Chicken John Rinaldi sells his iconic warehouse for 18 million

first_img Email Address Another artistic and whimsical piece of San Francisco sold last month — for top dollar — when showman “Chicken” John Rinaldi parted with his esoteric Cesar Chavez Street warehouse for $1.8 million. Per public documents available at the city’s Assessor-Recorder’s office, the listed owner is now one Andrew Greenstein. Documents reveal that Greenstein received a loan to buy the property from Erick Hachenburg, the CEO of the tech company MetaCafe. That’s the former place of business for current SF AppWorks CEO Andrew Greenstein. The sale closed on Oct. 22.  Contacted through multiple channels, Greenstein of SF AppWorks did not respond to messages seeking comment. It’s unclear what will happen to the unique and exquisitely decorated warehouse, but sources with familiarity with the building noted that there are far, far more lucrative uses for it than the artistic site and event space Rinaldi was, until recently, hosting.   The self-described showman and former fringe mayoral candidate was, in 2015, dinged by building inspectors for allowing up to 30 people to sleep in two bedrooms in the building, according to city records. He obtained permitting for the entertainment venue and corresponding single hotel room last year.Rinaldi is a musician, entertainer, and local cult icon who ran against Gavin Newsom for mayor in 2007. He obtained the warehouse in 2004 for $370,000. He has utilized the space as an entertainment venue and as the headquarters for the San Francisco Institute of Possibility. Rinaldi declined to speak to Mission Local for this article. The sale of this warehouse was long in coming. He has been attempting to hawk his digs since 2009. And, like most every city property owner, he did well to wait — the sales price in ’09 was $899,000. Back then, Rinaldi seemed in dire straits: “I’m caught in the mortgage crisis by association,” he told the culture blog Laughing Squid. “I took a five-year arm mortgage with a balloon payment thinking I could refinance. There are no loans today for showmen with non-conforming warehouses. So it goes on the block. Hell, I’ll even finance it … ”How times change. The 2018 sales price is nearly quintuple what Rinaldi paid in 2004. In other words: Good show. center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

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SINCE the end of the oneyear contractual defects

first_imgSINCE the end of the one-year contractual defects period, which expired on October 24, St.Helens R.F.C. have been able to review in detail the requirements for added protection from the elements both within the seated and standing areas of the stadium, as well as the public concourse.Discussions are taking place with the developer, main contractor and structural engineers and a number of options are currently being assessed.The Club expects a detailed report to be received before Christmas for analysis and will then decide on the optimum method and timing.We are committed to doing all that is practical, and in as speedy a timeframe as is possible, to ensure that necessary additions and improvements are made and the Club is working closely with all relevant professional parties in that regard.It is a complex and demanding area from a structural engineering viewpoint, given the design of the stadium, and the correct long-term option needs to be decided and adopted only after the most detailed consideration.It is imperative that the right option is adopted given the potential costs involved and it is also critical that any additions do not detract from the unique design of Langtree Park.A further announcement will be made early in the New Year.last_img read more

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Zeb Taia and Justin Holbrook preview this Thursday

first_imgZeb Taia and Justin Holbrook preview this Thursday’s Betfred Super League clash with Catalans. Audio Playerhttp://www.saintsrlfc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Podcast.2018-05-02.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The podcast is in association with Wish FM.Subscribe!To subscribe to our Podcast, click here or search St Helens RFC Podcasts on iTunes.You can also listen on Stitcher too. Click here to find out more.last_img

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Tabor City man tells police he set fire to home with dog

first_img Sibbett says Sandy Lewis Rhue, 45, was still there when officers and the fire marshal arrived. Sibbett says Rhue admitted to setting the fire while a dog was still inside.The dog died.No one else was hurt.Related Article: North Carolina police sergeant accused of drunken drivingRhue is charged with second degree arson and cruelty to animals.He is in jail under a $55,000 bond. TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — A Tabor City man admitted to setting fire to a home by throwing paper towels on the stove, police say.Capt. Greg Sibbett says it happened around 9:30 Monday night at a home on Ray Street.- Advertisement – last_img

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Pender County Utilities pushing for water transfer between basins

first_img “We see the importance of this type of infrastructure being on the same level as water and sewer. It’s a demand that is necessary for the growth of our county,” Planning and community development director, Kyle Breuer, said.One major concern is the demand for water. Pender County Utilities director Brian McCabe says they want to transfer more than 14 million gallons of water per day from the Cape Fear River Basin. They want to bring it to the Northeast, New and South River Basins. However, some people believe the county should not take a risk like this because of GenX in the Cape Fear River.“With everything that is going into the river with the pollutants, the boats, the factories and including the GenX. To have that pumped that into my home and have my daughter and my husband and my pets drink it, it would be- no,” Kristy Wilson, a Hampstead resident, said.Related Article: Belville offers counter to Leland’s plan for H2GO, RO plantMcCabe says this is not related to the presence of GenX.“Of course we recognize the emerging contaminants of concern, including GenX and other perfluorinated compounds. And we’re looking at what we can do to help treat those issues. But this is more of a long term planning effort to supply the long term drinking water needs of the county,” McCabe said.He also said the goal is to provide enough water to meet the needs of the county for the next 50 years.State officials are hosting a public hearing tomorrow about this request. The public can come and comment on the petition. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been years since Pender County Utilities started plans to bring more water to the area in an effective way. They are now trying to make it a reality.Pender County continues to grow more and more by the day. The county says around 1500 people move into the area every year and they must compensate for the growth.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Florence sweeps away motel and familys hard work savings

first_imgHurricane Florence flooding (Photo: MSNBC) SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — When the floodwaters from Florencereceded, half the Starlite Motel was gone. A ragged lip of concrete edged parking spaces with no corresponding rooms, just a void of standing water and debris.The surge swept away personal belongings of the owner’s family — even his father’s wheelchair. And it wiped out the investment that three brothers from India had spent years working toward.- Advertisement – “We put all our life savings in there,” co-owner Kishor Depani said of himself and his brothers. “We moved to America in 2007. We’ve been working until last year, when we bought this motel. We used to work at a gas station, small jobs — McDonald’s and stuff like that — just to save up money so we can start this business.”Now, he’s not sure what will happen. He said the property in Spring Lake, North Carolina, didn’t have flood insurance .“We have regular insurance, but I know for a fact there is no way they are going to cover this,” he said. “Hopefully the state government or FEMA can help us.”Related Article: How to help with storm recovery in Brunswick CountyDepani, 50, who’s a U.S. citizen, said he and his brothers moved to this country so their children would have better educational opportunities. His only child, a son, attends the University of North Carolina. His brothers each have two adult children, one of whom is pursuing a second master’s degree and another studying to become a doctor. The brothers moved to the Fayetteville area because their sister owned a gas station there, which she later sold.Photos from before the storm show the single-story brick motel stretched out parallel to state Highway 87, its sign bearing the words “Starlite” in old-fashioned red cursive above “motel” in all caps. Nearby is a gas station, a gun store and a neighborhood of modest one-story homes.The motel built six decades ago sits with its back to the Little River, but the brothers felt it was a safe investment because Hurricane Matthew’s floodwaters in 2016 — some of the worst the area had ever seen — put only a few inches of water on the property.As Florence approached, Depani sent his family to stay with relatives in nearby Fayetteville while he remained in their apartment on the property to man the business. He was there when the storm hit early Sept. 14.Flooding predictions became direr, and an evacuation was ordered. Depani went door-to-door telling the 40 or so people in the motel’s 20 rooms to find shelter elsewhere. A handful had been renting there for months. He thinks some went to stay with friends, others to shelters, but he’s not positive: “I didn’t have time; I couldn’t ask”Renters fled in such a hurry that they left belongings still hanging in one closet, a suitcase in another and golf clubs on one floor.“I’m so happy they were able to evacuate, because if they didn’t, it would have been really, really bad,” he said.Then he went to Fayetteville to wait out the flooding. As the water came in, he held out hope. He returned Sunday to retrieve some belongings and found only a couple of feet of water. A day or so later, while watching television, his worst fears were realized.“We saw on the news, from the chopper, that the water was touching the roof,” he said. “My mind went blank — could not think, could not function.”On Wednesday, the waters had receded and Depani went back to survey the scene. He and his wife walked past torn-out bricks, window frames and shattered glass. They went back into their apartment — now uninhabitable — to look for what they could salvage. Lost were a new refrigerator and dishwasher, television, two laptops, phones and his father’s wheelchair.Older brother Dinesh Depani, 55, was dumbfounded: “I saw it and I was shocked.”The three brothers had hoped the motel would be an early piece of a growing collection of businesses they could expand into other cities. They made a down payment of about $100,000 and still owe as much as $500,000 on the mortgage, Kishor Depani said — unable to say the exact amount during an interview because he believes mortgage documents were swept away.“It was what we saw as a good starting point for other future businesses,” Kishor Depani said. “The motel business is something that seemed like a small start to something that we wanted to build up to our future plans to move to bigger things.”He said business was great at the motel, where he charged $46 to $56 per night. His wife helped him check in people, keep the books and launder the linens. He said he had exceeded the previous owner’s best months for sales and had been planning to remodel and upgrade the property.What is left standing now, he believes, will have to be demolished. He was optimistic that he and his brothers would bounce back despite the uncertainty of government assistance. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be painful.“It’s hurtful because this was the foundation,” he said. “But I’m hoping God will help us create a bigger, better and a stronger foundation.”last_img read more

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Former athlete shot and killed in alleged drug deal gone wrong

first_img 1 of 4 Javon Bethel (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The shooting that killed former high school athlete Jacary Bethel is the result of a robbery during a drug deal, according to prosecutors.The shooting happened Friday at around 10:30 p.m. at Cardinal Pointe Apartments in Shallotte. – Advertisement – Kasey Hollar (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) Jacary Bethel (West Brunswick High School/Twitter) center_img Colby Pridgen (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) Colby Pridgen, 16, is charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed handgun, among other charges.During Pridgen’s first court appearance on Wednesday, prosecutors said Jacary Bethel and his brother Javon Bethel, 17, Kasey Hollar, 19 and Jacary’s best friend Eyan Thomas, used social media to set up a meeting to buy Xanax from Pridgen.The group planned to rob Pridgen during the meeting, prosecutors said.Related Article: Former SBI agent pleads guilty to stealing campaign signsThe night of the meeting, Pridgen got in their car and sat in the backseat on the right, with Eyan in the middle and Jacary on the left behind the driver.Prosecutors said Eyan leaned forward and Jacary reached across and put Pridgen in a headlock. The other teens then began hitting Pridgen.Pridgen pulled out a gun and fired shots, hitting Bethel and Thomas. Pridgen fired another shot and took off.Bethel died at the scene, Thomas is in the hospital in stable condition.Javon Bethel and Kasey Hollar are both charged with kidnapping, common law robbery and conspiracy to commit common law robbery. They are being held under a $100,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Pridgen is being held under a $1 million bond. No word yet on whether Thomas will face charges once released from the hospital.According to an obituary posted online, a visitation for Jacary Bethel is planned for Friday night at the West Brunswick High School gymnasium from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

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A church which loses her youth becomes a museum – Pope Francis

first_img SharePrint The Vatican, Tuesday, published Pope Francis’s reflection on the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people. The reflection is titled “Christus Vivit” (“Christ Lives”), and is a letter to young people about their place in the Church.The letter is a plea to older members of the Church not to stifle the enthusiasm of the young, but to offer gentle guidance when needed. The Pope describes the life of a young person and the vocation to which God calls each one of them as “holy ground”.In the document, Pope Francis talks about how the sex abuse crisis, a history of sexism and an overly narrow focus on just a handful of moral issues can keep young people away from the church. But he also said many young people want to know and understand the teachings of the church and, despite what many people think, they long for and need times of silent reflection and opportunities to serve their communities.“A church always on the defensive, which loses her humility and stops listening to others, which leaves no room for questions, loses her youth and turns into a museum,” Pope Francis wrote. “How, then, will she be able to respond to the dreams of young people?” Young people have a natural desire to improve the life of the church and the world around them, the pope said. If older people in the church will let the young people try, it will keep the church youthful, too.A more detailed write up and the link to the letter can be found here.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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PC Tech announces new date for the Africa Internet Entrepreneurs Conference

first_imgAdvertisement According to the organizing committee, more time is needed for international participants to make arrangements to attend the conference.“December is a busy month. We observed that the original date [10th December] would make it impossible for some students and lecturers to come to the conference because it will be exam time for most Universities,” said Albert Mucunguzi, the Conference Chair.“Some of our guest speakers will be traveling from different countries, and we feel they need more time to make travel arrangements,” he explained. – Advertisement – This announcement means more time will be available for those intending to make presentations at the conference to submit their papers.AFRIEC 2011 is organized by PC Tech Magazine, in collaboration with PearlRichards Foundation, Ghana, and will bring together speakers and delegates from Makerere Univerisity (Uganda), University of Ghana Business School (Ghana), and University of Ibadan (Nigeria), among other institutions.Important Dates:• Submission Deadline – 15th  February 2011• Notification of Acceptance – 25th  February 2011• Conference Date – 4th March 2011You can read more information about the conference on the website, www.afriec.com  About PC Tech MagazinePC Tech is a monthly technology magazine that focuses on features of personal and enterprise technology initiatives, product and software reviews and research on information communication technologies in Africa. The magazine, published by PC Tech Communications, Uganda, seeks to tell the African ICT story by documenting and presenting the use of information technologies (ICTs) by private and public institutions on the continent.PC Tech Magazine is distributed in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria,and  Ghana. It is also sent to selected institutions in USA and UK.About the Africa Internet and Mobile Entrepreneurs’ ConferenceThe Africa Internet and Mobile Entrepreneurs’ Conference 2011 seeks to showcase the innovative use of new media – internet and mobiles – by entrepreneurs to address the socio-economic and development challenges in Africa. Next year’s theme is “Rebuilding Africa through Internet Enterprises and mobile innovations.” The conference has three interrelated objectives, namely:To offer participants an opportunity to share, discuss and learn from individual career experiences and profiles of African Internet and Mobile entrepreneurs.To educate participants on how to use Internet and mobile resources and applications to support and promote their creative ventures.To educate policy makers on how they can harness the potential of the Internet and Mobile innovations for youth empowerment and job creation.last_img read more

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Uganda Innovations to offer improved mobile phone usage

first_imgAdvertisement The four are part of the 11 solutions in the areas of transport, gaming, education, motoring and health and marketing that were developed last weekend. The innovations sprung up during the Garage48 innovation competition in Kampala over the weekend. Garage48 is an Estonian innovation vehicle where software designers are assigned to develop relevant and competitive application within 48 hours.The project is an initiative of the Tallinn-based Garage48 Foundation and is supported by Google, Nokia, and MTN in Africa.It is the third time the competition has been held in Africa to identify mobile application solutions that can be exported to the world. The Foundation also helps talented developers to get into contact with successful entrepreneurs in Europe and America. – Advertisement – The Kampala competition was won by the group that designed the Somesha application including; Mr Rutatiina Gilbert, Mr Micheal Ntambazi, Mr Elijah Beesigomwe, Ms Damalie Muwonge, Mr Billy Kaye, and Mr Walugembe Everest.According to Ms Elise Sass, the Garage48 main organiser in Kampala, the Somesha team now has an opportunity to compete at the global Garage48 scale where they will vie for funding. The winning project is funded by Seedcamp, a European-based micro-seed investment fund and mentoring programme that further connects developers with entrepreneurs. A similar competition is due to take place in Nairobi in the search for East Africa’s best mobile application that will automatically qualify for the European competition.Source: Daily Monitorlast_img read more

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MTN sponsors three Ugandan Journalists to Highway Africa Conference at Rhodes University

first_imgUgandan delegates to Highway Africa- Metropolitan’s Jackson Oboth (2nd R), Ismail Ladu (R), Edwin Niwarinda(L) & F. Kulabako. Advertisement Three Ugandan journalists; Ms Faridah Kulabako, Business Reporter with New Vision, Ismail Ladu, Business Writer Daily Monitor and Edwin Niwarinda Junior, Entertainment Editor with Big Eye, an Online publication  were part of the delegates of The 19th edition of Highway Africa Conference that came to a conclusion on Monday 2nd September 2015  at Rhodes University, Graham’s town South Africa with a challenge to participants to uphold the cardinal rules of excellence, a mandate that the media owes its readers.Key note speakers at the Conference such as the co-founders of Highway Africa Conference, Roland Stanbridge and Professor Emeritus Guy Berger as well as the Chief Executive Officer of African Media Initiative Mr. Erick Chinje all pointed at the need for Africa journalists telling stories that reveal what the continent is truly about and not a perpetuation of the tired global stereotypes.“African journalism has to play a role in preventing 21st century colonialism” Stanbridge stated. “Our journalism should be aimed at emancipating the knowledge of its citizens about the infiltration of foreign governments and corporations” – Advertisement – The conference brought together media professionals, journalist’s academics and members of the Forum of Editors from across Africa and beyond.The conference provided a platform for exchange of views, sharing of experiences and reflection on the challenges and opportunities of reporting in the continent.[related-posts]In his opening remarks, The Vice Chancellor Rhodes University Dr. Sizwe Mabizela outlined the theme; “Journalism and the City” as one whose time has come.This is because journalists operate in cities where many vices reside. Cities of unemployment, cities of inequality, cities full of crime and unfair distribution and so there is need to build free and independent media that is able to be a critical voice for the injustices that happen in cities and other parts of Africa.The conference had a number of sponsors which included MTN who has been associated with the Conference for a number of years.In a Press statement released before the commencement of the Conference, Chris Maroleng, Executive for Corporate Affairs, MTN Group reaffirmed MTN commitments towards promotion of journalism excellence in Africa.Highway Africa aims to develop a vibrant and growing network of African journalists empowered to advance democracy and development through their understanding and use of appropriate technologies. MTN shares in this vision, and is equally passionate about the advancement of journalism on the continent.“African journalists hold the responsibility of driving our continent’s narrative. As a proudly African company, we recognise the significance of Highway Africa in bringing together these journalists, to engage about issues facing our continent and shaping that narrative”, said Chris Maroleng.The relationship between MTN Group and Rhodes University is now in its eighth year. As part of its support of the conference, MTN has continued to sponsors media organisations in some of its markets to send journalists to the two-day event.In an exclusive interview, Chris Kibwato, the Director for Highway Africa Center, said: “The longevity of this partnership with Highway Africa is testament to MTN’s unwavering commitment to the development of good journalism in Africa. I am most grateful for this continued support given the wider economic challenges South Africa is facing,”last_img read more

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Ugandan financial institutions must realize customer interaction is no longer limited to

first_imgInstitutions must realize that contact with customers is no longer limited to their premises, and the conversation has gone online Advertisement In social media, conventional wisdom dictates that campaigns should be reactive, impulsive and fun. However, for financial institutions and insurance companies, this type of approach can seem perforated with risk and the antithesis of normal business practice. Then how should financial institutions and insurers ‘do’ social media? About three weeks ago I received a phone call from one of the prominent insurance companies in Uganda asking whether I have bought an insurance policy before.   Surprisingly it’s hardly a week ago when my Bank called me asking if I would be interested in some of their loan products.  In both scenarios I was tied up with some chores but I requested them to send me their website links so that I could be able to read and acquaint myself with the products.To my astonishment, the insurance agent had earlier on confessed that the information on their website was insufficient and therefore not convincing whereas the loan officer told me that he was not sure whether the loan products information was available on their website. On asking him why such a large Bank in Uganda could not have information about its products on the web, he simply said the information is always available but it takes months to be updated on the website. Both cases are very common in many other regions in Africa, whereby word of mouth marketing still holds a larger percentage of banks and insurance operations.From the conversation that I had with the insurance agent, it was clear that the problem was actually stemming right away from the communication and marketing strategies that encourage more talking skills that writing convincing and effective content.  Currently, many financial institutions and insurers have an ambivalent relationship with social media. From a business development perspective, it isn’t generally seen as a strong avenue of customer acquisition. Many firms have recognized social media’s importance for direct customer relations; however, the risk of making an embarrassing mistake often puts companies off investing in social media further. – Advertisement – One of the most straightforward steps that financial institutions often neglect is analyzing what their customers are saying on social media. This goes beyond having a social media manager monitoring Twitter and Facebook and actually necessitates using software to measure the sentiment of customers, key words and pinch points. Many banks would be shocked by the divergence between what traditional customer service surveys tell them and the very negative reception many banks receive online.[related-posts]Social media represents the world’s largest focus group, there is nothing that banks or insurers do that should preclude them from tapping this information to better understand their customers. What is needed within these organizations is a change in mentality. Taking social media seriously and creating target oriented and effective content that is sharable.Social media management should not be the sole preserve of the customer service team or a social media manager. By making social media a company-wide responsibility that is overseen at the highest level, a comprehensive strategy aligned with the organization’s business goals can be implemented. This strategy will allow set procedures to develop that mitigate risk and ensure actions are aligned with the company’s core aims.Of course, setting up a strategy should be more than a tick box exercise. Real investment needs to be made. Software that manages listens to and analyzes all of a company’s social media channels can help to establish order to the process and allow tangible goals to be set. For example, a bank’s social media audience can be segmented into backers, current customers and targets – consumers who should engage with the business but don’t. How these segments change as the social media campaign develops can be an indication of the relative success or failure of a bank’s overarching customer service policy.All the signs indicate that in the coming decades social media will become the only way consumers interact with brands. Banks and insurers will not be excluded from this trend. To ensure that your company is not playing catch up, it is important to start taking social media seriously now. There is absolutely no doubt that for those who thought that Social Media and content creation are a passing fad; you really need to think again. Rather than spending two hours convincing an individual through a conversation, be more authentic by creating sharable content that speaks to millions of people in your market.last_img read more

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Uber Suspends Services in Abu Dhabi

first_imgUber Technologies Inc to ask the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to put on hold all proceedings, including a trial, in a class-action lawsuit filed by its drivers over their employment status. Image Credit: Mises Advertisement Taxi-hailing company Uber has suspended its service in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.Rival service Careem has also put its service there on hold, after some of its cars were stopped by authorities.Uber, which has been operating in the Emirates since 2013, did not explain why it had suspended its service, but did say the move was “temporary”. – Advertisement – An Emirates newspaper, The National, reported that as many as 50 drivers had been arrested over the weekend.The report quoted one industry source as saying there was confusion as to why the drivers had been detained.In a statement Uber said, it was a temporary suspension and we will let you know of any further updates.Both Careem and Uber said that services in neighboring Dubai were operating as normal.last_img read more

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Kenya Film Classification Board Bans Online Blue Whale Game Challenge

first_imgIn Nairobi County, Jamie Njenga, a Form Two student at J. G. Kiereini Secondary School in Kiambu County, played the Blue Whale Game Challenge and later committed suicide on May 3. He hanged himself on the balcony of a hotel owned by his grandfather in the city centre. (Photo Credit: V-Device – Bandcamp) Advertisement According to reports from Kenya, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) wrote to Google and Facebook to block the Blue Whale online game, which is said to feature a series of traumatizing tasks that culminate in suicide. This comes after it emerged that a 16-year old boy committed suicide on May 3rd, 2017 after successfully going through all the 50 stages of the killer game.Reports claim the 16-year old boy goes by the names of Jamie Njenga, who was a Form Two student at J. G. Kiereini Secondary School in Kiambu County, hanged himself on the balcony of a hotel owned by his grandfather.This has been the first case of this kind to be reported in Kenya, and the government of the country is taking actions to shut down the game. – Advertisement – KFCB CEO; Ezekiel Mutua in a press statement said the board had ordered the immediate withdrawal of the game from all social media sites in Kenya and also asked all ISPs to ensure it is not accessible within the country.He pointed out that anyone found allowing children to play the game will be arrested and prosecuted in line with the Film and Stage Plays Act Cap222. Under this Act, he said, it is illegal to expose children to any content that is suitable for adults only.“In this regard, the board is already working closely with the law enforcement agencies to ensure the game is not available in any public facility, including cyber cafes and gaming joints across the country,”Mutua said.The Board has further advised the Communications Authority of Kenya, to take action against any social media sites operators allowing the distribution of such dangerous games.The Blue Whale Game Challenge debuted in Russia was created in 2013 by Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student – requires a participant or a player who has gone through all the challenges to commit suicide in order to regarded as an ultimate winner.Generally, the game is based in the relationship between the challengers (in this case: the players or participants) and the administrators. It involves a series of duties given by the administrators that players must complete, usually one per day, some of which involve self-mutilation. Some tasks can be given in advance, while others can be passed on by the administrators on the day, and the last task being suicide.According to online reports, it is believed that the first case of suicide related to the game occurred in 2015 in Russia. However, after the 2015 incident, international reports claim that about 130 teenagers have committed suicide after playing the game in Russia.Online reports continue to mention that the game is so far being played in 11 countries; Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kenya, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Kenya becomes the first and only African country to have participated in this challenge.Editor’s Note: Some of the sources we used here were got from Wikipedia.last_img read more

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2017 Review Editors Top 20 Telecom News Coverage

first_imgAdvertisement As we come to the closure of this year, we give a brief of what we covered in the telecom news.20: Vodafone Uganda Expanded its 4G Network to Areas of Mukono and Seeta ON May 9th, 2017, Vodafone Uganda officially launched their new site mask a few meters from Uganda Christian University as they continued to steadily grow their footprint in response to customer’s demands (goo.gl/r21lws).19: Nokia Shaped the Future of Technology in Africa to Transform Human Experiences AfricaCom 2017 was a landmark event for Nokia as it showcased how the company is shaping the future of technology to transform human experiences with effortless, simple and dependable technologies (goo.gl/kFG6Nd). – Advertisement – 18: ICT Ministry Spoke Out as Operators Protest Government Exclusive Procurement Deal with UTL Telecommunications operators in Uganda rose to oppose government’s directive that all its businesses be handled by struggling Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL), in which the state has a minority stake (goo.gl/z1jAtp).17: Africa’s rural mobile connectivity made profitable for telecom operators With 100% coverage in urban areas across the continent, competition to retain and/ or grow user bases is fierce for mobile operators. At the same time, however, more than 50 percent of the continent´s population, remains unconnected, because they live in rural areas that lack access to voice, internet and digital services that include mobile finance, eEducation, eGovernment and eAgriculture (goo.gl/w1R4SJ).16: Vodafone Uganda Reached Out to its Customers to Strengthen and Grow Bond Between the Two Parties Vodafone Uganda reached out to its customers with the aim of strengthening the relationships built while approaching service at a more personable level in all the service centers. The firm’s activities involved the CEO; John Ndego together with his executive team and Vodafone staff taking the lead in providing exceptional service at the different Vodafone shops and kiosks (goo.gl/tHSPFL).15: Bharti Airtel to Acquire Tigo Rwanda Telecom operator Bharti Airtel, on December 19th, 2017 said that it has signed an agreement with Millicom International Cellular South Africa to acquire 100% stake in its Rwanda operation which operates under the brand name of Tigo Rwanda (goo.gl/ve47ue).14: Africell Uganda Unveiled Sheila Gashumba as the Face of the Triple Data offer On August 23rd, 2017 Africell Uganda officially unveiled the #TripleData offer to the Ugandan data market. The launch was in pursuit of Africell’s promise to offer the most competitive voice and data deals to their current and prospective customers countrywide. To give image and attach personality to Triple Data, Africell signed top TV personality Sheilah Gashumba as Ambassador for a year-long contract (goo.gl/fkwx4n).13: Airtel Africa Denied Plans to Exit Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania Airtel Africa in a press statement came out to say was not looking at exiting Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania according to media reports that were made earlier. The firm on December 13th, 2017 said the reports are completely incorrect, unfounded and devoid of any facts (goo.gl/C7XEFA).12: Huawei helped Safaricom bring fiber to more Kenyan homes Despite the high levels of mobile penetration in Kenya, fixed broadband penetration rate sits at less than two percent, which failed to meet the network requirements for the next generation of home and business users, and potentially offered new market opportunities for carriers. According to the ITU’s “Impact of broadband on the economy” report, broadband networks create jobs directly and indirectly, with positive spillover effects for businesses and consumers (goo.gl/1VC5EA).11: Liquid Telecom Uganda Partnered With Innovation Village To Support Ugandan Startups Liquid Telecom Uganda, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, on November 30th, 2017 announced a partnership with tech-incubation hub; the Innovation Village to support local based startup with high speed internet and cloud-based services (goo.gl/tM2ko9).10: K2 Telecom Switched Off The Buganda Kingdom owned telecommunications company, K2 telecom was switched off for close to a week, PC Tech Magazine has learned. The company’s subscribers were neither able to make or receive calls from any network, since September 25th, 2017. Sources inside the company revealed that the switch off is due to technical problems stemming from their hosts, Uganda Telecom and Smart Telecom (goo.gl/KQ8zZg).9: Government Made a U-Turn, Orders MDAs to Procure Internet from NITA-U On September 14th, 2017, the Ugandan government had ordered all MDAs to procure airtime and internet services from bankrupt Uganda Telecom Limited, a decision that was disputed by many in the ICT Ministry, stones turned around on October 31st, 2017 as the government through the Ministry of Finance ordered all MDAs to buy internet services from the National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U) (goo.gl/CcEZgc).8: Airtel Uganda Launched its 4G LTE network Airtel Uganda on September 22nd, 2017 launched it 4G LTE service. The announcement was made at a press briefing which took place at Kampala Serena Hotel, and and attended by the ICT Minister Hon Frank Tumwebaze. The telecom firm invested heavily in the upgrade with 404 across Kampala, Entebbe and Wakiso and a further 126 sites across the country (goo.gl/nFFREQ).7: Museveni Intervened as Uganda Telecom LTD Faced Liquidation President Yoweri Museveni swung in to save Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL), a government owned Telecommunications Company which was facing a possible liquidation. Through Investment Minister Evelyne Anite, the President has assembled a team of lawyers, who successfully filed for bankruptcy, in a desperate last minute measure to save the company from liquidation (goo.gl/AGDNc4).6: Ugandan Government Took Over UTL Management Ugandan government on March 1st, 2017 announced the takeover of management of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) and all its affairs. The announcement was made in a statement by Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Hon Matia Kasaija following the withdrawal of the company’s major shareholder, Ucom Ltd. According to Kasaija, Ucom Ltd, a Libya based company also ordered resignation of all five of their Libyan representatives on the UTL board of Directors (goo.gl/yGxUQ1).5: UCC Report: Number of Mobile Phone Subscribers in Uganda Dropped The number of mobile phone subscribers in Uganda was reported dropped by a margin of close to 60,000, the new Post, Broadcasting and Telecommunications Market and Industry report indicated. The report was released by the Uganda Communications Commission at a Press conference showing a total of 56,946 subscribers were lost in fourth quarter (goo.gl/TVyRJ9).4: SIM Card Verification Exercise Was 98% Successful The Uganda Communications Commission came out to claim that it achieved success in the recent SIM card verification exercise. Phone numbers that had not been verified by the National Identification Registration Authority were disconnected by the telecom companies at the end of August. UCC corporate affairs director Fred Otunnu told KFM that the exercise registered over 98 percent success rate (goo.gl/QCG8aj).3: MTN Uganda Turned 19 Uganda’s leading telecom firm; MTN Uganda turned 19 on October 21st, 2017. Having made it this far, the firm came to have done amazing things both in our communities and to the country at large. At 19, they have started #ANewLife, and at the same time went with the #SharingYoPassion campaign. We looked back at what they managed to achieve (goo.gl/s51isf).2: Has UCC Closed Down Smile Telecom? Tension rose amongst customers and subscribers of Smile Telecom Uganda over alleged closure of the company by the regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). A report by a Ugandan local newspaper on Sunday indicated that the telecom had been closed “because it is facing a number of financial challenges” – further indicating that UCC Executive Director confirmed the closure of the company, adding that negotiations were already in place to come up with a better solution (goo.gl/JoVmjg).1: Telecom Operators Spoke Out as Vendors Hiked Airtime Rates Telecommunications operators came out to clarify on the issue of increased prices of airtime cards in some parts of the country, a move that had sparked anger amongst consumers. Starting on November 3rd, 2017 evening, reports on social media indicated that there was an increase which this website confirmed on Sunday morning – as an airtime card worth 500 UGX was sold at 600 UGX while the card for 1000 UGX was sold at 1200 UGX (goo.gl/uDgc3b).Happy Holidays !!!!last_img read more

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Rice University conference will focus on transnationalism and Asia Feb 1819

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduRice University conference will focus on transnationalism and Asia Feb. 18-19The phenomena associated with the movement of individuals, peoples, ideas, practices and goods across the borders and boundaries of Asia and beyond will be explored during a two-day Transnational Asia Graduate Student Conference Feb. 18-19 at Rice University. Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies will host the conference in the Kyle Morrow Room on the third floor of Fondren Library, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html. The conference, organized by Rice graduate students, is free and open to the public. It will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anne Allison, the Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, will deliver the keynote address at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Allison is the author of three noted books: “Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club,” “Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics and Censorship in Japan” and “Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination.” She will read from a soon-to-be-published book, tentatively titled “Soul on Strike: Security, Precarity and Remaking the Social in 21st-Century Japan.”For the complete conference agenda, go to http://chaocenter.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=54. Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more

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Volkswagen Deal Gives Some Diesel Car Owners Buyback Option

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion US In this file photo, Volkswagen AG chief executive officer Matthias Muller speaks in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) Sharecenter_img Share this article SAN FRANCISCO—Volkswagen reached a deal that will give at least some owners of the remaining 80,000 diesel vehicles caught in the company’s emissions cheating scandal the option of a buyback and provide compensation to all of them on top of any repurchase or repairs, U.S. regulators and a federal judge said Tuesday.The $1 billion settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will give owners of 20,000 3-liter diesel cars the choice of a buyback. The figure does not include additional payments to owners.Volkswagen believes it can bring the other 60,000 vehicles into compliance with pollution regulations and will not offer a buyback if that’s the case, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said in San Francisco.The deal includes $225 million the German automaker will contribute to an environmental fund to offset the cars’ excess pollution, Cynthia Giles of the EPA said in a conference call with reporters.Additional compensation for car owners will be substantial, according to the judge, but he did not provide a figure and said the sides still had more work to do.“I am optimistic the parties will resolve the remaining issues,” Breyer said, without elaborating on what was left to be done. The settlement was a major step toward rectifying lawsuits stemming from the global scandal that erupted last year, damaging Volkswagen’s reputation and hurting its sales. The company previously reached a nearly $15 billion deal for 475,000 2-liter diesel cars also programmed to cheat on emissions tests.Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America Inc., said the agreement announced Tuesday was part of Volkswagen’s “efforts to make things right” for its customers.In this file photo, a Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel engine is displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) In this file photo, a Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel engine is displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)“We are committed to earning back the trust of all our stakeholders and thank our customers and dealers in the United States for their patience as the process moves forward,” he said in a statement.The deal protects the environment “by removing the cars from road and by offsetting harmful emissions that resulted from their cheating,” said Giles with the EPA.It requires the company to buy back or terminate leases on 2009-2012 Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 diesels. The EPA says it’s unlikely those can be fixed to meet clean-air standards.For newer 3-liter vehicles—such as the 2013-2016 Volkswagen Touareg, 2013-2015 Audi Q7, 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne, and 2014-2016 Audi A6 quattro, A7 quattro, A8, A8L and Q5—a fix is possible, so buybacks won’t be offered.Giles said the fix should be submitted soon.The new settlement appears to mirror the terms for the cars with smaller engines. The previous deal gives 2-liter owners the option to have the automaker buy back their vehicle or pay for repairs.Volkswagen also will pay those owners $5,100 to $10,000 each.The company has agreed to spend up to $10 billion compensating those consumers. That settlement also includes $2.7 billion for unspecified environmental mitigation and $2 billion to promote zero-emissions vehicles.The settlements emerged out of lawsuits from car owners and the U.S. Department of Justice after the EPA said Volkswagen had fitted many of its cars with software to fool emissions tests.The software recognized when the cars were being tested on a treadmill and turned on pollution controls. The controls were turned off when the cars returned to the road. The EPA alleged the scheme let the cars spew up to 40 times the allowable limit of nitrogen oxide, which can cause respiratory problems in humans.The company has reached a separate $1.2 billion deal with its U.S. dealers and is still facing potentially billions more in fines and penalties and possible criminal charges. Volkswagen Deal Gives Some Diesel Car Owners Buyback Option By The Associated Press December 21, 2016 Updated: December 21, 2016last_img read more

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Judge Denies Request to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Work

first_img Judge Denies Request to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Work By The Associated Press February 13, 2017 Updated: February 13, 2017 Share Razor wire and concrete barriers protect access to the Dakota Access pipeline drilling site Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The developer says construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under a North Dakota reservoir has begun and that the full pipeline should be operational within three months. One of two tribes who say the pipeline threatens their water supply on Thursday filed a legal challenge asking a court to block construction while an earlier lawsuit against the pipeline proceeds. (AP Photo/James MacPherson) Share this article WASHINGTON—A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by two American Indian tribes for an emergency order to halt construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.This June 20, 2012, photo provided by ALM shows U.S. District Judge James "Jeb" Boasberg in Washington, D.C. (Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM via AP) This June 20, 2012, photo provided by ALM shows U.S. District Judge James “Jeb” Boasberg in Washington, D.C. (Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM via AP)U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, in Washington, D.C., said that as long as the oil isn’t flowing through the pipeline, there is no immediate harm to the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes, which are suing to stop the project. But he said he’d consider the arguments more thoroughly at another hearing on Feb. 27.The tribes requested the temporary injunction last week after Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners got federal permission to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. That’s the last big section of the $3.8 billion pipeline that would need to be constructed before it could carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois.The tribes say the pipeline would endanger their cultural sites and water supply. They also added a religious freedom component to their case last week by arguing that clean water is necessary to practice the Sioux religion and that the mere presence of the pipeline renders the water impure. Related CoverageDakota Access Pipeline: Behind the Standoff at Standing RockWork to Complete Disputed Dakota Access Pipeline UnderwayAt the hearing, though, Boasberg said the harm to the tribe apparently would come from the pipeline being turned on and the oil flowing through it, not from the pipeline’s mere presence.Energy Transfer Partners received final approval from the Army last week to lay pipe under the reservoir and to complete the 1,200-mile pipeline, which would move North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois. Drilling work began immediately under Lake Oahe, the water source for both tribes.The company’s attorneys filed court documents early Monday urging Boasberg to reject the tribes’ request, calling the new religious freedom argument “exceedingly tardy,” ”not construction-related,” and a “last-minute delay tactic.”Trash is seen piled in a dumpster at an encampment set up near Cannon Ball, N.D., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, for opponents against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Opponents have called for protests around the world Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, as the Army prepared to green-light the final stage of the $3.8 billion project's construction. The Army said Tuesday, Feb. 7, that it will allow the four-state pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, the last big chunk of construction. (AP Photo/James MacPherson) Trash is seen piled in a dumpster at an encampment set up near Cannon Ball, N.D. on Feb. 8, 2017, for opponents against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)“Dakota Access has the greatest respect for the religious beliefs and traditions of (tribes). The emergency relief sought here simply is not necessary to protect the exercise of those beliefs or preserve those traditions,” wrote William Scherman, an attorney for the company.The Corps also filed court documents Monday arguing that a work stoppage isn’t warranted, saying the tribes will have plenty of time to make their case before oil flows through the pipeline.Related CoverageDakota Access Protest Policing Costs Exceed $22 MillionWork under Lake Oahe had been held up in the courts until President Donald Trump last month instructed the Army Corps of Engineers to advance construction. The Army is involved because its engineering branch manages the river and its system of hydroelectric dams, which is owned by the federal government.The drilling work is expected to take about two months. The full pipeline system could be operational within three months.Energy Transfer Partners maintains that the pipeline is safe and disputes that cultural sites have been affected. An encampment near the construction in southern North Dakota drew thousands of protesters last year in support of the tribes, leading to clashes with law enforcement and nearly 700 arrests. The camp has thinned to fewer than 300 people, but law enforcement officers continue to maintain a presence in the area. center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Former Today Host Matt Lauer Speaks Out for the First Time in

first_img Former ‘Today’ Host Matt Lauer Speaks Out for the First Time in Months By Jack Phillips April 27, 2018 Updated: September 28, 2018 Show Discussion Share this article Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Former “Today” show host Matt Lauer, who was fired in November amid allegations of workplace misconduct, has spoken out for the first time.“I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months,” Lauer said, reported the Washington Post.Lauer explained why he stayed silent during the media storm before and after his firing.“I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost. But defending my family now requires me to speak up,” his statement added.But the 60-year-old stipulated that “I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.”After he was fired, Lauer addressed the allegations, but he was not specific. “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” he said. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is not shared by the people I cherish dearly.”“Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is not my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”It comes as former “Today” host Ann Curry said that she reported Lauer’s conduct to NBC executives in 2012. Curry said she reported him on behalf of a colleague.A female staffer, she claims, told her that she was “sexually harassed physically” by Lauer.The NBC staffer, who wasn’t named, said she went to Curry with a complaint, reported the Washington Post.“A woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her,” Curry told the Post. “She was afraid of losing her job … I believed her.”“I told management they had a problem and they needed to keep an eye on him and how he deals with women,” she added.Curry left the “Today” show in 2012, the same year that she reported Lauer, who was her co-host.“This is one of the problems when we talk about corporations with an HR department being under leadership of someone who might or might not be accused,” she told the Post. “How are they going to complain about it if they are accusing someone who is overseeing the department that is supposed to protect them?”Recommended Video: Why is Falun Gong persecuted?  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News last_img read more

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Florida Homeowner Armed with AR15 Kills 2 Home In

first_img Florida Homeowner Armed with AR-15 Kills 2 Home Invaders in Gunfight By Tom Ozimek July 12, 2019 Updated: July 12, 2019 A Florida homeowner used an AR-15 to shoot and kill two alleged home intruders, one of whom was wearing a “Friday the 13th” horror movie mask.The Ocala Star Banner reported that a total of four suspects allegedly targeted the homeowner’s Marion County residence on Wednesday, July 10, initially seeking to gain entry by pretending to have car trouble and asking for help. The homeowner, identified by WCJB only as a war veteran, said he was unable to help and closed the door.Some time later, the suspects allegedly broke into the home and immediately exchanged fire with the homeowner, who had armed himself with an AR-15 rifle. The gunfight left two suspects dead and the homeowner suffering from gunshot wounds.Deputies cited by Click Orlando said that when investigators arrived on the scene, one of the alleged intruders, identified as 21-year-old Keith Jackson Jr., was dead. He was reportedly wearing a Jason Voorhees mask from the movie “Friday the 13th” and had a semiautomatic pistol with the slide locked back, suggesting a fully spent magazine. The second deceased suspect was identified by WCJB as 22-year-old Nigel Doyle.The homeowner is reportedly in stable condition in the intensive care unit.The Ocala Star Banner reported that investigators arrested the other two suspects, 19-year-old Robert John Hamilton and 22-year-old Seth Adam Rodriguez, near the scene. Rodriguez was arrested on charges of murder and home invasion robbery with a firearm, it was reported. Hamilton faces home invasion robbery with a firearm. Hamilton and Rodriguez informed detectives that all four suspects went to the victim’s home with the intention of robbing him of marijuana and guns, WCJB reported. They were being held at the Marion County Jail without bond.suspects and victims in deadly home invasion Top row L-R: Keith Jackson Jr. and Nigel Doyle, both killed in a gunfight with an armed Marion County homeowner on July 10, 2019. Bottom row L-R: Robert Hamilton and Seth Rodriguez, who were arrested. (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)‘Important to Be Vigilant’“Detectives were informed that they believe one of the suspects showed up earlier that evening and was knocking on the door and he had left and the homeowner had gone to sleep and the four individuals showed up after,” said Valerie Strong, a Public Information Officer with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, according to WCJB.She said the investigation revealed that the homeowner believed he recognized one of the suspects from a past Craigslist transaction.“When you do anything online, it’s very important to be vigilant on the people you are doing transactions with and we recommend doing it in a public space to make sure no one knows where your home is,” Strong added.A neighbor of the homeowner was cited by WCJB as saying that he had seen the intruders scoping the place out earlier and believed “this was not just a random act on their part.”The investigation continues.70-Year-Old Woman Shot Home InvaderA 70-year-old woman shot a man who tried to rob her house, sheriff’s deputies in West Virginia said.The woman, who was not identified, resides in a house on Seneca Trail near Hillsboro.Deputies with the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office were called to the home around 3:10 a.m. on Feb. 4. When they arrived, they found Jesse Blake, 34, lying in the yard, reported WVNS. Blake allegedly tried breaking two windows to get into the house but was stopped by the woman when she fired a .22 magnum rifle.Blake was shot at least once. He was rushed to a hospital in Roanoke for treatment.  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video The 70-year-old woman was not publicly identified. Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussion Crime and Incidents The Moral Right to Self-DefenseDavid Kopel, an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute and author of the book “The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Perspective,” recently wrote an op-ed for the Epoch Times on the moral right to self-defense.In his article, Kopel argues that the right to bear arms should be protected. He cites Cicero, the great Roman lawyer and orator of the first century B.C., in support of the case that self-defense against criminals is an application of the natural “instinct of self-preservation.” So “if our life be in danger from plots, or from open violence, or from the weapons of robbers or enemies, every means of securing our safety is honorable,” Kopel writes, citing Cicero.Kopel also cites a study of defensive arms use, authored by professors Jongyeon Tark and Gary Kleck, who found that “[a] variety of mostly forceful tactics, including resistance with a gun, appeared to have the strongest effects in reducing the risk of injury.” Thus, “the best available evidence indicates that victim resistance to crimes is generally wise.” Further, “armed and other forceful resistance does not appear to increase the victim’s risk of injury.”While acknowledging different perspectives on gun control, he argues fundamentally that policies undercutting the right to bear arms are best construed as a human right violation.“The sanctity of the home against violent and unexpected invasion is a widely expressed fundamental human right all over the world,” Kopel writes. “Accordingly, the self-defense right and its auxiliary right to arms are at their apex in the home. Laws that impede home defense are especially egregious violations of human rights.”Zachary Stieber contributed to this report. Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM Sheriff’s deputies at the scene of a crime in Summerfield, Fla., on July 10, 2019. (Marion County Sheriff’s Office) Deputies investigate a home invasion near Droop Mountainhttps://t.co/ix6yWaD32a— WVNS 59News (@WVNS59News) February 4, 2019last_img read more

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