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How to… Make the most of hand-helds

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Indonesian fishermen rescue dozens of Rohingya refugees in Aceh waters

first_imgTopics : Three Indonesian fishermen rescued 94 foreign nationals who are believed to be Rohingya refugees in the waters of North Aceh regency on Wednesday morning.The fishermen – Faisal, 40, Abdul Azis, 40, and Raja, 30 – rescued the foreign nationals from a sinking cargo ship using their fishing boat, the KM 2017.811.They attempted to transport the group to Kuala Tanah Jambo Aye in Seunuddon district, North Aceh, but their engine was broken, leaving them stranded 4 miles from the coast of Seunuddon. Read also: Aceh on alert for Rohingya refugee boats spotted in Andaman Sea“The fishermen reported their findings to [traditional fishing community] Panglima Laot, which then passed it on to the district police and the subdistrict military command. We are now coordinating with the immigration office and the North Aceh administration,” Seunuddon Police chief First Insp. M. Jamil said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com. A joint force of police and military personnel reportedly arrived to the scene of the stranded vessel to check on the condition of the passengers. Tri said the boat was still in the open sea and the joint force was coordinating with various parties over a rescue mission. (aly)Editor’s note: This article has been updated for clarity. The number of the foreign nationals is 94, not 114 as previously stated.last_img read more

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INDOT: We’re ready for winter weather

first_img(Image: Indiana Department of Transportation)INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation has spent the warmer months preparing for winter weather.Last winter, INDOT deployed 437,000 tons of granular salt and 5.1 million gallons of salt brine on Hoosier roadways.Prior to last winter, the five-year average for salt usage was roughly 291,000 tons and salt brine was 3.4 million gallons.Ongoing demand from last year’s record winter has resulted in less competition among suppliers than in prior years and average salt price increases of 57 percent across the state.INDOT’s salt contract prices for this winter range from $72.59 to $105.89 per ton.INDOT continues to receive deliveries of salt and already has more than 220,000 tons on hand statewide – most of what would be needed during a typical winter.“A recent customer survey found that Hoosiers’ top priorities for INDOT are maintaining our existing roads and bridges and removing snow and ice,” Commissioner Browning said. “INDOT is focusing our resources to ensure that we have the manpower, equipment and materials needed to make state highways as safe as possible.”New plow equipmentLast winter, INDOT’s yellow plow trucks logged nearly 8.8 million miles – the equivalent of 353 trips around the earth or 18 round trips to the moon.INDOT is realigning its snow routes to create better efficiencies and adding more plows to some routes. This includes eight new “tow plows” across the state. Already used in northeast Indiana and 22 other states, a tow plow and material spreader are pulled behind and to the side of INDOT’s standard yellow plow truck, allowing two lanes to be cleared at once. The investment intends to optimize usage of fuel, anti-icing materials, equipment and labor during snow and ice removal.Tow plows will only be used on multi-lane highways and interstates. Tow plows often partner with other plow trucks to clear adjacent lanes more efficiently, providing a more consistent surface for motorists in winter weather.Drivers should not attempt to pass a tow plow if all lanes are blocked, but stay a safe distance and speed behind the plows. Road conditions are always better behind a plow at work than in front.Hiring, training driversLast winter, INDOT plow drivers worked alternating 12 to 16 hour shifts every day for weeks or months straight, logging 526,000 man hours – the equivalent of nearly 44,000 12-hour shifts.INDOT has been hiring aggressively over the past few months and is still accepting seasonal and full-time plow driver applications in some locations at www.in.gov/spd/careers/. Annual winter training has been performed for all plow drivers and supervisors, and winter equipment has been inspected.Repairing winter damageExtreme temperature shifts last winter did more damage to Indiana’s highways than normal. Statewide, INDOT invested 183,000 man hours and nearly 14,000 tons of asphalt as part of the pothole blitz announced in February by Governor Mike Pence.INDOT’s efforts to repair winter damage and preserve existing roadways continued during the warmer months after the hot mix asphalt plants reopened. INDOT reprioritized more than $40 million in its state and federal construction program for additional pavement patching and repairs across the state.INDOT maintenance crews have also been performing chip-seal projects on rural state highways to seal off tiny cracks from water that could freeze and expand, forming potholes. Stone chips also provide improved traction for stopping during winter. National research has shown that every $1 used to preserve our pavements saves $6 to $14 in future, more disruptive repairs.Winter Weather Preparedness Week is Nov. 16 through 22.last_img read more

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Point at West Brom not enough for Remi Garde as Villa’s woes go on

first_img Bottom-of-the-table Villa’s unbeaten run was extended to five games in all competitions but they remain nine points adrift of safety in the Barclays Premier League with only 15 fixtures to go following a 0-0 draw at The Hawthorns. Neither goalkeeper was truly tested in the midlands derby, with the Baggies failing to register a shot on target for the fourth time this term, while the visitors were denied a first-half penalty when Jonas Olsson went through the back of Jordan Ayew. Pulis put that lack of imagination down to a hangover from the busy festive period and credited his team for emerging with a draw despite their shortcomings in the final third. “Going forward we were disappointing, we just couldn’t get things going,” he noted. ” That’s just not one of the players, that’s all of us collectively. “That was a disappointment but when things are not going well, what you need your team to do is work and work and work. That’s what they’ve done today; they’ve ground a result out and at times you need to do that. “We’ve had eight games in the last four weeks and the last three of them have been away from home. We looked a little bit tired. “Our front players – we needed a little bit more off them going forward. We didn’t get that. But, as a group, defensively I thought we were very, very good. I said to them afterwards that I’m really, really pleased with them. We weren’t at our best today but we never lost.” Frenchman Garde, who is still waiting for his first away win in English football, conceded solitary points are not helpful in their scrap against the drop. “In terms of the result I’m a little bit disappointed because in our current situation we need more than one point,” the Frenchman said. “Even if an away point is always a good one, we needed more. We tried very hard, especially in the second half, but when you don’t score a goal you don’t deserve to win, for sure.” Garde refrained from blaming referee Robert Madley for his refusal to award a first-half spot-kick against Olsson. Replays showed the Swede did not get the ball when he slid in on Ayew, yet the Ghana international’s appeal was relatively muted and his manager could also see why Madley had not pointed to the spot. Asked if he thought they should have been awarded a penalty, Garde replied: “I don’t know, maybe, maybe not. It was not so obvious. “Sometimes you have (these decisions), sometimes you don’t; this is the ref…I respect (it).” The hosts carved out nothing going forward themselves, even after boss Tony Pulis threw on Saido Berahino, Victor Anichebe and Callum McManaman from the bench. Press Association Remi Garde admitted he could not be too heartened by a battling away point at West Brom because of the predicament his Aston Villa side are in.last_img read more

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Protest misguided, administrators say

first_imgA protest ended with shoving in the offices of Bovard Auditorium on Friday, when students attempted to deliver a letter to the provost’s office on behalf of USC University Hospital workers who feel the hospital administration has engaged in union-busting tactics.Taking a stand · Amee Chew, a graduate student studying American studies, spoke at the protest against the hiring of the Weissman Group. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Tension has been growing at the University Hospital for the past few months, with union elections approaching. The elections have already been postponed numerous times, but are now slated for May. At the elections, 685 hospital workers will vote whether to keep their current union, switch unions or go without a union all together.Friday’s protest was organized by members of Student Activists for a Beloved Community after several hospital workers attended an SABC meeting about a month ago and voiced concerns with USC Hospital’s hiring of the Weissman Group, an Ohio-based consulting firm with an alleged history of union-busting.Mitchell Creem, CEO of the USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Center, said the Weissman Group was hired after members of the Service Employees International Union decided to form a new union. He said the firm has been coaching administrators on how to handle discussions with employees in the weeks leading up to the union elections.“The Weissman Group was brought in as a result of an election the employees organized themselves,” Creem said. “We have a legal obligation to make sure our employees are informed. All we’re doing is telling our employees what their options are.”But Dinorah Williams, a labor representative with the California Nurses Association who attended Friday’s protest, said the Weissman Group has used intimidation, one-on-one meetings and false promises in an attempt to convince employees to vote non-union in May’s elections.“[Hospital administration is] spending a lot of money on PR, on fliers, on pictures, to make it seem like they’re really there for their employees,” Williams said. “But without a union, an employee’s job is at will and can be terminated at any time without notice.”Williams said she believes the Weissman Group was “hired to teach hospital administration how to watch us, to anticipate what our next move is, to convince nurses that they don’t need union representation.”Williams and other hospital workers at the protest also claimed the University Hospital is spending tuition money on this endeavor.“If you go on [the Weissman Group’s] website, you’ll see all these links to how successful they’ve been at preventing unions,” said Diane Hirsch-Garcia, a worker at the hospital who attended the protest. “Typically, these firms cost $5,000 a worker. That’s easily millions of dollars, just to keep unions out.”The letter to the administration, which student protesters read aloud Friday, said, “[We] do not spend money, take loans and incur debts so that workers will be mistreated. Spending our money to interfere with the choices and lives of employees of USC must stop.”But Creem said it was the hospital’s revenue, generated from the services it provides, that was footing the bill, adding, “There’s nowhere near that kind of money being spent on this consulting group.”Norman Weissman, president and founder of the Weissman Group, also denied this allegation.“There are a lot of things being said that are so far from the truth that I don’t even understand why they say it,” Weissman said. “There’s no millions of dollars. Not even close. There’s not tuition money going toward this. This is paid for by the hospital.”The protest, which began at noon, ended when members from 15 different student organizations filed into Bovard Auditorium to read a letter of protest aloud in the provost’s office.Students were asked to leave the office. At one point, Jessi Quizar, a first-year graduate student studying American studies, was shoved. Department of Public Safety officers and Associate Dean of Students Patrick Bailey arrived to speak with the students outside. They said that although it is OK for students to protest, those protests cannot interrupt university business.Creem said he did not mind that there was a protest, but he believes it was based on false information.“The fact that there’s a protest is fine. This is an academic environment. I’m just disappointed that this opinion comes without much fact about what is going on,” Creem said.According to Creem, there are approximately 685 employees currently a part of SEIU, about 700 employees in the California Nurses’ Association and more than 1,200 employees not affiliated with a union at all.last_img read more

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USC at forefront of national college admissions scandal

first_imgStone said as they transition into their new leadership roles and welcome new University leaders next semester, he and Tahsin have the responsibilities in making sure that the new president and other officials understand how past scandals have impacted students’ relationship with and views of the University. Freshman Tahrima Bhuiyan wasn’t surprised when she first learned about the national college admissions scandal from a segment on “The Daily Show.” “We have Harvard, Yale-level students who are making Harvard, Yale-level stats [at my high school] — even I  was,” Bhuiyan said. “When we all got our rejections, I was like, “There has to be something rigged about this.’”  “I would tell him, ‘Listen, I got lots of friends in athletics,’” Singer said, according to the phone transcript. “‘You’re an athlete kind of guy, and my friends in athletics are going to help you … They’re going to help you get in. Because they have the easiest way in.’” According to court records, 24 students were allegedly admitted to USC under the guise of athletic recruitment between 2011 and 2019, the most of any university implicated in the investigation.  Homayoun Zadeh, a professor at the Ostrow School of Dentistry, was placed on leave after being named in the federal indictment. According to the charging documents, Zadeh allegedly plotted to bribe former senior associate athletics director Donna Heinel to admit his daughter as a lacrosse recruit, though she never played the sport.   “It will hurt our reputation to some extent,” Mork said. “They scammed people, and the victimhood is going to go on because it’s misreported in the press, and they would have you believe that the entire athletic department and the entire admissions department is somehow fouled up, and that’s not right at all.” In the phone conversation, McGlashan also allegedly discussed how to keep these means of admission secret from his son. At the time of publication, the University confirmed that Olivia and Isabella are both still enrolled at USC, but their status has been put on hold. Additionally, the forty were indicted for college entrance exam cheating. Several applicants involved in exam cheating reportedly received extra time on exams. William McGlashan, a founding partner of investment firm TPG Growth, has also been accused of participating in the admissions scheme in order to grant his son admission to USC, court records read. Junior Ryan Rogers, who is majoring in business administration, said that the University seems to be more elite and sought after if high-ranking families are willing to pay hefty costs to reserve a space for their children. Alejandro Lomeli, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering, said that the news of wealthy families scamming the admissions system is unfair to students who overcome obstacles and low income backgrounds to attend college. Kaiser considered stopping his annual donation to the University following Austin’s controversial announcement to terminate Marshall Dean James Ellis following this academic year. According to Kaiser, some of his friends have halted their donations and chosen not to purchase season tickets for this upcoming season. According to the court records, McGlashan’s son sought admission to the Iovine and Young Academy. In response, Singer allegedly created a fake football profile that labeled McGlashan’s son as a kicker and punter, though his high school did not have a football team. Charged with money laundering, obstruction, racketeering and conspiracy to defraud the United States, Singer — who came to serve as a cooperating witness in the FBI investigation last September — pleaded guilty March 12. “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, as well as resort executive Gamal Abdelaziz and investment firm CEO Robert Zangrillo are also among those accused of allegedly bribing USC athletic department officials and creating fake athletic profiles to earn their children admission to the University. “The board, all of us, are obviously very disappointed in what happened,” Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso said. “It is incredibly unthinkable in my opinion, of what these parents did with these administrators and these coaches.” Austin wrote that the University is taking “significant remedial actions,” including reviewing admission decisions, identifying any funds that could be connected to the allegations, implementing new processes and training to prevent future bribery cases. Undergraduate Student Government president-elect Trenton Stone said that he and vice president-elect Mahin Tahsin have scheduled meetings with administrators in the next few days and will attend a Board of Trustees retreat, where they will discuss student perspectives on the admissions scandal with University officials and the steps USC can take moving forward. They said that in the coming days, USG will discuss what role their leaders can play in the remediation process. So far, USC administrators have taken preliminary measures to address the issue, including terminating senior associate athletics director Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic — two key players in the alleged athletics bribery scandal — on March 12. USC is the only university with a senior athletics official indicted in the case. In a March 12 email to the USC community, Interim President Wanda Austin stated that USC is a “victim” in this case. She wrote that the alleged bribery was mainly perpetrated by the now-terminated staff named in the case. According to court records, The Edge College & Career Network, a for-profit college counseling business founded by William “Rick” Singer, is accused of running the student-athlete recruitment scam. Parents across all eight universities named in the charges allegedly paid Singer nearly $25 million to admit students to universities through bribery and posing as athletic recruits. “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli allegedly paid to have women’s crew athletic profiles created for both their daughters, Olivia Jade, a social media influencer with over 1.4 million followers on Instagram, and Isabella Giannulli. The two currently attend USC. According to court records, neither daughter has experience rowing nor currently rows for the University. Board member John Mork said recent press coverage has made the University seem corrupt, but he believes the administration has taken all the necessary steps to begin the remediation process. Mork said he agrees that USC was a victim in the alleged scam. To make the profile, Singer allegedly said he would modify photos so that McGlashan’s son would be portrayed as a kicker. In a phone conversation, Singer also allegedly said that Heinel gave him instructions on how to make the profile. McGlashan was also instructed to make donations totaling to $250,000 to women’s athletics, according to phone transcripts in the court records.   “It is very difficult to eliminate or completely prevent isolated incidents from happening, especially when you have 40,000 employees,” Caruso said. “The meaningful test is to take all the action you can to prevent all the bad things from happening. But then you also have to react appropriate and swiftly.” “It never really had any kind of name recognition, now it has probably a bad recognition,” Szabo said. “At least here, nobody had heard of any of the other scandals that had gone on in the past few years, but people have now heard of this one mainly because of the Hollywood connection.” “It is a clear demonstration on Austin’s part that there is a new day at ’SC in terms of accountability, a new day in terms of culture, and we’re moving upward and forward,” Caruso said. “We will not tolerate any kind of bad act that impacts the integrity of students and this University.” Szabo said he worries that this negative reputation could hurt the value of his children’s degrees once they graduate. As a Latinx student who attended a low-performing high school, Lomeli said that college counselors often told him to not expect much when applying to selective universities like USC. But when he and other minority applicants did get into prestigious colleges, he said they were told they were admitted through affirmative action and took spots away from more qualified students. Lomeli said he was the only student in his year to be admitted to USC from his high school. While he is grateful to attend USC and receive the financial support he needs, Lomeli thinks schools like USC need to make more of an effort to accept students from lower income backgrounds, who lack access to resources. Isabella is a sophomore majoring in communication. According to a statement released by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism public relations and journalism faculty, the alleged scam is a “gross lapse of governance and accountability” and is causing students distress. “Transparency, honesty and accountability are at the core of the journalism and public relations professions,” the faculty statement read. “For that reason, we believe we have a moral and intellectual obligation to speak out and demand that USC uphold these values.” Rich Szabo, a parent of two USC freshmen, said people were not familiar with the University in St. Louis. But since the alleged college admissions scandal has captured national headlines, Szabo said friends have asked him if he had paid for his kids to gain admission to USC. center_img “On multiple occasions between 2014 and 2018, Singer’s clients made payments of more than $1.3 million to USC accounts controlled by Heinel, typically an account for the USC Women’s Athletic Board,” court records said. “Singer also entered into a sham consulting agreement with Heinel … in exchange for the bribe payments Heinel helped facilitate the admission of more than two dozen students as recruited athletes.” Entrepreneur Peter Jan Sartorio’s daughter, who applied to USC, received a score of 27 out of 36 on her ACT, which placed her in the 86th percentile — after she was allegedly provided with extra time. Previously, she had scored 900 on her PSAT, which placed her between the 42nd and 51st percentile, according to the court records. In one instance, Heinel, Janke and Singer allegedly agreed to recruit an applicant to the USC women’s crew team in September 2016. The court records state that Singer sent photos of the a student in a boat; however, according to the court records, the actual applicant was the one in the pictures. “I would have loved to see USC admit more students from backgrounds like mine, who still work hard despite having disadvantages that other demographics are fortunate with not having to deal with,” he said. Once Singer agreed to cooperate with the government’s investigation last September, the court records allege he warned McGlashan and other clients about the investigation. Singer later agreed to an additional charge of obstruction of justice when he continued to cooperate with the FBI. To earn students admission to USC, Singer allegedly bribed the four USC Athletics staffers. The scam allegedly involved forging information on applications to allow certain applicants to be admitted as athletic recruits, despite having no experience and not playing once recruited. More than two dozen students were admitted to USC under false student-athlete pretenses, the court records allege. Fifty executives and actresses have been named in the indictment for alleged involvement in false athletic recruitment for sports including men’s water polo, women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and football. Several applicants involved in exam cheating reportedly received extra time on standardized tests like the SAT and ACT. The court records allege that Singer directed payments totaling $350,000 to a private soccer club owned by Janke and Khosroshahin, which was used to support the profiles of those admitted through the USC women’s soccer team, even though they never played. Similar payments were allegedly made to grant students admission to the USC water polo team, though they never participated. After meeting a number of wealthy legacy students in her first year at USC, Bhuiyan questioned how many of them were admitted based on personal merit.  By talking with University officials and administrators, Tahsin said student leaders can make sure that student voices are taken into account for campus changes moving forward. The statement, backed by a unanimous vote of journalism and public relations faculty during a meeting on Monday, pledges to investigate the University’s admissions systems through a series of joint faculty-student projects. USC announced it denied admission to applicants and admitted students connected to the alleged scheme. (Daily Trojan file photo) Austin announced that USC has rescinded and denied admission to applicants who are connected to the allegations in the 2019 application cycle. The University also announced Monday that students linked to the admissions scheme were informed of a hold placed onto their accounts, preventing them from registering for classes or acquiring their transcripts until their cases are reviewed. After reviewing each application, USC wrote that it will take “proper action” for each student, possibly including expulsion. “We will make informed decisions about those cases as the reviews are completed,” Austin wrote. “USC’s Office of Professionalism and Ethics, Student Affairs and Admissions and Enrollments are conferring on this process to ensure the University follows the appropriate course.” “It’s who you know, knowing someone on the admissions board or having those connections can help you get in, but there’s so much else,” Bhuiyan said. “If a low-income student who is first-generation … doesn’t have those connections, they would be at a disadvantage.” Ted Kaiser, who graduated from USC in 2005, donates $3,000 to USC Athletics each year as a member of the Cardinal and Gold program. He also purchases football season tickets and regularly makes donations to the Marshall School of Business. “People wouldn’t spend $500,000 to send their kid to a school that was not good and not highly regarded and not the best of the best,” Rogers said. “The kids who have earned their way here and have worked hard to get here should feel all the more satisfied that they’ve actually earned it.” Caruso praised Austin for firing Heinel and Vavic and for sending a “strong” message to the community. Kaiser said that a few days before the college admissions scandal made national headlines, he decided to make his donation for the next academic year. But Kaiser said if he doesn’t see substantial changes in leadership soon, he may eventually pull his funding. Source: Affadavit by Laura Smith, Department of Justice “A lot of that representation for students comes with student leadership being involved in these committees and these departments that are trying to shift away from the culture that has existed,” Tahsin said. “I think that is the best way that students can firsthand impact the change that’ll form USC for years to come.” In a briefing, U.S. attorney Andrew Lelling called the investigation, code-named “Operation Varsity Blues,” the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.” In addition to terminating Heinel and Vavic, Austin announced in a memo to the USC community March 14 that the University has launched an internal investigation into the scheme. The University also began identifying donations that were made in connection with the scam and will look to redirect the funds to create scholarships for underserved students, according to the memo. Stone also said it’s important for USG, Graduate Student Government, Academic Senate, Faculty Senate and other governmental bodies to work together in the future to push for change in issues, such as the lack of transparency in administrative actions. “A lot of people are upset with USC, and they’re right to do that,” Stone said. “There’s issues that are happening, and the only way to renew that trust is with this new leadership coming in to be able to show their full commitment to the student … and that they’re willing to make the necessary changes.” On March 12, the FBI disclosed from its investigation that 50 celebrities, executives, lawyers and professors had paid millions of dollars to change their children’s standardized test scores, bribe university officials and coaches and create fake athletic profiles to earn their children admission to USC, UCLA, Yale and Stanford, among other colleges.  Dean Hallett, an alumnus who donates $30,000 each year on top of other gifts to the Marshall School of Business and USC Athletics, said he will continue with his current donations despite the controversies surrounding the University. Still, he also looks forward to a new USC president who will help the University rebuild its culture and reputation. Heinel and Vavic, along with former women’s soccer coaches Ali Khosroshahin and Laura Janke, were indicted Tuesday for their involvement in the case. Caruso said Austin’s presidency has been bringing USC’s culture toward one of accountability and transparency. “We understand that the government believes that illegal activity was carried out by individuals who went to great lengths to conceal their actions from the university,” USC wrote in a statement. “USC is conducting an internal investigation. Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic have been terminated, and the University will take additional employment actions as appropriate.” “Frankly, it’s kind of appalling to me that [Austin] tries to play USC and the administration as a victim in this case, when to me, it goes more to the fact that the overall leadership has not been nonexistent both at the athletic department and the University as a whole, which is why you continue to have scandal after scandal,” Kaiser said. The next month, the USC athletic admissions subcommittee granted the applicant conditional acceptance to USC on the condition that she meet the NCAA eligibility requirements, the court records read. “The Trojan blood in me runs so deep, I don’t think it changes how I feel about the University as an institution,” Hallett said. “It certainly changes my view of the current administration at the University.”last_img read more

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Shock! Ghanian Player Banned for ‘Racism’ Reaction

first_imgGhanaian player Bernard Tekpetey has been surprisingly banned for his reaction to racist insults from away fans during his side’s Austrian Cup tie against third tier Union Gurten.The 20-year old Altach striker gets a two-match ban after he was sent off for his reaction to alleged racist insults during the said game.His team eventually won 4-3 after extra-time and the player was seen gesturing towards Union Gurten’s fans after netting his side’s fourth goal from a free-kick during extra time.The Austrian league while announcing the verdict said it was recognised that Tekpetey “was exposed to provocation” but found “no wrong decision by the referee”. Altach are clearly not satisfies with the verdict and have decided to appeal against the decision after “unbelievable” insults.The league’s disciplinary committee added that the second match of the ban had been suspended for six months after the amount of provocation towards Tekpetey, who is on loan from German club Schalke 04, was taken into account.In a related development, the Austrian federation (OeFB) has confirmed that it had opened its own case against third tier side Union Gurten.The federation’s general secretary Thomas Hollerer while confirming the new development said: “The OeFB strongly condemns, as a basic rule, any form of racism.”“Our organisation stands for diversity, tolerance, and integration in all areas.” he added.Austrian football third tier club Union Gurten also confirmed that the cup tie was “briefly interrupted by racist chanting from the public”, adding they condemned their behaviour and would ban offenders.RelatedBrazilian Player Get Match Ban For Reacting To Racist InsultsNovember 22, 2019In “Europe”Shakhtar’s Taison Sent Off For Reacting To Racist InsultsNovember 11, 2019In “Europe”Rio Ferdinand Wants Colin Kaepernick Style Protest in the Premier LeagueDecember 9, 2018In “England”last_img read more

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Ghana Amputee Football Federation dissolved

first_imgThe Association of Sports for the Disabled (ASDG) has dissolved the Ghana Amputee Football Federation, barely a month after asking federation head, Mr. Adjetey Sowah to step aside for investigations into corruption allegations brought up against him.A Section of Players of the National Amputee Soccer Team, the Black Challenge, in November last year levelled corruption charges against Mr Sowah insisting their boss had not rendered proper accounts on sponsorship funds received from various organisations.The aggrieved group further claimed he was running the Association as his own business.After a crisis meeting held at the Accra Sports Stadium presided over by the President of the (ASDG), Bishop Adja Coffie in January this year, Francis Adjetey sowah was asked to step aside for proper investigations into the allegations.Speaking to JOY Sports, Adja cofie confirmed his outfit (ASDG)would now oversee the work of the Ghana Amputee Football Federation as well as all other disable sports in the country.“Henceforth, there wouldn’t be any specific officer to oversee the Amputee football Association, even if there is, he would work under the auspices of the main disable sports body (ASDG )which encapsulates all disable sports. The problem we had in the past was because the Amputee Federation became somewhat of a separate entity away from its mother body, and its oversight was a huge challenge, so we now want to correct the oversight responsibility issue by dealing with fragments of any nature” he said.Meanwhile findings of the ongoing investigations are yet to be ascertained although former head , Francis Adjetey Sowah has overly indicated his desire to face any panel of investigators to prove his innocence .last_img read more

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Rich Hill makes rehab start, could rejoin Dodgers’ rotation next week

first_img Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Hill was just 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in six starts before his blister issues surfaced again this year.Related Articles Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury center_img Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Rich Hill threw 75 pitches over 4-2/3 innings in a rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday night.The outing appears to set him up for a return to the Dodgers’ starting rotation next week during their series in Chicago.Ten of the 14 outs Hill recorded came on strikeouts. He allowed four hits, didn’t walk a batter and was charged with two unearned runs for the Quakes.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.It was Hill’s first game action since he left his May 19 start when a blister opened up on his pitching hand after throwing only two pitches. He has thrown multiple times in the bullpen and in simulated-game situations over the past two weeks since the blister on his middle finger calloused over.last_img read more

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