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21-year-old Marine killed during training exercise, officials say

first_imgNick J./iStock(BRIDGEPORT, Calif.) — A 21-year-old Marine was killed in a tactical vehicle accident during a training exercise in California on Sunday, officials said.Pfc. Christian Bautista, of Cook County, Illinois, was riding in a M-1151 Enhanced Armament Carrier vehicle at the time of the accident at the U.S. Marines Corps’ Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California.Two Marines from Bautista’s vehicle conducted lifesaving measures before paramedics arrived. But the young man was pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday at around 7:15 a.m. local time, according to a recent press release from the 1st Marine Logistics Group, which did not provide further details on the training exercise or what caused the fatal accident.The incident is under investigation.“Our primary concern is for the Marine we’ve lost, his family, friends, and fellow Marines and sailors,” Brig. Gen. Roberta L. Shea, commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group, said in a statement Tuesday. “We have them in our prayers and will exhaust all resources to aid them during this difficult time.”Bautista was a motor vehicle operator serving as a vehicle turret gunner assigned to 1st Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group.Bautista enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 2018. After graduating from Motor Transportation School at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, he was assigned to 1st Transportation Support Battalion at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California in May 2019. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terror Service Medal, according to the press release from the 1st Marine Logistics Group.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Nashville attorney’s license suspended after posting advice on getting away with murder

first_imgDNY59/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The license of a Nashville, Tennessee attorney has been suspended for four years after he posted advice on how to get away with murder.The advice was given in 2017 in response to a post by a Facebook friend who described a “tumultuous” breakup with her child’s father and inquired about the legality of carrying a gun in her car, according to court documents filed in the Supreme Court of Tennessee on Friday.Attorney Winston Bradshaw Sitton reportedly wrote that if the woman wanted to kill her ex-boyfriend, she should “lure” him into her home and “claim” he broke in with intent to do her harm and she feared for her life, according to the Tennessee Supreme Court judgment.Sitton, whose Facebook page described him as a lawyer, also emphasized in the comment that his advice was given “as a lawyer” and that if she was “remotely serious” she should delete the thread, because it could be used as proof of premeditation against her in trial, the court documents state.“If you want to kill him, then lure him into your house and claim he broke in with intent to do you bodily harm and that you feared for your life,” he wrote. “Even with the new stand your ground law, the castle doctrine is a far safer basis for use of deadly force.”In response to Sitton’s comment, the woman wrote, “I wish he would try,” to which Sitton advised her to “keep mum about this,” the documents state.According to the judgment, Sitton had never met the woman in person but had been friends with her on the social media platform for about a year.Although the woman later deleted the Facebook post, her ex-boyfriend became aware of the exchange and brought screenshots to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, who then passed the screenshots to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, according to the court documents.Sitton received a four-year suspension, one year of which is an active suspension and the rest is on probation.The case is described as “a cautionary tale on the ethical problems that can befall lawyers on social media” in the judge’s opinion, which was written by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby.Disciplinary proceedings found that Sitton’s conduct was “prejudicial to the administration of justice” and in violation of the state’s rules of professional conduct. Disciplinary proceedings are not criminal proceedings, the court document made clear, and he has not been criminally charged.Sitton describes himself on his LinkedIn page as a “lawyer/business consultant with extensive experience in the healthcare, financial services, and entertainment industries.”In a statement posted to his firm’s Facebook page, Sitton said the language he wrote in the post was “intemperate” and that he regretted “the way this utterance was phrased” but described the comment as “intentionally caustic and cynical.”“I adamantly contest the finding that my gratuitous commentary offered to a battered woman, who was being threatened and abused and harassed by her son’s father, was legal advice as to how to commit a crime or in any way violated my legal duties as either a citizen or as a lawyer,” Sitton wrote.“We agree with Mr. Sitton that it is hard to conceive of any reason why a lawyer, any lawyer, would offer instructions on how to commit murder and stage a concocted defense,” Kirby’s judicial opinion stated.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Microplates and mantle plumes in Antarctica

first_imgThe main geological characteristics of five crustal blocks within West Antarctica are summarized in this review. At least some of these blocks existed as Mesozoic microplates and their original, palaeoposition within Gondwana is discussed, together with different break-up models. Links between microplates within the South Atlantic region and a mantle plume beneath southern Africa and Antarctica at the time of breakup (most likely the Bouvet plume) are uncertain, although the plume would appear to have at least controlled the position of breakup, and may even have played a more active role in formation of the microplates and their rotation. Similarily, a mantle plume beneath the Marie Byrd Land margin of West Antarctica may have controlled the position of breakup between New Zealand and Antarctica in Late Cretaceous times. There is much less certainty about the existence of this plume than the initial breakup plume.last_img read more

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High-resolution animated tectonic reconstruction of the South Pacific and West Antarctic margin

first_imgAn animated reconstruction shows South Pacific plate kinematics between 90 and 45 Ma, using the satellite-derived gravity anomaly field, interpolated isochrons and plate rotation parameters from both published and new work on marine geophysical data. The Great South Basin and Bounty Trough, New Zealand, are shown as the earliest Pacific-Antarctic plate boundary that opened before 83 Ma. The earliest true Pacific-Antarctic seafloor formed within the eastern parts of this boundary, but later and farther west, seafloor formed within its Antarctic flank. After 80 Ma, the Bellingshausen plate converged with an oceanic part of the Antarctic plate to its east, while its motion simultaneously caused rifting in continental Antarctica to the south. The Pacific-Bellingshausen spreading center developed a set of long offset transform faults that the Pacific-Antarctic plate boundary inherited around chron C27 when the Bellingshausen plate ceased to move independently as part of a Pacific-wide plate tectonic reorganization event. Southwest of these transforms the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge saw an increase in transform-fault segmentation by similar to58 Ma. One of the long offset Pacific-Bellingshausen transforms, referred to as “V,” was modified during the C27 reorganization event when a Pacific-Antarctic-Phoenix triple junction initiated on its southern edge. Eastern parts of “V” started to operate in the Pacific-Phoenix spreading system, lengthening it even more, while its western parts operated in the Pacific-Antarctic system. This complicated feature was by-passed and deactivated by ridge axis propagation to its northwest at similar to47 Ma. We interpret our animation to highlight possible connections between these events.last_img read more

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Martin & Co avoids worst of Coranavirus carnage as revenues dip by 20%

first_imgMartin & Co and Ewemove parent company The Property Franchise Group its six businesses performed resiliently during the property market shut-down, during which its overall group revenues reduced by just 20%.The surprisingly robust performance, which covers the period 1st April to 31st May, saw lettings management revenues increase by 2% although overall, lettings saw a 14% reduction.The company’s sales exchanges also picked up again once the market re-opened and during May were at 51% year-on-year. Ewemove returned to similar levels of sales listings compared to before the lockdown.Overall, despite the drop in revenues, the business remained profitable throughout the three-month shut-down period covered by its results.Richard Martin, the company’s Non-Executive Chairman and co-founder (left), says franchisees have moved quickly to resume business as normal following the lifting of restrictions on 13th May.“Across the Group they have begun to cautiously bring some staff back from furlough and confidence is building, highlighted by the initiation of selective marketing activity, in response to the increase in customer demand,” he says.At the end of April its designate CEO and former Your Move boss Gareth Samples started in his new role after initially joining the firm in February to begin an extended handover period with outgoing CEO Ian Wilson, who is retiring.TPFG has £5.35 million cash at the bank, up from £2.5 million during the same period last year. The company PFG is due to hold its Annual General Meeting at 11.00am today. Its brands are Martin & Co, Ellis & Co, CJ Hole, Ewemove, Whitegates and Parkers.richard martin Gareth Samples Martin & Co EweMove June 25, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Martin & Co avoids worst of Coranavirus carnage as revenues dip by 20% previous nextCOVID-19 newsMartin & Co avoids worst of Coranavirus carnage as revenues dip by 20%Parent company TPFG says its six brands and hundreds of franchisees survived the lockdown relatively well and that many are ‘cautiously’ bringing back some furloughed staff.Nigel Lewis25th June 20200687 Viewslast_img read more

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Spanish Future Frigate contender arrives in Australia

first_img Spanish Future Frigate design contender arrives in Australia View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Spanish Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Future Frigate design contender arrives in Australia View post tag: ESPS Cristobal Colon Authorities View post tag: F-100 Spanish Navy’s Navantia-built frigate ESPS Cristóbal Colón arrived in Perth, Australia with the aim of integrating into the Royal Australian Navy.Apart from training and navy to navy engagements, another reason for the F-100 frigate to visit Australia was the fact that Spanish shipbuilder Navantia is one of the designers shortlisted for the design of the Australian Navy’s Future Frigate that will replace the existing Anzac-class frigates.Similarly to the Italian Navy’s Bergamini-class frigate ITS Carabiniere which arrived in Australia last month showcasing Fincantieri’s FREMM frigate design, ESPS Cristóbal Colón will promote Navantia’s F-100 design.Cristóbal Colón is expected to spend the next 120 days integrated into the Royal Australian Navy.During the 10,300-mile transit towards Australia, the F-105 participated in NATO’s anti-terrorist operation Sea Guardian and the EU operation Sophia against human trafficking in the Mediterranean Sea. After crossing the Suez Canal, Cristóbal Colón also took part in the counter-piracy operation Atalanta in the Indian Ocean.The transit was also used to conduct combined exercises with the navies of Italy, Saudi Arabia, India and Malaysia with port calls in Jeddah, Mumbai and Singapore.After arriving at Rockingham on February 19, Cristóbal Colón was greeted by the Australian Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer. During the welcoming ceremony, the operational command of the ship was officially transferred to the Royal Australian Navy which meant that as of February 19, the F-105 was fully integrated into the RAN.The ship will remain in Rockingham for a few days participating in the coordination meetings prior to the two-week CJTF exercise Ocean Explorer 17 to be conducted in Western Australia. This Combined Joint Task Force will have different naval, air and land elements from Australia, New Zeeland, the United States and Spain.This will be the first of a series of advanced exercises intended to enhance the strategic association and interoperability between the Spanish Navy and the RAN. The F-105 will also provide training to the crews of the new Hobart-class anti-air warfare destroyers (AWD). To this end, forty RAN servicemen will integrate into the crew of the Spanish frigate.The Cristóbal Colón is scheduled to visit the ports of Fremantle, Adelaide, Sidney, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville. Share this article View post tag: Future Frigate February 21, 2017last_img read more

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Asda total sales up 7.1%

first_imgAsda has increased its like-for-like sales by 2.2% in the 12 weeks to 31 March 2012.The supermarket firm, part of US-based retail giant Walmart, said the result, which excluded acquisitions, VAT and fuel, was an acceleration of the 1% reported in the previous quarter in the 14 weeks to 7 January 2012.Asda’s total sales grew 7.1%, while operating income grew faster than sales, excluding fuel.Andy Clarke, CEO and president of Asda, said: “I’m proud of the work our stores, depots and teams at Asda House and George House put in during the quarter, to build on our end-of-year momentum and deliver market-leading growth. Customers really valued our price leadership, the ongoing improvements in quality and our commitment to warm and friendly service.”Sales at the UK’s second-biggest supermarket business have grown faster than all of its main rivals achieving a record market share of just under 18%, according to recent industry data. Like-for-like customer numbers in Q1 2012 were up 2.9% as basket spend increased by 2.1%.Doug McMillon, president and chief executive of Walmart International, said: “The UK had a strong first quarter, growing sales, and growing operating income faster than sales, excluding fuel. In the first quarter of this year, overall sales grew 7.1% and comparable sales increased 5%, excluding acquisitions and fuel, driven by core growth in grocery and children’s apparel. The comparable sales included a strong first week in January.“The UK’s gross profit rate, excluding acquisitions, was relatively flat compared to last year. Excluding acquisitions and last year’s pension costs, first quarter expenses as a percentage of sales grew slower than sales. We continue to sell at lower prices by embedding cost-saving programmes in operations.”last_img read more

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Octave Cat, Featuring Lotus & Dopapod Members, Hits Kentucky [Photos]

first_imgPhoto: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images With Dopapod on hiatus and Lotus on a small break, dance-party side project Octave Cat was able to bring their music to Covington, Kentucky’s Octave bar on Thursday. The band seemed thrilled to be the house band for the night, seeing as they hold an almost identical name to the venue. To make it even more special, the unassuming venue was celebrating its one year anniversary, so Octave Cat made sure everyone in the audience could celebrate proper.Eli Winderman, Wurlitzer and Moog operator for Octave Cat, was the shining star of the night. It was his responsibility to provide the melody as Jesse Miller played bass and Charlie Patierno laid down the beats on drums. It was an interesting dynamic, and the latter two musicians always looked to the former to see where the music would take them. Because of this, there were multiple Dopapod teases throughout the night. But that’s not to say that they weren’t playing their own material.Their self-titled album, released one year ago, was featured prominently in the set list. “Limber Up” smoothly segueing into “Spar,” much like on the album, was a highlight of the show, and “Tit Tat” seemed even slinkier live. Their newest single, “Precarious”, which was only released two weeks ago, was also played. The group also laid out a surprising and spot-on instrumental cover of Nirvana’s “Lithium”. The night ended with “Metropolis”, and all was well in Octave.As quickly as Octave Cat began its seven-stint tour, it’s now ending. With only two more nights in Kalamazoo and Chicago, Octave Cat will disappear back into the jam band side-project black hole, at least for now. Hopefully, they can continue to find time to play as a group because they know how to bring a great dance party.Setlist: Octave Cat | Octave | Covington, KY | 3/29/2018Set: Ex Pat, Zero Sum Game, Precarious, Tit Tat, Coins, Fever Subsides, Lithium, Limber Up -> Spar, Darius, 140, Maria, Improv -> Alakazam, Intl Klein, MetropolisPhotos: Octave Cat | Octave | Covington, KY | 3/29/2018 | Credit: Daniel Ojedacenter_img Photo: Daniel Ojedalast_img read more

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Garden vote

first_imgBy Wayne J. McLaurinUniversity ofGeorgiaFor the past two years I’ve heard nothing but candidates voicingopinions, special interest groups being interviewed and the womenor men on the street giving their opinions. This is well andgood, but it doesn’t get me very excited about the issues.The issues I worry about may be different from others’.I used to hear some candidates mention big agriculture, but eventhat has vanished lately. And I’ve never heard anyone saying theywould make it a priority in their administration to control earlyblight on tomatoes.Where is the gardener vote? Are we the real silent majority?That can’t be. As anyone can attest, gardeners are never silent.You just have to hit the right button to get them started. Justask us, “How do you get that to grow?” And you can’t shut us up.Don’t we deserve to know if any of these so-called nationalcandidates can even grow a tomato, much less keep an Africanviolet blooming? Where’s the fig vote? (As if I care a fig.)Who can you trust?The last candidate I can remember doing any kind of gardening wasIke, and he just dug up the turf playing golf.Do you trust anyone who doesn’t get out in nature and communewith okra? Do they not have a soul for peppers? Have they neverlonged to harvest new potatoes and cook them up with parsleybutter?Maybe they’re just too busy going about their business. However,if they’re too busy for gardening, well, they’re just too busy.Period.Where would we gardeners be without that time communing withvegetables, fruits and flowers? Most of us would be lost or worse.Oh, yeah, I’m going to go vote. It’s my duty as an Americangardener. But I surely would like to know where the candidatesstand — in the furrow or on top of the row?(Wayne McLaurin is a professor emeritus of horticulture withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Principal’s Testimony Enters 3rd Day in NCPD Conspiracy Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York William Flanagan surrendered to Nassau County prosecutors in March.A school principal and key witness sparred with a defense attorney who cross examined her Tuesday in the trial of an ex-Nassau County police commander accused of covering up a burglary for a friend.Bruce Barkett, attorney for former second deputy commissioner William Flanagan, asked Lorraine Poppe, principal of Bellmore’s John F. Kennedy High School, about emails she sent in 2009 as well as conflicting testimony she gave to the grand jury and prosecutors.“You thought the other event they didn’t need to know about?” Barkett asked Poppe of why she failed to tell prosecutors and grand jurors about one of two meetings with detectives involved in the case.“I did not recall it,” Poppe said, conceding that she must have been nervous and that her memory was not perfect about events four years prior.She repeatedly insisted that she never waivered in her request to have Zachary Parker, the son of wealthy police donor and Flanagan’s friend Gary Parker, arrested for stealing $11,000 in electronics from the school in 2009.Flanagan and two other ex-supervisors being tried separately have pleaded not guilty to covering up the thefts. Zachary Parker pleaded guilty this year to the burglary and is serving prison time after the alleged cover-up was exposed.“I thought I was being stonewalled and I thought the police department was trying to bury the case,” Poppe told Assistant District Attorney Bernadette Ford during direct examination. “As a [school] district, we do not want to treat wealthy kids different than not so wealthy kids.”Barkett also questioned Poppe about an email she sent to a detective involved in the case in May 2009 saying she wanted police to put everything “on hold.” Poppe said she wrote that because she needed the school district’s authorization before requesting a student’s arrest and she wanted to determine if Zachary Parker had more stolen property in his possession.“I wasn’t giving [the detective] an alternative, I was informing him I was speaking with the superintendent about alternatives,” she told the court upon cross examination by Barkett. She testified it was “just part of the process that we go through at the school.”Poppe, who first took the stand on the second day of the trail last Thursday, is slated to be back in court to offer a third day of testimony Wednesday.last_img read more