Israel’s ex-PM begins jail term for bribery

first_imgFormer Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has begun a 19-month jail sentence, becoming the first former PM to go to prison.Olmert was handed a six-year sentence in 2014 after being convicted of bribery charges relating to his time as Mayor of Jerusalem.The sentence was reduced to 18 months in December 2015, but an extra month was added last week for obstruction of justice.Olmert was Israel’s Prime Minister from 2006 to 2009.In March 2014 he was found guilty of accepting, while he was Mayor of Jerusalem, a $129,000 bribe from developers of one real estate project and a $15,000 bribe in connection with another.The Supreme Court however subsequently cleared him of the charge of accepting the $129,000 bribe and reduced his sentence to 18 months.On 10 February, the court rejected key part of a plea bargain and added one month on to Olmert’s sentence after he admitted attempting to persuade his former secretary not to testify against him.The Supreme Court is yet to rule on an appeal by Olmert against an eight-month prison sentence he was handed last year after being convicted of fraud and breach of trust for accepting illegal payments from an American businessman.He will serve the sentence at Maasiyahu prison in the central Israeli town of Ramle.last_img read more

St. Vincent de Paul drive benefits Farmington Schools families

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Public Schools and St. Vincent de Paul have partnered again to collect clothing and shoe donations that will ultimately benefit district families in need.Large bins have been placed at the Farmington Public Schools Schulman Administration Building, 32500 Shiawassee in Farmington. After the drive ends on Sunday, October 21, St. Vincent de Paul provides the school district with gift cards to its store in Keego Harbor, which are then distributed to Farmington Public Schools families.Donation slips can be found within the self-serve donation bins. Large items cannot be accepted at this location. If you have a large item to donate, please call 1-877-788-4623 or visit to schedule a pick up.St Vincent de Paul helps more than 300,000 people each year by providing food, shelter, utility assistance and more to those in need. The charity’s dental clinic, summer camp, thrift stores and donation centers, and nutrition center support long term strategic efforts to eliminate poverty and suffering in the community. Reported bylast_img read more

PFL: Bedic’s lone goal powers Kaya vs Global

first_imgKaya had early chances on the goal early courtesy of Connor Tacagni, Arnel Amita Masanari Omura and Bedic but all their attempts were blocked by the tight defense of Casas.The Iloilo-based team continued to attack the defense of Casas just before the halftime break with close-range attempts from Tacagni, Eric Giganto and Miguel Tanton, but could not find its way to the goal.Global also had opportunities to score in the second half but Kaya’s reserve goalkeeper Zach Banzon was on point to block the shots. Kaya finally scored one in the 86th minute when Bedic caught Casas’ defense down.“We are happy to end the league on a high note. I am also glad with the performance of our players, including those who rarely played. This is a good preparation for the Cup conference,” said Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida.This was Kaya’s fourth win in five encounters with fellow Visayas squad Global this conference./PN Jovin Bedic (right) scored in the 86th minute and handed Kaya FC Iloilo the victory as they solidified their No. 2 standing in the 2018 Philippines Football League. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN MANILA – Kaya Iloilo ended its campaign in the 2018 Philippines Football League on a winning note.Jovin Bedic came up with a game-winning goal for Kaya to escape with a 1-0 victory over Global Cebu during their match on Saturday.The Ilonggo struck one over the defense of Global’s goalkeeper Louie Casas with just four minutes remaining at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.Kaya finished the season on second place with 49 points on 15 wins, four draws and six losses while Global got stuck on last place with 5 points on one win, two draw and 20 losses.last_img read more

Browns Play-By-Play Man Jim Donovan: Effort vs Steelers was ‘Sad’

first_imgBrowns play-by-play man Jim Donovan had some rather sobering yet truthful words about the Browns latest effort in Pittsburgh Sunday, calling the effort ‘sad’ and stating how the fan base deserves better from the team they fought so hard to get back in 1995. Matt Loede Related TopicsBrownsJim Donovancenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Watch: Highlights Tell the Story of Cavs 112-103 Win Over Pesky Hornets

first_img Matt Medley The Cavaliers returned to Cleveland for a Sunday afternoon match with the Charlotte Hornets, who entered play with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.Kyrie Irving was ruled out for the game with an ankle sprain, but the rest of the bunch did their jobs, holding off the Hornets 112-103, thanks to 83 combined points from the trio of LeBron James, Kevin Love, and J.R. Smith.Charlotte showed they can hold their own with the top dogs in the East right from the start, as the Hornets jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the first four minutes, but Cleveland went on a 9-3 run. Some beautiful ball movement was on display, as Timofey Mozgov found Kevin Love in the corner for a three to take the lead.The Cavs would build that lead up to many as 11, only allowing five points in the last six minutes of the quarter, and took a 29-19 lead into the second quarter.Iman Shumpert got the second quarter off to a good start, driving to the hoop and throwing down a two-handed jam, showing off his Shumpman-hops to make it 31-19 in favor of Cleveland.Cleveland kept a comfortable lead for much of the quarter, increasing the margin to 21, which prompted Charlotte to take a timeout with 5:09 left in the half.The timeout seemed to work for the Hornets, who ended the half by outscoring Cleveland 15-10 in the final five minutes.The Cavs would enter halftime leading 58-42.LeBron and Love picked up the slack with Irving sidelined, as LeBron led the way with 16 points in the first half, while Love scored 13.For the Hornets, Marvin Williams led the way with 15 points in the first half.Cleveland made sure to come out of the gate with energy to start the second half, as J.R. Smith increased the lead back up to 21, knocking down an easy three-pointer with 10:11 left in the third.The Hornets would not give up, as Kemba Walker cut it to a 14-point game with 7:06 to play in the third quarter, prompting Tyronn Lue to take a timeout to remind his Cavs what can happen when they start to let off the gas pedal.Courtney Lee followed up Walker’s three with another triple to make it an 11-point game, but Love banked a nice shot off the glass to end the run.Walker was a one-man wrecking crew after that, scoring five straight points to make it 71-63 with 4:14 left, as he converted a difficult layup and drew the foul, after grabbing a steal. Thankfully for the Cavs, Smith hit two three-pointers in a 40-second time frame, getting the lead up to 12. Smith was the one bright spot for much of the third quarter for Cleveland, as he hit yet another jumper from downtown with 1:32 left in the quarter.Smith scored 12 points in the third quarter, helping the Cavs stay in front 86-71 heading into the fourth.Charlotte kept it somewhat interesting at the start of the fourth quarter, but LeBron took momentum away with a layup, drawing a foul and making the free throw to convert the three-point play.Charlotte would get it back to an eight-point game with 8:03 to play after two free throws from Walker and four points from Jeremy Lin.Former Cavalier Spencer Hawes cut the deficit down to seven, but Love hit a clutch three-pointer to make it 94-84 with 6:07 remaining.Charlotte was able to claw back and make it a four-point game, after Courtney Lee knocked down a three, and Love fouled Lin, giving the Hornets a free throw to go with the made three.Smith responded with his fifth three-pointer of the game. Love knocked down his fifth three-pointer to get it back to a nine-point game with 2:46 to go. The duo of Love and Smith came through in the clutch time after time on Sunday.Williams hit a big three for Charlotte, but LeBron took a lob from Matthew Dellavedova and thundered it home to respond with 2:09 to play.It was Delly’s eighth assist of the night.The Cavs would hold off the Hornets for the next two minutes, hanging on to win 112-103.LeBron finished with 31 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds.Love put up 25 points, grabbing nine rebounds.Smith shot 6-for-9 from beyond the arc, scoring 27 points, which tied his season-high.Walker and Williams did most of the work for Charlotte, as Kemba scored 29 points and Williams put up 22.The Cavs are off until Tuesday when they take on the Bucks in Milwaukee. Tip-off is set for 8 PM Eastern. Related TopicsCavsCharlotte HornetsCleveland CavaliersJ.R. SmithKemba WalkerKevin LoveKyrie IrvingLebron JamesNBAcenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

Macht highlights first day at NCAA Championships for UWF swimming

first_imgMacht highlights first day at NCAA Championships for UWF swimming Share GENEVA, Ohio – Anna-Marie Macht (Markkleeberg, Germany/Darton State) finished first in the consolation final of the 200 IM to highlight the first day of the NCAA Division II Championships for the West Florida women’s swimming and diving team at the SPIRE Institute on Wednesday. The Argonauts finished the first day 21st in the team standings.Macht and Peggy de Villiers (Somerset West, South Africa/Drury) each qualified for the consolation finals of their individual events during the morning prelims on Wednesday. Macht’s time of 2:04.21 in the 200 IM ranked her 10th in the prelims, and she swam a time of 2:03.73 to win the consolation final. Her time was the second fastest in school history, and her first place finish in the consolation round earned the first nine points for UWF at the NCAA nationals in school history.In the 50 Free prelims, de Villiers swam a time of 23.46 to rank 11th and advance to the consolation final. She then placed sixth with a time of 23.44 in the consolation final, earning 3.5 points for UWF.“We’re pleased to be here at the NCAA Championships,” said UWF head coach Andrew Hancock. “We had great swims from Anna-Marie and Peggy to score us points in the meet. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. We had great swimming from our girls to start the meet, and I’m particularly pleased to see Anna-Marie win that consolation final. We’re looking forward to some fun days of swimming coming up.”Emily Mitchell (Allen Park, Mich./Darton State) and Carla Robles (Miami, Fla./Coral Reef HS) competed in the 50 Free prelim as well. Mitchell posted a time of 24.37 to finish 49th in the prelim, and Robles was just behind in 54th with a time of 24.49.The Argos also competed in the 200 Medley Relay prelim and finished 17th, just outside the group advancing to the consolation final. The team of Mitchell, Macht, de Villiers and Robles swam a time of 1:45.43, marking the school’s second fastest time in the event.Day two at the championships will start Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visit Swimming and Diving Championships Team Standings (through Wednesday) 1. Wayne State                       120 2. Drury                           114.5 3. Queens (Nc)                        83 4. West Chester                       74 5. Bridgeport                         60 6. Clarion                            42 7. Grand Valley                       39 8. Nmu                                38 9. Florida Southern                   37 9. Alaska Fairbanks                   3711. Cal Baptist                        3412. Ucsd                               2913. Lindenwood                         2814. Wingate                            2715. Liu Post                           2316. Iup                                1817. Colorado Mesa                      1417. Csu East Bay                       1419. Simon Fraser                       1319. Ashland                            1321. West Florida                     12.522. Bentley University                 1223. Limestone                        11.523. Hillsdale                        11.525. Delta State                         625. St. Cloud State                     627. Southern Conn                       528. Lynn                                429. Minnesota State Univ Moorhead       229. Findlay                             2NCAA Championships Live ResultsPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

All the way up – 7ft 2 in Jamaican basketballer earns high praise for play in NCAA Division One

first_imgWhen Romaro Gill first picked up basketball, he had no idea that the passion instilled in him would take him towards success at the collegiate level or being compared to an NBA legend. The 25-year-old centre has played a key role for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division One outfit Seton Hall University in his senior year. The Seton Hall Pirates lead the Big East Conference heading into their final regular season games and are projected to qualify for the NCAA men’s tournament as a high seed. Gill, who hails from St Thomas, has emerged as one of the top defenders in the conference, leading the way with 90 blocks, averaging 3.5 blocks per game this season. He has earned praise for his play, mostly significantly from basketball Hall of Famer and Georgetown University head coach Patrick Ewing. Jamaican-born Ewing compared his play to another Hall of Famer, Dikembe Mutombo. When he heard the comparison, he was humbled at the recognition. “When I heard the comment and I saw it on the Internet I felt honoured. Especially from someone like Patrick Ewing and to be compared to Dikembe I mean, that’s an all-time great player,” he told The Gleaner. “So for a person like me so early in my career to be compared to someone of that calibre, it’s a great thing and a great honour and that kind of motivates me to go harder and try to accomplish what I want.” Opportunity He was introduced to the game as a fifth form student at St Thomas Technical High. He participated at a basketball camp at Camperdown High in 2013 where he caught the attention of scout Michael Minto who helped get him the opportunity to go to college in the United States. Gill’s rise since then has even surprised the player himself. “I just had a passion for it. I never really thought that I would make it this far. I never thought that I would even get a scholarship to come over here,” he said. “But these guys saw potential in me and they gave me the opportunity and I came over there and made the best of it.” The seven feet two inches Gill left in 2015 for Vincennes University in Indiana and spent two years there before joining Seton Hall in 2017. Since then he has improved his game not only on defence but contributing on offence this season. He attributes this to a renewed belief in his abilities. “I just think that I have developed more confidence in myself to go out there and do it. At the beginning of the Big East Conference and after scoring 17 points in a game against Georgetown, it just boosted my confidence level so after that I wasn’t scared to go out there and dominate,” he said. Although he is focused on ensuring a successful end to his college career with Seton Hall, Gill has aspirations of making it to the NBA. Gill says that for players locally who want to take their game to the next level they must have the right mindset to learn and grow. “If you come over here with a growth mindset and you are willing to learn and willing to take in what the coaches tell you will go a long way,” he said.last_img read more

East Coast Crime Prevention programme picking up pace through sports

first_imgTHE crime prevention programme for the East Coast of Demerara is picking up steam following the donation of several sporting articles by Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper.Commander Cooper, in charge of the C-Division recently donated a quantity of balls to the Victoria Youth Club in an attempt to ensure that the youths have an afternoon activity as a deterrent from crime and delinquency.Cooper told Chronicle Sport, “We (the police) want to let them know crime is not the way, so on the part of the police we try to organise sporting activities and social programmes to have them meaningfully engaged.”He continued, “We stayed with Victoria Youth Club where we donated several footballs to them. We plan to do the same distribution to the other villages on the East Coast.”He noted that the initiative will be spread to several other venues along the corridor.Over the years, the Guyana Police Force has been using sport as an avenue to address crime and delinquency in several communities across the country.Cricket and football matches as well as community outreach programmes are also methods through which the GPF hopes to foster developmental ties between citizens and the Force.last_img read more


first_imgBowlers give Aurora easy winAURORA Secondary School bowlers produced a disciplined bowling effort to defeat Cotton Field Secondary School by 40 runs in the latest game in the 2017/2018 Guyana Cricket Board/Demerara Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited/National Sport Commission/National Secondary Schools Cricket League.Played at Imam Bacchus ground on the Essequibo Coast, Aurora Secondary won the toss and elected to bat.However, they found Cotton Field’s bowling a bit difficult to negotiate, and throttled to 76-4 off their allotted overs. Fosto Campbell notched 21, while Jerrold Stoll, Orin Gibson and Mahendra Basdeo scored 17, 11 and 10 respectively. Bowling for Cotton Field, Cesus Charles grabbed 3-15.Cotton Field then appeared very tardy in their reply, as several batsmen lacked planning and coordinated tactics. They eventually reached 36-8.Aurora’s leading bowler, Tackoor Sankar capitalised on Cotton Field’s inept batting approach, to end with brilliant figures of 5-4. The other wicket-takers for Aurora, were Fosto Campbell and Mahendra Basdeo, with one wicket each.last_img read more