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Need some comic relief this Valentine’s Day? A zoo will name a cockroach after your ex and feed it to a meerkat.

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first_imgNeed some comic relief this Valentine’s Day? A zoo will name a cockroach after your ex and feed it to a meerkat. If you’re already dreading February 14, maybe this will provide a pick-me-up: the El Paso Zoo will name a cockroach after your ex and then feed it to a meerkat on a live stream that can be viewed on the zoo’s website and their Facebook page. To submit your ex’s name, just message the zoo on their Facebook page. They’ll post the first and last name initial of your ex around the meerkat cage beginning Feb. 11. “This is a fun way to get the community involved in our daily enrichment activities,” El Paso Zoo event coordinator Sarah Borrego told CBS News. “The meerkats love to get cockroaches as a snack and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by feeding them a cockroach named after your ex!” Outdoor Gear Builders (OGB), the first gear builder association of its kind, will hold their sixth annual Get in Gear Fest on March 21. The festival includes gear demos, new gear sneak peeks, opportunities to meet gear makers in person, and a customer appreciation sale; plus music, food trucks, beer and more. In addition to the activities, the Get in Gear Fest will host a raffle for OGB member gear prizes to raise money for Pisgah Conservancy.  Microsoft pledges to become carbon-negative by 2030  Mark your calendar: Outdoor Gear Builders will hold Get in Gear Fest March 21 at Salvage Station in Ashevillecenter_img In addition to becoming carbon-negative by 2030, Microsoft has also vowed to pay back all the carbon it has emitted since the company was founded in 1975, with a goal of reaching that milestone by 2050. Read the full story here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/el-paso-zoo-name-a-cockroach-after-your-ex-feed-to-meerkat-valentines-day-feb-14/  Software giant Microsoft has pledged that the company itself, along with all related factories and facilities in its supply chain, will be carbon-negative by 2030 (the company has been carbon-neutral since 2012.) Their plan includes not just reducing emissions but removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. The OGB Get in Gear Fest is a free, family-friendly event. The festival takes place on March 21 from 12-5 at Salvage Station in Asheville. More information about the festival and the Outdoor Gear Builders can be found on their website www.outdoorgearbuilders.com.last_img read more

Nicaraguan Police on Alert to Prevent the Entrance of Gang Members

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first_imgBy Dialogo February 18, 2010 The Nicaraguan police declared a “general alert” to prevent the entrance of gangs operating in neighboring countries and their influence on criminal youth groups in the country, an official source announced. The director of the police, First Commissioner Aminta Granera, instructed all structures to “be alert; we have to maximize our efforts so that the danger of the gangs from the north (of Central America) does not shift here, which would cause serious problems if they came and provoked a jump in the activities of youth groups or gangs in Nicaragua.” Nicaragua does not have criminal gangs of the kind that operate in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, and the youth groups or gangs that it does have are very different qualitatively; they do not have links to organized crime, the police chief explained during an annual report to President Daniel Ortega. The authorities’ alarm skyrocketed following the capture in different parts of the country last year of fourteen members of the Mara Salvatrucha and M-18 gangs, who were deported to their countries of origin. The police chief emphasized that Nicaragua’s police system is effective, since “we are capable of detecting (the gang members), and we did not give them time to create a social base or organize groups in the country.” Granera highlighted the police’s preventive work in dealing with youth groups or gangs, which succeeded in drawing four hundred young people away from these groups in 2009. The police are currently working with 11,490 young people who participate in sports groups, and this effort has been increased, with 25,150 people, including officers, young people, and community members, participating in the effort to prevent youth violence, she specified.last_img read more

Prosecutors reject defense arguments in Novel acid attack case

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first_imgProsecutors rejected on Monday the defense arguments submitted by a legal team defending two police officers charged with involvement in the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan in 2017, during a hearing at the North Jakarta District Court.In last week’s hearing, the lawyers sought the acquittal of the defendants Chief Brig. Ronny Bugis and Brig. Rahmat Kadir Mahulette, saying they had no intention of harming the antigraft investigator and that the attack was simply a spontaneous act. The lawyers also claimed that the injury to Novel’s eyes had been caused by poor medical treatment, not by the attack.Prosecutors told the court the chronology of the incident in which Rahmat had googled the address of Novel Baswedan on April 8, 2017. Rahmat also studied the residential complex area for him to prepare the attack plan and escape. He borrowed Ronny’s motorcycle on April 9, 2017 and checked out the entrance and exit gates around Novel’s residential complex. As a member of the National Police’s Mobile Brigade Corps (Brimob), Rahmat also had access to a parking lot for Brimob vehicles at the Brimob headquarters in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java, where he obtained the sulfuric acid for the attack.However, defense lawyers had argued that Rahmat was “anxious on the night before the attack” and that a “perpetrator of a planned crime would likely be more relaxed”.Read also: KPK urged to take on Novel’s acid attack case after prosecutors demand light sentence“The fact that there was a certain period of time for the suspect to calculate his action is enough to prove that this was a planned crime,” prosecutors said, rebutting the defense argument during the court hearing on Monday. The prosecutors went on to say that both defendants had spied on Novel Baswedan before the attack, waiting in front of Al-Ikhsan mosque on Jl. Deposito Block E in Pegangsaan Dua subdistrict, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, where Novel said his dawn prayers.“Rahmat opened the black plastic bag inside which he kept the acid. Meanwhile, Ronny kept his eye on Novel Baswedan,” the prosecutors explained. “Rahmat also told Ronny about his intention to teach someone a lesson and told Ronny to drive his motorcycle slowly when approaching Novel.”“Based on that chronology, we reject the lawyers’ defense argument that said that Rahmat acted independently in the attack,” the prosecutors said, indicating that Ronny also played a role in the attack.The prosecutors also rebutted the poor treatment claim, saying that the damage to Novel’s eye was reported by Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, where Novel was first treated after the attack before being referred to the Jakarta Eye Center (JEC).Read also: Comedian satirizing sentence demand in Novel Baswedan case targeted by alleged ‘buzzers’“Based on the hospital’s medical report on April 24, 2017, the 40-year-old man [Novel Baswedan] suffered first- and second-degree burns to his forehead and third-degree burns to his right and left corneas,” the prosecutors said.“The degree of the wounds was still unknown, however, it can be concluded that they subsequently hindered the victim in conducting his activities. Damage to the cornea can potentially cause blindness or severe deterioration in sight,” the report read.State prosecutors had earlier demanded a one-year prison sentence each for Ronny and Rahmat for alleged torture, from a maximum 12-year sentence based on the multiple charges pressed against the two officers under several articles of the Criminal Code.Topics :last_img read more

Still Woozy delivers a dynamic track with ‘BS’

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first_img“Focus less on getting bigger, getting famous or whatever and focus more on the music,” Gamsky said.  Rather than rapidly breaking into the industry, Gamsky urged individuals to take the time to build their work to the same level as other music currently out. “I have too many ideas to be stuck in one place,” Gamsky said, “and I don’t want people to get used to one thing either you know.” The single “BS” is out Thursday released under exclusive license to Interscope Records. Speaking to the concept of an album, Gamsky alluded to Dominic Fike’s debut studio album “What Could Possibly Go Wrong” as a point of excitement. The multi-instrumental artist said Fike’s project reassured his ideas of incorporating different styles under one project. Regarding his creative process, Gamsky said, “I just love, like, playing with sounds and textures. And it’s just so much fun to make beats, and just like create something out of nothing.”  Though on a major label, Gamsky continues to opt for self-producing his tracks.  “The beautiful part of self-producing is that you’re just curating all these sounds for people, and maybe, that’s why it feels more like a unified whole is because they’re all, this is like my particular lens, my taste,” Gamsky said. After years of songwriting, Gamsky’s has gone on to fully develop his dream-like melodies. With the recent single, “Windows,” he samples Marvin Gaye’s vocals. Gamsky’s influences continue to form inventive and playful tracks. “I could never really describe my own music ’cause I feel like I have so many different influences,” Gamsky said.  As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Still Woozy’s tours have been canceled for the time being.  Missing live performances, Gamsky shared his perspective on the most memorable performance that took place last fall at The Fonda Theatre. During this leg of the tour, USC alumna Remi Wolf was brought on tour.  Gamsky wants to let listeners know that there is no ultimate method to consume his music, but he said he does mix with headphones in mind.center_img Rather than being put on a pedestal, Gamsky wants to interact directly with the crowd. Being able to have live feedback helps keep the energy up, he said.  During the press conference Wednesday, Gamsky spoke about being “genre-less” and what that encapsulates for him. Having space to explore and express the multiple different parts of himself are essential for the artist. Yet, the 28-year-old artist makes it clear that this upcoming release is not an all-encompassing glimpse into a new direction for his sound. The focus, for now, he shares, is to produce music that interests him.  Reminiscing on his crowd surfing on a rubber ducky inflatable, Gamsky said, “It was just such good energy and just like I don’t know, I love kind of rambunctious like shit like that … It’s like the crazier the crowd gets the crazier I get.” Attendees were able to get an exclusive early listen to the highly anticipated song. Followed by a Q&A, the Bay Area native shared his creative process and memorable experiences. Two days before the release of his new single “BS,” Sven Gamsky, the namesake behind Still Woozy, joined the °1824 team of Universal Music Group for a virtual press conference.   The uninhibited nature of Gamsky’s songwriting continues to outdo genre limitations. In a time of uncertainty, the promise to not settle on a distinct sound is comforting for Still Woozy fans. Previous 2017 singles such as “Goodie Bag” and “Cooks” introduced the world to the gooey sounds and textured production signature to Gamsky’s work. Recently signed to Interscope Records, the artist is now working on new music during quarantine.  With a history of producing in his garage, Gamsky’s success in the music industry is a result of a strong work ethic. As the conference winded down, the indie artist had words of advice for upcoming artists.  “I’m mixing these tiny little noises that are like that, you know, like for a second in like the right ear or something,” Gamsky said. “And then if you’re on headphones … you’ll be able to hear that more.” The new single “BS” is filled with echoey vocals, catchy drum tracks and heavy-bass loops. The attention to production is expected with Gamsky’s detail-oriented track record.last_img read more

City of Sunrise TRAFFIC ADVISORY: at BB&T Center

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first_imgCity of Sunrise TRAFFIC ADVISORY: “Food for Florida” Assistance Distribution Underway at BB&T CenterThe Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is hosting a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on November 7, 8 and 9, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. This is causing significant traffic congestion and gridlock in the entire western portion of Sunrise and Plantation.The D-SNAP event is attracting tens of thousands of people to the BB&T Center, which is far more than attend a regular arena event. Residents are strongly encouraged to avoid this area of the City as much as possible until Thursday evening, November 9, when the event concludes.While this is not a City of Sunrise event, the Sunrise Police Department has coordinated with DCF to provide a significant police presence to maintain a safe environment for residents and guests of our City. We have law enforcement assistance from agencies throughout Broward County and the State Highway Patrol for traffic control and security. While we cannot restrict the number of vehicles attending the event, we are making every effort to mitigate the congestion and ensure your safety.For more information about D-SNAP, please visit the DCF Food for Families website: www.myflfamilies.com/fff.For more on D-SNAP, click the link: D-SNAP food assistance resumeslast_img read more

Blaming Balotelli for Liverpool’s woes is wrong – Ancelotti

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first_imgReal Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says that fellow Italian Mario Balotelli should not be shouldering all the blame for Liverpool’s recent poor form.Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle on Saturday was their fourth in 10 Premier League games this season and they have been beaten twice in their first three Champions League outings. By contrast, Brendan Rodgers’ side lost just six times in total last term as they came close to claiming the league title.Summer arrival Balotelli has been singled out by some as a key cause for the change in fortunes, not least because the £16 million signing has scored just once in 11 Premier League and Champions League games, but Rodgers has defended him and Ancelotti followed suit.”There is a lot of talk about Balotelli, too much,” Ancelotti said as Madrid prepared to face Liverpool at the Bernabeu on Tuesday. “He is a quality player who has joined a team which at the moment is missing an important player like [Luis] Suarez, who scored so many goals.”They need to look for another solution, find another style with new players. I do not believe that all of Liverpool’s problems at this moment are down to Balotelli, but he has to work to help the team come through this situation.”Balotelli was especially targeted after Madrid’s 3-0 Champions League at Anfield in October, when he was withdrawn by Rodgers at half-time after his side had been completely outclassed. After that first meeting Rodgers publicly criticised Balotelli for swapping shirts with opponent Pepe as he left the pitch, drawing further attention to what was already a controversial gesture.Ancelotti, who made light of the incident in his own post-match news conference at Anfield three weeks ago, again saw the funny side of what had happened.”Swapping shirts at half-time with an opponent is something very normal,” he said. “If Marcelo tomorrow swaps shirts with a player I will not take him off for that.”last_img read more