Northern California woman who slipped, died at Lake Tahoe’s Eagle Falls ID’d

first_imgEMERALD BAY — A woman who died at Eagle Falls was identified as 35-year-old Dina Stephanie Espinosa from the Bay Area, according to authorities.Espinosa was sitting in a pool of water near the waterfall Friday when she slipped while reaching for a branch, and was swept away in fast-moving waters, according to a statement from the El Dorado County Sheriff.A search and rescue team and dive team recovered Espinosa’s body, who was found deceased, according to the sheriff’s department.A GoFundMe …last_img

Zaheer and Ishant will be handy says Vengsarkar

first_imgThe return to form of speedster Ishant Sharma in the West Indies tour is good news for India as he and Zaheer Khan would form a formidable pair in India’s Test series against England starting this month, former captain Dilip Vengsarkar said in Mumbai on Tuesday.Zaheer Khan will join Ishant Sharma in England”I’m glad Ishant is back into form. Zaheer is also there. They will form a formidable pair,” said Vengsarkar after releasing a book of veteran Mumbai curator Nadim Memon at the Cricket Club of India. Ishant, who was left out of the World Cup squad, rediscovered his touch on the Caribbean tour and emerged as the highest wicket taker from either side with a haul of 22 wickets, three better than West Indian pace spearhead Fidel Edwards.Former India stumper Kiran More said batting would hold key for India in the series against England. “It will be India’s batting against England’s bowling. If we bat well we will win; 375-400 should be the minimum total that will be required,” said More, also an ex-chief selector like Vengsarkar.Talking about the feeling of playing at Lord’s, London, Vengsarkar -who has scored three centuries on the trot at this hallowed venue -said that the first day of the Test was a special one with a packed crowd in attendance. “It’s a great occasion. I am a member of the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) and hope to be there ( when India take on England in the series opener and the 100th Test between the two rivals commencing on July 21), but am not sure,” he said.advertisementVengsarkar, busy campaigning for himself and his panel members ahead of the Mumbai Cricket Association’s elections on Friday, recollected the opening Test win at Lord’s and 2- 0 series victory in 1986 under Kapil Dev. “We won at Lord’s in 1986 and had a great tour to win the series 2- 0. I hope the Indian team (led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni) also wins at Lord’s (this time around),” the former India skipper said.Asked about what could probably be the last visit to England by master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, Vengsarkar said, with a smile, that “one cannot be sure on this count”. ” Tendulkar has scored a lot of runs in England and all over the world. I am sure he will do well on the tour,” said the erstwhile stylish middle order batsman who has played 116 Tests. Vengsarkar refrained from commenting on the decision of the Indian team not to press for a win in the third and final Test against the West Indies in Dominica.  With inputs from PTI.last_img read more

Doping: Banned drugs easily available near NIS in Patiala

first_imgCan the government simply wash its hands off by sacking a coach and ordering a probe into the dope scandal that has taken the country by storm? No, the government has to come up with solutions.  Headlines Today has exposed how Indian players can freely get access to banned drugs – that too outside the prestigious National Institute for Sports in Patiala. Performance enhancing drugs are openly sold over the counter at chemist shops just a few hundred metres from the NIS in Patiala. Headlines Today special investigation team went shopping and found no checks in place here to control the sale of banned drugs. Here syringes and steroid strips can be bought cheap and easy, fuelling the drugged dreams of players. NIS executive director L.S. Ranawat says, “I have no information about banned drugs being available in market.” “It is easy to get it in Patiala,” says a local youth, face masked. NIS Patiala has a tarnished history dating back to 2001, when syringes and steroid strips were found in its hostels. An inquiry was ordered into the functioning of NIS by the Sports Authority of India in 2003.  Though no action has yet been taken, the report is believed to contain proof of sustained irregularities in anti-doping procedures and a nexus between NIS authorities, federation coaches and SAI officers. An NIS trainee says, “Not all coaches do it. Players take it themselves.”  Says Ranawat, “Each athlete is aware of banned drugs. It is very unfortunate that some top athletes have been found taking drugs. No athlete will do this knowingly. Coaches have responsibility to see this does not happen.” The Patiala chapter of the Indian dope story shows that it is a serious problem. It’s a malice no one seems to accept. The dope stink Eight athletes in five days – that is the doping stink that has caught the country unawares and the last straw was the golden girl of CWG 2010 testing positive. Whose fault is it? The system, the foreign coaches or is it all to do with unabashed opportunism? Are players taking the short cut to success? Ashwini Akkunji, along with 400m runner Priyanka Panwar, has tested positive for banned steroids in a dope test conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency or NADA. Other members of the team, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, are already under the scanner. This has taken the count of athletes who tested positive for dope to eight in just five days. The shocking revelations have thrown the Sports Ministry into a quick-action mode. Cracking the whip, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday suspended the Ukranian coach Yuri Ogrodnic holding him responsible. Blaming the fiasco on Sports Authority of India, the minister has sought a report. Maken said, “It is seen the officials and coaches are left scot-free, so the ministry has decided that the action should be taken against officials and coaches alongside the athletes so that such things do not occur in future. I have sought a report from the SAI within three days.”  But has the action come a little too late? Could the embarrassment have been saved if the Sports Ministry acted on time? “I have only got to know about it now. So we have taken action,” said Maken. But NADA claims that the Sports Ministry was aware of this for a long time, but did nothing. Rahul Bhatnagar of NADA said, “For the last two years, Sports Ministry was in the know. They knew of all the tests that we conducted, but they did nothing.” The dope-taint on Indian athletics has angered the athletic legends in the country. They are demanding strict action against the athletes and a probe into the role of coaches, especially those from former Soviet Block countries. “I expected such a thing. There have been talks,” says former athlete Ashwini Nachappa. Milkha Singh seeks “harsh punishment”. “Probe coaches,” adds the legendary athlete. The hall of shame Ashwini Akkunji, the symbol of India’s rising might in track and field, has fallen from grace and what’s baffling is the time scale – Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and gold medal at the Asian Games. Ashwini Akkunji failed a drugs test on July 4, less than a year after becoming a national star. The Indian quarter mile specialist has tested positive for the banned drugs stanozolol and methandienone. But even as Ashwini rose the ladder of stardom over the last one year, the signs of extraordinary improvements in her performance began to raise eyebrows and now those concerns have been justified.  As it turns out, her remarkable timing improvement of four seconds in just four months from August last year to November 2010, were fuelled by performance enhancing drugs.  But Director of the Indian Athletics Federation M.L. Dogra still believes that there is hope. For a sport that takes decades to see a four-second improvement, India has once again been sold to just another excuse.  –  With Suman Ray and Abhishek Issar in Delhi advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Team India retain fourth spot in ICC Test rankings

first_imgIndia maintained their position at the 4th spot ahead of England at 5th placeIndia have retained their fourth position in the ICC Test rankings despite a loss in the third Test against England at Southampton with the five-match series currently locked at 1-1.After drawing the first Test, India posted a victory in the second match at Lord’s but went down in the third. Despite the defeat, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men have maintained their fourth spot at 102 rating points.The final rankings of both India and England (ranked 5th with 100 rating points) will heavily depend on the upcoming two-Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which will commence in Galle from August 6.Pakistan are currently ranked third with 103 ratings points, just one point more than India, while Sri Lanka are at sixth position with 95 points. The five-Test series between India and England will end a day after the series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan finishes, and all the teams would be looking to climb up the ladder.If India manage to perform well in the remaining two Tests and Pakistan lose the Test series against Sri Lanka, the Indians would surely gain in the ranking table.Pakistan would drop to sixth spot if they lose the series, while Sri Lanka could move up one place to fifth if they win the series 1-0, and a 2-0 victory will ensure a rise of two places to fourth.Pakistan must win the series to maintain their hold on the third spot and thereby close the gap with South Africa and Australia in first and second place, respectively, while Sri Lanka could drop a place to seventh in such a scenario.advertisementA 1-1 series deadlock will see both sides maintaining their pre-series rankings.Meanwhile, South Africa will be aiming to keep their number one position intact when they take on Zimbabwe in a one-off Test in Harare from August 9. In the Test batsmen’s table, Cheteshwar Pujara is the lone Indian to be feature in the top-10 list, placed at number 10th.last_img read more

Conservative salaries bill backed by grand chiefs

first_img(Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block shakes hands with a constituent. Photo from National NewsOTTAWA–Saskatchewan’s most prominent First Nations organization is backing a Conservative private members bill that, if passed, would force band chiefs and councils to disclose their salaries and expenses.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations said Friday afternoon that they fully endorsed Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block’s bill, which was introduced in the House of Commons earlier in the day.“I’ve had a quick look at it in terms of what it presents to do. The FSIN, again, fully endorses financial accountability and transparency of all,” said Grand Chief Guy Lonechild. “I think its just another step in the direction to ensure that first nations are accountable and a prime example of how transparent we need to be.”In an interview with APTN National News, Block said she had spoken to several First Nations leaders in the province about her bill and that she had received their support.“A colleague of mine and I have been working together and calls were made to a number of First Nations chiefs in Saskatchewan and so far the response has been positive to this legislation,” said Block.The bill, called the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, would require the publishing of all federally-funded chief and council expenses and salaries by the beginning of August every year. The Minister of Indian Affairs would publish the information if a band refused to comply.Besides salary, the financial data would include expenses for transportation, accommodation, meals, incidentals and hospitality.First Nations leaders have the power to set their own salaries and some of them are paying themselves more than provincial premiers and cabinet ministers.Block said she developed the idea for the bill with fellow Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke, who represents the riding of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River.“I have been made aware that this is a longstanding issue with some First Nations community members,” she said. “There are a number of examples of legislation in place for other elected officials to disclose this kind of information and I believe that it is time to provide similar legislation for members of First Nations band councils.”The bill also received the support of a northern Ontario grand chief.Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stand Beardy said he has no problems with the bill because his organization is already transparent.“I think it’s only fair to have an idea of where the money is going,” said Beardy.Block said that Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan supported the bill.The bill is expected to face second reading at the end of November. It would then be sent to the Commons Aboriginal Affairs committee for debate.Watch the full report on APTN National News at 6 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Rep Lightner announces February office hours

first_img State Rep. Sarah Lightner invites residents to join her for office hours in Jackson, Pleasant Lake and Eaton Rapids during the month of February.“Hosting regular office hours is one of my top priorities,” Rep. Lightner said. “Being accessible and accountable to people in my district is an essential aspect of being a state legislator.”Monday, Feb. 11:11 a.m. to Noon at Biggby Coffee, 3039 E. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.Friday, Feb. 22:11 a.m. to Noon at Henrietta Township Hall, 11732 Bunkerhill Road in Pleasant Lake.Monday, Feb. 25:11 a.m. to Noon at Robin’s Nest, 6053 S. Clinton Trail in Eaton Rapids.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Lightner at 517-373-1775 or via email at [email protected] Categories: Lightner News 01Feb Rep. Lightner announces February office hourslast_img read more