Hunt is on for chainsaw attacker who wounded 5 in Swiss…

first_img The police shut down the old town of Schaffhausen in Switzerland, while they search for an unknown man who attacked people, on Monday, July 24, 2017. Swiss police say five people have been hospitalized, two of them with serious injuries, following the apparent attack in the northern city of Schaffhausen. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP) The police shut down the old town of Schaffhausen in Switzerland, while they search for an unknown man who attacked people, on Monday, July 24, 2017. Swiss police say five people have been hospitalized, two of them with serious injuries, following the apparent attack in the northern city of Schaffhausen. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP) The police shut down the old town of Schaffhausen in Switzerland, while they search for an unknown man who attacked people, on Monday, July 24, 2017. Swiss police say five people have been hospitalized, two of them with serious injuries, following the apparent attack in the northern city of Schaffhausen. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP) This undated images released by the KAPO Schaffhausen shows the alleged attacker who injured several people in Schaffhausen Switzerland Monday, July 24, 2017. An unkempt man armed with a chainsaw wounded five people Monday at an office building in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen and then fled, police said. A manhunt was on for him. (KAPO Schaffhausen via AP) The police shut down the old town of Schaffhausen in Switzerland, while they search for an unknown man who attacked people, on Monday, July 24, 2017. Swiss police say five people have been hospitalized, two of them with serious injuries, following the apparent attack in the northern city of Schaffhausen. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP) The police investigate in the old town of Schaffhausen in Switzerland, where they search for an unknown man who attacked people, Monday, July 24, 2017. Swiss police say several people have been hospitalized, two of them with serious injuries, following the apparent attack in the northern city of Schaffhausen. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP) BERLIN | A man armed with a chainsaw wounded five people at a health insurer’s office Monday in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen, police said, triggering a manhunt for a suspect described as aggressive and psychologically unstable.Suspect Franz Wrousis, 51, has two previous convictions for weapons offenses and no fixed residence, authorities said. A dog-walker said she had seen him in the woods near Schaffhausen for the last few weeks.The attacker wounded two insurance agency employees in their ground-floor office in the old town of Schaffhausen on Monday morning, said Christina Wettstein, a spokeswoman for insurer CSS. Authorities said their lives were not in danger.Revising earlier statements, police said one CSS employee was seriously injured and the other was slightly injured. Another three people were slightly injured in the attack, police said, but there was no information on them.The perpetrator had fled by the time police arrived. Authorities sealed off the city’s old town until mid-afternoon but kept up their manhunt.Swiss police ruled out terrorism.“This was first and foremost a crime against this insurance agency,” senior regional police official Ravi Landolt told reporters, though there was no exact word on the suspect’s motive.“We have information that this man is dangerous, that he is aggressive and, shall we say, psychologically disturbed,” Landolt added.Swiss media reported that Wrousis was a CSS client. Switzerland has a system that requires residents to have mandatory health insurance with private health insurers.Prosecutor Peter Sticher said Wrousis has two previous convictions for offenses against weapons laws, one from 2014 and 2016. He didn’t elaborate or say where they were committed, but said Wrousis has no previous record in the small northern canton (state) of Schaffhausen, near the German border.Wrousis was previously registered as living in Graubuenden canton, in Switzerland’s southeast. He apparently lives mostly in woods, Landolt said.Police released old photos of Wrousis standing among trees in a green T-shirt and black jeans. They described him as being about 1 meter 90 centimeters tall (6.2 feet) and said he is now partly bald and unkempt.They later released another photo of Wrousis, which they said was taken immediately before the attack. The image shows him walking along a street in a green jacket carrying a large black bag, which they said may have contained the chainsaw.On Monday afternoon, police found the Volkswagen minivan with registration plates from Graubuenden that the suspect was believed to be driving. They did not elaborate on its condition or say if anything else was found in it.Schaffhausen is a city of about 36,000 people north of Zurich.Therese Karrer, who often walks her dog in woods south of Schaffhausen, said she saw the suspect several times in the last few weeks.“I talked to him a few times and walked by his car every day with our dog,” said Karrer, who lives in the village of Uhwiesen.Karrer said Wrousis showed up three or four weeks ago in the forest and chatted with her once when he was having breakfast behind his car.“He may have been a little strange, but he wasn’t unfriendly,” she said. “I never felt threatened.”last_img read more

Edmunds: These 6 new SUVs are worth the wait

first_img FILE- In this March 6, 2018, file photo, the New Hyundai Santa Fe is presented during the press day at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is a complete redesign of the outgoing Santa Fe Sport. This compact SUV will offer a range of engines, including a diesel option. Considering Hyundai’s success with recent redesigns, we have high hopes for the new Santa Fe. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, File) 1 of 4 HYUNDAI SANTA FE AND SANTA FE XLWe have high hopes for the redesigned 2019 Santa Fe. The lineup includes a two-row compact SUV and the larger three-row Santa Fe XL. Both look modern and upscale inside and out and should be very competitive with SUVs from Honda and Toyota.Three engines will be available, including a 232-horsepower turbocharged gas engine and a 200-horsepower turbodiesel. The latter, along with optional load-leveling suspension, should make the Santa Fe a capable tow vehicle. The Santa Fe also offers a new Safe Exit Assist feature that can lock a door if it senses a passenger is about to swing it open in the path of an oncoming vehicle.Pricing on either SUV is not yet available. The Santa Fe Sport currently goes for about $25,000 while the Santa Fe is $31,000.ACURA RDXThe newest generation of Acura’s compact luxury SUV looks to be its biggest step forward. The 2019 RDX will feature Acura’s agility-enhancing all-wheel-drive system, a new look, lots of interior storage space and a nicely appointed cabin. Acura has also replaced the RDX’s dual-screen infotainment setup, which was clunky and outdated. The new system uses a clean, high-definition screen and a touchpad controller.Further equipped with luxury features, such as a panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a head-up display and a premium audio system, the RDX should be one of the best new Acuras in years.No pricing information is available for the newest Acura RDX, but the current generation starts at $36,000.SUBARU ASCENTThose in need of a capable family hauler will have a new choice to consider: the 2019 Ascent. Subaru’s three-row SUV is packed with features to keep both driver and passengers happy. With up to eight USB ports available, the Ascent can keep everyone’s devices charged. Three-zone climate control and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are all standard, as are traffic-adaptive cruise control and a frontal collision mitigation system.With a $31,995 base price, the Ascent can also be optioned with lots of luxury-oriented comforts, including cooled front seats, second-row sunshades, and a premium Harman Kardon sound system. With 260 horsepower, standard all-wheel drive and a 5,000-pound towing capacity, the Ascent should make a compelling midsize choice.LEXUS UXAnother new subcompact luxury SUV, the 2019 Lexus UX takes a different approach to the segment with its overstated, aggressive styling. Inside, you’ll find a sleek design reminiscent of Lexus’ flagship LC 500 coupe, as well as a digital gauge cluster. Both a 168-horsepower gasoline engine and a 176-horsepower hybrid with all-wheel drive will be available.The UX is a high-tech little SUV. It can use GPS information to adjust the vehicle to road conditions and maximize fuel efficiency. And it can be outfitted with an adaptive suspension to enhance ride comfort and handling precision.Pricing is not yet available.JAGUAR I-PACEIf you wanted an all-electric SUV, your only choice up until now was the Tesla Model X. But Jaguar will give you another option with its 2019 I-Pace. The I-Pace should provide about 240 miles of driving range on a fully charged battery and yield a sports-car-worthy 0-60 mph sprint of about 4.5 seconds.The I-Pace doesn’t offer a lot of cargo space, but it comes with a luxuriously appointed interior and a sleek-looking tech interface. Before incentives, the I-Pace should come in around $70,000, which also makes its price tag smaller than the Model X’s.EDMUNDS SAYS: Though there’s no shortage of good SUVs available now, it’s worth taking note of new models hitting dealer showrooms this summer and fall. One could end up suiting your needs the best.This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Will Kaufman is an associate staff writer at Edmunds. Instagram: @didntreadthestyleguide.Related links:— 2019 Volvo XC40 Review https://edmu.in/2FmfkVd— 2019 Lexus UX First Look https://edmu.in/2IfTOPW— 2019 Acura RDX Prototype First Look https://edmu.in/2DaMtgN— 2019 Subaru Ascent First Look https://edmu.in/2G6z506— 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe First Look https://edmu.in/2FqU9gE— 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Test Drive https://bit.ly/2G8IUuH FILE- In this Jan. 26, 2018, file photo, a Volvo XC40 sits on display during a press preview of the Philadelphia Auto Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Volvo XC40 is a subcompact SUV that offers plenty of safety and technology features, and it’s been built to make the most of its available space. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) If you’re in the market for a new SUV, it’s important to know not only what’s available now but also what’s coming. Here are six SUVs going on sale in the next several months that we at Edmunds think are worth waiting for.Why these six? One thing they have in common is the latest technology. On top of updated infotainment systems, every vehicle on this list offers a full suite of advanced safety features. Some have a few more tricks up their sleeves, and all offer something unique in the hopes of winning your hard-earned dollar.VOLVO XC40Volvo’s newest SUV is the subcompact 2019 XC40. It offers plenty of safety and technology features, and it’s been built to make the most of its available space. Some useful highlights include an integrated trash bin, a hook for holding takeout food, and door pockets that can fit a 15-inch laptop. Acceleration comes from a punchy 248-horsepower turbocharged engine. And a hybrid model is coming.Volvo is also using the XC40 to pioneer its new subscription-based Care By Volvo service. Similar to a pay-as-you-go phone plan, consumers pay a fixed monthly fee to get the XC40 with nearly everything covered, including insurance, and the option to change to another vehicle in as little as one year.The XC40 Momentum — the only trim available at launch — comes with a price tag of $35,200. Future base pricing starts at $33,200. FILE- In this March 6, 2018, file photo the New Lexus UX is presented during the press day at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2019 Lexus UX is a high-tech subcompact SUV with aggressive styling. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP, File) FILE- In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, the 2019 Subaru Ascent is displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. The 2019 Subaru Ascent is a family-friendly three-row SUV with 5,000 pounds of towing capacity and up to eight USB ports to keep everyone’s devices charged. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)last_img read more

No chaser: Bourbon tops Whiskey in Westminster whippet upset

first_img Cheslie Pickett Smithey, runs with her Whippet named Bourbon, as they compete in the Best of Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. A top-winning whippet is out of Westminster, knocked off by, of all dogs, his own sister. Whiskey had won the big National Dog Show televised on Thanksgiving Day and the AKC event shown on New Year’s Day. But his bid for a Triple Crown of dogdom ended when he was topped by littermate Bourbon in the breed judging this afternoon. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Whiskey had won the prized National Dog Show televised on Thanksgiving Day and the prominent AKC event shown on New Year’s Day. But his bid for a Triple Crown of dogdom ended when he was topped by littermate Bourbon in the breed judging.“She’s the new kid on the block,” handler Cheslie Pickett Smithey said.Bourbon advanced to the hound group competition at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The toy, herding and nonsporting champ also will compete — Biggie the pug, who had fans chanting his name at the Garden last year, advanced to the evening session.More than 2,800 dogs in 203 breeds and varieties were entered. The best in show will be picked Tuesday.For Pickett Smithey, the win was a bit bittersweet. She teared up talking about the result because she and her husband, Justin Smithey of Sugar Valley, Georgia, co-own both dogs. He guided Whiskey in the ring.“I just hate beating Whiskey,” she said.Last year, Whiskey won the breed at Westminster, and Bourbon was awarded best of opposite sex. This time, the 3-year-olds switched places.“We’re as proud as we can get,” he said.Whiskey wasn’t sour after the upset. The littermates are “best buds,” Cheslie said, and nuzzled outside the ring when it was over.Whippets are similar to greyhounds, only smaller. They’re known for their tremendous running speed, but Bourbon was completely under control. She was more mesmerized by the meat treats Cheslie fastened to her arm with a rubberband.At one point, she sensed Bourbon needed a little extra.“Go get me the fish,” she told an assistant from inside the ring.This year’s Westminster features two new breeds, the grand basset griffon Vendeen (grahnd bah-SAY’ grih-FAHN’ vahn-DAY’-ahn) and the Nederlandse kooikerhondje (NAY’-dehr-lahn-seh KOY’-kehr-hahnd-jeh).There were 57 golden retrievers entered, but just one sloughi — who was a no-show. Whiskey the Whippet listens to commands from his handler Justin Smithey during the Best of Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Biggie the pug poses for photos at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Nat Castaneda) NEW YORK | Straight up, this was a Westminster Kennel Club surprise: Bourbon over Whiskey.A big-winning whippet was bounced from America’s top pooch pageant Monday — knocked off, in fact, by his own sister.last_img read more

ESPN laying off 100 on-air employees

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Some 100 on-air personalities at ESPN, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, have lost their jobs as part of a company-wide restructuring that emphasizes a more digital future. The sports network has been squeezed by increased rights fees paid to broadcast live events at the same time as millions of cord-cutting TV viewers are abandoning the company.ESPN chief John Skipper said Wednesday the company wants to provide distinctive content all the time on multiple screens, with more personality-oriented “SportsCenter” broadcasts, and is keeping people best suited to the new strategy.ESPN isn’t saying who has been fired. Many are releasing the news on social media, including NFL reporter Ed Werder, baseball reporter Jayson Stark and college basketball reporter Dana O’Neil.,The sports network has been squeezed by increased rights fees paid to broadcast live events at the same time as millions of cord-cutting TV viewers are abandoning the company.ESPN chief John Skipper said Wednesday the company wants to provide distinctive content all the time on multiple screens, with more personality-oriented “SportsCenter” broadcasts, and is keeping people best suited to the new strategy.ESPN isn’t saying who has been fired. Many are releasing the news on social media, including NFL reporter Ed Werder, baseball reporter Jayson Stark and college basketball reporter Dana O’Neil. Former quarterback and ESPN announcer Trent Dilfer, shown here before a Monday night game Dec. 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn., provided color commentary for the 49ers’ win over the Minnesota Vikings – and often at full voice. Wade Payne The Associated Presslast_img read more

The fight of a champion

first_imgBy Russell Bennett WGCA PREMIER DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 6 (DAY TWO) Throughout the WGCA’s Premier era, few batsmen have looked more calm…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Kids on hand for clean-up

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS IT was bye-bye to yucky germs and hello to clean, hygienic hands at St Margaret’s Primary School…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Ramos knocks Murray out of Monte Carlo Masters

first_imgSpaniard Albert Ramos dumped world number one Andy Murray out of the Monte Carlo Masters 2-6 6-2 7-5 on Thursday after firing back from 4-0 down in the final set to take his place in the quarter-finals.Murray, who suffered an elbow injury in March and made his return from a five-week layoff on Wednesday after a first-round bye, won the opening set in 48 minutes before losing concentration.Left-hander Ramos, ranked 24th in the world and the 15th seed, ripped through the second set in 36 minutes and refused to give up after the Scot had romped to a 4-0 advantage in the third with victory beckoning.The Spaniard won four games in a row before Murray, his serve misfiring, applied some late pressure. But Ramos was implacable as he won the next two with back-to-back breaks and served for the match.Murray saved one match point before hitting a return into the net to hand Ramos an impressive victory over his top-ranked opponent in the first European claycourt tournament of the season.last_img read more

Locking the stable…

first_img…after pharma boltedWhen they were in the Opposition, the PNC (which morphed into APNU with the fig-leaves of WPA et al) and the AFC bitched constantly about the procurement system for pharma under the PPP Government. Just because the NEW GPC used to snag the bulk of the bids. Never mind the system was established on the advice of the World Bank and the WHO that had worked for decades to come up with an efficient system for third world countries in this critical aspect of national life.The heart of the system was a pre-qualification process to ensure there were suppliers with the necessary cold-chain supply experience; refrigerated warehousing; financial bona fides to deal with reputable foreign suppliers in bulk amounts, etc. There was also a bonus for providing local employment – standard with Government contracts. Now any company could apply to be prequalified – and several did. The NEW GPC qualified along with one other local company and the mega international pharma suppliers – like IDA and PAHO – and still came out ahead!!APNU/AFC, however, denounced that arrangement as “sole sourcing” – ignoring the fact that becoming “pre-qualified” was a competitive process!! In their manifesto, they promised to “Provide full transparency and accountability in the procurement of pharmaceutical products.” So what happened after they got into office?? Well two years later – and one warehouse rental over which the Health Minister had to resign after an abject apology; one 5 million sole-sourced contract from ANSA McAL at twice the going prices for the pharma supplied; billion of other purchases through illegal contract-splitting; persistent denials of drug shortages – THEN using shortages as the reason for the  sole sourcing! – the incumbent Minister NOW says she’ll be “fixing drug procurement”!! ROTFLMAF!!But reading the fine print in the Chronic’s account of what the Minister intends to do, the plans are all about “fixing” the ordering system for Government pharma and stock keeping. Nothing about returning “transparency” to the PROCUREMENT process!! So why’s your Eyewitness not surprised?? Well, the procurement is from where the gravy flows!! That’s why it took the Government over a year to get the Public Procurement Commission in place, and yet bypassed them in the 5 million pharma contract.What’s quite interesting is the new powers-that-be seem to have a penchant for Trinis to supply pharma. Word is even the “political investor” from the AFC hasn’t been getting the cut he expected. But then, if the AFC leaders can’t even get what was promised THEM in their Cummingsburg Accord, what do you expect for even close “others”!!Expect the same ole, same ole, gaming of the (pharma) system!!…on “doing the right thing”The PM’s Shill over at the Chronic was evidently instructed to try papering over the ANSA Arch fiasco. And revealed he could’ve saved the Government all that egg over its collective face!! Seems he’s doing some private gig on the side (1,000/monthly plus expenses, isn’t enough?? He wants to live it up like his boss??) which involved counting the number of vehicles entering Georgetown.So when he saw the announcement of the closure of the EC Highway, he figured it would’ve cause the SNAFU it did. So why didn’t he tell the authorities since he’s the DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC INFORMATION?? Seems he did tell the Police on one previous occasion and was bitch-slapped so hard, discretion was the better part of valour!!Life can’t be easy when your sole claim to fame is “carrying news”!!…on Govt propagandaTake a guess which one of the four headlines on the Rose Hall sugar protest was from the Chronic:1- “Proposed Rose Hall estate closure…Business people, pensioners, taxi drivers join massive protests”2- “Berbicians in big sugar protest – cops beef up presence”3- “Anti-sugar reform protest continues – despite gov’t assurances”4-      “Rose Hall Estate residents, sugar workers unite in massive protest”Sorry…that was too easy. There’s no prizes!last_img read more

Scene set for Rugby World Cup draw

first_imgEngland will be in the second tier along with Ireland, Samoa and Argentina.As a result, they could face New Zealand, who’ve always finished top of their pool at every World Cup since the inaugural edition in 1987, in the group stage in three years’ time.Given that the top two in each of the four pools of five go through to the quarter-finals, a solitary pool loss need not be fatal to a team’s chances of reaching the knockout stages.On the other hand, every World Cup-winning team has gone through the tournament unbeaten.And Clive Woodward, England’s coach when they won the World Cup in 2003, said Sunday his country would be the one all the top four would want to avoid following their dramatic defeat of the All Blacks.“It makes the draw fascinating, given England have just demolished New Zealand,” Woodward told the BBC.“That one result will make the southern hemisphere teams sit up and say for once ‘we want to keep away from England’.”By contrast, Wales’s last gasp 14-12 defeat by Australia in Cardiff on Saturday dropped them into the third tier along with Italy, Tonga and Scotland.“I don’t think it bothers us,” said scrum-half Mike Phillips, a member of the Wales team that reached the semi-finals of last year’s World Cup in New Zealand after qualifying out of a pool also featuring South Africa and Samoa.“The World Cup is a long way off, 2015. A lot can happen between now and then,” he added.Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who will be involved in Monday’s draw, said he was delighted to see another major sports event — the 2015 World Cup final will take place at Twickenham — heading the way of the British capital following its successful staging of this year’s Olympic Games.“London proved this summer that it is simply the best place in the world to stage international sport,” Johnson said.“So it is fantastic that as host city for 2015 we have been given the honour of staging matches from another of the world’s largest sporting events, which will see top-flight competition return to London and the UK’s iconic venues so quickly after the 2012 Games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England December 3 – Hosts England and reigning champions New Zealand could find themselves paired in the same pool when the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup takes place at London’s Tate Modern gallery on Monday.England’s stunning 38-21 win over New Zealand across London at Twickenham on Saturday may have ended the All Blacks’ 20-match unbeaten run but it was not enough for the 2015 hosts to secure a top four seeding.Those places went instead to New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and France.last_img read more

Men’s top 25: BC drops to 0-2 in ACC

first_img Zam Fredrick made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 33.5 seconds left, and the Yellow Jackets held the Eagles (11-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) without a field goal for more than 11 minutes. 1 Duke 82, at Wake Forest 64 J.J. Redick scored 32 points with old nemesis Chris Paul watching from a front-row seat to lead the Blue Devils (14-0, 2-0 ACC). Paul, a former Wake Forest star, is a rookie with the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets. at 4 Memphis 73, Winthrop 63 Rodney Carney had 21 points and Darius Washington scored seven of his 14 during a key stretch to help the Tigers (13-2). Carney shot 7 of 14, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range. at Ga. Tech 60, 11 Boston Coll. 58 center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more