The state-run Goa Medical College(GMC) hospital near Panaji, on Monday, quarantined a native of Kerala who travelled to Goa by train after he developed symptoms similar to those affected by the deadly Nipah virus.Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane, told presspersons that it was still unclear whether the patient was suffering from Nipah disease and that they would get clarity once test results are verified at the National Institute of Virology in Pune.Also Read Decoding the deadly Nipah virus “It is not clear yet whether it is a Nipah case. We will have to wait for test results from Pune. The person admitted himself to the hospital, after he felt he had some symptoms similar to those affected by Nipah and he has been kept in the isolation ward at the GMC,” said Mr. Rane. Mr. Rane asserted that all measures were being taken to ensure that the patient is quarantined, until the test results are received by his Ministry.Nipah virus, which has led to some deaths in Kerala, is transmitted through direct contact with infected bats, pigs or from other NiV-infected people.
Mainstream political parties may find 1,000 votes in 16 villages surrounded by the waters of the Indravati reservoir in Odisha’s Kalahandi district too small a voting bloc, which is probably why the demand for a bridge connecting them to the mainland has never been taken up seriously over the last six Lok Sabha and four Assembly elections.Contrary to this, political leaders are never short of pledges to build a bridge over the Kharinasi river, with the more sizeable number of 7,000 voters in 14 villages under the Batighar panchayat in Kendrapara district. But, a bridge eludes them too, since Independence.“Elections come and go, but the promise of a bridge remains constant and unfulfilled,” says Supada Mistry, a young voter of the Batighar panchayat. Key issueThe construction of bridges has emerged as a key issue in the forthcoming elections for a number of Odisha villages cut off by water from all sides. In Kalahandi, residents of two villages — Talajhapi under the Thuamulrampur block and Labanasara under the Bhawanipatna block — formally informed the District Collector that they are not interested in participating in the election as their demand for bridges has not been met.“In 1996, 16 villages were cut off from the mainland when the Indravati reservoir water submerged all landmasses around Pedapadar panchayat, leaving villagers, mostly tribals, water-locked. In the last 23 years (six general and four Assembly elections), deaths have occurred due to disease outbreaks and boat mishaps, besides routine inconveniences. A bridge connecting our villages with the mainland remains a distant dream,” says Kishore Nayak, a resident of Gopinathpur inside the reservoir.Plea to NHRCDillip Das, a Bhawanipatna-based social activist who had moved the National Human Rights Commission highlighting the plight of water-locked Pedapadar pancha-yat, says: “The government has sanctioned ₹54 crore for the bridge but contractors are not participating due to faulty tendering processes. Perhaps, the voice of people, residing in the 16 villages, is not reaching across the vast water boundary as their number is much smaller.” In Kendrapara, it is difficult to go across the Kharinasi river without a country boat and reach the Batighar panchayat comprising of 14 villages which are flanked by the Bay of Bengal on one side. Leaders have been making promises in successive elections since Independence, but people are yet to see a bridge across the river. “My father keeps telling me about the elusive bridge and I also keep hearing about it from others,” says Mr. Mistry. Residents of nearby Jamboo panchayat share similar deprivation that Batighar residents suffer. A boat ambulance was launched for both panchayats a few weeks ago. However, the boat is ineffective as it depends on high tide to sail.Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, a two-time MLA from Mahakalapada in Kendrapara, says the proposal for the bridge had been approved but it was deferred as the Kharinasi river was included under National Waterway-5, and now the bridge has to be planned afresh.In Sambalpur district, boats are the only mode of transport to Kud Gunderpur gram panchayat in Dhankauda block. The gram panchayat comprising six villages and having a population of 5,000 is situated on an island in the Mahanadi river. Residents of Kud Gunderpur say they can only threaten to boycott the election if their demands are not met, but no one is listening.
Four persons were killed when a boundary wall of an abandoned rice mill collapsed in a crowded vegetable market at Alasua in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district on Sunday morning.The incident took place when the vendors were sitting close to the six-foot high wall made of laterite stone blocks. Some people had also parked their vehicles close to the wall.The four persons, all vendors, died on the spot while 11 escaped with minor injuries. Five are feared trapped under the debris which is being cleared by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force personnel.The injured persons were rushed immediately to the Dhenkanal District Headquarters Hospital .“We have received information about the death of four persons due to the collapse of a big boundary wall. A case will be registered in this regard,” said Anupama James, Dhenkanal Superintendent of Police.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim And that confidence worries Fernandez even if the Hawkeyes still boast a solid lineup led by Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo.“We know that CEU is a very good team which is well-coached, and matching up with them without Raymar is a tough one,” said Fernandez.Garcia said the Scorpions hope to pull off an upset anew behind Cameroonian big man Rod Ebondo and underrated guards Aaron Jeruta, JK Casiño and Orlan Wamar.“We really have to bring our defensive mentality,” said Fernandez. —JASMINE W. PAYOADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Perlas Pilipinas falls to Indonesia anew as road to gold gets tougher Cignal HD plays minus a key cog as the Hawkeyes clash with surprise finalist Centro Escolar University in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup championship starting Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES So Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez said the Hawkeyes must adjust quickly without big man Raymar Jose, who left for Kuala Lumpur to play for the national team in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“Losing Raymar during the Finals is a tough one, but we as a team understand that SEA Games basketball gold is very important to our country,” said Fernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCignal collides with CEU, which stunned erstwhile unbeaten Flying V in the semifinals, in Game 1 of the best-of-three series at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.“No one expected us to reach this far,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “It won’t hurt if we try [winning the title] that’s why I told the players we just have to stay focused and stick to our game plan.” Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
Federe vs DjokovicNovak DjokovicRoger FedererRoger Federer vs Novak Djokovic First Published: September 20, 2019, 10:50 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Roger Federer’s 2019 Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic will go in history as one of the most hotly contested in the history of tennis.The grass at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club has seen history, a lot of it, and has even shared a few. But in July 2019, ‘history’ at The Championships fell short at one man’s grit and determination. Federer and Djokovic played the longest final in Wimbledon singles history, but Djokovic won.Djokovic defeated Federer 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) in four hours and 57 minutes of tennis of the highest order.Two months have passed since the defeat and Federer has had time to reflect.Federer was asked by Gazzetta dello Sport, when was the last time he cried, “The last time I cried? Two months ago at Wimbledon.”In the field and also at the awards ceremony I held back the tears that were there on the border.”Then as soon as I got down to the locker room, on the first comment ‘what bad luck, you were close…'”I collapsed and a few tears escaped.”Federer missed out on his record ninth Wimbledon title that would have also made him the oldest Grand Slam champion of the Open Era.
Tottenham Hotspur may be licking their wounds after crashing out of the Champions League but they must quickly refocus as they return to Premier League action on Saturday at leaders Chelsea in their third straight London derby.Spurs were eliminated from Europe’s premier competition at the group stage after a sloppy display in a 2-1 defeat at Monaco on Tuesday but remain the only unbeaten Premier League side. (Also read: EPL: Yaya Toure double gives Manchester City three points, Liverpool held at Southampton)That record almost went last weekend when they trailed West Ham United in the final minutes before Harry Kane scored twice, including a late penalty, to snatch a remarkable 3-2 win.Now they move across London to face Antonio Conte’s resurgent Chelsea, who are seeking a seventh successive league victory.Kane began a scoring run of four goals in three games with a penalty in a 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the start of the month and will again spearhead a Tottenham side seeking to banish the memories of their last visit to Stamford Bridge in May.On that occasion, they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2, a result that effectively ended their hopes of winning a first top-flight title since 1961 when they won the league and FA Cup double.On Saturday, fifth-placed Spurs are likely to start with defenders Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen, who were surprisingly rested by Mauricio Pochettino against Monaco, but they must do without the suspended Danny Rose and injured Toby Aiderweireld.advertisementChelsea have no injury problems after a week of recuperation and have Premier League top scorer Diego Costa showing his best form since arriving in England with 10 goals and three assists.Saturday’s game and their next fixture at Manchester City should provide the perfect test of their title aspirations.City, a point off the pace in third and fresh from qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach, make the short trip to Burnley.Fourth-placed Arsenal, two points further back, entertain a Bournemouth side missing on-loan Jack Wilshere, who cannot play against his parent club.With their 2-2 draw against Paris St Germain on Wednesday, the Gunners stretched their unbeaten record to 18 matches in all competitions.Second-placed Liverpool, also a point off the top, face resurgent Sunderland at Anfield, a ground where the visitors have not won since 1983.With Adam Lallana again injured, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp must decide whether to recall Daniel Sturridge who is being linked with a move in January, possibly to Southampton.Klopp warned against the dangers of complacency in midweek, no doubt with Saturday’s game in mind against opponents who looked relegation certainties a couple of weeks ago.But, fired by the goals of Victor Anichebe and Jermain Defoe, David Moyes’s side have registered back-to-back wins to go above Swansea City at the bottom.Bob Bradley’s Welsh side are without a league victory since the opening day and face a vital game against Crystal Palace, who are themselves just one point above the drop zone.Palace’s poor form – they are the worst team in the country in 2016 with an average of 0.71 points per game – is putting pressure on manager Alan Pardew, with British media speculating that he could be sacked if they fail to win in Wales.Other managers in need of a lift are Everton’s Ronald Koeman against his former club Southampton on Sunday and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho, whose side play West Ham having drawn their last three league games at Old Trafford.
The Indian football team was Wednesday handed a comparatively easy draw for the 2022 World Cup second round Asian qualifiers, being clubbed with Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Group E.The 40 Asian countries were divided into eight groups of five teams each in the draw held at the Asian Football Confederation headquarters here. All the teams in each group will play home-and-away round-robin matches starting from September 5.The eight group winners and four best runners-up will advance to the final round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Finals, to be held in China.The next best 24 teams from the second round of the joint qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining 12 slots in the 24-team AFC Asian Cup.India avoided the big guns from Pot 1 like Iran, Japan, Korea, Australia and Saudi Arabia, but drew Asian Cup champions Qatar. India were also not drawn alongside bigger teams from Pot 2 like Iraq and Uzbekistan.India can beat the likes of Afghanistan and Bangladesh and will hope to play their best against Oman, as well as World Cup hosts Qatar, if they have to advance to the final round of the qualifiers.Interestingly, India were also drawn along with Oman in the second round qualifiers of the 2018 World Cup. The Arab nation beat India 2-1 (in Bengaluru) and 3-0 (in Muscat) in 2015.But the latest clash between the two sides, just before the 2019 Asian Cup, had ended in a goal-less draw in Abu Dhabi last December.advertisementIndia head coach Igor Stimac termed the draw “a very tough challenge”.”It will be an enormous challenge for your young team. We have been drawn into a very tough group,” Stimac said.Without singling out any team, Stimac said that “we need to respect every opposition”.”We need to respect everyone, not only teams from Pot 1, and Pot 2, but even teams from Pot 3, and Pot 4. The Intercontinental Cup showed to all how strange a game of football is. The two teams which are playing the final (Tajikistan, and DPR Korea) are the lowest FIFA ranked teams in the tournament. That shows that everyone can beat everyone,” he said.”I will teach the team to respect the opposition, but when we step on to the pitch, we will do everything to win. That is the way I am going to prepare my team. We are just at the beginning of our journey. I hope that it will be a long one,” he added.Wednesday’s draw was conducted by FIFA Director of Competitions Christian Unger and Australian legend Tim Cahill.Asia’s top ranked side Iran, who will be aiming for a third consecutive World Cup appearance, were pooled in Group C alongside Iraq, Bahrain, Hong Kong and Cambodia.Japan, Asia’s best performers in the 2018 FIFA World Cup where they were defeated by Belgium in the Round of 16, were drawn in Group F with Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia.Korea Republic, who have appeared in every edition of the FIFA World Cup Finals since 1986, will have Lebanon, DPR Korea, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka in Group H of the Asian Qualifiers.Saudi Arabia will face Uzbekistan, Palestine, Yemen and Singapore in Group D while Australia will go up against Jordan, Chinese Taipei, Kuwait and Nepal in Group B.China, the host country for the AFC Asian Cup 2023, will have to navigate past Syria, Philippines, Maldives and Guam in Group A in their bid for a second appearance in the FIFA World Cup Finals.Read more | Deepika Kumari settles for silver in 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games test eventAlso see:
PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Karan Higdon #22 of the Michigan Wolverines is lauded by teammates after a touchdown against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Michigan football reached the Peach Bowl this year, but was not at full strength against the Florida Gators in Atlanta.Running back Karan Higdon was among the key players who skipped the game, ahead of preparation for the NFL Draft.Other Michigan stars who did the same included Devin Bush, Jr., Rashan Gary, and Juwann Bushell-Beatty.The Gators took full advantage and delivered first year head coach Dan Mullen a big 41-15 Peach bowl win.Ahead of the Senior Bowl, Higdon has discussed his decision a bit more.Skipping non-playoff bowl games has become extremely common among potential top NFL Draft picks, but players still have to answer to the decision.Karan Higdon says that Jim Harbaugh wasn’t thrilled with his decision to skip the Peach Bowl, but he thinks his coach understood.From MLive.com:“That’s not his favorite decision,” Higdon said. “He has a job as a head coach to win and wants all of these guys to help him win. He wasn’t happy about it, but he respected it.“At the end of the day, he can’t grab us and force us to get out on the field. But I think he has enough respect for us as players and the contributions we’ve had to the team, he’ll respect it.”Higdon finished the year with 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games.Obviously we’ll never know if Michigan would’ve won the game with Higdon, Gary, and the rest, but the Wolverines probably would’ve been a good deal more competitive.[MLive.com]
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 09: Lamont Gaillard #53 of the Georgia Bulldogs gets ready to snap the ball during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 9, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Georgia won 20-19. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)There are several marquee non-conference matchups in the first month of the college football season. Georgia-Notre Dame is one of the biggest.The two teams met in 2017, with the Bulldogs eking out a win in South Bend. The victory helped propel Georgia to a run to the national title game.Fast forward to this fall, with the second game of this home-and-home scheduled for September 21 in Athens. It will be a prime time kickoff on CBS, and for good reason.Georgia enters the season presumably ranked in the top five and expected to contend for the national championship. Notre Dame, meanwhile, is coming off an undefeated regular season and College Football Playoff berth in 2018. This week, the Westgate SuperBook updated its betting lines for the biggest games of the upcoming season, and Georgia-Notre Dame was one of them.The Bulldogs are now 11 1/2-point favorites over the Irish. They had been 10 1/2-point favorites back in the spring.Westgate @SuperBookUSA has updated 138 advance lines for this years big games. Georgia -11.5 Notre DameOklahoma -3 Texas Washington -3 OregonClemson -27 Florida StMichigan -3.5 Ohio StGeorgia -7.5 FloridaAlabama -13 Auburn Get all 138 lines here: https://t.co/KYiikRlHQ3— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) August 7, 2019This line could shift slightly either way, depending how the rest of the summer and the first three weeks of the season unfold.It seems pretty clear though that Vegas expects this to be a two-score game in Georgia’s favor.
Jammu: The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed on Tuesday following fresh landslides in the Ramban district, traffic department said. The landslides hit Digdol area after which the traffic was halted. “Landslide debris clearance operation is underway and the highway is likely to be restored to traffic in the afternoon,” a traffic official said. “No vehicle will be allowed to move on the highway either from Udhampur or the Banihal side unless the road is declared safe for passage,” he added. The highway had remained closed for two days last week due to a massive landslide in the same area.
by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2014 8:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Citigroup customers across Central America and parts of Eastern Europe will be looking for a new place to bank next year.Citigroup said Tuesday that it will bow out of the retail banking business in 11 markets, part of an ongoing effort since the financial crisis to restructure and slim down. The news came as the bank announced third-quarter earnings.Citi said the impact would primarily be smaller countries in Latin America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. It will also exit consumer banking in Egypt, Japan, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Guam.The bank is exiting those areas to focus on market share and growth potential in places where it believes it can be competitive, Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat said in a statement. It will still have institutional banking operations in these areas.“I am committed to simplifying our company and allocating our finite resources to where we can generate the best returns for our shareholders,” Corbat said.The bank said sales of the businesses were underway in the majority of the markets affected. Citi expects the sales to be substantially complete by the end of 2015.Even with Tuesday’s announcement, Citi will still be the most internationally focused of the big U.S. banks, serving 57 million clients in 24 different countries or markets, it said.Citi has been selling off assets and consolidating its operations for several years now, both under Corbat as well as former CEO Vikram Pandit. The company sold the rest of its Smith Barney retail brokerage business to Morgan Stanley in 2012. Earlier this year it sold its consumer banking businesses in Greece and Spain.Citi’s announcement came at the same time the company announced its quarterly results. The bank reported earnings of $3.44 billion, or $1.07 a share, for the three-month period ending in Sept. 30. Stripping out one-time items, Citi said it earned an adjusted profit of $3.67 billion, or $1.15 a share. Last year the company earned $3.23 billion, or $1 a share.Revenue rose 9 per cent to $19.6 billion from $17.9 billion a year ago.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.12 a share.Citi’s stock rose $1.43, or 3 per cent, to $51.33.In a separate announcement, Citi said it had discovered $15 million in fraud following an investigation into the bank’s Banamex unit.The fraud came from personal security services that were provided to individuals outside the bank. The bank said it will use its internal security division going forward.In February, Citi disclosed that its Banamex division had lost $400 million as a result of fraud related to a Mexican oil services company known as Oceanografia. The bank lent Oceanografia the money based upon invoices that were later found to be fake. The $15 million announcement came as a result of an investigation into the Oceanografia incident.Citigroup was one of a few large banks to report their quarterly results Tuesday.JPMorgan Chase reported earnings of $5.6 billion, or $1.36 share, compared with a loss of $380 million, or 17 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. The results missed expectations.Wells Fargo said it had a third-quarter profit of $5.73 billion, or $1.02 per share, meeting Wall Street’s expectations. Citigroup to exit 11 markets, mostly in Latin America, as bank continues to reduce its size
THE CENTRAL BANK has said it will not be making any further reports to authorities as a result of the material contained in the Anglo Tapes.The recordings of bank executives’ phone conversations caused huge public uproar when they were published by the Irish Independent during the summer.Amongst the many public revelations was the quote from Anglo’s then head of capital markets John Bowe which showed the institution was attempting to mislead the Central Bank in the days leading up to the bank guarantee.Bowe was recorded as saying: “That number is seven [billion euros] but the reality is we need more than that. But you know, the strategy here is you pull them [the Central Bank] in, you get them to write a big cheque and they have to keep, they have to support their money, you know”.In a statement this afternoon, the Central Bank says it has carried out a review of the issues raised as a result of the recordings, and decided no further action is necessary:The tapes raised concerns that Anglo may have deliberately misrepresented its financial position when it sought financial support from the Central Bank in 2008. The Central Bank has examined Anglo’s interaction with the Central Bank at the time in relation to this matter.The statement goes on to say that no new issues have come to light as a result of the publication of the tapes “that relate to suspected criminal offences having occurred” and that as a result “the Central Bank does not intend, and is not required, to make any further statutory reports of suspected criminal offences to An Garda Síochána or the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in relation to this matter”.The investigation into the toxic bank being carried out by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) was launched in 2009 and is ongoing.Read: Anglo Tapes are ‘nauseating’ — Shatter > Rewind: A look at what the Anglo Tapes have meant for Ireland >
Un important séisme fait 7 morts et des dizaines de blessés en Afghanistan Mercredi 24 avril aux alentours de 9h25 du matin, l’Afghanistan a été victime d’un séisme de magnitude 5.7 sur l’échelle de Richter. Le bilan s’élève pour le moment à sept morts et des dizaines de blessés. La région sud-est de l’Afghanistan a été surprise ce matin par un séisme d’une magnitude de 5,7 qui a causé d’importants dégâts. Selon le dernier bilan, le dénouement meurtrier de cette catastrophe s’élève pour l’instant à 6 morts dont plusieurs enfants dans la province de Nangarhar ainsi que 75 blessés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une autre personne a également été tuée dans l’effondrement d’un bâtiment dans la province de Kunar. Mais le bilan pourrait s’aggraver au fur et à mesure que les secours se rendent dans les zones sinistrées. Selon le centre américain de géophysique (USGS), l’épicentre du tremblement de terre se situe non loin de la frontière pakistanaise à 25 kilomètres de Jalalabad, grand ville située dans l’est de l’Afghanistan. Les secousses ont été ressenties dans le nord du Pakistan -jusqu’à la capitale Islamabad- où des séismes sont régulièrement ressentis, comme en Afghanistan. La chaîne de montagne Hindu Kush du pays en particulier a déjà enregistré une magnitude historique de 8. En octobre 2005, un puissant séisme dans le Nord-Ouest du Pakistan avait fait plus de 73.000 morts et provoqué le déplacement de 3,5 millions de personnes, rappelle l’AFP.Par ailleurs, l’ouest du Pakistan a déjà, la semaine dernière, été victime d’un tremblement de terre de 7,8 survenu dans l’est de l’Iran faisant 40 morts. Le 24 avril 2013 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambert
Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik says his hands are tied in proceeding with an attempted-murder case, because of the ongoing criminal investigation into the lead detective.His office on Thursday dropped about a half-dozen charges filed against co-defendants Troy D. Meyers, 47, and Michael Conley, 50, who were accused in the stabbing of an acquaintance last year. The decision took defense attorney Shon Bogar by surprise, he said, because during a hearing the week prior, he asked a judge to dismiss the case on the same premise, but the prosecution objected.Golik acknowledged in a phone interview Friday that it appears his office did an about-face on the decision to dismiss. However, after further reflection on the judge’s opinion — where he found it was appropriate to release Meyers and Conley as they await trial — Golik felt the dismissal was the best course of action, he said.“This is obviously a very unusual circumstance, and it’s not easy to make sure what the correct decision is. But, we’ve certainly been discussing it at great length — balancing our obligation,” he said.Prosecutors wrestled with the decision, Golik said, but agreed that Bogar’s arguments have merit.Bogar, who represents Meyers, argued at the Dec. 15 hearing that the prosecution had not shared any information about the misconduct allegations against longtime Clark County sheriff’s Detective Kevin Harper, who was placed on leave Sept. 26. The sheriff’s office has not released the nature of the allegations.
A Stevenson man who owns a fireworks stand allegedly attached an explosive device to his dog and detonated the device, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.Christopher Dillingham, 45, allegedly detonated the device at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office. A neighbor reported the loud explosion and deputies responded to the semirural residence and found the animal dead on Dillingham’s property.Investigators are certain the explosion was intentional, although they are withholding the motive for now, Undersheriff Dave Cox said. They believe the device was attached to the collar of the large dog. They also found evidence inside the home.Dillingham owns a fireworks business and operates a stand at Stevenson every year for Independence Day, Cox said.Dillingham was booked into the Skamania County jail early Sunday morning on suspicion of second-degree malicious mischief, reckless endangerment and possession of explosive devices. He appeared in the Skamania County Superior Court on Monday afternoon.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explsives, as well as the Metro Bomb Squad, responded to the incident.The investigation into the case is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office.The Associated Press contributed to this story.
BAL HARBOUR, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials said all is clear, Wednesday, after a precautionary water warning was lifted from over the weekend in Bal Harbour.Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department said residents no longer need to boil their water before using it because test samples have come back clean for the past two days.The problem started with a water main break near 96th Street and Bal Bay Drive.The water warning was issued Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Audio courtesy of KTVA-TV Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Criminal Justice Commision (ACJC) is looking at the possibility of allowing former inmates to have their criminal records expunged after a period of good behavior. The Commission, which consists of thirteen members, evaluates and makes recommendations in order to improve criminal laws and practices. Williams is a voting member of the ACJC and says he plans to make recommendations to lawmakers on the legislation. The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission was created by the Alaska State Legislature when Governor Sean Parnell signed SB 64 into law. Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams: “I think it’s the right thing to do. I’m very much in favor of a way for someone to get a black mark off their record.” This comes from an action item on Governor Bill Walker’s Public Safety Action Plan, evaluating the possibility of legislation to remove barriers for former inmates to reenter the job force, including the possibility of expungement of criminal records after period of good behavior.
Vijay’s Bigil second look poster.PR HandoutA week after a song titled Singa Penne from Vijay’s leaked online, the makers have decided to formally release the track online. Yes, the number will hit the internet with a bang on Tuesday, 23 July.”The first outstanding #Singappenney single from #Bigil releases on July 23rd! Get ready for this immensely powerful @arrahman track! #BigilPodalaama @actorvijay @Atlee_dir @agscinemas @Lyricist_Vivek @archanakalpathi. [sic]” Sony Music South, which has acquired the audio rights of Bigil, announced the news on Twitter.Last week, Singa Penne song made it to internet through back doors and went viral among Tamil cine-goers. The makers flung into action to reduce the damage by removing all the pirated links online, but it turned out to be an impossible task to prevent it as it appeared in one or the other platform.On the other hand, the fans of Vijay have expressed their solidarity with the makers by trending a topic on Twitter, using the hash tag – #DontWorryTeamBigil. However, what turned into a blessing in disguise was the unanimous positive reviews for the leaked track.Meanwhile, there were rumours that the complete album would be launched on 15 August to coincide with the Independence Day celebration. Our sources have clarified that the makers do not have any such plans of release at this stage.Two-time Oscar Award winning musician AR Rahman is scoring the music for Bigil. The album of his previous film Sarkar with Vijay had met with mixed reviews and the fans are hoping that the songs from Bigil will be better than their previous flick, which has Nayanthara in the female lead.
The Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) wants 191 acres of reserve forest in Maheshkhali island of Cox’s Bazar, but it is ready to pay only Tk 43.6 million for the land where it will make a terminal to store un-refined oil at a cost of Tk 40 billion.Official documents show, the forest department initially estimated the value at Tk 2.77 billion, but later it refixed the value downwardly — at Tk 470 million.However, the BPC says it is willing to pay no more than Tk 13.6 million for the loss of forest resources and Tk 30 million for the loss of biodiversity.Experts believe such an important forest has more than its monetary value.Also, they say, estimating the price of loss at Tk 2.77 billion at first and then refixing it at Tk 470 million will send the countrymen a wrong message.BPC sources said un-refined oil will be transported from the terminal set up at the forest to Eastern Refinery in Chittagong’s Anwara, through a 222-kilometre tunnel. The Exim Bank of China is financing the project titled ‘Installation of Single Point Mooring with Double Pipeline’.There are 19 species of mammals, eight species of reptiles, four species of amphibians and 27 species of birds in the forest of 388 square kilometres, according to the forest department. Besides, there are 70 species of different plants and trees. The natural forest boasts the last few pythons and golden deers.On 12 November, BPC chairman Abu Hena Mohammad Rahmatul Munim, in a letter to the environment and forests ministry, said they have an allotment of Tk 30 million to lease a piece of land.”We thought we would only have to pay for the lease. We did not take into consideraion the forest resource or the biodiversity cost,” said Md Sharif Hasnat, the project director.Environment and forest minister Anwar Hossain said, “We are not leasing the forest out to a private firm. It is a government entity that will be using it. The prime minister has already okayed the project.”The government had formed a six-member committee to evaluate the cost associated with the project, including experts from the forest department, the Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) and Chittagong University’s forestry and environmental department.Their 20-page report said the forest is of 28,286 acres. It is next to the Bay of Bengal and largely a mangrove forest.Apart from assessing the cost, it warned the authorities of the adverse effects an oil terminal will have on the area’s biodiversity.More people will come to live in this area, which will result in waterlogging, the report said. The ships and the machines at the oil terminal will cause noise while the chemicals will contaminate the sea and the adjacent areas, it added.The livelihoods of the people living in that island will also be hit hard and they will fall victims to different diseases as a result of the pollution, the report further said.”If the BPC gets the land at Tk 40 million only, it will set a bad exmaple,” said Kamal Ahmed, a member of the committee and a professor at Chittagong University’s forestry and environmental department.In fact, the forest department in February last year had written to the ministry, objecting a lease of the forest. It said as many as 25,000 trees will be cut and as a result of the changes a number of natural disasters may hit the country.International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Bangladesh director Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmed told Prothom Alo, “Our forests are already in danger because of the natural disasters caused by the climate change. If we still go on destroying more forests in the name of different projects, it will create further problems.”He said the BPC should have chosen a different area for this project, even if that meant more expenses.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan.
Share This! News Share This! Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The future of a decades-old CBS documentary series focused on religion is in doubt, as the network is potentially discussing cutting back or even ending a stream of faith-related segments that CBS has run since the 1940s.“I have received word that CBS is looking to cancel its program on CBS Religion and Culture,” said Simran Jeet Singh, a Religion News Service columnist who also serves on an interfaith advisory committee for CBS Religion and Culture.“I’m deeply disappointed. This is, in my opinion, the best programming devoted to religion on broadcast television.”A list of recent stories on the CBS Religion and Culture website. ScreengrabA source familiar with the programming told RNS that CBS is approaching religion reporting differently in the future. The source said the network is not cutting faith-related content in general, and plans to produce a Christmas special this December.CBS Religion and Culture ran on a contract basis for years under the leadership of John P. “Jack” Blessington, who retired in the past year, and is produced by Liz Kineke. Both declined to comment.CBS declined to comment on the future of the long-running program, which is produced out of the CBS Corporation, not specifically the network’s news division.In its most recent form, CBS Religion and Culture produced four documentaries a year and an annual Christmas special. In March, “Deconstructing My Religion,” a documentary about people who doubt the faith in which they were raised, won a Wilbur award for excellence in communicating religious issues, values and themes.CBS Religion and Culture was developed at CBS in 1948 and has produced a wide range of programming on American religion ever since. The show’s diverse undertakings included in-depth coverage of religious responses to the 1990s AIDS epidemic, faith groups confronting white supremacy and shows on interfaith cooperation. According to the United Methodist News Service, the project began working in 1989 with members of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission to develop programming.“We live in a time now where it’s as clear as ever that religion is at the center of so many critical national stories,” Singh said. “CBS Religion and Culture has shown through its recent programming that they are both ahead of the curve and able to go into depth on some of the stories that matter most, including issues like climate change and white supremacy and the changing landscape of religion in America.”Although it is unclear how CBS will handle faith-related content moving forward, the potential end of the program comes at a time when religion reporting appears to be shrinking after a short period of growth.The New York Times, which claimed two full-time national religion reporters for roughly a year, now only has one. Digital-only outlet BuzzFeed recently laid off its Islam reporter, Vox.com has not refilled a position previously dedicated exclusively to religion, and Jewish publication The Forward announced in January it will be ending its print edition and laying off about 40 percent of its staff.Anthea Butler, graduate chair and associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, said this trend could have dire repercussions for religion news.“We don’t have enough people doing this, and we have a real problem,” she said. “And it’s only going to increase: religion isn’t going away.”Butler also argued that religion reporting is often not given adequate attention or promotion by outlets.“(CBS Religion and Culture) was not something that was ever publicized in ways that could have given it traction,” Butler said. She later added: “The kind of religious program that we used to have on TV doesn’t exist anymore, because it’s all taken up by evangelists and prosperity gospel (productions).” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsCBS CBS Religion and Culture homepage featured religion reporting,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Catholicism Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins News • Photos of the Week Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Photos of the Week Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins For storied civil rights center, Highlander Center fire is an echo of the past