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Lawsuit launched over brutal bus killing

first_imgAPTN National NewsTwo female passengers who witnessed the gruesome killing of Tim McLean, a Metis man in 2008 on a Greyhound bus have launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit.McLean was beheaded on the outskirts of Portage La Prairie, Man., by Vince Li, a mentally ill fellow passenger.Dozens of horrified passengers witnessed the attack.Two women who saw the killing are suing Greyhound, the federal government and the RCMP.One of those women is Kayli Shaw from London, Ont. She is seeking a total of $3 million in damages.last_img

Huge Halifax convention centre officially opens five years after first proposed

first_imgHALIFAX – Following years of controversy and delays Halifax’s new convention centre officially opened its doors Friday, with officials voicing confidence the massive development can attract the needed business to keep it afloat.The convention centre is part of an estimated $500-million construction project that dominates downtown Halifax.Taxpayers are spending $169.2 million for the convention centre as part of a deal with the developer that is cost shared by three levels of government.First announced in July 2012, the entire one-million square foot development known as the Nova Centre, includes a hotel, office tower and public plaza. The Halifax Convention Centre, about the size of an entire city block, is to host its first event — the Canadian weightlifting junior nationals — on Jan. 20.“When we first announced the project I thought I knew the meaning of perseverance,” Joe Ramia, president and CEO of Argyle Developments, told a crowd of invited guests during a ceremony in the facility’s giant ballroom.“In hindsight at that point our journey had just begun and I had much to learn.”The convention centre was originally slated to open in January 2016, but Ramia signalled as early as November 2014 that the date would be pushed back to September of 2016. That date was later revised to spring of 2017 before it too was changed in a November 2016 announcement to December of 2017.At the time, Ramia said the delay was to allow for design changes and mechanical upgrades to the building. That cost the convention centre 22 events that had been booked for 2017.The project was also the focus of intense debate within the city with opponents calling it a misuse of public money and too big for the location. At one point surrounding businesses fed up with the noise and dust from construction launched and eventually abandoned a lawsuit intended to recoup some of their financial losses because of a lack of customers.On Friday, a small group of protesters stood outside the building and handed out leaflets as those invited inside filed in.“The new convention centre is still the wrong use of public money, the wrong development, the wrong location and will continue to eat up a significant amount of public money in the coming 25 years,” the leaflet from Halifax Sane Development states.Ramia took the criticisms in stride.“Well, you can’t always satisfy everybody. All you can do is the best that you can,” he said. “Everybody has a voice and we respect all voices.”Ramia said overall construction was about 98 per cent complete with the finishing touches expected to be ready by March. He said an announcement would likely come within a couple of weeks regarding an operator for the facility’s hotel.In late 2012, criticism was also levelled by the province’s then auditor general Jacques Lapointe, who said projections for the project “lacked appropriate analysis given the size of the proposal.”Lapointe also questioned whether enough convention business could be wrestled away from larger cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.Convention centre CEO Carrie Cussons wouldn’t address the auditor’s concerns, but said that 90 events had already been booked for the first year of operations.Cussons said that number included nearly three times more national and international events than have ever been hosted at the city’s much smaller convention facility.She also expressed confidence the facility could thrive over the long term despite doubts expressed in some quarters about the viability of the convention business.“Halifax is a unique and interesting destination that a lot of convention goers want to come to. I’m not really concerned about filling it (the convention centre) for the future.”Premier Stephen McNeil said he wasn’t worried about the facility’s future viability.“I’m very confident … it will continue to be able to support itself,” McNeil said.The convention centre’s 25-year lease with the province is expected to be inked by the end of January.last_img read more

Correction Zodiac KillerDNA story

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – In a story May 3 about the Zodiac Killer investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the killer was dubbed Zodiac because of astrological symbols he included in letters sent to police and media. The killer referred to himself as Zodiac in the letters.A corrected version of the story is below:DNA match sought to Zodiac Killer after break in other caseCalifornia detectives want to use DNA tracing technology to try to zero in on the infamous Zodiac Killer after investigators used the method to arrest a suspect in another old serial killing caseNorthern California detectives still trying to identify the infamous Zodiac Killer who targeted victims in the late 1960s and taunted investigators with letters say they hope to try the same DNA tracing technology recently used to arrest a suspect in another string of cold-case serial slayings — those blamed on the Golden State Killer.But first they have to get a better DNA profile.Several months ago, the Vallejo Police Department sent two letters written by the Zodiac Killer to a private lab in hopes of finding his DNA on the back of the stamps or envelope flaps that may have been licked. They are expecting results soon.“They were confident they would be able to get something off it,” Vallejo police Detective Terry Poyser told the Sacramento Bee.Poyser said he hopes a full DNA profile will be found that will enable detectives to try the same DNA sleuthing techniques that were used to arrest Joseph DeAngelo last month. Authorities suspect he committed at least 12 murders and 50 rapes in California between 1976 and 1986.Investigators uploaded DNA collected at one of the crime scenes to an open-source genealogical website and found a partial match to a distant relative of DeAngelo’s. From there, they painstakingly constructed a family tree dating back several generations before they zeroed in on DeAngelo.Some privacy advocates say they are concerned with the process and worry about future abuses, but detectives investigating the Zodiac Killer say they hope the technique will help solve one of the most vexing cold cases in the country.“That’s a great idea,” said Gary Harmor, founder and director of the Serological Research Institute, a private DNA lab. “I think we’ll see more investigations use this technique.”Detectives in Southern California are testing DNA collected from a double-murder and rape to see if they can be tied to DeAngelo. Another man, Craig Coley, was recently cleared of those crimes after spending 38 years in prison in the murder of a 24-year-old college student and her 4-year-old son in 1978.The Zodiac Killer fatally stabbed or shot to death five people in Northern California in 1968 and 1969, then sent taunting letters and cryptograms to the police and newspapers. The Vallejo police are the lead investigators because the first two victims were killed there.The killer referred to himself as Zodiac in some of the letters.Various pieces of evidence, including a rope used to tie a victim as well as the letters, have been tested unsuccessfully for the killer’s DNA profile. Poyser said recent advances in DNA testing prompted investigators to seek a match on two of the killer’s letters.Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan said the samples were sent to the lab as a matter of routine. Sampayan, a former homicide detective, said police submit samples every couple of years in hopes that advances in DNA testing will finally yield a profile detectives can use.“It was coincidental,” Sampayan said of the new DNA test occurring at the same time as the breakthrough in the Golden State Killer case.“There will come a time when we get a match,” he said.The 2007 movie “Zodiac,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr., renewed widespread interest in a case that has always had a cult following of amateur detectives and cryptographers who sought to crack the killer’s code.One of those amateur sleuths, Tom Voigt, said the key to solving the Zodiac killings is mimicking the Golden State Killer investigation, which included forming a full-time task force dedicated to the case and exploiting publicly accessible DNA databases.Voigt said the Zodiac case was being investigated part time by a Police Department in a city that filed for municipal bankruptcy.“There’s a formula to follow,” Voigt said. “And it’s to simply copy what happened to the Golden State Killer.”last_img read more

British Jets Bomb Saddam Hussein Palace Used by ISIS

Rabat – RAF’s heaviest bombs dropped on palace of Saddam Hussein’s in Iraq by tornado fighters where Islamic State were reported to have been training foreign recruits.British fighter jets targeted and bombed a former palace of Saddam Hussein’s in Iraq which was being used by Isis as a training centre for new foreign recruits, claims the UK Ministry of Defence.The attack was part of a co-ordinated alliance attack on the area following surveillance showing that Islamic State were using the palace as their main headquarters and a training centre. The British tornados armed with the RAF’s largest Paveway bombs targeted the complex on Monday afternoon, the MoD reports, successfully striking the headquarters and then the security centre, both located next to the Tigris river.“Daesh [Isis] has been losing followers and territory for months, and emphatic strikes like this show that we and the coalition will not waver” claims Michael Fallon, the UK defence secretary. read more

International Criminal Court case against Kenyan officials to proceed

30 August 2011The International Criminal Court (ICC) today dismissed an appeal by the Kenyan Government to throw out the cases against six high-ranking national officials, including a deputy prime minister, two ministers and a police chief, for possible crimes against humanity in post-electoral violence more than three years ago. The International Criminal Court (ICC) today dismissed an appeal by the Kenyan Government to throw out the cases against six high-ranking national officials, including a deputy prime minister, two ministers and a police chief, for possible crimes against humanity in post-electoral violence more than three years ago. The ICC appeals chamber ruled that no legal, factual or procedural error could be discerned in the pre-trial chamber’s decisions in May to proceed with the cases. The six are: Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; William Samoei Ruto, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology; Henry Kiprono Kosgey, Minister of Industrialization; Joshua Arap Sang, Head of Operations for KASS FM radio station; Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Head of the Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet; and Mohamed Hussein Ali, Police Commissioner at the time of the violence. More than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced in the violence that followed the December 2007 elections. There were also hundreds of rapes, possibly more, and at least 100,000 properties were destroyed in six of Kenya’s eight provinces, according to ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Appeals chamber presiding judge Daniel David Ntanda Nsereko explained that for the cases to be inadmissible a national investigation must be ongoing, covering the same individuals and substantially the same conduct as alleged before the ICC. The chamber ruled that the pre-trial chamber made no error when it found that the Government had failed to provide sufficient evidence to substantiate that it was investigating the six suspects for the crimes alleged in the ICC summonses. The pre-trial chamber found reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Kenyatta, Mr. Muthaura, Mr. Kosgey and Mr. Ruto were criminally responsible as indirect co-perpetrators for murder, forcible transfer and persecution, and also for rape and other inhumane acts in the case of the first two. It found that while there were not reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Sang and Mr. Ali were indirect co-perpetrators, there were such grounds to believe that they otherwise contributed to the alleged crimes. Mr. Ruto has been suspended and Mr. Kosgey has stepped aside from the ministerial positions because of issues not related to the ICC. Earlier this year Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the cases with Kenyan Vice-President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

Resentful stablehand murdered woman who took his job in vicious knife attack

first_imgMost well-balanced individuals who lose their job wouldn’t then resort to violence against the person taking over their jobDavid Gordon, prosecuting He said: “While the defendant may have made an outward show of not being bothered about losing his job looking after Pamela Newton’s horses, in fact, he harboured resentment about it and this may have provided him with a motive.”Mr Gordon added: “This might sound extreme. Most well-balanced individuals who lose their job wouldn’t then resort to violence against the person taking over their job, but there it is.”The prosecution say that the attack upon Miss Southwell was vicious, relatively protracted, it seems to have involved at least 19 wounds being inflicted to her head and body with a sharp weapon.”And what we say is that Miss Southwell had no known enemies and yet the attack would seem to suggest someone who had a grudge or resentment against her or somebody who was in a disturbed state of mind or both.”The jury, of 11 women and one man, heard Miss Southwell, who was single and lived with her brother and elderly mother, was seen working at Grange Farm on the morning of the murder on July 15 last year.Her brother, Samuel Southwell, who became worried when she did not return home for lunch or dinner, went to look for her and found her in a barn, lying on her back behind a wheelbarrow, the jury was told.Mr Gordon said she had been stabbed repeatedly. The court heard Edwards had found new employment at a neighbouring farm and was working there on the morning of the murder. A stable-hand murdered a 60-year-old woman as he resented losing his job to her before leaving her blood-covered body in a barn, a court heard.Daniel Edwards, 22, is accused of killing Fiona Southwell, who was found dead with 19 stab wounds to her head and body at a farm near Hornsea, East Yorkshire.The jury was told Edwards, who was replaced by Miss Southwell after being sacked at Grange Farm, discussed asking for his old role back the day after her death.David Gordon, prosecuting at Hull Crown Court, told the trial Edwards might have held a grudge against Miss Southwell. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Grange Farm in Hornsea, where the body of Fiona Southwell was foundCredit:SWNS.com The following day, he went to work and asked his employer’s partner, John Tierney, if he should ask for his old job back, the trial heard.Mr Gordon said: “The defendant asked John Tierney if he thought that he, the defendant, should ask Pamela Newton about getting his old job back looking after the horses now that Miss Southwell was dead.”Edwards was arrested at his family home in Hornsea on the evening of July 16 and clothing – stained with blood belonging to Miss Southwell – was recovered from his bedroom, the court heard.Miss Southwell’s blood was also found on Edwards’s ankle; a kitchen knife, found discarded in a hedgerow near the farm and from a block kept at Maxholme; and a blood-stained child’s vest, thought to have been used to wipe the knife clean and of the type used as cloths at Maxholme, the jury was told.Edwards’s DNA was also found on areas of the vest and blood on his clothing suggested he was near to Miss Southwell as she lay bleeding from her injuries and still alive, Mr Gordon said.center_img The prosecutor said Edwards sent a number of text messages to a childhood friend in the days leading up to the murder, which might suggest he was “in a disturbed state of mind”.He said: “On the face of it, the fact that a person is sacked wouldn’t normally provide any kind of reason to do harm to their replacement but, in this particular situation, we have, additionally, a young man who, in the hours leading up to the murder, was expressing, to a childhood friend of his, some distress, in the sense that he was feeling he was going to have a breakdown and his ‘head was f—ed’.”Edwards denies murder and the trial continues. Grange Farm The case is being heard at Hull Crown Court The case is being heard at Hull Crown CourtCredit:Alamylast_img read more

Update Body fished out of Herstelling trench identified

The man whose body was fished out of a trench at Herstelling, New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Tuesday morning has been identified as 39-year-old Jaigobin Seecharran of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara.Based on information received, Seecharran resided with his brother and sister-in-law. He was last seen by them on Sunday morning, but he never returned home.According to the deceased’s sibling, the 39-year-old man would often go on lengthy drinking sprees and disappear for days at a time. As such, when he failed to return home, the family was not alarmed.This morning, construction workers in the vicinity of Herstelling, New Housing Scheme, EDB reportedly noticed Seecharran’s body floating in the trench and alerted the police.When undertakers dragged the deteriorated remains out of the trench, it was severely bloated and a putrid smell was emanating from it.A postmortem examination is expected to be conducted soon to deduce the cause of death. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBreaking: Decomposed body fished out of Herstelling trenchJuly 17, 2018In “Crime”Herstelling man in custody for reputed wife’s murderMay 22, 2018In “Crime”Body of man, 60, fished out of Friendship trenchJuly 31, 2018In “Crime” read more

Volvo CEs top loaders

first_imgSpecications L60FL70FL90F at full turn 7,380 kg*8,420 kg** 9,568 kg*** Static tipping load Max power at 1,700 rpm Breakout force:82.9 kN* 95.4 Kn**118.5 kN*** Engine Volvo D6E LCE3 Volvo D6E LBE3 Volvo D6E LAE3 Completing the range, the launch of the L60F, L70F and L90F models gives Volvo Construction Equipment what it claims is the most modern fleet (11 models) of general purpose wheel loaders on the market.New engines, transmissions and cabs are just three of the highlights of the latest L60F, L70F and L90F medium duty general purpose Volvo CE wheel loaders. With more maneuverability, power, productivity, flexibility and reliability, the F Series is also a more comfortable and safer place to be. Volvo CE pioneered the ‘all-rounder’ approach to wheel loaders and these new models continue to evolve the concept. These units are easy to operate in tight spaces and can quickly swap tools to suit fast changing application demands on site. All models have increased power over the E variant they replace, giving more strength to move or load material. In what is a fundamentally upgraded generation of machines, the F Series improves on the market leading E Series it replaces in many ways. First among these is the installation of a 5.7 liter six cylinder D6E engine featuring Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology (V-ACT). The Tier III/Stage 3 low emission engine delivers high torque at just above tickover, giving the new loaders excellent rimpull and low fuel consumption. The low speed of the engine plays a significant part in reducing noise levels; both inside (2dBA less) and outside of the cab (meets EU2006 regulations). Across the three new machines, the new engine provides between 6%-13% more power, and up to 15% more torque than the units it replaces. Much effort has been expended to increase mid-range torque; giving better operability in the most economic engine speed range. One practical consequence of this increase in horsepower is better pile penetration and fuller buckets.Engine power is converted into work via a new smooth shifting electric-hydraulic HTE transmission. All the operator has to do is select Forward or Reverse. The Volvo Full Automatic Power Shift (FAPS) then takes over and selects which of the four forward and four reverse gears is required – and the perfect moment to change ratio. The system is independent of both machine and engine speed. New software in the ECU adapts to the operators’ style of driving, optimizing gear changing parameters and saving fuel by always selecting the right gear. For improved operator comfort, oil-filled clutches and a Pulse-Width Modulation Valve in the transmission allow smoother shifting and minimize jolting when changing between gears. The transmission is also significantly quieter than its predecessor, and maximum speed has been increased; by 25% on the L90F. The fact that all major components of the driveline (engine, transmission, axles) are designed and built by Volvo means that they work in harmony, in terms of performance, reliability and also fuel efficiency.Just as drive is now smoother, so is braking. The L60F, L70F and L90F retain the wet, circulation-cooled disc brakes that featured on the E Series generation of wheel loaders. An all-hydraulic dual circuit system, it offers longer operating life and a smoother, safer and more effective braking action. The onboard Contronics monitoring system automatically performs an electronic brake test and the condition of the brake can be easily assessed via wear indicators on all wheels. SAE J1995 gross:116 kW 126 kW 129 kW Volvo’s famous intelligent load sensing hydraulics provides exact distribution of power where and when it is needed, regardless of engine speed. This makes it easier to control the load and machine – and saves fuel (because it doesn’t pump hydraulic oil needlessly or require high engine speeds). The TP-linkage lift arm system provides the best of parallel and Z-bar linkages to provide high break-out torque and good parallel movement throughout the entire lifting range. The extra power of the new engine also allows larger buckets to be used, 10% larger in the L60F and 4% in the L70F. Tip loads are also increased for more stability when loading. An optional long boom is available for tipping into high-sided trucks and a Boom Suspension System (BSS) absorbs shocks and reduces bucket spillage caused by the loader bouncing over rough ground. The new Care Cab that is fitted to the L60F, L70F and L90F is the safest, most comfortable and cleanest operator environment ever made by Volvo CE. Quieter and with more useful internal room (50 mm longer and 100mm wider), the new cab has significantly improved visibility. A new laminated front windshield is almost a quarter larger than the E Series, and this extra glass and thinner pillars gives better visibility forwards, downwards, up and to the sides. An optional rear facing camera and remotely controlled door mirrors further improve visibility. Advanced climate controls feature highly, with all air passing through double filters and a range of standard and optional air conditioning, timer cab heating and automatic heat control systems on offer. Adjustable seat, steering wheel and lever carrier plus a flat floor offer good ergonomics to make life indoors more comfortable. Steering wheel alternative options include lever steering Comfort Drive Control and even a single pilot joystick option. Getting into the loaders is made safer and easier through a better shaped and wider opening door and new hand rails. Vibrations in the cab have also been significantly reduced through the use of viscous dampers. A new dashboard arrangement that groups all important information in front of the operator and larger, clearer Contronics readouts improve visibility – while convenient storage compartments reduce cab clutter. The Contronics system monitors functions in real time, sounding an alarm if a problem occurs, while at the same time storing performance data for downloading during maintenance inspections. It can also be used to upgrade or adapt the loader’s functions, when changing applications for instance.In addition to being flexible, productive, safe, comfortable and reliable, the all-new L60F, L70F and L90F are also environmentally minded, being up to 95% recyclable. Buckets:1.7-5.0 m3 2.0-6.4m32.3-7.0m3 *          Bucket: 2.1 m3 (pin-on) with bolt-on edges.  Tires 20.5 R25 L2, Std. boom**        Bucket: 2.3 m3 (pin-on) with bolt-on edges.  Tires 20.5 R25 L2, Std. boom***      Bucket: 2.5 m3 (pin-on) with bolt-on edges.  Tires 20.5 R25 L2, Std. boomwww.volvo.comlast_img read more

Dog walker dodges €4k fouling fine due to drugfilled syringes scattered through

first_img Share10 Tweet Email Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 7:08 AM Image: Shutterstock/Karl Redshaw Photography Image: Shutterstock/Karl Redshaw Photography Feb 8th 2017, 7:08 AM 46 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A DOG walker, who claimed he was unable to clean up after his pet in a Dublin park because of the number of syringes left behind by drug addicts, has avoided a €4,000 fine.Carer Liam Nolan, from Oliver Bond House, Oliver Bond Street, Dublin 8, was prosecuted for dog fouling by Dublin City Council after he refused to accept an on the spot fine on 14 June last at St Audeon’s public park.However, he avoided a conviction and a fine after arguing his case at Dublin District Court where he faced a charge under the Litter Pollution Act.He represented himself during the trial and told Judge John Brennan that he always uses the local park for dog walks and he cleans up after his pet.However, on the date in question he attempted to remove his dog’s faeces but he noted that within a “hair’s breadth” of it there was a syringe.NeedlesHe said he could not remove it and refused to accept a €150 fine from a warden whom he claimed “did not want to hear me”. After waiting with them for 10 minutes, he left. He said that a garda then approached him about it on nearby Thomas Street.Nolan returned to the park a day or two later and took photos of the needles he had seen which he showed to the judge.He said he had made reports to gardaí about the syringes in the park and claimed there was a used-needle bin there which has made the problems worse.In cross-examination, it was put to him that it was his responsibility to clean up his dog’s mess and dispose of it in a suitable manner.The dog owner told the court he showed pictures of needles to a council official who told him that specialist equipment was required and advised him, “I was not to go near that”.He told Judge Brennan that kids from the local school cannot go to the park which he claimed is used by hundreds of heroin addicts who attend the Merchant’s Quay homeless and drugs support service.He said he has also been told by a former official at the park that there were parts of the green area where things could not be picked up because of the drug paraphernalia.Judge Brennan said the litter warden had acted professionally and he had no doubt that Mr Nolan was belligerent but he was satisfied that this was because of a risk to his health and safety and his reason appeared to be genuine. He struck out the case.Read: Garda whistleblowers report will not be published in full >Read: Café owner who grew cannabis to ease back pain given 240 hours community service > By Tom Tuite Dog walker dodges €4k fouling fine due to drug-filled syringes scattered through park The dog walker said that the animal’s droppings were within a “hair’s breadth” of a syringe. 26,115 Views Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3228337 last_img read more

LightSensitive Adhesive Tech Could Revolutionize BandAids

first_imgStay on target Bioinspired Bandage Reacts to Body Heat, Accelerates HealingSuperglue-Style Hydrogel Could Help Eliminate Joint Pain Pulling off a Band-Aid is one of the most cringe-inducing facts of life (second only to stepping barefoot on a rogue LEGO).But researchers at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China have a solution.The international team developed a new type of adhesive that is easily detached with a specific frequency of light.“Strong adhesion usually requires covalent bonds, physical interactions, or a combination of both,” Yang Gao, first study author and researcher at Xi’an Jiaotong University, said in a statement.“Adhesion through covalent bonds is hard to remove and adhesion through physical interactions usually requires solvents, which can be time-consuming and environmentally harmful,” he explained. “Our method of using light to trigger detachment is non-invasive and painless.”I’m in.The glue uses an aqueous solution of polymer chains to stitch together two non-sticky materials (“like jam between two slices of bread,” SEAS described). This process is known as topological entanglement.On their own, the two hydrogels don’t come apart easily; you can basically hear the components screaming in pain.Point some UV light their way, though, and they separate as smoothly as a Kenny G refrain.The stitching polymer, which also detaches with near-infrared light, could be used for wound dressings, transdermal drug delivery devices, and wearable robots, among other medical procedures.“In nature, wet material don’t like to adhere together,” Zhigang Suo, professor of mechanics and materials at SEAS, said. “We have discovered a general approach to overcome this challenge.“Our molecular sutures can strongly adhere wet materials together,” he continued. “Furthermore, the strong adhesion can be made permanent, transient, or detachable on demand, in response to a cue. So, as we see it, nature is full of loopholes, waiting to be stitched.”Full results were published in the journal Advanced Materials.More on Geek.com:Superglue-Style Hydrogel Could Help Eliminate Joint PainSea Creatures Inspire Researchers to Create Formaldehyde-Free GlueNew Super Glue Could Help Us Make Squishy Batteries and Electronicslast_img read more

Vancouver man faces vehicular homicide allegation in crash involving motorcyclist

first_img A Vancouver man accused in a fatal crash in Battle Ground has a history of causing crashes, a prosecutor said Tuesday morning in Clark County Superior Court.Daniel Scott Berry, 33, appeared in court on suspicion of vehicular homicide. Judge Gregory Gonzales set Berry’s bail at $250,000, based on the “egregious” allegations. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu had asked for $100,000 bail.Impairment does not appear to be a factor in the fatal crash, Vu said, but Berry apparently has a history of causing crashes, dating back to at least 2002 when he was 16 years old, according to Columbian archives. In all instances, he never had auto insurance, Vu said.Berry’s court-appointed defense attorney Therese Lavallee said her client would have appeared in court voluntarily and did not need to be arrested.His arrest Monday came more than two weeks after the July 8 crash at the intersection of Southwest 10th Avenue (state Highway 503) and Eaton Boulevard. John A. Christianson, 58, of Ridgefield, was injured and died later that week.On the day of the crash, emergency crews were dispatched shortly after 8 a.m. to the intersection. A white 1992 Lexus sedan, driven by Berry, and an Indian motorcycle, driven by Christianson, collided, according to police. Debris also struck two nearby vehicles. John A. Christianson, 58, of Ridgefield was killed in a motorcycle crash in Battle Ground. (Provided photo)last_img read more

Colorado flooding cuts off mountain towns kills 3

first_imgA police officer allows a special dive rescue team to pass on a closed road following overnight flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colo., on Thursday. LYONS, Colo. — Heavy rains sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides Thursday in Colorado, cutting off remote towns, forcing the state’s largest university to close and leaving at least three people dead across a rugged landscape that included areas blackened by recent wildfires.A warm, moist storm system has been dropping rain on the region for much of the week. Up to 8 inches fell in an area spanning from the Wyoming border south to the foothills west of Denver. Flooding extended all along the Front Range mountains, including the cities of Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Aurora and Boulder.Numerous roads have been washed out or made impassable by floods, and water has poured into homes. Some buildings have collapsed in the torrent. Parts of several interstate highways in the Denver area were temporarily closed because of standing water.Boulder County appeared to be hardest hit. Sheriff Joe Pelle said the town of Lyons was completely cut off because of flooded roads, and residents were huddling together on higher ground. Although everyone was believed to be safe, the deluge was expected to continue into Friday.Search vehicles and rescue helicopters were standing by, but many were unable to get to mountain communities because of flooding and fog. Residents were asked to drink bottled or boiled water because of possible contamination to water supplies.last_img read more

Woman who claimed toddler was in stolen car arrested

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman who reported a kidnapping in Southwest Miami-Dade is now the one facing charges.Miami-Dade Police said she lied to them Sunday night when she claimed there was a 3-year-old child inside her car when it was stolen.Antoinette Rowan was later arrested, accused of filing a false police report.The car theft was real, but police said she made up the abduction in hopes of getting officers to find her car faster.Her car was stolen at a gas station on Southwest 112th Avenue and 220th Street.Officers said the child was home the whole time with the woman’s adult daughter.Police have not found the crook or the car. last_img read more

Official WhatsApp group on road repair works created

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police has found a unique way of communicating with the road repairing agencies in case urgent repairing work needs to be done.The Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) of Bidhannagar Police, Amit Javalgi created a whatsApp group, where working members and engineers from agencies like PWD, NKDA, NHAI and others were added.According to the officials, this step was found to be the fastest way to reach the agencies which are directly connected to road Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal liferepair works.It has been informed that during the month of June some officials came up with the idea to create a common platform for the purpose of staying updated with road repair works.During rainy season, major roads often get damaged that hampers the normal vehicular movement with high chances of accident.Following the creation of the whatsapp group — ‘Bidhannagar Road Update’ all the ‘Traffic Inspectors’ (TI) are to post any problem regarding road repairs and other related problems. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey have been ordered to give updates along with photos of the damaged areas whenever it is identified.As engineers and other members from road repairing agencies are there in the group, they can easily get the necessary information such as the location and the extent of damage which will help them to actquickly.The schedule of the work will also be shared in the group.”Our aim is to provide service to people. We have to ensure smooth and safe journey for them. For this, we need a fast communication process. This step is found to be very much useful,” said Javalgi.last_img read more

Closure of Ordnance Factory Board Mamata writes to PM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him not to corporatize the Ordnance Factories including the Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in Kolkata.”I have been receiving reports regarding a decision that the Government of India has apparently been taking to corporatize all the Ordinance Factories including the Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in Kolkata. It has also been suggested that this will finally lead to privatization of these great national assets.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in the Ayudh Bhavan, Kolkata, is the world’s largest government set up for manufacturing arms and ammunition for a country’s armed forces. Indeed it is called the fourth pillar of the Indian Defence apparatus. Founded in 1775, the set up includes 41 factories all over the country, nine training institutes, about 1.6 lakh officers and employees. It produces a vast range of arms and equipment that enable our soldiers to guard our frontiers, she wrote. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateExpressing her deep concern for the Centre’s proposal, Banerjee maintains: “I am shocked and surprised to know that the vital pillar of the country’s defence and this key industrial initiative of our land is now being contemplated to be subjected to a sudden exercise of degovernmentalisation for which there has been not even an iota of stakeholders’ consultations uptill now.” It may be mentioned that the Trinamool Congress has raised the issue of disinvestment of profit-making Central PSUs and the party’s MPs have raised the issue in Parliament. Banerjee requested the Prime Minister to kindly reverse the process as the national security and defence of India is involved. “I would therefore request you to kindly stall and reverse the process of corporatization and privatisation in the greatest interest of the national security and defence of our country. While the industrial policy in our country has gradually been made more and more friendly to the private players in the market, there are some core strategic areas where the state is yet to abdicate its paramount role.”last_img read more

Earthquakes diminish in Nicaragua but country remains on red alert

first_imgMANAGUA — The earthquakes have decreased in Nicaragua. However the country planned Wednesday to maintain the current red alert due to experts not being able to assure that the danger of another big earthquake has passed.Nicaragua was rocked by two earthquakes last week with a magnitude greater than 6.0. The country has experienced thousands of aftershocks, and the shaking has left two dead, injured at least 41 and damaged thousands of homes, forcing widespread evacuations. “It is true that there is less seismic activity, but unfortunately that means absolutely nothing, no expert can say that the situation has completely calmed down, nobody ventures to say it,” said first lady and government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo.Nicaragua seemed to have regained the calm after five days of constant tremors that kept the population on edge, principally in Managua, where officials authorities warned even Monday about the risk of a major earthquake.“We have to remain vigilant of the signs” that the government “has given us as to not mourn (more) casualties,” said Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes to thousands of followers during a procession in Managua to start the Holy Week celebrations.The government Wednesday called on the population to continue sleeping in safe places until the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies and seismologists from Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Chile and the United States, who are in the country, agree with certainty that the worst is over.Managua sits over a series of fault lines that converge at Lake Managua. In 1972, the capital was destroyed by a devastating earthquake that left 10,000 dead and hundreds injured.Murillo said that the experts need several days to clarify whether “this crisis is resolved, which does not mean that another won’t begin, simply because the land, the volcanoes, are so unpredictable.”Earlier in the week, Murillo said the government planned to begin reconstruction in 17 cities affected by the two quakes on Thursday and Friday, half of which are near Lake Managua.Nicaragua declared the red alert last Thursday after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake was felt 20 kilometers north of the capital. Related posts:Panic in Nicaragua as tremors continue Magnitude-6.6 earthquake shakes Costa Rica on Friday afternoon, epicenter located in Nicaragua Strong magnitude-6.8 earthquake rocks Costa Rica’s southwest Earthquake jolts five provinces in Costa Rica Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Turkeys frustration at Syria led to plane action

first_imgRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said late Friday that the plane was carrying radar parts for Syria, that the shipment complied with international law and that there was no weapon on board.Lavrov said, however, that the cargo, consisting of “electric equipment for radars,” was of dual purpose and could have civilian and military applications. The Russian company that sent it demands its return, he said.Earlier, the respected Russian daily Kommersant quoted an unidentified source saying there were 12 boxes of spare parts for radars of the Syrian missile defense units.“If the Kommersant report is right, you could speculate about this being part of a build-up to imposing a no-fly zone,” said Hugh Pope, who leads the Turkey program for the International Crisis Group.Such a move could be the first step toward lending Syria’s rebels the same kind of international air support that helped bring down Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi last year.But most analysts see no push _ either in Turkey or among its Western allies _ for outside military involvement in Syria.Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs, said the incident also wasn’t about sending any messages to Russia in particular, because Russia’s stance on Syria is already clear and isn’t likely to change. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Lukyanov said the plane incident showed that Turkey is “getting really nervous” with hostilities raging near its border. “Turkey is trying to demonstrate how tough and capable it is.”Meanwhile, Russia’s and Turkey’s growing business ties could suffer, he said.If Turkey keeps on getting involved in Syria, “the political situation in Syria will have an increasing influence on other areas of their (Russian-Turkish) relations,” said Lukyanov. “No one wants to heat this up, but sometimes things get out of hand.”___Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, and Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life Top Stories Russia has been one of Syria’s main weapons suppliers, and it has also been shielding the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad from U.N. sanctions.Mehmet Yegin, an analyst with the Ankara-based International Strategic Research Organization, said that it was not yet clear whether the decision to force down the Moscow to Damascus plane was part of a larger drive to change the dynamic of the war.“If it is acting with its allies, it’s a clear message to Russia to get out of the picture and stop arming Syria,” he added. “It is such a bold move, that one wonders if Turkey acted alone.”U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined Thursday to comment on Turkish media reports that the intelligence on the plane’s contents had come from the United States.But she told reporters that Washington backed Turkey’s decision to intercept the plane.“Any transfer of any military equipment to the Syrian regime at this time is very concerning, and we look forward to hearing more from the Turkish side when they get to the bottom of what they found,” said Nuland.The exact contents of the cargo are still unclear: Turkey’s prime minister described it as “ammunition,” while Yeni Safak, a newspaper close to the Turkish government, reported Friday that the cargo contained 12 pieces of missile parts and “trigger devices” and that intelligence received was that it could be used by Syria against Turkey. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressISTANBUL (AP) – The interception of a Syrian passenger plane from Russia, allegedly carrying military gear to Damascus, is a sign of Turkey’s mounting frustration at the drawn-out conflict and its inability to hasten regime change in its neighbor, according to analysts.Recent cross-border shelling from Syria that killed five Turkish civilians near the countries’ 910-kilometer (566-mile) common frontier may have forced Turkey to act, but its options were limited. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “There’s nothing magical about the timing. It’s a coincidence resulting from the build-up of frustration in Ankara,” said Fadi Hakura, a Turkey analyst at the Chatham House think tank in London. “Turkey wants to hasten the demise of the Assad regime in Damascus, but really its hands are tied.”Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been at the forefront of international efforts to put pressure on the Assad regime and end its 19-month crackdown on the opposition. Last year, Ankara began allowing members of the rebel Free Syrian Army to operate in Turkey and now Syria’s civil war has reached a stalemate.“Given the current international impasse over the conflict in Syria, practical measures such as the interception of aircraft will become increasingly important for states seeking to restrict Syrian government forces’ access to military-related goods from external sources,” said Edin Omanovic, a researcher with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.Turkish fighter jets on Wednesday intercepted the Syrian Air plane they said was carrying Russian ammunition and military equipment destined for the Syrian Defense Ministry. Syria branded the incident piracy and Russia said the action endangered the lives of Russian citizens aboard the aircraft. 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. The reviews continue to pour in for the Arizona Cardinals’ efforts in the 2013 NFL Draft, and they continue to be positive.ESPN analyst John Clayton joined Doug and Wolf Tuesday on Arizona Sports 620 and became the latest to laud general manager Steve Keim and his staff for what they accomplished over the three days.“I thought it was a very good draft,” Clayton said. “First off, they get one of the best pass-blocking guards coming out in the last who knows how many years. Jonathan Cooper can flat-out pass block. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: John Clayton, NFL ESPN Insider “I thought getting the third round pick was great. Honey Badger (Tyrann Mathieu) can come back and be a backup free safety or a starting free safety, I think he’s a good fit. I think overall, it was a very good draft.”That seems to be the consensus, which is good news for the Cardinals. The bad news is the consensus also believes that the rest of the already-tough NFC West helped themselves as well.Clayton believes the up-and-coming St. Louis Rams had the best draft in the division.“Just from the standpoint that they were able to get two first round picks and first strategy got them them Tavon Austin, who I the is the most exciting player in the draft,” he said. “Think about this division now. Good luck with the coverage because now you’ve got Tavon Austin and Percy Harvin. Wow. That’s speed, explosiveness, all those different things. That’s going to be coverage nightmares.”Clayton also applauded the San Francisco 49ers’ draft class, which included LSU safety Eric Reid, Florida State defensive end Tank Carridine and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.“This division is just amazing for the drafts, the aggressiveness — all the things that didn’t maybe four years ago — it’s happening now and it’s happening in the right way.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Three days after appearing in his third straight Pro Bowl, Patrick Peterson made his first appearance in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am.His helmet, uniform and cleats were replaced by a hat, white shirt, grey khaki pants and golf shoes.The Cardinals’ cornerback certainly looked the part, but could he play the part at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium course?“Actually I haven’t had much time to play this offseason…still shaking the cobwebs off,” Peterson said of his game. “I’m OK. I’m an acceptable golfer. I can score when I can, but I’m not a professional, yet.” He hopes a contract extension is given, too. – / 8 In the game Sunday, he picked off San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers.“We had a lot of fun. There was a lot of excitement. The intensity level was definitely high,” Peterson said. “It’s always good to go to the Pro Bowl to meet some new guys; meet the guys who you play against and kind of see them in a different light outside of competing against each other when it really matters. It was fun going out there to Hawaii and putting up a great performance. Although we came up short, I still had a great time.”Peterson played for Deion Sanders’ team, which lost 22-21 to Jerry Rice’s team, one that included fellow Cardinals John Abraham, Justin Bethel and Larry Fitzgerald.“They didn’t get on me too bad (about losing),” Peterson said of his teammates. “It was just a good, competitive game and that’s all everybody wanted. We just wanted to make sure that we played the game hard enough so we can keep the game going and keep it in Hawaii, hopefully.”Following his interception, Peterson, who wears No. 21, like Sanders, paid tribute by performing Sanders’ signature celebration dance.“Wearing that No. 21, it’s just something that, it’s given,” Peterson said. “It wasn’t spontaneous or anything like that; just something that’s given.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Comments   Share   Yet, huh?Peterson, while he certainly loves to play, obviously is not ready to make golf a full-time gig. He has a job, manning the Cardinals’ secondary. It’s a job he hopes to hold for quite awhile.“I’m under contract for two more years, so I want to continue playing great football,” he said before teeing off. “Whenever (GM) Steve Keim and (team president) Michael Bidwill address me and my agent (about a contract extension), we’ll go from there.”Peterson is three years into his four-year rookie contract, which includes a fifth-year option for 2015 should the Cardinals choose to exercise it. The Cardinals may also choose to try to work out an extension with Peterson, locking up one of their core defensive players long-term.“I am eligible (for an extension this offseason),” he said. “Of course I would like an extension to stay here for a while, but it’s a business so we have to wait and see what happens.”Statistically speaking, Peterson had a down year in 2013. He finished with three interceptions—four fewer than the year before—and a career-year low 40 tackles.Peterson, however, was still ranked among the best defensive backs in the NFL and recognized as such by his peers, who voted him into the Pro Bowl for the second time as a cornerback and third time overall. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more