Filipina spikers bow to Aussies in Thailand tourney

first_imgAlyssa Valdez of the Philippines drills the ball past two Australian defenders during their 2018 Asian Volleyball Confederation Women Seniors Cup game on Sunday, Sept. 16 in Thailand. AVC MANILA – The Philippines failed to sustain its strong start to suffer a 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 16-25, 10-15 defeat to Australia in the 2018 Asian Volleyball Confederation Women Seniors Cup in Thailand.Sunday night’s defeat was heartbreaking for the Filipina spikers, who won the first two sets and nearly finishing off the Australians in the third before fading in the fourth and fifth sets.The Philippines got into a tight exchange with Australia in the first set as it trailed 17-19 before Cha Cruz, Alyssa Valdez and Mylene Paat conspired in the next 8 points to turn things around.Australia had a strong start in the second frame 6-2 but the Philippines kept it close and forced deadlocks 11-all and 21-all before draining 4 straight points from Cruz and Paat for a 2-0 set edge. The Philippines struggled in the third set and fell behind 12-18 before mounting a huge fight-back behind Valdez and Paat to tie the scores 24-all. But it conceded two goals to the Aussies.In the fourth set the Philippines had a flat start and fell behind by double-digits as Australia’s Rachel Rourke anchored the offense and dragged the Filipinas to a fifth and deciding set.The Philippines barely hung on to an 8-6 advantage after a slow start in the fifth frame. Rourke pounded on the defense of Cruz to take an 11-8 edge before completing Australia’s fight-back for good.Rourke led Australia’s scoring with 33 points while Valdez and Paat finished with 25 and 17 points, respectively, for the Philippines./PNlast_img read more

Gadis Kecil Usia 5 Tahun Tertinggal di Bandara Setelah Keluarganya Pulang…,Antisipasi Perkelahian di Kabin, Awak Kabin Seyogyanya Harus Bisa ‘Bela Diri’

first_img(TheTravel) Siapa yang tak kenal dengan film Home Alone? Film yang mengisahkan seorang anak tertinggal saat akan berlibur bersama keluarganya di hari Natal. Ya, Kevin McCalister (Macaulay Culkin), ternyata terpisah dari keluarganya yang akan naik pesawat ke Florida, dan mengejarnya namun dia justru berangkat ke New York.Baca juga: Guardian Optical Techonologies, Solusi Selamatkan Anak Yang “Tertinggal” di Dalam KendaraanHal ini baru saja terjadi pada seorang gadis kecil berusia sekitar lima tahun dari keluarga Jerman yang tertinggal di bandara. melansir dari laman (9/10/2018), gadis kecil ini awalnya terlihat sendirian di sekitar terminal Bandara Stuttgart pada Senin (8/10/2018) malam dan ternyata dirinya tertinggal oleh orang tuanya yang baru saja pulang berlibur. Kemudian karena terlihat sendirian dan tak jelas arah, seorang pelancong yang prihatin saat melihatnya kemudian membawa gadis kecil itu ke petugas keamanan bandara. Dia kemudian di bawa ke bagian informasi oleh petugas untuk diberitahukan adanya gadis kecil yang tertinggal di bandara.Petugas keamanan berharap ada orang tua yang mencari putri mereka, tetapi sepertinya mereka sudah keluar dari bandara. Setelah pengumuman kehilangan anak tersebut tersiar di bandara, pihak keamanan Stuttgart menerima telepon dari ibu gadis kecil tersebut.Ibu tersebut menelepon untuk menanyakan apakah pihak keamanan bandara menemukan putri mereka. Setelah diberitahu keberadaan putri kecilnya ayah si gadis kecil tersebut kemudian menjemputnya.Baca juga: Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy! Ternyata Isi Tas Mencurigakan di Bandara Adelaide Adalah Seekor KelinciPolisi mengatakan saat menelepon, ibu gadis kecil itu menjelaskan mereka berdua menaiki kendaraan yang terpisah saat tiba di Flughafen Stuttgart dan keduanya berpikir salah satu dari mereka membawa putrinya. Namun ternyata saat keduanya bertemu dirumah anak mereka tidak dibawa oleh salah satu diantaranya.“Karena panik ibu itu menelpon kepolisian dan kami memberitahukan putri mereka aman bersama kami serta menunggu untuk di jemput. Sang ayah kemudian datang untuk menjemput putrinya yang terlupakan itu,” ujar salah seorang polisi Stuttgart.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedRemaja Putri dengan Layanan “Pengawasan” Justru Tertinggal di Bandara San Francisco27/08/2019In “Bandara”Bandara Internasional Hong Kong Sabet Predikat “Bintang Lima” dari Skytrax21/09/2017In “Bandara”Ternyata 9 Jenis Barang Ini Sering Tertinggal di Bandara Lho!15/04/2018In “Bandara”last_img read more

Drake Scores 1,000th Point; West Florida Falls at Lambuth

first_imgDrake Scores 1,000th Point; West Florida Falls at Lambuth JACKSON, Tenn. – Senior guard Amy Drake (Niceville, Fla./Winthrop) of the West Florida women’s basketball team completed a three-point play early in the second half to score her 1,000th point at UWF, but the Argonauts’ comeback bid fell short in a 72-67 non-conference loss at Lambuth on Saturday.  Drake finished with 19 points and senior center Dominique Boykins (Houston, Texas/North Shore HS) led all players with a season-high 25.The Argonauts fell to 13-13 overall with the loss, while Lambuth improved to 16-9 with the victory.Boykins scored her 25 points on 8-13 shooting and 9-12 from the free throw line, and she also added a game-high nine rebounds.  Drake poured in 19 points on 8-18 shooting from the field, and she had a strong overall game with six rebounds and five assists.Lambuth led for the entire first half, and the Eagles went up by as many as 11 points.  Drake went on a run to start the second half, starting with her three-point play with 19:06 on the clock.  She scored six straight points to start a 9-2 run by the Argonauts, pulling them within two points at 39-37 with 16:36 on the clock.  Lambuth fought right back with 10 unanswered points, going back up by a game-high 12 points with 13:50 left.The Argos stayed close, and a three by junior Lauren Fagler (Gainesville, Fla./Pensacola JC) with 5:25 left narrowed the Eagles’ lead to three points at 64-61.  After the teams traded baskets, Drake’s free throw at 2:18 pulled UWF within two.  After two scoreless minutes by both teams, Drake drove into the lane and fed the ball to Boykins, and though Boykins missed her first shot off the glass, she got her own rebound and drew a foul.  Boykins made one of two, pulling UWF within one point with 12 seconds left.UWF was forced to foul, and after two successful free throws by Lambuth’s Jenee Webb, the Eagles took a 70-67 lead.  On the inbounds pass, LaTonya McKinney intercepted the ball and drew another foul right away.  McKinney buried the two free throws, clinching the five-point win for Lambuth.The Argos finished the afternoon shooting 40.7 percent from the field, while Lambuth struggled to a 32.9 percent mark despite the win.  The Eagles held the advantage in rebounds as well, finishing with 50, including 18 offensive rebounds, compared to UWF’s 41 total boards and eight on the offensive side.  The Lambuth defense also forced 20 UWF turnovers, compared to 15 for the Argonauts.Lambuth was led by Jenee Webb who scored 22, and LaTonya McKinney and Tara Robinson each added 12 points each.UWF (13-13, 4-6 GSC) will wait for results from around the Gulf South Conference to confirm the team’s seed in the conference tournament should the team finish in the top four in the East Division.  The Argos will close out the regular season schedule on Tuesday, February 23 at home for Senior Day against Concordia-Selma.  Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and fans can follow all of the action live at Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img Amy Drake ( last_img read more

Petrova beats Radwanska in three sets to capture Pan Pacific title

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES World No. 18 Petrova steamrolled Radwanska in the opening set before Radwanska rallied to take the next, but the Russian took control near the end of the last set in a 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 victory on a spectacular day on center court at Ariake Tennis Forest Park.“To be honest with you, I don’t know where I found the strength and willpower to fight to three sets. This is the biggest title I’ve ever won. This is a great accomplishment,” said Petrova, who won her 12th career WTA title.“I was really low on energy in that third, but my coach was really giving me a lot of mental support,” she said.Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon finalist, had held a 3-1 career record against Petrova, but the 23-year-old was a shell of herself early on before bouncing back to make things interesting.The 30-year-old Petrova, the 17th seed in her sixth appearance here, went better than her 2008 semifinal loss to win her second title of the season following her victory at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.The pair played evenly in the third set with neither conceding a break point, until things took an awkward turn for Radwanska in the eighth game.Radwanska doubled faulted for the first deuce of the set, and she doubled faulted again to give Petrova advantage before the Russian broke the Pole with a passing shot just out of reach.“She was just a little better than I was today. I was hoping for the title again this year, but just couldn’t quite get there,” said Radwanska, who choked up in her post-match interview. “Her serves and returns were really working for her today.”Petrova rolled in the ninth game to triple match point before Radwanska pushed within 40-15. But the Russian served out the match, ending it with a forehand smash after 1 hour, 41 minutes.“The first set was perfect tennis; I put a lot of energy into it. But I hit an energy low in the second set. After I had a change of clothes following the second set, I got back in the game.”Petrova had 11 aces to just six for Radwanska. “I was very happy with my service game in the first and third set but hit a slump in the second. I thought she started to have trouble with some of my high kick serves.”In the doubles final, Raquel Kop-Jones and partner Abigail Spears of the United States defeated Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Czech Kveta Peschke 6-1, 6-4.The tournament turned out to be something of a dud after world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka pulled out before her quarterfinal match with dizzy spells, and world No. 2 Maria Sharapova bounced out of the final eight after a loss to Australian Samantha Stosur on Thursday.Nishikori into semisAFP-JjijiKUALA LUMPURRussia’s Nikolay Davydenko retired from his Malaysian Open quarterfinal against Kei Nishikori on Friday after suffering a muscle injury in his left leg.The former world No. 3 and winner of the inaugural Malaysian Open in 2009 had lost the first set against the third seeded Nishikori 6-4 before calling it quits.Davydenko, who has dropped to No. 44 in the world, first pulled up injured in the eighth game of the first set. He called for a medical timeout and only played another two games before losing that set. He then decided to quit the tournament, handing Nishikori a semifinal berth.In the semis, the 22-year-old, who at No. 17 is the highest ranked Asian in the world, will meet second seed Juan Monaco of Argentina.“Now that I have qualified for the semifinals, my thoughts are on my opponent and close friend Monaco,” Nishikori said.“I have been practicing with him since we arrived in Malaysia. I expect a difficult match as we know each other’s game very well . . . He likes to play from the baseline so I will have to adjust my game plan accordingly.”World No. 11 Monaco easily defeated Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-4 in an earlier match.Seventh seed Julien Benneteau of France also smashed Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-2, 6-2.Friday’s last quarterfinal saw world No. 5 and top seed David Ferrer of Spain put away Dutchman Igor Sijsling 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Russian Nadia Petrova played spoiler Saturday, denying world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in her bid for a successful title defense at the Pan Pacific Open.Radwanska, the third seed, failed to become the first player to win back-to-back titles since Lindsay Davenport achieved the feat in 2003-04. Petrova claimed prize money of $385,000.center_img RELATED PHOTOS Breakthrough: Russia’s Nadia Petrova holds up her prize after beating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 in the final of the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday at Ariake Colosseum. | AFP-JIJIlast_img read more

Nigeria Beach Volleyball Team “One Step Away From Olympics” – Imoudu

first_imgHead coach of Nigeria’s beach volleyball team Francis Imoudu says the women’s team is one step away from qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Imoudu’s assertion came after Nigeria women’s beach volleyball team finished first at the Zone 3 2020 Olympic qualifiers in Laboma, Ghana.Nigeria twice defeated Benin Republic 2-0 (21-3, 21-7) and 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) before also twice overcoming hosts Ghana 2-0 (21-14, 21-19) and 2-0 (21-12, 21-11).Imoudu said his team’s performances so far show that they are odds on to seal qualification to the Olympics later this year.“With the performance of the girls at the Zone 3 qualifiers emerging first, the signs are there that we will make it to Tokyo 2020 Olympics, we are just one step away from Japan,” the veteran coach said.“I commend the women’s beach volleyball team for their resilience and determination. They played well and did the country proud in Ghana.“The girls used tactical discipline to subdue Benin Republic and Ghana in their respective matches. The Ghanaian team was powering in the beginning of the matches but we had a game plan which was perfectly executed,” he added.The President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) Musa Nimrod commended the players for qualifying for the next round of the Olympic qualifiers.He expressed great optimism that the players can shock their yet to be decided opponents in the final round and seal progress to Tokyo.RelatedBeach Volleyball: Home Advantage Puts Olympics Destiny Firmly In Nigeria’s Hands – Coach ImouduMarch 4, 2020In “Featured”Camtel Championships: Nigeria’s Beach Volleyball Team Launch 2020 with GoldJanuary 2, 2020In “Volleyball”2020 Olympics: Nigeria To Host 2nd Phase of Beach Volleyball QualifiersFebruary 6, 2020In “Volleyball”last_img read more

MSU’s Road Dawgs 2015 Tour consists of 10 stops

first_imgThe biggest names in Mississippi State athletics will begin traveling across the southeast on May 4 as part of the Road Dawgs 2015 Tour. The tour will consist of 10 stops beginning with Meridian.The annual fan-friendly event is a collaboration by the MSU Bulldog Club, MSU Alumni Association and local alumni chapters. Head coaches Dan Mullen, Ben Howland and Vic Schaefer, Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz will be touring the region on various dates.Details on each tour stop are below. For more information, visit, May 4: Meridian, Miss., hosted by Lauderdale County chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 6:30 p.m. programSpeakers: Ben Howland, Manny DiazLocation: Kahlmus Auditorium on MSU-Meridian campusCost: $10 adults, free for kidsRSVP: Fred Monsour (601-693-9571 or, May 7: Grenada, Miss., hosted by Grenada-Montgomery chapterTime: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 7 p.m. programSpeakers: Scott Stricklin, Manny DiazLocation: Perry Creek Golf Club, 2213 Country Club DriveCost: $20 adults, $10 kids (ages 12 and under)RSVP: Fran Harper (662-417-2481 or, May 11: Olive Branch, Miss., hosted by DeSoto County chapter Time: 11:30 a.m. social and buffet, 12 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Ben Howland, Vic Schaefer, Scott StricklinLocation: Cherokee Valley Golf Club, 6635 Crumpler Blvd.Cost: Free admissionRSVP: Michael Parker (662-895-2000) or Randy Allen (662-892-1645)Monday, May 11: Biloxi, Miss., hosted by Harrison-Stone chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 7 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Ben Howland, Vic Schaefer, Scott StricklinLocation: Beau Rivage Pavilion, 875 Beach Blvd.Cost: $15 adults, $5 students (ages 11 to 18, free for kids 10 and underRSVP: Jeff Ellis (228-697-4347 or, May 12: Natchez, Miss., hosted by Adams-Franklin-Wilkinson chapter Time: 11:30 a.m. social and lunch, 12 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Ben Howland, Vic Schaefer, Scott StricklinLocation: Hotel Vue, 130 John R. Junkin DriveCost: $20 per personRSVP: Lou Ann Jordan (601-870-1011 or, May 12: Houston, Texas, hosted by Greater Houston chapter Time: 6 p.m. social & Hors d’oeuvres, 7 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Vic Schaefer, Scott StricklinLocation: Majestic Metro, 911 Preston StreetCost: $20 per person RSVP, $50 per family RSVP, $25 per person walk up, $50 per family walk upRSVP: houdawgchapter@gmail.comWednesday, May 13: Birmingham, Ala., hosted by Birmingham chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 7 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Vic SchaeferLocation: Hoover Country Club, 3140 Club DriveCost: $35 per person (ages 12 and older), $60 reserved seating, $10 per child (ages 11 and under)RSVP:, secretary@birminghambulldogs.comThursday, May 14: Greenville, Miss., hosted by Washington County chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 7 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Vic SchaeferLocation: Greenville Country Club, 2476 Hwy 1Cost: $25 per adult (age 16 or older), $15 per student (age 5 to 15), free for kids 4 and underRSVP: Bill Allen (662-379-3183) or Andy Dixon (662-332-6214) or Mary Claire Glasco (662-344-9031)Monday, May 18: Tupelo, Miss., hosted by Lee County chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 6:30 p.m. programSpeakers: Ben Howland, Vic Schaefer, Manny Diaz, Scott StricklinLocation: Tupelo Furniture Market, Building #4, 1879 Coley RoadCost: $15 per person, $25 per couple, $5 per child (ages 12 and under)RSVP: Donna McNeece (, May 19: Vicksburg, Miss., hosted by Warren County chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 6:30 p.m. programSpeakers: Manny DiazLocation: Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Mulberry StreetCost: $13 per personRSVP: Josh McBride ( or 601-618-8452)last_img read more

PNG set to host Great Britain Lions on Nov 16

first_imgRugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Great Britain Lions will play the PNG LNG Kumuls at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on November 16. The announcement was officially made yesterday by the Rugby League International Federation southern hemisphere General Manager Jeremy Edwards who was providing details of the Lions tour of the southern hemisphere. “Papua New Guinea and New Zealand will host the Great Britain Lions Tour down under. That is the first time in 13 years the Lions have been down in the southern hemisphere, coached by Wayne Bennett,” Edwards said. He said the Lions will be breathing new life into the tradition of rugby league tours. Lions will play against Tonga, New Zealand and, of course, Papua New Guinea. “The Great Britain Lions are thrilled to be finishing their tour in Papua New Guinea – the only nation in the world where rugby league is the number one sport, known for their fans and best in the world who turn up to support their home team.” Edwards said they are grateful for the sponsors and governments for supporting in which the spotlight will be on PNG Kumuls taking part in the Oceania Cup and Great Britain Lions.“Matches played here will be high definition and will be broadcasted live across Australia, PNG and the Pacific and also in the United Kingdom,” said Edwards.“Showcasing the stadium (Oil Search National Football Stadium), Port Moresby and PNG to the world, generating tourism and opportunities that we would like to bring to the top tier more often in the future.”Edwards said it will be an exciting day for International Rugby League, the Kumuls and PNG and it has taken a huge team of partners to make this happen. Great Britain Lions tour dates: Great Britain rugby league Lions vs Tonga (Saturday, 26th October-Hamilton, New Zealand) Great Britain rugby league Lions vs New Zealand (Saturday, 2nd November-Eden Park, New Zealand) Great Britain rugby league Lions vs New Zealand (Saturday, 9th November-Christchurch, New Zealand), Great Britain league Lions vs Papua New Guinea (Saturday, 16th November – Port Moresby – Oil Search National Football Stadium, PNG).last_img read more

Jane Fonda says brutally honest HBO documentary, ‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’, was “hard” to watch

first_imgHBO(LOS ANGELES) — Jane Fonda is the subject of a new documentary premiering Monday night on HBO called Jane Fonda in Five Acts. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about the actress and activist, and she tells ABC Radio it was “a hard portrait…to watch.”“You know it would be nice for me if it was a portrait of me that everything is flattering and makes me look great,” says the 80-year-old Grace and Frankie star, “but some of it doesn’t, and I’m not always proud of what I did or say.”One of Fonda’s biggest regrets: “I wasn’t a good enough mother to my daughter.”People may also be shocked to learn that the outspoken actress is not as strong and confident as she appears.“I’ve gotten feedback…from guys especially [who say] ‘I’ve always seen you as this really strong woman, and I didn’t realize how lacking in confidence you were,’ and that kind of thing,” notes Fonda. “And I think that’s important for people to see — that we’re never just one thing.”A few takeaways Fonda hopes people get from watching the doc? “I hope they learn that it’s never too late, that forgiveness is important, and that striving to have a life that has meaning is a worthwhile endeavor,” she says.   Grace and Frankie, which also stars Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen, returns for its fifth season in 2019 on Netflix.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ferrando captures Coos Bay Wild West Shootout checkers

first_imgGrey Ferrando was the Sunday Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout winner at Coos Bay Speed­way. (Photo by Stephanie Deatherage)By Ben DeatherageCOOS BAY, Ore. (June 24) – Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout career win number one for Grey Ferrando came on a rare day race Sunday at Coos Bay Speedway.Ferrando seize the lead at the drop of the initial green flag and cruised out front during the cau­tion-free first 12 laps.Lapped traffic would come into play briefly but did not slow Ferrando down. On a handful of occa­sions, the leader felt some pressure only to keep all challengers in check.  Mastering the restarts and setting a quick pace, Ferrando earned his first career Wild West Shootout victory ahead of Ethan Dotson and Dustin Cady.Collen Winebarger grabbed fourth while four-time and defending champion Jesse Williamson took fifth.Entrants for round three of the tour represented Oregon, California, Washington, Nevada, and North Carolina as well as British Columbia.The Wild West Modified Shootout heads to Cottage Grove Speedway for $1,000 to win features tonight (Monday) and Tuesday.  Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and front gates open at 5 p.m. both days, with racing at 6:30 p.m. Spectator admission is $10 a carload.Feature results – 1. Grey Ferrando; 2. Ethan Dotson; 3. Dustin Cady; 4. Collen Winebarger; 5. Jesse Williamson; 6. John Campos; 7. Bricen James; 8. Lawrence O’Connor; 9. Curtis Towns; 10. Justin Duty; 11. Jeff Faulkner; 12. Brad Martin; 13. Aaron Sheelar; 14. Jerry Schram; 15. Ryan Baker; 16. D.J. Shannon; 17. Robert Jeffers; 18. Darrell Hughes; 19. Mark Gaylord; 20. Don­ald Schott; 21. Danny Lauer; 22. Brian Wulfenstein.last_img read more

Penn State students’ preliminary hearings pushed back to June in hazing death case

first_imgJohn Greim/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Penn.) — Preliminary hearings for the 18 Pennsylvania State University students charged in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza have been pushed back to June. The preliminary hearings initially set for Wednesday, May 17, will now take place on Monday, June 12, the Centre County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore and pledge at Beta Theta Pi fraternity, died on Feb. 4, after he fell down the stairs during a pledge ceremony at the house on the night of Feb. 2. Fraternity members did not call 911 until the morning of Feb. 3, about 12 hours after Piazza’s fall, according to a report on the grand jury’s investigation. Piazza’s death was the “direct result of traumatic brain injuries,” according to the forensic pathologist. Eighteen Penn State students are facing charges: eight for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; four for reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; and six for evidence tampering. The Beta Theta Pi fraternity, which has since been barred from Penn State, is facing charges such as involuntary manslaughter and hazing. The Piazzas plan to sue “all of those responsible for the death of Tim, including the fraternity members, the fraternity, as well as Penn State,” the family’s attorney, Tom Kline, told ABC News. “I think the individuals involved clearly bear the most responsibility,” Piazza’s father, Jim Piazza, told “Good Morning America” on Monday. “If you read the timeline of what happened, they set out to feed these guys lethal amounts of alcohol from the outset. There was intent there right from the beginning.” “This was occurring right underneath the noses of Penn State officials,” he said. “There was a task force that was empaneled a few years earlier that did nothing to stop this. The problem was widespread. The problem was endemic at Penn State. They looked away.” Tim Piazza’s mother, Evelyn Piazza, said, “I don’t understand how they could be so heartless and inhumane.” Penn State officials have acknowledged that alcohol on campus is a “serious challenge” and that fraternity houses are especially hard to control because they are privately owned. After Tim Piazza’s death, the university added restrictions for all Greek organizations and put a hold on the graduation of students charged in his death. It published a new “frequently asked questions” website last week, launched alcohol-education programs and promised, “We will not rest until we solve this problem.” All defendants have been preliminarily arraigned, but none have entered pleas. Defense attorney William Brennan, whose client is facing one count of reckless endangerment, told ABC News last week, “The facts of this case are troubling and tragic, and we’ll do everything we can to defend this charge.” “My client has — and this is not to be misinterpreted as acceptance of responsibility or admitting culpability — my client has tremendous human compassion and empathy for the family of the deceased, for the deceased himself. This was an unspeakable tragedy,” Brennan added. “Having said that, it is my position that there is no criminality on the part of my client.” “It’s heartbreaking. If this case doesn’t draw emotion and tug on your heart strings or bring a tear to your eye, you’re inhuman,” Brennan added. “I commend the DA’s office in the pragmatic way that they handled the charging process here, because hundreds of people were at the frat house.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more