Libya’s Recognised Government Launches Air Strike on Camp in Tripoli

first_imgLibya’s internationally recognised government conducted air strikes on a military camp on Saturday and attempted to hit the airport in Tripoli, the capital controlled by a rival administration, officials said.The attack came a day after the official government said it had launched a military offensive to “liberate” Tripoli, which has been seized by a group called Libya Dawn in August, reinstating a previous assembly.The recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and the elected parliament have been confined to eastern Libya since then but both administrations allied to armed factions fight for control four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.Saqer al-Joroushi, an eastern air force commander, said his aircraft hit the Mitiga airport in Tripoli and a camp used by Libya Dawn near another airport in the capital.A security source in Tripoli said the camp had apparently been hit while planes had missed the airport.Tripoli-based al-Nabaa television station said war planes had also hit the western Zuwara airport though there was no immediate confirmation for this.On Friday, U.N. Special Envoy Bernardino Leon said the military offensive threatened international efforts to reach agreement in the next few days on a unity government and lasting ceasefire.Western leaders say the U.N. talks are the only way to end the chaos in Libya where Islamist militants have gained ground.Both sides have attacked each other with war planes in the past few days. They face internal divisions and are dominated by former rebels who helped oust autocrat Muammar Gaddafi, but who now use their weapons to fight for territory.last_img read more

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Funeral services are Friday for Don Gumke

first_imgJAMESTOWN, N.D. – Funeral services for Don Gumke are at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Jamestown.  Friends may call at the Haut Funeral Home in Jamestown beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. that evening at the funeral home. The long-time driver, businessman and former Jamestown Speedway owner passed away last Tuesday in Somerton, Ariz. He was 66.last_img

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Area Basketball Scores (1-11)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresFriday  (1-11)Girls ScoresEast Central  39     Batesville  36Connersville  42     Franklin County  32Jac-Cen-Del  53     SW-Shelby  44Jennings County  76     Crothersville  39Boys ScoresRising Sun  55     Milan  39North Decatur  75     South Decatur  48SW-Hanover  79     Switz. County  51Conners  70     Lawrenceburg  33South Dearborn  77     Dayton  37Morristown  79     Rushville  67Shelbyville  76     Hauser  58Eastern Hancock  72     Waldron  31Brown County  41     SW-Shelby  39Trinity Lutheran  74     Shawe Memorial  45Shenndoah  68     Union County  51Jennings County  73     Crothersville  68New Albany  68     Madison  42last_img read more

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Severe respiratory illness among Indiana residents who reported vaping

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is investigating reports of 18 individuals with severe acute respiratory illness who reported recent vaping or dabbing (vaping marijuana oils, extracts, or concentrates). One is an out-of-state resident who was hospitalized in Indiana. These cases are similar to cases reported in other states. Nationally, approximately 150 possible cases of severe respiratory illness in individuals who report e-cigarette product use have now been reported in 15 states from June 28, 2019, to August 20, 2019. No deaths have been reported.Indiana cases range in age from 16 to 65 years (median age, 26), and 72% are male. This is an ongoing investigation, and the ISDH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other states responding to reports of similar cases.Patients experienced respiratory symptoms including: Cough Shortness of breath Chest pain Fatigue Fever Other symptoms included weight loss, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Chest X-ray (CXR) showed bilateral opacities, and chest CT imaging shows diffuse ground-glass opacities, often with subpleural sparing. These symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. All patients were placed on oxygen; mechanical ventilation has been reported in only a few of the Indiana cases. Evaluation for infectious etiologies (bacterial, viral, and fungal) was negative in all confirmed cases.The ISDH is requesting that healthcare providers who are seeing patients with unexpected serious respiratory illness and who report a history of inhalation drug use in the previous 90 days, particularly vaping, report these to their local health department (LHD) as soon as possible. LHDs who are alerted of suspect cases should notify the ISDH immediately.It is currently unknown what specific vape product(s) or chemicals may be linked to these illnesses, or where they were obtained. If the patient has vape product available and would be willing to submit for testing, please notify the ISDH to work out submission logistics.To report suspected cases, submit vape product, or for additional questions, please contact Sara Hallyburton, ISDH Respiratory Epidemiologist, at (317) 234-2809, or the ISDH Epidemiologist-on-Call after hours at (317) 233-1325. You may also contact the Indiana Poison Center at (800) 222-1222.last_img read more

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Arsenal announce half-yearly profits

first_img Press Association He added: “Our desire is to make everyone connected with Arsenal proud of the club. We know that comes through winning trophies but also through the way we do things and that will remain our constant guide.” The financial report states the that “profit on sale of player registrations amounted to £42.5million” – down from £63million in 2011 but still a cause of concern to those fans who believe Arsenal have not replaced players such as van Persie, and before him Cesc Fabregas, by those of similar quality. Hill-Wood, however, added in a statement: “Although we were disappointed to see Robin van Persie leave the club, we have taken steps to secure our best players going forward and have recently signed Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson to new long-term contracts. “During this financial period we also invested £40.9million in the acquisition of new players, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, and the extension of other player contracts. More recently we added Nacho Monreal to our ranks from Malaga.” Hill-Wood said that the Premier League club’s agreement to bring in financial fair play-style spending controls would help Arsenal. He said: “These new rules will be good for us, good for the Premier League and good for the game as a whole. “It is important that we maintain the quality and level of competition if the game is to continue being a compelling spectacle and we believe the introduction of tighter financial regulation will assist all clubs to compete while remaining financially responsible.” Arsenal’s football turnover dropped from £113.5million to £106million as a result of four fewer home fixtures compared to the same period last year. The report also confirmed an extended partnership with Emirates which will be worth up to £150million. The profit, achieved effectively by the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United, also accompanies an increased figure of £123.3million in cash reserves, up £7million. The figures are for the half year to the end of November 2012. Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood said: “Our ability to compete at the top of the game here and in Europe is underpinned by our financial performance which gives the club strength and independence.” center_img Arsenal have announced a profit of £17.8million in the club’s latest half-yearly results – figures that will increase pressure to provide more money for Arsene Wenger to spend on transfers.last_img read more

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McIlroy savours ‘incredible’ run

first_img McIlroy carded a closing 68 at Valhalla to finish 16 under par, one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson after a remarkable final day which finished in near-darkness with the lights blazing from the clubhouse behind the 18th green. Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson had been part of a three-way tie with Mickelson on the back nine but dropped shots on the closing stretch to finish two behind McIlroy. Press Association World number one Rory McIlroy was delighted to claim his second major in four weeks and a third win in succession after a thrilling, weather-affected climax to the US PGA Championship on Sunday. A torrential downpour which flooded the course and caused a delay of almost two hours meant it was a race against time to get play finished, so much so that Mickelson and Fowler stood aside on the 18th to allow the final group to tee off and play their approaches to the green. “It’s been just incredible,” McIlroy said. “I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I would have a summer like this. I just played the best golf in my life.” McIlroy, who won the 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA by eight shots and was six clear going into the final round of the Open at Royal Liverpool, added: “I gutted it out today, it was a little different to my previous major wins. I think I showed a lot of guts to get the job done. “I want to thank Phil and Rickie for letting us tee off, if they didn’t it would have been a struggle to finish. It showed a lot of sportsmanship and class from those two guys.” Asked if he considered not finishing the hole, McIlroy added: “No, I wanted to win this thing and get out of here! It was very tough with the bunker shot and the depth perception so I decided to just chunk it out there, take my two putts and run.” Mickelson did not appear happy with the decision to allow McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger to hit their approach shots to the 18th as he and Fowler stood aside, but added: “It didn’t affect the outcome I think. It’s not what we normally do but it’s not a big deal. “It’s a courteous thing to let the guys tee off in case they blow the horn. It gave everyone a chance to finish just in the nick of time.” As for a closing 66 which sealed his place on the US Ryder Cup team, Mickelson added: “It was fun to get back back in the mix and feel the pressure. I just ran out of steam after 12 holes. “I wasn’t really firing on all cylinders but making some key putts and had a nice round going. After that birdie on 11 I thought if I could get one or two more I would be right there and it was a costly bogey on 16 in the end. “I am disappointed in the outcome, if I could have finished the last five or six holes strong it could have flipped the way I feel about the whole year.” Fowler has now finished fifth, second, second and third in the year’s four majors but acknowledged today was the first real chance he had to win. “This is the first one that hurts,” Fowler said. “I played well to put myself in a good position and unfortunately just made a couple of bad swings on the back nine that put me in bad positions. “The performances in the majors is something I can be proud of but Rory has been a deserving champion every time. We will see if we can get one away from him at some point.” Stenson was left to rue a three-putt on the 14th, adding: “There were a lot of roars being thrown back and forth and a lot of birdies being made. It must have been a great championship to watch on television or out there. I was part of it. I’m happy with that. Gave it my best. “I was four shots back when we started today. It would have taken a back nine similar to my front nine, I guess, to pull it off. I just didn’t have it. I had one half of it, not two.” last_img read more

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Badgers ‘Eye up victory

first_imgSome nights, the shots just fall. That was exactly the kind of night Jolene Anderson had Sunday, as she helped lead the Badgers (18-8, 7-6 Big Ten) to a victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes (12-13, 4-8 Big Ten) at the Kohl Center.Anderson put on an offensive clinic, shooting 9-of-13 from the field, including an impressive 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, en route to tying her career-high with 29 points.”Jolene Anderson had a tremendous game,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “She shot the ball extremely well. She was in one of those zones that good shooters get into. We got to see it tonight, and it is very impressive when she shoots the ball that way.””She was terrific out there,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. “We really did a good job of finding her in transition.”Perhaps just as impressive as her point total was the timing of her baskets. After the Badgers jumped out to a 22-8 lead, Iowa began to rally. Anderson, however, had an answer to every Hawkeye run.Late in the first half, Anderson hit her second 3-pointer of the night, only to be answered by Iowa’s Lindsey Nyenhuis, who sank a 3 of her own. Not to be outdone, Anderson responded with yet another basket from beyond the arc the next trip down the court, giving UW a 10-point lead.”I think we lost track of her too many times in those situations,” Bluder said. “I’d get the ball to her hands too if she was on my team.”Although Wisconsin scored first and got out to an early lead, Iowa managed to stay close for the majority of the game. After trailing by as many as 14, the Hawkeyes cut the deficit to just two points late in the second half after forward Wendy Ausdemore hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key.With less than four minutes remaining in the game and Wisconsin only up by three, Anderson came up with a clutch 3-pointer to squelch an Iowa run. Less than a minute later, Anderson made another big play, stealing the ball at the point and drawing a foul on a fast break. Her two resulting free throws put the Badgers up by eight, a lead that the Hawkeyes could not overcome.”We answered every one of their runs, and that was key,” Stone said. “It’s a bend but not break type of attitude.”Seven players scored in double digits on the night, three Hawkeyes and four Badgers. Aside from Anderson, guard Janese Banks notched 17 points, forward Danielle Ward scored 15 and had four blocks, and point guard Rae Lin D’Alie added 12. D’Alie also set a career high with 11 assists, marking her first double-double. Ward nearly had a double-double as well, falling just one rebound shy.”Danielle Ward did a great job coming off the bench for them,” Bluder said. “Rebounding, blocked shots, she did a very nice job.””I’m very proud of our players,” Stone said. “When you’re looking for a third scorer and you come up with four, it’s certainly a credit to sharing the basketball out there.”Ausdemore led Iowa in scoring with a career-best 27 points to go along with a team-high five rebounds. Forward Nicole VanderPol added 15, and guard Kristi Smith scored 12 as well as five assists.”Wendy Ausdemore shot the ball well,” Bluder said. “Nicole, I thought, played extremely well coming off the bench and gave us a nice little spark, but we couldn’t answer their offense tonight.”As has been the trend as of late, Wisconsin dominated Iowa on the boards, out-rebounding the Hawkeyes 38-24. UW has grabbed more rebounds than their opponents in all but three contests this season.”I’m disappointed with the rebounding numbers,” Bluder said. “We gave up way too many offensive boards.”The Wisconsin win, coupled with Illinois’ loss to Ohio State, put the Badgers in fourth place in the Big Ten. As UW travels to Columbus on Thursday to take on the Buckeyes, they will surely be looking to make a statement.”You’re sitting fourth place by yourself, which is nice,” Stone said. “But we’re not finished yet. With three games to play, we want to make sure we continue to climb and play better.”last_img read more

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Next: After a 2-year progression in the background, Kris Joseph is ready to lead Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Among a mass of huddled reporters stands Kris Joseph. He’s now the center of attention, at the forefront of another basketball season at Syracuse. At the annual holiday that marks the start of the season — media day — Joseph, the 6-foot-7 junior forward from Montreal, is getting the superstar’s treatment. He fends off question after question, brushing off the notion that he has to replace his former roommate, Wes Johnson, as SU’s next great forward. Yet deep inside, he has been biding his time, waiting for an opportunity like this. ‘This is a big opportunity for me,’ Joseph says. ‘And I’ve been preparing.’ Overshadowed by veterans during his first two years on campus, Joseph is finally in a position to lead the Orange. Johnson, Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku are now gone, leaving Joseph with the keys to the car. It’s a big step for any player, even someone pegged for a breakout year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text He occasionally wipes the sweat from his brow in between questions. Early expectations are extremely high. Syracuse enters the season as the No. 10 team in the country despite losing three of its best players during the offseason. At least a portion of that is because of Joseph and the anticipation of just how good he can be. ‘This year it’s going to be a much more intense effort on him, and he’s ready for that,’ Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘I think he wants that challenge, and I think he’s fully capable, at this stage of his career, to be a go-to type of guy.’ Joseph’s ability to adapt to his new role could be the difference for Syracuse this season. Though the Orange returns three other key veterans, the spotlight will be on Joseph from the opening tip. Those close to him have seen the year-to-year progress. They see the leaps of development. And they have seen Joseph’s preparation for this opportunity. ‘Last year he started showing what he can do, and this year he’s going to let it all out and let everybody know what he’s capable of,’ said Johnson, now with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. ‘He’s very, very talented. ‘This is his year.’ A kid from Canada In 2006, word was spreading about this mysterious kid from Canada. An athletic forward who could handle, shoot and pass was joining the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, the most prestigious high school basketball league in Washington, D.C. Few had actually seen the kid play, which only added to the intrigue. ‘Everybody was talking about this kid from Canada and about how he could play,’ said former DeMatha Catholic High School guard Austin Freeman, now a senior at Georgetown. ‘We had no idea who he was.’ Looking to gain some exposure playing in a competitive league in the states, Joseph relocated from his hometown of Montreal to Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., prior to his junior year. With Montreal’s limited basketball scene, Joseph viewed the move as an opportunity to showcase his skills on a more recognizable stage. Before his first game in Archbishop Carroll’s green and gold, Joseph did some homework on his opponent. He found that the opposition featured two players who were headed to Georgetown the following year, including Freeman, a McDonald’s All-American. Here was an opportunity for Joseph to justify the hype. Within the first minute of his first game in his new surrounding, Joseph dropped two 3-pointers on DeMatha. Moments later, Joseph slammed home a pair of back-to-back dunks. In his first game, Joseph was dominating one of the area’s top teams. Freeman was finally getting his much-anticipated introduction. And the once-raucous DeMatha gym suddenly turned silent. ‘I looked around and everybody was just stunned,’ Joseph said. ‘It was like, ‘Who is this kid, why is he wearing a green jersey and why is he doing this to us?” DeMatha eventually prevailed. But the cat was out of the bag on Joseph. The performance was the platform he needed to introduce himself as a top-tier Division I prospect. Not long after, the scholarship offers started rolling in. Once Syracuse offered, it was all over. Joseph jumped at the opportunity to be closer to home and play for the team he grew up watching on television in Canada. ‘It takes a certain level of maturity for a kid to come from so far away to a totally different surrounding,’ said Clinton Perrow, Joseph’s head coach at Carroll. ‘He had that maturity about him and knew exactly where he wanted to go from Day 1.’ It’s that maturity and drive that has many thinking Joseph is ready to take the next step and emerge as one of the top players in the Big East this year. For that to happen, Joseph realized early on that he must continue to add to his game. To those around him, he has done just that. ‘He’s just gotten better every year I’ve known him,’ Freeman said. ‘That next step’ Joseph understood early on that he had to make adjustments to his game. As an admittedly overweight freshman at SU, Joseph played sparingly in Boeheim’s rotation. The players were much stronger than in high school. Faster, too. That first year at Syracuse was the ultimate learning experience. ‘I was still learning. It was just a lot different than what I had been used to in high school,’ Joseph said. ‘I knew I had to make adjustments.’ Every year Joseph seemingly adds a different dimension to his game. Returning for his sophomore year 20 pounds lighter, Joseph saw immediate returns on his hard work. He was voted the Big East’s top sixth man, averaging 10.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the field. ‘He came in as a freshman and didn’t play a lot but continued to get better, kept his head on straight,’ said former SU point guard Jonny Flynn, also now with the Timberwolves. ‘Since then, he’s done all the right things.’ What began with shedding some weight eventually turned into a nutritional overhaul. As that plan continued to evolve, Joseph began to develop routines that paved the way for him to continually progress as a player. Each step of the way, Joseph has added to his game here and there, and he cut out habits that have hindered his progression. ‘With Kris, you see the progression, you see the growth,’ Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said, ‘and you see him continue to get better and better.’ This summer, knowing he’d be called upon to fill a bigger role, Joseph took to the gym to hone the rest of his game. Specifically, he focused on improving his jump shot. With more scrutiny likely to come from opposing defenses, Joseph’s 22 percent clip from beyond the arc last season just wasn’t going to get it done. His summer was dedicated to reaching that next level. ‘I always want to improve. I never want to go backward in anything I do in life,’ Joseph said. ‘I wanted to go forward, and I have always known exactly what I had to do to take that next step.’ Over the past two years at Syracuse, Joseph has been slowly accumulating a variety of skills that haven’t yet been utilized. With Boeheim now giving him the green light, it’s finally time to see what has been hiding in what Flynn calls Joseph’s ‘shell.’ ‘This year is going to be such a great year for him because he finally gets to break out of that shell that has been sitting there for about two or three years,’ Flynn said. ‘I’m looking forward to him having a big year.’ ‘He can be one of the best players in the country’ Eventually, Nick Resavy stopped anticipating the 1 a.m. phone calls. After weeks of the same routine, Resavy, a junior walk-on, knew exactly where to meet Joseph late at night during the summer. The Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center is a 24-hour facility, and Joseph had to get his shots in one way or the other. He had to take that next step. ‘I told myself at the end of last year that I wanted to become a better shooter,’ Joseph said. ‘So as soon as the season was over and we took our little two-week break, I was back in the gym going hard every night.’ Last season, Joseph scored the majority of his points by slashing to the basket. It was a luxury he had with opposing defenses focusing on Johnson, Rautins and Onuaku. With the focus on Joseph this year, his primary goal this summer was improving his jumper. So late on most summer nights, Joseph would meet up with Resavy or a team manager who would rebound for him. The goal, on most nights, was to make 500 jumpers before heading home. Eventually, it became a routine. ‘Going into the summer, he knew he had to work extremely hard on his jump shot,’ SU assistant coach Rob Murphy said. ‘With the work he put in, I think we’re going to see an even more improved Kris Joseph this season.’ Joseph took a couple weeks off to attend the Kevin Durant Basketball Camp, where he mingled and worked out with some of the best college players in the country. Upon his return to Syracuse, it was back to the late-night regimen. This time, it was not only shooting a bevy of jumpers but also intensely working on his overall game. ‘When he really dedicates himself, he can be one of the best players in the country,’ Resavy said. ‘And I’m sure he knows that.’ Joseph had seen Johnson go No. 4 overall in the NBA Draft after having a big year at SU. On those long days, that served as further motivation when he just didn’t think he had anything left in him. And every step of the way, he had his former roommate constantly poking, prodding and motivating via text messages. When he was in town on Oct. 15 for an NBA preseason game, Johnson saw the evidence of what he considers ‘a much improved jump shot.’ ‘I just kept telling him to stay in the gym, stay working,’ Johnson said. ‘I was always in the gym, trying to drag him with me. So he’s now taking that to heart and texting me to let me know that he’s getting shots up and staying in the gym. I just tell him to keep at it. ‘There are no days off.’ ‘He’s ready’ Sitting with Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson next to Boeheim at a table inside Madison Square Garden for Big East media day, Joseph sees the media scrutiny again turn to him. By now he understands the expectations placed on him. He’s heard all about it for months, leading right up until Friday’s season opener. And no matter how much he attempts to deflect the attention, he’s the player under the microscope this season. He’s the anointed one. Like Flynn and Johnson before him, the torch has now been handed to Joseph. ‘There is always a guy that Boeheim will pick out to be that guy to lead the team,’ Flynn said. ‘And now that guy is Kris Joseph.’ He isn’t hoping to replace Johnson. He has made that very clear. Instead, he adds himself to the many who are ready to find out just how good Kris Joseph can be. And taking it from Boeheim himself, this year’s chosen one is up for the task. ‘He’s ready,’ Boeheim said. ‘He’s definitely ready.’ aljohn@syr.educenter_img Published on November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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AJ Long reportedly expects to redshirt sophomore season

first_imgRising sophomore quarterback AJ Long expects to redshirt this upcoming season, he told a group of reporters at Tuesday night’s media availability. News Channel 9’s Shannon Shepherd was the first to report it via Twitter.Long made his collegiate debut against then-No. 1 Florida State on Oct. 11 and threw two touchdowns, becoming the first true freshman in SU history to do that.In six total games in 2014, Long threw for 935 yards and ran for a net loss of four. SU only won one game during that time, a 30-7 victory over Wake Forest on Oct. 18.If Long is to redshirt, the Orange’s crop of quarterbacks would consist of rising senior Terrel Hunt, rising junior Austin Wilson, incoming freshman Eric Dungey and preferred walk-on Zack Mahoney. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on March 3, 2015 at 8:12 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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