first_imgILOILO City – Police arrested a man whoowns an unlicensed firearm in Barangay Esperanza, Culasi, Antique. Eraga’s apprehension came after theCulasi police responded to the information provided by barangay officials, whosaw Eraga carrying a .38-caliber revolver and threatening other residentsaround 9:30 p.m. on Friday. He was identified as 25-year-old LeonardEraga of Barangay Condez, Culasi, a police report showed. center_img The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the municipal police station, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act./PNlast_img read more


first_imgSamuel T. Grossman, 31, of Palm Springs, California, passed away December 31, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones.  Sam was born July 16, 1988 in Lafayette, Indiana, the son of Lori Wise and Tony Grossman.  Sam spent his youth in Batesville, Indiana and graduated from Batesville High School in 2007.  While in school, he ran cross country and was a vital member of the high school’s swim team.  He enjoyed skiing at Perfect North Slopes and going on ski trips with friends.Sam continued his education at Purdue University and Loyola University Chicago where he completed his degree with honors in Economics in 2011. He pursued post-graduate studies in quantitative finance at Fordham University.After living in New York City for several years, Sam moved to Palm Springs.  There he met numerous close friends that he no doubt considered family and also his loving partner Brien.  He and Brien loved to hike together and were Disneyland season pass holders.Sam is survived by his parents, Lori Wise (Gary) and Tony Grossman (Marjorie Schoelles-Grossman); partner, Brien O’Brien; brother, Evan Grossman (Ali); sister, Suzanne Grossman (Erin Reister); aunt, Lisa Love; nieces, Logan and Parker Mejia; maternal grandmother, Suzanne Love; paternal grandmother, Marty Ellen Grossman; step-siblings, Megan Jordan (JW) and Michael Wise (Megan); step-nieces and nephews, John and Ruby Jordan,  Morgan and Marley Wise; along with numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and countless friends.He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Frank Love and his paternal grandfather, Leonard Grossman.Friends and family may call on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 4-5:30pm followed by a 5:30pm Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Samuel, all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.    Rev. Tom Sweets officiating.  A service in Palm Springs will take place on January 25, 2020.Memorials may be given to the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs, CA https://www.desertaidsproject.org/support-our-mission/ or Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/donateOnline condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more


first_imgWe have a Klay Thompson sighting.The Warriors’ binge scorer showed up at the “Space Jam 2” movie set Wednesday where he met with LeBron James and Warriors teammate Draymond Green. According to TMZ Sports, Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard were also on the set.Thompson moved around with the aid of crutches to protect his left knee, which he injured during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. On Monday, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters that Thompson would have surgery this week to repair …last_img read more


first_imgEls, who had begun the last day six shots off the pace, played the last nine holes in 32 shots, with four birdies and no drops. The win came as a big surprise, although he had previously done well when The Open Championship had been hosted at Royal Lytham and Saint Annes, finishing tied for second in 1996 and tied for third in 2001. However, his last victory had been in December 2010 in the South African Open. “For some reason I’ve got some belief this week, I feel something special can happen,” Ernie Els said after his third round in The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and Saint Annes. A day later, his words turned prophetic as he captured his fourth major title and his first in a decade. ThanksEls also took the opportunity to thank former President Nelson Mandela for what he has done for South Africa, Johan Rupert for his support of golf in South Africa, and his caddie Ricky Roberts. Four consecutive drops Scott had appeared on course for his first major title despite a hesitant opening, which saw him drop three shots and add a birdie in the first six holes. When he sank another birdie on the 14th, it appeared that he had sealed the deal, but then came those four consecutive drops, including a “how did that happen” miss of a three-footer on the 16th. TurnaroundIt has been quite a turnaround for Els, who missed out on the US Masters earlier this year, having failed to qualify for the event for the first time since 1993. A bogey on the last hole of the US Open meant he failed to qualify for the 2013 Masters. Now, with the South African a major winner again, that concern is a thing of the past. South Africa’s Thomas Aiken tied for seventh after finishing on one-under-par 279 after rounds of 68, 68, 71 and 72. Then, addressing his family, Els continued with a smile: “I’m going to try and come and see you this evening [in London]. I’m supposed to go to Canada, but I think I’m going to blow that thing off … I’ll maybe get to Canada on Tuesday,” a comment which once more had the crowd laughing. After three days of forgiving conditions at Royal Lytham and Saint Annes, the course turned tough on Sunday and Els handled that pressure best to come from behind to take victory as the third round leader Adam Scott’s game fell apart on the inward nine. If one looked closely, though, the signs were there that the man known as “The Big Easy” was on the way back. In the previous major, he returned the best putting statistics in the US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, where he finished ninth, three shots behind the winner, Webb Simpson. Els was gracious in his acceptance speech and addressed runner-up Scott first. “I feel for my buddy Adam Scott,” he said on the 18th green.center_img ‘You’re going to win many of these’“Scotty, you’re a great player, a great friend of mine, we’ve had some great battles in the past. I feel very fortunate and you’re going to win many of these, you’ve got too much talent [not to].” 23 July 2012 “I’m pretty disappointed because I had it in my hands with four to go and I managed to hit a poor shot on each of the closing four holes, which costs you a bogey, and that’s what happens on a course like this. I’m very disappointed, but I played so beautifully for most of the week, I certainly shouldn’t let this bring me down,” he said afterwards in a television interview. He closed with a two-under-par 68, the best round among the third round front-runners, while Scott, who led by four shots after three rounds, following a course record six-under-par 64, a 67 and a 68, fell apart with bogeys on each of the last four holes to stumble to a 75. He recalled talking to Sheryl Calder, known as “the Eye Doctor”, who has helped him with his putting, early in the year. “When I saw her in January,” Els recounted, “she said we were going to win a major this year and I thought she was crazy and here we are right now.” Tiger Woods finished in a tie for third with Brandt Snedeker, four shots behind Els on three-under-par 277. Woods’ challenge for a 15th major, but his first since the 2008 US Open, was undone by a seven on the par-four sixth hole. Louis Oosthuizen, the Open champion in 2010, closed with a 73 to end in a tie for 19th place on one-over 281. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Later, he joked: “I had a lot of support this week, but you guys have to ask yourselves, were you being nice to me or did you believe I could win,” which drew loud laughter from the big crowd.last_img read more


first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday held a video conference from Israel with senior State officials to review the situation following the train mishap in Amritsar, while the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janta Party alleged that inaction against the organisers of the Dussehra event indicated that the government was not keen on punishing the guilty.SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and State BJP president Shwait Malik demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court into the mishap.“A non-consequential case under Section 304-A had been registered against unidentified persons with regard to the Dussehra tragedy. This itself proves that the Congress government has launched a cover up exercise to save the guilty,” the leaders said at a press conference.SAD leader Jagir Kaur alleged that the announcement of magisterial inquiry into the train mishap by Capt. Amarinder Singh was an attempt to douse inflamed sentiments on the failure of the district administration and the organisers.“Government should appoint a sitting high court judge to probe the incident and identify the guilty if the Congress government is keen that the truth come out and guilty be punished,” she said in a statement.She added that Captain Singh’s visit to Israel reflects on his gross apathy, insensitivity and indifference to the woes of victims’ families.The Chief Minister, during the video conference, asked officials to expedite the process of disbursement of the compensation for those killed in the tragedy. Besides, he asked the officials to complete the socio-economic profiling of the victims at the earliest so that their rehabilitation could be taken up on priority.Meanwhile, a video message of the key organiser of the event, Saurabh Madan Mithu, who has gone into hiding, was released on the social media. In his message, he can be heard saying he was pained by the tragedy but was being unfairly targeted. He claimed that all the necessary permissions were taken for the event. “Several announcements were also made by us asking people not to stand on the railway tracks,” said Mr. Madan.last_img read more


first_imgGagarin nearly died when the rockets didn’t disengage from his capsule after re-entry, making the heat almost fatal.Fifty years ago, a calm, young madman allowed himself to be strapped inside what was most likely to be his metal coffin. As he lay back and had the belts fitted around him, he smiled for the still and movie cameras. Then, once the lid shut on the little tube, the young man became just a voice.’Everything alright?’ They asked him from the outside. ‘ Everything is fine! Let’s go!’ he replied cheerfully. And the people outside pushed the button.LeapThe closest most of us over forty will ever come to feeling the thrust of the huge rockets pushing up is when we are taking off in a small airliner, i.e not very close. The rockets catapulted the young man and his steel container right up against the ceiling of our atmosphere and through it out into space. Reporting calmly through serious g-forces, Yuri Gagarin’s voice is the one we can hear re-assuring his masters at Ground Control instead of the other way around.Everything is fine. I am feeling alert. I am continuing the flight. It’s interesting and beautiful.The ground controllers pressed the various buttons that jettisoned the booster rockets and sent Gagarin into a parabolic pradakshina of the planet. At the highest point of his orbit, Gagarin was as far away from the earth’s surface as Jaipur is from Delhi, roughly 300 km, the closest was about 90 km. Gagarin completed his orbit and his controllers instructed his remaining rockets to slam him back into the earth’s atmosphere.advertisementApparently, Gagarin nearly died when the rockets didn’t disengage from his capsule after re-entry, making the heat almost fatal.Finally, though, the rockets did let go.The capsule was back, flying in what we call air. Gagarin pressed the one important button over which he had control and the lid of the capsule blew open, ejecting him and his parachute at a height of several kilometres. The craft itself was left behind as the first spaceman descended safely back to the Russian steppes.In less than half the time it takes to drive from Delhi to Jaipur, Gagarin had gone around the earth. Before his orbit no one could say for sure what would happen to human bodies in spacecraft outside the bounds of earthly gravity.After the flight we knew that, with proper design and engineering, extremely fit human beings could survive leaving the earth and returning to it.Looking back, there is a contradictory feeling about the whole thing. On the one hand, the flight of the Vostok can be compared to the first fish that tried to use its fins to walk on sand, a major evolutionary step in the developmental story of our species. On the other hand, save the moon landings, there has been no leap comparable to that first flight – it’s as if we are still that first school of fish, unable to stray very far from water, and a long way away from developing proper amphibious characteristics. Unlike us, those pioneering, early- amphibian ancestors of ours didn’t have ( as far as we can tell) any politics, economics, wars or electorates to deal with. It was, literally, each fish for itself, or maybe small groups of them, maybe the rash teenagers, doing their dangerous capers outside the proven safety of water.War There have been many reports, of course, of various American and European lunatics with spaceships ready in their backyards, the galactic equivalents of home- made sports- cars or sail- boats, all ready to fly off, aiming for the moon and points beyond, a bit similar to the way the experiments with early flight worked. Reportedly, so far, the US and other governments have managed to put a stop to these highly expensive suicide bids but who knows, there may come a day when some loony trillionaire might secretly put together a craft that could take him or her for a spectacular joyride.These crazies aside, the business of cosmic exploration remains in the hands of the government space agencies of large and mostly rich nations, which is where the national agendas and contested budgets etc all come in.This brings us to the second set of contradictory feelings. On the one hand, most of us love the idea of someone ( not us, perhaps) soaring away into the starlit darkness, hopefully to come back with treasures, discoveries and stories of the cosmos of which we are a part. The rationalists among us also realise that one day humanity will have no choice but to go and live on other planets, because our species can now make a good guess that this particular tiny rock of ours, even with the best maintenance, actually has an expiry date as far inhabiting it goes. On the other hand, if we examine the history of how Yuri Gagarin came to be on that flight in 1961, a different set of thoughts, anxieties and angers rises up.advertisementShortly after this commemoration we will see the 70th anniversary of the huge Operation Barbarossa, that was launched by the German Wehrmacht against Stalin’s USSR. Then, from 2012 to 2015, will come various seventiethyear memorials of the defeats of that army till its final decapitation in the ruins of Berlin, in 1945. Unlike what the earlier histories of the Second World War tell us, the demise of Hitler’s regime was a messy and chaotic business, the hydraheaded monster of Nazism collapsing surprisingly quickly in places while proving shockingly resistant in others.Not least of the reasons why the supposedly super- systematic Nazi machine met such an unsystematic end was that – even as they struck at Germany’s multiple jugulars – its enemies were divided. For the last year of the War in Europe, the Soviets, the Americans and the British were involved in a fierce and complicated three- way hunting dance ( think the last, triangular showdown in ‘ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ , with a fatally wounded but still dangerous ‘ Evil’ in the middle). The decisions made by the Soviets and the Allies at that moment would shape our history for the next fifty years.One of the most interesting American mistakes was to let Stalin’s armies reach Berlin first, imagining it was merely a symbolic prize and hoping the Russians would bear the brunt of any last- ditch fanatical resistance in the Nazi capital.Stalin, though, had information that the Germans had stockpiled enriched uranium for their new, experimental atomic device in a laboratory in a Berlin suburb.Stalin wanted Hitler and he wanted to fly the Red flag on the Reichstag but what he wanted most – and got – was this precious component for a nuclear bomb.As the Soviet armies sped west towards the destination that was secret even to their own generals, the team of Nazi scientists who had delivered the lethal V- 1 and V- 2 rockets to Hitler managed to surrender to the Americans speeding eastwards.Bomb America managed to trigger its first nuclear explosion within a couple of months of the fall of Berlin. And then, as we know, by August 1945 they were able to translate those explosions into two nuclear devices that they dropped on Japan, forcing it to surrender. The Russians eventually got their nuclear formula not from the ruins of Nazi Germany but through their spies in the USA and Britain. What they were unable to get, however, was the know- how of the Nazi team of rocket scientists; therefore they had to develop their own rockets to counter the American aeronautical behemoths. The reason why the USA and the USSR were developing powerful rockets was that it was the safest way to deliver a huge bomb upon an enemy on the other side of the planet.advertisementSpace exploration came to both countries as a spinoff of this endeavour, almost as an unrealised bonus. Now, if you twin Gagarin’s flight and Armstrong’s landing on the moon with the trillions of dollars that went into developing and making nuclear bombs and if, for a moment, you fantasise about what might have happened if this money had been spent in developing humanity as a whole, you might find yourself thinking that this April could have done just as well for the first human space flight from a healthy and peaceful planet. That might have been interesting and beautiful too.last_img read more