(HARARE, Zimbabwe.) JUST IN: At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe ’s biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in sea rch of food and water, authorities said on Monday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.22: “ The problem is real, the situation is dire,” said National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo. Other animals such as lions at Hwange National Park have been affected.This is the worst drought in years in the southern African nation that also suffers from a collapsing economy…………….Massive food and water shortages have resulted……………….As animals stray from Zimbabwe’s wildlife parks they destroy crops and sometimes kill people, Farawo said, adding that more than 20 people have been killed this year alone.

Overcrowding in Hwange also contributes to the destruction of vegetation: The park can handle 15,000 elephants but currently has about 53,000, Farawo said. Meanwhile the drought is drying up water sources: The wildlife agency has been drilling wells as deep as 400 meters (yards) to find water for the animals.“The single biggest threat to our animals now is loss of habitat,” Farawo said. “We have managed to significantly reduce poaching … we were losing hundreds of elephants in past years, but last year we only lost not more than 20 to poaching.”Zimbabwe has one of Africa’s largest elephant populations.

It seeks to be allowed to hunt and export more of them to ease pressure on the animals’ habitat and raise badly needed money for conservation: Botswana, which also has a large elephant population, this year lifted a ban on elephant hunting, saying the move would help reduce conflict between humans and animals and earn the country much-needed revenue.But other countries that are parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora have successfully lobbied to limit the sales of elephants, to the dismay of some African countries that say they are struggling with large numbers of the animals.

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(GRT MANCHESTER) GM Police Operation Warren Report: Dawn raid by a team of officers who executed warrants at an address in Stockport and arrested three people as part of the ongoing investigation into the attempted murder of a 19yr-old man #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.19: This morning (Thursday 17 October 2019) a team of officers executed warrants at an address in Stockport: The warrants were executed as part of Operation Warren – an ongoing investigation in response to the attempted murder of a 19 year old man in Stockport: Detectives launched an investigation when the teenager was seriously assaulted injuries at around 7.50am on Wednesday 25 September 2019 on Hardman Street in Stockport.

Detective Constable Edward Hooley of GMP’s Stockport division said: “Today’s actions demonstrate the firm stance GMP are taking against those offenders committing violent crime” ……………..“We now have three people in custody and that is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team here in Stockport who have worked tirelessly in order to disrupt a dangerous and brazen organised crime group……………….“The horrifying and calculated nature of this crime should not be underestimated and could have easily ended a young man’s life……………………“I hope that today’s arrests show how seriously we take this kind of criminality and demonstrates just how dedicated GMP are……………………“If the wider public and local Stockport community take one message from today’s action- please let it be that we will do all we can to bring offenders to justice and make sure additional resources are in place across the area to ensure public safety.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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(LAS VEGAS, Nev.) Metropolitan Police Dept Report: Arrest of Christopher Prestipino who is facing charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and first degree kidnapping, according to court records after a woman ’s body was found encased in concrete #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.19: A 45-year-old man was arrested on murder charges after a woman’s body was found encased in a concrete and wooden structure in the Nevada desert, NBC News reported: Christopher Prestipino is facing charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and first degree kidnapping, according to court records………………….Detectives located the body in the desert north of Las Vegas on Oct. 8 and connected it to a missing person’s case from late May, according to NBC affiliate KSNV……………….The Clark County District Attorney’s office identified the woman as 24-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez.

Credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police received a tip in July that Prestipino may have been involved with a woman who went missing on May 31, according to KSNV: Detectives said that the woman was held against her will inside Prestipino’s residence and murdered.

A lawyer for Prestipino did not respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

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(CONNECTICUT) LATEST: At least seven people have died and six people have survived after a ‘ World War 11-Era B-17 Bomber ‘ crashed into ‘ Bradley International Airport ‘ according to James Rovella, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, said at a news conference Wednesday evening #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: Seven people are dead after a World War II-era B-17 bombercrashed into an airport de-icing facility while trying to land at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, officials said: The seven were on the plane, James Rovella, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, said at a news conference Wednesday evening.

Six people on the plane survived. Rovella said he couldn’t give names of the victims because not every family has been notified: Thirteen people — 10 passengers and three crew members — were on board when the vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crashed at the end of a runway, authorities said. One person on the ground was injured, Rovella said……………….Two firefighters were on board the plane, Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Kevin Kowalski said earlier. Kowalski would not provide names of the firefighters nor details on their conditions…………..The aircraft is civilian-registered and was not flown by the military at the time of the crash, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Pilot asked to return to the airport, audio indicates:

The B-17 waited a few minutes for turbulence from a prior aircraft to clear before it was cleared for takeoff, according to FAA air traffic control audio recorded by the website LiveATC.net/

But shortly after takeoff, the pilot told air traffic control: “N93012 would like to return to the field.”……..”What is the reason for coming back?” the controller asked…………..”You got No. 4 engine. We’d like to return, and blow it out,” another pilot in the aircraft said…………A pilot said he needed to land immediately, and the control tower diverted other jets that were about to land, the recording indicates airport’s Twitter.

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(LONDON) MET Appeal Statement from Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson following the incident Friday in the Manchester Arndale Centre and latest information on Fridays knife attack #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.12: Police are appealing for footage and images following the incident at Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre: The public and media can help us by sending any images or footage they may have taken at the Arndale via this website: http://www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk/ Anyone who may have information that could assist the investigation should call 0161 856 0394. In an emergency dial 999……………..We will keep you updated.

Transcript: At 11.15am this morning (Friday 11 October 2019), a man entered the Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester City Centre: He was armed with a large knife and as he entered Exchange Court, he began lunging and attacking people with the weapon.

Two unarmed Police Community Support Officers were in Exchange Court and attempted to confront the attacker: He then chased them with the knife as the officers were calling for urgent assistance……………………The man attacked people around him and we understand five people were injured by him………………Although the injuries are nasty, we are told that thankfully none are life threatening……………………This is a truly shocking incident, injuring a number of people and deeply frightening hundreds more.

We can reassure people that the emergency services response was rapid and we have the man we believe to be the attacker safely in custody: We will now be working to understand why the man committed this awful attack………………Other officers, both armed and unarmed, quickly responded and within five minutes he was challenged and detained by armed officers on Market Street outside the Arndale centre…………………..He was initially arrested on suspicion of serious assault. He was taken into police custody and has now been arrested on suspicion of commissioning, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism……………….We do not yet know the motivation for this terrible attack, it appears random, is certainly brutal and of course extremely frightening for anyone who witnessed it.

We have arrested a man in his 40’s on suspicion of terrorism because of the nature and circumstances of this attack: This is bound to bring back memories of the awful events of 2017……..At this time we do not believe there is anyone else involved in this attack, but we will be constantly reviewing this………..We have specially trained officers supporting those injured during the attack.

We will have increased patrols, including armed patrols, in the city this weekend: This is to reassure people, we do not believe there is a wider threat at this time and we are hoping to return the city centre to normality by tomorrow morning.

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(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday signed “Conner’s Law” — legislation to boost the penalty for assaulting emergency personnel and to increase the death benefit for the families of emergency personnel murdered in the line of duty #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.11: The law is named after State Trooper Kevin Conner, who was shot to death almost a year ago during a traffic stop in Columbus County. Conner was a Bladenboro native and was a Lumberton police officer before he joined the Highway Patrol. Legislature named after State Trooper Kevin Conner was enacted to boost the penalty for injuring, killing cops. (Photo/ODMP)Legislature named after State Trooper Kevin Conner was enacted to boost the penalty for injuring, killing cops. (Photo/ODMP)

Two people are charged with Conner’s murder: “I have spoken to Trooper Kevin Conner’s family and know how much he meant to them and to his community and our state. I hope that in his honor and memory, Conner’s Law will help prevent future violence against the brave men and women who keep our communities safe,” Cooper said in a news release Wednesday.

Republican state Rep. Brenden Jones of Columbus County sponsored the bill: The new law mandates active prison time for people who use a firearm to assault law enforcement officers (prior law had an option for probation) and it toughens the potential sentences for people who assault and injure other emergency responders regardless of what kind of weapon is used.

The law also doubles the death benefit, to $200,000, for the family of a public safety worker murdered on the job.

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(TOKYO, Japan.) JUST IN: #TyphoonHagibis Described as biggest of the year is due to hit and cause havoc on Saturday leading to calling-off ‘ England V France Rugby World Cup Match ‘ said tournament di rector Alan Gilpin #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.10: England’s Rugby World Cup match against France on Saturday has been called off because of Typhoon Hagibis, but organisers hope Scotland against Japan can go ahead as planned on Sunday………..The typhoon, described as the biggest of the year, is set to wreak havoc in Tokyo and surrounding areas………..Ireland’s match with Samoa in Fukuoka is expected to go ahead as scheduled………………..”The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly,” said tournament director Alan Gilpin…………..”It has been made with the best interest of team, public, and tournament volunteer safety as a priority based on expert advice.”

  • What has been announced?

  • OFF: England v France and New Zealand v Italy (Saturday).
  • ON: Ireland v Samoa (11:45 BST, Sat) and Australia v Georgia (Fri) both set to go ahead.
  • ON AS IT STANDS: All four Sunday games – including Scotland v Japan (11:45 BST) – but a review will be made on Sunday morning depending on the damage caused by the typhoon.

The Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy in Toyota on Saturday has also been cancelled, denying Italy their outside chance of qualifying: If the Scotland-Japan match was to be called off, Gregor Townsend’s side are likely be knocked out of the World Cup.

Cancelled matches see both teams awarded two points as part of a 0-0 draw: That means England progress as winners of Pool C, two points ahead of France in second place, and face a probable quarter-final against Australia, with Wales expected to top Pool D and therefore play the French.

France would have the advantage over Wales of a two-week rest, compared to one week.

Scotland, third in Pool A on 10 points with leaders Japan on 14, need to beat the hosts to go through, potentially relying on bonus points.

If second-placed Ireland beat Samoa, a weather-enforced two-point haul would mean Scotland finish third in Pool A and go out, although, in this scenario, an Ireland defeat would mean Scotland progress.

“We are in regular dialogue with World Rugby at all levels to work to ensure our fixture against Japan on Sunday can be played as planned,” said a Scottish Rugby spokesman.

“Public safety is the clear priority.

“Scottish Rugby fully expects contingency plans to be put in place to enable Scotland to contest for a place in the quarter-finals on the pitch, and will be flexible to accommodate this.”

England coach Eddie Jones said his squad will leave Tokyo for Miyazaki, the base for their pre-tournament training camp.

“We’re told what to do. There’s no use speculating on the alternatives. We’re excited about having great preparation for the quarter-finals,” he said.

“We’ll have a short pre-season camp in Miyazaki and then we’re off to Oita. We have an exceptional record in two-week preparations.”

‘Every effort’ to play Sunday matches

The typhoon is expected to clear by Sunday morning, when tournament bosses will stage a comprehensive review to see if the four scheduled games can proceed as planned.

The deadline for a final decision is six hours before kick-off.

“We are continuing to review Sunday’s matches and make every effort to ensure they are as played as scheduled,” added Gilpin.

“A thorough assessment of the venues will take place after the typhoon has passed before a final decision is made on Sunday morning.”

Gilpin said World Cup organisers looked “exhaustively” at contingency plans, which involved moving or rearranging matches, before deciding that was unfeasible on both logistical and safety grounds.

“The risks are just too challenging to enable us to deliver a fair and consistent contingency approach for all teams and participants and importantly to provide confidence in the safety of spectators,” he said.

All fans with tickets to cancelled matches will be entitled to a full refund.

BBC weather presenter Simon King said the typhoon will bring wind gusts in excess of 120mph and 300-500mm of rain: By Chris Jones – BBC rugby union correspondent in Tokyo

“This will be significant in a built-up area such as Tokyo with damage and flooding expected,” he added.

Japan is used to being hit by heavy storms, with the most recent at the start of September, when Typhoon Faxai hit Tokyo. It brought wind gusts of 130mph and left nearly a million without power when it tore through.

“Hagibis is about three-and-a-half times bigger than Faxai and will therefore bring impacts over a much larger area of Japan,” said King.

Gilpin said there are “no regrets” about bringing the tournament to Japan during typhoon season.

“What we have seen over the last three weeks in every respect vindicates the right decision to be here in Japan,” he said.

“It’s been an incredible tournament on and off the field and we always knew there were going to be risks.

“It is rare for a typhoon of this magnitude to cause this impact this late on the typhoon season.”

Meanwhile, race organisers will monitor the storm’s path before deciding whether to cancel Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday. And a 2020 Olympic Games test event for BMX racing scheduled for this weekend in Tokyo has been brought forward to Friday.

Reaction from fans: England supporters told the BBC how their travel plans have been thrown into chaos…………….”We are absolutely devastated,” said Karl Green, who had hoped to begin his honeymoon with new wife Shannan at the England-France fixture in Yokohama, about 20 miles south of the capital………..The couple were at Heathrow Airport, waiting for their flight to Tokyo, when they got the news that this would not be possible……….”We got married in May and planned our delayed honeymoon over a year ago so we could watch England in the World Cup,” Karl, 27, from Essex.

England coach Jones said: He had sympathy for supporters who would miss out…….”It is difficult for them because it was going to be a special occasion and we feel for them and we are lucky to have such great supporters,” said Jones.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………..Published: Oct.10: 2019:

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