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first_imgMen’s basketball and hockey ticket renewals on parGophers fans had to pay an additional $100, $250 or $400 donation on top of their season tickets, but that didn’t stop fans from purchasing them. Andrew KrammerJune 14, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint Gophers fans weren’t deterred by the forced donations that accompanied men’s basketball and men’s hockey ticket sales this offseason.Despite the institution of a “preferred-seating” system — the same one football started when TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009 — Gophers fans still ordered to renew their men’s basketball and men’s hockey tickets at high rates.Men’s basketball, which finished its season ticket renewals June 8, had a renewal rate of 85 percent, while men’s hockey had an 89 percent renewal rate.“We are happy with our overall renewal numbers,” associate athletics director Jason LaFrenz said. “It is about what we projected.”Minnesota’s athletics department announced last summer the plan to start a “Gopher Points” system, which awards ticketholders points based on the years of consecutive ticket ownership, donations and ties to the University. The new pricing structure required donations of either $400, $250 or $100, depending on the seat location.The plan drew ire from fans in blogs and public forums when it was first announced. But Gophers fans renewed their tickets at normal rates last year, and this year is similar. To counter any potential loss of business, LaFrenz said Minnesota lowered prices for single games in the upper level of Williams Arena for men’s basketball and added two new prices for cheaper seats — either $20 or $28 per game.LaFrenz and Minnesota have an uphill battle: The Gophers had the lowest average attendance last season — 11,685 — at Williams Arena since coach Tubby Smith’s arrival to the program in 2007. That’s a 12 percent drop from the 2010-11 season. “With lots of optimism on the team side and the facility enhancements, we think Gophers basketball and hockey continues to be a good value for the entertainment dollar,” LaFrenz said.In May, the University announced plans to replace the scoreboards and sound systems in both Mariucci and Williams Arenas. The University plans on making the LED scoreboards and sound systems, which cost about $8 million, installed and functional by the start of the 2012-13 season. Athletics spokesman Garry Bowman told the Minnesota Daily in May that the funding will come from the premium seating changes.“There will definitely be a ‘wow’ factor when the seasons start in the fall,” LaFrenz said.Gophers football has used a similar system since TCF Bank Stadium opened three years ago. The results have been undeniably beneficial, with more than $1 million in additional ticket revenue coming in from 2009 to 2010.Gophers football season tickets were renewed at an 89 percent rate this offseason, LaFrenz said.In April, Minnesota announced a partnership with The Aspire Group, an outside company aimed to help professional and collegiate sports sell tickets. The group began by helping the Gophers sell football season tickets in late May and in June. LaFrenz said The Aspire Group will begin selling unsold basketball season tickets in early July.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Suffolk County correction officer from Hampton Bays who sexually abused boys in his care pleaded guilty to all eight felony charges. Robert Weis, 56, is scheduled to be sentenced in front of New York State Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen Wednesday, December 18.Weis had sexual intercourse with a boy under the age of 11 on multiple occasions, he admitted December 9, as part of his guilty plea, as well as with another youth under the age of 13. At least one of the two victims is Weis’s adopted child. Over the years, he adopted five boys, all considered challenged youths, and acted as foster parent to many more.The prosecuting attorney, Laurie Moroff, of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau, said during Weis’s initial arraignment April 5 in Southampton Town Justice Court, that Weis had “sleepovers” for friends of his five adopted sons, during which he would abuse and fondle the other boys.The crimes occurred over 15 years ago. Southampton Town Police detectives investigated and arrested Weis April 4 after one of the victims came forward. After that arrest was announced, it appears that a second victim came forward, as well. The victims’ identities are protected, due to the nature of the crimes. There is no statute of limitations for the violent sex crimes Weis committed.In addition, Weis pleaded guilty to three felony counts of weapons possession, and one felony count of criminal possession of stolen property he had taken from the Suffolk County Correction Department Yaphank facility, including bulletproof vests and handcuffs. Police found three unregistered handguns, along with 36 long guns, and 50,000 rounds of ammunition when they raided Weis’s residence in Hampton Bays in April.Weis was being held in lieu of $5 million bail. After pleading guilty, he was ordered remanded.Weis also has an open charge of sexual misconduct from 2016 in Columbia, SC. When that charge was made, Weis was required to turn in his gun by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and was reassigned to the quartermaster office.Because the Correction Department feared possible retribution against Weis while being held since his arrest, he has been housed in an undisclosed facility west of Suffolk County, possibly on Rikers Island, or in [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgFollowing a new agreement with the Government of Malaysia and Kuantan Port Authority for a 30‐year port concession, the Kuantan Port Consortium (KPC) will develop, operate and manage the Kuantan Port, which covers the existing port and a new deep water terminal (NDWT). According to the agreement signed, the new deep water terminal (NDWT) will be developed by KPC in two phases with a total cost of approximately $808 million.The development will involve dredging of the harbor basin and navigational channel, reclamation works, construction of new berths and cargo storage yards as well as provision of infrastructure facilities and utilities associated with port operations.When finished, the NDWT will serve as a multipurpose port for handling various types of cargo, increasing industrial growth in the region.In addition, the deeper harbor basin of the NDWT will enable the berthing of larger ships thus allowing Kuantan Port to be an important transshipment gateway to ASEAN and Asia Pacific.[mappress mapid=”20677″]last_img read more

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first_imgGIRLSFIRST TEAMCaitlin Jenkins, Huntington; Gabby Jackson, Benton; Ty’ronica Foster, Fair Park; Dominique Johnson, Fair ParkMVP — Amber Smith, LoyolaSECOND TEAMJa’Cartney Neloms, Minden; Amber Cook, Woodlawn; Megan Fream, Benton; Brittany Myles, Fair Park; Rachael Elzie, WoodlawnTHIRD TEAMSavonya Robinson, Fair Park; Tanisha Briggs, Huntington; Haggar Caldwell, Woodlawn; Mallory McConathy, North DeSoto; Carla Davis, North DeSotoHONORABLE MENTIONBenton — LeLe Carper, Brandy Harris. Fair Park — Deborah Ford, LaPorsha Bailey, Huntington — Alex Gadette, Denesia Dixon. Loyola — Suzanne Cooper, Allyson Ruben, Reagan Henderson, Caroline Holloway. Minden — Antavia Sterling, Metosha Gill. Northwood — Keasia Stephens, December Bullard. StanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAppurseRemember Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife? Try Not To Gasp When You See Her NowAppurse|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Note: The All-District 1-4A teams were selected by the district’s coachesBOYSFIRST TEAMBranden Sheppard, Huntington; De’Angelo McClinton, Fair Park; Johnny Woodard, Huntington; Martravious Washington, NorthwoodMVP — CJ Elkins, MindenSECOND TEAMEldrick English, Loyola; Kadavion Evans, Huntington; Kevin Hamilton, Minden; Donnie Perkins, Fair Park; Sidney Bryant, WoodlawnTHIRD TEAMWilliam Givens, Benton; Ricky Smith, Woodlawn; Tim Howard, North DeSoto; Dominique Kennedy, Loyola; Anfernee Red, Minden; Alden Kelly Jr., Huntingtonlast_img read more

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first_img San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard hasn’t played yet this season because of a quadriceps injury. The Warriors sent Draymond Green to get an MRI on an aching knee that knocked him out of their season-opener early. Houston’s Chris Paul missed a game at Sacramento on Wednesday with knee pain. Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas won’t be back until January, at least, while recovering from a hip injury. And those guys, along with Hayward, are just the hurting All-Stars from last season. “There’s no doubt we’ll get him back to be better than he was before,” said Mark Bartelstein, Hayward’s agent. Lin’s injury was nowhere near as visibly horrifying as Hayward’s, but the end result was the same a bad landing at Indiana on Wednesday left him in tears and saying, “I’m done, I’m done.” His personal diagnosis was officially confirmed yesterday morning: Lin ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee, the Nets said. “We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said. Plenty of other teams are missing key players and would-be starters. Among them: Utah’s Dante Exum may miss the whole season with a dislocated left shoulder, Miami’s Rodney McGruder had surgery on a stress fracture in his leg, Phoenix’s Brandon Knight blew his knee out in the summer, San Antonio’s Tony Parker (leg) is still several weeks from returning, Indiana’s Glenn Robinson III (ankle) may miss half the season, and Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker (knee) has months of rehab work left. “You worry about guys getting nicked up,” Memphis forward Brandan Wright said. “Lot of big injuries … You want to just take care of your guys.” Hayward had surgery on Wednesday night and is likely to miss the remainder of the season after breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle in Boston’s opener at Cleveland. Wednesday’s results: Detroit Pistons 102 Charlotte Hornets 90; Indiana Pacers 140 Brooklyn Nets 131; Orlando Magic 116 Miami Heat 109; Washington Wizards 120 Philadelphia 76ers 115; Boston Celtics 100 Milwaukee Bucks 108; Memphis Grizzlies 103 New Orleans Pelicans 91; Dallas Mavericks 111 Atlanta Hawks 117; Utah Jazz 106 Denver Nuggets 96; San Antonio Spurs 107 Minnesota Timberwolves 99; Phoenix Suns 76 Portland Trail Blazers 124; Sacramento Kings 100 Houston Rockets 105. MIAMI (AP): Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin was horrified to see what happened to Gordon Hayward, whose season almost certainly ended in a most disturbing fashion five minutes into the Celtics’ season-opener. A night later, Lin met a similar fate. Here’s some of what should be celebrated from the opening nights of the NBA season: Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had a 37-point game, Cleveland’s LeBron James was one assist away from a triple-double, Houston beat Golden State on the Warriors’ ring night, and Miami’s Hassan Whiteside went for 26 points and 22 rebounds. It all seems overshadowed by injuries. No, this is not the start the NBA wanted. “It’s tough watching that happen to anybody in the NBA,” said Golden State guard Shaun Livingston, whose horrific knee injury from 2007 – so bad that doctors originally thought he could lose his leg – was compared to the grotesque nature of Hayward’s injury Tuesday night. “It’s all a brotherhood. You want to see guys succeed.” Many members of the brotherhood are ailing, none causing bigger shock waves than Hayward. HURTING ALL-STARSlast_img read more

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