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Trump airs video slammed as propaganda at virus briefing

first_imgSeveral news outlets, which have taken to broadcasting most or all of the lengthy events live, quickly cut away. Asked why he aired the video, Trump was curt: “because we’re getting fake news.”Trump has jousted with journalists for years, but his airing of the video appeared to mark a new point of conflict with the press corps.CNN anchor John King, who spent years covering the White House, said that “to play a propaganda video at taxpayer expense in the White House briefing room is a new — you can insert your favorite word here.” Afterwards, Trump repeatedly insisted he took the right step in banning flights from China in late January, and expressed flashes of anger at reporters who asked him tough questions.”We really have done this right,” Trump said. “The problem is the press doesn’t cover it the way it should be.”Trump also raised alarms when he discussed his desire to rapidly re-open the shuttered US economy, saying he had “the ultimate authority to decide when states should command businesses to reopen, rather than the states themselves.”The authority of the president of the United States, having to do with the subject we’re talking about, is total,” he said.Trump’s video featured clips that highlighted his decisive action and included Democratic governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California praising his response. But it did not show Trump downplaying the threat of the virus as he did repeatedly in January and February.The pandemic has prevented Trump and his likely Democratic election rival, former vice president Joe Biden, from hosting traditional campaign events like rallies and town halls.While Biden shelters at home, like most Americans, and airs webcasts from his basement studio, Trump has relished using his pulpit at the White House briefings. Topics :center_img President Donald Trump startled White House reporters on Monday by airing a video at his daily coronavirus briefing that sounded like a campaign re-election advert.Despite a US death toll of 23,200,Trump insisted his administration had superbly mitigated the damage, at one point even claiming that his actions saved “tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of lives.”To the shock of reporters gathered for his briefing on the pandemic, Trump played a self-congratulatory, anti-media video during the press conference. last_img read more

10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law – Reason #7 – ‘Helen’

first_imgThis tenth and final short clip is this week’s example of “10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law.” WATCH ALL 10 REASONS.SICK OF HEARING THESE STORIES? SO ARE WE! WHAT CAN YOU DO? At the very least, find out on our VALUE YOUR VOTE website which political parties will fix the law to protect good parents. CLICK HERE (question 28)It’s time we held the politicians to account on a failed law which is doing more harm than good.It’s time the politicians listened to YOU!The future of this law may rest in your vote. IF YOU’RE A MUM, YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HELEN’S WARNING:When ‘Helen’ and her partner were investigated for disciplining their difficult 8 year old on the bottom after a particularly extreme situation (not the first time he had acted like this) ‘Helen’ unfortunately admitted to the police that over the past two to three years, she had smacked her son on a couple of occasions – but the last time she could recall doing was at least six months ago.The District Court judge found them both guilty of assault. He acknowledged that mum had sought help and assistance many times – but said that the fact that the mother was not angry but that the smack was a ‘considered decision’ was an aggravating factor. As a result, ‘Helen’ could no longer work in her profession.On appeal to the High Court, mum’s partner was (rightly) discharged without conviction on the basis of it being a ‘one-off incident in response to an extreme, highly unusual situation’ and that ‘it arose against a background where persistent efforts had been made to cope with the challenges presented.’  However, because of mum’s admission that she had occasionally used smacking in the past, her conviction was upheld in the High Court, because the judge said ‘it cannot be said it was a one-off incident’.‘Helen’ appealed to the Court of Appeal – and won. They acknowledged that mum had ‘sought appropriate expert assistance … and had utilised a range of non-physical measures to address the child’s behaviour’ and that the actions were at ‘the lower end of the scale’.Does ‘Helen’ sound like a “child abuser”? You’ll also chuckle when you hear what the community sentence was that they gave her.Moral of the story? BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ADMIT, even if politicians say that non-abusive smacking is ok – and you think it is also.“I had tried star charts. I’d taken things away from him. I’d tried rewards systems. I’d seen psychologists. I’d seen paediatricians.  I’d seen GP’s. I’d seen naturopaths. I’d seen everyone. I’d tried teachers. I tried to get advice – but nothing helped. And so I felt like I had nothing else in my power to try and help him… ” ‘Helen’ (mother)last_img read more

Regional Assembly a success

first_img Sharing is caring! DAPD delegation at the Disabled Peoples’ International North America and the Caribbean 8th Regional Assembly in JamaicaFive members of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD INC.) returned to the state on Monday August 22, 2011, after participating in the 8th Regional Assembly of DPI NAC Inc. held in Kingston, Jamaica from August 15-20.The Assembly was conducted in two parts: A four day training workshop for women and youths with disabilities held from August 15-18, and the Regional Council Meeting held from August 19-20.  Among the Assembly’s accomplishments were:The development of a three year Strategic Plan for DPI NAC Inc. to be implemented from 2011to 2014.The Incorporation of DPI NAC Inc. as a legal entity in the Region with its own Articles of Association and By-laws.The establishment and launching of a Regional Youth Network.  Three of Dominica’s delegates were elected to serve on the Region’s governing body.Michael Murphy was re-elected as the Treasurer of the Regional Council Board of Directors.  Nathalie Murphy was re-elected as the Regional women’s Network’s Coordinator. She will also serve as a member of the Board of Directors.Dione Green was elected as Treasurer of the Regional Youth Network.The U. N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was extensively discussed, with repeated calls for its ratification by the Governments of the Region.  To date, only Jamaica and St. Vincent and Grenadines have ratified the Convention.The Assembly was attended by over sixty delegates from National Assemblies of the Disabled Peoples’ International North-America and Caribbean Region coming from Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad, and Host country, Jamaica.By: Nathalie MurphyExecutive Director Share 8 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Regional Assembly a success by: – August 23, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

Former Franklin County Jailer Federally Indicted

first_imgDerek WaltonA former Franklin County Jailer has been indicted on two federal charges.Derek Walton, 31, of Liberty was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, in United States District Court Southern Division of Indiana, Indianapolis Division.Walton has been held without bond at the Marion County Jail since his arrest in August.Investigators say they became aware of an individual sending images and videos of child pornography through an email account. A second email account was discovered by federal agents while investigation a sexual offender, who had exchanged child pornography with the first email account.According to investigators, both email accounts were allegedly traced to Walton and had been accessed multiple times from the Franklin County Security Center. As a result, a search warrant was conducted at Walton’s home in August. During the search, agents say they located electronic evidence of pornographic images depicting a minor.In the December indictment it stated that on occasion Walton had “custody, care or supervisory control of a female between age 13 and 14, according to the Brookville American-Democrat.During that time, the juvenile was living in the custody of a relative in the Southern District of Indiana who is not a defendant in the case, according to the General Allegations. Walton did not disclose to the relative that child pornography was being produced that involved the girl.The allegations allege Walton enticed the child in sexually explicit conduct and used electronic devices to produce depictions of the female engaged in sexual conduct.Walton waved his right to a grand jury hearing, according to the Richmond Palladium-Item.A “not guilty” plea was entered on Waltons behalf, with a trial date set for Feb. 18. The Richmond newspaper reported that if Walton is convicted, he could receive a sentence from 16-60 years in federal prison.last_img read more

Susan M. Gartenman

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Father Shaun Whittington, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Services for Susan’s husband, Gary are the same day and time. Susan M. Gartenman of Dayton, Ohio and formerly of Brookville, was born on March 3, 1961 in Batesville.  She was the daughter of Harold A. and Donna L. Amrhein Back.  Susan graduated from Brookville High School in 1979. In 1981 she married Gary J. Gartenman in Madrid, Spain and he preceded her in death on May 13, 2016.  As a military wife, Susan and her family were stationed in several different locations throughout Gary’s time of service.  She enjoyed spending time with her sons, painting, puzzle books, and coming back to Brookville to visit friends and family.  On Friday, May 20, 2016 at the age of 55, Susan passed away at Butler and Warren County Hospice Center in Franklin, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Michael School or to the Clara A. Back Scholarship Fund in care of the Franklin County Community Foundation.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Susan Gartenman.center_img Those surviving who will cherish Susan’s memory include her two sons, Joshua (Amy) Gartenman of Miamisburg, OH, and Adam Gartenman of Kettering, OH, and four grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother and father, Harold and Donna Back; 4 siblings, Michael (Sue) Back of Indianapolis, Patrick (Mary) Back of Batesville, David (Melanie) Back of Brookville, Sarah (Michael) Alig of St. Leon, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence and Anetia Amrhein and Charles and Clara Back.last_img read more

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The Latest: Germany could resume soccer in mid-May

first_imgNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what is allowed after that.“For all of us sports fans, we’re asking this question, can our leagues come back in 2020, at all? I think this is an area where we don’t know yet,” he said during a news conference. “I’m taking what I think is a cautious, steady approach to how we reopen New York City. And we have to always plan on the worst-case scenarios. We have to protect ourselves. But there’s also better-case scenarios that could come along and could get proven that might open up possibilities for later on, late in the summer, going into the fall. There may be opportunities.”___The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donations to COVID-19-related causes to more than $5 million. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Regional government officials in Germany have discussed sports and the coronavirus pandemic on a conference call and say soccer could resume in mid-May. ___The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice.The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities.The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first. The Latest: Germany could resume soccer in mid-May New York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that the bulk of the money has been earmarked to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel.Among the organizations receiving help are United Way Worldwide, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, Jewish Federations of North America, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and“We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time,” Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said.The family made an initial donation of $500,000 last month.United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this week’s NFL draft. ___The Professional Fighters League has canceled its upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to resume in spring 2021.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. The competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA. Last year, the promotion staged six regular-season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve.CEO Peter Murray says the PFL will pay its fighters a monthly cash stipend to help support them and their families throughout 2020.The 2021 season will be distributed on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and to 160 countries by the league’s international media partners. The PFL said it will produce new programming across ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of this year. Associated Press Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.” ___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.” The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. A summary published by the city of Bremen says “continuing play in the soccer Bundesliga … is considered justifiable from the middle or end of May as per the current state of discussions.”Bremen senator Anja Stahmann chaired the call. She says resumption would require “the strictest hygienic and medical conditions.”The last top-level soccer game in Germany was played on March 11 but clubs have been pushing to resume the season in empty stadiums.Clubs are facing financial shortfalls without revenue from broadcast deals and sponsors.___ Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend.The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes.___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call. April 20, 2020last_img read more

Zadro making difference in young season

first_imgAfter falling to an ACL injury before the state of play last season, it was questionable if senior midfielder Tomislav Zadro would be able to repeat his 2011 all-Big Ten honors season. However after rehabbing for a year, Zadro, more affectionately known by the team as “Tomo,” has already begun to make his case.Zadro was instrumental this weekend as the Badgers topped both Western Michgian and DePaul 3-2. Between the two games Zadro had two goals and two assists as he led the charge for the Badgers offense. Zadro’s dominating performances, and clutch plays have made him Wisconsin’s go to player on offense, and if things go well it could lead to a record-breaking year as the Badgers fight to make the NCAA tournament.On Sunday Zadro made a huge impact on the field in their 3-2 overtime thriller against DePaul. Throughout the game Zadro was in the midst of the play consistently leading attacks for Wisconsin. On multiple occasions Zadro played nearly perfect balls into the box off a set play only to be thwarted by DePaul’s imposing defense.Midway through the second half, while down 2-1, Zadro helped draw a straight red card from DePaul defender Koray Yesilli. The play turned the tables in the Badgers favor as they continued to pound away at DePaul’s turtling defense. However, nearing the end of regulation Wisconsin was unable to capitalize, and the game seemed all but lost.Enter Zadro. As time was running out, the Badgers made a run for one last chance to draw the score even. After a long ball from AJ Cochran connected with Nick Janus, Janus drove the ball across the box to Zadro who popped the ball past DePaul goalkeeper, Eric Sorby, to equalize with just one second left on the game clock.“It was one of those plays that once I saw AJ clear it from the back I thought this might have a chance,” Zadro said. “Then Janus controlled it and then he played a perfect ball right to me. I just thought I can’t believe this is going to happen.”With one man up in overtime due to the red card, the game was the Badgers’ to win. Zadro was in the middle of everything once again. After controlling the ball with a slide near DePaul’s endline, Zadro got up and played a lofted ball to the back post where Jacob Brindle was hiding in wait. Brindle headed the ball down and into the back of the net to put the game away for the Badgers, while crushing the spirits of an emotional DePaul side.“Drew played a good ball through to me,” Zadro said. “I knew I could slide and get there before the defender. I saw Brindle on the back stick. I know he is good in the air so I put it across and he finished it nicely.”If Zadro had not yet impressed the coaching staff with his play against Western Michigan, head coach John Trask sure fully grasped Zadro’s potential after this game.“These are special plays,” Trask said in a postgame interview. “You are not talking about a three-pointer in the first half of a basketball game, you are talking about buzzer beaters, and that’s when you know you have a gem on your hands.”While some players will lag behind after missing a season due to injury, Zadro has not. His motivation has increased, and his technical ability has not missed a beat. Zadro now leads the team in points and has been dominating the field offensively and defensively.“It’s a great feeling to be back. You know it’s hard not playing the game I love so much. I haven’t played a home game in two years, and the adrenaline has been rushing it been really great to be out there. It’s making me realize how much I really do love this sport.”Zadro is an experienced player in an otherwise young and inexperienced offensive. That experience has led Zadro to become an offensive leader for the team and bring confidence and skill to the Badgers’ front line.“With him on the field we feel like he can do anything and create anything for us,” freshman forward Nick Jones said. “We rely on him to just give us those opportunities to better ourselves throughout the game we look upon him to give us leadership and the quality attack we need.”As Trask said after the game, “His teammates will continue to rally around him.” A statement that may possibly foreshadow the remainder of the season as Zadro continues to lead this offense on and off the field, on the scoreboard, week in and week out.last_img read more

Tough week sees Sportech call off corporate sale

first_img Luckbox raises CAD $3.8m ahead of TSX IPO June 12, 2020 Share Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share A grim week for London-listed betting and racing systems provider Sportech Plc has seen its share price halved, as corporate governance halts its planned enterprise sale.On Wednesday, Sportech published a corporate update, confirming that it had uncovered a ‘series of accounting irregularities for 2017 trading’.The unexpected event, sees Sportech governance anticipate 2017 corporate earnings to ‘fall below expectations’ to around £6.5 million.Furthermore, Sportech will move to write-down £8 million in ‘exceptional items’ which include; payment of former senior executives, restructuring costs and further provisions from its ongoing strategic review.Updating investors, Sportech governance announced that it had ended its ‘formal sales process’, which had begun in October 2017 under the firm’s strategic review process.“Whilst the Board engaged in detailed discussions with interested parties during the course of the FSP, it has concluded that these discussions were unlikely to result in an offer for all or a material part of the Group that it would be able to recommend to shareholders.” Sportech detailed in its market update.The response to the news by investors was stark, with Sportech shares halving from 72p to 35.5p on Wednesday’s trading (current price 42.5p).  Andrew GaughanEnding its turbulent week, Sportech announced the appointment of Andrew Gaughan as new Group Chief Executive Officer, having previously served as President of Sportech Racing & Digital.Gaughan will be based out of Toronto, and will lead the firm’s continued strategy of expanding its services for the North American market, in which Sportech has achieved a strong commercial pipeline.Gaughan will be supported by a new Group CFO, who will be based in North America.Richard McGuire, Non-Executive Chairman of Sportech, commented:“The Board and senior management invested considerable time in diligently managing the Formal Sale Process.  Whilst a sale of the Company might have delivered an immediate further return to shareholders, in addition to the £75 million returned last year, I am confident that the Company has the potential to deliver significant long-term value to shareholders, especially if the US sports betting market is liberalised and also from further diversification strategies. We are focused on ensuring Sportech benefits fully from any changes in the US sports betting market and we anticipate announcing exciting new initiatives in due course.“We have a strong balance sheet, professional management, dedicated staff and industry-leading products being delivered to support clients across 37 countries.  I welcome Andrew Gaughan to the role of Chief Executive Officer as part of a new leadership team to ensure we execute on our commitment to deliver tangible returns to shareholders.”Sportech Plc will release its full-year 2017 Results on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Submit Related Articles Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020last_img read more

ISU, UNI to start fall semester early and end by Thanksgiving

first_imgAMES — The University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University will start fall classes earlier and be done by Thanksgiving in an effort to avoid any problems with the coronavirus.ISU Extension vice president John Lawrence leads the fall planning committee. He says students tend to mix with others when they go home and that increases their risk for exposure. “Visit friends and family and interact with people and then come back in where they were before and then two to three weeks after finals we send them home again. We thought that was just a risk we thought that we could avoid,” Lawrence says.He says they also have a plan for testing and tracing to keep up on any possible COVID-19 cases. “We’ll be testing all faculty and staff and then the students living in our residence halls. Were standing up our own contact tracing team here on campus — it will work closely with Story County Public Health — but allow us to much more quickly track down people who may’ve come in contact with someone who has the systems or tested positive,” according to Lawrence.He says they will also take other measures to help cut the spread. He says they are cutting the size of classes to give students more room and will expect all faculty, staff and students to wear face coverings. The three state schools finished the spring semester with online courses. Lawrence says ISU will have a mix of class types in the fall.“There’ll be some things that will be online — particularly our large lectures will be online — and we will supplement those with discussion groups and recitation and so on,” according to Lawrence. “Some of our moderate size, mid-size lectures will move up into those larger classrooms. So they will have an in-person component. But they may also have an online piece.”Lawrence says there are still a lot of things to work out. “Part of our ongoing work in this is trying to identify what are some of those trigger points where we may tighten up restrictions — or even the other way if things are going well — what are restrictions we might loosen up. So not only looking at different trigger points, but different actions that we can take,” Lawrence says. The schedule calls for fall classes to begin on August 17th and the semester will end the day before Thanksgiving. Classes will be held on Labor Day.The University of Northern Iowa will follow the same calendar. The announcement from the school says they will have a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and online instruction during the fall, and will also reduce the number of students in each classroom. Students and professors will be expected to wear cloth face coverings. The University of Iowa has not yet released its plans for fall classes.last_img read more