PA prisons:  Disdain, distrust and deprivation

first_imgIncarcerated workers across Pennsylvania are demanding that Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel reverse his disastrous decision to begin mass transfers of prisoners during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following commentary is part 2 from an interview by Joe Piette with jailhouse organizer and environmentalist Bryant Arroyo, who is confined at State Correctional Institution Frackville, falsely convicted of a crime.The dangers that the top Pennsylvania Department of Corrections officials are imposing upon us can be prevented. I’m stuck here and I have to take every measure and precaution to protect myself.Bryant ArroyoBoth prisoners and the people outside are experiencing social isolation and social deprivation right now. We have those things in common, although we live in two somewhat different worlds.I should give the administration props for previously providing us with the cleaning utensils and cleaning chemicals to keep ourselves safe and prevent the spread of infection. For the most part it was successful. We had zero cases, up to this point.I say “up to this point” because DOC Secretary John Wetzel recently ordered the administration of my facility, SCI Frackville, to receive multiple mass transfers from SCI Camp Hill, SCI Dallas, and SCI Coal Township. Those three facilities are known COVID-19 hotspots. So it is reprehensible and unconscionable that Wetzel, the very top correctional official, opened up the floodgates to a potential outbreak in places where there were no cases.The quarantine block at SCI Frackville is B-C. I’m in B-D, the tier above. Officers are walking around in N90 masks. They’re not the boss, they don’t make decisions, they just follow orders.  Lo and behold, an individual tested positive. Wetzel took “care, custody, and control” and he threw these pandemic protocols out the window. It’s a clear decision to jeopardize the health of both inmates and the staff that are on the forefront working the blocks and working in the facility. But you have to ask, why would Wetzel do this?Recently the medical department locked us down for two days. They made the influenza vaccine available to those who wanted it. For those who refused, they asked us to sign a waiver why we were refusing. I refused on the grounds that this is the first time in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections history that they actually provided an incentive — a so-called “bonus” of $5 placed on your account — to take it. The thing I know about getting paid to take some sort of medication or vaccination is that it has always been seen as an experiment.The statistics show that a lot of people refused to take it for that simple reason. It was a total debacle. It was really suspicious for them to pay us to get vaccinated. So the majority of the population of the entire facility refused.Even when we talk about a potential COVID vaccine, there’s a lot of distrust and a lot of concern. We already know they hit prisons with these vaccines first, to “immunize the herd” so to speak. A lot of people are saying, I’m not gonna take that either. I don’t know if it’s a placebo or if it’s some other experiment that has nothing to do with COVID.Our President, who’s about to be ousted very soon, cannot be trusted. Trump also exaggerated the “miracle cures” that were going to solve this thing overnight. So there’s no way you’re gonna stick something in me that comes from a contract between Trump and Pfizer and have me think the main purpose of it was to protect me.I refuse to be part of that experiment.Psychologists who are supposed to make their rounds on the block aren’t doing it. A lot of the higher ups who are supposed to be asking us about our concerns, about our issues, they’re falling short. Because of the strictures imposed by Wetzel, there’s a breakdown in the chain of command. They’re prioritizing the corporations, instead of the things that are essential for the inmate population.I’m trying to give you all a visual of what it looks like every day in here. Even if you go out to the yard, you still feel as though you’re locked in. There might only be two or three guys that come out with you. Nobody wants to come out because you only get one hour outside of your cell. There’s less people getting sun, which is a necessity for basic human life. It’s a hell of a quagmire.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Judging Right.

first_img“No. These are not heifers,” John Callaway told a nervous 4-H’er after an obvious slip of the tongue.”These are ewes,” John said with a laugh. “A heifer is a young female cow. A ewe is a female sheep. You’ve got to know the difference, and you’ve got to call it what it is.”The 4-H’er was a member of the Heard County 4-H livestock judging team. I asked John to help me coach the team, which is the first one Heard County has had in a long, long time. There are nine on the team. The youngest is a fifth-grader and the oldest an eighth-grader.We were up in Carroll County judging a class of sheep for the first time.By the way, John is a retired county agent. He and his wife Marsha moved back to the family farm not too long ago.How Do You Spell ‘Ewe’?”How do you spell ‘ewe’?” one 4-H’er asked.”Well, I’ll tell you how it is NOT spelled,” I said. “It’s not spelled Y-O-U!”Livestock judging teaches 4-H’ers statewide the principles and methods of evaluating live animals. They compare them to the ideal animal of a species, whether it’s cattle, hogs, or sheep.Of course, there is no ‘ideal’ or ‘perfect’ animal. But they look at the differences among the animals and select the one animal that can best do its job.Used Daily on FarmLivestock judging is used daily by all livestock farmers in selecting herd sires and replacement females, designing a good breeding program and determining when livestock are ready for market.It’s impossible to be a good livestock farmer without first being a good livestock judge.There are many benefits to competing on a livestock judging team. And the benefits may not have anything to do with livestock.Logical ReasoningThe team members will learn how to make accurate decisions and defend those decisions with logical reasoning. Presenting reasons orally will train the members to think on their feet and to become more effective speakers. They will become more confident in themselves.So even if the 4-H’ers never raise livestock, they will have learned valuable skills they can put to use in other enterprises.But first, they have to make sure they call a heifer a heifer and a ewe a ewe.last_img read more

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff

first_imgStatewide —Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff to honor former Governor Joe Kernan.Flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset on Wednesday, August 5.  Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff to honor former Gov. Kernan and his service.last_img

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, March 20, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, March 20, 2014:•12:07 a.m. Branden D. Jones, 27, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with Intent to distribute methamphetamine, No Drug Tax Stamp, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers, Expired Drivers’ License and Defective Brake Light.•1:20 a.m. Daniel B. Gressel, 24, Wellington was arrested on a  city of Wellington Bench Warrant/Order of Commitment for Failure to Appear.•4:05 a.m. Steven D. Shamblin, 29, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Bench Warrant for possession of methamphetamine.•2 p.m. Daniel B. Gressel, 24, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Stehens County, Oklahoma Bench Warrant for Embezzlement.•7:14 p.m. Officers investigated disorderly conduct by a known suspect in the 1400 block. W. 8th, Wellington.•9:08 p.m. Officers took a report of a missing person in the 1400 block. N. A, Wellington. Person was eventually located.•10:30 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block N. F, Wellington.•10:56 p.m. Evelyn J. Bazer, 45, Anthony, was issued a notice to appear charged with drivers’ license violation and defective headlight.last_img read more

Man Utd fined, Mourinho warned by UEFA over late Valencia kick-off

first_imgMourinho blamed the delay on local police for not providing an escort for United’s team bus, but police officials said the club knew well ahead of time no such service would be provided and had time to make the adequate arrangements.“We left the hotel at six o’clock, hoping that 30 minutes would be enough, which normally it is, but this time the police refused to do an escort so we came by ourselves,” said Mourinho after the match which ended in a 0-0 draw.“We took from the Lowry Hotel, 75 minutes and UEFA were nice, the referee was nice to allow us to start the game five minutes later because we at least need half an hour to be prepared, but it was not a problem with the club organisation.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United have been fined a total of 15,000 euros (£13,200) by UEFA for the late kick-off to their Champions League match against Valencia earlier this month caused by the hosts being caught in traffic.UEFA’s disciplinary arm fined United 5,000 euros for the late arrival of the team bus, and a further 10,000 euros for the late kick-off, while United manager Jose Mourinho was also warned over the delay.United arrived at Old Trafford less than 45 minutes before kick-off on October 2 and had to ask Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic to delay the start of the game by five minutes.last_img read more

Henry’s desire to succeed as manager undimmed by Monaco misery

first_imgHenry’s dream return last October to manage Monaco, the club where he established his reputation as a top class striker, turned into a nightmare.Having been part of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez’s backroom team at the World Cup — where they reached the semi-finals — he lasted just over 100 days after only four league wins.“Call me crazy if you want, but I love football and I believe I can be a successful coach,” he said.“I’m not thinking about the pain, I’m not thinking about failure. I don’t like easy.Thierry Henry’s phone did not ring for four months after being sacked by Monaco however since then he has received five job offers none of which he has accepted © AFP / VALERY HACHE“I like to lead and it’s on me to make it happen. The same when I joined Arsenal as a player, the same when I went to Belgium with Roberto. It’s an evolution.”– ‘Communication and honesty’ –Henry, who was a member of the France squads that won both the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000 title, said although he has been contacted over jobs, he has yet to find the right fit.“My phone didn’t ring for four months after I left Monaco and then all of a sudden I got five calls,” he said.“Some were not what I was looking for and some were as a number two.”“I won’t do a number two job because I want to be a number one.”Henry, who has spoken with basketball and athletics coaches since being fired to gain extra insight into coaching top level athletes, says it is frustrating having to wait around for another opportunity but he is convinced football coaching is where his future lies.“I came out of it fully reassured that’s what I want to do, zero doubt about it,” he said.All Henry asks is for transparency from his employers.“Communication and honesty from the start is key,” he said.“What’s the job? Is the job to stay up, is the job to win the League or be in the Champions League?“But how and what is success? Is success improving players? Ultimately, results are the most important thing, but I want to improve players as well.”0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry’s miserable tenure at Monaco has not dimmed his ardour to have another chance to prove himself as a top manager © AFP / YANN COATSALIOULONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 22 – France football legend Thierry Henry is keen for another chance to prove he can be a successful manager despite his unhappy brief tenure at Ligue 1 side Monaco.The 42-year-old — Arsenal’s record goalscorer — told the Daily Telegraph that although his phone did not ring for four months following his sacking, things have picked up since then and he has received five offers.last_img read more

SA safaris tops at 2011 awards

first_imgSouth African safaris took home first prizeawards at the 2011 African Safari awards. (Images: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jackie Mwansa-Harris The Good Safari Guide +44 1865 989 280 RELATED ARTICLES • SA wins big at World Travel Awards • SA restaurant best in the world • Game park facelift to boost tourism • Cape Town ‘best city in the world’Nosimilo RamelaSouth African establishments took home three first prizes at the 2011 African Safari awards, which were held at Durban’s uShaka Marine World on 6 May 2011.Karkloof Spa was awarded Best Safari Spa in Africa, South African Airways (SAA) got the award for Best International Airline in Africa, and Ants Nest Riding Safaris received the award for Best Riding Safari Operator on the Continent.These first-class establishments were in competition with more than 315 nominees in 21 categories. The awards were judged by a panel of 14 safari experts from independent tour operators in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany and South Africa.“With over 3 000 safari lodges, camps and mobile safari operators in Africa, there is a need to differentiate between those that provide an average or bad safari experience, and the few who exceed expectations,” the judges said.“It is not a question of luxury, but of the safari experience from your arrival on a remote airstrip to the revelation of the wilderness and how it works by the professional safari guide,” they said.Superb offeringsKarkloof Spa, located in KwaZulu-Natal, has a lavish boutique lodge with 16 villas, a first-class spa and 3 500ha of land teeming with wildlife.No stranger to receiving awards, the spa has previously won a number of awards over the years. In 2010, it received The Good Safari Guide Gala Award for Best Safari Spa.The year 2009 was a big year for the establishment – it received numerous awards, including the Tatler Spa Award for the Most Exciting New Discovery, the SA Tourism Welcome Award for overall winner for Best Accommodation Provider, the Professional Beauty Award for The Best Hotel/Resort Spa, and the Amarula Best Retreats in Africa Award for Leading Wellness Retreat.The spa is recognised as the only property in South Africa to belong to Relais and Châteaux. It was officially inaugurated as a member at the 35th International Relais and Châteaux Congress held in Biarritz, France, in 2009.Relais and Châteaux is an exclusive group of 480 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 56 countries.SAA is South Africa’s flagship carrier and one of the oldest airlines in the world. Founded on 1 February 1934, the airline celebrated its 77th birthday this year.SAA is the most experienced carrier in Africa, offering over 20 destinations across the continent. Over the years, the airline has received various prestigious awards for service and innovation. These include Best Airline in Africa at The Skytrax World Airline Awards for the past 10 years, and Africa’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards for the past five years.Ant’s Nest is located on a private game reserve in the Waterberg in Limpopo province in South Africa, and offers an adventurous African safari experience. The Waterberg has a wider variety of unique plants and animals than anywhere else in Africa.There are over 40 types of African animals that visitors can see at this Safari, including giraffe, white rhino, sable antelope, buffalo, nyala, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, Livingstone eland, blue wildebeest (gnu), red hartebeest, zebra, impala, bushbuck, duiker, steenbok, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, blesbok, baboon, bushpig, klipspringers, leopard, jackal, brown hyena, caracal, civet and genet – to name a few.With nominations from over 1 000 luxury travel professionals, and hundreds of travel magazine readers across Africa, these award-winning safaris have proven to be the best in their respective categories.last_img read more

Vijender packs more than a punch at youth session

first_imgVijender Singh”I wish I had grown up listening to the stories of the Ramayana,” author Aatish Taseer said on Saturday at the 10th India Today Conclave’s The Next Generation Workshop on ‘Ideas: My India, Our future’.Speaking on literature, he felt the past generations, with their unique multilingualism, had an inherent advantage. “In my time, we were reduced to English and our own past was almost a thing of contempt.”  Summing up his idea for the future, he said, “Indians need to be more rooted, more aware of their rich past, if they are to strive for a higher idea of civilisation.”Bajaj Finserv managing director Sanjiv Bajaj said he had three dreams for the future India-equal opportunity to work for all, a corruption-free India and a safe and secure country. He also said that Indian youth must cultivate the pursuit of excellence, integrity of thought and fearlessness in their behaviour. Anurag Thakur, chief of Bharatiya Janata Party youth wing and Lok Sabha MP, said that the benefits of a rising GDP and higher growth rates had not percolated to the common man. Sonakshi SinhaHe said that India had progressed in many fields since Independence but 42 per cent of children and 70 per cent of women were still anaemic and 17,000 farmers committed suicides in the last few years. Anurag said that things can be changed but for that, “the youth will have to participate in the vision of India”. Referring to the violence in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East, he said that the future of India depended on how people from this region could be integrated in the nation-building process so that they began to feel like a part of the country.Director Imtiaz Ali spoke on how society could be categorized into classes earlier but now every individual was a class by himself/herself. “There has been such an explosion of awareness through the media and the Internet that people have begun to think much more than they did,” he said.advertisementActor Sonakshi Sinha said that India’s biggest advantage was that it was a young nation demographically.  “But to utilise this advantage, education has to be a necessity and not an option especially for girls,” she said. Echoing Taseer, she said Indians needed to be proud of their language and culture instead of going ga-ga over everything Western.  “The youth needs to be more active in politics and they need to be given a chance too. Politics has to be a force that binds the country instead of breaking it. The ruling party and the opposition have to work together instead of trying to pull each other down,” she said.Criticising the media and the authorities, Olympic and Asian Games medalist-boxer Vijender Singh said, “We must care for other games such as hockey, boxing and tennis and not just cricket. There must be good stadiums and facilities for other sports as well.” He also emphasised on planned effort to achieve excellence in sports. He criticized the approach of media and said, “When the Olympics will be just two months away, only then everybody here will be asking for medals. In other times, they are busy with cricket.”last_img read more

Rookie Lycha Ebon shows killer instinct this time in FEU win over UE

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem So when the opportunity presented itself again, the 19-year-old was now better prepared than the last time.FEU led, 13-9, when Ebon rose to the occasion and scored on two similar plays for the victory to clinch the Lady Tamaraws’ third win in five outings.“I was telling myself that I won’t be afraid because the more I feel scared the more that my performance will dip,” said Ebon, who finished with 21 points. “I was just thinking that I had to play out what I trained for in FEU.”“I never doubted myself and I trusted my older teammates that we can win.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ebon admitted that there was always the fear factor in their game against the Lady Warriors but she knew that she can’t let her emotions consume her and that she has to know better than let their opponents once again get the upper hand.“My mindset was to end it then and there,” said Ebon in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We worked hard for us so I knew I had to end it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Of course, I was a bit scared during the match but I knew it should not let it affect me.”Ebon had already experienced losing in five sets when the Lady Tamaraws squandered their two-set lead over Ateneo en route to a tough 25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 18-25, 12-15 setback late last month. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University’s Lycha Ebon is showing that she’s more than just a rookie.The Lady Tamaraws’ prized youngster showed utmost composure in just her second time playing in a pressure-packed five-setter in the UAAP women’s tournament when she led FEU over University of the East, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Columbian boosts playoff bid, beats Rain or Shine again Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policylast_img read more