amphotora/iStock(BRADENTON, Fla.) — A former police officer is being investigated by the FBI after allegedly misusing his badge and police databases for years in an effort to get dates with women.Police in Bradenton, Florida, said an extensive internal probe revealed that former Sgt. Leonel Marines, 36, used his status as an officer to target at least 150 women for dates or to have sex with them while on duty, authorities said Thursday.“Leonel Marines was not utilizing this data for law enforcement purposes whatsoever,” Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan said at a press conference Thursday. “Instead, he was using it in a variety of ways via social media, cold telephone calls, visits to their homes under the guise of being there for police business, you name it, to try and get dates with these women.”Marines, a 12-year veteran of the Bradenton Police Department, resigned in October, but the department’s internal investigation continued until recently.Bevan said authorities launched an investigation in June after a woman filed a complaint against Marines and accused him of following her without reason.Marines had a “chance brief encounter” with the woman in a parking lot and later showed up at her parents’ home asking to speak with her.The parents would not let him see their daughter and asked for his name and supervisor. When he refused, the parents reported the incident to the Bradenton Police Department.“I sat down with her and her parents and I told them they were heroes, as far as I was concerned,” the chief said at a press conference Thursday. “In this day and age, I think it takes a little bit of courage to be willing to tell a police officer standing at the door, ‘No, we don’t want to let you talk to our daughter.’”Department officials questioned Marines about the incident with the woman, but Bevan said his story “didn’t match up.” Her suspicions led to an audit of the officer’s searches in the Driver and Vehicle Information Database, which revealed “several hundred questionable database queries of women,” she said.“The results of this audit heightened my concern even greater due to discrepancies in the subjects he was conducting queries on versus his involvement with regards to open and active cases, as well a very, very clear trend of focusing on female versus male names,” Bevan said.She said the officer’s misconduct could stretch as far back as 2012. The majority of the women targeted were Hispanic, and many did not speak English, she said.“As the investigation continued and egregious nature of his actions became more and more apparent, he was ultimately placed on administrative leave without pay and stripped of his badge, guns and uniforms,” Bevan said. “Our internal investigation was recently closed with a finding of numerous administrative violations involving gross misconduct to include misuse of criminal justice information, violation of our record security policy and sex on duty.”Bevan did not speculate about possible criminal charges against Marines, but she said this is a “very active and open criminal investigation” that is now being spearheaded by the FBI.She said anyone with information on the case or women who may have had inappropriate contact with Marines are asked to contact the FBI office in Tampa.ABC News could not immediately reach Marines for comment. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
By John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – The borough will be getting some state assistance to acquire a long sought-after property to create a small riverfront park.The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded the borough $655,750 to assist local officials with the purchase of property at the northern end of DeNormandie Avenue for use as a pocket park.The property, approximately .69-acre parcel, overlooks the Navesink River, according to Lawrence Ragonese, DEP director of public affairs.The tract is near the Fair Haven Dock, Borough Clerk Allyson Cinquegrana said.The money is coming from the DEP’s Blue Acres Program, Ragonese said. The program is part of the department’s Green Acres program, which allocates money for the preservation of open space. The Blue Acres program was first approved by a bond act in 1997 and reaffirmed by referendum in 2009 when voters approved an additional $24 million.The program is aimed at the purchase of property in flood-prone areas from willing owners by government entities.“There are some flooding issues along the Navesink, so this property would be eligible,” Ragonese said.The grant stipulates that the municipality put up matching funds for the property acquisition, he said.Borough officials have been in negotiations with the property owners since 2009 for the parcel, Cinquegrana said. The delay seems to stem from a long overlooked issue about combining what was initially two lots, requiring the borough attorney to do some extensive research on the property title, which goes back about 100 years, Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli said.“It’s been several years and I’m hoping we’re within eight months of getting the title cleared,” the mayor said.The plan calls for the riverfront property to be converted into a small park for passive recreation and would allow public access to the water, according to Lucarelli.“It’s one of the nicest chunks of beach along the river,” he said. “It’s really going to be an area for residents or anybody to go down by the river and enjoy themselves and have access to the water.”The property has been in the Robards family for more than a century, Lucarelli said. “I think that’s kind of special.”Once the plan is finalized, the park area will have a plaque that details the history of the property and honors the family, the mayor said.The state money would be part of a funding bill that is currently making its way through the state legislature, and would be contingent on the governor’s approval.“He’s likely to sign that bill,” Ragonese said.
26 May 2008The inaugural Premier Soccer League Awards were hosted at the Theatre on the Track in Kyalami on Sunday evening, with Teko Modise walking away with the biggest honour and the biggest cheque after he was named Footballer of the Year, for which he pocketed a cool R250 000.Although he had a good season, Modise’s award was somewhat surprising when one considers that his club, Orlando Pirates, finished only eighth in the 16-team PSL, and lost in the first round of the Telkom Knockout Cup and the Nedbank Cup; usually individual awards are strongly tied to the success of teams.With a new look at the top end of the PSL table – after SuperSport United, Ajax Cape Town, and Santos finished 1-2-3 – the expectation was that the winner of Footballer of the Year would come from one of those clubs. Yet Modise, who netted four goals in the league, walked away with the award, which was determined by a vote of PSL coaches.SurprisedHe admitted to the PSL website that the award had surprised even him: “I didn’t expect to win anything major. The other nominees for the award were brilliant,” he said.“It was a tough season. I played lots of games for the club and the national side. I thought, at some stage through the season, that I’d burn out.”Kaizer Chiefs finished sixth in the league, but had the stingiest defence, allowing only 20 goals in their 30 games. Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune played a big role in the Amakhosi’s defensive prowess and his contribution was recognised by his fellow professionals when he was named the Players’ Player of the Year, as well as Goalkeeper of the year. The awards were worth R150 000 and R50 000 respectively.Big impactSuperSport United winger Elias ‘Dominguez’ Pelembe was named the Absa Premiership Player of the Year, which was worth R150 000. The Mozambican certainly made a big impact in his first season in the PSL.Matsatsantsa’s league success was further reflected in the awarding of the Coach of the Year award to their coach, Gavin Hunt. It marked the second time Hunt has won the award. He previously claimed it six years ago with Black Leopards.United also claimed the goal of the season, worth R50 000, with the award going the way of defender Siboniso Gaxa for a stunning strike against the side’s Pretoria rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns.SurprisedMoroka Swallows’ striker James Chamanga received R14 000 for finishing as the top goal scorer in the PSL, which won him the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot Award. That worked out at R1 000 for each goal he scored.If he had hit just one more goal he would have reached the minimum target set by the sponsors, Absa, and been rewarded with R50 000.Chamanga’s tally was boosted by a stunning outing against against Platinum Stars in December in which he hit five goals in a 6-2 win.Chairman’s AwardThe Chairman’s Award, decided by PSL Chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza, went to Kenyan Musa Otieno for his services to football in South Africa.He joined Santos in 1997 and was a star in defence for the People’s Team as they became a powerful presence in the PSL, including winning the title in 2002. From next season he will be campaigning in the USA, playing for the Cleveland City Stars. Otieno’s award was worth R100 000.Although Mamelodi Sundowns won the Nedbank Cup, it was the team they beat in the final, Mpumalanga Black Aces, which claimed the big individual prizes.First Division winnersThe First Division club’s Vusiwe Masondo was named Player of the Tournament, which earned him a nice bonus of R100 000, while Thabang Rooi was named the Most Promising Player of the Tournament.The National First Division Player of the Year was divided into awards for the top players in the two streams, Inland and Coastal. The Inland Player of the Year went to Dynamos’ Joseph Mthombeni, while the Coastal honours went to Ikapa Sporting FC’s Kurt Lentjies.Garankuwa United’s Reason Chiloane, despite playing for the team that finished bottom of the Inland Stream, was the top goal scorer in that section of the First Division, while the position was reversed in the Coastal Stream where Fadlu Davids of table-topping Maritzburg United was the top scorer.The referee of the year award went to Ace Ncobo, while Enock Molefe was named the best assistant.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dee Jepsen was recently named President of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH). Jepsen will serve on the Board of Directors for a two-year term through the summer of 2019.ISASH is an organization dedicated to the professional development of agricultural safety and health professionals, providing national and international leadership in preventing agricultural injuries and illnesses to the agricultural community. ISASH provides opportunities for sharing information about research and intervention programs, improving professional skills and knowledge, networking and other supportive activities.Dee Jepsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University and State Leader for the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Program. Many of her efforts around the state have gained her a national reputation for leadership in community safety initiatives. She also is a regular OCJ contributor.During her term, Jepsen hopes to foster additional international connections within the Society.“I have a goal to connect and re-connect members with others doing work in this discipline,” she said. “There are so many opportunities to impact farmers’ and ranchers’ quality of life through better outreach and engagement of best management practices. Whether it’s domestically or around the world, this organization connects many of us in the occupational safety and health field.”Jepsen has been a member of ISASH for 25 years.“To be entrusted to lead this organization is a professional honor,” she said.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc. recently unveiled its next generation UHarvest Pro grain cart scale and data management system at the 2019 Farm Progress Show. Using its exclusive dedicated ISOBUS connectivity, the Unverferth UHarvest Pro system provides users with the most robust and reliable harvest data recording without the need for extra cables, displays or batteries.Developed in collaboration with Raven Industries, the UHarvest Pro system offers unrivaled connectivity to the grain cart. A Bluetooth connection built into the grain cart’s module seamlessly transfers data via cellular to any Android or IOS mobile device with the UHarvest Pro app. Users can connect to their free Slingshot account to automatically generate professional reports to send to their crop insurance adjuster, landlord, or other trusted partner. Users can also merge and edit the data to suit their business needs.The UHarvest Pro system can easily be set up to record data in grower, farm and field format. In addition, every unloading event can be recorded with truck identification, destination and variety information. Truck and destination capacities allow the operator to accurately load trucks and monitor bin levels at each destination to better manage their harvest. Accu-Save automatically records each unloading event by using a P.T.O.-mounted sensor for greatest accuracy.“Raven understands how important it is for precision technology to simply work,” said Brian Meyer, Vice President of Raven’s Applied Technology Division. “By partnering with Unverferth and utilizing our deep knowledge of ISOBUS technology, we’ve developed a product that is easy to connect and simple to use, allowing the user to focus on covering acres, not configuring cables and setting up multiple displays. This system also leverages the robust connectivity platform with Slingshot Services and Logistics to provide growers with meaningful and actionable data.”Additional features of the UHarvest Pro system include hitch weight monitoring to manage the cart for optimal handling and one-touch verification to calibrate combine yield monitors and create reports for historical viewing.Options include moisture-sense technology to automatically convert bushels harvested to dry bushels, and Accu-Load to dispense a pre-programmed weight into each truck for keeping loads within capacity.The UHarvest Pro system is available on all of the company’s grain cart brands as well as other cart brands equipped with scales. For complete information about the UHarvest Pro grain cart data system, growers can visit uharvest.net, or their nearest Brent, Killbros, Parker or Unverferth grain cart dealer. The UHarvest Pro system is a collaboration with Raven Industries Applied Technology Division.Unverferth Mfg. Co., Inc. is a world-class, family-owned manufacturer and marketer of tillage, seed-, hay- and grain-handling equipment, along with pull-type sprayers, fertilizer applicators and agricultural dual, triple and specialty wheel products.Raven Applied Technology is helping feed a growing population by delivering impactful technology that improves agricultural efficiency for custom applicators and growers around the world. From field computers to sprayer and planter controls, GPS guidance steering systems, wireless and logistics technology, Raven provides precision agriculture products and solutions designed to reduce operating costs and improve yields. Learn more at http://ravenprecision.com.
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He emphasised that the Government is committed to ensuring that a high standard is maintained throughout the entire educational system, through the adoption of the National Standard Curriculum, starting at the early-childhood level. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says 103 early-childhood institutions have, so far, been fully registered by the Early Childhood Commission, and that another 300 will be certified in short order. “This Administration intends to promote and uphold standards. We want quality education for all, so we are working with the early-childhood institutions to ensure there is capacity for all our children… and all get an opportunity and are well prepared and stimulated from early childhood,” the Minister added. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says 103 early-childhood institutions have, so far, been fully registered by the Early Childhood Commission, and that another 300 will be certified in short order.Delivering the keynote address at the launch of the Ministry/Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE) Symposium and Expo on February 28 at the St. Hilda’s Diocesan High School in Brown’s Town, St. Ann, the Minister commended members of the Commission for their work in ensuring that early-childhood institutions across the island are compliant with the Ministry’s operating standards.He emphasised that the Government is committed to ensuring that a high standard is maintained throughout the entire educational system, through the adoption of the National Standard Curriculum, starting at the early-childhood level.“This Administration intends to promote and uphold standards. We want quality education for all, so we are working with the early-childhood institutions to ensure there is capacity for all our children… and all get an opportunity and are well prepared and stimulated from early childhood,” the Minister added.Senator Reid said the Government is fully aware of the challenges being faced by the sector and will be doing all that it can to ensure that no one is “left behind”.He pointed out that, this year, the Administration will be seeking to launch two day-care centres in each constituency and engage stakeholders to be able to better advance the thrust of the Ministry.“There are some vulnerable households with mothers sometimes under stress. They need to go to work, but they have nobody to leave their children with, and some of them, when they have older children, those children suffer because the older child has to stay home to take care of those children, and their education suffers. This Administration says that we will leave no one behind,” he stressed.According to Senator Reid, the Ministry will also be seeking to engage private institutions aimed at “rationalising some of the current basic schools to become infant schools or infant departments”.Meanwhile, the Minister said that plans by the Government to ensure that all students go up to grade 13 are part of the strategy to make sure that all students have full access to education and training at the high-school level, which will ultimately reduce the cost for a college education.“It is a very novel idea if we can ensure that you do some of your credits in high school to make sure that they can be transferred to your other institutions to reduce your cost, so you stay in those institutions over a shorter period,” he said.“Instead of creating a pyramidal education system, we are creating an education system with equity, so that everybody gets early-childhood education, quality primary education, quality secondary, and all get an opportunity for tertiary education. What a revolution we are going to have in Jamaica,” the Minister added.To facilitate these plans, the Minister said that funding to the educational system was increased for the fiscal year.“Our Ministry was able to increase the funding to our primary schools for our regular grant by 169 per cent. We increased the maintenance grant by a whopping 40 per cent; and we increased the contribution to our all-age and junior high schools from $11,150.00 per student to $19,000.00. We also distributed book vouchers for some of our very needy students up to $ 50 million,” he outlined.The symposium was held under the theme ‘Creating Educational Opportunities to Enhance Sustainable Economic Growth and Development in Communities’.Partners included HEART Trust/NTA, Centre of Occupational Studies, Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), Caribbean Maritime University, The Early Childhood Commission, Career Advancement Programme, National Parenting Support Commission, Sagicor, Irie FM and Power 106.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A Canadian company says it will enter New Jersey’s sports betting market as an affiliate of Monmouth Park Racetrack.Toronto-based theScore says it will begin offering an online and mobile sports book in mid-2019, pending approval by state regulators.The company offers digital sports experiences through its web, social and esports platforms.The announcement came the same day that the National Basketball Association announced a deal making daily fantasy sports provider and recently minted bookmaker FanDuel a gambling partner of the league.FanDuel will gain access to official NBA betting data, along with league marks and logos across FanDuel’s sports betting offerings.New Jersey’s sports betting market is growing rapidly, with $928 million worth of bets having been taken by the state’s casinos and racetracks since mid-June.Wayne Parry, The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. – In a new report published by BC Hydro, four out of 10 B.C. couples argue over the temperature in the household.Findings from their report titled ‘Thermostat wars: How the battle over household temperatures is turning up the heat on relationships’ are that as common as it is for couples across the province to argue about temperature, five percent of couples describe their situation as an “all-out thermostat war.”BC Hydro found out with a survey they commissioned, that British Columbian couples will go to great lengths to get their way when it comes to the temperature of their home. Twice as many couples are motived by comfort than cost savings. The survey included that more than 60 percent of people admitted to adjusting the thermostat when their partner was not looking and 50 percent say they have waited for their partner to leave the home before adjusting the dial. There is also the 20 percent that admits to turning the temperature up or down just to annoy their partner.Also revealed in the survey was what temperature the thermostat is set at as being one of the most contentious household arguments, this being ahead of who is cooking dinner, what time the dreaded morning alarm is set for, and who forgot to turn off the lights when they left the house.However, many of these arguments are often based around misconceptions, for example;Cranking up the thermostat does not heat the home up faster than turning it up a degree or two at a time.It is not more energy-efficient to keep the thermostat at a constant temperature instead of adjusting it based on the time of day or what activity is going on in the home.Turning on a space heater is not always a more energy-efficient way to keep warm.BC Hydro is encouraging British Columbian couples with Valentine’s around the corner to call an end to the thermostat war. It recommends setting the thermostat at 21 degrees Celsius when relaxing or watching T.V., 18 degrees Celsius when cooking or doing housework, and 16 degrees Celsius when away from home or sleeping.Other tips to reduce heating costs and stay comfortable this winter include:Using a programmable or smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature of the home based on the time of day.Installing weatherstripping around doors and windows to seal up gaps and cracks that let cold air into the home and warm air out – and lead to higher heating costs.Using BC Hydro’s electricity tracking tools to see how adjusting the thermostat can impact a household’s electricity use and costs.