Genetic genealogy helps ID victim of Green River Killer

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say genetic genealogy has helped identify the youngest known victim of one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers. The remains of 14-year-old Wendy Stephens were found nearly 37 years ago near a baseball field. Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, has pleaded guilty to murdering 49 women and girls in the 1980s. Four of them were unidentified, including Stephens. Researchers at the DNA Doe Project helped with the identification. The project uses publicly available DNA databases to locate relatives of unknown crime victims. The King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle said Monday that Stephens had run away from her home in Denver in 1983.last_img

Belgium Euthanasia – Unhappy with sex change

first_imgDaily Mail 1 October 2013A Belgian transsexual has chosen to die by  euthanasia after a botched sex change operation to complete his transformation  into a man left him a ‘monster’.Nathan Verhelst, 44, died  yesterday afternoon after being allowed have his life ended on the grounds of  ‘unbearable psychological suffering’.It is understood to be the  first time someone in Belgium has chosen euthanasia after a sex-change, and  comes soon after it emerged that it is now the cause of nearly one in 50 deaths  in the country.Mr Verhelst died after a lethal injection  administered by the same doctor who last year ended the lives of congenitally  deaf twins who were also going blind. read more

Jean-Baptiste’s extra time brace moves Haiti to next Gold Cup stage

first_imgCOUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (CMC) – An extra-time brace from Andrew Jean-Baptiste saw Haiti continue on the road to a place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, following a 4-3 victory over Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday.Following a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation time, Jean-Baptiste’s double strike in the last 10 minutes of extra time gave the Haitians all the points in the Caribbean Cup contest at the Ato Boldon Stadium in this central Trinidad town.Under tournament regulations, every match must have a winner, even if a penalty shoot-out is required – and Jean-Baptiste ensured the visitors withstood the T&T assault which was led by Shahdon Winchester’s hat-trick, including an extra-time strike, and progressed to the next stage.The result meant that Haiti now face a two-game series against the fifth-place side in the Central American Cup, which opens Friday in Panama City, for a place in the Gold Cup.A scoreless second half of regulation time and first period of extra time led the two teams into a nervous second period of extra time – and gave the Soca Warriors their final chance to gain a two-goal margin of victory required for progress.T&T were rocked after six minutes, when Jean-Baptiste connected with Charles Herold’s left-side corner kick and headed past T&T goalkeeper Hughton Hector to give Haiti a 3-2 lead.With local fans filing out of the stadium in numbers, Winchester completed his hat-trick to bring T&T level two minutes later, when he swept Radanfah Abu Bakr’s flicked header off a long ball into the back of the net.Jean-Baptiste settled the matter with three minutes remaining however, when his header at the right post – courtesy of Herold’s left-sided free kick – flew past Hector.Earlier, a spirited first-half saw the two teams on level terms at 2-2 following a double from Winchester, and strikes from Derrick Etienne and Kervens Belfort for Haiti.Winchester gave T&T the lead in the first minute, when he netted from the top of the six-yard box off a Nathan Lewis feed.With the Soca Warriors still trying to reorganise and get a replacement on the field for their injured captain Carlos Edwards, Haiti equalised in the 20th minute, when Etienne curled a right-footed effort into the far-side netting from the left side of the penalty area, following a quickly taken free-kick from Belfort.Winchester regained the lead for the home team five minutes later, when he slotted into a gaping net with his right foot from 12-yards out, after referee Ricangel De Leca of Cuba whistled Haiti goalkeeper Guerry Romondt for time-wasting and Aikim Andrews put the ball down and slid a pass across the area without hesitation.But Belfort levelled for the Haitians in the 39th minute, heading Herold’s left-sided corner kick past Hector from three yards out.Another 72 minutes of attrition followed before the Haitians earned their a playoff victory over T&T for the second consecutive year on January 8, following a 1-0 win in a single-game playoff for a berth in the Copa America Centenario.last_img read more

Komšić accepted the position of the President of the Organizing Committee of the European Cup in Alpine skiing 2014

first_imgAn informative meeting connected to the organization of the European Cup in Alpine skiing 2014 was held today on Bjelašnica in the Cabinet of the member of the Presidency of B&H, Željko Komšić.On the meeting, Komšić officially accepted the position of the President of the Organizing Committee of the European Cup.  The director of  ZOI ’84 Salko Hasanefendić , the president of the Ski Federation of B&H Đelal Hasečić, the managing director of the Olympic Committee Said Fazlagić and the Mayor of the Municipality Trnovo attended this meeting together with other representative of the Winter Olympic Games (ZOI ) ’84 and the Ski Federation of B&H.The director of the Winter Olympic Games (ZOI)’84 presented the realized projects within the preparations for the  season of 2012/2013, as well as other plans for realizations of projects in 2013.The next meeting is planned for January 2013, when they will officially chose the members of the Organizing Committee and present the budget for the realization of this big ski event.last_img read more

“Be Courageous” – Jehovah’s Witnesses convention for this weekend

first_imgThe Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Annual Convention is all set for this weekend at the Leonora Track and Field Stadium on the West Coast of Demerara, and will see thousands of persons gathering for three days of discussions and presentations.According to Elders Anthony Nobrega and Joshua Dorris, the event kicks off on July 27 under the theme “Be Courageous”, and will conclude on July 29.The three-day programme consists of 54 presentations that will include talks, audio dramas, interviews, and short videos. A highlight of the convention programme will be the public Bible discourse: “The Resurrection Hope Imparts Courage – How”, scheduled for the morning of July 29; while a feature film titledFlashback: Witnesses from Lethem, Region Nine, at a previous convention“The Story of Jonah—A Lesson in Courage and Mercy”, will be shown in the afternoon.Each day the programme commences at 09:20h, and admission is free.Elder Nobrega, during an interview with <>, said the convention is an annual event held across the world with the same theme. He noted that the theme “Be courageous” is an appropriate one, and comes at a time when Guyana needs the courage to fight the societal ills.“It’s a very appropriate theme, because we live in a world where there are so many distressing problems; problems of all sorts that people are encountering and have to cope with. So the convention programme is designed to help those attending to develop this godly quality of courage, so that they can cope with the many distressing situations and problems of today’s world. It will also give them a hope for the future,” he said. Dorris said they would have interpreters speaking Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish, along with sign language for those with hearing disabilities.He stressed that the two highlights of the convention would occur on Sunday in the form of the public talk and feature film. He noted that there would be time for persons to network and seek clarity on the issues bothering them. Additionally, he said, the convention would seek to engage youths through the use of various technological platforms.last_img read more