Softball tournament raises thousands for Next Step

first_img Blurred lines – September 4, 2019 In fashion – October 9, 2019 Latest Posts Jacqueline WeaverReporter at The Ellsworth AmericanJacqueline’s beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine [email protected] Latest posts by Jacqueline Weaver (see all)center_img Bio Quimby makes plans to revive Ocean Wood Campground – September 6, 2019 HANCOCK — The first annual “Break the Silence” co-ed softball tournament in memory of three victims of domestic violence was a rousing success June 5-6.The organizers — relatives of the late Christina Sargent and her two children — said $4,200 was raised from team fees, concessions and a home run derby.The games were held at Hancock Grammar School and nearby DeMeyer Field. All proceeds benefit The Next Step Domestic Violence Project.“This is a therapeutic thing for me, and I’m a little disappointed that it’s over,” said Philip Sargent of Hancock, Christina’s brother, who was the main driver behind the event along with his mother, Mary Wooster of Hancock.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textChristina, 36, her son, Duwayne Coke, 10, and daughter, Destiny Sargent, 8, were found dead at their home in Garland on Dec. 20.Her live-in boyfriend, Keith Coleman, has been charged with three counts of murder in the killings.Philip Sargent said those who couldn’t attend the two-day tournament followed it on Facebook and in the news.‘They wanted to know who won,” he laughed. “I’m expecting next year to be even bigger.”The winning team was “Yippi Kiyay,” which declined to accept its monetary prize but will be receiving T-shirts.The home run derby was for hitters who paid $20 a ticket to win a $300 Super Z softball bat.Sargent’s girlfriend, Laura Schimpf, kept a grill sizzling all weekend with hamburgers and hot dogs.The group also raised more than $1,000 raffling gift cards from restaurants and other establishments.Sargent said he is already collecting sponsors for next year’s tournament and the New England Patriots have expressed interest in coming on board.There also was face painting for the children.“Everybody said they had a blast,” Sargent said. “We even have two to three teams coming up from Massachusetts next year.”last_img read more

Rohee cautions against being sympathetic to prisoners

first_img… “we are inheritors of that” – RamjattanBy Devina SamarooCautioning that nothing good could be achieved once criminals feel empowered, former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee on Monday expressed concerns that the David Granger-led Administration may be too sympathetic towards prisoners.A scene during the three-day deadly prison riot at the overcrowded Camp Street jailhouseFollowing the three-day deadly rioting at the overcrowded Camp Street Prisons, much focus has been placed on management of the facility and the conditions prisoners are exposed to.Lots of developments have occurred since the unrest, including government ministers negotiating with prisoners and the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to listen to the views of prisoners with the objective of determining what exactly triggered the mayhem; and to make recommendations to prevent a repeat of the situation.Prior to these developments, President David Granger had pardoned 52 prisoners who were convicted of “minor, nonviolent” offences, and he has every intention of continuing this tradition.However, Rohee is worried that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition is being too sympathetic towards the prisoners, which he suspects could be the reason for many of the problems that are ongoing at the penitentiary, including the absenteeism of practically 80 per cent of prison wardens.“Why do you think this large amount of officers reported sick? It’s because it appeared to them, and perception is very important in a prison, that the Administration is more sympathetic to the prisoners…” he presumed.Rohee pointed out that prisoners are not senseless, and will capitalise on any opportunity that works to their advantage.“One has to be careful that you don’t send the wrong signal to prisoners. If you only give the prisoners (the impression) that you are 100 per cent sympathetic to them, and you set up an internal mechanism to negotiate with prisoners… so when civilians introduce themselves into that situation and begin negotiating with prisoners and then we have at the same time the press carrying reports from the CoI that all appear to be sympathetic to the prisoners, and all these things are filtering their way into the prison; and persons are reading them, they get the feeling that, you know, these people are sympathetic to us and we are on the right track,” the politician explained.In this regard Rohee chided the move by government to dispatch two senior cabinet members (Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and State Minister Joseph Harmon) to facilitate discussion with the prisoners as a tradeoff for them to stop rioting.“That visit between those two men were not helpful. If they want to negotiate, they should do so through the directorate of the prisons, speak to the prison officers and get their views or through the visiting communities,” he noted.Rohee conceded that management of the prison system is a complicated task, especially in light of the many challenges that arise.Rohee explained that as Home Affairs Minister, there was a solid human resource structure which would seek to address problems as they arise within the prison service.He said he would meet with the Director of Prison weekly to discuss the number of challenges faced during the management of the system.Additionally, he said there are sitting committees comprised of civilians who would visit the prisons to host statutory meetings and subsequently report to the Home Affairs Ministry their observations and what they felt were required for rectification.He noted too that there were annual meetings with all of the visiting committees to formulate general plans for all prison locations as well as solutions for peculiar problems.Regardless of the firm human resource structure, Rohee pointed out that there was still a shortage of human resources (trained prison officers) – a problem the current administration has since pledged to address.Rohee posited that not long before the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) departed executive office, Cabinet approved the establishment of a recruitment and training board to hire individuals to work within the prison service.“The individuals recruited were interviewed by a board of civilians, that was no longer the hierarchy of the prison,” he stated.Another problem, he explained, was striking an ethnic balance in the prison service.“Up to this day, it remains a challenge. How it is to be address is left to the Guyana Prison Service (GPS). I don’t think it could be done through political interference; the policy was already laid down based on what the Disciplined Services Commission Report said, and this was approved in the National Assembly as well,” he stated.Other challenges were in relation to the special watch prisoners who are the most dangerous criminals along with the overcrowding.One of the measures to address the overcrowding was the effective functioning of a Parole Board which would oversee all applications by prisoners for parole – which only applied to prisoners who completed one third of their sentences.Remission varying from three months to one year was another measure in place to overcome overcrowding.Placement on bail and community services sentencing were also implemented.Generally, Rohee posited that the previous administration was on the right track and he urged the current government to pick up from where itleft off.The prison reform plan outlined sweeping measures to be taken to address the number of issues affecting the efficient management of the prison service.In essence, the Timehri Prison and Lusignan Prison would house first-offenders.Also, the Timehri Prison was earmarked to become an industrial hub where the inmates would be engaged in activities such as masonry; and the Lusignan Prison would have placed much emphasis on educational reform.Both the New Amsterdam Prison and the Mazaruni Prison were identified to become self-sufficient.The New Amsterdam Prison was to be used mainly for poultry production, whereas the Mazaruni Prison would have focused on cash-crops and livestock.Ramjattan respondsPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan stated that Rohee should be the last person to talk about what needs to be done to effect prison reform, given that his administration’s 23 years of governance placed the prison service in the state it is in today.“That same Rohee, had we not gone there, would have said ‘you know, they’re not taking a hands-on approach. And when you do take the hands-on approach, this is how he comes. Look, those fellas are what placed us in this almost disastrous, catastrophic situation. Their absolute recklessness in how they managed the prisons have caused this and we are inheritors of that…” Ramjattan stated.last_img read more

Open house to feature the Condor ClearancePlus sprayer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Evolution Ag in Plain City has announced that it will be holding its annual Open House and Customer Appreciation event on Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017 and those in attendance will be some of the first to see the revolutionary Condor ClearancePlus sprayer from Europe.Evolution Ag Principal, Doug Loudenslager said that Agrifac’s Condor ClearancePlus sprayer can be adjusted to spray crops over 6.5 feet without damage and provides adjustable width to facilitate road travel as well as a stable platform for in-field use. It also boasts some of the latest technology available in the world today.As previously announced the event will also be providing producers the opportunity to be recertified for pesticide application as well as being able to complete the new course required of all producers to be able to apply nutrients.Loudenslager said that current and future customers are invited to the dealership on Feb. 22 to enjoy lunch as well as discounts on parts, filters and fluids as well as specials on products throughout the store. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.  Classes will be run in conjunction with the open house.The dealership is located on US 42 North, 8 miles south of Delaware and 8 miles north of Plain City. Product specialists from Case IH and the other companies that Evolution Ag represents will be in attendance to answer questions and review new product offerings. In addition, new Dodge Ram trucks will be on display along with available test drives.last_img read more

Nguyen ready for jeers as he fights hometown hero Folayang

first_imgJeers will rain down upon Martin Nguyen on Friday night when he challenges Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang for the lightweight title in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fernandez buries the hatchet with Macaraya Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nguyen, who holds an impressive 9-1 record, is fighting in Manila for the second time after scoring a stoppage victory over Li Kai Wen in August of last year.But it will be his first time going up against a Filipino here. Although, he said that he’s no stranger to fighting in a hostile environment.“I’m used to fighting in hostile territory. As I’ve said, I’ve been an underdog my whole career. Coming to another country and fighting the hometown hero is nothing new to me.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Nextcenter_img And Nguyen likes it that way.“I’m very excited to be facing the hometown here. I don’t expect anyone from the crowd to be going for me, but you know what? I’ve been the underdog my whole life and this is my story and this is my history down the road,” the Australian fighter told reporters in a press conference Tuesday.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 shutoutThe 28-year-old Nguyen, the current featherweight titleholder, is looking to become ONE Championship’s first double champion.His shot at history comes just three months after stopping Marat Gafurov, who was previously unbeaten, in a rematch to claim the featherweight belt. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Tina Fey Announced For Concert For America

first_imgCasting has been announced for CONCERT FOR AMERICA starring Jorge Avila, Tina Fey, Mandy Gonzalez, Jeremy Jordan, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Olga Merediz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Keala Settle, Shaina Taub and Patrick Wilson.Additional casting will be announced later this week.This edition of CONCERT FOR AMERICA will take place on Saturday, June 30, at 5pm EDT on the stage of the Great Hall at The Cooper Union at 7 E. 7th Street in New York City. Tickets are available now at concert of songs, comedy, and commentary, CONCERT FOR AMERICA has been hailed by the New York Times as “striking for its emphasis on the importance of faith in the United States and optimism about its future.” Created and hosted by Sirius Xm’s Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who also organized the Broadway For Orlando/What the World Needs Now is Love recording, CONCERT FOR AMERICA debuted on January 20th, 2017, and toured the country, benefitting 5 national organizations fighting for civil, human, and environmental rights. Rudetsky says “James and I have been increasingly horrified at what’s going on with these families struggling at the border. Our friend suggested we put up another CONCERT FOR AMERICA to coincide with the upcoming day of national protests and, even though we had ten days to plan it, we said YES!” James added, “These amazing performers agreed to appear as soon as we texted them! And these wonderful organizations are working right at the frontlines, helping both parents and children during this perilous time at our southern border.” Rudetsky adds, “Come to Concert For America to support these wonderful non-profits, stay for the phenominal entertainment!”Proceeds from CONCERT FOR AMERICA will benefit four non-profit organizations working along our southern border to protect the civil and human rights of families: Al Otro Lado, Texas Civil Rights Project, ACLU Foundation of Texas, and Florence Project.General Admission tickets are $25, with a very limited number of VIP reserved seats at $250, are available on or through their website, those unable to attend CONCERT FOR AMERICA in person, it will be broadcast via Facebook Live and at, beginning at 5pm EDT / 2pm PDT on Saturday, June 30th.CONCERT FOR AMERICA is created and organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, in association with Your Kids, Our Kids, as well as the generous support of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.last_img read more

Genealogy site didnt know it was used to seek serial killer

DNA was just coming into use as a criminal investigative tool in 1986 when the predator variously known as the East Area Rapist and the Golden State Killer apparently ended his decade-long wave of attacks.DeAngelo, a former police officer, probably would have known about the new method, experts said.”He knew police techniques,” said John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Louis Schlesinger. “He was smart.”No one who knew DeAngelo over the decades connected him with the string of at least a dozen murders, 50 rapes and dozens of burglaries that happened throughout California from 1976 to 1986.After he was identified as the suspect, prosecutors rushed to charge him with eight killings. John Lopes, a crime scene investigator for the Sacramento Sheriff’s office picks up bags of evidence taken from the home of murder suspect Joseph DeAngelo to be placed in a sheriff’s vehicle Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custody, Tuesday, on suspicion of committing multiple homicides and rapes in the 1970’s and 1980’s in California. Authorities spent the day going through the home for evidence. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) A genealogy website that investigators used to find the former police officer they believe was one of California’s most terrifying serial killers had no idea its services were being used to pursue a suspect who eluded law enforcement for four decades. Authorities probe the backyard of the home of murder suspect Joseph DeAngelo, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of committing multiple homicides and rapes in the 1970s and 1980s in California. Authorities spent the day going through the home for evidence. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Civil libertarians said the practice raises troubling legal and privacy concerns for the millions of people who submit their DNA to such sites to discover their heritage.There are not strong privacy laws to keep police from trolling ancestry site databases, said Steve Mercer, the chief attorney for the forensic division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.”People who submit DNA for ancestors testing are unwittingly becoming genetic informants on their innocent family,” Mercer said, adding that they “have fewer privacy protections than convicted offenders whose DNA is contained in regulated databanks.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. T. Abbott, left, and John Lopes, right, from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s crime scene investigation office, conference about boxes of evidence gathered from the home of murder suspect Joseph DeAngelo, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custod Tuesday on suspicion of committing multiple homicides and rapes in the 1970s and 1980s in California. Authorities spent the day going through the home for evidence. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Use of DNA in serial killer probe sparks privacy concerns Explore further John Lopes, a crime scene investigator for the Sacramento Sheriff’s office, carries boxes of evidence taken from the home of murder suspect Joseph DeAngelo to a sheriff’s vehicle Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of committing multiple homicides and rapes in the 1970s and 1980s in California. Authorities spent the day going through the home for evidence. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) In addition, police in the central California farming town of Visalia said Thursday that DeAngelo is now a suspect in a 13th killing and about 100 burglaries.In 1975, community college teacher Claude Snelling was shot while trying to stop a masked intruder from kidnapping his 16-year-old daughter from his home.Investigators lacked DNA evidence so Snelling’s death and the burglaries weren’t included in the tally of Golden State Killer crimes but fingerprints and shoe tracks will be reviewed for matches to DeAngelo, Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said.Investigators searched DeAngelo’s home on Thursday, looking for class rings, earrings, dishes and other items that were taken from crime scenes as well as weapons.DeAngelo worked nearly three decades in a Sacramento-area supermarket warehouse as a truck mechanic, retiring last year. As a neighbor, he was known for taking meticulous care of his lawn in suburban Citrus Heights. This undated law enforcement photo provided by the Sacramento County, Calif., Sheriff’s Office shows Joseph James DeAngelo. DeAngelo, a suspected California serial killer who committed at least 12 homicides and 45 rapes throughout the state in the 1970s and ’80s was identified Wednesday, April 25, 2018, as a former police officer, an official said. (Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office via AP) A car is backed out of the garage of a home searched in connection with the arrest of a man on suspicion of murder, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office plans to make a major announcement in the case of a serial killer they say committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California in the 1970’s and 1980s. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) GEDMatch is a free site where users who have DNA profiles from commercial companies such as and 23andMe can upload them to expand their search for relatives.Holes said officials did not need a court order to access GEDMatch’s database of genetic blueprints. Florida-based GEDmatch said it was never approached by authorities or anyone else about the case. The free genealogy website, which pools DNA profiles that people upload and share publicly, says that it has always informed users its database can be used for other purposes.But the site’s co-founder said he has privacy concerns after learning that law enforcement used the site and insists that his company does not “hand out data.””This was done without our knowledge, and it’s been overwhelming,” Curtis Rogers told The Associated Press.Lead investigator Paul Holes told the Mercury News in San Jose, California, that GEDmatch was one of his team’s biggest tools.Holes said officials did not need a court order to access GEDMatch’s large database of genetic blueprints. Major commercial DNA companies say they do not give law enforcement access their genetic data without a court order.Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested Tuesday after investigators matched crime-scene DNA with genetic material stored by a distant relative on an online site. From there, they narrowed it down to the Sacramento-area grandfather using DNA obtained from material he had discarded, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said. He also worked as a police officer in the farming town of Exeter, not far from Visalia, from 1973 to 1976.DeAngelo was a “black sheep” who didn’t joke around with other officers, said Farrel Ward, 75, who served on the force with DeAngelo.Ward said it’s possible that DeAngelo helped with the search for Snelling’s killer and the elusive burglar, but he doesn’t recall DeAngelo directly investigating the killing.”I’ve been thinking, but there’s no indication whatsoever that anything was wrong,” Ward said. “How could you just go out and kill somebody and go back and go to work? I don’t understand that.”Later, DeAngelo joined the Auburn Police Department outside of Sacramento but was fired in 1979 after he was caught shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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