Trial into death of Portsmouth man begins

first_img 32 Views   one comment Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Trial into death of Portsmouth man begins by: – July 2, 2012center_img Share Share A trial to determine whether Stebin Valentine did unlawfully cause the death of a Portsmouth man, entered day one at the High Court on Monday.Valentine is charged with manslaughter of Charlesworth Christopher Junior, which occurred on 30th August, 2009.Christopher was allegedly at his home on that evening, sitting on his steps when Valentine came to him and attempted to show him a pistol.That pistol reportedly “accidentally” went off, causing Christopher’s death.A nine member jury has selected; five men and four women, and the first witness is expected to take the witness stand later this morning.Meanwhile, the trial to determine whether Jackie Languedoc did unlawfully kiled Gerald Dover Junior has been traversed again.In January, 2012 the trial was traversed to the May 2012 Criminal Assizes after notices of discontinuance had been filed against Kironie Sandy, Chris Thomas and Sammie Harve who were jointly charged with Languedoc.On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecution, Gene Pestaina, requested an adjournment as the state’s star witness, a police officer, was out of state and is scheduled to return at the end of the month.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks traversed the matter to the September 2012 Criminal Assizes, as the May 2012 Criminal Assizes is scheduled to climax at the end of July.She ordered that this trial be given “high priority” in the September Assizes.Justice Brooks also warned Languedoc who is currently on bail to “continue to be of good behavior and to lead an honest and industrious life”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

IU Baseball

first_imgIt was good to see a Big Ten team make the CWS. The College World Series has been dominated by warm-weather colleges for years. It has been since 1984 that any Big Ten team made the “Big Show” in Omaha. That team was Michigan, and it featured Barry Larkin and Hal Morris–both who played with the Reds. It was even more satisfying for me because they did it at the home of Florida State, one of the dominating teams in the CWS. It is very difficult for the northern teams to compete because of the weather in this area during March and April. They take trips to the south during spring break, but for most of the spring they play in cold, wet conditions not conducive to baseball. I can remember watching games at Purdue where the players had to wear coats over their uniforms just to survive the bitter cold. Indiana has recruited many local area players, and this makes it even more satisfying. They did not win the whole thing, but maybe that will come another year. Congratulations to the Hoosiers on a great season.last_img read more

Andy Murray beaten at Winston-Salem Open as singles return continues

first_img Coco Gauff gets U.S. Open wild card Nick Kyrgios lands heavy ATP punishment after losing temper in Cincinnati Sandgren needed four set points — and Murray squandered one of his own — in the tiebreak to take the opening set in 74 minutes following a poor drop shot by the Brit. Andy Murray suffered a first-round loss to Tennys Sandgren as his singles comeback continued at the Winston-Salem Open.Playing his second singles match since a major hip operation in January, Murray went down to Sandgren 7-6 (10-8), 7-5 in North Carolina. The loss of the first set seemed to affect Murray as he was broken in the opening game of the second before falling 3-0 behind.Murray managed to get a break back and then struck again when Sandgren was serving for the match to level the second set at 5-5.However, Sandgren broke again when Murray netted a forehand in the 11th game and this time made no mistake in closing out his win. Murray, who accepted a wildcard into the ATP 250 event, showed glimpses of some fine form but was inconsistent before losing to the world No. 73.Rain led to the clash being pushed back before it eventually started after 10 p.m. ET, Sandgren holding following a 14-minute opening game. Related News Andy Murray says he needs time after skipping U.S. Open singleslast_img read more

UEFA considers ‘all options’ for Champions League format

first_imgAccording to a UEFA document seen by AFP, August 29 could be chosen as the new date for the final.The New York Times reported Friday that the final would be moved from Turkey but that Istanbul could be chosen as host of a future final, when it is safe for fans to travel from abroad in large numbers.Turkey, a country of 83 million, has so far recorded 4,461 coronavirus-related deaths and nearly 161,000 confirmed cases.The country is currently in the process of loosening lockdown measures introduced to halt the spread of the virus and its domestic football season is set to resume on June 12.Changes could also be made to the format of the Europa League, the final of which was due to be played in the Polish city of Gdansk this week. Paris, France | AFP | UEFA is studying “all the options” for the format of this season’s interrupted Champions League, amid reports on Friday that European football’s governing body is considering moving the final from its scheduled venue in Istanbul.The Turkish city was due to host the final this Saturday at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, but the tournament was suspended in mid-March at the last-16 stage because of the coronavirus pandemic.UEFA still hopes to conclude the competition by the end of August, but with major changes to the format likely and games set to be played behind closed doors.“We are looking at all the options regarding the calendar and the format of the competition in the working group involving the clubs, leagues and national associations,” a UEFA spokesman told AFP.“No decision has been taken yet but there should be at the Executive Committee meeting on June 17.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Woman hospitalized after bitten by alligator in Palm Beach County

first_imgThis story is developing. A woman was hospitalized after being bitten by an alligator in Palm Beach County, Thursday morning.According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the attack occurred around 10 a.m. inside the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge.The victim, an adult woman, was taken to a local hospital with a leg injury.She was not a trauma alert, officials said.The unidentified victim’s condition and whether the gator has been captured is unclear at this time.last_img

A caddie for the ages celebrates 50th Masters

first_imgJackson will be caddying in his 50th Masters this week, a link to a segregated past in which all the players were White and required to use Black caddies who worked for the club.He grew up just a few miles away, “right over that tree line,” Jackson says, gazing toward the southwest from a spot beneath the famous oak tree next to the clubhouse.Now, as he prepares to mark a half-century as a Masters caddie, he keeps remembering all those guys who came before him, the African-Americans who grew up and lived in tiny shotgun houses just like his in the Sand Hill section of Augusta.“I tend to keep thinking back to the old days,” Jackson said Monday, adorned in those familiar white coveralls that all Masters caddies must wear. “Pappy Stokes. Iron Man. Those guys are just on my mind right now.”He was only 14 when he carried the bag for Billy Burke in 1961. Jackson has been back every year since then except one.Now 64, Jackson has long held the record for most Masters worked by a caddie. This one, though, is something special.“Fifty Masters is more than a lifetime,” marveled Ben Crenshaw, Jackson’s longtime employer. “A lot of blood, sweat and tears go into those 50 years.”Jackson knows he’s unlikely to be caddying for another Masters champion. By the weekend, players such as defending champion Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods will surely claim the spotlight.But before all the attention turns to someone who could actually win the tournament, let’s honor someone who’s spent so much time walking these historic grounds and “knows this place like the back on his hand,” according to Crenshaw.Jackson’s first employer was Burke, who closed out his career playing in a white dress shirt and tie.But the caddie will forever be linked to Crenshaw.The Texan was a young stud trying to harness his erratic game when he first hooked up with the 6-foot-5 Jackson in 1976. Their temperaments meshed perfectly—Crenshaw, outgoing and a ball of emotions; the caddie, quiet and steady. The result was a runner-up finish and a rest-of-their-lives friendship.This will be their 35th Masters together, the only break coming in 2000 when Jackson was battling cancer. He beat the disease and intends to keep coming back as long as his health holds and Crenshaw keeps coming back.“We are so lucky to have come this far and shared so many things,” Crenshaw said. “I couldn’t have accomplished the things I’ve accomplished (at Augusta) without Carl.”They worked together only one year on the Tour. Jackson had children to care for and didn’t want to be away from home that often. Besides, the local knowledge he had at Augusta wasn’t so helpful at other courses, so it has been largely a once-a-year partnership.But, ohhhh, what a partnership it’s been.With Jackson on the bag, Crenshaw was a perennial contender at Augusta National through the prime of his career, winning his first green jacket in 1984 and posting nine other top-10 finishes over a 16-year period.“A lot of near misses, and some really fun times, and some painful times as well,” Crenshaw said.Then, with his career in a downward spiral and mourning the death of mentor Harvey Penick, Crenshaw teamed with Jackson for his most memorable triumph in 1995. A tip from the caddie helped Crenshaw get his swing straightened out on the practice range. After returning from Penick’s funeral, Crenshaw put together three straight rounds in the 60s to beat Davis Love III by a single stroke.The picture of Crenshaw—bent over and crying his eyes out on the 18th green, Jackson having walked up from behind to put his two large hands gently on the player’s shoulders—remains one of the most memorable in Masters history.These days, Jackson runs a caddie program at the Alotian Golf Club near Little Rock, Ark., hoping to lure people of color into the sport.He was a pretty good golfer in his day, getting his handicap into the single digits. He might’ve made it to the Tour himself with the right instruction and access to the best courses, and he certainly knows of other African-Americans who were even more skilled but never got the chance to advance beyond the caddie ranks.Times have changed, of course. Augusta National has Black members. Tiger Woods has won 14 major titles. The days of being forced to use club caddies ended nearly three decades ago.But there are still few African-Americans in the golf pipeline, something that Jackson hopes to change. The first rule of being a good caddie, he says, is being a good golfer.“If you’re going to make suggestions, you’ve got to have an understanding of what you’re trying to suggest,” he said. “I can’t see myself making a suggestion to a surgeon.”Jackson wants to help ensure the next Tiger Woods doesn’t fall through the cracks.He can think of no better way to honor those who came before him, like Pappy and Iron Man.“They just adopted me,” Jackson said. “They thought I had some instincts for the game, and they helped me bring them out. Those are the guys who did it.” HALF-CENTURY—Ben Crenshaw’s caddie Carl Jackson tips his cap before a practice round for the Masters golf tournament April 4, in Augusta, Ga. Jackson will be caddying in his 50th Masters this week. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) by Paul NewberryAssociated Press Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP)—Everywhere he turns at Augusta National, Carl Jackson is asked to pose for a picture or sign an autograph.No surprise there.He’s as much a part of this place as the green jacket or Magnolia Lane.last_img read more

Gary Kristen reveals how he prolonged Sachin Tendulkar’s career in the Indian team

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/TwitterAdvertisement 8j1wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs16xlWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5icl5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2igilWould you ever consider trying this?😱14Can your students do this? 🌚tsRoller skating! Powered by Firework From making astounding records to mesmerising the global audience with his stupendous batting, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar has graced the Indian cricket team for 24 years. The only batsman to have ever scored a hundred international centuries, Sachin’s contribution to the sport is indubitable. But did you know, the iconic run machine once wanted to hang up his boots and leave the pitch way before his retirement? Gary Kristen opens up on Sachin’s contemplation of leaving cricket, and how the former Indian coach helped prolong the Little Master’s career.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/TwitterGary Kristen took the helm of Team India in 2008, and enjoyed a spectacular three year stint with the squad, which ended auspiciously at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, when India secured their second world cup trophy.However, it was the world cup of 2007, where India’s lacklustre performance and followed by a group stage exit made Sachin to walk out of the gentleman’s game, as he had revealed in his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’.Advertisement However, the Master Blaster still had years of marvellous cricket left in him, and it was possible after the entry of Kirsten in the Men in Blue dressing room in March 2008. Recalling his days with the Indian squad and his memories with Sachin in talkSPORT’s ‘The Cricket Collective’ podcast, Kirsten revealed how the new aura in the Indian team after his arrival helped Sachin to keep on playing.“If I think of Sachin at that time,” the former Proteas batsman said in the podcast, “Where he was when I arrived in India… he wanted to give up the game. According to him he was batting out of position, he wasn’t enjoying his cricket at all.”Advertisement However, the Master Blaster decided to keep on playing for six years more until his retirement in 2013, during which he achieved his dream of lifting the prestigious World Cup trophy.Kirsten continued, “Three years later, he scores 18 international hundreds in three years, goes back to batting where he wants to bat, and we win the World Cup.”“For me, all I did was facilitate an environment for him to thrive. I didn’t tell him anything. He knew the game, but what he did need was an environment – not only him, all of them – an environment set up where they could be the best version of themselves,” the 52 year old added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Supreme Sacrifice: cricketers and sportspersons pay tribute to the martyred Indian soldiersGautam Gambhir: Virat Kohli doesn’t have the ability of ABD, Kallis or Lara! Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2016)–Although Saturday’s $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes was for the moment denied its Grade III status due to a shift from Santa Anita’s turf course to the main track, Irish-bred Goodyearforroses unleashed a graded-worthy performance, as she took command turning down the backside under Corey Nakatani en route to a powerful 5 ¼ length win as she covered a mile and one eighth over a sloppy surface in 1:51.42. (The Frankel’s ultimate graded status will be determined by the American Graded Stakes Committee in the coming week).Idle since running a close third in a Grade III stakes run at 1 ¼ miles over Woodbine’s synthetic main track, Goodyearforroses made her first start on dirt today in what was also her Southern California debut for new trainer Richard Baltas.As for Nakatani, who made his return to the saddle here on Monday following an 8 ½ month hiatus from the saddle, the victory, which was his second on the day, was vintage “C. Nak,” as he seized the initiative early aboard a horse he’d never ridden in the afternoon.“The plan was, whatever came easy to her, don’t take it away,” said Nakatani. “It was an off track, so I just went out there and did my job. I just shook her up a little turning for home, and she kicked on…It’s always nice to win here at Santa Anita Park…I have to thank Richard and the owners for having faith in me.”With no show wagering due to three late scratches necessitated by the change in surface, Goodyearforroses was off at 5-2 in a field of four fillies and mares three and up and paid $7.60 and $3.60.A 4-year-old filly, Goodyearforroses, who is now owned by Abbondanza Racing, LLC, got her fifth win from 13 starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased her earnings to $199,195.“She’s trained very forwardly and has worked well,” said Baltas. “When the race came off the turf, we thought, ‘Well, it’s a small field and she kind of skips across the dirt in the mornings.’ I didn’t know if she was going to like it or not, but she’s a very sound horse and I thought it was worth giving her a shot, especially with all the scratches.”Part of a three-way tussle for the early lead along with the winner and eventual third place finisher, Frenzified, Argentine-bred Pretty Girl finished second by 7 ¼ lengths. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Pretty Girl was off at 7-2 and paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.44, 47.12, 1:11.24 and 1:37.53.last_img read more

Conference to address farm income and trade

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Prices on goods sold in the United States are likely to increase as an extensive array of tariffs on foreign goods, particularly from China, remain in place, according to an agricultural economist with The Ohio State University.“I don’t think we’ve seen the full effects of the trade war yet,” said Ian Sheldon, who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).The Trump administration first imposed a tariff on foreign steel and aluminum, then on a range of products from various countries including about 5,000 products made in China and sold in the United States. China and other countries have in turn raised tariffs on U.S. products sold in their countries, which has cut the demand for them.“And the Chinese are showing no signs of backing down,” Sheldon said.The tariffs the Trump administration imposed are intended to reduce the U.S. trade deficit by increasing the number of U.S. goods sold abroad and reducing the amount of foreign goods Americans buy. But that hasn’t happened, Sheldon said.“In fact, it looks like the trade deficit is getting worse right now,” Sheldon said.The trade deficit remains high because Americans consume too much and save too little, Sheldon pointed out.He will discuss the impact of the tariffs and other aspects of trade at the Nov. 2 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference sponsored by CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.The agenda for the conference includes:Barry Ward, director of Ohio State University Extension’s Income Tax School, will present “Farm Input Outlook.” OSU Extension is the outreach arms of CFAES.Ben Brown, program manager of the farm management program in CFAES, will present “Commodity Outlook: South American Focus.”Ani Katchova, associate professor and chair of the farm income enhancement program, will present “Ohio Farm Financial Conditions and Outlook.”An agricultural policy panel will include Carl Zulauf, CFAES professor emeritus; Fred Yoder, owner of Yoder Ag Services; and Kevin Elder, a producer.Net farm income is expected to further decrease in 2018, the fifth consecutive year of low incomes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since 2013, net farm income in the United States has been cut in half.“There’s concern about how long this agricultural downturn is going to last,” Katchova said. “Five years is a long time for persistently low income.”Commodity prices have gone down while the costs of operating a farm and producing crops have gone up, Katchova said. Record yields this year for corn and soybeans have not helped Ohio farmers increase their incomes because of the lower prices they’re getting per bushel for their crops, she said.“You would think that in a year with record yields for corn and soybeans, income would go up, but that likely isn’t going to happen because of the low commodity prices,” Katchova said.The conference will be held at Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center located at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive in Columbus.For more information about the conference, visit read more

The Pretty Good House: A Better Building Standard?

first_imgHalfway to Passivhaus?So is PGH just the average of minimum code requirements and today’s most stringent metrics — a new standard that is halfway between the extremes?Richard Renner said no: “This is the 75th or 80th percentile, not the 50th percentile.” He explained that even though they can afford it, many people are just not going to build to the Passivhaus standard. (As an example, he noted that he designed one Passivhaus that was “so passive, it never got built” — a comment that garnered laughs, applause and more than a few sympathetic nods.)Margo Billings, an energy rater on the panel, elaborates: “Passivhaus is very intimidating to someone who doesn’t know what it is. … The best thing about PGH is that it’s a powerful educational tool.”Paul Eldrenkamp, an audience member and builder (and chair of Building Energy 13, NESEA’s annual conference in Boston), agreed. When he first heard the term PGH, he said, “I thought it was brilliant. Even not knowing what it was. … It’s about changing what the people in the field do — an effort to show people in the field what they should think of as good construction techniques. … Most people in the field want to do good work, they want to be good at their job; if you show them, ‘This is a good wall detail, anything less than this is a bad wall detail,’ their natural pride and craftsmanship will take over.”Chris Corson, a Passivhaus designer/builder and meeting attendee, said, “It’s important to bridge the gap, but ultimately we have to ask ourselves, why are we trying to save energy? Is it to save money? To build healthy structures? Is it because we want to indulge in architectural conceit? Or is it because we’re trying to combat anthropomorphic climate change? If that’s one of the drivers, then we have to reduce the energy consumption of the built environment by a substantial amount and we have to do it now. … Passivhaus is a non-prescriptive, metrics-based vehicle to do that.”Jesse countered, “As someone who does that [Passivhaus’ PHPP energy modeling], it’s an analytical tool — you have to analyze every building. That’s why [Building Science Corporation’s] 10-20-40-60 house was pretty damn brilliant: they defined a standard, so there was a place holder.”Someone (my voice recorder and memory failed to recall who) said, “There’s moving the top, and raising the bottom. But how does [a PGH] perform? Most people want to live in a good building, but how do they know what constitutes a good house? [PGH] is a means of communication, communicating to builders and clients what they really want, deep down, which is a house that performs well for them.” (Quick back-story: several months ago, Dan Kolbert proposed a topic for the monthly discussion group at Maine Green Building Supply: “The Pretty Good House.” He insists that he doesn’t really know what it is, other than a title that seems to appeal to a lot of people (and that it annoys “humorless idiots.”) A vague concept?In his introduction at the NESEA meeting, Dan started out by stating that maybe the sole virtue of the PGH is that it’s a vague concept. The truth is that there seems to be a fair amount of agreement that it’s a house that is built better than code but that does not necessarily meet the requirements of Passivhaus, net zero, LEED, or other particularly stringent building standard.Of course, any house that does meet those standards could easily be considered “pretty (darn) good.”Richard Renner, one of three architects on the panel, said that “the highest level [of design and building] is only attainable to the few. … PGH should be a body of knowledge of what is darn good (if not perfect) — useful in developing new designs, and also good for getting clients to understand what we’re trying to do.”Chris Briley, Panel Architect #2, called the PGH “the standard that’s not a standard. … How do you affect the status quo? The ‘pretty’ in PGH is pretty high. … Maybe [PGH] is really about tricking people into building a better house.”Jesse Thompson, Panel Architect #3, noted, “PGH is aggressively nebulous. … It’s about the fifty percenters, the people only comfortable halfway between the extremes. … Right now, one extreme is Passivhaus, but before Passivhaus got fame, we called it the Building Science Corporation’s 10-20-40-60 house — that was the too-hard thing to build.” Thompson was referring to a guideline published by the Building Science Corporation that calls for cold-climate homes to have R-10 sub-slab foam, R-20 basement walls, R-40 above-grade walls, and R-60 ceilings.Thompson continued, “Then way over here is [the building] code. The brilliance of the term PGH is that the name appeals to this enormous group of people.”However, the problem with PGH, in Jesse’s opinion, is that by telling people PGH is good enough, it makes it harder for him and other people on the forefront to pull building standards forward. In his words, “Now we need ‘Extra-Passivhaus.’” The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) held its annual meeting in Portland, Maine, on September 15th, 2012. After a day of tours of local sustainably designed projects and some pre-meeting smorgasbord grazing, the meeting started with a round of speeches by board and association directors. (Exciting changes are coming; stay tuned!). Then the meeting continued with the entertainment portion of the evening: a panel-style discussion about the Pretty Good House.The discussion was moderated by Dan Kolbert, a Portland-area builder, and it didn’t take long for the audience to get involved — making the whole thing seem like a better-dressed version of our building science discussion groups.Like all of our discussions about the Pretty Good House (PGH), the topics and questions ranged all over the place. I had planned to write a single blog post summarizing what we talked about, but there were so many interesting aspects discussed that I think it will make more sense to write a series of posts. One recurring question seems to be, “What the heck is a ‘pretty good house’?” so let’s start with that. RELATED ARTICLES The Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2Martin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoRegional Variations on the ‘Pretty Good House’Is the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing?Is the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing? Part 2Visiting Energy-Smart Designers and Builders in MaineSteve’s Garage Annual NESEA Meeting and the Pretty Good HouseGreen Building for Beginners A better building standard?Here’s my take: Right now, Passivhaus, “net-zero-ready,” LEED, and other programs define the upper edge of building standards. In other industries, the Upper End appeals to those who want the best — who want to be the best. In other words, the Rolex and Mercedes people, to repurpose an analogy proposed by Jesse Thompson.The Upper End is a stretch, but not impossibly out of reach, for most people. But to get there takes more sacrifice than people are willing to put in. Paul Eldrenkamp noted, “We used to discuss ‘diminishing returns’ a lot more.” To mix in another metaphor, not everyone has the compulsion or the wherewithal to get straight A’s.However, it seems to me that nearly everybody wants, at least, to be better than average. The PGH should seek to define “better than average,” and with that definition, move the average forward. We need the adventurers on the forefront, moving the bar ever upward, and we need Code Minimum to define the worst allowable building standard. Right now the vast majority of houses fall far closer to Code Minimum than they do to any other standard.By defining a practical, achievable level of quality and energy use standards, adjusted for different climates and existing buildings, we can reach a huge number of people who currently only have two extremes to use in judging quality. By educating tradespeople, homeowners, and designers on what a “pretty good house” looks like and how it should perform, we can affect the built environment in a meaningful way, while making ever higher building standards more accessible.What do you think? Is a PGH simply defined as the midpoint between code-minimum (or worse) homes on one end, and Passivhaus (or better) buildings on the other end? Or should the PGH be a more proactive standard, aiming for, say, 75% of the way to the top, in an effort to reach more people and improve more buildings?last_img read more