Blaze Spikers seek to extend perfect PSL run to nine

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cignal is also at 3-5 and needs all the wins it could get to make the playoffs.“We’re looking at Foton to be our quarterfinal opponent so our loss last Tuesday was really a sad development,” said Cignal coach Edgar Barroga.“But it is what it is. All we have to do now is to go all out and keep a positive attitude. If we win our next two games, then we’ll have a shot at the twice-to-beat advantage,” he added.Cignal dropped a 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 32-30 decision to Foton on Tuesday. On that same day, Sta. Lucia suffered a 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22 loss to Cocolife.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Petron seeks to stay perfect in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix and keep top spot as well when the Blaze Spikers shoot for win No. 9 against a struggling Sta. Lucia Realty crew Thursday at FilOil Flying V Centre.The Blaze Spikers are trying to inch toward duplicating a 2015 feat of sweeping the eliminations and eventually winning the all-Filipino crown.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Batang Gilas takes on HK Petron-Sta. Lucia is set at 4:15 p.m. before F2 Logistics tries to keep the Blaze Spikers within striking distance—and add to Cignal’s woes—in the 7 p.m. contest.Coach Shaq Delos Santos of Petron reminded everybody that going after that 2015 record will not come easy, even against a Realtors crew that is not flaunting sharp form with a 3-5 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We are playing well, but this is not time to relax,” said Delos Santos. “The format calls for consistency especially in the crucial quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.”Petron and F2 Logistics are already assured of playoff berths, but finishing at the top of the heap remains to be the primary objective for it carries lighter assignments in the quarterfinals. View commentslast_img read more

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Finalists to be decided today

first_img4th EBFA-Ralph Green U-11 League…The Vurlon Mills Academy (Group A) have almost assured a place in the next round of the fourth edition of the East Bank Football Association-Ralph Green Under-11 League while the other teams left in the competition will know their fate when the round-robin segment of the action concludes.Swan took on Grove Hi Tech in the early stages of the LeagueFollowing this stage, the top two teams from Groups A and B will advance to the knock-out stage. Vurlon Mills Academy have 10 points so far from four matches, with one in the bag.Mills Academy lead defending champions Timehri Panthers (seven points with one game to play); Fruta Conquerors (four points with two matches to play) and Diamond United (four points with one match to play) in Group A while Riddim Squad (seven points with one match to play); Kuru Kururu Warriors (seven points with one match to play); Agricola Red Triangle (six points with one match to play) and Swan (four points with two matches to play) are all in the reckoning in Group B.Agricola, Mills Academy and Riddim Squad are the only undefeated teams so far; with this platform, the remaining round-robin play scheduled over two days is expected to be keen.last_img read more

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Modano and Stars put away Kings

first_imgLadislav Nagy notched a first-period goal to help Dallas improve to 85 points, two better than the San Jose Sharks for second spot in the division. Dustin Brown scored two goals, Brian Willsie added a goal, and Burke made 30 saves for the Kings, 0-2-3 in their last five games. Los Angeles capitalized with 3 seconds left on a 5-on-3 when Brown coverted Patrick O’Sullivan’s centering pass in the first period. Dallas’ Jere Lehtinen lost his stick on the penalty kill and was unable to clear the puck, leaving the Stars further shorthanded. Dallas 4, Kings 3Today: vs. Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. FSN, KTLK/1150 Dallas tied it at 1 at 15:20 of the first period on Nagy’s 11th. Daley put the Stars in front 2-1 with 1.4 seconds left in the first period, scoring his fourth from the high slot. Willsie pulled Los Angeles even at 2 at 1:24 of the third period, registering his ninth when he backhanded a shot through Turco’s pads. Hagman put the Stars back in front 3-2 on Hagman’s redirect, his 15th goal of the season. But Brown tied it at 3 at 5:17 of the third period with his 13th goal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the Kings box score and NHL standings, see B7 DALLAS – Mike Modano scored his 499th career goal 35 seconds into overtime and the Dallas Stars took over sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. Modano scored his 14th of the season and third in five games on a quick shot from the high slot, beating Sean Burke to move three goals behind Joe Mullen for the career lead among U.S.-born players. Niklas Hagman and Trevor Daley added goals, and Marty Turco stopped 18 shots for the Stars, 1-2-2 in their previous five games. The Stars have won all seven meetings with the Kings this season and are 19-7 against Pacific Division teams. last_img read more

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Nu?ez faced harassment claim in ’96

first_imgOn April 12, Valerie Mazone, a Rosemead city employee, filed a lawsuit against Nu ez alleging sexually harassment. Nu ez has declined to comment on the pending case. The lawsuit, which also names the city as a defendant, alleges that Nu ez sexually harassed Mazone since September 2005. The suit states that Nu ez massaged her, leered at her, and “on one occasion looked directly into her blouse in an attempt to observe Plaintiff’s breasts.” Mazone filed a claim with the city March 8. City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto said he hired private investigator Tess Elconin to look into the allegations the same day. The city paid Elconin $10,000 for a three-week-long investigation. Lazzaretto said no written report was issued to the City Council and no documents from the investigation will be made public to “avoid embarrassment.” ROSEMEAD – Years before Councilman John Nu ez was accused of sexually harassing a city employee, the wife of a Garvey school board member claimed that Nu ez made inappropriate comments about the size of her breasts. The sexual harassment claim, filed in 1996, was stopped from going further when Nu ez apologized to Gloria Garcia and her husband, former Garvey and Alhambra School Board member Robert Miranda, according documents obtained from the Garvey School District. Nu ez assured them that “nothing of this nature will ever happen again,” according to the documents. Nu ez said Thursday that the issue had been resolved long ago. “It was a private conversation. I never said it to her, I never touched her,” said Nu ez, adding that he did not think the situation constituted sexual harassment. Elconin reported her findings to the council in a closed session meeting, Lazzaretto said. He would not elaborate on what findings were made. The City Council will defend Nu ez and the city with the Joint Powers Insurance Agency. Nu ez has spent nearly 20 years in public office, most of that time serving on the Garvey School District. He left the Alhambra School District in 2005 after being elected to the Rosemead City Council. At the Garvey School District, two separate complaints were filed by Miranda and his wife, Garcia, in August and September 1996. At the time, Miranda’s wife was employed at Arlene Bitely Elementary School in Rosemead. “Board member John Nu ez made sexual comments about my wife and me in the presence of two district employees,” Miranda’s complaint, dated Sept. 13, 1996, stated. Both Miranda and Garcia requested an apology from Nu ez. A letter dated Sept. 17 from then-Superintendent Alex Yusem confirmed that Nu ez apologized to both Miranda and Garcia, “and stated nothing of this nature will ever happen again.” The letter said that the complaint was in reference to a conversation between Nu ez, former business manager Anita Suazo and former Superintendent Rolland Boceta. “During that conversation Mr. Nu ez stated the reason Mr. Miranda married Mrs. Miranda was because the size of her breasts,” the complaint stated. Neither Miranda nor Garcia returned calls for comment. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GET THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT THIS YEAR WITH ARENA 7 GIFT VOUCHERS – NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

first_imgArena 7 gift vouchers are now available online.Arena7 managed have formally announced that their ‘Gift Vouchers’ are now available online.Christmas is here and you haven’t got all your presents yet, you’re not sure what your nieces and nephews are into these days?You can’t figure out what to get your secret Santa, what about Mum and Dad? Questions, dilemmas and no easy answers or solutions, that was the case until you heard about the Arena7 gift vouchers.Arena7 gift vouchers are the perfect answer to all these scenarios and more.One voucher in Arena7 can be used in any of our departments.You can enjoy a game of Bowling or hire our VIP Bowling Room, better still combine Laser Quest and Waynes World Adventure Centre with food. They can also be used for kids parties or even for a group of friends on a day out.Arena7 gift vouchers are very popular for those who enjoy dining in our Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant.Our Private Karaoke Bar can be the start of a great night on the town, which includes finger food and champagne.So as you can see, Arena7 Gift Vouchers are a top gift to give this Christmas and better still, you can now get our vouchers online at www.arena7.ie at Letterkenny Shopping Centre or better still call into Arena7 and pick one up today. GET THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT THIS YEAR WITH ARENA 7 GIFT VOUCHERS – NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arena 7EntertainmentFeaturesGift Vouchersnewsonlinelast_img read more

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TWO MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO ROBBERY OF DONEGAL POST OFFICE

first_imgThe scene of the 2014 robbery at Manor post office: Pic Copyright Joe Boland North West News PixTwo men have appeared in court and pleaded guilty to the robbery of a post office in Co Donegal. Derry men Noel Lavy and David Knight appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with the robbery of Manorcunningham Post Office on October 14th last. Noel Lavy.A third man is due to appear before a future sitting of the court.Both Lavy and Knight pleaded guilty to a range of charges put to them.The court heard that a total of approximately €2,920 was stolen in the raid and that force was used against post mistress Kathleen Diver.Knight, is 36 and from 24 Melmore Gardens in Derry,  while Lavy, is also 36 and from 57 Ballymagowan, Derry.Lavy pleaded guilty to robbery, causing criminal damage, the unlawful taking of a Royal Mail van, dangerous driving and riving without insurance on the day in question.Knight pleaded guilty to robbery, the production of a sledge-hammer, criminal damage and allowing himself to be carried in a mechanically-propelled vehicle.David KnightLavy’s barrister Peter Nolan said his client was keen to have the issue dealt with as son as possible.However, Knight’s barrister said his client had an issue of addiction and that he would like to have a psychiatric assessment undertaken.Judge Francis Comerford agreed to put sentencing back until the next sitting of the court in July.TWO MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO ROBBERY OF DONEGAL POST OFFICE was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:David KnightDerryManor post officeNoel Lavyrobberylast_img read more

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Banyana on a winning streak

first_imgRay Maota Coach Augustine Makalakalane is confidentBanyana can make it all the way to thefinals and win. The Banyana Banyana squad participatingin the championship.(Images: soccerladuma.co.za)MEDIA CONTACTS• Morio SenyaneSafa Communications Director+27 82 990 0835Banyana Banyana, South Africa’s national female football squad, has secured its place in the semifinals of the 2010 CAF African Women’s Championship after a emphatic 4-0 win over Mali.The match was played at the Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg, on 7 November.Banyana, which had to draw or win the game against Mali to qualify for the semis, will take on Cameroon on 11 November, also at the Sinaba Stadium.If the South Africans win that match, they will go through to the final on 14 November, to be played at the same venue.Both finalists will get to represent the continent at the 2011 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Germany in June next year.Mali and South Africa entered the recent duel with three points each, after both losing to Nigeria and beating Tanzania. Although Banyana held an advantage on goal difference, it didn’t need this as it won the 7 November game convincingly.Nail-biting clashAfter being defeated by Nigeria 2-1 on 4 November, four changes were made to the Banyana team before it took on Mali.The West Africans withstood Banyana’s onslaught for 30 minutes in the first half, until South Africa’s Amanda Dlamini made the breakthrough in the 31st minute when she headed into the net from a corner.Seven minutes later, Skiti Nocawe fired straight at Mali goalkeeper Samake Goundo after going through the defence, missing a chance to double Banyana’s lead before half time.Mali came back stronger after the break, chasing the win the needed to advance to the semis. Banyana stood strong and were almost rewarded, but Nocawe once again aimed at the goalkeeper.With only 13 minutes remaining, Banyana scored three consecutive goals to send them cruising into the semis. Dlamini knocked in an easy second after substitute Jermaine Seoposenwe found space on the right wing and crossed the ball directly to her.The Malians’ seemed to lose steam after the second goal, but Banyana continued the onslaught, with Seoposenwe slotting in Banyana’s third goal from close range.Banyana, made it 4-0 in the last minute when Amanda Sister scrambled the ball into the net.Banyana captain Nthabeleng Modiko said: “Our fans are always behind us whether we are playing well or not, and that works well to boost our confidence.”South African coach Augustine Makalakalane had nothing but praise for his team after the win.“Banyana Banyana created a host of scoring chances today and managed to capitalise on many of them. I am delighted that we are through to the semifinals of the CAF African Women Championship 2010,” he said.Promising startBanyana got off to a great campaign on 31 October, winning their first match against Tanzania 2-1 at the Daveyton venue.Midfield sensation Mamello Makhabane was the heroine of that clash after scoring the winning goal towards the end of the match.Mkhabane converted a penalty in the 84th minute to take Banyana to the top of the group.Banyana played well from the start, with striker Mamphashe Popela scoring in the 34th minute after connecting with a cross from Makhabane.But the glory was short-lived because the Twiga Stars, as the Tanzanians are known, equalised in the 42nd minute through Fatuma Bashiri, who collected a pass from Shurua Mwanahamis and fired a thunderous shot past goalkeeper Thoko Mndwaweni.Makalakalane said of this game: “We played well and are happy with the win to ease the pressure in the camp. The Tanzanians played with a completely different style to when Banyana beat them 6-0 in a friendly international in July.”Slight hitch along the wayThe setback came when Nigeria beat Banyana in their second game of the championship, also played in Daveyton.The Nigerians, nicknamed the Super Falcons, scored two goals in the first half thanks to Perpetua Nkwocha – this brought her tally to five goals in two games. She had previously scored three goals in the Mali game on 1 November.But not all was lost: Janine van Wyk pulled one back for Banyana through a free kick late in the first half, giving the 20 000-strong crowd something to cheer about.Crunch timeIn the culmination of the Group B games; Cameroon beat Algeria 2 – 1 at Makhulong Stadium, in Tembisa, setting up a semifinal clash with Nigeria; while Ghana were hammered 3 – 1 by defending champs Equatorial Guinea at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton, making it an interesting semifinal clash against Banyana.R1-million incentive to winThe South African Football Association (Safa) has promised Banyana R1-million (U$145 441) if they win the tournament, according to its CEO, Lesley Sedibe.If they are defeated, the squad will still get R500 000 ($72 720) for reaching the finals.“We wish them good luck and are confident they will reach the final to qualify for the 2011 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Germany,” said Sedibe.“I hope the incentives will inspire the team to do well,” he added.More about the CAF Women’s Championship The CAF Women’s Championship, which this year runs from 31 October to 14 November, is held every two years for national football teams belonging to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).The first African women’s championship was played in 1991, making this year’s tournament the ninth edition.The Nigerians have won it seven times and Equatorial Guinea once. 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Reporting ammonia (NH3) or hydrogen sulfide (H2S) emissions from animal farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recently, air emission reporting requirements for animal feeding operations (AFOs) has caused turmoil among livestock and poultry producers. Without sufficient knowledge about air emissions from AFOs and proper tools to estimate the emissions, it has been a difficulty for livestock and poultry producers to comply with the reporting requirement. This article aims to summarize background information and the best available resources about the air emission reporting requirements for AFOs with a purpose to help the producers.Farming had been traditionally exempt from the Clean Air Act (CAA) and state air quality regulations. However, as AFOs increased their scales of operations, public concerns over air quality impacts from AFOs have urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start monitoring and regulating air emissions from AFOs. EPA announced a voluntary Air Quality Compliance Agreement (the Agreement) with Animal Feeding Operations on Jan. 21, 2005 with a purpose to ensure an AFO’s compliance with the applicable CAA, CERCLA (the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act), and EPCRA (the Environmental Planning and Community Right- to-Know Act) provisions by establishing Emissions Estimating Methodologies (EEM) and air emission thresholds for AFOs based on data collected through the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study (NAEMS).Under CERCLA and EPCRA, AFOs were required to report ammonia (NH3) and/or hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exceeding 100 pounds in any 24-hour period. AFOs that signed the Agreement received a limited release and legal protection from liability for past and ongoing CAA, CERCLA, and EPCRA violations until EPA release the EEM tools to help report the NH3 and H2S emissions. Any AFO that chooses not to sign the Agreement would be subject to potential enforcement actions for any past and on-going CAA, CERCLA, and EPCRA violations.On Dec. 18, 2008, EPA published a final rule that exempted most farms from reporting ammonia (NH3) or hydrogen sulfide (H2S) emissions exceeding 100 pounds in any 24-hour period under CERCLA. It also exampled farms that had fewer animals than a large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from the air emission reporting requirement under EPCRA. In another word, after Dec. 18, 2008, only CAFOs were required to report ammonia (NH3) or hydrogen sulfide (H2S) emissions exceeding 100 pounds in any 24-hour period under EPCRA.The final rule was challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and was invalidated on April 11, 2017. This eliminated air reporting exemptions for farms with an effective date of Nov. 15, i.e. the reporting deadline. EPA sought additional time from the Court and the reporting deadline has been postponed to Jan. 28, 2018.EPA has an official website to provide background and frequent asked questions about the reporting requirement: “CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Requirements for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances from Animal Waste at Farms” (https://www.epa.gov/epcra/cercla-and-epcra-reporting-requirements-air-releases-hazardous-substances-animal-waste-farms).It provides the most recent updates, background, frequent asked questions, and resources for the air emission reporting requirements. EPA encourages farmers to consider any of the resources provided in this website.Producers can also estimate air emission quantities based on past released data, engineering estimates, or their best professional judgment. The following air emission estimation tools and forms are listed in the EPA site:Air emission reporting forms “continuous release reporting form” (https://www.epa.gov/epcra/appendix-b-reporting-requirements-continuous-releases-hazardous-substances),“Dairy Report Worksheet” (http://aware.uga.edu/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/EPCRA-Report-Dairy.pdf),“Swine Report worksheet” (http://aware.uga.edu/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/EPCRA-Report-Swine.pdf),“Ammonia and Hydrogen Sulfide Emission Rates for Poultry Operations” (http://articles.extension.org/sites/default/files/w/5/51/Poultry_NH3_and_H2S_emissions.pdf), anda general “ammonia emission estimator” (https://water.unl.edu/documents/Ammonia%20Emissions%20Estimator%20-%20Daily%20VersionV03.pdf) for beef, dairy, horse, poultry (broiler, turkey, and ducks), and swine.In addition, University of Illinois Extension published a “table of animal number” (http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lfmm/downloads/72587.pdf) to assist animal producers to assess the likelihood that their farms emit ammonia (NH3) or hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exceeding 100 pounds in any 24-hour period, based on the animal numbers.Ohio animal producers are welcome to coordinate with their trade associations or county extension educators or state specialist of The Ohio State University Extension about this air emission reporting requirements. To report, the following steps are needed:Notify the NRC by email (NRC-CERCLA-EPCRA-REPORT@uscg.mil) with a subject of “initial continuous release notification” and the following information:Name of the farm;Location of the farm (e.g., name of city/town and state);Name(s) of the hazardous substance(s) released (NH3 and/or H2S emissions for animal farms)Submit an initial written notification to the EPA Regional 5 Office:James EntzmingerEmail: entzminger.james@epa.govU.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 577 West Jackson BoulevardChicago, IL 60604-3507One year later submit an additional follow-up written notification to the EPA Regional Office. Lingying Zhao, Professor and Extension Ag. Engineer, can be reached at zhao.119@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food,last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 23, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180223_RyanMartinWe try to bring a little good news to you this morning by saying we don’t see quite as much moisture in the coming few days. That is not to say we will be rain free…far from it. We still have rain for today, tomorrow and a good part of Sunday. However, we are not putting as dramatic of rain totals into our forecast this morning. We still have the potential for heavy rain from overnight tomorrow night through Sunday, but that is the only over the top rainfall we see now. Let’s break it down.Today, we have rain showers move across Ohio, bringing mostly.25”-.5” but we won’t rule out an a few slightly higher totals, particularly north central and northeast Ohio. The rain moves out by this evening, and we do not see any significant moisture overnight. Rain returns tomorrow and will bring potential for another .25”-.5” over the state with 70% coverage.Overnight tomorrow night into Sunday morning we see a cold front bring significant rain and thunderstorm action to a large part of Ohio. Rain totals can be from half to 2.5” of rain over 80% of the state. The biggest rain totals will be in central and southern Ohio, but we will not rule anyone out. This rain will be very intense and we expect flooding problems to manifest in multiple areas of Ohio. However, the system is also moving quickly, so we can see rain done in all parts of the state by early afternoon Sunday. The map below shows moisture through Sunday evening, and keep in mind most of this happens overnight Saturday night through Sunday midday.Drier weather finally arrives for the rest of Sunday and we see dry, sunny, rain free weather for Monday through Wednesday.Thursday afternoon through Friday we have rains returning to the region. We look for .1”-.5 rains over 70% of the state. We follow that up with at least 3 more dry days, and may not see our next system until the 6th, where we can pick up half to 1.5” rains. The rest of the extended forecast is drier.As far as temperatures go for the next 10 days, we look for temps to warm some this weekend with strong south flow ahead of that cold front for overnight Saturday into Sunday. Then temps will be normal to slightly below for next week. However, we still stay warm enough to be looking at mostly rain next Thursday into Friday.last_img read more

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Tripura govt. directs DGP to probe attack on journalists

first_imgThe Tripura government on Tuesday directed the State Director General of Police to probe the assault on two journalists, reporting on narcotic smuggling, in the past two days. The order came in the wake of allegations that members of a paramilitary force were involved in one incident.Tripura Journalists Union, the largest union of scribes in the State, has sought the government’s intervention in the matter. Asish Chakraborty, reporting for popular vernacular daily Dainik Sambad, was assaulted and intimidated in Khowai, while Sadek Mia, a freelancer working for an electronic channel, was attacked after being kidnapped from a border location in Sonamura.The Tripura Working Journalists Association, in a written statement, claimed that Sadek Mia was targeted by a section of Assam Rifles, Border Security Force and police involved in a drugs racket.None of the three forces has responded to the charge yet. Senior police officers said they were in the process of identifying the “persons in security uniforms” at the spot.State’s Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman also condemned the incident. “I will speak to the DGP. We will not tolerate this kind of law and order violation,” he said after inaugurating a voluntary blood donation camp organised by Asha Nursing Home here.Threat to journalists Tripura has witnessed numerous cases of attack and intimidation of journalists. Last year, Santanu Bhowmik was killed while covering political tension at Mandwai, 25 km east of Agartala, while Sudip Datta Bhowmik was shot down at the headquarters of 2nd battalion of Tripura State Rifles near Agartala.last_img read more

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