Police: Mother, boyfriend arrested after strangling newborn in hospital

first_imgiStock(OXNARD, Calif.) — The mother of a newborn and her boyfriend have been arrested after the disturbing murder of the baby soon after she gave birth at a California hospital.Andrea Torralba, 20, and David Villa, 21, both of Oxnard, California, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were taken into custody on Friday afternoon after police responded to St. John’s Medical Center.After responding to the hospital, officers from the Oxnard Police Department “learned that a newborn infant was in critical condition with suspicious injuries,” according to the department.Detectives from Oxnard police’s Family Protection Unit said their investigation led them to believe Torralba and Villa strangled the baby until he was unconscious just hours after she gave birth.Hospital personnel immediately started lifesaving procedures, but the male child was pronounced dead.Oxnard police Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide told Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV the couple admitted under questioning that they did not want the child.Both have been charged with assault on a child by means of force resulting in the child’s death, police said. The felony is punishable by a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.Villa is being held at Ventura County’s Main Jail on $5 million bail. He is next scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on Tuesday.Torralba is being held on $1 million bail, police said.Authorities said an investigation into the death is still ongoing.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ravens begin 2016 voluntary offseason workout program

first_imgPhoto courtesy of the Baltimore RavensTaking another step toward putting a difficult 2015 season behind them, the Ravens opened their voluntary offseason workout program in Owings Mills on Monday.The opening phase of the nine-week program lasts two weeks and is limited to strength and conditioning work as well as physical rehabilitation. Coaches are not permitted to lead players in on-field workouts during this first part of the offseason program.This part of the offseason program is strictly voluntary, but most players beyond select veterans are expected to attend regularly.The Ravens will provide media access on Tuesday, but photos and video released by the team showed a large number of players in attendance on the first day including three-time Pro Bowl safety and veteran newcomer Eric Weddle, newly-signed running back Trent Richardson, quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Ryan Mallett, wide receiver Breshad Perriman, defensive backs Jimmy Smith, Matt Elam, Terrence Brooks and Kendrick Lewis, linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Arthur Brown, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, and tight ends Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams and Dennis Pitta.A video also showed Perriman taking part in running drills, a positive sign for his still-unclear status after he missed his entire rookie season with a partially-torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.The second phase of the program lasts three weeks and consists of on-field workouts that may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice as long as the offense and defense do not work against each other. No live contact is permitted.The final phase of the program lasts four weeks and permits teams to conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity (OTAs), which are voluntary. No live contact is permitted, but teams may conduct 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills.Teams are also allowed to hold one mandatory minicamp for all veteran players during that final phase of the offseason program.Earlier this month, the NFL released the following dates for the Ravens’ OTA and mandatory minicamp schedule, but these have later been adjusted in the past:First day of voluntary workouts: April 18OTA offseason workouts: May 24-26, June 1-3, June 6-9Mandatory minicamp: June 14-16last_img read more

Illegal mining creeps into southern Bahuaja-Sonene National Park

first_imgA large amount of fuel trafficking takes place Massiapo, the capital of the district of Alto Inambari, mostly for use in illegal gold mining operations.A regional committee against illegal mining in Puno is considering declaring the buffer zone of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park a mining exclusion zone. ALTO INAMBARI, Peru — There are some places that we always remember better than others. That is what David Araníbar says when he thinks about the district of Alto Inambari, seven hours away from the city of Puno in Peru’s Sandia Province.Araníbar, the director of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, grew up in that area of the rainforest and still remembers seeing catfish racing downstream in the Inambari River, alongside otters who would run beside the catfish trying to trap them. Many years have passed since the last time Araníbar has seen an otter in the area. The area around the Inambari River, which has long been the otters’ preferred route to travel, is now filled with heavy machinery and barrels of mercury.It is an area that has been transformed by illegal mining.As the otter population decreases, the number of illegal stands selling fuel continues to climb. The fuel is there to facilitate mining in the area. An inspection by the provincial attorney specializing in environmental matters in Puno in late 2017 identified 36 points of illegal mining in the Inambari River Basin. Of those, 18 were in Alto Inambari. A large number of those illegal mines are located in the buffer zone of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, just a little over one mile from the protected area. It seems like just a matter of time before illegal mining makes its way into the park itself.last_img read more

C-K council declares climate emergency

first_imgBelieving there’s a need to take the next step to mitigate the impacts of flooding and erosion, Chatham-Kent councillors unanimously approved a climate emergency motion Monday night.South Kent Coun. Trevor Thompson entered the motion, which follows up on similar declarations made by other jurisdictions across Canada.The aim of the motion is to provide a lens through which strategies and policies can be viewed, so staff can work quickly to identify target areas to reduce individual and collective environmental impacts.Thompson called it important to send a message that action is needed, adding he found the recent shoreline study public meetings in Erieau to be an eye-opening experience.“It was no longer about ‘Save my house.’ I heard that a lot prior to the meetings,” he said. “It became ‘Save our community. Save our tax base. Save our tax dollars. Save my business. Save our tourism. Address our infrastructure issues.’”Staff will also work internally and engage with stakeholders and the community to prepare recommendations for cost-effective initiatives to address the issue ahead of next year’s budget deliberations.“How do we build better? How do we plan better? How do we become more resilient in our communities?” Thompson said.High water levels have been seen in recent years on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, with erosion impacting properties and resulting in local road closures.Other cities that have declared a climate emergency include Ottawa, Hamilton, London and, most recently, Sarnia.The motion passed 17-0 to the applause of the crowd in council chambers.Earlier in the evening, there was a presentation by consultant Peter Zuzek, who is involved in the ongoing shoreline study, as well as community supporters of the climate emergency motion.West Kent Coun. Melissa Harrigan called the motion an opportunity for councillors to become further educated on the subject.She said everyone is impacted by climate change and stressed that any solutions wouldn’t be a short-term fix.“It’s about the long-term sustainability of this community,” she said.East Kent Coun. Steve Pinsonneault agreed the municipality needs to move forward.“I think we need to start somewhere,” he said, “and this is as good a spot as any.”North Kent Coun. Joe Faas also called it crucial to highlight the impact of the provincial government’s cuts to conservation authorities.“We need to get our provincial counterparts on board here,” he [email protected] Twitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Pittsville pulls past Auburndale baseball

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterPITTSVILLE — Auburndale took an early lead but could not hold on and lost to Pittsville 4-2 in a Marawood Conference South Division baseball game Friday at Pittsville High School.Auburndale (1-2, 0-2 Marawood South) led 2-0 after one inning but could not muster another run the rest of the way.Pittsville (7-3, 2-1 Marawood South) scored once in the fourth and pulled away with a three-run sixth against Auburndale pitcher Paul Willfahrt.Willfahrt struck out three, did not walk a batter, and allowed just four hits in the loss.Auburndale returns to action Tuesday at home against Marathon.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Panthers 4, Apaches 2Auburndale 200 000 0 – 2 3Pittsville 000 103 0 – 4 4Pittsville statistics not provided.LP: Paul Willfahrt.SO: P. Willfahrt 3. BB: P. Willfahrt 0.Top hitters: A, Collin Hawkins 1×3, RBI; P. Willfahrt RBI.Records: Auburndale 1-2, 0-2 Marawood South; Pittsville 7-3, 2-1 Marawood South.last_img read more

Nigerian banking guru is number one

first_imgMallam Lamido Sanusi has been voted Africa’s Person of the Year 2011 by Forbes Africa, beating two Nobel laureates, a former president and Africa’s richest man. (Image: Leadership) Sanusi is on the cover of the publication’s December/January issue, in which he is dubbed A Banker Unafraid. (Image: Forbes Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Bishop  Forbes Africa: Managing Editor  +27 11 384 0300 RELATED ARTICLES • Top award for Nigeria’s bank chief • New Forbes Africa out in SA • SA judge on Forbes power list • Motsepe joins billionaires’ clubRay MaotaNigeria’s Central Bank governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, has been voted Africa’s Person of the Year 2011 by Forbes Africa, beating two Nobel laureates, a former president and the richest man in Africa.Sanusi masterminded the recovery of Nigeria’s financial sector by introducing radical reforms when he started his tenure as governor of the country’s central bank in 2009.After taking up his appointment on 1 June 2009, Sanusi facilitated the 400-billion naira (US$2.6-billion or R21-billion) bailout of Nigeria’s Afribank, Intercontinental Bank, Union Bank, Oceanic Bank and Finbank, and then dismissed most of those institutions’ chief executives.These reforms earned him the nickname “Sanusi Tsunami”.Sanusi won the epithet after bagging the most votes in an online poll by Forbes Africa, to find the individual who “for better or worse, has had the most influence on events of the year gone by”.He was pitted against Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel laureate and Africa’s first female head of state; Pedro Veron Pires, former president of Cape Verde and winner of the 2011 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership; Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote; and the recently deceased Kenyan environmental and political activist and Nobel laureate, Wangari Mathaai.Sanusi said: “Everything I achieved as governor is a collective result of the bank’s 5 000 hardworking employees.”He urged the government to tighten fiscal discipline and discourage imports, saying: “You cannot be exporting crude oil and be importing refined petrol”.Nigeria is one of the world’s leading petroleum suppliers.The inaugural Forbes Africa Person of the Year awards ceremony was held in Lagos, Nigeria, on 29 November 2011.Chris Bishop, the magazine’s managing editor, said: “Those shortlisted for the award had significant influence on the events of 2011 on the African continent.”The awards ceremony also celebrated Sanusi’s appearance on the cover of the publication’s December/January issue, in which he is referred to as A Banker Unafraid for his banking sector reforms.Forbes Africa was launched in late September 2011 and gracing its October/November cover was South African billionaire, Patrice Motsepe.Motsepe said at the launch: “It’s a huge honour to be on the cover of this prestigious magazine, as the people that will feature in this publication will reflect just how excellent entrepreneurship has become in Africa.”Entrepreneurship and excellence in an individual’s field of profession seems to be a focus of Forbes Africa‘s content, as seen by the latest cover.Sanusi honoured at home and abroadSince assuming the role of governor Sanusi has been given honorary degrees from Nigerian universities and awards from leading publications.He has received honorary degrees from, among others, the University of Benin and Benue State University.He has been recognised as the 2010 and 2011 Central Bank Governor of the Year by The Banker – a high-profile magazine for the international banking industry; while Time magazine placed him in 2011’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.Various Nigerian publications including Silverbird, Leadership, The Nation and Tribune, named him Man of the Year between 2009 and 2011.Forbes Africa has also recognised the richest people in Africa in the December/January edition which features Sanusi on the cover.Africa’s richestThe list of Africa’s 40 richest people shows the continent’s importance to the world by showing how companies catering for local taste or international needs are creating wealth in the continent.According to the publication, the net worth of the combined 40 listed is $64.9-billion (R525-billion). They are all men and their average age is 61-years.South Africa has bragging rights with 15 people listed – the most from any other country.Representing their country are: Nicky Oppenheimer and family (2); Johann Rupert and family (4); Christoffel Wiese (8); Patrice Motsepe (10); Raymond Ackerman (25); Gerrit Thomas (GT) Ferreira (27); Lauritz (Laurie) Dippenaar (18); Jannie Mouton (31); Michiel Le Roux (33); Adrian Gore (34); Cyril Ramaphosa (36); Giovanni Ravazzotti (37); Markus Jooste (39); Paul Harris (40); and Stephen Saad (20).There are four billionaires from South Africa in the top 10.They are: Nicky Oppenheimer and family with a net worth of $6.5-billion (R52-billion). The Oppenheimers have been in the diamond industry for nearly a century. The family took a decision in early November to sell its 40% stake in De Beers.Johan Rupert and family have a net worth of $4.7-billion (R38-billion) from their involvement in luxury goods concern Richemont, a Swiss holding company that controls brands such as Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, Alfred Dunhill, Montblanc and Chloé.Christoffel Wiese is the chairman and the largest single shareholder of the continent’s biggest retailer, low-price supermarket chain Shoprite. He has a net worth of $2.7-billion (R22-billion); while Patrice Motsepe, a mining magnate and football club owner who became South Africa’s first black billionaire, has a net worth of $2.5-billion (R20-billion).The diversity of the industries that these individuals represent is a true reflection that Africa, and South Africa in particular, can cater to the world’s needs.last_img read more

10 months agoKolasinac: Arsenal fans don’t know what Ozil does behind the scenes

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kolasinac: Arsenal fans don’t know what Ozil does behind the scenesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Sead Kolasinac says Mesut Ozil has the full respect of his teammates.Ozil had two assists for victory at Burnley on Saturday.Kolasinac was the beneficiary of Ozil’s brilliance after 14 minutes, charging onto a sublime pass from the German, before teeing up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.“It was unbelievable,” Kolasinac declared. “We all know Mesut’s qualities and I only actually made that run because I saw that he had the ball.“Not many players would have been able to play that pass. He can, and when I saw him get on the ball, I knew he was going to find me.”It was a brilliant pass from him.”Kolasinac is adamant that most of Ozil’s influence is felt behind the scenes.“Mesut’s not the sort of player who will scream at you in public just to show the people on the outside that he tries to push us on,” he said. “He’ll speak in the dressing room, he’ll go to every player individually.”With his quality, he brings a lot to this team. He’s very important for us as a captain and as a player.“When you’re a big star, like Mesut is, of course there are always negative headlines. But, as a team, we don’t pay attention to them and Mesut doesn’t either. That’s what’s most important.“We’re all behind Mesut – all the staff, all the players. If negative things are written, then that’s just what happens. In life, not everything is positive – sometimes there are negatives written about you too, and he’s had that. But yesterday with his performance he’s quietened a few critics.” last_img read more

Clarksons Delivers Strong 1H Results

first_imgzoom London-based provider of integrated shipping services Clarkson PLC (Clarksons) saw a strong financial performance during the six months ended June 30, 2017, despite continued headwinds in the global shipping markets and broader global macro-economic environment.During 1H 2017, Clarksons’ revenue stood at GBP 156.8 million (USD 203.1 million), an increase of 6.5 percent compared to GBP 147.2 million (USD 190.6 million) recorded in the same period a year earlier.What is more, the group’s underlying profit before taxation rose by 12.4 percent to GBP 24.5 million in the first half of 2017 from GBP 21.8 million posted in the six-month period a year earlier.As explained, the first half of the year has seen a significant increase in spot broking revenues following an uptick in transaction volumes and a rise in dry cargo rates. This increase has gone some way to offset the lower revenues from the forward order book brought forward from previous years. The financial division has also performed strongly, following its successful second half of 2016. Growth has continued in the research division as well. The port services division traded flat as market activity remains depressed.“We are pleased with our performance so far in 2017, increasing revenue and volumes in difficult shipping and offshore markets. As we see signs of a rebalancing across some of the shipping markets, we are optimistic in our ability to capitalise on the upturn in the markets when it occurs, whilst maintaining the strength of the underlying business. Nevertheless, in the short-term, low activity in the newbuilding market and a predominance of spot over longer-term period business continues to limit forward visibility of revenues,” Andi Case, Clarksons’ Chief Executive Officer, commented.“Our solid cash position means that irrespective of market conditions, we are able to invest in the business for future growth, deliver increasing returns to shareholders and take advantage of strategic opportunities as they arise,” Case added.last_img read more

Falcons Matt Ryan Headed To Elite Status But Not

My friend’s question was innocuous enough, but one that has been on the minds of Atlanta Falcons fans like him for some time.“Do you think Matt Ryan is an elite NFL quarterback?” he asked.I stopped him right there because the reality is there can be no such talk until the fifth-year pro out of Boston College does the minimum necessary to be included among that lofty pantheon.Namely win a playoff game.His sterling performance in Sunday night’s nationally televised 19-13 win over visiting Dallas is further proof that Ryan is clearly well on his way to soon being mentioned in any conversation about the game’s top quarterbacks. It’s rarified air that include the likes of the Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli, New England’s Tom Brady, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger.All have Super Bowl pedigrees that scream of their ability to deliver in the NFL postseason, when reputations are forged in the unforgiving crucible of televised national audiences and unprecedented pressure.Barring something unforeseen, Ryan will likely be there soon. But he isn’t just yet.Still, he acknowledged that all the comparison talk is difficult to avoid.“It’s nice just to be mentioned in the same category with so many guys who have accomplished so much,” Ryan conceded.The 2010 Pro Bowler did his part to make sure that his name will be invoked in more such conversations ahead, completing 24 of 34 passes for 342 yards without a turnover on Sunday evening to push the Falcons to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.“Any way you can find a way to win is a positive in this league,” Ryan said, “At the end of the day, [the NFL] is a league based on wins and losses.”Ryan was every bit as smooth as advertised, coolly stepping up in the pocket all evening against the heavy Dallas pressure to consistently get the ball to his speedy playmakers in the likes of receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones.“He was focused,” coach Mike Smith said. “Laser-focused.”But regular-season heroics aren’t what gets players to the Hall of Fame or what keeps opposing defensive coordinators lying awake at night in December and January.Ryan need only have looked across the field at his Dallas counterpart in the talented, but erratic Tony Romo to see proof of that.Now in his sixth season as the Dallas starter, Romo is a three-time Pro Bowler who boasts some pretty impressive career credentials. But the one career playoff win to his resume hasn’t exactly made Cowboys fans forget Troy Aikman or Roger Staubach, that’s for sure. Romo’s professional football fortunes have dipped precipitously as if on cue with the annual changing of the leaves every season.In many ways, the infamous botched field goal snap in the first-round playoff loss at Seattle following the 2006 season epitomized Romo’s well-documented struggles in the postseason.To be fair, not all of those setbacks fall squarely on Romo’s shoulders. But he’s the Cowboys quarterback and the one who is ultimately judged by his wins and losses.Conversely, Ryan seems unphased in games as the pressure mounts.“You see his best stuff in the most difficult situations,” said former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer.Smith said he’s long since stopped being surprised by anything Ryan does.But doing it in the postseason is what Ryan still needs to do to cement his status as one of the game’s best. He’s 0-3 for his career in the playoffs, having lost to the Arizona Cardinals (2008), Green Bay Packers (2010) and the New York Giants (2011).With Sunday’s night’s win, the Ryan-led Falcons are the NFL’s last unbeaten team.“At the end of the day, it’s about finding ways to win,” Ryan said, “and I think we did that [Sunday night].”Next up is doing so next month and in January, when the games matter most. read more

Bulging biceps to be on display at Arnold Classic

As if the egos of the Big Ten Champion Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball teams and Rose Bowl champion football team aren’t already enough for Columbus, the egos of those participating in this year’s annual Arnold Sports Festival at the Greater Columbus Convention Center will take over this weekend.The competitions call for beautiful bodies, extreme talent and visible strength. While different from the football and basketball teams in many ways, there are similarities between the competitors. Contestants take pride in their appearance and compete to be the best. Their time is devoted to bettering themselves in their competitions.The festival hosts events for men and women, and over the years the amount of events has grown large enough to make it the most popular profitable competition in bodybuilding. The Arnold Classic brings more than 170,000 people a year from all over the world as spectators and competitors, making it the largest multi-sport event in the nation. Events for women include Ms. International, Fitness International and Figure International. An immaculate figure might make the difference between the winner and loser, but it is not the only requirement. Past contestants have stressed tan, blemish-free bodies and oiled-up skin. The competitions are so competitive that a winner is often decided by only one or two points.The title of “Arnold Classic” is the title of the winner in the men’s competition. It is an honor named after Arnold Schwarzenegger, and although he is currently the governor of California, he is still looked upon for his multitude of awards in the world of body-building competition.There are six events in the “Arnold Classic” that include heavy lifting, high-counting repetitions and utter strength. Throughout the six events, the men contend not only for the title, but the prizes as well. The extravagant final prize consists of a Hummer and $10,000.Contestants are walking billboards for the booths set up throughout the convention center. Tanning products, protein bars, weight supplements, work-out equipment and various products related to the well-being of the body will be on sale throughout the event.If the competitions between the athletes or the booth shopping aren’t of interest, visitors can watch gymnastics, cheerleading, fencing, table tennis, yoga, martial arts, wrestling, figure skating and various other competitions planned for the weekend in hopes to entertain and engage. read more

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