Nigeria army kills 4 Islamists, rescue over 60

first_imgNigerian troops reportedly killed four suspected Boko Haram militants and freed 61 people, mostly women and children, who were held captive by the Islamist extremist group in the north-eastern Borno state.The army is reported to have issues a statement saying that its troops that were under air cover cleared Boko Haram camps and in the process rescued 61 people abducted and held captive by the terrorists.“The rescued persons were mainly women and children,” the military said, adding that troops also “killed four terrorists and arrested one”.The Nigerian Army on 28 October also said that it had freed 330 people, again mostly women and children, from Boko Haram’s stronghold in Sambisa Forest, in an operation launched in the volatile northeast.There has still not been any indication of any of the more than 200 schoolgirls seized by the terrorists group in April last year in Chibok town.President Muhammadu Buhari who came into power in May pledged to crush Boko Haram, and has given his commanders until the end of December to defeat the militants.last_img read more

Appeals on Wheels makes stop at Batesville High School

first_imgBatesville, IN—Indiana’s second highest Court will conduct oral argument at Batesville High School on Wednesday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m. EST. A panel consisting of Judge Edward W. Najam, Judge L. Mark Bailey, and Judge Cale J. Bradford will hear Joshua B. Risinger v. State of Indiana. The case synopsis can be found by clicking here.  The oral argument will conclude with a question and answer session with the audience; however, the judges are unable to speak about the case.The Court of Appeals hears oral arguments across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to observe the real-world issues that face the Court and learn more about the Court’s indispensable role in Indiana government. Audiences also get to observe skilled legal arguments and advocacy by some of Indiana’s best lawyers, against a backdrop of case-specific facts and statutory and constitutional law.The event is open to the public and will last about one hour.last_img read more

AquaTrojans Roll On To Victory Against Spartans

first_imgEC hosted Connersville on Tuesday night and came away with 2 more victories on the season.  EC Girls won 143-37 and EC boys won 118-62.  Individual winners include: Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless. Mackenzie Schantz- 200 FreeEthan Bley – 200 FreeJordan Marro – 200 IMCaroline Walters – 50 Free, 100 BreaststrokeAly Bailey – 1 meter divingKyra Hall – 100 Butterfly, 100 FreeJackson Ketcham – 100 Butterfly, 100 FreeTara Hall – 500 FreeTyler Ketcham – 500 FreeHannah Weber – 100 BackstrokeNick Weber – 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststrokecenter_img EC won all 6 relays.  The AquaTrojans travel to Richmond to face the Red Devils on Saturday.  Go AquaTrojans!!!last_img read more

Adnan Januzaj will not feature for Manchester United’s under-21s against Reading

first_imgAdnan Januzaj has been pulled out of Manchester United’s under-21 squad for Monday’s game at Reading because Louis van Gaal does not think he is fit enough. Van Gaal recalled Januzaj from his loan at Borussia Dortmund last week after the club became annoyed at the forward’s lack of game time in Germany. Januzaj, 20, started just three matches during his four-month spell at Dortmund – all of which were in the Europa League. The United manager wants Januzaj to regain his fitness with the under-21 side before bringing him back into the first-team fold and had identified Monday’s game against Reading as the ideal place for him to start. But Van Gaal now claims he is not satisfied that Januzaj, who last played for Dortmund over a month ago, is fit enough to play in the game at Adams Park. “We have reconsidered and we think we have to build him up for the game and not risk too much by putting him in a game at once,” the United manager told MUTV. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fake Face Mask Exempt Cards Being Used to Defy PBC Ordinance

first_imgA growing number of people in Palm Beach County are unhappy with the local mask ordinance, and now they are trying to “prove” their way out of it, officials say.Last month, county commissioners voted unanimously to require everyone to wear some type of facial covering in buildings.At the time, several people told the commissioners the ordinance would infringe on their rights.Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said last Friday that some people are now trying to find ways to defy the ordinance.He says they are using fake cards exempting them from having to wear masks, in order to oppose the statute.“So you have this organization out there that was established recently to allow people to evade mask order around the country,” Aronberg explains. “It’s pretty despicable.”He says a doctor’s notice is not required to obtain the card.According to Aronberg, people are downloading the cards from a group called the Freedom to Breathe Agency.The group has been using the U.S. Department of Justice’s seal as a way to evade masks orders nationwide.Additionally, Aronberg says individual rights do not supersede the county’s right to enforce a mask ordinance.“The county has the right to enact a mandatory mask order,” he emphasizes. “The state has the same rights. They can do so in their police power.”last_img read more

FIFA loses the man who led fight against match-fixing

first_img(REUTERS)-The man who was leading FIFA’s fight against match-fixing has left his post, football’s world governing body said yesterday.FIFA confirmed that former German police chief Ralf Mutschke, who had been their head of security for 3-1/2 years, had departed, without giving any further details.Mutschke was senior manager at the German Federal criminal police office (BKA), where he had more than 30 years’ experience, and a former Interpol director before being appointed by FIFA in June 2012.Mutschke travelled the world as FIFA attempted to clamp down on match-fixing, which is seen as a major threat to the sport.He told Reuters last year that one of his priorities was to help national football associations set up integrity programmes to combat the threat of match-fixing.For its own competitions, he said that FIFA monitored betting patterns, placed integrity managers in stadiums and briefed teams and officials on the threat.Match-fixing is usually instigated by criminal gangs who bribe players or referees to manipulate a game and make thousands or millions of dollars by betting on the outcome.Dozens of players have been banned around the world over the last few years, but criminal convictions for those who set up the fixes have been rare.Last year, Interpol called off an agreement with FIFA after the worst corruption scandal in the global football body’s history in which 42 people, including ex-FIFA executive committee members, and entities were indicted in the United States.last_img read more

Stintzi crosses winning path

first_imgWith five of his top seven runners returning from last season’s 20th-place finish at the NCAA meet, third-year Badgers women’s cross country coach Jim Stintzi looks to continue making progress.The No. 10-ranked UW women’s cross country team opened the season by taking its second consecutive Pioneer Harrier Invitational last Saturday at Carroll College. Badgers sophomore Maggie Hippman led the women to victory with her first-place finish, covering the 5,000-meter course in 18:48.The Badgers’ 30-point total was 21 less than the second-place team, UW-Oshkosh.Stintzi said the performance of Hippman was positive, and he expects the redshirt freshman to instantly contribute to the Badgers’ competitive squad.”Maggie Hippman was a big positive,” Stintzi said. “She was not ready last year, but I think she will be a real strong addition.”Stintzi also expects juniors Ann Detmer and Emily Post step up into competitive roles this season.”Emily Post was always on the verge,” Stintzi said. “I’m looking for a big breakout year from her.”Stintzi said it is important to train intelligently and avoid injuries to reach the team’s primary goal of improving upon last year’s performance.The team was solid at the 2005 Big Ten conference meet and performed even better at the NCAA meet, but struggles marred much of the middle of the season, Stintzi said.From his returning runners, the coach expects good leadership and improvement from last season’s finish.The team is once again paced by senior Katrina Rundhaug, who finished 36th at the NCAA championships last year.Seniors Amanda Ganser and ‘A Havahla Haynes and sophomores Ashley Benson and Alicia Pabich join Rundhaug as the team’s returning NCAA competitors.Stintzi said Haynes has been a consistent leader for the team, and he looks for another solid season from her.He added that Pabich should be able to take confidence from a consistent track season in the spring into the fall as a member of the cross country squad.”Alicia Pabich had a solid cross [country] season last year, but she had a great outdoor [track] season,” Stintzi said.Rounding out his top squad, Stintzi hopes a couple of freshmen run their way into the mix, but he acknowledges it is always tough to know what to expect from newcomers.”I hope a couple of new freshmen can help us,” Stintzi said. “But you never know with freshmen.”Friday’s Eastern Illinois Invitational in Charleston, Ill. will serve as Wisconsin’s second meet of the season Friday. In the first U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll of the season, Wisconsin is ranked 10th and is a solid third in the Big Ten in terms of national rankings, following Michigan at No. 3 and Illinois at No. 6.Stintzi said Friday’s race is a little larger than the previous race, consisting of mostly Division I schools, but the competition is still not at the level of the Big Ten, he added. He hopes the race is part of a progressively more difficult schedule throughout the season to prepare the team for the conference and national meets.Stintzi plans to send out most of his “A” squad Friday to get an idea of where the team is and who will run for the next meet in a couple of weeks.last_img read more

Fall ’08 sports at a glance

first_imgEveryone knows about the football team, but there are plenty of other sports that take place in the fall. Herald Sports gives you an introduction into four other teams and some of their top athletes that are ready to kick off their seasons in the upcoming weeks.VolleyballAs fall approaches in Madison, a new season springs into action for the Wisconsin volleyball team.The Badgers, who lost five seniors, including three starters, at the conclusion of last season are looking to build on last year’s success after finishing second in the Big Ten and 14th in nation. This year’s players, led by All-American outside hitter Brittney Dolgner, will look to fill the shoes of those who came before them.“It’s different because that last core was starting since their freshman year,” head coach Pete Waite said. “So they really were doing some great things for us, but this new group is excited. It’s their turn to step up, and they have been working hard in the spring and the summer to ready to go for this season.”Along with Dolgner, the Badgers welcome a top-10 recruiting class to Madison this fall. The class includes Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year Janelle Gabrielsen and two-time Wisconsin Defensive Player Award winner Sally Shumaker.This summer, along with their offseason training, Morgan Salow and Nikki Klingsporn have helped coach local club teams in Madison. Waite believes the skills they learned on the sidelines will help them gain a better understanding of the game and improve their skills.“They really do learn what it takes for a player on the court and what the coaches are looking for,” Waite said. “They’ve found themselves coaching their team with the same techniques and skills and comments that they hear from our staff. So it makes them think when they get on the court what they need to do, and it really makes them aware of their surroundings more and their own game.”The Badgers will begin practice the week of Aug. 10 and their season kicks off on the road in the Kentucky Classic on Aug. 29 in Lexington, Ky.Cross CountryComing off a Big Ten title and a fifth place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships, this year’s UW men’s cross country team should make another run at a few more trophies.Head coach Jerry Schumacher has had great success in his nine years with the program, including the NCAA team title in 2005. But he will be replaced by Mick Byrne, who was the head men’s and women’s cross country coach at Iona since 1990.With 13 letter-winners returning from last season, the veteran leadership and experience should help this year’s squad transition between coaches.The men’s team will be led by a pair of seniors, Matt Withrow and Stu Eagon. Both were All-Americans in 2007, and Withrow claimed the Big Ten individual title. They will have plenty of help from some of their younger teammates, particularly from Brandon Bethke and Andrew Lacy, both of whom earned second-team All-Big Ten last season.Wisconsin opens its season at the Pioneer Invitational at Carroll College, an event the team won in 2007.The women’s team did not see quite the success their male counterparts did last year, placing sixth at the Big Ten tournament and 20th at the NCAA Championship.Junior Hanna Grinaker was one of the bright spots for UW last season, as she finished 25th at the NCAAs, the best of anyone on the team. Senior Gwen Jorgensen, a Waukesha native, is another runner to keep an eye on for Wisconsin. She posted the second-best time of any Badger at the NCAAs behind Grinaker and was named to the U.S. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team in the offseason.GolfAlthough last season may not have been all the UW men’s golf team had hoped for, nearly all of the players will have a chance to top last year’s performance. The Badgers will welcome back all but one member from 2007’s squad, losing senior Jeff Kaiser.A talented set of incoming seniors is led by Dan Woltman and Danny Zimmerman. Tyler Obermueller and Patrick Duffy are the other two seniors and are both looking to improve on last season’s finish.Woltman, a native of Beaver Dam, had perhaps the best individual performance of anyone on the team, as he was the only member to qualify for the NCAA Championships.Woltman’s season ended before the final cut, though, as his three-round total of 230 wasn’t quite enough to get him to the fourth and final round. He was the first UW golfer, however, to qualify for back-to-back NCAA Championships as an individual competitor.Like the men, the women’s team will be losing just one senior from last season in Katie Elliot. They will miss Elliot, who led the Badgers in scoring average the last three years. She was on the Second Team All-Big Ten in 2007 and earned the conference’s Sportsmanship Award as well.Carly Werwie showed plenty of potential last season as a freshman, who finished tops among any UW golfer at the Big Ten Championships in the spring.The women open their season in Charleston, S.C. at the Cougar Classic Sept. 14-16, and host their only home tournament — the Badger Invitational — on Sept. 27 at University Ridge.TennisFor the second consecutive season — and the fourth time in school history — the men’s tennis team earned a trip to the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid. After defeating the Washington Huskies in the first round, the Badgers’ run ended after encountering No. 3 UCLA, who beat UW 4-0 in Los Angeles.Moritz Baumann was the lone member of the team to make the NCAAs in singles play. The native of Germany did not last long, however, losing in straight sets to Travis Helgeson of Georgia.Highlighting their 2008-09 schedule are matches against in-state rival Marquette and the Big Ten singles tournament, which will be held in Madison at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.The women’s team loses a valuable duo of seniors in Morgan Tuttle and Chelsea Nusslock.In his first year as head coach, Brian Fleishman’s team failed to make the NCAA Tournament after losing in the second round of the Big Tens.Returning for Fleishman’s squad will be senior Elizabeth Carpenter, who solidified herself in the top singles spot last season. Freshman Jessica Seyferth showed signs of promise in her rookie year, as she moved from the No. 2 through No. 4 singles positions.The women’s team begins its season Sept. 19-21 at the Milwaukee Classic and will then travel to California for the ITA All-America Championship the following week.last_img read more

Syracuse to play 6 games at War Memorial

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 5, 2015 at 9:19 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Syracuse announced on Thursday that it will play six of its remaining 14 home games at War Memorial Arena at the Oncenter. The downtown Syracuse arena is the home of the Syracuse Crunch, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lighting.The next Orange home game — Saturday, Nov. 14, against Cornell — will be the first game to be played at War Memorial. Another game will be played there on Friday, Nov. 27 against North Dakota.The remaining four games will be a set of series – with games on a Friday and Saturday – against College Hockey America opponents after the New Year. The first set will be on Jan. 15–16 against Mercyhurst. The next will be on Feb. 19–20 against Lindenwood. Commentslast_img read more

Is dancehall at its lowest ebb?

first_imgBY Karyl WalkerWhile non-Jamaican artists such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Liam Payne (formerly of the group One Direction) are cashing in on the dancehall beat that originated from that Caribbean island, the future for homegrown acts looks bleak.The influence of dancehall was evident during the recent BET Music Awards in Los Angeles. The beat has been so adapted by mainstream pop culture that corporate giants Coca Cola, a major sponsor of the event, ran an advertisement using the dancehall-flavored song (I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times) by Young Thugz featuring Jamie Foxx.But in Jamaica, where close to 700 murders have been committed since the start of 2017, major artistes seem to have lost sight of the big picture.Vybz Kartel, its biggest name, is in prison for murder with little hope for freedom. He has an appeal hearing before the courts in a few months.His likely successor, Alkaline and another rising DJ, Masicka, are under the police microscope after two music videos surfaced with questionable scenes.The videos, Afterall by Alkaline and Infrared by Masicka, depict thugs toting high-powered weapons and glorifying criminality.In Afterall, a woman dressed in a police uniform, appears to be performing a sexual act on Alkaline.There are other persons dressed in police uniforms and what appears to be a marked police vehicle in the film.Jamaica’s police commissioner has ordered a probe into the video and ordered that the ‘actors’ be found and questioned.He has promised disciplinary action against members of the force who played a part in the visual.The message of Masicka’s single leans towards robbery, as the deejay repeatedly spews, “My dog dem haffi live’. Men are seen robbing an armored vehicle in the flick.This has drawn the attention of Jamaica’s Firearm Licensing Authority which is investigating if the guns, ammunition and armored vehicle involved were authorized.All this controversy while overseas acts like Drake and Rihanna are laughing all the way to the bank.It is clear that Jamaican dancehall artists need to pull up their socks. Instead of concentrating on cashing in on dancehall’s global appeal, they seem hell-bent on promoting everything that is wrong with Jamaica.Is dancehall at its lowest ebb?last_img read more