President Trump said Friday in a tweet that he is putting the controversial decision to lift a ban on importation of big-game trophies made from elephants on hold, pending a review of "all conservation facts." Interior secretary Ryan Zinke confirmed the hold, adding he and Trump "both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical."On Wednesday, the administration announced that it was lifting an Obama-era ban on trophies from elephants killed in Zambia and Zimbabwe. The move sparked waves of outrage from animal-rights groups, conservation activists and social-media users. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can give permits to import trophies of even endangered species, if officials have evidence that the fees collected for hunting benefits conservation for that species. ► Rollback: Trump administration reverses ban on import of elephant trophies ► Trophy hunting: Cecil the Lion's son, Xanda, shot dead … [Read more...] about Trump puts ‘hold’ on big game trophy decision while he reviews issue
A federal judge reserved making a decision Tuesday on whether to order a Florida woman who prosecutors contend was held captive for sex by a Steuben County man to testify at her alleged captor's bail hearing.U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Feldman said he needed time to research arguments raised in court and to issue a written opinion in the bizarre kidnapping case against Brandon Todd, 19, who is accused of holding the 28-year-old woman against her will in his grandparents' home in the town of Prattsburgh.The defense urged the court to compel the woman to testify, arguing that inconsistencies in her story about her alleged ordeal at the hands of Todd weaken the case against him. The prosecution maintained there was no reason for her to testify because proof of Todd's dangerousness is already evident.Also at issue was whether the court could use the findings of a mental competency exam to determine whether Todd should be released before trial. UPDATE: Brandon Todd pleads … [Read more...] about Judge delays bail hearing decision in Brandon Todd sex slave case
Just months before the Winter Olympics, the World Anti-Doping Agency has said Russia has not done enough to police doping in sport.The International Olympic Committee, meanwhile, faces a looming decision on whether Russian athletes should compete in the Games amid calls to ban the country outright.One would be forgiven for the déjà vu lingering from last summer. But the scenario isn’t only a distant memory. It’s a current reality.Once again, the IOC is set to decide on sanctions for Russia operating a state-sponsored doping system uncovered in two WADA-commissioned investigations. The IOC’s executive board will make its decision at its meeting Dec. 5-7, approximately two months before the opening of the Pyeongchang Olympics.It will do so with consideration to a decision from WADA’s foundation board Thursday to not reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, which WADA declared non-compliant with the world anti-doping code in November 2015.Though … [Read more...] about How will World Anti-Doping Agency decision on Russia impact International Olympic Committee?
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency dealt a blow to Russia's hopes of competing at next year's Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country's suspended anti-doping operation, and Russia responded by insisting, as it has all along, that the government had nothing to do with doping.At its meeting Thursday in South Korea, WADA said two key requirements for reinstating the Russian Anti-Doping Agency had still not been fulfilled: That Russia publicly accepts results of an investigation by Canadian Richard McLaren concluding that the country ran a state-sponsored doping program, and that the country allows access to urine samples collected during the time of the cheating.Craig Reedie, the chairman of WADA and a member of the International Olympic Committee, acknowledged that improvements have been made but full compliance had not been achieved."There are two issues that have to be fulfilled and we can't walk away from the commitments," Reedie said.The IOC has … [Read more...] about WADA decision damages Russia’s hopes for Winter Olympics
My husband and I had tried to have a baby for over a year and thought we had come to the end of our rope when I surprisingly got pregnant with twins. While feeling so joyous and excited, I was also terrified and apprehensive. Unlike a lot of multiple pregnancies, mine was very uneventful. I was able to remain active, wasn’t too uncomfortable and felt very good overall. The babies were also progressing nicely and were growing as they should. RELATED: Diary of a metro parent: Why I try to stay neutral in the Mommy Wars Much like any other day, I went to exercise in the early morning, went to work and then attended my last prenatal birthing class at the hospital with my husband before coming home and going to bed. Maybe an hour after going to sleep, I awoke and realized that my water had broken at only 31 weeks. We called my doctor and rushed from Mequon to St. Mary’s Hospital on Lake Drive, which is the home of a Level III NICU. I wasn’t experiencing … [Read more...] about Yes, I had c-sections and formula fed, and those were the best decisions for my kids
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency hurt Russia's hopes of competing at next year's Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country's suspended anti-doping operation.At its meeting Thursday in South Korea, WADA said two key requirements for reinstatement had still not been fulfilled by RUSADA: That Russia publicly accept results of an investigation by Canadian Richard McLaren concluding that Russia ran a state-sponsored doping program, and that the country allow access to urine samples collected during the time of the cheating.Craig Reedie, the chairman of WADA and a member of the International Olympic Committee, acknowledged that improvements have been made but full compliance had not been achieved."Having set a road map for compliance, there are two issues that have to be fulfilled and we can't walk away from the commitments," Reedie said.Reedie refused to be drawn on what the decision meant for the Russian team's chances of participating in the coming … [Read more...] about WADA decision harms Russia’s hopes for Winter Olympics
The Walkthru is a daily look at the Bengals, your questions and whatever else spills from the brains of beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski. You can follow them on Twitter (@pauldehnerjr, @JimOwczarski), Instagram (@enqbengals) as well as Enquirer Sports on Facebook.Since the news of Jeremy Hill going on injured reserve surfaced Saturday morning, we’ve written a few times about the ramifications of the decision for Hill’s career and then Monday Marvin Lewis suggesting a difference of opinion between the team and Hill’s camp.Lewis stated the physicians Hill consulted said he could wait to have surgery until after the season, but “he just felt like it was causing too much discomfort.” Lewis displayed an annoyance from the team Hill wouldn’t play through his ankle discomfort, pointing out the physicians he saw said he could do so.On the flip side, Hill made a business decision as he enters free agency and the biggest opportunity in his … [Read more...] about Bengals Walkthru: On Jeremy Hill and business decisions
OAK CREEK - After about five years of negotiations, Waukesha chose to purchase water from Milwaukee instead of Oak Creek.So what’s next for Oak Creek water?“Oak Creek goes back to being the award-winning utility,” said Oak Creek Water & Sewer Utility General Manager Mike Sullivan. “Waukesha was always kind of an outside shot. From day one, we knew Milwaukee would be closer and cheaper due to piping distance and water rates.”Waukesha is reimbursing Oak Creek for all outside services that helped investigate the possibility of bringing water to Waukesha. Those costs amount to about $100,000 of lawyer fees, financial consulting, and engineering consultations.“We’re very happy Waukesha is honoring that portion of our letter of intent,” Sullivan said. “We did do a lot of planning work.”Sullivan said the city tried to make the deal with Waukesha “as good as possible.” He said the city was working with Franklin about … [Read more...] about What’s next for Oak Creek following Waukesha’s decision to buy water from Milwaukee?
OXFORD — Nobody knows for certain when Ole Miss will receive a decision from the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.The usual six-to-eight week window has come and gone and the university is still waiting for a ruling on the 21 allegations it's facing. The decision could come at any time. This week, next week, you name it.When it does come, what's the normal process?"The university is notified the morning before an announcement and then receives the materials the same day of the announcement in the morning," Stacey Osburn, the NCAA's director of media and public relations said. "The Committee on Infractions provides the decision to the school via an email with the full report document." More: Ole Miss completes its Committee on Infractions hearing, waits for ruling So in a hypothetical situation, if Ole Miss were to receive its decision on a Thursday, it would be given a notice Wednesday morning.All involved parties receive notice a day prior. So … [Read more...] about How is an NCAA Committee on Infractions decision delivered?
Brentwood Academy basketball star Darius Garland has made a decision.No, not that decision. He has settled on a date, though.Garland, a 6-foot-2 senior who’s widely regarded as one of the top high school point guards in the country, will announce his college choice and sign a letter of intent at 2:45 p.m. Monday in the Brentwood Academy gym, his father, Winston Garland, told The Tennessean on Friday. ► More: BA's Garland gears up for season as his recruitment winds down Garland, a five-star prospect and the nation’s third-ranked point guard according to 247Sports composite rankings (10th overall), will choose between Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt.A four-year starter and two-time TSSAA Mr. Basketball recipient, Garland received offers from virtually every major Division I program in the country before releasing a list of six finalists (Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt) in mid-July.Last month he took official visits … [Read more...] about Brentwood Academy basketball star Darius Garland sets decision date