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Witness said he saw suspect force Aniah Blanchard, missing stepdaughter of UFC fighter, into car against her will: Affidavit

first_imgAuburn Police Department(BIRMINGHAM, Alabama) — A witness outside an Alabama convenience store said he saw the man arrested in the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard force the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris into her own car and kidnap her, according to an arrest affidavit.Ibraheem Yazeed, 29, was arrested late Thursday in Escambia County, Florida, and made an initial court appearance Friday evening. He waived extradition and is expected to be brought back to Auburn, Alabama, immediately. Surveillance footage from inside the convenience store in Auburn showed both Yazeed and Blanchard inside at the same time on Oct. 23 — the last time she was seen.Authorities found Blanchard’s black 2017 Honda CRV abandoned near an apartment complex in Montgomery on Oct. 25. Police had previously said evidence found inside the car indicated “foul play.”According to the police affidavit obtained Friday by ABC News, “Blood evidence was discovered in the passenger’s compartment of the vehicle that was indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury. The evidence was submitted to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and confirmed to be that of Aniah Blanchard.”Blanchard has still not been located.Police had released a photo of a person of interest, later called a suspect, at the Chevron gas station where Blanchard was last seen on Wednesday. A day later, he was identified as Yazeed.“During the subsequent investigation a witness identified Yazeed as the individual he observed forcing Blanchard into a vehicle against her will and then leaving with her in the vehicle,” the affidavit states.Yazeed is to be charged with kidnapping in the first degree, a designation that includes the intent to inflict physical injury.This is not the first time Yazeed has been charged with kidnapping in the first degree. In January 2019, he was arrested in Montgomery for kidnapping William Joseph Fuller III. According to a complaint, Yazeed and three other people kidnapped Fuller on Jan. 29 and held him against his will “and beat him until he was unconscious and severely injured.”He was out of jail on $60,000 bond at the time of his arrest for kidnapping Blanchard.“This type of guy that she came in contact with, it’s just kind of scary,” Blanchard’s father, Elijah, told Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA after Yazeed’s arrest. “This young man is really a lethal young man; he’s gutless, he’s ruthless, he just don’t have a conscience at all and he’s proven that by his past actions.”Elijah Blanchard pleaded for his daughter’s return Friday.“I would do anything in the world to have you here with us right now,” he added. “We’re searching; we’re going to cover all areas, all aspects, to be able to find you.”Harris, Blanchard’s stepfather, is one of the top heavyweights in UFC. He is currently ranked No. 9 in the world and was scheduled to fight former top title contender Alistair Overeem on ESPN on Dec. 7. Harris dropped out of the fight earlier this month as the search for Blanchard continued.In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Harris called his stepdaughter his “best friend” and said the two would text daily and joke around with each other.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 18, 2021 0

Tennis bodies set up fund to support players

first_imgBy Russell FullerTENNISs’ governing bodies have confirmed the creation of a Player Relief programme to support players affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The fund, which is already worth at least $6m (£4.8m), will target around 800 singles and doubles players from the ATP and WTA Tours.The figure is likely to rise as donations from players, including Briton Andy Murray, will also be added.Novak Djokovic has been campaigning for all of the men’s top 100 to donate.The programme has been set up by the men’s ATP, the Women’s Tennis Association, the International Tennis Federation and the sport’s four Grand Slams – the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.The ATP and the WTA will administer the distribution of the money, with eligibility determined by both a player’s ranking and previous earnings.The fund will be split equally between men and women.World number one Djokovic – as president of the ATP Player Council, and in collaboration with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – had initially hoped the top male players would contribute to a separate $1m fund for men ranked outside the top 250.But he admitted it was difficult to “pressure players into giving money, whatever their ranking is”.Dominic Thiem, who was runner-up to Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open, had expressed his reservations.“I’ve seen players on the ITF Tour who don’t commit to the sport 100%. Many of them are quite unprofessional. I don’t see why I should give them money,” he told the Austrian newspaper Krone.Now players can make donations directly to the Player Relief programme, and the fund will further benefit from auctions and virtual tennis tournaments.When Murray won last week’s Virtual Madrid Open, he donated half of his prize money to the NHS, and the other half to the fund.In an interview on CNN on Friday, he explained why the money is so important and how more could be raised.“Hopefully, in a few months’ time there might be some events we can put on as well to help raise some more money for those players, as they will be the ones feeling it the most just now,” he said.“The players ranked in that ranking bracket will also be the future of our sport. There will be some young players coming through just now that will go on to be Grand Slam champions, and the number one and top 10 players in the world, so it’s important that we try and support those players just now in any way we can.”Professional tennis is suspended until at least 13 July, and a decision is expected next week about the European clay-court tournaments which take place in the three weeks to follow.It seems inevitable all will be cancelled because government restrictions on large-scale gatherings remain in place in virtually all of the countries in question.The US Tennis Association will then decide in June whether the US Open can go ahead in New York from 31 August.(BBC Sport).last_img read more

September 18, 2020 0

The 2014 Wheat Harvest is about to start in earnest. Don’t get too excited.

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Area grain elevators are gearing up for the 2014 Wheat Harvest which promises to be a rather uninspiring crop.After two years of record-breaking yields, Sumner County wheat farmers are expected to cut about half to two-thirds what they cut last year according to Curt Guinn, Wellington Farmers Co-op manager.“I think we could get some wheat that will average around 30 bushels an acre,” said Curt Guinn, Wellington Farmers Co-op Manager. “We’ll just have to wait and see for sure.”While the recent rain, estimated more than 6 inches cumulation in June, has been a godsend for Sumner County it has delayed the start of harvest. Area elevators took in a smidgeon of grain on Wednesday before the rain came. Wellington’s Co-op has taken in just 3,000 bushels. Rome and South Haven have both taken in 10,000 bushels and Caldwell has taken in 25,000 bushels.“If we don’t get any rain on Saturday evening we could have a very busy weekend,” Guinn said. The National Weather Service is estimating a 30 percent chance of rain Saturday evening. “I expect wheat trucks to start rolling in sometime this afternoon.”The samples have been cringe worthy but not surprising. Wheat coming into the local co-op is weighing in at 58 pounds per bushel – some even at 57. Sixty pounds per bushel is considered normal, Guinn said. If the test weight is down, farmers are expected to take a discount of 2 to 5 cents on the bushel.The moisture content is still high, testing at 14 percent. Elevators like it at 12.While the predictions are slightly better than dire, farmers are eager to get this crop in. After all, it’s still money. The price at the Farmers Coop in Wellington is at $6.81 a bushel. And if the wheat crop is lackluster here it isn’t much better anyplace else in Kansas – meaning the price of wheat could go up. Across the state, Kansas is expected to take in 243,600 bushels of grain according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture which is 76 percent of what it was in 2013.A June 1 estimate by the USDA predicted the state’s wheat harvest at 243.6 million bushels, the worst since 1989.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

August 14, 2020 0

Jasprit Bumrah explains why Zlatan Ibrahimovic is his role model

first_imgAdvertisement 6rebNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8xWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eowk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7af6iuWould you ever consider trying this?😱tkjCan your students do this? 🌚2ss9vrcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah confessed his fondness for legendary Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic because of the fact that he shut his critics time and time again. On Wednesday, the pacer appeared in a live chat with his teammate Rohit Sharma on Instagram when he revealed this secret before thousands of his fans. Advertisement “I love Ibra. I can relate to his story that people did not take him seriously and then he became a star. I can relate as I think people took me lightly initially and then I proved them wrong, I am still trying,” Bumrah told Rohit.Advertisement The 26-year-old grabbed the limelight on his IPL debut against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore with his unorthodox bowling action. Since then his superb death bowling along with blistering super-fast pace has left fans and pundits all over the world bamboozled.However, in his early days, Bumrah was thrown under the bus for his weird action. But in his words, Lasith Malinga, his Mumbai Indians teammate, helped him through that difficult period.Advertisement “The communication was difficult initially. He taught me the mindset when he gets hit, he smiles. I used to get annoyed at the beginning but he explained there is no point getting angry,” Bumrah said via Instagram live.With the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis; Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said that he is eager for the tournament to begin soon again because of the new exciting players at his disposal.“We were excited with the team this time. Was very much looking forward to this year. We had a lethal new-ball bowling combination with you and Trent Boult. And we added Chris Lynn in our batting lineup.”“We have all our bases covered this year. But it’s ok we can’t control such things,” he said.The IPL 2020 was postponed until April 15 amid the COVID-19 scare, but with the announcement of a 21-day nationwide lockdown, the cancellation of the tournament looks inevitable. Advertisementlast_img read more

August 5, 2020 0

Question Remains: How to Protect Highlands?

first_imgBy John BurtonMeeting to be held in OctoberHIGHLANDS – Mayor Frank Nolan knows something has to be done in the borough to prevent it from further flooding and damage similar to what occurred with Super Storm Sandy.But the mayor finds himself at odds with the U.S. Army Corps of Engin­eers over what that plan should be.A town hall meeting is expected to be held in early October by the corps and Nolan during which the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to make public its assessments for corrective action, according to David Gentile, the corps’ High­lands project manager.Following the devastating effects of last October’s storm, the corps and borough officials are looking at various options that will hopefully prevent a reoccurrence for the traditionally flood-prone Bayshore community.The corps proposal won’t work, the mayor said, and the corps has dismissed one of the solutions Nolan has proposed, an admittedly ambitious plan to elevate all of the structures situated in the borough’s low-lying area.Nolan said the corps recently recommended a plan that advocated building a high retaining wall at the bulkhead along Marine Place, which faces the water and runs parallel to Bay Avenue, the borough’s main thoroughfare populated by businesses and homes.The problem, Nolan said, is that most of Bay Avenue is below sea level. When there is an exceptional high tide, heavy rains or a combination, “we don’t flood from the bulkhead to the main road,” Nolan said. The area generally floods from the bulkhead to Bay Avenue with water rising from storm drains and sewers.A 15- or 16-foot wall along the shoreline “would create a bathtub effect,” trapping floodwater in the area, Nolan contended.Another problem with something like that, he said, was that it would be aesthetically unpleasing and would diminish property value. First and foremost, he said, “It doesn’t fix our problem.”The retaining wall remedy was the corps’ assessment from its 2009 feasibility study, which corps representatives have agreed to reassess, Nolan said.However, the corps’ Gentile, said recently that the Army Corps is “leaning toward” the wall option. Army engineers are looking at additional facets to the plan, which would include more pump stations and check valves to eliminate that effect, according to Gentile.“We would want (the Army Corps of Engineers) to consider multiple options,” Nolan said.The mayor said one option that should be discussed is the viability of lifting all of the structures located in the lower portion of the borough. Preliminary number crunching has Nolan believing it would cost somewhere around $200 million and could be effectively done, as was done to much of Galveston Island, Texas, more than 100 years ago following a devastating hurricane.Since this idea was first floated, Nolan said he has heard from engineers and scientists from Japan and the Netherlands who offered their ideas about how best to do it, if the project gets approval.The corps, however, has rejected that proposal, based upon its cost-effective analysis. The cost would be too high in comparison to the value of what it would be saving, Gentile said.The current total property value in Highlands stands at $575 million, according to Nolan. So far, the borough has seen a 7 percent loss of ratables with Sandy-damaged and closed businesses.“That doesn’t even include homes that are abandoned,” after the storm, Nolan said. He believes that when abandoned homes are factored into the equation, the loss in ratables is actually more than 30 percent.The upside of elevating sections of the borough, Nolan argued, would result in increases in property values because homes would be protected from flooding. It also would likely result in a flow of money into the community from businesses and developers, he said.“We know we have to do something,” Nolan said. “We definitely know there is something happening with the climate.”Nolan acknowledged the elevation idea may be radical – maybe too radical for many – but he believes the corps’ idea is a non-starter.“We’re hoping they’re going to look outside the box and not just at walls.”In the meantime, the borough council has bonded for $4.5 million for work on its sewer system and pump stations, Nolan said.last_img read more

August 4, 2020 0

50 photos showcasing the best of Cape Town

first_imgPhoto: Greg Lumley/SA Venues24 May 2014Russel Jarvis of South African travel site Travelstart has trawled Flickr and the web to come up with a collection of 50 photographs that showcase the best of Cape Town as one of the most photogenic cities in the world. It’s a collection, he says, that best represents “the pretty city’s people, scenes and landscapes”.The one above is of the flower sellers that can be found in the arcade off Adderley Street in Cape Town’s city centre. “They have been there for more than 100 years and always deliver a range of freshly cut flowers at reasonable prices.” The photo is by Greg Lumley on the SA Venues blog.See the full post on Travelstart: 50 Photos of Cape Town that will make you want to live therelast_img read more

December 18, 2019 0

Google Announces Blink, Its Own Rendering Engine For WebKit

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes Google announced today that it is creating a new rendering engine, dubbed Blink, for the popular but controversial browser engine WebKit that powers browsers such as Chrome and Apple’s Safari. The move effectively “forks” WebKit, splitting up a common code base that Google and Apple, among others, had shared.Blink will be an open source part of Google’s Chromium project, one intended to simplify the architecture of WebKit and provide transparency to Google’s work on the standard.The move to create Blink has been in the works for several weeks, Google said. and originated among the engineers working on Google’s WebKit team. The problem was that the same WebKit code base supports different ports of WebKit, thus slowing everybody down. If Google were to have its own open source rendering engine, the pace of innovation could increase. Theoretically.“It has gotten to a point now where we think everybody could move faster if we didn’t have to share the same code base for these different architectures,” said Linus Upson, VP of engineering on Google’s Open Web Platform team. “There is some advantage to sharing the same code base and you get efficiency of scale from doing that but there is also the cost of supporting different browsers, different ports, different architectures.”Addressing the WebKit MonocultureSeveral weeks ago, browser maker Opera said that it was ditching its own custom-built rendering engine Presto and going to WebKit and Chromium. This caused a minor firestorm among Web developers, particularly those afraid that Web competing Web standards were going to be a thing of the past and the standard would become WebKit by default. The argument was that other rendering engines, like Mozilla’s Gecko for Firefox and Microsoft’s Trident for Internet Explorer, would get pushed out of the market, especially in mobile.Also, if WebKit had a monopoly on the Web, upstart browser makers using different rendering engine standards could be stifled.By creating Blink, Google wants to assure browser developers that it’s addressing some of those concerns. Upson said:One of the things is that a few weeks back when Opera said it was going to start using WebKit and Chromium, a number of people expressed concerns that people expressed that that the Web, particularly the mobile Web, was becoming a WebKit monoculture and in that kind of world standards wouldn’t matter because it just one implementation, the implementation becomes the standard.We think that by doing this, it will really help strengthen standards on the Internet and address those concerns that people raised a few weeks back.Google is trying to be a good Web citizen with Blink. It has set stringent guidelines for new features and APIs that emphasize standards, transparency and interoperability. Competition is also a good thing, Google says, because multiple rendering engines, like multiple browsers, will spur innovation and improve the health of the open Web platform.“Everything we are doing is going to be open source, so it won’t change the way we do things on a day to day basis,” said Alex Komoroske, product manager on Google’s Open Web Platform team. “It is not going to change how we work with other browser vendors, standards bodies like the W3C and IETF an things like that. Much in the same way when we launched Chrome, we still have people today that contribute to Firefox and also we share a lot of open source code between Mozilla and Chrome.”Rethinking WebKitWith Blink, Google has been able to eliminate some of the constraints created by the single code base in a multi-process architecture. This has enabled Upson and his team to rethink many of the old problems that Google’s engineers had not solved because of the previous limitations. “Now that we have come to grips with it, we have been brainstorming our wish list for the architecture that can speed ability and performance,” Komoroske said.Blink is a step in the road for Google and WebKit. The code base will not change on Day One. But it offers freedom to make changes that were engineers previously would not have considered.“Now, with that constraint changed, I am seeing tons of ideas percolate up. I am not sure which ones are going to be meaningful and have a huge impact and which ones will just be minor improvements but just watching the mindset change has been different,” Upson said.The danger comes from fragmentation. Too many cooks in the WebKit kitchen could create forks that make it harder for developers to create applications that are compatible across browsers. That is why Upson and Komoroske are stressing that Blink and Chromium will be compatible and that Google will be very transparent with the changes it makes. Some developers are optimistic about Blink.“I think competition is a healthy thing in this arena,” said Dave Wasmer, an engineer with Boston-based mobile cloud services provider Kinvey. “With Opera’s move to WebKit, lots of people were concerned about stagnation if browsers coalesced around a single rendering engine. As always, it is a balancing act. Too much fragmentation and proprietary, non-standard features, and we’ve got Browser Wars: Round 2. But Android has certainly helped push Apple to make iOS even better, and competition in browsers can certainly help. Overall, like I said, I’m cautiously optimistic.”Is Blink good for WebKit and the Web? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Top image courtesy Shutterstock dan rowinskicenter_img Tags:#Android#Chrome#Google#Safari#WebKit 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

December 15, 2019 0

Statistician Vijayan Bala comes up with new book

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Veteran commentator and cricket statistican Vijayan Bala has come up with his new book “Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections”, a compilation of interviews of eminent sportspersons he has conducted since 1971. The 68-year-old Bala, who has also been a member of BCCI’s Statistical Committee apart from being an English teacher, has interviewed Olympians like Balbir Singh Senior, Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to name a few. Among the cricketers of yesteryears, he has interviewed MAK Pataudi, GR Viswanath, Eknath Solkar while Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand are some of the current day players interviewed by him. Bala has earlier published a book on Statistics called ‘Indian Test Cricket back in 1974’. In 2016, he authored a second book “The Complete Indian Sports Quiz” inaugurated by sports minister Rathore. PTI KHS PMlast_img read more

November 17, 2019 0

NBC News president defends losing Weinstein story

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC News defended itself Wednesday after questions were raised about whether it had fumbled an explosive story about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults that network contributor Ronan Farrow broke instead in The New Yorker magazine.It was the same day NBC came under withering attack from President Donald Trump for a story the network DID report, about whether the president sought in a summer meeting to greatly increase the nation’s nuclear stockpile.Farrow’s story, released by the magazine Tuesday, offered new details about Weinstein’s alleged behaviour with women that followed an investigation published last week in The New York Times. The Times’ story led to Weinstein’s firing from the film company that bears his name.Farrow, who had a short-lived daytime show on MSNBC, had been working on the Weinstein story for NBC News. He told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that earlier this year, he had a woman who granted an on-camera interview about Weinstein’s behaviour. NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said Wednesday that the network reached a point this summer where it didn’t feel all the elements were in place to air a story and didn’t stand in Farrow’s way when he wanted to take his reporting elsewhere.Farrow said on MSNBC that he “walked into The New Yorker with an explosively publishable piece that should have been reported earlier and immediately The New Yorker recognized that.” He said there were “multiple determinations” at NBC News that he had a story ready to report.Oppenheim, in remarks he made at a town hall meeting Wednesday that the network released publicly, said that Farrow had greatly expanded the scope of his reporting after taking it to The New Yorker.“The stunning story, the incredible story that we all read yesterday, was not the story that we were looking at when we made our judgment several months ago,” he said.Farrow said that he had personally been threatened with a lawsuit by Weinstein. Many news organizations that cover Hollywood have faced questions about why it took so long to report on conduct that had allegedly been occurring over many years. Yet it was a difficult story that took bravery for women to come forward with details against one of the most powerful men in their industry.Oppenheim said “the notion that we would try to cover for a powerful person is deeply offensive to all of us,” noting other news organizations that had tried but failed to get the story.The NBC News leader said NBC had nothing to be ashamed of its decision. Still, questions will remain about why it essentially gave up on the story at that point instead of urging Farrow forward.“We are going to keep digging,” Oppenheim said. “We are going to keep pursuing these stories. We are not always going to be the ones that get it to the finish line, but I think more often than not, we will be.”For NBC News, the questions came a year after another news organization broke the story of then-candidate Trump making lewd comments during a taping of “Access Hollywood,” remarks that had been in the archives of the NBC-owned entertainment show for years.Trump, meanwhile, was furious with NBC on Wednesday for its story about the president’s nuclear ambitions as reportedly stated in a national security meeting this summer. NBC last week broke the story about Secretary of State reportedly calling Trump a “moron” this summer.Trump disputed the truth of Wednesday’s story in a tweet, wondering, “at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license?” The Federal Communications Commission regulates what television stations have access to the nation’s airwaves.last_img read more

October 13, 2019 0