Yug murder case: Himachal court gives death penalty to three for killing 4-yr-old boy

first_imgA Himachal Pradesh court on Wednesday gave the death penalty to three people for the murder of a four-year-old boy Yug whose skeletal remains were found in a municipal water tank two years later.Shimla Sessions Judge Virender Singh had convicted Chander Sharma, Tajender Singh and Vikrant Bakshi on August 6 for the child’s murder, but deferred the hearing on the quantum of sentence.Yug’s father Vinod Kumar Gupta, mother Pinki Gupta and grandmother Chandralekha Gupta were present in the jam-packed court as the sentence was pronounced.“My son cannot come back but I am satisfied with the verdict of death penalty for the guilty,” Mr. Gupta told PTI.The boy was abducted from the busy Ram Bazar area in Shimla on June 14, 2014 and killed after seven days, even before a ransom call was made.His remains were recovered from a Shimla Municipal Corporation water tank in Kelston area on August 21, 2016, after the probe was handed over to the CID.The prosecution said Yug was tortured, starved and forcibly served liquor before being thrown alive into a water tank.A rock was tied to him when he was thrown into the tank, it said.Yug’s killing had sent shockwaves across the city and residents took out processions and candlelight marches to express rage.Mr. Gupta had filed a missing person’s complaint at Sadar police station the day his son was abducted.A criminal case was registered on June 16, while a letter seeking a ransom of ₹ 3.6 crore was received on June 27.Three more ransom letters were received subsequently.On January 29, 2016, some municipal corporation employees found his skeleton while cleaning the tank after a jaundice outbreak in the city.Public prosecutor Randip Singh Parmar told PTI that statements of 105 witnesses were recorded in the case.The death sentence would have to be confirmed by the high court. The convicts may file appeal against it in the high court within 30 days, he added.last_img read more

FIFA reminds World Cup-bound Peru about government meddling

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 ONE: Askren retires undefeated, destroys Aoki in 57 seconds LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Peru’s players celebrate after a play-off qualifying match for the 2018 Russian World Cup against New Zealand in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to win a two-leg playoff and earn the 32nd and last spot in the World Cup field in Russia. APZURICH — FIFA has reminded the Peruvian soccer federation of rules prohibiting interference by national governments, one week after the South American country qualified for its first World Cup since 1982.FIFA says the letter reacts to the “current draft of the Peruvian Sports Law” presented to a congressional committee last month. FIFA says the proposed text to lawmakers includes “certain items that, if implemented, would contravene the FIFA Statutes.”ADVERTISEMENT In serious cases, FIFA can suspend a country’s national and club teams, plus officials, from international competitions and meetings.Peruvian officials are due in Moscow next week for the World Cup draw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPeru is not likely to be facing any action, but FIFA has promised to “continue to monitor the situation.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justicelast_img read more

Inter Milan plan Vidal swoop

Inter Milan plan Vidal swoop

first_imgInter Milan are planning a sensational swoop for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal, but they’ll have to sell a player to finance the €30m deal.The former Juventus midfielder looks set to leave the Bundesliga Champions this summer, three seasons after joining the club.Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio was recently spotted in Germany before flying out to meet owners Suning in China, and rumors are rife in Italy that Vidal is the number one target for midfield position.Manchester United have equally been linked to the Chilean player, but it seems their interest has waned since missing out on the midfielder.Ausilio was informed that the former Bianconero is worth around €30m, and it’s likely a sale will be needed to make the deal work financially.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Both Matias Vecino or Roberto Gagliardini could be sold in order to finance the move with the former heavily linked with Chelsea in recent weeks.Bayern have told Inter Milan that they have to pay €30m for Arturo Vidal. The Chilean is Inter’s number 1 target for midfield but the Italians will have to sell one player to make the deal work financially. Matias Vecino or Joao Mario could be sacrificed [Corriere dello Sport] pic.twitter.com/qjkIBgtrzu— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 22, 2018last_img read more

AssouEkotto goes after Mbappé over his African heritage

AssouEkotto goes after Mbappé over his African heritage

first_imgCameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto, publicly went after French young star Kylian Mbappé due to his choice to play for France as an African player.Earlier this year, Cameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto came after Kylian Mbappé for choosing to play for France instead of the African country. The Cameroonian full-back who played for Tottenham Hotspur was actually born in France, but he has blood from Algeria as well as Cameroon and he decided to play for one of those two national teams throughout his career. But players who have parents born in African countries, often choose to represent the French National Team instead of their heritage, just like Kylian Mbappé and nearly 80% of the squad that won the World Cup. But people like Ekotto don’t like how many of those players brag about their roots, and yet they decided to turn their back on those countries to seek glory for France. Right after the summer tournament came to an end, there was a lot of backlash by many fans who were having none of it and called them out on their hypocrisy for saying they are proudly from that continent and not even entertaining the idea of making a different choice when asked. France is one of the national teams with the richest heritage diversity in the world, a factor that for many was key for both of their World Cup successes.un lion qui copie un lion devient un singe… V.H… pic.twitter.com/YcWONBFp7D— Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) February 26, 2018But people like Benoit Assou-Ekotto feel very offended by the public statements that many of these players make, Kylian Mbappé recently spoke about how he wants to be a part of the development of football in Africa during a meeting with president Emmanuel Macron from France, and Geroge Weah from Liberia. Ekotto seemed to take serious offense by Mbappé’s words and responded by telling RMC that: “European players of African origin who hold Africa in their hearts and who want to help the sport in Africa… blah, blah, blah… while rushing to play for a European national team make me chuckle. It looks good when you have a cause though. Put yourself in the place of the players from Cameroon. You, a French player are going to come to develop us… Stay at home, help your guys in Bondy, in your neighborhood, in your France. Yes, you love Africa, but you never go there. So what’s the story? Yes, you love your wife, but you go out with another. It’s a game I know, manipulate public opinion, blah, blah blah,” said the 34-year old player during a debate panel for RMC.my SatayHouse pic.twitter.com/TTGDBoMcpMRevealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…— Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) March 26, 2018Although the anger from the Metz player can be understood to a certain level, Kylian Mbappé was born in France and as such he is a Frenchman with the freedom to pick the country he wants to represent. Ekotto’s case actually is more directed at players who were born in African countries and still decided to play for France, but players like Pogba, Kante, or Mbappé don’t have to explain themselves to anyone and much less this player who clearly could use a hug. But then again if you stop for a minute to think about it, if all the players with African heritage decided to play for those countries, maybe we would have stronger national teams from all around the continent and competitions like the World Cup would be far more exciting than they already are. Kylian Mbappé does identify himself as a Frenchman from Paris, one who was bred in the streets of Bondy and learned everything he knows from that place. There is nothing in sports that make people more proud, than watching a player you grew up with triumph with the country he represents. Kylian Mbappé’s friends must be very proud of them, even if Benoit Assou-Ekotto isn’t.LIVERPOOL ✈️ pic.twitter.com/9cay1iUWSB— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) September 17, 2018What do you think about Mbappé and Ekotto’s disagreement? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Pedro hails Alvaro Morata

Pedro hails Alvaro Morata

first_imgThe Chelsea footballer believes Morata is in good condition and played very good against Crystal Palace in the weekendChelsea footballer Pedro has stated his very happy at how well his teammate Alvaro Morata is playing, especially after the game against Crystal Palace.“The team worked very hard and I’m very happy to score a goal and get the three points because it’s very important for us to stay near the top and to continue in this way,” Pedro told Chelsea’s official website.“The team are playing very well, moving the ball with one or two touches, creating chances and winning games. The important thing for us is getting the three points but we just need to take it step by step and game by game.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“We were in good condition, playing well and creating chances but a draw is different,” he added.“After, when Alvaro scored again, we controlled the game and moved the ball faster, I then scored the third and that was good.”“He’s in good condition and he had a very good performance,” Pedro added.“He has the mentality to score goals and help the team, that’s the best way for him.”last_img read more

Slattery talks about Southamptons academy

Slattery talks about Southamptons academy

first_imgAccording to the midfielder, the Southampton academy is giving a lot of results, after eight of the 18 players on Saturday’s match were part of the academy.Southampton FC midfielder Callum Slattery spoke to the team’s official website about the club’s academy.“Everyone one works so hard to get to this stage, it’s never easy,” he said.“When you get this moment, you’ve got to grab it with both hands. I’ve had to work extremely hard to make the chance and now I’ve got to take it.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“I found out the day before in training but managed to keep it quiet and just prepared in my head as I normally would for any game,” he commented.“I felt good, the lads were fantastic helping me through and made me feel comfortable. I played it simple and it felt good to be out there.”“The confidence it gives us to do this and the belief that he shows in us is fantastic, so for us to get that chance is great from his part,” he added.“The way he deals with us in training and speaks to us is great as well.”last_img read more

Emery Victory can push Arsenal on in top four challenge

Emery Victory can push Arsenal on in top four challenge

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery was delighted to claim a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town today and hopes it will give his side a boost in their challenge for a top-four spot.The Gunners got off to a promising start at the Kirklees Stadium this evening with Alex Iwobi’s deflected goal handing them a deserved lead in the 16th-minute.Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross then found Alexandre Lacazette, who pulled off a tidy finish just before half-time for his 10th Premier League goal of the season.The French striker and Iwobi wasted opportunities to extend Arsenal’s lead in the second half with Saed Kolasinac’s own goal in stoppage time setting up a nervy ending.However, Arsenal held on to claim a badly needed victory that moves them within a point of fourth-placed Manchester United and level with Chelsea, who will face Manchester City on Sunday, in fifth.Speaking afterwards, Emery hailed the significance of the three points today and voiced his confidence over Arsenal’s prospects of finishing in the top four this season in the Premier League.“It was very important, this victory, it is three points for us to be closer to the top four, and our target is this,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“Knowing we need to take the regularity at home and away, and today this victory I think can give us confidence and the possibility to continue our target in the Premier League.”He added: “It is game 26 and there is a one-point difference between Manchester United and us. If we ask if it’s easy or difficult for us then I think it’s difficult, but we can [do it].Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“On game 26 we are on our way. Our motivation is very great and every player wants to [work hard] in every match and have regularity and consistency in the Premier League in 38 matches, and now we are getting close to our target and to the other teams.”Kolasinac’s own goal denied Arsenal a fifth clean sheet in the Premier League this season.Emery’s side have conceded the most goals of the top six teams in the league at 37 and are currently down in 17th-place in the clean sheets tally with leaders Liverpool having collected 14 in comparison.“Yes, but we won. The clean sheet is important but above all is to win,” said Emery.“We can take a clean sheet and draw only. We spoke before with the team and we said that above all it is important to win and take individual targets also.“The most important thing is to score one more goal than them, and after that, a clean sheet.“But I think every player worked very well, and in the last action unfortunately for us they scored, and maybe they deserved it.”Arsenal will next face BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Round of 32 Europa League tie on Thursday.HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal FC at John Smith’s Stadium on February 9, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)last_img read more

OBITUARY Emma C Perez Torres 90

OBITUARY Emma C Perez Torres 90

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Emma C. (Perez) Torres, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away on March 22, 2019 at the Winchester Hospital.Emma was the beloved wife of the late Fausto Torres, devoted mother of Fausto Torres & his wife Edith Herrera of Bronx, NY, Ricardo Torres & his wife Marisol of Queens, NY, Mario Torres & his wife Martha of Methuen Ma, Aurora Alves & her husband Candido of Yonkers, NY, Jannette Torres of Bronx, NY, Emma Torres & her husband Fernando Ayora of Tampa, FL, Gina Torres of Lawrence and Mabel Torres & her husband Cesar Montesinos of Woburn Ma.Emma was the loving grandmother “Abuelita” of Romyna, Cesar, Angelo, Jose, Angeline, Andrés, Andrea, Maria Fernanda, Michelle, Pamela, Denise, Katherine, Nadia, Aline, Chris, Nicol, Mical, Ricky, Samantha, Mia, Mathew, Jessica, Johana, and Joshua.Great-Grandma “Bis Abuela” of Nahyn, Valerya, Leonardo, Gabby, Connor, Jade, Nathaniel, Remi, Issaia, Joel, Giuliana, Luciana, Robert, Amy, Jonathan, Lauren, Victoria, Andrew, Christina, Mathew.Emma was the cherished daughter of the late Luis Perez and Aurora Escorza de Perez, dear sister of Matilde Perez de Pinto, Luis Perez, Hector Perez, and Manuel Perez. Emma is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Lovely Emma will be remembered as a simple yet strong and generous lady: she was an amazing person and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, March 28th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 7:30 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody on Friday, March 29th at 12:00 noon.Emma C. (Perez) Torres(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Helen C. (Cotter) Domigan Adams, 85In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

State of emergency in Egypt as church bombings toll reaches 44

State of emergency in Egypt as church bombings toll reaches 44

first_imgA general view is seen as Egyptians gather by a Coptic church that was bombed on Sunday in Tanta, Egypt, April 9, 2017. Photo: ReutersEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the Islamic State group that killed dozens on Palm Sunday, the deadliest attacks on the minority in recent memory.The attacks in the Nile Delta cities of Tanta and Alexandria followed a Cairo church bombing in December and came weeks before a planned visit by Catholic Pope Francis intended to show support for Egypt’s Christian minority.Sisi declared the “three-month” state of emergency, which he must present to parliament within a week, during a defiant speech warning that the war against the jihadists “will be long and painful”.The first bombing at the Mar Girgis church in Tanta city north of Cairo killed 27 people, the health ministry said.Emergency services had scrambled to the scene when another blast rocked Saint Mark’s church in Alexandria where Coptic Pope Tawadros II had been leading a Palm Sunday service.Seventeen people including at least four police officers were killed in that attack, which the interior ministry said was caused by a suicide bomber who blew himself up when prevented from entering the church.The ministry said Tawadros was unharmed, and a church official said he left before the explosion.The private CBC Extra channel aired footage of the Alexandria blast, with CCTV showing what appeared to be the church entrance engulfed in flame and flying concrete moments after a guard turned a man away.Eyewitnesses said a police officer detected the bomber before he blew himself up.At least 78 people were wounded in Tanta and 40 in Alexandria, the health ministry said.Egyptian officials denounced the violence as an attempt to sow divisions, and Francis sent his “deep condolences” to Tawadros.IS claimed two Egyptian suicide bombers carried out both attacks and threatened further attacks in a statement published on social media.After the bombings, Sisi ordered military deployments to guard “vital and important infrastructure”, his office said.State television reported that the interior minister sacked the provincial head of security and replaced him after the attack.On March 29, the Mar Girgis church’s Facebook page said a “suspicious” device had been found outside the building that security services removed.”I heard the blast and came running. I found people torn up… some people, only half of their bodies remained,” Nabil Nader, who lives in front of the Tanta church, said Sunday.Worshippers had been celebrating Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar, marking Jesus’s triumphant entrance to Jerusalem.Egypt had been ruled under emergency law, which allows police expanded powers of arrest and surveillance, for decades before 2012.- Pope prays for victims -Pope Francis, who is due in Cairo on April 28-29, offered prayers for the victims.”Let us pray for the victims of the attack unfortunately carried out today,” he said.”May the Lord convert the heart of those who sow terror, violence and death and also the heart of those who make weapons and trade in them.”Copts, who make up about one tenth of Egypt’s population of more than 92 million and who celebrate Easter next weekend, have been targeted by several attacks in recent months.Jihadists and Islamists accuse Copts of supporting the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, which ushered in a deadly crackdown on his supporters.In December, a suicide bombing claimed by IS killed 29 worshippers in a Cairo church.The group later released a video threatening Egypt’s Christians with more attacks.A spate of jihadist-linked attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula, including the murder of a Copt in the city of El Arish, led some Coptic families to flee.About 250 Christians took refuge in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya after IS in February called for attacks on the minority.US President Donald Trump led international condemnation of Sunday’s attacks.”So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. US strongly condemns. I have great confidence that President Al Sisi will handle situation properly,” he tweeted.UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed the hope that the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice after a Security Council statement condemned the bombings as “heinous” and “cowardly”.- String of attacks -The Cairo-based Al-Azhar, an influential Sunni Muslim authority, said the attacks aimed to “destabilise security and… the unity of Egyptians”.Egypt’s Copts have endured successive attacks since Morsi’s ouster in July 2013.More than 40 churches were targeted nationwide in the two weeks after the deadly dispersal by security forces of two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on August 14 that year, Human Rights Watch said.Sisi, who as then army chief helped remove Morsi, has defended his security forces and accused jihadists of attacking Copts in order to divide the country.In October 2011, almost 30 people — mostly Coptic Christians — were killed outside the state television building in Cairo after the army charged at protesters denouncing the torching of a church in southern Egypt.A few months earlier, the unclaimed New Year’s Day bombing of a Coptic church killed more than 20 people in second city Alexandria.last_img read more

US hopeful for continued talks with N Korea

US hopeful for continued talks with N Korea

first_imgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters at the US State Department on 15 March in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPThe United States voiced hope Friday that nuclear disarmament negotiations with North Korea would continue following reports that Pyongyang is considering suspending the talks.Russian news agency TASS said the North’s vice foreign minister Choe Son-Hui had rejected yielding to “US demands in any form,” after the Hanoi summit between leader Kim Jong Un and president Donald Trump ended without agreement in February.”We are hopeful that we can continue to hold this conversation,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Washington.The report came amid concerns over the North’s satellite rocket launch site, where some rebuilding activity has been observed in recent weeks, triggering international alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch.Trump told a post-summit press conference in Hanoi that the North Korean leader had promised he would maintain his moratorium on missile and nuclear tests.Kim was due soon to make an official statement on the actions his country would take, Choe told reporters and foreign diplomats in Pyongyang.”In Hanoi on multiple occasions, (Kim) spoke directly to the president and made a commitment that he would not resume nuclear testing, nor would he resume missile testing,” Pompeo said.”We have every expectation that he will live up to that commitment.”Any launch would send the denuclearization talks into complete disarray, after they were left stuttering when the summit ended without agreement two weeks ago.Choe — who was present in Vietnam — blamed the United States for the failure, saying Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton “created the atmosphere of hostility and mistrust” and “obstructed” Kim and Trump’s “constructive effort.””As a result, the summit ended with no significant result,” she added.It is a change of tone from Pyongyang, after both sides expressed their willingness to carry on the discussion process in Hanoi.Ankit Panda, of the Federation of American Scientists, said Kim’s unilateral declaration of the ICBM testing moratorium was “now in question.”It could mean a decision had already been made, he tweeted, but added that it did not mean a launch was imminent.”One play is for Kim to reaffirm the moratorium. Kim looks big,” he said. “That also keeps China happy for now.”Another play is to renounce the moratorium, which would be risky,” as it would upset China, be “disappointing” to Trump, and “squanders the inter-Korean process”.Big dealSeoul’s presidential office sought to play down the vice-minister’s comments, saying it was “premature to assess the current situation only with Choe’s remarks.”South Korea will continue to work for the resumption of talks, it added.Washington wants what administration officials have called a “big deal,” with the complete elimination of weapons of mass destruction in return for the dropping of sanctions that have hit the isolated North’s economy.”Nobody in the administration advocates a step-by-step approach,” a senior State Department official told reporters last week.The North says it only called for the partial lifting of UN sanctions imposed in 2016-17 that affect people’s livelihoods.But Washington sees these measures as the bulk of economic sanctions that brought Kim to the table, and believes without them it would lose leverage in future talks.Pyongyang favours a more incremental approach, with Kim proposing dismantling facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for lifting the main sanctions — an offer Trump refused in Hanoi despite the vaunted “chemistry” between the pair.In his New Year’s speech — a key political event in the North — Kim said he would be “compelled to find a new way for defending the sovereignty” of the state if Washington “persists in imposing sanctions and pressure.”last_img read more

Milwaukee Officer Involved in NBA Players Arrest Fired

Milwaukee Officer Involved in NBA Players Arrest Fired

first_imgBy IVAN MORENO, Associated PressMILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts mocking the incident, the city’s police chief said Thursday.Police Chief Alfonso Morales said the firing decision was not tied to anything Erik Andrade did when Brown was arrested, but explained that the social media posts compromised the officer’s ability to testify in other cases. Morales spoke about the case at a Marquette University event.In this April 1, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is seen during an NBA basketball game in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he’s Black. A group of officers swarmed on him at a Walgreens parking lot because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets. Brown was standing with the officers waiting for a citation for parking in a disabled spot early on Jan. 26, but never appeared to threaten police before or during his arrest, according to police body camera videos.Andrade later mocked Brown on Facebook for his arrest .“Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeer,” one Facebook post read, referencing a slogan used to cheer on the Bucks at games. Andrade also posted a racist meme of Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.Morales said in a statement that Andrade’s posts violate the department’s social media policies.“They have a racist connotation and are derogatory, mocking an individual who was recently the subject of officers’ use of force,” Morales said. “Such comments also directly affect his credibility and ability to testify in future hearings as a member of this Department. I have not, and will not, tolerate such behavior.”Andrade was at the scene when Brown was arrested but was not among the officers who took him down, according to police. A total of 11 officers involved in the arrest were disciplined or retrained, but Andrade was not among those punished at the time.The president of the Milwaukee Police Association, Mike Crivello, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on behalf of Andrade. Andrade does not have a listed phone number.Morales apologized to Brown for his officers’ actions and the Bucks’ second-year guard was never charged with anything.last_img read more

Polish broadcaster TVNs pay TV platform n added

Polish broadcaster TVNs pay TV platform n added

first_imgPolish broadcaster TVN’s pay TV platform ‘n’ added 32,000 subscribers in the last quarter and 119,000 in the year to September taking its total to 858,000. TVN said it was on target to achieve 900,000 subscribers by the end of the year.Revenue for ‘n’ for the quarter was up 16% to PLN185 million (€42 million), while EBITDA was down 35% to PLN5 million thanks to increased marketing activity. Quarterly ARPU for ‘n’ stood at PLN61.40, up 2% year-on-year. TVN confirmed its EBITDA for the platform for the year.‘n’ activated 15,000 pre-paid cards in the third quarter, driven by uptake of the HD offering, and pre-paid HD ARPU stood at PLN22.80.last_img read more

French media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi has

first_imgFrench media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi has completed the early refinancing of two credit lines totaling €2.7 billion, which had been due to expire in February and August 2013 respectively.Vivendi has secured a new five year credit line of €1.5 billion, due to expire in June 2017. Vivendi said its objectives were to maintain the company’s average debt maturity at more than four years and to increase the proportion of financing through bond issues to more than 70% of its total borrowing.last_img read more