Family says USPS lost veterans’ remains

first_imgJetCityImage/iStockBy ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The cremated remains of a U.S. Army veteran were delayed reaching a Connecticut family in the mail, according to the late veteran’s family, and they say Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is to blame.Army Veteran Scot Egan died in July and his remains were supposed to be sent to one of his sisters, according to his other sister, Dr. Jean Egan.However, she said the remains were lost for 12 days.“If Postmaster General DeJoy cannot do his duty to the American public, and military families like mine, that he should be removed from his post,” Egan said at a press conference Friday alongside U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut.The U.S. Postal Service said in a statement to ABC News that they apologized for the delay, though the agency said the package was never lost.“The Postal Service apologizes to the family for the delay,” according to the statement. “There was misdirection given at the point of mailing and we are working with our personnel around the state to, again, raise awareness in proper procedures for handling cremated remains.”Egan said the remains eventually were delivered, but she said it took weeks.Blumenthal praised the postal worker who delivered the remains, saying she “drove for two hours each way, with no overtime, to deliver those remains to Jean’s sister.”DeJoy has come under fire for allegedly making changes to the agency’s operations to help boost President Donald Trump’s reelection in November. DeJoy, a former logistics executive and longtime Republican financier, faced lawmakers on Friday and called the allegations “outrageous.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rugby team prepares for intercollegiate season

first_imgFor sophomore Greg Allare, the challenges of playing on the Notre Dame men’s rugby club team are outweighed by the friendships between its team members. “The guys I play with and the fun of the sport make every hour of work worth it,” Allare said. The team consists of approximately 50 students who practice year round and play non-divisional games in the fall and the College Division IA in the spring. Allare said the practices and games are often demanding. “Rugby is not a small commitment,” he said. “The physical toll alone is huge, not to mention the countless hours on the field and in the weight room that [the sport] requires to play at a high level.” Junior Ryan Mitchell agreed that one of the biggest challenges of the sport is recovering from a game. “Everyone on the field just takes a beating, so it’s really hard to get up the next morning when you can’t walk,” he said. The team has a busy practice schedule during the week and plays games on Fridays or Saturdays. “We practice three times a week with a workout on Tuesday and then a yoga session on Thursday,” Mitchell said. “Although we have something going on every day, people miss practice due to class work occasionally, and the coaches understand.” Because the team’s intercollegiate season occurs in the spring, junior David Penberthy said the commitment will increase next semester. “Last year, we came back a week early from Winter Break and stayed on campus for Spring Break to make sure we were sharp,” he said. Penberthy said the team has been performing well in recent years. “Since our coach, Sean O’Leary, got here four years ago, we’ve been on quite a rise,” he said. “We started out in Division II and have made our way up to Division IA, the highest level of college rugby.” Last year the team had a 3-3 record, beating LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee. The team is 0-2 this season, with losses to Davenport and Air Force. “This year may be more of a challenge because we lost 16 seniors and are breaking in a multitude of freshmen and new players,” Penberthy said. Allare, who joined the team in August, said the unfamiliar rules are the greatest struggle of learning the sport. “Rugby is great because it is an easy sport to pick up, but there’s still a lot of rules that I’m sure I break every time I play,” he said. “I’m not too worried though because I’ve only been playing the sport for six weeks.” Despite the challenges, Allare said joining the team was the best decision he has made since he has been at Notre Dame. “I can’t tell you how happy I am that I decided to join the team,” he said. “I just started playing, and I already am great friends with the entire team.” Mitchell agreed that the most rewarding aspect of rugby is meeting new people. “You meet kids that aren’t in your dorm or your classes,” he said. “It’s a different group of guys.” Allare said the team has already improved an incredible amount over the past few weeks. “We play with a lot of heart and passion and we know that’s what is going to get us some huge wins in the end,” he said.last_img read more

New Fredonia Restaurant Opens In Former Wing City Grille Building

first_imgSubmitted image.FREDONIA – A new restaurant is now open in the former Wing City Grille building on Route 60 across from Walmart in the Village of Fredonia. Officials say a ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday at Buddy Brewster’s Ale House, which is owned by Andrew and Amber Carlson. The Carlson’s say they decided to take advantage of the downtime this past spring from the restaurant industry shutdown to remodel the building.“We brought in our chef from the Chop House on Main in Jamestown, Burke Lindquist, to create an amazing new menu,” Andrew Calrson said. “We offer a fresh homemade menu and a full bar including twelve draughts from local breweries.”“We are very excited to be part of the Fredonia community and have taken extra measures to ensure the safety of our guests through these difficult times.” Emily Aults is the General Manager of the new restaurant.County Executive P. J. Wendel, Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek, and representatives from the Fredonia and Dunkirk Community Chambers of Commerce were on hand  to help the Carlson family and staff cut a ribbon to formally open the new restaurant.Guests can order online at www.buddybrewsters.com and pick up curbside, or can stop in. Seating in the dining room is available.Buddy Brewster’s Ale House is open 11am to 10pm daily serving lunch and dinner. Share: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)last_img read more

New-look Kenya look to turn page at Commonwealth Games

first_img– Peerless steeplechasers –Training partners Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot, who have dominated the men’s 1,500m in the last year, will continue their rivalry at Gold Coast.They will be joined in the race by 18-year-old Kumari Taki, who won at the world under-20 championships in Poland two years ago.World and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto is the hot favourite in the 3,000m steeplechase, which Kenya have won at 10 of the last 11 Games — only missing out in 1986, when they boycotted.Kenya are banking on two-time Gold Coast marathon winner Kenneth Mungara, 44, to reclaim the men’s title last won by John Kelai in New Dehli in 2010. Mungara is joined by Nicholas Kamakya, who also the Gold Coast race in 2011.World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri will hope to make up for finishing a poor sixth in the women’s 1500m in Glasgow. The race also includes the 1,500m Africa youth silver medallist Eva Cherono, and 5,000m African champion Margaret Chelimo.In the women’s 800m Emily Cherotich returns to international competition nearly 17 years after winning the world youth championship title in Hungary in 2001.Then known by her maiden name of Cherotich Rutto, the 32-year-old mother of one, who won the youth title running barefoot in Debrecen, set the season’s best time of 1:58.1 in qualifying for the Commonwealth Games.Kenya was placed on the IAAF doping watchlist in 2016 after being ruled non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) following a string of drug scandals.Since January, elite athletes have been under the watch of a select team of doctors appointed by the International Association of Athletics Federations and Athletics Kenya.Share on: WhatsApp Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya will try to remain the top track and field nation at the Commonwealth Games despite bringing a new-look team after many of their top performers opted out.The Kenyans, who are also recovering from a major doping scandal which prompted wide-ranging reforms, have come with a new crop of runners to Australia’s Gold Coast.Only three of Kenya’s gold medallists survive from 2014, when they topped the athletics medals table, with David Rudisha, Asbel Kiprop and Ezekiel Kemboi among those missing.“This is an entire young team who are hungry to chart their own destiny,” head coach Japheth Kemei told AFP in Nairobi ahead of the competition, which gets underway on Sunday.“Kenyan athletics is now in a period of transition, but we are happy that there will be a continued athletics success as we plan for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in two years time.”Reigning javelin champion Julius Yego and steeplechaser Jonathan Muia Ndiku, who will run the 10,000m, will use their experience to help their younger team-mates, coach Julius Kirwa said.“The spirit is very high in the team,” he said.“I am very happy with the youngsters, and even though most of them have little or no experience at the top level, we should be able to fine-tune them physically and physiologically to be ready for the show.“I believe we will do better than we did in Glasgow,” said Kirwa, who coached Kenya to the top of the table at the 2015 world athletics championships in Beijing.Nicholas Bett became the first Kenyan to win the world 400m hurdles in Beijing, and the 25-year-old is back for the Commonwealths after battling leg injuries for nearly two years.He will race alongside his twin brother Aaron Bett and newcomer Willy Mbevi.last_img read more

Martin County public schools to hold ‘traditional’ high school graduation ceremonies

first_imgPublic schools in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties announced that they will be holding virtual graduations, while Martin County public schools announced they will postpone their traditional high school graduation ceremonies until late July.Superintendent Laurie Gaylord made the announcement on Thursday via a YouTube video.Gaylord said “The Martin County School District is committed to doing everything possible to celebrate the most significant senior milestone, graduation, in a way that honors your individual and collective accomplishments,”…”We are committed to providing you with the traditional ceremonies you have overwhelmingly asked for, earned, and deserve,”School district officials will seek input from public health experts about how to safely hold the ceremonies.last_img read more

German long jumper enjoying J’can experience

first_imgLast Saturday’s Central Hurdles and Relays had an international flavour as German Julian Howard opened his 2017 season with a win in the long jump. Howard is here visiting his grandparents, but has kept in shape by training at the University of the West Indies in a group that includes 2015 World Championships triple jump finalist Shanieka Ricketts.”I’m actually more here for holidays,” he explained. “I’m trying to stay in shape.”Howard says he has really enjoyed training under the supervision of Coach Kerry Lee Ricketts.”The group is really nice. They welcomed me. (It’s a) very cheerful and good atmosphere.”For me, it was the perfect time and the perfect group to fit in,” Howard said.He has been enjoying the weather in Jamaica.”I really enjoy it, but it’s a tough situation for me, especially on a meet like today, waiting all the day in the sun,” said Howard. “I’m not used to it, but it was fun and I’m enjoying it and I wouldn’t trade or share with the coldness in Germany.”FIRST STEPWhen he goes home at the end of the month, his target will be to qualify for the German team to the European Indoor Championships. The first step will be to win in his hometown meet in Karlsruhe.Ricketts believes his visitor from Germany will reach his target.”He’s hit a PB, couple of PBs, here with us, with 11 strides,” the coach recounted. “Based on that, he should be really going into that championships in good form, in good nick.”Howard won last time with a distance of 8.03m – 1cm off his indoor personal best. That’s not far off his outdoor best of 8.07m. His winning distance at the Central Hurdles and Relays meet was 7.57m.last_img read more

How these Accounting Technicians made their best career decisions with Donegal ETB

first_imgA group of Donegal graduates have revealed how a funded training course with Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) has led them to success in their dream career.Donegal Education & Training Board (ETB) in Letterkenny is one of 70 colleges in Ireland offering ATI’s flexible courses, which allow learners to obtain the Diploma for Accounting Technicians in as little as two years.Dozens of graduates in Donegal have completed the qualification through the ETB’s full-time, funded training programme, with many declaring that it was their best career decision. Una Lynch (34) from Muff now works as the accounts manager in McGrory’s Hotel, Culdaff after taking the ATI course, which she describes as being second to none.Una Lynch from Muff now works as accounts manager in McGrory’s Hotel, Culdaff after taking the Accounting Technicians Ireland course“I studied the course between 2011 and 2013 and it was brilliant. It was the best thing I ever did,” said Una.“I already had a degree in another area but this course was so practical. I still use absolutely everything I learned in college in my job today.“Qualifying as an accounting technician was most definitely the starting point of my whole career and I have never looked back.” Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals that work at all levels of finance throughout the private and public sector, industry and commerce and in accountancy practices.ATI’s courses are open to school and college leavers, mature students and those who have been working in industry or small practice firms for years, but have no formal training.“It is great to see our learners’ hard work being rewarded with good jobs in accounting. Learners who come on this course are deeply committed to the programme and their careers – and this is evidenced by the success stories above as well as the current crop of learners, who achieved a 100% success rate in their recent exams,” says Rory Rushe, ATI Course Co-ordinator at Donegal ETB.Aoife Temple from Glenfin who is now a Senior Investment Operations Associate with the Fixed Income Department at Pramerica Systems Ireland following her return to study six years ago with Accounting Technicians IrelandAoife Temple (30) from Glenfin is now a Senior Investment Operations Associate with the Fixed Income Department at Pramerica Systems Ireland following her return to study six years ago after the birth of her baby.“The course was intense, especially with a baby, but the tutors did absolutely everything they could to support me,” said Aoife. “It helped me regain confidence in my own abilities and the qualification stands to you when you go for a job because it is widely recognised and regarded.”The sentiment was echoed by Eamonn Kelly, who swapped farming for a career as a trainee chartered accountant with Sonas 365.Eamonn Kelly, who swapped farming for a career as a trainee chartered accountant with Sonas 365 thanks to his Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification.“I started the ATI programme when I reached the point where I was struggling to find work. It really kick-started my career,” said Eamonn.“The tutors help you in every way they can and it’s such a great testing ground for any future job,” added the 2015 graduate. After finishing his studies at Donegal ETB, Eamon was exempted into Year 2 of the three-year honours degree in accounting at LYIT, which he recently graduated from.The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is a highly sought-after qualification and the graduates are part of a “Community of Practice” who get life-long support and training opportunities as Members of ATI. Many Accounting Technicians go on to further study, with other professional accountancy bodies or to degree level.“This is a pan-sectoral qualification which meets the needs of industry, practice and the public sector, and graduates enjoy exemptions from the full range of professional accountancy bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland, ACCA, CPA, CIMA, IIPA as well as Higher Education third level accounting programmes,” said Gillian Doherty, ATI’s Chief Operations Officer.Donegal ETB will host a walk-in information session on Tuesday, July 25 at 3pm in the training centre, Ballyraine, Letterkenny.Visit www.donegaletb.ie/accounting for more details on Accounting Technicians Ireland, including the full series of ‘Success Stories’.How these Accounting Technicians made their best career decisions with Donegal ETB was last modified: August 31st, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:accounting technicianDonegal ETBlast_img read more

Southland drizzles expected to dry up

first_img “It’s a tough way to meet people.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The light drizzle that fell on much of Southern California on Wednesday will likely peter out today, weather forecasters said. Los Angeles, which got less than a quarter inch of rain Wednesday, has a 30 percent chance of precipitation today. “We’ll see scattered showers, possibly through today,” said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “You don’t even need an umbrella.” The Weather Service reported light rain throughout the San Fernando Valley region, including 0.15 of an inch in Burbank, 0.23 in Van Nuys, 0.31 in Northridge and 0.32 in Woodland Hills. Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley got 0.18 and 0.34 of an inch, respectively, while Newhall received a trace. Downtown Los Angeles, which has received 1.65 since July 1, got 0.14. Weather forecasters said a low-pressure system combined with subtropical moisture had brought drizzly weather to the Southland, but that the storm was tempered by dry air at high altitudes. While the storm tied up morning commutes, law enforcement agencies reported no mishaps. There were no weather-related power outages, according to local utilities. Police said drivers should be aware of a new law that requires drivers to turn on their headlights during wet weather. “There’s plenty of fender benders, but nothing terrible,” said Lt. Steven Allen of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division. “We want to see (drivers) slow down, stop running into each other. last_img read more

Stephen Curry: “I never want to have a reality show of my life”

first_imgOAKLAND – Unlike the Kardashians, Simon Cowell and Donald Trump, Warriors star Stephen Curry has vowed not to break this self-imposed rule.“I never want to have a reality show of my life,” Curry told Bay Area News Group.So when he weighed his latest venture with Facebook Watch, Curry admitted feeling “very skeptical” on agreeing to the project. He only did so once he realized this could be another platform to highlight his storied NBA career, while also promoting his Christian faith and …last_img read more