BOSTON BOMBING LATEST: SUSPECT SHOT DEAD

first_imgA suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is dead, while the second suspect is still on the run following a shooting in the suburb of Watertown.The second suspect is believed to be the man wearing a white baseball cap in images released by the FBI yesterday.Massachusetts State Police have warned people in the Boston suburb of Watertown not to open their doors. Police said they would conduct a door-to-door, street-by-street search due to what it called a “fluid situation”.A massive police operation is under way in Watertown after a university police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was killed.Another police officer is said to have been shot and critically injured.The Middlesex district attorney said the two men are suspected of killing the police officer, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed. Hours earlier, police had released photos of the bombing suspects and asked for the public’s help finding them.Authorities say the suspects threw explosives from the car as police followed it into Watertown.The suspects and police exchanged gunfire and one of the suspects was critically injured and later died.Police say the suspect on the loose is a “terrorist” who “came here to kill people”.Police officers with weapons drawn, and people wearing FBI and ATF jackets, could be seen in the live videos of the scene. MIT later said that police had determined that the suspect in the shooting was no longer on campus and that it was safe to resume normal activities.David Procopio, a spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police, said the motive for the shooting was not known.He said the investigation would be led by the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.Local television images earlier showed one man lying on the ground surrounded by police officers, however it is not known if he is a suspect in the shooting. Later, a man was shown being led naked to a police car.BOSTON BOMBING LATEST: SUSPECT SHOT DEAD was last modified: April 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Boston bombingsuspect shotlast_img read more

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Live playoff updates: Sharks lose to Avalanche 3-0 in Game 4

first_imgGet live NHL Stanley Cup playoff updates, news and analysis during Game 4 of the Sharks’ second-round series against the Avalanche Thursday at 7 p.m. in Colorado.The resilient Sharks lost a 2-0 lead in the third period in Game 3 before rallying for the 4-2 victory behind a pair of Logan Couture goals. Couture, who has scored an NHL-leading nine postseason goals, has scored seven times in the past six games.San Jose holds a 2-1 series edge over the Avalanche heading into Game 4 and …last_img

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Movember surf’s up

first_imgNovember spells Movember, when Mo Bros grow their moustaches to promote awareness of men’s health issues and raise funds for research. It’s a light-hearted global campaign with a serious message.Established in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003 the campaign has since inspired more than 3 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to ‘stache it up across 21 countries worldwide. In 2012 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas joined the initiative, raising more than R1.2-billion.On November 16, Movember, with beachwear brand Quiksilver, will host the Off the Lip, Mo Retro Surf Jam on Casurina Beach in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal.November spells Movember, when Mo Bros grow their moustaches to promote awareness of men’s health issues and raise funds for research (Image: Movember)Kicking off at 10am, the event will have a 70s theme and feature surfing and fancy dress competitions. Surfers are encouraged to don 70s wear as well.The event will accept 60 first-come, first-served, surf competition entries, at R100 each, and surfers can expect to compete in the Larry Layback, Float the Boat and Wave Waster categories.All competitors’ surfboards have to be pre 1980’s single or twin fins. The event format will have 10 six-strong groups take to the water via the traditional beach start, with the top six surfers battling it out in the final heat at 2.30pm.There will also be prizes for the best male and female fancy dress.All funds raised will be donated to Movember’s men’s health partner, the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), a non-profit organisation that supports research and provides support to people affected by cancer.Shuttle services, leaving from Umhlanga Rocks, have been arranged. For more information visit the website.last_img read more

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Western Ohio cropland values and cash rents 2016-17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2017. According to the Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey, bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to decrease from 4.4 to 8.2% in 2017 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to decline from 1.4% to 4.2% depending on the region and land class. Ohio cropland values and cash rentOhio cropland varies significantly in its production capabilities, and consequently cropland values and cash rents vary widely throughout the state. Generally speaking, western Ohio cropland values and cash rents differ from much of southern and eastern Ohio cropland values and cash rents. The primary factors affecting these values and rates are land productivity and potential crop return and the variability of those crop returns. Soils and drainage capabilities are the two factors that most influence land productivity, crop return and variability of those crop returns.Other factors impacting land values and cash rents are field size and shape, population density, ease of access, market access, local market prices, potential for wildlife damage, field perimeter characteristics, and competition for rented cropland in a region. This fact sheet summarizes data collected for western Ohio cropland values and cash rents. 2017 study results The Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents study was conducted from February through April in 2017. The opinion-based study surveyed professionals with a knowledge of Ohio’s cropland values and rental rates. Professionals surveyed were farm managers, rural appraisers, agricultural lenders, OSU Extension educators, farmers, landowners, and Farm Service Agency personnel.The study results are based on 120 surveys returned, analyzed and summarized. Respondents were asked to group their estimates based on three land quality classes: average, top, and poor. Within each land-quality class, respondents were asked to estimate average corn and soybean yields for a five-year period based on typical farming practices. Survey respondents were also asked to estimate current bare cropland values and cash rents negotiated in the current or recent year for each land-quality class. Survey results are summarized for western Ohio with regional summaries (subsets of western Ohio) for northwest Ohio and southwest Ohio. Factors affecting cash rental ratesUltimately, supply and demand of cropland for rent determines the cash rental rate for each parcel. The expected return from producing crops on a farm parcel and the variability of that return are the primary drivers in determining the rental rates. Many of the following factors contribute to the expected crop return and the variability of that return. Secondary factors may exist and could affect potential rental rates. These secondary factors are also listed.Expected Crop ReturnRent will vary based on expected crop return. The higher the expected return, the higher the rent will tend to be.Variability of Crop ReturnLand that exhibits highly variable returns may have rents discounted for this factor. For example, land that is poorly drained may exhibit variability of returns due to late plantings during wet springs.Factors Affecting Expected Crop Return and Variability of Crop Return:Land (Soil) Quality: Higher quality soils translate into higher rents.Fertility Levels: Higher fertility levels often result in higher cash rents.Drainage/Irrigation Capabilities: Better surface and sub-surface drainage of a farm often results in better yields and higher potential cash rent. Likewise, irrigation equipment tied to the land will allow for higher yields, profits and rents.Size of Farm/Fields: Large farms/fields typically command higher average cash rent per acre due to the efficiencies gained by operators.Shape of Fields: Square fields with fewer “point rows” will generally translate into higher cash rents as operators gain efficiencies from farming fields that are square.Previous Tillage Systems or Crops: Previous crops and tillage systems that allow for an easy transition for new operators may enhance the cash rent value.Field Border Characteristics: Fields surrounded by tree-lined fencerows, woodlots or other borders affecting crop growth at the field edge will negatively impact yield and therefore should be considered in rental negotiations.Wildlife Damage Potential: Fields adjacent to significant wildlife cover including woodlots, tree lined fencerows, creeks, streams, and such may limit production potential to border rows and should be considered in rental negotiations.Secondary Factors Affecting Rental Rates:Buildings and Grain Storage Availability: Access to machinery and grain storage may enhance the value of the cropland rental rate.Location of Farm (Including Road Access): Proximity to prospective operators may determine how much operators are willing to bid for cash rents. Good road access will generally enhance cash rent amounts.USDA Farm Program Measurables: Farms that participate in the USDA Farm Program and have higher “program yields” may command higher cash rents than non-program farms.Services Provided by Operator: Operators that provide services such as clearing fence rows, snow removal and other services may be valued by the landowner. This may even be a partial substitute for cash rent compensation.Conditions of Lease: Conditions placed on the lease by the landowner may result in fewer prospective operators and a lower average cash rent.Payment Dates: Leases that require part or all of the rent to be paid early in the year (up-front) may result in lower rental rates due to higher borrowing or opportunity costs for the operator.Reputation of Landowner/Operator: Reputations of the parties may play a part in the cash rental negotiations. A landowner with a reputation of being difficult to work with may see cash rents negatively affected by this reputation. Farmers with a similar negative reputation may have to pay higher rents.Special Contracts: Farms with special contract commitments may restrict the operator from changing crops based on market conditions. This may negatively impact cash rents. There may also be contracts that positively affect cash rents such as high value crop contracts or contracts for receiving livestock manure.To access the complete summary go to:https://farmoffice.osu.edu/farm-management-tools/farm-management-publications/cash-rentslast_img read more

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Geocaching with Zorro – A Literary Challenge

first_img SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Geocaching Evolution – The Themed Multi-CacheSeptember 2, 2010In “Community”Celebrating 10 Years of Event CachesMarch 24, 2011In “Movie References” Zorro makes an appearance at a geocaching eventSometimes geocaching offers much more than a treasure hunting adventure at the intersection of a certain of latitude and longitude. The Long Beach Public Library Foundation in California, USA is tapping into the power of geocaching to encourage kids and adults to crack open the pages of a library book.Geocaching is now part of an annual event called, “Long Beach Reads One Book.” The book selected this year is Zorro by Isabel Allende.  Di LaPlume with the foundation says, “For the first time ever, we are adding geocaching to the lineup [of activities for the event]. For March, we’ve hidden a series of six Zorro-related caches in Long Beach. They are what I would describe as “mini” Multi-Caches. Each cache has its own theme that is related to the story of Zorro.” All the geocache descriptions are in English and Spanish. One of the Zorro-themed geocaches even leads geocachers into a library.Zorro cache containerZorro library cacheLaPlume says the Library Foundation hopes the Zorro-themed geocaches promote literacy,  encourage people to get outside, learn more about the book, and have fun.Geocachers are given some incentive to find more than just one of the caches. LaPlume says, “During the month of March, anybody who finds all six caches can enter to win a special Zorro prize.”So far the caches have been logged dozens of times. Geocachers in the Long Beach, California area still have until the end of March to discover all the caches and earn an additional prize. But the real prize might be that snapping open a geocache leads to more people opening books. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Pacquiao fights on: ‘I love this sport’

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Gilas shooting for crown Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ According to Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, the Fighting Senator “is enjoying some quality time with his family” and that a decision on his next fight will be announced next month.Meanwhile, Koncz also said Pacquiao and chief trainer Freddie Roach have agreed on a payment scheme (for the Horn bout) that involves Top Rank.“For the last five years, we have instructed our promoter to deduct said payment from our guaranteed purse and this is how our corner has been paid,” said Koncz.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines waves at his supporters after he lost against Jeff Horn of Australia, not shown, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sun. 2 July, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Manny Pacquiao will fight on and, chances are, he’ll seek vindication against Jeff Horn before the year ends.“I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country,” Pacquiao posted on his Twitter account Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Beaten by Horn in their “Battle of Brisbane” for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on July 2, Pacquiao has a rematch clause at his disposal.And Horn is ready to give Pacquiao a chance to regain the 147-pound title in Brisbane. Horn even told ringtv.com that he could possibly knock out Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I think I’ll do better the second time around,” Horn said Wednesday. “I think that occasion, just having that crowd and being up against someone like that gives me a lot of experience in one go, so I think I’ll be way better the next time I go out for sure; no Round 9 repeats.”Horn was referring to the round when Pacquiao nearly knocked him out. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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Kansas once more favored to win 15th straight Big 12 title

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo speaks out on racism after chants aimed at Kalidou Koulibaly TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening This was not supposed to be one of those years.Yes, the Jayhawks lost their entire backcourt of Devonte Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Malik Newman to the NBA. And yes, rival Kansas State returned almost its entire roster from a team that went to the Elite Eight last year, giving the Wildcats a real feeling of confidence heading into the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBut the Jayhawks merely restocked with a bevy of high-profile transfers and five-star recruits, and the result was a No. 1 ranking that they held through much of the nonconference slate. It wasn’t until this past weekend against Arizona State that they lost their first game — without injured big man Udoka Azubuike — that they dropped further than second in the AP poll.Now, the fourth-ranked Jayhawks (10-1) have a final tuneup Saturday against Eastern Michigan before setting their sights on an unprecedented 15th consecutive conference championship. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Arizona State guard Rob Edwards, left, knocks the ball away from Kansas guard Quentin Grimes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)LAWRENCE, Kan. — There have been plenty of times over the past 14 years that Kansas was supposed to have a tough test in the Big 12, only for the Jayhawks to emerge on top when March rolled around.The year Texas had Kevin Durant, or Oklahoma boasted Buddy Hield. The years that Jayhawks coach Bill Self had to replace all five of his starters, or that some other up-and-coming program was stocked with the kind of talent that Kansas seems to get every season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “The reality of it is we weren’t going to run the table,” Self said. “Let’s not get carried away, and I hate saying this — you never want to lose — but certainly you’d rather learn from a nonconference loss than a conference loss, so hopefully we get something from (the loss to Arizona State). I think it’s a teaching moment.”Meanwhile, the Jayhawks might have much more competition in the Big 12 than previously thought.The Wildcats (9-2) are coming off an impressive win over Vanderbilt despite losing preseason player of the year Dean Wade to a foot injury. No. 11 Texas Tech (11-1) leads the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency and just gave Duke all it could handle. Iowa State (10-2) got Lindell Wigginton and Solomon Young back from injuries last week and has shown plenty in their absence.“We’ve got good players,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. “If you think about it, Dean was the only underclassman on the first team All-Big 12 last year, and Barry (Brown) was second team. So two underclassmen in an unbelievable league, probably the toughest league I’ve been a part of.“To me,” Weber said, “I don’t think we’ve gotten as much recognition as we should. But I don’t think they care. They’re just driven to be good players and that’s important for me.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They’re also driven to knock the Jayhawks from their lofty perch in the Big 12.As the league prepares to open its double-round-robin slate next week, here are some story lines:RED RAIDERS RISING: Chris Beard’s team was supposed to take a step back after losing All-Big 12 guard Keenan Evans and freshman standout Zhaire Smith to the pros. But sophomore Jarrett Culver has been playing like an All-American and the Red Raiders have shut down just about everyone they’ve played, even causing the Blue Devils problems in their game at Madison Square Garden.HEALTHY CYCLONES: Iowa State’s only losses have come to Arizona and Iowa, and neither of those is particularly damaging. Marial Shayok has flourished, averaging more than 20 points, and now he’s got a couple of running mates to take off some of the scoring pressure. Wigginton is back from his foot issue and Solomon from a groin injury that sidelined both the first two months of the season.TOUGH TCU: It didn’t take long for Jamie Dixon to turn around TCU, and now the Horned Frogs (11-1) think they can compete for a Big 12 title. They had an early slip-up against Lipscomb but breezed past the rest of their nonconference schedule, winning the Diamond Head Classic earlier this week.SOONERS OR LATER: Lon Kruger has had plenty of teams capable of giving Kansas a run for Big 12 superiority, but this one is putting together a sneak attack. Christian James and No. 25 Oklahoma (11-1) have quietly had one of the better nonconference runs, their only loss coming against Wisconsin.BUMPY COUNTRY ROADS: West Virginia (7-4) returned plenty of talent from last season, including Esa Ahmad and Sagabe Konate. But little has gone right for the Mountaineers, beginning with an early loss to Buffalo and defeats to Western Kentucky, Florida and Rhode Island. MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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RS Dy Chairman shown black flags by BJP Yuva Morcha activists

first_imgKottayam (Ker), Feb 27 (PTI) Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien was today shown black flags on the MG University campus here by a group of people said to be activists of BJP Yuva Morcha, who claimed he abruptly adjourned the Upper House during a debate on Rohith Vemula suicide and the JNU incident.The protesters accused Kurien of adjourning the Rajya Sabha while HRD Minister Smriti Irani was replying to the debate on Thursday.As Kurien arrived at the university in Athirampuzha to inaugurate an inter-university centre of organic farming, the activists stopped his vehicle at the gate and shouted “go back”.When contacted, University Vice-Chancellor Babu Sebastian said the police was aware of the incident.Police said a group of people blocked Kuriens way and waved black flags when he was about to enter the university.Kurien, a senior Congress leader from Kerala, stopped the vehicle seeing the protesters and was enquiring about it when the activists broke the police security and rushed towards his car shouting slogans.They were, however, immediately removed from the scene, police said.Though Kurien insisted he had no complaint, top officials said they have asked the police to register a case against those who participated in the incident.Kurien could not be reached for his reaction.Iranis reply to a short duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday was cut short as the House was abruptly adjourned by Kurien, who was in the chair, after an uproar when she read out certain comments from a pamphlet. PTI COR TGB VS TIRadvertisementlast_img read more

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Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL phones to launch in India today, expect top class camera at cheaper price

first_imgGoogle is all set to launch the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL in India today. While the new Pixel phones will be revealed at the Google IO 2019, an event that kicks off in Mountain View, US, at 10 pm tonight, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are likely to be up for pre-ordering or sale in India immediately after midnight. This is possibly the reason why Flipkart is teasing the phones for the last few days. The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are going to be relatively more affordable variants of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL that were launched last year. They are expected to offer consumers same Pixel-class camera and clean Android 9 Pie software but at lower prices with the Pixel 3a XL tipped to start around Rs 45,000.Globally, it is expected that the Pixel 3a will sport a price of $399 while the Pixel 3a XL will cost $479. Apart from the price, there are likely to be a number of differences between the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3 from last year. A number of details about the new Pixel phones have been leaked so far. Here is what they hint at:- The Pixel 3a XL is likely to come with a 6-inch screen. The Pixel 3 is expected to sport a 5.6-inch screen. Both phones will have high-resolution 1080P screens.- It is expected that both Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will have a 12-megapixel rear camera, and possibly the same one that is inside the Pixel 3 phones.advertisement- On the front, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are likely to have an 8-megapixel camera.- The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will come with at least 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, hint leaks.- The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will possibly use Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor.- The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will use Android 9 Pie software, with minimal customisation. Basically, Google is likely to give Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL users the same software that it puts in more expensive Pixel phones.- Leaks suggest that to keep the price low Google is using plastic bodies for the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL instead of glass that is there in the more expensive Pixel 3.Well, all of this is courtesy leaks, and in the case of the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL leaks have come thick and fast. As far as the official word is concerned we don’t have to wait too long now. Tonight Google will reveal it all.Disclaimer: The reporter’s travel and stay have been arranged by Google.ALSO READ | Google IO 2019: Expect Pixel 3a phones launch, Android Q and here is how you can watch it liveALSO READ | Google Pixel 3a leaks again: Pixel UI, single rear camera and everything else we have seen beforeALSO READ | Google I/O 2019: Android Q, Pixel 3a, Stadia cloud gaming and other goodies Google is expected to unveillast_img read more

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