Ex-Nebraska clerk praised for tornado work gets prison term

first_imgSTANTON , Neb. (AP) — A former northeastern Nebraska village clerk who was praised for her work in helping rebuild her community following a 2014 tornado strike has been sentenced to prison for stealing from the village. The Norfolk Daily News reports that 58-year-old Kimberly Neiman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison. The former Pilger clerk was arrested last year on multiple felony counts. In a deal with prosecutors, she pleaded guilty in November to one count of attempted theft in exchange for all other counts being dropped. Neiman was fired by the village board in February 2019, following a state audit that found more than $562,000 in questionable transactions and more than $156,000 in suspicious charges on the village’s credit card.last_img

Two thirds of voters believe citizens-initiated referenda should be binding – survey

first_imgNZ Herald 27 August 2014A key policy plank for NZ First and the Conservative Party has been given a boost after two thirds of voters said they believed citizens-initiated referenda should be binding on a Government.The Herald DigiPoll survey showed 66 per cent of respondents agreed such referenda should be binding while 22 per cent said they should not.The results were taken as vindication by NZ First leader Winston Peters, who said it was clear most voters backed the longstanding policy of his party. However, he stopped short of saying it would be a bottom line in post-election talks, despite having a critical role in have citizens’ referendum introduced in the 1990s.The Conservative Party has adopted the policy that a referendum should be binding if more than two thirds of voters support it.Conservative Party leader Colin Craig said the results warranted his stance to make it a priority in any post-election coalition talks if his party made it into Parliament.“It is clearly farcical to have a system whereby you can have a referendum and then the Government just ignores it if it doesn’t suit. Five out of five have been ignored.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/election-2014/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503581&objectid=11315091last_img read more

Smith: Badgers’ offense gets the job done

first_imgImagine you have just painted a wall in your house or apartment. You are immediately disappointed because the color doesn’t look anything like what you expected. But, you already put it up there so you might as well sit and wait. Throughout time, the paint very slowly begins to dry and finally it starts to look OK. After a very long and boring wait, it turns out the manufacturer knew what they were doing, and the color turned out just the way you wanted.Now take that outrageous paint metaphor and apply it to the offense of the Wisconsin basketball team. That’s right, I am comparing the Wisconsin offense to watching paint dry.For the last 12 years, head coach Bo Ryan has been putting an offense on the court that is less than thrilling for any fan to watch. But time and time again, Ryan’s philosophy of possession basketball proves to be effective as he has never led the team to worse than a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten.By now, Wisconsin has become nationally known for its snail-paced offense and low scoring games. At times it can be ugly, but it is almost always effective. It’s just logic; the more time your team has the ball, the less time the other team has to score.UW’s possession-ball came out in full force last weekend in Chicago during the Big Ten Tournament, highlighted by a 17-point first half against Michigan Friday.What I learned from last weekend’s Big Ten Tournament is to never count Wisconsin out. Whether the Badgers score only 17 points in a half or don’t make a bucket for more than five minutes, twice, in a game, Wisconsin will always be within striking distance at the end of the game.The Badgers, throughout the Big Ten schedule, are constantly placed against some of the best scoring offenses in the country. And even when Ryan’s club averages only 65.5 points per game, it somehow finds a way to beat teams that average more than 75.This season alone, Wisconsin has been able to hold Michigan and Indiana, who average 75.1 and 80 points per game, respectively, to less than 65 points in all but one game where it allowed the Hoosiers 68. And in all four contests, Wisconsin was able to score more than either team.The Badgers almost never get blown out. In all 11 losses Wisconsin has suffered this year, the average margin of defeat is more than nine points and some of those leads were extended late by putting the other team on the line.I understand this is a large credit to Wisconsin’s defense as well. But I can guarantee you if the Badgers tried to run up and down the court like the Wolverines, UW might not even be in the NCAA tournament this year.Looking ahead to the Big Dance, which starts for UW on Friday, there is almost no matchup that the Badgers could possibly get, until maybe the Final Four, where you can say Wisconsin can’t win.With the amount of time Wisconsin holds on to the ball and its ability to limit turnovers – averaging only 9.79 per game, a mark good for fourth best in the country – the Badgers will never make it easy for an opponent to open up a big lead.You might want to say a team like Ole Miss that loves to score and has a sharp shooter like Marshall Henderson on the roster should be able to rip apart Wisconsin from long range, but Wisconsin has been able to limit teams to an average of just 3.9 three-pointers made per game.Also, I have to believe a flamboyant player like Henderson who averages 10 three-point shots a game is going to be chomping at the bit to shoot after waiting out multiple 30-second possessions on Wisconsin’s side of the court. This makes me think he will be forcing shots instead of allowing the offensive possession to open up.Yes, Wisconsin can struggle to hit its jump shots and everyone knows about the struggles at the free throw line this year. But as long as the Badgers are within somewhere around 10 points midway through the second half (as they almost always are), UW fans can count on somebody to start knocking down shots, whether it be Sam Decker, Ben Brust or Mike Bruesewitz. Or maybe even Ryan Evans if he plays like he did in the United Center last weekend.So I’m not saying Wisconsin is going to make it to the Final Four for the first time since 2000. But I am saying, why not?Wisconsin fans will just have to sit back, watch the paint dry and eventually they might like what they see in late March.Spencer is a senior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Do you think Wisconsin’s offensive style will work in the NCAA Tournament this year? Let Spencer know at ssmith@badgerherald.com or on Twitter @sj_smith23.last_img read more

Chivas vs. Monterrey: Live stream & match preview

first_imgGuadalajara v Monterrey Chivas vs. Monterrey: Live stream, team news, kick-off time, & match preview Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 02:57 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Javier Lopez La Chofis Chivas Rocio Vazquez Guadalajara v Monterrey Liga MX Guadalajara Monterrey After disappointment in the 2017 Clausura, both clubs look to build on momentum generated in the new year Two teams with bittersweet 2017s continue their quest to start 2018 right when Monterrey visits Chivas.Chivas won a pair of titles in the Clausura but failed to make the Liguilla in the following tournament.As Chivas struggled, Monterrey dominated the Apertura and topped the regular-season table but eventually fell to rival Tigres in the final.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Chivas vs Monterrey Date Saturday, January 27 Time 10:06 p.m. ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Dorlan Pabon MonterreyWatch Chivas vs. Monterrey live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Chivas players Goalkeepers Rodriguez, Cota, Jimenez Defenders Alanis, Slacido, Pereira, Marin, Hernandez, Sanchez, Basulto Midfielders Pineda, Lopez, Sandoval, Benitez, Pizarro, Perez, Cervantes, O. Macias Forwards Pulido, Brizuela, Zaldivar, C. Cisneros, R. Cisneros, J. Macias Alan Pulido left Chivas’ win over Necaxa at halftime with a knock but returned to training this week. Midfielder Michael Perez also was back in training this week after missing the last two matches with a knee injury.Oswaldo Alanis made the bench last week and could be set to make his season debut after a contract dispute kept him out of preseason training. Center back Jair Pereira will miss the match with injury.Potential starting XI: Cota; Sanchez, Salcido, Alanis, Hernandez; Pineda, Perez; Lopez, Pizarro, Cisneros; Pulido Position Monterrey players Goalkeepers Gonzalez, Carrizo, Resendez Defenders Montes, Basanta, Sanchez, Portales, Vasquez, Alvarez, Vangioni, Velarde, Medina, Juarez Midfielders Molina, Ortiz, Zavala, J. Gonzalez, Amaya, Sanchez, A. Gonzalez, Urretaviscaya, Hurtado Forwards Funes Mori, Pabon, Benitez, Villa, Cruz Last week, manager Antonio Mohamed elected to play Alfonso Gonzalez in midfield and left Carlos Sanchez out of the squad. The Uruguayan returned in a midweek cup victory and could slot back into the starting XI.Potential starting XI: Gonzalez; Medina, Montes, Basanta, Vangioni; Sanchez, Gonzalez, Ortiz; Pabon, Funes Mori, HurtadoGAME PREVIEW Rodolfo Cota ChivasMonterrey enters Satuday’s match still undefeated but was hoping to have more than the five points it currently has.Rayados should’ve come away from last weekend’s match against Tijuana with all three points but an Aviles Hurtado penalty miss meant settling for a point in a scoreless draw.There was a bit of relief during the week as Antonio Mohamed watch his side score three first-half goals in a Copa MX romp over Correcaminos.That match saw Carlos Sanchez return after not featuring in the draw with Tijuana. The Uruguayan could push his way back into Mohamed’s XI this weekend, likely pushing Alfredo Gonzalez to the bench.Chivas had an excellent week, topping Necaxa 3-1 even without key players like injured Michael Perez and with forward Alan Pulido being substituted out at the halftime break because of an injury.Ronaldo Cisneros, the 21-year-old forward acquired from Santos Laguna this winter, scored in his Chivas debut but manager Matias Almeyda urged caution with the young forward this week. The manager may drop him back to the bench with midfielder Michael Perez set to return from a knee injury.That could allow Rodolfo Pizarro to return to his central attacking position with Carlos Cisneros and Javier Lopez on the wings after both players’ excellent starts to the campaign. Most teams would be eager to return home, but it’s hard to imagine Almeyda taking much relief in a home contest. Chivas have won just one of their last 10 home league matches, finishing last tournament with a 1-4-4 record at the Estadio Chivas and starting off this year’s home slate with a 3-1 loss to Cruz Azul.Between Chivas’ struggles at home and Rayados still trying to get the taste of finals defeat out of their mouth, Saturday’s contest could have an intensity rare for January. Expect several goals and a huge motivational boost for the team that comes out on top – if there is a winner.last_img read more