Steve Penny, former USA Gymnastics president, arrested for allegedly tampering with evidence in Larry Nassar case

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailU.S. Marshals Service(GATLINBURG, Tenn.) — Steve Penny, former president of USA Gymnastics, was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case of disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar.Penny was arrested by the U.S. Marshals service in Tennessee on a warrant issued by the state of Texas. He was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of tampering with evidence, a felony, on Sept. 28.He allegedly removed documents from the Karolyi Ranch, the U.S. gymnastics’ training facility in Huntsville, Texas, related to Nassar’s activity at the gym.“The indictment further alleges that the removal of the documents was done for the purpose of impairing the ongoing investigation by destroying or hiding the documents,” the U.S. Marshals said in a press release. He allegedly ordered the documents be sent to him at USA Gymnastics headquarters in Indianapolis. Those documents have never been recovered, authorities said.Penny was taken into custody at a cabin in rural Gatlinburg, Tennessee, by the U.S. Marshals and Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force, according to authorities. He is awaiting extradition to Texas.He faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.The Karolyi Ranch was operated by Bela Karolyi and wife Marta Karolyi, the two people tasked with selecting and developing athletes for the U.S. national team. It served as the national team’s training facility from 2001 until earlier this year. Nassar worked at the facility and several of his accusers said they were abused by him at the facility.Penny resigned as USA Gymnastics president in March 2017 amid allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar. Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of child molestation, but more than 130 women and girls, including Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, have accused him of assaulting them. Many of those accusers testified at a hearing in January when he was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in two other cases — one pertaining to assault and another possession of child pornography — as well.Rhonda Faehn, Penny’s former deputy, testified to the Senate in June that she brought up allegations of misconduct to him and she was told to keep quiet. Penny, who appeared before the same committee, chose to plead the Fifth and not testify.USA Gymnastics has been in near-constant turmoil since the Indianapolis Star broke the story in September 2016 of Nassar’s abuse of gymnasts under his care, both with the U.S. national team, where he was the team doctor, and at Michigan State University, where he was a faculty member. Nassar had been dismissed from his job with the U.S. national team in 2015, but only said it was done due to “athlete concerns.”After Penny’s departure in March 2017, he was replaced by Kerry Perry in November 2017. But Perry’s tenure was marked by consistent criticism over the handling of the Nassar scandal as well. She resigned less than a year after being named as Penny’s replacement.Perry was criticized by stars, like Raisman, over her lack of transparency about how the organization planned to protect athletes going forward. She resigned days after she hired Mary Lee Tracy, in part to replace the Karolyis, as the sport’s top coach. The hiring of Tracy received condemnation from athletes because she supported Nassar in the immediate wake of accusations against him.But the neverending parade of presidents didn’t end with Perry’s ouster.Just this week, former Congresswoman Mary Bono, who was tasked with replacing Perry as interim president of USA Gymnastics, was forced out for a pair of scandals — less than a week since her hiring. A day after her hiring, Biles criticized Bono, a Republican, for a photo posted on Twitter in which she was shown blacking out a Nike logo over the company’s hiring of Colin Kaepernick as spokesperson. She publicly apologized for the photo.A few days later, Raisman joined calls for Bono’s ouster after discovering that Bono worked for the same law firm that worked with USA Gymnastics during the Nassar scandal and crafted excuses for his absences.Bono was not directly involved in the law firm’s representation of USA Gymnastics, but she stepped down nonetheless on Tuesday.Penny is one of at least three people arrested in connection with the handling of the Nassar scandal. Debbie Van Horn, a trainer who worked with Nassar, was arrested last month in Walker County, Texas. She has denied charges, according to her lawyer, who spoke to the Houston Chronicle.William Strampel, the former dean of Michigan State University’s osteopathic medical school and boss of Larry Nassar while he was a sports doctor there, was charged March 27 with neglect of duty and criminal sexual conduct. His case will go to trial at a yet-to-be-scheduled date. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. October 18, 2018 /Sports News – National Steve Penny, former USA Gymnastics president, arrested for allegedly tampering with evidence in Larry Nassar casecenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Keble student dies on college ski trip

first_imgKeble finalist lost his way coming from from nightclub and died of hypothermiaBy Billy KenberA Keble student hasdied of hypothermia while on a college ski trip in France. Jon Hard, a 21-year-old PPE finalist became disorientated while returning from a night out on December 16th in the French ski resort of St Sorlin d’Arves. Leaving a late-night party without a coat he became lost and later collapsed from the cold. He was still alive when he was discovered the following morning but attempted resuscitation failed to save him.Jon’s father, David, told The Times what happened at the end of the ‘Rubik’s Cube’ party. “It came to an end at about 1am. He went back to the chalet and didn’t pick up his coat. He had obviously had a fair bit to drink, but he’s done it before. He didn’t have to be terribly drunk to do that. But he headed back in the wrong direction. “I’ve no idea what he was wearing. Knowing Jon, just a sweatshirt. He collapsed and cold overcame him. It was only when he didn’t turn up for skiing the next morning that he was missed.” Jon’s brother, Tim Hard, warned others of the dangers of cold weather. He said, “Speaking to some Swiss and Swedish friends, it is quite common for a very cold environment to confuse people quickly due to sheer ‘body shock’, with or without alcohol.” At the time of his death Jon Hard was on the Keble College ski trip with around 100 other students. The students had left Britain in coaches on December 14th and the ‘Rubik’s Cube’ party was intended to mark the first night of the week-long trip. After the tragedy a number of students returned home early. The ski trip committee have donated £100 from the trip’s budget to a charity fund-raising website set up in his memory. Keble is to hold a college memorial service of January 15th while many students attended Jon’s funeral at Leamington Spa on January 7th. Friends described the finalist as an “immensely popular and wellliked student at both school and university.” Dan Dimson, a fellow Keble third-year said, “This tragic accident couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy or a closer friend. Jon had many admirable qualities. To name but a few, I will remember fondly his smile, humour, caring nature, sensitivity, thoughtfulness, loyalty, compassion and his ability to listen. Jon will be missed by all, and will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.” Other students were made aware of Hard’s death in an email from the warden, Averil Cameron. Cameron wrote, “I am very sorry indeed to have to tell you of the tragic death of Jonathan Hard (3rd year PPE) while on the college ski trip. “We are all shocked and distressed by this very sad news and our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Jon’s family and friends”, she added. John Maher, Keble JCR President, said, “Jon’s death is a tragedy that has shocked and saddened our college. He was a warm, friendly and well liked presence around Keble and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this hard time.” Jon had rowed for Keble and represented the university in this year’sBritish Universities Karting Cham pionship. He was educated at Warwick School and lived with his parents in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. He had hoped to continue his studies after Oxford in the US. Friends listed his interests as including skiing, go-karting, rugby, kickboxing, fishing and gliding. A Facebook group set up in memory of Jon Hard has attracted more than 500 members. Friends called the student “One of the nicest guys I’ve ever met” while another said, “He was the kind of guy that everyone aspires to be like and was and will always be spoken highly of.” Jon’s parents have asked that anyone planning on buying flowers instead donate to his favourite charity, Mary’s Meals, which feeds children in the developing world. Those wishing to donate can do so by going to www.justgiving.co.uk/jonhard. Mr and Mrs Hard have promised to match all donations, up to a maximum of £6,000.last_img read more

Oxford receives £5.5m AI research funding

first_imgEPSRC is part of UK Research and Innovation, the national funding agency investing in science and research with a budget of more than £6 billion. JADE 2 will be hosted at the Hartree Centre in Cheshire, providing state-of-the-art computing facility for research into Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and molecular dynamics. It will be run as a national facility, with free access to academics through a Resource Allocation Panel. EPSRC Executive Chair Professor Dame Lynn Gladden said: “Computation is becoming an evermore important scientific tool. The University of Oxford has received £5.5 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and will lead a national project for research into artificial intelligence. The project will be led by Professor Wes Armour, Department of Engineering Science. Professor Armour told Cherwell: “JADE 2 will deliver AI advances across a wide range of different sectors, financial services, manufacturing, retail, the public sector, energy and healthcare. The funding will be used to provide supercomputing services which will aid scientific research throughout the UK. Oxford will lead the Joint Academic Data Science Endeavour (known as JADE 2) set up by the investment. JADE 2 will also support the development of computing skills in scientific research and provide career opportunities for research software engineers in the UK. Discussing the importance of funding to Oxford, Professor Armour also said: “JADE will provide the computational competitive edge for Oxford researchers to remain at the forefront of research in AI/ML. “By supporting the new UKRI Artificial Intelligence Centres for Doctoral training, JADE 2 will support the education of the next generation of researchers in AI, Mark Robins who in turn will keep the UK at the forefront of the AI revolution for many years to come.” “The High Performance Computing Services announced today will give research-ers access to the tools they need to make breakthroughs in a wide range of fields that impact on how we live our lives.” Though the project is led by Oxford, 19 universities are supporting JADE 2, including Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London, and Warwick University. “In doing so, Oxford researchers will be able to attract the brightest students, who will in turn become the next world leaders.” last_img read more

Oxford students raise over £40,000 for Movember

first_imgOver 400 students at Oxford University have so far donated over £40,000 to the Movember campaign for men’s health. The total means that Oxford is currently the 5th highest fundraising university for the campaign and 15th overall in the UK for fundraising networks.  Oscar Lemmens, one of two Oxford University Movember ambassadors, is the highest individual donor at the university, having raised over £1200. He told Cherwell: “Movember this year has gone incredibly well so far! Oxford has almost 400 students participating and has raised over £25k in just a week. This is the best start to Movember that Oxford has ever had. It’s been more difficult to spread awareness because all the moustaches are in lockdown. So we’ve had to get much more creative when it comes to fundraising – buzzcuts, armpit waxing, eyebrow shaving, you name it! “Personally, I believe Movember occupies a unique and important space as not only a fundraiser for men’s health but also a vector to raise awareness and provide exposure for testicular cancer, prostate cancer and men’s mental health.” Balliol’s Movember Campaign, Balliol does Movember, have created the instagram account @balliolbeards to coordinate their campaign. Fundraising milestones have been set up to motivate donors and document their mustache growth. At the £2000 milestone, which has now been surpassed, one college member promised to wax his legs. At £2,500, another said he would get frosted tips. Followers of the account have also been invited to vote for their favourite historical bearded figures, pitting Karl Marx against the Monopoly man.  Jacob Marchbank, the other ambassador, stated: “I first got involved with Movember in 2018 when my friends organised a quiz in my college bar and I thought it was a fantastic excuse to slack off work.  After which, I successfully applied to become a Movember representative for the university.  Image credit: Movember Foundation / Wikimedia Commons You can donate to the university’s Movember campaign here. Men’s mental health has be the subject of increasing attention in recent years. Although suicide and injury or poisoning of undetermined intent was the leading cause of death for both men and women in the UK aged between 20 and 34 last year, males had over three times the number of deaths compared to women in that age group, according to the Office for National Statistics. Prince William has championed men’s mental health causes for the past five years through campaigns such as Heads Together, aimed at challenging the stigma surrounding mental health.  “Anyone can get involved, regardless of gender or facial hair growth! We’ve seen people participate in any way they can, whether that’s getting a mullet or drawing on a moustache! At the end of the day, it’s meant to be a fun way of tackling serious issues by fundraising and spreading awareness!” Fourteen colleges have raised over £1000 and six have raised over £2,000. Lincoln College is head and shoulders above their competition having raised nearly £6000, Balliol and Brasenose are a distant second and third with £3,900 and £2,500 respectively. Then follow Wadham College and St Hilda’s with totals around the £2500 mark. The highest ranking non-college organisation is the Oxford University Rugby Football Club (OURFC) who have raised just over £2000. Movember is a charity initiative that takes place annually in November. Its focus is on raising money and awareness for men’s health issues from testicular cancer to suicide. People are encouraged to grow their facial hair, do challenges, or do exercise for the duration of the month in order to raise awareness and donations. last_img read more

IS IT TRUE SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE we are still wondering why our elected officials are being extremely quiet concerning the details of the proposed 2018 city budget?  …all we can say is you better get ready for some major tax increases so the city can balance their 2018 budget?  …it looks like the deficit spending habits of our city officials have finally caught up with them?IS IT TRUE patients who want quick and easy access to healthcare will now have a new option with St. Vincent OnDemand?  …that this virtual care service launches today and will allow patients to schedule an appointment with a board-certified primary care provider without leaving their home or workplace?  …St. Vincent OnDemand is a simple online diagnosis and treatment service for common health conditions including cold/flu, pink eye, rash or sore throats, making healthcare more affordable and accessible to anyone with a web-enabled device?  …all we can say to the Administration at St. Vincent is “Very Impressive”?IS IT TRUE that the University of Evansville has long been a good value inspire of its high priced tuition?…UE has been a stepping stone to elite graduate schools and has challenged students in a way that launched many a successful career?…UE just raised its ranking by 10 spots to be named the #3 value in the Midwest in its class of institutions of higher learning?…this designation is an honor that should fill the people of Evansville with pride?IS IT TRUE that the University of Southern Indiana also known as USI has also, reached an important milestone with an enrollment of 11,033 students for the 2017-18 school year?…USI has grown from a regional branch campus of Indiana State University to a stand-alone college of over 10,000 students during the last 40+ years since it started in temporary facilities?… the City of Evansville is fortunate to have both UE and USI along with IVY Tech?…between these three institutions every person has an affordable opportunity to a good education without leaving the City of Evansville?IS IT TRUE that the wrath of Amazon and other online shopping options continues to play out across the land?…this time the victim is Toys R Us that is preparing to file for bankruptcy?…there is a high price being paid by retail workers for our ability to, shop without getting up off of the couch?…for every one of the 50,000 blue collar workers that Amazon is supposedly hiring there have been two lifetime retail workers put on the unemployment line?…now Amazon is searching for a second corporate headquarters that will hire another 50,000 people at an average wage of $100,000 according to the company, the technology to break what is left of traditional retail shopping will be scheduled and will most likely happen?…it really is easier to buy a book or a pair of socks from the couch, Amazon is not yet proving to be accretive to the economy?…people are simply choosing the convenience of shopping at home over going to a store?…we are not sure that this is a good thing?…this same sort of thing happened when WalMart innovated us out of every small town square full of locally owned retail store in the country?…if you think WalMart did us all a favor then Amazon must be appreciated because they have changed the way we shop in a way that destroys individuality while keeping our out of shape rear ends on the couch?IS IT TRUE that Amazon does not invent new things, develop new products, or even pretend to do anything but dominate our retail shopping habits?…other technology-based companies that have generated massive wealth such as Apple, Microsoft, or Intel invented and manufactured products that never existed before?… Amazon much like eBay has only made it easier transactions to happen?…the casualties now include, Toys R Us, Macy’s, K-Mart, and a dozen other retail outlets that took 30+ years to build?…we are paying a high price to order a pair of drawers from the couch?We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way?Todays READERS POLL question is: Which Evansville City Council member do you feel will take the lead to balance the proposed 2018 City budget?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Tread Lightly: Worn Tires Put Drivers at Risk

first_imgKathy WarfieldAdmin. Assistant,Public/Government AffairsAAA Northeast Dear Editor:ORLANDO, Fla. (Jun. 7, 2018) – Afternoon downpours could spell disaster for millions of road trippers this summer, thanks to an unlikely suspect – tires. New research from AAA reveals that driving on relatively worn tires at highway speeds in wet conditions can increase average stopping distances by a staggering 43 percent, or an additional 87 feet — more than the length of a semi-trailer truck when compared to new tires.With nearly 800,000 crashes occurring on wet roads each year, AAA urges drivers to check tread depth, replace tires proactively, and increase following distances significantly during rainy conditions. “Tires are what keep a car connected to the road,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair.“Even the most advanced safety systems rely on a tire’s basic ability to maintain traction, and AAA’s testing shows that wear has a significant impact on how quickly a vehicle can come to a stop in wet conditions to avoid a crash.”In partnership with the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center, AAA conducted testing to understand performance differences at highway speeds between new all-season tires and those worn to a tread depth of 4/32” on wet pavement. AAA research found that: *Compared to new tires, tires worn to a tread depth of just 4/32” exhibit: *An average *increased stopping distance of 87 feet for a passenger car and 86 feet for a light truck.A 33 percent reduction in handling ability, for a passenger car and 28 percent for the light truck on average.“AAA’s testing demonstrates the impact that tire tread has on safety,” said Megan McKernan, manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center. “If tested side-by-side at 60 mph, vehicles with worn tires would still be traveling at an alarming 40 mph when reaching the same distance it takes for vehicles with new tires to make a complete stop.” While AAA’s research found that tire performance does vary by brand, price is not necessarily an indicator of quality. In fact, worn tire performance deteriorated significantly for all tires tested, including those at a higher price point. AAA advises shoppers to research options carefully before selecting a replacement tire for their vehicle, and never choose one based on price alone.“With newer cars going longer intervals between routine maintenance at automotive service facilities, drivers may not become alerted to the fact their tires are too worn until it’s too late,” warned Nielsen. “Slip an upside-down quarter between your tire grooves and look at Washington’s head – if you can see all of it, it’s time to start shopping for new tires.”Unfortunately, current industry guidelines and state laws and regulations frequently recommend that drivers wait until tread depth reaches 2/32” to replace tires. Not only does this recommendation jeopardize a driver’s safety, it minimizes manufacturer warranty costs and is often paired with environmental concerns. By prioritizing safety, AAA maintains that tires should be replaced once the tread depth reaches 4/32”, when stopping distances have already begun to deteriorate significantly. AAA’s comprehensive evaluation of tire tread laws and regulations across U.S. states found a state requirements range from inadequate to non-existent.In wet conditions, tires can completely lose contact with the road and skid, also known as hydroplaning. The depth of a tire’s tread plays a significant role: the lower the tread depth, the more likely a car will hydroplane. AAA recommends the following precautions for drivers navigating rain soaked roads: *Avoid the use of cruise control in order to respond quickly if the car loses traction with the road. *Reduce speed and avoid hard braking and making sharp turns. *Increase following distance to allow for ample space if a sudden stop occurs. *If the vehicle begins to hydroplane, gently ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction the vehicle should go until traction is regained. Do not brake forcefully as this can cause the vehicle to skid.The full report, fact sheet and other information regarding this study can be found on the AAA NewsRoom. As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 58 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since it’s founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.last_img read more

Speech: Zimbabwe’s future rests on a free and fair election: Speech by Ambassador Catriona Laing

first_imgHonourable Minister, Members of the Executive, Parliament and the Judiciary, colleagues of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen:It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Queen’s Birthday Party celebrations for 2018. This has been a fabulous year for Her Majesty the Queen, with the arrival of a new grandson, Louis, who becomes fifth in line to the throne. And of course the beautiful wedding of Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex to Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex.Rock of stabilityHer Majesty has just turned 92 years old and has served 65 years as The Queen. She remains an inspiration to and the figurehead of our nation. The Queen and her family are a rock of stability in the turbulent seas of economic and political change as Britain prepares for Brexit and a new role globally. Talking of change… of course, the last 12 months in Zimbabwe have not been entirely without incident! We do indeed live in interesting times. But I think they are hopeful times. You can feel it. Zimbabwe has a revitalised politics with new energy, new leaders and new ideas on all sides. There is an opening of political space, and the kind of vibrant public debate that we have not had for many years.No room for complacencyThere is no room for complacency however. Zimbabwe’s future rests on the legitimate victory of a government chosen by the people of Zimbabwe in a free and fair election. So much is riding on this now. It will be the key to unlocking the reengagement of international institutions, to debt restructuring, to infrastructure investment, to re-joining the Commonwealth and to all the support we can give.This election will be observed and scrutinised more intensely than any other in Zimbabwe’s history. I am delighted that European Union, US and Commonwealth observers will be joining SADC and AU and domestic observers to help make these elections as good as they can be.Friend and partnerThe British government wants to work with Zimbabwe as a friend and partner, and as equals on the basis of mutual respect. We want the economy to come back and will do everything we can to help the people of Zimbabwe to realise their full potential. We want Zimbabwe take up its rightful position in the international community, as a model of democracy, human rights and rule of law. We were absolutely delighted that the first steps have been taken to rejoin the Commonwealth. The events of November 2017, were truly momentous and much has changed. Since then, two UK Government Ministers have been to Zimbabwe, along with several high-level official and business delegations. And in London, we have welcomed government ministers including of course you, the Foreign and Trade Minister, as well as Opposition leaders.Delegation of UK investorsJust this week, our largest delegation of investors came and met with both the Government and the Opposition leadership. I think it is fair to say the investors were encouraged by what they saw, but they still want assurances around policy, political risk and the rule of law. As I look back over my time here, I am delighted to see the strengthening of UK/Zimbabwe relations. The foundation is of course the people-to-people links. Let me touch on those briefly. We are delighted to have a vibrant British Council programme, ably led in recent years by Sam Harvey, who sadly leaves this summer. The British Council runs Arts and Culture initiatives for young artists across the country. Their programmes focus on storytelling, insight and connections. They support creative hubs in Mutare, Bulawayo and Harare to showcase Zimbabwean and UK creative talent. This is the sort of talent that will be so important in the future economic and cultural life of Zimbabwe.Improving food securityWe are also proud that British people provide support to the people of Zimbabwe through the Department for International Development, led by Annabel Gerry. A few examples of what that means in practice: We have supported 2.3 million rural Zimbabweans gain access to clean water. We have helped 96, 000 children to have a decent basic education. We have trained over 150,000 farming households, increasing incomes and improving food security for more than 600,000 people. And through the whole British Mission we support Zimbabwe’s civil society organisations so that all Zimbabwean voices are heard, whether they are the voices of women, young people, the vulnerable or those who identify as LGBTI.Mentoring programme for cooksI have particularly appreciated engaging with the women of Zimbabwe – from working with the brave female politicians standing up for a better, more equal future, to participating in a mentoring programme for aspiring, talented young cooks from disadvantaged backgrounds – and they are here with us today. I hope the new Zimbabwe will give a greater voice to the women – to the 52% of the population who need to be heard. Without this, Zimbabwe will never truly shine. Turning now to the theme of this year’s QBP: Zimbabwe is wonderful and special place for nature and wildlife. But to protect these magnificent species we need to focus on the threat of wildlife crime and illegal trade.British embassy wildlife initiativesThe Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has identified clamping down on the illegal wildlife trade as one of his two highest priorities, and he is mobilising a British government initiative to defeat the trade in ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales and other illegally traded items. The British Embassy has supported a number of initiatives over the last year in this area. My team, raised the money, and support to renovate a Landrover used by the Akashinga all-female counter-poaching unit in the Mana Pools area. We funded the construction of a stock dam and fishponds for rural communities surrounding parks areas who need good access to water and alternative protein sources.IWT conferenceOver the next year we aim to do much more. And London will host a major international conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in October this year. Whoever is President in October will be invited to attend that conference. I am delighted to introduce to you today Rumbi Magwiro from the African Lion Environmental Research Trust, Ronnie Chirumuta from Birdlife Zimbabwe and Prisca Daka and Moses Mutemiri from Speak Out for Animals. Prisca and Moses work on spreading knowledge of wildlife law in Zimbabwe. I am sure that you, like me will agree that these four young Zimbabweans demonstrate exactly why the future of this country can be so bright.last_img read more

Painting the big picture on a Navajo reservation

first_imgOnce upon a time, Anne Newland wanted to go to film school.But because life unfolds with its own logic, she instead became a doctor with the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). And shaped by her experience working with Native Americans and the unique system that serves them, she realized the importance of focusing on population health. Today, Newland is working toward a master’s degree at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).A Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy, Newland has served as a physician at the Kayenta Health Center in Arizona for eight years, and as acting clinical director for the past three. A remote outpost with a downtown consisting of a small strip of stores, Kayenta is located about 25 miles south of Monument Valley, in the heart of gorgeously sculpted red-rock country. But the movie-set scenery belies deep public health problems.Teen suicide, domestic violence, depression, isolation, substance abuse—all are pressing issues on the reservation. “We have therapists, psychiatrists, and substance abuse counselors at the health center, but services need to be greatly expanded,” Newland says.In particular, the seriously mentally ill—the patients Newland describes as “train wrecks about to happen”—need better support. With no involuntary commitment laws, tensions have erupted over whether such decisions lie with the tribal authority or the state. There’s also a chronic shortage of inpatient beds. All told, these problems have left mentally ill patients in limbo.last_img read more

Argentine Army Makes Large Drug Seizure

first_imgThe owner of the 260-hectare field, whose name wasn’t made public, doesn’t reside on the property, according to the Army. Argentine Army Soldiers were surprised to find more than 2,000 bales of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags on January 11, shortly after entering a cattle field in the town of Misión Tacaaglé in the Province of Formosa. The Army did not make any immediate arrests. The Military has launched an investigation to determine who owned the marijuana and whether it was trafficked into Argentina, according to Luis Benitez, a federal prosecutor. The Army’s dismantling of the camps occurred three days after it teamed with the Colombian Navy, Air Force and police officers to capture the alleged leader of the FARC’s Fifth Company of the Jacobo Arenas Column. General Luis Fernando Navarro, who leads Task Force Omega, said the FARC, which engages in drug trafficking to finance its terrorist activities, is releasing false information to distract the Army from pursuing the terrorist group in the department. The Colombian National Army on January 14 disputed a claim made by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that the terrorist group killed eight Soldiers during a gun battle during the weekend of January 10-11 in the Department of Meta. Meanwhile, Troops from the Army’s Mobile Brigade No. 26 on January 14 destroyed two FARC camps in the municipality of Montañita, Department of Caquetá, as part of Operation Sword of Honor III. Military officials suspected the FARC’s 15th José Ignacio Mora Front were using the camps. Soldiers disarmed an explosive devise at one of the sites. The Colombian National Army on January 14 disputed a claim made by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that the terrorist group killed eight Soldiers during a gun battle during the weekend of January 10-11 in the Department of Meta. Soldiers were carrying out their normal patrols when they spotted bags filled with marijuana – about 2,600 in all, weighing about 1,500 kilograms. Three loaves were tagged with the letters “EPP,” which stands for the Paraguayan People’s Army, a terrorist group which engages in drug trafficking to finance violent attacks. Meanwhile, Troops from the Army’s Mobile Brigade No. 26 on January 14 destroyed two FARC camps in the municipality of Montañita, Department of Caquetá, as part of Operation Sword of Honor III. Military officials suspected the FARC’s 15th José Ignacio Mora Front were using the camps. Soldiers disarmed an explosive devise at one of the sites. Soldiers were carrying out their normal patrols when they spotted bags filled with marijuana – about 2,600 in all, weighing about 1,500 kilograms. Three loaves were tagged with the letters “EPP,” which stands for the Paraguayan People’s Army, a terrorist group which engages in drug trafficking to finance violent attacks. The Army did not make any immediate arrests. The Military has launched an investigation to determine who owned the marijuana and whether it was trafficked into Argentina, according to Luis Benitez, a federal prosecutor. Argentine Army Soldiers were surprised to find more than 2,000 bales of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags on January 11, shortly after entering a cattle field in the town of Misión Tacaaglé in the Province of Formosa. The Army’s dismantling of the camps occurred three days after it teamed with the Colombian Navy, Air Force and police officers to capture the alleged leader of the FARC’s Fifth Company of the Jacobo Arenas Column. General Luis Fernando Navarro, who leads Task Force Omega, said the FARC, which engages in drug trafficking to finance its terrorist activities, is releasing false information to distract the Army from pursuing the terrorist group in the department. The FARC is lying: Colombian National Army By Dialogo January 15, 2015 The suspect, who has only been identified by his alias of “Oscar,” was caught in possession of “war materials” in the department of Cauca, according to the Ministry of Defense. The FARC is lying: Colombian National Army The tags indicate the EPP may have transported the drugs into neighboring Argentina. Misión Tacaaglé is near the Paraguayan border, and narco-traffickers sometimes use drug trafficking routes in sparsely populated areas. The EPP and other groups transport drugs across the Pilcomayo River into Argentina. The owner of the 260-hectare field, whose name wasn’t made public, doesn’t reside on the property, according to the Army. The tags indicate the EPP may have transported the drugs into neighboring Argentina. Misión Tacaaglé is near the Paraguayan border, and narco-traffickers sometimes use drug trafficking routes in sparsely populated areas. The EPP and other groups transport drugs across the Pilcomayo River into Argentina. The suspect, who has only been identified by his alias of “Oscar,” was caught in possession of “war materials” in the department of Cauca, according to the Ministry of Defense.last_img read more

QLD’s housing market smashes through $1 trillion value barrier

first_img Suburb Property Type Number of sales Median price Growth in 12 mths1. Minyama House 60 $1.31m 45.8% 2. Rochedale Unit 74 $685,000 35.6%3. Mooroobool Unit 41 $278,000 34.3% 4. Tallebudgera Valley House 36 $1.09m 32.1%5. Park Ridge House 52 $620,000 31.1%6. North Ward Unit 101 $320,000 29.3%7. Hamilton House 61 $1.5m 26.7%8. Hollywell House 54 $790,000 26.4% 9. Biloela House 49 $290,000 26.%10. Marsden Unit 44 $343,900 25.7% Inside the house at 46 Royal Tce, Hamilton.Mr McKinnon said it was a good time to get into suburbs like Hamilton, which would benefit from the soon-to-be-completed Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade.“All that blue chip real estate is looking at cranes at the moment, but in 12 months, it will grow again and people will start to enjoy what Hamilton was,” he said. Queensland’s housing market is now worth $1.004 trillion. Image: AAP/Darren England.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said that while $1 trillion sounded like an “extraordinarily high figure”, there were a range of factors to consider.Ms Mercorella said the number of homes in the state had also increased in the past two years — up 4 per cent from 1.2 million in September 2016 to 1.9 million in September 2018.The state’s annual median house price to June 2018 grew 2.1 per cent to a median of $480,000, with 56,740 house sales. And Queensland’s median unit price for the year held steady at $400,000.“Interestingly, the value of the Queensland residential property market represents about 13.2 per cent of value of the Australian residential property market, however, the number of Queensland dwellings represents about 17.7 per cent of the Australian residential dwellings,” Ms Mercorella said.“This demonstrates that Queensland is definitely more affordable than other states, such as NSW and Victoria wherein the contribution of the state dwellings is lower than the contribution of the value of the state residential market.” TOP 10 QLD SUBURBS WITH BIGGEST RISE IN MEDIAN HOME PRICE Brisbane was the only mainland capital city to record home value growth in September, according to CoreLogic. Image: AAP/Darren England.Units in Rochedale in Brisbane’s south have increased in price by an average of 36 per cent in the past year, while the median house price in Hamilton has grown nearly 27 per cent to hit $1.5 million.Outside of the capital, the Sunshine Coast suburb of Minyama has seen a 45.8 per cent rise in its median house price in the past 12 months to $1.31 million.Darren and Vanessa McGee bought a block of land in Hamilton three years ago and built their dream home on it.House prices in the suburb have risen nearly 27 per cent in just the past 12 months.The couple is now selling the property at 46 Royal Terrace “while it’s nice and shiny” to take advantage of the growth in home values.“We like the whole Crosby Road area,” Mr McGee said.“You’ve got the Allan Border Field across the road, coffee shops, Crosby Park … and it’s close for me because do most of our work in the city.” CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoCoreLogic estimates the value of residential real estate in Australia to be $7.58 trillion.Brisbane was the only mainland capital city to see home values grow last month, defying the national housing downturn hitting other states.Home values increased 0.1 per cent while every other major capital city went backwards.Annually Brisbane’s growth has hit 0.8 per cent — the highest of all state capitals — while both Sydney (-6.1 per cent) and Melbourne (-3.1 per cent) dropped into negative territory.Mr Lawless said Brisbane was seeing a rise in buyer interest and home values, but was still significantly more affordable than Sydney and Melbourne. RiskWise Property Research chief executive Doron Peleg.But he said it was important to remember the state had a two-speed housing market, with houses in the state’s southeast performing well but units still carrying some risk.“Overall, due to the improved economy, increase in employment and population, $15 billion construction boom and the Advance Queensland Business Development Fund, Queensland is projected to deliver good long-term capital growth,” he said.“However, proceed with caution when it comes to units and in some areas of Queensland, particularly mining towns.” MORE: Coast tourist hotspot where bargains can be foundcenter_img This house at 46 Royal Tce, Hamilton, is for sale.Mr McGee, a local builder, said he was confident house prices in Brisbane would continue to rise.“As long as interest rates aren’t going up and unemployment stays down, that normally means housing will be strong, and with all the people moving to the area, there’s not enough houses for them all,” he said.“I think it’s a good time to sell and a good time to buy.”Marketing agent Patrick McKinnon of Place – Ascot said he wasn’t surprised the value of the state’s housing market had reached new heights.“I think it’s awesome,” Mr McKinnon said.“We’ve got the population growth and we’re still affordable — that’s the best thing about this housing market.“Even though Sydney and Melbourne are falling, it’s great for us because people want to move up here.” REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.In the past five years, Queensland house prices had increased 19.4 per cent and units around 11.4 per cent. “Our growth rates are modest, but as we pass the $1 trillion mark, it’s clear that good value attracts savvy buyers and this will continue to deliver growth,” she said.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the rise in the value of Queensland housing was a natural result of higher home values, particularly across the southeast corner of the state.Mr Lawless said the addition of new housing stock to the market had also helped. “According to ABS residential construction data, the twelve months to March 2018 saw another 45,200 dwellings complete construction, and overall residential construction activity was worth approximately $13.3 billion across the state over the year,” Mr Lawless said.“Although the overall value of Queensland dwellings has risen over recent years, proportionally, the value of Queensland dwellings now comprise a slightly smaller share of the national dwelling value.” The value of Queensland’s housing market has surpassed $1 trillion for the first time in history. Image: AAP/Darren England.RiskWise Property Research chief executive Doron Peleg said the value of Queensland’s housing market surpassing $1 trillion was a gamechanger for the state.“You cannot ignore a $1 trillion housing market,” Mr Peleg said.“It makes Queensland the third major player, yet it often gets overlooked by policy makers. “This shows it is a big market with a huge impact on the economy.”Mr Peleg said Queensland’s improving economy, housing affordability, a rise in interstate migration and increased optimism in the market were all driving the value of the state’s residential real estate sector. Aerial photograph of Brisbane. Picture supplied by Harcourts.THE value of Queensland’s housing market has smashed through the trillion dollar barrier for the first time in history.The state’s residential property sector is now worth $1.004 trillion — hitting the milestone in September after hovering on or just below that level for months, according to exclusive figures provided to The Sunday-Mail by property research firm CoreLogic.It’s been a rapid rise to the top, with the total value of Queensland’s housing market sitting at $910 billion only two years ago — that’s an increase of 10 per cent or more than $90 billion in just 24 months. RELATED: Brisbane puts Sydney, Melbourne in the shade (Source: CoreLogic, based on suburbs where 30 or more sales were recorded in past year)last_img read more