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Myanmar’s capital have been put under martial law as the number of deaths continues to increase.

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Myanmar's capital have been put under martial law as the number of deaths continues to increase.
Myanmar's capital have been put under martial law as the number of deaths continues to increase.

Myanmar’s capital have been put under martial law as the number of deaths continues to increase.

 

Myanmar’s ruling junta has proclaimed martial law in parts of the country’s largest city, as security forces continue to destroy demonstrators in a brutal crackdown on opposition to the military coup last month.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an independent organisation monitoring the toll of the repression, at least 38 people were killed and hundreds were wounded on Sunday, one of the deadliest days of the crackdown.

The majority of those killed — 34 — were in Yangon, where martial law had been enforced on two townships, Hlaing Thar Yar and neighboring Shwepyitha.

People running away after gunfire was heard in the Hlaing Thar Yar township, according to video. According to footage from the independent Democratic Voice of Burma, those fleeing carried one wounded person and attempted to revive two others, one of whom appeared to be dead or dying.

According to the aid organization, 22 civilians were killed and more than a dozen were injured in Hlaing Thar Yar on Sunday. The township was also home to a large number of junta troops.

Myanmar has been in a state of emergency since the takeover six weeks ago, with civilian leaders arrested and military leaders in charge of the entire country. However, the announcement on state television MRTV late Sunday seemed to be the first use of the word martial law since the coup, and it indicated that the military would be in charge of security rather than local police.

The State Administrative Council took steps to strengthen security and restore law and order, according to the announcement, and the Yangon regional commander has been granted administrative, judicial, and military powers in the area under his command.

According to the help organization and local media, four more deaths were recorded in Bago, Mandalay, and the northern city of Hpakant in Kachin state.

In Yangon, video posted on social media showed crowds of people running down a street amid gunshots, some wearing hard hats and gas masks. As they fled, the demonstrators sprayed vapor from fire extinguishers, a popular technique for smothering tear gas and creating a vapor barrier that makes it harder for police to chase or shoot demonstrators.

In other areas of Yangon, including Insein district, where billows of black smoke could be seen after security forces allegedly set roadblocks on fire, there were also reports of casualties from live rounds and rubber bullets.

Anti-coup protesters used the cover of darkness on Saturday and Sunday nights to stage mass candlelight vigils in a Yangon commercial area where they typically held daytime demonstrations. In Mandalay and elsewhere, after-dark rallies were also held.

From the beginning, the protest movement has been based on nonviolent civil disobedience, with marches and general strikes being among its most prominent features. However, some demonstrators have called for more effective, more flexible self-defense tactics, such as conducting small protests that disband and reassemble quickly, and creating cover with fire extinguishers and billowing laundry.

On Saturday, Myanmar’s government in exile’s civilian leader vowed to continue promoting a “revolution” to depose the military leaders who seized power in a Feb. 1 coup. For the first time since the coup, Mahn Win Khaing Than, who is a member of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party and was elected acting vice president by Myanmar’s ousted lawmakers, addressed the public.

In a video posted on the shadow government’s website and social media, he said, “This is the nation’s darkest hour, and the moment that the dawn is near.”

“This revolution is the chance for us to bring our energies together in order to form a federal democracy, which all ethnic brothers who have been enduring various forms of oppression from the dictatorship for decades truly desired,” he said.

“We will never submit to an oppressive military,” he said, “but we will carve our future together with our collective power.” “We must complete our mission.”

He flashed the three-finger salute at the end of the post, which has become a sign of resistance to military rulers.

The number of civilians killed by security forces since the coup appears to have reached 100, according to the aid group’s count. Due to the country’s security situation and a crackdown on independent media, confirmation is virtually impossible, but different organisations have carefully compiled tallies with identical estimates.

The real death toll is possibly higher, as police seem to have seized some bodies, and some victims have suffered severe bullet wounds that makeshift hospitals would struggle to treat. Many hospitals are occupied by security forces, and as a result, medical staff boycott them and demonstrators avoid them.

As an intimidation tactic, police have also patrolled suburban areas at night, shooting into the air and using stun grenades. They’ve even removed people from their homes with no opposition in targeted raids. The inmates died in detention within hours of being taken away in at least two reported instances.

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins’ defense deserves praise for helping turn season around

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins’ defense deserves praise for helping turn season around

There is often an opportunity that discomfort creates if it is welcomed.

It’s called growth, and that is what we’ve been witnessing from the Miami Dolphins defense the past five weeks, where that unit’s development, and tightening of the screws has helped the Dolphins (6-7) transform from an NFL laughingstock due to their seven straight losses into a franchise deserving some respect.

Tua Tagovailoa’s accuracy, anticipation and pocket presence have allowed the offense become respectable during Miami’s five-game winning streak. But it’s the defense that is doing the heavy lifting once again.

If there’s one thing the 2021 season has taught us is that expecting things to carryover from one season to the next in the NFL is shortsighted.

The slightest alteration of your roster — like a swap from safety from Bobby McCain to Jevon Holland, a change at outside linebacker from Kyle Van Noy to Jaelan Phillips, the absence of an edge setter Shaq Lawson — could drastically alter your team’s chemistry, shift the unit’s strengths and weaknesses, and impact the team’s style of play.

Defensive coordinator Josh Boyer got a crash course on this earlier this season when he tried to run the same scheme that produced one of the NFL’s stingiest defenses in 2020 with different personnel.

While the defensive play-calls might have been similar — if not the same — the execution wasn’t, and the product on the field left plenty to be desired considering the Dolphins sat at the bottom of many important NFL statistical rankings before the wins started piling up.

Then comfort set in, roles were adapted, and the screws tightened. During this five-game winning streak Miami’s defense allowed just four touchdowns, a stretch where Miami’s opponents averaged 11 points per game.

“I feel like we’re back to that level,” Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard said, referring to the sack-producing, turnover-creating unit the Dolphins possessed last season. “I feel like everybody is confident, everybody is having fun.”

But the road back to respectable wasn’t easy, and featured some growing pains.

For instance, Miami’s run defense tightened once nose tackle Raekwon Davis returned from the knee injury he suffered in the season opener. In the nine games Davis has played since his return only three teams have rushed for 100 or more yards against Miami.

As a result, the Dolphins rank ninth against the run now, allowing 103.8 rushing yards per game, heading into this weekend’s bye.

Clamping down against the run set the table for everything else, but Miami had to overcome some injuries, and be patient with its young players’ development to get here.

Howard and Byron Jones, Miami’s two upper-echelon cornerbacks, the talents whose skill-set this defense is built around, were each nursing a groin injury at the same time earlier in the season. Their injuries impacted their performance, and the schemes Miami could run for nearly a month.

It also took Holland, the Dolphins’ 2021 second-round pick, half a season to become comfortable in Miami’s defense. Now the former Oregon standout is one of the team’s top playmakers, and a leader the secondary leans on.

He’s proof that sometimes teams have to wait for young players to blossom.

That seemed to be the case with not just Holland, but Phillips, whom the Dolphins selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2021 draft. The former University of Miami standout struggled to quickly learn everything that came with being a linebacker in Miami’s scheme.

The Dolphins eventually scrapped (or tabled) the outside linebacker role, and began to use Phillips exclusively as a pass rusher. Last Sunday Phillips set a Dolphins rookie record by reaching 8.5 sacks on the season, and seven of them have come in the past five games.

To simplify things for Phillips, Jerome Baker became an edge player, returning to the outside linebacker role he held in his rookie season. That opened the door for Duke Riley to get more playing time at inside linebacker.

Miami’s defense evolved into what it is today through trial and error and ultimately found a formula that works for this unit — not last year’s defense.

Last year the Dolphins defense allowed a touchdown 57.4 percent of the time teams reached the red zone, which ranked Miami seventh in that statistical category.

This year Miami is allowing 50 percent of red-zone opportunities to turn into touchdowns, which ties Miami with Buffalo for fourth in the NFL.

Only Baltimore, New England and New Orleans are better, and that’s good company to keep.

“It’s about trusting the process. Believing in what you’re doing. Believing in the scheme, and believing in the players,” Boyer said. “From the players, from the coaches, even when things haven’t been good. We all understand that we’re approaching things the right way. We’re working the right way. We haven’t always gotten the results we wanted. Just because you work hard, prepare the right way, coaching it the right way, it really comes down to execution on Sundays.”

The evolution will continue as Holland, Phillips and Baker become more comfortable in their new roles.

The hope is that the growth we’ve seen this past month will carry on throughout the final four games of the regular season, and maybe next year’s defense will start out the 2022 season with less discomfort.

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Three-vehicle crash on C-470 shuts down highway near E-470 junction

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Three-vehicle crash on C-470 shuts down highway near E-470 junction

The westbound lanes of C-470 have been shutdown along the junction with E-470 by a three-vehicle crash.

The highway is closed at Interstate 25 where E-470 turns into C-470, according to E-470 officials.

The three-vehicle crash happened at about 1:55 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Colorado State Patrol. At least two people have been taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Traffic is being detoured and authorities ask drivers to avoid the stretch if possible.

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A skier from Nederland died Tuesday at Eldora Ski Area

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A skier from Nederland died Tuesday at Eldora Ski Area

A local skier died Tuesday at the Eldora Ski Area after hitting a tree.

At about 10:25 a.m., ski patrol members found the 60-year-old man lying in the trees along the Hot Dog Alley ski run, according to a Boulder County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The skier, from Nederland, was unconscious and the ski patrol began first aid including CPR, the release said. The man, who was skiing alone, was pronounced dead, at 11 a.m. in a first-aid room.

On Nov. 30, a skier, a 72-year-old man, died in a collision with a snowboarder at Eldora.

 

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