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Tweeddale Citizen of the Year: Walkerburn woman scoops prize

Tweeddale Citizen of the Year: Walkerburn woman scoops prize



A “SELFLESS” woman from Walkerburn has been awarded the Tweeddale Citizen of the Year award for 2020.

Denise Hanks was put forward for the prize by the Walkerburn and District Community Council, as well as receiving “widespread support from local residents”.

During the pandemic, Ms Hanks has played a crucial role in organising the Food HUGS (Healthy Uncomplicated Great Scran) initiative. Using food donated by the Co-op, volunteers have helped to provide home-cooked meals to people in the community who have been affected by coronavirus.

A Scottish Borders Council selection committee chose Ms Hanks after she “impressed with her significant contribution over a number of years to community life”.

Upon receiving the award, Ms Hanks said: “I am extremely honoured to have been selected but would like to stress that it really has and continues to be a team effort. We are such a strong and supportive community here in Walkerburn and initiatives like Food HUGS just wouldn’t have been possible without the collective effort of all the volunteers, who have given their time willingly.

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“My small part in this particular venture was to bring all the necessary parties together and it was by that joint working that we were able to create something really special in these difficult times.

“I truly believe that the volunteers and organisations have been such an important part of Food HUGS and deserve all the recognition. Together we can be very proud of what is being achieved in and for our community.”

According to SBC, the award recognises the citizen, or group of citizens, who “has or have done the most for the honour and welfare of the area or any part of it during the past year”.

Alongside her work with Food HUGS, Ms Hanks is also involved with a range of groups in Walkerburn including the Development Trust, Burning Issues Newsgroup, Flower and Vegetable Society, Crafts 4U and the Public Hall.

SBC’s convener, David Parker, said: “Denise is a very worthy winner of Tweeddale Citizen of the Year 2020 for her considerable efforts to improve the lives of those in her local community.

“Her dedication is admirable and has been particularly evident throughout the challenges of the past year. She has been tireless in supporting those who have been shielding, in isolation or experiencing any other difficulty and in making sure fellow residents have access to the help and support they need.

“She truly is a prime example of how a committed and selfless individual can make a substantial positive impact within a community, and she should be justifiably proud of this well-deserved award.”





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Florida Police Rescue Woman From Vehicle Sinking in Pond



Police in DeLand, Florida, said they rescued a 73-year-old woman from a car in a pond on February 27. Bodycam footage released by Volusia Sheriff’s Office shows officers heading into the water and bringing the woman out of the vehicle and onto shore. “The first deputy on scene, Nicholas Maletto, headed into the water and was soon joined by Deputy Patrick O’Melia. Together, the deputies pulled the 73-year-old driver out of the sinking vehicle and brought her to shore,” Volusia Sheriff’s Office said. “She’s OK, and Deputy O’Melia even grabbed her purse on the way out.” Credit: Volusia Sheriff’s Office via Storyful



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Friends remember ‘extraordinary’ woman who claimed rape by cabinet minister

Friends remember ‘extraordinary’ woman who claimed rape by cabinet minister


“She was someone who was brilliant, acute. She was sensitive and had emotional and intellectual intelligence, and curiosity,” Ms Dyer said.

“People had high expectations of her and with that comes pressure. She was mindful of that.”

After losing touch with many of her old friends for years, in 2019 the woman began talking to trusted friends about her alleged rape in 1988, when she was 16 years old.

She said she had been sexually assaulted in Sydney by a man who now holds a senior position in government.

The woman knew the man when they were teenagers.

“We had a number of conversations because we were all very mindful of the difficulties of seeking justice through the criminal justice system,” Ms Dyer told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

“It was very difficult for her to be seeing him in the press all the time.”

The woman had not spoken to any journalists but going to the media was “definitely something on the agenda as a possibility”.

“How that could have worked with defamation laws, who knows,” Ms Dyer said.

The woman had engaged a lawyer and had a meeting with NSW police on February 27, 2020, before her struggles overwhelmed her.

Hours before she died, she reportedly rang police to say she did not want to pursue the police process.

“She was someone who suffered from severe mental health illness,” said Ms Dyer.

“Amongst all that there was a determination and a clear resolve, to tell her story, that she had reached after clear-eyed rationalisation.”

An anonymous letter sent last week to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Senators Sarah Hanson-Young and Penny Wong detailed the allegations against the Morrison government minister.

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The letter is dated February 23rd and states the woman had told six people who she had known at the time, and “all of them believed her account and were highly supportive of [the woman] in her attempt to process the impact of the rape”.

She had also told “numerous other people” from a wider circle, the letter says.

The Herald and Age have seen a copy of the 2019 statement made by the woman, which alleges violent sexual assault.

The statement includes photocopies of what the woman said were 1990s diary entries that mention rape by a person with the same first name as the cabinet minister.

It is not a formal police statement.

Labor MP Daniel Mulino was a friend of the woman from when they were both high school debaters.

Labor MP Daniel Mulino was friends with the woman from high school days.

Labor MP Daniel Mulino was friends with the woman from high school days.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“I first became aware of the complainant’s allegation that she had been raped some years earlier, by a person who is now a senior member of the federal government, in December 2019,” Mr Mulino said in a statement.

“She indicated to me that she was determined to proceed with a formal complaint and I supported her in that decision.”

Another woman who knew the complainant as a young debater described her as “very very clever”.

“She was an outstanding debater,” the woman said.

“She was quite a shy person. She was not the gregarious person you would associate with a great debater.”

National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line: 1800 737 732. Crisis support can be found at Lifeline: (13 11 14 and lifeline.org.au), the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467 and suicidecallbackservice.org.au) and beyondblue (1300 22 4636 and beyondblue.org.au).

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Man, 37, accused in ’13 murder of woman in Sendai

Man, 37, accused in ’13 murder of woman in Sendai


Yutaro Sugano (Twitter)

MIYAGI (TR) – Miyagi Prefectural Police have arrested a 37-year-old man over the alleged murder and robbery of a woman in Sendai City eight years ago, reports Jiji Press (Feb. 25).

On October 6, 2013, Yutaro Sugano, of no known occupation, allegedly trespassed into the residence of Yuko Suzuki, 43, in Taihaku Ward.

He then strangled Suzuki and stole 83 items, including a necklace, a wristwatch and ring, valued at 530,000 yen.

Police did not reveal whether Sugano, a resident of Izumi Ward, admits to the allegations. He is currently incarcerated for burglaries of jewelers in Shiogama and Osaki cities last year.

Since there were no signs that the residence had been ransacked, police suspect that Sugano was an acquaintance of Suzuki.

Yuko Suzuki (Twitter)

“I don’t know if I should get angry or cry”

Suzuki was a staff member for the Miyagi Arts Association.

“I don’t know if I should get angry or cry,” said Sadahiko Hyasaka, the former director of the association. “In any case, I’m glad he was found.”

Between 2014 and 2018, police distributed leaflets with information on the case on the anniversary of the incident in hopes of receiving a tip that would lead to the apprehension of the perpetrator.

“After spending a long 7 years and 4 months, we can finally report the arrest to the bereaved family and related parties,” said detective Hiroyuki Endo.

The family expressed relief upon learning of the arrest of Sugano. “But my daughter won’t be coming back,” the family said. “We want the criminal to atone for his sins.”





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Woman, teenage girl injured in West Side shooting

Woman, teenage girl injured in West Side shooting



CHICAGO A 28-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl were injured in a shooting in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood Sunday morning, according to police.

Police said the two victims were in the 3300 block of West Douglas Boulevard just after 6:20 a.m. Sunday morning when a verbal altercation broke out.

The 28-year-old woman sustained a gunshot wound to the mouth and the 16-year-old girl sustained a gunshot wound to the hand.

They were both transported to Mount Sinai Hospital where their condition is unknown.

The incident is currently under investigation.



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Woman dies walking up to 19th floor apartment during outage


NEW YORK (AP) – A 73-year-old New York City woman died while walking up the stairs to her 19th floor apartment during a power outage, police said, adding that an empty oxygen tank was found next to her.

Ada Longmore was found dead Friday afternoon between the 18th and 19th floors of her apartment building in the Co-op City section of the Bronx, authorities said. Police said there were no signs of foul play.

The building, and its elevators, lost power Friday morning because of a transformer fire. Electricity was restored Friday night.

Longmore’s daughter, Andrea Longmore, told the Daily News that her mother suffered from a lung sickness for the past year.

“She was a very happy soul, always finding joy in the simple things of life,” Andrea Longmore said. “She was a family-oriented person. She was very resilient and strong and able to keep her family together.”

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Woman seriously injured after being struck by vehicle in Mississauga

Woman seriously injured after being struck by vehicle in Mississauga



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A woman in her 20s has been taken to a trauma centre after being struck by a vehicle in Mississauga.

Police were called to the scene at Confederation Parkway and Huntington Ridge Drive at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The victim was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Confederation Parkway is closed as police investigate how the incident occurred.

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Myanmar police crack down on protests; one woman killed


Police cracked down in Myanmar on Saturday to prevent opponents of military rule gathering and one woman was shot and killed, media reported, after the country’s U.N. envoy urged the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop a Feb. 1 coup.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the army seized power and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership, alleging fraud in a November election her party won in a landslide.

Uncertainty has grown over Suu Kyi’s whereabouts, as the independent Myanmar Now website on Friday quoted officials of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party as saying she had been moved this week from house arrest to an undisclosed location.

The coup has brought hundreds of thousands of protesters to Myanmar’s streets and drawn condemnation from Western countries, with some imposing limited sanctions.

Police were out in force in the main city of Yangon and elsewhere on Saturday, taking up positions at usual protest sites and detaining people as they congregated, witnesses said. Several media workers were detained.

Three domestic media outlets said a woman was shot and killed in the central town of Monwya. Police there were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier, a protester in the town said police had fired water cannon as they surrounded a crowd.

“They used water cannon against peaceful protesters – they shouldn’t treat people like that,” Aye Aye Tint told Reuters from the town.

In Yangon, despite the police presence, people came out to chant and sing, then scatter into side streets as police advanced, firing tear gas, setting off stun grenades and firing guns into the air, witnesses said.

Similar scenes played out in the second city of Mandalay and several other towns, including Dawei in the south, witnesses and media said.

Among those detained at a Mandalay protest was Win Mya Mya, one of only two Muslim members of parliament for the NLD, media said.

Junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing has said authorities were using minimal force. Nevertheless, at least three protesters have died in the weeks of turmoil. The army says a policeman was also killed.

At the U.N. General Assembly, Myanmar’s Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun said he was speaking on behalf of Suu Kyi’s government and appealed for “any means necessary to take action against the Myanmar military and to provide safety and security for the people”.

“We need further strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup … and to restore the democracy,” he said.

Kyaw Moe Tun appeared emotional as he read the statement on behalf of a group of elected politicians that he said represented the legitimate government.

Delivering his final words in Burmese, the career diplomat raised the three-finger salute of pro-democracy protesters and announced, “Our cause will prevail.”

Reuters was not immediately able to contact the army for comment.

Coup opponents hailed Kyaw Moe Tun as a hero and flooded social media with messages of thanks. U.N. Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews said he was overwhelmed as he watched the ambassador’s “act of courage”.

“It’s time for the world to answer that courageous call with action,” Andrews said on Twitter.

China’s envoy did not criticise the coup and said the situation was part of Myanmar’s “internal affairs”. China supported diplomacy by southeast Asian countries, he said.

But in more bad news for the generals who have traditionally shrugged off outside pressure, Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd said it was cutting its presence in Myanmar over concern about rights violations and violence by security forces.

“Woodside supports the people of Myanmar and we hope to see a peaceful journey to democracy,” the company said.

A lawyer for Suu Kyi, Khin Maung Zaw, told Reuters he had also heard that she had been moved from her home in the capital, Naypyitaw, but could not confirm it. Authorities did not respond to a request for comment.

The lawyer said he had been given no access to Suu Kyi ahead of her next hearing on Monday and he was concerned about her access to justice and legal counsel.

Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi, 75, spent nearly 15 years under house arrest during military rule. She faces charges of illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios and of violating a natural disaster law by breaching coronavirus protocols.

The army has promised an election but not given a date. It has imposed a one-year state of emergency.

The question of an election is at the centre of a diplomatic effort by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, of which Myanmar is a member.

Indonesia has taken the lead but coup opponents fear the effort could legitimise the junta and what they see as its bid to annul the November election.

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B.C. woman must seek treatment overseas for inoperable lung cancer – Langley Advance Times

B.C. woman must seek treatment overseas for inoperable lung cancer – Langley Advance Times


A Vancouver Island woman is willing to go the distance to overcome cancer, and her community is standing strong behind her.

Kara Sorensen was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2020, after discomfort in her left shoulder.

“It was shocking,” Sorensen said, explaining that at first, she thought the symptoms could have stemmed from issues with her gall bladder. “After some tests we found that it wasn’t related, and then I had a chest X-ray and that’s when they discovered the mass on my lung.”

After hearing the news, Sorensen said she and her family experienced fear and denial.

“You just can’t believe something like this happening to you. I’m a massage therapist, am health conscious, I eat a good diet, do cleanses, all of that, and I ended up with cancer,” said Sorensen.

Sorensen has taken a holistic approach, working with naturopaths, acupuncturists, and massage therapists, along with receiving a combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy treatments.

However, after four rounds of chemotherapy, Sorensen was disappointed to discover the treatments were not successful, and the cancer progressed. The mass has spread to the lining of her left lung, which has resulted in fluid building up in the pleural cavity.

“Because of the pleural involvement, it is considered advanced and inoperable,” said Sorensen.

Sorensen is now confronted with a challenging situation, forced to seek further options that are unavailable in Canada. Sorensen is hoping to go overseas to receive specialized treatment from a residential cancer treatment centre, however the costs are not covered by insurance.

A GoFundMe page has been started on Sorensen’s behalf, and has so far raised $96, 567 of its $250,000 goal.

“These centres are costly, yet have high success rates in treating cancer. I know of somebody who was diagnosed at the same time as me with the same cancer, who has been at a clinic in Germany since July, and although $150,000 in, his cancer is almost gone,” she said on the fundraiser page. “I am hoping for the same opportunity and outcome.”

Sorensen said she was touched that her colleague, Dresden Varney, started the page and has been overwhelmed by the support from friends, family and community.

“People are so generous and caring. I am inspired by the good in humanity. People do their best to support each other and I really feel that. I went from feeling weepy, to crying about the kindness shown from others when this started,” said Sorensen.

Varney knew people would want the opportunity to give back to Sorensen.

“Kara is not from this planet, she is otherworldly. I had no idea someone could radiate so much sunshine from their skin,” said Varney. “Being a massage practitioner, she has helped so many people along on their healing journeys, and seeing the success of the fundraiser is both a testament to how incredible Kara is, and to how amazing people are. There is an innate desire in people to help out.”

The cancer journey has been “an emotional roller coaster” for Sorensen, but she is feeling encouraged and excited to explore further healing opportunities, and says it’s important for people to see her as healthy and vibrant, rather than sick.

To donate visit www.gofundme.com/f/help-kara-sorensen-heal.

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Woman shot dead by security forces during protest in Myanmar: media

Woman shot dead by security forces during protest in Myanmar: media


A woman who was participating in a demonstration against the Feb. 1 coup was shot dead Saturday by security forces in Monywa in the central part of the country, local media reported.

According to the media reports, in addition to the woman who was killed, several other demonstrators were injured.

Myanmar riot police detain people who protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar on Feb. 26, 2021. (Anadolu Agency/Getty/Kyodo)

Security forces were reportedly dispatched to disband demonstrators and repeatedly discharged a water cannon.


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