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first_imgThe most recent charges against former SM East student Kessler Lichtenegger were set in motion when an 11-year-old Johnson County girl’s father saw her exchanging Facebook messages with Lichtenegger in August of 2014, according to court documents released Friday. He was 17 at the time.Kessler P. Lichtenegger’s booking photo.Lichtenegger was charged as an adult in late March, the same month he turned 18, with rape or intercourse with no consent, aggravated criminal sodomy with a child under 14, two counts of electronic solicitation with a child under 14 and two counts of exploitation.An affidavit released late Friday by the court alleges that the girl told Lichtenegger she was 12, and at his request, she sent sexually explicit photographs of herself. Lichtenegger also asked her several times to meet with him. The affidavit for probable cause also alleges that Lichtenegger had contact with the girl’s older sister who had exchanged explicit photos with him between February and August 2014.The older girl also met Lichtenegger in a Lenexa church parking lot in the summer of 2014 and engaged in “sexual relations” with him in a van he was driving, according to allegations in the document. She was 13 at the time of that encounter.The affidavit, submitted by a Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy, says that Lichtenegger contacted a family pastor in August 2014 and told the pastor that he had been exchanging inappropriate pictures. The father’s discovery came 10 days later, according to dates in the affidavit. Investigators searched Facebook and cell phone records which revealed messages between Lichtenegger and the older girl, according to the document.A complaint that Lichtenegger failed to register as an offender was filed in November 2014, but was dismissed by the prosecution on the same day the most recent case was filed. A motion asking for waiver to adult court on the registration violation states that Lichtenegger was adjudicated on two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of battery in April 2012.Lichtenegger was a student at SM East until the time of his arrest earlier this month. He remains in the Johnson County jail.last_img read more


first_imgMay 29, 2013BARDA contract to support antibiotic for anthrax, tularemiaCempra Inc. of Chapel Hill, N.C., has been awarded a federal contract worth up to $58 million to develop an antibiotic that could be used to treat children for anthrax, tularemia, or community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP), according to the company and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In a press release, Cempra said the drug, solithromycin, is a macrolide that is currently in phase 3 testing for treating CABP in adults. Robin Robinson, PhD, director of HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), said in an HHS press release, “The development of this new antibiotic could help address a gap in our nation’s preparedness and could bolster clinicians’ ability to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections, which represent a growing public health threat.” If approved, solithromycin would be the first oral antibiotic licensed in decades to treat children with CABP, he said. Cempra said the contract includes $17.7 million for a 2-year base period and can be extended for up to 5 years with a total $58 million. The full funding would support phase 1, phase 2, and most phase 2/3 studies on a pediatric oral suspension, oral capsules, and the intravenous formulation for CABP, the company said. It would also fund non-human primate studies of activity against anthrax and tularemia.May 28 Cempra press releaseMay 24 HHS press releaseOIE launches media campaign about risk of rinderpest virus releaseThe World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is launching a media campaign calling on countries to safeguard or destroy any remaining stocks of rinderpest virus, which are still held in “dozens” of laboratories even though the disease was declared eradicated in 2011. With support from the United Kingdom, the OIE has produced a video that urges governments to “respect their commitment to OIE and either destroy the virus, or safely store it in a minimum number of facilities approved by OIE and FAO [the UN Food and Agriculture Organization].” The video explains the risk of virus escape because of negligence, accidents, or deliberate acts and provides a checklist of steps to prevent that. The video, presented in English, Spanish, French, and Russian, will be shown on digital media in various regions of the world over 4 weeks, the OIE said. Rinderpest, which killed millions of cattle and caused economic and social disruption, and smallpox are the only diseases that have been eradicated.May 29 OIE press releaselast_img read more


first_imgNewsRegional OECS observes 32-year anniversary by: – June 18, 2013 Share 18 Views   no discussions Tweet CASTRIES, St Lucia – Today, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, marks 32 years since the establishment of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Thirty two years of facilitating efforts by the nine member states to further develop the people of the OECS region through various programmes and projects in several cases with the help of the international donor community.Much attention has been given to two of the key pillars of economic development in the OECS, namely, agriculture and tourism; collectively because of the nexus of the two sectors and individually through specific needs. The OECS Secretariat is coordinating a collective plan of action by member states towards enhancing the region’s agriculture sector. Other interventions include training in information and communications technology for persons associated with the agriculture sector, with particular reference to the collection and management of critical data and related information, increased efforts towards enhancing agriculture food and health safety systems in member states. In tourism, work is being advanced on the implementation of an agreed OECS common tourism policy. Programmes and policies are being formulated and harmonized in other areas across the member states of the OECS Economic Union, which can yield further significant benefits to the people in the OECS in areas such as manufacturing, construction, information and communications technology (ICT), trade policy and trade facilitation, transportation, energy, ocean governance and the environment.Of special importance is the OECS e-government for regional integration programme has advanced ICT utilization through the movement towards the electronic transformation of the public sector in the member states. Tax e-filing and e-procurement, for example, will improve the efficiency of the public sector, ease the price paid by consumers for goods and services, and enhance investor confidence in the OECS.Work on the preparation of an OECS development strategy, incorporating all of these areas, among others, is well advanced with the development strategy among the extended focus areas at the recently held 57th meeting of the OECS Authority.The bastions of functional cooperation in the OECS remain solid, sustained and meaningful to the people of the region.In health, there is the bulk procurement of pharmaceuticals, which quite timely will switch to the first electronic-procurement system in the Caribbean on June 20, during this week’s observance of the OECS 32nd anniversary. The outlook for this is even brighter with specialists anticipating even more affordable costs for medicines and medical supplies to the people of the region.Under the guidance of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the Eastern Caribbean or EC dollar remains robust, constant, steadfast and unshaken in exchange value amidst the global economic spill.The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and OECS Joint Diplomatic Trade Missions in Brussels and Geneva Stand out internationally among the beacons of OECS Integration and Trade.Programmes continue in many other key areas such as climate change risk reduction; part of a lager environmental management and sustainable development agenda, juvenile justice reform and education.A most defining moment in the history of the OECS to date has been the operationalization of the OECS economic union. This year the OECS region embraces two years since its independent member states commenced operation of the economic union; a new development designed to enhance the way of life for people of the region in the long term.The commencement of the OECS economic union followed the historic June 18, 2010, signing of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre. The Treaty, which entered into force on January 21, 2011, creates a single economic and financial space covering participating OECS member states, and sets the stage for deeper OECS integration, where it is intended that within the single financial and economic space all factors of production – goods, services, capital and people – will move without hindrance. This will provide direct benefits to the people of the OECS, by facilitating seamless travel for purposes of gainful employment, setting up business, trading, education, as well as for leisure.Since then, deeper OECS integration has been further manifested through the commencement of the free movement of people across the member states of the economic union on August 1, 2011. May 2012 saw the first meeting of OECS heads of government and leaders of the opposition under one roof to discuss issues relating to the operationalization of the economic union.Friday, August 10, 2012, marked a further successful outcome: the inauguration of the OECS Assembly, headquartered in Antigua and Barbuda. Through the OECS Assembly, the people of the OECS region have the opportunity for their issues to be discussed and debated publicly in a regional forum. Then first official sitting took place on March 26, 2013. The OECS Assembly is one of five principal organs of the OECS economic union. The others are the OECS Authority, the Council of Ministers, the OECS Commission, and the OECS Economic Affairs Council.Very recently, Montserrat, one of the founding fathers of the Organization, became the seventh OECS member state to ratify the Revised Treaty of Basseterre (RTB), granting them full participation in all governance structures established under the RTB, including the OECS Commission, the OECS Assembly and the Economic Affairs Council. The celebration of OECS Day is in order but the work goes on as OECS member states move towards broadening their relationship with other territories and further deepening the economic union towards enhancing the lives of the people of the region.Chairman of the OECS, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, is to make an official address this week as part of the 32nd OECS anniversary activities.The OECS was established on June 18, 1981. The member states are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more


first_imgWELLINGTON, (Reuters) – Richard Hadlee says New Zealand did something special in 1985 by winning their first test series in Australia and there is no doubt current skipper Kane Williamson would view victory in the upcoming series across the Tasman Sea as a career highlight. Australia has been a difficult place to come for New Zealand, who have lost six and drawn three of their nine test series there since that triumph more than 30 years ago.But Williamson’s team head to Australia today for the first match, a day-night encounter starting on Dec. 12 in Perth, full of confidence after clinching their fifth successive series victory at home earlier this week against England.They also received a welcome boost yesterday when pace spearhead Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme were cleared to travel with the team. Boult (ribs) and de Grandhomme (abdominal muscle) missed the second test against England but came through a fitness test on Friday in Mt. Maunganui.“Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme are both making good progress with their injuries and successfully trained today at Bay Oval,” NZC said on their Twitter page.“The pair will travel with the team to Perth tomorrow.” New Zealand’s recent away form, which includes a victory over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and a draw with Sri Lanka, means they head into the three-test series as the second ranked side in the world.Consistency of selection over the last two years has meant the side is relatively settled and they have also built some depth in pace bowling and in the middle-order batting.Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is in the squad and could make his test debut on the tour, with the fast and bouncy conditions expected in Perth probably conducive to him hurrying up Australia’s batsmen. Neil Wagner could also benefit from faster wickets, with the left-armer having carved out an impressive record on unresponsive pitches in New Zealand with his ability to get deliveries to rear off a length.Wagner was man-of-the-series against England and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said that he was the “enforcer” in New Zealand’s balanced pace attack.“What they have is a well-rounded attack,” Ponting told Cricket Australia’s website. “Guys with the new ball who pitch it up and try to swing it and Wagner comes in behind them and bowls fast and short.“They’ll use him as their enforcer.”New Zealand have few concerns in their batting, with opener Jeet Raval the only player in the first choice top-seven averaging under 40.All of the top eight have scored test centuries and the side has been able to count on contributions from every player at different times, something Hadlee said had been key to their series victory in 1985. “Collectively we all did something of value and importance,” Hadlee told TVNZ earlier this week of the series where he took 33 wickets, including a career-best 9-52 in the first test in Brisbane.Melbourne will host the second test from Dec. 26-30 with the final match at Sydney from Jan. 3-7.last_img read more