Putting his swimming career on hold after his second DUI arrest, Olympic champion Michael Phelps began a six-week program that he said “will provide the help I need to better understand myself.”The winningest athlete in Olympic history made the announcement in a series of posts on his Twitter account.According to his representatives at Octagon, Phelps entered an in-patient program that will keep him from competing at least through mid-November, though there’s no indication he plans to give up swimming.“The past few days have been extremely difficult,” Phelps said in a statement. “I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.He added, “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”The 29-year-old Phelps was arrested early Sept. 30th and charged with drunken driving in his native Baltimore. Police said he failed a series of field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.08.Phelps retired after the 2012 Olympics in London, having won a record 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall. But he returned to competition this year with the goal of making the 2016 Rio Games.His comeback has produced encouraging results, including three golds and two silvers at the Pac Pacific Championships in August.Now, swimming is on the backburner.A statement from Octagon said Phelps was entering “a comprehensive program that will help him focus on all of his life experiences and identify areas of need for long-term personal growth and development.”“Michael takes this matter seriously and intends to share his learning experiences with others in the future,” the statement said.While Phelps was still working out his schedule for the upcoming year, he will surely miss the first U.S. Grand Prix meet at Minneapolis, which begins Nov. 20. The remaining five Grand Prix meets are all in the first half of 2015 — important steps in the lead-up to next summer’s world championships in Russia.Phelps has already qualified for the worlds, the biggest meet on the swimming calendar outside of the Olympics. He was not planning to compete in the short course world championships, which will be held in early December in Qatar. The U.S. team for that meet, which includes longtime Phelps rival Ryan Lochte, was announced last week.Chuck Wielgus, the Executive Director of USA Swimming, praised Phelps for entering a program. The governing body suspended him for three months in 2009 after a photo emerged showing Phelps using a marijuana pipe, even though he was not charged.USA Swimming has not taken any disciplinary action for his second DUI arrest.“We fully support Michael’s decision to place his health and well-being as the number one priority,” Wielgus said. “His self-recognition and commitment to get help exhibit how serious he is to learn from this experience.”Phelps was also charged with excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. An officer reported that Phelps was clocked going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone.His trial is scheduled for Nov. 19.The statement of probable cause said Phelps’ eyes were red, bloodshot, and “his speech was mush mouth.” When asked to do a one-leg stand, Phelps replied, “That’s not happening,” according to the statement.Phelps was previously charged with drunken driving as a 19-year-old, fresh off his second Olympic games in Greece, where he won six gold medals.He pleaded guilty to the charges, but as a young first-time offender he was able to avoid conviction. He was granted probation before judgment and sentenced to 18 months on probation and a fine.If convicted of the latest charges, Phelps faces up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine and the loss of his driver’s license for six months. However, legal experts said it’s unlikely the swimmer would have to serve any jail time.___(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Napoli captain Marek Hamsik believes it’s essential that they start making up ground on Serie A leaders JuventusCarlo Ancelotti’s side are second in the league table with 28 points and nine wins from 12 games this season.Things have also been going well in Europe with Napoli top of Group C with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain trailing behind.However, Juventus are already six points ahead in the Serie A after having only dropped points on one occasion this term at home to Genoa.The Bianconeri snatched the Serie A title from Napoli’s grasp last season and are looking good for an eighth straight crown this time around.And Hamsik admits they must start closing the gap after the international break on Juventus, whilst confirming their last-16 spot in the Champions League.“We had a start with difficult matches, in the Champions League too,” Hamsik told sport.aktuality.sk.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We’re in a good place, even if Juventus are already a bit ahead. After the international break we’ll try to get to the Champions League Last 16, and reduce the gap to Juventus.”Hamsik is yet to either score a goal or add an assist in his 12 appearances for Napoli this season.“On a personal level I haven’t had a perfect start, but I’ve improved a lot in the new role,” admitted Hamsik.“The coach [Carlo Ancelotti] noticed that things weren’t going exactly as they should and slightly tweaked the system.“I think Napoli are once again showing the strength we had, getting good results and performances.”Napoli will face Chievo Verona at home in a Serie A game on November 25 after the international break.
KUSI Newsroom, Cleanup of Pacific Beach hoarder house ordered by court KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 17, 2018 March 17, 2018 FacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: City Attorney Mara Elliott, cleanup, hoarder, hoarding, mount soledad, pacific beach The City Attorney’s Office has obtained a court order to begin the clean-up and rehabilitation of a house in the Pacific Beach/Mount Soledad area that “has plagued neighbors with foul odors, trash, and rodents.”In a press release, officials said problems with the property began after the homeowner died in 2012, and one of her sons and various acquaintances moved into her four-bedroom home. An accumulation of junk and debris overflowed from the house and into the driveway and yards, and piles of furniture and trash inside the house created safety hazards.According to the press release, the bathroom sinks drained into buckets, and water leaks created mold throughout the structure. Neighbors also trapped several rats. County Child Protective Services was notified on several occasions that infants or young children were living in unsafe conditions.The City initially sought voluntary compliance from the property owner, but the conditions continued despite more than a dozen warning letters.“This kind of conduct threatens the health and safety of our communities and destroys our quality of life,” City Attorney Mara Elliott said in a statement. “By intervening, we bring relief and peace of mind to affected neighbors, and help for hoarders who often have underlying issues that need to be addressed.”
A day later, King released a follow up statement calling the allegations “serious and of great concern” and acknowledging that the company was pursuing a transfer of ownership. Thomas has since apologized for “lines that were crossed,” but maintains that any contact with Lacey was consensual.In the aftermath, 16 current staffers took it upon themselves to defend the company in a letter to the Portland Press Herald that felt an awful lot like an attempt at downplaying the controversy, arguing that “the toxic environment described in recent news accounts does not reflect our current culture,” and further claiming that “people who don’t know us are publicly demeaning us and threatening anyone who partners with us.”The acquisition announcement from State 23 Media stopped short of directly addressing the circumstances behind the sale, but was careful to note that the new ownership team has “no prior connection to Maine Media Collective.”New owner Adam JapkoApart from Japko—whose Carlisle, Mass.-based Esteem Media has housed New England Home and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazines since they were spun-off from Network Communications, Inc. in 2014—investors in State 23 include local businesspeople Sandy Spaulding and Jill Hinckley; New England Home partners Chris Legg and Gary Mueller; Gerry Parker, the former COO and CFO of Network Communications; former Playbill publisher and Time Inc. veteran Bruce Hallett; and management consultant Karen Weltchek Mueller.“As publishers of New England Home, we watched the amazing connection and energy these Maine media brands created in their market,” said Japko in a statement. “Since 2005 we have been acquiring best in class regional media around the country, so getting this unique opportunity to invest in Maine’s local media and business communities made tremendous sense to us.”Speaking to the Bangor Daily News, Japko adds that “all but three” of Maine Media Collective’s current staffers will be retained.Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that parent company Maine Media Collective had itself been sold. Thomas’s ownership of Maine Media Collective continues; only the media brands and their related events were involved in the transaction. Six weeks removed from the emergence of sexual harassment allegations against former owner and publisher Kevin Thomas, Maine magazine has been sold.State 23 Media, a group of investors led by Esteem Media founder Adam Japko, announced Wednesday that it has acquired the monthly title and its related assets, including Maine Home + Design and Old Port magazines, from Maine Media Collective, the company co-founded by Thomas in 2006. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“We’re confident Adam and his team’s experience and expertise with national and local media properties will propel our business forward and allow us to continue making a positive impact on the state we love,” said publisher and CEO Andrea King, who will remain in the same role at the newly formed State 23.King said she was “stunned” in late April when former Maine Home + Design art director Jessie Lacey accused Thomas of making unwelcome sexual advances in 2010 and subsequently bullying her into leaving the company.Lacey’s Medium post—as well as an article in local magazine The Bollard in which she and other current and former employees elaborated on what they called a “toxic atmosphere” fostered by Thomas, former editor-in-chief Susan Grisanti (who left the company in 2016), and CFO Jack Leonardi—forced the company to cancel an upcoming event after losing sponsors and elicited both a resignation from Leonardi and a vague and non-committal open letter from King about “maintaining a positive, inclusive, and respectful company culture.”
WILMINGTON, MA — State Representative candidates Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) and Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury) won their respective primaries on Tuesday night. While Prinzivalli’s victory was a foregone conclusion after her only Republican competitor dropped out of the race, Robertson’s fate was anything but certain.Robertson’s ReactionFormer Miceli Chief of Staff Dave Robertson (1,341 votes, 26.5%) survived a grueling 5-candidate Democratic primary, defeating former Wilmington Selectwoman and School Committee member Judy O’Connell (1,242 votes, 24.5%), longtime Wilmington Selectman Mike McCoy (1,100 votes, 21.5%), Tewksbury Selectman Mark Kratman (879 votes, 17%), and Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson (533 votes, 10.5%).While Robertson finished second in his hometown of Tewksbury (behind Mark Kratman) and third in Wilmington (behind Judy O’Connell and Mike McCoy), he was able to cobble together enough support across both communities to ultimately come out on top. He defeated runner-up Judy O’Connell by just 99 votes, representing 2% of the vote.“I’m honored and humbled by this victory,” Dave Robertson told Wilmington Apple shortly after hearing the results. “The towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury put their faith in me. Now is my opportunity to win their trust and votes again in the general election. I look forward to putting my head down, getting back on [the campaign trail], and continuing to fight for the residents of the 19th Middlesex.”“I don’t want to speak for all the candidates, but I think we were all confident and cautiously optimistic. To say I was 100% confident would be arrogant,” explained Robertson. “I adopted the philosophy that I’m always 20 percentage points behind. It’s what kept me going when, for example, I knocked on doors for 6-7 hours on Saturday, and there was one more dead-end street to go with just 3 houses on it, but I decided to [finish the canvass] because those residents deserved the opportunity to [tell me their concerns].”Robertson quickly credited his campaign team as the driving force behind his victory.“As cliche as it sounds, I attribute my win to my campaign team, without a doubt,” said Robertson. “And I don’t just mean my Campaign Manager Gary DePalma and my Campaign Treasurer Jesse Fennelly, I mean all the volunteers. I had people take as many as 100 Dear Friends postcards, show for an hour to hold a sign, make 20 phone calls, etc. Without all of them, I couldn’t get my message out there.”“And I certainly attribute my win to the good folks of both towns who stepped forward and put their faith in me,” stressed Robertson.Over the next nine weeks, Robertson intends on focusing his campaign on the issues Wilmington and Tewksbury care most about it. He specifically noted infrastructure improvements (particularly as it relates to Route 38), smart economic development, support for the school systems (both in terms of improved facilities and support of teachers), and more affordable housing opportunities for seniors looking to downsize as well as for first-time homebuyers.Prinzivalli’s ReactionPina Prinzivalli, a branch manager at a local bank, cruised to victory in the Republican primary under unique circumstances. Prinzivalli’s Republican rival, Tewksbury Finance Committee member Erin Buckley, dropped out of the race several weeks ago. Due to the timing of her announcement, however, Buckley remained on the ballot. Nevertheless, Prinzivalli (1,844 votes), took care of business, defeating Buckley (723 votes), 72% to 28%.“I want to thank the voters of Tewksbury and Wilmington who delivered a big victory for my campaign in the Republican Primary, but more importantly a victory for the taxpayers who want to move the 19th Middlesex District in a new direction,” said Prinzivalli in a written statement. “Over the years, the status quo on Beacon Hill has made it increasingly difficult to live, work, and raise a family in Massachusetts. We continue to see the majority party wanting to raise taxes and prioritize illegal immigrants by trying to make Massachusetts a Sanctuary State. We can’t afford to continue on that path. We need a bold Republican voice on Beacon Hill. Someone who isn’t going to be afraid to stand up and say ‘no.’”“As I said from the start of my campaign last October, I’m not a career politician, nor am I looking to become one. I’m a career professional, a hardworking taxpayer like everyone else,” added Prinzivalli. “And as someone who is getting married next year and planning to start a family of my own, I want to help create a new path for working families in Tewksbury and Wilmington, a path that will put us, the taxpayers first.”The Other Candidates RespondThe losing candidates from Tuesday’s primary took to social media on Tuesday and Wednesday to publicly thank their supporters.“I entered this race back in May to fill a void. Growing up in Wilmington, I was constantly told that this was a conservative district. Well tonight, after months of hard work knocking doors, attending community events, phonebanking and talking about the issues, I received 533 votes in the Democratic Primary for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District,” wrote Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).“I am a proud progressive Democrat. I ran my campaign as my authentic self. To everyone who supported me, volunteered, donated, and voted, thank you! The response I received from people today renewed my spirit. I urge everyone who voted for me or who supports true Democratic values to get involved in the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee“, added Johnson. “I may have lost but I’m not going anywhere; I will continue to amplify my bold, progressive voice to contribute to the greater good.“I just wanted to say thank you for all of the support through phone calls, emails and texts yesterday and this morning regarding the campaign and last evening’s results,” wrote Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington). “Team Judy came up short on this one and I offer my congratulations once again to David Robertson as I did personally via phone last night.”“I was very pleased with the hometown love as reflected in the 01887 vote tally and I thank my Tewksbury supporters of course as well,” continued O’Connell. “I have learned so much from this experience and I will always be so appreciative of the many who have been there for me every step of the way! With people like you in my life, I woke up today feeling like a winner in the most important ways that politics can never provide. From the bottom of my heart I thank you! Till next time.”“Thank you everyone for your support, friendship and faith that you showed me during the campaign,” wrote Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury). “I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in our communities and for that I am greatful. Good luck to the 3 remaining candidates. Let’s all work together to make our community better for everyone.”Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington) took it one step further, showing up to Dave Robertson’s campaign victory party at Wamesit Lanes in Tewksbury to personally congratulate him. McCoy shared the photo on social media.Mike & Danielle McCoy congratulating Dave Robertson Robertson’s campaign manager Gary DePalma tells Wilmington Apple he is considering organizing a ‘Unity Breakfast’ so that all five former Democratic primary candidates can “come together, talk things out, and make sure we’re all on the same page.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: 1 Candidate Drops Out, 8 Return Nomination Papers To State Before DeadlineIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”
Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William travel to Buckingham Palace in the 1902 State Landau along the Procession Route, after their wedding in Westminster Abbey, in central London April 29, 2011.ReutersKate Middleton may have rubbed Queen Letizia the wrong way, or at least that’s what Royal observers think. Reportedly Kate Middleton and Queen Letizia both attended the Order of the Garter in London. Twitter users are convinced of a rift between the Duchess of Cambridge and the wife of the King of Spain, calling Kate “rude”. But what did a body language expert make of the claims?If the twitter-sphere is in a tizzy, Kate could find herself getting some unwanted attention. The Duchess of Cambridge does seem to have her hands full with feuds at the moment. If the reports of a supposed rift between her and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are to be believed. Kate has apparently been blamed for indulging in an alleged feud between Norfolk neighbor Rose Hanbury.Reportedly social media users are suspicious of a feud between Kate and Spanish royal Queen Letizia. These users are convinced that Kate has beef with Queen Letizia as the Duchess of Cambridge put on a grumpy face and ignored Queen Letizia, while others claimed that Kate was being disrespectful. Not all of them were blaming Kate though, as some came to her rescue claiming that people are reading too much into non-issues and gestures. Kate MiddletonGetty imagesHowever, body language expert Judi James has a few insights. James said: “A clue that all might not be as it seems in terms of any hints of slight awkwardness might come from the fact that Kate appears to dislike carriage rides because they cause her motion sickness.””Her body language reflected tension during the ride at the Trooping of the Colour and this could be a similar problem for her here,” he said.We have to say that it sounds like a more reasonable explanation than Kate Middleton randomly hating another Royal without a reason.
Map of MoroccoMorocco has banned the production and sale of burqa full-face Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons, media reports said Tuesday.While there was no official announcement by authorities in the North African nation, the reports said the interior ministry order would take effect this week.“We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” the Le360 news site quoted a high-ranking interior ministry official as saying.It said the measure appeared to be motivated by security concerns, “since bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.”Most women in Morocco, whose King Mohammed VI favours a moderate version of Islam, prefer the hijab headscarf that does not cover the face.The niqab, which leaves the area around the eyes uncovered, is also worn in Salafist circles and in more conservative regions in the north, from where thousands of jihadists have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq.In some commercial districts of Casablanca, the country’s economic capital, interior ministry officials on Monday conducted “awareness-raising campaigns with traders to inform them of this new decision,” the Media 24 website said.In Taroudant in southern Morocco, authorities ordered traders to stop making and selling burqas and to liquidate their stock within 48 hours, the reports said.Retailers in the northern town of Ouislane were said to have received similar instructions.It was unclear if Morocco plans to follow in the footsteps of some European countries such as France and Belgium where it is illegal to wear full veils in public.The reports were met with a muted response in the absence of official confirmation, though Salafists expressed concern that the measure could be expanded to include the niqab.“Is Morocco moving towards banning the niqab that Muslim women have worn for five centuries?” Salafist sheikh Hassan Kettani wrote on Facebook.“If true it would be a disaster,” he added.