Missing 1-year-old girl may be endangered amid ‘suspicious’ death in her home, police say

first_imgAnsonia Police Department(ANSONIA, Conn.) — A 1-year-old girl is missing and Connecticut authorities fear she may be endangered.Venessa Morales, 1, was living inside a home in the city of Ansonia where there is “an active suspicious death investigation,” according to a press release from the Ansonia Police Department on Tuesday.Police said that while Venessa was not in the home, “we have not been able to locate her” since the body was discovered Monday night.Authorities were initially called to the house for a welfare check after family members had not been able to contact the Morales family for a couple of days and “were concerned,” Lynch said.Officers arrived at the home before 8 p.m. and found evidence outside that prompted them to force entry, according to authorities.It was then that they said they found a victim. Authorities would not say how the victim is related to Venessa.Family members told police the little girl “was always at the house,” Lynch said.Authorities are waiting for the medical examiner to determine the official cause and manner of death into the victim.Ansonia is located about 10 miles west of New Haven.Venessa has brown hair and brown eyes, police said.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ansonia Police Department at 203-735-1885.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

WarnerMedia, AEW extend TV deal through 2023, agree to launch second weekly show

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year“When we launched AEW one year ago, we wanted to start a revolution that would disrupt the wrestling business, but everyone said that it would take a strong weekly television partner to make AEW real in the eyes of everyone — above all, the fans,” Tony Khan, the president and CEO of AEW, said in a news release. “What virtually no one realized at the time was Kevin Reilly and TNT were committed to this very same movement from Day One, and their belief in us made it possible for AEW to think and act big from the start. Here we are, only three months into Wednesday Night Dynamite, and now we’ve been extended through 2023! We’re now making the ultimate statement that the team of AEW and TNT is here to stay and to bring fans more of the great wrestling that the fans demand and deserve.” Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting that AEW is receiving rights fees as part of the new agreement, with WarnerMedia paying the wrestling company $175 million for the four-year deal. It also includes an option for 2024 at an increased price.As for the new weekly hourlong show, The Wrap’s Tony Maglio spoke with Kevin Reilly — president of TNT & TBS and chief content officer for HBO Max — who said that TNT is taking over the YouTube series “AEW Dark.” While the series currently streams on Tuesdays, Reilly doesn’t know what weeknight it will air but added that it will be on TNT. And it might not air 52 weeks a year, either.  All Elite Wrestling has had big aspirations since it launched its weekly television show last October. So far, the company has impressed and now it is being rewarded.On Wednesday, AEW and WarnerMedia announced a new four-year deal to air “Dynamite” on TNT through the end of 2023. Plus, the two sides are expanding their relationship and will add another hourlong weekly show at some point this year. Reilly envisions the cable version of “AEW Dark” as being a different kind of show that will include behind-the-scenes and “docu-follow stuff” that will focus on the athletes and the stories.As for what night that show might air, Tuesdays would make the most sense; that night was heavily considered for “Dynamite” before it landed on Wednesdays.Would AEW dare go up against WWE “Monday Night RAW?” TNA Impact did that years ago and quickly retreated after only four weeks, but the wrestling landscape is much different now and AEW is already a stronger company.last_img read more

Bombers overcome jitters to take down Eagles in Kootenay AA Boy’s Hoop Final

first_imgThe rest of the team joined in during the final period as the Bombers increased the lead to 19-4 run to secure the win.“I thought our zone press worked really well for us,” said Zukowski as LVR’s pressure created several Eagle turnovers that led to easy fast-break baskets.Zukowski finished the game with 25 points while Sturrup added 21.Spencer had 11 and Eberle and Erich Schepkonski each finished with six points.N. Randhawa led the Eagles with 17.LVR defeated Grand Forks in one semi final while the Eagles got past the Hawks from Trail to advance to the final.David Thompson of Invermere and Prince Charles Comets of Creston finished fifth and sixth, respectively.The Bombers return to the Hangar court for training while waiting for the 16-team tournament draw.“I’m excited about the tournament,” Zukowski exclaimed. “We went last year and played in the big (TCC Fieldhouse) gym so because we’ve been there before hopefully we’ll be able to do better.”The Bombers finished the 2012 event in 15th spot.OVERTIME: The Bombers played without Jesse Zak for most of the game. The senior starter suffered a hamstring injury early in the first quarter and was held out of the final by the training staff. . . .The tournament organizing committee at LVR honoured former teacher Blair D’Andrea with a plague on the scorer’s table, which read: Dedicated to “Coach Drey” Blair D’Andrea . . . Always a Bomber in Our Hearts. Blair D’Andrea died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday. He coached the LVR Junior Boys to a Provincial title in 2001. Maybe it was the pressure of being the pre-tournament favourite.Possibly the 200-plus hoop fans present in the Hangar was the cause for the mistake-filled performance in the first half.Whatever the reason, once the home side dusted off the A-Game there was no stopping the defending Kootenay champ as the Bombers throttled the Golden Eagles 75-43 Saturday at the L.V. Rogers Hangar in the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Basketball Final.The Bombers now make a return trip back to represent the zone at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships March 6-9 in Kamloops.“We just came out too jumpy, we were over excited a little bit but once we got into our offence and calmed down we blew them away,” a beaming Bomber captain Matt Zukowski said a few minutes after receiving the Kootenay Championship trophy from LVR Athletic Director Val Gibson.Zukowski, along with the entire starting lineup, did not have a great opening 20 minutes.That goes the same for the Bomber bench as the team missed countless lay-ups and in-close shots to lead 14-12 after one quarter and 26-21 at recess.But a late bucket with only a few seconds left on the clock before halftime by Tobin Eberle and some words of wisdom from the Bomber coaching staff made for a different second half for the home side.Bombers rang up 49 points on the Eagles, 18 coming from Zukowski who cut through the Golden interior defence to pick up most of his points.“I was sweating a little bit,” Zukowski confessed heading into the halftime break. “But (head coach) Ross (Naka) just told us to settle down and run the offence and it worked out in the end.”Once the third quarter started it was like there was a different team inside the Bomber home jerseys.Zukowski began taking the ball inside where he was able to score 12 points.Senior teammate Jack Sturrup added eight points while Isaiah Kingdon and Cail Spencer adds a few buckets.last_img read more

Johnson, Craig book tickets into A semi final at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Championships

first_imgThe two rinks meet Wednesday morning in Draw 4 with a shot at advancing to the A event final in the evening against the winner of Jim Cotter and Glen Jackson and the top spot in the Page Playoffs.Against Joanisse, Johnson took control of the game by scoring two in the sixth and eighth ends. He finished the 2015 finalist off with a steal of one in the ninth.Meanwile, Craig and Geall exchanged body blows throughout the contest with Geall rallying back from a 6-3 deficit by scoring a triple in the ninth end.In the tenth, however, Craig was able to keep the ice clean enough to get his single point to secure the win.In other B event games, Jason Montgomery of Victoria outlasted Will House of Richmond 8-6; Daniel Wenzek of Langley, with Nelson Fred Thomson on the rink as a spare, blasted Neil Dangerfield of Victoria 9-3 and Jeff Richard of Kelowna got back into the win column by outlasting Mark Longworth of Vernon 11-10. Richard won the game the hard way, scoring two in the ninth before stealing a pair in the tenth end.Action continues Thursday with draws scheduled for 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Michael Johnson and Wes Craig booked tickets into the A semi final after posting wins during the evening draw at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championships Wednesday at the Nelson Curling Club.Johnson, third Chris Baier, second Ty Dilello and lead Mitch Young, was able to double Royal City Curling Club teammate Dean Joanisse 6-3 while Craig, edged Sean Geall 7-6.last_img read more

Bruins Dylan Haney earns KIJHL Honorable Mention for September

first_imgDylan Haney of the Grand Forks Border Bruins earned Honourable Mention status as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League announced September Players of the Month.Brock Lefebvre of the Creston Valley Thunder for the award edged out the 20-year-old native of Brandon, Manitoba. Haney finished the opening month on the KIJHL season with eight goals, seven assists and four power play goals as the Bruins shot up into top spot in the Murdoch Division.Also earning Honourable Mention were Paxton Malone and Mason Jones of Spokane and Thomas Cankovic of Creston Valley Thunder.Daniel Stone of Osoyoos Coyotes took September Player of the Month in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.Adam Jones of Osoyoos, Pat Brady of Chase Heat, Drew Carter of Princeton Posse and Kole Comin of Kamloops Storm earned Honourable Mention.Grand Forks, 5-2-1 and winners of won four straight games, travels to Creston Friday to meet the Thunder Cats.Saturday the Bruins host Fernie Ghostriders at 7 p.m. in the Grand Forks Arena.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 9, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will provide the first 5,000 attendees on Saturday a beautiful American Pharoah, Triple Crown Champion collectable print, free of charge with paid General Admission. Each item will be accompanied by a protective plastic roll-up sleeve.The print showcases the Bob Baffert-conditioned Triple Crown Champ and jockey Victor Espinoza in three must-see shots . . . winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes . . . and thereby becoming racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years this past Saturday. (All photos were shot by acclaimed equine photographer, Skip Dickstein).First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. (Please note, the American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion poster will not be available in Santa Anita’s Infield Area). –30–last_img read more

US aviation firm eyes SA for growth

first_img29 April 2011As part of its growing focus on the African market, US aviation company Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has appointed Johannesburg-based Absolute Aviation as an exclusive Beechcraft distributor for sub-Saharan Africa.HBC has also identified the South African commercial environment as offering some of the best growth prospects of any country in the world.“Africa represents a huge opportunity for us as travel around the continent is becoming increasingly important,” HBC president for Europe, Middle East and Africa Sean McGeough said in a statement this week.Based at Lanseria International Airport north of Johannesburg, Absolute Aviation offers aviation consulting services to companies or individuals wishing to acquire and operate an aircraft, or for existing aircraft owners who require a turnkey operational management service.“We have already seen strong interest in our aircraft from a number of organisations, including multi-nationals based there,” he said. “The addition of Absolute Aviation to our network provides further impetus to strong Beechcraft sales in the region.”Demand for business aircraft to growHBC’s King Air models are particularly popular in Africa as a result of their durability, reliability, fuel-efficiency and the ability to operate almost anywhere, making it an ideal choice of transportation for corporate executives travelling throughout Africa.“As the country and the continent develop, demand for business aircraft will grow dramatically to provide access to remote parts of the region, cover vast distances and also help counter the limitations of the transportation infrastructure, which is under-developed compared to other parts of the world,” McGeough said.“Travelling by business aircraft is therefore not only often the quickest way to travel, but sometimes the only option.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Labour laws ‘balance’ needed: Gordhan

first_imgSouth Africa may only create four-million jobs by 2025 on its current growth trajectory unless it modifies some of its labour policies, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday. However, this would be done in the awareness of the bitter struggle fought against apartheid for human rights, decent work and decent wages, he said. 18 August 2011 According to Statistics SA, South Africa’s official unemployment rate currently stands at 25.7%. Under the expanded definition of unemployment – which refers to people of working age without work and available to start work that week, but who had not looked for work in the four weeks before the Stats SA interview – 7.67-million South Africans were unemployed. Unless such changes were made, “we will not be able to make the breakthrough we need to create jobs in South Africa,” Gordhan said. “… we are not going to lose what we have gained through hard struggles.” New Growth Path “This is not enough to make a significant dent in unemployment,” the minister told an internal auditors conference in Johannesburg.center_img Gordhan said laws might also have to be relaxed to allow young people to enter the workplace and gain skills and experience at lower wages, but not at the expense of people who already had jobs. For example, a balance needed to be found to retain the jobs of the 10 000 people working at clothing factories in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, while still allowing them to earn a reasonable wage and keeping the factories open. Factories in the area had threatened to close down and relocate to Lesotho or Botswana if they were forced to pay minimum wages. Decent work, decent wages The New Growth Path envisages the creation of five-million jobs by 2020. Gordhan suggested that South Africa might have to relax its labour laws in certain cases to grow jobs. “We may have to change the way we see the labour dispensation in South Africa,” he said. Sapalast_img read more

Remembering Zakes Mokae, South African actor 1934 – 2009

first_imgCD AndersonActor Zakes Mokae was a true South African journeyman in the world of theatre, film and television. Before his death on 11 September 2009, Mokae was renowned as a masterful character actor, building an impressive repertoire that included screen time with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Dustin Hoffman, Marlon Brando and Richard Dreyfuss.Zakes Mokae in 1986. Credit Ruby Washington/The New York Times pic.twitter.com/zyYOzxfIYD— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Long before his diverse Hollywood career, Mokae, who was born in Johannesburg in 1934, started out as a young saxophonist in Trevor Huddleston’s Jazz Band, alongside a young Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa. After meeting playwright Athol Fugard in the late 1950s, the two co-founded the radical multiracial theatre group, The Rehearsal Room.Zakes Mokae, Athol Fugard in Blood Knot in 1985 Yale Repertory Theatre pic.twitter.com/5cABBIUPU9— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Mokae featured prominently in many of Fugard’s productions, including The Bloodknot and, later, in the acclaimed “Master Harold”…and the Boys.After reprising his role in The Bloodknot in London in 1963, where the London Times described Mokae as “a (phenomenal performer) with hair-trigger nervous energy”, he was barred from returning to South Africa by the apartheid government, because of his involvement in the controversial anti- apartheid film Dilemma.Mokae lived in London for the remainder of the decade, working as a clerk with other South African exiles, including Thabo Mbeki, at Abbey Life Insurance, headed by South African lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Joel Joffe.At the same time, his first significant international film role was in The Comedians, alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. He also starred opposite Julie Christie and Dirk Bogarde in the 1965 hit film Darling.Mokae also acted in a number of British television series as an extra and bit- part player.Zakes Mokae, James Earl Jones and Ruby Dee in Athol Fugard’s “Boesman & Lena”, 1970. Via @nypl_lpa pic.twitter.com/yehA2gEeFO— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016He continued his theatre work in the United States over the next two decades, firstly in Fugard’s Boesman and Lena alongside a young James Earl Jones, and later in the Broadway production of “Master Harold”…and the Boys, opposite Danny Glover, for which he earned a Tony Award in 1982. Mokae later reprised the role in the film version of the play, alongside Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) in 1985.Athol Fugard, Danny Glover, Lonny Price, Zakes Mokae Original 1982 Broadway cast “Master Harold and the Boys” pic.twitter.com/P6GrndiGlg— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016During a very productive international career, Mokae acted primarily in television and film, including numerous guest roles in series such as Starsky and Hutch, Roots: The Next Generation, Knight Rider and A Different World. During the 1990s and early 2000s, he also guest starred in The X-Files, The West Wing and Oz.Zakes Mokae in the 1989 anti-apartheid drama A Dry White Season pic.twitter.com/Uo80r1cZ7T— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Mokae also starred in the cult classic horror films Body Parts and Dust Devil, as well as more serious anti-apartheid dramas A Dry White Season and Cry Freedom.Playing predominating African character parts, such as royalty, wise men and politicians, Mokae lent a worldly authenticity and method gravitas to his various roles, using the opportunities to break the perceptions of Hollywood’s often clichéd dramatic tropes about Africans, most notably in his star-turn in an episode of the US political drama The West Wing.As President Nimbala, Mokae presents a very realistic portrayal of an African statesman. Nimbala is an eloquent yet steadfast African leader who challenges the American political system’s ham-fisted approach to aiding developing nations, in particular the HIV/Aids crisis.Mokae also acted in and directed various Shakespearean theatre productions in the US and Canada, including Othello and Macbeth.Before returning to South Africa in the mid-1990s, he earned another Tony nomination for his lead role in The Song of Jacob Zulu, an apartheid- era musical drama featuring the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.Zakes Mokae in the 1993 musical drama The Song of Jacob Zulu pic.twitter.com/76mOUvyTDp— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016He spent the last years of his life between Las Vegas, where he was the artistic director of the Nevada Shakespeare Company, and Cape Town, where he worked with emerging actors and playwrights in developing authentic South African stories for stage and screen.Diagnosed with both advanced Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, Mokae and his wife Madelyn returned to the US for medical treatment until his death there in 2009.He had hoped to spend the remaining years in his country of birth, with Madelyn saying after his death that, despite the ravages of the two diseases, it had always been his dream to live “under freedom (in South Africa) and have some memory of it”.Mokae is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.Source: WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Uichico rues Gilas’ bad shooting in tough outing vs Thailand

first_imgGilas big man Troy Rosario tries to protect the ball against Thailand during the 2017 SEA Games basketball tournament. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Miserable shooting was the main reason Gilas Pilipinas struggled against Thailand Sunday night.“If we made four more shots from the three-point line instead of six (Gilas shot 6-of-30), then it would have been a different score,” said Uichico, who emerged from the dugout where he was overheard dressing down the team.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES Gilas shot 6-of-30 from the downtown.“Four more shots and we are shooting 30 percent, that’s still not good but we could have won the game by a big margin,” Uichico told reporters, who stayed out until before midnight at MABA Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUichico has valid reason to be upset.He has a first-rate team with first-rate players like Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Mike Tolomia, Troy Rosario and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathloncenter_img They are not the best version of the Gilas program, but the country has employed collegiate players and still won the SEA Games gold through the years.“I told them to just make the basket, that’s all,” said Uichico, referring to the tense moments of the game when Thailand was trading leads down the stretch.He said the Philippines wasn’t able to practice at the 5,000-seater stadium whose administrators had to send away hundreds of people who would like to watch the games live.“But this is the toughest team out there, and we hope to face them again because that means we are in the next round,” Uichico said.Gilas won’t have a game Monday but will practice based on its performance Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more