ABC News(NEW YORK) — A 44-year-old protester picked a patriotic location this Independence Day: the Statue of Liberty.Therese Patricia Okoumou, of Staten Island, was arrested after scaling the base of the statue and taking up temporary residence on Lady Liberty’s right foot.Okoumou is expected to appear in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday and may face misdemeanor charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct and violating national park regulations, police said.Liberty Island, where the statue is located, was evacuated and all visitors were taken off the island via ferry, a National Parks spokesperson said.Police were seen on the base of the Statue of Liberty, apparently trying to verbally engage with Okoumou before physically apprehending her. Footage from the scene showed the officers wearing harnesses and using ladders to scale the statue’s baseFootage from helicopters showed her sitting at the base of the statue, occasionally lying on her stomach and kicking her feet up behind her, ABC station WABC-TV reports.Okoumou was seen holding a t-shirt displaying the words “Rise and Resist” and “Trump Care Makes Us Sick.”She wasn’t the only protester arrested at the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday. Earlier that afternoon, seven people were apprehended for holding a banner that read “ABOLISH ICE” off the base below the statue, which is technically called Fort Hood.Rise and Resist is the name of a protest group that arranged the banner display earlier Wednesday, and they tweeted that the climber “has no connection to our #abolishice action earlier today.”“Rise and Resist planned a banner drop today at the Statue of Liberty. This action did not include the climber on the statue. Our action was completed earlier. While it was not part of our action, our first priority and concern is for the safety of the climber,” they wrote in another tweet.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Betradar and Pinnacle landed the two esports awards at the annual SBC Awards yesterday evening. The former took home the Esports Supplier of the Year title, whilst Pinnacle took home the Esports Bookmaker of the Year award, retaining their title from last year. More than 500 gambling professionals attended the raucous affair at the HAC Artillery Gardens where 28 awards were handed out in total. The evening was hosted by Matt Lorenzo and famous former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia, and guests were treated to a champagne reception followed by a three course meal and entertainment. The full esports results are below, including all nominees and those who were Highly Commended:Esports Supplier of the Year (Sponsored by Esports Insider)Winner – BetradarHighly Commended – BetgeniusAbiosPinnacleUltraplayRTSmunityEsports Bookmaker of the Year (Sponsored by Betradar)Winner – PinnacleHighly Commended – Danske SpilUnikrnESP.betGG.betBetradar, a subsidiary of Sportradar AG has had a busy year. The company has signed multiple partnerships with companies such as PvPRO, Fortuna and Francaise des Jeux but to name a few. Additionally, the company continues to work prominently with the Esports Integrity Coalition safeguarding the integrity of esports.Pinnacle was one of the first operators to enter the esports market and continues to offer an array of odds across multiple titles. The operator prides itself on not limiting the accounts of winners as well as having broader limits than several other bookmakers who work in the space. Sam Cooke, inspirational speaker, growth hacker, award presenter and Editor-in-Chief of Esports Insider spouted: “It’s great to see Sportradar and Pinnacle both honoured for their continued good work in the esports space. We’ve seen the space develop a lot since last year and it looks set to be another busy year in the world of esports gambling”.James Watson, Head of Esports at Sportradar commented: “Of course esports has been an area of great interest to the sports betting industry and operators around the world. When we entered the space, we made the conscious decision to take our time, ensure all our offerings into the market were credible, reliable and bringing value to our customers. We may not have been the first out of the blocks, but the feedback from clients who joined us a while back as well as those who have moved across to us recently, is that we developed our offering in the right way. This award feels like the vindication of that approach and that philosophy”.Marco Blume, Trading Director at Pinnacle said: “To be voted Esports Bookmaker of the Year at the SBC Awards and against such challenging competition caps another fantastic year for Pinnacle. This is a just reward for all the work that has gone into our new Esports Hub so I’d like to thank the whole team for their efforts”.Disclaimer: SBC Awards is run by SBC Global, the parent company of Esports Insider.
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