The Bali Police are searching for a Russian who escaped from custody on Saturday after being arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs. Bali Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Hengky Widjaja said the suspect, identified as Andrei Spiridonov, 36, escaped through the ventilation system of the custody room of their headquarters. Hengky said Spiridonov was arrested at a post office in Renon, Denpasar, with a package from the Netherlands that contained 200 grams of hallucinogen N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). “The suspect admitted that he ordered the drugs online from the Netherlands, and he doesn’t have a permit from the authorities,” Hengky said on Sunday. Spiridonov was then taken to the Bali Police headquarters for further interrogation and put in the drug unit cell on the ground floor. On Saturday at around 1 a.m., the suspect asked the police to take him to the toilet, which is located one floor above the drug unit cell. … [Read more...] about Police on hunt for Russian drug suspect who escaped from custody in Bali
BACOLOD -- Voters from the Negros provinces who opposed the dictatorship of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos can turn the tide in favor of the opposition's Senate slate, Vice President Leni Robredo said Monday. "Kung titingnan natin historically, ang Negros at Bacolod parating sa tama naninindigan," Robredo said at a campaign rally for Otso Diretso, 2 weeks before the May 13 vote. "Nakita natin 'to noong panahon ng diktaduryang Marcos. Nakikita natin sa matitinding laban, 'yung Negros talaga ang pushback malakas,” Robredo said. (If we look at it historically, Negros and Bacolod always sided with the good. We saw this during the Marcos dictatorship. We see that in tough fights, the Negros pushback is always strong.) Negros Occidental has the 6th highest number of voters among provinces at 1.89 million. During the last years of the Marcos dictatorship, malnourished children dubbed "Batang Negros" caught international attention. The province was also the site of … [Read more...] about News Robredo banks on Negros voters who opposed Marcos regime
SAN DIEGO: The rabbi wounded in Saturday’s deadly shooting at his California synagogue praised an off-duty US Customs and Border Patrol agent who fired at the fleeing suspect. “I had spoken to him in the past about coming to the synagogue armed because he’s trained, and I want trained security as much as possible,” Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein told CNN, speaking from a local hospital. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford to have an armed security officer at every service, so whenever we had extra help, we were grateful for it.” The agent, who has not been identified, had recently discovered his Jewish heritage and travelled more than 160 km each way to visit the synagogue from his home in El Centro, a city on the border with Mexico, the rabbi said. The sheriff of San Diego County, Bill Gore, told reporters on Saturday the officer fired as the gunman was fleeing, missing the suspect but hitting his car. One woman was killed and three others wounded, … [Read more...] about Rabbi praises off-duty border agent who fired at California synagogue shooter
By Melanie Green Star Vancouver Sun., April 28, 2019 VANCOUVER — Acclaimed Canadian author Wayson Choy died this weekend at 80 years of age, saddening generations of Asian-Canadian writers who say he paved a path for their voices to be heard. The cause of death has yet to be released. Choy is known for a writing career that spanned almost three decades and included best selling novels such as his first, The Jade Peony, which explored themes of identity, race and migration in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. His agent, Denise Bukowski, announced his death on social media early Sunday morning. Following the tweet, there was an outpour of condolences and fond memories from many members of Canada’s literary scene. https://twitter.com/JenSookfongLee/status/1122563353442783232 Author Jen Sookfong Lee remembers Choy attending her “first big reading” in 2007. Article Continued Below “I turned and saw him take a seat in the back … [Read more...] about Writers mourn author Wayson Choy, who gave courage to generations of Asian-Canadian authors
Well, most of us. Even those who’ll lament the narrative’s end, but will be none the worse for wear and tear through eight seasons (make that nine years). Yeah, like Otso Diretso, plus 1. I can’t watch Episode 3’s original airing this morning, as I'll be involved in another annual ritual involving fiction and poetry. But I’ve been happily assured that Florentina Homes in Dumaguete has a cable TV local provider whose channels include HBO. And that I can even watch the 10 p.m. replay on HD at Gabby’s Bistro, with its wider screen as a Cignal recipient. So, like most of you who are GOT 8 (and Otso Diretso) fans, I should see who get killed off in the Great Battle of Winterfell. Should be quite a bloodbath, with blogging pretenders to three-eyed raven augury largely predicting that the Night King will take Game 1, and decimate Winterfell the way Thanos did the Avengers. Until his White Walkers claim a nine-dash line to include the Winterfell crypt, … [Read more...] about Who will survive ‘GOT’?