US Reinstates Federal Death Penalty, 5 Executions Immediately Ordered

first_imgThe Justice Department announced Thursday that it will reinstate the death penalty after nearly two decades.Attorney General Bill Barr immediately ordered the death penalty related to five death-row inmates convicted of murder, and in some cases raping children and the elderly.“The federal inmates whose executions have been scheduled are Daniel Lewis Lee, a member of a white supremacist group convicted of killing a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl; Lezmond Mitchell, convicted of stabbing to death a 63-year-old woman; Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl; Alfred Bourgeois, convicted of sexually molesting and beating to death his 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter; and Dustin Lee Honken, convicted of shooting five people to death,” NBC news reports.The executions are set to take place in December 2019 and January 2020.Barr said in a statement the Justice Department owes it to the victims and their families to “carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”According to reports, there are currently 62 inmates on federal death row including convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.The last federal execution occurred in 2003.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Julian!  He is a cute, alert, and sweet little dog who is looking for snuggles and a forever home.  Julian is dog friendly, likes children, would do well with cats, and did well on his van ride.  He enjoys walks, cuddles, and is a wonderful companion.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img

Michael Owen make stunning revelation: Liverpool wanted Steven Gerrard gone sooner!

first_imgAdvertisement 15NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg8ii7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecmci( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3kWould you ever consider trying this?😱9fi3cCan your students do this? 🌚6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Michael Owen has dropped his autobiography in the market reccently and some parts of it has left readers and fans shell-shocked. One such story is about Stevie G’s ever-complicated relationship with Liverpool FC.Advertisement “In Steven’s case, I severely doubt whether he really wanted to go and play in the States in 2015,” Owen wrote in his new autobiography Reboot.Advertisement “I’ve heard that the club wanted him out two years prior to when he actually left.“I’m sure he would rather have wound his career down at Liverpool, playing increasingly fewer games until he reached a point where he could be integrated into the coaching staff.Advertisement “This only happened later in his case. But instead, because he’d become so symbolic and so powerful, I believe he was forced out in the short term. Steven was bigger than the club.”While all this is being talked about among football fans , Owen has picked up a massive beef with Alan Shearer saying the striker wanted to leave the club once after being dropped and isn’t as loyal as he pretends to be. Advertisementlast_img read more

Eight Historic Buildings At Fort Hancock Have Suitors

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |MIDDLETOWN – After issuing the first lease on a building in historic Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook in Gateway National Recreation Area last year, the committee formed in 2012 to plan for the fort’s future now has letters of intent to lease eight other buildings at the fort.At its meeting Friday at the Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft, members of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee received a report from National Park Service (NPS) officials detailing the issuing of letters of intent for the buildings, the process by which potential lessees and the park service enter into discussions on lease terms.The leases for five of the buildings, which were previously used by the U.S. Army as a gas station, bakery, mule barn, and sergeants’ and officers’ quarters, are now being discussed by the NPS with Joseph Kachinsky Jr. and Rudolph Wobito, according to the park service.Kachinsky is a construction official in Middletown who conducts building assessments on Sandy Hook, but will not inspect the buildings he is involved in leasing. Instead, an inspector for Atlantic Highlands or another nearby town will do those inspections.Neither Kachinsky nor Wobito could be reached for comment about the buildings.The project manager and architect for the nonprofit Affordable Housing Alliance advocacy group, serving Monmouth County, have met with the park service concerning the building that was formerly bachelor officers’ quarters to discuss the NPS approval process and historic preservation and interim preservation plan, the park service said. Meyer Pincelli, director of capital projects at the Affordable Housing Alliance, said they would use the house to create several one-bedroom affordable housing units.Representatives for The Monmouth County Vocational School District, which operates the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) high school, have also met with the park officials. They are interested in a former mess hall and barracks, according to the park service. The leases for the buildings run for 60 years and the park service would charge a fair market monthly rate, which would be offset by the funds which the lessee invests in renovating the building. A fee would also be charged by the park service for road maintenance, garbage collection, landscaping and other services. The first five lessees will not be charged the fee, according to the NPS. Lessees would pay taxes to Middletown.At the public portion of the meeting, Dan Ferrise of Monmouth Beach said he had looked at some of the properties offered for a lease. The main issue concerning the leases, he said, are the taxes, which the lessee would have no control over. He asked what services a lessee would receive from Middletown for taxes paid. Committee member Anthony Mercantante, the Middletown township administrator, said the lessees would be able to use the township’s schools, police emergency services, library, recreational and other services. He said the assessments of the buildings at the fort were a third or less than comparable properties in the rest of the township because they would not include the value of the land.Mercantante said there would be other considerations in the assessments such as the traffic problems at the fort when the roads were congested during the summer season.He also said state law mandated taxes be placed on the properties.A table provided by the NPS listing the assessed value of the properties and the fair market rent for them showed the assessed value for the officers’ quarters included in the letters of intent of Kachinsky and Wobito was $15,400 with a monthly rent of $1,100. But the assessed value for the noncommissioned officers duplex that was leased last year and has been renovated is $238,400 with a rent of $2,100.In 1999, the park service issued a 60-year lease to Jim Wassel, a developer from Rumson, to renovate and commercially develop more than 36 buildings at the fort. A local group called Save Sandy Hook was formed to oppose the plan. The NPS cancelled the Wassel lease in 2009, after the developer was not able to show he had the financial ability to rehabilitate the buildings.The advisory committee was formed in 2012 to plan how to restore the buildings at the fort. Twenty-three members, including local officials, were appointed to the committee.last_img read more

COVID-19 Update: Self-Swab Tests Will Soon Be Available At Some Walmarts

first_imgBy Allison Perrine “We know this is an important step for our dealerships and bike shops and New Jerseyans who need access to transportation,” said Murphy. “We will continue to responsibly and deliberately give different sectors a green light to open in a manner that is consistent with public health.” “We’re going to continue building the partnerships necessary for us to keep building out our testing program. More testing means more people will know their health status and that means more peace of mind,” said Murphy. “More testing creates more data, and more data allows us to take more steps forward.” “I just want to make sure everybody knows that we are constantly war-gaming this,” said the governor. “I want to get a haircut as much as the next guy, but you’re in very close proximity and you’re sitting there. I want to open up dining as much as the next guy on the inside, but you’re sitting there, in close proximity. It’s a challenge indoors with faith.” New Jersey residents will soon be able to get self-administered COVID-19 testing at certain Walmart stores throughout the state. Expanded testing is a requirement for reopening restaurants and businesses in the area. Deciding when and how to reopen other nonessential retail shops will continue to be a challenge, Murphy said Tuesday in a press conference. The car and bike model “may have some legs” for other venues, he said. The article originally appeared in the May 21 – 27, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. As of Wednesday, May 20, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state reached 150,399, an increase of 1,670 overnight. Of that total, there have been a reported 10,747 deaths, which Murphy called “almost unfathomable.” But despite the numbers, new hospitalizations and patients in hospitals on ventilators and in ICUs, are down significantly since the peak of the virus mid-April. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Murphy announced an order to reopen in-person car and motorcycle sales, allowing dealerships, boat dealerships and bike shops to reopen by appointment only using social distancing measures. The order took effect Wednesday morning. center_img After working with Walmart and Quest Diagnostics over the past few weeks, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that, in the coming days, New Jersey residents will be able to take these tests by appointment only at seven drive-thru locations outside of select Walmart stores in Howell, Garfield, North Bergen, Kearny, Flemington, Burlington and Mount Laurel. There will be no testing inside the physical Walmart stores. “No one deserves, ever, to be relegated to just a statistic, and certainly not at a time like this,” said Murphy. Tests will be accessible from 7 to 9 a.m. next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Then, beginning June 1, tests will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Results should be available about two days after taking the test. “Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing throughout New Jersey during this unprecedented time,” Jennifer Hoehn, Walmart public affairs director for New Jersey, said in a press release. “We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to Quest Diagnostics and local officials as we work together to open these sites and help our community.” The test kits will be provided by Walmart pharmacists and trained medical volunteers. Those looking to take the test will be required to follow specific safety protocols. Anyone interested can visit to schedule an appointment. NEW JERSEY – Residents will soon be able to take self-administered, self-swab COVID-19 tests at various Walmart stores throughout the state to see if they test positive for the virus. “We’re proud of the work our team has put in to create the partnerships that will get us to our goal. This is an all-hands-on- deck ef for t from the people within our administration,” said Murphy. last_img read more

Ek Tha Tiger grosses Rs 155 crore

first_imgIf reports are to be believed, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger has grossed a whopping Rs 155 crore in just one week!  Seems like Salman Khan’s Tiger avatar could well be on its way to becoming the biggest Bollywood hit of all times.Incidentally, Ek Tha Tiger also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office. Now, the trade is abuzz with the prediction that Ek Tha Tiger will cross Rs. 200 crore very soon and could well break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs. 385 crore.The film released on August 15, 2012.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for Ek Tha Tiger. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.advertisementKatrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.last_img read more

Don’t write off Bhajji yet, says Kumble

first_imgHarbhajan Singh’s comeback at the World T20 was a mixed bag. He took four wickets against England, but was thrashed for 20 runs in two overs by the Australians.The attack by David Warner, coupled with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to stick to a seven batsmen- four bowler policy, saw Harbhajan sitting out of India’s remaining matches.But India’s highest Test wicket- taker Anil Kumble feels it would be foolish to count Harbhajan out. “You can never discard Harbhajan. He has more than 400 Test wickets to his name and he is only 31 or 32, which is the right age for a spinner to mature,” he said, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Tenvic Sports Academy at Ryan International School, Rohini.The chairman of the BCCI technical committee had words of praise for new spin spearhead R Ashwin.” Ashwin has matured a lot in the few matches he has played. On the international front, I think Graeme Swann is going great and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal is also doing wonders,” Kumble said.Another issue that has been a cause of much debate in Indian cricket of late is how long Sachin Tendulkar will carry on. The maestro himself told a TV channel that he will reassess his career in November as he thinks there is not much cricket left in him. Kumble, a former India captain, felt that that it would be tough for the team without Tendulkar. ” I can’t think of Indian cricket without him. I want to see him play,” he said.”It is never easy to call it a day when you are playing for so long.”advertisementlast_img read more

Caterpillars found to use vibrations to attract other caterpillars

first_img © 2017 Journal information: Nature Communications Prior research had shown that the tiny birch caterpillar uses parts of its body to communicate with other caterpillars. In this new effort, the researchers found that the caterpillars use more body parts than originally thought, and use them to communicate in a number of ways.To learn more about communication among birch caterpillars, the researchers captured several specimens and brought them into their lab for study. They placed them on birch leaves and then set up microphones capable of capturing the sounds made by the insects, which are inaudible to humans, along with cameras to capture the action.In studying the resulting videos the researchers found that the caterpillars made four main types of sounds, all believed to be associated with feeding and making silk—birch caterpillars make cocoons as a group, sharing the workload. The actual sounds, the team found, were made in several ways—by rubbing or scraping mouth parts (mainly mandibles) against a leaf, by shaking their bodies or by dragging anal parts against a leaf surface.The research team has not yet figured out why the simple caterpillar needs to make such a variety of sounds, but suggest it has to do with drawing others of its kind closer and to help with working together. Some sounds may indicate that food has been found, for example, while others note problems. The team also found that on occasion, a solitary caterpillar would make a certain sound and within a couple of hours, several other caterpillars would make their way over to it. It has been noted that cracking the communications used by caterpillars could lead to developing a new kind of pesticide—jammers that prevent them from sharing feeding tips, engaging in cocoon building or perhaps from resolving differences among themselves. Explore further Study suggests virus impacts caterpillar’s phototactic response causing them to climb This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. , Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (—A small team of researchers with members from institutions in Canada and Brazil has found that one species of caterpillar uses parts of its body to create vibrational noises that attract others of its kind. In their paper published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, the team describes their study of the tiny insects and the possible impact their results could have on pesticide development. Caterpillar, Drepana arcuata. Credit: Nature Communications 1, 1–9. doi:10.1038/ncomms1002 Citation: Caterpillars found to use vibrations to attract other caterpillars (2017, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: C. Yadav et al. Invitation by vibration: recruitment to feeding shelters in social caterpillars, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2017). DOI: 10.1007/s00265-017-2280-xAbstractSociality is widespread in caterpillars, but the communication mechanisms used for group formation and cohesion are poorly understood. Here, we present the first evidence that caterpillars produce complex vibratory signals to advertise food and shelter sites to conspecifics. We first tested the hypothesis that early instars of the masked birch caterpillar (Drepana arcuata) actively form groups. Larvae placed alone on different leaves of a birch twig began assembling within minutes and forming groups of 2–6 at a median time of 2 h. In Y-choice experiments, larvae joined arms occupied by conspecifics significantly more frequently than unoccupied arms. To test the hypothesis that group formation is vibration-mediated, signals were monitored in solitary residents of silk leaf shelters before and during natural recruitment events. Four distinct signal types were recorded: anal scraping, mandible drumming, mandible scraping, and buzz scraping. Anal scraping and buzz scraping were the most common in residents prior to being approached, and these signals were strongly correlated to feeding and laying silk. Signaling occurred in 100% of residents, and higher signal rates resulted in significantly faster recruitment times. As a recruit approached a resident, complex signaling interactions occurred, which may communicate information about resource quality or location. We conclude that caterpillars, similar to other social animals, use acoustic communication to advertise resources. The vibratory signaling repertoire of these tiny caterpillars exhibits a complexity rivaling that of eusocial insects. Further investigations of vibroacoustic communication are essential to fully appreciate the intricacies of social interactions in caterpillars and other juvenile insects.last_img read more