Balderas: New Charges To Be Filed Against Former Las Cruces Police Officer Accused Of Chokehold Murder

first_imgAttorney General Hector BalderasAG News:SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that the Office of the Attorney General has taken over the prosecution of former Las Cruces Police Department Officer Christopher Smelser, who stands accused of killing Antonio Valenzuela while in his custody. The Office of the Attorney General has taken the case at the request of the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office. In addition to taking the case, the Office of the Attorney General has increased the charges that Smelser will face to second degree murder.“We are taking over prosecution and focusing on appropriate charges for violent and dangerous chokeholds,” Balderas said.District Attorney Mark D’Antonio added: “My office maintains the integrity of the fair trial process, in the continuation of our efforts to insure justice is served for the victims and defendants. Since this incident occurred, Attorney General Hector Balderas and his staff have been in contact with my office regarding this case, as well as police and law enforcement reforms and accountability for the use of deadly force including the ban placed on chokehold restraint techniques. In the pursuit for justice and given the seriousness of the charges against Las Cruces Police Officer Smelser, we agreed that this case be adopted and prosecuted by the New Mexico Attorney General.”After working with the District Attorney to fully review the case, the Office of the Attorney General determined that the evidence warrants a charge of second degree murder. Smelser was originally charged with manslaughter.last_img read more

Ikea bids to become part of Middle East furniture at Aldar’s Yas Island

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Picture of the Day: LNG Ob River

first_imgDynagas posted a picture of the LNG tanker Ob River while discharging in Niigata, Japan.Ob River became famous last year for being the world’s first LNG carrier to pass through the Northern Sea Route.Ob River (previous name – Clean Power) was built in 2007 in Korea and since then has successfully operated in the international LNG trade having visited 77 terminals and delivered about 3 million tons of cargo. Her ice class and winterisation equipment were fully utilised in 2009 – 2011.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, December 31, 2013; Image: Dynagaslast_img

Halliburton Settles Claims Related to Macondo Incident

first_imgHalliburton announced that it has reached an agreement to settle a substantial majority of the plaintiffs’ class claims asserted against the company as a result of the April 20, 2010 Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico.The approximately $1.1 billion settlement, which includes legal fees, is subject to approval by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and will be paid into a trust until all appeals have been resolved in three installments over the next two years. The company’s previously accrued loss contingency provision relating to the multi-district litigation proceedings is currently $1.3 billion.The agreement includes the following:Claims against Halliburton that BP assigned to the settlement class in BP’s April 2012 settlement,Punitive damages claims against Halliburton by a class of plaintiffs who allege damages to property or associated with the commercial fishing industry arising from the Deepwater Horizon Incident, andAffirmation that Halliburton has no liability for compensatory damages to the members of the settlement class in the BP April 2012 settlement.Payments will be held in the trust, pending the finalization of this settlement which is contingent on final Court approval, including any appeals of:The BP 2012 settlement with the settlement class,The District Court’s earlier determination that the contractual indemnity provided by BP to Halliburton is valid and enforceable, andThe District Court’s earlier dismissal of economic damage claims against Halliburton.Additionally, the settlement is subject to an agreed-upon level of participation by the current claimants which, if not achieved, allows Halliburton to terminate the agreement.Press Release, September 02, 2014; Image: Wikimedialast_img read more

Rickmers continues to weather market storm

first_imgRickmers attributed the drop in revenue to the “persistently strained market situation, expiring high-margin charter contracts, follow-on charters at the prevalent low market rates, lower freight earnings, and a sharper decline in capacity utilisation in the project cargo business”.The group’s EBITDA dropped 36.1 percent year-on-year in the reporting period to EUR87.7 million (USD97.7 million). Rickmers added that positive effects from “financial derivative instruments” were overshadowed by a weak operating result and extraordinary net impairments on vessels.Following a positive net earnings result of EUR2.6 million (USD2.89 million) in the first half of 2015, the German shipping company’s consolidated net result in the first half of 2016 represented a EUR131.5 million (USD146.6 million) loss.The Rickmers-Linie segment posted revenues of EUR64.9 million, compared with EUR89.1 million in 2015, and recorded a negative EBITDA of EUR5.3 million, compared with a positive EBITDA of EUR2.9 million in the 2015 period.In March, Rickmers Holding approved a package of measures intended to counteract the weak market conditions, operating result and extraordinary net impairments on vessels. These measures are proceeding, with further options for action being examined on an ongoing basis, confirmed the group.The Rickmers Group had already renegotiated its core bank loans amounting to USD1.39 billion.In view of the lowered forecasts for global economic growth as well as the global container trade, the Rickmers Group currently sees no sign of a macroeconomic recovery in the second half of the year. This situation is reflected by the development of charter and freight rates, which the management sees as likely to remain at their current low levels.Based on the declining development in revenues, the Rickmers management continues to expect an EBITDA for the 2016 financial year “clearly below” the 2015 figure. Rickmers Savannah. www.rickmers.comlast_img read more

GAME NOTES: No. 2 UWF hosts Third Round and Quarterfinal of NCAA Tournament

first_img Share Tori Fish has started 60 consecutive games for UWF, dating back to the 2010 season (Photo by Bill Stockland)     PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 2 West Florida women’s soccer team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament for the fourth time in school history with a 4-2 win over North Alabama on Nov. 11. The Argonauts (20-1) will take on No. 21 Tampa (15-3-4) Friday, Nov. 16 in the third round with the hopes of advancing to play the winner of No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic (19-1-1) and No. 19 Columbus State (18-3-1) in a quarterfinal match Sunday, Nov. 18. Both matches will be hosted by UWF at the UWF Soccer Complex.Live Audio and Statshttp://client.stretchinternet.com/client/uwf.portal#2012 Women’s Soccer Game Notes:8/30 vs. Belmont Abbey, Mount Olive 9/6 vs. Rollins, Florida Southern 9/13 @ Union, North Alabama 9/20 vs. Christian Brothers, Delta State9/27 @ Alabama-Huntsville, Shorter10/4 vs. West Alabama, No. 7 Armstrong10/11 vs. West Georgia, Valdosta State10/20 @ West Alabama10/25 @ West Georgia, Valdosta State11/1 GSC Tournament11/10 vs. North Alabama NCAA Second Round10/15vs. Tampa NCAA Third RoundNotes: The Argos are 2-1 all-time in third-round matches and have won their last two third-round matches. However, in UWF’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2010, Tampa was the team that eliminated the Argos with a victory on penalty kicks in the second round.UWF won 20 games in a season for the third time in school history, and currently has the second-best winning percentage in school history at .952, behind the 2009 squad that went 22-0-1 and finished with a .978 win pct.Chelsea Palmer is now ranked ninth all-time for points in a single season for UWF, and tied for fifth all-time for assists in a single season at UWF.Sarah Story is ranked third all-time for wins at the keeper position in a single season at UWF, fifth in shutouts and is currently eighth in goals against average.Bartlinski near the top in win pct.With a 20-1 record this season, Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year Joe Bartlinski improved to 199-27-14 overall at UWF. His win percentage of .858 ranks him third all-time in Division II behind Grand Valley State’s Dave Dillanni at .890 and Seattle Pacific’s Chuck Sekyra at .864. In all divisions, Bartlinski is seventh all-time in win percentage.In his 12th season as the head coach for the UWF women’s soccer team, Bartlinski won at least 20 games for a third time and won a GSC championship for the fifth time. Four No. 1 seeds eliminatedIn the first two rounds of play, four No. 1 seeds were eliminated from the tournament. No. 1 Dallas Baptist was eliminated 3-0 by No. 4 Colorado Mines, No. 1 Sonoma State was eliminated 2-1 by No. 5 Western Washington, No. 1 LIU Post was defeated 2-0 by No. 4 Dowling and No. 1 California (PA) lost 1-0 to No. 5 Slippery Rock.For what it’s worth, thus far in the NCAA Tournament, teams with a higher seed are 17-15.Iron WomenSenior Tori Fish has started 60 consecutive games for the Argos dating back to the 2010 season. Senior Rachel Cutts has started 58 consecutive games dating back to 2010, and sophomore Kelly Andres has started every game of her career at UWF with 39 starts. NCAA RanksIndividual points per game:13 Chelsea Palmer, 2.14T-30 Shelby Bush, 1.62Individual goals per game:T-35 Shelby Bush, .667T-35 Chelsea Palmer, .667Individual goals against average:18 Sarah Story, .630Team scoring offense:2 UWF, 3.43Team goals against average:24 UWF, .667Team won-lost-tied percentage:1 UWF, .952 Print Friendly Versioncenter_img GAME NOTES: No. 2 UWF hosts Third Round and Quarterfinal of NCAA Tournamentlast_img read more

JT honored with three FSAJ Media Awards

first_img RELATED PHOTOS Author Robert Whiting shakes hands with Japan Times sportswriter James Mulligan after presenting him with the trophy for the Best Coverage — Major Event category at the Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan Media Awards Dinner in Tokyo on Monday night. | YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO The Japan Times earned three prestigious honors at the Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan Media Awards Dinner on Monday night in Tokyo.Author Robert Whiting shakes hands with Japan Times sportswriter James Mulligan after presenting him withthe trophy for the Best Coverage — Major Event category at the Foreign Sportswriters Association ofJapan Media Awards Dinner in Tokyo on Monday night. YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO James Mulligan, who penned dozens of stories in June and July from Germany, including Mully’s Missives and Soccer Scene columns, was recognized for his stellar World Cup soccer coverage.He graciously accepted the Best Coverage — Major Event Award.Jack Gallagher, sports editor of The Japan Times, received the Best Columnist Award. Gallagher’s work in 2006 included columns on Shizuka Arakawa, Tokyo’s 2016 Olympic bid, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman, Barry Bonds and Michelle Wie.In other categories, the Best Wire Reporter Award went to Jim Armstrong of The Associated Press for the third straight year, Rob Smaal of the IHT-Asahi took home Best Writer honors, while The Japan Times nabbed the Best Online Site accolade.Voting was done in February for the FSAJ Media Awards.The FSAJ is composed of foreign members of the sports media in Japan and Japanese sports media working at English-language media outlets. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

ACLU Of Alaska Files Suit To Stop Homer Recall Effort

first_imgPetitioners are attempting to recall Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis, and Catriona Reynolds for sponsoring the ‘inclusivity’ (formerly Anti-Trump) resolution which failed in February. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska (ACLU) filed a suit today (April 24th) to stop the recall effort against three Homer city council members. In an article published by the ACLU: The certification of their recall petition both violates the constitutional rights of the individual council members and would send a dangerous message to all of Alaska’s elected officials that they dare not express opinions on public policy issues for fear of facing a recall effort from a motivated faction of voters.last_img