“I clearly won the fight; that was no draw. I am shocked by this decision,” were the words of a disappointed Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters yesterday, when asked to comment on the majority draw decision of the judges in his fight against Jason Sosa, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, on Saturday night.In what has been declared by journalists who watched the fight at ringside as ‘the worst scored fight of 2015’, one judge, Tom Schreck, had Sosa the winner 96-94, while the other judges, Wynn Kintz and Don Ackerman, had it 95-95. The Gleaner scored the fight 97-93 for Walters, and as another point of reference, experienced HBO scorer and former international boxing judge, Harold Lederman, scored it 99-91 for Walters.It was a hard-fought and entertaining fight, with Walters, (26-0), fighting as a super featherweight (130 lb) for the first time. Having lost his featherweight title in June on the scale, when he weighed in a pound over the featherweight limit of 126 lb, Walters was using this fight as a benchmark to see how he would perform at the higher weight class.On this occasion, he fought a bigger man in the person of Sosa, who entered the ring with a 18-1-3 record, but he held his own in a fight that was mostly at close range, and his vicious body attacks clearly bothered his opponent. If one could find fault with his work during the 10 bruising rounds, it would be that he did not use his jabs enough.Whenever Walters went on the outside, he looked far superior than his opponent, and it was surprising that his trainers, Celso Ch·vez and Job Walters, did not tell him at any time in the fight to use his jabs more.The impression given was that they wanted to prove a point. They wanted it to be seen that Walters could outslug a bigger opponent.This tactic nearly backfired, however, as the judges clearly did not give Walters full credit for the good, clean punches to the body that he landed repeatedly. Walters was clearly the better fighter, and in the fifth round, he shook Sosa with a left hook to the body and right cross to the head combination.Surprisingly, he did not follow through and Sosa weathered the storm.BEST ROUNDSWalters gained the ascendancy as the fight progressed, and in the eighth round, he seemed as if he was trying to end it. This was one of his best rounds.Ironically, Sosa came out aggressively for the ninth, which was perhaps his best round.Walters came back firing on all cylinders in the final round, using jabs and hooks to good advantage, and it seemed a mere formality when the fight ended that it would be the Jamaican raising his hands in victory for the 27th time. That was not to be, however, as he had to share the spoils.He told The Gleaner that he will be taking a break for Christmas and the New Year and will be in Jamaica for a holiday soon.”I am coming home for a short holiday, after which I will sit down with my team and decide what we will do in 2016,” said Walters.
Take one look at Jamaican Olympic triple jump hopeful Shanieka Thomas and her potential is obvious. At six-foot tall and 145 pounds, she is built almost exactly like world record holder Inessa Kravets. Thomas, 11th at the 2015 World Championships, knows the similarity and hopes one day to match the Ukrainian’s fine achievements. Kravets set the record – 15.50 metres – at the 1995 Worlds and took gold as well at the 1996 Olympics. “The fact that the world record holder has the same build as me is encouragement to show I’m able to achieve the world record or even more,” she observed after a training session at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies last week. “A lot of people don’t remember that the world record holder has a really slim build,” she pinpointed. Thomas, a three-time US collegiate champion at San Diego State University, left California to train at Mona last season. “Everyone was asking me, ‘Why come back to Jamaica and there’s not a lot of people doing well in the field events?’,” she recalled. “It’s hard to have a lot of people doing well in the field events if nobody actually comes home to show the talent the coaches have here,” she analysed. “So it’s a big jump, and it was risky at first, but I like the transition because it’s been going well.” With astute advice from her coach, Kerry-Lee Ricketts, the former Vere Technical High School student-athlete qualified for the Worlds at the last opportunity with a winning 14.23-metre jump at the NACAC Championships in Costa Rica. Now their goal is to make her faster and stronger. MORE SPEED “This year,” she revealed, “we’re focusing on getting more speed down the runway, as well as strengthening, making sure I’m more powerful.” Now almost 24, Thomas has great respect for retired 2005 World Champion Trecia Smith and her former Vere Technical teammate, Kimberly Williams, who in 2014 succeeded Smith as Commonwealth champion. Mention of Smith’s national record of 15.16 metres and Thomas glows. “That’s a really big performance, and I would love to jump at least 15.01,” she envisioned, “just to be over the mark.” During her San Diego years, the 2008 Carifta Games Under-17 champion ran relays on a regular basis. Now she dreams of running the 4×400 in black green and gold. “Every season, I contemplate doing the 400, but when I start thinking about the training for the 400,” she shudders, “I’m like, no. I’m going to stick with the triple jump.” She is encouraged by the relay running of World and Olympic triple jump men’s champion Christian Taylor at the 2014 World Relays. “If it’s not the Olympics or the World Championships,” she said, “if it’s even like the Pan-Am Games or something like that, I want to run a 4×4 … for Jamaica.” Runs over 350 and 400 metres are part of her background training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and she says “you’ll maybe see me on the 4×4 for UWI for the preparation towards Rio”.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 6, 2018 – Providenciales – I was taken to task by the Chairman of the PDM because I had the audacity to demonstrate leadership where his party has failed to do so. My intervention focused on the history of the development of the entire area know as Chalk Sound including the fact that it was under my administration that Belongers were given the opportunity to take up ownership of their own land hitherto seemingly reserved for others. My real intention though was to appeal for cool headedness at a time when an property owner in Taylor Bay was being wrong and strong in his understanding of the reality, and the vehemence with which he threatened those who had every right to enjoy their heritage albeit no right to trespass over private property. At my press meeting I indicated that I was undertaking research to better clarify the situation and would inform the public once I had better information. I now have that information and recount below the important events leading up to today.The Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay Community came into being through a Conditional Purchase Lease between TCIG and Condor Real Estate Limited in 1978 – a company 100% owned by Canadian Developers. The condition being the pushing of a quarry graded roadway servicing the property along with what would be an extremely low price by today’s standard. Subsequent to that the narrow strip of land not in Condor Real Estate ownership was itself the subject of a Conditional Purchase Lease.Below is the chronology of the various conveyances of the land directly abutting Taylor Bay Beach and the adjacent beach assess:October 17, 1984 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from the Crown to Clearwater Holdings Ltd. (a company owned jointly by foreign and local developers in return for the construction of road works in the Bight.September 5, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. has a caution registered as purchaserNovember 2, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. changes name to Paradise Cove Ltd.March 4, 1991 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from Clearwater Holdings Ltd. to Paradise Cove Ltd. (Dick Clark)October 3, 2007 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from Paradise Cove Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd. (a member of the Ashcroft Group of Companies).March 2, 2016 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are mutated into parcels 60400/394-398. Since then a number of easements have been granted by MWE to homeowners in the area givin them access to the Beach.The following is the Chronology of beach access parcel 60612/90 at the heart of the controversyDecember 20, 1988 parcel 60612/90 is created from a mutation of parcel 60612/52 then owned by Condor Real Estate LimitedMarch 21, 1989 parcel 60612/90 is transferred from Condor Real Estate Limited to Gibraltar Investments Ltd.December 5, 2007 parcel 60612/90 is transferred from Gibraltar Investments Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd.(a member of the Michael Ashcroft Group of Companies).The intention all along seem to have been the prevention of the public – and in particular the local population from accessing the beach – with the full knowledge that the common law position has been for time immemorial and remains that the beach belongs to the public. My research has uncovered that were private property abuts the edge of vegetation and there is accretion the accreted land becomes the property of the Crown. Also, where private land is loss because of erosion and this results in an encroachment of the beach on to the boundary of the private property the principle remain that it becomes public. In all and every case the beach belongs to the public. However, when challenged in some common law jurisdiction the plaintiffs were successful.So, despite what Don thinks the Taylor Bay Home owners do not own the beach. However, they do own the access and that is the mischief that has to be cured; that is where the focus of attention ought to be placed. The pressure must be applied to the Government to use existing legislation to compulsory acquire 60612/90 and any other property it deems necessary to secure access to the beach. Attacking the Leader of the Opposition is not the answer, neither is a party on the beach. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The Army will station new security force assistance brigades (SFABs) at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Carson, Colo., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., bringing to five the number of SFABs with identified home stations. The units slated for Fort Hood and Fort Carson, the Army’s 3rd and 4th SFABs, are scheduled to begin standing up later this year, reports Army Times. The 1st SFAB is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and the 2nd SFAB at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Army also plans to stand up a sixth and final SFAB assigned to the National Guard.The decision to station the SFABs — specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations — at these three posts was based on strategic considerations including projected time to activate and train an SFAB, presence of senior grade personnel to man the unit, and required facility costs, according to a press release. The Army is also establishing a command element within Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, with the intent to conduct training and readiness oversight of the SFABs.Photo by Patrick Albright Dan Cohen AUTHOR
NORWOOD, MA — Judith M. Hezlitt, age 66, passed away in the Norwood Hospital in Norwood, Massachusetts on Sunday, December 30, 2018. Born in Arlington, Massachusetts on July 28, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Robert P. and Bernice M. (Chaplin) Hezlitt. She was raised in Wilmington, Massachusetts, where she graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1970.Following graduation, Judy took a secretarial position with Raytheon in their Bedford office. While working at Raytheon, Judy took classes at Northeastern’s University College, earning her Bachelor’s Degree with a focus on sociology/anthropology. She continued with Raytheon, later transferring into the Human Resources Department and retiring in 2017.Throughout her life, Judy was an avid Boston sports fan, and particularly loved following the Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriots. After meeting the love of her life, Norman P. DeSalvo, she made her home with him at the Medway Senior Housing in 1999. She and Norm loved spending time together, often taking rides in their van to see the sights. Together they enjoyed visiting the apple orchards in Stow, Massachusetts and they always looked forward to spending the Fourth of July at the Cape Cod Canal, watching the fireworks displays.Judy is survived by the love of her life, Norman P. DeSalvo, of Medway and her brother, Robert Hezlitt and his wife, Gesina,, of Batavia, New York,, her nieces, Rhonda Grammatico and her husband, Matthew, Rebecca Despard and her husband, Gregg, and Renee Breeze and her husband, David, as well as many friends.Relatives and friends attended Judy’s visiting hours on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 4 to 7 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. A Funeral Home Service was held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Interment followed in Terrace Hill Cemetery in Walpole. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The MSPCA, 350 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.(NOTE: The above obituary is from James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Deborah A. Clark, 66In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Judy L. Kenson, 73In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Susan A. (McNeil) Roy, 49In “Obituaries”
I’m thrilled if the music lifts you up, makes you want to sing & dance around your room….Or helps you cry & not feel completely alone.These can be strange times.I was beyond excited singing these songs, & I hope You’re HAPPY🎉listening to them💋Me— Cher (@cher) September 28, 2018 Mom hasn’t seen CD…. Doesn’t know I dedicated it to her😭— Cher (@cher) October 2, 2018 A man came up to me & said… “Don’t You Think You’re TOO OLD To Be Running Around The Stage Like That,..Singing Rock n Roll”⁉️I Said“I Don’t Know,.. Why Don’t you Ask Mick Jagger”— Cher (@cher) November 2, 2018 Just one womanYou’d think that when you’ve reached Cher-level heights of success, you’d no longer have to put up with men trying to tell you what they think you should do career-wise. Turns out, it’s not the case, but Cher gives short shrift to interfering gents. Cher tweets about her mother often, occasionally with a rolling-eyes emoji (see above), but how cute is this? Hi again— Cher (@cher) July 25, 2018 Voice of an era”These are strange times.” Cher gets it. She understands that the world is falling apart and music is a way to process difficult emotions. That is why she is here for you with her ABBA tribute album. Cher gives you permission to cry, but she hopes you’ll be happy. WONT USE GOOGLE,GETTING RID OF FACEBOOK ACCOUNT I DIDNT KNOW I HAD.WOULD GET RID OF TWITTER IF IT WASN’T 4 ❤️ OF YOU.THESE COMPANIES HAVE NO ALLEGIANCE TO,OR ❤️OF ANYTHING BUT MONEY💰💰. THEY MIGHT AS WELL BE CONSPIRING WITH RUSSIA TO DESTROY OUR DEMOCRACY.WHERES❤️OF 🇺🇸— Cher (@cher) December 18, 2018 Thanks, Cher, for another legendary year and for keeping me sane. See you in 2019. Later ✌Changing your Twitter timeline: Twitter makes it easier to switch between latest and top tweets.CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. Like many people, Cher mulled leaving Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica data scandal became public in March. Like many people, she had mixed emotions about it. She’s staying on Twitter, though. Phew. A mama’s girl at heartCher loves her mother, and her mother loves her right back. Georgia Holt, who is 92, is her daughter’s No. 1 fan. “I crack myself up… I don’t even know what’s going on here,” she says at one point. And in response, what else can we say but: “Same, Cher. Same.”Who’d have thought that the global superstar, untouchable glamour-puss and goddess of pop could be so… relatable? Personally, I’d always found Cher a little intimidating, but the internet can be a great leveler. And so here I am relating so hard to her that in 2018 she’s far and away the best person I follow on Twitter.Cher swerves wildly between righteous indignation at injustice and funny, obscure observations. Her tweets often have the syntax of an experimental poet, which, she’s explained, is due to dyslexia. She flings emojis, paragraph breaks and punctuation about with wild abandon.I say this not simply to point out the color and originality she brings to the platform, but the way in which she elevates her voice using an enthralling mix of style and substance. Everything she is and says contrasts starkly with the snooty, snide, intellectually superior and often outright mean tone that dominates Twitter. Her unabashed authenticity and earnestness draw me to her on an almost daily basis.Even her Twitter bio is a breath of fresh air: “Stand & B Counted or Sit & B Nothing. Don’t Litter,Chew Gum,Walk Past Homeless PPL w/out Smile.DOESNT MATTER in 5 yrs IT DOESNT MATTER THERE’S ONLY LOVE&FEAR.”I’d go so far as to argue that Cher’s account — with its whirlwind of rants, its startling leaps between the personal and political, and its iconic meme-making tweets — represents our collective consciousness at this time of uncertainty and upheaval. It’s a reflection of a desire to express ourselves and engage with what’s going on in the world, while at the same time not quite knowing how.But Cher knows how. It’s both baffling and beautiful how she’s able to articulate so much in a way that traditionally would be considered the opposite of articulate, before breezily signing off with her signature “Later.”Let’s show our appreciation and take a look at some of the highlights of Cher’s year on Twitter.Meme queen 2018My favorite meme this year was Cher’s “Hi again” tweet. I’m not alone. Even by Cher’s standards, this tweet went crazy viral. I’m only one women— Cher (@cher) September 13, 2018 Hot tech takesGeorgia taught Cher well. Her daughter won’t take any nonsense from tech CEOs either. Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg, you can’t pull the wool over Cher’s eyes. Going 2 Take This 🕳,I HATE IT.I WAS PISSED,& HAD STUPID REACTION😥.WAS IT REALLY THE”BEST”I COULD COME UP WITH🤮🤐⁉️I Should Have My Twitter License REVOKED👊🏻. Whatever The Person said,”Bla Bla Bla”,”BITCH,Youre Nothing” Is Indefensible.🙏🏻PLEASE🐥🐣..,Be Better Than ME😔— Cher (@cher) July 22, 2018 Twitter Mom Playing Around …..Notice 🕶 & Jacket…. pic.twitter.com/b4YyVMSTDx— Cher (@cher) December 11, 2018 Heart of goldCher’s empathy runs deep and is a side of her we see exposed on Twitter through tweets like this. Her sadness and frustration are so vivid here they brought tears to my eyes. Beyond Tired…..Later— Cher (@cher) September 25, 2018 Ok….my 92 yr old Mom just informed me,”Honey…I’mStreaming you on iTunes…“You’re Amazing…. “yes mom.. How did I know you’d say that”🤔She said to YOUNG BOY next Door..”Have you heard Cher’s New album⁉️He Said ”No” ”Well go listen to it…”You Can stream it on iTunes🙄— Cher (@cher) October 2, 2018 As every prolific tweeter knows, sometimes you tweet things you regret. Cher knows it too and gives a master class here in how to apologize with humility. I think we all know a Twitter user who could use this as inspiration. YOU MUST NEVER BECOME NUMB‼️Turn Sadness ,& immobility into activity & renewed Resolve. Join An Org or Group for Change.There are many women’s groups& Young ppl’s Groups.You must get involved with lifeNot Shrink from it. If you don’t like the way things are Change Them🕊— Cher (@cher) May 18, 2018 The tweet below is clearly a typo, and yet there’s something poignant about the emotion Cher is accidentally expressing here. She is just one woman, and yet as is often the case for women, so much is expected of her that she might as well be many women. It’s the end of 2018, and the internet has become the bad place, the creepy space, the danger zone. But don’t despair, for there is a beacon of light shining in the darkness, here to lift your spirits, here to restore hope, here to make you… believe.That’s right, it’s Cher. Specifically, it’s Cher on Twitter, although she’s obviously worthy of admiration beyond this context.Like many people, I often feel that Twitter is a soul-crushing hellscape where snark and cynicism are overvalued and where ego-driven chest beating is mistaken for genuine real-world importance. Bots, bullies, harassment and hate speech flourish on the platform, while normal folk bumble along, sharing their half-baked opinions and mostly failing at humor.And then there’s Cher. Cher is a different kind of Twitter user from the rest of us. She’s the antithesis of all the wrong types of tweeters.In 2018 alone, Twitter Cher made me laugh, cry and feel a range of complex emotions while I navigated a social network that I can’t abandon for professional reasons, but that mostly leaves me feeling dispirited and anxious.Even Twitter has realized that Cher is a true star among celebrity tweeters, cashing in on her genius by producing a two-part video series in which she reads her tweets and tries to explain what she was thinking at the time she posted them. All we can say is: mood. My❤️is torn 2 shreds😭.How can we take babies, Toddlers,5,10 +little 1’s.lostLijah for 30-60 min & WAS HYSTERICAL😩.CANT IMAGINE WHAT CHILDREN R GOING THROUGH⁉️Prison guards,No❤️,NO MOMMIE,DADDY.WE CANT KNOW THE TERROR,OF NEVER SEEING YOUR PARENTS/KIDSAGAIN ON THIS🌎— Cher (@cher) July 30, 2018 Tags ALMOST FINISHED WITH ALBUM🎉THINK ITS GOOD,& (as we all know) I’M NOT A BIG CHER FAN— Cher (@cher) July 25, 2018 Ok ….I’m Never sayin “Hi Again” Ever 👅👻— Cher (@cher) August 13, 2018 Hi again.@cher has too many good Tweets so we had to release a second #BehindTheTweets episode. Enjoy. pic.twitter.com/JpjFtoWQqW— Twitter Music (@TwitterMusic) October 2, 2018 Even as recently as this month, Cher has been casting judgment on the tech world, proving that there’s no current-affairs issue she doesn’t have her eye on. Cher quickly realized that she’d created a monster, but she didn’t know how or why. All she knew is that there was no way she could stuff it back in the box. But don’t think that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a sense of humor. She can laugh at herself too. To be clear, the only person who’s allowed to make fun at Cher’s expense should be Cher. She also gives great advice to her followers and motivates them with hope. Look at this sweet but powerful reply she sent to someone who felt numb following the Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting in May. Take a seat and admire this, in which Georgia owns the most powerful men in Silicon Valley while declaring her support for Cher. We stan Georgia. Facebook Gave Some Companies Special Access to Users’ Data, Documents Show via @NYTimes How Long Are We going to Let Zuckerberg Get away With This…“Aw Shucks,Im Just a Kid”🐂💩⁉️ https://t.co/QYVvwI7iUE— Cher (@cher) December 5, 2018 Online Music I Honestly feel 😔 ..it was my✨First social media✨I Could talk 2 friends all over the 🌎… it was like magic🔮.Im Dyslexic & it’s ALL HARD 4 ME. (“This will bust me as old Granny”),But twt was so easy, When I went back 2 Fb,it was harder 2 Navigate.Twt understands me😔— Cher (@cher) March 21, 2018
IllustrationA youth was stabbed to death and another was injured over a mobile phone in Sherpur upazilla of Bogra on Wednesday night.The deceased is Abbas Ali, 24, from Mohipur Jamtala village in Sherpur upazilla.Injured Md Faruk, 15, a Class-X student, was under treatment at Sherpur Upazilla Health Complex.Police have detained a youth, Niyamul Haque, 19, on suspect of his involvement with the incident. He disclosed names of five persons involved with the stabbing.Quoting Niyamul, Sherpur police station inspector Bulbul Islam said Maruf and Shakil, 19, from Mohipur had an enmity over an old mobile phone set. On Wednesday night, Maruf’s friend Abbas had an altercation with Shakil over the phone set.At a stage of the altercation, Shakil’s friend Al Amin stabbed Abbas and Maruf indiscriminately in Bottola Bazar area of Mohipur village, leaving them injured critically.Locals rushed Abbas to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead on arrival.Family of the deceased said they would file a murder case.Sherpur police station office-in-charge Khan Md Erfan said police were trying to arrest other suspects.
Nobel laureate professor Muhammad Yunus. File photoBangladeshi Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus on Tuesday called on countries to revolutionise the way they address the frequently interconnected issues of hunger and conflict, urging initiatives to foster social cohesion and rural entrepreneurship especially among the young.”If you continue the same way as you have done before, you’ll always end up with the same result…particularly on the issues of food security, agriculture, and the environment,” Yunus said.He was addressing an event at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s headquarters here to assess progress made by the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace.Mustering 12 Nobel prize-winners, the advocacy group was set up in 2016 and aims to break the cycle of conflict and hunger.”Unless we think differently, unless we work differently, (these issues) are not going to be resolved,” said Yunus, who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of micro-credit and micro-finance.Hunger and conflict are intrinsically linked, the FAO said.According to FAO figures, over 60 per cent of people suffering from hunger live in areas of conflict. At the same time, there are a growing number of conflicts over natural resources to produce food, the UN agency noted.The Rome meeting reviewed an experimental peace-building project in the Central African Republic involving Christians and Muslims in agricultural production, training and social business development, as well as community dialogue to encourage social cohesion.The pilot project demonstrates that agricultural entrepreneurship can help transform communities which in turn encourage people to stay in their community rather than being forced to seek better opportunities elsewhere, Yunus said.”Farmers are excellent entrepreneurs,” Yunus underlined.The project is taking place on land owned by the Catholic Church outside the CAR capital Bangui where around 3,000 people displaced by conflict live, FAO said.The CAR project is designed by FAO, funded by the Italian government and is being implemented by its overseas aid department.The initiative draws on Yunus’ expertise in encouraging agricultural entrepreneurship, particularly among young people, and on the expertise of Yemeni human rights activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tawakkol Karman in encouraging inter-religious dialogue for peace.Other Nobel peace prize winners who are part of the Alliance include Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Mura who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her campaign against the use of rape as a weapon of war, and former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, who won the prize in 2016 for his efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.
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(AP) — Vermont’s largest hospital forced a nurse to participate in an abortion procedure over her moral objections in violation of federal law, a government civil rights agency said Wednesday (Aug. 28).The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington could lose some federal funding if the two parties cannot agree within 30 days on the hospital’s policies on employee participation in abortions, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced.The nurse believed she would be participating in a procedure after a patient had suffered a miscarriage, office Director Roger Severino told reporters on a conference call. Instead, he said, she was told “‘Please don’t hate me’ by the doctor” when it became clear it was an abortion.The nurse asked to be relieved during what Severino described as an elective abortion and was told no. Faced with the prospect of losing her job, Severino said, “she relented and has been traumatized ever since.”The abortion took place in 2017, and the nurse filed a complaint with the civil rights office in May 2018. A subsequent investigation by the office “uncovered serious discrimination by UVMMC against nurses and staff who cannot, in good conscience, assist in elective abortion” in violation of federal laws known as Church amendments.In a statement, the hospital said it was disappointed by the action of the civil rights office.“The University of Vermont Medical Center has robust, formal protections that strike the appropriate and legal balance between supporting our employees’ religious, ethical and cultural beliefs, and making sure our patients are not denied access to safe and legal abortion,” the hospital said. “These protections cover initiation and cessation of life support, organ transplant, sterilization, and termination of pregnancy.”Susan Berke Fogel, a leader of the National Health Law Program, which advocates for reproductive health, said the Vermont case is missing details of what the nurse was being asked to do. The Health and Human Services Department, she said, has been expanding the definition of what it means to assist in abortion procedures.They are definitely highlighting and putting forward cases that will achieve that goal that anybody can refuse to participate in anything,” she said. “And surely, the long-term goal is to get hospitals and other systems to stop providing abortions and gender-affirming care.”The nurse, who declined to be named publicly, no longer works at the university hospital, said her lawyer, Francis Manion, a senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, which works to “defend the rights of conscience of pro-life health care workers.”Federal laws protecting the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions and some other procedures have been on the books for years. But religious conservatives who form a key part of President Trump’s base have long complained they were not enforced.Setting up the Health and Human Services “conscience office” last year was among a series of administration actions to address long-standing priorities of religious and social conservatives, who are key to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.A new rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions has led Planned Parenthood and other providers to leave the government program that provides for the funding. Another rule, not yet final, would revoke sex discrimination protections for transgender people in health care.The civil rights office is mainly known for handling privacy violations. Severino said the Vermont case was the third enforcement action since the launch of the new division last year.The other two involved pregnancy resource centers, one in California and one in Hawaii, that he said were discriminated against because they refused to make abortion referrals.Before Trump’s election, Severino said, the civil rights office averaged 1.25 conscience complaints a year. “Now we are in the hundreds of complaints,” he said.The Vermont Legislature this year passed a law, signed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott, ensuring a woman’s access to abortion. The Legislature also took the first step in a years-long process to amend the state constitution to achieve the same goal.___(Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington contributed to this report.) Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 By: Wilson Ring Wilson Ring,Load Comments,India seeks to portray sense of calm in locked-down Kashmir Share This! Share This! News
By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROThere’s nothing quite like the sound of a gospel choir. Sunday morning church service would not be the same without their presence; we love to hear and watch them sing. Even the choir director plays an important role in making sure a joyful noise is made unto the Lord. If you enjoy choir music, then mark your calendar for The Hour of Power, held every second Sunday of the month.Elder Eric WaddellHosted by Elder Eric Waddell, each month one of his choirs sings for an hour, and takes the congregation back in time by singing gospel classics from years past.Waddell, a gospel recording artist, is the minister of music at Mt. Pigsah CME Church in West Baltimore, and the founder and director of the Abundant Life Singers, the Baltimore Sanctuary Choir and The Voices of the Hour of Power.Sunday March 11th, the Hour of Power, was held at Brown’s Memorial Baptist Church. The Abundant Life Singers, The Baltimore Sanctuary Choir and The Voices of the Hour of Power all sang to the glory of God. This particular Hour of Power was special because the theme was family and friends. I asked Mr. Waddell about the significance of this and he stated, “Every year the Baltimore gospel community celebrates the importance of worshipping together. We celebrate family through Gospel Music,” Waddell said. If you have ever been to an Hour of Power, then you know as soon as the music begins, it feels like one big family reunion. Everyone begins to sing and reminisce about days ago. The spirit of God is always felt, and you leave feeling like you have gotten the extra boost that you need to make it through the week.The Hour of Power is such a unique concept. I was interested in what prompted Waddell to begin this movement in Baltimore. He informed me that it’s more than just singing for an hour. “I wanted a platform to educate and showcase the history of choir music,” he said. “The Hour of Power is a city-wide effort as we preserve songs from the past and celebrate where Gospel Music is headed. The vision is to motivate our church choirs to stay alive, teach younger musicians the hymns of the church and unify our city in singing the good news.”Next month, April 8, The Hour of Power will celebrate five years. Plans are still underway, but be sure this will be an event you don’t want to miss. Check back next time to see all the details for the five year anniversary of The Hour of Power.