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Marrakech: fight at a VIP club between Moroccans and Saudis
Casablanca- There are times when too much excitement turns celebrations into chaotic battlefields. This is what happened in one of Marrakech’s glamorous nightclubs, where fistfights erupted between a group of Moroccans and some Saudi tourists during what was supposed to be a typical, cheerful celebration of New Year. According to Le360, a scuffle broke out between a group of Moroccans and some Saudi tourists on New Year’s Eve, at one of the red city’s VIP clubs. It all started like any typical celebration of New Year at a nightclub—drinks served, spectacular lights, music on, people chatting and dancing—until one of the Saudi tourists neared (a bit too much) a girl accompanying the group of Moroccans. A heated argument between one of the displeased Moroccans and the Saudi tourist abruptly turned into a fight, a bit too fierce for the club’s security to handle. To put an end to the chaos caused by the fight, the security managed to force some of the troublemakers out of the club.Having drunk excessively, one of the Saudi tourists who stayed inside made it rain bottles on the club’s clients, leaving behind a bath of broken glass and blood—more of a battlefield after a chaotic battle. Surely the worst way of ending a year!
UN official lauds US decision to shelter 7000 of the most vulnerable
15 February 2007After a meeting with the United States Secretary of State, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has strongly welcomed twin decisions by Washington regarding the desperate plight of Iraqis: to take in up to 7,000 refugees deemed most vulnerable and to contribute $18 million for continued humanitarian support. After a meeting with the United States Secretary of State, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has strongly welcomed twin decisions by Washington regarding the desperate plight of Iraqis: to take in up to 7,000 refugees deemed most vulnerable and to contribute $18 million for continued humanitarian support.High Commissioner António Guterres, however, cautioned that while sheltering refugees can help the most defenceless, it alone is not a panacea. “Resettlement is the difference between life and death, but it is not a solution for all problems and it is not an excuse not to address refugee problems in their global dimensions,” he told reporters in Washington, D.C. yesterday after his meeting with Condoleezza Rice and other US officials. He emphasized that resettlement is a last resort, to be utilized for those with particular needs who can only find safety in a third country, such as at-risk women, children, the elderly and those with health concerns. The $18 million contribution made by the US, where more than half of all refugees resettle annually, will be put towards last month’s $60 million UNHCR appeal to allow the agency to continue providing humanitarian assistance in Iraq, where one in six have been forced to flee their homes, and surrounding areas. “Our commitment to working together to find durable solutions for Iraqi refugees includes providing humanitarian assistance, augmenting the capacity of UNHCR to identify and refer refugees in need of resettlement and committing additional resources to assist internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq,” said Paula Dobriansky, the US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. Ms. Dobriansky also said that her country will work closely with UNHCR and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to assist those forced to flee their homes through voluntary repatriation when possible and will also persuade Iraq’s neighbouring countries to uphold the principle of first asylum, or the first nation to which people escape. UNHCR estimates that up to 50,000 people are forcibly moved from their homes within Iraq monthly. It is believed that there are 1.8 million IDPs out of a total population of 26 million, with this number potentially swelling to 2.3 to 2.7 million by the end of the year. An additional 2 million refugees reside outside the country’s borders, mainly in Iraq’s neighbours such Syria and Jordan, putting a great strain on the economic, social, education and health infrastructures and resources of these countries. High Commissioner Guterres also informed US officials of a UNHCR-sponsored donors’ conference to be held in April in Geneva to address humanitarian issues posed by the mass displacement of Iraqis. The US pledged its support for the conference and also to supporting the Iraqi Government in efforts to stabilize the environment to allow refugees to return while reaching out to those in immediate need of assistance.
Decision taken to increase bus fares from July 1
A decision has been taken to increase bus fares, the Ministry of Transport said today.The Ministry of Transport said that accordingly bus fares will be increased from July 1st.
Syria UN agency appeals for longterm access to starving desperate civilians in
“Today, UNRWA distributed 715 food parcels in Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, bringing to 3,709 the number of parcels distributed since we gained access to the camp on 18 January, said Chris Gunness, Spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.“There have been large crowds and long lines of people waiting for food which attest to the enormous humanitarian need and the desperation of a sizeable number of civilians,” he explained, stressing that there is need for long-term support to Yarmouk and its civilians. “To make any progress in addressing these needs, UNRWA’s presence and humanitarian assistance work must be permitted to continue and expand over a period of months, not days,” Mr. Gunness said, adding: “We must accelerate the pace of distribution.”While appreciating that the authorities on the ground have significantly improved processing to enable the agency to distribute food parcels to an average of about 900 families each day, Mr. Gunness underscored that further improvements are required to reach many more families each day. “Moreover, there is an absolute necessity for continuous, uninterrupted and substantial humanitarian access to Yarmouk for the long-term,” he said, telling the UN News Centre that UNRWA has had confirmed reports of widespread malnutrition and women dying in childbirth for lack of medical services, “so the need for this access is urgent.”He has earlier noted that that an UNRWA food parcel will feed a family of between five and eight people for 10 days. There are approximately 18,000 Palestinians in the camp that remain from a pre-conflict population of about 160,000. He added that UNRWA estimates that there are non-Palestinian civilians also trapped in Yarmouk.“UNRWA has called repeatedly for substantial, secure and permanent access for all civilians living in the camp,” reiterated Mr. Gunness, adding that ongoing delivery of humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk demonstrates that this is possible in other areas where civilians are trapped and besieged. In a three-year conflict between Government and opposition forces that has killed what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday at a press conference on the margins of the Munich Security Summit, could be “considerably more” than 100,000 people and driven nearly 9 million others from their homes, humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the fighting has been a key concern for the United Nations.Just this past week, UN-League of Arab States Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, mediating negotiations in Geneva between the Syrian Government and the main opposition group, pressed the rival sides to agree on humanitarian access to some 500 besieged families who have been trapped in the Old City of Homs without any aid for almost two years. The first round of talks wrapped up last Friday with no agreement on the matter, with Mr. Brahimi expressing deep disappointment about the desperate situation in Homs and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos voicing “deep frustration” at the failure to agree on access to civilians blockaded in towns and cities all across Syria. She noted that more than 3 million people are trapped in areas where heavy fighting continues or that are besieged by Government or opposition forces.
Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 10 August 2012
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511 honored as Ohio State ScholarAthletes
Five hundred and eleven Buckeyes were honored as Ohio State Scholar-Athletes Monday at the 46th Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner at Archie Griffin Ballroom in the Ohio Union. The Big Ten Medal of Honor, given annually to the graduating male and female athletes who have shown the most proficiency in both academics and athletics, was given to senior fencer Max Stearns and senior softball player Alicia Herron. There were 10 finalists: senior women’s soccer star Tiffany Cameron, senior Katarzyna Dabrowa of the fencing team, senior volleyball player Mari Hole, senior synchronized swimmer Caitlin Stewart, Herron, senior football player Ben Buchanan, senior wrestler C.J. Magrum, redshirt senior tennis player Devin McCarthy, senior volleyball player John Tholen and Stearns. Fourteen student-athletes received honors at the dinner for having 4.0 cumulative GPAs, including Stearns. “This is my fourth (time receiving the 4.0 GPA honor) and it’s honestly a huge honor … some of the people here are just the best in their field both athletically and … academically,” Stearns said. “I’m just excited to be recognized for all of these awards.” Senior swimmer Kelsey Moran received the Leann Grimes-Davidge Award, which is given to a female reflecting the level of athletic performance, scholarship, leadership and character as Grimes-Davidge, a four-time state and Big Ten title winning women’s tennis player who graduated from OSU summa cum laude. Senior swimmer Lauren Massey received the M/I Homes Foundation Award, one of the first awards to specifically recognize and promote women’s achievements in intercollegiate athletics at OSU. The Woody and Anne Hayes Award went to graduated gymnast Nicole Krauter, McCarthy and senior soccer player Aly Walker. The award provides athletes with a minimum 3.0 GPA and leadership qualities with financial assistance for postgraduate studies. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for people to celebrate the greatness that we have across all the sports and in the classroom,” Walker said before the ceremony started. “We all get recognition for what we do on the field or on the court and I think this is great to see how smart we are at Ohio State.” Senior rower Julie Dick was presented with the Pierce Phoenix Award, for excellence in academics, athletics and personal growth through perseverance and hard work and is to be used for postgraduate studies at OSU. “This is great to be recognized for these awards and being appreciated is a good feeling,” Dabrowa said. “I want to succeed at everything I do and I have all these great people around me, like my teammates, family and coaches, who support me and motivate me every day.” The John Dana Cole Award was presented to Dabrowa. The award provides a one-time stipend for postgraduate studies at OSU and has a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0. The Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award, given to student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, received at least a 3.0 GPA, demonstrated positive qualities of character and citizenship and shown potential for success in postgraduate studies, was awarded to four athletes: baseball’s redshirt senior David Fathalikhani, women’s track and field’s graduated Kelcey McKinney, Dick and Stearns. The award is given in the memory of Fergus, a former OSU football player, graduate of the OSU School of Law and a successful businessman. Each scholarship is worth $5,000 to be applied for postgraduate studies at OSU. Women’s gymnastics was recognized for having the highest GPA among the women’s teams, and women’s track and field was recognized with the most improved GPA, presented by Men’s Varsity O. For men’s sports, men’s golf took home recognition for having the highest GPA, and men’s rifle had the most improved GPA. The Varsity O graduate scholarship award was given to senior swimmer Andrew Spurling. The ceremony opened with remarks from OSU President E. Gordon Gee, athletic director Gene Smith, associate professor of law and chair for the OSU Athletic Council Charlie Wilson and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board Billy Gehring, a redshirt senior on the men’s track and field team and five-time scholar-athlete. The MC for the evening was Columbus Blue Jackets announcer Bill Davidge. Men’s basketball junior guard Aaron Craft, who was attending his third Scholar-Athlete Dinner, said he was honored to be invited again. “It’s fun to be around all of these people and it means a lot,” Craft said. “I came here to play basketball and everything, but to get an education that’s above a lot of other places and be successful, and be recognized for it means a lot.”
LeBron Kyrie And Draymond All Made History In The Cavs Win
2012Heat @ Thunder228 Missing from this picture: the rest of the Cavs. Kevin Love, the team’s purported third banana, scored just 2 points and grabbed three rebounds, alongside four fouls and two turnovers. As a team, the Cavs had 16 turnovers and 22 fouls. That’s why it took both a historic suspension and a historic two-man performance for Cleveland to upset the Warriors and bring the series back to Ohio.Unfortunately for the Cavs, Green won’t be watching from next door in Game 6. And although LeBron and Co. will be at home, where Elo considers them 59 percent favorites to force a climactic Game 7, Cleveland was also the site of a late-game collapse and a double-digit defeat for the host team in Game 4. So the Cavs are not out of the woods yet — they’ve needed to make history to get this far against the defending champs, and to go any further, they’ll likely have to make some more.Check out our NBA Finals predictions. YEARGAMETEAMNAMESCORENAMESCOREDUO SCORE 101991James WorthyLAL1+2.3+0.5+2.9 20012LALShaquille O’Neal32.2Kobe Bryant26.158.3 Together, LeBron and Kyrie combined for a Game Score of 72.4, the top single-game performance by a duo in the finals since 1984. That means their collective performance topped any by Jordan and Pippen, O’Neal and Bryant, or even James and Wade — and it’s not particularly close. When the smoke cleared on Game 5 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to the seventh-biggest finals upset since 1984,1The earliest year for which Basketball-Reference.com has complete game-level data. according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (our favored way to get a snapshot of team quality). 2015Cavs @ Warriors224 19871LALJames Worthy32.0Magic Johnson30.962.9 32000Kobe BryantLAL1+3.2+1.2+4.4 1992Trail Blazers @ Bulls228 92000Chris MullinIND3+2.4+0.8+3.2 Biggest NBA Finals upsets according to Elo forecast, 1984-2016 Source: Basketball-Reference.com Of course, Elo doesn’t capture that a certain someone was missing from Monday night’s game. Draymond Green, the Warriors’ all-world defender, playmaker and swag leader was suspended for Game 5 after picking up a flagrant foul from a shot at LeBron’s … [groin] area. The suspension was historic in its own right: According to the Box Plus/Minus talent ratings,2Consider these a slightly lower-fi version of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus ratings, with the benefit that they can be computed going back to the 1970s. We’ve used them here in the past. Green is the second-best player to miss a finals game since 1984. (Magic Johnson’s 1989 absence takes the top spot — by a mile.) So take the magnitude of the Cavs’ Elo upset with a grain of salt. 2001Sixers @ Lakers117% 42015Kyrie IrvingCLE5+4.7-0.8+3.8 19904PORClyde Drexler33.9Jerome Kersey26.059.9 20134MIADwyane Wade30.6LeBron James29.660.2 81996Nate McMillanSEA2-0.1+3.4+3.2 YEARPLAYERTEAMGAMES MISSEDOFFENSEDEFENSEOVERALL 19925CHIMichael Jordan33.3Scottie Pippen24.557.8 Among players who played at least one finals game (i.e., those who were not injured earlier in playoffs, etc.)Source: Basketball-Reference.com, Daniel Myers 1993Suns @ Bulls523 2014Heat @ Spurs224 22016Draymond GreenGS1+1.4+3.7+5.1 72016Kevin LoveCLE1+2.2+1.3+3.5 YEARGAMEUPSET ODDS BPM TALENT RATINGS Dray is the second-best player to miss a finals game since ’84 1993Suns @ Bulls321 PLAYER 1PLAYER 2 11989Magic JohnsonLAL1+6.5+1.7+8.3 20165CLELeBron James39.2Kyrie Irving33.272.4 But we shouldn’t let Golden State’s short-handedness take too much away from LeBron and Kyrie’s twin performances in Game 5. They scored 82 of Cleveland’s 112 points, accounted for 15 more with their assists to other Cavs and chalked up two of the top 22 single-game performances in the NBA Finals since 1984, according to Game Score, John Hollinger’s productivity rating. LeBron in particular dropped the second-best stat line of that entire span, trailing only Tim Duncan’s 2003 dismantling of the New Jersey Nets. 19934CHIMichael Jordan38.9Horace Grant23.462.3 1984Lakers @ Celtics127 Top combined average Game Scores for single-game finals duos since 1984 19921CHIMichael Jordan36.9Scottie Pippen28.865.7 2003Nets @ Spurs221 2016Cavs @ Warriors526 19855LALMagic Johnson29.7James Worthy29.158.8 51990Dennis RodmanDET1+1.3+2.3+3.6 Source: Basketball-Reference.com 62015Andrew BogutGS2-1.4+5.0+3.5
Speedos daring Racerback swimsuit that caused moral outrage is to go on
Swedish swimmer Arne Borg, who won five Olympic medals and broke 32 world records, was one of those who embraced the daring new design and he featured in several Speedo advertisements. It was also marketed to surfers and sunbathers, with a Speedo catalogue describing the Racerback as giving “maximum body exposure” for those in search of a tan.The controversial costume became key to the success of the Australian company, founded by Scottish immigrant Alexander MacRae.MacRae, who was born in 1888, grew up in a small fishing village near Loch Kishorn in the West Highlands, before moving to Sydney, Australia in 1910, and setting up a hosiery company called MacRae Knitting Mills in 1914. The Racerback is believed to be the only one in a UK collectionCredit:V&A Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Arne Borg (C) who won the gold medal in the 1500 metres freestyle in 1928Credit:Popperfoto It prompted moral outrage when it was first launched in 1928 and was banned on many beaches for being too revealing.The Racerback swimsuit for men came onto the market at a time when swimwear was made out of wool and had sleeves to protect the wearer’s modesty.It was significantly more tight-fighting than other costumes of the time and made of cotton or silk which absorbed less water, allowing greater ease of movement. But it gradually became an essential piece of kit and soon came to prominence, cementing the reputation of the iconic Speedo brand.Only one known example of the revolutionary design remains in a UK collection and it is to go on display at the new V&A museum in Dundee.The costume has been loaned to the gallery, which is due to open on September 15, by the Leicestershire County Council Museums Service, which snapped it up when it came up for sale at a local vintage shop.Despite initial reservations, the design, which was comparatively sleek and lightweight, became a favourite with athletes and was worn by competitors at both the 1928 and 1932 Olympics. The firm was known for supplying the Australian Army with socks during the First World War before branching out to cater for the growing popularity of beach sports.Meredith More, the assistant curator of the V&A Dundee, said organisers were “delighted to be able to include such an early Speedo swimsuit” in the Scottish design galleries.She added: “Alexander MacRae was one of many Scottish entrepreneurs who moved abroad to make his fortune. Capitalising on Australia’s growing beach culture, he created a ground-breaking swimsuit design that appealed to competitive swimmers and sunbathers alike.”The racerback’s revealing back straps challenged moral codes in the 1920s, when mixed bathing was only just becoming acceptable, but nobody could deny his hydrodynamic design allowed swimmers to achieve faster times.”
Landmark deal for GFS as Eagle Butte opts for fleetwide LNG plus
After an 18 month pilot program operating the world’s first liquid natural gas powered mine haul trucks, Alpha Coal West has placed an order with GFS Corp to convert its entire fleet of Caterpillar 793s at the Eagle Butte mine near Gillette, Wyoming, to the EVO-MT™ 7930 system. In June 2012, Alpha Coal West became the first mining company to operate mining haul trucks using natural gas, having initiated a pilot program on three trucks in conjunction with GFS Corp, the maker of the EVO-MT conversion system.Late last year, the company converted a fourth truck. After a year and a half of daily operation and proof of concept, Alpha Coal West has decided to move forward with the conversion of 12 additional trucks at Eagle Butte. GFS Corp will convert the balance of Alpha Coal West’s Caterpillar 793 fleet at its Eagle Butte Coal Mine to GFS’s NG+D™, natural gas plus diesel conversion system. The 12 truck conversion will phase in over time with the last conversions scheduled for October 2014. Along with the truck conversions, Alpha Coal West is installing permanent, full scale LNG fuel storage and dispensing infrastructure to replace the temporary solution used during the pilot.“We are pleased that our pilot project with Alpha Coal West has led to a commercial implementation our of EVO-MT system,” said Jason Green, GFS Corp’s President. “Alpha is to be commended for being the first mining company in the world to use LNG in haul truck operations. There has been a lot of talk about using LNG in mining operations, but Alpha Coal West is actually doing it and we are very proud that our NG+D technology is enabling their transition.”GFS Corp currently offers conversion kits for the mechanical drive Caterpillar 777 and 793 as well as the electric drive Komatsu 830 and 930. Conversions for other truck models are under development. All of the systems are available now and the company is taking orders for the limited quantity of 2014 delivery positions on all four of the systems.
Police in Scotland investigate after two 12yearolds left with significant injuries in
Police in Scotland investigate after two 12-year-olds left with ‘significant injuries’ in chemical attack Police said that the two boys had a substance on them which caused “burn type injuries”. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson Mar 23rd 2017, 10:51 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald 2 Comments Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 10:51 AM POLICE IN SCOTLAND are appealing for information after two 12-year-old boys were left with “significant injuries” following a chemical attack.Police said that the two boys had a substance on them which caused “burn type injuries”.The incident took place around 8pm yesterday on Granitehill Road in the Northfield area of Aberdeen in northeast Scotland.Police said that officers are looking to speak to two youths who around the same age of the victims in relation to the incident.Detective inspector Allen Shaw, who is leading the investigation, said:“This has been a shocking and despicable incident against two young boys who have obviously been left upset and shaken by what has happened to them.“They have been left with significant injuries and were taken to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital for treatment.“Extensive inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible and we are working with our colleagues in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as part of our investigation.There will be a police presence in the area for some time, however the scene where this incident happened has been examined and I can assure the public it is safe.“I would appeal for anyone with information about the incident, whether you were in the area at the time or know anything about it, to please get in touch.I can assure the local community that all resources available to us will be used to trace those responsible. It won’t be tolerated.The area where the incident happened has been cordoned off to allow the scene to be examined.Read: Man charged over murder of one-year-old boy and attempted murder of girl in London Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10,928 Views Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson http://jrnl.ie/3302205 Share1 Tweet Email
Lamiante un matériau miracle qui continue de faire des victimes
L’amiante, un matériau “miracle” qui continue de faire des victimesBien qu’interdite depuis plusieurs années (2005) dans les pays européen, l’amiante continue à être employée par bon nombre de pays à travers le monde aujourd’hui encore.L’amiante a longtemps fait figure de matériau miracle. Utilisées pendant des décennies pour leurs capacités de résistance à la chaleur et au feu, leur inertie chimique, leur résistance mécanique et leur imputrescibilité, les fibres d’amiante continuent d’être employées par bon nombre de travailleurs à travers le monde.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Les travailleurs à risques sont notamment les ouvriers des chantiers navals, marins, cheminots, métallos, dockers, mineurs, mécaniciens automobiles et garagistes, plombiers, électriciens et charpentiers. Ainsi, selon un rapport de l’OMS datant de 2007, environ 125 millions de travailleurs à travers le monde sont exposés à l’amiante sur leur lieu de travail tandis qu’on déplore au moins 90.000 morts chaque année de maladies liées à l’amiante.Les effets néfastes de son inhalation (fibroses pulmonaires, asbestoses) sont connus depuis le début du siècle dernier et son caractère cancérigène (cancers du poumon, bronchopulmonaire, de la plèvre et du péritoine, mésothéliome) depuis les années 50. Mais la fibre provoque aussi des pathologies non cancéreuses : des fibroses et l’asbestose, une pneumopathie qui se traduit par une gêne respiratoire pouvant évoluer jusqu’au décès.Malgré sa nocivité, l’amiante continue à être utilisée et en 2007, il s’en est consommé plus de 2 millions de tonnes dans le monde. Les principaux consommateurs sont la Chine (30 %), suivie de l’Inde (15 %), de la Russie (13 %), du Kazakhstan et du Brésil (5 %).Le 10 février 2012 à 15:42 • Maxime Lambert
Dads kick back as families enjoy Fathers Day at Woodlands annual festival
WOODLAND — Michael Dribin, with Horseshoe Paddlesports, helped pull Dan and Amanda Newbold back to shore Sunday after the two took their 2-year-old, Penelope, out on Woodland’s Horseshoe Lake.Sunday was Dan’s third Father’s Day, and he said he’s getting spoiled.“We went to the zoo yesterday for my Father’s Day,” he said, though they were “technically” out at the lake for Penelope’s dad’s Father’s Day.“Every day is Father’s Day,” Amanda interjected.The three paddled around the lake chasing ducks, and Penelope loved it, they said.After finishing at the lake, Dan said the plan was to head home, cook something on the grill and relax ahead of work Monday.Dribin said the rental business is out at Horseshoe Lake renting paddle boats and canoes for most summer weekends, but between Woodland Planters Day and Father’s Day, things were especially busy.“We were slammed yesterday,” he said, adding while the Father’s Day’s traffic was a bit lighter, enough sons and daughters were heading out to the lake with their dads he was close to calling his boss to bring out another paddle boat.
Man suspected of car theft appears in court
A man who allegedly robbed a woman of her purse and car at gunpoint, then led police on a chase the next day, crashing the stolen car in the process, made a first appearance Friday in Clark County Superior Court.Rafael Loera-Luna, 22, of Vancouver faces allegations of first-degree kidnapping, hit-and-run resulting in injury, attempting to elude police, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, first-degree robbery and possession of heroin, court records show.At about 6 a.m. Oct. 23, a man, later identified by police as Loera-Luna, entered the workplace of Celia Aparicio in the 3300 block of East Fourth Plain Boulevard wearing a bandana. He pulled a handgun from his waistband and demanded her money. He took her purse that also contained her car keys and drove off in her orange Kia Rio, according to a probable cause affidavit.The following day, police spotted the stolen car and tried to stop it, but the driver sped off. A pursuit ensued, during which the driver ran stop signs and eventually crashed into an occupied vehicle near Northeast Andresen Road and Buena Vista Drive, the affidavit said. The driver ran from the scene.The occupants in the other vehicle, Andrei Romanieu and Anatoliy Zaduba, complained of pain and were transported via ambulance to a local hospital, court records state.
Mount Rainier rangers seek missing snowshoer
Nearly 50 mountain rescue volunteers and three German shepherds joined Mount Rainier National Park rangers Sunday in searching near Paradise for snowshoer Yong Chun Kim, 66, of Tacoma, the National Park Service announced. Kim, who failed to return from an excursion Saturday, has been snowshoeing for 10 years, is a good hiker, and was well-equipped for a day of snowshoeing, park officials said. He was not, however, carrying overnight gear, and the weather at Paradise was severe Saturday night, with blizzard conditions, temperatures in the teens and 5 inches of new snow.Officials say Kim was leading a Tacoma hiking club on a snowshoe walk Saturday when he slipped down a steep slope and couldn’t climb back up. He told the group he’d go around and meet them farther down the trail. The group reported him overdue at 2 p.m., and rangers began a search at 3 p.m.If the search continues into a third day, the road from Longmire to Paradise will remain closed Monday to keep visitors from confusing the searchers and free park staff to concentrate on finding Kim, said park officials.
BJP welcomes Governors move on Municipal Act
Hyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader and former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya welcomes Governor E S L Narasimhan’s move returning the Telangana Municipal Act, which was recently passed by the State Legislature raising objections and seeking clarifications from the State government. Addressing media here on Tuesday, the BJP leader termed it as good for the democratic process in the State. He said the TRS government has tried to overstep on the freedom and the authority of the State Election Commission. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us That apart, it tried to hastily enact the act to go ahead with the conduct of municipal elections in a quick manner without following the norms properly. He alleged that the division of wards taking into consideration the population, reservations of wards and other issues have been neglected in a hurry for conducting the election process. The TRS thinks that since it has the majority it can enact laws to go ahead with whatever it wanted. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us He also criticised the government for deviating its own schedule to conduct elections given to the high court and the court questioning necessity to conduct the elections in a hurry. The government neither respects the freedom of the election commission, courts or the democratic norms, he added. He demanded that the State government convene an all-party meeting to discuss the new municipal act and incorporate the suggestions given by them. Advertise With Us The same could be discussed besides the suggestions made by the Governor by calling a special session of the State Assembly to pass the act, he said. He also cautioned the State government not to take the route of promulgating an ordinance while the issue is pending before the courts which would be undemocratic. The party would fight politically any such undemocratic attempts by the TRS, he warned.
Irans Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone pentagon declines to comment
Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard.REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoTensions between Tehran and Washington escalated on Thursday, June 20 after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a US drone in the southern province of Hormozgan, state media reported. The US military has declined to comment at the time of filing the report.The unmanned military aircraft was shot down when it entered Iran’s airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in the south, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported. The report also cited the IRGC who said that the drone was an American RQ-4 Global Hawk.Iran’s Foreign Ministry called the recent military infiltration as “provocative” and said such actions may lead to future consequences. “Any such violation of Iran’s borders are strongly condemned … We warn of the consequences of such illegal and provocative measures,” ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.While Capt. Bill Urban, a US Central Command spokesman, declined to comment regarding the recent attack on American drone, he told The Associated Press: “There was no drone over Iranian territory.”The relations between the two countries have flared after the US blamed Iran for the attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.Gulf of Oman attacks Front Altair tanker, one of two vessels attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman.Last week, it was revealed that Iran fired a surface-to-air missile on a US drone, hours before two tankers were hit.A US official said that the missile missed the drone and fell into the water. While the official did not reveal whether the drone had footages of the attack being conducted, the source said that an American MQ-9 Reaper drone saw “Iranian vessels closing in on the tankers.”The US military had also released footage that showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing a limpet mine from one of the oil tankers attacked. The video suggested that the Iranian armed force tried to remove evidence of its involvement from the attacks.Iran has denied the accusations and asserted that the country is responsible for maintaining the security of the Strait of Hormuz economic corridor.The United States has deployed around 1,000 additional troops to the middle east for “defensive purpose”, according to a statement released by the Secretary of Defense on Tuesday, June 18.
Man killed allegedly by girlfriends brother
.A young man was stabbed to death allegedly by the brother of his girlfriend at Gumra village of Nalkura union of Jhenaigati upazila in Sherpur early Saturday, according to police and neighbours.The deceased is Chand Mia, 22, son of Asmat Ali of the village. He was a first year graduate student at Jhenaigati Alhaj Shafiuddin Ahammad College.”The girl called Chand Mia to her home. Later, her younger brother Riazul Hasan stabbed Chand Mia to death,” Chand Mia’s relative Arfan Ali told Prothom Alo. Neighbours and police said the girl is a second year student at the higher secondary level. Chand Mia had an affair with the girl for about three years in the neighbourhood.The girl called Chand Mia to her home to discuss about their marriage on Friday night, according to police and neighbours.During the discussion, Chand Mia and Riazul had an altercation. The duo also had a scuffle. At one stage, Riazul stabbed Chand Mia indiscriminately leaving him critically injured.Neighbours then rushed Chand Mia to Jhenaigati upazila health complex where physicians declared him dead. After the death, the family members of the girl went into a hiding. The girl, however, was present beside the dead body of Chand Mia and she demanded exemplary punishment of her brother.Police conducted a drive in the village and detained Riazul, 18.Jhenaigati police station sub inspector Kamal Hossain confirmed the incident.He also said police are taking preparations to file a case with the police station.
Racist Sword Killer Says He Wanted to Prevent Race Mixing
A White racist accused of fatally stabbing a 66-year-old stranger on a Manhattan street because he was Black says he’d intended it as “a practice run” in a mission to deter interracial relationships.James Harris Jackson, 28, spoke with a reporter for the Daily News at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex.Hampden man James Harris Jackson left Baltimore to travel to New York in order to kill a Black man, according to police. (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)He said he envisioned a White woman thinking: “Well, if that guy feels so strongly about it, maybe I shouldn’t do it.”The victim, Timothy Caughman, who was remembered as a gentleman and a good neighbor, was alone and collecting bottles for recycling last week when he was attacked from behind with a sword. He staggered, bleeding, into a police station and later died at a hospital.Jackson was in court Monday, as prosecutors charged him with murder as an act of terrorism in addition to the murder as a hate crime charge he’d already been facing. Jackson did not speak, and his attorney had no comment.Childhood friends of Caughman, who grew up in Queens, attended the hearing and said he was a kind man who didn’t deserve the brutality.“Tim Caughman did not deserve to die like that,” said Portia Clark. “Nobody does. I mean, come on, we’re Black, White, Yellow, Brown — that’s ridiculous. We’re trying to get along.”Carl Nimmons wept outside court after seeing Jackson. “It really hurt me to see that man, because I can’t do nothing about it. I don’t have the power to do anything about it,” he said.In the interview, Jackson said in retrospect, he would rather have killed “a young thug” or “a successful older Black man with blondes … people you see in Midtown. These younger guys that put White girls on the wrong path.”He complained that on television, “it’s like every other commercial in the past few years has a mixed-race couple in it.”“The White race is being eroded. … No one cares about you. The Chinese don’t care about you, the Blacks don’t care about you,” he said.Jackson, who was raised in what was described as a churchgoing, liberal family in a Baltimore suburb, said his ideal society is “1950s America.”Jackson was in the Army from 2009 to 2012 and worked as an intelligence analyst, the Army said. Deployed in Afghanistan in 2010-11, he earned several medals and attained the rank of specialist.The military training, Jackson said, helped him plan the bloodshed.“I had been thinking about it for a long time, for the past couple of years,” he said. “I figured I would end up getting shot by police, kill myself, or end up in jail.”He is charged with murder as a hate crime.His attorney, Sam Talkin, has said if the allegations are anywhere close to being true, “then we’re going to address the obvious psychological issues that are present in this case.”
Twitters David Grossman Exits Sarah Rosen to Head US Entertainment Partnerships
UPDATE: After this story was published, Grossman posted a tweet congratulating Rosen: Rosen joined Twitter in 2014 as a senior partner manager for TV and entertainment, and played a key role in building out the company’s entertainment sponsorship business. As head of U.S. entertainment partnerships, Rosen oversees relationships with media and content publishers across TV, music, film and lifestyle categories to extend and monetize their content initiatives on Twitter.Prior to Twitter, Rosen worked at Viacom, most recently as senior director of partner management and program development focusing on developing targeted marketing campaigns across Viacom channels. Also while at Viacom, she served as director of consumer marketing for MTV Games. Rosen also has held roles in marketing and partnerships at the NBA and Fox Searchlight. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Popular on Variety Twitter’s content-partnerships team continues to get reshuffled: The company has appointed Sarah Rosen as its new head of U.S. entertainment partnerships, following the exit of David Grossman.It’s the latest management change in Twitter’s global content partnerships group, led by VP Kay Madati, which in June shifted to a regional management structure rather than one organized around content verticals.A Twitter rep confirmed Grossman was leaving the company but did not provide additional details on the circumstances of his departure. An email to Grossman resulted in an autoreply message directing inquiries to Rosen; reached via direct message on Twitter, Grossman declined to comment.Grossman, a four-and-a-half-year Twitter veteran, had been heading up U.S. entertainment partnerships, reporting to Laura Froelich (formerly global director of sports content partnerships); under the prior structure he had been global head of entertainment. With the June reorg, global video-partnerships head Todd Swidler and global head of news Peter Greenberger left Twitter. Last month, Twitter appointed TJ Adeshola to head of U.S. sports and Nick Sallon to lead U.S. news partnerships. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Curfewfree operations boost Melbs intl arrivals
Source = e-Travel Blackboard Melbourne Airport’s curfew-free operations and scheduling flexibility has contributed to “uninterrupted connection to the global economy”, according to the airport’s head after welcoming an eight percent jump in visitor arrivals this year over the prior financial year.Announced today, the airport saw its international arrivals reach up to 6.78 million over 2011/12, an eight percent rise the airport’s chief executive Chris Woodruff said was driven by 24/7 curfew-free operations and Victoria’s appeal as a meetings, tourism and education destination.Despite a 22 percent hike in visitors from China to 470,573, New Zealand remained the airport’s number one overseas passenger market, with an eight percent increase in passport holders from Australia’s Tasman neighbour. Visitors from India and the United States also jumped this year by seven percent over the prior year while arrivals from the UK decline by one percent. Domestic also took a slight tip over 2011/12, with a two percent drop in arrivals from Australia, a decline pinned to the “difficulties experienced by domestic operators”. “However, there was a 6 per cent increase in domestic passengers for the month of June 2012, compared to the previous year,” Mr Woodruff highlighted. “This probably reflects the impact of the disruption to domestic aviation in June 2011 caused by the volcanic ash cloud.“The introduction of more capacity on domestic routes and price competition among the airlines will undoubtedly help stimulate domestic travel in coming months.”Overall, the Melbourne gateway welcomed up to 28.2 million passengers through the 2011/12 financial year, a flat result when compared to the previous 12 months.