Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Ronkonkoma man was among eight members of a Pennsylvania State University fraternity who were recently indicted for their roles in the February hazing death of a 19-year-old student, authorities said.Daniel Casey, who is also 19, was charged with manslaughter, assault, tampering with evidence, providing alcohol to minors and other counts in the death of Timothy Piazza. The victim, who was going through the Beta Theta Pi initiation, died of a head injury when frat members allegedly hesitated to call 911 after he suffered a head injury repeatedly falling down a flight of stairs following a night of heavy drinking.“He was in dire mental need of help,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller told reporters Friday during a news conference announcing the indictment. “These brothers gathered around Timothy, where some of them described that he looked dead, and they waited over 40 minutes before they called for help while some of them Googled things like, ‘what to do w a head injury.’”Prosecutors said Casey was the pledge master who oversaw the initiation rituals for the frat for the past three semesters.Casey was seen on surveillance video handing a bottle of vodka to the victim, who was from New Jersey, according to the indictment. After some members of the frat were ignored when they insisted that the victim needed medical care, Casey was seen on camera slapping the victim three times in the face in a failed attempt to revive him, the court documents say.By the time the victim was taken to a hospital, it was too late, authorities said. The fraternity’s international chapter leaders issued a statement stating that the Penn State chapter was suspended after the death.“Beta Theta Pi International Fraternity has clearly and consistently expressed its position that it does not tolerate hazing or alcohol abuse in any form by its members,” the statement read. “The former undergraduate members were well educated by the International Fraternity and Penn State on these policies; however, they are entitled to the presumption of innocence as they face these charges.”
The Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre is operated as a joint venture between a private company, Perpetuus Energy Ltd, and the Isle of Wight council. PTEC is a proposed tidal energy demonstration facility with a planned electrical generation capacity of 30MW. However, in order to secure the first phase of funding from the Tiger project PTEC approached the council for a further loan of £244,000. This would lever in £366,000 in EU funding to secure the leases and licences for the future and enable a further phase of work, also attracting Tiger funds, to secure financial close on the scheme. “In light of the extraordinary circumstances created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the financial uncertainties it has created, the council will delay the decision on the further loan investment in PTEC until a future date when there are fewer variables to consider in assessing the overall deliverability of the project,” said the Isle of Wight council in a statement. The Isle of Wight council were set to approve the further investment to assist with renewal of licences and leases for the tidal energy scheme off the coast of St Catherine’s Point. A decision on whether to approve a further £244,000 investment in Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) has been delayed – this time by coronavirus. Instead the decision has been deferred. The PTEC project has been in hibernation after the 2017 change in Government policy, which led tidal energy companies saying they could not compete with offshore wind bids. In order to secure the EU funds and effectively keep the project alive, PTEC was required to confirm its match funding is secured and in place by the end of March. While the decision has been postponed, the council has said it will continue to work with PTEC, the Tiger Project and other stakeholders to help inform any future decision.
The sun was a welcome sight on Saturday morning as the No. 1 USC men’s tennis team (2-0, 0-0) embarked on its dual-match season with two victories against Loyola Marymount (0-1, 0-0) and UC Santa Barbara (1-2, 0-0).Multiple scorer · Senior Robert Farah partnered with sophomore Steven Johnson to capture a doubles point for the Trojans against LMU on Saturday. Later, Farah earned a singles victory against UC Santa Barbara. – Sunhil Murali | Daily Trojan The week’s turbulent weather affected the action, as the first match against LMU was delayed 1 hour 27 minutes to allow the Marks Tennis Stadium courts to dry up.The delay did not hurt the Trojans, however, as they dominated the Lions 7-0.Doubles play was competitive as the No. 13 duo of senior Robert Farah and sophomore Steve Johnson held off the No. 60 team of junior Ivan Lopez and sophomore Otto Sauer 8-6 to secure the doubles point for the Trojans.In the singles portion, USC demonstrated their depth and skill with commanding performances across the board. At the second singles slot, No. 116 junior Jaak Poldma highlighted the strong play with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 87 Lopez. Poldma displayed a powerful forehand that Lopez could not handle the entire match.Also featured in singles were victories by No. 14 ranked Farah (6-2, 6-1) over Sauer, No. 47 sophomore Matt Kecki (6-3, 6-1) over senior Renzo Maggi and freshman Joel Giger (6-2, 6-3) over freshman Zeke Hindle.The second match was not as easy going, as the Trojans held off the Gauchos 4-3. USC swept the doubles portion, highlighted by the exciting comeback victory of junior Peter Lucassen and Poldma, who defeated freshmen Benjamin Recknagel and Lucas Sudow 9-8 (3). The USC duo was down 4-7 but stormed back to secure the sweep in doubles.The top three singles players carried the Trojans, as they faced some adversity from UCSB. In the decisive match, No. 1 ranked Johnson was in command of the match, then had his serve broken by junior Alex Koningsfeldt to tie up the second set 4-4. Johnson responded by taking three of the next four games to seal the 6-3, 7-5 victory.At the end of the long day, the injury bug hit junior Daniel Gliner as he fought through a tough loss to Recknagel 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5). Gliner was in the midst of a comeback when he suffered cramps in the middle of the second set. In the end, he could not overcome the injury during the tiebreak.The day started off well for the Trojans but ended on a bit of an underwhelming note.“We didn‘t play to our full potential, but you have to give credit to UCSB. They played really well,” USC coach Peter Smith explained.Even with some disappointment, there were plenty of brilliant performances. Lucassen stood out to coaches as he excelled during his first taste of collegiate tennis.“Most impressively, Peter Lucassen went 4-0 for the day,“ Smith said.Sophomore Daniel Nguyen also played notably by sweeping the two doubles and one singles match he participated in.“The experienced players really came through today,” Smith noted.The veterans might have won the day, but equally importantwas allowing all of the players to compete.All players were able to participate in at least one match because of the doubleheader format.“It was important to let everyone know the pressure on court,” Smith said.Some questions, especially about the lineup, remain unanswered, but Smith will continue to mix in different combinations to find the right fit.For the Trojans, the outcome of the day’s matches held mixed results, but Smith and the team come away with added experience, as the doubleheader allowed USC to play more oppoents than they could have scheduled otherwise.
UCLA is coming off an Elite Eight appearance and will return a top-tier offense that threatens to knock off the Trojans for the third year in a row. The Bruins brought in All-American transfer Lucy Parker from LSU this offseason to lead their defense, posing a challenge for a USC team without DeMelo. DeMelo’s absence will place a heavy offensive burden on returning midfielders senior Jalen Woodward and junior Alea Hyatt. USC’s strong incoming freshman class will help lessen the impact of DeMelo’s absence. The Trojans have once again compiled one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, coming in at No. 3 overall behind UCLA and Penn State. Collins was a second team All-American after an outstanding season in which she allowed just 11 goals en route to 10 shutouts. She will look to maintain a solid defensive unit and improve on her already-impressive 86.1% save percentage. With the 2019 season just around the corner, USC women’s soccer is set to build upon last year’s success with a team that has all the tools to bounce back and take another stab at the national championship. The team will enter the season ranked No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll behind two Pac-12 schools: Stanford and UCLA. “We expect [Jones] to do some big things,” McAlpine said. “She is a very talented player that has not really gotten [an] opportunity show her skill, but I think people will be surprised.” Collins’ defensive line will be anchored by senior outside back Julia Bingham, who has started all but four games during her college career thus far. Bingham has been one of USC’s most reliable defenders to date and earned All-Pac-12 second team honors last season. A well-rounded recruiting class and a more experienced lineup should also help the Trojans down the stretch during conference play and in closely contested matches. For USC to capture the top spot in the Pac-12, it will need to prove that it can compete with the top teams in the conference — and there will be limited room for error. The Trojans are fresh off another impressive season under head coach Keidane McAlpine, who has led the team to four straight campaigns with at least 15 wins. However, the team’s search for its second title in three years ended with a heartbreaking loss to Florida State in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament on penalty kicks. On top of an extremely competitive Pac-12 schedule, USC is slated to play some of the most difficult non-conference opponents in the nation, including reigning national champion Florida State. The Trojans will look to avenge last year’s season-ending loss to the Seminoles in the rematch Sept. 1. McAlpine said he will give junior midfielder Arlie Jones the nod in DeMelo’s place. The Trojans were also able to land graduate transfer Natalie Ward from Notre Dame, where she appeared in 34 games. Although her senior season was cut short due to injury, Ward’s experience will be a valuable asset. The talented class of 2023 includes midfielder Croix Bethune, who was named the country’s top midfielder in 2017. Another newcomer, forward Olufolasade Adamolekun, recently played for the Jamaican national team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and will provide useful international experience to the team. The Trojans will face a tall task in replacing injured junior midfielder Savannah DeMelo. A third team All-American last season, DeMelo was recently named to the Hermann Trophy watch list, alongside Collins. DeMelo posted nine goals and 10 assists in 21 games in 2018 but will miss the majority of the season due to an Achilles injury. USC will field one of the most formidable and complete teams in the nation, but winning the Pac-12 will be no easy task. Reigning Pac-12 champion Stanford is a perennial powerhouse that will look to defend its conference title for the fifth season in a row. The Cardinal also boast a solid lineup featuring two Hermann watch list candidates: sophomore forward Sophia Smith and junior forward Catarina Macario. Sophomore forward Penelope Hocking fends off a Missouri player for the ball during the 2018 season. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan) “She is a really big part of our team,” said Bingham, who has competed against DeMelo from a young age. “But I believe we do have a lot of [midfielders] that could fill her spot. I have no doubt we will be fine.” “One of the things that I like about this group is that we have a lot of experience and older players who have been a part of [the] 2016 championship team, and we also have players who played in that very tough loss against FSU,” McAlpine said. “We can use that experience and the disappointment of not reaching our goals last season to our advantage.” “Beating every California team will be huge because we always struggle with California schools,” Bingham said. “We really have to stay focused and locked in for every game.” USC lost three seniors and two graduate students during the offseason, but is expecting returning players to fill the void, including sophomore forward Penelope Hocking and redshirt junior goalie Kaylie Collins. Hocking earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year for her stellar 14-goal campaign, which included three game-winners.