first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP):Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss the European Championship after injuring his knee while playing for Juventus yesterday.Marchisio was stretchered off in the 15th minute in visible pain after making a tackle. Tests revealed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Juventus beat Palermo 4-0 to move nine points clear in Serie A, with five rounds remaining.”Just got back home,” Marchisio said later in a post on his Instagram account. “The news from the scan obviously hurts me, but these are the risks of our job. I have strength and so much desire to get back well and as soon as possible.”Meanwhile, inside of me there is great joy for this win. We’re ever closer to the great aim. Well done lads. Until the end, we never give up.”Juventus said Marchisio will be operated on “in the next few days”. It is not clear how long he will be out for, but it normally takes around four to six months to recover from such an injury.Italy kicks off its Euro 2016 campaign against Belgium on June 13. It also faces Sweden and Ireland in Group E.valuable playerMarchisio is a fundamental part of the Italy team. The 30-year-old midfielder has made 54 appearances for the Azzurri since his debut in 2009, scoring five goals.”It will be a huge loss,” Juventus and Italy team-mate Leonardo Bonucci said. “Claudio is a leader in this dressing room and that of the national team, apart from being a really great footballer.”Bonucci also wrote on his Instagram account: “An important victory, but there is nothing to celebrate. Today, we lost, for several months, an important player for Juve and the national team. Stay strong Marchisio. We will win for you and we’re expecting you (back) stronger than ever.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Thurgood Marshall College Fund is celebrating 30 years as the premier organization for advocating, supporting and investing in our nation’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs) and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities (PBIs) at its 30th Anniversary Awards Gala, October 23, 2017 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.The Gala recognizes individuals who have been leaders in their industries and represent the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall. This year TMCF will honor TIAA President and Chief Executive Officer, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. as CEO of the Year, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Partner Richard S. Lincer with the Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award, and Delaware State University President, Dr. Harry Lee Williams with the Educational Leadership Award.In addition to the corporate CEOs, congressional members, and other key education influencers coming out to help celebrate this special occasion, the attendance will include over 500 HBCU students, presidents, chancellors, faculty, and middle and high school scholars who were all attendees for TMCF’s award-winning Leadership Institute, which precedes the gala. Additionally, celebrity guests, Jussie Smollett, Vivica A. Fox, Darryl M. Bell, Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber, Kevin Frazier, and Hall of Famer and NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier will be in attendance.“For 30 years TMCF has been a beacon of light for so many deserving students and our member-schools,” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. “This year’s honorees exemplify the very best in Corporate America, law and higher education. We’re able to develop minds and deliver dreams through the support of our generous partners and friends who understand that without money, there is no mission.”The proceeds from the black-tie gala will enable TMCF to continue its 30-year vision of changing the world, one leader at a time. TMCF’s gala is one of Washington DC’s largest, non-political, annual fundraising events, raising millions of dollars for its member-schools since its inception in 1987.For more information about TMCF, the Gala or this year’s honorees, please visit read more

first_imgBrandi MorinAPTN National NewsDozens of out of control wildfires have forced the mandatory evacuation of more than 3,000 people from their homes in northern Alberta.The Bigstone Cree Nation (BCN) located near Lake Wabasca 320 kilometres north of Edmonton stated in a release Tuesday that the fire was started by a burning vehicle last Saturday on the reserve transfer site.Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development ordered the evacuation of the BCN and Wabasca starting last Sunday.The Municipal District of Opportunity established reception centers for all evacuees in the Hamlet of Calling Lake and the County of Athabasca.“The MD and Bigstone Cree Nation are very grateful for offers of assistance from the public and outside agencies,” read the statement.“At this time, the evacuees are supplied with necessities and the Wabasca and BCN Fire Department are well supplied with equipment and manpower. Provincial agencies and an animal welfare agency are also on scene.”The RCMP has approximately 50 members on scene to secure the community.BCN resident Nicole Auger fled the community with four members of her family, including her sister who is pregnant and her aunt who has liver and kidney issues.At the time they left, the Red Cross was not yet set up in nearby evacuation sites to accommodate their needs.The BCN sent them to stay at a hotel in Edmonton.“It’s all very tiring and surreal,” she said of suddenly packing up and leaving home.Augers father stayed behind, and told her over the phone that the smoke in Wabasca is not very prevalent yet.“He’s kind of being stubborn and won’t leave. But he said you can’t see the fire. ” she said.According to the release from the province of Alberta, a total of 3,750 Wabasca hamlet and reserve residents are registered as evacuees.Last night 630 people were housed in reception centres in Calling Lake and Athabasca and another 400 people are either camping in Calling Lake or staying with family and friends there. Approximately 100 people with special needs are being lodged in hotels as far away as Westlock.On Tuesday the Friendship Centre in Slave Lake, home to the 2011 tragic fires that wiped out over a 1/3 of the town, opened its doors to evacuees.Alberta Government wildfire information officer, Geoffery Driscoll said that wildfires are a natural part of Alberta’s landscape and something that happens all the time.On average the province sees about 1,500 wildfires a year and the north is no stranger to them.The main cause of wildfires are from lightning and overly dry conditions.“We can’t do much about the fires that we’re going to have to fight, there’s no choice there,” said Driscoll.However, it’s the human caused fires that could be prevented that end up causing an extra burden for firefighters.On Monday the government enacted a province wide open-fire ban. This type of ban was last implemented in 2011 during the disastrous Slave Lake fire.About 40 fighters as well as helicopters, air tankers and heavy equipment are working around the clock to contain the fire near Wabasca.“The fire that’s near Wabasca and the Bigstone Cree Nation hasn’t grown much in the past day thanks in part to the work of firefighters in that area. They’ve been able to get in front of it and put a fire guard around most of that fire. It’s still considered out of control, but we’re going to see what happens in the warmth of the day and see if the firefighters can continue to contain that fire,” said Driscoll.There are currently about 60 fires burning across Alberta, 50 of which were started just last night by lightning, 19 of them are listed as out of control.Today the Alberta government’s provincial operations center in Edmonton opened in response to the out of control [email protected]last_img read more

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or position of Atlanta Black Star or its employees Tim Tebow accepted the cowardly criticism by underachieving teammates with the grace and dignity that mark his character. Wish it could rub off on the other New York Jerks.“I think some frustration and I guess some sadness,” Tebow said when asked how he felt. “It’s never fun to hear criticism, but at the same time, it’s something I’ve always used as motivation, and you try to get stronger from it. That’s how I approach it. I always find the good and the positive from every situation. The positive from this is (I’ve) got to work a little bit harder and improve and build better relationships with your teammates.”Perfect, mature response to disloyal teammates who actually play in the games and have contributed to the Jets’ 3-6 record. So the question is, if Tebow is “terrible,” as some told the New York Daily News, then what are they? Super terrible?“I’ve heard criticism my whole life playing football,” Tebow went on. “You try to do your best at handling it. Understanding on one side you just try to make it motivate you, but at the same time, it always has somewhat of an effect on you. You’re human and it’s not always fun to have people say negative things about you, but you try to be stronger from it. It always has made me stronger in the past and it will continue to be.”What, exactly, has Tim Tebow done to anyone, especially the Jets, except get them more coverage than they deserve? He’s been a model teammate. He works hard. He says the right thing. He even appears to be genuine. For those reasons alone Tebow should be a revered teammate.And yet the sorry Jets chose to rip him for no reason whatsoever. And, like scared little boys, they do so anonymously. Weak. This whole Tebow fascination the last two years has been amazing. It’s been amazing how writers and fans alike “hate” him because he’s “overrated,” when all he has done is win football games when given the opportunity.“You can’t control a lot of things,” Tebow said. “This is something I can’t control, but I can control my attitude, my effort and my work ethic. Those are things that never change regardless what anyone says.”Tebow walked into the Jets’ locker room with his head high Wednesday and looked his coward critics in the eye.“I’m a Jet now and I’m proud to be a Jet, and it’s an honor to be in this locker room with a lot of great guys,” Tebow said. “I feel like it’s my job to get better every single day and contribute to this team, and I can say that every single time I step on that field as a New York Jet, I’ve played and tried as hard as I possibly can to help this team win football games. (I’m) one of the first guys here, last guys to leave, and try to be a great teammate as well.”His teammates — the same teammates he beat on a 95-yard drive last year when he was with Denver, by the way — have a lot to learn from Tebow. The bet here is that they won’t.“You can’t stop and wonder why; that doesn’t help me,” Tebow said. “It doesn’t help me do anything, just makes you think about it more. That’s not who I am and who I want to be.”Tebow is a high-character guy that it seems impossible to dislike. He’s a mature, loyal teammate. A winner. Which is more than what can be said about his teammates. read more