Western Force sign Cheetahs fly-half Ebersohn

first_imgCAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – MAY 12: Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Toyota Cheetahs from DHL Newlands on May 12, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images/Getty Images) Foreign developing players are signed on a two year contract with a Super Rugby franchise and must exhibit potential to play for the Wallabies to be approved by the ARU.Sias EbersohnBorn: 23/02/1989Position: Fly-halfHeight: 176cmWeight: 83kgRepresentative Rugby: 2010 – 2012 Cheetahs, 2009 – 2011 Free State Currie Cup, 2008 – 2010 Free State Vodacom Cup, 2009 IRB Junior World Cup New adventures: Ebersohn looks to develop his talent in Western OzTHE WESTERN Force recruitment drive for the 2013 season is in full swing with the signing of Cheetahs fly-half Sias Ebersohn to the squad on a two year deal as the club’s foreign developing player.Ebersohn is a natural talent in the playmaker role and has been part of the Cheetahs set-up for the past three seasons.  His tactical kicking, communication on the field and confidence in directing play will be a welcome asset to the Emirates Western Force in the seasons to come.RugbyWA CEO Vern Reid said the club had been watching Ebersohn develop as a player over the past two seasons and had made contact with the young flyhalf during the side’s recent visit to Bloemfontein. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Following our meeting, Sias has agreed to accept our offer to be the foreign developing player for the Emirates Western Force in the 2013 season,” Mr Reid said.  “The agreement is now before the Australian Rugby Union as they need to approve any foreign developing player contracts under the contracting guidelines.”last_img read more

Coastal Bend Episcopalians show Presiding Bishop their post-hurricane ministries

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT By Mike PattersonPosted Mar 1, 2018 Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Episcopal Relief & Development, Hurricane Harvey, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry greets parishioners after the Holy Eucharist service at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockport, Texas. Photo: Episcopal News Service/Mike Patterson[Episcopal News Service – Corpus Christi, Texas] When the Rev. Jim Friedel, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockport, Texas, first visited his church after Hurricane Harvey smashed its Category 4 force into the coastal community, he crawled across the floor of the nave to check for water damage. Finding none, Friedel was relieved that monster storm had spared his church from any serious damage.When he returned a few days later, his shoes went squish, squish. By then, rainwater that had been pressured sprayed around the windows, sills, siding and bell tower by the force of 130-mile-an-hour winds had seeped down the inside of the walls, through the insulation and onto the floor. Soon, the church was humming as six generators powered more than 60 dehumidifiers and blowers to dry out the sanctuary. The damage, it turned out, would require extensive repairs.This was the kind of story that Presiding Bishop Michael Curry heard repeatedly on Feb. 28 from clergy and laypeople as he toured the Coastal Bend region of South Texas in the Diocese of West Texas. Ten Episcopal churches and the diocese’s Mustang Island Conference Center sustained damage when Hurricane Harvey pounded the barrier islands and coast on Aug. 25, 2017, for a dozen hours with massive winds and rain.When Harvey finally left, it crept up the Gulf Coast and settled over the Houston area and dumped another 30 inches of rain, causing historic flooding. Curry visited the Houston region in the Diocese of Texas in January.By the time Harvey had finished rampaging the area from Corpus Christi to Houston, 41 Texas counties had been declared federal disaster areas, including 15 in the Diocese of West Texas alone. Harvey dumped some 25 inches of rain on the Coastal Bend and spawned an estimated 200 tornadoes. Recovery work may take up to a decade.Curry’s message for the distressed Coastal Bend region: “We are all in this together,” he said. “We are in this with you for the long haul.”Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and guests prepare to leave Corpus Christi to tour the churches and communities damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Photo: Episcopal News Service/Mike PattersonCurry’s visit focused on Port Aransas and Rockport, two of the hardest hit communities in the Coastal Bend. Local clergy and lay leaders whose churches and communities were damaged by the storm joined the visitors, who included the presiding bishop, with Sharon Jones, his executive coordinator; the Rev. Deacon Geoffrey T. Smith, chief operating officer of the Episcopal Church; Neel Lane, chair of Episcopal Relief & Development’s board of directors; Josephine Hicks, the organization’s vice president for programs; the Rt. Rev. David Reed, bishop of the Diocese of West Texas; the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, diocesan bishop suffragan; and Jennifer S.T. Wickham, the diocese’s deputy for disaster recovery.Both Trinity by the Sea in Port Aransas and St. Peter’s in Rockport had reasons to look forward to 2017 in the months before Hurricane Harvey struck. St. Peter’s had celebrated its first Christmas in its new building only eight months earlier. Trinity by the Sea was designated a parish at the February 2017 Diocesan Council and planned to launch a capital campaign in September to undertake campus improvements.The Rev. Beverly Patterson, canon missioner of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Aransas Pass, Texas, points to workmen repairing the roof on the church. Leaks have caused mold damage to the sanctuary’s ceiling. Photo: Episcopal News Service/Mike PattersonAlthough there is no seminary course in hurricane recovery, Curry heard multiple stories about how clergy who had never experienced a disaster like Harvey helped lead their parishioners in assisting their neighbors, communities and own churches in relief and recovery.“The clergy are wise enough to learn how to pivot,” Curry said.In Rockport, entire city blocks resembled a war zone seen on the evening news. Even months past the storm, Curry’s tour bus passed through neighborhoods where downed trees still remained on rooftops, fences lay crumbled, and mattresses, sign posts, sheet metal and other unidentifiable debris littered the roadsides. He saw holes blown through brick walls, blue tarps covering damaged roofs, once-flourishing businesses boarded up and a mile-long mound of storm debris stacked along the median of Texas Highway 35 waiting to be hauled off.Despite the damage it sustained, parishioners at St. Peter’s jumped in to assist in recovery and outreach efforts in Rockport by providing hot meals, clothing and other resources to help those in need.The water damage to the nave forced Friedel to conduct church services outdoors, before moving inside to the parish hall. By mid-December, though, the nave was repaired and the congregation celebrated a second Christmas in its new home.During an impassioned sermon at St. Peter’s, Curry praised the work of the Episcopalians and encouraged clergy and parishioners to continue helping those in need in their communities.He said that humans derive from “the same cosmic parent. If we come from the same God, we are the same family. Care for each other as brothers and sisters. I’m here to tell you we are family, like it or not, we are a family. We may be dysfunctional, but we are a family.”Referring to the Gospel, Curry told the 250 attending the Holy Eucharist service that Christ’s message was that caring for those in need is caring for Christ. “The whole point of the Bible” is to be reconciled to God, he said, and Jesus showed the way. “Jesus came to show us how to love each other,” he said.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry delivers an impassioned sermon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockport, Texas. Photo: Episcopal News Service/Mike PattersonAcross the intercoastal waterway from Rockport, Curry visited Trinity by the Sea, where he sat in on a chapel class for the children at the church’s day care and school and sang “Jesus Loves Me” along with them.After Harvey hit, Trinity put its capital campaign on hold, opened its parish hall as the first supply center in Port Aransas, turned its thrift shop into a community library and deployed volunteers for cleanup efforts.Daily Morning Prayer services were initiated and broadcast over Facebook, the church doors were opened to community (and to assist in drying), and on the date set for the kick-off for the capital campaign, a candlelight Holy Eucharist was celebrated instead in the darkened and damaged church.Trinity made repairing its school building a priority and was able to open it by Oct. 16, the same date when the public schools reopened. During the time before classes resumed, Trinity’s teachers were kept on the payroll, despite the lack of tuition income.Trinity also helped sponsor the Homes for Displaced Marlins, an initiative named for the school mascot in Port Aransas, to provide temporary housing for displaced families in Port Aransas, enabling them to remain in the community and for the children to attend local schools. To date, Homes for Displaced Marlins has raised $1 million to purchase recreational vehicles to give to displaced residents, either as temporary or permanent housing.Walter Sohl, who organized the initiative, told Curry that many of those who lost their homes were low-income residents whose work is vital to supporting the service sector in an area that relies heavily on tourists and seasonal homeowners for economic vitality.“We are a spiritual and charitable resource of God’s love,” the Rev. James Derkits, Trinity’s rector, explained. “We became a supply depot and a spiritual depot. We exude joy and hope.”But far outweighing all the damage “is all the grace and support both from far off and people in town,” Derkits said. “At Trinity, we’ve tried to do that too, by opening our doors and welcoming people in.”Derkits also told of his own personal spiritual transformation that he experienced in the aftermath of Harvey.“Whatever I may or may not have believed from my own spiritual evolution where I am now is a much different place,” he said. “I’ve been personally transformed by the whole experience. I’m at the point of talking about God rather than just believing in God. Belief is one thing, but I’ve witnessed miracles and they continue to happen.”Clergy shared stories about the outpouring of volunteer support and financial support they received from churches throughout the diocese and nation. The support ranged from sending volunteers to help with cleanup efforts to simply calling parishioners to make sure they were OK.For example, Trinity has received donations to help with its recovery, including a pledge of $3,500 from St. Bartholomew’s Church in Corpus Christi and a $20,000 grant from the Harvey Relief Fund through Christ Church Cathedral in Houston. St. Mark’s in Houston paid $7,000 toward its diocesan assessment.The Rev. Beverly Patterson, rector for three small churches in the Coastal Bend, said financial assistance continues to remain a problem for her churches. The congregations are predominately elderly and are located in lower-income areas that don’t benefit from the summer influx of tourists and seasonal homeowners. “We’re still knee-deep in the middle of repairs,” she said.Diocese of West Texas Bishop David Reed, right, explains the damage sustained by the diocese’s Mustang Island Conference Center. Photo: Episcopal News Service/Mike PattersonIn addition to touring the damage inflicted by Harvey, Curry also attended a community meeting the evening of Feb. 27 at the Cavalry First Baptist Church in the New Addition neighborhood of west Corpus Christi. Before Harvey hit, the Diocese of West Texas and local Episcopal congregations had begun utilizing the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) model to empower neighborhood residents to revitalize their own neighborhoods and transform them into abundant communities.ABCD is an approach to community development initiated in the 1980s that is being championed by Episcopal Relief & Development. It recognizes that sustainable change only comes from within each person and each community and utilizes individual, corporate, personal and physical gifts to transform marginalized neighborhoods into abundant communities.Although the devastation along the coast received the overwhelming amount of media coverage, this socially and economically marginalized neighborhood in Corpus Christi consisting primarily of black and Hispanic families also sustained damage. Homeowners applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross for assistance but received very little support. Moreover, many homeowners with insurance could not even afford to pay their deductibles.Bishop Charles S. Richardson Sr., pastor of Cavalry, said Harvey had a “negative impact but not as bad as other neighborhoods.” The upside, he said, is that it “brought people together. Sometimes it takes a storm to bring people together” by cleaning up debris, delivering water and providing gift cards to purchase food.“My heart was delighted to see this community come together,” Richardson said. “Someday this will be showplace.”In encouraging the residents to continue to work together, Curry told the meeting that he had served a church in Baltimore where drug abuse was a major problem in the neighborhood. Working alone, the church was unable to address the issue, but when it combined efforts with other churches in the community, it was able to see results.— Mike Patterson is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, Texas. 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Black Lives Matter March in Apopka this Sunday

first_img I lived in Colorado for 15 years and had to work with BLM on a regular basis. I have the same problem when I see the letters. Reply “We want the police to wear body cameras and to not turn them off. We want them to be fair and treat everyone equally. We want people to do their research and then get out and vote. Black Lives Matter is not here to do anything to harm police officers. That’s not our mission to harm the police, but we don’t want them to harm us either.”Black Lives Matter – FL Chapter President Demarkus Johnson 2 COMMENTS The Black Lives Matter – FL Chapter will march in Apopka this Sunday from the Alonzo Williams Park at 515 South Hawthorne Avenue in Apopka to The Apopka Police Department at 112 East 6th Street. The event is planned to start at 6:00 PM.A small crowd of about 100 people attended the Black Lives Matter event in Sanford last Sunday evening. About 60 of those marched from Red Barber Park to the Sanford Police Department and listened to speeches from several speakers. Two weeks ago, over 1,000 marchers came out for a Black Lives Matter march in Orlando. There is also also a march scheduled in Kissimmee next Sunday, July 31st, and Ocoee Sunday, August 7th.Demarkus Johnson is the President of Black Lives Matter – FL Chapter and is organizing the event. Johnson is from South Apopka, and graduated Apopka High School in 2005. He is currently attending Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach majoring in Criminal Justice.Johnson says the group has very specific goals, but violence is not among them.Greg Jackson: “We have to move past the single-focus approach to the issues facing this community.”“We want the police to wear body cameras and to not turn them off. We want them to be fair and treat everyone equally. We want people to do their research and then get out and vote. Black Lives Matter is not here to do anything to harm police officers. That’s not our mission to harm the police, but we don’t want them to harm us either.”Chief Michael Mc Kinley has spoken to the BLM leader, and expects a peaceful event.“We’ve reached out to Mr. Johnson and requested his marchers stay calm, peaceful and orderly. We’ll make sure they are safe as they progress through the city. We will support and protect them.”Hezekiah Bradford is the President of The South Apopka Ministerial Alliance, and will be a speaker at the event. He is a proponent of Black Lives Matter and has called on pastors to announce the event from their pulpits. “We hope to help bring awareness to the community through a peaceful march as they utilize their First Amendment rights to free speech”, he said.Greg Jackson is running for the Florida House District 45 of the Florida Legislature which includes South Apopka. He is calling for a more comprehensive approach to violence than a prayer vigil or marches for awareness. “We have to move past the single-focus approach to the issues facing the community. I see clergy trying to take the lead on handling this complex socio-economic issue, but I do not see where they are inviting and including professionals or key members of the community. Where are the other stakeholders in this – business owners, lawyers, health care professionals, educators, etc.? I hear inclusion and togetherness, but we do not see inclusion and that is why these issues continue to escalate; the community is still divided in its approach as to the best way to address the fears, frustration, lack of opportunity, and need for community training with law enforcement and citizens. Prayer heals, but we cannot begin to heal until other views are fully integrated and accepted into this process. One or two sets of ideas cannot solve this issue.” TAGSApopka Police DepartmentBlack Lives Matter Previous articleSchool starts soon. Is your child vaccinated?Next articleHonor former Wolf Lake teacher with a brick Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Apopka businessman Rod Love echoed Jackson’s thoughts, but also wants concerned citizens to make their voices heard not only on the streets of Apopka, but at City Hall.“I understand the Black Lives Matter initiative, and support it in principal.  I understand moreover, Black Lives Matter Too, as to be inclusive of All Lives Matter.  It is my hope that people don’t vilify individuals for exercising their right of peaceful freedom of speech and demonstration.  I would also encourage individuals young, old, black, white and brown, and those in particular within the clergy who extol the principles of righteousness, to show how Black Lives Matter Too and show up to at least one Apopka City Council meeting for the year.  As a matter of fact, I challenge this worthy initiative to attend and fill the City of Apopka Council chamber on August 17th at 7pm.  City budgets oftentimes dictate priorities, i.e., funding or lack thereof, for safe neighborhoods, community parks, little league/pop warner, infrastructure, new development, re-development, housing, clean water, roads and lights, just to name a few.  Let’s see what really Matters or my greatest fear, what Matters Not.”Commissioner Diane Velazquez plans on attending the event, but has mixed feelings after the deaths of police officers in apparent retaliation to the shooting deaths of blacks by police officers.Kelvin Cobaris “If the Black Lives Matter narrative is divisive, then I denounce it.”“These marches began to bring awareness and to bring about change in how local police departments interact with the African American communities they patrol. These marches have grown more organized, spreading their message throughout many urban cities, calling for change and encouraging dialogue between law enforcement agencies, and their officers working in the black communities.  Sadly, the recent peaceful marches have been marred by violence, resulting in chaos and the ambush killing of innocent Police Officers… 8 officers in 2 different cities during ‘Black Lives Matter marches’.  As well as, injuring other Police Officers.  As a retired member from law enforcement the massacre of those 8 innocent police officers strikes too close to my heart. I’m not sure what to expect as these marches keep growing and spreading. I hope they remain peaceful and without incident. I commend our Apopka Police Department, under the leadership of Chief McKinley. He continues to be proactive by having an open dialogue with the community leaders and also participating in The Joint Task Force to hear the concerns of the residents in the African American Community of Apopka.”Bishop Kelvin Cobaris is the Founding Pastor of The Impact Church in Orlando, and is running against Jackson for District 45. He plans to attend the march, and is one of the speakers. He pushed back hard against Black Lives Matter in his remarks at a rally in support of police last Monday in Apopka.“One of the most important things we have to do as a city is unite. Let’s tell the community to unite. And no matter how much we talk about gun reform. No matter how much we talk about legislating things to try to bring this violence into a manner of control in our community – you cannot legislate love. You cannot legislate or put in laws to stop evil. All of us are not filled with hate. All of us are not filled with evil. It’s not just black lives that matter, all lives matter. And I understand the Black Lives Matter narrative, but at the end of the day if that narrative brings us to divisiveness and to hatred and violence, I condemn it. I stand against it. And I stand for those that are standing for uniting a community and not dividing it.”Despite the march being staged in Apopka, there has not been a suspect shot by an Apopka Police officer in over five years, and the last Apopka Police officer to be killed was over 50 years ago. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img Mama Mia Please enter your comment! When I read the letters, BLM, I still immediately think of Bureau of Land Management which uses those same letters, BLM. I have kept up to date and aware of what practices the BLM is doing that is wrong, regarding animal issues, and land issues. Now I have to readjust my thinking that BLM, black lives matter, is also BLM! I understand their desire to protest, and I hope and pray that all goes well in our hometown, and that no one comes to our city, for the purpose of starting any unwanted violence. Pray for peace, not violence, in our nation and our city. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 July 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm Dale Fenwick Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply July 22, 2016 at 5:41 pmlast_img read more

The AHA Players Present “The Guys”

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Previous articleFirst Apopka Funeral Scheduled For Pulse Shooting VictimNext articleCity Council confirms new Fire Chief Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The AHA Players, Apopka Community Theatre will complete its first season with the very special presentation of The Guys by Anne Nelson.The Guys is about the aftereffects of the collapse of the World Trade Center. In the play, Joan, an editor, helps Nick, an FDNY captain, prepare the eulogies for an unprecedented number of firefighters who died under his command that day.Performances are Fridays & Saturdays, June 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 8 PM and Sunday, June 26 at 2 PM.  Performances will be held at the Apopka Community Center, 519 S. Central Ave. Tickets are $15. Use this link to purchased tickets in advance.The AHA Players will donate 50% of the profits from ticket sales to help fund Christian Lamphere’s Eagle Scout project, the “Apopka 9/11 Memorial.” The centerpiece of the “Apopka 9/11 Memorial” is a structural section from one of the WTC towers that was secured by Commissioner Diane & Ed Velasquez. The WTC structure accompanied by an Apopka Fire Department Honor Guard will be on display in the reception area of the Apopka Community Center at every performance of The Guys.Aunt Gingibread’s Bakery will sell their baked goods in the reception area prior to and after each performance. All profits from their sales will be donated to the 9/11 Memorial project.Representatives from Boy Scout Troop 211 will have a booth in the reception area at every performance so that they can provide patrons with additional information about this project.Please mark your calendars to come experience this powerful, emotional production directed by Patrick Ward and starring Liz Curtis & Mark Hlavin. Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Crime, Police Use-of-Force Incidents On Decline in Pasadena, Police Chief Says

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Public Safety Crime, Police Use-of-Force Incidents On Decline in Pasadena, Police Chief Says By BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, May 17, 2021 | 4:43 pm Business News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News [UPDATED] Both crime and uses of force by police are trending downward in Pasadena this year, according to a report Pasadena Police Chief John Perez is scheduled to present to the Public Safety Commission this week.Department data shows a 4% decrease in overall crime in Pasadena thus far in 2021, compared with 2020, representing the lowest rate in five years, according to the chief’s report, which he will present on Wednesday.Violent crime has declined by 26% this year, the report states.Nonetheless, 22 shootings have been documented, resulting in five people wounded, one of them fatally, according to the report. There have been no shootings by police officers this year.Officers had seized 131 guns as of the end of April, mirroring last year’s statistic for the same time period, officials said.Seventeen assaults against Pasadena police officers have been documented year-to-date. A total of 22 complaints have been made by members of the public.The department has received well over 36,000 service calls this year.The report indicates officers used force during arrests 12 times this year, compared with 15 times as of the same time in 2017.Only eight use-of-force incidents had been reported through the end of April in 2020, although with the pandemic prompting lockdowns, Lt. William Grisafe said the first portion of the year represented “an anomaly.”Officials documented 42 total uses of force by police in 2017; 30 in 2018; 34 in 2019 and 26 in 2020, according to police records.“De-escalation is not only built into our use-of-force policy, but officers are required to intervene in bad conduct and report it,” Perez wrote.The Pasadena Police Department has also expanded its employee assistance program to allow for direct access to a therapist around the clock, according to the chief. “The effort of creating a wellness culture has nexus to reducing stress, improving performance and potentially reducing use-of-force encounters.”Wednesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. and can be viewed online at pasadena.granicus.com/mediaplayer.php?camera_id=2&publish_id=9.The agenda can be accessed online at cityofpasadena.net/commissions/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021-05-19-Special-Public-Safety-Committee-Meeting-Agenda.pdf?v=1621271871606.Related:Pasadena Police Report Downturn in Violence During April Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Citing COVID-19 Risk, Parents Move SC Against CBSE Decision To Hold Class XII Exams In July

first_imgTop StoriesCiting COVID-19 Risk, Parents Move SC Against CBSE Decision To Hold Class XII Exams In July LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Jun 2020 9:54 PMShare This – xRaising concern about the safety of their wards and other students due to COVID-19, a group of parents from Delhi -NCR have approached the Supreme Court seeking quashing of CBSE notification to conduct remaining Class XII board examination from July. On May 18, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had issued notification announcing to hold the remaining examination of CBSE…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginRaising concern about the safety of their wards and other students due to COVID-19, a group of parents from Delhi -NCR have approached the Supreme Court seeking quashing of CBSE notification to conduct remaining Class XII board examination from July. On May 18, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had issued notification announcing to hold the remaining examination of CBSE Board (Class XII) from July 1-15. In the PIL, the parents have cited the data of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), according to which, the pandemic would be in its peak in July and there will be about 3,00,000 COVID 19 cases. The petition, filed through Advocate Rishi Malhotra, raised concern about the safety students saying “millions of students would be exposed to COVID-19 pandemic if they have to appear in the said examinations.” “This situation coupled with the fact that cases in India are rising dramatically and as on date there are almost 3,00,000 cases of COVID-19 patients. Even if it is to be assumed that 50% of the cases are asymptomatic then, the said students appearing for these exams could also be potential careers themselves posing a great risk to the other family members and themselves”, read the plea. “Moreover, to assume that the students in the month of July where the temperature touches almost 45 degree C and humidity around with students wearing gloves and masks sitting in examination centres for 4 hours at stretch would be a task which would be completely hazardous to everyone”, added the petition. Earlier, respondent/CBSE considering the gravity of this pandemic has themselves cancelled the examinations of Class X and XII for its 250 odd schools which are situated abroad and has adopted criteria in awarding marks on the basis of either Practical exams conducted or internal assessment marks. “It is highly regretful that the respondents herein have no genuine concern about putting the lives at peril of all the students pan India and have no explanation whatsoever in insisting upon holding the said examination in India,” as stated in the plea while seeking quashing of the CBSE notification. Delhi residents Col (Retd) Amit Bathla, Poonam Singla, Charu Singh and Sunitha are the petitioners.Earlier, the High Court of Kerala had dismissed a challenge against the State Government to hold exams for Class X under the State Board. A similar decision of the Tamil Nadu Government was however questioned by the Madras HC, following which the move was dropped.Next Storylast_img read more

Weekend clampdown on supermarkets

first_imgGardai have been calling to supermarkets over the weekend to ensure they’re blocking off items they’re not meant to be selling.The Tanaiste says retailers are only allowed sell essential items and not clothes or toys.Consumer journalist Siobhan Maguire says smaller shops feel hard done by:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/supermarkets9am-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Previous articleBig night ahead in League of Ireland First DivisionNext articleCallan McFadden could be set to depart Sligo Rovers News Highland Weekend clampdown on supermarketscenter_img Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan By News Highland – October 27, 2020 Pinterest Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebooklast_img read more

Students tackle gunman at California high school, police say

first_imgaijohn784/iStock(LA HABRA, Calif.) — Students at a California high school tackled a gunman and managed to take his weapon from him after brandishing it at the school, police said.La Habra High School went on lockdown Tuesday morning after a student yielded a .22 caliber gun in the school, according to a statement from La Habra police.However, two freshmen in the class ran up to him, wrestled him and got the weapon out of his hands, Sgt. Jose Rocha told ABC News on Wednesday.“It was the students who tackled him,” Rocha said.The high school, located in Orange County, was placed on lockdown following the incident. The lockdown was lifted not long after it went into effect.All students and faculty were safe, according to the school.Police said a student was detained and a weapon was recovered at the scene.It was not immediately clear if the student was trying to show off the handgun or sell it, however it was not loaded, according to police.Rocha said the student, who was not named, was placed into a juvenile detention center.Calls to the district attorney’s office on whether the student is facing charges were not returned.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bank teller accused of robbing and assaulting elderly customer at his home

first_imgVictorburnside/iStock(BEL AIR, Md.) — A bank teller has been arrested after allegedly going to an elderly customer’s home and attempting to rob him of a large amount of money he had withdrawn from the bank earlier that same day.Nathan Michael Newell, 19, of Bel Air, Maryland, was arrested last week in connection with the home invasion and assault on a 78-year-old man and a 57-year-old women the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division conducted an investigation at the scene of the crime.Newell allegedly went to the customer’s residence on Monday night, rang the doorbell and forced his way into the home and began assaulting the elderly man. A second resident of the home, a 57-year-old woman, attempted to intervene but was also injured in the altercation.The suspect then reportedly ran upstairs in search of the money that was withdrawn from the bank he works at while the female who was assaulted ran to a nearby home to call the authorities and alert them about the break in and burglary.According to Harford County’s Sheriff’s Office the suspect then fled on foot. Police responded with a K9 Unit and canvassed the area but were unable to locate the person involved with the crime at that time.As the investigation continued, however, detectives gained information from a doorbell camera that eventually identified the suspect as Newell, a teller at the bank the victim had been to earlier in the day, according to ABC’s Raleigh-Durham station WTVD.Newell was then arrested at the bank 2 days later and was charged with home invasion, robbery, 1st and 3rd degree burglary, and 1st and 2nd degree assault. He was then taken to the Hardford County Detention Center and is now being held without bail.The man who was assaulted in the incident was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview after the incident and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The woman who was assaulted was treated at the scene and released.Newell has since been fired from the bank.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NASA is enlisting elephant seals to help them study climate science

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — NASA scientists have playful helpers for studying the earth’s climate: elephant seals wearing hat-like antenna.The antennae have sensors that take in information about the ocean’s temperature and currents as the seals dive. While scientists have been tagging seals for decades to study their behavior, using them to study climate is a newer phenomenon.Seals spend roughly nine months of the year at sea, swimming thousands of miles and diving upward of 80 times per day, sometimes to depths of 3,300 feet. They surface for air, but can stay underwater for up to two hours at a time. Seals can also swim under the Antarctic sea ice, meaning they can accesses places that technical equipment can’t reach, according to NASA.The tags, which are attached with glue, fall off during molting season if scientists fail to collect one when retrieving the data.Lia Siegelman, a visiting scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has been using data from a tagged female seal for a paper she published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.“Southern elephant seals may look sluggish on land, but in the water they’re endurance athletes,” Siegelman told ABC News. “With all this diving, a tagged elephant seal collects data from the entire top layer of the Southern Ocean.”The data the seals collect will help scientists to better understand how the oceans store heat, which could be crucial as our climate warms. “Most current modeling studies indicate that the heat would move from the surface to the ocean interior in these cases, but with the new observational data provided by the seal, we found that that’s not the case,” Siegelman said in a statement.“This could be an important implication for our climate and the ocean’s role in offsetting the effects of global warming by absorbing most of the heat,” she added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more