Homeless man acquitted after spending nearly 5 months in jail

first_imgA homeless man who entered a Mission home last November allegedly seeking shelter was acquitted Tuesday of burglary charges that carry a 17-year sentence.The acquittal came some five months after Phillip Martinez’ November 3 arrest. Unable to post the $100,000 bail, Martinez has been in jail. He remains in jail on an unrelated misdemeanor charge but his lawyer said he is likely to be set free on Monday. Following a day of deliberation, jurors found that the 29-year-old man had no intent to steal when he entered a unit at 22nd and Guerrero streets. His lawyer argued that Martinez believed the building to be empty. “He needed a place to rest and was not there to steal,” said Tamara Aparton, spokesperson for San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Tags: crimes • District Attorney • homeless • jeff adachi Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Martinez did not remove any property from the residence, and was found by police resting in a chair at the time of his arrest.“They chose not to charge him with trespassing – they charged him with a felony that could have gotten him years in prison,” said Aparton.  Adachi said prosecutors “overcharged” the case, according to Aparton. According to court records, Martinez, a convicted felon, has a 2009 burglary conviction in another county, but that evidence was excluded from the case by a judge.“We respect the jury’s decision,” said Max Szabo, communications manager for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.According to Martinez’s lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Hadi Razzaq, Martinez told police repeatedly at the time of his arrest that he thought the building where they found him was under construction and empty. “From outward appearances, it didn’t appear anybody was living in it. There was scaffolding and trash piled outside,” said Razzaq.Razzaq said the building was undergoing months of “significant remodeling” when Martinez climbed up its scaffolding at around 9:20 p.m.on November 3, entering the home through an unfinished attic.  Unbeknownst to Martinez, the building’s owner had allowed a construction worker to live in the home during the renovations. The worker was in a bedroom with his girlfriend preparing to go to sleep when he heard noises coming from another room, Razzaq said.  The construction worker found Martinez in a room that served as an office and had several computer monitors, the building owner’s laptop and construction tools.Razzaq said that the construction worker saw Martinez “squatting over a box but couldn’t see what he was doing with his hands.”The worker immediately notified police who, upon arriving some 15 minutes later, found Martinez still in the office, but sitting in a chair. When Martinez was arrested, he did not have any stolen property on him, according to police.  Police seized a pair of sweatpants, shorts, a towel and a vick’s vaporub – the property belonged to Martinez and was not indicative of Martinez’ intention to commit a burglary, said Razzaq.“Philip might have eaten some food, drank juice, moved a utility knife and turned on the water,” said Razzaq. “But the bottom line is: he didn’t even have a bag, backpack, wallet, phone, ID or keys on him.”According to Razzaq, Martinez entered the foster care system at three years old and has been periodically homeless since he turned 16. Days before his arrest, on October 29, Martinez appeared at the front steps of his court-appointed special advocate, one who works with abused or neglected children in foster care. The advocate has known Martinez for some 20 years and testified in court that he found Martinez sleeping on his porch, seemingly “tired, hungry and withdrawn.” Razzaq said the prosecutor argued that Martinez’s homeless predicament was irrelevant and that he entered the home with the intent to steal. But Razzaq refuted this notion.“Homelessness, as we all know, is complicated,” said Razzaq. While originally charging Martinez with residential burglary – entering into a home and having the intent to commit a theft – the District Attorney changed that charge mid-trial, suggesting that it was a “room to room burglary.” Razzaq said the “law supports the idea that you look into a room and see what is in there, and you could be convicted of burglary under those circumstances.”“It’s a case based entirely on circumstantial evidence,” said Razzaq. “The circumstantial evidence that was most persuading is that he didn’t take anything.” center_img 0%last_img read more

ANOTHER edition of the Saintsrlfccom Podcast is n

first_imgANOTHER edition of the Saintsrlfc.com Podcast is now available to download. We preview the trip to Catalan with Acting Head Coach Mike Rush and Francis Meli as Saints look to climb to third in the Stobart Super League table. They also give their opinions on the last England v Exiles match. To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes. Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email info@saintsrlfc.com with Podcast in the subject line.last_img

FOR a time there was a feeling of Groundhog Day ar

first_imgFOR a time there was a feeling of Groundhog Day around this match. The opposition were held up in traffic and only arrived 12 minutes before the original kick off time, Saints had to make a late change due to injury in the warm-up and then couldn’t complete a set of six in the opening 20 minutes, writes Graham Henthorne.Thankfully after that the comparisons ended and the Saints ran out comfortable 44-8 winners.But, inevitably it seems, the Saints allowed their opponents to open the scoring having bombed two chances themselves.However, as soon as they hung onto the ball the match swung in the Saints favour.Joe Greenwood scored the opening try taking Dom Speakman’s short pass and crashing over. Lee Gaskell’s first conversion of the evening gave the Saints a lead they never relinquished.Greg Wilde extended the lead taking Mark Percival’s pass after the centre had cashed in on a Broncos error.The centre scored his first of the evening minutes later from a repeat set. Another pinpoint Danny Yates kick was grounded in goal by the Broncos after a great chase from the returning Ade Gardner. Gaskell grubbered through the line on the last and Percival touched down.Saints fourth try came after good kick pressure from the Saints forced the last tackle kick out on the full. From the restart Greenwood and Ant Walker both went close before quick hands saw Gaskell put Adam Swift in the right corner.The Saints then showed exactly what controlled rugby league can do to a side as they upped the completion rate from 60% to 88% and completely dominated the Broncos.Apart from a blip on the hour when poor defence let big second row Jack Dillon through on a 60 metre run, the Saints were squeaky clean.Percival’s second try six minutes into the half effectively put the game to bed. Adam Hesketh, a late replacement for Danny Jones was stopped short only for Gaskell to again grubber the ball behind the line for his centre to touch down.Ade Gardner got on the score sheet leaping high to pluck Yates’ cross kick out of the grasp of his opposite number for a trademark try before leaving the field, his work done for the night.Percival completed his hat-trick with a well taken try in the corner after Scott Hale and Brad Ashurst had driven the Saints downfield.Hale scored the Saints final try scorching through the line from Walker’s short ball and rounding the full back for a fine individual try.The good and the bad of the Saints was again on show tonight but they can take heart from the performance and know that if they put it together for 80 minutes they can be a match for anyone, namely the Wolves next weekend in the playoffs.There was a notable debut off the bench for Brad Ashurst who carried the ball well as did Adam Hesketh but the kicking from the trio of Nathan Ashe, Danny Yates and Lee Gaskell was the cornerstone of the victory.Match Summary:St Helens U20s:Tries: Ade Gardner, Adam Swift, Mark Percival 3, Greg Wilde, Scott Hale, Joe Greenwood.Goals: Lee Gaskell 6.London U20s:Tries: Michael Channing, Jack Dillon.Goals:Half Time: 22-4Full Time: 44-8Teams:Saints:1. Lee Gaskell; 5. Ade Gardner, 4. Adam Swift, 3. Mark Percival, 2. Greg Wilde; 6.Nathan Ashe, 7. Danny Yates; 8.Jordan Hand, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Anthony Walker, 11. Scott Hale, 12. Joe Greenwood, 18. Jordan Case.Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Alex Trumper, 16. Adam Hesketh, 17. Brad Ashurst.London:1. Oscar Thomas; 5. James Morgan, 3. Illiess Macani, 4. Michael Channing, 2. Harvey Burnett; 6. Dan Sarginson, 7. James Woodburn-Hall; 18. Ash Smith, 9. Mikey Bishay, 10. Paddy Mooney, 11. Jack Dillon, 12. Angus Peters, 13. Alex Ingarfield.Subs: 14. Jack Molloy, 15. Alex Calvert, 16. Sam Bolger, 17. Ryan Dowsett.last_img read more

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first_imgOUR Official Travel Partner and sponsor of the Sponsors’ Lounge at Langtree Park, Hatton’s Travel, is offering a great package to our game in Catalan next season.Catalans TourMay 6 – 12 2015Half Board Overnight Accommodation Outbound & ReturnAt Novotel Dijon Sud / Marsannay La Cote4 Nights All Inclusive & Santa Susanna Resort, SpainCrossing by Eurotunnel Folkestone – CalaisTickets NOT Included for the Game £499.00 pp based on 2 sharingYou can find out more information and book on this trips by contacting Hatton’s on 01744 811818 or by logging on to www.hattonstravel.co.uklast_img

Its a crunch derby as both teams chase a top four

first_imgIt’s a crunch derby as both teams chase a top four spot and the former Cronulla Shark admits there isn’t any room for error.“We would like to be sitting in a better position on the ladder but that is rugby league,” he said. ”Whoever wins this game puts themselves in good stead for the games ahead.“But we know as a group that everything from here on in is business and I don’t think we can afford to lose another game.“Friday’s game is important especially with Wigan and Huddersfield winning games and closing the gap.“All we can do is work hard and learn from the last two weeks, and find that edge to get over the top of teams.”Much has been said about Barba’s introduction to the Saints and where the star is going to fit in.Cards are currently being played close to chests – but Ben is happy wherever Justin Holbrook slots him in.“Wherever Justin puts me I will do a job for the team,” he added. “I feel more comfortable at full back and that is where I have had all my successes in the past, but I know Jonny (Lomax) has played for his country and has done a good job for a long time.“I am sure we will work pretty well together wherever we play.“There is a real competition for places and that is a good headache to have.“All we can do is work hard and get back on that winning trail.”Saints beat Wigan the last time the two sides met at the Totally Wicked Stadium but Friday’s game will have even more riding on it because of league position.An ideal time for Barba to make his debut!“I know what this rivalry is all about – I did my homework and watched some You Tube clips of clashes in the past,” he added. “I am not sure if it is that wild now, but I am definitely looking forward to it.“It is like it has been set up but I am just glad it is at our stadium and not their ground.“As a player you want to play in the big games and against the best and there is no better game to do it than a Saints v Wigan match.”Tickets for the game are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or logging on here.last_img read more

Saints have won 21 of their previous semifinalsP

first_imgSaints have won 21 of their previous semi-finals.Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2009 (Round 5) St Helens 42 Catalans Dragons 8 2007 (FINAL) Catalans Dragons 8 St Helens 30 (at Wembley Stadium) 2006 (Quarter Final) St Helens 56 Catalans Dragons 10This Season’s Meetings:St Helens 26, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR14, 3/5/18) Catalans Dragons 12, St Helens 21 (SLR2, 10/2/18)Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 26, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR14, 3/5/18) Catalans Dragons 12, St Helens 21 (SLR2, 10/2/18) St Helens 46, Catalans Dragons 28 (SLR22, 16/7/17) Catalans Dragons 24, St Helens 28 (SLR5, 18/3/17) St Helens 39, Catalans Dragons 16 (SLS8-R2, 12/8/16) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 11/6/16) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 30 (SLR11, 14/4/16) Catalans Dragons 26, St Helens 16 (SLS8-R1, 8/8/15) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 26 (SLR14, 9/5/15) St Helens 18, Catalans Dragons 7 (SLR1, 6/2/15)Super League Head to Head:SaintsCatalans Tries127 (1st)83 (7th)Goals101 (1st)75 (8th)Metres32,638 (1st)28,933 (5th)Breaks186 (1st)115 (9th)Tackles7,558 (6th)7,464 (8th)Penalties163 (11th)204 (2nd)Factoids:Theo Fages needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career. He has played in 73 games for St Helens since 2016 and was previously with Salford (66 games, 2013-2015).He has also represented France (10 games, 2013-2015 & 2017).Jonny Lomax has scored a try in each of our last three meetings with Catalans.Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the top flight, having registered points in our last 25 matches.His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.19 man squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba, 30. Matty Costello.Catalans: 1. David Mead, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 5. Fouad Yaha, 6. Samisoni Langi, 8. Rémi Casty, 10. Sam Moa, 11. Louis Anderson, 12. Benjamin Garcia, 14. Julian Bousquet, 15. Mikael Simon, 17. Jason Baitieri, 19. Michael McIlorum, 20. Lewis Tierney, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 22. Lucas Albert, 31. Tony Gigot, 32. Mickael Goudemand, 33. Josh Drinkwater, 34. Kenny Edwards.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 23 2 = Mark Percival (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 17 4 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 16 6 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 15 7 Jonny Lomax (St Helens) 14 8 = Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC), Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 12Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 101 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 77 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 49 5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 47 7 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 44 8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39 9 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 37 10 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 2 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 88.09 (37/42) 3 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 87.50 (14/16) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 6 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 7 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 84.21 (16/19) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.77 (49/63)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 221 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 196 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 116 5 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 106 6 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 103 7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 100 8 = Jake Connor (Hull FC), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96 10 Ben Barba (St Helens) 92Betfred Super League Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints232120713298415422Wigan Warriors231670573345228323Castleford Tigers23157156748087314Warrington Wolves231481531410121295Huddersfield Giants2311111427629-202236Hull FC2311120534544-10227Wakefield Trinity231012158150675218Catalans Dragons2310121488531-4321Tickets:The game is sold out.last_img read more

Holly Tree Elementary students learn about the life of Jackie Robinson

first_img He told the tale of Robinson’s journey to the big leagues and his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.Some of the students were asked to help Jones by dressing up as Robinson and his wife during various parts of the story.Jones says the challenges Robinson endured can teach the kids a lesson about how to live their own lives.“All individuals, when they’re young, they’re trying to learn their way through life. He did that. If they can hear the inspirational component of his life, they’ll learn that he is someone that they can idolize as well,” Jones said.Jones’ mother lived in Wilmington, so he has family ties to the area. He says whenever he is here for a visit, he loves teaching kids about history. Derrick Jones and two Holly Tree Elementary students read about the life of Jackie Robinson (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of the most famous baseball players of all time was the topic of conversation at Holly Tree Elementary School Monday afternoon as students learned about the life of Jackie Robinson.Derrick Jones is a self-proclaimed history buff, specializing in Negro League baseball players like Robinson.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Young girl gets close encounter with shark in Oak Island

first_img “I felt something rough rub against my left leg and then my sister’s friend also felt it,” said Alyssa Kobyluck.The family from Ohio was swimming in the ocean Sunday when their daughter Alyssa, who is 11, said she felt something rub her leg. When they all saw what it was they said they got out the water quickly and started yelling for everyone else to do the same.“It’s a five foot shark so yeah it makes you a little nervous,” said Alyssa’s father, Chad Kobyluck.Related Article: 911 calls released in alleged Oak Island killingThe family says the shark remained for another 30 minutes before heading back into deeper water.“I saw something and then right then saw the fin and the tail and we knew exactly what it was so we started yelling ‘Shark’ and telling everyone to get out of the water,” said Mr. Kobyluck.In the video captured by the family, you can see a small shark swimming in the shoreline. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — A family visiting Oak Island had quite the shocking start to their vacation when a small shark swam up next to them.The Kobyluck family has been coming to the area for the past 12 years, but never have seen shark in the water.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Mans wrong turn helps save a life

first_img That’s when fate happened. Ludwig happened upon a serious motorcycle accident.“He hit that car right on his bike and that pressure pretty much crushed his entire foot and it was profusely bleeding,” Ludwig said.The driver of the motorcycle was losing blood fast from his leg, so Ludwig sprung into action before things could get worse.Related Article: Police looking for suspected hit-and-run driver after woman injured on moped“So I had the idea to just take off the man’s belt and I just used it as a tourniquet at that point to make the bleeding stop,” Ludwig said.Once he applied the tourniquet, Ludwig and an elderly couple then worked to keep the motorcyclist calm until emergency services arrived. But how did he know how to apply a tourniquet?“War movies,” he said. “It’s just common sense in my opinion.”Like a scene out of an action movie, Ludwig is being hailed a hero on line and in real life for saving one mans life and just like a true hero he says he was just doing the right thing.“I think any good person would at least pull over to see if anyone needed help,” Ludwig said.Ludwig is now hoping he can find out how the man is doing. He doesn’t remember his name and is hoping he can get in contact with the motorcyclist somehow, someway. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For Christian Ludwig, it was a pretty great Monday for him. The only hiccup? He missed his turn to get home.“I was coming back on Wrightsville Avenue and I missed my turn to cut off towards the University and so I had to take Rose Avenue instead,” Ludwig said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

DINK FOR PINK Pickleball players raise paddles to fight breast cancer

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland is a known hot spot for pickleball. This week nearly 275 people picked up their paddles for the 3rd Annual Dink for Pickleball Tournament.Competitors were on the courts at the House of Pickleball in Leland Thursday playing for a good cause.- Advertisement – Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) 1 of 8 Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) Raffle baskets, valued between $480-$2,000, are located at the Brunswick Forest Fitness Center until 2 p.m. Friday. Tickets for it are available to the public and the winners will be drawn at the dinner. Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter)center_img Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) The tournament benefits Lump for Laughter, a non-profit dedicated to supporting those diagnosed with breast cancer.The event started Wednesday and continues through the weekend.Event Organizer Richard Holloman says the cause speaks for it’s self.Related Article: Four charged after investigators recover $600K in stolen items“Lump to Laughter is the organization that we are supporting and we raise a lot of money for them as we have baskets put together that we auction off and a dinner Friday night at WWAY,” Holloman said. “It’s a whole week event and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.”A fundraiser dinner will be held at the WWAY Event Center, 1224 Magnolia Village Way in Leland, Friday night. WWAY’s Helen Holt is the Mistress of Ceremonies. Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter)last_img read more

Oak Island Water Rescue warns about big float dangers

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — You’ve probably seen them on the beach: big blow-up rafts shaped like flamingos or unicorns. Now one water rescue group wants to issue a warning after an incident earlier this week.This isn’t the first time Oak Island Water Rescue has had issues with these large rafts. Last year WWAY reported that they had to retrieve several of them that blew out to sea. But they say this is the first time a little kid was still attached to it.- Advertisement – On Monday, a little boy visiting from Ohio with his family was floating on a large unicorn-shaped raft when he drifted out to sea.“The float was right there, in easy reach, and then just in the blink of an eye, it was beyond the breakers and too far for them to reach,” said Oak Island Water Rescue Chief Tony Young.Young says the raft acted like a sail, and the small child couldn’t stop it.Related Article: Autopsy: Oak Island mother stabbed, bludgeoned to death“They immediately called 911 when they realized they couldn’t reach him, and they also told him to stay on the float,” Young said. A lot of the time, people get in trouble if they abandon ship and try to swim back.”“Young says he doesn’t want to discourage anyone from using these type of floats, he just wants them to be safe.“These floats are very popular, we advise everybody to anchor them somehow, or have a parent hold on to a line,” Young said.Oak Island Water Rescue had a boat in the water less than 15 minutes after the call came in. Being a volunteer organization, Young says they do it because they want to help.“Handing that little kid back to his mom after we brought him in from way out in the ocean on that float was payment enough for all of us,” Young said. “I’m sure I speak for the whole team when it comes to that.”Young says if you see one of these rafts out in the ocean, don’t be afraid to call 911. He also says they will soon be getting a drone with an infrared camera to assist with rescues.last_img read more

Taylors Blueberry Farm to hold Farm Day event Saturday

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) —  A few weeks ago we told you how Taylor’s Blueberry Farm in Brunswick County is having a tough time with production this year, but that won’t stop them from being a fun destination on Saturday.Taylor’s will hold its Farm Day Event. Sixty vendors and a blacksmith will be there. Pony and hayrides, games, food trucks and much more will also be available.- Advertisement – You can stop by between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 1719 Honey Do Ln. in Leland.Kids can play all day for $3. Adults are free.last_img

Two students open fire at Colorado school killing one wounding seven

first_imgA parent reacts near the STEM School during a shooting incident in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, U.S. in this May 7, 2019 image obtained via social media. STEFFAN TUBBS/VIA REUTERSA parent reacts near the STEM School during a shooting incident in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, U.S. in this May 7, 2019 image obtained via social media. STEFFAN TUBBS/VIA REUTERS Two male students armed with handguns burst into a Denver-area science and technology school and opened fire on Tuesday, killing one classmate and wounding seven others before being taken into custody, law enforcement officials said.Several of the surviving victims of the attack at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb, were initially listed in critical condition at local hospitals and in surgery, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at a briefing.An 18-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene, Spurlock said a short time later.“Two individuals walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school, and engaged students in two separate locations,” Spurlock said.He told Reuters in a brief interview that the suspects, each armed with a handgun, opened fire in two separate classrooms. They were identified only as two male students of the school, one an adult and the other under age 18. The school serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade.Television images showed police vehicles gathered outside a suburban house about 2 miles from the school, where one of the suspect was believed to live.Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the school, located about 25 miles (40 km) south of Denver, within two minutes of the first reports, Spurlock said, and “engaged the suspects.”Law enforcement officials declined to comment on a possible motive for the rampage, saying it was too early in the course of the investigation, which was being assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.The White House said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting.The shooting occurred less than a month after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in nearby Littleton, about five miles (8 km) from the Highlands Ranch school. In 1999, two Columbine students killed 13 people there before committing suicide in what remains one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.SON SHOT THREE TIMESA man who identified himself as Fernando Montoya said his 17-year-old son, a junior at STEM, was shot three times, and that one of his friends was also wounded.Montoya said his son told him that one shooter walked into his classroom and opened fire with a gun. One shooter was already in the classroom, the son told his father.“He said a guy pulled a pistol out of a guitar case and started to shoot,” Montoya told ABC affiliate Denver 7.As the incident unfolded, medical helicopters landed and took off outside the school, while snipers took up position on nearby roofs. SWAT team officers with rifles secured the area as ambulances and police officers arrived.Stunned kindergartners and weeping high school students could be seen walking down the steps of a building designated as a “reunification centre.” Most were holding their parents’ handsColorado Governor Jared Polis said he was sending additional state law enforcement officials to the scene.“We are making all of our public safety resources available to assist the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department in their effort to secure the site and evacuate the students,” Polis wrote on Twitter. The White House offered a message of condolence. “Our prayers are with the victims, family members, and all those affected by today’s shooting,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said. “The White House has been in communication with state and local officials, and the President has been briefed and continues to monitor the ongoing situation.”Some of the worst mass shootings in the United States have occurred in Colorado. In addition to Columbine, a man opened fire at a movie theatre in Aurora, another Denver suburb, in 2012, killing 12 people and injuring scores more.Tuesday’s bloodshed in Colorado came one week to the day after a gunman opened fire on the Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina, killing two people and wounding four others. A 22-year-old former student of the university has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the case. WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Jean Pierre Debono wins David Stellinis Gozo seat

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint According to sources speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, PN representative Jean Pierre Debono, has been chosen by the Executive Committee to stand in David Stellini’s Gozo seat.It is understood that Mr Debono was elected by 42 votes to 40 for Kevin Cutajar.Argument on social media had called for Mr Stellini’s replacement to be a Gozitan representative. Chris Said, Rosa Borg and Therese Comodini Cachia, had promoted Mr Kevin Cutajar as the right choice.PN Exec Committee to decide on Stellini replacement; Said says choose CutajarKevin Cutajar or Jean Pierre Debono ?Mr Debono has previously given up his seat in the 2017 elections to give space for Adrian Delia, the current PN leader.More details to follow…WhatsApplast_img read more

Why Social Media Will Reshape the 2012 Olympics

first_imgAdvertisement Web use in general has grown rapidly, too. In 2008, there were about 1.5 billion Internet users globally, according to the International Telecommunications Union, making up about 23% of the world’s total population. By this summer’s games, that number will have swelled to about 2.3 billion users making up about a third of the world’s total population.Summer Olympics feature some of the most popular international sports — including soccer, basketball, swimming, and track and field — so that’s sure to fuel the global buzz as well. For more context on just how and why social media will reshape this year’s Olympics in relation to 2008, we thought it’d be interesting to take a quick look at a few of the world’s most popular networks and how they compare then and now.Facebook – Advertisement – 2008: A tweet in August of 2008 from then-Facebook executive and eventual Path co-founder Dave Morin gleefully celebrated Facebook breaking the 100 million-user threshold. 2008 was also marked by reports around the web of Facebook — gasp! — passing MySpace in popularity. The social network debuted its now omnipresent chat feature that year as well.Today: Facebook claims more than 900 million users, is fast becoming a portal to the web at large for many and is a publicly traded company. Its founder Mark Zuckerberg is a global celebrity.Twitter2008: 2008 saw explosive growth for Twitter, and it still finished the year with about 6 million registered users who sent about 300,000 tweets per day. The social network and its users were still very much finding their way, as evidenced by this official blog post explaining @replies. In 2009, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love would tweet that the team’s coach had been let go, breaking the story and causing some in the sports world to speculate that maybe, just maybe, the service could change how news was delivered and consumed.Today: Twitter currently claims more than 500 million users who collectively send some 400 million tweetseach and every day. Sports news regularly breaks on the network, it’s become a prime marketing channel for athletes and much of the London 2012 conversation among media and fans is sure to take place there.YouTube2008: By fall of 2008, YouTube users were uploading 10 hours of video to the site per minute. The site had emerged as the go-to destination for web video and had been acquired by Google two years prior. It also launched its mobile site, pre-roll ads and 720p HD option in 2008. But that success was nothing compared to what the site would look like four years later.Today: Iconic Olympic moments are sure to go viral and become immortalized on YouTube seemingly as they happen this summer, and it’s easy to see why. The company says it receives over 800 million unique visits per month. Those visitors watch more than 3 billion hours of video per month and upload 72 hours of new video content per minute. Five hundred years’ worth of YouTube video are watched on Facebook every day and more than 700 YouTube videos get shared on Twitter each minute.What It All MeansJust looking at the three most ubiquitous social networks reveals a sporting scene and world at large that have been transformed by social media since the last Summer Olympics. And that doesn’t take into account services like Pinterest, Foursquare and Google+ — none of which even existed in 2008. This summer, expect news to break, social sharing records to fall and moments to live on as never possible before thanks to social media. And to think — this will all pale in comparison to what 2016 has in store.How will you use social media during the 2012 Olympics? Share with us in the comments.Source: Mashablelast_img read more

NITAU Develops National IT Project Methodology for providing Guidance

first_imgAdvertisement NITA-U’s Executive Director, James SaakaThe National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) has developed the National IT Project Management Methodology to provide guidance on how to manage and provide advice on IT projects to government.The Executive Director of NITA-U James Saaka said at the launch of the project on June 28 at Imperial Royale that the project provides essential components of planning and management of IT projects and highlights good practices that should be applied throughout the IT project lifecycle.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The project is built on the collective knowledge and experience of IT project management professionals working within government.The methodology reflects on lessons learned from other major government IT projects implemented in the past. The projects aim at achieving better management of small and large projects and or programs with a move towards adopting Project / Program Management practices within MDAs.The project management support guides and templates are also developed to further provide detailed guidance to users and ensure standardization of procedures and processes.NITA-U will periodically establish a Review Group that will review this National IT Project Management Methodology (NITPMM) to implement any necessary changes.In a bid to move with the growing trend of information and communications technologies, in 2009, the government of Uganda established NITA-U by an Act of Parliament (National Information Technology Authority, Uganda Act of 2009) and tasked it with the mandate to coordinate, promote and monitor Information Technology (IT) developments in Uganda within the context of national social and economic development.Source: The Indepedentlast_img read more

Mobile money expo to address disruption in remittance industry

first_imgImage Credit: MIT Advertisement The 2016 Remittance & MobileMoney Expo holding in Lagos-Nigeria in February will focus on disruptions in the remittance industry: the new opportunities for Africa and transiting to digital remittances: lessons learned and market opportunities, organizers have said.This year’s edition will be the 6th in the series of the conference, which seeks to explore the opportunities in Nigeria, Africa’s largest remittance market. The conference is coming just as the country licenses non-bank remittance providers for out-bound and in-bound international remittances in 2016.Other areas of focus, according to the organizer include exploring crypto-currencies as important alternatives to mobile financial services and remittances: understanding the technology, regulation and innovations; leveraging technology to lower cost in remittances and mobile financial services. – Advertisement – The conference, which already has confirmed 30 speakers in six sessions will also see technology as an enabler for remittances, mobile financial services & microfinance innovations in Africa: Evaluating the impact and role of cutting edge technologies in delivering of innovative services.[related-posts]Other focuses are enhancing innovation in the remittance value chain and improving services to the last mile: the role of the mobile network operators, enablers, banks, mobile money operators and agency network providers.the expo will also involve market research on remittances and financial inclusion[IT Pulse]last_img read more

£50 CASH for qualifying new accounts FULHAM v DERBY

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Rice U lab leads hunt for new zeolites

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728                                                                                   E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduRice U. lab leads hunt for new zeolitesDatabase details 2.7 million possible structures for molecular sievesIn all the world, there are about 200 types of zeolite, a compound of silicon, aluminum and oxygen that gives civilization such things as laundry detergent, kitty litter and gasoline. But thanks to computations by Rice University professor Michael Deem and his colleagues, it appears there are — or could be — more types of zeolites than once thought. A lot more.A project that goes back 20 years came to fruition earlier this year when Deem, Rice’s John W. Cox Professor in Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, and his team came up with a list that shows the structures of more than 2.7 million zeolite-like materials. Of those, they found the thermodynamic characteristics of as many as 314,000 are near enough to currently known zeolites that it should be possible to manufacture these materials.Creation of the public database is the focus of a new paper, “Computational Discovery of New Zeolite-Like Materials,” posted online by the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry C and planned as the cover of the Dec. 24 print edition. The paper’s authors include Ramdas Pophale, a postdoctoral research associate in Deem’s lab; Phillip Cheeseman, senior scientific applications analyst at Purdue’s Rosen Center for Advanced Computing; and David Earl, an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.Zeolites can be viewed as “a membrane that will only let molecules of a certain size pass through,” Deem said. “But they also do other things. They have an affinity for some molecules, so they’re used to absorb odors, for instance, in flower shops.”In laundry detergents, zeolites trade soft ions for hard ones in the water, and the petrochemical industry uses zeolites to crack petroleum into gasoline, diesel and other products. After the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, zeolites were used to adsorb radioactive ions.Zeolites are a fine lattice, a molecular sieve that can let molecules of a certain size pass while blocking others. They can also adsorb molecules, attracting and gripping certain substances — for which cats and their owners are grateful.Natural zeolites are often the product of volcanic activity, as rocks, ash and alkaline water combine and crystallize over thousands of years. “The term zeolite comes from the combination of two Greek words that mean ‘boiling’ and ‘stone,’” Deem said. About a third of zeolites used for commercial purposes are mined, while the rest are synthesized into custom configurations that tend to be more pure, he said.The fact that only 200 or so zeolites are known makes the creation of Deem’s database a real breakthrough, as it gives industries new clues to optimizing their techniques. “That’s one possibility, to look for related materials,” he said. “In many catalytic applications, there’s only one material that currently works.”It took serious computer time to figure out all the possibilities, said Deem, who has lately gained a measure of fame for his study of viruses, particularly H1N1. He began looking at zeolites two decades ago while at Exxon and published his first paper on the subject in the journal Nature. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the use of the Deem lab’s Zefsa II software, researchers needed three years to complete the computations on the NSF’s TeraGrid node at Purdue. “I think we were the biggest user of computer time there in 2006, and the fifth- or sixth-largest on the TeraGrid,” Deem said. “At Purdue, we were making use of unused computer cycles, like the SETI@home project that searches for extraterrestrial life using people’s home computers. We finished around the start of 2009.”The “big question,” he said, is how to turn theoretical zeolites into real ones, a project his lab plans to pursue. “A couple of things have to happen. One is that we have to identify materials that look like they would have good properties, and then we have to find a synthesis mechanism to make those materials.”But how does one narrow the practicalities from 2.7 million possibilities? “It depends on the properties we’re looking for,” Deem said. “We have some ideas of what’s practical, but of course we would love to work with other people.” The work received support from the U.S. Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Program and from the NSF.View the paper online at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp906984z.  The database is available at http://sdpd.univ-lemans.fr/cod/pcod/. To download a zeolite graphic, go to http://www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/images/zeo. last_img read more

Rice political scientists available to discuss President Obamas Supreme Court pick

first_imgShare2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice political scientists available to discuss President Obama’s Supreme Court pickHOUSTON – (March 16, 2016) – President Barack Obama announced U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Rice University political scientists Paul Brace and Mark Jones are available to share their insight on this choice.Paul Brace (Photo credit: Rice University)Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, called Obama’s selection a surprising choice but one with strategic implications.“With Judge Garland being on the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals, both Democrats and Republicans have had a lot of experience with him,” Brace said. “I don’t think it’s coincidental that this announcement has been made the morning after Donald Trump had a very good night. Republicans who promised to block any nomination by the president now realize they may be reserving that choice for Trump or (Hillary) Clinton. This is a moderate choice, and one that they would vastly prefer to one by Clinton or Trump at the beginning of their administration.”Mark Jones (Photo credit: Rice University)Jones, a professor of political science and a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Kinder Institute for Urban research, said Garland has a reputation as a centrist but left-leaning justice.“He will definitely not be a justice cut from the same cloth as the late Justice Antonin Scalia,” Jones said. “At the same time, he is not going to be like Justice Sonia Sotomayor or Justice Elena Kagan in that he has a centrist or moderate profile.”Jones said that Senate Republicans committed a strategic error immediately after Scalia’s passing by refusing to even consider any nominee presented by Obama.“President Obama had three choices,” Jones said. “He could have not nominated anyone and given into the Republican senators or he could have nominated a liberal justice and made it easy for the Republicans not to consider his nominee. However, he has chosen the tactic to make it most difficult for the Senate Republicans to continue with their intransigent position of not considering any nominees by nominating someone who is seen as a consensus candidate, not a die-hard liberal. In fact, there are many quotes from Senate Republicans that are laudatory of Judge Garland.”Jones said that without question, the Senate Republicans’ resolve to refuse to consider any nominee from Obama will be tested.“The Republicans will be watching the presidential nomination process closely,” Jones said. “The better Trump does, the less likely it is that Republicans will control the Senate, let alone the presidency. This means that someone like Judge Garland may look very good to many Senate Republicans in part because they believe they may get a more liberal justice if they wait until January with Hillary Clinton in the White House and a Democratic majority in the Senate.”Brace is an expert on American politics. He has published widely, primarily in the areas of state politics and judicial decision-making. He is the author of “State Government and Economic Performance,” co-author of “Follow the Leader: Opinion Polls and the Modern Presidents” and co-editor of “Change and Continuity in American State and Local Government” and “The Presidency in American Politics.” His recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, the American Journal of Political Science and Political Research Quarterly. The National Science Foundation funds his current research on strategic behavior in state supreme courts. Brace also serves on the Council of the Midwest Political Science Association. To speak with Brace, contact him directly at 832-628-5285.Jones is a leading expert on Texas and American politics. He has been quoted nationally about the 2016 presidential race and other issues in Texas and American politics. To speak with Jones, contact him directly at 832-466-6535.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-For more information, please contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Jones in the news:Houston Chronicle: Ted Cruz celebrates primary wins in Houston area.Univision: Texas le da oxígeno a la campaña de Ted CruzVoice of America: Republican Party faces sharp divisions Brace in the news:Bloomberg Politics: Paul Ryan’s House agenda upended by Trump, Cruz dominanceRelated materials:Mark Jones photo: http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/mark-jones.jpgMark Jones biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/mark-p-jones/Mark Jones Twitter handle: @MarkPJonesTXPaul Brace photo: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/01/Paul-Brace-1i4pyra.jpgPaul Brace biography: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~pbrace.Photo credits: Rice UniversityLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more