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Coronavirus updates: Cases in Alabama county double in 2 weeks

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 610,000 people worldwide.Over 14.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 140,914 deaths.Here is how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern: 10:05 a.m.: NJ closing DMV center after employee tests positiveA DMV licensing center in Wayne, New Jersey, is closing for one week after an employee tested positive, state officials announced Tuesday.The facility will be sanitized and the employee will quarantine for two weeks.9:25 a.m.: Cases in Alabama county double in two weeksOfficials in Calhoun County, Alabama, about 70 miles east of Birmingham, are pleading with residents to wear masks as COVID-19 cases surge in the area. Of the county’s 814 coronavirus cases, 430 of those were reported in just the last two weeks, Michael Barton, director of Emergency Management for Calhoun County, said Monday.“This is alarming,” Barton said, adding that hospitals are at an “all-time high in reaching our capacity.” One local hospital had five COVID-19 patients two weeks ago. That hospital now has 44 patients.Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a mandatory statewide mask requirement last week. “Make sure that you wear your mask and you adhere to all of the standards and guidelines that you possibly can,” urged Joe Weaver, CEO at the local Stringfellow Memorial Hospital. “We know it’s restrictive, but at the same time, there’s no other thing. There’s nothing else that we can do at this point in time.”4:43 a.m.: Russia’s first COVID-19 vaccine ready, deputy defense minister saysRussia’s first vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection, which was created by military specialists and scientists of the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, is ready, First Deputy Defense Minister Ruslan Tsalikov told Argumenty i Fakty.“Final assessments on the results of testing by our specialists and scientists of the National Research Center have been already made. At the moment of release all volunteers without exception developed immunity against the coronavirus and felt normal. So, the first domestic vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection is ready,” Tsalikov told the newspaper.2:43 a.m.: Ft. Worth federal women’s prison announces third COVID-related deathThe U.S. Bureau of Prisons announced late Monday a third COVID-related death at FMC Carswell, a specialized federal medical prison for women in Ft. Worth, Texas.Teresa Ely, 51, tested positive for COVID-19 on June 30 and was transported to a local hospital where she received treatment until she died Monday, July 20.The BOP announcement said Ely had “long-term, pre-existing medical conditions, which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease.”“Ms. Ely was a 51-year-old female who was sentenced in the Western District of Virginia to a 252-month sentence for Engaging in a Criminal Enterprise and Continuing a Criminal Enterprise,” read a statement from the prison. “Ms. Ely had been in custody at FMC Carswell since September 19, 2007.”1:37 a.m.: NFL players will be tested daily for COVID-19 for at least the first two weeks of training campThe NFL announced that players will be tested daily for the coronavirus for at least the first two weeks of training camp.The league also made an offer to the NFL Players Association to play no preseason games this summer, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.The players had been pushing to not play preseason games this year, and the league had been seeking to play two games instead of the usual four.The league’s proposal to the players includes an offer for a longer training camp acclimation period, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano, and that is closer to what the union proposed.The NFLPA has not yet informed the league whether it will accept the proposal.12:45 a.m.: Church-related COVID-19 outbreaks continue to pop up in West VirginiaDuring Monday’s briefing, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that several new church-related outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified at places of worship in Grant, Logan and Wood counties.Last week, the governor announced that additional church-related outbreaks had already been identified in Boone, Kanawha, Raleigh and Taylor counties.Between all seven of these counties combined, these outbreaks account for about 75 total cases.“We’ve absolutely got to stay on top of this with all in us,” Gov. Justice said. “Please know that the church setting is the ideal setting to spread this virus.”The governor urged all West Virginians in church settings to follow the state’s safety guidelines, including using every other pew, maintaining social distancing, and wearing face coverings.“I know these things are really difficult to do,” Gov. Justice said. “But, for right now, they have to be done because, if we don’t, all we’re going to do is lose more people.”“We could very well lose a lot of our grandmothers and grandfathers – people who have so much wisdom to still continue to pass on – we absolutely don’t need to be losing these great West Virginians,” he said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oxford to open new sexual harassment centre

first_imgOxford University will open a new centre to support those who have been the victims of sexual harassment.The policy will see help centralised, alongside more college and department based support.Further details about the centre will be shared with the student body nearer the opening time.A spokesperson for the University said: “We are focussing on further improving the extensive support we offer to survivors of sexual harassment and assault.“Student representatives have been actively involved in the group developing the proposals.“We have put students themselves at the heart of the process, allowing them to make first disclosures at a level where they are most comfortable, whether within their college, to trained student supporters or to central University staff.”Currently, the University has more than 380 voluntary harassment advisors who are trained to help students “in understanding their options, including how to make a formal complaint, and guiding them to the range of support services Oxford offers.”The centre will work alongside the University Counselling Service to help ease the psychological impacts of harassment.Oxford SU’s VP for women, Katy Haigh, told Cherwell: “We welcome the University’s decision to provide a central advice centre for those reporting harassment or assault.“A paper advocating for this centre has been circulating various University committees over the last few months; this paper was greatly informed by a working group which included many of our own student members such as ‘It Happens Here’ campaigners and the VP Women 2016-17.“I am happy to see that the University is now ready to begin work bringing this centre to fruition and has expressed its commitment to improving the incident reporting process, and the SU looks forward to working with them to do this.”“The work to make Oxford University a safe place for its students is far from complete, but the development of this centre is a big step in the right direction.“We are actively engaged in tackling sexual harassment and violence in all its forms: as well as our consent workshops and first respondent training, we have a dedicated student-led campaign, ‘It Happens Here’, who advocate for survivors of sexual violence in the University, and educate students and Oxford’s local communities about consent, and we consistently lobby the university to improve its resources on tackling sexual violence on campus.”The University intends to make the reporting and disciplinary side the focus of further work later in the year.Cambridge University has recently made changes to this aspect of their sexual harassment policy.Last year, Cambridge brought in a new anonymous reporting system that allows students to record instances of sexual harassment without going to the policy, or revealing the identity of themselves or their harasser.The aim of the policy is to allow Cambridge to analyse the number of sexual harassment cases, which otherwise would go unnoticed if they had not been reported to the police.last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Thinks Evansville Cop Convicted Of Murder Deserves New Trial

first_imgJudge Thinks Evansville Cop Convicted Of Murder Deserves New TrialJennifer Nelson for INDIANALAWYERA 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge dissented from his colleagues’ affirmation of an Evansville police officer’s murder and arson convictions, believing the evidence presented by the state doesn’t support that the man started the fire at his ex-lover’s house.Patrick Bradford had an affair with Tamara Lohr. When his wife found out, he broke it off with Lohr, who was not happy about it. While on patrol on the overnight shift, he reported seeing a fire at Lohr’s house. She was found inside on her bed, her body burned and with 21 stab wounds. Her poodle was found stabbed outside her bedroom door.Bradford was convicted in the murder of Lohr and for arson, but he disputes that he had enough time to set the fire. He was caught on a bank surveillance camera two blocks away from Lohr’s house 65 seconds before he called for help from her home after seeing the fire.His convictions have been upheld on direct appeal and after seeking post-conviction relief. He filed a petition for habeas corpus in federal court, but Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson denied review last November. Bradford is currently serving an 80-year sentence for the crimes.Circuit Judges Richard Posner and Michael Kanne affirmed Magnus-Stinson’s ruling, finding Bradford had his chance and failed to present reliable evidence that would establish his innocence. The majority also rejected his claim that his trial counsel was ineffective in deciding to retain a certain fire expert.Judge David Hamilton dissented, believing testimony of Bradford’s expert witness at the post-conviction proceedings that the majority relied on to affirm the denial of Bradford’s petition seems sound and it would exonerate Bradford. Carpenter testified that the fire must have burned for at least 30 minutes before it was extinguished, which he based on an inspection of burned and unburned wood and materials, and the level of carboxyhemoglobin in the poodle’s blood. The poodle was still alive when the fire began based on the amount of COHb in its bloodstream.Hamilton noted most of the majority’s critiques of Carpenter’s testimony weren’t even raised during the cross-examination of him at the post-conviction hearing.“Given the state court’s conclusion that the analysis Carpenter provided was available at the time of the original trial, I would treat the failure to seek and find such critical expert evidence as ineffective assistance of counsel,” Hamilton wrote. “In the alternative, I would treat this case as appropriate for an actual innocence grant of habeas corpus,” in which Bradford is either released or retried.FOOTNOTE:  The case is Glenn Patrick Bradford v. Richard Brown, superintendent, 15-3706.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

New Year, New Priorities: NCUA’s 2018 supervisory priorities; New HMDA tools available

first_img continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday season. As we recover from our holiday hangovers, its time to start thinking about all the things we want to accomplish this year. Whether it’s a personal goal like finally taking that vacation you’ve been planning for the past five years, or a professional one like sharpening your skills by attending Regulatory Compliance Seminar, we all have our priorities for the year. NCUA is no different.In the last letter to credit unions of 2017, NCUA outlined its examination priorities for 2018. While many of their priorities remain the same as last year, they added a few that are discussed below. As a starting point, here are the ones that haven’t changed: internal controls and fraud prevention, interest rate and liquidity risk, commercial lending and the Military Lending Act. The new priorities are addressed below.last_img read more

Convoluted controversy at Wheat Capital Manor in Wellington has many upset

first_img1) You are being accused of violating the sunshine law by holding a meeting without the knowledge of two other board members. This accusation stems from an e-mail sent to Melissa that said she was not to contact the board members. JP: The accusation has no credibility. Please advise the date, time and location of such a violation of the Open Meetings Law, without naming a date, time and location of such a violation of the open meetings law, it has no credibility under Kansas Statute.McComb: Under Kansas Statute. Commissioner Buellesfeld, Commissioner Ferguson and myself have never met together outside of the Wellington Housing Authority Meetings held at the Wheat Capitol Manor .  However, I can tell you that the Open Meetings Law was violated by Commissioners Guinn and Hutchinson, when they approached my office on November 17, 2014 at 10:42, to discuss what Commissioner Buellesfeld had requested to be added to the agenda of the November 25, 2014 regular meeting of the WHA.  I told them they were in violation and reported it immediately to Chairman Buellesfeld, who sent the Director of the Wheat Capitol Manor an email regarding the incident and asked her not to have anyone approach us at our offices or homes.Ferguson:  The three of us have never met together as a group for any reason especially not to discuss WHA matters. 7) Will you be able to attend a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Wheat Capital Manor as has been set by the city council?JP: NO. The Executive Director of the Housing Authority months ago asked that the December 23,2014 Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of City of Wellington, be moved to December 30,2014. I have made plans in my business life and personal life that are important to me for December 23,2014.McComb: I have made plans in my business  for December 23,2014 that I am not able to change.Ferguson: I am unable to attend the meeting on Tuesday, December 23.  Melissa specifically requested the WHA Board meeting to be moved to December 30.  I have scheduled my calendar according to her request.8) Were you informed that this was going to be the topic of conversation at the city council meeting? JP: I was never advised in any way by any city of Wellington, Kans. staff that a petition would be submitted at the December 16, 2014 City of Wellington Governing body Regular meeting calling for my removal from the Board Of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of City of Wellington KS. I was also not advised that Staff members and Residents of wheat Capitol Manor would be at the meeting also.McComb: I was never advised in any way. Although I appreciate the Wellington City Council, I would ask that they attend the regular meeting of the Wellington Housing Authority on December 30.Ferguson: No.  I was not notified and I found out later that the Chairman of the Wellington Housing Authority had not been contacted either.McComb also wanted to include the following statement:I feel that it was very unprofessional for Jim Valentine to call for a “Press Conference (previous referred as Press Meeting)” to commence a witch hunt on member of the WHA Board.  He failed to check any facts before trying to slander me in the presence of the media and Wellington in its entirety.  I feel he needs to apologize to those that were affected by this and although I appreciate his service to this Country in Vietnam, I  am seriously questioning is ability to make sound decisions as a Councilmember.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was an unusual motion. At its Tuesday meeting, the Wellington City Council voted to continue a discussion for one week later over a controversy that has erupted between some members of the Wheat Capitol Manor staff and three members of the Wellington Housing Authority board.After a 45 minute discussion at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the council voted to take a recess from an audience participation agenda and  reconvene on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the recreation room of the Wheat Capitol Manor at 400 South C Street.Does it sound complicated? Well, try writing this story.Sumner Newscow has broke this story into five segments. The first part involves the background of the Wheat Capital Manor – an independent living center in Wellington and the Wellington Housing Authority board that oversees it. The second involves how the conflict arose. The third involves how the Wellington City Council got involved. The fourth involves the meeting itself. The fifth is the reaction from the three members of the WHA who are being questioned.•••••The background Melissa Hamlin is the executive director of Wheat Capitol Manor a housing center for mostly elderly residents for the past 10 years. Wheat Capital Manor has 95 residents.The Manor operates under the guise of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and must follow federal guidelines through HUD. The WHA board, however, is an authority board designated by the Wellington City Council to oversee the Wheat Capital Manor operation. It has five members including: chairman J.P. Buellesfeld, Kelli McComb, Darlene Ferguson, Alois Hutchison and Dennis Guinn.  An authority board is given the right to vote and make decisions much like the Wellington Recreation Commission or Sumner Regional Medical Center board.The council can designate and dismiss WHA members at its discretion.•••••The controversyIn mid November, Hamlin said she received an e-mail from chairman Buellesfeld stating she was to get an attorney for an item that Hamlin said she cannot comment on publicly but involves a disgruntled family with a resident at the Manor.“I have a gag order on that matter and cannot discuss it publicly,” Hamlin said at a press meeting held earlier this month.Guinn said he nor fellow WHA board member Hutchison knew nothing of the e-mail or discussed the matter of an attorney. That suggested to him that the other three members Buellesfeld, McComb and Ferguson must have met to confer without the knowledge of the the other two.“There was no notification, and no agenda item that marked that this subject was going to take place,” Guinn said. “To me this sounds like a violation of the Sunshine Act (i.e. open meetings act).”Hamlin said she then received an e-mail before the regularly scheduled WHA board meeting on Nov. 25 from Buellesfeld that stated a lengthy meeting was to be taking place involving several issues of concern.“The e-mail said the meeting was going to last 4 1/2 hours,” Hamlin said. She thought that seemed unreasonably long since most meetings occurred less than an hour.However, on the day of Nov. 25, Buellesfeld, McComb and Ferguson did not show up thus not having enough for a quorum. Hamlin said all three members e-mailed her with various excuses. McComb had a family emergency at the time, Ferguson had a prior meeting arrangement and Buellesfeld sent an e-mail during the time of the meeting to say he had a business matter to attend to. Hamlin said she had a room full of residence who were there to hash this all out and get things settled, but the meeting never materialized. So they discussed with the residence about general day-to-day business issues, but nothing about the rumors.Hamlin said after the meeting she told her husband, Mike Hamlin, to take a Federal HUD guideline book to Buellesfeld and McComb, who have offices adjacent to the other at the U.S. Post Office. The handbooks outline the duties of the board and the duties of the executive director, Hamlin said.Then later she received an e-mail from Buellesfeld again asking that she and two other Manor employees and their families not to contact him, McComb and Ferguson until the meeting.“This is no way to conduct business,” Hamlin said. “There are several times when I have to confer with the WHA Chairman when it comes to legal or personnel issues.”Hamlin said she doesn’t know what to think.“They won’t tell me what is going on,” Hamlin said. “I wish there is a way that we could clear the air and get to the bottom of this.“I have residents coming into my office crying. This is a very stressful situation.” Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (98) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down guest · 294 weeks ago Spell check, residents instead of residence; one is for individuals and the other refers to places. Report Reply 1 reply · active 294 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 294 weeks ago So in a nut shell, the director is an emotionally unstable person who is probably using a smoke screen to divert attention away from some problem she has caused. I’d start digging through the books to see what is hiding. Report Reply 9 replies · active 294 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 294 weeks ago Please tell me that I’m not the only one that believes that Jim Valentine seriously overstepped the boundaries of his authority in this situation. By calling a press conference to address this situation without the appearance of any real research on the happenings at the Manor, he appears to have made an already volitile situation even more so. If the quotes above are ture, I would not be surprised to see a suit of some sort brought against him. Frankly, I would have expected the new City Manager to advise him that this is not a sound idea, and to proceed in a different manner. Report Reply 2 replies · active 294 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down JustWow · 294 weeks ago I have always heard there are su****ions of JP for a long time. Is he the snake that some say he is? It sounds like he may be. And Jim Valentine, holy moly! You are a city council member and you make a knee jerk decision like this? I am very concerned about the fate of our city with you making important decisions. Get the facts before you react bud. Report Reply 2 replies · active 293 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest # 2 · 294 weeks ago Once again Jim Valentime has jumped on the rumor train and tried to save the world by him self. Maybe he should look in to things before he calls a Press conferences. I think its time for Valentime to do everyone a favor and step down. Report Reply 0 replies · active 294 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down WellyWonka · 294 weeks ago Was the press meeting recorded? Sounds likely charges of slander and defamation of character against Valentine and Hamlin will be possible with the bizarre accusations made to the press. Why was Roy Eckert there???? Report Reply 1 reply · active 294 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down truthteller · 294 weeks ago You people on this thread who are judging the WCM Executive Director Melissa Hamilin and Councilman Jim Valentine have absolutely NO idea what you’re talking about, and obviously have NO clue of the facts behind this controversy. If the members of the WHA board had handled their duties in a transparent manner, this entire controversy would not have happened. You have a choice to be sheep and believe whatever municipal board members tell you, or learn the facts and make your own decisions. It’s easy to spot the sheep. Report Reply 3 replies · active 288 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Guest #2 · 294 weeks ago If I was a commissioner on that Board, on December 30 Housing Authority meeting, I would terminate 2 employees for their unprofessional, manipulative behavior. Councilman Valentine seems to have a personal agenda against these three board members. He should seriously consider resigning from the council! Report Reply 2 replies · active 294 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down faganlover · 294 weeks ago A quorum of the housing authority cannot attend the city council meeting and a quorum of the city council cannot attend the housing authority meeting. That, my friends, would be a violation of the open meetings law. Sounds to me like the director woman is acting like Nelly (Little House on the Prairie) throwing little childish tantrums and trying to get everyone stirred up. One would have to agree with SuCo Pride the boundary was overstepped by Valentine. Report Reply 3 replies · active 294 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down truthteller · 294 weeks ago Wouldn’t it be odd if someone made a restraining request days BEFORE a “threatening” instance occurred? I guess that would make them psychic, or…. Report Reply 2 replies · active 294 weeks ago 1234Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 3) The fear is that Melissa thinks she is getting fired and you are secretly planning her ouster. Is this true?JP: Please state that you have talked to sources deep inside this overblown controversy. The termination of Melissa Hamlin as the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE Wheat Capitol Manor has never been a consideration in any way.McComb: I am not comfortable discussing the employment of any personnel, that being said, I do not recall that the removal of any staff has been a consideration of the board.Ferguson:  This has not been a topic of discussion, but I must let you know that personnel issues are to be discussed in executive sessions not in the media. 4) Melissa said she is under the gun because of her hiring practices at Wheat Capitol Manor. Is this true?JP: This is 100 percent false.McComb: I am appalled to hear that anyone that is in a leadership role, would talk to the media or anyone, about the confidentiality of the applications that were received for any position at the Wheat Capitol Manor.  It could cost an individual their job. Ferguson:  How extremely unprofessional for Melissa to make such a report!  Applications are private information.5) The accusation is you did not show up for a Nov. 25 meeting after saying in an e-mail that there would be one that would last for 4.5 hours. And the meeting had to be canceled. Why did this occur?JP: PLEASE STATE THAT YOU HAVE  CONFIRMED FROM INDEPENDENT SOURCES THAT all (3) members of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of CITY OF WELLINGTON,KS  had family health issues, last minute business appointments and last minute family planning changes that caused them to miss the November 25,2014 meeting of the Board of commissioners of the Housing Authority of City of Wellington, KS.McComb: I can’t answer for the individual board members.  My daughter was an emergency admit at the hospital at 10:30, the morning of November 25 and I needed to be with her.  I emailed Melissa and told her what had happened.  I have served collectively 23 years on three separate authority boards, and have missed a total of 3 meetings, as important as the WHA is, I needed to be with my daughter. Ferguson:  Plans with my family for Thanksgiving were moved up and I needed that day.  In all the years on the Board, I have missed one meeting.  Where the 4.5 hours comes from is a myth!6) You are accused of fostering mistrust amongst the staff and those living at the manor by not informing them what is going on. Is this true?JP: NO THIS IS NOT TRUE. I have No contact with the residents or the staff of the Wheat Capitol Manor outside the monthly meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of city of Wellington.McComb: That is a completely false statement. I have No Contact with the Residents or the Staff of the Wheat Capitol Manor outside the monthly meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of city of Wellington, KS. It appears as if they have received incorrect information by someone.Ferguson: Absolutely not!  At the October meeting, Mr. Guinn assured the residents that they could come to us for whatever their needs may be.center_img Enter Jim ValentineWellington council member Jim Valentine received a letter from two Manor residents concerning the controversy, who told him they trusted him to get to the bottom of the problem. After conferring with these two individuals, Valentine decided to call a meeting at the council chambers to discuss the matter with Hamlin, Guinn, Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert and four members of the local Wellington media.“I think we have a problem,” Valentine said at the press meeting. “It appears we need to dissolve the board.”Guinn warned him that can’t happen because under federal guidelines, the Manor has to have a board.“Then we the council should remove these three members,” Valentine said.At the meeting, Hamlin speculated that the only reason why the three members were upset with her was because they did not approve her hiring practices, and did not elevate the people they wanted for a specific job at the Manor. But she said she has the authority to do the hiring under federal HUD guidelines, not them.Hamlin said she was worried for her job, even though she is an employee of good standing by the Housing and Urban Development.Valentine said he has her back and no individual was going to lose his/her job. The WHA board majority reactionSince the meeting, Sumner Newscow sent a list of questions via e-mail separately to Buellesfeld, McComb and Ferguson. .These are the responses from all three which were returned via e-mail, which were answered separately: City Council TuesdayWhen the council members arrived on Tuesday, they were greeted by 56 of the 95 residents at the meeting, who walked a block west to the council chambers.The group presented a petition with 51 signatures from the residents who voiced their support of Ms. Hamlin and asking for the removal of Buellesfeld, McComb and Ferguson from the board.Council members John Brand and Kelly Green expressed their disappointment that the three board members were not invited to the proceedings.“I understand transparency, but I’m wanting to hear all sides of this issue,” Green said. “I don’t think we can make a fair decision, until we get both points of view.”Council member Vince Wetta said he expressed surprised by the meeting’s attendance since he knew nothing about the issue coming into the meeting.Korte said she would like to hear from all the residents but did not think the council should make any decisions.There was considerable discussion on how to handle the situation. Eventually, the council decided to move the discussion from “study items” which is the final item on the agenda to “audience participation” at the beginning of the meeting.The second tier of the discussion involved continuing the discussion so that the other board members could be present to state their opinion.Eckert said the issue should be wrapped up before the holiday.  The council approved extending the discussion to next Tuesday.However, the WHA board already has a meeting scheduled for Dec. 30. In the questionnaire below, two of the members, said they can’t make the Dec. 23 meeting but will be present for the originally scheduled meeting on Dec. 30.During the discussion, Susan Nance, Wheat Capital Manor tenant director, said the issue has created a great emotional toll for the staff and the residence of the Manor. She feared for Hamlin’s health through the ordeal.“We don’t know what’s going on,” Nance said in near tears. 2) What would be the reason for an e-mail that three employees or their families were not to contact the board?JP: Mike Hamlin the spouse of the director of the housing authority of the city of Wellington called  one member  of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority on October 27,2014  and that member felt threatened by his tone of voice. Mike Hamlin on  November 25, 2014 at 2: 16 P.M.  approached the private office of a board member in an aggressive manner and threatening tone of voice  and threw two books at that individual, while they sat at their desk.Mike Hamlin does not live in Wellington. He does not live at the Wheat Capitol Manor and does not work at the Wheat Capitol Manor.McComb: Mr. Hamlin was threatening and aggressive when entering my office one day.Ferguson: Due to an aggressive act by Mike Hamlin towards two board members.last_img read more

Former Indian cricketer feels this player is our best spin bowler – not R…

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTIAdvertisement 3zg8zwqNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsavjhsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5tl6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) sq0Would you ever consider trying this?😱bvucCan your students do this? 🌚64gRoller skating! Powered by Firework Following the disastrous conclusion of the New Zealand tour- several questions have been raised on the form of the batting order of Team India. On the other hand, the bowlers did a comparatively better job- Ishant Sharma picking a gfive wicket haul, Jasprit Bumrah ending his wicket drought and of course, the triple strike from Ravichandran Ashwin in the first Test at Basin Reserve. The veteran stalwart is revered as one of the greatest spinners in the world, but retired international Dilip Doshi has brought in another name. The former leg spinner believes its not Ashwin, but India’s best spin bowler is Ravindra Jadeja!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTIJadeja, who is set to return to international duty in the upcoming 3 match One Day International series against South Africa starting tomorrow, was not allowed by BCCI to take part in the currently ongoing Ranji Trophy final between Saurashtra and Bengal.Dilip Doshi, who secured over 100 wickets in his Test cricket career spanning 33 matches, has put his fellow Gujarati all rounder over the rest of his compatriots in the spin bowling department.Advertisement In a recent interview with Times of India, Doshi hailed Jadeja over Ashwin, the latter whom he thinks hasn’t had much improvement in the recent years.“I still think Jadeja is the best spinner in this side. Ashwin has not improved over the years.” Doshi told reporters.Advertisement Since his international debut back in 2009, Jadeja has earned 49 Test and 165 ODI wickets. In the stunning 5-0 T20 win over the Kiwis last month, he earned 4 wickets, and also secured 2 in the ODI series.Ashwin on the other hand, has fallen down the selection order in limited overs cricket, making his last ODI and T20 appearances in 2017. While acknowledging the 33 year old’s composure with the ball, Doshi feels Ashwin hasn’t reached the level he was supposed to.The 72 year old continued: “I agree he (Ashwin) is steady, but I feel he has not improved to a level where he should have been for whatever reason it may be.” Jadeja will join up with the Men in Blue to take on the Proteas in the ODI series starting this Thursday in Dharamshala.Also read-Read the hilarious social media banter between RCB teammates AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli Advertisementlast_img read more

Rock Review: In Good Hands With Scott Elk

first_imgStory and Photos by Chris SpiewakMusic today is not all about a fancy website, or the perfect recording you made in your basement, or a spiffy photo shoot. It’s still about hard work, hundreds of hours of rehearsal and face-to-face meetings with club owners who “might” hire you. It’s still “survival of the fittest,” so bring your ability, a smile and a positive attitude. One local musician who is doing just that is Ocean Township’s Scott Elk. Working hard and smart, he has built a large fan base with talent and a positive approach.Growing up in Marlboro, Elk was born into a music family. His father sang and played guitar for the band The Spare Parts in New York back in the 1980s, and introduced Scott to the piano at age 5. After graduating high school, Scott’s father gave him an acoustic guitar. With his knowledge of the keyboard firmly engrained, Elk sought to tackle the fretboard during his college years. Upon graduating, and beginning his day job as a pharmaceutical company representative, Elk decided it was time to present his music talents to the people.Starting out as a solo performer at places like The Dockside in Sea Bright and Sawa Pier Village in Long Branch, Elk began to slowly make a name for himself. He partnered with Abe Kassin for many years, performing at Taste in Red Bank and The Eventide Grille in Sea Bright. He struck up a friendship with longtime local music supporter Debbie Noce of Social Butterfly Event Planning, and quickly found himself appearing at popular spots like The Wine Loft, The Ocean Place Resort & Spa, and the Tiki Bar at The Channel Club. Noce has an eye for talent, and had no qualms about booking Elk into the trendy venues. In fact, one of Elk’s claims to fame was a result of an appearance one night at The Wine Loft in Pier Village. It was a dark and chilly Friday night in January of 2014, and Elk dragged his equipment through the damp, cold air. Damp, cold air is not good for the vocal cords, and Elk sensed that he was not at his best that night. Sometimes tea and honey will help your voice, and sometimes 100 percent pure adrenalin will get you going, too.You see, Scott Elk was – and is – a big Goo Goo Dolls fan. On this fateful night, someone special would walk through the doors of The Wine Loft; this certain person was John Rezeznik, lead singer for The Goo Goo Dolls. Rezeznik was in town for a Light of Day Foundation performance, and was staying at the nearby Ocean Place Hotel. Elk recognized him, introduced himself, and the two sat and chatted after Elk’s first set. Fast forward two weeks to The House of Blues in Atlantic City, where The Goo Goo Dolls were getting ready for their show. Ticketholder Elk made his way in early for the sound check, and Rezeznik recognized him and had him come onstage to sing “Black Balloon,” one of the band’s biggest hits. A YouTube video shows Elk “killing it” that night; surely the band was impressed as well.With the taste of success on his palate, Elk decided that if one or two musicians are good, then three or more can only be better. These days, he is part of the EMW trio, featuring himself and local young guns Kyle Ward of Rumson on lead guitar and Aaron Manzo of Colts Neck on bass. Putting down the guitar for his other project, the band Guilty Pleasure, Elk lets his vocals shine during renditions of Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Train, Bon Jovi and U2. Assisting Elk in Guilty Pleasure is lead guitarist Lou Borella, bassist Michael O’Hara, keyboardist Ernie Wiggins and drummer/vocalist Adam Marshall. The boys are busy almost every weekend during the summer, so it is not hard to catch either group at a club near you.Heeding his parents teaching to “be good to others,” Elk also volunteers his time to charitable causes. He was a big part of Restore The Shore events after Super Storm Sandy, and has been the master of ceremonies at two different fundraisers for John Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in Red Bank.Visit www.scottelkmusic.com for the latest news and events; catch a show soon, and let Scott prove to you that rock and roll is in good hands for years to come at the Jersey shore.Chris Spiewak is currently the bassist for Rock/Blues cover band VyntEdge.last_img read more

Eassy to go live soon

first_imgThe Eassy cable has connection points along the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. James Wekesa is WIOCC’s chief commercial officer. (Images: WIOCC blog) MEDIA CONTACTS • James Wekesa WIOCC Chief Commercial Officer +254 20 374 6594/5 [email protected]  RELATED ARTICLES • Broadband boost as Eassy hits SA • Seacom: new era for SA internet • Better broadband for Africa • African broadband to rise 500% • Wacs cable gets the green light Bongani NkosiConstruction of Africa’s largest undersea fibre-optic broadband cable, the East African Submarine Cable System (Eassy), has been completed – paving the way for improved internet connectivity between the continent and the rest of the world.The West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC), the leading partner in the project, has announced that the installation of the Eassy cable was completed on 19 April along the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.This marked the conclusion of the installation phase of the project, which began in Maputo, Mozambique, in December 2009. The cable was laid by the Ile de Batz vessel.The next step is to test Eassy before introducing it to the market in July, said WIOCC’s CEO Chris Wood in a statement.“Now that this critical stage of the project has been completed successfully and ahead of time, we will start system testing almost immediately. Once this is finalised, we are looking forward to connecting our first customers to the network from July 2010.”Eassy now runs along the Indian Ocean floor to the Red Sea, from the coast of Mtunzini in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province to the major shipping zone of Port Sudan.Rivalling SeacomThe 10 000km-long high-capacity cable will significantly boost broadband connectivity and the general telecommunications industry in 21 sub-Saharan countries, connecting those states with each other and elsewhere around the globe.Eassy’s landing stations in Mtunzini, Port Sudan, Maputo, Toliary in Madagascar, Moroni in the Comoros, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa in Kenya and Djibouti offer greater connectivity than any other cable in the region, which includes Seacom.Eassy will have the capacity to transmit 1.4 Terabytes (Tb) per second, compared to the 600m-long Seacom, which offers bandwidth at the speed of 1.28Tb per second.Countries in East, Central and Southern Africa in particular will have access to faster and affordable broadband once Eassy is active. The cable will link with numerous other international undersea cable networks, creating a “diverse [and] seamless” connectivity to Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia.“… Eassy offers carriers in Africa affordable, high-speed connectivity into other parts of the continent, and direct access to key internet exchange points in Europe and North America,” said James Wekesa, WIOCC’s chief commercial officer.“For international carriers, it offers a reliable, high-capacity route into parts of Africa that have previously been seen as difficult-to-reach locations. In both cases it does so with a degree of commercial flexibility that has until now been completely unattainable.”Connecting East Africa to EuropeEassy will be the first undersea cable system to directly connect Africa’s east coast nations to Europe. This gives it an edge when compared to existing systems, which are routed via India and the Middle East, according to Ryan Sher, chairperson of Eassy’s technical working group.“… Other east coast systems use longer routes via the Middle East or India; our optimised routing means that we are able to offer the lowest latency service to our customers,” Sher said.“Eassy will … minimise the time taken for traffic from Africa to reach the key internet peering points in Europe and North America, and vice versa,” he added.The majority of international traffic is internet-based, and most of Africa’s internet traffic is destined for Europe and the US “where the most popular content and applications are located”, Sher said. “Our ability to deliver content faster gives us and our customers a competitive edge in the market.”Reaching out to landlocked countriesNine landlocked African countries – Botswana, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Lesotho – will also enjoy more efficient broadband connection through Eassy.“At WIOCC we are also working with our shareholders to deliver high-speed, fibre-optic connectivity not just to the Eassy landing stations, but deep into the interior of Africa,” said Wood. This will enable us to satisfy the growing customer demand for end-to-end service and provide improved geographic reach.”A major African stakeAs the largest shareholder with a 29% stake, WIOCC was set up specifically to drive investment in the Eassy cable system. The consortium’s headquarters are in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. It was initially owned by 12 African telecommunications companies, until Zimbabwe’s TelOne and the Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company bought in recently.The two joined Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Dalkom Somalia, Djibouti Telecom, Gilat Satcom Nigeria, the government of Seychelles, Lesotho Telecommunications Authority, Onatel Burundi, Telkom Kenya, TDM Mozambique, U-COM Burundi, Uganda Telecom and Zantel Tanzania.All WIOCC’s sub-Saharan Africa stakeholders will play a key role in rolling out the fibre-optic networks, generated from Eassy, in their respective countries.Numerous other public and private companies have invested in Eassy. South Africa’s MTN, Vodacom, Neotel and Telkom also have a stake. Others include Sudan Telecom Limited, Comores Telecom, Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited, Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited and Mauritius Telecom.African telecom operators own more than 92% of the Eassy project, with the remaining shares taken up by international ventures, such as France Telecom, Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Telecom Company, Bharti Airtel India and the Communications Global Networks Services.last_img read more

Discover the creatures of the oceans

first_img SharePrint RelatedFrom Sketch to Souvenir: the artist behind Hidden CreaturesJune 19, 2018In “News”Uncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”The world wide search for Hidden Creatures continuesJuly 10, 2018In “News” Centuries of exploring uncharted waters resulted in legends describing fantastic creatures, almost too strange to be true. Though the ocean may be vast, there’s still time to search for the giant Kraken, the elusive Hippocamp, and the mysterious Mermaid. Now it’s your turn to confirm the tales! Now through July 25, find geocaches or attend events to find Hidden Creatures earning up to 13 new souvenirs.View your progressShare with your Friends:Morelast_img

Lux Research asks: Just how valuable is that patent?

first_imgTags:#featured#General Electric#Honeywell#Lux Research#Patents#top Amanda Razani How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… According to Lux Research, investors have invested $4.3 billion into the development of sensors over the past ten years.  However it’s the pattern of the 28,927 sensor patents that were given since 1975 that actually unveils the value and potential of these patents.Lux Research studied patent trends for five kinds of sensors.  These included physical, gas and chemical, environmental, vital signs and biometric ones.  These were studied across five value groups: automotive, food and agriculture, medical, consumer, and building and industrial, in order to pinpoint markets that were growing and markets that are already overly competitive.The studies show that sensor patents targeted at consumer electronics and medical device industries have the least entry barriers, whereas those patented for automotive, and building and industrial use have the biggest barriers.“While the physical sensor patent space is the most crowded, there are opportunities for component and module manufacturers even in industries that have high barriers to entry,” stated Tiffany Huang, Lux Research Associate and lead author of the report titled, “Sensor Patent Landscape: Sorting through the Crowd in Search of Gold.”She went on to say, “An approach focusing on unmet technical needs in each market will lead to success.”A lot of new sensor patentsThere were some important bits of information discovered by the Lux Research study.  Physical sensors get the most patents, with a total of 28, 927 of these being granted since 1975.  Next in line are gas and chemical sensors with 2, 446.  Most patents don’t target a specific industry, but the most popular focus of those that do is the building and industrial space.Corporations have the patent market cornered, with 71 percent of sensor patents going to corporations.  Universities and independent research groups get the rest. Honeywell holds the most patents among corporations, racking up a total of 1,354, of which most are for physical sensors. Coming in second, is General Electric, with 989 and Northrop Grumman, with 752.It’s the quality of the patent that is important. Although Honeywell has the most patents, Bosch is the leader in building and industrial, consumer and automotive segments. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…center_img 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more