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Campaigning in a pandemic: Candidates allowed to print face, name on masks, hand sanitizers

first_imgHe said the suggestion about using PPE as campaign props came from the Home Ministry and had been approved by members of House of Representatives Commission II overseeing home affairs on Monday.According to Arief, during Monday’s meeting, members of Commission II had also asked the KPU to increase the number of participants allowed to attend physical mass campaigns to 100 from 50.The Home Ministry’s acting director general for regional administration development, Safrizal, expressed the hope that the decision to use PPE as campaign props would help curb the spread of COVID-19 during the elections.”If all candidates use masks as campaign props and each voter receives two masks, it means around 210 masks will be distributed to the public,” Safrizal said. Read also: Majority of public wants regional elections delayed: Surveys”It would contribute greatly to decreasing the COVID-19 transmissions risks,” he added.Arief said members of the House had advised the KPU to make the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic the main theme of the election campaigns.”We expect candidates to integrate strategies to fight COVID-19 in their visions and missions,” he said.Critics have urged policymakers to push back the elections to 2021 over fears the COVID-19 outbreak could continue late into the year – and even beyond it – and put voters and election organizers at risk of contracting the disease.They also expressed concern about low voter turnout should the outbreak in the country show no signs of abating, thus discouraging people from showing up at polling stations.However, the KPU insisted that health protocols and their strict implementation would be sufficient to protect voters and KPU officers from infection during the elections, which will be held simultaneously in the country’s 270 regions, with polling day scheduled for Dec. 9. (nal)Topics : The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced that it will allow candidates to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer as campaign props during the 2020 simultaneous regional elections in December.KPU chairman Arief Budiman said that candidates would be allowed to print their faces and names on hand sanitizer bottles, masks and face shields.”Candidates usually use T-shirts or hats [as campaign props], but [this year] we’ll also allow the use of hand sanitizers and masks,” Arief said on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Reminds Consumers of Availability of Federal Funding for the Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

first_img November 07, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Press Release,  PSA,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that there is federal funding available for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Crisis and regular LIHEAP applications began November 1, 2017 and end April 6, 2018.“Making sure all Pennsylvanians are safe and healthy is my top priority,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “It is essential that we ensure that every Pennsylvanian has a warm home and I encourage anyone who needs this assistance to apply for the program that provides hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania’s families with a warm place to live throughout the winter.”LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. The program is available to both renters and homeowners. The support comes in the form of a grant, so the individual does not have to repay assistance, and funds go directly to their utility company or home heating fuel provider.During the 2016-17 LIHEAP season, 348,672 households statewide received $116,494,464 million in LIHEAP cash benefits. These households received an average benefit of $334.“LIHEAP is a federal program that was at risk for cuts earlier this year,” Governor Wolf said. “A cold home in the winter can have devastating consequences for infants, elderly and those with compromised immune systems. This is vital funding that cannot be reduced or eliminated, and I will fight to ensure that doesn’t happen.”For more information on the LIHEAP program, or to download an application, visit DHS’s LIHEAP webpage.Having a warm home is one way to stay healthy and safe over the winter. The Pennsylvania Department of Health also offers helpful tips to be prepared for winter weather.Some of the tips included are:Infants and older Pennsylvanians are at greater risk of serious cold-related health issues and should be checked frequently to ensure they are warm enough during cold weather.Provide warm clothing for infants, and ensure that those less than one year old never sleep in a cold room because they lose body heat more easily than adults and are unable to make enough body heat by shivering.Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are over 65 years of age, check the temperature in your home often during extremely cold weather.When power outages occur during winter storms, the use of other sources of fuel or electricity for heating, cooling or cooking can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home, garage or camper and poison the people and animals inside.CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those made by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. Governor Wolf Reminds Consumers of Availability of Federal Funding for the Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) How to recognize CO poisoning:Exposure to CO can cause loss of consciousness and death; the most common symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting; chest pain; and confusion.People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms.last_img read more

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Hoeing Set To Pitch At Wrigley Field Saturday

first_imgBryan HoeingBATESVILLE – Batesville High School student Bryan Hoeing is making a name for himself on the basketball court and baseball field. The senior is capping off his summer with an opportunity to showcase his talents at an iconic ballpark in Chicago.Hoeing is one of only 36 high school baseball players named to the 2014 Under Armor All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field Saturday at 7:05 p.m. EST.“Under Armor All-Americans are [chosen] not only for success on the field but off the field as well,” Hoeing said. “You have to be active in the community and do well in school. I am honored to play in this game it is really exciting.”The participating players are selected by baseball scouts and compete against each other in an American vs. National team match-up.Hoeing will play on the American squad managed by Bill Ripken, brother of Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. The National team is coached by former Cincinnati Red Sean Casey.Notable players participating include the class of 2015 top rated prospect Dazmon Cameron, of Georgia, and Kody Clemens, son of former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens.“It’s the top 36 players in the nation, so I will be pitching against the top hitters in the nation. I am looking forward to it and the challenge,” Hoeing said.The Bulldog star’s pitching repertoire features a curveball, changeup and a fastball topping out at 94 mph.Watching other players have success on the mound isn’t anything new to Hoeing. His cousin, Alex Meyer, is currently a pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization.Tickets to the All-America Game are free and can be retrieved by contacting the family through Batesville High School. The game will air nationally on MLB Network on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. EST.Hoeing is a University of Louisville commit.last_img read more

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Hoosier Hills announces flushing schedule

first_imgBrookville, In. — Hoosier Hills Water will begin flushing its distribution system in October.First two weeks of October we will be flushing Franklin County and Ripley County (north of Milan). Second two weeks of October we will be flushing Dearborn County and Ripley County (south of Milan).Low pressure may be experienced along with periods of discolored water.  Try to avoid doing laundry if you notice these conditions.last_img

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Klitschko: Joshua will floor Andy Ruiz Jr

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Wladimir Klitschko has declared that he hopes his conqueror Anthony Joshua will emerge victorious in the rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.The former long-reigning heavyweight champion was beaten five times in his career – the final loss being a thrilling knockout defeat to AJ in 2017.Now though, Joshua has suffered his first stoppage and is looking to bounce straight back with an immediate second fight against the Mexican-American on December 7.Klitschko told SecondsOut: “I definitely look forward to the rematch with Andy Ruiz, the champion, and Anthony Joshua.“I really do look forward to it in December.“We know that Anthony has lost, as anyone can lose, now we are gonna watch how he’s gonna manage this challenge to become champion again.”When pushed for a prediction, the Ukrainian added: “I could think anything, but the reality is that everyone can lose a fight, but not everyone can recover.“It’s the next challenge and I really wish to Anthony that he’s gonna make it.“No disrespect to Andy Ruiz and I think he’s done an amazing job, but I’ve always been a fan since we’ve fought and met.“To both fighters I wish good luck, let the strongest win and I just really hope that Anthony’s gonna make it.” Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony JoshuaWladimir Klitschkolast_img read more

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Bony urges Toure to stick with City

first_img Press Association Twelve months ago, Toure was at the centre of one of the most farcical transfer tales in history. The City midfielder agitated for a move away from the Etihad Stadium after becoming annoyed at the club for apparently failing to mark his 31st birthday sufficiently. On the day Yaya Toure turned 32, he was urged to stay at Manchester City by team-mate Wilfried Bony. The player’s adviser Dimitri Seluk complained his client was “upset” because officials at City failed to shake his hand on his birthday, adding: “It’s really sick.” A year on, Seluk has cast doubt on Toure’s position at City, claiming recently that the Ivory Coast international was “90 per cent” certain to leave the club this summer. Toure played a big part in persuading Bony to move to the Etihad Stadium from Swansea in January and the striker wants his City and Ivory Coast team-mate to stay. “I talk to him about it all the time. He knows what I think. He brought me here so he needs to stay,” the City striker said. “He told me about this being a big club, how we were the champions. “He told me it was a club that always fights – and I am always a fighter so I liked that. He told me about the pressure, everything.” City fans have been doing all they can to make sure their midfielder stays. They sang Happy Birthday to the player during Sunday’s 6-0 defeat of QPR and some supporters even created a giant card for the big Ivorian. And City’s players all want Toure to stay, according to Bony. He said: “For sure everyone wants to keep him here. “He’s a legend for this club for sure, he always will be. “We hope he stays, he’s a big player here and we know everything he is doing for the club.” Toure had to make do with a 15-minute cameo this weekend though as Manuel Pellegrini opted to start him on the bench. Toure has scored eight league goals so far this season – less than half the tally he amassed last year – but Bony thinks it is important not to be too hard on his team-mate. “It’s been difficult for him, but you have to remember it’s been three years where there’s been big tournaments, World Cup and the African Nations Cup,” he said “You need to play a lot of matches, you are playing in high temperatures, it’s not easy. Injuries can also occur in that time, the pressure and expectations are high. “There are some things in football you can’t control, like when the tournaments come round, when you get injured. You just have to try to deal with them and help the team.” last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgNASCAR resumes its schedule Sunday and Wednesday at Darlington, South Carolina, before the circuit holds back-to-back races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR then heads to Bristol, Tennessee, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville, Virginia, before events at Homestead-Miami and Talladega. Pocono is the first race scheduled north of Virginia and would be followed by the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— A coalition of players is urging Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill that would provide critical funding for elementary and secondary education. Among the signers of the letter from the Players Coalition are NFL players Devin McCourty, Kelvin Beachum and Sebastian Joseph-Day. The letter asks the House and the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which would secure internet access for millions of economically disadvantaged students during the pandemic.— WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert tells The Associated Press she is focusing on about a half dozen scenarios for the league to begin play this summer. the league is looking at playing at one site, a few possibly at most instead of at every home arena. She added that there is still no date to start the season.— The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled. The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount. This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond. The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio. — Pistons guard Bruce Brown says he had thumb surgery last month and is ready to play if the NBA season resumes. Brown said during a video conference Friday that a ligament was placed back onto his thumb bone. He said he had been dealing with pain in the thumb this season, but it didn’t limit him much. Brown has scored 8.9 points per game this season, more than double his average as a rookie in 2018-19.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR’s Pocono race up in the airUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR is resuming its schedule with racing at southern tracks, but it remains uncertain when the circuit can venture north.Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he’s told NASCAR officials that his state isn’t ready to make a decision on the reopening of Pocono Raceway, which is scheduled to host races June 27 and 28. The raceway sits in an area that is deemed a red zone by Wolf as the state deals with the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy on the pilot in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash shows he did not have drugs or alcohol in his system.The causes of death for Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, pilot Ara Zobayan and six others in the Jan. 26 crash have been ruled blunt trauma. Zobayan was flying in fog and climbed to get out of the clouds before plunging into a hillside.Bryant was broken beyond recognition when his body was found outside the wreckage of the chopper. His remains had to be identified by his fingerprints.Bryant and the passengers almost certainly were dead in an instant due to blunt trauma, according to the report.Autopsy reports were released Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSNFL has plan to reopen training facilities as early as next weekUNDATED (AP) — The NFL continues to take steps toward a return to normalcy since the coronavirus pandemic. Simmons, Embiid mending nicelyUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are confident they will be at full strength if the NBA season ever resumes.76ers coach Brett Brown says stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) are recovering nicely from their injuries. Simmons had missed his eighth straight game and was receiving daily treatment for his nerve issues in his lower back when the season stopped. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown.Brown says he’s considered his fate as Sixers coach after a season of expectations to contend for an NBA championship faded to sixth in the Eastern Conference when it stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other NBA news: NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it.Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued a memo to all 32 teams stressing that they must be in compliance with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction and have implemented the protocols that were developed by league medical officer Dr. Allen Sills and distributed to all clubs on May 6. The memo obtained by The Associated Press added that clubs unable to meet these criteria by Tuesday may reopen their facilities on the earliest date thereafter on which they are able to comply.Facilities have been closed since late March due to the pandemic.Each team was required to submit a plan to the league for reopening its training/practice facility this week.In other NFL news: NBA-LAKERS-HOWARDHoward says mother of his 6-year-old son has diedLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard says the mother of his 6-year-old son died nearly six weeks ago due to an epileptic seizure.Although Howard has spent the NBA’s hiatus dealing with the difficult task of explaining Melissa Rios’ death to their son, he is also grateful for the chance to heal from the loss without the daily grind of the NBA schedule.Howard spoke Friday about Rios’ death on a video call from his offseason home in Georgia, where he is staying with his children during the coronavirus pandemic. Update on the latest sportscenter_img — The CEO of next year’s Tokyo Olympics says the postponed games might not look like what fans are accustomed to. Toshiro Muto says cuts are likely in many areas with the cost of the postponement estimated in Japan at between $2 billion and $6 billion. Muto says one target for saving money was the torch relay. He says “we are looking into every possible area” for cuts.— Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million. Athletic director Bob Moosbrugger says the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer. Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak.MLB-OBIT-BOB WATSONFormer MLB All-Star and executive Bob Watson diesUNDATED (AP) — Two-time All-Star first baseman Bob Watson has died at 74, 24 years after becoming the first black general manager to win a World Series. — The Colts now have seven of their nine 2020 draft picks under contract after signing Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason and Michigan linebacker Jordan Glasgow to four-year deals. Taylor became the first junior in FBS history to rush for more than 6,000 career yards. Receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and cornerback Julian Blackmon remain unsigned.— The Browns have hired former 49ers executive Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new vice president of football operations, making him the top assistant to first-year general manager Andrew Berry. Adofo-Mensah will join a new staff in Cleveland after Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam overhauled the front office following a 6-10 season.— Former NFL linebacker James Harrison says Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not offer a bounty for an illegal hit on a member of the Browns. Harrison told former teammate Willie Colon on a podcast that Tomlin handed him an envelope shortly after Harrison was fined in 2010 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massqoui. Harrison declined to specify what was in the envelope but posted on Instagram that Tomlin never offered a bounty on opposing players. Steelers President Art Rooney II said he’s “certain” the exchange between Harrison and Tomlin never happened.— The attorney for Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar says he has five signed affidavits from witnesses that exonerate his client in an armed robbery. Attorney Michael Grieco told The Associated Press on Friday that the five witnesses attested that Dunbar was not involved in the robbery earlier this week. Police in Miramar, Florida, issued arrest warrants Thursday for Dunbar and Giants cornerback Deandre Baker after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party.NBA-NEWS — The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July. The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40. Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June. The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbledon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak.— The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic (ee-vah-NEE’-she-vihch) and Conchita Martinez has been canceled. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament. The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish. But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July. Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.— The IndyCar race in downtown Toronto has been postponed. The race was scheduled to be held July 12 on a street course at Exhibition Place. IndyCar has yet to begin its season. It is scheduled to race June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway for its opening event.— The Belgian Grand Prix can go ahead on its original August date, but with no fans. Friday’s announcement by local Belgian authorities came two days after the Belgian government allowed outdoor training at sporting facilities to resume under a coach’s supervision starting next week. The Formula One race scheduled for Aug. 28-30 was under threat after Belgium banned all mass events in the country until Aug. 31 because of the pandemic. The track will reopen for professional practice on May 18.— The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the pandemic. The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. All games will be held in empty stadiums. The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season. May 15, 2020 Watson was an All-Star selection in 1973 and ’75 while with the Astros. He hit over .300 four times, collected at least 100 RBIs twice and has the distinction of scoring the millionth run in major league history.Watson was GM of the Yankees when they knocked off the Braves in the 1996 World Series. He also served in the commissioner’s office.Watson’s son, Keith, said his father died from kidney disease.NBA-BRYANT CRASHKobe pilot had no drugs, alcohol in system Howard said he was literally texting Rios to invite her to stay with him in Georgia when he learned she had died.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MARYLAND-TAGOVAILOATerps get Tua’s brotherCOLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Taulia Tagovailoa (tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) is leaving Alabama and transferring to Maryland.The 5-foot-11 quarterback will need a waiver to be eligible this season. He played five games last season as a freshman, completing 9 of 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Maryland’s Mike Locksley coached Tagovailoa’s brother, Tua, as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Tipp camp happy with performance against Dublin

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM Speaking to Tipp FM Sport afterwards Premier coach Declan Fanning said they were happy with the game and in particular with how the younger players are performing. Tipp’s senior hurlers had a good workout against Dublin in a challenge match yesterday as both sides prepare for the upcoming National League.It was a close fought affair until the final quarter when Tipp pulled clear to win out on a scoreline of 1-27 to 12 points.Both teams used a mix of experienced players and new faces.last_img read more

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Red Sox manager search: Five candidates Boston should consider following Alex Cora’s dismissal

first_imgWhoever’s going to walk into the manager’s office is walking into a whirlwind. There are many, many questions surrounding the Red Sox opening: With spring training just under a month away, will Boston look for a quick, veteran manager fix? Are they looking for someone for the next year, or the next five? Are they willing to go outside the box or will they play it safe with a PR move?MORE: Explaining the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal and takeaways from MLB’s reportThis manager search is unlike anything we’ve seen, so here are five candidates who may (or may not) fit the mold in Boston:Jason VaritekTek seems like he would be an obvious, popular choice among Red Sox fandom.The backstop played the entirety of his 14-year career with the Red Sox and, following his retirement in 2011, slipped into a front office role as an advisor to then-GM Ben Cherington, staying through the Dave Dombrowski regime.There’s the “issue” that Varitek hasn’t managed a game and has no coaching experience. But with the successes of inexperienced managers around baseball, that shouldn’t be a deterrent. He was the heart and soul of the Red Sox through three World Series championships and has that Beantown ‘tude fans love. If nothing else, hiring him would be a good PR move to keep the Boston media at bay for a season.Matt QuatraroQuatraro, current Rays bench coach, was a hot commodity this past offseason. He interviewed for a few different jobs and was reportedly a finalist for at least the Giants and Pirates.Certainly, the Rays are en vogue: Kevin Cash has emerged as one of the better managers in the American League, former Ray Rocco Baldelli just won manager of the year for Minnesota and Charlie Montoyo, former Rays bench coach, was entrusted the future of the organization in Toronto. So, needless to say, there’s the recency bias of wanting the latest and greatest thing in baseball on your bench.He also has the added advantage of working with Chaim Bloom, the former Rays GM who is now heralding the operation in Boston.Mark DeRosaA 15-year MLB veteran, DeRosa’s name has been popping up more and more for managerial openings over recent years. Currently working with MLB Network, DeRosa is heralded for his baseball IQ and ability to connect with players. He’s charismatic and knows his way around the media, which will certainly help in Boston.DeRosa was a finalist for the Mets managing job in 2017 before the team hired Mickey Callaway and, well, we know how that worked out. DeRosa was also seemingly unhappy with the way the job seemed to be a “collaborative effort” more than manager-as-field general, which is the way things work now, anyway.DeRosa would be an outside-the-box hire, and he could very well be an answer moving forward. But would the Red Sox be willing to take the risk of the unknown?MORE: One big task remains in MLB sign-stealing scandalRon RoenickeCora’s current bench coach, Roenicke has a fair amount of managing experience as the head man of the Brewers between 2011-15. He was also a longtime bench coach before and after that, coming on as Cora’s lieutenant in 2018.Roenicke would be the quick fix here, but the question is whether Bloom would be willing to give the keys to Roenicke, who’s under investigation by MLB just the same for sign-stealing in 2018. A potential suspension is looming, which would immediately take him out of the fold. David OrtizWell, this would be fun, wouldn’t it?The likelihood of Ortiz wanting to be a manager is slim, but he’s an iconic figure in Boston and would be an instant hit among fans. He’s well-respected by his peers and has been around long enough that he certainly learned something. After all, he played for Terry Francona for a long time and helped end the Red Sox’s World Series drought.There’s been essentially zero talk of Ortiz of being a candidate for the Red Sox job in the future — of even wanting to manage — but it would be interesting to see how and if Big Papi would be able to stabilize Boston in 2020. Who woulda thunk it?Alex Cora’s managing tenure with the Red Sox came to a screeching halt on Tuesday after he and the Red Sox decided to “mutually part ways” following the revelation of his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal — and subsequent investigation surrounding the Red Sox for sign-stealing in 2018.last_img read more

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Accused child killer freed

first_img…no case submission upheldA man who was accused of killing a 14-year-old boy on the Corentyne in 2016 was on Thursday set free after a no case submission was upheld by Justice Joann Barlow in the Berbice Assizes.Justice Joann Barlow ruled that there was no evidence to convict the accused.On trial for the August 2016 murder of 14-year-old Akeem Jamila Grimond, also called “Lil Boy” and ‘Ukery Black Boy’, of 53 Section ‘B’ Number 61 Village Corentyne, was Terami Gooleharran, also called “Bruise Up”.It was alleged that Gooleharran murdered the teenager between August 18 and 22, 2016. Grimond’s decomposed body was discovered in a ditch situated in the backlands of the village.The Prosecution’s case, presented by State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy, was that Gooleharran killed Grimond and left his body at the village cemetery.The prosecution called seven witnesses, including a pathologist and wife of the accused — Tajwattie Persaud, also called ‘Finie,’ who was the Prosecution’s chiefFreed: Terami Gooleharranwitness.In her evidence, Persaud said that two days after Grimmond was reported missing, her husband came home with blood on his clothes, and he told her that the boy is dead, and they would have to buy biscuits and coffee.Under cross examination by Defence Attorney Sasha Robertson, Persaud said she had a good relationship with her husband.She also admitted that the day he had blood on his clothes, he did bring home pig meat. The woman also told the court that when her husband told her that they have to buy biscuit and coffee, there was already a tent erected in front of the yard where Grimond lived.Being re-examined by Prosecutor Hardy, the witness added that her husband told her that he killed the teenager. It was the first time she was mentioning this development since giving Police a statement back in 2016.She also admitted that she had made several reports at the Number 51 Police Station that her husband had physically hurt her.Robertson told the court that the Prosecution failed to make out a case against theDead: Akeem Jamila Grimondaccused. She argued that the chief witness would have moved out and started living with someone else as soon as her husband had been arrested.Robertson also noted that Government Pathologist Dr Vivekanand Bridgemohan testified that the boy would have died days before he was last reported being seen. She also pointed out that the witnesses who testified said neither the step-father with whom Grimond lived nor his mother had attended the funeral, nor has either since been seen.Justice Barlow said the evidence seemed to be pointing to other people, and not the accused. She advised Gooleharran to stay away from Persaud, noting Persaud had said they were having issues in their relationship. He was also advised to pull his life back together, as he was freed.last_img read more

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