Jackson State University president resigns following arrest in prostitution sting

first_imgGoodLifeStudio/iStock(JACKSON, Miss.) — The president of Jackson State University resigned following his arrest in a prostitution sting at a Mississippi hotel.William Bynum Jr., 57, of Jackson, Miss., was arrested over the weekend and charged with procuring services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and simple possession of marijuana. He was among 17 people busted in a two-day undercover operation by the Clinton Police Department.Detectives made contact with the alleged offenders online through “dark web” sites, where services and a meeting place at a local hotel were agreed upon, police said. The suspects were taken into custody on a total of eight felony charges at the hotel in the town of Clinton, about 8 miles from Jackson.Detectives “did not identify any patterns or activity to suggest that prostitution or human trafficking is prevalent in Clinton,” police said.Another Jackson State University employee was also arrested in the sting.Shonda McCarthy, 46, of Jackson, Miss., was charged with procuring services of a prostitute and possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle, according to police. She is the director of the JSU Art Galleries, according to her biography on the school’s website.ABC News has reached out to both McCarthy and Bynum for comment.Bynum, a married father of six who was named president of Jackson State University in May 2017, tendered his resignation to the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning on Monday, effective immediately. Board members held a “special emergency meeting” that afternoon where they named Thomas Hudson as acting president of Jackson State University, according to a statement.The board said it “will discuss the future leadership of Jackson State at its regular board meeting next week.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Will Chase to Take Over for Christian Borle in Rotten!

first_imgWill Chase(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Something Rotten!center_img The writing was on the wall when it was revealed that Will Chase would not be appearing in another season of Nashville; instead he’s coming back to Broadway! The stage and screen star is set to step in for Tony winner Christian Borle as William Shakespeare in Something Rotten! on July 18. Borle will play his final performance at the St. James Theatre on July 16.Chase played the role of Shakespeare in the first reading of Something Rotten! before going on to star in Nashville. Tony nominated for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, his additional Broadway credits include Rent, Aida, Miss Saigon, The Full Monty, Lennon, High Fidelity, Billy Elliot, The Story of My Life and Nice Work If You Can Get It. On screen Chase has also been seen in Smash, The Good Wife, Necessary Roughness, Rescue Me, Pan Am, White Collar, Blue Bloods and more.Set in the 1590s, the Casey Nicholaw-helmed show follows brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play but stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.Something Rotten! currently stars Rob McClure, Brad Oscar, David Beach, Edward Hibbert, Gerry Vichi and André Ward. As previously reported, John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff and Kate Reinders will also depart the show on July 16, and will be replaced by Josh Grisetti, Leslie Kritzer and Catherine Brunell. View Commentslast_img read more

Stigma, precarity deter Indonesians from getting tested for COVID-19

first_imgIndonesia’s high rate of COVID-19 infection has not stopped people throughout the archipelago from refusing to be tested, largely because of employment concerns and a fear of ostracism, despite the government’s efforts to contain the disease through increased mass testing.Herdayati, a resident of Kampung Elektro in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, recalled how some of her neighbors shut themselves in when COVID-19 swab tests were being administered in the neighborhood’s community hall in June.The authorities offered polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in the area after 23 residents were found to have the illness. Of the approximately 300 residents invited to take the test, only 37 appeared.Many were reluctant get tested because of fears of being stigmatized and losing opportunities to make a living, she said.The fears were justified.When the identities of the 23 people who initially tested positive for the disease in the community were discovered, panic spread and employers laid off some of Herdayati’s neighbors, who worked as laborers. “People were afraid it would disrupt their own lives and the lives of their neighbors. ‘If I test positive, our people will be cornered.’ That’s what they said,” she told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview.For the majority of people, economic considerations such as a loss of income are perceived to be just as important as public health, according to a joint survey of the Lapor COVID-19 community movement and Nanyang Technological University’s Social Resilience Lab. The survey compiled the responses of 154,471 people in Jakarta from May 29 to June 20.More than 80 percent of respondents said economic considerations were just as important as public health, while 16 percent said economic considerations were more important. Only 3 percent said public health was more important.And while many people were against risking COVID-19 infection to stay economically afloat (64 percent), some 13 percent of respondents said otherwise.”It is concerning that there is still a group of people willing to get infected [to earn money],” said Sulfikar Amir, a disaster sociologist at NTU in Singapore who was involved in the survey, during a virtual press conference over the weekend.“[They act] as if the coronavirus is just some kind of trickery,” Herdayati said.About 18 percent of the respondents believed COVID-19 was man-made, while 23 percent believed it was not. The majority of people surveyed – 58 percent – said they didn’t know whether the disease was man-made or not.“What makes it worrying is that there are still respondents who believe that COVID-19 was intentionally made or are unsure how to answer. This hesitation could potentially push them into believing it if they get information [that reinforces this belief],” Sulfikar said.Residents of other regions have reportedly refused to take COVID-19 tests as well.Ridhayani, a Makassar resident in South Sulawesi, recalled that banners in opposition to rapid testing had been put up in an alleyway in her community. They remained there until June.”My mother said a lot of neighbors would not do it, probably because they feared being hospitalized or did not care about the disease,” she told the Post. “I’ve seen many people not wearing masks outside their homes.”More than 20 residents of Setih village, Kayeli Bay, in Maluku’s Buru regency reportedly refused to take rapid tests because they believed the disease was fake, kompas.com reported last month. The residents were on a watch list compiled by the local health agency using contact tracing.Hundreds of traditional vendors in Tabanan, Bali, Solok market in West Sumatra, Kramat market in Central Jakarta and Cileungsi market in Bogor, West Java, also refused to be tested, Reuters and local news outlets reported.The wave of refusals has even caught the attention of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. “Why are people refusing to take PCR and rapid tests? [Because testing officers] come without advance notice and without informing people. That’s why we have refusals,” Jokowi said recently.People’s reluctance to be tested is yet another challenge the government must face in its effort to ramp up national testing, which is needed to inform the virus mitigation policy.As of Wednesday, 968,237 samples had been tested nationwide, according to data from the Health Ministry. The official COVID-19 tally in Indonesia stood at 68,079 cases and 3,359 deaths as of Wednesday.Indonesian Public Health Expert Association (IAKMI) chairman Ede Surya Darmawan questioned the government’s public communications strategy.“Have we been properly informing the public?” he asked. “Comprehension is important so that people won’t think of refusing [the tests].”Ede said the government could have disbursed social assistance to people who had been financially impacted after they were tested and could have kept them under subsidized quarantine if they were unable to make ends meet.Imam Prasodjo, a sociologist from the University of Indonesia, suggested that the government tailor its COVID-19 public health messages to the local audience and enlist trustworthy public figures to deliver the messages.Topics :last_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Nuggets, Sunday at 5 p.m.

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Sunday at 5 p.m. as the Warriors take on the Nuggets in Denver in a battle of a pair of 2-0 teams.The Warriors had a day off after Jonas Jerebko’s tip-in gave them a thrilling last-second, come-from-behind win over the Jazz on Friday while the Nuggets are on a back-to-back after Saturday’s 119-91 victory over the Suns.Denver center Nikola Jokic had a triple-double in the …last_img read more

10 months agoGervinho: Arsenal move was dream come true

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Gervinho: Arsenal move was dream come trueby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGervinho says he realised a lifelong dream when he joined Arsenal.The 31-year-old, now at Serie A club Parma, spent two seasons at Arsenal after joining from Lille in 2011. Although he didn’t collect any silverware at the Emirates, the Ivorian was proud of his time with his boyhood club.”Many young players tell you that they want to play for Manchester United or Arsenal. My dream was to play for Arsenal and I realised it,” the attacker told Goal. “When I arrived, I thought: ‘Wow, I’m here!’ “Each of my clubs made an impression on me, but Arsenal was special. When Arsene Wenger called me to tell me that he would like me to come to his club, I don’t think you imagine the satisfaction I felt just after hanging up the phone.”Arsenal is an historic club. At the time, it was a club that made a lot of young people dream, with a style of its own and a coach like Wenger who had all of England at his feet. There was not one player who did not like watching Arsenal, with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and others.” last_img read more

Markets end week on high after steady rate hike outlook by Fed

first_imgTORONTO – North American stock markets ended the week in positive territory as the Federal Reserve chairman’s suggestion about measured interest rate hikes gave investors comfort and pushed the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite to touch all-time highs.Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s “dovish remarks” at an annual conference of central bankers provided a little more comfort for investors with its positive outlook for the U.S. economy, said Patrick Blais, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“There’s more certainty on the progression of rate rises, which let’s face it investors hate uncertainty,” he said in an interview.“We tend to overreact whenever there’s uncertainty. We become very fraught and very jittery and by providing that certainty I think it provides confidence to the market on how to view rate direction going forward.”Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is expected to reaffirm Saturday at the annual conference of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, more gradual interest rate increases in Canada that will keep the loonie low to drive exports, Blais added.The Canadian dollar traded higher at 76.71 cents US compared with an average of 76.55 cents US on Thursday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 133.37 points at 25,790.35. The S&P 500 index was up 17.71 points at 2,874.69 after hitting a high of 2,876.16. Nasdaq was up 67.52 points at 7,945.97 after reaching 7,949.71 in earlier trading.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 29.26 points at 16,356.05, ending a number of good weeks.“The backdrop is fairly constructive. There are risks out there but there’s a lot of prospects. I think investors are just forgetting or maybe overly worrying on just the negative news,” he said.The cannabis heavy health-care sector again led the session, led by Aphria Inc. soaring nearly 23 per cent and Canopy Growth Corp. closing up eight per cent.Their performances came as reports suggested British alcohol giant Diageo was hunting for potential investments or collaborations in Canada on cannabis-infused beverages. A tie-up would follow similar moves by Constellation Brands which increased its stake in Canopy Growth Corp. and Molson Coors, which is forming a joint venture with Hydropothecary Corp.“It’s definitely acquisition interest really driving these names in the last week,” Blais said, nothing that cannabis company stock prices aren’t based on pure earnings fundamentals.Gold, base metals and materials also performed well on the day, with the sectors gaining 2.76, 2.68 and 1.85 per cent respectively.Information technology, energy, consumer discretionary and utilities were also up while financials, real estate, telecom services, industrials and consumer staples were down.Blais said some investors had been fearful that China would overdo their clampdown on financing, but the government has adopted a more balanced view.Unsuccessful negotiations between China and the U.S. to break a trade deadlock weren’t an overhang for markets.“I think the market’s keeping an optimistic view that it’s in nobody’s interest to impose large tariffs or to have trade negotiations falter,” he added.The October crude contract was up 89 cents at US$68.72 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down 4.7 cents at US$2.92 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$19.30 at US$1,213.30 an ounce and the September copper contract was up 4.65 cents at US$2.70 a pound.last_img read more

DLF transfers Noida mall to its subsidiary for 2,950 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: Realty major DLF said it has transferred shopping mall in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, to its subsidiary firm for Rs 2,950 crore, as part of efforts to settle dues of its joint venture firm with GIC. DLF has to pay Rs 8,700 crore to the DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), which is a joint venture firm of DLF and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC. It wants to settle these dues by September this year through transfer of rental assets and land parcels. In a regulatory filing on Thursday, DLF informed that the company has transferred its property, Mall of India, Noida, to one of its subsidiaries Paliwal Real Estate Ltd, in the ordinary course of business at an arm’s length consideration of Rs 2,950 crore, arrived on the basis of the valuation report of an independent valuer. “This is in line with the company’s stated objective of streamlining and consolidating the operations and holding structure of its rental assets,” DLF added. Mall of India is located in Sector 18, Noida, with a leasable area of 2 million sq ft. It was developed at a cost of around Rs 2,000 crore. According to sources, the transfer of Mall of India to a subsidiary firm has paved the way for selling this retail asset to DCCDL to clear the dues. DLF has 66.66 per cent stake in the joint venture firm, while GIC has 33.34 per cent shareholding. DCCDL currently holds around 30 million sq ft of rent-yielding commercial assets, largely in Gurugram (Haryana) with annual rental income of over Rs 2,500 crore. The JV was formed in December 2017 when DLF promoters sold entire 40 per cent stake in DCCDL for nearly Rs 12,000 crore. This deal included sale of 33.34 per cent stake in DCCDL to GIC for about Rs 9,000 crore and buyback of remaining shares worth about Rs 3,000 crore by DCCDL.last_img read more

Football Clemson defense presents real challenge for Ohio States run game

OSU freshman running back Mike Weber (25) outruns two MSU players during their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorAll season long, Ohio State has been the team to wear down defenses with the run, supplemented by the veteran passing presence of redshirt junior J.T. Barrett. However, No. 2 Clemson has recently been hitting its stride defending the run, and has a veteran presence that could put the OSU offense to the test.The Buckeyes, ranked No. 3 and in the College Football Playoff for the second time in the playoff’s three-year existence, are averaging 258.3 yards rushing per game this season. The smashmouth style of redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and the dynamic ability of junior H-back Curtis Samuel has propelled OSU.However, Clemson (12-1) is not the kind of defense the Buckeyes are used to this season. Although OSU had some success running the ball late against Michigan, it took well into the third quarter before the run game woke up after just 41 yards in the first half.The Tigers have given up a little over 132 yards per game on the ground this season, but have limited teams to an average of less than 100 total rushing yards in the last three games. Anchored on the weakside by senior linebacker Ben Boulware, Clemson is a veteran unit that prides themselves in its stifling defense. Weber, after a disappointing 26 yards on 11 carries against the Wolverines, knows that Boulware is the kind of guy who can give he and the rest of the Buckeyes fits.“He’s a fly-around guy,” he said. “Good tackler, good hitter. I didn’t know he was the leader of their defense until Coach Alford told me, but after he told me, you could see it. You could see by his body language by how he plays and how he flies around.”Boulware, who can make plays in the middle of the field as well as on the edges, could be the biggest thorn in the side of Samuel, who depends mostly on outside runs for big gains.Five of Clemson’s starting defenders are upperclassmen, bringing years of experience to a defense that allows an average of just 19.9 points per game. Although the entire season has been a success as a whole, the Tigers have given up quite a few yards and points to anemic offenses such as Troy and Pittsburgh. Even with some outlier performances of defensive lapses, OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team must improve from Michigan on the offensive side of the ball. Two weeks ago, he talked about how the Buckeyes will need to work on not just the passing game, but also the rushing attack.“We’re going to do quite a bit,” Meyer said. “It’s not just passing the ball. We have to protect. We have to do a better job running the ball, too. I think we ran for 200 some yards against our rivals. That’s definitely why we’re going to practice.”Although size doesn’t mean everything in football, a large defensive front can wreak havoc for an offense’s run game. Weber, a predominantly between-the-tackles runner, has more to worry about than just the play-making ability of Boulware.Clemson’s defensive line is led by redshirt senior defensive tackle Carlos Watkins in the middle. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, he is a perfect representation of the massive stature of the Tigers’ defensive line.“Really big guys,” Weber said. “I think their whole defensive line is over 300 pounds. I think they have one guy that’s like 285 or 290. They’re hard to move. Physical. They plug the holes up.”Even with a stout unit facing him before he takes a snap, Barrett is ready for the challenge.In fact, the redshirt junior, who received his degree on Sunday, said he will be looking forward to the first contact to get the ball rolling.“With me, in order to get a little rhythm, or knock the little butterflies you got, run the ball and get hit one time and ‘All right, we’re good,’” he said. “And also, too, just completing a pass, see the ball leave my hands complete to a receiver, I think that’s something else. Either one of those I feel like get me going.”OSU faces Clemson on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona, in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. read more

Back across enemy lines Boren returns to Ann Arbor to face former

Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Once a Wolverine, always a Wolverine. Many college football fans would say the two should never mix.Junior offensive lineman Justin Boren might have something to say about that.Boren transferred to OSU following his sophomore season at Michigan.Although it was viewed as a blasphemy by Michigan players, Boren’s transfer should not be a major shock to OSU fans. Boren attended high school in Pickerington, Ohio, and he seriously considered attending OSU straight out of high school.“I was real interested in Ohio State [in high school]. When I was getting recruited, [OSU and Michigan were] really close and I always had the utmost respect for [OSU] and it was a real hard decision, but I’m real glad I’m here now,” Boren said.The rivalry did not factor into Boren’s decision to transfer. His departure was because of the new offensive system and “lack of family values” that coach Rich Rodriguez brought with him in his first season at Michigan, he said.Boren said that he was not adapting well to the hurry-up style offense that Rodriguez runs.Boren would have been the senior-most lineman on Michigan his junior year and could have helped coach Rodriguez establish his new offense, but what was Michigan’s loss was OSU’s gain.Boren has started all but one game this season for OSU and has gained a lot of respect from coach Jim Tressel and fellow players.“I knew Justin coming out of high school, coming from the same recruiting class,” said fellow junior offensive lineman Bryant Browning. “I knew he was a good offensive lineman, he was a hard worker and he was going to come over and do the best he could to help the team.”This weekend will be Boren’s first game against Michigan and his first visit back to the Big House since the transfer. There is no telling what the Michigan fans could do or how it could affect Boren.“I’m sure [the game] will be difficult in some ways because he has great feelings for both teams that are going to be on the field, and a lot of great memories up in The Big House with his dad and himself and all the rest, but his focus will be on what can he do to help his team,” Tressel said.Boren’s teammates are trying to be sympathetic to his situation, amid all the rush and hype around the Michigan game.“I’m sure he’s got a ton of emotions going around, seeing as he’s been a part of the game on the other side,” junior receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. read more

PGA Tour rolls into town Players to watch at Memorial Tournament

Jim Furyk: For this veteran, the Memorial Tournament isn’t new. Furyk has fared well so far this year, winning two tournaments already on the PGA Tour, including the Verizon Heritage most recently. Furyk is No. 2 in the FedExCup standings. Although Furyk’s long game isn’t as strong as the other players on the short list of favorites, his solid short game and unflappable demeanor will be crucial if he hopes to contend. Ernie Els: Like Furyk, Els has also taken two titles in his 11 tournaments so far this tour, and he also sits atop the FedExCup rankings at this point. His victories include the World Golf Championship held in California and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. After struggling for the past three seasons, Els has finally hit his stride with five top-10 finishes already this season. With ball-striking at a premium on this difficult Nicklaus-designed course, the long-hitting South African should be in contention come the back nine on Sunday. The PGA Tour makes its stop here in Columbus this week, and the lineup is now official. The Memorial Golf Tournament, to be held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, will surely bring in the crowds with its share of big-name golfers.Here are some obvious — and less obvious — players to watch.Tiger Woods: Although Tiger has gotten off to a shaky start since his return to the tour, he is still a favorite to win the Memorial after taking first place last year (his fourth win at Muirfield). Woods is coming off a neck injury, but after committing, it seems his concern isn’t too high. Coming in ranked No. 1 in the world doesn’t hurt either.Jason Day: The 22-year-old is coming off his first PGA Tour victory last week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The Australian is relatively new on the scene, so it should be interesting to see if lightning can strike twice for the up-and-coming young golfer.Phil Mickelson: Mickelson had a lack-luster performance at the Colonial, missing the cut after the second round with a three over 73. A tournament victory there would have put him in the No. 1 spot ahead of Woods. Mickelson should be fired up and ready to go, but an absence from the Memorial for the past few years gives him a bit of a disadvantage against the competition. read more