Sandra A. Carpenter

first_imgSandra A. Carpenter, age 64 of Dillsboro, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Ripley Crossing.  Born June 2, 1954 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Mary (Nee: Schath) and Earl Schutter Jr.  She married Wade Carpenter Sr. May 18, 2002 in Dillsboro.  Sandy worked 38 years at the Hill-Rom Company as a material handler before retiring in 2016.Sandy was an animal lover and especially loved her dogs.  She also liked to embroider and quilt.  She’s made numerous baby quilts and embroidered pieces for family and friends over the years.  A Bengals fan who liked listening to oldies rock and roll, she was also an incredible cook whose lasagna is tough to beat.  Wade explained that Sandy was content being a homebody and possessed a green thumb.  Saturday’s mornings, however, were reserved for grocery shopping!She is survived by her husband Wade; son Jason Paine of Palm Bay, Florida and nine grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister Cheryl Bottorff.Sandy’s wishes were to be cremated.  There will be no services, but the family will receive friends Wednesday, June 5th, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the Ripley County Humane Society.last_img read more

CAF Denies Any Wrong Doing in Lagardere Broadcast Contract

first_img“It should be noted that in the letter sent to CAF by the Egyptian Competition Authority, there is no mention of any prosecution against the president of CAF, whether for acts of corruption or something else.“The CAF recalls that its Executive Committee, after evaluating the different offers submitted, and in strict compliance with the existing contractual clauses, agreed to renew the contract with Lagardère Sports for the 2017-2028 cycle.“This was done in June 2015. This contract guarantees African football a substantial increase in revenues and substantial funding for the development of football on the continent.“CAF wishes to point out that the contract with Lagardère Sports does not contravene national or supranational legislation, as established by categorical legal opinions in this regard.“The marketing zones for audiovisual rights do not apply only to CAF competitions, but correspond to a universally recognized division, notably in the marketing of the rights of sporting events.“It should be noted that even for the FIFA World Cup, commercial rights are ceded for more than one edition in the MENA Zone (Middle East and North Africa). No marketing is done on a country-by-country basis. This is also valid for most European championships.“CAF, which has adequately and independently managed African football over the past 60 years, commit itself to cooperate with all relevant bodies and institutions in strict compliance with its statutes and regulations, its contractual commitments and the legislation in force on the African continent and beyond,” the unsigned statement posted on CAF official website concluded.BBC Sports reported earlier yesterday that the 70-year old Cameroonian who is serving his seventh term in-charge of African football is being investigated by Egyptian authorities for allegations bothering on award of several CAF tournament broadcast rights to a media company, Lagardere Sports.According to the Egyptian Competition Authority, Hayatou is suspected of not opening up the tender to free and fair competition as required by Egyptian law.CAF is based in Cairo so the authorities say it must follow their laws. Hayatou was first elected as CAF president in 1998.Although Lagardere is not the subject of the referral, an official of the company insisted that the allegation “ is wholly unfounded.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has denied any wrong doing in the award of broadcast rights to Lagardère Sports.In CAF’s reaction to the intent to probe the transaction with Lagardere Sports by Egyptian Sports Authority, the continental football body insisted in a statement that Isa Hayatou is not liable for any wrong doing.The CAF statement reads: “False information, published in the Egyptian press since yesterday and widely reported around the world, indicates a recommendation for prosecution of the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to the Attorney General of Egypt on corruption charges.“The said recommendation is supposed to be made by the Egyptian Competition Authority, which accuses CAF of violating the competition rules in Egypt regarding the procedure for the allocation of commercial rights for certain CAF competitions for the period 2017- 2028.last_img read more

Chancellor Kent Syverud responds to NCAA sanctions imposed on Syracuse University in email

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 6, 2015 at 1:21 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Shortly after the NCAA announced its sanctions on Syracuse University, Chancellor Kent Syverud issued his own response to the penalties in an email. The full email can be seen below.March 6, 2015Dear Members of the University Community:I am writing to update you on the outcome of Syracuse University’s case before the NCAA.The University initially self-reported potential violations to the NCAA in May 2007 and submitted its written self-report in October 2010–after conducting an internal investigation for three years and five months. The NCAA conducted its own review and 11 months later in 2011 issued a Notice of Allegations, essentially confirming the self-report. While the University was in the process of responding to the Notice of Allegations, a subsequent violation occurred prompting a joint investigation beginning in February 2012. That investigation lasted more than 24 months and concluded with an amended Notice of Allegations in May 2014.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textToday the University received the NCAA Committee on Infractions report.We believe the NCAA’s investigation of Syracuse University has taken longer than any other investigation in NCAA history. The entire process has taken close to eight years and involved a review of conduct dating back to 2001. By comparison, the investigation into the fixing of the 1919 World Series took two months and the 2007 investigation of steroid use in baseball took 21 months.The University and the NCAA devoted massive resources to this process. Hundreds of thousands of documents were reviewed, hundreds of interviews were conducted, and thousands of hours of human capital were expended.Syracuse University cooperated throughout the investigation, and its length is a product of decisions we made separately and together. Nevertheless, when I became Chancellor in 2014, I concluded that the process had gone on long enough, and it needed to reach a prompt conclusion. We have worked hard with the NCAA during the last year to complete this matter, and we have done so.Syracuse University did not and does not agree with all the conclusions reached by the NCAA, including some of the findings and penalties included in today’s report. However, we take the report and the issues it identifies very seriously, particularly those that involve academic integrity and the overall well-being of student-athletes. Syracuse University regrets, and does not dispute, that the following significant violations cited by the NCAA occurred:Local YMCAThe University discovered that in 2004-2005, two men’s basketball and three football student-athletes received a combined total of $8,335, provided by a part-time local YMCA employee who qualified under NCAA rules as a University athletics “booster.” These monies were purportedly for work done at the YMCA, such as refereeing youth basketball games. Regardless, these monies were prohibited “extra benefits” under NCAA rules, and although these payments were isolated to one individual booster, they never should have occurred. In addition, three of these student-athletes received academic credit in the same course for internships at the YMCA they failed to complete. The University rescinded the credit.Drug Education and Deterrence ProgramThe University’s voluntarily-adopted Drug Education and Deterrence Program has been in place for many years, distinguishing our University from those that elect to have no drug testing or rehabilitation program for their student-athletes. Although the NCAA does not require colleges and universities to have a testing program, if one is adopted, a school must follow its terms. The University reported to the NCAA that from 2001 to early 2009 it at times failed to follow the written terms of the program with respect to student-athletes who tested positive for use of marijuana. Although these failures largely were the result of an unnecessarily complicated testing policy and did not involve performance-enhancing drugs, they constitute an NCAA violation, which the University accepts.Academic Integrity MattersThe University reported that in January 2012, a men’s basketball student-athlete committed academic misconduct. The misconduct occurred when the student-athlete submitted a paper in a course he already passed in an effort to improve his course grade and restore NCAA eligibility. The ability to improve a previous grade is open to all Syracuse University students. The paper was prepared with assistance from two (now former) athletics employees, both of whom were aware their actions were improper and wrong. Their actions, done in secret, went against clear instructions that the student-athlete needed to complete the assignment on his own, and constituted a clear violation of both University academic integrity policy and NCAA rules. The University has acknowledged the now-former staff members’ wrongful conduct and accepts responsibility for their actions. While reviewing this matter, the University found information suggesting these same two individuals, and one tutor, may have assisted three other student-athletes with some academic assignments. Detailed information was submitted through the University’s faculty-led academic integrity process. In each case, faculty failed to find evidence supporting a violation. NCAA bylaws dictate that they must accept an institution’s academic integrity determinations. Notwithstanding, the NCAA determined the same conduct constituted an “extra benefit” to these student-athletes. The University disagrees with the NCAA’s position.These mistakes must never happen again. That is why beginning in 2009, the University strengthened its policies and reformed a range of student-athlete support services. These proactive steps include:Fundamentally restructuring the entire student-athlete academic support office, which now reports solely to Academic Affairs, in lieu of jointly to the Athletics Department;Creating a new Assistant Provost for Student-Athlete Development and more than doubling the number of full-time academic support staff for our student-athletes;Redesigning the University’s voluntary Drug Education and Deterrence Program for student-athletes, consistent with best practices and peer institutions;Establishing an Athletics Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees, that oversees the athletics department and receives reports of athletics issues, including compliance matters;Creating an Athletics Compliance Oversight Committee that includes the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative and a representative from Academic Affairs. This committee reviews the status of athletic compliance initiatives and monitors compliance;Assigning oversight of the Office of Athletics Compliance to the University General Counsel;Implementing new and wide-ranging enhanced compliance training programs for all student-athletes and coaches focused on NCAA, ACC and University rules and policies;Taking action to separate employment with two former athletics staff members found to have been involved in academic misconduct andDisassociating non-SU affiliated persons responsible for, or involved in, violations.In addition to these important changes, the University already self-imposed a series of significant penalties that include:A one-year ban from 2014-15 post-season competition for men’s basketball;A voluntary, two-year term of probation for the Department of Athletics;Elimination of one scholarship for men’s basketball for the 2015-2016 season;Elimination of a men’s basketball off-campus recruiter for six months during 2015-2016;Vacation of 24 men’s basketball wins (15 in 2004-05 and 9 in 2011-12) andVacation of 11 football wins: (6 in 2004-05; 1 in 2005-06; 4 in 2006-07).To learn more about the NCAA Investigation, visit the University recognizes the seriousness of the violations it has acknowledged, it respectfully disagrees with certain findings of the Committee. Specifically, the University strongly disagrees that it failed to maintain institutional control over its athletics programs, or that Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Boeheim has taken actions that justify a finding that he was responsible for the rules violations.The University is considering whether it will appeal certain portions of the decision. Coach Boeheim may choose to appeal the portions of the decision that impact him personally. Should he decide to do so, we would support him in this step.Some may not agree with Syracuse University’s positions on these important issues. However, we hope everyone will agree that eight years is too long for an investigation and that a more expeditious and less costly process would be beneficial to student-athletes, public confidence in the NCAA enforcement process, and major intercollegiate athletics in general.As we move forward, we can celebrate the many positive changes we have made, the academic success of our student-athletes, and the scholarly achievements of each one of our 21,000 students. As we do, I am confident every part of our University will continue to flourish in the years ahead. Commentslast_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo details how he was discovered in new documentary

first_img Giannis Antetokounmpo to play for Greece at FIBA Basketball World Cup You can watch the full documentary here: He said he was 16 when he was approached by a scout and was told “a year and a half from now you’re going to get drafted and play in the NBA.” The forward said others “believed in me more than I believed in myself.”Antetokounmpo revealed he almost didn’t make it to the United States because he didn’t want to leave his family behind. His family experienced issues obtaining a visa, and they had been declined twice. They received a visa on the third attempt, which Saratsis described as “a very important moment” in Antetokounmpo’s journey. Related News “He didn’t know if his family was going to come,” explained Panou, the agent who essentially discovered Giannis in Greece. “Back here, we were trying to apply for an American visa. We were stressed because the law says if you’re declined three times, you’re done.”Saratsis detailed the initial calls he received from the NBA, and the moment he realized Antetokounmpo had the potential of being a star.”Come 2013, I started to get a lot of phone calls from NBA teams saying, ‘This is your kid, right? You’ve got something there. You’ve really got to start paying attention.'” Saratsis said. “After about five or six phone calls, the next day I was on the plane. I went to Greece and I watched him play and I went to my partner (Panou) and said you have something there. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but at least in the immediate future you have something that can be good.” Antetokounmpo explained that he initially declined to attend the draft in 2013. His family wasn’t able to fly to the United States at that point, but his father and Saratsis urged him to go. “I didn’t want to leave my family back because I ride and die for my family. My dad told me, ‘Look, you’ve got to go; this might be good for us.’ I said, ‘OK, let’s do this,'” Antetokounmpo explained. Once Antetokounmpo made it into the league after the Bucks selected him with the 15th overall pick, he said his turning point came during the 2015-16 season. He recalled scoring 27 points in his debut during his third season. “I talked to (Saratsis) and told him, ‘I can do this every night,'” Antetokounmpo said.One strong theme throughout the documentary was Antetokounmpo’s connection to his family. The 24-year-old star explained, “What I am today is because of my family. For me, family is everything.”  Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo detailed his journey to the NBA and how he was discovered while playing basketball in Greece during a recent documentary. Titled “Finding Giannis,” the 30-minute special aired Saturday on TNT prior to the network’s All-Star weekend coverage. Antetokounmpo, along with agents Giorgos Panou and Alex Saratsis, reminisced about making it to the league and shared stories about how it almost didn’t happen.last_img read more