SWAT team on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Davie

first_imgAuthorities with the SWAT team are currently on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Davie, Florida.The incident occurred at a trailer home park near Griffin Road and Southwest 73rd Avenue.Officials have not released much information about the incident, however, they did confirm that there was an officer involved shooting in the area and that the officer was not injured.There are also other reports that a man may have barricaded himself inside of one of the trailers, however, this report has not been confirmed.Authorities have set up their mobile command center just outside of the trailer.This is a developing story.last_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Badgers hit the road for top-10 battle with conference rival North Dakota

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team is coming off a very successful weekend, and, in what will be the third consecutive top-10 clash for the Badgers in just over a week, No. 9 North Dakota (10-6-2, 6-4-2 WCHA) is set to host No. 1 Wisconsin in a two-game series Friday and Saturday.Wisconsin made a statement last weekend with their victory against border rival No. 3 Minnesota.The Badgers swept the series for the first time in six years and held the Gophers, who have the highest scoring offense in the country, to only three goals in the whole series.Passing the halfway mark in the season after Nov. 4’s win, the Badgers are sitting atop the USCHO poll with a perfect record of 18-0-0.But if the top-ranked Badgers want to remain undefeated, they will have to put the celebrations after last weekend’s performance in the rear view window.They must do so quickly, as the hungry North Dakota team will be awaiting their arrival in Grand Forks this weekend.Recently, the Badgers have been dominant against UND, and Wisconsin is coming into this series having beaten North Dakota in their previous four matchups.But as the Badgers prepare, they may find themselves battling more than just their opponents on the ice this week.This series will be the last that the Badgers will play before taking their holiday break, and they will not return to the ice until January.Since the two-game road series falls between the an emotional, yet draining sweep over rival Minnesota and UW’s upcoming final exams week, managing off-the-rink distractions could prove key for success.These two programs last met during the WCHA conference tournament last season, where UW sent the Fighting Hawks packing after a decisive 4-1 victory.Even though this was only eight months ago, North Dakota has made significant changes since then. Come Friday, they will be returning with not only a new roster, but even a new mascot.One stellar matchup to look for this weekend is between North Dakota’s leading scorer, junior forward Amy Menke and Wisconsin’s star goaltender, Ann-Renée Desbiens.The first puck drops 7 p.m. Friday and then again 4 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

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Sizzling time at Palm Beach Jerk Fest

first_imgA section of the audience at the Palm Beach Jerk Fest By Celina DeCastroViviene Francis was having the time of her life.As she gouged on a piece of jerked chicken, the pleasure on her face was all too evident. Francis was among the hundreds of patrons who descended on the South Florida Fairgrounds on Memorial Day to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the fourteenth annual Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival.“This is a must attend event for me every year. I drove all way from Pompano (Beach). The music, the food and fun is something I always look forward to,” Francis told Caribbean National Weekly.Even though the sun was blazing down on the venue, it did not deter the patrons as they strolled by booths where vendors sold clothing, memorabilia and, of course, much-needed food and drink.The strains of Reggae and Calypso, flags of various Caribbean countries, the kiddies zone and other attractions, were a perfect blend for good vibes and ‘one love’ that spread throughout the venue.Women and men of all ages gyrated to dancehall and reggae music. Every corner had a smiling attendant drinking beverages and laughing among friends and family.The smell of grill-fired jerk chicken and exotic spices hit your nose with a powerful Caribbean punch as swarms of hungry patrons bombarded the food stalls.That early vibe set the tone for live performances from Tarrus Riley, Half Pint, Wayne Wonder and Agent Sasco, which brought the Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival to a fitting end.last_img read more

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World powers reach accord on what benefits to offer Iran

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VIENNA, Austria (AP) – Six world powers agreed Thursday to offer Iran a new choice of rewards if it gives up suspect nuclear activities or punishment if it refuses, a gambit that could either defuse a global confrontation with the Islamic regime or hasten one. “There are two paths ahead,” British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said in announcing agreement among the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China on a package deal for Iran that carries the threat of United Nations sanctions. The package would be on the table for a proposed new round of bargaining with Tehran over what the West calls a rogue nuclear program that could produce a bomb. The U.S., in a major policy shift, agreed this week to join those talks under certain conditions. It would be the first major public negotiations between the adversaries in more than a quarter century. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with the foreign ministers from the European nations that led talks with Iran that stalled last year. Also present were representatives of Russia and China, which have been Tehran’s trading partners and might join in any future talks with Iran. Since Russia and China hold vetoes in the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. needs their cooperation to seek sanctions or other harsh measures by that body. “We are very satisfied by the results of today’s meetings here in Vienna,” U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns told reporters. “We consider them a step forward in our quest to deny Iran nuclear weapons capability.” A short statement issued by foreign ministers from the six powers and the European Union did not mention economic sanctions – the punishment or deterrent favored by the United States and that Iran has tried hard to avoid. The powers agreed privately, however, that Iran could face tough U.N. Security Council sanctions if it fails to give up the enrichment of uranium and other disputed nuclear activities, U.S. officials said. Diplomats feared Iran would immediately reject any invitation to bargain if the threat of sanctions was explicit, officials involved in the discussions said on condition of anonymity because the seven-party negotiations were private. The foreign ministers’ statement threatens unspecified “further steps” in the Security Council. The group’s statement also contained no details of the incentives to be offered to Iran in the coming days. Diplomats previously have said the package includes help developing legitimate nuclear power plants and various economic benefits. “We are prepared to resume negotiations should Iran resume suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities,” as previously required by the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, Beckett said. If Iran returned to the talks stalled since last year, “we would also suspend action in the Security Council,” Beckett said. The Security Council, which can levy mandatory global sanctions and back its mandates with military force, has been reviewing Iran’s case for two months. Its permanent, veto-holding members have been at odds over the possibility of sanctions, with Russia and China opposed. “At this crucial stage, it is very important that none of the sides involved in the situation makes any sharp movements that would create a threat to the real prospect of using the chance to reach agreement,” ITAR-Tass quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying before talks began in Vienna. Iran insists its nuclear work is peaceful and aimed at developing a new energy source. Iran’s foreign minister welcomed the idea of direct talks, but rebuffed the U.S. condition that Tehran must put uranium enrichment on hold before talks can begin. “Iran welcomes dialogue under just conditions but won’t give up our rights,” the state-run Iranian television quoted Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying Thursday. At the White House, President Bush warned that the confrontation would end up at the U.N. Security Council if Iran continues to enrich uranium. “If they continue their obstinance, if they continue to say to the world, `We really don’t care what your opinion is,’ then the world is going to act in concert,” Bush said. Bush said he got a “positive response” in a telephone conversation Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding, “We expect Russia to participate in the United Nations Security Council. We’ll see whether or not they agree to do that.” Bush also spoke about Iran on Thursday with Chinese President Hu Jintao. He revealed little about that conversation, saying, “They understood our strategy.” The shift in U.S. tactics was meant to offer the Iranians a last chance to avoid punishing sanctions, and to let the United States assert that it was willing to exhaust every opportunity to resolve the Iranian impasse without force. Previous talks among Iran, Britain, France and Germany foundered last year. European diplomats and others said the United States was partly at fault, arguing that it alone carries the global weight to force Iran to bargain in good faith and to make any agreement stick. The U.S. offer for talks is conditioned on Iran suspending its enrichment of uranium and related activities and allowing inspections to prove it. Uranium enrichment can make fuel for nuclear power reactors or the fissile core of warheads. European nations and the Security Council have demanded the same thing, but Iran has refused to comply.last_img
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