Otago Daily Times 15 March 2012The Government will introduce tough new measures this year aimed at keeping at-risk offenders from the community, after calls from concerned groups yesterday. The imminent release of a Dunedin recidivist child abuser prompted groups to ask whether Justice Minister Judith Collins would honour her pledge to detain those offenders at greatest risk of reoffending. Ms Collins confirmed to the Otago Daily Times the Government would honour its pre-election pledge and introduce civil detention orders. “The Government is concerned about the release of high-risk offenders into the community; that is why we are in the process of developing civil detention orders.” This week it was revealed Graeme Murray Purvis (47), of Dunedin, who has served three and a-half years at an undisclosed prison location, has a statutory release date of Saturday, March 17. He was jailed for three years in 2009 for possessing, making and distributing images of child sexual abuse and rape, and attempting to sexually groom a vulnerable teenage girl. Purvis has been assessed as being a medium-high risk under the automated sexual recidivism scale, and has turned down rehabilitation to address his offending.After confirmation of his release, Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie called on Ms Collins to honour a pre-election pledge of introducing civil detention orders. “The justice system owes it to the public that offenders are only released when the safety of families can be assured. As there is no guarantee in this case, and with the rejection of any rehabilitative work by the offender, we should not take the risk.”http://www.odt.co.nz/news/politics/201441/civil-detention-plannedNational rush to keep worst sex offenders in jailSunday Star Times 8 April 2012http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6709849/National-rush-to-keep-worst-sex-offenders-in-jail
Facebook227Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyThurston County Public Health and Social Services (TCPHSS) has confirmed the first death of a Thurston County resident, due to complications related to COVID-19. The patient was a male in his 80’s. He was admitted to the hospital in Olympia on March 28 and died on April 3, 2020. Local public health officials do not believe the man acquired COVID-19 in Thurston County.“On behalf of the Thurston County Board of Health and all of us at Public Health and Social Services, we send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones. Our hearts are also with the hospital staff that cared for him who are working so hard on the front lines every day during this difficult time” said Thurston County Public Health Director, Schelli Slaughter.Thurston County Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu added, “This tragic death reminds us all to remain vigilant about social distancing, not only to protect ourselves, but also to protect others in our community. We are very thankful to everyone that is helping us to slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home and 6 feet away from others because that will save lives and prevent more sad days like this.”Out of respect for next of kin, no further details about the patient who died will be released by the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department.Public Health staff continue to investigate cases of COVID-19 in order to protect the public. As of April 4, there are 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Thurston County.For information and resource about COVID-19 in Thurston County, visit the TCPHSS Coronavirus webpage at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/coronavirus.aspx, or follow the Thurston County Public Health Facebook or Twitter pages (@ThurstonHealth).
By John Burton Red Bank Regional High School is a community in pain, as its members struggle to come to terms with the sudden loss of a well-loved student.“Grief has no limits,” observed Suzanne Keller, program coordinator of the School Based Youth Service Program, at the high school, 101 Ridge Road, Little Silver, as she works with the community to deal with this loss.The program, commonly known as The Source, has seen more than 70 of the high school students coming forward to seek counseling following the sudden death of Albert Edward Martin Jr. The lone senior on the varsity team, Martin collapsed Dec. 3 during a team scrimmage and died.“This was a safe haven for them,” Keller said of the program, as its five full-time counselors addressed the grief students were experiencing over the loss of Martin, who many considered a best friend. His personality crossed many socioeconomic and cultural boundaries among the school’s diverse population.That outpouring continues as students maintain their efforts to raise money to help Martin’s family with the funeral expenses and to honor his memory, said Marianne Kligman, the school’s information officer.Schoolmates have established a small memorial at Martin’s locker; they have written their reflections on a large canvas placed in the school’s common area (which will be given to Martin’s mother); and Martin’s basketball jersey number, 34, will be retired during the first home game on Monday, Dec. 17, Kligman said.“I tell kids this was a tragedy for our school,” Keller says she tells those coming to the Source for support, and addresses what they are feeling.The Rev. James A. Jackson Jr. offers words of comfort and condolences to family and friends during the funeral of Albert Martin Jr., held Dec. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank.There was a sense of profound loss, grief, sadness and tears from the crowd that filled the First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank, also known as Tower Hill Church, at Martin’s Dec. 8 funeral. There also were fond remembrances and smiles and even some laughter as they said goodbye to their friend, known to just about everyone who came in contact with the 6-foot 5-inch student as “Biggie.Hundreds of people crammed into the church, 255 Harding Road, for the viewing and service, with fellow students, family, friends and school and local elected officials on hand to share their grief and memories of the young man.In a voice wavering with emotion, Red Bank Regional Principal Risa Clay read Maya Angelou’s “When Great Trees Fall,” making that connection to Martin, whom she called “a gentle giant.”Martin had the ability to cross racial and socioeconomic lines and “touch hundreds of lives,” in his community and the diverse one that populates the regional high school, she said.“Some of us are angry and some are shocked,” at having lost him, she said. “But all of our lives are better for,” having known Martin.David Prown is a Red Bank business owner with a longstanding history of involvement in helping area youth, was introduced as a mentor to Martin. Prown recalled meeting Albert when the boy was in fifth grade and was playing first base on a local baseball league.“He was bigger than the umpire,” even at that young age, Prown remembered.Prown recalled Martin’s favorite question to him over the years: “Mr. Prown, do you want to get something to eat?” he would ask, usually wanting to go to Burger King. Prown also talked of taking Albert to see a production at the Two River Theater. “The moment the theater went dark, Albert went to sleep,” Prown said, adding it wasn’t long after that Martin began to snore – loudly.Prown’s comments caused the congregation to chuckle and Prown asked them to “close your eyes and think of your favorite Albert memory and open your eyes and see the smiles around you.”Scott Martin, Albert’s basketball coach said, “This week at the high school was one of the most painful times of my life,” … there was “so much hurt, so much pain.“But, there is also something beautiful,” in the way he touched many lives across so many cultural lines and could even disarm the coach or teachers who were irked over some infraction. “He didn’t even have to try … he just did it,” the coach said, with his own voice quivering.“He had this smile,” remembered fellow student Garrett Sickels, “He had this quality of reassurance.”Sickels said he knew Martin since the two were 6-year-olds and became close friends over the course of their lives. They and others would regularly go to a local Chinese buffet restaurant – because it could appease Martin’s large appetite, Sickels said.After Martin’s death, teammates went to the restaurant where Sickels said he opened the fortune cookie that read: “Every down hill has an uphill” and among the lucky numbers was 34 – Albert’s team number and his lucky one.“It was Albert’s way of saying he’s OK,” Sickels assured the mourners.After the funeral, the crowd and family climbed into waiting cars, while others milled around in front of the church. Ishier Lawrence, a 17-year-old Red Bank resident, loosened his dark tie and looked at the hearse preparing to depart.“He was like a brother,” Lawrence said, explaining Martin and he would hang out together, playing Xbox and would go to Elsie’s Subs in Red Bank regularly.“Albert put other people ahead of him. He was a good soul,” Lawrence said before stepping away to read a text on his cellphone. “It was hard to see him go, he had such a bright future ahead of him.”
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It’s easy to write off Samsung in the affordable to mid-range segments in India what with Xiaomi ruling the scene right now, but by no means is the South Korean giant out of the game yet. On the face of it, Samsung may not be bringing real competitors that can take on Xiaomi’s Redmi phones, but the company must be doing something right after selling over 2 million units of the Galaxy J8 and J6 in India after they were launched only recently.The Galaxy J8 is the subject of our review today and I try to find what makes this mid-range phone tick. The J8 does come with a few interesting features such as a tall AMOLED Infinity Display, dual camera setup with f/1.7 aperture and some ‘Make for India’ features like Samsung Mall and ‘Chat-over-Video’ for consumers in the country. Is that enough to justify its price tag of Rs 18,990? Let’s find out.DesignOn the face of it, the Galaxy J8 has nothing spectacular to offer for its price. It comes with a tall display with smaller bezels that has become commonplace to see. The back is made up of plastic rather than metal, which is a little disappointing considering the price and the what the competition is offering at this price. That being said, I got the unit in Black which looks pretty good from a distance. The black color gives it a subtle and sleek look to it and the back is smooth to the touch. There’s a vertical dual rear camera setup and a fingerprint sensor just below.advertisementThe power and volume buttons on the side have a good tactile feel when you press it and you can easily reach it without having to adjust your hand. There are two sim trays, one which hold a nano-SIM and microSD card and another the holds a secondary nano SIM. That’s great to see from a consumer’s point of view especially in India. There’s also a small slit on the right side above the power button for the speaker, which is pretty common to see on a Samsung phone and much appreciated as you’re not likely to cover it when viewing media or playing games in landscape mode. A little bit about the fingerprint sensor on the back. There isn’t enough depth to it or a significant raised border, which makes it difficult to know where the sensor is located. I would often reach for the camera rim and then make my way to the sensor, something that is liable to smudge the lens and will also delay the time it takes to unlock the phone (the fingerprint sensor is pretty slow in itself).Despite its plastic build, the Galaxy J8 is a pretty solid phones and is unlike to bend and break easily. The plastic does remove some of that premium feel that you would find on metal or glass phones, but it does keep the J8 light and easy to carry around. To complete the design, you have a micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom.DisplayIt’s not so much the design as much it is the display of the Galaxy J8 that is really the biggest selling point here. Samsung’s Infinity Display which was once only seen on its premium Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series is now trickling down to more affordable phones and the Galaxy J6 and J8 are among the first to get it. The J8 sports a tall 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio. This means the phone comes with a lot of screen and smaller bezels on the top and bottom for a more immersive display. Now, I know what you’re thinking. AMOLED display is nice and all, but you’re still being offered a 720p resolution on a phone that costs close to Rs 20,000. It’s true that the phone’s resolution is low and this means videos and games are not going to look crispy, but the AMOLED panel makes sure that at least the colors on screen look bright and vivid and viewing angles are pretty good as well. And the colours do pop, especially the reds and blues and there’s a general sense of vibrancy which is anything but dull. The reduced bezels also gives a more immersive viewing experience, which is unfortunately undercut by a poor side-facing speaker.AMOLED display is nice and all, but you’re still being offered a 720p resolution on a phone that costs close to Rs 20,000The speaker just isn’t loud enough and not worth listening to in a crowded environment. Even with the volume at peak levels the speaker can only manage to produce only so much sound. But even this isn’t as bad as the fact that the Galaxy J8 has no ambient light sensor, which means you will have to manually adjust the brightness every time. Features like these are small but quite important today and the lack of such basic sensor does make the phone look bad in front of competition.advertisementPerformance and softwarePowering the Galaxy J8 is an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset. Samsung is offering the phone with 4GB of RAM which is sufficient for basic multitasking and gaming needs. This is not the fastest chipset around and you will notice the lack of swiftness when opening apps. But the processor is pretty smooth and will handle basic day-to-day tasks with ease, at least during the initial months. The chipset may not age as well as others so you may start seeing some slowdown after a while. The J8 is also capable enough to run games like Asphalt 9: Legends without stuttering, something that has been noticed on other SD450 phones like Oppo A3s and Redmi 5 as well. That being said, you will notice drops in frame rate and lags on more graphic intensive games like PUBG even on low graphic settings.The Galaxy J8 runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and can be updated to the July Android security patch right now. As far as security updates are concerned, Samsung is doing okay so far. Of course, anyone familiar with a Samsung phone knows that the UI will look quite different from a stock Android phone. Samsung has layered the J8 with its own Experience 9.0 skin on top that brings the typical Samsung icons with a gradient colour design and some preloaded apps like Samsung Health, Galaxy Apps, Secure Folder, Samsung Max, My Galaxy, Samsung Pay Mini and Samsung’s own Internet browser, among others. You also notice Samsung’s custom widgets on screen that can be removed if you’re not too fond of all the clutter. There are some ‘Made for India’ features as well such as Samsung Mall and Chat-over-Video. The former brings up relevant searches on the object that you capture through the camera so you can purchase it from e-commerce platforms. It’s a middling feature where it works accurately sometimes and gets things wrong every other occasion. It also helps using the feature under good lighting conditions.The processor is pretty smooth and will handle basic day-to-day tasks with ease, at least during the initial monthsChat-over-Video is a feature that works as the name suggests. You can chat with your friends and family over WhatsApp or the default messaging service while watching videos on YouTube or any other platform without interruption. When you receive a message, the notification will appear as a chat head while you’re watching a video. You can tap to expand the chat head and view the message which will appear as a translucent overlay on the video, allowing you to type and watch at the same. The feature works exactly as it should, although it is still pretty distracting to message in the middle of a video, so I’m not really sure whether this a feature you’re going to use often.advertisementCameraApart from an Infinity Display, the other feature Samsung has managed to bring to its affordable phones is some impressive cameras, at least on paper. You get a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 16-megapixel primary lens with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture. That’s some wide apertures right there, promising some good low-light shots. Here’s why an AMOLED display is appreciated – photos captured look colourful and vibrant, if not a little too vibrant. Colours look bright and pop and will look oversaturated more often than not. And that’s mostly great if you don’t want your photos to look dull, but remember that this also means you’re not going to see the most accurate colours. Outdoors under bright sunlight, photos look crisp and detailed. In low-light, the f/1.7 aperture kicks in and allows for more light into the picture which means you’ll get some bright shots even in the dead of night. However, the shutter speed will be slow in such conditions so you will need to keep your hands steady to reduce shaky photos.The rear camera gets Live Focus that lets you adjust the background blur while taking a picture. The feature also gives you the option to blur the subject and focus on the background. Bokeh shots look decent and the secondary camera does well to keep the subject in focus, but you will notice some softness around the edges and instances when the gap between the subject and background doesn’t blur well.IMAGE SAMPLESThe Galaxy J8 brings an impressive 16-megapixel front-facing snapper with f/1.9 aperture and mods like selfie focus that uses software to blur the background, stickers and wide selfie that requires you to tilt the phone to capture more room in your selfies. The front camera also lets in a good amount of light which allows for brighter selfies in low-light although the detail will not be too great. Additionally, the front camera is used for facial recognition, but the biometric feature is quite slow to unlock the phone, more so than the fingerprint sensor. It also has trouble recognising your face in low-light conditions.BatteryBattery life of the Galaxy J8 is pretty impressive and that’s largely because of a low HD+ resolution that doesn’t ask for too much juice. The phone houses a 3,500mAh battery which sounds good enough and the device does manage to hold well even with heavy usage. While playing games or watching videos, the battery does not drop rapidly and it also helps that the phone doesn’t heat up too much. I got around a good day and a half to two days on average usage which included messaging, social media browsing and the occasional video streaming.I got around a good day and a half to two days on average usageCharging the J8 from zero to hundred takes about two hours. We’re still waiting for Samsung to bring USB Type-C to its affordable phones but for now you will want to keep some of your old micro-USB cables around if you’re planning to buy the Galaxy J8.Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy J8The Galaxy J8 does offer some good features such as a vibrant AMOLED Infinity Display and a pretty impressive battery life. It’s cameras impress when it comes to low-light photography and the phone manages to perform day-to-day tasks and even the occasional mobile gaming with ease despite a Snapdragon 450 chipset. These, I assume, are some of the phone’s most attractive features and is perhaps why its managing to sell in numbers.That being said, the chipset is one that may age poorly and you’re likely to see it affect your day-to-day usage after a few months. The fingerprint sensor is not only slow but also not the easiest to find and unlock on a single go. Face unlock is slow as well and does not hold well in dimly lit environments, rendering both biometric options pretty disappointing. But perhaps the biggest reason one may ignore the Galaxy J8 right now is because of the Galaxy On8, which is identical to the J8 and is available at a slightly lower price point.Samsung Galaxy J8 review7.5/10Good stuffAMOLED Infinity DisplayImpressive battery lifeDecent camerasBad stuffLacks basic sensorsSlow fingerprint sensor and face unlock720p resolution
Newcastle targeting Leeds striker Kemar Roofeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are targeting Leeds striker Kemar Roofe.The Mirror says Rafa Benitez is considering a move for Roofe — if funds for new signings are made available to him.The 25-year-old has scored 13 goals in 18 games for the Championship promotion chasers.And Toon boss Benitez knows he’d bring the firepower he is looking to add at St James’ Park.Leeds, however, are well aware that Roofe’s goals will be vital to them if they want to reach the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
AC Milan coach Giampaolo admits ‘much to improve’ after beating Veronaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo refused to get carried away after their 1-0 defeat of Hellas Verona.Mariusz Stepinski saw red in the first-half, but Milan only edged the game thanks to a Krzysztof Piatek penalty.“The team is working well, is finding its balance and I know there are some strengths and weaknesses, but I work to improve the individuals and the teams,” Giampaolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, there is no perfect side. I like the effort and passion we put into the game, then errors can happen.“The team played well in the second half, with the right approach and precision. A team that defends with 10 men in their final third are difficult to break down. Verona played their honest defensive game and we were constantly pushing forward. We didn’t do it perfectly and of course there is plenty to work on and improve, but the victory helps us to work.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Kevin Smith says he has suffered and survived a “massive heart attack,” tweeting a photo from his hospital bed just after midnight Pacific time on Monday. The Clerksand Chasing Amy filmmaker was shooting a new standup special, Kevin Smith Live!, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Sunday night.After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”). If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground! pic.twitter.com/M5gSnW9E5h— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 26, 2018READ MORE Kevin Smith survives ‘massive heart attack’ after being rushed to hospitalAmerican filmmaker Kevin Smith — best known for helming Clerks and Chasing Amy — says he only just survived a “massive heart attack” over the weekend.The 47-year-old Tweeted a picture of himself from a hospital bed covered with tubes. Smith had performed earlier that evening, and was due to perform again but cancelled the second show. READ MOREKevin Smith Tweets About ‘Massive Heart Attack’ and TreatmentKevin Smith (“Clerks”) has told fans on Twitter that he suffered a massive heart attack and would have died if he had not canceled a comedy special and gotten to hospital for treatment.“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack,” Smith wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Monday morning, with an accompanying picture of him in a hospital bed covered in tubes. READ MOREKevin Smith Tweets He Suffered a “Massive Heart Attack”“If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!” he posts along with a selfie from his hospital bed.Kevin Smith (Clerks) in the early morning hours of Monday tweeted a selfie from a hospital bed, saying he had survived a “massive” heart attack.The photo he posted on Twitter shortly after 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT showed him covered in tubes and wearing a hospital gown. READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Trans Mountain has filed a six-month construction schedule with the National Energy Board for the expansion of the pipeline.The company says work has been underway since last fall at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and will continue, along with additional work in the province’s Lower Mainland.In July, it says it will begin developing the Westridge Marine Terminal tunnel portal at Burnaby Mountain and relocate existing infrastructure to expand the Burnaby Terminal. It also says work on a 290-kilometre stretch of pipeline between Edmonton and Jasper National Park will begin in August and include surveying, staking and flagging the right-of-way.Banners unfurled and flying under the Ironworkers Memorial bridge, where demonstrators opposed to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are suspended. They say their intent is to block tanker traffic from passing through. @CTVVancouver pic.twitter.com/15T79AIkJR— Maria Weisgarber (@ctv_mariaw) July 3, 2018It says it will clear trees and vegetation in the area while taking measures to protect the environment, such as weed control, the relocation of rare plants and wildlife surveys.In September, surveying, staking and flagging the right-of-way will begin in North Thompson, B.C., on a 120-kilometre stretch between Mt. Robson Provincial Park and Blue River.On Tuesday, activists with Greenpeace rappelled off a bridge in Vancouver to protest the pipeline expansion, which is being purchased by the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.Breaking news: anti-Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline banners unfurled off Ironworkers 2nd Narrows Bridge by @GreenpeaceCA. They say they are low enough to block tanker from exiting KM terminal. There are climbers hanging off the banners. Details coming up on @CTVMorningLive pic.twitter.com/zlOKpr0LSn— Nafeesa Karim (@nafeesakarim) July 3, 2018