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3 male guards accused in violent attack at NJ women’s prison

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s attorney general said Thursday that three prison guards are charged with misconduct stemming from a violent attack on at least six inmates at the state’s lone women’s prison. He says one women was punched 28 times and pepper-sprayed. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said prosecutors found that the guards tried to cover up the attack at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women by filing false reports. He said the January attack involved about two dozen guards. Grewal said Thursday the investigation was still in its early stages but that the initial charges were meant as a deterrent.last_img read more

Biden says ‘erratic’ Trump shouldn’t get intel briefings

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says Donald Trump’s “erratic behavior” should prevent him from receiving classified intelligence briefings, a courtesy that historically has been granted to outgoing presidents. Asked in an interview with CBS News on Friday what he feared if Trump continued to receive the briefings, Biden said he did not want to “speculate out loud.” But he made clear he did not want Trump to continue to receive the briefings. Whether to give a past president intelligence briefings is solely the current officeholder’s prerogative. Trump’s second impeachment trial is set to begin next week.last_img read more

Sorin and Walsh Halls experience water outage

first_imgSorin and Walsh Halls experienced a water outage Wednesday and are awaiting testing to ensure the water is drinkable, according to emails sent to the dorm communities.At 1:56 p.m. Wednesday, Sorin residents received an email from their rector, Fr. Bob Loughery, informing them that the water was out in both Sorin and Walsh Halls and that the toilets were not usable. University spokesperson Dennis Brown said water was restored to the buildings Wednesday evening.“Sediment in the water main that serves these residence halls constricted the water flow to both buildings,” he said in an email. “The line has been cleared and was returned to service about 9 p.m. Wednesday. The line has been flushed twice, and water samples have been taken for each building.”The outage was connected to Corby Hall construction, according to the email sent from Loughery to Sorin residents Wednesday.“Water to Sorin and Walsh was diverted to another pipe after the start of construction,” Loughery said in the email. “Though the pipe was able to handle that water usage during the summer, the pipe was not able to support the sudden surge in usage these past couple days.”In an email to Sorin and Walsh residents Wednesday, the Residential Life Team said Campus Utilities staff had been working throughout the day to restore water and would test the water “[o]ut of an abundance of caution.”Bottled water was delivered to the dorms to ensure access to potable water during testing. Badin and St. Edward’s Halls opened their bathrooms to Walsh and Sorin while their showers and toilets were impacted by the water outage.Brown said the University expects to receive the test results Friday afternoon.Tags: Construction, Sorin Hall, Walsh Hall, water outagelast_img read more

CEE roundup: Russia, Poland, Czech Republic

first_imgThe targeted companies include Rosneft, the largely state-owned oil giant, whose investment programmes include the strategic development of the country’s Arctic oil fields.Rosneft was recently given leave to seek financial assistance from the National Wealth Fund, and others are set to follow.The RUB3.1trn fund, financed by oil revenues, was set up partly to finance future state pension deficits.These are being exacerbated by a shrinking working-age population, a low but politically sacrosanct retirement age (60 years for men, 55 for women) and, most recently, by the annexation of Crimea, which adds further pensioners to the system.In other news, Poland’s second-pillar pension fund (OFE) system also faces further predations, with the so-called “slider” now in effect.Under the slider, OFE assets of those citizens with 10 or fewer years left to retirement are being transferred incrementally to the Polish Social Security Institution (ZUS).Poland’s Finance Ministry recently announced that the transfers would amount to PLN4.7bn (€1.1bn) in 2014 and PLN3.8bn in 2015.The package of reforms, including the removal of all government bonds in February, has shrunk net assets from PLN296bn at the end of January 2014 to PLN147bn by end-July, according to the latest data from the Polish Financial Supervision Authority.For the pension management companies, the only current source of new contributions, aside from those switching from rival funds, are new entrants to the workforce.However, this cohort has been indifferent to the second pillar, with only one in 10 choosing to join this year.The Constitutional Tribunal has yet to rule on aspects of the reform law.In late August, it received another submission, from Poland’s Human Rights Ombudsman.Lastly, in the neighbouring Czech Republic, the pension reforms introduced by the previous government continue to unravel.While the newly introduced second pillar is set to be abolished, the new third pillar is set for massive consolidation.The new third pillar replaced one-size-fits-all “transformed” funds with “participation” funds.Licensed pension companies can offer, alongside a compulsory conservative fund, programmes with a range of risk profiles.One of the legal requirements was that each of the new non-compulsory funds accumulated a minimum CZK50m (€1.8m) in capitalisation within two years of being licensed by the Czech National Bank. In total, 33 funds have been licensed, but around 60% of the membership has opted for conservative structures, leaving many of the riskier funds undercapitalised and the eight providers set to merge their less popular offerings. Russia’s second-pillar mandatory system faces another year of withheld contributions, with the monies going instead to the first-pillar Pension Fund of the Russian Federation (PFR).However, the PFR’s gain enabled the government to reduce transfers to the Fund from the state budget for 2014, and again in 2015.Finance minister Anton Siluanov has announced that next year the state will save some RUB309bn (€6.2bn), of which some RUB100bn will be diverted to a newly created anti-crisis fund to aid those companies affected by EU and US sanctions in the wake of Russia’s support of separatist rebels in Ukraine.The Ukrainian crisis has longer-term implications for future state pensions.last_img read more

Dynasties

first_imgYou hear the work “Dynasty” thrown around all the time in sports.  These teams or schools come to mind.  They are The New England Patriots in pro football, Warren Central in Indiana High School football, and Caramel High School in swimming.A dynasty is really something in the eye of the beholder.  There are no rules on when you become a dynasty.  The only sure thing is that you win a lot.  Becoming a dynasty usually starts with a coach selling his/her system to a group of athletes.  This is easier in high school–not because they are teenagers–but because they will work extremely hard if you show them a way to succeed. This means the coach not only sells his/her idea to them, but backs it up with results.last_img read more

Defensive changes, 3-point shooting, and more fast reactions from Syracuse’s 75-64 loss to South Dakota State

first_imgIn a back and forth game that featured scoring runs from each team in both of the final quarters, 6-seed South Dakota State (28-6, 15-1 Summit) eventually pulled away to upset No. 3 Syracuse, (25-9, 11-5 Atlantic Coast), 75-64, to advance to the Sweet 16 in Portland. Madison Guebert led the way for the Jackrabbits with 20 points, 18 coming via the 3-pointer. Tiana Mangakahia scored 18 points to go along with 8 assists, which surpassed Alexis Peterson by one for most in Syracuse history. The loss is SU’s first at home to a non-power 5 team since 2006, head coach Quentin Hillsman’s first season.Here are three immediate takeaways from Monday’s game.Kiara’s sparkKiara Lewis subbed into the game at the 6:24 mark in the first quarter, and for the remainder of the first half was arguably Syracuse’s best player. She scored seven points in the final five minutes, including a pull-up, and-1 jumper that put the Orange up 18-17 with two minutes to go. She stayed aggressive throughout the period and nearly finish it with another and-1, but settled with a couple of free throw attempts. Lewis’ play was similar to that of her performance versus Notre Dame last month when she played the majority of the first half in place of Mangakahia. She finished with a game-high nine first-half points on Monday, helping SU jump out to an early double-digit lead. Defensive adaptationsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a matchup of two top-20 teams in the country in terms of scoring offense, both teams’ defensive schemes switched between man and zone. The Orange, who have played a 2-3 zone defense the whole season, adjusted to a man-to-man press and halfcourt defense throughout the game. South Dakota State, which usually uses man-to-man as its primary defensive gameplan, hit Syracuse back with its own 2-3 zone, which flustered SU. The Jackrabbits made the switch late in the second quarter after they fell behind by 12 points. Thanks in part to its zone, however, SDSU ended the half on a 9-0 run to cut the Orange’s lead to just two at the break. Third quarter 3-point festSouth Dakota State went into halftime down two after a strong finish to the first half and continued its run into the third quarter and caught fire from deep. After falling behind 45-40, the Jackrabbits got a bucket in the paint to kick off the run. Then Madison Guebert nailed a 3 that tied the game at 45, which kicked off a game-changing streak of 3s. After Myah Selland grabbed an offensive rebound and put the ball back up to give South Dakota State the lead, Guebert nailed another 3 two minutes later. She was followed by Sydney Palmer, whose triple pushed SDSU’s lead to a game-high eight points. Amaya Finklea-Guity ultimately stopped the run with a short right hook, but not before South Dakota State had gone on a 13-0 run and taken control of the game. The Jackrabbits went into the fourth quarter up six and trailed briefly to begin the final period, but had the opportunity to pull away late thanks to their third-quarter scoring streak, which kept them in the game. Comments Published on March 25, 2019 at 9:00 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more