Police Suspect arrested for Encanto burglary and sexual assault

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An alleged intruder accused of attempted rape on Friday morning inside an Encanto home was arrested Sunday, police said.Officers said they arrested William Lawrence Davis, 25, for burglary and sexual assault.The victim showed up at her neighbor’s house and asked the neighbor to call police shortly before 6 a.m. to report that a man had broken into her house in the 6100 block of Wunderlin Avenue and tried to rape her, San Diego police Sgt. Michael Stirk said.Details regarding the break-in were scarce, but the burglar stole the woman’s cellphone. then fled the area, Stirk said. Police: Suspect arrested for Encanto burglary and sexual assault KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 6, 2019 Updated: 1:03 PM KUSI Newsroom, May 6, 2019 Suspect has been arrested for the burglary and sexual assault which occurred on Friday, May 3rd in the Encanto community. Hard work by our officers, detectives and Crime Lab to identify and apprehend this dangerous suspect. See attached release. pic.twitter.com/n1S71plMFD— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) May 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

City Of Kenai Looks At Ways To Continue Summer Ice Activities

first_imgIf approved, Red Line Sports will provide summer ice activities at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facilityduring the months of May through September in exchange for payment of utilities, Zamboni rentaland public skates benefiting the local community. The Kenai City Council will look at a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday on whether or not to award the contract to Red Line Sports in order to continue the summer program. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai has been contracting to provide summer ice at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility during the months of May through September. However, the city’s three year contract to maintain the facility and perform management and administrative services for summer ice ended September 30, 2018. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander in a letter to the council, the City advertised and solicited other potential interest for managing the facility for summer ice activities. Red Line Sports was the only response to the solicitation for management services. The city in exchange for the payment of utilities the contractor maintains the facility and independently runs certain services including youth camps, tournaments and public skates benefiting the local community.last_img read more

Time Out New York Editor Leaves for Web Startup

first_imgBrian Farnham, editor-in-chief of Time Out New York, is leaving to join an as-yet-unnamed Internet startup company, Time Out New York president and group publisher Alison Tocci announced today.Farnham, who joined TONY in 2006 after working at Details, will be replaced by deputy editor Michael Freidson.“I can’t say much about it right now except that it’s an incredibly big, exciting idea,” Farnham said Tuesday. “It was not an easy decision to leave TONY and a job I have absolutely loved, but this was a chance to do what [Time Out founder] Tony Elliott did 40 years ago—create something out of nothing and really put your stamp on it.” In a short time under Farnham, the weekly magazine’s audience appears to have gotten younger. TONY readers have a median age of 33.8 and a median household income of $93,000 per year, according to a Mediamark Research, Inc. (MRI) survey conducted this month.In 2005, MRI reported TONY readers had a median age of 38 and a median household income of $103,000. Part of the shift could be due to Farnham’s willingness to push the envelope. During the 2007 American Magazine Conference, he told a roomful of high profile magazine executives that he had one goal in mind when putting together the 2007 sex issue, his second as editor: Cancelled subscriptions.”If you do a sex issue and no one cancels, you’re probably not doing your job,” Farnham said.last_img read more

People on the Move

first_img The MPA named Susan Fraysse Russ senior VP of communications. Russ joins the team from Reader’s Digest Association where she was VP of global communications and president of Reader’s Digest Foundation. Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly announced promotion and new editorial hires. Mashable has hired Heidi Moore as business editor to oversee coverage of business, marketing, media and startups. Moore had been the U.S. finance and economics editor for the U.S. edition of The Guardian. First Look Media has had a volatile first year and a half of existence, but the company is hoping its latest hire can bring some stability. Kerri Chyka was promoted to VP of communications for Time Inc. where she will oversee an expanded news and lifestyle portfolio including Time, Real Simple, Fortune, Health, Cooking Light, Money, MyRecipes and All You. Meeta Agrawal has been elevated to deputy editor. She is being promoted from executive editor and will provide editorial oversight for EW while continuing to work closely with the digital team to oversee cross-platform initiatives. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: Bloom’s most recent gig was as the founder of media and tech advisory firm, Woodshed Ventures, but he’s had a number of corporate media roles. He served as CEO of Guardian News and Media for North America from 2012 to 2014, and as chief digital officer for Wenner Media before that. Gillian Telling has been named senior editor, TV and will begin March 16. She is joining the EW team from PEOPLE, where she served as a staff editor since 2013. Michael Bloom is joining the group as president and general manager, where he’ll “be responsible for both the journalistic future of the organization and developing commercial opportunities to support First Look Media.” Anna Roth has been hired by Civil Eats as senior editor. Roth had most recently been the food and drink editor for SF Weekly. He’s faced with a much different situation in First Look though. Founded by eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar in 2013, the company has already gone through a number of high-profile hirings, resignations and exposés. Gina McIntyre is joining as news director (movies) based out of L.A. McIntyre will edit the News & Notes section of the magazine, film features and oversee movie news coverage across all platforms.last_img read more

Northstar Travel Group Poaches SourceMedias Matt Yorke

first_img“I have known Matt for several years as one of the most innovative and strategic leaders in the digital transformation of media and information companies,” added Kemp. “We are very pleased that Matt is joining us to continue the market leading growth and digital transformation of Northstar.” Matt YorkeSourceMedia CMO Matt Yorke—who just six months ago saw his role expanded to encompass all media sales at the New York-based trade publisher—is now leaving the company after less than two years to join Northstar Travel Group, where he will assume the role of chief digital officer.Yorke joins Northstar as Tom Cintorino, executive VP of digital and a nine-year company veteran, is stepping down to launch a digital media consulting business.“We wish Tom all the best and will be one of his biggest supporters as he builds his own business,” said Northstar chairman and CEO, Tom Kemp, in a statement.The fourth C-level executive to depart SourceMedia in the past nine months, Yorke joined the company early in 2017 after 15 years at IDG Enterprise—where he rose to CEO in 2013—and two shorter stints at agencies OMD USA and DWA Media. Initially tasked with overseeing a shift within the financial industry publisher’s marketing operation to focus more on its digital products and data-driven services, he was given additional oversight of all media sales for the company, including revenue, product, and marketing, a little over a year later.At Secaucus, N.J.-based Northstar—which operates about a dozen print and digital media brands and related events, mostly serving the travel and hospitality spaces—Yorke will be responsible for “strategic digital transformation, marketing services, digital product development, custom content solutions, audience development, customer data management, and digital media sales.”last_img read more

New Jersey Lawmakers Pass Bill to Minimize Encroachment

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday approved a measure requiring a state official to intervene when potential land use conflicts between military installations and their neighbors arise, sending the legislation to the governor’s desk.“The goal of this legislation is to ensure that communities surrounding installations and members of the military on the bases don’t run into conflict simply because of a lapse in communication,” Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D) said in a press release. “Giving both commanders and government officials a seat at the table during the planning process can help resolve any existing land use problems and avoid future conflicts altogether,” he said.The bill, A-2518, requires the state military and defense economic ombudsman to communicate with installation commanders and representatives of the state, counties and municipalities to minimize land use conflicts between installations and local governments’ planning units.The state created the ombudsman position last November to coordinate efforts to advocate on behalf of the state’s military installations ahead of federal budget cuts or a future BRAC round. Establishing the ombudsman position was one of the recommendations of the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, which was created by Gov. Chris Christie (R).The measure also requires the land use plan component of municipal master plans to show the locations of military facilities and to incorporate strategies to avoid potential conflicts.“The insights of commanders can go a long way toward avoiding conflicts with neighboring communities,” said Assemblyman Bruce Land (D), who sponsored the bill with Andrzejczak.The measure passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 11 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, October 11, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Rain, mainly after 2pm. Areas of fog before 10am. High near 71. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.At Wilmington Public Schools: Wilmington Middle School is hosting its Third Annual WMS Has Talent from 7pm to 8:30pm in the school’s auditorium. Tickets cost $5. The show will feature vocal & instrumental performances from students, plus a circus act.In The Community: The Wilmington Community Chorus rehearses every Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm, at St. Elizabeth’s (4 Forest Street). New members welcome. No tryout required. Learn more HERE.In The Community: WCTV is holding a meet-up from 6pm to 7pm at the studios for those interested in volunteering to help film Wilmington High sports. Learn more HERE.Municipal Meeting: The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm in the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE. Note that this meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday night.At The Library: Thursday Baby Times at 9:30am. Time for Twos at 10:30am. Tech Buddies Drop-In at 6:30pm. Boston’s North End: An Italian American Story at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Game Day at 1pm. Ceramics at 1pm. Homestead Seminar at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Lamar Odom says he slept with 6 women a week paid money

first_imgLamar Odom (Creativecommans/David Shankbone)Creativecommans/David ShankboneLamar Odom, the former NBA player and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, has reportedly opened up about his sex life in his new book titled, “Darkness to Light.” In his autobiographical book, he talked about sleeping with plenty of women and how he used to pay a lot of money for abortions.In his book, Lamar Odom said that he used to sleep with up to six women a week and “demons” troubled him in the earlier days and how he used to get women to just fill up the void. As per The Daily Mail, Odom stated that he needed women as an “outlet…an escape.””I would f*** five or six girls a week, but my demons tormented me on the one night I went home alone,” Lamar admitted.In addition to this, he talked about getting involved in unprotected sex and how his flings created problems for him.”But this does not come without problems … most of my sex has been unprotected, and I’ve paid for plenty of abortions over the years,” he recalled.The 39-year-old Lamar Odom further disclosed that after the passing of his mother when he was only 12 years old, he used sex as a way to fill up the void. Lamar and Khloe are to divorce after four years of marriage.ReutersLamar Odom married Khloé Kardashian after about a month of dating. Their wedding was featured on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Following the success of the reality show, Odom became a household name, which fetched him his own spinoff series, titled Khloé & Lamar which debuted on April 10, 2011.Things started to get sour between Lamar and Khloé when the former was arrested on charges of driving under the influence ov drugs. He was also hospitalized one time after he got several heart attacks and strokes. In 2016, Khloé filed for divorce which was finalized later the same year.Apart from talking about his sexual encounters, Lamar Odom also talked about the time when he reportedly made threats against Khloé when he was under the influence of cocaine. As per Lamar, he once grabbed his former wife forcefully by the shoulders and even stated that he will kill her.last_img read more

Market on tenterhooks as Sitharaman begins speech presenting Union Budget 2019

first_imgThe market is on tenterhooks as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents her maiden and Modi 2.0’s first budget in the Lok Sabha.The market has remained uncertain ahead of the details of Union Budget 2019 being present by first-time Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with 26 of the bellwether scrips making up National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty 50 declining in early trade and 24 shares advancing. Sectoral indices of banks, auto, FMCG, auto, and realty pushed ahead while IT, media, metal, and pharma indices declined. Volatility index India VIX rose indicating the market’s expectation of higher volatility through the week. Nifty was trading at 11,950 points in early trade while Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark Sensex was at 39,950 points, both trading flat.The budget is considered extremely important this year as the first one of Modi 2.0 and being presented amid a slowdown both domestic and global. The pressure on the government to meet some of the pre-poll promises could become evident now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is back in power with an emphatic verdict. A budget without alluding to the promises could galvanise the divided opposition. However, the government would have to balance it against the reform aspirations of India Inc. Being the first budget after the general election, the government is expected to have some leeway for hardcore reforms, but may not have had much time to reflect on them after the interim budget. Private equity group CLSA expects Nifty to be at 12,500 by the end of 2019, the Moneycontrol website reports citing CNBC-TV18 report.The government will strive to strike a tight balance between growth and fiscal discipline, the report quotes Adrian Mowat as saying. He expected the first budget after a general election to exhibit tight fiscal discipline because the political cost is the lowest. The markets have remained tentative trading sideways while Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the first Union Budget 2019 of Modi 2.0.Zerodha KiteAccording to the Lok Sabha’s List of Business for the day, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget and then lay on the Table the statements on medium-term fiscal policy cum fiscal policy strategy and macro-economic framework. She will then move The Finance (No.2) Bill, 2019. The Lower House is expected to be adjourned until Monday (July 8) after these proceedings.The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) have sought and expect some incentives such as an option to issue tax-free bonds as well as the creation of a separate financing body to provide cheaper loans to telecom operators, a report in Mint said. The telco lobby group has also sought access to long term, low-cost debt for infrastructure projects to be provided by Infrastructure Debt Funds. It has sought abolition of customs duty on the 4G/5G related network products such as soft switches and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment until domestic production catches up with global standards.last_img read more

Bangladesh Myanmar need to engage UN in Rohingya repatriation HRW

first_imgRohingyas from Myanmar cross the border to stream towards Ukhia in Bangladesh. 16 October, Anjuman Para, Palongkhali, Ukhia. Photo: Saiful IslamAn agreement by Bangladesh and Myanmar to begin repatriation of Rohingya refugees by 23 January 2018, creates an impossible timetable for safe and voluntary returns, says Human Rights Watch.The rights body recommended shelving it, sending a letter to the two governments.The HRW suggests, international donors, who would be needed to fund the massive repatriation effort, should insist that Myanmar and Bangladesh invite the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to join in drafting a new tripartite agreement that ensures adherence to international standards.Since late August 2017, more than 645,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled a campaign of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s security forces and sought asylum in Bangladesh.HRW said it had interviewed more than 200 of the refugees. “Many said that they wish to eventually return home, but that they do not believe it is safe to return to Myanmar for the foreseeable future and until their security, land, and livelihoods can be ensured,” the rights group pointed out.“Myanmar has yet to end its military abuses against the Rohingya, let alone create conditions that would allow them to return home safely,” said Bill Frelick, HRW’s refugee rights director.“This agreement looks more like a public relations effort by Burma (Myanmar) to quickly close this ugly chapter than a serious effort to restore the rights of Rohingya and allow them to voluntarily return in safety and dignity.”On 23 November, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an “Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State” on behalf of “residents of Rakhine state” who crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh after 9 October 2016 and 25 August 2017.HRW mentioned that the agreement makes no reference to the cause of most of the forced displacement: a campaign of killings , widespread rape, and mass arson carried out by Burmese security forces that amounted to crimes against humanity.“The agreement also fails to identify the displaced either as Rohingya or as refugees,” the right body added.It maintained that voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity as required by international law will not be feasible until the Myanmar government demonstrates its willingness and ability to ensure full respect for returnees’ human rights, equal access to nationality, and security.The agreement expresses Myanmar’s commitment to “take necessary measures to halt the outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh” – which raises grave concerns since everyone has a right to flee persecution in their own country, the HRW said.The agreement also makes no direct reference to non-refoulement, the principle of international refugee law that prohibits the forcible return of refugees to places where their lives or freedom would be threatened, it further said.And, it added, the agreement restricts returnees’ freedom of movement to Rakhine State in “conformity with existing laws and regulations,” many of which discriminate against the Rohingya.HRW pointed out that several Burmese officials have spoken about putting Rohingya in “camps.” “This would be an unacceptable approach to their return as camps set up after previous anti-Rohingya violence have led to de facto detention and segregation,” HRW said.It mentioned that while the agreement says that Bangladesh will immediately seek assistance from UNHCR to carry out safe and voluntary returns, Myanmar agrees only “that the services of the UNHCR could be drawn upon as needed and at the appropriate time.”“After the widespread atrocities, safe and voluntary return of Rohingya will require international monitors on the ground in Burma,” Frelick said. “This means a central role for the UNHCR, the only UN agency with a statutory mandate to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of refugees.”HRW recommended that given the critical flaws in the agreement, Burma and Bangladesh should invite UNHCR to join in the drafting of a new tripartite agreement.last_img read more

3 dozens Facebook Twitter IDs sued

first_img.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said tough actions would be taken against the perpetrators who misused social media, including Facebook, to spread rumours to instigate violence in the name of movement for quota reforms in government jobs.”We must find out those culprits who spread rumours through the social media to instigate destructive and subversive acts in the name of quota reform movement across the country,” BSS quoted the home minister as saying.Necessary instructions have already been given to the police to find out the culprits and file cases under relevant sections of the law to stop recurrence of such activities, he added.Talking to BSS, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner Md Alimuzzaman, who is in charge of Social Media Monitoring and Cyber Security Division, said investigation is underway to find out those Facebook accounts and groups, Youtube videos and other posts in different social media involved in spreading propaganda to create an unstable situation in the name of waging movement for quota reform in government jobs.”Perpetrators must be brought to justice to avert recurrence of such violent acts by spreading propaganda in social media,” he said.Meanwhile, DMP’s Cyber Security and Crime Division has filed a case with Ramna police station against about three dozens of Facebook and Twitter IDs, blogs and online domains involved in spreading rumours to instigate the students who were demanding reformation of the quota system.Sub-Inspector (SI) Sajibuzzaman of the division has already been appointed as the investigation officer (IO) of the case.In the four days of movement in different educational institutions, including Dhaka University, were agog with rumours of darkest kind, drawing the students of residential halls to take to the streets and flaring up the anti-government sentiments.All such sensitive rumours were emanated at the dead of the night mostly when the students went back to their halls while the most spectacular one hit the very first day: A Dhaka University student demonstrating for quota reform was shot by police and then succumbed to his injuries.It was later learnt that for spreading those fake stories, Facebook pages including ‘Zakir’s BCS specials’, ‘Troll Du’ and ‘Quota Songskar Chai’ were used.On the other hand, among the pages and news portals that already earned the notoriety for being run by Shibir activists like ‘Basherkella’ has also been found to be very much active and at the forefront to instigate the general students.One popular page among the BCS job-seekers, Zakir’s BCS Special, posted “AB Siddiq, a third year Dhaka University student, has breathed his last at a hospital suffering from bullet injuries”.More strikingly, to make it more authentic, this post was attributed to a private TV channel.Soon after the announcement was made, this fake story went like wild fire, fuelled a sense of disgust among the dormitory students.On impact, female students broke the gates of the dormitories and came out to the streets while in male dormitories, residents in their hundreds streamed in too, chanting slogans in demand of punishment for the “killing of the student.”Moments later, it was unearthed that AB Siddiq is alive and he sustained minor injuries while participating in the protest.From his Facebook account, he posted that he could not communicate with others as his cell phone was shut as its battery exhausted. Siddiq also mentioned that he sustained some minor injuries in his forehead.On Monday night, another rumour spread that Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) DU hall unit leaders are assaulting the general students for taking part in the movement.Again, in the wee hours on Monday, those pages put another post “The Sufia Kamal Hall BCL unit president has cut tendons of a resident of that hall for her involvement in this quota movement.”At around 3:00am on that day, another post appeared in Basherkella, that “DU Zia Hall unit president is leading a band of unruly activists in front of the hall to launch an assault on the general students.”Armed with weapons, BCL activists riding around 100 bikes are coming to TSC to swoop on the agitators” read another post.last_img read more

Bhutanese conjoined twins to undergo separation surgery

first_imgPhoto: ABC NewsFourteen-month-old Nima and Dawa Pelden, supported by their mum, flew from their remote Himalayan region home in Bhutan to Melbourne on Tuesday, report Australian media.The girls are looking forward a separation surgery as, reports say, doctors are confident they will get a new life.Their ‘life-saving surgery’ evokes the story of Nepalese twins, Ganga and Jamuma, who were separated in Singapore in 2001 that drew global attention.Nima and Dawa were born conjoined at the chest facing each other and scans carried out in Bhutan suggested they shared a liver, wrote ABCNet Australia.”Mum said the girls are getting a little frustrated with each other,” Children First Foundation chief executive Elizabeth Lodge was quoted by The Australian.”The girls are losing weight. They’ve been in hospital in recent weeks getting some extra nutrition so mum’s really keen for them to get here [in Melbourne].”A team of six surgeons and dozens of specialist nurses have been assembled for what is likely to be a lengthy operation on the twins, according to 9News.It said the Royal Children’s Hospital is offering the surgery to the Children First Foundation at a humanitarian rate but it will still cost more than $250,000. The foundation reportedly raised the fund.The aim of the surgery is to separate the girls in a single surgery, hospital head paediatric surgeon Joe Crameri told reporters on Tuesday. “We just want to facilitate a good outcome for these twins to go home and live a normal life.”Nine years ago surgeons at the hospital successfully separated Bangladeshi sisters Trishna and Krishna, who had been joined at the head, recalled The Australian.last_img read more

YouTube accidentally links NotreDame fire to 911 attacks

first_imgThe steeple collapses as smoke and flames engulf the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on 15 April 2019. Photo: AFPA YouTube fact-check feature which is meant to tackle misinformation accidentally tagged live broadcasts of a fire engulfing Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris with details about the 9/11 terror attacks.The blaze erupted in the UNESCO world heritage landmark in the French capital Monday, sending its spire and roof crashing to the ground as flames and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky.The fire, which at one point threatened the entire edifice, was brought under control early Tuesday about nine hours after it broke out.News outlets began live-streaming broadcasts of the fire on YouTube, but below some of the clips an unusual text box popped up — an entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica about the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.In those attacks, Al-Qaeda militants hijacked two passenger planes and flew them into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, causing them to collapse, while a third hijacked jet smashed into the Pentagon. Some 3,000 people were killed.A spokesman for YouTube, which is owned by Google, said the text box feature had been disabled for live streams related to the fire.”These panels are triggered algorithmically and our systems sometimes make the wrong call,” the spokesman told AFP. “We are deeply saddened by the ongoing fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral.”The feature, which also links to other outside sources such as Wikipedia, was introduced last year after YouTube faced intense criticism over videos containing misleading and extreme content.The panels are supposed to combat misleading videos about well-known events — such as the first successful manned landing on the moon — by presenting the true facts, in a bid to stop the spread of conspiracy theories.YouTube, Facebook and Twitter came under fire last month after a horrific video of a gunman’s deadly rampage at two New Zealand mosques was circulated on the sites.The Christchurch massacre, in which 50 people were killed, was live-streamed on Facebook, which moved to block the footage. But it was then shared repeatedly on the other two sites.last_img read more

ORourke Outraises Cruz In Fourth Quarter Of 2017

first_imgLaura Skelding: O’Rourke/Douglas Young: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.Senator Ted Cruz wants to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate. But his most likely challenger, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke is raising more money – again.O’Rourke took in $2.4 million in the last quarter of 2017, compared to $1.9 million for Cruz. The El Paso Democrat also outraised the Republican incumbent during the second quarter of last year, and Cruz only narrowly edged out O’Rourke during the third.“Money at this stage, prior to the primaries, is sort of a surrogate for strength, and so the fact that this challenger is raising the amount of money he is raising [means] Senator Cruz does really have to take this as a serious challenger and as somebody who potentially could have the means to really be much more of a challenge than Senator Cruz might have expected,” said Victoria Farrar-Myers, a senior fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Tower Center for Political Studies.Farrar-Myers cautions not to read too much into O’Rourke’s fundraising lead. She said the number of donations is a better indicator of a candidate’s voting base.Cruz still maintains a lead in cash on hand. He reports a war chest worth $7.3 million, compared to O’Rourke’s $4.6 million. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /01:06 Xlast_img read more

Houston Suspect Sought After Woman Fatally Struck By Pickup

first_img Share Photo via Twitter of Houston Police @houstonpolice Police said Thursday that 28-year-old Eddie Roy Olvera has been charged with murder.The Houston Police Department is searching for a man suspected in the death of a 33-year-old woman who was intentionally run over by a vehicle.Police said Thursday that 28-year-old Eddie Roy Olvera has been charged with murder in the death of the woman on Tuesday evening.Authorities said Olvera, who was driving a pickup truck, was following a vehicle driven by the victim. An ex-girlfriend of Olvera’s was inside the victim’s vehicle.Police said the victim got out of her vehicle and began arguing with Olvera. Police said he then struck her with his pickup and fled the scene.The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her identification is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.North officers are at a homicide scene 10500 W, Hardy. Adult female was transported to the hospital where she died. Initial information is victim was intentionally struck by a vehicle driven by a known suspect. 202 pic.twitter.com/qHb677gZF7— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 4, 2018last_img read more

Black 6thGrader Might Return to School after Flap over Hairstyle

first_imgBy Kevin McGill, The Associated PressThe sixth-grader who tearfully left a New Orleans area Catholic school after she was told her hair extensions violated its policy might soon return to classes there, her attorney and school officials said Aug. 24.Video of Faith Fennidy leaving Christ the King school with family members this week spread quickly on the Internet, sparking angry online comments and charges that the school’s hair policy discriminated against Black students.Faith Fennidy, center, walks with her parents Montrelle Fennidy, left, and Steven Fennidy, Sr. to a press conference outside the offices of their attorney James Williams Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 in Metairie, La. An attorney says Faith Fennidy, the sixth-grader who tearfully left a New Orleans area Catholic school after she was told her hair extensions violated its policy might soon return to classes there. (Matthew Hinton/The Advocate via AP)Attorney James Williams won a restraining order Aug. 23 on behalf of Faith and another student. It temporarily blocks the school from enforcing the policy.Williams said Friday, during a news conference with Faith, her parents and her brother, that he will discuss the matter Monday with officials of the elementary school and the Archdiocese of New Orleans.Archdiocese school officials issued a statement later, saying they had sought the upcoming meeting and that their goal is to welcome the girls back to class “as soon as possible.”“We’d like to take this opportunity to announce that the Office of Catholic Schools is reconvening the Superintendent’s Advisory Council to address school policies, particularly those that might affect cultural differences in school communities, as well as other topics such as racial harmony, social justice and urban Catholic education,” the statement said.Steven Fennidy Jr. posted the Facebook video of Faith, her braids pulled back and hanging just below the neckline, that won her recognition and support from, among others, social activist Shaun King on Twitter and rapper T.I. on Instagram.“Faith has received overwhelming support from thousands of people all over the world — ranging from celebrities to children her age living in different cultures,” he said Aug. 24, reading a prepared statement the brief news conference outside a suburban New Orleans office building.On Aug. 21, his Facebook post explained that there were practical reasons for Faith’s use of extensions. “Extensions make the hair easier to maintain. It allows my sister to have access to the swimming pool without having to get her hair re-done every night,” his post said.School officials had said they had communicated the extensions policy to parents over the summer and that school leaders had worked with parents to help ensure compliance.last_img read more

Did 40yearold Viking experiment discover life on Mars

first_img Could Curiosity determine if Viking found life on Mars? (Phys.org)—In 1976, two Viking landers became the first US spacecraft from Earth to touch down on Mars. They took the first high-resolution images of the planet, surveyed the planet’s geographical features, and analyzed the geological composition of the atmosphere and surface. Perhaps most intriguingly, they also performed experiments that searched for signs of microbial life in Martian soil. The Viking 1 Lander’s LR results show that, when injected with the nutrient solution, the soil sample exhibited strong radioactivity, indicating metabolism. The control soil sample, which had been heated to kill any microorganisms, had a negative response. Credit: Levin and Straat, 1977, Biosystems. ©Elsevier Citation: Did 40-year-old Viking experiment discover life on Mars? (2016, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-year-old-viking-life-mars.html Today researchers know much more about Mars than they did 40 years ago. One of the biggest discoveries came in 2014, when the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover detected the presence of organic molecules on Mars for the first time. Over the past two years, Curiosity’s onboard Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory has detected methane, chlorinated hydrocarbons, and other organic molecules. Researchers suspect that these organic substances may have formed on Mars or been carried there by meteorites. The discovery of organic matter on Mars raises the question of why the Viking experiment did not detect organic matter back in 1976. As Levin explains, there are multiple reasons that might explain why the Viking results were negative.”We long ago pointed out the problems with the Viking GCMS (gas chromatograph—mass spectrometer),” Levin said. “Even its experimenter, Dr. Klaus Biemann, often stressed that the GCMS was not a life-detection experiment. It required at least one million microbial cells to detect any organic matter. In addition, the instrument had frequently failed when tested on Earth. Later, it was claimed that perchlorate in the soil destroyed the organic matter. However, I view this cautiously as there is no evidence for perchlorate at the Viking sites.”In light of the recent findings, Levin and Straat believe that it’s important to reconsider the LR results as having a biological origin. Other researchers who support this view have proposed that Martian life could take the form of methanogens (microorganisms that produce methane as a byproduct), halophiles (which can tolerate high salt concentrations as well as severe radiation and low oxygen concentrations), or some type of “cryptobiotic” microorganism that lies dormant until reactivated, such as by a nutrient solution like the one in the LR experiment. Publishing challengesPublishing a paper about life on Mars was very different than publishing more typical studies (over the years, Levin’s research has included low-calorie sweeteners, pharmaceutical drugs, safer pesticides, and wastewater treatment processes, among others). It took nearly 20 years for Levin and Straat to publish a peer-reviewed paper on their interpretation of the Viking LR results.”Since I first concluded that the LR had detected life (in 1997), major juried journals had refused our publications,” Levin told Phys.org. “I and my co-Experimenter, Dr. Patricia Ann Straat, then published mainly in the astrobiology section of the SPIE Proceedings, after presenting the papers at the annual SPIE conventions. Though these were invited papers, they were largely ignored by the bulk of astrobiologists in their publications.” These papers are available at gillevin.com. “At a meeting of the Canadian Space Agency, I met Dr. Sherry Cady, the editor of Astrobiology. She invited me to submit a paper for peer review. I did and it was promptly bounced, not even sent out for review because of its life claim.”Pat and I decided we would produce a paper that would withstand the utmost scientific scrutiny. It took years of countless renditions and compliance with or explanation away of a myriad of reviewers’ comments, but we persisted until we disposed of every adverse comment. Thus, we think this publication is quite significant in that it was scrubbed so thoroughly that the points remaining are firmly established.”You may not agree with the conclusion, but you cannot disparage the steps leading there. You can say only that the steps are insufficient. But, to us, that seems a tenuous defense, since no one would refute these results had they been obtained on Earth.” Future outlookFor Levin and Straat, one of the most important reasons for considering the existence of life on Mars is a practical one that may affect future research.”It seems prudent that the scientific community maintain biology as a viable explanation of the LR experimental results,” they write in their paper. “It seems inevitable that astronauts will eventually explore Mars. In the interest of their health and safety, biology should be held in the forefront of possible explanations for the LR results.”Going forward, Levin and Straat propose that carefully designed experiments can help to answer the question of the existence of life on Mars. In particular, LR-type experiments that test for chiral preference could tell whether the metabolizing substance is biological or chemical, since only biological agents can distinguish between left and right isomers. The scientists also emphasize the importance of the continued search for organic molecules, especially those with biological significance such as amino acids, simple carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and DNA. Future experiments may also provide the possibility of examining Martian soil under a microscope. Despite the positive outlook, Levin and Straat note that all future experiments will have an unavoidable drawback: the potential for contamination by previous landers. In this regard, the Viking landers were unique in that they were the only pristine Martian life-detection experiment that we will ever have. Journal information: Astrobiology Explore further Overall, these life-detection experiments produced surprising and contradictory results. One experiment, the Labeled Release (LR) experiment, showed that the Martian soil tested positive for metabolism—a sign that, on Earth, would almost certainly suggest the presence of life. However, a related experiment found no trace of organic material, suggesting the absence of life. With no organic substances, what could be, or seem to be, metabolizing?In the forty years since these experiments, scientists have been unable to reconcile the conflicting results, and the general consensus is that the Viking landers found no conclusive evidence of life on Mars. However, a small minority of scientists argues that the Viking results were positive for life on Mars.One prominent proponent of this view is Gilbert Levin, Experimenter of the Viking LR experiment. At first, Levin thought that the LR results were unclear, and stated merely that the results were consistent with biology. However, in 1997, after many years of further experiments on Earth, along with new discoveries on Mars (which NASA has now declared “habitable”), and the discovery of microorganisms living under conditions on Earth as severe as those on Mars, he and his Viking Co-Experimenter, Dr. Patricia A. Straat, have argued that the Mars results are best explained by living organisms.Recently, Levin and Straat published a perspective piece in the journal Astrobiology in which they reconsider the results of the Viking LR experiment in light of recent findings on Mars and recent proposals for inorganic substances that may mimic the observed metabolism-like processes. They argue that none of the proposed abiotic substances sufficiently explains the Viking results, and that Martian microbes should still be considered as the best explanation of the results. How the Labeled Release experiment workedIn the LR experiment, both the Viking 1 and Viking 2 landers collected samples of Martian soil, injected them with a drop of dilute nutrient solution, and then monitored the air above the soil for signs of metabolic byproducts. Since the nutrients were tagged with radioactive carbon-14, if microorganisms in the soil metabolized the nutrients, they would be expected to produce radioactive byproducts, such as radioactive carbon dioxide or methane. More information: Gilbert V. Levin and Patricia Ann Straat. “The Case for Extant Life on Mars and Its Possible Detection by the Viking Labeled Release Experiment.” Astrobiology. October 2016, 16(10): 798-810. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2015.1464 The Viking 2 Lander site, showing frost on the ground. This image was taken by Viking 2 in 1979. Credit: NASA; Viking 2 Lander image P-21873 Before launching the Viking spacecraft, the researchers tested the experimental protocol on a wide variety of terrestrial soils from harsh environments, from Death Valley to Antarctica. In each case, the experiments tested positive for life. Then as a control, the researchers heated the samples to 160 °C to kill all lifeforms, and then retested. In each case, the experiments now tested negative. To further confirm that the experimental procedure would not produce false positives, the researchers tested it on soils known to be sterile, such as those from the Moon and the Surtsey volcanic island near Iceland, which produced negative results as expected. Once on Mars, the LR experiment was performed after the experiment searching for organic molecules came up empty-handed. So it came as a surprise when both Viking landers, located 4,000 miles apart, collected soil that tested positive for metabolism. To rule out the possibility that the strong ultraviolet radiation on Mars might be causing the positive results, the landers collected soil buried underneath a rock, which again tested positive. The control tests also worked, with the 160 °C sterilization control yielding negative results. In addition, it seemed that whatever was doing the metabolizing was relatively fragile, since metabolic activity was significantly reduced when heating the sample to 50 °C, and completely absent when storing the soil in the dark for two months at 10 °C. Levin and Straat believe that these results provide some of the strongest evidence that the soil contained Martian life. Nonbiological candidatesEver since the LR experiments, researchers have been searching for other kinds of nonbiological chemicals that might produce identical results. In their new paper, Levin and Straat review some of these proposals. One possible candidate is formate, which is a component of formic acid found naturally on Earth. A 2003 LR-type experiment found that formate in a soil sample from the Atacama Desert in South America produced a positive result, even though the soil contained virtually no microorganisms. However, the study did not include a sterilization control, and it’s likely that the formate concentration in the Atacama Desert is much higher than that on Mars.Another potential candidate is perchlorate or one of its breakdown products. In 2009, the Phoenix mission to Mars detected perchlorates in the Martian soil. Although perchlorates could yield a positive result because they produce gas when interacting with some amino acids, they do not break down at 160 °C, and so would continue to give positive results after the sterilization control. A 2013 study proposed that cosmic rays and solar radiation can cause perchlorate to break down into hypochlorite, which would produce positive results and, unlike perchlorate, is destroyed by heating at 160 °C. For these reasons, hypochlorite is arguably the best candidate yet to explain the LR results. Nevertheless, Levin and Straat note that hypochlorite has not yet been tested at 50 °C (the temperature at which the activity of the Martian soil was significantly reduced) or after long-term storage in the dark (which produced a negative result for the Martian samples). So at this point, no nonbiological agent has satisfied all of the LR results. Biological candidates © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Two new Palladium resorts are coming to Cancun

first_img Share Two new Palladium resorts are coming to Cancun Posted by IBIZA — Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula will soon welcome two new Palladium Hotel properties, one for adults only and the other family-friendly.Opening in the fall of 2018, the project will include the Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa, and the adults-only TRS Coral Hotel, as well as a ‘Village’ that includes a variety of restaurants, bars, kids clubs and amphitheatre.Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa will offer 673 rooms and a unique system of canals that will allow guests to access all points of the resort by boat. Each room will boast a balcony or terrace, with some rooms including premium features like direct access ‘swim-up’ pools or hydro massage hot tubs on private balconies. Families and groups in particular will love the amenities at this resort, which include nine restaurants, four swimming pools (one exclusively for children) and a 16,000 square-foot convention centre with capacity for 1,380 people. As for activities and entertainment, guests can enjoy snorkelling, diving, yoga and pilates, and live music shows at open-air terraces. Plus, there’ll be a special family area and the 51,020 square-foot Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness centre.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionMeanwhile, the 473-room TRS Coral Hotel will represent the rebrand of Palladium Hotel Group’s adults-only products, and the introduction of its new all-inclusive service that aims to provide ‘Infinite Indulgence’, with no limits, to all guests. Adult guests will have access to the facilities and services offered at Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa and the Village, where they will be offered unlimited and preferential access. Resort highlights include four à la carte restaurants in addition to the nine at Grand Palladium, an Ibiza-style beach club with infinity pool and poolside service, a spa and a fitness zone.Both properties are located near Cancun’s International Airport (35 minutes by car). The region, which is largely untouched, is in the most northern point of Cancun in Costa Mujeres, home to virgin beaches, crystal clear waters and an abundance of coral reefs and marine species. While this will be a brand new development, Palladium Hotel Group remains dedicated to sustainable tourism by carrying out extensive environmental studies to ensure minimal impact on the land. Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Tags: Palladium Hotels & Resorts << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Quest opens first of four new Perth properties in 2016

first_imgQuest Apartment Hotels has opened Quest West Perth at 54 Kings Park Road, the first of four brand new properties the leading accommodation provider will open in Western Australia this year; adding a further 395 extra rooms to Perth’s hotel supply.The new property is Quest’s second in West Perth, joining the well-established and highly successful Quest on Rheola in order to offerguests a wider range of options, while meeting a growing demand for quality accommodation in the area. Quest CEO, Zed Sanjana announced this new chapter in the Quest WA network as the state surges forward on the global business stage.“With so many large scale projects in the pipeline, the City of Perth is sure to see a dramatic transformation over the next ten years, reflecting the growing global importance of the city, bringing more commercial space and therefore a greater workforce into the Perth CBD,” said Mr Sanjana.“The state of Western Australia is at the forefront of research in a number of key technologies for the global economy over the next decade.“To date the State Government has committed to several major redevelopment projects, including the $1 billion Gateway WA project improving access to and from the Perth Airport precinct, the $2 million Fiona Stanley Hospital and the new $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital.“Located only a few kilometres from three of city’s largest hospitals, Quest West Perth is also within walking distance to the new Kings Square development, further increasing employment opportunities in the local area.“Today’s opening is just the beginning of Quest’s growth in WA, with an additional 395 rooms on offer by the end of 2016,” he concluded.Quest West Perth Franchisee, Lloyd McAuley expressed his enthusiasm and belief in the success of the opening of the new Quest property.“I am thrilled to open our doors today in West Perth, one of hte city’s most exclusive business districts,” Mr McAuley said.“Quest West Perth is ideally situated in the heart of the resources corporate engine room, and in close proximity to world class health care facilities, leading education institutions and key tourist attractions; what better opportunity could we ask for?”“With a number of significant infrastructure project currently underway and those already existing in the Perth CBD and surrounding areas including Elizabeth Quay, we foresee strong continued demand for Quest’s style of accommodation.”Developed by Exklusiv Kings Park, the brand new property features 72 studio apartments. Guest have access to a onsite gym, reception, and conference room facility. Quest ApartmentsSource = Quest Apartment Hotelslast_img read more

UK local TV operation London Live will stop making

first_imgUK local TV operation London Live will stop making and buying entertainment series, and instead focus on news and current affairs programming.Programming execs such as head of programming and commissioning Jonathan Boseley and commissioning executive Derren Lawford – formerly BBC Worldwide’s head of programming and scheduling for the Global iPlayer – will be affected by the decision.They will be “reapportioned” to the London Live’s news and current affairs team, which is planning to create new positions in coming months.London Live, which is part of former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt’s local TV initiative, said a decision to boost news programming would have a “knock-on reduction” to original entertainment commissions and acquired programmes. This would align it closer with sister newspaper the London Evening Standard, itadded.This comes after ESTV, which provides London Live programming, called for media regulator Ofcom to reduce to number of local content the channel must air during peak hours.London Live’s original commissions include Food Junkies, F2 and Drag Queens of London, though the channel has struggled with small viewing figures since launch in March.“I am extraordinarily proud of what Jonathan Boseley and his team have achieved, in record time, and delivered on previously unheard-of tariffs, but I am also excited to take the station in a new editorial direction this autumn that will capitalise on ESI Media’s unique attributes to take the channel from strength to strength into its next season and beyond,” said London Live COO Tim Kirkman.The news is latest blow to Britain’s local TV initiative, coming just eight days after Birmingham’s City TV became the first to collapse and call in administrators.last_img read more