Taking the Nelson Mandela Route

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Route starts in the Eastern Cape, in King William’s Town, which began as a London-based Missionary Station in 1826 and provides a backdrop to early European influences in a struggle region of British, Boer and Xhosa conflicts.The town’s Amathole Museum has a Xhosa Gallery, Missionary Museum and German Settlers display. The grave of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko is also in the town.The Mandela Route moves through Bhisho, home of the provincial government, and takes a scenic drive on the N2 to Mthatha, which hosts the Nelson Mandela Museum.The museum is a collection of heritage sectors spread across three locations: Qunu, Mveso and Mthatha. A display reflecting the life and times of Mandela can be found at the Bhunga Building section of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha.Mandela has received thousands of gifts from presidents, groups and ordinary people. Accepted on behalf of the people of South Africa, they are in safe-keeping at the museum for the benefit and appreciation of the nation. Artefacts ranging from children’s letters to bejeweled camel covers say more about the donors than their famous recipient.Scenes from Mandela’s childhoodThe second sector of the museum is the Community Museum and Youth & Heritage Centre in the village of Qunu, where Mandela spent his childhood.Here, tourists can view the remains of young Nelson’s primary school, the rock he used to slide down with friends, and the graveyard where his son, daughter and parents are buried – all set in the rolling hills of Pondoland, where Mandela grazed his family’s cattle.Alongside the N2 is Mandela’s current home, where he entertains a steady stream of people from the neighbouring village and holds an annual party for children on his birthday. A tunnel running under the N2 allows visitors to “cross” the road in safety.A thatched open-air museum at Mveso – the third sector of the Nelson Mandela Museum – shelters a photographic exhibition depicting significant moments in Mandela’s life. Nearby are the remains of the homestead where Mandela was born and raised.Free guided tours of all three sectors of the Nelson Mandela Museum can be arranged via the museum in Mthatha.The Mandela Route then moves back to East London, which has a museum housing a superb collection of southern Nguni beadwork.Staying on the trail of the man himself, one has to leave the Eastern Cape, as he did.Mandela in JohannesburgThe Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg is a state-of-the-art tribute to the rise and fall of apartheid. Twenty-two exhibition areas take the visitor on an emotional journey through a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination.It was put together on a seven-hectare site by a team of curators, film-makers, historians, designers and architects. Film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts depict the epic saga of apartheid.Mandela’s humble house in Orlando West, Soweto has been turned into the Mandela Family Museum. It houses an assortment of memorabilia, paintings, photographs and collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Mandela from universities around the world.This matchbox home at 8115 Ngakane Street was the abode that Mandela shared with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase. She moved out after their divorce in 1957, and when Winnie Madikizela married Mandela in 1958, she then moved into this Soweto home.Mandela seldom stayed here as he was living life on the run as the “black pimpernel”. Nearby is the Hector Pieterson Memorial to the schoolboy shot during the June 16 riots of 1976, as well as the home of Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu.Mandela’s larger-than-life character and famous “Madiba jive” are also captured in an outsize 6 metre statue at the upmarket shopping destination Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) – a prime photo opportunity for tourists.This famous builder of bridges between people has also had the largest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa named after him. It links the Johannesburg central business district of Newtown and the northern parts of the city.Robben IslandFinally – or firstly? – to Robben Island, off the coastline of Cape Town.The famous prison has incarcerated indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and British settler soldiers and civilians, women and anti-apartheid activists, including South Africa’s first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.Today it is a museum which acts as a focal point for South African heritage. Ex-political prisoners act as tour guides in a place of exile and imprisonment which epitomises the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.last_img read more

Public health scientist hopes to take his activism to Congress

first_img Follow our rolling coverage of 2018’s science candidatesHARRISBURG—Eric Ding gave himself a scant 10 weeks to win the Democratic primary for a seat in the U.S. Congress from central Pennsylvania. It’s the latest challenge for the 35-year-old public health scientist, who’s been in a hurry ever since doctors removed a large tumor from his chest as a teenager.The successful surgery led him to choose public health as his career, and it didn’t take him long to make an impact. By the age of 23, he had earned doctoral degrees in nutrition and epidemiology from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) in Boston.As a sideline to his graduate work, he co-authored a meta-analysis of the harmful effects of Vioxx, a hugely popular painkiller that had recently been withdrawn. The 2006 paper in The Journal of the American Medical Association received national media coverage. Over the past decade, he’s helped build one of the first web-based platforms to raise money for cancer research and promote healthy lifestyles and more recently, he created a site to help communities learn whether their children are at risk from high lead levels in the water.So in February, when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out a Republican-drawn map of the state’s 18 congressional districts and created a new one that wasn’t based on partisan politics, Ding sensed an opportunity to step up his activism. Declaring his candidacy on 27 February, the first-time candidate seems to relish the challenge of having so little time before the 15 May primary to connect with voters in the 10th congressional district (PA-10), near where he grew up before leaving the area for college 15 years ago.“Our race is very difficult because we don’t have 6 to 9 months to fundraise and meet everyone at town halls,” he explains during a recent interview at his campaign headquarters here. “So everything is compressed. It’s intense.” The science candidates: races to watch in 2018 Public health scientist hopes to take his activism to Congress How a Pennsylvania industrial engineer became the odds-on favorite to win a seat in Congress Eric Ding often cites his public health research in wooing voters in Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district. Pennsylvania is a key battleground in the fight for control of the next Congress, and scientists are in the middle of that fight. In February, the state’s highest court threw out a Republican-drawn map of the state’s 18 congressional districts and installed one that, for the most part, eliminates partisan gerrymandering. Those new districts helped push some Republican incumbents into retirement, while at the same time prompting many first-time Democratic candidates to run for seats that now appear winnable.The result is a political free-for-all in which veteran campaign watchers are hedging their bets on who the winners might be. “I haven’t seen a single poll, and without a poll, you can’t begin to make a guess,” says political scientist Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College (F&M) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he directs the Center for Politics and Public Affairs and runs the F&M Poll. A crowded field, he says, simply adds to the confusion. This story is the last in a three-part series on candidates with considerable scientific training who are running as Democrats for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania. 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Knocking on doors in a residential neighborhood here, Ding wastes no time describing how his personal medical crisis motivated his choice of careers. Health care is also the centerpiece of his campaign, and he frames the need for universal health coverage as a matter of expanding personal freedom. He hopes that approach will win over enough Republicans and independents to help him topple the Republican incumbent, Representative Scott Perry, should Ding defeat the three other Democrats running in the primary.“Do you think health care is an important issue?” he prompts several residents after they fail to answer his question about what they are most worried about. “Well, the doctors at [Milton S.] Hershey Medical Center [in his district] saved my life. And that’s when I decided to become a public health scientist.”One attentive homeowner gets a full dose of Ding’s major talking points: “I’ve dedicated my career to fighting injustices in the health care system,” he tells her. “I was a whistleblower fighting the big drug companies that were selling a dangerous drug. Then I helped lead the fight against lead poisoning, like in Flint [Michigan]. I’ve never worked for a corporation, and I want to take that fight to Washington [D.C].”The front porch is a tough place to discuss how to reform the ailing U.S. health care system. One resident, a retired state employee, says he’s in good health and that his top priority is getting motorists to slow down and not run the stop sign at the end of the block—something over which a member of Congress has no input. However, another resident seemed to take up Ding’s invitation by disclosing that his wife has recently been diagnosed with cancer and that she has waited 6 months to begin treatment.The comment rang Ding’s bell. He explains that the current incentive system in medicine is badly flawed and that doctors should get paid based on their success in treating people rather than on the number of tests they order. Then he pauses, hoping that explanation will strike a chord.But the homeowner doesn’t see the connection to his wife’s condition. “The doctors are just dragging their feet,” he mutters. After walking away, Ding rejects the suggestion that he might have misunderstood the speaker and moves onto the next house.His heartfelt appreciationA misdiagnosis helps explain why Ding is pounding the pavement here, the state capital and largest city in the mostly rural district he hopes to represent. His parents, who emigrated from Shanghai, China, when he was 5 years old, certainly had no idea their son would someday strive to become an elected official. “They aren’t very political,” he says. “My mom is a very shy professor of education at a local university [in nearby Shippensburg, Pennsylvania].”On the other hand, education was a priority. His mother’s first academic job after earning her Ph.D. in education instruction from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln required her to teach psychology and statistics. She had never studied either subject, he says, so over the summer she purchased and pored over a 26-volume PBS series on each discipline. “And I watched them with her, twice,” Ding recalls. “I was in third grade. I didn’t have a lot of friends. And it was my first foray into real science.”In high school, he was chosen for a highly competitive statewide summer program for gifted students, and a chest x-ray as part of a routine physical revealed a tumor the size of a baseball attached to his heart and extending to his lungs and thymus. “Based on where the tumor was, they thought it was a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma [NHL],” he says. “And NHL is 95% fatal. So it was pretty scary. But weeks later they discovered it was a different type of tumor, and benign.”As an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Ding majored in public health and “fell in love with epidemiology.” The next stop was HSPH, where he stood out for wanting to do more than just take the next big step onto the academic ladder.“He has a strong passion for public health research and policy, which set him apart from others who were primarily interested in publishing papers in their specific area,” says Frank Hu, chair of the nutrition department at HSPH and one of Ding’s advisers. “He wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. And I think running for Congress speaks to that passion and to his dream.”Ding’s appetite for public health advocacy seems unlimited. While a postdoc at HSPH, he entered medical school at nearby Boston University with the help of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. But after a year he dropped out.“I thought I wanted to be a physician-scientist,” he recalls. “But I realized that my real passion was to be a changemaker. Life is short, and it’s about what you do, not the number of letters after your name.” He repaid the balance of the scholarship, and retained his ties to the family of billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros, several of whom have donated to his campaign.Ding returned to HSPH as an instructor and research scientist. But again, that wasn’t the only thing on his plate. He watched with amazement as his Campaign for Cancer Research grew to some 6 million users as a Facebook app before being absorbed by a new media company. He also began working with Microclinic International, a nonprofit working on global disease prevention and health management.After others sounded the alarm over lead poisoning in Flint, Ding used his skills in analyzing massive data sets to create ToxinAlert.org. “By the time a child is tested for lead poisoning, it’s already too late,” he explains. “The brain damage has already happened. So the only way to prevent it is to have a public alert system. And that’s why we aggregated data from USGS the U.S. Geological Survey] and EPA [the Environmental Protection Agency]—which is almost impossible to find, by the way—in one place, showing the water quality in that area.”Fighting for recognitionDing is married to Andrea Feigl-Ding, a health economist with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In 2015, after Feigl-Ding completed her Ph.D. from HSPH, Ding began reducing his workload there. By the fall of 2017, Ding had returned to central Pennsylvania to sniff out the possibility of running for Congress. A friend put him in touch with 314 Action, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania–based organization that helps scientists and engineers run for office, and Ding says the staff tutored him in what it would take. “They came down and coached me in person, spending days and weekends with me.”Their advice, he says, supplemented what he already knew from working on other political campaigns in the Boston area, and from friends who also decided to run for Congress in 2018. His network includes Daniel Koh, a young politico seeking an open House of Representatives seat in a heavily Democrat district in eastern Massachusetts, and Brayden Olson, a web entrepreneur who briefly sought the Democratic nomination for an open seat in Seattle, Washington.The key to victory in PA-10, Ding says, will be gaining sufficient name recognition in a four-way race of political novices. A win would also serve as a springboard for the November general election contest against Perry in a solidly Republican district.His 30-second ad that is airing on local TV addresses both those objectives. It starts with Ding, who is labeled “public health scientist” and shown in a lab, shaking a pillbox. He explains how he “fought to protect families” against drugs that “caused heart attacks and kidney failure.” Then he ends with a plea to viewers “to fight [U.S. President] Donald Trump.”*Correction, 9 May, 1 p.m.: This article has been updated to correct Ding’s age. The science vote Postdoc hopes Pennsylvania voters will help her re-engineer how to run for Congress By Jeffrey MervisMay. 9, 2018 , 9:00 AM Follow our rolling coverage of 2018’s science candidateslast_img read more

Roma work on Smalling deal

first_imgRoma have begun working on a permanent deal for Chris Smalling after the defender’s strong start on loan from Manchester United. Smalling is already a fans’ favourite at Roma, putting a muscle problem behind him to feature in all of the Giallorossi’s last five games. Now, according to Gianluca Di Marzio and Il Tempo, sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is making plans to thrash out a permanent transfer in the coming weeks. The Englishman’s move to the Olimpico at the end of August was only a dry loan, although the Lupi paid United €3m to borrow him. Despite Roma’s chronic injury problems, he has forged a quick understanding with fellow new boy Gianluca Mancini at centre-back. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Video: Dabo Swinney Hit The Whip During Clemson’s Post-Game Dance Party

first_imgHead coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers is dunked with Gatorade during the fourth quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers is dunked with Gatorade during the fourth quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Clemson picked up a massive win, knocking off Notre Dame at home on Saturday night, so you know head coach Dabo Swinney was ready to dance. After the game, and a very awkward post-game interview that was accidentally cut off by ESPN, Swinney got down in the locker room, swinging a towel and hitting the Whip. We cannot confirm whether or not he added in the Nae Nae as well.With the win, Clemson danced its way to sixth in both the AP and Coaches Polls this week. The Tigers look to be in very good position to make a run at an ACC Championship, with Florida State struggling in recent weeks.last_img read more

Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump sons visit to India

first_imgNEW DELHI – “Trump has arrived. Have you?” shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper.The ads, which have run repeatedly in the past few days, herald the arrival not of the American president but of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who is in New Delhi to sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on wealthy Indians who have already bought units in a Trump-branded development outside the Indian capital.The newspaper ads promise that buyers who order apartments in the development by Thursday will get “a conversation and dinner” with Trump Jr. a day later.President Trump has pledged to avoid any new foreign business deals during his term in office to avoid potential ethical conflicts. While the projects that Trump Jr. is promoting in India were inked before his father was elected, ethics experts have long seen the use of the Trump name to promote even existing business ventures as tricky territory.The distinction between old and new projects can be hazy, they note, and new deals can be shoehorned into old.Several foreign deals touted over the past year by the Trump sons have “stretched the definition of what ventures were previously in the works,” said Scott H. Amey, general counsel for the non-partisan Project on Government Oversight in Washington.“The president should be putting the public’s interest before his business interests. That can’t happen if his son is flying around the world trying to trade on the fact that his father is sitting in the Oval Office.”This isn’t the first time that President Trump’s sons have raised ethical concerns as they promote their eponymous brand across the world.Early last year Trump Jr. and his brother Eric opened a Trump-branded golf club in Dubai.The brothers, who now lead the Trump Organization, watched as fireworks lit the sky over the Trump International Golf Club to mark the event.On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump Jr. posed for photos in New Delhi with Indian developers building complexes in four cities. Among the business partners accompanying him was Kalpesh Mehta who heads Tribeca, the firm described as the main Indian partner for Trump-brand real estate projects.Mehta came to notice soon after President Trump’s November election victory, when pictures of him and two other Trump Indian real estate partners with the president-elect in New York made a big splash in Indian and American media.Later in the week, Trump Jr. is scheduled to give a speech about Indo-Pacific relations at a New Delhi business summit, sharing the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Trump Jr. may be raising another set of ethics concerns by offering his thoughts on international relations, said Lawrence Noble, senior director of the non-profit Campaign Legal Center in Washington.“The assumption is he has his father’s ear,” Noble said. “By talking about international relations and sharing the stage with government officials, he’s acting as an informal ambassador for the U.S. at the same time he’s selling properties in India. It just blurs the lines even more.”Trump Jr. is on a private visit and the State Department has not interacted with him regarding his meetings or his speech, spokesman Heather Nauert said from Washington. “Mr. Trump’s comments during the trip reflect his personal views and not necessarily those of the U.S. government.”In Gurgaon, the sprawling and ever-growing New Delhi satellite city where a new Trump Towers will eventually rise, the construction site is just mountains of dirt and unruly shrubbery, one of many residential projects yet to be built. Buyers can hope to move into their swanky homes sometime in 2023.For miles upon miles, the landscape is little more than tin-roofed huts for construction labourers and tiny makeshift food shacks to keep them fed.And while there’s almost nothing at the Trump construction site, a handful of burly guards enthusiastically insisted on keeping journalists out of the area.The Trump Organization has licensing agreements with all its Indian business partners, who build the properties and acquire the Trump name in exchange for a fee. The organization has five projects in India, making it the brand’s largest market outside the United States. A luxury complex is already open in the central city of Pune, with other developments in varying stages of construction in the coastal cities of Mumbai and Kolkata, and two in Gurgaon.The apartments are expensive, though not outrageously so in the overheated real estate world of the Indian rich. Still, in a country of 1.3 billion, where many people can barely afford $100 a month to rent a shack in a crowded shantytown, apartments in the Trump Towers complex in Gurgaon run between $775,000 and $1.5 million.The rest of the details of Donald Trump Jr.’s itinerary are hazy despite repeated emails to the Trump Organization and its Indian partner Tribeca. However, local media have reported that he is slated to visit other Trump projects across India.On Wednesday he is expected to be in the eastern city of Kolkata to promote luxury housing bearing his family name there. On Thursday he is reported to be in India’s business capital, Mumbai, where he is to quaff champagne with the city’s elite at a reception hosted by the Lodha Group, the real estate company that is building the golden-hued Trump Tower there.Trump Jr.’s visit so far has been very different from his sister Ivanka Trump’s high-visibility visit to India in November, when she led the U.S. contingent at a global business conference. The city of Hyderabad filled up potholes and cleared away beggars ahead of her visit. Modi flew to Hyderabad for the conference and hosted her for dinner at a historic palace turned hotel. Television stations broadcast her speech live.In contrast, Trump Jr.’s visit seems all about keeping the spotlight on business.___AP Writers Stephen Braun and Matthew Lee contributed to this report from Washington.last_img read more

KKR-Kings XI Punjab face each other in must-win match

first_imgMohali: Staring at elimination, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab will lock horns in a battle of survival in Friday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match, here. The two teams are languishing at the bottom half of the table and need to win on Friday to keep alive their remote Play-off chances. Both KKR and Kings XI have 10 points from 12 matches but the Kolkata outfit is placed a rung above Punjab at sixth in the eight-team competition by virtue of a better net run-rate. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBoth KKR and Kings XI had a decent outing in the first half of the tournament before losing the plot in the all-important second phase. After registering four wins and one loss in the first five games, KKR suffered six defeats in a row that derailed their campaign. Although KKR return to winning ways against Mumbai Indians in their last game, the Dinesh Karthik-led side need to register victories in their final two games to have an outside chance of qualifying for the Play-offs. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe KKR top-order — Shubman Gill (75), Chris Lynn (54) and Andre Russell (80 not out) fired in unison in their last match against Mumbai Indians to lift the side to a mammoth 232 for two, a total which the bowling unit defended to register a much-needed 34-run win. Russell has been in ominous form for KKR this season and is the third highest scorer so far with 486 runs from 12 games at a staggering strike rate of 207.69. And on Friday, KKR would look for yet another superb show from the top-order to negate the team’s frailties. But if batting is their strength, KKR’s weak link is the bowling department. Veteran campaigners like Sunil Narine (2/4) and Piyush Chawla (1/57) leaked runs against MI in their last match and if not for the cushion of 230 plus score, KKR could have lost the match. Russell though was brilliant with the ball too, registering figures of impressive figures of 2 for 25. Just like KKR, Kings XI too had an erratic campaign so far and are on a three-match losing streak, going into Friday’s game. Their situation is worse than KKR as they have a negative net run rate, which eventually can come into the picture.last_img read more

Trojans fans are comfortable but will that be the case Saturday

As we all know, one of college football’s most anticipated games is upon us. The Buckeyes will face the Trojans in the ‘Shoe this weekend, to try and gain some revenge after their defeat in Southern California last year. We all know what Ohio State fans are talking about, revenge, home field advantage, freshman quarterback, new defense, etc. But what about those USC fans? What are they talking about? Roy Manukyan is a junior at the University of Southern California studying accounting. He has grown up in the Los Angeles area and has always been a USC fan. A year ago, Roy was predicting big things out of running back Joe McKnight, and predicting a close USC win over Ohio State. But after last year’s performance, what are students at USC thinking and feeling about this weekend’s big show? “USC students are confident and excited,” Manukyan said. “Because of the result of the last game, there seems to be a lower level of excitement than a year ago. There is no question, however, that this game is much more meaningful to the future of the USC Trojans.” However, Maukyan was a little more hesitant to admit personal belief in an easy USC victory. “We are expecting a victory, though my personal opinion is that it is going to be much more difficult than most students anticipate,” he said. Coach Jim Tressel is highly regarded around Ohio State, but lately, some have been questioning his decision-making. Tressel does not have a great record in non-conference games on the national stage. But, nonetheless, you can find t-shirts that read “In Tressel we Trust,” or posters boasting Tressel’s impressive record against Michigan. Coach Pete Carroll is arguably one of the most impressive and successful coaches in college football, and that idea is not lost on USC students. “The general mantra around campus is ‘In Carroll We Trust,’” Manukyan said. That is what Manukyan, along with other USC students and fans tell themselves when they consider that USC is playing their first true freshman at starting quarterback in 11 years since Carson Palmer took the reins in five starts in 1998.Matt Barkley, who played and started his first college football game in USC’s season opener against San Jose State, is the first true freshman to ever start in a USC season opener. Barkely was 15-of-19 for 233 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Trojan’s 56-3 victory over San Jose State. “Most people were holding their breath when Barkley took the field against San Jose State, and after Barkley got over his first quarter jitters he really proved himself to the USC fans,” Manukyan said. “If he can maintain his solid first game performance and keep his veins icy I think he should do just fine.” But, despite his confidence in the young quarterback, Manukyan said that most fans are expecting Carroll to play conservatively against Ohio State, with a lot of runs, screen plays and short passes. “I don’t think Pete is going to let Barkley throw bombs downfield,” Manukyan said. “At least not early in the game.” As for the young and inexperienced Trojan defense, Manukyan said that USC fans believe the core is much more solid than the nation is giving them credit for. “USC has traditionally had problems with scrambling quarterbacks, and I think Jim is going to let Pryor be Pryor,” Manukyan said. “But, one thing that Jim is not going to do is let Pryor throw the ball anywhere within twenty feet of Taylor Mays.” It shouldn’t come as a surprise that USC fans are confident in their team and coach. But with a freshman quarterback and a defense that is missing eight of last season’s starters, everything is up in the air heading into this weekend’s battle. Luckily for the Buckeyes, the likes of Manukyan will be in the minority on Saturday as around 100,000 Buckeye fans will fill Ohio Stadium, ready to cheer their team to victory. read more

One person dies on local freeway

first_img CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – One person was killed when a Ford Mustang crashed on Interstate 5 in Chula Vista, just five hours into 2018.The Mustang crashed in the left lane and center divider on the freeway at H Street in Chula Vista, the dispatcher said. At least two other cars hit the wreckage.Debris was strewn across the freeway blocking all lanes.No name was immediately released. One person dies on local freeway KUSI Newsroom, January 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: chula vista FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Fred Meyer Stores Begin Phasing Out Plastic Bags

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fred Meyer, which is owned by Kroger announced that they will phase out plastic bags by 2019 in all of their grocery stores. Currently around the state Hooper Bay and Bethel have bans on plastic shopping bags in effect. The City of Homer enacted a law banning plastic bags in August of 2012; however, in February of 2013 a citizen’s referendum was filed and in October of 2013 the voters of the City of Homer repealed the plastic bag ban. Kroger Co. will start today at a chain of stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores next year. The company said it will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025. Kroger Co. orders about 6 billion bags each year for its stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, which cater to almost 9 million people daily through two dozen different grocery chains, according to  release from the company. The City of Wasilla enacted a similar law banning plastic bags in January of 2018, that went into effect on July 1. Anchorage is currently in negotiations for a similar bag ban. The Soldotna City Council passed an ordinance back in April that bans the distribution of plastic shopping bags by retail businesses in the City of Soldotna. The Fred Meyer in Soldotna has until November 1 to phase out plastic bags after the Soldotna City Council enacted a city-wide ban.last_img read more

Sterling Man Arrested In Sexual Assault Case From 2001

first_imgThe DNA matched to a known DNA profile for Perzechino in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). CODIS is a national database of DNA profiles from known individuals as well as from unknown suspects. He was extradited from the Philippines in August 2019. Upon landing in Seattle, Perzechino appeared in front of a Washington judge and waived extradition to Alaska. Perzechino will be arraigned by an Alaska judge upon his return to the state. Carmen Daniel Perzechino Jr., 57, was indicted on March 13, 2019, by a Kenai grand jury on two counts of first degree sexual assault and one count of kidnapping for crimes allegedly committed on January 20, 2001. The indictment came after the sexual assault kit was tested as part of the SAKI project. Anyone with information about this or other crimes committed by Perzechino should contact the Alaska State Troopers. The indictment and charges against Perzechino are allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A fugitive wanted for a sexual assault that occurred near Sterling 18 years ago is being extradited to Alaska after his DNA proved a match in an Alaska State Troopers Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) investigation. Perzechino is believed to have left the United States early last February after Troopers renewed their investigation into the 2001 sexual assault report. Troopers requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force in locating Perzechino.last_img read more