5th-graders accused of having sex during class

first_imgNEW ORLEANS – Five fifth-grade students face criminal charges after authorities said four of them had sex in front of other children in an unsupervised classroom and kept a classmate posted as a lookout for teachers. The students were arrested Tuesday at the Spearsville school in rural north Louisiana, authorities said. Two 11-year-old girls, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were charged with obscenity, a felony. An 11-year-old boy was charged with being an accessory as a lookout. “After 44 years of doing this work, nothing shocks me anymore,” said Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley. “But this comes pretty close.” Authorities said the incident happened March 27 at the school for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. About 15 fifth-graders were inadvertently sent to a classroom normally watched by a high school teacher who had gone to an assembly for older students. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Libya’s women footballers struggle on and off pitch

first_img0Shares0000The Libyan women’s football team faces the challenges of being in a conservative society where it is frowned upon to play sports in public © AFP / MAHMUD TURKIATRIPOLI, Libya, Apr 24 – Libya’s national women’s football team is not only struggling on the pitch but also battling a conservative society that frowns on women playing sports in public at all.Female athletes and women’s teams have many critics in the patriarchal Muslim country. “Go cover yourself!” “Your place is at home.” You’re playing because “you have no man to educate you” — such comments are hurled at players every time they train, said centre-forward Saida Saad.Like her teammates, she wears thick tights under her shorts so as not to reveal too much skin. But for some critics, that’s nowhere near enough.“For the love of sport, we resist,” said Saad, from the eastern city of Benghazi. “We are trying to change attitudes in society.”She joined her teammates for a training session in the capital Tripoli’s Sports City ahead of a two-leg African Cup qualifying match against Ethiopia earlier this month.– Challenges on –Libya’s women footballers often face comments such as “Go cover yourself!”, one of its players says © AFP / MAHMUD TURKIACoach Hassan Ferjani had modest ambitions for his team — getting them fit enough to last 90 minutes on the pitch.“Poor things, it’ll be the first time they play on a big field,” he said.Just a few days ahead of the match, only 10 players made it to the training session.Others, including some based in the United States, joined the team in Cairo — venue for the “home” match, as world football’s governing body, FIFA, does not allow internationals in strife-torn Libya — for the showdown with Ethiopia.They lost that match 8-0 and were thrashed 7-0 in the second leg in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, unable to notch up a single goal.“Regardless of the final score, they have made us proud as they have shown amazing resilience against both patriarchal culture & violent extremism. They deserve ALL support!” Zahra Langhi, a Libyan human rights activist, wrote on Twitter.With no women’s football league in Libya, players for the national team are selected at tournaments in schools across the country.And while training these young women to an international standard is a daunting challenge, in many cases the hardest part is convincing their families to let them play.Many parents of potential players flat-out forbid their daughters from taking part.Libya does not have a women’s football league so players for the national team are selected at school tournaments across the country © AFP / MAHMUD TURKIAOthers accept, on condition that they accompany their daughters on their travels. Ferjani said the team’s lack of resources means that is a tall order.Faced with these obstacles, the coach said he had come close to throwing in the towel.“What pushes me to continue is the will and the determination of the players who want to improve their level,” he said.But, he added, “the battle off the field is much more important”.– ‘Changing mentalities’ –“There are many girls with talent but were unjustly barred from playing football” because of social pressures, said Rasha Nouri, a veteran of Libya’s national team, dubbed the Knights of the Mediterranean.Training young Libyan women to play football to an international standard is a challenge but often the hardest part is convincing their parents to allow them to play at all © AFP / MAHMUD TURKIANouri, 25, said she initially faced “a lot of difficulties in this very conservative society”.After she was selected during a high school tournament, her parents encouraged her to take the sport further.“They challenged (society) alongside me and supported me,” she said.Having earned her coaching licence, she said she now hopes to train women’s youth teams and eventually start a national league.She also wants to “change mentalities via social networks and the media”, she said.Souad al-Shibani, head of women’s football at the Libyan Football Federation, told AFP the body plans to launch a programme to develop the sport, starting with a school football league for young women.“We will try to organise matches in schools every Saturday,” she said.Shibani said she was “optimistic” about the future of football in Libya because the younger generation was “more open and more enthusiastic”.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League set to use VAR from next season

first_img0Shares0000Spanish referee Sanchez Martinez checks the VAR screen before signaling a penalty kick against Real Madrid © AFP / Josep LAGOLondon, United Kingdom, Nov 15 – The Premier League is set to use the Video Assistant Referee system from next season after clubs “agreed in principle” to the move on Thursday.During a meeting attended by key members of all 20 Premier League clubs, officials were presented with an update on the non-live VAR trials taking place. They were also given “key learnings” from VAR’s use in the FA Cup and League Cup this season.VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where 335 incidents were checked by VAR officials, and is already underway in some other European leagues.A formal Premier League request will now be made to the International Football Association Board and FIFA, the world governing body.A statement from the Premier League said its testing programme would continue for the rest of the season, “with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently”.How VAR decisions are communicated to fans in the stadium will be addressed, with the development of a “clear protocol” to be established.– Praise –Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey praised the decision, telling BBC Radio Five Live: “I think it is a good thing. I know a lot of people are against it but we’ve got to embrace it now and move forward.“We’ve seen this season a number of incidences that have been called wrong, especially this weekend when there were a number of goals ruled out when they shouldn’t have been.“I think as long as we get the training and education right, and we get the right personnel, that’s the most important thing for me.“The referees will still want to go out and get the key match decisions right, it’s very important that referees are not hiding behind the VAR. They’re still going to be making these big calls correctly.”In April, Premier League clubs voted against the introduction of VAR for the 2018-19 season.But there have been growing calls from managers and players for VAR to be introduced into the English top-flight for several years.On Saturday, Southampton forward Charlie Austin called for VAR after he was denied a goal for offside against Watford, a decision he called a “joke”.Also last weekend, Slavisa Jokanovic, since sacked as Fulham manager, was furious after Aleksandar Mitrovic was denied a goal by a controversial offside decision, with Liverpool going straight down the other end to take the lead.VAR is used to check goals, penalties — both awarded and not — direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity when a player is wrongly booked or sent off.The referee has the information relayed through his earpiece by the VAR team.For some incidents, he can review the footage on a pitch-side television monitor before deciding whether to change his initial call.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Argentine star confirms he will not renew his Leicester contract for the coming season

first_img1 Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has confirmed he will not be renewing his contract with Leicester this season.The 34-year-old former Inter Milan tactician moved to the King Power Stadium last summer and was hugely influential as Nigel Pearson’s side staged a miraculous recovery to avoid relegation to the Championship.But, after Pearson was sacked by the club despite their escape, Cambiasso took to Facebook to confirm he will not be extending his stay, amid reports that he could sign for West Ham instead.“I would like to announce that I have decided not to renew my contract with Leicester City,” he said.“I have taken this decision only 24 hours after receiving the proposal from Leicester because I want to give the club as much time as possible to find an alternative.“I would like to thanks all the fans who last season made me feel proud to be part of a club with an unforgettable spirit and energy.“And a very special thanks to all my team mates, staff and every people of the club, with whom I have lived one of the most important years of my career, crowned with the remaining EPL status.“Many thanks to everyone, keeping you all for ever in my heart. Leicester City Football Club.”New Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri admitted earlier this week of his plea to the midfielder to stay, but it appears those words have fallen on deaf ears.He played 29 times in all competitions last season, scoring five goals. Esteban Cambiasso last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgSanta’s reindeer will also make an appearance, and children will be able to visit with them. The entire family will also be able to enjoy train rides. A craft area designed for children ages 3-11 will be set up. For $2, Santa Claus will be available for pictures with children eager to tell him their Christmas wishes. In addition, a variety of vendors will be selling unique and special holiday items. For information call (562) 863-4896. Tour historic holiday homes WHITTIER – The Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation is presenting the 2007 Holiday Home Tour featuring three unique historic homes decorated for the holidays. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today patrons will be able to view the homes, indulge in holiday shopping, view art for sale and savor hot chocolate, coffee and spiced cider. Tickets are $25 at the door of the first home on the tour. For information call (562) 464-3360. Bid for symphony soloists begins WHITTIER – Applications to participate in the Rio Hondo Symphony’s Young Artists Competition on Feb. 2 are now available. Categories accepted this year are voice and strings. The winners in each category will perform as soloists at the free finale of the symphony’s 75th Diamond Jubilee on April 13. Each winner will also receive a $1,500 cash prize; the runner-up in each category will receive a $500 cash prize. The contest is limited to the first 25 eligible musicians. String players through age 26 and vocalists through age 30 at the time of the contest are eligible. All contestants must be either California residents or students attending a California university, college or school, or studying with a private California music teacher. Applications must be submitted with a $50 nonrefundable fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope, postmarked no later than Jan. 4. To apply, visit www.riohondosymphony.org. For information or applications, call (562) 631-5262. Enter Christmas decoration contest SANTA FE SPRINGS – Join your neighbors in celebrating the holiday season and enter your home in this year’s Christmas Home Decorating Contest. The judging committee will tour the city at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. If you would like to enter your home in the contest, you can enter one of two ways. You can use the online entry form at www.santafesprings.org. by downloading and printing it and taking it to either the City Hall receptionist or the City Clerk’s Office. You can also pick up an entry form at either location. For information call the City Clerk’s Office at 868-0511, Ext. 7314. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – The sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station will hold its annual 10K Mug Run today. The event is open to the public and law enforcement. Sheriff’s officials said it promotes physical fitness plus lets the public and station personnel meet. Registration begins at 7 a.m. today and the run starts at 8 a.m. in front of the station at 6631 Passons Blvd. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt to all participants. Medals are awarded to the top three runners in each age group. Enjoy snow and tree lighting SANTA FE SPRINGS – Join the city of Santa Fe Springs at its Holiday Fest and Tree Lighting Ceremony from 3-8 p.m. today at the Town Center Green, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. There will be plenty of holiday activities to enjoy, including a winter play area with tons of real snow for children to build snowmen and experience winter life. last_img read more

CONFIRMED – Liverpool starlet Joao Teixeira quits Anfield to join Porto

first_img Joao Teixeira decided not to sign a new deal at Liverpool Liverpool midfielder Joao Teixeira has agreed to join Porto on a free transfer.The 23-year-old made just one Premier League appearance for the Reds last season and seven in all competitions.Liverpool had been willing to offer the Portuguese player a new contract, but he is opted to leave in search of first-team football.Porto have snapped up the playmaker on a free and he is delighted to have returned back to his home country.“I am very happy. It’s a dream for me to play in this great club,” Teixeira told Porto’s website:“I have aspired to wear this shirt because I was used to seeing FC Porto win over the years. I hope everything goes well and I want to give my best.” 1last_img

Chargers defeat Raiders again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week They have won four in a row over the Raiders for the first time since taking the first six meetings from 1960-62, when Davis was their defensive ends coach. Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer improved to 24-7 in his career against the Raiders. “Marty hates the Raiders. I don’t know why,” safety Terrence Kiel said. “He told us that last night. It’s something personal.” The Raiders, who had been competitive in their first three losses, regressed coming out of the bye week and struggled after losing Randy Moss with bruised ribs and a strained groin in the first quarter. Oakland committed penalties to extend San Diego’s first two touchdown drives, Kerry Collins was just 24 for 48 for 292 yards and threw his first interception of the season, and the Raiders had only 39 yards rushing. “You don’t feel good about anything when you played the way we played,” Raiders coach Norv Turner said. Tomlinson showed off his all-around skills with 140 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving. But his biggest thrill came from his 4-yard touchdown pass to Justin Peelle late in the second quarter. Oakland lost Moss late in the first quarter when Collins underthrew him on a deep pass. Moss leaped in between two defenders before falling awkwardly to the ground. Moss was attended to by trainers and limped off the field. He played only one more play the rest of the game, finishing with no catches. He underwent X-rays and his status for next week isn’t known. “When he left the game, it gave us more of an edge,” Merriman said. “They tried to hit us two times for big plays. When they finally figured out they weren’t going to beat us with 60- or 70-yard plays, they had to change their game.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “In the celebration in the end zone I said, ‘Superman, you can do it all,’ ” Brees said. “He can do a lot of things. Obviously, he had a big game today.” Tomlinson delivered another big performance against the Raiders (1-4) — he has 620 yards rushing in the last four meetings — to help San Diego (3-3) dominate this rivalry in a way they haven’t since Al Davis was on the Chargers’ side. center_img OAKLAND — Drew Brees might need to feel threatened about his job security. It’s not first-round pick Philip Rivers breathing down his neck, it’s star running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson threw his second touchdown pass of the season and added scores running and catching the ball in a performance for the record books to lead the San Diego Chargers to a 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. last_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins’ debut with Warriors: 10 things to watch

first_imgIt may not be surprising Green boasted to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors sideloine … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *LOS ANGELES – Is all hell about to break loose?Draymond Green believes so. After all, the Warriors (31-14) will add a fifth All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins against the Clippers (24-20) on Friday after spending nearly the past year rehabbing his left Achilles tendon.last_img

Emirates superjumbo sends business jet into a spin

first_imgA private jet was sent into an uncontrolled spin with both engines out after reportedly hitting wake turbulence from an Emirates Airbus A380 believed to be bound for Sydney, an authoritative accident website has reported.Several aboard the German-registered Canadair Challenger 604 jet were injured, one seriously, after the plane plummeted about 10,000 ft during the January 7, 2017, encounter over the Arabian Sea, according to The Aviation Herald website.The business jet was believed to be en-route to Abu Dhabi from the Maldives when the crew observed the A380 passing about 1000 ft overhead in the opposite direction.The Aviation Herald said the aircraft encountered wake turbulence one to two minutes after passing below the A380, which was flying at 35,000 ft and continued to Sydney without incident.It said information provided earlier this month was that the turbulence sent the aircraft into an uncontrolled roll that turned the aircraft at least three times, and possibly as many five times, and both engines flamed out.“The ram air turbine could not deploy, possibly as result of G-forces and structural stress, the aircraft lost about 10,000 feet until the crew was able to recover the aircraft exercising raw muscle force, restart the engines and divert to Muscat,’’ it said.While the website said it been unable to substantiate some of the details of the incident, it had confirmed it was being investigated by German authorities.Wake turbulence is generated as an aircraft passes through the air and is stronger with bigger aircraft. The most dangerous components are wing- tip vortices, horizontal twisters generated by the end of the wing that can persist for several minutes and tend to sink behind the aircraft.The Aviation Herald said air traffic controllers globally had been warned recently to exercise particular care with A380s passing over other traffic and pointed to several incidents involving very large aircraft in recent years.These included a September, 2012, incident involving a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 near Bali, a 2011 Incident involving an Air France A320 and an Emirates superjumbo near Frankfurt and a problem with a British Airways A320 and a Qantas A380 near Braunschweig, also in 2011.In a separate incident,  the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating a March 13, 2017, encounter with turbulence by a Qantas Boeing 737 that injured two crew members.The incident happened while the plane was at 24,000ft near the Australian capital of Canberra.”The flight crew turned on the seat belt sign and while returning to their seats one cabin crew member sustained a serious injury and one cabin crew member sustained a minor injury,’’ the ATSB said. “The flight crew, other cabin crew and passengers were not injured and the aircraft was not damaged.”last_img read more

Positive growth to resume: SARB

first_imgDomestic inflation “By adopting a forward-looking flexible approach, the MPC was able to provide some stimulus to the slowing economy, while maintaining the focus on its price stability objective,” the Reserve Bank said. The global recovery would also be dependent to a certain extent on the recovery of consumption expenditure in advanced economies. Domestic inflation has also responded to the weak demand conditions, and the inflation rate has reached a level marginally above the inflation target range, the Bank said. 19 November 2009 The Bank noted that the recovery was not expected to be smooth across all countries and regions, adding that a number of risks still persisted. South Africa’s interest rate has been cut by 500 basis points since December 2008. At its last meeting for the year, held earlier this week, Governor Gill Marcus said that the Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) had decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at seven percent, leaving SA’s prime interest rate at 10.5%. South Africa’s recovery from the global economic downturn appears to be lagging, says the South African Reserve Bank, while adding that there are convincing signs that the low point of the current growth cycle has been reached and that positive growth will be recorded for the fourth quarter of 2009.center_img According to the Reserve Bank, the global inflation environment remains benign, with wide output gaps as well as lower commodity prices contributing to this outcome. “However, the domestic recovery is expected to be hesitant, driven by the inventory cycle and fixed investment projects,” the Bank says in its November Policy Review, released on Wednesday. “Consumption expenditure is expected to take a while longer to recover.” The global recovery has already been reflected in an improved export performance in the past months. “Even though some risks to the inflation outlook remain, the current monetary policy stance is deemed adequate to moderate inflation further to within the target range, while simultaneously allowing for the resumption of a positive growth trajectory.” Improved export performance Source: BuaNewslast_img read more