first_imgLinkedin Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ printThe TCU showgirls squad features 28 members who perform on the sidelines at sporting events, but senior captain Destiny Boos said it is more than just members on a team dancing together.It is young women who are making the best of their experiences by remembering why they love and value the opportunity to be a showgirl, she said.Boos, one of three captains on the squad and the team’s only senior member, said she has learned a lot from her experiences as a showgirl.Life of a showgirlBoos started dancing when she was just two years old. It is that love of performing and dancing that has gotten her to where she is today, she said.Boos said performing on game day is one of her favorite parts of being a showgirl. The fan atmosphere and being actively involved in game day is incredible, she said.For the showgirls, game day starts four hours before kick-off. They get to the field, stretch and make sure everything is ready before running through pregame with the band. Then, they change and go through their halftime performance. After they watch the band practice, they practice their third quarter routine with music, Boos said.Being on the field is a good time to make sure all the little things are in place, like practicing with the yard lines, figuring out spacing on the field and running through routines with the loudspeaker system to make sure it all works, she said. It’s the mechanical aspects to make sure everything is ready that are the most important on gameday, Boos said.During the game, the team performs both a halftime and third quarter routine, but also stands on the steps by the student section to cheer on the Horned Frogs.“Then, the game is over and we do it all again next week.” Boos said.Game days are a lot of performing and intense work, but it’s worth it, she said.“It’s the feeling of doing the alma mater and seeing all the fans looking down on everyone on the field,” Boos said. “You feel very honored to be at TCU and to be a showgirl.”Life outside of showgirlsOther than being on showgirls, Boos also has a required internship for her social work major. She works 16 hours through the internship, takes 12 hours of classes, and leads practices as one of the captains for showgirls.She said being on showgirls has taught her how to be aware of time commitments, how to organize and how to be a communicator. She takes her days one at a time, then her weeks one at a time.More than just time commitments, being a leader on a team has taught her the importance of making sure each team member feels valued and that they are important, she said.“We love having them on the team,” Boos said.Being the only senior on the team and one of three captains, Boos takes on the role of guiding the team.Boos said even with a diverse mix of personalities and a big group of girls, they get along well. She said no one else at TCU has the experience of dancing together like they do, so it’s something they all hold close to them.She shares advice with them on how to make sure they aren’t getting too wrapped up in the perks and the beauty aspects of the program. It’s easy to compare yourself to others and beat yourself down, she said.“I try to encourage them to hold onto why they do it specifically and individually.” Boos said.She tells them that their experiences are not dependent on how the year is. She reminds them to make the best of their own experiences and cherish the friendships and memories that come, she said.Boos will ask them: “When you perform, what do you want TCU to see from you?”She said by putting it in that perspective, the showgirls discover so much about themselves.“I can look back and say, ‘Wow I’ve grown so much from this program,’” Boos said. “I took away so much from it: dancing for a school that I love so much.” ReddIt Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Linkedin Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ + posts Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Kacey is a junior journalism major from Friendswood, Texas. She is a managing editor for TCU360. TCU vs Georgia: “Playing to win”center_img TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello ReddIt TCU falls to Georgia in AutoZone Liberty Bowl Kacey Bowen Twitter Facebook Previous articleVideo: cello ensemble closes out semester with winter concertNext articleTCU student is an internationally known ‘cheerlebrity’ Kacey Bowen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support for seniors on Senior Day Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Kramer claims 100th career win Facebooklast_img read more

first_img Mark James and Paul Azinger are among the previous captains to have gone into print about their time in charge of Europe and the United States in 1999 and 2008 respectively, but McGinley will not follow suit. “I want the players to know that what happens behind the scenes next year stays there and they can be free and open,” McGinley said on Friday. “I won’t write a book.” “We had never been behind the way we were at Medinah. “I’m glad it happened that way because I have that experience to fall back on and I learnt a lot from Jose Maria on Friday and Saturday night.” McGinley also has the experience of playing a Ryder Cup on home soil in 2006 and wants to see some Scottish players on his team for Gleneagles, but has warned the likes of Paul Lawrie, Stephen Gallacher and Marc Warren that they must earn a place. “I would love to see some Scots in the team but they have to give me a reason,” McGinley said. “They performed well in the Seve Trophy earlier this year but have so far not picked up many qualifying points.” If Lawrie fails to make the team, there is a strong suspicion he would be one of McGinley’s four vice-captains, with that decision not being taken until May or June next year to give the possible team time to come into better focus. McGinley was delighted to see Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia pick up their first wins of the year recently and added: “I think those three wins will set them up nicely. “They will enjoy their Christmas a bit more and come out with a spring in their step in the new year.” McGinley was also careful not to reveal too much of what happened in the European team room in Chicago last year, when as vice-captain he witnessed first-hand the events which sparked the ‘Miracle at Medinah’. Jose Maria Olazabal’s side trailed 10-4 on Saturday afternoon until Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald beat Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker and Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter saw off Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson on the 18th green to reduce the deficit. That led to Poulter’s famous comment to his team-mates that ‘We have a pulse’ and the following day Europe completed a record comeback from 10-6 down to win by a single point and retain the trophy. “We had a team meeting on Saturday night around 10pm which lasted for 20 minutes and if you had sat and observed a team that was four points behind, you would have come out and called your bookie to find out what their odds were,” McGinley added before receiving the 2013 PGA recognition award for his outstanding service and contribution to the game of golf. “It was not a case of ‘Braveheart’ and standing on chairs but there was a feeling in the room that this was achievable.” McGinley has been part of three winning Ryder Cup teams as a player, holing the winning putt at The Belfry in 2002 and then during the record nine-point victories at Oakland Hills in 2004 and the K Club in 2006. But the Dubliner is grateful that he experienced the sensation of being well behind at Medinah as he looks to secure an eighth European win in the past 10 contests next September. “It was horrible to be on the receiving end of an American onslaught but that was such a wonderful Ryder Cup for me in terms of my experience point of view,” McGinley added. Paul McGinley has vowed not to cash in on his stint as Ryder Cup captain by writing a book detailing what goes on behind the scenes at Gleneagles. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgSN: You had some legendary calls in your career. Two really stand out. The first one is when you told Hulk Hogan to ‘Go to hell’ at the end of the 1996 Bash of the Beach event when he turned heel. The other is when Goldberg defeated Hogan for the title in 1998. What do you remember about those nights?TS: I love the Goldberg call more because of the atmosphere that night. The one I remember the most is the Bash at the Beach only because it’s one fans talk to me about the most. They always tell me what a great call it was. They ask if was it planned, did WCW feed me the lines and how did that happen?No one fed me those lines. I didn’t think about what to say. I thought about it very quickly because when it was all going down the fans are throwing trash in the ring and we are ready to go off the air. I was thinking about what would the Hulkamaniacs be thinking? What would they say? Here you are talking about the biggest babyface in the world turning heel. While all of this is going on, he’s giving one of the greatest heel promos of all time. If you go back, listen and watch, it is better the second and third time around. Then I just said it in a spur of the moment thing. That’s the one event I remember more than any. When Schiavone returned to his roots, he became the voice of the company during the “Monday Night Wars” on Monday Night Nitro and Thunder. He remained in that position until WCW folded in March 2001 when the promotion was purchased by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.Currently, Schiavone works as a minor league baseball announcer for the Gwinnett Stripers, a morning sports anchor for both WDUN in Gainesville, Ga. and WSB-AM in Atlanta and the Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network.After 16 years of being away from the pro wrestling, the 61-year-old returned to the wrestling business at the beginning of 2017 when he started the highly successful “What Happened When” podcast with Conrad Thompson, in which they recap certain events in his time with JCP and WCW. Then, in late 2017, Schiavone returned to the booth to be the play-by-play man in Major League Wrestling (MLW), a position he still holds today.In an interview with Sporting News, Schiavone talks about his event on Friday night with Thompson and former President of WCW Eric Bischoff at C2E2 in Chicago, reuniting with Bischoff and if there is any animosity, his podcast with Thompson and what he feels is his greatest pro wrestling call. MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4SPORTING NEWS: Conrad Thompson told us that you and Eric haven’t sent each other cards or messages throughout the years. When is the last time you did anything with Eric?TONY SCHIAVONE: I guess you would have to go back to an episode of Monday Nitro when we were backstage. I can’t remember the last time we were in front of the camera or even next to each other for anything and talk about something. It had to be an angle with the NWO when I was announcing for WCW. You’re talking 20-25 years.SN: What does Friday’s event with Conrad and Eric mean to you considering you haven’t seen Eric in a long time?TS: First of all, it means a lot because I get to reconnect with him. I’m not the type of person who likes to get into confrontations or likes to air out dirty laundry in public. I’ve never been that way. I’m concerned that is going to happen. We had a great relationship. But there were a lot of things that happened behind the scenes that I got blamed for unfairly. So that concerns me that we are going to go down that road.SN: Conrad seemed legitimately concerned in talking with us that something could happen. How do you keep everything professional on Friday?TS: I think what you do is tell the truth. When it all went down and WCW closed, we had no communication at all. I went cold turkey from the wrestling business with the exception of doing some things with the XWF. I taped some shows with Jerry Lawler. I had no communication with Eric. I didn’t call him or see how he was doing. I don’t know how he feels. I haven’t sat with him. I haven’t asked if he thinks any of this was my fault or what were feelings towards me when everything went down with WCW. I know that he was working for the WWE. I remember one time my phone rang and the person on the other line said standby for a call from Eric Bischoff. I waited and waited and eventually hung up. I thought maybe someone was drunk dialing me. I went another way and didn’t seek out how he was doing or anything like that.We didn’t part ways on bad terms. I just didn’t give a damn. I didn’t care how he was. I hate to say it that way, but I didn’t.SN: I’ve listened to the podcast you do with Conrad. You talk about stepping away from wrestling after WWE bought out WCW and not looking back.TS: I did look and try to go back to WWE. They didn’t want me. It didn’t long for me to discover that WWE didn’t want me. I didn’t want to go the independent route because you hear all the stories about shady promoters. It wasn’t until afterward that I made the decision to step away. I had enough of it. My wife told me that at the end of WCW that I wanted out of the business. I was miserable. She said I wouldn’t get out because the money and the benefits were too good. She told me I needed to do something else. And so I did.SN: What led to you and Conrad doing the podcast?TS: He had sent an email asking if I was interested in doing a podcast. But it wasn’t just that in the email. It was a very long and detailed email with a business plan for this podcast. He showed what we can do, how much time it would take, here’s where it will be and we could sell merchandise for it. It was well thought out and written. I read it and talked to my wife about it. She said if you can make some money because our daughter was getting married in about 14 months and we could use the money to pay for the wedding. So I got back to him and said let’s do it.SN: I re-listened to your first podcast with Conrad. You could tell right away you guys had great chemistry. It was like two guys just hanging out.TS: It’s two things. One, we both love wrestling. I was a big fan before I even got into it. Conrad and I also have the same sense of humor. We hit it off right away. We can bust each other’s chops and know it’s all in good fun. It amazes me when fans think we are really getting on each other. It also has to do with the fact we are two rednecks from the south.SN: Is the podcast everything you have expected from what Conrad laid out to you?TS: It has completely shocked me. I thought that no one cared about what I have to say. When I started with Jim Crockett Promotions, it was very much pressed upon me that I was here to enhance the guys, help forward the stories, put them over and we were no focus of the show. I always saw my job as that. So by saying my job was that, I thought I never mattered to the fans. It didn’t matter who I was. It mattered what Ric Flair was doing or what I was saying about Ric Flair. I was completely shocked when the podcast started having success. I was just absolutely overwhelmed. I’m floored by it every day.SN: You started doing commentating for MLW last year. How do you view the wrestling product today compared to when you left in 2001?TS: The fan response is completely different due to social media. The matches you see today are so acrobatic, so high flying in what I call high spot intensive. The product is a completely different thing than I remember. Conrad and I were watching Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat from 1989 in one of their matches from Chicago.I asked Conrad the question of regardless of how much we love Flair vs. Steamboat and the matches they had, would this match play as well today? Would today’s wrestling fan say this is a hell of a match? He thought yes because it stands the test of time. I don’t think it would. Today’s fan wants to see high spots. People want to see wrestlers going through tables and getting hit with a chair. I told Conrad the ECW brand of wrestling is the wrestling that stood the test of time along what the luchadores brought from Mexico. They wouldn’t like the old Harley Race and Dory Funk matches. They would say it’s boring as hell.SN: You worked with Vince Russo for a bit when he came to WCW. Right or wrong, he gets a lot of flack from wrestling fans. How was your time with Vince Russo?TS: He was great. He really liked me, used me and thought I was important. I felt comfortable with whatever he wanted to do. When he came in, he started running production meetings like I remember Vince McMahon running production meetings in my one year in WWE. The meetings were very organized and very orchestrated. He knew what he wanted and was very formatted. I really enjoyed working with him. For those who say he was the reason WCW went down that isn’t the case. It was a collaborative reason. It was everybody’s fault. You can’t blame one person.SN: How would you compare working with Russo to Bischoff?TS: Wow, that’s a good question. (Long pause) Eric was a little more difficult to work because he was really demanding. I think I got along a little bit better with Vince because he worked with me more than Eric did. When Vince and Eric were going to work together when Eric came back, I thought it was going to work out great. I thought we had two guys who were great at what they did. But their relationship went south quickly. Eric was more difficult to work with, but I could work for anybody really.SN: Why do you think it didn’t work between the two considering their past successes? There’s no reason why it should have failed.TS: You had two guys who definitely had different ideas of the business. They were too stubborn to not let go of it. I’m sure the problems that Vince had with Hulk Hogan did not help that relationship at all. When you think of pro wrestling broadcasters, Tony Schiavone is one of the first names to come to mind. Schiavone began his wrestling career in 1985 in calling matches for Jim Crockett Promotions. He left the organization in 1989 for a one-year stint in WWE and then returned to what was now known as World Championship Wrestling in 1990. last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa finished 22nd on the Paralympics medals table, which ended in Rio on 18 September 2016. Team South Africa has made a nation proud by bringing home a total of 17 medals. We take a look at the country’s performance.Fourteen-year-old Ntando Mahlangu brings home a silver medal for the men’s 200m T42 at the Rio Paralympics 2016. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube, Sascoc)Compiled by Priya PitamberIn spectacular fashion, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games ended on 18 September. South Africa finished the tournament on a high note, with 17 medals under their belt.“Cabinet joins the nation in commending the performance of Team South Africa, who are at the Rio 2016 Paralympics,” said Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation. “These athletes are making our nation proud and continue to build on our stellar reputation of performing well at the Paralympics.”Gold medals Kevin Paul: swimming Men’s 100m breaststroke – SB9 Hilton Langenhoven: athletics Men’s long jump – T12 Charl du Toit: athletics Men’s 100m – T37 Ernst van Dyk: cycling Men’s road race – H5 Reinhardt Hamman: athletics Men’s javelin throw – F38 Charl du Toit: athletics Men’s 400m – T37 Dyan Buis: athletics Men’s 400m – T38 Watch this interview with Paul, who won the country’s first gold this year:See Du Toit set a new world record:Silver medals Ilse Hayes: athletics Women’s 100m – T13 Ntando Mahlangu: athletics Men’s 200m – T42 Anrune Liebenberg: athletics Women’s 400m – T47 Jonathan Ntutu: athletics Men’s 100m – T12 Ilse Hayes: athletics Women’s 400m – T13 Hilton Langenhoven: athletics Men’s 200m – T12 Fourteen-year-old Mahlangu thanked South Africa for the opportunity to compete:Bronze medals Fanie van der Merwe: athletics Men’s 100m – T37 Tyrone Pillay: athletics Men’s shot put – T42 Zanele Situ: athletics Women’s javelin throw – F54 Dyan Buis: athletics Men’s long jump – T38 Pillay dedicated his win to his mum and other loved ones:last_img read more

first_imgSouths Africans love to shop. And increasingly, as internet access and the number of online retailers grows, they’re doing it online, logging on to buy everything from books to wine to electronic equipment.Image: Wikimedia CommonsBrand South Africa reporterSo where are South Africans shopping online? Here’s a roundup of some of the popular sites.Air tickets? See Domestic flights in South AfricaLiving overseas? See Buy South African goods abroadOnline auctionsbidorbuy.co.zaOn bidorbuy, individuals and companies can sell goods either at fixed price or in auction format. The 10 top performing categories on bidorbuy are Coins & Notes, Computers, Cellular Phones, Jewellery & Watches, Electronics, Gemstones, Household & Office, Antiques & Collectables, and Photography and Gaming.GroceriesPick ‘n Pay Home ShoppingAvoid the drudge of the supermarket queues – do your grocery shopping from the comfort of your keyboard.WoolworthsWoolworths’ full catalogue is available online, allowing you to browse for groceries, clothing and gifts.Books, music, DVDsTakealot.comSelling everything from books, CDs and DVDs to movie tickets and electronic equipment, Takealot.com is one of South Africa’s biggest and most successful online retailers.Exclusive BooksThe online shop of one of South Africa’s biggest bookselling chains.LootLoot have expanded their range to include CDs and DVDs, as well as a full range of discounted books.MusicaSelling CDs, DVDs and mp3 downloads, Musica has more than 50 000 titles to choose from.Electronics and gadgetsDigital PlanetWith thousands of computers, cameras, cellphones and other electronic products in stock, Digital Planet has all the gadgets you need.NGR Computers Online WebstorePromising a “low-cost, efficient, personalised computer hardware shopping experience” online.FlowersNetfloristOffering a same day delivery service for orders placed before 12:00, Netflorist is South Africa’s largest flower and gifting service.WineNot just for South Africa – the finest South African wines are now delivered anywhere around the globe. Check out:CybercellareWineWineClub South AfricaWINEmag.co.zaWine of the Month ClubEvent bookingsComputicketOnline ticket sales for movies, theatre and live events, festivals, sporting events, and city to city bus trips.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez At a keynote event during this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Qualcomm Chairman and CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs talked about how mobile technology could be used to connect non-phone, non-tablet devices and objects to the Internet. This concept is generally referred to as the “Internet of Things,” or, as Dr. Jacobs says, “the Internet of Everything.”In this future where everything is Web-connected, mobile phones will serve as the hub, or the remote control, for all the things around you. It will operate as your 6th sense for the machine-to-machine network of devices.Mobile Phone is Hub of Internet of Things Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#NYT#Trends Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Dr. Jacobs began his talk by looking back on the history of mobile. “Ten years ago, voice was killer app,” he said. Now voice is less and less important, while data is increasingly so. People expect data everyone – more than phones, tablets, and e-readers – “going forward, everything is going to be connected.”And in this new network, where inanimate objects are Internet-enabled, your mobile phone will sit in the center of this Web of things. It will help you orchestrate the interactions of the things around you and provide real-time access to all sorts of info, including the people you meet, the places you go and the content that’s available there.The phone is the key to authenticating with these connected devices and taking their content with you, wherever you go.Developments NeededBut in order to support this emerging machine-to-machine environment (M2M), there are several things that will be needed. First, there needs to be peer-to-peer support between devices. You should be able to discover the objects in a room with devices that are operating at a very low power level. This technology should even be down to the physical layer of device, he said, and the interactions it enables shouldn’t need to hop on the cellular data network to occur – they should bypass it.That means that modern devices will need to support multiple radios in addition to the cellular radio. They should also have a local radio, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, satellite, NFC (near field communication), etc. End users won’t care how it works – they just expect the phone to connect to the fastest connection available to them at the present time.In this multi-radio environment, radios will become embedded into all sorts of devices, consumer electronics and otherwise. This will lead to an explosion of data on the network. For operators, that means they’ll need to figure out how to make their networks run more efficiently to accommodate the data traffic.By 2014, said Dr. Jacobs, 70% of all consumer electronics devices will be connected to the Internet.Another facet of the development of this Web of things will be the creation of devices with increased capabilities. Devices will have multi-core processors, multi-mode radios, 3D capture and play abilities and other sensors. Augmented reality will come into play, too – that is, looking through your phone’s camera, you can “see” a data layer over top the “real” world.Mobile Sensors & Health One of the major areas of development in this Internet of Things is in wireless health . By 2014, there will be greater than 400 million wearable wireless sensors shipped. Just like the Internet helps you feel more connected with other people, these wearable devices will help you feel more connected to your healthcare professional. You will have a sense that you’re being looked after. There’s an economic incentive here too – the management of chromic disease accounts for three quarters of health care costs, Dr. Jacobs said. Your phone will act as the hub for the wireless sensors around you, connecting you to this information about your health.Initially, emerging markets may see developments in wireless health first, simply because of need, but these developments will come to more developed markets as well.At the end of the speech, Dr. Jacobs said that it’s an exciting time in the mobile industry – it’s as exciting as the beginning of the mobile Internet itself. We can’t help but agree.Disclosure: The author’s travel, hotel and conferences expenses were paid for by Qualcomm. They did not request this coverage, it’s just interesting. last_img read more

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN NewsCanada’s Correctional Investigator said the number of Indigenous people locked up in prisons across the country is now a human rights issue.“That the incarceration rate for Indigenous people keeps climbing year after year after year, relentlessly,” said Zinger.Ivan Zinger released his latest report Tuesday and the bad news regarding the incarceration of Indigenous people continued.The statistics aren’t new.They show that more than a quarter of all inmates are First Nation, Metis or Inuit.And that female incarceration rates are at 38 per cent.And there are facts that don’t seem to change year after year.“Indigenous people are released much later in their sentences than non-Aboriginal, most of them at statutory release, which means two-thirds of their sentence,” he said.“They are in higher security typically. They’re more likely to be in segregation. And then when they do go out, they’re more likely to be suspended or revoked.”Zinger recommends increasing the number of agreements in two sections of the corrections and conditional release act.“These sections allow for the Minister of Public Safety to enter into agreements with Indigenous communities for the care, custody or supervision of Indigenous people by Indigenous communities,” he said.At the moment, this is done through healing lodges. There are nine of them across the country.“Our programs are run by the elders. And they are directed by the elders and the Indigenous communities,” said Claire Carefoot, director of the Buffalo Sage Wellness House. “So we’ll have more women who will come have access to their kids for one thing.Because their children can live here if they’re under school age.“And that is a big thing in itself.”Five are run by Corrections Canada and four are Aboriginal-run.But Zinger said there are gaps between the Indigenous run lodges and the ones operated by Corrections Canada that need to be closed.“Because right now they’re getting about 60 cents on the dollar. Funding them at the same rate would yield ultimately I believe better correctional outcomes.”Ralph Goodale, Canada’s minister of Public Safety issued a release about the report stating that the Liberals put $65.2 million over five years to address the over-representation of Indigenous people in prison.Contact Todd here: [email protected]last_img read more

Sundowner Music Festival this week

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Misick & Hanchell question allegations going global Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Nov 2015 – A three day music festival is planned for the Caribbean’s Leading Beach, Grace Bay Beach and will feature not only music, but workshops. Gordon Kerr is one of the organizers of the Sundowner Music Festival to be held at the Somerset Resort where the line-up includes: a “Jam Cruise” on Talbots Adventures, a songwriters workshop with international artists and producers, a meet and greet with those songwriters, performers and producers and the concert on Saturday November 7th at on the croquet lawn of the Somerset; acts will include David Bowen, Wyatt Easterling and Naked Blue. Sundowner Music Festival runs November 4-7th and is a ticketed event. Related Items:david bowen, Gordon Kerr, naked blue, Somerset, Sundowner Music Festival, Wyatt Easterling Recommended for you What’s on TONIGHT in Providenciales Music Festival next month at Somerset Resortlast_img read more

TCI Letter to the Editor HMP Inmate bemoans prison conditions calls for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Date:19th February, 2018 Subject: Constitutional infringements as it relates to parole and other wise. Sir Your Excellency,After careful review of the parole ordinance I am left with a heavy heart and great concern that the process which was instituted to benefit inmates serving custodial sentences at H.M Prison, Grand Turk in being subverted by the nonchalant approach to the parole process by the very members appointed to the board and others responsible for providing necessary reports.I am of the impression that the board should be meeting at least three(3) times a year. However, for the past five(5) years now the parole board has been having one(1) meeting per year and using the tardiness of social services as an excuse not to have the meeting when scheduled.At present there are seventeen(17) inmates eligible for parole. My name along with George Munroe, Louis Francis and at least two(2) others should be at the top of the list but have been mysteriously left out. Friday February 16th the board scheduled to meet and consider six(6) applicants, leaving eleven(11) eligible inmates wondering when the next meeting will be held and hoping it will be before next year February. Meanwhile every month other inmates will become eligible and are left wondering when or if their applications will be heard. During the last year ten(10) or more eligible inmates completed their sentences without ever having their parole applications heard which is a violation of their constitutional Rights.Among the inmate population there is a fear of victimization, which is why there are not more inmates speaking out about the advantage that is being taken of us. However, I feel that to not let my voice be heard would be a greater of injustice and counter productive to all I’ve been working towards for the past ten(10) years, and indeed all we as inmates work towards.  Personally and as a population of inmates, we feel that the parole board is functioning neither effectively nor efficiently and is in fact in jeopardy of being in violation of serious constitutional infringements.Please sir, I do not want to be misunderstood, even though mine is the only name affixed to this letter; I am only the voice speaking out in conjunction with other inmates who find themselves in similar situations. After serving ten(10) years of a twenty(20) years sentence with three(3) years left to completion. I’ve gone from sleeping the first year away to teaching computer applicants/applications and serving meals simultaneously for four(4) years then moving to maintenance where I’ve been called to do everything, from running telephone and cable wires to draining the sewage system regularly. I was denied parole without explanation in 2016 along with Louis Francis and George Munroe and we all should have been called back for reconsideration last year but we were not recalled at the only meeting in January, 2017. So the systems that is suppose to motivate inmates to be industrious and better themselves while serving their sentences is nonfunctional despite continual prompting and admonitions from the Prison information desk(PID).In addition my earning potential ended after my second year, so for the past 8 years I’ve been earning nothing in working with a hope for parole as is the case with all inmates serving any sentence more than 2 years being that our release allowance stops at 750 dollars and the greatest earning potential is set at $2 per day. Again after careful review we are of the opinion that there has been a serious misinterpretation of the present ordinance in reference to inmates release allowances and relationship to and inmates earning potential for certain works performed.Morale within the inmate population is very low and our collective belief is that while the parole ordinance is clear on procedure and the criteria for eligibility, the board seems to be continually getting misconstrued and these should be misconstrued and there should be a review or inquiry into the parole process.Prison has become a place of punishment only where inmates are being harassed instead of rehabilitated, and those with the desire to change are left to motivate themselves and find they’re own way out of the revolting doors; instead of being an effective institute for skills training and crime prevention. We know sir that the prison comes under on of the government ministries, however we are also well aware  that the governor has oversight of the Prison.Myself along with several other inmates have long met the criteria for parole. We have been Industrious, of good behavior and have earned responsibilities integral to the daily smooth operation of the prison. Yet there is no recompense and no programs to motivate inmates towards reforming themselves.It is a sad state of affairs  we find ourselves in here at H.M Prison Grand Turk as inmates, therefore we are left with no other recourse but to bring our plight  ultimately to you the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands and appeal to the humanitarian we believe you to be while simultaneously notifying the Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Hon. Delroy Williams Minister of Home Affairs, Ms. Sabrina Green Commissioner of Human Rights Commission and Mr. Leo Missick Chairman of visiting committee of our concerns.We are left now with only the belief that supplications have made it to the right people and further communication can take place in the future.Thank you for your time and consideration.Most respectfully yours indeed..Elvanthan HandfieldInmate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 8, 2018 – Providenciales – To:His Excellency The Governor Dr. John FreemanWaterlooGrand TurkTurks and Caicos Islands From:Inmate Elvathan HandfieldH.M PrisonGrand TurkTurks and Caicos Islandslast_img read more