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Police: Girlfriend Beat, Confined Trying To Leave Apartment

first_imgJoseph Balser (Imaged Provided)GREENSBURG – A 26-year-old man is out on bond after investigators say he beat and confined his girlfriend in a Greensburg apartment.The alleged incident took place Thursday and led to the arrest of Joseph W. Balser, of Greensburg. He was booked into the Decatur County Jail on suspicion of domestic battery and criminal confinement.The victim told police Balser got upset after expressing she would leave to stay with her cousin. As she walked toward the door he attempted to grab her phone, according to the Greensburg Daily News.Court documents show he threw her into a wall and attempted to push her into a closet. Authorities say he threw her on the ground and cornered her in the bathroom while she screamed for help.Investigators estimate Balser threw her to the ground upwards of ten times and say they saw blood in the bathroom sink and the victim had bruises.Police say Balser denies the allegations saying the couple had been arguing and he tried to look at his girlfriend’s phone while the couple was “wrestling.”He told police the bruises may have been caused from lifting her off the ground when she was intoxicated the night before.last_img read more

Hernandez reveals Van Gaal talk which prompted United exit

first_img Press Association Hernandez ended a five-year stay at Old Trafford in the summer by signing for Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal. The 27-year-old has been revitalised in Germany, scoring 19 goals already this season for club and country. Louis van Gaal told Javier Hernandez he only had a “one per cent chance” of playing up front for Manchester United, the Mexican has revealed.center_img While United were being dumped out of the Champions League and then losing to Bournemouth, Hernandez was busy scoring against Barcelona and then netting a hat-trick in the Bundesliga. Hernandez spent last season on loan at Real Madrid after Van Gaal told him to take the right offer if it came up, and the United boss left the striker in little doubt where he stood during the summer. In an interview with Movistar reported by Marca, Hernandez said: “I spoke with Van Gaal and he said that I only had a one per cent chance of playing in my position, so I headed to Bayer. “I felt confident from the very first day. I feel important, not just because of my goals, but because I feel that I’ll start every game”. Hernandez joined Manchester United from Guadalajara in 2010 and scored 20 goals in his first season, being voted player of the year by the fans. After Sir Alex Ferguson retired and was succeeded as manager by David Moyes in 2013, Hernandez began to fall out of favour He praised Ferguson for his squad management, saying: ” I was extremely lucky to be the first (Mexican) player to move to one of the biggest clubs in the world. “I had a great time there. I had an incredible start, full of opportunities, although those opportunities dwindled over time and things took a turn for the worse. “I’m so grateful to Ferguson. I think he’s the best there’s ever been, especially his squad management skills. “Every player had his place. A squad player could still play 15 games a season. He opened the door to Europe for me and I won two league titles there.” last_img read more

Appeals Court Clears Way for Case Against Parkland School Monitor

first_imgReferring to a failure to call a “Code Red” that could have locked down the school, an appeals court on Wednesday refused to dismiss a case against a campus security monitor who noticed and followed accused gunman Nikolas Cruz before the deadly 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal rejected arguments that former campus monitor Andrew Medina should be dismissed from a civil lawsuit that was filed by Andrew Pollack and Shara Kaplan, parents of Meadow Pollack, one of the students who was killed in the massacre.Medina claimed that he cannot be held liable because of sovereign immunity, a legal concept that shields government employees from lawsuits.However, part of a state sovereign-immunity law allows such lawsuits to continue if employees act “in a manner exhibiting wanton and willful disregard of human rights, safety, or property.”The appeals court, in upholding a decision by a Broward County circuit judge, said the allegations in the case were sufficient to consider whether Medina acted with “willful and wanton” disregard.“While further fact development may ultimately convince a trier-of-fact that Medina’s actions, or lack thereof, were not wanton and willful, the allegations of the complaint are sufficient to prevent dismissal of the complaint against Medina,” said the six-page ruling, written by appeals-court Judge Martha Warner and joined by judges Melanie May and Jeffrey Kuntz.Come fill the Broward County Court tomorrow Feb 19th 10:15 room WW16150. Andrew Medina is asking for an EPO and gag order on me. I have never been a threat. We want accountability for the Parkland 17 and don’t need this incompetent sexual predator coaching our kids #fixit— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) February 18, 2019 Medina is one of several defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed in Broward County by Meadow Pollack’s parents following the Feb. 14, 2018, attack that killed 17 students and staff at the school.Cruz, who is a former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student, is awaiting trial on murder charges.The lawsuit alleges that Medina saw Cruz exit an Uber vehicle while carrying a bag that contained a gun. It adds that Medina recognized Cruz and knew the teen posed a danger, then followed him in a golf cart, according to Wednesday’s ruling.Additionally, the complaint states that Medina radioed another security guard in what was known as Building 12, where Cruz ultimately carried out the shooting.Medina went to get school resource officer Scot Peterson, with whom he returned to Building 12.Cruz left the building soon thereafter and was arrested off campus.Part of the allegations against Medina involve his decision not to call a “Code Red” over the radio, which could have locked down campus buildings before Cruz could enter.“Taken together, and knowing the extreme danger Cruz posed, Medina’s actions, as alleged, can constitute conscious and intentional indifference to the consequences of his actions and that he knowingly and purposely failed to call the Code Red,” Wednesday’s ruling said.In a brief filed at the appeals court, Medina’s attorneys argued that he “acted diligently and reasonably in this extraordinary situation” and that he should be dismissed from the case “because he did not visualize a gun or gunshots, in compliance with his training.”last_img read more

Guyana top Netherlands at World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship

first_imgTHE Guyanese pair of Rayad and Farzana Hussain, who opened their campaign at the 2019 World Curling Federation World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Stavanger, Norway, defeated the Netherlands 6-4.Guyana made their debut at the championships last year, and according to reports out of Norway, the team had an improved second-half performance, in which they scored at all four ends.This gave Guyana a 6-4 win over Netherlands in the opening round-robin session of the championship, and, speaking to reporters after the game, Rayad Hussain said, “It’s nice to get the campaign off on a good foot this year. The secret was to calm down! I think we were too nervous at the start, so we calmed ourselves down after the fourth end break and it felt better.”The pair will be action again today against Austria. (Rawle Toney)last_img read more

Q&A: USG Presidential Ticket Edwin and Austin

first_imgDaily Trojan: What is the key issue you’re hoping to tackle?USG Vice Presidential Candidate Austin Dunn: I don’t think there’s one overlying issue we’re trying to tackle. The bottom line is we’re very passionate about advocating on behalf of students and meeting the student need, and we see where that need is, and we know that we’re equipped enough and have the experience to make that need turn it to reality. Whether that’s incorporating free laundry on campus or extending dining hall hours during major breaks for students who either can’t afford to go home or choose not to go home, there’s literally a plethora of different platform points across the board, and I think that just arose from us listening to students and thereby going to create action for what the need is.DT: Are you planning on continuing advocacy for college affordability and if so how?USG Presidential Candidate Edwin Saucedo: What we want to do is first be able to understand where administration is coming from, and what they can and can’t do. For example, one thing we talked about in our meeting last week is that they’re not going to give us salaries for specific positions so just understanding what’s feasible and making sure we have a seat at the table and are bringing up these issues.DT: What do you think the role of diversity is on campus, in campus conversations as we move into this next presidency?ES: We want to not only increase space for cultural resource centers but we also want to have in-house counselors that look like people like us, to make sure that when you’re talking to a counselor you feel comfortable sharing your experience and sharing your background because it could be very intimidating to go into the counseling center over at Engemann right now if someone doesn’t look like you to have to validate your experience to them and tell them, “This is how I feel as a brown person on campus” … and them maybe thinking, “Yeah I have to validate them, but I don’t really relate to them.”DT: What do you see as the role of greek life on USC’s campus?AD: Some of the greatest student leaders I know, some of the most passionate people on campus, happen to be greek, so I think there’s more than just all of the issues that we’re hearing about but there definitely is more integration that needs to be happen. If we’re saying that we’re having a greek meeting, that’s not just going to mean PHC and IFC that’s a simple change that we’re going to start with, but I think the definition of the word greek on this campus needs to change.DT: Can you elaborate on your plans for sexual assault prevention?ES: We want to decrease the [response] time by having more staff available to our students, and I think that now that the racial bias reporting form is live, that also goes to the Title IX office, so yes, our University is making avenues for students to be able to report all these different issues, but how long is it going to take for you to get answers on something that happened to you? The other thing that we wanted to do is prevention and response programs.DT: How do you plan to continue to mental health advocacy on campus?ES: Recently USC released a video that said there’s 3,000 first-generation college students. As a first-generation college student, you often don’t want to ask for help or you’re afraid to ask for help. The best way to ask for help is to be able to go to someone that you feel comfortable with. That could be a great way to start with the cultural resource centers, because a lot of these students are already going to those centers and can take advantage of those services without feeling like, “Oh, I have to go all the way to Engemann to get mental health [services].”DT: Would you make any modifications to Sustainability 2020?ES: We want to contribute to the Green Engagement Fund … we want to make sure that not only contributing to them but working alongside with them to make sure that some of the projects that they’re doing, maybe we can take them on and get those implemented through administration so that USC can pay for them.DT: Can you tell us about your plans to address the spring admit, transfer and commuter student communities?ES: One of the things we want to do with spring admits specifically is work with the [Peer Leadership Consultants] to make sure that they’re being paired with someone who understands some of the campus clubs that are around and already available and is able to recommend, based on your interests, what kind of clubs you could go be going to. With the commuter student lounge, now that there’s new space opening up at the University Village that’s prime opportunity to be able to offer space for students to not only have a lounge but also have lockers because a lot of students carry heavy books and can’t be carrying them from class to class when they’re here all day, most commuter students block their schedules so that they only have to come to campus a couple of days a week so we want to make sure that during those days that  they’re coming to campus they have access to lockers to put their stuff in between classes.last_img read more

Keane likely to play in Netherlands friendly

first_imgThe Irish skipper scored twice on his comeback for LA Galaxy last night in his first appearance since March.O’Neill will confirm his Euro 2016 squad after the game against the Dutch on May 27th and before the final friendly against Belarus in Cork on May 31stlast_img

Conor McGregor posts fight video against Khabib from UFC 229

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Book my rematch for Moscow.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2019 Looking at the current UFC situation, it seems that the tiff between former Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and the current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is far from getting a conclusion so soon. After tasting defeat in the first encounter at UFC 229, Conor McGregor has shown his interest in the rematch multiple times through social media. Conor tweeted to book his rematch at Moscow after Khabib’s immediate victory against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 but faced heavy backlash and trolls from the fans. Despite the trolls, the Irishman kept his social media policy strong and recently posted a GIF regarding Khabib. WATCH US LIVE Written By Raj Sarkar 1 year ago Virat Kohli is India’s top entry in the Instagram ‘per-post-pay’ list that reveals a deep injustice against women athletes Last Updated: 9th October, 2019 20:09 IST Conor McGregor Posts Fight Video Against Khabib From UFC 229 Conor McGregor tweeted a GIF as a memory of his UFC 229 bout against current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Know more about the post and reactions. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/M2TCvVp4b1— BAD BOY (@kozar_andrey) October 7, 2019 I’m fighting the Irishman next. You’re close but not yet buddy keep punching @danthehangman— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 6, 2019 Use these pic.twitter.com/sxfSxF6E3J— ii-SukAtLeague (@FinessinComeups) October 7, 2019 Fuck an 8 count let’s dance baby #1yearago #moscow #shitinthebus #runningandshittingatthesametime pic.twitter.com/q5uF2omvkP— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 7, 2019center_img Also Read- UFC: Conor McGregor Latest News, Upcoming Fights, UFC ComebackUFC: A cluster of Twitter challengesUFC President Dana White has confirmed that Conor McGregor will return to the octagon very soon but there are still no confirmations about his opponent. However, if we look at the Twitter posts, McGregor has already attracted a lot of challenges. Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier tweeted that he is going to fight the Irishman (Conor McGregor) next in response to Dan Hooker’s callout. However, the former two-division UFC champion has not confirmed the fight against Poirier with his eyes fixed on the current lightweight champion Khabib Numragomedov.  Also Read- UFC 244: Diaz Vs Masvidal For The BMF Belt And Dana White’s Take pic.twitter.com/OaxAz3tRHn— muramasa (@muramasa599) October 8, 2019 COMMENT WE RECOMMEND Also Read- UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Latest News And Upcoming FightsTwitter Reactions to Conor McGregor’s post First Published: 9th October, 2019 20:09 IST Also Read- UFC: Conor McGregor Calls BMF As An Interim Belt Before UFC 244Conor McGregor Twitter postIn his latest tweet, Conor McGregor posted a GIF where he is seen crawling back on the mat while Khabib is rushing towards him. The moment is from UFC 229 main-event when Khabib landed a right hand and Conor fell on the mat. Conor posted the GIF on Twitter with the caption “F*%K an 8 count let’s dance baby”  as an anniversary post to UFC 229. Khabib has not yet responded to the tweet but it can be assumed that we are heading towards Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov 2. LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Jace Hall – H1Z1 Pro League – A league of its own

first_imgThe H1Z1 Pro League is the ambitious first attempt at a structured, competitive league for a Battle Royale title. Kicking off on April 21st and exclusively streamed on Facebook, there’s plenty for those behind the league, the teams competing in it, and those watching it, to discover.Jace Hall, Chairman, H1Z1 Pro League15 teams are taking part in the first of two 10-week splits at Caesars Entertainment Studios. In an attempt to understand the approach towards the H1Z1 Pro League and how it’ll differ from leagues in other titles, we spoke to its Chairman, Jace Hall.Esports Insider: The H1Z1 Pro League will be fully supported by Daybreak, do you think this should be a prerequisite when it comes to a game becoming an esports title? How much importance was placed on getting the developer’s backing?Jace Hall: For an esport to have any real longevity, it is critically important that the game creator/publisher supports the competitive community/league and actively works to avoid game design decisions or changes that undermine both player and fan investment. This means that a publisher must consider the idea that players are more than just customers and may be as important, or even more important, than the game itself. This ultimately is a control issue, and it’s not easy relinquishing control of – at least in part – of your creation, so there has been a lot of responsibility on our part to make sure we’re sensitive to Daybreak’s concerns. It has been very important for us to work closely with them, in partnership, as that is the only real way to do something this ambitious properly.ESI: What exactly separates the League from the others that are out there for different titles?Jace: There are a number of items. An easy one to point to is our league’s governance committee which contains all seats that have equal voting power. Players and teams have the same % of the vote as the publisher as well as Twin Galaxies itself. The equal distribution of power in the league is incredibly unique when compared to different titles. When you add a strong effort toward transparency in all decision making, something special really starts taking place. “The primary thing we were looking for was passion and an appetite to try something different”In esports 1.0 the game itself is always the main point of interest, and league broadcasts are completely oriented toward the player base of the game only, with an underlying intention of trying to sell more game product/add-ons. However, in what we’re calling esports 2.0, we put the emphasis on the players being the main point of interest, and the overall entertainment experience oriented toward wider-audience understandability and appeal. Esports 2.0 ultimately works to create an entire league structure and intention that can be replicated across different competitive games that not only enriches players and our partners but also gives a wider mainstream audience a much easier understood high quality esports viewing experience.ESI: How exactly does Twin Galaxies fit into the puzzle that is the H1Z1 Pro League? Does it go beyond providing leaderboards for budding competitors?Jace: Twin Galaxies is the entity that runs the H1PL and eventually other leagues. Basically, we facilitate a competitive community and provide official structure and parameters to competitive play across all platforms. You will see it expand step-by-step to include amateur competition, joe-to-pro pathways and support player drafting through combine result authentication and statistical analysis.ESI: What were the conversations like with organisations that hoped to be a part of the League? Was there a strict set of requirements that needed to be met, or was it a case-by-case decision?Jace: The primary thing we were looking for was passion and an appetite to try something different. Certainly, we wanted to make sure that all participating teams were stable organizations that were professionally run, but the key element was to understand what each team organization wanted to really achieve and determine with them whether or not the H1PL was a good fit for their goals. In the H1PL, all the teams are in the same pool together, benefitting equally in the success of the league – essentially all partners. It is important that partners are aligned in goals and vision.H1Z1 Pro League’s studioESI: Other leagues – not naming any names – have had their fair share of controversy including players. What will the H1Z1 Pro League do to minimize, and effectively solve, any incidents that may occur?Jace: Well, we’ve partnered with an amazing group called the Story Mob, which is comprised of esports veterans from ESL and Riot Games. Their team has worked with countless teams over the years to mould players into bonified sports professionals through media training and team building exercises. And through our pro sports connections, we’ve brought athletes from a variety of sports in to talk to pros about the responsibility that comes with fame. In the end, nothing is perfect, and as problems come up we will all collectively work to solve them in the fairest way possible. That’s the most important thing, to be fair to everyone involved and to have some patience and understanding.ESI: The H1Z1 Pro League in its entirety will be streamed on Facebook Live, how do you respond to criticisms of the platform in terms of esports streams?Jace: I think from an esports 1.0 viewpoint, the criticisms are very fair. In a world where the game is #1 and all you are trying to do is entertain the people who play the game, Facebook might seem like a challenging choice. However, in view of our esports 2.0 goals, where the game itself must take a back seat to the player narrative, and the desired audience is not limited to just the game’s player base, you then can see that choosing Facebook was a very deliberate decision and makes a lot of sense.“We believe that we can position the H1PL as more of a pure action “sport” version of the genre”It is certainly a long road to building a wider audience, but we believe that the effort made here to bring esports to these audiences while simultaneously making esports less intimidating for the casual viewer to become involved with is one of the keys to unlocking real opportunity for the industry. We’re attempting to open up esports to anyone who enjoys competition. More people watch football than play it. More people watch “American Ninja Warrior” than try to run obstacle courses. Inherently, H1Z1 is quite understandable to a casual viewer when compared to most other games, so there is some great potential opportunity with it.  We believe that Facebook made the most sense because they offer up an audience of potentially billions worldwide with varied tastes – not just gaming. ESI: Lastly, do you feel any pressure from other Battle Royale titles such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or is H1Z1 solely focusing on developing itself as an esports title on its own terms?Jace: The Battle Royale Genre is going to continue to grow at a rapid rate. Games like PUBG and Fortnite are great as they continue to expand interest in the genre. That’s good for everyone.Like movies, there will be many types of games in the genre. Some will be complicated, and some will be simple. We believe that we can position the H1PL as more of a pure action “sport” version of the genre, both in community support and league execution – and additionally make it one of the most entertaining and easiest BR games for the casual viewer to watch, understand, and enjoy. That said, it’s about the bigger picture for us in that we’re creating a new esport league model, and helping to set the stage for the advancement of what “esports” means as we all go forward together.last_img read more

Francis Frimpong, a different route to the highest level

first_imgThe dream was to play for his country but for Francis Frimpong, a graduate of the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana; the dream was never realised.He competed at the 2008 West African University Games hosted by the University of Ghana but top level play was never to be his lot; however Francis Frimpong did find another route to high level, he followed the path of officialdom. He is Ghana’s only blue badge umpire; in that capacity he has travelled the world.In recent times he has umpired in such tournaments as the World Championships, on the ITTF World Tour, at Olympic Games Qualification events, the African Games and the Africa Top 16 Cup.Currently, he is attending the Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China; the opportunity having been possible following a grant provided by the Chinese government.He spoke to Olalekan Okusan, the ITTF-Africa Press OfficerIn addition to playing table tennis as a form of physical exercise; it is a game that virtually everybody can play. All persons irrespective of age, gender and race love it. I am fascinated with all the mechanics and scientific principles applied to table tennis. It involves making decisions in microseconds due to the speed of the ball, the spin it carries and the trajectories. These characteristics have positive effects on my daily life.I played in many competitions, including national open championships and the national table tennis league. I also won many matches for the University of Education, Winneba during my undergraduate studies. A memorable moment was the Men’s Singles quarter-final match at the 2008 West African University Games, when I lost three-nil to Quadri Aruna.I value fairness in life especially when there is the need to follow a set of rules or guidelines. As an umpire, I just love to make sure players compete fairly within the spirit of sportsmanship, observing all rules to obtain an unbiased result without unfair advantages. This makes me so happy whenever I receive invitation for any competition.I always wanted to study alongside playing table tennis but generally, the support system for intellectual in sports in Ghana has not been favourable. It was quite a challenge to train well for top competitions and still keep up with the pace of academics. Therefore, in order to remain in the game, I decided rather to give attention to the rules and regulations through its application. I knew being serious with it would take me closer to the highest competitions even if I was not playing again.Getting to the table is just like walking into your office, you must dress correctly in your suit, you need to be as smart as the speed of the table tennis ball in play as well as making clear decisions in microseconds and ensure fairness throughout the match. Currently I am a postgraduate research student in China majoring in Sports Biomechanics, Human Movement Science. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a Diploma in Sports Coaching; both from the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana. I moved to China for postgraduate studies following an award of a scholarship by the government of China which comprises tuition fees, accommodation, a comprehensive medical insurance and a monthly allowance.Besides other important and personal reasons, I chose China over two other countries who also offered me similar scholarships at the same time, because here I have the opportunity to learn and research the sport that I love so much; it is their national sporting discipline.I usually handle such matches with the necessary attention it needs by focusing on the ball in each rally and making sure all vital rules are observed by all players. Irrespective of the top players, I make sure no one gets unfair advantages in the matches.It feels great to be introduced on the world stage and get to hear my name and that of my motherland mentioned. Moreover, I always feel privileged whenever I realise most times that I am the youngest umpire amongst all officials at one competition or the other.There was a competition where I stood as the only umpire from Africa and similarly on several occasions as the only Ghanaian. Nevertheless, I never forget the day I received a confirmatory message for progressing as a blue badge umpire. I will want to continue umpire as long as I have the strength, time and opportunity to do so. Having experienced the World Championships, I want to work harder and make it to the Olympic Games in the near future. There has been great improvement in Africa. The level of play has improved in most African countries thanks to talent discovery and development programmes organised by the African Table Tennis Federation. More importantly the current performance and rankings of African players has improved on the world stage.last_img read more

Robinson Cano injury update: Mets put second baseman on IL with torn hamstring

first_imgAn initial report from the team said Cano strained his left hamstring in Sunday’s game against the Pirates, however, MLB.com later reported Cano torn his hamstring.Bad news for the Mets. An MRI taken today revealed a torn, not strained, hamstring for Robinson Canó. He won’t need surgery, but obviously this will keep him out many weeks.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 5, 2019Cano was set to undergo an MRI exam Monday.Cano limped off the diamond during the Mets’ 13-2 rout of the Pirates. He pulled up as he was halfway between first and second base in the fourth inning. Cano was unable to get back to first and was tagged out on what could have been his third double of the game. At that time, New York already had an 8-0 lead over Pittsburgh.”Once I feel something, I just stop,” Cano told reporters Sunday. “I don’t want to keep running and whatever it is, make it worse.” Just as the Mets are gaining ground in the National League wild-card race, they’ve lost Robinson Cano.The Mets on Monday put their second baseman on the 10-day injured list. Cano was 3 for 3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.The Mets (55-56) entered Monday within one game of .500 for the first time since mid-June and three games out of the second wild-card position.last_img read more