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[UPDATED] Thai soldier kills at least 17 in mass shooting

first_imgA Thai soldier gunned down at least 17 people an attack which he shared on Facebook, emergency services said Saturday, in an ongoing mass shooting which focused on a town center mall.The attack in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima began late in the afternoon at an army barracks, police told AFP.Three people were killed — among them at least one soldier — when Sergeant-Major Jakrapanth Thomma opened fire. “He stole an army vehicle and drove into the town centre,” police Lieutenant-Colonel Mongkol Kuptasiri.Local media reported the gunman seized weapons from the army arsenal before embarking on a shooting spree in the center of the town.In a fast-moving incident, authorities could not confirm local media reports the gunman had taken up to 16 hostages.There were “17 deaths, 14 wounded” late Saturday, said an unnamed spokesperson from Bangkok’s Erawan Center — the dispatch center for emergency services across the country. Video and photos circulating online relayed panicked scenes on a main road in the city – which is better known as Korat.#Breaking: #Thailand’s special forces are preparing to storm shopping center in #Korat where a soldier has killed at least 10 in a mass shooting and taken hostages#koratshootingpic.twitter.com/s7RGADHjbN— ISCResearch (@ISCResearch) February 8, 2020People fled while at least one fire roared as what appeared to be the sound of automatic gunfire filled the air.The gunman also posted photos of himself and wrote several posts on his Facebook page including “should I surrender” and “no one can escape death”.In one Facebook video — since deleted — the assailant, wearing an army helmet, filmed from an open jeep saying, “I’m tired… I can’t pull my finger anymore” and making a trigger symbol with his hand.There were also photos of a man in a ski mask holding up a pistol.”The gunman used a machine gun and shot innocent victims resulting in many injured and dead,” spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen told AFP, adding that the standing toll was “more than 10.”The defense ministry said forces have sealed off the Terminal 21 shopping center but have yet to capture the suspect.Thailand has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world but mass shootings by soldiers targeting civilians are rare.Several shootings at courthouses late last year also renewed concern about gun violence in the Southeast Asia country.In one high-profile case, a two-year-old boy was among three people killed in Thailand when a masked gunman robbed a jewellery shop last month.Late last year two lawyers were shot dead by a clerk at a court in the east of the country during a hearing over a land dispute.Topics :last_img read more

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New York Stock Exchange to shut trading floors Monday after two are infected

first_img“Our markets are fully capable of operating in an all-electronic fashion to serve all participants, and we will proceed in that manner until we can re-open our trading floors to our members,” said NYSE President Stacey Cunningham. “While we are taking the precautionary step of closing the trading floors, we continue to firmly believe the markets should remain open and accessible to investors. All NYSE markets will continue to operate under normal trading hours despite the closure of the trading floors.”The site will remain open this week. On Tuesday, it was “thoroughly sanitized using treatments recommended by federal agencies” and will be again Wednesday evening.“This is a big deal,” said independent analyst Larry Tabb. “The question is, does the floor provide a differentiated process or just differentiated marketing? I guess we will find out, if after this is over, the floor opens back up, or if they stay electronic and save the tremendous cost of operating.”The US equity market closed for two days in 2012 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. NYSE had previously shut for four trading days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.Wild swings in equity markets and thousands in the financial industry working from home have led to questions about whether stock exchanges should remain open. But top regulators – including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton – and executives of exchange firms have come out in favor of keeping markets open.The NYSE is home to 25 percent of share-trading for companies listed there. It also hosts more than 36 percent of block trades comprising 10,000 shares or more, according to the company.Topics : The New York Stock Exchange will temporarily shut its trading floors starting Monday and move to fully electronic trading after an employee and a person who worked on the floor both tested positive for coronavirus this week.The exchange’s equities and options trading floors in New York will close, as will its options trading pit in San Francisco, according to a statement by NYSE owner Intercontinental Exchange Inc.The company said in a notice to traders that two individuals were screened on Monday and tested positive for coronavirus. The NYSE employee and the person who worked on the trading floor both were barred from entering the building this week and were last inside on Friday.last_img read more

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Nine offers in two weeks as investor seals deal on property

first_img3 Sorrento Close, Carindale.A four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at Carindale has sold after just two weeks on the market.With nine offers on the property, Ray White Holland Park selling agent Andrew Oostenbrink said the home sold for $778,500 on June 12.The property at 3 Sorrento Close was bought by an investor who lives at Carindale.Mr Oostenbrink said the most popular features of the home were the open-plan design and high ceilings.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 20203 Sorrento Close, Carindale.He said the vacant block next door made a big difference to the privacy aspect.Mr Oostenbrink said the property drew a lot of interest because it was in a very tightly held pocket, with not a great number of families moving out. In a private cul-de-sac on a 499sq m block of land, outside the home are many covered entertainment spaces, all framed by landscaped gardens. Opening out from the living areas, the large deck overlooks the added bonus of local parkland right next door.Mr Oostenbrink said the home was close to public transport, and bike tracks and parks were only minutes away.last_img read more

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Why I live in … Well-known journalist Neil Doorley reveals why he loves living in Ashgrove

first_imgNeil Doorley during his time on the road as a news reporter. Picture: Glenn Barnes.NEIL Doorley has spent a large chunk of his career as a television news reporter, most prominently for Channel 9, where he broke the disappearance of murdered Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.He lives in Brisbane with his wife, Kerry, and two of his three children.1. Where was your first home (that you bought)? How much was it? My first property was in Banyo — a three-bedroom, brick, low-set house, which I paid $117,000 for, but at the time interest rates were about 17 per cent!I picked that house because it was low maintenance, and I’d grown up in Wavell Heights and was close to my family and I was familiar with Brisbane’s northside.2. Where is your current home? Why did you pick that house/unit?Ashgrove. My wife and I chose this house for a number of factors. Firstly, it was close to Mt Coot-tha where I was working at the time; we’d initially wanted to send our son to Marist College, which is just around the corner; and it backs on to a park, which was — and remains — handy for the kids and pets.3. Describe your dream home and location in Queensland?More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe North Coast, probably Caloundra … close to the water. My late grandmother lived at Caloundra, and I have great childhood memories of going to her place, and then to the beach. I’m still a frequent visitor, and just being there brings lovely thoughts flooding back.4. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? Villa in Capri? Chalet in the Swiss Alps?Zermatt in Switzerland. It’s a mountain resort, renowned for skiing and hiking — and for the fact it’s car-free! I travelled there in 1995 with my first wife, who at the time was pregnant with our daughter, and it was just wonderful. I remember getting off the train and being overwhelmed by its natural beauty. The town sits below the Matterhorn peak, and is filled with great shops and restaurants.last_img read more

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South Korea boosts July LNG imports

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image: KogasLiquefied natural gas (LNG) imports into South Korea, the world’s second-largest buyer of the fuel, rose by 41.6 percent in July year-on-year.The country imported 2.72 million mt of LNG in July as compared to 1.92 million mt in the corresponding month the year before, according to the customs data.The data shows that South Korea paid about $1.1 billion for LNG imports last month.Qatar, the world’s biggest LNG exporter, remained the dominant source of South Korean imports with 964,861 mt of the chilled fuel imported from Qatar in July, up by 17.3 percent on year.Australia was the second-largest LNG supplier to Korea last month with 383,975 mt, followed by Indonesia with 366,383 mt and Malaysia with 357,779 mt.The remaining volumes imported into South Korea were sourced from Brunei, Oman, USA, Russia and Angola.Worth mentioning, South Korea’s Kogas reported last week a 2.4 percent decrease in its domestic natural gas sales in July.Kogas sold 2.13 million mt of LNG equivalent last month, as compared to 2.18 million mt in July 2016.The company currently operates 69 storage tanks in 4 LNG receiving terminals in South Korea. It imports about 96 percent of Korea’s demand for LNG.last_img read more

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Ireland: CGG completes Cairenn survey data processing

first_imgFrench geophysical services company CGG has completed the pre-stack depth migration (PSDM) of its Cairenn multi-client survey in the Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland.CGG said on Monday that Cairenn was the first in a series of multi-client surveys that CGG was acquiring in the area. PSDM products for its Galway survey will be delivered before the end of the year.The data sets from both surveys have been processed through an advanced velocity modeling and depth imaging sequence including multi-layer tomography and full-waveform inversion.CGG described the results as “outstanding” and having “exceptional clarity and deep imaging quality, from the Triassic/Jurassic fault blocks, through the Cretaceous section, and up to the Cenozoic reservoirs.”Also, fast-track results from additional surveys in the area acquired in 2017 have already been delivered, with final PSDM products due in the second quarter of 2018.Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO of CGG, said: “These new datasets deliver high-quality coverage west of Ireland, enhancing industry understanding and mapping of the multiple hydrocarbon plays being chased in this promising region.”In related news, the French company won a contract last week with the Ivory Coast’s Direction Générale des Hydrocarbures (DGH) and PETROCI, the national oil company, for an onshore and offshore survey in the African country.last_img read more

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President Hugo Chávez Recovering Satisfactorily

first_img 68 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share NewsRegional President Hugo Chávez Recovering Satisfactorily by: – February 29, 2012 As is publicly known, in recent days, during a medical check-up of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, doctors detected a lesion requiring corrective surgery.President Hugo ChávezIn that sense, the medical team, after the necessary tests, performed the surgery in the briefest time possible. The surgery was carried out as expected, producing satisfactory results and a recovery plan was established for the coming days.President Chávez is in good physical condition, is joined by his family, and constantly in touch with the executive vice president and the Bolivarian Government. He is always attentive to keeping the Venezuelan people and the international community properly informed, with accuracy and transparency, about the details of the medical treatment he is receiving.The president has asked that the results of his recent surgery be made public. As soon as the surgery concluded, the results were presented by the medical team in the following terms:The pelvic lesion was totally removed, as well as the surrounding tissue. There were no complications with regard to adjacent organs. Immediate post-surgery has been clinically stable, without systemic complications. He is adequately recovering with the post-operative rehabilitation. In the coming hours the histology tests will be available, which will determine the optimum medical treatment for the lesion.President Chávez thanks, from the bottom of his heart, the warm wishes he has received from the Venezuelan people, as well as innumerable messages of solidarity from men and women from other parts of the world.Additionally, he offers his thanks for the several messages and phone calls he has received from heads of state and government, as well as from international leaders and representatives of important grassroots organizations in the world.On behalf of the Venezuelan people, the President wishes to thank Fidel, Raul, the Cuban people, and the medical team that led this surgery and is conducting with scientific wisdom and human warmth the treatment for his full recovery.For its part, the Bolivarian Government expects the sentiments of solidarity and support from the Venezuelan people for their president be respected by those international and national right-wing political sectors that are at the service of imperial interests, and asks that they stop their perverse campaign against Venezuela.Finally, President Chávez ratifies the call to all men and women of our homeland to continue working in the daily struggle to consolidate independence and build socialism, which is the supreme dream of our Liberator, Simón Bolívar.Our people know that they can always count on the loyalty and commitment of Commander Chávez, leading the homeland, just as he trusts the love and loyalty of the people.Toward victory always! We shall live and overcome!Press ReleaseOffice of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuelalast_img read more

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Deputies raid underage party in Franklin County, adult arrested

first_imgBrookville, In. — Franklin County sheriff’s deputies raided an underage drinking party and made 16 arrests recently.Reports indicate than on Thursday, December 28 police were called to the 13000 block of Metzger Lane. While investigating, police observed 15 people under 21-years-old drinking alcoholic beverages.Police arrested the homeowner, Bradley D. Wagner, 50, and charged him with maintaining a common nuisance and furnishing alcohol to a minor. He was taken to the Franklin County Security Center.The Franklin County Sheriff Department will continue to partner with Stayin’ Alive, LCC and assist them with promoting their mission statement of “a safer and healthier community by reducing the problematic use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Franklin County.”  More information on the Parents Who Host Lose the Most ® click here. Since November the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has effected the arrest of 35 individuals related to underage drinking and urges all Franklin County parents to utilize good judgment and common sense in situations such as these.last_img read more

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Students react to relocation of Sigma Alpha Mu house

first_imgMembers of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity expressed excitement over the signing of the lease of their new house at 624 W. 28th Street on The Row.New home · Sigma Alpha Mu, which is currently located on the corner of Royal and West 32nd streets, will move to The Row in fall 2013. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanThe house was previously occupied by the brothers of Beta Omega Phi, an Asian-interest fraternity which is not affiliated with the Interfraternity Council.In early October 2012, Sigma Alpha Mu began communicating with the landlord of the property, who had recently changed the terms of his lease with Beta Omega Phi.Sigma Alpha Mu Housing Manager Justin Elliot said that though other fraternities and sororities were interested in the house, the landlord was interested in a long-term tenant.“We had heard that the landlord was entertaining new tenant proposals, so we kept in close contact with him,” Elliott said.Sigma Alpha Mu President Sam Canter said that a long-term commitment was just what the fraternity wanted to make. Since regaining its charter in 2007, Canter said the house has seen tremendous growth in membership, which has tripled in size in the past few years.“When you’re at 91 guys, you need a bigger facility to go along with that,” Canter said. “Living on The Row is the next step in that growth.”The new house and the attached apartment complex in the back has space for 54 live-in members, which is triple the capacity of the fraternity’s current house on the intersection of Royal and 32nd Streets. With more live-in space, many more actives have the opportunity to play a greater role in Sigma Alpha Mu, with 54 actives already committed to living in the house for the 2013-14 academic year.Fraternity brother Louis Blacker, a freshman majoring in business administration who will be living in the new house next year, said moving onto The Row will bring his fraternity closer to the other fraternities in the Interfraternity Council.“We are obviously excited to join the rest of the Greek community on The Row,” Blacker said. “The guys are just excited to live in all one house together. It’s going to be 54 guys compared to 18 in the old house, so it’s just more exciting.”Canter said the fraternity hopes the move will allow Sigma Alpha Mu to also expand its campus presence.“I think this is a great thing for us,” Canter said. “We are hoping to enlarge our social scene and our brotherhood and make a lasting name for ourselves at USC.”Interfraternity Council President Ofek Lavian said he is pleased to welcome another member fraternity onto The Row.“We are ecstatic that Sigma Alpha Mu is coming to The Row,” Lavian said. “It’s an exciting time for them as they move onto The Row and become part of the premier Greek experience.”Though moving to The Row comes with many social implications and opportunities, Canter said he is confident that the fraternity will be able to maintain its identity.“If we are recruiting guys who are a lot like us and who have the same outlook on life as us, then our house is going to be able to stay the same,” Canter said.Canter said that though the relocation will mean an increase in the fraternity’s live-in dues from approximately $1000 to $1,300 per semester, Sigma Alpha Mu will maintain its commitment to being affordable. Canter said the live-out dues will be approximately $400.“Our live-out fees are going to go up in order to pay for the higher price of rent,” Canter said. “We had to keep live-in prices low to create an incentive for the guys who are living in the house. Plus, living on The Row comes with doing more events and philanthropies, which is also going to cost more. We’ve done a good job of keeping our dues lower than other fraternities but still being able to do a lot with that budget.”Sigma Alpha Mu’s current house, which it has occupied since 2009, is owned by USC Housing. The brothers will be moving into the new house over summer 2013.last_img read more

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Evin Lewis in op 5 ICC T20 batsmen

first_imgAttacking West Indies opener Evin Lewis has climbed into the top five of the ICC Twenty20 batting rankings but champion off-spinner Sunil Narine has lost ground.In the latest rankings released Friday, the left-handed Lewis jumped one place to fifth, on 753 ratings points.Lewis has emerged as one of the Windies most dependable players in the shortest format, following his debut two years ago. In his last three T20 International innings, he has lashed a hundred and two half-centuries.The 26-year-old is the only Caribbean player in the top 20, with veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels the next highest ranked batsman at 24th.In the bowling rankings, leg-spinner Samuel Badree has remained steady at number four, despite taking two wickets in his last four T20 Internationals.The 37-year-old, once the top-rated T20 bowler, now sits behind number one Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, with another leg-spinner Shadab Khan of Pakistan in second spot.There was no such good fortune for Narine, however, who slipped four places to 18th in the rankings.The 30-year-old is one of the world’s finest spinners in the shortest format but has not played for West Indies since the one-off T20 International against England last September.He and Badree are the only two Windies players in the top 20, with captain Carlos Brathwaite the next best positioned at 26th.last_img read more

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