USC coach, parent plead guilty in admissions case

first_imgAccording to a statement from USC, Janke left the University when a new coaching staff took over for the women’s soccer team. The U.S. Attorney’s office said she has agreed to cooperate with the government’s investigation and will testify in trial if needed. Janke’s lawyer declined to comment. MacFarlane’s lawyer did not respond in time for publication. According to the memo, Janke and MacFarlane will each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of at least $250,000. MacFarlane is among 13 USC parents indicted in the scheme — the most of any University named in the FBI affidavit. So far, 13 parents from eight universities, including USC, UCLA, Stanford and Yale, have pleaded guilty to the charges. USC parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, who paid $500,000 to create false athletic profiles to have their two daughters admitted to the University, filed a not guilty plea April 15. The Edge College & Career Network, a for-profit college counseling business founded by businessman William “Rick” Singer, is accused of running the student-athlete recruitment scam. The U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote that Singer emailed MacFarlane’s daughter’s high school transcript and college exam scores to Janke in October 2013 and soon after, The Edge College & Career Network wire transferred $50,000 and $100,000 on two separate occasions to a private soccer club controlled by Janke and another defendant named in the charges.center_img Janke, who worked at the University from 2007 to 2014, will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering due to her involvement in creating false athletic profiles for students whose parents bribed athletics officials. MacFarlane, who paid $450,000 to have his son admitted to USC as a purported basketball recruit, will plead guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to the memo. Janke helped create fake athlete recruiting profiles for some of the students who were admitted to USC through the scheme, including MacFarlane’s son. MacFarlane’s daughter was admitted to the University as a soccer recruit and graduated in 2018 without playing soccer. In 2016, Singer sent $50,000 to USC Athletics and in 2017, MacFarlane paid $200,000 to The Edge College & Career Network. Former USC women’s assistant soccer coach Laura Janke and San Diego businessman Toby MacFarlane will plead guilty Tuesday for their involvement in the college admissions bribery scheme, according to a memo from the Department of Justice. last_img read more

Dr. Bour Resigns as LICC President

first_imgThe President of the Liberia International Christian College (LICC), Dr. Sei Bour, has resigned for what he referred to as ‘administrative reason.’Located in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County LICC is one of the newly established colleges in Liberia. The college Board is yet to inform the public the official reason for Dr. Bour’s resignation, but in email exchanges, where his letter of resignation, dated July 4, was attached, Dr. Bour said he cared deeply about the college, “but the issues of negativity have forced me to reassess my position as the president of LICC. Therefore I must make the difficult, but necessary choices that the best for the college, me and my family is to resign.” Earlier, he said in the opening paragraph of his letter, “When I accepted to serve as president of LICC, I did so with a vision to build this institution into excellence with a focus on the success of the academy and its students.”He maintained that despite all his achievements, which included the purchase of 24 acres of land, erecting multipurpose buildings on the campus, and the hiring of competent faculty and staff, it appeared there was a lack of agreement between him and the Board of Directors – a situation which, he said, likely undermined LICC’s mission to help rebuild Liberia’s educational standards.“There is no doubt the recent lack of agreement between myself and the ULICAF Board of Directors has been significant and distracting to our mission of helping to rebuild our nation through education at LICC,” Dr. Bour said. ULICAF is the United Liberia Inland Church Associates and Friends. He thanked the Board of Directors and all ULICAF members who gave him the opportunity to serve, congratulating them for their achievement since the LICC was established.Dr. Sei Bour, who has since left for the United States of America, expressed appreciation for the time and experiences with the college.There has been no response from the Board, since the news of Bour’s resignation started circulating in the county, as efforts since Sunday, October 9, to get a comment from Acting Board Chair Dehpue Zuo through Facebook messages have so far not materialized. However, an administrative assistant in the president’s office, Henrietta Barhn, posted on her Facebook page that a man identified as Dr. James N. Kermue was introduced by Rev. Karney Dunah, founding member of ULICAF, as interim president of the college.Established by the United Liberia Inland Church Associates and Friends (ULICAF), the LICC was launched in 2009 with a vision to make available Christ-centered, affordable, and relevant educational opportunities and programs to Liberian students.The visionary leaders of UNICAF began their ministry in the United States of America with the intention to help Liberian refugees settle in their new culture and community in the USA. The LICC has a complex built on 24 acres of land in Ganta City, including a modern community research center (library and technology center), an academic building and an under-construction three storey building for the College of Agriculture.The institution has held four graduations since it was established, and offers Associate of Arts (AA) degrees in Pastoral Theology/Mission, Education, Management, Accounting and Agriculture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Middlesbrough 1-3 QPR: Highlights of Rangers’ dramatic victory

first_imgInjury-time goals by Bobby Zamora and Ravel Morrison gave QPR a dramatic win at the Riverside Stadium.See also:Late goals earn QPR win at MiddlesbroughQPR looked like a team again – RedknappMiddlesbrough v QPR player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Chelsea among clubs said to be chasing German midfielder Kramer

first_imgChelsea are among the clubs chasing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer, according to the Express. The Blues and Tottenham are said to have joined Liverpool and Manchester United in a battle to sign the 23-year-old, who featured for Germany at this year’s World Cup.Chelsea are also said to be keen to sign Barcelona’s former United defender Gerard Pique.The Daily Star have picked up on a report on Spanish website Fichajes which claimed the Blues are considering offering £24m for the 27-year-old when the transfer window reopens in January.Pique has therefore been touted as a possible long-term replacement for Chelsea captain John Terry, while United have been linked with a bid to re-sign him.The Star have also linked Chelsea with Stephan Lichtsteine and say their supposed pursuit of the defender has been boosted because Juventus are lining up a replacement.Meanwhile, QPR’s on-loan right-back Mauricio Isla has dismissed speculation he could return to Juve.The Chile international has had a difficult start for Rangers since arriving on a season-long loan and there were reports in the Italian media that the deal could be cut short.But Isla told the Evening Standard: “That was never going to happen.“People talk but I’ve never spoken about it. I’ve not spoken to a single director at Juventus since I came to England.“It is important for me to stay here a long while because I need to get match fitness back after the cruciate knee ligament injury I had.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea v Man City: Zouma starts

first_imgKurt Zouma starts for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where Victor Moses again misses out.Moses is still struggling with the toe injury which kept him out of Saturday’s defeat against his former club Crystal Palace, while Nemanja Matic drops to the bench.Meanwhile, skipper Vincent Kompany returns to the starting line-up for Manchester City, who are still without the injured Bacary Sagna.Chelsea: Courtois; Zouma, David Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Ake, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi.Man City: Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Kompany, Fernandinho, Delph, Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Navas, Aguero.Subs: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Sterling, Nolito.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

UWC takes the lead in physics research

first_imgA team of students from the University of Western Cape (UWC), led by Professor Nico Orce, is the first African research team to lead an experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).The day when the shosholoza was sung inside the heart of CERN! (Image: Nico Orce)Sulaiman PhilipBetter known as the home of the Large Hadron Collider, CERN is one of the most prestigious science research facilities in the world. It attracts the crème de la crème of international researchers, and now a team from UWC has joined their ranks.Led by the university’s Professor Nico Orce, the team of postgraduate students fired a selenium beam into a platinum target. The idea was to smash two nuclei into each other in the hope of causing an excitation in the selenium isotope.Selenium 70 lives for about 42 minutes and is produced during x-ray bursts, most commonly found in the stellar explosions of neutron stars. The new research facility at CERN, the Isotope Separator On-Line facility (ISOLDE), has an unstable selenium beam that is necessary for the experiments the UWC team is undertaking.UWC PhD student Kenzo Abrahams at CERN setting up the experiment. (Image: Nico Orce)South Africa joined the Isolde Collaboration — an agreement between nations and CERN to conduct experiments in the fields of nuclear and atomic physics, solid-state physics, materials science and life sciences — in 2017. This allows the country to benefit from ISOLDE’s beams of unstable exotic particles, such as selenium 70 and germanium 66.Orce explains: “So far, we can only accelerate stable beams at iThemba LABS, so we needed to go to CERN to complete these experiments. Soon enough we may be doing these kinds of measurements for the first time at iThemba LABS, here in South Africa. That will be great.”At the South African facility, in Somerset West, scientists in the physical, medical and biologial sciences undertake research for advanced education, the treatment of cancers and the production of unique radioisotopes.The goal of the UWC experiment was to discover how unstable exotic elements were created. “Above iron ore we do not know how elements are produced. Question marks still remain over how these elements are created,” says the professor.The team’s experiments did not produce the results for which they had hoped; however, instead of selenium 70, they were able to measure the creation of a different exotic particle, germanium 66. “We can still say we were successful. It’s the first time that germanium 66 was produced on Earth. We were able to study the decay of germanium 66 until we find a stable isotope.”Science, Orce says, “is like fighting Mike Tyson. You jab and jab until you can land a clean shot.”The small peak on the right is the first excitation in 66Ge. Evidence of the UWC teams success. (Image: Nico Orce)The benefits to UWC and the countryTo encourage his students to reach for the stars, Orce, a Spaniard, uses the experience of the Spanish team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The team that arrived in the country were underdogs. “We made history because we believed in ourselves. Afterwards the team were feared, respected.”The physics postgraduate programme at UWC consists of 50 previously disadvantaged students. It attracts, Orce says, not necessarily the best students but they all dream of lifting themselves up. To encourage their dreams he insisted that the best of his students were part of his research team.“I wanted them to know that dreams come true if you work hard. I believe that having them work with the best scientists will show them the world beyond their own circumstances. It was life changing. Some of these students will be professors one day.”In an interview with the CERN newsletter, Master’s student Senamile Masango said: “I am a role model now. You will hardly find any women doing physics in South Africa, and you will hardly find any black physicists. Nico treats us all equally and he’s making us hungry to break every barrier. We’re making history.”As the lead research team, the UWC students and their professor were responsible for setting parameters and monitoring controls. Team member Sifiso Ntshangase was team leader, which gives him the opportunity to suggest further experiments that can be conducted at CERN. “There is a responsibility that goes along with being the first African team, of being from UWC. We will keep proposing new experiments; we want to go back.”Going back is not simply a matter of proposing innovative experiments, however. To run the facilities at CERN is expensive. Orce explains: “To get beam time is not easy, or cheap. It costs €100,000 (R1.5-million) per day. We have to thank the Department of Science and Technology for helping to make our trip possible.”It was important that the team from UWC led the research, he adds. Now that the experiment is completed, teams from UWC and their research partners at the University of York in the UK will analyse the data before publishing results in scientific journals. “We will be lead authors. This will impact on the quality of visiting professors we can attract. Already we have leading nuclear physicists interested in doing a sabbatical at the university.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Braid-cutting hysteria costs life in Valley

first_imgMass hysteria induced by mysterious hair chopping of women in Valley on Friday led to the death of an aged civilian, as the issue forced the authorities to snap internet, stop train services and detain separatists.Abdul Salam Wani, 70, a resident of Anantnag’s Dantar area, was hit by a brick on Thursday night. “The victim ventured out of his house out in the night. One of the relatives mistook him for a braid-chopper and smashed his head with a brick. He died in the hospital later,” a local told The Hindu over the phone.The police have not divulged any details of the circumstances leading to his death. It is the first death caused by fast spreading braid-chopping scare. Over 65 cases have already been registered since September.The authorities placed areas under six police stations in Srinagar under restrictions in the wake of separatist leaders’ call for post-Friday prayers protests over the braid-chopping. As “a precautionary measure”, mobile internet was also snapped in Srinagar and Budgam. Inter-State train services were stopped on Friday afternoon south Kashmir. Despite the elaborate security arrangements, street protests broke out in Srinagar, Pulwama, Baramulla and Anantnag, as fresh cases of braid chopping were reported.last_img read more

PMO calls up Parrikar on mining lease

first_imgPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the Prime Minister’s Office(PMO) called him to enquire about the economic impact of Supreme Court’s decision to cancel 88 renewed mining leases in Goa recently. Speaking at a function, Mr. Parrikar said, “I was asked to prepare a report and if need be meet (PM).” Describing Mr. Modi as a leader with a vision, Mr. Parrikar said, “I have seen how he works… I saw what is the concept of (his) vision,” Mr. Parrikar said. Later, speaking to presspersons at the sidelines of the funcrtion, he said views of all MLAs, political parties and stakeholders would be taken into account to decide on the future course of action over resumption of mining in the State. On February 7, the Supreme Court cancelled all iron ore mining leases in Goa which were renewed by the State government in 2015 and ordered that the mining tracts should be leased afresh, to new licencees after obtaining new environmental clearances.The order also directed that all ore extraction activity on the cancelled leases should cease by March 15.last_img read more

Glasgow CWG: Indian weightlifter Vikas wins silver

first_imgIndian weightlifter Vikas Thakur won the silver medal in the men’s 85kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Monday.The gold was clinched by Richard Patterson of New Zealand with a lift of 335kg — 151kg in snatch and 184 in clean and jerk.The 21-year-old Vikas lifted a total of 333kg – 150kg in snatch and 183 in clean and jerk. Both Vikas and Canada’s Pascal Plamondon were tied on 333kg but Vikas won the silver on the account of lesser body weight. Plamondon also lifted 150kg in snatch and 183kg in clean and jerk.last_img

Cubs Take Series, Cards, 6-4

first_imgCHICAGO — Joe Maddon posed for a selfie on the field with his wife. Jon Lester sprayed champagne with his young son. Rocker Eddie Vedder partied on the mound.For the Chicago Cubs and their ever-hopeful fans, this bash was a long time in the making.Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez homered and the fresh Cubs clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field for the first time ever, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Tuesday to win the NL Division Series in four games.“This is all just baseball fantasy, right?” a drenched Chairman Tom Ricketts said.Only once since they last brought home the World Series in 1908 had the Cubs won a playoff series and never before had they finished off the job at their century-plus-old ballpark.But with a raucous, towel-waving crowd jamming the Friendly Confines, the North Siders gave generations of fans exactly what they wanted. And as they gathered in the pulsating neighborhood, the lit-up marquee at Wrigley Field said it all: Cubs Win.Even President Barack Obama — who roots for Chicago’s other team — got in on the celebration, tweeting his congratulations and noting “even @whitesox fans are rooting for you!”“I can only imagine what the next thing is going to look like,” said Lester, the lefty who twice won the World Series with Boston. “And the next thing after that.”The crowd started roaring before the first pitch. And when closer Hector Rondon struck out Stephen Piscotty on a ball in the dirt and catcher Miguel Montero made the tag to end it, the Cubs came streaming out of the dugout.“They deserve it,” Rizzo said in the middle of the party. “Hopefully, this is just a taste of what’s to come.”Up-and-comers all season under their first-year manager, Maddon’s bunch of wild-card Cubs had arrived.As the music blared and the strobe lights flashed in the clubhouse, Cubs players and coaches soaked each other. Then they took the celebration back onto the field as fans went crazy — Vedder, from the local area, pitched right in.The Cubs will face the winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers-New York Mets matchup. The Mets took a 2-1 lead into Game 4 on Oct. 13.Chicago will play Game 1 Oct. 17 on the road.No team was hotter down the stretch than Chicago, which finished third in the majors with 97 wins after five straight losing seasons.The Cubs knocked out the two teams that finished ahead of them in the NL Central, beating Pittsburgh in the wild-card game and sending St. Louis home after it led the majors with 100 wins.“I think we’re too young to even realize what we just did,” young slugger Kris Bryant said. “It truly is a special time right now.”The banged-up Cardinals had reached the NLCS in the last four years.“It was just unfortunate,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “This is a team that was as impressive to watch from Day One as any team I’ve ever been around.”“That’s always hard to walk away from. We had an opportunity maybe to get back home and do things differently, but they took advantage of the opportunities they had,” he said.Rizzo’s solo drive to right off losing pitcher Kevin Siegrist in the sixth put Chicago back on top 5-4 after St. Louis scored two in the top half.As if the fans were already hollering at the top of their lungs after that home run, they were really screaming after Schwarber’s monstrous shot leading off the seventh. The ball landed on top of the right-field videoboard and wound up nestled against a railing on the front edge.The late drives by Rizzo and Schwarber along with Baez’s three-run homer off John Lackey in the second came after Chicago set a postseason record with six long balls in Monday’s win.And with the ball flying out again, the Cubs won for the 12th time in 13 games.Cubs starter Jason Hammel allowed two runs and three hits. He exited after giving up a leadoff walk to Jhonny Peralta in the fourth.Seven relievers combined to hold the Cardinals to two runs and five hits the rest of the way. Trevor Cahill picked up the win and Rondon worked the ninth for the save.Hammel settled down after giving up a two-run homer to Piscotty on the game’s fourth pitch. He also singled in a run with two out in the second before Baez connected against Lackey, the man the Cardinals were counting on to keep their season going, to make it 4-2.Lackey gave up four runs and four hits over three innings after outpitching former teammate Lester in a dominant series opener.The Cardinals, playing without catcher Yadier Molina (left thumb), failed to advance in the postseason after winning at least one series the previous four years.“I definitely think the ballpark had something to do with this. They also have a really good lineup,” Lackey said.St. Louis scored two in the sixth to tie it. But the rally ended with Tony Cruz — who drove in a run with a two-out double — getting thrown out at home by Jorge Soler trying to score on Brandon Moss’ RBI single to right.“I will be shocked if they’re not in the World Series or winning it,” Piscotty said. “They’re playing well. You got to tip your hat.”(ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more