UPDATED: Guman charged over Fort Lauderdale shooting rampage

first_imgThe man who killed five people and injured six during a shooting rampage on Friday in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has been charged and could face the death penalty.Esteban Santiago was charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death, which carries the death penalty, and weapons offences.Authorities have found no evidence during preliminary inquiries that 26-year-old Santiago was working with anybody else when he took out a pistol from his checked luggage and fired two clips of ammunition at passengers in the baggage claim area of the airport’s Terminal 2.It has since been revealed that Santiago walked into an Alaskan FBI office in November and claimed his mind was being controlled by US intelligence agencies.His agitated and incoherent state rompted FBI agents to notify authorities, take the gun and order a mental health assessment.But CNN reported he wasn’t considered disturbed enough to be prevented under Alaskan law from owning a gun and it was returned to him a month later. The news channel said this was the 9mm Walther pistol that was used to shoot the 11 people at the airport on Friday.Santiago, a veteran of Iraq, has reportedly confessed to planning the attack but has yet to reveal why. He bought a one-way ticket to Fort Lauderdale and loaded the gun in a toilet stall. US federal prosecutors said he shot the first people he saw, aiming at their heads.”Once he finished shooting, he walked down by Door 2, threw his gun on the ground, and laid down on the ground, spread-eagle, until the first officer came — which was probably a minute later,” witness Mark Lea told MSNBC. “He was not shot at all, was not wounded.”Fort Lauderdale is serviced by about 30 airlines and is a popular destination because of the nearby cruise terminals. It services about 73,000 passengers a day.Delta chief executive Ed Bastian, whose airline operates from terminal 2, expressed gratitude to first responders “who immediately went into action to evacuate our customers and employees’’. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Delta family are with the people of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, and those involved in the tragic events today,” Bastian said.Delta, which cancelled all flights to Fort Lauderdale on Friday, issued a waiver for customers travelling to and from Fort Lauderdale to change their travel plans free of charge.Terminal 2 also remained closed on Saturday due to the ongoing investigation.The shooting exposes a possible loophole in US security procedures as the baggage claim was outside the security perimeter at the airport.last_img read more

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Prevented plant acres can be hayed, grazed, or chopped earlier this year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring.“We recognize farmers were greatly impacted by some of the unprecedented flooding and excessive rain this spring, and we made this one-year adjustment to help farmers with the tough decisions they are facing this year,” said Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “This change will make good stewardship of the land easier to accomplish while also providing an opportunity to ensure quality forage is available for livestock this fall.”RMA has also determined that silage, haylage and baleage should be treated in the same manner as haying and grazing for this year. Producers can hay, graze or cut cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage on prevented plant acres on or after September 1 and still maintain eligibility for their full 2019 prevented planting indemnity.“These adjustments have been made for 2019 only,” said RMA Administrator Martin Barbre. “RMA will evaluate the prudence of a permanent adjustment moving forward.”Other USDA Programs Other USDA agencies are also assisting producers with delayed or prevented planting. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the deadline to report prevented plant acres in select counties, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is holding special sign-ups for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program in certain states to help with planting cover crops on impacted lands. Contact your local FSA and NRCS offices to learn more.last_img read more

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Defence is my top priority, says Rupinder Pal Singh

first_imgBack in national colours after recovering from an injury, dragflick specialist Rupinder Pal Singh said defence will be his top priority as he looks to make a fresh start during India’s campaign at the Hockey World League Final.It was a hamstring injury in his right leg that kept him out of action for nearly six months and now that the anxious wait is over, Rupinder is looking to bring a lot of positive energy to the team.”This is a fresh start for me. I am playing after a while and my intent is to bring a lot of energy on the field,” said Rupinder, who had scored two goals through a penalty corner and a penalty stroke against Olympic Champions Argentina in India’s first warm-up game.”I have learnt new things during this injury period and one of the biggest changes is how I perceive a match.”I want to bring a positive energy into the game and have an attitude that makes you stand firm against the opponent, communicate more at the back. I have waited for this moment very patiently and I am eager to do well here.”In the match against England, the team drew 1-1 with India’s defence constantly pressing in England’s 15-yard mark, making it difficult for them to enter the circle.Rupinder said: “Personally, defence is my top priority because if you saw our practice match against England, we couldn’t get PCs.”My belief is that defence wins matches and it’s not that just defenders need to protect our goal post, it is the entire 11 who need to ensure we don’t concede and that’s exactly what we are focused on.”advertisementOn India’s arrival here, chief coach Sjoerd Marijne emphasized on the importance of warm-up matches specifically for Birendra Lakra and Rupinder who are coming back into the team after a long lay-off.Rupinder said the two matches against Argentina and England has put the team in competition-mode.”Physically and mentally it’s important to feel the momentum of the tournament and the competition. There are small areas where we think we can improve before going into our first match against Australia,” he added.Apart from his own role as dragflicker and defender, Rupinder also plays the role of a mentor guiding youngsters such as Varun Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Dipsan Tirkey and Amit Rohidas in the backline.”They know their role well and execute them to perfection but as a senior I motivate them to get the best out of them and they too keep me in high spirit,” he said.On December 1, India will take on defending champions Australia in their first Pool B match.last_img read more

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