Man strips naked, vandalise Popeyes fast food outlet

Posted On Jan 13 2020 by

first_imgA man supposedly in his 20s in now in Police custody following an act of vandalism committed on the Popeyes fast food outlet on Camp Street, Georgetown on Wednesday at about 18:45h.Staff at the facility claim that a well-dressed man ‘pretending’ to be talking on the phone walked into the fast food restaurant, then jumped on the counter and kicked over three juicers before stripping himself completely naked and continue his vandalisation of the premises.The man vandalising Popeyes, taken from the video uploaded to Facebook“After he kicked down the juice machines, he pull down the whole tray of chicken and then cuff up the monitors. Then he go to the cash register and pull out the cable. He then stripped naked and pull down the metal shelves,” a staff who was on duty at the time told this media house.During the ordeal, the other staffers reportedly ran into the back of the kitchen and hid in the “chiller”, while four customers who were dining at the time left their meals and “ran out the door.”The security guard, who was then outside of the fast food outlet, reportedly whipped out his phone and contacted the police. However, by the time they responded, the man had left the outlet, still naked. Ranks reportedly caught up with him a short distance from Popeyes.The man’s actions apparently stemmed from the Popeyes’ staff refusing to charge his mobile phone when he visited the place on Tuesday.Nevertheless, after closing early on Wednesday evening, the popular fast food outlet was up and running yesterday (Thursday). Nothing was reported stolen, and the cost for the damages incurred was not disclosed.Investigations are, however, ongoing.last_img read more

Managerless Sociedad beat champs Atleti

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgCarlos Vela curled home a wonderful equaliser five minutes later and the Mexican was then extremely unfortunate to see a yellow card for diving when he appeared to have been felled by Diego Godin inside the area.Godin showed the athleticism and awareness that has made him one of the best centre-backs in world football to prevent Sociedad going in front just before the break as he raced back to clear off the line after Imanol Agirretxe had latched onto Miranda’s awful backpass and rounded Miguel Angel Moya.Atletico’s task became much tougher just four minutes into the second period when Guilherme Siqueira was shown two quickfire bookings to leave the visitors with just 10 men.Vela had another penalty appeal waved away when he clashed with Mandzukic inside the area and the Croatian international could have restored Atletico’s lead at the other end when he turned Cristian Ansaldi’s low cross just wide.However, Diego Simeone’s men were struggling to retain possession for any period of time and were finally punished eight minutes from time when Imanol Aggirretxe powered a header home at the near post to hand Sociedad just their second victory of the season.There was also disappointment Valencia and Sevilla on Sunday as they were held at home by Athletic Bilbao and Levante respectively.A point moves Valencia up to third, three points behind Madrid, whilst Sevilla remain fifth but are now level on points with Atletico.Valencia had taken advantage of their lack of European action so far this season to suggest they could pose an unlikely title challenge.However, with their Spanish international strike pairing Paco Alcacer and Rodrigo held scoreless for the sixth consecutive game, even the introduction of Alvaro Negredo as a second-half substitute couldn’t breakdown Athletic’s well-organised defence.Alcacer had the best opening of the first period as he headed over when unmarked inside the box from Pablo Piatti’s free-kick.Piatti was then denied from close range by Gorka Iraizoz and Andres Gomez dragged a shot wide from the edge of the area as Valencia enjoyed a five-minute spell of pressure.Yet, even after Negredo replaced Piatti, Valencia’s threat wilted after the break and they were grateful to goalkeeper Diego Alves for a point as the Brazilian bravely blocked Xabi Etxeita’s shot from point-blank range with his face three minutes from time. It was a similar story for Sevilla despite going in front when Vitolo headed home Gerard Deulofeu’s cross on the half hour mark.Sevilla’s top scorer Carlos Bacca then had two chances to seal the three points after the break as he fired just wide and was then denied by a clearance off the line by Juanfran.And the hosts were left to regret those missed opportunities as goalkeeper Beto flapped at a corner 10 minutes from time and the ball fell kindly for Victor Casadesus to prod home from close range.Sevilla still had their chances to win the game at the death as Kevin Gameiro just failed to reach Bacca’s dangerous low cross before Diego Marino blocked Coke’s fierce drive from close range in the eighth minute of stoppage time as the visitors held on. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, November 10- La Liga champions Atletico Madrid remain four points behind leaders Real Madrid as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at managerless Real Sociedad after being reduced to 10 men.Sociedad are expected to announce the appointment of former Manchester United manager David Moyes in the coming days and on this performance there was plenty to encourage the Scot after Mario Mandzukic had fired Atletico into an early lead from Raul Garcia’s fine low cross.last_img read more

L.A. carries gang fight to Capitol

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_imgWASHINGTON – With crime rates rising in metropolitan areas across the country, Los Angeles and other city officials lobbied congressional leaders Tuesday to support stiff new jail penalties and new funding to combat gang violence. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton said the city is fighting more than 39,000 local gang members affiliated with about 400 gangs. Los Angeles and other cities need federal support and money as well as tougher sentencing guidelines, they said. “You cannot arrest your way out of this problem, but that’s where you need to begin,” Bratton said. “It’s tough on violent gang crimes but it is also tough on the root causes,” Feinstein said. Feinstein and Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch have spent the past decade pressing for the Gang Abatement and Prevention Act. Bowing to pressure from gang-prevention groups, this year they agreed to eliminate death penalty and mandatory minimum provisions. Feinstein said she believes it will pass this year. Critics, however, said that African-American and Latino youths would be broadly targeted by law enforcement if the bill became law. And others questioned whether the money in the measure would be evenly distributed between law enforcement and prevention programs as promised. Even Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he wants to see changes before he can fully support it. Feinstein’s bill could spoil years of community prevention efforts by creating mandatory sentencing schemes and “federalizing many petty crimes that do not attack the core problem and only direct our federal law enforcement efforts away from the most serious offenders,” he said. But Villaraigosa stood firmly by Feinstein on Tuesday and said America needs the tough-on-crime aspects of the bill. (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who a decade ago wrote a bill that Congress is now considering to toughen sentencing, said violent street gangs have grown “like a cancer.” “Gangs are no longer a big-city problem,” Feinstein said. “It’s a national problem that requires a national solution.” Feinstein’s measure would redefine a criminal street gang as a group of five or more people who have committed three or more felonies. It also would broaden the definition of gang crimes and beef up prison terms to 30 years for violent felonies and 20 years for nonviolent felonies. On Tuesday, Feinstein emphasized the bill’s focus on prevention. She noted it provides more than $1 billion toward gang-intervention programs. It also creates new gang task forces as part of a measure written by Sen. Barbara Boxer in the wake of a 2005 gang-related shooting in San Bernardino that killed an 11-year-old girl. last_img read more

Lightning strikes a concern

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE — Firefighters doused the hot spots Monday from a weekend fire that charred 815 acres in Agua Dulce as weather officials warned of a new concern — lightning strikes. The National Weather Service instituted a fire warning Monday night through this morning citing the potential for “dry lightning and critically dry fuels,” a volatile combination in the midst of brush fire season. A system of unstable air was due from the coast overnight creating a chance of thunderstorms with very little rainfall and thus “critical fire weather conditions” in the mountains, valleys and desert of northern Los Angeles County. The lack of rain this past season and the hot, dry weather that marked late spring and the first weeks of summer have had firefighters on alert.last_img read more

LB man found guilty in wife’s killing by hitman

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_imgBy City News Service A jury convicted a 67-year-old millionaire of hiring another man to kill his estranged wife for financial gain in Long Beach. The panel deliberated for 40 minutes before returning a guilty verdict Friday against Manfred Schockner in the 2004 stabbing death of 50-year-old Lynn Schockner in her Bixby Knolls home. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Prosecutors claimed Schockner hatched a plot to kill his wife so he wouldn’t have to split the couple’s fortune. Police investigating a prowler call found her body on a backyard patio when she failed to return after going to get a key to open a locked gate.last_img

LAPD cuts Skid Row crime by 32%

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A yearlong law-enforcement drive to cut crime in the notoriously troubled Skid Row area appears to be working, municipal officials said. But even as city leaders lauded the success of the downtown initiative, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton acknowledged that the Safer City Initiative had shifted some mentally ill and homeless people to other parts of Los Angeles. “Is there some displacement? Certainly,” Bratton said at a news conference Wednesday where he and other officials praised the police crackdown. The chief said the displacement was minimal and that there was nothing wrong with it. “Why should one square mile of the city be impacted by something that’s effectively a countywide problem?” Bratton said. “So if there is displacement, all well and good.” Homeless advocates say instead of focusing on policing, the city should concentrate on providing health care, shelter beds and affordable housing. “A lot of people are getting shortchanged because of the policies we have downtown,” said Mark Casanova, executive director of Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. “At what cost does the safer city come?” Advocates said stepped-up policing has only pushed the homeless farther away from the vital social services they need. The director of a needle-exchange program said his client load has dropped 25 percent since the operation started. Still, the initiative has had a noticeable effect. The number of people sleeping on downtown streets has declined from a peak of 1,876 in mid-September 2006 to 737, police said. Bratton said serious crime in Skid Row dropped 32 percent during the last 12 months Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the statistics show the initiative is working. “We launched the Safer City Initiative in Skid Row because conditions there were out of control.” Villaraigosa said. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FIFA urged to use broad range of expertise in battle against match-fixing

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_img1 The world football governing body have outsourced protection to a private company FIFA’s former head of security has questioned the move by world football’s governing body to outsource protection against match-fixing to a private company.Now a freelance sports integrity expert, Chris Eaton spent two years at FIFA between 2010 and 2012 targeting gangs who had infiltrated football to manipulate betting markets.But Eaton, who has 40 years of police experience in his native Australia and with INTERPOL, has concerns about FIFA possibly leaving most of this work up to a Swiss data analysis company.He was speaking on the day FIFA announced a new deal with Sportradar Integrity Services.Sportradar uses powerful computers to look for patterns and spikes in betting markets, and also provides early-warning services to the Asian Football Confederation, South America’s CONMEBOL, basketball’s NBA and World Rugby.Eaton said: “Sportradar has its roots and purpose in the sport-betting data business.“Fundamentally, betting monitoring for sport bodies is a money-making business. It is not, and will never be, a complete solution to match-fixing. It is a forensic tool to help wider investigation and intelligence.”FIFA has until now monitored for fixing through its subsidiary Early Warning System (EWS), and its integrity unit. The world governing body has not specified how the Sportradar deal may affect EWS in the future but a FIFA spokesperson said it was currently continuing to investigate threats to the game.Eaton said that any sport body relying exclusively on a profit-motivated body to analyse potential match-fixing would be “either foolish or window-dressing integrity”.Another leading match-fixing expert, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Meaningful action against match-fixers only works if you have a truly independent body doing it, without commercial interests.”However the FIFA spokesperson said Sportradar had come through a tender process to provide the governing body with a “cost and work efficient” service to monitor betting markets.In a statement announcing the deal, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: “Preserving the integrity of the game is paramount. Given that match manipulation is still a serious concern for everyone who loves the game, FIFA will work with Sportradar, the global leader in match manipulation detection and prevention, to invigorate and enhance our integrity programme.”Infantino signed a similar agreement with Sportradar when he was general secretary at UEFA, a move that followed an embarrassing episode when European football’s governing body was duped into inviting a Croatian con man with links to illegal gamblers into its match-fixing investigations unit.In FIFA’s announcement of the deal, Sportradar chief executive Carsten Koerl said: “It is an incredible honour to stand side by side with FIFA and also with all the confederations in a clear and unequivocal statement of intent and resistance.“We have worked hard to earn the trust of a whole range of stakeholders across sport and of course football, and now we have the chance to join up all that work, expertise and insight and to provide the game with such a high level of monitoring and collaboration.”As well as monitoring markets, Sportradar will provide educational workshops and a bespoke app to enable players, coaches and officials to confidentially and anonymously report concerns.Eaton said any data collected should be “underpinned by wider intelligence and validated by professional investigation” to avoid any danger of “false negatives and positives”.“False positives can unfairly malign, and false negatives will give careless comfort,” he added.Estimates on how widespread match-fixing is vary but few countries have been untouched by it now and the illegal betting market, particularly in Asia, is thought to be worth trillions of dollars a year.last_img read more

Bush, Ahmadinejad trade barbs at U.N.

Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgIran is violating a U.N. deadline to halt its production of nuclear energy. Ahmadinejad’s repeated references to what he called a lack of “legitimacy” at the Security Council appeared to set the stage for Iran to argue that the Security Council has no authority to impose sanctions against Tehran. Ahmadinejad alternatively referred to the United States as “the occupiers” (when referring to Iraq) and “the big powers” (when referring to the Security Council), and “masters and rulers of the entire world” (derisively, when referring to what he characterized as an imbalance between world powers and other countries). He criticized America for not calling for a cease-fire during the Israel-Hezbollah standoff in Lebanon this summer. “Apparently the Security Council can only be used to ensure the right of the big powers,” the Iranian president said. “When the oppressed” are targeted, he said, “the Security Council must remain aloof and not even call for a cease-fire.” During his speech, Bush reiterated his demand that Iran suspend its uranium-enrichment program but added, “Despite what the regime tells you, we have no objection to Iran’s pursuit of a truly peaceful nuclear power program.” Bush made his remarks hours before Ahmadinejad was to address the General Assembly, creating an expectation of a robust war of words by day’s end as European and U.S. diplomats continued to strategize over how to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Despite anticipation that Ahmadinejad and Bush would perhaps have a chance encounter inside the U.N. complex, Ahmadinejad was not in the building for Bush’s address and did not attend a luncheon sponsored by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. It was unclear how many of Ahmadinejad’s people were in a position to hear Bush’s message, given tight state controls on media in Iran. Many residents have satellite dishes but the government recently began a campaign to confiscate them; many also have access to the Farsi-language Voice of America. In an address tailored for both international and domestic consumption, Bush defended his foreign policy, exhorting the world leaders in attendance to join with him in his goal of transforming the Middle East by pushing for democracy there. “From Beirut to Baghdad, people are making the choice for freedom,” Bush said, “And the nations gathered in this chamber must make a choice as well: Will we support the moderates and reformers who are working for change across the Middle East – or will we yield the future to the terrorists and extremists?” Aides said the speech was in essence the “bookend” to the series of addresses Bush has given over the past two weeks that were intended to refocus the nation’s attention on the threats of terrorism and the administration’s efforts to fight it. Speaking to what he called “the broader Middle East,” Bush said, “Extremists in your midst spread propaganda claiming that the West is engaged in war against Islam. This propaganda is false, and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror.” President Jacques Chirac of France met with Bush on Tuesday, and pledged to continue working together on Iran. Chirac played down comments he made Monday that were interpreted as a sharp break with Bush, when he indicated that talks could begin without the suspension of enrichment the U.S. demands as a precondition for talks. Still, in a sign of the uphill battle that is facing the United States as it tries to hold together its coalition seeking to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions, there was little talk of sanctions against Iran. Senior Bush officials had initially predicted a breakthrough on a sanctions resolution this week. Chirac didn’t utter the word “sanctions” during his speech to the General Assembly, repeatedly emphasizing the need for continued talks as Iran continues to resist calls to suspend its program. U.S. officials said they are willing to agree to a compromise in which a drive for sanctions at the Security Council would end at the same time the Iranians would end their enrichment program. But a senior Bush official cautioned Tuesday that it is far from certain whether Iran would agree.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UNITED NATIONS – President George W. Bush and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, separated by several hours and oceans of perspective, clashed at the United Nations on Tuesday over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and each other’s place in the world. The two leaders bookended a long day of speeches at the General Assembly, but seemed to speak past each other while European and U.S. diplomats continued the delicate work of setting terms for talks with Iran over its uranium-enrichment program. Speaking near the prime-time peak of U.S. television viewing, Ahmadinejad, tieless in his trademark off-white sport jacket, accused the United States – while avoiding naming it directly – of hegemony and hypocrisy, and said it did not seem to have the political will or ability to halt violence in Iraq. He said his nation was pursuing only a peaceful nuclear program, and that it was the United States that was using its own nuclear weapons to intimidate the world. He said, repeatedly, that the U.N. Security Council was too beholden to the United States to control it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“Excellencies, the question needs to be asked: If the governments of the United States or the United Kingdom commit atrocities or violate international law, which of the organizations in the United Nations can take them to account?” Ahmadinejad said. Speaking in the morning, Bush made a direct appeal to the Iranian people from the United Nations on Tuesday, telling them their leaders were misleading them about U.S. intentions while using their national treasury to sponsor terrorists and build the bomb. “You deserve an opportunity to determine your own future,” Bush said during a roughly 20-minute address, which marked the opening session of the General Assembly. “The greatest obstacle to this future is that your rulers have chosen to deny you liberty and to use your nation’s resources to fund terrorism, and fuel extremism, and pursue nuclear weapons.” It was a rare moment of diplomatic theater between Bush and his leading Middle Eastern nemesis, a man whose nation is increasingly asserting itself in the region that lies at the heart of Bush’s foreign policy – and whose nuclear program is a subject of deep concern to the U.S., European, Chinese and Russian officials trying to rein it in. Ahmadinejad had kept a low profile throughout the day, lending a sense of anticipation and build-up to an address that, because of scheduling delays, he was able to start near prime time. last_img read more

Rochford to extend Donegal stay as delegates give Bonner their blessing

Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgSTEPHEN ROCHFORD will extend his involvement with the Donegal senior football team into the 2020 campaign.The Mayo native was recruited last winter by Donegal manager Declan Bonner and became a key part of the back room team.Rochford was appointed as the head coach and players widely referenced his work over the course of the past season. Rochford – who led Mayo to two All-Ireland finals during his time as manager there – agreed with Bonner about continuing in the role after the pair met following Donegal’s exit from the 2019 Championship.At last night’s meeting of the Donegal county committee, delegates gave their blessing to Bonner and his back room team remaining in place for the 2020 campaign.Bonner – who was given a three-year term when he succeeded Rory Gallagher in the summer of 2017 – delivered an end-of-season report to the meeting.Donegal won the Ulster SFC and in getting promoted back to Division 1 of the League they also captured the Division 2 League crown. Paul McGonagle, Karl Lacey, Gary Boyle and Andrew McGovern are also coaches/selectors on Bonner’s back room.Rochford to extend Donegal stay as delegates give Bonner their blessing was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 All-Ireland SFC2019 Ulster SFCDeclan BonnerStephen Rochfordlast_img read more

Cathro promises Hearts will get better after debut defeat

Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgIan Cathro promised that his Hearts side will get better after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Rangers on his managerial bow.The 30-year-old former Newcastle United and Valencia coach took charge of the Tynecastle side for the first time at Ibrox, but was handed a loss by the hosts.Goals from Rob Kiernan and Barrie McKay gave Rangers all three points, but Cathro – who addressed the away support on the pitch after full time – was keen to stress the Jam Tarts will improve.Speaking afterwards, he said: “It’s important that the fans know that performance is not going to be what is on the grass for them. We will be better “The team in the dressing room is better than what was on the pitch today. I want them to know that.“It needs to be better and we all feel that. It’s not a dramatic day by any means. It’s a game which could have gone better and we could have been better.“But there is no disaster associated to it. Just a game we need to learn from and improve from. We will be a different team that what you saw today.”last_img read more