ALERT – US: Whistleblower Reality Winner pleads guilty to violating Espionage Act

first_imgNews Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the 63-month prison sentence a federal court imposed on National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Reality Winner, who pleaded guilty on June 26 to violating the Espionage Act. Winner is the first of two whistleblowers prosecuted under the Trump administration. April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 27, 2018 ALERT – US: Whistleblower Reality Winner pleads guilty to violating Espionage Act Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Reality Winner pleaded guilty in a Federal District Court in Georgia to one felony count in violation of the Espionage Act, reaching an agreement with prosecutors that calls for 63 months in prison and an additional three years of supervised release. Winner’s sentence is the longest-known term a federal court has imposed for a violation of the Espionage Act in connection to a leak. If she had been convicted in trial, which was set for October, she could have faced up to 10 years in prison. Less than six months into President Donald Trump’s presidency, Winner, a former NSA contractor, was arrested on June 3, 2017, and charged with gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information under the Espionage Act. The charges against her came shortly after online investigative news outlet The Intercept published a story featuring a leaked NSA document showing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Since Winner’s initial arrest, the Trump administration has made a sustained effort to crackdown on whistleblowers. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further United StatesAmericas Whistleblowers United StatesAmericas Whistleblowers Follow the news on United States WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more News “Reality Winner’s long prison sentence is proof that the US government cares more about hiding information from the public than it does about its citizens’ rights to the First Amendment,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “The use of the draconian Espionage Act against whistleblowers is a growing threat to the future of investigative journalism under an administration that has vowed to double down on government leaks. RSF condemns this sentencing.” News News For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. SAUL LOEB / AFP last_img read more

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Dying in childbirth on rise in U.S.

first_imgDeaths during childbirth have declined sharply in most parts of the world — but not in the United States. Maternal mortality doubled in this country between 2000 and 2014, and it disproportionately affects African-American women, placing them at three to four times greater risk.A panel at the Harvard T.H. Chan School on Monday offered some alarming statistics, but also a number of solutions, ranging from improving hospital facilities to addressing systemic racism. The panel, “Deaths from Pregnancy and Childbirth: Why Are More U.S. Mothers Dying and What Can Be Done,” was moderated by WGBH news anchor Tina Martin, and streamed live on YouTube and Facebook.An introductory video produced by ProPublica and NPR stated that between 700 and 900 women died from pregnancy-related causes in the U.S. in 2016, and up to 60 percent of those deaths were preventable. There has been no improvement in the three years since, said Wanda Barfield, a rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service and the director of reproductive health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“This really is a cause for concern,” she said, “and another major one is the evident racial disparities that we’re seeing. For more than 30 years we’ve seen a disproportionate burden of death in African-American women. … This is really an unconscionable issue.”Because so many of these deaths were preventable, she said there is “a lot of room for opportunities for intervention.” While structural racism and unconscious bias are underlying conditions, another is the variations in hospital quality in different communities. Barfield recommended developing standardized care for mothers, both during childbirth and in the months afterward.“These deaths don’t happen randomly,” concurred Ana Langer, director of the Women and Health Initiative at the Chan School. She cited a number of studies by human-rights groups, including a 2011 investigation by Amnesty International that showed the inequality of health risks. “The drivers include lack of access, poorer quality [health care], and the basic societal undervaluing of women of color.”,Speaking via closed-circuit video, Karen Scott, project director the California Birth Equity Collaborative, cited specific evidence of institutionalized racism, including the lesser personal attention and health counseling that black women receive as patients. “What in the system allows variation in the responsiveness to a black mother who is reporting symptoms that are dismissed and discounted? These women are coming to the hospital, they are educated, they have health insurance. All of these factors that are normally shown to protect are not doing that.”Women in rural communities are also likely to face less-efficient hospital care than city dwellers. As Susan Mann, a Brookline obstetrician affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, put it, “If I sneeze here, there are four people to hand me a Kleenex. In a rural community you may have to wait for the truck to deliver it.”Mann proposed more standardized health care, focusing on the three most preventable causes of maternal death: hypertension, postpartum hemorrhaging, and blood clots. She also suggested that doctors take a tip from pilots by doing emergency simulations to better prepare for the real thing.Haywood Brown, past president of the American Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, agreed that maternity care is fragmented in the U.S., and that “health deserts” exist in many rural areas. Fifty percent of all counties in the U.S. lack a practicing OB-GYN or a midwife, he noted. Access to insurance likewise varies by area, making some women less likely to find timely prenatal care. “The financial barriers are still there in a country as rich as ours.”The panel agreed that improvements need to happen on two fronts: equalizing access to hospital care in different areas of the country, and equalizing the amount of respect women receive within those facilities.“Clinical care is obviously essential,” Langer said, “but the way women experience their childbirth is also critical. When women are poorly treated, they will distrust the medical system and they may not come back.”last_img read more

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Educating Business Leaders to Exploit Big Data

first_imgAcross every sector and in every boardroom, Big Data is disrupting business models.The challenge facing enterprises is how to monetise data and drive new revenues. To do that, organizations will need data savvy and business savvy innovators who can trigger a wave of next-generation applications and tightly honed business models and strategies. To keep pace with demand, governments and the private sector will need to invest in education programmes that can generate the skilled talent needed to exploit the global Big Data opportunity.In Ireland last month, EMC, together with University College Cork (UCC), the Irish Management Institute (IMI), and SAS, announced an executive education program designed to help business leaders use surging volumes of data to enable enterprise innovation and the creation of new jobs. The new Masters in Data Business and Diploma in Data Business, proposed and co-designed by EMC, and to be run jointly by IMI and UCC, covers the increasing role that the combination of technology, data, services, economics, innovation, business models, analytics and strategic data management play in the success of an organisation. Many of our highest performing employees at the Ireland Center of Excellence (COE) are in this program which officially kicked off this past April.This program is complemented by a Masters and an undergraduate Degree in Cloud Computing launched by EMC in conjunction with Cork Institute of Technology two years ago. The Masters is an internationally validated program that is delivered remotely with both lectures and labs available to students on demand. This year’s commencement will be officiated by the Ireland Minister for Education which demonstrates Ireland’s commitment to educating and enabling today’s workforce to be ready for the disruptive transformation to IT that cloud computing brings.The Masters in Data Business will play a critical role in educating Ireland’s next generation of business leaders. The use of data analytics in everyday business activities is expanding dramatically and shaping the global business environment. Ireland has made both cloud and Big Data a key part of our future growth strategy and the Minister for Innovation and Jobs presided at the launch of the Masters program. Both he and the Irish government believe in the power of Big Data and its significance to future economic growth and prosperity. EMC’s Ireland COE is delighted to play a role in this ongoing process.For a Big Data effort to be successful, it must become a boardroom priority. For the first time, the tools are on the table, through cloud computing and Big Data, to eliminate barriers of cost and complexity, and turn information into revenue. Big Data analytics goes far beyond traditional rear-view intelligence. It is about understanding the marketplace and monetising information at a very advanced level.last_img read more

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Drilling component of geothermal energy project to commence soon

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews Drilling component of geothermal energy project to commence soon by: – September 22, 2011 Geothermal Exploration site in Roseau Valley.Three test wells will be constructed in the Roseau valley area as Dominica moves forward towards the development of geothermal energy.Energy Minister Rayburn Blackmore told a media site visit in Laudat yesterday that the commencement of the actual drilling component could take place soon.“We expect of course to see the completion of the access component to the pad in the next four weeks and so that we can have the commencement of the actual drilling component which should take approximately one month and then to be followed by the actual testing. We are confident therefore that once we are able to ascertain the quality and the quantity, because you know our long term plan therefore is to sell to the French Department of Guadeloupe and Martinique.”He says the project will help decrease the cost of fuel imports, adding that the drilling of test wells in the Roseau Valley area was part of government’s thrust towards satisfying the long-term energy needs of citizens.“We believe that moving forward therefore that the nationals have to benefit from that resource. Let’s look at that from a practical standpoint. If we’re able to have a cheaper and more reliable energy source what does that mean for us in terms of reduction of poverty in this country and the elevation of Dominica in terms of their quality of life, etcetera?…. So I believe from a national economic standpoint if we can have down the road another contributor to the gross domestic product, I think that in itself will bring significant advancement for us as a collective,” Mr Blackmoore said.He says the government has entered into contractual arrangements with Offshore Marine for the civil works for site two.Blackmore says 1.2 million dollars will be spent on access to the area. Project Coordinator Mr. Jason Timothy. Image via: GIS NewsMeantime, Project coordinator for the development of Geothermal Energy Jason Timothy says the project will enable Dominica to become an energy exporter. “The plan here is to drill down to about 1.2 kilometers. At that depth we hope to find the reservoir of geothermal energy. Now that reservoir we hope will provide enough electricity for not only the country but to export to our neighbouring countries and the benefits of this is that right now we are an energy importer, that will enable us to become an energy exporter,” he said.According to the Mr Timothy, each test well will each be about 1.2 kilometers deep depending on the depth of the reservoir.“We’re going to be drilling three test wells each about 1.2 kilometers deep, this may vary according to what we find. We may find the reservoir at 800 meters then we know that we don’t have to go as deep or we may reach the top and need to go a little further say 1.5 kilometers.”Earlier this year Dominica signed a multi-million dollar agreement with an Icelandic company for exploration of geothermal energy sources on the Island.Member of Parliament for Roseau Valley Consitituency, Hon. Dr. Colin McIntyre. Image via: GIS NewsIn related news, Member of Parliament for the Roseau Valley Constituency Dr Collin McIntyre says he is very excited about the project as it will create tremendous benefits to the people of the constituency. “As Parl. Rep for the Roseau Valley I am excited about this project; as you are well aware of the fact that this will bring tremendous opportunity for the people of the Roseau Valley. We depend largely on tourism in the Roseau Valley and of course the path or the trend presently taking place on the global front is not a pleasant, one in terms of the economies and the situation in terms of the global financial position.”He says the project would help create employment and address the issue of poverty among the residents of his constituency.“So we in the Roseau Valley are excited about this project, it creates an opportunity for our people. When I say opportunity I am referring to lowering the cost of electricity which is something of significance to the island, but in terms of job opportunity for the people of Roseau Valley. Tourism as well because with a geothermal plant, something new in this area in this part of the world of course will invite people in the area where they could have a look at the geothermal plant,” he said.Dominica Vibes News 29 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Voter Registration Mailers Create Confusion Among Florida Residents

first_img“Each time these deceptive mailers are sent, our office is inundated with terrified voters who are concerned that their personal information has been compromised and are wrongly shared and they are especially upset when — as it happens all too frequently — the data used by this shadow group is wrong and thereby causes further alarm,” Antonacci adds.Last month, Antonacci, Link and the supervisors of elections from 33 other counties said in a letter to Secretary of State Laurel Lee that the mailings cause “confusion, disruption and fear among voters in our state.” They said they felt compelled to highlight the “scam mailers periodically hectoring Floridians.”“These mailers not only unnecessarily frighten voters (seniors in particular) but are counter-productive to ongoing voter registration and vote-by-mail efforts being undertaken by Supervisors of Elections, the political parties and other regulated, legitimate groups,” the supervisors’ letter said.The two organizations involved in the mailings describe their efforts as “the nation’s largest and most rigorously researched mail-based voter registration and turnout program.”In an emailed response, the Voter Participation Center’s founder and board chairwoman Page Gardner said that especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic “mail-based voter registration efforts have never been more important. VPC and CVI run the nation’s largest mail-based voter registration program, and our work is crucial today. We are significantly increasing our efforts during the coronavirus crisis.”In a statement, the centers said that in the past “some Florida election officials have mischaracterized VPC’s successful mail programs, claiming that the non-profit’s official voter registration applications raise some questions and lead to some confusion. VPC’s programs in Florida have been incredibly successful.”They also say the mailings “provide transparency” by including a statement that people who have recently updated their voter registrations or are ineligible to vote should disregard the notice, that people can check their registration status online, and that the mailing originates from a group “that is not affiliated with state or local election officials.”However, the last statement appears in smaller type at the bottom page of the material inside the envelope. The Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information have been contacting Florida residents in recent weeks in an effort to register voters for the election.However, many people in Palm Beach and Broward counties have called their supervisors of elections, out of confusion over the mailings which carry a “DO NOT DISCARD” warning.“Some are very angry, some are sad because it was sent to a recently deceased spouse, and all are confused as to why they got it,” Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link told the Sun Sentinel.At one point last month, about 80 percent of the calls her office was getting were about the mailers.The groups announced last month that they intended to “connect with over 3 million Floridians by mail as part of the groups’ largest ever campaign to encourage eligible residents to register to vote” as part of a nationwide effort to mail 12 million voter registration applications to people in 20 states.Additionally, the two groups said they were targeting “historically disenfranchised Americans,” including minority voters, unmarried woman and young people, and that the mail-based efforts were even more necessary during the stay-at-home lockdowns.The envelopes have a Tallahassee return address, which Steve Vancore, spokeswoman for Broward County Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci, says gives the notion of an official mailing.The outside of the mailing reads, “SECOND NOTICE” in red.Antonacci, in a statement, says the mailers are pre-completed with a prospective voter’s information, and that they sometimes go to people who are already registered or to family members of deceased people. That subsequently “erodes the public’s faith in the good voter registration work already occurring around Florida, and even undermines democracy itself.”We have already generated 600,000 voter registration applications—that’s 6x where we were at this point in 2016. Take a bow! Or better yet, make sure you’re registered: https://t.co/zzlrRHIPlL (2/2)— Voter Participation Center (@VoterCenter) May 14, 2020last_img read more

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Foster dedicates national award to his ailing mother

first_imgMAY 24 last would always be remembered as a special day in the professional life of Hilbert Foster, since he was awarded the Medal of Service by President David Granger in front of a packed audience at the National Cultural Centre.Foster described it as one of the proudest moment of his life. A very humbled Foster dedicated the award to his mother Claudette, who is ailing, his wife Sylvia, daughter Marissa, brothers Keith and Alex, and all other relatives of the Foster’s household who have supported him over the decades of unselfish service to humanity.He also acknowledged the support of all members of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS, and noted that without their support, it would have been impossible to have achieved so much success.Foster noted that the club is a family who stands by each other. He also shared the award with sponsors of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, members of the media who have assisted to promote the outstanding work of the club over the last three decades.Special mention was made of Rajiv Ganga, Larry Wills, Bert Sukhai, Onai Vasconcellos, Jennifer Cipriani, Michael George, Avia Lindie, Robert Selman, Oscar Ramjeet, Patrick De Groot, Frankie Wilson, Claude David, Angela Haniff, Leon Horatio, Gregory Rambarran, Rajiv Bisnauth, Avenash Ramzan among others.An emotional Foster also noted the contribution of his late grandmother Josephine, his late dad Hilbert Spence, Father Harold Wong and his mentor the late President Hugh Desmond Hoyte.He stated that he and elder brother Alex inherited their passion to assist others from their dad, who was a Minister in the Forbes Burnham Government.The late Hugh Desmond Hoyte was Foster’s mentor for over 20 years and provided invaluable advice until his sudden death in 2002. Father Wong, the late Catholic priest also played a major role in shaping Foster’s spiritual belief in making a positive difference.The vibrant Berbice Cricket Board president since his election has personally raised close to $17M cash and kind, launched 43 tournaments, organised dozens of developmental programmes and, during the period 2008 to 2014, raised over $20M for Berbice Cricket as Chairman of the BCB Special Events Committee.As Secretary/CEO of the club, Foster has successfully spearheaded the completion of over 9 000 activities under a wide range of sub-headings such as sports, education, anti-drugs, religious, anti-crime, community development, youth development, social, cultural and anti-alcohol.Foster, a household name in Berbice, has also spearheaded the restoration of the Area ‘H’ Ground at the cost of over $29M among other major projects.last_img read more

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Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: Nov. 4-11, 2013

first_imgWellington PD Monday 0800  to  Monday 0800  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 11/4/2013 thru 11/11/2013 Brown, Thomas31Braman Ok1800 S Oliver Road South Haven KsKHPDriving under the influence, Transporting an open container.11/9/13 Sibounheuang, John32Wichita, Ks.777 Kansas Star DriveKRGCInterference with Law Enforcement Officer, Unlawful use of Drivers License11/9/13 Bail Bondsman Fitzwater, Carol A.50Belle Plaine, Ks.501 N.Washington, Wellington KsSUSOProbation Violation11/5/13 Johnson, Robert Russell43Milan, Ks600 blk W 14th Wellington, KsSUSOAgg Assault11/10/13 Bennett, Keith D.52Wichita, Ks.9600 S. Broadway, Wichita Ks.MPDFailure to appear11/5/13 Barnes, Edgar V24Wellington, Ks.1402 Michigan #B Wellington, KsWPDCriminal Damage to Property11/7/13 Schule, Paul51St. Paul MN610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KsSUSOServing 48 Hours11/9/13 Byers, Joseph A.37Wellington, Ks.1000 Shadylane Lane, Wellington Ks.SUSOPoss. of Drugs and Poss. of Drug Paraphenailia11/5/13 Bookings Falls, Janice57Wichita, Ks.1015 N Washington Wellington KsWPDDomestic Battery11/8/13 Seyfert, Cheyne24Wellington, Ks.623 N Blaine Wellington, KsWPDDomestic Battery Battery, Domestic Battery Criminal damage to property11/6/13 Noyes, John38Wellington, Ks200 E 14th Wellington, KsWPDDriving While Suspended, Possession of stolen property, Refusal of PBT, No proof of insurance, Possession of Marijuana, DUI, Expired Tag11/9/13 Wadlington, Joshua R.30Wellington, Ks.815 N.Woodlawn, Wellington Ks.SUSOFailure to appear11/5/13 Robles, Francisco35Wichita, Ks.I35 and US 166 South Haven, KsSUSODriving while suspended, Liability insurance.11/9/13 Braun, Jennifer34Wichita, Ks.I35 MP 35 Mulvane KsSUSOFailure to provide Drivers License, Interference with Law Enforcement Officer, Liability Insurance, Illegal Registration11/8/13 Smith, Nicholas21Arlington, KsI35 MP1 South HavenKHPDriving under the influence11/11/13 Lacey, Tyler22Claremoore OKSUSO JailSUSOServing Sentence 48 Hours11/8/13 Morton, Viola23Wichita, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington KsSUSOServing Sentence 24 Hours11/7/13 Stewart, Caleb26Wellington, Ks.114 W 12th Wellington KsWPDDomestic Battery Battery11/8/13center_img KHP Mulvane Winchell, Clent43Arkansas City KsCowley County JailMPDFailure to appear (Augusta), Failure to appear (Mulvane)11/5/13 Dechenne, Stephen27Harper Ks200 E 80th St S Rome KsSUSOPossession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Opiates11/11/13 Caldwell PD Martin, Derek33Wellington, Ks405 N Olive Wellington KsWPDDomestic Battery, Criminal Restraint11/9/13 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Bannon, Josh22Wichita, Ks.SUSO JailSUSOServing Sentence 48 Hours11/8/13 Clarke, Richard52Haysville, KsSedgwick County JailSUSOProbation Violation11/7/13 Dorsey, Amber27Wellington, Ks.SGCO JailSUSOArrest and Detain11/6/13 Morgan-Hobbs, Anthony W.28Wellington, Ks.511 W. Lincoln, Wellington, KsWPDD.V. Battery11/6/13 Everhart, Donna M.19Wellington, Ks.Sumner Regional MedicalWPDD.V. Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, and Liquor consumption by a minor11/6/13 Sumner Co Foster, Derrial II30Wichita, Ks.I35 MP 2 South Haven KsKHPTransporting open container, Driving under the influence11/6/13 Kroupa, Jamie41Shawnee Ks777 Kansas Star DriveMPDCriminal Trespass11/5/13 Helton, Seth W.21Wellington, Ks.501 N.Washington, Wellington KsSUSOProbation Violation11/4/13 Hulm, Shane24Wellington, Ks306 N C St Wellington, KsWPDDriving while Suspended11/11/13 Sedgwick Co24 Ferguson, Randall24Wichita, Ks.I35 MP 33 Mulvane KsSUSOPossession of Paraphernalia11/9/13 Belle Plainelast_img read more

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Trading Halted On Wall Street After Dow Loses 7 Percent

first_imgFor the second time this week, trading on Wall Street is being halted after the Dow Jones Industrial Average tripped a circuit breaker by losing seven percent minutes after the opening bell.All three major indexes had lost seven percent when trading was halted for 15 minutes.Investors were concerned about President Trump’s announcement last night of a travel ban from many European countries.last_img

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England Golf supports new professionals with tournament starts

first_img27 Apr 2018 England Golf supports new professionals with tournament starts Three new professionals are being supported by England Golf’s Give Back agreement with a series of starts on the European Challenge Tour.Josh Hilleard (pictured), Bradley Moore and Sean Towndrow will each get England Golf invitations to seven tournaments during 2018.In return they’ll give back a proportion of their winnings, over a certain amount, to the England Players Fund which supports players of the future.All three players came through England Golf national squads and were leading internationals in their amateur days.Moore, 20, from Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, begins his campaign this week at the Turkish Airlines Challenge. Hilleard, 23, from Farrington Park, Somerset, starts at next week’s Challenge de Espana. Towndrow 27, from Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire, will take up his first start in the following week at the Open de PortugalThe Give Back scheme started two years ago and players who have been supported include double European amateur Ashley Chesters, Brabazon Trophy champions Ben Stow and Jamie Bower, English Amateur champion Nick Marsh and Ashton Turner who represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.The players’ provisional schedules are:Josh HilleardMay 3-6 Challenge De EspanaMay 17-20 Andalucia – Costa del Sol Match Play 9June 21-24 SSE Scottish Hydro ChallengeJuly 5-8 Prague Golf ChallengeJuly 26-29 Euram Bank Open, AustriaAugust 9-12 Vierumaki Finnish ChallengeSeptember 6-9 Bridgestone Challenge, Luton Hoo, EnglandBradley Moore26-29 April Turkish Airlines ChallengeMay 10-13 Open de PortugalJuly 5-8 Prague Golf ChallengeAugust 2-5 Swedish Challenge hosted by Robert KarlssonAugust 30-September 2 Cordon Golf Open, FranceSeptember 6-9 Bridgestone Challenge, Luton Hoo, EnglandOctober 4-7 Irish ChallengeOctober 4-7 Irish ChallengeSean TowndrowMay 10-13 Open de PortugalMay 31- June 3 Swiss ChallengeJune 14-17 Hauts de France Golf OpenJune 28-July Made in Denmark ChallengeAugust 2-5 Swedish Challenge Hosted by Robert KarlssonAugust 16-19 Northern Ireland OpenSeptember 6-9 Bridgestone Challenge, Luton Hoo, EnglandImage copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: Challenge Tour, England Golf, Give Backlast_img read more

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Due to Drop in Vendor Participation Lacey Cancels March 7 Event

first_imgFacebook101Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey announces the cancellation of the Cultural Celebration scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Saint Martin’s University.A significant number of vendors and performers expressed concern about COVID-19, and the potential for exposure during public events, and decided not to participate in this year’s Cultural Celebration. Since the success of this public event is dependent upon these vital participants, the City did not feel they could provide a viable event for the community.“We did not want to cancel the event,” stated Jen Burbidge, Lacey Parks & Recreation Director. “However, we had a large number of vendors and performers cancel due to concerns about the COVID-19 situation and we completely respect their decision.”“Thurston County Public Health is not recommending cancelling public events due to risk of COVID-19 at this time,” said Schelli Slaughter, Director of Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. “We are continuing to remind people to protect their health by washing their hands, covering their coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick.”The City of Lacey continues to monitor guidance from local and state health officials about COVID-19. At this time, all regularly scheduled public meetings and other city events will go on as planned.More information on COVID-19 is available at:Washington State Department of HealthThurston County Public Health and Social ServicesCenters for Disease Control and PreventionWashington State Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline at 1-800-525-0127Follow Thurston County on social media for the most updated information:Facebook – Thurston County WashingtonTwitter – @ThurstonCountylast_img read more

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