Man suspected of killing wife, three children in Australia car fire

first_imgAn ex-rugby league player is suspected of killing his three children and estranged wife by setting fire to their car, in what Australian police described as one of the most horrific incidents they have encountered.Police said a 31-year-old woman, named by local media as Hannah Baxter, died in a Brisbane hospital on Wednesday just hours after her three children aged three, four and six were found dead in the burned car on a suburban street.Her estranged husband, Rowan Baxter, who also died, allegedly approached the car and doused it with petrol before setting it alight, The Australian newspaper reported. The paper said that she jumped from the burning car and rolled on the ground, saying “He’s poured petrol on me”.Officials said she was rushed to hospital with severe burns following the “horrific” incident but later succumbed to her injuries.Public broadcaster ABC reported Baxter, a 42-year-old former Rugby League player for the New Zealand Warriors, was in the burning vehicle but got out and died on the footpath.Other reports said he died of a self-inflicted knife wound.  The tragedy led to an outpouring of grief on social media, with many calling for stronger action to address domestic violence. Natasha Stott Despoja, a former senator and chair of anti-violence group Our Watch, called violence against women in Australia a “national emergency”.”I know people want change, people are angry & sad today,” she tweeted. “How long before we stop this slaughter in our suburbs?”Police are treating the area in Brisbane’s inner east where the incident occurred as a crime scene but said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the fire.”How the fire actually occurred has not been ascertained at the moment,” Queensland Police detective inspector Mark Thompson said Wednesday.”For us to call it a murder-suicide or a tragic accident, it’s inappropriate for us to try to do that.””I’ve seen some horrific scenes. This is up there,” Thompson said.A passer-by who tried to intervene in the situation was also taken to hospital to be treated for facial burns, a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said.”Somebody did step in to try and help that was close by,” he told reporters at the scene.”He was treated for some minor burns to his upper body. They’re not life-threatening.”The emergency services who responded to the scene have been stood down from their duties and will receive support, he added.Topics :last_img read more

New coronavirus cases in Hong Kong raise concerns of local cluster

first_imgA cluster of nine coronavirus cases raised concerns in Hong Kong over renewed local transmission in a city that has been one of the most successful in keeping the pandemic under control.The first two cases in the cluster – a husband and wife – were confirmed on Sunday. Since then four neighbors, two of the wife’s work colleagues, and a fire department medical officer who had sent the woman to hospital have been confirmed to have been infected. None had been abroad recently.”We are very concerned about this cluster of nine,” Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told her weekly news conference on Tuesday, before an executive council meeting. The infected woman is a night-shift worker at a Kerry Logistics warehouse, where she labels food items imported from Britain, local media reported.The government was expected to extend a ban on group gatherings larger than eight later on Tuesday. It was due to expire at the end of Thursday, and has been extended several times for two-week periods.The limits on the size of gatherings prompted police to reject for the first time an application of the annual vigil tens of thousands of Hong Kong people traditionally hold in a downtown park to commemorate pro-democracy protesters killed in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 31 years ago.A further extension is also likely to thwart plans for legally organizing anniversary marches of the anti-government protests that started in June last year and resumed recently after Beijing announced plans to impose national security laws on Hong Kong.Lam has repeatedly said health measures had no political motive. On Tuesday, she said they were not about “taking away people’s freedom,” but about protecting people, adding that public health was “also part of national security.”As of Monday, Hong Kong had reported 1,088 coronavirus cases and four deaths.  Topics :last_img read more

Modi wishes Trump quick recovery from coronavirus

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Donald Trump a quick recovery on Friday after the US president revealed he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.”Wishing my friend @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a quick recovery and good health,” Modi said on Twitter.Trump, 74, first announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump, 50, had tested positive for the virus. “We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote.The extraordinary setback for Trump had immediate political consequences just 31 days before election day, forcing him to cancel campaign trips and adding new volatility to a contest already steeped in tension.Trump’s challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, is well ahead in the polls and has made criticism of the Republican’s handling of the coronavirus — and frequent downplaying of the pandemic’s seriousness — a key issue.Trump, in response, has been betting on an evermore aggressive schedule of campaign rallies around the country. The events, which he says prove his true political strength, bring together thousands of people, often without masks and sometimes in contravention of local rules.That strategy is now in doubt, with the White House immediately canceling a planned campaign rally in the crucial swing state of Florida later Friday.It looked certain that Trump would have to cancel a trip scheduled for this weekend in Wisconsin, another battleground. He had also been expected to travel frequently next week, including longer distances to western states.Topics : “We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump wrote.The Indian and US leaders appear to enjoy warm relations, with Modi hosting Trump at a huge US-style rally in his home state of Gujarat in February.In September 2019 Trump and the Indian premier attended a similar event in Houston, Texas dubbed “Howdy Modi” in front of a huge crowd of Indian Americans.Trump first announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump, 50, had tested positive for the virus.last_img read more

Magistrate fines two men $1000 each for carrying offensive weapons

first_imgLocalNews Magistrate fines two men $1000 each for carrying offensive weapons by: – January 6, 2012 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 5 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Court gavel. Photo credit: lazytechguys.comMagistrate Candia Carette-George fined two men of Soufriere $1000.00 each for carrying offensive weapon; to wit a stone, at the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau on Thursday.Donan Jervier and Hugh Tavernier of Soufriere were jointly charged for fighting on the public road and carrying an offensive weapon. Jervier pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charge and guilty to carrying an offensive weapon charge while Tavernier pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charge but not guilty to carrying an offensive weapon charge.Police Prosecutor Sergeant Toussaint who presented the facts to the Court said that on 31st December, 2011 about 3am a civilian called the Soufriere Police Station to report that there was a fight on the main road. Constable Jervier M. responded to the report in his private vehicle alone and met the Defendants each with a stone in their hands quarrelling. The officer took the stones from the Defendants, placed them in his car and questioned them as to what they were doing. They both ignored the officer and ran in search of more stones. The officer then called the Pointe Michel Police Station to assist him, but by the time the other officers arrived, Tavernier had already left the scene and Jervier was taken to the Soufriere Police Station. When cautioned, Jervier replied, ‘What can I say? I misbehave for true I had a stone’. Constable Jervier M. saw Donan Jervier the following morning and cautioned him to which he replied, ‘Well officer, I had to get the stone to defend myself.’ They were both granted bail and the prosecutor informed that neither of them had previous convictions. When asked to make a plea in mitigation for himself, Tavernier explained to the Magistrate that there was an altercation between himself and Jervier but that someone separated them. After which he left and went to point B but Jervier continued discussing the problem with his girlfriend and the same individual who separated them earlier told him to ‘cool out’, that enraged Jervier and he supposedly ‘jumped on the guy’. Tavernier further explained that he saw people running towards the area where Jervier was standing and he also moved towards that area to see what was taking place. Jervier however explained to the Magistrate that he was not in a fight with Tavernier but in a war of words as there was no physical contact. He said after the trouble between himself and Jervier he was speaking to his girlfriend when the guy who separated the earlier confrontation between him and Tavernier ‘jumped’ on him as his mother was holding him and taking him home. “Honestly, Your Worship, that got me upset” because the guy “tossed his mother” and so he went for two stones. He also said he is surprised that the other guy was not brought to Court as he was the one whom he fought with and that he and Tavernier did not fight, they only quarreled. Magistrate Candia Carette-George told the Defendants that she will give them credit for pleading guilty and that they did not waste the Court’s time and that they are first time offenders therefore a custodial sentence would not be imposed. She however admonished them not to allow their emotions and anger to get the better of them, that they must learn to control their anger and calm themselves down when they are faced with these kinds of situations.The magistrate however ordered them to pay a fine of $1000.00 each on or before the 29th of February, 2012 or in default spend three (3) months imprisonment so as to remind them not to come back to the Court. The prosecution did not offer any evidence against the Defendants on the disorderly conduct charge therefore it was struck off for want of prosecution. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Legislative Breakfast planned in Decatur County

first_imgGreensburg, In. — A Legislative Breakfast will be held Saturday, April 6 at the Decatur County REMC. The doors open at 7:45 a.m. and the program will begin at 8 a.m.Local Lawmakers, Republican state representatives Randy Frye from Greensburg, Cindy Zeimke from Batesville and Republican senators Chip Perfect and Jean Leising.Lawmakers will be given10 minutes to state their views and plans for the current session that will be followed by questions from constituents. The event is scheduled to conclude by 9:15 a.m.This is a free event for the public.last_img

The Latest: Barcelona reduces player salaries amid pandemic

first_imgBarcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension.Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve.The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered.___ A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.”Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season.Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended.___ The Latest: Barcelona reduces player salaries amid pandemic Associated Press March 27, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

It’s finally home!

first_imgEngland seal world cup(ESPNCricinfo) – IT was never going to be easy, was it? Two teams without a World Cup title between them in 44 years of the men’s competition. After 100 overs, the last couple of which contained almost as much drama as a few previous finals in their entirety, nothing could separate England and New Zealand. For the first time in World Cup history, a Super Over was required to determine the winner.Asked to score 16 from six balls, Jimmy Neesham struck Jofra Archer’s second legitimate delivery way back into the Mound Stand, making it seven needed from four.A brace of twos followed, before Archer’s bumper took Neesham off strike.Martin Guptill, at the end of a tournament of personal trial, asked to hit two more otherwise England would take the trophy on boundaries scored.Archer found a yorker, Guptill found deep midwicket and Jason Roy’s throw found Guptill short; Jos Buttler completed a full-length stumping to end all those years of hurt and an afternoon of exquisite agony.England had only got close in their chase thanks to Buttler and Ben Stokes, whose 110-run stand lifted the home nation from peril at 86 for 4. The pair walked out again to scramble 15 from an over of Trent Boult: pressure back on New Zealand.They responded by sending out Neesham, a man who not so long ago was contemplating quitting the game, to face Archer, in his 14th ODI. Only one man could finish a hero.That said, there were heroes aplenty on both sides.For the second game in succession, New Zealand put up a score in the region of 240 and defended it with every fibre of their Blackcapped beings.Just when they appeared to have the game won, a man born in Christchurch ripped it from their hands, in a manner at once extraordinary and unbelievable.Stokes finished unbeaten on 89, though like Guptil he too could not manage a two from the final ball of England’s innings to win the game in regulation time.New Zealand had gone into the final over believing that the trophy was in their grasp. England needed 15, Stokes carrying a country’s hopes – not to mention the almost unbearable weight of history – on his shoulders.The first two balls bowled by Boult were dots, before Stokes mowed the third for six into the crowd at midwicket. Then came an intervention that was either cruel or miraculous, depending on your perspective.Stokes, diving for his ground as he attempted to complete a second run, diverted Guptill’s throw off his bat – inadvertantly – past wicketkeeper Tom Latham and away to the rope for four more.Stokes immediately held up his hand in apology, but with no sign that he had changed the course of his run to intercept the throw, it went down as a second consecutive six.That left England needing three from two, though Boult kept his cool to twice run out the non-striker coming back for a second and send the game into a Super Over.The previous over, something almost extraordinary had occurred: having caught Stokes on the boundary at wide long-on, Boult stepped on the rope before he could relay the ball back in to Guptill.Instead of Stokes departing for 63, with England needing 22 off eight and Nos. 9 and 10 at the crease, he was granted another shot at redemption. Instead of Kolkata Part II, this was to become his finest hour, Stokes ultimately crowned man of the match after leading England to victory in a World Cup final at the fourth time of asking.There is a new name on the World Cup, then, but they didn’t half keep the engravers waiting.England had built towards this competition for four years, planned for it, yearned for it – and when the moment came, the outburst was rapturous. Staid and stuffy Lord’s had become a cauldron of emotion long before that last passage of play.New Zealand deserved better than to play the fall guys again.Their captain, Kane Williamson, orchestrated his men in the field to squeeze England’s chase until it became unbearable.last_img read more

Australia beat England by five wickets  to regain T20 top ranking

first_img(REUTERS) – Australia avoided a series whitewash as they survived a mid-innings wobble to beat England by five wickets in the third T20 international and regain their top-ranking in the sport’s shortest format on Tuesday.Having restricted England to 145 for 6 at Southampton they appeared to be cruising as they reached 70-1 off seven overs before three wickets for inspired spinner Adil Rashid slammed the brakes on their progress.But England’s fielding was ragged and they spilled several catches before Mitchell Marsh plundered 13 off paceman Mark Wood’s final over to ease Australian nerves and put them firmly back in the driving seat. In the end it was reasonably comfortable for Australia with Marsh striking the winning single off Chris Jordan with three balls left to finish unbeaten on 39.Jonny Bairstow had earlier top-scored for England with 55 in 44 balls. England won the series 2-1 and will now face Australia in three ODIs in Manchester, starting on Friday.Australia had slipped to second in the ICC’s T20 rankings after falling 2-0 down in the series.Captain Aaron Finch said it was a relief to get a first win on the board since they returned from a long international hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially after throwing away the first match from a winning position. “We know where we messed up in the first game, we know where we could improve. We played good cricket but couldn’t finish it off, but tonight Mitch and Ashton (Agar) got us over the line,” he said. “It’s been great learning curve after a long lay-off.”England, captained by Moeen Ali for the first time with Eoin Morgan having a night off, laboured early on after Josh Hazlewood had Tom Banton caught behind in the second over. Bairstow initially struggled to middle anything and England were 33-1 after the six powerplay overs.Dawid Malan and Bairstow broke the shackles before Malan was out for 21, Marcus Stoinis taking a good catch at deep mid-wicket off spinner Adam Zampa.Bairstow found his range with one huge slog-sweep six off Zampa but the spinner hit back to dismiss Sam Billings who gloved an attempted reverse sweep to Finch.Bairstow was caught and bowled by Agar after top-edging and Steve Smith then superbly caught Moeen on the deep mid-wicket boundary off the rapid bowling of Mitchell Starc. Opener Matthew Wade gave Australia a fast start and after he departed for 14, Stoinis continued the attack.Bairstow dropped a sitter off Finch before Stoinis fell to Curran for 26 off 18.Australia were in danger of imploding when Glenn Maxwell reverse swept Rashid to backward point and two balls later Rashid bowled Finch (39) through the gate with a ripper.Malan failed to even get a hand on a routine catch when Marsh edged Denly but Smith chipped one straight back to Rashid for a routine catch to leave Australia on 100-5. Marsh kept his cool though to guide Australia home.last_img read more

Men’s volleyball to host Stanford, BYU

first_imgSenior outside hitter Jack Wyett was named the AVCA National Player of the Week and the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week foollowing his 13-kill effort against No. 1 Long Beach State Saturday. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) The USC men’s volleyball team remains at home this week to host two conference matches against No. 6 Stanford and No. 10 Brigham Young at Galen Center. The Trojans lead 43-23 in their series against BYU (12-8, 6-3 MPSF) as well but lost 3-1 in their last matchup in February. Sophomore opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernande stands out on offense with 305 kills and 27 service aces in the books. He also leads the defense with 105 digs. Freshman outside hitter Davide Gardini has added 98 digs. The Trojans are undefeated at home this season. Wyett and fellow senior outside hitter Ryan Moss lead the team in kills with 263 and 244, respectively. Grasso is a force on the end line with 17 service aces  this season so far. Moss and sophomore middle blocker Sam Lewis have 42 and 44 blocks, respectively, and senior libero Matt Douglas leads with 116 digs. Wyett was also named the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week and senior outside hitter Gianluca Grasso was named the MPSF Defensive Player of the Week. Although the Trojans have made huge strides this season and the win last weekend was “a great milestone,” Wyett said their end goal is to win a national championship. “Serving and passing is definitely a key element to our success, so if we can accomplish that throughout the match, I think we’ll be OK,” Wyett said. USC is 65-34 in the series against Stanford (14-8, 5-4 MPSF) but lost its last meeting in February 3-2. Sophomore opposite hitter Jaylen Jasper and senior outside hitter Jordan Ewert lead the Cardinal with 292 and 281 kills, respectively. Jasper has also served 18 aces this season. Defensively, redshirt senior libero Kyle Dagostino and junior middle blocker Stephen Moye lead with 159 digs and 70 blocks, respectively.center_img Against such elite competition, Wyett said the Trojans will focus on efficiency in their two matches this weekend. Looking at how the Trojans have grown this season, Wyett said the team is stronger, more cohesive and having a lot more fun. Senior outside hitter Jack Wyett was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week after an impressive showing against Long Beach State, hitting .579 to put up 13 kills, four digs, an ace and a block. “When you get wins like this it definitely makes you stronger, and it makes you appreciate everyone else on the court that much more, knowing that they want you to win just as much as you want yourself to win,” Wyett said. USC (13-8, 4-4 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) moved up from No. 11 to No. 9 this week after beating top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Long Beach State in a major upset Saturday night. This marks USC’s highest ranking since the 2015 season. The Trojans are back on their usual home court at Galen Center after playing two weeks in the North Gym due to scheduling conflicts. The Stanford game is set for 7 p.m. Friday and the Brigham Young game 7 p.m. Saturday. Both matches will be broadcasted on Pac-12 Networks.last_img read more