October 19

Second grader murdered in Aceh trying to save his mother from rapist

first_imgA 10-year-old schoolboy was murdered while trying to prevent his mother being raped in Birem Bayeun district, East Aceh, last week.The alleged rapist, Samsul Bahri, 36, reportedly stabbed the boy, identified only as R, before putting his body in a sack and throwing it into a river.As reported by tribunnews.com, R and his 28-year-old mother lived near a community-owned plantation, far from residential areas in the district. Langsa Police criminal investigation unit head First. Insp. Arief S. Wibowo said the medical team had found several wounds to R’s shoulders, neck, jaw and hands, including his wrists and fingers.“The medical team suspects that the victim died from a cut to his left wrist,” said Arief.Read also: Aceh authorities suspend caning of child rapist after he suffers severe bruisingSamsul was apprehended by the police hiding under a large tree later the same evening, he attempted to resist arrest and warning shots were fired.Fadli Fajar, R’s biological father who separated from the boy’s mother two years ago, was unable to contain his grief when contacted on Tuesday. Since the separation R had lived with his father in Medan Selayang.“On 19 September, I just celebrated his 10th birthday,” said Fadli.Days after the birthday celebration, R’s mother took him to Aceh.“I could hardly believe it when I heard the news that he had died,” Fadli said, “I was told that before being killed, his mother ordered him to run, but he didn’t want to. Instead he fought.”R was a bright, cheerful and resolute lad, Fadli recalled. He was among the top-ranked pupils in his class and was able to read the Quran at a very young age.Fadli has demanded for justice for the murder. (syk)Topics : In the early hours of Oct. 10, R and his mother were sleeping in their house, while R’s stepfather was fishing on the river.Samsul is alleged to have entered the house and attempted to rape R’s mother, who resisted. The boy awoke and went to his mother’s aid, but Samsul reportedly slashed him with a machete, according to a statement by the mother.Samsul is then alleged to have bound the mother and fled with R’s body, which Samsul put in a sack before disposing it in a nearby river. The mother freed herself and raised the alarm in a nearby village.The police and residents conducted a search and the boy’s body was found floating in the river the following afternoon.last_img read more

October 16

Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Expand Juniata County Industrial Park to Meet Growing Demand

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Expand Juniata County Industrial Park to Meet Growing Demand SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 15, 2018center_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to expand the Juniata County Industrial Park by nearly 60 acres.“Awarding this grant removes a long-standing barrier to economic growth in the region – no room to grow,” Gov. Wolf said. “This helps to solve that problem by significantly expanding available land and matching that with the necessary infrastructure to make the industrial park a place for businesses to set up shop and grow.”The Juniata County Industrial Development Authority was awarded a $2 million grant to acquire about 59 acres adjacent to the existing industrial park near Mifflintown, which will allow for the addition of 12 lots with sizes ranging from 1.5 to 2.6 acres. The grant will also fund the expansion of necessary infrastructure, including storm sewer, sanitary sewer, access road, and potable water to the first phase of the project.The Juniata County Industrial Park is home to 24 business that employ more than 460 people. With only four small-size vacant lots, the industrial park has faced growth constraints. Further expanding the industrial park is expected to spur economic growth by providing space for businesses to develop in Juniata County.“Increasing the capacity of the industrial park will bring more family-sustaining job opportunities to our area,” Senator Jake Corman said. “With access to a well-trained workforce, highways and other local resources, employers know that Juniata County is a great place to locate.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.last_img read more

October 6

Furbaby trend turning Aussie backyards into pet cemeteries

first_imgEmmeline Bowles, 3, with brother Edward Bowles, 8, at the grave of his beloved pet cat Slynx, with father David Bowles watching from the deck. Picture: AAP/Steve PohlnerALMOST half of Aussie pet owners bury their furbabies at home, with even rented properties being turned into cat and dog cemeteries, a new study has found.Potentially around 785,000 rental properties were being turned into pet graveyards, with the latest finder.com.au survey naming home burial as the preferred option for almost half of all furry pet owners.Finder.com.au insurance expert Bessie Hassan said ‘furbaby’ attachments were so strong that the majority of pet owners didn’t want to part with them even in death.“The fact that some Aussies may be breaching the terms of their lease in order to bury their pets on rented land is indicative of just how much we treasure them,” she said.The Australian Veterinary Association said companionship was the number one reason to own a pet in 2016, with a marked increase in cats and dogs being viewed as part of the family.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoSlynx, beloved pet of Brisbane boy Edward Bowles, 8. The furbaby trend is seeing a rise in Aussie home burials for pets. Picture: SuppliedOne in four pet owners preferred cremation for their furbabies, leaving their pet at the vet shop was the third most popular option, 5 per cent were partial to using an actual pet cemetery and 3 per cent favoured taxidermy.Ms Hassan said “for animal lovers wanting to preserve the memory of their beloved pet, some pet insurance policies will provide a payment upon death to assist with accommodating for the loss”.Brisbane boy Edward Bowles, 8, can visit a memorial to his beloved cat Slynx, any time he wants in the yard of his home.“We’ve got a grave there with a black cat statue and a stone the colour of Slynx who was orangey ginger and it’s also got a little post with his name on it and a picture of him.”He’s currently saving to buy another pet, his father David said.“I would like to get another cat like Slynx,” the primary schooler said.last_img read more

September 29

Friday people roundup

first_imgCiti — Philip Forkan is joining Citi as the EMEA head of business development for the company’s open architecture global collateral management product OpenCollateral. Before starting at Citi last week, Forkan worked at Sapient Global Markets as head of its collateral and clearing practice. He was previously global head of collateral management at RBS.Meriten Investment Management – Martin Theisinger is joining from Oppenheim KAG, appointed to the investment boutique’s management board. In his previous role, he was responsible for business development and client relations. Theisinger has previously worked at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Fortis Investments, Schroder Investment Management and JP Morgan Asset Management.Northern Trust — Northern Trust has appointed Susan Bradley and David Price as head of transfer agency and head of client servicing, respectively. They will join the firm’s transfer agency team in Dublin and Limerick. Bradley comes to Northern Trust from Citi Bank Europe, where she was most recently head of transfer agency product for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Price joins the firm from JP Morgan (Ireland), where he was a senior client servicing account manager. Cantor Fitzgerald Europe – Sheil Aggarwal has been appointed to the role of managing director at financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald Europe. He will be based in London, focusing on asset-back securities, mortgage-backed securities and collateralised loan obligations, the firm said. Aggarwalwill join Cantor from Pamplona Credit Opportunities, where he was a partner. Before that, he was a senior managing director at Bear Stearns.Aberdeen Asset Management – Dan Grandage has been appointed head of sustainability at Aberdeen Asset Management. The firm said he would lead its approach to responsible property investment, working to improve the environmental efficiency of the properties it manages around the world. Grandage has worked within environmental consultancy RPS Consultants and engineering and design consultancy WSP Group, Aberdeen said.Legal & General Property (LGP) – Imogen Ebbs has been appointed as a senior asset manager at Legal & General Property, to support its LPI (Limited Price Inflation) Income Property Fund. She comes to LGP from Lloyds Banking Group, where she was an associate director working as part of the bank’s UK property deleveraging programme. Dunedin — Karan Darrach has been appointed as financial controller at private equity firm Dunedin. Andrew Davidson has also been appointed as an analyst at the firm. Darrach was previously senior manager at KPMG. At Dunedin, he is responsible for fund reporting and portfolio monitoring. Davidson, who worked at PwC before, will be responsible at Dunedin for sourcing deals across the UK.last_img read more

September 26

Resistance spread ‘compromising’ fight against malaria

first_imgHealthLifestyle Resistance spread ‘compromising’ fight against malaria by: – April 7, 2012 Share Malaria is spread by mosquitoesScientists have found new evidence that resistance to the front-line treatments for malaria is increasing.They have confirmed that resistant strains of the malaria parasite on the border between Thailand and Burma, 500 miles (800km) away from previous sites. Researchers say that the rise of resistance means the effort to eliminate malaria is “seriously compromised”.The details have been published in The Lancet medical journal.For many years now the most effective drugs against malaria have been derived from the Chinese plant, Artemisia annua. It is also known as sweet wormwood. In 2009 researchers found that the most deadly species of malaria parasites, spread by mosquitoes, were becoming more resistant to these drugs in parts of western Cambodia. This new data confirms that these Plasmodium falciparum parasites that are infecting patients more than 500 miles away on the border between Thailand and Burma are growing steadily more resistant.The researchers from the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit measured the time it took the artemisinin drugs to clear parasites from the bloodstreams of more than 3,000 patients. Over the nine years between 2001 and 2010, they found that drugs became less effective and the number of patients showing resistance rose to 20%. Prof Francois Nosten, who is part of the research team that has carried out the latest work, says the development is very serious.“It would certainly compromise the idea of eliminating malaria that’s for sure and will probably translate into a resurgence of malaria in many places,” he said.‘Untreatable malaria’Another scientist involved with the study is Dr Standwell Nkhoma from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. “Spread of drug-resistant malaria parasites within South East Asia and overspill into sub-Saharan Africa, where most malaria deaths occur, would be a public health disaster resulting in millions of deaths.” The drug artemisinin is derived from the Artemisia annua plant The scientists cannot tell if the resistance has moved because mosquitoes carrying the resistant parasites have moved to the Burmese border or if it has arisen spontaneously among the population there. Either way the researchers involved say it raises the spectre of untreatable malaria. “Either the resistance has moved and it will continue to move and will eventually reach Africa. Or if it has emerged, now that artemisinin is the standard therapy worldwide then it means it could emerge anywhere,” Prof Nosten told the BBC.“If we were to lose artemisinin then we don’t have any new drugs in the pipeline to replace them. We could be going back 15 years to where cases were very difficult to treat because of the lack of an efficacious drug.”Artemisinin is rarely used on its own, usually being combined with older drugs to help fight the rise of resistance. These artemisinin based combination therapies are now recommended by the World Health Organization as the first-line treatment and have contributed substantially to the recent decline in malaria cases in many regions.Prof Nosten says the current spread of resistance could be similar to what happened in the 1970s with chloroquine, a drug that was once a front-line treatment against the disease. “When chloroquine resistance reached Africa in the middle of the 1970s it translated into a large increase in the number of cases and the number of children who died increased dramatically.”In a separate paper published in the journal Science researchers have identified a region of the malaria parasite genome that is linked to resistance to artemisinin. Dr Tim Anderson, from Texas Biomed who led this study, says that while mapping the geographical spread of resistance can be challenging it may be hugely beneficial.“If we can identify the genetic determinants of artemisinin resistance we should be able to confirm potential cases of resistance more rapidly. This could be critically important for limiting the further spread of resistance.” According to the World Malaria Report 2011 malaria was responsible for killing an estimated 655,000 people in 2010 – more than one every minute. A majority of these were young children and pregnant women. BBC News Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share 12 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

September 25

Aklan tightens watch amid coronavirus scare

first_imgThe local government of Wuhan, aformer British settlement and a major transport hub for central China on theYangtze River, has suspended public urban transportation over the outbreak. Provincial Health Officer Dr. CornelioCuachon Jr. said the specimen were collected and transported to the ResearchInstitute for Tropical Medicine for confirmatory tests.  On Jan. 23, Chinese authoritiesimposed a total lockdown and cancelled flights to Wuhan ahead of the ChineseNew Year holiday. A flight attendant, who traveled fromWuhan, put herself under quarantine when she arrived at the airport aftermanifesting the flu-like symptoms. Common symptoms include sore throat,fever and breathing difficulties.(With areport from Akean Forum/PN) Surveillance personnel monitor passersby as security tightens across the country due to a new coronavirus strain. REX REMITIO/CNN PHILIPPINES The presence of Boracay Islandtourists from China, however, triggered alarm and public anxiety in theprovince on account of heightened risk from the new coronavirus. Local health authorities in Aklan saidthe province has no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus strain.   Last week, three Chinese nationalswith no travel history to Wuhan were examined in Aklan Provincial Hospitalafter experiencing flu-like symptoms on arrival to the Kalibo airport.  center_img Hours before the lockdown, around 135passengers of Royal Air Charter arrived from Wuhan to the Kalibo InternationalAirport on Thursday. The virus has spread to Thailand,France, Japan, South Korea, United States, and the cities of Shanghai andBeijing.   BORACAY – Amid the Wuhan virusoutbreak in China, authorities in Aklan have taken intense monitoring andsurveillance measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Cuachon urged the public to avoidclose contact with live or dead animals or people suffering from acute respiratoryinfections as he encouraged them to frequently wash their hands. As of Jan. 24, the World HealthOrganization reported 26 deaths due to the new coronavirus strain while 830confirmed cases are being examined in China. Airports and ports in the provinceremained vigilant as quarantine personnel secure and screen passengers fromother countries.  Around 80 Wuhan tourists will berepatriated on Jan. 25 via Kalibo airport while the rest will stay in BoracayIsland, Malay, Aklan until Jan. 27. last_img read more

September 25

‘Pusher’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgBACOLOD City – Police nabbed a man in a drug-buy bust operation in Barangay La Granja, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental. Esmedia was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop for P500 around 7:00 p.m. on June 9, it added. The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the La Carlota City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNcenter_img Six sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P6,000 were seized from Chris John Esmedia, 31, of Barangay San Miguel, La Carlota City, a police report showed.last_img read more

September 23

Carrell tops IMCA Modifieds at Mark Howard Memorial

first_imgMark Carrell was the $2,600 winner of Cottage Grove Speedway’s Mark Howard Memorial Nation­als main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GOVE, Ore. (July 23) – Mark Carrell led the last 22 of 52 laps in winning Saturday’s Mark Howard Memorial Modified Nationals at Cottage Grove Speedway.The $2,600 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory put Carrell on the ballot for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Craig Hanson took the lead on the opening circuit and stayed in front until lap 16 when Collen Winebarger finally found a way around.The mandatory caution flew at lap 25 for refueling and Winebarger continued to set the fast pace after the restart, followed by Carrell and Craig Hanson.Carrell made the pass around Winebarger and set a wicked pace, but a caution with five laps to go bunched everyone up for one final shot at the leader.Carrell kept all challengers in check, however, and held on to win the Howard Memorial for the first time. Winebarger was second, followed by 24th starting Nick Trenchard, Jesse Williamson and Craig Hanson.Feature results – 1. Mark Carrell; 2. Collen Winebarger; 3. Nick Trenchard; 4. Jesse Williamson; 5. Craig Hanson; 6. Brian Poppa; 7. Derrick Young; 8. Grey Ferrando; 9. Mark Wauge; 10. John Campos; 11. Bricen James; 12. Steven Sturdevant; 13. Justin Dittman; 14. Kyle Casson; 15. B.J. Wild; 16. Tyler Smith; 17. Curtis Towns; 18. Kevin Roberts; 19. Eric Ashley; 20. Shane Mille; 21. Kreg Britton; 22. Ethan Landers; 23. Jake Mayden; 24. Dustin Cady.last_img read more

September 23

Packed pits for Lincoln County lidlifter

first_imgMikey Dancer motored to the season-opening IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win at Lincoln County Race­way. (Photo by Steve Towery)By Kelly NinasNORTH PLATTE, Neb. (April 28) – Perseverance was tested but it was worth the wait for the 2018 Lincoln County Raceway season opener in North Platte on Saturday evening. The heated action was highlighted with the pits being jam packed with competitors looking to start their sea­son off on the right foot in front of a large crowd.Earning IMCA feature wins were David Murray Jr., Danny Concelman, Mikey Dancer, Jeromy Wagner and Andrew Baumgarder.No stranger to the winner’s circle, Murray weathered a storm restarts to earn his career 550th IMCA Modified feature victory. Coming from the middle of the pack, Cale Osborn pressured Mur­ray on the final restart, only to be forced to settle for runner-up accolades.Wasting no time to get to the front, Dancer cruised to the feature win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. Dancer started on the outside of the second row, took the lead on the second lap and never looked back.Grabbing the lead near the halfway point and winning the sprint to the finish was Concelman in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Starting on the pole was a great foundation for success for Jeromy Wagner to earn the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature victory. Wagner paced the field after garnering the point position on the third lap.It was like a movie story line for Baumgardner in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. Baumgard­ner started on the front row and led the first three laps before relinquishing the lead as a result of a flat tire.After restarting at the rear, Baumgardner zigzagged through traffic to chase down leader Daryl Cauffman on the 12th lap and drive his way to the winner’s circle.last_img read more

September 23

Clay County, Fairmont dates are next for IMCA Dirt Knights

first_imgAlso running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $1,200 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods both for $800 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $300 to win. SPENCER, Iowa (Aug. 2) – IMCA Modifieds will be on the road to Clay County Fair Speedway for round six of the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students ages 13-17 and kids 12 and under are free when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. The Monday, Aug. 5 feature pays $1,500 to win and is a qualifying event for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Sunday’s The Knight Before program at Spencer is also sponsored by Hahn Roofing and boasts a $1,500 to win, All-Star ballot qualifying feature for the Modifieds. Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman 198; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 174; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 160; 4. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 141; 5. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 139; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 136; 7. Corey Dripps, Rein­beck, 130; 8. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill., 111; 9. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, 106; 10. Chris Abel­son, Sioux City, 101; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 95; 12. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek, 88; 13. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill., 87; 14. Jeremy Mills, Britt, 77; 15. Josh Most, Red Oak, 73; 16. Al Bohlman, Isanti, Minn., 72; 17. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, and Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake, both 70; 19. Derrick Stewart, Ainsworth, 69; 20. Austin Wolf, Algona, 68. The Bob Shryock Memorial feature for Modifieds totes a $1,500 top check and an All-Star ballot berth. Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Sport Compacts complete the card. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. at Spencer, hometown of series title sponsor Arnold Motor Supply. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for adults and $15 for minors.   Both the Spencer and Fairmont Dirt Tour programs will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Dirt Knights history will be made on Wednesday, Aug. 7 when the 10th annual tour travels to Fairmont Race­way for its first event in Minnesota.last_img read more