MIDDLETON, MA — 87 members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department (ECSD) have completed an interactive firearms training organized in conjunction with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO), Sheriffs Kevin F. Coppinger and Peter J. Koutoujian announced this week.The training was held on the MSO’s Mobile Training Center (MTC), a specialized trailer that allows officers to practice their responses to critical incidents. MSO officers who operate the MTC can offer unique scenarios for each user to test their firearm, communication and de-escalation skills.“We are proud to share this resource with our law enforcement colleagues at ECSD. Our agencies regularly participate in trainings together, from our Crisis Intervention Training program to continuing education opportunities for staff, but this represents a new avenue for partnership,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “This training allows officers to work through real life scenarios and practice their responses to a serious incident, all while receiving constructive feedback from ECSD instructors and MSO officers.”The MTC was stationed at the Middleton House of Correction from April 22 – May 3. ECSD staff practiced scenarios specifically tailored for the environments that deputies operate in, such as construction details which may involve a traffic encounter and inmate transportation.“Providing the most advanced training to our correctional officers is a priority of our department. We continually strive to provide high quality, situational training to our officers. Sharing this interactive training platform is an example of how Sheriffs’ Departments in the Commonwealth collaborate for the benefit of public safety,” said Sheriff Kevin Coppinger.In 2018, 19 police departments were trained through the MTC. So far this year, nine agencies – including the Essex County Sheriff’s Department – have utilized the MTC for at least one week of training.Photo L to R: ECSD Special Sheriff William Gerke, MSO Firearms Instructors Officers Frank Reid, Chris Hardy, Ret. Sgt. Don Cook, ECSD Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger with ECSD Firearms Instructors Sgt. Jim Comeau, Security Investigator Jason Frampton, Security Investigator John Zaccari, Capt. Shelley Ehlers, Capt. Tom Cote, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Training Christine Arsenault.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Sheriff’s Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer CampIn “Police Log”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”
Road Accident logoThree people, including a pregnant woman, were killed in a road crash in Sadar upazila of Rangpur on Thursday.The deceased are Moni Begum, 25, Moni’s aunt Asia Begum, 50, and Tushar, 26, from Dinajpur district, reports UNB.Police said the accident took place around 10:30am when an ambulance carrying the pregnant woman hit a stationary truck as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving the patient and the helper of the ambulance dead on the spot and Asia injured.The tragic incident occurred when Mosaddek Azad along with Moni and Asia were heading to Rangpur Medical College Hospital from Dinajpur.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday termed ‘baseless’ different media reports on their chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release on parole saying that there has been no decision yet in this regard.”Several newspapers have been publishing news with different headlines on the issue (of parole) for a few days. I would like to clearly say Khaleda Zia didn’t give any decision to go (abroad) for treatment on parole,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at the annual general meeting of a faction of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) at the National Press Club.About their meeting with Khaleda at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Sunday, he said as prisoners are allowed to meet their relatives and friends on the special occasions like New Year, they took the chance and met their chairperson. “But there’s nothing to invent from such a meeting.”Reacting to a media report on Khaleda’s release on parole for going to the UK, Fakhrul said an English newspaper ran news with specific date and day of their chairperson’s release on parole. “It’s very unfair.””It’s also regrettable that they (the English daily) contacted me for comment, and I said it’s completely baseless and untrue. Even after that, they published it prominently. We urge all to refrain from exercising such yellow journalism and not to confuse people,” he said.The BNP secretary general also called upon journalists to talk to responsible BNP leaders before running any news on important issues relating to their party.He also observed that social media platforms are now being used for the character assassination of people, including the politicians. “It’s a social crisis, and the media people should think about it.”The BNP leader alleged that a ruling party-backed quarter is controlling the media in a planned way and working to build society as per the government’s desire.He said the media is being controlled in such a way by creating an appalling situation that many popular intellectuals now cannot join television talk shows. “Now, it has become difficult to provide authentic information.”Fakhrul said many journalists who tried to present accurate information lost their jobs after the national election. “A section of journalists is now in a good position, but not majority ones while many are jobless.”He called upon all to mobilise public support to change the current situation and protect press freedom and people’s rights.The BNP leader alleged that the law-and-order situation has badly deteriorated in the country as the current government has no accountability to people. “The law enforcers have taken a position against people.”Fakhrul also bemoaned that politics has now got polluted so badly that it is difficult for good people to survive in politics.
There’s a new gray area in health research. For decades, scholars have looked at disparities through the lens of black and white. Changing demographics and growing immigrant populations are demanding new approaches that explore diversity within racial groups.“The Black population is not monolithic,” says Helena Dagadu, a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College who is preparing to complete her PhD in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. Dagadu is among the Center’s first cohort of doctoral fellows set to graduate in May 2015.A native of Ghana who came to the United States as a child, Dagadu is particularly interested in how health inequities affect black immigrant populations. “African immigrants represent one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations in the U.S.,” she says. Her research examines health disparities between the native-born American Black population and Black African immigrants—specifically as they relate to chronic, non-communicable conditions such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes.“The tide is turning in health research,” she says. “It’s moving toward an understanding that there are differences in black populations.”Dagadu’s observations align with a recent upsurge of interest in how underrepresented populations self-identify. According to the Pew Research Center, the 2010 census revealed that many communities, including Hispanics, Arabs, and people of mixed race, have said they’re unsure of which box to check on census forms.“The 2020 census will ask the race/ethnicity question differently,” says Dagadu. “They’re recognizing diversity within groups, which has implications for survey data coming out of the census. And we researchers get a lot of our data from those survey responses.”Like Dagadu, Courtney Thomas, PhD, another Meharry scholar, investigates the ways in which race and ethnicity influence health within black population groups.“The center of my research has been understanding health paradoxes,” says Thomas, who successfully defended her dissertation in sociology earlier this year. She will be joining the University of Kentucky faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American and Africana Studies.“For example, we see that college-educated black women are at higher risk than lower-educated white women when it comes to maternal outcomes. I want to see how race and ethnicity figure into those outcomes.”Another area of interest for Thomas is the effects of race-based stressors and racial identity on mental wellbeing. “Even subtle forms of racial discrimination have a significant impact on mental health,” she explains. “The idea of not belonging—being unsure about how you’re viewed by others—causes stress and anxiety.”The negative effects are markedly greater for women than for men, Thomas adds. Subtler forms of racial discrimination have a greater impact on women, while more overt acts have a greater effect on men.Exploring how differences in social class and gender affect physical health and mental wellbeing is crucial, Thomas says. “It gives us a more nuanced understanding of black Americans’ health issues.”Both Thomas and Dagadu applaud the fellowship at Meharry for providing scholars with invaluable hands-on mentorship and leadership development. Another 11 fellows are currently pursuing doctoral studies.The Center, launched in 2009, has worked to increase the diversity of health policy leaders in the social, behavioral, and health sciences—particularly sociology, economics, and political science—who will one day influence health policy at the national level.“The RWJF fellowship has been a great complement to my PhD training,” says Dagadu. “We’ve had opportunities to hear the perspectives of prominent scholars interested in building a healthier America. I’ve gained practical professional development skills, and learned how to talk about my work to the media as well as influential policymakers working to eliminate health disparities.”She credits the experience with helping her land a position as an Endowed Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola University–Chicago. “I believe this program helped make my interview a success,” she says.“You can go to any research program and learn,” explains Thomas. “This fellowship has given me regular exposure to top scholars. Right from the beginning, I felt like I was in the middle of the field and I had a place at the table.”
Kolkata: Bandhan-Konnagar, a not-for-profit organisation, registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961 celebrated its ‘Development Day’ on Thursday, completing 18 years of service at ITC Sonar. Commencing its journey in the year 2001, the organisation has transformed the lives of around 1.8 million families spread across 11 states of India – West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Telangana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTripura and Chhattisgarh. The organisation has 818 field offices spread across 10,793 villages. More than 2,300 employees are actively involved in the welfare of the disadvantaged families.The Development Day event was graced by Craig L Hall, Honourable US Consul General, Kolkata along with many distinguished guests like Debasish Sen, Additional Chief Secretary, IT & Electronics and Chairman, HIDCO, Saurabh Das, Principal Secretary, Panchayat & Rural Development Department, Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDushyant Nariala, Principal Secretary, Department of School Education and other luminaries. In the welcome address at the event, Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, Founder & Mentor, Bandhan-Konnagar said: “All our development programmes are designed and implemented with the intent of supporting the underprivileged. The organisation is putting in honest and dedicated efforts to provide necessary holistic support to the marginalised ones. My heartfelt thanks to all our donors for reposing faith in us and to all those who support us in our journey of development.” A panel discussion was held on the topic: ‘Women Empowerment – Are we moving in the right direction’. Eminent journalist Suparna Pathak; Educationist & former Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University, Professor Sugata Marjit, Executive Director, Action Aid India, Sandeep Chachra, Danseuse-cum-social activist, Alokananda Roy and Chairman, West Bengal State Commission for Women, Leena Gangopadhyay participated in the panel discussion.