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Pacquiao not closing door on Khan, DubaiPacquiao not closing door on Khan, Dubai

first_imgMOST READ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Manny Pacquiao (left) and Amir Khan. AFP FILE PHOTOSManny Pacquiao is not discounting the possibility of staging his next fight in Dubai with newly opened Coca-Cola Arena a potential venue.As for his possible opponent, Pacquiao is keeping his options open, but he is amenable to a showdown against Amir Khan, his former sparring partner.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down “I’m planning for next year, trying to make it for next year with a possible opponent. Especially Amir Khan wants to fight me. We will talk again. It would be a good fight,” Pacquiao said in a story on Gulf News.“We are negotiating for a fight in Dubai, and I am hoping that a fight can happen here in the future,” added Pacquiao, who is in Dubai for a Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The 32-year-old Khan has long been chasing Pacquiao for a fight for several years. The two camps had been in negotiations before but had never been able to strike a deal.Pacquiao, who is still going strong at 40, has been nothing short of impressive in his past three fights. He last fought former undefeated champion Keith Thurman, whom he beat for the WBA (Super) welterweight champion two months ago. Beyond Khan, Pacquiao may have to wait for the result of the Errol Spence-Shawn Porter battle that will take place on Saturday in Los Angeles.Unbeaten Spence and rival world champion Porter, another former Pacquiao sparring partner, figure in a welterweight title unification bout with the winner looking at a possible 2020 showdown with the Filipibo ring icon. —REPORTS FROM MARK GIONGCO AND AFPSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ McDaniels powers TNT anew Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdownlast_img read more

Gold miner busted with cocaine, ammo remandedGold miner busted with cocaine, ammo remanded

first_imgA gold miner, who was busted with a quantity of cocaine and ammunition, was on Thursday remanded to prison after he pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.Thirty-nine-year-old Terrence Curry, on April 4, 2017, had in his possession several rounds of .32 ammunition, without being the owner of a firearm licence.The second charge stated that the defendant, who resides in Georgetown, on the same day was found in possession of 173 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.An unrepresented Curry pleaded not guilty to both charges read to him by the Magistrate and was remanded to prison.The court heard that the analysis certificate and ballistics report were yet outstanding, causing the matter to be adjourned to April 26, 2017.last_img read more

Nurses decry non-payment of salariesNurses decry non-payment of salaries

first_imgAfter 4 months…By Shemuel FanfairA group of frustrated newly recruited nurses attached to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) are contending that they have not been remunerated after working for more than four months, even though they had made several attempts to get word on their status, and had attempted to ventilate their situation with the Permanent Secretary of the MoPH and other officials.Georgetown Public Hospital CorporationGuyana Times was on Monday informed that these nurses are often told, “You’re not the only one,” and, “Have patience.” Guyana Times also understands that the MoPH protocol stipulates that newly recruited nurses are to be paid only after completion of their three-month probationary period.“Last month made three months,” one young woman related. “That was my probation period. I haven’t been paid yet. It’s approaching five months!”This newspaper was further told that probes made by the nurses for an update on disbursement resulted in them being informed that their names had been submitted to the Public Service Commission (PSC), and a signature is being awaited.“They said they have to wait on a signature to release our salaries. That’s all we hearing. How are we expected to report to work on a daily basis when we aren’t even being paid? And if yuh absent one day, they threatening to write yuh up,” a nurse explained.Guyana Times sought to garner official word in regard to the situation of the nurses, but learnt that Permanent Secretary of the MoPH, Collette Adams, is overseas and cannot be reached for comment. However, MoPHPersonnel Officer Chetwin Phoenix, when contacted, neither confirmed nor denied the nurses’ contention of not being paid, but urged that the affected persons report the matter to him, so that it could be addressed. But probed further, he related that his superiors have more authority to relay official information to media operatives.“I would love to request that the persons come to talk to me at the Ministry of Public Health, and let me see exactly where their matters are…I don’t want to come across as being reluctant to provide information…the framework that I work within, it is difficult for me to engage the media…,” he stressed.Phoenix referred this publication to the attention of his superiors. However, the Deputy PS was, up to press time, unavailable to speak to this newspaper. Guyana Times understands that the Public Health Ministry received from the Public Service Commission correspondence in this regard as recent as Monday morning, but it remains unclear when the newly recruited nurses would receive their first salaries.last_img read more

Patterson’s actions an attempt to cover up corruption – PPPPatterson’s actions an attempt to cover up corruption – PPP

first_imgBy Gary EleazarThe Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI), through its public relations officer, has admitted that the tender process for emergency works at the Georgetown Prison relative to the construction of administrative blocks has been annulled.The MPI has stated that the annulment was to allow for the project to fall under the relevant ministry, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS). The Public Infrastructure Ministry was responsible for technical support.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonThe opposition Peoples’ Progressive Party has since observed that the response from the MPI, led by Minister David Patterson, makes three definitive statements, the first being that “Patterson’s response is an admission, as it relates to his proclivity to annul tenders and flaunt procurement procedures – which is a major point made by the political Opposition…“That said, his admission that the tender process was annulled raises even more questions”, the PPP has said.The PPP has since questioned how it was that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure had gone as far as to invite contractors to submit bids before realising that it was taking on works and spending money budgeted under the Ministry of Public Security.A total of 20 companies were shortlisted from a prequalification process. All 20 companies were informed of this development on July 25, in a letter from the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Geoffrey Vaughn.The companies had, on July 27, 2017, been invited by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to conduct a “mandatory” site visit. They were given one day, the deadline being July 28, 2017, to respond and indicate their intention to bid for the works. The companies were informed that they then had two days after the site visit (the deadline being July 31, 2017 at 11:00hrs) to deliver sealed bids to the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).The July 27, 2017 site visit was then rescheduled by the Ministry’s Work Services Group Manager for Procurement and Contracts, Philip Bryan. In an email to the 20 companies, Bryan explained that the site visit was now fixed for July 28, 2017.However, following his July 25, 2017 letter, Vaughn, on July 28, 2017, wrote again to the bidders, saying, “The Ministry regrets to inform you that a decision was taken by the executing agency to annul this bid.”All of this occurred, before the tender process was annulled.According to the PPP, the Guyanese people would recall that during the consideration of Financial Paper 2/2017, the matter of Minister Patterson answering questions as they relate to capital works budgeted under the Ministry of Public Security was raised by the political Opposition.“Is it gross incompetence? Is Patterson admitting to incompetence, or is this a manifestation of a poorly disguised attempt to cover up an act of corruption?” the PPP asked.According to the PPP, the excuse given by the Public Infrastructure Ministry – that the annulment was to allow for the project to fall under the relevant ministry, the Ministry of Public Security – now puts Minister Khemraj Ramjattan in the spotlight.“None of the substantial questions raised by the political Opposition about the works at the Georgetown Prison have been answered… All that we have seen are excuses that not only raise questions about Minister Patterson’s competence, as we have pointed out, but now leave Minister Ramjattan in the proverbial ‘hot seat’.”According to the PPP, it must be noted that the website of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board gives no information on any bid process involving the Ministry of Public Security and the works at the Georgetown Prison in question. The Ministry of Public Security’s website also details no information, save for a September 26, 2017 tender for works at the other prisons.“While the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s response attempted, futilely, to discredit the concerns raised by the political Opposition, the fact remains that Patterson continues to avoid core and substantive issues in the face of serious concerns (relative) to the rule of law, adherence to the procurement laws, and about corrupt acts”, the PPP has said.The party, by way of a public missive, said that while Patterson and his spokesperson talk up “mischievous attempts to spread falsehoods,” the Guyanese people would have remained in the dark, thinking that all is well, had it not been for the efforts of the political Opposition.last_img read more

Cost of freedomCost of freedom

first_imgRe: “Does wimp factor ail councils?” (Jan. 29): Neighborhood council’s cannot have their cake and eat it too. If they want the city to give them either power or money, then they have to be burdened with all the bureaucratic red tape that goes along with it. Both money and power corrupt and, therefore, safeguards that are replete with red tape are required to protect both the public treasury and the public trust that accompany money and power. The solution is for neighborhood councils to be independent of the city and therefore not subject to all the red tape. This gives them freedom to operate much more effectively and will increase their influence. Moreover, it frees them from the fear that if they rattle the cages of city authorities, that they will be accused of biting the hand that feeds them. – Jack Allen Pacific Palisades Napkin thinking Re: “Mini towns could dot MTA lines” (Feb. 1): After 30 years in public office, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky declares: “Whatever you do now will last for 50 years, so we have to do it right the first time.” Great! We’ve got 50 more years of gridlock because of his napkin-drawing, simple-solution governance that’s gotten us into this mess. Albert Einstein forewarned: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” We need a bold and independent “Traffic Commissioner” to formulate and execute a comprehensive plan that will efficiently mobilize our citizenry into the next half-century. Peter Ueberroth’s name stands alone for this no-nonsense job of enormous responsibility. – Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood Sheep following sheep Re: “Exxon’s mad dash for cash” (Feb. 2): Sounded great, making Exxon the bad guy by reporting that they made $39.5 billion last year. I’m no fan of Exxon, but how about getting the facts straight? Some prankster puts on the Internet that Exxon made $3,750 every three seconds last year. Right so far. Then to make Exxon look bad, this prankster said that “the average American worker” made only 20 cents in that same three seconds. Using the same calculation method, that means that the average worker made $2,096,640 last year. This places me far, far behind the poverty level, no matter how you calculate it. In actual fact, the average worker made less than .004 cents every three seconds. – George Jerome Chatsworth Endless possibilities The governor’s healthcare plan sounds fantastic, but it’s just a start. Taxing the doctors for being doctors is brilliant in and of itself, but why stop there? How about taxing firefighters for every structural fire they extinguish, and add an additional surcharge if lives are saved in the process? Charge the police for every felony arrest they make, and up the ante for crimes of violence. Fine Boy Scouts for helping little old ladies across the street, and cite shoppers who return their carts to the storage racks. Just think, Guv, the possibilities are endless. – Steven Sapkin, M.D. Woodland Hills Homeless confusion Re: “L.A.’s homeless strategy called inadequate” (Jan. 30): Why are people so confused about the growing number of homeless in L.A.? It’s the best place in the country to be homeless. We provide the best services and the best weather. The elite fail to recognize that faction of the population that has it better on the streets than they do being responsible contributing members of society. If you want to end “homelessness,” cut all funding and people will die on the streets. Problem solved. There is no amount of money, signatures on a petition, or head scratching that will “solve” the problem of homelessness. If people want to make a difference, they can take some time out of their busy schedules to drop off food and supplies at a local shelter, treat them like human beings – and accept them exactly the way they are. You can start with the temporary shelter in Sylmar. – Donna Connolly Sherman Oaks Value of a life Re: “Brandy may be charged in crash” (Jan. 30): Seems everyone but Brandy Norwood knew to slow down that day on the 405 Freeway, widely known to be one of the most notoriously congested freeways in the country, yet CHP could find no evidence of distraction. Of course, the CHP didn’t arrive at the scene for who knows how long. How can anyone be certain whether Norwood was distracted, let’s say by making a phone call? When someone does not contribute the minimum of consideration necessary when driving a car (clearly all the drivers in front of her did) and such negligence leads not only to an accident (chain reaction in this case) but the death of a human being, punishment – if found guilty – ought to entail more than a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. It’s outrageous what little worth society (for it created the laws) places on human life. I simply fail to see the misdemeanor in such a felony. – Michael E. White Burbank The 405 defense So they’re thinking of charging Brandy with manslaughter? If they do, I hope her defense lawyer will introduce an obvious fact into evidence: When the 405 Freeway was built, drivers were not expected to go from 65 mph to a virtual standstill on a quarter-second’s notice. Today, traffic on the 405 makes that a daily occurrence. Maybe all the publicity surrounding Brandy will lead to a class-action lawsuit against Caltrans for endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of drivers every day with their overcrowded freeways. – Brenda Thomas Carson Greedy eagle Re: “Ambitious eagle crashes power” (Briefly, Jan. 30): Wow. What a story. A greedy, materialistic and no doubt egocentric bald eagle (symbol of the United States, remember) found a decapitated carrion head in a garbage dump and crashed into power poles while attempting to fly away with it, killing itself. How can anyone not see parallels to our country’s overall spiritual condition regarding so many issues, too many to mention? – Kathryn Durfee Agoura Needed time off Re: “Pay for them now” (Your Opinions, Feb. 1): If we believe what we read and hear about cops, from cops, they have the toughest job in the world. You know, long 12-hour shifts, fast food, lots of stress, no sleep, fighting crime all day long, high blood pressure, early deaths, lots of divorces, never getting paid enough, and zero love from the public – you name it. So the last thing the good citizens of Los Angeles need is these underpaid, underloved, overworked cops coming in on their day off to work. Officer safety is imperative, as is public safety. Do yourselves and the public a favor, stay home and enjoy your days off like the rest of us. We will all be better off. – Mike Mathis Canyon Country Student loan rates As someone who is financing the majority of his college education, Congress’ announcement of a plan to cut the interest rate on student loans to 3.4 percent was music to my ears. Many students of all economic backgrounds invest in their education by taking out student loans. Unfortunately, these same students are severely burdened by loan repayment soon after graduation, preventing them from pursuing certain public-interest careers. There is still much to be done in making higher education more affordable and that includes increasing the federal Pell grant to $5,100 per semester. Any steps the new Congress can take to relieve the burden of borrowing for higher education are steps in the right direction. – Brendon Liner Northridge 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FFP prevented Sanchez move to City, says PellegriniFFP prevented Sanchez move to City, says Pellegrini

first_imgPellegrini has now revealed that City were also interested in signing Sanchez, but having been slapped with FFP sanctions that included a £16.3 million fine, a £49m spending cap, and a reduction in the size of their Champions League squad, they were not in a position to bid for him.“He was one of the best in the world and he showed it every day,” Pellegrini told Chilean radio station ADN. “He was a major player we wanted to take to City.“We could not take him before he signed for Arsenal, it was because the club was punished for Financial Fair Play. I did not have the space in the squad for him.“Alexis is a complete winner and hopefully he will remain a force for a number of years.”Sanchez has thrived in north London, scoring 65 goals in 116 matches for the Gunners.The 27-year-old, whose current contract expires in 18 months, is currently in discussions with the Emirates outfit regarding a bumper new deal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. PHOTO/AFP.SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec 16- Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that Alexis Sanchez could well have been a Citizens player if it were not for Financial Fair Play (FFP) restrictions imposed on the club.The Chilean star joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014, with the Gunners fighting off interest from Liverpool to sign the forward.last_img read more

Special fund sought to help Donegal businesses through BrexitSpecial fund sought to help Donegal businesses through Brexit

first_imgDonegal County Council is set to ask the Minister for Finance to establish a Brexit fund for businesses in the border regions.As Budget 2020 is announced on 8th October, the impact of Brexit on Donegal and nearby counties will be in sharp focus.Cllr Gary Doherty told the county council yesterday that dedicated fund should be established to provide financial assistance for local businesses to help mitigate the potential downturn that will result from Brexit. He said that Donegal businesses have already taken a hit with the devaluation of Sterling and reduction in tourist numbers.Cllr Doherty said that one use of the proposed fund should be to support cross-border advertising to increase footfall in Donegal towns and villages.As the motion was passed by council, Cllr Doherty stated that the funding call should be sent to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe as soon as possible.Special fund sought to help Donegal businesses through Brexit was last modified: October 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reiner’s preschool measure misguidedReiner’s preschool measure misguided

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant For example, California’s public schools are governed by four interlocking layers of dysfunctional bureaucracy at the federal, state, county and district levels. No one is in charge of anything, least of all the parents, voters and taxpayers. Not only do the multiple layers of bureaucracy soak up an unacceptable amount of taxpayer dollars, but disagreements among the bureaucracies are resolved in lawsuits, with the taxpayers footing the bill for each side of the dueling educrats. Reiner’s scheme again involves all four levels of bureaucracy, but, worse still, the primary responsibility for administering his tax-funding of preschools is the black hole of California education, our county offices of education. Most voters are unaware even of the existence of these county offices, and not one in 100 can name their county superintendent of public instruction. As a result of this lack of democratic control and public oversight over the county offices of education, the misnamed “continuation” schools they run graduate almost no one, and their schools for mentally and physically handicapped kids are shamefully dysfunctional. Most school reformers have advocated for years eliminating entirely California’s county offices of education, and folding their responsibilities into the state department of education and the districts in order to streamline the bureaucracy and provide more transparency and accountability to voters. Since these county bureaucracies can be counted on to grab all the power they can, almost all of the preschools they fund will be under their control, and very few of the high-quality community-owned preschools that have served us so well would survive. As these community-owned preschools padlock their doors, freedom of choice in preschool education would vanish, and the door would slam shut on quality preschool education for the low-income families who most need it. Such a scheme would mean not just low quality, but also runaway costs. Californians will see a “Preschool for All Act” initiative on the June primary ballot sponsored by Hollywood personality Rob Reiner. Unfortunately, while the evidence for the benefit of universal preschool is strong, even those who favor publicly financed preschool will want to see Reiner’s bungled effort defeated. Just as Reiner’s latest film, “Rumor Has It,” was a box office flop because of an incoherent screenplay, Reiner’s initiative is fatally flawed by his incoherent drafting and ignorance of educational policy. Currently about half of California’s children are served by high-quality, community-owned preschools that maintain safe and secure campuses and teach their children the kinds of values almost all parents would like to see their kids learn. Reiner failed to consult any of the associations representing these preschools, and ended up with an initiative that would do them irreparable harm. He also failed to consult any of the California K-12 school reform groups, and in so doing ended up with an initiative that repeats every policy error that has resulted in the meltdown of our current system of K-12 education. Even voters who passionately support publicly funded preschool should want to turn thumbs down on this turkey and wait for a high-quality and thoughtful initiative. Fortunately, it looks like they will do just that. A Jan. 26 poll commissioned by the Preschool for All people showed only 63 percent support among voters. Since support for initiatives always fades as voters become more aware of the counterarguments, that 63 percent figure with almost five months remaining prior to the election is reason to be optimistic that most parents will vote no when they discover what “Preschool for All”‘ really does. Reiner’s misguided agenda can and will be defeated. Alan Bonsteel is president of California Parents for Educational Choice, www.cpeconline.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Recruiting girls for sex?Recruiting girls for sex?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The AP also found: The Army, which accounts for almost half the military, has had 722 recruiters accused of rape and sexual misconduct since 1996. Across all services, one out of 200 frontline recruiters – the ones who deal directly with young people – was disciplined for sexual misconduct last year. Some cases of improper behavior involved romantic relationships, and sometimes those relationships were initiated by the women. Most recruiters found guilty of sexual misconduct are disciplined administratively, facing a reduction in rank or forfeiture of pay; military and civilian prosecutions are rare. More than 100 young women who expressed interest in joining the military in the past year were preyed upon sexually by their recruiters. Women were raped on recruiting office couches, assaulted in government cars and groped en route to entrance exams. A six-month Associated Press investigation found that more than 80 military recruiters were disciplined last year for sexual misconduct with potential enlistees. The cases occurred across all branches of the military and in all regions of the country. “This should never be allowed to happen,” said one 18-year-old victim. “The recruiter had all the power. He had the uniform. He had my future. I trusted him.” At least 35 Army recruiters, 18 Marine Corps recruiters, 18 Navy recruiters and 12 Air Force recruiters were disciplined for sexual misconduct or other inappropriate behavior with potential enlistees in 2005, according to records obtained by the AP under dozens of Freedom of Information Act requests. That’s significantly more than the handful of cases disclosed in the past decade. The increase in sexual misconduct incidents is consistent with overall recruiter wrongdoing, which has increased from just over 400 cases in 2004 to 630 cases in 2005, according to a recent General Accounting Office report.Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke said the Pentagon, which has committed more than $1.5 billion to recruiting efforts this year, doesn’t track sexual misconduct cases among recruiters and had no comment on the AP’s findings. She referred the question to the military branches. In the Army, 53 recruiters were charged with misconduct last year. Recruiting spokesman S. Douglas Smith said the Army has put much energy into training its staff to avoid these problems. “To have 53 allegations in a year, while it is 53 more than we would want, is not indicative of the entire command of 8,000 recruiters,” he said. “We take this very seriously and we take appropriate action as necessary to discipline these people.” The Associated Press generally does not name victims in sexual assault cases. For this story, the AP interviewed victims in their homes and perpetrators in jail, read police and court accounts of assaults and, in one case, portions of a victim’s journal. A pattern emerged. The sexual misconduct almost always takes place in recruiting stations, recruiters’ apartments or government vehicles. The victims are typically between 16 and 18 years old, and they usually are thinking about enlisting. They usually meet the recruiters at their high schools, but sometimes at malls or recruiting offices. “We had been drinking, yes. And we went to the recruiting station at about midnight,” begins one girl’s story. Tall and slim, her long hair sweeping down her back, this 18-year-old from Ukiah hides her face in her hands as she describes the night when Marine Corps recruiter Sgt. Brian Fukushima climbed into her sleeping bag on the floor of the station and took off her pants. Two other recruiters were having sex with two of her friends in the same room. “I don’t like to talk about it. I don’t like to think about it,” she says, her voice muffled and breaking. “He got into my sleeping bag, unbuttoned my pants, and he started, well …” Her voice trails off, and she is quiet for a moment. “I had a freak-out session and just passed out. When I woke up, I was sick and ashamed. My clothes were all over the floor.” Fukushima was convicted of misconduct in a military court after another young woman reported similar assaults. He left the service with a less than honorable discharge in the fall. His military attorney, Capt. James Weirick, said Fukushima is “sorry that he let his family down and the Marine Corps down. It was a lapse in judgment.” Shedrick Hamilton uses the same phrase to describe his own actions that landed him in Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York for 15 months for having sex with a 16-year-old high school student he met while working as a Marine Corps recruiter. Hamilton said the victim had dropped her pants in his office as a prank a few weeks earlier, and that on this day she reached over and caressed his groin while he was driving her to a recruiting event. “I pulled over and asked her to climb into the back seat,” he said. “I should have pushed her away. I was the adult in the situation. I should have put my foot down, called her parents.” As a result, he was convicted of third-degree rape, and left the service with an other-than-honorable discharge. He wipes the collar of his prison jumpsuit across his cheek, smearing tears that won’t stop. “I literally kick myself … every day. It hurts. It hurts a lot. As much as I pray, as much as I work on it in counseling, I still can’t repair the pain that I caused a girl, her family, my family, my kids. It’s very hard to deal with,” he says, dropping his head. “It’s very, very hard to deal with.” In Gainesville, Fla., a 20-year-old woman told this story: Walking into an Army recruiting station last summer, she was greeted by Sgt. George Kirkman, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound soldier. Kirkman is 41. He was friendly and encouraging, but told her she might be a bit too heavy. He asked if she wanted to go to the gym with him. She agreed, and he drove her to his apartment complex. There, he walked her to his apartment, pulled out a laptop, and suggested she take a basic recruiting aptitude test. Afterward, Kirkman said he needed to measure her. Twice. He said she had to take her pants off. And he attacked her. Kirkman, who did not respond to repeated requests for an interview, pleaded no contest to sexual battery in January and is on probation and a registered sexual offender. He’s still in the military, working now as a clerk in the Jacksonville, Fla., Army recruiting office. Not all of the victims are young women. Former Navy recruiter Joseph Sampy, 27, of Jeanerette, La., is serving a 12-year sentence for molesting three male recruits. “He did something wrong, something terrible to people who were the most vulnerable,” State District Judge Lori Landry said before handing down the sentence in July 2005. “He took advantage of his authority.” One of Sampy’s victims is suing him and the Navy for $1.25 million. The trial is scheduled for next spring. Sometimes these incidents are indisputable, forcible rapes. “He did whatever he pleased,” said one victim who was 17 at the time. “… People in uniform used to make me feel safe. Now they make me feel nervous.” Other sexual misconduct is more nuanced. Recruiters insist the victims were interested in them, and sometimes the victims agree. Sometimes they even dated. “I was persuaded into doing something that I didn’t necessarily want to do, but I did it willingly,” said Kelly Chase, now a Marine Corps combat photographer, whose testimony helped convict a recruiter of sexual misconduct last year. Former Navy recruiter Paul Sistrunk, a plant supervisor in Conehatta, Miss., who had an affair with a potential recruit in 1995, says their relationship was entirely consensual. She was 18, an adult; he was 26 and married. “Things happen, you know?” says Sistrunk, who opted for an other-than-honorable discharge rather than face court-martial. “Morally, what I did was wrong, but legally, I don’t think so.” A nine-year veteran of the Navy, Sistrunk lost his pension and health benefits. His victim, who discovered during a medical exam at boot camp that she had contracted herpes, unsuccessfully tried to sue the federal government. “In my case,” said Sistrunk, “I was flirted with, and flirting, well, that’s something I hadn’t seen a lot of until I became a recruiter. I had no power over her. I really didn’t.” Kimberly Lonsway, an expert in sexual assault and workplace discrimination in San Luis Obispo, said, “Even if there isn’t overt violence, the reality is that these recruiters really do hold the keys to the future for these women, and a 17-year-old girl often has a very different understanding of the situation than a 23-year-old recruiter.” “There’s a power dynamic here that’s obviously very sensitive,” agreed Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, a group that studies military policy. “Let’s face it, these guys are handsome in their uniform, they’re mature, they give a lot of attention to these girls, and as recruiters they do a lot of the same things that guys do when they want to appeal to girls. There’s a very fine line there, and it can be very hard to maintain a professional approach.” Weirick, the Marine Corps defense attorney who has represented several recruiters on rape and sexual misconduct charges, said it’s a problem that will probably never entirely go away. “It’s difficult because of the nature of nature,” he said. “It’s hard to put it in another way, you know? It’s usually a consensual relationship or dating type of thing.” When asked if victims feel this way, he said, “It’s really a victimless crime other than the institution of the Marine Corps. It’s institutional integrity we’re protecting, by not allowing this to happen.” Anita Sanchez, director of communications at the Miles Foundation, a national advocacy group for victims of violence in the military, bristles at the idea that the enlistees, even if they flirt or ask to date recruiters, are willingly having sex with them. “You have a recruiter who can enable you to join the service or not join the service. That has life-changing implications for you as a high school student or college student,” she said. “If she does not do this, her life will be seriously impacted. Instead of getting training and an education, she might end up a dishwasher.” Ethan Walker, who spent eight years in the Marine Corps, including a stint as a recruiter from 1998 to 2000, said he was warned. “They told us at recruiter school that girls, 15, 16, are going to come up to you, they’re going to flirt with you, they’re going to do everything in their power to get you in bed. But if you do it you’re breaking the law,” he said. Even so, he said he was initially taken aback when he set up a table at a high school and had girls telling him he looked sexy and handing him their telephone numbers. “All that is, you have to remind yourself, is that there’s jail bait, a quick way to get in trouble, a quick way to dishonor the service,” he said. All of the recruiters the AP spoke with, including Walker, said they were routinely alone in their offices and cars with girls. Walker said he heard about sleepovers at other recruiting stations, and there was no rule against it. There didn’t need to be a rule, he said. The lines were clear: Recruiters do not sleep with enlistees. “Any recruiter that would try to claim that, `Oh, it’s consensual,’ they are lying, they are lying through their teeth,” he said. “The recruiter has all the power in these situations.” Although the Uniform Code of Military Justice bars recruiters from having sex with potential recruits, it also states that age 16 is the legal age of consent. This means that if a recruiter is caught having sex with a 16-year-old, and he can prove it was consensual, he will likely only face an administrative reprimand. But not under new rules set by the Indiana Army National Guard. There, a much stricter policy, apparently the first of its kind in the country, was instituted last year after seven victims came forward to charge National Guard recruiter Sgt. Eric Vetesy with rape and assault. “We didn’t just sit on our hands and say, `Well, these things happen, they’re wrong, and we’ll try to prevent it.’ That’s a bunch of bull,” said Lt. Col. Ivan Denton, commander of the Indiana Guard’s recruiting battalion. Now, the 164 Army National Guard recruiters in Indiana follow a “No One Alone” policy. Male recruiters cannot be alone in offices, cars or anywhere else with a female enlistee. If they are, they risk immediate disciplinary action. Recruiters also face discipline if they hear of another recruiter’s misconduct and don’t report it. At their first meeting, National Guard applicants, their parents and school officials are given wallet-sized “Guard Cards” advising them of the rules. It includes a telephone number to call if they experience anything unsafe or improper.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Listen: John Cunningham as Killybegs are eased off by Naomh ConaillListen: John Cunningham as Killybegs are eased off by Naomh Conaill

first_imgJohn Cunningham insists his Killybegs outfit ‘have a lot of work to do’ this week if they are to bounce back from their defeat against Naomh Conaill yesterday (Sun).Naomh Conaill opened their Championship account with an impressive victory over Cunningham’s side on Sunday at Davy Brennan Memorial Park.Naomh Conaill were favourites to win before the fixture but Killybegs, who were recently clinched promotion to Division One, proved to be no pushovers. And Cunningham said his young side need to rebuild their confidence ahead of games with Sean MacCumhaills and Dungloe.He spoke to Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub after the fixture.Listen to the full interview below… Listen: John Cunningham as Killybegs are eased off by Naomh Conaill was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more