Fire Extinguisher Damaged in Anger Creates Mess for Braves

first_imgMIAMI — The mess in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse made by a punctured fire extinguisher has been cleaned up before Sunday’s series finale at Miami.The damage occurred when Braves reliever Sean Newcomb kicked a garbage can in anger after giving up the winning run in the 10th inning of Saturday night’s ugly 7-6 loss to the Marlins.The metal garbage can hit the fire extinguisher hanging nearby on the tunnel wall between the dugout and clubhouse, and chemical dust began to spew. A large fan helped send dust and smoke flying, preventing the team from entering the clubhouse.A cleanup crew stayed until early Sunday morning removing the dust. One worker said Newcomb apologized and offered to pay for any damage.Atlanta’s bullpen gave up seven runs in the final three innings of the game, including four in the ninth.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Liverpool target Trapp planning PSG stay

first_imgTransfers Liverpool and Newcastle target Trapp planning PSG stay Sacha Pisani 15:34 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) KevinTrapp-cropped AFP Transfers Liverpool PSG Ligue 1 Αμιάν v PSG Coupe de la Ligue Newcastle United Premier League The Germany international, who is struggling for game time with the French giants, is not interested in securing a switch during the January window Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is happy to stay at the French giants for now as he continues to attract interest from the Premier League.Liverpool have been linked with out-of-favour Trapp, who has only made two Ligue 1 appearances after falling behind Alphonse Areola.Newcastle United are also believed to be interested in the 27-year-old Germany international, albeit via a loan deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Trapp is only focused on winning over head coach Unai Emery and playing for PSG ahead of the World Cup in Russia.”For now, I want to stay,” Trapp said following PSG’s 2-0 win over 10-man Amiens in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue. “I am in Paris, even though I do not have enough playing time. “There are things that cannot be changed. As soon as I play, I want to do my best. I want to show that even with this lack of playing time, I am able to play well. The goal after the season is the World Cup.”Mission accomplished #ASCPSG @CoupedelaLigue#AllezParis pic.twitter.com/Fv1rGTYalp— PSG English (@PSG_English) January 10, 2018Trapp was named in the starting XI midweek as PSG reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue, earning a meeting with Rennes.Neymar and Adrien Rabiot were among the goals – with the former producing a bizarre celebration – while axed pair Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore were absent.”We’re very happy, because we’re going to play a Coupe de la Ligue semi-final,” Emery said. “We put in a serious display. We were quickly with a man over and – with patience – we worked to score the first goal.”Little by little, the match turned in our favour. Amiens pushed, but we didn’t give them many chances. So we’re through to the semi-finals, and I think we deserved it, just like the other three teams still in it.”In the next round, we’ll meet Rennes again. Of course, we would have preferred to play at home, but we’ll have to secure our place in the final. Before the holidays and last Sunday, we won there, so we’ll go to Roazhon Park with the same goal.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Singh sets sights on opioid crisis pushes PM to decriminalize all drugs

first_imgOTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider decriminalizing all illegal drugs in an effort to combat Canada’s escalating opioid crisis.Singh, who campaigned on the promise during his party’s recent leadership race, said he will push the federal New Democrats to make the position part of its own formal policy platform.The NDP is scheduled to hold a policy convention in Ottawa in February.“We have the evidence,” Singh said in an interview this week. “Why do we continue down a path that makes no sense?”Singh, a former criminal defence lawyer, has been vocal about the opioid issue ever since becoming the party’s new leader, including during a trip last week to British Columbia, when he paid a visit to an overdose prevention site in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.In his legal practice, Singh said he witnessed first-hand how the current criminal approach is failing.“We are prosecuting people and incarcerating people that don’t need to be incarcerated,” he said. “These are folks that need to be helped and supported.”The majority of Canadians struggling with opioid addiction are also battling problems like mental health challenges and poverty, Singh said, noting that he would exclude drug trafficking from any decriminalization efforts.On Saturday, Singh told about 2,000 delegates at the B.C. NDP convention that Canada’s drug laws need to change to recognize drug addiction is a social justice issue, not a criminal justice problem.His comments come as Canadian health-care experts, including B.C.’s provincial health officer, urge the federal government to strongly consider borrowing from Portugal’s approach to drug policy, including decriminalizing personal possession of illicit drugs.Earlier this year, B.C.’s chief medical officer Perry Kendall said precious time and resources are being spent chasing people around the court system — exertions that do nothing to curb the drug supply or prevent drug deaths.“I think it is incumbent upon us, if we are really serious about trying to deal with this epidemic which is actually killing people, then we need to look at these alternative, regulatory frameworks to see if they might work for us,” Kendall said.It is up to Ottawa to shift its approach, because the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is a federal law, he added. Portugal did not decriminalize all drugs in all circumstances, but rather removed the application of criminal law on personal possession for limited amounts while offering education and social supports, he said.Leila Attar, a 20-year-old advocate who suffered an overdose last November after taking Percocet pills laced with fentanyl, said Tuesday she is pleased leaders like Singh are speaking about decriminalization, even if it’s not a “popular opinion.”“There’s so much stigma,” said Attar, who is channelling her own experiences into helping others at a pop-up injection site in Ottawa.If Trudeau fails to consider decriminalization, he is turning away from an approach that could save lives, she added.“It is frustrating,” Attar said. “We know there are so many people that are experts … pushing for the same thing.”Singh, who visited the Ottawa pop-up site in September during his leadership bid, said while social workers and advocates are trying to step up, the government has done nothing so far to stem the tide of tragedy.“The reason it is happening is because people are dying,” Singh said. “It is across this country and what people are doing is they are absolutely filling a void.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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