Matt Barnes Used Homophobic Slur When Arrested

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes used a homophobic slur at a police officer during his arrest in late July.The police dashboard video, which was obtained by TMZ.com, shows Barnes waiting on the side of the road with his wife in the presence of a couple of Manhattan Beach (Calif.) police officers. Much of the video shows his wife asking the police officers repeatedly why they have been detained. After a lengthy argument, an officer tells Barnes that there is a warrant for his arrest.As officers pull Barnes’ hands out of his pockets, he tells one not to touch him, but they do put handcuffs on him. As they start to walk him away, Barnes says: “You’re the f—— f—– who followed me.”Barnes was arrested on suspicion of threatening a police officer. He had an outstanding traffic warrant after being stopped twice before that incident and being cited for driving without a license.Barnes issued an apology that was run on TMZ.com.“I would like to apologize for the unfortunate language I used,” he said. “I know that certain words are extremely hurtful.“I meant absolutely no disrespect to anyone. This comment, spoken in the heat of a difficult moment, does not accurately reflect my actual point of view.”Barnes’ reference during his arrest to being followed likely stemmed from his contention that the same police officer who had ticketed him before waited hours for him to leave a restaurant to arrest him the third time.“I couldn’t believe it was the same guy,” Barnes told ESPN The Magazine after his arrest.The Manhattan Beach police department denied that Barnes was specifically targeted.“If Mr. Barnes has an arrest warrant and chooses to come into the city the onus is on him,” officer Stephanie Martin, a Manhattan Beach PD spokesperson, told ESPN The Magazine. “This is a small town and we’re aware of many individuals who have warrants.”Barnes was the Lakers’ top-scoring reserve last season, averaging 7.8 points per game. He signed with the Clippers in the offseason. read more

Miss Teen TCI Malique Ferrette home now

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Massive 8.2 earthquake rocks Mexico and Guatemala; 32 people dead. Recommended for you Miss Teen TCI Contestants to be unveiled Related Items:guatemala, malique ferette, miss photogenic, miss teen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – She is back! After a show stopping performance and representation at the Miss Teen Universe pageant in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Malique Ferrette is returned to Turks and Caicos yesterday. The Miss Teen TCI organization called it a series of unfortunate events which delayed Miss Ferrette getting back more quickly; a volcano erupted in Guatemala and forced the airport’s closure, grounding flights and making even next day connections home nearly impossible for the teen and the contingent, which included her mother. The first title holder for the country not only earned best face with the Miss Photogenic award at the Saturday night contest, but was dynamite in drama getting the longest time to put on her talent at the show – her focus on domestic violence. See photos of Malique at the Miss Teen TCI Facebook page; also on hand to greet Malique upon her return, Miss Universe Turks and Caicos, another stand out, Shanice Williams. Miss Teen TCI Malique lovely in Guatemala Citylast_img read more

Central govt employees complain of language barrier over Panchayat election duty

first_imgKolkata: With notices having started reaching different Central government offices for engaging its employees to conduct the forthcoming Panchayat polls, the issue of “language-barrier” has started cropping up, with most employees having a “non-Bengali” background.According to the sources in the State Election Commission (SEC), directives have been given to engage Central government employees to conduct the Panchayat polls. The Central government employees of all ranks would be required to get involved in the election process, apart from the state government employees. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe issue related to the “language barrier” has cropped up as most officials in the Central government offices are from non-Bengali backgrounds and hence, they would face trouble in communicating properly with people in the grassroot level, in the rural parts of the state.In a bid to conduct the Panchayat polls, the officials need to visit different villages of the state, where they would have no other option apart from speaking in the local language. Communicating in local language will also be essential to make the people from the area understand what they actually have to convey. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAt the same time, according to a section of the Central government officials, their routine activities will also get hampered, if they are made to go to conduct the forthcoming Panchayat polls.An official of the SEC, however, stated that it is a regular process as both state and Central government employees were earlier involved to conduct Panchayat elections. Accordingly, orders have been issued in this connection as usual and there is no such exemption in the set norms for the Central government employees. The district magistrates play a major role in preparing the list of the manpower needed to conduct the polls. The SEC has held meetings with district magistrates and superintendents of police of all the districts in March, in connection with the Panchayat polls.It may be mentioned that the elections will be held on May 1, 3 and 5. The process of filing nomination has already started from April 2 and it will continue till April 9. The last date of withdrawal of candidature is April 16. The districts where the election will be held in the first phase, include all the South Bengal districts, apart from Murshidabad and Birbhum. Polls in these two districts will be held on May 3, while the same in the North Bengal districts, starting from Malda to Cooch Behar, will be held on May 5.last_img read more