USC parent and former food executive pleads guilty in admissions scandal

first_imgJanav’s daughter submitted the falsified ACT test scores to USC in Fall 2018 as part of her application. In response to a request for comment, USC directed the Daily Trojan to an informational page on its website last updated Aug. 12.  Former California food executive Michelle Janavs pleaded guilty Monday on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering for her participation in Operation Varsity Blues. Unlike other students anonymously referenced in the investigation, Janavs’ daughter had played competitive volleyball in high school, but she hadn’t played beach volleyball competitively. The fake recruiting profile, presented by former associate athletic director Donna Heinel to an admissions committee, falsely stated she won several beach volleyball tournaments in California.  Her younger daughter took the exam with Dvorskiy in February 2019 at the West Hollywood Test Center and Janavs wired her first payment of $25,000 to a Boston account in the name of Singer’s Key Worldwide Foundation.  So far, Agustin Huneeus, a prominent Napa Valley winemaker who paid $250,000 to have his daughter admitted to USC as a fake water polo recruit, has received the highest sentence of any parent to plead guilty for involvement in the scandal. Huneeus was sentenced to five months in prison, two years of supervised release and 500 hours of community service. He will also be required to pay a $100,000 fine.  Janavs and the other 18 parents, including actress Lori Loughlin, who chose to maintain innocence were additionally charged with money laundering in April and now face pressure from federal prosecutors who warned that they could be charged with committing federal program bribery as soon as next week, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The only thing is [my younger daughter] is not like [my older daughter] … She’s not stupid,” Janavs said in a phone call with Singer. “So if I said to her, ‘Well, we’re going to take it up at [Singer’s]’ she’s going to wonder why.”  Janavs’ daughter had received a conditional acceptance letter to USC in October 2018. During a January call with Janavs, Singer said a beach volleyball coach approached Heinel about Janavs’ daughter’s spot on the roster. If the coach approached Janavs about her daughter, Singer instructed her to say her daughter would be practicing at tournaments throughout the summer to prepare for the season, according to documents from the FBI investigation.  “The University is conducting a full review of the matter and continues to cooperate with the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation,” the page read.center_img Janavs, a Newport Beach resident, is accused of paying $300,000 to have her daughter admitted to USC as a beach volleyball recruit and of fixing her daughter’s ACT test scores.  Janavs will be sentenced Feb. 25.  To alter the entrance exam, Janavs paid two installments of $50,000 to the Key Worldwide Foundation, Singer’s fake charity, some of which was also distributed to the test proctor and Igor Dvorskiy, the director of the West Hollywood College Preparatory School. According to a press release from the District of Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud can lead to a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the resulting gain or loss. Meanwhile, conspiracy to commit money laundering can result in a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved.  Janavs is one of three parents who chose to come forward on a guilty plea Monday after refusing a deal to plead guilty on a charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud in April.  In August 2017,  Janavs forwarded correspondence to William “Rick” Singer, who ran the college admissions scheme, indicating that her daughter was approved for extended time on the ACT to which he replied, “Awesome news. It works.” In October 2017, Janavs’ daughter took the ACT at the West Hollywood Test Center, one of the main test centers involved in the admissions scandal. She received a score of 32 out of 36 on the entrance exam.  Janavs also approached Singer in November 2018 to discuss paying for her younger daughter to take the ACT with Dvorskiy in Los Angeles. Janavs worried that her second daughter, who was studying in hopes of receiving a 34 or higher out of 36, might question why she had to travel to take the test.   Janavs’ legal team did not respond to requests for comment in time for publication.last_img read more

Trojans fall to eighth on day two at Gifford tourney

first_imgA poor finish on the second day has the No. 12 USC men’s golf team sitting in eighth place at the Gifford Collegiate Championship in San Martin, Calif.The Trojans are at 5-under par for the tournament, 11 strokes behind No. 2 Stanford.USC entered day two of competition in fourth place and rose to as high as second before coming unglued down the stretch. The Trojans registered four double bogeys and a pair of triple bogeys on the back nine and saw their score for the day swell from 6-under par to 2-over.Stanford parlayed a strong second round into a lead entering the final day. The Cardinal shot 10-under par on Tuesday and hold a one-stroke advantage over No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 36 Duke.Sophomore Steve Lim shot 3-under on Tuesday and moved into a tie for seventh place on the individual leaderboard. Junior Daniel Park and freshmen Sam Smith and Martin Trainer are tied for 37th at 1-over par.One thing that has tested the depth of the Trojans is the unusual scoring format the tournament employs. Six players compete for each school with the five low scores for each round counting, a departure from the typical format of five players and four scores counting.The format has been particularly difficult for the team to adjust to with the absence of returning All-American junior Matthew Giles, who is taking part in a tournament in Australia.Freshman T.J. Vogel and junior Bo DeHuff are tied for 43rd and 52nd, respectively.last_img read more

Asian Para Games 2018: India finishes overall ninth to record successful outing

first_imgK Jennitha Anto clinched the gold in women’s individual rapid P1 chess event after beating Manurung Roslinda of Indonesia 1-0 in the final round, while Kishan Gangolli got the better of Majid Bagheri in the men’s individual rapid VI – B2/B3 event to claim the top honours. Rapid P1 event is for physically impaired athletes while rapid VI – B2/B3 event features partially blind competitors.In para-badminton, Parul Parmar notched up a 21-9 21-5 victory over Wandee Kamtam of Thailand to win the gold medal in the women’s singles SL3 event. Athletes in this class have impairment in one or both lower limbs and poor walking/running balance but they play in standing positions.(PTI Inputs) Written By Last Updated: 13th October, 2018 16:07 IST Asian Para Games 2018: India Finishes Overall Ninth To Record Successful Outing India has claimed 15 gold, 24 silver and 33 bronze medals in total and was placed ninth in the overall rankings. In what is a proud moment for the country, India recorded its best-ever showing at the 2018 Asian Para Games. With 72 podium finishes, India has claimed 15 gold, 24 silver and 33 bronze medals in total and were placed ninth in the overall rankings. 1 year ago All Indian States must include animals in disaster plans to save communities Digital Desk India’s Pramod Bhagat defeated Ukun Rukaendi of Indonesia 21-19 15-21 21-14 to clinch the gold medal in the men’s singles SL3 class badminton. Athletes in the SL3 category generally have impairment in one or both lower limbs and poor walking or running balance. Athletes with cerebral palsy, bilateral polio or loss of both legs below the knee compete in half-court (lengthwise) to minimize the impact of their impairment.Para shuttler Tarun added another yellow metal to India’s kitty on the final day of the event after beating Yuyang Gao of China 21-16 21-6 in the men’s singles SL4 class. The SL4 class athletes have a lesser impairment compared to SL 3 and play full-court. Players with impairment in one or both lower limbs, unilateral polio or mild cerebral palsy fall in SL4 category.Asian heavyweights, China finished atop of the overall rankings with 172 gold, 88 silver and 59 bronze followed by South Korea (53 gold, 25 silver and 47 bronze) and Iran (51, 42, 43). The performance at this year’s games was definitely a couple of notches higher, in comparison to the 2014 edition, wherein India won 33 medals (3 gold, 14 silver, 16 bronze). 1 year ago WATCH: Mohammed Salah defies the laws of physics, scores directly from corner COMMENTcenter_img FOLLOW US LIVE TV First Published: 13th October, 2018 15:36 IST WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND Earlier on Friday, Paralympic medallist Deepa Malik bagged her second medal of the completion after she clinched the bronze medal in the women’s F51/52/53s discus throw event. SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 year ago President Ram Nath Kovind, Lata Mangeshkar, And Shivraj Singh Chouhan Pay Last Respects To Legendary Hindustani Musician Annapurna Devilast_img read more

Saints bow out of FAI Junior Cup

first_imgThe Tipp Town club were knocked out following a penalty shoot-out with Usher Celtic – the Dublin side won 3-0.The match at Cooke Park finished scoreless after normal and extra-time.last_img

Neymar Set for Onslaught in PSG, Monaco Duel on StarTimes

first_imgIn the league, PSG has netted 43 goals in 13 games and it is on course for 126 goals tally which would crush Monaco’s formidable tally of 107 from last season. A win at Monaco’s Stade Louis II stadium on Sunday night will move league leader PSG nine points clear of second-place Monaco. This will place PSG in prime position to reclaim the title it won four seasons in a row before Monaco ended the run last season.The Parisian club will unleash its three fearsome attack of Mbappe, Neymar, and Cavani (MNC) on Monaco that is far too dependend on top scorer Radamel Falcao.Edinson Cavani is now arguably the most lethal striker in Europe and took his tally to 21 in 18 games after netting twice against Celtic.According to the Brands and Marketing Director, StarTimes, Mr. Qasim Elegbede, “The live telecast of these matches reflect the firm’s commitment to provide the best sporting action to its subscribers at a very affordable cost. Football lovers can enjoy the thrills and action of these games such as the Serie A, Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 and Chinese Super League. The matches can also be viewed on StarTimes Mobile App on all smart devises, he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram StarTimes Nigeria is set to thrill subscribers with scintillating live matches of Ligue 1 league at Monaco’s Stade Louis II stadium on Sunday by 8pm on StarTimes World Football (Channel 254 and 245).The league leaders Paris Saint-Germain with 35 points from 13 games will be traveling down to Stade Louis II stadium to play second place, Monaco, who have gathered 29 points from 13 games.PSG lost the French league title by eight points to Monaco last season but the tables have been turned this season, as Monaco now lags behind with six points difference. PSG is very much in the dominance; Monaco’s season threatens to unravel after early elimination from the Champions League and a tough start to its title defence.last_img read more

Twitter suspends Paddy Power account

first_img Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Footstock signs Chris Kamara as new brand ambassador August 18, 2020 Related Articles As of last night, Paddy Power’s popular Twitter account (@PaddyPower) has been suspended for reasons yet unknown.The social media platform has blocked the Paddy Power account showing no active feed, posting a generic message that reads ‘Twitter suspends accounts that violate the Twitter Rules’.Twitter’s suspension of @PaddyPower, has sent the bookmaker’s followers into rumour overdrive, however, it remains unknown why the bookmaker has been blocked.In its help centre, Twitter states that it serves the right to suspend accounts that have breached its spam policy, been hacked, found to be abusive or violated its platform behaviour rules.Paddy Power has the largest following of any bookmaker on Twitter, with a reported +630,000 followers, nearly double the amount of its closest competitor bet365 (360,000 followers). The bookmaker has detailed numerous times that it views Twitter and Facebook as key drivers for its marketing and customer engagement strategy.At present all other Paddy Power syndicated Twitter accounts remain open. The bookmaker has made no comment as yet on its Twitter suspension.center_img Submit StumbleUpon Share UPDATE – The main Paddy Power account was back online Tuesday morning, with no indication of why it had been suspended, but with a typical company message:last_img read more

Chelsea clear to make January signings after transfer ban ruling by CAS

first_img Source: The Guardian Chelsea’s transfer ban has been halved by the court of arbitration for sport, clearing them to make signings in January.A penalty imposed by Fifa was due to cover two transfer windows: last summer and the one next month. Chelsea’s fine of 600,000 Swiss francs fine (£460,000) has also been halved by CAS.The club went to Cas after Fifa’s appeals committee rejected their case. Fifa imposed its ban on Chelsea after the club were found guilty of breaking transfer regulations relating to minors.Chelsea reluctantly accepted that they had been in breach of serious breaches of the governing body’s regulations but they have always maintained their innocence in relation to what were found to be less serious transgressions.At a recent meeting of lawyers for all parties Chelsea’s representatives advanced a very strong case as to why these alleged breaches ought to be disregarded. Fifa’s lawyers left that meeting thinking that the Cas verdict could well go against them.Real Madrid had a two-window Fifa transfer ban reduced to one by Cas in 2016.Cas said in a statement that Chelsea were “banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for one entire registration period, which the club already served during the 2019 summer registration period” and that the club had been “ordered to pay a fine to Fifa of the amount of CHF 300,000”.last_img read more

Report: Galatasaray agree terms with Kevin-Prince Boateng

first_imgMedia reports from Turkey and Germany say that Kevin-Prince Boateng has agreed a deal to join Galatasaray.According to Galatasaray President Dursun Özbek, the Ghanaian has already given the team a commitment to a four-year contract.Out of favour with Schalke now, Boateng, has reportedly also agreed personal terms.The 28-year-old was recently frozen by his German club after their loss to FC Koln in the Bundesliga and is widely expected to leave the club in the summer.Boateng’s presence at former club, AC Milan’s league match at the San Siro last weekend, sparked rumours of a possible return but a report by Turkish media outlet, Haber, claims that he has sealed personal terms worth 1.5 million euros with Galatasaray.The suspended Ghana international who can play across midfield and in attack, has one more year in his contract with Schalke and according to the report, the Turkish giants want to beat down his 5 million euro valuation by the Gelsinkirchen-based side. –last_img read more

Alexander: Effects of Julio Urías situation will go way beyond Dodgers

first_imgBut we know this: The effects go way beyond what happens to the Dodgers’ pitching staff the rest of the season, and maybe even beyond where Urías’ career goes from here.Those who have been victims, or survivors, of domestic violence and who see these details will have their own thoughts, their own memories, their own fears come rushing back.“It can definitely trigger people,” said Melodie Kruspodin, the prevention and policy director at Peace Over Violence, a Los Angeles-based volunteer organization committed to intervention, prevention education and emergency services for abuse and violence victims.“We run a 24-hour hotline here at Peace Over Violence for domestic violence and sexual assault, and we can actually see a statistical increase in how many phone calls we get to the hotline when there is a public case around sexual assault or domestic violence. It can either trigger people to flashbacks, or it can make this person feel like, ‘Wow, what this person is describing sounds like what I’m going through. So am I going through domestic violence?’“The other thing I would say is that I think survivors, like current survivors or victims, are also looking to how we react to these cases. They’re also paying attention to, ‘Are we blaming the victim and asking, well, did he or she do something? Did they cause this person to hit them? (Or is it) oh, well, I don’t believe them because I know this guy and he would never do something like that.’ So I think it’s also about what our response is as a society.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “We want, whether it be teams or Major League Baseball or whoever it may be, to also focus on what are we doing to try to prevent this from happening in the first place?” Kruspodin said. “Can we provide training or education to players, to administration, to the organization, to be aware of these things, to let them know what a healthy relationship is?“… Are they showing any kind of (desire) to address this as an issue? Perhaps not focusing on one specific player or one incident but saying, ‘We as the Dodgers or we as Major League Baseball take domestic violence seriously, don’t think that it’s right, (and) believe and support survivors.’ ”Getting that message out there would be good. Backing it up with time, effort and money to local organizations that support victims and survivors – and there are plenty of them in every city – would be better, not just for baseball teams but franchises in all sports.Better still would be making sure the message – that relationships should be built on respect, not intimidation or manipulation – is reinforced in every clubhouse and locker room.Every workplace, on Twitter How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire It is way too early to make assumptions in the case of Julio Urías, too early to speculate on what might happen because we don’t know exactly what did happen Monday evening in a parking structure at the Beverly Center.We know he was accused, by police, of shoving his female companion to the ground. He was arrested, booked, released on $20,000 bond and has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball.We know the Dodgers are tight-lipped these days, allowing MLB to take the lead. We also know that the Dodgers have backed away from acquiring players with domestic violence in their pasts. We do not know how this will shake out, whether he is looking at a lengthy suspension or whether he’ll even wear the Dodgers uniform again.And we definitely don’t know if there is a history, or if this was a one-time occurrence. That, I suspect, will be one of the things MLB’s investigators look into in determining the incident’s seriousness, and it likely will have an effect on what kind of suspension, if any, is handed down. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Society has changed in this regard: The old attitude of ‘boys will be boys’ is no longer acceptable. What that has done in sports, in particular, is to shine a harsher light on both those who have committed acts of domestic violence along with those who have been accused. The Cubs’ Addison Russell, booed by the home fans last week when he returned from a 40-game domestic violence suspension, is but one example.The Dodgers have avoided such players on two different occasions during Andrew Friedman’s tenure, cutting off negotiations on a potential Aroldis Chapman trade in December of 2015 and staying out of the bidding for reliever Roberto Osuna last summer.What do they do now, with one of their own, if Urías is suspended or faces legal jeopardy? If it comes down to a team decision, where do social responsibility and competitive considerations converge, and where do they diverge? It’s not a simple question to answer, especially when we as yet know so little.Another question: Is a zero tolerance policy, while principled, the most effective way to address this issue in your community?Kruspodin, whose organization deals with such situations daily, said she does not have an issue with second chances for people who take responsibility for their actions and work to change their behavior.A far more effective tack would be for teams and leagues to really lean into advocacy. Joe Torre’s Safe at Home Foundation, started by the former manager who is now an MLB vice president, provides help for children who have been caught up in abusive relationships and obviously has a lot of support within the game. But teams probably could do more in their individual communities.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Toni Bowman of Wellington is winner of the Kansas Wheat Festival Grand Prize drawing

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Toni Bowman of Wellington was the winner of the Grand Prize 2015 Kansas Wheat Festival drawing at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce office this morning.Bowman is a nurse at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Annarose White drew the winner of the Grand Prize this morning. Bowman will be a recipient of a $1,115 check, because it was the 115th Kansas Wheat Festival.“Over the phone Toni was so thrilled to win the Grand Prize,” White said. “She has a daughter getting married in Wellington in nine months and will be using some of the cash for that.”White gives a big thanks to the Theurer Auction & Reality and the Kansas Star Casino for sponsoring this part of the Kansas Wheat Festival.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more