Trump ditches hopes of quick virus bounce-back for US

first_imgMore than 40 percent of the world’spopulation has been asked to stay at home to halt the deadly march of a diseasethat has claimed some 33,880 lives. (AFP) WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump onSunday abandoned his timetable for life returning to normal in the UnitedStates, extending emergency coronavirus restrictions for another month, whileSpain suffered its deadliest day. President Donald Trump says the United States death rate was likely to increase for two weeks and announced “social distancing” guidelines would be in place until at least the end of April. AFPcenter_img Trump, who had hoped to shortly re-openmuch of the US, said the death rate in the country was likely to increase fortwo weeks and announced “social distancing” guidelines would be inplace until at least the end of April.last_img read more

Iowa lawmakers consider civics test as part of high school graduation requirements

first_imgBatesville, In. — Iowa lawmakers are considering the implementation of a Civics test as a graduation requirement. The test would cover the basics of American democracy, history and the system of government.House Study Bill 573 would require students to score at least 60 percent in order to pass the test. The requirement is the same for legal immigrants seeking citizenship.A 2017 survey conducted by the Annenberg Policy Center revealed more than one-third of U.S. citizens cannot identify what freedom is protected by the First Amendment.If the proposal is adopted testing would begin in the 2019-20 school year.last_img read more

Lady Bulldog Spikers On The Winning Side Versus Lady Wildcats

first_imgThe Franklin County Wildcats traveled to Batesville High School for a conference matchup. The Batesville Varsity won in 3 sets 25-15, 25-23, 25-17 extending their record to 4-2 on the season.Leading the team in kills was Katie Bedel with 11 followed by Cayman Werner with 9. The defense was led by Macy Prickel in blocks and Laney Walsman & Regina Gerstbauer in digs. Kylie Laker had another consistent night in setting with a team-high of 21 assists on the night.The Bulldogs will be in action again on Thursday night against the East Central Trojans. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kateri Paul.The Batesville JV Volleyball Team picked up a solid win vs. Franklin County winning by the scores 25-17, 25-9. Sydnee Schaefer set the pace from the service line hitting all 16 of her serves scoring 13 points including 3 aces. Shelby Westerfeld and Sophie Lee were dominant at the net with 6 and 4 kills respectively. Brayleigh Patterson notched 2 kills on well placed attacks. Kaitlyn Sarringhaus set well in the second set picking up 4 assists. The team’s record is now 4-2. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.‘Tonight wasn’t a total loss, this was a close match and could have went either way multiple times. These girls did struggle with a few serve receive errors and hitting errors but those can be corrected. I am very proud of this teams efforts tonight. They played well.’ Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.’Audrey Reister had 2 ace serves, 1 touch on a block, 4 digs, and 1 assist. Kelly Layton had 2 ace serves, 4 assists, and 6 digs. Rachel Bischoff had 1 ace serve, 2 digs and 2 block. Jalynn Rogers had 1 ace serve, 8 digs and 1 assist. Makyah Richardson had 4 kills and 4 blocks. Rae Ertel had 1 kill and 1 dig. Anna Sacksteder had 4 blocks. Charlotte Barrett had 2 blocks. Mercedez Waddell had 1 kill. Kelsey Vail had 2 digs.We are back at home playing North Decatur this Thursday, Aug 29th. Come out and support your Lady Cats. JV game starts at 5:30 pm. We Are FC!!!Our Franklin County junior varsity lost a tough two sets to EIAC opponent Batesville 25-17, 25-9.This brings our record to 2-2. We will host North Decatur Thursday night.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen.last_img read more

Man attempts to rob a convenience store using a pipe

first_imgOfficials in Fort Myers are currently searching for a man who reportedly attacked a convenience store clerk with a metal object.The incident occurred at a 7-Eleven store on 11700 S Cleveland Avenue just after 1 a.m.Officials say the suspect came into the store with a metal pipe and demanded that the clerk give him money from the cash register, however, the clerk decided to fight back.The suspect then ran out of the store and away from the scene.Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers shared a video on their Facebook page:The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, standing between 5-feet, 5-inches tall and 5-feet-7-inches with a tattoo on the side of his neck.Officials are asking for anyone who believes that they have information about the suspect you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at  800-780-TIPS.last_img read more

Woman stabbed in West Palm Beach

first_imgA woman was stabbed after an argument turned violent in West Palm Beach early Sunday morning, police say.West Palm Beach police responded to the scene of Skillz Arcade parking lot located in Palm Beach Lakes after they received a call about an accident.Deputies say when they arrived two women were involved in an argument.According to police, Tarneka Sheppard, 32, kicked another woman in the back of the head. After bouncers removed Sheppard from the business, the victim and her friend attempted to leave the property to get medical attention. As they attempted to drive away, police said, Sheppard rammed their vehicle with hers.Police said both women then exited their vehicles and the verbal dispute continued. Bouncers told police they had to use pepper spray on Sheppard.Investigators said Sheppard admitted stabbing the victim in the upper torso.Both Sheppard and the victim were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.No one was taken into custody at the time, but police are continuing to investigate the incident.last_img read more

I hope some sort of training plan comes up: Vinesh Phogat

first_imgNEW DELHI: Opening of stadiums and sports complexes for athletes was among the latest guidelines issued by the government on Sunday while announcing an extension of the nationwide lockdown that is in place to stem the spread of coronavirus. And ace wrestler Vinesh Phogat believes that stadiums had to be opened up for training sooner than later as sportspersons would otherwise start getting frustrated at home.However, there is still uncertainty over a number of topics — it is yet to be made clear as to whether the complexes are open for competitions or training and the fate of contact sports like wrestling is yet to be ascertained. Vinesh feels that regardless of all, there hopefully is a decision soon enough for resumption of training at some level. “At the moment it really is not possible to know till what time this pandemic is going to go on and we can’t stop our lives for it,” Vinesh told IANS on Monday. “Yes, we have to be careful but something has to be done, till when can athletes just sit in one place. “The situation is now getting a little desperate because there is no training. We can think about competitions later but there is even no training and that is very frustrating.” Vinesh has been training at home with her sister for a sparring partner. “But without a mat it is not the same. At the same time, I can’t really do anything else. I can go to the place where I usually go to train, no one comes there but that is a risk, so I am avoiding that. Plus there are no competitions and so I am not pushing myself too much either. I am just using the time to keep myself fit,” said the 2018 Asian Games gold medallist. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju had said that the resumption of training will begin in a phased manner with those who have qualified for the postponed Tokyo Olympics and those who are close to qualification being given preference. Vinesh is one of the most prominent athletes in this category, having qualified for the Games at the 2019 wrestling World Championships and is seen as a medal contender. She was in the home run of her preparations for Tokyo 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm and the Games itself got postponed by a year. Like most people, the 25-year-old initially thought that the lockdown, which was first imposed in March, will be over in just over a fortnight. “No one knows how long this is going to take so we can’t continue to sit at home and train. What if it all comes to an end by the end of the year and it becomes absolutely sure that the Olympics will take place in July next year. You can’t prepare for an Olympics in such a short time period, so I hope some sort of a training plan comes up. For now, my coach keeps sending me training plans for the entire week and I follow it.” The risk of the virus, however, has hardly gone away from the country — over 96,000 cases of infections have been reported and more than 3000 have died. “The complexes may be opened but obviously, entry should be restricted,” said Vinesh. “It’s not like the virus has dissappeared so now anybody and everybody can enter the stadium. Yes, spectators can’t come but even among athletes, only those who truly need to train for big competitions, should be given priority,” she said. “Plus those that come with us, the coaches and others, all of them need to be taken into consideration. A lot of planning needs to be done.” Vinesh said that the training routines at home is as much a help for her mental health as it is for her body. “The thing about athletes who are at this level is that, if we are kept away from training for a prolonged period then that mindset and mentality that is needed to perform goes away,” said Vinesh. “I am not used to staying at one place like this at all. That’s why I am continuing to train as much as possible or else I’ll be punching the wall in frustration. That is one of the main reasons why I am training at home, to keep myself calm and focussed.” IANSlast_img read more

PMTC spikes way to another Balram Shane Volleyball title

first_imgVOLLEYBALL powerhouse Port Mourant Training Centre (PMTC) continued their dominance as they surged to the 2019 Berbice Volleyball Association’s (BVA) Annual Balram Shane Senior Inter-Club title.Playing at the Albion Community Centre Hard Court last weekend, PMTC, who won the 2018 title, ensured they went into 2020 still highly decorated and respected. They beat off the likes of No. 52 Survivors, Black Bush and New Amsterdam Rollers in the senior category of the 7th edition of the competition to remain the number one volleyball team in Guyana.In the end, it was a battle to see who would be PMTC’s next victim following the 4-way battle of the seniors. It was the Rollers of New Amsterdam who earned the privilege in the end to battle the defending champs. As ruthless as they have been over the years in Volleyball, whether it be this tournament or a regional one, PMTC thumped Rollers 2-nil following the pair of sets which saw them win by score-lines: 25-21, 25-16.In the Junior Category, the two lone teams, Guysuco Training Centre Port Mourant (GTCPM) and the Junior Rollers, did battle for the crown. Again, it was tough going for the Rollers, who got steamrolled two sets to zero; 25-16 and 25- 15 as GTCPM romped to an easy win.GTCPM snatched up the GY$10,000 first place prize while the second placed Rollers were awarded with GY $5,000. In the senior category, now two-time champs, PMTC, hoisted the Balram Shane trophy along with GY $20,000.Rollers received the second place trophy and GY$10,000 while No.52 Survivors received the third place trophy and GYD $5,000. The memorial event is sponsored yearly by Rose Hall Town businessman, Deonarine Balram, of the Balram Shane General Store and son of the late Balram Shane.last_img read more

Wisconsin to tackle Terriers, ‘Wingbone’

first_imgJunior quarterback Scott Tolzien will look to provide his defense with a big cushion against FCS opponent Wofford Saturday.[/media-credit]With FCS opponent Wofford (1-1) coming to Madison this Saturday, the Wisconsin football team is simply hoping to learn from last year’s battle against FCS opponent Cal Poly.“If you don’t learn from history, you are bound to repeat it,” sophomore defensive tackle Patrick Butrym said, “which makes Cal Poly an advantage going into Saturday. We have a scheme that is a little different from last year.”The Terriers, who are being paid $500,000 to head to Camp Randall, come to town with a triple-option offense similar (though not the same) to the one Cal Poly employed so effectively against the Badgers last year. For those who have forgotten, Cal Poly put up 35 points against the Badgers defense and took UW into overtime.“The biggest thing [Cal Poly] does is (they) give you just another chance to see how this style of offense is going to attack your scheme,” UW defensive line coach Charles Partridge said. “We can get some suggestions from just how did they attack that scheme, so it’s good, valuable experience.”According to Butrym, the option offense — nicknamed the “Wingbone” — doesn’t change much in preparation, but being assignment sound is key.“Fundamentally, you have to play the same. If you aren’t playing with fundamentals, you are going to get exposed,” Butrym said. “Though it’s a different scheme, you still just can’t beat yourself.”Although this is the first option offense the Badgers have come across this season, preparing for an option is not that new for the Badgers. To practice, UW has inserted freshman wide receiver Jared Abbrederis as the scout team quarterback this week.With Michigan running a zone-option offense and Ohio State using quarterback Terrelle Pryor in option situations, Wofford could prove a nice warm up for Wisconsin.“Fortunately, with all the spread offenses and zone options that have come into play, we do a lot of option-style defending,” Partridge said. “There is a lot of carryover from that standpoint. It is a challenge but something that we are excited about.”Option offenses often generate big plays when teams abandon their assignments, but they can also be effective if teams play tentative within those roles. For the Badgers to be successful this weekend, the team must be confident and comfortable in its defensive scheme.“As long as you are aggressive through your responsibility, then everything is going to be fine,” Partridge said. “If you’re the quarterback, play the quarterback. If you are the dive player, then play the dive player. You play your man aggressively, then you are going to be fine. When guys get aggressive to the point where they try to do more then their job, you start to have problems.”“You can’t press to make plays because that is when you make mistakes and that is when you get exploited,” Butrym added. “You just have to maintain your gap, and when an opportunity comes, take hold of it.”Through two games this season, the Terriers have run on more than 85 percent of their plays. With such a low passing percentage, play-action plays become particularly effective.“You have to be on [for their pass game],” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “They are averaging something like 12, 14 throws per game. They pound you, they pound you and pound you and then try to go play action over the top. I know in their first two games they scored on their opening possession and had some connections in the passing game.”On the offensive side of the ball, fans can expect more of the same from UW. With John Clay starting the first game of his career, a run heavy battle between both sides can be expected.If things are going well for the Badgers, however, freshman quarterback Curt Phillips may see the field after sitting against Fresno State last Saturday.“Scott has done a good job through the two games, and Curt has continued to do some good things,” Bielema said. “The part that we have is we have a couple of options. If [the Fresno State game] had kind of flowed a little bit different on Saturday, there is a very good chance we would have saw Curt. So, the same thing going into this week.”With most preseason polls predicting Wofford to finish second in the Southern Conference to four-time defending champ Appalachian State, Wisconsin certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.“The one thing that they bring is they are very, very tough and they are competitive,” Bielema said. “They are used to winning. They went to the playoffs the last two years in their division and have a lot of successful coaching over the last several years.”last_img read more

USG senators release digital syllabus bank survey

first_imgThe project, proposed by Sens. Rosenthal, Emily Johnson and Randi Anderson, aims to make the syllabuses available to students to use when selecting classes to clarify course curriculum and give students a better understanding of the classes they register for, Rosenthal said.  The project’s next steps involve meeting with members of the Academic Senate to gain approval for the bank’s creation and partnering with IT Services to implement the resource online.  “After we get Academic Senate approval, it would just be a question of taking the policy side of it in terms of their approval of it and the IT side … and just merging those together,” Rosenthal said. “I don’t think [it] will be too hard as long as we get Academic Senate approval.” “This is meant for students who have finals during Ramadan or class midterms during the Jewish holidays at the beginning of the year, or if you don’t necessarily get school off [for the holidays],” Shiff said. “We’ve also created a text you put on the syllabus.” Rosenthal said he has also been working with the USC’s nomenclature task force to draft a proposal with recommendations on the procedure to rename campus buildings. The task force was created in light of controversy surrounding the name of the Von KleinSmid Center, which was named after former USC president and white supremacist Rufus von KleinSmid. Rosenthal, who was appointed to the task force last summer, said the group hopes to finish the proposal and release it to the University administration within the next two weeks. “[The syllabus bank would be beneficial] for reasons like academic transparency and improving the ability of people to know what your classes are about, but also, there’s a lot of classes that have mandatory midterm days,” Rosenthal said. “If you’re going on spring break, you want to make sure that your class doesn’t have a midterm that Friday, for example.” Of the 248 students who took the survey, more than 200 said the syllabus bank would improve their academic performance, according to information Sen. Ben Rosenthal presented at the meeting. “There’s an overwhelming desire by the students for it, and even people who don’t think that they necessarily need it still think that it’s an idea,” he said. “Most people think that they need it, or at least it would help them, so these are really promising responses.” Sen. Benjamin Shiff (above) has been working with Sen. Rose Ritch, Director of Residential Affairs Gabriel Savage and Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni to place USC’s religious absence policy on course syllabuses. (Catherine Liang | Daily Trojan) Sens. Benjamin Shiff and Rose Ritch and Director of Residential Affairs Gabriel Savage have also begun working with Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni to list USC’s religious absence policy on syllabuses to ensure students know they can make arrangements for exams that fall on religious holidays. Currently, the policy, which grants excused absences for religious observances, is only available on the Office of Religious Life website and is emailed to professors before each school year, Shiff said. Senators shared preliminary results for a survey gauging student interest regarding an ongoing project to create a digital resource bank of past course syllabuses at the Undergraduate Student Government meeting Tuesday. Rosenthal said he hopes having access to course syllabuses during registration will decrease student conflicts with exams by ensuring students know important course dates in advance. “We’ve been working on editing the proposal because it’s a very public document that will likely not just get scrutinized by administrators at USC but the broader public [as well],” Rosenthal said. “We’re making sure that it’s both understandable and robust enough to get administrative buy in but also succinct so that it doesn’t bore people.” last_img read more

Six former Trojans compete in NFL Scouting Combine

first_imgAs is the case most years, USC football will be well represented not only when draft day comes in late April, but also this weekend at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.Former running back Ronald Jones is participating in the combine. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanAfter sending eight athletes to the NFL Combine last year, USC will have six former players working out in front of scouts through the weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium. Included among those in attendance are quarterback Sam Darnold, wide receivers Steven Mitchell Jr. and Deontay Burnett, running back Ronald Jones II, linebacker Uchenna Nwosu and defensive lineman Rasheem Green.Like when he was playing in cardinal and gold, Darnold will certainly command most of the attention out of the Trojan draft prospects this weekend, if not the entire group of prospects working out in Indianapolis. In fact, he has already made headlines without performing a single workout due to his announcement Tuesday that he would not be throwing throughout the weekend.Although all the other top quarterback prospects such as Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and former Oklahoma Sooner Baker Mayfield will be throwing in this year’s combine, there is precedent for Darnold’s decision. In 2014, both Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel elected to wait, as Darnold is, until their pro day workout to throw passes in front of scouts. Clearly, it didn’t hurt their draft stock too drastically as both would go on to be first-round picks in the ensuing draft.Beyond the 2017 Rose Bowl MVP, the balance of the USC contingency will have a lot to prove in front of the NFL scouts this weekend.  According to his most recent mock draft, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has Darnold as his top pick while the rest of the Trojan combine invitees are listed as being drafted outside of the first round.Jones II, the Pac-12’s second leading rusher from this past season, is projected to go off the board early in the second round while Nwosu, a USC defensive captain who tied for 10th in the FBS in sacks, is expected to hear his name called later in the second round. Furthermore, co-sacks leader Green is projected to be an early third-round pick in Miller’s projections.No two players have as much to prove heading into this weekend as Trojan wideouts Burnett and  Mitchell Jr., as they are expected to be fifth-round and undrafted prospects, respectively.  Putting up an impressive stat-line of 86 catches for 1,114 yards and nine scores in 2017, Burnett finished the season in the top three among Pac-12 receivers and well within the top-20 nationally.For Mitchell Jr., he will have to work hard to convince scouts that a track record of injury will not impact his NFL value. Never topping 650 yards in any of his four seasons at Southern Cal, Mitchell Jr. suffered a major knee injury in his 2016 campaign that cut his season short at seven games and proved to limit his snaps at times this past season.A year ago, USC similarly sent two receivers to the scouting combine: Juju Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers. The former was selected in the second round while the latter ended up not being drafted.Jones II will work out on Friday while Darnold, Mitchell Jr. and Burnett will perform on Saturday, and Green and Nwosu will check in on Sunday.last_img read more