To have and to hold

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Lebanon judge issues 5 new arrest warrants over Beirut blast

first_imgA Lebanese judge leading the probe into Beirut’s deadly port blast issued new arrest warrants on Monday for two officials and three Syrian workers, a judicial source said.”Investigating judge Fadi Sawan interrogated director of land and maritime transport, Abdel Hafiz Kaissi, and director of the port, Mohammed al-Mawla… then issued arrest warrants against them,” the source said.He then questioned and issued arrest warrants for three detained Syrian workers who had allegedly carried out welding at the port’s warehouse number 12, hours before the explosion, the source added. Security sources have suggested welding work could have started a fire that triggered the blast, but some observers have rejected this as a theory pushed by the authorities.Lebanon has refused an international investigation into the country’s worst peace-time disaster, but the Lebanese probe is being aided by foreign experts, including from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. France, which counted among the dead several of its citizens, has launched its own enquiry. The move brings to 21 the number of people arrested in Lebanon’s probe into the monster blast at Beirut’s port on August 4 that killed at least 188 people, wounded thousands and ravaged swathes of the city.Hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored unsafely in the warehouse for at least six years, it emerged after the explosion, sparking widespread outrage over alleged official negligence that many said was to blame for the blast.Sawan was expected to question four more port officials on Tuesday, the source said.It remains unclear what exactly sparked the explosion.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Dominica holds simulation exercise on Foot and Mouth Disease

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 34 Views   no discussions Dr. Reginald ThomasThe Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and other partners around the region conducted a simulation exercise in Dominica on Thursday.That exercise was conducted with a view to testing the islands ability to deal with an outbreak of any infectious or contagious disease at a foot and mouth disease summit.Chief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Reginald Thomas explained the devastation which the disease could cause worldwide.“The disease cause tremendous losses in cattle and livestock population worldwide. The Caribbean region has not had an outbreak of that disease and we are planning to prevent the entry. If it does happen, we would be ready to deal with that”.He said Dominica has brought local players on board, including the various ministries and departments of support industries.Thomas also noted that this is not to say that the disease is in close proximity to Dominica hence the public should not be alarmed.“We want farmers to know that they should not be alarmed. This is just planning. The public should know that the disease is not on the island. We are just preparing,” he added.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica holds simulation exercise on Foot and Mouth Disease by: – March 22, 2012center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Songwriter members of ECCO demand more

first_img 21 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Songwriter members of ECCO demand more by: – June 26, 2012 ECCO’s Chariman, McCarthy MarieThe 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc. was held Saturday 23rd June, 2012 under the theme ‘Monetizing the Musical Experience with Accelerated Growth’. Whilst the meeting was held in St. Lucia, members outside that territory were able to participate in the meeting by on-line conferencing technology.ECCO reported on the achievement of a 27% growth in licensing revenue (mainly from its operations in The Common wealth of Dominica & St. Lucia) and its achievement of a reduction in administrative expenses during the same 2011 accounting period. This achievement which has enabled the organisation to double the distributable revenue due to members and affiliates to over $400,000 was roundly applauded by members at the meeting. However, members were adamant that ECCO should speed up legal action against unlicensed music users especially the electronic media who owe the society over a million dollars in outstanding royalties. This echoed the sentiments of ECCO’s umbrella organisation the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies (CISAC) (www.cisac.org) who in a recent audit of ECCO expressed surprise at the low level of lawsuits the organisation had outstandingMembers also voiced great concern in several other areas including; the low level of airplay of national and regional music, the continuing scourge of music piracy and the low level of awareness of intellectual property rights. Members called on ECCO to seek partnerships with state institutions in the OECS such as; the Ministries with responsibility for Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries; Trade and Investment; Technology; Education; Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs to work on joint ventures to address these challenges.With 4 Director positions to be filled by Order of the Board, the new Board of Directors of ECCO is made up of the following persons: McCarthy Marie (Commonwealth of Dominica)Isha Antoine-Andrews (Grenada)Joffre Venner (St Vincent & the Grenadines)Eustace Crispin d’Auvergne (St. Lucia)Gandolph St Claire (St. Lucia)Francis De Lima (St. Lucia)Gaspar Llewellyn Gill (St. Lucia)Ian Sanchez (St. Lucia)The 1st meeting of the new Board is scheduled for Sunday 22nd July, 2012 in St. Lucia which will be preceded by a members meeting held the previous day.Press Release Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Aug. 23 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings

first_imgIMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, and Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., both 594; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 589; 4. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 587; 5. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 582; 6. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 577; 7. Todd Malmstrom, Hampton, Ill., 553; 8. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 537; 9. Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, 529; 10. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 525; 11. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., 523; 12. Curtis Glover, Runnells, Iowa, 520; 13. Zachary Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb., 516; 14. Robert Osborne, Norfolk, Neb., 508; 15. William “B.J.” Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 493; 16. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 486; 17. Lake Knutti, Chadwick, Ill., 485; 18. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 483; 19. Les Siebert, York, Neb., 479; 20. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 475.  IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,200; 2. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,191; 3. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 1,161; 4. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,158; 5. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan., 1,154; 6. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 1,146; 7. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,139; 8. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,131; 9. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,127; 10. A.J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas, 1,125; 11. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., 1,123; 12. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,102; 13. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,100; 14. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., 1,092; 15. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,083; 16. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 1,082; 17. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,069; 18. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wisconsin, 1,063; 19. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla., 1,048; 20. Kyle Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,044.  Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 1,126; 2. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 1,119; 3. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,102; 4. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 1,054; 5. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 1,026; 6. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 947; 7. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 824; 8. Austin Moore, Axtell, Texas, 776; 9. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 760; 10. Jeff Shepperd, Waco, Texas, 756; 11. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 737; 12. Garett Rawls, Elm Mott, Texas, 728; 13. Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas, 708; 14. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 702; 15. Blaine Shives, Leonard, Texas, 663; 16. John “Jay” Coone, Weatherford, Texas, 662; 17. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 659; 18. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park, Texas, 657; 19. Michael Martin, Kaufman, Texas, 655; 20. Colby Miller, Beaumont, Texas, 651. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,195; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,184; 3. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,171; 4. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,158; 5. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,155; 6. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 1,144; 7. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,142; 8. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,140; 9. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,139; 10. Corey Madden, Avoca, Iowa, 1,129; 11. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 1,112; 12. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,108; 13. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,102; 14. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,081; 15. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,077; 16. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 1,069; 17. David Norquest, York, Neb., 1,064; 18. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1,036; 19. Daniel Wauters, West Branch, Iowa, 1,030; 20. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,029.  Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,194; 2. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,182; 3. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,178; 4. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,176; 5. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 1,174; 6. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 1,164; 7. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 1,156; 8. Luke Stallbaumer, Tecumseh, Kan., 1,155; 9. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 1,146; 10. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,136; 11. Brett Berry, Colby, Kan., 1,134; 12. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,131; 13. Guy Ahlwardt, Antioch, Calif., 1,124; 14. Jerry Miles, Bernard, Iowa, 1,118; 15. David Siercks, Princeton, Minn., and Rusty Montagne, North Sioux City, S.D., both 1,116; 17. Jacob Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn., 1,115; 18. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,105; 19. Cade Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 1,103; 20. Vince Engebregtsen, Algoma, Wis., 1,102.center_img Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,186; 2. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 1,183; 3. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 1,146; 4. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 1,139; 5. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,103; 6. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,082; 7. John Gill, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,073; 8. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,066; 9. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Creston, Iowa, 1,063; 10. Jade Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 1,058; 11. Oliver Monson, Humboldt, Iowa, 1,036; 12. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 1,014; 13. Roberto “R.J.” Esqueda, Madelia, Minn., 992; 14. Tom Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 973; 15. Parker Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 972; 16. Hailey Nohner, Onamia, Minn., 924; 17. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 888; 18. Conner Brown, Yankton, S.D., 886; 19. Justin Dose, Glencoe, Minn., 864; 20. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 856. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 773; 2. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., 755; 3. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 747; 4. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., and Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa, both 728; 6. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 721; 7. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 716; 8. Ryan Lynn, Hollidaysburg, Pa., 700; 9. Billy Johnson, St. Peter, Minn., 694; 10. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 683; 11. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 680; 12. Drew Ritchey, Everett, Pa., 677; 13. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 676; 14. Jacob Gomola, Seneca, Pa., 669; 15. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., and Jonathon J. Jones, Irvona, Pa., both 666; 17. Jack Potter, Lees Summit, Mo., 664; 18. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 662; 19. John Walp, Wapwallopen, Pa., 661; 20. Javen Ostermann, Courtland, Minn., 656.  IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,196; 2. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,170; 3. Thomas Berry, Newburg, N.D., 1,162; 4. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, and Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, both 1,160; 6. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,144; 7. Drew Armstrong, Benton, Ark., 1,140; 8. Jeremy Mills, Britt, Iowa, 1,136; 9. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 1,130; 10. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 1,128; 11. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 1,126; 12. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1,123; 13. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa, 1,121; 14. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, and Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill., both 1,120; 16. Kevin Green, Waco, Texas, and Aaron Johnson, Brainerd, Minn., both 1,116; 18. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 1,115; 19. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,103; 20. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M., 1,077. last_img read more

Study suggests rural students lacking career guidance in school

first_imgStatewide—About one-in-four public school students in Indiana attends a rural school, and new research suggests they need more assistance in career development.A paper co-authored by Diana Quintero, a research analyst with the Brown Center on Education Policy, finds that while rural students are more likely to graduate high school than those in urban areas, rural students have lower college enrollment rates.Quintero says one factor is that 14% of schools in rural areas do not have access to a school counselor, who can provide information to students about career or post-secondary academic options. She says limited budgets of rural schools make it difficult for counselors to focus solely on advising students.“They spend less time on career guidance and more time on administrative tasks,” she points out, “because they’re isolated, lots of rural schools can share a school counselor. They have to go from two different places. That makes a challenge.”Quintero says research found the presence of one additional counselor in a school was associated with an increase of 10 percentage points in four-year college enrollment.Indiana’s student-to-counselor ratio averaged 541-to-one between 2004 and 2015, more than double the American School Counselor Association recommendation of 250 students per school counselor. The research calls for additional funding to allow rural schools to hire more full-time and experienced counselors.Quintero says rural communities also could leverage the resources and knowledge of their own residents. “Rural students are very close to their communities and they have tight connections so they might go for college and come back and help their communities,” she states. “They could provide guidance to rural students by going to high schools.”The research also encourages the development of community partnerships, including churches, public social service agencies, and other organizations that can assist students with college applications, financial aid documents, and scholarship information.Indiana has the eighth-highest population of rural students in the U.S.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — Vance Jackson and Jalen Tate are joining Arkansas as graduate transfers. Jackson averaged 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds for New Mexico last season. Tate leaves Northern Kentucky after being named the 2020 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year and MVP of the conference tournament.— Washington has added Wichita State transfer Erik Stevenson and junior college standout Nate Pryor. Stevenson averaged 11.1 points per game last season for Wichita State. Pryor averaged 16.8 points and 4.1 assists per game last season for North Idaho.  MLB-VERLANDERVerlander throwing againUNDATED (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has resumed throwing as he recovers from a March groin surgery. UNDATED (AP) — The NBA draft list continues to grow.Kentucky sophomore forward EJ Montgomery and Washington swingman Jaden McDaniels have announced they are leaving school early to enter the draft.Montgomery averaged career highs of 6.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with 31 blocks while starting 25 of his 28 games for the Wildcats last season. He ranked second on the team in rebounding and blocks.Montgomery follows pro announcements by Kentucky teammates Nick Richards, Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey.McDaniels is the latest one-and-done player for the Huskies and is projected as a middle first-round pick after an inconsistent season. McDaniels showed a lack of maturity and flaws in his game at times, but he averaged 13 points and 5.8 rebounds. In other college basketball news:— Louisville has added graduate transfer guards Carlik Jones and Charles Minlend Jr. Jones was named Big South Conference player of the year last season after helping Radford win its second consecutive regular season championship, averaging 20 points, 5.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. Minlend averaged 14.5 and points and 4.7 rebounds to lead San Francisco to 22 wins, matching its highest win total in 35 years.— Graduate transfer Dimencio Vaughn has signed to play his final season with Mississippi after three years at Rider. Vaughn averaged 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, ranking fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in both categories. He was twice a first-team All-MAAC selection and was considered one of the top available grad transfers.— Tennessee has picked up forward E.J. Anosike as a graduate transfer. Anosike averaged a team-high 15.7 points for Sacred Heart last season and ranked sixth nationally with 11.6 rebounds a game.— Minnesota has added frontcourt players Liam Robbins from Drake and Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan. The 7-foot Robbins has applied for immediate eligibility and will have two seasons left. The 6-foot-8 Johnson is a graduate transfer who’ll be eligible immediately for his senior season. Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgment. The report says he performed high-pitch climbs and steep turns, sometimes within five feet of the water. The maneuvers put loads of nearly two-times gravity on the plane, an Icon A5 Halladay had purchased a month earlier.The NTSB is expected to release a final reason for the crash next month.PGA-BYRON NELSON-NEW COURSEByron Nelson going to ranch for new home on PGA Tour in ’21McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — The Byron Nelson is moving to TPC Craig Ranch, about 30 minutes north of downtown Dallas. — World Wrestling Entertainment started releasing professional wrestlers today in budget cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic. The moves came even with the company allowed to continue to run live TV shows in Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis deemed WWE an essential business. Pro sports were added to a list of businesses permitted to stay open in an April 9 memorandum. WWE is allowed to continue putting on shows without shows.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Davis has died in a Santa Monica, California, hospital at 85. His wife, Carol, told the Packers her husband had been hospitalized for about a month with kidney failure.Davis was a five-time All-Pro while playing for the Packers from 1960-69. He was voted to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1960s and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981.Davis played college ball at Grambling and was taken in the 15th round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he spent his first two seasons.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSKentucky’s Montgomery completes starters’ exit for NBA draft April 15, 2020center_img — This year’s Tour de France is now scheduled to be held from Aug. 29 through Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races. The International Cycling Union announced the new dates after organizers were forced to postpone the Tour’s scheduled June 27 start because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The UCI also says the world championships will go ahead as planned from Sept. 20-27 and will be followed by the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta. No official dates were given for those two major races.— The parent company that oversees the NHL Buffalo Sabres has announced a series of cost-cutting measures, including layoffs and furloughs affecting 125 employees. Pegula (peh-GOO’-luh) Sports and Entertainment says 104 employees are being furloughed. Another 21 were laid off yesterday, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.— Speedway Motorsports has laid off 180 employees and furloughed 100 as part of a company restructuring during the sports shutdown. Speedway Motorsports owns the Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma and Texas tracks, all of which host NASCAR’s Cup Series races.— ESPN is asking some of its on-air personalities to take a 15% pay cut over the next three months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The network says the voluntary pay cuts would apply to ESPN’s highest-paid broadcasters. The network already has furloughed those who work on live events.— The major college football conference commissioners have held a 30-minute conference call today with Vice President Mike Pence, stressing that college sports cannot return from the coronavirus shutdown until campuses have reopened. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Pence asked good questions and was “hopeful and optimistic” about the fight against the coronavirus. American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco said they stressed the differences between pro and college sports and talked about how academics and college athletics were inseparable. Associated Press Craig Ranch will host the tournament for at least five years, beginning next spring.The announcement Wednesday from the PGA Tour and the Nelson came three months after officials said the tournament was moving from the links-style Trinity Forest Golf Club.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSManfred wants MLB ready for businessUNDATED (AP) — Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred wants his leagues to be in position to take the field whenever government and health officials give the go-ahead. Manfred says he thinks it’s incumbent upon MLB to turn over every stone to try to play the game in 2020 if there’s any way it can in the environment. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBIT-WILLIE DAVISHall of Fame defensive end Willie Davis dead at age 85UNDATED (AP) — Willie Davis was one of the defensive linchpins that helped the Green Bay Packers reel off six NFL championships from 1960-67, including the first two Super Bowls. Among the plans baseball is investigating is basing all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and using the 10 spring training ballparks there, along with the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field and possibly college facilities.Arizona’s governor says his state is willing to host all 30 major league teams when public health concerns allow, which eventually could lead to the start of the baseball season primarily in empty spring training ballparks. Having all teams based in the Phoenix area is among the contingency plans being examined.Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is cutting the salary of senior staff by an average of 35% for this year due to the pandemic’s impact on the season. MLB is guaranteeing paychecks to its full-time employees of its central office through May.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— At least one member of the Los Angeles Chargers organization has tested positive for the coronavirus and two others have reported symptoms. ESPN reported that the first positive diagnosis happened two weeks after the team facility was shut down on March 12. A team spokesman says owner Dean Spanos, general manager Tom Telesco and coach Anthony Lynn are fine. Verlander dealt with the problem early in spring training and made just two starts during the exhibition season, compiling a 3.86 ERA over 4 2/3 innings.Astros manager Dusty Baker says Verlander is “doing great” and is throwing as he continues his rehabilitation from the March 17 surgery.MLB-HALLADAY-NTSBNTSB releases Halladay crash reportFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Roy Halladay had high levels of amphetamines in his system and was doing extreme acrobatics when he lost control of his small plane and nosedived into Tampa Bay in 2017, killing him. That’s according to a report issued today by the National Transportation Safety Board.last_img read more

Prolific Perera helps World XI set up Pakistan decider

first_imgPAKISTAN’S historic Twenty20 series with a World XI will go to a decider after Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera’s supreme 19-ball knock tied the series at 1-1.The series, which is being staged in Lahore, marks the first time competitive international cricket has been held in the country since a terrorist attack targeted Sri Lanka’s team bus in the same city in 2009.Babar Azam produced the best T20 score of his career by hitting 86 to inspire Pakistan to victory in the series opener on Tuesday, but Perera starred as the World XI struck straight back yesterday with a seven-wicket win.Perera hit 47 not out off 19 balls while Hashim Amla finished unbeaten on 72, the World XI chasing down a target of 175 with a ball to spare.After Samuel Badree ended Fakhar Zaman’s 13-ball stay at the crease, Ahmed Shehzad (43) and Babar (45) combined for a second-wicket stand of 59, which was ended when the former was caught trying to clear long-on.But Babar found another capable partner in Shoaib Malik, who became Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in T20s with a 23-ball 39, hitting three sixes in the process.Babar could not kick on to post another big score but Shoaib, aided by an 11-ball cameo from Imad Wasim (15), ensured Pakistan posted a defendable total.Tamim Iqbal (23) put on 47 with Amla for the opening wicket for the World XI before falling to a superb stretching catch from Malik off Sohail Khan.Amla, whose innings comprised five fours and two maximums, found little assistance from Tim Paine (10) but skipper Faf du Plessis saw 12 of his 20 runs come off sixes in a 14-ball innings ended by Mohammad Nawaz.But du Plessis’ exit heralded the arrival of Perera, who struck five sixes including the match-winning hit off Rumman Raees, clubbing a full toss straight over the seamer’s head to ensure tomorrow’s finale will not be a dead rubber. (Omnisport)last_img read more

Dujon describes Gayle saga as ‘sad’

first_imgCMC – RETIRED West Indies wicketkeeper Jeffrey Dujon has described as “sad” the bitterness with which batting star Chris Gayle is coming to the end of his career.His assessment came on the heels of Gayle posting videos on his YouTube channel, in which he launched a stinging verbal attack on former West Indies teammate and current assistant coach of the Jamaica Tallawahs, Ramnaresh Sarwan, and accused him of playing a major part in the franchise not retaining him for the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL).The 40-year-old Gayle, who was signed by the St. Lucia Zouks after being released by his home franchise, used terms such as “snake” and “vindictive” to describe Sarwan.“It’s not nice when people are at the end of their careers and there is that much bitterness,” Dujon said on the Mason and Guest radio programme here Tuesday night.“It’s sad when someone, people who have been outstanding in one way or another, end their careers on a sour note like that, but that’s the world today. People have the social media, they have the platforms to speak their minds and people seem to be more inclined to do so these days.”The 63-year-old commentator stressed, however, that disputes such as these were nothing new, but were now amplified because of the social media age.“This is not the first time that something like this has happened, this goes way back…. But in those days, people didn’t have the media like they have now to voice their opinions, and back in those days I suppose we were a different generation anyway,” he said, stressing that it “it goes without saying” that he would not have approached the situation in the way his fellow Jamaican had.Dujon advocated engaging in more dialogue to resolve problems, but conceded that the airing of dirty laundry in public is a “symptom of the world we live in today”.“In the sense that, to a large extent, we have lost the art of conversation. It’s more texting and tweeting and all this sort of thing and they just don’t see the need to sit down and talk to each other,” the former wicketkeeper/batsman said.Gayle had been particularly harsh in his public criticism of Sarwan, saying that he wanted nothing more to do with him.The T20 specialist had also hit out at the Tallawahs management, saying that they had been “playing games” with him, instead of being up front about dropping him from the squad.But the franchise management and ownership issued a statement Wednesday insisting that the decision to part ways with Gayle was only about “business and cricketing reasoning” and Sarwan was not involved.last_img read more

Williams’ injury might be more than an ankle sprain

first_imgThe Trojans returned to the field Tuesday for the first time since their 55-21 loss to Stanford on Saturday.There, they got some more bad news.It looks as if redshirt junior receiver Damian Williams will miss practice for at least the rest of the week with an ankle injury.Sitting this one out · The injury that kept wide receiver Damian Williams out of last week’s game may be worse than originally thought. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanWilliams originally suffered the injury on a 75-yard touchdown catch against Arizona State earlier this month.It was initially determined to be a high ankle sprain; now, Williams says it might be worse — a stress reaction, or even a stress fracture.“It’s almost like a real bad bruise,” he said on his way out of practice Tuesday. “It’s just always sore.”Williams, who wouldn’t rule himself out of playing against UCLA on Nov. 28, still requires a boot to walk.“The sooner I get out of the boot, the closer I am to playing,” Williams said. “While I’m in this thing, the worse my chances look.”In other injury news, redshirt junior running back Allen Bradford and redshirt freshman receiver Brice Butler both left practice early.Bradford has a bone bruise in his foot, while Butler’s back injury that sidelined him briefly last month is bothering him again.Butler said he wouldn’t be sidelined for an extended period of time.Sophomore safety Drew McAllister took part in most full-speed drills in his return to Howard Jones Field after missing the last three games with a hip flexor.uThe Trojans have managed to stick together in the aftermath of Saturday’s 55-21 loss, and they say they’re using it as a learning experience.“We learned that if we don’t play as a team, then any team in our conference can beat us and any team in the nation can beat us,” said junior running back Joe McKnight, who rushed for 142 yards against the Cardinal. “And as long as we have that focus as a team, we can do anything in front of us.”Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley said the road to recovery starts with the team’s veterans, who are already taking on a positive attitude.“The leaders are and the starters are and it’s trickling on down,” Barkley said. “It was pretty down over the weekend and even a little bit [Monday], but you can tell things are up today.”Junior center Kristofer O’Dowd added that each of the team’s players has to take equal responsibility for the loss.“You can’t really put the blame on somebody,” O’Dowd said. “It takes all 11 on both sides of the ball. If one guy has a mistake, then the whole team falters.”uBye weeks are — for the Trojans, at least — known as a time for young players to stand out, as coaches tend to give more repetitions to backups with less pressure to prepare for an opponent.USC coach Pete Carroll spotlighted a number of players likely to see the field more in practice this week, including freshmen safeties Jawanza Starling and T.J. McDonald and freshman offensive lineman Kevin Graf.“I think it’s really important for our program to present our guys with competitive situations as much as possible,” Carroll said. “To give them an opportunity to see where they are, and so they can learn and so that we can learn and we can make progress with them.”Carroll also said that backup quarterbacks redshirt junior Mitch Mustain and redshirt sophomore Aaron Corp are receiving more snaps than usual this week.“Practice, for me, has been kinda fun,” Corp said. “You get to play free and just run around and have a good time.”last_img read more