1. Career of fire opal
WNBLNicholson would begin her WNBL career in her home town, as a development player, with the Sydney Uni Flames. Nicholson remained a member of the Flames squad through to 2011.
She then departed to begin her college career in the United States. After the conclusion of her college career, Nicholson returned to Australia and she was signed by the Sydney Uni Flames for 201617. During her second season with the Adelaide Lightning, Nicholson was recognised as the WNBL Defensive Player of the Year for the 201819 season.
In 2020, Nicholson would head North and sign with the Townsville Fire for the 202021 WNBL season.
2. Initial stop of fire opal
On the evening of Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 19-year-old Stinnette and his 20-year-old girlfriend Williams, who have a child together, were in their parked car outside Williams's mother's house in Waukegan, Illinois, a suburb of about 86,000 people 30 miles (48Â km) north of Chicago.
According to police, a suspicious vehicle was reported shortly before midnight, and when a white Waukegan police officer approached the car to investigate, it unexpectedly fled. In an October 27 statement to reporters from her hospital room, Williams disputed the official police account. According to Williams, while she and Stinnette were sitting in their parked car, an officer pulled up without activating his car's lights or siren.
Williams said she opened the window and turned on her car's interior lights. The officer referred to Stinnette by name, saying "I know you from jail", and referred to Williams as Stinnette's "baby mother". According to Williams, when Williams asked the officer if they were free to leave, the officer stepped back from the car, and Williams drove away slowly; the officer did not activate his car's lights or follow Williams.
Body camera footage of the initial stop by the white police officer released on October 28 shows the officer telling Stinnette that he is under arrest three times, the second time stating that Stinnette had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The officer has his hand on the car and tells Stinnette to exit the vehicle, when the car "speeds off". It is unclear from the footage whether the car made contact with the officer.
The officer does not immediately pursue Williams, instead he calls for backup, identifying Williams and Stinnette by name.
3. Biography of fire opal
Datson played for the Australia women's national basketball team between 2003-2005 and was also a member of the 2004 Olympic squad for Athens.
She was not selected in the final team. Datson's best season in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) was 2003/04 with the Townsville Fire, where she was awarded their most valuable player and named in the national All-Star Five. To help celebrate the Fire's 15th anniversary in the WNBL in 2015, Datson was named in their commemorative All-Star team.
4. Investigation of fire opal
The Hispanic officer, who had been with the department for five years, was fired on October 23 for "multiple policy and procedure violations", including failing to activate his body camera, according to the police chief. The white officer, who also had been with the department for five years, was placed on administrative leave.
Neither officer had been identified as of October 28. The Illinois State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shooting. Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim pledged to release the investigative file to the public if his office decides not to file criminal charges.
Williams is represented by civil rights attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, who also represented the families of George Floyd and Daniel Prude. The attorneys said the officer's firing was "a first step in police accountability" but that they would press ahead with their own investigation.
Killing of Marcellis Stinnette of fire opal
Marcellis Stinnette, a 19-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a Hispanic police officer in Waukegan, Illinois, United States shortly before midnight on October 20, 2020. He was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by police, who were attempting to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. According to police, the officer opened fire when the vehicle moved in reverse towards the officer.
The driver, Tafarra Willams, was also wounded but survived. The officer has been fired, and another officer has been placed on administrative leave. Body camera, dashboard camera, and surveillance video of the incident has been publicly released, and the Illinois State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation have opened investigations.
Demonstrations were held in Waukegan in the ensuing days
6. Killing of Walter Wallace of fire opal
On October 26, 2020, Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot by police in Cobbs Creek, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Two Philadelphia Police Department officers arrived in the area to respond to a domestic dispute. When they arrived, Wallace moved towards them carrying a knife. The two officers backed away while telling him to drop the knife, and as Wallace advanced towards them, each officer fired several rounds at Wallace's shoulder and chest.
He later died in the hospital. Wallace's family stated Wallace was having a mental health crisis. In response to the killing, protests against police brutality occurred throughout Philadelphia in late October in response to Wallace's killing, many of which escalated into violence and looting, leading to arrests, injuries to police and protesters, deployment of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and a citywide curfew.
7. Protests of fire opal
A rally was held on October 22; demonstrators demanded release of the video footage and federal investigations. Members of the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, 16 miles (26Â km) north of Waukegan, attended the demonstration.
The shooting occurred just days after third-degree murder charges for Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd, were dismissed. Another protest had been planned for October 24. Clyde McLemore, head of the Lake County chapter of Black Lives Matter, was among those calling for a federal investigation and the release of police video of the shooting.
He also said the protest and march were planned to demand a special prosecutor and the release of the name of the officer involved. He also called for the officer to be arrested and prosecuted to face murder and attempted murder charges.
National Team of fire opal
Youth levelGarbin made her national team debut at the 2010 FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament in New Caledonia where Australia took home Gold. She would then go on to represent the Gems at the 2012 FIBA Oceania Under-18 Championship, where she helped take home the Gold and secure a place at the Under-19 World Championship the following year. At the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Lithuania, Garbin was a starting five team member.
The Gems would go on to take home the bronze after a win over Spain. In 2017, Garbin was picked to play for the Australian university women's team, the Emerging Opals. She posted 26 points and 10 rebounds en route to an 8574 victory over Japan A night earlier, Garbin posted eight points and four rebounds against Team USA as Australia suffered a 6378 loss.
Senior levelIn January 2019, Garbin was named to her first Opals squad, earning her a place in the first camp as preparations for this years upcoming tournaments got underway. After taking part in the Opals team camps, Garbin was named to the final roster for the 2019 FIBA Asia Cup where she would make her Opals debut.
2020 WNBL season of fire opal
The 2020 WNBL season is the 41st season of the competition since its establishment in 1981. The Canberra Capitals are the two-time defending champions. Chemist Warehouse will again be the WNBL's naming rights partner for this season, after signing a three-year deal in July 2018.
Spalding again provided equipment including the official game ball, alongside iAthletic supplying team apparel for the fourth consecutive season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a North Queensland hub is set to host the season. The season was originally 202021 and would be traditionally played over several months across the summer, however this season's scheduling has been condensed.
The six-week season will see Townsville, Cairns and Mackay host a 56-game regular season fixture, plus a four game final series (2 x semi-finals, preliminary final and grand final). Each team will contest 14 games starting on 12 November, with the grand final scheduled for 20 December.
Shooting of fire opal
On October 26, 2020, police attended three separate times to a house on the 6100 block of Locust Street in the predominantly black neighborhood of Cobbs Creek, Philadelphia. Around 4:00 pm, during their third arrival, they came in response to reports of a person screaming and a man assaulting an elderly female. Video on social media shows Wallace walking into the street as people yell and two police officers aim their guns at him.
At one point, Wallace, who is several feet away from the officers in the video, walks toward them as they quickly move backward, telling him at least twice to "put the knife down". The camera points down toward the ground as several shots are heard. Wallace's mother tried to stop him while pleading for the officers not to shoot him moments before the officers fired.
Chief Inspector Frank Vanore said each officer fired about seven times, with an unknown number of shots hitting Wallace. One of the officers placed Wallace in a police vehicle and drove him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The officers involved in the shooting were moved to desk duty pending an investigation.
11. Reactions of fire opal
Wallace's father, Walter Wallace Sr., stated his son had mental health issues and was on medication and asked why the police did not use a Taser instead.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the shooting raised "difficult questions that must be answered". Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said there would be an investigation, adding that neither officer was equipped with a Taser, as the department only had around 2,300 Tasers at the time of the shooting, which Outlaw said she intended to increase to 4,500. She also suggested the need for a behavioral health unit within the Philadelphia Police Department.
She later went on to say that she would be creating this behavioral health unit as well as a directory for officers that lists mental health resources available during all hours of the day. Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby showed support for the officers, saying, "Our police officers are being vilified for doing their job and keeping the community safe, after being confronted by a man with a knife. We support and defend these officers.
" Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said he "didn't see anything criminal on the side of the officers", and "I can see in the tape that they were backing up.At some point in time, the distance was beginning to close between themselves and the individual".
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris published a statement, sharing, "Our hearts are broken for the family of Walter Wallace Jr.We cannot accept that in this country a mental health crisis ends in death."