Facebook killer commits suicide during police chase

first_imgFacebook killer commits suicide The man dubbed the Facebook killer, Steve Stephens, committed suicide on Tuesday morning in Pennsylvania as cops closed in on him.Stephens, 37, sparked a multi-state manhunt after he shot and killed Robert Godwin seemingly at random on Sunday, recording the encounter on his phone and uploading the horrific video to Facebook. Godwin’s family said he had no connection to Stephens or a woman Stephens mentioned during the incident.Stephens was spotted in a McDonald’s parking lot in Erie County just after 11 a.m. by a member of the public who quickly contacted Pennsylvania State Police. After a 2-mile chase, “troopers attempted a PIT maneuver to disable Stephens’ vehicle…As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head,” a state police Facebook statement said.Stephens was driving a white Ford Fusion, a picture of which had been circulated by police, when he was discovered.It was not suspected that Stephens killed anyone else during his nearly 48 hours on the run. His cellphone had reportedly “pinged” in the area on Sunday; however, a search for him there was futile and officials said the report appeared unfounded. Yet federal officials were back combing through the area again on Tuesday when Stephens killed himself.A patrolman involved in the pursuit of Stephens on Tuesday couldn’t stop his car in time and slid into Stephens’ vehicle, causing minor damage. No officers were injured, state police said in a statement.last_img read more

Olympia Community Survey Now Open

first_imgFacebook227Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Downtown AllianceToday, the Olympia Downtown Alliance launched a community-wide survey to understand better our community’s attitudes and perceptions impacting patronage of downtown businesses during the pandemic. The survey results will provide downtown businesses with information about how to adjust services to meet customer needs. There are questions regarding recent downtown experiences, consumer patterns, how the community prefers to receive news and specific tools our community would like to see employed in businesses.“As a downtown business community, we’re constantly evolving and re-thinking who we are,” said Downtown Alliance Executive Director Todd Cutts. “Instead of guessing what our community wants, we’re asking them directly.”This survey follows a comprehensive survey of downtown businesses that indicated businesses are innovating and adjusting their business models. The survey results also showed that a significant number of downtown businesses are struggling due to the Stay Home Stay Safe order’s impacts. The Alliance will share findings from the community survey with the downtown business owners upon completion.The survey opens today and will remain open until Friday, July 24, at 5:00 p.m. Follow this link to access the survey. The survey can also be accessed through posts on the Olympia Downtown Alliance’s Facebook and Instagram pages.last_img read more

Twitter explodes as KL Rahul is overlooked for a test spot against New Zealand

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/AFPAdvertisement 1vdviNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8vet7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8w43( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 85n2Would you ever consider trying this?😱bs6o0Can your students do this? 🌚bRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India sealed a historic 5-0 whitewash against New Zealand in the recent T20 series, and supporters are overwhelmed by the sheer brilliance of KL Rahul’s consistency on the pitch. The squad’s newfound wicket keeper has been an absolute stunner with the bat, scoring a total of 224 runs including two half centuries, highest in a bilateral T20 international series. Surprisingly in a shocking revelation, the run machine has been dropped out from the upcoming Test series against the Kiwis, and fans are fuming over social media.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/AFPWhile India’s superstar Test opener Rohit Sharma is out for a calf injury suffered in the fifth T20 match, the country’s cricketing fandom was sure to see Rahul getting a call up for the red ball squad, after missing out both the South Africa and Bangladesh series back in 2019.However, the official Twitter handle of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) this morning announced that Mayank Agarwal was chosen to replace the injured Sharma for the NZ tests. The statement read: “NEWS: Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI and the Test series against New Zealand. Mayank Agarwal has been named as his replacement in the ODI squad. #NZvIND #TeamIndia”Advertisement Replying to the original post, BCCI also listed the complete Test squad  this morning, and the Rahul’s name was not included.Check out the enlisted squad here-KL Rahul’s name was not included, and the keepers that were chosen for the Test series are Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant, the latter who’s injury back in the Australia ODI series had unearthed Rahul’s talent with the gloves.This was not what the fans expected, and the stormed over Twitter to express their dismay on BCCI’s decision. Here are some of the reactions-Rahul, who has earned 36 Test caps since his debut for the Men in Blue in 2014 against the Aussies, made his last red ball format appearance in the West Indies series last year.Team India’s Test series against Black Caps is kicking off on 21st February at the Basin Reserve cricket ground.Also read-Nayan Mongia says KL Rahul is a better wicketkeeper than this Indian legend!Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series, Ravindra Jadeja named replacement Advertisementlast_img read more

Negotiation Is the Only Way Forward

first_img– Advertisement – By Wynfred RussellThe dry season is in full swing. But the heat being generated is not coming from the blazing sun above but from the activism around the December 30 demonstration. The Liberia protest movement is not deescalating – nor will it. Having launched on June 7, 2019, this multi-thousand-person the movement has continued to win a groundswell of support from the homeland and from abroad.This is because of protest organizers, the Council of Patriots believe this is their last chance to “save the state” from a grossly incompetent bunch of corrupt officials and expand the scope of accountable democracy in Liberia.Yet, despite the enormous, peaceful demonstration in June, along with many smaller spontaneous protests that have shut down parts of the city and engaged in battles with police, President George Weah and his administration have largely remained unmoved.This dynamic is hard for many of us in elected positions in the West to understand. If these protests were being held in a truly democratic society, considering the potential of it running amok, the government would likely seek to enter into a negotiation with the protesters, knowing that compromise and bargaining are core strategies for deescalating tensions. It is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.However, a dialogue between both sides has not happened in Liberia and may never happen. During multiple public appearances, no government official neither President Weah has engaged the protesters or responded to their key demands, including the dismissal of finance minister Samuel Tweah.It raises two fundamental questions – why is the December 30 “Step Down Campaign” gaining momentum, and what will Weah, or his administration, eventually do in response?The movement also appears to be gaining solidarity, despite threats from certain elements in the government to arrest some of the organizers under the pretext that any protest that calls on the president to “step down” is treasonous. I have spoken to a few Liberians who believe the lack of traction on dialogue reflects the extent to which Liberia is run by highly incompetent people. And this, in turn, affirms the need to continue with the “Weah Step Down” mass rally.The response from the government in Monrovia should not be the intensification of police mobilization against protesters, or God forbid, unleash the army. The demonstration should not be allowed to escalate without a plausible scenario for resolution; the situation on the ground is becoming tense. Neither side seems likely to compromise, and the government may decide it has no option but outright repression. That will be a mistake.  Any arrests of organizers or peaceful demonstrators exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly could turn into chaos and aggravate the situation; sadly, some with nefarious motives may see it as an opportunity to create mayhem.Many say the situation is an eerie echo of the “Rice Riots of 1979,” when the Tolbert administration “overreacted” to a ‘peaceful demonstration’ against the proposed increase in the price of rice which led to scores of deaths and widespread looting. Liberia cannot afford such chaos and destruction now.No one knows what will happen in Monrovia on December 30 – not Weah, not his government, not the protest organizers. The fluid dynamism of the planned march is worrisome, nevertheless.The protesters are young, wired, but highly resilient, and motivated to fight for what they believe is the future of their country.The June protest unmasked the ineptitude and creeping dictatorial flirtations of the Liberian government when it responded by switching off the Internet and curtailing the free movement of protesters. The Weah administration is deeply underestimating the tenacity of the protesters and the enormous levels of support they have across all segments of society. They have vowed to not stop until a pathway for a less corrupt, competent, and a stronger democracy is on the table.I believe a dialogue to form a coalition government would avoid the December 30 demonstration and is the best way to end the stalemate between the government and the COP. As public officials, sometimes, doing business with repellent advocates may offend our moral sensibilities, but it is often the only way to achieve larger strategic aims.However, negotiating to go into a coalition with an ‘unpopular’ government has many dangerous traps. The government will have an upper hand; state machinery and the country’s resources are at its disposal. The leaders of the protest will only become junior partners; they may be in the office, but not in power. The trappings of power may corrupt the COP and the whole cause could be lost. Negotiations are not a realistic way to remove a democratically elected government in the absence of powerful opposition. There must be a carrot and a stick approach.Political defiance and non-violent protests are the best weapons against any corrupt administration. It is the most powerful means available for the marginalized masses to fight for their freedom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Wynfred Russelllast_img read more

Tuesday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-101] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The impact, profile and reputation of South Africa on the African continent

first_imgBrand South Africa and the South African Research Chair Initiative in African Diplomacy is hosting a roundtable on South Africa relations with fellow African countries at the University of Johannesburg. Based on Brand South Africa’s SA Inc research project, the findings that will be shared will provide a holistic view of South Africa’s impact on the continent.Johannesburg, Monday 14 March 2016 – One of the objectives of Brand South Africa’s research in peer African markets is to develop a more integrated and holistic understanding of the full spectrum of South African activities in peer markets.Brand South Africa, in partnership with the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARCHI) Chair in African Diplomacy (University of Johannesburg) invite media to a roundtable where findings from research in Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola will be shared.Key issues to be interrogated include:Lessons from a market entry strategy point of viewCultural competency when engaging with peers across the continentLessons from South African expats and expertise in key marketsThe reputation profile of South Africa – beyond policyLessons on the need for creative interventions to share expertise and experiences between government, business, and academia to build national competence and enhance African integration.All guests, including media, are requested to bring along any form of identity (Licence, I.D, Passport) as well register their car by providing the model/make and registration number of the vehicle when confirming attendance.Join the research roundtable  as follows:Date: Wednesday 16 March 2017Time: 09h30-12h30Venue: University of Johannesburg – Kingsway Campus library, Level 5 AuditoriumRSVP: Please confirm your attendance with Tsabeng Nthite [email protected] Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About SARCHI Chair in African DiplomacyThe National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARCHI) Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy is a newly established research and post-graduate training initiative under the aegis of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. Headed by Prof Chris Landsberg, it seeks to respond to the fluctuating state of Africa’s international affairs by developing a research and outreach agenda embedded in strong basic and applied primary research.Join the conversation at: #SANationBrand. Follow us on Twitter using @Brand_SA and on Facebook. Tell us how you Play Your Part for South Africa through the website or the @PlayyourpartSA Twitter page.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5041Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Concerns with continuous soybeans in 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With corn prices looking grim and the likelihood of 2018 farm economics again favoring soybean production, soybeans being planted after soybeans could be on the rise this spring.With consecutive years of soybean production, yield potential declines and the potential need for additional inputs and precautions increases.“Agronomically, we never like to see beans after beans, but when it gets into your back pocket sometimes we have to do some things differently,” said Mike Earley, Seed Consultants, Inc. agronomist. “We need to make sure to not plant the same variety in the same field back to back. If we get into continuous beans for multiple years we need to do a lot more scouting and chances are we are going to need some fungicide applications because of a lot more disease pressure in the fields.”In addition to increased potential for soybean issues including Phytophthora, white mold and frogeye leaf spot, more soybeans could also mean more yield loss to soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The silent robber of soybean yields has been on the rise and has been found in over 60% of Ohio soybean fields, according to Ohio State University Extension. SCN yield losses of 25% to 50% can take place with no above ground symptoms.Of course, the easiest way to combat SCN is crop rotation, but if that is not an option then variety selection becomes increasingly important.“Almost all of the soybean varieties sold to farmers in Ohio are labeled ‘Resistant to SCN,’ ‘Resistant to SCN Race 3’ or something similar. Most of the time, a variety labeled as SCN-resistant got its resistance from an ancestral soybean line called PI (Plant Introduction) 88788,” wrote Anne Dorrance, Laura Lindsey, Terry Niblack, and Chris Taylor with Ohio State University Extension in the CORN Newsletter. “This source of resistance was considered broad-spectrum, highly durable, and relatively easy to transfer into the new high-yielding varieties via traditional breeding practices, and that’s why most of our soybean varieties have this resistance. Based on data from hundreds of trials in locations throughout the Midwest, varieties that have this source of resistance will yield higher than similar varieties with no resistance even when SCN populations are low.”Testing for SCN also becomes increasingly important in fields of soybeans planted after soybeans. There are numerous labs that measure the SCN populations, including OSU’s own C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic. The latest fact sheet has contact information for each of these labs and management practices can be found at http://ohioline.osu.edu/ac-fact/pdf/0039.pdf.last_img read more

Audi says they’ll hit Level 3 autonomy on the A8 by 2019

first_imgDavid Curry Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#Audi A8#Autonomous#driver assistance#driverless#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Audi has unveiled the late 2017 update to the A8, the company’s largest saloon car, which will be the first car sold with a Level 3 autonomous system onboard.In a press release, Audi claims that other vendors are selling Level 2 cars, which force drivers to remain focused on the road. The A8 differs in that respect, once drivers activate the self-driving system, they are allowed to take their eyes off the road.See also: Audi and NVIDIA commit to driverlessness by 2020The system will only work on highways when there is traffic, as Audi decides when the driver is allowed to press the button and the max speed is 60 kph (37 mph).To get the driver back in control, Audi deploys a variety of noises, lights, and vibrations. Visual and audio cues are the first warning, followed by tightening the seatbelt and hitting the brakes. If that fails to draw the attention of the driver, the system will turn on flashers and stop.A stepping stone to level 5Audi wants the A8 to be a stepping stone towards full autonomy, which is still a long way off. Even with the compromises on speed, however, the A8 will not be allowed to drive on any roads in Germany, China or the United Kingdom at the present time.Most countries are still against anything that allows the driver to take their attention off the road. Audi would need to receive approval for the car before selling it with the autonomous system, and even then it might be forced to add additional safety protocols.The carmaker expects the system to be available in Germany by 2019 and has not given an estimate for other countries. By that time, some suspect, we will have driverless taxis and shuttles on the road, which might make the compromise system look a bit outdated. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

2016 Harvey Norman National Touch League Referees Nominations

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified referees to be considered to attend the 2016 Harvey Norman National Touch League (NTL) from Wednesday, 9 March until Saturday, 12 March 2016.   The event will be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The Open and Senior tournaments will run concurrently over the four days creating an exciting atmosphere with the best players and officials from across the country in all age divisions, with the potential of international teams. The NTL event has proven to be a highlight for the Touch Football community, providing a great opportunity for professional development through experiencing the highest level of Touch Football in the country.For more information, please click on the attachment below. Nominations close COB on Monday, 18 January 2016. Related Files2016_ntl_referee_nomination_information-pdfRelated LinksNTL Ref Nominationslast_img read more