Coronavirus resurgence sidelines Israel’s annexation planning

first_imgThe Palestinians have rejected the Trump plan. European and Arab powers have warned of diplomatic blowback if Israel unilaterally annexes land Palestinians seek for a state.Netanyahu, meanwhile, is preoccupied with new coronavirus transmissions that aides said could necessitate renewed lockdowns. Unemployment has hit a record 21% and anti-government protests have turned increasingly violent.A poll by the non-partisan Israel Democracy Institute on Tuesday found only 29.5% of the public trust Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis.There has been open opposition from Gantz’s Blue and White party, which makes it hard to persuade Washington that any annexations would enjoy sweeping Israeli support. A coronavirus resurgence in Israel and divisions within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government have sidelined its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, officials said.Although the conservative Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, his centrist coalition partner, agreed the government could begin moving on annexation as of July 1, there has been “close to zero” cabinet-level discussion on the issue, one senior minister told Reuters.And with no agreement with Washington yet on the modalities of the move under a peace proposal announced by President Donald Trump, any step soon to extend Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank seems unlikely. “It’s a matter of right plan, wrong time,” a senior Blue and White minister said. “We are in the middle of the biggest crisis Israel has seen in decades…and it would be irresponsible and insensitive to tend to anything else at the moment.”Gantz has predicted the crisis could last until late 2021.Another official, who requested anonymity, said more than a week had passed since Israeli delegates last spoke to US envoys on annexation under the Trump blueprint, which envisages Israeli sovereignty over up to 30% of West Bank land.Asked for comment, Netanyahu’s office said it had “no updates at this time”.Several ministers from Netanyahu’s Likud party want the move implemented now. Some privately voice concern that Trump’s attention will drift as the November presidential election approaches, and that presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden has come out against annexation. Topics :last_img read more

GO-TIME: Governor Wolf Announces 250,000 Pennsylvanians Have Registered to Vote Online in Less Than a Year

first_img August 04, 2016 GO-TIME,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that more than a quarter million Pennsylvanians have used the state’s new online voter registration (OVR) application to register to vote in less than a year since the system was launched. OVR is one of multiple projects launched by Governor Wolf to provide commonwealth residents with more online tools that improve customer service and make interacting with state services easier.“The primary goal of online voter registration is reduce the burden of participating in the electoral process and today’s announcement is a testament to the success and popularity of the online voter application launched under my administration,” Governor Wolf said. “Putting more services online has been a priority of my administration as state government must be adaptive to consumer behavior. OVR both makes registering more convenient and reduces costs for county governments.”As of this week, 251,171 Pennsylvanians have used register.votespa.com to register for the first time. A total of 445,475 total applications have been processed since August of last year when voter registration change applications are included.“Back in August 2015 when OVR was launched in Pennsylvania, we were the 23rd state to introduce the online alternative to paper applications. Today, a year later, there are at least 32 jurisdictions including the District of Columbia offering online registration,” Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés said. “OVR has proven to be a faster, more convenient and easier option than traditional paper registration. Whether registering for the first time or updating their voter records, Pennsylvanians are embracing OVR.”The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working with state agencies to find ways to improve customer service and encourage innovation for state services.  OVR is just one example of new or improved online applications of state services launched under the Wolf Administration, including DCNR’s revamped State Park reservation system, PennDOT’s new plow tracking system, and the Governor’s Goals website.The OVR site, launched in August 2015, can link to electronic signatures on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. As of March 2016, registrants can also upload their signature with technology similar to that used by banks for mobile check deposit.Pennsylvania’s OVR system is available in English and Spanish. The latest protocols in data security have been built into the system and are constantly monitored and updated.The deadline to register to vote for the November general election is October 11.To learn more about online voter registration, check the frequently asked questions at www.votesPA.com.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img GO-TIME: Governor Wolf Announces 250,000 Pennsylvanians Have Registered to Vote Online in Less Than a Yearlast_img read more

Facebook Preparing for Up to $5 Billion Fine Due to Data Privacy Issues

first_imgFacebook expects federal regulators to hit the social media company with a massive fine resulting from several recent data privacy scandals.Executives with the company said on Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation could result a fine ranging anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion.Facebook has set aside $3 billion in legal expenses tied to the investigation, an action which cut into the company’s profit. In the first quarter of this year, the social media site reported $2.4 billion in profit, which is down 51 percent from a year ago.The fine, if levied, would become Facebook’s first financial penalty in the United States since last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. Since that time, Facebook has faced additional public and government scrutiny for not being fully transparent regarding where and how it shares its users’ data.Facebook signed a 2011 consent agreement with the FTC, in which it was required to implement a “comprehensive privacy program” and to also get “express consent” from users before sharing their information.Former FTC officials believe the agency will apply the fine due to the public attention Facebook has received from the data privacy issues.last_img read more

Other Sports Youth Olympics: Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga creates history, bags India’s first gold medal

first_imgNew Delhi: Jeremy Lalrinnunga marked his name in the history books by claiming India’s first gold medal in the Youth Olympics history after lifting a total weight of 274 kg to bag the top spot in the men’s 62 kg category in the Buenos Aires on Monday.A product of the Army Sports Institute, Lalrinnunga started with a 2 kg lead over Turkey’s Cancer Toptas following the snatch category, and begun the clean and jerk after all his competitors had finished all their three lifts. He finished with an 11 kg advantage over silver medallist Toptas after his initial lift of 142 kg that was followed by an impressive 150 kg lift in the third attempt to complete his overall lift of 274 kg.Lalrinnunga’s brilliant effort puts an end to India’s long wait for the shiny yellow metal. India had clinched a total of seven silver medals in the first two editions of the Games.Shooters Mehuli Ghosh and Shahu Mane missed out on the gold in the women’s and men’s 10m Air Rifle events while Judoga Tababi Devi was defeated in the girl 44 kg final against Venezuela’s Maria Gimenez. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Canadian Grand Prix has become the latest Formula One race to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montreal race was scheduled to take place June 12-14. It is the ninth F1 race to be postponed so far, with the French GP on June 26 now the set to be the opening event of the season.— Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s farewell to tennis — an exhibition match against good friend Serena Williams — is being postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The last tournament of the 29-year-old Wozniacki’s professional career came in January at the Australian Open. The Dane won her Grand Slam title there in 2018. She was supposed to face off against 23-time major champion Williams in Copenhagen on May 18 in a match dubbed “The Final One.”— Two of the biggest meetings in the British horse racing calendar have been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite previous hopes that the sport could return by the start of May. The Jockey Club says the Guineas Festival at Newmarket on May 2-3 and the English Derby Festival at Epsom on June 5-6 will not be staged on those dates.— The Italian and Catalan MotoGP races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season. Eight MotoGP races have now been called off because of the virus.— South Korea’s professional baseball league says it hopes to start practice games between teams on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May. The Korea Baseball Organization says the plans are contingent on the country’s coronavirus caseload continuing to slow. The KBO will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials. Toppin, along with Saddiq Bey of Villanova, Luka Garza of Iowa, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Peyton Pritchard of Oregon, also won positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame.The winners were announced Tuesday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” broadcast. They are usually honored at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles, which was scheduled for Friday, but got canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Toppin is the first player from Dayton to win the Wooden Award and the first Atlantic-10 Conference player to do so since Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph’s in 2004. Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 60% from the field. He led the nation in dunks with a school-record 107 and his 190 career slams also set a school mark.Wooden Award voting took place from March 16-23.Toppin also received the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year. CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is sending a letter to thousands of former student-athletes, asking them to speak with investigators from a law firm it hired to lead a probe into a deceased doctor accused of molesting people.The Ann Arbor school says Tuesday the letter is going out to most of the 6,800 former student-athletes who were on campus between the mid-1960s and the early 2000s.Many men say they were molested by Dr. Robert E. Anderson while seeking treatment for various injuries.Anderson died in 2008. He worked at the university for decades until his retirement in 2003.NASCAR HALL OF FAME Cave’s wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were “fighting to keep him alive” in surgery. “We need a miracle,” Emily Cave wrote. “Please pray for my husband and best friend.”The 25-year-old Cave scored one goal in 11 games with Edmonton this season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AWARDSDayton’s Obi Toppin wins Wooden Award as top hoops playerBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Obi Toppin of Dayton won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college basketball player. Sale is expected to miss 14 to 15 months, which would put him on track to return in the middle of the 2021 season.NFL-CAM NEWTONNewton feels like ‘fish out of water’CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton says he feels like a “fish out of water” being a free agent for the first time in his nine-year NFL career.Newton says being released by the Carolina Panthers left him with a chip on his shoulder that has “turned into family-size real quick.” Newton made the comments during a conversation with Thunder guard Chris Paul on Instagram Live. — Former ice hockey player Roger Chappot of Switzerland has died due to COVID-19. He was 79. Chappot played more than 100 games for Switzerland’s national team, including at the 1964 Winter Olympics. The International Ice Hockey Federation says Chappot was first treated at a hospital two weeks ago. He returned home before his condition became worse and he was admitted to an intensive care unit.VIRUS-OLYMPIC QUALIFYINGAthletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spotsUNDATED (AP) — About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots in the Tokyo Olympics are in for 2021. The International Olympic Committee made it official under redrawn qualifying regulations released Tuesday.The IOC postponed the games by a year due to the new coronavirus. They’ll now be held July 23 through Aug. 8 next year. The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021. Burton, Earnhardt, Edwards headline Hall of Fame nomineesCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards are among the new nominees for NASCAR’s next Hall of Fame class.Janet Guthrie returns as a nominee in the Landmark category after a one-year absence.The voting structure was changed for this year. There are three ballots: one for Modern candidates, one for Pioneer candidates and one for Landmark candidates.Two entries from the 10 Modern candidates will be elected, along with one entry apiece from the five-candidate Pioneer and Landmark categories. OLY-TOKYO-FLAMETokyo Olympic flame taken off display; next stop unclearTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. And it’s not clear when it will reappear again or where.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 26. After the Tokyo Olympics and the torch relay were postponed until next year, the flame was put on display in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. It was removed after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a state-of-emergency order to combat the coronavirus.Tokyo organizers are expected to keep the flame for the short-term. —The Redskins are weighing drafting Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young with the second overall pick against the possibility of trading down. New coach Ron Rivera says he has a good idea in the back of his mind what Washington will do with the No. 2 pick. Young to the Redskins has looked like a slam dunk assuming the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first.NHL-OILERS-CAVEOilers’ Cave out of emergency surgery, remains in comaUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave is out of emergency surgery after suffering a brain bleed.The team posted on Twitter that doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on Cave’s brain Tuesday. He remains in a medically induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. April 8, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL commissioner says season may not be completedUNDATED (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has raised the possibility of not being able to complete the regular season. During an interview on NBCSN, he stressed that all options remain on the table. Bettman said the league is hoping to have a clearer picture of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the next few weeks, and that “nothing has been ruled in and nothing ruled out.”Bettman said the ideal scenario would be to complete the season to determine playoff seedings in fairness to teams involved in tightly contested races in both conferences. However, he adds: “We understand that may not be possible.”The live interview broadcast Tuesday marked the first time Bettman has mentioned the possibility of the league not being able to complete the regular season. There were 189 games remaining when play was postponed on March 12.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The Canadian Football League is the latest sports league to postpone play because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFL, which was scheduled to kick off the regular season on June 11, announced Tuesday that the season won’t start before the beginning of July. Update on the latest in sports: In other college basketball news:—Maryland forward Jalen Smith intends to enter the 2020 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining two years of eligibility. Smith averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore, helping the Terrapins to a 24-7 finish and a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. The 6-foot-10 star ranked first in the conference and third nationally with 21 double-doubles.Meanwhile, Arizona point guard Nico Mannion has joined fellow freshman teammate Zeke Nnaji in declaring for the NBA draftUNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan reaching out to ex-athletes about late doctor He didn’t give any indication where he might be interested in signing.The 2015 league MVP played in only two games last season and is coming off foot surgery. He hasn’t been able to meet with NFL teams due to the coronavirus travel restrictions.In other NFL news:—The Las Vegas Raiders have signed defensive back Damarious Randall to a one-year contract in their latest move to try to upgrade a porous defense. The Raiders announced the signing after agreeing to the deal last week. The Raiders signed Randall to a $3.25 million contract after another deal with cornerback Eli Apple fell through. The 27-year-old Randall was a first-round pick by Green Bay in 2015 with experience playing outside cornerback, in the slot and at both safety positions.—Timmy Brown, a running back and kick returner who won an NFL championship with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1960, has died. He was 82. The Eagles announced Tuesday that Brown died on Saturday. Brown was the first NFL player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, doing it in a 24-23 win over Dallas on November 6, 1966. Brown was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1996. He is sixth on the franchise’s all-time list for touchdowns with 62.  Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures. But they have agreed to let athletes keep spots they already have earned.MLB-RED SOX-SALESale: No regrets about surgeryBOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale says he has no regrets about the timing of his recent Tommy John surgery and is confident he can return as a stronger pitcher following his rehab.  Sale had the procedure on his left elbow last month. The Red Sox said the surgery was a success. Associated Press The flame is expected to be used by the International Olympic Committee in 2021 as a symbol of the fight against the pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Latham(103 not out), and Taylor (95), combine to take New Zealand to victory

first_img…Virat Kohli hits 31st century in ODIsBy Sudipto GangulyMUMBAI (Reuters) – Tom Latham hit a masterful unbeaten hundred and added 200 in a stand with Ross Taylor to help New Zealand to a comfortable six-wicket victory over India in the first one-day international at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.`Chasing 281 for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, the touring side reached their target with six balls to spare on a hot and humid night at the ground overlooking the Arabian Sea.Latham remained unbeaten on 103 while Taylor was out on 95 with the side just one run away from the win.India captain Virat Kohli hit 121 off 125 deliveries to register his 31st century in ODIs and anchor the hosts to 280 for eight after winning the toss and opting to bat.New Zealand’s chase got off to a decent start with an opening stand of 48 between Martin Guptill and Colin Munro but India fought back with three quick wickets to reduce them to 80 for three.With the hosts boasting wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in their bowling armoury, few would have placed a wager on New Zealand winning from that stage but Taylor and Latham had other ideas.Tom Latham went brought up his maiden ODI hundred in Asia, helping New Zealand to a 1-0 lead in the series.Chahal and Yadav played a big part in India winning nine of their last 10 ODIs against Sri Lanka and Australia but the New Zealand batting pair made them ineffective, using powerful sweep shots and deft placements.The 25-year-old Latham brought up his fourth ODI hundred in 95 balls, his innings studded with eight fours and two sixes.Earlier, New Zealand paceman Trent Boult gave his side an ideal start with the ball in his first spell, sending back India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma cheaply while conceding just seven runs in his five overs.Kedar Jadhav then fell for 12 to left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, reducing India to 71-3 and leaving Kohli to rebuild the innings through a 73-run fourth-wicket stand with Dinesh Karthik.The 32-year-old Karthik, who did not play India’s last two series against Sri Lanka and Australia, scored 37 before giving paceman Tim Southee the first of his three wickets.Kohli, who was dropped on 29 by Santner off seamer Colin de Grandhomme, also added 57 for the fifth wicket with former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25).Boult returned to peg back India with the wickets of Dhoni and Hardik Pandya, who made 16, and finished with figures of 4-35 from his 10 overs.Playing his 200th 50-over match, Kohli brought up his three-figure mark with a single off Southee, overtaking former Australia batsman Ricky Ponting to climb to second spot on the list of most ODI hundreds behind Sachin Tendulkar (49).Kohli, who will turn 29 next month, hit nine boundaries and two sixes before falling to Southee in the final over of India’s innings.Pune will host the second ODI on Wednesday.Tom Latham went brought up his maiden ODI hundred in Asia, helping New Zealand to a 1-0 lead in the series.Virat Kohli raises bat to celebrate r his 31st ODI ton.INDIA InningsRo. Sharma b Boult 20S. Dhawan c Latham b Boult 9V. Kohli c Boult b Southee 121K. Jadhav c&b Santner 12D. Karthik c Munro b Southee 37M. Dhoni c Guptill b Boult 25H. Pandya c Williamson b Boult 16B. Kumar c Nicholls b Southee 26K. Yadav not out 0Extras (lb-4 w-10) 14Total (for 8 wickets, 50 overs) 280Fall of wickets: 1-16 S. Dhawan,2-29 Ro. Sharma,3-71 K. Jadhav,4-144 D. Karthik,5-201 M. Dhoni,6-238 H. Pandya,7-270 V. Kohli,8-280 B. KumarDid not bat: J. Bumrah, Y. ChahalBowling:T. Southee 10 – 0 – 73 – 3,T. Boult 10 – 1 – 35 – 4(w-2),A. Milne 9 – 0 – 62 – 0(w-3),M. Santner 10 – 0 – 41 – 1(w-3),C. de Grandhomme 4 – 0 – 27 – 0(w-1),C. Munro 7 – 0 – 38 – 0(w-1)NEW ZEALAND InningsM. Guptill c Karthik b H. Pandya 32C. Munro c Karthik b Bumrah 28K. Williamson c Jadhav b K. Yadav 6R. Taylor c Chahal b B. Kumar 95T. Latham not out 103H. Nicholls not out 4Extras (lb-11 w-5) 16Total (for 4 wickets, 49 overs) 284Fall of wickets: 1-48 C. Munro,2-62 K. Williamson,3-80 M. Guptill,4-280 R. TaylorDid not bat: C. de Grandhomme, M. Santner, A. Milne, T. Southee, T. BoultBowling: B. Kumar 10 – 0 – 56 – 1(w-2),J. Bumrah 9 – 0 – 56 – 1(w-1),K. Yadav 10 – 0 – 64 – 1,H. Panda 10 – 0 – 46 – 1(w-2),Y. Chahal 10 – 0 – 51 – 0last_img

‘Drop your friend’ – Wallace bemoans Holder’s lack of aggression

first_imgFORMER West Indies and Barbados batsman Philo Wallace has pointed to team captain Jason Holder’s lack of aggressive killer instinct as one of the issues that affected the regional team in its recent loss to England.  The 28-year-old all-rounder has faced expected scrutiny in recent days, following a mid-series collapse against the Englishmen, which clouded over a promising start to the series.Holder had marshalled his troops to an impressive four-wicket win to begin the tour but the introduction of pace bowler Stuart Broad midway the second Test coincided with the team coming apart at the seams, with displays of less effective bowling and dismal batting.Wallace believes a more aggressive stance from the typically laid-back captain would have been more beneficial.“Jason handled the side well in the first Test match.  We won that match convincingly. If you look at the second match and the third and how he handled them, again, we see deficiencies in his aggression. I don’t think he’s aggressive enough,” Wallace told the Mason and Guest radio programme.“I don’t think he’s aggressive enough. When Ben Stokes decided to come around the wicket we saw things change. We didn’t see a lot of aggression from our captain and that’s why bowlers did not show the aggression,” he added.Wallace was also highly critical of Holder’s continuing support for a struggling Shai Hope during the series.“Obviously, when Jason decided to continually defend Hope, it’s a massive statement to defend a man who hasn’t scored runs in Test match cricket for a long time.  Yet, you have the extra batsman available to you and you did not play him,” Wallace said.“You went down the road with Shai Hope and Shai Hope did not deliver for you, so that is a massive responsibility for a captain to take on board,” he added.“Sometimes we need to be honest with ourselves about West Indies cricket.  If West Indies cricket is to move forward, sometimes you have to make some harsh decisions.  You have to drop your friend to bring in the man who will fight and perform for you.  You cannot pick a friend and keep getting beaten.” (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Trip to Baltimore, Washington strengthens team chemistry

first_imgSuper Bowl champion head coach John Harbaugh stood on the sidelines, not coaching, but watching his daughter.“He was playing father,” Syracuse assistant coach Regy Thorpe said. “His daughter was there, he gave a couple of  ‘Go ‘Cuse’ fist-pumps. But he was there watching and supporting his daughter.”He watched as she learned the fundamentals of women’s lacrosse from SU players, but a few years ago, the Baltimore Ravens head coach may not have known about the Syracuse lacrosse program.An emphasis on team chemistry from head coach Gary Gait has helped catapult Syracuse into the national spotlight. In the six years prior to Gait taking over, the Orange went 63-36. Since then, SU is 80-29.After Syracuse made its first trip to the NCAA championship game, the rest of the country is taking note of the Orange, inviting the team to appearances at various fundraisers and youth clinics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring Spring Break, the team took Notre Dame Preparatory School up on its offer.The team traveled to the One Love clinic at Notre Dame Prep after a 10-3 victory over No. 16 Towson. The One Love clinic is a foundation established in 2010 in honor of UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love, who was strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend.Syracuse attack Michelle Tumolo said she was honored to be asked to participate in the clinic, in which all of the proceeds went to the foundation.“It was a breathtaking moment to step on that field,” Tumolo said. “It was just awesome to be on the field and that they dedicated to her.”During Tumolo’s freshman year, she played against Love.Not letting the sadness of the story overwhelm her, Tumolo and her teammates coached about 125 girls. Harbaugh, Love’s mother and coach Thorpe watched the Orange run the girls through drills.After taking pictures with Harbaugh, team members traded their jerseys and face paint for heels and dresses to tour the Pentagon. The tour was largely set up with the help of SU junior Liz Harbeson’s father, who works there.Alyssa Costantino, a political science major, appreciated the access they received during that portion of the trip. Costantino relished what she called the most memorable part of the trip, as she sees herself working as a lawyer upon graduating.“We went to the house of Congress and Senate and we got to sit in and listen to them talk,” Costantino said.  “It was really fun to see how the government works.”In awe of the Sept. 11 memorial at the Pentagon, the girls signed their names in the Book of Remembrance.Leaving behind pieces of Syracuse in D.C., they also left with deeper team chemistry.“I think this will help us keep close,” Costantino said. “Team chemistry is a huge part of lacrosse. Being so close and working with each other, that kind of situation will help us in the long run.”After the Orange returned to Syracuse for its first home game in almost a month, the degree of team bonding was evident as Syracuse plastered Connecticut for 30 minutes of play in a statement-making 18-7 victory.“Defense was amazing, attack got there, everything was flowing and it was definitely a game where we could find our chemistry with each other,” Costantino said.Moving forward in SU’s last season in the Big East, coach Thorpe hopes to have more clinics and community service activities in store, as he and Gait believe giving back reaps positive benefits, especially on the field.Said Thorpe: “Whenever you give, it just feels like you get it back tenfold.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 26, 2013 at 12:45 am Contact Melissa: qsbronso@syr.edulast_img read more

Loughlin, Giannulli believed payments were donations

first_img“The Government’s theory is apparently that even though USC affirmatively accepts donations in exchange for admissions, and even though that approach is ‘legitimate,’ and even though Giannulli and Loughlin’s donations actually went to USC and not into the pockets of a rogue employee, Giannulli and Loughlin are still somehow guilty of paying bribes to defraud USC,” the document read. “That argument flunks common sense.” In the reply, the defense also argued that because USC confirmed that parents’ legitimate philanthropy can impact the likelihood of their children’s admission and because some of the money Loughlin and Giannulli paid for their daughters’ acceptances was deposited into University accounts — albeit ones controlled by Heinel — the payments cannot be considered bribes. According to the document, Singer told “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, that the two initial payments of $50,000 they made to secure their daughters’ admissions to USC as women’s rowing recruits were legitimate donations to the University.  “As its eleventh-hour disclosures illustrate, the Government cannot be trusted to make Brady determinations on its own,” the document stated. “This Court should put a stop to the Government’s unconstitutional game of evidentiary hide-and-seek once and for all.” “Singer did recall telling the Giannulli[s] that the first $50,000 for each girl went to USC,” the document stated. “They did not specifically discuss the amount of money that would go to a USC program out of the $200,000.” In a separate reply document filed Friday, Loughlin and Giannulli responded to allegations that they had not released potentially incriminating evidence to the prosecution, reiterating that the government was refusing to release information that could support the defense’s argument. The defense also alleged that the government pressured Loughlin and Giannulli into pleading guilty, falsely claimed it had released all relevant evidence and intimidated parents who chose not to plead guilty by bringing additional charges against them. Loughlin and Giannulli’s next status conference is scheduled for Feb. 27. Of the 36 parents named in the admissions case, 15 — including 11 USC parents — have opted to contest charges. They will be tried and, if found guilty, sentenced in federal court in a series of hearings expected to continue through early 2021, according to the memorandum filed by prosecutors Wednesday.  The reply included requests for specific evidence, including information about the extent of University officials’ knowledge of the donations made by parents in the scandal and complete copies of Singer’s testimonies regarding what he told the parents of their payments’ allocation. Loughlin and Giannulli’s defense filed a motion in December claiming Singer had misled the couple and asserting that the bribery would be unfounded if the defense could prove the couple did not intend to defraud the University. Federal programs bribery carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of twice the amount of money involved.center_img Loughlin and Giannulli currently face charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering for their role in the admissions scandal.  The Brady Rule requires prosecutors to release all information relevant to the questions of the defendants’ guilt to the defense. In another filing made Wednesday, the prosecution proposed a set of two to three hearings for the parents who have pleaded not guilty and requested that Loughlin and Giannulli stand trial in October with the first group of parents. The couple allegedly paid Singer $500,000 between October 2016 and February 2018 and said they believed a portion of the money was sent as a gift to the University’s athletics program and Galen Center rather than a bribe to senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel, who accepted the students’ falsified recruitment profiles and presented them to admissions committees for approval, as the prosecution originally contended. Singer also testified that the couple believed part of the two $200,000 payments they made upon their daughters’ offers of conditional admission would go to the University. College admissions scheme organizer William “Rick” Singer told at least one set of parents a portion of the money they paid for their children’s admission would go directly to the University, prosecutors confirmed in a filing in federal court Friday. Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are among 15 of the 36 parents named in the admissions case who have pleaded not guilty and will stand trial in federal court. Eleven are USC parents. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) The defense stated that because the government did not turn over the evidence by the initial release deadline May 30, the court should require prosecutors to release all information that could be used in the couple’s defense argument. Singer pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice in March after agreeing to cooperate with federal investigators and prosecutors in September 2018. He recorded phone calls with the parents involved and collected information about the scheme to submit to the prosecution in the months leading up to the case being  made public in March.last_img read more

Football: Takeaways from rough Saturday in Ann Arbor

first_imgA night game at the Big House against the No. 12 Michigan Wolverines is certainly not one you can count on the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers to win.But when you lose to an unranked Brigham Young University early in the season, games like Saturday’s become must-wins.Thanks to a banged up secondary and a weak aerial attack in a showdown with the top-ranked defense in the nation, the Badgers lost a true do-or-die game in their quest to make the College Football Playoff.Badgers unable to overcome Michigan defense, lose 38-13 in Ann ArborSaturday night in a highly anticipated match-up between No. 12 University of Michigan and the No. 15 University of Wisconsin, Read…On Second(ary) thought…You’re going to run into issues when you only have one player in the defensive backfield with any meaningful playing time under their belt prior to this season.And when that one player doesn’t suit up for the game, like senior safety D’Cota Dixon Saturday, you’re begging to be picked apart by an experienced quarterback.Though, as easy as it would be to lay blame on safeties Eric Burrell and Reggie Pearson, who both made their first career start (it was Pearson’s first time in a game), Michigan didn’t exactly torch the Badger’s pass defense.Wolverine quarterback Shea Patterson only threw for 124 yards, albeit on an efficient 14–21, and Burrell led the team with 11 tackles in his best attempt at a Dixon impression.So what gives?Football: Takeaways from narrow escape in Iowa CitySaturday night, the University of Wisconsin Football Team, seeking redemption from last week’s loss, went to work at Kinnick Stadium against Read…Hornibrook’s kryptoniteQuarterback Alex Hornibrook has now played the two worst games of his career in Ann Arbor.In 2016, in only the fourth game of his career, Hornibrook was 9-25 for 88 yards and three interceptions in an ugly 14–7 loss.Saturday was much of the same, 7-20 for 100 yards and two touchdowns. But here’s the catch — it was even worse than that.The junior nabbed 75 of those yards on a garbage time drive which had exactly 0 people raising an eye for the fourth quarter touchdown pass to receiver A.J. Taylor that brought the score’s margin all the way down to 38-13.Hornibrook has, up until Saturday, been enjoying the best season of his career. He’d sneakily been leading the Big Ten in a plethora of quarterback categories and hearing whispers about his development.It turns out the lefty might not be able to cut it against elite competition like the Wolverine secondary.Can’t contain that quarterback scrambleAll season long the Badger defense has had issues containing scrambling quarterbacks.To start the season, Western Kentucky University’s quarterback Drew Eckels fared well with 38 yards, and just last week Nebraska’s quarterback Adrian Martinez had 57 yards, both on the ground against the Badgers.That vulnerability was exposed Saturday, as Patterson’s modest night throwing the ball was surpassed by his ability to grab serious yardage with his legs (including an 81-yard play that set an inauspicious tone early and led to the first Wolverine touchdown).Gentle Clowns to engage lesser-known Dirty Birds in match-up of the centuryA wise man once said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” This is true, but there is such Read…Linebackers lone bright spotDespite the shortcomings of seemingly every area of the Badger’s play Saturday, the linebacker corp led by T.J. Edwards and Ryan Connelly was able to make their mark.The two seniors had a combined 18 tackles, four for a loss of yards.This is a strong showing from a group that was supposed to have a huge impact for a highly touted Badger offense but has largely failed to make a lasting impression this season.Taylor stays Taylor-ingRunning back Jonathan Taylor was faced with a tall task as he stared down at the best run-stopping defense in the nation.While he didn’t come away with a vintage 225-yard performance, his 101 yards on 17 attempts were hard-fought and impressive gains against the tough Michigan front seven.The 183 yards the Badgers managed in the ground game, which include two long runs on end-around by receivers Kendric Pryor and Danny Davis, were the most Michigan has allowed this season.Especially in the first half, when Taylor had the bulk of his success, the Badger offensive line looked like they were holding their own in the trenches, and had no problem opening holes for Taylor to find daylight.The Badgers will return to Madison to take on Illinois Saturday and will likely take out their frustrations on the unranked Illini team.last_img read more