Classics Mods become less intense

first_imgClassical Honour Moderations, the tests which second-year classicists face in Hilary of second year, are widely known as some of the most gruelling examinations in Oxford. Yet this year, for the first time, Mods will take place over ten days, rather than the usual eight. The change in the exam format may spell the end of Mods’ reputation as the hardest set of exams in the world. Candidates will sit between 10 and 11 papers in the period spanning Monday of 7th week to Friday of 8th, with a break over the weekend, rather than between Wednesday of 7th and Wednesday of 8th with a Saturday exam, as in previous years. Last year’s Examiners’ Report explains the rationale for the change: “A number of candidates were identified as having Specific Learning Difficulties; markers were instructed to note this (explicitly, in their notes) in reaching their judgements. The Examination Schools has requested that the examination timetable should in future be extended, to avoid SLD candidates having two papers on one day; the Faculty has therefore agreed that from 2013 Honour Moderations should begin on Monday rather than Wednesday of 7th week. Apart from the entrance exams to the Chinese civil service, Mods were traditionally held to be the the most intense exams in the world. The New Statesman claimed in 1999, “There is some debate over which is the hardest exam in the world. Honour Moderations in Classics, again at Oxford, were the holders of the title for years, with their 12 three-hour exams over six days. They were usurped this century by the Chinese civil service entrance examination, a ten-day, all-day ritual.” The new extended time frame for the exams further weakens their claim to be amongst the hardest in the world. Charlie Greig, a second year at Exeter about to sit the newly altered Mods, expressed his disappointment, saying, “It would have been nice to have done ‘the hardest exams in the world’, simply for bragging rights.” He also pointed out that having more time is not necessarily better, as “It will make a shit time even longer.”  Camilla Simpson, another second-year, expressed her relief at the changes: “The format change is such a relief for everyone doing Classics. As impressive as the claim to being the toughest exams in the world is, I shouldn’t think there’s a single second-year Classicist who would rather maintain this title and not have the extended exam period.” Simpson’s greatest concern with the format is that the exams end on a Thursday rather than a Wednesday. “We’re being deprived of the last Park End of term, something which I’m sure will be more upsetting to most of us than the loss of the title,” she explained. Classicists who have already sat the exams were split in their opinions. Ronan Magee, a third-year classicist, said he had “No particularly strong opinions except that I’m very very glad not to be doing them again!” Tom Painter, in the fourth year of his Classics degree, commented, “I don’t think the extension of the period makes a huge difference; Mods are still very, very hard! One thing is sure, that objectively speaking 10 or 11 papers is still more than any other subject.”One third-year classicist commented, “This is a sad development and will sap Honour Moderations of much of their rigour and prestige. Then again, I suppose tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.” Tutors have also pointed out that the exams remain extremely difficult. Professor Stephen Harrison, a tutor at Corpus Christi, concurred: “The extension of the timetable of Classics Moderations this year does not mean they are any less challenging for our students. There is still no longer or denser undergraduate examination known to me. I wish all the candidates (especially my own students!) the best in what Image: Ieva Maniustye remains a highly demanding test.”last_img read more

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MP delivers petition to block St John’s quarry

first_imgMatt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington, has delivered a petition to Parliament in an attempt to prohibit the construction of a quarry on land owned by St John’s College. “We would urge Mr Western to speak to Warwickshire County Council, as Mineral Planning Authority for Warwickshire, which has a statutory duty to produce the county’s Minerals Plan which will set out the spatial strategy, allocated sites, vision, objects and policies guiding minerals development up to 2032. It will be the County Council that will decide, after taking professional advice, whether the supply of minerals is sufficient or not and which sites are preferred for mineral extraction based on a wide- ranging investigation of the environmental impact, safety and capacity of any particular site. We reiterate that as a registered charity and landowner, we have an obligation and responsibility to both the local community and county to respond to a request for sites, via our appointed agents, to be considered to provide sand and gravel for the district councils to build homes for those people needing homes in the future. The quarry is due to be located near Barford, a village which is home to around 1,500 residents in Warwickshire. If the quarry receives planning permission, it will occupy an area of around 80 hectares. The site is also near a local school. Matt Western has also raised concerns about the quarry as part of a speech made in the House of Commons in late 2019, during which he criticised the conduct of St John’s College directly over their conduct in relation to the quarrying site. A spokesperson for St John’s College said: “The College stated in a letter to Mr Western in June 2019 that St John’s College will retain full ownership of the land at Wasperton. Should the County Council allocate the site in its Minerals Plan, then the College would appoint a sand and gravel contractor which would be responsible for submitting a planning application. From the College’s perspective, the contractor will have to pass stringent processes to ensure that it complies with the highest environmental, health and safety and corporate social responsibility standards. Equally, of importance, at the end of the agreement, the contractor will be required to return the land in good order. Mr Western said: “there is also the role of the landowner, St John’s College, Oxford. I wrote to the president in the late spring and I was not particularly pleased by the response I received. The college is the wealthiest in Oxford—it does not need the money. Why has it put forward this site for development, when it will be so harmful to the lives of all the residents—the children—of Barford and Wasperton? There was a disingenuous claim that it was making the land available for housing development; it was not. This land will be opened up and dug up. Despite being high-grade agricultural land, it will become an eyesore, open for the extraction of sand and gravel. Even the student body at St John’s College passed a motion to stand against the project. There is widespread concern and dismay that a college with the wealth of St John’s should be allowing this to happen. It does not need to be conceding to sell the land to allow this mining. The national planning policy framework states that MPAs should make provision for a sand and gravel landbank of at least seven years of permitted reserves, but, as I have already said, there is sufficient landbank. It currently stands at eight years, but the numbers in the calculation of how many houses are required do not suggest that it is needed at all.” Mr Western delivered the petition, titled “Protect the health of people who live near quarries,” on February 5th this year. center_img “The College had previously offered the land to meet the stated needs of Warwickshire County Council for housing through a planning application with partner Gladman. However, at the end of 2017 Gladman was informed by the County Council that this proposal was refused because of the site’s potential to provide minerals to meet local building needs.” “It will be the responsibility of the County Council and potential new sand and gravel operator to address and answer any concerns that have been raised through future planning processes and public consultations. A spokesperson from Warwickshire County Council said: “The Warwickshire Minerals Plan has been submitted to the Secretary of State and will be the subject of hearings on the 3rd and 4th June at a Public Examination in front of a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. The sites and policies in the submitted plan, include the site at Barford amongst several others. After considering all the evidence it will be for the Planning Inspector to decide if the Plan is sound and legally compliant.” “Therefore, we continue with Warwickshire County Council’s Minerals development framework timetable. Should our site be selected, we will be seeking full assurances through the planning application and public consultation process that all those concerns raised by Mr Western and those of the residents are fully addressed.” The petition highlights the increased health risks associated with living near a quarry. It points to the inhalation of silica dust, which can cause scarring in lungs and the development of silicosis, as the central health risk. The petition demands a nationwide buffer of 1 km around any region where people work, live, or study, inside of which quarrying would be prohibited. last_img read more

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Landmark Oxford malaria vaccine 77% effective

first_imgThe researchers are currently recruiting 4,800 volunteers for the third phase of the trial. While the second phase included 450 participants aged between 5-17 months who live in the Nanoro agea of Burkina Faso, Phase III will include volunteers aged 4-36 months across four African countries.  The vaccine is the most effective one to be developed against malaria so far. The Mosquirix vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline was found to be only 39% effective at preventing malaria infections, and 29% of severe malaria cases. The vaccine was developed by Oxford University in partnership with the Serum Institute of India and Novavax was the first to achieve the efficacy target of at least 75% which was set out by the World Health Organisation. INLINE A map showing the historic and present prevalence of malaria in 2009. Image: World Development Report / CC BY SA via Wikimedia Commons Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Library / Public Domain “With the commitment by our commercial partner, the Serum Institute of India, to manufacture at least 200 million doses annually in the coming years, the vaccine has the potential to have a major public health impact if licensure is achieved”. A vaccine against malaria developed by the University of Oxford has been found to be 77% effective in a Phase IIb trial conducted in Burkina Faso.  Malaria is the sixth largest cause of death in developing countries, killing an estimated 400,000 people a year. Most of these deaths occur in young children. The disease’s symptoms include a high fever, muscle pains, and diarrhea. These can lead to fatal complications such as dehydration, anaemia, and organ failure.   Director of Advocacy at Malaria No More UK, Gareth Jenkins, said: “An effective and safe malaria vaccine would be a hugely significant extra weapon in the armoury needed to defeat malaria, which still kills over 270,000 children every year. For decades, British scientists have been at the forefront of developing new ways to detect, diagnose, test and treat malaria, and we must continue to back them. Common preventative measures against the disease include prophylactic medications and sleeping under mosquito nets impregnated with insecticide. Professor Hill emphasised that such measures should continue, but added that the Jenner Institute might apply for emergency approval for the vaccine.  The disease is caused by single-cell parasites from the genus Plasmodium. Plasmodium infects its host via the bite of an Anopheles mosquito, and reproduces inside the host’s red blood cells.  Professor Charlemagne Ouédraogo, Minister of Health in Burkina Faso said: “Malaria is one of the leading causes of childhood mortality in Africa. We have been supporting trials of a range of new vaccine candidates in Burkina Faso and these new data show that licensure of a very useful new malaria vaccine could well happen in the coming years. That would be an extremely important new tool for controlling malaria and saving many lives”. “A world without malaria is a world safer both for the children who would otherwise be killed by this disease, and for us here at home. Countries freed from the malaria burden will be much better equipped to fight off new disease threats when they inevitably emerge in the future.” Director of the Jenner Institute, Professor Adrian Hill, said: “These new results support our high expectations for the potential of this vaccine, which we believe is the first to reach the WHO’s goal of a vaccine for malaria with at least 75% efficacy.last_img read more

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Governor Holcomb Wants To Curb Distracted Driving As Part Of 2020 Political…

first_imgBy Brynna SentelTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb is focusing on reducing distracted driving by barring all drivers from using hand-held devices and raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 in the 2020 legislative session.Holcomb unveiled his top legislative priorities at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Terre Haute Tuesday. Initiatives in transportation, education and public health are on his list of new laws he is asking legislators to consider.Holcomb wants to decrease incidents of distracted driving by enacting a hands-free device driving law banning drivers from using cell phones unless they are hands free. Under the current law, texting while driving is banned but the law is unenforceable because there is no way to prove a text was being sent. Several states have already enacted similar laws.The proposed new law is not about issuing tickets and collecting fines but about making Indiana’s roads safer and saving lives, the governor told the packed room.“So be prepared for an extra presence on not just 70 or 41 but throughout the state of Indiana,” he said.Under public health, Holcomb has prioritized the Tobacco 21 law, which would raise the purchasing age from 18 to 21 for smoking and vaping products. Several states have enacted similar legislation.Holcomb cited data showing that 20% of high school students and 5% of middle school students admit to vaping.“I thought I was pretty cool when I was in middle school sneaking gum and now we got kids in the sixth grade vaping and many times we don’t even know what it is,” Holcomb said. “So we have got to attack this with greater force than it’s attacking us.”“We are especially pleased that the Governor has continued to make the health of Hoosiers a priority,”  Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar said in a press release. “With the Governor championing this policy, in addition to all the other groups, it strengthens the effort and should move us across the finish line.”House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, opposed a similar bill in the 2019 session but has said that he now supports raising the age to 21.The governor’s proposal would also increase penalties for retailers who sell to underage consumers. But neither the governor nor lawmakers are proposing a ban of flavored vaping products.In education, Holcomb is asking the legislature to remove the controversial mandate for teachers to complete 15 of their 90 professional growth points in an outside work activity so they better understand career opportunities for students.He is also asking the General Assembly to not penalize schools for recent low ILEARN proficiency test scores, which would mean that the scores would not have an adverse effect on teacher evaluations or 2018-19 school letter grades.Thousands of teachers rallied at the Statehouse in mid-November to urge lawmakers to drop the outside work requirement, not punish schools and educators for low test scores and raise educator pay.The test score and work provision have wide support from lawmakers in both parties, but teachers will likely have to wait for action on the pay issue. Holcomb has said he will wait another year for recommendations from the teacher pay commission before acting.Democrats in the House and Senate said agree with the “hold harmless” proposal, but say the governor should do more.“Yes, we should pursue ‘hold harmless’ legislation, but we also must explore the obsession with testing pursued by this Governor and the Republicans that has led us into this mess,” said Indiana House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, in a press release.Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, called the agenda “nothing short of disappointing.”“We must hold schools harmless as well as decouple teacher evaluations from standardized test scores and ultimately restructure our accountability system for a long-term solution to this continuing issue that monopolizes our students’ time at the expense of learning,” Lanane said in a press release.As part of his healthcare agenda, Holcomb proposes establishing an all-payer claims database to produce a more transparent healthcare system that would allow consumers access to hospital pricing and insurance reimbursement.He also wants Hoosiers to be protected from surprise medical bills by requiring providers to give an estimate of care costs, including the patient share, two to five days prior to the service if requested by the patient.Holcomb also prioritized establishing a relationship between school corporations and a community health provider by 2022. This is not required but will allow schools to be eligible for Secured School Safety Grants.“Currently, about 60% of our schools are already doing that but we want to make sure that is in place so that there is a phone number and there is a connection should something tragic happen,” Holcomb said.Reimbursing emergency medical service providers, even when transportation is not needed is another priority for Holcomb in the 2020 session. Currently, if a patient does not need to be taken to an emergency room and simply needs in home care, such as care for diabetic shock, EMS personnel will not be reimbursed for their time or efforts.Holcomb hopes changing the law will acknowledge that the EMS community does more than transport patients. This could also help cut down on unnecessary emergency room bills should EMS personnel have an incentive to provide in home care whenever possible.The governor wants lawmakers to consider legislation that would provide workplace accommodations to pregnant workers or new mothers, such as frequent breaks and temporary job restructuring as long as it does not place undue hardship on the business. This is something 27 states have already required.Under a category he calls good government, Holcomb said he is hoping to save Hoosier taxpayers more than $125 million by reallocating funds and integrating Indiana 2-1-1 into the Family and Social Services Administration call center to connect all health and human services.Brynna Sentel is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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TOWNHALL BREAKING NEWS: President Trump’s Tax Reform Plan Introduced, Here’s What You Need…

first_imgPresident Trump’s Tax Reform Plan Introduced, Here’s What You Need to KnowTOWNHALL by Katie PavlichPresident Trump’s tax reform package was officially introduced Wednesday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and National Economic Council Gary Cohn. The proposal is headed to Capitol Hill for consideration and the administration plans to meet with a number of stakeholders at the White House for listening sessions on the proposal.“The President is determined to unleash economic growth for businesses. This is not just about big corporations,” Mnuchin said from the briefing room.Here is what we know.Objectives:-Economic growth, getting to three percent GDP within the year after implementation-Job creationPersonal/Individual tax reform:-Repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax for individuals-Eliminates the death tax-Eliminates all tax deductions, excluding the mortgages and charitable deductions-Zero tax rate for the first $24,000 a couple earns-Three tax brackets (previously seven): 10, 25 and 35 percent-Marriage penalty eliminationBusiness tax reform:-Small, medium and large businesses qualify for the business rate-Lowers business rate from 35 percent to 15 percent-One-time tax on corporate earnings held overseas-One time tax on overseas profits-3.8 percent Obamacare tax on business investment income repealedThis is a developing story, stay tuned for more information.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Applications open for 2020 Curb & Sidewalk Reimbursement Program

first_imgHomeowner OccupiedHomeowner Occupied (In Target Areas)*All Other Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – May 20, 2020 0 569 Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterest (Photo Supplied/City of South Bend) The City of South Bend is now accepting applications for those looking to make repairs to curbs, sidewalks and ADA ramps.The 2020 Curb & Sidewalk Reimbursement Program allows applicants to assist property owners with repairs, as well as add new curbs and sidewalks where there are gaps in existing connections.Anyone who is a homeowner or property owner, including businesses, within South Bend city limits can participate in the program. The reimbursement rates are listed below: Applications open for 2020 Curb & Sidewalk Reimbursement Program WhatsApp SIDEWALK$20 per linear ft.$40 per linear ft.$10 per linear ft. IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Facebook Google+ CURB$15 per linear ft.$30 per linear ft.$7.50 per linear ft. Twitter TAGS20/20applicationsCurb & Sidewalk Reimbursement ProgramIndianarepairreplacesidewalkSouth Bend * Includes landlords, businesses, churches, schools, etc. Maximum reimbursement amount is for 250 ft of curb and sidewalk combined.To participate, residents must first fill out an application and receive pre-approval from the City. You can download the application by clicking here or call 311.In 2019, 65 residential properties participated in the program, replacing 4,396 feet of sidewalk and 1,523 feet of curbing. ADA RAMP$950 per ramp$950 per ramp$950 per ramp Previous articleIndiana reports initial cases of coronavirus-related illness affecting childrenNext articleTodd Rokita enters GOP race for Indiana Attorney General nomination Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

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Foxcroft & Ginger plans pop-up bakery

first_imgArtisan café-cum-bakery Foxcroft & Ginger is opening a pop-up site at London’s hip Old Street area in April. Following a first year trading in Whitechapel, the husband and wife-run company will open the pop-up on 6 April for three months. Food-to-go options will be available, such as sandwiches made with the company’s own signature sourdough baked at its Soho branch, as well as salads prepared on-site and traditional bakery products.The pop up café will follow the same theme as that at the firm’s Whitechapel and Soho sites. A 24-hour bakery operation is in place at the Soho branch to enable sourdough production all day long. The bread is supplied to several ‘top’ London restaurants.The original site on Berwick Street in Soho is rumoured to be a hit with celebrities, including Lily Cole, Anne Hathaway and Bill Nighy.last_img read more

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Paul launches same-day grocery delivery service

first_imgFrench artisan bakery Paul has launched a grocery delivery service from its central bakery in Acton, London, and reopened four of its stores in the capital.Called The Grocery Market, it will offer fresh bread and sweet pastries, alongside essentials such as milk, butter, fresh fruit and vegetables. It has been put in place to support the widespread demand for key groceries and to alleviate pressure on the supermarkets, Paul said.It will be open seven days a week from 8am-2pm with ‘Bread and Veg’, ‘Bread and More’ and ‘Family Top-up’ bundles available from £10 a box for same-day delivery via UberEats and Deliveroo, as well as online at Paul’s website (the latter requires 48 hours’ notice). Delivery is available to qualifying postcodes within a two- to three-mile radius of the market.“The Grocery Market is an extension of our Bread Market, which launched two weeks ago and gives customers the chance to pick up essentials in one trip/online order, without having to visit busy supermarkets,” said Mark Hilton, CEO of Paul UK.“With many people finding it hard to book supermarket delivery slots, we wanted to help with the demand by delivering bundle boxes of bread, dairy, fruit and veg essentials, direct to the homes of our local community.”Meanwhile, Paul has reopened its Wimbledon, Canary Wharf, Hampstead and Marble Arch shops – which were closed in March due to coronavirus. They will sell hot drinks, bread, Viennoiserie, sweet tarts and mini macarons for takeaway or home delivery via Deliveroo and UberEats.last_img read more

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Thank You for Making PowerEdge the World’s Best-Selling Server

first_imgI am thrilled to report that—for the first time ever—Dell EMC is the worldwide leader in server unit and revenue share. Worldwide, Dell EMC maintained its global x86 server leadership for the fourth quarter in a row with 18.8% unit share. Additionally, Dell EMC’s x86 revenue share increased 37.9% year over year.To the customers and partners who have chosen Dell EMC PowerEdge, thank you for helping us achieve these milestones. Our growth would not be possible without your support and validation. As I sit with customers around the world, it’s their candid feedback and their innovative ideas that fuel us. We’re committed to offering industry-leading solutions in a simple way that makes life easier.We are committed to continually investing in server innovation to ensure our servers are meeting the needs of the changing market. For example, earlier this year we launched our 14th generation of PowerEdge servers—the most innovative portfolio of servers in the industry. Each server has a scalable business architecture, intelligent automation and integrated security. These next-generation servers have been recognized for their innovative design and architecture by Red Dot Product Design, and the PowerEdge R640 and R740xd both received the IT Pro “Editor’s Choice” award with 5-star ratings.Last year, we started seeing momentum building among many new technology trends. Our customers are driving innovation in their businesses with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL), edge computing, and IoT. Our innovative, customer-inspired approach allows us to better identify customer needs and customize our PowerEdge portfolio to help meet the new demands required by emerging technology. The latest generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers support accelerator-optimized architectures with GPUs and FPGAs to help increase the velocity of processing and compute at the edge. We’re even packing impressive processing power into small form factors to enable IoT.A recent example of our ability to provide our customers with the flexibility that they need to evolve with the technology is the work that we’ve done with Otto Motors—a business dedicated to putting robots into the world’s dirtiest and deadliest jobs. The workloads that their data center requires drove unprecedented demand for compute power. Having PowerEdge servers at the foundation of their data center’s infrastructure allows them to scale to meet the complex testing requirements and deployment that the increasing compute power demanded. Thus, they could continue their mission of democratizing robotic technology for customers of all sizes.Looking ahead, we expect an evolution within server design, to adapt to the increase of data and to allow fast data access and storage required with the growing use of AI. Server technology changes will be driven by non-volatile memory appearing in various forms, and the adoption of massive non-volatile memory will prompt people to change their methods of developing operating systems, virtual layers and applications, and to make their systems safer for storing data. Furthermore, as workloads evolve toward cloud to core to edge, Dell EMC will continue to innovate for and support our customers looking to implement emerging technologies such as AI, ML and IoT. As the environments where this technology needs to live moves away from the core and towards the edge, distributed security and hardware built to withstand harsh environments will be increasingly critical. Real-time encryption using FPGAs and solutions such as our PowerEdge ruggedized servers, which can operate in temperatures of 23–131°F, or our new PowerEdge C4140 built for ML/AI, are examples of solutions we provide to make these exciting technologies real for our customers2017 was a phenomenal year for PowerEdge servers, but we’re just getting started. In the coming year, we’ll build on this success, and continue to engage with our customers to deliver the foundational tools of a modern data center. I look forward to sharing that progress with you in 2018.To stay engaged, and to follow the success stories of our PowerEdge customers, join the conversation at @DellEMCServers.Note: IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide server market when there is a difference of one percent or less in the share of revenues or shipments among two or more vendors. Based on Units. Data from IDC Quarterly Server Tracker, 2017Q3last_img read more

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Man Arrested After Allegedly Choking Woman, Preventing Escape

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing charges after allegedly choking a woman and preventing her from leaving a Bush Street address early Sunday.Jamestown Police say the woman attempted to escape the residence through a bedroom window, however, Antonio Hall, 26, allegedly pulled her back into the apartment, preventing her escape.The woman was eventually able to escape the house and made it to her vehicle, but was confronted by Hall. Police say Hall struck her vehicle’s mirror with a hammer, causing it to break.The woman then fled the area in her vehicle. Although, officers say Hall attempted to search for her at a house on Jefferson Street. Police say Hall was arrested while attempting to break into the Jefferson Street house.Hall is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree criminal trespass.Officers say Hall was taken to Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment in the case.last_img read more

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