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No. 20 UWF volleyball advances to GSC Tournament Championship

first_imgNext Game: Live Stats North Alabama (GSC Championship) 11/22/2015 – 12:30 p.m. Preview Full Schedule Roster Watch Live PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 20-ranked University of West Florida volleyball team swept Shorter 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-20) in the semifinals of the Gulf South Conference Volleyball Tournament on Saturday afternoon. Top-seeded West Florida advances to its eighth GSC Tournament Championship appearance in the last nine years and will face the No. 2 seed North Alabama in the tournament final on Sunday, November 22 at 12:30 p.m. CT in the UWF Field House. West Florida used a .231 team attacking percentage in the win and had a balanced offensive attack on Saturday with five Argos tallying at least eight kills in the match. “I think what makes our team so difficult to play against is the fact that we have so many weapons,” Wolter said. “We have players that have to embrace the fact that even if it isn’t their day we still have other players that can step up and get the job done.” West Florida will be looking to win its seventh GSC Tournament Championship in the last eight years on Sunday. UWF faced UNA in the tournament final in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and came out on top in all three matchups. West Florida swept North Alabama in both regular season matchups this season. North Alabama will be making its 17th GSC Tournament Championship appearance on Sunday. The Lions have won 16 conference tournament titles in the 34-year history of the conference. Junior Kathryn Torre (Highland, Ill./State College of Florida) had an efficient performance on offense with nine kills on 19 attempts with no attack errors (.474). Torre also added four blocks in the win. Senior Autumn Duyn (Venice, Fla./Venice HS) tallied a team-high 10 kills at a .296 clip with nine digs and three blocks. “I thought in that first set Autumn made some veteran plays off the block, just defensively not letting them score on us,” Wolter said. “I felt like Kat was really tough to stop all throughout the match. I felt every time she went into the front row everyone could just take a deep breath because she was causing Shorter some problems at the net.” Junior Cora Bidlack (Randolph, N.J./Randolph HS) had nine kills at a .300 clip with a block. Sophomore Rachel Neblett (Austin, Texas/Vista Ridge HS) had eight kills and a pair of blocks on Saturday while junior Corisha Smith (Inwood, W.Va./Musselman HS) added eight kills in the win. Junior Tori Martella (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence HS) tallied a team-high 23 digs while sophomore Monique StCyr (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown HS) had 40 assists, eight digs, three blocks and a service ace on Saturday.             For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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‘You MUST Compensate Us With Lionel Messi’- Angry Roma President Orders Barcelona

first_imgRoma president, James Pallotta, has insisted that Barcelona “unethically and immorally” signed Malcom, when the Italian club already had an agreement with the player and his former club Bordeaux.It has then asked for Lionel Messi by way of apology.The Giallorossi were expecting Malcom to arrive for a medical earlier this week, only for Barca to hijack the transfer with a bigger offer to Bordeaux.Pallotta in an interview with SiriusXM FC, said: “They knew that this was done.Malcom“In point of fact yesterday they apologised to us about their actions and how they did things and I don’t accept the apology, I mean, at all.“The apology, the only way I’ll except it is either one of two things. I mean at the end of the day, send [Malcom] to us, and you know that’s not going to happen.“But maybe, as a goodwill gesture, at the very least they should send Messi to us.”last_img read more

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Shinya shocks LeMay-Doan

first_img RELATED PHOTOS Japan’s Shihomi Shinya motors to victory Saturday in a women’s World Cup 500-meter speedskating event in Nagano. Two-time Olympic medalist Hiroyasu Shimizu, meanwhile, finished runnerup to Canadian Jeremy Wotherspoon in the men’s 500 while Japanese compatriot Joji Kato took a surprise third in his World Cup debut at the season-opening series for sprint races.Shinya edged LeMay-Doan by just 0.01 as she crossed the finish line at the M-Wave ice arena in 38.60 seconds for her first podium finish in a World Cup meet, adding to the first major domestic title she won at last week’s Asama invitational 1,000 meters.“I’m very happy and I can’t believe what I just did. I was able to cope with the corners better than usual,” said the 23-year-old Shinya. “I’ve been under pressure to do well in recent years and that has given me motivation.”China’s Wang Manli finished third in 38.74. Japan’s Olympic skater Sayuri Osuga was fifth in 38.86.In the men’s 500, world record-holder Shimizu lost some of his momentum in the back stretch and finished 0.34 behind Wotherspoon with a time of 35.53 in his season debut in an international race.“I got no space to go momentarily in the crossing zone at the midpoint of the race. But no matter what, the winning time was much faster that I’d expected,” Shimizu said.Shimizu, who won the Nagano Olympic gold medal at the same rink, added silver in Salt Lake City in February in a season cut short by a nagging lower back injury. He returned to the ice last month, winning two domestic titles.Kato, a high school student in Yamagata, produced a personal-best 35.61 to knock South Korea’s Choi Jae Bong off the podium. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 NAGANO – Japan’s Shihomi Shinya surprised the field with her first-ever victory on the speedskating World Cup circuit Saturday, outsprinting world record-holder Catriona LeMay-Doan of Canada in the women’s 500 meters.Japan’s Shihomi Shinya motors to victory Saturday in a women’s World Cup 500-meter speedskating event in Nagano.last_img read more

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FIFA President Infantino Faces Criminal Prosecution In Switzerland

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino is the subject of criminal proceedings in Switzerland after prosecutors obtained permission to investigate his dealings with Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber and the Chief Public Prosecutor of Upper Valais Rinaldo Arnold.A court found that Lauber covered up a meeting with Infantino and Arnold lied to supervisors while his office investigated corruption surrounding Football’s governing body.Lauber offered his resignation last week after the court ruling.The authority overseeing Switzerland’s federal prosecutors on Thursday said that special prosecutor Stefan Keller, appointed earlier this month to review criminal complaints against the three men and others involved, had found indications of criminal conduct related to the meetings.Lauber had overseen a corruption probe in FIFA since the organisation was raided in 2015.He is alleged to have held three meetings with Infantino about the status of the inquiry.In March Lauber was sanctioned for disloyalty, lying and breaching his office’s code of conduct. He also had his salary cut for a year after he ‘contravened several duties of function’.The Confederation Public Prosecutor’s Office (AS-MPC) said he ‘repeatedly did not tell the truth, acted unfairly, violated the Code of Conduct of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and obstructed the AS-MPC investigation’.Michael LauberLauber and Infantino both previously denied any wrongdoing.Infantino started at UEFA in 2000 and rose to the position of General Secretary in 2009. He emerged as one of the front runners to become FIFA President after Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini were swept away by the corruption allegations that swirled around the global football body.He defeated candidate Sheikh Salman in elections and took over FIFA in 2016 promising change and to restore the battered image of FIFA.Relatedlast_img read more

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Big guns gear up for Central Champs fight

first_imgFour of the most powerful high-school female athletics programmes in the island, Edwin Allen, St Jago, Holmwood and Hydel, will square off over the next two days as the Central Athletics Championships gets started today at the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, starting at 8:45 a.m. The finals of the girls’ 2000m steeplechase will get things started at 8:45 a.m., with the boys to follow some 15 minutes later at 9:00 a.m. The Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen are the defending girls’ champions and are favourites to win another title, but with big performances so far this season from the other three top outfits, ‘any number can play’. With the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships some four weeks away, fans will get an idea of where that title will go, and it will also be a big psychological boost for the team that comes out on top as usually, the team that wins here, tends to go on to take the big title. All four coaches are cautiously optimistic going into today’s event, with eyes clearly focussed on the main show – Champs 2019. Dyke says while he will not be taking any unnecessary risks, he approaching the championships with confidence. “I am going with high expectations, knowing that we are the defending champions. We still want to remain champions at the end of the meet but we are not going to take any unnecessary risks to defend our title and we will be very conservative in terms of personnel, where there are niggles and injuries. I think the team has enough depth to still hold off the challenges of the likes of Hydel, St Jago and Holmwood. We are going there to do our best and see how it works out in the end,” said Dyke. Last year’s runners-up, Hydel, did not seem themselves at the Gibson McCook Relays, where they only won the 4x400m relays. However, head coach Corey Bennett is not perturbed and is looking forward to good results over the next two days. “We are fairly confident going into Central Championships, knowing that we are trying to use it as a stepping stone towards our goals at Girls Championships. We are about 85 per cent ready for Champs and hopefully Central Champs can push us closer to our targets. It is going to be two crazy days of ferocious competition, but we still have to bear in mind what our goals are,” said Bennett. Meanwhile, many-time Central champions Holmwood Technical have looked dangerous this season, bringing back memories of their former years of dominance, and head coach Dave Anderson says he will be using Central Champs as a dress rehearsal and to help him make some decisions concerning his Champs line-up. “This will give us a chance to look at other persons in some events in a Championships situation in order to make some final decision for Champs,” said Anderson. Keilando Goburn’s St Jago unit has shown signs of rejuvenation and the coach says they are not losing sight of the bigger picture. “We will be treating Central Champs just like another development meet. We do take it serious as right now, it’s all about man management. We had a very rough weekend at the Gibson McCook Relays, where the athletes had to go through rounds, and it will be pretty much the same (at Central Champs), so we are going to do everything in our power to preserve our athletes. We will just go there and try to compete and definitely, we will be trying for a top three spot, but if that is not forthcoming, we will be comfortable just the same,” said Goburn. On the male side, it should be another St Jago High dominance as since competing at these Championships, the Spanish Town-based team has never lost, and after scoring 346 points last year – more than double the tally registered by second-place team Edwin Allen, who finished on 162 points – they look safe for another title. Eighteen finals are down to be contested on today’s opening day of competition, two on the track and 16 in the field. Unperturbedlast_img read more

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Spartan Elite to represent Ja in Neymar Five-A-Side

first_imgSpartan Elite, after three rounds of play, became champions of the Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five-A-Side Football competition and head to Brazil to represent Jamaica in the world championship.The event, launched in Kingston on April 9, saw over 1,000 players from across the island competing over six weeks in intense qualifiers leading up to the June 16 final, where eight teams faced off for the coveted title and the chance to play against Neymar Jr and his team at the world final in July in Brazil at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.Malhotra FC, Pump House, Spartan Elite, Big Yaad, Medley Mixers, Lionel Strikers, Road to Brazil, and Bath FC played in two groups in a round robin to determine the semi-finalists who would advance. No strangers to the game after entering the qualifiers at three different locations, Spartan Elite started the day strong, winning all their matches to advance to the semi-final, where they would face Bath FC. Medley Mixers, who hail from the same community as Spartan Elite in St Elizabeth, and in other circumstances would be their teammates, advanced to the semi-finals after not conceding any goals in Group B. In a shocking goal in the last few minutes of an electric semi-final, the team lost to Pump House, based in Clarendon.In an intense final, which ended 0-0, the teams went into sudden death with a 1v1 player stand-off. After showing some quick shifting, Akeem Gibbons from Spartan Elite scored the winning goal from half court, securing victory for the team. Team captain Rohan Thompson commented on the team’s strategy, saying, “Our team knew we needed to keep possession of the ball as much as possible and use the backboard to our advantage, and that’s what we did to secure the victory.” RAISING THE BAR To raise the bar in this unique experience, telecommunications giant FLOW partnered with Red Bull, offering six players the opportunity of a lifetime. An MVP was selected from each of the qualifiers and given the chance to play in a trial match for Red Stripe Premier League Champions Portmore United to pursue their dreams as professional players.“As sponsors, we are extremely happy to have partnered with Red Bull in this innovative competition, which captured the hearts of many across Jamaica. Major congratulations are in order for Spartan Elite, who displayed sheer grit and talent to take the title, and also to our six Flow MVPs who have a great opportunity ahead of them to impress the leadership of Portmore United. We look forward to cheering on the team as they head to Brazil in July,” Stephen Miller, FLOW sponsorship manager, said.last_img read more

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An important reminder that BYU should not be your Cinderella team

first_img Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsRick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsWith an incredibly efficient offense that averaged 83.6 points per game, the university’s all-time leading scorer in Tyler Haws and an eight-game winning streak going into their conference tournament finals, BYU was a popular Cinderella pick in the NCAA tournament for everyone from the experts to President Obama to even what Twitter metrics predicted.But before pressing final on that bracket with them as one of your Cinderella picks, an important reminder:They lost in the play-in game.Ole Miss came back from a 17-point deficit on Tuesday to knock BYU out of the NCAA tournament before they could even get their glass slipper fully on. A sad story — that is sadder for all of you who have them going to the Sweet 16 and forget to change it before the grace period that allows you to correct the one very early mistake you made in your NCAA bracket.For a last minute new Cinderella, USA TODAY Sports has you covered here.last_img read more

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Girls basketball: Benton teams setting pace in district play

first_imgThe Benton seventh- and eighth-grade teams are setting the pace with one game to go in the first half of the Bossier Parish middle school girls basketball season.The Benton eighth-graders improved to 4-0 with a hard-fought 39-33 victory over Elm Grove on Monday. The Benton seventh-graders are also 4-0 after defeating Elm Grove 20-9.In other eighth-grade games, Rusheon edged Cope 39-38 in a thriller and Haughton defeated Greenacres 43-20.In other seventh-grade games, Cope slipped past Rusheon 11-10 and Haughton defeated Greenacres.Haughton is one game behind Benton in both the seventh- and eighth-grade districts. At Haughton, Takaiyah Sweeney poured in 18 points and Crytal Norton had 12 to lead the Lady Bucs eighth-grade team to the victory.Haughton jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter, but Greenacres came roaring back in the second, outscoring the Lady Bucs 14-2. Haughton pulled away with a big third quarter.Melanie McGee topped the Lady Mustangs with eight points. Ashlyn Gibson added six and Anwaar Shihadeh five. Taralyn Sweeney scored 14 points to pace the Lady Bucs seventh-grade team. Paisley Reynolds added six. Ainsley Ross led Greenacres with five points. At Elm Grove, Te’Quaza Chambers continued her outstanding season with 19 points for the victorious Benton eighth-graders. She also had five rebounds and played outstanding defense, coaches said.Alissa Harris added nine points for the Lady Tigers. Claire Ambrose and Mekel Allen combined for eight. Ambrose and Markayla Clark had four rebounds each. Coaches said Ashanti Gavin played tough defense.Elm Grove, which led 18-15 at the half, got 10 points from Jada Hardy and eight from Madison Collins, including two 3-pointers.Jada Anderson tossed in 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Benton seventh-grade squad. Anna Robins had 11 rebounds. Coaches cited Anderson and Tamaya Davis for their defensive play.Isabelle Swanson paced Elm Grove with five points and Bianca Oliver chipped in with four. At Rusheon, Kelcee Marshall had a big game for Rusheon, scoring 25 points to lead the Lady Rams to the victory. Marshall also stood out for her defensive efforts, coaches said.Keiarra McCoy led a balanced Cope team with 10 points. Kari Smith and Taaliyah Johnson scored nine each. Shaderika Venious added seven.Mary Stewart led the victorious Cope seventh-graders with nine points.Nautyca Batiste led Rusheon with four points. Amber Conway played good defense, coaches said. Note: The above report is based on information received from coaches.— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.comTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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NDSU Fever Hits St. Cloud Ahead of Championship Game [VIDEO]

first_img 720p HD 1080p HD Auto (360p) 360p ST. CLOUD — Bison fever has taken over the Granite City. Local fans will be cheering in green and gold as North Dakota State University makes its seventh appearance in the NCAA Division I FCS championship since 2010.They will be facing the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Saturday.Wayne Schluchter is a graduate of Tech High School and former NDSU football player and team captain who also spent many years as a Tech football coach. He says he sees a growing fan base of Bison alumni in the St. Cloud area. About Connatix V56892center_img 1/1 About Connatix V56892 …and the student population has grown. You know when I went there, there were 4,000 students back in the late ‘70s. Today there’s, depending on if you’re counting graduate students or not, 14,000-15,000 students on campus. So it’s tripled at least. So again you have more people with degrees looking for places to work and St. Cloud’s a viable place to work.Three students on this year’s team have ties to the St. Cloud area: freshman strong safety James Kaczor of St. Cloud, sophomore linebacker Beau Pauly of Becker, and sophomore offensive tackle Dillion Radunz of Becker.James Kaczor’s mom Ruth Kaczor says this season has been a great adventure for her son.Well, it’s been very fun. I mean as a freshman it’s a huge privilege to even be able to get on the field and play. He’s had some really great experience on special teams and gotten to travel with the team, and now, of course, being able to think about playing in a national championship as a freshman in college is kind of unique and special, and a little overwhelming too.The Kaczor family has a strong connection to football, and local support for the team has meant a lot to them.The hotbed of that support is the Ultimate Sports Bar & Grill in Waite Park, which will surely be jam-packed with Bison fans looking to watch Saturday’s big game. Tom Frericks has owned the bar for 33 years and says he’s grateful for the loyal fan base.If you do this as long as I have, you get a lot of raucous environments a lot of times especially when you’re dealing with sports. These people cheer, do their chants, do their songs, and never ever leave this place outside of happy and go-lucky.Kick-off for the title game is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. The game will be available for viewing at Ultimate as well as on ESPN2. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip last_img read more

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Bowls’ best visit Pakenham

first_imgTHERE was no shortage of international talent at Pakenham Bowls Club last Wednesday as four world-renowned bowlers turned up and…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Sports calendar

first_imgL.A. City at Compton, 7:30 p.m. JC WOMEN’S BASKETBALLCerritos at Long Beach City, 5:30 p.m. L.A. City at Compton, 5:30 p.m. Cypress at Golden West, 5:30 p.m. SATURDAYCOLLEGE BASEBALLCal State L.A. at Cal State Dominguez Hills, doubleheader, 11 a.m. USC at Long Beach State, 1 p.m. COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALLPacific at Long Beach State, Walter Pyramid, 4:30 p.m. COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALLBiola at Chapman, 5 p.m. COLLEGE MEN’S TENNISBiola at Redlands, 9:30 a.m. COLLEGE WOMEN’S TENNISBiola competing in Cal State L.A. Invitational, all day COLLEGE MEN’S VOLLEYBALLPacific at Long Beach State, Walter Pyramid, 8 p.m. HORSE RACINGSanta Anita, 12:30 p.m. Los Alamitos, 7 p.m. SUNDAYCOLLEGE BASEBALLLong Beach State at USC, noon COLLEGE WOMEN’S TENNISBiola competing in Cal State L.A. Invitational, all day HORSE RACINGSanta Anita, 11 a.m. Los Alamitos, 5:30 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE MEN’S TENNISBiola at La Verne, 3 p.m. COLLEGE WOMEN’S TENNISBiola competing in Cal State L.A. Invitational, all day Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton, 1:30 p.m. COLLEGE MEN’S VOLLEYBALLStanford at Long Beach State, Walter Pyramid, 7 p.m. HORSE RACINGSanta Anita, 1 p.m. Los Alamitos, 7:15 p.m. JC MEN’S BASKETBALLCerritos at Long Beach City, 7:30 p.m. center_img TODAYCOLLEGE BASEBALLCal State Dominguez Hills at Cal State L.A., 2 p.m. Long Beach State at USC, 7 p.m. last_img read more

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District of Taylor set to unveil historical artifacts at Taylor Visitor Centre

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – District of Taylor Mayor and Council will be unveiling a historical artifact to honour local history with the restoration of the replica of Alexander Mackenzie’s Canoe.The official ribbon-cutting will be held on Monday, May 15th at 11:00am at the Taylor Visitor Centre which is located at 10316 100 Street.A Canoe Restoration Committee was developed to oversee the project. Members included Councillor Dave Lueneberg, Councillor George Barber, Community Services Director Laura Prosko, and Travel Counsellor Rita Eichelberger.- Advertisement -Councillor George Barber said is extremely please with the end result.“I commend the Committee, staff, Cameron River Logistics, and Northern Lights College for their efforts in this project. The project went very well and we are proud of the end result.”Stephen Janssen of Northern Lights College Dawson Creek completed the restoration work alongside colleague Michael French and says it was something that brought back memories for him from his youth.Advertisement The original tusk was donated to the Tumbler Ridge Museum after it was found by Wayne Gordon at the Nels Ostero Gravel Pit on April 23rd 2015. The original tusk, which belonged to a Mammuthus primigenius, is approximately 27,000 years old and weighs 50 pounds and is on display at the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge. The President of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, Jim Kincaid, will also be attending the presentation.”The presentations will take place on Monday, May 15th at 11:00am at the Taylor Visitor Centre. The District of Taylor says that the artifact has been drawing people in for a very long time.“The replica canoe located outside the Taylor Visitor Centre was first built by Glen Kyllo to commemorate the travels of Alexander Mackenzie across Canada. Glen Kyllo was a Commissioner of the very first Town Commission when Taylor first became a village in 1958. The canoe, donated by the Kyllo family, has become a fixture at the Taylor Visitor Centre.”Also at the unveiling of the canoe, another historical artifact will be donated courtesy of Tom and Thelma Ostero who will be presenting Travel Counsellors Juanita and Rita with the replica Mammoth Tusk found on their property in 2015.Advertisementcenter_img “As a child when ever we as a family [drove] through Taylor we would look for the big pink canoe. I’m excited and happy I could be a part of its resurrection so that other children can see it and create these same fond memories have I have of it. I hope the original makers would be happy with the new upgrade. We each add our mark in like…our personality and this boat should be around for another 40+ plus years.”last_img read more

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ICBC warning customers about text message scam

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — ICBC is warning customers to delete any text messages purported to have been sent by ICBC, after a number of customers said they received such texts in the last day.According to ICBC, the text messages tell the receiver they’ve been given a refund for a traffic fine or ticket, and includes a link to claim the money. The link directs the user to a site where they have to enter personal banking information.The scam is referred to as SMS phishing, or SMiShing for short, and could trick a recipient into unknowingly downloading malware onto their mobile device or sending personal information directly to the attacker.- Advertisement -ICBC stresses it does not use text messaging or social media to communicate sensitive information to its customers. Furthermore, the Crown Corporation said that it does not issue refunds via text message or Interac e-transfer.In most cases, reading the text shouldn’t cause harm to one’s mobile device but customers should delete the text immediately and not click on any links.Customers that have received this text are encouraged to report this through their local police and the Government of Canada’s Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.Advertisement ICBC also provided tips to avoid becoming a victim of the scam:Don’t click links within text messages, especially if it’s sent from someone you don’t know. But also be aware that sometimes a scam text could also come from someone you do know.Don’t respond to texts that ask for private or financial information.If you get a message that appears to be from ICBC or another institution you regularly do business with, contact the business directly to confirm they sent you a message. ICBC’s customer service line is 1-800-663-3051.Never reply to a suspicious text message without doing your research and verifying the source.Never call a phone number from an unknown texter.Common sense is your best protection against fraud. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.last_img read more

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‘Berahino not for sale’, insists West Brom chairman

first_img West Brom striker Saido Berahino West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has responded to mounting speculation over the future of Saido Berahino by insisting the striker is not for sale.Berahino hinted last week he may have to look elsewhere to fulfil his long-term Champions League ambitions after being called up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the first time.But Peace maintains the 21-year-old graduate of the Baggies’ academy will not be leaving any time soon – and revealed he is in “preliminary talks” with a view to extending Berahino’s current contract which still has three years left to run.In a statement on the club’s official website Peace said: “I wish to assure our supporters that Saido Berahino will not be going anywhere in January or, I hope, next summer.“It is not in our minds at all to trade a footballer the club has worked so diligently to develop.“He is contracted to play for West Bromwich Albion until at least the summer of 2017 and we are happy to sit down with him and discuss extending that commitment on terms which recognise his continuing improvement as a footballer and his growing importance to our own plans.“We have begun that process by opening preliminary talks with Saido’s representatives.“We are delighted that this development has now taken him all the way to the senior England squad. This reflects proudly on our club and the efforts of all the staff who have played such a key role in Saido’s progress since he arrived here as an 11-year-old.“However, it seems to have also generated unwarranted and excitable speculation about his future – which I wish to stress remains very firmly aligned to this football club.”Berahino has been named in Hodgson’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and the friendly against Scotland.The Burundi-born star has starred for England under-21s and has scored eight goals in 13 games for West Brom this season, making him the highest scoring Englishman in the top flight. 1last_img read more

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Everton transfer news: David Moyes ready to do deal with Toffees for striker

first_img Alfred Finnbogason 1 Real Sociedad striker Alfred Finnbogason is set to leave the Spanish side on loan this summer, opening the door to a switch to the Premier League.The Icelandic forward has been told he can leave the Anoeta by manager David Moyes in a bid to get more first-team experience under his belt in a top European league.The San Sebastian side paid nearly £6m to sign the 26-year-old from Heerenveen last summer, but he registered just two goals in 25 league appearances.But news of Finnbogason’s availability has stirred renewed interest from England, with Everton and newly-promoted Norwich reportedly both in contention to land the powerful forward.Moyes’ link with the Toffees and knowledge of the set-up at Goodison Park could convince him to send Finnbogason to the Blues.last_img read more