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first_imgLocalNews Portsmouth Mayor describes murder of Zicak resident as “disgusting” by: – December 29, 2011 Share 90 Views   6 comments Share Tweetcenter_img Mayor of Portsmouth Cleve St. Jean. Mayor of Portsmouth Cleve St Jean has described the violent murder of 22 year old Tyson ‘Boyee’ Thomas which took place in that town on Tuesday afternoon as “disgusting”.On Tuesday, Tyson “Boyee” Thomas of Zicak, Portsmouth was fatally shot by a masked man whom the police have not yet identified.“It is really something that is disgusting, and the police and the community need to come together to help one another, to prevent these kinds of crime, be it just petty thieves, murder or another crime in the community,” St. Jean said.According to the Mayor, the entire community needs to play their part by providing information to assist the police with their investigations.“In order to solve any crime you need the community and you need information. As much as the police are playing their part in terms of investigating, we need to bring institutions close to the community and make people feel they are party of everything, because in order to solve any crime we need information from the community. We need to institute programs that the community is going to feel a part of the police and the police feel part of the community, so we can get information in solving crimes.”The Mayor further stated that one person’s action can affect the safety of the entire town and therefore calls on perpetrators to cease from committing these criminal acts.“We cannot have a town where persons can feel they can do anything; we cannot have a town where persons can feel they can murder or cheat or steal and it’s just ok because it’s not ok. One person affects the whole town. We have tourist in the town and besides tourist we the people need to feel safe.”The Mayor therefore calls on the perpetrators to “stop because their action is affecting everybody”. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_imgILOILO City – The Department of Health (DOH)is adopting new “surveillance definitions” or nomenclatures in the reporting ofcases that for several weeks it had been calling as persons under investigation(PUI), persons under investigation (PUM) and positive cases. A “confirmed case” is “any individual,irrespective of presence or absence of clinical signs and symptoms, who waslaboratory-confirmed for COVID-19 in a test conducted at the national referencelaboratory, a subnational reference laboratory, and/or officially accreditedlaboratory testing facility.” * individuals with fever or cough or shortnessof breath or other respiratory signs or symptoms fulfilling any one of thefollowing conditions: aged 60 years and above; with a comorbidity; assessed ashaving a high-risk pregnancy; health worker According to Convocar, these new labels werein the Philippine Institute for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases’ (PSMID)Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) on COVID-19 that DOH has adopted. * ILI (influenza-like illness) cases with anyone of the following:  with no otheretiology that fully explains the clinical presentation and a history of travelto or residence in an area that reported local transmission of COVID-19 diseaseduring the 14 days prior to symptom onset, or with contact to a confirmed orprobable case of COVID-19 during the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms * suspect who underwent testing for COVID-19but not conducted in a national or subnational reference laboratory orofficially accredited laboratory for COVID-19 confirmatory testing A “suspect case” is a person who is presentingwith any of the conditions: * suspect case for whom testing could not beperformed for any reasoncenter_img These definitions are consistent with thelatest World Health Organization Global Surveillance for COVID-19 diseaseinterim guidance (as of March 20, 2020), Convocar added. A “probable case” is a suspect case whofulfills anyone of the following: Beginning today, DOH would be transitioning tothree new terms: “suspect case”, “probable case” and “confirmed case”,according to Regional Director Marlyn Convocar. * a suspect case whom testing for COVID-19 isinconclusive * all SARI (severe acute respiratory infection) cases where noother etiology fully explains the clinical presentation “PSMID’s CPG on COVID-19 shall be used in theclinical management of COVID-19 cases in all hospitals and health facilities,both public and private, subject to continuous update by the society,” statedHealth secretary Francisco Duque III in Department Memorandum Order No.2020-0138 dated March 31, 2020./PNlast_img read more

first_imgIf they are not already off for the summer, most students will be in the next few days. Today, for the older ones, that means a summer job interrupted by many workouts for those playing sports. For the younger ones, it probably means day care or summer camps or babysitters. In the olden days, it meant a summer with mom if you were younger with a lot of make-believe fun. For a lot of us older kids, it meant working on the farm. Today the family farm is gone, and in many instances the mother has a job. It is a shame that those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are not as lazy as they used to be. When I was in high school, I played Legion baseball and worked on our family farm. Since my dad had a business as well as the farm, I split my time doing chores at both of the enterprises. If there are any three-sport students out there they will not have time to work, because their summer will be filled with games and/or contests. I thoroughly enjoyed those years, because they were care free and a lot of fun. Even though my work was hard, I was young and handled it without much trouble. The evenings were filled with ball games and other fun summer activities. The one thing I am really glad I didn’t have to fight was the temptation of trying drugs. Any place a kid goes today, I am sure the presence of drugs is not far away. Some might call this summer fun, but I call it a temptation that wears our kids down and even some of the good ones fall victim to its lure. It sure would be nice to know the biggest problem our kids would face this summer is sunburn or poison ivy!last_img read more

first_imgPictured from left, President of BAMA Roger Dean, Mary Mattingly, SP Community Outreach Director and Jane Yorn, Executive Director of Safe Passage.Batesville, In. — Services to survivors of Sexual Assault throughout Southeast Indiana will be increasing greatly over the course of this year.  Safe Passage, Inc. has been awarded funding from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) to develop a comprehensive Rape Crisis Center that will serve individuals who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their life.Since 1997, Safe Passage has been the sole provider of domestic violence victim support services in six counties in Southeast Indiana. The 30-bed shelter is based in Batesville.Currently, Indiana has only three Rape Crisis Centers while neighboring states of Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois have 89, 57, and 39 respectively.  “Our Board and agency leadership has been examining the need for sexual assault services for more than two years” states Jane Yorn, Executive Director for Safe Passage. “While the 20 year Mission of Safe Passage has been to support the needs of those living with domestic violence, we feel the addition of sexual assault services aligns very well with the core of our work – providing help, healing and hope to survivors of intensely personal acts of violence.”With the support of state funders, the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA), and local leaders, Safe Passage will be offering everything from a Rape Crisis HelpLine, free counseling and support groups for survivors, hospital and legal advocacy, outreach services and bystander intervention and prevention programs.Batesville Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) was one of the first local partners to reach out and offer assistance. With their allocation of $25,000, infrastructure for the Batesville-based crisis HelpLine is being developed, a 10 week sexual assault survivors Bible Study will launch this April, as well as other direct support programming.“We are currently hiring professional staff to develop and meet the needs specific to survivors of sexual violence. Many individuals have a painful experience in their past and have never had the opportunity to work through that hurt. We will have programs and supports to assist those survivors as well as those in immediate crisis.” states Yorn.Additional information about the Rape Crisis Center and its programs will be released in the coming weeks. The Choosing Victory faith-based group study will be held in Batesville and start on April 11th.  Email ChoosingVictory@safepassageinc.org   for more information.last_img read more

first_imgWesley Warren (left) was champion of the Charger Chassis Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)FAIRFIELD, Texas – Wesley Warren saw a lot of the Texas countryside during his drive to the Charger Chassis Southern Region championship.The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock pilot from Fairfield won nine features, plus 281 Speedway track and Allstar Performance State honors in his third season in the division.“We set goals of winning the region and state this year and we did it,” said Warren. “It was a lot of work so we have a pretty good feeling of accomplishment.”While nearly half his starts came an hour away at Waco’s Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Warren also logged a dozen 4-1/2 hour trips to Abilene Speedway, while Cotton Bowl Speedway and 281 are both about 2-1/2 hours from home.He was a three-time winner at 281, at Abilene and at Cotton Bowl, and posted 10 top-five finishes at HO’T. His first checkers at Stephenville, on March 26, came in his first race at 281 since total­ing a street stock there during the 2013 season.“I like the Hobby Stocks – they’re a challenge to drive and they’re a lot of fun, plus the competition is unreal,” said Warren, who towed with an open trailer to race frequently with the likes of Jeremy Oliver and regional rookie of the year Larry Underwood.“Jeremy has helped with setup and my driving skills,” he said. “Jeremy sharing his knowledge is the best thing I could have.”Warren finished 10th in the Saturday night Prelude at Boone Speedway and was third in IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s non-qualifier point standings.“I didn’t know if we stood a chance at Boone,” he admitted, “but the competition was awesome and it turned out to be a pretty good trip.”Largely self-funded, Warren is a pipeline operator by occupation and worked a rotating shift every other weekend. He credited his coworkers with filling in on some of the Friday and Saturday nights he went racing.“I’m going to stay in a Hobby Stock next season,” said Warren, one of the division’s biggest backers in the Lone Star State. “I want to help it grow in Texas.”Starts: 41Wins: 9Additional Top Fives: 18HIS CREW: Wife Jessica and children Mason and Haley.HIS SPONSORS: The Cowboy Hypnotist – his father Don – of Weatherford; Hammock Racing Chassis and James Hammock Jr. and Wicked Fast Transmissions, both of Lorena; and Oliver Motorsports of Robinson.last_img read more

first_img The 31-year-old has been the subject of interest from the Canadian club for some time and on Friday morning Spurs confirmed the England international was leaving. The deal will be effective from February 28 meaning Defoe has the opportunity to add to his 142 goals for the White Hart Lane club. Tottenham have announced that striker Jermain Defoe is leaving the club to join Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. Tottenham, who Press Association Sport understands were paid in excess of £8million, added on their official website that as part of the move they had agreed an advertising and marketing deal with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment – Toronto’s owners – and a friendly with the club on July 23. “This is a great opportunity for Jermain and he feels it is one that he wishes to pursue,” said Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood. “He has played a big part in the club for many years and we all know he will give his best until his last minute in a Spurs shirt. “We have several attacking options within our squad for the remaining dozen or so games of the season after Jermain departs and we shall keep our options under review. “We also have a goal threat from players in other areas of the pitch including having wide players and attacking midfielders who will enable us to vary our shape when required.” Tottenham have at least nine fixtures to play before Defoe’s scheduled departure and he is hoping to play a full part in them. “Everybody knows how much this club means to me and I will play my heart out for the team and the fans until my last kick for the club,” he said. “I have had a fantastic time here and the fans have always been amazing to me. Press Association “I am grateful for the opportunity for myself and my family to experience living overseas and for me to play in the MLS with a contract that will take me to the age of 35. I have no doubt I shall be coming back as a fan supporting the team in the years to come too.” Defoe’s current spell with Tottenham is his second one, having left in 2008 for a year with Portsmouth. Prior to his first stint with the club he was at West Ham, with whom he made his professional debut aged 16. He has won 55 caps for England scoring 19 goals and will be hopeful of winning a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s World Cup. It remains to be seen how this move will affect him, though. Former Tottenham captain Robbie Keane has remained a regular with the Republic of Ireland since moving to Los Angeles Galaxy, but David Beckham found selection harder to earn after he swapped England for the United States. last_img read more

first_imgPalm Beach County’s teachers union is asking the school district to keep campuses closed to students when the academic year begins in August.They say that a return to in-person schooling is “a dangerous gamble” with coronavirus cases increasing here.In a letter to district leaders, teachers union President Justin Katz said on Friday that the recent spike in infections makes it nearly impossible to guarantee a safe return, despite social distancing measures.“The dangerous trajectory of COVID-19 cases in Florida has led us to believe that (in-person schooling) should still be offered, but not until a point in time when the on-campus option can be executed in a safe and responsible manner,” Katz wrote. “We no longer believe that is possible at this time.”Katz calls on the school board to “limit instruction to virtual means with no on-campus activity with students until such time that the medical and scientific community are able to convey that it is safe to do so.”The district has been planning to start school Aug. 10.However, the union represents 12,500 teachers, counselors and other educators. Many of those individuals are 60 or older, placing them at greater risk from COVID-19.Tune in tonight for a Virtual Town Hall meeting to hear more about reopening options for this upcoming school year. Please submit questions to the regional offices in advance: https://t.co/Ixha7v9nJ6 pic.twitter.com/mt9Ih3ka6n— PBCSD (@pbcsd) June 25, 2020 District officials said Saturday that the union’s concerns will “receive serious consideration,” although they added that they are surveying parents and their own employees to help with the decision.“It’s important to remember that final decisions that the District will make will be based on a variety of factors including financial, legal, health and other requirements that the District must meet in the best interests of all students, staff and community members,” the district said in a statement.District leaders are still developing school-reopening plans, but intend for students to have an option to learn completely from home or take in-person classes in some form.The school board’s longest serving member, Debra Robinson, has called for delaying the beginning of the school year.A majority of board members said they are open to exploring that proposal.While saying it is theoretically possible that new cases could decline significantly in the six weeks before classes resume, Katz expressed doubt that would happen with enough time to prepare teachers and students for in-person classes on the first day.“We seem to be back on the wrong side of the curve,” he said, referring to recent jumps in the number of coronavirus infections in Palm Beach County and statewide, “and worse off than before.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday called for severing all sporting ties with Pakistan in the wake of Pulwama terror attack which left 40 CRPF personnel martyred.Ganguly echoed sentiments of his one-time teammate Harbhajan Singh, saying that not playing Pakistan in one group league tie in the upcoming World Cup will not affect India’s chances.However, Ganguly didn’t elaborate whether the protest should be symbolic for one game or India should forfeit if they happen to meet Pakistan in semi-final or final.“This is a 10-team World Cup and each team plays matches against every other team and I feel if India doesn’t play a match in the World Cup, it won’t be an issue,” Ganguly told India TV.Also Read | Pulwama Terror Attack: Pakistan shooters to not take part in Shooting World Cup“I feel it will be really difficult for ICC to go on with a World Cup without India. But, you also have to see if India has the power to stop ICC from doing such a thing. But, personally I feel a strong message should be sent,” Ganguly added.Ganguly said India should to cut off all ties with the neighbouring country.“And, whatever reactions came from the people of India…was right. There is no chance of a bilateral series with Pakistan after this incident. I agree that after this attack, India should not only stop playing cricket, hockey or football with Pakistan but should cut all ties with them,” Ganguly said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India had defeated Japan in the first round of the tournament.India were boosted by goals from Vandana Katariya (36th) and Gurjit Kaur (59th).India are currently ranked No.10 in the world hockey rankings. highlightscenter_img Tokyo: The Indian women’s hockey team came back twice from a goal deficit to hold world number 2 side Australia 2-2 in a hard-fought round-robin league match of the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo on Sunday. Vandana Katariya (36th) and Gurjit Kaur (59th) scored for India to cancel out strikes from Kaitlin Nobbs (14th) and Grace Stewart (43rd) in their second match of the tournament. India had beaten hosts Japan 2-1 in their first match on Saturday. World number 10 India began the match aggressively, matching Australia’s attacking hockey with their own brand which saw both teams earn penalty corners. However, neither side managed to score. But in the 14th minute, Australia were awarded a penalty stroke after an Indian defender blocked a shot at goal. Nobbs made no mistake in converting from the spot to give Australia a 1-0 advantage.   The world number 2 side dominated the second quarter completely, putting the Indian team under intense pressure through multiple attacks and penalty corners. But India’s defence held firm and goalkeeper Savita made a couple of great saves to deny Australia who were 1-0 up at the half-time break.  The third quarter again saw Australia dominate possession and create a couple of goal-scoring opportunities through penalty corners. However, Savita again made fine saves to deny the Australians. India struck on the break as Vandana Katariya finished off a superb move to equalise in the 36th minute. But the lead did not last long as Australia started to look for their second goal.   It was in the 43rd minute that Australia found their second goal through some exquisite team work, which saw Grace Stewart also registering her name on the score-sheet to give Australia a 2-1 lead. It was a tough ask for the Indian team as Australia did not give them enough space inside the striking circle. However, the Indians showed determination as they kept looking for the equaliser in the last quarter.   With moves breaking down, and chances going waste, it looked like Australia would hold onto their 2-1 lead, but with just a couple of minutes remaining on the clock, India won a crucial penalty corner in the 59th minute. And, prolific drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur stepped up and struck a sweet blow into the back of the net to earn India a well-deserved draw.  The Indian women’s team will face China on Tuesday in their third and last round-robin match of the tournament. last_img read more

first_imgFor 12 years, Nathalie Gosset worked for USC’s Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, most recently as a senior director of marketing and technology innovation evaluation. When she was fired in October 2015, she spoke up about a string of abuse that she said had been going on almost as long as she had been working there.Photo courtesy of the American Association of University Women Legal Action FundApproaching arbitration · Nathalie Gosset worked at the Alfred E. Mann Institute until October 2015, when she was fired by the University.“I can tell you I got traumatized by the environment and by [my boss],” Gosset said. “I still have strong difficulties to even drive around USC — I have traumatic reactions [and] fear.”Gosset has filed an arbitration demand against the University claiming that her employment was wrongfully terminated after she reported being sexually harassed by her boss, the executive director of the institute. She initially filed a lawsuit against her former boss and the Alfred Mann Institute on Feb. 23.“He used a lot of sexual terms and imagery in meetings and in one-on-one conversations with me,” Gosset said. “He did not touch me, but the verbal and sexual conversation ended up being strong, severe bullying.”The arbitration demand was filed against Gosset’s former boss, the Alfred Mann Institute’s head of human resources, the institute and USC.USC has since released a statement from Kelly Bendell, the University’s associate general counsel of litigation.“The allegations in the case of Nathalie Gosset are without merit. The university will defend itself and those named in the suit vigorously,” the statement said.Gosset said the harassment started soon after he joined the institute, and that while she attempted to mention it to the human resources department several times, she was disregarded.In February 2015, Gosset finally reported a verbal attack in her boss’ office “that was extremely inappropriate and very upsetting,” she said.The suit states that the executive director supposedly became annoyed with Gosset during a seminar when he was presenting a product idea to the senior management team in the room and she “stepped in to facilitate the questions and answers as she was tasked to do.” After the meeting, the document states, her boss leaned in toward her “in a menacing fashion” and allegedly said, “‘Your intervention in the meeting was blocking me from having an intellectual orgasm. You should be quiet, let me do my thing, and go and take a shower afterward.’”The document also mentions that when Gosset reported his conduct to an HR representative, the representative responded that “her reaction was the result of a fictional annoyance toward the speaker at the seminar” and “abused Gosset with a campaign of disdain and adverse employment action.”In an HR meeting following the incident, the executive director allegedly said that he could not guarantee that he would be able to contain his “sexually bullying behavior because the bully was in his blood,” according to the document.Gosset said that for months after the HR meeting, her boss treated her coldly and refused to speak to her, impairing Gosset’s ability to do her job. When Gosset talked to the HR representative about the rough treatment and distant behavior, the representative allegedly said that her worries were projections of “unresolved father-daughter issues,” which she needed to sort out.In October 2015, Gosset was relieved of her position.“I was presented termination papers on the grounds that my job function was eliminated,” Gosset said.Gosset’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, has built her case on the grounds that USC failed to adequately handle a sexual harassment complaint.“We allege that USC failed to comply with its own written policy, because when Nathalie complained about being sexually harassed by her boss, USC failed to investigate [and] failed to protect her,” Bloom said. “In USC’s written policy about sexual harassment, it says that USC is supposed to do a prompt, thorough investigation within 60 days -— well, 60 days came and went; they didn’t do anything, [and] Nathalie got fired.”Bloom said that they wrote a letter after Gosset retained Bloom and her law firm, but USC still failed to investigate the matter.“They did nothing but delay and delay, told us they had other priorities and [said that] they just couldn’t get around to Nathalie Gosset who they had terminated,” Bloom said. “We then sued them, and only then did they claim to do an investigation. Of course they found that nobody did anything wrong, even though in their investigation they failed to even interview Nathalie Gosset, the complainant.”Bloom hopes for a multimillion dollar compensation for Gosset, or at least an amount based on Gosset’s lost earnings, lost benefits and “substantial emotional distress.”“This should be something that’s very significant and should require USC, when it gets a complaint like this, to take it very seriously,” Bloom said. “[USC needs] to make women’s careers a priority, and to stop telling women that these issues are not important, [that] everything else is going to come first, and ‘We’ll get around to it when we get around to it.’”The case will be heard in court in June of next year.last_img read more