ISLAMABAD (AP) — A lawyer for the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl says the Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 beheading has admitted to having a “minor” role in Pearl’s death. The dramatic confession has upended 18 years of denials by the suspect, Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who had initially been sentenced to death. The lawyer says this is a “dramatic” twist in the case. Pearl’s family and Pakistan’s government have appealed a lower court’s acquittal of Sheikh. The court was told on Wednesday that Sheikh admitted to writing the 2019 letter. He didn’t elaborate on his role in Pearl’s killing but asked that his sentence be reduced.
“The community always blows me away,” said Busch. “So many people are continuing to come out to show their love for Cooper and then also spread that happiness to other families.” TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) – Hundreds of people gathered at the Touch of Texas, celebrating the life of Cooper Busch and helping in-need families at the the third ‘Cooperpalooza.’ “Unfortunately, some families don’t have [support] when their child gets sick, so we want to make sure they feel that same love and support form the community that we had,” Busch said. But now, Cooper’s memory is living on through helping other families. The event serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit, aiming to bring in $20,000 to help Binghamton-area families afflicted by medical situations. At the end of the day, Cooper may be gone, but his spirit lives on. Busch’s way to give back? Bouncy houses, cotton candy, and even a corn hole tournament, spreading the fun and Cooper would’ve wanted. Affectionately called “Super Cooper,” Cooper died of cancer in May 2018, but since then, his legacy has been used to help families in similar situations as his family. “Cooper is definitely here with us today,” Busch said. “He came to me last night in a dream.” Cooper’s mom, Tara, reflected on what the community support means to her, her son’s memory, and the non-profit, Super Cooper Saves The Day, Busch was overcome with emotion when thinking about Cooper’s presence at the event. She is thankful for the community when they were there for her. “Cooper was all about having fun and spreading smiles, so an event like this is something right up his alley,” Busch said. “Our family was so fortunate when Cooper was sick that we had such a strong support system that surrounded us with love and compassion,” Busch said. “Cooper is definitely smiling down on us today, and we’re here to celebrate his life so he’s definitely with us.” read more
The Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Ministry is seeking to relax the requirements to establish a cooperative by reducing the minimum number of founders to just nine people through the omnibus bill on job creation currently under deliberation at the House of Representatives.The prevailing regulation, Law No. 17/2012 on cooperatives, stipulates that at least 20 founders are required to establish a cooperative.The government initially proposed lowering the number to just three, but after a series of deliberations with the House, both sides agreed to reduce it to nine. Fiki Chikara Satari, a special staff member to the cooperatives and SMEs minister, said Monday that the omnibus bill would make the process of establishing a cooperative “more agile”.“This is the agreement with the House,” Fiki said in a virtual talk. “We hope it can be finalized in the near future and ease [the establishment process].”Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto stated in mid-July that the government was expecting the House to conclude deliberations of the omnibus bill by late August or early September.The relaxation of requirements is part of the government’s effort to boost the participation rate in cooperatives, which currently stands at 8.41 percent, far lower than the global average participation rate of 16.31 percent.Increased participation in cooperatives could help boost Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP). In 2019, the country’s more than 123,000 cooperatives contributed 5.54 percent to the country’s economy.Indonesia’s economy grew by just 2.97 percent in the January to March period and the government has warned of a recession in the third quarter, as the pandemic continues to devastate economic activity.The government also plans to encourage five big cooperatives to list their shares on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) this year, depending on developments in the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy. It initially planned to encourage 10 major cooperatives to go public this year.Topics : read more
The OVC’s plans to play winter and spring sports remain unaffected as of now.__The Houston Texans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against the Baltimore Ravens.The Texans added on Friday they have yet to decide if fans will be allowed to attend games later in the season. The Texans say a decision on fans attending games this season will be dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Houston area, which is currently a hotspot. The announcement from the ASUN’s Presidents’ Council on Friday also says that providing a spring season for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball is a priority.“We’re not in the position today to guarantee it will happen, but we can promise to make every effort to get there. We owe that to our student-athletes, our athletic departments and our institutions,” ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart said in a statement.League schools may continue with such activities like training and practice in accordance with NCAA, local and state guidelines.The nine-team league operates mostly in the Southeast and does not play football. It is formally known as the Atlantic Sun Conference. ___ This year was to be a highlight for the Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bryant, killed in January in a helicopter crash, headlined a decorated class featuring Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett that would have been enshrined in the recently renovated museum.But the coronavirus pandemic scuttled those plans and hit the Hall so hard that it eliminated several full-time positions and cut senior management pay in the 25-40% range.Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva says the rescheduled enshrinement festivities, the diminished museum visitation and the uncertainty regarding the Hall’s college and high school basketball events this fall “has forced us to make these very difficult decisions.” Mohegan Sun is a long-time partner of the Hall. Doleva says it can a operate a “near-bubble” to provide a secure environment for guests.___ Associated Press The Crimson Tide star and other veterans have preached caution to teammates while also remaining steadfast on wanting to play this season amid the pandemic.“We try to tell them don’t go to parties, but like it’s kind of hard to tell somebody not to go to a party in college,” Harris said during a Zoom call. “We understand it, but we’re kind of just telling them, ‘If you do go to a party, like make sure you guys are overly safe.’”That means wearing a mask, keeping distance from others and not picking up items after others, “because what you do plays a part in what happens to the whole team.”Alabama and other Southeastern Conference team open preseason camps on Monday ahead of a season that has already been pushed back to Sept. 26. They’re set to only play league games.“Every day we take risks, and it might be a little risky,” Tide quarterback Mac Jones said. “But we feel comfortable and we feel safe.” ___The Ohio Valley Conference has postponed all fall sports including football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball and asked members to develop plans for league competition and championships in the spring.The decision by the OVC Board of Presidents also includes the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf and men’s and tennis along with the non-traditional seasons for baseball and softball.But OVC members will be allowed to play up to four nonconference football games if a team is willing using NCAA standards for practice and and mental health guidance.OVC commissioner Beth DeBauche says the board voted to postpone after careful deliberation of the current uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic. OVC officials will continue monitor the situation hoping students will be able to play their fall sports in the spring. DeBauche says the OVC intends to ensure the postponed seasons are not eventually canceled if facts support that decision. Crosby was placed on the list last week. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person.He was removed on Friday and took part in his first practice.Crosby is being counted on to contribute much more after recording 10 sacks as a rookie. He is slated to be a starting defensive end and is the top pass rusher on a team that has struggled to generate consistent pressure in recent years.___The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports August 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Alabama running back Najee Harris is hoping he and his teammates can deal with 12 weeks “of just really trying to be safe.” ___ Marshall and East Carolina have moved their football game from Aug. 29 to Sept. 12. Both teams had Sept. 12 as an open date after earlier opponents changed their schedules. Marshall was supposed to host Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Pittsburgh that day while East Carolina was traveling to play South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference. The game will be held at East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. No time for the game has been determined.___ The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates North Carolina State has administered 1,360 tests for COVID-19 to athletes, coaches and athletic staff with just eight people testing positive. The update came Friday with the school saying that out of the last 765 tests administered since it last released results, only one person has come up positive for the coronavirus.___Kobe Bryant and the rest of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class won’t be inducted in 2020 — or at the birthplace of basketball.The Hall announced Friday that the enshrinement ceremony will be held May 13-15, 2021, and the entire festivities will be moved to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. Charleston Southern is suspending its 2020 football season. The school is part of the Division I Big South Conference and competes in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Big South and the NCAA have canceled its plans for a fall championship, although the league did let member institutions play non-conference games if they wanted in the fall.Charleston Southern said in it statement Friday the environment with COVID-19 was too “uncertain” to go forward in the fall. The school said the decision will let the football team prepare for games in the spring.___The Las Vegas Raiders have taken edge rusher Maxx Crosby off the reserve/COVID-19 list. read more