An illegal electric fence put up by encroachers in the Nameri National Park to keep elephants away has claimed the life of a forest guard in northcentral Assam’s Sonitpur district.The 200 sq km Nameri is a tiger reserve. Park officials said Biren Chandra Deka was electrocuted on Sunday night when he, along with another guard, was proceeding to the Nameri anti-poaching camp from the range office. “The route is through an encroached area in the buffer zone of Nameri National Park near 12th Mile of Bhalukpong (on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border,” said P. Sivakumar, Chief Conservator of Forests of the Northern Assam Circle. Mr. Deka did not notice the fence in the dark. He was killed on the spot.“We lodged an FIR and identified the people who erected the fence,” he said.
Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH chinlone squad catches eye of gold-medal coach Ronda Rousey stands in the cage after Amanda Nunes forced a stoppage in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. APAlthough her last two matches ended in brutal knockout losses, Ronda Rousey remains one of the catalysts in catapulting women’s MMA (mixed martial arts) into the mainstream.But as far as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is concerned, Rousey may never step foot on the octagon again—this time, for good.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFurthermore, Rousey is the only ranked UFC fighter to have not gone through USADA’s (United States Anti-Doping Agency) mandated testing in 2017, after being tested on nine occasions last year.Rousey’s first career setback came at UFC 193 in 2015, when she was on the receiving end of a brutal head kick from Holly Holm. She returned a year later but suffered the same fate against current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village “I think she’s going to retire,” White candidly spoke of Rousey to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim. ”She hasn’t announced that. She hasn’t said that to me, but it’s what I believe.”The former Olympian judoka’s recent actions certainly point to an early retirement from the sport—refusing to answer any MMA-related questions from the media and instead focusing on TV and movie appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games At 30 years old, Rousey might still have plenty of fight left in the tank but has remained mum about her future in fighting.She also got recently engaged to fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne and has continued pursuing an acting career. Khristian Ibarrola. /ra View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
James Taylor, who was forced to retire at the age of 26 because of a serious heart condition, is looking ahead to a brighter future.The former England batsman has announced his engagement weeks after he made the call to hang up his boots. (England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Live Updates)Despite his career ending prematurely, Taylor is getting on with the rest of his life and proposed to girlfriend Josie Naylor last week.”Luckily for Josie’s sake, it wasn’t just a knee jerk reaction (to his condition). I’d had the ring for a few months, actually,” Taylor told the Good Morning Britain television programme on Wednesday.Great morning on @GMB thanks for having us! Just about managed to hold back the tears ?? #GMB pic.twitter.com/nGdJD69KqZ James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) May 18, 2016″We went for a nice picnic where we actually had our first picnic together, so it was pretty simple.”I couldn’t get my heart racing too much. I handed her the ring and kept it pretty simple.”Ms Naylor added: “It is nice to have something to smile about after all of this.”Taylor, who played county cricket for Leicestershire and then Nottinghamshire, was forced to retire with immediate effect last month after scans revealed the condition.The 26-year-old’s diagnosis is similar to that of former Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the field after suffering a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie against Tottenham in 2012.Taylor scored more than 9,000 first-class runs at an average above 46 and hit 20 centuries.advertisementHe won his seventh Test cap for England against South Africa at Centurion earlier this year.Taylor now wears a life vest or an external defibrillator, which could deliver an electric shock if he were to keel over and is having further tests, with surgery set for June.
Mumbai, Apr 22 (PTI) Maharashtra government today effected transfers of several IAS officers. Nitin Gadre (IAS 1989 batch) who was Enquiry Officer at General Administration Department, was posted as Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture, an official release said here. Valsa Nair Singh, (IAS 1991 batch), Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture, was appointed the Principal Secretary, Enquiry Officer, GAD, Civil Aviation and Excise. S V R Srinivas, (IAS 1991 batch), Managing Director, SICOM, was appointed Officer On Special Duty, Dharavi Redevelopment Project. Surendra Bagde (IAS 1993 batch), Secretary Social Welfare, was appointed General Manager, BEST. Mahesh Zagade (IAS 1993 batch), CEO, PMRDA, was posted as Divisional Commissioner of Nashik. Dinesh Waghmare (IAS 1994 batch), Municipal Commissioner, Pimpri Chinchwad, was appointed Secretary, Social Welfare. K H Govindraj (IAS 1995 batch), Managing Director, MTDC was posted as MD, SICOM. C N Dalvi (IAS 1995 batch) Commissioner, Cooperation, was posted as Divisional Commissioner of Pune. S Chokalingam (IAS 1996 batch) Divisional Commissioner, Pune was posted as Settlement Commissioner. Eknath Dawale (IAS 1997 batch), Divisional Commissioner, Nashik, was posted as Secretary, Water Conservation and EGS. R R Jadhav (IAS 1998) Tribal Commissioner, was posted as Dairy Commissioner. S P Kadu-Patil (IAS 1998 batch), Settlement Commissioner, was posted as Commissioner, Sugar. J D Patil (IAS 1998 batch), General Manager, BEST, was posted as Commissioner, Cooperation. R G Kulkarni (IAS 2000 batch) Dairy Commissioner, was posted as Tribal Commissioner. Nidhi Pandey (IAS 2001 batch) Aurangabad Collector, was posted as CEO, Rajiv Gandhi Arogya Yojana Society, Mumbai. Rajaram Mane (IAS 2001) Commissioner, Sports, was posted as Director General, Maharashtra Energy Development Agency. S M Kendrekar (IAS 2002 batch) Joint Managing Director, CIDCO, was posted as Joint MD, MSEDCL, Aurangabad. Vijay Zade (IAS 2002 batch) Buldhana Collector, was posted as the Commissioner, Sports. Vijay Waghmare (IAS 2004 batch) Commissioner Skill Development, was posted as MD, MTDC. Suresh Kakani (IAS 2004), Nanded Collector, was posted as MD, Maharashtra Airport Development Company. Anil Kawde (IAS 2004) Ahmadnagar Collector, was posted as Inspector General of Registration, Pune. Pandurang Pole (IAS 2004 batch), Latur Collector, was posted as CEO, Slum Rehabilitation Authority, Pune. PTI MR KRKadvertisement
In a touching gesture on Saturday, Serena Williams was seen consoling her opponent Dayana Yastremska after the American tennis legend stormed past the Ukranian to reach the Australian Open women’s singles quarterfinals.Serena made light work of her third-round match at the Rod Laver Arena as she won 6-2, 6-1 by sending 20 winners flying past the 57th-ranked 18-year-old.Yastremska rolled her right ankle midway through and took a medical time-out to have her foot bandaged when trailing 4-1 in the second set.It stalled defeat only briefly, however, as Serena broke her a third time in the set and claimed the match when the Ukrainian sprayed a cross-court forehand wide.The teenager broke down after her loss but Serena was quick to offer support at the nets.”You did amazing. You did so well. You did amazing. Don’t cry. You did really well,” the seven-time champion was heard saying.You did amazing. You did so well. You did amazing. Don’t cry. You did really well.@serenawilliams #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/kbRHcob5Tz#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019The 16th-seeded Serena has now won 20 consecutive sets at Melbourne Park, having not dropped a set in her 2017 title run and winning three rounds here this year in straight sets. She did not play here in 2018 following the birth of her daughter.The 37-year-old also won her 84th match at Melbourne Park, which is more than any other woman in Australian Open history. She has lost just 10 matches in 18 appearances at the tournament.Serena, attempting to win a record 24th Grand Slam singles title, will next play either her sister Venus or top-seeded Simona Halep, who play later on Saturday.advertisementSpeaking after the match Serena said her elder sister still intimidates her and picked Billie Jean King as her inspiration.Who inspires @serenawilliams?None other than @BillieJeanKing #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/S7fNRg2zhx#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019.@serenawilliams: “She [@Venuseswilliams] still intimidates me.”You heard it here first #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/7AXE6GPJTS#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019In other action, No. 8 Kei Nishikori beat Joao Sousa 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-2, and No. 15 Daniil Medvedev defeated No. 21 David Goffin 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-3.The woman Williams lost to in last year’s chaotic U.S. Open final, Naomi Osaka, dusted herself off after tumbling to the court and erased a big deficit by taking 11 of 12 games to beat No. 28 Hsieh Su-wei 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.No. 6 Elina Svitolina also put together quite a comeback to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 against Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, while No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova eliminated No. 21 Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-3.
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State did not sign a safety prospect in the 2016 class, and with Jordan Sterns and Auburn transfer Derrick Moncrief both nearing expiration of eligibility, the safety position will be a big point of emphasis in the 2017 recruiting class.On Sunday, four-star safety Derrick Tucker from Texas powerhouse Manvel, named the Pokes in his top five along with Houston, TCU, UCLA and Texas.https://twitter.com/DerrickTucker19/status/704095837232574464Coach Marcus Arroyo has been a big recruiter of Tucker since last year, and the relationship being built is clearly paying dividends. It always helps when coaches on staff don’t get poached by other schools. The longstanding relationship between the two, along with a lure for big playing time early in his career could make OSU a very enticing landing spot for one of the best defensive backs in the 2017 class.https://twitter.com/coacharroyoosu/status/704102200234999808
zoom The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to purchase a very large crude carrier (VLCC), the Hanjin Ras Tanura, for USD 75 million.The ship, built in 2011 at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea, will be delivered to Bahri in March 2016.The company said that the financial implication of the purchased vessel is expected during the 2nd quarter of 2016.In October 2015, Bahri was reported to be negotiating raising of around 2.8 billion riyals (USD 747 million) with local banks via a long-term loan to be used towards vessel financing.The funding was allegedly intended for financing purchase of VLCCs from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries.Bahri was very active in fleet build-up over the past few months, the latest move being buying of five second-hand Medium Range tankers for a total purchase price of USD 166.5 million.The vessels were built in 2014 at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea for Scorpio Tankers Inc.The five ships will be delivered to NCC between 1st February and 30th June 2016.At the end of 2015, Bahri’s fleet consisted of seventy five vessels; from which 33 were VLCCs and 26 are chemical tankers.
The United Nations offices in Guinea-Bissau are focusing on efforts to lower tensions between political parties and creating a good political climate for a peaceful, fair and transparent poll, which has been delayed by a month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the Security Council.With 20 political parties having challenged the 2004 voter register, the Guinea-Bissau National Election Commission and the parties will revise the list, delaying the presidential elections until a yet to be determined time in June, a date which will mark the end of the political transition in the post-conflict country, it says.Since the Council has revised the mandate of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS), Mr. Annan recommends that the office develop “stable civil-military relations through a profound reform of the armed forces as an institution subordinate to democratic civilian authority.”The dignified reintegration of demobilized former combatants deserves particular attention, along with reform of the justice system and the revitalization of the economy to sustain any progress from security reform, it says.The country has improved noticeably since his last report in December, Mr. Annan says, but is still confronted with tremendous challenges. “The State is still floundering and unable to effectively address the basic needs of the populace,” while the old sources of conflict persist.
A Royal Navy training centre has banned an association of retired officers’ from using its base after they failed to expel two convicted predatory paedophiles from their club.For decades, hundreds of members of the President Retired Officers Association attended formal lunches, dinners, lectures and drinks receptions at HMS President on the River Thames in London.But, senior officers in charge of the “stone frigate” – a naval base on land – launched an investigation after finding that two high-profile sex offenders had been among those attending functions at the reservist training centre, also used by young Sea Cadets.Allan Waters and Duncan Grant were allowed to renew their membership of the retired officers association despite both being jailed in India for six years in 2006 for preying on vulnerable boys at an orphanage in Mumbai.After completing their jail terms and arriving back in the UK five years ago, Waters, a former lieutenant commander, was made honorary secretary of the association, while Duncan Grant, previously a reservist officer, renewed his membership. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The pair triggered a scandal into how paedophiles posing as charity workers were targeting children from the poorest communities in Third World Countries.They were convicted of using an orphanage Grant had set up to force children into performing sexual acts before passing them on to a network of sex tourists. In 2008, an Indian high court overturned their convictions for “unnatural sex acts” and conspiring to “obtain minors for immoral purposes”. Three years later, the country’s Supreme Court upheld the original convictions and the men were sent back to jail.When Waters, now 68, and Grant, 73, completed their sentences and returned to Britain they were made to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.Waters’ conviction led to fears he may have targeted children while serving as a senior officer training youngsters in the Sea Cadets. In 2017, a former Sea Cadet alleged to a BBC Panorama programme that Waters abused him when he was 14, and attending a Cheshunt Sea Cadets centre in Hertfordshire in 1979Last year, Commander John Herriman, the officer running HMS President, discovered the two men had been spotted attending the independent association’s functions at the Royal Navy’s centre that serves London reservists and cadets.He then banned both Waters and Grant and the entire association from using the centre over concerns the club lacked a “rigorous” membership criteria, and consequently posed a threat to the centre’s ability to “maintain a safe training environment”.A source close to HMS President’s senior officers praised Mr Herriman, who retired last year, for his decisive actions, explaining that he was determined to ensure an “old boys’ club” could not tarnish the reputation of a Navy training centre.“The main concerns was that individuals who could have been or were on the Sex Offenders Register could be allowed to join such an esteemed association,” the source said. “It wasn’t considered good governance from the perspective of the President Retired Officers Association that these men could saunter back in as if nothing had happened.“HMS President is essentially a training establishment with young people studying there. There may have been occasions where these two men would have access to the unit for lunches or events.“The challenge running a military training establishment is to make sure you are creating a totally safe environment and there are no opportunities for risks to occur. The best way to do that was to bar the association that was thought not to have robust membership procedures in place.”It is understood Grant played on his family’s respected military past to allow him to join the association. Grant is the grandson of Major General Sir Philip Grant, who rallied the defence against the German offensive of March 1918 in the First World War.Waters was appointed superintendent of the Sea Cadet training centre in Portsmouth in 1996. He later became a member of the Sea Cadet Council, the highest body of the corps.A Royal Navy Spokesperson said: “The Royal Navy has no official link with the President Retired Officers Association, but can confirm we take a very robust stance where there is any risk to our personnel, in particular vulnerable groups such as minors.”Although no one from the association was prepared to speak on the record, a source said that Waters and Grant were allowed to renew their membership because they had served their sentence and were only attending functions where no young cadets or reservists would be present.He added that many of the members of the association felt the blanket ban on holding functions at HMS President unfairly penalised retired officers who played no part in allowing the two paedophiles to renew their membership and may have been unaware of their criminal past. Allan Waters is arrested in Mumbai in 2004Credit:SEBASTIAN D’SOUZA/AFP
On Tuesday we heard some surprising news: Flickr did not have the ability to restore the images on a paid-for Flickr Pro account it had accidentally deleted. User Mirco Wilhelm had in the region of 4,000 photos stored on the account, but when he went to login he found them all gone.Flickr’s initial response to this was to apologize and offer him four years of free Pro account access, but that didn’t restore the images. A day later, and it looks like the tech guys at Flickr have been working hard, and Wilhelm has got his images back.AdChoices广告A statement from Flickr explains:Yahoo! is pleased to share that the Flickr team has fully restored a member’s account that was mistakenly deleted yesterday. We regret the human error that led to the mistake and have worked hard to rectify the situation, including reloading the entire photo portfolio and providing the member with 25 years of free Flickr Pro membership. Flickr takes the trust of our members very seriously and we appreciate the patience shown by this member and our community. Flickr will also soon roll out functionality that will allow us to restore deleted accounts more easily in the future. Wilhelm is obviously happy, but is still awaiting access:My account has been restored through some magical recovery process, Flickr “doesn’t have”… Everything looks from from the outside, but I still can’t login. One of the messages from the staff told me they will send me instructions, once everything has been restored to prevent data mixups, so I guess I will have that by some time tomorrow [today]. And here’s the e-mail Flickr sent him regarding the successful restore:Hi Mirco,Just a quick update. Your account has been restored including photos, comments, groups, etc. External links pointing to these photos were restored yesterday. There are a couple last things we need to do in your account. When that’s all done we will send you an email with info on how to log back in.As noted before, we’ve added 25 years of Pro to your account and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Although a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Wilhelm, the 25 years free membership and restored photos may have made it all worth it.Read more at Binder Tumblr, via The New York ObserverMatthew’s OpinionAlthough this episode has ended on a good note, I have one big take away from it: Flickr has been online and operating since February 2004, that’s over 6 years, and in all that time they never thought to implement a backup and recovery process for user accounts.I find that astonishing, and a great oversight on the part of Yahoo! Did they not think that one day something like this may happen?As the response from Yahoo! notes, a restore feature is being rolled out to stop this ever happening again. But really this should have been there from day one.
Short URL Share9 Tweet Email Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 8:45 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND People in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin today during the mild weather Source: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ieTaoiseach Leo Varadkar warned against a “rolling cliff edge” situation as EU leaders met for a crunch summit ahead of the scheduled Brexit date of 29 March.A member of the Hutch family has been jailed for breaking into the Offices of the Revenue Commissioners and assaulting a man who tried to prevent him leaving.Gardaí in Cork are investigating after a man in his 70s was seriously injured in an assault in a car park in the early hours of this morning. Footballer Declan Rice has been forced to issue an apology after old social media comments appearing to support the IRA surfaced. The plan to open a Direct Provision centre at a disused hotel in Rooskey, Co Leitrim has been scrapped.Police in Tyrone are again appealing for witnesses to come forward following the deaths of three teenagers at a St Patrick’s Day disco in Cookstown. Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 16-year-old missing from Galway. The Broadcasting Regulator has rejected three complaints over programmes broadcast on Virgin Media Television in the run up to last year’s referendum.INTERNATIONAL British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks with the media as she arrives for an EU summit in Brussels Source: AP/PA Images#BREXIT: Some Labour MPs in the UK have warned that Theresa May’s speech last night could incite hatred against members of parliament. #DR EVIL: A tattooist known as ‘Dr Evil’ has been jailed for 40 months for carrying out procedures such as ear and nipple removals and tongue splitting. #FACEBOOK: Facebook has admitted that millions of passwords were stored in plain text on its internal servers, leaving them readable by the company’s employees. #TRUMP: US President Donald Trump announced today that the United States should acknowledge Israeli sovereignty over the hotly contested Golan Heights territory.PARTING SHOTYou may have noticed some people showing off their odd socks on social media or in the office today, and wondered what it was all about. Well, socks are to mark World Down Syndrome Day today, for the reason that they look a bit like chromosomes, and people with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome (making 47 altogether). https://jrnl.ie/4554887 Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Here’s what made the headlines today. 8,617 Views #rockyoursocks today!! Don’t forget your odd socks for #WorldDownSyndromeDay, your feet will thank you for it 😉 #LotsOfSocks #WDSD19 #LeaveNoOneBehind pic.twitter.com/kbAAgNBwP5— St. James’s Hospital (@stjamesdublin) March 21, 2019 Mar 21st 2019, 8:46 PM No Comments By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: St. James’s Hospital/Twitter Get our daily news round up: (Click here if you can’t see the tweet)
Ty Stober is seeking a second term on the Vancouver City Council, he announced Tuesday.“The issues facing Vancouver are nuanced and complex,” Stober said in a media release. “And in my decision-making, I try hard to hear and represent the voices in our community that feel left out and left behind.”His announcement was expected — Stober had filed with the Public Disclosure Commission for the 2019 election in April 2016, and his campaign has since raised about $9,400.Before sitting on the city council, Stober cut his teeth running for the 49th District state Senate seat vacated by Democrat Craig Pridemore in 2012. An LGBTQ equal-rights advocate, Stober dropped out of that race to concentrate on the battle to defend the state’s marriage equality law, he told The Columbian at the time.He also worked at the nonprofit Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, where he encouraged electronics retailers to stock and promote their most energy-efficient products.In 2015, he narrowly won a city council bid for the Position 5 seat over Linda Glover (who went on to win her own council election in 2017). Over the past four years, he’s served on city committees including the Council for the Homeless, C-Tran and Safe Communities Task Force.If elected to a second term, Stober pledged to focus on affordable housing and transportation.“My time on (the) council has been rewarding,” Stober said in the media release.”We have launched many projects and initiatives to strengthen our community, and I want to see them come to fruition. I am eager to continue building economic and social opportunity that connects our youth, our aging population and our families to a growing, vibrant city.”
Mario Balotelli’s future at Nice looks uncertain considering the latest outburst from new manager Patrick VieiraBalotelli has resurrected his career since joining French side Nice in 2016, and his efforts were recently rewarded with a national team call-up by new Italy manager Roberto Mancini.However, this summer has brought much uncertainty to the Italian striker’s future. It’s believed he got off on the wrong note with new coach Patrick Vieira when he failed to report to the first training.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…The former Liverpool man is notorious for his disciplinary problems, and it seems the Arsenal legend is not a big fan of the player.Vieira has decided not to include him for the first game of their Ligue 1 campaign against Reims, and he spoke to Canal +:“He wants to go away, so I can not say he will stay here … We want players who are happy to be part of this team. It is a complicated and difficult situation, and the club will try to do everything possible to realize his transfer.”
KIEV, Ukraine — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels. Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically important port on the Sea of Azov, beefing up military positions with more equipment and sending in more forces. The separatists’ top leader declared that an offensive against Mariupol had begun — then later toned down his threats as the scale of the civilian casualties became clear.President Petro Poroshenko held an emergency meeting of his military officials and cut short a trip to Saudi Arabia to coordinate the government’s response. “The time has come to name their sponsors. The help given to militants, weapons deliveries, equipment and the training of manpower — is this not aiding terrorism?” Poroshenko said in a recorded statement.
The accident halted traffic briefly while emergency responders cleared the scene. James Mika, 34 of Nikiski, was operating a 1998 GMC Yukon northbound on the Kenai Spur Highway and was in the process of turning right onto Sandy Lane when he was struck on the passenger side by a 2008 GMC Sierra 3500 operated by Sean Lucas, 42 of Kenai. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision at mile 16 Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski, on January 7, at 12:50 p.m. According to the trooper online dispatch, both drivers were wearing seatbelts and no injuries were reported. Lucas who was also traveling northbound and had not realized the Yukon was slowed or turning.
(KDLG photo)Governor Bill Walker announced his intentions Tuesday to keep the Dillingham District Attorney’s office open. Walker’s amended operating budget restores the $340,000 of funding the Department of Law had originally proposed cutting in the December version of the budget.The Dillingham DA’s office was slimmed down last summer to just one attorney and one paralegal, and it was understood that the next round of cuts could see the office all the way closed. Still it came as a bit of a surprise in early December when the Department of Law offered up closing the office to save an estimated $340,000.Among those caught off guard were Sen. Lyman Hoffman and Rep. Bryce Edgmon, who felt they had left Juneau at the end of the last Legislative session with the Governor’s personal assurance that the office would stay open.“Well you know obviously I’m very pleased,” Edgmon said of the amendment Wednesday morning. “I think it’s the outcome of a lot of hard work, both down here in Juneau and from a lot of concerned citizens in, not just the Dillingham area, but also the Bristol Bay area as a whole.”Not many of the governor’s amendments added to his proposed budget. Rather, Walker touted an additional $135 million in reductions for the FY 17 budget these changes would bring.“It’s very difficult to get things back in the budget. To me this is step one,”said Edgmon. “Step two is to keep it in the budget, and I think myself and Senator Hoffman clearly have our work cut out for us to make that happen.”The House has put everything aside but work related to the budget, grappling with how Alaska will pay its way this year and in the future in an era of low oil prices and low oil production. The session is now a third of the way through.“We’re getting a lot closer,” Edgmon said of passing a budget. “We’re about two to three weeks out. And of course this is not an ordinary year, we have other considerations, looking at the long term. So things will get a little bit more involved as we get more towards the end of February.”The Dillingham DA’s office is still open, though the attorney who had been assigned to it resigned in January. The new attorney assigned to Dillingham court cases lives and works out of Anchorage. If funding for the Dillingham office survives the Legislature’s efforts to cut the state’s budget, who gets staffed where remains to be seen.
Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, addresses the Alaska House of Representatives, April 8, 2015. She is calling for an investigation into the Office of Children’s Services. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Under a proposed statewide income tax bill in the Capitol, Alaskans would have a choice when they apply for their annual permanent fund dividend: whether or not to set aside money to pay for their next year’s state income tax liability.Listen nowEmployers could deduct state income tax payments from workers’ paychecks. But if workers prefer to pay with PFDs, they could ask their employers to deduct less money each pay period.Alaskans who pay income taxes to other states would receive a credit to reduce their Alaska taxes.Some minority-caucus Republicans expressed displeasure with the bill’s details in a Senate Finance Committee meeting today (Monday).North Pole Representative Tammie Wilson told a Department of Revenue official it will be difficult for spouses who file their federal tax return jointly, but who pay state income taxes in different states.“First of all, all of what you just said is a nightmare,” Wilson said. “I’ve done that with states before. And when you’re trying to figure out who to credit whom… luckily they have H&R Block online.”There could be two main new taxes passed this year. The income tax would be 15 percent of federal liability. A couple with two children and 150,000 dollars in gross income would pay about 20,000 dollars in federal income tax after deductions, and 3,000 dollars in state taxes. And a separate 10 percent tax would be applied on all capital gains, such as the sale of stocks and bonds.Anchorage Democrat Representative Les Gara said residents should be clear that the income tax rate under the bill isn’t applied on their overall income.“15 percent of a 25 percent federal tax is a 3.75 percent tax,” Gara said. “I just don’t want anyone walking around saying this bill is imposing a 15 percent tax when it’s not.”Anchorage Republican Representative Lance Pruitt expressed concern about the complexity of the bill. The legislation would also draw money from the Permanent Fund to pay for part of the state government budget.“This is complex,” Pruitt said. “If I’m asking questions, you can understand what the public’s going to ask on this.”Bill supporters say it would bring stability to the state’s budget and economy. The House Finance Committee will hold more hearings on the bill this week.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao condoled the death of senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy who passed away in the wee hours of today. Rao recalled his services as a union minister and the best parliamentarian. He conveyed his deep condolences to the members of the bereaved family. TRS working president KT Rama Rao also expressed over Jaipal Reddy’s death. “My condolences to the family & friends of senior leader & Former union minister Shri #JaipalReddy Garu who passed away earlier today. RIP Sir,” he tweeted. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us My condolences to the family & friends of senior leader & Former union minister Shri #JaipalReddy Garu who passed away earlier today. RIP Sir 🙏— KTR (@KTRTRS) July 28, 2019
GAGE SKIDMORE HTTP://BIT.LY/2H9U6FJ / WIKIMEDIA COMMONSJulian Castro, former secretary for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development for the Obama administration.Julian Castro, former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development for the Obama Administration, says he is interested in a 2020 presidential run. But Castro, who is speaking this week in the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire, said he won’t announce his official decision later this year. Castro said he plans on spending a lot of time on the campaign trail throughout 2018, and by that he means campaign trails for other Democrats — not his own, at least for now.Castro said he is interested in a presidential run in 2020, but he’s not ready to make that announcement just yet.“I’m going to spend the bulk of the time between now and November helping candidates who are on the ballot this year get elected. At the same time, after the November election is done, I’m going to make a decision about my own future and whether I’m going to run for president in 2020,” Castro said.Castro will give the keynote address at New Hampshire’s Young Democrats Granite Slate Awards on Thursday.David Crockett, political science professor with Trinity University, said New Hampshire is an early primary state that potential presidential candidates use to determine their level of support beyond their home states.“We know who he is in Texas, but that’s not good enough to win a nomination. He needs to become more of a household name nationwide in the Democratic Party electorate. So the way you do that is to campaign for other officeholders, and you’re making speeches in other areas, and people start talking about you; your name gets out there,” Crocket said.Castro said his decision on whether or not to run for president will be based on a combination of factors over the next year. And one of those factors, Crockett said, will likely be whether Democrats are able to win back a majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives this fall.“If they are able to take back the House, which is certainly possible, I think what that does is send a message to a Democratic candidate that the midterms election prophesizes a good year for Democrats in the 2020 election,” Crocket said.Crockett said if that happens, you’ll likely see a crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates, similar to what Republican voters experienced during the 2016 presidential primaries.Ryan Poppe can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @RyanPoppe1 Share
The Associated PressEAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — A 17-year-old Black boy fatally shot by a police officer in Pennsylvania seconds after he fled a traffic stop did not pose a threat to anyone, a lawyer for the family of the teen said.Civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt said late Wednesday that he doesn’t see any apparent justification for the use of deadly force by an East Pittsburgh police officer that left Antwon Rose Jr. dead. Allegheny County police are conducting an independent investigation of the shooting in East Pittsburgh, a borough about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh.Leonard Hammonds II, of Penn Hills, right, points out that a Turtle Creek Police officer has his hand on his weapon during a rally in East Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at a protest regarding the shooting death of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh Police officer during a traffic stop the night before. (Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)Part of the encounter was captured on video and posted to Facebook by a bystander. Officer Michael Rosfeld confirmed to a WTAE-TV reporter who went to his house Thursday that he was the officer who fired the shots but said he had not watched the news and was unaware the video even existed. Rosfeld said he could not talk about the shooting because of the open investigation.Investigators and city officials have declined to name the officer. They said he was placed on administrative leave during the investigation.The shooting has sparked some social media outrage and calls for punishment of the officer, including from rapper Nas and a handful of other celebrities. A Wednesday night protest at the East Pittsburgh police headquarters lasted for several hours and drew more than 100 people, some of whom laid down in front of a police cruiser.A second protest Thursday afternoon at the Allegheny County courthouse attracted nearly 1,000 people, including speakers decrying police use of force and gun violence. Protesters later took to the streets, shutting down a major interstate. Some sat down on Interstate 376, blocking traffic in both directions, while others chanted, “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.”Investigators said the officer stopped the car Antwon and two other people were riding in Tuesday because it matched the description of a car reported to be involved in a shooting about 15 minutes earlier in a nearby town. As the officer took the driver into custody, the short video shows Antwon and the other passenger running from the car.The officer quickly fired three shots, all of which struck Antwon, who later died at a hospital from his injuries. The medical examiner has not said where the teen was struck.“We must emphasize that rumors of (Antwon) being involved in a separate shooting are unsubstantiated,” Merritt wrote in his statement, saying the use of deadly force seems unjustified. “We know that he was not armed at the time he was shot down, that he posed no immediate threat to anyone.”Antwon’s friends, family and teachers said he was a promising student, who volunteered at a charity, was generous and had a “million-dollar smile.”Allegheny County Police Commissioner Coleman McDonough said Wednesday that he is confident the car Antwon was in was involved in the earlier shooting, partly because a window had been shot. He said officers found two guns in the car, and that the driver was released after questioning without being charged.McDonough confirmed that Antwon was not armed and that no shots were fired at the officers.Pennsylvania law allows officers to use deadly force against a fleeing suspect in only a handful of circumstances. It’s permitted if the suspect poses a threat of immediate danger, has used or threatened lethal violence previously or possesses a lethal weapon.East Pittsburgh Mayor Louis Payne said the officer had worked for the department for two weeks and was officially sworn in a few hours before the shooting. Rosfeld confirmed to WTAE-TV that he has worked with the department almost three weeks and worked previously in the Oakmont, Harmar and University of Pittsburgh police departments.Leaders of the Pittsburgh-based Black Political Empowerment Project asked Thursday for the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office to investigate this and other police-involved shootings, citing only two instances where the Allegheny County district attorney has filed homicide charges against police officers in fatal shootings in the last 20 years.A joint statement from East Pittsburgh officials and police issued Thursday expressed condolences and sadness over Antwon’s death and asked the community to respect the investigative process. Rossfled said he has a lot of support from the local law enforcement community and from family.Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey also issued a statement Thursday saying the teen’s family has a right to answers.“I am disturbed by what I saw on the video, and I have numerous questions about exactly what happened and why,” he said.