Texas man who stole shark from aquarium had ‘floor-to-ceiling tanks’ in his house

first_imgABCNews.com(SAN ANTONIO) — Floor-to-ceiling tanks filled with exotic marine animals greeted stunned police officers who stepped into the house of a man arrested for stealing a shark from a local aquarium — using a stroller.“His whole house is full of tanks. Not what you would consider regular fish tanks, I’m talking floor-to-ceiling tanks. One was a 6,000 gallon tank, one was a 2,000 gallon tank,” said Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio. “It was just a lot of fish.”The man, along with two others, apparently tried to disguise the shark as a baby to remove it from the aquarium. The theft was caught on video, which showed the animal being scooped up from an open tank, taken to a restroom and packed inside a wet blanket before being stuffed into a stroller.The three people confessed to stealing the horn shark after the video of their bizarre theft was posted by the San Antonio Aquarium.The man who reached into the tank and pulled out the shark, as seen in the video, was arrested. Police said he is a plumber with a penchant for all things piscine.“He’s just a fish guy,” Salvaggio told ABC News.The two others involved were his wife and his neighbor, both of whom were charged Tuesday with felony theft for an amount anywhere between $2,500 and $30,000.Law enforcement is working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to investigate where the other marine animals in the man’s home tanks came from.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Stagecoach exact fare overpayments raise £122,000 for NHS charities

first_imgStagecoach customers across the country have been thanked for their support in making a major donation to the NHS Charities Together coronavirus COVID-19 Appeal.Through overpayments made during the company’s temporary exact fares policy, which was enforced to reduce cash handling in buses, excess funds totalling over £122,000 have been raised and will support the NHS Charities Together Appeal.It includes £26,897 raised in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, and £19,000 raised in Manchester.The money will help NHS charities support NHS staff, volunteers and patients in hospitals, kitting out Wobble Rooms – dedicated staff relaxation areas – as well as electronic tablets for patients to communicate with loved ones and activities for young patients in mental health wards and in the community.“We have been overwhelmed by the support from businesses across the country,” says Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities. “A big thank you to Stagecoach and its passengers for raising such an incredible amount.“Coronavirus COVID-19 is still such a big part of everyone’s life, impacting on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. All donations will help NHS charities across the UK to support hospitals, ambulance services, community healthcare and social care in people’s recovery from the short- and long-term effects of the virus.”Adds Carla Stockton-Jones, Managing Director for Stagecoach: “We would like to thank our customers for their help in raising such a fantastic amount for this worthy charity.“We’re very proud of the incredible job that all key workers, including our own employees, are continuing to do as part of the national effort and are pleased that this money will be going to support those who have supported many others during these difficult times.“In the past few months, we’ve all had to make changes to the way we live and travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Many people have found it easy and convenient to pay for their journey using contactless or by mobile and we would encourage our customers to continue to do so where possible.”last_img read more

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United Church Easter Services Online 9:30 A.M. Sunday

first_imgThe United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road. Courtesy/United Church  Communion set up at The United Church of Los Alamos. Courtesy/United ChurchUNITED CHURCH News:The United Church of Los Alamos welcomes community members, who would like to worship this Holy season, to visit their website and unite in a way new to many. The United Church site can be found at www.unitedchurchla.org, and features Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and will host Easter services at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday and can be found later that day online.Los Alamos was the first church in Los Alamos, created in 1947. “United in our faith journeys”, is their motto as the church recognizes six denominations. They practice open communion and invite those watching to gather some juice, crackers or bread and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Questions can be directed to church Pastors David Elton, Keith Lewis and Kara Windler by calling the church office at 505.662.2971.last_img read more

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Farmington Hills offers permanent absent voter list

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) While new state legislation allows any qualified Michigan voter to receive an absent voter ballot without providing a reason, anyone who plans to vote absentee is required in all elections to fill out an absent voter application.Farmington Hills residents who wish to automatically receive an application for every election may contact the Farmington Hills City Clerk’s Office at 248-871-2410 or email a request to [email protected], with name, registered address, and a contact number.Absent Voter Ballot Applications are automatically mailed out to everyone on the permanent list about two months before elections.Also under the new law, any voter who wishes to have an absent voter ballot sent by first class mail must submit that request by 5 p.m. on the Friday before an election. Reported bylast_img read more

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Record Bafana win in Mokoena’s 100th

first_imgBafana were comfortably in charge of proceedings, but failed to add to their first half tally, although Siphiwe Tshabalala came close with a powerful strike that flew wide of the mark. Defender Carlos Gallaerdo headed wide for Guatemala after a quarter-of-an-hour, but South Africa was in charge and coach Parreira’s charges went two goals up after 26 minutes when midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane netted. MomentumCaptain Aaron Mokoena, who during the game wore the number 100 on his back, said it was important to win and retain the momentum that Bafana Bafana has built up through 11 matches – six wins and five draws – without defeat. Referring to the announcement of the final World Cup squad of 23 player, due early on Tuesday morning, he continued: “We know all the players we need by now. It’s a daily assessment and we’re not going to judge a player on one match.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Second penalty nettedOnly five minutes after that, in another questionable decision, the referee awarded a third penalty in the match, deeming Gustavo Cabrera to have handled the ball in the box. Mphela again stepped up tothe mark and once more buried the ball in the back of the net. Good attitudeCoach Carlos Alberto Parreira said Bafana were not as good as they were technically in their draw with Bulgaria. Colombia, he said, was the side’s most difficult game so far, but he liked the attitude of the team against the 114th-ranked Guatemalans. “We made it easy for ourselves by scoring goals and we are on the right track,” he added. Guatemala’s caretaker coach Francisco Melgar opined that the South African team is ready and well capable of defeating Mexico in the opening match of the World Cup. Substitute Bernard Parker then added South Africa’s fifth goal eight minutes from time with a superb solo effort. Just two minutes later, Guatemala had a good opportunity to pull a goal back when Thwala was blown up for handling the ball in the area. Like the referee’s first penalty award, it was a doubtful decision. Left-back Lucas Thwala, heeding a call by Parreira after Bafana’s previous game against Colombia for more attacking play from the wing-backs, ventured forward and after a strong run crossed for Letsholonyane. The Kaizer Chiefs’ man met the ball on the volley and beat goalkeeper David Guerra all ends up. Bafana Bafana recorded their biggest international win yet when they thrashed Guatemala 5-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Monday night. It was a fitting celebration for captain Aaron Mokoena, who became the first South African footballer to win 100 international caps. Inspired decisionCoach Parreira introduced Surprise Moriri at the start of the second half and it proved to be an inspired decision as Morori struck from close range after being set up by Katlego Mphela. South Africa’s previous biggest victories were a recent 4-0 win over Thailand and a 4-0 success against Chad in 2007. 1 June 2010 He beat two players and then, shooting from 25 metres out, blasted the ball across the face of goal and into the top corner of the net to put a fitting exclamation mark on Bafana’s big win. Parreira was questioned about striker Benni McCarthy, who stayed on the bench throughout the match. “There’s nothing wrong with him,” he said. GoalSouth Africa’s effort on Monday night was helped by the referee in the 10th minute when he awarded the hosts a penalty for a hand ball. It seemed a harsh decision, but Katlego Mphela wasn’t about to second guess the ref and slotted the kick to put Bafana into an early lead. Midfield ace Steven Pienaar came close to increasing Bafana’s lead when he struck a powerful shot from distance, but it was kept out by the woodwork. Guatemala’s skipper Guillermo Ramirez took on the responsibility of taking the spot kick, but he was denied by Moneeb Josephs, who made a smart save to preserve Bafana’s clean sheet.last_img read more

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China Leading on Caring for Aging Population

first_imgChina, like the rest of the world, is dealing with a massive aging population. Add to this a rising middle class migrating to the cities and a changing family structure and the stresses to China’s healthcare and social services systems are huge. China’s government, recognizing these challenges, has provided leadership in its 12th 5 year plan outlining policies and funding providing for technology enabled aging services.  I recently attended the China International Senior Services Expo in Beijing. This conference, sponsored by the Chinese Association of Social Welfare (CASW) under the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA), was a combination of policy articulation and technology and service vendors offering health, wellness, spiritual, and housing solutions. In fact, Intel is working with the Chinese government on an Aged Friendly City Initiative and you can read more about this innovative venture in a new white paper.As I walked the floors of this expo, I was struck by the innovative and comprehensive set of technologies and solutions on display. There were:• Smart phone applications for medication reminding, calendaring and caregiver communication  • Community-based remote patient monitoring solutions (vitals, weight, video conference); some standalone but many that provided call centers for consultation • Many different shapes and sizes of Win8* touch and Android based mobility solutions • Wearables (e.g. watches) that track wandering or aid with fall prevention and emergency response • Real estate companies who were providing assisted living facilities as well as group vacations and other services for elders.  What surprised me the most was not the Chinese uniqueness of these solutions, but the commonality of need. I could have been in any country, speaking any language. These needs are the same experienced by countries all over the world who have aging populations.The unique aspect in China is the magnitude of deployment occurring. Many of these vendors claimed deployments in the “thousands”…still a tiny fragment of the Chinese market but significant nonetheless. It made me think that China could be the place that gets this right. It has all the elements: the need, the urgency, the policy, the funding, and the innovation.Remember to check out this white paper on the Aged Friendly City Initiative.What do you think?last_img read more

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10 months agoWatford captain Deeney praises (sort of) Arsenal: But they’re four years behind elite

first_imgWatford captain Deeney praises (sort of) Arsenal: But they’re four years behind eliteby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney has launched a fresh attack on Arsenal.Deeney irked the soft-touch Gunners in 2017 when he accused of them of lacking “cojones”.And, although he has seem dramatic improvements under Unai Emery, he has once again told them they are miles off the Premier League pace.Deeney told 5Live: “Everyone knows me and Arsenal don’t get on too well.“But I think there has a steeliness that has been brought in and there are goals throughout the team.“They have different styles of play now and can play with the two boys up front that are always going to score goals and give you something to build on.“But football works in six-month periods between transfer windows and they are going to have to go again.“Look at how transfer windows they are behind the big boys. They are probably six, seven or eight behind the big boys. That is just being realistic.“I know people are saying it is a massive improvement but that’s only on what they had last year.“But they are still behind the likes of Man City and United, not just in spending but in the quality they have brought in.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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After Missouri President Resigns, Ben Shapiro Says It’s Time To End All College Football

first_imgA general view of Missouri's football field.COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Monday morning, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned amid student protests – namely one by the football team – regarding inaction despite mounting racial tension on campus. Some have criticized the team. Others are focusing on how powerful football players, collectively, have become. One person – political commentator Ben Shapiro – has a completely different take.Shapiro, who is the editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire (among other responsibilities/titles) penned a piece Monday afternoon, calling for the end of college football. He believes that the loyalty to universities is now “centered” around loyalty to sports performance. Here’s more:College sports are a relic of a time when students actually engaged in being, you know, students. As in studying things. Studying, perhaps, to gain a skill set besides kicking a football or tackling another man or tossing a sphere through a hoop.It soon became clear, however, that loyalty to universities centered around loyalty to sports performance. Donors began giving cash to football programs in order to generate enthusiasm about the university more broadly. And in order to boost those football programs, universities began recruiting the best players without the best academics.Shapiro goes on to discuss his views on the financials of college athletics, recruiting practices, and academics. You can read the whole column here.Clearly, this isn’t going to happen anytime soon – college football is far too important to too many people. What do you think, college football fans? Are any of Shapiro’s points valid?last_img read more

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