Fellow activists family and friends are mourning

first_imgFellow activists, family and friends are mourning the death of Lorraine Gradwell, who had an “immeasurable” impact on the rights and lives of other disabled people over more than 30 years of campaigning.Disabled activists paid tribute this week to her tenacity, vision, kindness, and passionate commitment to disability rights and the social model of disability.Her husband, Tony Baldwinson, said that she died peacefully on 3 September, surrounded by her family. She also leaves two children, Jenny and John*.In the early 1980s, Gradwell joined the Manchester group of the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS), and she was later a founding member (and chair) of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), and also its first development worker, and a council member of the British Council of Disabled People (BCODP).She went on to found the disabled people’s organisation (DPO) Breakthrough UK, which supports disabled people to live and work independently, and which she served as chief executive for nearly 15 years, between 1998 and 2013, developing it into an organisation with an annual income of more than £1 million and 40 staff, 70 per cent of whom were disabled people.She was also a member of the Small Business Council for four years, and was one of the many leading disabled activists who have achieved an MA in disability studies after studying at the University of Leeds.And for more than 20 years, she was also a successful consultant and trainer on disability, diversity, and other issues.Born in 1953, Gradwell had been a keen swimmer, and maintained close involvement over more than 30 years with Manchester Disabled Athletes, until its closure.She also competed as a wheelchair athlete and swimmer in the 1974 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in New Zealand.In a statement, GMCDP said she was “a major figure, not only within GMCDP, but the disabled people’s movement as a whole.“Lorraine’s ability to articulate, challenge and persuade made her a formidable advocate of disability rights.“She will be sorely missed; not only as a comrade and leader but also a friend, supporter and confidante to a lot of people.”Breakthrough UK said she was “a great woman whose impact on the rights and lives of disabled people locally and nationally is immeasurable.“Through Lorraine’s vision, her unquestioning belief in the need to join forces with other disabled people and ability to influence the most resistant of ‘officials’, Lorraine first and foremost empowered disabled people and put Manchester on the map, as a leader on disabled people’s issues. “Respected by all, Lorraine had an instinctive ability to translate the personal into the political, bringing meaning to disabled people and gently leading, chiding and changing the many people fortunate to cross her path.”Her Twitter feed in the months before her death showed her continuing support for the social model, DPOs, the NHS, the Labour party, and her concern about the impact of government cuts on disabled people, the UK government’s failure to implement the UN disability convention, the legalisation of assisted suicide, and the creeping privatisation of the NHS.She and her husband had set up a webpage containing much of her writing and details of her early life.In one of those articles, from 2007, she wrote of how disabled people had “adopted the social model and clung fast to it, like a life raft in a stormy sea”.“In the face of all the charitable, medical and welfare based power structures, not to mention the political ones we have needed to challenge, we needed a rock to cling to; the social model has been that rock,” she wrote.“As a general and universal tool it’s a bit like a Swiss army knife – it’s infinitely adaptable and multipurpose and easy to carry around: why on earth would we weaken ourselves by no longer using it?”Three years earlier, in 2004, she was one of the first activists to highlight concerns about the use of the now widely-criticised biopsychosocial model of disability by the Department for Work and Pensions, and wrote of how she was “horrified” by its adoption, which “seems to have quietly slipped onto the agenda without a serious challenge from the research community”.Only last year, following the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith as work and pensions secretary, she wrote of the increasing use of the word “vulnerable” to describe disabled people, and the trend for “inappropriate compassion”.“Disabled people are not magically endowed with ‘vulnerability’,” she wrote. “Lack of access to decent education, poor and unsuitable housing, exclusion from employment, inaccessible environments, pitiful levels of social support – these and more are what render us vulnerable, not our impairments.”She went on to express her concern that “people automatically assume that, as disabled people, we need care (ie we need looking after). “Nobody, but nobody, does absolutely everything for themselves, it’s all a spectrum with varying degrees of interdependence.“It’s time the rhetoric of care was challenged. Time that disabled people were properly supported: time that ‘carers’ were properly recognised and supported: and time that the need for ‘child carers’ was past.“A proper system of support that recognises all needs would transform the concept of care. So no, I don’t want you to care.”Baroness [Jane] Campbell, who met Gradwell for the first time after hearing her speak at the first disability movement conference she attended, would later say in the introduction to a collection of her writing: “She taught us all how to democratise our campaigning organisations, so that all disabled people would feel involved and would be given the ingredients to throw off the shackles of dependency.“The slogan ‘nothing about us without us’ was never as well established as it was in Manchester where Lorraine’s insight and campaign methodology was embraced wholeheartedly.”Baroness Campbell said this week that Gradwell was very important to her, “not just as a friend who had been highly active in the same civil rights struggle but as a female role model who revealed to me the secrets of operating within a dominantly male political environment.“Her steely strength, combined with kindness and understanding towards those in struggle was truly remarkable.“I deeply admired her unwavering commitment to the emancipation of disabled people.“She gave us all such strength and clarity about how we must go forward, which at times was very challenging.“Like most civil rights movements we didn’t always agree and I remember many heated discussions around the BCOPD council table as we thrashed out policy and strategy (Gradwell was a member of the council when Baroness Campbell was BCODP’s chair).“Indeed, her strength of force could be quite scary at times!“Nonetheless, she was one of the few women who made our civil rights movement so effective in the late 80s and 90s, especially in Manchester, which became a bastion of the disability rights movement and remains the strongest inclusive community in the UK.“The movement has lost a great warrior and so many of us have lost a very important friend. In my eyes she is our Angel of the North!”Another friend, Martin Pagel, the disabled former deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said in a tribute to Gradwell that she was “undoubtedly a people person”.He said: “She could spot potential, but even more impressive, she had the skills to mentor, train, coax and cajole to ensure that people developed and achieved.“Skills which were used not only at work but in her part-time role as matchmaker.“Conversely, she wouldn’t suffer fools and made sure they knew it; usually politely and diplomatically – but not always so.“Lorraine had an immense range of skills which were central to the development of disabled people’s organisations in Manchester, across the country and internationally.“In addition to being an activist, campaigner, educator, writer, poet and pioneering advocate for the social model of disability and independent living, Lorraine was also an organiser.”He said she was adept at “organising ideas into action”, and that she “developed the transition from sheltered workshops to mainstream employment and training as the inaugural chief executive of Breakthrough UK”.She was, he said, “an amazing disabled woman; an inspirational leader, mentor and a warrior in the fight for a just and equal society”.Another friend, the disabled Liverpool city councillor Pam Thomas, said she remembered fighting for rights together in the 1990s and working with Gradwell at national level in the trade union Unison.She said: “Lorraine was also a pragmatist working with national and local politicians and civil servants to bring about change.“Lorraine had a good sense of what would work and what would not, she could sum up situations very neatly.”She saw her friend for the last time two weeks ago. “We talked about our childhood recollections of contracting polio as young children and being in hospital where our families were allowed hardly any contact.“We also talked about how, along with other disabled people, in the 1990s we fought for equality and rights and how it had mostly been swept away by government of the past seven years and set us back decades.”Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK (DR UK), said in a blog this week that Gradwell was “forthright and principled”.She first met her in 1991 after starting a new job in Shropshire as a development worker for a disabled people’s organisation and visiting Manchester “to see what I could learn from this disability activist who had a reputation for knowing her own mind”, but “of course she could not have been nicer or warmer”.She said Gradwell “was a force to be reckoned with” at BCODP and “sometimes gave other people a hard time but only because she believed passionately in furthering disability rights”.As one of the first trustees of the newly-formed DRUK in 2012, Bott said Gradwell had “approached her responsibilities in the usual forthright manner” and was “a necessary voice in a new organisation deciding on its direction”.She also remembers asking the Office for Disability Issues to invite Gradwell onto the project group rolling out the last Labour government’s Right to Control pilot scheme, which brought disabled people’s various elements of support into one personal budget. “She came and her pearls of wisdom and experience stole the show,” said Bott. “So much so in fact I almost wished she had not been invited, as she was far more articulate and wise than I was!”*Her family have asked for no flowers, but donations to be made to GMCDP. Details of funeral arrangements will be posted on the websites of GMCDP and Breakthrough UK. To add to a book of remembrance being compiled by Breakthrough UK, email: admin@breakthrough-uk.co.uk**Her family are coordinating tributes, photographs and memories through the following web page: http://lorrainegradwell.weebly.com Picture: Lorraine Gradwell at Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled Peoplelast_img read more

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu rumble hits the Mission as famed instructor goes his

first_imgKurt Osiander left his job of two decades — teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the prestigious Ralph Gracie Academy — on July 3. And, a mere six days later, he was teaching a 7 a.m. class at his very own studio at 2356 Mission St. “They wanted me to stop playing heavy metal and stop taking my shirt off,” Osiander said while lying supine — and bare chested — on the mats of his new studio, Empire Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Osiander’s arrival in the Mission is a story of differences in Jiu Jitsu style and personalities. Perhaps the student outgrew the master — or the master got fed up with the student. Osiander says he was fired, but Ralph Gracie, the scion of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in San Francisco, insists that Osiander made the decision to leave on his own. “I thought Kurt was my brother,” said Gracie, whose San Francisco studio is on the 1100 block of Howard Street. “I thought he was part of my family. But he decided to do his own thing. That’s OK.”What’s clear is that Osiander, now in his early 50s and with a worldwide following, discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 28 through his childhood friend, Cesar Gracie, a son of the Gracie Family, which founded Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Rio the 1920s. Later, in the 1970s, members of the Gracie family migrated to California and set up training studios here. In the 1990s, Ralph Gracie, Cesar’s cousin who had recently moved to San Francisco from Brazil, became Osiander’s mentor. And Osiander, in turn, devoted his life to mastering the martial art.With a mane of ringlets and his back and arms covered in tattoos, Osiander stands in his Mission studio remembering those early days — days when, he says, he dedicated “all day, every day” to the craft, earning a black belt almost a decade later, and then a coaching position at Ralph Gracie’s Academy. Gracie’s mentee, soon began winning awards and developed his own following. His Move of the Week Youtube channel gets hundreds of thousands of views. And, for some celebrities, he became a go-to trainer.  When the late Anthony Bourdain, a devoted student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, came to San Francisco in 2015, he made a point of training with Osiander. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Back at the studio, the flair that won Osiander legions of fans on the Internet made Ralph Gracie uncomfortable. “I like to teach respect, honor and loyalty in a drug-free environment,” says Gracie, who’s clean-cut and 47, one of 12 children in the first family of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. “A lot of the time, that was not happening.” Gracie asked Osiander to reign in the cussing. He didn’t. “I didn’t want to be like everyone else: mainstream and pussy,” replied Osiander.Osiander sees his independence as a natural outgrowth of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is less rule-bound than its progenitor.But what Osiander describes as edgy and hardcore, Gracie came to believe was disrespectful.“I want to thank him for the time he spent here,” Gracie said, “But, at the same time, it is what it is.”And so, Osiander left Ralph Gracie Academy with his business partner Jake Scovel, and a loyal following of students. “I’d follow them anywhere,” said Yara Badday, a pupil who has moved with Osiander to the Mission. “They bring the best out in people and care about every single person.”Back at the Ralph Gracie Academy in SoMa, life continues. “Our academy is going through some changes,” said Gracie. “We wanted to do the real Jiu Jitsu. Maybe he didn’t fit into it.”And on that, the two men appear to agree. Email Address,0%last_img read more

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Mission cannabis businesses set to more than double

first_imgIn fact, much of the northern half of the Mission is zoned for cannabis retail shops and if all the applicants are approved, some 30,000 additional square feet of commercial and warehouse space will be devoted to the sales and distribution of cannabis.  The Mission sites, however, are dwarfed by those South of Market. Meanwhile, more residential parts of the city — like the Sunset, Richmond, Twin Peaks, and the Marina — might be considered cannabis deserts, as only their commercial corridors allow for cannabis businesses, once those outfits have obtained a conditional use permit. Already, six businesses, including Shambala, have applied to operate in the Mission. All of them are so-called “equity applicants,” meaning they have been unfairly treated by the War on Drugs and are allowed to apply in 2018 because they meet certain criteria. Edwin Galley, Shawa’s partner for example, qualified because of his income level, a prior eviction, and a prior marijuana-related arrest of one of his family members. If approved, these new pot businesses would add to the existing three retail shops in the Mission, bringing the Mission’s total to nine, plus two medical dispensaries.  On Mission Street, Joseph Hunt, the former owner of Mr. Nice Guy, a dispensary that shuttered in 2011 amid a federal crackdown, has applied to operate a retail business out of 2075 Mission St., near the corner of 16th and Mission. Formerly the San Francisco College of Cosmetology, it runs from Mission Street through to Capp Street. Hunt is thinking about calling his place Union Station, and he hopes to include a smoking lounge and have a bilingual attendant and bilingual menus in his 4,200-square-foot space on Mission. “We’re just happy to have an opportunity to do it again,” Hunt told Mission Local. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Six proposed marijuana shops, some warehouse-sized, could be headed to the Mission Still, the residents expressed their concerns that the shop would attract crime and worried, too, about smoke wafting up into their apartment windows. More than anything, they worried that Mission is turning into a “go-to” spot for weed business, just like it is now for bars. “What if this becomes a known location for marijuana businesses?” said Joel Becker, a resident at an apartment building at the intersection. “What happens to the neighborhood’s character?” To residents unaccustomed to having a pot shop close to them who thought it wasn’t the best use of space, Shawa said gently: “I’ve got news for you — marijuana is part of your society now.” That is especially true for Mission residents. The neighborhood is one of San Francisco’s so-called “green zones.” Together with SoMa, Downtown, and Bayview/Hunters Point, the Mission — particularly the northern end of the neighborhood — is fertile ground for cannabis businesses. At the Mission Police station Friday evening, Al Shawa, the owner of the Shambhala cannabis collective at 20th and Mission, told a group of 20 residents that his new proposed location at 18th and Mission Street — now the shuttered site of L’Emigrante wine bar — will not attract crime or worsen conditions on the seemingly blighted corner. “I want to protect the Mission, keep it clean, and I want to stay in the Mission,” said Shawa, who has done business here for more than three decades.   Kind Courier — a marijuana delivery service that covers San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Alameda counties — has applied to open a so-called “microbusiness” at 14th and Folsom, that will allow the business to cultivate, package, distribute, and sell their products from the 8,600-square-foot warehouse. McMorrow added he hopes to do on-site consumption at the location as well. “We want it to be an experience like going into a winery in Napa, or a brewery,” said Brian McMorrow, Kind Courier’s CEO. “We’d love to have people to taste our products and do flights, and stuff like that.” McMorrow, whose Kind Courier is an equity incubator — an existing business that provides space and guidance to equity applicants — said he hopes to open sometime in 2019. Another delivery service called Where’s Weed — applying as Gilbert Logistics — has applied to operate out of a 6,000-square-foot location at 19th and Bryant streets. It’s unclear what the business will be, as is it not specified as “delivery only” on the Office of Cannabis website. The company did not respond to Mission Local inquiries. An applicant under the name “Brother Louie LLC” has applied to open at a storefront on 24th and Hampshire, and another — called “mobudz.io” — has applied for a location at Bryant and Cesar Chavez. Mobudz.io, according to the Office of Cannabis, is a “delivery only” business. Mission Local was not able to contact either of the owners. For their part, Shawa and Galley are envisioning a stylish and straight-forward “sales stand” for the corner space that will sell Shambala’s standard products. Meanwhile, Shawa said, his current location on Mission Street will feature a smoking lounge with espresso drinks, which he hopes to complete by late September. On Friday, Shawa, sitting next to Galley, insisted their new location would only activate the corner of 18th and Mission with foot traffic, extra security and lighting, and pointed to his current shop as evidence that cannabis businesses do not attract blight. He emphasized that he strictly enforces a rule that restricts smoking within 30 feet of the business. Shawa is not worried about getting his license — “unless there is huge resistance from neighbors,” he said following the meeting. “I don’t see it in my case.”Indeed, one woman, who didn’t give her name, said she would be on board as long as Shawa met certain conditions. “If there’s no smoke in front of your place, and there is a possibility of a coffee shop until 10 o’clock,” she said, she would be fine. And others agreed. A man named Carl Connell came into Friday’s meeting highly skeptical of Shawa’s proposal. “I came in undeniably opposed to your project,” Connell told Shawa at the end of the meeting. “But if you get the drug dealers to move [off the corner], I’ll go with it.”ADVERTISEMENT  – Below Market Rate (BMR) Rental Apartments Available150 Van Ness Apartments at 150 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco CA 941023-Studios at $1140.00 a month; 27-1 Beds @ $1303.00 a month; 18-2 Beds at $1465.00 and 2-3 Beds at $1628.00 month.21 stacker parking spaces (size restrictions apply) available to BMR renters for an additional $100 a month and will be offered to households in lottery rank order. Must be income eligible and must not own a home. 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Justin Holbrook and Zeb Taia look ahead to Friday

first_imgJustin Holbrook and Zeb Taia look ahead to Friday night’s clash with Leeds Rhinos. Audio Playerhttp://www.saintsrlfc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Podcast.2017-08-17.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.New Link!All previous subscribers need to update their subscription if they’re using iTunes.The new link is here or search St Helens RFC Podcasts on iTunes.You can also listen on Stitcher too. Click here to find out more.The Podcast is in association with Wish FM.last_img read more

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The 29yearold was voted the outstanding performe

first_imgThe 29-year-old was voted the outstanding performer in the Betfred Super League season by a poll of his fellow players.He is the eighth Saint to win the award and he also took home the top try scorer trophy too.“I am extremely honoured to be able to win this award especially after being nominated alongside two world class players,” he said. “It is an unbelievable feeling. All I can do is go out and play the best I can and it makes the award extra special when you know it comes from opposing players.“To be only the second player to win the Dally M and the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award is a special thing and something I can tell the grandkids in years to come.”He continued: “The season ended disappointedly with the way we finished. To be top of the table for most of the year and be so dominate, to then fall at the final hurdle twice is sad. But that is football; if you don’t turn up and perform you lose and credit to both sides who are in the Grand Final. They have both had great years.“Finally, I’d like to thank all the guys at the club I have met over the last 16 months. I have become great friends with a lot of them … and to the St Helens people, what you have done for me and my family, and your welcome, has allowed me to enjoy my football and play the way I did.  I can’t thank you enough.”Full Awards:Hit Man (Top tackler) – Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers) Metre Maker – Bill Tupou (Wakefield Trinity) Top Gun – Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) Top Try Scorer – Ben Barba (St Helens) Foundation of the Year – Leeds Rhinos Foundation Club of the Year – Warrington Wolves Coach of the Year – Shaun Wane (Wigan Warriors) Young Player of the Year – Jacob Trueman (Castleford Tigers) Woman of Steel – Georgia Roche (Castleford Tigers) Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel – Ben Barba (St Helens)last_img read more

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Business owner in Castle Hayne sick of thieves taking campaign signs

first_img Dolores Swope has had to put out a total of six signs in front of her resale store, Sunshine Cottage. The signs are for John Bauer, one of three democratic candidates for state House district 20. Swope says the last four have all been stolen. Two instances, Swope has come to work and noticed the signs were gone.“The fact that somebody took the sign, that bothers me. Because they took a sign, are they going to take something else?” Swope said.Swope herself cannot be swayed by any candidate, she lives in Pender County and says she cannot vote in the district 20 race.Related Article: Cooking catfish with Chef Dean Neff“Anybody is welcome to put their sign up,” said Swope as she applies her third line of tape on the sign.She is making sure it will hopefully be the last time she puts the signs up. She does not know who is taking the signs, but she says what is not welcome is theft, no matter the intent.“These look like small elections, but they’re big elections because they’re here to serve the people,” Swope said.Talking to the candidate himself, Bauer says these are not the only signs he has lost, but he’s looking on the brighter side of things.“You got to laugh at it I mean you just got to replace the signs put them out there, hopefully your name gets out there and hopefully people will vote for you,” said Bauer.We reached out to Bauer’s opponents, Gary Shipman and Leslie Cohen, to see if they were having similar problems or knew about what was happening at the store. We are waiting to hear back. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  Early voting is underway for the upcoming May primary in our area. During the election season, it’s not unusual for candidates to see their signs along roads stolen.We’re hearing from one business owner who is calling out the thieves she believes are stealing signs from her storefront property.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Hungry for change Ukrainians set to elect comedian as next president

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukrainian comic actor and candidate in the upcoming presidential election, takes part in a production of the Servant of the People television series in Kiev, Ukraine March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn OgirenkoFILE PHOTO: Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukrainian comic actor and candidate in the upcoming presidential election, takes part in a production of the Servant of the People television series in Kiev, Ukraine March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko Ukrainians fed up with entrenched corruption and hungry for change are likely to elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no previous political experience, as their next president in a run-off vote on Sunday.The 41-year-old Zelenskiy, who plays a fictitious president in a popular TV series, has maintained a strong lead since winning nearly twice as many votes as the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in last month’s first round of the election.An opinion poll by the KIIS research firm on Tuesday showed Zelenskiy with 72 percent of the vote and Poroshenko with 25 percent. Last week a different survey put them on 61 percent and 24 percent respectively.Zelenskiy’s rise fits a pattern of political insurgency across many parts of the world, from the election of President Donald Trump in the United States, to Brexit, to the Five Star Movement in Italy that was also propelled by a comedian.His victory would be a drastic departure from previous presidential elections since Ukraine broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991, which were won by experienced politicians including three former prime ministers.At stake is the leadership of a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia following the 2014 Maidan protests that caused Poroshenko’s Kremlin-backed predecessor to flee into exile, and Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.Poroshenko believes he can close the gap on Zelenskiy and there is an outside chance that at the last moment voters will choose a familiar face rather than a leap into the unknown.Zelenskiy has pledged to keep Ukraine on a pro-Western course and has assured investors that he would push reforms, tackle corruption and keep the economy anchored to an International Monetary Fund loan programme.But while he has begun releasing a policy agenda, he remains something of an unknown quantity and also faces scrutiny over his ties to a powerful oligarch who would like to see Poroshenko out of power.“The comedian capitalised on a broad rejection of the country’s political elites and Mr Poroshenko’s widespread unpopularity among the electorate,” said Agnese Ortolani, an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit.“Mr Zelenskiy’s policy platform — beyond a focus on anti-corruption issues and a broad, pro-Western agenda — remains unclear,” she said, adding: “Our core forecast is that Mr Zelenskiy will defeat Mr Poroshenko in the second round.”A 53-year-old confectionary magnate, Poroshenko has portrayed his opponent as a buffoonish populist, unfit to lead a country at war against Kremlin-backed separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine in a conflict that has killed 13,000 people.That message has resonated with some voters such as Iryna Zaitseva, a pensioner who stitches traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts in her retirement.“I want my country to be represented by a man who is wise, smart,” she said. “Clowns and buffoons are also needed, but in a circus arena.”Poroshenko secured visa-free travel for Ukrainians to European Union countries. He implemented some reforms, helped establish a national Orthodox Church independent from Moscow, and successfully lobbied the West to keep sanctions on Russia.But critics say the pace of change has not matched the expectations of the Maidan protests, named after a central square in Kiev. Poroshenko also did not keep a pledge to end the war in the east within weeks and living standards remain low in Ukraine, which has a population of 42 million and is one of Europe’s poorest countries.Just 9 percent of Ukrainians have confidence in their national government, the lowest of any electorate in the world, a Gallup poll published in March showed.Zelenskiy tapped into this anti-establishment mood with an unorthodox campaign packed with jokes, comedy gigs and quirky social media posts to millions of online followers.His campaign also attracted well-known reformers, including two former ministers who fell out with Poroshenko.“Poroshenko has not delivered that justice which Maidan was all about,” Aivaras Abromavicius, a former economy minister who became an adviser to Zelenskiy, told Reuters.“And my main complaint to President Poroshenko is that he gave the hope that the country can be governed differently, and he buried that hope, unfortunately.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Help your fourlegged friends at Noahs Arks open day

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Noah’s ArkNoah’s Ark Noah’s Ark, the home of around a 100 abandoned dogs, is hosting yet another open day, on Sunday 26th May. The event will start at 9:30am, and will last till 4:00pm. Donations collected will provide medical care for the dogs and will also help to continue the ongoing sanctuary renovations.Visitors can participate in group dog walking, raffles, and buy homemade sweets and dog treats; as well as an ongoing BBQ and a pancake stand available throughout the day.Noah’s ArkNoah’s Ark strives to find their four-legged friends a forever home, while in the meantime providing them comfort and joy during their time at the sanctuary. The dogs at Noah’s Ark enjoy daily walks, sheltered pens, and healthy food and treats every day.The sanctuary is situated in Mellieħa, just off Paradise Bay. It offers a parking space as well as plenty of countryside for the dogs to enjoy walks by volunteers and visitors.People can contact Noah’s Ark Sanctuary through their volunteers’ Facebook page, or by calling 7973 0900.Read: Wanted: seeing-eye human for blind dogWhatsApplast_img read more

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Finance Minister Scicluna launches libel case against Simon Busuttil over tweet

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A libel case has been launched by Malta’s Finance Minister against former Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil.Professor Scicluna announced the legal action in response to a tweet posted by Busuttil regarding the upholding of an inquiry investigating the deal transferring three public hospitals over to Vitals Global Healthcare.The rule of law NGO Repubblika has issued a 150-page application about the deal back in May.Read more:“Gov hiding information about Vitals contracts” – Adrian DeliaAG refuses to issue European Investigative Order on VGH-linked bank accountsVitals statistics: €1 sale yielding a profit of millionsRepubblika had said that the inquiry should determine if Finance Minister Edward Scicluna along with Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and Economy Minister Chris Cardona, were criminally complicit.In Dr Busuttil’s tweet, the Nationalist politician said that the Finance Minister should ‘go’ until he is proven innocent.As a #eurozone country we CANNOT AFFORD to have a Finance Minister embroiled in a money laundering investigation. For the sake of our country ⁦@edward_scicluna⁩ MUST GO NOW, at least until he clears his name. https://t.co/dQwUCzwW99— Simon Busuttil (@SimonBusuttil) July 19, 2019Responding to the tweet, the Finance Ministry said that Busuttil’s assertion, ‘contained false allegations against the minister,’ and suggested that the Minister was involved in money laundering.They add that the claim defames the Minister, ‘Such allegations are totally unfounded and are aimed at tarnishing the minister’s reputation,’Updated:This is how Dr Busuttil has responded in the last 15 minutes to the Finance Minister’s filing of a libel case against him.So the Finance Minister filed a defamation case against me for saying that he is embroiled in a money-laundering investigation. Sorry to break the news dear @edward_scicluna, but you are. Here’s a screenshot to jog your memory.JUST GOhttps://t.co/a9PtvozWNp pic.twitter.com/6yZrsPuwR8— Simon Busuttil (@SimonBusuttil) July 19, 2019WhatsApplast_img read more

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DHL Aramex to Provide 24Hour Delivery During Jumias Mobile Week

first_imgJumia partnered with DHL for a 24-hour delivery service during the jumia mobile week. (Photo Credit: DHL) Advertisement Jumia has on Tuesday announced a partnership with logistics companies DHL and Aramex to provide exclusive 24 hour delivery for mobile phones, tablets and laptops in Kampala, in its upcoming Jumia Mobile Week campaign that will ran from 19th to 25th March, 2018.Chris Nyaga, Jumia’s Chief Operations Officer confirmed this saying, “We understand the anticipation that comes with purchasing a new gadget, which is why we have chosen partners that have a proven record for efficient delivery, and have shortened delivery time in Kampala from the usual 3-6 days.”The eCommerce firm also partnered with Postal Services firm; Posta Uganda to set up a new package pick-up station at Posta CBD station for those who opt to pick up their items. – Advertisement – Jumia launched its annual campaign early this month during a press event briefing at their head offices in Kampala. Mobile phones, tablets and accessories will be discounted up to 40%. Additionally, shoppers will also have first access to the Samsung Galaxy S9. Jumia’s country manager, Ham Namakajjo confirmed to the press that the firm partnered with trusted mobile phone distributors to offer the very best prices on its mobile phones.The Jumia mobile week campaign isn’t new, and it’s not only done in Uganda alone but in all the 12 countries Jumia has its operations from.last_img read more

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Lets not to get too carried away with the Schadenfreude

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s plenty of anti-Man U / Moyes hysteria flying around at the moment, not to mention the endless jokes on social media.The Schadenfreude can be expected given how long they have dominated English football but let’s not get completely carried away.Tonight, for example, Man U take on Sunderland who sit a full 19 points below them in the league table and it’s not surprising to see Man U very short odds indeed on Star Sports to both win the match and to qualify – overturning Sunderland’s one goal advantage from the first leg.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Jan 2014 Capital One Sunderland 2-1 Man UtdOct 2013 Premier Sunderland 1-2 Man UtdMar 2013 Premier Sunderland 0-1 Man UtdDec 2012 Premier Man Utd 3-1 SunderlandMay 2012 Premier Sunderland 0-1 Man UtdNov 2011 Premier Man Utd 1-0 SunderlandDec 2010 Premier Man Utd 2-0 SunderlandOct 2010 Premier Sunderland 0-0 Man UtdMay 2010 Premier Sunderland 0-1 Man UtdOct 2009 Premier Man Utd 2-2 SunderlandSunderland have not kept a clean sheet in their last six fixtures which will make for a very nervous second leg and a long 90 minutes for their supporters.They can take heart from the stat though that although Sunderland have only won two of their last 25 meetings with the Red Devils in all competitions (L18 D5), both of these victories have come in the League Cup.Man U will be without captain Nemanja Vidic who begins a three-match suspension following his sending-off against Chelsea – a result which was most likely the hammer blow for Man U’s title aspirations.So this leaves the Carling Cup as the last realistic chance for silverware this season and not an opportunity they are going to pass by lightly.Will we see a new Man U side tonight? probably not.Will we see a side capable of beating Sunderland at home and qualifying for Wembley? probably yes.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points MAN U / MAN U at around 5/6 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): LOSS 5.8 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt

first_imgChelsea might have lost their 100% record in the Europa League but they got a fine result from their trip to Frankfurt last week and they can seal a place in the final this evening against Eintracht.The Blues were in trouble after Luka Jovic superbly steered in Filip Kostic’s ball early on, but they responded superbly last week and Pedro’s away goal was entirely deserved. Indeed, they actually got stronger as the game went on – Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who combined with Pedro for the goal, went close twice whilst David Luiz deserved better than to see his fine free-kick hit the bar in the 61st minute.After a bright opening when they were initially at sea, Chelsea ended up with 67% possession, 16 shots compared to six for the hosts, five shots on target compared to just one for Frankfurt, and won the corner count 11-4. It was a performance that probably deserved a better result but Chelsea’s home form has been pretty much the bedrock of their season. They have won every home game they’ve played in Europe this season and they’re on a nine-match unbeaten run at home, with seven wins in that time.Frankfurt will be boosted massively by the potential return from injury of Sebastian Haller, who is one of a deadly front three (when fit) of himself, Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic (has now scored nine UEL goals and has struck 18 times in the Bundesliga), and by no means are they down and out. They beat Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Benfica to get here and have scored two or more goals in five of their six Europa League away ties.Chelsea v Eintracht FrankfurtUEFA Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg20:00 BT Sport 3 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, past 10 years)MAY 2019 EUROPA LEAGUE Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 ChelseaThey have achieved much of that success in the peak of their season, however, and they now appear to be tiring towards the end of their season whilst Chelsea – at home at least – are ending it more strongly than many predicted. Frankfurt conceded 6 first half goals at Leverkusen and haven’t won a game since their 2-0 victory against Benfica in the quarter-final, and there must be a concern that they don’t have the same punch that they did during this run.That said, as we’ve seen this week, things are never easy at this level and Slavia Prague gave Chelsea an almighty fright in the quarters after the Blues had taken a 3-0 lead in the second leg at Stamford Bridge and both sides can have their say in what could be another eventful night.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE 6 pts at 5/6 with starsports.betBACK CHELSEA TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE 5 pts at 9/5 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 242.17 points(excluding Premier League ante-post, Byron Classic)last_img read more

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Singer R Kelly Denies Brainwashing Young Women and Holding Them Against Their

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US A representative for R. Kelly has denied that the singer is involved in any wrongdoing after recent accusations that R. Kelly is holding women against their will. A Buzzfeed article ignited social media when it accused him of holding underage girls on properties in Chicago and Atlanta. The accusations said the women are being brainwashed, with their movements and every aspect of their lives controlled by Kelly.The parents of a 21-year-old woman currently staying with Kelly held a press conference to make the public aware that they were pursuing legal action against Kelly. The daughter, Joycelyn Savage, has released videos obtained by TMZ in response to her parents’ press conference, saying that she is fine and that she doesn’t appreciate her parents interfering in her life. She also said that her parents were more aware of the situation of her going to live with Kelly than they have led the public to believe.All seems well with the young woman in the video, police welfare checks haven’t resulted in any trouble for Kelly. As the Buzzfeed article states, “The law says that consenting adults may take part in any relationship they want, no matter how nontraditional.” At the end of one of the videos, when asked by the unidentified person behind the camera, “Are you currently in Georgia or where are you?” Savage stutters as if not knowing how to answer, then says “No I’m not. I’m not. I wouldn’t want to speak on that.” The off-camera the unidentified person then asks her, “Are you with other roommates? Are you free to go from where you are?” she responds, “No. I won’t speak on that as well.”Previous charges alleging misconduct with underage women, including numerous cases that R. Kelly has settled out of court, were not enough to dissuade some parents from bringing their aspiring singer daughters to concerts and then later meet with Kelly. “He is a lyrical genius—he is R. Kelly! And the fact he went to court, he was never found guilty—he was acquitted—and we were led to believe there was no truth in it. Now I got all of these people asking about why my daughter is there, telling me, ‘All of that, the charges against Kelly, was true.’ Well, how come you didn’t tell me that before?” said Theresa, the mother of one of the girls referred to in the Buzzfeed interview.Kelly has settled out of court with numerous accusers. The legal battles that Kelly has had over the years and the way they haven’t really affected his career are represented by the above comments. Much of the public, and even Kelly himself, seems to overlook the alleged wrongdoing. A now legendary episode of “The Boondocks,” “The Trial of R. Kelly,” is a perfect example of this effect. The prophetic episode of this adult cartoon details how hypnotized the public really was with R. Kelly the singer, and what it allowed him to get away with, specifically from the 2008 acquittal. How long this remains the case, only time will tell, but the current drama suggests this is starting to change. Kelly has mostly managed to evade directly answering any questions regarding potentially illegal or at least immoral conduct. A highly revealing GQ interview suggests that his music precedes him. It also reveals that there are intense psychological restraints at play deep in R. Kelly’s mind that allow him to evade answering the tough questions within himself, as well. But as far as the public is concerned, it could be that R. Kelly has just now reached the point where fame and a fanbase can no longer serve as a bubble of safety.From NTD Television Show Discussion Singer R. Kelly attends the Brooklyn Nets vs the Atlanta Hawks at The Barclays Center in New York City on Nov. 17, 2015. (Al Bello/Getty Images) center_img Share this article Singer R. Kelly Denies Brainwashing Young Women and Holding Them Against Their Will By NTD Television July 19, 2017 Updated: July 19, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

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Authorities Search Home of Vegas Shooter Question Brother for 2nd Time

first_img Show Discussion When things get dark, Las Vegas shines. #VegasStrong pic.twitter.com/GOjsTvgASp— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) October 9, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Some of the hotels and casinos on the Strip dimmed their lights and displayed a message that read: ‘When Things Get Dark Las Vegas Shines.’Investigators still lack a clear reason as to why Paddock, 64, unleashed a torrent of gunfire into a crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The suspect shot himself to death before police stormed his 32nd-floor suite in the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort, high above the concert venue.Fifty-eight people died and nearly 500 were injured.Concertgoers Claim Personal ItemsThe FBI on Sunday started returning thousands of purses, phones, and other property left behind by concertgoers in Las Vegas as the Red Cross stepped up efforts to reach those traumatized by the Oct. 1 massacre.The process of returning items left behind by those who fled in the chaos could take weeks, authorities said.So many phones, backpacks, lawn chairs, and other items were left behind that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has divided the huge crime scene into four quadrants, releasing items from only one of them at a time, starting on Sunday, FBI Victims Services chief Paul Flood said.Before release, the items had to be cleaned of blood and other substances, as well as categorized, Flood said. Property from just one quadrant of the scene filled seven delivery-sized trucks, he said, and required the attention of dozens of investigators.Authorities began returning vehicles left at the concert grounds to their owners last week. Las Vegas police officers walk past a sign at a makeshift memorial set up for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest music festival mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)Unlike so many other perpetrators of deadly mass shootings before him, Paddock left behind no suicide note, no manifesto, no recordings, and no messages on social media pointing to his intent, according to police.Paddock used a device known as a bump stock to make 12 of his rifles operate more like automatic weapons, which are outlawed in the United States.Teams of counselors fanned out across the city, attending church services and gathering at a family assistance center set up at the Las Vegas Convention Center as the Red Cross set out to find those in need of comfort. Spiritual and legal advisers were also available.“We’re past the response portion of this horrible incident,” Clark County Emergency Manager John Steinbeck said at a news conference. “We’re moving into the recovery now.” White crosses set up for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest music festival mass shooting are pictured in Las Vegas on Oct. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)“A week into this, a lot of people have been numb,” said Red Cross spokesman Bill Fortune, who flew in from Colorado to help with the recovery effort. “Some of those emotional crises are just showing up today, where people can’t get out of bed. People have called saying they can’t be in crowds.”Reuters contributed to this report.From NTD.tv Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov Investigators combed through the home of Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock a second time on Sunday, Oct. 8 and met his brother for a second round of questioning as they continue to hunt for the motive for the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.Officers with the Mesquite Police Department re-searched the three-bedroom house in Mesquite, Nevada, for “re-documenting and rechecking,” police Chief Troy Tanner told the Associated Press.“I don’t think they are after anything specific,” Tanner said. “They’re going through everything and photographing everything again.”Federal investigators found 19 firearms in the home during the first search on Monday, Oct. 2.FBI agents also met with Paddock’s brother Eric Paddock for another round of questions after he arrived in Las Vegas to pick up the killer’s remains, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.Eric Paddock said he answered questions for about four hours during a session with FBI, a Las Vegas police detective, and a psychologist. “I’m trying to get them to understand Steve’s mindset,” Paddock told the Review-Journal. “I don’t want them to chase bad leads.”Lights Dimmed to Honor VictimsOn Sunday, the marquee lights along the Las Vegas Strip dimmed for 11 minutes from 10:05 p.m. until 10:16 p.m., the exact time and duration of the gunfire one week ago. Share Authorities Search Home of Vegas Shooter, Question Brother for 2nd Time By Ivan Pentchoukov October 9, 2017 Updated: October 9, 2017 US News Share this article Police tape lines the driveway in front of the house in the Sun City Mesquite community where Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock lived in Mesquite, Nev., on Oct. 2, 2017. last_img read more

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I65 Closed in Indiana After Major Accident Explosion Risk

first_img Show Discussion Fiery crash near Seymour shuts down I-65, hazardous chemicals spilled that prompted evacuations of nearby homes. pic.twitter.com/nJfYTCo8H2— Elizabeth Woolsey (@ewoolseywdrb) January 10, 2018 Recommended Video: Corvette Chase  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this article I-65 Closed in Indiana After Major Accident, Explosion Risk By Jack Phillips January 10, 2018 Updated: January 10, 2018 Recent picture of the scene on I-65 in Jackson County. There is an explosion risk that responders are facing. pic.twitter.com/SrIpUtCUgT— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) January 10, 2018 One person was injured in the accident, but it doesn’t appear to be serious, a report from WHAS-11 said.It’s not clear what kind of hazardous chemicals leaked from the truck.The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is cleaning up the chemicals, WLFI-TV reported.Police said that it will take hours to clean up the situation. ?ALERT? The situation on I-65 in Jackson County continues to deteriorate. As a precaution, Northbound Lanes of I-65 are now being shutdown at exit 41. All houses within a half mile of the scene are being evacuated at this time.— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) January 10, 2018 Current picture of the scene…I-65 SB@ 43 mile marker. All lanes of I-65 are closed. pic.twitter.com/2NmA2Q6ptm— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) January 10, 2018 A crash on Interstate 65 in Indiana led to the leak of hazardous chemicals, and police have said that first responders are facing an explosion risk.WHAS-11 reported that houses near Seymour in Jackson County have been evacuated due to the HAZMAT situation.Sgt. Stephen Wheeles noted that the fire situation on I-65 is continuing to deteriorate, saying that portions of the highway have been closed down. Houses within a half-mile have been evacuated, according to his Twitter feed.Wheeles added the crash happened near the 43-mile marker at approximately 5 a.m., and traffic is now being diverted off I-65 in the area. The crash involved three semi trucks, he told The Indy Channel. US News last_img read more

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Girl Who Died of Flu Sent Home From Hospital With 104 Degree

first_imgLawyer Louis Zayas points to a picture taken of Nevaeh Hernandez when she was sick with the flu. Share US News Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Girl Who Died of Flu Sent Home From Hospital With 104 Degree Fever, Family Says By Syndication Partner February 17, 2018 Updated: February 17, 2018 NORTH BERGEN – Stephanie Conteron had plans to take her daughter Nevaeh to see “Aladdin” on Broadway tonight.But instead of enjoying the show with the beloved 6-year-old, Conteron and her grieving family are preparing for the girl’s funeral this weekend.Nevaeh Hernandez, a kindergarten student at Lincoln School, is the second child in New Jersey to die of the flu this season and her family says her tragic death likely could have been prevented, had she not been sent home from the hospital with a fever near 104 degrees.The 6-year-old came home from school Friday afternoon and said she had a headache, family attorney Louis Zayas said during a press conference today. Nevaeh’s mother, Stephanie Conteron, gave her daughter some medicine but soon noticed her temperature began to rise. She took her to Hoboken University Medical Center that night. Nevaeh Hernandez’s parents, Stephanie Conteron and Gabriel Hernandez Jr.After more than three hours, Nevaeh was seen by a nurse and a physician’s assistant and was told both strep throat and flu tests came back negative, Zayas said, adding that she was sent home despite having a high fever. Conteron, an emergency medical technician, knew something was still wrong Saturday. Navaeh’s temperature spiked to over 105 degrees and her family brought her to Hackensack University Hospital where she was diagnosed with the flu within an hour of arriving, Zayas said.There, the girl had four seizures, slipped into a coma, and died Monday, the attorney said. Nevaeh Hernandez’s parents Stephanie Conteron and Gabriel Hernandez Jr. embrace after the press conference.Navaeh’s father, Gabriel, is in the Army and was stationed in Germany. He was rushed home, escorted to the hospital by police, but didn’t make it back in time to see his daughter before she died.“The purpose here is to alert the public how dangerous this flu strain is, that even if your child has been given the flu shot, that this flu shot may not be sufficient to warn off this particular strain,” Zayas said.Navaeh was given the flu shot in December, her family said.Sandra Rivera, the 6-year-old’s maternal grandmother, is now reminding parents they have a right to ask for a doctor to see their child and to stay at a hospital until they feel they have received the best care.“Only a parent knows how your child is feeling,” Rivera said. “Stay there, request whatever you need. Ask for a doctor, (say) ‘I don’t feel right, I’m not going anywhere,’ because we feel (Navaeh’s) death could have been prevented”CarePoint Health, which operates the Hoboken hospital, said in a statement it will be cooperating with the state’s mandatory review of health records and lab testing, which is required for pediatric flu deaths.“We join the entire Hudson County community in mourning the tragic death of Nevaeh Hernandez,” spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends. While privacy laws strictly prohibit our commenting on individual patient conditions, testing, or treatments, Hoboken University Medical Center meticulously follows all CDC guidelines and protocol related to the flu or possible flu cases.”But as Nevaeh’s family searches for answers, her mother says she’s really missing the sassy, intelligent little girl who had every Disney princess dress and loved going to her ballet class.“She would knock on the door while I was in the bathroom, telling me that she loves me, and then coming back five minutes later to tell me she loves me and ask if I’m okay in there,” Conteron said.A wake is scheduled for Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Vainieri Funeral Home on Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen. Those attending are asked to wear pink, Nevaeh’s favorite color. A funeral service will be held Saturday at St. Augustine Church in Union City at 10 a.m. Nevaeh Hernandez’s family. Standing, from left to right, are her grandmother Sandra Rivera, Rivera’s sister-in-law MariaAngela DeBari and Rivera’s wife, Elizabeth DeBari. Seated are her mother Stephanie Conteron and father Gabriel Hernandez Jr. A photo of Nevaeh Hernandez. Displayed with permission from NJ.com Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Fresh Charges

first_img Harvey Weinstein, 66, appeared in a Manhattan court again on July 9 to plead not guilty to two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.The charges stem from an incident in 2006 in which a woman said he performed an unwanted sex act on her.That charge was revealed on July 2 when a grand jury agreed to an amendment of the indictment against Weinstein.He was already facing first- and third-degree rape, and first-degree criminal sexual charges for incidents in 2004 and 2013. Only Lucia Evans, a once-aspiring actress, has been named as a plaintiff in the case.Evans, now a marketing consultant, told The New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to perform a sex act after telling her she would be meeting a female casting director in the middle of the day at his Tribeca office. When she arrived, Weinstein was alone. She said he “overpowered” her. Weinstein left the court on $1 million bail despite the prosecution asking for him to be placed under house arrest. Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Fresh Charges By Holly Kellum July 9, 2018 Updated: July 9, 2018 Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on July 9, 2018. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON    QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “We are pleased,” his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters outside the courtroom. “The court agreed by keeping the same bail conditions [as the previous two charges]. So we fight these battles one day at a time and today we won this round.”Brafman said he expected more charges to be filed against his client.“My guess would be that they came with the most serious charges that they could find first, that would be my expectation. If there’s more, we’ll deal with them when they come. I can’t deal with charges that may one day be filed. It’s just not the way a criminal lawyer operates.”  click to watch video He added that Weinstein’s goal was to clear his name and “go back to making movies.”He’s due back in court on Sept. 20. Follow Holly on Twitter: @HollyGailK Show Discussion Crime and Incidents Share this article Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgQualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Victims of Synagogue Shooting Remembered in Pittsburgh Park By The Associated Press November 9, 2018 Updated: November 9, 2018 Share this article US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img PITTSBURGH—Nearly two weeks after a gunman shot to death 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, their lives were remembered with a moment of silence and rally for peace in a downtown park on Nov. 9.Rabbis from all three congregations whose members were meeting in the Tree of Life synagogue building at the time of the Oct. 27 shooting were among a few hundred people who attended the event at Point State Park.“I want to thank Pittsburgh’s finest,” said Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, flanked by first responders. “If it wasn’t for Pittsburgh’s finest, I wouldn’t be standing here, addressing you today.”Myers survived what was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history, then handled funerals for his congregants.Actor Michael Keaton, wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates ball cap, emceed the event that was described as “a gathering of compassion, unity, and love.” Keaton grew up in the area.“This one really hurts. When it happens at a place of worship, that pain runs really, really deep,” Keaton said, calling Pittsburgh “a tough, tough city.” Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old truck driver, is accused of the shooting rampage that also injured six. He had pleaded not guilty to federal charges.Authorities said he raged about Jews during and after the attack.Mayor Bill Peduto reminded the crowd that the rally was taking place on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Nazi Germany’s systematic assault on Jews and their institutions.The Oct. 27 shooting was “our moment of broken glass,” said Rev. Liddy Barlow, executive director of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania: “But this time, neighbors did not stand aside. First responders did not stand aside. Christians did not and will not stand aside.”Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks took the stage with Joanne Rogers, widow of Fred Rogers, host of the PBS children’s television series, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”“A visitor will know how great a city this is because Pittsburgh has been tested,” said Hanks, who plays Fred Rogers in an upcoming film.He said the city has shown the rest of the nation and the world “what good comes when the people of the Allegheny and the Monongahela love their neighbors with no exception.”The rally also included actress and filmmaker Tamara Tunie singing the national anthem. School choirs and musicians also sang “This Land is Your Land” and “God Bless America.”By Ramesh Santanam Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_imgA mature bull moose begins to stand up in forest at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska, on Oct. 2, 2018. (Dan Joling, File) Share Share this article Alaska Moose Poacher Fined $100,000, Sentenced to Jail By The Associated Press December 12, 2018 Updated: December 12, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img US News ANCHORAGE, Alaska—An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $100,000.Rusty Counts, 39, of Anchor Point, shot the moose near his community over two weeks in September. He pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to 21 misdemeanor wildlife counts and violations, including wanton waste, exceeding bag limits and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.Hunting regulations near the Kenai Peninsula community require moose to have antlers measuring 50-inches (127-centimeters) wide to be harvested. None of the three moose had the required spread, said Aaron Peterson, an assistant attorney general who prosecuted the case.“The working theory is that he realized they were sublegal and decided not to stick around to salvage the meat,” Peterson said Monday. He called the case one of the most egregious poaching events ever seen by Alaska state wildlife troopers.Alaska officials take seriously the harvesting of moose and salvaging of meat, Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said.A bull moose can weigh up to 1,600 pounds (725 kilograms) and feed a family for months with meat free of chemicals and hormones. A successful hunt is also a source of pride, Marsh said. “It’s a really important part of our culture and tradition, and people take that seriously,” he said.The case began Sept. 2 with a tip to wildlife troopers that a sublegal moose with antlers of about 45 inches (114 centimeters) was shot and abandoned. Counts was the suspected shooter, witnesses said.A second tip came on Sept. 14. A teacher reported a second dead moose shot the day before. The moose had an antler spread of just 25 inches, (63.5 centimeters), half the legal requirement. The teacher recognized one of the hunters, a former student, with an adult.Troopers interviewed the boy, who is Counts’ nephew. He confirmed that his uncle had shot the two moose plus a third with a 26-inch (66-centimeter) antler spread on Sept. 7 when he was not with his uncle. Both hunters left their rifles in the woods Sept. 13 to avoid being caught, the boy said.Troopers interviewed Counts, and he admitted shooting the three moose.Jeff Selinger, a department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist in Soldotna, said the 50-inch antler requirement extends the hunting season and protects younger mature moose, ensuring that they will be around for future breeding.Hunters can educate themselves on determining a legal moose by reading regulations and watching department videos. If there’s doubt, Sellinger recommends passing up the shot.“You’re going to pass up some legal moose doing that, but you’re not going to shoot a sublegal moose,” he said.Peterson backed the hefty penalties for Counts as a deterrent to others. If Counts had salvaged meat from the first moose, he likely would have been penalized for a single hunting violation.“That meat goes to shelters, food banks. It goes to people who need it,” Peterson said. “Instead, we have three bull moose that fully go to waste.”Counts was fined $97,650 and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution. He forfeited his rifle and an all-terrain vehicle and was sentenced to 270 days in jail.“If you do the right thing in the field, this kind of thing doesn’t happen. But if you poach and leave moose, these are the appropriate sanctions, in the state’s view,” Peterson said.By Dan Joling Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Crime and Incidents Share Share this article QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video New York Teenager Stabbed by MS-13 Members Who Were Released by Judge: Police By Zachary Stieber January 11, 2019 Updated: January 11, 2019center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A teenager was stabbed in New York state on Jan. 9 by MS-13 members who were previously apprehended by authorities but ordered released by a federal judge.In the latest crime that appears to be committed by illegal aliens, the 16-year-old was stabbed by the trio of gang members behind a Burger King on Long Island.The teen told police that he was at the restaurant when six of his classmates from Huntington High School entered and began glaring at him.The victim and his friend left but three of the gang members followed them. The trio was armed with bats and knives.An altercation broke out in a parking lot and the victim was stabbed by Ramon Arevalo Lopez, 19, police told WABC. The 16-year-old was later rushed to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.The three gang members fled the scene but were soon caught by the police. Lopez had been picked up by the Department of Homeland Security in October 2017 after entering the United States illegally on Dec. 8, 2016, police said. But a federal judge ordered him released from custody in June 2018. According to The Intercept, authorities had identified Lopez as a likely gang member but the federal judge, Robert Sweet, 95, claimed that the government was breaking the law by holding Lopez.Arevalo Lopez “made admissions” to committing the stabbing, Suffolk District Attorney Timothy Sini told Newsday. However, Lopez’s attorney Jason Bassett said his client isn’t an MS-13 member nor did he commit the stabbing.“By all accounts, he’s a gentle and unassuming young man who’s not a MS-13 member,” Bassett said. “He’s an innocent young man. We’re going to fight these charges vigorously.”The two other suspects were identified as Nobeli Montes Zuniga, 20, and Oscar Canales Molina, 17. They both entered the country illegally as well. Monila was apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security in July 2017 but also ordered released by a federal judge several months later.They were all charged with second-degree assault and face up to seven years in prison if convicted.All three were in the Suffolk County’s database of likely gang members. “While it’s not clear what the fight was about, it is clear that the defendants are all members of the MS-13 gang,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said.MS-13-member-arrested Homeland Security Investigations agents frisk a suspected MS-13 gang member and Honduran immigrant after arresting him at his home in Brentwood, New York on March 29, 2018. (John Moore/Getty Images)MS-13The motto of MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, is “kill, rape, control.” Members, most of whom are illegal aliens, are known for their brazen violence, including beheadings.“MS-13 has created a brand—like Los Zetas in Mexico—based on its reputation for engaging in unspeakable acts of brutality using machete and knife attacks against those that cross it,” Robert J. Bunker, an adjunct research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, told The Epoch Times.“This barbaric reputation greatly aids the gang in its collection of street taxes from local merchants and helps it to protect its turf and drug trade against opposing gangs who are afraid to face the ‘street terrorism’ it can wage against them.”MS-13 bolsters its ranks through recruitment in schools, often of youth coming into the United States from Central America as unaccompanied minors.“What we’re seeing is that MS, by and large, is using the schools as recruitment centers,” Fitzhugh said. “The fear of not joining the gang is so significant that kids feel compelled, that they have no other option but to join the gang. And so obviously this is a win-win for MS, because this environment is there, and a lot of these kids are vulnerable.”Donald Trump makes Oval Office speech President Donald Trump speaks to the nation in his first-prime address from the Oval Office of the White House on Jan. 8, 2019. (Carlos Barria-Pool/Getty Images)Images)[/caption]Trump Tries Addressing Illegal ImmigrationThe stabbing in New York took place just days after President Donald Trump, in his first address to the nation as president, urged people to support the proposed border wall to crack down on illegal immigration.“Day after day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders,” Trump said.“In California, an Air Force veteran was raped, murdered, and beaten to death with a hammer by an illegal alien with a long criminal history. In Georgia, an illegal alien was recently charged with murder for killing, beheading, and dismembering his neighbor. In Maryland, MS-13 gang members who arrived in the United States as unaccompanied minors were arrested and charged last year after viciously stabbing and beating a 16-year-old girl.”The president said he’s met with dozens of families whose loved ones were killed by people in the country illegally.“I’ve held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers. So sad. So terrible. I will never forget the pain in their eyes, the tremble in their voices, and the sadness gripping their souls. How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?” he said.On Thursday, Trump was joined at the U.S.-Mexico border by families of some of those slain by illegal aliens.“No family should suffer the loss of a child. A parent should not have to bury their child,” said Marie Vega, whose son, Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr, was shot when he tried to stop an illegal alien from stealing the family’s vehicle. “We need the wall—but not just the wall. There’s other things we need to do also.”ms-13 member with tattoos A member of the MS-13 gang participates in a press conference at the Sonsonate Central Jail in the city of Sonsonate, El Salvador, in a Feb. 8, 2012 file photo. (Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images)MS-13 on Long IslandThe stabbing by alleged MS-13 members comes less than two weeks after officials in Suffolk County, ground zero for the gang on Long Island, said that a crackdown on the gang led to record-low gang-related crimes.“We have now seen a 22 and a half percent reduction in violent crime this year,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone during a press conference, according to Newsday. “And in fact, every category of violent crime has decreased in 2018.”The Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) formed a gang task force in response to an increase in gang activity. That, and the partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, has contributed to the falling crime rate in Long Island, said SCPD Commissioner Geraldine Hart.Operation Matador, a “unified effort to combat the proliferation of MS-13 and other transnational criminal gang activity in Long Island,” has arrested a total of 475 individuals since May 2017, according to a news release by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Of those arrests, 274 were MS-13 members or affiliates. Two hundred and ten arrests were made in Nassau County and 177 in Suffolk County.Four homicides on Long Island in 2018 were linked to the gang. Two of the killings were found to have happened in 2017 but because the bodies were found in 2018, the bodies were counted in that year’s homicide statistics, reported Fox News. Two other homicides in Long Island in 2018 were gang-related but they did not involve MS-13.On Dec. 18, 2018, the body of 17-year-old Harold B. Sermeno was found near the Five Towns Community Center in Nassau County with several gunshot wounds, according to the LI Herald. This is one of the murders that is believed to be MS-13 related but the case is still under investigation.In 2017, police reported that 14 killings were connected to MS-13 in Long Island, according to Newsday. The gang is infamous for its brutal crimes including executions, machete attacks, hacking victims to death, and human trafficking.Epoch Times reporters Charlotte Cuthbertson and Miguel Moreno contributed to this report.From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Show Discussionlast_img read more

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