Wellington school administration won’t comment on possible suspension of football player

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The Wellington High School and board of eduction district administrators have neither confirmed nor denied that a high school football player has been suspended for social network activities which occurred the previous week. Several citizens have contacted Sumner Newscow this morning to inquire or inform that a suspension was implemented on Wednesday.Sumner Newscow has not received official verification that such a suspension has taken place.In a press release sent by the Wellington USD 353 Central Office through an e-mail by assistant superintendent Larry Roth, it states: “The Board of Education establishes policies for our district and they expect those policies to be followed.  We believe those policies are being followed.  Our board also expects the administrators to follow the district policies and laws regarding protecting a minor student’s confidentially including disciplinary actions.”Wellington head football coach Tyler Ryan has not returned phone calls to Sumner Newscow this morning. Ryan said on Monday that no suspensions would take place and the coaches spoke to the team on Monday (see story here).Again, due to the sensitive nature of this topic involving a high school player and the team, Sumner Newscow will suspend the comment section.last_img read more

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How the Bills can clinch a playoff berth in one wacky Week 14 scenario

first_imgMORE: Full NFL playoff picture entering Week 14If the Bills beat the Ravens, they then would need some help from the Raiders, Texans and Colts in the form of losses or ties. Below is the scenario in which Buffalo would clinch a playoff berth in Week 14:Bills beat Ravens ANDRaiders lose or tie against Titans ANDTexans lose or tie against Broncos ANDColts lose or tie against BuccaneersFor what it’s worth, the Colts and Raiders are three-point underdogs in their respective games, with Indianapolis playing at Tampa Bay and Oakland playing at home against Tennessee. The Texans are 9 1/2-point home favorites over the Broncos, but as we noted in our Week 14 NFL picks and predictions, that game could be a trap for Houston.If the Bills beat the Ravens, their clinching scenario for a playoff berth in Week 14 would become more likely than that of Baltimore, which would need a Raiders-Titans tie specifically in addition to a Texans loss and a Colts loss or tie.MORE: All clinching scenarios for Week 14The other AFC teams that have chances to clinch playoff berths this week, the Patriots and Chiefs, play each other in the late Sunday afternoon window after the Bills and Ravens play early. While New England technically can clinch a playoff spot before it even plays (Texans loss AND Colts loss or tie AND Raiders-Titans tie), it also would need that unlikely Oakland-Tennessee tie.Though the Bills would lose their shot at clinching a playoff berth in Week 14 with a loss to the Ravens, they would maintain at minimum a full game advantage in the wild-card race. If that happens, they might as well pull for the Raiders to beat the Titans and knock Tennessee back a game. The other 7-5 wild-card team, the Steelers, will play in Arizona this week. Below is the full AFC playoff picture going into Week 14.Ravens (10-2)Patriots (10-2)Texans (8-4)Chiefs (8-4)Bills (9-3)Steelers (7-5)In the hunt: Titans (7-5), Raiders (6-6), Colts (6-6), Browns (5-7)This clinching scenario for the Bills in Week 14 is unlikely, of course, but it’s possible. SN picked the Ravens to beat the Bills this week in both our picks against the spread and our picks straight up for Week 14.Yet we figured the Cowboys would beat the Bills on Thanksgiving, too. Don’t be completely surprised if the NFL’s quietest playoff contender makes the loudest statement this week. Despite their 9-3 record and strong standing in the NFL playoff picture, the Bills are not generating the same level of national hype that surrounds their Week 14 opponent. The 10-2 Ravens, after all, are the hottest (and arguably best) team in the NFL, and Baltimore simply needs to beat Buffalo on the road Sunday to clinch its spot in the postseason.Yet, if Buffalo pulls off an upset this week as a six-point home underdog, there is one Week 14 playoff clinching scenario in which the Bills — not the Ravens or the Chiefs or the Patriots — would become the first AFC team to reach the postseason.last_img read more

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first_imgBILL NEAL:10—DO – NOT – BE – CONCERNED dear ones about the Pirates getting slapped around by the Milwaukee Brewers.They’ve been slapping everybody around, including Boston and Philadelphia, on what has become a seven game winning streak.  And this early in the season.  That’s impressive.  That, plus the Brewers always give us trouble.:09—Okay, as you know, I am not that smart when it comes to numbers, but here’s this, the Browns signed their two time Pro-Bowl center, Alex Mack, to a league high $42 million.  The Steelers’ Maukice Pouncey made his first three Pro Bowls…alright then, you do the math!:08—Man, this is sad news.  Former Atlanta Hawk shooting star Lou “Sweet Lou” Hudson died at age 69 in Atlanta where he was hospitalized following a stroke.  Hudson averaged 20 points a game in 13 NBA seasons.  I had the great pleasure of meeting and sharing a few meals with Mr. Hudson during the shooting of the legendary film “The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh.”  Yeah, I was in the movie, now shut up!last_img read more

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Turkey Donates 156 Boxes of Anti-Ebola Materials, 600 Kg of Antiseptic Expected Friday

first_imgThe People and Government of Turkey, through the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) have donated 156 boxes of medical and hygiene supplies to the Liberian government in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The items are valued at US$60,000.The donation is in addition to the ambulances costing US$100,000 donated to the government in January 2014.The medical and hygiene supplies were presented yesterday at the Ministry of Health, with the Turkish Government’s wish that their donation will help the Liberian government tackle the Ebola virus.The donated items include 50 boxes of surgical masks, 12 boxes of sterile surgery gloves, 10 boxes face masks and washable stretchers and five boxes of body bags.  The items also include six boxes of protective clothing, four boxes of medical waste bags, two boxes each of protective eyes glasses and sodium hypochlorite tablets, amongst others.Turkey’s Consul General in Liberia, Mr. Lusinee F. Kamara, Sr., stated that it is Turkey’s hope that Liberia will soon be declared Ebola-free.Mr. Kamara further stated that the 156 boxes were an initial contribution and disclosed that an additional supply of 600 kg of hand anodyne materials are expected in the country this weekend, while a “bigger consignment” is expected later this month.Mr. Matthew Flomo, the Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, described the donations as timely in the ongoing fight against the virus until zero new cases is achieved.He thanked the Turkey Consulate and said the medical and hygiene supplies will be distributed in the counties.For his part the Assistant Minister for International Cooperation and Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dehpue Y. Zuo, said the donation marks a milestone for the growing relationship between Liberia and Turkey.“We are happy for the anti-Ebola materials, which will be used to save lives and improve the health sector. We believe this will further enhance the bilateral relationship between our nations,” Assistant Minister Zuo said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Northern students to receive funding for medical training

first_imgThis disbursement is the largest-ever from the Northern Medical Programs Trust (NMPT), and partnership involving UNBC and 30 local governments from around northern BC. The majority of the funds provide financial assistance to students who are pursing clinical experiences in northern and rural communities as part of their education. Awards to 370 students have been provided since the NMPT started providing funding in 2006.“Medical students in the Northern Medical Program have a unique opportunity to train in a setting that is as close to true-life practice as is possible,” said Dr. Justin Frey, a UNBC and NMP graduate, practising in Vanderhoof. “The NMPT removes some of the stress associated with paying for education, as well as living expenses, allowing many of these well-rounded students to train while raising families. Place together, the NMPT and NMP are allowing our area to produce top-quality physicians trained in the north, for the north.”To date, of the Northern Medical Program graduates who have completed their residencies, about two-thirds are working in northern communities.- Advertisement -The Trust held its annual general meeting on May 8 in Fort St. John, in conjunction with the North Central Local Government Association convention. In addition to approving the disbursement for 2014 – 2015, the Trust members elected Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen as NMPT President. He replaces Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, who served one year as NMPT President. Mackenzie Mayor Stephanie Killam is the new NMPT Vice-President.The Trust directors also approved a plan to conduct a review of the Trust and its disbursement model.“It’s a privilege to be chairing the Northern Medical Programs Trust in the same year that the Northern Medical Program turns 10 years old, and UNBC itself celebrates its 25th anniversary,” said Thiessen. “These occasions provide a perfect opportunity to both review and renew the Trust to ensure that it can be as effective as possible at encouraging future healthcare practitioners to choose northern communities after they graduate.”Advertisement The NMPT is one of the most popular designations for UNBC donations. Over the last decade, more than 1,350 donors have contributed to the Trust and the endowment is currently valued at $9 million.last_img read more

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Arsenal team news: Frenchman ready to start against Monaco?

first_img Arsenal stars Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Flamini celebrate Arsenal’s hopes of turning around their Champions League tie with Monaco have been raised with Mathieu Flamini’s cameo against West Ham.The Frenchman, who had previously been absent with a hamstring injury, made his return against the Hammers and scored just moments after entering the fray with seven minutes to go.This should ease the pressure on Francis Coquelin, who has manfully stepped in and proved to Wenger he does have a future at the Emirates, despite previously being on the cusp of exiting the club.Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere is likely to remain on the sidelines as the Gunners, who were beaten 3-1 by their French opponents in North London, look to qualify for quarter-finals but defender Gabriel is in training and could make an appearance.Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy are also stepping up their returns but won’t take any part, along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby. 1last_img read more

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The best in the world! Mourinho backed by Terry as Chelsea insists club is united

first_img1 John Terry and Jose Mourinho Chelsea captain John Terry has reiterated his backing for Jose Mourinho, hailing him the ‘best manager in the world’.Mourinho’s future at Stamford Bridge has been called into question after a disastrous start to the season for the Premier League champions.Reports of fall-outs with senior stars, including Terry, dominated the back pages in the midst of Chelsea’s woeful run of form.But the defender maintains that Mourinho has always had the full support of the dressing room and hopes successive clean sheets are the catalyst for a turnaround in fortunes.Terry, who played in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa at the weekend and in Tuesday’s goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev, said: “We are a great side and we will get there with the hunger and the ambition that is in the squad.“You don’t win trophies year after year without that hunger in the belly. We are collectively together, the players, the manager and the fans and we will be all right.“When the chips are down, I’d take this squad over any. I know the players very well. I’ve been in this situation before, I’ve seen it happen.“We’ve got a great squad of players. More importantly we’ve still got the best manager in the world.“Everyone’s fully behind him. There’s stories and this and that and everything else, but believe me everyone’s together.“The fans were unbelievable again at the weekend, so (I) thank them.”last_img read more

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Roberto Martinez: Everton’s fans deserve silverware

first_imgRoberto Martinez believes Everton’s fans deserve to be supporting a club which wins silverware, following the Toffees’ defeat in the FA Cup semi-final.Anthony Martial scored an injury time winner for the Red Devils to send them through to the Final, breaking the hearts of Martinez and the blue half of Merseyside.Despite falling behind to a Marouane Fellaini striker, Everton grew into the game, and after Chris Smalling had put the ball into his own net to bring the tie level, it was Martinez’s men who looked the better team.They would likely have continued this dominance into extra-time, and many would have made them favourites to progress.But Martial bagged the late goal, knocking Everton out, and ensuring that their fans have to go another season without a trophy.Speaking after the game, Martinez said: “We wanted to give silverware to our fans which they deserve immensely, and we want to finish as high as we can in the table.“I think we can learn a lot from this season. It has been a tough season.”The Spaniard has been coming under increasing criticism this year, but the performance his players put in suggested that they are behind him – something Martinez himself realised.Martinez said: “As a manager I just concentrate on working with the team and building from game to game.I think you’ve seen an incredible togetherness, an incredible desire and an incredible belief in what we can achieve.”last_img read more

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Votes to test mayor’s muscle

first_img But Villaraigosa’s role is gaining more attention in the Eastside’s 14th District, where the mayor grew up and defeated Pacheco to gain a two-year seat on the City Council before being elected mayor this year. It is there that Huizar and Pacheco head a field of 10 candidates trying to fill the two years left on Villaraigosa’s term. Others in the race include former Olympic boxer Paul Gonzales, council aide Ruby Baxter De Vera, meatpacker Diana Jill Newberry, educator David John Sanchez, attorney Brian Heckmann, educator Clifford Ramiro Moseley, businesswoman Crystal Arceo and community activist Juan Jiminez. Turnout for the election is expected to be low. Two years ago, in the hotly contested race as part of a citywide election, 26,000 of the district’s 80,000 registered voters turned out. In his campaign, Pacheco – a former deputy district attorney who got his political start on the Charter Reform Commission – is painting himself as something of an incumbent, pointing to projects he started when he was in office and noting that many were continued by Villaraigosa. “I think what’s working for me is that people are concerned about the learning curve of someone else new coming in to office,” Pacheco said. “Yes, Antonio is a factor, but not as much as people might think. “Voters are independent and I think they see him as concentrating on being a good mayor and not worried as much about a City Council race,” Pacheco said. But it is Huizar, elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s board in 2001, who has won Villaraigosa’s backing – as well as that of much of the City Council and the local political establishment. Villaraigosa’s aid has helped Huizar, with the most recent campaign reports showing him having raised more than $300,000, while Pacheco had raised about $150,000. Huizar acknowledged the endorsements have been important, but he still has to prove that he can win the votes. “There’s no question the mayor’s endorsement means a lot, particularly in this district,” Huizar said. “This was his district and he did better here than anywhere else in the city. “And, I think people are looking to elect someone who can work with the mayor. People want to see results.” At the same time, Huizar said his background on the school board and as a real estate attorney hits on many of district voters’ issues. “I think people recognize what I can bring to the office,” Huizar said. Parke Skelton, who managed Villaraigosa’s mayoral campaign and is overseeing Huizar’s, said the mayor could be facing a risk. “This is his backyard and if there is a loss, there will be a perception that there is some weakness there,” Skelton said. “Obviously, I don’t think that’s the case. Antonio Villaraigosa is the most popular elected official in this area. And Huizar is a very good candidate. He’s well-known and (has) done a good job in fundraising.” Sonenshein compared the race with the one in former Mayor Tom Bradley’s old council district after he was elected mayor. “David Cunningham seemed to come from nowhere to win that election,” Sonenshein said. “The only thing he had going for him was Tom Bradley.” Years later, however, the Bradley endorsement did not mean as much when he supported an opponent of eventual winner Nate Holden. Holden proved to be a consistent thorn in Bradley’s side, even running against him for mayor. “What I think Bradley learned and what Villaraigosa has to learn is that you have to pick and choose the races you get involved with,” Sonenshein said. “Right now, there’s no downside, but he will have to be careful to not get involved in areas where he doesn’t have as much strength.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s name does not appear on the Nov. 8 special-election ballot, but his influence is prominent in two City Council races – including one in which he is trying to handpick his successor. In the first real test of his political muscle since taking office, Villaraigosa is backing LAUSD board member Jose Huizar for his former 14th Council District seat over longtime rival Nick Pacheco, who previously held the post. In the 10th Council District, Villaraigosa is backing Herb Wesson, a former Assembly speaker and a longtime political ally. For Villaraigosa, the election results could help solidify his political power, adding two allies to the City Council that would be key in helping him push forward an aggressive agenda for revitalizing the city. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If there is a time for him to capitalize on his popularity in what he considers his home district, now is the time,” said Raphael Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton, and former executive director of the appointed Charter Reform Commission. “In some sense, now, the risks are low. He already has a good working relationship with the City Council. Wesson should win easily and if Huizar wins … it adds another vote for what he wants to do. And, in some sense, if he has this political power and is not using it, then it just goes to waste.” Wesson, who has raised more than $300,000, is the front-runner among opponents Robert Serrano – the only other candidate who has reported raising money ($2,750) – and professional photographer Barry Levine. With a long career of community involvement, Wesson said that while Villaraigosa’s support has been important, it has not been a primary concern in the district that includes the Mid-Wilshire area and Koreatown. “I think people know me, they have seen me under fire, they know that I will fight for them,” Wesson said. “The issues that concern people is they want someone in office who can deliver services. I think I have shown over the years I can do that.” last_img read more

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Vyapam scam accused get DVDs of chargesheet

first_imgThe CBI has handed over DVDs, instead of hard copies, of its chargesheet to 491 accused in the case related to the Madhya Pradesh Pre-Medical Test (PMT) 2013, a part of the Vyapam admission and recruitment scam.“We have handed over chargesheets in DVDs, each containing around 39,500 pages, including enclosures, to the accused or their advocates in the special CBI court,” special prosecutor Satish Dinkar said on Thursday. The CBI filed the chargesheet in the court on October 31, 2017, but the judge asked the agency to provide a copy to every accused.39,500 pagesIf hard copies were to be distributed to the accused, it would have needed a truck for delivery, Mr. Dinkar said.The Vyapam scam came to light in 2011. It is alleged that touts, in connivance with officials, helped students crack the professional course entrance tests using experts who wrote the tests instead of the students.last_img read more

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