Man Who Plead Guilty To Sexually Assaulting Women Sentenced

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) Image by Matt Hummel / WNYNewsNow.MAYVILLE – A Conewango man who plead guilty to sexually assaulting two women in Jamestown was sentenced Monday morning in Chautauqua County Court.Dennis Park, 35, was sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison with 25 years of post-release supervision.The Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office represented Park during the case. The office, during sentencing, said that Park has apologized for his actions while adding that he didn’t place blame on anyone but himself.“What I did was heinous,” Park himself stated before asking his victims for forgiveness during the sentencing. Judge David Foley, who presided over the case, says that he wanted to remain with an 18-year-sentence that he committed to following Park’s plea, but he “probably” should have sentenced Park to more jail time based on the allegations in the indictment, along with Park’s previous criminal history.WNYNewsNow’s Matt Hummel spoke with Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson following the sentencing. Swanson says he’s pleased with the outcome.“When you can get a guilty plea for that substantial amount of time, you’re pleased, you feel like you’ve accomplished what you wanted to for your victims, and this man will either be in state prison or civilly confined for a long, long time,” Swanson said. Swanson says, despite Foley’s statement on the sentencing, he remains satisfied with the sentence.“Eighteen years is a significant period of time, and with the particular offenses and Mr. Park’s history, the Attorney General’s Office would, I assume, be considering holding him civily,” Swanson said. “The prospect of him staying under the control of the state, and not able to do this to anyone else, I think is very real and it’s going to extend past the 18 years.”Swanson says the Attorney General’s Office solely handles the civil confinement matters, but they’ll typically consult with the District Attorney’s Office when reviewing the case.“Given Mr. Park’s history, there’s a substantial chance (they hold him civily). In fact, it’s our expectation that they will hold him beyond that 18 years if they deem him to be a danger,” Swanson stated. “Considering he’s a repeat offender, I would suspect that that consideration is likely.”WNYNewsNow reached out to Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone for comment, but he hasn’t returned our phone call as of 11:25 a.m.Park previously plead guilty to first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sex act stemming from two incidents that occurred in July 2018.The pleas were entered before Park’s second trial attempt. In August, the first attempt to prosecute was declared a mistrial.Police say Park sexually assaulted a woman at knife-point during an incident near a laundromat on Marion Street. He also plead guilty to a similar act behind a Jamestown factory.According to the New York State Correctional Database, Park previously served time in the Gowanda Correctional Facility for first-degree rape.last_img read more

Vermont Public Television and Comcast partnership yields PBS On Demand

first_imgComcast and Vermont Public Television (VPT) today announced a new partnership that will make PBS programming available to local residents at their convenience through the company’s signature On Demand service. Comcast Digital Cable customers throughout Vermont and New Hampshire’s Upper Valley can now view national PBS shows and episodes of popular PBS series in both standard and high definition at no additional cost anytime they want, with the ability to pause, fast-forward and rewind.“We’re delighted to add another option for today’s viewers who are looking for programs anytime, anywhere, anyhow,” said John King, President of Vermont Public Television. “While our traditional broadcast service is still the way most people see us, we’re now on multiple platforms, including the Internet, and, through our partnership with Comcast, we can also provide our viewers with convenient access to our content On Demand.”“We are proud to utilize our On Demand technology and resources to showcase programs and topics of interest to the local communities we serve,” said Pam Mackenzie, Comcast’s Vice President for Vermont. “These popular PBS programs are among the over 17,000 On Demand choices, including more than 3,000 high definition viewing choices, available to our customers to watch anytime they want.”The newly added PBS shows, which include specials and such popular titles as “Masterpiece,” “Nova,” “Antiques Roadshow” and “Nature,” can be easily accessed from the On Demand menu. For PBS programs in high definition, choose “HD on Demand,” then “History & Nature” and “PBS-VPT,” and for standard definition PBS programs, select “History & Nature” and “PBS-VPT.” Most programs are available for seven days.The national PBS programming now available On Demand complements a local partnership unveiled in 2008 where Comcast began offering local VPT programs, such as “Vermont This Week,” “Profile,” and “Outdoor Journal,” in the “Get Local” category of the On Demand library throughout the state.Comcast’s On Demand service continues to be a one-stop destination for local and entertainment programming, with selections available anytime a customer wants to watch them. Comcast’s expanding On Demand library today offers more than 17,000 entertainment programs available each month, the vast majority of which are available for no additional cost to Digital Cable customers. Since 2003, Comcast customers have viewed more than 14 billion On Demand programs nationwide.For more information about Comcast Digital Cable and On Demand, call 1-800-COMCAST or visit is external).Since entering Vermont in November 2006, Comcast has aggressively expanded its services across the Green Mountain State, investing in its advanced fiber-optic network to bring broadband services to previously unserved homes and businesses and partnering with local communities. The company has launched a number of its advanced services in this time, including Digital Cable with On Demand, High-Definition Television Service, Digital Video Recorders, Comcast High-Speed Internet service, Digital Voice, and the company’s Business Class suite of voice, Internet and cable television services for small and medium-sized businesses. In addition, Comcast has offered programming of special interest to Vermonters. Comcast also assists local non-profit organizations in Vermont with financial, in-kind and employee volunteer support.About Vermont Public TelevisionVermont Public Television (VPT) is Vermont’s statewide public television network and a member station of PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service. VPT educates, informs, entertains and inspires lifelong learning and community engagement through its programs, online services at is external) and community outreach.About Comcast CorporationComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) ( is external)) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.6 million cable customers, 15.9 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.6 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including ( is external)). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center, and manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.Source: VPT. SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – (February 16, 2010) –# # #last_img read more

Credit union teams with PSCU’s Advisors Plus consultants to grow credit card balances

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Chandler Tom Chandler leads the Advisors Plus team and also heads the Consulting Services group which provides a full range of financial and marketing services to credit unions. In 2005, Tom … Web: Details HAPO Community Credit Union (Richland, WA; $1.3 billion assets) understands the impact when its members reach for their HAPO credit card first. Capturing the coveted top-of-wallet position is an essential strategy to successfully competing with larger national issuers that have similar designs on consumers’ payment preferences.In collaboration with PSCU’s Advisors Plus marketing consultants, the Richland, WA credit union grew its credit card outstandings by a whopping $18 million over the course of several balance transfer campaigns in 2015. The growth in their portfolio represented a year-over-year 20.69 percent increase in the credit union’s credit card outstanding balances.To promote the top of wallet position, HAPO assembled a top-notch marketing team and created an internal sales culture to generate results. To optimize the growth of their credit card business, HAPO worked with Advisors Plus, PSCU’s independent strategic consulting unit, to develop balance transfer campaigns that would steadily elevate their credit card business and get members to choose their HAPO credit card above any others.The campaigns offered reduced interest rates on balance transfers for 9 to 12 months that resulted in over 3,400 balance transfers totaling more than $13 million. While a large portion of that total (about $4 million) was attributed to direct mail campaigns, the majority of the transfers were driven through other sales channels, including outbound calls and emails from HAPO employees.“We have built an amazing sales culture and we incentivize the staff,” said Jenifer Gateley, Vice President of Card Services for HAPO Community Credit Union. “We are provided call lists from Advisors Plus and we use them to inform our member prospects of our great BT rate and to encourage them to utilize their current availability. I like the fact that we have a relationship with Advisors Plus,” said Gateley. “The three campaigns we conduct a year are very beneficial to us.”While many credit unions have significant marketing resources, Advisors Plus provides the strategic focus and analytics to take advantage of specific growth opportunities available to every credit union. Using the expertise that comes from hundreds of marketing campaigns for credit unions of all sizes, Advisors Plus provides data-driven, measurable marketing campaign materials that have been proven to generate results consistently above industry averages.Advisors Plus works with hundreds of PSCU Owner credit unions every year to help them grow their card portfolios into top-of-wallet businesses. This creates powerful sources of value and loyalty for the credit unions’ members and contributes significantly to annual earnings, often as much as 30 percent.The expertise that Advisors Plus has developed is very beneficial to PSCU Owner credit unions. “We have a team that works on marketing every product we have for our 16 branches. We enjoy working with the credit card experts and appreciate the knowledge of what “works” in the industry,” said Gateley. “The analytical data after the campaign and face-to-face market review we received were remarkable.”Although the focus of these campaigns was to grow credit card balances through balance transfers, a significant secondary benefit was the generation of hundreds of new accounts. “Our goal last year was on increasing balance transfers, and growing our portfolio,” said Gately. The fact that we were able to bring in so many new accounts was a fantastic bonus. In 2016, we will focus more on new account acquisition.”These promotions have continued to produce increased balance transfers and balance growth during the post-campaign period. “We do everything we can to piggyback off of what Advisors Plus gives to us,” said Gateley. “I appreciate the marketing efforts from Advisors Plus and their ability to track campaign data that allows us to do better next time.”last_img read more

Dear leaders: Please revisit your corporate culture

first_imgWhat makes a great leader? Is it the capacity to inspire loyalty, the ability to articulate a vision, emotional intelligence, or persuasiveness? Does a company need a leader whose values are culture-based, or one whose values are aligned with the needs of shareholders and the marketplace?Maybe it depends, which is why it’s so important for job seekers and future employees to do a bit of digging to ensure the companies they’re interviewing with holds values compatible with their own. Often this boils down to trust. Plain and simple. And yet oh so complex.Searching out the value structure of a company culture is more important than ever as it relates to recruiting and retaining talent. In my discussions with clients and candidates, I hear often that we are in the middle of a sea change – a generational shift in values. As Millennials make deeper inroads into the workplace, they’re bringing a new set of values, a need for a collaborative culture and a lack of interest in existing workplace structures that is creating tension among workers of other generations. People dance around this a lot, but it needs to be said: things are changing, and fast. Business leaders must be ready to accept that workers’ value systems are in flux, and be prepared to manage through complexity and change. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

South Dakota reports swine flu case

first_imgJan 15, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials from South Dakota yesterday reported a swine influenza infection in a 19-year-old male college student, the second case in the United States in the past 2 months.The South Dakota Department of Health (SDDH) said in a press release that the patient got sick 5 weeks ago and that the state’s public health laboratory had identified the influenza A/H1 portion of the virus and that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the swine components of the virus.The CDC typically receives about one report of a human swine flu case a year, the SDDH statement said. In late November the CDC, in one of its seasonal influenza activity updates, reported on a patient from Texas who was infected with swine influenza after exposure to pigs, including a sick one.Human infections with novel influenza A subtypes now are nationally notifiable diseases in the United StatesLon Kightlinger, PhD, epidemiologist for the SDDH, said in the statement that swine influenza in humans is rare. “Most often the cases occur in people with direct exposure to pigs, such as swine farm workers,” he said. “Human-to-human transmission is very rare.”Kightlinger told CIDRAP News that an investigation into the source of the man’s illness did not reveal direct contact with pigs; however, officials are exploring whether he had indirect contact.Human infections with novel influenza A subtypes now are nationally notifiable diseases in the United States.In a recent report in the September issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases on a 2005 Wisconsin case, the authors wrote that triple reassortant H1N1 subtypes are the predominant genotype in North American pigs and that human swine flu illnesses often mimic seasonal flu infections. They recommended that clinicians ask patients with unexplained influenza-like illnesses about exposure to animals, including pigs, and visits to petting zoos and county fairs.The CDC had noted that swine flu outbreaks in pigs typically occur in late fall and winter and that seasonal influenza vaccines are likely to partially protect against swine H3N2 viruses, but not the H1N1 subtype.See also:Jan 14 SDDH press releaseNov 24, 2008, CIDRAP News story “CDC reports swine flu virus in Texas patient”CDC swine flu backgroundlast_img read more

HTP Korčula received the Fair Hotel label

first_imgThe president of the workers’ council of HTP Korčula, Marin Didović, also explained how good a relationship between workers and employers means, pointing out that the management treats workers fairly and that is the reason why workers are happy and satisfied.In addition to employees, the Fair Hotel label means a lot to the guests themselves – guests recognize the satisfaction of employees. That is why the initiative of the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia, ie members of STUH is to promote hotels throughout Croatia that treat their employees correctly and fairly.The island of Korcula is now on that list with as many as five hotels: Port 9 Resort, Hotel Marco Polo, Hotel Korcula de la Ville, Hotel Park and Hotel Liburna. If the road takes you to Korcula, you can know for sure that workers’ rights are respected and valued there, STUH points out.Find out more about the entire FER hotel project HEREHTP Korčula signed a Concession Agreement on a maritime domain in the town of KorčulaThe President of the Management Board of HTP Korčula dd Ivana Hatvalić Poljak and the Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić in Dubrovnik signed a Concession Agreement on a maritime domain in the City of Korčula.The total value of the contract is 110 thousand kuna and 3 percent of the revenue in the concessioned area, and the President of the Hotel and Tourist Company Korcula Ivana Hatvalić Poljak pointed out that the Concession Agreement will provide new values ​​and offer of this hotel and local community. The goal of this initiative is to promote quality business of the hotel industry in Croatia, for the mutual benefit of both workers and employers, with the desire to join the initiative as many hotels as possible.The largest hotel house in Korčula – HTP Korčula dd – was also awarded the Fair Hotel label The quality of development of the hotel industry in Croatia is helped by a good relationship between employers and workers. The Fair Hotel initiative is something that many hotels strive for.Fair Hotels Croatia is an initiative of the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services, ie members of STUH employed in hotels throughout Croatia, which promotes those hotels in which union representatives have concluded collective agreements with employers, in which collective agreements and workers’ rights are respected. union representatives and employers there is a good social dialogue.last_img read more

Gold Coast’s top 20 most popular streets

first_img New playground boasts an interactive bike track 2 Cassia Drive, Coomera sold for $405,000 on July 9, 2020.LJ Hooker Coomera/ Ormeau agent Patrick Conley recently sold a four-bedroom house on Cassia Drive.The Coomera street ranked No. 5 on the most sought-after streets.He said despite being on a small 265sq m block, the house attracted multiple offers and sold within the first few weeks of his marketing campaign.“It was due to its location and the fact it was a new build,” he said.“It was close to schools including the new school development at Foxwell Rd and also close to Westfield Coomera and the rail.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe Gold Coast’s 20 most popular streets Source: 2325 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, Numinbah Valley is on the market at $2 million. Nerang Murwillumbah Rd came second on the top 20 list of most popular streets on the Gold Coast. A sprawling mansion at 84 Brocks Rd, Currumbin Valley sold for $2.85 million earlier this year. Brocks Rd rounded out the top three most popular streets.“There is a certain percentage of those searching, that are sticky beaking and want to check out certain homes and certain streets,” REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said.“Like some of the other streets in the more affluent areas, people love looking at luxury homes in amazing locations.”“Often those streets in those suburbs are particularly nice, even for those affluent areas. “They might have a much better view, nicer houses or something else desirable that tends to lead to higher levels of interest.” The Gold Coast Highway at Mermaid Waters was crowned king on a list of the Gold Coast’s 20 most popular streets.Luke Henderson, director of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach, said he was surprised to see the Gold Coast Highway at Mermaid Waters top the list.Affordability and transportation could be attributed to its popularity, he said.“We recently had an auction on a property on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway and Heron Ave that had 10 registered bidders,” Mr Henderson said.“It was one of the cheapest villas with a courtyard.“Affordability was the driver and the fact it was close to the beach.”The most sought-after streets are scattered throughout the Gold Coast and include two in Coomera. Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Waters was named the most popular street on the Gold Coast. This is Oxenford’s most expensive housecenter_img Nerida Conisbee, chief economist of REA Group, says people love browsing luxury homes in amazing locations.Ms Conisbee said a “super popular house” in one particular street could also lead to a surge of activity.“In some cases affordability can be a driving factor too,” she said.“Some of these streets fall into that category. “In other cases, the chance to own a big block of land is enticing buyers there.”She said potential buyers in these streets would be up against more competition and pay a higher price. 1. Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Waters2. Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, Numinbah Valley3. Brocks Rd, Currumbin Valley4. Shearwater Esp, Runaway Bay5. Cassia Drive, Coomera 6. Barker St, Currumbin7. Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise 8. Camp Drive, Bonogin 9. Katta Ave, Currumbin 10. Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island 11. Magnoli Cct, Palm Beach12. 19th Ave, Palm Beach 13. George Street West, Burleigh Heads14. Warwick Place, Helensvale 15. Cristobel Court, Broadbeach Waters 16. Lakeview Blvd, Mermaid Waters 17. Beau Pde, Bonogin 18. Tiarnna Close, Burleigh Heads 19. Midview Court, Currumbin20. Synergy Drive, Coomera And while Surfers Paradise’s Southern Cross Drive may be a given, it’s the lesser known streets like Cassia Drive at Coomera and Beau Pde at Bonogin that may come as a surprise.Taking out the crown was the Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Waters – this particular section of the highway is scattered with apartments and holiday resorts.Nerang Murwillumbah Rd at Numinbah Valley came in at second place and a quick search shows huge land holdings with multimillion-dollar price tags.Currumbin Valley’s Brocks Rd – a haven for acreage retreats – rounded out the top three. 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Guinea’s Constitutional Court confirms President Conde’s re-election

first_imgGuinea’s Constitutional Court on Saturday formally confirmed President Alpha Conde’s landslide re-election victory, dismissing opposition claims of vote rigging and fraud in the contested October 11 polls.According to the court, president Conde took 57.84 percent of the vote in the first round, or 2,284,827 of ballots counted, in line with the results announced earlier this month by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Aklan BAGHAY film fest to feature stories of PWUDs

first_imgAt least ten associations of PWUD’s inthe province benefited from the program, he added. KALIBO, Aklan – Success stories on thetransformation of Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) will be showcased in a filmfestival competition for students in the province. Buncalan said aside from the contest,BAGHAY also partners with the Department of Social Welfare and Development on thelatter’s Sustainable Livelihood Program. The BAGHAY will organize thecompetition as part of its 3rd anniversary launched by the Provincial AdvisoryCouncil for Police Transformation and Development of the Aklan PoliceProvincial Office in support to the ongoing transformation program and thegovernment’s campaign against illegal drugs. center_img Buncalan said the 2019 BAGHAY FilmFestival will be held at the training center in Barangay Old Buswang, Kalibotoday./PN “This activity will showcase thetalents and skills of students in making documentary films depicting true-to-lifeand winning stories of our PWUDs. We have invited senior students under theK-12 Program taking up Media and Information Literacy subject in the provinceto join and participate in the said contest,” said Ramel Buncalan, president ofthe Bagong Buhay Handum Naton (BAGHAY) Incorporated.last_img read more

Bulldogs And Indians Advance In Tennis Sectionals

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs and The Milan Lady Indians advanced on in The Girls Tennis Sectionals at South Dearborn despite not getting all of their games in due to the inclement weather.The Lady Bulldogs blanked the host Lady Knights 3-0 while The Lady Indians whitewashed The Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers 3-0.Batesville and South Dearborn will finish up their two remaining events, but Milan and Lawrenceburg will not.Batesville will battle The Lady Trojans of East Central and Milan will take on The Lady Twisters of Oldenburg Academy on Friday with the winners playing for The Sectional Championships on Saturday.Submitted by the IHSAA.last_img