound Magazine.  Hope to see you sometime this summer!!last_img read more

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Wallabies’ defence plan backed

first_imgPhoto by: BRENDON THORNE/GETTY IMAGES Caption: Wallabies defence coach Nathan Grey: “Executing that under the heat of the battle is something we have to be better at and as coaches we are working at that constantly.” Grey is again under fierce scrutiny from angry Australian rugby supporters following Saturday’s horrific 54-34 defeat, which has put New Zealand on track for a 15th straight year of Bledisloe Cup domination.Australia missed an incredible 48 tackles and conceded more points than they ever have against the All Blacks, who cut through Grey’s defensive structure at will to lead 54-6 shortly after halftime.Grey admitted it wasn’t good enough but said he was “very confident” he and the rest of the coaching staff would turn things around.”It stings, mate. It’s not great. It’s difficult,” said Grey, now a full-time assistant to head coach Michael Cheika after recently stepping down from his defence post with the NSW Waratahs.”It is something we have to address and we are focused on looking for those solutions.”We believe we have got them in terms of staying in the system and executing our tackle technique and doing that consistently.”Grey notoriously said Australia’s defensive problems would be “an easy fix” after last year’s eerily similar 42-8 belting at the hands of the All Blacks.Not much appears to have changed, with the Wallabies conceding an average of 28 points in their last 19 tests.Players appear confused or hesitant and regularly shuffle positions, leading to defensive disarray in key combinations.”Executing that under the heat of the battle is something we have to be better at and as coaches we are working at that constantly,” Grey said.Grey’s tactics were also found wanting in Super Rugby this year, as the Waratahs posted their worst defensive season on record.It’s a far cry from when Grey first joined the national team in the lead-up to the 2015 World Cup, where the Wallabies were hailed for their defensive desperation.Grey said rugby had evolved since then and the Wallabies needed to change their approach, which was tweaked again heading into the Rugby Championship.”In terms of what’s different between now and then, it’s chalk and cheese,” he said.”If you are trying to defend the same way you were in 2015, you know you are going to come unstuck.”We are not going to be changing things drastically overnight.”NATHAN GREY’S LEAKY COACHING RECORD* Melbourne Rebels defence coach (2011-12)2011: 36 points, 5 tries conceded on average per match2012: 33 points, 4 tries* NSW Waratahs defence coach (2013-2017)2013: 23 points, 2 tries2014: 17 points, 2 tries (won Super Rugby title)2015: 20 points, 3 tries2016: 21 points, 2 tries2017: 35 points, 5 tries (worst in Waratahs history)* Wallabies defence coach (2015-present)2015: 18 points, 2 tries2016: 27 points, 3 tries2017: 30 points, 4 trieslast_img read more

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STATHS aiming to win Champs in six years

first_imgTwo-time Olympians Mike Fray and Isa Phillips and 1983 World Championship sprinter Everald Samuels are part of the rich track and field history nurtured at St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS). If a new ambitious thrust hits the target, STATHS will make more history by winning one or both of the team titles at Boys and Girls’ Championships six years from now. That goal is entrenched in a ‘2-4-6’ plan that is now guiding track and field at the school. “It’s a plan to win Champs step by step and we’ll try to win it in the sixth year,” said STATHS Champs hero, Donald ‘Cherry’ Davis. According to the school’s past students association, the first step has been successfully taken and has seen the STATHS’ track and field team increase in size to 130 student-athletes. They train under the guidance of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) level five instructor, Roy Thomas, who has replaced Ransford Spaulding as head coach. Launched earlier this year, the STATHS 2-4-6 plan aims to build the teams from the lower age groups and to work towards finishing in the Champs top 10 in 2018, which is year two, in the top five in 2020, year four, and to challenge for the team titles in 2022, the sixth year of the new programme. Centrally, STATHS expects to create opportunities for their graduating athletes to obtain a free college education via athletic scholarships. Davis, a STATHS Boys’ Championship high jump winner in 1980, is part of a group that is helping to steer the school to glory. “When you see people making an effort, you have to join them,” he smiled. “And they’re real making some effort and I’m proud of them.” Davis, a long time supporter of his old school, is encouraging fellow past students, corporate sponsors and friends of STATHS to help. “We just need to get the financial backing,” he said. Donations can be made via the GoFundMe website at www.gofundme.com/2na4tebh?r=95143. Coach Thomas is being assisted by a team of four assistant coaches Kenneth Darby, Vanissa Brown, Collin King and Nigel Brown. Darby and Brown returned to the island last summer, after studying athletics for the past six years in Cuba at the Universidad de Pinar del Rio. Together, Thomas and his team of coaches are targeting success at both Boys Championships and Girls Championships. So far, Excelsior High and St Jago High schools are the only Co-Ed teams to win at both Boys and Girls Championships. STATHS placed 10th and 11th at Girls Championships in 2013 and 2015, respectively. The boys’ team didn’t score any points this year, but reached a four-year high of 21st in 2014. During this period, the school’s top athlete was Ayesha Champagnie, who took three gold medals at Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2015. Work has already begun to improve facilities at STATHS, with the opening of a gym there and Davis predicts that past students will help as the programme progresses. He said: “I think what will turn it around is when we get to Penn Relays.” He believes that will spur US-based STATHS alumni to come on board.last_img read more

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Toughest opponent

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ang to keep mastery of karting field Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ “We are here for glory.”“With all due respect to all fighters, we all know that we are facing one of the greatest fighters the world has known,” Arano said via translator during Thursday’s final press conference. “I ask you to applaud Señor Pacquiao. But I wanna tell you that we are not here for the pay check.”De La Hoya said Matthysse “has a good chin,” and that he will show that he’s the younger fighter. Pacquiao, De La Hoya added, is worn down physically after having faced the best fighters in his prime.His forecast: “If Pacquiao wins it’s gonna be by decision, if Lucas wins it’s gonna be by knockout.”De La Hoya lavished Pacquiao with praises for being “an inspiration for the youth to become warriors, giving them hope and opportunity (now as a promoter) using his fists. Using his heart. He’s doing it because he loves to give back.”De La Hoya said he and Pacquiao were the next generation of promoters, “who got a page from Bob Arum’s playbook.”Arum’s Top Rank’s only involvement here was distributing the fight in the United States, snagging a deal with ESPN+, the livestreaming arm of ESPN network.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He (Pacquiao) made me get old,” De La Hoya said on Thursday. The Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) chief, who is here for the bout between Pacquiao and Argentine Lucas Matthysse, jokingly added: “I am still in pain from after I fought him.”Pacquiao chased De La Hoya from post-to-post, administering a punching clinic that left the all-time great winded and welded to his seat in the ninth round. It was a beating so sound, De La Hoya never fought after that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“With Pacquiao, it is very tricky. Pacquiao has a very unique style. When I fought him, I thought he was gonna get tired,” Dela Hoya told select journalists in his Le Meridien lounge suite. “Well, he never got tired.”And after fighting the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Pernell Whitaker, Bernard Hopkins, Felix Trinidad and Julio Cesar Chavez, it took hardly a pause before De La Hoya answered the question of who gave him the hardest time on the ring. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Toughest? Manny Pacquiao! What separates him was his determination, his conditioning, his skills, his power, his speed and his footwork. He’s one of the fighters I most appreciate.”How he views the 2008 version of Pacquiao is far different from the Pacquiao who will fight GBP ward Matthysse on Sunday. But there are parallels. In one corner is a fighter eager for a shot at glory. In the other? A legend slowly on the fade the way De La Hoya was in 2008.“I hope it won’t happen on Sunday,” he said on the potential of Matthysse doing to Pacquiao what Pacquiao did to De La Hoya a decade ago. “I don’t know maybe how distracted he (Pacquiao) can be. And I do know that Matthysse is fully focused and determined, fighting the fight of his life.”Mario Arano, Matthysse’s manager, agrees with the 45-year-old De La Hoya.When both fighters climb the ring on Sunday, Matthysse will be looking for more than just a paycheck, Arano said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golden Boy Promotions chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya chats with select members of the Filipino media on Thursday at Le Meridien Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netKUALA LUMPUR—Oscar De La Hoya has fought the sport’s biggest name all the way to his spot in boxing’s pantheon.But no fighter troubled him as much as Manny Pacquiao did. And no one but the Philippine ring icon made the sport’s “Golden Boy” feel the way he felt one night in 2008 in Las Vegas, when Pacquiao emptied De La Hoya of every drop of will with a violently beautiful beating.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Russell Westbrook’s 7th straight triple-double leads OKC past Magic

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a rebound with 3:33 left in the third quarter. His overall play sparked a 29-10 run that put the Thunder back in front for good. Oklahoma City led 98-92 at the end of the third quarter after making 15 of 24 shots in the period.“We were getting busted the first half,” Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson said. “We just came together, started being aggressive, started making plays.”A steal and 3-pointer by Terrence Ross cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 128-122 with 31 seconds to play, but the Thunder held on.Clifford said the Magic simply stopped doing what was working.“We just — I don’t want to say we revert back or whatever, but we don’t always just stay with it,” he said. “When you’ve got a way to play, especially against a team as good as them, you’ve got to stay with it.”TIP-INSMagic: Reserve center Mo Bamba is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left leg. … Gordon was called for a technical in the fourth quarter. … Gordon fouled out with 36.6 seconds left. … Fournier fouled out with 29.6 seconds to play.Thunder: Westbrook was called for a technical foul in the first quarter. Coach Billy Donovan was called for one in the second. … Oklahoma City is 14-6 this season when Westbrook gets a triple-double.STAT LINESGeorge scored at least 37 points for the fifth straight game. He is averaging 38.4 points in those contests and has made 31 of 64 3-pointers in that span. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, passes the ball in front ofOrlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook is on another one of those runs.The dynamic point guard had 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds in his seventh straight triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 132-122 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ HE SAID ITFerguson on Westbrook: “He’s a floor general. He sees everything. He gets everyone involved. You need to stop him to stop us, and that’s hard to guard, especially when he’s in the attack mode like that.”UP NEXTThe Magic play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.The Thunder host the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook matched the longest triple-double streak of his career with his 20th of the season and No. 124 overall. He is averaging 20.0 points, 13.2 rebounds and 14.4 assists during the streak, and the Thunder are 6-1 during that span.With Westbrook leading the way, Oklahoma City is averaging 124.6 points in its last seven games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“He is definitely the reason for that,” said Paul George, who scored 39 points against Orlando. “He is the reason we have had the highest (offensive) months in Thunder history. I cannot say enough for the credit he deserves for our offense being at the level it is at.”Dennis Schroder scored 20 points and Jerami Grant had 19 to help the Thunder win for the eighth time in nine games. Evan Fournier scored 25 points for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon added 18 points and 10 assists.The Magic committed 29 fouls and had two players foul out. George made 15 of 16 free throws.“Well, I think the biggest thing that I’ll watch on the film is the fouling,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “We’re on the road, we score 122 — and that’s with playing a really poor third quarter period. But I thought we played three good quarters, but we’re not disciplined enough when people are driving the ball.”Orlando led 69-62 at halftime behind 15 points from Gordon and 58 percent shooting as a team. George scored 18 in the first half for the Thunder.Orlando stretched its lead to 79-67 early in the third quarter, causing the Thunder to call a timeout. Oklahoma City came back strong in a two-minute span. A lob from George to Grant for a two-handed jam cut Orlando’s lead to 81-78, and the Magic called a timeout.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Blake Griffin stars as Pistons hand Knicks 14th straight loss Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerslast_img read more

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Prof. Morris on Awareness of Pest’s Control

first_imgThe Chairman of the Agronomy Department at the University of Liberia, Professor Momo Morris, has called for increased awareness on the creation of persistent organic pollutants (POP) and promotion of integrated pest management in vegetable cultivation in the Monrovia areas.According to Prof. Morris, this is necessary because, “residents of Monrovia are not knowledgeable about the effects of POPs and promotion of integrated pest management in vegetable cultivation.”He made the statement at a one-day workshop on Awareness Creation on the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and promotion of integrated pest management in vegetable cultivation, in the Johnsonville area outside Monrovia over the weekend.The main objective of the workshop was to promote the use of integrated pest management techniques in vegetable production, and discourage the use of persistent organic chemicals to safeguard the health of vegetable consumers and the welfare of the general public.Another objective of the workshop was to raise awareness on the effects of the organic pollution promotion and consumption of organically produced vegetables and encourage the use of integrated pest control methods among the vegetable producers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Former Bantam Flyer dedicating year to hockey development

first_imgFormer Fort St. John Bantam Flyer Lien Miller-Jeannotte took part in the Kelowna Rockets rookie evaluation camp over the summer, and will dedicate this year to the development of his hockey abilities. Lauren Frey, Director of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager talked about Miller-Jeanotte’s development, saying that at the beginning of camp it looked like he had been off his skates for a little while. However, he improved dramatically as camp progressed and even moved up from the rookie camp to the Rockets main camp.   He said Miller-Jeannotte’s ability to play at this level is coming along, but he needs to focus on becoming a more intense player with regards to battles within the game. He also said the club was very impressed with the significant amount of improvement that Lien displayed regarding his skills and skating abilities. He mentioned how the club was impressed with his two-way play and how he could contribute to the team in other areas besides scoring goals.- Advertisement – With regards to actually making the Western Hockey League team, Frey said the chance is there down the road if he continues to grow and develop as a hockey player. This year, Miller-Jeannotte has decided to play at the under 18 Pursuit of Excellence, a hockey academy located in Kelowna.  Frey said this was a wise choice, as the team can now monitor him and evaluate his development. Next year, Lien Miller-Jeannotte will have to attend another Kelowna Rockets tryout and evaluation camp, and depending on his development, he may sometime in the near future don a Rockets Uniform.Advertisement In May, Lien Miller-Jeannotte was selected 169th overall by the Rockets in the eighth round.last_img read more

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New buses added to city’s fleet

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The city has purchased two new, 60-foot-long flexible buses, a first that transit officials said should come in time for the new school year when student bus ridership is expected to increase. At $750,000 per bus, Jeff O’Keefe, the city of Santa Clarita’s transit manager, said the investment is worth every penny. “Understanding and recognizing the additional constraints, capacity and growth as it relates to schools, we purchased these buses,” O’Keefe said. The bigger buses, that bend at an accordion-style inset when they turn corners, will seat 60 passengers and carry 40 more standing. Regular buses seat 40 with 20 passengers standing. “Historically, we have had a great relationship with the Hart district transporting these kids,” O’Keefe said. City transit officials usually meet with Hart district staffers two to three months before the start of the school year to make sure the transportation needs of all students are met. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They will be used on all local routes that travel by schools,” O’Keefe said. The city has provided school transportation for the Hart Union High School District since 2001, when a lack of state funding made home-to-school transportation for the district difficult. Since then, the number of students riding buses has doubled – from 200,000 in 2001 to 400,000 in 2006. Most recently, the city and the district have been working together to set up school routes for Castaic-area students who will be sent to Valencia High School in the fall because of overcrowding at West Ranch High. Hart officials met with transit officials weeks ago to start discussing new routes. O’Keefe added that the city recently completed its 10-year transportation development study, and based much of its plans to expand services on the growth of schools in the valley. last_img read more

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Entrepreneur employs dogs to look for oil and gas pipeline leaks

first_imgA “driven” personality is also important.“If I hid a ball, they won’t just go crazy looking in the room looking for a ball. They actually will be very studious in looking all areas for this ball,” says Mistafa.“If a dog can do that on his own, then that’s perfect. That’s the personality I want.” CALGARY, A.B. – A Calgary-based entrepreneur is enlisting the acute sense of smell of man’s best friend to search for oil and gas pipeline leaks.For the past two decades, Ron Mistafa has run Detector Dog Services International, which helps clients in the oil and gas sector to search out pipeline leaks, drugs and explosives.Mistafa has two dogs working for him: A yellow lab named Duke who specialises in looking for pipeline leak jobs, and George, a lab cross who specializes in drugs and explosives. Both live with Mistafa, along with a retired springer spaniel named Toby.- Advertisement -Mistafa figures Duke gets only about five per cent of the work. In a good year, that’s about five or six jobs. The vast majority of demand is from companies wanting George’s help in ridding work camps of illicit items.Mistafa spent several years in the Calgary police K-9 unit followed by a stint training dog handlers in landmine detection in Bosnia.He runs Duke through the oil-searching exercise about once or twice a week to keep the dog’s skills sharp, using a jar of crude oil as the bait.Advertisement The benzene in the jar of crude is what gets Duke’s nose twitching. When an active pipeline is leaking below ground, Duke can smell the gases that emanate to the surface. For pipelines that aren’t carrying any product, Mistafa will mix a substance called mercaptan – the same rotten-egg smell when a gas stove has been left on or a furnace is leaking – into pressurized air or water, enabling Duke to detect a potential leak.An assignment can involve Mistafa walking Duke for several hours along a pipeline right-of-way in remote locales, with rest and water breaks along the way.He says dogs aren’t used as widely for this purpose as he thinks they should be, with many industry players tending to prefer more high-tech methods.Canada’s two biggest pipeline firms say they don’t have dogs as a regular part of their leak-detection arsenal.Advertisementcenter_img TransCanada spokesperson Mark Cooper says the company has many overlapping methods to detect leaks. “While dogs aren’t a regular part of our multi-layered strategy, the use of canine sniffing is something that we recognize as a legitimate tool that can be added to supplement our toolbox in certain situations,” he says.“We’d obviously note that dogs are used around the world as an integrated part of security at major international airports and it is certainly not surprising to see their keen senses being applied to many other uses.”Enbridge spokesperson Graham White says the company’s existing leak detection methods are “proven and effective.” Among other things, Enbridge uses computer-based monitoring, aerial and ground patrols and acoustic devices.Mistafa gets his dogs from rescue organizations. He’s on the lookout for raw talent.“I compare the dogs to the Wayne Gretzky of hockey players. You didn’t have to teach Wayne Gretzky or Gordie Howe all that much. It was natural to them and that’s what I look for in a dog – something that’s natural,” he said.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Russian police detain footballers facing ‘lifetime ban’ over assault on officials

first_imgThey are also facing a possible five-year jail term after video footage caught them attacking two Russian trade ministry officials in an upscale Moscow cafe. Police said the players have been detained as suspects under criminal investigation.“Pavel Mamaev has been detained according to the criminal code for 48 hours. He is suspected of hooliganism,” police spokeswoman Irina Volk told TASS state news agency.Around an hour later, police told Russian news agencies that Kokorin had also been detained as a suspect for the same time period.The footage showed one of the officials, Denis Pak, an ethnic Korean, being hit with a chair while eating a meal. Now the former Russian international players, who have courted controversy in the past, could be banned for life from playing in Russia.“This case is unusual in terms of our football and the league has addressed a request to the ethics committee of the Russian Football Union to impose a lifetime ban on Mamaev and Kokorin,” Premier League spokesman Sergei Alekseyev said Wednesday. Although they have not yet been formally charged, the pair have been named by police as suspects in a criminal probe over hooliganism.Responding to a police summons, Mamaev arrived at Moscow’s police’s central investigation department on Wednesday afternoon for questioning. Kokorin then missed a 6pm deadline to appear for questioning, but police later confirmed he had arrived. Neither player was seen by waiting journalists.Krasnodar has pledged to terminate Mamaev’s contract while Zenit has condemned Kokorin’s role as “disgusting”. The Saint Petersburg club removed all t-shirts bearing his name following reports of the attack.Pak’s lawyer Gennadiy Udunyan earlier told Russian state television: “They started to mock (Pak’s) ethnicity”. The players then allegedly assaulted Pak when he made a critical comment.He added: “He has a concussion.”Before the cafe assault the footballers attacked the driver of a television host and damaged her Mercedes in a separate incident on Monday.The driver was hospitalised with injuries and a criminal probe was opened.On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin — “just like the whole country” — was aware of the incident and described the video as “rather unpleasant”.– ‘Lowlifes who went berserk’ –Krasnodar forward Pavel Mamaev in action against Nolito of Spanish side Sevilla. © AFP/File / STRINGERCommentators, meanwhile, were keen to underline the players were not part of the Russia team that punched above its weight to reach the quarter-finals as hosts of the World Cup this summer. “We should specify that those two…are not currently members of the national squad,” Igor Rabiner, a columnist for the Russian daily newspaper Sport Express, told AFP.Kokorin last played for the national side in late 2017, while Mamaev was last selected in 2016.Rabiner added: “The players who represented Russia at the World Cup dramatically changed the country’s attitude to the game with their successful performance and that is diametrically opposed to this pair’s deeds.”For Alexei Lebedev, chief sports writer at Moskovsky Komsomolets daily, the ugly incident following the World Cup euphoria “has already transformed the image of Russian football and, unfortunately, not in the right direction.”“Fortunately, however, those responsible for Russian football and the Russian Premier League have understood this well,” he said. “They reacted strongly.”It is not the first time the players’ behaviour has raised eyebrows.The RFU suspended the pair in July 2016 after a video emerged from a Monte Carlo nightclub in which Mamaev and Kokorin allegedly spent $296,000 (258,000 euros) on a champagne-fuelled party following Euro 2016, where Russia flopped.Kokorin, who sat out this year’s World Cup with a knee injury, later apologised for his behaviour and was welcomed back into the national team. Mamaev last played for Russia at Euro 2016.“Now they’re just lowlifes who went berserk,” Rabiner added. “Just ill-bred people who went crazy on the huge money that they receive from their clubs.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian footballer Alexander Kokorin in action for Zenit Saint Petersburg against Slavia Prague. © AFP/File / Olga MALTSEVAMoscow, Russian Federation, Oct 10 – Russian police on Wednesday evening detained disgraced footballers Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin for 48 hours as suspects in a criminal probe following an unprovoked attack on two government officials.Premier League chiefs have requested a lifetime ban for Krasnodar midfielder Mamaev and Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Kokorin.last_img read more

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