Man charged with killing 12 year old Monica Jack in 1978 found

first_imgThe Canadian PressFamily members of 12-year-old Monica Jack who was murdered in British Columbia in 1978 cried, hugged and thanked jurors who found a man guilty of first-degree murder Thursday.Garry Handlen, 71, told undercover police during a sting in Minden, Ont., that he abducted Monica Jack while she was riding her bike, sexually assaulted and strangled her, but his defence team said the confession was coerced.As sheriffs led him out of B.C. Supreme Court, Handlen turned to face a woman who yelled: “And that goes for … trying to kill me!”The woman, whose name is under a publication ban following a trial in 1979 where Handlen was convicted of sexually assaulting her, wept too as she supported Jack’s family.Jack’s mother, Madeline Lanaro, said she would not immediately comment on the verdict. The family will return to court for a sentencing hearing on Jan. 28 and provide victim impact statements.Jurors began deliberating Handlen’s fate on Tuesday after an 11-week trial that heard tearful testimony from Lanaro, who last saw her daughter riding her new bike on May 6, 1978.The trial heard Handlen confessed during a so-called Mr. Big operation, saying he’d grabbed Jack from a highway pullout in Merritt.A first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.In a hidden-camera video shown in court, Handlen told the crime boss of the fictitious Mr. Big operation that he grabbed Jack, threw her bike in a lake, forced the girl into the bathroom of his camper and drove up a rough hill where he killed her.Jack’s skull and some bones were found in the area 17 years later.Her mother told the trial she was driving her old Mustang home with her other children when she saw her daughter on the highway and that the girl waved at them.“I honked and the kids yelled out, ‘Do you want a ride? And she said ‘No.’ ”The woman who Handlen sexually assaulted said outside court that police called her in December 2014 to say he’d been charged with the first-degree murder of Jack.“Then everything came back,” she said. “The last four years have been hell, very difficult. I haven’t been able to hold down a job.”Handlen was arrested and charged after a nine-month undercover operation involving a fictitious crime group that hired Handlen to do legal and illegal jobs such as loan sharking, the trial heard.Handlen was paid almost $12,000 by the gang that promised him a middle-management job as he was gaining favour with the boss, who told him in the video that police had DNA linking him to Jack’s murder but the crime could be pinned on someone else if he provided enough details.“The bottom line is, they got people that saw you and they got your DNA. That’s not good, Garry,” the crime boss tells him in a hotel room, in video shown to the jury.Handlen was also told he would have to travel to British Columbia’s Interior with other members of the group to point out the spot where he said he’d abducted Jack so an ailing man taking the fall for him would have that information.Handlen told the supposed crime boss that he picked up an Indigenous girl and sexually assaulted her, then repeated at least half a dozen separate times that he strangled her before tossing her body behind a log and leaving the area.“It’s a weight off my shoulder now, I’ve told you. So I’m not the only one that knows now,” he tells the crime boss in the video.The boss tells him he could continue working for the group to repay the debt.“I’m indebted for life now,” Handlen says, before repeatedly thanking him.Handlen’s defence lawyers told the jury their client was set up by the RCMP with inducements that had him believing he’d get his dream of a new truck and continue being part of a group he called a band of brothers.However, the Crown said Handlen had no motivation to confess to a crime he didn’t commit and felt relief at having unburdened himself from a secret he’d carried for 36 years.Outside court, Crown spokeswoman Alisha Adams praised the three prosecutors who worked on the case for four years, adding they showed great perseverance through a difficult case.last_img read more

Moroccan Contractual Teachers Strike for 4th Week for Equality

Rabat – More than 10,000 of young Moroccans made their voices heard internationally as they flocked to Rabat to protest the government’s alternative decision regarding their status as contractual teachers throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning.The teachers, who describe themselves as “forcibly contracted educators,” decided to camp out in front of Parliament on Saturday night to show their determination.Anti-riot police used water cannons and police motorcycles to disperse the protests.Some teachers also said there was “violence” during the protests. Some video clips and pictures showed faces covered in blood.The government has hired teachers under annually renewable contracts every year since 2016.To fill the need for more teachers while managing heavy public debts, the government hired the teachers through regional academies.Read Also: Morocco’s Police Use Water Cannon at Contractual Teachers’ ProtestThe contractual teachers, who are not officially part of the public sector, receive the same salary, starting at MAD 5,000 ($520) monthly, as teachers who are permanently on the government payroll but have reduced pensions.Teachers have not held up their end of the contracts they signed, the government said.Minister of Education Said Amzazi issued a statement earlier this month, explaining that teachers were informed of the contracts’ conditions before signing them.But contractual teachers are demanding equal treatment to their public sector counterparts.Oussama Hamdouch, a 27-year-old member of the National Coordination of “the Forcibly Contracted Teachers,” spoke to Morocco World News about their demands and loopholes in the contracts.Hamdouch said that the situation of the teachers has reached a critical and decisive moment.“We are in a battle”Hamdouch, who became a teacher when he signed a contract in 2018, said that the government has offered to change 14 articles of the contracts as a compromise.Read Also: Amzazi: Contractual Teachers Knew They Could Not Join Public ServiceHe said that the Ministry of Education offered to change the teachers from “contractual teachers” hired under fixed terms to full employees of the regional academies of education.The offer was unacceptable, teachers said.Regional academies do not have the ability to adopt all teachers, Hamdouch said.“They lack the human and financial resources teachers need.”Morocco’s regional academies are not autonomous institutions and receive funding from the Education Ministry.“The academies will be able to fire teachers if they don’t have financial resources whenever they want to. School principals will also have a certain authority over us. We want to work with dignity like the other teachers in the public sector,” Hamdouch told MWN.Contractual teachers. Photo Credit: Morocco World NewsAmong the working conditions the contractual teachers are complaining about is the pension system.Teachers working under contracts will only receive 40 percent of their monthly salary after retirement. If they receive MAD 10,000 while working, the teachers will receive MAD 4,000 monthly after retiring.Debts, politics drive the issueHamdouch said that contractual teachers signed the contracts because they were not offered better job opportunities. “We had no choice. The job market is disappointing.”Explaining why the group representing teachers calls themselves “forcibly contracted teachers,” Hammouch said, “If the government wants to increase the prices on gas cylinders, there will be protests, but people will buy anyways because of their need and lack of options.”Read Also: Contractual and Cell 9 Teachers: We Will Continue Our ProtestsIn 2016, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance announced a joint decision to recruit teachers through contracts  to offer job opportunities, to meet a need for teachers, and to improve human resources in education.Children supporting contractual teachers in protests. Photo Credit: Morocco World NewsThe Ministry did not respond to our calls for comment.The unemployment rate in Morocco remains high, despite the slight year-on-year decrease from 10.2 percent to 9.8 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to the Moroccan High Commission for Planning (HCP).Morocco continues to borrow from international firms to complete socio-economic and infrastructure projects and cover its budget deficit.HCP estimated that the overall public debt of the economy will increase to 82.5 percent of GDP in 2019.Several senior officials have warned that rising external debt could negatively impact Morocco’s economy.In 2018, the governor of the central bank, Bank Al Maghrib, Abdellatif  Jouahri, said he expected external debt to rise to 16.6 percent of GDP in 2019, up from 13.8 percent of GDP in 2018.Contractual teachers. Photo Credit: Morocco World News.He added that he refused to apply in 2016 when the government was looking for 10,000 candidates.“I did not have a choice in 2018; I applied because there are no other options.”One condition of the contract specifies that the teachers cannot seek to become public sector employees in the education sector for the duration of the contract, a key demand of the protesting teachers.Good health coverage, bad payAccording to the contracts, teachers’ salaries can increase depending on the employee’s pay grade.But the ministry did not respect some of the conditions in the contracts, teachers say.The government should increase the salary for the contractual teachers by MAD 100 annually.Read Also: Former Head of Government Benkirane Criticizes Protesting Contractual Teachers, Citing IslamEvery two years, the ministry should offer qualifying exams to evaluate the performance of teachers which could allow them to move to a higher pay grade.Another teacher speaking on condition of anonymity, however, acknowledged that the teachers are offered good health coverage.“The government introduced employment under fixed term contracts because of pressure from the World Bank,” Hamdouch said.To handle mounting debts, the government has reduced its payroll obligations.“The contracts make teachers feel unstable, disappointed, and deceived, he said. read more

Iraqs anticorruption efforts receive boost from UN partners

29 September 2008The United Nations today launched a five-year plan to help Iraq prevent and combat corruption, a key element in the Government’s efforts to rebuild the fledgling democracy after years of strife and misrule. “In the past, Iraq’s national wealth was stolen, its public assets were squandered, and its common wealth was dished out to cronies of the regime. The anti-corruption system needs a complete overhaul,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “By ratifying the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) last March, the Government of Iraq demonstrated its commitment to fight corruption. The UN is providing the tools to do the job,” he added. The new initiative, which will be carried out jointly by UNODC and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is designed to strengthen Iraq’s main anti-corruption bodies, as well as promote greater cooperation among them through the Joint Anti-Corruption Council. A national anti-corruption law is currently being drafted.Projects will focus on strengthening prevention, transparency, accountability and integrity in the private and public sectors, in line with the UN anti-corruption treaty.“The aim is to put in place the legal framework and build capacity to deter corruption at all levels of government, improve internal and external oversight, and strengthen anti-corruption law enforcement,” said UNDP Country Director Paolo Lembo.The programme, which will be partly funded with resources from the UN Iraqi Trust Fund, will also strengthen the capacity of Iraqi anti-corruption officials to prevent, detect and investigate money-laundering, and enable asset recovery. “Under the old regime, billions of dollars were stolen from the Iraqi people. As a party to the UN anti-corruption Convention, it will be easier for the new Government of Iraq to recover those assets,” said Mr. Costa. Tackling corruption is one of several commitments undertaken by the Government under the UN-backed International Compact for Iraq, launched in May 2007.The Compact, a five-year national development plan, includes benchmarks and mutual commitments from both Iraq and the international community, all with the aim of helping the country on the path towards peace, sound governance and economic reconstruction. read more

Chinese envoy assures Lanka on economic stability

In the first half of year 2015, the Chinese Embassy said, more than 1,000 Sri Lankans were granted opportunity for training or study in China under the sponsorship of the Chinese government. (Colombo Gazette) He recalled that China achieved 7% of growth of its economy and contributed about 30% for growth of the world economy.The Ambassador also noted that last month, tourist arrivals from China to Sri Lanka reach 24,734 with an increase of 73.3%, which is an example that Chinese people are optimistic about Chinese economic development. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang has assured Sri Lanka that China’s economy remains stable and still has a huge potential.He said that despite the economy facing a downward trend it is still within the required range and management and that the driving force for the downward trend is the global economy. “Sri Lankan friends also questioned, has Chinese economy faced crisis? Will it head for a hard landing? Responsibly speaking, Yi stressed that the fundamentals of the Chinese economy remain stable with huge potential,” the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said. “The debt of Chinese central government takes only 20% of its GDP while the number reaches 88% for Sri Lanka and 103% for US, showing that Chinese economy is healthy and sustainable,” he said.Ambassador Yi said that China would like to assist and cooperate with Sri Lanka in economic development including maritime economy of which there should be great potential.In the past 10 years, China has trained over 10,000 Sri Lankans in the fields of science, management, culture and technology. The Embassy quoted the Ambassador as saying that that China’s economic opportunities outweigh its challenges. read more

NCAA Michigan football out of compliance

The NCAA has determined that the Michigan football program was out of compliance with practice time rules under coach Rich Rodriguez, who incoming athletic director David Brandon declared would remain the school’s coach.Brandon announced the NCAA’s findings Tuesday, but stated that there were “no surprises,” despite the fact that the report stated that the Michigan athletic department failed to ensure that the program was complying with NCAA regulations.The university has 90 days to respond to the results and will appear at an NCAA hearing in August.The NCAA has been investigating allegations that Michigan players exceeded NCAA limits with practice time or other football-related activities.The allegations came about after the Detroit Free Press reported the claims of a handful of Michigan players who said the players exceeded the limits during practices and workouts in 2008 and 2009.The university conducted an internal investigation and is looking into self-imposed sanctions. The internal audit revealed that Rodriguez and his staff failed to file forms that kept logs on the amount of time players spent on football.Michigan’s report did not find issues of noncompliance. Brandon attributed the dicey situation to a “breakdown of communication.”Michigan has finished 3-9 and 5-7 in Rodriguez’s two seasons at the helm. read more

Ohio State baseball takes 2 of 3 in weekend series against Penn

Redshirt-junior 1st baseman Josh Dezse celebrates with teammates after scoring a run during a game against Penn State April 12 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 7-0. Credit: Lauren Weitz / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State baseball team (21-15, 4-8) got back on track with a weekend series victory at home against Penn State.The bats woke up in a big way for the final two games of the three-game series — both victories for OSU — and coach Greg Beals credited the lineup change and the wind for helping out the offense.“When the wind is blowing, it really helps the mentality of the hitters,” Beals said. “And we’ve been talking mentality and maybe it took the wind blowing to get them going a little bit and get that mentality at game time to attack.”Sunday’s game began with the Buckeyes jumping all over the Nittany Lions’ sophomore pitcher Nick Hedge.After scoring a run in the first on an RBI single from sophomore second baseman Troy Kuhn, redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse led off the second with a deep home run to straightaway center to put the Buckeyes up two.Sophomore third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic followed with a single and junior catcher Connor Sabanosh brought him home with a stand-up triple to center.With no outs in the inning and Sabanosh on third, the Nittany Lion coaching staff had seen enough and pulled Hedge in favor of senior Ian Parvin before Hedge could allow any more damage.The pitching change didn’t stop redshirt-sophomore shortstop Nick Sergakis from scoring Sabanosh with a sacrifice fly to center.Dezse continued his onslaught on the Nittany Lion pitching staff with another bomb to center in the third to put the Buckeyes up by five.“I’ve always thought I’ve had a good swing. I just think that circumstances are starting to line up. Couple sliders, wind was blowing out and was just able to square a couple up,” Dezse said Sunday. “I’ve always known that I got a decent swing if I make contact. I’m just not really thinking too much. Just going up and see ball, hit ball.”The Nittany Lions began mounting a comeback and tied things up by scoring two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.The Buckeyes took the lead right back in the bottom half of the fifth, though, on a bases-loaded ground ball from Bosiokovic.They broke it open again in the seventh with four runs, including RBIs from Sergakis and Dezse, giving them a total of five and seven, respectively, for the weekend.“It’s really been the same approach that I’ve had all year. It’s just falling in my favor lately,” Sergakis said. “Every at-bat I go up there and I try and fight the pitcher. I don’t want him to beat me on a pitch and I want to put my best swing on it.”The Nittany Lions got one run back in the eighth, but the Buckeyes got two more in the bottom half to end the scoring and give them the series-clinching 12-6 win.Sophomore pitcher Jake Post earned the win and redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti came on in the sixth to allow only the one run in the eighth before freshman Travis Lakins came in to close it out.Saturday’s tilt was all Buckeyes as senior pitcher Greg Greve threw a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits and walking just two.Despite his strong performance, Greve said it was just another game for him.“I try to approach the game the same each way. I want to go out there and give my team a chance to win,” Greve said afterward. “You try to do too much as an individual player, that’s when you start getting in trouble. Win as a team, lose as a team. Defense made some great plays for me and the offense really came alive, so that made my job easier.”Offensively, home runs by Dezse and Sergakis and three errors by the Nittany Lions gave the Buckeyes a much-needed 7-0 win.“This was very important for us after losing seven straight conference games,” Beals said. “We need to get back in good ways and Greve, our senior co-captain, grabbed the bull by the horns and shut them out today.”Friday night, the Nittany Lions took the lead early and pulled out a 5-4 win.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play on the road against West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va., Tuesday at 6 p.m. read more

Macedonian Hellenes story unveiled

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fittingly, it was Greek National Day that saw over 500 people join community leaders at the Nick Andrianakos Cultural Centre, Melbourne, to take part in the much-anticipated launch of Professor Anastasios Tamis’ latest publication Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania.The book, which details the story of migration from Macedonia to Australia in the 20th century, has been six years in the making, and is the result of the author’s intensive research into family records and the archives of Macedonian Hellenic diaspora organisations.Joining Professor Tamis at the event, dignitaries included Speaker of the Victorian Parliament Telmo Languiller, GOCMV’s president Bill Papastergiadis, Dimitris Minas, president of the Pan Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, and arguably the state’s pre-eminent Philhellene – former state premier Jeff Kennett – who as guest of honour, formally launched the publication.Mr Kennett, who as premier in the early 1990s was a staunch advocate for Greece’s position on the FYROM naming issue, said that Professor Tamis’ book was a vital reference point for future generations.“This is an investment not in the past, but in the future,” he said. “This book is about each of us in society understanding each other. It’s about having a level of tolerance, which is as good here in Victoria as it is anywhere else in the world.”Mr Kennett said that the book’s publication in English was very significant, enabling those beyond the Greek community to understand the history of the Macedonian Hellenic diaspora in Australia.“This is not just a book of record, this is a book of hope. I see it as a moment when there is a new line in the sand.”In his speech, Professor Tamis said his motivation to write the book had come from “the necessity to honour pioneer Macedonian Greek immigrants and their children”.In great detail, the 592-page book charts the personal stories of scores of Macedonian Hellene families – the challenges they faced, the contributions they made to their adopted country, and the social and economic context in which they lived. The author’s research for the book also delves into the causes and continuation of inter-ethnic conflict thrown up by ‘the Macedonian dilemma’.Professor Tamis said the issue at stake was not one of “an imagined and/or invented ethnicity” but an “aggressive nationalism”.“To dare naming your airports and enriching your capital with shrines and monuments belonging to another nation constitutes a fallacious defilement,” he said, before adding that to maintain “exclusively for your own group the shared geographical term of Macedonia is incompatibly artificial and irrationally pseudonymous”.Published and printed in Thessaloniki by Tziolas Publishing, Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania is available from the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, which funded the publication’s three-year research phase. The book’s sponsors include the Benevolent Brotherhood of Men of Thessaloniki, the Australian Institute for Macedonian Studies, A. and M. Efkarpidis, G. Kitharidis, A. and C. Tsoulias, the Bank of Cyprus, the Philanthropic Association of Kastorians O Grammos, the Philanthropic Association of Chalkidians Aristotelis O Stagitrtis, Serraion Society, Pempieriki Broththerhood O Olympos and the Philanthropic Association of Kozani O Lassanis.last_img read more

Internet 477 millions de Chinois connectés à la fin mars

first_imgInternet : 477 millions de Chinois connectés à la fin marsLe nombre est pharaonique ! D’après des chiffres relayés par un responsable du ministère de l’Industrie et des Technologies de l’Information, le nombre d’internautes chinois aurait augmenté de 20 millions de personnes en seulement trois mois ! Soit un total de 477 millions de Chinois connectés à la fin du mois de mars. Internet apparaît de plus en plus pour les Chinois comme une fenêtre vers le monde, mais également vers une certaine forme de liberté dans un pays où la censure est fortement présente.  À lire aussiLe secret de mystérieuses pyramides chinoises enfin percé ?La Toile apparaît alors comme un espace incontournable pour dénoncer les injustices et porter sa voix au-delà des frontières en pointant du doigt certaines pratiques de corruption. Et  même si Pékin se donne du mal pour contrôler au maximum les flux d’information sur Internet et éviter tout débordement ou organisation parallèle au régime, il semblerait que de plus en plus de réseaux, de sites et d’internautes envahissent le Net, sans que le gouvernement ne puisse réellement gérer les flux url. Pour preuve, le nombre de sites Internet qui a atteint 3,82 millions dernièrement et qui fait état d’une forte activité 2.0. Par ailleurs, un récent rapport a fait état d’un nombre incroyable d’internautes chinois. En effet, ils seraient à présent plus de 447 millions en Chine à disposer d’une connexion pour surfer sur la Toile. Un nombre qui ne va pas cesser d’augmenter, surtout avec tous les nouveaux appareils de communication qui envahissent la planète.Le 17 mai 2011 à 10:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

EtatsUnis les jumeaux bien plus fréquents que dans les années 1980

first_imgEtats-Unis : les jumeaux bien plus fréquents que dans les années 1980Selon un rapport publié cette semaine par le gouvernement américain, un bébé sur trois né aux Etats-Unis serait un jumeau. Un taux qui aurait fortement augmenté au cours des trente dernières années. “Lorsque les gens disent avoir l’impression de voir davantage de jumeaux de nos jours, ils ont raison”, observe Joyce Martin, épidémiologiste pour les Centres de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (CDC). En effet, en 1980, aux Etats-Unis, seul un bébé sur 53 avait un jumeau. Mais selon un rapport publié cette semaine par le gouvernement américain, ce taux aurait considérablement augmenté pour passer aujourd’hui à un bébé sur trois. D’après le document, entre 1980 et 2004, le taux de naissances gémellaires a ainsi augmenté de plus de 2% par an. Cette progression s’est ensuite ralentie à moins de 1% par an, malgré une nouvelle hausse de près de 2% entre 2008 et 2009. Au niveau national, 3,3% de l’ensemble des naissances concernaient des jumeaux en 2009, en hausse de 2% par rapport à 1980. Mais cette augmentation n’a pas surpris les chercheurs qui en connaissent même les raisons : des grossesses plus tardives et le recours aux traitements contre la stérilité.Comme l’explique le rapport, de plus en plus de femmes ont désormais des enfants après la trentaine : ces dernières années, plus d’un tiers de la totalité des naissances sont survenues chez des femmes âgées de plus de 30 ans, contre un cinquième en 1980. Or, pour une raison qui reste floue, la probabilité pour qu’une trentenaire tombe enceinte de jumeaux est plus élevée que chez une femme plus jeune ou plus âgée. Ainsi, “un tiers de la hausse des naissances gémellaires peut être attribué à ce phénomène”, selon Joyce Martin citée par l’AFP.Une assistance à la procréation qui favorise la gémellité  À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Un grand nombre de ces naissances peuvent toutefois être attribuées au second phénomène : le recours de plus en plus important à la stimulation ovarienne. Depuis le début des années 1980, les couples qui rencontrent des difficultés pour concevoir un enfant peuvent bénéficier d’avancées médicales, comme les traitements stimulateurs d’ovulation, les inséminations artificielles ou les fécondations in vitro. Des protocoles qui se sont répandus dans les années 1990 : “il y a davantage de mères plus âgées et un recours plus répandu aux thérapies pour accroître la fertilité”, souligne ainsi l’épidémiologiste.Il n’est donc pas étonnant que la plus forte hausse touche les femmes de plus de 40 ans, celles-ci ayant plus fréquemment recours à l’assistance médicale à la procréation (AMP) et à l’implantation de deux embryons pendant une fécondation in vitro. Selon le rapport, environ 7% des naissances sont des jumeaux chez les plus de 40 ans, contre 5% chez les femmes se rapprochant de la quarantaine et 2% pour celles qui ont moins de 24 ans.Si les causes de la hausse sont bien identifiées, cette tendance suscite tout de même de l’inquiétude auprès de certains médecins, expliquant que les grossesses multiples peuvent être dangereuses pour la mère et ses enfants.   Le 6 janvier 2012 à 16:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

No new measles cases exposure sites reported Sunday

first_imgClark County Public Health reported no new confirmed or suspected measles cases Sunday, marking eight days since the last fresh case was revealed.The county also hasn’t found any new exposure locations, according to a Sunday news release. For a complete list of exposure sites, visit our measles exposure site webpage.Of the 70 confirmed cases since Jan. 1, 51 involve children younger than 11. There are 15 cases between the ages of 11 and 18, one between the ages of 19 and 29, and three between the ages of 30 and 39.In 61 cases, patients were not immunized; seven others have an unverified vaccination status. In two cases, patients had received one of the two recommended doses of the vaccine.For more information on the outbreak, visit Clark County Public Health’s measles investigation webpage.What to do if you might be infectedThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person, and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.last_img read more

Gonzalo Higuain finally scores a brace for Chelsea FC

first_imgFind out how striker Gonzalo Higuain finally scored his first two Premier League goals for Chelsea against Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.After not having the most ideal debut for Chelsea FC this past week at Bournemouth, Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain finally had his chance to prove why Maurizio Sarri brought him from Italian football.‘Pipita’ needed a more relaxed environment in order to get that confidence he required in order to start scoring goals for his new club, this version of the Blues was nothing like the one we saw at Vitality Stadium but they were playing against bottomers Huddersfield Town.This match would be very easy for Gonzalo Higuain to finally get his dream debut at Stamford Bridge, Sarri also decided to place Eden Hazard back on his left-winger position and the modification also paid off in the final result.The first half started with the Blues going all in for the first goal, it took the Blues over fifteen to find the right opportunity for Gonzalo Higuain’s killer instinct.The Argentine had already tried to land a few shots on target with no luck, but Kante was able to find him to get that first goal on the 16th minute of the match with a potent right-footed shot with practically no angle to take it..@G_Higuain 🙌 🙌 #CHEHUD pic.twitter.com/SwtktcAOEl— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019Eden Hazard scored the second goal just before half-time after the Blues got awarded a penalty, the Belgian winger was very active throughout the whole first half and manager Maurizio Sarri seemed satisfied with the overall performance thus far.Ross Barkley’s inclusion in the starting eleven was also a great idea from the manager, the English player was a perfect link between N’Golo Kante’s defensive tasks and Gonzalo Higuain’s danger area.This also gave Hazard more freedom to play on his preferred left flank without having to move to the middle because Ross had that space covered very well, the Belgian actually received a clinical assist from Barkley well into the second half and Eden moved past the goalkeeper with a beautiful dribble that gave him the space to score that third Chelsea goal.With the Blues’ number ’10’ already having a brace, Gonzalo Higuain was eager to get another goal that could give him even more confidence in a game that was already decided for Maurizio Sarri’s squad.This moment came only a few minutes after Hazard’s second goal, and it was something we weren’t ready for.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.⚽️⚽️ Double trouble! ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/4LJpIbtvjV— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019Turns out that Gonzalo Higuain found a perfect partner in N’Golo Kante, the French midfielder provided him with a second assist just outside the box that ‘Pipita’ turned into pure magic.A long-range curler straight to the top corner left Higuain’s right foot, a perfect way for him to get his dream debut as a Chelsea player at Stamford Bridge.Manager Maurizio Sarri has a very special understanding of this player, they proved it during the Napoli days and it appears they might do it again at Chelsea this season.The final minutes were also good enough for one last goal for the Blues, Willian was slick enough to see David Luiz moving closer to him during a corner-kick and assisted his compatriot in order to get that final goal through a well-placed header.With this 5-0 result, Chelsea can finally breathe a little bit and salvage their Top Four position regardless of how Arsenal does on Sunday vs Manchester City.The heated discussion Maurizio Sarri had with the players after the Bournemouth defeat seems to have paid off, but the Blues still have to play against a more competitive squad and see if they really are back to form.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟#CHEHUD— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019How many goals will Gonzalo Higuain score for Chelsea this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Jury determines Escondido man who posted murder on Snapchat was sane at

first_img Salvador Alejandro Sanchez, 20VISTA (KUSI) — An Escondido man who killed a friend after challenging the victim to a fight in a park, then posted sounds of the victim crying during the attack on a social media site, was sane at the time of the homicide, a jury decided Tuesday.Salvador Sanchez, 20, was convicted last week of first-degree murder in the April 2017 death of 20-year-old Maithem Alfuraiji.In the sanity phase of trial, two court-appointed doctors testified that Sanchez was sane at the time of the murder. A third doctor said Sanchez was bipolar and experiencing a manic episode when he killed the victim.Sanchez faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced May 30 at the Vista Courthouse.Escondido police Detective Greg Gay said friends of the two men were alarmed by messages posted on the defendant’s Snapchat account on April 27, 2017, in which Sanchez can be heard telling the victim “tell them what you did.”Police said Sanchez dressed in all white and lured Alfuraiji to Mountain View Park, and later challenged the victim to a “fight to the death.”Sanchez told police he targeted the victim because Alfuraiji was “making decisions and meeting with people” that put everyone they knew in danger.Friends eventually called police about what they saw on Snapchat and Sanchez led them to Alfuraiji’s body on the Rincon Indian Reservation in Valley Center. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:42 PM Posted: May 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, center_img Jury determines Escondido man who posted murder on ‘Snapchat’ was sane at time of homicide May 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

UPDATE Senate Democrats unveil Wash budget proposal

first_imgSenate Democrats’ spending plan receives praise, criticismOLYMPIA — Democratic leaders throughout the Legislature are pushing the delay of hundreds of million dollars in payments as a solution to the state’s budget deficit, lawmakers said Tuesday.Senate budget writers unveiled their spending plan Tuesday morning, relying on that $330 million accounting maneuver to help fix a $1 billion problem. The Senate proposes to make the delayed payments permanent, meaning school districts that typically get a major disbursement at the end of June will instead get it in early July.The Senate plan is similar to a House proposal unveiled last week, which had about $400 million in delayed expenditures. Democratic Sen. Ed Murray said that shift in the calendar allowed lawmakers to avoid further cuts in education at a time when other legislators are looking at deeper reductions.“This is a game-changer,” Murray said. “We think part of the way of getting us out of this crisis is by funding, not cutting, education.”The spending proposal in the Senate would keep $370 million in reserves, less than the House plan that would leave a half billion dollars remaining.last_img read more

UPDATE Missing Vancouver teen found

first_imgUPDATE: Ayla Venable has been located by Portland Police in Downtown Portland and is no longer considered a missing person. 15-year-old Tremane Jarrod Salazar has also been located and is no longer considered a runaway. —The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the public for their assistance and spreading of information in this case. Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons Detectives have been working with North Precinct officers and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to locate 13-year-old Ayla Venable. Ayla was last seen at about 1:00 p.m. Friday after her mother and two siblings dropped her off outside the Lloyd Center Mall, to meet up with a male subject Ayla had met on an internet website. Ayla was supposed to meet her family back at the mall at 3:00 p.m., but has not been seen or heard from since. She and the male subject were last seen, on foot, at the east end of the mall, outside Sears. They may have walked towards Holladay Park, but their destination was unknown. Portland Police North Precinct and Reserve Police officers jointly searched with Lloyd Center Security, store-to-store within the mall, for Ayla and the male subject, and have scoured the areas surrounding Lloyd Center, including the nearby cinemas. Investigators has determined there is a possibility that Ayla may have run away, although family members have advised that she has never done so before. There is also concern that she may become medically endangered, as she is in need of daily medication. The family only recently moved to the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area, from a small town in Kansas, and Ayla is reportedly not familiar with the metro area’s mass transit system.last_img read more

The Morning Press A review of the weeks news

first_imgA look back at some of this week’s top stories:Two explosions at Boston marathon finish lineBOSTON — Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 140 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will “feel the full weight of justice.”As many as two unexploded bombs were also found near the end of the 26.2-mile course as part of what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack, but they were safely disarmed, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation.The fiery twin blasts took place about 10 seconds and about 100 yards apart, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattering windows and sending dense plumes of smoke rising over the street and through the fluttering national flags lining the route. Blood stained the pavement, and huge shards were missing from window panes as high as three stories.Read the report from right after the attack here.Related coverage:Vancouver USA Marathon to review securityObama: Boston culprits to feel ‘weight of justice’Local training run dedicated to Boston Boston official says video footage shows bomb suspect Boston native: ‘This week has ripped my guts out’Boston police say suspect in custodyJudge’s decision puts light-rail vote back in playStriking at the heart of a city of Vancouver argument against a citywide vote on light rail, a Cowlitz County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that when people sign their names to a petition, the original signature should be counted, no matter how many times they sign it again.last_img read more

Deputies Walt Disney World employee among 11 arrested for child porn

first_imgThe full list of those arrested can be found here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Eleven men were arrested in Polk County during a child porn investigation, and officials said one of the men worked at Walt Disney World.The Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced they arrested 11 suspects during a month-long investigation, titled “Operation Guardians of Innocence II.” The operation, which took place in May, focused on those who possessed, promoted and distributed child pornography.Sheriff Grady Judd said a total of 660 felony charges were filed against the suspects, with more charges pending.“Most of the images we saw during this investigation depicted children being sexually battered, that we have seen before – which means we haven’t yet identified any local child victims, but as always, that is also a part of our investigation, ” Judd said in a statement.The ages of those arrested ranged between 16 and 84 years old. One of the men arrested, 53-year-old Roger Catey, told detectives he worked as a project manager in the costumes department for Walt Disney World. Another man, 30-year-old Rickie Vargas-Garcia, told investigators that he is a Lego builder for Merlin Entertainment, which owns Legoland.Deputies said several of the men charged in the investigation also had close contact with young children. Edward Zaborowski III, 48, said he is a driver for his son’s Boy Scout troop, while former Arizona schoolteacher Donald Marich, 69, is an annual passholder at Disney and told detectives he’d often visit the theme park alone. last_img read more

TRSKV eyes victory in HMWSSB union polls

first_imgMusheerabad: TRSKV state president Rambabu Yadav exuded confidence that TRSKV would win the forthcoming elections for Jalamandali union. He was speaking at a press conference organised here at TRSKV main office on Wednesday.Rambabu Yadav said that there was severe dissatisfaction among Jalamandali employees on the performance of P Satish Kumar who was elected as president in the last elections. No efforts were made by the recognised union to address the long-pending promotions and other issues such as providing health cards and housing plots to the employees, he said. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us There are also allegations that the union had collected money from employees to address various issues, he said. Rambabu alleged that there was a strong feeling among employees that the current union had formed agencies to earn money through tenders. As part of election campaign, Rambabu Yadav met Jalamandali employees across the city. He visited Vijaynagar Colony, Sharada Nagar, Old Mallepally, Navodaya colony, Karwan and other areas as part of campaign. After the press meet, Rambabu welcomed Kamgar union leaders Sanjeeva, Narsing, Kishan, Osman, Yaseenuddin, Sadanandam, Ali Khan, Gopal, Basheer, Sailu and others who had joined TRSKV.last_img read more

BSE closes points 5646 down on April 28

first_imgBSE closes points 56.46 down on April 28375 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 56.46 down on April 28375 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, April 28 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 56.46 points down to stand at 22,631.61. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 21.50 points down to stand at 6,761.25. UPL and JP infratec were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.18% and 13.83% along with Jain Irrigation and Wockhardt with an increase of 13.52% and 11.73% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Shriram City University and Ambuja Cements with a decrease of 5.24% and 4.23% along with Shriram Transport and LIC Housing Finance with a decrease of 3.46% and 3.11% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 132.47 points at 13,483.49 while the banking sector is up 53.94 points at 14,964.24 and the realty sector is up 8.46 points at 1,480.63. The Indian currency is up 0.02% at Rs 60.59 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, April 28 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 56.46 points down to stand at 22,631.61. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 21.50 points down to stand at 6,761.25. UPL and JP infratec were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.18% and 13.83% along with Jain Irrigation and Wockhardt with an increase of 13.52% and 11.73% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Shriram City University and Ambuja Cements with a decrease of 5.24% and 4.23% along with Shriram Transport and LIC Housing Finance with a decrease of 3.46% and 3.11% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 132.47 points at 13,483.49 while the banking sector is up 53.94 points at 14,964.24 and the realty sector is up 8.46 points at 1,480.63. The Indian currency is up 0.02% at Rs 60.59 per dollar.last_img read more

Strong earthquake to jolt earth on May 03 warns seismic researcher

first_imgAn unidentified technician at the French National Seism Survey Institute in Strasbourg, points at a graph February 24, 2004, [ Representational image]REUTERS/Vincent Kessler VK/AAA self-proclaimed seismic researcher named Frank Hoogerbeets is now a very popular name among conspiracy theorists all around the world. His popularity rose sky high when some of his predictions regarding earthquakes turned true. Recently, he had warned that the final days of April would witness a rise in seismic activities due to critical planetary alignment, and interestingly, on April 29, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale was reported in Carlsberg ridge, Yemen.Even though this might be a coincidence, conspiracy theorists are already up in arms, and they strongly propagate that the predictions made by Hoogerbeets are authentic. Now, Hoogerbeets has outlandishly claimed that another earthquake, measuring more than 8 on the Richter scale, will jolt the planet between May 01 and May 03.A recent post of Hoogerbeets on his website Ditrianum reveals that the rise in seismic activities is mainly due to the critical planetary alignment in the solar system where Venus, Mercury, and the Sun are apparently specifically positioned, thus causing a gravitational pull on the earth. This gravitational pull will destabilise the tectonic plates on the earth, resulting in increased seismic activities.Exact place not revealedEven though the Dutch researcher has not revealed the exact place where the earthquake is going to hit, conspiracy theorists believe that an earthquake with such a magnitude will cause drastic devastation in the affected area.Hoogerbeets claim that he is making use of a sophisticated system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index) to predict potential earthquakes on the earth. As per Hoogerbeets, SSGI is “the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”.Even though many predictions made by Hoogerbeets have turned true, seismic experts have classified his claims unauthentic stating that no technology on planet earth is capable of predicting earthquakes with precision.last_img read more