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Further hospital stoppages likely

By on June 4, 2021

first_imgMEMBERS of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and SIPTU staged a second four-hour work stoppage this Wednesday after talks to resolve the issues which they are protesting broke down at the Labour Relations Commission. And a warning has been issued that further stoppages are a possibility. Said Mary Foley, INMO Industrial relations officer: “No agreement was reached following five hours of talks at the Labour Relations Commission on Tuesday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “From the outset at the LRC, management acknowledged the sincerity of all the issues raised by nurses. “However, due to the moratorium on recruitment and the huge financial deficit which the hospital finds itself in, local HSE management were not in a position to immediately address, even on an interim basis for a period of five to six weeks, the patient safety concerns of our members.“This, at a very minimum, would have enabled the hospital to commence addressing many internal systems issues that are long overdue”.This is the second time that staff at the emergency department (ED) have downed tools to highlight what they describe as “dangerous” overcrowding at the department, making it impossible for staff to deliver satisfactory standards of patient care.The stoppage on Wednesday began at 8.30am. “This is due to the inability of the Minister for Health and the HSE to address the patient safety concerns of members. Nurses at the hospital continue to voice their concerns regarding gross overcrowding and the consequent negative effect this is having on delivery of a satisfactory standard of nursing care in the ED and throughout the hospital,” a statement on behalf of the INMO said.As nurses worked without pay inside to supply emergency cover while their colleagues stood on the picket line, a few members of the public joined the picket. and Ms Fogarty said that nurses want to see more people turning out to support them.“This is their hospital and if they want a safe emergency department, we would urge members of the public and community groups to come out,” she said, adding that further stoppages are “a possibility”.There was no statement available from the HSE at time of going to press.Meanwhile, Health Minister James Reilly, said he expects to receive a report from the special delivery unit on problems on delays at the Mid-West Regional Hospital by the end of this week. Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Twitter Printcenter_img Previous articleCharged with threatening to kill mother of threeNext articleFixtures week ending 2/10/11 admin NewsLocal NewsFurther hospital stoppages likelyBy admin – September 29, 2011 537 Email WhatsApplast_img read more

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Local group celebrates ‘Constitution Week’ Sept. 17 to 23

By on May 24, 2021

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Published 7:18 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Today begins the national celebration of Constitution Week, a weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document. However, it is one of the country least know official observances.But the Oliver Wiley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) always take time to recognize the document that is a testament to the tenacity of Americans to “maintain their liberties and freedom and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.”“The Constitution is the basis for our form of government and the tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the DAR,” said Carol Amos, chapter member. Constitution Hall is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America.The DAR is the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world and is the Constitution’s most vocal cheerleader.“We do recognize the importance and value of the Constitution and celebrate it,” Amos said.The Oliver Wiley Chapter of DAR has 36 members. To become a member, one must show ancestry to the American Revolution through her linage. . Sponsored Content Skip Local group celebrates ‘Constitution Week’ Sept. 17 to 23 Latest Stories In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.The Constitution is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. The Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world and should be celebrated, not just during one week of the year but all year long, Amos said.“The DAR has a building in Washington DC, DAR Constitution Hall, and DAR conventions are held there with all the formality of 50 to 70 years ago –women in their white gloves and hats. That’s very interesting,” Amos said. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “We are encouraged that we have several younger women who are trying to get their linage documented so they can become members,” Amos said. “We hope to bring in new members with new ideas and youthful energy.”The Oliver Wiley Chapter sponsors the annual Good Citizen American History Award that recognizes high school seniors who exemplify good citizenship and love of country.“Each high school selects a student as its Good Citizen from submitted essays about citizenship,” Amos said. “A judge, independent of the Oliver Wiley Chapter, selects the award winner, who is then eligible to compete in the state DAR scholarship program.” You Might Like Local company carries safety message J Crawley Transport in Banks has been selected as one of six Alabama trucking companies to carry a banner for… read more Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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No. 32 tennis to battle Iowa

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgFor the men, it’s their last chance to impress the home crowd. For the women, it’s a chance to get their first conference win. This weekend the men’s and women’s tennis teams both compete against bordering-state rivals Iowa and Minnesota.The Wisconsin men’s team (13-8, 5-2 in conference) is currently ranked No. 32 in the country after an important win against No. 39 Indiana and a tough loss versus No. 2 Ohio State this past weekend. On Saturday, the Badgers will face the No. 52 Hawkeyes (10-7, 2-4 in conference) at 11 a.m. and will battle the Gophers (4-14, 2-4 in conference) on Sunday at noon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.Head Coach Greg Van Emburgh and Assistant Coach Evan Austin are confident in Wisconsin’s ability to win this weekend but realize both teams will be looking for an in-conference upset against the Badgers, who currently sit at fourth in the Big Ten standings.“I think it is really important for us to make sure that we don’t take these upcoming matches for granted,” Van Emburgh said. “Iowa is ranked and has had some good wins, and Minnesota is a team looking for a win and gunning for us. We just have to be really prepared and focused and approach each match like every other match we’ve played.”In recent history under Van Emburgh, Wisconsin has an impressive record against Iowa and Minnesota. In his only two years as head coach, the Badgers are 1-1 against the Gophers and 2-0 against the Hawkeyes, with wins coming against both last season.Both coaches stressed how important the doubles point will be during the matches. Since the Badgers have a strong singles lineup starring Moritz Baumann (No. 44 in the country) and Nolan Polley (No. 100 in the country), this weekend might depend on a strong showing from the doubles teams after struggling last weekend.“We have to be ready to play everyone,” Austin said. “We have had some good upsets in doubles, and then we’ve laid some eggs in doubles, so we know we have to be ready to go on Saturday and Sunday.”The women (7-12, 0-7 in conference) will be traveling to Minneapolis and Iowa City looking for their first conference wins after being swept this past weekend by No. 28 Indiana and only getting two out of seven points against No. 31 Ohio State. Junior Elizabeth Carpenter collected both a singles and doubles point for the Badgers against Ohio State this past Sunday; she is eager for her team to get a win and get the ball rolling.“We are taking all of our past matches and experiences and building upon them,” Carpenter said. “We are just taking the positives, knowing that it takes one match at a time in order to be successful as a team.”Carpenter will face two of the toughest Big Ten singles players at the number one spot — Alessandra Ferrazzi and Milica Veselinovic. Ferrazzi, Minnesota’s top singles player, is 9-8 overall while the Hawkeyes look to their ringer, Veselinovic, to get a point as she is 14-1 this season. While Carpenter realizes the importance of both of these matches, she, along with head coach Brian Fleishman, expects both matches this weekend to come down to doubles.“For this weekend we need to start making better decisions out there,” Fleishman said. “We need to win the doubles point, go into the match with a lot of confidence, and we have to make good decisions on the court.”In his first year as head coach, Fleishman has a lot of confidence in his team despite their poor conference record. In a conference  in which Wisconsin is one of the only unranked teams, the head coach still remains optimistic about playing at No. 57 Minnesota (11-8, 1-5 in conference) and No. 46 Iowa (11-5, 2-4 in conference).“Both teams are very comparable to us,” Fleishman said. “As a team we need to all play well on the same day and not sit there and expect our teammates to do the job. Everyone needs to go out and do their job individually.”last_img read more

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Judge Denies $111 Million JCP&L Power Line Project

By on August 4, 2020

first_imgBy Jay Cook |An administrative law judge announced today that she has denied a much-maligned transmission line project designed to run through five Monmouth County towns.Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Cookson determined that Jersey Central Power & Light Co. (JCP&L) “has not met its burden of proof” in exhibiting the need for the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP) – a $111 million, 230-kV transmission line planned to run 10 miles from Aberdeen to Red Bank, through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown, along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line.In her decision, Cookson wrote “the aesthetic, real estate, and environmental impacts on the five communities is overwhelming and is not offset by the interests of all JCP&L ratepayers, that is, the general public.”Cookson’s decision is the first major hurdle for the project’s dissenters. Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE), a residents group opposed to the MCRP, spent over $450,000 in fighting the project through the courts. The governing bodies from Middletown, Hazlet, Holmdel and Aberdeen also formed a joint municipal group to fight the MCRP.Cookson’s recommendation is now sent to the state Board of Public Utilities, where the board will ultimately decide the MCRP’s fate.Read Cookson’s full decision in this PDF: Judge Cookson Initial Decision 2018_03_08Look for a full story in the March 15 edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Nelson’s Dryden Hunt doing his best to forget about former WHL team Regina Pats

By on August 3, 2020

first_img“When you’re anywhere for four years you make a lot of relationships that last a lifetime. For it to all of a sudden come to an end, it’s definitely tough. I’m going to miss everybody here top to bottom. It’s just sad.”The deal had Medicine Hat acquiring Burroughs and Hunt from the Regina Pats in exchange for Connor Hobbs, a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2015. Hunt, a 19-year-old forward from Nelson Minor Hockey, is playing in his fourth WHL season.This year as an assistant captain, the 6-foot, 200-pound forward has recorded 14 goals and 33 assists (fourth most in the WHL) for a team leading 47 points in 37 games. Hunt currently ranks 12th in the league in points and in 163 career games has 40 goals, 57 assists for 97 points.”I’m very excited to go to Medicine Hat,” said Hunt. “It’s a new start for me.”They’re a great team. They’re going to make a run this year and I’m excited to be a part of it. I know Kyle is as well. It’s that much better that we’re going together. I’m happy to go to Medicine Hat but I’m leaving a lot of relationships in Regina. It’s mixed emotions.”The season has been a special ride for Hunt.During the summer he landed an amateur tryout with Carolina, and played so 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.Medicine Hat currently leads the WHL Eastern Conference Central Division with a 29-10-1-1 record.Ironically, Hunt gets to see his former teammates up close and in person when the Tigers host Regina Pats Wednesday in the Hat. Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dryden Hunt is doing a good job forgetting about his old team, the Regina Pats.The speedy forward, who was part of a blockbuster Western Hockey League trade last week to Medicine Hat, had four points in three games to help the Tigers register a 2-1 record during a weekend road swing through BC.Hunt had an assist to help Medicine Hat knock off Kelowna Rockets 5-3 Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.During the opener, Hunt scored the winner on the power play, added an assist and was named the game’s first star in a 3-2 win over Victoria.The lone loss came in Vancouver, a 5-3 loss to the Giants.”I was (initially) more shocked and upset,” Hunt, informed that he and teammate Kyle Burroughs were headed to the Medicine Hat Tigers, told the Regina Leader-Post.”I shed a few tears with a couple of the guys.last_img read more

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Donegal artists go incognito for secret sale in aid of Jack & Jill

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgSeven creatives from Donegal have donated works to an extraordinary art sale in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation.But who they are and what pieces they’ve created is a mystery.The INCOGNITO 2019 event will be will be the largest art sale in Ireland this year, with 2,600 postcard-size pieces of original artworks donated by over 1,000 International artists, including 7 artists from County Donegal. Each of these original art pieces will be sold to the public on a first-come-first-served basis for €50 — the twist is that no one will know the identity of the artist until after they buy the piece.The pieces can now be viewed on www.incognito.ie, ahead of the sale days, which take place in the Solomon Gallery Dublin from 5th – 7th April and the Lavit Gallery Cork from 17th – 18th May.  Preview days are being held in the galleries on 3rd and 4thApril in Dublin and on 16th May in Cork.With works by well-known artists valued at many times the sale price, this is an opportunity to find yourself the owner of a collector’s dream or simply an artwork that you love.Artists submitting their work for INCOGNITO 2019 include Paul Costelloe, Bono, Maser, Tom Climent, Mick O’Dea, Ed Miliano, Adrian + Shane, Abigail O’Brien, Peter Curling, Martin Mooney and Victor Richardson. Paul Costelloe and Jack & Jill nurse Anne ReillyNow in its third year, the art sale has proven to be a huge success, with last year’s sell-out event raising over €95,000 for Jack & Jill.Every €16 raised funds one hour of home nursing care for over 340 children who are under Jack & Jill’s wing today; including the 7 families currently receiving care in County Donegal.These precious children, with severe neurodevelopmental delay, who may never walk or talk or paint a picture themselves, do better at home with their families supported by the Jack & Jill nursing care service.Speaking at the announcement Carmel Doyle, CEO of Jack & Jill said buyers’ interest is already high: “It’s a real art lotto and, if last year is anything to go by, people will be queuing from early morning outside both galleries to purchase their favourite piece.”View the pieces on www.incognito.ie Donegal artists go incognito for secret sale in aid of Jack & Jill was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:art saleartistsincognitojack & jilllast_img read more

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Stander wins MTB World Cup in US

By on December 18, 2019

first_img2 July 2012South Africa’s hopes of an Olympic medal in mountain biking received a timely boost when Burry Stander claimed victory in a dramatic round six of the UCI Olympic Cross-country World Cup in Windham, New York on Saturday.Stander, who is currently eighth on the International Cycling Union world rankings, has been touted as a likely medal winner at the Olympic Games in London next month. But his victory on Saturday, which pushed him up to second in the World Cup Series rankings, served as confirmation that he’s firmly on track to challenge for a coveted podium place at the Games.“It was quite a nice surprise to win today. It was very hot, but coming from South Africa I’m used to the heat,” Stander told the media afterwards.‘It’s tough’“There’s some really close racing in the World Cups and it’s tough, but you have to find your rhythm, and here in Windham you have to be careful on the downhill sections because you can easily get a puncture there.”One of Stander’s main rivals, Germany’s Manuel Fumic, punctured while at the front with Stander, eliminating him from a shot at the podium, while Czech world champion Jaroslav Kulhavy faded early on, citing the extreme heat as the reason.“I knew flat tyres were going to be an issue,” Stander explained. “I’ve had my share of mechanical issues over the past few World Cup races, so it was nice be on the other side today.”AttackedWith one-and-a-half laps remaining, Stander attacked with an intensity that his two nearest rivals at the time, Spain’s Sergio Mantecon and Italy’s Marco Fontana, were unable to counter. The 26-year-old South African then extended his lead to claim his second ever World Cup victory.“Today I just decided to ride my own speed and not worry about anyone else, just ride controlled. I made sure at the top of the climb I went into the singletrack first and I could control the speed on the way down, not taking any chances.“Then, ja, towards the end I knew with the endurance coming into play and the heat it would be good for me.”Fine-tuningStander pointed out the importance of nutrition in the extreme heat. He’s been fine-tuning his nutrition and supplementation in the build-up to the Olympic Games in conjunction with his coach, Sports Scientist, Dr Jeroen Swart.“We race these cross-country races at such a high intensity that managing my energy levels is really critical. A slight dip in energy can make the difference between a good race and a bad one,” explained Stander. “Today I made sure I drank a lot because of the heat.”He added: “My energy levels were good throughout and that’s why I was able to put in a big attack when I did.”Stander is now just 12 points behind World Cup Series leader, Switzerland’s Nino Schurter.With one round remaining, in France on 28 July, the world’s most prestigious mountain bike series is set for an exciting finale. Stander’s highest finish in the World Cup Series was third in 2009.Other South AfricansStander was not the only South African in action at Windham, and the results for the Rainbow Nation were excellent.Philip Buys, competing in the same race as Stander, also excelled in the heat and claimed 15th place, ahead of some of the biggest names in the sport.James Reid continued an excellent season in the men’s under-23 cross-country category, placing eighth.Candice Neethling did even better in the women’s under-23 cross-country, finishing third, more than three minutes ahead of fourth place finisher, Barbara Benko of Hungary.Greg Minnaar and Andrew Neethling tied for ninth in the downhill, with the times calculated down to a-thousandth-of-a-second.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Aldridge’s double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves

By on November 30, 2019

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Butler, acquired in offseason trade with Chicago, knew the lead was precarious at best.“Because we were just outscoring them at the time,” Butler said. “Yeah, we got some stops, but we’ve got to rely on defense a lot more.”San Antonio responded defensively, holding Minnesota to two field goals after Butler’s basket.Butler finished with 12 points and Crawford had 10. Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 26 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18.Aldridge had one of his most complete games with the Spurs, two days after signing a three-year, $72 million extension. He shot 9 for 21 from the field and had four assists.He was limited to five attempts in the first quarter as the Spurs did not go out of their way to get the ball to their 6-foot-11 forward, but instead let him ease into the contest.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m just going to play and whatever happens, happens,” Aldridge said. “I’m more comfortable for sure. Playing more confident. Hopefully that translates to us being better out there.”Aldridge’s running dunk on a bounce pass from Manu Ginobili gave the Spurs a 100-92 lead with 1:42 remaining.“They deserved a lot of credit for executing down the stretch against a very talented, well-coached team,” Popovich said.Ginobili finished nine points and four assists, including a 3-pointer within a minute of entering the game midway through the first quarter. Ginobili received a huge ovation similar to the one he got in the team’s final game last season when fans were not sure if he would return.Danny Green added 17 points while shooting 3 for 7 on 3-pointers. Green had two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, both off assists from new teammate Rudy Gay.Gay, who signed with the Spurs after four seasons in Sacramento, had 14 points and five rebounds.Dejounte Murray had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists while starting in place of Parker.TIP-INSWolves: Minnesota’s last victory over San Antonio came April 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves have lost 12 straight to the Spurs and eight straight in San Antonio. … After being one of the league’s youngest teams the past few seasons, Minnesota has only one rookie on its roster this season, 7-foot center Justin Patton. Patton missed the season opener while recovering from surgery on his left foot.Spurs: Popovich said there is no timetable for Leonard’s return from right quadriceps tendinopathy. … Parker plans on returning in mid-November from a left quadriceps tendon surgery. … San Antonio swept all four games against Minnesota last season, winning by an average of 9.0 points.WELCOME BACKGay, who had not played since tearing his Achilles tendon in January, was glad to be back on the court.“Man, it felt good,” Gay said. “I kind of got emotional in the game just because I’ve been through so much these last couple of months. I’ve been getting so many text messages that motivate me to keep going. It just reminds me of what I’ve been through these last couple of months.”Gay’s opening basket was an emphatic dunk with a minute remaining in the first quarter.MURRAY MOVING ALONGMurray, in his second year out of Washington, had two assists and two turnovers while shooting 7 for 8 from the field in 25 minutes.“He’s playing with much better composure, much more control of the game and directing the team,” Spurs center Pau Gasol said. “But he’s also taking advantage of his athleticism and opportunities.”NO EXCUSES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio held on for a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night while playing without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard.“He just didn’t feel comfortable and it’s 98.75 percent on me,” Popovich said of Aldridge’s struggles. “I tried to change him, I tried to make him a different player and I think that really affected his ability to feel comfortable and confident on the court. And we took care of that, basically by me letting him know that we’re going to do it differently.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Antonio needs Aldridge to feel at ease with the team missing Leonard and Tony Parker to injuries. Even without them, the Spurs had enough to hold off the revamped Timberwolves.Minnesota bolstered its young lineup with the addition of veterans Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague. The quartet helped the Wolves rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a 92-91 lead with 5:02 remaining on an 18-foot jumper by Butler. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Greek Freak drops 37 points, leads Bucks past Celtics Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives between LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs and Pau Gasol of the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on October 18, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFPSAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge was unhappy with the Spurs the past two seasons and Gregg Popovich understood why.Their heart-to-heart talk has made basketball life much easier for Aldridge, and his comfort was apparent in the season opener.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau refused to blame a brief preseason schedule for his team’s troubles in the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves played three preseason games while trying to incorporate a roster that is almost half-filled with new players.“There is going to be an excuse every night if that’s the road you go down,” Thibodeau said. “But that’s not what we want to do. We have to look at film, try to learn from it and be better the next time.”UP NEXTWolves: Host Utah on Friday.Spurs: Visit Chicago on Saturday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Conditional discharge for cop who sicced police dog on compliant suspect

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario police officer who pleaded guilty to assault after siccing his K9 unit dog on a compliant suspect was granted conditional discharge on Wednesday, as the judge blamed the incident on an “impulsive error in judgment.”Justice Harvey Brownstone said the officer had taken responsibility for his excessive use of force and had expressed remorse for his actions.“It is abundantly clear that this offence was an isolated incident that arose from an impulsive error in judgment and not by a premeditated act or loss of temper or a personality disorder,” Brownstone said as he delivered the sentence in a Toronto courtroom.Earlier this month, York regional police Const. Michael Partridge admitted his role in the assault on March 30, 2016, that left a man with minor injuries.Partridge was originally charged with assault and assault with a weapon — the weapon being the dog — but he pleaded guilty to one count of assault on the day his trial was scheduled to begin.The Crown had been seeking a conditional three-month sentence with house arrest, while the defence sought a conditional discharge.A surveillance video that captured the incident became a key piece of evidence in the case. The video shows Partridge kicking and punching the suspect while the dog he had released bit and clamped down on the man’s arm.Crown lawyer Peter Scrutton told court the assault lasted for 30 seconds.“It’s just due to luck that this dog bite didn’t cause real injury,” he said.York police had been investigating break-and-enters in the Toronto area and wanted to arrest three men following one alleged break-in at a home in Brampton, Ont.They followed the men to downtown Toronto and were met by city police.Around 3:30 p.m., one of the suspects was arrested after he walked out of a condominium and a subsequent search revealed a baggy with loose ammunition.Partridge was there with his police dog, Lex, to help if needed. Officers spotted two other suspects, who bolted with police following, court heard.One officer ran after one of the suspects who eventually stopped running and lay face down in an alley. Partridge and his dog were well behind in the chase.The suspect, Median Jackson, is seen in surveillance video lying on the ground for about two minutes as an officer stands nearby waiting for someone to arrive with handcuffs, court heard.Partridge did not know the suspect was on the ground obeying the officer’s orders when he yelled out “Police, K9, you’re under arrest, come out,” court heard.Almost immediately, Partridge released the dog before he knew Jackson’s whereabouts. The dog bit down on Jackson’s arm and began thrashing its head back and forth, video evidence showed.“He was too hasty in siccing the dog on the suspect,” the judge said.Court heard Wednesday that it was the first time Partridge had released his dog during his nine months in the K9 unit.“Clearly this incident indicates a need for more thorough and intensive training in the use of police dogs in such circumstances as well as in the procedures that officers should resort to when pursuing and apprehending suspects resisting arrest,” Brownstone said.“It is hoped all police officers can learn from this incident in order to prevent recurrence.”York police did not agree with the judge.“In our respectful opinion, Const. Partridge engaged in a course of conduct that was contrary to the training he received as a member of York Regional Police,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said in a statement.Toronto police opened an investigation into the arrest and eventually laid the charges late last year.Police charged Jackson with one count of break and enter and breach of probation, but both were later dropped due to Partridge’s actions.Partridge still faces three allegations of misconduct under the Police Services Act and remains suspended with pay until the case is heard.The judge ordered Partridge 12 months probation and to participate in training programs. He will not have a criminal record.Outside court, Partridge’s lawyer, William MacKenzie, said his client feels bad about the incident, but wants to return to the force and continue his career.“With the benefit of hindsight, it was unnecessary, but certainly in the circumstances it was, from my perspective, understandable,” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried incorrect attribution for a quote from the chief of York regional police.last_img read more

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The Latest Macrons government may face noconfidence vote

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgPARIS — The Latest on France protests (all times local):1 p.m.French left-wing opposition parties are seeking a no-confidence vote in President Emmanuel Macron’s government amid growing protests and fears of violence.The Socialist Party, far-left Defiant France and the Communist Party are setting aside their divisions and promising to submit the request to the lower house of parliament, or National Assembly, on Monday. The assembly would hold a no-confidence motion within 48 hours of the request.The left-wing parties alone don’t have nearly enough votes to bring down the government, since Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move party has a strong majority in the 577-seat house. But they are trying to attract support from other opposition forces.The move is a new swipe at Macron and his government, dramatically weakened by weeks of “yellow vest” protests.The government is trying to calm tensions but with little success. The transport minister met Thursday with truckers’ unions but they maintained their promise to go on strike Sunday.___9:50 a.m.Paris police and store owners are bracing for new violence at protests Saturday, despite President Emmanuel Macron’s surrender over a fuel tax hike that unleashed weeks of unrest.Police unions and local authorities are holding emergency meetings Thursday to strategize — while disparate groups of protesters are sharing plans on social networks and chat groups.After the worst rioting in Paris in decades last weekend, many shops and restaurants in the centre of the capital are expected to shut down Saturday, fearing a repeat of the violence.Macron on Wednesday agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike, but protesters’ demands have now expanded to other issues.Protesting students are disrupting schools and universities Thursday, and drivers are still blocking roads around France, now demanding broader tax cuts and government aid.4?¸??:?:w??:??The Associated Presslast_img read more

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