Authorities still looking for ‘key’ information on missing 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez

first_imgNew Jersey State Police(BRIDGETON, N.J.) — The search for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez, who has been missing for more than two weeks after vanishing from a New Jersey park, continues with few answers and few clues, authorities said Friday.“We are still searching for that key piece of information that we need to lead us to Dulce or to the circumstances surrounding her disappearance,” Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McCrae said at a press conference Friday afternoon.She implored the public to contact officials with any piece of information that may help, including seeing a child that looks like Dulce or observing that a person they know may have been behaving differently within the last two weeks.“No piece of information is too small or too insignificant,” Webb-McCrae said.Dulce was last seen on Sept. 16 in the afternoon near City Park in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Authorities previously said they did not have any “strong suspects” but are still interested in speaking with a man they initially thought took Dulce.The man is described as wearing a black shirt and red pants with orange sneakers, and had a thin build, acne and no facial hair.Webb-McCrae said her office still wants to speak with him, but would not comment further. Bridgeton Chief of Police Michael Gaimari said no one has been cleared in the investigation.“Until the child is located and we can determine what happened to the child, nobody has been cleared,” Gaimari said.Webb-McCrae said she still remains hopeful Dulce is alive because no evidence has come forward to prove otherwise. She noted that it is possible Dulce may no longer be in the Cumberland County area or even the state of New Jersey, but numerous law enforcement agencies are working on the case.Dulce’s mom, Noema Alavez Perez, said on the day her daughter vanished, she was in the car scratching off a lottery ticket while her daughter was playing on the swings with 3-year-old brother, about 30 yards away.Perez said she could see the park but not the swings because hills were blocking them. When her son returned to the car, Dulce was nowhere to be found.“Why her? Why does she have to pay the consequences? She’s just a small girl,” Dulce’s mom, Noema Alavez Perez, told reporters at a press conference Monday.The FBI, state police, missing persons unit, helicopters and the downtown ship dive crew have been part of the search effort for the little girl. A $35,000 reward has been issued for any information on Dulce.The FBI, Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, and the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association are each contributing $5,000. Two local businesses, Tortilleria El Paisano and Newfield National Bank, are each offering $10,000.Anyone with information on Dulce’s whereabouts is urged to call the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 1-609-882-2000 ext. 2554, the Bridgeton Police Department at 1-856-451-0033, or to immediately dial 911. For an anonymous tip line, people can text TIP411 with the word “Bridgeton.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Trump tries to claim victory even as ballots are being counted in several states — NBC has not made a call

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump falsely claimed early Wednesday that he had won the presidential election, even though millions of legitimate votes had yet to be counted and a half-dozen battleground states were still not called.“A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise [people who voted for me] and we won’t stand for this,” Trump said from the East Room of the White House. – Advertisement – “This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country,” Trump said in a rambling press statement. “It’s a very sad moment to me, a very sad moment, and we are going to win this,” he said to a room filled with more than 100 well-heeled aides and supporters. “As far as I’m concerned we already have won this, so I want to thank all of our supporters and I want to thank everybody that worked with us.” – Advertisement – “We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything, and all of a sudden it was just called off,” Trump said. “We’ll be going to the US Supreme Court, we want all voting to stop,” Trump continued. “We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.”It was unclear what Trump meant by “going to the Supreme Court,” given that the nation’s highest court is rarely the first judicial venue for a case, but rather reviews previous rulings. – Advertisement – Trump’s election night claim of victory is not a spontaneous response to good results in key states, as he would have people believe. Instead, it has been months in the making. As Trump has trailed Democrat Joe Biden in polls, he has sought to undermine faith in the multi-day process of vote tallying, and to lay the groundwork for insisting that the only valid election results were those tallied on election night.Ever since the coronavirus pandemic necessitated that millions of Americans vote by mail this year, Trump has also worked to sow doubts in the integrity of mail-in voting, baselessly claiming that votes cast by mail are rife with “fraud.” He has shared outlandish conspiracies about mail-in ballots being altered somewhere on the path from the voter to the local election board. He has also amplified isolated reports of misplaced or discarded ballots, claiming that these tiny anecdotal events are symptomatic of something much bigger than a few votes. In September, Trump seized upon a report of nine ballots found discarded along a highway in Pennsylvania, claiming they were evidence of Democrats trying to “steal” the election from him.  “They throw them out if they have the name Trump on it, I guess,” Trump said of the ballots, some of which were blank and some of which were filled out for Trump. In reality, voters in Pennsylvania this year are on track to cast more than 5 million votes, making the fate of just 9 of them statistically insignificant. But it’s not just Trump alone, making wild claims with no follow through. On the contrary, Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee have spent millions of dollars this year challenging individual states’ efforts to expand mail-in voting in response to the pandemic. Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey and Montana are just some of the states where Trump’s lawyers have gone to court to try and prevent the expansion of mail-in voting. Their arguments often boil down to the same baseless claims of fraud that Trump himself has pushed, and as a result, they’ve seen their lawsuits tossed out by judges at both the state and federal levels.The president’s willingness to undermine a cornerstone of democracy — the integrity of the individual vote — stretches back much farther than this year. During his first campaign for president, Trump amplified and spread false claims that the election would be “rigged” in favor of his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Back then, it wasn’t mail-in ballots that Trump claimed would be the culprits. Instead, it was undocumented immigrants somehow casting millions of illegal ballots for Clinton. Even after Trump won the electoral college tally in November, he continued to insist that the 2016 election had been marred by fraud. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump tweeted in late November of 2016. For the past four years, professional fact checkers have regularly disproved Trump’s claims of rigged elections. But so far, that hasn’t stopped Trump.  – Advertisement –last_img read more

Advent announced in Zagreb

first_imgThe best Advent in Europe starts on Saturday, December 1 and will last, along with New Year’s events, until January 6, 2019.In addition to the traditional locations that will shine again this year and the continuation of cooperation with the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia as part of Advent at Prekrižje, the Zagreb Tourist Board and its partners have prepared new programs for many visitors and citizens. Thus, it will be presented as a new location Advent in Maksimir which offers designed entertainment for the whole family, in collaboration with the Zagreb Zoo, and there is also Advent Stara Tkalča which will show the traditional crafts and revive the spirit of the oldest Zagreb settlements Gradec and Kaptol. The novelty is also Movie Advent as part of which Christmas films for all ages will be shown in the Europa cinema, and the Baković Sisters Passage will be conveniently arranged as a set from the shooting of a Christmas film.Special emphasis this year has been placed on cultural events which will put us in the most beautiful way possible in the festive mood and anticipation of Christmas. Namely, during Advent in Zagreb it will even be held eight different commemorative music festivals, which are: Adventfest in the Cathedral, Advent Classic Fest, Festival of Advent and Christmas songs in Zagreb, Concerts in the church of St. Katarina, Concert program of the Zagreb Soloists for Advent in Zagreb, Advent in the parish of St. Blaž, From Christmas Balconies in Zagreb and Christmas with Kids. There are, of course, the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, the Croatian Music Institute and the Vatroslav Lisinski Cultural Center, which offer a rich repertoire in December, and  The Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Gallery of the Archaeological Museum will organize occasional exhibitions. Of the other interesting points, we point out An invitation to tea where the students of the Marija Jambrišak Student Dormitory open the doors of the courtyard of their student dormitory and invite them to socialize, and Advent in Vidri where you can watch the program of the oldest drama studio for the blind and partially sighted in the world “New Life”.Advent in Zagreb is the most important event in our capital, and last year there was an increase of 17% in arrivals and 18% in overnight stays. Namely, according to the data of the Tourist Board, in December 2017, 111.429 arrivals and 201.734 overnight stays were recorded, while in December 2016, 94.573 arrivals and 169.095 overnight stays were recorded. All news, service information about the parking lot and special ZET lines, as well as details of individual programs are available on the website Advent in ZagrebRELATED NEWS:CLOSURE OF ZAGREB ROTOR FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ONE RENTERlast_img read more

FB : SU defense picked apart early by poised Louisville freshman Bridgewater

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The contrast between the true freshman quarterback and the senior quarterback was remarkable. One orchestrated a pair of flawless scoring drives in the first quarter that carved up the opposing defense. The other looked flustered in the pocket with rushed, inaccurate throws and zero points to show for it.In just his fifth career start at quarterback, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater outplayed Syracuse’s seasoned veteran Ryan Nassib.‘(Bridgewater) was the sixth-best quarterback coming out of high school,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘He had great poise back there. He’s comfortable with his receivers. … I was very impressed with him.’Bridgewater put forth the best game of his career in Louisville’s 27-10 win over Syracuse at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Saturday, taking control from the opening possession. His two first-quarter touchdown passes took advantage of defensive lapses by the Orange and gave the Cardinals an early — and eventually insurmountable — lead. It was Bridgewater’s first turnover-free performance as Louisville’s starting quarterback, and he looked the opposite of a developing freshman.An illegal block in the back penalty during the opening kick off put Bridgewater in a hole on the Cardinals’ first possession. Faced with a drive that began at his own 8-yard line, Bridgewater moved the ball into SU’s territory within two plays.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe found his former high school teammate, Michaelee Harris, deep down the right sideline for a 44-yard gain after miscommunication between Syracuse cornerbacks Keon Lyn and Ri’Shard Anderson — a common theme in the first quarter for the Orange.Two plays later, Bridgewater connected on a 42-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker on a beautiful back-shoulder throw that fooled Lyn, who didn’t have his head turned around. That capped a breathtaking four-play, 92-yard drive that seemed to stun the Orange, and it was Louisville’s first opening-drive touchdown of the season.‘We didn’t communicate well out there and a just couple missed assignments and stuff,’ SU strong safety Shamarko Thomas said. ‘They got the little edge on that particular part.’A fumble derailed Louisville’s second drive, but Bridgewater responded on his team’s third possession with another confident series under center. He converted a third-and-16 with a well-executed throwback screen to Harris; ran for 10 yards to pick up a second first down; and exploited a mismatch by finding tight end Josh Chichester for a 2-yard touchdown.Chichester, a 6-foot-8 red-zone weapon, was being covered by the 5-foot-10 Olando Fisher. Bridgewater lofted a perfect pass to the back of the end zone that allowed Chichester to nimbly pluck it out of the air for the easy score.By the time the first quarter ended, the Cardinals boasted a commanding 14-0 lead. Bridgewater was 7-of-7 for 124 yards and two touchdowns. And the Cardinals outgained the Orange 160-36.‘You just like the rhythm there the first two drives where we were very successful moving the ball, throwing the ball and guys just making plays on offense,’ Louisville head coach Charlie Strong said.Though Bridgewater cooled off in the final three quarters, he continued to play mistake-free football. He finished 17-of-24 for 198 yards and only those two scores, but his zero turnovers made up for his lack of production after the opening 15 minutes.But perhaps most importantly, he burned the Orange one final time on a brilliantly executed option play with just under 11 minutes remaining in the game.On a third-and-8 play from the Louisville 39-yard line, Bridgewater lined up in the shotgun with running back Victor Anderson flanking him. But he saw something in the defense and quickly called an audible into the pistol formation with Anderson behind him.What followed was an unexpected option play — something the Orange hadn’t seen from the Cardinals on film, Marrone and Thomas said. Bridgewater’s perfectly timed pitch allowed Anderson to turn the left corner and race 61 yards for the game-clinching touchdown.‘They had our card,’ Thomas said. ‘They had good checks and adjustments to our defense, and they made plays. They really surprised us on that option.’It was an audible to be expected from a multiyear starter with more than just five games of experience under his belt. And as the youngster left Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on the heels of the best game of his career, Marrone saw a polished quarterback with a bright future.He didn’t see a freshman.‘He’s a good quarterback now,’ Marrone said. ‘I think he’s going to be one of the top quarterbacks as he progresses in their system.’[email protected]last_img read more

Overwatch player and coach booked without detention in South Korea after match fixing

first_imgThe player manager and coach of Korean Overwatch squad Luminous Solar have been booked without detention in South Korea after attempting to qualify for the OGN Overwatch APEX Challenger Season 2 by match fixing. This was initially reported by Inven, and translated by ESPN.  Image courtesy of BlizzardThe criminal charge specified by the Gyeonggi Bukbu Provincial Police Agency was interference with business. Both the player and coach have already been banned by OGN, following an internal investigation conducted last February. The investigation related to the wildcard qualifier quarter finals between Luminous Solar and UnLimited which the former won. The evidence suggests that Jin Seok-hoon and Baek Min-jeh offered sponsorship for UnLimited should they agree to forfeit the match. It was also discovered that they produced a fraudulent doctor’s certificate in order to field a last minute substitute in the match. The player from UnLimited, Choi Yoon-soo was also banned from participating for the next season of OGN Overwatch APEX Challenger.It’s not the first and it likely won’t be the last example of match fixing in esports. Whilst bodies such as ESIC are working hard to ensure players are educated about the perils of match fixing it still remains a risk and the aforementioned case shows just how seriously it can, and should be dealt with. Over the weekend the first iteration of Beyond the Summit’s CS_Summit saw Cloud9 play with Braxton “swag” Pierce, a player banned from Valve-sponsored events having been found guilty of match fixing. The discussion of cheating versus match fixing has been prevalent in the community as people tend to see cheating as the worst possible sin. Simply put, the example above is exactly why match fixing is more serious. In most sports across the world it’s a criminal offence to be involved in match fixing whilst cheating, i.e. performance enhancing drugs are often not dealt with on a criminal level.Esports Insider says: Hopefully this doesn’t become a common occurrence. This goes to show how severe match fixing is and how ruthlessly it can be dealt with.last_img read more

PBSO deputies searching for missing, possibly endangered 12-year-old boy

first_imgAnyone with information about Andres’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at 561-688-3400 or 911. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a missing 12-year-old who was last seen Friday at 4:15 PM.Police say, 12-year-old Andres Miguens, is possibly endangered. He was last seen wearing an orange t-shirt, black basketball shorts, and black sneakers.last_img

Red Bank, Freehold YMCAs to Merge

first_img“The Y is very big into clinic disease prevention and there are a number of programs that, maybe, Freehold and Old Bridge offer we don’t currently offer here in Red Bank, and vice versa,” said Jennifer Dunn, who has served as the chief operations officer of the Community YMCA since February 2018, and who will now oversee the entire Monmouth County operation. “We want to serve the community as one YMCA because essentially, to our members, we’re one Y anyway. Whether it’s in Freehold or Red Bank, we’re just the Y to them. So this is our opportunity,” Goganzer said. “The timing makes sense for us because the cost of doing business continues to grow and grow,” said Laurie Goganzer following an April 18 media conference at the Red Bank branch on Maple Avenue. “It’s getting harder. And for two nonprofit organizations serving the same county to come together as one (YMCA), it’ll allow us to make a bigger impact in our community.” The report also listed suicide as the second-leading cause of death among those between the ages of 10 and 14, and third among those ages 15 to 24. “These three focus points really drive our work, and some of the key issues that really drive our work in Monmouth County are the areas of mental health and substance abuse,” Goganzer said. Combined, the association will have 11 different facilities throughout communities within and nearby Monmouth County, including health and wellness branches in Freehold, Old Bridge and Red Bank; outdoor day camps in Millstone and Wall; a community center in Freehold; counseling and social services centers in Eatontown, Matawan and the Leonardo section of Middletown; a child care center in Matawan; and administrative offices in Shrewsbury. DeAlmeida, the incoming vice president of the new board of directors, said the decision was due in part to a study of several other successful YMCA mergers around the country, which led to greater community impact and sustainability. Goganzer, who was appointed the president and CEO of both the Red Bank and Freehold entities in July 2017, said the merger will decrease the duplication of efforts at the administrative level, allowing the organization to get the most out of its combined 1,200-plus employees, approximately 650 volunteers and an annual operating budget of $25 million. “We see a large number of diverse programming that can come out of this, because our teams will now be working together, networking and sharing ideas to serve more people locally, in Red Bank and beyond,” Dunn added. With less duplication freeing up funding to be invested into community programming, and a larger staff to implement new offerings, Goganzer said the organization’s local outreach efforts will be expanded with a mission to impact issues that are most prevalent around the county, including youth development, healthy living and social responsibility initiatives. center_img Additionally, the YMCA will now be able to offer before- and after-school care services in 40 schools across Monmouth County. The Community YMCA currently provides therapeutic counseling to children in 53 schools in eastern Monmouth County and parts of Ocean County. Last week The Community YMCA announced that, effective Sept. 1, it would join forces with the Freehold-based YMCA of Western Monmouth County in an effort to increase programming and efficiencies and to solidify the financial future of both entities. Since January 2019, the two YMCAs have operated under a management services agreement in which The Community YMCA provided leadership to the YMCA of Western Monmouth County. Goganzer has served as president and CEO of both associations and Dunn as chief operating officer. The agreement will continue until the merger takes effect. “We’re seeing suicide rates increasing in Monmouth County. It’s not getting any better, it’s actually getting worse,” Goganzer said. “It stems from the opioid epidemic, as well as negative youth behaviors in our teens. At the Y, we have the capacity to serve the youth at a deeper level every day, because of where our facilities are situated, and because of the partnerships we have with community organizations and school districts. It’s about keeping kids on a positive path and our programs help do just that.” The merger was the result of nearly a year of analysis and planning by a task force of eight board members representing both YMCA branches. The merger was unanimously approved by both boards at their April 17 meetings. Members of the task force were Russ Azzarello, John Badenhop, Stacey DeAlmeida, Tim Hogan, Jennifer Lakefield, Craig McGraw, Ted Nappi and Janet Phillips. In September 2018 the New Jersey Department of Health released a report that said suicide rates around the state had significantly increased since 2000 and that every day approximately two New Jersey residents die by suicide. “This is an important milestone for The Community YMCA and YMCA of Western Monmouth County. We believe we will only be stronger together,” DeAlmeida said. RED BANK – A merger between two local YMCA branches will create the second largest YMCA association in the state, serving more than 36,000 members. last_img read more

LVR heading back to Senior Girl’s Basketball Provincial Tournament

first_img David Thompson posted an upset over J.L. Crowe Hawks of Trail in the other semi final. LVR finished the regular season 16-4 record.The LVR Senior Boy’s are also heading to the provincial tournament, gaining a bye into the AAA Chamipionships. After three quarters LVR led 41-30Allie Zondervan added 12 points while Christina Champlin finished with 10.LVR advanced to the final, missing three players off the roster, with a 44-22 win over Selkirk Storm of Kimberley in the semi final.”The girls played solid D(efence) and controlled the glass on the offensive and defensive end,” said Bomber coach Chris Dergousoff.”We didn’t really push ourselves as we knew we needed to be rested for our second game — LVR had a 2.5 hour break).”LVR led 23-12 at the half.  Leading scorer in the semi final were Ansleigh Dergousoff and Perkins, each with 11 points.Sian Nielsen added 10 and Roxanne Baker had six points. The L.V. Rogers Senior Bombers are returning to the provincials for the first time in five years after capturing the Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball zone title with a 60-44 win over David Thompson Lakers of Invermere in the final Saturday afternoon at Stanley Humphries in CastlegarThe Bombers now represent the Kootenays at the provincial tournament March 4-8 in Langley.Naomi Perkins poured in 26 points for LVR to lead the charge offensively.Despite the wide margin of victory, LVR struggled to start the contest, down 6-5 after one period.However, by halftime the Bombers established their play and took a 26-16 lead. last_img read more

Crested Cranes return to COSAFA action against Namibia

first_img Tags: 2018 COSAFA Women’s championshipcrested cranesfaridah bulegaHassifah Nassuna The Crested Cranes celebrating one of the four goals they scored against Swaziland in the first game (file photo)COSAFA Women’s Championships 2018Namibia vs Uganda Wolfson Stadium, kwezakeleSaturday, 15-06-2018 @02:00pmPORT ELIZABETH – The Uganda Crested Cranes will return to action on Saturday afternoon in the COSAFA Women’s championships.After an opening day 4-3 victory over Swaziland, Faridah Bulega’s charges will hope they can better their chances of qualification to the knock-out stages against Namibia on match day two.With Zimbabwe leading group C on six points after two games, the Cranes will move top of the runners-up standings with a win against Namibia.Farida Bulega is optimistic that her side will be able to take care of Namibia.“We have prepared well and no injury concerns ahead of the game, said Bulega in an interview before the game.“We are going to do our best to win since we need to top the group and advance to the knock out phase.Bulega’s side will be boosted by the six players who joined up with the contingent on Wednesday evening after their flights were delayed and she is likely to make changes to the starting lineup that beat Swaziland.The six players who traveled late to join up with the rest include Juliet Nalukenge, Lillian Mutuuzo, Shadia Nankya, Aisha Namukisa, Shamirah Nalugya and left back Grace Aluka.Crafty forward Hasifa Nassuna who netted a brace against Swaziland will be looked at for inspiration in the attacking department.Uganda is currently second in Group C, three points behind leaders Zimbabwe.Namibia will be fighting for their lives after losing 1-0 to Zimbabwe in their opening game and a defeat to Uganda will end their chances of making it to the semi finals.Comments last_img read more

Garda Ombudsman recieved 74 complaints against Donegal Gardai last year

first_imgThe Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) received 74 complaints against Gardai in Donegal last year, it has been revealed.It comes as complaints to the GSOC against gardai reduced last year.The most common matters complained of were an abuse of authority, neglect of duty, discourtesy, and non-fatal offences: allegations of a criminal offence listed in the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997, for example, assault, harassment or false imprisonment. The Garda watchdog undertook 17 public interest investigations, which were started by the organisation without a complaint or referral by the Garda Commissioner.National map of complaints (GSOC)There were 17 files sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), resulting in four directions to prosecute, nine directions for no prosecutions and four decisions pending at the end of 2018.There were also 24 protected disclosures were made to GSOC by members and/or employees of An Garda Siochana.The Garda Commissioner made 74 discipline sanctions on individual gardai following complaints to and/or investigations by GSOC. The watchdog report said: “Gardaí investigating themselves runs the risk that the investigation is seen as neither full nor fair.“This may do a disservice to the investigators but the lack of oversight on such investigations leaves the garda organisation open to challenge.“It is in the interests of the gardaí to be able to confirm that they do not investigate themselves so that when a decision not to prosecute/discipline a member over alleged misconduct is made, no suggestion of cover-up is able to be generated.“This is also an issue GSOC plans to pursue in 2019, especially as new legislation is being drafted and particularly in light of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland’s recommendation that all complaints should be investigated by the new oversight body.”Garda Ombudsman recieved 74 complaints against Donegal Gardai last year was last modified: May 15th, 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) Tags:AN GARDA SIOCHANAGardailast_img read more