Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Tokyo: Spanish forward Fernando Torres is all set to play the last match of his professional career on Friday in a Japanese first division clash for Sagan Tasu against Vissel Kobe, which feature his former Spain teammates Andres Iniesta and David Villa.The former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea striker had announced in June that he would hang his boots after Friday’s J-League clash, concluding an illustrious 18-year career which saw him win one World Cup and two European titles with the national team, one Champions League crown with Chelsea and one Europa League title with Atletico Madrid. Torres, 35, arrived at Sagan Tosu in July 2018 after ending his contract with Atletico Madrid and decided to retire in August despite having a contract until December, saying he was not able to perform according to the high standards he has set for himself, Efe news reported. The striker, who enjoys a considerable following in Japan despite not performing as per expectations, will be given a farewell by the fans after the match. Torres will spend his last moments as a professional on the field in the company of his former Spain teammates Iniesta and Villa, who play for Vissel Kobe. Iniesta, who came to the Japanese league a few months before Torres and is a close friend, told journalists on Wednesday that Torres has been a leading figure in the sport.While the game will be a farewell for Torres, the stakes are very high for both teams.Both clubs are fighting to avoid relegation, with 10 matches left for each team after Friday. With 24 points, Sagan Tosu is placed 16th out of 18 teams in the points table, while Vissel is one spot higher with two more points. The bottom two sides at the end of the season get relegated.Torres has played 38 matches with the Japanese club, scoring seven goals, the last of which came on August 14 against Kashiwa Reysol, helping Sagan move to the fourth round of the Emperor’s Cup. A native of Fuenlabrada who also had a short spell at AC Milan, Torres has announced that he would continue to be associated with the Japanese team after his retirement. fernando torresfootballJ LeagueSagan Tosu First Published: August 23, 2019, 3:46 PM IST
Manchester United should be looking to win trophies instead of targeting a top four finish to qualify for the Champions League, skipper Ashley Young has said.United’s quest for a top four finish ended with a 1-1 draw at already-relegated Huddersfield Town on Sunday and the highest the 20-times league winners can finish in the season is fifth, only enough for a spot in the second-tier Europa League.”I’ve said for years our club should be talking about winning titles and winning trophies,” Young told the club’s website.”We’ve done that in numerous years and for a club of our size, when you’re talking about finishing top four, I think that’s just a disappointment in itself.”Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had managed to reel in United’s top four rivals when he was appointed caretaker manager in December, the team’s form started to slide after he was made permanent manager in March.Four losses in their last six league games left United hoping for their rivals to lose points but Chelsea sealed their place in the top four this weekend while Tottenham Hotspur are all but assured of the final spot.”We haven’t managed to get ourselves in the top four,” Young added. “We needed other teams to help us out and we needed to help ourselves and we haven’t done that.”I think we need to go away, have a look at ourselves in the summer and come back fighting fit and ready to win titles and trophies.”United host Cardiff City in their final league match on Sunday.advertisementAlso Read | Vincent Kompany fires Manchester City to 1-0 win over Leicester
Manchester United Alexis sets Manchester United shirt-sales record Joe Wright 01:47 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League A. Sánchez Newcastle United v Manchester United The Chile international broke records for shirt sales following his move to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January Manchester United enjoyed record shirt sales in January thanks to the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, after suffering a £21.1 million half-year loss at the end of 2017.The club’s latest financial results, which were released on Thursday, show a four per cent revenue increase to £163.9m, giving them an adjusted projected revenue of £585m for 2018.The loss in the latter part of last year was down to changes in corporate tax rates in the United States, which were passed by Donald Trump’s administration. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “As a result, the current quarter expense includes a non-cash tax accounting write off of £48.8million,” United said in their official release.Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “Our solid business model has allowed us to invest in the future of the club with the extension of Jose Mourinho’s contract as manager and the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez.”We look forward to the remainder of the season with confidence.”Sanchez’s January arrival, which took place too late to be recorded in the figures, saw United set records for shirt sales and social media interactions, according to Woodward.”Alexis Sanchez has set a new January signing record in terms of shirt sales, three times the previous record,” Woodward told a conference call with investors.He said the Sanchez deal, which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal, “generated some interesting social media stats”.”It was the biggest United post on Instagram with two million likes and comments, the most shared United Facebook post ever, the most retweeted United post ever, and the hashtag #Alexis7 was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide,” he explained.”To put that into context, the announcement posts generated 75 per cent more interactions than the announcement of the sale of the world’s most-expensive player last summer when Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@RedditCFBLSU football looked listless to start today’s game against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field, but the Tigers have turned things around in a hurry.With 6:58 left in the third quarter, Wisconsin shut down an LSU drive and forced a punt, up 13-0. Three plays later, Bart Houston did the one thing he really could not afford to: throw the ball directly to a Tigers defender. Tre’Davious White picked off the Badger’s pass and took it 21 yards to the house to get LSU on the board at the 5:28 mark.LSU on the board against Wisconsin after pick 6 from Tre’Davious White. If offense can’t score, the defense will! pic.twitter.com/q8KqT38wnx— Ben Bolton (@BoltonSports) September 3, 2016Three plays—and less than a minute of game time—later, George Rushing was stripped by Donte Jackson. Again, White was there to come up with the loose ball.The turnover. https://t.co/3aGFXnYg8I— Tiger Rag (@Tiger_Rag) September 3, 2016On LSU’s first offensive play, embattled quarterback Brandon Harris hit superstar running back Leonard Fournette with a dime down the field for a big 31 yard pick-up.Harris fakes to Fournette. Then tosses to Fournette. https://t.co/EmXQjadH4P— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) September 3, 2016The next play, Harris found Travin Dural on a screen. The star wide receiver put a nice stiff arm/stutter step move on safety D’Cota Dixon.Harris to Dural. Touchdown. #LSU https://t.co/5L9fDztPP1— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) September 3, 2016It didn’t take long, but LSU took the lead and now has all the momentum against a Badgers squad that was absolutely rolling. The Tigers have also sucked the air out of a fired up Lambeau Field crowd. It hasn’t been a great opening weekend for the SEC so far, but a Tigers win would certainly help matters for the conference here.
Mumbai: State-run Gail India plans to list its subsidiary Gail Gas and is aggressively investing in city gas distribution to create volumes before it takes the company to the market, a top company official said. The Maharatna firm has planned a capital expenditure of Rs 54,000 crore, which it will spend over the next two-three years in laying of gas pipeline network that will feed households and industries such as fertiliser plants. Out of this, Gail plans to invest Rs 12,000 crore in city gas distribution networks to retail CNG to automobiles and piped natural gas to households in towns such as Varanasi and Patna. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”Listing Gail Gas is in my mind and we had earlier thought about it. As of now, the subsidiary has reported a topline of Rs 5,300 crore and Rs 120-130 crore of profit. “Last couple of years we have invested heavily in creating infrastructure alone and we believe we need to invest even more to get to the volume level,” Gail India Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi told reporters here. He said that apart from Bengaluru and Meerut, Gail Gas is now supplying gas to Mangalore, Rourkela, Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar and big cities like Varanasi, Patna, Jamshedpur, Bhopal among others. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”We believe that some more time will be required for bringing the company to the level of volume which will be well received by the market,” Tripathi added. Gail Gas, which was incorporated in May 2008, had participated in the 9th and 10th rounds of city gas distribution bidding and won in 15 and eight geographical areas, respectively. Gail India has reported a 20 per cent rise in its March quarter net profit at Rs 1,222.23 crore from Rs 1,020.92 crore in the same period of the previous fiscal year. Revenue rose to Rs 18,763.87 crore in the fourth quarter of 2018-19 fiscal year when compared with Rs 15,430.69 crore net profit in the year-ago period.
Ghaziabad: Ghaziabad police have booked a married couple for allegedly trying to molest an Allahabad-based businesswoman and trying to extort nearly Rs one crore on pretext of an obscene video of her while bathing in Indirapuram area. Cops said that the accused is brother of victim’s best friend and they lured her by offering lucrative business deals.According to police, the accused, identified as Saurabh and his wife Sargam, lives in Vijaya Apartment in Indirapuram area. “The victim had started her business of stock exchange in Allahabad a few years ago. One of her close friends had called to Ghaziabad for some business deal. Later the victim met her friend’s bother and his family for business purpose,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per reports, the victim was called by her female friend to Ghaziabad in January this year. Her friend make her to meet her brother Saurabh and his wife who told victim that they wanted to invest in her company and tried to build up closeness with her. The victim also started living in Vijaya Apartment after taking a flat on rent by March, this year. Before victim shifted in her rented house, the accused took keys from the victim on the pretext of cleaning the flat and installed a hidden camera to her bathroom. “Saurabh called victim at his house for lunch on April 7 and started touching her without her permission. When the victim tried to resist, the accused blackmailed her after showing her the video of her bathing,” read the report. The woman further said that the accused demanded Rs 30 lakhs to delete the video but kept in taking more and more money.
21 September 2010The United Nations humanitarian arm is expanding its assistance to authorities in northern Nigeria, where a large-scale outbreak of lead poisoning resulting from the backyard efforts of some locals to dig for gold has affected hundreds of children this year. A five-member team of environmental emergency specialists arrived yesterday in Abuja, the capital, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.The team will spend several weeks taking samples of soil and drinking water and analyzing them, and will also devise recommendations on how to clean up pollution from lead, mercury and copper.OCHA has allocated $2 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), while the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are working with local health authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to treat victims of the outbreak.A spike in lead-related illnesses and deaths emerged at the start of this year in two districts of Zamfara state in northern Nigeria. Investigations revealed that the cause was the attempts of many locals to extract gold from lead-contaminated soils in and around their houses and compounds.
The group of 15 were intercepted near the Cocos (Keeling) Islands a week ago and 14 of the men were flown back to Sri Lanka the next day.”As with the particular case of those people returned to Sri Lanka last week, there are powers available to the government to return people where they do not engage Australia’s international obligations – and when appropriate we certainly intend to use them,” Mr Bowen said. Mr Bowen said the government had also returned the final member of a group of Sri Lankans who arrived on a fishing trawler which was allegedly hijacked in Sri Lankan waters. ”Without a valid visa they had no legal right to remain in Australia and were removed at the earliest opportunity,” Mr Bowen said. The Gillard government (in Australia) has returned a group of 26 Sri Lankan men to Sri Lanka on a charter flight that left from Christmas Island last night.Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said in a statement that the men arrived by boat at Christmas Island and Cocos Islands earlier this week, and ”raised no issues that engaged Australia’s international obligations”. He said 116 Sri Lankans had been returned home either voluntarily and involuntarily since the government’s offshore processing began on August 13.”People who pay smugglers are risking their lives and throwing their money away. There is no visa awaiting them on arrival, no speedy outcome, and no special treatment,” Mr Bowen said.”This government is committed to breaking the evil people smuggling trade and preventing people from taking dangerous boats.” (Sydney Morning Herald)
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HERE, WITHOUT further ado, are the most quintessentially Irish items published in our nation’s newspapers in 2013.We present them in reverse order.13. This disturbing close call with a jumper Source: dundalkdemocrat.ie12. This frightening warning Source: Imgur11. This unimprovable sunny-weather headline Source: Imgur10. This nice family portrait of the Obamas Source: Aaron McAllorum9. This computer repairman in the ‘clairvoyants’ section Source: Mark Roche8. This terrifying photo/headline juxtaposition Source: Imgur7. This unfortunate mishap Source: Imgur6. This disturbing tale Source: Ciaran McHugh(Which later turned out to be a hoax.)5. This important incident Source: Dundalk Leader4. This encouragement from the Health Minister Source: Imgur3. This advert for a ‘priest-owned’ sofa set Source: Deborah Hadley2. This wonderfully innocent title layout Source: Lee Binding/TwitterWhich went viral worldwide in November.1. And this unbeatable coverage of the royal baby. Source: metroherald.ie23 glorious items from local newspapers>25 newspaper and magazine blunders that are unintentionally hilarious>
THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION will meet again today. This time, Dáil reform is on the agenda.The two-day gathering in Dublin will include speeches, panel discussions and expert opinion on the topic so delegates can made recommendations to the houses of the Oireachtas.A number of elected representatives from Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya are attending the form to learn from its work. It is hoped the visit, organised by the Association of European Parliamentarians in Africa, will facilitate similar dialogue and activities pertaining to the countries’ constitutions at a time of unparalleled instability.Dáil reform was chosen as the topic for discussion after a regional tour by Convention members.“How Dáil Éireann does its business goes to the very heart of our democracy and this weekend will be an opportunity to assess if the current system is fit for purpose and is capable of working through the more complex architecture of modern-day governance,” said chairman Tom Arnold. We are also looking forward to hearing from and engaging with politicians from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen. Following recent upheaval in these countries new constitutions are being forged in all four states.“The visiting delegates are parliamentarians in their respective countries and will be visiting the Convention to observe and engage with this initiative in deliberative democracy.”Speakers today include former Taoiseach John Bruton, former minister Noel Dempsey and sitting TD Jerry Buttimer.Proceedings from the Convention will be live streamed at constitution.ie.Read: Another potential referendum, this time on the offence of blasphemy
GETTING PEOPLE TO take a photograph of their Dublin is a big ask. How do you sum up a city of more than one million people in one image?Perhaps unsurprisingly, a lot of the twitpics submitted by Twitter users yesterday as part of Digital Dublin Day featured the rain – people battling the elements on O’Connell Street, the rain hitting the beach at Sandymount, and the Liffey looking murky and grey (or at least, murkier and greyer than usual).More unexpected though was the broad range of photos people took. Dublin City Council had asked Twitter users to take a photo of Dublin and tag it with the hashtag #mydubpic, which at one stage was trending in the capital on Friday. People photographed Dublin landmarks, iconic views and street scenes, showing Dublin through many different lenses.Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí last night chose the winner (above) of a side street off Dublin’s south quays taken by @rachel_violin, who won a helicopter trip around Dublin for her efforts. Here are some of the other photographs taken during the day:
If you’re looking to get your iPhone or iPad stolen, all you have to do is wave it around on a New York subway. The theft of these high-cost mobile devices has skyrocketed in the Big Apple, and now the NYPD are responding with a new special task force. Yes, there is now a team of NYC police that specifically track down stolen iDevices. Lost your Android phone? Keep walking.When a phone is reported stolen, the police will ask the victim for the device’s International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) in the case of iPhones and 3G/4G iPads. This data is then passed along to Apple, which can report to the police the exact location of the device — even if it has been moved to a different carrier.The police will then actually go and find the missing phone or tablet. Tracking WiFi-only iPads is considerable more difficult because they do not have GPS or an IMEI number tracked by carriers. Still, it’s interesting to see the police taking such an interest in recovering stolen gadgets.According to the cops, this new initiative is not just about returning stolen devices to their owners, but to learn about the patterns of theft in New York. Often tracking down a single stolen device leads to much more stolen property.A database for phones went live last last year, allowing carriers to block stolen devices via the IEMI number. There is not currently a unified system for tracking those devices, but integrating with law enforcement is another matter entirely. The police usually have more pressing matters to attend to — it’s just the volume of thefts in New York that led to the creation of this task force.
Game publisher Electronic Arts has been taking a lot of heat for the multitude of issues plaguing the new SimCity, but the company has just suffered a more substantial blow. After six years with the company, CEO John Riccitiello has announced his resignation. He will step down from the executive position, and relinquish his position on the board effective March 30.Riccitiello has been on the receiving end of frequent criticism since taking the reins in 2007. EA’s stock price took a major hit as the recession unfolded in 2008, but hasn’t come close to recovering even as the stock market as a whole reaches new highs.Of course, that’s not to say Riccitiello was standing still at EA. He oversaw some of the firm’s biggest deals, including the acquisition of VG Holding shortly after becoming CEO. That was the deal which delivered Pandemic Studios and BioWare (Star Wars: KOTOR and Mass Effect) to EA.EA managed a number of hits during Riccitiello’s tenure, like the Mass Effect series and The Simpsons: Tapped Out. However, failures were also abound. Before the SimCity debacle, EA had to transition Star Wars: The Old Republic to a free-to-play model after a disappointing 2011 launch.Riccitiello’s memo cited EA’s bleak financial outlook as a cause for his departure. While it might be tempting to frame this as SimCity fallout, it’s probably a much larger issue. EA has gone from being a blockbuster game company, to an increasingly mobile-focused one in recent years. Maybe it was just time for a change. Or maybe the board was upset about being booted from their SimCity sessions.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The price of drugs coupled with the frequent usage of narcotics in Australia has put the country at the forefront of illegal drug dealings around the globe.Experts have warned that Australia has become an ideal market for smugglers and dealers to sell drugs.Talking to Melbourne’s 3AW, Dr John Coyne a key figure in Border Security’s Australian Strategic Policy Institute program said Asia’s expanding pharmaceutical trade and Australia’s demand for drugs has put the country at the top of the world’s drug trade, creating headaches for authorities’ fight against importation. “In order to smuggle drugs somewhere, you have to have a legitimate trade flow. And it has to be large enough to hide your illegal commodity in,” he told Neil Mitchell. “We also have a situation where we have expanding trade with China, in which those who want to smuggle this sort of stuff in our country ….can hide it in amongst a whole heap of legitimate trade flows.” In other alarming findings the ABC has suggested that just under one-in-four year 11 students have experimented with narcotics, which are more prominent among males and teens in rural areas. Source: ABC, 3AW
State Attorney General Rob McKenna warned that it could take time for borrowers to find out whether they are eligible for relief, to be performed over a three-year period. He said banks would contact borrowers in some cases. Consumers may also contact the banks directly for more information at:Bank of America: 877-488-7814Citigroup: 866-272-4749Chase: 866-372-6901GMAC: 800-766-4622Wells Fargo: 800-288-3212Source: Washington State Office of the Attorney GeneralWashington state homeowners who are underwater — owing more for their house than it’s worth — could be thrown a lifeline within the next nine months as part of a $25 billion national settlement.The deal will translate to $648 million in benefits for Washington state homeowners and former homeowners, said the state’s attorney general Rob McKenna, during a Thursday press conference. McKenna served on the eight-member executive team negotiating the landmark settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers, Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Ally Financial Inc., formerly GMAC. “In order to qualify, the homeowner must have a loan still owned by one of these five banks,” McKenna said, explaining that the bulk of the state’s settlement money would go to helping mortgage holders who face imminent foreclosure.To that end, the five banks agreed to spend $17 billion – up to $455 million in Washington state – to modify loans that are larger than the home’s value and to reduce mortgage balances for borrowers who are behind on their payments, but still have a reasonable chance of success with smaller payments. Another $70 million is earmarked for borrowers across the state who are current on their payments, but still underwater due to home values that have fallen steadily since 2008.
MIAMI (WSVN) – The Carnival Splendor cruise ship returned to South Florida, Sunday.Guests arrived in Port Miami — back on dry land after technical issues affected the ship’s cruising speed Thursday night.The company gave passengers a 50 percent refund, a 50 percent credit toward a future cruise, and a $100 on board credit.“At first, none of us were satisfied,” said one passenger, Amber Warren, “because it wasn’t originally 50 percent off–it was originally only 25 percent off of the next cruise. No money refunded back to us. So we were not satisfied with that. The passengers all banded together and the captain actually fought for us.”The Carnival Splendor was on day four of a seven day cruise, when the ship experience technical failure.Technicians are currently working to figure out what repairs are needed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
STOUGHTON, MA — The Stoughton Police Department recently announced the arrest of a man, posing as a water department employee, involved in attempted break-ins in Wilmington, Stoughton and other Massachusetts communities. Wilmington Police had an arrest warrant out for the man for entering a dwelling under a false pretense and conspiracy.The Stoughton Police issued the following press release on Friday, March 15, 2019:On February 2, 2019, an elderly Stoughton resident was victimized in her home by two men posing as Water Department Employees. Police released surveillance videos showing a man escaping through the bulkhead of the home and hopping the fence. Police launched a massive investigation that spread from Massachusetts to New York, Virginia, Delaware, and Florida. These two men committed similar offenses in other communities in Massachusetts.Stoughton Police were able to identify the two men involved as Paul Mitchell, a 45-year-old Florida man, and Stanley Mitchell, a 28-year-old Florida man. Police believe they are involved in organized crime that involves scamming people. These two men flew into Boston on January 30, 2019 and left on on February 2, 2019, the same day the broke into the Stoughton woman’s home. Warrants were issued for both men.Last week, members of the Palm Beach County Sheriffs office, attached to the FBI Task Force, executed an arrest warrant in West Palm Beach, Florida and arrested Paul Mitchell at an associate’s home. Detective Kuhn and Trooper Dunne from the Massachusetts State Police flew to Florida to take Paul Mitchell into custody to answer to crimes. Mitchell was arraigned in Stoughton District Court.Stoughton Police still has an outstanding arrest warrant for Stanley Mitchell. Police are confident in its law enforcement partners around the country that Stanley will be arrested in a similar fashion and brought to Stoughton.Stoughton Police thanks MSP Fusion Center, Dedham Detectives, Newton Detectives, Andover Detectives, Wilmington Detectives, Plainville Detectives, Milton Detectives, Brookline Detectives Pennsylvania State Police, New York City Police Detectives, NABI Investigators, Palm Beach Florida Sheriff’s Office, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, FBI Boston, FBI Florida, and Mass State Police Investigators assigned to the Norfolk County DA’s office for their efforts in bringing this crime to justice. Police also wish to recognize the unrelenting efforts of Detective Kuhn and Detective Sergeant Welch for solving this seemingly unsolvable crime.Paul MitchellLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 3: Driveway Paving Solicitors; Skate Park Tagged; WPD Assist With Pick-Up At SchoolsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 16: Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower Down Richmond St.; Grandchild Scam ReportedIn “Police Log”REMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”
Former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard has been found guilty of distributing and receiving child pornography. The 12-person jury returned Tuesday with a verdict in U.S. District Court after an hour and a half of deliberations.Download AudioA third, lesser charge for possession was set aside, because receipt and possession of child pornography would essentially amount to double jeopardy, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon said. Consideration of the “lesser-included” possession charge was dependent on a not guilty verdict on receipt.Dr. Greg Salard during a Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors meeting in December 2012. (Photo courtesy of Wrangell Sentinel, shared via KTOO.org)Reardon said they were happy with the verdict. He said they felt they had a strong case with overwhelming evidence of Salard’s file sharing.He said it’s not unusual for such cases to be built on circumstantial evidence rather than catching the perpetrator red-handed with the images still on their computer.“We’re seeing more cases in which people download, view and delete,” Reardon said afterward. “High speed internet makes it practical along with the ubiquitousness of the images. They’re not hard to find.”“We use fragments and footprints to build cases,” said Reardon, explaining how investigators dive deeper into a computer’s operating system to find a circumstantial trail of pornography sharing over peer-to peer networks.Over the course of the trial that started last week, jurors received a crash course in peer-to-peer file sharing, data files, hash values, IP addresses, jump lists, program registries, temporary files, the resilience of deleted files and unallocated space on a hard drive. Jurors last week were briefly shown child pornography images that corresponded with video hash values found on Salard’s computer.Jurors began deliberations after closing arguments at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and returned with a verdict at 1:15 p.m.Salard will be extradited to Louisiana to face a charge of aggravated rape after his sentencing in Juneau on Oct. 9. He faces a sentence of 5 to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each child pornography charge. He could be on supervised release the rest of his life or for as little as 5 years.Closing argumentsSalard was arrested Oct. 15, 2014, after officers searched his Wrangell home and seized his laptop computer. Investigators never found child porn in the form of videos or images on his computer. Salard started a program to wipe the computer’s hard drive when agents arrived at his house.Instead, federal prosecutors said there’s an extensive digital trail showing how Salard downloaded child porn through various peer-to-peer file sharing programs like Ares, and played them within Ares, Windows or VLC media players before deleting the files. He also used various disk wiping programs like CCleaner multiple times to erase all traces of those deleted files.Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon said during closing arguments Tuesday that the evidence is overwhelming. He pointed to a series of important digital breadcrumbs that chronicle hundreds of pieces of pornography that Salard downloaded or shared between February and October of last year, or show how some of the files were interrupted during download. They even indicate the very last video that he played on his computer, less than two hours before agents executed a search warrant at his house.“Be careful not to get run over by the freight train of evidence,” Reardon told the jury. “Be careful to not get to steamrolled by PTHC,” he said, referring to the pre-teen hard core acronym found in a key Ares data listing of downloaded files.Reardon started his closing arguments in absolute silence that lasted three and a half minutes. He started the timer on his phone, gathered his notes, got up and slowly walked to turn off courtroom lights and then to the podium to put on a microphone. He then deleted some stock photos on a laptop he’d been using for the trial, shut down a trial presentation program and then started up a PowerPoint presentation for his closing argument.He finally broke his silence by saying if he could do all that in less than 4 minutes, then it’s not unreasonable to think that Greg Salard spent 8 minutes destroying evidence and purging his computer before opening the door to federal agents on the day he was arrested.During her closing argument, Assistant Federal Public Defender Cara McNamara never explicitly denied that there was ever pornography on Salard’s computer. However, she did emphasize that no pornography of any kind was ever found on Salard’s computer when it was seized by the FBI.Instead, McNamara continued with her theme made during opening statements that questioned the qualifications of the case’s principal investigator, FBI Special Agent Anthony Peterson. She said he had no previous knowledge or experience in the interpretation of information.McNamara believed that Peterson failed to follow best practices by immediately stopping the hard drive wipe and beginning an on-site examination of the computer, possibly altering the data. McNamara also said Peterson failed to properly document his human role in the investigation, such as not getting screenshots of a largely automated file sharing program and losing an important report from a forensic examination of Salard’s computer after a thumbdrive was corrupted.“The Government is asking: ‘Well, just trust us,’” McNamara said. “That’s not good enough.”
Alaska State Troopers. (File photo by Monica Gokey, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week Governor Bill Walker released his version of next year’s budget, and the community of Whittier contracted with its big city neighbor to the North on a deal to provide law enforcement for an Anchorage suburb.The seemingly unrelated events may shape things to come.Listen NowOn Dec. 21, the city of Anchorage finalized a three-year contract with the small city of Whittier to provide police officers for Girdwood. The ski resort town is Anchorage’s southernmost suburb and, until recently, was policed by Alaska State Troopers. Girdwood was left without law enforcement when the Trooper post there closed this summer, so a Girdwood public safety committee hammered out the cop-sharing scheme with Whittier, paid for by Girdwood taxpayers.“To my knowledge, this relationship has not existed anywhere else in Alaska, that I know of,” Girdwood Board Chair Sam Daniel said. “But in these times of fiscal restraint, it may end up being a trend, especially if Troopers keep having their budget cut.”Daniel said the cooperative policing arrangement may be a first, but it may not be the last. Alaska State Trooper director Colonel James Cockrell said the Troopers face a budget decrease next year.“We’re at a breaking point right now providing the amount of services that we are required to do statewide, and we are not meeting the core functions of our division,” Cockrell said. “And we are struggling to keep up with the calls in the Mat-Su. The Y-K Delta with all the sexual assaults and domestic violence, we’re not keeping up with that. And when you look at the Fairbanks area and elsewhere in the state, we are not keeping up with the amount of calls.”If the governor’s budget passes, it will mean the Troopers’ division has absorbed $10 million in budget cuts over three years.Cockrell said the end result is a reduction in Trooper manpower.“We’ve lost 32 Trooper positions in two years,” Cockrell said. “No time in the history of the Alaska State Troopers have we lost that many positions in that short a time.”Cockrell said the Girdwood post was closed because reductions in manpower forced the Trooper division to re-deploy the Girdwood Troopers to Seward and Soldotna.Governor Walker’s proposed FY 2018 budget has a little more money in it for the Public Safety department, but the boost is misleading because the increase is restricted.Kelly Howell, director of administrative services for the Public Safety Department, said the increase actually reflects federal grant money for the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.“So the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence had received increases in their federal grant award,” Howell said. “In this year’s budget, we asked for an increase in that federal receipt authority to be able to receive and spend those federal dollars.”Howell said about 83 percent of the Public Safety Department’s annual budget comes from unrestricted funds, and the Walker budget actually reflects a decrease of $2 million for the Department overall.Alaska leads the nation in sexual assault and domestic violence per capita. Cockrell said his division has to balance reductions in manpower with an escalation in the amount of calls it gets.“If you look at crime in Alaska, it is on an uptick,” Cockrell said. “And not even small crimes, but the seriousness of crimes are climbing, and assaults on our police officers are growing. And we are asking our troopers to go and handle domestic violences with one person. There is no other police department in the U.S. that will only send one police officer to an on-going domestic violence, and we do that routinely. We routinely go out to the villages to handle gun calls with one or two Troopers, anywhere else they would send a SWAT team, and we are doing it with two Troopers.”With a state legislature bent on further budget reductions, yet offering little in the way of solutions, Cockrell said there are bound to be further Trooper post shutdowns. Talkeetna’s post has already closed, while Haines’ is slated to lose one Trooper position.As to further changes on the horizon, Cockrell said the Troopers are primarily charged with service to Alaska’s outlying areas, not its cities.“I think that at some point in time, that is going to have to be looked at, just like we are trying to get out of the Municipality of Anchorage, where they have police powers, is to move the Troopers out of urban areas, and move them to rural areas, where we have a long tradition of providing police services,” Cockrell said.Cockrell said some organized Boroughs are getting Trooper enforcement for free, and that may have to end. He pointed specifically to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, an area the size of West Virginia with no law enforcement beyond the small city police forces in Palmer and Wasilla. Cockrell said the Mat-Su is now an urban area, and if it wants more law enforcement, residents there may have to find a way to start paying for it.