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US serial killer Bobby Jack Fowler linked to 3 Highway of Tears

first_imgDo you remember this man? Bobby Jack Fowler may be linked to seven other Highway of Tears cases.By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe RCMP said Tuesday investigators had linked at least three “Highway of Tears” murders to a U.S. serial killer who died from lung cancer in 2006 while serving time in an Oregon prison.Investigators with the RCMP’s Project E-PANA, the British Columbia-based task force probing Highway of Tears cold cases, said Bobby Jack Fowler murdered a 16 year-old girl and was strongly suspected of killing two 19 year-olds in the province during the 1970s.The investigators said they suspected Fowler could also be linked to seven other case involving murders and disappearances of women from Highways 97, 16 and 5, in the B.C. interior between Prince George and Prince Rupert.The Highway of Tears investigation is focusing on a total of 18 cases ranging from 1969 to 2006 which are all linked by their close proximity to the three highways. The cases involve 13 murders and five missing women investigations. The majority of the cases involve First Nations women.The RCMP said a second serial killer may also be responsible for some of the murders. Investigators have identified three suspects in connection with three murders. In at least two of the cases the RCMP believes the linked suspects killed only once.It took a world first in police investigations for the RCMP to link Fowler with the 1974 murder of Colleen MacMillen, a 16 year-old from Lac La Hache, B.C.MacMillen was last seen hitchhiking on Hwy 97 on Aug. 9, 1974. She was later found murdered off a logging road about 46 kilometres south from her last known location.Earlier this year, as a result of new DNA identification technology, the RCMP submitted the DNA of an unknown male that had been isolated in MacMillen’s case to Interpol’s foreign DNA database. On May 3, Oregon State Police made a match, the oldest DNA match in history.The RCMP also believes that Fowler is linked to the 1973 murder of Gale West, 19, and the killing of Pamela Darlington, 19, that same year. He was known to travel Hwy 16.“These are just two of the cases we are looking for connections to, but we are fully open to the possibility that Fowler committed other violent offences against women that may or may not have been reported to police,” said Ins. Gary Shinkaruk, officer in charge of the B.C. RCMP Major Crime, Special Projects Unit.The RCMP, however, would not reveal how Fowler killed his victims.Fowler died at age 66 in prison while serving time for the 1995 kidnapping and attempted rape of a woman who fled from his grasp by jumping out a second floor window at the Tides Inn Motel in Newport, Oregon, naked, with a rope tied to her ankle.Oregon authorities have linked Fowler to at least four unsolved murders of teen girls.A drifter, who did odd jobs, drove old cars into the ground and moved between U.S. states and across the international border, Fowler had an extensive, violent criminal history in the U.S. but left barely a trace during his time in Canada.Shinkaruk said the U.S.-born Fowler had criminal convictions spanning several states that included attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, sexual assault, arson, kidnapping and attempted sexual assault.Fowler had a deceptively charming and disarming personality which could darken on a moment’s notice and would then become extremely aggressive and violent with often deadly aims. He often acted under the twisted belief that women who hitchhiked, went to taverns or bars desired to be violently sexually assaulted.“A number of living victims that provided information to us…that is disturbing and graphic in nature,” said Shinkaruk. “Some living individuals stated that his intention was to actually kill them.”The RCMP teamed up with the F.B.I., 31 law enforcement agencies and 11 state correctional departments, in the investigation into Fowler that led all the way to Texas where he once killed a man in 1970 but escaped conviction on the death.The RCMP interviewed Fowler’s family in the U.S., who suspected him of murdering one of their own, associates and cell mates in hopes of uncovering bits of information that would shed light on the killer’s time in Canada.RCMP investigators managed to create a timeline for Fowler’s movement spanning the last 40 years, but still faced extensive gaps from his time in B.C..“Our challenge had been determining with certainty Fowler’s history here in British Columbia,” said Shinkaruk.Despite his vicious criminal history in the U.S., there is no trace of Fowler in Canadian police databases. Investigators uncovered that he worked for Prince George roofing company, Happy’s Roofing, in 1974. The company’s records now no longer exist.Shinkaruk said the RCMP was releasing photos of Fowler and a video in hopes of stirring the memories of residents in the area.“We believe there are people out there who employed Fowler, worked with him, socialized with him or even waited on him while he was in British Columbia,” he said. “We are asking you to think back to the 70s, 80s and 90s, and your own memories of that time period, then have a look at his photos and please call us with any information you have about him.”Shawn MacMillan, Colleen MacMillan’s brother, said news that the RCMP finally found his sister’s killer was bitter-sweet at best.The RCMP is also exploring whether Fowler travelled in the neighbouring province of Alberta or up in the Yukon or Northwest Territories.“It has been a long wait for answers and though as a somewhat unsatisfactory result because this individual won’t stand trial for what he did, we are comforted by the fact that he was in prison when he died and he can’t hurt anyone else,” said Shawn MacMillan. “Colleen was a lovely, sweet 16 year-old kid and there are no words to express how terribly she was robbed.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Spains new leader is sworn in faces Catalan conundrum

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain – New Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had been barely sworn in Saturday before one of the country’s most critical issues facing his fragile government was pressed upon him: ending the Catalan secession crisis.Less than two hours after Sanchez had taken his oath to uphold the Spanish Constitution, Catalan chief Quim Torra demanded to meet with Sanchez and speak “government to government” regarding the future of the wealthy yet restive northeastern region.“Pedro Sanchez, let us talk, take risks, both you and I. Let us sit down at a table and talk, government to government,” Torra said after swearing in his regional Cabinet in Barcelona on Saturday.Torra, who was chosen by separatist lawmakers to lead the region last month, said his government “accepts the charge to continue forward with the mandate … to form an independent state.”Sanchez, the leader of Spain’s Socialist Party, came to power after he successfully ousted conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy, who lost a no-confidence vote in parliament on Friday.In order to cobble together the support to cast out Rajoy, Sanchez promised to open talks with Torra in order to get the votes he needed from the Catalan pro-secession lawmakers in the national parliament.Sanchez said Thursday that one of the priorities of his government would be “rebuilding bridges” with the country’s regions and “establishing the foundations that allow us to normalize relations and start a dialogue between the Spanish government and the new government in Catalonia.”Sanchez, however, insisted that any solutions for Catalonia must fit within Spain’s Constitution, which calls the nation “indivisible” and says national sovereignty resides in the Madrid-based parliament.Sanchez had been Rajoy’s most loyal backer of a government takeover of Catalonia’s regional affairs following an illegal and unsuccessful declaration of independence by the region’s parliament in October.That federal takeover came to an end Saturday after Torra formed his Catalan government. Torra’s 13 regional ministers took oaths of allegiance to Catalonia while omitting the traditional oath of allegiance to the Spanish Constitution.Torra, a fervent Catalan nationalist, was hand-picked by former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to succeed him. Puigdemont is fighting extradition from Germany to Spain, where he is sought on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds.Torra’s prior statements in articles social media posts deriding Spaniards have been called xenophobic by critics. He has recently apologized for those views.Sanchez himself has called Torra “the Spanish Le Pen,” aligning him with elements of the European far-right like French nationalist Marine Le Pen.Besides inheriting Spain’s worst political crisis in nearly four decades, Sanchez’s government will depend on the support of the far-left Podemos (We Can) party and of a motley crew of regional parties and Catalan secessionists to get anything done in the federal government.Spain’s parliament voted Friday to replace Rajoy’s government with one led by Sanchez after a ruling by the National Court delivered hefty prison sentences to 29 business people and ex-members of Rajoy’s Popular Party, including some elected officials, for fraud, money laundering and tax evasion, among other crimes.Rajoy attended Saturday’s ceremony in the royal Zarzuela Palace and shook Sanchez’s hand after the new leader was sworn in by King Felipe VI. The two political rivals then posed for a photo with the monarch.Sanchez has vowed to fight corruption and help those Spaniards affected by years of public spending cuts under Rajoy’s government. He also pledged to hold an election soon, while not setting a date.Unlike the new populist government in Italy, Sanchez and his party are staunch supporters of the European Union and its shared euro currency.last_img read more

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USAs threetime cycling world champ Catlin commits suicide

first_imgWASHINGTON DC: American cyclist Kelly Catlin, a three-time world champion and 2016 Rio Olympic runner-up in team pursuit, has died at age 23, USA Cycling confirmed Sunday. Catlin was part of the US team pursuit squads that captured world titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018 but she withdrew from the American team that failed to defend the title February 27-28 at the 2019 worlds in Poland. “The US cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin,” USA Cycling president Rob DeMartini said in a statement. “Kelly was more than an athlete to us and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family. “The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss… We are deeply saddened by Kelly’s passing, and we will all miss her dearly.” A report in VeloNews on Sunday said Catlin committed suicide on Thursday night, citing an e-mail from her father Mark and Facebook posting from her brother Colin. A statement by Stanford University, where Catlin was working on a graduate degree in Computational and Mathematical Engineering, said an unnamed student was found dead in her on-campus residence by her roommate Thursday with no signs of foul play. Catlin, who also took bronze in individual pursuit at the 2017 and 2018 worlds, was also mourned by her professional team, Rally UHC Cycling. “The news of Kelly’s passing has hit the team hard,” the team said in a Twitter posting. “Losing an incredible person at such a young age is very difficult. “Kelly was our friend and teammate. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and those who were fortunate enough to know her best.” Last month on Velo News, Catlin wrote about balancing her athletic and academic career. “Being a graduate student, track cyclist, and professional road cyclist can instead feel like I need to time-travel to get everything done. And things still slip through the cracks,” she wrote. “This is probably the point when you’ll expect me to say something cliché like, ‘Time management is everything.’ Or perhaps you’re expecting a nice, encouraging slogan like, ‘Being a student only makes me a better athlete!’ After all, I somehow make everything work, right? Sure. Yeah, that’s somewhat accurate. “But the truth is that most of the time, I don’t make everything work.”last_img read more

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Pant is the best finisher among youngsters Shaw

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw heaped praises on teammate Rishab Pant, calling him the best finisher among youngsters after the 21-year-old helped Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in a nerve-wracking IPL Eliminator here. Chasing a target of 163, Delhi Capitals, who had lost the way after a blazing start, were brought to cusp of victory by Pant, who smashed 49 off 21 balls with five sixes even as West Indies’ Keemo Paul finished it off in the penultimate ball of the innings with a boundary off Khaleel Ahmed on Wednesday night. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”In these T20 games, there’s a lot of pressure. I was praying that we win. Pant did a brilliant job. I have said that he is the best finisher among the young players. He always opens up the game for us. He has been doing very well. Unfortunately, he could not finish it for us, but Keemo did well in the end,” Shaw said at the post match press conference. He also pointed out that Amit Mishra’s single run was an important one. The 19-year-old said it was important for him to get back into form after a few bad games. Shaw top-scored with 56 off 38 balls on a “sticky wicket” to give Delhi a great start. “First six overs are important because if you put runs on board, it will take the pressure off the other batsmen. It was a bit difficult to pull the ball. Since their bowlers were bowling cutters on a sticky wicket, it was not pulling.”last_img read more

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Authorities Punish Royal Gendarmerie Officers for Profession Mistakes

Rabat- The Royal Gendarmerie in Rabat has imposed disciplinary sanctions on several senior officials in Mohamed Haramou’s department.Along with several colonels, the senior officials were sanctioned for committing “profession mistakes,” stated the daily Almassae in its March 6th edition. The news source did not specify what the mistakes were.The sanctions also affected intelligence chiefs, who were suspended from their duties pending a final decision, according to Almassae. General Haramou, head of the Royal Gendarmerie, has also made several changes in the ranks of his department.Haramou was appointed by King Mohammed VI in early December 2017, replacing Lieutenant General Hosni Benslimane.

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Moroccos Jailed Activist Nasser Zefzafi Begins Hunger Strike Again

Rabat – Jailed Hirak Rif activist Nasser Zefzafi has started a hunger strike to protest “torture” and “harassment” in Casablanca’s Oukacha prison.In a four-minute video, Nasser Zefzafi’s father, Ahmed Zefzafi, conveyed Zezafi’s message to all Moroccans that supported or did not support him.In the video, posted on Facebook Thursday, August 30, Zefzafi’s father said that his son told his mother that he would start a hunger strike and would not even drink water until he dies. Zefzafi’s decision was made in response to “harassment” and “torture” that he alleges he has suffered in the prison.Ahmed Zefzafi said that his son asked for “forgiveness” from all people, including those who do not support him.He also asked his mother to tell his family not to intervene in the hunger strike.According to his father, Zezafi is still being held in the small solitary cell where he was jailed before his trial.“He can only pray when he sits on a chair because the surface of the cell is too small.”“He is determined not to eat or drink until his demands are met. It is a strike of no return,” the father told AFP.“He only asks for the rights that other prisoners enjoy: that he be taken out of isolation in a solitary cell and put him in a dignified cell where he can see and talk” with the other jailed activists, added Ahmad.Zefzafi was arrested in May 2017 after he interrupted a Friday prayer in a mosque to protest the sermon’s content.In June, a court in Casablanca gave sentences ranging from 1 to 20 years for 54 Hirak Rif activists. Zefzafi and three other activists received 20 years in prison.On Eid alAdha, King Mohammed VI pardoned 188 prisoners involved in unauthorized protests in the Al Hoceima province.The protests erupted after the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a local fishmonger, who attempted to save his goods when they were confiscated and thrown in a garbage truck.Fikri jumped into the garbage truck and was crushed to death.More than 400 activists were arrested in a government crackdown of the protests. read more

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Spain Grants Morocco €32 Million to Support Moroccos Efforts to Curb

Rabat – The Spanish acting government approved on Friday, August 23,  €32 Million to back Morocco’s efforts to curb irregular migration.Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the latest grant seeks to “support efforts made by the Moroccan authorities to fight against irregular immigration, smuggling of migrants, and human trafficking.”Spain, added MAP, believes that shared responsibility is necessary to fight the irregular migration flows. The aid is on top of another grant of  €26 Million approved by the Spanish government on July 5.Spanish activism in favor of Morocco’s government at the European Union also led to the approval of a €140 million grant.Khalid Zerouali, director of immigration and border surveillance at the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior believes that “the €140 million is a start; it will not fix the problem, but it is a welcome gesture.” “We also intend to work bilaterally with Spain and Europe in a long-term program,” he added in an interview published earlier this month by countries faced pressure due to the border crisis. The migration surge also urged Spain to supply Morocco with equipment such as radars, vehicles, and 15 drones to help improve migration control, reported Malaga Hoy on August 12.In July, Zerouali said that Morocco has foiled more than 40,300 irregular migration attempts since January 2019.Zerouali said that the number of foiled irregular migration attempts represent a 25% increase from the same period of 2018. read more

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Action on climate change particularly urgent Annan tells environmental seminar

With the growing number of ratifications of major environmental agreements suggesting that more countries are committed to addressing global ecological issues, the true test remains implementation and enforcement, especially with regard to greenhouse gases, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today. “Action on climate change is particularly urgent, given its profound implications for virtually every aspect of human well-being, from jobs and health to growth and security,” he said in a message to a seminar in New York organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).“Until we stop treating climate change as a strictly environmental concern, and instead recognize the full nature of this threat, our action will fall short.”He noted that last year’s World Summit at UN Headquarters decided on a number of measures aimed at protecting the global environment, including a call for a more coherent institutional framework to tackle ecological challenges.“Ensuring environmental sustainability is one of the main pillars of the global fight against poverty, and is essential for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he said referring to the targets set by the UN Millennium summit of 2000 to dramatically slash poverty, illiteracy, maternal and infant mortality and a host of other global ills by 2015.Ensuring environmental sustainability is number seven on the list of eight goals. The Fourth IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium will continue until 20 October at the Pace Law School, White Plains, New York, on the theme “Implementing Environmental Legislation: The Critical Role of Enforcement and Compliance.” read more

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Maine governor sued by ACLU for blocking critics on Facebook

AUGUSTA, Maine – Republican Gov. Paul LePage was sued Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine for blocking critics on his official Facebook page and deleting their comments.The ACLU filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of two women, saying their First Amendment rights were violated. The lawsuit seeks attorney fees, a court declaration that the governor’s use of his page violates the women’s freedom of speech and a court order preventing LePage from continuing his censorship.LePage’s office didn’t immediately make him available for comment.The civil liberties organization recently filed similar lawsuits against Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. The Knight First Amendment Institute is suing President Donald Trump for blocking people on Twitter.LePage has long been at odds with the civil liberties organization. The group last fall called for a federal investigation into LePage’s call to “verify” college students who voted in Maine, and LePage in 2015 joined a brief opposing the national ACLU’s lawsuit on behalf of a transgender student.The governor has called the Facebook account a political page, and the page’s “about” section describes itself as LePage’s “official page- but not managed by gov’t officials.” The ACLU, meanwhile, says LePage has posted to it in his official capacity as governor on several occasions.The ACLU’s lawsuit references a remark LePage made in a recent radio appearance about his efforts to bypass the news media by using the Facebook page.“They’re so bad,” LePage said, referring to journalists. “And you know what we found that works? We go Facebook Live and we ignore them and they get even angrier.”The lawsuit is filed on behalf of Kelli Whitlock Burton, a Waldoboro resident, and Karin Leuthy, a Camden resident and the co-founder of Suit Up Maine, a statewide liberal grassroots network.“I am a constituent, and was commenting as a constituent, not as a member of any group,” Leuthy said.The ACLU is arguing that the state’s policy on the use of social media for state business doesn’t allow blocking users or deleting comments from critics of a government official. The group said the “Paul LePage, Maine’s Governor” Facebook page is verified by Facebook, a process that requires his approval.The governor’s official state website linked to the Facebook page until July 24, when the ACLU sent LePage a letter demanding he stop deleting comments. The governor’s office has referred news outlets to the Facebook page, which last month featured video addresses from LePage during the three-day government shutdown.“Free speech must be protected from government censorship on Facebook just” like any other public forum, said Meagan Sway, an ACLU of Maine attorney. FILE- In this May 10, 2017, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage pauses during a meeting to discuss the state’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic at the State House in Augusta, Maine. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine sued LePage on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, for blocking critics on his official Facebook page and deleting their comments. The ACLU filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of two women, saying their First Amendment rights were violated. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) by Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 3:04 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Maine governor sued by ACLU for blocking critics on Facebook read more

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Dujshebaev calls Jamali for Hungarian NT

Hungary will reinforce their squad for the future with Iranian guy Iman Jamali. The 24-years old left back had great start of the season in Swedish IFK Kristianstad, the team who earned two wins in tough group of EHF Champions League, where he came as a loaned player from Hungarian MVM Veszprem.He will be tested among other players during Provident Cup next weekend in Debrecen, where Hungary A and Hungary B will meet Argentina and Belarus.Squad:Goalkeepers: BARTUCZ László (Csurgói KK), SZÉKELY Márton (Csurgói KK), MIKLER Roland (MVM Veszprém KC)Right wings: GULYÁS Péter (MVM Veszprém KC), PÁSZTOR Ákos (Grundfos Tatabánya KC)Right backs: ANCSIN Gábor (Mol-Pick Szeged), BALOGH Zsolt (Mol-Pick Szeged)Playmakers: CSÁSZÁR Gábor (Kadetten Schaffhausen – svájci), FALUVÉGI Rudolf (Csurgói KK), NAGY Kornél (Dunkerque HB – francia)Line players: BÁNHIDI Bence (Balatonfüredi KSE), HEGEDŰS Márk (Mol-Pick Szeged), SCHUCH Timuzsin (MVM Veszprém KC), ZUBAI Szabolcs (Mol-Pick Szeged)Left backs: BODÓ Richárd (Grundfos Tatabánya KC), BORSOS Tamás (Ceglédi KKSE), DZSAMALI Iman (IFK Kristianstad – svéd), ZDOLIK Bence (Balatonfüredi KSE)Right wings: GAZDAG Tibor (Csurgói KK), IVÁNCSIK Gergő (MVM Veszprém KC)MEN’S HANDBALL, PROVIDENT CUP (Debrecen, Phoenix Hall)Friday, November 6,20:00 Argentina-BelarusNovember 7, Saturday14:30-Hungary Belarus(16:45: B-Hungary Argentina)November 8, Sunday13:00 Hungary Argentina(10:45 B-Hungary Belarus)SOURCE: NEMZETISPORT.HUPHOTO: IFK KRISTIANSTAD, JAMALI FB PAGE ← Previous Story Jim Gottfridsson three months out! Next Story → VIDEO: Fair Play guy, Mr. Drago Vuković iman jamaliMVM VeszpremTalant Dujshebaev read more

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Irelands World Cup qualifier overshadowed by serious injury to captain Seamus Coleman

first_img Share77 Tweet Email1 Friday 24 Mar 2017, 9:49 PM Ireland 0Wales 0Ben Blake reports from the Aviva Stadium THE WELL-BEING of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman was on everyone’s mind as the Boys in Green played out a 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium tonight.There were awful scenes during the second half as the Killybegs full-back was stretchered off the pitch in some distress after a horrific tackle from Wales full-back Neil Taylor, who was shown a straight red card.While Coleman was sent to hospital with a suspected broken leg, Ireland took the game to Wales in the closing stages but were ultimately unable to break the deadlock.The Irish football community united over this past week to mourn the untimely passing of Derry City captain Ryan McBride. A one club man, the 27-year-old defender was remembered — along with former FAI president Milo Corcoran and ex-Ireland international Ray Brady — with a moment’s applause before kick-off.Travelling Welsh supporters also made a touching gesture by presenting a shirt with his name on the back to President Michael D Higgins, while James McClean wore the number five of his old friend and former Candystripes team-mate.Much of the build-up focused on the fact that Ireland came into the match significantly depleted by injuries and the suspension of Robbie Brady. In spite of that, O’Neill named a side full of experience but short on creativity.Midfielder James McCarthy was the major worry all week and, having seemingly won his fitness battle, the Everton man was included on the initial team sheet.However, it was David Meyler who took his place in the starting XI when the players lined out on the pitch. President Michael D Higgins holds up the Wales jersey with Ryan McBride’s name and number. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOWales boss Chris Coleman had all his big guns available and picked the same side that saw off Belgium in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 — meaning talisman Gareth Bale was given a free role behind West Brom striker Hal Robson-Kanu in a 3-5-2.The sell-out crowd at the Aviva Stadium were treated to an extremely cagey first 45 minutes, with Ireland struggling to get hold of the ball and the visitors looking more assured in possession.Without ball-playing midfielders such as Brady, Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter, the gameplan was often to loft balls towards the head of loan striker Shane Long or the industrious Jon Walters and attempt to feed off the knock-downs.While they were toothless in attack, Ireland’s first half performance was defensively solid and there were well-timed challenges from McClean, Walters, Coleman and John O’Shea.On the half-time whistle, Glenn Whelan appeared to lead with his elbow and was lucky to escape a card after catching Stoke City team-mate Joe Allen high. Whelan and Allen have to be kept apart. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOWales made a like-for-like change at the break as Burnley striker Same Vokes replaced Robson-Kanu.Bale had drifted in and out of the action during the opening half, but came alive just after the interval.First, his free-kick stung the hands of the Irish goalkeeper. Then, on 49 minutes, the Real Madrid star showed lightning-quick feet to make some room for himself before whipping a strike past Randolph’s post.Just before the hour mark, Richard Keogh made contact with a corner but it wasn’t sufficient and the ball bounced harmlessly wide. Ireland grew in confidence with every minute that passed and, after good work from McClean on the right, Long volleyed wide.But the game then took a turn for the worse on 69 minutes. Neil Taylor’s tackle on Coleman was reckless and left the Ireland skipper needing oxygen as he was carried off.Buoyed by the extra man and an increasingly-optimistic crowd, Ireland went in search of a winner. McClean had two bites at the cherry when the ball dropped in the box but his second effort was deflected wide off a Welsh body.The in-form Aiden McGeady was given 11 minutes plus time added on to come up with some magic after replacing Meyler, and he did succeed in injecting urgency.Bale wasn’t quite finished and came within a whisker of rattling his shot into the top corner in the dying minutes. Down the other end, McGeady showed some trickery before firing well over and there were a couple of scrambles in the Welsh box before the full-time whistle.The draw leaves Ireland as joint-leaders of Group D with Serbia at the halfway point, with Austria next to visit Dublin in June. Wales are four points back but Chris Coleman will be happy to take a draw given the sending off.IRELAND: Randolph; Coleman (c) (Christie 71), Keogh, O’Shea, Ward; Whelan, Meyler (McGeady 80); Walters Hendrick, McClean; Long.WALES: Hennessey; Davies Chester, Williams (c); Gunter, Ledley (Richards 71), Allen, Ramsey, Taylor; Bale, Robson-Kanu (Vokes 46).McCarthy starts as Ireland team named for World Cup qualifier with WalesLIVE: Ireland v Wales, World Cup 2018 Qualifier Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Ireland’s World Cup qualifier overshadowed by serious injury to captain Seamus Coleman The full-back was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg in tonight’s 0-0 draw. Mar 24th 2017, 9:49 PM Short URLcenter_img Coleman lies on the ground in distress after the tackle. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Coleman lies on the ground in distress after the tackle. 49,380 Views 52 Comments By Ben Blake Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Senior housing set to surge in county

first_imgReservations are being accepted for a workshop on housing needs for the elderly.The workshop is being held by Clark County’s Aging Readiness task force, which is seeking ideas and professional expertise about the community’s future needs regarding housing.The workshop is the first of five the task force will host as the members develop an Aging Readiness Plan, which will eventually be submitted to Clark County commissioners.The workshop is 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.Reservations are required, due to space limitations. Call 360-397-2280, ext. 4958, or send an e-mail to schedule of the remaining four workshops and the topics can be found here.— The ColumbianClark County’s older set — baby boomers and their parents — are the targeted market for a slate of new senior communities proposed from east Vancouver northward to the Salmon Creek area.last_img read more

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Community Attempts to Raise Profile of Ohio Manufacturing Facility

first_imgAfter the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in northwestern Ohio was ignored in a report from a state commission outlining ways to boost federal and military jobs in Ohio, officials in Lima are looking at ways to get the attention of state leaders.The strategic plan released in April by the Ohio Federal and Military Jobs Commission primarily focused on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations in the state, reported  “The JSMC didn’t figure prominently into that,” Lima Mayor David Berger said at a meeting Monday of Task Force LIMA, the local support organization for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, a government-owned, contractor-operated tank and military vehicle production facility.It’s not clear how the group should connect with state leaders, he said. “How we got ignored in this initial report is not very explainable at this point. We just have to continue to pursue this relationship,” Berger said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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ExParnell revenue official chosen to head Permanent Fund

first_imgAngela Rodell has been selected to be the new CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.Download AudioThe corporation’s board voted unanimously Friday to offer Rodell the job. The corporation says the selection is contingent upon the successful negotiation of a salary and benefits package.Rodell served as a revenue commissioner under Gov. Sean Parnell and was one of four finalists to head the corporation. The other candidates were Brian Rogers; Alexander Slivka and Glenn Cipriano.The previous CEO, Mike Burns, retired this spring due to health concerns and later died.last_img

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As quota protests escalate Quader meets demonstrators

As quota protests escalate Quader meets demonstrators

first_imgTwenty of the protesters are going to Secretariat for talks Photo : Prothom Alo The government holds talks with the quota reform protesters in the wake of escalation of protests across the country over the quota systerm.Following overnight violence over demonstration at and around Dhaka University campus demanding reforms in quota system in public service, protests were held on all major campuses across the country on Monday.The protesters under the banner of Bangladesh Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokhon Parishad (Action Council for General Students’ Rights) have in the meantime gave a deadline for the release of around 25 demonstrators who were detained.Against this backdrop, ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader convened a meeting with the demonstrators on Monday afternoon.He called 20 members of the protesters to the Secretariat, leaders of parishad said.Its joint convener Rashed Khan earlier said they are ready for talks on the quota reform with the government.The AL’s media wing also confirmed that Obaidul Quader called 20 of the protesters for talks.The protests have already spread across the country since the morning.The students boycotted classes and examinations and blocked roads and highways near their campuses disrupting traffic movement in the near-by areas.SavarStudents of Jahangirnagar University boycotted the classes and examinations and staged demonstration. A group of students blocked the Dhaka-Arichah highway for some time.Prothom Alo JU correspondent said students also clashed with law enforcers at Dairy gate of the campus.Students of Rajshahi University blocked the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway to press home their demand of Quota reform in public servicesRajshahiStudents of Rajshahi University blocked the highway in front of the university. The demonstrators gathered at the main building from 10am in the morning and blocked the Rajshahi-Dhaka highway.Students of Islami University, Kushtia boycotted their classes and stage demonstration on the campusKushtiaStudents at Islami University, Kushtia boycotted their classes and staged demonstration. They gathered at the campuses from the morning and marched the whole campus. Regular classes and examinations were not held at the university.However, university proctor Mahbubur Rahman claimed that classes and examinations were held as usual.A law department student told Prothom Alo that classes were scheduled to be held at 9am but as almost all students joined the protest, classes could not be held. She said they “felt bad seeing the photographs of the injured students on Facebook”.NoakhaliStudents at Noakhali Science and Technology University staged demonstration at 10 am helding process around the campus, Prothom Alo Noakhali correspondent reported. The students boycotted classes.Witnesses said students gathered on the campus at 10 am and blocked the nearby the Sonapur-Subornochor road and movement of vehicles remained suspended on this road. Students said they would continue the protest till their demands are met.Prothom Alo tried to take university proctor Mushfiqur Rahman’s version but he declined to comment on the situation.Read more :’Protest to spread across country if protesters not freed’Quota reform demo in framesBNP supports quota reformAt least 80 protesters injured in quota reform clashes’BCL opened fire on protesters’Police use rubber bullets to disperse quota protesterslast_img read more

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Oldest Member of Corrupt Baltimore Police Unit Gets 18 Years

Oldest Member of Corrupt Baltimore Police Unit Gets 18 Years

first_imgBy DAVID McFADDEN, Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — The most veteran member of a deeply corrupt Baltimore police unit was sentenced Friday to 18 years, becoming the sixth member of the disbanded squad to head to federal prison.U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake handed down the punishment to former Gun Trace Task Force member Daniel Hersl, who had a reputation as a dirty officer stretching back years. The 48-year-old was the oldest member of the disbanded unit.This undated file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Detective Daniel Hersl. The veteran police officer who was a member of a deeply corrupt Baltimore squad faces sentencing Friday, June 22, 2018, a few months after a jury found him guilty of racketeering and robbery. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)Wearing a red jail jumpsuit, Hersl shrugged in resignation as he was led out of the courtroom in front of a gallery holding about a dozen supporters. One relative called out, “We love you, Danny” as he was escorted away.Federal prosecutor Leo Wise asserted that the ex-detective “devalued” people he dealt with as a city law enforcer and “abused his power to prey on them.” He said he also ripped off taxpayers by committing rampant overtime fraud, including an entire month that he spent refurbishing his house while on the force’s clock.A federal jury had found him guilty of racketeering and robbery earlier this year. Hersl had sought a new trial early Friday, but Blake rejected the request.His defense attorney, William Purpura, never denied that his client took money but argued that it didn’t rise to charges of robbery or extortion.Outside the courthouse, Purpura told reporters he will file an appeal. He has 14 days to do so.Three of Hersl’s siblings spoke on his behalf before he was sentenced, leading their younger brother to dab his eyes with tissues. Purpura read one 2017 letter Hersl wrote to his family from jail saying he was being transferred to his fourth lockup in eight months because some inmates had hatched a plan to choke him with shoelaces.Hersl was one of eight indicted members of the once-lauded Gun Trace Task Force, which was tasked with getting illegal guns off the streets of a city plagued by violent crime. He had pleaded not guilty to racketeering and robbery charges along with another officer, Marcus Taylor.During their trial, jurors heard nearly three weeks of testimony from drug dealers, a crooked bail bondsman and four disgraced task force colleagues who detailed astonishing levels of misconduct.Evidence included a call recorded by the FBI that captured several of the detectives’ voices during and after a chaotic high-speed chase was set into motion when unit supervisor Sgt. Wayne Jenkins tried to stop a car he suspected of having some kind of contraband worth looting.After the chase resulted in a two-car wreck, officers could be heard telling each other that Jenkins didn’t want anybody to “call it in” or get involved in providing help. When discussing what kind of response they could feasibly have if they get linked to the accident, Hersl could be heard saying: “Hey, I was in this car, just driving home.” He then chuckles.On Friday, Wise told Blake that this recording “gave a very chilling sense of how (Hersl) viewed himself and how he viewed the community he was supposed to serve.”Wise asked for a 20-year prison sentence. Blake imposed 18, the same total number of years that Taylor received.The six other indicted task force members all pleaded guilty in the federal investigation. Four of them testified as witnesses for the government during the trial for Hersl and Taylor.Now that Hersl has been sentenced, only two disgraced members of the rogue unit have yet to receive their punishments. Ex-detectives Jemell Rayam and Momodu Gondo, who have both cooperated with the government, don’t have sentencing dates set yet and there’s speculation that U.S. prosecutors intend to continue using their testimony moving forward.Scores of cases involving the officers have already been dropped and many fear numerous hardened criminals will go free. Wise said that while innocent victims have been cleared now that the corrupt unit has been exposed, he believes that “far great numbers” of “armed violent offenders will be released” due to their corrupt actions.___Follow McFadden on Twitter: read more

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A Nintendo Fan Makes His Own Switch VR Headset

first_imgThe Nintendo Switch is still in its earliest days, so asking when it’ll get a VR peripheral is a tad premature. However, that didn’t stop one clever gamer from fashioning his own Switch VR headset.YouTuber NintenDrew took a Durovis Dive 7 headset and stuck a Nintendo Switch on it. This headset is supposed to be used with tablets, but it works nicely as a makeshift Switch headset.Since there are no 3D games on Switch, NintenDrew had to improvise. He recorded 720p footage from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Using a workaround to get YouTube videos to run on Switch, he was able to play the Ocarina of Time footage he recorded. He played the same footage side-by-side in order to replicate stereoscopic 3D. Doing this, he was able to simulate the VR experience on Switch.The set up isn’t perfect though. As you can see from the video below, each of the headset’s lenses can only display 500 horizontal pixels. This is because the Switch is larger than most VR headsets. A full 3D image can only be seen in the center of the screen where the two view ports overlap. Because of the Switch’s low resolution, jagged edges become more apparent when using it as a VR device.Will we ever see an official VR peripheral for the Switch? Maybe. In late 2016, Nintendo patented a VR headset that looked like it was made for a Switch. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima even said that if Nintendo resolves comfort issues associated with prolonged VR usage, that the company would move forward with VR. It’s entirely possible that Nintendo is already testing VR for Switch.Right now, it is uncertain what the future of VR is. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have pretty much flatlined in sales. The PlayStation VR — the most successful dedicated VR device on the market — has seemingly hit its peak as well. Even if Nintendo does manage to create a capable VR headset for Switch, would there even be a market for it? It’s hard to say, but whatever they come up with (if they are indeed working on a VR headset), it will certainly be better than the company’s infamous Virtual Boy.last_img read more

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Growing number of Boeing Max 8 planes grounded

Growing number of Boeing Max 8 planes grounded

first_img BEIJING — Aviation authorities in China, Indonesia and Ethiopia ordered airlines in those countries to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board.The crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after it took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday is drawing renewed scrutiny of the plane just four months after a similar crash of the same model of aircraft in Indonesia that killed 189 people.A spokesman for Ethiopian Airlines, Asrat Begashaw, said the carrier had grounded its remaining four 737 Max 8 planes until further notice as an “extra safety precaution.”The airline had been using five new 737 Max 8s and awaiting delivery of 25 more. Asrat said the search for body parts and debris from the crash was continuing.China’s Civil Aviation Administration said that it ordered airlines to ground all 737 Max 8 aircraft as of 6 p.m. Monday, in line with the principle of “zero tolerance for security risks.”It said it would issue further notices after consulting with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.China Southern Airlines is one of Boeing’s biggest customers for the aircraft.Indonesia also grounded 737 Max 8s for inspections.Director General of Air Transportation Polana B. Pramesti said the grounding was taken to ensure flight safety and ensure the planes are airworthy.There are currently 11 Max 8 planes operated by airlines in Indonesia including 10 by Lion Air and 1 by the national carrier, Garuda.Cayman Airways said it was temporarily grounding the two Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft it operates, as of Monday.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaReal time flight radar apps showed dozens of the aircraft still operating around the globe.Chicago-based Boeing said it did not intend to issue any new guidance to its customers. It plans to send a technical team to the crash site to help Ethiopian and U.S. investigators, however, and issued a statement saying it was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew” on the Ethiopian Airlines Max airplane.Ethiopia’s state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reports that the black box has been found from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane.An airline official, however, tells The Associated Press that the box is partially damaged and that “we will see what we can retrieve from it.”A senior UN official and a New Brunswick forester were among the 18 Canadians who died Sunday. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said one of its Canadian-born employees, Jessica Hyba, was among the victims of the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.Meanwhile, forestry groups identified Peter DeMarsh of New Brunswick as one of the victims.The 737 is the bestselling airliner in history, and the Max, the newest version of it with more fuel-efficient engines, is a central part of Boeing’s strategy to compete with European rival Airbus.Boeing has delivered about 350 737 Max planes to scores of airlines and has orders for more than 5,000.Shares in the company fell 9.6% Monday in pre-market trading.Air Canada said in an email statement Monday that it has operated Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft since 2017.“These aircraft have performed excellently from a safety, reliability and customer satisfaction perspective,” said spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur. “We continue to monitor the situation, and based on current information and recommendations by government safety regulators, including Transport Canada, and the manufacturer, we continue to operate our normal B737 schedule.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAir Canada has 24 Boeing 737-8 Max planes in its fleet and WestJet operates 13. WestJet also expressed condolences, and said it would not speculate on the cause of the incident at this time. WestJet said it is “working with Boeing to ensure the continued safe operation of our Max fleet.” Alan Diehl, a former National Transportation Safety Board investigator, said reports of large variations in vertical speed during the Ethiopian jetliner’s ascent were “clearly suggesting a potential controllability problem.”Other possible causes include engine problems, pilot error, weight load, sabotage or bird strikes, he said.Ethiopian has a good reputation and the company’s CEO told reporters no problems were spotted before Sunday’s fight. But investigators also will look into the plane’s maintenance, which may have been an issue in the Lion Air crash.Days after the Indonesian accident, Boeing notified airlines that faulty information from a sensor could cause the plane to automatically point the nose down. The automated system kicks in if sensors indicate that a plane is about to lose lift, or go into an aerodynamic stall. Gaining speed by diving can prevent a stall.The notice reminded pilots of the procedure for handling such a situation, which is to disable the system causing the automatic nose-down movements. << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press Growing number of Boeing Max 8 planes grounded Monday, March 11, 2019 With files from The Canadian Press Sharelast_img read more

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Costa Ricas Nobel Prize winner says US intervention in Syria would be

first_imgNo related posts. Former two-term Costa Rican President Oscar Arias(1986-1990 and 2006-2010) had strong words for his fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner United States President Barack Obama on Thursday: U.S. intervention in Syria’s civil war would be an “enormous mistake,” the former president posted on his Facebook page.“It seems inconceivable to me that President Obama, Nobel Peace Prize winner, would be open to following the steps of ex-President [George W.] Bush. Bombing Syria from ships in the Mediterranean implies the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, boys and girls,” the former leader wrote.Bashar al-Assad’s regime allegedly used chemical weapons in an attack that killed 1,429 people in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Aug. 21. Obama previously said that the use of chemical weapons in the Middle Eastern country’s civil war was a “red line” that would trigger a response from the U.S.The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement denying the charges, claiming that the evidence from a U.S. intelligence report was “fabricated.”U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry went to pains in his comments Friday to distance any possible military action from the previous decade of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and South Asia.  Any actions in Syria “will bear no resemblance to Afghanistan, Iraq, or even Libya,” Kerry said Friday, according to a speech provided by the State Department.“That 10 years after the invasion of Iraq Washington would want, unilaterally, once again, to deal a few blows to the dictatorial and criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad to weaken it, knowing full and well that this will not topple the government, does not seem like the best path to follow,” added Arias.The British Parliament voted down Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal for military action Thursday. French President Francois Hollande, however, remained supportive of taking action against the Syrian regime alongside the United States.On Friday, both countries issued statements saying that they wanted to send a “strong message” to the Syrian regime.NBC News reported Friday that eight in 10 U.S. citizens want Obama to pursue congressional approval for any act of force against the Assad regime, according to a news poll from the network. Half of those surveyed said they do not think the U.S. should attack Syria following the suspected chemical attack.Arias closed his post by calling for a multilateral approach to confronting “despotic and bloody” regimes.AFP contributed to this story.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rican companies visit US to promote medical tourism services

Costa Rican companies visit US to promote medical tourism services

first_imgPrivate hospitals and medical services companies from Costa Rica showcased their services this week at the Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference & Exposition (SHRM 2017) in New Orleans.Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) coordinated the visit of the local companies to the international event. The mission’s main goal was to facilitate networking with potential business partners and also attract foreign patients to Costa Rica.PROCOMER Exports Manager Álvaro Piedra said in a news release that SHRM 2017 was also a platform for the Costa Rican health sector to establish contacts with human resources representatives of large U.S. employers.“It was an opportunity to showcase the quality and the talent of Costa Rica’s health services companies,” he said.Costa Rican representatives at the event promoted the country’s offerings in dental treatments; bariatric and spine surgeries; orthopedic procedures, particularly knee and hip surgeries; and alternative treatments and minimally invasive surgeries, among other services.A 2016 survey by the Medical Tourism Index ranked Costa Rica 4th in medical tourism services in the Americas, just behind Canada, Colombia and Panama. The country placed 14th in the global index. Representatives from Costa Rican hospitals, insurance companies, research centers, medical and wellness tourism companies, among others, displayed the country’s services at the SHRM’s 2017, June 18-21. (Courtesy of PROCOMER)Local organizationPROCOMER research has found that medical tourism is a niche with some of the best prospects for growth in the country.Earlier this year, some 95 hospitals and health services providers that make up the Council for International Promotion of Costa Rican Medicine agreed to transform the organization into the Costa Rican Chamber of Health. The chamber, officially founded in February, brings together hospitals, clinics, doctors and specialists, universities, insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, clinical laboratories, research centers, medical and wellness tourism companies, among others.Executive Director Massimo Manzi said at the time that the new organization aims not only to attract more international patients, but also to offer its associates solutions for training, technical assistance and international promotion. One of its main goals is to obtain updated figures and statistics about the medical tourism sector in Costa Rica, which were non-existent, he said.Manzi has told The Tico Times that the latest statistics on medical tourism arrivals to Costa Rica were obtained in 2011. That year, a total of 48,000 tourists were reported to have entered the country to undergo a medical or wellness procedure.Results of the PROCOMER study released in February found that tourists seeking medical services in Costa Rica were drawn to the country by various factors, including lower prices, the quality of professionals here, and the wide range of options ranging from preventive treatments to cosmetic and wellness procedures.Costa Rica’s political and economic stability are also highly valued factors for medical tourists, PROCOMER found.Chamber leaders expect the number of members to increase to at least 180 by the end of this year. Facebook Comments Related posts:New plan aims to boost medical tourism industry in Costa Rica Medical tourism businesses expect growth Medical tourism fair to offer 1,000 jobs in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s health tourism market topic of upcoming forumlast_img read more

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