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Spanish Judge Imprisons Moroccan for Plans to Carry Out Terrorist Attack

Rabat – A Spanish judge imprisoned a Moroccan restaurant cook earlier this week as he had been preparing to carry out a terrorist attack in the European country, according to a report by the New York Times.Local forces arrested the cook, Mohamed Harrak, on Tuesday and presented him to Judge Carmen Lamela Díaz of the Audiencia Nacional, or National Court, for questioning in Madrid on Thursday. The judge video conferenced with Harrak and subsequently published a report in which she stated several reasons to keep him in prison, including his plans to recruit fighters for the so-called “Islamic State” and attack civilian targets in Spain.The report did not detail the alleged plot that the 26-year-old is suspected of planning and the judge did not set bail for the prisoner. Harrak had been preparing to travel to Syria in order to join ISIS forces fighting rebel armies and the Syrian military, the judge’s 13-page report said. As part of the preparation process, he had procured military documentation, undergone training and taken part in a continental combat simulation competition.In addition, Harrak has been accused of actively recruiting on behalf of ISIS online with the help of fighters from the war zone.The report also said the Moroccan had posted a video online exhibiting the execution of a British hostage and had called the November attacks in Paris “an excellent day” that “left Europe shaking. In January, Harrak downloaded an Arabic-language manual that the Islamic State has been using to guide terrorists.The suspect had been under surveillance for two months before the police arrested him in Son Gotleu, a poor neighborhood on a Spanish Island, where he had been living with his parents and two siblings.An investigation of his home and workplace found weighing scales and 22 grams of cocaine.The Spanish government denied Harrak citizenship a few years ago after he had been convicted in 2010 for hitting his 12-year-old sister, local newspaper Diario de Mallorca, reported.The local newspaper has published several articles including interviews from his friends and family, the New York Times reported. In the interviews, his colleagues and family members said he was an introverted basketball referee. read more

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ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Thursday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close WedJuly ‘ 17 505.90 507.60 501.00 505.00 506.30Nov. 479.10 480.20 472.40 473.40 479.40Jan. ’18 485.90 486.20 478.40 479.20 485.30March 489.60 489.80 483.80 484.70 491.10May 0.00 0.00 0.00 487.00 493.30July 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.50 494.60Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 474.60 480.70Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 474.80 480.90March 0.00 0.00 0.00 474.80 480.90May 0.00 0.00 0.00 474.80 480.90July 0.00 0.00 0.00 474.80 480.90Barley (Western): Open High Low Close MonJuly ’17 0.00 0.00 0.00 138.00 138.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $536.00Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $545.00 read more

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Treasure hunters arrested in Rathota

All nine suspects were arrested while they were preparing to dig the area for hidden treasure.The police also seized a van, two three-wheelers and equipment which were to be used to dig for treasure. The police arrested nine treasure hunters in Rathota today, the police media unit said today.The police said that the suspects had attempted to dig for treasure on a private land in the area. The suspects are residents of Kandy, Rathota, Matale and Kaduwela, the police media unit said.The suspects were to be produced in court today while further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Ohio State football ticket prices demand drop after Braxton Millers injury

Click to enlarge.In a sport with 22 starters, it’s rare for just one to swing a fan’s interest in attending a game.While the university hiked up the face value of OSU football tickets in 2013, the actual price to get into games this season has taken a hit since senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a shoulder injury.Miller tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder at practice Aug. 18. Just two days later, the average price to get into an OSU home or neutral site game in 2014 had already dropped about 10 percent, according to the website SeatGeek.The website is a place to search for tickets that compiles prices for different events across major secondary ticket-selling websites.A spokesman for StubHub, a major secondary ticketing website, said on Monday the website did not see a change in prices after the injury, but did see about a 10 percent drop in traffic going to the OSU ticketing page on the website compared to the week before the injury.On Tuesday, the StubHub spokesman said single game ticket prices hadn’t changed, but the website had seen about a 9 percent drop in season ticket prices since before Miller’s injury. He said StubHub has about 300 season-ticket listings from outside sellers.OSU assistant athletic director for ticketing and premium seating Brett Scarbrough said Tuesday he hadn’t had a chance to “scour the secondary market,” but added his office had not experienced a decrease in phone calls looking for tickets since Miller was injured.“As far as requests that come through my office, for both home and away games, I have not seen a dip in those at all,” he said.Scarbrough went on to say that he had never experienced a situation where one player drove down either prices or demand for OSU football tickets.The average price to get into the Buckeyes’ season opener against Navy, set to take place at the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, dropped 15 percent in the first two days after the injury. Originally averaging $109 before his injury, the prices were coming in at $93 on the week of the injury.The get-in — or lowest — price for the Navy game was $77 on Aug. 17. On Tuesday night, a SeatGeek search showed the price had dropped 52 percent to as low as $37 with the game less than a week away.Even OSU’s annual matchup with archrival Michigan — better known as The Game — saw an initial drop in prices. According to SeatGeek, the average price for the Nov. 29 matchup at Ohio Stadium was $408 during the week of Aug. 11, but dropped down to $380 — or approximately a 7 percent decrease — after the injury.Regardless of secondary vendors, Scarbrough said OSU’s single-game ticket sales have been successful heading into the season, especially when it comes to Michigan.“What I can tell you is … we went on sale with our single games a few weeks ago,” he said. “We’re very successful with that. With the exception of Michigan, which is sold out, all of the other (home) games are down to scattered single seats.”With The Game sold out through OSU’s ticketing service, the prices have fluctuated multiple times since the injury.On Aug. 20, the low price for the Michigan game on SeatGeek was $210, just a $2 drop from two days earlier, but on Monday, the tickets started at $203. That was more than a 4 percent decrease for the price to watch arguably OSU’s most anticipated game of the season.As of Tuesday night, that get-in price was back to $214 after the initial plunge.OSU’s homecoming matchup with Rutgers took the most significant hit for average ticket prices, falling about 18 percent from the week of Aug. 11 to the week of Aug. 18. Those tickets were still averaging about $144, but had come in at $175 before the injury.On Tuesday night, a SeatGeek search showed a low price of $93 for an Ohio Stadium ticket for the Rutgers game, which is about a 16 percent drop from the $111 get-in price on Aug. 17.Instead of focusing on which individual players are on the field, Scarbrough said his office works with OSU’s fan experience and marketing teams to keep the game atmosphere at a desirable level.“Regardless of who’s throwing the pass on the field, we want to make sure the (OSU) football experience is all that it can be for our fans,” he said. “We don’t really tend to … focus a whole lot on individual injuries and that sort of thing.”Even though Scarbrough said his office hasn’t experienced a situation where the star quarterback went down with an injury before the season, he said there are no plans to change the strategy going forward.“Like I said, we’ve never experienced a situation like this before,” he said. “But it certainly doesn’t change our focus toward making an (OSU) football game an experience, and that in and of itself is going to drive ticket sales.”In some situations, that plan seems to have held true as not every game has seen ticket prices continue to drop since Miller was injured, even at secondary vendors.The get-in price on SeatGeek for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 6 prime-time matchup with Virginia Tech came in at $136 Tuesday evening. On Aug. 17, that price was $140 and on Aug. 20 — after the injury — it was $129. Since Aug. 20, the price has gone up a net of about 5 percent.The get-in price for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 27 game against Cincinnati also saw a rise after an initial 15 percent drop after Miller tore his labrum. The price was listed at $90 on SeatGeek Tuesday night, while it came in at $76 on Aug. 20.According to SeatGeek, tickets to get into OSU home games were still some of the most expensive in all of college football, second only to Notre Dame, as of Aug. 20.“Lots of other schools are not in the situation that we’re in with the success of their public ticket sales, or their student ticket sales or other categories for that matter,” Scarbrough said. “So, we’re constantly talking about game-atmosphere-type issues.”While still high in comparison to most of the nation, prices for every OSU home game — outside of Illinois and Michigan — and the neutral-site game against Navy are lower than they were when it was announced Miller would be out for the season. Two of those games have seen the get-in price continue to drop since Aug. 20. read more

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Mookie Blaylock ExHawk Charged With Vehicular Homicide

Former Atanta Hawk guard Mookie Blaylock was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide for the Friday afternoon wreck in Jonesboro, about 20 miles south of Atlatnta, the Clayton County Solicitor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Blaylock, 46, was also charged with making an improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving on a suspended license and crossing into the median, Solicitor Tasha Mosley said.All of the charges are misdemeanors. But Blaylock’s charges could be upgraded pending the results of toxicology tests, Mosley said. Second-degree homicide was the appropriate charge because investigators do not believe there was any malice, intent or contributing factors, such as alcohol, Mosley said. The charges were announced Monday after Mosley met with Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson and Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen.“We’re working under the hypothesis that this was a medical emergency,” Allen told The AJC. “We can’t rule drugs and alcohol out, but we also can’t say it’s a contributing factor.”Blaylock is accused of crossing the center of Tara Boulevard, causing a head-on wreck that killed Monica Murphy, a front-seat passenger in the other vehicle, according to police. Murphy, her husband and Blaylock were all injured and transported to Atlanta Medical Center, Allen said.Blaylock was unresponsive and placed on life support at the hospital, but his condition improved over the weekend. Murphy died within hours of the wreck after undergoing surgery for internal injuries, police said.Murphy’s husband, Frankie, sustained a broken ankle in the crash, but said Monday he’s not sure when the emotional void of losing his wife will heal. The couple had just pulled onto Tara Boulevard from a fast-food restaurant when Blaylock’s Cadillac Escalade appeared as if out of nowhere, Frankie Murphy told Channel 2 Action News.“The number one thing in my life. Irreplaceable,” Murphy said of his wife. “There’s nothing that can get her back, there’s nothing that can replace the hole that’s been left.”Blaylock’s family has told police that he was being treated for seizures at the time of the crash, but the exact cause is still not known, Allen said. Blaylock remained in serious condition Monday and has not released a public statement regarding the crash. read more

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2018 Big Ten Preview Indiana Hoosiers

Location: Bloomington, Indiana2017 Record: 5-7 (2-7 Big Ten)Head Coach: Tom Allen2018 record: 3-1All time record vs. Ohio State: 12-73-5What has happened thus far in 2018:The Indiana Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) opened its 2018 campaign with wins against Florida International, Virginia and Ball State, as well as a two-touchdown loss at home to No. 21 Michigan State. The Hoosiers defeated Florida International in the season opener on the back of three touchdown passes from redshirt sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey and a pick-six from senior defensive back Jonathan Crawford. Next, the Hoosiers took down Virginia at home thanks to freshman running back Stevie Scott’s 204 yards on 31 carries. The following week, they hosted Ball State, where the Hoosiers exploded for 21 second-quarter points en route to a 38-10 victory. In the fourth week, Indiana found itself in an early 21-7 hole to the Spartans and clawed back within one point before having the door slammed in its face by a 75-yard end around for a touchdown with just over three minutes to play. Impact Player:Redshirt sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey is the clear leader of the Hoosier’s offense. Ramsey has completed 72 percent of his passes through the first four games, with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. In addition to an efficient passing game, Ramsey has shown the ability to use his legs as a weapon as well, coming in as the team’s second leading rusher, compiling 163 yards on 41 attempts. However, Ramsey does not throw the ball down the field, as evidenced by his 8.53 yards per completion, which is ranked among the lowest in the nation at No. 122. Scott is the other catalyst of the Hoosier’s offense. Scott ranks No. 21 in the nation in rushing yards per game at 101.5 per contest. On the season, Scott has already racked up over 400 yards, rushing at 5.08 yards per carry and three touchdowns. Strengths:The strength of Indiana comes from its defense. The Hoosiers rank No. 13 in the nation in pass defense, allowing only 156.3 yards per game through the air. Additionally, the Hoosier defense has proved to be formidable on third down, ranking No. 37 in the nation — just ahead of Georgia (No. 38) and Penn State (No. 42). The Hoosiers allow opposing offenses to convert on third downs at a 32.7 percent rate. Indiana’s defense is tied with Alabama for No. 29 in the nation with 7.5 tackles for loss per game. Weaknesses:Though they rank highly in a number of defensive categories, the Hoosiers are more susceptible to the run, ranking No. 86 in the NCAA. However, the main weakness of the 2018 Indiana squad is clearly the offense. Since the departure of former head coach Kevin Wilson — now the co-offensive coordinator at Ohio State — in late 2016, the offense has gone from a great strength of the program to one of its primary concerns. Ramsey’s inability to throw the ball down the field — instead opting for mostly underneath routes — hurts the big-play ability of the offense. Additionally, the loss of Simmie Cobbs Jr. — Indiana’s top wide receiver last year — to the NFL has certainly hampered Indiana’s aerial attack. read more

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New section of the national highway opens

first_imgA new section of the Corinth-Tripoli national highway in the Peloponnese opened last week and is expected to reduce the 12.5-kilometer journey for motorists by at least 10 minutes, though toll fees are scheduled to increase next week.It remained unclear what the toll charges would be at the new tollgates at the junction for Asea, a village in the prefecture of Arcadia. More sections of the highway are to open in the region in coming months. A 5-kilometre stretch between Tripoli and Kalamata is due to open next month. Another 12-kilometre section between Paradeisia and Tsakonas is to open by April 2011.Last month, Kathimerini learned that authorities are planning to set up four new toll stations on the northern outskirts of Athens over the next few months. Motorists have staged a series of protests at tollgates at Afidnes, Metamorphosi and Elefsina in opposition to rising toll charges Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Le plus vieux panda du monde meurt à 34 ans

first_imgLe plus vieux panda du monde meurt à 34 ansSelon la presse chinoise, la femelle panda Ming Ming est morte à 34 ans dans un parc animalier du pays. Il s’agissait du plus vieux panda du monde.C’est au parc animalier Xiangjiang Wild Animal World du canton de Guangzhou en Chine, que Ming Ming, le plus vieux panda du monde, a rendu l’âme le 7 mai dernier. La femelle panda de 34 ans y avait élu résidence depuis 1998.Les vétérinaires sont formels : les organes de l’animal se sont détériorés avec l’âge et ont entraîné une déficience rénale. Selon la presse chinoise, les pandas vivent environ 15 ans dans la nature et 22 ans en captivité. Ming Ming avait failli causer un incident diplomatique lorsqu’elle a été envoyée au zoo de Londres en 1991 pour s’accoupler avec un autre panda, Bao Bao. La femelle a dû rentrer précipitamment en Chine après que les deux animaux se battent. Leur accouplement fut un échec.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuCes animaux font l’objet d’un important programme d’élevage en captivité en Chine. Les scientifiques chinois ont développé des techniques de fécondation artificielle pour contourner le principal problème concernant la reproduction des pandas : ceux-ci ne sont naturellement en chaleur que quelques jours par an.Il ne reste plus que 1.600 pandas en liberté dans le monde et quelque 300 en captivité, essentiellement en Chine.Le 17 mai 2011 à 14:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Star Wars Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form On May 25, 1977, a weird little sci-fi movie no one believed in opened in a very small number of movie theaters around the country. 20th Century Fox actually had to threaten to withhold an eagerly anticipated summer flick to get movie theaters to carry it. It opened on a Wednesday in only 32 theaters, and eight more picked up the movie for its opening weekend. The film was essentially shoved out the door to die. I think we all know what happened next.40 years later, it’s unthinkable that Star Wars was ever anything but the biggest movie of the year, every year. That movie nobody thought would amount to anything turned into the biggest hit Hollywood had ever seen. It pioneered special effects techniques copied by everyone for decades to come. Most people didn’t even know it was possible for a movie to look like that. Audiences went back to see the movie again and again. In some movie theaters, it ran for more than a year. In others, the movie was re-released every year until its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, came out in 1980.The cast instantly became huge stars, and Star Wars became a gigantic franchise with its own novels, comics, toys, video games, bed sheets and pretty much every other product you can think of. Now, a new Star Wars movie comes out every year, and judging by the most recent two; there’s still a reason to get excited about that. So far, the new movies have been fantastic. Almost as good as the 1977 experiment that started it all. And from the looks of things, the next one is shaping up to be pretty great as well. Vanity Fair released this behind the scenes video yesterday of photographer Annie Leibovitz’s time on the set. It doesn’t show a whole lot, but the sets and costumes sure look amazing. Though George Lucas sadly got away from practical effects as the years went on, this behind the scenes video reminds us how amazing they can still be.Star Wars has grown from a small risk that everyone was sure would fail into an important piece of cinematic history that has inspired generations of fans and creators. For many of us, it was our first taste of science fiction. It set us down the path of voracious genre reading, late night dinner debates, fan fiction, cosplay, film criticism, filmmaking… whatever we’re doing now, Star Wars is undeniably part of the reason we’re doing it. We can all remember feeling like Luke, wanting something bigger than the life we saw in front of us. We all remember trying to imitate the lightsaber battle between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi with our friends. We certainly remember watching that Death Star explode for the first time. It was the coolest thing our little eyes had ever seen. The fact that after 40 years, we still have countless moments like those still to come is incredible.So how do you celebrate Star Wars’s 40th anniversary? Any way you want. Rewatch the original trilogy for the 40th time. Dig out your 2006 DVDs so you can watch the original unaltered version. (Or look into the legal grey area of fan edits.) If that doesn’t strike your fancy, try something new. Start watching The Clone Wars or Rebels, like you’ve been meaning to. They’re just as good as you’ve heard they are. Check out Marvel’s current run of canonical comics. They’re also fantastic, and fill in the gaps between the movies with interesting and emotional stories. The Darth Vader series was the best, partially because it featured an evil C3P0 who quickly became my new favorite Star Wars character.There’s no wrong way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. Trust your feelings. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Elon Musks Neuralink Wanted an Animal Testing Lab in San Francisco

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Zany billionaire Elon Musk has been obsessed with futurism for a while now. And not content with space, cars, public transportation, and the power grid, last year he set his sights on brain-computer interfaces. Musk bought Neuralink, a company that was creating a “neural lace” that could, in theory, enable technological telepathy, as well as treats any number of neurological diseases.How exactly the company plans on doing this isn’t clear. And there’s little mention of anything beyond high bandwidth “brain-machine interfaces.” But, according to a report by Gizmodo, it may be that the organization has already started animal testing — or at least planning to do so.Neuralink began trying to get the go ahead to convert its headquarters in San Francisco into an animal testing lab. Officially, the company later backed down from this, but has maintained a research presence at UC Davis, with other evidence suggesting that it’s seeking to find its own laboratory.Tesla CEO Elon Musk (via photographer Maurizio Pesce)In 2017, Neuralink put in a permit for keeping laboratory animals with the California Department of Public Health. The permit was granted, though it’s set to expire in April, and, according to the CDPH, a renewal has not been filed.In another document, CEO Jared Birchall described the intended renovations to the building to the Planning Department:The tenant intends to use the 2nd floor as an interdisciplinary workroom for electrical, chemical, mechanical & materials engineering and computer science development, with a small machine shop attached, to modify prefabricated small bio-mechanical devices as well as perform 3D printing and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling. The machine shop is an accessory use to the workroom.The tenant intends to use the 3rd floor as a biological research laboratory for neurological interface testing and development. Ancillary to this use, the tenant will require a clean room for microfabricated device integration, a small operating room for in vivo testing, and a small room to house rodents. This will follow the CNC/NIH Animal Biosafety Laboratory Level 1. The use of rodents is exempt from the Animal Welfare Act. The clean room, operating room, and rodent housing uses are accessory to the laboratory use. This is all according to public records obtained by Gizmodo. The blog suspects that one of the main reasons the company has been quiet, is that “an important part of developing neural implants is testing them on animals.” And, given that the tech industry is nothing if not obsessive over appearances, it may be pushing scientific development in secret, to avoid the (likely) gruesome outcomes of these early testing phases“Things that could not be feasibly done in humans are done in animal models,” Alik Widge, a psychiatric engineer at Massachusetts General Hospital who researches electrical and magnetic brain stimulation, told Gizmodo.“When you think about the body, we’re made mostly of salt water. You can see what a year or two of that will do to a car,” Widge said. “Now imagine what it will do to a high-precision medical device, especially one that’s putting out electric signals. The role of animal testing is to show that the risk of any of that happening is incredibly low.”After some back and forth with the city, it seems Neuralink began looking elsewhere, which is when UC Davis entered the picture. And that’s no coincidence. Reporter Kate Conger of Gizmodo wrote, “Davis is home to the California National Primate Research Center, one of seven primate research facilities in the nation dedicated to biomedical research, as well as several other animal testing facilities.”It’s still unclear what sorts of testing, if any, Neuralink has actually conducted. But the trail leads to the conclusion that the company is at least planning to work on animals. That could be complicated, and it’ll be strange to see what comes of this. I’ll cop to the fact that I’m a vegan, but I also really love scientific progress. And this one just knots up my stomach.The brains of mouse models treated with the supplement nicotinamide riboside showed reduced tau and less DNA damage than non-treated mice (via National Institutes of Health)All this said, it may help to state that while doing cool techno stuff is obviously a goal of Neuralink, the same tech can and is being used to help people with Parkinson’s, or other critically neurological condition. This tech could save countless lives, and may even help us avoid death altogether. That’s lofty, sure, but I think it’s what I need to tell myself to be okay with it all. Alas.center_img SpaceX’s Starhopper Test Launch in Texas ScrubbedElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter last_img read more

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SDPD officer injured in shootout visited by Chopper the Biker Dog

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter , Posted: July 1, 2018 Officer Roman, who is still recovering from serious injuries, was paid a visit by Chopper the Biker Dog, a well-known Boston Terrier and Certified Therapy Dog from San Diego.On his Facebook page, Chopper wrote:“Please keep this Officer, his wife and little baby boy in your prayers as he recovers, praying for a full recovery Thank you to Officer Roman and his wife for allowing us to share these photos.” Updated: 9:25 PMcenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego Police officer who was seriously injured in a shootout last week received a special visitor.Officer Francisco Roman was paid a visit by Chopper the Biker Dog while recovering from his injuries.Officer Roman and officer Dan Bihum were struck by gunfire last Saturday in the Rolando neighborhood while answering a violent disturbance call.The officers entered an apartment  in the 4800 block of Rolando Court when suspect Joe Darwish opened fire, striking Roman and Bihum. SDPD officer injured in shootout visited by Chopper the Biker Dog July 1, 2018last_img read more

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Lifeline Connections limits its state work

first_imgClark County’s only inpatient substance abuse treatment center is reducing the number of state-funded patient beds from 55 to no more than 25.Beginning next month, Lifeline Connections will cut back the number of publicly funded beds it offers to people who are low-income, have Medicaid and come through the county’s drug court. For the last several years, the inpatient unit has lost $20,000 to $50,000 per month as operating expenses climb and the state reimbursement rate remains stagnant. The private nonprofit can no longer sustain such losses, said Lifeline Connections Chief Executive Officer Lynn Samuels.“This will be a significant loss to the community. However, everybody understands this was not a decision we made lightly,” she said. “This was not an easy decision to come to.”With statewide cuts in the millions of dollars to inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency services, nonprofit organizations and treatment centers across the state are being forced to alter their business models, said Cleve Thompson, Clark County’s alcohol and drug program manager.“The pressure is going to come this biennium where these reductions, without any kind of increases, are putting a lot of pressure on these nonprofits and treatment facilities,” he said. “Even though your mission may be to provide some services, you can’t continue to operate at that great of loss.”last_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday January 18 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Friday, January 18, 2019:#1) Winter Coffee House: The Last DuoThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Winter Coffee House at 7pm. Nothing better than live music to chase away the winter blues! Hear the sounds of the 60s and 70s with Dan Sirois and Greg Decoteau, who together are The Last Duo. They bring a full and exciting sound to songs by the Eagles, America, Van Morrison, and the Beatles and more.  Coffee, tea, and dessert served. Tickets on sale at the main desk. $10. Ages 18+.#2) Needleworkers At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meeting of its Needleworkers from 10am to noon. If you do any kind of needlework, this group is for you. Bring a project and learn from others while enjoying a little conversation and camaraderie. No registration required.#3) Trivia At Wilmington Knights Of ColumbusEnjoy an evening of team trivia with Lisa Kapala from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). There is no fee to play!  This is not a fundraiser. Participants can play solo or on a team (2-6 players).  1st and 2nd place winners will be awarded prizes. The event is open to the public (21 and over). Use the building’s rear entrance and proceed down to the lounge. Attendees are welcome to bring snacks and buy drinks from the bar. The lounge is smoke-free.  The organizers are fun, friendly, and would love to have you!#4) Bingo At Senior Center The Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its weekly bingo game at 1pm.#5) Karaoke At Pacific GrovePacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke from Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, September 6In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, June 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Energy lobbyist denounces Walkers oil and gas tax changes

first_imgDownload AudioThe top energy industry lobbyist in Alaska denounced Governor Bill Walker’s proposed oil and gas tax changes on Monday.Alaska Oil and Gas Association President Kara Moriarty told the House Resources Committee that companies can’t afford higher costs when oil prices are low.“If you want the policy of Alaska to be to raise taxes on an industry that has negative tax flow, then that’s your prerogative,” said Moriarty. “But what we’re saying is that that policy will impact their investment and production.”Walker proposes raising the minimum oil and gas tax from 4 to 5 percent. He also wants to eliminate some tax credits for drilling and exploration.The changes would reduce the state government’s three-and-a-half-billion-dollar deficit by five hundred million dollars.Representative Geran Tarr, an Anchorage Democrat, asked Moriarty to reconcile industry concerns with the actions of some companies, such as Hilcorp, which gave employees one hundred thousand dollar bonuses last year.“How can you expect the Alaska public to react to information like that and then, you know, respond that they think, you know, that that company is hurting?” Tarr asked.Moriarty says Hilcorp honored a long-term commitment to their workers with the bonuses. She added that other major employers have been laying off workers in Alaska.Armstrong Oil and Gas Chairman Bill Armstrong says other states have had stable oil and gas taxes. But Alaska has made several changes over the past decade, making it more difficult to invest.And he says most countries have been cutting taxes on energy companies.“They’re all making things better,” Armstrong said. “With the exception of three countries that I could find: Congo, Madagascar, and Tanzania. And Alaska. Four – three countries and a state. So, to make things worse when things are bad is, you’re kind of in rare company.”The committee will hear testimony from more industry executives on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Mission Mangal movie review and rating Critics verdict on Akshay Kumar starrer

first_imgMission Mangal movie review and rating by critics.TwitterMuch awaited movie Mission Mangal witnessed impressive advance booking, and now the film is also getting good reviews from audience and critics.The movie released on Thursday, following which positive words started pouring in for Mission Mangal on social media and otherwise.Directed by Jagan Shakti, Mission Mangal has the ensemble cast comprising Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Sharman Johsi, Nithiya Menen among others.The film is based on the true event of one of India’s biggest space research achievement. Social media is already abuzz with rave reviews for Mission Mangal. A lot of people and critics have been appreciating the film.Early critics’ reviews suggest Mission Mangal is a must watch. Not just the stars’ performances, the direction and script is also being lauded.Check some of the critics’ review and rating of Mission Mangal.Times of India: Under the vision of creative director R Balki and an average execution by filmmaker Jagan Shakti, ‘Mission Mangal’ makes good with its emotional highs and drama. In the end, when you see India’s scientists celebrate their hard-earned victory with the Mangalyaan orbiting Mars, you can’t help but cheer for the triumph of a nation and its scientific success. Despite the ups and downs, this story does make you believe that dreams do come true, especially in the vast expanses of the outer space. (3*/5*)Times Now: Mission Mangal is a well-written film, brilliantly written in fact, for a movie based on real life incidents. There is not one cast member who does not contribute to the plot of the film. Every character has been given an equal screen space and well-deservedly. It makes you want to stand and applaud in the theatre towards the end. (4*/5*)Bollywoodlife: Mission Mangal has a lot going for it especially in terms of narrative, dialogues and performances. It captures the spirit of scientists in a relatable light-hearted manner. Vidya Balan again proves why she is an acting powerhouse. It is a decent watch on Independence Day to celebrate the spirit of India space team and it’s passion. (3*/5*)NDTV: This isn’t Mission Magnificent. But it isn’t Mission Mangled either. Mission Mangal is watchable, if not always exhilarating, if you can get over its excesses. (3*/5*)News18: Despite its creative shortcomings, director Jagan Shakti makes the film evoke patriotic fervor in the audience. Truth be told, in the climax, one can’t help but be filled with wonder and pride when the satellite swings into sight! And yes, given that the film doffs a hat to the true-life heroes who accomplished the impossible feat, one hopes that the film’s collections at the box-office are ‘Mangal’ too. (3*/5*)”Went for the special screening of #MissionMangal . Terrific movie, must watch!! The nuanced authenticity of acting does justice with all our ISRO superheroes. Last 25 mins is guaranteed goosebumps,” tweeted Varun Jhaveri.This eve it was pleasure watching movie with @sonakshisinha & @taapsee and our very own hero @akshaykumar. Loved every second of the movie without realisation of time! #MissionMangal is bound to be successful just like the mission itself became BUT the movie is of @vidya_balan,” wrote another Twitter user.What an interesting way to end a good day! Had an amazing time watching the preview of the movie #MissionMangalyaan along with the movie leads @AkshayKumar, @Sonakshisinha, and other cast & crew members. It’s a movie very well shot, to depict the glory of @isro and its success. pic.twitter.com/biSSpRhttD— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) August 13, 2019 Heard gd news about #MissionMangal after the show at Del in #PVRPlaza .. congratulations @akshaykumar @vidya_balan @sonakshisinha @taapsee n director producer n entire team ..— Anil Sharma (@Anilsharma_dir) August 13, 2019 Relatedlast_img read more

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Tales of five successful Beanibazar women

first_imgPhoto: UNBFive women in Beanibazar, an upazila of Sylhet district, have struggled and grown beyond financial hardship to stand as examples for others in a conservative society – through their professional achievement, or as home makers.These are the stories of the five Joyeetas (victorious) of Beanibazar:Parul Begum, of Mewa village in the upazila, struggled with poverty since her childhood. She was forced to marry Abdul Hannan at her teenage years due to poverty.She wished to continue academic studies even after his marriage. To their credit, her husband, a businessman, and in-laws backed her interest and allowed her to continue her education.Sadly, her husband had to shut his business soon, having incurred huge losses. Amid the growing family problems, Parul started working as a private tutor while the husband employed himself in construction work.Parul was skilled in sewing. At one stage, the couple got some money as loan from a local NGO and bought a sewing machine. After this, their income grew.The chairman of local Union Parishad offered her a job to train local people in sewing at a salary of Tk 5,000 per month. After two years, she was elected as a member of the union parishad.Currently, she runs her own farm with 25 hens, 23 goats, and eight cows. She is also the owner of a mobile servicing shop. Now the family is affluent.Shilpi Rani Dutta, of Bilua village in Charkhai union, is another successful woman in Beanibazar.She too was from a poor family. Her education was about to come to an end when she was a fifth grader. But she managed to survive the scare and passed her SSC examination in 1990.She got admitted to a local college and took a job as a part-time teacher at a kindergarten school. On completion of BBA, she joined a primary school as assistant teacher. She has also worked in family planning, gaining the locals’ trust and confidence by advising them on their most intimate matters.The family planning connection surfaces again in the case of Shahjadi Sultana Begum. Being from a poor family, Shahjadi took up a job offered by the Family Planning Department after her SSC examination.But she had to leave the job as her family forced to. The pressure got so hard that even her sister’s husband threatened to divorce his wife if Shahjadi continued her job.She then left the job and got married to an unemployed youth. Her husband left the country for Kuwait to earn livelihood. But he returned home empty handed as he failed to get any job in Kuwait.Then, Shahjadi along with her family started to struggle. In the course of time, her eldest daughter migrated to the UK and got married there. Her son went to Kuwait after passing the SSC examination. And the youngest daughter completed her graduation from Sylhet MC College and left country for UK. She also got married there. However, the youngest son completed his BBA and MBA and is seeking job now. Shahjadi is the daughter of Haji Abdur Noor of Kargram vaillage of Alinagar union.Rubina Akter Rubi, daughter of Md Nur Uddin of Khashirband village of Kurarbazar union, had to get married while she was a 10th grader due to financial crisis.The couple was doing well. Her husband was willing to go abroad. But he became mentally sick suddenly. His family started blaming Rubina for this. They tortured her both mentally and physically.Being unable to tolerate the situation, she returned to her parent’s place and started working as a trainer in a local women’s association at a salary of Tk 4,000.Besides, she took a job at a jewellery shop. Soon, she opened a shop of her own. Currently, from being unable to make her own ends meet, she employs and provides livelihood for 6 people at her own shop.Another woman, Tajirun Begum, daughter of late Kala Mia of Pariyabahar village of Lauta Union, is renowned in the upazila for her outstanding contributions to social development.Her father was killed when she was only 15. She passed her HSC examination with financial help from the local union parishad chairman. Later, she joined the Union Parishad as an office assistant.She also started providing medical assistance to the poor at Shurjer Hashi clinic every Saturday.Currently, Tajirun is playing several roles in society. Among others, she is serving as the president of One House One Farm project at the union, president of Boiragibazar Women Association and also as president of Community Satellite Clinic’s Managing Committee.Recently, she bought a house and 10 decimals of land. She was recognised as Joyeeta for her contributions to social development.last_img read more

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Yemen govt accuses rebels of faking ports pullout UN monitoring

first_imgMap showing territorial control in Yemen as of 8 May 8. Photo: AFPA senior pro-government official in Yemen accused Huthi rebels of faking an announced pullout Saturday from three Red Sea ports, as a UN source said monitoring of the much delayed withdrawal in Hodeida province was underway.The rebel pullback is a first step in implementing a hard-won ceasefire deal reached between Yemen’s internationally-recognised government and the Iran-backed Huthi rebels late last year.”The Huthis are staging a new ploy by handing over the ports of Hodeida, Saleef and Ras Issa to themselves without any monitoring by the United Nations and the government side,” governor of Hodeida province Al-Hasan Taher told AFP.Sources close to the Huthis told AFP that the ports were handed over to coastguard personnel who were in charge before the rebels took over almost five years ago.But Taher contended the Huthis were merely reshuffling personnel and accused the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, of trumpeting non-existent progress on the ground.”Martin Griffiths wants to achieve victory even if the Huthis hand over (the ports) to themselves,” the government-appointed official said.”This is totally rejected by us, and the agreement must be implemented in full, especially with regards to the identity of the troops that will take over from the Huthis,” Taher said.Hodeida port is the main entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s imports and humanitarian aid, serving as a lifeline to millions of civilians pushed to the brink of famine by more than four years of war.There was no independent confirmation of a rebel withdrawal from the docks at Hodeida, Saleef — a minor port earmarked for development — or Ras Issa, an export terminal for the oilfields in Marib province.- ‘Started monitoring’ -“The UN has started monitoring this unilateral step,” a source told AFP”The UN hopes soon to be in a position to report to the Security Council on actual movements on the ground.”The withdrawal of rebel forces is due to be completed by Tuesday, the head of the UN redeployment committee, General Michael Lollesgaard, said in a statement.The council is due to hear a briefing on Hodeida on Wednesday.The head of the rebels’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, pledged that fighters would start pulling back at 10:00 am (0700 GMT) in a bid to restart the stalled ceasefire deal with the government.He accused the government of delaying a parallel pullback from parts of the city of Hodeida that it had pledged to make under a December truce.”The (rebel) army and committees are withdrawing unilaterally as a result of the refusal of the countries of the US-British-Saudi-Emirati aggression and their allies to implement the accord,” the rebel leader said on Twitter.The agreement last year in Sweden was hailed as a breakthrough that offered the best chance so far of ending the war in Yemen, where a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is fighting on the government’s side.But although the fighting has largely stopped, there have been intermittent clashes and the promised redeployment of the warring parties away from the front lines has failed to materialise.Yemen’s information minister demanded joint verification of the promised rebel withdrawal.”We… warn of attempts by the militia to mislead the international community and the (UN) Security Council before the next meeting,” Moammer al-Eryani tweeted.He said any unilateral redeployment by the rebels without control and joint verification “cannot be accepted.”- Untapped grain stocks -Nearly all goods pass through Hodeida and the main storage and distribution centre for imported grain lies in government-held territory on the city’s outskirts.The silos of the Red Sea Mills currently contain some 51,000 tonnes of grain — enough to feed 3.7 million people for a month — but it has gone unused since the fighting forced the UN to withdraw its staff in September.The mills came under renewed fire on Thursday with two silos hit, one of them containing wheat, the UN said.The military coalition intervened in March 2015 when President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled into Saudi exile after the rebels took swathes of the country.Yemen’s conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say.The fighting has triggered what the UN describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 24.1 million — more than two-thirds of the population — in need of aid.last_img read more

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Texas Republican Executive Committee Censures House Speaker Joe Straus

first_img“We must win in 2018,” Dickey said. “We’ve got to put this thing behind us.”After the censure vote Saturday, a Straus spokesman said the speaker “expected these antics from some people when he opposed their bathroom bill and helped prevent the harm it would have brought our state.”“He is proud to have represented the views of mainstream Texas Republicans, who have voiced overwhelming support for the speaker’s principled leadership on many issues,” the spokesman, Jason Embry, said in a statement “Speaker Straus will continue working to support traditional Republican principles and re-elect Republicans who put their constituents first.”Among those who opposed the censure vote was Michael McCloskey, a committee member from Cedar Park.“I always thought our party was the one of dignity and class and to so disrespectfully kick someone of that prominence on his way out was disgraceful,” McCloskey wrote in an email after the vote. “The Republican Party of Texas has changed into something most mainstream Republicans would not recognize.” Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas House Speaker Joe Straus announces he won’t seek re-election in 2018 at a press conference at the state Capitol on Oct. 25, 2017.The State Republican Executive Committee voted to censure Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on Saturday, dinging the outgoing state leader for standing in the way of the party leadership group’s priorities.The vote was 44-19, with Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey and vice chair Amy Clark helping put it over the top. Two-thirds support was required from the 64-member committee, which includes the party leaders plus two members from each of the 31 state Senate districts.The censure resolution, brought by the Bexar County GOP in Straus’ hometown of San Antonio, stems at least in part from the special session of the Texas Legislature last year. Half of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s 20-item agenda got jammed in the House — including a proposal to regulate which bathrooms transgender Texans can use. Straus had made clear that he opposed what became known as the “bathroom bill,” arguing it would hurt the state’s economy.His role in blocking that bill was the most recent addition to a long list of grievances that many in the conservative wing of the Texas GOP have compiled against Straus, who is generally considered a more moderate Republican. As he announced his decision to support the censure effort Saturday, Dickey said it was important for the party to unite and move on from its frustrations with Straus, who announced in October that he will not seek re-election after five terms as speaker. Sharelast_img read more

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Resident Evil 4 5 and 6 headed to PS4 and Xbox One

first_imgCapcom has seen success with releasing remastered versions of Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0. Since they apparently can’t be bothered with releasing a new installment of the franchise, they are going to give us even more remastered games. This time, it will be versions of Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you’re excited about this announcement, it might be best to keep that enthusiasm in check, as the games will not be released in that order.For whatever reason (probably money), Capcom is releasing each game separately instead of bundling them together. The first game out of the gate will be Resident Evil 6, which will release on March 29. After that, Resident Evil 5 will see release sometime during the summer, followed by Resident Evil 4 (i.e. the game everyone actually wants to play) during the fall. Each game will cost $19.99 and be available digitally worldwide, with physical copies also being available in America. All of the games (5 and 6 specifically) will have all of their post-launch DLC included.The ports don’t appear to have many gigantic graphical improvements other than a higher frame rate. These are essentially straight ports of the original titles. Resident Evil 4 has been re-released so many times now that it’s comical, while Resident Evil 5 and 6 are getting re-released for the first time (not including their PC ports).It’s a bit disappointing that instead of releasing a brand new Resident Evil game, Capcom is celebrating the franchise’s 20th anniversary by picking through the bones of the series. But: who knows? Maybe the success of these remasters will compel Capcom to actually put the work in to creating a brand-new game and truly give fans what they deserve.last_img read more

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Geek Pick DJI Osmo Action Is an Impressive Camera Debut

first_imgGeek Pick: Flir One Pro Is a Hot Thermal CameraGeek Pick: AmazonBasics Microwave Cooks A Smart DinnerGeek Pick: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Is a Cute Computer DJI is one of the best manufacturers of drones, or at least the relatively good kind of drones. We’re not talking about the drones the American military uses to turn bombing other countries into an abstract game. We’re talking about the drones consumers buy to fly around for fun and record sick aerial footage. So with that background in exciting dynamic outdoor photography, it makes sense why DJI’s first standalone action camera, the DJI Osmo Action, is such an impressive debut. Stay on target An action camera, if you don’t know, is a conveniently portable camera meant to take all sorts of punishment while you record yourself doing extreme things at extreme places. The DJI Osmo Action definitely fits the bill. It’s 1.7 by 2.6 by 1.4 inches and weighs just 4.4 ounces. It’s waterproof up to 36 feet deep. The rugged body keeps the camera working even after perilous drops and there’s a mounting cage for extra protection.AdChoices广告The specs of the camera itself are also worth all that protection. You can record stabilized 4K footage at 60FPS or up the framerate to 240FPS at 1080p for stylish smooth slow-mo shots. Swap between different lens filters, like a polarizer or underwater color balance, to make your image even more perfect. And navigate the menus with color displays, rare for this product category.As cool as this first attempt from DJI is though, it’s not quite enough to overtake the Hero7 from the kings of action cameras at GoPro. The Osmo Action’s battery life and image stabilization aren’t as good. Stabilization doesn’t work at all with HDR. However, at $350, it is $50 cheaper.For more on the DJI Osmo Action check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on weird cameras check out the new Snap Spectacles and the 360fly HD camera.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet last_img read more

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