Student Brings Unloaded BB Gun To Aurora Elementary

first_img(Image: Google Maps)AURORA, Ind. – A sixth grade student at Aurora Elementary brought an unloaded BB gun to school Tuesday, police said.Dearborn County deputies were dispatched after the pellet gun was discovered by the principal and school resource officer inside the student’s locker.Investigators say the student brought the BB gun the school to show friends.South Dearborn Community Schools Superintendent John Merle said, “It was a poor choice the student made to bring an unloaded BB gun to school, and will have to face the consequences.”“The investigation shows there was no malicious intent to harm anyone, it was just a very poor choice.As far as disciplinary action taken, a school cannot lawfully release that information due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.Merle sent out an alert message to parents through the school messenger system informing them about the incident.last_img read more

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Voter turnout drops in USG elections

first_imgVoter turnout was down in this year’s Undergraduate Student Government election by 39 percent, according to Associate Director of Election and Recruitment Logan Dallas. Dallas announced during the election results on Tuesday that 3,700 votes were cast in this election, compared to last year’s election, where 6,027 votes were cast.Dallas mentioned the shortened campaign. The 2015 race lasted three weeks, instead of the two weeks we saw this year. Dallas said it was a reaction to the oversaturation experienced by students in 2015.“Firstly, we had a shorter campaign as reaction to last year’s Rini vs. Providence Campaign,” Dallas said. “We got a lot of feedback from organizers and people running campaigns that the elections needed restructuring. Students were being bombarded.”Dallas also mentioned the reduced competition this election year, leading to a lack of motivation for voters.“This year, people weren’t as fired up.” Dallas said. “Maybe because the candidate tickets are quite similar.”Student sentiment echoes Dallas’ theories. Carlotta Gartner, a junior majoring in business administration, did not vote in the election. She said the USG election was not a priority to her or her peers.“I saw it outside, but honestly, I’m not really interested.” Gartner said. “I never really discuss it with other students; it didn’t seem like a big discussion in class or with my friends.”Matteo Tanaka, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and computer science, did vote in the election. Yet his interest was fleeting. Tanaka picked the ticket he was exposed to most.“I chose them because I saw their posters the most,” Tanaka said. “I was aware that [the elections] were coming, but I didn’t know when. I just happened upon them on the way home.”Tanaka commented on the importance of the election to the average student and the lack of effect it has on the student body.“No one’s really interested; no one really sees the value,” Tanaka said. “The student body president isn’t an immediate concern. It doesn’t seem to have a direct effect on you personally.”Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article contained a misspelling. It is “student body president” not “study body president.” The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

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Ballots Available and Drop Boxes Open for February Special Election

first_imgSubmitted  by the Thurston County AuditorBallots are available at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office, located at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Building 1, Room 118 in Olympia, for the February 10, 2015 Special Election. The Tenino and Yelm school districts have measures on the ballot. Voters should receive their ballots by Friday, January 23 or Saturday, January 24. Any registered voter who has not received a ballot by Thursday, January 29, 2015 should contact the Thurston County Auditor’s Office at (360) 786-5408 or [email protected], or come to the Auditor’s Office for a replacement ballot.The Auditor’s Office has opened eight secure ballot drop boxes, including one in Tenino and two in Yelm. A list of drop box locations is included in mailed ballot materials and online at ThurstonVotes.org. These boxes are open 24 hours a day and will close promptly at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 (Election Day). For more information, visit ThurstonVotes.org or call (360) 786-5408. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Murphy Presses Pause on Indoor Dining

first_imgThe move follows an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases statewide as well as overcrowding at multiple establishments with “a complete disregard for social distancing” and “very few, if any, face coverings,” Murphy said Monday. Cases also continue to increase throughout the country, and areas including New York City and Philadelphia have also paused the planned reopening of indoor dining. “Restaurants across New Jersey spent real time, funds, and labor preparing for a safe and responsible indoor reopening, only to find their efforts callously dismissed. We owe it to them – to the livelihoods of their employees and their families, and to the long-term health of these small businesses – to help them through these unprecedented times and make them whole again,” Gopal said. In Monmouth County specifically, the case total reached 9,305, including Atlantic Highlands, 37; Colts Neck, 87; Fair Haven, 29; Highlands, 34; Holmdel, 321; Little Silver, 40; Middletown, 754; Monmouth Beach, 21; Oceanport, 66; Red Bank, 259; Rumson, 47; Sea Bright, 12; and Tinton Falls, 232. Some elected officials who have fought to bring back indoor dining are frustrated with the setback. Sen. Vin Gopal, for example, said that while he understands why the governor took the action, restaurants are struggling and need help. As of Wednesday, July 1, there were 171,928 total COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, with 13,224 lab-confirmed deaths. Murphy said the state anticipates an additional 1,854 COVID-19-related deaths which have not been lab-confirmed. The daily positivity rate was 2.29 percent, recorded June 27. The total number of hospitalizations increased to 1,080. “Given the current situation in numerous other states, as I mentioned, we do not believe it is prudent at this time to push forward with what is, in effect, a sedentary indoor activity, especially when we know that this virus moves differently indoors than out, making it even more deadly,” said Murphy June 29 during a press conference. “We have seen spikes in other states driven in part by the return of patrons to indoor dining establishments where they are seated and without face coverings for significant periods of time. We do not wish to see New Jersey experience a similar spike.” NEW JERSEY – This week Gov. Phil Murphy put a temporary pause on indoor dining which was originally scheduled to partially reopen July 2. By Allison Perrine Additionally, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) issued a joint statement Monday following Murphy’s rescindment of indoor dining. The two called the move “a real slap in the face” to the restaurant and hospital industries. The article originally appeared in the July 2 – 8, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “With this removal of indoor dining hundreds of thousands of restaurants will need even more money as they laid out supplies, staff, and cleaning in anticipation of a reopening. We are killing them with this crushing decision only three days before reopening,” the statement read. “The carelessness of one establishment can completely undo the good work of many others. We will not tolerate outlier bars and restaurants and frankly, patrons who think the rules don’t apply to them,” said Murphy. “They are the ones who ruin it for everyone else. Compliance is not a polite suggestion. It is required. Selflessness, not selfishness. So unfortunately, the national situation, compounded by instances of knucklehead behavior here at home, are requiring us to hit pause on the restart of indoor dining for the foreseeable future.” Murphy acknowledged that most bars and restaurants have been doing “the right things” and have been enforcing social distancing policies. But it only takes one to ruin it for the others, he said, as he criticized The Factory Restaurant and Lounge in Jersey City for not following the orders. In the local area, people on social media called out Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright and D’Jais Oceanview Bar and Cafe in Belmar for doing the same. “Don’t be the match that starts a COVID wildfire,” Murphy said Wednesday. “Use your common sense for the common good.”  Other scheduled reopenings for July 2 were allowed, including casinos, outdoor amusement parks and water parks, museums and libraries, indoor recreation and gyms and fitness centers for individualized training or by appointment only.last_img read more

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Anti-doping group moves to close loophole with lab in Kenya

first_imgBlood doping is especially relevant in distance running, where Kenya has been a powerhouse for decades.The new lab should stop athletes who train in remote regions in the high-altitude west of the country from being given prior warning of out-of-competition tests by sample collectors.Out-of-competition checks are meant to be sprung on athletes by surprise.But the time required to reach athletes and get samples to Nairobi — and out of the country to an approved testing lab within the 36-hour limit — had meant it became easier for officials to give a group notice a day before to gather at a specific place to be tested together.Experts say, though, that drug cheats could use the advance notice to dilute their blood — either by drinking copious amounts of fluid or by infusing saline — and beat the test.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It is the first World Anti-Doping Agency-approved facility in East Africa, and the only one in Africa after South Africa’s lab had its accreditation revoked last year.The AIU is the independent unit set up in 2017 to prosecute doping cases in international track and field. It funded the Kenyan laboratory with help from athletics governing body, the IAAF.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Previously, blood samples taken from Kenya’s world-beating distance runners had to be flown to South Africa or, more recently, Europe to be tested at an approved lab within 36 hours — a challenging race against time that led to the regular bending of anti-doping rules, as revealed by The Associated Press in 2016.Top distance runners from North America and Europe have also used the high-altitude regions in Kenya and East African neighbor Ethiopia for training bases. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The lab belongs to the Lancet healthcare group. It’s not a fully accredited WADA lab, but the world anti-doping organization allows a facility to handle tests for cost and geographic reasons as long as it meets criteria.Kenya’s reputation has been seriously damaged by the upsurge in doping cases in recent years, which has been accompanied by multiple incidents of rule-breaking and corruption.Kiprop revealed in May he received prior warning of his urine test. He also admitted to giving the doping control officer money for tipping him off.Kiprop also faces a potential four-year ban. He was elevated to the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after Rashid Ramzi was stripped for doping.Other Kenyans currently charged with doping include former 10,000-meter Commonwealth champion Lucy Wangui (morphine) and 2017 Athens Marathon winner Samuel Kalalei (EPO).Ruth Jebet, the Kenya-born 3,000-meter steeplechase prodigy who won gold at the 2016 Olympics aged 19, was also suspended this year and charged with using EPO.Jebet, who runs for Bahrain, won the Asian senior title at 16 and broke the world record at 19.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The 800 meters world championships bronze medalist Bett has tested positive for the blood-booster EPO having already been suspended and charged with evading a doping test. He faces a four-year ban. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)Kenya’s first WADA-approved drug-testing laboratory will be operational early next month, anti-doping authorities said Monday as they aim to close a loophole that some fear had allowed athletes from the East African distance-running powerhouse to beat controls for years.The lab in the capital, Nairobi, will focus on blood analyses, although it will also be able to carry out other doping tests, the Athletics Integrity Unit said.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Brett Clothier, head of the AIU, alluded to that on Monday.“From now on, the analyses of blood samples will be performed locally,” he said. “This will give us more efficiency, more responsiveness and less predictability.”Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei said: “It means everything will be easier.”The lab should address similar problems for Ethiopia, which has signs of a doping problem.The AIU’s announcement on the Kenyan lab came a day after it confirmed 2017 world championship bronze medalist Kipyegon Bett of Kenya had failed a doping test.Bett tested positive for the blood-booster EPO and the 800-meter runner, world junior champion in 2016, faces a four-year ban.The 20-year-old athlete had already been suspended for evading a doping test. He is the fourth Kenyan to face doping charges in 2018.Former 1,500-meter Olympic winner and three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop has been charged with using EPO, while women’s Olympic marathon winner Jemima Sumgong was banned for four years for EPO last November.They are some of the latest cases casting doubt on Kenyan claims that its top athletes are clean and that doping is confined to lesser-known runners.The AIU said it collected more than 3,500 blood samples from across the world in 2017. It expects the new lab to handle between 800 and 1,000 a year from the East African region, including Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Eritrea.last_img read more

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Clinton Foundation Report A Call to Action

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described a recent report compiled by the Clinton Foundation as timely and impressive and a call for formidable action towards the achievement of gender equality, as well as the promotion of the well-being of women globally.According to a dispatch from New York, President Sirleaf made the remarks on Monday, March 9 when she served as Chief Launcher of the Clinton Foundation Report at the Best Buy Theatre in New York.The Report gave a vivid account of what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference 20 years ago, and provides an insight into the gaps, as well as measures the world can perform in achieving the lofty goals established in Beijing, China, she stated.The compiled report, titled: “Not There Yet,” is a Data-Driven Analysis of Gender Equality on a global scale and takes into consideration what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference on gender equality in 1995.That conference’s Platform for Action is an agenda for women’s empowerment and aims at accelerating the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and at removing obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through the equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.This means that the principle of shared power and responsibility should be established between women and men at home, in the workplace and in the wider national and international communities.She pointed out that several reform processes have been carried out with laws instituted to give more economic power to women. As a result, more women in different parts of the world are now in Parliament; while others are competing vigorously in professional areas of science and business once dominated by men.“Despite these gains,” President Sirleaf said, “the gaps are clearer, and the global community must endeavor to eradicate social inequality and enhance women’s participation in development processes.”Sharing the platform with President Sirleaf, the President of Croatia, Madam Kolinda Grabar-Kifarac, said that the promotion of women’s rights and the creation of opportunities for the realization of their potential is vital to the advancement of every society.“As such,” she stressed, “no effort should be spared towards championing women’s empowerment.”The Bill, Hilary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation launched “No Ceiling: The Full Participation Project” in 2013 to advance and inspire the full participation of women and girls around the world.Meanwhile, the Clinton Foundation, through former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, joined by Melinda Gates, the co-host of the program, expressed thanks and appreciation to President Sirleaf for honoring their invitation to participate in the launch of their book, the dispatch said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Enemies of Progress’

first_imgAmidst numerous criticisms about the Central Bank of Liberia’s economic inclusion program which extends rural banking services to all parts of the country, Executive Governor, Dr. J. Mills Jones, has described those in opposition of the program as “enemies of progress.”Speaking at a well-attended ceremony marking the opening of rural financial institutions in Zorlayea, Zorzor and Kolahun, all in Lofa County, Governor Jones said there are many Liberians in authority that could help government improve the lives of others, “but they are not doing it and just criticize people who have tried to do so.”“Liberia is a land of possibility — not negatively, but positively. We don’t have to wait for people to do things for us, it is now time for us to stand up to do something on our own,” he added.“Business as usual has gotten us nowhere, and it is now time for us to do things differently to improve the lives of our people. We need to work above the poverty standard.”Dr. Jones said Liberians need to stand up and do away with the dependency syndrome, because Liberia can’t continue asking for assistance.The CBL Executive then expressed gratitude to the people of Lofa County for acknowledging the intervention of the government of Liberia, adding that, “No one, irrespective of geographic location, should perceive poverty as a way of life.”He also assured rural dwellers that the CBL will remain committed to working with the Board of Governors, management and staff of the bank for the sustainable transformation of the country’s economy. “We are trying to make a difference and that’s what public service is all about, to improve the lives of the people that we serve,’’ he added. Also speaking, Mr. Francis Morgan, who spoke for Mr. Hamadu Bayo, Chief Executive Officer of Afriland First Bank, encouraged the citizens of Lofa to see the bank as their own. “It is your children that will be working here. We are not going to take anyone outside of this county to work in the bank. You need to go to the bank for loans. You have to be a shareholder in it,” he said.He said the bank will be providing other services in the county, including money transfers, which will require the presence of MoneyGram and Western Union.He assured the people that government employees will no longer have to come to Gbarnga (Bong County) to receive their pay, but will receive it “right here in this bank.”For her part, the County Development Superintendent, Madam Yougar Mulbah lauded Governor Jones for his immense contribution to the economic transformation of Liberia, evidenced by the fact that he is encouraging the economic inclusion of all by extending rural banking services to all parts of the country.Lofa County newly elected Senator, Steven Zagor, urged his kinsmen to see the bank as an opportunity for investment, “through the ownership of shares.”Senator Zagor challenged citizens of the county to take advantage of the opportunity provided them by the Government of Liberia, by purchasing shares in their new financial institution, and make it their own.He told the gathering that the people of Lofa perceive the bank as a “dream” becoming a reality and the end of many inconveniences endured, especially the time when a teacher went for his pay in Voinjama and was told that the system was down.“We are happy today for the bank because development is key for every county, and Lofa is no exception. We are happy today because the bank will serve as a new turning point for the people of Lofa County,” he added.Currently, Zorzor, Voinjama, Kolahun, Foya, River Gee, Rivercess, Sinoe, Bomi, and Barclayville are among many cities now benefiting from this initiative.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Young snowmobiler injured after collision

first_imgA young boy has suffered nonlife threatening injuries after his snowmobile collided with a vehicle.The collision occurred Sunday at around 4 p.m. on the Alaska Highway.- Advertisement -Fort St. John RCMP say a 12 year-old boy was attempting to cross the Alaska Highway near Highway 29 when he was hit by a northbound SUV.The boy was taken to hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.Police say it does not seem that speed was a factor in the crash. However, they are reminding residents that it is illegal to drive all-terrain vehicles on public roads.last_img read more

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Chelsea v Villa: Costa and Oscar start

first_imgAs expected, Diego Costa returns to the Chelsea starting line-up for the game against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. Oscar also starts. Ashley Westwood, Nathan Baker and Andreas Weimann start for Villa after recovering from illness. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba. Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Cissokho, Baker, Senderos, Westwood, Delph, Richardson, Cleverley, Weimann, Agbonlahor.Subs: Given, Clark, Bacuna, Sanchez, N’Zogbia, Grealish, Bent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Raiders CB Isaiah Johnson leaves game vs. Rams with apparent head injury

first_imgThe Raiders’ first defensive drive of the preseason resulted in a forced punt, but it was still a loss for the Oakland defense.Rookie cornerback Isaiah Johnson took a knee to the helmet from teammate Marquel Lee on a Blake Bortles completion to Rams receiver Michael Thomas and stayed down on the field after the play.Oakland’s team trainers came out to evaluate Johnson and helped him off the field. He did not return to action for the rest of the game, and head coach Jon Gruden said after the …last_img read more

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