Sheriff: Teen wrote threatening song after school suspension

first_imgPALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies arrested an 18-year-old high school student in Florida after they say he admitted to recording a song in which he threatened to kill a school administrator. The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says Joseph Washington was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of making written threats to kill. A judge released the teen from jail Wednesday and his trial is pending. Washington told investigators he wrote and recorded the song in retaliation for being suspended from Matanzas High School for a dress code violation and for using offensive language. Officials say Washington is heard in the song saying he will “gladly do it again.”last_img

Tanzania goes to the ballot

first_imgTanzanians go to the ballot today to elect a new president.Opinion polls have put the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party ahead, however analysts say the results may be very close.The results of the polls will determine whether CCM continues its 54-year rule, or give way for a new government.Four opposition groups have backed one candidate, a former CCM member for the top seat.President Jakaya Kikwete will stand down having completed his constitutionally allowed two terms.Kikwete has called for peace during this time, adding that “anyone who tries to cause trouble will be dealt with”.Some of the major issues for the country’s 23 million registered voters include improved health care, better education and access to clean water.The CCM was created in 1977 from a merger of two post-colonial parties, and has effectively been in power since the country gained independence in 1961.last_img read more

Boyce & Jefford Track and Field Classic

first_imgGeorge, Moore win 200m as Police take lead over GDFBy Tamica GarnettFRESH off his performance at the Rio Olympics, Guyana’s Winston George yesterday soared to an unquestionable win in the men’s 200m, while teammate, Alita Moore, took the women’s 200m, as a tight battle ensued between Police Progressive Athletics Club and the Guyana Defence Force team on the opening day of the Boyce and Jefford Track and Field Classic going down at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, Linden.Police's Alita Moore cruising to a win ahead of GDF Natrena Hooper in the women's 200 yesterday Police’s Alita Moore cruising to a win ahead of GDF Natrena Hooper in the women’s 200 yesterdayWith 147 points after 11 finals, Police ended the first day of competition with only 23 points ahead of their long time rival,the Guyana Defence Force team.Nonetheless, according to Police head coach Lyndon Wilson, the defending team remains unfazed by this,as a huge starting lead was not forecasted.“This is where I was expecting to be after the first day, and then take control on the final day, because what we ensure is that we have athletes in all of the finals so that we can gain maximum points in as many events as possible [today],” Wilson said.However, always optimistic about his team’s abilities, head coach for the GDF does not believe it’s over until the fat lady sings.“Yea, I feel we stand a chance because the events that leave to finish tomorrow I feel we have a very strong team for that.” Chisholm stated.Following behind GDF in the points standing is the Linden Combined team with 78 points, Mercury Fast Laners (MFL) with 28 points, Super Upcoming Runners with 15 points, and the overseas team with 6 points.Both Police and GDF amassed major wins as things progressed yesterday. George took the men’s 200m win in a time of 21.5 seconds.However the next two positions went to GDF, as Davin Fraser touched the line in 21.7 seconds and Perry followed with a time of 21.9 seconds.Moore ruled the women’s event in 25.7 seconds, but it was another second place for GDF after Natrena Hopper clocked 26 seconds.Police took the women’s 3000m after Joanna Archer championed the event in 12min:02.9s.GDF ruled in the men’s 5000m as Cleveland Forde continued to prove he is Guyana’s best distance athlete, taking the win in 16:30.6s.In the discus throw, Police’s Julio Sinclair prevailed after clearing 43.31m,while on the distaff end, GDF Tinecia Cort took the win (38.92m), while Bright got a gold for Linden in the women’s long jump after leaping across 5.27m.last_img read more

Finger pointed at Infantino after FIFA ethics heads ousted

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANAMA, (Reuters) – FIFA has given no explanation for ousting the two heads of its Ethics Committee, but the move has led some to point the finger at president Gianni Infantino and left those hoping for reform at world football’s governing body feeling uneasy.FIFA’s decision not to renew the mandate of chief ethics investigator Cornel Borbely and chief ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert – the men who banned former FIFA head Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini from the game – came at Tuesday’s meeting of its ruling council.None of the council members had time to explain the decision to the media on their way out of the meeting, instead hurrying onto a bus to go for dinner at a five-star hotel in the Bahraini capital.There some spoke off the record about an administrative hiccup, with the Ethics heads having forgotten to put forward their nominations, while others suggested the pair were too costly for the organisation. There was also talk that the Ethics Committee was seen as too ‘Euro-centric’. Eckert is German and Borbely is Swiss.These arguments were dismissed by the pair themselves, however, when they spoke to media yesterday in a sparse room overlooking the venue for FIFA’s congress today.They warned that the move would lead to valuable knowledge and experience being lost as their replacements, Colombian investigator Maria Claudia Rojas and judge Vassilios Skouris of Greece, will start from scratch on “several hundred” cases.FIFA’s list of nominations for committee heads also indicated the removal of Miguel Maduro, a former government minister in Portugal, who had been head of the Governance Committee, which had a key role on reforms.Rumours of the changes had been circulating for a while but, typically of the FIFA world, had been dismissed as gossip just a few weeks ago.In late March, FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura told Switzerland’s Tages-Anzeiger newspaper there was no basis to reports that Borbely and Eckert would be axed.German FA president Reinhard Grindel, a member of the Council, said he had received a similar message when he checked with Samoura’s office on Monday this week if anything was planned against the Ethics Committee heads.“I asked the day before at the office of the General Secretary if there were any announcements that Borbely and Eckert will be displaced and they said no, they had no information.”Nevertheless, Grindel, who defended his compatriot Eckert at the meeting, had no doubt who was behind the decision.“You have to ask Infantino why he made this proposal,” he said. “It is a decision of the president.”But Infantino himself has been silent on the reasons behind the moves.“The concern is that it is a purge for reasons of self-interest from the FIFA president,” said reform campaigner Jamie Fuller of campaign group ‘New FIFA Now’ who compared the Swiss to his compatriot Blatter.“The decisions of the Council and so many actions of Mr Infantino’s administration are no more trustworthy than his predecessors,” he said.On the other hand, at least one supporter of Infantino defended Tuesday’s decision, with CONCACAF’s Canadian president Victor Montagliani rejecting Borbely and Eckert’s view that their replacement marked the death of reforms.“With all due respect to their opinions I don’t believe that at all …. Yes, the ethics committees are very important but it’s not like we replaced them with non-independent people,” he said.“It’s been way overblown from a hype perspective. Maybe it’s my Canadian background; I’m a little uncomfortable when judges start speaking in the media, either during their tenure or even after their tenure. I think that is quite unprofessional, quite frankly,” he said.Montagliani was talking after a press conference promoting the bid of three CONCACAF members – the United States, Canada and Mexico – to host the 2026 World Cup.The men in charge of FIFA’s ethics campaign may be out of a job, but the business of football’s global body continues.last_img read more

BMW Championship: Hideki Matsuyama breaks course record, takes lead

first_imgThe second round of the playoffs is a great time to shoot a course record and Matsuyama did it with next to flawless putting at a course that has been around since 1923.When his day was done, Matsuyama shot a bogey-free round that featured 165 feet, eight inches of putts. Related News BMW Championship: Tiger Woods cards another 71 in Round 2, still at bottom of pack Hideki Matsuyama could do no wrong Friday.The No. 32 ranked golfer in the world shot a course record 63 at Medinah No. 3 to take a one-shot lead at 12 under after two rounds at the BMW Championship. “I wish I knew why I putted so well today,” Matsuyama said through his translator, via the PGA Tour website. “But I was happy that a lot of them went in. As they went in, you start gaining more confidence and as your confidence builds, more putts go in, too.”What a finish.Hideki Matsuyama just made his ninth birdie of the day.He leads by two.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/AyzqHpLPZq— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 16, 2019Matsuyama made a career-high five putts outside of 15 feet on the day including one from 28 feet, six inches on the opening hole.This was just his day and a statement after Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak tied the course record of 65 just one day before.Speaking of Thomas and Kokrak, the two players had very different days. Thomas followed up his course-record performance with a solid 69 to finish at 10 under through two rounds and two shots back of Matsuyama in sole possession of fourth. As for Kokrak, he was unable to follow up his Round 1 showing as he shot a disappointing 1-over 73. He sits at 6 under and in a tie for 21st.Two men sit tied for second at 11 under in Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau. Finau’s 6-under 66 was tied for the third best round of the day.Round 2 update from Medinah:1. Hideki Matsuyama (-12)2. Patrick Cantlay (-11)2. Tony Finau4. Adam Hadwin (-9)4. Lucas Glover4. Chez Reavie4. Rory Sabbatini4. Xander SchauffeleFull leaderboard: https://t.co/vZk1d8dmgT pic.twitter.com/JK133WuILF— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 16, 2019last_img read more

Man wanted for shooting at police in North Carolina fatally shot in Miami

first_imgAuthorities in Miami are reporting that a fugitive from North Carolina was shot and killed by police in Miami after he reportedly opened fire on officers.The incident occurred on Saturday after authorities tracked down the suspect to a house on the 25500 block of Southwest 147th Avenue, according to the Miami Herald.Authorities say the suspect barricaded himself inside of the home and refused to surrender even after hours of negotiations.Officers eventually made the decision to enter the home and that’s when the suspected opened fire on them.One officer was shot in his bulletproof vest but was not seriously injured. The suspect was then fatally shot by police.Police did not provide any details regarding the suspect’s identity other than that the suspect was 56-years-old, however, other sources say the wanted suspect may have been James Justin Munro.last_img read more

The Dawes Arboretum: A haven for tree collection, evaluation, and research

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mike Ryan, OCJ field reporterWhat began as a successful, influential Ohio politician and businessman’s 140-acre rural retreat has grown over the past century to become a nearly 2,000 acre preserve highlighting a unique array of plant life at The Dawes Arboretum in Licking County.Beman Dawes and his wife, Bertie, first purchased the original tract in 1917. By 1929, when Dawes Arboretum was established, the grounds had doubled in size and over 50,000 trees had been planted. In present times, the immense arboretum, home to an enormous index of different plant species, is one of only 20 fully accredited arboretums in North America.The Dawes family obtained trees from across the globe that could thrive in central Ohio and planted them around the property. They established the arboretum to both educate and inspire.When Beman and Bertie created the private foundation, they wanted “to encourage the planting of forest and ornamental trees…to give pleasure to the public and education to the youth.”Luke Messinger, executive director of The Dawes Arboretum, said that the location was well-chosen for this purpose and that this collection of trees continues to grow and prosper over 100 years after the Dawes family’s initial purchase of their central Ohio grounds.“With its diversity of forests, Ohio is a great place to preserve the trees of the Ohio River Valley. Beman Dawes always had a love of forestry and did a lot of research about how to reforest Ohio, and what trees would be best for that purpose,” Messinger said. “Today, we keep records on 17,000 plant species here at the Arboretum and we are actively involved with plant conservation and research. We usually collect these plants from the wild and most of our collection consists of plants from the Ohio River Valley. We also partner with other groups and gardens around the world for more exotic plants, trying to find species that will grow well in Ohio. Many of the plants that you see growing here at the Arboretum are the plants you will see at local garden centers and nurseries in the future.”The Arboretum’s aim is to preserve native landscapes and the destination features a variety of forest, grassland, and wetland ecosystems. Many trees and shrubs are planted in groves of like species, which, depending on the seasonal cycles can make for incredibly photogenic sightseeing for visitors. Gracing the grounds are group plantings of crabapples, magnolias, Gingkos, Buckeyes, flowering shrubs, rhododendrons, beech trees, redwoods, conifers, and other interesting tree plots.Other notable features include a Japanese garden, a picturesque lake, a cypress swamp, and tours of the founding family’s home, the Daweswood House. A pioneer cemetery, a Visitor Center, picnic areas, and monuments and memorials dot the landscape of this property as well.This tree haven draws visitors for a variety of reasons.“Whenever you put landscape plants together, you create beauty and people interact with the natural beauty of plants in a variety of ways. People enjoy this park in different ways, but they are all mostly drawn to the Arboretum for the beauty and diversity of the plants and for an interaction with nature,” Messinger said. “We are presently conducting research on apple trees and, in partnership with the American Chestnut Foundation, we are studying to find out if we can bring the American chestnut back. It is a long row to hoe for the trees, but we are keeping our fingers crossed that they can once again be a viable part of the Ohio landscape in the future.”Not only a sanctuary of trees providing humans a place of respite, the Arboretum is also a sanctuary for wildlife and it is an important center for research. Much of the fauna native to Ohio inhabit this property and the Arboretum partners with several federal agencies and state universities in the tracking and study of some of its more unique wildlife. For instance, according to the organization, there are 89 bluebird nest structures on the property and they have 40 years of extensive bluebird observation records. Dawes Arboretum has an expansive ongoing inventory of dragon and damselflies. They study the six bat species that hunt the preserve and there are nine species of salamanders that call the Arboretum home.Dawes Arboretum is also an important educational resource for the community.“In keeping with our mission to collect, evaluate, and research trees, we are a source of environmental education and natural history education,” Messinger said. “We often entertain school field trips and offer a variety of programs and workshops throughout the year on trees, history, and nature — on everything from landscape development to bird and tree identification, to youth programs and guided seasonal walking tours. Many of these programs aim to educate participants about what trees look and thrive best in certain seasons and in different situations in this geographical area.”Agriculture figures big in The Dawes Arboretum’s future plans.“Agriculture was a key component of Beman Dawes’ mission. He first purchased the property as a farm. He had a dairy, feed crop operation, apple production, and maple-syruping on-site. We are continuing that legacy today and into the future. We are interested in using agriculture as a land management strategy and currently lease out approximately 250 acres of land for agricultural production, Messinger said. “As part of our future educational program, we plan to create a demonstration conservation farm and use it as an educational tool for everyone from school children, to college students, to lifelong learners: people interested in modern conservation farming practices. The farm will focus on the farming heritage of Licking County and the state of Ohio while illustrating the diversity of agricultural crops grown in the region.”Visitors to this woody refuge can enjoy it afoot or by car. A paved driving tour takes motorists around the sprawling acres of unique tree plantings. Over 11 miles of walking paths and hiking trails weave their way through the groves, offering opportunities for fresh air, exercise, and a slow-paced chance for reflection.Just this year, The Dawes Arboretum began charging admission to the preserve at a cost comparable to other arboretums of its size across the nation.“The decision to charge admission was made to provide the stability necessary to manage our plant collections, gardens, and natural areas at an appropriate level for current visitors and future generations. We want to continue to be able to offer the educational programs that we do and want to make sure that we can remain focused on our education and research components. We do not want to be complacent as merely a pretty place, but to maintain our role in plant conservation, research, and education,” Messinger said.Admission cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and over. Annual membership costs for individuals are $40 and a family membership costs $60. Members of the Arboretum enjoy free admission and reciprocal benefits at other participating arboretums across the country, among other advantages.The Dawes Arboretum is located at 7770 Jacksontown Road outside of Newark. Their hours change seasonally and are different for members and non-members. More information can be found at dawesarb.org and they can be reached by telephone at 1-800-44-DAWES.last_img read more

Dear Geocaching Diary: Twice the Finds, Twice the Fun

first_imgDay 11: Community Manager Annika Ledbetter (Username: Lebbetter) was a hero on Sunday (coincidentally also her birthday). She says, “This dinosaur was saved from extinction. After almost being lost for 4 years on Bainbridge Island, I rescued Dino and brought him to Geocaching HQ. We gave him a warm welcome and a day full of fun.” Day 10: On Saturday, Partner Programs Manager Annie Love (Username: Love) decided to lead her family off the beaten path. She reports, “Even though the geocache was 100 feet away, our group decided that exploring the creek drain and jumping in the swimming hole was necessary before we started our search.” Dear Geocaching Diary,We thought Week #1 of 31 Days of Geocaching was pretty great, but it turns out that Week #2 was two times the fun! This week we learned that every day can be an adventure if you choose to make it one. Here is a photo recap from our HQ explorers: Day 12: These intrepid travelers journeyed for hours (mostly because they have terrible navigational skills) to a hidden marvel that (for once in their chatty lives) left them speechless.Day 13: Product Manager Joel Werdell (Username: Tieyak) takes his geo-parent responsibilities very seriously. His daughter Bennet says cheese after finding some sweet swag. Day 14: Watch out for Troll droppings! Today marked the release of the Geocaching HQ GeoTour. We created this Tour to help share our favorite places in the Center of the Universe with all of you out there in our geocaching galaxy.Day 15: Beering up for Block Party – our Keg Squad organized a refreshing get together at a local micro brewery. Armed with tiny beermugs, we made our way through Ballard’s breweries. As we crossed a busy street to our next refill, Geocaching Reviewer “The Leprechauns” remarked, “This is not jaywalking, this is urban bushwacking!”Day 16: UX Manager Nick Botner (Username: Whiskey Bones) and his team take the cake for best Team Trackable. (Yes, it is actually a flying shark. Jaws has nothing on this monster.) Less than 24 hours left in the count down to Geocaching Block Party and International Geocaching Day 2013! But don’t worry – we still managed to earn a smiley in the midst of all the party planning panic.Stay tuned for more adventures from Geocaching HQ. What are your favorite tales from the 31 Days of Geocaching trail? Tell us about them in the comments below.Click for a printable version of the 31 Days of Geocaching CalendarShare with your Friends:More Day 7: No hitting the snooze alarm this morning! A few caffeine-loaded Geocaching HQ explorers skipped up a mountain to catch sunrise over Mt.Rainier and grab an early morning Smiley before work. (Pssst…check out our new geocaching and Forest Service volunteer friend photo-bombing from the fire lookout.)Day 8: What do you call a race that involves running, biking, swimming, and geocaching? A geocachalon. This heart pumping adventure was the brainchild of Videographer Reid Kuennen (Username: reidsomething). Office Manager Maria McDonald (Username: AKprincesswarrior) jumps into ice cold Lake Union to celebrate sweet victory.Day 9: Copy writer Derek Hamilton (Username: scattermycaches) struggled to figure out this smarty-pants geocache hidden by one of our own,   Community Volunteer Support Coordinator Cindy Potter (Username: Frau Potter). Derek says, “Call Bill Nye! There’s science in this tube!” SharePrint RelatedDear Geocaching Diary: Orange Headbands for the WinSeptember 1, 2013In “Community”Dear Geocaching Diary: 31 Days of Adventure with Geocaching HQAugust 7, 2013In “Community”Geocaching HQ – The Land of Extreme CoincidenceOctober 7, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Saina makes shock exit, Indian campaign ends at Asian Games

first_imgIndia’s Saina Nehwal looks dejected after losing to Hong Kongs Yip Py during the quarterfinal match of the women’s singles badminton event of 16th Asian Games at Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China on Thursday. PTIIndia’s gold medal hope Saina Nehwal suffered a shock defeat in the women’s singles quarter-finals as country’s campaign ended in the badminton event of the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Thursday.World number three Saina lost 8-21 21-8 19-18 to last edition’s silver medallist and world number 12 Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong in the fiercely fought quarter-final, which lasted 46 minutes.Saina was carrying millions of Indian hopes as all of her compatriots had already crashed of their respective events early in the day.The second seed Saina came back well after surrendering the opening game but her weak net-play, in comparison to her sixth seed rival, dented her chances severely.The Indian saved a match point in the decisive game but a service error at crucial 19-20 stage sealed her fate.Both the players fought their hearts out in the third and final game. Even till the deep end the scores were tied 18-18.Yip attacked Saina’s backhand throughout the match and earned her first match point with the same strategy with a smash winner.Saina managed to save that and got her service back but unforced error on the next point brought curtains on her campaign.At Beijing Olympics also Saina had lost at the same quarter-final stage.Early in the day, men’s singles player Aravind Bhat and mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju also crashed out.advertisementBhat lost 19-21 12-21 to world number sixth Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in his second round encounter at the Tianhe Gymnasium here.Jwala and Diju further plunged the Indian camp in dismay as they squandered a first game advantage to lose a gruelling battle against Koreans Baekcheol Shin and Hyojung Lee in the mixed doubles event.The Indian pair lost 21-17 13-21 16-21 against the Korean combination in a 36-minute match.Bhat, who had got a walk over in his opening round match against Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka, found it tough to negotiate the smashes of Poonsana as the Thai player scored 20 smash points compared to Bhat’s seven.In the first game, Bhat caught up with Poonsana after trailing 5-10 to make it 12-12 and moved neck-to-neck till 17-17 but the Thai shuttler marched ahead from there on.In the second game, Poonsana opened a six point lead and did not allow the Indian to come back as Bhat’s game crumbled.Bhat’s compatriot and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Parupalli Kashyap had made a first round exit on Wednesday.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more