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Rivers Hoopers drown Bulls, claim Nigeria Premier League Crown, BAL ticket



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Rivers Hoopers defeated Gombe Bulls 74-57 in the final match of the Nigeria Basketball Federation Final eight on Tuesday, giving Hooper’s the ticket to return to Basketball Africa League.

Anaiye Johnson, championship MVP propelled Hoopers over the Bulls as he scored 12 points, collected five rebounds, six assists, and had one block.

Just as important were his 75 percent shooting from distance, which was crucial.

Accompanying Johnson’s stellar play was the contributions of players like Koko Anthony, who finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds while the duo of Ekuma and Oriakhi poured in 10 each in the win.

It was the Bulls who led after the opening quarter 22-16 but Ogoh Odaudu’s men came from behind to lead with five points; 36-31 by halftime.

They then followed this by their strong defense to see off Coach Abdulrahman Bulls.

Abubakar Yakubu’s game high 18pts did little for the Bulls who ran out of steam from the third quarter and also lost out on rebounds 39-45.

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Earlier, Kano Pillars won the third place match, outscoring Customs 82-64 points.

Ben Akhutie of Nigeria Customs was adjudged the tournament’s best rebounder, Owen Oriakhi of Rivers Hoopers scored the highest points, Abubakar Yakubu (Gombe) was the best three-pointer while Kwara Falcons won the fair play award.

Hoopers’ duo of Anaiye Johnson & Owen Oriakhi together with Wisdom Anyaoha (Gombe), Ben Akhutie (Customs), Micheal Lordprince (Kwara Falcons) and were all selected as the championship best five in the event witnessed by the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, Daniel Amokachi, sports ministry officials and other stakeholders.

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Top Democratic Senator Comes Out Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate, Supports Legislation To Overturn




Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced in a statement on Thursday night that he voted to avert a federal government shutdown and fund the government through February 18, 2022, but that he also strongly opposes vaccine mandates for private businesses from the federal government.

“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the new Omicron variant emerges, I will not vote to shut down the government for purely political reasons,” Manchin said in a statement. “There is too much at stake for the American people. But let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses.”

“That’s why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses,” Manchin continued. “I have long said we should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19. I have personally had both vaccine doses and a booster shot and I continue to urge every West Virginian to get vaccinated themselves.”

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UK: UK military deployed to Scotland to aid Storm Arwen response



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Following an urgent request for assistance, the military is being deployed to the Grampian region of Scotland to support the response to Storm Arwen.

134 personnel from across the services will be deployed today (2 December) to check on vulnerable people in their homes and to conduct door-to-door checks on over 4,000 homes.

The military will also provide welfare and humanitarian support for remote communities and are on standby to deliver further support and vital supplies if needed.

Teams of 10 will deploy to remote communities across the region who have been impacted by the loss of power and water following the storm.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

We are always ready to provide extra support to civil authorities across the UK in their time of need and it’s great to see units based in Scotland supporting their local communities.

Our dedicated Armed Forces will conduct door-to-door checks on people in their homes, providing essential support to those impacted by Storm Arwen.

There are thousands of military personnel on standby to support resilience tasks across the UK including the response to the coronavirus. There are over 300 personnel currently supporting health boards in Scotland with the vaccine rollout and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Locations who will benefit from military assistance include Aboyne, Alford, Banchory, Banff, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff and Westhill.

This support has been provided through a Military Aid to the Civilian Authorities request which is the official process for MoD to provide assistance to other government departments and civil authorities for responding to emergencies, maintaining supplies and essential services during a crisis.

Those deployed come from units based in Scotland including 39 Engineer Regiment, 3 Scots and 45 Commando. Some of the marines from 45 Commando have recently returned from cold weather training.

The Ministry of Defence is also engaged with a number of local authorities in northern England who have been affected by Storm Arwen to identify where it would be appropriate to support.

Over the past five days, emergency teams have been working tirelessly to restore power in affected areas. Around 1 million people have been affected in total and power has now been restored to 98% of those affected.

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Intoxicated Sheriff Who Damaged 2 Boats When Trying to Dock Sentenced to Home Confinement



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An Arizona county sheriff pleaded guilty Thursday to driving a boat and hitting two others trying to dock the boat while intoxicated and was sentenced to probation and two days of home confinement, according to The Associated Press.

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes, 48, was trying to help a friend dock a boat on Lake Powell in August with a blood alcohol well level over the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

He was sentenced to one year of probation, two days of home confinement, about $500 in fees, and was banned from the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which houses Lake Powell, along with not being able to drink alcohol while on probation.

Rhodes allegedly tried to park the boat multiple times with a blood alcohol level that tested at 0.119 percent and 0.113 percent, hitting two other boats nearby which the police report estimated to cause about $2,000 in damages. Rhodes said he paid for the repairs that totaled about $400.

The sheriff in his first term said he deeply regrets the mistake and has completed the required boating safety course and substance abuse treatment program that was part of the plea agreement.

“I should have said no and I didn’t, and that’s my responsibility,” he told U.S. Magistrate Judge Camille Bibles, hearing his case. “Not accepting responsibility was never an option for me.”

Bibles said she appreciated that he took responsibility for his actions and didn’t try to use his position of authority to avoid punishment. The judge added she would potentially consider ending his probation early if it goes smoothly.

For more reporting from The Associated Press, see below.

This photo taken Aug. 10, 2017, then-Yavapai County sheriff’s Chief Deputy David Rhodes, right, speaking with then-Arizona U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, center, during a tour of an area threatened by a wildfire. Rhodes pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol at Lake Powell.
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Rhodes received two citations — one for operating a boat under the influence and another for operating with a blood-alcohol content of at least 0.08 percent, the legal limit for driving a vehicle in Arizona.

Each misdemeanor citation carried a maximum of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Rhodes, a Republican, ran unopposed last year and is accountable only to the public. He cannot be disciplined or fired.

Rhodes said he was drinking with family members and friends at the lake on the Arizona-Utah border and they had designated boat operators who weren’t drinking.

When his friend had trouble docking a boat, Rhodes said he tried to coach him and they tried to get someone from the marina to help but were told everyone had gone home for the day.

Rhodes tried to do it himself but had difficulty operating the boat amid swirling wind, according to a Coconino County Sheriff’s Office report.

The owners of the damaged boats did not seek restitution through the court.

Rhodes, who has worked for the sheriff’s office for 28 years, issued a statement days after he was cited, acknowledging wrongdoing.

His lawyer, Stephen Glazer, said that made it a little difficult to defend Rhodes.

“He makes public statements admitting liability — not necessarily great for his defense — but that’s just the way he is wired,” Glazer said during the hearing. “A wrong was committed, he’s going to accept responsibility and make it right.”

Bibles said she considered his lack of criminal history, cooperation with law enforcement and taking responsibility in accepting the plea agreement.

“That is something I would expect from an individual in your position,” she said.

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