Police: Rapper Silento charged with murder in shooting death

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say the Atlanta rapper Silento has been arrested and charged with murder in the January shooting death of his 34-year-old cousin. Police in the Atlanta suburb of DeKalb County said Monday that the rapper whose legal name is Ricky Hawk was arrested and booked into jail. A police statement said he’s charged with murder in the Jan. 21 death of Frederick Rooks. Silento is known for his hit viral dance song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” It wasn’t immediately known if Hawk had an attorney who could comment for him.last_img read more

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SCC sets a ‘knockout’ Guinness world record

first_imgIf at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Last year’s Sophomore Class Council (SCC) kept this phrase in mind the past spring semester when they attempted to break the Guinness World Record for largest tournament of knockout basketball, a feat Keough Hall had fallen short of in the fall of 2011. The SCC achieved their goal March 2 when 433 people participated in the tournament in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC). The results were recently certified by Guinness. Junior Jake Frego, a member of last year’s SCC, said the council held the event to unite the sophomore class with a common goal. “Last year, one of the objectives of the SCC athletic committee was to help our class to realize a noteworthy achievement, and to have a great deal of fun while doing so,” he said. “We wanted the achievement to bring together our classmates and offer them some sort of subsequent recognition.” The council arranged with the men’s basketball team to hold the tournament immediately after the men’s last home game against Providence College. Keough Hall rector Fr. Pete McCormick, who spearheaded the attempt in the fall, said the collaboration helped the SCC succeed where Keough had come short. “They coordinated this whole event with men’s basketball and the community at large, and that was the reason we were able to make this happen,” he said. After the players exited, McCormick said everyone in the stands was invited to go down to the court and join the tournament. Frego said the participants included both students and members of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities. Throughout the tournament, the council took steps to ensure Guinness would validate the attempt if they broke the record. “We were required to inform Guinness of our record attempt and had to submit a very detailed description,” Frego said. On the day of the record attempt, McCormick said every participant was asked to sign a waiver, and the event was recorded. Guinness also required a counter who sat at the foul line to double-check that the names on the waivers were legitimate, and two witnesses not associated with the University to verify the event. Despite the success of the event, McCormick said he does not anticipate an immediate attempt to exceed the record. “For now there are no plans, but it’s one of those things that if some other school would try to break it or actually break it, then I would expect that we would try to regain that record,” he said. The event proved to be an extraordinary achievement for the class, Frego said. “We hoped to demonstrate that if Notre Dame students unite behind an effort, they can achieve something remarkable – even a Guinness World Record,” he said.last_img read more

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Board promotes diversity through conference

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) will host its biggest event of the year after spring break when it sponsors the eighth annual Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC) on March 19 and 20. Senior Maddie Meckes, chair of DSLC and vice president of SDB, said the event intends to motivate participants to spark social change.   “The goal of the conference is to allow participants to enrich their perspectives of the adversities and benefits within diverse academic, social and professional settings,” Meckes said. “Our theme this year is ‘From Awareness to Action: Change Your Mind, Ways & World.’ We want participants to be inspired to become catalysts for change in their communities.” Meckes has worked with senior co-chair and SDB secretary Jean Osberger to publicize the event, and several hundred students have already signed up to attend. “We worked with the Career Crossings Office to plan this, and we have five alumnae panelists from the South Bend area attending,” Meckes said. The keynote addresses will come from a wide range of speakers, Meckes said, each with a different perspective on diversity. The opening speaker, Daisy Hernandez, is co-editor of ‘Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism.’ She will speak at 12 p.m. March 19 in Carroll Auditorium. “[Hernandez] speaks on equality, feminism, race and politics,” Meckes said. “Derreck Kayongo is our closing keynote speaker on March 20 at 6 p.m. in Carroll Auditorium. He is a refugee from Uganda and founded the Global Soap Project, which recycles used soap from hotels for new soap in third-world countries.” Kayongo, who was a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2011, will speak about his experiences and how he became a catalyst for change, Meckes said. The keynote speaker for the high school track is Elliott Lewis, a news reporter and law student at the University of Akron. He will discuss biracialism in America and his book “Fade.” Meckes said the speakers were chosen for this year’s conference because of their backgrounds in social justice and their proven ability to influence change in their communities. “The goal of DSLC is for participants to recognize the need for change in society and desire to create that change,” she said. “All three keynotes have recognized the need for change and worked, either through their writing or their careers, to make a positive change in the world.” Osberger said she is especially excited about the speakers because of their ability to connect with the audience. “I look forward to Daisy Hernandez’s keynote address because … she is charismatic and funny, but her message for feminism and equality is particularly pertinent to our student body,” Osberger said. “We are also honored to host Kayongo who speaks directly to our theme as a key international figure who has innovated positive change in developing countries.” The live salsa band “La Republica” will provide entertainment for the conference, Osberger said, and there will also be salsa lessons in Dalloway’s Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. on March 20. There also will be an alumnae lunch March 20. All workshops will be in the conference rooms of the Saint Mary’s Student Center. Registration for DSLC is available on OrgSync and is open to the public. For more information about registration, visit https://orgsync.com/56318/forms/6541last_img read more

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Get a First Look at Kelli O’Hara in New Peter Pan Live! Promo

first_imgHey, look! They’re still flying, and they’ll continue to do so through December 4! Check out the brand new promo for NBC’s upcoming live telecast of Peter Pan, starring Allison Williams as the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. There’s even more singing, more Newsies Lost Boys and a glimpse of five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara as Mrs. Darling. Only a couple of weeks to go until we catch these faces and more (including Christopher Walken, Christian Borle and Minnie Driver) live on NBC! View Commentslast_img read more

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Tax holiday

first_imgToilets with the WaterSense label use 20 percent less water than the current federal standard for toilets. The faucets and accessories reduce water flow by 30 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. All products must meet EPA criteria before earning the WaterSense label. ENERGY STARA broad range of products marked with the ENERGY STAR logo will be tax-free. Specifically, though, the exemption applies to dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, compact fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, refrigerators, doors and windows. Products must be less than $1,500 and purchased for personal use. An ENERGY STAR refrigerator uses less electricity than a 75-watt light bulb. When compared to a refrigerator made before 1993, according to the EPA, it can save up to $60 a year on energy. To earn the ENERGY STAR rating, a refrigerator must be at least 20 percent more efficient than the national standard. Dishwashers must be 25 percent more efficient. Washing machines with the rating save enough water to wash an additional 300 loads of laundry and save up to $55 a year in energy costs. Replacing standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones saves energy, too. Compact fluorescent bulbs use 68 percent less energy than a standard bulb and last 10 times longer, according to the EPA. To learn more about ENERGY STAR go to the Web site www.energystar.gov. To learn more about WaterSense go to www.epa.gov/watersense. Some Georgia counties offer rebates for high-efficiency toilets. For a list of counties that do go to www.epa.gov/watersense/pp/find_rebate.htm. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgians will be able to purchase certain water- and energy-saving products without paying sales tax during the tax-free holiday Oct. 2 through Oct. 5. “This is a great opportunity to save money on products that will help conserve some of our state’s natural resources,” said Pamela Turner, a housing specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. During the holiday, products with a WaterSense or ENERGY STAR label purchased for noncommercial or personal use will be state and local sales tax free. Specific faucets, toilets, refrigerators and dishwashers, light bulbs and air conditioners are on the list. Online purchases delivered to Georgia addresses are eligible for the sales tax exemption, too. WaterSenseWaterSense-labeled products can add up to real savings. “If one out of every four Georgia households would use WaterSense-labeled bathroom fixtures it could save nearly 10 billion gallons of water a year,” she said. last_img read more

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Interview with Luis Alberto Otárola Peñaranda, Peruvian Defense Minister

first_img Diálogo: What do you consider the most important results of this visit to the United States? • Dismantling organized criminal organizations, whether they are terrorist groups, drug traffickers, or involved in other forms of organized crime, and recovering the VRAE. Hours before flying back to Lima, Peruvian Defense Minister Luis Alberto Otárola Peñaranda took a break to talk to Diálogo. We should remember that threats such as terrorism and drug trafficking don’t recognize borders and affect our nations transversally, so a joint and coordinated fight with our regional partners enables us to face those threats on a broader front. • Participating actively in Peru’s operations to maintain international peace and security. Peruvian Defense Minister Luis Alberto Otárola Peñaranda: For us, the most important challenge is dismantling organized criminal organizations, especially those dedicated to drug trafficking and terrorism. Peru has four major priorities: We’re very satisfied, because we’ve fulfilled a very important agenda, with three elements that we’ve achieved amply. • Finally, participating actively in the country’s economic and social development and in civil defense. Minister Otárola Peñaranda: Definitely, my meetings with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, and the head of the Southern Command, Douglas Fraser. Minister Otárola Peñaranda: Shining Path is a terrorist organization that has sunk to the lowest depths, because it has not only rented its ideology to organized crime, but is in open alliance with drug traffickers. During President Humala’s administration, we’ve struck a telling blow against this organization, because we’ve arrested its last historical leader, Artemio, thanks to a joint operation by the police and the Armed Forces. This administration’s objective is to pacify the country and forcefully and definitively defeat a terrorist organization that at this time does not represent an ideological threat to the country. Second, we’ve updated a pending agenda of collaboration with the U.S. government in the areas of training, capacity development, and common and converging areas of focus in the fight against international illicit activities, with special emphasis on drug trafficking. We’ve fully agreed on the need to have shared points of contact that can help us combat what we consider a threat to the security and peace of South America. Drug trafficking and its different variables affect our economy and degrade our environment. Minister Otárola Peñaranda: Working jointly with other countries brings a series of benefits, such as exchange of experiences, acquisition and handling of financial resources, technical, logistical, and human-resources support, and joint operations, among others. Moreover, Peru has a Peace Operations Joint Training Center, which even offers training at the regional level for tasks of this kind. In the case of MRTA, it’s an organization that makes an appearance in pamphlet form, but that in reality has been defeated by Peruvian democracy. What we’re more concerned about than these terrorist movements is the presence of drug traffickers in South America, which is an issue that should attract the interest of all countries. The memorandum reflects the diversity and strength of the bilateral relationship, as well as the progress of this key regional alliance between the United States and Peru. Diálogo: Minister Otárola Peñaranda, what is your most important challenge as Peruvian Defense Minister? center_img Minister Otárola Peñaranda: In effect, we will continue to participate actively in Haiti and in any other country where Peruvian support is needed in order to maintain international peace and security. In the context of my official visit to the United States, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in order to strengthen the political-military relationship. That memorandum institutionalizes regular consultation between the United States and Peru on this subject. Likewise, it extends and strengthens bilateral cooperation and dialogue on a wide variety of issues, which will make a positive contribution to achieving the two countries’ shared objectives in the security arena. Diálogo: Will Peru continue to participate in peace missions in Haiti and other countries? Diálogo: What more could be done to combat illicit trafficking in Peru? During the interview with Diálogo, Minister Otárola Peñaranda spoke about the results of his first official visit to the United States, the current state of the Shining Path rebel group, “a terrorist organization that has sunk to the lowest depths,” he said, and his country’s commitment to the fight against drug trafficking. Diálogo: What is your view of the current state of the Shining Path terrorist group, and what is happening with the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA)? By Dialogo April 11, 2012 Minister Otárola Peñaranda: Illicit drug trafficking should be understood as a global phenomenon, encompassing the participation of multiple countries: producing countries, transit countries, and consuming countries. In that context, the fight should be comprehensive and based on the principle of shared responsibility. That same day, at the Pentagon, he signed a Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and later on, in Miami, he met with General Douglas Fraser, commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). • Improving our capacity to respond to any external or internal threat to peace, security, and the defense of the country’s interests and the Peruvian population. Obviously, international cooperation plays an important role in achieving our objectives. In that context, the priority for President Humala’s administration is reestablishing stability and security conditions in the area of the Apurimac and Ene River Valley (VRAE) in southern Peru. In Peru’s case, a strategy is being implemented to dismantle drug-trafficking organizations on all fronts: interdiction of illegal crops and chemical raw materials, state presence in affected areas, prevention of use, alternative development, and social inclusion. Related crimes, such as money laundering and human trafficking, are being confronted at the same time. Diálogo: What are the advantages of working with the United States and other nations to confront these and other regional threats? We’ve participated very actively in the programs that the United States has in Peru: humanitarian-aid programs, joint military exercises such as Unitas… and we’ve coordinated the dates of these events, the levels of cooperation, and above all, we’ve recovered what is a very important legacy of this meeting for us: the will of our governments to work hand-in-hand on shared objectives in the defense arena.last_img read more

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PREMIUMKPK Law may hinder Indonesia’s performance in corruption perception index

first_imgIndonesia has made improvements in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Transparency International Indonesia (TTI) has announced, but the country would struggle to maintain the momentum in the face of the new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law.   The index ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, as determined by expert assessments and surveys.Indonesia achieved a score of 40 out of 100 in 2019, a 2-point increase from 38 in the previous year. The new score puts the country on par with Burkina Faso, Guyana, Lesotho, Trinidad and Tobago and Kuwait, which also achieved a score of 40 in the index.Indonesia ranks 85 out of 180 countries, a significant jump from 89 in 2018.TII general secretary Dadang Trisasongko noted that the index assessed the opinions of Indonesian respondents — comprising experts and businesspeople … KPK Transparency-International-Indonesia transparency-international Jokowi Indonesia corruption Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Google Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

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Cairns property market an ‘enigma’ as prices continue to flatline

first_imgLife on Lake, CairnsCAIRNS’ failure to register any further signs of life in its property sector this year has lead a national commentator to label the city an “enigma”.Rimington Projects’ Rick Rimington has built five housing developments in Cairns including Life on Lake, completed last year, Park Royal, Royal Palms, Royal Pavilions and Park View (below).The Perth-based businessman has another project for Cairns in the pipeline and said despite the depressed state the city had plenty to offer investors, but it should be doing better.“Since the GFC tourism dropped from 20 per cent to 12. After that the personal incomes of people dropped significantly and that has stayed static until now,” Mr Rimington said. “At the same time the population has grown 10 per cent which usually adds up to property price growth and I think the reason why it hasn’t is everyone is earning 10 per cent less.“You can’t look at the peak (before 2008) and say that was normal.“It’s difficult to go for five years like we have now with rental vacancy rates at less than two per cent — if that happened in Perth rents would have tripled, but in Cairns, people don’t have the money.”He said rental yield was now higher than the cost of a mortgage and provided an “incredible opportunity” for investment.The Far North city was also in the middle of a transition to a mature economy, according to Mr Rimington. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoPark View apartments.“It’s no longer a tourist economy. The real growth areas which have taken over employment are mining and agriculture,” he said. “Cairns is becoming a mature city rather than a tourist city. This is a very slow burn situation. I don’t know that there will be a boom. “the other thing holding back Cairns is the airport location. New requirements mean you have to insulate an entire building including windows and it is incredibly restrictive. It could cost $15,000 extra for sound abatement, it just doesn’t make any financial sense.”The December Herron Todd White Month In Review report remarked “2018 will go down as another relatively uneventful year for the Cairns residential market”.“Despite our forecast for improvement throughout the year on the back of improving economic conditions, median prices have remained fairly static with some concerning headwinds emerging as the year progresses and levels of activity starting to declineas 2018 comes to a close,” the report read.“We continue to hear of buyers not getting finance or realising their borrowing power is lower than anticipated.“We are also hearing about the level of difficulty in getting through the application process and the forensic way lenders are reviewing the livingexpenses of applicants.“In general terms, the market is still reasonably healthy with no obvious areas of oversupply. Levels of demand and activity are patchy. We are seeing limited activity from investors, however there is some interest from out of town buyers who see value in Cairns, particularly on a return basis.”last_img read more

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China’s Olympic champ Yang BANNED for eight years

first_imgNEW DELHI: Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang was handed an eight-year ban on Friday, a sanction that rules him out of this year’s Tokyo Games, after he missed an out-of-competition test for doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) accepted an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against a decision by swimming body FINA to clear Sun of wrongdoing for his conduct during the test in September 2018.The 28-year-old is China’s top swimmer, having won two gold medals at the 2012 London Olympic games and another in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and the case has attracted huge interest in his homeland.A FINA report said Sun questioned the credentials of the testers before members of his entourage smashed vials containing his blood samples with a hammer.Sun had argued during the CAS hearing that the testers failed to prove their identity and behaved in an unprofessional manner. AgenciesAlso Read: Sonam Malik beats Sakshi Malik, ensures Olympic qualifiersAlso Watch: ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah attends BJP’s organizational meeting ahead BTAD electionslast_img read more

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Law still aiming for Olympic qualification despite postponement

first_img(Reuters) – Four years after being inspired by watching compatriot Justin Rose claim gold at the Rio Olympics, Bronte Law had all but secured a spot on the British golf team before the 2020 Tokyo Games were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.With the Olympic qualifying period likely to be extended for another year, Law remains confident of maintaining her strong form to secure her ticket to Tokyo.She flew back from her American base to her family home in Cheshire just before Britain went into lockdown earlier this week to slow the spread of the coronavirus.With the LPGA Tour shut down indefinitely, Law, who won the 2015 English amateur by 16 strokes, will have plenty of time to ponder the Olympics.“It’s been something on my mind for a couple of years now,” she told Reuters in a telephone interview.“(During the 2016 Rio Games) I was still in college. To see (Rose win) made it very real as far as golf now being an Olympic sport.“You can win grand slams in tennis and majors in golf, and all of those are incredible achievements but when you become a gold medal winner you become part of a very select group of incredible athletes that branch across all sports.”Law is 18th on the Olympic qualifying list, the second-placed Briton, immediately behind Charley Hull and well ahead of 39th-ranked Georgia Hall.Two British women will qualify.“(The delay) is obviously very disappointing,” said Law.“I really set my sights on Tokyo and have been playing well, and hope to continue to do that, so I’m not so concerned about making sure I make the team.”Whenever the LPGA Tour resumes, the 25-year-old Law will be ready rather than rusty.“We have a nice place with plenty of room and land and I figured I would be at least able topractice and have a gym at home here,” she said.“We have land attached to the garden where I can hit a range of iron shots, not too many drivers but I’m planning on putting up a net. I don’t have it too badly here.”Though Law is rarely venturing out because of the lockdown, her parents have been busy supplying packaging to food manufacturers.“My parents are working non-stop and it’s just me and my sister at my house,” Law said. “We’re trying to do our best to not leave the house at all.”That will soon change, however, as Law has signed up to deliver groceries to those most in need, including health workers who are working long hours due to the pandemic.“It’s an unknown time for a lot of us but a time we can give back in a way we’re not always able to, having such busy schedules,” she said.last_img read more

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