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The Latest: Colorado State pauses football after 8 positives

first_imgA full team test will be administered as early as next week, the university said Wednesday. The Rams are anticipating a return within two weeks.The school said there were eight positive tests out of 140 conducted since football student-athletes returned to campus in June.“We are taking this step to voluntarily pause football activities to minimize the opportunity for this virus to spread any further,” said Joe Parker, the director of athletics for Colorado State. “We will always put the health and safety of our student-athletes and community first, and while we are disappointed to see this spread occur within our program, we remain encouraged for the continued collaboration we have experienced with our university’s pandemic preparedness team, local, county, and state health officials.”___The San Diego Loyal of the United Soccer League say their match against the LA Galaxy II in Carson was postponed after some unidentified personnel tested positive for COVID-19 during routine weekly testing. Burrola started six games at right tackle in 2019 and had shoulder surgery in January.“If you’re not going to pay attention to the protocol, wear a mask, all that other stuff, we can’t have you around,” coach Kevin Sumlin told the Arizona Daily Star.___The Cleveland Browns are doing all they can to give their fans a look at their training camp, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team will launch “Browns Live: Training Camp,” on Aug. 14. The online site will give fans “an up-close and personal look at camp.” The two-hour show will be broadcast on all the team’s social media platforms and show clips from practice and interviews with players, coaches and alumni. The school said it has had no positive COVID-19 tests the past two weeks.Arizona paused the influx of additional student-athletes on July 17 as coronavirus cases rose in Arizona. The Wildcats had three positive tests in 366 test encounters among 83 football players and 28 staff members already on campus before the pause.___Texas has no active coronavirus infections on the football team or among the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball team players on campus, athletic director Chris Del Conte said Tuesday.The football team will soon increase testing from once to twice a week and women’s soccer will begin arriving on campus this week. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022.— John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York. Texas provided its first update on testing in weeks. Del Conte said the number of athletes testing positive or being identified as possible cases through contact tracing has “dropped dramatically.” The school announced June 18 that 13 players were either positive or presumed positive.___Arizona has suspended junior offensive lineman Edgar Burrola for violating school coronavirus protocols.Burrola confirmed the suspension on Twitter and said he stopped receiving his meal plan the day he was suspended. He also said his stipend has been taken away. ___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Associated Press Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie.The COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19. The announcement came after coach Dan Quinn earlier said all rookies had negative tests. Hawkins, a fourth-round pick from Cal, could have tested negative and be placed on the list after exposure to the coronavirus. Teams are not allowed to disclose if a player is in quarantine.Quinn said the coronavirus outbreak with the MLB’s Miami Marlins was a topic of discussion as veteran players arrived for training camp on Tuesday and began their testing. He said no player has discussed opting out.___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. ___ But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back.Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules. ___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive.___ July 29, 2020 Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Colorado State says it will pause football team activities after eight known positive tests for COVID-19. A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns.Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football.The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission. The ACC announced a reworked, 11-game schedule Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. If local health conditions allow it, teams will play a 10-game conference schedule that includes Notre Dame, along with one non-conference game that must be played in the school’s home state.“We certainly understand the ACC is doing what they feel is in the best interest of the conference and the health of their teams, staff and student athletes, and as our partners, we support them in that decision,” said Gary Stokan, CEO & President of the Peach Bowl, which operates the Kickoff series. “However, we are disappointed we will lose the opportunity to host Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina and their fans in our scheduled Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games this season.”Stokan said the Peach Bowl still hopes to host a pair of top 10 teams in its New Year’s Day game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.___Arizona is resuming on-campus team activities next week and will continue a phased return of programs, starting with freshmen football players on Aug. 3. Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list.Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic.French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently. Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus.The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series. -Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson. Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte wrote season ticket holders last week about plans to allow about 50,000 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, even as the state of Texas remains a national hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic.Escott says having that many people in one place is a bit of a reach right now.School officials have noted the 50% limit is currently allowed under statewide rules.___The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com.The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%. The Loyal are coached by Landon Donovan, the former U.S. national men’s team and MLS star.The Loyal said they couldn’t identify who tested positive or which teams they were from, only that they were “covered individuals.” According to the league, a covered individual is anybody from the team’s traveling party such as players, coaches or front office personnel.___The head of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games is expressing disappointment but says he understands the Atlantic Coast Conference’s decision to nix three games that had been set for Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the opening weeks of the college football season.The 75,000-seat stadium near downtown Atlanta had been set to host Florida State against West Virginia on Sept. 5, followed two days later by Virginia vs. Georgia on Labor Day. North Carolina was scheduled to face Auburn the following weekend on Sept. 12. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website.Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt. Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12.The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule. The Browns are coming off a 6-10 season that didn’t go as planned, but there is excitement around an unproven but talented team, which recently signed star defensive end Myles Garrett to a long-term extension. Cleveland began in-taking veteran players on Tuesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has already cleared NFL protocol on the coronavirus and was permitted in the training facility.___Austin’s public health authority said the city was “caught a little off guard” by the recent announcement by Texas that the school planned to allow 50% stadium capacity at Longhorns football games this fall.Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott spoke with county commissioners Tuesday, and said it’s hard to imagine allowing a crowd of any size watch a game. The Latest: Colorado State pauses football after 8 positives ___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year.Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.last_img read more

Prominent engineer gives talk on flux architecture

first_imgThe USC School of Architecture hosted a Nabih Youssef Lecture on Structural Design Innovation at the FAIA Conference Center in Harris Hall on Wednesday evening.Mutsuro Sasaki, a professor at Hosei University in Tokyo, gave the lecture, which focused on his breakthrough in structural optimizations and flux architecture.Nabih Youssef, a renowned structural engineer specializing in earthquake engineering, is a lifetime member of the USC Architectural Guild. The Nabih Youssef Lecture series, which is funded by Youssef’s endowment, provides support for a lecture to be given by a distinguished structural engineer. Chikara Inamura, a research assistant at Mediated Matter Group, translated Sasaki’s lecture for the audience, which started off with a description of flux structures. These structures, Sasaki said, are freeform, complex, irregular, dynamic and organic.“This new structure type has become an international trend in contemporary architecture scenes,” Sasaki said.Sasaki also said that flux structures are changing the way architects and structural engineers collaborate in the professional and educational fields. “Historically, structural design classes were based on the humanistic knowledge of the engineers,” Sasaki said. “The more you build, the more you understand what works and what doesn’t.”Sasaki’s repeated his design philosophy throughout the course of his lecture. He stressed freedom and the aesthetic necessary in flux structures. There are three important entities in the creation of a flux building according to Sasaki: structure, construction and architecture. “These three entities form a loop and together find a balance and derive my design process,” Sasaki said. “As a structural engineer, structure is an essential design.” Sasaki then went on to explain the fundamentals of formal freedom, which requires an architect to look at both the quality (form) of a structure and the quantity (scale). The form decreases as scale increases and vice versa. Sasaki’s first piece of advice to the architecture students in the room was to try to understand form and scale. For the next section of the lecture, Sasaki compared framed and spatial structures throughout history, including the Sydney Opera House, the Parthenon, the Bacardi Bottling Plant and the Teshima Art Museum, which he worked on. Sasaki also described his own successful career in architecture. He joined Nagoya University in 1964, which coincided with the Tokyo Olympics. Around 10 years after he graduated, Sasaki created his own firm, Sasaki Structural Consultants. He started his next firm, SAPS/Sasaki and Partners, in 2002.Sasaki’s turning point came in 1995, 15 years after he started his first architecture firm, when he received a sketch that he thought was a joke. That project defined his continuing mantra of the organic relationship between structure and architecture. What started as a sketch culminated in the Sendai Mediatheque, a cultural media center which employed six steel-ribbed slabs supported by 13 earthquake-resistant, latticed steel pipes, while at the same time retaining a natural feel. “The sketch called for a return to nature and its organic structure. It also suggests and inseparable relationship between architecture and structure,” Sasaki said. “This philosophy is very much in line with the theme of flux structure, starting the beginning of a new chapter in my career as an engineer.”The second part of Sasaki’s lecture focused on the structural optimization of free-curved RC shells. Swiss structural engineer Heinz Isler was the pioneer of free-curved concrete shells throughout the ’60s and was an inspiration for Sasaki’s own research in the optimization of these thin, concrete shells.Sasaki created five of these free-curved structures in his own career, his most notable being the Teshima Art Museum. He explained during his lecture how he significantly optimized these concrete shells for structural integrity in the case of an earthquake through computational morphogenesis.“The result doesn’t seem to show much change. However, optimization can significantly improve the structure’s performance by using the stresses and displacements in an earthquake,” Sasaki said. Graduate architecture student Peng Ie thought that Sasaki was able to give a general understanding behind his method without going into complex details.“I’m glad he didn’t talk about too [many] technical things,” Ie said. “As an architecture student, we don’t know too much about engineering, and he shared his big idea, and that was really cool.” Sasaki closed with the important things that he learned throughout his own life that he hoped could help the younger generation he was speaking to. Now at 70 years old, he is retiring from teaching as a professor at Hosei University.“For me, the ideas and inspirations all come by accident,” Sasaki said. “The important thing is how you take each accident and translate it into your own creativity.”last_img read more

Tipp manager taking positives from Cork loss

first_imgTipperary will now take on Limerick in the Munster Championship next Wednesday evening. Mike O’Sullivan’s men were beaten by the Rebels in Pairc Ui Rinn on a final scoreline of Tipp 1-11 Cork 1-14….Conor Cashman scoring the goal for the Premier. Despite a hugely positive performance overall…the Leesiders proved too strong for Tipperary. Tipp manager Mike O’Sullivan says that there’s still plenty positives to take from the clashlast_img

SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS SET TO COMPETE IN 49TH ANNUAL HOLY ANGELS BOYS CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME FEB. 11, PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS FUND, HOLY ANGELS ATHLETICS & EYE ON JACOB FOUNDATION

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2016)–The 49th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played Thursday, Feb. 11 at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, a number of active riders, including: Saul Arias, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Martin Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Abel Lezcano, Kayla Stra, Chantal Sutherland, David Lopez, Edwin Maldonado, Gonzalo Nicolas, Martin Pedroza, Geena Lattanzio, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Alonso Quinonez, Joe Talamo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 17-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey, Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.Tickets are five dollars per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to The Great Race Place.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels Elementary School in Arcadia. GAME TO BE PLAYED AT LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL IN PASADENA & WILL BE SPONSORED BY J. PAUL REDDAM’S CASHCALL & SANTA ANITA PARKlast_img read more

No faith in basketball association

first_imgSome major players in local basketball have expressed grave disappointment in Mark Broomfield’s administration after a year in office.Urban Knights’ Gordon Porter and Pete Matthews of Runnin Rebels say basketball is in its worst state in 10 years and that there is no confidence in the administration and its president to attract sponsorship or support of any kind.Porter and Matthews highlighted declines in the sport and the implications of not having a top-flight tournament. The National Basketball League (NBL) will have been out of commission for three seasons this August.Both agreed there is no faith in the administration and its leadership but are willing to give Broomfield time before they consider a no-confidence vote, though they insist that something needs to happen fast.”The major problem the association faces is negative perception. Corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the leadership, and it’s pertaining to what happened in the previous administration, so the present administration is having a hard time convincing the corporate sector to come on board.”As a consequence, the NBL has not restarted, and it is causing other problems because top players are not able to compete at the highest level. Players have not played in two years, others are playing in the lower leagues, and it’s creating all sorts of issues as it’s filtering over to other competitions and it has serious implications for basketball,” he reasoned.The general lack of sponsorship and a flagship tournament are having a dire impact on the sport’s development, said Matthews, who believes that they might have to revamp from the grass-roots level.NO SPONSORSHIP”There is absolutely no sponsorship, and the present administration cannot garner any money, so we don’t know what is going to happen. I can wholeheartedly say I have no confidence in the administration.”We have players sitting down three years, getting fat, players who were coming along, and now there is no top-level league for them to compete in because corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the association, so we are wondering what is going to happen to basketball,” he insisted.Broomfield said that the accusations are not entirely true and insisted that they are slowly trying to rebuild corporate Jamaica’s confidence, but it’s taking time.”How do you gain confidence? To rebuild a sport that has sustained certain damage requires more than a sponsor. I am one hundred per cent sure the corporate community doesn’t question my integrity. Our annual financial statements for 2013-2014 are out and our books are open for those who want to look. That is the only way we can regain confidence. We have to rebrand what we have in this tight economic space, and it requires sacrifice,” he said.last_img read more

East Ruimveldt man fined for slapping mother

first_imgA man was on Friday slapped with an unlawfully assault charge when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Leron Daly.Kerron Cummings of Lot 10 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on May 9, 2018 while at the East Ruimveldt home, he slapped his mother, Maxine Baird to her face.The prosecutor told the court that on the day in question, Baird was carrying clothes into the house when the defendant blocked the door with his hand.The young man was subsequently asked to remove his hands but instead he became annoyed and dealt Baird a slap to her face.The matter was reported and an investigation was carried out.However the man’s mother asked that the court be lenient with her son while citing that he is a “good boy” and needs counselling.“If he was in his right sense he would have never did what he did, I don’t want him to go to jail, I want him to get counselling,” the woman explained to the court.Magistrate Daly instructed that the man be mentally evaluated by a psychiatrist. He was fined $10,000 or an alternative of two weeks’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Senator Neufeld fuming over gas price difference

first_imgToday, the lowest price for gas in Fort St. John is 133.9 at Safeway, while Dawson Creek is at 122.9. Neufeld wants to know why there’s such a big gap in price when trucks only have to drive another 80 kilometres further. He believes the prices should be within two cents, if not on par with each other.- Advertisement – As someone who used to work with bulk fuels, Neufeld says he knows it doesn’t cost an extra ten cents a litre to transport fuel between cities, saying it’s “absolutely ridiculous”. He says he wants service station operators to show him their bill and tell the truth.Advertisement Since his request is always refused, Neufeld says it’s time for people to start complaining. “If nobody complains, guess what? The price stays there. I think we have to start complaining about it.” When he returns to Ottawa later this month, he plans to write letters to the oil companies and service station operators.last_img read more

FULL DAY SUMMER FUN CLUB AT CARA HOUSE

first_imgFull day Summer Fun ClubBenefits parents – benefits children! All day fun from 11 July to 19th August 9am – 5pmBook by the day – book by the weekGive children the chance to explore and have fun with fully qualified staffEach week includes: Outdoor with outings to Alcorns, Lurgybrack Farm, Ards Forest ParkSurfing in DunfanaghyCooking DayArts and Crafts DayEnvironment day round Letterkenny TownCost €25 per day €110 per week Call 9123986 or 0867251779 info@carahouse.ieFind us on FacebookECCE Free Preschool YearPlaces now available for September and January intakesCall 9123986 or 0867251779Very few places remain for afterschool groups in September.FULL DAY SUMMER FUN CLUB AT CARA HOUSE was last modified: June 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CARA HOUSEFeaturesnewslast_img read more

DELIGHT FOR GORMAN AS HE PENS NEW THREE-YEAR CONTRACT AT STEVENAGE

first_imgFormer Letterkenny Rovers player Dale Gorman has been handed a THREE-YEAR contract extension by his employers Stevenage FC.Stevenage are managed by former Manchester United and England striker Teddy Sheringham. Gorman impressed Sheringham during pre-season – and was involved in several first-team games at the beginning of the season.However, he suffered a nasty injury that ruled him out for six weeks – but he has returned to full training and made a cameo appearance against Bristol Rovers.Stevenage have been so impressed with Gorman – that today they officially announced the midfielder had penned a new three-year deal at the club.DELIGHT FOR GORMAN AS HE PENS NEW THREE-YEAR CONTRACT AT STEVENAGE was last modified: December 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

U.S. death toll reaches 2,000

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week President George W. Bush warned the U.S. public to brace for more casualties in the fight against “as brutal an enemy as we have ever faced, unconstrained by any notion of common humanity and by the rules of warfare.” “No one should underestimate the difficulties ahead,” Bush said in a speech Tuesday before the Joint Armed Forces Officers’ Wives’ luncheon in Washington. As a sign of those challenges, one of Iraq’s most ruthless terror groups – al-Qaida in Iraq – claimed responsibility for Monday’s suicide attacks against hotels housing Western journalists and contractors in Baghdad, as well as suicide bombings Tuesday in northern Iraq. In the latest casualty reports, the Pentagon said Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander Jr., 34, of Killeen, Texas, died Saturday in San Antonio of wounds suffered Oct. 17 in a blast in Samarra, a city 60 miles north of the Iraqi capital. Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. military announced the deaths of two unidentified service members – a sailor and a Marine – in fighting last week in a village 25 miles west of Baghdad. Those announcements brought the U.S. death toll to 2,000, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press. BAGHDAD, Iraq – The American military death toll in the Iraq war reached 2,000 Tuesday with the announcements of three more deaths, including an Army sergeant who died of wounds at a military hospital in Texas and a Marine and a sailor killed last week in fighting west of Baghdad. The 2,000 mark was reached amid growing doubts among the American public about the Iraq conflict, launched in March 2003 to destroy Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. None was ever found. In Washington, the U.S. Senate observed a moment of silence in honor of the fallen 2,000. “We owe them a deep debt of gratitude for their courage, for their valor, for their strength, for their commitment to our country,” said Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist. “Our armed forces are serving ably in Iraq under enormously difficult circumstances, and the policy of our government must be worthy of their sacrifice. Unfortunately, it is not, and the American people know it,” said Sen. Edward Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat. It was unclear who was the 2,000th service member to die in Iraq since the U.S. military often delays death announcements until families are notified. On Monday, for example, the U.S. command announced that an unidentified Marine was killed in action the day before – after the deaths of the three service members reported Tuesday. In an e-mail statement to Baghdad-based journalists, command spokesman Lt. Col. Steve Boylan said media attention on the 2,000 figure was misguided and “set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives.” He described the grim statistic as an “artificial mark on the wall” and urged news organizations to focus more on the accomplishments of the U.S. military mission in Iraq. For example, Iraqi officials announced Tuesday that voters had approved a new constitution in the Oct. 15 referendum, laying the foundation for constitutional, democratic Iraqi government after decades of Saddam’s tyranny. “I ask that when you report on the events, take a moment to think about the effects on the families and those serving in Iraq,” Boylan wrote. “The 2,000 service members killed in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a milestone.” Boylan said the 2,000th service member to die in Iraq “is just as important as the first that died and will be just as important as the last to die in this war against terrorism and to ensure freedom for a people who have not known freedom in over two generations.” He complained that the true milestones of the war were “rarely covered or discussed,” including the troops who had volunteered to serve, the families of those that have been deployed for a year or more, and the Iraqis who have sought at great risk to restore normalcy to their country. “Celebrate the daily milestones, the accomplishments they have secured and look to the future of a free and democratic Iraq and to the day that all of our troops return home to the heroes welcome they deserve,” Boylan wrote. In the latest fighting, U.S. and Iraqi troops raided insurgent safe houses Tuesday northwest of Qaim, a tense town near the Syrian border along a major infiltration route for foreign fighters. At one safe house, where women and children were also staying, an exchange of fire detonated an insurgent’s suicide vest, causing the roof to collapse, a U.S. statement said. “The women and children were rescued from the rubble and treated by medical personnel,” the statement added. U.S. aircraft then destroyed three buildings after the survivors were taken to a safe area, the statement said. Elsewhere, suicide car bombs exploded Tuesday in the generally peaceful Kurdish province of Sulaimaniyah, killing 12 people. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility in an Internet statement. The group also said it was behind the three suicide car bombs aimed at the Palestine and Sheraton hotels in Baghdad. Deputy Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal said 17 people were killed – mostly hotel guards and passers-by – in Monday’s attack, which involved bombers driving two cars and a cement truck. The U.S. soldier who shot and killed the truck driver said he initially had a hard time seeing the truck drive through the breach that the first car explosion had created in the concrete wall. “Once the dust and the debris settled down, I noticed the truck had already breached through our perimeter,” Spc. Darrell Green told CNN American Morning. “He backed up and then pulled forward. As he was doing that, I engaged in machine gun and took out the driver. If he had made it through, he could have done a lot more damage, a lot more casualties than what actually happened.” In a Web posting, al-Qaida in Iraq said it carried out the hotel attack to target a “dirty harbor of intelligence agents and private American, British and Australian security companies.” The hotel complex houses offices of the AP and other media organizations. Also Tuesday, insurgents killed six Iraqis – a 7-year-old boy, two Iraqi soldiers and three policemen – and wounded 45 others in a series of attacks in Baghdad. A video posted on an Islamic extremist Web site showed a U.S. soldier being shot in Iraq while guarding an armored vehicle. The militant Islamic Army in Iraq said one of its snipers killed the soldier in Baghdad on Monday, but the U.S. military said it could not verify the authenticity of the claim. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more