Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nancy BolandA North Bellmore woman was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for stabbing her ex-husband to death during an argument and dumping his body on the side of a road.Nancy Boland had pleaded guilty at Nassau County court in January to first-degree manslaughter, criminal contempt, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon.Prosecutors said the 57-year-old woman and her ex-husband, Walter—who had an order of protection against her—got into a fight at their Waltoffer Avenue home when she said he threatened her with a blade on Nov. 16, 2011.Nancy said that she grabbed the weapon out Walter’s hand and stabbed him with it once in the abdomen, but he refused go to the hospital, so she left him home alone and went to work the next day.When she returned home, she found Walter dead, waited until after dark to then drag his body to her mother’s car and then dumped his body on the Wantagh State Parkway bike path north of Sunrise Highway.A jogger found the victim’s body the following day. Nancy had told family, friends, and co-workers that her husband had stormed off after an argument and hadn’t returned.Nancy also pleaded guilty at Suffolk County court last month to assaulting her 84-year-old mother with a cane and is expected to be sentenced next week.
VINTON, Iowa – IMCA will require four ignition boxes available from Crane Ignition to have adjustment dials disabled and permanently sealed when used in sanctioned Modified, Late Model or Stock Car competition in 2017.Those ignition boxes are:Crane HI-6RC ignition part number 6000-6700;Crane HI-6N Oval track ignition part number 6000-6410 (Weatherpak Plug);Crane HI-6N Oval track ignition, part number 6000-6412 (Deutsch Plug);and Crane HI-6RN oval track ignition, part number 6000-6750 (Digital).“These ignition boxes all have adjustable RPM limits and, as a result, an issue that allows them to operate at a different RPM limit than what the box is physically set with the adjustment dials,” explained Dave Brenn, IMCA’s executive director of competition. “For 2017, these existing Crane ignition boxes will still be allowed but must have the adjustment dials disabled and permanently sealed, effectively making the box operate as a preset RPM limited box.”“After choosing the desired RPM limit, the box must have a cover plate permanently sealed with an epoxy-type adhesive over the dials,” he continued. “Silicone or other non-permanent adhesives will not be allowed. Failure to seal these ignition boxes will result in an immediate disqualification when used in any IMCA event.”On Dec 31, 2017, all four products will be removed from IMCA’s approved ignition list.
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) – World soccer’s governing body FIFA has been dragging its feet and needs to urgently widen the investigation into a sexual abuse scandal involving Afghan women players, national coach Kelly Lindsey said in a letter to FIFA boss Gianni Infantino.In June the former president of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), Keramuddin Keram, was banned from football for life after FIFA’s ethics committee found him guilty of abusing his position and sexually abusing female players.Keram, also a former FIFA Standing Committee member, was accused by at least five Afghan female football players of repeated sexual abuse between 2013 and 18. He was also fined one million Swiss francs (£847,806.40 or $1.03M).But Lindsey and Khalida Popal, the team’s programme director, said in their letter that several other individuals had been named by the players as being directly or indirectly linked to the case and no action had been taken against them.Victims and whistleblowers were in fear of repercussions, they said. “… the accounts and evidence provided to you named other individuals as well, and referred to a widespread culture of abuse, with complicity at all levels of the AFF,” they wrote in their letter to Infantino dated August 6.“The accounts mention numerous other individuals, including senior individuals in ongoing positions of power, who committed sexual and physical abuse and/or failed to report abuse even though they knew or ought to have known of the abuse and/or sought to cover up abuse.“This, and the apparent inaction from FIFA since these concerns were raised, has allowed that culture of abuse to continue to thrive in the AFF.” FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation after Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported in November 2018 that senior figures linked to the Afghan women’s team had alleged that some players had been molested by officials from the federation. According to the Guardian, the alleged abuse took place inside the federation’s headquarters in Afghanistan as well as at a training camp in Jordan in February 2018.FIFA, which began its investigation in December when it suspended Keram, said he had breached ethics code rules on protection of physical and mental integrity and abuse of position.The national women’s team was formed in 2010. Some conservative-minded Afghans oppose women playing sports.Afghanistan is ranked as one of the most dangerous countries for women and allegations of sexual contact outside marriage can have deadly consequences.
After a promising set of practices, J.J. Watt and the Badger defense are ready for the spring game.[/media-credit]A lot of the focus this spring has been on the Wisconsin offense — the Badgers return all the key players from a unit that averaged 416.9 yards per game in 2009. But with reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay sidelined after ankle surgeries and first-option receiver Nick Toon to miss the spring game, fans might be wise to pay more attention to the guys on the other side of the ball in Saturday’s scrimmage.Granted, there are question marks on ‘D,’ especially on the line, where the Badgers need to replace the departed O’Brien Schofield, who was second in the nation in tackles for loss. Former cornerback Aaron Henry is taking over for Chris Maragos at free safety, and with linebackers Mike Taylor and Chris Borland out, it’s up to senior Blake Sorensen to lead untested teammates behind the front four.But if there are any doubts as to how the Wisconsin defense will perform, they aren’t owned by the players.“For our team, it’s been a great spring,” junior defensive end J.J. Watt said. “We’ve been working on all the things that we needed to work on, our footwork, our fundamentals, everything that we’re trying to get done in spring, and it’s been great for us.”“I think we’ve got a lot of young guys coming up who can make a play,” senior safety Jay Valai added.A good portion of the young guys will be featured on the defensive line. Watt is the most proven commodity on the line, after 15.5 tackles for loss — including four and a half sacks — last season playing on the opposite end from Schofield.Watt acknowledged Schofield’s impact last season, referencing the sacks and double-teams he drew. But with a more mature Louis Nzegwu and redshirt freshman Jordan Kohout having great springs, he’s confident the line will be ready for the spring game and beyond.“Our guys are extremely dedicated to the task,” Watt said. “We know what we have to do, we know we’re a young defensive line, particularly. We’re trying to do everything we can to negate our lack of experience, by studying film, by getting extra reps and everything that we can do.”With the first-team offense going against the second-unit defense and vice-versa, both the top offense and top defense are primed to put on a good showing.Sorenson said the defense’s obvious goal is to pitch a shutout.“It’ll be the best we can [do], we gotta go three-and-out every time, that’s our goal,” he said.Scott Tolzien will quarterback the first-team offense to begin the game, with redshirt freshman Jon Budmayr starting with the second-team offense, then getting a few reps with the first unit, according to head coach Bret Bielema.With Toon sidelined after getting dinged up in last Saturday’s scrimmage, the guy to watch on offense might be redshirt freshman receiver Jared Abbrederis, who has been turning heads all spring with his speed. Budmayr has developed a pretty good chemistry with Abbrederis, connecting on a number of long passes throughout spring practices.The main focus however, could just be keeping guys healthy. Bielema also hopes to get big-time performances from players who have had good springs, singling tight end Lance Kendricks as a guy he wants to do well.“First off, everybody that takes the field, I want them to come off the field,” Bielema said. “I’d like the guys that need to make jumps — that have — to show up on Saturday, because it will be the most realistic game day situation.”Saturday’s forecast calls for a high of 60 degrees and sun, a fitting end to a spring that has been blessed with nice weather. The team often was able to practice out on the Camp Randall field instead of inside the McClain facility, which has a shorter field.“It’s been a beautiful spring,” Watt said. “I was talking to Coach (Charlie) Partridge, he said he’s never seen a spring that had this nice of practices. Anytime we can get out here and practice in Camp Randall, on a 100-yard field, we’ll take it.”And while the Badgers have reveled in the opportunity to practice outside much of the spring, the fact remains that nobody was in the seats. For guys like Kohout and Abbrederis, Saturday will be the first opportunity they get to play in front of an audience as a Badger.Watt thinks the game-like atmosphere will help prepare those guys for the real thing in the fall.“It helps them quite a bit,” he said. “Playing out here every day in front of an empty stadium, it gets your work done. But when the nerves start running through your veins Saturday when all the fans are here, sometimes you step a little wrong. Sometimes you’re playing on straight adrenaline.What we need to do is we need to get those guys settled down the first couple of plays, get them to realize it’s the same football game as when you’re playing with nobody in the stands.”