Arrests, censorship and propaganda in reaction to Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel

first_img News ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further Receive email alerts Chinese media coverage of Liu’s Nobel is still limited to Beijing’s angry reaction. The national television service and most newspapers, even the most liberal ones, are saying nothing. Newsrooms received a clear order from the Propaganda Department on 8 October: “It is forbidden to relay information” about the award (不能跨范围转载). Wei Qiang, a 21-year-old student from Shaanxi who is attending Beijing’s Central School of Fine Arts (Zhongyang Meishu Xueyuan), was interrogated at a Beijing police station after trying to disseminate information about Liu’s Nobel within the school. June 2, 2021 Find out more News An open letter has meanwhile been released by 23 retired Communist Party officials and intellectuals urging the country’s highest authorities to carry out political reforms and to respect the guarantees of free speech and media freedom in article 35 of the Chinese constitution. The appeal has been systematically removed from the Chinese blogs and websites where it had been posted.The Open letter from Party elders calls for free speech: http://cmp.hku.hk/2010/10/13/8035/ In one of the latest developments, 1984BBS, a chat forum used by many journalists, has been closed under pressure from the police. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Foreign TV stations continue to be jammed whenever they carry a report referring to Liu. Online censorship is still intense. Some bloggers, such as the writer Han Han, have protested by posting empty messages to symbolise the impossibility of referring to Liu. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News The government’s credibility will be badly damaged if it denies the Chinese people access to any information about Liu’s Nobel Peace Prize except its own hostile reactions. Why do the Communist Party’s leaders not let Chinese citizens judge the award’s historic significance for themselves? A former journalist who served a jail sentence, Liu Jingsheng, said police had been posted outside his home. Liu Xiaobo supporters without Beijing residence permits have been sent back to their province of origin. Gao Jian, for example, was sent back to Shanxi, where the local authorities are now interrogating him. Three students attending the People’s University (Renmin Daxue) in Beijing were arrested after unfurling banners supporting Liu in Tiananmen Square at 6 p.m. on 8 October. There has so far been no word about what has happened to them since their arrest. RSF_en center_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures October 13, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrests, censorship and propaganda in reaction to Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Reporters Without Borders urges the Chinese government to release all of Liu supporters who are being held just for expressing their joy about the award. It is regrettable that the authorities are stepping up harassment of writers and journalists, including members of Independent Chinese PEN Centre, the writers’ association of which Liu was for many years the president. Reporters Without Borders also calls for the restrictions on the freedom of movement of Liu’s wife to be lifted. The arrests began on the evening of 8 October. Supporters of Liu have been arrested in Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan and even in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Initial eight-day detention orders were issued for three of them – Wang Lihong, Wu Gan and Zhao Changqing. Organisation Wave of arrests April 27, 2021 Find out more Dozens of university academics, students and lawyers have also been placed under house arrest. From time to time, Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, manages to post messages on Twitter. But the Beijing police have forbidden her to leave her home. Follow the news on China Liu Xia was able to tell her husband on 10 October that he has been awarded the Nobel. Although he had already been told by prison guards, he burst into tears and said he dedicated it to the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Since then, the conditions in which he is being held have improved. Liu Xia said he now has better food and has been allowed a small stove so that he can cook in his cell, which he shares with five other inmates. News Help by sharing this information Some Chinese foreign-language media including the English-language version of the nationalist newspaper Global Times and the French and English versions of People’s Daily reported the government’s reaction. Youth Daily ran a story headlined: “Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo named – an insult to the Nobel Peace Prize.” ChinaAsia – Pacific Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has said, “freedom of expression is essential in all countries.” Except in China, apparently. There have been many acts of censorship, intimidation and propaganda since the 8 October announcement that jailed dissident intellectual Liu Xiaobo is the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. According to the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, at least 40 human rights activists and journalists have been held or questioned for trying to celebrate Liu’s award. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Ex-paramilitary and former mayor convicted of kidnapping four journalists in 2003

first_img Organisation August 21, 2020 Find out more GuatemalaAmericas RSF_en News Follow the news on Guatemala to go further News February 16, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ex-paramilitary and former mayor convicted of kidnapping four journalists in 2003 The government announced the formation of a high-level commission with the task of obtaining the release of the journalists. It consists of Alfonso Fuentes of the presidential human rights commission, Catalina Soberanis, secretary of state for peace, and Huehuetenango province governor Carlos Morales.About 100 journalists demonstrated outside the congress and the presidential palace yesterday to protest against their colleagues’ abduction. Meanwhile it was learned that Henry Hernández and Thelma Shaw, the two employees of the ombudsman’s office who were kidnapped along with the journalists, were able to escape during the night of 26 October because they were not tied up like the other hostages. Hernández said one of the journalists, Fredy López, was hit by the kidnappers during the first few hours of their abduction. Prensa Libre has reported that a fifth person, a civilian, has also been taken hostage.___________________________28.10.2003 – Ex-paramilitaries free four kidnapped journalistsFredy López, Alberto Ramírez, Emerson Díaz and Mario Linares of the daily Prensa Libre were released on 28 October by the former members of the paramilitary Civilian Self-Defence Patrols (PAC) who took them hostage two days earlier. “We were very scared, especially then the commission did not arrive, because they said they were going to burn us,” said Díaz. “They were angry, but they did not treat us badly,” Linares said.The governmental commission that was set up to negotiate their release said the kidnappers’ demands would be met. They had demanded payment of government compensation for their support for the army’s operations against guerrillas during the 1980s. PAC leaders said they would take similar action again if the government did not keep its promise.———————————————–27.10.2003 – Call for immediate release of four journalists abducted by former paramilitariesReporters Without Borders today voiced deep concern about the abduction yesterday of four journalists working for the daily Prensa Libre and two representatives of the human rights ombudsman, and called for their immediate release. Reporters Fredy López and Alberto Ramírez and photographers Emerson Díaz (left on the photo) and Mario Linares (right on the photo) were taken hostage in the western province of Huehuetenango by former paramilitaries who are pressing for compensation from the government for the support they gave the army during the 1960-1996 civil war. Linares also freelances for the news agency Reuters.”Treating these journalists as bargaining chips in political negotiations is unacceptable and will only discredit the kidnappers’ cause,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It also further weakens press freedom by making the job of a journalist even more dangerous.”In a letter to President Alfonso Portillo Cabrera, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard urged him to take no measures that could put the lives of the four journalists in danger, and to do everything possible to ensure they were freed as soon as possible.”Press freedom had once again fallen victim to tensions resulting from the campaign for the 9 November presidential elections,” Ménard said. Attacks and threats against the press have increased, totalling some 60 cases so far this year. Most have been attributed to supporters of Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt, the presidential candidate of the ruling Guatemalan Republic Front (FRG). One journalist has died.Guatemala was placed 99th out of 166 countries in a worldwide ranking of countries according to respect for press freedom, which Reporters Without Borders issued on 20 October. Only three countries had worse rankings in the western hemisphere: Haiti (100th), Colombia (147th) and Cuba (165th).Prensa Libre managing editor Gonzalo Marroquín told AFP that López and Diaz were the first to be kidnapped yesterday. After learning of their abduction, the newspaper sent the other two journalists together with the two representatives of the ombudsman’s office by helicopter, but they were kidnapped as well. “We are very concerned for their safety,” Marroquín said.According to Prensa Libre, the former paramilitaries will not release the journalists until they have been paid promised compensation. The police said the abductors took their six hostages to La Libertad last night.López and Ramírez had gone to Huehuetenango province to cover Gen. Ríos Montt’s campaign. They were abducted at a roadblock set up by some 500 former members of the Civilian Self-Defence Patrols on the road to La Libertad, which Ríos Montt was scheduled to visit. Four hundred members of the security forces went there late yesterday afternoon but the ensuring negotiations were unsuccessful.President Portillo promised to pay 680 dollars each to a total of 500,000 former paramilitaries who were recruited by the army in the 1980s in its fight against leftist guerrillas with the result that numerous civilians were killed. The proposed payment has been criticised by the international community and human rights organisations, which deplore that fact that it is those responsible for many deaths who are the first to be compensated, and not their victims. The FRG is also suspected of hoping to shore up its electoral support by means of the payment.According to Marco Córtez, an investigating judge in charge of crimes against journalists and trade unionists, there have been more than 60 cases of threats against news media personnel in 2003. Hector Ramírez, a journalist with Radio Sonora and the TV news programme “Notisiete,” died of a heart attack while being chased through the streets of the capital by Ríos Montt supporters on 24 July. They were protesting against a law banning Ríos Montt from standing as a candidate. Several journalists were attacked on that day and the following one. News GuatemalaAmericas A former member of the paramilitary Civilian Self-Defence Patrols (PAC) has been sentenced by a court in Huehuetenango to six years in prison for kidnapping four journalists, while former mayor Mirta de Jesús López has received a two-year term. Both have been released on bail. Their victims were Prensa Libre staffers Fredy López, Alberto Ramírez, Emerson Días and Mario Linares, who were captured a group of former PAC members on 26 October 2003 and freed two days later.___________________________28.10.2003 – Four kidnapped journalist said to be “all right”Prensa Libre managing editor Gonzalo Marroquín, who went to Huehuetenango province yesterday with human rights ombudsman Sergio Morales, told Agence France-Presse: “Journalists of ours established contact with their kidnapped colleagues, and they are all right.” He said their kidnappers were awaiting the arrival of a government commission and it was hoped they would be released today. Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! January 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Help by sharing this information Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía News May 8, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Meet The Winemaker at Vinos

first_imgFood & Wine Meet The Winemaker at Vinos From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 1:27 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Community News Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribecenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week On Thursday, August 1, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Vino at Trios will play host to Jason Goelz, owner and wine maker of Jason Stephens Winery.Born in the Midwest before moving to California during his senior year, Goelz took a wine appreciation course during college and enjoyed it so much he earned a minor in wine/vinticulture upon graduation.In mid-2006, Goelz approached Santa Clara grower Stephen Dorcich and presented the idea of building a winery on Dorcich’s vineyard. The two agreed and the Jason-Stephens Winery was born in 2008.The initial release of 8,000 cases were well received and the winery’s wines have consistently garnered awards and media features. With state-of-the-art equipment and encompassing 10,000 square feet, Jason-Stephens Winery is fast becoming one of the largest, and best, wineries in the country to date.On August 1, meet the wine maker himself as he graces Vino at Trios for a special meet & greet. There will be a cover charge of $20 (plus 18% gratuity) which includes wines and appetizers. An exclusive email member offer of 2 for $35 including tax and gratuity is also offered.Vino at Trios is located at 10 North Fist St., Alhambra. For more information on the event, visit vinotrios.com or call (626)284-4674 for reservations. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

Senate Banking Committee Reexamines Regulatory Expectations

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Banking crapo Regulation Securities Senate Banking Committee Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Senate Banking Committee Reexamines Regulatory Expectations Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: New Program Looks to Ease Customers’ Minds Next: Measuring Mortgage-Backed Securities Volumes About Author: Seth Welborn Related Articlescenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs turned its eye toward supervision on Tuesday. During Tuesday’s hearing, titled “Guidance, Supervisory Expectations, and the Rule of Law: How do the Banking Agencies Regulate and Supervise Institutions?” the committee hear from Greg Baer, President and CEO of the Bank Policy Institute, Margaret Tahyar, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, and Patricia McCoy, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School.“Banks receive significant forms of government support and benefits, including deposit insurance and access to the Fed’s discount window,” said Committee Chair Mike Crapo. “In exchange for these benefits, which ensure that American consumers have stable access to their deposits, banking agencies supervise banks and in return expect them to operate in a safe and sound manner.”In her testimony, Tahyar discussed the “shadow” regulatory systems, or oral principles, not made public nor written down. This includes the practice of regulation by negotiation in the application process.“An illustrative example, which can be used because it is one of the few to become public, comes from applications by Citicorp, J.P. Morgan, and Bankers Trust New York Corporation in 1987 to underwrite and deal in municipal revenue bonds, mortgage related securities and commercial paper,” Tahyar said. “During negotiations with agency staff, each applicant ‘voluntarily’ consented to market share limitations while protesting that they saw no need for them. When considered for review by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the banks admitted that they agreed to the limitations only to ‘expedite the applications.’”In addition to discussing the supervisory practices of the banks during this hearing, Crapo and the Senate Banking Committee discussed how they are working to reform housing finance, and prevent another major crash.During a hearing earlier this year, the federal banking agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency proposed a rule to “limit the interconnectedness of large banking organizations and reduce the impact from failure of the largest banking organizations.” In yet another hearing this year, Crapo and the Committee discussed Crapo’s housing finance reform outline. Under the outline, Crapo said that the new housing finance reforms would protect taxpayers by reducing the systemic, too-big-to-fail risk posed by the current duopoly of mortgage guarantors Banking crapo Regulation Securities Senate Banking Committee 2019-04-30 Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago April 30, 2019 2,049 Views Senate Banking Committee Reexamines Regulatory Expectations Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Postlast_img read more

HSE denies job cuts have been confirmed ahead of talks with unions

first_img The HSE is denying that any staff at Letterkenny General Hospital have been told their jobs are to go.Earier today, a number of staff members on temporary contracts contacted Highland Radio to say they had been told their jobs would go at the end of this month.However, in a statement this afternoon, the HSE says staff have been briefed in relation to the overall budgetary situation and to what is being proposed to address the deficit. However, nothing is agreed ahead of discussions between Hospital Management and union representatives on Thursday morning.The HSE says no temporary contracts have been terminated, but the staff on temporary contracts have been informed that a reduction in their working hours is a possibility if proposals put forward are accepted.However, unions have already indicated they will not accept widespread cuts. Richie Carruthers of IMPACT says if necessary, they will ballot on industrial action, warning that cutting the hours of temporary contract staff will not be accepted…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/richi7.mp3[/podcast]The HSE statement reads in full -Letterkenny General Hospital is projecting a budget overspend by year end and measures are being considered that will bridge the gap. The Hospital is obliged to live within its allocated budget and at this stage it is not likely that all the savings can be made from non-pay areas. Therefore costs associated with staff pay also needs to be considered.Staff have been briefed in relation to the overall budgetary situation and to what is being proposed to address the deficit, but nothing is agreed as yet. Hospital Management plans to meet union representatives on Thursday morning.No temporary contracts have been terminated, but the staff on temporary contracts have been informed that a reduction in their working hours is a possibility if proposals put forward are accepted. While a reduction in some services within the Hospital is inevitable, we are endeavouring to keep them to a minimum and to ensure that the impact on service users will be kept to a minimum. By News Highland – July 27, 2010 Twitter Google+ HSE denies job cuts have been confirmed ahead of talks with unions Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Twitter NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Previous articleJim McGuinness named new Donegal Senior ManagerNext articleAthletics – Smyth Into European Semi Final News Highland Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Newsx Adverts Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Breaking: Leaving Cert written exams cancelled

first_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook WhatsApp Twitter The Leaving Cert written exams this summer have been cancelled.Students will have the option to sit them at a later date or accept a predicted grade.Teachers will provide a score for each subject and it’ll have to be approved by the school principal.The Department of Education will then make sure there’s an even national spread before students get their results.Minister Joe McHugh said: “I have made every effort to run the 2020 Leaving Certificate as close as possible to the way the examinations were originally intended to be held.“My desire had been to allow students to undertake the written and practical examinations in July and August but I have compelling evidence, based on medical advice and other assessments, that the Leaving Certificate examinations cannot be held in a reliable and valid manner, nor in a way that would be equitable for students.”Minister McHugh said: “The reality of the impact of Covid-19 has led to a decision that has never happened in our country before. I fully appreciate the magnitude of this issue, for the students and their families, for the teachers and for school principals.“This decision is taken with the best interests of students at heart. I have a responsibility to find a fair way to address the disadvantage that some students are facing and the impact a lack of time in school has had in recent weeks.“The system being put in place will allow a young person to progress to the next stage of their life in a timely fashion.“The fairest and most equitable way to do that in the current circumstances is to offer students the option of Calculated Grades for the 2020 Leaving Certificate but also to guarantee them the right to sit the examinations at a later stage when it is safe to hold them in the normal way.“The decision has to be taken now to remove the anxiety that many students have been experiencing over how the exams would look later in the summer.”Minister McHugh thanked the advisory group of stakeholders for their input in recent weeks in relation to the holding of the examinations. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest By News Highland – May 8, 2020 center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articlePetition launched as fears heighten for Pieta House North WestNext articleFlu Fighting with Patrick Holford News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Breaking: Leaving Cert written exams cancelled WhatsApp Twitter Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Coroner: Louisiana African-American museum founder Sadie Roberts-Joseph was suffocated

first_imgiStock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — A beloved 75-year-old community activist in Louisiana whose body was discovered in the trunk of her car died from “traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation,” according to an autopsy.Sadie Roberts-Joseph, who teamed up with police on an anti-drug and violence program, was found slain Friday afternoon when police were directed to her car parked in a residential neighborhood northeast of downtown Baton Rouge, police said.“It is with great sadness and respect to investigate any unexpected or traumatic death. When our investigation involved an innocent victim, such as Ms. Sadie Joseph, it is particularly tragic,” Dr. William “Beau” Clark, the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner, said in a statement.Police have yet to identify a suspect in Roberts-Joseph’s homicide but said investigators are working around the clock to solve the case.“She’s special. She’s touched so many people in this community over the years. She was a true public servant,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul told ABC News.Roberts-Joseph was last seen alive visiting her sister about 11 a.m. on Friday. Her body was discovered in her car a little over three miles from her home about 3:45 p.m. on Friday, police and relatives said.“We do know the time when she was last seen and the time, obviously, when the body was discovered. We’re working on that time frame and we’re focusing in on what happened between that time,” Paul said.The slaying of Roberts-Joseph, who was well known in Baton Rouge, came as a complete shock for her family and the community.“We’re devastated that someone has actually killed her and put her in the trunk of her own car,” Roberts-Joseph’s niece, Pat McCallister-Leduff, told ABC News.The victim’s sister, Beatrice Johnson, told The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge that Roberts-Johnson stopped by her house around 11 a.m. on Friday. She said her sister lived near her in the Scotlandville neighborhood of Baton Rouge and would check in with her daily.“Friday, she came by [because] she had mixed some cornbread, but her oven went out, and she brought it here to put in the oven,” Johnson told the newspaper. “The bread is still there. She never came back to get it.”Roberts-Joseph helped found the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American History Museum in 2001. The museum, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, is housed on the campus of New St. Luke Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.She also organized the city’s annual Juneteenth festival at the museum, commemorating the abolition of slavery in the U.S., and partnered with Baton Rouge police to launch a Community Against Drugs and Violence program.In a recent interview with ABC affiliate station WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Roberts-Joseph said her work at the museum and the annual Juneteenth event was meant “to celebrate, to embrace” African American history and to “learn of our past and to be able to move forward in unity.”Baton Rouge police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact homicide detectives immediately.“I have no idea why someone would do such a heinous act or commit such a heinous act for someone who had nothing but love for this community and love for people,” Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome told ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

K9 helps seize nearly 400 pounds of meth during traffic stop

first_imgArizona Department of Public Safety(MESQUITE, Nev.) — Authorities in Arizona seized nearly 400 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop over the weekend, officials said.A trooper with the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled a vehicle over Friday for a traffic violation on Interstate 15, just south of Littlefield near the Arizona-Nevada border, Sgt. Kameron Lee, a spokesperson for AZDPS, told ABC News.During the stop, the trooper realized something was amiss and requested assistance from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, which brought along its K9 named Brutus. Lee said he could not go into details as to why assistance was requested.When Brutus arrived, he alerted authorities to drugs and 362 pounds of methamphetamine — with an estimated street value of $4.1 million — was subsequently found, according to AZDPS.It was the largest meth seizure in AZDPS history, the agency said.The driver and passenger of the car, identified by police as 52-year-old Julie Jeannie Mason, of Iowa, and 38-year-old Maurius Montez Mason, of Illinois, were arrested for possession of a dangerous drug and transportation of a dangerous drug.They were booked into the Mesquite Detention Center in Mesquite, Nev.It was not immediately clear if the Masons, who are husband and wife, obtained legal representation. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Record breaking heat settles in the Southwest

first_imgiStock/enter89By: DANIEL MANZO(LOS ANGELES) — A storm system moving through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast is bringing heavy rain and occasional gusty winds from Illinois to New England this morning.This same storm already brought reports of gusty winds from Kentucky to North Carolina on Saturday and hail up to the size of a hen egg was reported in North Carolina on I-85 with evening thunderstorms. The storms also brought 2 to 3 inches of rain to parts of Missouri and Illinois.This morning as the storm moves into the Northeast, a few rounds of heavy rain will be possible at times. Locally, 1 to 2 inches of rain will be possible in the heavier downpours.Overnight into Monday morning, however, the atmosphere should cool down enough for some rain to change over to snow in parts of the higher elevations from northern Pennsylvania to Maine. Little to no accumulation is expected for most of the area, except for near the Canadian border where a few slushy inches could accumulate. That is also where we find the latest winter weather advisories being issued.The storm will pull away on Monday night with some remnant showers remaining and a few occasional gusty winds. The combination of some gusty winds, ongoing showers and widespread cloud cover will make it feel pretty raw in the Northeast.The first heat wave of the season is still ongoing in the western U.S. Los Angeles International Airport, Pasadena, San Diego, Anaheim and Newport Beach all tied or broke daily record highs on Saturday.Some slight cooling is expected Sunday and Monday in parts of Southern California while the heat builds significantly in the desert Southwest with triple-digit temperatures likely in Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Phoenix in the coming days.A few records will be possible in the desert southwest today including Phoenix, where the current record is 101, with a forecast of 103 this afternoon.The heat will remain locked in place for much of the Southwest U.S. for the next several days this week. A 100 degree temperature has never been recorded in April in Las Vegas, and on Wednesday, April 29, the forecast currently is 102.On Tuesday, the risk for severe weather will return to parts of the southern and central Plains, with strong winds, large hail and tornadoes possible from Texas to Missouri.Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 1E in the Eastern Pacific will drift further out to sea and is expected to become a remnant low later Sunday. However, per the National Hurricane Center, the formation of this system on Saturday marked “the earliest formation of a tropical cyclone in the eastern North Pacific basin since the satellite era began in 1966.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Nesting behavior of the icefish Chaenocephalus aceratus at Bouvetøya Island, Southern Ocean

first_imgWe describe in situ observations on nesting by the Scotia Sea (or blackfin) icefish Chaenocephalus aceratus (Lönnberg) that constitute the first substantive evidence of egg brooding and parental care by species of the family Channichthyidae. At Boutetoya Island six fish, all apparently male, were observed guarding egg nests at depths of 141–148 m during an ROV deployment. Eggs were laid as aggregated, round masses (~20–25 cm diameter) in shallow, circular depressions (~1-m diameter, ~20-cm depth) that were probably excavated by the parent(s) to protect the nests. The fish guardians remained tenaciously in contact with the eggs despite disturbances caused by the ROV, reacting to this threat with stress and defense behaviors. Because brooding fishes are more susceptible to the population impacts from trawl fisheries, we argue that this life history should be kept in mind in designing management schemes.last_img read more