Calgary-born luger Sam Edney says it’s a “dark day” for the Olympics after an international tribunal overturned suspensions and reinstated results for 28 Russian athletes accused of doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that due to insufficient evidence, the sanctions against the athletes should be annulled and their individual results at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi be reinstated.Edney and his teammates, Alex Gough, Justin Snith and Tristan Walker, stand to lose a bronze medal as a result of the decision.The Canadians finished fourth in the team event four years ago but learned in December they would likely be upgraded after Russians Albert Demchenko and Tatiana Ivanova were stripped of their results by the International Olympic Committee and received lifetime bans due to doping accusations.Both Russians had their suspensions reversed and results reinstated by CAS on Thursday.“Above anything else, this is a very very very dark day for the Olympics,” Edney said via Twitter. “AND, this is a very very very dark day for Clean Sport … if there is such a thing anymore.”One tweet that needs to be seen. Above anything else, this is a very very very dark day for the Olympics. AND, this is a very very very dark day for Clean Sport … if there is such a thing anymore. #Olympics #CleanSport— Sam Edney (@samueledney) February 1, 2018
Ankara: Turkey’s foreign minister said Friday his country is committed to a deal to purchase advanced Russian surface-to-air missile defence system, despite warnings from Washington that the deal could put the NATO member country’s participation in the US F-35 fighter aircraft program at risk. Turkey’s decision to purchase the S-400 air defence systems from Russia has increased already tense ties between the two NATO allies, including over the war in Syria. The US has issued repeated warnings to Turkey over the planned purchase, arguing that the Russian system may pose a security threat to the high-tech F-35s. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu ruled out the possibility of Turkey selling the S-400s to another country as suggested by some analysts as a compromise solution. Cavusoglu also insisted Turkey had met all of its obligations concerning the F-35 program. “As a principle it is contrary to international laws for a third country to oppose an agreement between two countries,” Cavusoglu said. “We are committed to this agreement. There can be no such thing as selling to a third country. We are buying them for our own needs.” Cavusoglu added that Turkey and Russia were discussing delivery dates. The US had agreed to sell 100 of its latest, fifth-generation F-35 fighters to Turkey, and has so far delivered two of the aircraft. But Congress last year ordered a delay in future deliveries.
LAWRENCE, Mass. — The utility company blamed for September’s natural gas explosions in Massachusetts has settled a negligence lawsuit from a family injured in the disaster.Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and the Figueroa family didn’t disclose the settlement amount Tuesday but say it includes providing a motorized wheelchair, a mobility van and modifications to the family’s Lawrence home.Twenty-one-year-old Shakira Figueroa was severely injured and two family members were hurt. A family friend, 18-year-old Leonel Rondon, died when the home’s chimney fell on his SUV.Family lawyer Socrates De La Cruz says that the settlement is “an important step” toward healing but that the family will never be the same.Joe Hamrock is head of NiSource, Columbia Gas’ parent company. He says “our hearts go out” to the family and the community.The Associated Press
S. James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, said in a statement that indigenous people in Brazil are likely to be poor, to endure low health and education standards and to face discrimination that sometimes results in violence.While the Government has promised to advance indigenous rights in line with the recently struck UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and with national constitutional protections, a significant part of Brazilian society opposes Government policies that try to respond to the aspirations of indigenous peoples.“Reforms are needed to ensure that indigenous peoples are better able to exercise their right of self-determination within the framework of a Brazilian State that is respectful of diversity,” he said.“It is evident that indigenous peoples frequently do not control the decisions that affect their everyday lives and their lands, even when their lands have been officially demarcated and registered, because of invasions and mining by outsiders and other factors.”During his official visit Mr. Anaya met with senior Government officials, human rights experts and with representatives of indigenous groups and civil society organizations and toured various areas in the states of Amazonas, Roraima and Mato Grosso do Sul, which have large indigenous populations.The Special Rapporteur found that while indigenous communities have some input into the delivery of services to them by government agencies, they do not have adequate control and sometimes suffer from paternalistic attitudes from government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).“While culturally rich, indigenous peoples remain impoverished economically, without sufficient power or opportunities to develop on a sustainable basis, are continually suffocated by discrimination.”Health and education standards remain poor at best, especially for indigenous women and children, while Mr. Anaya said he also heard of persistent discrimination and “alarming accounts” of violence against indigenous individuals – particularly their most vocal leaders.He added that a mechanism is missing for ensuring indigenous groups are adequately consulted on major development projects, such as the construction of highways, hydro-electric dams and large mines, that lie outside their lands but still affect them.More broadly, too many Brazilians are unaware of the rights of indigenous peoples, even when they have been enshrined in the national constitution.“A national campaign of education on indigenous issues and respect for diversity, guided by the Government in partnership with indigenous peoples, and with the support of the news media, would likely help build bridges of mutual understanding,” Mr. Anaya concluded.The Special Rapporteur, who assumed his post in May this year, serves in an unpaid and independent capacity and reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. 25 August 2008Brazil’s indigenous peoples still struggle to exercise real control over their lives and lands, despite some advances in their conditions and the Government’s commitment to improve the situation, a United Nations human rights expert said today after wrapping up a 12-day visit to the South American country.
HOUSTON — The NBA Finals are the crown jewel of the playoffs for obvious reasons, but it’d be hard to argue with anyone who views this vaunted Western Conference finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, which opens Monday night, as this year’s main event.The Warriors have two of the best three players in the world in their starting five, have won two of the past three titles and appeared borderline annoyed by having to face questions about whether they’re concerned to be starting a series without home-court advantage for the first time in their recent championship era. The Rockets won an NBA-best 65 regular-season games, have likely MVP James Harden and future Hall of Famer Chris Paul in their backcourt and possess a group of sweet-shooting teammates who stretch the floor as if it’s made of Play-Doh.The offensive firepower — Golden State and Houston finished No. 1 and No. 2 in offensive efficiency and virtually averaged the same number of points per 100 possessions — guarantees we’ll hear plenty about how well these teams score. But because of that, something else about the Rockets and Warriors may fly beneath the radar: The NBA’s two best clubs are even further ahead of the curve on defense. In a league that’s more reliant than ever on the pick-and-roll offense, these defenses are unmatched when it comes to their versatility and ability to switch assignments on the fly.Houston defended a screen-and-roll by switching on 1,406 possession chances during the regular season, while Golden State orchestrated 1,075 switches of its own, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. These teams — which more than doubled the switch totals compiled by 20 other squads — were outliers: The Lakers were the only other club that broke 800 switches during the 2017-18 season.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/rox.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.And it isn’t just that the Warriors and Rockets switch a lot. They also use the strategy to fuel their high-octane offenses. Houston forced 3.5 turnovers per 100 switches, while Golden State forced 2.4, the best rates in the league, according to Second Spectrum.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/warriors.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That ability — having two similarly sized players trade their defensive responsibilities quickly enough during a pick-and-roll that the offense doesn’t gain an edge — speaks to the length and versatility these Western Conference foes have. And it takes on added importance in a matchup like this, in which the Warriors and Rockets use an array of screens (albeit differently1The Warriors use fewer pick-and-roll plays than any other team in basketball, while the Rockets use more direct screens than any team, according to Second Spectrum data. That said, Golden State, seeking to free up Klay Thompson, sets more off-ball screens than any club.) to free up their most lethal shooters beyond the 3-point line.“You have to cover more ground than ever before. It’s amazing: Sometimes I’ll turn on the classic sports channel and find Lakers-Celtics games from the 1980s — some of the best games ever — and the game is played in this tiny little radius. Now it’s way out on the perimeter,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Every possession was, you dump it into the post, a double comes, and you might see six or eight threes taken in a game. But everything was different. The rules were different. The talent is different. Very few low-post players anymore. The league’s adapted. Coaches have adapted. Things are ever-changing. And you have to change along with that.”Anyone who’s followed the Warriors’ dominance these past few years knows a huge chunk of that success stems from Golden State’s ability to go small and play Draymond Green — who may not even be the ideal height for a traditional small forward — at center. That alignment, with the addition of Andre Iguodala, gives the Warriors four long-limbed clones who are laterally quick enough and strong enough to cover almost anyone. With that defensive speed, Golden State can gamble a bit more on that end; it knows the opposing offense generally won’t be able to find mismatches, even if a switch has taken place.“At the end of the day, it’s really just another way for us to cut off the other team’s options with our versatility,” said Green, the league’s reigning defensive player of the year, who sometimes calls an audible — and moves a teammate out of the way — before a screen occurs to be in position to thwart the play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/dray.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Houston has also made life difficult for opponents with its versatility on defense. By and large, the Rockets have been far more successful on defense than most would have guessed, jumping to sixth in defensive efficiency this season after ranking 21st in 2015-16 and 18th in 2016-17. Adding the sticky-handed Paul certainly factored into that improvement, but plugging free-agent signings Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker into the lineup likely did even more for the defense.“Their ability to guard 1 through 5 makes it so much easier for us. That’s why we’re so much better on defense this year,” Houston guard Eric Gordon said of the duo, which sometimes shares the frontcourt despite neither standing taller than 6-foot-8. (Nonetheless, the lineup pays dividends: Houston, trailing by 14 heading into the fourth quarter at Portland in December, came back to win by 7 while using Mbah a Moute and Tucker at the 4 and 5 for the entire period.)Mbah a Moute, in particular, has become a vital piece. According to a defensive dashboard created by Nylon Calculus contributor Krishna Narsu, the wing’s versatility was highly unusual. This season, he was one of just seven players to spend at least 15 percent of his time guarding each of the following positions: point guard, shooting guard, small forward and power forward.Unsurprisingly, the Rockets struggled in his absence during the middle of the campaign, enduring a season-long five-game losing streak. The Rockets’ 101.2 defensive rating with Mbah a Moute on the court this season would have ranked best in the league on a team scale, while their 105.4 rating without him would have had them just slightly above average, at No. 12.Above all else, Mbah a Moute and Tucker carry so much importance because they make Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni — one of the game’s brightest offensive minds who was never really known for switching with his defenses — more comfortable utilizing this style of play.“To even have a chance against a team like Golden State, you have to make a point of not being put into rotations. They’ll kill you that way. So I’m just happy we have a roster full of guys to where it makes sense to be able to switch the way we do,” he said.To be sure: Neither team is breaking from decades of tradition with this strategy on defense, even if they are using it far more often than everyone else. On some level, this is no different from what the LeBron James-era Miami Heat did when it rode small ball to a championship in 2012. (Kerr would be the first to tell you that he never envisioned Green playing the rim-protector role when he took the Warriors job. “We didn’t know Draymond was Draymond yet,” he told me.) Beyond that, it wouldn’t be fair to gloss over how unbelievably dominant these teams are on offense, given how big a role scoring plays in their success.Yet there are reasons to think that creative, well-timed switches will heavily factor into this series as the chess match of hunting for what each team perceives to be mismatches unfolds.The Warriors have made no secret of the fact that they like to post up Kevin Durant when they spot him being guarded by Paul following a screen.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/durant.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, Harden and the Rockets are even less shy about attacking Stephen Curry; they’ll often run multiple pick-and-rolls until they get him on an island for a 1-on-1 matchup. In fact, they used this tactic six times in a seven-possession span during the final four minutes of the teams’ last regular-season meeting Jan. 20, a 116-108 Houston win.“We’re just gonna watch film and find ways to attack them offensively,” Harden said when I asked about that sequence. “We’ll take our shots, play unselfishly. Pretty simple.”Curry thinks this will mean isolating him in the same way this series. “I hope it’s every single play,” he told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “If you look at the ‘Hamptons Five’ lineup that’s out there, I would probably do the same exact thing if I was coaching against me. You’ve got Klay (Thompson), Andre, Draymond and KD out there. I embrace those opportunities to get stops and try to make it tough in those iso situations … and just do my job.”The likely MVP seeking out a former MVP for a 1-on-1 matchup, for the right to play in the NBA Finals. A pretty cool outcome, all thanks to how these juggernauts force and handle switches on defense.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Fuchse Berlin won EHF Cup 2018. The German team won final tournament in GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, where French Saint Raphael 28:25 (14:13) wasn’t on the level from semi-final, when they beat home team – SC Magdeburg. The team from German capital won the second most valuable trophy in European handball for the second time (first in 2015) which are the biggest successes of the club alongside two IHF Super Globe trophies in 2015 and 2016.St. Raphael – Fuchse Berlin 25-28 (13-14)St. Raphael : Raphael Caucheteux 8, Daniel Sarmiento 4, Artsem Karalek 4, Xavier Barachet 3, Arthur Vigneron 3, Geoffroy Krantz 1, Alexander Lynggaard 1, Adrien Dipanda 1Fuchse Berlin : Mattias Zachrisson 9, Hans Lindberg 6, Paul Drux 6, Fabian Wiede 3, Bjarki Mar Elisson 1, Drago Vukovic 1, Kevin Struck 1, Erik Schmidt 1 ← Previous Story Juan Carlos Pastor “did it” with Szeged: My father was always asking, when we gonna beat Chema’s team Next Story → Potaissa Turda win EHF Challenge Cup in front of 5.600 fans in Athens Fuchse Berlin
Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie THE HIGH COURT has cleared the way for the state to deport a man with alleged links to Islamic terrorism.The man’s removal from Ireland is expected to take place shortly following a ruling by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys this evening.The judge refused to give the man permission to bring an appeal against the Minister for Justice’s decision to deport him to the Court of Appeal. Earlier this month the judge dismissed the man’s challenge against the Minister’s decision that he should be deported.The man, aged in his 50s and had been living in Ireland for several years, claims he is at serious risk of ill treatment and torture if deported to his native country. The deportation order against the man was issued after An Garda Siochana informed the Dept of Justice that the man’s activities and associates are “of serious concern” and “contrary to the State’s security.”A riskThe man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, and denies being involved in terrorism claims he is at risk due to his political views. However the court heard that the state considers him a risk to national security on several grounds.Remy Farrell SC for the Minister told the High Court that the man was convicted and jailed in France for several years for terrorist offences. It is the State’s case that the man had been “raising money for jihadists” and he saw “Al Qaeda as a good model to follow,” counsel said.The man in his native country had “a central role” with a militant Islamic group dedicated to imposing sharia law counsel said. The man was not only convicted of terrorism offences there but also of offences where human life was taken, counsel added. In his ruling, Mr Justice Humphreys refused to allow the man bring an appeal to the Court of Appeal. The judge also ordered that the stay on the man’s deportation be discharged forthwith, and that the reporting restriction on his country of origin be continued for a period of two months after the removal takes place.The judge said no point of law of exception public importance arose. In addition it was not in the public interest that the man be allowed to appeal to the Court of Appeal, the judge added.The judge also refused to extend the stay for an additional period to allow the man’s lawyers seek to have the matter appealed directly to the Supreme Court. David Leonard Bl for the man said his client would be applying to have his case heard by the Supreme Court on the grounds the appeal raised a point of general public importance. He asked the judge for a short stay on the deportation order so an application can be made to the Supreme Court to consider the appeal and that his client’s status in Ireland be preserved. Remy Farrell appearing with Sinead McGrath Bl for the Minister opposed the application. Mr Farrell, who said the man had been arrested and was currently in detention pending his deportation following his release from prison.PrisonThe man had been serving a prison sentence after he was found in possession of false travel documentation while trying to leave the state. Counsel said the Minister considered the man a risk to national security, even while in prison in the state. However in reply Mr Leonard said there was no evidence of this. In his action the man claimed his exclusion from the state was unlawful and in breach both EU law and Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.This was because the Irish Refugee Appeals Tribunal, which considered the man’s application for subsidiary protection, found that he would be at risk of serious harm or torture if returned to his native country.The Minister had opposed the action. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Friday 24 Mar 2017, 6:55 PM http://jrnl.ie/3305783 By Aodhan O Faolain Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL No Comments 15,970 Views Court clears the way for man with links to Islamic terrorism to be deported The man’s removal from Ireland is expected to take place shortly. Share Tweet Email1 Mar 24th 2017, 6:55 PM
Former Liverpool and Manchester City player McMahon believes Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is feeling the heat from rival managers, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp and that has led to his insecurities at the club.United have lost two of their opening three games of the Premier League season, including a 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham on Monday but Jose insists he’s still one of the greatest managers in the world.However, former City midfielder McMahon disagreed, saying, according to Sky Sports: “Presently, no. Absolutely not.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“He was magnificent when he first came into the Premier League and he was successful, but all of a sudden it’s become about him.”“Every conversation in the last 10 days has been ‘me, me, me’ and that’s the first sign of insecurity and the pressure that he has from the new type of managers like Klopp and Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino. He can’t stand the heat.”“He is clearly not the best manager right now. Guardiola is, then it’s Klopp. Could Klopp manage Manchester United right now? 100 per cent. Could Mourinho manage Liverpool? Not in a million years.”
Police said the fact that so much of the car ended up under the bus leads them to believe the driver may have been speeding. “The car is pretty far under the bus, so that’s usually an indication that speed is involved, that it’s able to make it that far under,” said Baker, “so speed may be a factor.”Now investigators are trying to determine whether this tragedy could have been avoided. “We’ll have to figure out what the distraction was or what the problem was that they weren’t able to avoid the wreck,” said Baker.The passenger remains at Memorial Regional Hospital.The cause of the accident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are investigating after a car slammed into the back of a school bus in Pembroke Pines, leaving one driver dead, Thursday morning.Both the bus and car were heading westbound on Pembroke Pines Boulevard, at around 6:30 a.m.According to officials, the Broward District Schools bus was at a red light when a red 2013 Toyota Camry failed to stop and rammed into the back of it.The crash caused the car to become wedged underneath the bus, trapping the driver and a passenger inside. “It’s pretty clear that the car drove under the bus,” said Pembroke Pines Police Sgt. John Baker. “The reason why that happened, we don’t know for sure. It could be speed, it could be texting, it could be DUI. We don’t know any of those things yet. That’s all open for investigation.”The driver, identified as Dean Eric Bass, was pronounced dead at the scene.The passenger was transported by ground to Memorial Regional Hospital in serious but stable condition.There were no students on board the bus at the time of the crash. The bus driver did not suffer any injuries.
Computers Security Chrome Google Share your voice Post a comment Google’s Advanced Protection Program was specifically for Gmail accounts. Now it’ll help protect people when they’re using Google Chrome. Angela Lang/CNET When Google unveiled its Advanced Protection Program in 2017, the tool was specifically meant to prevent hackers from taking over people’s Gmail accounts. But there are more ways for hackers to attack people than hijacking an email inbox. On Tuesday, Google said it’s expanding the program to help block out malware via Chrome. While the APP sought to prevent hacked Google accounts by adding higher access standards, like requiring a security key and limiting third-party access, it didn’t specifically address internet malware, which hackers can still use to spy on and track their victims.Google’s protection program is offered to people in high risk situations, like campaign staffers, journalists, activists and people in abusive relationships. As a result of their circumstances, they’re more likely to be hacked.Because the APP already protected people from malware that was sent through Gmail, hackers have started targeting people outside of their inboxes, Google said in a statement. “Attackers are shifting their strategies to threaten Advanced Protection users outside of email with linked malware and ‘drive-by downloads’ where users unknowingly download harmful software onto their devices,” the company said. To turn on the APP’s new Chrome protections, users have to go to their Chrome browser and turn on Sync. If you have privacy concerns about the tech giant, you should know that this means every device you’re using with Google Chrome logs your web and app activities. Once the protections are activated, Google Chrome will automatically block or warn about file downloads it considers risky. This protection standard is stronger than what Google offers normal Chrome users, the company said. Though Chrome’s malware protection blocks known malware, the APP will block both known malware and unknown types of files. People enrolled in APP will be far more restricted when it comes to what kinds of files they can download. This protection applies only to the Chrome browser and doesn’t affect malware in Android apps, but the company said it’s always looking for ways to improve the APP. 0 Tags
Leroy B. Dick Jr. stood as the jury entered the courtroom to deliver a guilty verdict Tuesday evening in Dillingham.)Credit KDLG News)The murder trial of Leroy B. Dick Jr., 44, concluded Tuesday evening when the jury delivered the verdict.“We the jury find the defendant Leroy Dick Junior guilty of murder in the first degree as charged,” read the foreman.The nine men and three women notified the judge of their unanimous decision at 4:37 p.m. Tuesday, just an hour and a half after going into deliberations. The verdict was read a little after 5 p.m.VPSO Thomas Madole’s widow Luan reached for a tissue as the judge finished polling each juror individually. Madole’s family was flanked by four law enforcement officers in the courtroom Tuesday evening.Leroy Dick Jr. shot and killed Officer Madole in Manokotak on March 19, 2013. Dickadmitted to murdering Madole in at least six taped confessions, including one with KDLG News following his arraignment on March 20, 2013.The trial began on Monday, November 3. It took four days to pick 13 jurors, and opening statements were made by the prosecution and defense on Friday, November 7. State prosecutor Gregg Olson called nine witnesses and published dozens of pieces of evidence as he meticulously laid out the events of March 19 for the jury.State trooper Victor Aye, who works as a support trooper with VPSOs around the state, had been in Manokotak with Madole the day of the murder. He had flown back to Dillingham only moments before the shooting. When he was shown a picture of he and Tom Madole surrounded by children at Manokotak Elementary School from that morning, the 20+ year veteran of the force broke into tears on the stand.“I’m sorry,” he said, as he asked for a moment before continuing.A key piece of evidence was introduced Monday, when Olson called trooper investigator Nasruk Nay as a witness. Nay had taken custody of Dick when the plane transporting him from Manokotak landed in Dillingham after the murder. During an interview at about 9 p.m. that night at the Dillingham jail, the following exchange took place:NAY: “First of all, what kind of a firearm was it that you used?”DICK: “A .223, a mini-14.”NAY: “A mini-14, ok. And where did you get that from?”DICK: “In the gun cabinet.”NAY: “Was the gun cabinet locked?”DICK: “Yes.”NAY: “Ok, so you had to unlock the gun cabinet to get the rifle?”DICK: “Yes.”NAY: “Was the rifle loaded?”DICK: “I loaded it earlier cause they was gonna call the cops, you know, to come around me to bother me. I didn’t like it.”NAY: “So you loaded your gun earlier?”DICK: “Yeah after my mom took off, probably to go to the clinic.”NAY: “And that was because you knew the cops were going to be coming?”DICK: “Yeah cause she said she was gonna call the cops and send them to me.”On Tuesday morning, Olson played the audio tape from VPSO Madole’s recorder, which was on during the shooting. The horrifying audio captured the brief, violent interaction between Madole and Dick, starting as Officer Madole knocked on Dick’s door and asked to talk to him. An agitated Dick screamed back, and Madole began to walk away as Dick had told him to do. Dick emerged from the door with the rifle, and Tom Madole could be heard starting to run just before six shots were fired.Four or five of the shots hit Madole’s body, and the audio captured his agony. Dick is heard approaching.“Fucker,” Dick yelled from very close, as he fired a seventh shot that entered just behind Tom Madole’s ear.Madole’s body was 49.6 feet from Dick’s front door.“Tom Madole almost made it around the corner,” Olson told the jury in his closing arguments, pointing out on a map how close Madole had been to making it to cover behind a nearby house.To prove first degree murder beyond a reasonable doubt, Olson had to prove that Dick had intended to cause death, and that he had in fact killed Madole.“Was that his purpose when he pulled the trigger six times, and then pulled the trigger a seventh and final time?” Olson asked.He played the tape of the murder again before the jury went to deliberate. Presiding Judge Gregory Miller appeared emotionally affected after the tape had played a second time, and briefly struggled to read instructions to the jury.Dick’s defense attorneys, Jonathon Torres and Lars Johnson, never disputed that Dick had shot and killed Tom Madole. They called no witnesses, presented no evidence, and Leroy Dick chose not to testify. They cross examined only a few of the witnesses. According to presiding Judge Miller, the defense had also not attempted to enter any mental health issues as evidence prior to the trial.The defense asked the jurors to consider a lesser-included charge of second degree murder, arguing that the state had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Dick had intended to kill Madole.“What happened on March 19 was a tragedy, there’s no two ways about,” Torres said in his closing arguments. “And tragedies have consequences. The consequences in this case boil down to murder one versus murder two. That is what you are here to decide. The difference between first degree murder and second degree murder is intent.”Torres said Dick had acted out of anger, and a sense of persecution from his family and community, but that it hadn’t been his “specific intent” to kill Madole.Torres continued, “If one of you does not believe beyond a reasonable doubt that it was Leroy’s intent to kill VPSO Madole, then you cannot convict Leroy of murder in the first degree, and the appropriate conviction would be murder in the second degree.”The jurors were sent to deliberate at 3 p.m. Tuesday, and returned the guilty verdict on the first degree murder charge just after 5 p.m. Judge Miller set March 6 as the date for Dick’s sentencing hearing. The state earlier announced its intention to seek a 99 year sentence.
Methamphetamine. (Photo via dea.gov)Federal law enforcement officials say they have prosecuted more than a dozen people involved in drug trafficking and money laundering in Kodiak. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage, 13 individuals have been convicted for a range of crimes connected to bringing illegal drugs to the island. The investigation started in 2016, prompted by “community outrage” over criminal drug sales. The effort was spearheaded by the Coast Guard Investigative Service, which worked with federal, state and local partners.Investigators say they found heroin and methamphetamine brought to Kodiak through mail, freight and human carriers. The money laundering convictions stem from sending drug proceeds off the island via bank transfers and money exchanges. The Justice Department said the activity also involved use of illegal firearms.Not everyone convicted was associated with one another. Several of those named by the Justice Department live out of state. Sentences range from nine years in prison to time-served or probation.
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Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them Stay on target Continuing its quest for world domination, Amazon this week unveiled Scout—a bright blue autonomous delivery robot.Folks in the Snohomish County area of Washington may spot the wee bot, about the size of a small cooler, rolling along sidewalks as a walking pace.Customers in the unnamed pilot neighborhood can order products online as normal (Prime members can choose same-day, one-day, or two-day shipping). Then, wait to see if the parcel is dropped off by a flesh-and-blood human being or a lifeless metal box.AdChoices广告Six Scout devices will distribute packages Monday through Friday, during daylight hours. While they autonomously follow delivery routes, each machine will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee.“We developed Amazon Scout at our research and development lab in Seattle, ensuring the devices can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians, and anything else in their path,” according to Sean Scott, vice president of Amazon Scout.Anything except stairs: In an effort to avoid public embarrassment, it appears the roving robot will stop on the sidewalk outside its destination—within walking distance of the recipient, but not at their front door.“We are delighted to welcome Amazon Scout into our community, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said in a statement.“Similar to Amazon, we are always looking for new ways to better deliver service to our residents,” he continued. “From the latest Amazon innovation to cutting-edge technology, Snohomish County is a great place for entrepreneurial creativity.”The company’s suite of delivery solutions isn’t the only thing growing, though. Amazon on Wednesday posted 21 new full-time jobs on the Seattle-based Scout team.San Francisco-based Starship Technologies last year launched on-demand food-delivery devices in England and California. Each of the 22-pound, six-wheeled autobots are equipped with nine cameras, which have captured numerous incidents of bullying.“Some people pass our robot and kick [it] a little bit,” company co-founder Ahti Heinla said. “That’s not really a problem I think. If people have such anger management techniques that’s fine by us, our robot just drives on.”More on Geek.com:Fully Driverless Grocery Deliveries Have Started in ArizonaPostmates’ New Adorable Robot Will Bring You DeliveriesFood Delivery Robot Catches Fire on UC Berkeley CampusThis $800 Robot Suitcase Will Follow You Around Airports
Capital Economics Home Prices S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2014-09-11 Tory Barringer New Case-Shiller Index Shows Smaller Fall, Recovery in Housing As more companies launch their own home price metrics, the much-watched Case-Shiller indices have readjusted their methodology to adapt—and revealed a different picture of home prices in the last few months than originally reported.Beginning with the release of the June report last month, the monthly Case-Shiller reports now include an expanded national series going beyond the previously covered 20 markets. Previously, the national series was only released every quarter.While the new index comes as a “welcome improvement,” it also throws a wrench into what analysts previously knew about home prices during and after the crash, says Paul Diggle, property economist for Capital Economics.Looking at the new measure, Diggle notes house prices fell by a cumulative 0.4 percent over the second quarter. While that marks a “dramatic reversal” from the trends of the previous two years, it fits with the recorded 0.5 percent fall in the 20-city measure since April, he says.The historical picture, on the other hand, is a different story, thanks to changes in the treatment of foreclosure sales.According to Diggle, the new index shows prices fell 26 percent during the crash compared to 34 percent, as previously thought. As a result, the rebound that followed has amounted to 20 percent as opposed to 23 percent.”The historical revisions suggest that the housing bust was not as deep as thought and the subsequent recovery has not been as strong,” Diggle said in a note to clients. “But if anything the new index strengthens our view that housing is approaching fair value and that house price inflation will continue to slow.”According to Diggle, the new series points to 8.8 percent undervaluation compared to incomes in the second quarter, slightly less than the 10.8 percent recorded on the previous quarterly index—”meaning that at the margins the new series adds to our view that housing is approaching fair value.”That’s one reason why we expect the slowdown in house price inflation to be sustained,” he concluded. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News September 11, 2014 555 Views Share
Share According to the latest First American Loan Application Defect Index, the surge in the defect, fraud, and misrepresentation risk that started a year ago has finally lost momentum in October 2017.While the Index remained the same compared with the previous month, it did experience an increase year-over-year by 22.1 percent. However, the Index is still down 18.6 percent from the high point of risk in October 2013.In terms of refinancing transactions, the Index decreased 1.4 percent month-over-month and is 19 percent higher than a year ago. In addition, purchase transactions remained unchanged compared with the previous month and are up 12.5 percent from a year ago.“The Loan Application Defect Index has either remained unchanged or declined in every month since July, and the index value is the same level as in the summer of 2015,” said First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming. “Nationally, defect, fraud and misrepresentation risk has stabilized, but the local impact of recent natural disasters remains a concern.”Fleming explains that the current data seems to validate that there is a correlation between natural disasters and rising loan application defect risk.“Our defect, fraud and misrepresentation risk index shows the largest month-over-month increases in defect risk are in hurricane-impacted markets,” said Fleming. “Even Houston, one of the largest markets in the country, is not immune to the rising defect risk.”In October, four of the five markets with the greatest increases in defect risk compared with September is in Florida and Texas:Lakeland, Fla. (+11.9 percent) Virginia Beach, Va. (+8.4 percent) Cape Coral, Fla. (+5.9 percent)Orlando, Fla. (+5.9 percent)Houston (+5.6 percent)Among the largest 50 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs), the five markets with a year-over-year increase in defect frequency are Virginia Beach, Virginia (+47.5 percent), Raleigh, North Carolina (+34.8 percent), Orlando, Florida (+28.6 percent), Kansas City, Missouri (+27.4 percent) and Louisville, Kentucky (+27.1 percent).States with the highest year-over-year increase in defect frequency are South Dakota (+50.8 percent), North Dakota (+47.1 percent), New Mexico (+38.5 percent), Iowa (+38.3 percent) and Idaho (+36.0 percent). Meanwhile, one state experienced a year-over-year decrease in defect frequency: Connecticut (-4.3 percent).The next release of the First American Loan Application Defect Index will be posted on the week of December 25, 2017. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News December 4, 2017 635 Views Defect Risk Simmers, Except in Hurricane-Damaged Markets First American HOUSING loan application defect index mark felming mortgage 2017-12-04 Nicole Casperson
The association of former Laiki’s depositors (Sykala) will announce which candidate they intend to support in the presidential elections on November 18, after requesting a meeting with all runners up, they said on Wednesday.In a press conference they branded President Nicos Anastasiades and his government as unreliable, dishonest and lacking the political will to restore the country.Sykala leader Adonis Papaconstantinou said the current government was not the only one to blame but it had been elected because it presented itself as the best one to manage the crisis which came to a head with a bailout in March 2013.“This is the government we expect solutions from for the problems it created, not blab about improving the economy.”According to a statement, Sykala said they have sent a letter to all candidates asking for a meeting to hear their views, which would then be discussed in a nationwide assembly on November 18 before a decision was made over who they would back for next year’s presidential elections.“Despite sending a letter to candidate Nicos Anastasiades, we do not expect the current president to speak to us on commitments for the future. For obvious reasons we cannot trust his pre-election promises. If he will do something, now is the time.”Anastasiades has yet to officially announce his candidacy.Cypriot singer Michalis Hatzigiannis was also present at the conference saying “us depositors of former Laiki bank represented the biggest victims of the economic turmoil that hit our country in March 2013.” You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoCity BeautyLift Sagging Skin And Jowls Without Surgery (Do This)City BeautyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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