Shake-up will make the world a more dangerous place

first_imgPompeo and Cotton have something else in common: like President Trump himself, they’re both supporters of torture.They take the position that the torture program under the Bush administration was a great success, and was not actually “torture” despite the fact that it employed techniques like waterboarding and stress positions (which are designed to produce excruciating pain).When the Senate voted to ban the use of torture techniques in 2015, Cotton was one of 21 Republicans who voted no.He also once introduced an amendment to punish the family members of people convicted of violating sanctions on Iran with up to 20 years in prison, saying that such punishment should apply not only to spouses but to “parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids.”The punishment he proposed would be automatic, without any need to show that the family members had done anything wrong.“There would be no investigation,” he said.After members of both parties express shock and disgust at such a profoundly un-American idea, Cotton withdrew it. Categories: Editorial, OpinionBecause the Trump administration is such a finely tuned machine, Thursday we learn that the national security and foreign policy team is set for an overhaul, a whole eight months into this presidency.The likely result is a more isolated position for the United States in the world and a more dangerous future.The Post’s Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, and Anne Gearan report:“The White House has readied a plan to oust embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has become one of the most personally loyal and politically savvy members of President Trump’s national security team, two administration officials confirmed Thursday. But it’s worth noting that Donald Trump once suggested murdering the families of suspected terrorists, so Cotton and his new boss will be on the same wavelength.In short, calling Tom Cotton a “hawk” does not begin to describe how terrifying his views are.If at any time in the last few years you had asked me, “Which future Republican president would be most likely to start World War III?,” my first answer would have been “Tom Cotton” without hesitation, and I’m sure I’m not alone.The larger meaning of this shakeup is that it leaves Trump’s national security team more likely to encourage the president’s most dangerous impulses, which will affect both immediate and longer-term policy choices, not to mention what could happen in a crisis.There are still a couple of sane voices around Trump, but their numbers are dwindling.Paul Waldman is a columnist with The Washington Post.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Indeed, Pompeo has come under severe criticism for politicizing the CIA.He has distorted the results of intelligence community analysis in order to support President Trump’s interpretation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election.At times he has given the impression that his first priority is protecting Trump politically, not giving him the most accurate information to help make life-or-death decisions.Perhaps most disturbingly, Pompeo’s move to State and Cotton’s elevation to the CIA make the end of the deal restraining Iran’s nuclear program, and possibly even another American war in the Middle East, much more likely.While most experts and even some of Trump’s own officials agree that the Iran deal has achieved exactly what it was intended to do — keeping Iran from developing nuclear weapons — Pompeo has been an ardent opponent of the deal from the start and has made clear his eagerness to scrap it.He shares that opinion with Tom Cotton, who not only believes the deal should be abandoned but has also repeatedly suggested that a nice healthy bombing campaign would do the job of eliminating the risk of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.Their elevation makes it even more likely that the United States will completely withdraw from the deal, and if the deal implodes, that could mean Iran resuming its quest for nuclear weapons, which in turn would be used as justification for a war that some like Cotton seem so eager to begin. “The plan, hatched by White House chief of staff John F. Kelly, is expected to be set in motion over the next few weeks, and has broad support within Trump’s inner circle, the officials said.“Under the plan, Pompeo would likely be replaced at the CIA by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., one of Trump’s most steadfast defenders and a confidant to some leading members of the foreign policy team, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House has not publicly announced the moves.”It’s hard not to have mixed feelings about Tillerson’s departure.On one hand, he’ll doubtless go down as one of the worst secretaries of state in history, having set about to gut America’s diplomatic capacity and destroy morale within his department.On the other hand, he reportedly called President Donald Trump a “(expletive) moron,” so he obviously has a good head on his shoulders.As strained as Tillerson’s relationship with Trump was, if nothing else he made some attempts to rein in the president’s more dangerous ideas and leave open the possibility that diplomacy might be worth pursuing with regard to countries like Iran and North Korea.But there’s not much reason to believe that Mike Pompeo will be a force pushing in the same direction.last_img read more

Perfect pad for Keperra-based couple

first_imgThe townhouse at 14/976 Samford Rd, Keperra was architecturally designed.Brisbane engineer Michael Rodriguez has listed his townhouse for sale hoping to upsize to an acreage property towards Jimboomba.Having owned the property at 14/976 Samford Rd since 2010, Mr Rodriguez said his townhouse at Keperra was in a convenient location.“It’s very close to the train station, shopping centre, close to the CBD,” Mr Rodriguez said.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom architecturally designed property has high raked ceilings, a choice of three hardwood timber decks and a large modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The living area at 14/976 Samford Rd, Keperra.Mr Rodriguez said the property, which has a fully fenced backyard, would best suit a young or corporate couple, or a small family.He said even an elderly couple could live quite comfortably at the property. With private views across the landscaped back yard, and into the bushland behind the property, it’s an ideal place to relax and watch the birds, wallabies and other wildlife in the area. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The kitchen at 14/976 Samford Rd, Keperra.Mr Rodriguez said he did some renovations to the property, including a fair bit of landscaping.“There was a retaining wall with just granite boulders, so we put an extensive garden on top of that, and added another wall to neaten it up,” he said. “We added the rear deck which really opened up the entertainment area.”Mr Rodriguez also added awnings to the side deck and front landing near the entrance of the home, and installed air conditioning throughout.The double-height formal entry hallway opens into a spacious lounge room with bamboo timber floors and a separate dining area.The glass sliding doors open onto the private rear deck, while the large kitchen makes catering for the family a breeze. last_img read more

Dual-living the cornerstone for buyer demand

first_imgSOLD: 223 Wynnum Esp, Wynnum sold for $1.225 million.A DUAL living drawcard resulted in a $1,255,000 sale at 223 Wynnum Esplanade, Wynnum recently.Place Manly principal Marc Sorrentino said he had more than 60 people inspect the property while it was on the market and most were interested in its esplanade location and “true” dual living arrangement.“Being a corner block means it’s not sandwiched between two houses and the views are upstairs and also downstairs,” he said. >> FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER<< “If you’re sandwiched in between two houses, normally you’ve just got your garage downstairs and the views upstairs, so the garage is down the side.“The other that sold this property is that it was a true dual living house, so upstairs could be closed off independently to downstairs.“A lot of investors … looked at it to be able to rent it out individually.“The people who bought it are renting it out, that’s short term, and then they’re going to do quite a big renovation on it and turn it into a Hamptons-style house.”More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoSOLD: 223 Wynnum Esplanade, Wynnum sold for $1.225 million.Mr Sorrentino said there was an appetite for premium properties on the waterfront.“If you look at Manly, my average price in Manly is $1.9 million, and the median house price is around about $750,000,” he said.“In Wynnum, the median house prices is around about $650,000, or $670,000, and my average sale price in Wynnum is $1.5 million.“That’s telling you that there is definitely people out there that are spending good money on properties.“There is actually a block of land about 100m away that I sold recently and that was $1 million just for a block of land.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBrisbane market wrap up02:28last_img read more

Where does Labour stand on decriminalising cannabis?

first_imgNewsHub 11 August 2016Family First Comment: There’s no rush Mr Little. Health and safety is the priority.Labour Leader Andrew Little can’t decide if he wants to hold a referendum on cannabis if elected to Government.When asked if Labour would decriminalise cannabis, Mr Little told Victoria University’s student radio station Salient FM: “We will look at holding a referendum”.He is sticking by his pledge to legalise medicinal cannabis within 100 days of taking office.The New Zealand Drug Foundation estimates one third of cannabis users had driven under the influence and 9 percent of users aged 15-24 reported their use had a harmful effect on their work, studies or employment.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/where-does-labour-stand-on-decriminalising-cannabis-2016081116#axzz4HA39zYAclast_img read more

Olympic postponement: IOC President sends message to athletes

first_img Loading… International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, sent his encouragement to Olympic athletes in a video message following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games to 2021. IOC chief Thomas Bach announcing unprecedented decision to postpone Tokyo Games on Tuesday In the video, the 1976 Olympic champion assured his fellow athletes that “you can be sure that you can make your Olympic dream come true” with the “good news” that “we all will be able to celebrate the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, even if it’s only in 2021.” President Bach explained his phone call with Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo, and spoke of the reasoning behind the unprecedented decision to postpone the Games. The German also acknowledged that uncertainty remained, including “for the entire humanity”. “We will work hard now to undertake this extremely challenging task of postponing the Games and of organising postponed Games, which have never happened before, so we have no blueprint for this,” President Bach noted. “It will need the effort of everybody and the contribution of all to make this happen because the Olympic Games are the most complex event on this planet. Read Also:Dare commends IOC on postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics “We want to provide you with the best conditions and the safest environment for these Games.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

24 states, Canada represented in Super Nationals pre-entries

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Aug. 3) – Twenty-four states and our neighbors to the north are already represented in pre-entries for the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Super Nationals is Sept. 1-6 at Boone Speedway. The latest lists of drivers registered and confirmed to compete at the 32nd annual event, by division, now include: Modified Pre-Entries Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas; Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; Jamie Anderson, Mason City; Jacob Anson, Albion, Neb.; Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; Bob Aspenleiter, North Platte, Neb.; Tre­vor Baker, Beatrice, Neb.; Shawn Bearce, Sioux City; Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; and Joren Boyce, Minot, N.D.;Brian Calhoon, Beloit, Kan.; Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; Eric Center, Mesa, Ariz.; Sam Cox, Flower Mound, Texas; Kent Croskey, Polk City; Eric Dailey, Armstrong; Russ Dickerson, Boone; Randy Dolberg, Mills, Wyo.; Jeff Dolphin, Britt; and J.P. Dowell, Killeen, Texas; Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; Tyler Droste, Waterloo; Brian Efkamp, Ankeny; Greg Elliott, Webster City; Shannon Farrar, Downsville, La.; Cole Ferguson, Dexter; Chris Fleming, Union Springs, N.Y.; Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; and Jerry Frydrych, Austin, Texas;Josh Gilman, Earlham; Mark Griffin, Canton, Pa.; Clay Hale, Cameron, Mo.; Garry Hall, Roches­ter, Minn.; Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls; Jared Hoefelman, Colum­bus, Neb.; Larry Hood, Bakersfield, Calif.; Wayne Johnson, Minot, N.D.; and Paul Jones Jr., Cas­per, Wyo.; Matthew Kiner, Aurora, Neb.; Ed Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo.; Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo.; Dustin Kraklio, Durant; Ronn Lauritzen Jesup; Cody Leonard, Sinton, Texas; Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Nicholas Link, Rolla, Kan.; and Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.;Jim Lynch, Bloomfield; Tyler Madigan, Peosta; Mike McCarthy, Hutto, Texas; Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; Matthew Meinecke, Madrid; Chad Melton, Springtown, Texas; Jeremy Mills, Garner; Levi Nielsen, Mason City; Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif.; and Scott Olson, Blairsburg; Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; Bill Pittaway, Corpus Christi, Texas; Ron Pope, Mason City; Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; David Pries, Medaryville, Ind.; Tyler Prochaska, Iowa Falls; Buck Reid, Sheridan, Ark.; Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; Duane Rogers, Imperial, Calif.; and Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.;Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; Jason Schneiders, Sioux City; Jason Schoenberger, Russell, Kan.; Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; Todd Schute, Des Moines; Tom Silver, Glenwood, Minn.; Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; Joe Spillman, Marble Falls, Texas; Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif.; and Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.;Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; Aa­ron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; Mike Wadel, Garden City, Kan.; A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; Ryan Watnem, Humboldt; Matthew West, Keller­ton; Kirk Westring, Columbus, Neb.; Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas; and Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.Others ConfirmedChris Abelson, Sioux City; Coty Albers, Wellsburg; Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas; Randy Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; J.D. Auringer, Waterloo; Robert Avery, Des Moines; Melvin Bailey, Mayetta, Kan.; Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; David Brown, Kellogg; and Kyle Brown, Kellogg;Joel Bushore, Boone; Kaleb Carey, Osceola, Neb.; Alec Childs, Lovelock, Nev.; Jeremy Chris­tians, Horicon, Wis.; Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; Tony Cox, Boone; Kenny Cross, Salina, Kan.; Ja­son Cummins, New Richland, Minn.; Tim Czarneski, Denmark, Wis.; and Bill Davis Jr., Des Moines;Scott Davis, Madrid; Mike Densberger, Lincoln, Neb.; Travis Dickes, Columbus, Neb.; Darin Duffy, Urbana; Jake Durbin, Perry; Eric Elliott, Boone; Mark Elliott, Webster City; Chad Estes, Troy, Texas; Cody Gearhart, Turpin, Okla.; and David Goode, Copperas Cove, Texas;William Gould, Calera, Okla.; Cody Graham, Mesa, Ariz.; Wayne Graybeal, Springfield, Mo.; Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; Richie Gustin, Gilman; Randy Havlik, Madrid; Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Neb.; Tyler Heetland, Bancroft; Robert Hellebust, Minot, N.D.; and Scott Hogan, Vinton; Racer Hulin, Laurel; Darren Huntley, Ogden; Mike Jergens, Plover; Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski, Wis.; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay, Wis.; Beau Kaplan, Boone; Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; Brian Knoell, Falun, Kan.; K.C. Kubichek, Winnemucca, Nev.; and Corey Lagroon, Salina, Kan.;Kevin Larkins, Greenwood, Neb.; Adam Larson, Ankeny; Rich Lewerke, Garner; John Logue, Boone; Kelly Lyons, Boone; Jay Marks, Bakersfield, Calif.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Jason Mur­ray, Hartford; Jay Noteboom, Hinton; and Justin O’Brien, West Union; Dennis Pittman, Jamaica; Terrance Prochaska, Iowa Falls; Travis Prochaska, Iowa Falls; Craig Reetz, Dunlap; Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb.; Josh Ruby, Lakota; Yancy Shepard, Smithville, Mo.; Scott Simatovich, State Center; Jason Snyder, Dunkerton; and Tony Snyder, Readlyn; Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; Kevin Stoa, Clear Lake; Caleb Stone, Hobbs, N.M.; Mike Van Genderen, Newton; Mike Weikert Jr., Muscatine; Clint Wendel, Mason City; Chad Wernette, Sheridan, Mich.; Randy Wilson, Wichita, Kan.; and J.J. Wise, Gar­ner. Stock Car Pre-EntriesGary Bass, Des Moines; Ronnie Christopher, Forney, Texas; Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; Larry Crocheck, Boone; Michael Dancer, North Platte, Neb.; Colby Deming, Hobbs, N.M.; David Easterday, Riverdale, Neb.; John Frydrych, Austin, Texas; Cory Gansen, Clear Lake; Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas; and Dan Hanselman, Algona; John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis.; Ty Hill, Dallas Center; Robert Hoing, Overton, Neb.; Casey Jones, Sioux City; Ned Kalis, Wells, Minn.; Stoney Leonard, Ladora; Jake Ludeking, Decorah; Les Lundquist, Sioux City; Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan.; Damon Murty, Chelsea; and Mike Nich­ols, Harlan; Jesse Olson, Mayer, Minn.; Chad Palmer, Renwick; Michael Pepper, Lakin, Kan.; Scott Pippert, Elberon; Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; Tony Schlei, Union Grove, Wis.; Allan Schmidt, Holstein; Brandon Taylor, Granbury, Texas; Justin Temeyer, Independence; Heath Tulp, Belmond; Jeff Whiting, Gothenburg, Neb.; and Jody York, Lubbock, Texas. Others ConfirmedJason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas; Norm Belew, Granger; Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas; Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb.; Eric Brown, Boone; Nathan Burke, Minot, N.D.; Cory Bush­nell, Madrid; Craig Carlson, Madrid; Norman Chesmore, Rowley; Chad Estes, Troy, Texas; and Jerry Gifford, Boone; Wayne Gifford, Boone; Mike Goldsberry, Runnells; Lonnie Hodges, Boone; Michael Jaennette, Newton; Jordan Lathram, Hobbs, N.M.; Jake Masters, Graettinger; Aaron Matthias, Fairbank; Larry Portis, Nora Springs; Bill Richards, Audubon; Jay Schmidt, Tama; Cody Scray, Horicon, Wis.; and Paul Shepherd, Marengo;Toby Smith, Oskaloosa; Robert Stofer, Jefferson; Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; Don Vis, Marshalltown; Barrett Wagoner, Colby, Kan.; Dave Wickman, Emmetsburg; Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb.; Pat Wilson, Harker Heights, Texas; and Brett Woznicki, Minot, N.D. Hobby Stock Pre-EntriesBrock Beeter, Minot, N.D.; Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; Andrew Burg, Adel; Travis Burger, Ne­braska City, Neb.; Ryan Grochala, Pleasant Hill; Andy Hick, Adel; Derek Hodges, Des Moines; Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake; and Trevor Hudson, Copperas Cove, Texas; Benji Irvine, Stanley; Mike Kennedy, Goodland, Kan.; Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley; Austin Luellen, Min­burn; Dustin Lynch, Boone; Derek Moede, Casco, Wis.; Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; David Rieks, Eldora; Mark Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; and Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn.;Josh Saunders, Newton; Andrew Sebastian, Minot, N.D.; Jason See Albia; Richard Shields Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas; Jay Sidles, Emmetsburg; Russ Specht, Hastings, Neb.; Ray Stock Jr., Ankeny; Jesse VanLaningham, Beatrice, Neb.; and John Watson, Des Moines.Others ConfirmedAdam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; Tim Barber, Story City; Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb.; Dana Brandt, Minot, N.D.; Travis Coop, Portis, Kan.; G.W. Fuller, Tescott, Kan.; Dustin Graham, Boone; Jer­emy Hoskinson, Norfolk, Neb.; Matt Hudspeth, Granger; and Brent Jochum, Norfolk, Neb.;Bryan Keeney, Nevada; Jacob Keiser, Marengo; Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb.; Justin Lath­ram, Hobbs, N.M.; Ross Marshall, Johnston; Joe Myers, Woodward; Kyle Parizek, Belle Plaine; Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; Brent Schlake, Blue Springs, Neb.; and Jacob Waldron, Beatrice, Neb.Northern SportMod Pre-EntriesJosh Appel, Dodge City, Kan.; Mike Appel, Dodge City, Kan.; Coby Bangasser, Allison; Austin Carter, Beloit, Kan.; Trevor Chaplin, Iowa Falls; Brenden Damon, Great Bend, Kan.; Bruce Ege­land, Marshall, Minn.; Colby Fett, Algona; Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; and Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif.;Nate Ginest, Great Bend, Kan.; Kruz Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; Kyle Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; Jared Hansen, Audubon; Colby Heishman, Brooklyn; Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; Mark Hunziger, Oregon, Mo.; Brian Konz, LeMars; Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton, N.D.; and Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa; Benji Legg, Beatrice, Neb.; Clint Luellen, Minburn; Tory Mack, Surrey, N.D.; Matt Marquardt, Tekamah, Neb.; Matthew McCahen, Waterloo; Tina McGowan, Bakersfield, Calif.; Justin Medler, Minot, N.D.; Cameron Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; Nick Meyer, Whittemore; and Brandon Morris, Cedar Rapids; Danny Roe, Turlock, Calif.; Darin Roepke, LeMars; Darin Rothfus, Jefferson; Chase Rudolf, Prole; Chad Ten Napel, Sioux City; Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb.; Brandon Williams, Des Moines; and Tim Zeman, Muscatine.Others ConfirmedTyler Afrank, Norfolk, Neb.; Shawn Albers, Wellsburg; Lynn Brockett, Ogden; Kaid Calhoon, Beloit, Kan.; Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; Brian Eppert, Ogden; Kamren Gruber, Great Bend, Kan.; Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; Austin Kaplan, Ankeny; and Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.;James Lewis, Rochester Hills, Mich.; Jonathon Logue, Boone; Tara Longnecker, Woodward; Tim Love, Kelley; Ty Luellen, Minburn; Jake McBirnie, Boone; Robert Moore, Maxwell; Steve Moore, Springfield, Mo.; Taylor Musselman, Norwalk; Anthony Onstot, Norwalk; and Lukas Onstot, Nor­walk; Kurtis Pihl, Lindsborg, Kan.; Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb.; Rick Ringgenberg, Kelley; Cory Rose, Boone; Trent Roth, Columbus, Neb.; Chad Ryerson, Wellsburg; Jacob Salisbury, Waterloo; Mike Stark, West Des Moines; Ken Walker, Springfield, Mo.; and Bill Wear, Des Moines. Late Models ConfirmedJeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; Joel Callahan, Dubuque; Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; Andy Eckrich, Oxford; Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale; Justin Kay Wheatland; Jason Rauen, Farley; and Matt Ryan, Davenport.Sport Compact Pre-Entries Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; and William Michel, Muscatine.last_img read more

Roger Stone Heads to Jail June 30th

first_imgRoger Stone will be heading to jail on June 30th unless his friend President Trump Pardon’s him. Here’s Stone talking about the prosecutorial misconduct in his case.Roger StoneStone was sentenced to 40 months in prison by a federal judge in November after his conviction for lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Stone has been living at his home in Broward since his early morning arrest by a heavily armed SWAT team in early 2019.Stone posted about about the date on his Instagram account Thursday, writing the messages “#deathsentence” and “#freerogerstone.” “The Bureau of Prisons has changed the date … of my surrender to June 30 but I will NOT be quarantined for Covid-19,” Stone wrote in the post.last_img read more

Four square: Scouting the last 4 teams standing

first_img Published on April 3, 2013 at 2:59 am Related Stories Last time they played: Joseph leads Syracuse to victory over Michigan in Legends ClassicBoeheim, Beilein rekindle CNY history in Final FourMichigan coach Beilein searches for 1st-career win against Syracuse, Boeheim’s complex zone MichiganKey player: Trey BurkeThe biggest knock on Big Ten teams is that they often lack an elite scorer, which is part of the reason why none have won the title since Michigan State in 2000. Burke provides Michigan one and then some, averaging 18.8 points per game. He single-handedly dragged Michigan back against Kansas, but Saturday, his most important task may be limiting Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams to the perimeter.Stat to know: 38.5 percentMichigan’s success rate from 3-point range. No team has SU’s combination of length and athleticism, but the most surefire way to beat the zone is to shoot 3s and not miss them.Stat to ignore: 9Number of UM players who have played in 30 games or more this season. In reality, only about six play in crunch-time minutes. The Wolverines aren’t any deeper than the Orange.X-factor: Mitch McGaryMichigan’s big man has the size advantage on Baye Moussa Keita and figures to limit the Syracuse centers offensively, including Rakeem Christmas. But if he can produce in his own right on the other end, Michigan won’t be so dangerously dependent on the deep ball.Boeheim: “Michigan’s a tremendous team. They have really, really good athletes that can really shoot the ball. They were a top-10 team all year and their center wasn’t ready yet.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisvilleKey player: Peyton SivaSiva doesn’t have to put up crazy numbers for the Cardinals to win. If he simply limits turnovers and gets Louisville out in transition, the Cardinals beat Wichita State and probably whomever they would face in the final, too. His speed alone creates a nightmarish cycle of steals and subsequent points that allow the Cardinals to set up their press and do it all again.Stat to know: +4UofL’s turnover margin in its 22-point win over Duke in the Elite Eight. On Nov. 24, the Cardinals lost to the same team, but turned the ball over 15 times, once more than Duke.Stat to ignore: 12.6Louisville turnovers per game. The Cardinals play on the run and create so many extra possessions for themselves with 10.9 steals per game that transition turnovers can usually be neutralized.X-factor: Russ SmithIt’s almost silly to list him as an X-factor, but if he shoots well in half-court sets and the secondary break, the Cardinals are nearly unbeatable.Boeheim: “Louisville is as close as there is to a dominant team. They’ve lost some games. They haven’t shown much weakness lately. They’re clearly the best team right now heading into this tournament.”Wichita StateKey player: Cleanthony EarlyEarly is the Shockers’ leading scorer, averaging 13.7 points per game and accounting for about 20 percent of Wichita State’s total points this season. His greatest value for the Cinderella squad, though, is on the glass. There, he helps compensate for his team’s overall lack of size, chipping in with 5.3 rebounds per game. His boards will be especially needed against No. 1 overall-seed Louisville in the first semifinal.Stat to know: 4-0WSU’s record in the first half of the tournament games this year. The Shockers have yet to trail at the break and can’t start now. No team remaining is easy to come back on. Louisville may be the hardest.Stat to ignore: 7-5The Shockers’ record on the road suggests they don’t travel well. They’re in the Final Four, though, and flying just fine.X-factor: ReboundsIf the Cardinals get and finish second chances, Rick Pitino can get his players into their nerve-shattering press. Wichita State needs to keep UofL out of a defensive rhythm to have a prayer. Just ask second-seeded Duke, which got outrebounded 37-31 and blown out 85-63 in the Elite Eight.Boeheim: “There’s four teams that can get there and there’s four teams that can win. I really believe the Wichita team can win.”SyracuseKey Player: Michael Carter-WilliamsHe was the East Region’s Most Outstanding Player with good reason. The passing ability he’s shown nearly all season long is being coupled with a fearless willingness to get to the basket. He’s established himself as a true leader on this team alongside Brandon Triche, and as a 6-foot-6 point guard, he remains a headache-inducing matchup for opposing swingmen and coaches.Stat to know: 28.9Opponents’ field-goal percentage in the tournament so far. This zone extends as far as any, and even the nation’s sharpest shooters can’t get used to 6-foot-8 frames defending the perimeter.Stat to ignore: 3.94Minutes per point for Rakeem Christmas in the tournament. He doesn’t play enough to make this count, and is almost exclusively a defensive force at this point in the season.X-Factor: James SoutherlandThe rangy forward is due. He’s been more than solid throughout the tournament, but hasn’t had one of his periodic explosions from beyond the arc since the Big East tournament. If he finds that kind of rhythm again SU is too dangerous.Boeheim: “There’s all this obsession about the zone. We’ve been playing it for 15 years now, so I don’t know, 20 years. I don’t know what’s – people are acting like this is something new. It’s nothing new. It’s just what we do and we work at it.”— Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff, sports@dailyorange.com Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Other sports can shine as football hits its bye week

first_imgAs the panic of a weekend without USC football begins to set in, remember that even though it may not seem like it, there’s more to life than what happens in the Coliseum on Saturdays. If you are like me, you might even be glad there’s no football game this weekend. It allows you to rest up after coming out of what is the most terrifying time of any semester — midterm season.Even though USC’s team isn’t playing this week, if you must satiate your hunger for the gridiron, there are plenty of other games to watch, including No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 6 Texas A&M or No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 21 Auburn.Beyond the college football world, however, this break gives other USC sports a chance to shine. The other three major fall sports — women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s water polo — are all nationally ranked and definite national title contenders.If for no other reason, there are more incentives to go to the non-revenue sports than the football games. I’ve been attending football games for three years, and two weeks ago I caught my first t-shirt that they launched into the crowd.If you are one of the first 100 students to go to the women’s soccer game on Thursday, you get a pair of USC socks. These incentives are unfortunately what is needed to be provided in order for most of the people I know to feel like it’s a game worth attending.Women’s soccer is an extremely popular sport in the United States (for good reason) and the USC team is exciting to watch and dominating at their level of competition. The Women of Troy (11-3) are ranked No. 5 in the country and leave no doubt with their victories.All 11 of the team’s wins have come by two or more goals and they have held their opponents scoreless on 10 occasions. As someone who isn’t a soccer fan, I still find those numbers incredibly excitingUSC players have earned weekly conference honors six times and the team isn’t slowing down anytime soon, continually expressing how driven it is to win a national title this year. Women’s soccer isn’t the only sport that has its eyes on the prize this fall, though.Maybe land sports aren’t your thing and that’s fine, too. The men’s water polo team probably deserves the most publicity of any team given their historic and consistent domination of the competition.The second-best team in the country, the Trojans have lost only once this season. Sitting at 15-1, it would be easy to assume that their opponents have been cupcake teams, but that isn’t the case. The Trojans haven’t yet had to face their biggest rival, defending national champion top-ranked UCLA, but they have played (and defeated) six teams that were ranked in the top-20 when they played them. This impressive statistic includes five wins over teams in the top 10. In addition to their spectacular team success, there have been five weekly Pac-12 awards given to USC players.The women’s volleyball team has one of the most dynamic young players in the conference in freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier who just this week was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. Ranked No. 25 in the country, the team has suffered some disappointing losses this year, but hosts two critical matches this weekend as they face Cal on Thursday night and No. 14 Stanford on Sunday. The Women of Troy have defeated five ranked teams this season proving there is always the chance for an exciting upset.Even though the football season is back on the right track, no one should expect to see the team ranked anywhere near the top 10 before the end of the season. The other teams representing USC, however, are on track to add to our already impressive collection of national titles. So if you want to see a truly successful team, check out a sporting event outside of the Coliseum.Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

SU marching band prepares for unpredictable season, navigating COVID-19

first_img“The biggest challenge for the band in general will be keeping up momentum and enthusiasm when the basketball season is so up in the air,” she said. The band will have Zoom meetings and socially-distanced activities to foster community growth and welcome new members. Band members have found themselves more united now than ever, Arndt added. If fall sports are canceled, the marching band will still practice. Diem said the plan for no sports consists of learning to play different music, like songs from Stevie Wonder, and familiarizing band members with various instruments and equipment. They will also record their work to share with the SU community.If there is extended time without sports, Diem said, the band will explore different marching bands throughout the world, work on team dynamics and improve as musicians. Subscribe to the D.O. Sports NewsletterWant the latest in Syracuse sports delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to the D.O. Sports newsletter to read our best sports articles, sent to you every Friday morning.* indicates requiredEmail Address * Published on September 1, 2020 at 10:49 pm gfpagano@syr.edu The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Adopting social distancing measures has been a challenge for the Syracuse marching band, which includes about 180 members. To safely practice, the band is following the COVID-19 protocols set by the National Federation of State High School Associations, which include at least six feet of distance and required performance activity masks. So far, the band has reported one case of COVID-19, but Timothy Diem, the band’s director, said he is confident the measures in place provide the best way forward. In the days following the positive test result, the band transitioned to virtual practices as the university did contact tracing. They have since returned to in-person practices, doubling down on their original protocols.“We feel our protocols are solid and we will continue to be diligent on and off the field about following them so that we all have a safe and productive semester,” Diem said.To begin the semester, Diem and other leaders split the band into five separate groups to allow for social distancing. Instead of practicing as a single unit, there are three groups of winds, one group of drumline and another of color guard. During each practice, members will be six to eight feet apart, compared to the usual grid where members are two to four feet apart. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBand members typically congregate at the Carrier Dome or on the steps outside Hendricks Chapel for practices. With construction at the Dome and the difficulties of social distancing at Hendricks, the band now rehearses at Skytop athletic field. Still, the nature of marching bands makes social distancing difficult, Diem said.“These are your colleagues, your closest friends. From the time you begin marching in high school, drill sets of shoulder-to-shoulder or two-step intervals (are) normal,” he said. “Concert arcs in close quarters, also the norm. In the stands and around the field, being shoulder to shoulder and interacting in tight groups is typical. Now we need to be cognizant of spacing.”Practicing outdoors isn’t the same as in the Carrier Dome, SU marching band secretary Josh Arndt said, because of how the sound floats away instead of lingering in the air. Courtesy of Heide OttleyJosh Arndt, the marching band’s secretary, said the increased space between members could be both a positive and a negative for the band. As the band has grown, members have envisioned a more spacious environment, he said, but now that they are spread out, they are realizing the challenges of having additional room.Because there are smaller groups, the “wall of sound” that the SU community has become accustomed to at Hendricks Chapel won’t be there, Diem said. Arndt said band members may take time to get used to the new environment.“Our sound will be a lot less loud, that’s for sure. Overall, though, I think it’ll be alright,” Arndt said. “We have enough of every instrument where we can still have a balanced band with only a third of our members. It’ll be closer to pep band than marching band in terms of sound.”When the band plays inside the Dome, the sound is much louder and echoes for a few seconds. Hearing the sound linger is rewarding, Arndt said. Practicing in more open environments takes those vibrations away. The sound floats into the air during outdoor practices, seemingly evaporating. With unpredictable and potentially wet weather in the future, an inconsistent practice schedule could be a storyline for the season, he said.However, Diem said these safety measures create a safe environment for practice. The band has also shortened practice times to a maximum of 90 minutes and lowered the temperature for indoor practices with small groups. Keeping the musicians from sweating has been a key focus in planning, Diem said. When people sweat, they are tempted to touch their faces, which can spread COVID-19. The band has also eliminated its traditional orange and blue wool uniforms to keep body temperatures lower.Margaret Strehle, one of the band’s music directors, said the band will need additional motivation from time-to-time. center_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more