Alabama police officer dies from gunshot wound after standoff

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(MOBILE, Ala.) — An Alabama police officer shot late Tuesday night has died.Justin Billa was struck by gunfire after he and other police officers went to set up a perimeter around the home of Robert Hollie, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said at a press conference for local media.Billa later died at the hospital.Hollie died at the scene, near Avondale Court and Crawford Lane, Battiste said. “We don’t know if he died as a result of self-inflicted injuries, and we did have one or two officers fire shots at the scene, but we don’t know if those rounds actually struck Mr. Hollie.”“We are very early in the investigation,” Battiste added. “There’s a lot that has to be done as we go through the process.”“This is a sad time for law enforcement here in our area, for the Mobile Police Department,” Battiste said. “I haven’t even had a chance to go to the hospital yet and speak with his wife.”Battiste said he would try to update local media with additional details on the investigation around noon or 1 p.m. local time on Wednesday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Dennis Rodman benched for Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly?

first_imgPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Has Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star-turned pal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, been benched for Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming?The former Houston Rockets center and eight-time NBA all-star took center court in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Tuesday as Chinese and North Korean basketball players held a friendly match, part of a high-profile sports exchange between the two countries intended to help thaw ties that had been growing chilly over the past year.Senior ruling party officials turned up for the game, but Kim, who was famously serenaded with the birthday song by Rodman in Pyongyang in January 2014, didn’t attend.On the court, Chinese female basketball players who are visiting Pyongyang this week mixed together with North Korean female players to form two teams, called “Friendship” and “Unity.”The Unity team won the match, 107 to 106.Yao Ming, towering over everyone else in the stadium, congratulated the players at the end of the game.“Today’s friendly match will be a display of top basketball skills and the great sportsmanship of all the players from both of our countries,” Kim Il Guk, the North Korean minister of sports, said before the game began.After a period of frosty ties, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited China three times this year, and traditional proclamations of friendship between the two neighbors have been resurrected.Speculation continues as to whether Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit North Korea in return.Yao Ming, who at 7′6″ (2.29 meters) was one of the tallest players in the NBA, is the head of China’s Basketball Association.He arrived with a high-level delegation on Monday that includes China’s equivalent of a sports minister. In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, photo provided on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, by the North Korean government, Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming, center rear, poses for a group photo with Chinese and North Korean basketball players after their friendly match in Pyongyang, North Korea.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)last_img read more

Galway Intermediate Camogie Team Begins Championship Tomorrow

first_imgThe Galway Intermediate Camogie Team face Cork tomorrow afternoon in their first game of the All-Ireland series. Galway are looking to win their first All-Ireland title since 2013 but first must get over their group that includes Cork, Meath, Down, Carlow and Laois. Throw in is at 2.30 in Charleville and ahead of the game, Galway Manager Lorraine Larkin spoke to John Mulligan WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day accepting early applications for vendor spaces

first_imgThe deadline for vendors to submit early applications for prime spaces at Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture, is rapidly approaching.Organizers said Monday, June 12, will close out the preferred application period for arts, crafts and food vendors to participate in the event, recently named a top 20 festival in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The family oriented daylong celebration typically attracts more than 12,000 visitors who enjoy continuous music and dance, exhibitions of shape-note singing, a midway of juried arts and crafts, and home-style food.Vendor and exhibitor information and applications are available at 43rd annual festival will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Sept. 30. The event is publicized by the university throughout the Southeast through print and broadcast advertising, social media and billboards. Organizers anticipate more than 120 booths of regional arts and crafts, and vendors offering ethnic, heritage and festival food, as well as an expanded lineup of music and dance performances, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs.Already booked for performances are the band Mountain Faith and Country Current, the U.S. Navy bluegrass band, and dozens of other performers. Traditional festival events include chainsaw competition, an antique car and truck show, storytelling and clogging, along with living-history demonstrations of muzzle-loading rifles, blacksmithing, corn shuck crafts, Cherokee crafts and broom-making. Children’s activities include sack races, free wagon rides and hayrides.Mountain Heritage Day is part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, with providing an easy and convenient way to find festivals, concerts, jam sessions and plenty of singing and dancing to the traditional music of Western North Carolina. To learn more about WCU’s festival, visit or call 828-227-3039.last_img read more

Never Missing A Beat: Philly’s Own DJ Casper

first_img Philly’s own DJ Casper has helped set the standard for DJs not only in his hometown but in hip-hop period, for quite some time. He put Philadelphia on the map as a city that’s produced some of the best turntable pros. The talented mixer got his start DJing at local Dollar parties as well as honing his skills at Dances nightclub. Since then, DJ Casper has toured and opened for some on the biggest names in music and recently made history as the first DJ to sign with the label DarkChild. Known formally as ‘The International DJ Casper’, find out what inspired this local star to get started and what project he currently has in the works. Q&A With DJ Casper Philly 360°: What musical influences did you have growing up? What made you decide to start DJing? My brothers Kelly and Johnny (RIP), were my musical influences. Kelly was the one that was a DJ, and Johnny was the rapper. But Johnny was the one that taught me how to DJ. Johnny got killed when I was a young teenager. Losing both my brother and mother became my motivation and my fire. I was intrigued by my brothers’ talents and I would always mess around with their equipment when they weren’t home. When I first put my hand on the turntables and heard the sound I could make, known as “scratching”, I was hyped up and excited by the sound and wanted to learn more about the art of DJing.
 Philly 360°: You started out DJing at local “Dollar Parties” and then at Dances Nightclub. How did this help you grow your skills? It helped me grow my skills by allowing me to continuously DJ in front of an audience. I was DJing almost every day. I would DJ Dollar parties three days a week to get my skills up. Then at Dances Nightclub, I would DJ four nights a week, and on “Super Sundays” I would DJ noon-2 p.m. for children, 2-8 p.m. for the teens, and 8 p.m – 4 a.m. for the young adults. During that time Dances was like a DJ college for me. 
 Philly 360°: How did growing up in Philadelphia, in particular, impact your craft? Philly is the home of the best DJs. And the home of the realest people. They are the most raw and uncut and will let you know if you’re talented or not. Philly people do not hold back and breed the best DJs; DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Cash Money being prime examples. I grew up listening to them and studying their techniques in order to perfect my own craft, so I could make a better life for myself. As a project kid growing up down 23rd and Diamond, you can get caught up in street life real quick. Seeing close friends losing their lives and getting locked up all the time will help you make your mind up quick on how you want your future to look. Already having a love for music and a talent for DJing, I saw a bright future and have been working towards my dreams ever since. Philly 360°: In 2007 you launched your own independent label – Caspaws Music Group. What has been your vision for the label and what doors has it opened? My vision for my label was to help indie artists get recognition in the Philadelphia market. By being able to produce, record, edit, arrange, mix and master, and DJ the music that I had created, I was able to be a one-stop shop and keep everything in-house; thereby enabling me to cut costs and get things done in a timely fashion. I wanted to help Indie artists reach the next level in their music careers, the same way I had help in my career. I also wanted to mentor and guide young artists who had a passion and love for music just as I was guided at a young age myself. That’s the vision I had for Caspaws Music Group. It opened up the doors for me to be recognized as a producer and not just a DJ. 
 Philly 360°: You recently became the first DJ ever to sign with DarkChild. How did that come about? I am really good friends with Terry “Buzz” Brown, Rodney Jerkins’ cousin, best friend, and the A&R of DarkChild. Rodney was looking for a DJ to sign to DarkChild and to manage because he feels that the DJ is going to be the next form of artistry on the rise. Rodney asked Buzz to find some DJs for him. Out of the twenty-four DJs he listened to, I was the one that was picked. He wanted to meet with me so I went to New York, met with him, and the rest is history.
 Philly 360°: You’ve toured with and opened up for artists such as Gerald Levert, Akon, Young Jeezy, Omarion, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy—among others. What has been the highlight of your career thus far? Going on several national and international tours and having the chance to meet such dope artists from all walks of life were all great experiences but the highlight of my career thus far has been being recognized by an icon such as Rodney Jerkins. That’s the moment I truly felt all my hard work, sacrifices and God-given talent had finally paid off.   Philly 360°: What is a typical day like for DJ Casper? A typical day [for me] is getting up making my fresh fruit smoothie and doing my workout, hopping onto my email accounts then going into the studio to DJ for my mix shows, producing tracks, and mixing down records. At night, I DJ at a variety of venues in and out of town, and normally when I get back home, I am back in the studio or tweeting my fans and supporters. 
 Philly 360°: Among your many accomplishments, you’re also the official DJ for 104.7 FM (KDUK) now. Do you have any other projects you’re working on? What’s next for DJ Casper? As of 2013, I signed a deal to be one of the official DJs for Music Choice Television Network. You can tune in weekly to see and hear me on the Rap Channel. I’m extremely excited and honored to be a part of Music Choice. I’m now working on my personal project titled “First the DJ” and also my First the DJ clothing line. I’m also working on projects with my jeweler “SK”, owner of Empire Jewelers, as well as gearing up for my International Tour overseas. I have other deals in the works so to keep up with what’s next visit,,, and #WatchMyWork #FirstTheDJ. DJ Casper(Ben Henry)last_img read more

Intel(R) Hybrid Cloud Introduction Webinar – July 1st, 10-11PM PDT

first_imgIf your interested in AMT for servers, here’s the 1st webinar where I’ll be talking about this new platform.  Please join us.Intel® Hybrid Cloud Pilot ProgramOffer your small business customers cloud-like flexibility, with the peace of mind offered by on-premise hardware. Intel® Hybrid Cloud is an innovative new subscription-based model for providing locally hosted server software on a pay-as-you-go basis. Small businesses get all of the benefits of services in the cloud, with the responsiveness and consistency of local applications, plus the peace of mind of having your data on site. Whether you are already selling managed services or are thinking about expanding into this rapidly growing market, Intel Hybrid Cloud can be a valuable addition to your portfolio.If you are interested to hear more about this new Pilot Program and Platform register for the webinar.Chris Graham and I will be providing a technology and business overview of the pilot.   Please join in and you can also follow me on twitter @JoshProstar to hear more about what we are planning.  Date:  July 1st (Thursday)Time: 10-11AM PDTlast_img read more

Bald and beautiful: Women take the bold cut

first_imgIt has been called the richest ornament of women. In some Indian cultures, it still is a decisive factor while pinning down on a bride. So when a woman decides to get rid of her tresses and go bald, it’s not just heads that turn, what also takes a 180 degree turn are society’s deep-rooted perceptions about beauty.While most would think of it as the end of their dating life or as the beginning of a body image issue, there are a few who would happily chop off their long locks to make a statement or just to get rid of the weight off their head.Take for instance 29-year-old Sumati Jain. Five years ago while she was pursuing her masters, the Bangalore-based homemaker plotted her hair assassination after her parents started dropping hints of marriage.”My hairline was also receding and I also wanted to do something for kicks. It was this crazy, daring, wild phase of my life,” she says with a chuckle.She exposed her shiny scalp to the world after three stages of relentless, heartless mane chopping.The first visit to the parlour left her with a bob cut, then followed a shorter crew cut and she finally visited a men’s saloon on a quiet Sunday for the finale.”My mom didn’t speak to me for a week. But my dad and grandfather, who’s also bald, were really cool,” Sumati told IANS.”I got extreme reactions…Some thought it was really cool, some laughed behind my back, some even thought I’d turned into a monk,” she adds.advertisementBut the ironical part was that Sumati got engaged while her hair was just a few inches long. “My husband was fine with it. He thought I looked cute,” she adds with more chuckles.But not all men hold similar notions of beauty. “I would like to wait for a year,” says 25-year-old Saurabh Dabbas, when asked if he would date a bald woman.The barren look is not for all women, cautions hairstylist Sylvie.”It suits those with oval heads and good skin. It’s a complete no-no for those with lots of wrinkles; it makes you look more aged,” said Sylvie who runs a saloon in Delhi.Ananya Bose, a Delhi-based journalist, went bald just after delivering a baby.”I had such long, lustrous hair. I remember when the parlour woman chopped them, the one standing next to her freaked out and asked her what the hell she was doing.”But it was such a weight off my head. I felt so, so free and light. You feel as if you get rid of all the troubles,” she says.However, in Indian society women with shaven heads have much deeper connotations.”In many Indian cultures, widows’ heads were shaved. It’s also associated with sadhvis or monks. It’s a sign of celibacy,” says social scientist C.P. Bhambri.However, these connotations don’t deter those tempted to take the plunge.”I think it would feel real good and free to have no hair to take care of. Though I like my tresses, they are very frizzy and at times unmanageable,” says Shikha Arora, a professional.”Going bald will be hassle-free. I would definitely love to do it in the hot Delhi summers,” she added.But being bald comes with strings attached, says Sylvie.”It requires a lot of maintenance. You have to moisturise your scalp regularly. People usually call a barber home every month to clean the growth,” she adds.Also, there comes a stage while you are growing back your hair when it’s neither here nor there — just plain clumsy.”Though growing it back is a good idea as you get a new crop of hair, the stage when your hair is 10-18 months old is very difficult,” says Sylvie.Adds Ananya: “A strand would come out from one side, another from the other. It can get really messy.”It took Sumati three years to grow back her hair to what she describes as a “respectable length”.Internationally, pop star Britney Spears and actress Natalie Portman have famously sported the bald look. Back home, actresses Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Antara Mali, Lisa Ray and model Diandra Soares have tread the same path.However, all said and done, there are many sceptics of the unadorned look.”It completely baffles me why any woman would voluntarily want to go bald. A woman would like to look like a normal woman. There’s the whole cosmetic industry which runs into trillions to make you look good,” says Bhambri.advertisementlast_img read more

9 months agoLingard implores Man Utd to retain De Gea

first_imgLingard implores Man Utd to retain De Geaby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United must keep ahold of David De Gea to achieve success, winger Jesse Lingard has claimed.De Gea made 11 saves in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.United have triggered a clause that will keep De Gea for another season, but Lingard thinks he deserves a long-term deal.”He’s one of the best keepers in the world, if not the best,” Lingard said.”We want him to stay. Having a keeper like that gives you extra confidence. He’s a great goalkeeper.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

19 days agoBrighton to bid for Preston defender Ben Davies

first_imgBrighton to bid for Preston defender Ben Daviesby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton are to offer for £10million-rated Preston defender Ben Davies.The Seagulls have been sending their top scouts to watch the elegant Davies, who is an English ball player, says The Sun.That ticks two boxes for Brighton boss Graham Potter, who has emerged as the frontrunner to sign Davies despite interest from Newcastle, Everton and Wolves.Insiders say Brighton will try their luck with a bid in January, although Preston would look for a seven- figure fee.North End plan to offer Davies a new deal but the Championship promotion chasers know how hard it is to keep a player when a Premier League club comes calling. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

SP bond rating agency hands BC highest mark confirming healthy economy

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s finance minister is pointing to what she says is another confirmation of the province’s healthy economy.Bond rating agency Standard and Poor’s has confirmed B.C.’s triple-A long-term credit rating.James says in a release that the rating reflects the province’s superior financial management practices, strong economy and robust liquidity.B.C. has been rated triple-A with Standard and Poor’s since May 2007, when the province was upgraded from a double-A plus rating.The release from the Finance Ministry says B.C. is the only province rated triple-A with all three international credit rating agencies, which include Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch.James says the latest rating report verifies that B.C.’s path forward is a fiscally prudent one.“Our government will continue to take action to make life more affordable, improve the services that British Columbians count on, and ensure strong economic growth that benefits the entire province,” James says in the release.The Standard and Poor’s report says one of B.C.’s greatest credit strengths is its diversified and healthy economy.“Large resource endowments, high-ranking livability and close proximity to Asian markets underpin its affluent tax base,” it says.The report says that when the total of all B.C.’s goods and services is divided by its population, the estimate per person is more than US$42,800, based on a three-year average.The findings also forecast continued strong performance, in part because the bond rating agency says the province has protected itself from the uncertainties of United States fiscal and trade policies by expanding trade with other partners, particularly in Asia.“We believe that the province’s near-term economic prospects are healthier than those of most other Canadian provinces because of B.C.’s relatively diversified economic base, which provides revenue diversification and resiliency,” the report says.last_img read more