Germanwings crash:Officials resume recovery efforts

September 27, 2020

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first_imgGermanwings crash: recovery effort resumes as Alps disaster remains a mystery Officials have resumed the search and recovery operation in the Southern Alps after a Gernmanwings plane crashed on Tuesday carrying 150 people as French investigators examine the black box cockpit voice recorder (CVR)They have warned that the operation could last for days in a remote mountain ravine between Digne and Barcelonnette.The Airbus A320 – flight 4U 9525 – from Barcelona to Duesseldorf crashed after an eight-minute rapid descent. There were no survivors.Officials believe 67 of those aboard the plane were German citizens, including 16 pupils returning from an exchange trip.The officials say 45 of the passengers had Spanish names.Investigators said they were puzzled as to why the crew did not send out a  distress signal as flight U49525 rapidly lost altitude for eight minutes, or why the pilot did not change course to avoid smashing into a rocky ravine at around 430mph (700kmh).The flight was also carrying citizens of Australia, Turkey, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium. UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said it was “sadly likely” that some British nationals were on board.Unconfirmed reports from plane-tracking websites appeared to rule out an explosion or a mid-air stall, both of which would cause a much faster descent.Experts said planes such as the Airbus would be able to glide for some distance in the case of total engine failure.last_img read more


David John Thomas

September 24, 2020

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first_imgDavid John Thomas, 88 of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born July 13, 1928 in Dillsboro, Indiana, son of Edward Thomas and Martha Thomas.He served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard during WWII.David worked as a Barrel Stacker for Seagram’s Distillery, retiring after over 40 years of service.He was a member of the Lawrenceburg American Legion.Surviving are his son-in-law, Howard D Lee, granddaughters, Tara Burns and Elizabeth Lee, great-grandchildren, Brittany, Thomas and Jason Burns, Harlie and Aidan Land and Zander Graf.He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Lydia P. Thomas and daughter, Diana Lee.Friends will be received Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home, at 2:00 pm with Pastor Matthew Voyer officiating.Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro, Indiana 47018. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the South Dearborn High School Color Guard. If unable to attend services please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.www.rullmans.comlast_img read more


Survivors coming home after long battle

September 23, 2020

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first_imgFrank Clark in his celebratory sendoff at the hospital.All too often it is easy to get lost in the numbers of those diagnosed with COVID-19 each day, but today we celebrate the survivors from the virus.  On Tuesday, Batesville resident Frank Clark was released from The Christ Hospital after a 130-day battle of COVID-19 in their hospital system.  Frank and his wife Martie were both admitted in April with the virus.  Marti was able to go home in May.  To celebrate, Frank’s care team organized a “Survivor Stroll” to cheer him on and say farewell where he was also able to reunite with his wife. Recently Kat Smart, and employee at Decatur County Memorial Hospital also got to celebrate with a sendoff from her fellow co-workers after a 98-day battle in the hospital with COVID-19.last_img read more


Phillips eyes new Palace deal

September 21, 2020

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first_img “Hopefully we can get it sorted in the next week so that I can report back with the rest of the lads. It is an exciting season ahead and to be a part of that would be fantastic.” Palace have been linked with former West Brom winger Jerome Thomas, who is also a free agent, as well as Sunderland’s Wales midfielder David Vaughan, goalkeeper Scott Carson and Bristol City winger Albert Adomah. The veteran striker, who turns 40 in July, scored the penalty which beat Watford in the npower Championship play-off final at Wembley to send the Eagles back into the top flight. Phillips is a free agent after spending the end of last season on loan at Selhurst Park from Blackpool. “We are in conversations with them. The chairman and the manager have been away on holiday and it is only really in the last few days that we have made contact, but I spoke to the gaffer a couple of days after the play-off final and he made it clear that he wanted me to stay,” Phillips told Sky Sports News. Kevin Phillips hopes he can agree a new deal with Crystal Palace to return to the Barclays Premier League next season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Gillette on board with 12-second champs team Wrecker

September 19, 2020

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first_imgANSA McAl, through the Proctor and Gamble brand and Gillette, has thrown its full support behind the team Wreckers for the upcoming Reaction Drag Race meet of the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC).The team, headed by Anand Ramchand, will be in four classes this Sunday with the company providing sponsorship for three, including last year’s 12-second class winner’s Toyota Levin.At a handing-over ceremony yesterday, Proctor and Gamble co-coordinator Diana Ally contended that the company is proud to be a part of the team, adding, “We’d sponsored last year and we were a part of the team last year and we are going to be a part of the Gillette car (team).”Meanwhile, team leader Ramchand contended that “the 12-second is the biggest class there is; the last time it was tough but we are going again and the beautiful thing is that the mechanic drove the 12-second car and we hope to see him do it again.”He noted that apart from the Levin in the 12-second class, they will also be in the 10-second class with a Mitsubishi evolution six, as well as the 11- and 13-second classes with a Toyota Celica and a Nissan Pulsar GTIR.The team, which has been known as a dark horse both in the Drag and Endurance racing world, is hoping to pick up more than one title, when the lights go green at the South Dakota Circuit.Sunday’s event, which will feature six cars from Suriname and eight classes of action, is expected to begin at 09:00hrs with free runs.last_img read more


University creates new office to serve transfer and veteran students

September 17, 2020

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first_imgUSC Student Affairs launched the new Transfer and Veteran Student Programs office this year in an effort to better serve the two populations on campus, university officials said.“The biggest thing for the university is to become a transfer and veteran student-friendly campus,” said Syreeta Greene, assistant director of Transfer and Veteran Student Programs. “This is a really good start.”The new office will serve as a resource hub for transfer and military veteran students and host a variety of events to help build the community and relationships among the students, Greene said.“A big thing is — for any student — knowing what your niche is,” Greene said. “Right now, our focus is to create a community, to create a niche for these students.”Student Affairs created one office for transfer and veteran students because the two populations often share similar experiences and challenges while adapting to a large university setting.“Transfer and veteran students, many times, they’re older or they’ve been out of school for a while,” Greene said. “In the shuffle of life, they’re trying to succeed as first-time freshmen, but with other challenges.”Such challenges can range from commuting to school to supporting a family, Greene said.“Now, they know that there’s one person and one program that they can come to,” said Greene, who said her office on the third floor of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center is always open.Veteran students who attended TVSP’s first event, the Veteran Student Welcome on Tuesday, said they are glad to have a number of readily available resources together in one place.“I was really interested in disability services. This was a great opportunity to come meet them,” said Charlie Brenes, a veteran and junior majoring in psychology. “This time around, I’m trying to be very proactive.”At the welcome event, student veterans mingled with other student veterans, met Greene and visited a variety of tables with representatives from the Department of Veteran Affairs, the SC Veterans Club, the L.A. County Department of Veteran Affairs and other organizations and resources on campus and in the greater Los Angeles area.Alan Takagi, an Iraq war veteran and senior majoring in history, said he has seen a dramatic change in the university’s attention toward veterans since he started taking classes in the fall of 2005.“I didn’t find one thing that connected me,” Takagi said. “When you’re talking to a bunch of 18-year-olds about war … it’s not very personal.”But Takagi said that his feeling on campus has now changed.“What I’ve noticed the past couple of years is that USC is acknowledging that there are more veterans coming in,” Takagi said. “There’s been an understanding that we need to give them attention.”In 2008, about 80 veteran students enrolled at USC, said Robert Morley, associate registrar for the Academic Records and Registrar department. This year 421 veteran students are enrolled, and Morley expects that number to grow to about 500 in coming weeks.Morley conducted a study of resources available to veterans on campus last year after Provost Elizabeth Garrett asked if the university was doing everything possible to best serve those who had served in the military, he said.“In the end, it was very clear that we weren’t doing nearly enough for our veterans,” said Morley, who also looked at veteran resources and services at about 50 other universities during the study.One of the chief recommendations of the study was that Student Affairs create a new support resource for veterans, said Michael Jackson, vice president of Student Affairs.“It wasn’t until we did a study to find out what was actually needed did we realize we needed to put an office together,” Jackson said.The university also identified a need to provide transfer students with similar services, so Student Affairs decided to combine them, Jackson said.“We’re excited about getting the program off this year,” Jackson said. “We’ll learn more over the next several years to make sure that we have a good understanding of what veteran students need and what transfer students need.”last_img read more


Pac-10 well represented at Thunderbird Invitational

September 17, 2020

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first_imgMake yourselves at home, Trojans.The No. 12 USC men’s golf team will tee off today on its first of two tournaments in the span of four weeks at Arizona State’s same Karsten Golf Course.Solid · Freshman Martin Trainer was 3-1 in match play last week. – Courtesy of USC Sports Information This weekend’s tournament, the 38th annual Thunderbird Invitational, will feature all of the   Pac-10 teams, as well as five squads from other conferences, including  No. 9 UNLV.The Trojans will return to the desert April 26 for the Pac-10 championships.“It’s an opportunity to play competitive golf on a course we have a real important championship on within one month,” USC coach Chris Zambri said. “We’re killing two birds with one stone here.”USC will also get an opportunity to see where it stacks up against other top Pac-10 teams. No. 2 Stanford, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 Arizona State and No. 15 Oregon are all threats to win the conference title.The Trojans come into the Thunderbird Invitational on the heels of their best tournament finish of the season. USC placed second in the      16-team field at the Callaway Match Play Championship, losing to New Mexico in the title match.“We’re confident with the way we’ve been playing in the last few tournaments,” junior Matt Giles said. “Hopefully, we can continue to build on that.”USC will send out the same five-man lineup for the third consecutive tournament, a sign that Zambri has found the right combination.“Right now our team looks pretty solid,” Zambri said. “But there’s still time for some guys to get in to the top five that aren’t in there now.”The Trojans will be led by freshman T.J. Vogel, who was red hot during March. Vogel finished in second place at the USC Collegiate Invitational and the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters before going 3-1 at the match play event.Sophomore Steve Lim also went 3-1 in match play and has posted three top-15 finishes on the season.“I’m feeling confident about my game,” Lim said. “The course this week is not that long so there are a lot of opportunities.”Giles, a two-time All-American, is still searching for the stroke that had him ranked as the No. 1 player in college golf for a long stretch last spring. Giles won two of his matches last week, however, and is feeling better about his play.“I’m feeling good. Everything is starting to come together nicely,” Giles said.Freshmen Martin Trainer, who went 3-1 in match play, and Stewart Hagestad, 1-3, round out the starters for USC. Redshirt junior Bo DeHuff will play as an individual.“The freshmen are learning. They’re stepping up, and we’re ready to win this week,” Lim said.The tournament begins today with 36 holes of play. The final round is scheduled for Saturday.last_img read more


Stock watch: Defense and special teams up, Dino Babers down

September 16, 2020

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first_img Published on September 24, 2017 at 9:02 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Syracuse (2-2) lost Saturday, 35-26, in its first road test of the season at No. 25 Louisiana State (3-1, 0-1 Southeastern). The Orange hung around for most of the game, but in the end it was ruined by a few big plays from the Tigers.Here’s a look at some of the game’s notable performances.Stock upParris BennettThe senior linebacker has consistently clogged opposing offenses for most of his career, but he has had to surrender the spotlight to three-year captain Zaire Franklin. In a primetime, nationally televised matchup, Bennett showed that he’s just as much of a leader for the SU defense. His versatility allowed him to play all over the field, recording 12 tackles including eight solo efforts. He logged one quarterback hurry and broke up a pass. Coverage was something he said he wanted to improve on the most in his final season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDefensive lineThe focus was on the status of LSU’s powerhouse running back Derrius Guice. He was playing, then he wasn’t and then he was. He did suit up but didn’t do much damage, and much of that has to be attributed to an impressive showing from SU’s defensive line.Aside from the big-play outbursts, LSU’s offense never established a dominant rhythm in the first half. Its first touchdown came from the 1-yard line after Eric Dungey threw a pick on the first play of the game, but movement was a struggle after that. Redshirt junior tackle Chris Slayton was especially noticeable, chipping in on six tackles.For this SU defensive line, flashes of strength will have to turn 60-minute efforts to consistently stop good teams. But it was a start.SpecialistsSenior kicker Cole Murphy has struggled away from home in his career, making just one field goal outside the Carrier Dome last season. He made his only attempt Saturday, a 42-yarder in the first quarter.Redshirt sophomore punter Sterling Hofrichter, coming off a strong showing against Central Michigan that placed him among the nation’s best at his position, excelled again. He punted seven times for an average of 46.7 yards. Five of those punts pinned LSU inside its own 20-yard line. Two forced the Tigers to start from basically their own goal line and SU’s defense dropped LSU for a safety that gave SU the ball and brought the difference to just two possessions.Hofrichter’s play, when paired with a defense that doesn’t give up a lot of ground, can be an effective weapon.Ali Harford | Senior Design EditorStock downSean RileyRiley came off the game of his life — 247 all-purpose yards against Central Michigan — to make the biggest error of his young career. In the second quarter, Dungey extended a play and saw Riley streaking across the middle to a wide-open end zone. Dungey hurled a near-perfect ball to hit Riley, but the ball bounced off the sophomore’s body and fell incomplete. The drop was a lost opportunity for SU to deliver an uppercut of its own, something LSU was able to capitalize on multiple times in the game.Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerThe secondaryThe group as a whole has had plenty of encouraging moments this season, especially considering the instability of the unit. But against LSU, the secondary got burned for big plays that negated an otherwise strong performance by the defense.Less than two minutes before halftime, safety Jordan Martin came in to stop LSU’s Steph Sullivan who had just caught a crossing route across the middle. Martin took a poor angle and had no chance to make a play on Sullivan who made one move and went 43-yards for a touchdown. Then on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, cornerback Christopher Fredrick could only watch as LSU receiver Drake Davis beat him over the top and coasted for an 87-yard touchdown.SU’s players have preached consistency since the preseason. They’ll have to make it happen in that regard if they want to keep some of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most dynamic weapons in check moving forward.Dino BabersSU’s head coach made some questionable decisions late in Saturday’s game that made a difference in how the final minutes unfolded.With Syracuse down by 16 points — a two-possession deficit — he sent out Murphy for an extra point instead of going for a two-point conversion to potentially cut LSU’s lead to eight points and make it a one-possession game. Then, after scoring again to cut the Tigers’ lead to just two with more than five minutes left, Babers decided to try what appeared to be an onside kick. But Cole Murphy sent the ball too deep and it was an easy recovery for LSU, which then used the shorter field to punctuate the game with a final touchdown. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities

August 30, 2020

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first_img The Swedish Gambling Authority, Spelinspektionen, has issued guidance for licence holders which outlines ‘common risks’ and examples of how online games can be used for money laundering and terrorist financing.Spelinspektionen also included some of its own observations on the actions that operators have previously taken to combat money laundering, emphasising that operators must assign customers a risk level when they initially open an account.The regulator highlighted previous failings to establish defined risk levels, which subsequently made it more difficult to identify irregularities in consumer behaviour. It also noted that average household spending figures in Sweden should help inform risk levels.The guidance read: “One of the characteristics of online gambling are large cash flows. Depending on the game, this can be carried out through a number of small transactions or larger, but fewer, transactions. To be allowed to play, customers need to register and identify themselves using e-identification or equivalent.“This creates great opportunities for gambling companies to verify the identity of the customer. However, the use of other people’s identities has become an increasingly common feature in various money laundering schemes, which is why it is necessary to remain extra vigilant. To gamble online, the customer also needs to have a gambling account.“All transactions made to and from the gambling account are registered. This facilitates the gambling companies’ monitoring activities. However, the gambling account itself is associated with particular risks given that it can be used for purposes other than gambling, such as for storing or transferring money.”Monitoring of a player’s deposits or stakes, according to the regulator, could be key to identifying whether a player should be categorised as high-risk. If this occurs, Spelinspektionen added that further measures should be taken as soon as possible.“For example, data on taxable income may be appropriate to collect for a normal-risk player while further verifications and direct contact with the customer are required to find out where the client’s money comes from if they are high-risk,” it explained.Finally, the regulator said an effective way to reduce the risk of money laundering or terrorist financing is by only allowing “closed-loop” transactions, in which the customer is the only person who may withdraw from the account from which a deposit was made.The report was produced and elaborated by the Swedish Gambling Authority in collaboration with the Swedish Financial Intelligence Unit and the Coordinating Body for Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism. Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submitlast_img read more


NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Warriors actively looking to acquire more picks

August 16, 2020

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first_img Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Warriors considering delayed sign-and-trade option for star Stars Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) suffered serious injuries in the Finals and both will be free agents this summer. Even if they do re-sign with the Warriors, they’ll be sidelined for much, if not all, of next season.The Warriors’ bench declined in 2018-19, as well, and they’ll need to add multiple rotation pieces in the upcoming months. Related News “(We’re looking for) good young players, whatever position they are,” Golden State general manager Bob Myers said earlier this week, via the Mercury News. “Those players have the most value in the NBA — rookie contract players that show themselves to have a skill and can play.”Especially next year, we afford more opportunity for who we pick. Maybe we get a guy who can step in. We will have more opportunity next year. No matter what happens in free agency, we’ll have more of an opportunity for a young guy.”The Warriors’ attempt at a three-peat came up short when they fell to the Raptors in the Finals in six games last week. They hold the No. 28 pick in the first round, as well. Golden State may not be done adding picks.The Warriors have been one of the “most active teams” trying to acquire additional selections, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. They already purchased the No. 41 pick from the Hawks before the draft Thursday. Will Kevin Durant re-sign with Warriors? Steve Kerr, Bob Myers have ‘no idea’ “You want a guy you can project playing in the playoffs,” Myers said. “That’s what we’re all trying to do — win playoff games. Can you find a guy that has a skill? Can you find a guy that you believe has the potential to do it?”Golden State is projected to take former Belmont forward Dylan Windler at No. 28 in Sporting News’ latest mock draft. NBA Draft 2019: What will the Warriors do at No. 28?last_img read more