Funeral services scheduled for fifth grader who died after classroom fight in South Carolina

first_imgFamily Photo(WALTERBORO, S.C.) — The family of a fifth grader who died after suffering injuries from a classroom fight with another girl announced that funeral services would be held for the 10-year-old this week.A “celebration” to honor the life of Raniya Wright was scheduled for noon Wednesday at Saints Center Ministries in Walterboro, South Carolina, an obituary said.On Monday, Raniya’s father, Jermaine Van Dyke, and his lawyers held a news conference outside of Forest Hills Elementary School, where Raniya was involved in a fight with a classmate on March 25. She died March 27.“I’m here today looking for justice for my daughter,” Van Dyke said. “I wanted just to find out what happened, how it happened and who was involved.”The lawyers said they had spoken “at length” with the teacher who was in the classroom that day.Lawyer David Aylor said Monday that Van Dyke had had “little to no contact” from anyone, including the school district, regarding Raniya’s death.“We’ve been extremely disappointed,” said Mark Peper, a lawyer for Van Dyke.On March 25, a staff member at the elementary school called 911 to report that a student had collapsed, according to an incident report released by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.When first responders arrived, the student was at the nurse’s station, unconscious but breathing, the report said. She was taken to a medical center and later airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Health in Charleston, according to the school district.Authorities did not initially release the names of the two students involved in the incident because they were both younger than 17, but last Wednesday, the Colleton County School District identified Raniya as the student who died.In a statement on its website, the Colleton County School District said that after the “fight” occurred in Raniya’s classroom, “school administrators promptly secured the scene, ended the fight and called emergency medical services to the school.”The family said that she’d been unresponsive and in critical condition since the incident, according to ABC News affiliate WCIV-TV.Raniya’s mother, Ashley Wright, shared her grief on March 27 in a public Facebook post, saying: “My baby girl has [gained] her wings.”As of Monday, a GoFundMe page for Raniya’s family had raised more than $54,000.Lawyers for the Wright family said in a statement Friday that relatives were “struggling to make sense of the incident that took her life.”“Raniya’s untimely passing leaves a void in this family that will never be filled…They are awaiting answers to questions regarding the circumstances surrounding Raniya’s tragic death including was there appropriate supervision in the classroom, and what, if any, steps did school administrators take to intervene in the fight,” lawyers Margie Pizarro and Myesha Brown said in a statement Friday.Pizarro and Brown said they would be requesting the complete investigative file and pertinent information from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department and the Colleton County School District regarding the incident.Peper said Monday that his team and Wright’s lawyers were “forming one unified front” to get justice for Raniya. He added that his team had spoken with some parents of schoolchildren. He declined to share the details.“This week needs to be about the community coming together in an effort to heal,” Peper said during the news conference. “Justice will be served.”No weapons were involved in the incident, said Shalane Lowes, a police information officer for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.The other student involved in the altercation has been suspended from school “until the investigation is complete,” the school district said.“Our community has suffered a tremendous loss. We are deeply saddened…Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with this family in the difficult days ahead,” the school district said in a statement. “The district is cooperating fully with law enforcement as this matter is investigated.”The Colleton County school board held an emergency meeting Thursday about Monday’s incident. Board member Tim Mabry said specific details from the discussion could not be shared because of the ongoing investigation and student-privacy laws.In a statement Friday, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said it would release its findings and autopsy results “at the appropriate time.”“We do not have a time table for the conclusion of this investigation. We expect some aspects to take at least several weeks. We will do whatever is necessary, and take as much time as is necessary to ensure a thorough investigation,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “This investigation is continuing.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation

first_imgDrip irrigation systems have long helped Georgia vegetable farmers grow high yielding crops. Sub-surface drip irrigation can help some Georgia peanut farmers water their crops more efficiently, according to a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert. And, it won’t interfere with peanut digging equipment.While not suitable for all peanut fields, sub-surface drip irrigation could be used in smaller fields with irregular shapes where pivots are unable to reach or in plots with dry corners.“With drip tubing, you can get in these smaller spaces and provide irrigation for peanuts,” said Wes Porter, a UGA Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist.Sub-surface drip irrigation is primarily used for vegetable production in Georgia. Most commercial farmers grow vegetables on a plastic covering that lies above the sub-surface drip irrigation system. The water is applied directly to the plants’ roots, which results in vegetable farmers’ success.Porter believes that the same success can be achieved with peanut farmers. One of the system’s biggest advantages is its efficiency. With a standard irrigation system, Porter estimates farmers achieve an 80- to 85-percent success rate because some of the water used over the crops evaporates. With a drip system, efficiency is increased to between 90 and 95 percent. Farmers maximize their water usage and decrease the amount of water they use, which conserves resources and saves money.“The crop still requires the same amount of water, but with your efficiency calculation, you should be able to back off the amount you’re applying,” Porter said.Porter hopes to dispel the misconception that drip irrigation interferes with peanut diggers.“When they get in the soil, farmers are afraid they’re going to hit their drip lines when they’re digging their peanuts. You’re not because the drip line is 12 inches below the soil surface. You’re sufficiently deep,” he said. Only 3 to 4 inches of depth is required for peanut diggers to be successful. “Having the water right there for that root zone for those peanuts really helps throughout the season.”One disadvantage of drip irrigation is the high cost of installation. Porter estimates drip irrigation is twice as expensive at installation than overhead irrigation —anywhere from $1,600 to $2,000 per acre. This cost includes insulation materials and tubing, but not the cost of the water source. However, because it uses thicker material and is buried deep in the soil, drip irrigation can last 10 to 15 years and up to 20 years in some cases, Porter said.Drip irrigation systems can be operated manually or through an automated timer that applies water on a designated schedule.“With proper management, farmers can really see an increase in yields from drip. We know how much water each crop needs from the standpoint of inches per week,” he said.last_img read more

Fans Make the Difference in Volleyball

first_img If the rules allow for the entry of a seventh player on the court, the crowd would be it, if coach Flávio Marinho of the of Brazilian men’s volleyball team had anything to say about it. Volleyball matches at these Military World Games have attracted a lively and enthralled crowd at the Maracanãzinho Gym. During two intense hours of match play on July 18, the 1,600 spectators on hand watched Brazil edge out Qatar in a hard fought win for the hosts. The Brazilians won by 3 sets to 1, winning 25-27, 25-20, 25-14 and 35-33. “Both teams are to be congratulated for the show, and the fans for their part,” said Sgt Thiago Sens, who led all scorers with 19 points. While the Brazilian team kept on committing mistakes, the crowd kept the pressure on the Qatari team. In three decisive plays in the second and fourth sets, the Brazilian fans helped turn the score. In the fourth set, one of the Qatari players, Zied Benlouafer (18 points), gave his team a one point lead before going to serve. Just before serving, the Brazilian crowd got so loud, it caused Zied’s serve to go into the net. On the next play, Sergeant Douglas Lamb tied it up for Brazil with an unreturnable serve. When the host team was not on the court, the Brazilian fans threw their support behind another team. In the heated battle between the U.S. and Italy in women’s volleyball, the Italians got the crowd’s support, probably due to the large number of descendants of Italian immigrants in Brazil. For their part, the Americans had the enthusiastic support of male counterparts, who attended the match on Monday, July 18. The American team played a hard fought match that lasted until the fifth set. Italy won with partial scores of 25-18, 21-25, 25-11, 24-26 and 15- 8. By Dialogo July 19, 2011last_img read more

Building blocks

first_imgThomas Smith, NBC Universal’s Senior Vice President, spoke at the Galen Center on Tuesday during the 2010 Sustainability in Construction Symposium. Smith was presented with the 2010 Visionary Award for NBC’s long-term renovation and construction plan of Universal City. The event featured a number of speakers who discussed green construction and other issues.Roland Wiryawan | Daily Trojanlast_img


first_imgTHIS is what one of Letterkenny’s oldest streets has looked like all week – thanks to Irish Water workers.“After making such an effort last year to paint and clean and plant flowers on the Church Lane, Irish Water has successfully left their mark,” said David from Universal Books.“Do you think conservation of one of the oldest streets in letterkenny was on their mind? As the only current business on the Church Lane and trying to entice people to the area, three days they have left it like this.” He added: “This is disgraceful.” ANGER AS IRISH WATER WORKERS LEAVE STREET LOOKING LIKE THIS! was last modified: February 19th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Church LaneIrish WaterletterkennyUniversal Bookslast_img read more

Coyle convinced Blackburn have turned corner

first_imgBlackburn manager Owen Coyle believes his team’s display in their 1-1 draw at QPR showed they have turned a corner.Rovers remain bottom of the Championship table and without a league win this season.But Sam Gallagher’s header earned them a deserved point after Tjaronn Chery’s free-kick put Rangers ahead, and Coyle is convinced they are improving.“There’s no doubt about that,” Coyle said. “Our first two games of the season were very poor but from there we have progressively got better with each game.“Last week we were terrific against Fulham and we knew that with each game we were getting better.“We’ve brought a number of players in and the more you work together the more you see what type of team you’re going to be.“QPR are a good side but we’re disappointed to be leaving with a point because I felt we deserved to win.“The players showed real character and real spirit, which is required when things are going against you.“Regardless of how the game went, if we continue to perform consistently like that we will win games and will move up the table.“It’s not about a knee-jerk reaction after four or five games. It’s about 46 games and there’s work to be done.”See also:QPR v Blackburn – as it happenedChery’s sublime strike not enough for QPRHasselbaink insists QPR deserved moreQPR boss explains Polter substitutionQPR v Blackburn player ratingsQPR fans on Twitter praise ShodipoFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Head scab risk for wheat generally low

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The last few wheat fields — mostly later maturing fields and fields in northern Ohio — are finishing up flowering this week. According to the forecasting system, the risk for head scab is low for these last fields that were flowering. Although it has rained through several crucial periods of risk for the disease, conditions have been relatively cool, which likely reduced the risk of the scab fungus infecting the wheat spikes.During most of the flowering window for the 2015 season when the crop is most susceptible to infection, conditions have generally not been favorable for scab — either too dry or too cold. Scab develops best under moderate to warm temperatures and humid conditions.last_img

Unnao gang rape survivor’s uncle seeks CBI probe into road accident

first_imgThe uncle of the Unnao alleged gang rape survivor on Monday requested the Uttar Pradesh government to transfer the case of the Rae Bareli accident, in which two of his relatives died, to the CBI. An FIR was being registered on a complaint of the uncle, who is lodged in the Rae Bareli jail, said ADG Lucknow, Rajeev Krishna. The CBI is already probing the gang rape case and ‘custodial death’ of the survivor’s father. BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, now jailed, is the main accused in the entire case.Mr. Krishna told reporters that the police were awaiting the government’s report on the request to transfer the accident case to the CBI. “As soon as that report comes it’ll be recommended to the CBI,” he said.One of the two deceased persons, the aunt of the survivor, was a CBI witness in the Unnao case, he noted.last_img read more

NBA reviewing sexual assault allegations against Mark Cuban

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NBA says 3 calls hurt Heat in overtime loss at Washington The Portland weekly’s report included a transcript of Cuban’s phone conversation with a police detective, with the Dallas owner strongly denying the claim while expressing concern that he would have difficulty defending himself in court.In the SI report, former Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. Ussery was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, two years before Cuban bought the team. He worked for Cuban for 15 years.Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report, which included claims that superiors were seen as unresponsive to complaints.The SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed also was fired.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments “The NBA league office is reviewing the 2011 allegations against Mark Cuban and the subsequent findings from the Portland police investigation,” Bass said.The report Tuesday in the Willamette Week came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks. While Cuban wasn’t implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCuban flatly denied the woman’s allegations and provided a prosecutors’ report detailing the decision not to file charges.Prosecutors wrote that “there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant’s statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim.” The report also said the woman didn’t want to proceed with the allegation.center_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stands on stage before a news conference in Dallas. Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn’t pursue, saying they didn’t believe there was evidence to support the claim. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)DALLAS — The NBA is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the investigation that led to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter, a day after a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman’s claim that Cuban put his hands down her pants and touched her inappropriately while they were taking a photo at a Portland nightclub.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

Book on skincare

first_imgSkin Deep: An Inside Out Approach to Looking Good Naturally! The opening line ‘What we put as food in our mouth is more important than what we put as creams on our skin,’ sets the tone for this book. It talks about how eating right (healthy carbs, good fats, green leafy vegetables and seasonal fruits) can do wonders to the way our skin looks and feels. To make things appealing to an average reader, Santhanam, a well-known dermatologist, has divided the book into four sections. In the first section, Santhanam suggests a simple expect test (X:X factor, P: Pores, E: Evenness, C: Clarity, T:Texture) to identify your skin type and how to make it better. The second section covers the benefits and drawbacks of different food groups such as carbs, proteins and fats. For instance, she explains how incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids can keep the oils flowing to your skin and how the right amount of anti-oxidants(Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and selenium) can keep wrinkles at bay. The third section on the A-Z of skin foods including flaxseeds, herbs and oats is a delight for anyone looking at sporting beautiful skin, the healthy way. The last section featuring beauty recipes made with common kitchen ingredients is a bonus! In all, a book that does complete justice to its title.last_img read more