Journalist wounded in blast at offices of Dunya Radio

first_img Organisation News May 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist wounded in blast at offices of Dunya Radio News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Read in farsiReporters Without Borders deplores the attack today on the station Dunya Radio in Parwan Province and urges the police to conduct a thorough investigation to find those behind the attack.An improvised explosive device destroyed the office of the station’s director in the early hours. A journalist, Mohamad Agaha Ghane, was injured by flying glass and suffered hearing loss. His injuries were not life-threatening. The attack on the radio station, which has been broadcasting for the past three years from the provincial capital Chaharikar in north-east Afghanistan, was the first on a media outlet in Parwan. The director, Mohammad Shafi Moshfegh, said he had received no threats and no group claimed responsibility.“I believe only enemies of freedom of expression would attack a media organization that defends the truth and whose mission it to inform,” Moshfegh told Reporters Without Borders. “Other than that, we have no enemies.”The attack on Dunya Radio, whose offices are located near the police station, occurred nearly six years after the murder of de Zakia Zaki, the director of the station Sada-e-Solh (Peace Radio) in Parwan Province. This voice of peace and resistance was brutally silenced in June 2007 and her killers remain at large thanks to the climate of impunity that prevails in the country. Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says to go furthercenter_img AfghanistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” March 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific May 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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206 Miles: Teams Tackle The Smoky Mountain Relay

first_imgTeams tackle the Smoky Mountain Relay with costumes, water balloons, breast pumps, and 80s music.John Mitchell, a 34-year-old from Hendersonville, N.C., has been running on Western North Carolina’s roads and trails for a couple of decades. But that experience didn’t prepare him for running the Smoky Mountain Relay for the first time in 2015.He remembers one cold and drizzly night in particular. He’s lying on the floor of a passenger van trying not to puke as the driver navigates a winding gravel road tucked along the mountains outside of Franklin, N.C.He knows a few of his 11 teammates, but the rest are folks he’s just met. One of them, a woman named Caroline, is sitting on one of the bench seats pumping breast milk for her four-month-old. Another guy named Mike has jacked up the volume on the van’s stereo to 11—projecting a sonic boom of the Last of the Mohicans theme for miles. The team’s captain, Butch, even convinced a few people to fly in from Alaska to run with his Appalachian-based pals, which inspired the team’s name: the Appalaskans.Oh yeah, they’re all wearing animal masks and costumes and the outside of the van is decorated with a theme of “What does the fox say?”It’s been fun, but John’s fried. The team’s been moving for 30 hours and he’s already run two legs totaling something like 15 miles. He just wants to go to sleep. But he has one more leg to run—an eight-miler—and he’s not sure he can do it. Caroline hands him some kind of goo-based energy drink, and he throws it back while trying to munch down a stale bagel.The van pulls over at a checkpoint: this is where they’ll meet Jen, who is running now and will pass the snap-on bracelet to John so he can start his leg. Just then, as the team spills outside the van, the sun begins to break across the ridges. The honeyed-light dripping over the landscape seems to activate something inside John and his teammates. DJ Mike begins dancing with a guy alternatively nicknamed PowPow or Speed Goat. When the beam from Jen’s headlamp peaks over the hill, everyone begins screaming, hollering, and cheering.John still wants to quit—to tell his teammates he can’t do it. But he knows they are counting on him. Everyone is posting incredible split times—they’re egging each other on to run faster than they ever have. He figures he can run at least a little bit farther before his heart explodes.Smoky Mountain RelaySmiles All AroundAs Jen stretches out to hand over the bracelet, DJ Mike blasts out the theme to Chariots of Fire—which sends a chill through John’s spine. He grabs the bracelet—and takes off.Team relays have become increasingly popular among runners in recent years, especially in the Southern Appalachians where road races like the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay (BRR) and even new events like Ville-to-Ville—where runners will travel some 73 miles between Asheville and Greenville, S.C.—sell out in minutes.But the Smoky Mountain Relay (SMR), which takes place from April 20-21 this year and covers some 206 miles—often goes overlooked. Like the BRR, the SMR was modeled after the famous Hood to Coast race that takes place in the Pacific Northwest. What makes the SMR special, as least for many of the teams that have run it since it began in 2014, is that it stretches through some of the most stunning scenery you can find in our area.Starting out at Pink Beds State Park, teams of runners—which range from six to twelve—and their support vehicles weave their way across the landscape on mostly forest roads and, in a few cases, trails and bridges. Each team will complete 36 legs—each with its own unique twists-and-turns and ups-and-downs—over the course of about 36 hours until they cross the finish line next to the roaring rapids of the Nantahala Outdoor Center.dilfs Smoky Mountain RelayThe DILFSWhile there is always a healthy sense of competition, most teams focus more on having fun. There are even prizes awarded for the best costume theme. Creative standouts over the years have ranged from Pac-Man and Forrest Gump to a squad of Star Wars-themed storm troopers. An all-female team called the Pussyfooters (featured image) ran clad in leopard-print gear. There has also been a team of six male runners who called themselves DILF—which rhymes with MILF, if you know what we mean—which included one runner who dressed up as a policeman who “arrested” runners from other teams while another ran his routes in a Borat-inspired thong.The unique combination of scenery, camaraderie, and just plain zany fun is why the people who run SMR are so passionate about running it again year after year. But there’s some scuttlebutt that this year might be its last unless more teams sign up—which just baffles anyone who has run it. After all, this relay isn’t just for PR-obsessed runners; it’s also about groups of friends coming together for a wild weekend running through the woods.John runs his final leg by focusing on putting one foot in front of the other. Left right—left right. The road hugs the Little Tennessee River, where the rising sun zaps foggy-wraiths rising from the water. He thinks he might be seeing things. With about a mile left to go, the van pulls alongside as his teammates whoop and holler their encouragement. He waves back at them. And then, with a flourish of triumphant noise, his team speeds off to the next checkpoint to await him on their way to the finish line.“We did something special together in the dark coves and high ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains,” says John. “For a moment, we forgot about everything but fulfilling our promises to one another. Friendship is about shared experience. That is what team running is all about.”For more information, check out smokymountainrelay.comlast_img read more

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Inquest hears tragic brothers’ boat may have been hit by wave from ship

first_imgAn inquest into the deaths of two elderly fishermen who perished off Inishowen has heard claims that the men’s boat may have been toppled by waves from a large ship.The inquest in Buncrana into the drowning of the brothers 11 years ago returned a majority verdict of accidental death. Experienced Glengad fishermen Danny McDaid, 70, and Francis McDaid, 69, died when their boat, the ‘Strath Marie’, floundered at the mouth of Lough Foyle on Friday, 14 March 2008.RTE reports that the McDaid brothers’ lobster boat had been passed by a large Norwegian oil tanker shortly before it sunk off Kinnego Bay.The larger ship was later searched and “bore no signs of damage”, however a marine expert said the wash from the passing ship “could have had an impact”.Dr Norman Fullam said it was clear that a “very sudden” or “catastrophic event” had caused the sinking, because no mayday call was issued and both men had gone into the water with their Wellington boots on.“If I knew I was going into the water I would get rid of my Wellingtons for sure,” he explained.Dr Fullam, a former Assistant Director of Operations with the Coast Guard, who had worked for 20 years in Malin Head, said it was possible that the small boat could have “gotten a bang” from the “wash” coming off the larger vessel – but that the crew of the tanker “wouldn’t have been aware of that”.“If the [McDaid] brothers were engaged in pot hauling at the time, if a wash came at that point it could have been very serious.”“But there’s no evidence to that,” he added. “A lot of things could have happened.”“These things happen at sea and unfortunately, unless there’s a survivor – we just don’t know.”The brothers had arranged to go fishing the night before.Ellen McDaid remembered that her husband Daniel had “done a few chores around the house” and was in “good spirits” before he left at around 7.45am on 14 March.The weather was fine and both men were in “good form” when they set off in their boat from Bunagee Pier Culdaff an hour later.However the Coast Guard was alerted at 5.20pm that evening when they hadn’t returned as expected.Daniel McDaid was taken out of the water at 6.19pm by the Portrush Lifeboat and was then airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.Francis McDaid was discovered almost two hours later by the Greencastle Coast Guard and was brought ashore at Greencastle before being removed by ambulance to Altnagelvin, after a helicopter was unable to land.Both men were pronounced dead shortly after 9.30pm.Pathologist Dr Gerry O’Dowd testified that the brothers died by drowning and were alive when they went into the water.A meeting of the Greencastle Coast Guard on the night of the 14th heard that the ‘Strath Marie’ could have been involved in a collision at sea, “possibly with an oil tanker”.Subsequently Derry PSNI Inspector Robin Young, who became the primary investigating officer in the case because the men drowned in UK-claimed waters, contacted Interpol and ordered that the Norwegian vessel be boarded and inspected.After leaving Norway, the tanker was later inspected in Scotland by Strathclyde Police, who found no damage, with the crew reporting “no knowledge of any incident”.Inspector Young also made a request for a voice recording from the ship but this was never obtained.This week’s inquest heard that there had been an “undue delay” in the case because of the “peculiar nature” of the waters of Lough Foyle, which is claimed by both the Irish and British authorities.The deaths were first investigated by the PSNI and later involved the Norwegian police and Strathclyde police in Scotland.Initially Coroner Sheridan in Northern Ireland accepted jurisdiction but a full inquest was never held, and some years later Coroner Lecky passed it back to the Republic of Ireland side after making representations to then Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar and the Attorney General that it should instead be held in the Republic.The coroner’s court in Buncrana heard that the Republic’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board had published a report into the sinking in 2010 but refused to engage with the inquest and did not send any representatives to explain its findings or to be questioned on aspects of the case.Solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn, acting for Daniel McDaid’s widow Ellen, said it was “an outrageous insult” to the coroner’s court and to the families of the men that the MCIB hadn’t attended.“It’s an extraordinary situation that a State body that investigated the deaths of two citizens in mysterious circumstances should refuse to attend,” he said.Solicitor MacLochlainn said authorities on both sides of the border had been “deficient” in investigating the incident.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley also expressed his anger at the MCIB snub, saying he had made “numerous applications but they refused to attend”.He conceded that the inquest, which he inherited via three other coroners, hadn’t had all the facts.“We know what we know, but there’s an awful lot we don’t know,” Coroner McCauley added.Relatives of the McDaid brothers were in tears after the jury delivered its verdict, which was reached on a 9-3 majority after close to an hour of deliberation.The jury added a rider that any State body that has investigated an incident should in future produce a witness to explain its findings.Inquest hears tragic brothers’ boat may have been hit by wave from ship was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boatborthersDROWNINGSGlengadInishoweninquestlast_img read more

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Calls for National Broadband Plan to be stalled following Eir claims

first_imgCalls have been made on the Government to talk again with both Eir and the ESB regarding the delivery of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) following revelations from Eir that the NBP could be delivered to rural Ireland at a fraction of the current €5 billion cost.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “The provision of high-speed broadband to rural Ireland is essential and must be delivered without further delay.“We must, however, proceed in a way that is both credible and deliverable. “There is no doubt that the National Broadband Plan (NBP) can be delivered to rural Ireland in a much more affordable way than is currently envisaged by Fine Gael.“Eir stated at yesterday’s committee meeting that it could deliver the NBP at a fraction of the current €5b cost,” he added.“We agree with Eir that the NBP can be delivered at a much lower cost, but it is our position that this can be best achieved through using the ESB network.“The ESB brings with it a strong track record of delivering important infrastructural projects across the State, it has the existing infrastructure there and has a proven capacity to deliver,” the Donegal Senator said. “The ESB runs electricity to almost every single home in the State and we should be doing what other countries in Europe do which is to have double purpose networks which combine both electricity and broadband.“The ESB was a frontrunner early on in the NBP procurement process and withdrew following the Government’s decision to allow Eir in 2017 to cherry-pick the 300,000 most easy-to-reach homes in rural Ireland,” Mac Lochlainn added.“We need the Government to again reach out to the ESB and to direct them as a semi-state body to deliver high-speed broadband to rural Ireland. If Eir can do it for a fraction of the cost, then so can our state-owned ESB.“Rural Donegal and rural Ireland cannot wait any longer.”Calls for National Broadband Plan to be stalled following Eir claims was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Community effort set to get Ballyshannon ticking again with new clock face

first_imgMovie-goers might recall that line from Back to the Future when, on November 12, 1955, lightning struck the clock tower providing enough power — 1.21 gigawatts, in case you forgot —  to send Marty McFly and the DeLorean back to the future to 1985.But, in Ballyshannon, it’s not time travel that interests the local regeneration group.They are in the midst of installing a new town clock in the south Donegal area following a huge community drive. Following a lightning strike of their own in 2014, the old clock was damaged beyond repair, prompting a south Donegal regeneration group to take matters into their own hands.Several community fundraisers later and enough money was raised for the new clock, a project the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group have been involved with from the beginning.Cllr Barry Sweeney, who is a founding member of the group, told Donegal Daily: “(The clock) was hit by lightning in a storm over six years ago and it has not been fixed since.“Now, a lot of people were talking about fixing it and doing something about it but it was owned by private owners at that stage. “So, we decided to come together and assist in the project and we initially had the idea of a false face at no real cost and we got permission to do that from the owners.“But as time went on, we wondered how much a real face would cost and so we decided to do a bit of fundraising for it.“And over the last two years, we have raised over €14,500 to date,” he added.“And in the meantime, a new owner had bought the building.”The original clock face was built in 1878 when an agreement was struck between the planning authorities and Belfast Bank. The old Ballyshannon clock face was struck by lightning in 2014 leaving it in a state of disrepair.The building was later owned by the Royal Bank before an amalgamation with the Provincial Bank resulted in the Allied Irish Bank forming there in 1966.Local businessman Eamonn McNulty, who now owns the building, purchased the property from the well-known Gallogley family earlier this year.“When a new owner was confirmed, we kind of made the decision to go ahead with the project because there is great value in this project for the community.“We had an opportunity to do something symbolic in the town and we had so many people who had donated,” Sweeney added. “Now, the new owner is doing a lot of the work in terms of getting this project going again and we are working together with him.“But one of the great things about this initiative is that it is all local craftspeople coming together to make it a reality.“And it will be great for the building as well because now it is being cared for and something is going to happen to the building to project and preserve it into the future.“We don’t know yet what form that is going to take because there is plenty of ideas out there, some that are viable and others that are not.“But everybody involved wants the building to be used for something appropriate and meaningful when decided.“As for the clock project, it has taken a lot longer than we hoped but we are nearly there.”Community effort set to get Ballyshannon ticking again with new clock face was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Emergence issues showing up after a wet start to May

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The nearly ideal planting conditions followed by extensive rains statewide have led to some unusual crop emergence problems for corn and soybeans in Ohio.Peter Thomison reported several instances of somewhat unusual corn emergence issues.“Often the problems were associated with corn seedlings leafing out underground and it’s likely weather and seedbed conditions were responsible for the occurrence of the abnormal growth. Seedlings exhibiting abnormal emergence may have a twisted appearance because internal leaves start expanding before the seeding has elongated. ‘Corkscrewed’ mesocotyl/coleoptile development may occur when the coleoptile encounters resistance (like soil crusting or a dense soil surface) as the mesocotyl elongates. Several factors (or combination of factors) may be responsible for this abnormal growth. These factors may be characterized as environmental, chemical, or mechanical. Environmental conditions associated with underground leafing include light penetration, cold soils, or heavy rains soon after planting. When plants unfurl below the soil surface, they usually turn yellow and die,” Thomison wrote in a recent CORN Newsletter.There can also be issues in cloddy fields with uneven sunlight warming the soil and, as was the case this spring in some fields, heavy rains can cause surface crusting and challenging corn emergence conditions. Herbicides can also cause some similar issues, Thomison said.“Certain herbicides, such as cell growth inhibitors like acetochlor, and various premixes that contain their active ingredients can show similar symptoms (i.e. twisting, abnormal growth) when excessive rates are applied pre-emergence. Besides excessive rates, improperly closed seed furrows can allow the pre-emergence herbicide to come in direct contact with the seed,” Thomison said. “Prompt treatment with a rotary hoe, weeder, spiketooth harrow or cultipacker may help break the crust and improve emergence. However, even when used carefully, these salvage operations can cause some damage to seedlings, which are emerging normally. To minimize poor seedling emergence due to unfurling below the soil surface, watch for cloddy seedbeds, open seed furrows, and crusting surface soils after rains.”Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist Anne Dorrance points out that, in many ways, the situation in early May was a perfect storm for soybean problems.“For most of these situations we have the following scenario: PPO herbicides (flumioxazin, sulfentrazone, saflufenacil) included as a component of the preplant burn down, fields planted seven days later with fungicide treated seed, followed by one to two weeks of suboptimum growing conditions between 40 to 50degrees F for two weeks, and greater than two inches of rain. These conditions are very conducive to both Pythium damping-off and PPO injury,” wrote Dorrance and Extension herbicide specialist Mark Loux in a recent CORN Newsletter. “Some of the reports from the field were with seedlings that have already croaked. Wispy skeletons of soybean seedlings could be found on or below the surface. These are most likely from Pythium, it moves fast under these conditions. Other seedlings had black at the hypocotyl hook with a reddish brown on the underside of the cotyledon. These could be PPO injury.”In some of the severe cases, it may be difficult to tell the cause of the problem.“There is still much to learn from this unusual weather pattern, but if the soybean plants are slow to get out of the ground they are exposed to the herbicide/cold temperatures for a much longer period of time. In addition, with soybeans and cold soil temperatures, they are stressed and leak nutrients — signal compounds which attract seedling pathogens. If they are stressed they may also be more vulnerable to PPO injury,” Dorrance and Loux wrote. “How to tell the difference between pathogen, flooding, and PPO injury is not going to be easy this year as all three may be present in the field at the same time.”If the plant dies from a pathogen, it will have soft tissue and consistent browning on the bottom of the seedling. With flooding injury there will be a smell from the anaerobic conditions in the field. For severe cases, there may also be algae on the soil surface and the seedlings may have gray roots on the outside with white inside the roots, Dorrance said. If the problem was PPO injury there will be necrosis on the emerging shoot, variable rate of emergence, possibly some growth distortion, and failure to emerge or plant death if severe, Loux said.No matter what the problem, the warm, sunny conditions that followed in the third week of May helped, if it was not already too late.last_img read more

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Tams, Falcons tear foes apart

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Read Next Ron Dennison finished with 16 points to lead the Tamaraws. But more than his offensive outburst, the Cebuano guard’s tough defense on his former high school teammate, Paul Desiderio, caught the eye of Racela, whose charges improved to 4-2 for solo third behind unbeaten Ateneo (6-0) and La Salle (4-1).In the second game, Adamson continued its winning ways with a 79-60 demolition of a listless University of the East squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Falcons raced to a double-digit advantage early behind Papi Sarr and Sean Manganti and never looked back as they picked up their third win in five outings.The win came as the Falcons are preparing for their toughest stretch of the season—againstUP on Wednesday and FEU on Saturday. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City It wasn’t until the final period when the Fighting Maroons found their rhythm, closing in at 48-58 thanks to a layup by rookie Juan Gomez de Liano. But Dennison quickly snuffed out the momentum with seven points in a 16-0 run that put away the Maroons.FIRST GAME: FEU 78 – UP 59FEU 78—Dennison 16, Escoto 12, Orizu 8, Inigo 7, Parker 7, Comboy 6, Cani 5, Tuffin 4, Ebona 4, Ramirez 4, Tolentino 3, Stockton 2, Trinidad 0, Nunag 0, Bayquin 0.UP 59—Ouattara 17, Gomez de Liano Ju 16, Desiderio 9, Dario 8, Manzo 4, Lim 3, Webb 2, Gomez de Liano Ja 0, Vito 0, Ricafort 0, Jaboneta 0, Lao 0, Prado 0.Quarters: 18-14, 40-24, 56-43, 78-59 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Grand Slam turns into a Grand Slump “It’s going to be a a brutal week for us, we’ll be playing three games until Saturday,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, who dealt the team of his older brother, Derrick, a fifth straight defeat.“This can help us in our coming games, especially the game against UP. The last two games will be crucial on our part to end the [first round] above .500.”A week after exploding for a career-best 30 points in the stunning win over defending champion La Salle, Desiderio was held to just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting. The Maroons hit just four triples, 12 less than in last week’s win.“It’s huge when you have someone like Ron Dennison who can stop a player like Desiderio,” said Racela in Filipino. “But of course it wasn’t just Dennison against Desiderio, it was the whole FEU team against Desiderio.”“It was a defensive game for us,” said Racela. “We limited a team below 60 points for the first time this season. The focus was to limit them and I think we caught them on an off-night since most of the shots they were making against La Salle weren’t going in against us.”ADVERTISEMENT Far Eastern U’s rookie coach Olsen Racela finally got the consistency he wanted from his Tamaraws on the defensive end.With FEU putting emphasis on shutting down University of the Philippines’ shooters who waxed hot a week ago, the Tamaraws notched a third straight win at the expense of the Fighting Maroons, 78-59, Sunday in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Alberta man accused of killing friends family says friend did it not

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – One of two men charged with shooting three people, then burning their house down, continues to maintain he had nothing to do with it.Joshua Frank and Jason Klaus are charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Klaus’s parents and sister in a home near Castor, Alta., on Dec. 8, 2013.Crown prosecutor Dallas Sopko reminded Frank on Monday that he told undercover police in July 2014 that he did kill the three and gave details.Frank testified he only told the officers, who were posing as crime bosses, because he was trying to be a “tough guy” for 42-year-old Klaus.He said the night of the murders he was sitting in a vehicle when he saw Klaus raise his arm, a muzzle flashed and then a gunshot; Klaus then walked towards his parents’ house with a jerry can.Sopko suggested Frank, who is 32, carried out the murders for cash because he was broke and addicted to drugs, but Frank again said he didn’t kill them.When asked why he didn’t get away from Klaus, even though he had the opportunity, he said it was because he was afraid.“I wasn’t thinking close to rationally,” Frank said.The trial continues on Tuesday.(RD News Now)last_img read more

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Fort Nelson vandalism at the Demonstration Forest

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – While Municipal staff were conducting routine maintenance at the Demonstration Forest, the staff uncovered a potentially hazardous electrical situation.Staff noticed the boxes attached to power poles had their locks removed and a ‘pigtail’ device was connected to one of the boxes.Unauthorized accessing of power is an extremely unsafe activity which poses a danger both to the perpetrators and other residents using the area for regular recreation shared the Municipality. Repairs are underway to the boxes and the Municipality wants the public to know when damage is done to public property it affects many people. They suggest discouraging those you see about to damage something and to report those who have damaged property.The Municipality is reminding residents to protect the community from the few who choose to put others at risk and incur costs to taxpayers.If you have information about the person(s) who were involved in this or any other act of vandalism to community property, you can report tips anonymously to the RCMP Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or complete and submit the online tip form.last_img read more

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Northern BC murder victims sister accuses fugitives dad of failing to take

first_imgThe sister of murder victim Chynna Deese said on Facebook that Alan Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and demise.The sister of an American tourist says the father of one of the B.C. men named as a suspect in the woman’s death isn’t accepting his share of responsibility for her family’s sorrow.Kennedy Deese, whose sister Chynna Deese was found dead along with her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler near a highway in northern British Columbia in mid-July, posted a statement to Facebook on Saturday accusing Alan Schmegelsky of playing the victim. “It hurts a lot. He was my only child. I’ll never get to hug him again. I’ll never get to tease him again. I’ll never get to spend a minute with him again.”“At least I know where he is. His troubles are over.”When reached via Facebook Messenger on Sunday and asked about his response to Deese’s post, Schmegelsky said she could go on “60 Minutes” and that he could arrange it.“I manned up. I have nothing to hide,” he wrote.While police were still hunting for the pair, Schmegelsky sent a 132-page book to reporters about his own life. He described it as a novelization of his son’s troubled life and his numerous encounters with police and courts and said he wanted to highlight how what he called a “broken system” shaped him and Bryer.Kennedy Deese shot back that her own family suffered challenges, but doesn’t “play the victim of a broken system.”“There is no white flag of surrender for my family. We are not defeated by divorce, mental health, violence, poverty and socioeconomic constraints, domestic disputes, alcohol or drugs, social media and bullying, feelings of loneliness, or disparities,” Deese wrote, noting that her sister rose to become the first generation of her immediate family to go to college.“We have the courage to ask for and offer help. We are strong, and stand strong together right now in the face of all of these adversities that have come upon us.”RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett told a news conference Wednesday that determining a motive will be “extremely difficult” if the identities are confirmed through autopsies because investigators can’t interview Schmegelsky or McLeod.He did not commit to providing details of the ongoing investigation. The two men were named as suspects in the deaths of Deese and Fowler, and were charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver.Alan Schmegelsky told Australia’s “60 Minutes” TV program late last week that he won’t believe his son is a murderer until he gets facts, saying he knows how the families of the victims feel.“I’m so sorry for what’s happened. Whether it’s my son or whether it’s something else, we don’t know. I have just lost my son. I know exactly how you feel,” Schmegelsky told the program.center_img Deese also said Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family, and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and ultimate demise.“Your sorrow is for yourself. You cannot relate to us, as we had no doings in the cause of your pain when you’ve played a part in the cause of our pain,” Deese wrote.“To the murderers and their family, the appropriate action when mistakes are made is taking responsibility. The proper public response would have been a genuine apology. But we still forgive you and have mercy.”RCMP said Wednesday they believe they’ve found the bodies of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni in dense brush in northern Manitoba following a massive manhunt that lasted close to two weeks.Police have said they’re waiting for the results of an autopsy before confirming the identities.last_img read more

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