Division II school Grand Valley State has suspended recently hired offensive coordinator Morris Berger after he made a controversial comment regarding Adolf Hitler in an interview conducted with the school’s student newspaper.Lanthorn sports editor Kellen Voss asked Berger with which three historical figures Berger would like to eat dinner. “This is probably not going to get a good review, but I’m going to say Adolf Hitler,” Berger told the Lanthorn. “It was obviously very sad and he had bad motives, but the way he was able to lead was second-to-none. How he rallied a group and a following, I want to know how he did that. Bad intentions of course, but you can’t deny he wasn’t a great leader.”MORE: Composite top 25 college football rankings for 2020 Moss added John F. Kennedy and Christopher Columbus as his second and third options.GVSU announced on Monday that Berger would be suspended pending a “thorough investigation.””The comments made by Offensive Coordinator Morris Berger, as reported in The Lanthorn student newspaper, do not reflect the values of Grand Valley State University,” the statement read. “Berger has been suspended and the university is conducting a thorough investigation.”
MASON CITY — A Mason City man is under arrest, being accused of a vandalism spree throughout the community. The Mason City Police Department says they arrested 36-year-old Bill Grouette Junior on Sunday and charged him with second-degree criminal mischief. Police say Grouette is suspected of spray painting and writing on the walls and windows of various businesses in the downtown area during the month of August. Grouette remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $5000 bond. Second-degree criminal mischief is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Police are encouraging any businesses or property owners who believe their property may have been damaged to report it to the Police Department.
JOHNSTON — The Iowa businesses that Governor Kim Reynolds ordered to close last month must remain closed during the month of April.“I am also ordering that school closures are extended through April 30th,” she said Thursday afternoon at her daily news conference. “Keeping Iowa students out of classrooms is a very difficult decision — but it remains necessary for now.”Schools, by law, will have to make up classes missed after April 12th unless they come up with plans to conduct classes online or by distributing, collecting and grading paper copies of homework.“At this time I am not ordering schools to close for the remainder of the school year,” Reynolds said. “…That said, it is also important that Iowa schools do their part to provide continuous learning opportunities for their students and so many school districts have already taken the initiative to do just this.”School districts must submit their plans for virtual learning — or plans for summer school — to the state by Friday, April 10.“There are a number of ways that schools can continue to engage students during this time and it’s each district’s responsibility to do so,” Reynolds said. Ann LeboIowa Department of Education director Ann Lebo said schools may submit different plans for different grade levels.“The recommendation to close schools through April 30th was not made lightly and we know the challenges that this decision puts on our schools and families,” Lebo said. “During these unprecedented times, we remain focused on supporting our schools, families and community partners to ensure Iowa learners are safe healthy, engaged and prepared.”Lebo said state officials understand that uniform, consistent access to WiFi is a barrier for online classes in some districts.“We are working with Governor Reynolds, Iowa’s AEAs and other partners to coordinate efforts so resources are in place,” Lebo said.The governor praised Lebo and others for taking steps to “re-imagine” how schools may function during this difficult time.“It’s really important that we continue to engage students regardless of these extraordinary circumstances,” Reynolds said.Legislative leaders also announced this afternoon that the 2020 legislative session would remain suspended through April 30. Lawmakers in mid-March had suspended the session until April 13. The 20-member Legislative Council will convene sometime next week by telephone or video to conduct pressing business.
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DR Herb Elliott, a Jamaican former member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-doping Panel, has come out in staunch defence of the beleaguered organisation following the latest series of allegations of mishandling of doping matters. The IAAF announced yesterday that it had started disciplinary proceedings against 28 athletes who had returned adverse findings stemming from reanalysis of samples taken during the 2005 Helsinki and 2007 Osaka World Championships. The announcement came just over a week after British newspaper, The Sunday Times, and German broadcaster, ARD/WDR, published a report saying it had gained access to 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes with the results showing “the extraordinary extent of cheating by athletes at the world’s most prestigious events”. However, Elliott, who sat on the IAAF’s doping panel for 16 years, including during the period in question, suggested that many of the findings would be from African athletes and that the retests would prove nothing. “They will find nothing,” said Elliott. “They will find unusual blood types, but this doesn’t indicate that anybody was doping. They have been after the Kenyans for a while. They will try to go after the Ethiopians, too.” Elliott said that like many Caribbean people of African descent, many Africans carried sickle-cell trait, which could account for some of the unusual findings. “There are some technical details that came up, and we went to a lot of people who are haematologists. Many Africans, like Jamaicans, have sickle-cell trait. The blood pool in Africa is not as straight as the European one. You will find that there are problems. It doesn’t mean that they are doping it means you have haemoglobin that looks funny. You can say it looks funny, but to say they are doping, you have to prove that it’s doping.” Elliott added that the panel did not conduct tests themselves, but they agreed with the findings of the lab. “We agreed with it because of what we knew,” said Elliott. “The IAAF has been one of the most vigilant people in regards to doping and for dope-testing it has led the fight more than any other organisation,” he added. He also noted that Italians, a people of southern Europe, also had a blood condition which caused some of their blood tests to also show up unusual findings. The condition – thalassemia – is defined by the United States National Library of Medicine as “a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form of haemoglobin.” It added that haemoglobin carries oxygen in the blood, while the “disorder results in large numbers of red blood cells being destroyed, which leads to anaemia”. “These things were released five years ago,” Elliott argued. “I don’t know why now they go and resurrect them.” On Monday, a group of athletes, led by German Olympic discus champ, Robert Harting, criticised the IAAF and accused it of betraying and damaging the sport. “Dear IAAF, we cannot trust you any more, you damaged our sport, we have to act now,” Harting said in a video. “The IAAF was surprised and extremely saddened by statements made by representatives of the London Marathon,” the IAAF said in response. “This statement manages to be both outrageous and insulting at the same time.” Incidentally, Harting withdrew from this month’s World Championships in Beijing yesterday, citing a knee ligament injury from which he had failed to fully recover. blood condition
DUBAI, UAE (CMC): Cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), launched its official women’s team rankings yesterday, with West Indies installed at number five in the table. The rankings will be based on a multi-format system, incorporating results from all three forms of the game. According to the ICC, Tests, one-day internationals (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) will be treated equally, with rankings points available from every international game. Rankings will be based on results of the last three to four years, with the first two years being counted at only 50 per cent. Results between October 2012 and September last year have been also counted at 50 per cent, while results since October last year will be counted at 100 per cent. As expected, Australia top the rankings with 134 points, with England lying second on 124 points. New Zealand are third on 109, India fourth with 105, while the Windies are close behind on 99 points. The top eight are rounded out by sixth-placed South Africa (92), seventh-placed Pakistan (81), and Sri Lanka on 74 points. “The launch of ICC women’s team rankings is part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to investing, incentivising, promoting and publicising women’s cricket, which has already started to drive substantial increase in public interest and participation as well as a marked improvement in the standard of the international game,” the ICC said in a statement. West Indies will have a chance to improve their ranking when they face Pakistan in four ODIs and three T20s in St Lucia and Grenada later this month, and when they head to a South Africa for a similar series starting in late February. The regional side will face the Proteas in three ODIs from February 25-29 and in three T20s from March 4-9.
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Costco stores are warning their customers that some of their products may be contaminated the Listeria virus. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Costco Wholesale Canada issued a joint press release today warning that some of Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand platters may carry Listeria monocytogenes. The platters contain a deli meat recalled by Maple Leaf foods. Costco has issued a voluntary recall of any Kirkland Signature Croissant Platter and Kirkland Signature Meat and Cheese Platter products with best before dates up to and including August 29th. The affected products were sold at Costco stores nationwide. No illnesses have been reported as a result of eating the products. Costco is in the process of contacting members who purchased the platters from its stores.- Advertisement –
Ahead of the upcoming Guyana Open Golf tournament, local pros will get ideal preparation in the rivalry between Guiana Shield countries, which is slated to run on October 6-7th in Suriname. Twenty-two of Guyana’s best are set to wing out to Suriname to participate in this tournament.Guyana will be hosting its major tournament of the year on November 3-4, followed by French Guiana completing the tour on November 10-11.The Lusignan Golf Club has a proud history of sending its best players to represent Guyana; and this year is no different, as the selected 22 players will take their talents to Suriname in the hope of bringing home as many honours as possible.In the ‘A’ Division, current 8-time Guyana Open Champion Avinash Persaud will be joined by a seasoned bunch that would include Munaf Arjune, Kalyan Tiwari,Avinash PersaudAlfred Mentore and Club President Aleem Hussain.The ‘B’ Division will feature another crop of pros, namely Pur Persaud, Max Persaud, Lakeram Ramsundar (Panko), Videsh Persaud, Brian Hackett, Patrick Prasad, Jax Harry, Aasroodeen Shaw, Jerome Khan, Paton George, and John Tracey.Former Guyana Open Women’s champions Joann Deo and Shanella Webster will represent the female team.The ‘C’ Division would be represented by ANSA McAL executive Troy Cadogan, Dino Bissessar, Dr Philbert London and Eon Blue.The Suriname tournament is an invitational event, whereas the Guyana Open is the grandest of all events, as 100 players from more than 12 countries are expected to show up in attempting to wrest the title from Guyanese hands.Several major companies have already expressed support for the Guyana Open, among which are Builders Lumber Yard, Giftland OfficeMax, Banks DIH, ANSA McAL, Kissoon’s Furniture, AR Printery, DDL El Dorado, 2017 main sponsor Ganesh Parts, Assuria General, Hand-in Hand Mutual, Chetsons, Foodtown Restaurant, New Trend Auto, and Trans Guyana Airways/Baganara Resorts.It is expected that more than 65 companies would support the Guyana Open tournament, and fans would be eligible to win more than $500,000 in giveaways on tournament days.The activities kick off next weekend at the Giftland Mall, where persons will have a chance to try their hand at pulling to win free tickets and beverages courtesy of Banks DIH, or simply by shopping at any Giftland Mall store.