Dolphins CB Xavien Howard arrested on domestic battery charge

first_imgMiami Dolphins’ cornerback Xavien Howard has been arrested on a domestic violence battery charge in Davie, Florida after his fiancé told officers he grabbed her arms and pushed her.Davie Police responded to the incident on Sunday around 11pm. According to the arrest affidavit, his fiancé said they got into a verbal argument over a recent purchase of a purse she made and that he was unaware of.Responding officers said Howard’s fiancé had visible scratches and an abrasion on her arm.Howard appeared in a Broward courtroom on Monday morning and was granted a $3,000 bond.last_img

SpaceX To Blow Up Rocket on Purpose Saturday

first_imgIn order to make sure astronauts in upcoming manned flights are safe during a launch mishap, SpaceX will deliberably blow up a rocket this weekend.The private space flight company will blow up a Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida Saturday morning.The aim is to prove that astronauts in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule would be protected in a launch emergency.Liftoff for the uncrewed flight test is scheduled for 8 a.m. Eastern time.Just a minute and a half after launch, the Falcon 9 will kill its engines and the Crew Dragon will fire its SuperDraco engines to separate from the rocket. At this point, the rocket and the capsule will both be traveling around 1,000 miles per hour. After separation, they will continue coasting toward the stratosphere before they begin their return to Earth. The Falcon 9 is expected to get torn to shreds over the Atlantic Ocean during its descent, but the Crew Dragon will gently land in the ocean under parachute.“We tried to design a way to save B1046, but not possible,” CEO Elon Musk tweeted, referring to the rocket by its block number. Instead, he wrote, it will be “destroyed in Dragon fire.”The so-called “in-flight abort test” is going to be one hell of a show, and it is one of the last major milestones before SpaceX can start sending astronauts to the ISS. The test is meant to show NASA that in the event of an emergency during launch, SpaceX can jettison astronauts to safety. It will mimic an actual launch to the space station in nearly every way, except no astronauts will be on board.NASA describes an emergency during launch as an “unlikely event,” but this kind of dramatic escape is more than a hypothetical. In 2018, a Russian Soyuz rocket had to jettison its capsule containing a Russian and American astronaut after one of the rocket’s boosters failed. It was the first time in history an abort system was used during flight with astronauts on board, but it worked perfectly and both astronauts returned safely to Earth.Although SpaceX’s uncrewed demo mission went off without a hitch, its Crew Dragon capsule exploded during a test, a problem that the company traced to a leaky valve. In December, however, SpaceX completed its tenth consecutive successful parachute test, which is required by NASA before astronauts can fly.Most Popularlast_img read more

Elderly Couple Attacked, and Robbed in Palm Beach Home Invasion

first_imgPolice are looking for possible suspects who broke into a suburban Palm Beach Gardens home on Oak Knoll Drive.Palm Beach County detectives say the robber(s) attacked an elderly couple and stole jewelry and cash. The incident took place on Monday afternoon.The elderly couple were sent to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS. You’ll remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.last_img

WATCH LIVE: President Trump Addresses the Nation on Senate Impeachment Acquittal

first_imgPresident Trump is calling those behind the effort to impeach him dishonest and corrupt.The President spoke this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sitting only a few feet away. Before speaking, Trump held up newspapers with banner headlines announcing his acquittal. He said he has been through a terrible ordeal. The theme of the nonpartisan breakfast was loving your neighbor. Before the President spoke, Harvard professor Arthur Brooks called on politicians to help heal the divide that he said is tearing the nation apart. When Trump began his remarks, he told Arthur he didn’t agree with him, and that he was not likely to approve of his speech. The President appeared to take shots at Pelosi when he criticized those who say they pray for him but don’t. And a shot at the one Republican to vote to remove him from office, Utah Senator Mitt Romney. He was speaking for friends and enemies, and said sometimes your friends are your enemies. The president will address the nation on his acquittal and the end to his impeachment nightmare at noon.last_img read more

Georgina wins English crown in tense finale

first_img Georgina Blackman showed nerves of steel to win the English Women’s Amateur Championship in a tense showdown at The Wilmslow Golf Club in Cheshire.The 22-year-old from Chelmsford in Essex held off the challenge of two Curtis Cup players and proven champions to take the title by a shot.“I’m still shaking,” she said after claiming the trophy. “If you had told me at the beginning of the week that I would win I would never have believed you. It feels really good and it means I can start believing in myself, especially as so many good players were involved.”Blackman finished on eight-under par, helped by a crucial birdie two on the 17th where she holed out from 30ft. It edged her ahead of her challengers and after a solid par on the last the title was hers.The runners-up were the Curtis Cup players Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) and Annabell Fuller (Roehampton), who finished on seven under. Nicola Slater (Lindrick), the English women’ matchplay champion, and Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay), a star of the university circuit, tied fourth on six under.The players spent the final round locked in the closest of battles which provided a great show for the spectators. Challenges were made as first one led, then another, then two or three of them would tie for the lead as they traded birdies and bogeys.Toy led by one at the start but she struggled over the opening holes and slipped back – only to resurrect her challenge on the back nine. Lamb, meanwhile looked in great shape after three consecutive birdies on the back nine took her to eight-under, but a couple of bogeys proved too costly, despite a last ditch birdie on 18. Fuller was always in touch with the lead but couldn’t find a birdie in the last six holes. Slater put her foot down early on to get right in the mix and looked in great shape with a 16th hole birdie – only to drop one at the next.Blackman, meanwhile, played steadily and, as has been her trademark all week, made ground on the back nine. She got into the lead with a 13th hole birdie, dropped back into the tie with a bogey on 15, but then conjured up the winning stroke on the 17th.It’s her first major win and it comes after she graduated from Western Kentucky University in May with a degree in business communications. The four years she spent there “100% helped my golf, playing every day and getting into a good routine made a big difference.”But she returned home planning to relax, play some golf in preparation for a full schedule of amateur events next year – and now finds herself a national champion.“I tried not to think about it, but I knew the scores were close and that I had been playing solid, but I didn’t want to get ahead of myself,” she said.For full scores click hereImage copyright Leaderboard Photography 19 Jul 2018 Georgina wins English crown in tense finale Tags: Amateur Championship, Georgina Blackman, Womenlast_img read more

Car Thefts on the Rise Statewide, Residents Warned to Lock Vehicles

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN — Borough police are again advising residents to be sure to lock their cars and take their keys with them after a car was stolen this week and authorities report an upward trend in vehicle thefts.Det. Stephen Schneider said a 2013 Mercedes 2300 Class was stolen from a residence sometime late Thursday or early Friday.Following that incident, police sent both text and telephone messages to residents reminding them to secure their vehicles.There has been a trend – “a statewide problem, actually” – with high-end vehicles being stolen in the last couple of years, including Monmouth County, Schneider said.Many of the vehicles taken were unlocked, and many had key fobs left in them, as well, Schneider said. The fobs allow the owners to use a remote wireless entry system to open the door.Leaving the fobs in the cars allow car thieves to “drive right off,” Schneider said. “It’s a quick buck for them.”A number of communities around the county have seen a rise in stolen vehicles, though Fair Haven isn’t one of them. Prior to the theft of the Mercedes, the police had two reports of theft, about 1½ years ago – and both those owners had left the vehicles unlocked, Schneider said.The police department sent similar notices out before but decided to repeat it “to urge our residents so we don’t have an issue with it,” Schneider said.last_img read more

Irish Water work to repair burst water main in Buncrana

first_imgIrish Water is working to repair a burst water main in Buncrana this afternoon (Mon).Repairs are being carried out on burst main in the Lisfannon Industrial Estate – meaning supply may be disrupted.Works have an estimated completion time of 3pm on September 9. If you need to get in touch with Irish Water about this incident, quote the reference number DON00007568.Irish Water work to repair burst water main in Buncrana was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

B-52s look to go out in style

first_imgAs the summer season gradually transitions into fall, the Humboldt B-52s season also comes to a close with seven games left to play on Bomber Field at Redwood Acres.Starting today, the B-52s open a three-game series against NBO Baseball followed by one game against the Arcata Skunks and another weekend three-games series against the Bercovich Gold.The Bombers are coming off their seventh win in a row over the San Francisco Seals since being swept by the Redding Colt 45s over the Fourth of …last_img

A’s acquire pitcher in trade with Dodgers

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — The A’s made a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font in exchange for minor league pitcher Logan Salow.Font, 27, struggled through six relief appearances with the Dodgers, going 0-2 with an 11.32 ERA before getting designated for Assignment by the club as he was out of options. Signed as a free agent out of Venezuela by the Texas Rangers in 2006, Font has appeared in 14 games in the big leagues over four different seasons. He …last_img

A huge investment in education

first_imgSpending on education has increased tremendously in the post-apartheid era. Spending on education has increased since 1994 and South Africa’s rate of investment in education is among the highest in the world. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Brand South Africa ReporterOf South Africa’s over 12-million potential schoolchildren, more than 90% percent are in school – a far higher enrollment rate than in most other developing countries.Spending on education has increased tremendously in the post-apartheid era. In 1994, the government spent R31,8-billion on education. By 2006, this had risen to R92.1-billion – 17.8% of total government spending. At roughly 5% of national GDP, South Africa’s rate of investment in education is among the highest in the world.EducatorsThe qualifications of educators have improved significantly in post-apartheid South Africa, with the percentage of under-qualified educators decreasing from 36 percent in 1994 to 26 percent in 1998. Various strategies, including the redeployment of educators, have been successfully employed to redistribute teachers to areas of greater need and establish more equitable learner/educator ratios. Whereas the average learner/educator ratio was 41:1 in 1994, by 2000, this average had changed to 35:1.Classrooms, basic services and learning materialsThe Reconstruction and Development Programme saw R1,4-billion spent on school construction and maintenance from 1995 – 97. The building of new classrooms lessened classroom shortages from 49 percent in 1996 to 40 percent in 2000. Whereas 40 percent of schools had no access to water, only 34 percent had no access by 2000. Sanitation provision has improved by 68 percent over the same period, although 16,6 percent of schools still lack toilet facilities. And whereas 59 percent of schools were without telephones in 1996, only 34 percent still lacked them in 2000.In the pipelineProvincial education departments have put aside a total of R1-billion over the next three years for the development and delivery of learning materials, starting in the 2002 school year. A sum of R280-million per year has been made available to improve financial management and the quality of education provision; and an additional R150-million per year will be spend on HIV/Aids programmes, implementing the pre-school Reception Year, and adult literacy and skills development.Higher EducationThe state-funded National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has been significantly expanded to fund higher education for disadvantaged students. Whereas the scheme funded 72 788 students in 1996, the fund had reached 81 609 by 2000, with funds paid out increasing from R333-million to R551-million. By the end of 2001, the total funds paid out, combined with donor money, was more than R2,8-million.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more