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The ‘magnificent seven’, Class 59 graduates Navajo Police Training Academy

TWIN LAKES, N.M. They’re the “magnificent seven,” said Navajo Police Deputy Chief Ronald Silversmith. Vernon Chee, Ardy Johnson, Roy Luani, April Morris, Jonathan Robertson, Vincent Tsosie, and Laken Wauneka are the magnificent seven. On March 15, they graduated from the Navajo Police Training Academy as Class 59. Silversmith said they were named after Clint Eastwood’s The Magnificent Seven – who fought like seven hundred – because the class initially had 12 recruits, but only seven completed the academy. The class stood inside the Navajo Nation Museum’s auditorium and was sworn in to enforce Navajo Nation laws faithfully. After Silversmith and Police Chief Daryl Noon presented the Navajo Police badges, a selected family member pinned a badge on the uniform of their new officer. Chee and Robertson will serve in the Chinle Police District, Johnson, Morris, and Wauneka in the Dilkon Police District, Luani in the Tuba City Police District, and Tsosie in the Window Rock Police District. “Any day that we get to welcome new officers is a great day,” Noon said. Magnificent seven Those in attendance – in person or virtually – watched as Michael Anderson, the Division of Public Safety executive director, swore in the new officers. Patrick Sandoval, President Buu Nygren’s chief of staff, congratulated them. A few officers received awards. Chee received two awards for physical fitness and handling firearms. Wauneka received outstanding achievement for the highest athletic performance, and Tsosie received the academic award for the highest weekly scores throughout training. The seven officers initially began the police training academy with five other recruits. According to the Navajo Police Department’s 2021 organizational assessment by Strategy Matters and Public Safety Leadership, the academy staff “mentioned family issues and recruits’ discovery that the curriculum is more academically challenging than expected” as to why some recruits don’t finish. The report suggested that these issues need to be addressed if the goal of a 500-officer department is to be achieved. The Navajo Police Department personnel spoke of the need to make cultural changes within the Navajo PD and invest more in retaining good, experienced people selected from the younger generation. Anderson iterated that he visited with the academy recruits a few times during training. “These seven here are moving forward,” he said, requesting families to support their new officer. “I’m going to ask you to stand behind them,” Anderson said to those in attendance. Celebrating the ‘baddest’ The Navajo Nation is the only tribe that has a police training academy, according to Michael Anderson. “These law enforcements have joined the biggest and baddest law enforcement agency in Indian Country,” Patrick Sandoval said. The Navajo Nation Police Department and the president’s office are putting forth efforts to recruit more Navajo police officers. This calls for the Navajo Nation to meet approximately 750 police officers and say, “We have adequate police protection to provide services across Navajo,” Sandoval said. He said the Nation is not quite there nor even halfway. “We have to give it to these police officers today,” Sandoval said. “Or give it to the police officers who are on the beat right now.” Integrity and courage Michael Anderson and Patrick Sandoval restated that the Navajo police uniform is unique in color and image. The badge, which symbolizes a tsiiyeeł, is worn over the heart to serve and protect the Navajo Nation. “You’re prideful in everything you do,” Sandoval said. Sandoval said technology is advancing, and given the circumstances with lag services throughout the Nation, the president’s office and other stakeholders are pursuing better equipment to improve communications for the Navajo Police Department, its offices, and units. According to Sandoval, the Digital Equity Initiative’s “latest and greatest” technology is being pursued to push for 5G in the Nation by 2028, possibly 2027. Legislation CJN-29-22 report states that the digital equity initiative aims to bring broadband services for public safety, rural addressing, E911, public safety emergency communications, and cyber security. “Here today, we have young warriors,” said Michael Henderson, the director of the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations. He recapped the purpose of the Navajo code of ethics and the oath each Navajo police officer read, presented, and knew.

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Assam: DSP Arrested for Sexual Harassment of Minor Domestic Help

A deputy superintendent of police (DSP) was arrested in Assam for allegedly sexually harassing a minor domestic help, DGP Gyanendra Pratap Sing said on Sunday. Singh said the DSP was posted at the Lachit Borphukan Police Academy in Golaghat district and an FIR was registered at the Dergaon police station against him. ”Reference allegations of sexual misconduct towards the housemaid by a DSP posted at LBPA Dergaon – Case No 42 under section 376, 506 of IPC and Section 6 of POCSO Act has been registered at Dergaon PS, District Golaghat,” he posted on X. The DSP was arrested on the basis of evidence that came up during the investigation of the case, he said. ”Zero tolerance towards sexual misconduct amongst police personnel remains corner stone of the policy of @assampolice Hq,” Singh said.

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Watch North West give rare interview about new album as proud mom Kim Kardashian cheers her on

North West’s debut album is in the works. The 10-year-old daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian teased her “Elementary School Dropout” record during the 2024 Rolling Loud festival in Inglewood, Calif., over the weekend. Talking to Jazyln from Jazzy’s World TV, she said, “It’s going to be great.” The 13-year-old reporter pressed for more details, asking if the “Heartless” rapper, 46, would be featured on her album. For more Page Six you love… Listen to our weekly “We Hear” podcast Shop our exclusive merch “Maybe!” North continued. “We don’t know yet.” As for when the album would be released, she is still working out the specifics. A behind-the-scenes video of the interview obtained by TMZ showed Kardashian, 43, supporting her eldest daughter from off to the side. The SKIMS founder cheered for North at the festival as the tween performed tracks from her contentious father’s “Vultures” album Thursday. A few of North’s besties also joined her on stage as she rapped “Talking/Once Again” while they chanted her rapper name, “Miss Westie.” Last week, Kanye’s mini-me revealed she was working on a solo album while performing with the rapper in Phoenix, AZ. “I’ve been working on an album,” North told the audience, per Forbes. “Is (sic) called ‘Elementary School Dropout.’” She explained her album is a nod to Kanye’s 2004 “The College Dropout” album. Last year, North made her debut as a rapper during one of her father’s first album listening parties with Ty Dolla $ign in Miami. Showing off her vocals on the track, North introduced herself for the first time as Miss Westie. Since then, she has traveled with Kanye across the globe to perform.

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Kin seeks answers in horror death of grandma fatally impaled by forklift at Walmart

A heartbroken Texas family is seeking answers after their beloved matriarch was fatally impaled by a forklift at a Walmart distribution center. Elena Rios — a 68-year-old mother of four and grandmother of 13 — was working a half-day at the Walmart distribution center in Fort Worth on Feb. 16 when the horror occurred. Rios worked for Walmart for 10 years and was certified to use the forklift she was operating at the time. Her bereaving family first learned of the accident on the news and were provided “conflicting information about what occurred” to Rios, according their lawyer, Ty Stimpson, in a statement. Rios had planned to spend the later part of her fated day watching her granddaughter’s softball game. Granddaughter Danielle Rios also recalled how her grandma helped her find her quinceañera and prom dresses, telling NBC 5, “She took me to the casino for my first time,” too. “We did a lot together, every weekend.” Danielle said her final memory of her grandmother may be the one she now clings to the most — the two had a sleepover together the night before Rios died. “I’m glad that I stayed that night and got to see her one more time and tell her, ‘Goodnight’ and, ‘See you tomorrow.’ Or else she would have spent her last night by herself,” Danielle said. One of Rios’s daughters, Bianca Villanueva, said her mom was “everything” to their family. “She was going to meet me, and we were going to go to my niece’s softball game. And that didn’t even happen,” Villanueva said. “I want to know what happened,” Villanueva said. “I miss her. And I just want to know why.” Villanueva said she wasn’t notified of her mother’s death until after already seeing it on the news and calling Walmart. “Why wasn’t I notified if I am on her emergency contact?” she asked. The family and their lawyer have set up a website to ask the public for information about the fatal accident. “I feel angry. I feel sad. I feel lost, I feel numb,” Villanueva said. “Right now, we’re hurting. We have questions as to what happened. No answers, yet.” A Walmart rep told the NBC outlet that the company is conducting an internal investigation. “Our deepest condolences go out to Elena’s family. We are conducting an internal investigation and cooperating with OSHA. At Walmart, the safety and well-being of all our associates is our top priority,” the representative said. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.

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Antony fires clear Manchester United message after Liverpool goal

Manchester United winger Antony sent a clear message about his loyalties to the club after scoring the equaliser against Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-final. United took the lead after just ten minutes thanks to Scott McTominay’s close-range effort. However, Erik ten Hag’s men fell asleep in the remainder of the half and went in at the interval behind. Alexis Mac Allister fired home the equaliser before Mohamed Salah turned in a rebound in stoppage time to give the visitors the lead. The momentum appeared to be fully with Jurgen Klopp’s side as they pushed for a third but they were wasteful in possession. READ MORE: United’s FFP magic number which could make or break Antony sale READ MORE: United vs Liverpool LIVE This came back to bite them just before full-time as substitute Antony turned on the edge of the box and fired home to send the match to extra-time. It has been a difficult campaign for the Brazilian who registered just his second goal of the campaign with that late equaliser. It was clear how much it meant to him as he wielded away in celebration tugging at his shirt in front of the Stretford End and pointing at his badge. It appeared he was gesturing to the fans about his love for the club but it was unclear what he was shouting. Some critics have shed doubt on Antony’s future at Old Trafford in the summer after a poor campaign. The forward has not scored in the Premier League this season with his previous goal coming away at League Two Newport County in the fourth round.

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Ekiti: ADP guber candidate Elebute-Halle joins APC

Candidate of the Action Democratic Party, ADP, in the 2022 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, Kemi Elebute-Halle, has officially defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Elebute-Halle, who was the Director-General, ADP 2023 Presidential Campaign and the party’s National Deputy Chairman, South, was unveiled on Friday by the ruling party in Ward 10, Oke Ayedun in Ikole Local Government Area. She was received as a member of APC by Aare Afolabi Ogunlare, leader of the party in Ward 10, Ikole-Ekiti, alongside the ward chairman, Ogunsunmosule Tunbosun, at the ward secretariat in Oke Ayedun, Ikole-Ekiti. Receiving Elebute-Halle to the ruling party, Ogunlare said that she is a proven material that will be an advantage to the party and Ekiti State. His words: “Elebute-Halle is a value. She is just like salt, if you go to the market to buy salt you don’t taste it because the taste is already proven. “So, she is already a proven material; even when she was not the winner of that election she continued to touch the lives of the people. If such a fellow comes to a winning party, it is going to be a lot of advantage to that party.” Expressing her delight, Elebute-Halle said she was motivated by the giant strides of Governor Biodun Oyebanji and President Bola Tinubu to join the party. She further stated that she would serve the party and join forces with the present administration for the growth and development of the state. According to her, “I have my friends in the party. I feel much more comfortable in APC because of the way our governor is working and again I believe in the renewed hope agenda of his Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “I am a service oriented leader and that is the same thing I told my followers in ADP. So for me, I am coming to APC to serve. I am a naturally born humanitarian person. I would allow nature and the service I give to give me back what I sow to it; I am not expecting anything from anyone.”

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These Senior Skiers Are Still Chasing Powder in Their 80s and 90s

It was a bluebird morning at the Alta Ski Area and Carol Bowling, 76, was looking for fresh powder. Her husband, Nick, 83, and his cousin Bob Phillips, 84, shouted over the whir of the chairlift, deciding where to go. “Something like this is skiable,” Mr. Phillips said of the black diamond run below the lift. At the top, the trio tightened their boots and waited for a few more friends. It was a Wednesday in late February at the Utah resort, one of the oldest in the country. The morning was cold and crisp with a few inches of new snow. It was time to ski. The group headed down Devil’s Elbow, a winding intermediate run. Mrs. Bowling found her powder, cutting left from the trail into the pine and spruce trees. The two men stayed together in the open, carving wide S-shaped turns. When they reached the bottom, it was almost 11 a.m. — time to meet up with Alta’s seniors ski club, the Wild old Bunch.

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Our election machinery is strong: Ramaphosa

Reading Time: < 1 minute ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa says the party is on track to win the hearts of South Africans ahead of the general elections in May. Ramaphosa visited communities on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast today. He also addressed a community gathering in the area where hundreds of people attended. He says the party will improve its delivery in job creation, grants, housing and other services. “The interaction with our people for us it is very important. It gives us the time to reflect on the things our people need. The challenges of electricity, housing, roads and the payment of pensioners, R350. We get to understand what the prime issues are ahead of the elections. I am very pleased to see that our election machinery is strong. It is prime for the election on the 29th.” Meanwhile, Mtwalume residents pleaded with Ramaphosa to address issues of gender-based violence and water shortages. “The biggest challenge our community is facing in GBV. If the president can help deal with that. Our communities are faced with a number of challenges especially water and electricity. But we do hope that it will get better.”

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Killers of soldiers in Delta won’t go unpunished, Tinubu vows

President Bola Tinubu says the killers of Nigerian Army personnel who were on a peace mission in Delta State will not go unpunished. At least 16 Nigerian soldiers were killed on a mission to douse clashes between two communities in the South-South state of Delta. The troops from the 181 Amphibious Battalion deployed in the Bomadi region, were on a peace-keeping mission in Okuoma community when they were killed on Thursday, March 14, said Brigadier General Tukur Gusau said in a statement on Saturday. Fifteen bodies of the soldiers were reportedly recovered by soldiers of the Joint Task Force under the supervision of General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Jamal Abdussalam. Responding to the development, Tinubu said, “The cowardly offenders responsible for this heinous crime will not go unpunished,” in a statement he personally signed on Sunday. “The Defence Headquarters and Chief of Defence Staff have been granted full authority to bring to justice anybody found to have been responsible for this unconscionable crime against the Nigerian people,” he affirmed. Details shortly…

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