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Alleged hit man charged with killing four in ‘wanton, violent crimes’

first_imgPhiladelphia Police DepartmentBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — An alleged contract killer has been charged with four counts of murder for killings that took place in 2018 and 2019, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday.Steven Williams, 25, of Philadelphia, allegedly collected thousands of dollars as a contract killer, according to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. “His streak of wanton, violent crimes against our communities over the past two-plus years ends today,” Krasner said in a statement released on Friday.The killings took place in September 2018 and in February, March and May of 2019, according to court documents.The district attorney’s office said that three of the victims were shot and killed while sitting in or getting out of a car, and a fourth was shot and killed while sitting on a porch. The shootings all occurred in different sections of the city.Williams is also accused of various weapons offenses, among other charges related to the murders.He is currently being held in state prison for unrelated crimes, the office said.Krasner said that his office will proceed “as quickly as possible,” despite most court functions being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.Williams was denied bail, court records show. His next court appearance is currently being scheduled, the district attorney’s office said.The Defender Association of Philadelphia is representing Williams. ABC News was unable to reach his attorney. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Energy-intensive industry could get ‘freedom to pollute’

first_imgProposals on clean coal and carbon capture and storage (CCS)Publication of new rules on state aid and the environmentThe draft proposals are being discussed internally within the Commission. Directors-general were discussing the plans for the ETS review and burden sharing today (10 January). On 23 January, the Commission will publish its review of the EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS), which aims to reform the scheme from 2013. “Auctioning should be the principle for all allocation, as it is the simplest and most economically efficient system,” says a draft of the proposal for a directive. “Full auctioning” will apply to power companies, refineries and carbon capture and storage installations, although there will be some free permits for electricity companies that generate heat for industry. The proposal says that auctioning will “eliminate windfall profits” – an acknowledgment of the problems that beset the ETS in its first phase when the price of carbon plunged after the Commission handed out too many free permits. In the first phase (2005-07), 95% of permits were handed out for free. In the second phase (2008-12), which began last week, 90% of permits are free. So far, the Commission has ignored calls to extend the emissions trading scheme to include international shipping. But there will be pressure for a separate directive if shipping is not included in the final proposals on 23 January. Hassi said: “International shipping should be included in one way or the other. The EU should prepare unilateral measures for shipping as for aviation.”What is in the packageThe energy package, to be published on 23 January, will flesh out how the European Union might achieve headline targets to cut carbon emissions and increase the share of renewable energy. The Commission is expected to publish proposals on five areas:Burden-sharing (‘effort-sharing’) proposalsRenewables directiveReview of the European emissions trading scheme (ETS)center_img But energy-intensive industries, such as the cement and steel industries, will get some free allowances after 2013. These sectors would get a percentage of free allowances which would be reduced each year, falling to zero by 2020. There are no numbers cited in the proposal seen by European Voice but Reuters has reported that power companies would get for free half the permits they receive now and other companies would get 90%. Satu Hassi, a Finnish Green MEP, said that she favoured full auctioning, but thought “special adjustment” measures were appropriate for energy-intensive sectors, such as the cement, paper and steel industries. “Some sectors will face troubles if there is 100% auctioning and if there is only in Europe a price for carbon,” she said. In addition to free permits, the Commission is also considering tariffs on carbon-heavy foreign imports. This means that countries that do not participate in a successor to the Kyoto Protocol could face carbon tariffs on their imports to the EU, or in the language of the energy review, so-called trade-related measures to deal with the risk of “carbon leakage”. But the Commission is divided on the proposal. Peter Mandelson, the trade commissioner, has been reported as saying that it could be hard to implement.Chris Davies, a UK Liberal MEP, welcomed the idea of tariffs, arguing that they would create a level-playing field for business. He said: “It makes more likely an emissions trading scheme on a world-wide basis, if manufacturers in China know they are not going to gain entry.” Business groups, however, warned that tariffs could provoke trade wars. Folker Franz, a senior policy adviser at BusinessEurope, the employers’ federation, said that a border tax might start trade retaliation. “If you impose import measures on others, the others might do the same,” he said, adding that, as an alternative, the EU should promote the clean development mechanism, an arrangement allowing European companies to invest in carbon-reduction projects in the developing world.last_img read more

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Quarq Puts Garmin 500 Low Pro Mount Out Front, Updates Qalvin App & Adds…

first_imgQuarq’s new Low Pro 500 is a new mount designed to put the Garmin 500 out in front of the stem, just like the Bar Fly except it’s designed only around the 500. MSRP is $35, out this summer.Their Qalvin 2.0 iPhone app is coming soon with increased speed and preprogrammed chainrings to make set up quicker, automatically calibrating the sensor to the chainrings being used. While the integrated SRAM Red crankset unit isn’t affected by switching between their regular and TT rings, other Quarq crank-based power meters will benefit.There’s an Android version coming soon that won’t require the Wahoo ANT+ dongle like the iPhone.And, as a refresher, the New SRAM Red gets a ground-up redesigned Quarq integrated power meter. Uses the same CR2032 battery as most HR monitors and sensors and it’s placed for easy swaps. Expect about 300 hours per battery. The ANT+ ID is etched right on the outside of the sensor, too, making it easier and quicker to pair your devices. Adds about 150g over standard new Red crankset.last_img read more

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News Scan for Nov 24, 2014

first_imgTwo new MERS-CoV cases in Taif bring Saudi total to 810A new case over the weekend and another today, both in the city of Taif, bring the total case count for MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia to 810 since June 2012, according to updates from the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH).The first patient, whose case was reported Nov 22, is a 58-year-old Taif man in stable condition. He is not a healthcare worker but did have preexisting disease. No known contacts with MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) in the community or healthcare setting were reported, and his exposure to animals, a potential risk factor, is listed as “under investigation.”The newest patient, an expatriate living in Taif, is a 42-year-old man in critical condition. He is not a healthcare worker and had no animal exposure or known contact with MERS patients in the community. He did have preexisting disease, and his exposure to MERS-CoV patients in the healthcare setting is given as “under investigation.”The MOH reported no new deaths or recoveries from the disease, so those totals stand at 346 and 451, respectively, leaving 13 active cases.Taif, which is near Mecca, has reported numerous MERS-CoV cases this fall. Saudi Arabia saw a lull in disease activity over the summer before the recent pickup.Nov 22 MOH update Nov 24 MOH update Caribbean chikungunya outbreak tops 900,000 casesThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported 36,553 more cases of chikungunya in the Caribbean and Americas, according to a Nov 21 update. The new cases bring the outbreak total to 933,102.The total includes 914,960 suspected and 15,906 confirmed locally acquired cases, as well as 2,236 imported cases. Belize also reported its first 3 cases, all confirmed.The death total, however, has decreased by 4 since the last PAHO outbreak report on Nov 14, bringing the number of outbreak-related deaths to 150. The decrease is likely due to reclassified illnesses that were initially suspected to be chikungunya.El Salvador reported the largest increase with 29,955 new cases since the Nov 14 report, bringing its outbreak total to 123,229. Martinique also reported a sizeable increase of 10,005 cases, bringing its total to 79,860. The US reported 223 new imported chikungunya cases.The Caribbean territories of French Guiana, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin all reported decreases in suspected cases and steady numbers of confirmed cases since the last report, suggesting that several suspected chikungunya cases have been reclassified as other illnesses.Nov 21 PAHO update Flu-infection study notes early virus shedding, infrequent feversUS researchers intentionally infected volunteers with influenza virus in concentrations intended to cause mild to moderate illness and found that they shed virus on average for 4 or 5 days, but only 10% had a fever, according to a new study in Clinical Infectious Diseases.Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) inoculated 46 adults with a 2009 H1N1 virus synthesized in the lab but genetically identical to the wild-type virus. Study subjects were divided into five groups that were exposed to increasing virus concentrations. The groups ranged in size from 4 to 19 people, the authors noted, and volunteers were paid $3,000 each, earlier media reports said.In the group receiving the highest virus concentration—107 TCID50—9 of 13 volunteers (69%) shed virus and developed symptoms, which the researchers determined was the minimum dose required to produce mild to moderate flu. TCID50 (tissue culture infection dose-50) is the amount of virus required to produce cell death in 50% of inoculated cultured cells.Groups receiving the next-highest virus concentrations—105 TCID50 and 106 TCID50—had symptom rates 80% or higher, but the proportion of those experiencing both symptoms and shedding did not meet the 60% cutoff. Rates for meeting both criteria in those two groups were 20% and 47%, respectively.The researchers also noted that viral shedding preceded symptoms by about 12 to 24 hours and ended 2 to 3 days before symptoms did, indicating that individuals may be infectious before they develop symptoms, a phenomenon that has been reported before. One volunteer shed virus for 3 days without having symptoms. Viral shedding typically began 1 to 2 days after virus challenge and lasted as long as 9 days, with a mean of 4 to 5 days.Fever was identified in 10% of participants, and those who did not have detectable virus shedding experienced less clinical illness, the team reported.The authors concluded, “This unique clinical research program will facilitate future studies of influenza pathogenesis, animal model validation, and the rapid, efficient, and cost-effective evaluation of efficacy of novel vaccines and therapeutics.”The scientists first reported their results in September at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Denver.Nov 20 Clin Infect Dis abstract Sep 13 NIAID news release on ICAAC presentation Multistate Salmonella outbreak traced to mung bean sproutsMung bean sprouts from a Brooklyn company are the source of a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that has sickened 63 people in 10 states, according to a Nov 21 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The investigation focused on Salmonella cases reported from Sep 30 to Nov 8. Cases occurred in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.The majority of people sickened had eaten at Asian-style restaurants, and 78% of people had eaten bean sprouts in the week before falling ill. Hospitalization was necessary in 26% of outbreak cases.Five case clusters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont led investigators to strongly suspect bean sprouts as the outbreak source.CDC identified Brooklyn-based Wonton Foods, Inc. as the source of the contaminated bean sprouts, and the company has since stopped all production and shipment of sprouts.Nov 21 CDC reportlast_img read more

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Georgia “G”

first_imgLocation:Chelan Seattle Posted November 17, 2012 Link to post Share on other sites This topic is now closed to further replies. 3,353 0 22,645 Gothamite Members 22,645 Island_Style Brave-Bird 08 Posted November 22, 2012 163 Link to post 6,795 posts 0 Members 0 163 Link to post Link to post Posted November 17, 2012 Share on other sites SportsLogos.Net Posted November 18, 2012 Recommended Posts Gothamite 3,353 34 135 Gothamite Share on other sites Sports Logo News 3,353 Sign in to follow this   Posted November 17, 2012 Link to post Share on other sites 25 Sports Logos Location:Fernandina Beach, Fl Mike Foster Gothamite 0 I always thought that Georgia asked permission from GB to use their G. Apparently UGA did ask for permission even though the G was different. Over time Green Bay redesigned their G a few times and now it looks like UGA’s. I’m trying to look for pics now to compare. I have always wondered the story of the G. So Green Bay started it but Georgia perfected it? Here is the link.http://www.georgiado…traditions.html Members 0 Share this post 0 Posted November 17, 2012 All Activity 163 Island_Style 25 SportsLogos.Net Share on other sites Share this post Gothamite 53,285 posts 6,795 posts WHAT DID YOU SAY ABOUT MY JAGS? Posted November 17, 2012 Universities are known for bending the truth when it comes to football lore. 0 Share this post Link to post Link to post U of Florida ’03 (Telecomm) – FAU ’08/’14 (MBA/MHA) 5,923 posts Cola 5,241 posts Gothamite 34 4,793 posts 22,645 Posted November 17, 2012 Both of them use the logo under license from the Packers. The difference is that Grambling isn’t now claiming that they actually designed it. 0 Share this post Georgia “G” Share on other sites Georgia “G”center_img Share this post Share on other sites 22,645 Members Share this post 22,645 53,285 posts Members WHAT DID YOU SAY ABOUT MY JAGS? Posted November 17, 2012 five boroughs, one City. Sports Logos Location:Born in Palo Alto, CA – left immediately for Milwaukee, WI – then Ft. Lauderdale, FL – then Atlanta, GA – back to FL again – then Chicago, IL, now West Palm Beach, FL….it’s a long story…. Forums Home 22,645 1,508 Share this post 1,508 Forums Home Location:Tampa 785 posts Link to post Posted November 21, 2012 22,645 Again, that’s what Georgia says. Could be true, we don’t yet know. Link to post 0 WizKid Island_Style I always thought that Georgia asked permission from GB to use their G. Apparently UGA did ask for permission even though the G was different. Over time Green Bay redesigned their G a few times and now it looks like UGA’s. I’m trying to look for pics now to compare. I have always wondered the story of the G. So Green Bay started it but Georgia perfected it? Here is the link.http://www.georgiado…traditions.htmlI love tradition but every time this comes up it still bothers me that Green Bay uses the G. Much more appropriate for Georgia. Share this post five boroughs, one City. Share on other sites Sign in to follow this   53,285 posts Cola 163 Location:Atlanta, Ga. Share this post 0 163 rmackman 135 Members five boroughs, one City. WizKid Share on other sites 34 rmackman All Activity Link to post By Island_Style, November 17, 2012 in Sports Logo News Location:Smack dab in the DMV Share this post 22,645 22,645 This is the best explanation that I could find:http://www.thesports…-the-packers-g/Basically, Georgia claims Green Bay took their idea of adding color outside the G. The Packers started it with just a green/white G. Georgia used it, slightly changed the shape, and added red around the outside. The Packers then put a yellow stripe around their G. So Georgia says it was their idea first. Members hawk36 Brave-Bird 08 1,508 135 This is the same case with Grambling State. Island_Style 8,516 posts I have looked but never found Green Bay’s “G” that looked similar to Georgia’s G that was slowly altered to represent what they both currently have. Supposedly, the current “G” that both teams use was first used by Georgia. Members The only issue with that blog post is that the Georgia G shown is skewed. That’s the image on the mothership as well, but it’s too skinny. Georgia’s logo has the same metrics as the Packers logo. hawk36 25 Sports Logo News That’s what Georgia says, but I don’t know it to be the case. Been researching it for a while, but most of the original players are dead. Georgia “G” 163 Followers 0 Location:Fernandina Beach, Fl Followers 0 Members Members Favourite Logos:I like a lot of the logos from the early 90s. My signature is proof of that (and a representation of my favorite teams). Go To Topic Listing Share on other siteslast_img read more

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Roberto Soldado will give everything to return to his best at Villarreal

first_img “I’ve spent two very difficult years in England where I lost my confidence. Villarreal’s interest has given me the enthusiasm and will to do great things. CEST “This is a very important step in my career,” Soldado said at his presentation.  Upd. at 22:27 18/08/2015 “I’ve been away for two years in which I haven’t been able to give my best, but I’m convinced that I can score lots of goals for Villarreal. “I gave my best at Valencia but now I have come to Villarreal confident that I can do better, I’m convinced of this. “When their offer arrived I didn’t hesitate as it is a great opportunity to return to Spain and join a big club. “I want to return to play at a good level and score lots of goals. I want to go back to being the player I used to be. Sport EN “In order to do that, I need to work very hard and give all that I have.” He signed for Tottenham from Valencia for a club-record €32million and has returned for €10m. Villarreal’s new signing Roberto Soldado will try his hardest to return to form after a disappointing spell at Tottenham.last_img read more

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Bad blow for Scorpions

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER VFL – ROUND 4 WIND plagued Casey Scorpions again as the blustery Casey Fields arena played havoc…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Kootenay guys capture bronze on Canada Winter Games cross country ski trails

first_imgJulien Locke of Nelson combined forces with three other Black Jack Ski Team members to capture the bronze medal in the men’s cross country team race Saturday on the final day of action at the 2015 BC Winter Games in Prince  George.Locke, 21, combined with Rosslander Geoffrey Richards 22, David Palmer, 21 of Revelstoke along with Kimberley’s Colin Ferrie 21, to finish behind champion Team Ontario. Team Quebec won the silver medal.Team BC finished its final day of competition by winning another 12 medals including, two gold, six silver, and four bronze, bringing the host province’s total medal count to 88.Last Monday, Locke, who was hampered by a cold during the Cross Country competition, finished 22nd in the 10 kilometer classic race and sixth in the men’s 1.5 km classic sprint on Tuesday.Locke departs from the Canada Winter Games for a short training period before the National Championships in Thunder Bay and the US Super Tour Finals in Sun Valley, ID.His goal is for podium finishes in the sprints and finish top 10 in the distance races at those events.last_img read more

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Stephen Folan signs deal with Galway United

first_imgGalway United are delighted to announce that Stephen Folan has signed a new contract with the club.The 24-year-old centre half made a long awaited return to his hometown, to sign for Galway United at the start of the 2016 season after a short spell with Cork City.Folan played a key role for United in 2015, making 25 appearances at the heart of the Tribesmen’s defence.Shane Keegan is an admirer of the former Newcastle United man and he was pleased to retain Folan for 2017.“Anytime we faced Stephen Folan last year, his quality just shone through.“Coincidentally, just in advance of his debut in the League of Ireland with Limerick a number of years ago, he played in a friendly against Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park.“I came off the pitch that night thinking, my God, that’s a player. He had only just landed back from Newcastle United. You could see the quality instantly that night.“He’s the kind of player that you can position at centre back and build around. It’s fantastic that we have managed to hold on to him.”It was an important factor for Keegan to make sure that the best local talent in Galway were secured for 2017.“It’s a huge part of it. You can argue it anyway you want, but at the end of the day, it always does mean slightly more to a player when he’s wearing the crest of his local club and I’m sure that’s very much the case with Stephen.“I think that did play a big part in our being able to hold on to him. There is nothing quite like pulling on the jersey of your local club.”Shane Keegan’s vision for the club caught Folan’s attention and the defender is eager to play a big role in Galway United’s 2017 campaign.“The way the club is going, I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Folan explained.“The players that Shane has brought in are all very like-minded, they’re professional, so going forward I think it’s a good thing for the club to have more professionals on board and hopefully we can get that mix of players from outside and players from Galway right.“Playing for Galway United means more to me than playing for another club, I was nearly there with another team and I had everything agreed but Galway United came back to me and they showed me that they wanted me. I’m happy to get my future resolved and now I can focus all my efforts over the Christmas period on coming strong in pre-season.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Connacht Rugby Announce Loan Signing Of Alex Wootton

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Connacht Rugby have confirmed that Alex Wootton has joined the club on a loan deal from Munster until the end of the 2020-21 season. Wootton first made his Munster debut in September 2016 and has gone on to make 39 appearances for the province, scoring 13 tries in the process. The 25-year old can play anywhere across the back three and has been capped for Ireland at Sevens and U20 level. Wootton has linked up with the Connacht squad this week during the first week of pre-season training at the Sportsground, as preparations begin for the planned Guinness PRO14 interpro derbies at the end of August. Commenting on today’s announcement, Head Coach Andy Friend says Wootton’s arrival will further strengthen Connacht’s back field options for the new season. “I am really pleased to welcome Alex Wootton to the province. Alex is a very exciting back three player who has all the talent to take his game to the next level. His versatility across the back line will also help us as we look to compete on both fronts next season. As a Team, we’re looking forward to welcoming him to the Sportsground and integrating him into the playing squad.” Alex Wootton says he is thrilled to sign for the club ahead of the new campaign. “I am delighted to be joining Connacht Rugby for the upcoming season. After speaking to Andy and the rest of the coaching team it’s clear that this is a team full of ambition and belief, and I want to play my part in that. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the squad and begin preparations for what I’m sure will be a very exciting season.”last_img read more

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