WeekFacts http://www.weekfacts.com News Facts Today Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:26:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://www.weekfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/cropped-weekfactsicon-32x32.png WeekFacts http://www.weekfacts.com 32 32 Suspect in Bianca Devins slaying moved from hospital to jail http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/suspect-in-bianca-devins-slaying-moved-from-hospital-to-jail/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/suspect-in-bianca-devins-slaying-moved-from-hospital-to-jail/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:26:22 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=14085763 This is the man accused of killing social media star Bianca Devins — fresh out of the hospital with a giant knife wound across his neck from where he attempted to take his own life. Cops transferred Brandon Andrew Clark, 21, from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica to the Oneida County Jail on Thursday following […]

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This is the man accused of killing social media star Bianca Devins — fresh out of the hospital with a giant knife wound across his neck from where he attempted to take his own life.

Cops transferred Brandon Andrew Clark, 21, from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica to the Oneida County Jail on Thursday following a short stint there.

His booking photo, which was released by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, shows where he sliced his own neck after allegedly slitting Devins’ throat on Sunday. The young man is accused of killing the 17-year-old in a jealous rage after seeing her kiss another person at a concert, cops say.

Authorities told The Post on Thursday that Clark would be brought up on felony murder charges in the coming days, but wouldn’t say when his court date was “for security reasons.” He is facing up to life in prison, if convicted.

Devins will be laid to rest Friday at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica. Her funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Investigators believe Clark and the teen had been dating for several months and had met each others families.

“Our lives are now forever changed,” said Devins’ mother, Kimberly, in a statement released this week.

Police were still investigating the circumstances surrounding her murder on Thursday.

Clark’s father, Jason, once threatened to kill the young man’s mother in the exact same way as Devins — as well as himself. He reportedly held her hostage for 10 hours back in 2010 when Brandon was around 12 years old.

Police said Jason Clark kept authorities at bay by threatening to “cut her throat.”

Investigators, however, have no indication at the moment that Brandon was inspired by the incident.

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Mariano Rivera memories from the Yankees who knew him best http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/mariano-rivera-memories-from-the-yankees-who-knew-him-best/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/mariano-rivera-memories-from-the-yankees-who-knew-him-best/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:19:47 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=14085815 Yankees legend Mariano Rivera will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, after becoming the first player to be unanimously voted in. There are plenty of memories of the famed closer from his 19-year career in the Bronx, but his Yankees mates were somehow able to pick out their favorites. Here are […]

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Yankees legend Mariano Rivera will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, after becoming the first player to be unanimously voted in.

There are plenty of memories of the famed closer from his 19-year career in the Bronx, but his Yankees mates were somehow able to pick out their favorites.

Here are a collection of scenes from a Hall of Fame Career.


Final moment for special trio

Derek Jeter was sent to the mound at Yankee Stadium with Rivera’s other longtime teammate, Andy Pettitte, by manager Joe Girardi to take out Rivera from his final game in 2013.

“That was three guys who kind of grew up together. We shared memories from back in the minors, both on and off the field. That’s why that was so special,” Jeter said. “For me, his approach and mindset were always what stood out. He was always unflappable. You hear that a lot about athletes, but at some point, everyone has some self-doubt. Mo never had it.

“He’s one of the most confident people I’ve ever met. From the first day I met him, he had it. His approach and mindset were what stood out. He was unflappable. You hear that about different guys, but it was really true of Mo. He had a unique ability to forget about the previous pitch or outing. It was true when he was a starter or a closer, in the minors as a young player or as someone who was established in the majors, you could never tell what happened.”

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Baseball signed by Rivera and Andy Pettitte: Rivera and Pettitte were a dynamic duo during the Yankees’ dynasty, both arriving in 1995 and retiring in 2013. On May 29, 2009, they notched their record-breaking 58th win/save combination in a 3-1 victory over the Indians in Cleveland. Pettitte went five innings, Alfredo Aceves the next three and Rivera came on to close it out with a scoreless ninth. They went on to finish with 72 wins/saves together.

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Cap from 2013 All-Star Game: The 13th and final Midsummer Classic of Rivera’s career was held at Citi Field as the American League won 3-0. Rivera was named the MVP after handling eighth-inning duties and retiring the side in order on 16 pitches. He received a standing ovation from the crowd and both teams when he entered the game, briefly taking the field alone.

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Jersey from 2008 All-Star Game: Rivera’s ninth All-Star Game was played in his home park at old Yankee Stadium. The American League won 4-3 in 15 innings. Rivera worked in the ninth and 10th innings, tossing 1 ²/₃ scoreless frames while giving up two hits and striking out two.

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Cap from 400th career save: On July 16, 2006, Rivera became the fourth pitcher in MLB history to reach 400 saves, joining John Franco, Lee Smith and Trevor Hoffman. He did it against the White Sox at Yankee Stadium, throwing the final two innings and giving up only a hit and a walk. He secured the milestone save by striking out Jermaine Dye.

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Cap from 2009 World Series: After an eight-year drought without a ring, the Yankees won another, one for each finger on Rivera’s right hand. Again, he closed out all four wins in the World Series against the Phillies without giving up a run while recording a pair of saves. His save in Game 4 was the 11th of his career in the World Series, a record that still stands.

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Spikes from 1999 World Series: Rivera’s fifth time pitching in the postseason in as many years in the big leagues resulted in his third World Series title, this time in a sweep of the Braves. He was named the World Series MVP after recording a pair of saves and a win in 4²/₃ scoreless innings. In eight playoff appearances that year, he did not allow a run.

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Cap from 2000 World Series: On the way to his fourth championship, Rivera closed out every game the Yankees won against the Mets in the Subway Series. He got Mike Piazza to fly out as the potential tying run to end the series in Game 5 at Shea Stadium. He posted a 1.72 ERA during the playoffs.

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A short memory

Joe Torre was the Yankees’ manager when Rivera, a key member of the bullpen when they won the World Series in 1996, gave up a game-tying homer the next season in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the ALDS to the Indians’ Sandy Alomar Jr. with the Yankees four outs away from advancing. They went on to lose the series.

“That home run in Cleveland that Alomar hit, he learned from that,” Torre said. “The great ones do. They don’t get swallowed up. He was never shaken by anything, but he was different in that way. He was different in many ways. A lot of closers hang around at the end of their career, but to be the same guy the whole time is remarkable. The bright lights didn’t matter to him. Guys like him just got better in moments like that and that’s not always the case. And he was the perfect example of that.

“I had been away from managing for six years between Atlanta and St. Louis [1984-90] and the biggest change in that time was how vital the closer role had become. The last three outs were so important, especially in the postseason. In 1996, Mariano took on the job of setup man and it seemed like every day he would get six outs. He took so much pressure off me in the playoffs.”

Discovering the perfect pitch

Like Jeter, Pettitte spent time with Rivera in the minors and they became key members of the Core Four, along with Jorge Posada. Pettitte saw Rivera as a starter, setup man and closer and watched him build a Hall of Fame career based on one pitch: the cutter.

“I remember when he started throwing that two-seamer. I think it was just to show people that he could use another pitch if he had to,” Pettitte said. “But what stood out to me the most was watching his career progress with just that one pitch, that cutter. I remember seeing him and thinking, ‘OK, he’s gonna have to make adjustments here.’ But when you keep saying that every year, after five, six and seven years and you know you’ve had to make all kinds of adjustments and every other pitcher around you has made adjustments — it was kind of amazing. I was kind of in disbelief watching it.

“That was just kind of part of what made him unique. He was such a different character than most big-league pitchers. Most of them I’ve been around are intimidating and aggressive and he took it the other way. He was relaxed and calm and then all of a sudden, he explodes with that pitch. It looked so effortless and easy. He had that precision and power, but it didn’t look like he’d break a sweat doing it. I don’t think anyone ever dominated the game like he did. He dominated it. You knew the cutter was coming and he was gonna get you with it.”

An unlikely rock star

Paul O’Neill was traded to the Yankees from Cincinnati two years before Rivera’s MLB debut. As impressed as O’Neill was with Rivera’s pitching, it was his ability to make a song he didn’t even know his own that stood out.

“Who’d think a guy from Panama would be as associated with ‘Enter Sandman?’ It became his song and he never even heard of Metallica,” O’Neill said of the song that blared at Yankee Stadium when Rivera entered the game. “I guess that’s what happens when you’re the best ever at what you do and that definitely was the case with him when it comes to closing. It was cool to be a part of.

“For me, as a right fielder, I could just put my glove down when he came in the game. I just didn’t get fly balls my way when he pitched. It was always a great feeling. He was in there for one thing: to close the game. So when we heard that song, it was awesome, because we knew it meant we were in a perfect spot to win the game. As a team, we always felt we had an advantage, especially in the playoffs and the World Series, because of him. We definitely don’t have the rings we do without him.”

Starters knew lead would be safe

CC Sabathia signed with the Yankees to be the ace of the staff in 2009 after leading the majors in complete games with 10 the previous season.

“Here’s how I sum up how I thought about Mo: My mentality before I got here was to finish every game I started,” Sabathia said. “And my mentality once I got here became to finish the eighth inning. Having him back there was like a security blanket. I knew I didn’t have to go nine. I don’t think I really understood how much a guy like that meant until I got here. I felt it right away. You just knew there was someone there to finish things up when you needed it and you could trust him totally because he was so good.”

An easy day at the office

After facing him as a hitter for six seasons, first baseman Mark Teixeira became Rivera’s teammate in 2009 and gained a new appreciation for the closer.

“I knew the game was over, but more than that, I knew I wasn’t getting any hard-hit balls in my direction,” Teixeira said. “There would maybe be a few times a year a lefty would turn on one of his cutters and the beauty of it was it was that if they squared it up, it was almost always a foul ball. I could play in and either deal with a broken bat — which he got plenty of — or a slow ground ball. Even when he lost some velocity, he was almost better because his cutter moved even more. I truly believe he could still pitch now and get hitters out.

“When I played against him, I don’t think he ever blew a save and it was amazing that when I played with him and it happened, you never saw any emotion out of him. It was so unusual for a closer.”

Out of his league

Current Mets first base coach Glenn Sherlock was Rivera’s first manager in professional baseball when Rivera pitched for the Yankees’ Gulf Coast League team in 1990 and gave up one earned run in 52 innings for an ERA of 0.17.

“He pitched a seven-inning no-hitter that year,” Sherlock said. “He wasn’t in the rotation, but we used him in a spot start because he needed to get some more innings in to qualify for the ERA title. So we talked to [scouting director] Bill Livesey and [minor league coordinator] Mark Newman and decided to start him that one game, even though he was a reliever. And that’s what he did.

“He didn’t have that cutter yet. He threw more conventional pitches, but he was a very, very good competitor, even then. He was one of our best athletes on the team and when he came up to the big leagues in 1995, I was there as a coach and it was amazing what he did when he was moved to the bullpen. He got there and there was no looking back after that.”

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Bill Clinton visits Dominican Republic amid spate of tourist deaths http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/bill-clinton-visits-dominican-republic-amid-spate-of-tourist-deaths/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/bill-clinton-visits-dominican-republic-amid-spate-of-tourist-deaths/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:06:28 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=14085483 Health crisis? What health crisis? Former President Bill Clinton apparently isn’t losing sleep over the recent spate of tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic – heading to the island nation to soak up some sun. “Welcome, Bill Clinton, to the DR,” tweeted José Tomás Pérez, the Dominican ambassador to the US, on Wednesday. “Your presence […]

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Health crisis? What health crisis?

Former President Bill Clinton apparently isn’t losing sleep over the recent spate of tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic – heading to the island nation to soak up some sun.

“Welcome, Bill Clinton, to the DR,” tweeted José Tomás Pérez, the Dominican ambassador to the US, on Wednesday. “Your presence is the best message to the American people and to the world about [the] safety and security of our tourism.”

The message captioned a photo of Bubba posing for a selfie with a female fan inside the Tortuga Bay Hotel in Punta Cana.

The trip comes as 11 American tourists have died under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic over the past year.

While the most recently-confirmed death — that of Georgia man Tracy Jerome Jester Jr. — has been attributed to natural causes, at least some of the deaths are suspected to be linked to a tainted batch of bootleg liquor.

Additional reporting by Daniel Cassady

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Another person goes blind after showering with contacts left in http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/another-person-goes-blind-after-showering-with-contacts-left-in/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/another-person-goes-blind-after-showering-with-contacts-left-in/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:03:12 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=14083741 Imagine going blind just because you showered while wearing your contact lenses. That’s what happened to one unfortunate 41-year-old woman in the UK, who lost vision in her left eye after contracting a parasite associated with wearing contacts, thanks to her habit of swimming and showering with her contacts in. She came to her doctor […]

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Imagine going blind just because you showered while wearing your contact lenses.

That’s what happened to one unfortunate 41-year-old woman in the UK, who lost vision in her left eye after contracting a parasite associated with wearing contacts, thanks to her habit of swimming and showering with her contacts in.

She came to her doctor complaining of blurry vision, eye pain and sensitivity to light that had persisted for two months, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The woman, who wore soft, disposable contact lenses, tested 20/200 in her left eye, making her “legally blind” by UK standards. Thankfully, her right eye was healthy.

Noticing a cloudiness in her cornea, the doctors used a special dye, called fluorescein eye stain, which helps them detect damage to the eye’s outer covering by turning the affected areas green when shone under a blue light.

After discovering a defect in the woman’s cornea, they took samples of her eye — which tested positive for Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare parasitic amoeba known to cause blindness. Report authors, led by Dr. Lanxing Fu, of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, say the condition is linked to the use of contacts.

This is the second case of a parasite burrowing into an eyeball reported this month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the Acanthamoeba infection often travels through undistilled water, soil and even air. Those who use contacts put themselves at risk if they don’t take proper precautions — by removing the lenses before swimming and showering, or using tap water to clean them.

Though rare, there have been many documented cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis. One teenager in the UK says her infection led to other complications, having mysteriously developed Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, shortly after her treatment for the parasite.

The woman involved in the NEJM case study was treated with medication that cleared her infection, but did not regain her vision due to her scarred cornea. She later underwent a partial corneal transplant, which improved her eyesight slightly. The report also notes that she is no longer in pain.

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Tiger Woods hits a new post-Masters low http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/tiger-woods-hits-a-new-post-masters-low/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/tiger-woods-hits-a-new-post-masters-low/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:42:55 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=14085708 PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — If you weren’t expecting a lot out of Tiger Woods in the first round of the British Open on Thursday after he opted not to play a tournament since the U.S. Open last month, you got exactly what you figured you would get: a lackluster performance during which he looked anything […]

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — If you weren’t expecting a lot out of Tiger Woods in the first round of the British Open on Thursday after he opted not to play a tournament since the U.S. Open last month, you got exactly what you figured you would get: a lackluster performance during which he looked anything but sharp.

Woods shot a 7-over-par 78 at Royal Portrush, and he’ll have to post a low number in Friday’s second round to make the cut and stick around for the weekend. If he misses the cut, it will be the same result he had in the PGA Championship at Bethpage after opting not to play a warmup tournament after the Masters.

The 78 was Woods’ second-highest score in a British Open, outdone only by the 81 he shot in torrential rain and wind in 2002 at Muirfield.

Afterward, the 43-year-old Woods sounded very much like someone conceding to his age and physical liabilities.

“It’s just Father Time and some procedures I’ve had over the time,” he said. “Just the way it’s going to be. One of the reasons why I’m playing less tournaments this year is that I can hopefully prolong my career and be out here for a little bit longer.”

Asked whether he would play Friday, Woods said, “I’ll be there.”

“It’s going to be a lot more difficult,” he said. “I’m not 24 anymore. Life changes, life moves on. And I can’t devote the hours to practice like I used to: standing on the range, hitting balls for four or five hours, go play 36, come back, run four or five miles and then go to the gym. Those days are gone, OK?

“I have to be realistic about my expectations and hopefully peaking at the right time. I peaked at Augusta well. And hopefully I can peak a few more times this year.”

TV cameras caught Woods grimacing after his opening tee shot, leading to speculation that his back was hurting him.

Asked if he was in pain, Woods said, “I’m sore, yes. I’m just not moving as well as I’d like. And unfortunately, you’ve got to be able to move, and especially under these conditions, shape the golf ball. And I didn’t do it. I didn’t shape the golf ball at all. Everything was left-to-right. And wasn’t hitting very solidly.

“I’m going to have days like this, and (I’ve) got to fight through it. I fought through it. Unfortunately, I did not post a very good score.”

Asked what the difference was for him at Augusta, Woods said, “For some reason, I found something in my golf swing that allowed me to start shaping the golf ball high and draw the ball again. And once I found that playing that golf course, I felt comfortable.”

He has looked anything but comfortable since, and Thursday’s round was a low point.

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Mariano Rivera’s Baseball Hall of Fame memorabilia http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/mariano-riveras-baseball-hall-of-fame-memorabilia/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/mariano-riveras-baseball-hall-of-fame-memorabilia/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:36:37 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=slideshow&p=14085689/slide-1/ Cap from 400th career save: On July 16, 2006, Rivera became the fourth pitcher in MLB history to reach 400 saves, joining John Franco, Lee Smith and Trevor Hoffman. He did it against the White Sox at Yankee Stadium, throwing the final two innings and giving up only a hit and a walk. He secured […]

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Cap from 400th career save: On July 16, 2006, Rivera became the fourth pitcher in MLB history to reach 400 saves, joining John Franco, Lee Smith and Trevor Hoffman. He did it against the White Sox at Yankee Stadium, throwing the final two innings and giving up only a hit and a walk. He secured the milestone save by striking out Jermaine Dye.

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Woman confuses sculpture of Spider-Man hands for devil horns http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/woman-confuses-sculpture-of-spider-man-hands-for-devil-horns/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/woman-confuses-sculpture-of-spider-man-hands-for-devil-horns/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:13:45 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=14085272 What a tangled web a Nebraska woman weaved about a sculpture she thought depicted devil horns — but is actually Spider-Man’s hands. “It is a sculpture of two hands open, painted Red & Black, and formed into Devil Horns,” the woman wrote in a letter to Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. She demanded the removal […]

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What a tangled web a Nebraska woman weaved about a sculpture she thought depicted devil horns — but is actually Spider-Man’s hands.

“It is a sculpture of two hands open, painted Red & Black, and formed into Devil Horns,” the woman wrote in a letter to Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird.

She demanded the removal of the 6-foot sculpture at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

“This is anti-Christian, and demonic, and completely inappropriate and offensive to place in front of the Children’s Zoo and the Gardens where couples are married,” she wrote.

But city ombudsman Lin Quenzer explained to her that the red sculpture of the hands — in their traditional web-shooting position — is one of 50 installed across the city in the “Serving Hands Lincoln” public art project sponsored by the nonprofit Campus Life, a ministry of Lincoln Youth for Christ.

“Campus Life chose hands as a representation of its mission to serve the community and reach out to teens in difficult circumstances,” Quenzer told CNN.

And even though with great power comes great responsibility, the city was not involved in choosing which pieces ended up on public rather than private property, he noted.

Campus Life director Matt Schulte said there was nothing to fear from Spidey.

“The sculpture is most definitely not a devil-related sculpture,” he told the concerned woman. “It clearly has a very playful child-like intent.”

He told CNN: “We are a Christian organization that has been impacting kids for a long time … clearly we would have never have put something out there that celebrated the devil.”

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Dominican Republic releases new safety measures after tourist deaths http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/dominican-republic-releases-new-safety-measures-after-tourist-deaths/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/dominican-republic-releases-new-safety-measures-after-tourist-deaths/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:11:29 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=14085113 The Dominican Republic’s tourism ministry on Thursday announced a series of new programs and increased safety measures for visitors to the Caribbean nation — amid a slew of media reports about American tourist deaths there. Among the additions is a multilingual emergency center, which is being established in Bávaro, a primary tourist destination in Punta […]

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The Dominican Republic’s tourism ministry on Thursday announced a series of new programs and increased safety measures for visitors to the Caribbean nation — amid a slew of media reports about American tourist deaths there.

Among the additions is a multilingual emergency center, which is being established in Bávaro, a primary tourist destination in Punta Cana, the country’s Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier García said in a statement.

The center will be staffed by a team of multi-lingual specialists who will connect tourists and their families with the government entity they’d like to speak with, García said.

On top of that, the country’s hotels will be required to provide inspectors with details on their food handling protocols, and well as comprehensive information on all of their food and beverage suppliers.

The country’s Department of Tourism Services and Companies — under the umbrella of the tourism ministry — will also closely monitor the medical offices within hotels, with a close eye on the qualifications of doctors, nurses, assistants and other staff, according to García.

Pools and other water facilities will also be inspected to ensure that the required certified lifeguards are in place, he said.

Finally, the country is reinforcing its requirement that emergency information — including reminders about the availability of 911 — is clearly posted in every guest room. Hotel staff must review that information with its guests as soon as they check in.

“We have always worked hard to create a safe environment and will continue to be vigilant with comprehensive programs and amplified standards that bolster the well-being of the six million tourists that visit the Dominican Republic each year,” García said in the statement.

One of the first widely reported deaths in the country was Pennsylvania tourist and psychotherapist Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, who collapsed in front of her husband in their room at an all-inclusive resort on May 25.

Less than a week later, engaged Maryland couple Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were found dead in their hotel room.

Just last week, it emerged that Tracy Jester Jr., 31, of Forsyth, Georgia, died March 17 after a day of sightseeing in the country. The tourism ministry confirmed this week that he died of natural causes — specifically a form of pneumonia — and his death was “isolated in occurrence.”

The State Department has said that there has not been an increase in tourist fatalities in the country — and García said last month that there is nothing unusual about the recent deaths.

“We want the truth to prevail,” he said. “There is nothing to hide here.”

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Trio sentenced to death for beheading backpackers in ISIS-inspired slayings http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/trio-sentenced-to-death-for-beheading-backpackers-in-isis-inspired-slayings/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/trio-sentenced-to-death-for-beheading-backpackers-in-isis-inspired-slayings/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:06:20 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=14084970 Three jihadists were sentenced to death in Morocco for butchering two female Scandinavian backpackers in an ISIS-inspired execution. Ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud, Younes Ouaziyad and Rachid Afatti were convicted of terror charges Thursday in the trial over the grisly slaughterings back in December. Maren Ueland, 28, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, were fatally wounded Dec. 17 […]

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Three jihadists were sentenced to death in Morocco for butchering two female Scandinavian backpackers in an ISIS-inspired execution.

Ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud, Younes Ouaziyad and Rachid Afatti were convicted of terror charges Thursday in the trial over the grisly slaughterings back in December.

Maren Ueland, 28, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, were fatally wounded Dec. 17 in a tent on a Christmas camping trip near Mount Toubkal, one of Morocco’s highest peaks.

Prosecutors allege that Ejjoud, 25, and Ouaziyad, 27, beheaded the hikers while Afatti, 33, recorded the slayings on his phone. All three men pledged allegiance to ISIS in a video before the murders.

The trio was sentenced along with 20 other accomplices who received jail terms ranging from five to 30 years.

Khalid El Fataoui, the lawyer for Vesterager’s family, said he was “100 percent satisfied” with the verdicts.

The death sentences will be the first in Morocco since 1993 when the country introduced a moratorium on capital punishment, the BBC reported.

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A’s vs. Twins: 1st inning stat makes for intriguing bet http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/as-vs-twins-1st-inning-stat-makes-for-intriguing-bet/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/07/as-vs-twins-1st-inning-stat-makes-for-intriguing-bet/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:00:17 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=14082759 This spring, when I first started wagering on MLB 1st Inning Yes/No proposition bets (whether there would be a score in the opening frame), I was most interested in repeating the success we had with NHL 1st Period Over/Under bets late in the season. The NHL success was built on riding teams that consistently went […]

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This spring, when I first started wagering on MLB 1st Inning Yes/No proposition bets (whether there would be a score in the opening frame), I was most interested in repeating the success we had with NHL 1st Period Over/Under bets late in the season.

The NHL success was built on riding teams that consistently went Over 1.5 goals in the first period, so we started looking to back baseball teams that do the same by scoring a lot of early runs or having starting staffs that allow a lot of early runs. However, with potentially juiced balls flying out of parks in record numbers and the oddsmakers adjusting to everyone betting on offense, we’ve found by fading overinflated “Yes” prices, we can find betting value on the “No” (see last Sunday’s Blue Jays-Yankees “1st Inning No” at around +110 in the VSiN Top Play).

This brings us to Thursday with Oakland visiting Minnesota in the opener of a four-game weekend series. The A’s and Twins are the second- and third-best “1st Inning No” teams at 53.6 percent and 52.1 percent, respectively). We’re aided by the pitching matchup of Oakland’s Mike Fiers (11-8, 3.61 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) vs. Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson (12-6, 4.03 ERA, 1.26 WHIP).

The line won’t be available until Thursday morning, but I’m expecting we’ll get a fair price as oddsmakers are still shading these numbers to the “Yes” as that’s how most bettors are looking to wager. But even though the Twins have been a solid “No” team, we still got them at +140 against the Mets on Wednesday when they played a scoreless opening inning.

The Play: A’s-Twins “1st Inning No.”

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