LARSO News:The Betty Ehart Senior Center still has 50 flu shots available for a free drive thru clinic (with proof of insurance) Friday.Community members 50 and older are welcome 12:30-1 p.m., while supplies last.Call 505.662.8920 for information and bring proof of insurance.Those who receive a flu shot will be given a $10 coupon from Albertsons.
Jamaican dancehall singer Tanya Stephens has joined the ongoing controversy surrounding a social media rant by female Deejay Ishawna who posted a rant which is considered disrespectful to Jamaica’s foremost cultural icon, Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley.Stephens supported Ishawna who was last week hauled over the coals for posting on her Instagram page that she did not wear tablecloth like Bennett-Coverley, who is affectionately called ‘Miss Lou’.‘Miss Lou’ has been credited with making the Jamaican dialect of patois fashionable and accepted worldwide as part and parcel of the Jamaican identity.Self-imposed limitationsBut in her defense of Ishawna, Stephens posted a video in which she declared that “Jamaicans really need to stop mandating their self-imposed limitations.”She also challenged those criticizing Ishawna to post a photo of themselves dressing like ‘Miss Lou’ or a video of themselves reciting one of the icon’s poems.Stephens elaborated on her stance in a video posted on her Instagram page. In response to the argument that Miss Lou allowed the Jamaican patois dialect to be generally accepted from people like herself, Stephens said: “She didn’t liberate me… as soon as I was born, I was talking patois.”Her position has brought her squarely under attack by Miss Lou’s supporters. Some took to social media to air their disagreement with Stephens’ position.“Tanya Stephens has done a fine job of regulating herself to the fool’s corner, wearing the dunce cap and all. You are wrong on this one. You are doing an excellent job of diminishing your already minute fan base. Stop now. We hear your voice crying out in the wilderness,” one social media user posted.Dissed Simpson MillerTanya Stephens was recently under fire for her criticism of former Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. She lambasted Simpson Miller on social media the same day she was being honored by politicians on both sides of the aisle in Jamaica’s House of Parliament.
PARIS (AP):The corruption trial involving the former president of track and field’s governing body was suspended yesterday shortly after it began.Lamine Diack, the former head of the IAAF, has been charged with far-reaching corruption and doping cover-ups.At the opening of the hearing, the prosecution asked that the two-week trial be delayed to weigh new evidence received from Senegal, where Diack was born. His son, Papa Massata Diack, also charged in the case, lives in Senegal, shielded from an international arrest warrant issued by France.The prosecution also asked for the delay to clear up a procedural technicality regarding one of the charges against Papa Massata Diack. There will next be a hearing in April to see whether a new trial date in June is feasible.Addressing the court, the 86-year-old Diack asked that in the wake of the delay he be allowed to travel to Senegal to visit his elder brother, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Diack has not been allowed to leave France since his arrest in 2015. But he promised the court that he would come back to France if allowed to travel, saying he wants to clear his name.“I want to clear up all of this,” Diack said. “I will clean my honour.”The court refused his request.Leaving the hearing, Diack said: “I have a lot to say, but not now.”The trial had been expected to detail evidence that Russian athletes paid millions of dollars to hide their suspected doping so they could compete at the Olympics in 2012 and other competitions. SOLICITING PAYMENTS Diack, who served as president of the sport’s governing body for nearly 16 years, is accused of soliciting the payments.Prosecutors said they received the new evidence – three thick folders of notes that they held up in court – on Monday only hours before the hearing opened. They said it included statements that Papa Massata Diack made to investigators in Senegal and banking details from three of his consultancy firms.Lamine Diack’s lawyer, William Bourdon, said delaying trial was bad for everyone. He pleaded for Diack to be allowed to leave France, saying: “This man will come back and explain himself.”In refusing to lift the travel ban, the court noted that France wouldn’t be able to get Diack back from Senegal if he refused to return of his own accord because the west African nation does not extradite its citizens.As IAAF president, Lamine Diack was one of the most influential men in Olympic sports, presiding over an era when Usain Bolt made track and field wildly popular. But Diack’s legacy, and the IAAF’s credibility, took a beating after he stepped down in 2015. He was arrested in France and investigators revealed accusations of athletes being squeezed for payments to cover up their doping cases.He is being tried for corruption, money laundering and breach of trust. Prosecutors say he directly or indirectly solicited 3.45 million euros from athletes suspected by the IAAF of doping who paid to have their names cleared so they could continue competing.Prosecutors also charged Diack for involvement in a $1.5 million payment from Russia for use in electoral politics in his native Senegal. Prosecutors say the money was creamed off sponsorship and TV rights deals, negotiated with Russian officials. Prosecutors say the money was to finance presidential and legislative election campaigns in Senegal in 2012, in exchange for slowing down doping cases targeting Russian athletes.