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Kirk Smith (Photo courtesy of Franklin County Detention Center)JAY – A Livermore Falls man was arrested late last week after he allegedly struck another man with an axe and ran him over with a vehicle outside a Belanger Road residence.Kirk Smith, 45 of Livermore Falls, has been charged with aggravated assault, a Class B felony, as well as aggravated driving to endanger, a Class C felony, in relation to an incident that police say occurred Friday evening.According to an arrest affidavit filed with the court system by Jay Police Officer David Morin, the officer responded to a Belanger Road residence at approximately 5:27 p.m. Friday after receiving a report of an assault. He arrived to discover a 45-year-old Jay resident sitting down with his leg elevated. Morin observed a cut and a scrape on the man’s right hand and arm, as well as a swollen right leg.Morin wrote that he spoke with two witnesses that identified Smith as the Jay man’s attacker. The witnesses reportedly told the officer that they had seen Smith swing an axe at the Jay man, and then saw Smith run over the man’s leg.The Jay man told Morin that he was unable to walk. He was transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital by NorthStar EMS.Smith was arrested a little less than two hours later at another Jay address and was transported to Franklin County Detention Center. Bail was set Monday at $250 cash in addition to a supervised release agreement.
Read Full Story International vaccine funding provided to low- and middle-income countries grew from $822 million in 2000 to $3.6 billion in 2014, according to a new study. First author Annie Haakenstad, a doctoral student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and co-authors used estimates compiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The funding increase was driven predominantly by the establishment of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the governments of the United States and United Kingdom.The study appeared in the February 2016 issue of Health Affairs.The researchers conclude that the 2012 Global Vaccine Action Plan, an international initiative with the goal of generating sustainable financing for vaccines and expanding vaccination coverage to all children in low- and middle-income countries by 2020, could be realized. “The continued increases in development assistance for vaccination are encouraging signs,” they write.
Royal Bank of Scotland tightens rules for coal lending FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Market Watch:The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC said Friday that it would end financing for coal by 2030 and place stricter rules on oil-and-gas majors, joining other banks that have made similar sustainability moves as investors and the public demand action on climate change.“Today marks a new era,” said Alison Rose, chief executive of RBS, who took the helm in November.RBS said it would end coal financing by 2030 and stop lending and underwriting companies with more than 15% of their activities related to coal by the end of 2021, unless they have a transition plan in line with the Paris Agreement. It also pledged to halt lending and underwriting major oil-and-gas producers without a transition plan by 2021.The bank, which is set to rebrand as Natwest Group PLC later this year, said it would halve the climate impact of all financing by 2030 and double funding for climate and sustainable finance to 20 billion pounds ($26 billion) by 2022.RBS’s move comes as the British government–and the European Union–aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and is set to host the next global climate change conference, COP26, in Glasgow this year. The European Commission has estimated that, including the U.K. which has exited the EU, it could cost up to 575 billion euros ($624.4 billion) a year for the bloc’s 28 member states to hit the climate ambition, or around $18.7 trillion over the next 30 years.[Dieter Holger]More: RBS pledges to end coal financing and put stricter rules on oil companies
“You’ve been warned,” local law enforcement officials say to “Wheels Up, Guns Down” riders.South Florida police, deputies and troopers are out in force to stop reckless riders and put away dirt bikes, ATVs and other off-road vehicles that run red lights, ignore stop signs, and create other issues on the streets during this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.The unsanctioned and independently organized “Wheels Up, Guns Down” event has attracted riders from around the country to South Florida for the past five years.Some of the participants claim that actions such as weaving along busy roadways at high rates of speed is done to honor the civil rights movement, as well as to protest against gun violence.Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony sees things differently. He warned last week, “We want to send a clear and strong message to those who decide to come here and take this opportunity for sport, to violate the laws and become reckless and put our men and women in harm’s way. We will enforce every single law that’s on the books as it relates to traffic.”There were 29 arrests, 25 vehicles seized, and two guns taken off riders in Broward during last year’s event.Miami-Dade Police Division Chief Hector Llevat agrees with Sheriff Tony. Llevat says, “You can go anywhere from traffic citations to having your vehicles towed or seized, which is going to cause an additional expense. Depending on the violation, it could also lead to arrest, which is another costly endeavor.”According to Florida Highway Patrol Major Robert Chandler, there are eyes in the skies to help officers catch up to violators. He adds, “There is no escaping our air support. These bikes may outrun our vehicles — we’re not going to chase — but we will find you.”In addition, there are unmarked patrol cars on the roads.Even if riders do obey road rules, vehicles such as dirt bikes and ATVs are not street legal.Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione offers an alternative, saying, “Celebrate the holiday the correct way and enjoy the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade followed by a day’s worth of activities.”
While the Badgers were busy taking care of Indiana’s “basketball” team, they also completed their comeback from being bottom feeders in the Big Ten to receiving a first-round bye in the conference tournament.Some might overlook that achievement, but you can bet Bo Ryan and his Badgers are relishing the fact they don’t have to face a team like Iowa or Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.Looking at the Big East Tournament, which league officials expanded to include all 16 teams in the conference, UW must be especially happy it won’t have to face a “lowly” opponent Thursday.Just to give a couple of examples, DePaul, which went 0-18 in Big East play this season, defeated Cincinnati yesterday in the tournament’s first round. Think that’s it? How about St. John’s (6-12 Big East) upsetting Georgetown 64-59? Remember when the Hoyas started their season 12-3 before dropping out of Big East contention?Now you might be saying the Big East is far superior to the Big Ten. I completely agree. What I will argue though, is the Big Ten is just as competitive as its Eastern counterpart.In fact, top to bottom, the Big Ten has teams with better records and with similarly good wins as teams in the Big East. Looking even further, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has been so impressed by the Big Ten that he believes eight teams from the conference will make the big dance.That’s right, eight. Just a year after only four teams — Wisconsin, Michigan State, Purdue and Indiana — made the NCAA Tournament, that alone shows how much the conference has improved and how much respect it has earned over the course of a season.Again, I’m not sure if Big Ten teams will be as successful in the NCAA Tournament as will Big East teams. I mean, considering the Big East might boast three of the four No. 1 seeds in the field of 65 — something that has never happened before — it’s unfair to say any conference is better than it.This all relates to my point that the Badgers should be more than thrilled they don’t have to play in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Considering they already lost to Northwestern on a virtual home court and lost to Iowa at Carver Hawkeye, Wisconsin should be pretty psyched they don’t have to contribute to another DePaul-like upset.Making things look better for the Badgers is the fact that they have been in the Big Ten Tournament’s final game in four of the past five seasons. Now, it might just be that Ryan is a great coach (I don’t think I have to explain why), but in all of those seasons, Wisconsin did not have to play in the tournament’s first round.And though I might be speculating a bit too in depth, I’d like to reiterate that no team since sixth-seeded Iowa in 2001 has won four straight games to win the Big Ten Tournament.This season though, with teams like Northwestern, Minnesota, Michigan and Penn State all fighting for spots in the tournament — and they all have legitimate chances — avoiding that first game is more important than ever.So that Indiana blowout game was more than just a win for the seniors. It was more important than just finishing the conference season with a winning record. For Ryan and his squad, it gave them an advantage that will give them a chance to get away from those inevitable upsets.Even with their midseason slump, Ryan was pleased with the way the Badgers performed down the stretch of the season. And how could he be upset? With its 7-2 finish to the season, UW put itself in a position to make some noise in the Big Ten Tournament for the sixth straight year.“It’s good for our guys,” Ryan said following the Badgers’ win over Indiana. “The fact that we’ve been successful, the players have committed to that and they took care of the basketball in those games.”If the Badgers can take care of the basketball over the next few days, maybe they’ll be as successful this year in the Big Ten Tournament as they have in years past. Jonah is a sophomore majoring journalism and Hebrew and Semitic studies. Think the Badgers missing the first round of the Big Tournament is a big deal? Think it doesn’t matter in the long run? Send your thoughts to [email protected]
Jose Mourinho is staying calm amidst the euphoria following Real Madrid’s qualification to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in seven years and believes that it is expected for a big club like themselves to make it through.‘The Special One’ also hopes he will avoid lining up against his former teams Inter and Chelsea in the next round of the competition.Los Blancos defeated their French nemesis Olympique Lyonnais 3-0 in the second leg of their round of 16 clash at the Bernabeu on Wednesday evening to progress to the last eight 4-1 on aggregate.Madrid finally broke their ‘last 16 curse’ to qualify for the quarter-finals and it is also their first win over Lyon in eight attempts, but Mourinho is not letting this get to his head.“We are Real Madrid, it is normal for us to qualify for the quarter-finals,” said the Portuguese tactician after the match to the press.“This was a victory against a very good team, I think we deserved it after a complete performance, we played to win and deserved it.” Looking ahead to the draw on Friday, the 48-year-old said: “I don’t have any preferences regarding our next opponent, but I would like to avoid facing Inter or Chelsea because it is emotionally difficult to face your own people.“If it must be, then it must be. We are professionals, but I wouldn’t like that.”Source: Goal
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — A pickup truck was stolen near the 800th block of Commercial St. over the weekend.The owner of the vehicle thought a family member had taken the pickup truck, but soon realized it was stolen. The situation unfolded on Sunday evening. The trucks details were entered into a nationwide database and recovered later in Montmorency County.According to investigators, the suspect apparently abandon the truck and got a ride back to Alpena. That’s when police received information and located the 28–year–old subject in the northern city limit of Alpena. He was arrested and lodge at Alpena County Jail. The identity of the man has not been released. He faces up to 5 years if convicted of the offense of unlawfully driving away an automobile.The Alpena Police Department was assisted by the Alpena County Sheriff’s Department and the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena County Jail, Alpena County Sheriff’s Department, Alpena Police Department, Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department, Stolen VehicleContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Sam’s Gift’ provides 21 scholarships for future Alpena Community College studentsNext Photo of the Day for Wednesday, May 1
NO. 1: NBA: CLIPPERS at LAKERSDetails/TV: Staples Center, Friday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, Prime, TWCS:Commissioner Adam Silver’s silver lining to swapping out Donald T. Sterling for Steve Ballmer in the NBA hierarchy is that everyone wants a piece of the new guy now – but in a good way. During an appearance on Jim Rome’s Showtime show recently, Ballmer tried to explain why he’s trying to get fans to commit to arriving early and helping the players get all geeked up before the game starts, even if there’s this tradition of arriving late because of difficult traffic around Staples Center: “We’re comin’ baby – we’re committed, we’re focused, we’ve got one of the most outstanding teams and we have one of the most outstanding coaches, we’re gonna support this team, starting with me and through the fan base, we’ll be the best can be and we’re gonna get after it totally, 100, 200, 600 percent – boom – and we will have the best year we know how.” There has been no rebuttal posted from the current Lakers ownership family – maybe only a subtle reminder that this is a Lakers’ home game, so not even Ballmer will get that customary courtside seat he’s been getting used to in the preseason. Ballmer’s $2 billion payoff may be personal – it’s allowed him to squeeze into a Clippers jersey (with a heavily bandaged right shoulder) and get on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine under the headline “Basket Ballmer.” Get it? The 6-foot-5 Detroit native may not be ready to ask Doc Rivers for some playing time – at 58, he’s no doubt a little Microsoft on defense. So let’s see how many Clippers fans come to this one on Halloween night dressed up as him. The rest of Staples Center is convinced they’ll see Kobe Bryant dressed as the Black Mamba. “I think Kobe is going to have an unbelievable year,” said TNT analyst Greg Anthony. “I don’t know if we’ve ever had a player whose skillset has evolved as well as his has. You go back before his injury and he had his most efficient season ever. He’s at a state in his career where he can match his intellectual talents with his athletic ability to compensate for what he’s lost individually. He is up there in years, but his skillset will offset what he has lost athletically.” So if the Lakers open against Dwight Howard and Houston on Tuesday (Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TNT), you’d guess Bryant would sit out the next night in Phoenix (Wednesday, 7 p.m., TWCS) before this first of four meetings with the Clippers during the regular season. This game turns out to be on the wrong end of a season-opening back-to-back scheduling trap for Ballmer’s ballers, after they start Thursday against Kevin Durant-deficient Oklahoma City (Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TNT).NO. 2: HORSE RACING: 31st BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC: KANSAS CITY vs. SAN FRANCISCO: GAME 6Details/TV: At Kansas City, Tuesday, 5 p.m., Ch. 11:According to MLB record books, the Giants needed only four games in 2012 and five in 2010 to win the World Series. The 1985 Royals lost the first game of that series at home, but came back to win Games 6 and 7 in Kansas City. Which of those series does this one look like it might mirror most?If necessary: Game 7 at Kansas City, Wednesday, 5 p.m., Ch. 11NO. 4: COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10UCLA vs. ARIZONADetails/TV: The Rose Bowl, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN:A year ago was Myles Jack’s coming-out party against the Wildcats, as he made eight tackles with a fumble recovery on defense and ran the ball six times for 120 yards and a TD in a 31-26 win at Tucson. Ishmael Adams’ interception with 1:46 to play sealed the Bruins’ victory.NO. 5: COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10USC at WASHINGTON STATEDetails/TV: Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network:Remember way back when – the second game of the 2013 season – when the Cougars last faced the Trojans and pulled off a 10-7 triumph at the Coliseum? Neither do we. The last time the Trojans were forced to travel to the Palouse was four years ago, resulting in a 50-14 victory before some 24,000 fans who saw three TD passes (and two picks) by Matt Barkley. After this game, USC takes a bye week, then its last three games are all in Southern California.NO. 6: COLLEGE FOOTBALL: WEEK 10:AUBURN at OLE MISS:Details/TV: Saturday, 4 p.m., ESPNSTANFORD at OREGONDetails/TV: Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Ch. 11NOTRE DAME at NAVYDetails/TV: Saturday, 5 p.m., Ch. 2AIR FORCE at ARMYDetails/TV: Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Ch. 2UTAH at ARIZONA STATEDetails/TV: Saturday, 8 p.m., FS1Since the AP writers’ poll (it means nothing) and the USA Today Coaches’ poll (it doesn’t mean much more) have been only moderately helpful to date, the first College Football Playoff Selection Committee Top 25 rankings will lay down the law on Tuesday (ESPN, 4:30 p.m.), following the ninth week of the regular season. There’s no need to even wait for the outcome of these games to start any heated discussion about which team should be the No. 4 seed. Yet, the process continues for the next five weeks until the final four teams are announced and paired up on what has been called Selection Sunday on Dec. 7. Then, and only then, will be know which bowl Navy, based on its strength of schedule, has won the right to participate in.NO. 7: NFL: WEEK 8WASHINGTON at DALLASDetails/TV: Monday, 5:30 p.m., ESPN:NFL: WEEK 9NEW ORLEANS at CAROLINADetails/TV: Thursday, 5:25 p.m., NFL NetworkARIZONA at DALLASDetails/TV: Sunday, 10 a.m., Channel 11SAN DIEGO at MIAMIDetails/TV: Sunday, 10 a.m., Ch. 2DENVER at NEW ENGLANDDetails/TV: Sunday, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 2BALTIMORE at PITTSBURGHDetails/TV: Sunday, 5:30 p.m., Ch. 4If you’ve been paying attention to the CBS promos, its Thursday night sit-com lineup anchored by “Big Bang Theory” gets back into synch this week, because the network’s run of eight Thursday night simulcast games with the NFL Network has thankfully expired.NO. 8: NHL: KINGS at PHILADELPHIADetails/TV: Tuesday, 4 p.m., FSW:It was bound to happen, considering the Kings took full advantage of playing seven of their first eight games this season at home. Now, a brutal five-game journey starts here and continues this week through Pittsburgh (Thursday, 4 p.m., FSW), Detroit (Friday, 4:30 p.m., Prime Ticket) and Carolina (Sunday, 2 p.m., FSW). Remember to pack a clean set of false teeth.NO. 9: COLLEGE BASKETBALL:UCLA vs. AZUSA PACIFICDetails/TV: At Pauley Pavilion, Friday, 7:30 p.m.:The fact a game can be played in Pauley Pavilion just a few months after that disastrous water main break is enough to check it out. No life jackets required – it’s just an exhibition.NO. 10: FORMULA 1: UNITED STATES GRAND PRIXDetails/TV: At Austin, Tex., Sunday, noon, Ch. 4:The first two years of this event at the Circuit of The Americas course had the 100,000-seat-plus facility packed, but they found the cooler temperatures in mid-November a bit too challenging. This year’s event is moved up two weeks to try to capture warmer conditions. Germany’s Sebastian Vettel won the event a year ago in his Red Bull Racing Renault, his eighth victory in a row at the time, en route to capturing his fourth straight F1 championship. Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, winner of the inaugural U.S. Grand Prix in Austin in 2012, has won nine of the 16 races this season and easily leads the driver ’14 standings in his Mercedes, while the winless Vettel is fifth with two races left after this one. Qualifying is Saturday (10 a.m., Ch. 4)BONUS EVENT:SPECIAL: “SKYSCRAPER LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA”Details/TV: Sunday, 4 p.m., Discovery:The guy who has already gone tight on a rope over Niagara Falls without falling and traversing part of the Grand Canyon without a grand failure now has a two-part high-wire walk that could blow away any Windy City veteran inhabitant. On what’s likely a likely chilly November evening, the acrobat/entertainer is daring enough to first go the length of two city blocks up a 15-degree angle 50 stories up over the Chicago River. In part two, he’ll wear a blindfold and go from the west to the east tower of the 65-story Marina City building on State Street in downtown Windy City. Why wouldn’t you want to see this? “The public is fascinated with a guy on TV that could die at any second,” Wallenda told Outside magazine. “Look at these high-speed chases in L.A. Huge coverage. Now, do they wanna see me die? I don’t think so.” The 35-year-old grandson of the late, great Karl Wallenda said he got the idea of doing this second walk with the blindfold after having Lasik surgery last year. That would give anyone a new perspective on life, eh? So, from the channel that gives you Shark Week, “Fast N’ Loud,” and “Dude, You’re Screwed,” comes this giant GoPro-friendly event also streaming on www.skyscraperlive.com Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Details/TV: At Santa Anita Park, Saturday, 5:35 p.m., Ch. 4:Even though both are 3-year-olds, California Chrome and Shared Belief have never raced against each other. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has the favorite in the $5 million Classic – that’s Shared Belief, the Jim Rome-owned thoroughbred unbeaten in seven starts. Trainer Art Sherman has the major contender, California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner who, in his last two races, hasn’t hit the pay window. Now, they finally go from the same starting gate. “Horse of the Year is going to be on the line in this race, and a lot of horses can win it,” Sherman said. “Jerry, my old buddy, is going to be 6-to-5. He’s absolutely the one to beat.” As for Chrome’s sixth-place finish at the recent Pennsylvania Derby after going fourth at the Preakness: “Every time a horse throws in a clunker you get concerned,” Sherman said. “He hasn’t had the trip at all in his last two races. You hate to cry wolf, but you haven’t seen the Chrome that I know. … He needs to be in the clear turning for home. If he is, then let’s see who the best horse is down the stretch.” Fifteen of the record 201 horses entered in the two-day event are signed up for the 1¼-mile Classic, including Belmont winner Tonalist. During Friday’s first day, it’s the $1 million Juvenile Turf (2:25 p.m.), the $1 million Dirt Mile (3:05 p.m.), the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (3:50 p.m.) and the $2 million Distaff (4:35 p.m.)Saturday’s schedule leading to the Classic includes: $2 million Juvenile Fillies (12:05 p.m.), $2 million Filly and Mare Turf (12:45 p.m.), $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint (1:20 p.m.), $1 million Turf Sprint (2:05 p.m.), $2 million Juvenile (2:45 p.m.), $3 million Turf (3:20 p.m.), $1.5 million Sprint (4 p.m.) and $2 million Mile (4:40 p.m.)NBC’s coverage of the Classic goes from 5-to-6 p.m. on Channel 4; All other races are on NBCSN on Friday (2-to-5 p.m.) and Saturday (11:30 a.m.-to-5 p.m.)NO. 3: 110th WORLD SERIES
One of the unwritten rules of playoff hockey is to keep an even keel. You donʼt want to get too high and you donʼt want to get too low. You win, and itʼs on to the next game. The same goes when you lose.Itʼs a hard skill to master, especially when youʼve lost the last two and given up 11 goals in the process. When a team has lost two in a row in a seven-game series, the mood around the team gets serious. Self-doubt and frustration might seep into the room. It is imperative that the coaches of …
While passengers sit comfortably in an airliner’s cabin enjoying their inflight entertainment systems and meals served onboard (at least on international flights), myriad other activities are going on below the floor under their feet. Starting at the nose of the aircraft, a maze of computers and electronic equipment is housed in the avionics bays located just below the cockpit. Immediately aft of that is the wheel well that holds the retracted nose landing gear inflight, and then the cabin pressurization equipment. Multiple air-conditioning “packs” are ahead of the forward baggage bay filled with luggage and cargo which is packed in large bins on wide-body aircraft. In the center of the lower fuselage is the wing spar carry-through, sometimes fitted with a center fuel tank on long-range aircraft. Behind the wing box are the main landing gear wells, and then the aft baggage bays. Lavatory service equipment is located in both the forward and aft lower fuselage, and finally the APU or Auxiliary Power Unit is mounted in the tail.