Football player investigated for pushing fan

first_imgA USC player is under investigation by the Washington State University Police Department after video captured footage of him knocking over a Cougars fan after the Trojans’ loss in Pullman on Friday.The video shows No. 93 — who is listed as redshirt freshman defensive lineman Liam Jimmons — pushing a fan to the ground with both arms. At least two angles of the incident have been posted online on social media.“We’ve reached out to see if the athlete wants to talk to us,” said Steve Hansen, the police department’s assistant chief to the Los Angeles Times.The investigation comes after Washington State received $25,000 worth of fines for fans rushing the field after the upset victory. USC players had to weave through frantic fans on their way to the locker room.“It was an electric game and a very exciting atmosphere, and the safety of both fans and players always needs to be taken into account,” USC head coach Clay Helton said. “It’s hard. When you have that many fans that excited, they found their way down on the field and makes for a chaotic scene.”last_img read more

VNA Receives More Than $200,000 to Assist Those Impacted by Sandy

first_imgRED BANK – VNA Health Group has announced that it has received more than $200,000 in contributions to support its patients and families in response to the VNA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.Contributions have come from a variety of sources including foundations and organizations both in and out of state, as well as generous individuals and VNA Health Group employees.The largest contribution was received through a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation totaling $110,000 to provide nursing, medical social work services and care management to low income and medically frail individuals in need of health screenings and grief counseling. In addition funds will also be used to provide free flu immunizations and to replace lifeline-monitoring units destroyed in the storm.“During the storm, VNA Health Group staff provided more than 1,000 hours of service to care for residents evacuated to area shelters and continued to ensure the safety of more than three thousand patients in their homes. Many were without medications, clothing and food. Many lost more than power – they lost their homes,” said Steven Landers, MD, VNA Health Group president and CEO.  “We have always felt fortunate to be supported by such a generous community but we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from people near and far.”Contributions were also made by organizations including Meritus Health Care Foundation, a Maryland-based group that delivered more than 130 boxes of clothing and supplies in a 27-foot truck and the employees of Inova Health System in Northern Virginia who designated employee contributions in excess of $7,500. Other donations came from Homecare Homebase, Washington County Hospital, Hutchkis+Wiley Capital Man­age­­ment, Metallix Refining, Chubbston, Concord Regional VNA, Bristol Hospice in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Horizon Group and the VNA of Boston.A VNA Health Group partner, Stevens Institute of Technology, arranged for assistance from several of these groups including their own staff, and provided student assistance for the disbursement of goods.VNA Health Group employees gave generously as well, giving cash gifts and more than 440 vacation days valued at over $16,000 to assist VNA employees who had serious damage to or loss of their homes.In addition, VNA Health Group contributed a portion of funds to relief efforts from two of their annual holiday events that typically benefit the VNA hospice program Families affected by the storm were also included in VNA Health Group’s Seasons of Hope pro­gram. The annual holiday adopt-a-family program donated food, clothing and toys during the holidays to more than 600 extremely challenged families and children.“Our thanks also go out to our incredible staff,” Landers added. “We have some amazing stories of their heroic efforts during the storm from a nurse delivering a baby on the streets of Newark; another walking 5 miles after running out of gas to see her patients; to another spending more than ninety hours at shelters. They continue to display an unwavering commitment to the people of New Jersey.”last_img read more