Focus on Quality November 14

first_imgFocus on Quality November 14 CommerceNovember 14, 2013Written by: Jeneva Gordon RelatedMSME Policy Crucial To Growth Agenda – Minister Hylton RelatedBSJ Makes it Easier for Importers to Pay Fines The National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) will join the rest of the world in observing World Quality Day (WQD) on Thursday, November 14, under the theme: ‘Making Collaboration Count’.Spearheaded by the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), an overseas body with responsibility for ensuring quality among all sectors, the day’s observance seeks to heighten the awareness of the important contribution that quality makes towards an organization’s growth.Highlighting the theme, Chairman of the Advisory Board at NCBJ, Dr. Neville Swaby, said that it was designed to reflect recent trends in public, private and non-profit sectors, all of which point towards increased collaboration.“From shared services in government entities to joint ventures between charities and banks, the senior business and organizational leaders are increasingly utilizing each other’s skills and resources to deliver projects in a more effective and cost-efficient manner. In a time when organizations need to achieve more with less, this is absolutely vital,” he emphasised.Dr. Swaby pointed out that organizations can only achieve their goals if the processes that underpin collaboration, are built on strong quality management principles.“Successful collaborative working depends on shared goals, robust and rigorous systems, processes and procedures being in place, and open to scrutiny throughout. In other words, collaboration will only count if quality is at its heart,” he stressed.In the meantime, Manager at NCBJ, Jacqueline Scott-Brown, said that the day’s celebration is very significant to Jamaica, because it helps to promote the value of quality standard, and management systems certification.She explained that quality in its broadest sense, is a degree of excellence, and the extent to which a product or service is fit for its intended purpose.Mrs. Scott-Brown added that quality is achieved through a chain of processes, each of which has to be under control, and subject to continual improvement.“The chain starts with top management expressing a firm commitment to quality, then establishing customer needs and expectations;  building products and services so as to reproduce faithfully, the design; verifying before delivery that products and services possess the features required; preventing the supply of products and services with features which make customers dissatisfied; finding less expensive solutions to customer needs; discovering and providing what will delight customers; and most importantly, honouring commitments,” she said.World Quality Day is a United Nations (UN) day which forms part of the activities to mark World Quality Week (November 11 to 15), and has been observed internationally, since 1990.The NCBJ was established in April 2007 and is accredited by ANSI ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to provide easy access to management systems certification by local organisations.ANAB assesses and accredits certification bodies that demonstrate competence to audit and certify organizations conforming to management system standards.For more information, persons can contact the NCBJ at 619-1131, 632-4275 or email [email protected] Photo: JIS PhotographerManager of the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ), Mrs. Jacqueline Scott-Brown. RelatedFocus on MSMEs during Global Entrepreneurship Weekcenter_img Focus on Quality November 14JIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe day’s observance seeks to heighten the awareness of the important contribution that quality makes towards an organization’s growth.The theme: ‘Making Collaboration Count’ was designed to reflect recent trends in public, private and non-profit sectors.The day’s celebration is very significant to Jamaica, because it helps to promote the value of quality standard.last_img read more

Minister Clarke Joins Volunteers to Refurbish Police Station

first_imgRelatedBanana Farmers to Benefit from $718 Million Assistance Programme Minister Clarke Joins Volunteers to Refurbish Police Station AgricultureMay 23, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose Related4-H Members in Schools to Take Part in Agrofest Competition FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Member of Parliament for Western Westmoreland, Hon. Roger Clarke, joined scores of volunteers to do refurbishing work at the Whithorn Police Station in the parish, on Labour Day (May 23).From early morning the workers, from various groups and organizations, began repairing the roof and doors, and painting the station.Minister Clarke told JIS News that even though a project was earlier selected for the parish focus on Labour Day, he identified the station, as guided by the national emphasis on police stations.“I targeted the Whithorn Police Station, because it is central in terms of the agricultural areas, and as the focus is on praedial larceny … I made the decision to focus on this one.  The Police officers have been helping in a significant way and the community is very much involved in this project. I am sure that at the end of the activity, the station will look far different than what it was yesterday,” Mr. Clarke said.He informed that many other projects were being worked on across the parish, with approximately $300,000.00 being spent to beautify community buildings and spaces.“Here at the station we are engaged in extensive refurbishing of the roof, repairing doors, desks and giving the station a face-lift in terms of painting.  We hope that the work will be completed today. However, if this is not achieved, we will be making arrangements to have it completed soon afterwards,” Mr. Clarke told JIS News.Woman Corporal Joan Evans from the Community Safety and Security section in Savanna-La-Mar , told JIS News that all members of the police youth clubs were involved in Labour Day activities across the parish.“There are some 55 members of the clubs as well as persons from the community here today and we are happy that we are involved in the project, as this will set the stage for a new era in community policing.  This is where the police actually live and we are happy that by our involvement in the project, we will be making it comfortable for the police who live and work here,” she said.She expressed the hope that the police and community will form a strong bond to deal effectively with crime as well as disputes and interpersonal challenges within the parish. Minister Clarke Joins Volunteers to Refurbish Police StationJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Advertisements Story Highlights Minister Clarke joined scores of volunteers to do refurbishing work at the Whithorn Police Station in the parish, on Labour Day (May 23).From early morning the workers, from various groups and organizations, began repairing the roof and doors, and painting the station.Minister Clarke told JIS News that even though a project was earlier selected for the parish focus on Labour Day, he identified the station, as guided by the national emphasis on police stations. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Western Westmoreland, Hon. Roger Clarke, paints a section of the Whithorn Police Station in Westmoreland on Labour Day (May 23). The Station was chosen as the main activity for Labour Day. Assisting the Minister is Woman Corporal Joan Evans (left). RelatedFarmers in St. Elizabeth to Benefit from Drip Irrigation Systemlast_img read more

Beeline CEO quits

first_img Telenor, Axiata plot Malaysian merger AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 SEP 2016 Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more BeelineTelenorVimpelCom Telenor advances multi-vendor SA 5G Related Richard Handford VimpelCom accepted the resignation of Mikhail Slobodin, head of its Russian unit, amid a corruption probe at his previous employer.Recent hire Kjell Johnsen has been slotted into the hot seat of the operator.In a statement, VimpelCom said Slobodin (pictured) departed after he was linked by the Russian authorities to an investigation at this former employer, electrical utility T Plus.Slobodin, who spent three years at the helm of Beeline, is replaced by Johnsen, head of major markets at VimpelCom, with immediate effect.Johnsen only joined the group last month, to take charge of its Russian and Italian units. He was previously head of Telenor Europe.Russia’s Investigative Committee, the country’s main federal investigatory authority, detained two executives from KES Holding, a predecessor to T Plus, over suspicious payments of more than RUB800 million ($12 million), said Bloomberg.It is also seeking Slobodin, who used to head the utility and is still on its board of directors. He is reportedly on a business trip outside Russia.Separately, VimpelCom was the subject of a corruption allegation involving the US and Dutch authorities in Uzbekistan over allegations it bribed officials to receive spectrum and other benefits.The allegations led to at least one resignation and a number of suspensions at Telenor, a VimpelCom shareholder. Home Beeline CEO quits Previous ArticleApple boosts orders for iPhone components 10% – reportNext ArticleSA minister wants spectrum to shake-up status quo Author Tags Telenor books loss on $780M Myanmar write-offlast_img read more

EC gives nod to AT&T, Time Warner merger

first_imgHome EC gives nod to AT&T, Time Warner merger AT&TEuropean CommissionTime Warner AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 MAR 2017 Previous ArticleApple found guilty of Russian iPhone price-fixingNext ArticleSnap adds Bitmoji feature as post-IPO pressure grows US chip funding tipped to top $150B Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Author Tags Amazon reels in MGM AT&T pushes cybersecurity to public sector Related The European Commission (EC) approved a proposed mega-merger between US giants AT&T and Time Warner, ruling unsurprisingly the tie-up did not raise competition concerns in Europe.AT&T struck the $85.4 billion deal to acquire Time Warner in October 2016, and it is currently going through a rigorous approval process in the US and internationally.In a statement, the EC said “there are no overlaps between the parties’ activities in the EEA”, and the deal was examined under its simplified merger review procedure.Although AT&T is the second largest operator in the US, and a growing force in Mexico, the operator has a limited presence in Europe where it provides telecoms services only to business customers.Indeed, the impact of the deal will predominately be felt in the US, where AT&T is looking to beef up its entertainment distribution activities and accelerate the next-generation of wireless broadband.After being cleared by the EC, AT&T’s senior EVP for external and legislative affairs Bob Quinn, said the global clearance process was “on track”.“We appreciate the skilled work of the European Commission’s team for their timely effort to analyse and clear the AT&T-Time Warner merger. This is an important approval from a highly respected authority.” Kavit Majithia last_img read more

Worrying shortage in Donegal road maintenance funding

first_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – May 11, 2019 Worrying shortage in Donegal road maintenance funding Twitter Facebook Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A North Inishowen election candidate says there’s been a worrying reduction in the amount of money being invested in road maintenance in Donegal.Fianna Fail’s Marie Duffy says the 24% gap between Donegal County Council’s stated need and what the government actually allocates needs to be addressed.Ms Duffy says this is particularly vital in rural areas of the county, as there are very few public transport alternatives:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Previous articleDonegal candidate calls for Failte Ireland to sponsor “Rás” cycling raceNext articleLarge crowds walk from Darkness into Light in Donegal News Highland last_img read more

16 more deaths, 129 new confirmed cases of Covid-19

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Pinterest Homepage BannerNews A further 16 people with Covid-19 have died.1,518 people have now so far lost their lives129 new cases confirmed too. while there are 23,956 confirmed cases in this country. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img WhatsApp Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articlePhase one of easing of restrictions to begin next weekNext articleOutrage in Letterkenny as local postbox sealed with a fence News Highland Google+ By News Highland – May 15, 2020 16 more deaths, 129 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Medical Examiner: Autopsy Planned For Bobbi Kristina Brown

first_img ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Authorities say an autopsy will be needed to evaluate what led to the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of singer Whitney Houston.In a statement Monday morning, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office says the time that elapsed from when she was found unresponsive until her death Sunday will “complicate” its effort to reconstruct what happened.Bobbi Kristina died Sunday at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia, about six months after she was found Jan. 31, face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. She was 22.A police report described it as a drowning.The medical examiner says interpreting autopsy findings will also be challenging, but said it could be helpful to address questions about what caused her to become unresponsive.Bobbi Kristina was the only child of Houston and singer Bobby Brown.Kristen Foster said Sunday, “Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”This story has been updated at 10:07 a.m. Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories Add to My List In My List For Whom The Bell Rings Sharelast_img read more

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping: Round 8

first_img Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer looks well set for a place at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in April after recording an emphatic victory in the eighth leg of the Western European League qualifying series on home ground in Zurich today. With just two further opportunities to make the cut still remaining, the pressure is building to boiling point. But Schwizer’s result has moved him well within reach of the coveted qualification zone as the closing stages approach.Runner-up today was Belgian-based British rider Joe Clee with the talented Diablesse de Muze, while 2011 FEI World Cup™ Jumping champion and winner of the third leg of the current series at Verona, Italy, last November, Christian Ahlmann from Germany, slotted into third with Aragon Z. A total of nine went through to the jump-off against the clock, and Schwizer clinched it with a brilliant effort from his nine-year-old horse when third-last to go.Quite a testThe first-round track proved quite a test despite its apparent simplicity. It required forward riding from beginning to end, and even more so once the time-allowed was lowered from 66 seconds to 63. Course designer Gerard Lachat was assisted by fellow-Swiss, Rolf Ludi, in creating a track that increased in difficulty as it progressed, and which demanded significant commitment from both horse and rider.The oxers, including at the opening obstacle, were wide and square, asking horses to open out and riders to ensure they arrived on a good stride. The vertical at fence two was followed by another big oxer at three before the track swept left-handed to the London 2012 Bus wall at four which was followed by the triple combination – vertical, oxer, oxer. This fell frequently throughout the competition, and the following vertical at six came up very quickly after another left-handed sweeping turn. From here the degree of difficulty increased with every jump, riders having to land and run from the vertical at six to the triple bar at seven before tackling the water-tray vertical of planks at fence eight.From there it was another left-handed swing to a big oxer at nine and a forward ride to the double at ten where the big opening oxer took its toll. There wasn’t a moment for hesitation ahead of the white vertical at 11 which was followed by seven strong strides to the big penultimate red oxer and another long five strides to the final oxer at 13.As the class began it seemed perhaps it was all too easy because Switzerland’s Paul Estermann was only second into the ring when recording the first clear with Castlefield Eclipse, and his foot-perfect performance was followed by another from South Africa’s Oliver Lazarus and Pour le Poussage. Just seven more would join them in the race against the clock however before the first round concluded.It would be a quality jump-off, but few could have expected that two men placed well down the Longines rankings would give some of the sport’s biggest stars a real run for their money.Led the wayEstermann led the way with a four-fault effort from his lovely Irish-bred mare. And despite the fact that he lies 345 on the latest Longines rankings table, South Africa’s Oliver Lazarus showed he is quite comfortable in elite company when doing likewise with the 11-year-old Pour le Passage. From Capetown, and in the saddle since he was a very small child, this 26-year-old who has trained with German ace Ludger Beerbaum has learned his trade well, and his fast time of 34.47 seconds would eventually secure fourth place.Great Britain’s Joe Clee is ranked 112, but once again this is indicative more of opportunity than talent as the Yorkshire-born 36-year-old really ratcheted up the pressure with a fabulous clear from the handsome Diablesse de Muze, setting the first true target in 34.79 seconds. And that wouldn’t be easy to beat.Switzerland’s Jane Richard Philips and the slightly unruly Pablo de Virton set off at a cracking pace but arrived too deep to the penultimate vertical at 11, and despite a great gallop to the last would have to settle for fifth in the final analysis. Christian Ahlmann opted for a slightly cautious tour of the new course, and Clee could be seen taking a deep breath of relief as the German raced his grey through the finish-line, clear but a little slower than the British rider in 35.56 seconds. And when last week’s winners in Leipzig, Germany – Patrice Delaveau and Lacrimoso HDC from France – left two on the floor the British rider’s grin just kept getting bigger.Third-last to go however, Schwizer and the nine-year-old Toulago made no mistake, and their turn of speed was spectacular. Schwizer seemed surprised by just how much pace he could pick up between the opening oxer and the next, which was originally the first fence on the track. Not even the tricky double at fence ten could stop them in their tracks as they stormed home to break the beam in 34.65 seconds and soar into the lead. And when Germany’s Marcus Ehning and Plot Blue hit the very first fence and the final partnership of Kevin Staut and Estoy Aqui de Muze HDC from France lowered the vertical which was now third on the track it was all over. Schwizer had it in the bag and it was time for a big Swiss celebration.Fantastic recordSchwizer has a fantastic record in the FEI World Cup™ Jumping series, so it’s no surprise that today’s result gave him particular satisfaction.“I’m really pleased and I will definitely be going to be Final!” he said this afternoon. Talking about his winning ride, Toulago, he said – “we bought the horse at the PSI Auction as a six-year-old. Karin Haber, who owns the horse, rode it for a while before I noticed it had a lot of potential. I tried the horse for the first time on the Saturday morning of CSIO St Gallen last year and it has been a success ever since. We finished second in the Grand Prix at Humlikon, and 10th in the Global Champions Tour legs at Valkenswaard and Lausanne, so 2013 was a great year for us!” the 51-year-old Swiss rider explained.Second-placed Clee was also more than happy with his result. The 36-year-old Yorkshireman moved to Belgium ten years ago where he met his Dutch wife. “I worked in the South of England for a while and rode at national Grand Prix level there, but I came to Belgium ten years ago to try to make my way in the sport because it wasn’t easy to get the chances at home” Clee explained today. “It’s not easy in Europe either but I’m very fortunate to have the support of Ludwig and Jasmin Criel now for the last six years” he added.Talking about his horse he said, “we saw Diablesse when she was just coming five and bought her – she’s now 11. We have quite a nice string of horses that we have produced ourselves, and I’m really ambitious for Diablesse so we will keep going and see where we can get with her. I’m really lucky with my owners because they are in it for the sport – it’s their hobby and their passion!” he explained.Today’s result moves winning rider, Schwizer, up to eighth place on the Western European League from which the top-18 will qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final at Lyon, France in April. Clee now lies 14th, but with 28 points still has a lot more to do if he is to hold his position because, over the last two legs at Bordeaux, France in two weeks’ time and in Gothenburg, Sweden two weeks later there will be many more top riders also chasing down those elusive qualifying points.Results1. Toulago (Pius Schwizer) SUI 0/0 34.65; 2, Diablesse de Muze (Joe Clee) Great Britain 0/0 34.79; 3, Aragon Z (Christian Ahlmann) GER 0/0 35.46; 4, Pour le Poussage (Oliver Lazarus) RSA 0/4 34.47; 5, Pablo de Virton (Jane Richard Philips) SUI 0/4 35.34; 6, Estoy Aqui de Muze HDC (K Staut) FRA 0/4 35.87; 7, Castlefield Eclipse (Paul Estermann) SUI 0/4 38.38; 8, Lacrimoso 3 HDC (Patrice Delaveau) FRA 0/8 33.17; 9, Plot Blue (Marcus Ehning) GER 0/8 35.55; 10, VDL Zapatero (Jessica Kuerten) IRL 1/63.20; 10, Leonie W (Lars Nieberg) GER 1/63.20; 12, Tinka’s Serenade (Billy Twomey) IRL 1/63.57.Full result here Tags: Pius Schwizer, Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. 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What we know about trapped teen’s mysterious death inside a van after his 2 calls to 911

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Cincinnati police and prosecutors have launched investigations after a teenager was mysteriously found dead in his van hours after calling 911 with pleas for help.Kyle Plush, 16, made two desperate calls to 911 before he died Tuesday from asphyxia due to chest compression inside his 2004 Honda Odyssey, authorities said.What happened?He was retrieving his equipment from the van to play tennis when the ordeal started, a source close to the family told ABC News.Plush became “trapped in the third-row bench seat,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said.The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that a source with knowledge of the incident told the newspaper that Plush “put a knee on the third-row bench seat and reached over the bench seat into the rear well.”The source said, according to the Enquirer, that the bench seat then flipped backward and the force and weight trapped the boy upside down, with his “head in the rear well and legs in the air against the minivan’s rear door.”The Cincinnati Police Department and Hamilton County Coroner’s Office declined to comment to ABC News on The Cincinnati Enquirer’s reporting.Honda said in a statement Thursday it “does not have any specific information from which to definitively determine what occurred in this incident. We can confirm that there were no seat-related recalls affecting the 2004 Honda Odyssey.”Two gut-wrenching calls for helpAt about 3:14 p.m. Tuesday, Plush, in his first call to 911, said, “Help! I’m stuck in my van. … I need help!”An operator repeatedly asked Plush where he was but the teen could not hear the dispatcher and wasn’t able to answer the operator’s questions, police said.The teen did, however, say he was at “Seven Hills,” which is the name of the Cincinnati school he attended.Banging could be heard in the background. The terrified teen is heard screaming and later said on the call, “I’m in desperate need of help!”The call lasted nearly three minutes before it disconnected, police said. Dispatchers tried to call Plush back but reached his voicemail, police said.At 3:21 p.m., the incident was broadcast as an unknown trouble run and officers were dispatched, police said. At 3:26 p.m., officers arrived on the scene to investigate, police said.They patrolled the area and tried to find the caller or someone in distress, and then closed the incident at 3:37 p.m. and went back into service, police said.Plush called 911 again at 3:35 p.m. and a different dispatcher answered, police said.“I’m trapped inside my gold Honda Odyssey van in the … parking lot of Seven Hills,” Plush told 911. “This is not a joke.”Plush again said he couldn’t hear the call-taker. The dispatcher and Plush didn’t communicate and the information was not relayed to the officers who were still on the scene at the time, police said.“I probably don’t have much time left. Tell my mom I love her if I die,” Plush said. “Send officers immediately. I’m almost dead.”That night a family member found Plush inside the van, police said, and he was declared dead.Police and prosecutors investigateCincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac has directed an internal investigation into the actions of all employees involved in this case.The 911 dispatcher who received Plush’s second call was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.“This young man was crying out for help” when he spoke to that second dispatcher, Isaac said at a news conference Thursday. “We weren’t able to get that information to the officers on the scene. We need to find out why.”Plush died from “asphyxia due to chest compression,” a preliminary autopsy determined, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.The manner of death was accidental, the coroner’s office said. There was no evidence of foul play or a drug overdose, the coroner’s office said.Prosecutor Deters said he is reviewing Plush’s death with help from the coroner’s office.A community in mourningThe Seven Hills School said in a statement Thursday, “We are all grieving the loss of this beloved member of our school family — a young person of keen intelligence, good humor, great courage—and we feel this loss profoundly.”“The school’s counseling staff, assisted by outside grief counselors, are providing ongoing support to our community, our students and their families, as well as our faculty and staff,” the school said. “There is an ongoing investigation, and we are working with authorities in any way we can.”Mercy Montessori, where Plush was a student from kindergarten to sixth grade, said in a statement, “He was an inspiration to many children and teachers at Mercy Montessori. Kyle’s gentle spirit made it a joy for others to be around him. We lovingly remember Kyle as creative, vibrant, and kind.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Austin Dillon holds on for rain-shortened Xfinity win at Michigan

first_imgBROOKLYN, Mich. – Austin Dillon powered past Kaz Grala on Lap 72 of Saturday’s LTI Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway and held the lead the rest of the way to win his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race since Aug. 19, 2016 at Bristol. Dillon kept Richard Childress Racing teammate Daniel Hemric behind him after a restart on Lap 89 of a scheduled 125, but the race ended under caution two laps later when rain pelted the asphalt. The event started three hours late after a window opened in the inclement weather.RELATED: Race results | Full schedule for Michigan The victory was Dillon’s first at the two-mile track and the ninth of his career. RCR hadn’t won in the series since Michael McDowell took the checkered flag at Road America in 2016, a week after Dillon claimed his victory at Bristol.“It’s always amazing to get to Victory Lane,” Dillon said. “In the Xfinity Series for RCR, we’ve been working real hard to get our cars back where they need to be. This feels good … “Me and (crew chief) Nick (Harrison) have gotten to run off a couple of wins together a couple of years back, and we felt like, if they put us back together that we could go do it again. We’re a pretty good duo, it seems like. It’s nice to be back with him and that group.”Hemric rolled home second, a career-best finish on an oval track, but his satisfaction with the 1-2 result by his organization was tempered by the nagging feeling he had failed to execute when it counted.“If I had done my job or drug the brake and or done something maybe to form the bottom lane up better, maybe I could have passed Dillon,” Hemric said. “Obviously, I was lined up next to, in my opinion, one of the best restarters in our sport, and Austin does a great job of that and had a lot of help on top.”Cole Custer ran third, followed by Ryan Reed and Paul Menard. Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Truex completed the top 10.WATCH: Sadler, Bowman tangle at MichiganFor the second straight week, the Xfinity Series cars ran a high-downforce restrictor-plate package that kept the cars in closer quarters, though the outside lane established a clear advantage. But there was plenty of action in a race that featured nine cautions in 91 laps.Christopher Bell recovered from a hard hit against the outside wall on Lap 17 and a subsequent spin on Lap 67. He rallied to finish 11th in a No. 20 Toyota despite serious damage to the right-rear quarter and bumper cover.Series leader Elliott Sadler wasn’t as lucky. His No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet scraped the outside wall on Lap 73 after contact with Alex Bowman’s Camaro. Sadler finished 30th, the last driver on the lead lap, and saw his lead in the standings shrink to 41 points over Custer in second and 49 over Hemric in third.last_img read more