Sisters burst into tears as school mascot is revealed to be military dad

first_imgWTVD(RALEIGH, N.C.) — A set of twin sisters received an early Christmas gift on Monday, as their military father surprised them while disguised as a school mascot.During a basketball game, Technical Sgt. Anthony Pasco of the U.S. Air Force pulled off his dolphin mask at Durant Road Middle School in Raleigh, North Carolina on Dec. 17. Pasco is stationed in Texas and hadn’t seen his daughters since April.“I was overcome with emotion myself,” mom Paula Washington told “Good Morning America.” “They say military families [should] stay strong. But that’s the build-up they had inside of them. They are daddy’s girls.”Washington said the girls, A’nina and Zoe, 14, were expecting to fly out to Texas to see Pasco before Christmas, but he came to North Carolina to surprise them instead.ABC affiliate station WTVD caught the heartfelt moment on camera.“It was almost like Christmas morning when you open presents,” Pasco told “GMA” of the reunion with his girls. “When I saw their faces, it was literally something I’ll never forget.”A’nina and Zoe have flown to Texas to celebrate Christmas with their dad and brother Elijah, 11. They’ll return home on the 23rd to spend Christmas with their mom in Raleigh.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Saddle up for Trackside Live at Kentucky Speedway

first_imgTrackside Live is packing some extra horsepower this weekend with two shows from Kentucky Speedway. The first show will be on Friday, July 13 at 3 p.m. ET, while the second show will be on Saturday, July 14 at 4 p.m. ET.WATCH: Trackside Live | MORE: Full schedule for Kentucky | Buy your ticketsDon’t miss your chance to meet your favorite drivers ahead of the final 1.5-mile race of the regular season. Watch the video above and get excited for the Bluegrass State showdown! It’s going to be a good one.Enjoy!last_img read more

Lee Brice to tour the UK in July – tickets on sale now!

first_imgLee Brice is coming to the UK for a major headline tour in July 2020.The run will see him play in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester. Tickets for all shows are on sale right now.Over his career to date, Brice has sold more than 14 million records. He has achieved Gold and Platinum on every album and single he’s released.Brice amassed more than 2 billion streams on Pandora and was inducted into the streaming service’s “Billionaires Club” on 8th June 2018. He is now among the Top 25 most-streamed country artists of all time on Pandora and is only the second country artist behind Keith Urban to receive Pandora Billionaire plaque.He’s had five number ones on radio including A Woman Like You, Hard to Love, I Drive Your Truck, I Don’t Dance and Drinking Class. His current single is I Hope You’re Happy Now with Carly Pearce.The full dates for July 2020 are:Tues 7th – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush EmpireThu 9th – Birmingham O2 InstituteFri 10th – Manchester O2 RitzSat 11th – Glasgow FruitmarketGet your tickets now from read more

Herdsman reportedly killed in cell phone explosion

first_imgRelated 3 soldiers killed in mine explosion in Tunisia It is suspected that the deceased’s phone exploded after coming into contact with the hot engine of the motorcycle. Samson Kasasiira, the Rwizi Region Police spokesperson, says they are still investigating the matter to ascertain what exactly could have happened.He advised residents to take precautionary measures when handling such devices as phones to avoid such disasters that could have otherwise been prevented. Six Tanzanian schoolchildren killed in explosion Ezra Bifabusha, an eye witness, says Mwebesa was viewing himself through a side mirror of a motorcycle when the phone exploded and killed him.center_img This is what became of the phone after explosion. Photo courtesy of Daily Monitor Reports say that a phone explosion has claimed the life of a herdsman in Kiruhura district in Western Uganda. 24 killed in Mali landmine explosion This is what became of the phone after explosion. Photo courtesy of Daily MonitorAccording to the Daily Monitor, Godrin Mwebesa, a resident of Rugaga cell in Kayonza parish of Kikastsi Sub County met his death on Tuesday evening.last_img read more

Jazz ban fan, Westbrook fined $25K over exchange

first_imgThe Utah Jazz announced Tuesday that they have permanently banned a fan who engaged in “inappropriate interaction” with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during Monday’s game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Shane Keisel, who publicly revealed he was the fan involved, will not be allowed to attend any events at the arena.Westbrook said after the contest that he was the victim of a disrespectful comment that he took as a racial barb. Westbrook was fined $25,000 on Tuesday by the NBA for “directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.”The Jazz said they conducted an investigation through video and eyewitness accounts and Keisel’s ban is based on “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse directed at a player” that serves as a violation of the NBA Code of Conduct. “Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy and play the game in a safe, positive and inclusive environment,” Jazz president Steve Starks said in a statement. “Offensive and abusive behavior does not reflect the values of the Miller (ownership) family, our organization and the community. We all have a responsibility to respect the game of basketball and, more importantly, each other as human beings. This has always been a hallmark of our incredible fan base and should forever be our standard moving forward.”The statement also said that the Jazz “will not tolerate fans who act inappropriately. There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect.”The incident greatly disturbed star Utah guard Donovan Mitchell, who noted in a social media posting that the Westbrook incident isn’t the first time that home fans have crossed the line. “I am personally hurt by the incident at the game on March 11th,” Mitchell wrote. “As a black man living in a community I love, and playing on a team that gives me the opportunity to live out my dreams, this incident hits close to home.“Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena. The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night’s incident is not indicative of our fanbase. We don’t want to create a negative reputation for athletes who potentially may want to come to Utah.“I want to thank my team and the NBA for quickly responding to this hateful incident, and for helping to make our arena a place where all fans and all players are welcome. I join other players in calling for all teams to take a stand. We should not be subject to hate speech or racist acts at any time, and definitely not in our arenas.” The incident occurred during the second quarter of Oklahoma City’s 98-89 victory.A reporter from the Deseret News tweeted a video of Westbrook’s comments to the fan.“I promise you,” Westbrook said to the fan. “You think I’m playing. I swear to God. I swear to God. I’ll (expletive) you up; you and your wife. I’ll (expletive) you up.” When another person appeared to intervene, Westbrook said, “No, (expletive) that! (Expletive) that!”Then apparently addressing the fan again, he said, “I promise you, everything I love. Everything I love (n-word), I promise you.”After the game, Westbrook gave his explanation: “How it started was, a young man and his wife in the stands told me ‘to get down on my knees like you used to.’ To me, that’s just completely disrespectful, to me, I think it’s racial, and I think it’s inappropriate and insensitive. …“If I had it to do over again, I would say the exact same thing. I truly will stand up for myself and my family. … “As for beating up his wife, I’ve never put my hand on a woman. I never will. Never been in any domestic violence before. But once he said the comment, and his wife repeated the same thing as well. That’s kind of how that started.”Salt Lake City NBC 5 spoke with Keisel, who said he was playfully bantering with Westbrook before Westbrook started cursing at him.“I never said a single swear word to him, not one,” Keisel told the TV station. “Initially, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m talking with Westbrook, the guy is one of the greats. He’s also classless.’ … “He can threaten me all he wants. I was the one talking to him, but don’t threaten a woman. She’s 5 feet tall and 110 pounds, man. (She) never said a word to him.”Keisel appears to have set his social media accounts to private, and deleted a series of insensitive posts on social media, including instructing Westbrook in October 2018 to “go back where he came from #MAGA.”Last season, Westbrook knocked the cellphone out of the hand of a fan in Salt Lake City after a Thunder playoff loss. —Field Level Medialast_img read more

Merseyside favourite hails Everton star as a ‘Barcelona player in waiting’

first_imgDanny Murphy has hailed John Stones as “potentially the best centre-half England has ever had.”The Everton youngster, he doesn’t turn 22 until the end of May, has already won seven caps for his country and was the subject of a £30million bid from reigning champions Chelsea last summer.However, the defender came in for criticism following last weekend’s draw against Tottenham after he was almost caught in possession in his own penalty area towards the end of that match.But former Liverpool star Murphy insists people should not try to curb Stones’ natural instincts.He told the Colin Murray Show: “It’s a difficult one because the general rule would be not to try those things in your box at any point, in any game, unless you’re 4-0 up. And even then, why?“But he is an exception to a lot of rules in my book because I think he is potentially the best centre-half we’ve ever had.“I think he is going to be anything he wants to be. He’s a Barcelona player in waiting.”last_img read more