April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

first_imgDES MOINES — Advocates for the well-being of kids in Iowa are working to boost awareness, as April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.Allie Moerman, is the spokeswoman for Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. Following the starvation deaths of two teen girls in Perry and West Des Moines in recent years, Moerman says the number of child abuse cases being reported to the state has risen. “Without looking at the long-term trends, it’s hard to say what that means,” Moerman says. “We know that those high-profile cases that we saw in 2016 with Sabrina Ray and Natalie Finn does make a difference in the public awareness about child abuse so that often contributes to the increase that we see and report.”Moerman says Iowans can work together to help reduce the number of child abuse cases by getting involved in the activities of children and building stronger connections with the kids in our lives. “Maybe it’s something as simple as volunteering to read to a class of elementary students,” Moerman says. “Maybe it’s reaching out to new parents in your community to bring over a meal or helping them out by running an errand or volunteering to get involved with youth activities just to be a positive influence in the lives of children.”Moerman says the annual Child Abuse Prevention and Family Support Conference will be held in Ankeny next month. “We’ve actually sold out this year,” Moerman says. “We’ve got a full house of support workers and social workers from around the state coming in to learn from nationally-recognized speakers, statewide speakers. It should be a great opportunity to learn and share and network and build those connections throughout our state.”Learn more about child abuse prevention and how you can play a role at www.pcaiowa.org.last_img read more

UEFA postpones May’s Champions League, Europa League finals

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Europe’s top leagues have all been postponed, while the 2020 European Championship has been put back until next year.Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Atalanta and RB Leipzig are the four teams to have so far booked their places in the Champions League quarter-finals.More financial pain for UEFA and Europe’s major clubs could be on the horizon if the Champions League cannot be completed.Last season UEFA paid out 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) in prize money and TV revenue to clubs competing in the Champions League.Ties from the quarter-finals onwards could be reduced to one-off games rather than two legs, while the semi-finals and finals could come together like a “final four” format often used in basketball.“Without any prejudice, those are also options,” Ceferin said last week.“We have different options, but really it’s far too early to be concrete. Whatever we decide, nothing is sure because we don’t know when this COVID-19 will stop and allow us to play.” Nyon, Switzerland | AFP | UEFA announced on Monday that it has postponed the Champions League, Europa League and women’s Champions League finals, originally scheduled for May, due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no new date given.European football’s governing body had already postponed the competitions until further notice earlier this month.UEFA said that “no decision has yet been made on rearranged dates”.“The working group, established last week as a result of the conference call among the stakeholders of European football, which was chaired by UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, will analyse the options available,” UEFA said in a statement.“The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.”The 2020 men’s Champions League final had been due to be played at Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium on May 30, with the Europa League final to have been staged in Polish city Gdansk three days before.The women’s Champions League final was scheduled for May 24 in Vienna.Four of the men’s Champions League last-16 second legs, originally slated for March 17 and 18, were delayed because of the new coronavirus outbreak, along with all of the Europa League last-16 return games.last_img read more

Official trial date set for Parkland school shooting suspect

first_imgOn Thursday, a Florida judge set an official trial date for the man suspected of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Valentine’s Day of 2018.Accused mass murderer Nikolas Cruz will go on trial in January of 2020.According to the order from Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, all pretrial motions will be heard between Jan. 13 through Jan. 24.All motions must be filed on or before Dec. 27, 2019, according to the order.The 21-year-old  is charged with 17 counts of premeditated first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.If convicted, he faces the death penalty.Related content:Prosecutor: Nik Cruz “Worse than Bundy” and Refuses to Reconsider Death Penaltylast_img

Liar, liar, souls on fire

first_imgWe have such a “corporation” in our midst, making mad, mad, money and are paying few taxes. And get this; this corporation gets most of its labor for free. This “entity” is none other than the NCAA, (if you don’t know the meaning, look it up), who’s catchphrase is “what’s yours is mine, what’s mine is mine and what’s ours is mine.”They practice a new form of economic servitude that is not only endured by African-Americans but by many Americans. It is a system that has been firmly cemented in place for decades. This system of “policing” athletes and schools is fueled and driven by years of perverted and insidious rules of entitlement. Take the case of Ohio State star quarterback, Terrelle Pryor. The university that he performs for can sell any likeness of him and the institution is not obligated to give him one red cent from the proceeds. Now hear this. He and four teammates have been “suspended without pay’’ (just kidding) by the NCAA for the first five games of next season for supposedly selling championship rings, jerseys and awards. They also allegedly received improper benefits from the tattoo parlor over two years. The NCAA said all of the “accused” athletes may still play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4, 2011. Well, well, well, you can play in the BCS Bowl game meaning; you are going to be suspended but not before we get ours.The NCAA has no right to dictate what personal property an athlete may sell to help subsidize their meager existence. If the NCAA continues not to compensate performers, athletes should be permitted to sell, jewelry, jockstraps, awards, autographs, sweaty underwear or whatever they can generate income from. All should be fair in love or war, well in this case, war in the love of money. With relentless pressure, former Heisman winner Reggie Bush had to “return” his award but in the NFL, where; sex, lies and “videotapes” are the “green grocers” tip for the day, all is well at “Loot University.” They all but tried to snatch the 2010 Heisman from Cam Newton at Auburn because his father allegedly tried to get paid. How much loot do you suppose Newton’s agent is going to rake in when he signs the young man up to play on Sundays?If the NCAA was about the education and the purity of collegiate sports, then why do certain walk-ons have to prove themselves before they are rewarded with a scholarship? Any student-athlete who makes the team should be awarded a “scholarship” if that is what it is truly about but no; schools are only permitted to award a certain amount of scholarships per year, so why would a free pass be given to an athlete that will not put people in the stands and hot dogs in their mouths. The NCAA is telling America “straight with no chaser” that schools may issue “limited” scholarships for our sons’ or daughters’ to play for them but if they are not good enough the parents have to pay their tuition while the kids still play for free. How many parents of young White athletes are proud that their son or daughter just made the team? However, these same middle class parents remain obligated to scrounge around in order to find grants and/or loans just to finance the education of their children. Are you getting this, US of A?Turn off your radios and television sets and revolt America; red, black, white, blue, yellow and green. Turn “March madness” into “March sadness,” at least for the poisoned coffers of the NCAA. This corrupt and crafty organization has at times been called the “silver lining” for the dreams of young America but the only thing they are doing with the silver “notes” they are collecting is lining their own bottomless pockets. Athletics, at least for a certain percentage of the population is supposed to represent the light at the end of the tunnel, you know, a way out. But these perverted purveyors of flesh have found a way in but along the road of greed to tie and bind young student-athletes to the “whipping post of public opinion” as a smokescreen to cover their blood stained tracks.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]) I am going to begin this communiqué with a hypothetical question. Would you, I or anyone else who was slightly less than 10 minutes shy of being forcefully escorted to the “esteemed” Western Psychiatric Institute in Pittsburgh for “restoration,” accept employment based on putting in eight hours or better daily just to be informed that any invention or concept that was personally developed would remain the property of the employer, forever? However, your boss and his cronies, being of a “benevolent” nature, poke out their chests and inform the world that hey; at least we will pay your rent, and provide three “squares” a day. Well, from what I can discern, if most working stiffs were faced with such a choice, we probably would not have to fret about traffic jams on any freeway, any morning, anywhere. last_img read more

Leafs ride out regular season with weekend series against Rebels

first_imgSince the happy man in the nice red suit paid a visit to the NDCC Arena, the Leafs have been a dismal 8-8-1 and 0-5 since the final week of January.The Castlegar series is crucial to the Leafs playoff hopes as the Green and White enjoy a slim two-point advantage over the surging Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Hawks, fresh from being swept by the Rebels last weekend, meet Spokane in a season-ending home-and-home series.The first game of the series goes at 7:30 p.m. in the Castlegar Arena Complex.The return contest is Saturday at 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.GAME NOTES: The Rebels success has been sparked by the one-two goaltending punch of Connor Beauchamp and Jordan Gluck. The latter leads the entire KIJHL with a 2.14 goals against average. And Beauchamp is not your regular backup, sitting third with a 2.32 average. . . .In contrast, Leafs Brett Soles is fifth in league goaltending but is 4-4 in his last eight games after starting the season with a 12-0 mark. Soles teammate Marcus Beesley, brought in to be the Nelson stopper, sits 21st in league netminding with a 3.29 goals against average. . . . Offensively Castlegar is led by veteran Stuart Walton with 73 points. Leafs top point man is Colton Schell with 66. . .The Rebels post an amazing 90-goal difference between offence and defence. . . . Only two Leaf players have scored more than 20 goals this season. So will the real Nelson Leafs please stand up.Ya the Leafs that reeled off a 10-1 November and not the squad that’s winless in February.The Nelson Leafs conclude the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Murdoch Division Champion Castlegar Rebels beginning Friday in the Sunflower City.The Rebels clinched the Murdoch title with a three-game win streak last weekend and are out to claim the KIJHL title with at least one victory against Nelson.The Leafs have been a shadow of the team that was tearing up the league in prior to the Christmas break.last_img read more


first_imgSUNNY DAYS AHEAD AS HORSEMEN WEATHER THE STORMSANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN CHARITY GAME NEXT THURSDAYCTBA PRESENTS GRAY WITH KENNETH L. MADDY AWARD ASSEMBLYMAN GRAY RECEIVES MADDY AWARD FROM CTBACalifornia State Assemblyman Adam Gray has been honored as recipient of the prestigious Sen. Kenneth L. Maddy Award, presented by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association at its annual awards banquet.“Adam has been a great supporter of racing and agriculture in the state and CTBA is honored to present him with such a prestigious award,” said Doug Burge, president of CTBA.Gray, a Democrat representing the 21st District that includes his native Merced, is only the second legislator to receive the award, which is named for the late California senator who was a great friend of the California Thoroughbred industry and a force behind a bill that brought licensing relief to tracks. The only other recipient of the award was Sen. Andy Vidak in 2014.“It is an honor to receive the Senator Kenneth L. Maddy Award,” Gray said. “California horse racing and the breeding of quality California-bred Thoroughbreds are synonymous with Senator Maddy.“California is at the forefront of producing top-quality Thoroughbred racehorses, which are able to compete and win races throughout the country and the world. Two words – California Chrome.”Gray authored a bill in 2016 that will save $1 billion in worker’s compensation costs and he worked tirelessly on an Internet poker bill that would have boosted race purses by $60 million. Gray also has been committed to preserving and protecting agricultural water rights.Gray, first elected in 2012, is chairman of the Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee and serves on committees for aging and long-term care, agriculture and appropriations.The CTBA works diligently at all governmental levels to create the optimum legislative climate to maximize the profitability of California breeders and the overall popularity and growth of Thoroughbred racing. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 J. Keith Desormeaux2972524%48%$434,225 SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME FEB. 23.The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School game will beplayed on Thursday, Feb. 23, at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.TVG’s Kurt Hoover will be back for his 16th consecutive season as Santa Anita Jockeys’ Coach.  Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Bob Baffert3584523%49%$816,061 Tyler Baze14427311419%50%$1,314,706 Kent Desormeaux861811921%44%$1,165,831 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 16) Doug O’Neill9210211711%52%$966,061 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas7915141219%52%$762,154 Flavien Prat13433192325%56%$2,152,593 John Sadler40781018%63%$461,824 William Spawr2091245%60%$261,071 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Luis Contreras819102111%49%$448,347 Jerry Hollendorfer781491718%51%$1,173,049 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Stewart Elliott9111101612%41%$506,082 Mike Smith35113931%66%$1,152,445 Peter Miller611513625%56%$885,045 Tiago Pereira6496714%34%$272,820 Peter Eurton3473321%38%$382,399 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato50125924%52%$728,970 Joseph Talamo881061611%36%$375,653 MOVE OVER ANNIE: THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROWYes, that was the life-sustaining star known as the sun breaking through rainclouds at Santa Anita Saturday morning after the biggest storm of the Winter Meet took respite.After the storm that hit the Arcadia area with just over three inches of rain Friday, forcing cancellation of that day’s races, it’s game on for Saturday and that’s good news for everyone, including local horsemen.“We’re all going through the same thing,” said trainer Eric Kruljac, who turns 64 nextSaturday. “Some of us are more willing to run on an off track than others, but I’m not real keen on it. I’ve never been a mudder.“I’ve got my share of grass horses, so the weather’s slowed us way down, but I’m optimistic and looking to the future. I started training at 38 and owned horses when I was 23. I claimed my first two horses in 1976 and bought my first two yearlings in 1977.”Kruljac comes from a family of horsemen. His grandfather, Walter S. (for Stele) Markham was a horse owner, cattle rancher and produce broker. Some of his horses were trained by Hall of Famer Buster Millerick.Born in San Jose, Kruljac “kind of split my childhood in Carmel Valley and Phoenix. When Mr. Markham died, he was the longest tenured member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA).”Eric’s 28-year-old son, Ian, is an accomplished trainer in his own right, having developed Finest City into an Eclipse Award champion as best female sprinter of 2016, mainly by virtue of her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita last Nov. 4.Since mid-December, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that began Dec. 26 has been hit with more than 23 inches of rain, according to ever-diligent Track Superintendent Dennis Moore.But if you think it’s been rough at Santa Anita, it could be worse.You could own a car wash. Martin Pedroza719131313%49%$395,063 Mark Glatt4698520%48%$366,510 FINISH LINES: There is a Pick Six carryover into Saturday of $32,114 . . . Richard Baltas and Peter Miller are tied for the training lead with 15 victories each, with Jerry Hollendorfer one back at 14 and Phil D’Amato three behind with 12. D’Amato has Lily Pod entered in today’s Buena Vista Stakes and he didn’t mind that rain forced it to be moved from turf to dirt. “I really entered based on the chance it would come off the grass and be run on dirt,” he said. “She loved that off track when she won last time (romping by 4 ½ lengths on a wet/fast surface at seven furlongs Jan. 21), so we’ll see.” . . . Congratulations to trainer and all-around good guy Art Sherman on the occasion of his 80th birthday yesterday . . . Mario Gutierrez and Israel Ocampo ride in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby today at Golden Gate Fields, the former on 2-1 morning line chance Ann Arbor Eddie for Doug O’Neill and the latter aboard 10-1 Kona Dreams for George Papaprodromou . . . Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, and XBTV.com’s Aaron Vercruysse, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Sunday and Monday, respectively, in the East Pack Gardens at 11:20 a.m. Sunday and 10:50 a.m. Monday, when first post time is 12 noon . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct a regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. at Santa Anita. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast).The Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee will meet 11 a.m. Wednesday at the same location. The public is encouraged to attend. The Board agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the CHRB website, as are those for the Medication Committee (agenda and package) . . . Apprentice jockey Evin Roman is suspended three days (Feb. 26, March 2 and 3) for causing interference aboard Avaudrey in last Sunday’s second race resulting in a disqualification of his mount from fifth to seventhlast_img read more

Prez Sirleaf Extols Diplomatic Corps for ‘Unprecedented Show of Unity’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extolled members of foreign missions accredited near Monrovia for an “unprecedented show of unity” at Liberia’s 168th Independence Day celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County.According to a Foreign Ministry release, the President also took the time to thank and praise bilateral and multilateral partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), other UN Agencies, World Bank Group (WB), European Union (EU), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Foundations and individuals, for “unprecedented show of solidarity,” during the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) crisis in Liberia. She especially applauded the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), for mobilizing what she called unprecedented private sector supports including the recruitment of 339 African professionals from 16 African countries to make the sacrifice to leave their countries and families to join Liberia in the fight.As of Liberia’s relations with other nations, she stated that her government is pleased to note that bilateral relations with governments’ representatives near Monrovia have been most cordial. Moreover, the president added; “Today they are here in an unprecedented show of unity. I have never been at an event, not even in the capital, where all our representatives have come together in one body.”She observed that the show of unity from members of the Diplomatic Corps especially at the country’s 168th independence observance is a “special gift that the diplomats had taken to the people of Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.” Grand Kru co-hosted the 168th Independence Day events.The President stated that Liberians had once again gathered in the spirit of unity “in unprecedented representation at all levels and all persuasions in our society. We have come to demonstrate patriotism in recognition of the long road of definitive and quantifiable progress.”President Sirleaf urged all Liberians to go out touching each other, adding: “say a good thing to someone today; say a good thing for your country today.”For his part, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan mentioned the names of at least 32 presidents and heads of government as well as heads of some international organizations that sent messages of congratulations and felicitations to President Sirleaf on the nation’s 168th Independence Day. He also thanked and praised 13 members of the Diplomatic Corps, who had travelled deep in the jungle to Grand Kru to form part of the historic event. “Most of them,” he said “are accredited to Liberia and not Monrovia alone. As such, they decided to come to the interior.”According to the Minister, representatives of foreign governments had gone to that far end of Liberia in order “to see, to hear and then to act later”.Members of the Diplomatic Corps were led to the Independence Day events in both Sinoe and Grand Kru counties by Guinean Ambassador Abdullah Doré, who is the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps.At the formal program held in the J. Dominic Bing City Hall in Greenville, Sinoe County, Ambassador Doré congratulated President Sirleaf on behalf of himself and his colleagues as the nation celebrated its 168th anniversary. He cautioned Liberians not to talk about Ebola again as the nation has been successful in defeating the deadly virus. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wilsona seeking portion of schools settlement

first_img“The school is eligible for reimbursement for critical facility repairs and improvements,” McNabb said. “Even though that school is in a well-kept condition, there are a couple of issues that are expensive.” One item is the repaving of the school’s parking lot, which is estimated to cost $350,000. To qualify for funding, the district must show that it has spent all its deferred maintenance funds, McNabb said. The lawsuit, known as the Williams case, was filed in 2000 in San Francisco County on behalf of nearly 100 students alleging that the state failed to provide public school students with equal access to instructional materials, safe and decent school facilities, and qualified teachers. The case was settled in 2004, resulting in the state allocating $138 million in additional funding for instructional materials for schools that scored in the bottom 20 percent of schools statewide. LAKE LOS ANGELES – The Wilsona School District will pay a consultant $10,000 to help get money from the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the state alleging inferior education in public schools. The settlement called for schools in the bottom third of academic ratings to be allocated $138 million for textbooks and other instructional materials and $800 million for repairing school buildings. “We are hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Superintendent Ned McNabb said. The board at last week’s meeting approved hiring Golden State Facility Services to get money for Vista San Gabriel Elementary School. The settlement includes an additional $50 million for implementation costs and other oversight-related activities for schools that scored in the bottom 30 percent. An additional $800 million will be provided in future years for critical repair of facilities for schools in the bottom third. As many as 2.3 million California public school students may benefit from funding from the Williams case settlement, according to the state education department. In Los Angeles County alone, 600 schools are ranked in the bottom third. In the Antelope Valley, 47 schools were affected by the settlement in the Antelope Valley Union High, Eastside Union, Keppel Union, Lancaster, Palmdale, Wilsona, Mojave Unified and Muroc Joint Unified districts. The settlement requires county offices of education to monitor the implementation of the settlement, requiring visits to schools to make sure every student has access to textbooks, that facilities are safe and healthy, and that teachers with appropriate qualifications are assigned to every class. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Get $7,000 from Robert Rodriguez to Make a Film in 14 Days

first_img5 amateur filmmakers have the chance to make a feature film funded by Robert Rodriguez. Enter now!Images via Robert Rodriguez/El Rey Network.To celebrate the 25th anniversary of El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez’s legendary low-budget debut film, the director is now giving five filmmakers the chance to make a film on the same size budget he had.In partnership with Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, this competition will be filmed for the six-episode series Rebel Without a Crew, based of the popular book Rodriguez published that inspired a whole generation of filmmakers like Jon Favreau — who used the book Rebel Without A Crew as a guide while making Swingers.We all struggle with that balance. Robert Rodriguez was my big hero when I was in high school. That was my dude. I read Rebel Without A Crew… —Jon FavreauThe five selected filmmakers will have fourteen days to shoot and edit a new feature film for $7,000 USD.To apply, filmmakers must be U.S. Residents, ages 18+ who have not directed a full-length feature. They must also have access to a script that they own all the rights to.Selected filmmakers will have fourteen days to shoot the film with an additional four days of pre-production (which includes finalizing scripts, storyboards, locations, props, scripts, casting, and planning the fourteen-day shoot).Filmmakers must be available to shoot for six weeks in October/November 2017 in Austin, Texas. The show will stream on Go90 as six hour-long episodes, leading up to the debut of the final feature films.In addition to the competition, Rodriguez himself will also be participating. Go90 will also stream a docu-series that documents Rodriguez’s production, exploring “the philosophy of his process and shows him re-experiencing ultra low-budget indie filmmaking.”Submissions are open now. You can apply at firstfeaturefilm.castingcrane.com. There is an extensive survey to fill out, and you must answer thoroughly and honestly.Don’t worry about the answers being too long, we’d rather know too much than not enough. Getting to know you as a person and a filmmaker is *vital* to our selection process.Do you have what it takes to be a rebel without a crew? Apply now.last_img read more