Binghamton University holds annual debate tournament

first_imgStudents competed from their own rooms or from individual study rooms. 12 News spoke with a few students after they made the quarter finals who agreed that the event’s virtual format made for a unique experience. They debated various topics in teams, competing for a traveling quilt and a $1500 prize fund to be donated to a local non-profit to be decided by the winners at a later time. “Everything strategy-wise and just discussing how we’re going to approach the debate happens virtually, where we don’t have any face to face interaction, but we know our opponents have the same issues so it’s just another fun challenge,” said Dan Purgel, a participant in the debate. (WBNG) — Students at Binghamton University completed their annual debate tournament today, with the event going virtual for the first time this year.last_img read more

Hurst leads every lap in race to Quincy Deery checkers

first_img“I’ve always run good at Quincy. When I started running Late Models, it always seemed like I did pretty good, I’ve always been comfortable there.”  A caution with nine laps to go bunched the field back up and Hurst held off all challengers. Winner of Sunday’s $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was Nezworski.  Hurst became the sixth different winner in seven events so far this season.  “Of course,” he added, “it always helps to start up front like I did tonight.” Next on the IMCA Late Model tour schedule is a $2,000 to win event Saturday, Aug. 24 at West Liberty Raceway. Jeremiah Hurst led every time around the track in winning the Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at Quincy Raceway Sunday night. QUINCY, Ill. (Aug. 18) – There was no catching Jeremiah Hurst Sunday night, on a track he’s predictably run well at.  Jay Johnson made like a rocket in racing from ninth to third, with three-time Deery champion Mark Burgtorf returning to series action on his hometown track and joining him on the higher side.  “The track was rough in the heat race but they worked on it and it was about 10 times better in the feature,” Hurst said. “This was a good win. It definitely makes the ride home better.” Hurst led all 30 laps in winning the Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at Quincy Raceway. His career fourth IMCA Late Model tour victory was good for $2,000.  Boone Speedway hosts the 499th event in tour history on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2, opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. When bonus money is figured in, the Boone checkers will be worth as much as $3,500.  Feature results – 1. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa; 3. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa; 4. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa; 6. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa; 7. Curt Martin, Independence, Iowa; 8. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa; 9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa; 10. Matt Strassheim, Morning Sun, Iowa; 11. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa; 12. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa; 13. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa; 14. Ray Raker, Danville, Iowa; 15. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa; 16. Darin Weisinger, Mendon; 17. Sean Johnson, Independence, Iowa; 18. Mike Smith, Kellogg, Iowa. Pole starter Hurst and Matt Ryan, who made his way to second from sixth starting, made their way around the oval on the lower line.  Ryan, Johnson, Burgtorf and Andy Nezworski rounded out the top five.last_img read more

Women’s tennis gears up for crosstown rivalry match

first_imgFollowing a 7-0 sweep of San Diego State, the No. 22 USC women’s tennis team prepares for a matchup with its crosstown rival, No. 20 UCLA. The Bruins will come to Marks Stadium on Saturday for a noon tilt with the Trojans. The match, however, will not count toward Pac-12 play.But despite the fact that it doesn’t have direct conference implications, pride will be at stake, as is the case with any matchup between the Trojans and Bruins. The match has significant weight towards the annual Crosstown Cup, with the winner of Saturday’s match taking home 5 points (out of 10 allotted for the sport) for their school. USC has won the Crosstown Cup 10 out of the past 15 years, but the Trojans are currently trailing 45-35 to the Bruins. A win this weekend against their historic rival would help the Trojans’ cause significantly.The Bruins are led by freshman Ena Shibahara, currently ranked No. 3 in the ITA rankings, and No. 91 redshirt freshman Jada Hart. Both women have been selected as Pac-12 Player of the Week recently, with Hart getting the honor on Jan. 30 and Shibahara a week later on Feb. 6. The doubles team of Hart and Shibahara is currently ranked No. 12 in the country. The doubles team of Hart and junior Terry Fleming is also ranked at No. 38. Before their match with USC, UCLA will host Pepperdine on Friday in Westwood.The Trojans have time to wait and prepare for the Bruins. With a 7-0 sweep of San Diego State nearly two weeks ago, the Trojans improved their record to 3-1 on the season. Despite its win over the Aztecs, USC slipped from No. 18 to No. 22 in the ITA rankings. Junior Gabby Smith, went from unranked to the No. 25 singles player in the country. Smith, currently riding a nine-match win streak will look to keep the train rolling. Smith’s impressive run has included beating five ranked opponents. Other Trojans in the ITA top 100 include sophomore Jessica Failla (No. 61), senior Zoë Katz (No. 62) and junior Madison Westby (No. 82). In the ITA doubles rankings, the pair of Katz and Westby rose from the No. 27 to the No. 14 ranking. USC has two other ranked doubles teams including Katz and Smith (No. 47) and Failla and sophomore Rianna Valdes (No. 55).In a historically close matchup, USC has a slight lead over their rival Bruins with a 50-44 all-time record. In their last matchup with UCLA in April 2016, the Trojans defended their home court with a 4-1 win that sent USC to the Pac-12 Championship.Weather conditions on Friday led to a cancellation of USC’s matchup against No. 1 Florida, and the match will not be rescheduled. With 17 days between their win against San Diego State and their match against their rival from Westwood, the Trojans will be well rested, while the Bruins will have to recover quickly from their match on Friday.last_img read more

Over Alleged Breach of US$12,600 Contract Criminal Court issues Arrest Order for Flash…

first_imgCriminal Court ‘C,’ at the Temple of Justice last Monday ordered the arrest of Flash Point Consultancy boss, David E. Koitie, in a move to account for US$12,600.The money was for the execution of a contract number “MPW-SF-0008-06/10 “between the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and Flash Point, under which the company was required to engage, sensitize and confer with the general public for a better understanding of MPW’s programs and activities.However, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) claims that the work was not performed and the defendants diverted the money to their personal use.The arrest order was issued for Koitie and Jesefu Morris Keita, ex- director of Documentation and Communication of the MPW, following their indictment by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County on charges of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property and criminal conspiracy.It is not clear whether or not the men have been arrested and subsequently brought under the jurisdiction of the court.  Fortunately, the crimes are eligible for bail, and if they were to be arrested, their lawyers could pay twice the amount allegedly misapplied, which could immediately prevent the two defendents from being sent to jail while awaiting trial.The writ of arrest, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, quoted Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh’s instruction to the sheriff (court officer) which reads, “You are hereby commanded to arrest the living bodies of defendants charged with the crimes of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property and criminal conspiracy.”Justifying his order, Judge Gbeneweleh said, “It is based upon an indictment prepared against the defendants by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County.”In their indictment, the Grand Jury alleged that on May 1, 2010, a contract was entered into between MPW and the Flash Point with the understanding that Flash Point would execute the contract.They further alleged that between March 2010 and July 2010, defendants Keita then director for Documentation and Communication of MPW and David E. Koitie director of Flash Point, using their respective positions and authorities, took advantage of the contract and converted the money to their personal use.In the document, the jury further alleged that between March 2010 and July 2010, Keita as part of his responsibility was to select and recommend a qualified and competent institution to perform media consultancy for the ministry.Unfortunately, the court’s record said, Keita with criminal intent to defraud the government and people of Liberia, recommended Flash Point to the Management of the MPW to perform media consultancy work for the ministry, contrary to the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) law.“The proposal for the media consultancy contract was prepared on behalf of Flash Point Consultancy   by the Communication and Documentation department then headed and supervised by co-defendant, in total violation of the PPCC regulation and procedures for the procurement of services,” the document added.“The media consultancy did not have a business registration certificate to perform such services within the country,” adding, “Flash Point did not show valid evidence of the payment and or clearance to qualify for the award of the consultancy.”“There was no evidence to suggest that Flash Point Consultancy had the capacity and ability to perform the obligations under the contract,” the court record stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more