Boxer Tony Ayala Dies at 52

first_imgSAN ANTONIO, TX – A call went into 911 on the morning of May 12 about a man who was slumped over. The medics arrived. The overweight 52 year-0ld man had gone into cardiac arrest. He died.The man’s name was Tony Ayala.  To most people that name doesn’t mean a thing. But boxing’s legendary trainer Lou Duva, who has seen them all, once said: “the only fighter I have ever seen who I would compare to Rocky Marciano [boxing’s only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated at 49-0] is Tony Ayala.At 22-0, the 19 year-old Tony Ayala Jr. (his father, Tony, Sr. was also his trainer) was en route to a shot at the world’s middleweight championship and was on the verge of superstardom.  He was set to fight super-welterweight champion Davey Moore in 1983, but was arrested on New Year’s Day that year for burglary and rape. He had two prior assaults against women, but only received probation.Moore went on to lose his title to another legend, Roberto Duran, in 1983, while the undefeated phenom Ayala went to jail. Shortly after his release, Ayala began his comeback, 16 years later at age 36.Five wins in a row over the next year, all by knockout, propelled his record to 27-0. If he continued on that path, it would be one of the greatest comebacks in the history of boxing, if not all of sports.But it was not to be.  He failed to answer the bell for Round 9 against the Mexican warrior Yori Boy Campas, and so, at 37, a demoralized Ayala cried in the ring, at the realization of having suffered his first ever professional loss.Ayala would win his next four fights, though any talk of his reaching the top of the game subsided, and he fought for the last time, and lost, in 2003 against little known Anthony Bonsante, who proceeded to knock him out.He went back to prison in 2004 for probation violation and possession of drugs, and was released in 2014, a month after his father’s death. He worked at the family gym until his last moments of life – it’s where he died.And thus ended the tumultuous life of a brutally violent but supremely talented man. RIP.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgAn officer with the Sioux City Police Department was injured Wednesday morning as he was assisting at the scene of a traffic accident on the Highway 20 Bypass.Police Lt. Chris Groves says the officer was seated in his patrol vehicle around 6:45am helping to direct traffic when his car was struck by a passing vehicle:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….rear of the car. :15Groves says it’s not known yet why the driver didn’t see the vehicle and its flashing lights on the open stretch of highway:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………cars to move. :17Groves says the side airbags deployed and the officer sustained minor injuries.The driver of the car will be cited and was taken to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.Photo by Sioux City Policelast_img read more

Trevone Boykin out 4-6 weeks after wrist surgery (but not really)

first_imgAccording to Frogs O’ War Trevone Boykin had wrist surgery this week and will not play on Saturday against Oklahoma State.That’s a bummer for Boykin and a stroke of luck for the Pokes since Boykin was having easily the best season of his career.A look at his line: 58 percent | 1,463 yards | 11 TDs | 2 INT | 305 rushing yards | 3 rushing TDsBREAKING NEWS: Trevone Boykin Has Wrist Surgery, Out 4-6 Weeks— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) October 14, 2014Gundy said on Monday that No. 2 was going to be a problem for OSU.“Feels like spreading people out and allowing him (Boykin) to be the thrower he is, but then he’s also leading their team in rushing.”Boykin’s replacement is A&M transfer Matt Joeckel who backed up John Foots for the last two years in College Station.Boykin actually beat him out for the job in fall camp.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Trevone Boykin won't play on Saturday (USATSI)Trevone Boykin won’t play on Saturday (USATSI)UPDATE (2:09 p.m.)TCU spokesman tells me Trevone Boykin is practicing today.— David Ubben (@davidubben) October 14, 2014Nothing is real.TCU coach Gary Patterson tells me there’s no truth to a report that Trevone Boykin had wrist surgery Monday and will miss 4-6 weeks.— David Ubben (@davidubben) October 14, 2014The sources were tricked, apparently.Earlier today, we received faulty information regarding TCU, and quarterback Trevone Boykin.— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) October 14, 2014 Now, it appears that a trick had been played on the sources. I had no reason to doubt my writer, and he had no reason to doubt his sources.— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) October 14, 2014center_img Our writer received confirmation of the story from multiple sources, and I made the call to run it.— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) October 14, 2014last_img read more

9 months agoSarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to grow

first_imgSarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to growby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants two players to arrive at the club this month.The Blues have been linked with AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, who Sarri worked with successfully at Napoli.And the Italian hinted that his demands were not being appeased by the Chelsea board.”As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market,” he said”In my opinion we need two players, but it’s up to the club. As you can understand, I cannot tell you where [we need to strengthen]. The club knows my opinion.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: N.C. State Spotted With “UNC Cheat” License Plate

first_imgNC Stae finger bumper sticker pointing at a UNC cheats license plate.Twitter/@keola_vWell, this was probably inevitable. N.C. State fans really, really don’t like North Carolina, and many have gotten a lot of joy out of the recent academic scandal in Chapel Hill. We’ve seen many fans get custom license plates, many of which are used to taunt rival fans. This “UNCCHE@T” license plate was bound to be made—the only real question was whether a Duke fan would be a State fan to the punch.School spirit I guess, lol #ncst #unc #wolfpack #tarheels #acc #ncstate #Duke— Keola Victorino (@keola_v) July 7, 2015We’re sure the Tar Heels fans in the area really appreciate seeing this on their daily commute.last_img read more

Top Quarterback Being Evaluated For Injury After Being Hit With Football During Warmups

first_imgAlan Bowman runs with the ball for Texas Tech.LUBBOCK, TX – SEPTEMBER 08: Alan Bowman #10 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders scrambles with the football during the game against the Lamar Cardinals on September 08, 2018 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 77-0. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Texas Tech football is looking to shake up the College Football Playoff picture against Oklahoma tonight, but it caught some serious bad luck at halftime.The Red Raiders led OU 31-28 at the half, with Alan Bowman dealing.He was 21-for-26 for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. And yet, it is Jett Duffey behind center for the Red Raiders in the third quarter.According to a report, Alan Bowman was hit by a football during halftime warm-ups, and now he’s in the locker room for evaluations.It is unclear what exactly happened to cause a potential Alan Bowman injury, but Duffey has handled the first two drives for the Red Raiders.Bowman was in a nice shootout with Heisman candidate Kyler Murray, who had three total touchdowns but two interceptions leading to 14 Texas Tech points in the first half.Murray is taking advantage so far in half No. 2. On OU’s first drive, Murray led the team on a four-play, 69-yard scoring drive, capped by a 46 yard touchdown toss to Lee Morris.ARE YOU KIDDING ME? LEE MORRIS?? #BoomerSooner— FballMedia (@fballmedia) November 4, 2018The Sooners are driving again. They got a real scare in the first half, but Texas Tech may need to stem the tide here soon.last_img read more

Mobile Justice Unit goes to Mt. Salem

first_imgThe Mobile Justice Unit of the Legal Aid Council will this month be making two stops in Mount Salem, St. James, where the Government has declared the first Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO).The first stop will be on Wednesday, September 13 at the Mount Salem Community Centre, and the second will be a Justice Fair at the Mount Salem Resource Centre on September 27.These stops have been included in the Unit’s scheduled visits for September and are intended to provide the community with legal aid services and guidance on a range of civil and criminal matters.Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, said legal services form a critical part of the programme of social intervention strategies being advanced by the Government in the community at this time.“We are making sure that our services are available for persons who need assistance of a legal nature or who may have any concerns about their liberty as the security measures are carried out,” he explained.Other locations to be visited by the Mobile Justice Unit are Gordon Pen, St. Catherine on September 12, at the Gordon Pen Early Childhood Centre; Homestead, St. Catherine, on September 19, at the Homestead Community Centre; and Parade Gardens in Kingston on September 21, at the Parade Gardens Community Centre.The Mobile Justice Unit will also be at the Social Development Commission (SDC) Young Male Social and Empowerment Fair at the Excelsior Community College on Mountain View Avenue, in Kingston, on September 21.On September 7, the Unit visited Whitehall in Negril, Westmoreland. Some 700 persons have so far benefitted from the service islandwide.The Legal Aid Council has an annual mandate to visit 50 communities with the Mobile Justice Unit, which was launched in January.The Mobile Justice Unit is supported by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III, which is administered through the Ministry of National Security.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Tourism Agency CEO Named

first_imgPatrick Sullivan is the new chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. Mr. Sullivan, who has 20 years of leadership and marketing experience, will start today, Aug. 13. “We are very pleased to have someone of Mr. Sullivan’s calibre join our team,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “I am confident that Mr. Sullivan will bring the leadership skills and international marketing experience needed to lead the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency to its greatest potential in this challenging global market.” Mr. Sullivan has a great deal of leadership experience. He has been president and CEO of a number of start-up and large organizations, and has a strong background in marketing, including e-marketing. “I have been an ambassador of Nova Scotia for many years. To get to come home and work on behalf of a strong tourism brand is such a privilege,” said Mr. Sullivan. “My passion for this province, coupled with my work experience will help in leading the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency to a successful future.” Mr. Sullivan will lead the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency and work with the interim and incoming inaugural boards, tourism staff and industry partners to implement a long-term strategy for tourism that will deliver profitable growth for the industry and economic benefit to the province. “I am confident that we have found the right person to lead the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency and create winning partnerships between industry and government,” said Tom Ruth, interim board chair, Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. “This is one of many ways we are making great progress toward the creation of the agency and a long-term growth strategy for tourism in Nova Scotia.” Originally from Nova Scotia, Mr. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University. He has worked for several private companies including Procter and Gamble, McCains Food Ltd., Moosehead Breweries Ltd., Upper Canada Brewing Company, Sympatico and Workopolis. Mr. Sullivan will act as interim executive director of Tourism until the agency is created. The province announced the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency last fall to help Nova Scotia reach its fullest potential in the highly competitive global tourism market.last_img read more

Portugal fetes China risking tension with Western allies

first_imgLISBON, Portugal — While some powerful European Union governments are uneasy about China possibly capturing control of the bloc’s critical energy and transport infrastructure, one of western Europe’s smallest economies is grabbing the opportunity with both hands.Chinese President Xi Jinping is due in Portugal on Tuesday for a 24-hour state visit. The Portuguese government hopes Beijing will invest in the country’s biggest Atlantic port and help expand national energy company Energias de Portugal overseas.France and other EU countries, and the European Commission, have deep misgivings about Portugal possibly signing up to China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative that seeks to link Asia to Europe, saying Beijing’s strategy could help fracture the EU.But Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva says Portugal is “very interested” in the multibillion-dollar infrastructure loan scheme.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Polisario to Participate at European UnionAfrican Union Summit in Abidjan

Rabat – After an intense month of consultations, heated debates, and wild speculations, the European and African Unions have finally cleared up the imbroglio about the participation of the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in their upcoming joint summit.During a joint press conference held November 22 in Brussels, Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and her African counterpart Moussa Faki Mahamat announced the official participation of the Sahrawi separatist front in the summit, to be held November 29 and 30.For the EU, it was necessary that all countries of the AU be present at the summit in Abidjan, declared Mogherini. Regarding the previous debates on the participation of the self-proclaimed SADR at the event as a “complicated” matter, Mogherini lauded Faki’s “extraordinary capacity in solve the issue.” However, the vice president stressed that this decision “does not change our position on Western Sahara.”Would this mean that the question is definitely settled? At the level of the African Union, “we have solved the problem, and all AU members will take part,” affirmed Faki, while refraining from referring to the Polisario as a “member state.”According to Faki, welcoming the separatist front in the summit is a decision that Morocco has agreed on. “During my meeting with King Mohammed VI in Morocco, we discussed the matter, and I believe that from this point of view the position of the AU is accepted by all of its members,” explained the chairman of the AU Commission.On October, Faki was charged by the AU Executive Council to reach consensus on SADR’s participation in the summit. The chairman then began consultations with the incumbent AU president, Alpha Conde, Ethiopian President Alassane Ouattara, and the European Commission before traveling to Rabat early November, where he was received by King Mohammed VI.But despite contesting the presence of the self-proclaimed SADR, Morocco will attend the summit, represented by King Mohammed VI himself. While the Royal Cabinet had not confirmed the possible displacement, sources revealed to pan-African magazine Jeune Afrique that the kingdom will face Polisario head on this November.According to, King Mohammed VI is currently staying in Gabon, less than an hour and a half flight from Abidjan. The sovereign will also make a three-day work and friendship visit to Côte d’Ivoire starting December 1. read more

Cellphone billing errors draw most consumer complaints telecom watchdog says

MONTREAL — A telecom watchdog group says routine errors on cellphone bills continue to be a major headache for consumers, who often complained they were charged too much.A report by the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services finds consumers also say they weren’t given discounts or credits promised or their contracts didn’t reflect the services they thought they were getting.The non-profit group helps settle disputes between consumers and telecom service providers.It handled almost 11,000 complaints for 2011 to 2012, a 35% increase from the previous year.The complaints included wireless, local phone and long distance and Internet services.[np-related]Andrew Barr/National Post For the last three years, complaints about cellphone services have made up more than half of the telecom services complaints, a hot button issue for consumers.“The No. 1 complaint is what I will call routine billing errors related to regular service,” said commissioner Howard Maker, who released his annual report Thursday.“Wireless tends to be a complaint generator,” Maker said.Maker said a national code of conduct for Canada’s wireless providers should eventually help lower complaints.“We think it will set minimum standards for service provider conduct and will clarify rights and responsibilities.”The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has asked Canadians to help draft the code because consumers have said their monthly contracts are confusing and the terms and conditions can vary greatly from one wireless company to another.This year, more than 60% of the complaints to Maker’s watchdog group were about wireless services, which face numerous technological changes, he said.The No. 1 complaint is what I will call routine billing errors related to regular service“I often think the technology guys and the marketing guys get ahead of the customer service folks. So it’s difficult for the customer service folks to convey all of the information that consumers need in a timely way and in an accurate way.”Maker also noted that his group solved 90% of the complaints it received and said sometimes the solutions were glaringly obvious.Some of the solutions were so simple that “you kind of scratch your head” and wonder why customers couldn’t get any satisfaction, he said.“We see so many complaints that could have been avoided, in our view, with a little extra care provided by the service provider at first instance.”The second-biggest complaint was clauses in consumers’ cellphone contracts, known as terms of service, which includes such things as early termination fees, the report said.That underscores that consumers need to understand their contracts, Maker said.The watchdog group also received complaints about lost smartphones and if consumers needed to keep paying their monthly contracts.Consumers aren’t off the hook and need to be aware of their responsibilities and options, Maker said.“Losing your device is not a basis to stop paying your monthly fees,” he said.“Although we understand customers’ frustration with having to pay for a service that they can no longer use, the physical protection of a customer’s device is not the service provider’s responsibility,” the report adds.The report also found that local telephone service and Internet service were No. 2 and No. 3 in generating complaints.The main complaint with these services, again, was billing errors, Maker said. Complaints about Internet services also include disputes about usage caps.Maker said 178 telecom service providers and brands participate in the group’s dispute resolution process.The group is an independent, industry-financed body established by the federal government to resolve consumer complaints against telecom companies.The Canadian Press read more

Niagara man causes 50K in damage to hospital

A Niagara man has been charged after a St. Catharines hospital sustained more than $50,000 in damage during an incident.Officers were called to the Niagara Health System at 1200 Fourth Ave. around 11:55 a.m. Tuesday.Police say a man barricaded himself in an area of the hospital and was causing excessive property damage.Arthur Bialas, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, was arrested and charged with mischief. He is scheduled for a bail hearing on Dec. 20. No injuries were reported but the incident caused a short disruption to the regular operation of the hospital. read more

Capital Drilling wins new contracts in Ethiopia Ghana and Mauritania

first_imgCapital Drilling, the emerging and developing drilling company, has recently been awarded a further three new contracts. They are for BHP Billiton in Ethiopia, and two for Kinrtoss Gold, one in Ghana and the other in Mauritania. Commenting, Jamie Boyton, Executive Chairman, said: “I am very pleased to announce [these] contract wins, which follow closely on the heels of contracts recently awarded in Chile with BHP and the Solomon Islands with Allied Gold. The contracts represent the expansion of existing relationships with blue chip and major mining companies and further strengthens the long term visibility of our revenue profile. Having concluded successfully our first energy contract with Oil Search in Papua New Guinea we are looking forward to working in Ethiopia and continuing to grow the energy division. The contract with Kinross continues our drive in the significant market of West Africa.”Capital Drilling Energy has been awarded a contract with BHP Billiton, the second contract with the mining major this year, which will initially involve the deployment of one rig to carry out exploration drilling for potash in the Danakil Depression of the Afar National Regional State in northeast Ethiopia. The contract is expected to run until late 2011 and represents the group’s second energy contract. The rig required for the contract is currently in mobilisation and represents an addition to the group’s fleet.Capital Drilling Africa has been awarded a contract with Kinross Gold in Ghana where it recently acquired the Chirano gold mine through the takeover of Redback Mining. Capital Drilling Africa has been contracted to supply two diamond rigs for development drilling, with the contract expected to commence in early Q3 2011 for a minimum 12 month contract. The rigs required will be sourced from the existing fleet.Capital Drilling Africa has been awarded a further contract with Kinross Gold in Mauritania which represents an expansion of activity at the Tasiat gold mine, where the group currently has five diamond rigs operating. The new contract is for an additional air core rig to be utilised in exploration drilling, which has been sourced from within the existing fleet.Capital Drilling, which has a Premium Listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, provides specialised drilling services to mineral exploration and mining companies in emerging and developing markets, for exploration, development and production stage projects. ThecCompany currently owns and operates a fleet of 78 drilling rigs with established operations in Tanzania, Zambia, Egypt, Mauritania, Mozambique, PNG, Eritrea and Chile. The group’s corporate headquarters is in Singapore and it has its administrative offices for South America in Santiago, Chile.last_img read more

Google rolls out major search algorithm update

first_imgGoogle’s search algorithms are an ever-changing mystery that only the best search engine optimizer (SEO) experts ever get a handle on. But Google yesterday implemented one of the biggest changes they have ever made to those algorithms, and one that should see a noticeable change in the quality of search results everyone sees.According to Google, this change should have a positive impact:In the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on. Google see this change as supporting “a healthy web ecosystem” with the side effect being a lot of sites will have their rankings change either for the better or worse. Depending on which side of the fence you are on: content copier or content producer, will give you a good idea of how this is going to play out for your site/s.For end users it is certainly promising to be a positive change. Google has been trying to improve the overall search experience recently with the surprise introduction of a Personal Blocklist for the Chrome browser being the most public example of that. Now with search results getting better too, we should all see a lot less rubbish on that all important first page of results.Read more at The Official Google Bloglast_img read more

Panasonic Lumix Phone P05C sports 132 megapixel camera

first_imgSure, the iPhone 4 takes pretty darn nice pictures. Nice enough that it’s become one of the most popular cameras on Flickr in recent months. Nokia’s N9 seems to be capable of capturing brilliant images as well, with its super-fast shooting abilities, 8MP sensor, and Carl Zeiss optics.But in the smartphone world, there’s always a competitor lurking in the shadows, hoping to wrestle away the crown if only for a month or two. Panasonic thinks it’s up to the challenge, and is putting its Lumix Phone P-05C up for sale in Japan on the NTT DoCoMo network.The P-05C sports a 13.2MP sensor, Panasonic’s Mega O.I.S. for jitter-free and crystal clear images, and an ultra-bright LED flash. Like its camera-only Lumix cousins, the P-05C offers 11 preset shooting modes (including full auto), burst mode (which captures 8 sequential images), and the widest-angle lens you’ll find on a cameraphone (27MM).  It’s also capable of recording video in 1080p HD.While the rear is clearly all about the Lumix camera branding, the front does, in fact, pack phone hardware. There’s a 3.3″ display which runs at 480×854 pixels, Wi-Fi radio, and microSD expansion (capable of handling cards up to 32GB). Standby time is listed at up to 530 hours while talk time comes in at a more humble 210 minutes. Including the battery, the Lumix Phone P-05C weighs in at just under 150 grams.Like Panasonic’s previous Lumix phones, there’s no word about the P-05C being offered up for sale outside Japan.More at GSM Arena and Panasonic Japanlast_img read more

Three men shot dead by coworker in San Francisco identified

first_img Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 7:32 AM By Associated Press 14,676 Views 26 Comments Three men shot dead by co-worker in San Francisco identified A union official says the gunman had filed a grievance complaining that he was working excessive overtime. UPS workers gather outside the warehouse yesterday Source: Eric Risberg/AP/Press Association ImagesOFFICIALS HAVE IDENTIFIED the three men killed after a UPS driver opened fire during a meeting at a company warehouse in San Francisco.San Francisco’s chief medical examiner identified the victims as 50-year-old Benson Louie and 56-year-old Wayne Chan, both of San Francisco; and 46-year-old Michael Lefiti, of Hercules.Police say the three UPS drivers were killed by 38-year-old Jimmy Lam, who fatally shot himself in the head in front of officers.A motive in the killings has not been determined.A union official says the gunman had filed a grievance complaining that he was working excessive overtime. Emergency vehicles and police outside the warehouse yesterday Source: Eric Risberg/APJoseph Cilia, an official with a local Teamsters Union, says Lam’s grievance filed in March requested that UPS relieve him of working overtime going forward.Still, Cilia says Lam wasn’t angry, and he could not understand why he would open fire on his colleagues at the meeting yesterday.Cilia says two other drivers who were wounded have been released from hospital.Lefiti’s cousin, Bob Toia, told the San Francisco Chronicle Lefiti was devoted to his wife and children. Isaiah Miggins, a co-worker at UPS, said Lefiti was a big man, but humble and always happy.People have set up a memorial with flowers and balloons at a local supermarket near the UPS warehouse.‘Frightful scene’ Authorities say they’re interviewing the families of victims and witnesses to piece together the sequence of events. San Francisco Assistant Chief of Police Toney Chaplin Source: Eric Risberg/APAssistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin told reporters authorities found two victims outside and others inside, calling it a “frightful scene”.He says officers didn’t fire at the gunman, but that he shot himself when they confronted him.Chaplin says police won’t know more information about weapon until they test-fire it.Read: Four killed and others injured after San Francisco warehouse shootingRead: Death toll from tragic London fire expected to rise today Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share22 Tweet Email1 Jun 15th 2017, 7:32 AM Short URLlast_img read more

Multiple boats damaged after fire at Deerfield beach boat storage business

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Several boats have been left charred at a boat storage facility after a fire broke out Thursday morning.Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze on North Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach.Crews said a forklift battery may have sparked the flames.No injuries were reported.The Florida State Fire Marshal will be investigating the blaze.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Kumaraswamy told to face floor test today by 6 pm

first_imgBengaluru, July 23: Amid late Monday night drama in the Karnataka Assembly, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar directed Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to face floor test on Tuesday by 6 pm to prove majority in the House. “I am adjourning the House nearly at midnight to meet again on Tuesday at 10 am for concluding the debate on the confidence motion by 4 pm and holding the floor test by 6 pm,” Kumar told the members and left the Assembly premises in a huff. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members, who waited since morning for the crucial floor test, protested against the Speaker for adjourning the session without the floor test, he promised them on Friday and throughout the day. “The Speaker has betrayed us again by adjourning the House without the floor test for the fourth time since July 18 after assuring us that he would not defer it beyond Monday,” a weary and grim-faced BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa told reporters outside the Assembly. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us A miffed Speaker asked Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah how much more time the ruling allies would need to conclude the debate on the motion for the floor test. When the former Chief Minister said the ruling allies would complete the debate by 6 pm for the floor test by 8 pm on Tuesday, but the Speaker advanced the trust vote by 6 pm and to end the debate by 4 pm. Advertise With Us The Chief Minister moved the confidence motion on July 18 to prove majority after the 14-month fledgling JDS-Congress coalition government was reduced to minority following the resignation of 15 rebel legislators of the ruling combine and withdrawal of support by two Independents in the 225-member Assembly, including one nominated without voting right. Earlier, a tense Kumaraswamy beseeched the Speaker to allow two more days to face the floor test after his reply to the motion. “In view of the fast-changing circumstances since July 19 and a few petitions coming up in the Supreme Court on Tuesday for hearing and ruling on issues concerning our parties and the state, we request you to defer the floor test to Wednesday,” Kumaraswamy told the Speaker. The Chief Minister alleged that a fake letter of his resignation with his forged signature, addressed to state Governor Vajubhai Vala, has been circulating in the social media like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook since late evening when he was in the Assembly. “I don’t know who is so desperate for my resignation that a fake letter was prepared with my forged signature and shared in the social media. It also made it to the print and electronic media, which brought it to my office’s notice. This mischief needs to be investigated to find out who all are behind this,” Kumaraswamy told the Speaker in Kannada. Even as the ruling members were on their feet for adjourning the session, Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara left the House quietly, as they left the debate on the motion to the Speaker. Congress state president Dinesh Gundu Rao said the top court has listed for hearing on Tuesday the petitions filed by his party, JD-S, chief minister and two independents on issues pertaining to the coalition government, the trust vote, the July 17 interim order of the three-judge bench, saying the 15 rebel legislators who resigned cannot be compelled to attend the session for the floor test and the Governor’s three messages to the chief minister to prove his majority on July 17 and July 18. With the 15 rebels, including 12 of the Congress and 3 of the JDS deciding not to attend the session and the two Congress legislators (B Nagendra and Srimant Patil) admitted in Bengaluru and Mumbai private hospitals, the strength of the allies in the House was 99 (65 out of 79 of the Congress plus 34 out of 37 of the JDS), including the Speaker (from Congress) in the 225-member Assembly. With the two Independents supporting the BJP, which has 105 legislators, 107 votes will be against the motion in the division of votes vis-a-vis 100 of the ruling combine, including N Mahesh of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). “The voting takes place on the basis of the members present in the House. But, with only 100 members on his side, Kumaraswamy will inevitably face defeat when the motion will be put to vote, as the new halfway mark will be 105 out of 208 (225-17),” BJP spokesman G. Madhusudana told IANS here.last_img read more

Four more BNP MPs take oath

first_img.Four of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s six MPs were sworn in on Monday, following the footstep of Zahidur Rahman, the MP of Thakurgaon-3 constituency, who took oath on 25 April.The four are Md Aminul Islam from Chapainawabganj -2 constituency, Md Harunur Rashid from Chapainawabganj -3, Ukil Abdussattar from Brahmanbaria-2 and Md Mosharraf Hossain from Bogra-4.They entered the speaker’s office around 4:45pm.It means BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is the only one yet to take the oath. BNP won six seats in the 11th parliamentary elections.BNP, which contested the polls with Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, had been demanding fresh elections rejecting the results of the polls.last_img read more

Big Mural in West Houston Recognizes Harveys First Responders

first_img Share – / 5The Westchase District unveiled Thursday its ‘Harvey Heroes’ mural on the flood control channel that runs along Brays Bayou, in west Houston.Local artist Larry Crawford started working on the mural back in May. It recognizes the work of first responders who saved people from floodwaters during Hurricane Harvey last year.The mural depicts the Bayou City’s skyline and first responders from the Houston Police and Fire departments, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Cajun Navy.With an approximate size of 100 foot wide and 20 foot tall, the mural is the largest in that part of Houston, where there are already other murals.Crawford used a technique that combines spray and hand painting.last_img read more