Samoan George Stowers heading to Ospreys

first_img“George will bring a real physical presence to our back-row, and as we experienced ourselves in the two games against London Irish in the Heineken Cup, he provides a real nuisance value, making life incredibly difficult for the opposition with his high work-rate.“He is also a proven leader with experience of captaincy at international level, and we’ve no doubt that he will prove to be a real asset to the Ospreys over the next two years. As a player who has made a huge impact in England during the last two seasons, we are extremely pleased to have secured his services and we look forward to welcoming him to Ospreylia.” Back-rower Stowers scoring for IrishThe Ospreys are delighted to confirm that Samoan international back-rower George Stowers has signed a two-year contract with the region.A powerful runner at 1.88m tall and weighing 112kg, he is renowned for his ferocity in the tackle and contact area, as well as being a skilful ball handler. Equally effective at number eight or blindside flanker, he will join the Ospreys next season after two years in the Aviva Premiership with London Irish.Having moved to Auckland as a teenager, Apia born Stowers played for Pukekohe RFC before progressing to Counties Manukau in the NPC, and then into the Waikato Chiefs Super 12 squad for the 2000 season. Two years later he moved to Japan to play for the Kobe club, where he stayed for seven years until moving to the Madejski Stadium to play for Irish in 2009. To date, he has made 40 appearances for the Exiles, scoring six tries. Two of his 23 appearances this season came against the Ospreys in the Heineken Cup.Stowers’ international debut came against Ireland at Lansdowne Road in November 2001, but he had to wait seven years for his next cap, which came in a Pacific Nations Cup match against Fiji in June 2008. Since then he has been a regular in the Samoa starting XV, earning 20 caps to date, with three tries to his credit. He has captained his country on seven occasions, including the narrow 17-13 loss to Wales at the Millennium Stadium in 2009.Speaking after signing for the Ospreys, Stowers commented:“I’m excited about signing for the Ospreys and what looks like an exciting challenge ahead. I’ve spoken at length to the coaches about their vision for the team, had a good look around the first class facilities there, and I’m really looking forward to being able to play a part in what they are trying to achieve. TAGS: London IrishOspreys LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img “I’ve played against the Ospreys twice this season so I know a bit about the squad there, and from what I’ve seen of them over the last few months in the LV= Cup and the Magners League, there’s strength in depth with some really good youngsters coming through that I can help develop.“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to be part of a forward thinking and ambitious set-up, and it’s an exciting move for me, personally and professionally, that will allow me to experience rugby in new environments.”Elite Performance Director, Andrew Hore, said: READING, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: George Stowers of London Irish celebrates as he scores a try during the Aviva Premiership match between London Irish and Sale Sharks at the Madejski Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Reading, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) last_img read more

Forthcoming consultations on public collections

first_imgForthcoming consultations on public collections Howard Lake | 6 October 2003 | News Tagged with: Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Future events will be held in London at NCVO on 28 October (contact [email protected])Derby at The Spot Conference Centre on 4 November (contact [email protected])Llandudno at North Wales Theatre and Conference Centre on 10 November Cardiff at The Techno Centre on 11 November. The contact for the two Wales events is [email protected]  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis There are still some more opportunities to influence the Home Office on the issue of public charitable collections.The Home Office is holding a number of consultations around the country to obtain feedback on their recent consultation document on public collections. They are hoping to receive input from charities who undertake fundraising activities, professional fundraising organisations and umbrella bodies, local licensing and trading standards officers, town centre managers and the police. There is no charge for any of the events.Events have already been held in Cambridge, Newcastle and Taunton. The next event will be held today in Manchester at the City of Manchester Stadium from 2-4.30pm. Telephone 0161 9524380 for details. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

NAFTA Talks Far from Over

first_img Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC that the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations are “far from being completed.” While noting that progress was made on easier provisions, he says “very little has been done on the hard issues,” including automotive trade and agriculture. Ross says President Trump could still choose to withdrawal from the agreement, saying a final renegotiated deal “will either be 100 percent or zero percent” acceptable. However, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp Wednesday said: “I don’t think the president is going to be cancelling it,” saying it would be “obviously bad,” if he did. The next series of talks are to begin February 26th in Mexico City. Meanwhile, there’s speculation that the bid to salvage the free-trade pact will continue beyond an end of March deadline, which was set to avoid Mexico’s presidential race.Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is urging Congress to “step up” and tell President Trump that there is widespread support for the NAFTA modernization effort, but not an exit from the trade deal. The Democrat says Trump “cannot unilaterally repeal” trade laws regarding NAFTA, “even if he can issue unilateral statements” regarding NAFTA participation, according to Politico. The comments came during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing earlier this week. Udall says the withdraw threat is “a tactic doomed to fail,” and adds that, if carried through, “our economy and border will suffer great damage.” The President also received a letter from high ranking Senate Republicans before his State of the Union Address earlier this week, highlighting the economic benefits of the deal, particularly for the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The group, led by Colorado Republican Cory Gardner, says modernizing the deal would be “the next step to advance the economy.” Senate Agriculture Chair Pat Roberts also signed the letter, along with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and others.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News NAFTA Talks Far from Over Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Jan 31, 2018 NAFTA Talks Far from Over Facebook Twitter Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for February 1, 2018Next articleEPA, Army Corps, Sign WOTUS Delay NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Horned Frogs suffer ‘disappointing’ home loss to Kansas

first_imgTwitter Twitter Facebook TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks TCU guard Alex Robinson drives to the hoop against Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. + posts Previous article‘Angry’ Horned Frogs look for first winning streak against KansasNext articleBlacklock earns All-American accolades Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podell Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Linkedin Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Facebook ReddIt ReddIt Linkedin printThe Horned Frogs overcame Kansas’ hot start Saturday, making nine of their first ten shots, four coming from behind the three-point line, only to come up short for the second time at Schollmaier Arena in Big 12 play this season, 88-84.TCU was going for its first 2-1 start in the Big 12 after beginning conference play with a one-point home loss to then-No. 12 Oklahoma and a three-point overtime road win against Baylor.Instead, the loss left TCU 1-2 in conference and 0-10 against AP Top 25 teams in their building since it opened Dec. 20, 2015.“That’s two, second disappointing loss, but we got what we deserved,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “Give them credit, they withstood our comeback after the slow start. We put ourselves in position to win the game, but we’re just not getting it done down the stretch.”Kansas senior guard Devonte’ Graham, Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, scored 28 points, and guard Svi Mykhailuk chipped in 20 as No. 10 Kansas got revenge from its last matchup with TCU, an 85-82 loss in the Big 12 tournament.Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham drives by TCU guard Desmond Bane. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoTCU grabbed their first lead since the first two minutes of the night, 71-70, with 5:43 left to play following a Vladimir Brodziansky hook shot. The senior forward finished with a team-high 20 points.After  Mykhailiuk hit a three-pointer to put Kansas up two, 75-73, with 4:38 to play, Kansas attempted 12 free throws to close out the game, making 11.“Our defense is not where we need it to be, we continue to bail people out and get them to the free throw line and we’ve done it in these two home conference games,” Dixon said. “We have to learn from it.”However, the Horned Frogs had their opportunities. With Kansas on top by a bucket, 79-77, with about two minutes left, Desmond Bane and Alex Robinson both missed 3-pointers, and Jaylen Fisher’s three-pointer with 32 seconds left was blocked by Mitch Lightfoot with TCU down three, 83-80. The Horned Frogs finished 9-for-29 on 3-pointers.TCU also found success at the line missing just one of its 22 attempts, but in Dixon’s mind, they didn’t get to the line enough.“In close games, you have to get more free throws from your opponent,” Dixon said. Even though the Horned Frogs were called for five more fouls than the Jayhawks, 25-20, Dixon said that disadvantage wasn’t on the officials.“We have to adjust and learn from it, I’m sure they’re not picking on us,” Dixon said. “It’s on us. If teams are getting more free throws than us, it’s on us. It’s on me.”An area that kept TCU in the game was its dominance on the glass out-rebounding Kansas by 14, 42-28, including 19 offensive rebounds.“It’s hard to believe and hard to fathom losing when you out-rebound a team by 14, but we did it,” Dixon said. “We have to finish better around the rim when we get those 19 offensive rebounds, but we didn’t get it done and there’s no one else to blame but ourselves.”TCU forward Ahead Hamdy shoots a floater over Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoTCU dropped to 2-15 against the 13-time defending conference champions with the two wins against Kansas coming in 2013 in Fort Worth and last year in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.Despite that history, Kansas took the Horned Frogs seriously.“Not because of last year, just because of this year and their record this year and what they’ve done,” Devonte’ Graham said. “They’re the 16th-ranked team in the nation. We don’t have time to be taking no teams seriously.”Up NextNow the Horned Frogs will look to bounce back with a road win or two next week with games in Austin and Norman against Texas and Oklahoma. TCU bounced back after its first home loss to the Sooners with an overtime road victory over Baylor.“It’s a tough league, and anything can happen in this league, we go on the road twice next week looking for two W’s,” TCU guard Desmond Bane said.TCU will face the Longhorns in Austin Jan. 10 with tipoff set for 8:15 p.m. Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Tamilnet editor’s murder still unpunished after one year

first_img RSF_en April 28, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tamilnet editor’s murder still unpunished after one year Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Sri Lanka Free Media Movement (FMM) all voiced outrage today about the lack of progress in the investigation into the murder a year ago of Tamil journalist Dharmeratnam “Taraki” Sivaram, the editor of the Tamilnet news website and columnist for the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror newspaper.The arrest of a suspect in June 2005 raised hopes that the case would soon be solved, but the investigators have done virtually nothing since his arrest.”The current serious crisis in Sri Lanka – the result of unacceptable terrorism – in no way justifies the impunity prevailing in the murders of journalists and human rights activists,” the three press freedom organisations said.”We call on President Mahinda Rajapakse to step up efforts in the investigation into Sivaram’s murder as the state’s credibility in preventing the murders of journalists, especially Tamil journalists, is at stake” they added.Four men kidnapped Sivaram on April 28, 2005, as he and several friends emerged from a bar a few metres from the Bambalapitya police station. His body was found the next day in the district of Himbulala, near the parliament. He had been beaten and shot in the head.Arumugam Sri Skandarajan, a former member of a Tamil armed group, was arrested as a suspect on June 13, 2005, near Colombo. He was found in possession of the SIM card from Sivaram’s mobile phone. The police also said they had found a vehicle that may have been used in his abduction. But the witnesses of the abduction later said the detained suspect was not one of the kidnappers and that the car was not the one they had used.After his arrest, the police virtually abandoned the investigation. Sivaram’s relatives and friends say the instigators and perpetrators could be linked to Tamil paramilitary groups, as Sivaram supported the Tamil nationalists and was outspoken in his criticism of abuses by the security forces and paramilitaries.During the past year, Tamil language journalists and media workers have been killed, received death threats, physical and psychological threats, been arrested and detained. Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) journalist, Relangi Selvarajah and her husband were shot dead on August 12, 2005, in Bambalapitiya, Colombo.Subramaniyam Sugirdharajan, popularly known as SSR, a part-time provincial journalist working for the Tamil language daily, Sudaroli, was shot dead in the eastern port city of Trincomalee on January 24, 2006.D. Selvarathnam, a security guard at the printing press for Tamil language newspaper, Sudaroli, was killed in a grenade attack against the newspaper on August 29, 2005.K. Navarathnam, newspaper deliveryman of Yal Thinakkural, was killed by unknown assailants in Jaffna on December 22, 2005.These killings have contributed to a growing fear amongst the Tamil media community.The IFJ, RSF and FMM are calling for the Sri Lankan Government to ensure those responsible for these murders are brought to justice and to ensure the safety of all journalists working in Sri Lanka.”As long as journalists are forced to work in fear there can be no press freedom,” said the three organisations.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Dharmeratnam Sivaram, one of Sri Lanka’s most famous Tamil journalists, was found dead on 29 April 2005, a day after he was kidnapped. His murderers have never been identified. Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists and the Free Media Movement urge the authorities to do everything necessary to ensure that this crime does not remain unpunished. News to go further Sri LankaAsia – Pacific July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Sri Lanka January 13, 2021 Find out more News July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Candle lit vigil for missing Chloe

first_imgFacebook Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A CANDLE lit vigil for missing Chloe Kinsella will shed just a little light at the end of a very dark tunnel for her devastated family who wait in hope for her safe return.Hundreds have joined the search for the 15-year-old popular secondary school student who has been missing from her home since last Saturday.Chloe Kinsella was last seen on Saturday September 28 last when she arrived home to Kenyon Avenue, Kileely, Limerick at 8pm and went to her bedroom.Some 20 minutes later, it’s understood she left through an upstairs windowThe former champion hip hop dancer known for her fashion and style disappeared with a trace leaving her phone, belongings and a devastated family behind.Family, friends and the wider neighborhood and community have pleaded for her safe return or for her to make contact with someone.Gardai have said that there is no evidence to support reports that Chloe was abducted.A dedicated Facebook page titled “Help Find Chloe Kinsella” has attracted over 40,000 hits with thousands seeing its online posts since it was set up in the wake of her disappearance. Every hour, hundreds of comments lending support and hope pour in.Anyone with information is aksed to contact Mayorstone Garda Station on(061) 456980 or the Garda confidential line 1800 666 111. Previous articleUlster Bank League Weekend Previews 5/10/13Next articleLong queues as motor tax laws change admin Email Twitter NewsBreaking newsCandle lit vigil for missing ChloeBy admin – October 3, 2013 673 center_img Print Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApplast_img read more

Driver arrested following Garda chase in Gortahork

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Previous articlePNA to attend WRC talks on MondayNext article€20,000 sanctioned for pedestrian crossing at Aura Leisure Centre News Highland Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Driver arrested following Garda chase in Gortahork WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Twitter Twitter Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA A driver has been charged with various counts of dangerous driving following a Garda chase in the Gortahork area.On Thursday night Gardai detected the driver of a grey coloured Saab driving at 160 km/hr they say the motorist failed to stop and engaged in numerous instances of dangerous driving through townlands in the Gortahork area.Following assistance provided by other patrols the driver was apprehend and taken to Milford Garda Station.He has been charged with various offences of dangerous driving and having no insurance.The vehicle was seized along with a quantity of cannabis and cannabis joints. By News Highland – February 16, 2019 last_img read more

Adams Glass Christmas Open House turns ‘folksy’

first_img Adams Glass Christmas Open House turns ‘folksy’ Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf 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 HealthBest 13 Fortnite Skins That You NeedTCGThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel For the Adams family, it was something old, something new and something tried and something true.Charles Adams and his family have been celebrating the coming of Christmas with open house at the Adams Glass Studio on the weekend after Thanksgiving for about 43 years.This year, Adams said he decided to try something different. Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Skip 123PrevNextStartStop Email the author Published 9:18 pm Monday, December 2, 2019 “Every now and then, you just need to put old ways to the side and try something different,” Adams said, as he settled against the counter and turn up a short “co-cola.”“This year, we had an all-day event,” Adams said. “On Friday morning, Santa Claus was here to visit with the children. On Friday night, we had a customer appreciation wine party for all those who have supported us over all these years. It was a good day and a good time.”Adams said he and his family have made many friendships over the years and their door is always open.center_img You Might Like County now owns Dunbar property The Dunbar Drive property is officially in the county’s hands now that all families living in the housing units have… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories There is always something old and something new.Adams Glass Studio is known for its nativity scenes, angels and ornaments and the traditional glasses pieces are the hallmarks of their Christmas creations. However, there is something folksy and whimsical about 2019 and the father and son duo is trying something new.     “We have whimsical glass Christmas trees and folk art nativity scenes,” Adams said. “There’s a folk-art craze going on so we have folk art pieces. And, we have John Deere tractors.”Adams said tractors, especially the John Deere tractors, are jumping ahead of the red pickup trucks in popularity as Christmas décor.“For the last several years, red pickup trucks with Christmas tree in the bed have been the popular thing. They are on everything from T-shirts, Christmas cards, you name it,” Adams said. “We are a farming community so we have tractors for Christmas. Around here, John Deere is very popular but we have red tractors and blue tractors, too. It’s good to try something new and we’re having fun doing it. And, just think about it, Jack Deloney has been doing tractors for years, so why not?” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “But, there’s just something special about getting together around the holidays,” he said. “Sam would have liked all of this.”Sam Adams was the family patriarch. He opened Adams Nut Shop in 1953 and it has been a mainstay on U.S. Highway 231 south of Troy since that time.“Daddy sold sliced watermelons in the summer and peanuts, pecans and cockleburs in the fall,” Adams said, laughing. “He sold unique items — porcupine eggs, square gourds and bags of red dirt. He would be interested in what we’re selling now. He would get a kick out of red pickup trucks and John Deere tractors.”Adams Glass Studio is a shopping place for locals as well as travelers. And the glass art that Adams and his son, David, create also changes with the times. By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

Crime victim calls it a ‘slap in our faces’ as violent offenders are released from Rikers over COVID-19 concerns

first_imgDougSchneiderPhoto(NEW YORK) — When a Bronx, New York, man was sentenced to 364 days on Rikers Island for causing the death of a father of two with a single punch, the victim’s younger sister, LaTor Scott, thought that was the last her family would have to deal with her brother’s killer.Now, the man who threw the punch that killed her brother has been released without completing his sentence, as jail officials releases offenders — some of them convicted of violent crimes — in an effort to fight the novel coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, that was first detected inside the facility on March 18.The virus entered the walls of Rikers Island, one of the world’s largest correctional facilities, infecting inmates, correction officers and staffers by the dozen. Officials with the Department of Corrections (DOC), the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), and the city’s prosecutors’ offices worked together to release as many detainees as possible in order to prevent the spread.The five district attorneys and the special narcotics prosecutor agreed to release individuals because of their age, health conditions, the nature of their charged crime or the length of their remaining sentence.However, in a March 30 joint letter sent to New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and DOC’s Commissioner Cynthia Braunn on behalf of the city’s prosecutors, they voiced their concerns over what they said was the haphazard selection process and release of inmates over their objections.“As the crisis rapidly evolved, however, city public health experts scanned the entire jailed population, no matter the reason for incarceration, prioritizing those who meet public health criteria for heightened medical vulnerabilities,” wrote Elizabeth Glazer, the director of MOCJ, in response to the prosecutors.Glazer responded on behalf of DOC as the supervisor of criminal justice policies across the city. MOCJ also “develops and implements strategies across city agencies and partners to enhance public safety, reduce unnecessary incarceration, and increase fairness,” according to the city’s website.“At the same time, we want to make clear that the categories of those proposed for release have, in some instances, included individuals who pose a high risk to public safety,” the prosecutors wrote.One of those inmates was Jimmy Rosario, convicted after a jury trial for the third-degree assault of Troy Scott, the brother of LaTor Scott, on June 22, 2019. Troy Scott, 40 of Alabama, was in town for one of his sisters’ baby shower when he got into an altercation with 36-year-old Rosario.Rosario punched Scott in the face outside of a chicken restaurant on Prospect Avenue in Morrisiana, Bronx.Troy Scott fell backward on the pavement, hit his head and died at a nearby hospital, prosecutors said. Rosario was arrested a week later and charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault.After a jury convicted Rosario, the judge sentenced him on Oct. 28, 2019 to a maximum of 364 days on Rikers Island.“I just want to say that I’m sorry… I did not mean for this to happen, all right?” said Rosario during his sentencing, to the New York Daily News reported.Rosario was credited with the time he already served on Rikers Island while awaiting trial, meaning he was expected to serve another six months to complete the judge’s sentence.Yet, on Mar. 26, Rosario was released by jail officials in an effort to decrease the population as the coronavirus continued to spread. Attempts to reach Rosario for comment were not successful.Troy Scott’s younger sister, LaTor Scott found out on the news that inmates were getting released due to the coronavirus pandemic.“Nobody contacted us … the prosecutor on my brother’s case didn’t even know he (Rosario) was getting out,” said LaTor Scott, 38.LaTor Scott said she reached out to other crime victim families, whom she befriended after her brother’s death, and were upset because the inmate on their cases were also released without their knowledge.“I logged on to the inmate website, plugged his name in and saw that he was released — so that’s how we found out,” said LaTor Scott.“I think is kind of crazy that they are doing this without notifying families,” said LaTor Scott, a retired Army veteran. “The guy who did this to my brother, he lives a few blocks away so we are bound to possibly run into him. We live in the same neighborhood. My mother was nervous.”LaTor Scott said her real concern was that Rosario still had three more months of his sentence left and he was released without getting put on probation until his official release date.“It was like you’re free to go… to let him get out even extra early, that’s just a double slap in our faces,” said LaTor Scott, who says she has to figure out how to tell her brother’s son and daughter that their father’s killer is free. “It goes to show you that the justice system is flawed, it’s real flawed.”Another offender released early is John Bartee.Bartee, 45, was arrested for beating the mother of his child on three separate occasions in 2018. One of those attacks in July 2018 resulted in the retina of the woman’s right eye being detached, according to the criminal complaint. He was convicted after a jury trial and sentenced on Nov. 14, 2019 to a year on Rikers Island for misdemeanor third-degree assault and second-degree harassment charges.Bartee was released Mar. 26.The Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark objected to inmates like Bartee and Rosario being released before they served their full sentences.“My duty is to protect the public, and the victims and survivors who remain vulnerable knowing that many of the individuals who were incarcerated are returning to the community,” Clark said in a statement issued on March 30.“The authority to release city sentenced people rests with the DOC commissioner,” said Colby Hamilton, a spokesman for MOCJ.ABC News attempted to reach Bartee for comment, but has yet to receive a response. Bartee’s trial attorney told ABC News on Tuesday that his former client is in the process of appealing the conviction.“We are concerned that the evaluation of eligibility for release appears to give little consideration to the housing, supervision and support-service needs of the individuals who are being returned to their communities: needs that, if not addressed, will only compound the possible health, safety and other risks, both to the communities and to the individuals at issue,” according to the prosecutors’ letter.As over 1000 people were released from Rikers Island, neither MOCJ nor DOC publicized a plan for them upon release until after the prosecutors spoke out.Those still serving city sentences — up to a year — will serve the rest of their bid at home and are monitored daily with phone check-ins by the DOC’s Supervised Release program. “Because they are still under the custody of the Department of Corrections even while finishing their sentence at home, they can be required to return to custody at any time,” Glazer wrote.Before release, inmates are seen by a doctor and if they show “serious” symptoms of COVID-19 they are transferred to the hospital.As of Friday, the population of Rikers Island shrunk to a little over 4,200 inmates and 239 inmates have contracted the coronavirus since March 18. 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Exquisite Sheldonian ceiling back in place

first_imgThe Sheldonian Theatre ceiling has been repaired following four years of restoration work.The 32 ceiling panels of the theatre had been temporarily removed in 2004 to allow essential repairs to the historic building. It was then discovered that the panels were also in need of work.Restoration work on the ceiling was completed in summer 2008, and the project to put the panels back in place commenced at the beginning of this year.Created by King Charles II’s court painter Robert Streater, the ceiling depicts a personification of Truth descending upon the Arts and Sciences to expel ignorance, rapine and envy from the University.The University’s chairman of curators, Jeffrey Hackney, admitted to having “always hated this ceiling – so much so that when they took it down and we had sackcloth instead, I thought it greatly preferable”.After the restoration of the ceiling, however, Hackney has come to regard it in a new light. He said, “I have recanted. Now I see it in its true colours, I have changed my mind completely”.“I think there will be much drawing of breath”, he said, “when people see the restored ceiling for the first time”.The ceiling had to be repainted many times before its most recent restoration.According to conservation workers, It suffered from centuries of leaks, as well as the rubbish left by generations of builders. Amongst the rubble, however, there were some unexpected discoveries.Workmen found two time capsules, one containing an old pair of trousers and a note from their owner.“Hope you enjoy yourself when you have found this valuable treasure,” read the message, “I expect I will have fed the worms by then.”last_img read more