New State Laws Take Effect Today

first_imgSeveral laws are taking effect in Indiana today including a revision to the criminal code co-authored by Jud McMillin (R-Brookville).On Monday, a first time offender who committed a crime such as stealing a television from a store could have received a felony. On Tuesday, punishment for crimes such as theft and drug dealing will be determined by cost and contributing factors.The changes also include how felonies are classified. Previously, the charges were listed from class A-D, with class A as the most serious charge. Felonies will now be listed numerical, a class D felony now a class six felony; class A felony called a class one felony.Rep. Jud Mcmillin said the goal of the criminal code revision is to lock up the most serious offenders longer while reducing the number of nonviolent and first time offenders in the Department of Corrections.The vast changes are the first modifications to the criminal code since the 1970’s.Other laws in effect Tuesday:Guns On School Property– People who legally possess a firearm can now carry it on school grounds. Previously a felony, the law allows those with proper carry permits to keep guns out of sight in vehicles on school property.Concussion awareness training for high school football coaches– Football coaches who oversee athletes 20 years or younger are now required to complete a training course about concussion awareness every two years. Players believed to have suffered a concussion must sit out for at least one day before they can return to the field.Expanded lifeline law– A law protecting intoxicated minors who call 911 to report a medical emergency has been expanded. Now, underage drinkers can avoid criminal penalties when reporting a crime or sexual assault to police.Alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair– A bill introduced by Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) removes nearly a 70-year ban on alcohol sales at the state fair. The bill allows wineries and microbreweries to showcase their product at the annual event.Tanning bed use– It is illegal for a person under the age of 16 to use a tanning bed. Prior to July 1, a parent or legal guardian could have given permission for the teenager to use the salon.Agriculture trespassing– Those who trespass and cause damage on farm property will be subject to stricter penalties. The law classifies farm damage as a criminal mischief.last_img read more

South Africa to restart richest African league amid pandemic

first_img “Finishing the season in one province is our best option,” Premiership chairman Irvin Khoza told reporters. “We have to control the environment because the risk is all over at the moment and we want to minimise it.” Although no spectators will be permitted to watch the remaining 54 league matches and the Nedbank (FA) Cup semi-finals and final, virtually all games are likely to be broadcast live. The stage is set for a thrilling climax to the league with famed Soweto club Kaizer Chiefs leading by four points as they chase a first trophy in five seasons. Sundowns lie second in pursuit of a record-equalling third consecutive title and have played one match less than Chiefs. Chiefs won 2-0 at Sundowns during the first round and the next clash between the teams is likely to have a major bearing on who pockets the $865,000 first prize. Sundowns are chasing a double as they will face Wits for a place in the FA Cup final against Baroka or Bloemfontein Celtic. Kaizer Chiefs forward Samir Nurkovic (L) is pursued by Mamelodi Sundowns defender Tebogo Langerman during a 2019/2020 South African Premiership match in Pretoria Read Also: Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real Mallorca At the other end of the table, only seven points separate seven clubs fighting to avoid relegation to the far less lucrative second tier. Apart from the prizes on offer in the league and three knockout competitions, Premiership clubs receive $145,000 monthly grants, whereas second division sides get $23,000. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up TodayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were Kids5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Once Loading… center_img South African football was given government approval Wednesday to resume the Absa Premiership – the richest league in the continent – although the coronavirus pandemic has not peaked. Kaizer Chiefs and Super Eagles No.1 Daniel Akpeyi The most industrialised African country recorded 106,108 COVID-19 infections and 2,102 fatalities by Wednesday, with health minister Zweli Mkhize warning the worst is yet to come. There has been no live football, rugby or cricket, the most popular sports in the republic, since a national lockdown was introduced during March. It began at level five – the highest – and is currently at stage three with most of the economy restarting, but not contact sport. The government said the 16 Premiership clubs can resume training immediately and restart the $2.3 million (2 mn euro) league in which teams have between six and nine games to play. No date has been set for the resumption, but the championship is unlikely to finish by the recommended FIFA deadline of July 31, and officials are expected to seek an extension. Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits, the two teams with nine outstanding fixtures, would have to start playing by July 4 in order to finish their schedule at the end of next month. To do so they would have only nine days to prepare, well short of the minimum three weeks proposed by several Premiership coaches, including Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane. A mid-July resumption seems probable with the Premiership concluding about four weeks later in the middle of August. League officials have opted not to follow the example of major European leagues, who allow clubs to play behind closed doors at their home grounds. – Bio bubble – Instead, the South Africans clubs will be based in one area with Johannesburg/Pretoria and Durban/Pietermaritzburg reportedly the favourites to become the Premiership bio bubble.last_img read more

Wilson stays sharp despite rainouts to win first IMCA Sprint Car national championship

first_imgNORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – A solid month of rain in Texas sent Chad Wilson out of state to keep his sprint car racing skills sharp, but probably not the way you’d expect.Wilson had raced his way to the top of the IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car na­tional point standings by winning the May 2 main event at Kennedale Speedway Park.Then the dark clouds moved in to stay and the North Richland Hills, Texas, pilot didn’t get back on the big dirt tracks until after the calendar had flipped over to June.“We had rain like crazy. We had like 11 rainouts and didn’t race for a solid month,” Wilson said. “I didn’t think I had a chance at the national championship so what I was doing was driving four hours to race radio controlled sprint cars in Lawton, Okla.”Using a hand control to accelerate, brake and steer a 1/10 scale sprinter kept the competitive fires stoked and Wilson was ready to resume what would prove to be a successful pursuit of the national title when the rain let up.“Some of the same things you do with an RC car you do in a big car, so it definitely helped,” he said. “If you’re a fan, Sprint Cars get you on your feet. As a driver, I like the speed. You drive wide open into the turn, the car sticks and then it turns.”Consistent finishes through mid-July put Wilson back in the lead nationally. Six wins over the course of his next nine starts helped cement his place there.He ended the season with nine wins and 20 top five’s, plus the Kennedale Speedway Park track and Allstar Performance State titles.“Winning the national championship was something I’d always wanted to accomplish and I knew it was possible if I stayed with it,” Wilson said. “You have to be dedicated to win a national champion­ship. You can’t ever think that you’ve got it in the bag.”Dedication and determination have both been long-time assets for Wilson, who was paralyzed for seven months after breaking his back while racing 4-wheelers in 2004.Looking for a safer option when he got back into the sport, Wilson settled into the winged division. An IMCA rookie in 2012, he finished third in the national point standings the next season and fourth last year.“This was the first time we stayed with the national points chase. The last two years we had to quit early but still did pretty good in the standings,” Wilson said. “This year we stayed with it and finished it off.”One out-of-state trip with his full-sized car provided another season highlight. Wilson was runner-up at the Sprint Car Nationals, held at Nebraska’s Eagle Raceway in September.“That was probably my most exciting race of the year,” he said. “I have never raced against so many guys who were that good and we never touched.”Starts-39 … Wins-9 … Additional Top Fives-20HIS CREW: Brother Corey, mother Dayna, aunt Debbie Frye, car owner Mike George, Jamie Harris and Brant Whitley.HIS SPONSORS: Jeremy and Danielle Hefler at Best Deal Service and Gloecker Underground Construc­tion, both of Fort Worth; and Jimmy Allard Racing Engines of Ennis.30last_img read more

Ohio priest indicted on charges of child pornography and juvenile sex trafficking

first_imgMcWilliams also threatened to send photographs to family and friends if the minor male victims did not send additional photographs and videos, the news release said. He allegedly carried through with that threat, “sending the mothers sexually explicit photographs he received from minor male victims,” according to the release.The US Attorney’s Office alleges that some of McWilliams’ victims were young boys he knew through his work as a priest in parishes.The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland said it “was made aware” of the indictment Thursday against the former parochial vicar in Strongsville. McWilliams was arrested in December 2019 for allegedly possessing child pornography, and he was put on administrative leave by the diocese “immediately” after the diocese learned of his arrest, it said in a press release at the time. An Ohio priest who allegedly posed as a woman on social media in order to entice minor male victims has been indicted on child pornography, child exploitation and juvenile sex trafficking charges, a US attorney announced.40-year-old Robert D. McWilliams is charged with sex trafficking of a minor, sexual exploitation of children and transportation of child pornography among other charges, according to a news release from the US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.last_img read more

Beat writers predict No. 7 Villanova to handily defeat Syracuse

first_img Published on December 20, 2014 at 12:05 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Phil D’Abbraccio (7-2): Villanova 79, Syracuse 58Zone vs. WildSyracuse’s recent defensive struggles don’t bode well for this one. Opponents have combined for 25 3s in SU’s last three games and Louisiana Tech quieted the Carrier Dome on Sunday with a flurry of alley-oops. Villanova’s versatile offense threatens to attack in even more ways than those, and on the other end the Syracuse offense takes a step back against the Wildcats’ aggressive Top-25 defense. The Orange erased a 20-5 first-half deficit last year to beat then-No. 8 Villanova, but this time around there won’t be many shades of that old Big East competitiveness.Jesse Dougherty (7-2): Villanova 74, Syracuse 55Super NovaIt’s a game that Syracuse can’t win. Old rivalry aside, the Wildcats are deeper, faster and more talented than the struggling Orange, which most recently beat Louisiana Tech, yes Louisiana Tech, on a near buzzer-beater. It won’t come to that at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, as Villanova’s healthy diet of guard scoring and operation out of the paint is force fed by its unrelenting, in-your-face defense. SU’s nonconference schedule gets much harder before it gets much easier, and its fourth loss of the season comes before heading home for a three-game stretch at the Carrier Dome.Jacob Klinger (7-2): Villanova 75, Syracuse 55Villa-no-funEven in most down years with inexperience starting and subbing in, you’d give Syracuse a fighting chance in this rivalry rematch. But SU is so broken down even in the most basic facets of the game that it’s hard to see the Orange giving a Top-10 team much to think about. This Top-10 team happens to be a nightmarish matchup for the defense Syracuse can usually count on. Fans should instead count on a long afternoon of SU guards picking Villanova 3s out of the bottom of the net. Commentslast_img read more

USC participates in earthquake drill

first_imgOn Thursday at 10:17 a.m. students and faculty across campus took a moment during classes to drop, cover and hold.In an effort to raise awareness of earthquake preparedness, USC participated in the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history, the Great California ShakeOut. The statewide earthquake readiness campaign is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance led by the Southern California Earthquake Center, which is headquartered at USC.“Everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake,” said Lance Webster, a media consultant for ShakeOut. “It’s important for students to know the moment you feel shaking you should drop to the ground.”Event organizers posted fliers around campus and sent emails out to students, staff and faculty at USC to encourage everyone to take a moment to drop, cover and hold. Additionally 200 staff and faculty members volunteered as USC ShakeOut Ambassadors, who assisted in facilitating the event and reminding classrooms to participate in the drill.Students such as Anne Stachofsky, an undeclared sophomore, are thankful for the opportunity the event provides to practice earthquake safety.“Living in California, earthquakes are definitely something we should be prepared for especially since they are so rare that unless you are practiced in what to do, you might not have any previous experience,” Stachofsky said.The Southern California area is supposedly 150 years overdue for a major earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This major earthquake is projected to be in the 7.8 range on the Richter scale. That is 25 times the power of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake that killed nearly 100 people and caused more than $20 billion in damage.“People here at the Southern California Earthquake Center have a responsibility to let Southern California know about this danger, so we created the Great Southern California ShakeOut six years ago in order to do that,” Webster said.In the first year of the event, there were more than 5 million participants. Since then, popularity of the event has nearly doubled. This year, 9.6 million people in California registered to participate, breaking last year’s record.In the event that a major earthquake does take place, the USC Dept. of Public Safety has specific plans in place to protect students and faculty. According to USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning Specialist Steve Goldfarb, each building on campus has a trained team of staff to tend to immediate needs for that building after an earthquake.“These teams of individuals are trained to deal with emergency response measures and evacuation,” Goldfarb said. “We also have a team of 300 individuals who compose the Campus Emergency Response Team trained in search and rescue, triage and first aid.”Many students are unaware of the appropriate measures to take during an earthquake, and Thursday’s drill aimed to educate those students, Goldfarb said. Josh Byun, an undecided sophomore, said he was one of these students.“I don’t think I would feel super prepared if an earthquake happened,” Byun said. “I just know you are supposed to get under something sturdy, but that is about it.”According to Webster, an important part of the event is to educate students who come from states or countries where earthquakes are not common.“Students may be from somewhere else other than Southern California, but if there is an earthquake while they are here they need to know what to do,” he said. “No one would be immune if a major earthquake happens in our state.”Students who participated in the drill in class had mixed opinions.“I slept through it, but our earthquakes professor made us do the drop, cover and hold drill in class [earlier], and it was actually really helpful,” said Lily Mo, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “Sometimes we forget to look towards the ceiling when we’re scoping out possible threats and forget things like chandeliers or projectors that could actually really hurt us.”Camille Bradshaw, an undeclared sophomore from Oregon, said she appreciated the drill because she has never experienced an earthquake.“I think it’s really important that we practice what to do in an earthquake especially for students like me who are not from here,” Bradshaw said. “It’s definitely a good thing that they are trying to make students more aware of the protocol of what to do in an emergency.”Students, staff and faculty can find additional resources for earthquake preparedness on the Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness and ShakeOut websites. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Syracuse beats UTSA, falls to Houston at Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 24, 2018 at 8:37 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu UPDATED: Feb. 25, 2018 at 4:12 p.m.Syracuse (7-5) split its games on day two of the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational.The Orange started Saturday’s games in Houston with an 8-0 shutout over UTSA (7-4) and ended the day with an extra innings, 2-1 loss to Houston (6-4).Alexa Romero pitched the UTSA shutout, tying her career-high in strikeouts (12). Candice Hadd recorded the only hit against Romero in the bottom of the fifth inning.Six different players crossed home that game for the Orange, starting in the first when Gabby Teran hit a triple, driving in Alicia Hansen and Sammy Fernandez. That put SU up 2-0. The next batter, Bryce Holmgren, doubled to drive in Teran. Holmgren crossed home before the inning ended off a Toni Martin fly ball to right field.The Orange didn’t get on the board again until the fifth inning, when Hansen and Teran both scored. Rachel Burkhardt scored in the sixth, pinch-running for catcher Michala Maciolek. Lailoni Mayfield was the last SU player to score in the UTSA game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team totaled 11 hits, led by Fernandez with three. Only two of SU’s batters struck out.Later in the day against Houston, SU went the standard seven innings scoreless to force the game into extra innings. An eighth inning was all that was needed.AnnaMarie Gatti started in the circle for the Orange, pitching five innings before Romero entered the game.Batting in the top of the eighth, SU scored one run when Teran singled, driving Fernandez home. Fernandez started the inning on second because of the International Tie Breaker rule ­– in softball when the game goes into extra innings, a runner is placed on second to increase scoring opportunities.When Houston’s Arielle James stepped up to the plate in the bottom half, runners were on first and second. She hit a double and the runner on second, Mariah Garcia, ran home to tie the game at 1-1. Freshman Caela Kincade came in as a pinch hitter and sent a line-drive double into right field, sending in the walk-off run.Syracuse will end the Houston Hilton Plaza International against Yale on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Sammy Fernandez was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse cruises to large lead, uses backups in dominant 3-0 win over Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on November 18, 2018 at 3:28 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewcenter_img Leading 24-17 in the second set, Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin stood in front of his chair on the sidelines and turned left, looking down SU’s bench. He pointed to Elena Karakasi, a freshman setter who had appeared in only 34 sets this season prior to Sunday’s match.Karakasi jogged down the white line separating the orange Women’s Building court from the blue out-of-bounds perimeter, passed Yelin, and entered to serve.She bounced the ball three times, paused, and sent it straight over the net. Although an Ester Talamazzi kill prevented Karakasi from serving the set-clinching point, Ella Saada recorded her eighth kill of the game the next play and gave the Orange a two-set lead.In normal situations, after Karakasi had her chance to serve, Yelin subs her out.But on Sunday afternoon, Yelin had the flexibility to leave her in and allow his third-string setter to start the third set and play meaningful points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (17-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) continued its push for an NCAA tournament bid with a 3-0 win over Virginia Tech (14-15, 5-12). It marked the fifth straight win for the Orange, and their seventh in eight games. Saada and Polina Shemanova led the way with 11 kills each, while Amber Witherspoon contributed eight blocks and six kills.During the first set, Syracuse was unable to put the Hokies away. The Orange never led by more than four points, until a block by Witherspoon and Shemanova and a kill by Santita Ebangwese gave SU a 25-19 win.Syracuse’s late momentum from the first carried over into the second set, as it jumped out to a 7-0 lead behind a pair of aces by Saada and kills by Shemanova and Ebangwese. Virginia Tech wasn’t able to recover from the quick start, and SU led by as many as 10 during their 25-16 win.In the third set, an Ella Saada kill broke a 7-7 tie and kick-started a 10-2 run that allowed SU to coast to their second-straight sweep.Twice during that third set-run, Karakasi set kills by Shemanova. And Anastasiya Gorelina, a senior who had played in only 19 sets this season, subbed in with SU leading 20-9 and found herself with the chance for a game-winning kill 10 points later. She sailed it out of bounds.However on Sunday, that didn’t matter. By the time Karakasi and Gorelina subbed in, the match’s result was all but confirmed. And like twelve other times so far in ACC play, it was an SU win and one step closer to their first NCAA tournament appearance in program history.Syracuse continues its tournament quest with a match at North Carolina State (14-12, 8-8) on Wednesday at 2 p.m.last_img read more

EPL relegation battle resumes

first_imgIn the rest of today’s three o’clock matches, Everton play host Bournemouth, while West Brom are at home to West Ham and already relegated Aston Villa go to Watford.Meanwhile, Celtic can be crowned SPL champions for the fifth year running this afternoon.The Hoops can retain the title if they win at Hearts in the 12.30 start and Aberdeen then slip-up at home to in-form Motherwell at at Tynecastle at 3 o’clock. With just two games remaining, only one of the trio can escape the drop with Newcastle trailing their rivals by a point.The Magpies are at home to Crystal Palace today at St James’ Park.Sunderland travel to the Britannia to face Stoke while Norwich are involved in the late game of the day as they face a daunting trip to the Emirates to take-on Arsenal in a half-five start.last_img read more

Kinship Grant Still Available for Grandparents Caring for Loved Ones

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisFor grandparents and relatives raising grandchildren or related family members, the Alpena Senior Citizens Center wants you to know that they are there for your.The Seniors Citizens Center held a kinship grant meeting to help grandparents and great grandparents raising grandchildren with applying for the mini grant program.The program is designed to help families who may need some assistance in taking care of their loved ones.The main need was for sport related items.“If they want to participate in sports, that seemed to be the big interest today was gymnastics, and swimming, and dance lessons. All the sports attire that goes along with, the mini grants program can help supply that so kids can participate just like anybody else,” MMAP Counselor, Kitty Glomski said.According to the 2015 American Community Survey Census, there are 122 grandparent households in Alpena County living in with one or more of their grandchildren.The meeting has a lot of advantages including meeting other grandparents in the area caring for their grandchildren. Most of the families were taking care of elementary aged grandchildren and great grandchildren. Most of the families in need of help are on a fixed income. When adding more relatives to the family it can be stressful.“You have seniors that are on a fixed income. If you add one more person to their circle of their family it does add a burden. So now the (caregiver) is involved with school activities and it’s a little more elevated lifestyle, active lifestyle again that they didn’t have before those children arrived. Now they have doctors appointments and school programs, and teacher meetings and all the things that go on with raising a child,” Glomski said.The mini grants are $150 every 6 months. Glomski said if you missed the kinship program meeting she is still available to help. “Call the Seniors Center, and ask about the program because it’s there for you.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Kinship Program, senior living, Senior Living CenterContinue ReadingPrevious WATZ Holds 1st Annual Christmas Wreath Toss to Kick Off Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Fundraising EventNext Alpena Senior Citizens Center Holding Luxury Event to Raise Funds for Food Banklast_img read more