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Patricia Anton, US teacher killed in Dominican Republic, found ‘peace and purpose’ on island

first_imgFacebook(CABARETE, Dominican Republic) — Patricia Anton, an American teacher who was found dead in the Domincan Republic, will be memorialized at the school where she devoted herself for what would be the last years of her life, her family said.A “peace park” will be erected in her honor at 3 Mariposas Montessori School in Cabarete, where Anton worked as a teacher for six years, her cousin Adrianne Machina told ABC News on Thursday.“Her life was so much bigger than her death,” Machina said.Anton’s husband, Patrick, said in a statement to ABC News that the peace park “will become a lasting legacy in the Cabarete community she loved so much.”Police this week revealed details on how Anton, 63, was found in Cabarete, a town on the northern coast of the island nation. However, the circumstances of her death are still not clear.She appeared to have been a victim of a robbery, as police noted items including her phone, computer and television had been stolen. Local police told ABC News Thursday that no one has been detained yet, but they have identified a suspect and an arrest is imminent.Yet for Anton’s family, they are trying to remember her for who she was and what she meant to the community. The Dominican Republic, her cousin said, satisfied her wanderlust and gave her the opportunity to work with children.“The Dominican Republic was her happy place. I think her dream was to retire down there,” Machina said. “The Dominican Republic really gave her purpose and peace.”Machina added that when bringing relatives to visit the island nation, she would be the one to reassure them it was safe.“The last thing she’d want to be is the poster girl for ‘Don’t go to the Dominican Republic,’” her cousin said.Anton’s husband, Patrick, said in a statement that he and his children — a 35-year-old son, a 31-year-old son and 28-year-old daughter — appreciate the support they have received during this time.“We encourage you to spread Patty’s message of kindness and good works,” the family said.Anton was born in Trieste, Italy, but was an American citizen who lived in Detroit and Traverse City, Michigan, before moving to the Dominican Republic around 2013.Calling her a “maternal mama bear,” Machina said Anton always wanted to help children and believed that both education and human connection could benefit any community.“If people want to do something that would be meaningful, stand up for the underdog and be kind to people who look different from you,” Machina said. “She was all about kindness and sweetness.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Union in committee controversy

first_imgAsh Sangha, The Oxford Union Treasurer- Elect, has narrowly avoided forced resignation of his position. His response has prompted investigation into two serious governance issues within the Union.Firstly, the Union is investigating a “disparity” in Consultative Committee meeting minutes, which some suspect may be the result of foul play. The minutes of the 3rd Week Consultative Committee meeting were allegedly altered between the meeting itself and their ratification.A second enquiry surrounds the validity of Standing Committee meetings. These are believed to have been improperly called, thus calling into question all motions passed at the meetings. These investigations have been brought to light as Ash Sangha, Union Treasurer-Elect, was deemed to have resigned due to his absence from too many meetings.Union rules stipulate that if three ordinary meetings of any Committee are missed the member is deemed to have resigned their position. Sangha has been absent from three Consultative Committee meetings and three Standing Committee meetings this term.When his absences from Consultative Committee were investigated it became apparent that there was a disparity between the original minutes which highlighted that his nonattendance was extraordinary, and those that were ratified, where his absence was noted as “not extraordinary”.The minutes were altered after the Secretary of the Committee, Adi Balachander, passed them to the new Chair. James Dray, Union President commented, “I am currently investigating this issue, which may well be one of the worst cases of fraud to prevent an officer from continuing in his role that the Union has ever seen. If it is proven that anyone deliberately changed the minutes this will be taken to the highest disciplinary committee of the Union.”In a further development, his absence at three Standing Committees was excused as he demonstrated that the meetings were improperly called by the Secretary, Lou Stoppard. Meetings are supposed to be called by email by the Secretary with at least 48 hours notice, and none of the three were.As a result, the authenticity of these Standing Committee meetings has been called into question. This has potentially serious consequences for all motions passed in the meetings this term, which includes some large budgetary decisions. A number of members have been angered by the decision to allow Sangha to retain his position over a technicality.However, Dray has noted that Sangha missed two meetings in order to fulfil his role as Treasurer- Elect, as he was delivering termcards and helping to host the President of Ecuador, and that these were excusable absences. Ash Sangha has been denied the opportunity to comment by the Union.One concerned member of Standing Committee commented, “This emphasizes that the major problems of Standing Committee are incompetence and inexperience. A number of members are very angry and concerned at the potentially jeopardised situation this has left the Union in.”last_img read more


Pennant-Winning 1915 Phillies Visit Ocean City on Saturday

first_imgThe Philadelphia Phillies won their first National League pennant in 1915, and a special presentation at 1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 21) at the Ocean City Free Public Library will provide a look at how spring training was different 100 years ago.WHO: Baseball author and Phillies authority Bob WarringtonWHERE: The Ocean City Community Center, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue, in the Christopher Maloney Lecture Hall (on the 17th Street side of the block-long complex)WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21ADMISSION: FreeWHAT: Enjoy stories about a bizarre and hilarious experience that included the Phillies traveling to spring training in St. Petersburg, Fla. by boat, some team members being pursued by a lynch mob and some almost drowning in a storm. Warrington has presented similar programs to the Society for American Baseball Research, the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society and other sports organizations.WHAT ELSE: Visitors will be able to have their photos taken holding a 100-year-old baseball bat that belonged to Phillies first baseman Fred Luderus. Warrington will display memorabilia and photos of the 1915 team. The Phillies have provided numerous door prizes and prizes to be awarded during Phillies Trivia Contest following the presentation.last_img read more


OCHS Cross Country Teams Outrun Vineland

first_imgBy LESLEY GRAHAMFor the second straight week, the Ocean City High School cross country teams raced to victory, posting the top runners on both the boys and girls sides over visiting Vineland on Tuesday.Junior Owen Ritti and senior Erin Hanlon both recorded top times for Ocean City, with Ritti coming in at 16:33 and Hanlon at 21:14, respectively, for the 5K races. Both Ocean City teams were able to complete a perfect score, winning the dual meet against Vineland, 15-50.On the boys side, there was a difference in the order of finish this week compared to last, with freshman Matt Hoffman breaking into the top five, improving from his sixth place performance the last time out.On the girls side, Hanlon once again took the top spot for the Red Raiders, dropping 30 seconds off her time from last week. Hanlon was followed by fellow Red Raiders Vanessa Karayiannis, Frankie Ritzel, Avery Jackson and Marissa Vallese.Ocean City girls head coach Trish Henry mentioned how nice it is to have a mix of returners and new faces to complete the team this season, especially with how the newcomers are responding.“We continue to be happy with all the newcomers. They may lack a lot of race experience, but they are hanging in and getting better each time out,” Henry said after the race.Ritzel, Jackson and Vallese are all racing in their first varsity season for the Red Raiders.Tyler Greene (left) and Owen Ritti surge ahead on the home course. Ritti and Greene would finish 1-2 for the Red Raiders.The typical home course in Ocean City involves a start on the Boardwalk, a transition onto the beach, road racing and a finish at the track at the turf stadium. Due to Monday’s weather and the tides Tuesday, this week’s course did not include a beach section, allowing the runners to really push the pace on the flat road course.Ocean City boys head coach Matt Purdue was happy with his team’s effort against Vineland.“Both Owen and Tyler (Greene) ran under 17 minutes for a 5K, so that’s good for us, especially this point in the season,” Purdue said.In a typical cross country season, the schedule involves a number of larger format invitational meets, where the runners face some of the best competition throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area.But with the safety protocols and precautions taken this season due to COVID-19 concerns, the Red Raiders are having to change their game plan and mental approach.“The team is pushing each other – each guy is taking the opportunity to push themselves and their teammates,” Purdue said.Henry echoed those thoughts, reiterating to her runners, although the season may look different, there are constant opportunities to improve their performance.“You are racing the clock. And more importantly, your teammates can be your competitors and your motivators, making you the best you can be,” Henry said.The girls get underway at the start of the race on the Boardwalk. From left, Ocean City’s Vanessa Karayiannis, Avery Jackson, Erin Hanlon and Frankie Ritzel push the pace. last_img read more


EU food labelling plans could kill off “Belgian chocolate”

first_imgIt has added a premium cachet to products for decades, but producers of goods labelled as using ‘Belgian chocolate’ could be dealt a blow by proposed EU country-of-origin labelling (COOL) regulations.Products with ingredients of specified origin chocolate, such as Swiss and Belgian chocolate, would have to carry the source of the cocoa beans. In practice, this could signal the end of terms like ‘Belgian chocolate’, which is generally blended using beans from many sources, as they would have to be qualified with unwieldy statements of the origins of the beans on pack. The wheels were set in motion to change the way country origins are labelled following a European Parliament (EP) Environment Committee vote on 19 April, which would make life hellish for cake manufacturers specifying Swiss or Belgian chocolate on labels.The issue’s slow transit through European bureaucracy means we will have to wait until a final decision is made by the European Council in the autumn. If it goes ahead, the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) says the proposal is unworkable and admits that, while lobbying continues in the hope of urging the European Council to consider labelling of products on a case-by-case basis, the signs are “ominous”.“As it stands, all chocolate products, including coatings for biscuits and chocolate chips in biscuits, if labelled as being of specific origin, will need to comply with the COOL provisions,” says Martin Turton, manager of the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate & Confectionery sector group at the FDF. “This proposal breaks customary practice of many years whereby the term Belgian or Swiss as applied to chocolate is understood to refer to the place of production. Applying COOL to ingredients of chocolate is unworkable as they are sourced globally.”Simon Harris, of Belgian chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut, says the proposals would be a “nightmare” because its main brands use a blend of beans from more than one country of origin. “That will make a very interesting problem because most of [the chocolate used in bakery products] is blended. Just about every other chocolate manufacturer does as well, otherwise it would be called a ‘pure origin’ chocolate and labelled as such. There is a very good argument for blends on the basis that you are refining the taste to a preferred flavour as opposed to taking what you can get.”Mike Woods, MD of nut-free cake producer Just Love Food Company, which uses Belgian chocolate in several products, said the proposed legislation was a step too far.“Consumers definitely prefer products made with Belgian chocolate over those labelled just ‘chocolate’. They want to know that the chocolate has been blended by a Belgian chocolatier, not where every single ingredient has come from. That level of detail is just not relevant. More labelling is likely to put people off and make things confusing.”last_img read more


Taste test

first_imgWith the third National Craft Bakers’ Week only a few weeks away the campaign is building momentum with more bakers registering to take part than ever beforeAccording to the National Association of Master Bakers, National Craft Bakers’ Week provides a united voice for inde-pendent bakers across the country, championing the artisanal skills that have been used for generations; the vital role of the baker’s shop in a local community; and the difference in taste between craft made goods and those produced in factories.Participating in this year’s campaign and helping raise consumers’ awareness of the event is sporting legend Dame Kelly Holmes, who is a big fan of local bakers and freshly baked bread, savouries and cakes.Supported by free point-of-sale material and guidelines on how to promote their businesses, bakers are already planning amazing events that showcase their skills and involve their local community and are posting details on the NAMB’s new Facebook page www.facebook.com/nationalcraftbakersweek. Other bakers are busy making contact with local radio stations and newspapers to spread news of their offers, demonstrations and competitions.Sampling experienceA key part of National Craft Bakers’ Week 2011 is a national taste experience, taking place on Wednesday 21 September. Bakers are urged to take part in what the NAMB believes will be the largest simultaneous tasting experience in the country.Bakers are encouraged to invite customers and passers-by or community groups to sample their menu of goods and appreciate for themselves how good artisan crafted, freshly baked cakes, breads, savouries and pastries can be, so that they realise what a valuable asset they have in their community.”We want every craft baker, regardless of whether they are doing anything else or not, to celebrate National Craft Bakers’ Week, by offering customers, passers-by and local community groups a chance to sample freshly baked goods on Wednesday 21 September,” says NAMB CEO Gill Brooks-Lonican. “By involving all bakers we want this to be the biggest simultaneous tasting event in the country. The more bakers involved, the bigger the positive impact on the consumer will be and, hopefully, local community bakers can reclaim some of their high street customers.” Registration Register today for your free marketing pack and to be included within the press campaign to put local media in touch with participating bakers. This aims to boost local news coverage that will benefit your business.Complete the online registration form at www.masterbakers.co.uk or telephone 01920 468061. Also, please send details of any forthcoming events for the week to the NAMB, so it can pass details on to its press contacts. Support group The National Craft Bakers’ Week activity is organised by the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) in association with a group of key bakery suppliers (Bako NW, Bakels, BFP Wholesale, California Raisins, CSM United Kingdom, Macphie, Marriage’s, Puratos and the Reynard Group) along with British Baker magazine.last_img read more


Renshaw furloughs half its staff as Covid-19 hits sales

first_imgRenshaw and Brighter Foods owner Real Good Food (RGF) has rationalised ranges and furloughed staff as the Covid-19 outbreak impacts demand for its products.Announcing its full-year trading to 31 March, the company reported revenue had been “broadly in line with the board’s expectations”, rising 9% to £67m, but had been hit in March by the effects of coronavirus.Adjusted EBITDA rose 178% to £5.4m, thanks partly to further cuts in head office costs.Brighter Foods’ revenues were up year on year by 67%, with the business securing a new contract with a global customer, which started in January, and benefiting from continued organic growth with existing customers.However, Renshaw’s cake decorations market has come under pressure, reported RGF, with the sugar paste market down 14.7% year on year [Kantar to December 19] and marzipan down 2.1%.RGF said Renshaw was well-placed to tap growth in the frostings market following recent investment.The company reported that Covid-19 was expected to have an impact on sales in at least the first quarter of the new financial year. In terms of the sectors the business serves, it reported that:The manufacturing sector was set to maintain or grow salesThe wholesale sector had declined as the restaurant and leisure sectors closed premisesRetailers were focused on stocking ‘essential’ products and had rationalised some niche products and colours.RGF is planning production in consultation with its customers to rationalise product ranges.Demand for snack bars, Brighter Foods’ key market, has fallen as social distancing guidance impacts the food-on-the-go and forecourt sectors. The business has also been hit by challenges in the nutrition and diet sector.Within Renshaw, the business has furloughed around 140 staff across all functions for an initial period of three weeks under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.For remaining staff, RGF is following all government guidelines, with most back-office staff now working from home and risk assessments completed in terms of social distancing at manufacturing sites.RGF said it had a robust crisis management plan and that, when the pandemic first appeared, it reviewed its suppliers in China and sourced alternatives in Europe.“We are grateful to our staff and stakeholders as we work together through this challenging period,” said non-executive chairman Mike Holt.“The budgets we were signing off just a short time ago are now being updated to include all the measures we are taking to ensure that the group has a sustainable business going forward. We believe the food industry is resilient and that Real Good Food is well placed within the segments we serve and given the quality of our products and operations.”last_img read more


Air Force reservists possibly exposed to Agent Orange from planes

first_img Read Full Story Between 1,500 and 2,100 U.S. Air Force reservists who trained and worked on C-123 cargo planes that were used during the Vietnam War to spread the toxic defoliant Agent Orange may have been exposed to potentially dangerous levels of the carcinogenic chemical, according to a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report.The IOM’s findings may influence how the Veterans Administration handles health and disability claims from the reservists, who worked on the planes between 1972 and 1982.“Levels at the time of their exposure would have been at least as high as the taken measurements, and quite possibly, considerably higher,” said Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and chairman of the IOM committee that produced the report, in a Jan. 9, 2015 Associated Press article.last_img read more


Corcoran, Ogden elected as leaders of Saint Mary’s Student Government

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) announced the incoming student body president and vice president, juniors Madeleine Corcoran and Kathy Ogden, on Friday afternoon. Chris Collins Juniors Madeleine Corcoran, left, and Kathy Ogden, right, were elected student body president and vice president, respectively, for Saint Mary’s on Friday.Corcoran said her election is especially significant to her because she was chosen by the students to be their representative. “It’s such a special role and such an honor and humbling role just to be chosen by the Saint Mary’s student body to represent them and be their voice,” Corcoran said. “So I think to me it just means so much respect for who we try to be as people and continue to be.”During the campaign, Ogden said she felt that whether or not she was elected, it was important that the College selected leaders that reflected what they desired. “If we weren’t to be elected, my overall thought would’ve been, ‘Well, that’s not what the students want, and we are a representation of the school so if that’s the case then okay,’” Ogden said. “But now it’s cool that since we are elected the student body do want us as their role models. So it’s an honor that we were elected by the student body to be their representatives.”Ogden said she felt the election experience was positive for her because the other candidates were all supportive of each other, she said. “[The other candidates] have just been really friendly and nice and they also campaigned really well,” Ogden said. “Everything was very civil. I just feel like this [election] has been really friendly and supportive.” Corcoran said the fact that the campaign went over smoothly speaks to the community at Saint Mary’s. “I think the campaign overall represents kind of what Saint Mary’s stands for and just that friendly environment that it is,” Corcoran said. “It really encompasses that students are kind and working together.”The pair hopes to emphasize the importance of community, Corcoran said. “The community topic in general is something I am really passionate about, and think is really important at Saint Mary’s,” Corcoran said. The pair said they hope by the end of their term, they will leave Saint Mary’s ‘enhanced’ from years before.“Saint Mary’s is already I think such a wonderful place but from our platform, and just being leaders, I think just making it even better than how it is now,” Ogden said. Corcoran said she hopes to improve upon some of the common complaints by students over the course of the next year. “There is always going to be something to complain about, but a lot of those things that students commonly complain about now, hopefully in a year from now they won’t be,” Corcoran said. Ogden’s time at Saint Mary’s was what gave her the confidence to take on this new role, she said. “I feel like Saint Mary’s has just knocked me out of my shell,” Ogden said. “Not that I was super introverted in high school, but I think I just wouldn’t do a lot of the things that I have done here and I have become more confident so I think that helps. I just have been here for three years but I think with the friends I’ve made and the clubs I’ve been in and my relationships with professors I’ve been able to become more confident and more involved.”Corcoran said she also feels Saint Mary’s provided her the opportunities to develop her passion. “Every time I take on a new role I just fall in love more with Saint Mary’s and what Saint Mary’s has for all of its students, and I think that is such a unique experience that you get at a smaller school,” Corcoran said. Corcoran went into the week hoping just to enjoy the experience, regardless of the result, she said. “I said to Kathy — Sunday, when we went out at midnight to put up the posters — I said, ‘You know what, regardless of how this week goes, as long as we are smiling and laughing throughout the whole thing that’s what’s most important,’” Corcoran said. “Because if you don’t smile and enjoy those moments, it wouldn’t have mattered whatever the outcome was it would’ve been not worth it.”Although the week involved a lot of work, Ogden said she enjoyed being able to communicate with students about their desires as well as her platform. “I thought it was fun,” Ogden said. “It was a lot, but it was fun. Each thing we made and each thing we hung up I think we were really proud of.”The two said they feel the campaign process was a way to get a feel for what the students are looking for during the next year, Corcoran said. “That’s what our goal is, to try and be really open and listen to students and what they need,” Corcoran said. “I think just even the campaigning process we learned more about what students need or want.” Tags: elections, saint mary’s, Student governmentlast_img read more


Six New COVID-19 Cases Reported Over The Weekend In Chautauqua County

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Six new cases of COVID-19 were reported from Saturday to Monday in Chautauqua County.The County Health Department says the new cases involve two people under the age of 18, a woman in her 20s, 30s and 40s, and, a man in his 50s.There are now 16 cases active, with one person hospitalized, 261 cases total and 236 recovered.Additionally, 114 people are under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. Officials say not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.last_img