International freedom of expression coalition launches website ahead of Eurovision

first_imgNews Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Receive email alerts “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en Organisation News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (the IPGA), coordinated by Article 19, has launched its website www.AzerbaijanFreeXpression.org and Facebook and Twitter profiles ahead of this week’s Eurovision Song Competition, which will commence in Baku, Azerbaijan tomorrow 22 May.Looking behind the glitz of Eurovision, the IPGA website examines the alarming freedom of expression situation in Azerbaijan, where journalists and others face blackmail, intimidation, violence, and imprisonment for expressing critical views.As the stage is set for the 57th Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place this week in Baku, the Azerbaijani authorities are working hard to promote a positive image abroad. But at home they are severely restricting the right to freedom of expression and other fundamental freedoms.“As Eurovision approaches, our new website shows that the freedom of expression situation in Azerbaijan continues to worsen”, said Article 19 Executive Director, Agnès Callamard. “The broadcast media is completely dominated by the state, leaving no room for independent voices. The organiser of Eurovision, the European Broadcasting Union, must end its policy of silence and hold the Azerbaijani authorities accountable for their freedom of expression violations.””With seven journalists behind bars, Azerbaijan is among the top 10 global jailers of the press”, said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova. “This crackdown comes in the run-up to the Eurovision Song Contest, which will gather journalists from more than 40 participating countries and fix the world’s eyes on Azerbaijan. The significant resources official Baku has poured to polish the country’s image abroad will be meaningless without implementing systematic reforms to improve press freedom conditions at home. The immediate and unconditional release of our colleagues would be a good start.””In Azerbaijan, journalists become the targets of violence when they stand up in the face of pressure from the authorities”, said Reporters Without Borders Director-General Olivier Basille. “These attacks have created a climate of intimidation that is all the more frightening because those responsible enjoy complete impunity. The murders of two journalists remain unsolved due to a lack of political will. The authorities must take action now to find their killers and bring them to justice”.Along with its website, today the IPGA is launching its Facebook and Twitter profiles, through which it will provide regular updates on freedom of expression developments in Azerbaijan.Note to editors: The IPGA is a coalition of international NGOs working to promote and protect freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. For more information about the Partnership, please contact Article 19 at +44 (0)207 324 2500 or [email protected] following IPGA spokespersons are available for interviews:- Rebecca Vincent, IPGA Coordinator, Article 19, on +44 (0)20 7324 2500 (London, UK)- Nina Ognianova, Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists, on +7 964 513 7267 (Moscow, Russian Federation)- Johann Bihr, Head of the Europe and Central Asia Desk, Reporters Without Borders, on +33 1 44 83 84 67 (Paris, France)To follow the IPGA on the web, please visit www.azerbaijanfreeXpression.org, or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AZfreeXpression or Twitter at @AZfreeXpression. The IPGA will be tweeting live during the Eurovision Song Contest final on 26 May 2012. May 21, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International freedom of expression coalition launches website ahead of Eurovision to go further AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

UPDATE: Gardaí find missing Limerick boy

first_imgNewsUPDATE: Gardaí find missing Limerick boyBy Cian Reinhardt – August 23, 2017 1568 A BOY reported missing earlier today has been found safe and well Gardaí say.Earlier today Limerick Gardaí had asked for public assistance with information in the whereabouts of 11-year-old Adam Bourke in Kilfinane.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Gardaí thanked the public for their assistance, and said no further action is required. Facebook TAGSkilfinanemissing boy Previous articleLive: All Our Exes Live in TexasNext articleFilm Launch: Tom is ‘A Man With A Plan’ Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] #WATCH Papal awards scheme to be extended across Limerick Diocese Advertisement Ballyhoura Active Series Twitter Printcenter_img Linkedin WhatsApp Radio documentary wins gold RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Former Limerick senator is cleared of charges Email Seven teams of young Limerick coders advance to National Coding finals Government accused of putting Limerick communities in danger to save a pittance last_img read more

The ICE man cometh

first_img Facebook The ICE man cometh Retired agent speaks to ECRW Twitter Facebook TAGSdrug cartelHomeland Security InvestigationsJaime ZapataLos ZetasU.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementVictor Avila By Odessa American – May 26, 2021 Twitter Retired supervisory special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations Victor Avila speaks during the Ector County Republican Women meeting Wednesday at the Odessa Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. (Ruth Campbell|Odessa American Retired supervisory special agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations Victor Avila wants to raise awareness about a fellow agent, Jaime Zapata, who died at the hands of the Los Zetas drug cartel while on assignment.The ambush occurred Feb. 15, 2011, in San Luis Potos, Mexico.He told his story during the Ector County Republican Women meeting Wednesday at the Odessa Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Avila has written a book titled “Agent Under Fire: A Murder and a Manifesto.”Avila and Zapata were set to go down Highway 57. Agents were prohibited from driving down that highway by strict orders from the U.S. Ambassador.Avila said you needed written consent from the ambassador to drive down it. He challenged the assignment, but his superiors ignored his concerns.Mexico, he said, is categorized at Level 4, the highest risk level, just like Afghanistan or Iraq. They had no police escort, no other U.S. agents.They made contact with agents in Monterrey to pick up boxes of tracking devices and electronic surveillance equipment for a money laundering case.“We’re driving back. We stopped to have lunch. And after lunch I gave the keys to Jaime Zapata and I tell him … to help me drive. I was in the process of putting together a human trafficking conference and takedowns …,” Avila said.While Zapata was driving, Avila was going to catch up on work, so he called his supervisor and gave him their location and an estimated time of arrival to Mexico City.Avila said he would take over from there because the traffic would be so bad and Zapata had never driven an armored vehicle before.“And, so we head off and within 15 minutes, two SUVs are on our tail. They basically push us off and force us off to the side of the road; AK-47’s out and they start pushing us off. … They push us off to the side, and through all the chaos in the commotion, my … window was lowered by two inches. They were able to introduce an AK-47 and a handgun here by my head, and I raised the window and caught the barrel of both guns and tried to wiggle them out of there. Without notice they opened fire into the cabin of the Suburban striking, especially to Jaime Zapata several times, lethally on his left leg with an AK-47 round. I got shot three times, once in the chest, and twice in my left leg,” Avila said.During the commotion, Avila said, they tried to identify themselves. There are eight shooters pointing AK-47s and long guns at them.Avila said he yelled at the top of his lungs that they were Americans, U.S. Embassy employees and U.S. diplomats and this was a diplomatic vehicle. He tells the shooters they are confusing him and Zapata with someone else.They’re shouting back in Spanish telling them to get out of the car and open the door.“When the shots rang, I was able to raise the window. And they shot over 100 rounds at the Suburban. I had, Special Agent Jaime Zapata, who was already becoming unresponsive, I pressed his leg onto the gas. I put the Suburban in gear and crashed one of their SUVs that was blocking us. … And then I was trying to get the Suburban back on the highway, but it just rolled into the median. And that’s where it ended up. The SUVs take off, but one of them does a U-turn, comes back, parks right in front of the Suburban. Two shooters come out with AK-47s … They stand right in front and just shoot and try to penetrate the glass. And so I’m standing here before you, by the grace of God …,” Avila said.He was able to make a distress call to the embassy and went through a number of channels he got to someone he trusted and they dispatched a helicopter.The helicopter took them to the hospital in San Luis Potos. Avila said he wouldn’t take any treatment while there because he thought the cartels were going to finish him off while he was there.“I was fighting the staff and I didn’t care. I didn’t tell him who I was; not until the reinforcements of the Mexican Federal Police that they were sending, the trusted sources that eventually surrounded the hospital and made it secure that I kind of went off on the staff and I said, my name is Victor Avila. I’m an American. And I get chills when I tell you that because you see me I’m Hispanic. My parents are from Mexico. I’m a first-generation American, but I was a foreigner in that country. I did not belong there. And it felt terrible. It felt lonely that your own heritage, your own country would feel that way. For all intents and purposes, I could have been in China. That’s how I felt.”Avila said he was eventually told that Zapata had died.“… This all happened under the Obama administration and the unfortunate circumstances that my family and I had to go through, because of that administration. You’ll read it and you’ll be, you’ll be angered by that, because people ask me which one was worse the shooting or the aftermath and I had to think about it. That’s how bad the aftermath was.”Avila also gave a presentation on conditions at the border both in the Mission/McAllen area and at El Paso, which is wide open.At the Mission/McAllen area, Avila showed slides of men, women and children, but in the El Paso area, it was a video of men running across the desert.Avila said he talked to Border Patrol agents in the Valley and they were beyond overwhelmed. He said they just want to do their jobs. They didn’t want to be caretakers or processors.He said people are either going straight into McAllen or El Paso. If they test positive for COVID-19, they are sent to a hotel to quarantine and if they’re negative they go to Catholic Charities where they are given necessities and some money and can get a bus or plane ticket without ID.He said they aren’t DNA tested, so they don’t know if the children are with their parents.Avila urged people to get involved in politics at the local level because that’s where the most change can be made; then work their way to the state and national level.center_img Local News WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articlePermian Basin First Responder Equipment InitiativeNext articleFlexible meals continue for ECISD Odessa Americanlast_img read more

Tourist kiosk on the way to Newtowncunningham

first_img Twitter Tourist kiosk on the way to Newtowncunningham WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – July 31, 2019 Google+ Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twittercenter_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Previous articleHarps U13s take on PortadownNext articleNorth without power-sharing government for too long – Johnson News Highland Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp A new tourist kiosk is on the way to Newtowncunningham.The hub will be situated in Kearans Eurospar car park, on the main Letterkenny – Derry road, and will create a platform for those seeking information on Inishowen and the wider Donegal area.Construction has officially got underway with work expected to be complete later this year.Councillor Paul Canning says a vast amount of data will be available once the service is up an running.He says it’s an important initiative:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/canning23331pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebooklast_img read more

French Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgClosing Date Beginning and/or Ending Dates Posting NumberF00068P LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Minimum Qualifications Job Posting TitleFrench Adjunct Assistant Professor * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Open ContinuouslyYes AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Position Summary Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentLetter of Recommendation 2 Posting Details The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. * Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiterComunidad 1. Have a master’s degree in the language being taught ORBachelor’s in the language being taught AND Master’s in anotherlanguage or linguistics OR the equivalent* OR hold a CaliforniaCommunity College Instructor’s Credential in the discipline area.*All degrees must be from an accredited institution.2. Have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academicsocioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexualorientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students,including those with physical or learning disabilities as itrelates to differences in learning styles.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Application Instructions General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to notecenter_img The Institution Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. Posting Date12/19/2016 Physical Demands Assignment Responsibilities Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). SalaryPlease See LRCCD Salary Schedules Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. Conditions How and where to apply Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2613 Department Location * Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Total Hrs per Week/Day Special Requirements Work YearN/A Work Schedulelast_img read more

Psychiatrist – RISN Program

first_imgRowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine is currentlyseeking a talented Psychiatrist to join our growing Department ofPsychiatry located in Southern New Jersey. Specifically, thiscandidate will be providing services at our new Rowan SOM Sewellclinical offices.This position is for a full-time adult psychiatrist with anacademic faculty appointment.Experience working with patients with intellectual and physicaldisabilities, complex medical needs, traumatic brain injury, orlifespan care preferred. Responsibilities include teaching medicalstudents and residents and leading an interdisciplinary team.Applicants must have an MD or DO degree, able to obtain orcurrently have a valid NJ Medical license, CDS and DEA and beAOBNP/ABPN Board Certified/Board Eligible.Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a comprehensivebenefits package.Our clinical campus is located in Southern New Jersey, which iswithin the Philadelphia metropolitan area approximately eight milesfrom Center City Philadelphia, one hour from the Jersey Shore, andhour and a half from NYC and two hours from Washington, DC.Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equalopportunity in employment.All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.Advertised: Oct 14 2020 Eastern Daylight TimeApplications close:last_img read more

Scaled-Down Comic Books Show Still a Hit

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIAshley Ratti was interested in David Hasselhoff. Abe Akiki was interested in Hasselhoff’s car.The girlfriend and boyfriend from Mount Laurel were taking photos of the “Knight Rider” display that served as a centerpiece of the Comic Book and Memorabilia Show at the Ocean City Music Pier on Saturday.“I think it’s really cool. He’s a very good-looking guy,” Ratti said of a life-sized cutout of the “Knight Rider” star David Hasselhoff that was part of the display overlooking the Boardwalk.Akiki, though, marveled over the jet-black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am parked next to the Hasselhoff cutout. The car was a replica of KITT, the technologically advanced car driven by Hasselhoff in the cult-classic TV series in the 1980s.“I just love the car,” Akiki said. “I just wish I had a KITT.”Akiki and Ratti both laughed over their good-natured differences and headed inside the Music Pier to enjoy the rest of the Comic Book and Memorabilia Show, an eclectic mix of comic books, trading cards, movie posters, action figures, toys, jewelry, artwork and other collectibles sold by vendors.Customers browse through the memorabilia and collectibles displayed on the vendors’ tables inside the Music Pier.The show represented one of the first family-friendly events Ocean City was able to hold inside for the public this spring amid the pandemic. Attendees had their temperature taken as they entered the Music Pier and were required to wear protective masks as part of the socially distanced show.With capacity limits in place, the show was a scaled-down version of previous comic book and memorabilia conventions. It did not include the traditional panel discussions, celebrity appearances or Super Hero Runs of the pre-pandemic shows.However, attendees made it clear that they still had a good time. Ratti and Akiki said they drove down from their hometown of Mount Laurel specifically to see the show.Stephen and Julia Hobbs, of Ocean City, had their 9-year-old daughter, Alex, and 5-year-old son, Dylan, with them as their browsed at the tables filled with memorabilia and collectibles on the Music Pier’s expansive exhibit floor.“I love funny comics. No violence,” Alex said of the type of comic books she hoped to find as her dad shook his head in approval.Ocean City residents Stephen and Julia Hobbs enjoy the show with their daughter, Alex, and son, Dylan.Stephen Hobbs explained that the comic books show was the type of family-oriented attraction that he, his wife and kids enjoy on the Boardwalk each weekend.“My wife monitors social media for kid-friendly events,” he said. “The Ocean City Boardwalk is always a great hit with my kids. We try to do this twice a weekend.”Kathy Babel, 61, of Buena Vista Township, and her 30-year-son, Justin, of Sicklerville, strolled through the exhibit floor in search of memorabilia from the “Deadpool” movie and TV series franchise based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.Asked what he liked about “Deadpool,” Justin Babel answered, “Everything.”“The humor, the action, the illustrations and, of course, the design. They all come together,” he said.After looking around, Babel was able to buy a color print of the Deadpool character.“I’m hanging it up on the wall as soon as I get home,” he said.Justin Babel, of Sicklerville, has his temperature checked by an automated thermometer as he enters the Music Pier.Although the comic books show was far more modest this year than the previous conventions that drew big crowds to the Music Pier, the vendors said they were still making money while adhering to the COVID restrictions.“In general, I have adjusted with the masks and making everything COVID-friendly. But it’s been profitable,” said Milton Scales, a comics book and sports memorabilia vendor.Scales, who lives in Clementon, was joined at his exhibit table by multimedia artist Garland Holloman, of Voorhees. Both men said they were doing their best to put a positive spin on the show while socializing with the customers.“It’s definitely a dark time,” Scales said of the pandemic. “But by staying positive and upbeat, it makes it a lot better.”Holloman, whose artwork was on display, said it was important for the show to be held this year so that the children could reconnect with the comics superheroes they admire and have their spirits lifted.“This allows them to see the superheroes. They relate to them and it builds up their self-esteem,” Holloman said.Milton Scales, left, a vendor, and multimedia artist Garland Holloman, show off one of Holloman’s creations. Abe Akiki and Ashley Ratti, both of Mount Laurel, pose for a photo in front of the “Knight Rider” display outside of the Comic Book and Memorabilia Show at the Music Pier.last_img read more

St. Joseph County Police Officers released from quarantine after COVID-19 scare

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By Jon Zimney – April 4, 2020 0 251 WhatsApp Previous articleIndiana granted federal Major Disaster Declaration statusNext articleTwo men shot at Marion and 6th Streets in Elkhart Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Google+ Facebook Google+ St. Joseph County Police Officers released from quarantine after COVID-19 scare CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter Twitter (Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC) Nine St. Joseph County Police Officers quarantined on March 26 have been released from quarantine and back to active duty.The Officers were quarantined after coming in contact with an arrest subject whom showed symptoms at the time of booking and was then tested for COVID-19. The COVID-19 test result for the arrest subject returned negative for the corona virus.During their quarantine period none of the nine officers experienced any symptoms of the virus.The decision to quarantine was made by the department out of caution to the officers, their families, and our other officers. Three of the nine are County Police Patrol officers that were involved in a physical, hands on arrest of the subject last Monday night. The remaining six officers entered the subject’s residence to execute a search warrant of the residence and the subject’s bedroom following a call back to the subject’s residence last Wednesday.Sheriff Bill Redman stated “I want to extend my gratitude to the families of these officers. I know this has been an uncertain and unnerving time for these officers and their families. I am grateful for the patience shown and the sacrifice these families make to our department and our community, thank you all.”Department Attorney Troy Warner explains, “we have been working around the clock monitoring our employees and our jail inmates. Sheriff and our team are working closely with medical staff and County Human Resources. The department is following all medical and CDC guidance to limit the potential exposure of our employees and ensure the safety of them and their families.”Warner emphasizes “our Police and Jail Officers are the definition of ‘essential,’ they cannot work from home. The department leadership is working hard to ensure the all our employees can continue to do their jobs during throughout this public health crisis. We cannot have a whole shift potentially exposed and quarantined because we failed to be cautious.”Redman further explains, “we’ve also been monitoring those newly arrested individuals brought to our jail, as well as the inmates who’ve already been here either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. We have limited the number of people entering the secured areas of the jail and just recently have begun conducting COVID protocol on all people that enter the secured area of the jail, including jail employees, police officers, and essential outside contractors.”Back on March 13, the St. Joseph County Jail first began a COVID protocol process for all arrestees being booking into the jail, including a check of the arrestee temperature and other symptoms. Any arrestee with a temperature above the CDC guideline or with other symptoms is moved to jail medical isolation unit to be tested for COVID-19 and monitored following their jail booking. The County Police are also notifying the arresting law enforcement agency that the arrestee was medically isolated and tested for possible COVID-19. The jail medical staff are now checking everyone that enters the secured area of the jail, including arresting officers, outside essential contractors, and all jail employees.As of Saturday, April 4, 19 arrestees have been isolated in jail medical and tested. Fourteen of those test results have returned, all negative. Additionally, any inmate already in the jail pods who develop a temperature, or two symptoms is also moved to jail medical isolation unit and tested. Also, two inmates from the pods has been moved to medical isolation, both have tested negative for the virus.last_img read more

Press release: Dame Vera Baird appointed as new Victims’ Commissioner

first_img Throughout Dame Vera’s career she has demonstrated a constant commitment to ensuring victims of crime have the best possible experience of the criminal justice system. I look forward to working with her to build on the foundations laid by Baroness Newlove’s unwavering dedication to improve how we support victims and witnesses. engaging with victims to build up a picture of how support services are working and how they could be improved promoting the interests of victims and witnesses encouraging good practice in their treatment keeping the operation of the Victims’ Code under review Dame Vera Baird’s appointment will last for 3 years and her role will involve: I am delighted to be appointed Victims’ Commissioner, it is an honour to have the chance to work with victims and witnesses to ensure that their voices are heard everywhere it matters. I will be their champion, and I will work with government and the Criminal Justice agencies to implement the Victims’ Code when it has been updated, to bring national guidelines to local victim services which are delivered so well by my colleague Police and Crime Commissioner’s and to make the justice system responsive to victim needs, whilst ensuring fair trials. I will be very sad to leave my role as a Police and Crime Commissioner and my super staff, and all we achieved together with Northumbria Police. This new role will help me to build on my experience of victim and witness needs that I gained as a PCC and when I was in government. Dame Vera Baird said: Justice Minister Edward Argar said: The role of the Victims’ Commissioner is greatly valued across the justice system, and its importance has only strengthened under the tireless work of Baroness Newlove. Since the role was established in 2010, this government has driven vital improvements – from establishing the Victims Panel, revising the Victims’ Code, and last year publishing the first-ever cross-government Victims Strategy. I very much look forward to working with Dame Vera in continuing to drive the best possible support for victims across every stage of the justice system.center_img The role of the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses (Victims’ Commissioner) has been in existence since 2010 and is a statutory role. The role is independent of government and appointed through an open recruitment exercise. In September 2018 the first ever cross-government Victims Strategy was published. It was the first-time government have looked in such detail and in such a joined-up way at how we treat victims in the wake of crime. The Victims Strategy brings together, for the first time, funding which government and agencies spend on supporting victims of crime, which is roughly £200 million a year. Baroness Newlove said: Dame Vera’s responsibilities will include promoting the interests of victims and witnesses, ensuring that their voices are heard and holding government to account on delivery of its commitments.As Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria since 2012, Dame Vera has taken an active role in promoting the views of victims, also serving as the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s lead for supporting victims and reducing harm.Justice Secretary David Gauke said: I am delighted Dame Vera has been appointed to succeed me. Throughout the past six years I have had the opportunity to work closely with Vera in her capacity as Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and as chair of the Victim Portfolio Group in the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. Vera is a passionate and articulate advocate for victims, particularly the most vulnerable. She brings to this post huge experience and understanding of the criminal justice system, both as a lawyer and a former Solicitor General. I know she will work tirelessly and be a powerful voice for victims. I look forward to supporting her in the years to come. Notes to editorslast_img read more

Take a Broadway.com Selfie for Chance to Win Big!

first_img NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states and D.C. who are 18 years or older. Void outside U.S. and where prohibited. Ends December 23, 2014. See official rules and details here. To enter, send your selfie (make sure that Broadway.com taxi top is nice and visible!) to [email protected] with your first and last name. Send us your pics before Tuesday at 10 am to be entered for that week’s prize. Entries will be collected until 9:59:59 am on December 23. Winners will be notified via email on or around each Tuesday. View Commentscenter_img Take a selfie with us for the chance to win a $100 gift card! The Broadway.com Taxi Top Selfie Sweepstakes is officially underway. The rules are simple: spot one of our flashy Broadway.com taxi tops in the city, take a selfie with it (like so), and send it our way. Each week through December 23, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift certificate to a lucky participant chosen at random.last_img read more