US church counselling session turns deadly

first_img Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint US church counselling session turns deadly by: Associated Free Press – October 15, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Word of Life Church (Photo: cnn.com)NEW YORK, United States (AFP) – A spiritual counselling session turned deadly at a church in New York state this week, when a teenager was beaten to death and his brother left with serious injuries.The boys’ parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard – aged 65 and 59 – each face a felony charge of manslaughter in the first degree, the New Hartford Police Department said.Four other members of the so-called Word of Life Church were also arrested, and charged with second-degree assault.“Both brothers were continually subjected to physical punishment over the course of several hours, in hopes that each would confess to prior sins and ask for forgiveness,” police chief Michael Inserra said Wednesday.The nature of the alleged sins was unclear, but both brothers suffered “blunt force trauma” to their bodies due to the assault, according to police.Lucas Leonard, 19, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Monday after church members brought him there. Hours later, his 17-year-old brother Christopher was found at the church.The younger brother was now being treated at hospital for his injuries and was in “serious” condition, according to police.“It took us hours to find Christopher,” Inserra said. “Family members, to be quite honest, were reluctant to share the information.”More arrests are expected in the case.“We’re not alleging they intended to kill their son,” Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said at a news conference. “We’re just alleging they were trying to seriously hurt their son, and ultimately he died from his injuries.”Neighbours told Syracuse.com that the church was a “cult” and its members could often be heard singing chants in the dead of the night in the building, which previously housed a school. 82 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Cricket News Shikhar Dhawan creates world record, beats Virat Kohli’s mark in Twenty20 International versus Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan stole the show with an amazing exhibition of hitting during the first Twenty20 International against Australia in Brisbane on Wednesday. The left-hander’s 76 off 42 balls was his ninth fifty in this format and it included 10 fours and two sixes but Virat Kohli’s team lost the match by four runs to trail 0-1 in the three-match series. During the course of his knock, however, Dhawan created history and broke a record long held by Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Dhawan, on 69, became the leading run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals in a calendar year overtaking Kohli’s mark.Read More | Australia survive Shikhar Dhawan blitz to clinch Brisbane T20IDhawan now has 648 runs in 16 games in 2018, breaking Kohli’s mark of 641 runs which he achieved in 2016 15 games at a staggering average of 106. The left-hander has enjoyed a phenomenal year in the shortest format, starting with the series in South Africa where he made scores of 72, 24, 47. In the Nidahas Trophy tri-series competition in Sri Lanka, Dhawan blasted 90 and 55 in the games against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to continue his great run.Read More | Australia vs India: 1st T20 highlights – Hosts win by four runsAgainst Ireland, the India opener blasted 74 in Malahide but had a poor tour of England, managing just 19 runs in three Twenty20 Internationals in a three-match series which India won 2-1. Against West Indies, Dhawan notched up his highest individual score by hammering 92 in Chennai as Rohit Sharma’s side achieved a 3-0 sweep against the two-time World T20 champions.Dhawan has a chance to hit the most fifties in a calendar year and become the first to 700 runs in this format. Kohli currently holds the record for most fifties with seven in 2016 and with two more games to go against Australia, Dhawan can create many more records. Only three Indians have ever crossed 500 runs in a calendar year in Twenty20 Internationals. Apart from Kohli and Dhawan, Rohit smashed 567 runs in 2018 at an average of 37.India’s next game against Australia will be on November 23 in Melbourne and Virat Kohli will be desperate to not lose a series and get their tour Down Under off to a bad start. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Ronaldinho dazzles as he leads his prison football team to trophy [VIDEO]

first_imgBrazil and Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho has lost none of his old shine.The 39-year-old, despite being confined in a Paraguayan jail, has shown that class is permanent.Having joined a football team in prison, Ronaldinho went on to steal the show in a tournament.“The prison teams had battled each other to sign him and a police officer lent him his shoes to play,” sports analyst, Zach Lowry tweeted.The Brazilian scored five goals and provided six assists in a footballing masterclass as his team cruised to the trophy with an 11-2 win.And their prize? A 16 kg smoked pig.Take a look at a video of Ronaldinho showing off his great skill in the game Ronaldinho is playing football in jail and he’s running the show by doing some tricks and flicks. This is like FIFA street in real life. 😲 pic.twitter.com/8tmXlgaW46— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) March 14, 2020Arrest, court appearanceRonaldinho was arrested in Paraguay over claims that he entered the country using a fake passport.According to the BBC, police in the country also searched the hotel where the Brazilian had been staying with his brother in the Paraguayan capital in the capital, Asuncion.Paraguay’s Interior Minister, Euclides Acevedo, clarified to ESPN Brazi that the two had not been arrested but are under investigation and that they are cooperating with the police.“Ronaldinho will be heard at eight in the morning on Thursday at the prosecutor’s office. I respect his sporting popularity but the law must also be respected. No matter who you are, the law still applies,” he said.Another man who travelled with the brothers – 45-year-old Wilmondes Sousa Lira – has also been held.When they appeared in court, the judge ordered them to be held in pre-trial detention, denying them bail or house arrest.In July 2019, 57 of Ronaldinho’s properties were seized following a court order, due to unpaid taxes.A Brazilian newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo that Ronaldinho owed 9.5 million reais, the equivalent of GH¢ 13.5 million.The former Barcelona player also reportedly also owed creditors 7.8 million reais, or GH¢ 11.1 million.A judge in Porto Alegre told Reuters news that because the case was under judicial secrecy rules it couldn’t comment on it.The former player has also had his passports seized by Spanish and Brazilian authorities.Ronaldinho featured on that year’s Instagram Rich List, placing sixth, with the Brazilian reportedly charging £206,000 for every promotional post.He had a storied career that spanned just over two decades, playing for some of Europe’s biggest sides including Barcelona and AC Milan.He enjoyed the most successful period of his career at the Catalan club, where he scored 94 goals and assisted 71 more.He was also named the World Footballer of the Year in 2004 and 2005, winning the Ballon d’Or in 2005.last_img read more

Alpena man arrested for selling narcotic from his home

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — A 40-year-old man is facing multiple charges for selling narcotics out of his home and endangering minors.On September 18, the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested Carl Standen of Alpena. Undercover detectives made multiple controlled purchases of narcotics from the residence in the 300 block of Washington Ave. At the time of his arrest seven minor children were found, the youngest, only eight months old. Additional narcotics were also confiscated in a search of the home.A 15-year-old female not related to the suspect was present at the time of the arrest and attempted to flee. Standen has been charged with delivery of meth, delivery of scheduled narcotics, possession of analogues, maintaining a drug house, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Standen was released after his bond was posted by a second party.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Drugs, narcotics, Standen, WashingtonContinue ReadingPrevious Governor Gretchen Whitmer to speak at this year’s Ending Sexual Assault on Campus SummitNext Former Montmorency’s county sheriff deputy exonerated of sexual assault chargelast_img read more

Two to go; Dodgers, Hill stifle Cubs as LA takes 2-1 NLCS lead

first_img• PHOTOS: Dodgers beat Cubs 6-0 to take 2-1 lead in NLCS“The cliché term, ‘Leave everything out on the field,’ really that is what we saw Clayton do. Now it carries over and passes the baton, so to speak, to everybody else to keep it going.”The Dodgers took the baton as well as a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series by becoming the first team to shut the Cubs out in consecutive games since May 2014.One of the most productive offenses in baseball during the regular season has found it much more difficult to hit in October. The Cubs have not scored since Miguel Montero and Dexter Fowler hit back-to-back home runs (Montero’s a grand slam) in the eighth inning of Game 1. In 18 scoreless innings since, they have just six hits.“The last two games, we’ve not been on the barrel of the bat at all,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s pretty much been weaker contact. We’ve got to get back to making the hard contact. We normally hit some home runs, we draw some walks, we will strike out. We’re just not hitting the ball hard like we normally do.” LOS ANGELES >> Yeah, just like that.The Dodgers acquired Rich Hill at the trade deadline in July because they thought he was an elite-level starting pitcher they could pair with Clayton Kershaw at the front of their rotation in October. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Hill seven innings into a perfect game — the first manager in baseball history to do such a thing — because he didn’t want to risk Hill’s troublesome blister ripping open and rendering him unavailable in October.Hill justified both that faith and that caution with the kind of start the Dodgers had in mind — and needed with Clayton Kershaw hanging up his cape for a night. Hill allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings Tuesday night as the Dodgers tightened their stranglehold on the Chicago Cubs’ offense with a second consecutive shutout, taking Game 3 of the National League Championship Series 6-0 at Dodger Stadium.“It’s the biggest game of my career,” Hill said. “If we look back to Clayton’s game in Chicago, that’s inspiring for all of us to look at. … We watch Clayton go out there and put everything out there on the line and everybody feeds off of that. The hitters, the pitchers, the guys in the field. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Cubs didn’t get their first hit until the third inning Tuesday. By then, Hill had already passed his toughest test.He walked Anthony Rizzo (just 2 for 26 this postseason) to start the second and also walked Jorge Soler two batters later. Both of the runners moved up on a passed ball when Hill seemed to cross up catcher Yasmani Grandal. The Dodgers have been wary of sign-stealing by the Cubs — a charge Rizzo comically mocked by acting like he was flashing signs to the Cubs’ dugout when Grandal went out to the mound after Rizzo reached second base.“It was a thought. It was a thought,” Roberts said when asked if he considered a quick hook and a bullpen game at that point.That’s all it was. Hill struck out Addison Russell (1 for 24 in the postseason) and got Montero to ground out, retiring 14 of the 16 batters he faced after the walk to Soler. The Cubs didn’t have another at-bat with a runner in scoring position until Dexter Fowler’s two-out double in the eighth.One team in this series has a serious problem against left-handed pitching — and it isn’t the Dodgers. The Cubs hit .267 against lefties during the season (second in the NL) with a .357 on-base percentage (tops in the majors) and .807 OPS (second in the majors). During the postseason, however, they are batting .149 against lefties, including .102 (5 for 49) against Kershaw, Hill and Grant Dayton in this NLCS.“The peaks and valleys of this game sometimes makes you go crazy but we’ve got more games to play,” Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said. “It just seems to be they are making pitches when they need to. We need to find a way to hit those pitcher’s pitches. When they do make a mistake, we need to take advantage of it. We can do a little more of that.”The Dodgers’ hitters were the only ones doing any of that in Game 3. They were facing Jake Arrieta, who threw a no-hitter in his previous visit to Dodger Stadium (Aug. 30, 2015) and had allowed just two hits over 16 scoreless innings in his previous two starts against the Dodgers. But they got to him for a run in the third inning when Andrew Toles led off with a single and scored on Corey Seager’s two-out RBI single. It was Seager’s first hit with a runner in scoring position in his postseason history (he had been 0 for 15 in last year’s NLDS plus this year’s playoff run) and ended an 0-for-23 stretch outside of first innings this postseason.“You’re trying to get a hit every at-bat whether it’s the first inning or whatever,” Seager said. “It’s laughable (that I had gone hitless after the first inning of the previous seven games). But other than that you don’t think about it.”An inning later, Grandal broke out of his 3-for-30 postseason history with a laser into the right field pavilion for a two-run home run on the final pitch of an eight-pitch at-bat that started with him falling behind 0 and 2.“We weren’t going to get caught up in facing a guy we hadn’t scored a run against,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “We were focused on executing our game plan. We knew if we executed our game plan the swings were going to be there, the hard contact was going to be there.”Justin Turner added a leadoff home run in the sixth inning for the Dodgers to make it 4-0. That was enough of a cushion for Roberts to take it easy on closer Kenley Jansen — he waited until Fowler’s double in the eighth before calling on him. Jansen struck out Bryant to end the eighth and the Dodgers padded their lead with two more runs in the bottom of the inning.last_img read more

Blues battle back for 10s triumph

first_imgTrailing 7-0 for almost the entire match after an early converted try to Hurricanes prop Alex Fidow, the Blues dug deep and got a rich reward.It was a slow, stodgy clash at Suncorp Stadium, until it came to life when Akira Ioane crashed over in the corner, trimming the margin to two points and giving them the opening they needed.The winning try came after the siren, with George Moala stretching over on the opposite side to spark wild celebrations among his team, which finished bottom of the New Zealand conference in Super Rugby last year.It isn’t their first piece of tens silverware, though, having claimed the World Club 10s in Singapore four years ago.It was the second straight year the decider was contested by two New Zealand teams, who once again looked a cut above the rest – stronger in defence and more daring and skilful in attack.The Blues had doused the hopes of the last remaining Australian team, the Queensland Reds, in the semi-final.The Reds rocketed to a 5-0 lead in the first minute courtesy of a 75m intercept try from Jayden Ngamanu.But the Blues hit back with three unanswered tries through Sam Nock, Jordan Olsen and Kurt Eklund to win 22-10.However there was some consolation for Australian rugby – the ending of a 12-month long trans-Tasman losing streak.It might have only been a novelty pre-season event but Queensland’s 19-7 quarter-final win over the Chiefs was the first by an Australian side against a New Zealand franchise since the opening match of last year’s tens tournament.Australia’s five teams failed to record one win in 26 Super Rugby games against Kiwi teams last season.The Chiefs however will rightly feel hard done by, with both of Angus Blyth’s two tries – which saw the Reds draw level and then take the lead – hugely contentious.Blyth’s second try clearly should not have been allowed as his foot touched the sideline while he was tackled as he closed in to score.last_img read more

No Diego Costa for Spain

first_imgMADRID (AP):Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday left Diego Costa out of the squad for the team’s last two qualifying matches for next year’s European Championship.Costa has a one-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards and was not eligible for the first game against Luxembourg on October 9.Del Bosque said, “We have preferred not to include him” just for the second match against Ukraine.”He’s not playing badly,” Del Bosque said of Costa, adding that Spain would “count on him in the future, if everything goes normally”.Costa is also serving a three-match ban in England for violent conduct during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal after putting his hands in the face of defender Laurent Koscielny.”I did not like what I saw,” Del Bosque said of that incident. “I did not like what he (Costa) did, of course not.”With AndrÈs Iniesta and Jorge “Koke” ResurrecciÛn out injured, Del Bosque included Thiago Alcantara, Bruno Soriano, Inigo MartÌnez, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, and Alvaro Morata in the squad.Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez is included to bolster Spain’s attack.Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is also in the squad, alongside Manchester’s David De Gea and Sergio Rico of Sevilla.Spain top Group C and can clinch qualification with a win against Luxembourg.Spain:Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (FC Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).Defenders: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (AtlÈtico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad).Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco Alarcon (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal).Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Manuel “Nolito” Agudo (Celta Vigo).last_img read more

Linden Town Council to seek $200M debt bailout

first_imgWith a debt of approximately 0 million which it inherited from the previous town administration, the cash-strapped Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is now seeking the assistance of Government in the form of a bailout in an effort to assist with its present financial woes.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland said the municipality was greatly in need of assistance in moving forward. Holland confirmed that he has had an initial discussion about the situation with Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, and he would follow up by officially writing the Minister on behalf of the Council.“We’re calling on Government for a bailout because we’ve realised several months ago, since we’ve came in to office, that we have this massive debt facing us and with this debt it remains like a monkey on our backs… that we can’t be able to do certain things still at the Council… We asked before, but we intend to formally write the Office of the President and the respective Ministries asking them to bail us out,” the Mayor said.Holland further explained that the Council was currently not in a position to pay its employees’ gratuity, which they were in need of. The Mayor added that Council workers also needed salary increases since many were still being paid below the minimum wage, which was unacceptable.Apart from that, the Mayor said the Council could not afford expenses such as electricity, and also needed assistance on other issues, such as erosion and garbage collection.“We need a bailout at the moment. Linden needs a fresh start. We shouldn’t be carrying the baggage left by previous administration and persons will look at and will think that was our making, but it was never our making… We need help and we’re looking for Government to inject some funds,” he noted.In April of this year, it was reported that newly-sworn in Council of the Linden Municipality (M&TC) had inherited close to $200 million in debt to several organisations, and was seeking various solutions to clear these debts at the earliest opportunity. Millions were reportedly owed to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and the Council was also allegedly indebted to Linden Electricity Company Incorporated (LUSCSI) for street light payments, besides being in debt to other organisations.In an effort to generate much-needed revenue, the town recently reintroduced the toll system. Holland reaffirmed that projects such as the return of the Kara Kara toll booth at Mackenzie were sought after in an effort to offset expenses incurred by the cash-strapped municipality over the years.last_img read more

Ellen: ‘I’ll Retire Gracefully, Remain Active in Society’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson SirelafPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says cannot wait to see the end of the current electoral impasse and to see the runoff held so she may retire. In a conversation with LBS director general Ledgerhood Rennie on the Bumper Show yesterday, President Sirleaf said she hope to retire honorably and be active in private life in the interest of Liberia and Africa.“I need to retire gracefully,” she responded to her host as she laid down her post presidency plan.Addressing a wide range of issues, including completed, ongoing and earmarked projects, she said Liberians will miss her for her resolve to get the country’s broken system and infrastructure on the right trajectory.“The liberties (freedom of speech, press, etc.) I have allowed and the construction of roads, as well as the improvement of the living standards of my fellow citizens through job creation, will make up my legacy,” she noted.Touching on projects, she said the new terminal at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) will have an initial dedication in December while the official dedication will take place in 2018 under the new administration. “The runway of the airport has been worked on and there is relief. We hope that more will be done before we step down,” Sirleaf assured.“When we came into office we promised small lights today and big lights tomorrow. Therefore, we have built the Mount Coffee Power Plant and it is now serving our people. I am told that there are hundreds of connections every day in and around Monrovia,” she said.Madam Sirleaf said electricity is now available for most of the southeast of the country, namely Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland counties, as well as Ganta in Nimba County.“One of the challenges we are faced with is power theft. People are tapping on the power system by illegally having access to it without doing the right thing,” she noted, adding that the electricity project intended to connect Monrovia to Bomi and Monrovia to Harbel is underway, too.The outgoing president said inasmuch as there were challenges over the years, the Monrovia to Ganta highway and many other road networks have been built and the construction of others are expected to get underway soon. “The Gbarnga to Mendekorma road, which is estimated at US$300 million, will kick off soon as preparations are already on the verge of completion,” she assured.“I did not promise to do everything in a short period of time or even in my full years of work at the presidency but I believe that we have achieved a lot more in building roads in the country than all the governments combined before me,” she boasted.About media reports portraying her as an ugly person, she said it is unfortunate that many people don’t understand what they read in the newspapers or hear on the radio. “I hope that people will understand what patriotism and nationalism are. We need to love our own and refrain from denigrating our leaders and the systems that hold us together as a country.“I welcome and respect professional criticism but a lot of our media outlets are so provocative. My own friend Kenneth Best has been and is still even writing tough editorials and publishing stories in his paper that are provocative, but I don’t have anything against him, neither anyone else for what they are giving out there to the public in the form of news. He is a person of his own kind and lives in his own nook,” she noted.Sirleaf challenged Liberians with facts about the allegation that she has a hospital in South Africa. “It is so funny that our people don’t know how South Africa as a country functions. It is a lie and it cannot be proven by anyone,” Sirleaf challenged.She pointed out that after turning power over to the next elected president she hopes to stay in the country and work to help build it. “People think I have so much money because I have become president, but this is not true. I was a Board Member of a financial corporation in the Diaspora for over thirty years. I have earned something for myself over the years as I served integrity institutions before 2006. Why then should somebody think that I have so much money because I am a president? In fact, I need to work for money and continue to make a living after the presidency,” she said.Discussing challenges that stalled Liberia’s development in some aspects, she pointed out that the global economic challenges, which in most cases have led to the dropping of prices of the world’s natural resources such as rubber, iron ore, diamond, and gold, are responsible for the slow pace of development. “Ebola came and challenged us as a people. We lost our loved ones but we stood firmly together and defeated it in a limited time (for) what many thought of us as a country,” Sirleaf said.She expressed satisfaction in Liberian women’s resolve not to be backbenchers anymore in decision making and are working for the common good of Liberia. “After me as one in the capacity of a president, it may seem a far distant thing for another woman but one thing I am sure of is that there are women in the queue already who are demonstrating their preparedness to serve in many areas of national leadership.“I pray that as Rwanda has the highest number of women representation at the parliament so one day we will get there. I have the hope and confidence in the women of Africa to rise above all odds and support their male counterparts in building countries on our continent,” she said. Rwanda is the only African country in the world that has sixty percent female lawmakers in parliament.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf remained tight-lipped on the current electoral dispute hearings and court proceedings. She said the justice system should be left alone to do its job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more