O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Killings rose dramatically across the U.S. last year, and a study suggests that the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice unrest were factors. The study released Monday by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, along with Arnold Ventures, looked at crime rates in 34 cities. It found a 30% spike in homicides in 2020 compared to 2019. Study leaders called for urgent action to improve relations with police and expand anti-violence initiatives. A study author says many officers were forced to quarantine last year, and maintaining social distancing kept them from the sort of community outreach needed to help stop violence before it happens.
Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time in a row.The 26-year-old beat Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey to the prize.The Premier League’s player of the year scored 44 goals in 52 games for Liverpool last season. It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” said Salah.As well as inspiring his club to the Champions League final, Salah scored twice for Egypt at this year’s World Cup, having netted both goals in the match which took his country to the tournament for the first time since 1990.“There have been many good moments in 2018,” he added. “The game against Roma at Anfield [Champions League semi-final first leg] was unbelievable. I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That’s always a great feeling.”Salah said his aim for 2019 is “to win something with the club so everyone is excited”.“I try to push myself every day to help the team win something,” he added.The BBC received more than 650,000 votes this year – a record for the award.Salah becomes the first player since Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha to win in consecutive years.The former Chelsea player signed for the Reds from Roma in the summer of 2017. He scored 15 goals and made 11 others for the Italian side in 2016-17 as they finished second in Serie A, their best league placing for seven years.In a phenomenal start to his Liverpool career, Salah scored 19 goals in his first 24 appearances. He went on to beat the previous record of 31 goals in a 38-game Premier League season shared by Luis Suarez for the Reds in 2013-14, Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United in 2007-08 and Alan Shearer for Newcastle in 1995-96.Mohamed Barakat (2005) and Mohamed Aboutrika (2008) are the other Egyptians to have won the award.(BBC)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Footwear brand K-Swiss has announced today an interesting new partnership with Los Angeles based esports organisation, Immortals, to launch the first signature shoe for a professional gaming team.K-Swiss is a heritage American tennis brand which has been around since 1966. This is the company’s first entrance into the world of esports, and whilst it may on the surface appear a strange one, we’d like to point to this article which details ‘esports’ hidden obsession with sneakers’.“Like any professional athlete, esports competitors look for any advantage they can use against their opponents,” said Noah Whinston, CEO, Immortals. “By wearing a uniquely designed shoe specifically created for our esports players with their input, they know that they have an immediate advantage — both physically and psychologically.”This, which it is important to note is ‘the first offering in the partnership’, is based on Kompass which is K-Swiss’ latest style aimed at ensuring comfort, especially focused on alleviating weight on the heel, offering full support, being lightweight, breathable and all the while still being aesthetically pleasing. It will launch in December with the price estimated to be around $110 (£78). They will be available for both men and women; and the two styles will ‘display accents of Immortals’ signature colors, cyan and black, as well as its bold logo depicting a warrior’s helmet’.Barney Waters, K-Swiss’ Brand President commented: “Esports is the new frontier of sports and entertainment, and this is another way for K-Swiss to contribute to culture in a progressive and modern way.”This is far from a one stop marketing ploy too. K-Swiss will ve paying visits to Immortals’ LA-based training facility over the next few months, wherein designers will ‘consider a professional gamer’s technical performance needs, such as the rising temperature in a shoe and movement of feet during a match’. All in good time, the performance style will make its debut in early 2019.Immortals and K-Swiss intend to document the entire process from design to development, including meetings and testing, to dinners with Immortals’ players. This will be pushed across both organisations’ social media channels.Ari Segal, President and COO, Immortals said: “The announcement of this partnership between K-Swiss and Immortals is the first step on a long journey that we believe will result in the design and creation of targeted, premium lifestyle and performance apparel for esports players and fans around the globe.”Esports Insider says: This is very cool news and it sounds like a long lasting partnership is on the cards for K-Swiss and Immortals. No doubt Immortals fans and sneakerheads alike will be keen to get their hands on the first drop of these. K-Swiss and adidas announcing big esports plays on the same day. Who’s next? Everybody, please form an orderly queue.