Month: July 2019

Opposition MPs have failed in their latest attempt

first_imgOpposition MPs have failed in their latest attempt to defeat government plans to cut out-of-work disability benefits.The government is using its welfare reform and work bill to reduce support for new claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance (ESA) by nearly £30 a week from April 2017.But Labour and SNP attempts to introduce a string of changes to the bill including scrapping the WRAG cut, were defeated by Conservative MPs.Their failed attempt came after members of the House of Lords succeeded in delaying government plans to cut tax credits.Among the changes suggested by Labour and SNP MPs was a measure that would have forced the government to ensure an independent review of the benefits sanctions regime.Debbie Abrahams (pictured), Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, speaking in the main chamber for the first time in that role, said the welfare reform and work bill was “wicked” and the proposed cut to WRAG payments was “a disgrace”.And she questioned why the government had not yet carried out a cumulative impact assessment of the changes in the bill on disabled people, as it should have done under the Equality Act.She said: “There is no analysis of the impact that this will have on the disabled people who will be pushed into poverty.“Half a million disabled people will be affected and lose £30 a week – nearly a third of their weekly income.”Abrahams pointed to the government’s refusal to publish 49 internal reviews of benefit-related deaths – whose existence was first revealed by Disability News Service – and said the government’s failure to order an independent review of its sanctions regime was “a slap in the face of everyone affected by sanctions, including family members of those who have died”.And she said it had been estimated that further planned reductions in the benefit cap “risk pushing tens of thousands of children, families and disabled people into poverty”.She said: “We are the sixth wealthiest country in the world. It is not right that the government are seeking to secure the recovery on the backs of the working poor, their children and disabled people.”Natalie McGarry, the SNP’s shadow disability spokeswoman, said: “We already know that the UK government’s austerity programme is impacting disproportionately on those living with disabilities and sicknesses and that it impairs their ability to work.“We also know that there is absolutely no evidence that these policies of cuts will have a positive impact on moving those in the WRAG group into work.“There is no evidence from the government, despite repeated requests for it to be produced.“It is therefore absolutely shameful that, without any evidence, the Conservatives should have disabled people in their sights yet again, promising to cut nearly a third of ESA support for new claimants in the work-related activity group.”But Priti Patel, the employment minister, said: “In 2008, when the then Labour government introduced ESA as a ‘radical reform package’, the work-related activity component was originally intended to act as an incentive to help people into work and to return quickly to work.“However, the original estimates were incorrect and only one per cent of people in the work-related activity group left the benefit each month.“It is clear, therefore, that the existing policy is not working and that it is failing claimants.”She said that £100 million a year (by 2020) of the £640 million annual savings from the WRAG cut would be spent on helping “claimants with limited work capability but who have potential, because they want to move into work, to get closer to the labour market”.Patel said the government kept the operation of its sanctions regime “under constant review”.Opposition attempts to amend the bill, including the withdrawal of the WRAG cut, were defeated, and the bill was passed at both the report stage and third reading, and will now be debated by the House of Lords.last_img read more

SAINTS produced a superb performance to beat auld

first_imgSAINTS produced a superb performance to beat auld enemy at the DW Stadium on Friday.Mark Percival bagged a try and landed five goals in the blistering 23-4 win that was built on tenacious and swamping defence.Heroes abounded with Keiron Cunningham paying particular attention to James Roby, Joe Greenwood and Jack Owens’ efforts in the red vee.But this was a team effort, from 1-17; a performance that was united, ruthless and honest.They led 16-4 at the break and kept the Warriors scoreless in the second before Luke Walsh dropped a one pointer.Roby then finished off the hosts at the death with a try right out off the top drawer.This was a feisty and committed derby that Saints got the best of in the opening stages.Mark Percival slotted over a penalty on five minutes after Matty Fleming was felled high by Sam Tomkins following a free flowing move.Saints weathered two sets on their own line but after they were forced to drop out on 11 minutes, Lewis Tierney collected a kick along the ground in the corner.Matty Smith missing the conversion.Undeterred by the blow, the visitors continued to press and ask questions of the defence.They were also forcing errors from the Warriors too who were surprisingly struggling to deal with the conditions and Saints aggressive defence.Both sides exchanged drop outs on the 20 minute mark but once Jordan Turner was unceremoniously upended in front of the sticks, Mark Percival levelled the game up with the resultant penalty.Two penalties for the home side followed but Saints produced two superb defensive sets to quell the danger.Turning defence into attack has been a feat of Saints’ four game run and on the half hour mark, when Wigan lost the ball, they did it again.A penalty drove them further into Warriors’ territory and following a couple of strong runs, Lomax hit Percival on a beautiful line to put them ahead.And shortly afterwards, it got better. Another penalty gave Saints great field position and on the last Turner slid a kick through, Tomkins made a hash of it and Morgan Knowles was there to pounce on the loose ball.Percival making it 16-4 at half time.Saints spent most of the opening stages of the second half on the back foot as the Warriors came out with a rocket.Three times they were pegged back on their own line within the opening five minutes and then two penalties in a row had them scrambling once again.Sam Tomkins was denied by the video referee on 48 minutes – the full back failing to ground the ball – and then Saints weathered another two sets before their hosts popped up with an error.It was a monumental effort.On 57 minutes, Tomkins knocked on a high kick from Walsh and Saints resultantly peppered the line.Lomax went close but the last tackle option saw the ball go dead.Saints got the ball back from another Warriors error shortly afterwards and then Alex Walmsley chased down Tomkins following Wilkin’s kick, for a drop out.Cunningham’s men couldn’t force the issue though and they lad to rely on the defence once more.Entering the final 15 minutes, Matty Fleming spied a gap and chipped through on the far side – Tomkins defending it well – before Saints had to once again defend a number of sets on their own line.And, like before, they did the business – the superb Owens producing a wonder tackle on Tierney to bundle him into touch in the far corner.Saints then killed off the game.Solid drives up the middle got them to within 35 metres and cool hand Luke Walsh popped over a one pointer.Wigan won the ball back from the restart but nothing was going to spoil Saints night.FPN took exception to LMS in the final stages – resulting in an all in brawl – and both saw yellow for their troubles.The away fans, who were superb throughout, sang louder and Saints responded with an equally superb try.Led by Walsh, it went through several pairs of hands before James Roby scooted under the sticks.The players piled in to celebrate, the fans did the same, and the derby was won.Match Summary:Warriors:Tries: TierneyGoals: Smith (0 from 1)Saints:Tries: Percival, Knowles, RobyGoals: Percival (5 from 5)Drop: WalshPenalties:Warriors: 10Saints: 7HT: 16-4FT: 23-4REF: P BenthamATT: 20,049Teams:Warriors:1. Sam Tomkins; 22. Lewis Tierney, 4. Dan Sarginson, 20. Oliver Gildart, 5. Dominic Manfredi; 6. George Williams, 7. Matty Smith; 21. Ryan Sutton, 16. Sam Powell, 10. Ben Flower, 25. Willie Isa, 14. John Bateman, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.Subs: 8. Dominic Crosby, 17. Lee Mossop, 24. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 28. Jake Shorrocks. Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 22. Jack Owens, 24. Matty Fleming, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 15. Greg Richards, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 20. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

Town plans to start Oak Island Pier demo in February

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Plans are underway for the Oak Island Pier that was heavily damaged more than a year ago by Hurricane Matthew.Permits are now in hand and the Town of Oak Island has had pre-construction meetings to move forward.- Advertisement – The contractor is planning to start the demo and replacement the first week of next month.Town council says they are looking at options for the restaurant and store areas and will release those details next month as well.The pier project will be completed in two phases.last_img read more

WPD Suspect arrested for trying to shoot at man on school campus

first_img Police say Maurice McKoy,30, confronted the victim in the Tileston complex around 8:40 a.m., where he assaulted and threatened him. McKoy attempted to shoot the victim, but his gun malfunctioned. He then disposed of the weapon in a nearby trash can, which officers later recovered.Officers arrived on scene within four minutes of receiving the call and immediately detained McKoy. Officers found bullets and marijuana on him.This was an isolated incident, and police say school officials were instrumental in McKoy’s capture.Related Article: WPD: Warrants secured for man who scammed residentsMcKoy is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm on school property, resisting/delaying arrest and possession of schedule VI drug.He is currently being held at the New Hanover County Detention Facility on a $100,000 secured bond. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man has been arrested after police say he attempted to shoot at another man while on the campus of St. Mary Catholic School.Wilmington Police Department say the threat was not directed toward the school, staff or students.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover Co schools talk overcrowding redistricting

first_imgNew Hanover County Board of Education approves option to proceed with proposed high school redistricting plan (Photo: New Hanover County Schools) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In early spring, New Hanover County school board members stalled on passing plans to redistrict and move hundreds of high schoolers.Today though, they are bringing the issue back up before the school year is out.- Advertisement – At 5 p.m., board members had been meeting for about an hour to hold a workshop on high school redistricting.They are expected to look after a host of options for handling overcrowding in high schools including extra mobile unitsThey are also taking over bonds for future projects that could address the ongoing issue.Related Article: Study: South Carolina teachers poorer today than in 2008We will have more tonight on WWAY News at 11.last_img read more

Pearl Harbor survivor Wilmington resident dies

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of Wilmington’s last known survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died.William “Bill” Hendley was a long time Wilmington resident who served on the Battleship USS Oklahoma, which capsized bottom up in the harbor on December 7, 1941. Hendley was 99 years old.- Advertisement – Another local Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy officer Harold Garrish died in December at 100 years old.Hendley, Garrish, and Leslie “Bud” Hollenbeck were honored in December 2017 in a ceremony hosted by the World War II Wilmington Coalition.Hendley told WWAY in 2017 he was in the shower with nine other men at the time of the bombing. If it was not for his Chief Petty Officer, Hendley would not be here today to share his story.Related Article: WWAY Health Fair brings out big crowds againWhen the bombs hit the USS Oklahoma, Hendley and the other men had to escape from the port hole on the ship. His chief officer couldn’t fit so he helped the others get out, Hendley said his chief prayed while knowing his fate.“Thank him for God sakes,” Hendley told WWAY. “Thank him for, I wouldn’t have wanted him to lose his life but I appreciate the fact that he did lose his life saving eight of us,” Hendley said.Hendley and the eight others jumped into the water surrounded by fire with no clothes, then had to swim to the beach for safety.The funeral is planned for Saturday.The only known survivor now in southeastern NC is Hollenbeck, of Wilmington, who served as a Navy signalman on the Battleship USS Pennsylvania.last_img read more

Semi jack knifes snarling Brunswick County traffic

first_img The truck ran off the road and ended up in an embankment.Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, and fire and rescue personnel responded to the scene.The highway patrol is investigating the cause of the crash. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A semi tractor trailer jack knifed Monday morning snarling traffic in Brunswick County.The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Highway 74 East near Delco and brought traffic to a standstill for a short time.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Is Microsoft Buying Nokia

first_imgAdvertisement Various reports have thrown light on the sad situation of the company. The weekly Helsinki Times mentioned in its latest edition that Nokia stocks were now below book value — a situation described as “worth more dead than alive” rhetorically. It even added, “The investment community is fertile ground for rumours, and there are plenty about what could happen to Nokia. One of the most persistent rumours is that Microsoft may buy the company.”A Wall Street Journal report stated that, “The alliance with Microsoft is a powerful one. Maybe Apple and Google have already won the mobile-phone business, and everyone else is doomed. But that’s what they once said about Nokia. Things change in this industry. Microsoft, which is desperate to play catch-up in smart-phones, could buy Nokia today out of petty cash.”The edition also mentioned that Microsoft has about 46 billion euros in cash equivalent, while Nokia’s market value is 8.4 billion euros, hinting at ruling out any other buyer for Nokia. – Advertisement – Article by: Kalpana Sharma, EFYTIMES News Networklast_img read more

Uganda in third phase of broadband backbone

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda’s National Information Technology Authority (NITA) is in the third phase of implementing its National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure (NBI), a project which once completed will provide high speed internet access to Ugandans.East African Business Week reports the third phase of the project will start in September and the completion date is set for July 2014.The project will involve the laying of optical fibre cable to connect Masaka, Mbarara, Ntungamo, Kabale and Katuna to the National Backbone BI and the construction of the Network Operations Center (NOC). – Advertisement – There have however been reports that an audit by the Auditor General had called for the stopping of the US$106 million project until some issues, including opening NBI’s third phase for competition, are sorted.The third phase of NBI, which will be carried out by Soliton Telmec, will connect Uganda to Tanzania through Mutukula and Rwanda through Katuna.Credit: HumanIPOlast_img read more

Microsoft set to launch first batch of Windows 10 phones on October

first_imgCredit: WinBeta Advertisement Microsoft Corp sent out invitations for an event on October 6, where it is predicted to unveil new devices that run on Windows 10, its latest operating system.This was confirmed by a Microsoft spokeswoman – “We’re eager to share some exciting news about Windows 10 devices.”Microsoft is expected to unveil devices such as the Surface Pro 4 tablet, the Microsoft Band 2 wearable fitness tracker and the latest Lumia smartphones at the event. – Advertisement – Microsoft launched Windows 10 in July, almost three years after the launch of its previous operating system, Windows 8.[related-posts]The new OS, designed to work across laptops, desktops and smartphones, is part of the company’s push to win back lost ground in tablets and mobiles.Credit: TOIlast_img read more

World Cup Price Update

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily 4.30pm update from the trading room at Star Sports with all the moves for this evenings World Cup.Thursday 12 JuneWORLD CUP2/7 Brazil 12/1 Croatia 9/2 DRAWSTAR NEWS WIREBrazil were 1/3 this morningBrazil HT/FT 5/6 (from evens)We laid Spain at 6/1 today on the outright marketBetting in running throughout – including all the late kick offs FOR ALL OUR WORLD CUP MARKETSCALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

Latin America Focus of Roundtable Discussions at Rice

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis 109 Rayzor Hall 5) “U.S.-Latin America Relations Beyond NAFTA”-Edward Djerejian 110 Rayzor Hall 6) “Latinos in the United States: Similarities and Differences”- Richard Tapia 107 Rayzor Hall or “Rumba and Tango” dance classes-June Burton Farnsworth Pavilion, Ley Student Center Lunch-Cohen House Noon-1:30 p.m.”Latin America in Houston: The Hispanic Connection”-Stephen Klineberg, Rice sociology professor(talk starts about 1 p.m.)1:30 p.m.Special Presentations:Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at RiceGeorge R. Brown Forensic SocietyThe Engineering Posse ProgramAfternoon Session2 p.m.Afternoon Faculty Roundtables1) “Brazil”- Franz Brotzen305 Sewall Hall2) “Indigenous Languages and Cultures of Latin America:Past, Present and Future”-James Copeland109 Rayzor Hall3) “International Trade in Latin America”-Malcolm Gillis, Peter Mieszkowski, GeorgeZodrow110 Rayzor Hall4) “Brazil: A Continent Within a Continent”-MariaTeresa Leal303 Sewall Hall5) “The Politics of Ceremony: European Rule Over theAmericas, 1492-1650”-Patricia Seed307 Sewall Hall6) “Politics and Art in Argentina”-Julie Taylor107 Rayzor Hall7) “The Speech of Argentineans”-Hector Urrutibeheity111 Rayzor HallorMerengue and Salsa dance classes-June BurtonFarnsworth Pavilion, Rice Memorial CenterLatin America Into the 21st CenturyRice UniversitySaturday, February 18, 1995Photo Opportunities11 a.m., Room 110, Rayzor Hall”U.S.-Latin America Relations Beyond NAFTA”Edward Djerejian, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, currentlydirectorof the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policyor”Rumba and Tango” dance classes-June BurtonFarnsworth Pavilion, Ley Student CenterNoon, Cohen House”Latin America in Houston: The Hispanic Connection”-Stephen Klineberg, Rice sociology professor(talk starts about 1 p.m.)2 p.m., Room 110, Rayzor Hall”International Trade in Latin America”-Malcolm Gillis, president of Rice UniversityPeter Mieszkowski, Rice University economics professorGeorge Zodrow, Rice University economics professororMerengue and Salsa dance classes-June BurtonFarnsworth Pavilion, Ley Student Center Share Contact: Michael CinelliPhone: (713) 831-4794 Latin America Focus of Roundtable Discussions at Rice A comprehensive review of Latin America-its people, customs, resources, politics-will be the focus of a series of roundtable discussions and dance classes at Rice University onSaturday, Feb. 18. The program, entitled “Latin America Into the 21st Century,” is being held for groups of Rice alumni and friends, the Houston consular corps, and other notable Hispanic business leaders.Highlights of the day-long event include: * The release of detailed information about Houston’s Latin American community compiled during the past 13 years by Ricesociologist Stephen Klineberg; * Morning and afternoon roundtable discussions at Rayzor andSewall halls; * Rumba and tango and merengue and salsa dance classes in theFarnsworth Pavilion, Ley Student Center. A detailed schedule of events is attached. One of the morning roundtable discussions entitled “U.S.-Latin American Relations Beyond NAFTA” will be led by Edward Djerejian, director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. An afternoon session entitled “International Trade in Latin America” will be led by Rice president Malcolm Gillis and Rice economics professors PeterMieszkowski and George Zodrow. Space is limited for the roundtable discussions and lunch. Please contact Michael Cinelli, director of the Rice University News Office, at (713) 831-4794 by Feb.16 if you plan to attend one of theroundtable sessions or the lunch. ### Latin America Into the 21st Century Saturday, February 18, 1995Rice UniversityMorning Session 8:30 a.m. Baker College CommonsBuffet Breakfast: Brazilian Cuisine9:30 a.m. Baker College CommonsA Conversation with Rice President Malcolm Gillis10 a.m. Baker College Commons”10 Years of Photographing Mexican Fiestas”Remarks and Slide Presentationby Geoffrey Winningham, Art & Art History Professor11 a.m. Morning Faculty Roundtables1) “Geology and Petroleum in Latin America”-Albert Bally303 Sewall Hall2) “The Privatization of Latin America”-Dagobert Britocenter_img 305 Sewall Hall 4) “Latin America’s New Politics”-Robert Dix 307 Sewall Hall 3) “Brazil”-Franz Brotzenlast_img read more

Rice experts available to comment on Florida pastors threat to burn Qurans

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduRice experts available to comment on Florida pastor’s threat to burn QuransTerry Jones, the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., has generated headlines around the world with his announcement that he plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11. Two experts from Rice University are available to comment on different aspects of the controversy.Rice University sociologist D. Michael Lindsay, who studies evangelical Christians, said, “The outcry coming from Christian leaders shows how much the evangelical movement, in particular, wants to distance itself from Pastor Terry Jones and his plans to burn the Quran. In recent decades, evangelicals have made considerable strides in terms of public opinion, so they are especially concerned about the backlash of being associated with the Dove Outreach Center. “At the same time, evangelicals are different from other religious traditions — they have no official hierarchy. That means that each pastor and congregation is free to do as he pleases. My sense is that Christian leaders around the world are hoping — and praying — that Pastor Jones will not follow through with his plan.”Lindsay is an assistant professor of sociology and director of the Program for the Study of Leadership at Rice’s Institute for Urban Research. He is the author of the book “Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite.”Mike Pardee, executive director of Rice’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, can comment on the responses people have had to the idea of the Quran burning. He said that such an action would gravely offend and upset many people around the world, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. However, burning Qurans will appeal to others and even more people will be unaware of or indifferent to the whole episode.“Some will see his church’s actions as an affirmation of free speech or other freedoms of expression protected by the U.S. Constitution,” Pardee said. “Others will be duly outraged by the desecration of the sacred scripture of one of the world’s foremost faith traditions. The flames he kindles to consume those sacred texts that day will surely generate heat. Whether they will also generate any light, constructive dialogue, mutual respect and understanding remains to be determined.” Pardee said that incidents such as this can also strengthen the efforts of those committed to nurturing and promoting religious tolerance. “Pastor Jones has prompted many others to more actively oppose both his Islamophobic message and his means for expressing it,” he said. “It has encouraged more people to speak up and reject the impulse to categorically condemn entire religions or faith traditions for the actions of some of their adherents.”To speak with Lindsay or Pardee, contact Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more

Army Investigating Soldiers Death at Fort Bragg Barracks

first_img FORT BRAGG, N.C. —Army officials say a 21-year-old decorated soldier was found dead in his barracks at Fort Bragg.Local media outlets report that Pfc. David Winchester, of Adamsville, Alabama, was found Wednesday. Agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating.The Army said in a release Friday that Winchester was a biomedical equipment specialist. He joined the Army in April 2015 and was assigned to Fort Bragg last June.Lt. Col. Aric Bowman says Winchester “was the embodiment of what every commander hopes for in a soldier.” Bowman says Winchester was “an enthusiastic, high-performing member of our medical maintenance team, and he touched many lives.”Winchester’s awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon. US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Show Discussioncenter_img Army Investigating Soldier’s Death at Fort Bragg Barracks By The Associated Press November 19, 2016 Updated: November 19, 2016 Share this article FT. BRAGG, NC – NOVEMBER 14: World War II-era white clapboard buildings still stand and are in use November 14, 2002 in an overall view of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Ft. Bragg, one of the country’s main military bases and headquarters for the U.S. Special Forces, would provide thousands of troops for any invasion of Iraq. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) last_img read more

The Latest No Hostages Shot in Fla Bank Robbery

first_img Share US The Latest on a bank robbery turned hostage situation in Jacksonville, Fla. (all times local):11:30 a.m.The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says none of the 11 hostages held at gunpoint by a bank robbery suspect in north Florida were shot.The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the hostages were held for about two hours inside a Jacksonville, Florida, credit union before they were freed.The sheriff’s office said in a tweet Thursday that initial reports that a hostage had been shot inside the Community First Credit Union were inaccurate.The sheriff’s office says the handgun-carrying suspect was taken into custody after the release of the hostages. Florida authorities say a robber has released several hostages at a bank in Jacksonville, Florida, and that SWAT team members are on the scene, Community First Credit Union. Police negotiators also are on the scene., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough) Florida authorities say a robber has released several hostages at a bank in Jacksonville, Florida, and that SWAT team members are on the scene, Community First Credit Union. Police negotiators also are on the scene., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)___11:15 a.m.The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says 11 hostages have been freed from a credit union in that north Florida city where they were held at gunpoint by a robbery suspect.The sheriff’s office said in a tweet Thursday that the hostages were freed about two hours after their ordeal began and that the suspect was in custody.Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda had said an initial 911 call reporting a bank robbery came in at 9:06 a.m.A short time later, another call indicated that someone may have been shot, but the sheriff’s office has been unable to confirm that.She said SWAT team members and police negotiators were called in.Florida authorities say a robber has released several hostages at a bank in Jacksonville, Florida, and that SWAT team members are on the scene, Community First Credit Union. Police negotiators also are on the scene., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough) Florida authorities say a robber has released several hostages at a bank in Jacksonville, Florida, and that SWAT team members are on the scene, Community First Credit Union. Police negotiators also are on the scene., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)___10:30 a.m.Florida authorities say a robber is holding several hostages at a bank in Jacksonville, Florida, and that SWAT team members are on the scene.Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda says an unknown number of hostages are inside the Community First Credit Union.She said that an initial 911 call indicated that someone may have been shot during the robbery Thursday, but the sheriff’s office has not been able to confirm that.Police negotiators also are on the scene. Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img The Latest: No Hostages Shot in Fla. Bank Robbery By The Associated Press December 1, 2016 Updated: December 1, 2016 Florida authorities say a robber has released several hostages at a bank in Jacksonville, Florida, and that SWAT team members are on the scene, Community First Credit Union. Police negotiators also are on the scene., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough) Show Discussionlast_img read more

USGS Geologist Says 15000 Buildings Could Be Seriously Damaged if Major Quake

first_img Show Discussion Share Many roads, including bridges and elevated highways were damaged by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Los Angeles in Jan. 1994. (FEMA News Photo) USGS Geologist Says 15,000 Buildings Could Be Seriously Damaged if Major Quake Strikes LA By Jack Phillips September 21, 2017 Updated: September 21, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article US If a massive earthquake, like the one in Mexico City earlier this week, struck Los Angeles, it could be devastating, according to an expert.“This is a vivid reminder—these videos we’re seeing—that this could happen here,” said Dr. Ken Hudnut, with the U.S. Geological Survey, referring to the destruction left by the Mexico City quake, which registered as a 7.1 on the Richter scale. Anything over a magnitude 6.0 is considered to have the potential for significant damage.Hudnut cited a recent study that found some 15,000 Los Angeles structures are vulnerable to collapse during a significant earthquake, according to ABC7. They’re called “soft stony structures,” and they likely need to be retrofitted. “A lot, like many of the apartment buildings you see in and around Los Angeles, where you have parking on the ground level or maybe one level below ground,” he told ABC7.In the recent Mexico quake, at least 200 people died. Schools and other buildings collapsed, crushing people and trapping others inside.“When an earthquake hits and (support beams) get sheared, the vertical beams don’t have that shear resistance and then the whole thing can potentially collapse,” Hudnut said.Adding metal bracing in buildings could reduce the vulnerability to quakes, he said. “Now, in a future earthquake, the whole thing is incredibly rigid. It doesn’t buckle and bend and drop anymore. It could save a lot of lives,” Hudnut said.Earlier this month, a nightmare scenario was predicted: an 8.2-magnitude earthquake could kill as many as 1,800 in Los Angeles, according to the LA Times.Major freeways would be destroyed by the shaking, with some being sliced in half, and the resulting parts moving up to 15 feet away from each other, seismologist Lucy Jones said in the report.“Those freeways cross the fault, and when the fault moves, they will be destroyed, period,” Jones said. “To be that earthquake, it has to move that fault, and it has to break those roads.”via GIPHYIn the same scenario, aqueducts that bring most of the drinking water into Los Angeles would be destroyed as well.The Los Angeles Times, in an editorial, wrote, “A magnitude 7-plus earthquake on the San Andreas fault will damage the entire region.”One day before the 7.1 quake hit Mexico, a magnitude-3.6 earthquake struck Westwood, L.A., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.An aerial view of destruction caused by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake. Approximately 114,000 residential and commercial structures were damaged (FEMA News Photo) An aerial view of destruction caused by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake. Approximately 114,000 residential and commercial structures were damaged (FEMA News Photo)In 1994, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in Northridge, L.A., killed 57 people and injured more than 8,700. Between $13 billion and $50 billion worth of damage was done as buildings and freeways collapsed. last_img read more

Robbery Prevented When Victim Pulls Concealed Gun and Opens Fire

first_img Share this article Share US News Robbery Prevented When Victim Pulls Concealed Gun and Opens Fire By Jack Phillips October 13, 2017 Updated: October 13, 2017 A Detroit man tried to rob two men at gunpoint, but one of the intended victims pulled out a gun and started shooting.The incident was captured on a security camera, as reported by FOX2.Sanchez Quinn, 29, attempted to rob two men at gunpoint near a supermarket on Sunday night, Oct. 8.One of his victims, however, had a concealed carry permit. The victim in the shorts was carrying a concealed gun. He produced it and opened fire. (Screenshot/security footage via Fox2)“I turned and looked and saw the other gentleman had a gun pointed at my face,” the unidentified man told FOX2 in Detroit. “I was able to knock his hand down and the gunfire rang out.” The concealed carry-holding victim is seen in the video wearing a black and white T-shirt and shorts.The third man, identified as the cousin of the victim, was shot in the incident. Quinn was also shot. Both men are expected to survive, FOX2 reported.Quinn and another person were arrested.In 2016, Detroit was named the most violent big city in the United States, experiencing more murders than Los Angeles, which is a much more populous city, the Detroit Free Press reported.According to FBI statistics, 13,705 violent crimes such as rapes, murders, assaults, and robberies were reported in the city last year. That’s a 15.7 percent increase in crime over the previous year. center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   (Screenshot/security footage – via YouTube) Show Discussionlast_img read more

Hillary Clinton Now Claims She Lost in 2016 Becaus

first_img Hillary Clinton Now Claims She Lost in 2016 Because of Voter Suppression By William Patrick March 6, 2019 Updated: March 6, 2019 Show Discussion Share Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined a group of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls in Selma, Alabama, on March 3 to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights demonstration where Alabama state troopers beat peaceful African American demonstrators attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge.Clinton used the opportunity to express divisive views on race relations, the Trump administration, and her stunning election loss in 2016. She also primed a “voter suppression” narrative to the mostly black audience.“We are living through a full-fledged crisis in our democracy,” Clinton said, in reference to the Trump administration during a ceremonial breakfast where she was ironically given a 2019 International Unity Award.Clinton Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, speaks onstage during the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast in Selma, Alabama, on March 3, 2019. (Nicole Craine/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Clinton added that “racist and white supremacist views are lifted up in the media and in the White House.”Later in the day, she told listeners at a service at the Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church that their fellow Americans are actively trying to victimize them. “I want you to never forget, there is another side in America, and they never give up. They never quit. They are never discouraged. They are motivated every single day to try to pull back rights, to try to suppress rights, to try to prevent people from fulfilling their own God-given potential,” Clinton said.She also claimed that her 2016 presidential loss was due to people being blocked from voting in Wisconsin due to “the color of their skin.” Clinton famously never visited Wisconsin during her presidential campaign.“I was the first person who ran for president without the protection of the Voting Rights Act,” Clinton said, adding “it made a difference in Wisconsin where the best studies that have been done said somewhere between 40,000 and 80,000 people were turned away from the polls because of the color of their skin, because of their age, because of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow American citizen from voting.”In 2011, Wisconsin passed a strict photo voter identification law that Democrats challenged on the grounds that it suppresses minority votes. But in August 2016, months before the general election, a federal appeals court ruled that the law was constitutional as long as the state provides free IDs to those in need, and sufficiently publicizes the requirement.Wisconsin is one of seven states with a strict photo voter ID law, while 35 states require varying degrees of identification to vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.The Wisconsin Elections Commission also accepts a broad range of identifying documents, including a state driver’s license, ID card or other DMV-issued document, a military or veteran’s ID, student ID, tribal ID, or certificates of naturalization. Voters can also cast a provisional ballot at the polls and retrieve identification up to four days after an election.“Your photo ID does not need to have your current address, and your name on your ID does not have to exactly match the name on the poll list,” Meagan Wolfe, interim administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said in a recent statement.In February, an academic study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research further expounds that strict voter identification laws do not stop people from voting in U.S. elections.Researchers Enrico Cantoni of the University of Bologna and Vincent Pons of Harvard Business School analyzed elections spanning eight years, using a methodology involving 1.3 billion voting observations, and concluded that strict voter ID laws have “no negative effect” on voter registration or voter turnout—either overall or for any specific group, whether defined by race, gender, age, or party affiliation.Clinton lost Wisconsin by 22,748 votes in 2016, with many African American voters in traditional Democratic strongholds like the city of Milwaukee staying home after voting in record numbers for President Obama.Ultimately, the state’s 10 Electoral College votes only padded President Trump’s 304-227 victory over Clinton.However, she also blamed the U.S. Supreme Court for gutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which was passed the same year as the Selma, Alabama bridge crossing. Clinton said Republicans “found a receptive Supreme Court who came up with the most absurd decision,” referring to the 2013 Shelby v. Holder ruling.“No, you don’t need that anymore. We don’t need that voting rights stuff. You don’t need to hold states and municipalities accountable,” she said. “What nonsense. Absolute, absurd nonsense. And what was the result? They gutted the Voting Rights Act.”In truth, the court did not effectively repeal the Voting Rights Act but determined that the original coverage formula for determining which voting jurisdictions are subject to federal oversight, known as pre-clearance, was no longer valid—nearly a half-century later.According to Hans von Spakovsky, a former FEC commissioner and senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, the Shelby ruling was a sign of “overwhelming success of the Voting Rights Act.”“No one can rationally claim that there is still widespread, official discrimination in the Southern states of the former Confederacy that were the initial target of the Voting Rights Act, or in any other parts of the country, for that matter,” he wrote on the 50th anniversary of the landmark voting legislation.But the theme of voter suppression still resonated during the 2018 midterms and looks to be a top campaign issue ahead of the 2020 elections.Clinton singled-out Stacey Abrams on Sunday for narrowly losing her Georgia gubernatorial election to the state’s current Republican Governor, Brian Kemp, despite record overall and minority voting turnout.Abrams, a Democrat, would have been Georgia’s first African American governor. She didn’t officially end her campaign until 10 days after Nov. 6, and has since sued over the election result alleging systematic voter suppression.“We know, don’t we, that candidates both black and white lost their races because they have been deprived of the votes they otherwise would have gotten,” Clinton said. “And the clearest example is from next door in Georgia. Stacy Abrams should be the governor leading that state right now.”Abrams has based her career on voter suppression, and appears to be forging a way forward on the issue to the benefit of the Democratic Party.Abrams was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2007 and remained a relatively obscure figure until receiving a funding windfall of $12.5 million in 2016 through two voter registration nonprofits.She has consistently resisted identifying the sources of the funding, although she once thanked billionaire financier George Soros in an interview. Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros speaks during a discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York, September 27, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoIn the lead-up to her 2018 election, Abrams organized a statewide voter registration drive known as the New Georgia Project, which also relied on wealthy out-of-state progressive donors.More recently, a PAC known as “Fair Fight Action” was reorganized to expand Abrams’s so-called “dark money” operations. Dark money refers to political spending where donors are not disclosed and sources of funding are unknown.Abrams has said she will announce whether she will run for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia sometime in March. Meanwhile, her Fair Fight Action PAC has financed a website called Fair Fight Georgia, which asserts that “elections in Georgia, and throughout much of our country, are not fair.”Regarding 2020, Clinton said, “So we’re looking toward a new presidential election, thank goodness, but it’s not going to make a difference if we don’t bring the lawsuits and win them, right?” Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, speaks during the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast in Selma, Alabama, on March 3, 2019. (Nicole Craine/Bloomberg via Getty Images) center_img US News Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Heavily armed San Diego police officers approach a

first_imgHeavily armed San Diego police officers approach a house thought to be the home of 19 year-old John T. Earnest, who is a suspect in the shooting of several people in a Poway synagogue in San Diego, Calif., on April 27, 2019. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) San Diego Synagogue Shooting Suspect Posted ‘Open Letter’ Online By Tom Ozimek April 28, 2019 Updated: April 28, 2019 Share this article Crime and Incidents Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM Share A 19-year-old California man suspected of being the gunman behind a mass shooting at a San Diego area synagogue claimed in an open letter published online he was motivated by last month’s Christchurch massacre.The letter, containing racist and anti-Semitic language, was posted on the 8chan message board hours before the deadly shooting on Saturday, April 27, according to the Guardian, citing police sources.The gunman, identified by police as John T. Earnest, is accused of opening fire inside the synagogue in Poway, wounding three people and killing one.San Diego police cited by NBC said the letter had been posted in the name of the suspect, who was taken into custody after the shooting.The letter contained anti-Semitic and racist language, the Guardian reported and its author claimed to be motivated by both last month’s New Zealand mosque shootings and the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue massacre.The gunman struck the Chabad of Poway synagogue exactly six months after the Pittsburgh shooting that killed 11 people. The letter is said by authorities cited by NBC to be similar in tone and format to the one written by the gunman in the Christchurch attacks, which left 50 people dead.Both the Pittsburgh gunman Robert Bowers and the Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant are listed in the letter as a direct inspiration for the shooting.The ShootingPolice said the deadly shooting took place during Passover services at Chabad of Poway, about 20 miles north of San Diego, when a gunman entered the synagogue and opened fire “with an assault-type rifle.”San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said in a media briefing that police were called to the Poway synagogue just before 11:30 a.m. in response to a shooting.He said an off-duty Border Patrol agent at the synagogue fired a weapon in the gunman’s direction but missed. The suspect escaped, fleeing the scene by vehicle, which was struck by a bullet.Gore identified the suspect as “19-year-old John T. Earnest of San Diego (DOB 6/8/99).”He said deputies later arrested Earnest without incident.Chabad of Poway Synagogue Synagogue members walk outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in Poway, Calif., on April 27, 2019. (Denis Poroy/AP Photo)The sheriff said in the press briefing that “detectives are also looking into the authenticity of online claims he wrote a manifesto.”The VictimsGore said that four people—including a child—were wounded in the shooting and were all rushed to a hospital.Gore said one woman later died from her injuries.He cited doctors as saying that the remaining victims “are doing well.”“A rabbi underwent surgery after suffering gunshot wounds to his hands,” Gore said, adding, “A 34-year-old man and a child were hit by shrapnel from bullets.”He said an autopsy would be performed on the deceased victim to determine the exact cause of death.“The Sheriff’s Department expresses its sincerest condolences to those affected by today’s incident,” Gore wrote. “Our hearts go out to those going through this difficult time.”Synagogue members console one another Synagogue members console one another outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in Poway, Calif., on April 27, 2019. (Denis Poroy/AP Photo)A Palomar Medical Center Poway representative told CNN earlier that they were receiving one trauma patient from a shooting at a synagogue.The representative added that they were expecting as many as four patients, reported the news broadcaster. The nature of their injuries is not immediately known.Gore also confirmed on Twitter that the wounded have been taken to the medical center.“Those wounded in the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting were taken to Palomar Medical Center PalomarHealth. Please respect the medical privacy of victims & their families during this difficult time,” the sheriff wrote.President Donald Trump expressed his condolences in a message on Twitter.“Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California,” Trump wrote. “God bless you all. Suspect apprehended. Law enforcement did outstanding job. Thank you!” Gore said extra patrols were being provided at places of worship over the weekend.He called on people to report suspicious activity and said, “we encourage the public to remain vigilant.” Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California. God bless you all. Suspect apprehended. Law enforcement did outstanding job. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgProbably the most essential travel carry after your passport and flight ticket, the HoodiePillow Travel Pillow combines two of the best and most comfortable things known to mankind into one super-comfortable product.Designed to be the jet-lagged traveler’s best friend, the HoodiePillow Travel Pillow provides an comfortable memory foam shoulder cushion (there’s even an inflatable cushion variant) to sleep on with the added comfort of a hoodie that keeps your head warm, covers your eyes, and even muffles your hearing, so you can sleep on that long plane/train/bus ride without being disturbed by anything, be it discomfort, sunlight, or noise. What’s more, the hoodie by virtue of being attached to the shoulder pillow keeps it from casually slipping off your neck when you carry it around. It also makes traveling with a travel-pillow around your neck infinitely cooler, thanks to the hoodie!Designers: Chris Hindley & Rebecca Rescate.BUY NOWBUY NOWSharePinShareFlipSharePocket13.7K Shareslast_img read more