SFCC President Becky Rowley SFCC News:During this era of social distancing, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) Student Government Association (SGA) President Ian Martinez will lead a virtual meeting with SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. for SFCC students 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9.SFCC students can join remotely. Students are advised to submit questions in advance remotely to Martinez at SGA@sfcc.edu or Associate Vice President for Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos at firstname.lastname@example.org.Students need to access the meeting through their SFCC MicroSoft Teams account and it is free of cost.
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Manenberg police are investigating the murder of a 25-year-old man who was shot and killed in the kitchen of his Gale Court home.According to Manenberg police spokesperson, Captain Ian Bennett, said it is alleged that the man was sitting in the kitchen on Saturday August 6, at 7.10am, when an unknown man opened the unlocked back door and fired several shots into the house, hitting the victim in the chest and legs. He died instantly.The suspect fled the scene on foot and a case of murder has been opened for investigation.*On Thursday August 4, at 2.05am, a police sergeant was shot while stationed at a voting station on the corner of Pliny and Laurence roads in Athlone. He was attacked by four armed suspects and robbed of his service pistol. Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel André Traut, said the member sustained a gunshot wound and was admitted to hospital in a stable condition. The suspects fled the scene in a silver Toyota Avanza and are yet to be arrested. The second member stationed at the voting station at the time of the attack was not harmed in the incident. Anyone who has information can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111, and all information will be treated confidentially.* On the same day, at 4.45am, three men aged between 20 and 50, were arrested for the possession of a firearm and hijacking. Police saw two men sitting in a Corsa bakkie in Manenberg when they stopped to do a routine check. According to Captain Bennett, the two men were asked why they were sitting there and they said that they were waiting for two other men sitting in a Mazda. When police approached the vehicle, the men got out and ran away. Police then managed to corner and apprehend them. They found a .38 pistol hidden in the vehicle and on inspection discovered that the Corsa bakkie was reported hijacked.* On Wednesday August 3, at 6.35am, a man was hit with a firearm and robbed of his cellphones while he and his friends were on their way to drop one of the friends at home. While in Veld Road, Belgravia Estate, the complainant was approached by two unknown suspects who threatened him with a firearm and demanded his iPhone and BlackBerry cellphone. The suspects pulled him out of the vehicle and hit him with a firearm. They proceeded to rob the man and then fled the scene on foot. * On the same day, a 33-year-old man was robbed in his shop in Thornton Road, Athlone, and police arrested a 21-year-old man for being in the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. In the first incident, two unknown men entered the shop and threatened the complainant with a firearm and robbed him of R300. According to Lieutenant Colonel Traut, no shots were fired and no injuries were sustained.In the second incident, Athlone police arrested the 21-year-old in the early morning hours while patrolling in Statice Heights in Kewtown. While patrolling, police noticed the man riding a bicycle. The man then left his bicycle and when officers looked for him they found him lying next to a house in Statice Heights in Kewtown. He was searched and police found a black 7.65mm pistol, one magazine and seven rounds of ammunition in his possession. The suspect was arrested and the firearm was handed in as evidence.If you have information about crime, contact Manenberg SAPS on 021 699 9400 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
Women offenders are an afterthought in the government’s rehabilitation reforms, the House of Commons justice committee suggested today.Six years after the Corston Report, which recommended that only the most serious female offenders be jailed, the committee said that the women’s prison population has not fallen sufficiently quickly and that more than half are serving ineffective short custodial sentences.The committee also highlighted the lack of availability of help for mental health and substance misuse.Committee chair Sir Alan Beith MP (pictured) said the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms have been ‘designed with male offenders in mind’. ‘This is unfortunately symptomatic of an approach within the Ministry of Justice and National Offender Management Service that tends to deal with women offenders as an afterthought,’ said Beith.The committee said that government plans to introduce payment-by-results in probation services need to be redesigned in respect of women offenders to ensure women receive the support they need.It raised concerns that efforts to implement Lady Corston’s 43 recommendations have stalled, and said the government is failing to achieve the joined-up approach needed to support women at risk and help women offenders lead a law-abiding life, as policy is framed around the much larger numbers of male offenders.The committee said that the government’s strategic priorities for women offenders ‘lack substance’ and suggested there is a case for commissioning services for women separately, making use of women’s centres and ‘robust’ alternatives to custody. Beith said: ‘This is not about treating women more favourably or implying that they are less culpable. It is about recognising that women face very different hurdles from men in their journey towards a law-abiding life.’Just under 4,000 women are currently in prison, around 5% of the overall prison population.Justice minister Helen Grant said the government would respond to the report in due course. She said: ‘This government is committed to seeing fewer women offending and reoffending. Some female offenders need to go to prison, but we must ensure they get the right support to stop them returning to crime.Grant said the government is changing the law so that all prisoners get 12 months tailored support on release and is ensuring that courts have credible and robust sentencing options available.She said the government had also increased the additional funding to probation trusts to commission enhanced services for women in the community and will legislate to put their needs firmly in statute.
Law students can now apply for internships by posting a photo on Instagram, alongside a caption about who inspires their career goals.The National Work Experience competition, organised by the University of Law, offers students the chance to do unpaid work experience at firms across the country, including Shoosmiths and Gateley PLC.The first round of the competition requires entrants to post a photo or video on the picture sharing app Instagram, with a caption about who inspires their career goals. The hashtag #Uinspire must be used and the University of Law must also be tagged in the post.Two weeks after the first deadline, five finalists per university campus will be interviewed via telephone and winners will be announced on 13 December.John Watkins, employability director at ULaw, said: ‘Work experience is a valuable complement to academic achievement – many employers will find that the former allows applicants to stand out more than the latter. Employers place high value on work experience in CVs and also enjoy giving students opportunities to participate – it brings their skills to life.’
GERMANY: Federal railway office EBA has certified Alstom’s Prima H3 battery-diesel shunting locomotive for operation at up to 100 km/h, paving the way for main line operation.Announcing the certification on April 5, Alstom said the Prima H3 was the only three-axle shunting locomotive certified to operate at this speed and thus able to be easily integrated into regular services.‘We are very pleased with this important milestone as it offers greater flexibility to our customers’, said Didier Pfleger, Vice-President of Alstom Germany & Austria. ‘Our environmental-friendly and space-saving locomotive allows efficient shunting on tracks with tight curves as well as fast service on main lines’. A total of 19 Prima H3 hybrid locomotives are in service with Deutsche Bahn, Volkswagen, Audi, InfraLeuna, Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahn and Chemion Logistik. Alstom says the Prima H3 with a 350 kW Stage IIIB compliant engine uses 50% less fuel than conventional diesel shunting locomotives, and reduces nitrogen dioxide emissions by up to 70%. The locos spend 50% to 75% of their operating time in battery mode, and can be used to ensure emission-free operation in city centres or factory buildings.
Tennis star Serena Williams has teamed up with Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake to build a school in Jamaica. Partnering with Food for the Poor and Helping Hands Jamaica, William, Blake and a host of local volunteers helped to build facilities for the Salt March Primary School in Trelawny.Not only did the tennis star fund the project through her foundation, but she also was present at the site, hard at work.
Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson will be the headliner in women’s 100 metres at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on May 13.Thompson will be challenged by Olympic silver medalist Tori Bowie and Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye.Thompson, 24, became the first ever Jamaican woman to win an Olympic sprint double and the first woman in 28 years to achieve the feat.Lee Ahye..to challenge double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson in Shangai Diamond LeagueShe will also run against fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell Brown, Olympic long jump champion, Tianna Bartoletta, and the Ivory Coast’s fast-rising star Marie-Josée Ta Lou, in a powerhouse field.In the men’s sprint, veterans Kim Collins and American Justin Gatlin will go up against home talent, Su Bingtian.The half-lap sprint will feature Britain’s 2014 European champion Adam Gemili, Netherland’s European 100m champion, Churandy Martina, Jamaica’s Julian Forte, and Panama’s 2009 world silver medallist Alonso Edward.Two-time world and 2008 Olympic 400m champion LaShawn Merritt will also line up in the 200 meters along with Chinese record-holder Xie Zhenye.
Isaac Go during the 2019 PBA Gatorade Draft Combine on Thursday at the Gatorade Hoops Center. PBA The Gilas special draft, which was held for the first time after three years, was the PBA’s way of helping the national men’s basketball team to prepare for the 2023 FIBA World Cup to be held in the country. After the special draft, the regular draft will proceed with the teams picking from the 66 aspirants. Dyip will once again select first followed by the Elite, Road Warriors, Aces and Painters. Selecting the rights of the five incoming rookies were the Columbian Dyip, Blackwater Elite, NLEX Road Warriors, Alaska Aces and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in that order. Aside from Go, four other names chosen by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the PBA were former Blue Eagles’ Matt and Mike Nieto, Allyn Bulanadi and Rey Suerte. MANILA – Former Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles center Isaac Go will banner the Gilas Pilipinas special draft during the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft this Sunday at the Robinson’s Place in Ermita, Manila. SBP and PBA have also agreed to have the same special draft during next year’s rookie selection. As per the deal, the players will be suiting up for their squads but will be released to the national team if needed. The Painters will have two more selections after that followed by NorthPort Batang Pier, Magnolia Hotshots, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, TNT KaTropa and the Dyip to conclude the first round./PN