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Cuts are on the RICS’ agenda

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Saudi princess pleads for release from high-security prison

first_img“As you may be aware [?] I am currently being arbitrarily held at Al-Ha’ir prison without criminal, or otherwise any charges,” the princess wrote in a letter published on her verified Twitter account.”My health is deteriorating to an extent that is [severe], and that could lead to my death.”I have not received medical care or even [a] response to the letters I dispatched from jail to the Royal Court.”Saudi authorities have not disclosed the reasons for her detention. A prominent Saudi princess jailed without charges made a rare public appeal to the king and crown prince on Thursday for her release from a high-security prison, citing her “deteriorating” health.Princess Basmah bint Saud, a 56-year-old businesswoman and an outspoken royal family member, was detained in March last year just before she was due to travel to Switzerland for medical treatment, according to a source close to her family.The public plea for her release is the latest sign of turmoil within the kingdom’s secretive royal family following the detention last month of King Salman’s brother and nephew in an apparent attempt to stamp out internal dissent. The princess claimed she was “thrown into prison” after being “abducted without an explanation” along with one of her daughters.  ‘Very critical’ She appealed to her uncle King Salman and her cousin — de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman –- for her release as she had “done no wrong” and added that her health status was “very critical”.The princess did not specify her ailment but her letter comes as the kingdom grapples with the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic.The government has imposed round-the-clock curfew across much of the country to limit the spread of the virus. Saudi Arabia has reported 6,380 infections and 83 deaths from the disease so far.It was unclear how the princess was able to tweet from inside Al-Ha’ir, a high-security prison close to Riyadh known for holding political prisoners.Her public plea represents an unusually bold move by someone from the kingdom’s sprawling royal family, comprising thousands of members, who typically refrain from publicly raising internal grievances.It comes after the detention last month of Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the king’s brother, and the monarch’s nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef who was previously crown prince. The government has yet to officially comment on the crackdown, which raised fears of government instability.But one source close to the royal court dismissed such concerns and said the detentions were meant to send a stern warning within the royal family not to oppose the crown prince.Prince Mohammed, heir to the Arab world’s most powerful throne, has pursued a broad crackdown on dissent since his meteoric rise to the position of crown prince in 2017.Multiple women activists, clerics, bloggers and journalists have been jailed in what observers call increasing repression and authoritarianism under the prince’s de facto rule as he consolidates his grip on power. Topics :last_img read more

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Northern Indiana woman killed in freak interstate accident

first_imgIndianapolis, Ind. — Indiana State Police say an Angola woman was killed in freak accident on I-465 in Marion County Monday.Crash reconstructionists determined Chad Hockett, 27, of Indianapolis, was northbound on I-465 south of I-74 when a rear tire came off the vehicle. The tire bounced across the median and struck the windshield of a vehicle driven by Crystal Emerick, 43. Emerick was transported to Eskenazi Hospital with serious injuries, she later died. Three other passengers suffered minor injuries.Hockett remained on the scene and cooperated completely with investigators. Investigators are analyzing the Hockett vehicle to determine why the wheel came off. Alcohol is not suspected.last_img

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Gerrard denies Rodgers rift

first_img But that did not stop talk of tension between the pair, with Gerrard’s contract up at the end of the campaign and consistent criticism this term of his performances in a holding midfield role. The former England captain dismissed that notion via his Instagram account, posting an image of the pair laughing together during a training session, accompanied by an unequivocal message. It read: “Just to set the record straight media talk of a fall out between us 2 is NONSENSE ..have a nice Sunday ??#together#solid#ynwa”. Rodgers has spoken previously about easing Gerrard’s workload, particularly with the Reds having additional Champions League duties this season, but this was the first time this season the midfielder has not started a league match. He played the full game in midweek against Ludogorets and then 15 minutes against the Potters, after which Rodgers praised his impact from the bench. Press Association Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has branded speculation of a rift with manager Brendan Rodgers “nonsense”.center_img Gerrard was left out of the starting XI for his side’s 1-0 win over Stoke on Saturday, with the match falling on the 16th anniversary of his first-team debut. Rodgers, who sent the midfielder on as a second-half substitute, admitted afterwards he was not aware of the landmark, but described the 34-year-old as a “wonderful man”. last_img read more

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MDI boys’ soccer rides depth to defeat Ellsworth

first_imgBAR HARBOR — After slow starts in past years, the Mount Desert Island boys’ soccer team wanted to avoid another at all costs in 2018. In one of the team’s biggest games of the year, the Trojans stepped up to the plate.Missing top scorer September Murray and assist leader Reider Watson, MDI entered a rivalry showdown against Ellsworth on Monday at a disadvantage. Yet this year’s MDI team is one head coach Tyler Frank believes is greater than the sum of its parts, and in this game, the Trojans showed why.MDI showcased its team depth Monday night to earn a 3-0 win over Ellsworth in Bar Harbor. The win gave the Trojans four straight victories over the Eagles and provided the team a major boost as it approaches the second half of its schedule.“We’ve had some injuries and illnesses, and September and Reider were caught up in that,” Frank said. “To have your No. 1 scorer so far this year and your No. 1 assist guy out and still be able to win like we did is a testament to where we are as a team right now.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth (0-6) controlled the ball in the MDI half for the first 10 minutes of the game, but the momentum soon shifted when the Trojans’ Leao Nelson had a shot on goal saved two minutes later. That scoring chance seemed to rejuvenate the home team, which took a 1-0 lead with 23 minutes, 25 seconds left in the first half when Derek Collin fired a shot into the top-right corner.Just when it looked as if Collin’s strike would be the only goal of the first half, Oliver Johnston stepped up to the plate for MDI (3-2-1). With 4:10 left in the half, Johnston sent a powerful free kick past the Ellsworth wall and into the bottom-right corner to double the Trojans’ advantage going into the break.“I sort of have a dipping shot, and I was trying to get it over the wall and into that corner,” Johnston said. “It was actually lower than I was hoping for, but it managed to go in.”Ellsworth’s Connor Frank leads a breakaway during the second half of a high school boys’ soccer game against MDI on Sept. 17 in Bar Harbor. MDI’s win  was its fourth straight against the Eagles. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThe Trojans put the ball into the net a third time with 27 minutes to go in the second half, but the goal was ruled out for a foul in front of the goalkeeper. Although Ellsworth nearly scored when Carter Frank fired a shot just wide with 20 minutes left, Collin scored a second time with 6:12 to play to give MDI the game’s final goal.MDI has been no stranger to regional playoff appearances in recent years, but the Trojans believe they can go even higher than they have in the past. The Trojans haven’t won the Class B North title since 2000, and this year’s group is hoping to change that.“We set those goals each year, and I think this is one of the highest bars we’ve set,” Tyler Frank said. “This team is really focused on the Northern Maine championship, and we think we can beat anybody on any given day if we’re playing our best.”MDI will play on the road against Washington Academy (5-2) at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. The Trojans will then play on the road against Caribou (3-1-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, before hosting Presque Isle at 4 p.m. next Monday, Sept. 24.Those upcoming contests will be important for MDI if it wants to further its hopes for a high seed in the Northern Maine playoffs. Both Aroostook County opponents are near the top of the Class B North standings, meaning the Trojans will need more strong results to position themselves for success come playoff time.“I think this year we realized that we got off to slower starts in the past, and we wanted to not put ourselves in that hole this time,” Johnston said. “Now we’re to the point where we can win games even if guys are out, and that’s big for us with these tough games ahead.”Ellsworth will battle Old Town (1-3-1) at home at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Eagles will then play on the road against Hermon at 11 a.m. Saturday and host John Bapst at 6 p.m. Monday. Bio Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more

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Bees through after penalty shoot-out

first_imgMK Dons 3 Brentford 3 (Brentford won 4-3 on penalties)Goalkeeper Richard Lee was Brentford’s hero as they reached the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy southern section second round by yet again prevailing in a penalty shoot-out.They looked set for a miserable night when Charlie MacDonald scored against his former team-mates to open the scoring for MK Dons, who played the second half with 10 men after Shaun Williams was sent off shortly before the interval.AdChoices广告On-loan defender Adam Thompson marked his debut with a 28th-minute equaliser, before Luke Chadwick quickly restored the home team’s lead.Alexander netted twice in the second half to put Brentford ahead, only for Jonathan Douglas’ late own goal to rescue the hosts.But in the shoot-out, Alexander, Douglas, Jake Reeves and Mike Grella all converted their penalties for the Bees, while Lee saved from Darren Potter.And when Stephen Gleeson blazed MK Dons’ final kick over the bar, their fate was sealed.It continued a remarkable run for Brentford, who reached the final of last season’s tournament via shoot-out victories against Leyton Orient, Swindon and Charlton, and also knocked Everton out of the Carling Cup on penalties.MacDonald, who made 111 starts during three years at Griffin Park, showed respect for his old club by not celebrating after he headed in Jay O’Shea’s corner.Brentford hit back with a corner of their own eight minutes later, when Thompson met Harry Forrester’s left-wing delivery with a fine downward header that levelled the score.Forrester was handed his full debut by boss Uwe Rosler, who left out Sam Saunders and Clayton Donaldson, and replaced injured-centre-back Leon Legge with Marcel Eger while Marcus Bean started on the right flank.Rosler will have enjoyed his recent signings combining to cancel out MacDonald’s opener, but within two minutes his team were behind again.Former Manchester United midfielder Chadwick has been in fine form and looked like a player full of confidence when he pounced on a defensive mix-up and rode two challenges before firing in his fourth goal of the season.But Brentford were given a boost in first-half injury time when Myles Weston raced onto Bean’s pass and was brought down by Williams, who was deemed to have denied the Bees forward a clear goalscoring opportunity and was shown the red card.Alexander capitalised by shooting home following Forrester’s left-wing cross to net the visitors’ second equaliser, and must have thought he had scored the winner when he bundled in Craig Woodman’s 82nd-minute free-kick.Again, though, Brentford switched off and conceded. Chadwick’s clever pass caught out Woodman and gave George Baldock time and space to send in a driven cross which Douglas diverted into his own net.Goalkeeper David Martin brilliantly tipped away Bean’s last-gasp header, but it was his opposite number who had the last laugh.Dons duo Adam Smith and Dean Lewington scored with their penalties, before Lee dived to his right to save from Potter.That put pressure on Dean Bowditch who was able to hold his nerve and slot past Lee. Gleeson never looked like following suit.last_img read more

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Nwodo Endorses Nigeria Maiden Ladies Professional Golf Tour

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFormer Governor of Enugu State, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo has endorsed the Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (LPGAN) as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The dream of LPGAN will finally be realised with a first female professional golf tournament in Abuja between November 29 and December 2.The tour is the brainchild of Uloma Mboku, Nigeria’s only certified female professional golfer.It will hold with a minimum field of 20 players drawn from Ghana, Senegal, Congo, South Africa among others.The logistics support will be provided by Ojay’s Travel and Tour Limited.The sponsorship agreement was signed yesterday at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.Mbuko said the floating of the tour was a fulfillment of a dream she had nurtured over the years.Nwodo, a former two-time secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the ladies tour was long over due in Nigeria and is primed to achieve greatness.“This ladies tour is the first time it will happen in Nigeria, though it is coming very late. Golf is the only sport with the capacity to compete with football for money and fame. It is easier to be known as a sport person than a politician,” Nwodo said.He lauded Mboku, who is a member of the South African Ladies Golfers Association and US Female Professional Association, stressing that she has the education and technical capacity to impact her knowledge to others.“Uloma is a professional who has refused to domicile the talent she has acquired to herself. I took interest in her because I found out she has the knowledge and communication skills to impact her skills to others,” Nwodo stressed.Hans Omang of Ojay’s said the female tour would serve as a platform in building his brand.The company would help drive the tour’s vision by sourcing for the seed money towards organising the first LPGAN Tour.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Court Adjourns to Sept. 26 Suit against NFF President, Four Others

first_imgAlex Enumah in AbujaJustice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday fixed September 26 for mention in an alleged fraud case involving President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four others.The Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) is prosecuting Pinnick and his co-defendants on a 17-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and fraud to the tune of $8.4m. However following the absence of the defendants in court, Justice Ojukwu consequently issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the 2nd to 5th defendants.Those being prosecuted alongside Pinnick include; NFF Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive Committee member, Yusuf Fresh.The defendants who are also charged with failure to declare their assets, are accused of stealing $8.4 million, paid by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to Nigeria for participating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.The NFF officials are also accused of taking cash through a web of schemes, including payments received for “fake friendlies” — games that never happened — as well as unexplained payments to match-agents.At the resumed hearing, counsel to the NFF officials, explained to the court why the defendants were not in court to take their plea.He said his clients are currently on a national assignment in the Arab Republic of Egypt, where Nigeria’s Super Eagles is participating in the ongoing 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals.In a short ruling, Justice Ojukwu then issued a bench warrant for the 2nd to 5th defendants , exempting the 1st defendant, Pinnick who is also President of the AFCON Organizing Committee, to be produced at the next sitting in court.Justice Ijeoma made it clear that the warrant would cease to be of any effect once the defence counsel is able to produce evidence that the 2nd to 5th defendants were listed among the delegates to be in Egypt.The judge did not hear the application of the NFF officials challenging the jurisdiction of the SPIP.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Punter Gano sets tone early in rout over Wisconsin

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — When a team puts 42 points on the board, its punter rarely receives much praise, let alone the game’s MVP honors. Consider the Champs Sports Bowl a rarity.While the University of Wisconsin defense was shutting down quarterback Christian Ponder and the Florida State offense in the first quarter, Seminole senior punter Graham Gano was doing his best to keep the Badgers off the scoreboard, a goal he almost single-handedly achieved.Gano’s first punt bounced at the UW 3-yard line and took a right turn out of bounds. Two first downs later, the Badgers were forced to punt.Gano’s next punt sailed over David Gilreath’s head, hit at the 1-yard line and stuck on the Citrus Bowl turf. Again, the Badgers only managed a pair of first downs before being forced to surrender the ball back to the ‘Noles.Gano’s third punt of the first quarter was angled very similarly to his first, toward the front right corner of the Wisconsin end zone. The ball hit near the 1-yard line and again took a right turn out of bounds. All three of the Badgers’ first-quarter possessions started inside their 3-yard line, the last two of which were spotted at the one.“The whole first half we were battling to get past the 50-yard line,” said UW center John Moffitt. “That’s not anybody’s fault, that’s just the punter. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a punter that good.Has anybody ever kicked three inside the five before?”Interestingly enough, Gano’s feat came one game after Cal Poly kicker Andrew Gardner missed three extra points at Camp Randall Stadium in Wisconsin’s overtime victory over the Mustangs.The Badgers didn’t make it past midfield until the second quarter and failed to reach the end zone until T.J. Theus’ 20-yard grab from quarterback Dustin Sherer with only 4:06 left in the game, much of which can be attributed to Gano and his ability to shift the field position game in FSU’s favor.“It’s frustrating, but we kind of did it to ourselves,” Sherer said. “We never could get the ball moving; we gave them a short field, they could punt us and pin us deep. We got out of there a couple times, but we would shoot ourselves in the foot on third down. That’s just how it went.”It put a lot of pressure on the UW defense as well, a unit that held its own in the first half but couldn’t stay with the speed demons of the ACC after intermission.“[Gano] was definitely a factor,” said senior cornerback Allen Langford. “It affected time of possession and field position, and they definitely owned both of those and that’s why they got the ‘W.’”The Badgers stood helplessly against Gano’s (48.2 yards per punt) first-half dominance, but they beat themselves in the second half. P.J. Hill and Sherer each had fumbles that led to Seminole touchdowns after halftime. Wisconsin’s three total fumbles set a Champs Sports Bowl record and all three were converted into touchdowns, two of which were scored directly by the defense. Derek Nicholson (first quarter) and Dekoda Watson (fourth quarter) each scooped up Sherer fumbles and ran them back for scores.“They’re fast,” Sherer said. “Their defensive line did a great job of getting pressure on me; their [defensive backs] did a great job of covering downfield. There were parts where I probably should have got the ball out and didn’t, but they played well, so hats off to them.“I knew going into it I had to play well because they were going to put nine guys in the box to stop our run. And I didn’t play well and we lost.”last_img read more

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Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report log between Thursday, Feb. 8, and Friday, Feb. 9. Crimes against propertyat 12:41 a.m. on Feb. 9, a suspect entered the carport area of  1229 37th Pl. and damaged the roof and hood area of the subject’s vehicle.At 11:06 p.m. on Feb. 8, a student left her briefcase and laptop computer unattended in the Elvon & Mabel Musick Law Building Library. When she returned, her briefcase and computer were gone.at 3:39 p.m. on Feb. 8, a suspect entered a victim’s unsecured residence at 2716 Menlo Ave. and removed a computer.at 2:16 p.m. on Feb. 8, a staff member reported damage to a university vehicle at the Center for Health Professions.At 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 8, a suspect entered an unsecured office in Stonier Hall and removed candy from a desk.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 1:25 A.m. on Feb. 9, a student was cited by LAPD for crossing against a “don’t walk” sign at Jefferson Avenue and Hoover Street.at 10:48 p.m. on Feb. 8, a student injured his knee while playing basketball in the Lyon Center. The student refused medical treatment and asked a friend to transport him to California Hospital for medical treatment.at 9:35 p.m. on Feb. 8, a student cut his finger on a door in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center when he opened it. He refused medical treatment and stated he would seek his own.at 8:25 p.m. on Feb. 8, a staff member was near the Blanche and Frank R. Seaver Student Residence Hall  when he fell onto concrete while running across a patch of shrubbery, causing a minor injury to his arm. He refused medical treatment.at 7:16 p.m. on Feb. 8, a student at Dean Barlett Cromwell Field refused medical treatment after injuring his ankle. The student said he would seek medical treatment from the student health center on a later date.at 3:50 p.m. on Feb. 8, a staff member in Town & Gown was transported to California Hospital after complaining of severe knee pain.at 3:21 p.m. on Feb. 8, a DPS officer was injured while detaining a suspect in Burger King.at 10:43 a.m. on Feb. 8, a staff member in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center felt faint and light-headed and had trouble speaking. She refused transport to a hospital and said she would seek her own medical care.At 9:49 a.m. on Feb. 8, a staff member in the Waite Phillips Hall of Education received a threatening email, but discovered it was a prank. The subject was not desirous of a police report.at 9:12 a.m. on Feb. 8, DPS responded to a complaint about a stairwell door in the Keck Hospital of USC blocked with water bottles.last_img read more