New sex abuse allegations in Central African Republic

first_imgHollande in Central African Republic Central African Republic Child Abuse Claims The U.N. peacekeeping chief on Friday confirmed a new allegation of sexual abuse by a peacekeeper in Central African Republic, the conflict-ripped country where the United Nations is already investigating 15 other cases of possible sexual misconduct by U.N. troops and policeUN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have been accused of sexually abusing a young girl, UN officials said on Friday, the latest in a string of allegations of misconduct to hit the troubled mission.UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous described the sexual abuse claims targeting the Minusca force as “catastrophic” after returning from a trip to the Central African Republic.Ladsous declined to give details of the new case, but UN officials said the accusations came to light on Thursday and involved a young girl, who may have been a minor when the abuse took place.It remained unclear where and when the sexual abuse is alleged to have taken place and the nationalities of the troops involved.The latest allegations surfaced just as US President Barack Obama is due to host a summit later this month on peacekeeping aimed at broadening support from developed countries, mostly in Europe, to UN peace missions.The Minusca mission has been hit with 15 cases of alleged sexual abuse including nine that involved underage victims as young as 11.Three new cases of rape allegedly committed by troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo came to light at the end of August, prompting Kinshasa to open an investigation.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month took the unprecedented step of firing mission chief Babacar Gaye of Senegal and replaced him with Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon over the wave of accusations.Ban has described sexual abuse in peacekeeping as a “cancer in our system.”Under UN rules, it is up to member states to investigate and prosecute their soldiers who face accusations of misconduct while serving under the UN flag.–AFPRelatedcenter_img African Union re-admits Central African Republiclast_img read more

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Batesville Girls Middle School Hoops Underway

first_imgThe 8th Grade Lady Bulldogs opened their season with a win over Waldron by a score of 30 to 3.Emma Gausman contributed solid defense and set the pace of the game.  Morgan Meyer (9 points) and Taylor Rowlett (6 points) led the team in scoring. Jill Hartman led the team with 6 rebounds with four of them offensive.Score by Quarter:BMS:      9   18   27   30Waldron:  0    0    0    3Season Record: 1-0.The seventh grade Lady Bulldogs lost a tough season opener to Waldron by a score of 38 to 13.The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Ellie Waechter with 6, Hattie Westerfeld with 5 and Chelsey Voegele with 2. Defensively, Sydney Ayette worked very hardand had a solid game.The Lady Dogs are 0 and 1 on the season.Submitted By Batesville Coaches Thomas Barnett and Ben Pierson.last_img read more

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Willis Michael ‘Mike’ Chalk age, 64

first_imgWillis Michael ‘Mike’ Chalk, age 64, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday, October 23, 2017 at Vitas Hospice Inpatient Care in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born March 24, 1953 in Milan, Indiana he was the son of the late Willis & Irene (Inman) Chalk. On July 18, 1987 he and the former Deborah Gindling were united in marriage, and she survives.Mike was retired from Hill-Rom in Batesville, where he had been employed for over 40 years. In his leisure time he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting & fishing, and riding his UTV. He also loved animals and his pets.Besides Debbie, his wife of over 30 years, survivors include three sisters, Melody Dixon, Gail Fortner and Kim Chalk all of Manchester, Indiana; two nieces and two nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Dale Gindling, who died April 6, 2017.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Curtis Bond, pastor of the Brookville United Methodist Church, will officiate the Funeral Services at 11:00 A.M., Friday, October 27, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Manchester.Memorial contributions may be directed to Franklin County E.M.S. or Manchester Volunteer Fire & Rescue.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chalk family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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Jerovetz Shock Service awards given for IMCA Modified, Northern SportMod specials

first_imgSUAMICO, Wis. – Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service gives special events awards to IMCA Modi­fied and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod drivers for a fifth consecutive season in 2018.The Suamico, Wis., company gives gift certificates good for two free shock rebuilds to a top five finisher at 30 designated Modified specials and at 15 designated specials for the Northern SportMods.Owned by long-time IMCA Modified driver Sean Jerovetz and managed by Ryan Rosenow, JMSS sells Afco, Bilstein, FOX, QA1, Penske and JRI shocks, repairs and services shocks of all makes and consults on shock packages for high perfor­mance use.“We look forward to another great year working with IMCA and giving back to its racers,” said Rosenow.Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service also carries full lines of Afco and QA1 products and is a Wehrs Ma­chine and Racing Products dealer.More information about JMSS shocks, shock services and high performance products is available by calling 920 265-2068 or 920 615-2508, at the www.jmshocks.com website and on Facebook.“There are a lot of options out there when it comes to other self-described shock experts, but JMSS has carved out a great niche in the IMCA market by combining shock tuning and repair with proven knowledge and excellent customer service,” complimented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re proud to be one of the few sanctioning bodies they support on an annual basis.”last_img read more

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Mrs. Frances (Curlin) Houze

first_imgMrs. Ella Frances (Curlin) Houze, age 87, of Aurora, Indiana, formerly of Vevay and Rising Sun, Indiana, entered this life on January 1, 1933 in Rising Sun, Indiana. She was one of 15 children born to the parents of Ernest and Lydia R. (Washburn) Curlin. Frances was raised in Rising Sun and Vevay, Indiana and attended Rising Sun High School. On April 23, 1949 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Frances was united in marriage to John William Houze. This happy union was blessed with five children. Frances and John shared nearly 71 years of marriage together until her death. Frances was formerly employed for Milan Furniture Factory in Milan, Indiana that became Dolly Madison Furniture and for J&J Liquor Store in Aurora, Indiana. Later, she was employed as a waitress for her mother’s restaurant in Rising Sun, Indiana and for a Dry Cleaners in Aurora, Indiana. Frances enjoyed gardening, canning, traveling, working crossword puzzles and reading. Frances passed away at 6:35 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020, at the Manderly Health Care Center in Osgood, Indiana.Frances will be lovingly remembered by her husband, John William Houze of Aurora, IN; her daughters, Donna Romans and her husband, Douglas of Dillsboro, IN and Jackie Votaw and her husband, Joe of Aurora, IN; her sons, Garry Houze and his wife, Gina of Knoxville, TN and John W. Houze, Jr. of Covington, KY; her grandchildren, Endea Smith, Sarah Bedel, Josh Banschbach, Johnny Houze, Allison Schwartz, Michael Cutter, Jackie Lansing, Hayes Banschbach, Nicholas Houze and Ashley Houze; her great-grandchildren, Olivia Sizemore, Parker Hahn, Brogan Schwartz, Lane Cutter, Ava Cutter, Taylor Bedel, Austin Bedel, Mallery Banschbach, Sutter Banschbach and Everett Houze; her great-great-grandchild on the way; her step-grandchildren; her step-great-grandchildren; her brother, Paul Vernon Curlin and his wife, Beverly of Vevay, IN; her sister-in-law, Mary Lou Curlin of Vevay, IN and her numerous nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Lydia R. (Washburn) Curlin; her daughter, Linda Kay (Houze) Lansing; her grandson, Adam Banschbach; her brothers and sisters, Daisy Curlin, Laura Jean Kennedy, Ann Croul, Ernestine Lakes, Blanton Curlin, Courtland Curlin, James Curlin, Charles Curlin, J.T. Curlin, Russell Curlin, Dilver Curlin, Wilbur Curlin and Robert Curlin and her daughter-in-law, Tammy Houze.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Fredonia Cemetery on Tapps Ridge in Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

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Mannone: I want to be number one

first_img However, with Barclays Premier League title contenders City due to head to the north-east on Sunday, he has no intention of stepping aside without a fight. The 25-year-old Mannone said: “Of course I want to keep my place, that’s why I came here. “I’ve been hurting on the sidelines, so I was really happy to take my chance on Saturday and do well for the team. “It was a really good win last night and I was involved in a good performance. I want to push on. “Obviously it’s down to the manager but I’m available for him and I will push as hard as I can in every single training session and every single chance I get out there. “This manager is very open to performances, he likes to watch the game and he will pick what he thinks is the best side. “It’s not down to me, the manager has an opinion. But hopefully I’ve done enough to show I can play in this team and I want to push on to be number one. That’s why I’m here.” While the League Cup may not be Sunderland’s immediate priority – they remain in 19th place in the league table and five points adrift of safety – victory over the Saints represented a significant morale-boost. Goalkeeper Vito Mannone has warned team-mate Keiren Westwood not to expect him to step aside as Sunderland prepare to welcome Manchester City to Wearside. Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, as has been his habit, made wholesale changes to the side which has enjoyed such an impressive start to the season, retaining only Jay Rodriguez from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stoke in order to give vital game time to his fringe players. But ultimately, he was made to pay the price as Sunderland’s squad men – opposite number Gus Poyet made seven changes – came out on top. Rehabilitated full-back Phil Bardsley set the ball rolling after 59 minutes when he stabbed the opening goal past former Black Cats keeper Kelvin Davis from close range after Jozy Altidore’s header had been beaten into his path. And the United States international striker was the provider once again four minutes from time when he fed substitute Sebastian Larsson to wrap up the win. Southampton defender Maya Yoshida gave the visitors hope when he headed home after an 88th-minute free-kick had been helped into his path, but it all proved too little too late. It was the Saints’ first defeat in nine attempts in all competitions since August and doubled the number of goals they had conceded in the previous eight in one fell swoop. Indeed, it was the first time their defence had been breached more than once all season. Their late reply proved a source of frustration for Mannone and his back line, but the smiles were on Sunderland faces as the final whistle sounded. The keeper said: “We were really down as defenders and me personally because it was two minutes to go and a set-piece again. “It was a great delivery but we could have done better. But of course, I take the good 88 minutes and if we keep defending like that, then I don’t think we are going to concede goals like before. “We need to start from that base, don’t concede first and then when we have the ball, try to create. “The win has given us a big boost in morale and we need to start from there, go on to the pitch on Sunday and think we can defend and play when we have got the ball.” The Italian, a £2million summer signing from Arsenal, played his part in Wednesday night’s 2-1 Capital One Cup fourth-round victory over Southampton at the Stadium of Light, which handed the Black Cats another home tie against Chelsea in the quarter-finals. Mannone was included with Republic of Ireland international Westwood still suffering the after-effects of his run-in with Hull defender Paul McShane at the weekend, which left him slightly concussed and prompted his understudy’s introduction as a substitute. Press Associationlast_img read more

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ISL experience helped me improve: Gurpreet

first_imgBy Gaurav SharmaNew Delhi, June 12: Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who had a brilliant outing in the Intercontinental Cup, especially in the final, credited his stint in the Indian Super League (ISL) with Bengaluru FC for his success.Gurpreet conceded just one goal during the Intercontinental Cup, which featured New Zealand, Chinese Taipei and Kenya apart from hosts India. In the summit clash with Kenya, Gurpreet made a couple of brilliant saves to help India to a convincing victory.“The training in the Indian Super League helped me a lot. I had a great ISL season. A huge credit goes to the goalkeeping coach and head coach of Bengaluru FC,” Gurpreet told IANS.“I had to go through some gruelling goalkeeping drills and stretches which helped me make those saves. My height helps me get that reach, so it is a combination of all those factors,” the 26-year-old added.Gurpreet also revealed that having strong wrists and forearms is essential to become a good goalkeeper.“It is very important to have good strong wrists and forearms to have good strong hands to try stopping and catching shots coming at fast speeds,” the Red Bull athlete said.“I think mobility and flexibility is very important for the arms when you are a goalkeeper and I do various strength exercises specially in the gym to strengthen the more important parts of my arms, be it shoulder,wrist and even fingers because the slightest of touches can be the difference between saving a goal or not,” he added.Next year, India will feature in the 17th edition of the Asian Cup where the Men in Blue have been placed in group A along with United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Bahrain.When asked about his expectations at the Asian Cup, Gurpreet said: “We are high on confidence after the win in the Intercontinental Cup. Yes, we are in a tough group, so we go into the tournament as underdogs.”“But we will try to put our best foot forward and take this momentum with us in the Asian Cup. We have to get back to the drawing board and set up tactics for the teams we will play in the Asian Cup as we are in a tough group,” he added.The Chandigarh-born player also talked about Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri, who has equalled Argentine superstar Lionel Messi’s tally of 64 international goals.“He has been a legend of Indian football and his hunger for scoring goals never goes away. He always steps up to the big occasion and it is a great achievement for him to equal Messi’s record. We can consider ourselves lucky to have a player and captain like him,” Gurpreet said.(Gaurav Sharma can be contacted at gaurav.sharma@ians.in)last_img read more

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Cook stands firm for England in 100th Oval Test

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Alastair Cook ensured a quality launch to The Oval’s 100th Test with an innings of familiar patience and defiance that guided England to 171 for four against South Africa on an absorbing but rain-disrupted opening day of the third Test yesterday.Former captain Cook stood firm as the historic occasion was frustratingly interrupted by four stoppages, resisting throughout the day to finish unbeaten on 82 as wickets tumbled around him.The 32-year-old negotiated a demanding examination from a South African pace attack inspired particularly by two-wicket Vernon Philander, who also spent 50 minutes off the field with a stomach upset, to close in on a 31st Test hundred.With the four-Test series locked at 1-1, the visitors made light of losing the toss with Cook, who survived 178 balls, and Philander, who had excellent figures of 2-17 from 12 overs, proving the central figures.Electing to bat, England captain Joe Root gave his predecessor Cook the chance to impress again in the landmark Test at the south London venue which has become one of cricket’s most historic grounds over 137 years.The Oval joined another London venue Lord’s and Australia’s Melbourne and Sydney Cricket Grounds in hosting a century of Tests.In a new-look England side, featuring three new caps, batsmen Tom Westley and Dawid Malan and seamer Toby Roland-Jones, it was old stager Cook who summoned all his skill and resolve to anchor the innings in conditions assisting the Proteas’ pacemen.In an awkward morning session in overcast conditions and with a green tinge to the pitch, South Africa’s attack did not initially pose the menace they had shown in their 340-run victory at Trent Bridge, which levelled the seriesCAPABLE SUPPORTCook was given capable support by Essex county colleague Westley in a half-century stand before lunch but the newcomer departed for 25 straight after the resumption, pushing hard at Chris Morris to edge to second slip.Westley had impressed after Keaton Jennings was again found wanting, prodding tentatively at Philander to be caught at third slip for a duck in the fourth over.Cook, on 28, survived an lbw review, the faintest of inside edges off Morris sparing him, but otherwise looked his usual model of serenity as he made it to an early lunch, after two rain stoppages, on 34, with England 62 for one.The South Africans imposed more pressure on the resumption with Philander dismissing the dangerous-looking Root for 29, thanks to a dazzling, diving one-handed catch from wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Kagiso Rabada, back in the team after suspension, then sent debutant Malan packing for one with a lovely inswinging yorker.Still, though, Cook ploughed on after another rain break, maintaining his focus to bring up his half-century off 128 balls with a handsome cut for four off Philander.Tea was taken early at 149 for four after another stoppage and though Cook and Ben Stokes repaired some of the damage with an unbroken 51-run partnership for the fifth wicket, a fascinating day’s play ended up being truncated by another downpour.ENGLAND 1st inningsA. Cook not out 82K. Jennings c Elgar b Philander 0T. Westley c du Plessis b Morris 25J. Root c de Kock b Philander 29D. Malan b Rabada 1B. Stokes not out 21Extras: (b-7, lb-3, w-3) 13Total: (for 4 wickets, 59 overs) 171Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-64, 3-113, 4-120.Bowling: M. Morkel 16-4-48-0, V. Philander 12-5-17-2 (w-1), K. Rabada 13-4-32-1, K. Maharaj 7-1-16-0, C. Morris 11-1-48-1 (w-2).last_img read more

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Organization focuses on Central American identity

first_imgMarcelle Saulnier | Daily TrojanA newly recognized organization on campus, the Central American Network, is seeking to provide unity, academic help, personal support and, most importantly, a space for students to unapologetically be themselves. “Essentially, the mission statement of CAN is to empower the Central American community on- and off-campus by bringing educational resources to our people such as mentorship, tutoring and partnerships with nonprofits and fostering a Central American identity,” said Nathalye López, one of the CAN co-chairs. “We want to raise awareness and advocate for our culture.” Two years ago, López, a senior majoring in human biology and contemporary Latino and Latin American studies, was sitting in an Introduction to Mesoamerican lecture when the teaching assistant, Floridalma Boj-López, briefly discussed contemporary Latin American issues, emphasizing Central America. This intrigued López, and she decided to go into Boj-López’s office hours to dive into detail about her culture. After a few meetings, Boj-López urged López to start a small gathering of Central American students who also wanted to further their knowledge about their own culture. “She told me, if there are more of you, you should all connect because numbers are powerful,” López said. Boj-López also told López she was an immigrant herself and this was a topic she held dear to her heart. The group began with one other student joining López and Boj-López, then it expanded every week. Ultimately, the Central American Network was conceived. However, there was a long road ahead before CAN could be formally acknowledged. López and Boj-López faced many obstacles in sorting out the logistics of becoming a recognized student organization and finding a group of members to uphold the values of CAN. They had to wait an additional year to get recognized. Through it all, CAN organization persevered and is now officially recognized.Michael Alvarez, CAN’s director of public relations, hopes that CAN will make an impact far into the future. “Now that we are an official organization, our goal is to maintain sustainability and growth,” Alvarez said. “We do not want this to become dormant. We want to grow within our campus and community for years to come.” Although there are other Latino/a-oriented organizations, CAN is the first to represent Central American students.“We have Latinx organizations like [the Latina/o Student Assembly] and El Centro Chicano, but they focus on Mexican culture and I personally do not feel at home,” said Jennifer Gonzalez, CAN’s recruitment chair. “I know they do not intentionally mean to focus on Chicano/as, but it just so happens to be that way.” Members of CAN believe that the campus should encompass the diversity of countries that the Latinx community represent.  “We want to pave the way for the inclusion of different Hispanic cultures,” Alvarez said. “Personally, I am from Puerto Rico and it would be great to have a club centered around Caribbean culture, but for now this is great — one step at a time.”CAN’s executive board is continuing to work to bring its ideas to life. One of its goals is to create a scholarship to benefit current freshmen and the youth in South Central Los Angeles.“This will be open to everyone regardless of race or ethnicity, but it is moreso directed towards Central Americans,” Gonzalez said. “We feel this is one way to be active and enhance access to education within our people.” CAN is looking forward to two upcoming events. The first is La Fiesta Centroamericana, taking place on Sept. 15, which aims to shed light on the Independence Days of four of the seven Central American countries. CAN is also partnering with the Central American Resource Center, Homies Unidos and South Central Scholars to host the annual Central American Youth Leadership Conference at California State University, Los Angeles. The event will feature food and educational workshops for undocumented and at-risk youth. Last year, CAN members volunteered at the event, but this year they will be responsible for the programming and execution of each workshop topic. “We are the first and only Central American organization at USC,” the executive board said in statement. “Everyone is welcomed regardless of race, ethnicity, religious or sexual background. We want to bring cultural awareness through our history, food, music and traditions. But also, start open dialogues by sharing migrant stories and social realities that make our countries unique.”last_img read more

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Trojans begin title defense

first_imgThey say the most difficult task in collegiate sports is to repeat as champions.Starting this Saturday, the USC men’s water polo team will attempt to go about doing just that, hoping to repeat their 2008 run through the NCAA Water Polo Championship and capture a second straight title.Despite losing in the semifinals of the MPSF tournament and finishing a surprising third in the event held at McDonald’s Swim Stadium, the Trojans (24-2, 8-0) were selected as the NCAA’s only at-large bid, and received the No. 1 overall ranking in the four team championship.The Trojans will open with the fourth-seed Princeton Tigers (15-11), the champions of the Collegiate Water Polo Association who the Trojans defeated handily at McDonald’s 14-3 in early October.“We trained hard, we just stuck to our plan when we got in the pool, and took care of it,” senior driver Anthony Artukovich said of the Trojan’s big win over the Tigers.This time, however, the national semifinal will be held at Princeton’s own DeNunzio Pool, which has a reputation as one of the nation’s best home pool advantage.Playing in front of their home crowd, the Tigers feature two All-CWPA scorers on offense, senior attackers Mark Zalewski and Douglas Wigley.The Tiger defense is headed by junior goalie Mike Merlone, whose performance during the Eastern Championship helped the Tigers make their way to the NCAA tournament.In the other NCAA semifinal, a Southern California matchup between MPSF tournament champs UCLA and Western Water Polo Association champion Loyola Marymount will battle for a spot in the finals.The Trojans have had crossed paths with both teams multiple times this season, and are well prepared if they can make it past the tournament hosts on Saturday.Against LMU this season, the Trojans have hit on all cylinders, holding the Lions to six goals or less in both swims against the team. The Trojans scored 11 goals in both matchups against the Lions, one in the season-opening Triton Invitational and another in an inter-conference matchup at McDonald’s earlier this season.The team’s matchups with UCLA this season have been more competitive.Most recently, the Trojans lost to the Bruins at home, ending a nearly five-season long home winning streak, in the MPSF semifinals 10-6.In the teams’ three matchups during the regular season, the Trojans and Bruins had seen the outcome of the game not decided until the final moments of each game.In the semifinals of both the SoCal and NorCal tournaments, the Bruins and Trojans traded off one-goal victories.In their lone conference matchup of the season, the teams met on a Saturday night at UCLA’s Speiker Aquatics Center, and a last minute shot from redshirt junior driver Kyle Sterling sent the Trojans to a one-goal victory.“UCLA’s always pumped up to play us, and we’re always pumped to play them,” Artukovich said. “We know each others game plan, which makes the games close, but sometimes it just falls apart for us.”If the Trojans are successful in repeating it will cap the careers of a large group of talented seniors, which Artukovich sees as a perfect ending to his career.“Winning would mean the world to us,” Artukovich said. “We need some closure to the great time we’ve had here. We’re a family now and we want to go out with a bang.”last_img read more

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