Charity begins at home as Dudley redevelops

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KPK seek 10 years’ imprisonment for former sports minister in graft case

first_imgCorruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors have demanded that 10 years’ imprisonment be handed down to former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi for his alleged involvement in a bribery case pertaining to a grant for the Indonesian Sports Council (KONI).Prosecutors claim Imam accepted Rp 11.5 billion (US$840,280) and an additional Rp 8.64 billion from several ministry and KONI officials.The KPK has also demanded that the bench order Imam to pay a Rp 500 million fine and Rp 19.1 billion in restitution.  “Among the incriminating factors is that the defendant’s actions have made it harder for Indonesian athletes to develop and achieve more. They are expected to lift the nation’s reputation in sports,” prosecutors said, adding that Imam had been uncooperative and dishonest during the trial.Imam denied his involvement in the case, telling the bench he would file a defense plea during the next hearing, slated for June 19.Apart from Imam and Miftahul, the KPK also named five other suspects in the case: former KONI secretary-general Ending Fuad Hamidy, KONI treasurer Johnny E. Awuy and ministry officials Mulyana, Adhi Purnomo and Eko Triyanto. The court has convicted them in the case.Separately, the Attorney General’s Office is opening an investigation into alleged corruption at KONI. Retired badminton gold medalist Taufik Hidayat was also implicated in the case, in which he admitted to playing a role as an intermediary by delivering the illicit funds to Miftahul in 2018. He further claimed that corrupt practices were prevalent in the ministry.Topics : “[We also demand] the judge revoke [Imam’s] right to run for public office for five years after serving his sentence,” prosecutor Ronald Worotikan read the demand during a hearing on Friday.During his term as sports minister from 2014 to 2019, Imam allegedly accepted bribes to speed up the approval of a grant proposed by KONI for supervising several athletic events in 2018, including the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games.Read also: KPK detains former PT DI director over graft case involving fictitious projectsThe bribe was reportedly given through Imam’s personal assistant, Miftahul Ulum, who is standing trial in a separate case. Prosecutors demanded nine years’ imprisonment for Miftahul during a hearing on June 4.last_img read more

Latif Blessing may be Ghana’s Messi, but he needs to mimic Barca star more

first_imgOne of the most exciting player in the Ghana Premier League is easily Latif Blessing from Liberty Professionals.The attacker, only just a teenager, is already the league’s joint-top scorer with five goals. But despite his obviously ridiculous talent, Latif’s coach has identified a key area for improvement, especially on the back on the player’s performance as Liberty lost 3-1 away against Kotoko at the weekend.“He overdid things. As skillful as he is, he has to contribute to team play so we all can benefit from his play,” coach George Lamptey said after the loss.Kotoko did not find Blessing easy to deal with, especially after his first minute strike powered the Dansoman side into an early shock lead.Lamptey notes: “Because of his skill, he’s always a target. I tell him all the time to watch Messi. Messi is very skillful but he doesn’t keep the ball all to himself. He plays neat one-two passes. Blessing needs to play like that. He can do his skills when he’s one-on-one in the attacking third,” Lamptey added.Before the Kotoko game, Liberty were expected to build on a fantastic 5-1 thrashing of AshGold, a game in which Blessing scored a brace. But in the end it was the Reds who finished with just their second win of the season, leaving the Dansoman side seventh on the log. —last_img read more

Football: Boro smash club transfer record for Assombalonga

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Middlesbrough have broken their transfer record to sign striker Britt Assombalonga from second-tier Championship rivals Nottingham Forest for a fee in the region of £14 million (15.8 million euros, $18.2 million).Boro, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, are believed to have met a buyout clause in the 24-year-old’s contract.Assombalonga scored 14 goals in 33 games for a struggling Forest side last term and had also attracted the interest of Burnley, but Boro have got their man after outbidding the Premier League club.The fee surpasses the £12.7 million paid by the north-east club to Dutch side Heerenveen for Brazilian striker Afonso Alves in January 2008. “I can’t wait to get started and train with the boys,” Assombalonga told Middlesbrough’s club website.“There’s a good feeling around the place. From the minute I walked in it felt right.”The former Peterborough striker becomes Garry Monk’s fifth close-season signing since he took charge at the Riverside Stadium, following the arrivals of Martin Braithwaite, Jonny Howson, Cyrus Christie and Connor Roberts.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Villa snap up Tanzanian Samatta in bid for survival

first_imgTanzanian striker Samatta First Tanzanian to score in the European CL First Tanzanian to score in the Europa League First Tanzanian to win the African CL First Tanzanian to play in the English Premier LeagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Aston Villa completed the signing of Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta from Genk for a reported £8.5 million ($11 million) fee on Monday.Samatta has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, subject to a work permit and international clearance being granted.The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals for Genk in all competitions this season, including against Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield.“I’m really pleased we have managed to bring Mbwana to the club,” said Villa manager Dean Smith.“He has scored goals throughout his career and I’m looking forward to working with him.” Smith was badly in need of reinforcements up front after Wesley was ruled out for the rest of the season due to knee ligament damage.Villa have been forced to play without a recognised striker since the Brazilian was injured in a New Year’s Day win at Burnley.Samatta’s deal was not completed in time to face Watford on Tuesday in a huge clash at the bottom of the table.Villa are in the relegation zone, but just one point behind the Hornets, who are unbeaten in their last six league games.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Mt. Sentinel Volleyball Campers

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to showcase the contingent in the latest edition of Team of the Week.The squad attending the week long Grade 6-10 camp, coached by veteran Mount Sentinel Volleyball coach Joe Moreira and assistant Maya Mierau, include Jerika Perepolkin, Katie Lisk, Emerson Schmidt, Chloe Zdebiak, Bryce Winters, Maddy Bayoff, Roanne Smith, Leanne, Zarikoff,Kira Stoochnoff, Mary Rose Goodwin, Asia Makortoff, Brynn Belland, Jaylen Rushton, Haley Soukeroff and Katie Berlinger. The athletic season is in high gear as the fall sports capture center stage on the BC High School Sports scene.A few volleyball players got a head start to the season by attending the Mount Sentinel Camp prior to the start of the school season.last_img


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2016)–California Chrome, 2014’s Horse of the Year, will come onto Santa Anita’s main track to work six furlongs prior to Saturday’s first race at 11:45 a.m., track officials announced Friday. A winner of four Grade I stakes in 2014; the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Hollywood Derby, the 5-year-old California-bred colt by Lucky Pulpit will enter the track via the quarter mile chute with regular rider Victor Espinoza up.Idle since picking up a $2 million check for running second in the Grade I Dubai World Cup March 28, “Chrome” will make his 19th career start for trainer Art Sherman in the San Pasqual. With nine overall wins to his credit, he has career earnings of $6,322,650.last_img

Breaking Up an Ice Age Is Hard to Do

first_img“Ice Age 3” the movie is out, and the subject of ice ages deserves some attention.  Atmospheric scientists and geologists seem very confident sometimes about things they know about only indirectly, like ice ages.  At other times, though, the rhetoric turns diffident (opposite of confident).  Take this opening paragraph from PhysOrg:Scientists still puzzle over how Earth emerged from its last ice age, an event that ushered in a warmer climate and the birth of human civilization.  In the geological blink of an eye, ice sheets in the northern hemisphere began to collapse and warming spread quickly to the south.  Most scientists say that the trigger, at least initially, was an orbital shift that caused more sunlight to fall across Earth’s northern half.  But how did the south catch up so fast?(For more on the orbital shift theory, see the 06/02/2009, 02/05/2008 and 08/08/2006 entries.)  A new theory for how the south caught up is “blowing in the wind,” the article said.  A team put together a model that invokes carbon dioxide release, wind, and Milankovitch cycles to explain how it all happened.    But all is not so tidy.  Here was global warming on a colossal scale, without man being at fault.  “We’re trying to answer the puzzle: why does the Earth, when it appears so firmly in the grip of an ice age, start to warm?”  It’s counterintuitive.  You need heat to start an ice age, and cold to stop it.  According to the new model, a chain of events led to ice age 20,000 years ago, and by 4,000 years later, the system rebounded.  Glaciers made a “spectacular retreat” while carbon dioxide from the deep ocean provided enough warming to prevent another ice age.    The article left off on a confident note that the new theory improves on old models that stalled: “Now, with the evidence for shifting southern hemisphere westerlies, the rapid warming is readily explained.”  Of course, this new model needs some more work: a Penn State scientist said, “Testing this hypothesis will be very interesting, to see whether it successfully ‘predicts’ the observed timing of CO2 and temperature changes in the south.”  One might also wonder why this irreversible chain of events occurred in the “geological blink of an eye” and not repeatedly over billions of years, if it was indeed triggered by a regular orbital cycle.  Climate skeptics might also use this theory to point out that not all global warming is man’s fault – especially one called “the great global warming of all time.”Scientists like this aren’t interested in the truth.  They are interested in preserving the deep time paradigm.  Part of that is always revising deep time models, but never questioning them.  Their whole system is built on a house of cards, and inside the house, life emerges (a miracle).  Once evolution was done with the deep freeze, it came time to clear out the Ice Age room for the Birth of Human Civilization (another miracle).  Ask yourself: “Self, is a little bit of warmth an explanation for human civilization, and not intelligent design?”    Secular scientists would never even pause to deign to ponder to think to consider the possibility that a global flood could produce the ice age (singular) and its warming aftereffects in far less time.  That explanation, at least, has an eyewitness account attached to it.  But no; deep time is in their DNA (Darwin Naturalistic Authority), and so the tale goes on.  It doesn’t need to be true.  It just needs to keep the story going and the storytellers employed.  If they can attach a political spin to it (man-made global warming), all the better.  The more ad hoc, the better; this one-time phenomenon occurs 16,000 years ago, but not throughout their beloved 4.5 billion years of Milankovitch cycles.  They will tolerate a cartoon “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (advertised along with the PhysOrg article) with its timeline that is completely out of whack with the Darwinian geological column, but that’s OK – it’s not creationist.  Anything but that.  Anything but the Eyewitness.  Considering that would mean (gasp) the loss of human autonomy for endless storytelling.    Readers not enslaved to the secular guild’s world might like to do a little research on what creation scientists have to say about the ice age.  Search for “ice age” on True Origin,, ICR, Answers in Genesis, In the Beginning or the Creation Research Society and you’ll get a lot of hits.  Deep-time geologists and biologists are not the only people who think about these things.  They’re just the only ones who get a free ride in the deep-time media.  They believe in miracles, too, you realize; they just have a handy place to hide them – in the deep freezer of deep time.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pioneer Field Report: Stay the course

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood catches up with Pioneer Field Agronomist John Schoenhals to discuss what has been on everybody’s minds – delayed planting concerns. Stay the course is his advice to Ohio farmers at this point. Though we’re behind schedule, Schoenhals says there’s economic reasoning to not changing up the plan, which he details in the discussion below. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img