Woman Who Says She Was Fired for Being a Lesbian Is Elected Sheriff

first_img– Advertisement – She said he used a biased internal affairs investigation of her to fire her. In a 108-page memo, investigators said she “used bullying techniques such as belittling, cursing, yelling and screaming” to intimidate officers.The memo said that Ms. McGuffey made comments such as “you should be fired” and “you are incompetent.” Investigators also accused her of being dishonest during the investigation.In her lawsuit, Ms. McGuffey said the allegations were unfounded and “a false pretext” for discriminating against her “because of her gender, her failure to conform to traditional female stereotypes, her sexual orientation and her open criticism of H.C.S.D.’s excessive use of force against inmates.”Ms. McGuffey was promoted to major of court and jail services in 2013, becoming the first woman to hold that rank in the history of the Sheriff’s Office. During her tenure, Ms. McGuffey led a series of improvements at the jail, according to her lawsuit.She said the only time she was disciplined was in 2010, when police officers stopped her and her friends as they walked out of a gay bar in Covington, Ky. She said they wrote her a citation after she accused them of bothering them because they were gay. The citations were dismissed but the Sheriff’s Office suspended her for “conduct unbecoming.”As a major, Ms. McGuffey said that she was treated differently from her male counterparts, who were able to choose subordinate captains and had multiple administrative assistants.She said that she was excluded from command staff meetings and berated in front of her colleagues, and that she was told not to let The Cincinnati Enquirer publish a story about her upcoming wedding to her partner because “it could be used against her,” according to her lawsuit. – Advertisement – After rising through the ranks for 33 years, winning awards and becoming the first female major in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, Charmaine McGuffey was ousted in 2017, she said.She said she was fired for being a lesbian and for calling attention to the use of excessive force against inmates. Her boss at the time, Sheriff Jim Neil, said she refused to accept a demotion after an internal affairs investigation concluded that she had created a hostile work environment, according to court records.- Advertisement – “You must decide whether you want someone like Charmaine McGuffey, who would use the office of sheriff to be a political activist, pushing an anti-law enforcement agenda, or Bruce Hoffbauer, a tried and true law enforcement leader dedicated to public safety,” he wrote in an opinion piece in The Cincinnati Enquirer in August.On Tuesday, Ms. McGuffey won 52 percent of the nearly 405,000 votes cast in the sheriff’s race in Hamilton, a Democratic-leaning county where Joseph R. Biden Jr. won 57 percent of the vote, unofficial results show.Her victory was the culmination of a bitter campaign and an unresolved federal lawsuit that she filed in May 2018 against Sheriff Neil and the county.center_img The lawsuit also said she “repeatedly raised concerns regarding multiple serious use of force incidents to the sheriff.” Ms. McGuffey’s concerns were ignored, she said in an interview. Sheriff Neil denied the allegations, according to court records.Ms. McGuffey said tensions grew after she saw a recording of a deputy throwing a 62-year-old inmate into a jail cell. The inmate sustained a concussion and a broken hip, and needed 12 staples to close a wound in his head, she said.She showed the tape to Sheriff Neil and internal affairs officers, she said, and told them the deputy needed to be suspended and face criminal charges.Soon after, in January 2017, an internal complaint was filed against her “alleging a hostile work environment” and the internal affairs division opened an investigation, questioning 30 employees.She was fired six months later. Ms. McGuffey said she was devastated.“I literally just couldn’t bear to leave the house,” she said. “It was awful. I couldn’t eat.”In August 2018 she was working out in her backyard when she got a call from a Democratic operative in the county who asked her if she would consider running against Sheriff Neil in the primary.“I’m actually very energized by the prospect of getting into that uniform and making things happen,” she said. “There are so many good men and women in that department who are wearing that uniform and they’re doing it for the right reason.” Ms. McGuffey will assume control of an 800-person staff that oversees an average of 1,500 inmates in Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati. During her campaign, she described herself as a progressive who would focus on “rehabilitative, rather than punitive strategies” to reduce recidivism.Sheriff Neil declined to comment through a spokesman.After he lost in the primary, he endorsed the Republican challenger, Bruce Hoffbauer, a former Hamilton County deputy sheriff and Cincinnati police relief commander. Sheriff Neil called Ms. McGuffey a political activist who would turn the city and county into another Chicago, Portland or Seattle.- Advertisement – Now, Ms. McGuffey, 63, is poised to return to the office, this time as the elected sheriff after defeating Sheriff Neil in a Democratic primary in April and a Republican challenger in the general election on Tuesday.Ms. McGuffey said she was not motivated by a desire for revenge against the sheriff.“I decided that I can do a better job than him and I need to be back in that office so that I can finish the job I started, which is to bring true criminal-justice reform to the system,” she said on Saturday. “No person who knows what it’s like to go through the ordeal, the odyssey that I’ve been through, would ever just do this for revenge.”last_img read more

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Meghan King Tests Positive for Coronavirus Months After Jim Edmonds

first_imgIn the clip, she lip-synced as someone said, “Got a text from my ex the other day, he said he missed me. I said, ‘I’m sorry I can’t talk right now, I’m at a funeral.’ He said, ‘Oh, my God. Who died?’ I said, ‘My feelings for you did. Bye, f—ker.’”Us Weekly confirmed in May that King moved on with businessman Christian Schauf. Edmonds, for his part, is dating Kortnie O’Connor.Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, Us Weekly wants our readers to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance and support, consult the CDC, WHO and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice. Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – Meghan King revealed she tested positive for coronavirus and explained how she thinks she contracted the illness seven months after estranged husband Jim Edmonds‘ diagnosis.“I tested positive for Covid,” the Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 36, wrote via her Instagram Story on Sunday, November 15. “I have been safe while traveling but I had an exchange on Tuesday where I did not protect myself and this is when I had to have been infected. I have been safe with distancing and masks since Tuesday including when I went to dinner solo and stayed distant and wore a mask at Hayes’s soccer.”Meghan King Tests Positive for Coronavirus 7 Months After Estranged Husband Jim Edmonds: ‘I Have Been Safe’Meghan King and Jim Edmonds. Michael Simon/Startraks; MOVI Inc/MEGA- Advertisement – King then detailed her plans for fighting the virus and keeping her children — daughter Aspen, 3, and twin sons Hart and Hayes, 2 — safe. “My kids have been at their father’s but Hayes will quarantine due to brief (1 hour) proximity to me,” she continued. “I have contacted everyone and will isolate for 10 days minimum per CDC guidelines. My children will have to stay with my parents as they cannot stay at my house while I’m sick.”In the past week, the blogger documented herself visiting Miami for a “girl’s getaway” and cuddling with Hayes at his first indoor soccer game.King noted on Sunday that her symptoms include “extreme exhaustion, sneezing, a mild cough, and diarrhea.” She added that she was already “directly exposed multiple times” in the past and did not test positive.- Advertisement – The reality star’s diagnosis comes seven months after Edmonds, 50, battled COVID-19. King made headlines in April when she appeared to throw shade at the former baseball player — whom she split from in October 2019 — during his health struggle.“I kid I kiddd but the ending is my favorite,” she captioned a TikTok video at the time, along with a devil emoji, a winking emoji and the hashtags #jokes and #gotatextfrommyex.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Georgia secretary of state says South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham asked about tossing legal votes

first_imgxSenate Republicans shouldn’t be applying pressure on election officials to overturn the will of the people. This is deeply troubling and unacceptable.The voters chose @JoeBiden. This was a free and fair election. It’s way past time for all of us to accept that and move on. https://t.co/7BsyoFT0Kr— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 17, 2020 – Advertisement – But Graham’s private effort to get large numbers of legal votes tossed drew widespread condemnation from Democrats:xEven if one were to accept Graham’s version of the story, the call’s a scandal that should lead to his immediate resignation. The republic won’t survive Senate committee chairs calling election officials from their own party to discuss vote counting before a final verdict. https://t.co/VAVaVL1lWy— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 17, 2020 – Advertisement – Graham denied having suggested throwing out legal ballots, though he acknowledged he had been asking about the general subject of signature matching. Just, you know, casually asking a neighboring state’s top election official questions about the subject of one of Trump’s big temper tantrums.The good news is that instead of caving to pressure, Raffensperger is getting angry about it. He’s especially angry at Rep. Doug Collins, who is heading up Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s results. “I’m an engineer. We look at numbers. We look at hard data,” Raffensperger told the Post. “I can’t help it that a failed candidate like Collins is running around lying to everyone. He’s a liar.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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As Trump’s legal options narrow, he turns to Giuliani for a deplorable PR blitz

first_img– Advertisement – They’ve convinced him that the debunked claim that Dominion Voting Systems machines in some states deleted Trump votes is real, and he is now “personally obsessed” with it, even asking national security officials in the government about the company. Giuliani and Ellis are also true believers in this conspiracy theory. Ellis is the perfect counterpart to Giuliani and Trump, an “uncontrollable figure” in the campaign who regularly fed Trump’s fraud obsession, who would make television appearances without coordinating with the campaign, and who recently started calling herself “President-Elect Jenna Ellis” on Twitter. For some reason.So rather than trying to win in court with valid cases, the plan now seems to be riling up the base by blanketing right-wing media with allies. If they can’t win in the courts, they’ll try to win by intimidation, like the campaign led by Sen. Lindsey Graham to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to throw out legal ballots. Raffensperger reports not just pressure from Graham, but death threats against him and his wife.In other words, Trump’s reverting to form, going to what’s been working for him so far: enraging his army of deplorables. The good news is that it’s not a winning strategy to get to the Supreme Court, or to get the court on his side. The bad news is that it’s very dangerous for the country.- Advertisement – Yes, believe it or not all Trump’s hopes for getting the Pennsylvania case to the U.S. Supreme Court rest on Rudy, who last appeared in court in 1992. That’ll go well. Trump, according to The Washington Post‘s sources, is “frustrated that his campaign lawyers were not appearing more frequently on television to amplify his baseless claim that he was the real election winner.” So he’s put Giuliani and campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis in charge of both the legal and public relations efforts. You can guess which is the more important part of this to Trump. He wants to see his loyalists when he turns on Fox News, where his base will see him “keep fighting,” the Post‘s source says.“He is more dug into his position than he was at the beginning,” the source, a Trump adviser, said. “He thinks this is his base for 2024, and that half the country are warriors fighting for him, and that he’s got to keep fighting.” According to that adviser, there are voices telling Trump it’s time to give up. But there’s a louder voice Trump loves to hear, which is Giuliani’s: “In a meeting Friday, Giuliani told Trump that his advisers had been lying to him about his odds of prevailing and that he actually could win, a person with knowledge of the meeting said,” the Post reports.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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WHO confirms 3 H5N1 cases in Indonesia

first_imgOct 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed three fatal cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, involving two women from Java and a boy from South Jakarta, bringing Indonesia’s toll to 72 cases with 55 deaths.The first case involved a 67-year-old woman whose infection was reported by the Indonesian health ministry on Oct 11. The WHO said she became ill on Oct 3, was hospitalized Oct 7, and died Oct 15. Her illness was complicated by a chronic condition, the agency said.The second case involved an 11-year-old boy from South Jakarta who got sick on Oct 2, was hospitalized Oct 7, and died a week later. The WHO said the boy had been exposed to dead chickens in his neighborhood.The third case was in a 27-year-old woman from Central Java province who became ill on Oct 8, was hospitalized Oct 12, and died the next day. The WHO said the source of her exposure is under investigation.The Jakarta Post reported on Oct 12 that doctors who treated the 67-year-old woman suspected she also had encephalitis. Hadi Jusuf, a doctor at Hasan Sadikin hospital in Bandung, where the woman had been hospitalized, said hospital neurologists who examined the woman concluded that she had a brain inflammation caused by a virus.Hadi told the Post that the woman was unconscious when admitted to the hospital but that doctors could find no evidence that her loss of consciousness was related to acute respiratory distress or pneumonia, as was true of some other avian flu patients treated at the hospital.The woman’s cerebrospinal fluid was tested repeatedly after an initial result was negative, Hadi said.  He said he had not received results from the health ministry’s lab. If the tests are positive, the woman would be Indonesia’s first avian flu patient to have brain inflammation caused by the infection, Hadi told the Post.Neurologic complications of H5N1 infection have been reported before, though rarely. A Vietnamese boy who died of encephalitis in 2004 was later found to have had H5N1 infection, according to a research report published last year. Encephalitis is also known to be a rare complication of ordinary influenza.The sole survivor of the avian flu case cluster in North Sumatra last May, Jones Ginting, had brain abscesses after he was hospitalized. An Associated Press article, published after he was released from the hospital, said that after he experienced a stiff neck and headaches, tests showed multiple brain abscesses caused by parasites.With the three newest avian flu cases, Indonesia’s case-fatality rate is 76%, second only to that of Cambodia, where all six H5N1 patients died.The latest cases bring the WHO’s global avian flu count to 256 cases with 151 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 59%.See also:Oct 16 WHO statementFeb 16, 2005, CIDRAP News article “Avian flu caused encephalitis in Vietnamese boy”last_img read more

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The Academy for the training of ship crews, mega yachts and charter vessels is launched, in order to strengthen the quality of nautical tourism

first_imgThere is almost no record in business that has not been broken by Croatian nautical tourism this season, at the same time opening a big problem that hinders the development of this extremely successful part of the Croatian economy.Namely, at the same time as numerous boats of various nautical purposes and often exceptional VIP guests, world-famous jet-setters, businessmen, athletes were driving on the Adriatic from the end of April until the end of August this year, Croatia is struggling with quality crews to rent these boats. the same tourists who come to rest in our country. Also, the market lacks almost everything when it comes to mentioning charter boat crews. From skippers, stewardesses, hostesses, cooks, sailors, cleaners… Poor and insufficiently qualified crews on boats are the main obstacle so that Croatia could really position itself even more effectively towards charter boats and make them available to tourists in this segment as well.Precisely with this goal, ie strengthening the quality of nautical tourism and the offer to numerous foreign sailors, the Croatian Academy for the training of ship crews, mega yachts and charter vessels is being launched.Having in mind the great lack of Croatian nautical tourism, entrepreneur and project manager Davor Grbić from Dubrovnik, together with colleagues from Split, Tomislav Slavić and Ivan Lokic, as well as thanks to rich experience in nautical tourism, systematic study of its weaknesses, launch the first Academy this fall. for training of charter vessel crews in Croatia according to STCW and ISO standards. “The goal of this initiative is to offer nautical tourists, who are truly guests of high paying power, what they deserve. An experienced, well-educated, capable and quality crew for renting a boat, which Croatia does not have now. If we want to put ourselves at the very top of quality facilities for nautical guests, then in addition to the sea, exceptional natural beauty, we must build and build quality infrastructure, which means that in addition to marinas along the coast, we must have at all times trained and quality crew for rent. The latter will be targeted by the first Academy for the training of charter vessel crews. All participants who meet our very demanding conditions and the selection are taken under their hat and we guarantee them a job in a niche. ” – announced the entrepreneur Davor Grbić, who already has more than 40 highly educated charter commanders, mechanics, sailors, cooks, stewardesses in the database with associates…The project for launching and opening the Academy and educational programs intended for future and current crews for more efficient work and work results in nautical tourism, is already fully ready for implementation, and from the fall for enrollment of the first participants of trainings that will take place along our coast. “Bearing in mind that quality crews will “come out” of our educational programs, I am free to announce that this new “product” of Croatian nautical tourism is especially enjoyed by foreign investors who are in negotiations with us: charter companies and larger companies for joint takeover. ie the purchase of some Dalmatian marinas as well as companies dealing with marina management, where the crews we train, ie train, will work very soon after the training ” – announced Davor Grbić.Despite the fact that the Academy with the first enrollment and promotion of the educational program will start in the fall, the initiators and founders have already received dozens of inquiries for education and participation in lectures, which is certainly a good indicator of how much the Academy makes sense.last_img read more

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Active tourism, tradition, tasting of indigenous specialties and wines – Bike & Wine Ravni Kotari

first_imgWe constantly talk about the lack of quality content in destinations, especially in the pre-season, such as May, where the sea and shopping is not the main activity, whether due to bad weather or cold sea. That is why we have to ask ourselves what tourists can do in a destination when they cannot swim. I can’t just walk down the waterfront up and down all seven days.In Benkovac, they encountered a problem with an excellent tourist product – Bike & Wine Tour Ravni Kotari.In the organization and synergy of Ilirija dd, the Tourist Board of the City of Benkovac and BK AKS Stankovci, a unique bicycle race was organized that connects unforgettable landscapes and heritage of rural parts of Zadar County and the most famous wineries in the wider region. This themed bike ride will introduce guests to indigenous values ​​that you don’t encounter so often, a tradition of inestimable value. Our authentic story.The wine cycling story begins in Polača, in Raznjevica dvorima AD 1307 and the road Nadina, the fortifications of Kličevica and Kaštela Benković in Benkovac, along a predetermined route. On the way, there are 3 stops where a total of 6 wineries with the possibility of tasting will be presented. The entire section is 39 km long and the participant who successfully takes the route, or collects all the certificates from each winery receives a gift at the closing ceremony in Ražnjevića dvori AD 1307 in Polača, where lunch will be organized for all participants in the bike ride.Active tourism, tradition, tasting of autochthonous specialties and wines – so simple, ingenious and most importantly quality and authentic content.Everyone in the destination must care about the satisfaction of the guest as well as the content in the destination itself. No matter who the organizer is, because the guest is not interested in it, only quality content is important to him. Meet and recommend to your guests this great tourist story, especially the hosts in family accommodation as well as the locals, so that guests can experience and fill the day with a different and authentic content. Because if the guest is satisfied with the tourist destination at the end of their vacation, they will come back again, and that is a win-win for everyone.For more information on Bike & Wine Tour Flat Districts, please visit HERE.last_img read more

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Finally! A mobile wastewater treatment plant was put into operation in the Plitvice Lakes National Park

first_imgIn the area of ​​the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a mobile device for wastewater treatment was ceremoniously put into trial operation yesterday.The installation of the device is a joint project of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy, the Public Institution “Plitvice Lakes National Park”, Hrvatske vode and Korenica Waterworks.The Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy, Tomislav Ćorić, also attended the ceremony of putting the device into operation, emphasizing that the National Park and the population of this area deserve a quality water supply and drainage system. “Unfortunately, it has not been built in recent decades, but with the joint coordination of the Ministry, National Park, Hrvatske vode and Vodovod Korenica, we are finally moving towards a permanent solution to the problem through the agglomeration of Plitvice Lakes within which over 80 kilometers of drainage network and two treatment plants will be built.“. pointed out Ćorić.Tomislav Kovačević, director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, thanked the Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy for his support and perseverance in realizing the project, emphasizing that the installation of the device is a historic moment for the Park. “The opening of this plant is a historic event for the National Park and the inhabitants of this area because for the first time the issue of wastewater disposal is being resolved, until the final solution – the completion of the agglomeration project which is expected to be realized in the next five years.”Kovacevic pointed out.Photo: Plitvice Lakes National ParkDirector of Korenica Waterworks Hrvoje Kukuruzović emphasized that the realization of the project is the most significant intervention measure carried out on the basis of the agreement on rehabilitation and reconstruction of water structures of the National Park, which aims to bring water supply and drainage water structures to sanitary, technically and technologically satisfactory levels.last_img read more

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The European Commission is opening a second public call for WiFi4EU value coupons

first_imgWiFi4EU is a European Commission project that aims to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors to public spaces such as parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health centers and museums across Europe. 440 local self-government units from the territory of the Republic of Croatia are registered on the portal, and 216 local self-government units will have the opportunity to win this call. The total indicative budget available for proposals selected on the basis of the second call is EUR 51 million at the level of the European Union, and the deadline for applications is 5 April 2019 by 17 pm. List of Croatian local governments that won value coupons in the first public call This call has increased the number of value coupons that a member state can win from 8 to 15 percent, or 510 coupons with a total value of 7,65 million euros. “Everyone should benefit from the internet, no matter where you live or how much you earn. Therefore, we propose to equip every European village and city with free wireless internet access around the main public centers by 2020.”, Said Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.center_img You can find more information about the public call HERE. The first call lasted from 7 to 9 November 2018, and a total of 2.800 value coupons were distributed, worth 42 million euros. 366 local self-government units registered from Croatia, and 15.000 coupons worth EUR 224 were won, with a total value of EUR 3,36 million. The European Commission received over 13.000 applications, and the first 4 were received within ten seconds of the opening of the call, reports Bug.hr. The European Commission is on its own WiFi4EU opened a second public call for grants from the WiFi4EU program to which all local self-government units from the Republic of Croatia that have registered on the portal and have not already won a coupon on the first call in November last year can apply. The award criteria will be the order of registration, and 3.400 value coupons will be distributed, it is reported HAKOM.last_img read more

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