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first_imgChief District Medical Officer, Kendrapara, Binayak Chief District Medical Officer, Kendrapara, Binayak Prusty said the deaths were attributed to low birth weight, lack of pre- and post-natal care, premature delivery and absence of timely medical care during institutional deliveries. “There are 130 sanctioned posts of doctors. However, as many as 54 posts are lying vacant. Vacant posts include eleven paediatric specialist posts. We have written to the government for deployment of more doctors. Hopefully, our request will be addressed,” the CDMO said. “The ground realities are grim. Governmental health service has abysmally failed to cater to the needs of sick people spread over nine blocks of the district,” said BJPs Kendrapara district wing president Duryadhan Sahu. “Given the state of affairs, it is apparent that health is no longer on the priority list of state government. Poor people are left to fend for themselves as health centres and dispensaries are left unmanned. Its the small children and pregnant women who are suffering the most,” said Debendra Sharma, Kendrapara district wing chief of Congress. As many as 154 infants died in different hospitals in the tribal-dominated Kandhamal district between April and July while over 60 newborns were reported dead within two weeks in Cuttack. PTI COR SKN CR KIS PSlast_img read more

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Simeone staying at Atletico next season – Cerezo

first_imgTransfers Simeone promised he’ll stay at Atletico next season, says president Ryan Benson 20:06 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) simeone-cropped Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Getafe Getafe Primera División The Argentine has again been linked to a move away from the Spanish side but he has given his word that he will stay for at least another year Diego Simeone has vowed he will still be in charge of Atletico Madrid next season, according to president Enrique Cerezo.Simeone has persistently been linked with a move away from Atletico in recent years, with Everton the most recent to reportedly be interested in his services before appointing Sam Allardyce.The Argentina and Inter jobs are the ones he is more regularly linked to, though, given his history with both teams during his playing career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But with both of those in relatively secure situations, an opportunity to take over as coach appears to be some way off.And Cerezo says that Simeone has even given “his word” about staying at the Wanda Metropolitano next term.”He is calm, at ease, working well at Atletico,” Cerezo told AS. “We are proud to have this great coach, and we are proud for what he is as an athlete and as a person.”We have his word and his commitment that he will be at Atletico next season. There’s no more to say.” Atletico went into La Liga’a mid-season break second in the table behind only Barcelona, yet in some ways the first half of their campaign has been a little disappointing.Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid RomaAt times they have been underwhelming in attack, with star man Antoine Griezmann having scored just five goals, while they were also dumped out of the Champions League.But Cerezo is sure that Diego Costa and Vitolo will make a difference when they can be officially registered in January.”Diego Costa is fabulous and will fit very well into the team,” said Cerezo. “He is a great football player and has scored a lot of goals. And Vitolo has already demonstrated at Seville and Las Palmas the kind of player he is.”You are right; Atletico will be a strong, tough team and those who want to win will have to do things well and work hard.”last_img read more

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2015 NYC Survey

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a month agoPatrice Evra: Players must want to bleed for Man Utd

first_imgPatrice Evra: Players must want to bleed for Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePatrice Evra says Manchester United players must want to “bleed” for the club.The Red Devils are undergoing a transition period with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becoming the fourth manager since Evra left the club in 2014. The Frenchman is happy with Solskjaer’s appointment and now wants to see the players buy into the club’s philosophy.”We’ve had too many managers, David Moyes, [Louis] van Gaal, [Jose] Mourinho. I just think for the players it’s difficult,” Evra told Sky Sports.”One manager wants to play one way, another manager wants to play another way, you need to know the value of the club and Manchester United.”That’s why I think Ole is a good appointment for the club. He knows the philosophy of the club.”It’s difficult when you come to Manchester United from the outside, people don’t accept you straight away. You need to bleed for this club before people accept you.”We are a big club. We want to win trophies. We don’t want to spend more than 10 years without winning the league again. It’s not easy but the fans have to believe – it’s a process.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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The ‘Best Spanish Ship Built in 2012’ Award …

first_imgzoom On Thursday October 24, the Association of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in Spain (AINE) handed over the award for Best Spanish ship built in 2012 to Zamakona Yards.The event took place at a gala dinner held at the Club de Campo in Madrid as a part of the 52nd Congress of Naval Engineering and Maritime Industry for the year 2013, under the theme “Engineers and Engineering.Zamakona President Mr. Pedro Garaygordobil received the reward from Mr. Luis Vilches Collado, Dean – President of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in Spain.The award certifies that the ship ESVAGT AURORA is the Best Spanish ship built in 2012. Zamakona Yards won the final at Metalships & Docks with the vessel North Ocean 105 and Armón Vigo shipyard with the ship Angeles Alvariño. The shipowner is the company Esvagt AS, owned by the Danish multinational AP Møller- Mærsk.ESVAGT AURORA’s primary mission is to provide immediate assistance to emergency situations and to provide support to deep sea operations. The ship is specially adapted to service in adverse weather conditions in the Barents Sea. The vessel incorporates the latest cutting-edge technological developments for the launch and recovery of rescue boats, deicing equipment to prevent accumulation on deck as well as equipment for pollution control. It meets the highest standards required by the Norwegian authorities for this type of vessels.With this award, Zamakona Yards is positioned as market leader in Spain and Europe in manufacturing offshore vessels. Zamakona Yards Group has facilities in Santurtzi (Vizcaya), Pasajes (Guipúzcoa) and Las Palmas of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), with over 41 years of experience in shipbuilding and repairs of all types of vessels. The company is specialized in offshore vessels, fishing boats and tugs construction.Zamakona Yards, October 30, 2013last_img read more

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This Years Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotians favoured the same two baby names in 2017 as last year: Olivia and William. According to Nova Scotia’s Registry of Vital Statistics, as of Dec. 28, Nova Scotia welcomed 53 babies named Olivia and 60 named William. Of the 7,646 registered births in Nova Scotia up to Dec. 28, the top 10 names were Olivia, Charlotte, Scarlett, Sophia, Ava, William, Benjamin, Liam, Oliver and Lincoln. The most popular names usually remain fairly consistent over the years, however, there are a few new favourites this year such as Lincoln, Alexander, Grayson, Jaxon, Thomas, Hannah, Avery, Zoey and Sadie. Nova Scotia began formally registering births on Aug. 1, 1864. The most popular names that year were Mary and John.last_img read more

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Montreals oldest urban stable torn down advocates promise to rebuild

first_imgMONTREAL – A living piece of Montreal history was relegated to the past on Thursday as the oldest urban stable in the city — some say in the country — was finally torn down.The stable at the Griffintown Horse Palace, which was built in 1862, was deemed too decrepit to save, according to a member of the foundation that rallied to save the site.But while it was heart-wrenching to see the 150-year-old structure come tumbling down, Juliette Patterson said there are plans to reconstruct the building she calls “the soul” of the rapidly gentrifying Griffintown neighbourhood just west of Old Montreal.“Now we associate Griffintown with new condos and towers, but what it used to be was a very working-class area,” she said.“(The stable) is one of the last vestiges of this neighbourhood and we thought it was important to keep it.”The Horse Palace has long been a bit of a throwback, a small brick stable and paddock tucked in the shadow of nearby condo towers, surrounded by 100-year-old poplar trees.Originally, Patterson said, it housed the horses that hauled the construction material used in the docks along the newly built Lachine Canal.Later, its inhabitants pulled the snowplows that cleared city streets.Until recent days, it was home to horses working in the tourist-driven caleche trade, and Patterson says it will return to that vocation again.She says the horse palace foundation has secured enough funding to build a small brick stable, about the size of the original, which will house three to four horses.Some of the original planks and metal pieces from the old stable will go into the new building on the site of the one that has just been demolished.If more funding can be secured, Patterson hopes the stable will one day also be able to host farmers’ markets and offer equine activities for the public, continuing what she says is a trend toward urban agriculture.“It really is a continuity between the past and the future, where more and more we’re seeing cities integrating biodiversity and nature into the city,” she said.Dinu Bumbaru, policy director for Heritage Montreal, says that as far as he knows the Griffintown Horse Palace was the oldest continuously operating urban stable in North America.He said he supports the effort to rebuild it in a way that honours its origins and will allow people to experience an authentic connection to the city’s history.“A bronze plaque is not sufficient, and you can’t turn every piece of heritage into a web page,” he said.“We could have a plaque or an exhibition that talks about the presence of horses, or you can have the horses. A horse palace is like a gateway to time.”last_img read more

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European clubs say will boycott FIFAs Club World Cup

first_imgMIAMI (Florida): Europe’s top clubs say they will boycott FIFA’s proposed new Club World Cup, leaving FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s latest plans in serious doubt and risking a major split in the world game. Infantino had hoped to get backing this week for creating two new, potentially money-spinning, tournaments — a new worldwide Nations League for national teams and a fresh 24-team Club World Cup to start with a ‘pilot’ edition in 2021. However, even before Friday’s meeting of the ruling FIFA Council, Infantino was forced to drop the Nations League plan after his own task force found there was no consensus for such a tournament and a lack of space in the international calendar. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenInfantino still wants to move ahead with his plans for a ‘pilot edition’ of a 24-team Club World Cup, with the council expected to allow the idea to move forward ahead of June’s FIFA Congress which would be asked to endorse the plan. But a letter to UEFA and Infantino from the European Club Association (ECA) head Andrea Agnelli, chairman of Italian side Juventus, and signed by 15 members of the organisation’s board, including officials of Manchester United, Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam, made clear the opposition. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryThe letter, sections of which were published in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung says they are “firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this point in time and confirm that no ECA clubs would take part to such a competition”. The ECA represents 232 European clubs, including all the leading teams who would be expected to feature in a Club World Cup. The ECA says a decision on potential new competitions can only be made as part of an agreed framework for the international match calendar post-2024. A spokesperson for the ECA declined to comment on the content of the letter said that they would be meeting later this month to discuss the situation. “We are following developments around the FIFA Council closely. Any decision impacting our members will be discussed and assessed in detail at our upcoming board meeting to be held on 26th March,” they said. The letter also referenced a 2015 agreement between FIFA and the ECA and said that any decision which was against their wishes would “not be in accordance” with it. The agreement stated that “any changes to the International Match Calendar… will require explicit consent from ECA.” The letter said: “We are therefore certain that FIFA will honour its contractual commitments and we reserve all rights in this regard.”last_img read more

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Grains higher livestock higher

CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for July delivery was up 1 cent at $5.3260 a bushel; Jul corn gained 8.80 cents at $4.49 a bushel; July oats rose 10 cents at $3.0940 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 7.60 cents at 8.9260 bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Jun. live cattle was up .35 cent at $1.0905 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle gained .86 cent at $1.3628 a pound; Jun. lean hogs rose .33 cents at .7945 a pound.The Associated Press read more

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DR Congo UN official meets authorities in North Kivu

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios, who was sent by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the special mission last week, began his meetings in Kinshasa on Saturday, according to the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC). Mr. Menkerios also traveled to Goma where he held talks with North Kivu’s Governor, Julian Paluku and the Commander of the 8th Military Region, General Vainqueur Mayala, as well as representatives of the civil society groups, communities and other concerned players. Speaking to reporters on his arrival, Mr. Menkerios said he had been sent by the Secretary-General to explore how the UN can reinforce support for the Congolese and neighbouring countries in the search for a common strategy. He also reiterated the UN’s full commitment to supporting the Government in its efforts to bring stability to the eastern part of the country. The aim is to foster a lasting solution to the crisis in the region, where some 800,000 people have been displaced by fighting, a MONUC spokesperson said today. Mr. Menkerios travelled on Monday to Kigali, the next leg on his tour of the region. 7 November 2007Aiming to facilitate efforts to achieve a lasting solution to the crisis in the strife-torn North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a senior United Nations official has held meeting with local authorities there. read more

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UNP says MR seems scared for Namals future

There is a split in the SLFP on if Rajapaksa should be given nominations for the next Parliament election. The United National Party (UNP) says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa seems scared for the political future of his son Namal Rajapaksa.UNP Parliamentarian and Minister Rosy Senanayake said that Mahinda Rajapaksa had gone to the venue of a rally held in his support at Matara yesterday but did not get on stage. Rajapaksa and Namal are both SLFP members but the split has seen some SLFP top guns proposing that Mahinda Rajapaksa not be given nominations from the SLFP to contest the next Parliament election. Senanayake said that Mahinda Rajapaksa was avoiding getting on stage out of fear his son will not get nominations to contest the polls from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). read more

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China a potential winner in BritainEU breakup

by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2016 6:46 am MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China a potential winner in Britain-EU breakup Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, answers a question as founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab listens during the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China Monday, June 27, 2016. (Wang Zhao/Pool Photo via AP) BEIJING, China – China is a potential winner if Britain and the European Union rework trade deals and look for investors after a British exit.Beijing faces a blow from weaker European demand for its exports and pressure to hold its yuan steady in turbulent currency markets. But economists and political analysts say if Britain and the EU split, both sides will look to cash-rich Chinese companies that are expanding abroad — with the possible bonus for Beijing of closer political ties.“One of the benefits China can gain from ‘Brexit’ is a stronger and closer economic relationship with the U.K. and even with the EU,” said Zhang Lihua, director of the Center for China Europe Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “Both the U.K. and the EU need that kind of co-operation with China under the current circumstances.”Chinese leaders urged Britain to stay in the 28-nation EU and have avoided mentioning possible benefits of a split.On Monday, Premier Li Keqiang, the country’s top economic official, said Beijing wants to see a “united and stable” EU and a “stable and prosperous” Britain — a possible reference to concern the vote might inspire separatist sentiment in other EU members or parts of the United Kingdom.“We are seeing increasing uncertainties in the world economy,” Li said in a speech at the World Economic Forum in the eastern city of Tianjin. “We need to jointly handle challenges, strengthen confidence and create a stable international environment.”Europe is China’s biggest trading partner, and Chinese investors already see the region as more welcoming than the United States, where some acquisitions have been stymied by security concerns.Chinese companies own France’s Club Med, the makers of Pirelli tires, Volvo cars and Weetabix cereal and football teams Inter Milan of Italy and Aston Villa of Britain. London is the second-biggest centre outside mainland China for settling transactions valued in Beijing’s yuan.Britain has technology China needs as the ruling Communist Party tries to evolve beyond low-skilled manufacturing, said Lu Zhengwei, chief economist for Industrial Bank in Shanghai.“China will benefit from industrial development experience in the U.K.,” said Lu. “I do recommend seizing the opportunity to establish China-U.K. free trade to enhance bilateral co-operation between the two countries.”Closer economic ties could lead to warming political relations, Zhang said.“The U.K. and the EU may become more friendly with China politically, but this is not what China tries to seek,” he said.Dealing separately with the two sides also might allow Beijing to reach agreements that might have been blocked previously by the need for Britain and Europe to agree, said Liu Yuanchun, executive dean of the National Academy of Development and Strategy of Renmin University.“The political gain for China is bigger than the economic gain,” Liu said.Still, China also faces a risk that Britain’s departure might leave other EU members free to take more forceful action on trade disputes including steel.The EU and the United States accuse China of exporting steel at improperly low prices, hurting foreign competitors and threatening thousands of jobs. Washington imposed anti-dumping duties of up to 522 per cent but British resistance blocked the EU from imposing higher tariffs.In the short run, European uncertainty might depress demand for Chinese goods, but trade matters less to China than it did a decade ago. China is the world’s biggest trader but exports as a share of the economy declined last year to 22 per cent from 2007’s 33 per cent.A more serious problem is downward pressure on China’s yuan in currency markets, according to economists.The British pound and the euro currency used by 17 EU countries have sunk relative to the dollar. As currencies of other developing countries also weaken, the Chinese central bank will be forced to decide whether to let the yuan, also called the renminbi, fall with them or stick closer to the dollar.Last year, the People’s Bank of China spent tens of billions of dollars to prop up the yuan after a change in the mechanism used to set its exchange rate allowed it to fall. That fueled expectations that Beijing was weakening the currency to boost exports and prompted investors to move capital out of China.If the dollar gains against the yuan, “this could set off a renewed bout of fears over renminbi depreciation and a pick-up in capital outflows,” Julian Evans-Pritchard and Mark Williams of Capital Economics said in a report.___Associated Press researchers Yu Bing and Dong Tongjian contributed to this report. read more

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Bengals Rookie Gets 3 Years In Prison For College

Prison-bound: Brandon JoinerBrandon Joiner, an undrafted rookie on the Cincinnati Bengals’ roster, was sentenced to three years in prison on charges stemming from a 2007 incident that occurred when he was playing at Texas A&M. according to the Bryan-College Station Eagle.Joiner, a linebacker, was indicted for two counts of aggravated robbery and one charge of felony drug possession in January 2008, about a month after police said he and another former Texas A&M player broke into a College Station apartment and robbed a drug dealer at gunpoint.According to court documents, Joiner and Yemi Babalola used duct tape to bind the man before taking off with wallets, keys, cellphones and marijuana, the police report stated.A police search of Joiner’s home found marijuana, hydrocodone and Ecstacy, according to the report.Joiner finished out his collegiate playing career at Arkansas State after being kicked off the Texas A&M team.Jay Granberry, Joiner’s defense attorney, said he worked out a plea deal with prosecutors that would allow his client to graduate before going to jail. The lawyer indicated Joiner could be released on parole after six to nine months in prison. read more

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How UMBC Did The Unthinkable — And The Inevitable

After a relatively sedate start to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the most shocking result in tourney history was saved for one of the last games in the round of 64. Late Friday, Maryland-Baltimore County did the unthinkable, pulling off the victory that college fans have been waiting decades to see: The Retrievers became the first No. 16 seed in the history of the men’s tournament to knock off a No. 1 when they beat Virginia 74-54.1The women’s tournament beat the men to the punch by 20 years, of course, when No. 16 Harvard beat No. 1 Stanford in 1998.(Look, we did say a No. 16 seed could beat a No. 1 this year — never mind which No. 16, and which No. 1…)No, instead of the obvious pick, it was the obscure one. UMBC went into the game ranked 188th in Ken Pomeroy’s power ratings; Virginia ranked first. Our predictive model gave the Cavaliers a 98 percent probability of winning. Nothing about the two teams’ track records suggested that number was too high. (If anything, facing a Retrievers team that lost by 40-plus points to the likes of Albany, UVA seemed like it might be the safest No. 1 seed in the first round.)Instead, the Cavs were on the wrong side of history.Besides the novelty of a No. 16 beating a No. 1 seed — let alone the tournament’s No. 1 overall team — the magnitude of the upset would have been shocking in any context. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, it was tied for the worst loss by an Associated Press No. 1 team to an unranked team at any point in the season, let alone the tournament.2Undefeated No. 1 St. Joseph’s lost to Xavier by 20 in the 2003-04 season. And from a bettor’s standpoint, UMBC joined Santa Clara in 1993 and Norfolk State in 2012 — a pair of No. 15 seeds that won — as the only teams to win a game outright in the men’s tourney despite being an underdog of 20 or more points.Virginia can place some of the blame on losing forward De’Andre Hunter right before the tournament. Sidelined with a wrist injury, Hunter was UVA’s best player on a rate basis,3Excluding those with low playing time. according to Sports-Reference.com’s Win Shares per 40 minutes. The Cavs no doubt missed his efficient play at both ends of the court against the Retrievers.But this loss cannot be pinned completely on Hunter’s absence. Against UMBC, Virginia played just about the worst game it possibly could. What had been one of the top offensive teams in the country during the regular season shot just 41 percent from the floor — including 18 percent from 3-point range (to go with a 50 percent showing from the foul line). More shockingly, the nation’s best defense looked completely lost, particularly in the game’s second half.The Retrievers played their best possible game as well. They shot a stunning 54 percent from the field against the Cavaliers, nailing 12 of 24 attempts from beyond the arc. Going into the game, Virginia hadn’t allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field all season, against a schedule that consisted of many difficult opponents. Though no major-conference school could solve the UVA defense, UMBC — led by an audacious 28-point performance from electrifying guard Jairus Lyles — was the team that finally broke through. Virginia was holding opponents to 53.4 points per game, the lowest in the country. Lyles and the Retrievers got 53 in the second half alone.In terms of blame, there’s plenty of finger-pointing left for Virginia coach Tony Bennett’s deliberately low-possession brand of basketball. The Cavs were easily the nation’s slowest team all season, and they basically never had to accelerate the pace to make a comeback push all year. As TV analyst Kenny Smith pointed out in the postgame coverage, UVA was unable to adjust once UMBC forced the Cavs to play from behind.This topic deserves more research, but there is some evidence that slow favorites generally disappoint in March. It makes sense: Unlike underdogs, who should want more variance — and therefore fewer possessions in a game — favorites should theoretically be trying to reduce the randomness and give variance a smaller role in a game’s outcome. So it could be that Virginia-style favorites are inadvertently doing their opponents a big favor by slowing the pace down to a crawl, essentially giving away some of their talent advantage by allowing more randomness to seep into the game. (Whether this works in practice, though, is up for debate.)Whatever the reason behind it, UMBC’s win was an upset for the ages. On the one hand, it was surprising that no 16 seed had ever beaten a No. 1 before Friday — according to our Elo model, we’d calculate the chances as 1-in-27 (or 3.7 percent) that a No. 16 wouldn’t have broken through in 134 tries. But this was also the victory that just seemed like it might never happen. Now that it has, there are no gimme games in the bracket anymore. Just when you thought it wasn’t possible, March Madness somehow got an extra dimension of madness. And it all comes courtesy of the UMBC Retrievers and their long-awaited underdog victory. read more

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Prosecutor may seek death penalty in US kidnap case

first_imgAmanda Berry, right, hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland hospital Monday May 6, 2013.Note found in Castro’s home Meanwhile, Cleveland media reported details of a note reportedly found by police in Castro’s home in which he describes himself as a “sexual predator” and ponders killing himself and leaving his savings to his victims.“They are here against their will because they made a mistake of getting in a car with a total stranger,” said the note, which was apparently written in 2004 — after Knight and Berry had already vanished.Following this and other leaks, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson urged police officers and the media to respect the victims’ privacy.That three women could be held for so long in such a nondescript house in an unremarkable working class street has astounded local residents, and led to suggestions that Cleveland police had missed chances to find them.Police underline the careful steps Castro allegedly tookBut senior officers have defended the force, and underlined the careful steps Castro allegedly took to conceal the women.Castro has been described as a friendly neighbour who raised few suspicions but who also kept to himself, rarely if ever allowing anyone inside his home.And one man who did visit him multiple times, local musician Ricky Sanchez, said he had seen no reason to be suspicious, though he noticed that the door had multiple heavy locks, and he once heard noises from the basement.“I ask him for a minute, ‘What is that? What is that noise?’ ‘Oh, that’s just those dogs that I have down here’,” Sanchez told AFP.Late Thursday, Deborah Knight watched from a park at the end of the block where the three women were held captive as balloons were released to celebrate the release of her granddaughter Michelle.Deborah Knight said she has not yet seen or spoken to Michelle, who remains in hospital following the harrowing ordeal.“If I could speak to her and have her right next to me, I would give her the biggest hug and tell her I love her and missed her,” she told reporters.- © AFP, 2013Read: Cleveland kidnap escape: Man charged with rape and kidnappingRead: Ohio kidnapped women ‘were bound and chained’Read: Neighbours ‘saw naked woman crawling’ in backyard of Ohio kidnap house Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)A US PROSECUTOR has said he would seek to press charges that carry the death penalty against a man accused of kidnapping three Ohio women, raping them and forcibly ending their pregnancies.Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old unemployed bus driver, has already been charged with kidnapping and raping the women over the course of a decade in his home in Cleveland. He was ordered held on an $8 million bond on Thursday.But Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said investigators would also go back over the many torments Castro allegedly inflicted on the women during their long ordeal, with the aim of bringing even more serious charges.Charges for each and every crime“I fully intend to seek charges for each and every act of sexual violence, rape, each day of kidnapping, every felonious assault, all his attempted murders and each act of aggravated murder he committed by terminating pregnancies” for which he himself was responsible, McGinty said.Castro is alleged to have beaten at least one of the women to terminate pregnancies that began while they were locked in his home, which McGinty called “a torture chamber and private prison.”McGinty warned that Ohio imposes the death penalty in cases of aggravated murder in the course of a kidnapping and said his office was “in a formal process in which we evaluate to seek charges eligible for the death penalty.”“The horrific brutality and torture that the victims endured for a decade is beyond comprehension,” he said.Castro was arrested on Monday after 27-year-old Amanda Berry managed to call out to a neighbour who kicked in the door to the suspect’s home and rescued her and the six-year-old daughter she bore during her captivity.Police arrived on the scene and entered the house, finding two more women, 23-year-old Gina DeJesus and 32-year-old Michelle Knight. All three had been snatched in separate incidents around a decade earlier.Gina DeJesus, one of three women held captive for about a decade at a run-down Cleveland house, gives a thumbs-up as she is escorted toward her home Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Cleveland.Charges of kidnap and rapeOn Thursday, Castro was presented to the Cleveland municipal court on charges of kidnapping and raping the three women, as well as kidnapping the child.Assistant county prosecutor Brian Murphy said: “The charges against Mr Castro are based on premeditated, deliberate, depraved decisions to snatch three young ladies from Cleveland West Side streets to be used in whatever self-gratifying, self-serving way he saw fit,” he said.“Along with captivity, there were repeated beatings. They were bound and restrained and sexually assaulted, basically never freed to leave this residence.”Castro kept his head bowed impassively through much of the hearing, chewing on the collar of the dark-blue uniform issued to him during his detention.The judge, Lauren Moore, set the bond terms — $2 million in each of the four cases — and instructed that Castro was to have no contact with any of his alleged victims.After the hearing, public defender Kathleen DeMetz told reporters she believed Castro would be placed on suicide watch in jail.Castro’s mother Lillian Rodriguez briefly spoke to local media, saying: “I have a sick son who has committed something very serious. I’m suffering a lot. I ask for forgiveness from those mothers. May those young ladies forgive me.”last_img read more

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US hits Iran with fresh sanctions after missile tests

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3221738 By AFP 14,046 Views Short URL THE UNITED STATES slapped fresh sanctions on Iran today to punish them for recent ballistic missile tests and its support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels.The first sanctions against Iran by the Trump administration targeted companies and individuals identified by the United States as supporting Tehran’s ballistic missile program and the Revolutionary Guards military force.“Iran’s continued support for terrorism and development of its ballistic missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide, and to the United States,” said John Smith, acting director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.The measures came after the Middle Eastern nation on test-fired a medium range missile on Sunday, which the White House contends violated a UN Security Council resolution proscribing missiles that could carry a nuclear device.On Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn declared he was “officially putting Iran on notice” over the launch.BlacklistedThe newest sanctions seek to lock those blacklisted out of global trade and finance by banning any American or US-based entities from doing business with them. They named three trading networks and individuals allegedly involved in supplying goods to Iran’s missile program.One against already-sanctioned Iranian businessman Abdollah Asgharzadeh involves several Chinese companies and suppliers, mainly the Cosailing Business Trading Company based in Qingdao.Other groups named include the Rostanian network based in the Gulf region, and Lebanon-based Hasan Dehghan Ebrahimi, identified as a Revolutionary Guards official whose business the Treasury said launders money and goods for the Hezbollah militia group.© – AFP 2017Read: Former Norwegian prime minister delayed at US airport over visit to Iran in 2014 >Read: Snapchat seeking $3 billion as it plans to sell shares on stock market > Friday 3 Feb 2017, 4:37 PM 72 Comments Image: AP/Press Association Images Image: AP/Press Association Images Feb 3rd 2017, 4:37 PM US hits Iran with fresh sanctions after missile tests The measures came after the Middle Eastern nation on test-fired a medium range missile on Sunday. Share15 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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50 millions de bêtes menacées par un virus en Afrique

first_img50 millions de bêtes menacées par un virus en AfriqueL’Afrique serait actuellement touchée par un virus mortel qui pourrait coûter la vie à plus de cinquante millions d’animaux, dispersés dans une quinzaine de pays.L’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) explique que le virus en question serait apparu en Tanzanie il y a quelques mois. Un virus davantage connu sous le nom de Peste des petits ruminants (PPR). Il serait très agressif et destructeur, et pourrait décimer plusieurs centaines de troupeaux. Ainsi, la FAO explique à l’AFP : “C’est la maladie virale la plus destructrice des troupeaux de petits ruminants, à égalité avec la peste bovine qui ravageait le bétail dans le passé […]. La PPR peut avoir des taux de mortalité allant jusqu’à 100% chez les ovins et caprins. Bien qu’elle n’affecte pas l’homme, elle peut entraîner des pertes socio-économiques considérables”.Pour faire face à cette menace, un programme de vaccination d’urgence est prévu en Tanzanie, où le virus s’est déclaré. La menace est clairement économique et sécuritaire pour les populations vivant de ces élevages, explique le vétérinaire en chef de la FAO Juan Lubroth. Ce dernier conclut : “La présence de la maladie affecte directement le patrimoine des ménages. Aussi les services vétérinaires des pays de la région doivent-ils revoir leurs plans de préparation, renforcer les contrôles aux frontières et améliorer la surveillance”.Le 3 novembre 2010 à 18:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for March 1 WPD Assist Other Police Departments In Search

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, March 1, 2019:Car struck and killed a rabbit on Lowell Street. Animal Control Officer contacted. (11:21am)Tewksbury Police asked Wilmington Police to be on the lookout for a BMW involved in a pedestrian hit-and-run that took place in front of their Walmart. Vehicle last seen heading south on Route 38 toward Wilmington. Tewksbury Police eventually located vehicle. (1:38pm)North Reading Police asked Wilmington Police to be on the lookout after reports that a female operator appeared intoxicated and unsteady on her feet. She left in a Honda Civic from the 7-11 in North Reading heading down Route 62 towards Wilmington. Police unable to locate. (3:34pm)A Kenwood Avenue caller reported a neighbor cut down a tree that was on the joint property line. Caller was advised this was a civil matter. (7:10pm)Fire Department responded to a gas odor at a Glen Road home. (8:58pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 6: Trailer Fire On Highway; Car vs. Rock Wall; Needle Found In YardIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Houstonians Urged To Participate In State Flood Planning Process

first_img X Share Texas water officials were in Houston as part of a statewide series of flooding town hall meetings to plan for future storms. The Texas Water Development Board held workshops across the state in August to get public comment on what they’re calling the first-ever statewide flood plan. In January, the agency presented a State Flood Assessment report to the legislature, calling for accurate floodplain maps, updated rainfall data, and a unified, coordinated state strategy to plan for flooding. According to the report, the projected cost of future flood mitigation in Texas is at least $31.5 billion, and the statewide funding shortfall is estimated to be at least $18 billion. Earlier this year, state lawmakers allocated $793 million from the Rainy Day Fund for drainage and flood projects. TWDB officials asked participants at the Houston town hall to help the agency rank spending priorities.  “This is setting the framework for a statewide flood plan but also seeking input on how these funds get dispersed,” State Senator Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, said. “Are they low interest rate loans? Are they grants? Is it a hybrid? And what is the best way to get the money out as efficiently as possible and quickly?” Alvarado said she hopes voters will approve Proposition 8, a ballot measure in November that would add a new Flood Infrastructure Fund to the state’s constitution. According to TWDB officials, the state flood plan will include a list that ranks upcoming flood projects. The plan is expected to be completed by 2024. “It’s something we should have done a long time ago but I think we need to focus on moving forward and making sure we get Proposition 8 passed and that we can quickly get money out to local government entities,” Alvarado said. TWDB board member Kathleen Jackson said the new flood plan will be a game changer for Texas because now the state will begin planning proactively for major storms. The final plan isn’t due for another five years, but Jackson said Texans should see benefits before then.“We’re going to get data and information that communities will be able to use from the very onset,” Jackson said. “So we’ll be developing the first ever state flood plan, and that will be something that will take a number of years to put in place, but we’ll be able to utilize the information that’s coming from that process to feed into community leadership.”  Houston is part of Region H, one of the TWDB’s 16 water planning areas. The next public meeting of the Region H planning group will be on September 4.  00:00 /00:57center_img Jen Rice/Houston Public Media State Sen. Carol Alvarado speaks at the TWDB workshop in Houston. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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