Odessa police charge mother with child abuse

Posted On Jun 2 2021 by

first_img Facebook Pinterest Local NewsCrime By admin – February 28, 2018 Twitter Darlene Flores An Odessa mother was charged by police after she reportedly slapped her son multiple times, leaving bruises on his face.Officers were first called about child abuse around 6:31 p.m. Monday at Burnet Elementary, 3511 Maple Ave., according to an Odessa Police Department news release.The 11-year-old victim’s teacher told police he had come to school with bruises on his face, the release stated. While being questioned by detectives, the child told police his mother, 33-year-old Darlene Flores, had slapped him about five times because he wasn’t doing his chores, was being disrespectful and his grades were bad.Police interviewed Flores, the release detailed, who admitted she had lost control and slapped her son several times.Flores was charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony.Jail records show Flores was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Tuesday and released the same day on a $15,000 bond. WhatsApp Previous articleSULLUM: Don’t feed the Russian troll hysteriaNext articleFive things you need to know today, Feb. 28 admin Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Odessa police charge mother with child abuse Facebooklast_img read more


Fewer clinics, less care

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgHarvard-affiliated physicians expect one deadly side effect of the West African Ebola outbreak will be a surge in deaths from non-Ebola causes due to the widespread shutdown of health clinics in affected countries.Mohamed Bailor Barrie, a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a physician working in Sierra Leone’s Kono Province, said that a severe shortage of protective gear to insulate health workers from the virus has forced many clinics to close just as they’re needed most. Even those clinics that remain open are seeing light traffic, largely due to fear of the disease and of harsh quarantine measures being employed, Barrie said.A severe shortage of protective gear to insulate health workers from the virus has forced many clinics to close at a time when they’re needed most, noted Mohamed Bailor Barrie, a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Medical School and a physician working in Sierra Leone’s Kono Province. Photo courtesy of Wellbody AllianceThe Wellbody Alliance clinic he founded, for example, normally sees 120 patients a day. Fears related to Ebola, however, have cut traffic to just 10 to 12 patients daily as people turn to traditional healers or treat themselves with over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately, that means people aren’t getting treatment for other potentially deadly ailments. Ebola’s presence doesn’t mean malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, or any of the other ills that afflict people in the region have lessened.“Most of the private clinics are shutting down. Now people are not only dying from Ebola, they are dying from other diseases that could be treated if you go to facilities, like hypertension, diabetes, malaria,” Barrie said.The concerns of Barrie, who spoke en route from Sierra Leone to HMS to resume his fellowship work, were echoed at the Radcliffe Institute on Thursday by Hilarie Cranmer, assistant professor at HMS and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and director of disaster response for Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health. Cranmer, an affiliated faculty member with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), said the lack of proper equipment to handle the Ebola virus extends not just to the clinics, but also to the labs that handle and test blood of possible victims.“This will have excessive mortality consequences in the next few months to years,” Cranmer said. “No Caesarean sections, no pediatric care, no vaccination strategies. All these things are affected because hospitals are closed in these countries.”Cranmer was at Radcliffe’s Fay House Thursday for a round-table discussion among Harvard-affiliated physicians, disaster experts, and ambassadors and other officials from the West African nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Gambia, and Burkina Faso, as well as from Gabon in Central Africa and Zambia in South Africa.The four-hour session, organized by HHI, allowed officials to ask questions of medical experts, exchange views about strategies to ease the crisis, and discuss potential ways to help in the future, according to Gregory Ciottone, director of the Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, associate professor at HMS, and an HHI-affiliated faculty member.“This is a scary outbreak, it really is,” Ciottone said, adding that prior Ebola outbreaks were relatively small because they were identified early and managed with effective quarantines. “How long is it going to be? There’s no way to predict. It’s going to be a very, very difficult thing to deal with.”Mustapha Fofana, director of medical engineering and technology for Beth Israel’s Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, is originally from Sierra Leone and helped put together the session.“They are overwhelmed,” Fofana said of the West African officials.HHI Director Michael VanRooyen, vice chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor at HMS and HSPH, said Thursday’s round table was designed to give ambassadors and other officials, who have been bombarded with information and queries, a chance to turn things around and ask questions of their own.The session, which may be repeated if deemed necessary, is a way Harvard can help by keeping needed information flowing during the crisis, VanRooyen said.Aside from gear to protect health care workers and get clinics and hospitals open again, information and education are the biggest needs in Sierra Leone, Barrie said. Communities can be educated most effectively by local health workers who understand customs and languages, and who are trained to keep people healthy. A priority, he said, should be to identify those workers, provide training, and get them into villages.“I feel like the international community should really put more emphasis on providing the right protective gear for the country and help support … community-based interventions and educate people more,” Barrie said, adding that experimental drugs such as ZMap are of limited large-scale use. “ZMap is great, but we don’t have enough doses in the world, so precaution and protective measures that control the spread are the ideal things to do.”The session is a way Harvard can help by keeping needed information flowing during the crisis, said Michael VanRooyen (center), director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. VanRooyen was with Gregory Ciottone (left), and Professor Barry Bloom. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerBarrie, through the Wellbody Alliance, a health clinic he co-founded in Kono District, has already begun working to improve education, particularly as it relates to quarantine. Major obstacles in managing the epidemic include stigma and fear, which partly stem from the harsh quarantine tactics used by the government, enforced by police or soldiers, that sometimes cause people to flee.Kono District’s first Ebola case was identified on July 29. A woman who had traveled to parts of the country where the virus is widespread became ill with fever and joint pain and went to a local clinic, Barrie said. On seeing the symptoms and the woman’s travel history, clinicians called the police, which caused her to run away. She died a week later. Afterward, her sister, husband, and son developed symptoms. They went to a government hospital, and when physicians decided to quarantine them, the husband and son ran away, crossing the border to Guinea, Barrie said.Public health officials traced the woman’s contacts and decided to quarantine 36 people in two houses. Police showed up at 2 a.m. and announced that nobody could leave. Nonetheless, Barrie said, a handful fled.At this point, Barrie said, the Wellbody Alliance sent in trained community health workers to explain what quarantine is, why it is needed, and how long it should last. After talking to the health workers, Barrie said, people stayed in the houses for the quarantine period. Two developed suspect symptoms, were tested, and the results came back negative. That type of approach should be replicated, Barrie said, even for the broader district-level quarantines, in which police and the military have blocked entry points to infected areas, although a number of people have escaped.Barrie spoke by phone from Senegal, where he is spending a few days before continuing on to Cambridge to resume his studies, accompanied by his wife and three children. Barrie’s thoughts, though, remain on Sierra Leone and the Ebola epidemic, which may be a focus for his thesis research.Scheduled to graduate in June 2015 with a master’s of medical sciences, his original thesis research was sidetracked by the epidemic. Last year, the first of his two-year fellowship, he began working on a project to improve the treatment of tuberculosis by creating a mentoring program to improve the effectiveness of health worker training. When he returned to Sierra Leone last spring, it quickly became clear that the disarray in the health care system and the closing of clinics due to Ebola made his TB work impossible.He is considering developing a training program for community health workers that would let them educate the local people about Ebola, with particular emphasis on safe ways for family members to help the sick, since they are often the primary caregivers of Ebola patients and are most susceptible to infection.That training, and the community education it fosters, can help people manage the fear that is widespread now.“Initially there was a huge level of denial from the general populace,” Barrie said. “But now that is changing. People have started believing that Ebola is real … But I think they are still scared. People are scared to go to hospitals.”last_img read more


Erickson: Early thoughts on men’s hockey

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgIt’s never too early to talk hockey.After spending about a month-and-a-half in Canada this summer, I have never been more excited for the hockey season to start.From my personal observations, it is no exaggeration to say Canadians are obsessed with hockey. During my visit, their equivalent of ESPN always had at least one hockey-related story, and more often than not, multiple stories. Being inundated with hockey for six weeks only made me long for Oct. 7.So while Wisconsin’s season opener is still over a month away, here is an early look at what to expect this season.Inexperience in goalThere are three goaltenders listed on the Badgers roster, and not a single one of them has seen time in a collegiate level game.Of the three, two – Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson – are freshmen, while junior Mitch Thompson completes the trio.In an interview last November with Madison.com’s Andy Baggot, head coach Mike Eaves said he expects Rumpel to take the vacant No. 1 spot with Thompson at No. 2. That statement has not changed or been updated further in the last year.Last season, Rumpel minded net with the Pentiction Vees (BCHL) and finished the season with a .911 save percentage and a 2.53 goals-against average with an overall 27-12-3 record. The 6-foot-3,190-pound freshman will have to catch on quick to fill in for Scott Gudmandson, who finished last season as one of the nation’s top 15 goalies with a .921 save percentage.Despite being in his third season with the Badgers, Thompson has yet to see any game action, sitting behind Gudmandson and Brett Bennett both seasons. Before walking on to Wisconsin, Thompson played in the Northern Pacific Hockey League with the Bozeman Icedogs. In the 2008-09 season, Thompson went 20-7 with a .906 save percentage and a 2.93 goals-against average.There’s no doubt that Eaves is taking a risk heading into the season with a class of untested goaltenders. Rumpel must overcome any first year jitters and, like any smart goalie, realize he’s there to stop the puck.In light of the uncertainty that currently surrounds the goaltenders, Eaves told UWBadgers.com when Rumpel was signed that he is “going to jump right into the pipes and play immediately for us.”Let’s just hope Rumpel gains some confidence quickly.Offense needs new leadersOf Wisconsin’s top five goal scorers from last season, only one of them is returning – and he’s a defenseman.At the end of last season, both defensemen Justin Schultz and forward Craig Smith said they would be returning for their junior seasons. But in mid-July, Smith decided the time was right to move on to the National Hockey League with the Nashville Predators, leaving Schultz as the only Badger from last season to have scored double-digit goals.Although Schultz is one of the nation’s top defensemen, in a general sense, the forwards should be the ones carrying the offense. With Smith gone, there isn’t a clear leader among them.Unless the forwards improve drastically from last year or the freshmen step up, UW will have some issues. Of the top five returning forwards, only sophomore Mark Zengerle has more than 20 points with 36, but with only five goals. Sophomore Michael Mersch had the most goals of the returners from last season with eight goals and a total of 19 points.Last season, the 11 returning forwards combined for a total of 33 goals. The top five scorers scored a total of 78 goals, 18 of which came from Schultz.The stats are undoubtedly lopsided. Sure, turnover happens at a much faster rate in college hockey, where it’s rare for players to stay for all four years. Regardless, the forwards have no choice but to step up and produce many more points this season if they hope to stay competitive in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.Schultz will make headlines, againTwo seasons ago, the Badgers finished their season playing for a national title. While they were only runners-up that year, Wisconsin received something just as special: Blake Geoffrion brought home UW’s first Hobey Baker Award.Last year Wisconsin had another chance at the Hobey Baker as Schultz was named one of the 10 finalists. With his aforementioned 18 goals, Schultz scored the most goals by a defensemen in the league in eight seasons and was the only blueliner to be among the nation’s top 40 goal scorers.And he was only a sophomore at the time.Returning for his junior year, Schultz will assist fellow defenseman John Ramage in captaining the team and add to his record-breaking collegiate career.As the strongest returning player, all eyes are already on Schultz. With a Hobey Baker nomination last season and a team-leading 47 points, Schultz should pick up right where he left off. If he plays better than he did last season, there’s a solid chance he’ll be a finalist again.But don’t get expect him to bring home UW’s second Hobey Baker. The award traditionally falls in the hands of a forward. For Schultz to have the best chance possible at winning it, the Badgers would also have to perform better as a team this year.Hockey season may still be several weeks away, but at least that’s enough time for the young Badger team to gain some confidence and hopefully turn this not-so-positive outlook around.Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. What are your fears or expectations for this hockey season? Let her know at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @kellyerickson4.last_img read more


MTN FA Cup set for preliminary draw

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgThe MTN FA Cup competition for the 2013/2014 season will be formally launched at the conference room of the Ghana Football Association on Thursday at 11am.According to a release by the FA Cup Committee, the event will also see the live draw for the preliminary round of the competition.Below are the teams that are qualified for the draw.QUALIFIED CLUBS FROM DIVISION ONEGoes into the draw for Preliminary RoundZONE 1A TEAMS 1.    GUAN UNITED2.    BOLGA ALL STARS3.    WA AFRICAN UNITED4.    DYNAMOS5.    RTU 6.    GALAZY7.    UTRECHT8.    BAZOOKAZONE 1B TEAMS1.    B.A UNITED 2.    U.WEST CHAMPS3.    UNITY FC4.    BERLIN FC5.    ARSENAL FC6.    TECHIMAN CITY 7.    BOFOAKWA8.    ESPERANCE ZONE 2A TEAMS1.    TARKWA UNITED 2.    DUNKWA UNITED3.    RAINBOW FC4.    KFC SAMOSA5.    GOLD STARS6.    STARKE FC 7.    ASOKWA DEPORTIVO8.    RED LIONS FCZONE 2B TEAMS1.    METRO SC2.    AJAX FC3.    SAMIN FC4.    ELIMINA SHARKS5.    ELEVEN WISE6.    WASSAMAN FC7.    WINDY PROFESSIONALS8.    FEYENOORD ACADEMY ZONE 3A TEAMS1.    ISTANBUL FC2.    SPORTING MIRREN3.    PRESTIGE FC4.    GT.OLYMPICS5.    NANIA FC6.    GREAT WARRIORS7.    D’INTERNATIONAL8.    REAL ATHLETICOZONE 3B TEAMS1.    DANBORT2.    OKWAWU UNITED3.    PURE JOY4.    MIGHTY JETS5.    TEMA YOUTH6.    KING SOLOMON7.    ZAYTUNA8.    KPONE FAIRPOINT QUALIFIED CLUBS FROM DIVISION TWOGREATER ACCRA1.    BUBIASHIE CHARITY STARS2.    DREAM FC3.    NIMA FC4.    DAWENYA FC5.    NEW TOWN YOUTH6.  TEMA UNITEDASHANTI24. KAASE YOUNG CHELSEA FC25. FIRST KLASS FC26. ACHIKAN FC27. FUTURE STARS FC28. FC PORTO/SUBRI ROYAL FCUPPER WEST7.   WA UNITY FC8.   TUMU HAPPY STARS9.   3RD TEAM (YET TO BE DECIDED) *EASTERN29 SCORE FC30 BELIEVERS FC31 BIRIM DC FC32 KOTOKU ROYALS FC33 RIGHT TO DREAM FCVOLTA10.       ROYAL FAITH CLUB11.       MEPE UNITED12.       HOT STEEL FC13.       VICTORY STARS FC14.       DYNAMO FCWESTERN34   IRON BREAKERS FC35   BENSOMAN FC36   MPOHORMAN FC37   KESSEWA INTERNATIONAL FC38   DOLPHINES FC39   ROSPACK FCNORTHERN15.       TAMALE LIBERTY FC16.       TAMALE ALL STARS FC17.       GMANTANBU NATIONALS FCUPPER EAST40   BOLGA MAN CITY41   BINDURI UNITED42   WIAGA UNITEDCENTRAL18.       OGUA UNITED19.       CAPE COAST STRIKERS20.       UCC YOUNGSTARS21.       BAGOTEC FC22.       DANSO UNITED FC23.       FETTEH YOUNGSTERS FCBA REGION43   SAMPA UNITED44   TUOBODOM SANTOS45   DORMAA UNITY SC46   WENCHI UNITED47   DEBISCO ROYALS48   DC UNITED Premier League clubs will be entered into the draw from the Round of 64.last_img read more


Alexander: Does baseball need fixing? Here are some ideas

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgOpening up those platforms would give folks in L.A. who currently don’t have Spectrum another option. Additionally, it would remove what are patently ridiculous coverage restrictions in various regions. For example, people in Hawaii – 2,500 miles or so from California – can’t stream Dodgers, Angels, Giants, A’s and Padres games. Those in Las Vegas are prevented from watching all of those plus the Diamondbacks. And those in Des Moines are shut out of the Cubs, White Sox, Royals, Twins, Brewers and Cardinals. Absurd, isn’t it?Another fix: Mandate that every MLB team put 40-50 games on local over-the-air TV, even if they’re simulcasts with the cable network. As we’ve often said in This Space, the first lesson of business is to seek out potential customers instead of forcing them to find you, and that includes cord-cutters. What sense does it make to limit your audience for the benefit of someone else’s bottom line?2. Bring back the high strike.With great fanfare, baseball reduced the strike zone 50 years ago from top of shoulders/bottom of knees to armpits/top of knees. Twenty years after that, with less fanfare, the top of the strike zone was lowered to the midpoint between the letters and the belt, meaning the top of the strike zone is now a couple of inches above the belly button.Moving that upper boundary back to at least the pre-1988 limit will force hitters to swing the bat. The result: More action and a quicker pace.3. The universal DH.I never thought I’d write this, and people who have known me for a long time might be wondering what medication I’ve been taking. But it’s time to either adopt one set of rules for both leagues, or go to a 28- or 29-man roster in the National League as pitching staffs continue to expand.After all, what’s more excruciating to watch? Pitchers hitting, aside from the Madison Bumgarners of the world? Or a position player pitching?4. The electronic strike zone.This is another innovation I didn’t expect I’d agree with, but the extreme variance – i.e., inconsistency – in various umpires’ strike zones suggests that its time has come.Plus, a bonus: It will eliminate the emphasis on pitch framing. You can’t steal strikes if you can’t fool the electronic eye.5. Banning, or limiting, shifts.I know. This is the nuclear option. But a large part of the reason why baseball has become a Three True Outcomes sport – homer/walk/strikeout or nothing – has been data-driven defensive strategy, which has become so effective as to skew the game. Mandating two players on each side of second base would at least restore some of that balance.6. Allow exuberance to flourish.The complaints about how individual players are marketed – such as the apples/oranges question of why Trout can’t be as popular as LeBron James – don’t take into account the old-school “play the game the right way” mentality that remains so pervasive. If you are too flamboyant, show too much personality or otherwise violate the unwritten but sacred “code,” someone in either your clubhouse or your opponent’s will complain. (Or you’ll get a fastball in the ribs.)It’s time to lighten up. Bat flips and celebrations are not a sin. Games in the World Baseball Classic between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, where everyone celebrates and no one gets mad, are as much fun as anything you’ll see on a baseball field. What can possibly be wrong with that?And the more players’ personalities emerge, on and off the field, the easier it is to market them. Feel free to check with people in the NBA offices about the way that works.One final thought: It is popular to assume that younger people aren’t so interested in baseball. I would argue that if you go to a game and sit in the stands, you’ll see evidence to the [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter  May I offer some suggestions? I mean, I’m sure if you follow the game you’ve thought of what you would do if you were Rob Manfred for a week or even a day.Today it’s my turn, and here’s my platform:1. TV exposure – widen it!The Dodgers/Time Warner-Spectrum/DirecTV fiasco seemed to have been a tipping point in the relationship between baseball and cable networks, a warning of the dangers of overreaching … but rumblings are that the Cubs are thinking of going a similar route and launching their own network in the Chicago area. That, too, could get ugly.Here’s a fix that solves two problems and should have been implemented years ago: Remove the “out-of-market” designation from the MLB.TV streaming service and the Extra Innings cable package. You pay, you get every single MLB game, home teams included, local commercials and all – including the Facebook Watch weekday games since there is no reason why that platform should have blanket exclusivity. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Baseball, you might have heard, is in trouble. On life support, even.Its target audience is aging. TV ratings are a shadow of what they used to be (although the same can be said for plenty of other programming). All of the devices meant to cater to millennials haven’t roused them from Fortnite, Snapchat, etc.We are overreacting a bit, aren’t we?The reports of baseball’s demise are premature, but there are signs of concern, especially from within. Baseball people might be the most self-critical creatures in professional sports when it comes to examining their game and ways to improve it. That’s the genesis of pace-of-play initiatives and rumbling about infield shifts and what in the world do we do to make Mike Trout as popular elsewhere in America as he is in Orange County?last_img read more


Bob Ley retiring from ESPN after nearly 40 years

Posted On Aug 16 2020 by

first_imgBob Ley is retiring from ESPN after a career that spans nearly the full length of the network’s history. Ley, 64, made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter, saying the move was “entirely my decision.”  “I enjoy the best of  health, and the many blessings of friends and family, and it is in that context that I’m making this change,” he wrote.  Ley had been on sabbatical from the network since Oct. 1, 2018. He initially said he planned to take a six-month break from his duties, but he did not return in the spring and ESPN said in a May 3 statement that the anchor had decided to extend his leave. Ley joined ESPN on Sept. 9, 1979, its third day on air, and served as a “SportsCenter” anchor for years before establishing himself as the face of the network’s in-depth journalism with the launch of “Outside the Lines” in 1990. “The standard of excellence that has become a hallmark of ESPN began in the early days when we were a start-up with a bold vision,” ESPN president Jimmy PItaro said in a statement. “Bob was there for all of it and, over the years, his unwavering commitment and unparalleled work ethic drove our journalistic ambitions. The best way we can thank Bob for what he’s meant to ESPN and to sports fans is to continue to uphold the journalistic integrity and principles he’s instilled in ESPN for nearly 40 years.”last_img read more